I know nothing spectacular for all you wonderful quilters out there. However, I have had this quilt cut out for well over a year (It is really just cutting strips to length).
I find that one of the hardest things for me to do is accurately cut. I made the center block of this quilt multiple times and it always came out wonky. The entire quilt is based off the center block. You would think it would be pretty simple, but if you are off at all then it gets goofy, looks awful.
Cutting is the bane of my existence. It is my least favorite thing in quilting because I am so bad at it. I do not know why I picked this up last night to give it another whirl. But, for some odd reason (different ruler), I did much better.
I have a lot of rulers and decided to give a different one a try. It was a difference maker for me. I could match up the lines to everything.
So, this magic triangle ruler was the key. It helped me cut those corners of correctly. It is not a perfect block, but compared to the other ones, way better.
I did not save any of the disaster blocks. I was angry and put them in the fabric trash (to stuff dog beds) and they were horribly embarrassing.
I will continue to work on this quilt, but will have to move out to the sewing machine by my bigger cutting area. I have a small cutting area on my sewing machine cabinet, but the pieces from now on require a larger cutting area. At least I feel I can now go on without frustration.
We certainly live in some crazy times. Fortunately, I am still employed. Actually, I still go to the office a couple of days a week. There are not many of us, so we are a good distance apart. Honda is considered an essential business. I don’t mind.
I also missed the deadline to post my finish because I really have no idea what the date is or day of the week. Everything runs together. Maybe next month.
You would think that being trapped at home would mean more quilting. But nooooooo. I find it hard to get motivated. Every time the news channel comes on I become glued to the TV. Not sure why there is no good news.
My poor daughter had to spend her “Sweet Sixteen” in quarantine.
About the One monthly Goal Quilt …I love babies so sometimes I just make baby quilts for no reason. The colors are a bit odd, but they do sort of go together. No plans for this one. It will go to the done stack.
For the quilting, I used my heart ruler. It really took no time at all.
Stay safe and away from every one
I have not done One Monthly Goal in a while. Pretty sure it has been a year. Sort of stopped doing a lot after my sister died. I did not stop sewing or quilting, I just could not deal with deadlines.
I think it will help me get things done. It always has in the past, so I am back. My One Monthly Goal for March 2020 is to completely finish this baby quilt. It is currently partially quilted and has been this way for several weeks. I walk by it a lot and totally ignore it. So, we will finish quilting and get it bound for my goal.
I will add 11 more to my donations, bringing my total to 34. WooHoo. I like having something I can put together in a few minutes.
Happy Sewing, Happy Quilting
Even though I have not started my new job, my mind is certainly in a different state. I have until April 8th. I finally feel ike I am on vacation. Not only did I finish my One Monthly Goal for March, but it is packaged and in the mail for my Star Wars loving nephew. Even made a couple of star wars pillow cases (forgot the photo of these).
Originally I bought this fabric on clearance to make something to practice on. It was odd. A very square desigN. The only way not to cut up all the design was to fussy cut each square, which I did. It is an odd-looking quilt, but it is Star Wars. For some odd reason, I put borders on the left and right, but not on the top and bottom. Not sure what I was thinking there, or not thinking at all.
So, I did practice my quilting and I was very happy with how the quilting came out, so I figured it was at least worthy to give away, even though it is odd. I used my “star” ruler and then made angle lines. There is a lot of quilting in it, but I enjoyed using it and it looks pretty good.
I did have to wash this quilt prior to sending, it hung on the back of the couch with the binding half on for a couple of weeks, which means the dogs assumed it was for them. Kept yelling at them, but I guess the rule is? “If there is a blanket or anything that looks like a blanket it is ours to cuddle up in.” So, I needed to de-dog it. I thought I would not like it as much once washed, but I actually liked it more. Interesting.
Treasure your Family
For my One Monthly Goal, I am going to quilt and bind this baby quilt. I have made this quilt for Kevin’s (man-friend) sister who’s pregnant. I kind of did my own thing. I really liked the center baby pin fabric, so I did not want to cut it up too much. I plan to use my heart ruler for this one. Not sure of thread color, but it will likely be something multi colored.
Kellie, another story…
You may have seen this photo before. But I need it to tell my Kellie story. This is my late husband Derrick and Kellie. We were in Las Vegas together because Derrick was in a Pool tournament.
So, when I married Derrick, Kellie was the only one in my family that did not have something negative to say about it. Whether she liked it or not, she kept it to herself. She was always kind to Derrick, which is more than I could say about anyone else in my family. Yes, I met/knew him in an odd unconventional way, and yes he was younger than me. But when my first husband took his own life and left me with 2 kids, he was the only one that stepped into a really ugly, messy situation and was willing to do whatever was needed. He was coming to town to visit his sister for the holidays. He asked if he could stop by to check on me.
He never left. He did not feel like he could. Things just went from there. I know Kellie and her husband, Matt, talked about it. He told me when we were sitting in the hospital by Kellie’s side. They decided if he made me happy (which he did) that was good enough for them. This is just one of the many many reasons I can’t imagine life without her. She stood by me, always.
Love the Ones you are with
I would say it was a miracle that I completed my One Monthly Goal, but I have already used that headline…LOL. I finished my “Starry Starry Night” quilt. This was a top that I paper pieced for Denise at For the Love of Geese as a pattern test (She does have some lovely patterns). It came out not too bad, considering I don’t consider myself a very good paper piecer.
I had a lot of fun quilting this project. I think that is because I like how the quilting came out. I wish I had chosen a different thread for the front, because I wound up liking the back a lot. I used a variable thread on the front, and all I see is the the light part of the thread, which shows any mistakes. I do not have a long arm, so I am always using my domestic machine and I always want to get the “longarm” look on my domestic machine. I know it takes a lot of practice to become proficient and I have been working on it. However, I found these rulers (not sure why some are called rulers) at my local quilt shop. I quilted this using the Star shape. It made making beautiful stars on my domestic machine easy. They come out nearly perfect. I am still getting used to using them, so not every star is perfect, but I like it. I think I will keep this quilt for one of my future grandchildren.
This is the last photo I have of my birds. They have all flown the nest. I see them in the yard, learning about life, trying to get food. It was wonderful watching them hatch and grow each day.
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend.
So, you know what really stinks? When you finally get around to doing something and it is screwed up. So, my one monthly goal is to quilt this quilt. So, I spray basted it about a week ago. I go to get it and it looks like this. So, the border was totally jacked up. It looked fine when I had it all laid out, but I like to wait until that spray basting is dry. Ugh. So, more finagling with the border. I am trying to figure out what I did. Did I stretch it out when I basted it? Do I not know what square is? Could be either, I have my moments. Will have to figure out something. Open for suggestions.
So, on a more positive note. My star quilting looks awesome. I love this ruler, even though it is not really a ruler. It makes it look like I am way better than I am. It is hard to mess up. Perfect stars. This was my test piece, until I figure out what to do with my border.
Baby birds look about the same. Getting more feathers though. It rained a lot here yesterday, so I watched Mom and Dad collect worms for the babies. So cute. This morning when I left, it was sprinkling, and Mama was sitting on the nest, keeping the babies dry and warm.
So, I feel like it has been forever since I have posted anything. I have been working on a few things (therapy) and practicing with my rulers.
So, the beautiful dog quilt in the photo was sent to me by me dear Friend Nanette Chopin Cook of Chopin – A Passionate Quilter. We talk and she knew it was a rough couple of weeks for me for a host of reasons. She sent me this beautiful quilt top. I can’t wait to quilt it. It will be all mine. I have not stopped smiling since I opened the package. It is certainly going to be the next thing I quilt. A perfect top for the crazy dog lady. Gosh I love her. She is awesome in every way.
My daughter’s school sells Pi day Shirts and every year we get one. So, Happy Pi Day from the Nerd squad! Cow Pi’s bahahaha.
I have been working on my One Monthly Goal, but have changed the direction I am going. I was going to practice my scalloped border, but instead lost my mind with the new rulers. Not sure I actually like it on here, but it’s too late now. I am already committed. It doesn’t look to bad, but I will have a later post on my additional learnings as I continue to figure out ruler work
Epic fail on hand quilting for the HQA. So sorry. I will try to get on the path of straight and narrow again. To see all the beautiful work of those that are not slackers, click on the links below.
Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Jessisca, Sherry, Nanette, Sassy, Edith, and Sharon