So, the dear Nanette of Chopin a Passionate Quilter, sent me this top to, as she said, “Practice On”. I find it the perfect piece for my dining room table, since I always need to have something quilty on my dining room table.
I have a quilt that has been on my design wall for quite some time. I am not done with it, but hope to get there. This past week, I have done a few of the curved blocks each evening. It is my moon and stars quilt. So, on this table topper I practiced my moon and stars quilting. It was actually quite fun. I made pock-marked moon and stars using my star shape ruler. After doing this piece, I will not have a problem with my quilt. I also have a lovely piece for the dining room table. It adds some color that my boring dining room needs.
I do have to admit that I had everything done on this quilt before all my crazy drama. I even had the binding sewn on. I just needed to fold over and hand finish. Off course, I do this while sitting on the couch, right next to my basket of sit on the couch sewing/quilting supplies.
I am getting back to feeling like a human, which I am grateful for. Summer is almost over and in the very near future it is school shopping and princess will be back at school. Time flies, even when you are not having fun. LOL.
July 3rd was the fifth anniversary of my Husband Derrick’s death. That same day, I find that my little sister Kellie has blood clots in her lungs and is in ICU. Two of my absolute favorite people. Damn it. Derrick was the love of my life. I think about him every day. Not a day goes by where I don’t think of him, laugh, smile, shed a tear. My little sister, my best friend, keeper of all my secrets. Come on.
I went to Cleveland. Things were bad. They got worse. I wondered at one point if we would lose her. I could not bear the thought. How could someone else I love be taken from me? The list is quite lengthy for someone my age. I stayed for five days. She got better, then worse, then better. She got to leave the ICU the same evening I went home. Here in the next couple of days she will go to a rehab hospital. She does not want it, but knows she needs it. Besides the blood clots, she had pneumonia and was septic. Lots of things to recover from. The picture was from Las Vegas. Derrick was playing in a pool tournament and Kellie and I needed an excuse to go to Las Vegas. It was fun. The best time with two of my favorite people.
This is my fall quilt along block. I was done before I left for Cleveland, but never got to post it. I had issues. It does not look right. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I am convinced the instructions did not match the example. If you look at the top row and then the bottom example, they do not match (or I am crazy. Either is possible) . The one time I attempt to actually follow instruction and look what happens. It is going to stay ugly for the time being.
One of my sewing machines is down. Of course, it is the one in the cabinet that I quilt with. I will try to drop it off this weekend. Broke a needle and it kept making a weird noise. I guess a piece could be stuck somewhere. It needed cleaned anyway. No quilting for me for now. I will just have to work on piecing.
With all my personal craziness, I did not enter anything into the One Monthly Goal. ☹. Next month, maybe things will get back to normal. A girl can hope.
Treasure your Family
Fainéant, means slacker in French. Yes, I am one. I totally meant to do my Hand Quilt Along post before and schedule it, but no, that did not happen. It has just been an insane week at my house. Kids and sports, spent the weekend with my sister, just non stop. So I apologize to all my fellow hand quilters for being a Fainéant. I felt I used the word Slacker to much, so I figured I needed a new term. I am adding one more block to my under the sea collection. This month we have a whale. I do have to tell you, my last months post brought some criticism form some Facebook followers (my sister mostly). She insisted that my seahorses were farting. I tried to explain that it was meant to be swirls of water, but no, according to her it was pretty clear. Farting Seahorses. Now I look at my seahorses in a little different light. Darn it.
Please visit all the lovely ladies in the hand quilt along that are not Fainéants.
Kathy, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon and Bella.
So, for June my One Monthly goal was to complete the Star Wars Quilt Top. Mission Accomplished. It needs some ironing, it kind looks all rumpled. I think this will be a donation quilt.
So, I enjoyed block #3 of the Fall Into a Quilt Along. A little bit of everything, piecing and applique. It is very cute. I managed to keep background fabric in this block. I am hoping I can manage to do this throughout the Quilt Along.
Today was my lucky weekend. I can home from work on Friday and had a package from Nanette at Chopin-A Passionate Quilter. She sent me a “Quilters care Package”. In it she sent me some wonderful batik scraps. I used some to make the applique on this block. I had mentioned that I was going to be using batik scraps with my background fabric. She sent me some other lovely items, that I will show later as I complete them. She is one of the kindest people I know and it certainly brought a smile to my face. It has already proven to be a very valuable resource.
So, this is my One Monthly Goal project and I decided to not do my normal boring meandering. This is an all over pattern, but I was surprised once it was all done that it did not look to bad.
I always get nervous when I try something that is outside my norm on a quilt. I mean there is the potential of totally screwing up a top that you spent time putting together. I am certainly becoming less intimidated. So, I actually had the angled meandering done a quilt before, but I paid for it. I did not like it all. They kind of did a crappy job. Mine is actually better and I did not have a long arm. Just me and my Bernina free motion quilting. As I was quilting this, I did not think that I would like it. I thought I may have done to much quilting, but once it was complete, it did not look to bad.
I really think that I am Super Klutz. I almost titled this post “Fat Girl Falls Down Part 3”. Saturday morning, I decide to go out to the hot tub. Step up get one foot in and the steps slide out and I fall straight down, one foot still in the hot tub. This time I am straddling the edge. It hurt so bad, that I could not move. I actually chose to fall in. Seemed way better than falling outside the tub, considering it was ten degrees. I survived. I have the blackest bruise I have ever seen, somewhere you really don’t want a bruise. I am starting to think the hot tub is trying to kill me. It is supposed to be helping me.
Had a very red nose in this case. I like Rudolph. I might like a quilt with all the reindeer.
I will say that all these pieces were a bit reminiscent of the dog quilt I am working on. Used a lot of the same methods and tiny pieces, so this one I did not think was all that bad. I managed to stick with my snow flaked themed fabric. I think it is coming together nicely. I find I am really enjoying the “I Wish you A Merry Quilt Along“.
It is never too late to get started. You can still get links to all the blocks from several places. Snowy Days Quilting did this block and you can find the link to all others there too.
The 70,237 project was started by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers. I encourage you to go to her site and read about this project. Below is an excerpt (italics). When you go to her site and look around you will see people all across the world participating. You will see that these quilts get shown all across the world. Just glance through all the blog posts.
For some reason with all the craziness going on in our world today, this project struck me as something I needed to do. Being that quilters are some of the most generous people I know, I wanted to share in case there might be even one more person out there who would like to participate. On October 14th (see Global Block day Below), Haley and I will make a few more blocks and send them in.
They are having A #GLOBALBLOCKDAY on October 14th. The last blog post I read had between 20k and 30k completed. There is still a lot to be done.
It won’t take much of your time. I made the 5 above in less than about 45 minutes from scraps.
We (The 70,237 project) are gathering 70,273 blocks of fabric, marked with two red crosses to commemorate the number of physically and mentally disabled men, women and children who were murdered between January 1940 and August 1941 in the Aktion T4 Programme – a largely unrecognized atrocity.
The two red crosses represent the marks made by the assessing Doctors as to whether the person was deemed ‘unfit’ or an economic burden on Nazi society. It is such a simple symbol, and in this project, the simplicity with which someone could sign someone’s life away is turned into a symbol of love and strength. The white fabric represents the medical records – the only information assessing physicians used in making their life-and-death determinations. Seeing the crosses stitched together sends a powerful message of tolerance, community and love. Its impact comes from the huge variety of these two red marks – each beautiful in their own perfectly imperfect way.
The blocks will be stitched into quilts and wall hangings and will be displayed in Rochester, Lincoln and Durham Cathedrals during January 2018, to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day. After that, these quilts will join others made around the world to appear in exhibits near and far.
In the midst of my crankiness, I kept looking at this pile of scrap flannel that was just taking up valuable space (on my pool table AKA quilt project table). So, I just decided to cut it up and see what I could get. I had a bunch of blues and some lavender and purple. This is what I got out of the blues with just a few squares left over for the scrap bin. It will make an OK gift or donation baby quilt. Just some weird sized square blocks. I had to use what I had the best way I could. Just did some meandering for the quilting. Nothing special. This was a thinking quilt, meaning I did a lot of thinking while I was working on it, not about the quilt, it did not take much thinking, but about my general crankiness. I came to no real conclusions. I am still a bit cranky.
So, I often wonder if I am the only one with weird issues. I don’t really like to make quilts out of flannel. The weirdness is that I think/feel that the fuzziness of flannel always looks dirty when I am done. It looks like it has been laying around a while and needs to go into the washer. I even try to be careful and make sure that my machine table is clean and that I always have clean hands, but the fuzziness of the flannel always looks dirty. Just wondering if that is Compulsive Lori overthinking or anyone else ever feels that way?
I need to get over it, because at some point in my life I bought a bunch of flannel. I need to do something with it. Some of it is actually cute, but it is flannel. Ugh.
I had serious doubts as to whether or not I could actually get to 15 blocks. Finished #15 on Saturday. This is not necessarily the order I will use when I put them together. The last 15 will contain some specialty blocks, I think. Meaning, not just books on a shelf. I was considering doing a could of photos in frames on the shelf.
So, it is likely that I will put this quilt away for a while. Partly because I am tired of it and partly because my daughter Haley hurt my feelings when she told me that my blocks did not look like books on a bookshelf. Too Bad she didn’t wait until I put them all up on the design board before she chose to run her mouth. It could easily become a 10 year project. I hate getting my feelings hurt.
All the same, I finished them. I do love the the One Monthly Goal. It really is a great motivator to get things done. It has nothing to do with prizes, but more of finishing what I said I would finish. I have to come up with something for next month.
So, after my June free motion quilting seminar, I have decided to branch out a bit. I am going to quilt an actual quilt, in the very near future (could be my August One Monthly Goal Project) with something other than meandering or a version of meandering. Big scary move for me. So, my “Zipper Quilt” top, I want to use a flower free motion design. However, I plan to do it on a smaller baby quilt first. I already have that top ready to go. Just need to get up the courage to do it.
Needless to say, I have been practicing (Using my cheap grill liner as a slider). All the practice got me thinking. My square sandwiches looked like potholders. So, I decided to make my final practice pieces into potholders. I bought a piece of the special thermal batting. I made all my practice sandwiches and on the last couple, when I had the hang of it, I made Minion potholders. I need to bind them, but I have plenty of binding scraps I can use. I have found that I make better flowers when I work from left to right and I like them best with 5 petals. Then. as I bind my potholders, I can also practice my corners. I don’t like binding corners either. Jeez, I have so many issues. But now, I have a few handmade gifts when needed.
The quilting on my Minion potholders is not too bad. I hope I can do the same on my baby quilt and then off to my “Zipper Quilt”. It is hard not to smile at a minion.
My one monthly Goal for July was to trim and bind my 9 patch. Yeah. Completed. This quilt has a loopy meandering. It is not too bad. Pretty sure I have meandering, and multiple variations of it, down packed. At this time, I have no plans for this quilt, just glad I can consider it finished.