Expansion…

We nearly have 2021 licked! If you are reading this post, you lived through it. The past couple of years have been tough. We are seeing things we never thought we would see. I hope everyone gets their act together and practices the slogan, kill ’em with kindness. The world seems to be very divided. I ask everyone to put all that aside and remember we all put our pants on one leg at a time. There is enough negativity in the world. So, STOP THE SPREAD of negativity, it is snowballing. We are all trying our best. Our best may not be your best. We all walk in different shoes. Embrace the world and love one another. This will go a long ways.

I think because of the hardships many of us have faced have caused us to grow. Perhaps we are awakened. Perhaps we see things differently than 3 years ago with the same eyes. Our minds have been altered.

“Life Shrinks or Expands in proportion to one’s courage.”—Anais Inn Because of the turmoil on planet earth I can say we have expanded exponentially for the better of the human race. 2021 was harder than 2020. I hope that things ease in 2022 for all of us.

Today I am reflecting on the year. These are my finishes. And in comparison to other years, I think I was lacking! But there were many big project finishes.

This year seemed to be the year of starts. I think I became a serial starter!!!

So as a quilter I have expanded my abilities. This is good and bad, depending on how you look at it.

This is the time of year I like to look through all my photos and memories well up. Once I add the things I did not get done to the mix of getting things done, I accomplished quite a bit. I have added one more project this past week and have two more finishes.

I decided to make a new tote bag. The bag I have carried for two years, hand made by mom, it starting to show wear on the cloth handles. So I purchased the pattern and made another bag just a smidge larger. I love how this turned out!

I have put this fabric into many quilts. I still had a sizeable piece and wanted to incorporate this into a bag. So these are the pockets trimmed in faux leather.

Here is the bag unzipped.

And here is it zipped. I just love the foundation of the bag and the shape of the bag.

And here is the inside of the bag. I am loving my neutral colors. We will see how well this one holds up. This was a couple days effort.

And my second share I cannot share, but I have made another quilt top. The mystery quilt. The quilt top only took two days to make. As far as mysteries go, it is ok. The pattern call outs for fabrics is very vague, so it is a crap shoot LOL. I will keep it a mystery for a bit longer. 🙂

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

It is weird to know the outcome of a mystery quilt. I will share sometime in march when everyone else has had time to do their clues.

I wish I could tell of what the future holds. I can vaguely say, it will contain quilting in my life, but content and volume is to be determined. Words of Wisdom by Bobby McFerrin

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! Merry New Year!!!!

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Technical Problem 2021

I discovered a problem this morning when I went to retrieve photos from the cameras memory card. The camera would not let me take photos, *pout*, it gave me a memory card error. The memory card itself still works, I suspect my camera mechanism that determines if the card is locked or unlocked broke???? So until I remedy that, I will have to figure a work around for photos.

Since I cannot upload new content and it is so close to the end of the year I thought I could recap the quilt finishes in my life as well as other counts and milestones.

But first a statistic. All of you have been following along (thank you!) with my 365 Quilt Challenge journey of now two years. This is a long term project that did not intend to be that long, LOL. In looking back during this journey, these are the quilts that I have finished during its making.

Six large quilts (one of those being quilted now). Frolic was the monster of this group, but many squirrels happened. It kept me sewing without losing my mojo. You do what you have to do. The rest of these were smalls of lap size down to just a small wall hanging, but no matter the size, it is still deemed a quilt!

During frolic as well as spring brook blossoms, I did both the 365 as well as that monthly or weekly project.

This quilt was also included in the “during 365” gallery. I made this in about two weeks. I came down with Corona Virus and could not work. And, I am happy to report I was one of those that was asymptomatic with only a couple of days of aches and low fever. I recall one of my posts late in 2020 pondering what I would tell my grandchildren about this pandemic. I really had no idea. Boy, how this year has made a difference in knowing exactly what I would say. The quilt above cost me two weeks of vacation.

So, the fact that my camera has a malfunction combined with the crazed new attitudes (new normal) I have named this post what I did. My only side affect from this pandemic is pandemic FATIGUE!!!! I know all of you can relate.

And then there are the projects that I started….(I became a serial starter, YIKES)!

And I have all of those UFOs mostly from years past.

I am not going to make blog promises for 2022. After the past two crazy years, my logic cannot rule anything out. So for that reason I am going to set goals for myself and may or may not note that in the blog. Just know when you visit my blog in the coming year I will bring content approximately once a week, if not more. It will be sewing. It could have tatting. You will see quilting. As far as defining the specifics…..here are some quotes that may make sense of life.

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”—-Allen Saunders.

“Reality continues to ruin my life.”—Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes .

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

And on that last quote, thank you for reading my blog!

Scrap happy September!

Not much going on here of late. I cleared off the craft table to have some family time in the simplest of tasks. A good ole’ fashioned puzzle! A doozy too!

Not much going on because of this. In the past month I have finished quilting the Laundry Basket Quilts mystery of 2021. I have the binding machine sewn and it will just have to wait for the hand stitching finish.

I have tamed a bit in the scrap pile using the accuquilt. A bunch of glue basted hexies for display for now.

I have the backing stitched ready to load a jelly roll race quilt.

I was gifted a couple of jelly rolls and am making some 9 patches. I have had a bit of vertigo lately. Life spins way to fast without this too!

And I have made good progress on the Jan Stawasz doily number 5.

This round is a is going to take a while.

A couple more scrappy flowers bloometh from the corriander quilts free quilt along. This month is the final month for those. I am waiting for another bloom to be released. I see a finished quilt top soon.

Please check out all the other scraphappy bloggers posts. Amazing stuff!

Kate Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Jule, Edith and Debbierose

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Puzzling????

I cleaned off the crafting table and we are spending the holiday weekend putting together a really hard puzzle. Family time! My crafting is on holiday too!

A brief summary of progress.

This has stalled until the puzzle is completed.

I managed to get outside and snap a photo. The sun had just tucked itself under a cloud. This was snapped at the end of August, can you believe that my grass is still green? I can’t. Usually this time of year you see twigs of straw peeking out of the ground.

I have named this quilt Radiate. And no, not done yet, I am still working the binding.

When I was making this, I made the corner blocks the wrong size which used up some valuable yellow scraps. I deemed to go with it and make lemonade out of my lemons. I was going to cut the corners round on this quilt, but the corners are such a focal point with the delectable mountains border, I opted to keep the detail and just bind around a different kind of corner.

In the evenings I am focused on tatting this doily. Now that I am on motif 8 things are a bit smoother for joins that I was previously forgetting. Muscle memory does work!

I aim to move to the next round very soon! I am thinking of a color change??? I am undecided. The current color I am using is a very light blush, so not white. The SCMR round I have before me, I am not looking forward to because it is tatting on the underside of my hand instead where it is comfortable, plus a bunch of joins. This has grown to the point of not really being able to flop it out of the way. I am liking this thread. I have not pressed this with the iron once and it is keeping it’s shape marvelously.

I have failed to get at the longarm this week. Three reasons: 1.) the heat, 2.) the virus, and 3.) my tonsils are fighting off germs and weirding out. I can actually feel my tonsils work everyday. I can feel it now. Bizarre. Glad I did not have them removed, perhaps they are keeping me germ free.

A thank you in advance for putting up with my crafting vacation while I spend quality time with my family.

Ta-ta for now, and thanks for reading my blog!

The Quilting Dance

Ah, the struggles of juggling life and our hobby, eh? One week is feasting on a finish, the next week is famine for one reason or another. I would not know how to react if I did not have several interruptions while trying to quilt, sew, or piece.

My set up goes between houses and all rooms of the house. The longarm is down the street. The ironing mat is in the kitchen with the cutting mat. The sewing machine station is in the living room. The fabric stash is in the bedroom.

As clever as we may be, our time is dedicated. I have a 40 hour work week (which by the way, overtime looms). And then there is the dastardly deed of cooking because of the hungry mouths to feed. And then there are the lovely distractions of quilting youtube channels. And of course housework. And the more people that are in the house, the more interruptions you will naturally have. Some days are better than others. This week was focused on responsibilities and children.

So what did I get done? The yellow and black scrap quilt is QUILTED!!!! YES!!! I am ecstatic! Binding is sewn by machine and lacks my hand-stitching around the perimeter. So close. The day I finished quilting this, I walked home in the rain. Sorry everyone no pictures yet. Today was our first day of no rain.

I decided to video the last part of the border. I went back to watch, the 30 plus minute video was kinda slow. As I was scrolling through my video, I paused at just the right time and saw my foot hanging in mid air. It made me chuckle. I fast forwarded through to another part in the video and again, it looked like I was dancing at my machine. So I decided to save everyone the woes of watching a boring video and sped it up! I call it the quilting dance. It is silly. I tried to put it to music, that is a tad funny as it is so unprofessional, it is clear I do not know what I am doing. I tried to figure out what the hum was in the background of my video. It could be one of two things, the hum of the window AC unit, or more than likely the hum of the deep freeze which was right below the camera. I would have had more footage but the darn camera battery died.

And because this video acted as a timing device I can accurately add up the hours it took me to quit this over several weeks.

I estimate the borders took 12 hours. Each row took about 30 minutes and there were 15 rows. Seven and half hours for the body and 12 hours for the borders which equals 19.5 hours which is half a work week. It took me longer to quilt it than piece it oddly enough.

And as with any quilt finish, so to speak, there is a let down time for me. While I bind, my mind kinda gets a little down because I have looked forward to this coming together for so long. Now my mind has to process the next thing to look forward too.

And because my tables were filled with binding and not much sewing happened.

I only got two 365 blocks done.

I managed to sew two more corriander quilt blooms.

I did some more scrap maintenance. I got out my larger strip pieces of fabrics and utilized the accuquilt cutter. I cut out papers for english paper piecing as well as fabric to cover the papers.

We had a large bin of caramel corn and I saved this for sewing storage. At the time I was not sure what I would put it in, but that was defined this week.

I glue basted and glue basted and glue basted. Everytime I had a spare moment while watching quilting on youtube, I was gluing away. I actually ran out of the good glue. I had read you could also use school glue. I reloaded the pen two more times with just stick elmers glue. Glue is glue eh? And because it is school glue it will wash out. I did make sure before I did all this work that the glue does release a few days later. My jar inventory grew. I still have some pieces to glue baste, but gosh I sure did utilize some fabric scraps that have been lingering for a very long time.

These are one inch hexagons.

This was several days worth. It will look nice to display while I am not doing anything with them.

So in the coming week, I will be doing overtime. *sigh*. I estimate I will be too tired to do much sewing. Hopefully I can finish the hand stitching on the yellow and black quilt and get a good photo finish. I look forward to bringing you that post.

I am now posing a question to those that watch my youtube videos, what content would you like to see on there? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section and I will do my best to meet them. Perhaps I need to have a giveaway to spruce things up.

Ta-Ta for now! And thanks for reading my blog.

Holy Cow, Scrap Happy August 2021

Well, this month flew by!

Please visit all the participants of scraphappy!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Me, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose

For scrap enthusiasts, please visit my recent blog posts. You will be glad you did.

I have a Quilt Hop share, a weeks worth of quilting, and How to Catch Up your Quilt Along. Good tips on strategy, lots of quilters eye candy and my progress on stuff, scraps included. Usually on my scrap happy post I review my accomplishment for the month. I thought this month I would go back in time.

I have two shares in this post. Both of these quilts defined a more serious journey in my hobby. I will go with the oldest first. I call this quilt the No Name Yet quilt. I have never named this quilt. I have been naming quilts since 2008. This one was made around 2004. This was before the Pinterest and social media. When you made a quilt before this technology you visited books and turned pages or just dreamed it up in your head.

My first child was born in 1999. That milestone turned my life in a non-normal way. He was such a wonderful good baby. He has grown into a wonderful man. I am in awe of his smarts on things I am not smart on. He is really good about politics and people. He has charisma.

When he came into this world, it turned ours upside down. Anyone having a baby knows that you no longer think of yourself first. You now have a great responsibility to your child, to the community, to all of mankind to rear a human being who will be good. I now can say within 12 weeks I had bonded with him and then was forced to go back to work. I so wanted to stay home with him, but we could not afford it. Once I went back to work, within a couple of months, my marriage was no longer stable.

I can now say looking back the arrival of this perfect slate I was about to write on, unsettled my husband (now EX). I think he was jealous. He sort of went through a midlife crisis that never ended. One day I thought things were ok and the next the switch flipped and it was no longer ok. We legally separated. For the sake of my child, I accepted things in life I should not have. Would I have changed my path if I would have known? The answer is probably no, just because my son, now grown, is a good human being. I fear if I would have done things differently, that may not have been the same result.

Without going into many horrible specifics, my Ex was hooked on pain pills at the age of 26. His whole family was. Which made me staying with him the hard road to hoe. I never had any money. And then when my son was 6 months old, he quit is good paying job, which left me as a sole provider for a family. I could not let my baby down.

I made many sacrifices for about 5 years following. Living with a drug addict, you take the small things for granted. Receiving mail in the mail box. He would actually go hunt down the postal jeep and get the mail in case I came home from work early to hide the bank notices. I could not have any quarters, nickels, or dimes. If there was any change in the house, it was only pennies. The silvery stuff always seemed to disappear. I lived from day to day.

He would write hot checks and sign my name. I had a warrant out for my arrest for something I did not even do. His mother covered this up and helped him get that issue resolved. How? I have no idea. So many secrets with the family of druggies.

I seriously think, the pain killers then turned into a more sinister drug of choice. During our divorce, I demanded he get tested for drugs. He bragged in the courtroom, that he only tested positive for prescription drugs. That mentality told me I got out when the getting was good. He was on the harder stuff and had enrolled in narcanon. They had prescribed him methadone, which is what he tested positive for. The cat was out of the bag.

During those 5 years of a roller coaster ride leading to my divorce in 2006, was the advent of EBAY in the early days. I bought a box of precut squares, a quilt kit so to speak with a pattern for a whole 7 dollars. I have no idea what the pattern was called, but it was old enough it was typed out with hand drawn illustrations showing you how to make it.

So each day, or each bad day, I would sew nine patches. And then I learned to sew the star corners. And then I learned about how to make the sashing friendship stars. And before you know it, I had a nice size quilt. I felt so good that I made a nice large quilt top for only 7 dollars (plus shipping). And then it came time to quilt it. The local lady had just started her business, and I gladly took it to her. I think it cost me $54 for the quilting. She supplied the batting. And I did have to purchase backing. It was on the sale rack at the quilt shop and was $35. This was soooo much money when I could hardly keep the lights turned on and food on the table. But I made do. I wanted this to be a quilt.

This used to be very bright and colorful, but the chlorine in the water and much use has faded this quite a bit. This quilt has seen better days. And if I would have known then what I know now, I would have gotten the quilter to not use polyester batting. That batting acted as a scrub brush on the backside of the fibers and has slowly filled this quilt with holes.

The story does not end there.

During the divorce, contents were listed of who would get what. This was on my list to get. Of course, when I got back into the house, this quilt was no where to be found. I suspect that in a guilty moment, my ex returned it to my front porch in 2009ish in a garbage bag. The quilt (as well as a quilt my grandmother made) was wet inside the bag. I tried my darnedest to save my grandmothers quilt. The fibers were just too old and oxidized. That quilt disintegrated. But all the work I had done on this one, I had it back!!!! I was elated!! This quilt represented my struggles. It represented perseverance. It also represents the quilt of my grandmothers I lost. I am probably pretty sure that being in a wet bag for no telling how long probably deteriorated this quilt. But I have used it and used it and used it. It has held up well.

My points on this quilt were really good considering I was new to this. I was a bit disappointed when I got it quilted. I wanted it fancy. All the lady did was simply medallion pantographs or meandering. So, I had outgrown my longarmer. That planted a seed a long time ago, which changed my life. It steered me towards a longarm.

So you see, the heartaches you go through do have positive takeaways.

This was on the ground outside for less than 3 seconds before a large wolf spider came to check things out. YICK!

This quilt has become so thin. But it is oh so soft!

Much of this is starting to become holy! Scrap quilt enthusiasts, I ask you what I can repurpose this into? It has such a story and represents a younger chunk of time in my life. A time of good and a time of bad. I don’t need any pot holders, or appliance covers. I think it is too worn to make a jacket out of. It would make cute Christmas stockings, but we don’t celebrate Christmas. Ideas? Leave your suggestions in the comment section.

There is so much more to this story. That quilt holds all of that together for me. A memory I can gaze upon, and know I am in a better place in life. It sparked something inside me to continue to grow as a person, a mother, a human being.

So, fast forward to the start of Missouri Star Quilt Co. We all know how smitten we were with the tutorials every Friday. I still tune in every Friday to see what Jenny Doan magic has happened. That magic has slowly faded for me, but this is where the second part of my story starts.

After discovering MSQC, I found their forum! It was a magical place of strangers from all over the world asking questions, showing their quilts, a true network of minds. I enjoyed the forum for years, but spend very little time there now. In their forum they had groups. Each group had their own thing. I joined a group for a fabric swap of nothing but polka dots. So you would send 40 ten inch squares of your polka dot yardage cut up to the admin, and then when all members sent their squares she would divey them back up and send them back. So my large blue and white polka dot yardage turned into a layer cake all all different polka dot fabrics from all over the United States. It was so neat to be in a fabric swap. You could take something out of your stash and turn it into a layer cake with great variety.

I dreamed up the idea of an all polka dot quilt at that time. My mother had just purchased the accuquilt go baby with the tumbler die. And boy oh boy was it easy to fold your 10 inch square twice and then run it through the machine for perfectly cut tumblers. I am thinking this happened in 2009ish??? Because I no longer had money issues I had amassed a stash of fabric which included polka dot fabric. I had one large piece for the backing, and I had a smaller piece for all the sashing. This was 100% polka dots.

No fanciness to this. When it became a quilt top, by this time Pinterest was out and I wanted to quilt this in pebbles. And I knew my longarmer would not do this. So this is the quilt that started free motion quilting. This quilt took about 3 1/2 months on constant quilting. I tugged and pulled, stitched, and bound this twin size quilt. All of this took place on my 6 1/5 inch throat space machine. I honed and refined, my set up was established. This quilt represented the baby step I took to my big quilting machine. Without working hard at this, night after night, I would not have gotten to the journey where I am today. Persistence prevailed. This quilt is very worn. This went through potty training two little girls. It has been washed oodles and oodles of times. It is now faded and worn. What can I turn this into? Can I recycle this into something useful? I know someone is bound to have a great idea.

The polka dot fabric on the back, you can no longer see polka dots, I swear there were there. They have faded into oblivion! Can you see the holes near the tumblers. Yeah, this one is worn beyond worn. But again, it is oh so soft.

The binding on this one is furry too! LOL

Now back to present time, I am back at my 365 quilt block challenge blocks. I have travelled 2 months in time in the past month. I was in mid August patterns. I am rounding out of October now. That means I have less than 45 more blocks YIPPPEEEEE!

As my reds narrow in volume, it is getting harder and harder to pair things together that have contrast but also resemble a quilt block!

One of these is kinda muddy.

And I am very close to being finished on my yellow and black laundry basket quilts mystery. It has gotten hot it Texas, and I am going to let it be for now. This weekend it is supposed to cool off. I lack the border at the bottom of the quilt, and it will all be custom quilted.

Life is rather 365. A journey of a quilter. I go from novice, to quilter, to longarm quilter. This 365 quilt block challenge red quilt I am working represents perfectly where I am today, where I have been, and where I am going.

Thanks for reading about my scrappy life! Thank you for visiting my blog!

A week’s worth of quilting

This past week has flown by!

I have accomplished much!

I managed to quilt on this only one day because it is HOT in Texas! Summer finally arrived.

Not sure how good these angles are, but this is how I am quilting my Laundry Basket Quilts Mystery of 2021. I managed to sneak this in while I was on a zoom call. I joined up with Sew Yeah and we made the jelly roll race pattern during this long distant sew along call. I loved this!

Last week I cut these strips from my stash and love how the scrappiness shows through. I madly went through my stash later that evening to make sure I did not need any fabric for future progress. I found border and backing! It pays to shop the stash!

Border found, cut, and stitched. Backing selected. I probably will still need to seam this to make a bigger piece. I have 4 pieces of this that was gifted to me. I know one of these pieces is at least 5 yards. Quilt backing it is!

That project was a bit of a squirrel in my plans, and a last minute decision. So, a bit of time for two weekends took way from my UFO that I am working. Those UFOs stand for unfinished objects and by golly represent all my good intentions. At least I am not stalled and am progressing.

I finished two more blooms from the corriander quilts quilt along. These blooms just make me smile! They are so happy!

I managed to get to my goal of 7 blocks this week. I like some of these, and some just look like mudd. I could extend my stash and sew with new pieces of fabric for the reds, but I am getting down to the nitty gritty of things and want to try NOT to do that just yet. Some marry well together, some are surprises in the marriage, and some should divorce! But it will be great variety in my quilt and that is what I am going for.

The last block I sewed for the 365 quilt block challenge was this little 3 incher. It contains covered corners (which I think I have mastered) and mitered corners which are doable, just hard and you have to be oh so careful to be really precise. This one I am pleased with!

I am all the way to October 4th!!!!! I am in the home stretch! I am kind of wanting to get this out of the shoebox and shelf and see how many blocks I need to go. I have been sewing the extras, so I may be close.

This is the favorite part of top making, bringing the blocks together. I have had this much done for quite some time but have stalled because, well….this is a gob of work. And sometimes you have to work on something else so you don’t spoil the milk in your MOJO!

My parents neighbor has a fancy 3d printer and printed a seam ripper of all things. This is nice and heavy in the hand. And if you have a relationship with “jack” like I do you can purchase on of these for $30. If anyone is interested let me know and I can try to hook you up. All of them are different. I love mine because my parents gave it to me, but also because of the color! One end is the ripper, one is the stiletto or awl. I hope I don’t have to use it, but will enjoy it if I do LOL!

I had my demonstration today on chenille quilting. If you missed the how to’s of chenille quilting you can click here and read all about it and there are some lovely videos included. I think the demo was successful. I think I had one very interested person. I had engaged questions. I hope I sparked some creativity with those who are the keepers of fabric stashes. 🙂

I got to see some amazing quilts today and be around people other than work or grocery store! I got to thinking, this is my first outing since Sept of 2019. I also got to see my quilts hanging and snapped some better photos of those. I will try to work on the upload and get those posted next week.

In the meantime, I have cut out several paper plates worth of patterns for each block. They are stacked and ready to sew.

Much accomplished…sew much more to go!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

A Quilty Kind of Week!

The AC has been not working in the garage. The culprit? Birds….

How is it possible for a bird to build a nest when they are too large to get into the AC? There was a massive nest on the inside chassis blocking the fan. My son and I struggled on Wednesday but got it out, cleaned it out, and now I have a cooler ride with the quilting buddy called the Longarm!

This was just in time too as the temperatures are expected to rise in the coming days to more muggy and hot. My neck fan came in as well so we should not only be cool, but breezy LOL!

Progress report for the week:

All that sweat has gotten me halfway complete on the yellow and black quilt. I snapped this photo because it really shows the orange peel quilting. I will continue to work on this as I can each evening.

The 365 quilt blocks are coming along nicely. I have many more to add to the shoebox!

I just LOVE the basket block! I will be working towards a new goal for the upcoming week on these.

And tomorrow I will be involved in a zoom meeting for a jelly roll race. I looked through my jelly rolls and have 4, but none were manly themed. So instead of splurging for a new jelly roll at the NEW HIGHER PRICES, I decided to do a major fabric pull of blues and make my own.

I also added some white and grays for eye appeal. And because most of my stash is somewhat scrappy size, I cut what I could and then sewed those together for a longer strip. I am all set for the group sew!

Goals for the past week almost met and exceeded.

I still have yet to work any on the La Passacaglia. Because of my busy schedule I am not going to put this on my list for the upcoming goals. Eventually things will settle down and I will be back at it.

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Write a tutorial on chenille quilting.
  • Quilt as much as possible on the yellow and black quilt
  • Sew the new flower blocks for the corriander quilts sew along
  • sew at least 5 blocks for the 365 quilt block challenge
  • Make a video using my new camera equipment during the quilting of the yellow and black quilt.

I will be giving a demonstration on Friday on Chenille quilting, wish me luck!

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading my blog!

Scrap Happy July 2021

I have been messing with scraps this past month. I have broke down my scraps to manageable pieces utilizing my accuquilt.

I now have ooodles of 2 inch squares again! The tubs are full. In the back of my craw, I see a postage stamp quilt. Perhaps I will just set these beside my machine and use as leader enders? I have not worked out the geometry of this quilt yet, but I see a 2 inch scrap squares quilt in the near future.

First thing is first. I opened a poll and let readers determine what I would work on next. It would seem I have many unfinished objects (UFOs). There was a tie. Not sure how to settle a tie. I supposed since one is machine piecing and one is hand piecing I should be able to work both?

The viewers have spoken and they want to see progress on the 365 quilt block challenge as well as the La Passacaglia quilts.

I have a whole stack of blocks cut out for the 365 quilt, and managed to get one sewn before I ran out of weekend!

I presume as I watch many live feed videos on youtube that the handstitching will commence on the La Passacaglia.

Last month I showed you the Scrappy Laundry Basket Quilts 2021 mystery. This quilt I donated to charity.

I also completed the Moda Scrap bag quilt. This really was nothing special but fun to have the freedom of no pattern. This has also been donated to charity.

And because I donated the Laundry Basket quilt to charity, I wanted to make one for myself a tad bigger with a border selected by me. I made this in the same pattern as the green one, but what a difference contrast makes! I think the border along with the color scheme really makes the scrappy quilt radiate! I am feeling good that this was just an idea of color in my last scrap happy post. And now it is sew close!

Top sewn, I have it on the longarm now. I have decided to quilt the body of this quilt in an orange peel that radiates from the center out. I have taken the yellow part of the delectable mountains border and made lines that radiate out from the center. The black in the border has more of a art deco style with some ruler work.

The AC is currently not working in the garage so any quilting accomplished is a major electrolyte dump. Although it is a cooler summer here, the concrete pad is like a weather rock, if it is humid, is absorbs the moisture making your body condense at the speed of light! I suppose condense is not the right word….perspire……profusely. If it is hot, that concrete slap absorbs that energy, so there is no escaping the sweat shop environment. No pain no gain!

I have committed to quilting one more charity quilt between now and August 15th. Due to this commitment I do not want to leave this on the longarm long because I do not have a clue when the charity quilt will show up. A race against time. I made pretty good progress on this today, and have gotten down in to the orange peel part. The borders will be the time consumer. Hopefully this weekend I can utilize the weekend cool mornings and progress to the end.

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Baby Shark

Anyone who has young’uns, knows this little ditty ah too well. Baby Shark, da-do, da-do, de-do-to-do.

You know, children can watch things over and over and be delighted every time they watch. As parents I feel this is a torture technique. I can only assume some place in the world is bellowing this song 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, very loudly to get an adult to succumb to telling secrets and torturing until secrets are spewed. Odd what one delights in, others spew LOL.

This is a catchy tune, and can easily become an earworm. It is fun for a while and then you move on. I had a little shark bite this week. I happened to be on youtube and came across a tutorial for a free pencil case. I had all the materials, so I dove right in. Here is the video in english for the pencil case. The pattern is in the link below the video. An easy afternoon project.

I starting looking for grays in my stash, had one selected, and thought, what does the inside of a shark look like? I hope I never find out! But in the process of looking for the insides I came across a scaly looking fabric that could be considered fishy. So the gray got assigned to the inside.

I found some old shank pearly buttons in the old button tin which remind me of shark eyes. And a pencil case was born!

And speaking of a shark being born, for kicks I thought I would load a kitten into the sharks mouth LOL. Not a good picture, but this is a kitten 1 day old, just born.

er…..On to more quilty things, I selected and sewed my border blocks for the yellow and black quilt.

I have posed the question, black to the out or black to the in. I can debate this and one day it looks good one way, and then the next it looks good the other way.

I like the feathered star look of the black inwards, but then I look at the yellow zig zaging out, and like that too. This weekend, I will just sew this what ever mood strikes me in the moment and will have a top to show soon.

I am almost done sewing wallet. I have to get out the big sewing machine as the featherweight, as much of a work horse as it is, is not enough for going through 8 layers of vinyl.

Lets discuss goals. I set three goals for the week. I met two of the three. I have failed to work on the tatted doily. That is ok, when it happens, it happens. When it don’t, it don’t. My monthly goals I have yet to meet, but seen this successful in the coming weeks.

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Get the yellow and black quilt to “top” status
  • Start quilting the yellow and black quilt
  • reveal the viewers choice for the next UFO, WIP, PHD and start working that project. The results seem clear, but I am going to leave the poll open just a tad more for more voting.

Having a long weekend sure did help me. But at the same time it hindered me too. As much as I got done here at the house, it left me tired wanting more time off from work. I was tired all week. It was like having the extra day off gave me jet lag or something. Can any of you relate to this? It put lead in my derriere and took my get-up-and-go, away it went. Perhaps it will set itself straight this weekend? Tally ho, TGIF!

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