Scrap Happy? October

I am questioning my happiness lately. I have no will to sew. I have not done much of anything. I don’t really want to do much of anything. I am not finding joy in my normal routine. I think the pandemic is really starting to affect my mind! Are any of you experiencing this? I am in quite a bit of funk. So not much scrappy sewing has happened this past month. (I somewhat feel like an old lady ready to yell at the first person who gives me any kind of crap. My intolerance of the once tolerable is odd and NOT me.)

I did get the spring brook blossoms quilt completed. That was not much sewing, I made one block and part of another. Sewed these large blocks together and added a border. I am still enjoying the quilting leg of my life, but I ran out of quilts! Mom has given one of hers to tide me over so I am currently working this.

No sewing, so I did get the design wall cleared and filled. I will probably bring this to a top next in my project pile. But I am just not feeling the sewing vibe lately.

I did find joy at the thrift store. I found two packages of rayon thread all brand new in their packaging.

This will eventually be put to use. I was thinking during some EPP. But I have no want or desire to do that either.

I searched out some scraps to cut down to 2 1/2 inch squares. Meh….eventually I will use these in something.

I searched my string baggies and fetched out some more neutral prints and made a scrappy binding for the spring brook blossoms quilt. The egg fabric always makes me smile….breakfast eggs/cracked eggs on fabric LOL.

I did get the quilt bound and had a finish, but it does not excite me. If anything for years, when I finish a project there is a let down after. The joy you had bringing the project to its finish, means that it is all done. No more to look forward to in that project. Does this make sense?

I just can’t bring myself to start much of anything.

And we all know all too well when we sew anything, we make more scraps! I have another pile ready to file away in my scrap system.

Apologies for not much scrap work to show you. But I am certain if you visit these other ScrapHappy bloggers you are sure too see some exciting projects!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,

Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,

Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,

Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule,

Gwen, Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L,

Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear,

Carol, Preeti, Edith, Debbierose and Esther

Thank you for reading my blog!

Playing with Walls

If you think about it, a wall with nothing on it, is rather like a blank canvas. It is ready to have assignment. Paint, mural, nail with a picture frame hanging on it define most walls. My wall is now my design wall. I have padded walls! hahahahahaha! The IRONy of this crazy hobby is that it does keep you sane, pads your walls, and you can make punny IRONy jokes! LOL!

So this week I have been digging through my projects. I have too many baggies! You know what I am speaking of, all stashed in your stash waiting to be finished. The three letter bad word for us quilters….UFO. Unfinished object

Items that seemed like an inspiration when started but quickly lost their sparkle. Or perhaps hung up on a fabric choice, or just too dreadfully hard to proceed. Or fill in the blank why we do not finish our projects.

Last week I showed you on of the spur of the moment sew-tastic days I wanted to create a new pattern.

Meeting the spinning 9 patch in solids

After the post last week, I decided to rearrange in a more color coded wheel. As I sew more blocks there will be more options to spin out into different colors. This is what I have so far that matches.

And then I remembered when I went to TOGA, we had a block swap. I got those out as well as a stack of other 9 patches that I sewed to be incorporated into a pattern one day. I decided to lay those out into the spinning 9 patch. I really like this one.

Sorry about the blurred photo, just squint when you look at it, can you see it spin? It sparkles and spins. I have left this one up. I want to proceed this into a top, but did not have any sew time this week.

I have a clamshell baggie going with oodles of clamshells cut out raring to go. These are really hard and have went back into the bag.

Here are some scrappy strings that used up a gobs of scraps. I stopped working this because I felt my scraps were the same ones over and over, so I opted to stop. This can be picked back up at anytime.

And this is a bunch of charm packs (I think I purchased 4). These charm packs only costed me 99 cents (that may be a clue as to how long ago I purchased them.) If I recall this fabric line was called OP Art. This has been shelved for years because I was waiting to buy fusible. I now have fusible and I even have white yardage to affix this to, but it has kind of lost its luster and no longer really interests me right now. Perhaps if I have more time, I would just whip this out in a few days. For now it goes back into the baggie.

This is jack’s chain, ring cycles pattern. This is a gob of y seams. This is hard and probably at the hardest part of making it all come together. This will happen, but not right now. Incidentally I think I ran out of onasburg fabric and bought more, which is darker tan so I shelved this. This is actually in two plastic craft totes.
And then I came across this vintage top. I got this at TOGA, when you bring everyone else’s crap home LOL. I was really excited about getting this because I had just gotten my longarm. However, this quilt is so wonky, it would be quite the job. There are some beautiful vintage fabrics in this which is worth some sort of save. Not sure at this time what this will be purposed into, other than stealing the vintage feed sack fabric from it.

So this has not only feed sacks, and poly cotton blends, it has indigo (which is older than dirt), sateen, and the dreaded double knit!!!!!

Some of this quilt top is hand stitched, some of it is sewn with a sewing machine and looking at the stitches looks like a vintage singer. And the seams are not 1/4 inch. They vary by up to an inch and all the way down to the norm of 1/4 inch. Wonky wonky.

And then there is the damaged portion which is too far gone to save. Most of the sateen seams because those pieces were not cut on the bias frayed into oblivion and disappeared in some instances.

These projects represent my good intentions, and the sad thing is, this is not all of them, I have some foundation pieces in two different projects which would not stay on the design wall.

As far as the Spring Brook Blossoms, I have selected a border fabric and will get going on this hopefully over the weekend. And with cooler temperatures, hopefully this will become a quilt very soon. I have not looked for backing fabric for this in my stash, but it can be anything because I have put so much color and scraps into this top.

I failed to snap a new photo, but it is a top now, just waiting for a border.

I did manage to hand stitch a sleeve onto the Radiant quilt. All it needs now is a label and it will be ready for a show. Which brings me to my next delihma. I have folded my quilts and when they get unfolded, you can still see where the quilt was folded. I am trying to find a large cylinder to wrap the quilt on. So far all I can find is PVC which is too dang heavy at 87 inches long, plus would not stand up in the closet. Still trying to figure out a cheaper option. Perhaps making a poly filled pillow that is 4 inches round and 87 inches long.

I need to come to terms with my projects, and pick one and get it done. Currently my sew jo is not what it used to be. I have not put my finger on it. Eventually it will come back. I hope I have content for you soon.

Thanks for reading my blog!

An Exciting Arrival!

When thinking of an exciting arrival, we all think babies! No babies arrived, sorry to disappoint! No new kittens, no puppies, no….not what you think. I suppose birthing of a quilt is an arrival, but I did not birth a quilt. That technique frightens the bejesus outa me. I will stick to making quilts as I know how.

So what arrived? I am happy to announce the arrival on my new design wall! I would promote this design wall, I paid $37 for. It did not say what it was made from. All it is, a piece of oversized felt. So for those of you who like to figure these things out without the price tag, just get you some 72 wide felt and cut it to size for your wall. You could probably staple the felt to the wall!

But first, lets discuss the goals I set last week.

  • Bind the nautical quilt
  • Finish hand stitching the binding on the Radiate yellow and black quilt
  • Tat some on the Jan Stawasz doily
  • Work on the spinning 9 patch pieces/quilt

This week was a great week for getting things done! The blue nautical charity quilt is complete. All binding is sewn. This quilt will be donated next year to the Sew Yeah Quilting for Alaska homeless. Since last weekend was National Sew a Jelly Roll Day, I opted to get the one in progress done!

I finished hand sewing the binding on the Radiate quilt! Yippee!!!! Now I am having second thoughts and may add a sleeve to the back of this because I am bouncing the idea of quilt show in the future. This quilt is very photogenic!

Here is the backing, this is flannel backed. It has a layer of toasty cotton batting as well as 80/20. With that plus the flannel this quilt is heavy! It reminds me of quilts from yesteryear that were nice and thick and really keep you warm.

This picture does not really do this justice. It is black with gold medallions all over it. And this quilt I tried loading a black bobbin and yellow thread in places in the top. I am pleased that my tension is flawless. I worried about this every time I loaded a different bobbin.

And with the arrival of the design wall, I can see this motivating me to get busy. Here are my blooms of the spring brook blossoms quilt along.

The last part of the pattern was released on Monday so I now have another full block done.

It tickles me the color combinations that I selected for these blooms. The Blue and mauve one above reminds me of Pajamas with that pajama looking background LOL.

I have since started on the last block. The stem is done.

And the upper part of the flower is partially done.

I decided on a bit of orange in this quilt block.

Not pictured are the 10 1/2 inch blocks at the bottom and tops of the empty slots on the design wall. Those are cut and added.

And for kicks, I decided to load the spinning 9 patch pattern up on the wall to see if I like it. Mind you, this is not the final cut, just an audition to see if it spins.

Does this spin to you? I see a circle of 9 patches. I did not think putting squares together could make a circle, but I think it does! This quilt will be fun to make scrappy, but I am utilizing some precuts and yardage to see if I like it. I am thinking I have reds through greens with all different shades in between of the yellows, oranges, pinks, and greens. I am thinking the 9 patch rings would be fun all in one color. We will see if I have enough of any one color to do that. Each jelly roll strip set (one white and one color) makes three blocks with a few 2 1/2 inch squares left over. Can you see all the different shades of pink? There are that many oranges too. The red 9 patches remind me of the chuckwagon logo of Purina pet food LOL.

In having fun with the design wall, I suppose if I get out many of my half done projects, this just might give me the kick in the pants to get going again. For those of you who crawl around on the floor, THAT is for the birds! I am too old and it is such a dang yoga work out. If I wanted a work out, I would work out LOL.

I am looking at the variety of my spring brook blooms and wonder what kind of border I am going to come up with. These flowers are rather loud, but humble. For size reasons I do think it needs a border. Perhaps a simple soft solid.

I failed to tat on my doily, which was a goal. But my excitement of my design wall, kind of over-ruled everything I had planned. If it weren’t for the doily, I would have far exceeded my goals.

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Sew the Spring Brook Blossom and make a top
  • Select a border
  • Get a few UFOs out of their bins and put them on the design wall and see if I can start going in a different direction
  • Give away my padded walls
  • Sew a few more 9 patches

To make room for the design wall, these items had to come down. I will be rehoming these. The round la passacaglia is now a potholder in the kitchen as well as the left over pieces from En Provence to the left of the boot.

Out with the old, in with the new. And sometimes what is old, is new again!

I am headed out to go to Sew Becca’s Live stream on youtube. I did not realize how much I miss her live feeds until they were gone.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Sew a Jelly Roll Day!

You know you have them! Might as well get them out to play! It is that time of year again! Happy Sew a Jelly Roll Day to you all!

I am going to be playing with a couple of jelly roll projects over the weekend.

I started a new jelly roll project two weeks ago. I am several 9 patches in! I am waiting for yardage to arrive so I can start piecing the 9 patches into a bigger block.

I also will be putting the finished edge on this homemade jelly roll race quilt. I pulled all my blues and grays out of my stash back in June and cut 40ish 2 1/2 inch strips. I decided after I sewed them together I had some bluish anchor fabric and made that the border. I had navy and ship fabric for the backing. I managed to quilt this over the last couple of evenings. And keeping with a nautical them, went ocean waves for the free motion quilting. Some ocean waves are calm, some are turbulent, and some are pipeline waves. This was quick to quilt.

Here is the backing. I will be working this for binding in the coming week. This is ready for some pressing and cutting.

And because I am back at my crafting table, that means the puzzle is done!

I have made some fabric purchases. I found backing for my 365 quilt block challenge quilt. I bought 10 yards which is too much, but I know I will have enough since this is kind of directional.

I have gotten a few more motifs done for the Jan Stawasz doily. I think before, the background I used to photograph it interfered with the true color. Here is it, blush!

I finally have a rhythm on this and now that I have those non-reversed chains figured out with alligator join goodness, this is going a bit faster and smoother. I have already used up a 50 gram ball. That is the thing with working from a pattern out of the book I have. No instructions! No quantities called out. Just stitch counts. A schema only, LOL!

My list of to-dos in the coming week:

  • Bind the nautical quilt
  • handstitch the binding on the radiate quilt
  • work on the spining 9 patch pattern
  • tat a bit on the Jan Stawasz doily V

Happy Sew a Jelly Roll Day! Thanks 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!


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!

Make your own Alphabities Tutorial

I have written about this a couple of times. In googling my blog, I went back and read all about my first post on making your own quilt letters for patterns. We have all tried various methods. A small torn piece of paper or post it note with the letter written on it pinned to the fabric can work over and over.

I started saving bread wrapper plastic ties. And I made a set with those. Those were nice plastic, but kept finding those would not stick to anything and the children ended up playing with them, so I gave in and let them.

I talked my mom into making a set for my birthday one year. She obliged. She embroidered using her programs on her embroidery machine and stitched on felt, pinked the edges. These have been a life saver for me and have allowed me to grow as a quilter.

I noticed the other day that the majority of use with this alphabet is during the 365 quilt block challenge. As you all know I am going with a red theme. I noticed those reds have slowly left their mark on the first 8 letters of the alphabet. Make me wonder now if the quilt will bleed after completion???? I will continue to use the set my mother made me but decided that anyone could make a set using fabric. No fancy machine required. Here is a list of items needed

  • Alphabet panel
  • contrast or matching fabric (size will vary according to alphabet size.
  • sewing machine
    • If you are using a relatively new machine you will need a walking foot as well
    • If you are using a vintage machine pre 1959 you should be ok without the walking foot
    • The sewing machine is optional you can always baste these together by hand or hot glue them
  • Left over scraps of batting
  • scissors and/or pinking shears or rotary blade with pinker
  • Contrasting or matching thread

The alphabet panel I chose is made by Moda in the line called “Its Elementary”

I also used Moda fabric for the backing of my quilt sandwich, this is basic grey and called “Maven”

Here is where there is a fork in the road. Because you will decide which direction you want to take this panel. At this point you could make your quilt sandwich and quilt the panel as desired. I thought when I started this project that I was unsure how well me and my pinking shears would get along cutting through so many layers. Make sure before you quilt everything together and you are using pinking shears they are sharp and can do the job. Also, make sure your hands are up for the job. Using pinking shears is hard work!

I chose to pink my letters from the panel first, which in hindsight, I could have just cut these with normal scissors or a rotary cutter.

This panel does have printed guidelines for cutting. These measure around 3 inches. I found that the letter J was the largest letter. This panel has many repeats of common letters, but I only counted two Zs so you can really only make two sets. One for you and one for a friend!

I trimmed and retrimmed until I got each letter the size I wanted. Remember this is homemade, don’t struggle with the perfection of squareness, these are NOT quilt blocks, they are quilt aides.

After vacuuming I decided to trim the rest of the trash can, this made the biggest mess. Work smarter not harder like me.

I took the largest or should I say tallest letter and cut a strip that was approx half an inch larger than my pinked trimmed letter. I found my scrap batting pile and layered my pieces. I actually placed my printed letter by itself on the batting and trimmed the batting, then placed it on the coordinating/contrasting fabric and trimmed around that about a 1/4 inch all the way around. I used less than 9 inches of fabric, probably closer to 6 inches WOF.

And here is my little ravioli letter J. When you sandwich your pieces they are quite small. This first one I pinned. The pins were just in the way. The batting really behaves well and keeps everything from shifting. When you quilt these pieces together you may or may not want to use a walking foot. I chose not to and stitched on my featherweight. You could get out the fancy stitches on the embroidery machine and doll these letters up with cute threads!

I recommend if you will be using these on a vertical surface you use flannel to back your letters or felt. This tip can help you mark your rows for your pieces from your design wall to your machine. So many uses!

These little quilt sandwiches do remind me of ravioli. I suppose ravioli is a lot like a quilt, it has a back, filler, and a front and is all handmade!

As an afterthought, you could also hot glue a magnet onto the back of these and store them on the fridge! Let everyone spell out clever stuff at the fridge.

What are your other options for lettering your pieces?

If you have the right flat head flower pins, they do make stickers you could affix to those. I suspect this may run you less than 20.

If you have the accuquilt cutting system there is the alphabet die, you could certainly cut out all your letters using that. If you don’t have the die, it is expensive. It can be used over and over. Binding clips work well with paper or fabric.

There are pin heads that have the alphabet on them. As I understand it, these are hard to use because just take a look at your pincushion, you see how many pins are there. Can you imagine if they all had a letter on top. It would take time to get used to that system. I know little hands in this house are always pushing my pins flat to the pin cushion. These would probably get lost too. Or worse, the bent pin. Yeah, you know the one. The one you pull out blindly every time you need a pin. Those pin sets run more than $20. Alphabet beads, alphabet buttons. These would be cute stitched to some felt and you could make those tiny.

You could also opt for just plain alphabities. They are probably the most affordable option. I am brainstorming on what to do with my left over pieces in the alphabet. This panel would be perfect for a scrabble quilt. I am liking the magnet thing. I could quietly leave a note for those who are still home sleeping and tell them how much I love them!

I presume since these are now quilted and have the potential of getting used and dirty, the edges are pinked so you should not have any unravel of fabrics. I will hold off on the washing bit as long as I can. Those of you who use the alphabet system while making a block, they are true lifesavers, aren’t they?

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. If there is a tutorial you would like to see on this blog, leave a comment and I will see how I can fit that in!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

We have a Winner!

Winner of the tatted doily is……drum roll please……..

Karen Fulbright, congratulations!!!

I have emailed the winner. To the winner, you have a week to respond to my email or I will have to draw another name.

Well, as I suspected I have not gotten to much this past week. I did start custom quilting on a panel.

This is a panel my mother purchased. And she has very little money invested and no time. She asked me to custom quilt it, I said yes. *sigh*. As much as I wanted to say “no”, it is for mom. Not agreeing with my own logic, I just want to be done with it. Standing on my soap box, if I had customers who wanted me to custom quilt this I would say no. I do not have the right set up. I do not have micro handles for all this fine work. My quilting is sloppy. Time is precious…..I digress.

But I decided to make this panel work for me. I decided to change the way I float a top. I decided to baste this and then roll it on the belly bar attached to the batting and the backing. It is working, but the panel itself is wonky. Fabric connoisseurs we all know that some fabrics warp and weft are warped. This is one that is. Not badly. Hence why I basted it. In the coming week I look forward to finish the quilting of this panel. I also look forward to the fact I do not have to bind it. HAHA!

As far as piecing, I did manage a 6 inch block on Wed. This block had cuts up the K in the alphabet, geez. That is why I kind of put it off. I rather like how this 365 six incher turned out.

And whoa, this is rather blurry. I guess something got bumped on the touch screen of the camera. I highly recommend if you have a camera to turn that setting off! I am constantly bumping it!!

I sewed very little binding by hand this week. I tried to give my hands a break in the evenings. Excuses, excuses….may I be frank? I was just lazy. I have a bad case of no sewing mojo and am rather forcing it right now. We all know when the mojo is gone it is hard to focus and accomplish much with needle and thread. I think it is the time of year. I see through the years since I have learned to tat, I tat in August. Must be an natural algorithm for my hands vs time. I do have the mojo to do that, but I am afraid if I do pick that up, I will not do anything quilting related. And this is a quilting blog.

Accuquilt came out with a new die, which I purchased. It arrives shortly. I need another project start like I need a hole in the head. Serial starter……It would seem I have become this… I turning into my mother? Or is my focus just messed up?

Due to me binding the yellow and black quilt last week, I changed my seam allowance and did not change it back. All of the blocks in this post are now too small…..arrrrggggghhhhhh.

I noticed how off when I made these. I failed to measure the 6 inch block and when I did, it was almost a 1/4 inch off in size. These may get put in a special box that if I have enough blocks, I can opt out of these three. So the seam allowance is now where it should be.

I recently watched a YouTube video of Edyta Sitar. Her baskets pattern for 4 inch finished basket blocks is wonderful. I watched what she had cut out for pieces, and knowing that it is charm pack friendly decided to figure out her pattern. Many failed attempts, and charm cuts ruined I managed one. I probably should just break down and get the pattern.

I had ordered a new bobbin case. I did not chose the option to go with the manufacturer. Does this sound crazy to any of you longarmers? The longarm company listed the bobbin case for sale with the “real” manufacturing info on it. So instead of paying them 40 dollars, I bought it on amazon for $16. Turns out my bobbin case is made by Towa in Japan. The mark up of that is ridiculous!

So I wanted to throw something on the frame that I could quilt up pretty fast to see if it worked. Ah, I suspect my original bobbin case is actually messed up. I had no tension issued since using this case. So, every time I load a new bobbin, the incessant need to get tension perfect has vanished. I only struggled with this for 2 1/2 years. That is probably the definition of crazy. I have another on its way. And the new one has a different style back lash spring inside which I always wondered if I could use with my set up. Now I know.

This took less than 30 minutes to load, iron, and quilt. That is just what I needed on Monday, or was it Tuesday? This week all the days ran together.

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Finish quilting the fall panel for Mom
  • Make new alphabities with a tutorial for those interested
  • Pick up the tatting shuttles and work the Jan Stawazs doily
  • make the 365 quilt blocks I have currently cut out at my sewing machine
  • glue baste more hexies that I cut last weekend from scraps

Can I do it? As bob the builder would say or even Barrack Obama, yes we can! Or in this case, yes I can!

Congrats to the winner of the doily, be looking for another giveaway in the coming month. I have a whole wall of pieced/quilted wall hangings that can have a new home.

Thanks for stopping by and 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!