The ups and downs

With last weekend being a holiday weekend, I got so much done! Each of the passes on my longarm I Have timed. To quilt 3 panels is about 4 hours. I have 12 hours left of quilting to achieve a finish! Drum roll please…..and the quilting motif goes to……..CROSSHATCH as a solo.

Yeah I know I said I wanted to do crosshatch only in the negative space. Novel idea, but quilting some of the squares out in no mans land in this quilt, would have been problematic for a different pattern in that area.

So I am whipping out my bearpawquilting ruler and am doing it the long way. If I would have had enough fabric I could have turned the quilt on point on the longarm and quilted it using my lockers. But, glad I did not even attempt that. Oddly enough after getting the top loaded and taking measurements and ensuring it is centered using the centering tape, one end is 60 inches, the other end is 61 inches?????

I attribute this to how I sewed the first panel pieces which seemed to eat up a sliver here and a sliver there. It added up. As square and true as us quilters assume we are, without lack of trying, we are not perfect. So, I will just chalk this up to some “fail” under my belt which equals a better quilter in the long run, eh?

I love how the crosshatch takes the normal square and creates shadows and plays with the lighting to make it seem like they are QSTs. And what is even better about this? I almost forgot to tell you. Bear with me here.

When I purchased my longarm in 2018, I was told by the rep that the only thread the machine would really like was perma core polyester thread. It is cheap thread, I have purchased about $150 worth over the years. It has served me well. I recently recieved a gift certificate and found the perfect thread color for this, but it was 100% cotton, made for longarm quilting. That cone of thread was $24. I would never have gambled my own money on this thread because it is so expensive. So I used the gift certificate and gambled with someone else’s money so to speak. AM I GLAD I DID THIS! I used superior threads king tut Mummie Dearest for quilting of this. That thread blends with every color in this quilt! And my machine loves this thread! I have had no thread breaks! So now I will need to venture out and find other brands instead of the only thread I have used up to this point.

I am kind of sad that I was given poor advice. And when I view the longarm company’s videos, I thought they must have done something special to use GLIDE thread in the video. Why did the rep do that to me? I was naive. I should have known better! So now, I have a new chapter in my quilting life and will enjoy exploring the new options of that door that opened.

I also have been working on some barnyard madness. I was informed last week that the baby I am making this for came three weeks early at 9 lbs 7 oz. So I feel terrible that I have missed the deadline. I reached out to “mom” and she informed me she did not make the deadline either LOL!

This weekend I will work on a better layout and make a gob of crop blocks. And now knowing that it is a little girl, will not feel so bad to put more pink in this!

All of these blocks are different sizes. The barn is 14 by 12. The cows and milk jugs are 12 by 12. The tractor is 16 x 20. The hay trailer is 16 x 22. I will figure out this puzzle. I have enjoyed making this! It is nice to follow a pattern every now and then. I wish I would have made the tractor more girly. But when I was making it, I didn’t know. I tried to make it look like the color of rust, which is not very baby friendly. But the baby won’t care will she?

So you have seen the ups and downs of my needle this week. What you have not seen is the drama that can happen behind the scenes. As you all know I am a youtuber. I have a group of gals in youtube land that I have gotten to know pretty well. This group is very supportive and such a wonderful group of people. I cannot remember if I was watching a live on Saturday or if it was a live on Wednesday, but there was a question posed by one of the gals. It was a harmless question, but it was also a question I wanted to ask, but out of respect for those making the videos opted NOT to ask it.

A moderator on the live chat firmly told the individual to drop it, that is was no one’s business. And the question asker, stated it was their loss, meaning that whatever transpired up to that point, it was a shame that it could no longer be like it was before. I may not have typed those words, but I sure would have thought it. And we all know that words in the form of text are emotionless unless someone reads it differently. The moderator of the channel got very ticked at the “their loss” comment and really got nasty.

And just like that it was dropped. Not sure if it was because one of the chatters left, or just did not read it (because when you are sewing you miss alot of what is written during a live stream). But, it surfaced today. On a completely innocent channel of all of this but with the same moderator.

The youtuber cursed, and I will paraphrase, told people to be nice, and then stopped the live because it really upset her. I can assume if I was in her position I would have been very upset too! And she ended the live. I think she was crying.

Those of you out in virtual land, please be respectful of others. Sometimes keeping your comments to yourself is the best course of action. A completely innocent person got pulled into this. And she is definitely owed an apology. I feel very bad this happened. Even though I was there and not saying anything to anyone, I witnessed it. I feel full of guilt that such a minor thing got blown way out of proportion and escalated fast into anger.

Everyone, if you are having a hard time keeping your inner peace, do not make others miserable. Get yourself some help. And Everyone, please be kind because everyone is fighting a hard battle. No matter what the circumstance, be nice. Try to be respectful more than you have ever been. I am seeing a trend lately where America has completely lost respect for their community even their neighbors.

If someone does something to you that you do not like, be nice. It is so easy to take words out of context. You have no idea what these people are going through, nor what hardships they face. We all are always a few steps from absolute catastrophe. Please be kind. What you put out there is what you get back.

And thank you for reading my blog!

The Milk Cows

Due to a longer weekend last weekend, I got a gob of stuff done. Mom’s Dresden is quilted. Turned out beautiful.

And I got this one quilted, sorry no quilted photo.

I made a chicken pincushion.

And I started piecing a new baby quilt. I had just received my copy of Farm Girl Vintage 2 and skimmed through it, and then got out the Farm Girl Vintage book to plan on making a barn quilt out of 2. I changed my mind and enjoyed piecing a cow block. And what goes with cows? Milk Cans of course. I hope the mom to be is not offended by this theme. It is cute, but you never know eh?

This picture is the bom cut out of all the pieces for the larger cow.

This block sure has a high alphabet count!

And just like that it turned into this.

And I got borders put on the blue boy quilt top. All this is, three 2 1/2 inch strips sewn and trimmed to each side. Each side had a left over 10 inch or so piece. I turned my 6.5 square on the strip set on it’s diagonal and made each corner. Looks like a fancy churn dash (which was unexpected). Love, Love, Love how this one turned out. Sometimes the fun of just winging a quilt design has a wonderful outcome. #Scrapathon2023 And who says that a quilt needs 90 degree corners. I rather like this design element.

The weather is still cooler than normal so hopefully I will get the blue quilt quilted soon. Other stuff on my to-do list, I have a couple of bindings to install, but there is no rush.

I also got this sent off to see if it will make the cut in a quilt show. I have a little more work to do on this. The binding is complete, there are quilting stitches that need ripping out. I need to install a sleeve as well as a label. I have plenty of time to do all this, but the ripping out is very time consuming.

Wish me luck! And thanks for reading my blog!

Summary of the week

Summer came and we reached highs of 97, and then just like that it was way cool for this time of the year. Usually May is a muggy month where we have a bunch of gulf stream moisture with highs between 85-92. Last weekend a cool front came and cooled us off to highs in the 60s and low 70s. It has been a quilting kind of week!

I have been working on mom’s quilt. It is 90% complete. And the weekend is long so maybe I will get that finished up and get something else on the frame.

There is mega texture in this echo quilting AND it took the fullness out of the spots that needed it.

I am down to one seam left in the scrappy buckeye beauty quilt. I will probably add borders this weekend. I did place a poll on youtube for selecting a border. At the beginning of the poll, the two fabrics were neck and neck in the percentages. Make sure to go check that out so you can vote too!

And a while back I was viewing another Nolting longarm on youtube and noticed they had a CLX like mine but their handles came further to the front of the frame. I reached out to the owner (Ann) and she let me know that those are just extension bicycle handles (only $10 dollars on Amazon). She actually added two sets to make it more ergonomic for her. I only added one because I do ruler work. This changed has taught me a few things.

So for the few years I have owned this machine, I would leave my machine with a back ache. I mean the belly bar is a fulcrum on the body and you have to bend over to reach the rear of the quilt while quilting. This helped tremendously with that! My arms are bent at 90 degrees and kept by my side which is a very natural position. I did not need any technology to make this change but a screwdriver. And because I removed the foam pads that were original to the machine, when I do ruler work and grab that right handle, it fits marvelously in my hand. Those handle cushions are too big, which is not ergonomic for these chunky dunky hands (those handle grips were made for man’s hands….hmmm not well thought out Nolting). Was I able to do more quilting for longer periods? YES! I wish I would have asked a long time ago.

I did have a tension hiccup. I got jammed and the machine went into fail safe mode. I thought I broke the machine! I oiled heavily and left it rest for 24 hours. That dislodged a large piece of lint put off by the green thread I am using on the backing. My eyes don’t see green very well any more. I cannot see the lint below in the machine. My machine is still not just right. I presume there is another hairball this cat needs to hack up.

May is almost over, what does June hold quilt wise? Well, I am still waiting on grid interfacing! Yeah, after the wrong stuff was shipped, I ordered AGAIN and because I am relying on a drop ship, it has taken all month. I had hoped I could start on this.

I have decided to enter this 365 quilt block challenge in a quilt show. It has been on my table needing the binding added now for months. I did work on that a bit this week. As I see it all rumpled up on my table, I see how accurate my points and nested seams are. This quilt deserved to be seen! I will be making arrangements for a label as well as a hanging sleeve. I know when other quilters see it, they will be inspired and they will know how much work went into this. And I finally measured the quilt. It turned out to be 90 X 90. I was shocked by the measurement haha, it is spot on. In the description box to tell a bit about the quilt, I am listing I now hate red hahhahaha. Other quilters are going to relate to this.

Have a wonderful weekend! Be safe! Summer is officially here! Thanks for reading my blog!

Happy Mother’s Day 2022

I have been busy, but then again I haven’t.

In my last post I pondered who would win the battle of the backings. I am pleased to announce my Mom won that battle. I am custom quilting a dresden quilt with a dash of embroidered butterflies. I have uploaded a video of how to quilt and make a flower border using a circle ruler. The way the quilt is made, makes echoing around the dresdens the way to go. I have posted a video on youtube. I will share that here.

And last weekend I started making the Embroidery Flower Quilt. This is a free pattern offered by tilda fabrics utilizing solids. Click here for the pdf. I did a massive fabric pull and went through 2 cans of starch during the cutting and ironing. After deciding on which swatch matched what fabric best, I managed to find 44 different fabrics in my stash that were either blenders, solids, or a very close match calico print. I had to make a trip to my LAQS to get the remaining two fabrics. I have cut all my color pieces. I lack cutting the background. I have cut some squares. I have cut some strips. I will be assembling this using the grid interfacing method. Be looking for that tutorial soon. And I will refrain from cutting so many small blocks and utilize the strip method instead for large hunks of background fabric

My method for this? As I paired a fabric to the matching swatch, I wrote on a sticky note the fabric number assigned and how many squares to cut. After cutting I bagged the squares and the sticky note together and hung them on my design wall. I have seen this particular pattern done using the paper plate method. I do not have room for 46 paper plates to be lain about. So, I am now a bag lady! I started a Vlog on youtube to document this journey.

And because I pulled the majority of these fabrics from my stash I am claiming this to be #Scrapathon2023.

As of now I am a bit stalled waiting for the interfacing to arrive. I worked my day job today (on a Saturday, I know right?) to prep for my time towards county fair judge training this week. So not much sewing this weekend. This will work out just fine with a little time. I can’t wait to sew and my whip out a project from my open gates quilt box. Not sure yet. The body pillow pattern they enclosed look lovely. Perhaps I may stitch a bit on that.

Happy Mother’s Day! Take it easy ladies! Today is your day! Enjoy!

And thanks for reading my blog!

Lazer Light Show

Did you catch me live? No worries if you didn’t. Here is the replay. I was at the longarm quilting this.

I basically explain my thought process on how I came up with the quilting design on this quilt. Some free motion and some ruler work. One baby quilt, done!

And then last week I also got some feathered star blocks completed. This too will be a baby quilt for someone. I came up with a simple border idea.

And in case you missed that live you can see it in the replay.

The first 4 minutes is me rambling and a dark screen. Oops the lens cap was on!!! I can laugh at myself, but gosh people must think I am an idiot!!!!

So instead of sewing my blocks together I came up with the idea of making a border and attaching it to each block in the opposite color of the block. I have one strip to complete and this will be a quilt top in no time. I have retired that accuquilt die for now. I will revisit it when I can go with a similar color scheme as the pattern is written.

I speak a bit of this in my video. I am not going to lie, but because I used a garment in the making of the memory quilt. The whole kit and caboodle was not square. My first thought was I would square it up with my lockers and stitch my cut lines. But I had purchased this inexpensive lazer level to trim my quilt corners and make everything truly square. I am happy to report, that the memory quilt was the squarest corner I have ever made and cut after the fact. Normally the ruler goes wonky and I have to make due with a line that veers. This worked peachy!

Because that quilt top was black, I opted not to photograph, but you basically lay this out on your cutting table at the corner you want to square. The line will run down the whole side of your quilt. You may have to actually use the floor for bigger quilts. It worked marvelously.

Most husbands have something like this in their tool box. Take it for a spin, I think I purchased this one on amazon for less than $15. That folks is cheaper than an acrylic ruler!

And now I will be thinking of another baby quilt build. I am not certain if I will go in this direction, nor what colors I will select. I am thinking FGV2.

Upcoming on the longarm will be one of three quilts. I have my jack’s chain. My mother has a very pretty dresden. And I was actually contacted by a fellow quilter to quilt her Alaska row by row. Not sure which one of these will make it on there next. The alaska quilt needs a backing. I have not reached out to her to see if she has acquired it yet. And Mom’s quilt needs a backing too. I need to sew the backing for the jack’s chain. It appears to be a race of backings at the moment. hahahahaha

I aim to get back to my pillow case lace.

I have curved this lace to get it all in the picture. But it is made as straight lace. I have it stacked the motifs on one another in the picture below.

I have signed up and will be taking training to become a county fair judge for textiles and photography. I am excited to learn about this process. And I am hoping the photography aspect of it helps me with this very blog. Plus it will help me get out of this house and see some quilts, and a carnival to boot. Maybe some cotton candy tasting. Gosh it has been years, but sounds delish!

In the meantime, I need to get stitchin’!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Small Steps towards ???

If you read my last post, my longarm broke. It was a simple repair. I am now a longarm technician as I fixed it myself without instructions, just small baby steps to figure it all out.

I made a video to assist those who have my brand longarm, if this part ever breaks on them, they have this video as a reference as the manufacturer has NO INSTRUCTIONS or VIDEOS anywhere on the net.

I lacked a few passes of work to get the quilt top shown in the above photo done. So I ensured while stitching this one out, that it worked and all was well again with the machine. The octagon quilt is done. I will bind this later when I am not in a pinch.

And so the memory quilt will make it to the longarm very soon.

I now have all the new pieces added all appliqued down. I am going to line this polyester quilt with muslin to help prevent bearding. I am brainstorming on a quilting motif. I am thinking linear lines that follow the rays with bubbles quilting to add to the texture in the negative space. I am to start this in the coming week. Baby steps and you get to where you want to be.

And a while back Accuquilt introduced the feathered star die. This block has been on my bucket list for years, but the difficulting of cutting this puppy out made me turn my cheek and opt out of the idea. Well, anything that will assist cutting a difficult block with weird angles precisely is worth a try.

Soapbox/advice with this particular BOB die (block on board). This block the cutting is easy. However, the instructions provided with the die, do not tell you how many pieces to cut out for a block like mine above. The pattern they provide is for 3 and 4 color blocks, so you have lots of figuring out to do since you are only doing two colors. I had a bunch of seam ripping. Ultimately I got there in baby steps. Very easy to get turned around with this since there are so many weird angles. And it has a Y seam. So ease of cutting makes up for the difficulty of construction I guess. I would say of all the blocks I have ever done in my entire life, this is by far the most difficult to set together and get it right.

When using this die, I cut 9 1/2 inch strip wof to pass through the machine of both colors. What the pattern does not tell you and what is not obvious, the die has two small squares that are different sizes. There are also the perimeter HST pieces that also have two different sizes. So, if you construct this, make sure you use your alphabities to keep things straight.

The picture below is the opposite of the first one I sewed. This also added difficulty because you are copying the block you just did in the opposite. So even on the second block there was some seam ripping because I would get turned around a little lost. I even laid out the pieces on my design wall to keep them straight.

There is a particular order you have to sew the block in, NO DEVIATION or the block will not come out to the right size. Above is the Y seam I was speaking of. Because of the funny tips on the star, those on the bottom row and top row can be sewn without Y seams, but the middle row with different sized pieces HAS to be sewn in a Y seam. I do not recommend this block for those of you who are beginners or intermediates. If you are a beginner or intermediate you will need to just use a similar colorway with the diagram they give. And to all skill levels you HAVE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS precisely.

This will become 4 squares in total and a baby quilt with a simple border of the same color solids. It is a beautiful block, but it BITES!

And a couple of months ago Tilda’sworld.com offered a free pattern that had me swooning as soon as I saw it on the website. And before anyone posted about this on instagram I wanted to do it. But I have TOOOOO many projects going to start it. Well now that some of those projects are a bit better controlled I will be able to start cutting my fabric pull into 2 inch square to use as a leader ended. Although I am tempted to use the grid interfacing to make this work even faster. Some of my colors are not solids, but to think of going and purchasing more fabric when I have the fabric that same color just in a print sounded ridiculous to me. So I shopped the stash and really toiled over a couple of these prints not being close enough. But, I am not totally decided and after the fabric pull I have not determined if I even have enough of some of these smaller scraps.

This is called Tilda’s Embroidery Flowers Quilt because it resembles a needlework design.

Stunning isn’t it? I do not have background fabric this color so I may opt to go with a white. Black would be beautiful. That part I am undecided about. A dark green would be marvelous too. I think you can purchase the quilt kit right now with or without interfacing.

And last Saturday I went live on youtube. I will be doing this again and hopefully next time in a more primetime slot. I am debating either a Saturday night or a Tuesday night.

As I write this it is very warm in the house. It is that time of year again when the nights are not that cool, so during the heat of the day, the house temperature rises to a “too warm” level. It makes you not want to do chores and be lazy. The humidity sucks the energy right out of you.

Wish me luck at staying energized! And thanks for reading my blog!

The Longarm is Broken

This title probably sounds worse than it is. I sent a text to my son telling him I would not see him in the morning at work because my longarm is broken. He was just waking up and read it as I broke my arm! Thank goodness THAT did not happen! So, like I said, it is not as bad as it could be.

The tension spring broke.

I have about two passes left and this will be done. When my last bobbin ran out, I did my normal routine by winding a new bobbin and threading my machine by pulling the thread through, because it is already threaded. That’s another post all together.

When I started quilting, I always start on the edge of the quilt (which will be hidden in the binding edge in case my tension is not good..) Everything seemed fine. I moved to the center of the quilt where the bobbin ran out, and after a few stitches, the machine sounded different, had different drag. I stopped, checked the tension on the bottom. All was good and I proceeded to continue quilting. What I did not know, the tension spring completely broke off.

There are no repair videos out there to replace it. My machine has about 5 months left before the warranty is out, but without even asking, I don’t think the spring is covered because this is something that is made to wear out. I can go back to the manufacturer and purchase one for less than $10 and then pay to have it shipped and be down for a week or more. Or I can trudge myself to the big city and locate one there through a longarm parts specialists. It seems there is may cost around $5. Or I could order it online and spend gobs of money to have it shipped 45 miles.

And the urgency to get this fixed is REAL. I was planning on having the 60 degree stars quilt off the frame this weekend so I can get back to this and quilt it up.

Last week you can really tell that spring has sprung. We have new kittens. And I have never seen newborn kittens responsibility to be shared within two days of being born to another mother!

And for fun this weekend, I decided to try my hand at Indigo dying. It was fun and I will do it again. I learned much and look forward to this process again soon!

I decided to do some random stuff. The balloon experiment was a great success, so were the glass furniture coasters. The binding clips were neat on the edges, but really not much to write home about in the folds.
Even the stir stick turned out neat!
In the speed queen they go.
And here they are nicely pressed and folded. I used my kona white and my unbleached muslin. In the end, it did not matter which one I used, they both worked.

I went live on my youtube channel. And I was not alone! Yay! If you missed the live you can always go back and watch it after the fact.

I presume I will be posting a repair video for my longarm and will learn this as I go and video it, so I can go back and make sure I have re-assembled it correctly according to how I took it apart.

Wish me luck! And thanks for reading my blog!

Content?

Followers, readers, and passersby, what kind of content would you like to see this blog give? Is my content satisfactory? Is there anything I can improve? I think I need to be graded. My email followers have all dropped off. I am having meager views. I am really hoping you can help me out. If you like what you see and read, please click the like star button. Better yet, share it on pinterest, or facebook and instagram. Those shares would be magnificent traffic. Since pandemic restrictions have eased, so have my readers. I completely understand. I mean, run like you are a hamster let out of your cage!!!

I had a major squirrel this week. My sewing tables are a little too full, it is it some what paralyzing. If I tackle one job, it means, disruption of two other projects, one of which has a deadline. My hobby almost feels like a JOB. When it starts feeling like that for me, I welcome change to set things straight. So this week, I steered off course a bit.

I went to my pinterest account and decided to print off all my free tatting books out in the world wide web. Over Christmas, I got a binding machine that installs the coils too, so I used up a ream of paper and put it all to good use. I will have these patterns to fall back on. And when I tat, it is very difficult for me to follow along on a pattern when the device goes to sleep, and then I lose my place and count. These booklets will allow me to also take notes and highlight.

And then Frivole, posted a wonderful video on the making of a collar which was a freebie. If you are interested in reading about her tatting adventures, be sure to check her out. She is AMAZING! I have learned a thing or to from her!

So with this video, I made this!

This green lace trim will adorn the edge of a pillowcase nicely. I have a perfect matched green solid and cannot wait to get at it. I find I can do one motif a night. And I probably need to tat during the week and leave my quilting for the weekends when my freedom and energy is greater than during the week. This pattern is EASY because Frivole showed the short cuts (which I did not know existed).

And I managed to finish quilting on the 365 quilt. I still have some stitches to rip out. Here is a picture of the last row to quilt.

Be looking for a video of me applying binding at the longarm. I have failed to edit the video in time for this post. But within about 20 minutes the binding was sewn on by the longarm. Those of you who offer longarm services, this is the easy (good money) part of the job. This is the prefered method for me on large quilts. The 365 quilt is HEAVY. I weighed it. It weights 10 lbs. It is quite a work out to lug this around for photos and to fold it up for a carry. The reason I do not like stitching heavy/large quilts on my featherweight for the binding process? I fear the quilt will accidentally pull the sewing machine off the counter. Yeah, not sure how much the featherweight weighs, but it will probably be close to what this weighs. I do not want to take that chance.
Here she is in all her glory. When I went to snap the photo, I was amazed at how tan she looked in the sun LOL. Each time I look at this quilt, I see it a bit differently than the last time.
I had to make sure when I put this down on the lawn I was not putting it in a fire ant pile. Those buggers I am allergic too, and definitely do not want them soiling my hard work.

I have loaded the mystery quilt and am just meandering a dog bone pattern on it. I also have a video of that and will get that edited and uploaded to youtube in the coming week. I really want to go live on the channel, but am so scared to do it. If I do it, it will probably be very early on a sat or sun morning when the rest of the house is sleeping. I would appreciate all to come to my channel and chat with me while I am live. Stranger things have happened.

In the coming week, I aim to hand sew the binding to the 365 as well as rip out any stitches that don’t belong. I also need to work on the memory quilt. The shirt to add, I am not looking forward to. But at least it is cotton/flannel. And I was passed a piece of 100% polyester plaid for the backing. I informed the dad to be, that he needs to realize, with 90% of this quilt being polyester, it is advised NOT to use it when baby sleeps. Probably best used for tummy time. Do any of my readers know why? If a fire were to break out, the polyester melting point is less than 300 degrees. (It says the exact degrees on my iron). But if there were a fire, the polyester would melt to the babies skin, compounding a burn without coming in contact with fire. And because it is polyester, it would be a chemical burn as well. As soon as my table clears of the 365, I will start back to work on the memory quilt. Everything is in the way of one another now. So I probably will not make the deadline of this as a finish until after the father leaves the company. And he insists someone will bring it to him. I think he is over estimating people’s kindness. Worse comes to worse I will deliver it. Not ideal, but I now understand why he rather rushed me. He wanted to get this done for his wife before he left the company. And even though I am making it for “baby”, I know deep down it is for his wife.

*sigh* Well played….

I recall making some key fobs, and thought I took a picture. Hmmmm….this post is incomplete. I will try to catch that part up mid week. There is a free pattern out there that you may like. I will share then

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Switching Projects – Happy International Quilting day!

For those of you who stick to one project and complete it before moving onto another, congratulations! You are smarter than me! Much has been accomplished this week, but because I changed gears, to change them back again, it left my work space unusable!

Yup that’s me…the mess maker. And the sad thing? My table is back to being messed up because a couple things happened.

I managed to get all the circles applique stitched down on the memory quilt. This requires a different machine than my daily machine. The swap out profile of one machine vs the other is vastly different, so that adds to the mess! (And for those of you who know me, this is a lot like work. I have to change gears a lot at my job which leaves everything half finished and not done efficiently! (I loathe that aspect of my job and this hobby sometimes. It is quite paralyzing!)

I was able to set it a side to wait for the parents to bring me a backing. So, I hopped back to the scrappy quilt.

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I figured out why my triangles are not working. That will probably be another post all by itself. Additionally, I got a ton of free fabric, so guess where it is? If you guessed on my work table you guessed right.

And then on Thursday the people I am making the memory quilt for, said ”oh, here you go, we have a shirt to add. Just add more circles on the front. (P.S. the shirt owner is not dead????) And, so I will be adding to it. This memory quilt has frustrated me so much. Perhaps I am just spoiled to making things the way I want. The no freedom aspect of picking ANY fabrics, is quite a downer. The couple that I am dealing with are NOT the best communicators. And I suspect I will now have to provide the backing. To add to this, the ease of contact I have now is changing because my coworker leg of this relationship is changing. In three weeks he will no longer work where I work. So now there is a little more stress because the deadline of baby being born in May, to now just 3 weeks away, has me a little anxious!

In the meantime I will continue to enjoy quilting! I lack ripping some stitches and about three more passes and I will have the 365 quilted! This weeks weather was wonderful. My schedule permitted about an hour a day. I am getting excited to see this one at the binding step soon!

Because of the mess at my worktable, I am not even sure which direction I should go. Madness!

How are you handling the time change? I find the older I get, the less it affects my biological clock. Or perhaps my biological clock is now in tune with the change. I mean, you do something more than 50 times it does become routine eh?

Happy International Quilting Day! Piece and Quilt up a storm!!!!!

There has been progress behind the scenes. I suspect I will have a couple things to show next week. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog!

The Memory Quilt Start

Last week I posted about the less than optimal garments I had to start a crib sized memory quilt. I must admit that sometimes my mind just gets in the way of my own progress. It is off to a great start and I should have never doubted myself!

These circles are drawn on the back of these fabrics that I applied interfacing. I pin them to my design wall and if I like it I take my school glue and glue them to the black fabric (which by the way is one of the garments). Pleased as punch! I have gotten out my many-stitches machine and found the applique stitch and am stitching around all these circles, which will take me a while. The rest of the black background I will populate with random black/red pieces. The baby this is going to will not even care, but the mom and dad will love it!

And while I have black thread loaded I decided to stitch up a small project from the Open Gates Quilt Subscription box. It had a small piece of cork, a key chain device, a zipper, and pattern to make this!

This project took about 15 minutes from start to finish and I love how it turned out! This cork came from Sallie Tomato so I went and looked this up, it is a free pattern! I love how chic it looks (and it beats my old keychain which was some pony beads, a moda fabrics tie from a fat quart bundle, and some perler beads. This keyfob’s actual purpose is to keep your phone charger in. Each side of the charger sticks out the side slant at the top and all of the cord in maintained nice and neatly behind the zipper. So you can carry it with you and it won’t tangle all up in your purse.

March 2022 Open Gates Quilts Mystery box hit it out of the park. I got some fabric and thread to make a table runner. The fabrics are gorgeous. Also included was a large bargello quilt pattern. It takes two jelly rolls, which I don’t have two matching at this time. But that will make a beautiful quilt one day.

And this week had some fair quilting weather. I managed to get more than halfway on my 365 Quilt block challenge quilt. Watch my video below for a chit chat about quilt related stuff. Please share and subscribe too!

The weather is cold and foul today and we are supposed to get snow again. But next week will be very nice, I aim to get this beauty done!

Well, I am off. I have many circles to stitch around. Wish me luck on getting that finished!

Ta Ta for now and thanks for reading my blog!