Pigtail, Furry Legs, Eyelashes, and Nostrils

What is the first thing that comes to mind in saying these words together? I think of human anatomy LOL, even with the furry legs, some are furrier than others hehe. All of these items became embellishments on the Farm Girl Vintage quilt. I am ecstatic how this turned out. After making the chenille bloom, I got the giggles because it added so much stinkin’ cuteness to this quilt.

Let’s talk about specifics first, when doing embellishment chenille, you need to determine if you want it done before or after quilting. Both decisions will change when you bloom the chenille. I did mine on the longarm, but you can certainly do it with any sewing machine at any point. Make sure you use polyester thread for the chenille. Rubbing the fabrics vigorously, can shorten the lifespan of cotton thread. My advice, watch my video on tips for this technique.

Lets see some pigtail!

I am not gonna lie, but the pigs eye is a bit scary. For those of you who have ever gazed into a pigs eye, it is scary! The fuzzy tail is so darn cute!

And eyelashes, of late, the longer the better is the trend. So if humans can wear false eyelashes, so can cows! Some eyes are open watching over the others, and some are closed. These gave me the giggles because it added that special touch that was lacking.

And with eyelashes, come the nostrils, not as cute as the eyelashes, but then again, what nostrils are really cute anyway. HAHAHA

The curved uni-brow eyelashes had me in hysterics. Watch out for cousin Guido cow, you will end up at the processing plant. HAHAHAHA

Here are some ridiculous odd colored legs, it is fun though, eh?

My least favorite cow is the one done in blue eye shadow ahhahaha, still funny though. And magical through the eyes of a child! What is not shown in any of these pictures, I did not have any brown scraps at my quilting machine, so I waited to chenille those under my featherweight foot. The cows all now have brown fuzzy tails too. 🙂

And farm girl vintage quilt top got bound and is ready for gifting. I bound the binding in brown, which surprisingly worked! The backing was two homespuns that were a very light orange or sherbert. This is quilted with pink thread, which you can just see a glimpse of above. And here is the whole sha-bang.

I wanted to use the barn fabric border for a tote bag later. But using it up now is preferred. Shopped the stash with delight.

I actually got much done this week. Even though I have met most of my goals and even went the distance to create and complete more goals, the week ended on a rather sour note. My mind was in a miff today. It caused me to be a tad angry. And a tad sensitive. And a tad of question mark. Even though I should be happy, I was not. I cannot put my finger on it. But I was off today, which interfered with getting more done. I got in the way of my own self….hmpt.

I sewed the open gates quilt box pattern that I got in last months box. It took me about 3 1/2 hours. This was a simple wall hanging that was very enjoyable to make. And it quilted very quickly too. And I think I nailed the quilting on this. It reminds me of the action lines of north and south poles of a magnet with the attraction in the corners. Ribbon candy in the border, and orange peels in the center motif. This turned out way better than I ever imagined. This is all bound and ready.

And you can see the finished pillow case lace next door. I had to tat 4 more motifs to get that to fit the pillow case I made. Some of the churn dash pictures you will see the pillow case peeking out from behind. I did not snap a photo of the pillow case because it is just a simple pillow case with one color fabric.

Last week I was tatting a doily from the WorkBasket magazine. I finshed another round on that and actually got out my doily setter and pinned it out and misted it with some spray starch. It turned out perfectly round and very pretty. I failed to get photos of that. I will try to snap a photo in the coming week.

Today after a meh day at work, most of it meh, because of my mood, I gravitated towards the garage for quilting on a clients quilt. I realized before I loaded the quilt, I needed to clean up a bit. And then I realized that instead of the backing she supplied being 108 by 108, it was 108 by way longer than 108. It took some finesse to get it on my rollers.

For those of you who purchase lovely 108 fabrics, do yourself a favor before sending them to your longarm quilter, it is best to pre wash them. Think about how much warp is in standard 45 wide fabrics. And then take that times 3. Warp and Weft can really cause havoc and not be true nor square. Washing it tends to get that snapped into the right shape. I fiddled with that so much I ran out of time and did not even get the batting or top loaded onto the longarm. Goal almost met.

My goals from the previous week were:

  • Quilt the Farm Girl Vintage quilt check the box
  • Chenille the Farm Girl Vintage check the box
  • Do a quilt tutorial of the chenille process check the box
  • load a customer quilt (yes I am getting paid to quilt for others)
  • start either a bag pattern or a NCW pattern (necessary clutch wallet) Check the box

I was very close to checking all my boxes. Tomorrow is another day. And I got a call this week telling me I won a prize from our quilt hop. I won a $25 gift certificate to a local longarm quilter who does amazing work. Not sure if I will ever use it. But I can reach out to her and see if she sells fabric, cuz $25 worth of free fabric sounds great!

And speaking a bit about the last checked off item on my list was to start and NCW or a bag. I have started gathering supplies for my Barbara Bag from Sallie Tomato. I had to make a list of what I needed. I went to moms to see what kind of stabilizer or interfacings she had. I got some bosal foam. And I found some woven interfacing that was left over from a tshirt quilt a did a few years back. Looks like I will need to purchase a couple of 8 inch zippers for the NCW. Somewhat started, I know it is started enough to make it look like a mess on the table. hahahaha

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Work on customer quilt (a finish would be a plus)
  • Work on building the Barbara Bag (purchased thread today to sew some vinyl)
  • Find the right fabrics and zippers for the ncw
  • Find matching thread for the pillowcase and lace marriage
  • Pull fabrics for a dragon scales baby quilt
  • Try not to let my 40 hour paying job wear me out (it wears on my patience and poops me out most days).

Yay! Let the Happy Weekend commence! And thank you for reading my blog!

Catching up

This week was hot, up until yesterday. As much as I wanted to get to the hot garage and quilt, my energizer batteries were depleted. So no quilting. I am going to share a few makes that I have made in the recent weeks but failed to get a picture taken and uploaded.

This is the Open Box Quilts subscription box project from last month. As much as I loved some months, I would never make the patterns that they put out there. And as far as the fabrics, they are really pretty each month, but as pocketbooks tighten, I am no longer interested in the surprise each month. Some fabrics were great and right up my alley. The last box was all halloween, and that is not something I do. I do not sew ANY holiday themed projects. I would much rather have my $50 in my pocket to happen upon a deal or get exactly what I want as far as fabrics go. Most all patterns were gifted away. I had this for 7 months. Meh….some people like it. I wanted to cancel months ago, but just kept forgetting.

During the quilt hop, Helen done a fabulous demo of cathedral windows the old fashioned hand stitching way. She gave me all of her demo supplies so I could play with it. I learned much. And this is on my bucket list, but it would take me years. Not interested right now in anything that will take years.

Starting on Monday evening during a trip to the library, I started this doily. The center is a rose with lovely greenery around it’s center. There is an error in this pattern and found it before too much tatting occured. I found a lovely website with a gob of free Workbasket magazines from the past. If you quilt, knit, sew, crochet, tat, macrame, and the list goes on, click here to go to that website.

I purchased this magazine for $1 at the antique store. As I thumbed through this, I was surprised how much things cost back in 1978 as compared to today. I recall we were going through inflation times back then as we are now. But somehow back then it was different.

This is a nice pattern, and I will not have enough thread to finish it. I have very little left for the roses. So I will either have to change colors, or order more, or not put any in the outer perimeter. No worries, I am enjoying it, no matter how it turns out!

And luckily enough, while at the thrift store this week, I came across some cebilia tatting thread. You cannot purchase this new in the states anymore. Not sure the story behind this, but my guess is, there is not enough demand for it. I will treasure this thread. And I will have to get really good at tatting because this is size 30. Size 10 or 20 is my go to. That is another great thing about tatting patterns you can change the thread size and it will not matter. This will make something very delicate and pretty one day.

I also found a Laura Heine pattern at the thrift store. I gifted that to my mom. It was only $2. The retail cost of that pattern is 19.99

Goals for the week:

  • Quilt the Farm Girl Vintage quilt
  • Chenille Farm Girl Vintage
  • Do a quilt tutorial of the chenille process
  • load a customer quilt (yes I am getting paid to quilt for others)
  • start either a bag pattern or a NCW pattern (necessary clutch wallet)

Glad the week is behind me, I have had the blahs this week. I am thinking this is probably due to my diet this week. There was way too much junk food at work, everyone pushing donuts at you. It is hard not to socially eat. Do any of you feel compelled to eat because everyone else is eating? I do. I hate that. Not sure how to change it other than potentially being rude.

To close is a video compilation of a quilt show. Lots of photos. Enjoy!

And thanks for reading my blog!

360 degrees 365 scraphappy

For those of you who do not know, the amount of degrees in a full circle is 360 degrees. A full circle my 365 quilt block challenge quilt has come.

I entered it in a show for all to see and appreciate. That was all I entered it for. I knew my fellow quilters would see the hard work and scratch their heads how I persisted. There was hard times and easy times, whether it was building a block that took 7 hours, or a life event that made going on difficult. I persisted. And I won. I won the battle of procrastination. In the quilt journey, the destination was always a finish. The finish was the win.

I am happy to report, that not only have I won bragging rights to finish this behemoth red monster, but I have also got a ribbon to show for it. Yes, that is right. I got a ribbon! The quilt journey has come full circle. What a journey, worth the prize at the end. But here is the thing, the 365 quilt will continue to have more 365 days ahead, probably years. And so it will come full circle, every time it wraps me in warmth, for every time it nurtures me in sickness, for every time it hugs me at bedtime. Let it be known that through all 34 yards of fabric, it was worth it! 14 -19 yds in the piecing, and 15 in the backing and binding. I have a bit of backing left over and every time I use up this scrap in another quilt, the 365 will put a smile on my face again, because the fabric I spent, and the time I spent created a marvelous memory. It will also weave in time to create a marvelous story, long after I am gone. The biggest scrap quilt of my life is completed but it goes on. For now it will be stored (I am afraid to get it dirty now in the summer months of the high Texas heat. Ground temperature water is running at about 84 degrees or higher. The water would certainly make the red fabrics bleed).

I had anticipated to have a completely different post, but I was so moved by this journey, the words easily found their way out of my brain, into my fingertips and onto the screen.

Never underestimate yourself as a quilter. Regardless of your success or failures, you are making a story that will last. The story becomes a legacy. And someone else will treasure that legacy even more. Never underestimate the power of a quilt. It sure can be mighty, and it sure can be good.

Now onto more scrap happy events/news. Today I will join Gun and Kate to spread scrap happiness! Please make sure to visit all the links below to see all the scrap goodness, and how the gang is all making out with their scraps. (I feel like I am losing the scrap battle, because the more I make, the larger my scrap bag gets)

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
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 Viv

This has been a very good week. I managed to get a couple fat quarters sewn into a caddy for my sewing desk. Sorry did not snap a photo. I did start quilting on the farm girl vintage baby quilt.

And below are progression videos on a churn dash pattern/kit I got in one of my open gate quilts subscription box. I put this together in an afternoon.

I think I have finished my pillowcase lace. I will now have to make the pillowcase to see if it measures up. I laid this out on a pillowcase I am using and it looks to be just about the right length. I enjoyed tatting again. I need to get my shuttles out more often.

Probably a good thing I have finished this when I did. When I started this lace, I had a whole bolt of fabric. I have made many quilts and backings with that bolt. I know I have enough for a pillowcase, but it went fast. And time is flying by!

I am sharing a video of behind the scenes of picking up my quilt from the quilt show. It is very orchestrated, but had some kind of flaw where 35 quilts were unaccounted for. This delayed the pick up lines by an hour. I think everyone left happy. I know I did.

I kind of chuckled because as I was waiting in the hallway, the quilts were being carted into the big room for their departure/pick up. Because most people used white pillowcases, it looked kind of like the quilts had done their job and pooped out in layers on the carts. You will see a bit of this pandemonium in the video. I completely had to remove the sound because there were hundreds of happy/chatty quilters talking in the room. It was a roar of sound, and all was good.

And lastly, don’t forget I am having a quilt along that starts at the end of September. All you need to do is read and follow this blog, my youtube channel, or follow me on instagram or read my posts in the QuiltSpace app. This is a scrappy quilt along and all of you are welcome. I will be posting fabric requirements mid sept. The quilt will measure around 50 by 50. The picture below was designed in EQ8. In summary, it is free and my gift to you for believing in me and following me. Thank you!

Well, I need to get going on chores and tidy up a bit to prepare for my quilting adventures in the coming week. Thank you so much for stopping by and 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!

The links for the video

Here is the link for the free basket block pattern.

Here is the link for the free charming hearts pattern.

Here is the free key fob pattern. This pattern was originally in the open gates quilt box in march. I found the pattern free on the sallie tomato site.

Here is the memory quilt I am working on.

Here is the Rob Appel Video where I got the inspiration.
Here is the link to the free pattern by Kathryn Kerr for the 365 quilt block challenge.

And here is the tatting pillow case lace I am working.

There is a freebie with this also. Joelle gives this on her youtube channel. So if you know how to tat, her channel is supreme! She also has a blog

I hope this blog give you inspiration and the video helps assist with that as well.

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!

Tatting Shuttle Storage

Being a quilter, you work on long projects and take a project sebatical for a quick make. These quick makes help one make it through the tough part of that long project. Last Friday I watched the SewBecca live stream on youtube and was pleasantly surprised by the drawstring bag in the Open Gates project box. The project was a thread bag to hold all your threads when you go on retreat. The bag was cute. But when she finished the bag, I saw a different possibilities. I saw a tatting shuttle and thread ball holder. Even though I did not have the pattern, I followed Monique’s instructions on that video. I am pleased as punch with how cute this turned out!

I have always wanted a pretty alternative to my current tatting supply storage (a ziploc baggie). I feel I hit the jack pot. And it was so quick! A nice little break in sewing 16 patches.

This was perfectly sized! Isn’t it wonderful when you find something and repurpose it perfectly?

There is probably an easy way to attach this to your wrist so it will hold your ball while you tat. I forget what those are called, but usually you tat those with thread. It thrills me I can combine two hobbies together! I wonder if there would be a market for something like this on etsy? Any tatters out there please comment below with your thoughts.

Make sure to check out SewBecca and see how it’s made.

And did you see my mid week post? I designed another pattern and it is a free download. Interested in learning how to make a small heart block? Check it out here.

The newly added border blocks are done! I have started sewing this together, but made a change to the layout a bit. When I put these on my design wall they are all at pretty much easy reach eye level. Because the proportion of the quilt is turned sideways, while I stitch this together I am turning all my baskets and hearts 90 degrees to the right. After I get the majority of these stitched I will be able to present it correctly on the wall. Since each of these blocks are 4 inches finished, this top measures 36 by 72. Not very big, but a great start to a round robin! Yes, I have already selected the next motif and some are already up on my design wall. The next block is a 6 inch block. And I think I will do a triangle border after that and then see what calculations will make the next block potential. And it feels good to empty those scrap bins! I am in love the with the folk art style in this quilt and where this may go. It is very old fashioned looking eh? I can’t wait to show you what is next.

Last week’s goals:

  • Make more basket and heart blocks—-completed
  • Play with the layout of the basket and hearts—-played with it and did not like the idea in my head
  • Make the tutorial of the heart pattern—completed

Next week’s goals:

  • Sew some more on the next border
  • Look into my next quilt kit adventure and crunch the numbers
  • I have three new baby quilts to sew, one is already designed and am waiting on clothing from the mother so I can make a memory quilt for the little one, look into designs for the other two
  • Give a product review on a quilty item
  • Watch a few sewing live streams while I sew

I did pretty good this week for my back being out. Yeah Sunday morning the simple task of getting up off the couch threw it out. This used to happen before and three days of it and it would completely be gone. The good news is I have my mobility back, but there is a dull ache there and that has not went away. Ah, the joys of coming of age.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

A HotchPotch week

Hotchpotch literally translates to hodgepodge. The definition of hodgepodge is a cooking term to mix a bunch of stuff and throw it in a pot to cook.

In the quilting realm, I cooked up a bunch of hotchpotch! Very random stuff this week, ha. But, before I get to that stuff I would like to share the “Iced Trees” pictures from the winter we had, a whole season of winter in like 4 days, hahahaha.

Notice the depth of snow/sleet on the roof top in the bottom corner. As pretty as this is, in Texas we do not have massive amounts of sand for sand trucks or salt and really no way to spread it because if they purchased those things it would maybe be used 3 times every 5 years. So, we become paralyzed until we thaw. It is so peaceful when this happens. There is no noise pollution of cars running. The town is quiet. Embrace what is thrown at you, there is beauty in everything. You may not be able to see it at the time, but will be able to find that through self reflection later.

And my design wall has been busy! After completing jacks chain, I pulled out yet another UFO.

This is Becolorful Fanciful Flight by Jacqueline DeJonge. This is how much I have done in the past. I ironed some and cut some melons and sewed a few of those together (not pictured). And as pretty as this is, I am not feeling it. So off the design wall it came. I will be packing this away for another time. I estimate after looking at this, I do not have that much left. I think there are 4 quandrants to 4 more larger paperpieced centers, and of course the melons. Eventually this one will happen, but not right now.

I tatted a heart and boy am I out of practice! Glad I did not pick up the doily I was working on, it took too much re-do to make this acceptable.

I did get some of the second cog worked on. This still lacks another row of stars and hexis. I am rather stalled at the moment on what fabric I should select. I was going to go with the blue in the center and then I put it away, I am letting this simmer in my hotchpotch LOL! Gosh, if I think about all the projects I have left simmer….hmmmm. These cogs are not sewn together but pinned to the wall to see how they look. I am liking the white from one cog, which helps complete the other cog. I will let this be for now.

A very small sample of the mystery quilt I worked on back in Dec. Ridiculous prints, but fun to make. Sorry, I cannot share more than this. Soon, I promise!

And I have been making Charming Basket blocks. These are so fast, and the folk-art-e-ness of them is wonderful. Playing with the layout too. Uncertain how this will come together, but playing with these is fun and perfect sewing after a hard days work. These are a quick sew, to release your day’s demons and allow some relaxation and therapy!

Don’t forget, I am giving away this awesome block pattern for free on Feb 14th. Save the date!

Wouldn’t a friendship star in between these be cute? Or even a 9 patch? hmmmm….more simmering hotchpotch.

Goals met for the week:

  • Finish Jack’s Chain into a top—-check mark
  • Sew some more on La Passacaglia cog—-check mark
  • Start a new project or work on an old project—-check mark, check mark
  • rearrange my fabric shelves to accept new bolts of fabric—-check mark
  • share some mystery sewing from dec—-check mark

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Make some pillow cases
  • sew more baskets
  • share the charming baskets pattern
  • Get back to the quilting machine and the 365 quilt (weather will have to warm up)
  • scrap happy post

Oh, and I almost forgot, I had ordered a ream of clean newsprint to make photo copies of my sketch design for quilting the 365. Those arrived and I am happy to say, running clean newsprint though my printer has been successful, so I will not have to hand trace every piece. I ran about 40 copies yesterday and really want to stitch one of these out to see how hard it will be to pick out the newsprint once the design is stitched. We finally warmed up yesterday to 74 degrees but because we had so many days below freezing the cement slab of the “quilt studio” will have to gradually warm up before it is warm enough to quilt. I suspect in the coming weeks we will have a warm snap in the 80s. That is usually how it goes and then it cools off again.

What a week! I think I made the most of it, eh? Thanks for reading my blog!

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!!!!