Monday, September 24, 2018

I'm joining Patty again at Elm Street Quilts in linking up my finish in the One Monthly Goal.

My One Monthly Goal for September  was to get the blocks of my 18-year-old UFO BOM Time Began in a Garden together.  I was happy to be able to do this. 

The next step, and finish in this piece would be to embroider the edges with blanket stitch, and several other stitches.

Unfortunately, as I discovered putting this together, the homespun is disintegrating on the back.  

As you can see in the next picture, the fabric is splitting.  

So I am at a dilemma on what to do next.  The front is not disintegrating that I can see.  I thought of cutting these all apart, rebinding them, but I am afraid of when sewing it down, it will disintegrate in those spots.

The other thing I thought of was to back it with black interfacing, and then finishing it off.  

The other option is to just leave it as it is and do nothing.  

Any thoughts on what I should do, I'd welcome the input!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Yesterday, as I was making my Fall Into a QAL block, I was looking through my landscape fabric for some wood grain for my shelf to put my jars on.  I found that, but I also discovered a container where I had another BOM, lighthouses, my favorite.  I forgot I even had this. I never started it, and I am thinking about putting these as a border for a quilt  I am making for my bed, with a lighthouse center, and sailing ships.  It has been stalled for too many years to count. 

Our grandson John is going to be 8 on Saturday  For Christmas last year, I made his sister Klara a little cushion with leftover princess fabric from her BD quilt.  He expressed a wish for me to make him a cushion too.

My daughter Katie, his mother, painted invitations to his party and they had a robot on the front.  So I I made him a robot pillow.

I also made him a pillowcase with robots and trains on it.  

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This week's block for the Fall Into a QAL was designed by Sandra Healy@Sandra Healy Designs.  It was the cutest set of canning jars.  I couldn't wait to work on it. 

When I got back from Boston I caught up on the prior blocks too.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 Finish-A-Long, Q3-Another Goal Finished

I've been getting a little anxious about the goals I set for the Finish-A-Long, Quarter 3 co-hosted by Marci Girl Designs.  While I finished 2 of my 9 projects, I have have had a lot of other projects thrown into the mix, that were not on my list, such as daughter Katie's birthday quilt, which I talked about here

My two beautiful granddaughters, Klara, and Kyleigh.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending time with my youngest granddaughter Klara, who is almost 5 and while she was organizing my threads and then coloring, I was able to get Goal @2 on my list here done.  My goal was to get these fused blocks sewn down, and I completed this yesterday.

This is another started and stalled BOM.  These 4 blocks have been fused for years, just not sewn down until now,.  This was called the Great Pumpkin Quilt by Briar Rose.  I love this one, and am glad I finally have a chance to work on this for myself.

Today I need to work on another project, also not on my list.  Grandson John, who turns 8 on Saturday, has been wishing I would make him a small pillow, like I did his sister Klara last Christmas.  I am going to make him a pillow with a robot on it.  

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Hand Quilt-A-Long (HQAL)

It has been a crazy 3 weeks.  First off as I was getting ready to do my post last night for the HQAL, I discovered I had no internet, TV  or phone.  although it was supposed be fixed by midnight.  This was after a week of having my air conditioner go out and my washer on the fritz.   Luckily I have air conditioning again, but am waiting for parts for my washer.

 Three weeks ago I posted I was working on this.

I did finish the stitchery, made it into a wall hanging to give to my friend in Massachusetts when we took our granddaughter back to college in Massachusetts.  I was in such a frenzy at the time finishing this up, getting packed and getting things ready for my brother-in-law to stay with DH that I neglected to take a picture of the finished project. 

I was also working on this Flourishes block, hand applique.  

I took this with me to sew on the plane trip across country, but the lighting on the plane was not so great.  I did happen to get 2 more apples and 4-1/2 leaves stitched.  6 more leaves and I can call this block done!  I am sort of bored with it, and finding it hard to motivate myself.

I hope to finish this in the next  couple of days.  Also I will be sewing my Time Began in a Garden blocks together.  This was an old, old BOM, designed by Sarah Sporrer.  

I have the components together.  It was a quilt-as-you go project, so it is already quilted.  

The Hand Quilt A Long organized by Kathy@ Sewing Etc.   This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

I Was Featured-Wednesday Wait Loss 82

 State Fair Quilts Link Up - August 23rd!

While I was on vacation last week, I found out several of my my quilts were featured on Wednesday Wait Loss #82 by Jennifer@ The Inquiring Quilter.  I am so honored to be featured again, thanks so much Jennifer!

Last week, we took Kyleigh,. granddaughter #1 back to college in Massachusetts.  We spent several days sight-seeing, and meeting up with John's cousins we have never met.  We outfitted Kyleigh's Dorm room with necessities and everything we could think of she might need in the next few months.  It was a sad day Sunday when we left Kyleigh for the time!

Kyleigh and her dad

Me, my daughter Kristen, and Kyleigh

Kyleigh on campus at Regis College

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One Monthly Goal-September

          OMG September link-up is OPEN!         

I'm linking up with Patty@ Elm Street Quilts for the September One Monthly Goal.  

My goal for this month is to get the blocks for my Time Began in a Garden together.  This was a quilt as you go project.  I just need to sew the blocks together.  

Thanks to Patty for hosting this.  It is keeping me in line on this way old UFO!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Hand Quilt-A-Long (HQAL)

I'm joining the Hand Quilt A Long organized by Kathy@ Sewing Etc.  This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another.  We post every three weeks,to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group, contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon, and Karrin

I have been doing lots of projects recently that are all hand stitching.  First off, one of my goals for the Finish-A-Long, Quarter 3 co-hosted by Marci@ Marci Girl Designs was to get 2 Flourishes BOM done.  This was a Piece of Cake BOM from a number of years ago.  My quilt shop owner knew I liked to applique, and asked if I would stitch one for the shop,and she would give me the materials to do my own.  I got the shop's done, but mine got stalled on block 7.  I pulled the bag out of the closet recently and I am trying to get block 8 and 9 done for my Finish-A-Long goal this time.  I sort of got stalled out the past week or two as I was working on my daughter's BD quilt.  You can read about it here.

This is the Flourishes block I am working on and trying to finish up soon, as I still have block 8 to stitch.  It is prepared though.

This is the stage in my progress.  I still have the upper apples and leaves to stitch.

I'm leaving this Tuesday to take my granddaughter back to college in Massachusetts.  One day when I am back there, I am thrilled to be meeting up with a crazy quilting friend.  I thought I would finish up this stitchery to take with me as a gift. 

I have 2 pumpkins to finish and some words at the bottom.  I'll be working hard on this in the next day or two to get this done.  

I'm really excited to join this Hand Quilt A Long, and look forward to seeing everyone's progress.  Be sure and visit the other member's links noted above and see what they are up to.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

One Monthly Goal-August 2018

OMG August finish link-up opens Aug 25!

My one monthly goal, stated here was to stitch and quilt the Chinese Lantern block from an old BOM called Time Began in a Garden.  This is my last block and next month I plan to put them together.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wednesday (Thursday) Wait Loss 81

I'm going to link this up to Wednesday Wait Loss at the Inquiring Quilter.  

I finished my daughter Katie's BD quilt this week, just in time for her BD August 24th.  She wanted me to put together some rows that we had gotten in a row-by-row we had gotten at some quilt shops, in 2015 and 2016.   I put together the rows, and needed something for the center section, so I designed that. 

Front of Quilt

Back of Quilt

Center Section

Remember here, I was featured on Wednesday Wait Loss #73 and won the Island Batik Stash Builder roll?  I used them in the seaweed, and cut all of them except the one below in the braided border.

This one is very special to me, and I will be using it a little at a time.  I hate to cut into it, but  I used some these shapes to applique in Katie's quilt,and also on granddaughter Kyleigh's mermaid cushion

This is the bottom row, a mermaid sitting on a sea urchin sewing.

The top section

Jennifer at the Inquiring Quilter on Wednesday Wait Loss this time is asking to share State Fair Quilts.

I'm copying my post from my Wednesday Wait Loss 76, as my red, white and blue quilts were also some of my State Fair Quilts.  

This quilt is called Crazy about Boating.  This was my own creation.  I embroidered in bluework sailboats and sayings about sailing and created crazy-quilt type blocks.  This was completed in August 2001.  It was also quilted by Susan Nixon@ Desertsky Quilting.  I entered it in the California State Fair that year and received a second place ribbon. 

This one is called Lights Ahoy.  The center section came out of a book called All Hands On Deck by the Picket Fence, Richard and Debi Anderson.l  That year, we went up to Trinidad, California to visit friends, who took us to breakfast  down by the pier.  Right up the street was a quilt shop called Ocean Waves, which has since relocated to Eureka.  Anyway I convinced my husband and our friends we needed to stop so I could look.  On our way out of town, my husband stopped and I bought the 4 whale blocks and the lighthouses which I love.  The owner told us about this blue fabric that would be perfect for a border.  My DH asked if I wanted to get and I said no, 3 times, thinking if we spent money for it, I would not get to stop for a sandwich on the way home.  I also thought my local quilt shop would probably have it (they didn't).  So the next week, I called to get some shipped, and the owner said "Your husband asked you 3 times if you wanted it".  This quilt was finished in 2/99.  It is fusible applique and buttonhole stitched down.  It was also quilted by Susan Nixon.  It won a 2nd place at the California State Fair that year.

I have a quilt I made in 2002 for my granddaughter, a combination Redwork/pieced quilt.  It was an Alice in Wonderland theme.  I won first prize and best of show, but I spent  all afternoon looking for a picture and it is not to be found. 

So I am liking up with Wednesday Wait Loss with the Inquiring Quilter

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