Karrin's Crazy World

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Hearts on Fire Blog Hop, My Day


The Hearts on Fire Blog Hop started yesterday and so many great projects I have seen the past two days!  If you haven't had a chance to visit anyone yet, the schedule for the whole hop is below.

When Carol @Just Let Me Quilt announced this blog hop, making something with hearts, any color but red, I knew just what I wanted to do.  

I am also a crazy quilter, and haven't been doing much of that lately, and wanted to make a crazy quilt heart pillow.  As my favorite colors are blue and turquoise those colors would be used.

My husband got me a Cricut for my birthday last year, and I have been wanting to put that to more use than just what I did at Christmas.  

I first found a sort of wonky heart I liked and cut it out with card stock on the Cricut.

I transferred the heart to a piece of muslin I was going to be crazy piecing onto.  I used an image of my husband for 45 years,  my soulmate and love of my life for 48 years.  I also like to put a piece of batting on the back to make it firmer for the stitches to come.

I started piecing it, and then thought maybe it would be a good idea to put the heart on the back so I would know how far I needed to piece.

After I finished piecing the whole heart, I couldn't see it anymore on the front, so I turned it to the backside and stitched 1/4 inch out from that image of the heart.  

I wanted to cut on "Crazy For You" out of iron-on vinyl on the Cricut, and I spent 2 days browsing fonts, but finally made a choice.  Later after I ironed this on, I found an SVG file that said the same thing, but kept the same one.  I cut out the heart on this piece of fabric so I could attach my crazy pieced heart in the middle.

I had set the heart I cut out on the backing, and I got to thinking maybe I wanted to add some words to that too and add it to the back of the cushion.  

Went to get more iron-on vinyl, and browsed SVGs for another afternoon, and finally found one I loved.

I assembled the pillow.  I found some really funky lace trim in my stash I think my friend Cathy @Crazy by Design sent me last year when I was working on a project last year.  I thought it was perfect for this project.  

When I was quilting the front, I had quilted a heart around the Crazy For You part.  I decided it needed more quilting and decided to quilt some pebbles.  

That is my project, and many thanks to Carol @Just Let Me Quilt for this fun hop!  Be sure and visit the others below and see their lovely projects!

Creatin' in the Sticks

Life in the Scrapatch

Freckled Fox Quiltery

All Thingz Sewn

Den Syende Himmel

That Fabric Feeling

 January 19



Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Songbird Designs

 January 20

Selina Quilts

Stitchin At Home

Samelia's Mum

Just Sew Quilter


Karrin’s Crazy World

The Darling Dogwood

 January 21

Quilt Fabrication

Ms P Designs USA


Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Ridge Top Quilt

For The Love Of Geese

Sew Many Yarns

Quilting Gail

January 22

Just Let Me Quilt

Karen's Korner

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt In A Not-Shell

Storied Quilts

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Homespun Hannah's Blog

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

This week has been one of those weeks I haven't felt I have gotten much done.  Our excitement this week was our air pump deciding to go on the blink.  It was working, but running all the time, not cycling on and off like it usually does.  I was able to get someone out the next day and found out it was totally out of refrigerant.  We did get a nice discount when we signed up for a maintenance program.  We might have to get new coils at some point, but the leak was fixed and the refrigerant replaced.

Late last week a former coworker called and asked if I would quilt a baby quilt for her second grandchild.  I had done the first grandchild's baby quilt years ago.  She had inherited blocks her grandmother had embroidered and with my help assembled it into a quilt.  This time, she embroidered the blocks herself, and has never embroidered.  Her stitches were very large, and one had come loose, but I fixed that.  The quilt top was also very wonky, but I managed to straighten it out.  I took a picture of the top, but neglected to take a picture of the finished quilt.

I did manage to get the binding done.  

Monday granddaughter Kyleigh came over for a farewell BLT lunch.  She and her dad headed back to MA for the rest of her junior year in nursing school.  

She brought over her old sock monkey  She was going to give it to Klara, but apparently one of the dogs got ahold of it, and ripped the stuffing out of the face and its ear was half off.  Klara apparently has always wanted a sock monkey but she turned up her nose at this one.  Kyleigh said she would "take it to Gramma to fix"

This is the result.  I told Klara the poor think had been in a dog mauling, and the plastic surgeon did the best he could.

I've been working on my Hearts On Fire Blog Hop project, and ran into a number of roadblocks.  I was trying to find a script font to use to cut some words out on my Cricut.  It took  me several days to make up my mind amongst everything else.  Then I was looking for a special picture, I came across it once in my folders of pictures on my computer, but they are labeled by month.  I ran into it once, but didn't put it on my desktop, so I had to search again!  

About 12 years ago, for my birthday I asked for family pictures with a professional photographer.  This was one they did of John and I together and I love it!

For Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I will be stitching on my Hearts on Fire Blog Hop project.  I need to finish the embroidery on this so I can assemble it. 

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.    Head on over and see what everyone has been up to!  My favorite Sunday activity~  

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Stay at Home Round Robin


The Stay at Home Round Robin starts today, organized by Gail @Quilting Gail.  You start out with your choice of center block, and each Monday, one of the quilters  participating will provide the next round.  You can find out details here.  

Today was the day to share your center block.  My block is an applique orphan block from a long, long ago class I took with Jenna Kimball I think.  I have long wondered what I should do with it, and this seemed like the perfect project!   This block measures at 15 inches right now I think.  I might have to cut it down, we will see.  

I will be linking up for the Stay at Home Round Robin @Quilting Gail.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

Time again to check in for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.   I got a little more worked on this embroidery from Kathy Schmitz's One Stitch At a Time Club, and I will be working on this again.

I'll be linking up for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  Head on over, and check out what everyone has been up to.  

This week has had its ups and downs, and I am feeling out of sorts.  I was trying earlier in the week to get caught up on the Ella Maria Deacon blocks.  These two blocks I have had trouble with.  The patterns said to add seam allowance to the templates, which I used my Add a Quarter ruler for.  Last week, I was working on this block, and when I got to the outside sections they were too small.    I trimmed the center block down, but still it was not enough.  I finally ended up doing this one over again.

Then this week, I was working on this block. This wasn't going to work either.  The outside sections were too big.  

I stopped right here, discouraged.  I packed EMD things up and set them aside right now.  I spent the next two days reading all day!

My granddaughter Kyleigh is leaving for college again next week.  I wanted to make her a Valentine's cushion and ended up doing two.  I found this in the Cricut Designs, I bought some iron on vinyl and made up these cushions.  This is what we always say to each other, and I loved them.  

Speaking of Kyleigh, she has been designing and crocheting sweaters for their Chihuahua Ronald.  He loves his sweaters.  Apparently he doesn't like the hat so much!

One piece of good news this week was that I had an interview with a resource center for possible respite for me being John's caregiver.  We are eligible for funding.  I need to get back to them next week about this.

The other downsides of this week were that my eldest daughter Kristen called and told me that our two grandsons, who just went back to in-person school last week, are now in lockdown for 2 weeks at home, and none of them would be over for at least two weeks.  Apparently someone in Jaeger's school tested positive this week, so everyone coming in contact with him are in lockdown.   That is the one highlight in our days to seeing our grandchildren and daughters once in awhile.    Our COVID numbers are terrible around here.  Since 12/31 our county has had 29 deaths, 1929 new cases as of Friday.  

The other problem this week was that Friday John seemed to be somewhat weaker.   He had trouble standing up from the toilet and required a lot of my strength and effort.  He weighs probably 100 pounds more than me.   I did finally get him up from there and seated again in his chair.  Last night he had gotten in bed, and was trying to scoot up to the top.  I noticed that the sheets had come loose in the top corner and I couldn't fix it with him sitting on the bed, so had him move over to his chair.  I had already gotten him ready for bed at night, which included taking off everything on the bottom half.  I changed his sheets, and then went to get him back up out of his chair.  He requires a lot of my assistance, I usually take hold of his one arm, and pull him up by the seat of the pants.   Because he had no pants on, I couldn't pull up the seat of his pants.  I tried putting on the belt around his chest that PT had given me, but even that didn't work.  I finally ended up calling the Fire Department who helped him get back to bed.  

Last night I didn't get much sleep at all, worried what we were going to do if I couldn't get him in and out of bed.   I don't want to place him, I think we can still manage, but it was on my mind all night.  

Hope this week turns out better, and hope everyone is healthy and safe.