Sunday, August 27, 2023

HQAL, Slow Sunday Stitching

 This was a busy week, but not as busy as it could have been.  Community Service workday was cancelled at my house, due to basting day being cancelled next month, due to guild meeting being moved up next month to basting day, due to our quilt camp at the end of the month in September at Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe.  

This week was the Call Me Crazy Challenge hosted by Joan @Moosestash Quilting.   My day was here, where I showed my crazy quilting projects.  

Tuesday night I went with my daughters' friends, and my granddaughter Kyleigh to celebrate daughter Katie's birthday.  We had a really nice dinner at Yard House.  We always get pictures afterwards.  

This week, since I had some free time, I worked on finishing up the Sunbonnet Sue top.  The Sunbonnet Sue pieces had been prepared by a recently deceased member of our guild.  Her daughter donated some of her UFO's to our guild.  I sewed the Sunbonnet Sues onto the background by machine.  I have it loaded up on my longarm to quilt.  My plan is to have it done by this coming Wednesday as we are having a guild workday from 9-2.  If I get it done by Wednesday I can give it to one of the ladies that loves to bind quilts at the workday.  I don't mind doing the binding myself, but I have plenty of other things to work on for community service.  

I have also continued working on the #100hexies#100days2023 on Instagram.  These are what I have done so far.  This next week the theme is paws, not sure I have 7 days worth, but will give it a try.  

Saturday was National Dog Day, and I thought I would show my family's dogs.  Maple is the newest member, she is my granddaughter and her boyfriend's dog.  She is the sweetest dog I have ever seen.  Kyleigh and Maple came and spent a couple of hours with me on Thursday, and we took a nice walk around the park.  

My daughter Kristen and SIL Jeff (Kyleigh's parents) have 4 dogs, Hank the English Bulldog, 
Piggy the pug, and Ronald the Chihuahua.

And Daisy the Jack Russell Terrier.  She tends to stay away from the wild boys in the previous picture.  

Saturday we had a potluck at Kyleigh's house to celebrate her birthday with family.  She came to Disneyland with us, but left a day early to go camping at Zion with her boyfriend.  She said she missed us singing Happy Birthday to  her, so we got together and had some great food.

Me and my grandaughters

My daughters and granddaughter and I.  

This next week I am going to have a bit more work on my front yard.  The same guy that took out my lawn last year and put in drip irrigation is going to put in sprinklers on the semicircular area in front of my driveway.  I have been moving the sprinkler around various sections every 15 minutes to water the whole area for over 40 years.  He is also going to add some other shrubs in the area that has nothing.  I took a bunch of juniper tams out last year and hadn't replanted anything.  

What I will be working on this week for Slow Sunday Stitching will be finishing the binding on this Community Service quilt that someone else donated.  I finished hand-quilting the last two rounds that were already marked by whomever donated it.  I think I was working on this three weeks ago too.  

Check out what the others are working on below.  

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.

KathyMargaretDebNanette, SharonKarrinDaisy, and Connie

I will also be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Check out what everyone is up to.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 21, 2023

Call Me Crazy Challenge, My Day

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This is my day on the Call Me Crazy Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by the fabulous Joan @Moosestash Quilting.  

Her challenge this time in her words was " to sew something that you wouldn't normally sew or share something you can't believe you sewed. We all know that crazy and scary feeling of wondering what we were thinking, when we started or were in the middle of sewing something out of our comfort zone."

I have lots of crazy things to show and tell today.  

Long, long ago, I had 2 blogs, Ocean4Karrin, which was devoted to family happenings, and my sane quilting.  I started that one in 2006, and it only had 52 posts, I eventually stopped blogging there.

On 2/20/2007 I started a new blog, this one, Karrin's Crazy World to blog about my crazy quilting activities, CQ round robins I was in, Sharon Boggan's Take A Stitch Tuesday , and I participated in CQ Journal Project, where I was making a block a month for a year.   Eventually this was the blog that I did everything on.  

I have always loved crazy quilting, been fascinated with it and love working with it.  When I first started sane quilting, I started collecting books by Judith Baker Montano, her silk embroidery books, her embroidery stitch books.  I had 5 books in all.  

In around 2005 my husband and I were on a Mexican Riviera Cruise.  He came back to the cabin and told me there was good news and bad news.  Good news it was a quilting cruise.  Bad news was I couldn't join in.  That night before dinner we were in the Crows Nest and in another section were the quilters, and they were introducing the teachers and I heard Judith Baker Montano's name mentioned.  The next day at lunch I introduced myself to her and told her I loved her books.  She invited me to see what the class was doing and told me she was teaching at Empty Spools in Asilomar in February.  I went back home and signed up.  This was my first project, which isn't finished yet, but will be one day.  I took all of my books to class and she signed them for me!

I signed up the next year when she was teaching at Empty Spools in Asilomar too.  This was a CQ landscape class.  I love the ocean, love lighthouses, so that was the subject of my landscape.  

The next year Judith said she was coming out with a new book, and she liked to include student pictures in her books, and if we had anything finished, she would like to include it.  So I sent in a picture of this one, and I am published!

My friend Patricia Winters once had a blog, that is no longer, but she created these Boho Bags.  I made about 7 of these, 3 for me, and 2 for my granddaughter, and a couple for other people.

I have also made small pouches and purses in crazy quilting.

I had noticed at one of Judith Baker Montano's classes in her displays of work she had done, she had a family CQ.  Each member had their own block.  I really liked that idea.  So in 2012 I decided to participate in the CQ Journal project, and each month would make a different block featuring family members.  

These are some of my blocks.    My daughters.

This was one from my childhood.  I am the big girl, about 12 or so with a scowl on my face.   My mother got me this ugly red bathing suit that didn't fit right, and my sister got a cute pink suit with lace on it.  

My girls when they were babies.

My parents wedding picture

My mother's parents

My dear husband John and I

John and his mom at the beach when he is a baby

My girls again

John's parents' wedding picture

My wedding picture

I really need to get busy and start making blocks again.  My girls are in their 40's, and I have 5 grandchildren that need their own blocks.  So much to do, so little time!  

Hope you enjoyed seeing my craziness.  Be sure and visit the other bloggers below and leave a sweet word.  Thanks again Joan for allowing me to share my craziness!  This has been a lot of fun.  

Monday August 21


Selina Quilts

Quilting Gail

Just Because Quilts

Words & Stitches


Tuesday August 22

Karrin’s Crazy World




Happy Cottage Quilter


Wednesday August 23

 Den syende himmel

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Quilted Snail

MooseStashQuilting Guest Post


Thursday August 24

Just Let Me Quilt


Stitching Farm Girl

 Days Filled with Joy

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Slow Sunday Stitching, Long Post.

It's been awhile.  Last Saturday I attended the wedding shower of Gabby, a friend of the family for whom I had made the Bonnie Hunter Winter Blues quilt.  Gabby was thrilled with the quilt, and I am so happy she loved it.

First thing Sunday morning I left with with my family to go to Disneyland for 3 days.  It is about a 6-7 hour drive from our home.  We took 3 cars because at the end we were going to be departing in different directions.  Jaeger and his brother Keaton left in Jaeger's new truck.  I went with granddaughter Kyleigh, and daughter Kristen and SIL Jeff left in another car.   I have not been to Disneyland in 30 years, since Kristen was about 14.

After we arrived in Anaheim, we walked over to Main Street and browsed shops a bit, and had dinner.  Our hotel was about a mile away.  

Monday was a fun-filled day at Disneyland.  My family are Disney fanatics, go multiple times a year.  They wait in long lines, go on a ride, and then to the next one.  They get fast passes so they don't have to wait so long.  On this ride I'm in the second row on right with a scared look on my face.  

I went on rides that weren't even invented 30 years ago.  John would have loved Indiana Jones, and all the Star Wars rides.  In the Cars Ride our car won against the other car, barely.

My family goes to Disneyland from 8 in the morning, till they close at midnight.  The first day I had 24,000 steps. 

Tuesday we went to California Adventure which I have never been to.  We didn't have breakfast, just started going on rides.  We had a late lunch, and then started going back on rides.  It was hotter than it was the previous day.  Despite daughter Kristen buying a cooling towel for me, I got way overheated to the point of feeling ill, and went back to the hotel about 3:30 and rested the rest of the day.  That day I did 14,500 steps.  

The last day was a more relaxed day.  Kyleigh left to pick up her boyfriend Drew at airport, and they were going away for an adventure to Zion National Park, for camping and hiking for her 23rd birthday on Thursday.  I had taken her picnic quilt and picnic basket with me to give her and she loved it.  

We repeated our favorite rides again.  Kristen and I sat out some of the wilder ones.  Jeff got his picture taken with the pirate lady from Pirates of the Caribbean.  

I had my picture taken with Indiana Jones, but can't seem to find it.  

The first day Jaeger got the cutest backpacks.  One was Yoda, and the other was Chewy from Star Wars.  I didn't get a picture of Chewy though.

Kristen and I don't get a lot of pictures taken together.  She is generally the one taking the pictures, so I requested this one.

Before we left Wednesday night, we watched the fireworks.  

In total for 3 days I walked 59,000 steps, or 24 miles.  That doesn't even include Sunday night, the count was on the previous week.  

We headed home Thursday morning, Kristen, Keaton and I.   Jaeger and Jeff headed to Albuquerque to drop him off at college.  We had been traveling about 3 hours, and they had reached the Mohave Desert when they were in an accident in the new truck.  Apparently a truck towing a boat had a blowout, lost control and hit Jaeger's truck, then hit him again up against a concrete barrier on a bridge.  The boat apparently wasn't secured very well because it went off onto the freeway.  The lady driver was taken to the hospital in ambulance eventually.  We were traveling through the valley.  Their reception was poor and we were getting no news or bits of news from Jeff.  Jeff's hip was hurting, but they were not badly injured. Jaeger's new truck is probably totaled.  After what seemed hours, they were towed to Needles, hired a car to take them to take them to Enterprise to hire a car to drive to Albuquerque.  I am so thankful they made it through this.  But it was nerve-racking to have them not answer their phones, and worrying about them all the way home.

We made it back with no problems.  While I was traveling, I worked on daughter Katie's BD present.  Her BD is the 24th.  I will share that next week after it has been gifted.  

I have been making cards for the August birthdays in my family with my Cricut.  I made this one for my BIL Roger.  These are both in the Cricut Design Studio files.

This one is for daughter Katie.  She likes owls.  

On Instagram I have been participating in the #100hexies100days2023. This is hosted by @sewfoxymama.  I took them with me to work on during the drive but didn't work on them,  I got caught up today.  There are different themes each week.  Last week's theme was sewing notions, but I only had 1 notion fabric, the turquoise.  Starting tomorrow the theme is flowers.  I have plenty of those.  I'm mermaid19754klh on Instagram.  

What I will be working on for Slow Sunday Stitching is the binding on this baby quilt someone turned in at the guild.  I quilted the last two rows, the rest was already done.  The quilting is all done, I am working on the binding. 

I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  I look forward to seeing what everyone is working on, it has been a couple of weeks since I linked up.

Thanks for stopping by!