Although it wasn’t the “year of the quilt” I did get a few quilts finished last year. I made nine baby quilts, two memory quilts and finished four twin size UFO’s. My favorites are always the crazy/memory quilts. One of which happens to be the last quilt of the year.
My daughter didn’t know what to get for her in-laws and wanted it to be something memorable. Last year she made them a crochet blanket and it was a hit. So I suggested a memory quilt. Unfortunately where we live now there are quilt stores but not fabric stores. Quilt stores do not carry Jacquard, brocades, faux suede or velvets. The closest fabric store is one and a half hours away! And we had less than two weeks to make it and get it shipped! So ordering online was out of the question!
I did find some of the fabrics I needed in my stash ( imagine that!) And a Wal-Mart a half hour away had a few I could use. So I made the drive to the fabric store and guess what! They were out of suede in the color I needed! The only thing close was a burn out one so I had to use a second fabric behind it. On the front I chose a blue to match the squares and on the back I chose a gold lame’. The suede was stretchy so gone was the quick and easy sewing, I instead had the slow and careful.
On top of the suede issue I had a thread issue. I have Madeira, Sulky and Coats and Clark threads on hand in gold. (I use Madeira on my long arm for thread painting) Unfortunately my favorite (Coats and Clark) I only had half a king spool. I generally use one full king spool for a quilt this size. So I tried using the others. HUGE mistake! My Brother machines do not like the other brands of metallic thread. They break and get bound in the tension discs. My husband found one large spool at Wal-Mart (the last one they had). I had about two yards of thread left when I finished! We didn’t get to embellish it as much as I would have liked, we ran out of time.
We finished literally on the last day to mail it to be received before Christmas about four hours before USPS closed! Whew!
Sewing machine maintenance? Other than cleaning the bobbin case and vacuuming the lint out I didn’t do anything else. My long arm I kept full of oil. The others had no where to oil.
Let me just tell you, living in Florida nearly killed five of my machines! Okay, maybe not all of Florida but definitely that house. I was fighting mold from the day we moved in! The humidity creeps in and finds the metal parts and rust develops! Two of the machines I wasn’t using full-time in Florida when I got here to N.C. I found the needleplates rusted and one had rust on the thread arm. And my long arm? The bobbin winder was frozen.
The first thing I did after unpacking my machines when I got here was visit local quilt stores. I talked to the sales people and owners and got references to an amazing sewing machine repair guy. Yes, I bought fabric too. Like you didn’t already figure that out! The first to go in was Lizzie the long arm. He did an amazing job and fast! Faster than us replacing all the ball bearings on the quilt table that had also rusted! We actually had to buy them from China as they don’t carry them at the company I bought her anymore. She is up and running now, like a champ (even being over 10 years old)! I still have three more to go to service, two that are running fine with no rust and two embroidery machines that are also rust free.
I’ve learned my lesson. Each and every one will be serviced regularly. More often on high usage machines. I also learned that buying a new machine to use while your favorite is in the shop is actually is justified. Oh and Christmas is the perfect time to buy a new machine too! (I found an amazing deal on the Brother site) So my total now is eight sewing, two embroidery, one long arm, and six treadle machines. Did you know husbands don’t keep count of your machines? Just like you don’t know how many drills or saws they have. My husband was surprised when I starting unpacking one after the other. But he didn’t say a word after I mentioned his drills.
Where do I begin? In the middle of course! Y’all already know I’m far from organized! I made it a year in the Post-a-day challenge but couldn’t follow-up the second year.. I guess I get an E for effort?
So here we go…
I have completed a few quilts. Though for the life of me I can’t find the pictures. I finally finished the “Bubbles” Quilt.. I like how it turned out. I really need to do more thread painting to improve my skills though! This is my current project. It’s been slow going but I’m enjoying the process.
We’ve spent a lot of time at my Mom’s house playing and spending “family” time.
There’s been a lot of celebrating. Birthdays, Mothers Day, Graduation of #3 and yes Enlistment into the Marines. (I’m counting down the days until he leaves with a heavy heart.)
We’ve had too many medical scares. Still more that have not been resolved but we also celebrated getting braces off after three long years!
DD and I went to see One Direction. (That’s a boy band for those of y’all without teenage girls in the house.) The Amphitheatre was filled with 20,000 screaming girls! I’m still trying to recoup from that! I’ve got a new grand puppy (yes, again!) Her Name is Sophia. She’s the first for #2 and his GF! I’ve got to get that quilt done in the next two weeks!
Last but of course not least. I finally got my first tattoo! I love it and am already planning my next!
Hoping I can get back to some semblance of routine but I’m not counting on it. Taking it one breath at a time!
- I Love Color and a Giveaway! (quiltingismytherapy.com)
- Making A Quilt #quilt (critichousewife.wordpress.com)
So here it is.. the top and back are ready.. still waiting for a name!
I’ve also still been hard at work making pebbles. As you can see I still need a lot of practice!!I’m trying to make sure the pebbles aren’t all the same size but some are coming out oval instead of round.. Oh well.. maybe I did that on purpose? HAH!
Yesterday was full of cooking instead of quilting. I made three gallons of spaghetti sauce and four gallons of Chili. I freeze it in one gallon increments so it’s ready for the days I don’t want to or can’t cook. I should have made more spaghetti sauce but didn’t have enough italian sausage.
My grand dog made it through his neutering and it has been close to impossible to keep him calm since coming home. He wants to play! It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it! One more day in the life.. My zucchini is blooming and so are the green beans.. I’m eating strawberries as fast as they ripen and snack on radishes as I weed the rows. The yard cats have killed two of my tomato plants or at least I think it’s them.. I’ll set a trap to find out tonight! They broke the top of the plants off! I may have to look into putting naphtha out there but I’d rather not .(It stinks!)
Hoping this finds you getting through your days with pockets of joy found in places that surprise you!
I’m putting the last border on the New Grand Puppy quilt. #1 picks her up Sunday so I have to wait until then to embroider the name. But it’s a two-day drive home so it will be ready before she gets here! I got a couple more throat widths done on the Bubble Quilt. First the background then the metallic thread. I am so happy I got the tension problem fixed! Quilting life is good here again!
Today is already stacking up to be one of those days! I took my other grand dog to get neutered this morning. It has my stomach so upset! I can’t pick him up until 3 pm. So today I’ll worry all day! Meanwhile I will quilt.. it is the only relaxing thing I can think of!
Also I spent some time with my Mom this morning.. it’s hard. Everytime I think it’s going to get better she slides back three steps. Everything that happens seems to be a personal attack on her worth as a person. I’m frustrated trying to convince her that not only is she loved but she is lovable.
Taking it one stitch at a time today.. hope your day is un-eventful!
- Moda quilt for Etsy (countrybydesign.wordpress.com)
- Baptist Fan Quilting Designs (kathydrew.wordpress.com)
- The Shop Hop Quilt (kathydrew.wordpress.com)
- I LOVE what I do… (rosecityquilter.wordpress.com)
We got all the title and registration paper work done and a new set of tires for the new car so DD is one Happy Camper! Of course she owes us slave services for the next six months but now she’s happy with that. We’ll see in a few months if she’s still as happy.
I’m hopeful I can return to the quilting room today though I’m not holding out too much hope. It could happen! I decided on the puppy quilt. I hope my Duetta gets here before I’m ready to quilt so I can get the embroidery done.. the only problem I see encountering is that the new puppy has no name yet! #1 doesn’t name his dogs until he’s been with them for a day.
Here’s our adopted boy we got in January. He’s eight pounds of love! Harry brings us back up to four dogs in the house. He’s got a way to go though.. he wants to eat the chickens! He’s half their size! On Harry’s first day here #3 son heard my screams and came running .. Harry got into the chicken run I was trying to catch him..but #3 couldn’t help because he was laughing so hard.. I thought the chickens were going to eat him!! I was frantic! (okay, it was a funny sight)
I got a vet appointment in an hour.. my GrandDog Moomie has Addison’s and has to get an injection once a month. Today I get to learn how to give the injection.. doesn’t that sound like fun? I gave myself injections for three years so it shouldn’t be too hard.
Starting my day.. hope yours is full of happy surprises!
- So many events… (dreamzhappenquiltz.wordpress.com)
- Trying to finish up.. (dreamzhappenquiltz.wordpress.com)
- Happy National Quilting Month! (quiltsofaliasgrace.wordpress.com)
- Baptist Fan Quilting Designs (kathydrew.wordpress.com)
Yesterday was not a very productive day for me personally.. DH and I found a new (previously owed) car for DD and we drove the hour there to see it then a half hour testing etc. ..yada yada.. bought the car and came home. All the searching came after I sold her truck yesterday morning. Home by 5:30 pm and got dinner on the table by 6 pm.
Somehow I did fit a trip to the fabric store in the middle of all that! I didn’t have the right purple for my grand puppy’s quilt! At the cutting table the salesperson asked what I planned for the fabric and I told her I was expecting a grand baby. She was excited for me! DH had come in with me (whether to hurry me along or to see what I was spending, it’s hard to say) But he had to correct me and tell her it wasn’t a baby it was a puppy. I don’t think he gets it. This is practice for when there are babies! See, I knew y’all would get it!
Now all I gotta do is pick a pattern.. So far I’m looking at these two.
I’d like the middle available to embroider her name but I can do that on the border.
Today there won’t be much accomplished as it is errand day. Hoping y’all find pockets of joy throughout the day!
- So many events… (dreamzhappenquiltz.wordpress.com)