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Stash Busting 101

Yep, I think it is past time to go on a stash busting spree. I can’t buy any more fabric because I don’t have room! (yes, it has spread into the bedroom too!) It’s getting embarrassing!

It’s time for some simple quilts, twin to lap size. I mean really simple! I found a simple celtic knot I’m going to try. Fifteen inch blocks and I’ll need a total of twenty.  I’d really rather keep it small but I’m in a hurry! Let’s see..  I’ve figured out a real quick strip piecing method so .. I know, I did it again, didn’t I?  It just goes against my nature to completely follow a pattern.

So any-hoohere’s the pattern I’m starting with. As you can see by their instructions there are a ba-zillion pieces per block. But I think it lends itself easily to strip piecing! So I start cutting after the holiday and I’ll let ya know how that goes!

Stay safe!

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My kids “get” me!

 

 

What could be more perfect? A gift basket of all my favorite things! Quilting Magazine, tequila with a new shot glass, chocolate, and a Jo-anns gift card! Turning fifty-one was a lot more fun than fifty! All my kids and my Mom and the best dinner ever.. Yep Kentucky Fried Chicken!

The only drawback to the day was tropical storm Debby. We were right in her path and she was dumping TONS of rain all day long! We got about twenty inches! Fortunately for us we remained high and (almost) dry but I can’t say the same for some of our neighbors. The river crested and flooded neighborhoods and many had to grab their pets and run.

A leaking roof.. that’s the worst we suffered. We were blessed! Not to mention I had enough KFC for breakfast the next morning! I love cold fried chicken!

I’m going back into the Quilt room today.. hoping to get the blocks finished but ya know, I just don’t see finishing today. I’ve got about twenty more blocks to go and I may be having puppies today!

Oh, did you see how I just slipped that in there!  Yes, PUPPIES! Well maybe, she has woke me up at the crack of dawn yesterday and today. Now I’m having one of those “what was I thinking” moments! My stomach hurts and I’m a nervous wreck! Just the thought of having puppies in the house again!

You just know she’ll get into my batting scrap pile. Maybe I should use this nervous energy to clean the quilt room? Naw, I’d rather quilt!

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Let’s try this again

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!

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Ireland Bound?? I wish!

(LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)”][Howth and Ireland's Eye. County Dublin, Irela...The count down is now 85 days until the Quilt Show! I mean seriously who wouldn’t want to go? I know it’s a lifelong dream of mine to go to Ireland. I don’t have any definitive reason but hey, if there’s a Quilt Show, tell me.. whats a better reason?

Even McCall’s has a quilting Ireland tour! SEE!! It’s not just me. Other people see quilting as a reason to go to Ireland. But wait even Ricky Tims is going to be there.. I’ve always wanted to meet Ricky Tims! I guess that’s another reason to go, right? (Shhhh… these are reasons not excuses! And I’m not done!! ) I’ve gotten all but two of the Irish Quilting Magazine since it’s premiere issue. The quilts are so beautiful. The pictures just send my imagination wild with possibilities!

 Unfortunately it’s not in my budget but it doesn’t stop my dreaming about it! It’s a romantic notion and I enjoy looking into it each year.. you know, just in case my Dreamz Happen! So if you go please take pictures and tell Ricky “Hi” for me!

 

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Still stitching…

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!

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Just one stitch..

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!

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Spring Ahead

But, what if I didn’t want to spring??? There’s probably a good reason for the time change to still be messing with our internal clocks. I don’t know what it is but I’m sure there’s a reason. Even the dogs seem off their game today.

I’m going to spend some quality time today watching the garden grow.  It’s very relaxing. Of course I want to spend some time in the quilt room too. I’ve gotten a pretty good rhythm going. It get almost hypnotic.

I cut the fabric for the puppy quilt and am starting to sew my strips. I changed direction on the pattern.. lets see if I like how it turns out. More quilty pictures tomorrow.. that is if I actually get anywhere!  I’ve found I can only sit and quilt for about fifteen minutes at a time before the spasms start so I have a couple of projects going so I move a little in between.

Go ahead and Spring.. you’ll get used to it!

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Micro Handles

I’m not sure how I’d be able to do all these pebbles without the micro handles DH made for me.

These are the ones you can order from Tin Lizzie.. I’m sure I told y’all about my hands..

I can rest my palm on the ball and I don’t get the cramping that a handle sends me to.  With all these pebbles I’m grateful I have my handles instead of theirs!

 I’m having fun.. I still have a bunch to learn (or re-learn). I forget more than I remember but I am loving the process!

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Making Bubbles

Another 6 am wake up.. I’m gonna be (more ) silly stoopid if this keeps up! I told you about my grand dog (the one with Addison’s.) She’s staying here for the next few weeks BUT she thinks it’s time to get up when she hears any noise!  I have five (yes, real-life) dogs sleeping in my bed and it is a very delicate balance to keep them all sleeping.

I’m heading back to the quilt room to play with thread. I finally got the pebbles down but they are time-consuming. I think it’s worth it though.. I love the look of them! I still have to figure out the metallic bubbles, I may spend some time looking at bubbles today!

It’s getting a bit frustrating trying to figure out what I need to do to get this concept into the thread.  But then I saw this (the pink bubbles) and I SEE!  Do you see what I see? I can do this!

Oh, the needle changes have become second nature now.. although I did have to put nail polish on them to color code them.. I kept forgetting which was which. I won’t tell you how many times I put the same needle back on that I took off!

Well I’m missing yet another quilt show this weekend but it can’t be helped. I looked into going to the Paducah Show but finding a hotel room this late was impossible. I guess it ‘s not going to be my year for quilt shows. No worries, I’ll use my free time to make more quilts!

 

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Photo updates..

So here’s a few quick pictures..

The Diamond Blues…

Metallic Bubbles.. first try at “thread painting” .. still got a lot to learn! Not to mention I have to change needles and thread between quilting cotton thread and metallic!

I’m gonna get back at it.. more updates tomorrow! I gotta figure out the whole needle change thing! I’m planning on pebbling everything outside the metallic thread.

 

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