Wednesday, July 29, 2015
On my previous post I shared of the resewing of the blocks for my granddaughters quilt. I finished re sewing the X in each block and planned to put the quilt together on Saturday.
Well life got in the way. My mother died Friday morning and my world turned sad and I became numb.
She never got to use her quilt I made for her.
She did enjoy seeing it hanging on the chair across from her recliner.
She loved pink, especially pink flowers.
I am leaving Monday morning to go on a Spiritual retreat which allows for a lot of alone time and quiet time. That will be my healing place as I grieve the loss of my mother and continue to heal from the loss of my husband 15 months ago.
I will try to remember to take pictures of the beautiful retreat location to share with you on my return.
I will not be able to respond to your posts until I return but please feel free to leave me a brief message. Reading your replies helps with the loneliness I have felt since loosing my husband which is more acute now since I lost mom who I talked with everyday of my life.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
With the help of my friend Kathi and my Sister Okalea I finally removed all the stitching in Kaila's quilt. Went yesterday to get the batting after some dental work but numbness wore off and I didn't feel like doing anything constructive after that.
lighting not good on this one.
This morning I awoke ready to get this quilt done by the weekend so that my daughter could take it back with her to Alabama. So I started cutting using the 6 inch die and manage to cut them out in less than 10 minutes. WooHoo! BUT.......
unbeknown to me the die measures six inches but the actual cut is a five inch block. NOOOOO!
Now what? I am ready to cry.
Anyone have a suggestion? I cannot afford another Queen size batting at this time. I waited to buy this one until JoAnn's had a coupon.
And, what am I going to do with all these five inch batting squares?
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Slow Sunday Frog stitching. What is frog stitching?
Well you use this tool to accomplish it.
I must admit I stole this word from someone on Facebook. She called it Frog Stitching for "rippit-rippit- rippit. ;) LOL
This stack is why I will be frog stitching all day.
50 rag quilt squares all stitched with an X but one thing is missing. Can you guess?
Yup, no batting.
I had hoped to have this quilt finished by today so I could spend my day hand quilting my Cathedral quilt and watching Netflix.
Maybe God is trying to teach me patience. :)
I hope I am a fast learner. Hmmm, is that an oxymoron, fast and patience?
Hope your Sunday is a relaxing one.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Progress is moving along on my granddaughters quilt.
I had cut the fabric earlier this week. Today a cut the flannel for the backing.
Thankfully may Accuquilt made easy work of the cutting in no time.
I started sewing the traditional X in on each one by chain piecing. I finished one side of the X before breaking for lunch at 3PM. I tend to forget to eat when involved in a project.
Made a large pile.
Now to cut those apart and stitch the other side.
But Lunch first.
As for my QAG hand quilting project, I am a lot further along than I realized. 50%
Yup I have quilted 31 blocks and have 29 more blocks to go. YEAH!
How about you? Share your progress I would like to celebrate with you on your progress.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
I finally found the fabric I have been gathering over the past two years for my Granddaughter Kaila's quilt.
The fabric is Paris Flea Market by Three Sisters for Moda. It is OOP and hard to find under $11 per yard. I hope I have gathered enough fabric.
I had purchased all fat quarters except one pack of 5 inch squares which I sewed into four patch blocks. Then cut with my Accuquilt.
My granddaughter likes the shabby chic look and has been wanting a rag quilt for awhile. She wanted to make one herself but with work and college the time is just not there for her.
I think these four patch blocks will bring some interest to the otherwise repetitive design. By the way I am so proud of myself. I pieced 10 of these blocks and got all the corners lined up perfect the first try. Self pat on the back. ;)
I also made a few more bowl cozies for my Etsy shop.
This coming week's To Do list includes, assembling the tumbler quilt, cutting flannel for Kaila's quilt and hopefully finishing it.
But for today, I am slow stitching and relaxing.
Monday, July 6, 2015
I do have a lot of scraps now to make more burp cloths.
Those I can make in ten minutes. :)
I also made more Microwave Bowl Cozies for my Etsy Shop.
I also cut out fabric for a Tumbler quilt from this fat quarter bundle of Riley Blake's "Lazy Days"
I just love the Balloons.
Here is the latest layout. I need to get a design wall, bending over the bed is no fun.
And finally I am still slowly working on my Cathedral quilt. I started out finishing an average of one block a day. This past week I only finished one for the whole week.
Hopefully things will be back to normal this week and I can get in more quilting.
The baby blanket, bibs and bowl cozies are for sale in my Etsy shop, Daytona Damsel.
Linking up at Sew Fresh Quilts.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I haven't done a lot of quilting these last two weeks.
Last week my brother and his wife were visiting and this week my sister and niece are visiting.
I also am taking my mother to daily radiation treatment and trying to read four books in preparation for some classes in August. More on the classes later.
I received this beautiful prayer shawl from a website I follow for Christian Widows.
It was made by African widows. They wove the fabric and stitched it together. There is a mission that teaches widows in third world countries skills to make money to live on.
I will be attending a Spiritual Academy every three months for the next two years (the reason for reading the books) and the shawl will be perfect since I am in Florida and not used to mountain weather.
In the mail with the shawl was this charm pack of Michael Miller fabric called Retro Florals. Makes me want to snap my gum and jitterbug. Along with the Charm Pack was this binding tool.
My Etsy Shop stock was getting pretty low so I made a few baby burp clothes. I just love this sweet kittens.
Wish someone would have thought of these when I had babies.
I had a lot of child print flannel (I had a bright idea to make pjs for my grand childen years ago. They are now in college.) I thought this would be a good way to use it up.
I originally was going to make a 10 minute baby blanket with the flannel. HA! After 30 minutes of trying to cut the fabric 40 inches square and actually cutting it 20 X 40 inches (3 times) I gave up and made burp clothes.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. ;)
My messy dining table that I use as a cutting table.
Last night I had a few minutes so I tried again to cut that 40 inch square and succeeded. :o
The next two days are busy with trips to the airport and taking mom to rad treatments but I hope to get some quilting in over the holiday weekend.
How are you spending your holiday?
I love hearing from you and reading your comments.
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