Saturday, June 21, 2014

Quilting again June 2014

After a long hiatus from quilting, I am finally back!  I just wasn't feeling it.  Then my daughter asked me to make a quilt for her friend who is suffering from Lymphoma.  I started it, then took a week off, then went back to it a little bit at a time, but it is finally finished.  This is the Depression Block that I made the Missouri Star Quilt way.  All of the squares were on the bias.  I think I prefer the way I made this before using the rulers and cutting the half squares from strips, or the normal half square triangle technique.  I don't think time was saved using their technique.  I was trying to find the tutorial to link to it, but was unsuccessful.  

I made this quilt using this tutorial.  I was disappointed with my colors in the photo.  They looked much better, thankfully, in person.  This baby quilt was for new co-workers who just had a baby.  Since I work from home, I didn't even know that they were expecting!

I bought this cute little scooter at a flea market a couple of years ago, just because.  I couldn't find any info about it anywhere.  I decided that I wanted to find a plug for it, so I must have used different search terms this time and discovered that this is a Pottery Barn Kids Vespa Scooter Light.  I still didn't find a plug to use with it.  It has a round port to plug the cord into.  I don't know if I can take it somewhere and just look for a plug to fit or not.  

Well, I have a few hours until I have to babysit again.  I want to straighten up my sewing room and begin working on a quilt I am making for my step daughter.  Lacey just earned her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice (I think that's what it is.)  I wanted to give her something other than money.  Something that she will remember.  I let her select the colors-yellow and gray.  I think I am going to use the Fire Escape quilt pattern.  I may play around with it on EQ7 first to see if it will work, or maybe I will just dive in and hope for the best!  I had to buy all of the fabric for this because my stash is pretty limited on modern prints.  I don't' want to mess it up and am uncertain if it will look pretty.  I think I better do a mock up in EQ7 after all!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 2014

We are having more snow this year than we have had for years.  This is more like the winters I remember.  If it is going to be cold we may as well have snow!  Madison and Elijah were sledding in the yard with their mom.  I was inside with Josiah.  GiGi didn't get up in time to watch the baby.  :(  I missed out on the fun.

But I did get to spend some one on one time with this little one.  Poor baby has eczema.  It is so bad that he has to have socks on his hands to keep them from getting raw when he sucks on them.  You can see some patches of it on his face.  They say this is caused by allergic reactions to vaccinations. 

I finished my Celtic Solstice and finally got it outside for a picture.  I just saw one with a blue outer border.  That made the quilt look so different, more somber, if that is possible with this happy quilt.  This one is going to my nephew and his wife.  I hope they like it!

I had a few blocks left over, since I was just guestimating how many I would need to make mine queen size and not king or lap like Bonnie did.  I say it was about perfect with just these few extras.  I am so grateful that I had extras and not the opposite and needed to make more.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

January 2014

Life has been interesting.  I was laid off from my job the week before Christmas.  What a blessing that turned out to be.  I actually had time to spend with the family over the holidays.  I didn't know if I really wanted to go back to work.  I was toying with the idea of trying to sell quilts or table toppers or something.  I didn't feel the joy of making these things for pay.  I much prefer making them for love.  That idea was scratched.  My mother (with Alzheimer's) is living with me, and we thought of having her contribute to the household.  That may still happen, but wouldn't supplement my income enough.  I ended up accepting another job, doing something similar to what I had been doing, but different.  I went from coding anesthesia and wound records to coding for ambulatory surgical centers.  I haven't started coding yet-I have been taking an online course to try to figure out what I am doing.  The course has a lot of minutiae in it that I won't need for my job.  That seems to be such a waste of time studying this.  I want to get down to the brass tacks!  

Here is our visiting hawk.  I think this may be a  red tail hawk.  He/she sits on our fence eating quite often.  I have no idea what it is eating, but this time it was pretty large.  

My daughter started college and wanted me to make her a bag for her laptop.  I guess these can be pretty expensive.  I started by following a tutorial I found, but the directions weren't quite right.  I ended up making some changes and it turned out pretty nice.  I put a large double pocket on the outside and a smaller pocket on the inside.  For the handles, I made a contraption so I could use the smaller straps called for in the tutorial.  I already had them made when I realized the sides were going to buckle in if they weren't wider.  The tutorial had the flap be the same width as the bag front and back.  No way that would work since the sides weren't compensated for.  I made that smaller to fit the space better.  I should have gotten a picture of it with the laptop in it.  It worked out very well.

Here is my Celtic Solstice, Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt for this year.  It is now on my frame.  I guess I won't have a lot of time for quilting until I finish this course.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Another Breast Cancer Quilt

This is the second breast cancer quilt I made this year.  This is for my daughter-in-law's cousin, only 28, who has breast cancer.  
 And here is Tara with her quilt!
 Here is Teresa with her quilt too.
 When I should have been working on my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, I was making doggie coats.  I made this for Teddy.  He wasn't there to try it on.  I need to make another one for him a little bit bigger.  I didn't realize Lucy was that much smaller than he is.  I hope she stays smaller.
 Here is Lucy modeling her coats.  She looks pretty in pink!
And batik too!

This is Josiah's Christmas stocking made with Kate Spain's In From the Cold.  I thought I took a nicer photo of this, but I didn't.  I took this to send to his mom to see if she liked it.  You can see my work space here-yuck!

I only have a bag to make for Oliver for Christmas.  I achieved my goals for the most part.  I am trying to find time to work on the mystery quilt.  I followed a bloggers suggestion of cutting triangles for clue two instead of using small squares.  Big mistake for me.  The accuracy isn't as good, so I am doing a lot of ripping as I go along.  Of course production has slowed down because of this.  I am making a queen size, so I am making more blocks than her lap quilt and less than the king size.  I hope I guestimated the correct number of pieces pretty close to what I will need.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 2013

I have not posted for quite a while.  I will forget what quilts I made and what is going on in my life if I don't post soon.  Here is some of what has been keeping me busy over the last few months, obviously not in order of importance!

This is Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom quilt that I made for a friend who is fight breast cancer.  I really enjoyed making this pattern.  I gave it to Teresa in September.

Madison wanted a princess quilt.  I found the princess fabric at Sauder's and Madison picked out the other fabrics.  She wanted orange, blue, pink and some Easter fabric that I had.  She even helped to make it a little bit.

 This is the back of the princess quilt.  I had to order the other princesses because they "weren't on the quilt" and Madison "really, really likes them."  The back cost more to make than the front!  This was an October finish.
 This is our excitement for the end of Summer this year.  We welcomed Josiah David August 30th.

 Meet Lucy!  My daughter got Peluche (now Teddy) earlier this summer and I fell in love with him.  I told my hubby that I think by Christmas I may be ready for another dog.  That weekend he went to a yardsale and Lucy was for sell.  She is the breeder's last puppy from her last litter.  I went to see Lucy and liked her but just wasn't sure.  Then they said how rambunctious she was.  Teddy is normally pretty calm and laid back.  She was so cute though.  I said yes.  She is delightful and makes me smile.  Not so much today though.  She came in from outside covered in mud.  She has discovered the fun in digging.
 This is Teddy, the boy who started it all.  We have to learn how to groom Shih Tzu's.  I am going to keep Lucy short, but their faces require special treatment that is a little bit tricky.
 Here is smiling Josiah with his mom and big brother.  He is two and half months old and looks like he is trying to crawl already.  Slow down little boy, you have plenty of time to grow up!
I have been watching Ryleigh and Brady after work since this summer too.  It is great to get to know them better.  They are very much into nature and animals.  Here they are taking care of a woolly caterpillar.

 And a picture of Madison.  We saw Oliver once over the summer and his siblings not at all.  I have tried to make contact with their mother, but she has not responded in person.  She has told a few people that she will call me to set up a get together, but that hasn't happened.  We all miss Kamille and Kole and hope they are doing well.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Baby quilts

This is the first baby quilt I made.  I made this for my first grandchild soon after I started quilting.  I didn't take pictures of my quilts when I made them, so I had to search them down to photograph them.  This one looks well loved.  I quilted baby footprints in the large yellow block with my DSM.  Kole's mom picked out the fabric.  The prints were Winnie the Pooh.  8/9/2002
 Then came Kamille's baby quilt.  I made two identical quilts because I bought the fabric for a larger quilt and loved it so much.  These are the only two quilts I put ruffles around.  I may try again, now that there are directions on how to do it on the internet.  When I made them I just winged it.  3/22/2006

Elijah's quilt is one that I made twice also.  I made the first one for a niece's baby and Elijah's mom liked it and wanted it for her baby too.  I didn't get pictures of either one and will have to get a picture of it when I see it again.  10/10/2006  Update-found the picture of Elijah's-already loved.

Ryleigh's quilt was next.  I found this adorable children's fabric that I wasn't sure how to use, but knew I wanted to use it for her quilt.  This is what I finally came up with.  9/15/2007  
Brandon's quilt was made with fabric I ordered after seeing this quilt in a magazine.  They are pages for a book made into a quilt. 1/30/ 2009
I just wanted to make Oliver a sail boat quilt and searched high and low for a pattern I wanted to use.  Then I had to cut it down in size and search for the shirting for the sails.  At the shower where it was given to mom to be, I discovered that the nursery theme was sailboats!  Serendipitous!  8/7/2008

I never got a picture of Kamille's quilt above, but this one is actually Madison's.  8/24/2009
This is Caius's quilt.  (They decided to call him Josiah!  Whew!  Easier for Grandma to say.)  He isn't here yet but we are expecting him the end of August 2013.  This is Mod Pop that mom and grandma fell in love with the colors.   

Here are some random quilts that I made for nieces and friends babies.  I sure wish I had thought to take pictures of all of them along the way.








Devon - June 2014