Finally got this one quilted, the binding made and attached to the front (all 440″ of it), ready to be hand stitched to the back. I’m posting a ridiculous amount of pictures, but it felt so good to get this off the machine. I’m not thrilled with my feather work, but I’m a bit rusty from lack of practice. It will take some time to get all my mojo back. The circles and stars were all done with my Circle Lord basic unit and Aztec template. I know I have said this before, but I love my Circle Lord stuff! The color is a bit washed out in most of the pics, too. Guess it’s because the way the light was shining in, but the tans and creams are not nearly that pale, and the reds and greens are more vibrant. The swirly filler quilting in the tan spaces was my attempt at mimicking the pattern of the border fabric, which is also used in the blocks. I think you can see it close up in one or two of the photos. Anyhoo….here it is.
24 Mar 2013 7 Comments
Kinda hit a bit of a rough spot again this winter…I think in a lot of ways, I just simply didn’t deal with some things. Letting go of a beloved spouse is, quite simply, one of the hardest things ever. I think I really tried to rush through some of that process. But, I’m better now. I’m back to quilting and getting ready for a kitchen and bathroom remodel (finally!) here at home. I started working out again and have lost not only close to 15 lbs, but I measure 2″ smaller around. Yay! I’m determined to truly be on my way to a happier, healthier me, and not just a happy face slapped on for the world. Guess my whole life has undergone a remodel. Anyway, it won’t be much longer, in fact maybe even today, that this monster will come off the machine and binding can begin!
06 Nov 2012 9 Comments
This weekend, I was marking a feather spine on my log cabin variation quilt I have been posting. And, I found a tiny rip in one of the logs. And, then another in the log right below it. I have no idea how they got there. My first thought was one of my pins I had used to baste it as I was stabilizing. But, I don’t know how one pin ripped the quilt in two different logs. I’m still thinking that scenario is the most likely culprit, but for the life I me I can’t figure out exactly how. Once the shock wore off and it fully sunk in, my first reaction was @#$##!, quickly followed by just wanting to melt into a tearful puddle on my quilting room floor, to moving to a plan of action. I have to fix this somehow! I have too much work and fabric invested. I was way past the point of taking it apart and piecing in new logs. That would have involved too much frogging and requilting. I have plenty of extra fabric, so I got scraps from the two pieces involved, matched up the print, and appliqued two square “patches” over top of each rip. I think once it quilted, it will hardly be noticeable. Still, it was a bit disheartening and made me feel a little sick. But, in the grand scheme of life, this is not really a problem…merely a little situation. And, I know the recipient is still going to love it. Let me add at this point, that this is NOT a client quilt, thankfully, or I would have been hysterical. I don’t know if I have mentioned, that shortly after Greg passed away, I stopped quilting for hire. I only work on my own stuff now, and as much as I loved quilting for others, it has eased some stress in my life.
I didn’t think to take a pic til I had already repaired one of them, but this is what they both looked like. The purple you see is from my erasable fabric marker I was marking the spine with, then I circled the rip with it.
This is after both had been patched. Not too bad, I think. It will have to do, regardless. Feel free to add your comments regarding how you would have fixed it, had it been yours. That might make for some interesting discussion, as well as being helpful to someone else finding themselves in the same situation. Again, keep in mind, this is not a customer quilt. Along that line, what would you have done if it was a customer quilt? For sure, they would need to be involved in the decision making process, I think.
On the quilting front, things didn’t get much better after that. I began to “feather” the spine, and being that I am a little out of practice, I did not at all like the “flow” or look of the first few I stitched, so I stopped and am frogging them. I hate frogging, so I do a little, then leave it for a bit, do a little, then leave it. It may take a few days to get the few I quilted back out, lol. Eventually, I will let you know how they finally turned out, hehe.
27 Oct 2012 2 Comments
This was fun to make. I also watched a really cute movie while I was working on it. If you haven’t seen “I Don’t Know How She Does It”, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s worth a watch. That is, if you like funny, chick flick, feel good movies. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
13 Oct 2012 3 Comments
Did a little longarming.
Did a little piecing. The center portion of my Fons & Porter Stars & Stripes Sampler is finally complete and ready for borders. The piecing has some issues and I will have some challenges to “quilt out”, lol. Nobody to blame but myself, hehe.
Before I left town for my work trip, I also did a little online shopping. These little gems were waiting for me when I got home, and I can’t wait for the right project to try them out! Lisa Calle’s Quilter’s Groove rulers…these things seem like they will be awesome to use!
Other than that, not much to say today. Hope your weekend is great!
04 Oct 2012 7 Comments
I love my Circle Lord. I love feathers. I love it when a plan comes together.
(Margo, guess I’m doing feathers instead of the leaves I originally planned.)
Here is a little snippet of some filler I going to use in some of the tan sections. I only did this one bit before going on to finish the ditch work and start the feathered star medallions. I just had to see if I liked the idea I had for it. I was trying to do something that would mimic the print in the darker tan fabric.
I’m going to be headed off to a work conference in Galveston for a few days, so I won’t get to work on it anymore for about a week. I’m going to miss it while I’m gone! Gosh, it feels good to be enjoying my quilting again! I just wish I could yell to Greg, “hey honey! Come see this!” And then, I would hear him say “Cool!!”
It’s not perfect (not that my quilting ever is, lol) but, considering I haven’t done this kind of work in probably close to two years now, I’m pretty happy with it. Also, the lighting in my quilting room sucks, making it hard to see where I’m going or where I’ve been sometimes. I need to find a solution to that problem.
Have a great weekend, y’all!
15 Sep 2012 11 Comments
For many months after Greg passed, I just couldn’t get back into my quilting. He was so involved in that part of my life. Very interested and so supportive. I just couldn’t get my mojo back. But, finally, the fire is burning within me again. I am working on my projects and it’s bringing me joy. I am trying to turn all my WIP’s into completed items. Or, at least make a good dent in them before I start on new ones. I know that I will not be able to refrain from starting a new thing, here or there, before I finish ALL my WIPs. In the past week, I have quite a little bit of new progress to report.
I finished my “chicken quilt”. Just a simple turning twenty made with mostly chicken themed fabrics, quilted with Willow Leaf studio’s Fancy This panto. I had everything but the binding finished close to two years ago, now. Now, it’s finally draped over the back of my sofa, ready to snuggle up in during the chilly Fall/Winter months. I actually took a little nap under it yesterday.
I pulled out a little pre-cut table runner kit I have had for probably three years now. I bought it from Chery’s Quilt Corner, in Guymon. It was designed by Judy Rice. I am so happy to see it on my table in time for pumpkin season this year! I quilted it on my longarm. For the pumpkin vines that were supposed to be done by machine or hand embroidery, I just threaded my longarm with some green thread and did them as part of the quilting.
That little table runner just makes me smile. I love pumpkins!
Last night I loaded the Oklahoma Backroads (pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville) quilt that I started making for my Mom, back before she was diagnosed with lymphoma. So, I know this has been a WIP for over two years. I pulled it off the longarm just a little bit ago. It’s a scrap quilt, with pretty much bits and pieces of any and ever quilt I had previously made in it. I could have done a better job with the fabric values, which would have made the stars and “roads” stand out better, but she will love it for snuggling up in. It’s so busy that I decided to do a freehand “paisley-ish” allover meander on it, just to give it a nice texture. Also, being that I really avoided my longarm for over a year, and the year before that it was barely used, these little projects are a good way to sharpen up my skills again. I’m a little rusty and these are good confidence builders. I am pleased to report that my longarm just took right off, and is working perfectly, even after all that sitting, waiting for me to come back to her. That was a big relief.
Now to get the binding and a label on it, and it’s soon to be a finish, as well. I’m ready for it to go live with Mom!
Greg was in one of my dreams last night. At first, I wanted so badly to dream about him, because it would feel, in a way, as if he was still here, as if I had seen and talked to him. And the funny thing is, those dreams didn’t come right away. Now, when they do, I have really mixed emotions about it. Waking up after one is certainly more painful. Because, it does feel as if he was just here, as if I just talked with him, saw him, and possibly even touched him. And then, I wake up.
I alluded to a “special someone” in a previous recent post. Yes, I am seeing someone. But no, that takes nothing away from the loss of what I had. And, he lives six hours away. Long, but sweet, story. Someday maybe I will share it here.
In the meantime, I will be trying to figure out the best way to reply to your comments. While I was away, it seems WordPress changed the comment notification emails. It used to be that I could reply directly, and privately to the commenter by replying through the notification email that WordPress sent. That is no longer the case. I can click on the email address of the commenter, and send a whole new email, which is probably what I will begin doing. If I reply through the WordPress email, it posts directly here on the blog, but I don’t know if the commenter gets notification that there has been a repy. Do any of you know? I do read all your comments and have been very lax about responding during these past many months. I intend to start doing better about that again! Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for all the cyber love you have sent my way.
13 Sep 2012 6 Comments
Today has been one of those days. I worked in my Perryton office, rather than the Borger office, where I spend most of my working time these days. Maybe that was part of it. The weather changed. It was definitely a chilly, damp, cloudy Fall kind of day. Maybe the change in seasons is part of the reason. I have worked in the Perryton office several times since Greg passed, so I don’t know what makes today one of “those” days…a day I’m calling a “setback day”, simply because I don’t know what else to say to describe it. But, here I am, a year and four months past the date of his passing. And, all day it felt so unreal. Like all the space between was erased, and I had to keep reminding myself that he is gone. It started this morning when an ambulance went down Main St., and I caught myself thinking, as I used to do when this same event happened, that I should call Greg, just make sure it wasn’t him and that he was fine. Then I remembered that no, it wasn’t him, that he wasn’t fine, and all the stuff that happened from diagnosis of his brain tumor, to his death. All day I felt as if he should be coming to get me for lunch, should be down at the glass shop working away, that he should be coming home saying “what’s for dinner?” It feels so surreal again. Yep, well over a year later…a setback day. Strange how they just come along for no apparent reason. I wonder what makes it feel so fresh all over again. Just musing aloud, there…I know there isn’t a definitive answer to that question.
27 Aug 2012 15 Comments
QUILTING!! I finally finished a couple lap quilts, that only needed binding finished and labeled. One, I started before Greg’s diagnosis. The other, a gift for a friend, I started while he was still in the LTACH, but I was spending a few days home, and a few days there, dividing my time between him, work, and things that needed tended to at home. Anyway, it feels good to finally have them finished.
This one is the gift for a friend. She flew from her home in Arkansas, to spend a few days with me in Lubbock, while Greg was still in the main hospital, and I was barely holding myself together. The emotional and mental support she gave me those few days meant so much. It’s a 1600 quilt made from a jelly roll. This first photo is “pre-washing”. I quilted it with the Seven Treasures of Buddha (aka orange peel) template boards from Circle Lord. Love them!!
I liked it before, but I love the look of it after washing and drying. It makes it look so “quilty”.
This one is Boxed In, another jelly roll quilt, from Heather Mulder Peterson’s book, Let the Good Times Roll. I quilted it with a holly berry pattern, as the fabrics are Christmas themed. I used QD wool batting in this one. It’s the first time I have washed and dried a quilt with a wool batting, and it washed up beautifully! I had lost the good lighting to take a photo after washing, so this one is before.
I started a little table runner for fall. This is from a kit that I purchased form Cheryl’s Quilt Corner in Guymon, Ok, back in 2009. It is designed by Judy Rice. It’s all ready to go on the longarm. I love pumpkins. For some reason, they just make me smile.
And, I’m working on a large king size quilt for a “special someone” that has come into my life. It’s an Eleanor Burns pattern, from her Still Stripping book.
I haven’t been keeping up with any blog reading, and I discovered this evening that I seem to have lost all the quilting blog subscriptions that I had in Google Reader. I thought I had successfully exported them to the new Google apps thingy. Guess I didn’t. Oh well…no big deal thing…I will start building a new list, and hope to be stopping by to see some of you again.
27 May 2012 19 Comments
Wow. I cannot believe almost a whole year has passed since I posted here last. It really just became more than I could keep up with. Don’t expect to see a whole lot here, still…I’ve only recently even begun to work on my quilting projects again. But, I have started picking it back up, and maybe I will get around to posting about it again soon. I did give up all customer quilting. I just can’t handle that at this point, along with rebuilding my life and dealing with my regular job. I have been through a lot of changes this past year, some good things along with the pain. So, I will start by dipping my toes back in ever so slightly and see how this goes. Will I stay at it? Who knows.