It’s Done

A Boy and A Girl is done.  Hard to believe 2 years 3 months in the making and it’s done.  I put the final applique stitches in last night and embroidered the eyes and mouths of the Boy and Girl.   I’m a bit at a loss right now.  This quilt has been such an integral part of my daily life for so long it seems odd not to be thinking about what I hope to accomplish today on it.  I’m thrilled I finished such a monumental project.  But there is a “but” hanging there.  I know I have other projects that need attention.  But…. I think I want to savor this finish just a bit.  I had a routine.  I would get up early so I could applique an hour each morning before getting ready for work.  My eyes would be fresh and I felt a sense of accomplishment while heading into work.  It just seemed to start the day on a bright note.  So for today I plan on feeling impressed by myself that I actually completed such a project.  I haven’t taken a final photo yet, but I did get a photo of one of the corners while I was working on it.  27858249_1840285456044863_942727480811019000_n26993914_1821828961223846_1738476110603559250_n

Now to order the backing.  I think I have decided on a purple polka dot.

I had to use a personal day for work today.  I have 1/4″ of ice covering everything.  Too dangerous for this old lady to get out on at this stage of my life.  Years ago I would have considered it a challenge against mother nature to get where I needed to go.  I now value my life more having survived breast cancer.  Each day is a gift.  I will not squander it.

Have a wonderful day.

Katherine Sissy Malone

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Taps playing for my mini iron.

Yes, my Dritz Mini Iron went kaput.

 

 

I’m right in the middle of prepping a 100″ border.  I almost panicked.  But I managed to keep calm and convinced myself to try using the Rowenta travel iron since it is small.

To replace my mini iron I would need to go to Joann’s either at Lake Ozark or Springfield, MO.   Each are a one hour drive and since I am recuperating from surgery I am not too excited about that.  I could mail order it but the last time I ordered from Joann’s it took FOREVER to reach me.

Walmart at one time carried them in their stores.  I saw one after I had purchased mine.   They no longer carry them in the store.  So I went online and you can order them online from Walmart but it ships from a Third Party.   So I was left with trying to substitute with my Rowenta.

I am pleased to announce that I was able to  work quite well with the Rowenta.  I did have to work slowly to achieve the neat little curves but I am pleased with my work.  So no rush to get to Joanns.

While I was working away on my border, Tink, fell asleep listening to the Oak Ridge Boys.  I don’t know how she does it.

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I am working on the final border for A Boy and A Girl. Ta Da.   I am excited that the journey is coming to a close for this project.  I have so enjoyed making this quilt.  I have been challenged.  I have honed my applique skills to the next level.  I have found a new confidence that yes, I can do that.  Overall this has been a wonderful journey.  I have one more applique quilt to complete before I embark on my Baltimore Album journey.  I have the confidence to tackle the Baltimore quilt that I did not have prior to making A Boy and A Girl.  It is a quilt I have been passionate about for over 30 years.  I am now confident that I will be able to add the Baltimore Album quilt to my resume and collection.  Now that’s exciting.

The final border.  Wow!!!!  I have learned so much working on this quilt.

This is what my sewing room looks like while I am sorting and looking for “just the right” fabric .  All those Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I have quite the pile of scraps.  I was thinking that they would work nicely up in Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone.  Something to think about.

You would think I should be embarrassed to show anyone what a mess my sewing area is, but hey, it’s creative clutter and when I am finished it gets cleared and put away.

Today is my birthday.  I am thankful to have made it another year.  I am a breast cancer survivor.  I am four years cancer free.  Time is precious.  Make the most of every day you have.   It took me a couple of years post surgery to realize I was going to live.  Now I have grand ambitions.  Namely, a Baltimore Album quilt.  It has taken me 2 plus years to make A Boy and A Girl.  The Baltimore quilt will probably take me about 3 years to make.   It’s a goal to strive for!!

Happy Birthday to Me.

Happy Stitiches Everyone.

Sissy Malone


Time. Where Does It Go?

Here I am closing in on another year and as always I reflect on what I have accomplished.  I set goals every year. Yes, I’m a nerd, but it works for me.  Otherwise I would procrastinate.  And yes, I have my List for 2018 prepared.

Out of curiosity I went through my photos trying to figure out when I actually started on A Boy and A Girl.   Interestingly, I began it on 12/7/15.  Two years ago.  Time, where did it go?  Yes, I fit in many other projects along the way.  I have completed 8 quilts this year alone. 003 But, two years.  Wow!  I have been diligently working on the borders but when I realized it has taken me 2 years to get this far the decision has been made to put aside the other items on the List for now and  the push is on.  I want it finished.  I have  a Baltimore Album quilt in my future so I have to get this one completed.  Sadly,  my fingers can only sew so fast.  Also, I have to get up and move around periodically or I get stiff.

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I have finished appliqueing the right border.  I am currently working on the left.  Then the top will be completed.  The bottom has yet to be prepped.  I am hoping for February 1 completion date.  Much work to be done.  Time.  Give me more time!

The holidays have finished and I hope everyone had a wonderful time spent with family and friends.  I know I did.  My sister gave me many wonderful gifts for Christmas.  Among them were a set of my favorite bath towels and a new tv for my sewing room.  I am surely blessed. And my friend Sheila presented me with a ceramic Santa that she painted with kitties all over it.  It is beautiful!  I love it.  Santa is even holding a black kitty.  I once had a solid black Persian named Ivan the Terrible.  That was many, many years ago. But he is still in my heart.

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TIME to get back to my border.  Have a wonderful year and be safe.

Happy Stitches

Sissy


BOM # 4 Bed of Roses

checkmarkMonth 4 of the BOM Bed of Roses is all prepped and ready to applique.  Really enjoying this quilt.  Totally liked the revised instructions for the scallops on the border.  Much easier for me than the original.  This is what I like about quilting, someone is always seeing a different way to achieve the same result.   Now last item on list is last border for A Boy and A Girl.   Sadly everyone has left for their own homes and it’s all quiet now and I return to work tomorrow.  I have so enjoyed my time off.

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I did get other things accomplished over the holiday.  I cleaned the garage so I will be able to get my Rav4 in it when winter finally decides to rear its ugliness.  I do not like scrapping ice and snow off my windshield.   My house is clean.  That’s just because I had company though.  I managed to get my treadmill back into my spare bedroom from the garage.  My goal is to use it faithfully this winter.    I am now off to have a bit of lunch, take the doggies outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and upper 60’s temps then back in to start on that last border.

Have a great day.

Sissy

 

 

 


I hope everyone had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I did.  Family and great food.  Can’t get much better.   After clean-up my sister and I headed to Wally World.  I wanted to get new movies for my sewing room.  I like to play animated movies while I sew.  I like the background music.  So I got about 8 new movies for $1.97 each and , ta da this for $9.95

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So excited.  I use permanent markers to make my quilt labels.  Now they can be in technicolor!

I wouldn’t have minded to have gone black Friday shopping only quilt shop hopping, but my sister gets cross-eyed when I start talking quilting.  She has no interest in sewing.  Instead we had a great time at Menards, Kohl’s and Bed Bath & Beyond.  Two days shopping, no sewing, I’m having withdrawals.   Today hopefully will be spent in my sewing room.  I still have not finished my November list.  I’m getting there, just not finished.  I need to focus on The List.

UFO for November – almost completed.  Need to head to quilt shop for border fabric.  Then the top will be finished.  Will quilt it later.

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The Grand Slam – Apparently there are 4 different types of Turkeys in the United States.  Hunters try to bag one of each.  This is called a grand slam.  It is considered a great accomplishment.  Well my brother has achieved this accolade.  Guess what?  He wants a quilt to commemorate his experience.  I went on line and found these descriptions defining the differences of each type of turkey.  I will use these while trying to design the quilt top.  Let me say this.  I am not an artist.  I will try though.

 

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Currently under my needle….  I am finishing prepping Block # 4 of a Bed of Roses.  Hoping to get this finished today.  Then I will start prepping the final border for A Boy and A girl.  Then November list will be completed.  Yeah!

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The Doxie quilt is finished and gifted.  She loved it.

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I also completed my Long Time Gone monthly installment.  Those cross blocks were a challenge for me.  I’m not sure but I think it has to do with me getting dizzy when I look at kaleidoscope type things.  Placing the square and strips to achieve the cross pattern were similar to that for me.  But I got it done!  Yeah for me.

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Here’s hoping everyone has everything they need and are blessed with love and kindness.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Sissy

 

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Balance takes practice.

Sometimes it gets difficult to balance all the things that are important to me.  I just love too many things in life and sometimes I get myself overloaded trying to balance it all.  That’s when I have to start prioritizing what’s really important to me.

First and foremost is my faith and my relationship with God.  Everything after that is a juggling act.  My passion for quilting sometimes clouds the rest of the priorities.  I totally get lost in my sewing room and could possibly not surface for days.  But then work would frown on that, my friends would worry about me and eventually, I would get hungry.  So, there you go, I have to create a balance where I am happy in the zone, have time for church, job and friends.  I’m getting better at it.  I’m not a total recluse anymore, just a partial one.  But it does take practice.  Just like it takes practice to achieve skills for applique, paper piecing, machine piecing, hand quilting, machine quilting.    I hear often from non quilty folk , ” Oh I could never do that”.  The answer is yes, you can.

This month’s to do list is almost complete.  Feeling pretty good about it.  I’m still working on prepping Month 3 of the Bed & Roses BOM.   I prep it at home, but can only hand sew on it away from home like lunch time at work, or while waiting for  my car to be serviced, sitting at Dr’s office. you get the idea, anyplace but at home.  At home has it own projects thus the balancing act.    At the rate I’m going, the hand sewing may take me 2 years.  😦  That’s okay, it just means that all the other projects I have going on will get completed and not become UFO’s.

I’m working on Month 8 BOM of Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell.  I have completed the blocks below and have yet to finish 4 paper pieced pineapple blocks that measure 5″.  Yeah, really tiny.  I’m trying to be creative and make it my own.  I’m thinking where the 4 squares some together I would like those spokes of the pineapple block to be blues.  I still haven’t decided what the center square should be.  The rest of the block will be scrappy.

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Of course no project is complete without the QA approving it.  Here is the QA supervisor Tink telling me I have spent way too much time prepping the A Boy and A Girl top border.  Breaktime….. well Tink time.  🙂

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I have also been prepping Month 3 of Bed of Roses by Sue Garman I have been working on this for 2 weekends in a row.   Just the other half of the set in triangle to prep and I’m done til next month.  I did something different this time.  I made mirror photocopies of the pieces and cut them out and pasted them to an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and marked them left/right.  I then photocopied them onto 8.5 x11 freezer paper sheets.  Then I used regular freezer paper and ironed them together doubling up to strengthen the paper.  I only had to cut them out and iron them to the wrong side of the fabric and start prepping.  Since I have 8 blocks of these to complete it will save me quite a bit of time tracing each piece every month.  I would like to take credit for this idea, but I can’t.  I read about it somewhere and thought, that’s a great idea, I’m going to have to try it.  Well I did and it’s still a great idea.  And I have to admit, a better finished product than my hand tracing.  The pieces once prepped actually fit into the blue traced lines.  Imagine that.  They didn’t always before, just sometimes.

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I have my Saturday sampler blocks all made.  November 3, is our last meeting for this year.  So it will be crunch time and I  will have to squeeze in finishing that quilt top.  No new UFO’s.   Silly me, I signed up for both options this year.   So that means I have 2 quilt tops to finish before January.  I WILL NOT do that again.   Just signing up for one for next year.  I promise.

Back to prepping the other half of the block.  Then onto the tiny pineapple blocks.

Happy Stitches Everyone

Sissy Malone

 

 


A Boy & A Girl work continues.

Progress is being made on A Boy & A Girl.  My goal is to have the top completed by January 2018.  My deadline to complete this section of the border is October 1st.  I think I can make it.    I worked all day yesterday marking my background fabric and making my freezer paper templates.   I call that part going back to kindergarten.  Your basic cut and paste.  I’m always amazed just how much time that part takes.  It is still relaxing to me.  Now I have to admit, I was up and down doing laundry, grilling chicken, you know the usual Saturday chores.  I cannot sit still for those long periods without getting stiff so I’m up and down constantly.  Besides, it also includes let the kitty in let the kitty out and my doggies as well.  All of us who are owned by our furry friends spend quite a bit of time being a doorman.

After my doorman requirements are completed,  I get back to my project where I divide my work time into sections.  For instance, in the photo below the vine has circles at certain points.  I work from circle to circle and then take a break.  It takes about 2.5 – 3 hrs to complete each section which includes the mini breaks and interruptions from the kitties.   I think the most time consuming part is fabric selection and color placement.  Believe it or not, quite a bit of consideration is given to the fabric selection.  It appears to be just willy nilly but that is not the case.    I actually painstakingly choose these crazy combinations.

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Back to my project now, I would like to get the next section’s fabric selections made before heading to church.

Everyone have a wonderful day and may it be blessed.

Sissy Malone


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