Rip, rip and more ripping. Somehow my thread got messed up on my Q16 and one whole ear of my wildebeest had a mangled mess on the bottom side of the quilting. I know when I start to get tired I need to quit sewing. I know better. Stubborn is my best guess or on a positive note a drive to complete. I was so frustrated that I had to put it away and wait for the morning to finish ripping. On a positive note June the owner of Buckles, Bobbins & Bolts our local quilt shop in Lebanon, MO recommended to me a new product she had gotten called The Gypsy Quilter Ultra-Fin EZ TWEEZY, a precision detail tweezer. I found these to be excellent when I was ripping out quilting stitches and pulling up to teeny loose threads, it also works well for pulling up the bobbin thread. I like gadgets that simplify my life and I’ve just added this to my collection of gadgets. Love it! Just look at those nice fine tips for grabbing thread!
Wildebeest, Rhino and Lion blocks are all that are left to quilt. Then onto background filler. I have made up my practice sandwich to teach myself the geometric background. It actually looks like it will be fun.
Walked a bit yesterday with my new walking shoes. Yes, it was cold and windy but it’s winter. I was really interested in seeing how my bunion surgery foot would perform in the new shoes. They did pretty well. I’ll try again today and add about ¼ mile, work myself up again without getting shin splints and injurying my foot.
Busy quilting this a.m. Finished all detail quilting on animal faces and have started background filler. It’s a geometric design but free motion. I’m actually enjoying it.
Needed a break so headed out for a walk on this sunny chilly day. Took a little walk with Jesus and had a nice conversation. Decided to study sunshine and shadow as I walked and how light played on shadows.
Really noticed what a brilliant blue the sky is compared to the dead tree. I expected to see an eagle or a hawk perched on one of those branches.
Then I came across an old loafing shed that time has forgotten. As I study the colors in this photo I notice how calm and soothing they are. There are taupes, tans and a hint of brownish orange.
Blue seems to be my color of the day. My eyes were directed to the cedar trees and the beautiful seeds being displayed.
This one is my favorite.
January 29, 2022 – Saturday
It is finished! Savannah quilt is quilted, binding machine sewed on. Today hand sewing to complete. Woohoo. I’m pleased with the results. This quilt was made for someone who works at a zoo. Their primary interest is primates. They have not been able to secure a position in that area being it has more interest and is difficult to obtain. They are still working with animals they love. I decided I would try to make the label with an Orangutan on it as that is her first love. I found this on Pinterest and am going to translate it into a label. At first I was simply going to hand applique it and then, ding, ding, ding, I remembered I am taking a machine applique class on Monday so why not practice what I learn in that class. Now I am holding off making the label until after I take the class.
Walked again yesterday, 3 days in a row. It was pretty chilly the wind coming out of the north but not too bad as I was bundled for it. Did not see anything that caught my eye, good thing as I left my phone at home. Once I got home in the yard was a hummingbird nest from last year that had gotten blown out of the cedar tree. They really are tiny little nests.
I had a great birthday. We had 3” of snow for my special day. Many well wishes from friends and family. I felt special.
My niece sent me a video of Connor and his dump truck quilt that is just too precious. For some strange reason I am unable to add it to this page but it can be found on my instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/116malone/
Weight loss is slow but that digital number (no longer a pointing compass needle) is lowering by mere points. But a loss is a loss. X-rays of my hand have come back no fracture. There is something obviously going on with it as it is healing very slowly. I am seeing improvement but it is still painful at times.
I have moved on to my next project the Savannah quilt. I had most of the animal blocks pieced with only one left to piece and to put it all together. I have that completed after ripping out the background frames I had added because I did not properly read the pattern and resewing it all together. I have started the leaves that go across the top and bottom. Funny thing I thought they were feathers. I’m finding my basic math skills have flown away. I used to revel in math problem solving. Not so much now. I looked at the pattern and counted the number of leaves/feathers determined I needed 4 fabrics 4 feathers/leaves each which would be 16. Ironically I need 24 total. 12 across the top and 12 across the bottom. Yep basic math skills gone, gone gone. The first set I pieced I accidentally made 8 so decided to use 3 combinations instead of 4. While piecing the last set of 8 I forgot a step and today Jack and I are friends again today. Ay Ay Ay. For someone with so much experience I am sure making some beginner mistakes. Hoping to finish piecing this top today then the quilting adventure begins.
January 22, 2022
Today is Lasagna Soup day. I have three homemade soups I like to make. The first is a variation of my grandmother’s vegtable beef soup that I call Grannie’s Soup, the second is Lasagna Soup and the other is Ham and White Bean Soup. I have found that as I have grown older I really enjoy a good hearty soup for a meal. At some point I will post a recipe for Grannie’s Soup, it’s just that I throw it all together and have never written it down. The Lasagna Soup recipe I use can be found at www.spendwithpennies.com/lasagna-soup/ I do have to note that I did add sautee’d portabella mushroom. The Ham and White Bean soup recipe can be found at www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/white_bean_and_ham_soup/. I was introduced to a new spice in this soup and really like it’s flavoring , Herbs de Provence. I had never heard of it before nor used it. I’m a fan now.
I have also discovered HyVee’s (a local grocery store in Springfield, MO) Roasted Garlic Sour Dough Bread. I have them slice it and I freeze it once home and pull out a slice at a time and toast it to go with my soup. I usually make a pot of soup and freeze it insingle serving portions. Makes it convenient to pull out one portion and a slice of yummy bread to go with it for an awesome meal. Although I do want a peanut butter sandwich to go with Grannie’s Soup. This is a throwback to my childhood school days. The school cafeteria would serve a soup similar to my grandmother’s along with a peanut butter sandwich. I loved it. So to my way of thinking Grannie’s soup is not complete without a peanut butter sandwich to go with it.
Today I am basting the Savannah quilt. Progress, yes . Really looking forward to the challenge of quilting it.
Signed up for Craftsy for one year. Awesome videos. I have been watching machine quilting videos. Much to learn but so inspiring.
I discovered I have passed the novelty of staying in my PJ’s. When I was working sometimes I would have a Pajama Saturday. It was very liberating to stay in my PJ’s all day. But inevitably a neighbor would knock on my door and there I would be 2 .m. in my pj’s and that would cause them concern. Now that I am retired staying in my pj’s just makes me feel slovenly. Not how I want to feel for the day. So I get up and get dressed. Life has funny evolutions.
Busy day yesterday. Got the Savannah quilt basted. Lots of crawling around on the floor. Thank goodness I purchased a decent pair of knee pads. They are surely knee savers. I was able to navigate the quilt on the floor without any problems. Now that it is basted my mind travels to HOW DO I QUILT IT? My confidence level at quilting has quadrupled since I began attempting to quilt my own quilts. I have to admit I was woefully inadequate in that skill set. I have been practicing and taking video classes and my skills improve with every quilt now. I just finished watching a couple of classes of Cindy Needham’s Design It, Quilt It series. Inspired now to try a couple of different techniques on this quilt.
I also realized that I have not made my block for Saturday Sampler for February’s Meeting. That is my first project for today. Second project is to start in the ditch of the seams of the animals of the quilt, then some much needed household duties, i.e. a little cleaning and straightening up of the house. Those are the YUCK factors of life. I wish I had a housekeeper other than myself. In my mind I think of her as Gladys and she is wonderful. Too bad she is imaginary but I still like the idea of her.
Monday January 24, 2022
Good morning. Coffee in hand, already watched a video on geometric background quilting and getting ready to start my day.
Yesterday I managed to quilt the in the ditch of all the animal faces. I started out trying to match the thread to the fabric then switched to a smokey nylon see thru thread and evolved into the clear nylon thread. Winner, winner, chicken dinner that is the one I like the best. Today I hope to get the leaves/feathers in the ditch completed. Then I will treat each animal face differently and quilt different designs on each to emphasize the animals characteristics. Still like the idea of eye lashes on the zebra just for giggles. Hoping to end with the geometric background design. That part won’t be finished today.
I also made my Saturday Sampler block for February’s meeting. I am looking forward to challenging myself to quilt it using Cindy Needham’s ideas. I also believe I need to order more clear nylon thread for in the ditch quilting.
It seems that Buttercup has decided to take another walkabout. He ate his breakfast yesterday morning and that was the last I saw of him for the day. This morning he was not at my backdoor waiting for his breakfast nor did he come when I called out to him yesterday afternoon. I hope he doesn’t stay away too long this time. I worry about him. Still thinking about getting him a pet cam camera just to check out his adventures. I believe he is leading a double life and has another family somewhere.
I have completed the feathers in the ditch quilting and have begun the detail on the animal faces. Almost finished with the elephant. It’s coming along nicely. We’ll see how much I get completed tomorrow.
I have decided on a name for my Baltimore Album quilt. I believe I will call it Ozark Splendor. I had sent an email to Sue Garman’s daughters to get permission to exhibit my quilt made from her pattern Friends of Baltimore. Last night I received a return email giving me that permission. Woohoo!
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Feeling accomplished today. Slept in (for me) till 6 a.m. yay! Caught up with an old friend last night on the phone so nice to touch base again. For me it’s a nice feeling to wander down the hall with coffee cup in hand and peak into my quilting room and have a quilt laying on the quilting table. What inspiration for the day. I am realizing just how much I am enjoying the challenge of machine quilting. I had shied away from it for about 40 years thinking it was NOT for me. I had other things I wanted to learn about, mainly applique. Back in the day, there seemed to me to have too many rules regarding machine quilting. Like what was acceptable. Today I’m not seeing so much rigidity. Maybe it’s because I have achieved what I wanted to achieve with applique that I am able to open myself up to learning something new. New adventures.
Today is guild meeting day. I have belonged for several years now but have never been to a meeting. Before it was because I was working. Now retired, I have more freedom. Still I’m hesitant to consider going. In my mind I say there’s next month. Excuses. Plus it’s an hour’s drive away. More excuses. That never stopped me from going to the one up north I belonged and eventually became President to the group. I have to make up my mind by 8 a.m. today.
Buttercup came home last night. I let him know I had been worried about him to which he promptly fell asleep all snuggled up in my arms in the recliner. He comes in occasionally to the house which upsets Scooter greatly because Scooter usually sits in my lap in the recliner and he does not like being supplanted. Buttercup did have a scratch on his head which appeared as if he got into some altercation while he was away. Buttercup rules!
Today quilting goal is to get as many of the animal faces quilted that I can. I also need to re-watch the video on geometric background quilting and make me a practice sample before I attempt it on my quilt.
The process of emptying out my closet in order to paint it and install the new closet system is moving along at a snail’s pace. I manage a bit every day. I wish I had a hanging rack for my clothes. I have over the door hangers and am filling those on all doors. Yikes it’s a mess but will be oh so worth it.
Well, here it is another year. It has been 3 years since Roger passed. I am still very saddened at losing him but time does ease some of the pain. It is not so heart wrenching as it once was. I will be 68 in 2 weeks and 2022 marks my 50th anniversary of graduating high school. I am hopeful of another 15-20 years if God so chooses. I figure I can get all those quilt projects finished. That will be my legacy to my nieces and nephews.
So to start the year off I have just finished my Quilt Challenge class by Angela Walters. It was a 16 class project learning how to machine quilt. It is so terrible in places but the finale was worth it. I really did learn quite a lot taking those classes and I am proud of the finished product. So on to the next QIW (quilt in waiting)
Currently under my needle is an adorable heavy equipment quilt that any 2 year old boy would love. I finally received the sashing fabric I had ordered and for some reason I started second guessing my choice. I really detest that waffling indecision period of time while the idea is percolating, but when the resolve sets in and a decision is made I am usually pleased with the outcome. It’s a process. So now that the decision has been made to go with the original idea it’s time to cut fabric and get sewing. I have also decided to add Connor’s name to the bottom of the quilt in random colors and fabric designs just to give it a little personalization. My original goal was to have it completed this week. Did I hear a raucous laugh in the background. I guess I’m confusing myself with super woman, yet again. But I will give it my best shot. So off to the cutting table I go for now.
January 6th, 2022
Good morning world. I’m here another day. Isn’t that wonderful. I spent most of yesterday taking a friend who has cancer to her doctor’s appointment after her very intensive surgery and is unable to drive. Afterwards, she felt well enough to make a quick trip to the fabric story, i.e. our local quilt shop. I had a couple of coupons that would expire this month and I wanted to use them. I found backing fabrics for 2 of my projects and used one of the coupons and received my batting for free. Now that’s a bargain I really like. I was so excited about finding just the right fabric to accentuate each quilt top (unmade at this point, but fabrics at the ready). That is one of the things I like to do is make the back compliment what’s going on in the front. Sort of like following a theme or as in decorating complimenting each other. Not sure why I was so giddy about those fabrics but I really liked them. And yes, I like pink.
Before I headed off to pick of up my friend I did manage to finish adding the borders to Connor’s work truck quilt. I almost talked myself out of adding his name to the last border. I was having a challenging time with fabric choice. In the end it is a go for putting his name on the quilt and of course I chose polka dot fabric, my favorite print for the letters instead of a mixture of fabrics. My thought was the quilt top was vibrant enought. I did get them made and ironed on. Today I plan on zigzagging the letters , basting (sandwiching) the quilt together then I get to play with my Q16 again.
It’s supposed to snow today and the temp drop down to single digits. My wayward outdoor kitty was AWOL again yesterday but when I opened the door this morning to put out kitty food, there he was and promptly walked into my laundry room. So I have kidnapped him for the day as it is going to be way too cold for that baby to be outside. We’ll see how much protest he puts up on being held prisoner.
January 7, 2022
I did get the I Love Dirt quilt basted and one of the squares quilted. I am being meticulous and not just higglty pigglty with my quilting. It’s a matter of me slowing down and being careful. The squiggle lines are using ruler work. Now that’s a challenge. That darn ruler wants to slip a bit at times so I am really being careful. I’m liking the results.
My niece posted a picture of baby Olivia and her paper doll quilt I made her on facebook, so I copied the photo for my files. Isn’t she adorable.
Last July I decided to take control of my life again and began the process of getting my A1C on track and losing some weight. I find out how successful I have been with the A1C on the 13th when I have my 6 month visit with my doctor. As for the weight I have lost 25 pounds. Very pleased with that. I am struggling at the moment with my momentum at losing. So I’m thinking I need to get creative and change something again with my diet to keep going. I’m finding I’m a snacker so I need to think of satisfying snacks that are low cal and low carb. Working on that idea for now. I also removed all sugar from my diet for a year. So far that’s not a problem. This is my christmas photo for this year at 25 pounds down.
Today, not sure how many blocks I can get quilted but I would like to try and get them all quilted. Wish me luck.
April Wells is the quilter I chose to quilt my Baltimore Album quilt. I know I chose the right person. Just look at her incredible work.
heart goes pitty pat just looking at the photo she posted. I can hardly wait to see the final result. I could just stare at it all day. She is so very talented.
January 10, 2022
The dump truck quilt is finished. I had all but the outer border quilted by Saturday a.m. I needed the right color blue thread which did not happen to be in my assorted colors. I took it anyway to Saturday Sampler group and showed it off as well as my pink and white quilt challenge. I wish I could bottle the feelings of accomplishment, pride and all those other feel good feelings to apply when one is down. I was very happy with the response from the group of 50 ladies and the compliments I received. My friends are biased and think I’m uber talented but the ladies of the group who do the same thing can give you feedback. That part I love. It helps me to grow as a quilter. So once home from Saturday Sampler group I loaded up the Q16 with the correct color thread and finished quilting the dump truck quilt for Connor. I have to admit I am very pleased and my skill set is increasing. Yesterday I added the binding and originally thought I would machine sew it from front to back for finishing. Well that didn’t work so well. Jack and I spent some quality time together taking it all out which means I hand sewed it. I smashed my right hand last October and I still have trouble doing things with it. So by the time I was finished hand sewing the binding I was in a great deal of pain and I had to take something stronger than Aleve, which I still have a few pain pills left from my bunion surgery last fall, so I took one of those. Today it’s not in pain but it is swollen and stiff. I guess I need to finally see a doctor about it. I will take a photo of the finished quilt before I send it off to Amanda. Today I plan on making the label and hand sewing it to the back.
Next up on my list is the Savannah quilt. It is Savannah animals, Elephant, Zebra, Rhino, etc. All I have left on it is the Rhino block and the feathers at the top and bottom of quilt. Maybe I can get it done this week and next week get it quilted. That would complete my list for 2021. Then I can begin my 2022 list. I have 5 quilts on that list and several smaller items. Anxious to get started on that list
Okay, so now label sewn on and note written to include with quilt. Swiping my hands in job well done completed. Woohoo. I have also cleaned (straightened) my sewing room. A ritual I have once I finish a project and am about to work on the next project. Such a good feeling. I will probably ship the quilt on Thursday as that is when I go into town for my doctor’s appointment.
I received a notification that my closet system I ordered from Wayfair should arrive today. Guess I better get busy emptying my closet to start that project. I do want to paint the closet also before I install and modify the system. I scored on this system it was on clearance. It is regularly priced at $659.00 and I got it for $196.00 Yay for me.
It is designed for a children’s closet but I plan to modify it for my closet by adding shelving above the hanging rack and across the top as well as adding side walls to it. Plus I need to go to Hobby Lobby and get a drawer pull. Thinking some sort of girly glass pull. I’m soothing my inner little girl.
January 11th, 2022
Yesterday was exhausting. I posted on Facebook to the group Friends of Baltimore the most recent photos I had received from April Wells, my long arm quilter. Boy did it ever send off a bevy of activity. Replying to everyone all day truly exhausted me. It was exhilirating but exhausting. Then last night she posted another photo. Her work truly takes my breath away.
I signed up for a class in Springfield to properly learn how to machine applique. I have tried to teach myself but would really like to learn how to execute proper points and turns and different stitches. This morning I have put a tub together to take to class with all the items on the supply list. The class is January 31st. A bit anxious I guess. I will need to call the Quilt Shop and cancel an order for the # 10 pressor foot as I discovered I already have it. Bonus for me.
Today is blood drawn day. Today I discover whether I have lowered my A1C. I’m dying for coffee right now. In an hour I get to have caffeine. Today I also start working again on the Savannah quilt. Just the Rhino block to make then assembly of the whole quilt. Maybe I can get it finished this week and quilt it next week. Now that would be an accomplishment. But I’ll try.
January 13, 2022
Yesterday I went with a friend to her Doctor’s appointment in Springfield. On the way home we stopped at The Quilt Sampler and I found the most fabulous piece of fabric that will go into my Stars & Sprigs quilt that is on the list to make in 2023. I am in process of collecting fabrics for that quilt. I am in love with Tilda fabrics and I also fell in love with this fabric. So many possibilities.
This morning I began construction on the Savannah quilt and found I have over pieced the blocks. Is that possible? Anyway, I am rip, rip ripping and am worried that I will now not have enough background fabric to piece the top together. Im hoping I purchased it at my local quilt shop Buckles Bobbins & Bolts in Lebanon. I have to go to Lebanon today so I will take a swatch with me and hope upon hope that she has it. I may not have purchased it there but I believe I did. All this ripping will slow down my projected timeline of finishing the top. Argh.
I have my doctor’s appointment this morning to review the results of my blood work. The good news is I have gone from A1C of 8.2 to 6.4. I am awesome! So back to ripping before I head to Lebanon.
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