not sure

Well, I am nearing the end of this quilt.  It is a quilt for Paul.  He specifically chose red and black as the color scheme.  Then, we went to the fabric store and he fell in love with this Asian themed fabric.  He said for me to use as much as possible in his quilt.  I’m not completely sure it works.

On another note, I went through all of my boxes of scraps and organized them.  I was looking for yellow fabric for the flower quilt.  I found a few good yellow scraps, but I also found a bag of cut squares.  They were in my aunt’s things. However,  I think they were actually my grandmother’s because of the color scheme and also because I got a very similar bag when she died. I have been doing leaders and enders, but my box of little squares is getting sparse.  After the first denim ender leader quilt, I cut some two-inch squares.  Every time I am piecing a quilt, I piece a few in the same color scheme.  Then, I tend to incorporate them into that quilt.  You can see them in the doll quilts.  Anyway, it was nice to refresh my pile of ender leader pieces without actually having to cut them myself.

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ufo 2012

Judy at Patchwork Times is doing another UFO project for 2012, and I am going to give it a shot again.  I had seven finishes out of twelve last year so I am feeling that I was successful.  Only four of my projects are going to be a repeat for 2012 (one I just gave away, so while technically not a finish, it is gone)  So here is my list for 2012:

1. Chicken quilt 1 – Prodigal chicken comes home from war to opulent city

2. Chicken quilt 2 – Country fried chicken

3. Denim cathedral windows quilt

4. Paul’s quilt

5. Ducky quilt – this is a newer quilt, only in my my mind so far with only 3 pieces cut out and the templates even though I have been thinking about it for over a year.  A long way to go, so my goal is only to make progress.

6 .Repair Grandma’s quilt 1 and 2- I came into possession of two of my grandmother’s quilts.  I want to mend them.  They don’t need a huge amount of work, it’s just a matter of getting to it.

7. Dark angel quilt, mend bathroom rug.

8. Christmas star kit and g. cross stitch- this star kit I have been meaning to work on for a full year.  The cross stitch is over 4 years old at least again for the cross stitch it is just to make progress.  Since the kit is mostly working on the computer, I figure it is a good pair.

9. Grandmother’s flower garden- again a very old project.  I have several pieced, and the goal is to get the top pieced at least.

10.Christmas stockings

11. Hawaiian quilt – this one needs a total work over.  I feel like it should be cut into small art quilts.

12. Angel card quilt

Christmas cow and other things that make me smile today

Christmast cowYes, this is my Christmas cow.  I appliqued it yesterday.  I have had this cow for 20 some odd years since my grandmother died.  This is just like her whimsical use of fabric.  A red and white striped cow?  I wish I could ask her if she meant to use it with irony.  She would make whole quilts of these little appliqued animals that she traced from coloring books.  I still have quite a few.  I picked this one out because it matched the quilt that I am working on for Paul.  I’m not certain if he will go for it in his quilt, but it sure made me smile to make a candy cane cow.

Here’s another thing that makes me smile:

You may say, so what?  A nice family postcard.  Just to let you know this is the second year we have gotten a card from these people.  So pretty, so personal.  Yet neither Steve nor I have ever met them.  We spent about three days last year trying to figure out who they are since they had sent us such a nice, personal card.  Finally, we googled them:  he is our councilman.  Again, I googled him this year, this time I actually read his website a little to see what he was about.  I found that I do agree with him on most things. Awesome plot to get my vote!

This is a surprisingly long post, but I want to share one more thing with you. This is one of my favorite Christmas songs and it captures what I would like to say to all of you:

This Is My Prayer For You

Peaceful valleys, mountaintops

No dark alleys, or sudden stops

This is my prayer

This is my prayer for you

Love is calling, starry skies

Always falling, but not for lies

This is my prayer

This is my prayer for you

May all your sweet dreams go unbroken

May every wish you’ve ever spoken

Come true

This is my prayer

This is my prayer for you

Celebrations, true blue friends

Revelations, and a heart that mends

This is my prayer

This is my prayer for you

May all your sweet dreams go unbroken

May every wish you’ve ever spoken

Come true

This is my prayer

This is my prayer for you

Arms that welcome, doors opened wide

All your loved ones, gathered by your side

This is my prayer

This is my prayer for you

May all your days be filled with laughter

May all your prayers be quickly answered

This is my prayer

This is my prayer for you

-Reba Mcentire

Christ is born! Join the Celebration!

Published in: on December 25, 2011 at 9:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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not much here

So, not much happening on the sewing field. The new job, while really great, is kind of wiping me out.  That old dog, new tricks thing they always talk about has come true with me.  Not that I can’t learn new things, it just takes more of my brain’s processing power than it used to.  It’s going very well and I am excited to learn new things.  Unfortunately, my learning-new-complicated-things part of my brain and my thinking of new-things-to-sew part are mutually exclusive.  Or maybe it’s the same part with a limited memory. Anyway, I have been working on some blocks for Paul’s quilt that were already started.  I finished these two blocks yesterday.  Again, I don’t have any idea how they will fit into the overall quilt yet.  In fact, all of the completed blocks are different sizes at this point. However, they were the first two blocks I made for him that he didn’t find some fault with so I’ll take that as a success.

Published in: on September 18, 2011 at 8:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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new quilt for Paul

I have been working on a quilt for Paul for a while, gathering fabric.  I put together this block called Crow’s Beak yesterday.  If  you want to copy it the template and instructions are at Quilters’ Cache by Marcia Holn.  I will be altering the template myself.  The way she puts it together the last piece has to be inset.  I want to change that so it can just be sewn straight across without being inset.  My whole quilt will not be that pattern. I have so many different ideas for his quilt right now.

Here’s another block, unfinished, with a guitar I thread sketched.  You may be amazed by my awesome ability to thread sketch but there is a really easy trick to it. Get a photo or a drawing you like and then lay it on the back.  Stitch right through the paper following the drawing.  Remember to photoshop with mirror image it, if it has words. I usually drop my feed dogs and use a free motion embroidery foot. You have to be a little aware of your sewing machine tension when you do this since the bobbin thread will be the right side. When I’m done I rip the paper off.  I don’t worry too much about little paper shreds since they will be inside the quilt.