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Friday, September 23, 2022

More Churndash

About the time I finished up the last two churndashes I decided to use up the red and white fabric that I had to make another quilt. My friend is in the process of making the Oh My Gosh quilt and I thought I would like to make a shoofly block. Normally I don’t follow along with sew alongs because I have a list of things I’d like to finish myself. But I got the idea to make a chain quilt because that’s what stashbusters had done last year.  Part of this decision was because Pat from stashbusters commented that she tries to use up fabric and not put it away in her stash and I thought that was a great idea.

I made the chain blocks and shoofly blocks and laid them out. I was not really thrilled with how they looked. I think that is because the scale of my chain blocks were too large for the rest of the quilt. To me it just looked like a lump of busyness all slapped together.

My solution was to add blue solid blocks between the other blacks to break up the busyness. I will have to try another chain layout sometime in the future and pay attention to the scale of the chain.

After making this quilt I was tired of working with the red and white fabric and put it away. I declared that I was cured of saying the phrase “I’ll take the rest of the bolt”.  I will assure you I am not cured as I have had several end of bolt purchases since stating that. I did move onto a new category of fabrics to try and bust and I will post about that next.

During many of these discussions other topics came up such as minimalism and organization. Someone mentioned the YouTube videos made by a group called The Minimalists. I watched one of them and they gave you 10 suggestions of things to work on and the one that really caught my attention was putting away your toys.  It’s suggested that you put your toys away every night before going to bed. I thought what a great way to describe all of my quilt goodness that was all over my house.

I haven’t really started to put things away but I have continue to work on organizing my home. I came up with a plan for getting all the fabric refolded and put away in neater fashion.  I now have a table that I can use for the folding but I’m getting ready to go on vacation so I will not start on that process just yet. I have three volunteers it will be coming over to help me with a folding and putting away. I hope while we’re doing that I’ll be able to divest myself of some things.

More to come!

Friday, August 26, 2022

Churn Dash Frenzy

On my Stashbuster group there was a Marianne Memorial Sew Along. Normally I don’t participate in sew alongs because I have plenty of things that I want to accomplish and I find that it just slows me down on those things. But not too long after they started their sew along Chookyblue started one as well for her blog readers. So I decided to jump in.

Chookyblue suggested a pattern for everyone to follow. I decided I wanted to do a red quilt so I went looking for all my reds and whites that would work together. The first thing I was surprised about was how little red fabric I had in my stash as I love red. This should not be surprising since I probably sew it up as soon as I buy it.  

I decided to strip piece it because I figured that would go a little bit faster and turned a block out pretty quickly. I decided to go ahead and do a plaid one as well since I have lots of plaids.

How much longer after choosing the plaids I turned out a block of that combination as well.  I found this black to be fun, fast and easy.

I decided that I would not add borders and so what you see below are my quiltops. They are both about 60 x 80 which is my current favorite size to make.

Stay tuned as this activity spawned another quilt that I do not have a photo of.  More coming soon.  Happy quilting.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Well Hello!

Grace and Chooky said I needed to blog!  Well ok!

I was hired to make nine quilts by Christmas for a childhood friend.  Here is the first top.

I have the fabric for one other and possibly a third.  I was a little overwhelmed at the thought of 9 but 3 at a time isn’t so bad!

More soon!

Friday, June 03, 2022

June OMG and Healing

I have another repair job to do!  This comes from a friend of ours who’s baby quilt had come undone.  I took the job on and have separated the top from the back.  There is no batting and it was done in QAYG style.  I’ll be replacing the missing squares and quilting it with its original back.  The binding was dry rotted and I will have to completely replace it.

My goal for this month is to complete the repair and bind it.

Thanks for all the well wishes for the recovery from my spill.  I was advised to wear my boot for two weeks.  Once I returned home I went straight to my podiatrist and he suggested I go three so I did.  Toward the end of the week I started practicing wearing shoes in the house.  I was shocked at how stiff my ankle was but I seem to be walking normally again.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the June One Monthly Goal linkup.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Paducah Part 2 and May OMG

I rested on Tuesday.  Here I am with Moo practicing sitting.  You can see I had a very warm jacket on.  It was beautiful watching the ducks on the river.  Over the course of the week we saw barges, tugboats, personal watercraft and a river boat!  The latter sent me off goggling river cruises on the Ohio and other adjoining rivers.  It’s amazing what is available out there.

When we were at Hancock s of Paducah I did make a modest purchase.  Three yards total of two Tim Holt’s Abandon.  I had previously purchased other pieces from the line and will be toying with an artsy quilt at some point.

Wednesday arrived and I eagerly got ready to head to the AQS show of Paducah.  Ray chauffeured me to the front door.  I followed the line and purchased my ticket.  I wasn’t clear where the show entrance was and went the “wrong” way.  It turned out to be right because I bumped into Sharon.  She just came from a class.  She escorted me to the proper entrance.  We toured the quilts and vendors eventually parting ways.  It was very crowded and overwhelming.  Their setup was a little confusing to me.  I had a few things I wanted to accomplish vendor wise.  I wandered the aisles, took pictures and rested often.  I bumped into Sharon when I exited the hall.  We had lunch together and visited.  I was happy for these accidental meetups.  When we finished she explained to me how to get to my next destination.  We hugged, said goodbye and wished each other well.  

I went to the other exhibition hall and saw more quilts.  I found the vendors I was looking for and made my planned purchases.  I was completely exhausted after only 4.5 hours.  Ray texted me to check on me throughout.  When I was done I told him where I was.  He managed his way past barriers meant to keep him out.  I’m not sure I could have made it.  He picked me up outside the door and collected me and my purchases.  While I wish I had gotten to see more I did see quite a lot in that short time.

We returned to the campground and finished out the week.  We knew the weather was going to take a turn and headed out to Arkansas a day earlier than planned.

It just dawned on me that this is the last day of May and I need to link up my OMG.  I did complete my goal of adding the label to my commissioned quilt. I added hand quilting to it in some places to secure it since it was so large.  I even delivered it to its owner and she was very pleased.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the linkup completion. 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Paducah part 1

I left Texas back on April 22nd heading for Paducah, KY.  Sharon, from https://too-many-hobbies.blogspot.com/, had asked me earlier in the year if I would be attending the AQS show in Paducah.      Ray and I had been discussing vacation plans previously.  We discussed a trip to California but with the rising gas prices we started thinking we should consider something closer.  

I pitched the idea to Ray after looking for camping facilities around Paducah.  We discussed what he would do while I was off playing with Sharon.  He agreed and the plan was set in motion.  I let Sharon know of our plans.  We discussed her planned itinerary and decided points where we could interact with one another.  We talked via FB messenger and zoom.  I shared weather reports with her up until near her departure.  There were weather concerns but luckily it wasn’t an issue.

Our departure was late that Friday.  We drove until we were too tired to continue.  We pulled off on a side road and just snoozed in the truck.  The following morning we got on the road bright and early.  We drove a few hours before stopping to gas up.  On the way out of the station the wind came up and blew my hair into my face and mouth.  Instead of STOPPING so that I could see I kept on walking and talking forgetting about the curb I had to step up on when going in.

I must have caught the edge with my heel.  My feet folded right under me and I went straight down on my knees.  It happened so fast I didn’t try to break my fall so no injuries to my arms, hands or wrists.  I have neuropathy so couldn’t really feel any pain but my body knew it hurt!  I limped back to the truck and we completed our journey.

I can make this story really long but I’ll just say I went to urgent care the next day.  Had X-rays, was diagnosed with a severe sprain and walked out with a boot.  My overall plans for the week with Sharon did not change.  The two things that did change were that Ray became my chauffeur everywhere I went and my time out and about was drastically shortened.

On Monday I met Sharon at Hancock of Paducah.  I was thrilled to finally meet her after “knowing” her since 2007.  I know she doesn’t like to publicly share her image in public.  Hope you don’t the smiley face 🙂 

In light of my injury we accelerated one plan and went to The National Quilt museum.  I loved their exhibits but especially enjoyed the Australian exhibit.  We also managed a visit to Hobby Lobby and a bite of lunch.  By squeezing this all into one day I was able to take Tuesday off for a rest before the show opening.

Sharon very generously gifted me with some teas and a few pieces of fabric.

I loved this welcome seen as we were driving around town.

I’ll share more about the show later this week

Saturday, May 07, 2022

May OMG 2022

Just returned from vacation.  Wanted to post this goal before the linky closed.  I have to apply the label to the umbrella ladies quilt.

Linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.