August has been an “eye” month for me. Follow up on the cataract surgeries.. then laser treatment to scar tissue that was covering the “opening” to the eye. So not a lot of quilting got done, tho I was able to sandwich quite a few quilts.
Was also able to get a new machine to make that quilting easier.. Janome 9400 with a ll.5 throat. It’s a learning curve for me to operate just now. But I’m conquering it a little each day. So far I love everything about it.
The machine you see in the “design board” post is a 1901 singer with the Phoenix decals. And it works beautifully. I love sewing on it: takes me back to my pre-teen years when I first got to use a sewing machine. I have a quilt top I made with it.. Curved Log Cabin.
And my little helper follows me and watches as I work with my fabric.. His favorite spot?: next to my machine: Not always so wide awake as he is in this photo..
and I’m back to work on some patriotic blocks to fill in some blank spots on MY Quilt…
It is getting fuller.. I want to make a few more blocks before I start “designing” the final layout. But here are my “gatherings” … a few orphans in there and a Panel. Still going thru the stash for some Red, White & Blue fabric… I know I have some of each!!
Yes, I was honorably discharged from the Navy.. Funny how my past keeps catching up to me. The local Guild had a call for blocks for their QOV project and it got me going on MY OWN Patriotic Quilt. My Commander-in-Chief was John F. Kennedy. (that’s telling my age)
off to make more of these!! easy directions and no Y seams!!
It is out of the washer and laid out to dry after a good round with the dryer. It’s a large quilt and takes extra time to dry.. Ghastlie Goodie 88x 125 finished. I may take it outside for better photos.. Later today.
These are for the Local Quilting Guild.. Monthly Block Lotto. I love the instructions for both these blocks.. NO Y seams and Fast Star block. I am making mine in patriotic fabric so they can go to the gals who make the Quilts of Valor for our local guys/gals.
Sandwich Pile… should be 5 good size quilts here for the Abuse Center. I’ll have a good batch to give to the Abuse Center this Christmas.. As long as everyone stays healthy and nothing comes up to distract me from getting them quilted.
I am still dreaming of more quilts and sewing goodies since a lovely lady called Robin sent me 2 boxes of goodies this past week. ———
This is the Free stuff I grabbed while at the Guild Meeting July 6th. They have a table set up for those who wish to get rid of fabric or for those who need to find some fabric cheap!! I’ve used that flower fabric at the lower Left already..
There is some beautiful aqua greens, greys, blues and border fabrics in there that I will use as backing, sashing and corner stones on my Orphan Quilts.
A little sashing between some embroidery squares that were orphans was my first thought when I saw that floral bright fabic.
This is the second pinwheel quilt that I’ve done from Orphans.. Its 3 across and 4 down Quilt as you go blocks of 15 x 15 inches each. Makes a generous quilt/lap size. Getting those seams to match up when you don’t use a sashing strip to connect blocks was the “lesson” I learned doing these. (I didn’t use connecting fabric on the back either.)
I got the sizes for my Lite into Dark quilt.. took it out and measured each block.. Took some time, but I have them!! I ordered some strips of solid colors.. Next I’ll purchase 3 yards of black Kona fabric. Then I can start making another smaller version of it.
SASHIKO!! the borders for my Ghastlie Quilt.. I’m going thru extra layers here in the corner. ONLY thing it is much harder than you might think.. and you need to check the back often:
See those missing little white dots on the back…?? I’ll have to do some cheat stitches to fill those in. I’ve never been able to use a thimble and after a couple days of hand stitching, my fingers are SORE!! So it’s a few days off from that project..tho it sits out in the middle of my room. This way I won’t get distracted and it’s there to remind me to “finish” it.
I have another bunch of 6 inch Orphan blocks up on my design wall now and am figuring out how I want to put them together…. still rearranging them.. It’s a Process!!
Having a medicinal cup this a.m. Needing to kick start the brain cells. Can’t remember what all I wanted to get done today… July 5 and all the booms & bangs have stopped… (I hope)
I have been eye-ballin this quilt….
I made it a few years back and I want to do another.. only with different colored squares. The pattern was a mystery quilt, but is no longer available. So It’s hit and miss while I figure out sizes and amounts. I remember we all had to get strips 2.5 wide of the 3 different shades of colors. My purples and blues needed to be darker.. but I just went with what I had, not knowing what the final steps/or finished top would look like.
Meanwhile I cleaned up the quilting area, matched some backing fabric with tops I have done for the Abuse Center.. Then just generally dreamed up some more tops… It’s fun to look thru P-interest for inspiration. I was up so late surfing the web, that Boomer didn’t wait up for me…
falling asleep in my recline… At least He doesn’t snore!
Out on the deck (back yard) we have 2 large raised beds full of “salad” makings and 2 smaller planters of herbs. I had the 2 week cough, ache and fever after getting my right eye surgery done. It really sapped my energy.. Not a lot got done that I wanted.. Just now getting back to the follow up check in with the eye doc (27th at 10:40 a.m.)
The tomato plants are putting on flowers and thus I will have Fresh Tomatoes for my kitchen. *I have 3 tomatoes plants and several pepper plants in these large planters.
Thankfully DD#2 supports my NEED to get in the dirt and grow something. Yup, I’m still that ol country gal with the straw hat and bare feet. If we had the land, I’d be raisin’ chickens and milkin’ cows. (Well, maybe not that cow thing, it’s a lot more involved, than just getting a cow: that cow has to be PG…And I hate to have & give up a baby just to have fresh milk) But the Chickens?? Heck YEaH.. that chicken poo is a gardener’s gold!! Plus you get EGGS..
But alas, I’m a city gal now and must remember to let go of the dirt, poo and bare feet. Got all dressed up ( Hey, I clean up pretty good!!) to go to a Shower for an expectant Mom.. Part of the large K Clan. The quilt I made and gave .. it’s called Traveler since that design is the “around the world”. Yup she is having a little girl. And a very nice Shower.. I enjoyed being a little part in it all. Thank You for the invite. And for giving this quilt a good home.
Had my right eye cataract removed and have recovered from that. It isn’t a knock you down and squash you type surgery.. You walk in, have it done and Walk out!! A bit mushed up, but you can function. I came home, ate something and went to sleep. It’s the after effects of the Drugs. Then, I always sleep when I don’t feel 100%. This pic is from the left eye surgery. No photos for the Right. I’m still under the influence of those wonderful drugs.. Love todays medicine!!
Called my friend Lisa (live2craft2) and she is doing much better. Had some rough days lately and then had to put down her fur baby… But she wants to Long Arm quilt for me. I donate quilts to the local Abuse Center and she has been God Sent to help me out. And as she puts it…”I get to practice my quilting skills”. It’s a win-win situation for us both. She was thrilled to learn I had 5 or 6 ready for quilting. We plan to meet up this Tues evening.I found some time to play with all the orphan blocks that were sent to me.. and believe me they are really gorgeous.. only I have to redo this one block.. it got all wonky. I really need it to fill out a quilt.. otherwise I’d just have More Orphans!. So apart it came..and it now sits at the machine waiting for me to get it all back together. Thankfully I remembered to take a pic and won’t get lost in wondering how it has to go back together.
Did ya ever get that feeling someone was staring at you??
These two make me laugh!! They are on my bed for a nap every afternoon. Sometimes it gets a little crowded, but they seem to be getting along in this photo and soon both were sound asleep.
Got to get a move on.. Memorial day and I’m still on the “recovery” list around here. DD#2 & her hubby are letting me “rest”. So I’m quite content to laze around and get waited on. Getting all those drops in my eye is my only concern for now.
June 1’st is the local quilting guild meeting. I gotta go since there is a “trunk show”. Maybe I can get a few pics this time.
This was from last month’s meeting. Those are pineapple squares that are only 2 inches in size…Mickey Mowry from Wisconsin is going to break a lot of records and win lots of ribbons with this one!! She does the tiniest blocks I’ve ever seen.Til next time Live Well, Laugh Often and Love deeply. GRANNY