Tuesday, December 19, 2017

One down, So many to go!

I actually finished a project!  The quilt that I was repairing for my co-worker is done and I gave it to her about a week ago.  It was a quilt made by her Grandmother in the Sixties out of drapery samples.  It was realllllllly dusty and the back was shredded and falling to pieces when she gave it to me.

I honestly was praying that I wouldn't catch some long dormant disease from the sixties as I was taking it all apart! 

Anyway, I got it apart, prayed really hard and tossed the top of the quilt into the washer and the rest of it all in the trash.  The top withstood a gentle cycle and a low heat drying then I put a backing and some backing on the quilter, put the top on it all and pebble quilted only down the seams (age had caused them to really begin to fray on the wrong side so reinforcement was a necessity).  

After that it took me a couple of months to tie it in the same yarn colors that her Grandma had tied it in, I put a binding on it and she was ecstatic to get it back!

Now I have a couple of big pieces of fleece with a light layer of batting between them on the quilter.  I decided to do a simple snuggle quilt for Korben with 2 of the 40 things he likes the most.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on one side and Cars on the other.  I am swirl quilting it and it feels SO snuggly!!

I still have 2 lap quilts to make out of clothing and that will come next after my daughter clears a path to my sewing machine for me.  She is doing another room fix up.  She has all of her stuff boxed up again and is now painting her room the palest lavender I have ever seen (it might as well be white it is that pale) and then she is building custom book cases for her books (of which she owns at least 2 thousand or so).  I told her she needs to make sure she can escape easily in a fire since she has so many books in her room!

Anyway.  No pictures as I forgot to take any, but since I didn't technically make the quilt I don't feel that bad about it. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Random Stuff

Back in 2013 I posted this: Aunt Sue's Quilt 

Early Thursday morning my hubby's Uncle passed away.  He was 91.  

During the summer while we were down to visit them Sue told me that while they were staying in a care facility run by a certain group, the quilt I had made for them was stolen by someone who worked there. 

My hubby's Aunt Sue and Uncle Delbert have been a huge part of his life and Delbert was someone my husband considered to be a father figure to him.  He learned to play guitar from his uncle and even though his uncle wasn't doing very well when we were visiting, so he knew the time was getting close, it still has hit him hard.  We had planned to try to get down there one more time.

I am thinking that Sue needs another quilt.  The first one I gave them so many moons ago got used so much it wound up in tatters, hence the quilt in the post I shared above being made for them.  That quilt being swiped just makes me very sad.  I have a quilt top that is almost done that I think she would really like so I am going to try and find time to work on it around all of the other things in this life that are keeping me very busy.

I miss my sewing time but things have just been so crazy lately.  I am hoping with it being winter and less outside stuff having to be done I will find some time to actually sew something.

That is it from here for now!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Boss's Day and other tales.

October 16th was Boss's Day.  Of course I was up until Midnight on the 15th finishing Juliet's (my boss's) quilt.  This year I had planned to be done early and that would have worked out except for my life hit a snag, which I will not enumerate here, but things are working out and getting more normal now. 

Anyway.. the quilt was heart blocks that have been posted in past posts which I had all of my teammates write a "short" message on and sign.  As usually happens some folks did not follow the directives I gave and so when I started thread painting over the writing there were some blocks that took a LONG time!  Anyway, the finished quilt was very well received by Juliet and much envied by the other Supervisors. :)  

In other news, I had a wedding quilt that I had almost finished for a wedding that was on the 14th.  I was cooking with Crisco and thought I would be done until I took it off the quilter and tossed it on my bed, only to find that my quilting was WAY off on one end.  I can fix it, but we gave a card with money and my spouse will have to give the quilt to his co-worker (who's wedding it was) after I find time to implement my fix, which I think might involved cutting a bunch of my quilted feathers off of the quilt, but I haven't exactly decided what to do yet to fix it.

Next up a quilt that I am fixing for a coworker.  I have it almost done but it is being tied (like it was when her Gramma gave it to her) and my tapestry needle broke so I have to get to Joanne's and see if I can find one big enough for 2 yarn strands to get through the eye since they don't have any big enough at my LQS.  

After that I have 2 memory quilts to make and then I am not making or promising anyone anything for the rest of my life.  I am making what I want to make (meaning I am going to finish my 50 some projects that I have started which will likely keep my busy til I die) and if what I want to make works for a gift for an occasion then that is all well and good.  I also have been trying to make my Grandson a quilt every 2 years so he can track what he was "in to" when he is a grown up person. :)  I need to get on this year's quilt since he just turned 4.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Up next....

Last night and this morning I finally finished the blocks for the boss's day quilt that we will be giving our boss as a team in October.  After everyone signs and writes their message on a block I will embroider them then sash them with a lilac colored solid and do some Fairy Frost purple corner blocks.  30 blocks in 10 fabrics that will likely finish at about 10.5 or 11 inches.  Will be a very nice sized quilt for a very nice boss. 

Now I have two projects for other people that I have to get done. The first one is a quilt that a lady from work used when she was a kid at her grandma's house. She's been with the company for 40 years so you can imagine how old this thing is. It is made from drapery fabric I think.

The back was completely shredded and the batting inside was completely...... There is no nice word for what it was.. so I'll just say it how it is, disgusting!  As I tore it apart I hoped I wouldn't catch anything from the old dust mites living in it. That is a joke, maybe.  I'm still living though so no prehistoric dust mites got me!

Anyway right now I am taking out all the old yarn ties and then I'm going to reinforce from the back any parts that are getting too thin. After that I will put it on the quilter, quilt down the seams and then retie it with the same colors of yarn as what I'm taking off to keep it like it was when her Gramma gave it to her.

After that I have some baby clothes to make in to a memory quilt for another lady at work.

I have 6 reversible bags to make this month also.

Once I have the above things done for others, I have a wedding quilt to get done by October and no idea what the bride likes so I have my "spies" out trying to get me some info so I know what to do.  Hopefully it stays a secret. 

I also have so many of my own projects that I want to finish but the good weather is coming so I have a feeling that any off time I have from work will be spent with the hubby either on the motorcycle or in the kayaks.  Not that I'm complaining, I love both of those things! :)

Have a lovely week!!