Wednesday, October 2, 2019

What?? Where Does Time Go??

Wow.  Just Wow.  

It has been 2 years since I have posted here... well, almost.

I have been doing things here and there, where the pictures might be I don't know but I will see if I can find some...

I made this baby quilt.. didn't take a finished picture.  It was for my grandson's cousin when she was born.

We remodeled our bedroom.  Didn't take pictures of that but it is a lot nicer than it used to be.

We spent 9 months building an 12x16 small shop building for my spouse to have all of his wood working things in a space where he could set it all up and have it organized.  It has a gabled roof and he has 2 lofts, a small 4 foot loft and an 8 foot loft, both about 5.5 feet of head room.  He also has his photo box and stuff out there.

The other big news is he retired at the end of September, I will continue to work since I like my job and we need health insurance. 

I'm currently working on this for my friend Jannett.

I have a wedding quilt that I messed up in October of 2017 that I finally figured out how to fix so I'm doing that for the 2nd anniversary of the couple.  Pictures when it is done....

I repaired and delivered this to the little girl who is now a young lady that I made it for.  She was just 4 or 5 when I made it and now she is 21!  When she told me she still had it but that the backing was shredded I told her to bring it to me and I'd fix it.  The top was made from a cotton/poly blend so it wore very well.

I'm also finishing a couple of things that are almost done that I pulled off the shelf to list on Etsy.  Husband person is making wood crafts and he sold his first fountain pen so he is pretty excited to get more things made and listed.  We are also listing some of my daughter's bead work.

This person started Kindergarten 2 weeks ago and will be 6 at the end of October.  

Aunt Tasha likes to play with Snapchat...

Pictures of his quilt after I give it to him.  I make him one every 2 years.  Baby quilt was wild animals:

Next quilt was Avengers/Batman.

The 4 year quilt was a Fleece with Cars on one side and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the other.

The 6 year quilt is Spiderman on the front and the Solar System on the back.  I let him choose so the quilt every 2 years is representative of what he is into at the time.

There were a lot more things that I did and made, small things.  A lot of time working and building his shop building and gardening and Bible study and Ministry.

Seems like the older I get, the busier I am.  I thought it was supposed to be the other way around? :)

That's it from here, for now. 

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.