Things I Have Learned In Quilting

Let me just start with Red is not your friend in quilting projects. I used a red sharpie to outline the lines on my Accuquilt die and after a long period of time, the color still seems to come off on certain fabric. I have since gone to silver which I have not noticed on any fabric, but just be aware that it might if you use it.

 

Also, I used a red marker on a white board and it did not want to come off completely. Rubbing alcohol took the remains off of the board and it is usable again. This is only part of what came off, it took three scrubbings to get it all off. 

Second pass at cleaning

Second pass at cleaning

Ah, but it is clean now. I am still working on getting the stitching removed from the quilt, but I had to take a break and try to get my quilt room in a semblance of order after tearing it apart on Friday. Hopefully the changes will be good.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

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And Then There Were Three

Work is slowly progressing on the nine patch quilt which has now been turned into a Sister’s Choice block. I wanted to use some of my oldies but goodies left over nine patches, but did not have enough of each fabric to make more two color nine patches. So, I decided to see what I could come up with to make the block bigger and to make use of some of the smaller pieces of the oldie hits. Well you add to that the fact that I have wanted to make a Sister’s Choice quilt for a while now, and you have my revamped project. The pieces are slowly coming together to make blocks.

I have also been quilting on the pink butterfly quilt and the quilting was finished yesterday. I will be happy to have this finished and gifted to the recipients. It has been way too long. I was looking at my camera roll yesterday and I can’t believe the length of time that has passed since I started on the project of making two quilts. I guess sometimes life gets in the way and you just do the best you can (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it :))

I hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Quilting

Terry

It’s Been a While; Batik Wave

I have been piecing a little and working on getting settled into my new room. It is taking me a while to figure out where I want things to go and how I want them arranged. I am still working on the Paradise Batik Wave Quilt by Cara Wilson (top is finished now). It has been slow going because I have not been sewing much, but I have picked up the pace a little. I still have not quilted anything since before my quilt machine was taken down before the move (also recently rectified, picture coming soon). I still need to get my design wall up, but here is a picture of where I am at on my Batik Wave. Just a fair warning, the rest of this post is not quilt related.

Batik Wave

Batik Wave

A lot has happened since my last post. We moved December 24th, 2015, yep, on Christmas Eve, we moved. How is that for a Merry Christmas 🙂

Things were just starting to get settled down when a series of things happened. My dad had a doctor’s appointment January 25th, and my parents came up for that appointment and just went straight to the appointment. It was discovered that my dad was bleeding, so he was taken by ambulance to the VA hospital in LR. He ended up staying there about three to three and a half weeks. During that time, he also had three surgeries. Also during that time I got sick, with bad allergy/sinus infection that I could not shake. Between trying to  the hospital every night to check on my parents and fighting being sick, I had no energy to do anything other than work. My dad passed away on February 18th, from the effects of minimal change disease. You cannot believe how hard it still is to write that, but I know that he is in a much better place. I don’t say this to gain sympathy, I just needed to put it down in words.

Edited to add: I wrote that post two months and just could not push the button to publish. I have really been struggling with loosing my dad. I know that he is much better off, but I am not. It is getting better day by day but I still have a long way to go. Be sure to tell your loved ones that you love them. Do not take for granted that they will be there the next day or week. My dad would be getting better and they would say that he could go home in a couple of days and then he would take a turn for the worse. I am happy to say that I got to tell him that I loved him before he slipped into a coma. I hope that once I got past this post that I can start posting again and take one more step in the healing process.

I have finished at least one more top and quilted one quilt, so I should have something to post in the next few days. See Patchworktimes for more quilty content.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

 

There are Good Days and Then There Are Bad

Yesterday, I was working on quilting and going along good. Then I start to think this does not feel right, I should not be going that way. I convince myself that I am imagining things, but low and behold, I am at a point where I know I am going the wrong way. How in the world did that happen? I start looking and I realize that on one of the flowers, I started going backwards. My seam ripper is going to get some use after this quilt comes off of the frames 😦

On the better front, I got started on what I think are going to borders for my Island Chain quilt. I think it will turn out okay, I hope it turns out really good, time will tell.

Missing my friend

Missing my friend

I hope you have a blessed week!

Happy quilting!

Terry

What A Wild Week

We had visitors arrive on Monday that I was expecting this coming Monday. I loved seeing them, so was good. I guess my DH got his days mixed up 😉 They left Tuesday morning and my parents arrived Wednesday afternoon and left this afternoon. Dad had doctor’s appointments in Little Rock. Tomorrow when I get off from work, we are going camping with a whole bunch of family members and we will be gone through the weekend. Sunday is decoration at my parent’s church, so we are going to try to make it there. Whew, I am feeling tired already.

So if you do not hear from me this weekend, have no fear, I will return. I did manage to get a little sewing done.

Island Chains coming together

Island Chains coming together

Have a great rest of your week and happy sewing!

Terry

Too Much Rain

You can tell you have had too much rain in a short time when you backyard visitors are water fowl. The other day, I showed this picture which I believe to be a Green Heroin.

Backyard visitor

Backyard visitor

Today I came home and this is what I have in my back yard.

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese

We have Canadian Geese around at times but they usually do not bother to stop in our yard. I believe most of the Geese have already migrated north but a few usually stick around the area. We counted nine of them out there in our yard.

I am still plugging along on my Island Chain and will show an update on Monday, but I just realized that we are coming up on the end of the month and I do not have the quilting finished on my quilt so I can bind for the binding blitz over at JulieK’s. I think that I will have to look to see if I have one ready for binding.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Tomato Plants

Well I guess better late than never, we got tomato plants. We have a very small raised bed that we fixed up last year for tomatoes. For us summer is just better with tomatoes. I always get two cherry tomato plants regardless of how many plants I get in total. Cherry tomatoes are my favorite because you just pick them and eat them, no slicing. My favorite plant is the Super Sweet 100, it puts out hundreds of tomatoes per plant and they really are super sweet.

The other two plants I got were Parks Whopper and the Big Boy. The Parks Whopper is my experimental tomato plant because I have never planted it before. I got it because they are a quick maturing plant while the Big Boy said it lasted until frost.

I was just doing some reading on the Parks Whopper and they said that the plant lasted until frost also, so hopefully I will have plenty of tomatoes all summer. I might go back and get an Early Girl because the put on tomatoes very quickly.

I hope you have a great day! One of our former student workers came back to visit yesterday (all the way from Rwanda) and made my day.

Happy quilting!

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

This one is appropriate to quilters

Terry