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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Saturday Happenings

Today I hope to work on the cheerleader quilt and to get some done on the Carpenter’s Star quilt, but I have a question. Roughly how big would you make a donation quilt for a 4 year old. Would you make it twin sized or would you make it smaller? Here is what I have so far, and I don’t know how much more fabric I have but I know that I am out of the pink. At this size it is 9X9 but I really do not want a square quilt.

Cheerleader Quilt

Cheerleader Quilt

I don’t know where all of these crazy weeks keep coming from, but hopefully my life will get back to its old boring self before long, I am ready for the crazy to stop, but it will be at least two to three more weeks before the crazy stops. Next week our students come back for training (it seems like they just left). On the 18th, the freshmen move in, and the following week the rest of the students come back.

Thursday my DH had to have a couple of skin cancers removed, and here is the result. He had one on his ear that was so big, he had to have a plastic surgeon do a skin graft. The head gear is to hold down the ear so the graft can get a good blood supply.

DH

DH

They have started putting up the steel on the house and it is looking good. I can’t wait to move in because I will be able to move all of my quilting stuff into one room instead of working in three to four rooms plus the hallway.

New House

New House

I hope you have a Blessed, quilty day!

Terry

Saturday Happenings

Not much going on around here quilting wise, but I hope that will change in a few hours. I have laundry going so I can have clean sheets, I cleaned up some in our bathroom, but I need to finish that before quilting. I also mowed the front yard because it was getting out of hand. The showers/rain we have had so late into the summer this year has really kept everything green and growing. My tomato plants are just about dead because of too much rain, but they are struggling along. Now it is just hot and if we have rain, it is just pop up type shower like we had earlier in the week.

I would like to get at least a couple of rows quilted on the quilt that is on the frame and get at least one quilt cut out today. That is a tall order, but hopefully I will make progress on both. I am going to continue to clean in between bouts of working on my quilting.

Since I have nothing quilty to share as far as pictures, I will leave you with this.

Have a Blessed day and happy quilting!

Terry

A Bittersweet Week

As you may know, I work at a college. Part of my work at the college is working closely with many student workers. Well the time of year is here that I do not like, graduation and students leaving to go home for the summer. Some of them I will never see again and it makes me tremendously sad. I am happy they are graduating and moving on with their life but I feel like an empty nester every May. This year was particularly hard because not only do we have some leaving due to graduation, one is taking a leave of absence, two are changing colleges and moving and another decided she was not  a good fit for our demanding student work.

Most students left on Wednesday and I thought I had handled it all fairly well (there I go thinking again). Yesterday a student came up and gave me a hug and gave me a thank you card. He said he probably would not see me again before he moved, but if I were ever in Nashville I was welcome there. The card just about did me in after his comment, I told the students it is like one of my kids is growing up and leaving home never to return again.

So while I am happy to see the student finish their course, graduate and move on to the rest of their life, it is a very bittersweet time. I am going to miss my kids!

So my BrianyQuote today comes from Dr. Seuss

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Backyard visitor

Backyard visitor

Happy quilting!
Terry

Saturday Happening’s

Saturday I had friends come over to the house. Laura had a quilt that she needed to get quilted. Since she is pretty much a newbie, I knew that she would need help getting the quilt loaded, the bobbins wound and just general help. Enter Missy, she knows my machine, how to wind bobbins and how to do all of the general stuff because she has quilted a few quilts. Missy helped Laura load the quilt and do all of the general quilting assistance that was needed so I wouldn’t be doing a bunch of standing. I had the pleasure of the company both ladies so it was a win, win deal. Here is Laura’s quilt just lacking the binding.

Laura's Quilt is ready for binding

Laura’s Quilt is ready for binding

I have been working on the Avignon Picnic during lunch and I am making some progress. I hope you have a quilty day.

Terry

Two Tales of A Day

Sunday started out beautifully, you would never guess what they were saying was going to happen later that day. After church, I finally remembered to go out and get a picture of my Iris. I had about a half dozen bloom but this looks like it is the end of my Iris’ for this year. I was surprised they bloomed at all since they were transplanted last year.

Iris

Iris

About five, the storms started rolling in and the day ended with a bang. We had tornado warnings and hail. My DH was at church for choir practice and they were right in the path of the bad weather. All of the people at church ended up hunkered down in the hall waiting for the storm to pass. All ended well, I did not hear of any tornadoes happening that day. All we had at our house was heavy rain and some very small hail. I hope all of the bad weather missed you!

Small Hail

Small Hail

Happy quilting!

Terry

Wednesday Happenings

Hello, I hope you had a nice springlike day today! It was beautiful today and yesterday, it is supposed to rain tomorrow and then get cooler. I cleaned house this morning then there was time to play for a little while. I put my Leapfrog blocks on the design wall and arranged them to see how they look. I decided that I did not like the partial block on the corner so I am going to add one more row. I have five more blocks to make to have enough for the size that I want.

Leap Frog

Leap Frog

I need to figure out what colors need to be added and distribute those colors throughout the quilt. Please let me know if you see something that stands out and needs to be moved.

Happy Quilting!

Terry