A New Try!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I’m planning to fix for dinner, crock-pot chicken and cheesy broccoli cornbread. I made the
cornbread several years ago and remember that it was delicious, so hope the recipe that I use today will produce the same tasty and moist dish.

For the past few weeks, I have been working around the house and yard. I’ve been accomplishing lots of work in the garage and shed, by getting rid of stuffs and rearranging storage areas. Hopefully, this will allow for more space to move around and area for working.

Another big HAPPY accomplishment is finishing a quilt that I started a few years ago. The lap/wall size quilt is very colorful so the name COLOR-SPLASH!

Now looking forward to finishing a couple others, such as the 12-block House quilt that I started in 2005. The outer border and binding is all that remains and once I set up to do free motion quilting (FMQ) it won’t be long that that quilt should be done. The other quilt is a quilt top that my great grandma Marietta from Ohio made many years ago. I just recently found this top in my mother’s cedar chest and want to sandwich it together so I can hand quilt it.

returning soon to write more of my thoughts…

Quilted Star Christmas Bulbs

Love these
Would love to know how to make them

Amid This Moment

I realized yesterday morning that I have five finished projects that I haven’t shared here.  I’ve had pictures of all of them for a while; I just haven’t taken the time to sit down and write about them.  So, it seems high time that I put together the blog posts for all of those finished projects.  I’ll start today with the simplest project, and work my way up to the large quilts.

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Every year, the Gallatin Quilt Guild does a Christmas gift exchange.  Everyone makes something small, and all the gifts go in the middle of the circle.  One person starts by opening a gift.  Whoever made that gift selects the next gift.  It goes on like that until everyone that brought a gift has received one.  It works well since you don’t have to worry about whether or not people are going to show up.

star bulbs 3

This year, I made…

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QUILTING–re-motivation, new skill, recuperating hand, and sooner than later to finish a recently pieced quilt for a granddaughter!

QUILTING–re-motivation, new skill, recuperating hand, and sooner than later to finish a recently pieced quilt for a granddaughter!

My interest in quilting has been re-motivated! I love the fun of working with materials and shapes. It is so exciting to piece together different shapes and to choose various colors. The excitement of planning and readjusting my chosen pattern or design is a fabulous feeling. I love seeing purple and yellow combinations from block to block and even red and purple, and of course, many many more colors and combinations! I even like drawing and making my own very simple artwork. I sometimes will use coloring books to get ideas and may even trace an object if it is the right one for the quilt.

This past summer, I asked my 10-year-old granddaughter what I could make her and she suggested that I make a music-note quilt in black and white squares with notes in each block. Well, I got started and decided the black and white needed some color to make it POP! Also, really felt she would like some color. I figured when I was 10 years of age, I sure liked colors. After asking her dad what her favorite color was right now, I have chosen a bright lime-green. I love it and hope she does too when I get it finished.

WOW, finishing it at this time is a concern or difficulty for me for several reasons. First, the cost is just too much to have it done by a long-arm quilter and besides I’ve always wanted to finish my own quilts. Second, I also like the idea that I do most of the work –– IT WILL BE FROM ME, SO I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY I MADE IT! And third, I have developed hand problems and have had surgery and recuperation will take a long time. Finally, I started considering the thought that I should learn how-to do free motion quilting, but that it would be so very difficult and I did not know where to get help.

Well, I decided to surf the web and I found a free motion quilting blog with video that has motivated me http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/p/start-here.html. Thank you, Leah Day. Her method makes me feel I can to do this, especially after I get some practice session under my belt!

I want to finish the music quilt sooner than later, but since hand sewing is a problem for me at this time I know I can manage working with a sewing machine. I’ve been viewing and practicing Leah’s freemotionquilting ideas from her site and am feeling more confident.

So along with learning a new skill, using my regular sewing machine, and working with a recuperating hand, I’ve decided I will finished this special quilt sooner than later. WISH ME LUCK!

NOTE: I’m hoping Santa brings me her book “365 Free Motion Quilting Designs” by Leah Day.

Leaf designs here: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2011/12/day-364-flowing-leaves.html

qult design by Leah Day

 
Whoo Hoo! Here’s design #365 – Infinity Tree: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2011/12/day-365-infinity-tree.html

qult design by Leah Day - tree life

note: Someday I will make a quilt and use this design… LOVE IT.

 

The following picture is the quilt I want to finish sooner before later!

Music-Note quilt

Below is picture before the border was added, I believe you can better see the color.

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Dolls

Thanksgiving day 2012…
I’m looking at old magazines about dolls, costuming, vintage dolls, needlework  tips and such, patterns, and more. So very interesting.
Wow, now I have a new project! I need to organize and file the patterns, articles, how-to’s, etc.  After this, I hope to get started in making some doll costumes; it will be so much fun.
Of course, this will have to wait until I finish Meralie’s music note quilt. … STOPPING NOW TO SET UP TABLE AND MACHINE TO GET STARTED ON THAT IMPORTANT PROJECT. I NEED TO FINISH WITHIN 2 WEEKS!  🙂

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