If you follow my blog and are a prayer warrior, please add my sweet sister Jill and her hubby Mark to your prayer list. They both have Covid pneumonia and while Mark is getting better, Jill needs some heavy duty prayers. We are hoping she is well enough to come home soon where she can get some personalized care and some family love.
About 15 years ago a friend invited me to learn quilting with a group of ladies at our church, Landmark Baptist. They were all making theirs by hand. I finished about half of it and decided that just wasn’t for me. A few months later I attended a quilt show just as something to do on a Saturday. While I was there I saw a mariner’s compass quilt and a lone star quilt. At the time I remember thinking, if I could make something like that I would quilt.
I decided to see if I could teach myself to quilt with a sewing machine. This was way before online videos and classes. I ran across an online community board of quilters and met a lady in Kansas. She helped me via emails and I began quilting. She even encouraged me to learn to quilt them myself rather than tie them.
Since them I have tried to pass along her knowledge and teach other people to quilt. The first person I ever taught was my mom. 15+ years later I am still quilting, still teaching and finally made that mariners compass. I even found a pattern that incorporated that compass into my favorite bargello style quilts.
I had decided to keep this but a new student in my class is starting a series of eye surgeries this week and fell in love with it. I realized it will bring her a lot more joy than it will me. While I love making quilts, to me they are just fabric. I can make another. I am bound to do that lone star before the year is over.
I had this funky Tula Pink fabric called Homemade and wanted something unique out of it. I decided to try the 3 Dude’s pattern and added a Tula pink polka dot for the solid. And I will tell you, if funky is what I wanted, funky is what I got. It is certainly colorful and unique.
And, it is true everyone loves something different. This one will live with my dear friend Kenetha. She fell in love. She said it reminds her of the kaleidiscope things you looked thru as a child and turned it to make lots of colors. It certainly has lots of colors. I do love the crinkle look you get once you wash them. It gives quilts that awesome vintage look.
Can I just brag on my quilters for a minute? Yes, I consider them mine as I feel I created them. I went to see Jill last month and I couldn’t believe that barely 2 years ago she didn’t sew and had no idea how to make a quilt. It is just amazing to see how much she has accomplished over the past year. I love seeing how excited she is looking at new fabrics and how easily she sits down to free motion a top without any lessons at all. She just amazes me. I wish I had a picture of her sewing.
Then there is Marilyn and Pam. WOW. They have taken to quilting like fish to water. I love seeing them learning new things but also being so excited about a quilt once it’s done. I especially love seeing they don’t settle. If it isn’t right they stop, take it out and strive to do the best they can to make it perfect. They have started heir women of the bible quilts which will be a big endeavor. Both have decided to use Christmas fabrics so it can be displayed in their home once it’s finished. Here they are last month showing off block one – Eve.
Tonia just joined us this year but I think she’s a quilter at heart. She’s working on her 4th or 5th one already. I love seeing her open new fabrics and you immediately see the wheels in her head start turning wondering what she’ll make with that fabric. Here she is playing with her original machine, a 1950’s Singer 99. She has an ungraded Juki now but I hope she keeps the 99 as it will last forever.
I’ve been quilting a lot for the ladies in my local class so I don’t piece as much as usual. But I love it. I get to see how much attention and care they are putting into each quilt top and I love seeing how excited they are once the tops are done and they can admire their work. It makes every minute of it worth it.
I have 3 new ladies at the church group that just started this month. I’ll see if it’s ok to take and post their picture. If so, I will introduce you to them next month when we meet again. Marie was an absolute hoot and Claudia took to quilting like someone that’s been quilting for years. She even has a sweet vintage Bernina (private joke). Angela wasn’t able to come to the first group but she’s already started on her top. Can’t wait to see what they accomplished.
After having it for several years and never taking it out of the box, I am experimenting more with my instapot. The ziti is even better than making in the oven and you can’t complain about any meal that you just dump it in and cook for 5 minutes. It was delicious. My favorite however (don’t have a picture) was risotto. I love it but don’t make often as it requires standing at the stove for 40 minutes and stirring while you add broth. But hello instapot. I almost didn’t try it but 10 minutes later I had some of the creamiest, most delicious risotto I’ve eaten in a long time.
Here is the pic of my ziti. I made it for the last ladies craft group. I’ve also been trying some new recipes just for something different. The smothered chicken was unbelievable and this potato, while a bit weird, was actually pretty good. It’s a baked potato topped with cheddar cheese, grilled chicken and a drizzle of homemade alfredo sauce and bacon. How can it be bad, it has bacon?
If you know me, you know hexagons aren’t my favorite to make. However, it’s only because I struggle so much to get them sewn correctly. So when I saw this fabric I decided I will once again try my hand at a one block wonder quilt. The newest idea I’ve seen in one block wonder quilts is using a panel in the middle and building the hexagons around it.
When I saw this fabric I knew I wanted to try and use it and the coordinating panel. I’ll show you the panel as I get started and have some “in progress” pictures. I think the hexagons will come out pretty cool. This is the fabric I used and some examples.
Someone asked me the other day why she never sees many quilts on my blog anymore. Well, I haven’t gotten a lot finished and I don’t like posting till they are done. I can tell you, I just quilted 2 this past weekend and once I get the binding added I will post them. I also have one more basted and 2 more heading to my dear friend Marilyn who does the basting for me. But no sneak peeks.
Here are the fabrics for a couple I hope to start soon. They are both fabrics I’ve had for some time and couldn’t decide what to make with them. I bet you can guess the one cut into strips will eventually be a bargello.
I finally got a few minutes to add to my blog. Life is pretty quiet, thankfully, and I don’t have a lot to blog about. I did finally get to go see my amazing, sexy sister Jill and her awesome hubby Mark. I honestly can’t think of any people I would rather spend time with than those 2. They are just priceless to me.
We had a great dinner with Jill’s family to celebrate her birthday and then another with their friends Gayle and Debbie. Hope I spelled his name right. What a neat couple and super friendly. It is so nice to just spend some down time visiting, cooking together, etc. And of course, I got to visit with Ms. Maggie the Diva. She has discovered her love of sweet bell peppers.
Of course Jill and I did take a run to the local quilt shops. I found a beautiful floral that will one day likely become an octagon quilt and in the smaller shop I fond a jacket pattern I have looked for over the past 2 years. I want to quilt the fabric then hopefully try to make this. I haven’t sewn clothing in almost 20 years so we shall see how it goes.
While there Mark ordered me an early Christmas present, which was way too expensive but I love it. It arrived in the mail about a week after I got home.
I just can’t wait till November when they come visit. I love those two. Isn’t this one sexy piece of tanzanite jewelry. I will love it forever and wear it almost every day.
I had wanted to go to Ohio and visit my sexy sister and her amazing hubby early this year but thanks to the IRS extending the tax deadline that got put on hold. I arranged to go my usual time in May but then got sick so again it’s been put on hold. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to that visit each year. It’s like the highlight of my year. Now to find a new date I can go.
I did get to finish the quilt Jilly’s other half sister requested. It’s funny how much I worried whether a blind lady would like it or not. The store sent me the wrong fabric twice then was out of what I originally wanted so it got changed to make it larger using a different idea. I still am not crazy about it but her only request was blue and white. I tried to add some texture with the 3-D flying geese in 2 corners so I hope she likes it. Now to get to Ohio to deliver it.
This one was a long time in the making. It turned out huge but I planned it for my king size bed. Not sure why as I have to wash the bed one so often due to the dogs sleeping on in. Either way, this one I am keeping. I even found the perfect pillows.
I have made 2 four patch posey quilts using this fabric in the past and gifted both of them. I was lucky enough to find just enough to make another for myself. I normally don’t care for florals but I love this fabric done in a 4 patch and octagons. The pillows look very spring like to match the floral fabric and the colors work well also. Now to come up with the perfect quilt to use as a headboard. I debated this one but it really is too large for a wall hanging. I may have to paint the bedroom now.