I know my sister Jill is home with our Lord, and I know the pains she dealt with daily are gone, but I miss her terribly. Some days so much it hurts just to think about her.
I decided last weekend, while cleaning the house, that I needed to bring out some things that Jill and I both loved and use them in the living room instead of out of sight in a back bedroom so that’s what I did.
An old friend gave me this thread box several years ago and I debating giving it away and Jill convinced me to keep it because it was so pretty. She was right it really is whether it has thread it it or not. I moved it to the living room last weekend so I can see it more often.
I debated for a week if I should bid on this antique Martha Washington sewing table, Jill reminded me sometimes you just have to do it if you love it so of course I bought it. We had planned to decoupage it with fabrics until I picked it up and it was in mint condition. This weekend I hope to move it to the front room where I can enjoy it more than put away in a back bedroom.
And while cleaning, I came across another Jill memory. She, Mark and I went to visit our aunt and toured a blown glass factory that had such pretty pieces. Our aunt said pick something we liked. Going in separate directions we met back at the register and everyone had a good laugh. We stood there both holding the exact same bowl. Every time I see that bowl I remember how much I loved her and how funny it was.
I know I already had a post about a young woman Claudia that joined my quilt group and that I am so thrilled to be able to call my friend. She has such a natural talent for creating things and making quilts that it amazes me. She reminds me in so many ways of my sister Jill. It’s hard to see the things she has done and is doing and remember she didn’t even sew 6 or 7 months ago. I’d say she took to it like a fish to water but I think she is beyond that as well.
I’ve already shown you the amazing pin cushions she made me that look like dress maker dummies but she also made me one that is stunning. It looks like a lotus flower. Just beautiful.
Her quilts are exact, well defined color wise and so neatly pieced it stuns me. I remember talking to my sister about the ladies finishing things so quickly and she said teach them a bargello. That will take a while. So I gave Claudia just the basics and started her on a bargello with some fabrics we had on hand, and figured next time we met I’d show her how to assemble it. Well to say I’m shocked in an understatement. I got a picture from her a week later with it finished and she did an amazing job.
Here are pictures of her pin cushion and bargello. She just finished a hat pin cushion I need to ask if I can share. It’s freaking awesome.
It has been a really long time since I struggled to make a quilt but the latest one has been a challenge.
Jill and I picked out some fabrics for a quilt I wanted to make and after making 3 blocks, I hated it. You know me, my first thought was trash it, but Jill said bring it up and she’d finish it. Unfortunately she never got to finish it, so I brought it home with a plan.
Her friend Victoria is the hospital Chaplin and stayed with Jill through her last few hours. I wanted to make her something to remember Jill by and to thank her. I would have given anything to be there so I really wanted to say thank you. I finally thought what better way than a quilt that Jill and I planned together. Jill had mentioned she enjoyed quilts so I thought it would be perfect. And how much better is it the block pattern is called God’s Eye?
It took me a few months before I was mentally ready to work on it. I took it out and put it away several times. I was finally determined to finish it and a couple of weekends ago pulled it out again. I have to say, I honestly think the devil rallied hard for this quilt not to be made. It seemed an up hill struggle every time I worked on it. I realized I had not cut enough pieces for all 12 blocks and didn’t have any more of the fabrics. I reached out to a Facebook group for that fabric designer and several ladies sent me enough to finish each block. Should have been a piece of cake after that.
After that, every block I put together had mistakes and had to be ripped out. Every time I sat down the sewing machine acted up, ran out of thread, a piece was missing. You name it. I felt the devil was weighing me down every time I wanted to work on it. Through some prayer and encouragement from friends, I am finally making headway and I have to say the more blocks I make, the more I like them. Here are some of the ones I have finished.
The young woman Claudia, in my local quilt group still amazes me. Not only has she picked up quilting with what is obviously a natural talent, but she is making the most amazing pin cushions.
First we had the beautiful mannequin pin cushions I shared with you in a prior post, then last week she gifted me one of these. I wish you could see them in person, they are absolutely adorable. She is so eager to learn new things and I can’t wait to see what all this very talented lady will create over the next few years.
I can’t believe I finally finished a quilt of my own. I started this last year and finally got motivated enough to quilt and bind it. This was one I wasn’t sure would ever be finished as I couldn’t get a look I liked.
It started out planned with this pattern and using Tula Pink coordinates called Lineworks with the goal of a black and while quilt. About 3 blocks in I hated it, I decided after a few days thought to add in some Tula dots and stripes and still hated it so it got tossed in a box. I woke up one morning and there was the box and I wondered about adding black. So was born this quilt.
I rarely work without a pattern but here it is. My friend Kenetha fell in love with it so it will go to its new home tomorrow.
I’m starting my local quilt group ladies on their first ever mystery quilt. I can’t wait to see if they have fun and how all the quilts turn out. It’s always a gamble. Did your fabrics work for this if you don’t know what you’re making? The fun will soon begin. Well, as soon as they cut the first 900 or so squares.
Pam choose a dark blue background and beautiful teals.
Claudia choose peacock colors with a really pretty peacock background.
Marilyn choose these very feminine florals and I think she is using a white background. I think it will have a beautiful soft look.
I’ll be using a dark navy background and a couple of Kaufman Christmas jelly rolls. I love the silver metallic. I hope some aren’t too close to the background to stand out.
I don’t have a picture on Tonia’s but she is using a mellow yellow background with some really pretty jelly roll strips is different shades of orange.
I am trying to get back my love of quilting. I have definitely decided 2022 I will be sticking to the idea I have each year to slow down and take the time to do patterns I have been wanting to do. There will be no deadlines and I won’t be taking any requests for quilts. I did get this new bargello started. I decided to go bold with the colors. In my head it worked out well but I think it’s an all or nothing color. It will either be amazing or hideous. Time will tell. I’ve finished 25 of the 70 rows needed to make the design. Tonia was gracious enough to let me try and lay it out in her room away from the dogs but of course one photo bombs it.
I really have to brag on one of the ladies that joined our monthly quilt group a few months ago. She has made such amazing progress and her desire for perfection shows in the quilts she has managed to finish since she started coming. I can’t really take credit for what she has learned either. She came to the first class and I showed her how her machine worked, how to sew a quarter inch seam and started her on a jelly roll quilt. She was done and starting a second one by the time we went home. Since then she has shown what my sister had, real natural talent. Her quilts are amazing and I can’t wait to get some pictures and show you some of them.
She also took my sisters pin cushion pattern and not only finished the one Jill had started and gifted it to me, but has made 4 or 5 more in the past few weeks. I could not be more proud of what she has accomplished so quickly and she has done it very well. She definitely hasn’t sacrificed quality for quantity. They are all very well done. I can’t wait to see what type of quilter she becomes.
The first picture is the pin cushion of Jill’s she finished for me and the others she made for herself and her daughter. Jill would have absolutely loved the addition of the “sexy” ballerina skirt.
Oh wait, did I mention between the water heater dying and the washer leaking I had 3 ceiling fans decide they would die as well. One the lights quit. One started making a horrible grinding noise and the other just gave up the ghost. Then this weekend one of the dogs got quite ill.
I must say I really like the new fans. Robert was nice enough to spend his only day off putting all 3 up this weekend. Makes you wanna ask, ok what next but I think that’s just asking for trouble and I’m not sure if I really wanna know. But, if the devil thinks he will discourage me, he better get a new hobby because it is what it is. He hasn’t figured out I have God and it won’t matter what he throws this way, I will pray and move on.
One of the new ones went in the sewing room and I was really happy to see it included LED bulbs with the fan. There is so much more light. However, that extra light made it obvious the room had become a huge mess. Did what we could to organize but that isn’t my forte.
I can’t believe all the crazy things that have happened in just a few short months. I’ve had days I felt overwhelmed. I always tell my niece that when you’re living the way God wants you to, the devil comes after you hard as throws road blocks in your path to discourage you. If that is the case, I must be living right but the devil didn’t make an impression. I firmly believe it is what it is. You go thru each day, week, month, year knowing God is in your life and even though crap happens, He is still there. We can’t become discouraged by the little things because in the grand scheme of things, they really are so tiny.
In December Robert had a car accident that while thankfully no one was seriously hurt, it resulted in both cars being considered a total because of age and no parts. The other driver decided almost 2 weeks later to sue but she can hash that out with the insurance company. We were able to get Robert an older car but in beautiful shape, well taken care of and he likes it. I added the pictures below.
After that it seemed like it has just been a snowball effect. You already saw pics of the deck that rotted and had to be replaced. The 3 year old fridge took a nose dive and had to be replaced about a month later. About 3 weeks after that, the hot water heater decided it was old and tired as well. Had that replaced last week and last night the washing machine started leaking.
One thing I learned is never have the water heater replaced when it rains. I couldn’t believe all the mud the plumber brought in going back and forth to his truck and the water cut off. He did his best to clean it up. Check out the picture below Robert’s new car. Those are the steam cleaner pads I used AFTER sweeping and a regular mop. YUCK.