Another Love It Or Hate It

I was noticing each time I pull out another pre-cut one to work on, they all seem to have 200, 300 and 400 or more blocks to sew and trim. I’m working one one that still needs 106 blocks squared up so I decided to pull a second one to sew and give my shoulder a break from squaring blocks. Why am I surprised it is 1,291 pieces and will have 296 blocks to sew and square up?

I made this quilt a few years ago using cream and 2 colors. I had in my head I’d like to make it black with multiple colors so I cut it out an it’s been waiting it’s turn to be made. I made one block and laid it aside as I thought again, I’m starting one that I am not going to love. It didn’t look like I had planned it in my head done in the black with so many different colors. I decided night before last to make a few more and I think it’s going to grow on me. I still have about 285 blocks to make but I think I’ll like it more than I thought after making the first one.

I Absolutely Love This One

I picked this fabric thinking it will be amazing or it will be hideous. I doubted there was anything in between using 20 shades of purple and orange. I wanted it to look like the sun peeking out from the darkness of a solar eclipse.

It was so large I thought I’d never finish it. Because of the size, I just quilted it with a large all over meander. I even had to put it on a rolling table to move it around to do the hand binding. 96 x 96 and I’m thrilled it’s done, but glad I did because I LOVE how it came out. Even though my furniture is teal it will hang on my living room wall soon since my rugs have teal, purple and orange in them.

The Dreaded Pair

Every once in a while I like to blog pics of my fur children, just because they are so cute. Funny I just happened to pick these 2 as I am pretty sure they hate each other. Well, it’s more like Kiljeadean the cat hates baby dog and he is terrified of her.

For some reason she has terrorized that little dog since we got him. She used to walk by him when he was tiny and for no reason would just stop, walk back and smack him right in the head. That was 6 years ago and he still treads carefully around her.

It Was Spared!

I let a friend stay in my guest room a while and it was a lot longer than I should have allowed and ended up costing me quite a bit to clean and repair the mess left behind. This particular quilt was so upsetting because I made it specifically for that room. When she moved I found it rolled into a ball and stuffed behind the bed, with sheets stained in hair dye. I will be honest, I didn’t hold out a lot of hope for it and decided to toss it out. At the last minute I thought wash it with some oxyclean and see what happens.

It didn’t remove the stains in the sheets so I wasn’t holding out a lot of hope. I washed it, dried it and I was so surprised and happy. It came out stain free. I’m not even sure why I was so happy. It’s not one of my favorite quilts and isn’t that fancy, but it was time consuming to make so I’m excited it turned out so clean.

Funny thing is, I had to order a new rug because the other was stained with filth and trying not to spend more than I already had, I clicked on one I like because it was on sale for 70% off. It came and it’s the wrong color. I called the company and the color I wanted was not a sale item. The price difference was significant so the room will get a new quilt anyway. Go figure. But it looks good till I put down the rug and change it.

It’s Finally Down

In Florida it’s difficult to decide to cut a large oak down, especially if it’s one that shades your house. But after a year or so of dropping some really huge branches, my daughter and son in law finally had this one taken down.

They estimated about 112 feet tall and it took a tree crew a full 9 hours to cut it down, load it and haul it away. They even had to come back to finish the main trunk as the pieces were so large. I should have taken a picture of the hole it left when it hit the ground. Here are 2 pieces of the trunk once it was cut up. Took 4 large trailers to haul off the entire tree. I sure would not have wanted the job of the young man that had to climb the tree all day with a chain saw hanging from his belt.

It’s Finally Done

This will always be the most special quilt I have made as it’s in memory of my beautiful, amazing sister Jill. I used this making fabrics from her stash and mine and it was one we were going to work on together. I will be sending this to Jill’s friend Victoria, who is the hospital chaplin and was able to spend her last few hours with Jill. I hope it reminds her of the fond memories of time with Jill.

It was also the first quilt I got to display and photograph using this awesome quilt rack Claudia’s husband Jose made for me. I absolutely love it and it makes taking pictures so much easier. I covered the clips along the top to keep them clean and it’s painted with gloss paint so it easily wipes off if it gets dirty on the deck.

Since It Was Clean

Well since no one will be living in the guest suite for some time, I decided it wouldn’t hurt if I used one wall and some shelves. I have the small design board in my quilt room but I put a bigger one one the guest room wall. It’s funny how expensive those fabric design walls are and you can do the same thing with a $20 flannel backed tablecloth and some command strips. Here it is already in use.

I was also able to move all my pre-cut quilt kits to the shelves in there and have a little more space in my quilt room.

Making More Octagons

I still love making quilts that mix octagons and 4 patch poseys. They come out so unique and so pretty. Here is one I finished last week. It’s using Robert Kaufman’s line called Alexandra and a ombre sashing with small gold flecks. I gifted it to my friend Marie’s grandson Jesse.

People Suck

I have always been more than willing to help people any time I can. I told myself last time a friend moved in and abused the situation I would never do that again. 18 months ago when my daughter’s co-worker asked to stay in my guest room a while, I should have stuck to that decision.

I hate to say it, but never let anyone but family move into your home. She was supposed to stay 8 months and that became 18 months. 18 months of cooking every meal for someone, helping them with whatever they needed, paying for food, providing a clean, safe place to live and that person just spits on you. I don’t have it in me to do again.

When she moved she left my guest room filthy, nasty and just plain gross. A shower covered in hair dye stains, mildewed tiles and grout. The sink and floor tiles stained with hair dye and I won’t even talk about the filth of the toilet. I can’t imagine any kind of decent woman that would use that bathroom on a daily basis as nasty as it was. I have seen men not clean bathrooms but none like the filth this woman left behind. She took bed sheets and pillows that look like that hadn’t been washed in months, rolled them up and stuffed them behind the headboard of the bed. The room size rug looked like it hadn’t been so much as vacuumed since she moved in. I have to ask myself, does someone like that have no self respect or simple bathing habits? Friends said well it isn’t her home so she doesn’t care, but she had to live in that filth daily and who does that?

But I have learned my lesson and it was that you can’t help dishonest, evil people. She lived in my home, ate the food I bought and paid for and I find out now she was cheating me and using me to steal from her employer. She’d tell me she paid the bills when my boys went to the vet with her and to just repay her, Turns out she was stealing the money and just putting it in her own pocket. Never again will I open my home to someone not family and the world has her to thank you that.

Thanks to my son in laws help and a huge chuck out of my budget, it is finally all cleaned except replacing the bathroom sink stained with hair dye and regrouting the floor. That has to wait till I pay off all the items we had to replace. Everything went in the trash except the drapes and mattress. It looks livable again.

I Love This Pincushion

I know I have shown you the pin cushions Claudia makes but without a doubt, this is my favorite. Well honestly, they are all my favorite. This is a tea cup that belonged to my grandmother. Claudia turned in into a pincushion for me and I absolutely adore it. Shannon will have it after me. It will always be cherished.