Project Linus, Ta Da Done

Another baby quilt recap…

My destiny is baby quilts.  Which is ok – because I love them.  With a baby quilt, you can finish in a weekend, use fun colors, and try out some ideas.  Here is a recap of some baby quilts I have made in the last few months…

  1.  This is based on an Elizabeth Hartman class from Craftsy.  I love this quilt.  I love the blue and the grey and the composed, funky vibe.  This was made for a friend’s first baby.  The only thing I would have done differently is quilt on the diagonal.  My straight-line quilting always looks kind of meh.IMG_4846
  2. This quilt was started from around-the-world blocks I had from 2014.  I made some turquoise and low-volume blocks to finish out what I needed.  I love making these blocks – but they are decptively time consuming. This one will be donated to Project Linus.IMG_4867
  3. This is one of my favorite quilts I have ever made.  But it did need one of those labels that says “This took forever!”  This was made for a grandbaby of a coworker.  I love this quilt – love all of the fabrics that I picked that should have special meaning for them.  And I loved how much it was loved.  I quilt to make something that will be loved.  And this quilt will be loved.  I also used some precious backing for this quilt.  I love the birds and the roses.IMG_4881IMG_4882
  4. For a few weeks I was on a kick to get all of the quilts done for my 2018 Project Linus goal.  This one had been pieced forever.  I finally got it basted, quilted, and bound.  I just love this quilt.  So pink and pretty.IMG_4908
  5. Last, and probably least, is this acid trip.  I had all of these orphan blocks I wanted to use up.  So I threw them all in one quilt.  Included are some abandoned curves, a wonky trip-around-the-world block, and a stopped EPP hexagon project.  I know it is a lot.  My grandmother used to use the phrase “cheap and cheerful”.  I love that phrase.  This quilt wasn’t exactly “cheap” when you consider the fabrics used, but it is cheerful and it used lots of scraps. This will be another donation to Project Linus.IMG_4909

Five baby quilts recapped!

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Project Linus, Ta Da Done

Improv

Hi – I had a lot of fun making two improv baby quilts.

This goal for the first one was to use about a bunch of 1/2-square triangle blocks.  I learned the trick from Jenny to sew an extra seam when making 1/2-square triangle blocks so you have a whole other block, rather than a bunch of triangles that are harder to use.

I have made several quilts using this method, so I had A LOT of 1/2-square triangles.  I was able to use them all and added some other improv piecing to make this adorable quilt to donate to Project Linus.

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I love the outcome so much.  The palette and piecing make me so happy.  And I made a boy’s quilt!

When I posted this quilt on instagram, a friend asked me to make a quilt for her niece in purple and grey.  I got about 1/2-way through making a giantized swoon block and then decided I hated it.  The grey was too muddy for the block to have impact.  So I started chopping and adding in some more improv.  You can see remnants of the swoon block shape in the quilt.  It took 2x longer to make than I expected, but I love the results.  Again, I think the restrained (at least restrained for me) color palette makes all the difference.

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I loved making these quilts.  Improv always takes longer than I think it will though – so it may be a bit before I take on any more of these.

Bettering, Not About Quilting or Sewing

Editing

“A lot can change in the editing room.” Diane Lane

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This post could have gone two major ways – been a recap of one of the most demoralizing and difficult days in recent memory.  Bad news at work. Many steps backwards in trying to correct my health issues.  And I saw a raccoon.  That is a pretty bad day for me.

After dinner I was feeling the pain associated with one of my “chronic” conditions.  I have had several friends send me pick-me-up messages after I shared that I needed them… probably clue 1 that I needed to edit today.  Despite the inflow of support, I was feeling very low.  I took two Advil PMs, crawled into bed and was going to cry myself to sleep.  Suddenly I decided I could give in or I could get up.

So I got up.  And my husband and I took a walk.  Just 1/2 an hour – but it did the trick.  I stopped crying.  My pain left.  And I found the energy to sew a bit and write this.

I am trying to do 7 specific things every day for 44 days.

  1. Wake up at 5 am
  2. Eat a salad for a meal
  3. Exercise at least 30 minutes
  4. Post a blog
  5. Take care of my skin before I go to bed
  6. Drink 100 oz of water
  7. Sew for 30 minutes

Today is day 20 for eating a salad.  For the rest it is day 4.   Well, for waking up by 5 am it is day zero.  I have yet to do it.  BUT I am waking up earlier,

If I were to give into the despair, my steak for exercising, sewing, taking care of my skin, and drinking water would have ended.  My will to not have it end was stronger than my will to give up.  Barely stronger, but stronger.

So today could be edited as strength over retreat.  Will over despair.

I still saw a raccoon though.  I really hate raccoons.  They are my spiders, my snakes, my high places.  I’ll take all of those a million times over before encountering a raccoon.  So I will need to edit out the raccoon to make today a winner.

In Progress, Project Linus, Ta Da Done

WIP update

I had lots of goals in April and got taken away by some new projects.  I only got 3 things done, but I did reduce my backlog to 22 (from 23 at the end of March).

Here is what I got done:

Blue and purple project Linus quilt completed.  I am not completely in love with this one, but it is done.

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And I completed this embroidery project.  Probably the toughest one I have done to date. I am absolutely in love with it.  Pattern is by Namaste Embroidery.

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And I also finished this embroidery project.  The wreath pattern also is by Namaste Embroidery.  I took the phrase from The Secret Garden.  This one was fast and fun, compared to the succulent embroidery project.  I love all of the vines in all of the different greens.  I used some silk floss in this project – what a dream to work with.  I think it could be very addicting.

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This one really is a message I need right now.  I need to make myself stronger in so many ways.  Work and perseverance and my own two feet.

I started one new project in April… that I should have gotten done in April.  Oh well.  May needs to be the month of baby quilts – 2 for friends and 2 for Project Linus.  I just need to not completely get sucked into my Long Time Gone quilt.

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embroidery

I’m 44!

A month ago I turned 44.  Never in my life have been worse off in regards to my health or my finances.  It’s bad, ya’ll.

But I am happy.  I love my job.  I have a great family.  And I love all of the crafty possibilities.

And I had a great birthday!

I got lots of flowers and treats.  And I worked on an embroidery project using the most luscious silk thread from my friend Marsha.  All in all it was good.  And my finances and health can only get better.

arting, Color Crush

Blue and white

My husband and I took a quick trip to Lincoln, NE a week ago.  It was the penultimate weekend before Ken Burns’ quilts were leaving the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

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I am so sorry we waited so long to go, because I am going to gush about this exhibition and now it is too late.  BUT!  Here is a video of the exhibition that you can watch.  It was really moving for me.

Many women in my family have quilted.  My great-grandmother, my great aunt, and my grandmother all quilted.  I am lucky to own a quilt my great aunt pieced and my great grandmother quilted.  All by hand.  And for my college graduation, my grandmother made me a gorgeous wall hanging representing the beginning of life.

IMG_4826After college, when I was flailing and sad, my mom taught me to quilt.  It was an oasis in chaos – and started me on 20+ of creating as an escape.  I went through many different phases, but being back to quilting the last 4 years has been my oasis again.

I love the exhibit – loved seeing the craft I love elevated and lauded.

When I came back home, I craved a project that would echo the work and style of what I saw.  Because blue and white are his favorite colors in a quilt, I decided to pull out my blue and cream and white stash and work through it for a sampler quilt.

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I am making Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell.  It will look gorgeous in the blues and creams – and the name is absolutely perfect – evoking the quilts and women who came before me and their gifts to me.

 

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Marchenings

Yesterday, I posted about some crafty sewing progress in March. Today is a very brief look at some other March happenings.  Marchenings, if you will.

BLOND! (and it is ok that I wrote “blond” instead of “blonde”, per this.)

Most of my teens and 20s I spent with blond hair.  And suddenly one night I wanted it back and I found a stylist to play along.  I LOVE it!!  And I still am learning how to apply lipstick, obviously.

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Fixed bathrooms!

We no longer have  adorable, horrible, evil pedestal sinks in either of our bathrooms.  We found this little darling cabinetthat fits the tight space of our upstairs bathroom.  AND we got the shower fixed in the downstairs bathroom so we totally have one shower with first-world(ish) water pressure.  We have painted since this picture was taken, so imagine a better color of paint.

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Exercise train.  CHOO CHOO!  I exercised a lot more – not enough – but a lot more.  And I have been feeling the benefit.  There is nothing better than the sore feeling from working out.  These bad boy Mary Lou Retton calves still are kickin’ and looking forward to turning 44 in a couple of weeks. Oh, and HAI! one gold toe that really accentuates the Mortonish of it all.

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