Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Wow, I've been so busy with a non quilting project, I almost missed it.  I love Amy's quilt festivals.  Go here   or see the button at the right of the blog for a quick link.  It's a chance to see so many other quilts!

I've decided to add my quilt called Dream Catcher.  I started this quilt last winter when I had many scraps within the same color family.   I found the pattern, "Dream Catcher," in McCall's Quilting, Sep/Oct 2010 issue and a pattern designed by Marcie Patch.  I thought the pattern would lend itself to my scraps and it did. I wanted to try my hand at the small 1.5 inch HST's within the blocks.  It was a challenge, and I loved it.  I challenged myself to make a block a day last December and I finished the blocks in January.  Finally, I got enough nerve to finish the setting.  The quilt has successfully used up the biggest portion of these fabrics.  In fact, I needed to buy some binding so that I could add some red to the quilt. I worked at adding as much red and teal to the monochromatic bronze tones of the fabric pieces I had.

This quilt has been used in my bedroom, folded neatly each day at the foot of the bed and in the cooler months we lay it over the top of our bed for added warmth.  This line was collected by me when I started with making a table runner for my mother a couple of years ago. The price of the fabric in the LQS was $9.  It was a "Laurel" Series by Moda and it ran out quickly.  I had some scraps left and eventually the line ended up online and it was at a good price, but I OVER-bought!!!  (I'm still learning on that one, but getting so-o-o-o much better!)

These close-ups show the quilting (by Judy, my quilter) and the smaller blocks within the quilt.

So there you have it, a self challenge, a finish and stash used up.  I'm loving that I have a quilt that for me is bigger than I usually make and one that used up so much stash!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

And There it Sits

Got the binding on a little quilt that I put together.  Yay!  It used up some purple that just didn't go with other purples that I had and I think I used up all that gold.  It's been in other quilts and I was going to use it for the binding, but either it's used up or hiding somewhere.   Honestly--do other quilters have that "forget where you put it" disorder?!!

Been really busy of late with a non quilting project.  So not much quilting going on here!  Maybe I'll get that quilt bound sometime.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pictures Are a Poor Substitute!

An autumn drive and the beauties of the earth are everywhere!  Just can't capture the beauty with our inexpensive digital.

The drive is one not far from our house.  It's near Logan Canyon in northern UT.  Enjoyed the day with a visit to a quaint little cafe that has been in business since 1914.

Again--the quilt is in progress and the colors just don't show as well on camera as in real life.  I needed a break from creating and just wanted to complete this top that I'd precut.  The sewing was a bit boring, but I pretty well knew what the outcome would be and that's what I needed.  The quilt is one from Sue Abrey's book
I really hesitate to show my top as the picture just doesn't show the intensity of the colors well.  But, Sue had figured out how to cut and then border and that's what I needed.  It is a perfect quilt for a beginner.

The colors are soothing and the prints are stars and the aqua is a Christmas print that almost looks like ribbons for bows.  It is something I've had for a long time and the colors are what I now use for Christmas, so this will be a comfort quilt to go on the sofa.
 Once it is quilted, it will show in a picture so much better, but for now, know that when my quilter comes, this will be ready and a better product will be visible when I get it done!  Thanks to Sue, I was able to work out of my slight depression and also get a Christmas quilt started.  I have enough leftover pieces (cause no matter what, I just can't follow directions completely!!!--sorry Sue) for a wonky star wall hanging--we'll see!  I'm out of the soft off white stars--I had enough saved for the border, so when that is done, then I can start on a wall hanging.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Little Disappointing...

After a day of recovery--from the travel--and some slight disappointment, I'm back on track.  I've been here before!  It's just that sometimes that little girl in me wants my mother to be her biggest fan!  In reality mine never has been.  She's tried!  I have to give her a hearty recognition for that.  It's just that we are so different!  My mom in many ways is a very strong woman!  At her coming birthday next week, she'll be 87!  ...and no we didn't get the picture that I took my camera for! But here is one from three years ago.  She hasn't changed a bit--but I've dropped about 25 lbs from this picture!  LOL!
                                                          Mom        Pam           Pattilou

After some discussion with my other sister, we decided that
the wall hanging that I'd made for the Liberated Round Robin, should
go to mom and then at mom's passing my sis would inherit it.  Well,
that probably was our error.  First clue:  LIBERATED!!!!  My mom isn't
liberated at all!!!!  She is probably so bound to convention that that is really
where most of my problems with my mom lie!  I'm far more liberated than she!
My next problem:  The seeking of approval!!!   Oh, I know---don't seek for
approval!!!  I know that from many years of experience!   DON'T SEEK FOR
APPROVAL FROM MOM!!!!   She has a very hard time approving the things she doesn't understand and believe me--on my list that lots of them.  But it is like there is still this small girl inside of me seeking for my mom to be my best cheerleader!  I could list the ways I was always disappointed here, but that wouldn't be always true---just my perception of it and it would serve no value.  I love my mom!  It's just that we see the glass differently!  For her, it is half empty and for me it's half full!

Well, I'd thought maybe, just maybe she would replace the dated "Kitchen Angel" quilt I'd made years ago from a calender print.  I'd quilted it, then we put it on a stick and tied raffia to the ends of the stick and some twine up to the nail and then we covered the nail with a little bow like thing at the nail.  It was cute--but dated!  But, mom wasn't about to replace that with the new thing.  We finally found a wall for it.  It's around a corner of the kitchen area into her big family room.  It will be seen if you are in the family room--which hardly ever anyone is anymore.  But, it is on a wall.  I took the 3m sticky picture hanging things with me, so there would be no holes in the wall--at least I knew that!  It's there!  The quilting around the flower caught her eye and the iris she liked, but that was about it.  Sometimes I feel like a fool for thinking someone may like my "stuff"   But, for therapy I spent the day yesterday doing some really boring, non liberated quilting.  The quilt will be a pieced in three colors pretty quilt--just NOT liberated.

I do need to share the other thing---oh I knew better, but just before we left, I pulled this quilt, that I was binding, out from the car to show her!  Big mistake.  First off, she hates pink and purple and next off the writing and saying were totally out of her realm.

I was making the quilt for a surprise for a liberated friend--but now I'm even doubting myself on this one.  I've already found ways the quilt could have gone differently--guess that is what most people do when making stuff--and I guess that's why so many of my quilts I'm so willing to part with.  But, anyhow DH nailed it yesterday when I was saying I was a bit depressed.  Said he, "is it because your mother didn't like your quilts?"  Let's see--we've been married nearly 46 years--so I guess he knows me and my mother better than sometimes even I do!

Well, today is a new day!  I'm not depressed, just working on a non quilting project that needs working on and yesterday I just couldn't even bring myself to do it.  Sometimes it's just the travel--7 hours in a car for the day and then the other thing, even though I'm healing a mother/daughter relationship and it's much better--it'll never be at 100% just because we are human! ...and those dang emotions!!!!

In all--this is perfect for me:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Quilting to Relieve Stress

Last night I finished the quilting on this kid's quilt.  It relieved the stress of the day and I was glad I had it ready to quilt!

It started as I was looking through some fabrics and found some hourglass blocks.  I added a strip to connect them.
Then I found in my stash the elephant.
Its warm tones worked with other fabrics I had including some with metallic gold printed on the fabric.

Some happy giraffes and a single piece of leftover 2.5" strip from a bundle of strips.
 Backing of giraffe fabric.  What a kick, huh!

It is now a quilt that I'll take to the Family Connections Center in Clearfield next week.  I've got a stack going and I go visit my friend Sally that always loves to fondle and hug my quilts.  I hope some kid will pick this from the stack of quilts there for displaced or disadvantaged kids.

I'm adding this to the 100 Quilts for Kids entry list here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Busy Friday!

Got some non quilty stuff to do today, but I did finish some lotto blocks for Sunshine!  I loved this fabric and had to have the "cutting" lady wait while I retrieved it in the store for her to cut for me.  Perfect for a boys quilt and Black and Red are the colors for this month's lotto.
 I'm working on a top from some of this fabric and some other odds and ends--just not picture ready yet, and I need to put a halt to my sewing for now!

Got this picture of my son and his children.  The youngest loves "Cars".  ...just had to add it!  Missing them!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We're Not Old People--Just Recycled Teenagers!

    "$5.37." That's what the kid behind  the counter at Taco Bell said to me. I dug into my pocket and  pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that  used to be a Jolly Rancher. Having already handed  the kid a Five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck  to grab some change, when the kid with the Elmo hairdo said  the harshest thing anyone has ever said to me.

He  said, "It's OK. I'll just give you the senior citizen  discount."
I turned to see who he  was talking to and then heard the sound of change  hitting the counter in front of me. 
"Only $4.68," he said cheerfully. 
I stood there stupefied. I am 58, not  even 60 yet. A mere child! Senior citizen? I took my  burrito and walked out to the truck, wondering what was  wrong with Elmo. Was he blind? As I sat in the truck, my blood &nBsp;began to boil. Old? Me? I'll show him, I thought. I  opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the  counter, and there he was waiting with a smile. 
Before I could say a word, he held up  something and jingled it in front of me, like I could  be that easily distracted! What am I now? A toddler? 
"Dude! Can't get too far without your  car keys, eh?"

I stared with utter disdain at the  keys. I began to rationalize in my mind. "Leaving keys behind  hardly makes a man elderly! It could happen to  anyone!"

I turned and headed back to the truck. I  slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn't turn. 
What now? I checked my keys and  tried another. Still nothing. That's when I noticed the  purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror. I had no  purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror. 
Then, a few other objects came into  focus. The car seat in the back seat. Happy  Meal toys spread all over the floorboard. A partially  eaten doughnut on the dashboard. Faster than you can say  ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle. 
Moments later I was speeding out of the  parking lot, relieved to finally be leaving this nightmarish  stop in my life. That is when I felt it, deep in the  bowels of my stomach: hunger! My stomach growled and  churned, and I reached to grab my burrito, only it was  nowhere to be found.
I swung the  truck Around, gathered my courage, and strode back into  the restaurant one final time. There Elmo stood,  draped in youth and black nail polish. All I could think was,  "What is the world coming to?"
All I could say was,  "Did I leave my food and drink in here?" At this point I was  ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle, and  then go straight home and apply for Social Security  benefits.
Elmo had no clue. I walked back  out to the truck, and suddenly a young lad came up and  tugged on my jeans to get my attention. He was  holding up a drink and a bag. His mother   explained, "I think you left this in my truck  by mistake."
I took the food and  drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized. 
He offered these kind words, "It's OK.   My grandfather does stuff like this all the  time."
All of this is to explain  how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40. Yes, I was racing  some punk kid in a Toyota Prius. And, no, I told  the officer,  I'm not too old to be driving this  fast.
As I walked in the front  door, my wife met me halfway down the hall. I handed  her a bag of cold food and a $300 speeding ticket. I  promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up  my legs with a blankey.
The good  news was I had successfully found my way home. 
-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- READ BELOW  !
Just in case you weren't feeling  too old today - - -
The  people who are starting college this fall were born in  1991.
They are too young to  remember the space shuttle blowing up. 
Their lifetime has always included  AIDS.
The CD was  introduced two years before they were born. 
They have always had an answering  machine.
They have always had  cable.
Popcorn has always been  microwaved.
They never took a swim and thought About Jaws.
They don't  know who Mork was or where he was from. 
They never heard, "Where's the Beef?",  "I'd walk a mile for a Camel ," or "de plane, Boss, de  plane."
They don't  have a clue how to use a typewriter. 
Notice  the larger type? That's for those of us who have trouble  reading.
P.S. Save the earth.  It's the only planet with  chocolate.

Monday, October 10, 2011


I've been stitching the binding to the back and it is now done!  You've seen pictures of this quilt before.  One of a challenge and now it's officially ready for gifting.  My sis was going to use it for a wedding present, but we've decided to gift it to our mother instead.  Her birthday is coming up at the end of this month and now it's ready! 
See also Finished! 

That iris came from a purchase on ebay maybe 10 years ago.  I bought several pieces of, I think her name is Diane Labombarbe, from Canada.  The first pieces that I bought were lovely sunflowers because at the time I was really into sunflowers and hated doing applique--that hasn't change.  Then she offered a series of 4 of different iris'.  Then there were sets of baskets.  I think all in all I bought about 10 different applique pieces ranging from 6x8" to maybe 12 x 16.  I loved them all and this was the last of the pieces from her.  I've looked her up on the internet and only get that she has recipes.  Maybe I don't have her name quite right, I don't know, as it has been many years ago, and I didn't even think at the time I'd have a blog or belong to any groups where I'd share what I'm doing.  I've made small wall hangings and gifted many.  One of my favorites is a sunflower hanging in my hallway that I used with African fabrics.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Itty Bitty Blue

This is the last of a group of quilts promised to children locally.  It's for a two year old and I had fun putting this one together.  The pink and the pale turquoise is a nice blend I think. 

The backing is a Riley Blake lime polka dot flannel.
 I practiced the feather quilting technique more.