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#42 How is it October already?

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Wow, this year is flying by me once again!

I have been busy since the last posting. These are just the finishes but I have a few other projects in the works.

This is the lap quilt I finished for my Granddad (and haven’t sent yet).

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I used it for quilting practice and I’m quite happy about how it looks.

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The orange quilt is completed and waiting to be a Christmas present. I doubt the recipient visits this site, and if they do, they won’t know it’s theirs 😉

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This one….

I *think* this one is around 26 year old.  It was just the center, the star portion. I added the blue background and border just this month.

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Check out the awful piecing! I giggle because it isn’t so bad, in fact at the time it was my best effort.

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I remember using a cardboard template and an ink pen to trace out the diamonds. I don’t think rotary cutters and mats were a “thing” yet. If they were, either I hadn’t heard of them and/or couldn’t afford them. I think I did pretty well considering! The fabrics weren’t all fitting for quilting by today’s standards but they were all I had.

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I’ve often thought of ridding myself of this “monstrosity” but I’m so glad I didn’t. I kept it for the memories of learning to quilt, financially struggling, and sewing with my son on my lap.

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My son is now grown and I can afford the best quilting cottons. I have improved in my skill sets but still learning every day. The memories in this quilt are priceless to me. When I’m no longer here, this will belong to my son.

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For weeks, the song “Swingin’ on a Star” by Frank Sinatra has been on a loop in my head. Great song and sound advice, so I think it’s a fitting name for this quilt. But memories of piecing it with my boy in my lap while watching old reruns of “Hawaii 5 0” late at night stuck with me, too. Jeff has always liked making me laugh and he learned that if he said “book em Dano”, I’d giggle quite hard!

I give you “Dano’s Swinging on a star”.

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No quilt is complete until the inspectors have a once over. Baby is looking for loose threads in the picture above and Sissy thinks it makes a great backdrop for her newest close up.

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Meanwhile, this is what I’m taking a break from this weekend. Ah, homeownership. The sump pump died and no one noticed until I stepped downstair to sew the other night. I hadn’t turned a light on yet and stepped in a cold puddle. I wanted to clean the basement anyway…

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#41 Back in the Swing

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The big reveal! My friend at work, Twila, is retiring at the end of the upcoming week. She was our solder trainer at work and I learned most of what I know from her vast knowledge. She played Mrs. Claus at Christmas every year and absolutely adores the color red. She and her husband are planning to retire to Tennessee but most of their family is in Ohio.  She’s become a very good friend of mine, offering me wonderful advice about a lot of things lately.  I will miss her a ton.

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I used Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Mountain Majesties to create this one.  Hubs thought it was too red and very dark. Although I completely agree with him, I knew it would be perfect for her. I did video her receiving it, but because she had a no makeup day, I promised to keep it for myself. I can tell you she squealed when she saw it!

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It is a king sized quilt, all from my scrap bin. I probably still have 10 more quilts in there!

The quilting motif is a meandering feather pattern following the zig zags that the mountain blocks created.

I named it “My heart is in Ohio” to remind her no matter where she goes, she has people here who love her and will never forget her. Note the bluebird of happiness 🙂

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This is a picture of the two of us at our company picnic. I think our table became the loudest and giggliest of the whole party!

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I finally managed to finish this one for Love Quilts. I did only the quilting, this one came to me already beautifully pieced.

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I did start a new project and I know who will receive it. I think it’ll end up being a Christmas gift. These fabrics were gifted to me because they were found in a place someone had moved into. They had no use for them and I was reluctant to use them. They came from Walmart in precut fat quarters and strips and someone got them on clearance. After looking at them for awhile, I realized the quality isn’t the best but I’ve seen much worse from Walmart and it will make a suitable quilt for a young family to wear out. I added the orange with the recipient in mind.

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The family reunion was a success and my dear grandfather asked for another lap quilt if I could find the time. Of course I will always have time for him! I had the perfect top already made, it just needs quilted and bound.

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This was a leftover from the quilt I gifted to some Louisiana friends. I made so many blocks that I lost count! I then framed them in scraps of green that I had left over from cutting. I’m also experimenting with other quilting designs while getting the tension in line.

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This week we saw a doggie dentist for sweet little Mojo. He stopped playing with the toy rope about a month ago, so I made him a vet appointment to make sure he’s ok. His teeth look fine on the surface but he could have tooth damage we can’t see or possibly a broken jaw. This stuff happens for no particular reason in small breeds and he’s eating fairly well but I worry that he’s in pain. They gave him pain meds and referred us to a specialist about an hour and a half away. Dr. Stokes not only works on dogs like mine, but does work for zoos and K-9 officers. Mojo will have to be sedated to get the proper x-rays and the problems will be corrected during that time.

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Here’s to hoping everyone will be well soon!

#36 Finding My Balance

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Lately, my focus is on food. What to eat and not eat. What tastes good and not so much. Pinterest has been a help but I’ve found a few stinkers along the way.

Kale chips are delicious but if you don’t follow the recipe, you could end up with something that reminds me of munching on fall leaves fresh out of the yard (not that I would know first hand, I’m just guessing here).

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If you decide to make kale chips, keep in mind they must be rubbed COMPLETELY with oil. Not drippy wet with oil, but a good coating. If you have tossed you kale with a couple of teaspoons of oil, there will be enough on your fingers to spread it around.

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This batch was sprinkled with ranch dressing seasoning. Yes, there are chemicals but I didn’t care. I needed a potato chip diversion and this did the trick! I also made a sea salt and pepper version that hubs loved. I wasn’t a big fan but they were ok.

Balsamic tofu.

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Oy. This was so gawd awful I couldn’t eat all of it. Now if you like very vinegary, sour foods, this is for you. I do like vinegar and sour but I couldn’t hang with this one. I followed the pinterest instructions to a T, even marinating overnight. The brussels sprouts were wonderful so there’s that. Also, my vegetarian chef step-daughter told me tofu will always be rubbery when baked unless is slathered in fats of some sort. Good info to keep in mind. I shall be making a new pinterest board, “Gawd awful recipes I’ve tried”. This one will be at the top!

Cauliflower tortillas.

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Looks like scrambled eggs, right? I think this one’s my fault or I just need to make a few adjustments. I don’t think I used enough cauliflower or pressed enough liquid from them once cooked. I should’ve known when I couldn’t press them into patties for baking. They were delicious and I will make them again. My intent was to make little pizza like creations.

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I ended up with something that resembled a salad. I don’t normally use cheese because I’m allergic to milk products (and have always eaten them anyway) but I needed the calories and really miss pizza. Sometimes you have to compromise to get through the tough parts! This was a tomato, avacado, spinach and feta cheese topping for my cauliflower tortillas. 500 calories of heaven for this shrinking woman!

I had the pleasure of having 2 chefs cook my dinner Thursday.

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My step daughter and her magnificent husband have moved back to Ohio! We are over the moon to have them so close. And one of the perks….

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I loved this view. Seeing artful creation in my kitchen and knowing it’s going to be delicious!

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Halibut steak with buerre blanc sauce and mushroom and asparagus risotto.

Jesse placed the sauce off to the side in case we didn’t like it. I want this sauce on everything I eat from this day forward!  This meal was to die for but sadly way over my calorie count for the day. I figured I have been strict for the past 5 weeks so one night wouldn’t undo what I’ve accomplished. I’m now down 24 pounds and steadily moving forward!

A few weeks ago, I found this fabric at Joann.

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Yes, this is one fabric. I love that its a different print on each side. I don’t know what the fabric content is, so I washed it in hot water just in case it would shrink or otherwise change before I make something with it. I need a spring and fall coat and I have just the pattern for it. A long, hooded coat made to be reverseable. Just my style! More on this later…

My sister asked me to make a quilt for a raffle to help save her friend. Sher Snedeker needs a double lung transplant to save her life and our health care here in America leaves much to be desired. This quilt will be raffled off to help her cause.

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Please visit her facebook page and consider helping my sister’s dear friend.

Awhile back, I talked about a quilt top that I found in a stash of stuff purchased through Craigslist. It was very poorly constructed and I asked you all if I should leave it as is or redo it. The consensus at the time was to leave it as is and honor the quilter’s efforts. Friends, I was going to, I really was. Then as I was preparing to make a back for it and load it onto my frame, I discovered things that couldn’t be ignored. There were huge spots of discoloration. I couldn’t remove them and they smelled awful when wet. So I removed them with the intention of taking enough rows off to replace the missing pieces. Ok, so hours later it was all in pieces. When I emerged from the seam ripper dust, I had all these little triangles! Yes, I took it all apart.

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It still isn’t perfect but it will be useable and pretty, I think. It in the process of hand binding. More pictures when it’s finished.

Today, after I record the podcast, I need to finish up this beauty for a client.

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The baby isn’t born yet but when he is, he will be sleeping with Dr. Seuss. The blocks are all cross stitched by his family and friends of the family.  The grandmother bought the blue fabric but I thought it needed a pop of Dr. Seuss color. I haven’t decided yet whether or not the binding will be black or red and white. Maybe a darker blue? I’ll post it when finished!

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I designed the label using an appliqued hat. (those are water spots from my crappy, dying iron)

Toodles!

WW #31

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A week or so ago, my site, as well as many others, were aggressively targeted by hackers. Well over a thousand attempts were made to crack my password and make me crazy with emails. Wordfence is a wonderful plugin and I highly recommend it. I have since learned my admin user name should never be seen, so I changed it. Thankfully, I believe I remain unhacked but for the life of me, can’t understand why someone wants to hack a quilty, not for profit website.

I purchased some designs from Urban Threads and got fancy on a leg of my new blue jeans.

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It’s a little stiff and after washing, I have to iron it flat but it looks great! The next time I embroider denim, I’ll use a design a little less dense.

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I had a huge pile of fabric strips in pink so I modified “Scrapitude” to utilize the sizes I had.

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It’s taken several weeks, but the blocks are finished and now on the frame for some simple quilting.

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My grandfather is having some heart trouble so my sister and cousin arranged a fund raiser to help him with a few expenses.

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My sister is one of the talented teachers at Wine By Design in Rochester, Indiana.

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I had never taken one of her classes so it was great fun to see what she does!

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This is my nephew, Tyler, signing the table.

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My canvas with the background done and cheater chalk outlines for my anchor.

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My anchor <3 I liked how it turned out. My friend Twila liked it more so I gave it to her!

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Family time in my mom’s front yard. It was a beautiful fall day.

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My scrapitude quilt on the frame, renamed pink rose garden. It’s a king sized quilt and will live on my bed this winter. Hubs likes it almost as much as I do!

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I saw this meme on Facebook the other day. It’s been making me laugh since.

(I know the poor little monkey was probably very sick and I apologize if this offends you but I still can’t stop laughing.)

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WW #17

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I hope everyone had a marvelous Saint Valentine’s Day!

The hubs and I saw this on our special trip together.

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Manufactured by The Howe Company sometime in the late 1800’s. I think it’s a number 8 model, but I’m not quite sure. It was very cute and quite tiny, but the price didn’t catch me so I walked away. Not that I didn’t rethink that decision over and over…

I talked a bit about these mock redwork blocks. Sometimes random and mindless sewing fuels my creative fire, as these blocks did for me.  I did stop and work on my next project of which I can’t share just yet.  I’m going to submit it to a magazine. Wish me luck!

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Here is the tool chest I mentioned.

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It’s fairly large and holds my sewing machine tools very nicely. If you’re fortunate to have a Costco near you, you might find it there. I’m sure similar tool chests can be found at some hardware stores.

This is my large fabric wall. I built these shelves to custom fit my old sewing room. I was very pleasantly surprised to see they work just as well in the quilt cave!

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Here are a few of the bins I store smaller scraps in.

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The red bin I’m working with these days is getting smaller! Use ’em up, people!!

Finally, while taking secret pictures, I saw this.

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She thinks she’s so much smaller than she really is. One thing’s for sure, she couldn’t be any cuter 🙂