As a hand quilter and as person who cross stitches (in my spare time…) my fingers get pricked quite a bit and it just a part of the trade. When it has been a while, and I go back to it, there is always a day or two of sore finger tips until I can get a bit of a callus to protect it. Yet all the time, my saving grace for pain has been udder cream. I first discovered it in the check out line at a craft shop and now I cannot hardly live without it. Just rubbing a bit on my finger tips is all I need and I receive extreme relief. In years past I have always used the brand Udderly Smooth Udder Cream and I love it. But just recently thanks to ChicExecs I discovered Dr. Hess Udder Oinment. “Simply the best healing skin cream. . .
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Not sure if you noticed, but the background of my blog is a repeating quilt blog. This was initially started as a newly wed wanting to show off her quilting projects. Then it turned into Christian Fiction Reviews. Then Maternity Reviews and Journey. Then Baby Products and More! Now it is a bit of everything, but it has been a while since there was anything quilty. One issue, I cannot read and quilt. Now I cannot play with AppleBlossom and read and that means that I cannot even think about quilting (or cross stitching). Well today I bought quilting fabric! Backing material actually for a quilt top that I finished before the end of my pregnancy (my daughter is eight months old btw). In the depot downtown area of the town I live in there is an amazing quilt shop The Arlington Quilting Barn (they’re website is under going some. . .
Over the last couple months I have been quite busy. I found out last fall that my Sister L was expecting baby #5 and so I set to work on my tradition. With each niece and nephew I have made them a cross stitch quilt. This was one was probably the hardest to work on because at first I was working on it without much distraction except needing to read and then I found I was pregnant in December and while working on this one I kept thinking about the one I would make for my own child! Now, I have finally finished this one… and I am excited about starting mine… but now I know that I have another expectant person in my life that I have to make one for! Oy! My poor fingers and hours of reading I will not be able to do… Another project I. . .
I am uber excited about a Blogger Quilt Festival. I just wish I had something better to contribute. I guess that you could still say that I am a beginning quilter, but I do not feel like it. More accurately, I would say over all I am a newbie, but I have a lot of experience under my belt as a piece-er, just not the actual quilting part. Therefore, I have dozens of completed quilt tops, but only about two or three Completed Quilts.The completed quilt project that I will show you today is not very exciting, but it was new to me to piece a quilt on the diagonal and to work with the pattern so that it created a blooming outward effect. I made this quilt because I saw it and thought it was pretty and a class was available. It was a in a quilt show, and. . .
Can you hear my squealing? I’m squealing, this is quite exciting!!! How do you get involved? Be thinking about, and post on Friday, your favorite completed quilt project, and the story that goes with it. Click on the button above for more information. I just wish now that I had more completed projects… So many UFO’s… But I get carried away, who does not???
I have two sisters. Sister L and Sister B. I am making a quilt for B. She lives in Scotland, and I am sure she could use the snuggly warmth of a quilt handmade by me. Here is most of the quilt lined up on the planning wall. The blocks are sewn in their rows as are the triangle borders, but nothing is sewn to each other just stuck to the wall for the overall appearance. The fabrics are so pretty. They are Wuthering Heights by 3 Sisters from Moda. This is an absolutely fabulous quilt kit and I am very excited about it. The center piece is a giant applique. This is the part that will take some time… and extreme patience…
Ahh.. *sigh* I can finally sigh relief because this blasted project is finished and now I can get onto the next thing! Woohoo!!! A while back, my friend took me to Dragonfly Quilt Shop, that was new to me and absolutely fabulous. There were many fabric lines that I had been unable to find elsewhere, and if the shop was not such a drive, I would go much more often. While there, I purchased a pattern and material to make this bag and I was so excited. It says that it is “carry-on” rated, and I was going in a few weeks to help my sister after the birth of baby #4. (He will be two this April…) I never got very far in this project until this week. I almost do not want to tell you what the pattern was, because the instructions were HORRIBLE! But I do not. . .
Finally, my Batik Star BOM Quilt top is complete! This last step with the borders was a nightmare. The quilt is on-point, which means that the rows are sew together on an angle and not straight across (make it diagonal). That is all well and good. But ideally with an on-point quilt, you would miter your borders. Well… there was no where near enough fabric for that. So I did chopped borders. It looks fine, but there was not even enough fabric cut for that per the directions! So I had to cut more, I’m lucky there was a slight bit more. Either way it is finished, and I am very happy with that. Because now I can move on to something else and worry about quilting it later. Enjoy the images. And my next project, maybe. The green quilt…
In the past few weeks, I have been very busy attempting to be crafty. I have been sewing the rows of my Batik Star BOM Quilt to the sashing, and now the only step left is to sew it all together. Other things that have kept me at the sewing machine are baby gifts. *grin* I was able to make a bib for my friend Lindsey’s Emma and also a couple blankets and other things for my friend Amy’s brand new Tristan. Also, I was able to make somethings for the newest babies in our church (a girl born in November – my birthday actually – and a boy born in December). Also, I made a dish cloth for my DH’s grandmother (she’s 91!). These things have kept me busy and I love it! I even made my self something… I could not help it!! My mother is running a. . .
Tonight I was sitting in the living room listening to XM Sirius and flipping channels. There was a Spa channel that was great until this one song with a completely repeatious tune made me want to shoot something… Then I flipped some and found the Seriously Sinatra channel. Never have really listened much in detail, but it is something I like on occasion. It makes me think of stories I have heard and reminds me of my favorite restaurant that always plays this type of music. From Creative madness that makes me myself Sitting on the couch, I am working on hand quilting my quilt work in progress and a relaxing. A song comes on, and the lyrics were just so fabulous that I had to come and find them and share them with you… Peggy Lee – I Am WomanI can wash out 44 pairs of socks and have. . .
Happily, on Wednesday, the missing two blocks from my Batik Star BOM quilt came. The mistake was that they had been mailed to my OLD address. Nobody is quite sure how that occurred, but the important part, is that week late or not, they arrived!!! So I jumped in today, to complete them. The bonus block (pictured left) was a NIGHTMARE to put together!! It’s all triangles and all bias sewing and I promise you there must have been some errors in original numbers, but never the less… I was able to tweak and push and pull until it does in fact meet up to 12 1/2″. The 12th block confused me. If you know the original pattern you have to take a double take, because in the fabric pieces that were cut the blue and the yellow were switched. But that is okay. Because I like the way that. . .
Now today, after endless hours of cutting the sashing, borders, and binding. Then sewing 96 itty bitty squares into triangles, then crawling around the floor in an effort to align things properly… I have this picture to show for it! Now, I wait for the last two blocks, and one border fabric to arrive. Meanwhile, I can start sewing them together, if going at an angle with agree with me…
Today was a crafty day. While listening to Masterpiece Theater’s renditions of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility and then Pride & Prejudice I have been making soft books and working on some quilt projects. Upon looking at my pictures uploaded, I was unsure if I was able to share the background fabric that I chose for my Sherbet Quilt, so I have a picture here to present. This fabric was picked out with the guidance of Melisa from her fabulous shop Sweet Home Quilt Co. and I could not be more pleased with it! First projects of the day were the softbooks. You buy these anywhere they sell fabric as panels and the full instructions are on the panel. All you have to add is low loft batting and if you are game piping for the book cover (I have yet to experiment with that…). I had some of these. . .
Last night I decided to work on “the green quilt”. This was originally picked out because I was going to make it for the futon… while now the futon is in the Quilting Den, it is not quite as high up on my list of things to complete… Not like when it was in the living room… but then the quilt could still be used there… Well last night and today I spent HOURS cutting these six and a half inch strips only to discover that when I was sewing them together that I was WRONG! It’s okay. 6 1/2″ is the right size, but the directions for this quilt were by strip piecing… Meaning, I was suppose to take these 2″ x WOF (width of fabric) strips (see in picture) and sew them together in sets, then cut them as a whole to 6 1/2″. Yeah… I just created. . .
Last night I made the ruling that Thursday is quilting day, and from that I was inspired and was able to complete my two outstanding quilt BOMs from Quilts & Fixins. Now there are just two blocks left and to put it all together. With this last one (yellow, green, and blue) I received instructions on finishing the quilt and I have some of the material, just missing the “bright” border. For more information or to see the previous blocks I have completed for this quilt click the tag “quilt” or “quilts” on the tag line. I really love this orange… I might use orange for the “bright” border instead of yellow… What do you think?? Patches and Hershey Kisses are very much into this cuddle season. I made a pallet on the floor in front of the fire, and there are I think six blankets that they are nestled. . .