All done! Good night, Seattle!
This weekend I Worked on Curtains:
Made a bandana for my granddoggie:
I worked on some quilt blocks:
It was a busy weekend.
I should probably consolidate all of these into one post…maybe I’ll do that when I’m finished.
Here’s the whole row completed:
And here’s a pic of the concentric (ish) circles from the back:
Took three bobbins and about eight or so hours of quilting to do one row. I’m getting faster (and steadier) with the rulers, so maybe I’ll get a bit better time with the next row.
Though I didn’t have much time to work on it today, much progress was made on the Well Blankie project. I ironed the top and backing, and got the entire thing loaded. I decided to try floating the top, which I’ve seen my friend, Robin, do before, but have not tried myself. We’ll see how it goes! Here’s some pix of the progress made:
I still have to baste the sides, and load all my bobbins. Not sure how many to do for this one. 16? 20?
Wow this one was a labor of love. A couple weeks after I picked up the tshirts from the winner of the auction, baby T, my foster daughter arrived. She was supposed to spend a couple of days, but ended up with us until recently. She arrived at 18 months old, and celebrated her 2nd bday with us. What a handful! Also I picked up a second job (long story) and started working about 70 hours a week between the two. What a mess. So this poor quilt got back burned more often than I would have liked. But wow do I love how it turned out. I’m glad I didn’t choose to just outline the tshirt blocks and move on. There’s stippling in the blocks, and in the sashing is wonderful cinnamon roll swirls.
I sent the Well Blankie blocks off to my cousin to sew into a top. He asked me to make the top a bit larger, as this will be going on a twin sized bed. So – I just need to add a couple of borders and then we’ll be ready to prep the backing and get this baby on the Handi Quilter!
Here’s a shot before the borders:
ETA: Borders are on!
Gosh I’m having a down day. I probably shouldn’t blog when I’m down, but maybe it will help others to know that we all have those days. I’m seeing all the great “Best of Show” quilts coming through twitter and instagram from Quiltcon, and wow…I’m feeling mighty insecure. Mighty is actually quite the understatement.
Where do I start? “The backtracking is too obvious in my quilting. That line is wobbly and those two lines are too close together. I should have made this concentric swirl bigger and that one smaller. My thread broke and now I have a start and stop in the middle of the quilt. REAL QUILTERS would NEVER have those problems!!!!”
Does that voice live in your head too? Mine goes on:
“No one liked my Facebook page today. There are no new views on my blog. No followers on Instagram, still??? My twitch livestream only has 4 views. Twitter? Oh don’t get me started!!!”
Yeah, it’s really bad today. “I wonder why someone is paying me to quilt their top. I should give them their top back and apologize for wasting their time. I’ll just ruin their quilt. I’m too new to charge anyone for doing this. I just plain suck.”
Then I walked over to my piano, took this frame down, and took a picture of it:
“Comparison is the Thief of Joy” Teddy Roosevelt.
My best friend Sheri gave me this for my Birthday, or Christmas (I opened presents on reverse days – perils of being a December Baby). Anyway. Boy did I – Do I – need this today! My confidence in myself dipped way low…simply because I was comparing myself to the BEST QUILTERS IN THE WORLD.
So, of course I felt inferior.
I’m more of a worker bee at this stage of the game. Which is fine, it’s just where I’m at. Maybe some day I’ll be in a quilt show, or maybe not. I don’t know. For now I’ll continue to do what I do well, and try to just have fun doing it.
And that is pretty freaking awesome.
So I’ve been talking to my hubby and my son, and both are very much encouraging me to take my blogging to the vlogging level. To that end, I’ve developed a YouTube Channel. And a Twitch Stream. So what’s Twitch you say? (Yeah, everyone knows what YouTube is.)
Twitch.tv is a website for game streaming. But they also have a cool “Creative” channel, which is just starting to take off.
There are a couple people streaming some sewing, some crocheting,
and NO ONE doing quilting. Well, Until NOW!!! That’s right, Yours Truly is the FIRST quilt topic in the Creative channel. (ETA, found someone doing lots of quilting videos, not sure why he didn’t show up in all my searches prior to making my video. But cool!!!) Interesting, huh? Will it take off? It’s hard to say. If you build it, they will come; I hope!
Yeah they are the same topic. I don’t get out much.
I’m so proud of this quilt, yet I can only claim like 1/8 credit for any part of it. My boss’s wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, so my friend Robin and I conspired to send her a “care package.” It contained, among other things, ginger and peppermint (not together! ick!) lozenges and teas for nausea, washcloths for having a cold compress, comfy PJs, comfy slippers, chapsticks of several varieties, lotion, etc, etc. And of course a quilt because Robin is an awesome quilter and because I want to be!
Well, after broaching the idea with Robin, I get a text message that said “Do you trust me?” and then instructions for where to go spend money. Trusting Robin is EASY because she is simple the nicest, sweetest, most generous person you could imagine. I simply did as told and several days later a package arrived on my front step.
We then planned a Saturday to piece the quilt top, and Robin ambitiously thought we could finish the top in one day! In reality it took Sat, most of Sunday, and several evenings during the week. But by Thursday, if I recall correctly, we met back up in a conference room in my wonderful company and arranged the blocks.
We discussed how to arrange the fabrics, and I immediately jumped at the chance to do a light-to-dark arrangement. I’ve always loved these quilts, and this set of batiks was just perfect for the chance to make one of our own. Robin went along with my crazy plan and after lots of squatting and kneeling, we had the layout.
Robin’s fantastic daughter, Rachel, numbered all the post-it notes (as well as wrangled my foster daughter while I pieced with Robin!), allowing us to quickly identify the placement so that Robin could take the quilt home and finish piecing the top.
So then Robin graciously agreed to quilt the top for us, which rocked because she is not only the best quilter I know, she’s also set land-speed records at quilt completion. Did I mention she’s an AWARD winning quilter? Oh yes, there’s that. So, ARod was my pinch-hitter, what are you going to do?
I should have taken a picture of the basket when we were finished it, but it was so awesome. I’ve heard that the whole thing was well received, though I seriously look forward to hearing how the quilt looks once it’s washed (I love a washed quilt SO MUCH!).
Anyway this is hands down the fastest quilt I’ve ever completed, owing entirely to the fact that I didn’t actually complete it. But this is also the first Joint project I’ve ever worked on, and it was finished in about 2 weeks? Start to finish?
I couldn’t have done it without Robin.
She chose the pattern, the Double Square Star. She chose the fabric. She made this happen, and I learned so much. She was kind enough to offer advice on the mistakes I made in a gentle and encouraging manner, and then she had the audacity to not even take credit for how awesome the whole project turned out! Am I not the luckiest quilter on the planet?
Thank you, Robin and Rachel, from the bottom of my heart!