I am a quilter - a retired widow living in the Nebraska Panhandle. I am surrounded by beautiful semi-arid ranch country, and treeless hills and fields under incredibly wide blue skies, located far from the upheaval found often in large towns or cities. I am blessed to have delicious time to quilt and to appreciate my peaceful moments in an unpeaceful world.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Garlic Knots Finished , and a Swing
Garlic Knots, from Quiltville, done - I added the "cross" sashing to fill up the white space between blocks. Border was my own idea and someone called it a "zipper" design. The border was done using a ruler, but my DSM has issues when MQ'ing backwards. Suggestions anyone? It can handle going backwards at an angle, just not straight back. Stitches are terrible, so I unsewed and redid a LOT of stitches - shoulda checked after the first few.
For years, the swing has been a planned purchase, "for when the deck is redone" - let's face it -- a wood deck will ALWAYS need to be redone! Bomgaars, a huge Farm/Ranch store, has everything and the swing was On Sale. When I checked out, I thought she undercharged me - "No, you get an additional 10%". And, they delivered it, no charge, and refused tip. I baked them cookies today, a small Thank You for excellent service.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Newish techniques, old favorite things
Garlic Knots - I'm practicing ruler work in the border - tedious, but kinda cool as well. I lost my way, here and there. Seams under the ruler sometimes helped, sometimes hindered. I need to improve on sharper corners, and I also wish I had left more extra batting and backing on the outside of the border, to grip. Two more sides to do, then just binding and it will be D O N E!
I found this treasure among DH's stuff -- almost 100 years old.
The pictures are kinda Amish in nature - something about being neat and tidy, use each day to the fullest, etc. The beer box holds CDs, and the current one is called Ansel Adams - a very calming instrumental. The pencil sharpener? Occasionally the top of the player needs some "weight" to play the CDs. Yep, that's my technology solution - better than a brick!
Thursday, April 09, 2020
Garlic Knots - MQ'ing, DSM
Basting is my least favorite part of quiltmaking, but years ago, I bought 2 folding picnic tables and have used them frequently. I even have risers to use when standing up. I've also decided I have better success using both spray and pins. This pattern came from Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville - I KNEW she would have the pesky pressing details worked out. The only constant is the background and the little purple in the cross center. This went faster than I expected. It's about 70" x 80". Someone called my border a "zipper" design.
This is my simple quilting design for a busy, allover pattern. My thread is Metler Silk Finish, variegated pastels, very light, on top and bottom. Schmetz has a new "Chrome" top stitching needle/14, - so far, so good.
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
You Protect Me, I'll Protect You
This one has an open area to slide in any sort of additional protection. I still had narrow elastic.
Friday, April 03, 2020
Sewing Again - Garlic Knots, Border
I'm liking this border! Using up scraps, but keeping them in a particular order, altho I'm not sure I'll have enough of all colors. If I run out, it's doubtful if anyone will notice substitutions.
If DH was here now, he'd be having an anxiety attack with the virus thing, and Dow tanking, and self-isolation. Small blessings occur even with the worst events. I am living my life, NOT sitting in a dark corner, not sucking my thumb, not boo-hooing constantly, altho I feel guilty about having good days. I found his Christmas Card to me at the bottom of my messy purse, along with a Gift Card to my LQS, and he wrote, "Make Every Day Count", signed with his Smiley Face caricature. He was a darned good man. OK, now I'm boo-hooing.
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