Something Different To Do?

I do not know about others in this crazy world, but I have NEVER stayed home for 15 months in a row in my ENTIRE LIFE!  This is the thought I had while I was walking this morning and listening to Kris Kristofferson singing songs that I grew up on.  Such a talented Musician and Song Writer and Actor!  For the life of me I could not remember his wife’s name, finally came up with Jessie Colter, but that was Waylan Jennings wife!  When I cannot remember a name I run the alphabet through my mind.  I kept thinking that Kris’ wife name did not start with the last half of the alphabet but I was wrong – His ex is Rita Coolidge!  Ah the memories of their songs.

I was raised on Classical and “real” Christian music with a Mother who taught piano lessons, played the organ and piano for Church, and taught school for 20 years after the age of 48.   I love music as long as it is ‘real’ music.  It can be soothing to the soul, it can bring back memories that are buried, but mostly it is calming.

OK enough of the past – on to the future – 2021!

For the last week or so, I have been trying to find enthusiasm for my quilting, embroidery, applique, knitting and any other craft that will spark my interest, allow me to focus and delve into the abyss of FUN and forget that “Mother May I China” has taken so much of everyone’s life away from them.   Karma needs to visit the mainland of that country!  (oops here I go again).

One thing that has been on my mind is hand quilting.  I cannot remember when I last picked up a needed and quilted one stitch.  I have a quilt that I have been working on for over 10 years.   The fabric was purchased back in 2002, but took me a long time to make the quilt  and  even  longer  to  start  quilting  it.  I  used  to  take  it  each  year  when  we  went  to  Arizona.      The last time I worked on it was in early 2018!

A couple of months ago I purchased some pre-printed quilting blocks from The Stencil Company – they were in the Clearance Section for $3.80 – what a bargain I thought, so  I came up with a brainy idea to make a quilt with 12 of the blocks!  WHAT?  Where was my brain?  I believe that the light bulb just came on that in order to do that I would have to sew them altogether and then load it in my Z44 frame – which won’t happen.  So I guess I will be gifting some of them away or keep them for practice.   Anyhow – I digress again!

I started on the quilting last night and was pleasantly surprised that I have not forgotten how to hand quilt.

I am beginning to think that I will now pull Indian Summer quilt out of the UFO stack and quilt it after I finish with this little faux pas idea!  At least I have not lost my touch for hand quilting.

OK – so today is Saturday and I really need to work on OMIGOSH and Arrowhead blocks.  Well, maybe I need to start looking and checking for all the UFO’s that are hanging around and have a UFO 2021 list.  I am going to make that list and join Gail’s PHD 2021 !  Just maybe it will keep me motivated to clean up the UFO’s from the last 6 years.

Have a great weekend and the last 5 days of this eventful (?) year!

Hugs, Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall MondayFor the Love of Geese,Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays

 

Catching Up on 2014 Goals

Greetings from sunny South Texas where it is 87 degrees and 26% humidity – Nice pre-summer day!

Welcome to my new Blog Site.  I love Word Press, now that I have learned how to set up a Blog.  The quilt shown above is a quilt that I designed called Jacobean in Batiks.  It was inspired by Pat Campbell and different Embroidery Patterns.  It is needle turn applique and has embroidery around each piece and hand quilted.  I am considering entering this quilt and 3 others in the Austin, Texas Quilt Show in September.

I have been working on playing the “catch up” game with my 2014 goals and projects.  I have been inspired by all the projects that Rosemary Youngs has been working on this year.  I met Rosemary when I ordered her CD’s that support her Civil War Books.   I have learned so much by following her Blog.  She has been so inspiring and helpful in guiding me through the world of Reproduction Quilts and introduced me to Di Ford’s work an Australian Quilter, Barbara Brackman’s Blog and her BOM and BOW for 2014, Country Threads, Jo Morton’s fabrics and the Quilted Moose Prairie Rose pattern, and Lucy Boston by Linda Franz.   Di Ford’s book Primarily Quilts Book is absolutely a must for serious quilters to have in their library.  I was at a crossroads in my quilting journey and I knew I needed inspiration to move to something different.  Rosemary has introduced me to so many new avenues it is unbelievable.

I was able to acquire a pattern of Prairie Rose and was lucky to be able to find the fabrics that are used in this quilt at the Fat Quarter Shop.  I hope to start on this soon. Di Ford has a Mystery Quilt in the Quiltmania magazine and I have subscribed to the magazine for the year through Homestead Hearth.  I can hardly wait for the first 2 issues to get here!  Friday I spent all day trying to find the  fabrics for this quilt. Thanks to Reproduction Fabrics in Montana and Happiness Is Quilting in McKinney, Texas and Fat Quarter Shop.  What great online shops and customer support!  It will be a more time-consuming quilt, but oh so pretty.  Di Ford has 2 other quilts in her book that I would like to also work on this year or next.

As I have stated in previous posts, I am now what I call an Organized Quilter!  All fabric in its’ place and a great book that has all the patterns and information for my Just Take 2,  Barbara Brackman BOM – Threads of Memory and the new one coming up – Austen Family Album BOW.  I switched to Pat Sloan’s 2014 Mystery BOM from Country Threads.  This is a great way to hone my quilting skills.  I am using my EQ7 software by taking the patterns and inputting them into EQ7.  Fun Fun Fun.

I am still working on my BAS blocks for the BAS auction in October.  I need to begin pushing on these as they are due 8 Aug!  I have made another friend through this project.  What a great year I am having.   How I wished I had been quilting when I lived in the DC area in the mid-1990’s. Espeically since I love to hand applique – I could have been involved with Baltimore Applique Society (BAS) in person, rather than from afar.

I find that I am learning how to really add movement through color to my quilts.  This has been a goal of mine since 2010 when I realized I need to work on color and movement of color with my fabric.  I have always been afraid to jump into scrappy quilts, but now I am beginning to feel more comfortable in using the beautiful stash I have.  I will admit…. I have broken my promise to not purchase any fabric this year….Justification:  I do not have that many reproduction fabrics….

OK – Now on to where I am in my Project Book.

Pat’s Mystery BOM is called Globetrotting and is based on places that she has visited.  Pat is from the Washington DC area so it is appropriate that she designed the quilt around a block that represents that area.  I am a visual person and she provides great visuals for this free BOM.

Globetrotting BOM Fabrics
This is my fabric selection. I have always wanted to make a blue quilt so I pulled the fabrics from my stash – I have had them quite awhile and glad to finally use them up!
Washington DC Block 1
Washington DC Block 1. This is the Center Medallion for the BOM. It measures 24 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ Unfinished
Venice Block 2
Venice Block 2. This was a fun block to make. It measures 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ Unfinished

 

Chicago Block 3 2
Chicago Block 3. I was going to use the same fabric (the light) in the middle of the block, but decided to step out of my box and try something different. I love it! The block is 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ unfinished.

Tomorrow I will work on Block 3 for Barbara Brackman BOM and probably wash my fabric for Woodlands and Prairie Rose.  I received my pattern yesterday and this will also be a fun quilt to make.

Until next time, have a great time quilting!

 


 

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