The Judging is Complete


Each year I serve as a scribe and help with the quilt judging.  Quilt shows and judging always makes me a bit maudlin.  I am cognizant of what quality quilting is, sometimes I think  I just don’t have the time to do it anymore.  I don’t hand applique and plan the quilt designs and take things out and fix them as much.  More often I am doing quick quilting rather than quality quilting.  Since I am no longer doing it right, I wonder if I should scale back on my hobby.  Perhaps it would be best if I sell my longarm and reduce the amount of quilting “stuff” in my household.  I have tons and tons of rulers for piecing, pantos, and longarm rulers.  And yet, I guess I don’t take the time to do things as well as I should.  I guess I need to decide who I am quilting for.

De-Stashing August, 2014

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In August, I was mostly preparing for our quilt show.  Quilt get turned in this week and the only “buying” I did was a 1/4 yard that I was given at the quilt show in Charlotte.  I did a binding as the only de-stashing.  Surely, I can make some progress in September!

De-Stashed this Month:               .75
De-Stashed year to Date:           68.25
Stashed this Month:                       .25
Stashed Year to Date:                 34.25

Net De-Stashed for 2013:  34.00<<Goal for 2014:  Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

New Walker Grips (aka Seat Belt Covers)

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003 My mom has been using a walker for some time now, and those grips are anything but kind to her hands.  She discovered a while back that she could purchase seat belt covers to put over the grips, and they work pretty well, but they are fairly expensive–because she always has to buy a pack of two.  And some of them aren’t all that soft.  So, being a problem solver, I decided to make my own.   You can make your own too!

1.  For each grip:  cut 2- 10 inch square (one outer, one inner) and a 10 inch square of batting.  I used minkee for the outside of the grip, and cotton for the inside.

2.  Layer them with the two fabric pieces right sides together and set on top of the batting square.

3.  Sew all the way around the outer edge using a 5/8 inch seam, leaving a 2 inch opening in the center of one side.

4.  Clip the corners a little to reduce bulk.  Turn inside out, and slip stitch the opening closed.  Finger press the edges a little to keep the grips from being puffy.

5.  Add an 8 1/2 inch piece of hook and loop tape.  I put the hook on the minkee side and the loop on the interior side   Pin in place about 3/8 inches from the edge of the grip.  Before sewing down, fold the material over to make sure that you are applying the hook and loop tape so that your cover will make a continuous tube.

6.  Sew down the hook and loop tape.

Voila!  New walker grips–or seatbelt covers.  Your choice.

To Bead, Or not to Bead?

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Alligator from the Great Northwest II

Great Northwestern Alligator II


Beaded ladder back

Beaded fringe

Beaded fringe

I have a project of which I am very fond.  My alligator.  So fond, I’ve made two different versions of it.  The Alligator from the Great Northwest was the first quilt that I ever entered into a national show (Paducah).  The center for this quilt was actually the first alligator I made, the second alligator was the first one I finished.

Now I have decided to enter Great Northwestern Alligator II into another show.  And I am wondering if it needs something extra.  But this is a tough choice because the entire point is to take inspiration from the art of Indians of the Great Northwest–which, by definition is a very primitive.  The quilt is heavily quilted, except for the lower fringe, which is unquilted.

I found some beads I thought might enhance it.  One option is to bead the “ladder back” of the alligator with some circular beads that I found.  The color in this beaded back photo is terrible.  The true red is really a rust red, and the blacks range from charcoal to black.  The beads are a lighter grey, but because of the oyster shell type finish, they have a somewhat rustic look.

Another option is to use the beads to add to the fringe.  The color in this photo is much more true.  A deeper red and the beads are actually slightly darker than they are “in real life”.  This would be a minimal approach.


Finishing Up

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I have been trying to tie up loose ends.  I have 2 labels left to attach to quilts for the quilt show, and a few last minute embellishments to add.  After that, I promised to quilt a quilt for the silent auction.  Right now, I have it on the frame and about halfway quilted.  The downside is that all this preparation for the quilt show is keeping me from doing any kind of piecing or any other quilting.

So don’t expect much progress on the stash reduction report next week!

Quilt Show A-Comin’ !


031002I haven’t been updating this lately.  Too many life changes going on.  My son has moved to Florida, and I have been a bit sad.  I have been quilting a couple of quilts that are promised to our guild’s quilt show in October, including “The Voices Told me to”.  I have just completed quilting and binding this monster, which contains over 3,000 half square triangles.  The title of it was a toss up between Voices and “Bane of My Existence”, but I settled on the “voices” title.  I also completed  “Twisted Kitties”.

But as of yesterday, I have finally removed the last quilt for the show from the frame, and started attaching the binding.  I will have several that are display only–but I still want them to look nice.  Kitties will be display only–it’s nothing exciting, but it’s kind of cute.  I think as I get older, my work just isn’t as good.  Having a quilt show every year also seems to deplete my creativity.

Need to get back to binding Kitties.

De-Stashing: July 2014

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Not much has gone on in July as I did a lot of work getting my son moved, getting his condo cleaned, painted, took a few days off and visited mom.  But what little I have is here:

De-Stashed this Month:               3.5
De-Stashed year to Date:           67.5
Stashed this Month:                      2.75
Stashed Year to Date:                 34.0

Net De-Stashed for 2013:  33.50<<Goal for 2014:  Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

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