Dogs and Vomit

I don’t mind ironing, in fact, I find it quite calming and a time to reflect, worry, plan or listen to books.  Typically, I iron very early in the morning (6:15 to be exact) before my hubby goes to work and before the kids wake up.  Last night, I wasn’t feeling very well and didn’t want to get up to iron, so I stole a few moments to iron before scriptures and prayers time.  The three littles were suppose to be getting on pj’s, and flossing and brushing their teeth.  Brownie decided she was still a bit hungry and asked if she could have a slice of the hamburger pizza we ate for dinner.  I assumed she was hungry again since we eat early on Tuesdays, because the hubby has church meetings at 6 pm.  So I said yes.

I was lost in thought, ironing school uniforms when it occurs to me that I might have heard throw up sounds.  I paused and listened…no noises…so I holler as best I can with my hoarse coughy voice, “Are you okay?”  No response.  Then I definitely heard throw up noises.  I set the iron down and tried to hurry into the kitchen, but my slipper caught the iron cord and pulled it over onto my elbow and down onto the carpet.  I scooped the iron up and set it on the board and ran to the kitchen.  There stood Brownie, at the edge of the table, throwing up.   Doug, our dog, is standing under her eating the throw up as fast as he can.  SO DISGUSTING!!!  She throws up one more time – right on his head.  He isn’t even phased – just keeps eating.  I said to myself, “I don’t even know what to do with this!”  I pushed Doug away with my foot and as soon as Brownie stopped throwing up, I sent her to the bathroom.

I stared at Doug and finally figured out how to start. I got paper towels and clumsily tried wiping it off his ears, head and collar and took him to his bed and put him on tie down.  Then I went back to the kitchen for clean up duty.  All the while, poor Brownie was throwing up in the toilet.  Blondie, bless her heart, was in the bathroom with Brownie, holding her hair back out of the throw up.  Such a sweet sister.

Poor little Brownie threw up so hard she broke lots of little blood vessels in her face.  They still show this morning. She looks pale but mottled. Not her best look! I let her sleep in and stay home because her tummy still hurts and no one wants to be the little girl that throw up in class…because no one ever forgets stuff like that…

Oh, and my elbow is sporting a quarter sized blistery burn from the iron!

Hope your Tuesday night was less exciting and disgusting!  :)

Ruffles and Hearts

Beautiful baby quilt combination – minky, soft fur, and cotton ruffles…

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I quilted into the white fur fabric a little and really didn’t like how it broke it up so I showed my customer and she decided she didn’t like it either.  I ended up stitching in the ditch around the fur and just did loops, flowers and hearts on the rest of the quilt.

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I used Superior’s Valley Breeze, it is a light olivey type of green,  since it blends so nicely with all the fabrics.

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The ruffles are adorable.  I quilted up to and sometimes under the ruffles. I love how the ruffle changes the look of the simple Rail Fence block. I love the pinks and greens and the splash of yellow!

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Sadly, I apparently didn’t take a picture of the back.

Now I just need lots more tops to quilt…so I can have more fun!  Sisters – get to piecing so I can get to quilting!  :)

 

 

Aggies Quilt for Graduation

My sweet friend, Carrie, has a friend that lives up in Logan while going to college. Her friend had made an Aggies quilt for her husband as a secret graduation surprise and needed it quilted quickly.  As a newbie, I had immediate openings for a quilt so I got the job.  Thanks, Carrie, for referring me!

 

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She had gotten a quilt when she graduated and wanted her husband to have a similar quilt – complete with matching quilting.  A new pattern to me…sounds like the same old story, right?  I am happy when customers ask for something new because I need the push to try new things.  It is free hand quilting.  I was pretty happy with out it turned out.

 

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I didn’t quilt in the letters, just a quick stitch in the ditch for those. This is before I quilted the rest of the quilt.

 

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It has this super soft minkee on the back. The lines aren’t perfectly straight but it looks good overall.

 

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I was able to get this done in a couple of days and even made her binding and attached it.  She did the hand sewing to finish the binding.  I don’t like to hand sew binding – it takes soooo long!!!  And a quick peek at the back, where the U shows up pretty nicely framed by the quilting.

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Funny side note:  one of my daughters has decided to go to this college when she graduates – so quilting another Aggies quilt might be in my near future! I am happy she is going away for college – such a different experience than being a home and going to college.  And I am most happy that she will only be a few hours away while she is at college and not across the country!

 

 

Missing Auction Quilt

I am on the PTA board at our Jr High.  Our PTA was asked to provide baskets for the district auction.  I thought this would be a great way to get my name out there as a quilter, so I volunteered to make an Americana themed quilt to go with the basket. This pattern is by Jeni Baker. She has a tutorial on her blog, In Color Order.  Giant Vintage Star Quilt Tutorial. Great pattern for a beautiful quick smaller quilt!

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My helper is new to holding up quilts and was probably embarrassed, since I enlisted her help at school as it was getting out and everyone could see her.  They moved my due date up a week and a half and which gave me 2 days to quilt it – on top of all my other responsibilities.  So these are the only pictures I have of this quilt.

I wanted the quilting on the white areas to compliment and draw attention to the star its self, so I used a simple back and forth stitch inside angles that point the eyes to the star.
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The star itself has loopy, stars and hearts free motion quilting.  Stars for patriotism and hearts because I love my country.  I actually got a wee bit teary while quilting thinking about the soldiers and the many blessings I have by being an American.

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The back looks really awesome – I think!  I love a little bit of color splash and piecing on the back.

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Because this was for auction – I put a paper on the back with fabric, pattern and quilting info and the cost to make and a suggested starting price for the auctioneer. Because chances of the auctioneer being a quilt expert was pretty slim – right?  And I put a note that if the owner would like a history label on the back of the quilt, they could contact me and I would attach one.

Well…guess what?!   This beautiful quilt never showed up at the auction.  My sis in law went to the auction with her hubby who is a principal in our district.  She looked and asked about it – but it wasn’t there.  What the heck?! I asked the secretaries at the school and they didn’t know anything. I am wondering if it got folded up and put at the bottom of the Americana basket – out of sight and completely unappreciated? That basket sold for $30.

So that is probably the end of my donating a quilt for auctions…maybe…I might try again with the elementary art auction…

Stippling quest was a Success!

First I practiced stippling on a baby quilt panel that I had inherited from Grandma Dott.  It has a high loft poly batting, which makes it nice and fluffy.

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As a newbie quilter, I posted on our neighborhood Facebook page that I was looking for some quilts to practice stippling on at a very discounted price.  I got several quilt tops…thank goodness for quilters who are brave enough to give a new quilter one of their precious tops!  My neighbor down the street loves to piece tops and has a big stack of them waiting to be quilted. She brought me this queen sized top.

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Here is a close up of the stipple size and a picture of my favorite print in her quilt.  The rectangular rose print.  I am not really a pink sort of girl, but I love the colors in this quilt!

 

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I also got this beautiful baby quilt from a friend of another neighbor.  I was nervous about this one because she usually pays top dollar to very experienced quilters.  I used a green from Superior and it blended beautifully with all the colors.

 

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When I was at my quilter’s boot camp, I was so frustrated by the Pantovision (digital pantograph) that I went home feeling overwhelmed and horrified that I had taken out a loan to buy this longarm when I couldn’t even trace a pattern and make it look good.  Free motion quilting came much more naturally and was so much fun.   I am happy to say that I have made pretty good progress and now pantographs don’t scare me anymore.

A Quilty Memorial of my Older Brother

My only older brother passed away suddenly without warning in 2011. I live far away from him and didn’t get to see him very often.  Thankfully we have lots of great memories of growing up together.  After he passed away, I offered to make a shirt quilt for my sister in law.  He wasn’t into T-shirts and mostly wore dress up shirts, which really made the quilt much easier to make.  No stabilizer to iron on!  YaY!
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It took my sweet sister in law several years to be ready to part with his shirts for a little while and when she was ready she had my mom bring them to me from out of state.  I pondered several patterns, but finally settled on this snowball pattern so it could really show off the shirt material.  The orange and green tropical print shirts were his favorite shirts so I put in two blocks of each print. The center bear shirt is actually his favorite sweat shirt. I could see why – very soft and warm.

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I used the inside of this shirt to show size and brand and to add variety to the snowballs.

 

 

 

 

 

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I used several front pockets with buttons.  I also used side seams and back placket pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a close up of the sweat shirt front.

 

 

 

 

 

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I used a snuggley plaid flannel for the back so that hopefully she would feel like it was a warm hug from my brother when she uses it.  I bound it with a plain white cotton. I wanted the quilt to be soft so I did free motion loops and hearts.  Lots of hearts because they were still so in love.

I admit that this quilt has a few of my tears on it.  It was very therapeutic to sew it together with love for my sis in law. My mom and I cut the shirts apart together and shared a few memories and discussed how to piece it which created another good memory for me.  Thanks for helping, Mom!

When my parents went to visit in Missouri, they hand delivered the quilt to her.  I hope, after awhile, the shirts won’t cause as many tears and can become a comforting hug instead.  Love ya, Sis!

Stars, Hexies, Triangles, Bubbles and More

My sweet friend saw me hand piecing hexies one day and had a quilters aha moment…you know, the “I can do this…it would be a great thing” moment.  She went to work lightening fast and before I knew it she had pieced 3 quilt tops!  Not easy ones either.  One is her own pattern, one is y seams and the other is a lot of little corners to match up! She did a beautiful job and allowed me the honor of quilting her first quilts…I remember my feelings of trepidation taking my first quilt to the LQS to be quilted. What if they lost it or ruined it or I hated the quilting???  Giving up control is some times a hard thing with personal creations! I love the quilting patterns she choose and want to share her quilts with you (with permission, of course!)

Here is the largest quilt…I love the gray background. This is a quilt that helped me change my mind about gray backgrounds.  I am typically a white and lots of it background girl.  She choose straight line quilting for this one.  A new quilting technique for me.  Sorry, I don’t know the name of this pattern to give its’ creator credit.  If you do, I would love to add a note!

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I love how the straight line softly compliments the piecing. I didn’t channel lock it, instead I used a straight ruler to allow the lines to adjust slightly to the piecing.

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Here is the very first one she pieced – y seams on the machine – no less!  Not a beginner project for the faint of heart! I believe this quilt is done with Figtree fabrics – which I LOVE!  The colors are so beautifully blended.

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For me the colors make a cozy safe place sort of feeling.  Another first in quilting patterns – orange peel.  I did this one with a circle ruler.  I used my pantovision orange peel pattern for 2 rows and hated it, so I unpicked for quite awhile and redid it free hand with the ruler.

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The third quilt she did without a pattern..Can you believe it?!  Brand new to piecing and quilting and she makes up her own pattern.  I love how it looks like woven candy. I love the fabric collection in this quilt too.  This quilting pattern was also a new pattern to me.  It is a Bubbles pattern that I believe I bought from Urban Elements as a digital pantograph for my Innova Pantovision.

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I hand delivered these beauties to my friend at her LQS. It was super fun to see her excitement and loving her quilts and sharing them with her LQS friends. Thank you, dear Mandy, for trusting me with your quilty babie