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Sewing for Me!

I loaded one of my own projects on the longarm this morning.  When I checked my notes, I found it this is the first time all year that I am working on something I will keep!  It’s my Women of the Bible quilt.  The blocks were sewn from October 2013 through September 2014.  I decided on a simple stitch-in-the-ditch outline of the primary element in each block, with free-motion feathers in the borders.

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I won’t win any awards for my ditch quilting becauseit gets pretty wobbly, but since this is not going to be judged I am not stressing over it. My plan is to hang the finished quilt in the room at church where my adult Sunday School class meets.

I made another block for my True Blue stars: image

And I am still working on split 9-patch blocks as my “leader-ender” (in-between-other-things) project.image I need to count them to see if I am halfway to a quilt top yet.  My goal is a 60″x80″ quilt for QOV and that will take 120 blocks.  Scrappy heaven!

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Quilt-a-longs

One phenomenon you will find in the online quilting community is the opportunity to sew along with others in a virtual quilting bee.  I am often tempted by these new projects (such as the Star Light Star Bright quilt here).  Last year, I found the Women of the Bible Quilt and convinced a friend to start the project and corresponding Bible Study.  (The pattern is HERE and the yahoo group is HERE)

Since my friend is a beginning quilter, and she lives in Europe, I started a different blog that has all my tutorials for the Women of the Bible quilt: True Blue Quilters.  There are 52 blocks in the quilt, and we just finished block 49 – Mary Magdelene.

Here are the most recent blocks:

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And the first half:

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Each block is 6″ finished. Since we are nearing the end,  I am thinking of layout options.  The original is longer and narrower that I like, so I am thinking of a 6×8 grid, with last 4 blocks in the corners.  Some quilters have put the name of each block in the sashing…I don’t have an embroidery machine, maybe I will stitch the names as I am quilting.

Do you join quilt-alongs?  I am a solitary quilter most of the time so I love hearing about projects from my online circle of quilting buddies.

8 Years of Blogging

Is anyone reading?  I have a challenge for you…please comment!  Just this once, pretty please?  It can be as simple as where you live or as detailed as how you stumbled onto my corner of the internet.

I was inspired all those years ago by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka The Yarn Harlot.  In January 2006, she came up with the idea for the Knitting Olympics.  I was working two days a week at my mom’s quilt and knit shop, so I thought I would join in.  I made a bag, started blogging about my crafts, and here we are.

I began blogging on yahoo, then moved to BlogSpot, then moved here to the wordpress format.  I mostly talk about my quilts and knit projects. My blog was launched at the same time we started the adoption process and around the same time as I bought a longarm quilting machine.  The blog has been the perfect scrapbook for all of those adventures!  I was not shy about showing my beautiful baby, and I shared many quilts and knits, in every stage of the process.

Think about how the internet has changed over the years.  I blogged before Ravelry!  I blogged before Facebook!  Now there are sites like pinterest, instagram and Craftsy.  All of these are such great places to find inspiration and share the excitement of a finished project.

My crafting and blogging time have dwindled a bit, which is a natural by-product of life with an active family and a pesky day job.  But I still feel the need to document my projects, and share them with you.  Thanks for listening!

imagePictured are half the blocks for my Women of the Bible Quilt.  I can’t remember where I first saw this project, but there is a large yahoo group devoted to making blocks and reading the year long devotional by the same name.  If nothing else, I spend an hour or so each week making the block and writing a tutorial since a friend and I are having a mini-quilt-along this year.

One of those trends from the heyday of blogging all those years ago was the popularity of memes, so I will resurrect an easy one.

One Week Ago, I was getting ready for Fiesta Skate at AZ Ice Peoria;

One Year Ago, I was doing the same stuff – teaching, being a skating mom, active in my church;

Five Years Ago, I had a toddler and the US was first hearing about Obama’s plans for health care reform;

Ten Years Ago, my mom was planning her quilt and knit shop and my husband was planning to go back to college;

Fifteen Years Ago, I was just finishing a long-term sub assignment and interviewing for full time teaching positions;

Twenty Years Ago, I was an Air Force lieutenant stationed at Cannon AFB, New Mexico.

 

 

 

March Update

It’s Spring Break, so I have time to quilt, and to blog about it!  Will wonders ever cease?!?

imageFirst up is the Star Light Star Bright QAL.  The weekly assignments were the center star, the side chevrons, and the corner units.  I have 3 blocks assembled to that stage.  To enter the prize drawing, your top must be complete by April 2nd.  I don’t think I will make it by that deadline, but it is a pretty block, and I am happy with the tan background.

imageimageimageEach week, I post a tutorial for the Women of the Bible Quilt on my other blog: True Blue Quilters.  There is a yahoo group for the quilt, and links to the daily devotional as well.  The blocks shown here are a bread basket for Abigail, a wheel of fortune block for the woman of Endor, and a whirlpool for Bathsheba.  This is week 23!  Hard to believe we are almost halfway through this year-long project…time flies.  I say “we” because I talked my college roommate into doing this project with me long distance – she lives in Hungary and I am in the U.S.!

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Another fun project is nearing completion.  This is the Glorified Nine Patch from a class with John Flynn.  I am finally sewing the rows together and thinking about quilting designs.  I have a recipient in mind, with a potential presentation date at the end of March.  Let’s hope I get a lot of quilting done this week!

 

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