I have had so many people compliment my quilting recently. I say “thank you, thank you.” Working by hand is very satisfying to me. It goes so much slower by hand than by machine but there you go. Sometime if I get way too many tops piled up I might resort to having some machine quilted but not unless I have to. It is possible sometime down the road I might try to machine quilt a baby quilt just to see if I can do it, but I might not I do not stress over perfect tiny stitches. A lot of hand quilters want to have about 10 or 11 stitches per inch or more!! I have heard of some that do 14 stitches an inch how they do that I do not know – nor do I care to learn how to do that!! I do not even try for that. Normally I get about 7 to 8 stitches per inch I try to have them all the same size but they aren’t always the same, if it is really obvious I will pick the stitches back out and re do, but only if really noticeable. If I try really hard and pay attention to every stitch I take I can get 10 — BUT — it takes too much energy on my part!! I have to watch what I am doing constantly to achieve that and I decided sometime back that I just didn’t care that much. I have over the years become satisfied with what my stitches look like and from the experience it comes easily now.
I have been asked do I do a “rocking stitch” – yes I do that is the way I taught myself to do it. Some people do a stabbing stitch but I never have done that – I find the rocking stitch easy to do if you have the quilt loose in the hoop or frame and not too tight – you will get that rocking needle easier that way.
I ordered 10 Scarlet Maple trees awhile back and after a bit of problems receiving them and numerous e mails exchanged I finally got them this week. They are small trees and therefore they were very cheap! Trees grow so fast here and I already have tons of trees so did not matter how quickly they grow. I thought these would look so lovely in the fall that is why I ordered them. Now of course digging through this tough rocky soil is another matter!! I have 3 of them planted so 7 left to do. I could ask Mike to help but he is working on other things – I am not helpless – just not so much in the muscle department my goal is to try to plant one or two a day until I get done – give me a week LOL. Now if they were very big trees Mike would be out there with a back hoe digging the holes!! Seeing as these trees are only 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet with very little in the way of roots I can do it. It makes me use some muscle that I’m not use to using. I am scattering them about the property. So far I have put 2 of them a ways in back of the house on the edge of the woods and one over by the back of the workshop. I am not sure where the rest are going – here and there most likely on the far side of our property.
I know a lot of us quilters seem to go through little slumps in our quilting and I seem to be in one with little interest in working on my quilts this past week. Maybe it is sore fingers and spring weather that is the reason for this? I have gotten a little done while watching tv off and on but not a lot.
The quilting is really going well on the “So Charming” quilt just slower than I had intended. I am more than half way done and if it was the only thing I was working on I would be finished with it. I have 3 rows of blocks left to quilt.
I have not touched the second Dear Jane quilt in about 2 or 3 weeks and really need to get back to work on it but I think I will finish the applique flowers first on the baby quilt and the quilting on So Charming. It will feel good to have a couple projects finished. I actually quilted just a little this morning on the Christmas Quilt and that was the first time in 2 weeks. I really am working on too many things at once and need to stop doing that!
Sometimes I think working on so many projects has something to do with my blogging. I never used to work on so many different things, now it seems I work on too many things as I want something to blog about perhaps? I don’t know. I might have to do less blogging and stick with one or two projects at a time instead. I do know that I am on the computer much more than I ever was before. This last year or two I have seemed to have gotten addicted to the computer how the heck did that happen!
I don’t know what I did today but the day is about gone and I feel like I have accomplished nothing! I did laundry and worked a little on the applique flowers. I am a quarter finished with the applique on the baby quilt so I know I have done a little work these past couple days. I bet a lot of you have the same feeling of having done nothing some days.
It was pretty outside and I wandered around the yard pulling a weed here and there. I did discover that I have 5 tulips buds!! The winter was cold enough after all to have something come from it. I have flowers and plants coming up all over the place. The peonies which were not above the ground just two days ago when I looked are now about 3 inches high. The garden is growing and I have lettuce, beets, and radishes above the ground.
I have not touched the Christmas quilt in days once again and have not touched “Insanity Revisited” (second DJ) in weeks. I am going through a slump! LOL I have been working on a list for the Quilt Show in Paducah next month — what to look for at the vendors my little list has been growing as I have been thinking of this and that and know I will save on shipping and handling if I can find it at the vendors instead.
I had some funny e -mails to me about the large family I came from! I know a lot of you are not from huge families and to me it seems so normal having lived it. Someone wanted to know how many years apart between the youngest and the oldest – 17 years – 1 set of twins – I was the 3rd oldest – I was learning how to diaper when I was about 8 and that was with cloth diapers and pins! Laundry day was every day and one washing machine and no dryer – a clothesline was available in the warm months and clothes drying racks in the kitchen and bathroom the rest of the time. Someone wanted to know how many bedrooms and bathrooms – 5 bedrooms 1 bathroom, we lived in an old farmhouse in Wisconsin next to Lake Michigan. My mother didn’t get a clothes dryer until the family moved to Arkansas in 1971 and that is because it rained a lot and with the humidity it is hard to dry clothes outside here a lot of the time.
Of course because of the age difference some of us were out of the house shortly after the youngest ones were born. When I got married at 19 my little sister (the baby) was 6. My oldest sister has a son who is 2 1/2 years younger then that little sister. Our generations very much over lap – my little sister’s youngest child a girl is the same age as my granddaughter (7) they are two weeks apart in age.
So I think that answers most of the question – no I don’t recommend having that many children and none of us came close to replicating it – but my parents were Roman Catholic so maybe that answers the last question – no we were not Mormon – we were Catholic
Now I guess there is still some time this evening to get some sewing out and do something.
Several have posted this and I thought I would fill my answers out and post them too – I’m learning a little bit more of some people I have exchange mail with
The ABC’s of ME…………….
A. Age: 57
B. Bed size: Queen size – no room for a king in my bedroom.
C. Chore you hate: Dusting
D. Dogs’ Names: No pets but I do have two granddogs if that counts Patty and Max
E. Essential food item: Pasta – any kind I love it
F. Favorite color: hard to say, I like a lot of different colors but I guess a lot of time I am picking out reds – blue’s and greens
G. Gold or Silver: I do not wear much jewelry as I am allergic to some metals, both of my rings are white gold
H. Height: 5’8″
I. I am: hyper, maybe Attention deficit too I normally hop from one project to another
J. Job: none at the moment I have in the past done a stint in a small hospice where I ran the office – my title was Administrative Secretary/Medical Records Manager – sounds impressive but what it really means is it was a small hospice and I was mainly the only person in the office
K. Kids: Melanie and Jessica
L. Living Arrangements: a little north of Russellville, Arkansas in the lowest foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the country on almost 4 acres of land with my husband of 37 years (38 in June)
M. M is for more projects in my head than I can ever finish in this lifetime
N. Nickname: none (other than grandma and aunt)
O. Overnight hospital stay(s): having my kids and one surgery
P. Pet peeve: Whiners
Q. Quote from a movie: Clint Eastwood “Make My Day”
R.ight or Left handed: Right hand
S. Siblings: 3 sisters, 8 brothers – there were 12 of us but we have lost two of our brothers in the last 35 years.
T. Time you wake up: either super early without meaning to or around 7
U. Unique thing about your car: I drive a Honda CRV which needs a new windshield at the moment
V. Vegetable you hate: turnips, parsnips, black eyed peas, collard greens – quite a few actually!
W. Ways you run late: I’m normally early and hate it if I run late – I would rather show up early than late.
X. X-rays you’ve had: too many to remember
Y. Yummy food you make: seafood fettuccine
Z. Zoo animal favorite: monkeys – just love those little animals
So if you want to fill this out just cut and paste and then delete my answers and put in your own
It is such a beautiful day outside – I have been in and out of the house admiring the sun! It is so pretty outside. But even though it is pretty outside I have gotten all of my flowers cut out and glue basted in place. Now it is ready to start needle turn applique in between quilting on other quilts.
I thought I would share how I do my flowers for those that have asked.
I think that will be the name of this little quilt that I started on the weekend with the fabric Teri sent me. I have been making flowers and glue basting in place off and on last night and today. This will make a great little girl quilt. Right now I have flowers glue basted in place on the top half and have the second half to make still. I intend to have all the flowers glue basted by tomorrow night then I can start the stitch work.
Coming out of the flowers I will embroider a couple tendrils here and there in green I think. I had thought to scatter some leaves around the flowers here and there but I think embroidery sometimes adds a bit of dimension and feel it will be good in this quilt. I can have some longer than others kind of leading on to the next flower if you know what I mean. The pattern that I choose to use for the flower indicated to use buttons for the centers but I don’t like to do that on a quilt that is intended to use as babies and toddlers are known for sticking things in there mouths – I will applique little yellow circles instead. Here is the look so far – remember just glue basted for now!
After I get everything in place I will step back and look again and maybe replace a petal here and there = not too sure on a couple petals you know how that goes. I didn’t notice a few blocks here and there in the patchwork part of the quilt that I would have changed but have no intention of taking it apart now! They will stay where they are but the petals aren’t sewed down yet so that can be changed easily enough. Sometimes I just don’t look a quilt over enough before I start to sew and then I’m unhappy with some placement – but I get over it quickly!!
Funny how it goes but this quilt doesn’t look anything like the quilt I saw in the book that I was using for inspiration!! What happened, I intended it to be a lot like it but now it is my design instead it sure did inspire me though