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Too Many Patterns

by Karen on April 17, 2014

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I know I have told you all that I want to make some finishes before I start more – I have too many in the “almost” finished category and want to get them done – but in the meantime I look at blogs, I look at my quilt patterns, I look at Pinterest and other places on line with quilt patterns and I’m wondering when will I ever make all of these!!  At times you want to have yourself cloned so you can make them all – and of course then you would find more and and have to make another clone!  LOL

My ideas for the “next” quilt –

I want to make a queen size mini tumbler quilt – I have the fabric put aside – it would look kind of like this one – just different colors – I have the inklingo pattern for these

I want to make a fancy plate Dresden plate using Inklingo – I have these patterns too just waiting for me

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And something with these applique patterns

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In fact I might pick out a applique from the above photo for the center of this quilt because I don’t care for the applique as much in the center but I love the rest of it.

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This one has been waiting for awhile for me to start.

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this simple one that I found someplace in the internet but I don’t remember where

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this is another simple one that would be good for a jelly roll I have

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These pre-cuts are staring me in the face for sometime now – every day!! saying “please use me” and I keep saying I have to finish something first!!

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I have a feeling that as soon as I finish up the Granny’s Got Style – one border left to do – and the Red and Black checkerboard table topper – in it’s final days of big stitch quilting – I am going to get going on one of these projects even if I know I won’t finish it right away (which I won’t of course)

How about you? Tons of ideas and not enough time – I bet we all think alike on this Smile  One problem I have is I love to make queen size quilts – I will make small ones now and then but we use the big quilts!  All of these ideas shown are being planned for big quilts except the last one – that one will be a kid size.

p.s. the headache did go away – I know it will come back though off and on this whole spring!

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Tuesday was a headache day for me – allergies! major sinus headache.  I got little done.  I thought if I made some chocolate chip cookies it might help my headache for at least a little while and it did!   Smile But then it came back.  I lazed about all day, reading, laying on the couch – dozing off from time to time.  Wandered outside  – thought the fresh air would help – it didn’t – I got a little quilting done -

A little more of the big stitch quilting on this little top – I have one of the nine patch blocks to complete that the hoop is on and one other – then I will do the grid spreading over the red blocks and the border – the stitching on the flowers is done.

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Not much done on Patchwork of the Crosses– I will try to do more today – surely the allergy headache will be done by today!  I am linking to Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts – Let’s Bee Social.

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We didn’t drop below freezing on Monday night – it did get down to 32.9 but all was well with the plants!  Allergy season gets me every year – I have allergies year round – I learn to live with it – I normally do not get the headaches though – just sometimes.  Today will be a better day! I hope.

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Hand Quilting

by Karen on April 14, 2014

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As a lot of you bloggers know Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side has a quilt festival every year and it will be in about a month.  She just announced the categories this year and I was amazed to see that there is no hand quilting category this year!!!!  As  a hand quilter I am very surprised at this – I wrote her a comment and asked if this was overlooked and she got back to me and said    “No, sorry. It was one of the least requested categories, based on feedback from participants.”

I’m I the only one amazed by this oversight!  Are hand quilters such a rarity now that we no longer have a category in a quilt festival on line?  Maybe if we send her a note she will add us back in?

Yes if we have a hand quilted quilt we can enter it into the applique category – or as a scrappy quilt – rainbow quilt – whatever – we just can’t enter it into the hand quilted category because there is none!!

It just doesn’t seem right. 

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Due to rain off and on all day yesterday and windy – I decided that the power washing could wait on the deck until late in the week when the temperatures will warm back up again!  I was lazy – for me that is – vacuumed the house and did laundry.  I wandered outside before the rain came to take a couple photos -

The dogwood in full bloom

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Up close

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I just love the Bleeding Hearts and had to take another photos of them, both of the plants have two stems of flowers now – well they survive the low temperatures early Tuesday morning? Don’t know – right now the only plant I thought I would cover is the hydrangea that has suffered so much – there are just too many plants out here to try to cover – it will be for about 2 hours below freezing according the weather channel – we will see – I will decide later today.  The roses even have buds on them – tiny though so they might be ok.  The clematis have buds but haven’t opened.

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Then it started to rain and was windy – I decided to get the back ready for the red/black quilt, I then pin basted and got to work on big stitch quilting – nothing fancy for this little table topper – I want it done.  Two of the flower blocks quilted around and on the flower and two of the checkerboard blocks finished also.  I will carry the grid into the red blocks for the background and the border.  This is going to go fast as you can see – the top is 45 x 45.  It was a rainy afternoon and I just sat on the couch and watched a movie while big stitching quilting.

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this is the back – I didn’t have enough red so I added the black to the sides – once the quilting is done and the top trimmed I will have a couple inches of black on both sides.  It looks wrinkly on the back but I pull it tight in the hoop as I go.

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and more on the Patchwork of the Crosses like usual!

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I am so glad I decided to wait until the beginning of May before I planted any tomato plants or seeds – I just knew with as weird as this past winter was that we just might continue to get some cold weather – glad it will be a short spell and sure hope it will be the last.

I am linking up to Judy at Patchwork Times today.

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Friday afternoon and Saturday I was  power washing my porch and decking – and I’m not done yet – I’m either very slow and/or this thing was just plain dirty – and large!!  I hope to do some more of it today but it depends on when the rain starts and really I might just need a break and finish it sometime later in the week!  It’s not like I need it for anything right now and it is just us using it.

This much done!

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And here you can really see where I stopped yesterday.

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this much left to do

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And the walk way around this garden spot.

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I’ve got way too big of space around here!!  I’m getting too old to keep up with it all.  This is what happens when you live in the country and have a little space around you!

On Friday night I got Patchwork of the Crosses rolled down and now I will work all the way across to finish up row 5 of the Crosses.  I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday today.  It is going to rain so I will be quilting or sewing something today.

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While watching the evening news the last couple of days I got a little more applique done on Floral Fantasy:

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This is the fabric ready for the backing on the red and black checkerboard quilt with the applique flowers.  I just need to sit down and sew it – I will have time this week – Monday and Tuesday we have a cold front coming through – possibly down to freezing or below both nights – glad I didn’t plant anything yet.  I did buy some bedding plants but I have not planted them and will hold off so I can bring them in the house if I need to.

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This is how much I have had to cut my hydrangea down to – this is smallest it has been since I planted it 25 or so years ago.  I hope it grows back this spring.

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this is the size the same hydrangea was last year the same month.  I have never had to cut so much off of the plant as I did this year – the ice and cold winter sure did a number on it.  Last year I see I had a little garden planted – not this year!  I’m waiting until May Smile

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Don’t you hate it when you go to quilt group and forget something as simple as white thread!  Especially when it is the only project you bring and you are hand piecing!!  I grabbed my Diamonds are Forever box yesterday to run off for the morning and get there – start setting up my spot and no thread!    One of the ladies that lives only minutes from the church we meet at was nice  and  say she would run home and get some as there was no sense in me sitting just visiting for two hours with no stitching -  but as she was heading out the door another quilter was coming in – asked where she was off to – well no need she had white thread and was very willing to share – nice!  I was able to work after all and no one had to run anywhere.     This is where I am at now -

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Added to the box a nice big spool of white thread when I got home before I forgot!  I am linking to Splish Splash Stash today.

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Thursday nights work on POTC

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I have a few more photos to share – Peacocks – at the Gardens on Wednesday – so lovely and posing so prettily.

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this other one was at the entrance of the admittance building when we were on our way over to see the very pretty chapel that was built right next to the grounds about 8 years ago – no fee in that area so you can visit the church when you want to- I will post that tomorrow.  This guy gave us a show – he spread his fan out so beautifully and then settled down and walked away.

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And then posed prettily on a rock with his shiny feathers straight on down.  I wish I was good at design – the peacock would make a pretty wall hanging!

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I’m power washing the porch and the deck this weekend to get it nice and clean and ready for warm weather – of course in another couple weeks all the yucky pollen will have fallen and the porch will be covered in green & yellow pollen –  I will get the leaf blower out and blow it all off!  Of course on Tuesday a front comes through dropping us back to the 50’s daytime and 30’s at night for a day/night or two – but then back to the 60’s.  Sounds like it will be short lived.  Your weekend?  what are you doing?

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