Monday, January 25, 2021

Count My Blessings and Star Bright Quilt Update

Five years ago today, I had a life changing event.  I had brain surgery to fix my ruptured aneurysm.  It truly is a humble experience.  I've learned not only that life in itself is a great blessing but getting a second chance is beyond measure.  Every new day is icing on the cake.  I wake up everyday with gratitude that I'm still here with my family and still able to do things that I love.  Life is precious, don't throw it away.  Every day is a gift, use it to do something good for someone.

I continue to sew almost everyday.  Some days are better than the others.  Some days I feel like I can conquer the world, other days not so much; just glad that I can get out of bed.  And that's ok.  Life is filled with ups and downs.  If you're down, just pick yourself up and go on.  The truth is sometimes I forget what I just wrote so I have to remind myself.

I'm happy to report that the Star Bright quilt repair is done.  I appreciate the many great comments and suggestions.  Things went smoothly, better than expected.  I did top stitch on all the diagonal seams, on top of the vertical and horizontal seams which are the old quilting lines.  After the quilt came out of the dryer, I can't tell the difference as in the pictures below.  My apologies for the colors in the photo which are not consistent.  I used different editing programs.



I used Aurifil color 2311 (50/2) for quilting.  For piecing I used a thread that I got from a local quilt show.  I don't remember the brand but this photo of the label underneath the cone is all the info I have.  The thread is Prime Piecing 70/2 which is very thin.  I like to piece with this thread because the seams lay very flat.  I usually use the default setting 2.5 stitch length.   I think this might contribute to the reason why the thread broke.  I don't think I'll use this thread for piecing any more.

Now compare the picture from 2017 and 2021.



I still have little bit of batting bearded through the top as I wrote about it here.  Now the problem is not as bad as before.


Have a great quilting day.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

UFO and WIP for 2021

I organized my stash last week and found some UFO that I totally forgot about along with the quilt tops that I made last year.   I should put them on a list to remind myself to work on them this year.   Here's the UFO list and pictures with corresponding numbers. 

  1. Starbright quilt repair------------------Jan. 
  2. Windmill quilt (basting&quilting)--------------Feb.??
  3.  Journey 2 (basting&quilting)--------------------May
  4. Time to Sew (quilting)----------------------------??
  5. Candy Box quilt (basting&quilting)------------April



Then I made a list of new projects I want to do this year.  Some are  WIP, while the others are just ideas.

  1. Love tote bag (WIP)--------------------Feb. 
  2. Autumn 21  (#2)  -----------------------March
  3. My City quilt (WIP)--------------------March
  4. Chocolate Dipped quilt (WIP)--------April
  5. Sewing room window quilt #2--------May
  6. Pantone color of the year quilt--------??
  7. Purple baby quilt (WIP)---------------June
  8. Jean Up quilt----------------------------July
  9. Hands2Help quilt-----------------------??
  10. A quilt for my niece--------------------Sept.

The months are tentatively put in to give me ideas of the time frame, but as the year goes by, I'm sure there will be some changes.


Now that I have things down in writing, I feel better and hopeful.  I learned from last year that making goals is good for me.  

Have a great quilting time.....

Friday, January 15, 2021

Gotta Fix This Quilt

In 2017, I made a quilt for my son to replace the quilt I made for him when he went to college 12 years ago.  He brought it home and asked me to do some repairs.  So many seams came apart as seen in the pictures below.


I don't remember what thread I used.  I will be very disappointed if it turns out to be one of my expensive threads.  On top of that I have to figure out how I will fix this.  If anyone has any ideas and has done this before please let me know.  I still have some time before I start working on it.

Right now I plan to requilt the whole thing with a thicker thread.  I'll do top stitch on every seam, be it ribbed or not.  I liked the 3-ply 100% cotton that I used to quilt my sister's quilt.  I think I'll use that.

Have a great quilty day.....    

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Face Your Fear Project Update

I had a lot of fun, more than I should, working on the Face Your Fear Project.  It's finished with a sleeve and ready to move out.  I'll put a label on it before the moving day.  This is my Jan. OMG as posted in here.


Face Your Fear - front 12.5" x 24"

Face Your Fear - back

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

January OMG


 Hello everyone,

I'm so glad that Patty Dudek is hosting One Monthly Goal again this year.  I had a great time playing along last year and I'll do the same this year.  Thank you Patty!!

It’s time to set a goal for January.  

In 2016, our ValleyMQG had a challenge called ‘Face You Fear’.  For some, fear might be curve piecing, and whatever it was, we were supposed to make a mini quilt to demonstrate our fear.  This is what I made and you can read about it here.

I’m not a fan of this creature, 😫😯😵, that’s why I made this piece.  It's been tucked away in a pile of scraps of all this time because I didn't want to see it.  I have a dear friend who absolutely loves this kind of creature and she wants to buy it from me.  For this month's OMG, I will quilt this piece and give it to her as a gift.  I just want it out of here.   😆


Happy New Year and Happy Sewing.......