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Mystery Quilt – Part 1

It is official; I am back to quilting. I have several quilt project that are 80% done and I plan to work on those while I am also starting a new project.

Why don’t I just finish the unfinished ones you ask. One reason is that the quilting work requires some skill. And I need to get back to that skill level in order to proceed. Another quilt only needs hand work done. I plan to do that while I watch a DVD.

This mystery quilt I am starting from scratch. It is a mystery because although I know the blocks I will be making, it remains a mystery how they all go together.

Here are the fabrics for the mystery quilt. The light gray print (bottom left) is the background. The big multicolor print (bottom center) will be in the quilt and also a wide border.
I like cutting out all the block pieces at the same time because I do it on the kitchen island. It’s just the right size for my cutting mat and the perfect height for cutting.
To stay organized, I put all the fabric pieces for a single block type in a plastic bag. That way I can keep track of what I have completed and what remains to be sewn. Here are a couple of the block bags.
It’s a mystery, so stay tuned for further progress.


DIY – Mini Ironing Table

I am finally getting back into quilting after several years of just not sewing at all.

To get on track, I have to do several things first. My task list includes cleaning the sewing room (check), getting maintenance on the sewing machine (check), finding the necessary tools and doodads needed for quilting (working on that).

One requirement was to have the ironing board and iron ready. I press every seam I sew right after I sew it. I have always hated the up/down to get to the ironing board. And then I spotted a little Pinterest item to convert a tray table to a mini ironing table.

A few years ago I bought several tray tables at a yard sale. So I had an extra one laying around. Here’s the before tray table, just leaning against the wall, bored with life. Miko approved the selection.
This project was an excellent excuse to try out my new staple gun. I cheated a bit and started out using an old ironing board cover. I stapled that down. Then I grabbed a small piece of canvas that I had purchased a while ago for this very project. It took a bit of canvassing the sewing room before I found it (very bad pun). I proceeded to staple the living daylights out of that.

And voila — my mini ironing table, just right for the sew-press routine. Miko helped, as always.
Next task, cut the fabric. Stay tuned.

Berries and Berninas

I picked more raspberries and also some blackberries.
And then the munching and freezing began.
I have been busy decluttering and cleaning the house. One thing I am specifically working towards is getting back to quilting. My poor Bernina has sat idle for a few years. But it is time to get back in the groove. So I bundled it up and took it in for a tune-up. Miko helped.
I’ll get it back next week and the fun will begin. Stay tuned for quilting stories.

Fickle Friday #2

Yeah, I know; it’s not Friday. But this was what I was going to post yesterday except I was too sick to get on the computer. So if you’ll just forgive the 24-hour lapse, we’ll call it good. Fickle Friday is going to be a bunch of little thoughts or comments that have been building up all week, or have just entered the picture.

Yup, girls can’t go alone.

CaTT (cat toilet training) Update:Both cats are using the CitiKitty on the toilet for #1. Someone (or both) is often using it for #2. Though we did have an incident today, which was not their fault. Since I was sick yesterday, I did not get a chance to check on them and clean up. So this morning when I checked, the CitiKitty tray was full of clumps of #1. And there was a #2 deposit on the floor in the bathroom. I wasn’t upset because it was too dirty for them to use the tray anyway. I was pleased (if that is possible) that the deposit was right next to the toilet. So I think they are getting it!

I just finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Wonderful book, but made me sad that this behavior occurred, and probably still occurs in many areas. I grew up with little direct knowledge of racism. When I moved to Florida in 1985, I was shocked to find it so prevalent. And when the local news reported that one of the high schools was going to have its first integrated senior prom–in 19fricking85–I was flabbergasted!
Can’t wait to see the movie.

Drum roll please. This blog just received its first award!!

The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. The rules of the award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all – have bloggity-blog fun!

So let the fun begin! I sincerely  thank Cheryl at Kangaroos of the Scrubby Bush for presenting me with this award. And if you have not been to her blog, please go now and read about Merrilyn, the kangaroo. You won’t be sorry.

This is a difficult decision because a couple of my favorite blogs has lots of followers, thus breaking the rule. So without further ado, here are my top 5 picks that I’m selecting for this award.

  • Back to Boise is a new blog written by a friend who has a wicked sense of humor.
  • Quilty Goodness with the Ottos inspires me to get back into quilting and playing with my embroidery machine. I thank her immensely!
  • Momma Be Thy Name is a blog I just started reading. The author has three little ones under two; how does she stay sane? Read and find out.
  • I’m Having the THAIme of My Life is a blog about a young couple living in Thailand. Fascinating stories across the world, and beautiful pictures. Besides, they have a rabbit and a puppy as pets; what more could you ask for?
  • Young American Wisdom provides a constant reminder of the wonderful, silly, inane things kids say. If you need a kid fix and a quick chuckle, this is the place to be.

Quilting Envy

I started this blog as an effort to make myself more accountable for getting my life back on track. The first goal was to get the house cleaned up so I could relax and be less stressed about my lack of action. Wahoo — that has been working fairly well and the house is presentable for company! I now only have two more rooms to do: the quilting room and my bedroom.

I’m especially eager to get the quilting room done because:

  • I miss the sense of completion when I finish something. Of course, I would never admit that I have over 20 unfinished projects, so that is quite the challenge.
  • Quilting fulfills my need for order, balance, and symmetry.
  • Playing with colors opens up unplanned options and helps reduce my over-planning anxiety.
  • I like love it!

So my immediate goal is to get the quilting room back into order and ready for action. And as a personal inspiration, I have been seriously thinking about what project to work on first, and priority for other projects.  Am not going to share that now because even thinking about it would interfere with the clean-up activities. However, this is a block for a bed quilt for a dear friend. I came across it while moving boxes around. It’s inspiring for me; think I’ll just temporarily hang it on the wall to keep me on task.

Tracie's quilt-to-be

Wish me luck for a quick clean of the quilting room! I want to quilt!

Clothes to Sell ?

Daughter has been working hard on cleaning her room. And I spent some time today going through the clothes she decided to part with. Am astounded at the amount of clothes she’s getting rid of: t-shirts, pants, sweaters, pajamas, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, and so on. I hung up the nice stuff on hangers and packed the rest away until the August garage sale.

As part of the garage sale, I also plan to get rid of some of my books, I think for now I will leave them in the bookshelves as I don’t have any place to store them until the garage sale. Am also considering putting my tons of quilting magazines out too. I don’t know if anyone would want them, but maybe so.

One of the best things about getting some of this stuff all packed and ready for a garage sale, is that I’m sorting through stuff in the sewing room too. Am getting excited about quilting again! And what could be better timing since the recipient of one of the little quilts I was working on will be visiting July 9.  I have the top done and the back done; just need to put them together and quilt it.

Hijacked by Pain

Ouch, owwie, ohhhhh, scream!!  Am having a sciatica episode this afternoon/evening and can not move or walk without searing pain. HATE IT!  And because I am so committed to my new goals, I tried to do my 15 minutes of clean-up. Owwie, owwie  (is that how you spell it?).  So decided to take a pain pill and not move.

I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, a type of arthritis. Have had it for some 30+ years and there are good days and bad days. I have been lucky in that I haven’t had any sciatica episodes for about a year, and now within the last month, I have had several. Makes it tough to do the work that needs to be done (flower planting, house cleaning, walking). But more on all that later as I am PO’d that it is acting up right now so will not give it any more attention.

Now I have to still do something instead of just potatoing in front of the TV. Am adding tags to my posts now and reading more about what I should be doing. Have gotten a few comments from some friends and even an announcement at another friend’s blog.  Thanks Heidi and Karen!

While I’m sitting here (in less pain now), I realize that I have several interests that I have let fall to the wayside because I have been wallowing in depression and lack of focus. And the worst of all, I have let myself down by ignoring activities that give me joy and a sense of accomplishment.


Starry Night (one of my favs)

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic photo frame (starring my daughter)

And lets not forget the one thing that I still do every single day: read wonderful, wonderful books!! More later on reading! right now I’m reading ” Crunch Time” by Diane Mott Davidson.

OK – am getting loopy so have to sign off and go to bed.