Old Time Treasures – for David

David picked the pattern and the fabrics, cut, did a lot of the ironing and helped lay it out and helped pin. Now onto the others that I have started working on.

 

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Been Awhile – Quilting Again

I finally have gotten back to quilting again.  I am working on 2 quilts. I  am working on 1 for David – Old Time Treasures and Xander – Happy Halloween Monsters.  Granted David’s was already pre-cut by David about 2 1/2 -3 years ago, Xander’s was bought and most of the monsters were cut out and ironed down to their blocks about the same time when I was attending the class for it at Heart to Heart Quilt Shop before they closed last year.  Once I get those 2 done, I have about 3 or 4 more I want to get started back on that are already started on.

Status

I have been keeping busy settling into our new home, job searching, cleaning, cooking, learning to make homemade pretzels.  My family has loved the pretzels I have made using bread flour using the recipe found at http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/hot-buttered-fluffy-pretzels/.  Also been making a lot of homemade pizza dough. In March our heat in the new house went out.  We went almost 2 weeks without heat.  This weekend we decided to get working outside besides just mowing.  We bought new frames and steps for both sides of the back porch.  David completely removed one set yesterday. We sprayed weed killer and yard feeder, planted 2 new long planters and 1 planter. I have started working on one of David’s quilts called Old Time Treasures made out of Civil War patterned material.  I finally finished putting the binding on Jeff & Melissa’s christmas quilt.  Glenda took it home to them last week when they were here for Mothers Day Weekend.  

Taking a long break

After Christmas 2012, we had some more house repairs to make.  Then spring break my husband ended up having emergency neck surgery.  We bought paint to paint the house and then decided to sell the house.  So we have spent the last 5 months cleaning, fixing, painting, packing, getting stuff sorted into donation piles, arranging for donation pickups, and getting the house on the market.

2012 Christmas Quilts

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Little boys for my nephews quilt.Image

Little girls for my niece’s quilt.Image

little boys for my father-in-law’s quiltImage

Christmas designs for my Sister-in-law & brother-in-law.  Xander asked me to make one for him too.

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Quilts for Xander’s teachers and for one of David’s co-workers child.Image

Mother-in-laws finished little girls.ImageImage

Nephews finished little boyImageImage

Niece’s finished little girl.

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Another break from Quilting

I started back to quilting this past weekend.  I planned on sewing the Sun Bonnet Sue’s that I have ironed down for 2 quilts.  I then planned on ironing down the 2 or 3 Sun Bonnet Sam’s that I have already cut.  Then planned on ironing and cutting out the Christmas applique’s.  Earlier this week I decided to start another blog calling it Rambling Along.  I created it to keep my rambling about everything from vacation discussion, places we might like to move when David graduates from his PhD program in 4 years.  I am also using it to keep track of things like our ongoing home issues.  We came home from work last night to find that our water heater (that the brilliant builders put in the attic) had burst and flooded the master bathroom which leaked and started flooding the bedroom below.  Pictures and all on are on other blog http://pastintothepresent.blogspot.com/.  That is going to be all that I say on this blog about it.  Once we have gotten the house resettled, I will resume working on my quilts again.

 

Quilting status

Time for quilting has been at a premium since the New Year.  As many of you know, I work full time as a legal secretary so that already knocks some of my time out.  This is not really a major problem, last year I did the majority of my work on the weekends anyway.  David would help with Xander, I would do the Block of the Month (BOM) and then work on my gift quilts.  Heck, half the time David would help with those too, doing my cutting or ironing.

Well, this year I took a break from the BOM program at Heart to Heart.  I saw the preview of it at their Christmas Open House.  They had several completed blocks to show off but it just did not appeal to me.  The pattern called for you to do a different “special embroidery” block for each month.  You could do the quilt without the embroidery, but it was my opinion that the embroidery block really made the quilt, it gave it that extra “WOW I’ve got to have that quilt” effect, and there was just no way I would be able to do the embroidery block.

Don’t get me wrong, I do have access to an embroidery machine (my mother-in-law would let me use hers anytime).  But I know that I would not feel comfortable borrowing one of her sewing machines for the whole year that it would take to work on this quilt and I also knew I would not be able to go up to her home (a roughly 3 hour round trip just for the drive and not including the actual embroidery work) once a month to use the machine if I did not borrow it and bring it home with me.

I have told David that, and he agreed that maybe we would just take the year off and work on quilts I was interested in.  It is not like I did not have enough at the house to keep me busy.  I figure if they sell the entire pattern with embroidery CD at the end of the program, and if he would still like to have the quilt, I may see how much they would charge for it without the getting actually material for the individual blocks and making it at a later time for him, letting him pick his color scheme.

So my “OK I have to work this weekend” incentive was gone but that shouldn’t keep me from quilting right?  Well then David started spring semester in his PhD. program.  He is taking 4 classes and it has kept him jumping since January, so I lost my helper when I do have time…and there is no one to watch Xander.  Long story short – here it is already mid-April and until this weekend I had not touched a piece of material.

I did iron material and cut enough Sunbonnet Sue’s for 2 quilts and ironed them down on their respective squares.  I am hoping to iron down the Sunbonnet Sam’s I had cut last year for another 2 quilts and I hope to iron and cut the Christmas material that Xander has picked out for his Appliquéd Christmas quilt before our trip but it is doubtful.  I had planned for about 8 Christmas present quilts this year, but am afraid I will not get them done now.  Plus, I know I will not get the 2 quilts done that Xander wanted to give his teachers’ this year, maybe he can deliver them next year.

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