Monday, May 14, 2018

Moving update

Hello friends!

So mom is not moving until May 26th now.  She had to start dialysis urgently on May 8th.  My sister and I have had to work together to arrange to get mom to her appointments.  It sounds like my landlord has a tenant so I am moving out this Saturday the 19th.  We will move mom on the 26th. 
We both have been packing and cleaning.  Her house will not be completely empty for me, but will be eventually.  Removing 46 years worth of stuff is going to take a while. 
I have been working at my apartment to clean that out.  I have purged so much and it feels great! I was never able to completely unpack at my apartment.  I have a lot of wall things and other household items that I was saving for my house.  My motto is less is more.  I am getting rid of so much stuff.  It's so freeing. I can't wait to be out of my apartment and have all of my items in one place. 
The appraisal is today so the car is packed with boxes to take down to the house.  I can't wait to get the big items out of my apartment Saturday.  I only want to have cleaning supplies left.
Oh, and my godchild's baby shower is Sunday.  Yep, not ready for that yet.  I am making a party favor and have 12 left to make.  Hope to find a couple of hours before Saturday to do that.  I was going to make her a diaper bag too.  Not sure I will have time for that.

Any tips on how to make the move a little easier?


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New adventure

Hello Friends!

You will not be seeing much from me for the next several months.  An apartment came open for my mom and she is moving in 2 weeks.  That also means I am buying a house.  Eeeek!  I am super excited for my mom.  It's everything she wants and needs.  I will be excited for me once she is settled.  My father is still in the nursing home under Hospice care.  Mom will be moving to the same town he is in and will be able to visit him more often.  She wants her independence and to take care of less stuff.  A house is a lot to take care of alone.  Luckily, my son and sister and brother in law will be helping me.

Since she is moving so soon, I am going to the bank on Monday to do the paperwork to buy the house.  Hopefully we can do a very short sale.  I have never bought a house before so I have a lot to learn.

Writing my letter to the landlord and telling the neighbors was awful.  I have been at my current place for 9 years.  My son basically grew up there.  It is going to be hard to move, but I know I will be moving on to bigger and better things.  It is time.

As far as the sewing and quilting goes, I have a bunch of things to finish for a baby shower May 20.  Luckily, this Friday is late night sew night at my quilt store.  I am going to try to get as much done as possible.  I am making party favors and a diaper bag.  The quilt is already made. :)  In the new house, I will have a dedicated sewing room.  I am so excited for that!

I will occasionally check in with pictures of my progress on the house.  It's over 100 years old and needs a lot of work.  My father had remodeled the whole house but that was 30 years ago.  I need new floors, paint, windows and siding.  I also want to look at a new heating and cooling system.  I know $$$$, but it needs it.

Thank you all for your support and stopping by to read my blog.  I am reinventing myself and possibly this site and my business.  Stay tuned.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Another finish

Hello Friends

My project quilting piece was almost late this week because I had to finish an important quilt.  My parents celebrate 50 years of marriage on 3/30 and we had a party for them on Saturday.  I decided to make them a quilt with pictures from their wedding.

Here is the finished quilt:
I asked for help on this one.  I had never printed on fabric before.  It was easy to do and I will be doing this again.  I used this printable fabric.  Just make sure you have fresh ink in your printer.  The wonderful people at Blue Bar Quilts and my friend Trish helped with fabric choices.  This quilt took 3 days to make.  I printed the photos and let them dry.  Then after 24 hours, you soak them in distilled water for 10 minutes.  Once they were dry I could start sewing.  I quilted this on my domestic sewing machine.  I am still learning how to free motion quilt but I have found that if I sew pretty fast, it looks pretty good.  I do practice on other fabric first.
Here is a picture of it hanging at the party:
This quilt made my mom cry so I think she liked it. 
I have a few other things to finish before I put away my fabric to help mom clean out her house.  My godchild is having a baby so there may be a diaper bag in my sewing future.
Do you like deadlines when sewing?  Or do you just like to create what you want when you want?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

PQ 9.6 Scraptastic!

Hello friends

This week's project quilting challenge is scraptastic. I decided to try my hand at Kim's pattern Dresden neighborhood. I did not use the full pattern I kind of just put it together myself.  I used every bit of scrap I could and here it is.

This measures 17 x 17 and was made in Verona WI

Thank you to Trish and Kim for another great season of Project Quilting!


Thursday, March 8, 2018

PQ 9.5 A Stitch in Time

Hello Friends!

This week's challenge for Project Quilting had me stumped.  Last year a challenge was 'Time is Up' and I made a clock.  So this challenge was actually one I was going to sit out.  I have a pile of mini quilts that I need to finish and sneaking in a challenge quilt was not on my list.  You see, I am going to purchase my parent's house.  They have almost 50 years worth of stuff and it needs to be gone through and purged.  They can't do it alone, so my sister and I will have to help.  Since it is getting warmer outside, now is the time.  I am trying to finish a store challenge quilt, the Cherrywood challenge quilt and an Anniversary gift before I pack up my stuff to move.  I will leave a few hand sewing items and my crochet out so I can still create.  But the fabric for the bigger quilts will need to be boxed up.  Sewing is an easy distraction for me.  I will always try to find the time to sew.  Now I need to find the time to help clean out a house and my apartment.

So what does this mean for this week's challenge?  I feel that sewing and quilting take a big chunk of my time.  Don't get me wrong, I love every minute that I get to sew.  I was trying to channel Kim and her art quilts.  Kim is the founder of Project Quilting and makes some amazing quilts.  She has a way of throwing things together and it works. 

I had big plans to do an applique vintage sewing machine.  Then I thought I would make a patchwork sewing machine.  I really dragged my feet on this one and just could not decide what to do.  I always check out the Project Quilting links to see what other people are doing for the challenge.  I really try not to make something that someone else has done.  I was determined though to make a sewing machine to represent my time stitching.  My time is broken up lately.  With caring for my parents and myself, there is not a lot of time to make everything I want to make.  So this is what I came up with-

I did applique a sewing machine, but then I cut it up and sewed to another piece.  I actually enjoyed this process. Of course I did not do this correctly and was cursing myself while doing it.  I had appliqued the sewing machine down.  Then I should have put some heat and bond on the back so when I cut it, I could place and iron down.  Nope, I did not think that far ahead and just cut it.  Luckily I have a small pressing area that I could pin the pieces to.  I did add some heat and bond to the back of each little piece to help hold it in place while I stitched around.  I think this conveys what I have been feeling lately.  My sewing spirit is a little broken.  But like all things, this too shall pass.
This little quilt measures 20 1/2 x 16 and was made in Verona WI.
Are you playing along?  There is still time to make one this week!  Please join in the fun!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

PQ 9.4 Mellow Yellow

Hello Friends

Thank you for stopping by.  The challenge this week for Project Quilting is Mellow Yellow.  Like most quilters, I do not have a lot of yellow in my stash.  If you remember last year I made this quilt and used most of my yellows:
I really did think this would be one challenge I would not be able to do.  I like to use my stash for most of the challenges so going to the store was not ideal.  Luckily I found enough fabric or so I thought.  I don't really remember how I found the pattern, possibly looking through Pinterest.  But this pattern and the technique drew me in.
You can follow this link to see the pattern and process.  This uses half rectangle triangles.  That was a new one for me.  The technique to make these looks simple but also challenging.

Another part of the challenge for me was finding enough yellow.  I don't use a lot of it in my quilting.  I had just bought a Grunge polka dot fat quarter in yellow so I made sure to use that.  Some of the yellow was actually passed on to me from friends. I had made all the blocks I could with what I had and it turned out that I did not have enough blocks.  I had to rip apart every block and add a new section when I found more yellow in my stash. I did have the backing fabric in my stash because I thought it would be cute for a baby quilt backing.  Here is one more picture:
This quilt measures 31 1/2 x 35 1/2 and was made in Verona Wisconsin.
I am working on a number of other things too.  I will save those for another day.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

PQ 9.3 Bold and Brave

Hello friends

I think this is the fastest finish I've ever done. This week's challenge for project quilting is bold and brave.  I actually thought I would sit this one out because I'm trying to finish up some UFOs and then my idea came to me and I went with it. I'm not usually one for political quilts I like them I just never picture myself making them. You will see in this quilt I used the bold and brave to make a statement.

I am proud of the men and women who stood up and spoke out. It's about time.  This little quilt measures 6 1/2 by 12 and was made in Verona Wisconsin.