Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! There’s no stress–I didn’t cook. There’s no cleanup either–we ate at a church dinner. We had a relaxing time catching up with the neighbors and just spending time together.
With my extra time on Thanksgiving Day I finished a baby quilt. The shower is next weekend so no last minute panic!
Today I spent some time putting a few items in my Etsy shop, JoansPatches. Seemed like the thing to do on “Black Friday” instead of fighting the crowds at the shopping mall. I’m hoping to add a few more this weekend.
Recently we had visitors of our favorite kind—children and grandchildren. It was too short but a lovely time. Since then, I’ve reflected on some of our conversations. I’m musing about childhood myths.
Over the years, I’ve heard remarks that are clearly, to me, myths. My children may differ in opinion.
I’ve heard remarks like—
- You made me eat a whole plate of (insert least favorite food here).
- You never let me (insert go to a concert, go to the beach, watch favorite program, stay out late, etc.).
- You don’t like my friends.
- I always had to do chores.
- You always yell at me.
- You guys are so square! (actually, this one is true)
- You’re ruining my life!
“Always” and “never” are often a part of the statement.
I’m wondering now—what myths did I throw at my parents? I think at least some were the same. I’m also wondering—do our children hear the same myths, or will they?
There are several babies on the way in our family, so I’ve started making some baby quilts. I tried several new techniques on this one. I pieced the triangles on the serger instead of the sewing machine. It went together quickly and should add to the durability of the quilt. Then I quilted using special rulers and a ruler foot, with two different sewing machines. There’s quite a learning curve to using the rulers!
When it came time to bind the quilt, I could not find the binding I had originally cut. So I found coordinating solid fabrics and tried the faux piping method of binding. I think it looks much better than what I had planned!
My newest sewing machine has an embroidery function that can be used for quilting. I’ve done some experimenting with that feature. Today I practiced on a quilt for Hospice Caring, to give to one of the campers at bereavement camp later this year. The top was made and layered with batting and backing and was ready to quilt. I made some calculations, found a design that was close to the right size, and adjusted it to fit. Getting the quilt hooped correctly took some time, and I had to do it 20 times! Not sure I got any better at it! The stitching was pretty easy–just watch and listen for problems, like running out of thread. It was fun and it’s done. The pattern shows up best on the back.
The center block, a found block from an unknown quilter, was provided as part of a challenge. The fan blocks came from my Grandmother’s leftovers. She was well known for her prolific quiltmaking. I felt a satisfying connection to my Grandmother and other quilters from the past as I constructed this quilt from vintage fabrics and trims.
What I thought would be easy enough–making one block a day in the Splendid Sampler sew-along–lasted one day. Until today! This pattern called for an embroidered motif in the center. I had a piece of tatted lace that my sister-in-love Marie had made some time ago. Unfortunately it had gotten stained and set aside, waiting to be useful. It was the perfect size and shape for this block! I used sharpie markers and alcohol to dye it. I like the result!
We presented the finished quilt to Birthright at our March quilt guild meeting. It will be auctioned for a fundraiser!
So, instead of getting any of the old projects finished, I’ve quilted a project for a friend and she is pleased. A group of us got together and made a quilt top to donate to Birthright. It’s a really cute and bright hugs and kisses quilt. I’ll get a picture when it’s finished.
Not what I had planned but satisfying and good things are done!
In one of my quilt guilds, the president has challenged us to complete unfinished projects this year. She asked us to submit a list of projects. Then, as we finish projects, we bring them for show and tell at the monthly meeting. She has a point system with prizes at the end of the year. I’m not looking for prizes but I consider this a good way to make progress on projects I’d like to see completed!
So far I have started and completed a new purse for myself–not an unfinished project from the list, but a satisfying accomplishment. I used ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable to give it body and stability. I also upcycled some parts from old purses. I’m pleased with the results.
This morning I started another new project. This is a year-long project called Splendid Sampler. Over 80 quilt designers have compiled 100 six inch blocks that will be released one at a time twice a week. This sounds like something I can keep up with. The first block is a heart, perfect for Valentine’s Day.At least I am on track for today!
As for the unfinished projects? Maybe later….