Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Now aren't you all glad l INSISTED you have all your supplies for your PHD projects?
Chris, great that you are working from home so you can sneak in quilting during coffee breaks!
Linda, you will get to sewing when you can sit. Do your PT, and you'll be ready for action on schedule since you got that head start.Meanwhile, dream up some interesting projects for next year :-))
Liz, being worried won't bring it back sooner. Just piece away on your other machine, then save all the quilting for when Bernina's back.
What talent you have, Mary!
Tapestry, tapestry, tapestry...is goes so slowly maybe 4 square inches in 6 hours.The upper right corner is going to be tricky. Flames, smoke, dust, water and steam all mixed into the trees and sky. Don't know why the picture in upside down?
Another chunk of the Hawaiian quilt. It is so hard to see to do the contour quilting in the prints. My19 yr old granddaughter's boyfriend is quarantining with her family(my son's). They did most of their courting in Hawaii while he was stationed there. Now he is out and jobless. But should they marry..I might be ready with this quilt.
Hi Gail, The woman who looks after the sewing machines in the store said that she would call me when it comes back when I called to inquire about it.
This morning at Farm Boy, I had to ask for hamburger meat and the butcher allowed me to have 2 packages that he made up for me. It is only a meat and produce store so I did not look for anything else. When I was at Loblaw's earlier in the week they were out of tp and ground beef also. Doug is in the car with me so we do not go to drive-thrus. Our morning paper is not even delivered anymore. We have to pick it up in the lobby.
Elizabeth, have you phoned the store where your machine is and asked about it? I understand about buffets, that would certainly be a no-no right now. Right now all we have is drive-thru and I don't know how much longer we will have those.
We ventured out to our local Publix Supermarket yesterday and much to my surprise the entire meat departmet had empty cases. The only thing they had was Corned Beef Briskits, because St. Patricks Day was pretty much canceled here. There was not a piece of chicken, beef or pork to be seen. The frozen foods had a lot ofempty spaces as well. Ofcourse there was no toilet paper, tissues or paper towels, very little soap and no liquid soaps. No rotisserie chicken in the deli, darn it. Hardly any cars on the road and tis an area know for its miserable traffic problems. It's almost spooky. Library closed as well, I'll really miss that. It's only a short walk from my apartment and was something I really enjoyed doing, exercise as well as enjoying groups, exhibits, etc.
I will work on the last two blocks of the Red, White and Blue today and try to get the rest of the sashing on. I also have some pieces of fleece that I am crocheting edgings on for sale that may or may not happen in May. Just have to wait and see what happens by then.
I am getting worried about my sewing machine - suppose the store closes and I can't get my machine back?
Congratulations Chris, for working on your PhD project. I think that I am going nuts with anxiety. I iron lots, cut lots and get nowhere. This morning I got up early and went to 1 drug store to get our Vitalux on a special and other toiletries that we were out of. Then I went to another drug store to pick up Hubby's prescriptions and the pharmacist wanted to do a year up-date on his drugs and wasn't too kind when I faltered with the information. Then I went to Farm Boy to pick up fresh fruit, a breakfast and a supper for tonight. Hubby waits in the car. Farm Boy now puts out hot and cold food in containers ready to go rather than in buffets. But check out lines are long because they did away with express.
Laundry Basket Quilts is hosting a free mystery quilt every day.
I have been working on my #2 project, the Vintage Rose quilt for my sons wedding in June. I am working on the final sections and then I can start assembly. I am on work from home status at this point, so I still have to work a normal schedule. I hope to get my top ready for quilting by the end of the month.
Linda, so happy to see you on here again. I was worried about you, I know it is driving you crazy not being able to do anything. So sorry about all the pain. Mine has eased a good bit, some days better than others. I am able to hand quilt for small amounts of time as long as it is in my lap with a hoop. I still can't quilt the one I have on the frame because of the reaching. I am also doing a little crocheting. Now this being isolated during this pandemic is really a royal pain. We do get out onthe patio and walk around outside a little but I miss the library a lot. The office at our apartments is closed although the maintenance staff is still working but mostly out side work. Theywill come in only for emergencies. We are missing a lot of family occassions that are usually big deals with lots of people, GGC birthdays and other occassions, all canceled.
Elizabeth, thanks for the info about Debbie and Piecing the Past. I have several of the patters she has posted and have made two of them. The Civil War Sampler sounds like something that I would really like. I hope Riana is not reading this, she'll be saying "finish what you have already started, do not do this." I never thought of cleaning my walk in shower in my bathing suit, you're a genius.
Gail, I am working on a table in the living area cutting squares from all those circles. I've been doing it for several days. I still haven't decided what to do with them. My sewing machine still isn't ready. I also plan to phone my cleaning lady to let her know I will take over the cleaning chores while the pandemic is on. This morning I put on my bathing suit and cleaned and disinfected the walk in shower, and 2 walls in the bathroom, Then, I showered and started the day.
Linda, my family has been phoning us to see if they can help. But we are O.K. so far. Take it easy and relax and heal. I'm still waiting for you to catch up. The Crabapple Hill project should be a nice thing to be working on. I have the Reddy Bear quilt top half sewn. And I have 2 sides of the border sewn on the Christmas Tree wallhanging.
Also wanted to tell quilters here that Debbie from Piecing the Past has a free Block of the Week starting in mid-April. It is a Civil War Sampler with 9 inch blocks called "Comfort and Blessing". Also she has offered 4 mini-quilt patterns free. 2 of them are so lovely with flowers and birds.
Gail, so happy to see you are sewing again! I'm probably looking at 2-3 months before I'll be able to use my sewing machine again. Since the vertebrae collapse affected the nerves in my right leg, the therapist said it's like driving a car. They are afraid I won't be able to control the speed. I'm still having a lot of pain and it just takes time as you know. When my hands stop shaking, hopefully I'll be able to start doing some hand embroidery as I have a few projects in the works. One of them is Crabapple Hill Over the River quilt. I'm still on the first embroidered panel. Meanwhile, I'm bored to tears just watching tv and doing walking exercises. I can only stand 15-20 minutes at a time and I get numb if I sit too long...so very frustrating. The therapist told me yesterday in 2-3 months I should realize 75-80% recovery. My new vocabulary words are "slow down"...hard for a hyperactive person. I don't want to end up back in the nursing facility. I have pictures of comical slow moving tortoises all over to remind me to go slowly...not that I can move fast!
Riana, I know chit chat is suppose to be on UFO page, but I had problems getting on My Quilt Place. Evidentally, there are server problems???
Riana, I have the St. Patricks exchange blocks quilt hooped and I am working on it in my lap. I have gotten five of the blocks quilted, so yes I am finally getting something done. During the time that I was unable to get any actual quilting done I managed to make enough hexagons for probably a full size quilt. I was kind of like "zoned out" as my Grand Kids would say and just kept churning them out just to keep from going stir crazy. I don't think I have any scraps left. Looks like I will have to keep going just to occupy myself. We are in an area where unfortunately there are a number of virus cases so we are self quarintined for the time being.
Elizabeth, you might say that your round pegs are becoming square holes. What had you planned to do with all those circles? Just curious.
Linda, I do hope your recovery is coming along. I do so want to see the Pansy Garden, it has alwaysbeen one of my favorite Thimbleberries patterns.
Hope everyone stays safe and well, the news is very scary. Please everyone do what is recommeded in your area to stay safe.
Riana, my Bernina is still in the shop, so I have not been able to start machine quilting it yet. In the meanwhile, I have been sewing the blocks and rows of the Christmas Tree Wallhanging and I have been sewing the blocks and rows of the Reddy Bear Quilt. It had 12 squares done in redwork from a Jack Dempsey embroidery kit. And the past 2 days I took a whole Tupperware box full of circles that had a white circle sewn to a floral circle with batting in the middle. apart. They couldn't be used as is so the fabric circles will be cut into squares and used in scrap quilts. I stopped temporarily making 12 1/2" pieced scrap blocks for batting because I have lots of them.
Elizabeth, how's the quilting coming on Tulip Twist? I think we'd all enjoy a photo of a spring bouquet right about now :))
Zoe, l'm sure you will spend time indoors sewing as temperatures are soaring to 90's in Fla. by end of week.
Gail ,l see you've started to be able to do some stitching again. Pretty soon we'll start seeing more of yours, right?
Linda, how are you making out in your recovery? Any hand work to do for your phd or other projects?
Your blocks all look wonderful ! Riana, you are very creative ! I have not been sewing. My mom put in a walkway at her home, and now we have landscaping work being done, hope all will be done next week. I was going to sew today, but decided to get out and do some more yard work. Family and friends will get their quilts when I get them done.
Ginny, did you get into the quilt blocks for Australian guild? I would have have know about it had you not posted, It's been fun to see all the blocks people have made. The last count I saw was over 10,000 blocks, they are putting in 20 into each quilt.
I peep in here now and then. Will get back to sewing soon.
Little duckies, during this virus scare, it's a good time to stay home and sew! Let's see your progress.
Mary, I know exactly how you feel. I have Hubby who does not take suggestions well, and that's putting it as politely as I can. I do worry about his health especially now with the situation with the virus. He has some breathing problems and always waits til itgets bad before he does any thing about it. I suggested that he use the nebulizer twicea day and he acted like I told him to do some awful crimes against humanity. The idea of being pro active is not in his thought process.
Kris, I love that fabric, looks like little lace doilies, so pretty. What a beautiful quilt that will be.
Riana, what a lucky little girl Erika is. She will love this quilt. This is something that 20 years from now she will still treasure. Some of my Grands have quilts that I made many years ago and they are still displayed in their homes. One of my GGs asked If I could make her a quilt just like "Mommies".
Ginny, thanks for the prayers, theyare working. I have one of my UFOs sandwiched and am ableto work on it hooped on my lap. It's the St. Patricks Day exchange blocks. My Daughter helped meto get it togetherand thought that would be the one to do since it's March. Still looking at the one on the frame though.
Thankyou, Ginny. This whole project for Erika ( nearly 4) is rather like the improvs...l found a panel with flowers & fairies ( only 22" wide) and the bed's a double. I knew right away what l wanted for outer border, ie: those blocks, which will be framed. I do up my own patterns from the inspiration on pinterest. The part between is what had me stuck for a while...but l've thought up a plan. :-))
Gail, I sure pray that things start to improve for you very soon. Looking at things and not being able to work on them has to be the worst frustration, ever!
Mary, your creativity knows no bounds! Love your latest socks! The Don Quixote is gorgeous or will be. I am as ever in awe of the tapestry! So glad Paul is making good progress and able to do things independently again. Try to relax a little. Men are men and don't like us to hover, even when our intentions are well meant and full of love.
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