I spent time working on my picnic quilt this weekend. I had a mishap earlier in the week and cut one fabric the wrong way. I also sewed the wrong colors on each side of 4 blocks before realizing what I had done. I was distracted... I was multi-tasking again last night and cut the measurement of a block short by an inch. : ( Now I don't have as much fabric as I need with all my mishaps. We will just see how it turns out and I can always head back out for more fabric. : ) This quote is quite fitting for this project.
My seam ripper is my friend.
Did I mention how my back is all twisted from sitting on a stool too high from the machine's gas pedel? I will be back it today with a different seat.
Quilt class was fun last night with about 10 working on some great fabric choices. Some were as challenging as mine. : ) After a few little oopsies and learning moments we continued creating. Measurement directions were off but we worked around that and continued on with our project. I think everyone had a good time enjoying GIRLS night out. : ) I'm looking forward to seeing everyones completed quilt top at the next couple of quilt club nights then having a picnic using them in the future.
Tonight is my quilt class. I worked late last night preparing. I goofed more than once because of distractions and my short attention span. However, you learn NOT to do that again. : ) The grass is really growing here. I have been too busy doing fun things to take care of it. (preparing for the quilt class) And with that I will just share this quote and it says it all.
A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.
There! You see the grass will be there when I have time. There is a quilt to make!
If you love me : ) and I know you do...I have a request. Please keep the selvage scraps for me IF you are tossing them. I have a new project on my list to use them. Or ask me what I am doing with them- you may want to keep them for yourself.
I have been working on this project since last May. I only do it for relaxation, it is all hand stitched. I have my spin on the way it is done. I'm not much for following instructions to the "t", I just go for the finish line. I have about 80 pieced and the white around about half of them. They are all different and made from my scraps, my mom's scraps and my bestie's too. A few other friends and family have donated scraps also. Only about a dozen fabrics were purchased since starting the project. One piece was brought to me from New York City, a gift from my bestie. : ) Today I cut strips for the "picnic quilt" and upcoming class. From what I am hearing the class will be full. I'm getting nnnervousssssss!
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban
What I am reading... I recently joined the Mystery Book Club at our local library. This months theme was Gardens. My book is Harvest of Murder A Garden Mystery
by Ann Ripley....Louise is a wife, mother and a television garden show host. I related to her because she is a "detective" in her own way. She gets caught up in a neighborhood murder and is threatened herself. I rate it a 4 of 5.
This is a picture of the 2010 Kentucky Census Quilt. It is traveling around the state and will be hung in the capital. Look closely for the Casey County block made by my bestie Kaye. She has added to my love of sewing with teaching me her quilting skills. Friends who quilt together stay together.
On Mother's Day I celebrated it with child #4 and her birthday party too. Picture #1.
This year child #2 brought me a thoughtful gift from California cross country over 2,000 miles. He teased me saying he was bringing me something on the back of his truck and he wasn't lying. I had picture #2 in mind. I had hoped for picture #3, and I got the thoughtful gift in picture #4.
It is a new project for me, everyone knows my unschooling mind of self education. I am learning how to work on machines as needed. I did get it to sewing a pretty nice stitch. Now I am trying to get the bobbin winder going. : )
The quote from the heading of this blog is fitting... don't cha think?
"Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!"
I added to my stash today : ) It is a feeling of pride : ) I will be using the red, white and blue for the class I am teaching this coming week. The project is a Rail Fence Picnic Quilt. I want to make mine reversible with one side for the 4th of July picnic and the other ? maybe with watermelons of pink, green and black. I already had the watermelon fabric in my stash. I also have recycled denim with the pockets in mind too. What to do, what to do? Oh, the possibilites!!!!!!!!!! Pictures later as I progress.
The reason I love quilts is because I know there is a story behind the quilt. Old and tattered with love and service. Quilts are like a journal or a blog itself. An unspoken or an unwritten story. I want a story to go with my quilts. I feel old and tattered. Does that mean I have have shown love and service? I am organizing a Quilt Club with Mrs. Cat at the local library and will be teaching classes soon. I am really excited to do this. Maybe I have a story. Or will one day.
The quilt in this picture was made by my great grandmother "Mom Grant" in the 1930 or 40's. It is called "feathered star" I think. My mind wanders with the story it has and will have...and of course the stories the quilts I am making will have.