Wednesday, April 23, 2014

There is no resting

When I got home from quilt day, I had this message waiting for me on Facebook from my friend. Our church participates in Safe Families. If a parent is going through any difficult situation and needs help with children, the church steps up and takes the kids so they don't have to go into the foster care system. It can be for a day or for months. There is no charge to the family or to the state and members of the church pay for everything the child needs including food, clothing, school expenses and when the parent(s) are ready, the kids go back home, knowing they are loved and supported.

Hey Marilyn The father's house is hosting three children starting today and I was wondering if you had any quilts for older children? There are two girls and one 14 year old boy. The quilts I have are more for babies and toddlers just wondering if you had any laying around thanks

So, I had kept back about 6 of the biggest quilts and told my friend to come on over. I also have about a dozen big quilts that just need binding. There's always something around here for those emergency needs. No time to rest, there's always someone out there needing a hug.

I'm always striving to be more organized to better use my quilting time to accomplish more in the time I have available to make quilts and work with the fabric. Getting more done is always a goal, but isn't always something I accomplish. I often get sidetracked by new projects while in the middle of a project, but I think that happens to most quilters. Too many exciting projects. Maybe I need to make a set of blinders to help me stay focused. :)

Great quilt day and Project Pearls meet up

 Today was an awesome Quilt Day.  My little guy even sewed a seam on a quilt the last 5 minutes of the day.  Hey, it's a start.  He helped cut the strips for a jelly roll quilt from the leftover 2 1/2 inch pieces I've had laying around forever.  He got bored playing games on the ipad and finally, after eating almost all the strawberries in the bowl decided he could give this sewing thing a try.
I think he had fun and may give it a try again.
 There were lots of new ladies and we accomplished a lot.
 This gorgeous tumbler quilt top was put together with 9 1/2 inch blocks it goes together quickly.
 The teens who showed up cut flannel squares out of the new rag die which I love.  When those quilts are sewn together, they are finished.  What's not to love about that?
 And can you believe it?  Carla actually sat down to sew!  That's a rare sight.  That woman is so busy she rarely gets time to sit.
 Here's a picture of me and Melissa, the founder of Project Pearls.  She drove out from San Jose to pick up 30 quilts which she will take to the Philippines on April 29 to hand out to the kids.  I'm so happy to have found this great organization and to partner with them.  She is such a beautiful lady and yes, I am a giant!
 Look, Carla is still sitting down.  I had to take another picture.  It's such a rare sight, I wasn't sure I would see it again.
 And one more just to make sure I wasn't dreaming :)
 More kids cutting with the Accuquilt Studio cutter.  They did such a great job with that cutter today and worked through a huge stack of flannel.
We even had an adult using the strip dies to cut more pieces for more jelly roll quilts.  We are always working on the next project.  Of course, I still have to unload my car.  That's the worse part about quilt day.  Good thing I have 4 more days of vacation.  Oh, and I still have papers to grade.  Let's not talk about that just yet.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

what's a Maker Faire?

    Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Web Badge

Still winning tennis titles

So, out of the blue today my daughter gets this award in the mail.  She graduated from Oberlin 2 years ago.  The letter that came with this piece of paper says she was one of the top 16 best tennis players in the last decade.  That's pretty random.  Why 16?  Why not 10 or 20?

But, after the day I've had today, this made me smile.

I thought going to the dentist was supposed to make you feel better?  To anyone out there who chooses to be a dentist, I must ask, what were you thinking?  Why would you purposely choose a career where people hate you.  And not just dislike you, but actually hate you and get physically ill when they think about visiting you.

The last dentist visit I had in February, they found two cavities.  He said they were very small, but I should get them taken care of before they became a problem.  Well, today I went in to get them taken care of, even though they didn't cause me any pain.  I've only had one other cavity in my life and that was more than 20 years ago.

After the anesthesia wore off, my jaw hurts and my teeth hurt.  I don't think that is supposed to happen.  I have a horrible migraine.  My neck hurts and I've got to say the dentist is about my least favorite person in the whole world right now.

This vacation isn't very good.  I wonder how may other body parts I can make hurt before I have to go back to school!?!

Monday, April 21, 2014

I love these vintage quilts

I have no idea where these quilt tops came from, but I know they have been in my garage for a while, at least a year.  It feels good to finally quilt them up and get them out of here into the hands of kids who will cuddle with them.  40 years is way too long to wait for that!
I know sometimes I make a quilt top and then it sits around for a while, but 40 years is a bit overdoing it don't you think?  How do I know it's been that long?  Well, the polyester fabric is the first and best clue.  I'm really surprised that the fabric has held up so well.  This one was all hand sewn too.  The seams are really well constructed and most of the points are perfect.  I love the pattern on this one and I think I will make one just like it for my friend who is adopting her grand daughter.  It has just enough blue and pink to make her and me happy don't you think?  It doesn't scream BABY GIRL, but leaves you guessing too.  With 9 blocks, it will make up quickly.  I just love the border fabric my friend Stephanie gifted me with a while ago.  It's Hey Diddle Diddle and I had enough to border all three small quilts and it looks like it was made for this quilt.

Another breast cyst

I got to spend half my day at the doctor, getting another breast cyst drained.  Actually the procedure only took 5 minutes, but because one of the ultrasound machines broke this morning, they were backed up.  I got in right on time, but they asked me to wait 45 minutes to have the cyst drained.  Sure, no problem, I'm on vacation and really have no where I have to be.  1 1/2 hours later, they came and got me out of the little dressing room.  Too bad there wasn't a bed in there.  The wooden plank they called a bench wasn't so good for napping.  I kept thinking they were going to come back and find me on the floor asleep so I would sleep for 5 minutes at a time.

I asked the doctor why I keep getting these things and she said it is all genetics, like freckles and I will most likely keep getting them.  Lucky me.  There is no danger in them, they are just painful.  Too bad they hurt and they don't come in pairs.  They do add to the volume.

This one was in the right breast and the fluid was brown instead of yellow like the last two times.  The doctor wasn't impressed with the different color.  This time she put air into the cyst to try and kill it so it won't fill up again.

Tomorrow's fun includes a trip to the dentist to get a couple of cavities filled.  Will the fun never end?

more blocks for the Accuquilt Win the Dream contest!/about
This block is called Candy Land and reminds me of the game I spent hours playing as a kid and also with my own kids.  It uses the Rob Peter to Pay Paul block plus 2 1/2 inch squares all around.  Simple to make and a cute block once finished.

Every block I make I like better than the last.  I'm going to have a hard time deciding which block to vote on myself.  I really like this last block called Explosion!  It's such an explosion of movement and uses the Rob Peter to Pay Paul block, plus 2 1/2 inch half square triangles

What a great quilt story

Think I can convince my husband to learn to join me?  But then, he may take over my quilting area.  But then again, he may build me a new quilting room.  Hmmm.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

aged to perfection

Cleaning out yesterday and I came across a box of vintage quilt tops.
This first one is very long and will be perfect for an extra long twin size bed.  I added the border.  The fabrics are from the 70's I'm guessing because they are a mix of cotton and polyester.  There was some stretching and many of the blocks were sewn on the bias.  The borders helped a bit, but there's some puckering and some tucks sewn in the quilting.  You really can 'quilt that out' sometimes, if you don't mind having a few puckers added in.  Of course, the thing will shrink differently when it is washed.  Some of the seams were coming apart as well and I did some mending as I quilted it.  I didn't notice the holes until I loaded and started quilting.  Some happened as I stretched it to quilt.  I think I had better wash this one first before giving it away for a couple of reasons.  First, it has sat for about 40 years in one garage or another and second to make sure I caught all of the seams that were coming apart.  I have a better chance of fixing those loose seams than the recipient and I don't want them thinking I gave them an old quilt.  Vintage is good, old not so much :)

I do love the pattern of this quilt and I think it has come back in popularity recently.  I don't remember what it's called, but I do remember seeing it on Pinterest recently.

I have several more vintage quilt tops that were in the box, but this was by far the biggest.  I'm adding borders to the rest and hoping to get them quilted up over the next couple of days.  I'm almost to the end of the giant backing piece I made and then I can get on to other things besides the big quilts.  That will be nice!

Happy Easter

 What a glorious day!
 When did they get so big?
 The morning started with church to celebrate our Risen Savior.
 The best part of bring the youngest is you get to color all the eggs yourself.  No competition.  The oldest is in grad school, another one is in college and the brother is at his girlfriends, so little guy got to color 18 eggs.
 Can you say happy dancing?
 This year I actually bought myself Easter lilies.  I just love the smell and I will plant it in the garden after it's done blooming.  It should come back again next year.  I used to have several at my old house and they would bloom year after year, but in June.
And these gorgeous Calla Lilies.  They were only $3 at WalMart.  I had a bunch of different colors at my old house too.  I don't know why it's taken me so long to purchase these again either.  I had so many pretty flowers at my old house that I didn't replace when I moved and have decided that it's time to buy them again.  I've begun working in the front garden and trying to make it look better by adding some plants that will block out the weeds.