Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Another Quilt on the Way and Charity Quilts

Hey all!!!  I pray that everyone has had a great start to the week.  This past weekend, I had finished working on this baby:



I Mailed her off this past Saturday to my great niece.  I hope she loves it, I'm sure she will!!! 😍😊😍

I have purchased the book:  How to Make a Too Cool T-Shirt Quilt along with the templates by Andrea T. Funk.  Love, love, love it!!!


I'm looking forward to making my first Too Cool T-Shirt with these T-shirts (I still have about 6 to get!)


Can you guess the theme?  Yes, ECU Pirates!!!  I live in the heart of this college town and it truly bleeds purple and gold!  So, I decided to jump in on the band wagon.  My son plans to transfer over to ECU after he completes 2 years at Pitt County Community College.  I'm so very proud of him!!!  I look forward to walking around and saying, "Urgggghh!"  This will be one of my sample size T-shirt quilts.  I plan on making at least 3-4 of them to use to set up at vendor booths (one day! 😉)

I'm currently working on this quilt that I had started way back in November when my daughter was in the hospital.  


I will not be able to quilt it on my frame until I can expand it to 12', hopefully that will be soon!  Yesterday, I finished sewing all of the rows.  Today, I pressed the rows and hopefully tomorrow, I can cut and sew the sashing strips together.  I hope to finish putting this quilt together by Sunday.

Lastly, I have been working on several things that are on my bucketlist.  One of the things from my list is to learn to FMQ.  I want to get at least 3 designs under my belt before the end of 2014.  Well, what better way to achieve this other than by making charity quilts!!!   I want to work with a smaller organization that doesn't get much attention, but would love someone to help with their quilts.  My pastor had been telling us the importance of using our gifts and especially using them for the Kingdom.  I put in a request to make quilts for our sick and shut in members.  Guess what, it was APPROVED!!!  I'm sooo excited and truly honored to start working with our Personal Touch Ministry.  This is truly an area for our crafty members to excel and offer great things not only to our members, but to our community and to the many different outreach programs.  I'm still looking for a small organization to do some quilting for that wouldn't mind a newbies not so perfect quilt designs.  My plan is to now check into our local animal shelter and some other local organizations before I make up my mind as to which one I will commit to for the rest of the year.

Well, I think that is about it for now...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Life, Quilting and Changes!

How easy is it for you to adapt to changes?  In the past few weeks there have been several changes in our lives.  Some I adapted to fairly and others, well let's just say I'm a work in progress!

Let's go back a month right after I ripped out all of the stitches on the quilt I showed in the last post.  My machine was skipping stitches and it was getting worse by the row.  The first row one skipped stitch.  I Thought okay, I can live with that.  The second row maybe three, I thought once I wash the quilt I wouldn't be able to find them.  When I got to the third row there were about 20 skipped stitches!  The back was hideous looking.  I was not about to put my name on that mess!!!  TENSION, TENSION, TENSION!  By this time I was developing a tension headache!  :o)  Why did I continue after seeing the first skipped stitch is beyond me, I guess I was hoping for a miracle!!!  Trust me when I say, I have learned my lesson and a little something about tension.  YouTube and my HQ dealer gave me great tension tips and I was able to complete the quilt with success this past Friday.



           Isn't she a cutie?

We, all except my son, went to Disney on May 11-17th.  This was courtesy of the Make A Wish Foundation fulfilling my youngest daughter's wish.  We had a ball!!!  

 The girls up close and personal with the fishes!

My son and the rest of HYPE (Step Team)  was supposed to go back to New York to compete on America's Got Talent, however, even tho the received all yes' and a standing ovation, they were not selected to continue to the next round.  So he was home alone and only He and God knows what he was up to.  I know prayer and being saintly probably was the last thing on his mind!   His hormones are raging and he's driving me nuts - he has more mood swings than 10 severely PMS'ing women!!! Many say it will get better, but better -better hurry up and get here!!! (ijs)

We had end of school year test week during the first week of June and that was very stressful...many sleepless nights.

June 7, we brought home Benson!  He is doing quite well and is truly loved, except when he decides to go in my quilt room and take a dump on the floor.  That's when he is introduced to the newspaper.

  Naughty, naughty, naughty Benson!

On June 13th, my son turned 18 on and then graduated that Saturday morning!  What an emotional roller coaster!  There were 371 graduates.  It was an emotional ceremony, a lot of tears from the students and parents.  I thought I was the only one going thru with a child who didn't know what his plans were prior to graduating.  I was not alone, there were many.  You could literally see the look of terror in these kids faces and the fear of the unknown actually paralyzed some of these children to the point of breakdowns.  My son has been struggling with the same issues.  With God, I know that everything will be okay.  I am super proud of him!!!


Sunday  June 15, the girls left for a week to attend Camp Hope.  It is a special camp for children who are fighting serious illnesses.  The girls have such a great time and they feel save because they have their doctors and nurses there with them.  What a wonderful break for me and my DH!!!  Because I don't have everyone's permission, I can't share their cute pics!!!  :0(

Well, I started piecing the back to the last of my 2013 Christmas quilts.  

  This is the top for the last of the 2013 Christmas quilts.

This quilt is for another one of my nieces.   I will actually do some FMQ'ing on this quilt.  I will be attempting swirls and poppies that I learned from Natalia Bonner's book Beginner's Guide to Free Motion Quilting.  I will show pics next week of my progress.

So, yes there has been a lot of changes in my life, but one thing remained constant - God!!!  I believe He kept me sane thru the past 9 or so months.  I leaned on Him and trusted Him to steer and guide me.  There were times I turned and tried to lead myself, but found out that I suck at leading my own life!!!  He's always here with me and I wouldn't have it any other way!!!  So, I dare you to trust God with the many changes you may face - I promise you, you will enjoy the scenery from the passenger's side!!!

Well, I guess that is about it and Current as of this week!