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My fingers are just a bit numb, but I finally finished the binding of the Tribute to Tonie quilt.
I paced myself and did one and a half sides each day.
As I was binding this quilt, I kept asking myself why I made it so large.
The whole idea for the quilt began in January 1, 2017.
I had purchased the book, Block a Day, by Lucinda Ganderton, and my plan was to make a block a day.
As I studied the blocks, I found blocks that represented things and memories of my mother.
I knew that February would be the year anniversary of my mother’s passing , and mom was very much on my mind.
So, I just started making the blocks, without a real plan.
Nothing unusual for me, not to plan ahead.
The quilt will fit on my bed, or maybe I can hang it in the living room.
After looking at this quilt for quite some time, there is nothing I would have done differently.
The quilt just tells the story of my mother, so I am very happy with it.
My friend, Jeana Kubik, did an excellent job with the long arm.

I had to do some major rearrangement in my sewing room in order to facilitate adding the sleeve to the back of the quilt.
I still have to add the label.
It is difficult getting a good picture of this, since I cannot hang it up just yet.

The center of the quilt is mom’s pink and brown house…yes, pink and brown.
We often referred to mom as 215, the house address.

These are two of my favorite blocks.
The cup represents our Sunday morning coffee visits.
It does feel good to get this done.
Now, I will take a break for a few days, before I start binding the third quilt.

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Sugar Skulls

Some time ago, I had bought some Sugar Skull fabric.
My intention was to make something for my daughter-in-law.
She collects Sugar Skull items.
The other day, I made mug rugs using a Dresden ruler that I ordered.
The pieces were only 2 inches long for the mug rug.
I wanted to try making them larger.
Instead of mug rugs, I made a table topper.

The Hot Press ruler I had ordered helped to make the points exact.
  

I cut out some larger sugar skulls and appliqued them on the center circle.
I didn’t know if I wanted to use 4 or 5 skulls.

I used a 21″ x 21″ square of black felt for the backing.

Finished Front with 4 Skulls in the center

Finished Backing

Inktober

I was about to shut down the sewing room for the day, when I noticed I had some good remnants from the owl bunting and the journals I had made.
Instead of stuffing them in the bin, I made a journal cover in preparation for Inktober.
In October of 2009, Jake Parker, an artist, started Inktober as a challenge to improve his own skills and drawing habits.
The site provides prompts for drawing, but I don’t stick to this list.
My sister introduced me to Inktober about three years ago, and I enjoy the challenge of drawing everyday.

September has just begun, but I took the opportunity to make the art journal cover today.
I  have always found it fun to draw and doodle, but I never considered myself an artist.
I would get drawing books and hesitate to start, in fear of making a mistake.
My sister, Emma, shared her artist trick.
She said to break in the new book and jump in by just doodling and drawing lines on the first page.
It worked!
I found that this Inktober challenge to draw every day does help to develop drawing habits.
Just another form of expression.
Lots of fun.
I usually get Moleskin books for my drawings, but this time I bought a small art notebook at Wal-mart.


Front Cover/ Same as the Back Cover


I found my set of Prismacolor Black Pens, but some are dry. They have lasted a long time.
It is time to replenish my pen pouch.

Maybe you might want to give Inktober  a try!

Owl Bunting

There Was An Owl

There was an owl
who lived in an oak.
The more he heard,
the less he spoke;
the less he spoke,
the more he heard-
We all should be
like that wise old bird
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Yesterday, I attended a farewell-to-summer tea at the home of my friend, Marti.
Her home is decorated with the most beautiful, simple, home-made decorations.
Marti has bunting for different seasons.
I decided to come home and try to make some bunting for fall.
This owl bunting idea was posted by Moonstitches on Pinterest.
My plan was to use my stash, practice applique, and try out the Charlotte’s Web Fusible Thread.
As I was rummaging through my bins, I ran across the doilies that mom had all over her living room.
I used one for the first owl.
Using the doilies instead of the center piece in the pattern, made it seem to now need wings.
I added felt wings and feet.
Now, I don’t know if I like it.

I used the Charlotte’s Web fusible thread for the second owl.
It was not as easy to pull out the top thread as shown in the tutorial video, so I will have to revisit that video.
However, the fusible thread was neat and easy.
I will have to practice some more before I decide which fusible I prefer to use.


Two buttons from my dad’s shirts were used for the eyes.


I have them hanging on my wall, so I can decide if I want to remove the wings and feet, or add feet to the second owl.

Sunflowers

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My sister just painted and redid her kitchen/dining area.
She had our mother’s dining room set fixed.
The color scheme for this area is yellow and blue. My sister has made a sunflower table runner.
Since I had promised her some mug rugs a while back, I thought it was about time I made them for her.
I used my Dresden ruler, and the pattern I found on Terri’s  Notebook.
There was enough yellow remnants in my stash to make four mug rugs.

I went to Wal-Mart to get the felt that I needed, and I passed by some colorful Halloween fabric that just jumped into my basket.  I have some ideas for possible products, but I yet haven’t decided.

Craziness

What started out as a nice day has turned into a crazy mess.
It all began nicely, with another surprise package from Amazon.
Those Shopping Fairies at Amazon knew I had always wanted to try to make something with a Dresden pattern.
The Dresden ruler was waiting for me on my porch this morning.
I decided to use this ruler to make the mug rugs that I promised my sister.
There is this great tutorial on making a Dresden mug rug. I found it on Pinterest from Terri’s Notebook.
She gave great instructions and illustrations.

I chained stitched the 2 inch petals.


My stash of felt is gone due to Craft Days with my granddaughter, so I had planned to buy some after I went to the doctor.

This is when the day started to turn.
It has been a month since I hurt my arm in Mexico.
I thought it was getting better.
But, when I tricked it out just by flossing my teeth, I knew I had to see a doctor.
My appointment was at 1:30.
As I got there, I was informed that the doctor was having a two-hour delay due to surgery situations.
Two hours later, I am told that I have shoulder impingement. The tendons around my rotator cuff become impinged as they pass through the joint.
If one more doctor tells me that when “people get of a certain age they need to”… I think I might scream.
I was given a steroid shot to help with the inflammation; and I will need some physical therapy.

The bad part of the day was after the doctor’s appointment.
Our plan was to get groceries on the way home.
The streets are CRAZY!
People are lined up to get gas, everywhere.
This is causing a congestion for people not buying gas.
Gas stations are closing, since they are out of gas.
It took us thirty minutes to get from the doctor’s to the grocery store.
I do not mean to sound like I am complaining.
This is just an inconvenience  for us, and does not even start to compare with what the people who survived the disaster of Harvey are going through. But I do believe the trouble is just beginning; and the state, the whole nation, are going to feel the effect of Harvey for some time.

Now that I am home, I need to rest this arm.
I will not be able to start binding the quilts for the quilt show until Monday.
What was I thinking when I made a quilt that is 92″ x 102”?
I guess I got carried away.
The Dresden mug rugs will have to wait also.
I don’t want to use up any gas if I don’t have to, so shopping for felt is not on the top of my list.
I am looking forward to rebooting and having a fresh start tomorrow.

Blocks 3 and 4 : #iwishyouamerryqal

First, on a sad note, my friend’s home in Rockport was totaled.
Her son went down to evaluate and he said it was worse than they imagined.
We will be meeting with her on Saturday to give her some support.

On a happier note, I finished Block 4, “Christmas Memories” designed by Jennifer Fulton, of Inquiring Quilter.
These ornaments she designed do bring back memories of my childhood Christmas trees.
What I enjoy about this quilt along, is that I am learning new helpful tidbits and new skills.
Jennifer mentions in her directions, that stabilizing the applique with pull away Pellon, helps prevent the applique from puckering. I wish I had known that when I made the Snowflake block. I used Pellon Stitch-N-Tear Lite.
It made all the difference. Funny thing is, I had some of this Pellon in my embroidery storage bin.
I knew it was good for embroidery but did not think of using it to applique.

It took me longer than it should have to choose my fabrics for this block. The ornament shapes are just like the ones my mom had, and I wanted to get as close as possible to the colors of the old ornaments we had when I was young.
In a previous post, I had mentioned that my mom loved to decorate every inch of her house for Christmas.
My dad always said that he knew if he stood still for a minute, he would soon have garland and ribbons on him.
Mom had a collection of items to decorate for a Victorian Christmas.
She had a Blue and Silver Christmas, and her original set of old ornaments.
This was her Red, Green, and Gold Christmas.
It just so happened that I chose red, green, and gold for my color palette.

This block also gave me the opportunity to practice on my applique skills.
I hope I do not regret using the gold metallic thread for the appliques.
The thread jammed in my bobbin a few times, turning my hair a bit grayer.

My Clover Seam Roller came in handy for pressing down the applique.

At first, I wasn’t so sure about the tree and cone fabric.
But it fits in with the other three blocks.

I might have to redo the puckering Snowflake.

 Here’s a shout out to Abbie, from Sparkle On.
Thanks again, for letting me know about this QAL.

 

Block #3 : Santa Belt

I had so looked forward to the release of blocks 3 and 4 of I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along.
Then, I had to spend most of my day tending to the business of getting a new phone.
Since I was out, I bought a fat quarter of some green tree fabric.
I had to make something positive out of this day.

I finished block 3, Santa Belt.
My Santa is a Cosmic Santa.
I don’t know if you can see that Santa’s suit has gold stars.

Block 3 #iwishyouamerryqal

This is the first, and possibly the last time I work with metallic fabric.
I ended up using a light supportive fusible on the back of the metallic.
To make sure it would stand the test of washing, I  placed a piece of the metallic in a cup of water.
It did just fine.

Now, I am trying to decide on fabric for Block # 4.
The ornaments really remind me of the type we used when I was a child.
I need time to think about this one.

Storm Update, Lunch, and Journal Covers

San Antonio was spared from any real damage from Hurricane Harvey.
My friend from Rockport is still waiting to hear about her home.
One hopeful sign is that the Big Tree on Goose Island survived the storm.
This beautiful tree, which is over 1000 years old, is just steps away from my friend’s home.
Hopefully, her home is also still standing.
As for the Houston family, they are hanging on.
Last I heard, they were still waiting to evacuate.
One of my relatives works at the hospital, and he says they are in dire conditions.
My Corpus relatives will be heading home soon, to assess the damage.
I am so proud of our Texas  HEB. This company is always ready to serve the communities.
They have sent trucks with hot meals and medications to the disaster areas.
HEB is always on the front line when it comes to helping.

Today was still windy, but the sun did shine.
I went to my former school to be part of the first day excitement.
I even got to park in my old parking space.

It was good seeing friends; and the children were delightful.
Afterwards, I went to meet the retired teacher group for lunch.
The Silver Foxes meet every year on the first day of school.
It was fun catching up.
One of my friends told me she has a family member who was just diagnosed with an illness.
She wanted to find a journal for  this person.
I offered to make her a journal cover and she loved the idea.
I was able to make it when I returned home.

The front heart pocket opens.
She can print cards with encouraging messages and place them in the heart pocket.

Interior of the Journal Cover

Two more heart magnets.