Tuesday, January 31, 2012
So with that said, I miss placed my UFO I pulled it out last week to do. I have others, but I really wanted to do that one since it has been in the box since I first started quilting. So I am off to look for this missing UFO. It has to be somewhere in the house. It was sitting on the dinning room table all week, and now I can not find it. Do you thing the Quilting Fairy took it so I could start on something new? Yah, there is a Quilting Fairy, she is the one who finish your quilts, when you cannot remember that you did it yourself. O.K., O.K. can can fantasize can’t I.
Looking for UFO
The Slow Quilter
Monday, January 30, 2012
Check these charm packs I got in the mail today!!!!!
I order this 32 – 5 inch Charm packs from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing, this picture does not do it justice. You will have to stop pass her blog and see it yourself, http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/2012/01/charms-packs-of-quilters-blenders.html. She also sent me a free gift, her her Photo Quilt Note Cards and Post Cards, these will be great to send one of my quilting friends, or give as a gift, maybe even in your next fabric exchange. So if you haven’t been over to her blog, stop on by, she has some great stuff. I am even think of sending one of my quilts to her to quilt for me. She is a great quilter.
Charming With Crafty
The Slow Quilter
Sunday, January 29, 2012
We all subscribe to lots of different quilt magazines or we pick them up at our nearest news stand and we also order quilting books. All of this is to keep up with the newest technique in quilting, or we see something we would like to make. So over the years I have boxes of magazines and bookshelves of quilt books. I have magazines that date as far back at 2008 (that might not be that far for most quilters). It was time for me to get organized when it came to my hording of books (I also had boxes and boxes of novels).
Now as I said before in my bio, I love to read, so my box of books were numerous. Not only did I have boxes here at home and had about 5 or 6 boxes of books at work. The ones at work, I was able to give it to our book store, some of them I mailed to a co-workers daughter who read the same books I did. I am now down to one box half full (I like to sometime re-read my books) I got a Kindle (before they cut the price) early last year and already I have over 140 books that I have read on it, so you can see I read a lot. The books at home went to thrift stores (after I look through them to pick out what I want to keep). OK, I just can not give all them up, but it was still a good clean up.
Now for the magazines. It took me a lest a week or two (I am too busy on the weekends to knock this out), I look through all of them and pulled out the pages I wanted to keep and put them in plastic covers and but them in a binder. I have several, put it is easy for me to look through to find a project I would like to do.
I do have to book shelves (one is in the basement) and that is were I keep my quilt books for easy reference and also any recent magazines that come in. It looks like I have room for more books, yah right, I have some on the cutting table.
So I hope this will help you to get your magazines and books organized for the new wave for new magazines and books come in this year.
Booking Right Along
The Slow Quilter
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I am in a Quilting Bee, which the name is Wee Bee Quilters, this is our first meeting of the year, which we met at our Presidents house, Marlene. Our regular meetings are held at a recreation center were we can set up our machines and sew.
This is also the time we get together to exchange gifts from the holiday, since we do not meet in December. This pin cushion and trash bag was made by Lynora Williams (she was my secrete Santa). I have always wanted one, but did not want to buy one, and never had the time to make one. Thank you Lynora, I really love it and you will see it at the next meeting getting used.
We also love to eat and we all brought food for the meeting, pouched salmon, chicken salad, black eye peas salad, all kinds of salads, thank God someone brought some fried chicken.
We also had show & tell. Some of the quilts I did not take pictures of because they are a part of the Red & White, Too exhibit that will be on display in February. But here is one by one of our most well know blogger, Sandra Ealy, know also by the name Yatude and her blog name sistah stitch alot. If you have not been past her blog you need to stop pass, (she has not been blogging lately, but she is back). The other quilt is by Yvonne Nickens who hand quilt this beauty. The stiches were so straight and even it looked like it was machine quilted.
Last but no means least in this gathering of quilting friends and well know blogger is Linda, from Eat, Sleep, Quilt. What are you looking for, money?
In writing this post tonight, I was looking through my pictures to post, I do not know what I did to bring them up to edit, I discovered that I had this thing on my computer called Windows Live Writer, which I used for this posting. I am able to write this post and insert my photos without having to edit them and then it will post right into my blog. Have any one of you used this wonder program? Do you have Windows Live Writer? I will have to explore this new thing and use it more, because it sure has cut my time in uploading photos for my blog.
The Slow Quilter
Friday, January 27, 2012
"The Quilt Holes"
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.
Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.
An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!
God determines who walks into your life...it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let go.'
I think this was a most heartfelt poem. Do you think you could make this quilt with your life experiences? This is your challenge for 2012.
The Slow Quilter
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Well it is time my quilting sisters to pull out that "box", reach in it a pull out something, be it that UFO, that flimsy or even the UFQ, it is time to finish what you started. LET'S GO AND DIG OUT THE BOX!!!
Now that I have gotten that out of my system, here is the box that I pulled out.
|paper piece square n' square|
So, I was finishing the binding on my quilt Saturday, and did not post anything, hope this will make up for my laps. All outside activities were cancelled yesterday (Saturday) no UHURU Guild meeting and no church meeting because of the freezing rain and snow, so I got to stay in bed and but that binding on in-between watching my grandson, and falling to sleep. I made several calls to see what some of my quilting friends were working on (I think I have friends that don't quilt?). I was talking to my Bee/Guild member Linda from Eat, Sleep, Quilt, I was telling her about my UFOs (UFQs) that I have to do, and she said that the quilts I had were "flimsies". I have never heard this quilt term before. I called a couple of other quilt friends, and they never heard of this word "Flimsy" either. So I did a search and found out that this term meaning "an un-quilted top" has been out for about a year or two. Well, this just lets me know that you will always have something to learn in the quilting world, if it's not a new technique, it is a new quilting term. SO ALL YOU LONG-TIME AND SHORT-TIME QUILTERS, add "FLIMSY" to your quilting vocabulary.
|This is Wickedly Easy B&W Queen size "FLIMSY" which I am hopping|
to send out to have quilted and it will not be a flimsy any more.
|This is another Flimsy, a Jelly Roll quilt race that I finished in 1 hr. or less|
Hopefully, I will hit the lottery and be able to get this one quilted also
|This is a true UFO, and I will let|
you know more about what is in this
Saturday, January 21, 2012
1. Always buy fabric no matter how much you already have
2. Sew All Day and All Night absolutely no cooking allowed
3. Use a lot of spit for tiny droplets of blood, this always makes the quilt personal
4. Always start a new quilt before the last one is finished, this requires you to go back to step # 1
Now rule 4 is why we have UFQs (Unfinished Quilts) I like this initial better then UFOs. We have these UFQs because we either get bored with making the quilt we started, or get side track by starting something new. I fall in both categories, I always want to start something new before finishing what I started. It is only in quilts, or I get so caught up in my reading I just don't get any quilting done. But I am on a mission this 2012 to complete all of my UFQs before 2013. I have not as yet counted how many I have but, as soon as I find them I let you know.
The fist quilt I got my hands on (only because it was under the cutting table), was a crib size Wickedly Easy which was done in colorful flannel and only had to have the binding attached (see yesterday blog).
|I know you might not have seen this. I have a extra thread holder I use this to sit the tube on so it rolls off the tube while I sewing the binding on.|
Friday, January 20, 2012
So I looked it up and found a great definition by Janet Wickell, at About.com Guide. “They’re not objects flying around in the sky (unless we toss them around because they're so ugly). A UFO is an Unfinished Object--the remnants of those quilts we start to make but never seem to finish”. Why don’t we just call them UFQs (Unfinished Quilts). Well that is what I think anyway.
These are the scraps from the quilt that I will be using for the binding, they are 2 1/2".
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Singing A Quilting Song
The Slow Quilter
Monday, January 16, 2012
Quilt for Me
The Slow Quilter
Sunday, January 15, 2012
My God Bless You
The Slow Quilter
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I also found scrap fabric from cuttings. You know all those scraps that you usually will save to put into another quilt that you have in a bag under your sewing table that you keep saying you are going to use and never do. I do have one friend who is using her scraps and asking everyone for theirs, Linda from Eat, Sleep, Quilt, she is really a scrapper.
Time to sign off now. Until tomorrow. Oh before I go here is another old joke:
A little old lady was running up and down the halls in a
nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of
her nightgown and say 'Supersex...' She walked up to
an elderly man in a wheelchair. Flipping her gown at him,
she said, 'Supersex.' He sat silently for a moment
or two and finally answered, 'I'll take the
The Slow Quilter
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath. She puts
her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters,
'Was I getting in or out of the bath?' The
94-year-old yells back, 'I don't know. I'll come
up and see.' She starts up the stairs and pauses
‘was I going up the stairs or down?' The 92-year-old was
sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her
sisters; she shakes her head and says, 'I sure hope I
never get that forgetful, knock on wood...' She then
yells, 'I'll come up and help both of you as soon as
I see who's at the door.'
In my last post I was to clean off my cutting table so I can get ready to finish up some of the UFOs I have. Well that never happen last night. As I also mention that I am a procrastinator when it comes to starting projects that are time sensitive. Well before the cutting table looked like it does, I was working on a time sensitive project for an upcoming showing on a concept from Ladyscrapbag (Carolyn) after a trip to New York on the Red & White Quilt Exhibit last year. A lot of us signed up to also do Red & White Quilts, back in March, quilts where to be completed by December 30th (just needed a finish picture and measurement). My original quilt idea never made my slow quilting skills, and as you know it I did not start my project until December 26. Yah, I hear you, why did you wait until the last minute? What can I say, I am the Slow Quilter.
Well to make a long story short, I had finished the block for the required measurements an incomplete photo. So my problem was how to quilt it. If I have not said this before, I love to quilt and putting blocks together, but I do not like to actually quilt. I am good with stitch-n-the- ditch and outlining, put quilt designs I am not good at. I would rather send them out to have them quilted. So that is what I did last night, outlined the quilt. All I have to say is “Thank God for monofilament thread”. Only thing I have to finish on the quilt is attaching the binding which I will do on Thursday. We need to turn in the quilts by January 30th. Will it be finish then? Yes it will be. I do plan to add a little sparkle to it when I finish it.
The is a 3-D folded Mariner's Compass pattern by Cheryl Phillips.