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Some days there are so many things you want to do that you are rushing around and time is getting away from you.  When I get to this point I tend to forget to take the time to appreciate some things.  This Blog Community is what I have missed.  I love reading everyone’s blogs. They make me think out of the little box I live in.  Your creativity is so wonderful to see. Thank you for all your critique on my posts.  I so look forward to these.  Just wanted to say thank you for being my su pport. When at quilt guild, I see all these beautiful quilts, and these people who are creating patterns, people winning big awards, etc, I feel very inferior.  These people are wonderful and friendly and want to be helpful, it is me.  With this community(could be because I am not physically in front of you) I don’t feel this way.

Now on to other things.   This week I have played with casserole carrier, tripod carrier, and working on the quilting of my Migrating Geese Gone Green quilt.

Today I am spending time writing this watching a storm pass thru, and listening to the rain tapping on my window.  It is such a calming sound.   I do think I will sit here, work on my Migrating Geese and listen to the rain.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?  I enjoy your input.

 

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Want to Savor Memories?

Yesterday I finished my Son and Daughter In Law’s Memory Quilt for their Fur Baby.  Rocky was their baby so we wanted something special.  I have made several types of memory quilts and they are wonderful for any occasion.  IMG_20170625_140100173_HDRIMG_20170625_140205629 This next one is for a friend with Dementia and it is used to help her remember who members of her family are.IMG_6044.JPG

Sometimes if we do things very much we forget others may be just starting something new and may have questions.  I know I do.  So for anyone interested this is how I make my Memory Quilts.

Step 1.  How big of a quilt do you want?  I have made them from Lap to King size.

Step 2. How many photos do you have?  This will determine the size of your blocks and your layout.

Step 3.  I cut out pieces of paper the size my photo’s will be.  Use these to design your finished quilt.

Step 4. I purchased June Taylor’s -In Computer Printer Fabric  and printed my pictures of on this with my HP Printer.  When doing this I print out 1 small picture to see if I need to adjust the brightness or color of the photo.  I darken my photos as much as possible and still get a lot of details. When this is to my liking I print out my photos.

READ INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PACKAGE OF COMPUTER PRINTER FABRIC IMG_20170626_081536867.jpgI get this at JoAnn’s and use my coupons.

I press the crud out of printed fabrics to heat set the photos.  In fact I press even more than I normally would.IMG_20170626_075343189

This was my test photo.  I saw the detail of Rocky’s face on the computer, but when printed onto the fabric all was lost.  Even darkening it as much as I could, some of him were lost.

Step 5. Now I Know my border sizes for the photos and cut these out, and attach these.

Step 6. After all borders are on the photo’s lay out your blocks and see what you want.  With the Rocky quilt we wanted him to be the star. For this reason Snoopy(his favorite toy) was my filler fabric.  You may have different size blocks unless all your photo’s are the same size and print orientation.  You can add fabric, or your favorite block.

Step 7. Now let’s put it together.  I start in the middle row.  For me this is my focal row and then build around it.  I continue auditioning my photos with each completed row.  Sometimes the photos “talk” to me and want to be in a different area.

AFTER EACH STEP I PRESS WITH A HOT DRY IRON to make sure the photos are heat set.

 

I sincerely hope these make sense to you and not confuse you.  I have reread this post and it read ok, but I know what I am posting.

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What happen to the week?

Time really flies by doesn’t it?  I have been working a memory quilt for our Son and Daughter In Law.  A few weeks ago they had to put their dog down; it was real hard for them as anyone with pets know about that.  Here is a photo of the quilt top for them.  Now I need to square it up and quilt it.  IMG_20170623_204348704.jpg

Now to decide on what to make next.  OH I KNOW.  Casserole Carries.  I just need to decide on which pattern to use.   Will make some good Christmas Gifts.  Do you like to make some of your gifts for different occasions?  We do.  They are something from the heart.

This weekend is going to be in the 70’s or low 80’s so I will be spending as much of it as I can outside.  That means sewing will have to wait for a little while.  But that is ok it will give me more time to decide on the next big project.  Enjoy your weekend.

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Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival

Went to the KC Regional Quilt Festival and saw so many quilts.  So many ideas, SO MUCH TALENT, and so many vendors.  Took us 4 hours of no stop walking (Hubby was in so much back pain by time we stopped).  But it was wonderful.  Hopefully next year I can manage to take some of the classes.  I know I will buy tickets for 2 days.

So many wonderful things to see.  Where does all this creativity come from?  I am in awe when I am among these quilts.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I love hearing from everyone.

 

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Such a wonderful last few days.

Where to start…..We have been honored by Jessica at Unmeasured Journeys for a blogging award.

Thank you,unmeasuredjourneys.com , for including my blog among the 11 you chose! That’s so sweet.  This is a great get to know each other.
Guidelines:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Jessica’s questions

  1. Light or dark chocolate?
  2. Sunrise or sunset?
  3. City streets or country roads?
  4. Homemade casserole or 5 course meal?
  5. A dozen roses or an armful of wildflowers?
  6. Favorite color?
  7. Most loved season?
  8. Cream pie or fruit pie?
  9. Favorite song?
  10. Swim in a creek or swim in a pool?
  11. What’s one kind thing someone has done for you?

My answers:

  • Dark chocolate, especially the ones that melt in your mouth
  • Sunrise, what better way to start a day
  • Country Roads, You see so much more than a city street
  • Homemade casserole.
  • Wildflowers.
  • Cobalt blue
  • Fall.  The trees are so beautiful showing off their bright colors
  • Fruit pie
  • Dancing With My Darling
  • A creek.
  • Hubby went to Quilt Festival with me and walked for 4 hours encouraging me to buy whatever I wanted.  Was so patient waiting even though he was in lots of back pain.

I nominate:

  1. Prairie Moon Quilts
  2. Katzenwold
  3. Roth Poetry
  4. Treadlemusic
  5. From My Carolina Home
  6. My OBT
  7. tiemeycreates
  8. Tu-Na Quilts
  9. Farmhouse Quilts Blog
  10. Gray Barn Quilts
  11. Desert Sky Quilting

My questions:

  1. Favorite book
  2. Favorite foods
  3. Rather be outdoors or indoors
  4. If you could travel anyplace in the world where would that be
  5. Why did you start blogging
  6. How many pets
  7. How do you relax
  8. Rather eat sweets or salty
  9. What is your favorite family activity
  10. What type of movies do you enjoy watching
  11. How do you relax after a stressful day

 

 

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New Idea Day

I have been making microwave bowl cozies for quite a while now and have decided to remake them into different sizes.  Today’s size is 15×10 inches.  IMG_20170614_130107191IMG_20170614_130107191 In case you would like to make one for yourself or for gifts.

I started with cutting an oval that was 16×11 inches out of 2 pieces of fabric.  One for the inside and one for the outside. Then 2 pieces of cotton batting.  I then stitched one piece of fabric and one piece of batting together.  I did this for both fabrics. (Sorry for the shaky green lines)InkedIMG_20170614_131018825_TOP_LI.jpg1.jpg Stitch darts the middle of the top, bottom, each sides.

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I started at 3/4 inch from the corner of the dart and sew down 4.5 inches.  Do this for all 4 darts, on both pieces of fabric/batting, pieces.

Place them together right sides facing each other and stitch around leaving an opening for turning right  side out.InkedIMG_20170614_132155898_HDR_LI Trim and turn right side out and then stitch closed and it is ready to go.

IMG_20170614_130046309IMG_20170614_130107191 Enjoy.  Any questions just holler.

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Day after Auction

Went to the Auction not planning on buying anything.  I think that was the first BIG mistake.  Find #1)  2 totes 11x13x12 full of fabric.  (60.5 yards of fabric smallest piece 2.225 yards).  Fine #2)  6 Beatle’s Posters.  Find #3) 2 Large new rolls of quilt batting.  These rolls are 5 ft tall and I can’t wrap my arms around one of them.. Then a few little finds like a coat tree, a small  copper bugle, and 2 small outside speakers.  I couldn’t have put another thing into the back of the SUV. All for under $70.

IMG_20170610_133651456 1IMG_20170610_140336792IMG_20170610_140341611 Now the brain is so on overload on what I can do.  No excuse for not getting the quilt tops finished.  That will be top of the todo list.