Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A finish for myself!

Well I am home sick today  I woke up with a terrible headache and well it has me down for the count.  My head is feeling better, but I try to do anything and I get very dizzy and extremely sick to my stomach.  I have wanted to sew so bad all day, but I just can't.  I hate this, but it is what it is.  At least they are getting less.  I go back to the clinic next Monday for a followup on the botox.  Then next month for the 2nd round.  I wish there was a cure or whatever for migraines, but not so much.  I pray that my daughter will not have to go through this.  I am the first in my family to have them, and "they" say they are genetic, but I suppose they had to start with someone at one time. 

So enough of that.  I did manage to uncover from my newly finished quilt long enough to walk to the deck and photo it.  So here it is a quilt I actually made for myself!  I am calling it the reversible quilt, the front is a jelly roll using the jelly roll jam II from the fat quarter shop.  The back is just a layer cake all sewn together.  The fabric line escapes me, but I do love all the colors.  I boarded the front in linen, and that is the 1st time I have mixed fabrics and I really liked it.  I quilted it in straight lines 1/2 apart.  I really like how that turned out.  It was bound with just a brown binding most likely Kona something.  So there it is:  
This is the front.  I love how it all worked out and the colors.  It is just fresh and crisp!  It is all country colors, which we all know how country this house it :).
 This is the back and I love how it looks as well. 
 The binding.  I have gotten so much better about binding.  I had put a quilt in the fair and actually won 1st place with and they picked me off about the binding so I have been practicing.  

I just noticed I never told you about my fair win.  First time ever enter a quilt into much of anything (I donated to a friends auction) and I got 1st place and $5.

This is the hemisphere quilt.  I tested this pattern and it can be purchased here.  This is the most challenging a favorite quilts I have done.  I love it!

Needless to say the $5 came about 2 months later, and I had no idea it was coming or anything about money at all.  In fact I literally thought it was a bill for an entry fee.  I say it and was so excited!  My husband laughed and laughed at me saying he bet I have never been excited about $5 before.  It was great and it made me feel good about my work.  I will enter more quilts, even thought the older crowed is not all that friendly to me about it up there, and it would appear that if you don't hand quilt well then you are not a quilter.  Well my $5 says different lol!  I don't look to ever win Grand Champion due to the aforementioned issues, since the judges are this particular older crowd.  These are the reasons I love the bloggy world because it is really my only support network on quilting.  Thank you all!!  Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was tagged by Zenia at A Quilted Passion.  Please stop by and visit her space on the net.  

You may have seen posts regarding the around the world hop, if not it is a way to meet and greet bloggers from, you guessed it around the world.  If you get tagged you then try to find 3 other bloggers to tag.  I could not find 3.  Most of the people I asked have already done the hop, some just didn't want to, and so I have one.  It doesn't matter how many you have.  I have seen where people just left it open to everyone who wanted to,so if you are reading this and the mood strikes then just roll with it!
The hop has 4 questions you answer so lets get to it!
1. What am I working on?
Oh me!  I am working on a mystery quilt, and stuff from 2012 lol!  Lets just leave it at that.  I am in the process of finishing up a jelly roll jam quilt.  I am calling it the reversible quilt since I am shopping my stash, I used a layer cake of the same line on the back and love it.  

I used linen on the boarder and love it.  I did straight line quilting 1/2in apart.  Here is the back:
 Not the best pic, but the sun was not working with me very well.  I am going to bind in a deep brown.  I have the binding sewn together but not pressed and all. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Humm that seems deep.  I am not sure it does differ except that it is my work, and I put my own spin on things.  
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because it is something that I hold dear to my heart.  My grandparents quilted, together even.  I just feel that it is a part of our family I do not want to fall by the way.  I love, love the quilts I have from them.  They are something I treasure.  I want to share that.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Well I tend to go about it, by thinking about the person I am making something for.  I think about them and look at my stash.  I find some fabric then I just start looking at the fabric and it just goes from there.  I am not sure I have done it the other way (find a pattern and go that way).  It has always been the person 1st.  Unless I am testing a pattern of course.  I actually have most of the items I have made pattern testing, so there ya go!  
So that is a little about me.  Please head over next Monday to find out about Leona at Leona's Quilting Adventure.  She also has another blog Quilters for Chemo, so please check that out as well! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and that everyone is enjoying this shifting of seasons!