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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pain

Hi and signs of spring are here! Sorry it has taken a while to write again but I had knee replacement on February 25, 2014 and all I see, feel and have is pain. It is getting better and more manageable but it is my right leg so no driving or quilting yet! I have finished a binding on a past UFO and also hand sewed button centers on this 3rd Petal quilt from a Material Girls Quilt Guild Petal Swap over 10 years ago. To say that some of the colors and patterns are not ones I would choose today is an understatement but I do remember that colors and patterns come and go and anything you create is actually timeless! It was great to finally be rid of these and now to move on to another project. I am knitting some selvedges into a small bag and realize that they need to be under 3/4" wide otherwise it is harder to knit and also must have large needles. Also knitting every row creates too much bulk and makes a heavier bag so much better to knit and purl alternating rows. It is a great way to keep busy and experiment because when do you ever take the time to experiment????? Quilters are the best!! Friends have come and brought their projects to show and tell and also lots of food and goodies! So glad I have them in my life to share the pain and the fun and also help motivate me to move forward or to just move! Waiting for my favorite Long arm quilter Kathryn to bring me back some of the 4 quilts I finished and gave her before my surgery so I would have something to do. Very motivated to get going and driving again and back on the road with my Selvedge Queen talk and also all the big and local quilts shows coming up in April. Pictures will follow and so glad that the snow has melted somewhat and now just waiting for more to arrive sometime this week. The best thing about this is 2 days later it will be 60 degrees! Spring in New England always has surprises! Keep quilting

Sunday, February 9, 2014

White, I hate White!

HI
Not the greatest Blogger, too busy looking at all the white!  White is not inspiring.  It could be clean, pristine but to me it is boring and constricting.  Just stop the snow and I will appreciate , white, again!

I have been busy.

January is the month of resolutions, not to buy much fabric and get rid of multiple small bags of leftovers projects that have been completed but the "green" quilter in me can not throw out!  So I made a bag with a bag of chenille wraps that I made a Dragon Jacket 3 years ago.  One bag gone.  The next bag in that African basket was scraps from multiple boys quilts I have made over 6 years.  I did my  "Hack and Sew" method and sewed all of them together and made a "Transportation" quilt for my new grandson, Mason!  He will love it, pee on it, throw up on it and I will be glad I could supply a quilt that will make him smile!  I also started a girl quilt for someone so I can use up the 3rd bag in the basket.  I them took another basket full of, well, junk, and did indeed throw it away.
I went to a Quilters Getaway in January and finished the 40 small bags I am making for another guilds getaway this month.  I embroidered their names, a face and a clear plastic holder for their assorted name tags.  No ugly generic ones for them.  Of course the guild getaway I made them at wanted to know why they did not get one!?  I guess , while recovering, from Knee Replacement surgery this month I will be embroidering more names and faces!

Yes, we make result ions in the New Year but don't we also reflect on what we have accomplished, UFO's not finish, how blessed we are to be quilters and look around to see who we  could help?!  I made pillowcases for a Battered Women's shelter, NICU incubator blankets for babies all at another guild's Charity sew.  I made, not the prettiest quilt, but the most functional quilt, for a vision impaired 9 month old.  I mended, at the Memere hospital, a monkey tail and a blankie for 2 of my grand children and still need to remake a Rapunzel dress for another!

I made 11 Minkie blankets just to get rid of a large trash bag full of Minkie scraps and now need to give them away because I filled another bag with the finished ones!  I found an ethnic quilt that my niece had given me to remake, 3 years ago,  and finished it and mailed it to the little toddler!

I now need to look at the guilt ladder and finish some of those UFO's plus others hidden under my bed.  I should go shopping in my stash and find the fabrics I probably bought to finsh those, thus freeing up more space to buy more fabric or maybe rearrange the fabric, again, to see what marvelous taste I had in the past!

More white outside, maybe shoveling is on the agenda, maybe, maybe……….

What have you been doing?

We put a red metal roof over our camp in the dead of winter, why not!

Ethnic quilt redesigned

Bag made with Chenille Dragon coat scraps

Mason's Transportation Hack and Sew

Back of Mason's quilt
Took a class with Jo Diggs and made grand daughter another Gish quilt!

Found 10 year old bag of fabric and sewed them together in assorted stripe fabrics
Jessica



Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Year, new issues!

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I use this as a diary to self and to keep track of the crazy life I live as you!  Nothing goes to plan.  I will be having knee replacement surgery in February, have adjusted one talk and begged family members to drive me to others,  Life is good.

Do you ever wonder what ore we can achieve in  our quilting or our creative lives?  I do.  But I have decided that life decides that.  Life interferes, life cannot be controlled.  Life is what we make it and how we adapt to what is given us.  My new handsome, black fussy haired grandson, so cuddly and warm was born with a cleft lip, minor but still unexpected.  People ask is this depressing and my my daughters response it could have been worst and this is minor in the scheme of volunteering to hang a basketball hoop for children in his struggling town, fell off, and life will never be the same again.  Ask to be on y Facebook page and the info is there if you feel this could have been your family!

My house, camp, is under siege by my husband who always decides to renovate Christmas Eve.  My children always though that the sawdust on the tree was the best part of the holiday!  Teachers wondered about how we live, as I still do.

Those of you who have Blogs, does your family read them?  Mine, mot!  I write to keep track of the many things  and ways that my life twists and turns and evolves!

So, I took a workshop  class with QC with Jo Diggs!  So much fun and made a small landscape that I will handset, kill me, and also a fish collage, which was so easy as I live in a lake and know fish!  My sewing room, along with all rooms are under siege by my husband who will be leaving on a business trip to wherever with the results, not mess, progress for a new bathroom, closet, roof and  chimney flue.  Should have done in the warmer months but o challenge to do it then.  Much better to do it in subzero, rain and ice storms!  And, have your contractor son to help.  Not sure my blood pressure is happy but Paypal is because for every stress, New purchases get delivered!

Back to sewing!

 I am going to one of my guilds getaways nest weekend, thanks the heavens and will try to finish a UFO or many as I have many, not counting because between the knee replacement and family stuff and renovation I need a no brainer, thus UFO!

I will post pictures at some point soon, not now and hope that this post find all of yu well, creative and at least rested!
Jessica

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Twas the time before the holidays……….


Twas the time before the holidays and all through the sewing room
the machines sat idle while I awaited impending doom
the pillowcases were made to wrap the finished UFOs
but the woman who made them, just didn't have time to sew!
the buckeyes were made, the anise cookies cooling
the patterns were waiting, but the holidays movies kept spooling
hour after hour, on four different channels, oh my!
how to watch them, tape them, DVR them, I sigh
yet out like a flash, I need to out, at night, I do go
prairie wife, stacking wood, feeding the stove and shoveling the endless snow!
the stockings were hung with nothing to fill them
the cards left unsent, but I Ebay'ed a gem!
Cindyloo whoo will be coming real soon
joining the Grinch, Heat and Snow Miser, I am over the moon
I beat the last bid, I outwitted that shopper
my, oh my, Christmas is just going to be a Whopper
no turkey, no stuffing, no fix ins for us
just movies and sweets and all that good stuff
but papa will be returning from far away lands
and make me cook and sew, he must take a stand
because I, in my fuzzy jammies, just want my wine
so I whine and I whine and I say to all of my kind
make merry, merry everyday and enjoy each and every day
for  someday, we will cook, sew and clean, YES we will shall PAY!

Enjoy

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Turkey Day and every day!

Another holiday, another time to reflect that I ate too much again!  You, my relatives are all away for actual day, who cares, as long as we get to celebrate a day, together, which we did, in loud style!  Loud because we are mostly hearing impaired and have lots of grand children who run, scream and yell to make sure we remember they are there!  Seriously, any day we see a member of a our family is a great day.  My mother always said that "it is not the extraordinary day you remember, but the days that all seems well and you are upright!".  Well,oct of us were upright by the end of the day!
My husband and I will celebrate a quiet day ripping up our only closets in the laundry room and bedroom, to get ready for an expansion, of course during the winter, where the roof will be raised and baby it is cold outside with snow already here!  Then he will leave me alone, the prairie wife, for a few weeks while he travels to Asia.  Keeping the home fires burning, I shall forge ahead! As always.
I have made 50 pillow cases, some with some great looking boy toy fabric, to wrap Christmas presents in.  No paper here just getting rid of the fabric I need to get rid of to make room for more.  Started making, finally,  a belated birthday and Christmas table centerpiece for patient friend.  Need to make 5 assorted baby quilts for past showers and future ones.  I may as well get ahead of it.
I will make a turkey for Thanksgiving as we love leftovers, just like I love all those left over fabrics that call for a scrap quilt, so one of those is on my a gender!
My nights are filled with taping and watching 3 movies at a time, all the Holiday movies need an audience!
My wish for all is that you get up every owning and can't wait for the day to enfold.  That your sun, whether snow or rain , will always be in your sewing room.  That you thank God and those who encouraged you to sew, thanks Mom, and you never beat on your sewing machine the way I do!
Have a great life!
Jessica

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Selvedge Queen and King!

I have had a busy weeks!  Yes, that is plural as I have the Concord Piecemakers Quilt Show 1 st week, then I did 2 Selvedge Queen/King events at A Quilters Gathering  in  Manchester, NH, and then another speaker event in Saugus, MA, for the Hammersmith Quilt Guild!  Made 3 Holloween costumes for my grand daughters and bought my grandson his "Rocker" one.  Now, it is time to be a vegetable, too tired to contemplate that in between I went to Smith College for a docent tour of their art museum and had a fender bender and then a parking ticket.   Don't over park in a parking space in the city as they will give you a ticket for taking up 2 parking spaces and denying the town, Northampton, MA of revenue!  Only is MA!   Plus, I have 9 body forms looking like a sex orgy and smelling like a moldy cellar in my SUV to bring back to my local Historical Society.  Fun times, fun times!
Never a dull moment in the life of me!
These first photos are from my Selvedge Queen show for Hammersmith Quilt Guild in Suagus!

I always take self portraits!  Who can show the real you but you!


They have many things, like most quilt guilds going to help embers participate in guild activities and also meet others!

A surprise member of this guild who used to belong to my home guile, Material Girls, in Leominter, MA




If you were queen, like me, you would take many self portraits!

I made the aprons for a quilt show basket for Concord Piecemakers  a great show to buy at!


Some of my grandchildren standing in front of Memere's weird garment, although they do not think I am weird!

We, or I, am resting, long day on bad knees!

I can't make faces so I made their backsides and photographed some of them as is!




My best work, Elise's Starburst!  Now she will jump on it and probably other bad stuff will happen but it is done!

A Quilters Gathering in Manchester, NH with the Selvedge Queen and the Queen of Hearts!

Selvedge Queen 2013

be aQueen, Queen Bee!

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Boys and girls celebrated!



Hat created from the outfits selvedges and crocheted in a bee hive!  Of course!


Selvedge Queen talk at A Quilters Gathering!  The king came too, he arrived to see his wife model and my king was in Kenya so I chose a new one!









He  has arrived and so handsome and such a great sport to model my strange wear!


We won!!!!!  What?

Costumes for some of the grand children, the Bee and the Purple mermaid who has a Nemo patch because the new serger "ate" some of the fabric!