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Tiny Tree and Vintage Ornaments Update

I am very close to the end of working nearly a month without a day off (from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day).   The madness is calming down and I believe I am going to survive another crazy shipping season after all!

I have even been able to enjoy some peaceful sewing time!

The Temecula Quilt Company’s tiny tree is sewn.  The quilting will wait…the piecing is what I needed for the time being.  I think I will be decorating this little guy with buttons.

Temecula Quilt Company's Tiny Tree

The Vintage Ornaments quilt (and here) is slowly getting quilted.  The last time that I shared, this quilt was quilted in the ditch, and the ornaments were outlined.

Since then, I have quilted inside the setting triangles.

Vintage Ornaments

I am now marking lines to quilt the sashing.  

Vintage Ornaments

I do have template rulers, and a ruler foot for my domestic sewing machine, but I find it easier to mark my lines, and free motion stitch without the ruler.  It is what I am used to…maybe someday this old dog will learn to use the rulers for how they were intended.  


Hey…whatever works!

Vintage Ornaments

For the curious, I am using Wonderfil’s rayon thread for the decorative machine quilting.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off – Machine Quilting

“As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind.  And I often write my songs for myself.” -David Friedman

“How did it get so late so soon?” -Dr. Seuss

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince 

I have neglected my blog.  I like blogging, so what can I say for myself? 

A demanding job, apathy, depression, a time-out, a boring existence, self-pity, frustration at the lack of control of my life….

Sheesh!  You’d think somebody died or something!  Get a grip!  Change the negative brain recording!

I’m shaping up.  Mentally, that is.  Many of those emotions I’ve listed above apply to a big project.  That would be my Aunt Sukey Spins Off project. 

Yup.  I became bored and frustrated with it, and it became a monster sitting on my shoulders and whispering great doses of guilt into my ears.

I don’t understand myself.  Why…oh why…do I insist on complicating things.  I love the acronym, KISS…keep it simple, Stupid.  I love it, but have yet to apply it to myself.

Here I’ve made this classic traditional red and white quilt.  So far, so good.  But I can’t decide how to quilt it, and I go all out on the thing.  And then I become frustrated.  The quilting doesn’t fit the quilt.

There are times when I really should take a cue from my good friend Judy Butcher.  She knows how to quilt a traditional quilt.

Alas, I’m committed.

We’ll see how it turns out. 

In spite of myself.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 1

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 2

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 3

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 4

Aunt Sukey Spins Off Part 5

Initial Pillow

I have decided to make one pillow a month.  One pillow for each of my grandchildren.

I think a pillow with their initial on it would be a fun and personal Christmas gift.

Totally doable for me.  So, yes, for the first time ever, I’m starting my Christmas list early.

Here you see the initial already machine appliqued onto a white background layered with batting and muslin.  I drew a squiggly machine quilting guideline with a blue washout marker.

Nathaniel Pillow

Next time, I think I should space that guideline further apart, but it worked out.

Nathaniel Pillow

The squiggly line was quilted first, then the rest of the filler quilting was done.

Nathaniel Pillow

Oops.  I missed a small section.  I hope the quilt police don’t find it!

Nathaniel Pillow

I made an 18″ pillow and filled it with an 18″ pillow form.  I think a bigger form might look better.

Nathaniel Pillow

I like the railroad tracks filler.  It is fun and wonky.  No rules.  Thanks Leah Day!

Nathaniel Pillow

The back of the pillow has a concealed zipper.

Nathaniel Pillow

I am linking up with quiltshopgal.

The railroad tracks free motion quilting is from Option #1 from the February Pillow Challenge.

Nathaniel Pillow

Sitting Pretty Update 2

I am making progress with Sitting Pretty.

The borders are on, and the quilt top is pin-basted.

Sitting Pretty

On to the quilting.   After June, I think.

I am getting my ‘Grandma Fix’.  Five grandchildren, 2 daughters, and a son-in-law will be visiting this month.


Sneak Peek 2

Just in case you think I have forgotten, or maybe rolled this quilt into a ball and labeled it another UFO:

Sneak Peek

I have the same disease as my blogger friend, Jenny Lyon.  It is the “quilt it to death” disease.  My saving grace is that I am not a perfectionist.  Even so, this project is taking longer than it needed to.

It isn’t a show quilt.  It isn’t an artsy quilt.  A nice edge-to-edge quilting design would have been fine.

I am using Aurifil 50 weight in both the top and the bobbin.  But not the same color, so I will have ‘pokeys’ (Oh horrors!). 

As I said, I am not a perfectionist.

And it is spring (I wanna be outdoors!).  And I have a day job.  And I can come up with lots of excuses.

But I will finish.  This year.