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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

 I know, I am two days early for Thanksgiving.  But to tell the truth, my Thanksgiving is over.  I always have holidays on a day that will not interfere with my son's trucking schedule or my daughter-in-law's plans with her family.  It has never bothered me to do this because the most important part is that we get together...so the day of does not matter.  Having said all that, we had our family Thanksgiving this past Sunday.  It was very nice and my hubby and I are now enjoying all the leftovers.  Yum!

I have been so busy that I haven't had time to sew.  Sew, here are a few of my past craft projects. 


Here is hoping that your Thanksgiving is as nice and enjoyable as mine was.  And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Nothing to see here

 I really don't have a lot to show today.  Hubby and I went on the road today to get groceries and to do a little shopping.  We will be having our family Thanksgiving this Sunday due to scheduling and to let the in-laws have time with their families on Thanksgiving Day.  I don't mind at all just so I get to see them at this time of year.  The day is immaterial.  It is the giving of thanks for all we have and we can do that any day and should every day.  That being said I will show one of my projects past.  These are a microwave casserole pad, a bowl pad and a cup pad.  They are placed under the casserole/bowl/cup and when removing the hot item from the microwave, the edges fold up to hold the handles.  I really like them and as we are doing the mug rugs this week,  I realized that these could be used for that also.  They are a breeze to make.






Oh the last picture is my helper Mooey.  Good grief, Charlie Brown where is the great pumpkin?  I just know that is what she is saying.  In this house, I am Charlie Brown and Mooey is Lucy.  She is always pulling the football away when I go to kick it.  And she laughs and laughs, and laughs...


 
And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Kitty Cats, Quilts, and Mug Rugs, Oh My!

 I really don't have any quilts to show, but I do have my Mooey who decided she had to help me with my wall hanging.  Actually, I think she has claimed it for her own.


I also have some mug rugs for show and tell.  I really like to do a little quilting on them, however if they are particularly small I just like to do a small top stitch and call it good.



On this one I did just that and I really think it is all it needs.




And then there are the larger ones that just need a little quilting on them.  I find doing a grid pattern very satisfying.  As I sew the lines and the diamonds begin to appear, it just reminds me of the old quilts that were done by hand and quite often just done with parallel lines across the quilt forming those diamonds.


This last one was made with a piece of muslin and a fussy cut Santa that I had in my scrap box.  I never knew what I was going to use him for, but I decided he would make a nice mug rug.  Now I just need to decide if he needs more stitches.  Frankly, my dear I don't give a d--m.  I'll think about it tomorrow. (Oh no, now I am doing movie memes!)  I had better end this blog before it is gone with the wind.  😂


And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Monday, November 15, 2021

This is so hard

 I have avoided the mug rugs for years.  My thinking was they were just too small to mess with and who would use them.  Then I needed some coasters and finding just what I wanted was, well impossible.  Along comes the No Ring November Blog Hop and I see all the pretty Christmas mug rugs as well as many others and I am off to the races.  



Check out this blog hop.  You may get excited about mug rugs too.  Below I am showing some of the hot pads I have been working on.  With a little imagination these could be made into small snack mats or even mug rugs.  Who knows?


And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Quilts Future

Last night was the night I was visited by ghost of Quilts Future (dramatic music, deep voice in my head) and I was shown all the scary things I want to finish in the near future (now I hear laughing in my head)!  It is rather humorous for me to think that I will get all of the finishes done that I have patterns and fabric for. (ending a sentence with a preposition, oh great, now I have ghosts and grammar police after me!)  I mentioned my mother's hand pieced quilts.  I don't have pictures yet, but my goal is to start one of them this winter.  Now I have mixed feelings about machine quilting them because I have a family member who once told me that a quilt isn't a quilt if is isn't hand quilted.  Number one, I can no longer hand quilt.  I am 70 and my fingers hurt from arthritis.  And number 2, truthfully I can only sit at the sewing machine so long or my back really tells me about it.  I know that I will do what I decide to do without listening to anyone about how I go about quilting them, but I still have reservations about starting.  They were my mom's.(Mom's voice saying "why are you doing it that way, I do it like this").  But I still miss her dearly.  Anyway, I will have other projects under my needle before I need to think about that.

My Sunshine quilt top
Three of my many panels


Tip of the iceberg

The tip of the iceberg picture above are blocks and pieced items that I have purchased at auctions.  I love to make pillows, hot pads and stuffed animals out of these.

From quilt blocks purchased at an auction
Made from a block that my great grandmother made


So as you can see, I do more than just bed quilts.  And that is OK.  It makes me a well rounded quilter.  Isn't that what they told us in college when they made us take courses not even remotely related to our major?  To become a well rounded adult.  I don't think it worked on me.  Anyway, the ghost of Quilts Future said I can take my time but to remember that someone somewhere over the rainbow (here I go again!) will really appreciate my kindness and quilted gifts someday.  I am a legend in my own time.  Or maybe not.







And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Quilts Present

 As advertised, this is about quilts present.  The ghost of quilts present did not visit me last night, but I realized when I started typing this post that I don't have a lot of recently finished quilts.  I do have small quilted projects so we are going to go with those.  But this really made me more determined to start a new quilt.  Tomorrow, Tomorrow I love ya Tomorrow. You're only a day away!  I think I may be mixing up my plays a little but this is a lot of fun!

Wall hanging I made last Christmas

My favorite wall hanging

Table runner I made for craft show

Table runner I may keep for myself

Small throw I like to have on hand for baby shower or just a special gift



Yep, I am all mixed up.  Now Ebenezer would never adopt Little Orphan Annie.  Right?  Well, maybe if he had a nice warm quilt to sleep under before the ghost of Christmas future shows up, he would be in a better mood.  I know quilts always make me feel good.  And winter is approaching fast.  We will see what happens tomorrow, tomorrow...Oh stop it!  




And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Friday, November 12, 2021

Quilts past, present and future

 Today it will be about quilts from the past.  I have shown some of these many years ago but I like reviewing the past and remembering how I felt about the quilt at the time of finish.  So many times I would think I am not going to like this quilt at all.  Now what do I do?  Just not finish it and throw it in a corner?  But I put way to much time into it to do that.  I continue to look at it and slowly it grows on me and I begin to get inspiration for the quilting.  I always go into the free motion quilting with such enthusiasm and then THUNK!  I hit a brick wall!  I sit there staring at the needle, scared to start that first line of stitching.  Come on girl!  You can do it! Go! Go! Go!  Slowly, I gain the courage and here I go and then...the rhythm sets in and I lose track of time.  And that, my friends, is the pull of quilting.  And when it comes out from under the needle and I lay it on the bed to get an idea of what it will look like when I square it up and bind it...Well, now that warm cozy feeling comes over me and I think, well done.  Yep, I am a quilter!



Made for my granddaughter ten or so years ago.  I need to start dating these finishes.











This is a copy cat pattern from an old quilt top that my daughter-in-law was kind enough to let me finish for her.  She found three beautiful old pieced tops in her late grandmother's closet and didn't know what to do with them.  I offered and she allowed me to finish them for her.  I made this to mimic one of those tops.  Below are the finished tops from her grandmother.


Quilt #1 from DIL's grandmother

Quilt #2 from DIL's grandmother

Quilt #3
This is the original quilt from my DIL's grandmother and used for my copycat

It was fun doing a little stroll down Quilts Past.  Tomorrow, I will post Quilts Present.  I just hope I don't get a visit from the ghosts of Quilts Past, Present and Future.  Oh Bah Humbug!


And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma


 




Thursday, November 11, 2021

Happy Veteran's Day

 Happy Veterans Day to all our soldiers, here and abroad, in current service and past.  My Uncle John was in the navy for 20 years.  Please remember the sacrifices so many have made for our freedom.


So this is the experimental project that I have been working on.  It is an old pillow case made from a feed sack.  I have a bunch of these and some of them are worse for wear.  But the hand embroidery is still beautiful and worth keeping.  This particular one had a little wear on the edges and some tiny holes.  So my idea is to stabilize it with a lot of quilting.  I took out all the seams and laid it flat and did my free motion feathers.  It was a lot of fun actually.  And then I added a wider hem opening and sewed it back together.  What I love is if you look closely you can see the printing that was originally on the feed sack.  Growing up on the farm, when we went to our grandparents' house, ALL of their bedding was made from feed sacks.  Young people don't understand this today.  To explain in a nutshell, in the early part of the 20th century, feed companies would put their product in very colorful bags.  And some were just muslin that were sturdy and very useful.  During the depression (and even before that just for frugality) many families saved and used many things such as feed sacks.  My grandmother was no exception.  In this picture you can see a part of the feed company's logo in the upper right hand corner.


And now on a personal note, today is my heavenly mother's 95th birthday.  We lost her 3 years ago and I do miss her.   I have a number of her hand pieced quilts that I intend to finish.  Honestly, I will start on them soon.  In the meantime just remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma




Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Too nice today!

 Yep it was a gorgeous day today.  Sunny, almost made it to 70 degrees.  So I had to do what I do not like to do - wash windows.  Now why would I wash windows this time of year?  Well, my husband is a great guy and he loves to help me out especially when I garden.  Last week he decided to water my mums in the planters in the front of the house.  What he didn't calculate was using the hose on full blast and not the sprinkler mode made quite a splash on my front windows.  They needed a good washing anyway so today they got it.  You can't tell from the picture but this is a before washing pic.



Since I didn't get to work on any sewing/quilting today I will show you some of the paintings I did last winter to keep my mind from going COVID crazy.  The large cow is 4' X 8' and my husband wanted it for the side of his barn.  Hope you enjoy my silliness.





Well that is all for today.  Remember tomorrow is Veterans Day.  God Bless our troops and God Bless America.  And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma





Tuesday, November 9, 2021

On a roll

 I did it!  I got my mojo back and started quilting some of my wall hangings and other projects today.  I was beginning to think that I would never get myself in the quilting mood again.  For some reason, I do not do much quilting in the summer.  I like to sew and do other projects such as pillows and cushions.  But I just don't quilt.  Strange.

Right now I am experimenting and if it works out I will show it here later.  And if it turns out awful you will never hear of it again.  In the meantime, here is a Christmas Dream Big that I need to sandwich and start quilting.  I just love this one.


I think I will use a variegated red thread color for this one.  What do you think?

Are you gearing up for Thanksgiving?  I sure am.  



So I hope you are on a roll too and remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma




Monday, November 8, 2021

Breakfast and Tea Kettle

 We decided to get up early this morning and have breakfast at our favorite restaurant in Amish country.  Now usually when we go the Amish country, I have to stop at all of the fabric shops along the way and believe me there are a lot!  They have so many beautiful fabrics and patterns.  I never can leave any of the stores without a new project or at least with fabric and a project in mind.  But today I refused to give in to the impulse to stop, and here is the reason why.  I have tons of projects in my sewing room and I need to get started on them before I purchase any more fabrics.  My hubby helped me put together some new shelving and this is just the wall when you walk into my room.  I will not show you the rest of the room until I get it cleaned up a bit (or a lot).  Having said all of this, I guess I just want someone to tell me how good I was today for not caving and buying more fabric, because quite frankly I am regretting not doing so.  😭


Now you say, so what about the tea kettle?  Well, the reason we went to the Amish stores was that I needed a new tea kettle and my husband does not believe in waiting until Christmas to give gifts.  So when I said I needed a new kettle, he was on it NOW!  And I got and have already used my shiny new tea kettle.  He is the sweetest person in the world.  

Hope your day was filled with breakfast and tea kettles too.  We all need a day like this now and then.  Oh, and a word of advice...STOP AT ALL THE FABRIC SHOPS or you will cry when you get home.😭😭😭  And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma