Thea's quilting trials and tribulations.

Life teaches us many lessons! Some of the greatest lessons in my life have been taught to me by my quilts and the people that I have met through my quilting.

August 2009 - Posts

Quiltoholics - What are quiltoholics... I started this thread in forums as a spoof.  I have always told my friends that I was a quiltoholic - but unlike being an alcoholic there is nothing wrong with being a quiltoholic.  It is not a disease or something bad. I think quilting gave purpose to my life when I retired from working.  I am not the type of person that can sit and do nothing all day long  - I have to feel productive.  Since I was a child, I have been very creative.  I loved to draw and make things.  I tried every craft out there.  Some I probably could have worked on harder... like painting pictures...but I didn't really get into it.  I loved knitting and crocheting but although I still knit and crochet I don't get as much pleasure from it as I do from quilting.  When I found quilting, I was so hooked.  I love making quilts and getting better at it.  I love learning new styles of cutting and sewing the fabric back together.  I want to be the best I can be at it.   I live and dream quilting - when I read of a new technique I want to know all about it.  I read all about all the advancements and how people make this craft of mine better.  I truly am impressed with quilters as they are such a loving caring group of people that amaze me with their generosity.  And you can make so many different kinds of quilts.  That to me is just so wonderful.  We get people from all walks of life that are quilters. 

The following is my idea of what a meeting of Quiltoholics should be like:

Gavel Gavel Gavel

Please hold the noise down - ladies and gentlemen - we would like to bring this meeting of our Quiltoholics chapter  to order...

We thank you all for attending this afternoon...We would like to  welcome our members and any guests that are with us today.  After our business meeting, we would like any and all new members to stand and introduce themselves. 

Please remember ladies and gents that although we are proud of being a quiltoholic that everything spoken here is to be kept within these walls… Some of our members are still in the closet!  We are here to assist the members of this chapter in becoming the best quilter that she or he wants to be.  Quilts are made with love for the recipients who get them.  We want to give you support in making the best quilt that you can make.

We have a refreshment tray set up in the back - lots of chocolates, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water, and lattes.  !

Today 

 We hope that our steps will help you and that you will proudly go forth from this meeting with the knowledge that it is OKAY to be a quiltoholic.  Here are our 12 steps.

1)  Admitting that you are a quiltoholic

2)  Bowing to a Quilt Deva

3)  Your need of a sponsor to help you with your quilting life - a sponsor is someone who can help you with a specific part of your quilting... egs being a piecer, a person who appliques, a person who does hand piecing, machine quiting, long arm quilting etc.

4) To search through your quilting life and write down in your own words your life as a quilter... what your goals are, what you have learned, what you want to do with your quilts.

5) Sharing your love of quilting with someone else... a great enterprise to be done at every opportunity..(remember this is a great thing)

6)  Owning up to your mistakes and showing how you have either hid the mistake or fixed the mistake and what you learned from the mistake that will help all future quiltoholics to realize that you weren't and aren't perfect that mistakes are made and can be overcome.

7)  Realizing that your Quilt Diva is there to teach you and give you assistance with any of the questions that might arise in your quilting life.

8) Take an inventory of your magazines – books – patterns – fabric ( including scraps)…

9) Taking an inventory of your UFOs.

10) Continuing  to take stock in what you have learned in your quilting life.  Strive to be better tomorrow then you are today.

11) Lift yourself up –invite a higher power into your quilting world.  This could be a favorite instructor – a speaker at your guild meeting, a speaker at a retreat or quilt show… we need to step out of our comfortable quilty lives and try something new.  So get out there and explore.

12) Having had an awakening that you are a quiltoholic, you will now take this message to all who are or might be candidates; to encourage them to stand up and shout that they are a quiltoholic to.

Our business meeting has now come to a close.  We invite each of you to stand and acknowledge your awareness that you are a quiltoholic.  We send you forth in this knowledge and ask you to come back when you are in need of support.  We hope that you will go forth and start a chapter of  Quiltoholics in your town or city.  We will be holding Weekly meetings to get together to discuss quilting issues, to give help and assistance to all who might need it, to send forth new and wonderful quiltoholics every chance we get.

We hope to see you here again – We appreciate each and everyone of you that have come and shared your valuable time with us!  Thank you.  We hope that you have many many warm and quilty days to come and send out warm quilty hugz to all.  We now conclude the meeting and turn it over to you for a show and share segment…

I think of Quiltoholics as a wondeful group of people who get together to support those around them - to impart their knowledge in any way that they can.  Women and Men who come together to make quilts, talk about the quilting world and to bring the love of quilts to all who could use a loving lift.  I thank all those that participated on the forum and hope that somehow I might have brought some sunshine into someones life as much as the sunshine has been brought into my life by quilts.

I have a special love of butterflies.  I had two conversations with my Dad just a day before he passed on from this world... I was sitting on my front porch both times.  I have soaker hoses that if you turn them over the water sky rockets into the air... I like watching them because it causes rainbows.  i was talking to my Dad on Wed and the butterflies were just dancing in the water in and out and around the flowers... My Dad was telling me that he had been afraid he had dimentia because he couldn't remember short term memory items...he couldn't manage his checkbook anymore... then the next day, I was again on my porch and again the butterflies were out there dancing - talking with my Dad and he asked me if the butterflies were dancing again for me... i told him see Dad your short term memory is just fine.  My Dad passed on the next day - he had a brain tumor that was inoperable...

I went to the memorial service for him and the funeral director gave mea pin of a butterfly and a beautiful poem to go with it.  It seemed unbelieavable to me..

so on the wall in my sewing room I have butterflies that I someday will make into a quilt - haven't decided how yet but here are some of them... one set are all applique butterflies - the other is a creation of mine with thread and and glitter stones and fabric.  There is an addtional butterfly on the wall that is embroidery on my sewing machine.

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I know my Dad is in a better place but I sure do miss him - someday I will make a butterfly quilt in tribute to him - these butterflys may or may not be in it but when I see them they give me fond memories of my Dad...

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Here are the BOM that I am doing for a quilt called Atlantis - I have 7 blocks done out of 12 - and then we get the finishin kit next month from Completely Quilted in Ponca City Oklahoma.  This is one of the toughest quilts that I have ever made.  I think McKenna Ryan's quilts were easier to do then this one... I am going to finish the rest of my blocks within the next 2 weeks so that when I go to guild in September I can pick up my finishing kit and the backing and complete this quilt.  Let me know what you think...

I have the last five blocks to this point - they are awaiting all those curves to be topsitched down - but i am getting there... I have a quilt on the wall in my livingroom and it seemed to be the perfect spot to use as a design wall for the moment... I will have to take all these down and take a picture of this quilt - it is a precious one to me - I belonged to a small group of quilters and we did a round robin - this was mine - I enjoy it on my wall although it is about a full size quilt - not really a wall hanging - but soon I will share it with you.

Well, I have a few pictures to add to this - I finished the topstitching on all the blocks and am working on the borders...

This is the body of the quilt - all the topstitching is finished and teh blocks are sewn together... I love the bright colors to this quilt and am amazed that it is turning out so well... I am taking my time with it so I don't make any of my normal mistakes.

these are the border pieces.  I had to make 14 of these and top stitch down the orange, green, purple, turquoise and reddish colors... left the dark blue for later...

these are the 4 corner pieces.

I have the border pieces sewn together and have all but one sewn on the body of the quilt... I hope to have some energy this evening to get them done... then the plain dark blue border and then I top stitch down the dark blue pieces and the top is done...

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Today was a long day - I am literally worn out... I woke feeling fairly good after the last week - that felt good.  We fed the cats and no Mishka - he didn't eat well yesterday so i have been trying to keep an eye on him... I went and found him - he was laying out in the cat pen and wouldn't come when I called him - so Jay went out and brought him in... set him down near his food and he said no way... so I took him to the water dish - he said nope don't want that either... then I called the Vet and took him in ... we had to wait for an inbetween appointments with her but that was okay - I don't like to drop my cats - I like to be right with them when they are examined - just like you do with your kids...anyway she came in examined him - we could find no problem areas and his kidneys appeared to be okay so no blockage ... she gave me some meds and some stuff to clean his ears with - no ear mites just dirty ears...

He ate dinner with the other kids so that was a good sign - we will keep an eye on him... meds for a week... always worry that they will get into something and he did escape Saturday night...

I worked all day on Alphabuddies... I was not happy at all with the instructions - then they had the border measurements wrong...but I got her done and here she is...

I love some of the pictures that they used - like V for vulture and N for Narwhal - I better look that up before I send this to one of the grand kids - have to be ready...

I also dug out my Cat advent calendar to show Kris what an advent calendar is... I couldn't find my other one - will have a search through the house or back room where everything is stored - I'll come across tons of stuff that I thought I had lost but that will be okay...

here is the Advent calendar

I had just learned how to do bobbin work when i was making this calendar so all the sparkly thread was added by me - it was fun... after I did this I made a table runner for a friend in Australia - I wish I could find her address again - she was my overseas buddy... here is a picture of it... I did sparkly thread all over the snowflakes and the letters and  the snowman... I haven't done it since... it was fun though and i should do some more...

Well that is all I will add today - enjoy and any questions - I will be glad to answer.

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I really liked the wallhangings that Marianne posted in the latest easy quilt magazine and thought what a great gift it would be for my grandchildren - I can send them up with some pieces of candy and maybe a prize or two for C & B to put in the little pockets.  I made the orange one first for Echo - the 2nd one went together a lot easier for Reese... the little pockets are not for the beginner - nor the mitered corners and it was tough getting the fabric to closely match in the corners - it isn't as perfect as I would have liked it to be but I like it...

I put a piece of burgundy minkee on the backs that has stars and moons on it - I will put a hanging sleeve on them and send a dowel up with them so B can hang them for the kids...

I fussy cut out the  cats and the pumpkin creatures.  I had some extra halloween materials from my stash - used some more of it up - some day I will have a small stash again - someday...lol

The Wallhangings were sent to the Grand kids and they love themm - Echo said Tank you Nana!  i felt like i was on cloud nine... love my grand kids!

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