Life as a Greenmonstr

Quilting and Other Facts of Life
Mission accomplished (mostly) with pictures!

My day of sewing on 9/11 began on a painful note. As I was changing the needle to begin my day,  for some unknowable reason, while I was removing the thread from the needle I raised the presser foot and jammed my finger RIGHT INTO THE NEEDLE!  And guess what? It was still sharp!  Perhaps I had not yet had enough caffeine.  Anyway, once I stopped the bleeding, I got back to work.  The quilt pattern was very easy and I had the pieces for all three quilt tops cut PDQ.   I sewed all three quilt tops together and then discovered one very important thing was missing.  I did not have any batting.  Not to be discouraged, I moved on to making the loveys for the NICU, since I didn't need batting for that. 

I continued my quilts after I went to get batting later in the week.  Since I was on vacation this past week, I figured I would have lots of time.  However, the first step of Mystery Quilt V came out, and I spent some time looking at my jelly rolls and checking my stash for backgrounds, and in the process of looking for backgrounds, I hurt my back.  Because of that, I only finished one quilt, but I have the other two tops pinned up and ready to quilt soon.

Anyway, here are the pictures.  One is a picture of all the loveys I made, and the other is a picture of the quilt, though the picture is so-so.  My daughter is holding it up for me.  I will be bringing these to work with me tomorrow and donating them to the NICU. 


Let's honor September 11th

Last week I got to thinking about the events of September 11th. Remember the sense of utter shock that we all felt?  I was at work at the time and one of my employees who worked at home called me and said "You will not believe this.  A plane just ran into the World Trade Center."  All work stopped in the office, of course, and we listened to the radio.   While we were listening to the radio, the second plane crashed into the other tower.  I still remember Peter Jennings stopped speaking for ten seconds or so when the first tower fell, an eternity when you are listening on the radio.  I could only imagine he was trying to compose himself.

This year I decided that I'd like to honor September 11th by doing some kind of charity work so I will be sewing items for the NICU at one of our hospitals.  I have a free pattern from Quiltmaker which makes three baby-sized quilts at once.  It's called Super-Sized Nine Patch by Anita Grossman Solomon.   Also, with the scraps I will be making "loveys."  They are two pieces of flannel with no batting, sewn together, about 5" square.  The mother wears it for a few hours so it absorbs her scent and then they put it under the baby's head so the baby will have his mother's scent even when she isn't there. 

Here is the link for the Super-Sized Nine Patch:

Scroll down a little bit and it says "download the PDF."

We should all do a little something for others this weekend in honor of the firefighters, police, and Port Authority who went into the burning towers and lost their lives attempting to help others, and say a prayer for the families of all of the people lost on 9/11.  The world was changed that day and it's up to us to make it for the better.

Things don't turn out like you'd expect

The hurricane has passed through New England.  We were on the "windy" side, which wasn't that windy.  The leaf and stick fairy paid our lawn a visit, that's all.  However, Vermont was on the "rainy" side and they have been devastated by flooding.  Some towns are literally cut off from the rest of the state by flood waters. It really hasn't gotten much attention in the national media but we should all say a little prayer for the people of Vermont.

On a lighter subject, yesterday I did some more work on the soccer T-shirt quilt, putting the borders on.  I really hate putting borders on.   Also, the center square is a picture of my son which is bordered in black, which I chose because the shirts are all different colors and they are bordered in black as well; unfortunately, after I finished the whole top, I felt like it looked like it's a memorial qiult or something, though he is very much alive.  My husband didn't think so but it's bugging me so I am going to get some soccer ball buttons and embellish the center square with them.  I have never embellished a quilt before, so this will be another new thing. 

I have even more respect for people who make up patterns after this experience.  I made up the design, and I thought I had planned it all out, but it didn't all go the way I expected it would.  It's a very simple design as well, so people who create intricate patterns must have a great deal of patience!   I will post a picture once I have finished it.



Quilt show thoughts

I went to a quilt show today with a friend.   It reminded me that when I am looking at the quilts done by others, there are two categories: 

1.  I think I could do that! (someday)

2.  There's no way on EARTH I could ever do that! 

Some of the work was really amazing.  I am very fascinated by the quilts that look like real people or places.   It requires a way of looking at fabric from a different sort of perspective, as an individual entity of color and texture and shading.  There was a lot of thread painting and bead embellishment on quilts as well.  Just fantastic.

Of course, we also visited the vendors. Shockingly, I did stick to my list, mostly.  It's no fun if you can't say "mostly" - you need to get a few of those spur-of-the-moment fabrics that grab your imagination!




I know we all have at least one "alternate" project stashed away- you know, the one that's lurking in the box on the shelf, cut but not sewn, blocks pieced but not into rows, rows not melded into a top...mine has tiger faces and the tigers were snarling at me to GET THEM OUT OF THE BOX!  How could I ignore them?  So instead of working on the T-shirt quilt, I joined my tiger block rows into a quilt top.  It's the Warm Wishes pattern from Quiltmaker, but I made extra blocks for a finished size of 62 x 62 after I put the borders on. 

Now I have three projects going - blocks that need arranging for a Yellow Brick Road with Asian fabrics, the T-shirt quilt that needs sashing and borders, and the tigers that need borders.  All are lap size, so that's good.  Of course, life happens, and I need to make a small project for a birthday present for giving this weekend...better get busy!

Listen - I think I hear those alternate projects calling you! 



Hello, and welcome to my world

Hi!  I'm the Greenmonstr, and this is my blog.   I'm new to the blogging thing - a recent birthday ending in "0" has inspired me to try something new, and this is it!   My plan is to post at least once a week.

Currently I am working on a T-shirt quilt (my first - that ending-in-zero birthday again!).  I had saved some T-shirts from my son's years playing soccer, which I am using to make this quilt.  There were only eight shirts, though, so I had to come up with a ninth block.  One of my favorite pictures of my son is the "formal" picture with him in his T-shirt, holding the ball, at 7 years old.  He just looks so confident and comfortable, not to mention adorable with his gappy teeth.  It turns out the photo package I had purchased then (13 years did that happen?) also contained some baseball card-style photos along with statistics that I gave to them to put on the back, so I am including his vital statistics along with his picture in the center block. 

One thing I've learned already is that it takes longer than I expected to interface the T-shirts so they wouldn't stretch too much while I was stitching.  That was a little discouraging because my son went through a dragon T-shirt phase as a kid where all his shirts had to have an Asian-style dragon on them, and I saved A LOT of those, far more than eight, to make a T-shirt quilt from also.  I guess when the time comes I'll do a few at a time. 

Anyway, now that the center block pictures are printed, I can get going on putting it together.   If anyone has any tips they can share about the actual quilting of the T-shirt areas, that would be helpful.  I was planning to meander across the entire top but I am a little worried about whether the texture of the T-shirts will be a problem.

Time for me to get back to the wife and mother thing - a hungry family awaits!








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