This is where I yap about the quilts I'm making, ideas for new quilts and little things about life that gets in the way.
I'm looking forward to seeing progress on the Crazy Rainbow Rows!
Your blog can be whatever you want. A place to journal. With the RSS feed, it can also be viewed outside of QCA. Your way of telling the world about your passion for quilting.
I love this fabric ,I have some that is very similar to it . good luck with your latest project.
Thank you all for commenting. This is so much fun because you can print this out later and keep it with the quilt. It will be a good history lesson for me if nothing else. Already I realized that solid red was not going to be a good background for this because of the way I will be quilting it. BTW I do everything by hand so solid backing is probably NEVER going to be a good choice for me lol.
Just a friendly suggestion from another blogger - your blog would be much easier to read and follow, if you created a new post for each addition, rather than adding to the same post. The blog automatically categorizes the posts into months, categorizing them in your archives, and makes it easy to follow subsequent posts. This will make it easier for you to manage the posts and create tags for grouping similar posts.
Hi Pamela - thank you for the pointers. This is my first stab at this quilting blog thing; although I have written online journals for my cycling trips. I wasn't sure how to make this post group with others about the same quilt, so I didn't want them to get separated. I guess that's what the tags are for? I thought they were just for search engines. I will try that with future quilts. Will posts from different months be tagged together if I search for them that way?
I love your crazy row quilt. it is looking terrific.
Yes, tags help you search for posts with the same topics. For instance, you could use "crazy rainbow rows" as a tag for each post about that topic. searching the tag will bring up every post that has that tag. But, you have to have multiple posts for the tags to work. Check out my blog and choose a tag to search & you will understand better what I am talking about.
What competition are you making a quilt for?
I'm sure that it will be fabulous, just because of the love that you will put into it. I have a wonderful relationship with my mother-in-law, as well. She didn't have daughters and, although she gives equal preference to each of her four daughter-in-laws, I feel that we have a bit more. Since my mom died at a young age, she has been my mom, too.
Post pics as you go along. I know how it can be putting together a block of the month. I have one I started years ago. Got through the first two blocks and haven't gotten back to it only once. Good luck!
I don't quilt to fill a void, but I know that my quilting activities have gotten in the way of my love life. Balancing my quilting with the other areas of my life has become very important in the last three years. It has made a world of difference in my relationships; not just my husband. We just celebrated our 33rd anniversary on Friday. Wow!
Wow, congratulations on your 33rd anniversary, Pamela. Your doing something right :>). You must have the balancing act set perfectly!
Jenia, I can't wait to see it! I LOVE your crazy rainbow rows quilt that you've been working on. I've been saving scraps for over a year now organized by color in hopes of doing something similar. I can't wait to see your crazy rainbow rows! :) Be patient, you'll get there. It's not a race and as far as I know, you don't have a deadline, right?
Hi Carolyn: Wouldn't you know last night was one of those that I got home and passed out, nothing got done. I received my birthday present to me which is the Block base software program and I didn't even load it on my computer. I bicycled home in a wind storm and the stress from that just had me sleeping in the recliner before I knew what hit me. Slept from after dinner until 10:30 went to bed when Jim woke me up and said honey you should come to bed. I was once again so sorry that I didn't finish. Thanks for your patience too :>) I have no deadline, but I am so much looking forward to seeing it off the hoop even for just a moment.
Your trip sounds wonderful. I loved seeing all your pictures.
Your quilt Is a winner, you are very creative with fabric.
The trip WAS something I have needed for a long time. Jim and I both needed to get away and just have a good time. I love taking pictures and he loves driving we make a really great team for a trip like this. He didn't let me drive 1 mile he said he's not as good with the camera as me, and he wanted memories too.
I'm hoping my design and essay will carry me. I'm afraid my quilting skills are nowhere near the others that will be entered. After all, in just a beginner and professionals were also allowed to enter. I'm sure my hand work will pale in comparison to the wonderful machine work I can imagine they received.
Thank you for the encouragement.
Absolutely gorgeous pictures - you really have an eye for that. The quilt is also cool. It's amazing to think that all of those different-looking sections came from that one piece of fabric. I hope you do well!
Thanks, greenmonstr. The picture taking is a life,long hobby which I have enjoyed for travel photography and making pretty memory books for us to look at from time to time. The quilting is a new hobby for,which I am still very unsure of my ability. There must be 20 items on the quilt which could be nit picked on, I'm hoping that my d sign is so unusual and that no one else chose something like this. That's the only way I have any chance at all. To be chosen is a price ledge is never imagined would ever come true.
Your trip sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pics. Your quilt is perfect. Congratulations on getting this far and fingers crossed for further advancement.
Thank you Nana, I'm sure the photo is far better than the real thing when it comes to the quilt, that is. The real thing is far better than my photos when it comes to the trip! I appreciate your crossed fingers, I will need all the luck possible to get further. It will be exciting because I think all finalist will be displayed at Grand Central for a year beginning in March if I read the rules correctly. That alone is something special to me!
Tuxedo has great taste! Loved the quilts -- and the presentation. You did a great job.
Thank you Quiltless! Poor Tuxedo has been sick this weekend. Took him to the vet and he got antibiotic shot but it didn't seem to help. so he's going back again this morning. When my babies are sick that's all I can think of. Poor critters can't tell you what's wrong and it worries me so.
I really like your quilt . .. and the kitty is pretty cool also.
Sorry you've had to go through so much this week. Praying that everything will work out well for you and your family.
Thank you, Karla. It's been a very busy weekend on top of it all. Had to entirely disinfect the house even pulled up some carpet because I don't want to chance our Tuxedo getting sick again. We wait until tomorrow (Tuesday) the blood work will determine if his disease is curable with aggressive medication or if we have to consider the worst. Now here we go again with the downward swing, Opal, apparently has worms now. WOW, our vet is going to be in business for a long time with just us.
My sincere condolences on the loss of your precious Tuxedo. We just found out yesterday that our little Princess Lucy is in stage 4 kidney failure, the vet thinks it's genetic due to her being only 3 yrs old. I have not been able to control my grief since hearing the news. The vet said we should wait to put her down until she quits eating so that's where we are right now, it's so very hard..... I feel we'll be making that "last" trip soon too. My heart goes out to you. They are such great friends, companions and family.
Awe, Lorene. I certainly hope your Princess Lucy keeps her appetite for a very long time. Tuxedo quit eating 3 weeks before we had to "do the right thing". It IS extremely hard when they are so young. All of my dogs have been very old when the time came...no one younger than 14. You think you will have them for decades and to lose one so very young has been the worst for me. Even though the vet reassured us that we could not have done more for poor Tuxedo, in this day and age you think there is always hope. I understand your grief and a week later I'm still crying for little Tux.
Jenia and Lorene: I've been there, too, and it is so very hard. There is no easy time or way to handle it! The saving grace is that we made their lives a bit easier, and received so much love from them on the journey. Jenia, I'm sorry about the loss of your beloved Tux, but glad that you have other furry friends to help you heal (and quilt). Lorene, I'm sorry to hear your Princess Lucy is failing. I know you'll treasure the time you have left with her. They are/were lucky kitties indeed!
Good morning Jenia and Pat. Unfortunately little Lucy continued to bounce back and forth a couple more days then on the night of the 20th she told me she was ready, in her sweet little way, so the next morning we too "did the right thing". It was such a relief to know that she was no long suffering!! We wrapped her in the little pink blanket that she was handed to me in when she was 5 wks old and buried her under her favorite Oak tree in the yard. Thank you both so much for caring and sharing, it certainly brightened my day!! OH, I do have to share this note... My husband Ed, said he'd take Lucy (to put her down)but wanted me to stay home because I'd be upset and that would upset HIM and he could "handle it" if I wasn't there.... so he comes back and says "I did fine signing in and waiting in the waiting room. Then they called me and as soon as the door closed I "lost it" ... cried like a girl" Ed is a very quiet man (62 yrs old)... he just didn't think a little kitty could dig down so deep into his heart!!! Silly man!!! :)
I'm so sorry for your loss, Lorene. They touch us all so deeply and you Lucy knew when to let you go. Jim and I grieve for our critter kids together. He's tough and rough on the outside for everyone else but when we are together he cries as much as me. It would be impossible not to, your Ed just learned that too. At the vet we all cried together, vet and vet's assistants all fell for poor Tuxedo it was extremely sad. I couldn't be there for him at the very end but I waited outside while Jim was brave for me and held him till the end. On a happy note, we are waiting for the new pup, Opal, to settle down then we will introduce a new kitten to our group. It wouldn't be fair for a kitten to be subjected to the playful puppy right now. We need the kitten to be strong and confident like our Tuxedo, so we will wait for Opal to become a dog first. We will know the right time, just like you will also know when to add a new baby to your household.
Good morning Jenia! Just wanted to let you know we happened upon a 5 month old kitten that was dumped at a local rescue. Vet says she's a purebred Norwegian Forest cat (related to the Maine Coon). She is so delightful and in to everything!! While Lucy can never be replaced our new little girl Ginger is filling the hole left by her. Time heals all wounds. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!!
Hi Lorene: What a coincidence, we found a kitten this weekend also. A stray was handed into our vet and they have been taking care of her. When they realized her personality, they were actually waiting for us to come in. We had to get our dog, Day-z's rattelsnake vaccine this weekend....the vet assistant says I know you might not be ready, but I have someone I want you to meet. The kitten that, as they said, "doesn't like to be held" sat in my lap and cuddled, snuggled, rubbed, loved on me for Day-z's entire exam. The deal was sealed, we will be bringing her home January 6th. They are going to hold her for us until we get back from holiday travels. She's a tortoise shell, little girl with some very pretty markings...we have named her Paisley. We are going back to visit her today at lunch so hope to get some good pictures. Please see my blog on Christmas for more, I will post the photos there this afternoon if I can. How cool, we have both found new kittens to hopefully help fill that hole left behind. Like you said they will never be replaced, but they sure can help keep us happy in spreading the love left behind.
I too lost 3 cats.... to a fire 4 weeks ago... along with my 2,000SF garage including our 2 vehicles... Christmas is just not the same without my "babies"
we will be rebuilding our garage in a few weeks weather permitting (we are in CT) then I am promised I will have at lest 2 new kitties in my life
Kittens are wonderful. We got a kitten this past September and slept in the same room with it for a few nights too, so I get where you are coming from. Paisley is very cute, too. Nice markings. I have had calico cats before. I wouldn't call them "crazy"...I would just say they have a lot of personality. :-)
Thank you for the comment...yep Paisley sure is full of that personality stuff! I love her craziness, and think I will be laughing at her antics for many years to come. She is quite a handful now, but so very cute! She literally DOES climb the walls. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has the new mom sleep patterns just as if a human baby had come into the family. I couldn't possibly leave the little baby to fend for herself in the great big house with 4 dogs on her tail. Happy to report she found our master bedroom on her own and I am back to at least (attempting to) sleeping in my own bed.
I too am a hand quilter. I do belong to a quilt CLUB we are not a guild. WE have a diverse group with different experiences and have a blast together. I believe whether you hand or machine quilt doesn't matter. However those who send their quilts out to be longarmed by a professional are cheating.
haha, that's exactly what my partner-husband says. He told that to a lady demonstrating a $26,000 computerized machine at the show. He asked her "so what does it cost to cheat?". I wanted to shrink to the corner because you know so many people do that now. You literally put the sandwich in, push some buttons, and out comes a piece of art! It's nice to know your club accepts hand quilters. I think I'm going to try this large group (170 members) and see what happens, perhaps there are others in that large number who hand quilt.
Guilds are made up of many different types and levels of quilters. I've been involved in a couple different guilds and beginners join all the time. Not everyone in a guild places their quilts in shows, so don't judge the membership by the quilts you saw in the show. As a hand quilter, you have something to offer and may find other hand quilters. You should check it out and see if you like it. Most guilds allow you to visit before joining.
Thanks, Pamela, that's a good thing to remember. I know each guild will have a diverse group of people, I just have to give it a try. One of these days I will get up the courage to go see what it's all about. In the meantime, I'm going to try and start a dialog with the membership people (probably by phone or email) and see how it feels. I wonder mostly if they are excited about new members or if it will just feel like so there's a new face in the crowd, so what.
We have an official guild in our small community, but i was turned off by it. Like I said before that is why 12 of us started our own club. We are now 60 strong after 1 year. We do not hold anything against those who send stuff to longarmers, however we encourage each other to do it our selves. There are 3 ways to quilt: machine, hand and by checkbook. My sister-in-law quilts by checkbook ans she calls herself a cheater.
I'm a beginning quilter and got started at my church. A friend who is an experienced quilter started a group and our goal is to make quilts for charity groups, police and fire depts. to give away, etc. We are a small group, but the experienced members are very supportive and helpful and we hope to grow over time. We have fun together and help each other with color choices, techniques, etc I have hand and machine quilted so far. I think the only time I would send a quilt out for quilting would be if I made a large (like queen size) quilt.
Hi Jenia, I'm very similar to you. I moved to the Kansas City area several years ago and thought a guild might be a great way to meet others with my interests but I haven't made the effort to search any out since I'm really not sure how to do it and am very uncomfortable in new situations plus my work causes me to travel quite a bit so even though I have lived here almost 9 years now, I don't know anyone! My own faults but I'm afraid to put myself out there and taking the chance of not being liked! I have no problem talking, etc. on line! Crazy!
Hi Jenia: I belong to a guild on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. We accept people of all levels and also types (hand vs machine, also contract). We have no quilt police and are made up of several groups that come from different locations on the peninsula. Hand quilting is almost a lost art, so be proud of your craft. I was just so happy to find quilters with so much creativity where I live, it is amazing!I think you should give your local group or guild a try and you may be surprised at the friendliness and support you can find there.
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