Quarantine & Quilting

Quarantine & Quilting

Well we’ve all been experiencing quarantine. My situation is, I work for a hospital in a role that I can thankfully do from home. However we’ve also had to take some mandatory time off to help with budgeting etc. That has given me a lot of time to focus on quilting.

I was able to get my Innova setup and it’s working WONDERFULLY after form TLC from Country Loft Quilt & Design in Minnesota. I’ve been able to get 3 quilts quilted with the help of my Innova and my Qbot.

My Innova working with the Qbot

So while the COVID 19 epidemic has been horrible, there’s no other way to put it. I have been able to find some joy and some zen quilting. I’ve start another Postcards From Sweden quilt. I absolutely loved that quilt, and decided I had some many leftover half square triangles that I should make another one. It’s a free pattern online and can be found HERE.

Postcards From Sweden

Another project I was able to come back to was making a quilt for my cousin out of my Aunt Patsy’s MuuMuus. She LOVED a muumuu and wore them all the time. So I thought it would be a fitting way to remember here. I close to having all of those blocks done and will share more on this later.

Below is a 30’s quilt kit I had gotten from Craftsy, I LOVED the 30’s fabrics and finally got this one quilted as well. So things have been productive while I’ve been hunkering down.

Quilting Update

Quilting Update

Hello again quilting friends!!

So my blog posts have been come few and far between.  Well I guess I never anticipated what adding a little one to our family would really mean.  You see these movies of parents doing it all, work, kids, hanging out with their friends in the evenings.  Well that is all fiction, perhaps it works for some people, but in my little family, there is not TONS of time; after school, getting dinner ready, playing, bath time, stories, bedtime…then after all that I am exhausted and in bed by 9pm.  The glamorous life I lead…don’t be jealous!

 

This has led to diminished quilting time.  I’m still doing quilting things, buying fabric, kits, etc.  But I just don’t have as much to show for it as I normally would.  I am currently working on a Craftsy kit called “The Family Album Quilt Kit”.  I have everything cut out and all everything pieced.  Now I am working on getting the rows put together.  I seem to have become slightly obsessed with star quits, and I love how this one is one great big star.

 

I should mention that while I’m not cranking out a quilt every month or so, I’m still getting several done a year, so even though I have cut back on what’s getting accomplished, I’m still quilting and enjoying the process.

 

I bid farewell to my very first Bernina machine Bernice.  She went to live with my neighbor.  I had to sell her and her cabinet to make room for a new addition.  My friend Cindi called me with a wonderful deal on an Innova Longarm, and I could not turn it down.  So, I went ahead and took it.  I won’t have it for several months but I think sometime in September she should be comfy and cozy in my quilting room.  Which will bring on an entirely NEW set of fun and challenges.

My Quilt of Many Colors

My Quilt of Many Colors

quiltofmanycolors3Hello again!

It’s been awhile I know.  It’s not you, it’s me.  I under estimated how much time a 5 year old would cut into my once limitless free time.  I’m not complaining though, this has been a wonderful and crazy journey, and I absolutely love and adore my family.  But with additions come subtractions, and in my first year as a parent my quilting became somewhat of a subtraction.

Before we adopted I was a “retreat” quilter.  I would get up at 7 in the morning on a Saturday, start cutting things out, binge on Hulu and Netflix while piecing my top together.  I would stop around 10 at night , then get up and do it all over again on Sunday.  By the end of the weekend I would have a quilt top.  Times they have a’changed.  I now have a few options available to me.  I have Hayden get some toys and come done to play in the quilt room while watching his favorite shows, or I wait until he goes to bed.  I put in a hour or 2 a day, and the quilt top that took me 2 days or so, now take about 2 weeks, and that’s okay.

dolly

Take for instance that I FINALLY finished my “Postcard from Sweden.”  I started it, too far back to remember, but it’s finally finished!  I’m calling it my “Quilt of Many Colors” in honor of Dolly Parton.  I was able to go see her, and now my son loves to listen to “Coat of Many Colors” and “Applejack” and sings both in the car.  As I type this I have also finished another quilt, but that is a story for another day.