Dreamy Stars Sparkling Under My Needle Finale

Dreamy Stars Sparkling Under My Needle Finale

Dreamy Stars Sparkling Under My Needle Finale

When a Quilt Makes Your Heart Sing

When a thing (whatever it may be) comes together, it makes us dance and sing!  Most of the time we don’t even notice it came together until it’s long over.

Regardless,  WE DO LOVE IT!

I LOVE this quilt!

So, I was back on my feet again (Part 2 Here)  I was able to move and sit and do quilty stuff!

But, in the back of my head I kept seeing the fabric I had bought for this quilt and my brain was not liking what it was seeing.

Matter of fact, I knew it wasn’t going to work…

See that little bit of beauty in the lower right?  And it does look great when all the pieces of fabric are like this?  Right?

It wasn’t right…  

Now, I know that you all have bought your own share of fabric and got it home and put together, only to realize it just wasn’t right.  

I was on a deadline now.  What could I do to make this better?

 

I stewed over it…I took a photo to my husband and he stewed over it.  We both knew that fabric just wasn’t going to work.

I went back to my stack of fabrics.  I went back to the pattern and I knew…I knew I was going to have to rig it.

You see, my initial plan had been to use the original border as a narrow border between the center of the quilt and the flowered outer border fabric.  So, I had already cut the smaller border.  I don’t usually do that.  I USUALLY wait until I’m ready to do the border before I cut it.  

 All I could do was rig it.  I cut more of the border fabric in the amount that would have totalled what the border was supposed to be including the seam allowance.  I sewed it together and put the border on.   

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I won’t go into the details of the quilting.  The images here show a rather good rendition.

As you can see, we have a happy new quilt owner!  I got a report less that a week after completing this quilt that the new owner was very please.

She’s also very weary of being in the hospital.  She is recovering and will hopefully, be home soon!  

Apparently, she had so many compliments, her daughter decided the quilt should go home.  She was afraid it was going to get stolen or torn.  I’m just pleased that she is pleased!

 

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

Thank you so much for reading!  Sign up so you don’t miss a beat. Have any comments or ideas leave them below.  Also, you can join us on our FB group Comfy Coffee Klatch.  We would love to have you!

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Much love,

Carolyn

Caroyn Albright,

Quilts ‘N’ Things Addict

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A Place for Breathing On

A Place for Breathing On

A Place for Breathing On

Fresh Air, What a Blessing
As long as we breathe, we can dream.

And when we dream, we breathe and we feel young.

Then we feel like anything is possible.

 

Who doesn’t want that?

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When I first started making quilts I chose to make quilts for all my favorite people (but then I already mentioned that here.)   First, I needed to practice!  UHG!

I was just learning about what to do and how to do it.  Sure, I knew how to follow a pattern.  I had made clothing, after all.  I could make curtains without a pattern.  TRULY!

One of the first things I did was buy quilting magazines.  I bought them by the dozens.  Then I went to the book store and looked for anything that looked like it was simple enough for a beginner.  (back when there were book stores to go to.)  I have quite a collection and I still love them.

I’m not one that ever really cared for classes.  The only classes I’ve ever cared for were piano lessons and the high school choir.  No, I didn’t fail or drop out of school.  Just didn’t care for the other classes.  I passed with decent grades and was working at a decent job before I graduated. (Same place I met my husband!)

So, obviously, I didn’t do quilting classes and I knew nothing about guilds.

Books, magazines and the internet were my thing.  (To be honest, they’re still my go to)  They were my ticket to learning quilting.  That ticket allowed me to keep up with all the other items of our life.   Such as our electrical contracting business, my parents needs, our teens, home remodel, etc.

I learned about rulers and mats, how to cut to get the right size pieces.  I learned about sewing a 1/4″ seam (not 5/8″… that took a bit of adjusting).  I already knew the importance of accurate seams.  Making clothing has to be just right to get a right fit.

Madison’s Quilt

Then, I happened to see a quilt pattern online that was called Madison.  Our daughters best friend had a little one named Madison.  So I thought to myself, “Self, this quilt and this little girl are perfect for each other.”

That first quilt was flannel.  I had no idea how crazy it could be to work with flannel.  Boy, was I dumb!  I had to cut fabric sooooo much to get the right size pieces.  Soooo many wrong sizes!  I had to go buy more fabric.  And then,  I realized I didn’t have enough for a binding.  I bought a premade binding.  I think it turned out pretty good!

Then there was the quilting.  I had a Bernina 770 QE (I think that’s what it was) and it had a stitch regulator.  I was sure I had it made!  This was going to be so easy!

I. was. wrong.

I couldn’t get that thing to work for the life of me.

That’s sooooo funny now that I look back!

You remember about the breathing part?  I wasn’t doing much of that right about then.  I was frustrated! 

Was I ever going to get it right? 

It was back to the books!  I was determined to learn free-motion quilting.  And I was going to learn it right NOW!

When I’m determined – I’m very determined.

I studied many…many different methods of domestic machine quilting.  I watched many…many…may different videos.  And I practiced…practiced…practiced.  Remember, I said I knew I wouldn’t be much of a hand quilter.  This was my path and it looked bright to me!

Finally, I drew out what I wanted on the darling quilt.  I had some balloons and flowers (I don’t remember it all, but this was a little girls quilt, so it had to be girly)

I remembered what I had read about stabilizing a quilt and off I went. 

I didn’t really believe, at first, that I could actually fit a quilt into the throat space of this machine.  I started in the middle and stitched in the ditch down the length of the quilt and out to the outside.  Then I turned the quilt and did the same out toward the other outside.

I drew right on the quilt top with my purple fabric marker and started stitching.

I struggled with stitches too large and I struggled with stitches too small.

I wish I had a video of my stitching back then.  That would be a hilarious show right now.  But, instead, you get to use your imagination.

I was very friendly with my seam ripper.  But then I had to learn how to start back up after taking stitches out. 

Oh.  My.  Goodness.

Nothing should be that difficult.

And I still had to bury thread ends – ARGH!

Suddenly, it hit me!  This wasn’t much different that playing the piano.  I could the piano.  I had been playing for years.

Soon I found a rhythm with the machine and my breathing.  The stitches were by no means perfect and I was okay with that.  I had a beat and I could dance.

I was so proud of that first quilt.  I was so proud to give it away and the smile that comes from the giving.

Quilt for my mother in law

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My next project was much more forgiving, although it wasn’t easy.  The photo above was my first pineapple block.  The centers are embroidered flowers made on my Babylock Embroidery machine (I don’t remember the model off the top).  It was another challenging quilt and another well worth the effort.

I’m thankful I had the start I did.  I didn’t search out a lot of tips and tricks in the beginning.  Likely just as well to learn from all the mistakes that come with doing it the hard way.  

How about you?  How did your first quilt go?  Did you have to start with the most difficult quilt pattern you could find?  Or the most difficult fabric?

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

Thank you so much for reading!  Sign up so you don’t miss a beat. Have any comments or ideas leave them below.  Also, you can join us on our FB group Comfy Coffee Klatch.  We would love to have you!

Oh, and one more thing, if your into reading after other quilter’s out there and their adventures?  Check out the 100 Top Quilting Blogs on Feedspot.

Much love,

Carolyn

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More Dreamy Stars Sparkling Under My Needle

More Dreamy Stars Sparkling Under My Needle

More Dreamy Stars Sparkling Under My Needle

Have Fabric, Will Cut and Sew

Surely I’m not the only one of us makers that sees a swath of fabric and is immediately thinking of how to cut it up and make it into something else?

 

These fabric’s are so gorgeous!

Nifty Laser Light? 

Last we talked about this quilt (To read that post click here.)  I was in a drooling state over fabric!

After receiving the fabric, it was cut up in quick order.  I cut strips of each shade of fabric as indicated on the pattern and sewed strips together.  With strips sets together, I cut them up again.  Then more sewing!

How much fun is that?

I was so worried about triangles.  But I found this really cool laser light from Hartland Quilt Shop on Etsy.  

So many cool things can be used to sew from point to point.  Often I have drawn a line from corner to corner.  Then sewn 1/4″ on each side of the line.

This time, I set the green laser line just left of the needle.  Then placed the pieces with the line corner to corner

This makes the stitch line is just barely off the corner and allows the fabric room to fold over the stitch line.

This little bitty process helped so much in keeping the blocks square and right size.  Having the right size blocks can make all the difference if you don’t like to force your block corners to match from row to row.

Maybe that’s too picky?  Maybe not…  Just depends on if you’re making for whatever or making for a client.  ( or  your OCD, like me).  When I’m sending out to a client…I’m pretty picky about what I send.

  With this add-on, I felt like I was flying along. 

The blocks were nearly cruisin’ their way up to my design wall.

Not only were my points coming out great, the blocks fit together so easily.  

I’m one that loves to give credit where credit is due and I have to tell you that Monique Jacobs put this pattern together with such perfection!  

I know I will be checking out more of her work at Open Gate Quilts.  

I know that quilt designers do their very best and I give them kudos for the time and effort they put in. 

I’m not a beginner quilter, but I am a beginner pattern designer.  The time alone is tremendous and accuracy is key.  

I love the testing out part myself.  So, when a pattern comes along that looks difficult, but isn’t, well….give it over and let me go!  I want to be first in line to give it a go!

Like I said, it was flying together and then…suddenly I couldn’t work anymore. 

If you have read by blog post A Place for Breathing More, then you know I have had back surgery.  And if you have ever had back problems of any kind, you know that there will always be a … thing(?) that’s always there.  Sit too long thing, stand too long thing, walk too long thing…you know what I mean, it’s always there.  This time all I did was bend over to clean up something on the kitchen floor and that was it.  I couldn’t move for nearly 4 weeks after that. 

Sometimes I bounce back pretty quick…not this time

I had 3 weighted blankets in the works and was trying to get this gorgeous quilt off my wall and onto my longarm machine and I was down for the count. 

My heart was breaking!  This couple needed this quilt.  The 94 year old mother had fallen.  At first she seemed okay but they soon discovered she had a fractured hip.  She had to have surgery…

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Here’s what I do in dire situations.  I pray!  I prayed a lot.  My church was praying.  And even when I’m praying, I’m wondering if I can possibly do more to get this quilt finished.  I did work at doing more.  I didn’t work very well.  I just couldn’t sit long enough to do anything productive.

Many people don’t pray and they don’t believe there’s a God that is helpful at all.  And you are entitled to that opinion.  I do pray and I’ve seen the work of God in my life.  I’ve seen happenings that go well beyond my own power of control.  Therefore, I believe that my God is real and He is there for me and any others that have a need.  And he did come through.

I was finally able to get on my feet and my bottom and get the rest of those blocks and rows put together. 

Although, the border had me a bit put off…

Check in next time for the last part of the journey with this beautiful quilt… 

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

Thank you so much for reading!  Sign up so you don’t miss a beat. Have any comments or ideas leave them below.  Also, you can join us on our FB group Comfy Coffee Klatch.  We would love to have you!

Oh, and one more thing, if your into reading after other quilter’s out there and their adventures?  Check out the 100 Top Quilting Blogs on Feedspot.

Much love,

Carolyn

Caroyn Albright,

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A Place for Breathing More

A Place for Breathing More

A Place for Breathing More

Breathe in…Breath out…in and out

It’s a good thing we don’t have to think about breathing. 

Where we can actually do the breathing is a different story.

Breathe in…breathe out

Leonard and Margaret Ford, my parents, 1993

In my last post about breathing and quilting, I mentioned my wonderful mother and how she started me on my quilting journey.  (To read that post click here.)

 Along with mother’s help, I have a sister that quilts.  Well, she used to.  She machine pieced her quilt tops and hand quilted them.  She did some wonderful work and her goal was to create the tiny stitches our grandmother stitched by hand.  

Speaking of our grandmother (and I know there are pictures somewhere and this would be our maternal grandmother), she made quilts and then some for each of my 8 siblings.  When my husband and I got married, the wedding gift from my sister was a quilt from our grandmothers pieces Grandma had cut for my quilt.

Dresden blade pieces  are from our grandmother

and the quilting design and quilting by my sister.  1983

Now, I know that hand quilting was NOT for me!  I’m more about gettin’ it done!  I love to create, but I don’t have the patience for long, long term projects.  We clothing sewists love to see our projects done and being worn.  I wanted to get quilts done and so they could be used!

Funny thing is I enjoy picking the colors and fabrics as much as I love the rest.  And I don’t just pick the colors, I love to pick the colors and fabric to match the person.  Especially if I know them well.  It wasn’t long before I had quilt fabric and patterns picked for each of my siblings.  Shamefully, I still haven’t done most of them.

I finished the quilt for my sister that helped to inspire me in quilting, but she no longer knows who I am.  I have given that quilt to one of her daughters and that same quilt adorns the header of my this website front page and several other pages in her honor.  My heart aches that I never got to the 3 other quilts for the 3 other sisters that have passed on.  The fabrics will be made into quilts for their families one day.

Well, that is, aside from this one.  The embroidery designs for this quilt struck my attention since I did A LOT of flower garden work at our home in Alaska.  This set of designs is courtesy of Crab Apple Hill Studios.  I love their designs!!

The hand work was admired by another of my sisters and on a whim, I threw it together into a quilt for her.  It was a simple lap size.  As far as I know, she loved it.  She passed away in 2016.

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In 2010, my husband and I moved to Hawaii where one of my brother’s and his family has lived for many years.  We moved here to care for my parents after my dad retired from the ministry.

We’ve managed through both my parents passing away and the previously mentioned sister.  One of my brothers nearly died and I’ve had back surgery.  It’s been a wild and crazy few years.

Fortunately, for me, I’ve had my place for breathing.  I’ve had my quilting space set up in the master bedroom at first.  I couldn’t sleep in there after dad died.  Then I moved it to dining room for the time.  Finally, we moved into the master bedroom for sleeping and my sewing went into the remaining 2 bedrooms, dining room and living room. 

I started quilting in earnest by this time.  I definitely needed to get air back into my lungs.

How about you?  Do you go to your quilts for air and peace of mind?

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

 

Thank you so much for reading!  There’s more to this story… Sign up so you don’t miss a beat. 

Later this week I’ll give you some more of the Twinkling Stars journey!

Oh, and one more thing, if your into reading after other quilter’s out there and their adventures?  Check out the 100 Top Quilting Blogs on Feedspot.

Much love,

Carolyn

Caroyn Albright,

Quilts ‘N’ Things Addict

I admit it…I’m a quilting addict.  But, if you’re here then it’s likely you are too!  That also means we’re fabric addicts, and quilty tool addicts…this list goes on.

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Dreamy Stars Sparkling Under My Needle

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Yes I can…Yes I can
My Mantra for the Twinkling Stars Quilt
I’m sure you’ve never looked at a gorgeous quilt pattern and thought “There’s no way I’m going to get through this without problems?”

And here I’m shaking my head with that WHAT! look on my face…surprised..”Who, me?”  NEVER!

I know that’s how I felt when I picked up this quilt kit designed by Monique Jacobs at Open Gate Quilts for Bluprint (used to be Craftsy).

Yep…this was me

Caroyn Albright,

Quilts ‘N’ Things Addict

I admit it…I’m a quilting addict.  But, if you’re here then it’s likely you are too!  That also means we’re fabric addicts, and quilty tool addicts…this list goes on.

Please join me for the fun!

Triangles fill me with fear and despair!  Which is weird because I have made many quilts with triangles, and they usually come out just fine.  So why the fear?  Heaven knows.  A personal quirk?  Maybe?  This quilt pattern seems to have belayed my fears for the time being.  I can’t begin to describe just how wonderful it has been to build this quilt.

I’ve been showing on social media, photos and small video clips of this gorgeous Twinkling Stars quilt journey.  Now, let’s line it up!

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This quilt started via a dear couple at church who have family in Alaska.  I’m sure that isn’t terribly important except that I’m from Alaska, and we all live in Hawaii now.

Besides, our friend’s mother is 94, so when they returned from their latest visit, they asked me to make a quilt for her and one for her daughter who cares for her.

And who can really resist building a quilt for dear friends?

For me, making something for friends also comes with its own share of trepidation and worry.  

Is it going to be good enough?  How can I take this to the next level to make this a more than wonderful quilt?  Think about it, this mother is 94?  How many gorgeous quilts has she seen in her lifetime?

Do you have those thoughts?

I shoved my fear to the back of my brain and asked some questions.  What color does she like?  What size do you think will work best?  I didn’t have to go far with the questions before I was told to make the backing minky.  So, these were the answers: Purple, twin and minky.  (That’s another story to tell about the other half of the family and making a quilt for that side.  Another time…).  I believe most of my friends know I love to sew with Shannon Fabrics Minky.

The search was on!   Yep…I have dancing feet by this time.

I was all over the internet. Hitting up all my favorite spots such as: Missouri Star Quilt Co, Fabric.com, Connecting Threads, and Bluprint.  I did a quick search on Bluprint for the color purple and Twinkling Stars was the result!

I promptly showed the kit to my friend and she loved it!  She’s so adorable and probably would have said yes to anything I showed her!

What was I afraid of before?

I still have dancing feet…!

So I bought the kit and waited.

I’m so thankful Bluprint knows how to get the shipping done.  I dug into that box like there was no tomorrow, as if my very life depended on it.

Aren’t those colors just scrumptious?  And the fabric at the very top right is Minky from Shannon Fabrics.  I have since learned that the best way to refer to their brand of this type of fabric is Cuddle.  Shannon Fabrics Cuddle.  It’s commonly known as Minky…But, HEY…let’s get it right!

Moving on…I have been working away on this quilt.  It’s even on my longarm getting quilted right now.

Why…why would I tell you the end before telling you the middle?  We’ll get to the middle part later…

 

Photo by Maxime Steckle on Unsplash –

Anybody else see a quilt design in here?

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

 

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