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!

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Much love,

Carolyn

Caroyn Albright,

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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 have 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.

Please join me for the fun!

Follow

Here are some of my favorite blogs…

  • Thank you, Sewing
    Source: Diary of a Quilter – a quilt blog Published on 2020-02-14

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