Saturday, August 8, 2020

MAKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.

I have always loved that saying, now that we live on a farm I understand it more but in my sewing room I understand it even better.

If telling you that I have been very busy, that would be an understatement.


So.....for many many moons (since last year) I have been trying to get all the tops I have finished.  I am almost there.

When I got back from visiting my sister in Washington I decided to get a few more done.  I had actually quilted a top for her.  Her long arm was acting funny so I told her I could just quilt it on her domestic machine which I was not having any luck with so I just brought it home and finished it for her.  She has already received it in the mail.

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                 61" x 75"

Then the thought struck me, why not just get busy and work on of my quilt tops.  This one was already sandwiched.  I was waiting to do more detailed work on this one but you know what, it wasn't going to get done.  I did this one while watching my 4 year old grandson for four days.  I would work on it at my leisure.

When we first moved into this home these dresdens were found up in the attic.  Several years ago I put them on the squares and put the top together.  


DONE!!!!!


 

                                     92" x 98"

The next week I did this one.  The top was finished in Nov. of 2014.  It is made with Island Batik Fabrics and at the time was not a challenge but a just because.  As an ambassador, I did a lot of just because quilts.  The fabric line was Strawberry Fields Forever.  I loved this fabric and decided to see how many ways I could do the half square blocks.

I did have my 4 year old grandson for 2 days and I still have my daughter in law and her (our grandson) living with us.  So I babysit for her quite often. So I did this one when time would permit.  You can see that it is a pretty large quilt.  It fits a queen size bed nicely.

DONE!!!

                67" x 94"

I finished this one this week.  I am so excited to have this one done.  I had purchased the blocks at an antique store here in town.  This will make a fabulous single bed quilt.  I enjoyed looking at the old fabrics on this one, some of the fabric are the kind that fray so I don't think this one will be used much.

This week my daughter in law was sick so I had my little 18 month old grandson to take care of day and night.

DONE!!!



Here is my little grandson eyeing the cookies.  See the one that is cut in half, that is his, he was wanting another bite.  His mother doesn't like it when I give him sweets which I don't do often because we want to keep mommy happy.  BUT  I have to tell ya, the look on his face when he had his first bite....priceless and the smile he gave me when he got his second bite....even more priceless.  He is like a whirlwind in my home.  I had him blocked off in the family room but I turned my back for one second and he was over the side of the couch and running through the house.  Does that tell you how my week went.  When that stinker went down for a nap, I would quilt.  I actually did a lot on Monday morning when he was still sleeping.

All is back to normal in my house.  I am in my sewing room and thinking, what next???  I have two quilts for two of my sons but they are so large I need my longarm so they will have to be done later when my daughter in law leaves.

We will see what I can come up with, I have one panel quilt which I am thinking of making a quillow and then I have the TREE of Life quilt I made for a customer but she did not want the colors so I made her another one.  I can finish that one???  I believe that is it.  So that is four tops.  AHHHHHH  I love the sound of that.  Then it will be on to the unfinished projects.


Have a wonderful week-end.  Hopefully, I won't spend so much time away.  Sorry for the long post.

19 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

Great work on getting some of your quilts finished..... Love dresdans.....

Jocelyn said...

You have been one busy lady!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

You HAVE been busy! Love all of your quilts - FOUR tops is a lot to quilt in such a short time! And your grandson is adorable - what a cutie! - ;))

Annie said...

Your quilts look marvelous, Barb! Such a good feeling to get them completely finished isn’t it. I recently finished a quilt that my daughter pieced when she was about 10 or 11. That was my only unfinished project. I love it when there are no projects waiting to be finished. Soooooo......the cookies are for the “big” kids then? Your grandson is so cute and sounds pretty darn smart too.

Gene Black said...

Wow, you have been really busy. I know that grandson is keeping you busy.

Isn't it odd how some domestic machines are wonderful for quilting while others make it seem almost impossible?

Jackie's Stitches said...

You've gotten a lot done!

Your grandson is adorable! I'm sure your DIL was so grateful for all the help while she was ill.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Well so now I know what you have been doing instead of blogging! Wow! Some beautiful finishes, Barb! And I always say, "What goes on at Grandma's stays at Grandma's......although it sounds like your Grandson is already pretty active without a sugar rush! lol......Nice to hear from you!

Denice Barker said...

Doesn't it feel good to say DONE!!
And if grandma's aren't the source of cookies, I don't know who is. Ours say "What happens with Grandma stays with Grandma" and I live up to that.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Woohoo for finishes! Isn't it amazing how life can get so spectacularly busy that finding time to do what we love is near impossible?

Kathleen said...

Great work! Was that dresdens or a lazy daisy a al Bethany Reynolds? Those cookies look yum! So glad you are back to it...sometimes it is just hard, but you may have reignited the flame you needed.

Pamela said...

Yay for you, what a prouctive few weeks it's been! I know it feels good to have so many finishes!

QuiltGranma said...

those are a passel of lovely quilt finishes! Good for you!

Needled Mom said...

I am SO impressed with the amount you accomplished with a little one there. It's a lot of running just keeping up with them, much less accomplishing so much. Your finishes are beautiful. Yay that you are picking up the older projects. Love the look on that little guys face as he admires your cookies.

Shilpa said...

Loved the quilts and the saying g

hetty said...

Wow! You have been busy! Lots of finishes. And they are all beautiful.
Good for you. Your grandson is adorable.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Wow! You are getting a lot done. I love the quilts. You inspire me. Great job! And that grandson is so cute! I bet you are really enjoying him!

Marie said...

Hey Barb, Love all the quilts!!! You have been so busy and productive. You are such an inspiration to me.And I love to see the picture of your cutie grandson, I know he is great company. Hope all is good to day, have the best day! Many hugs, Marie

beaquilter said...

Great finishes! And haha about toddler boys!!

Quayquilter said...

OOps can't see the pictures which have been replaced by an icon. Hope the problem resolves itself.