Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Run Baby Run

Run Baby Run         

There is a story to this quilt.  No, there are two stories to this quilt.

Around 2006 my husband asked me to make him a new quilt for his bed using his high school colors.  His high school colors, black and gold, had no appeal to me as a quilter and I was not very enthusiastic about making a quilt using those colors.    But I loved my husband and he very rarely asked me to make something for him using my quilting skills so I started buying fabrics. 

I decided to use black prints, medium and dark textured golds and cream prints or solids.   I bought fabrics and stored them in my sewing room until I had enough fabrics and had the time to start the quilt.

Then my husband became ill with Alzheimer’s and all sewing was put on hold.  He wanted to be right by my side or have me within his sight until he died in 2012.

The fabric stayed stored until this year.  I pulled out all the fabrics and looked at them for several weeks and then proceeded cutting and sewing.  This is the results.  I love this quilt.  I love the quilt design, the colors and the machine quilting by my friend, Marlin.

He was the youngest in a family of six boys and one sister and his family affectionaly called him “Baby”.  All over town he was known as “Baby Moore”.

When he was carrying the football, running for another touchdown, the football stands would start chanting “Run Baby Run”.  I did not know him at that time but have heard the story from family and friends.

I could think of no other label than Run Baby Run. 

He was a wonderful, kind, loving man who was a great son, brother, uncle, husband and father.  He is truly missed.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Finished May 2019

I finally finished hand quilting this lap sized quilt.  I had so many left over neutrals from various projects over the years and used those.  Also, I had some quilt fabric that was not my favorite but paired with these neutrals it looked better.  Then I added a few brighter fabrics to give it a little shot of brightness.  This is a great quilt for summer as I used 100% cotton batting.  Think I will enjoy this one for many years.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

One Down

One of my sewing machines is ill.  It will be going to the repair shop next week and get a much needed and certainly overdue tune up.  I have used this machine for most of the piecing of my quilts and when it started having problems I looked into the inside and saw multi thread clots.  So off she will go next week for a good cleaning and service.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Joy in Athens

I love women’s college basketball.  For the past ten years I have followed most of the teams in the SEC and enjoyed every minute.  Since I am originally from Mississippi I watch MS State and Ole Miss when they are on TV.  And I have also followed UT Vols and UGA Bulldogs on TV and radio.  But have never actually seen an SEC women’s basketball game in person.

Yesterday my two favorite teams were playing in the afternoon in Athens.  My sweet daughter and her husband asked me before Christmas if I would like to go and I said yes, yes, yes.  We went and had a wonderful time and saw the Dawgs beat the Vols. 

Afternoon games work for me and I hope to get back to see more games before this season ends.

Go Dawgs.  Go SEC.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Quilt Backing

I love, love the wide backing fabrics for quilts.  It is so much easier for the layering of the top, batting and backing.  Some of my quilts are machine quilted by a dear friend.  Others are quilted by hand on a quilt frame by a local church group and some are spray basted and I hand quilt them.

With a large quilt I feel that an extra wide backing is almost a necessity.  Now here is my problem.  I live in a small town and wide quilt backing is limited.  The quilt shops close to me (5-10 miles) have a very limited selection and the only other option is the nearest JoAnn's which is 20 miles from me.
Occasionally I will order on line but that has been hit or miss.

I really needed a backing so the church quilters can quilt a quilt for me.  On New Years I went to JoAnn's and finally found one that I think will work.  But it is red, red, red.  It's a pretty red and I do like it but now I am thinking that I had better wash that with color catchers.  Maybe several color catchers.

Please wish me lots of luck washing, drying and folding massive amounts of fabric.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A New Quilt

I love the colors in this quilt.  Some of the fabrics I won in a contest that was held at one of my quilting groups and the other fabrics I pulled from my stash.

The hand quilting was done by my Jefferson quilt group.  Now it has found a place on my bed and brightens up my bedroom.  One down, many to go.  Goal in my life is to use up all the fabrics I have in my stash  Will keep you posted on how that is going???

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Whining Time

I do not like being a whiner and I do not like being around people who are whining or complaining most of the time,  But last week and this week have been tough.  Some of the things are just things that happen in life and some could be rather serious.

I spent a week in  Myrtle Beach with my daughter and son in law.  We had so much fun but honestly the food was just terrible to me.  We ate out at lunch in nice restaurants and then ate in for a light supper at night.  The restaurants in Myrtle Beach do not know the words "grilled or baked".  Most everything was "fried" and I do not eat much fried food anymore so a little goes a long way with my digestive system.  We did have several excellent meals, one being on Pawley Island at the Chives and Blossom restaurant.

We came home on Sunday and I was just exhausted and needed rest.  My week started out with mountains of dirty clothes so the washer ran for two days.  Then the ironing had to be done which I finally got caught up on about Thursday.  Tuesday I decided to make bread while washing so many clothes.  I have two bread machines and I always make two loaves when I make bread.  One bread machine had a problem, the dough would not rise and I started smelling something with a burning odor.  After trying twice in that particular bread machine and neither time working I declared it to be broken and it went into the garbage.  Finally, did get one good loaf of bread.

The next day my favorite curling iron of all times died.  Into the garbage it went

The following day my very best friend, who I worked with for 23 years, called to tell me she has been diagnosed with a very bad illness and the future is not going to be the outcome we would want.  I am just heartbroken.  Then she told me of another mutual friend of ours being in the hospital with a heart attack.

While all of this was going on I was having health issues myself.  Went to the doctor Monday and I will be having a Nucleus Stress Test and Echo Cardiogram this week.

I think that is enough whining to last me about five years so I close saying I am just thankful for the time God has allowed me to be on this earth and for the time he will allow me to have until the end.