Less Than Two Weeks of July Already?!

Holy Cow! That means the baby shower would have been almost three Saturdays ago, but I couldn’t go. I left it with my sister-in-law last time we were in the area. Took a picture of it in the hotel, but it didn’t turn out well.

I had so much displaced material, so I spent an afternoon sorting it and putting it all in the right places. Also have a pile of things from my mom’s sewing room that I need to sort through. Where do I put it all? Well, I figure I need to organize stuff in the spare bedroom and bring up some things from the basement to put it in the spare bedroom.

Hate that when I’m in the shower I think of things to write about-and I do it  so eloquently. Then when I open up the blog, I’m blankety blank blank.

St. Ignatius of Loyola has been stalking me for the last couple of years. I’ve been reading some books about his spirituality and how to apply it to my life. Currently, I’m reading Sacred Story by William Watson, SJ. So far, so good.

Ignatius came from a dysfunctional family, and he was very sinful. His conversion began while he was convalescing from a horrific battle wound. The only books available to him at that time were the Bible and a book on the lives of the saints. To entertain himself, he would have daydreams about affairs and adventures and so forth. But he also began to have daydreams about the things he could do for God. He then began to notice how he felt after each kind of daydream. The ones of a less than holy nature, as exciting as they were, left him feeling empty and dissatisfied. The holy daydreams left him at peace and joyful.

When he was on his way to a virtuous life, fear gripped him. How could he go on in this virtuous life forever? Could he really give up his old life? What was his new life going to be like? Noticing how he felt, he was inspired to realize that the enemy of his true human nature was trying to draw him away from God. Once he realized this, he continued to strive for a holy life, opened himself to God’s grace, and the fear went away.

So in the last few years I have wanted to make beautiful, inspirational things for families. That’s why it says in my header “Quilting the Seasons to Enhance the Domestic Church”. I’ve come close. I was motivated and making things, but other things in life came up. Perhaps it just wasn’t the right time. Now I find excuses not to get down to the studio/sewing room. When I’m envisioning the things I want to do, I’m at peace. Thoughts do come into my head like: I’m 52 and what I’m thinking of will take too long. I should have been working on this years ago. I’m not going to finish it. I’m too slow. I’ll chicken out. I get noticed I’ll just go hide because I can’t handle the pressure of keeping up the work.

The only way I can do this is with God’s help. I need to confide in Him. Trust Him. Let Him shape my life. If I stick close to Him, He will see to it that I live up to my true nature.

 

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Where am I?

Oh, goodness. Well, I’ve had a heck of a time getting down to the sewing room/studio with the exception of a quick wall hanging quilt for my husband’s birthday. It was a solar system panel that I found at a quilt shop in Hannibal, MO. I’ve been working in the garden, visiting families, furniture shopping, and reading along with time-wasting things. Finally, there is a family member who is having a baby, so that means a baby quilt!

Playing in Green II

Got out into the spring air Saturday and prepped the gardens. Today is mostly sunny and very windy. Tomorrow and Wednesday are expected to be stormy, so I planted spinach, lettuce, and radishes this morning. I’m not a serious gardener. Mostly, I just stick seeds and plants in the ground with a little fertilizer, and hope for the best. But if I would nurture things better, I would get a better yield. Some growth is better than no growth. If I were to get a better yield I would learn to love gardening even more. And loving always makes life worth living.

Quilting was done in gold thread. The yarn was machine-couched, and I’m in the process of embroidering the words.

Playing in Green

It’s spring…or at least the weather should act like it.

I pulled out a packet of green and green-blue fiber that I had stashed away. Playing around with composition, thinking about how to quilt it, and what I want it to say.

I get paralyzed by all the options.

Oh, hello!

Hello, little blog. Mind if we get reacquainted? I ran out of steam here, and I got sucked down the Instagram hole. Life happened. Nothing earth-shattering, but, you know. Have been working on my relationship with God, but sadly my spiritual director’s cancer has returned, and she’s been told that she has until the end of the year. Lovely lady. I can see why God is calling her home.

I’m still wondering what to do with my life, since empty-nesting is getting closer and closer. I know one thing, I think about it too much. I’ll just do what I can do this moment. For now, I’m going to leave the comments off and try not to think about who is reading or not reading this blog. Sound like a plan? OK. It’s just you and me, baby.

Two completed quilts and more

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 35″ X 35″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

 

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 30 1/2″ X 38 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

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A striped fabric for the next quilt class at church.

 

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This looks more complicated than it is. If any one wants to make this, here’s what to do:

Get about 1 1/2 yds of a stripe. This will get you a table runner. Keep the fabric folded as it comes off the bolt. Make sure stripes that are alike line up the whole cut of the fabric.  Cut ten and a half inch strips. From the strips, cut ten and a half inch squares. Cut the squares into Quarter Triangle Squares. Separate the triangles into two piles: one with horizontal stripes and one with vertical stripes. Form new squares with four horizontal triangles and new squares with four vertical squares. Arrange as seen above.

I had made two mistakes. On the first cut of fabric, I didn’t line up like stripes before cutting.  The stripes in some blocks don’t match up. Went back to the quilt shop and bought more fabric. As you can see, the stripes in some of the blocks match up nicely. I had an easier time lining up like stripes by folding the fabric the other way -cut ends together. It’s a little wonky in places, but I like it. The stripes are pretty busy, so the blocks that are off may not be noticed. It’s going to stay in my sewing room anyway. I’m thinking of putting a border on.

 

 

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Pillowcases for my sister’s birthday.

 

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Made this key fob designed by Lazy Girl Designs. You can wear it on your wrist to carry the house key when you go for a walk.

 

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For one of my birthdays, my sister made these quilted trivets for me. She gave me whatever fabric she had left and I made tea cozies.

 

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I’m going through these books again to learn about color and composition. I’d like to work the lessons in the top and bottom books.

 

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Two Completed Quilts (Kids are probably in college by now)

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 39 1/2″ X 39 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Elizabeth”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

 

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 32 1/2″ X 37 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Andrew”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby