Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July Stars and Stripes Doll Quilt Swap

I finally finished the Doll Quilt. I started the quilt over 3 times. 

I seem to have a mental block about stripes and plaids. Always thought it was just plaid. I guess from being a fat kid. "Does this make me look fat???" I just could not coordinate it with anything. It was like sucking on a lemon.  Its a quilt not an outfit! UGH! That is the only thing I can think of.  I have always avoided stripes, plaids and polka dots. My husband loves plaid. He doesn't owe any. Even when we were up north, he had very few.
I was over thinking it I guess.
I think it came out really nice.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Shara

July 21 is Shara's birthday. Daughter # 2. I mailed her 7 large boxes of her stuff. This included her sewing machine, some fabric, thread, scissors, needles, and walking foot. . I hope she makes something nice for herself!!!

I sent her a small box with the e-notebook bag I made her.  She collects Owls! I hope she likes it!!!

Happy Birthday

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July - Summer Rains

It has been raining on and off all month. After the flooding in the beginning of the month, it was quiet for 4 days. The rain is now back. In some ways it is refreshing. Everything gets that lush green color. Flowers bloom like crazy and the birds, frogs, crickets and bugs start singing up a storm again. The muggy will kill you, but that is just part of living in Florida.

I have been home for a very long time. Nine months. I can't do much but I keep trying.  It hurts to do anything. Even sewing can leave me wiped out after just 1/2 an hour. The final result is worth it. Sewing is my go to for mental health. It is food for my psyche and I need that. Fabric-ology if you will. 

For the last 2 weeks I have been trying to make a gift for my daughter for her birthday and the little quilt for Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Both are very small projects. Both having the same deadline of  July 21st. Both need to be mailed out.  I also signed up for a Doll quilt swap that is due by August 4th. I started working on the doll quilt the end of June. After piecing the 8 sections together, I found that my math was off and it was way to big. So I have to start over. I was so frustrated. These are the scraps.  As I sewed the scraps together, I began to calm down. I was making new fabric from a pile a scraps. The brightness was so cheerful. I felt my frustration leave me and my heart soar.  This was not what I intended to create for AAQI, it was what emerged. I decided I needed a Butterfly to glide by in this jungle of color! 

Gliding By
Aileen Kline
AAQI #11148