Friday, August 16, 2013

New Obsession

I have a new obsession and really think it could lead to a very big problem. Ok, not big, but large problem.  I say large because it requires making a quilt.  Even though the blocks will be small, the overall quilt will be large.

I'm obsessed with pixel quilts. Have you seen any of them? Have you taken a look at the class on Craftsy?

Craftsy is where my problem started.  I have a lot of problems and I think it's good to get back to the root of those problems.  I enrolled in a free mini class and that's where it all started.  One of the people that took the class made a pixel quilt of Gibbs from NCIS.  I really hope the link works.

Then I found a bunch of pictures on Flickr which really made my problem more significant.

This is from Candy Coated Quilts who blogs here.  Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek.  How AWESOME!!
The Captain Quilt

She also made this TOTALLY AWESOME Sheldon Cooper Quilt.  BAZINGA for sure!!
Sheldon Cooper Quilt!

Nancy (website linked) made this one.  I love the close up as well.
pixel me

Brittany's photo quilt close-up

Gavin Downey made a quilt of Jesus
Jesus Christ Quilt

Katy, who blogs at I'm a Ginger Monkey made this awesome Hello Kitty quilt.
hello kitty

Kristy Daum made a Doctor Who Quilt.  (click the link - seriously, you want to see this quilt).

Seriously can you understand my problem now?  Because the obsession keeps growing and I growing, I decided to start my own.  I haven't gotten very far.  I'm hoping to get part of the 2nd head done this weekend.  There will be 3 people in this quilt.  It's going to be very LONG.  I think over 12 feet.

Pixel Quilt

I'm sorry I can't reveal yet who my quilt is because I need to get a bit further along on it.

Thanks for letting me share one of my MANY problems with it.  Definitely much easier through pictures.

Happy Stitching!!  (That's where I'm heading)


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Medallion QAL

I finished my top today for the Medallion QAL that Jenny at Sew Kind of Wonderful hosted.  I was really afraid of curves.  Because of how gentle the curve is, they don't scare me quite as bad anymore.  The top was supposed to be 16 blocks, but I had so much fun I made 30.  I have 6 more that I will probably add to the back of the quilt when I'm ready to quilt it.

Medallion QAL Top Complete

Medallion QAL Top

The cancer quilt I made, made it to it's new home.  The recipient was very happy and sent me a really nice note. Yesterday evening I found out that he got some bad news.  He's made it through 4 chemo treatments and has been feeling a bit better.  Since he's at the 4 of 8 mark, it was time for an assessment.  The tumor has not shrunk at all and now there is another spot that was detected.  Tomorrow will bring yet another MRI to assess what's going on.

I can't stop thinking about him and what he's going through. I can't stop thinking about his family and extended family and what they are going through.

Frame of mind is very important when fighting cancer.  I get that, but how do you stay positive all the time?  He mentioned that it's hard to keep that positive view and not have the negative thoughts slip in.

I guess this just me typing and thinking and wanting it off my chest for a bit.  Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts.

Have a great night!  I'm off to book club shortly.  This month we read The Round House by Louise Edrich.  I'm not sure I would recommend it.  Definitely not something I would have picked on my own to read.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Few Finishes

I'm way behind on posting and pictures, basically way behind on everything. Oh well.

First up is a quilt that I made as a graduation present for my best friend's son. He is going to Illinois State in 2 weeks. The pattern is the original Turning Twenty. I love the pattern because it allowed me to put the school t-shirt in and was just the right size. It is quick to sew together too.

  Brad's Quilt Finished

This same friend has several brothers and the oldest was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer recently.  It really hit me hard because he's only 10 years older than us (me and my friend).  My mom also died when I was 7 of pancreatic cancer.  It's a horrible disease and very very painful.  Since I don't live close sending food wouldn't be a good idea.  Plus I'm a horrible cook and he's already sick, so no need to make his nausea worse.  Instead I decided to send a quilt to let him know that I'm thinking about him and praying for him and his family.

  What Cancer Cannot Do Quilt
I cut out way to many blocks for the graduation quilt, so I thought why not use the same color scheme, cut out a few more and then do some embroidery.  I used the sayings "What Cancer Cannot Do" that I found on the Block Party Studios website.

What Cancer Cannot Do

I have made a bit of progress on my Medallion QAL project.  The idea was to make 16 blocks for the quilt top.  I've been having so much fun, I've got 21 done and shooting for another 15.

Medallion QAL

Well, I think that's all I have to share for now.  I'm off to work on quilting a top that I started on this weekend.  Hopefully I can finish it up tonight and possibly load another.  I'm on a mission to get some stuff finished up.  Soccer season is just around the corner, so it's nice to have something to sit and stitch on during practices.

Have a great night!!