Friday, October 9, 2015

On and off the needles

One pair of Christmas socks are finished! One pair of re knit legs for son with skinny legs are finished.  He looked at them and said "how skinny do you think my legs are!?!"  "Skinny" they were a bit snug to pull over his foot but they fit and will stay up.  I ripped the second pair and am knitting with size 1 needles in a 2 x 2 ribbing.  I needed some fun yarn after these guy socks so reading mitts in bright colors and soft yarn and bigger needles.  Lots more Christmas knitting to do.  Linking to Judy's OTN.  --Ann--

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ta Da Done

Basted,  quilted,  bound,  signed and labeled.  The flow of the words said binded but proper English said bound and the computer typed bonded.  That almost made me cringe as much as hearing weaved when  wove or woven should be used.  The last thing to do is make the folio for the recipient.  ta da done!!! it feels so good to say it,  "ta done!!!!!"--Ann--

Friday, October 2, 2015

Off the Needles

       I finished this the other day and just in time too, it is chilly out this morning.  Its time to wear long pants and wool socks and try to put off starting the furnace for another week or so if possible.  
        I had a lovely day yesterday for my birthday,  an unplanned trip to have lunch with daughter and retrieve my car after a week in the shop to find and fix an oil leak.  The drive in the loaner car was long and annoying; these new cars with all their safety features and too many  buttons!  I needed a lesson in buttons before hitting the road.  Every time I got too close to the center line it bee bee beeped and I didn't know what was making the beep, was it my phone? was it an engine warning? and it didn't just beep once it had to beep twice.  I finally figured it out there was a thumbnail sized rear view of a car between two dotted lines on the dash and if you got too close to either line it beeped and if you passed a car with out using your turn indicator it beeped some more.  I couldn't figure out how to set the cruise control or even where it was so I drove all the way and sometimes too fast.  Its easy to go fast on long straight flat roads with little traffic and no cruise control.  DD and I had a leisurely lunch, did a little shopping  and I came home.  It was a lovely drive home with no beeps.   The leaves of the ash trees are turning yellow, the ginnala maples were bright red, and the harvest is in full swing.  There were combines with banners of dust in all the fields.  Hubby has been helping a farmer by driving his grain cart I  wondered if the tractor he was driving was as big as those I was seeing in the fields.  Hubby came home early and took me out for supper,  all I had to do was put my breakfast dishes in the dishwasher.   --Ann--   Linking to Judy's OTN

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Its my birthday

My zinnias and calendulas are still blooming strong, I should have picked a bouquet the day I took these pics because the wind came and is forever blowing away the summer.

       Birthday reflection: how many quilts have I sewn since I started quilting at 30 something? Oh  wait I can look back at my quilt documentation.........I was 31. I took my first quilt class on October 12, 1987,  Columbus Day or whatever the state is calling that day now.  Oh thats good documentation.  I have been quilting for almost half my life is that possible!??!  I have completed 264 quilts.  I think I have 15 in various stages of incomplete.  That seems like a lot but a couple are baggage that I really need to let them go.  There are five ready to be machine quilted and two in need of hand quilting because I started hand quilting,  I have to finish hand quilting them.  There are two or three quilt tops in need of borders or appliqué, there are a couple stacks of blocks or parts of blocks that might be considered baggage.  When I break it down like that it doesn't seem like that many.  However,  there may be a couple more hiding in my stash.  
       I have 3 knitting projects on the needles,  that is reasonable.  I have books by my favorite chair.   I can pick up a project for whatever mood I am in or to suit my attention span at a particular moment.  
       It has been a great year.  Hubby and I have traveled, he has retired we are still learning the new normal, he is learning to love leftovers.  I'm learning to put things in the dishwasher after every meal unless he beats me to it.  I used to leave things in the sink and deal with them when I was starting the next meal, by then things were soaked and slide right off the dish.  He's eating left overs,  I'm improving my habits.  Those are big changes for each of us.  Celebrating the little things in life because life is good! --Ann--

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Documenting Quilts part 2

       Why do I do all this I ask myself, my kids will probably chuck it all into the dumpster when I'm gone.  I hope they pause and realize how much I loved sewing and quilting and color and design.  I hope they keep the pages of the quilts that each of them owns and are astounded by how many quilts I have made.  How many quilts have I made?  The answer to that tomorrow.
       My documentation has evolved over the years from a form to a summary with more and more photos.  Sometimes I look through to find a particular pattern to see how I quilted it.  Sometimes I need inspiration for a quick quilt for someone or I have handed my books over to someone special if I was planning to make a throw size quilt for a wedding gift.  It is more likely to be used if it is colors that she likes. 

        I make a folio with quilt care and a little information about the quilt when I  give a quilt to someone or sell a quilt because I want the recipient to know that the quilt is washable and is meant to be used. Quilts that are not used do not have memories and quilts need memories to become treasures, treasures become heirlooms.  I usually make a second copy of the folio and call it good for documenting that quilt.  I  write on the folio who the quilt was given to or who purchased it and the price, date and location of the recipient.  

       I usually include the names of specific tools that were used for a particular block if I ever want to make a similar quilt.  If there are things that I would do differently I make a note of that also.

       In recent years I have signed my name in machine stitching on my quilts with the year it was completed. It takes a little practice to write with the needle and sometimes I incorporate it into a border design other times it looks more like an afterthought.   I don't always label quilts when I finish because I like to make a personalized label if I give that quilt to someone or sell it.  I write the bride and grooms names, wedding date, or the baby's name and birthdate,  the name of the quilt, my name, and my location.  And if is for a niece or nephew on hubbies side of the family financed by Uncle Bill.  You have no idea what that has meant to them.     

    My quilts, my life, my history.  --Ann--

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Documenting Quilts part 1

The week before last when hubby was off fishing  I updated my photo book of quilts.   I had papers and photos all over the living room floor; no one was there to complain about the piles so I could work at my leisure.

A few years after I started quilting I heard a speaker talk about the importance of documenting our quilts so I started a list on my computer the one that had the make it fit button, I was very diligent in keeping the list it included when I started a quilt, working title of the quilt, special information about the quilt and even family and news worthy events and when I finished the quilt.  The last time it was updated and printed there were 150 + listed.  I even made my own form based on one the speaker had given us.  

 I was becoming a whiz on the computer, I had a file full of quilt documents.  Then that computer died and I got behind on my documenting.  A few years ago I put all my pages in photo books and was caught up then I let it slide again or maybe that was when I started blogging but I had a stack of quilt photos that were not in the books.  

  I have simplified my documentation so that I am just writing a short summary of each quilt.  My list has been very helpful in determining when I started a quilt.  I should start a new list........more tomorrow on documenting quilts.  --Ann--

Monday, September 28, 2015

Labeling Quilts

Around the World Quilt made by my grandmother but no signature or label on the back

I had a wonderful wonderful afternoon one day last week.  First I went to the eye specialist and the pressure in my eyes was excellent. Then I met a girlfriend for lunch, we had Italian food and coffee.  Three of my favorites! Then we went to the quilt shop because I had two quilts to show her.  The quilt shop owner had an heirloom postage stamp around the world quilt. She didn't know who made it for sure or when or anything about it other than it belonged to a great aunt.  We were having a great show and tell then another lady came in the shop who was going to do a truck show in the shop that evening.  We quickly volunteered to help her bring in her quilts and set up for a sneak peek.  Her quilts were fabulous.  Each quilt had a label with her name, name of the quilt, who machine quilted it, when it was made and what quilt shows it had been in and if it received special recognition at the show and another label for that.  She documented each of her quilts on the back.  It would have been so nice if the shop owners great aunt had put at least her name and date on her quilt.  All that history is lost forever.
I have quilts made by my grandmother and great grandmothers. One has a stitched label the other is written on the quilt.  The makers are identified as Grandma Sanford (click for the post of these quilts) and Grandma Nelson, not much to go on really if I want to learn more about my great grandmothers.  And the quilt made by my grandmother, my mothers mother has no signature or initials on the back.  I need to label them so my children will  know who made them.  I heard a quilt historian speak years ago, she asked us if we knew the full name of our great grandparents, if we couldn't name them then that information is lost unless we can still learn that information from parents or grandparents.  
Being more diligent in labeling quilts.--Ann--