HQAL: Update on Jane’s Quilt

I am calling this posting the triple three’s. Not only can I not believe were we are in the year 2023, it’s hard to believe we are in the third month of the year and three weeks have gone by.

So here I am with another update on my hand quilting project. At our last posting I had shown you another project I had been working on so that I could finish it.

I am back to Jane’s Quilt and have continued to make steady progress on her. I have moved the hoop a good two times and third smidge move over and I used her to cuddle up with on a few cold days. She is so warm and toasty.

Pic 1 – not even close to a full view … I am working my way around the outside of the middle medallion and just when I think I am getting closer to the finish line, I am shocked to realize I am nowhere near a finish. More importantly I am enjoying the process. Working on this brings me closer to her quilt top maker, Jane and Jane’s daughter Jeanine, both have passed on and are deeply missed.

Reading through this before posting I was thinking – is this like a memorial quilt? No, I am thinking of this as a living treasure and a testament to friendship and life eternal. Jeanine, her husband and family were one of our closest friends and I thought I would just share a very quick story on how we met if you don’t mind. Jeanine and her husband Don owned the Christian Book Store in our once small town of Yucca Valley, CA. Her only employee was a mutual friend named Vicky. She was battling cancer and needed to go home but could not get in touch with Jeanine (out of town, no cell phones in the 70’s) Not knowing if she should close the store, she called me and asked me to come in till Jeanine got back. Of course Jeanine was shocked to find me there, returning back that day. Thank you ‘s all around but even more surprised to see I sold a couple of items that had been in the shop for a long time (years) which she had given up trying to sell. This led to her asking me to work part time – just a little here and there – which led to a beautiful long lived, amazing, family friendship. ( and just a thought now looking back – it was not about selling the items ~ sometimes we lose site of the beauty or uniqueness of something and I imagine after hanging on the wall for so long she had lost seeing the beauty in the items since no-one bought it/them. I remember they were wall pictures. For me, I had never been in the shop before, they were new to me and beautiful so they were easy to recommend and sell ~ when you lose the luster for something or someone try looking through new eyes)

Now I am off to check in with the others in this HQAL, please join me, there are some gorgeous projects in the works.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy, and Connie

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

Hi everyone ~ living life in three week increments 🙂 and getting stuff done. Time once again for an update on Jane’s quilt and I am afraid that this week I am reporting not one additional stitch. Jane has taken a back seat to the baby quilt I have been working on along with her. Baby due date is quickly approaching – April 8th – and if these past three weeks is any indication of how fast time went, April 8th will be here in a blink. I need to get this one in the mail.

You may remember my last posting on baby Waylons quilt, it looked like this below. I had finished piecing the top and sandwiching the front and back together, then began quilting it. This posting was on January 8th.

This week I finished quilting her. I’am stilling toying with the idea of adding a few mini

heart outlines in the sashing squares .

I made my own seam binding using the backing material. While I love the slim accent on

the front, I am wondering now if a solid complimentary color would of helped add

a bit of a pop, for the backing especially.

The beginning of a label is in the works with a few ideas still swimming in my head,

like a solid background material to mount this label on before attaching.

That’s it for now, time to check in with the others in this HQAL and then get back to work on this quilt. Our forecast is for some snow in the next week so I am feeling confident I will be able to get some quality quilting time in on Jane.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisyConnie, and  Cathie 

Journal Junking

There never seems to be enough time in a day to pursue all my crafty habits. Three week intervals calls me to updating on my hand quilting progress alternating with a cross stitch roll call update for the SAL and HQAL groups I participate in. But in addition to those two passions, I have been working on and creating lots of junk journaling journals, envelopes, cards etc.

Add in Dr. appointments, daily activities like making the bed, cooking meals, walking the dog, grocery shopping, talking with family (phone), friends, gardening (not so much with the winter weather) life is full.

I thought I would share some of the latest with the journal making. Most recently I worked on Valentine themed birthday journal for a cousin turning 60. It will be going in the mail today. Technically not really a ‘junk journal’ as this was made with some beautiful printables, sari ribbons and pieces and lace . Below are a few of the pages. This has a two ring binding and the cover was made using a lemon cake mix box. Each page has a border that is machine stitched as is all the added ephemera. It measures 8 X 6″

One of my favorite things to create right now are prayer cards. These sweethearts are made out of file folders. There is writing space on the backs of the cards as well as the small card inserts to write down a prayer or intention (anything you like).

This one below is geared more for Christmas giving with a lace tuck space for the journaling card.

These last three posted have vintage religious metals attached. They are also made out of file folders, vintage music and book pages, sari ribbon and vintage lacey bits.

I’ll finish up this posting with two pages of a mini Valentine themed journal. This measures 4 X 4 1/2″ and is a real tweet heart of a jewel. It’s really chunky and with a big crocodile mouth kept closed with some jute twine.

Time to get this day going, there’s still our mini schnauzer patiently waiting for her morning walk and a post office visit for my cousins birthday surprise.

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

Happy January and the start to another great year of hand quilting. I am continuing work on Jane’s quilt. I am now 1 year in working on her. She is kept front and center in the living room on the couch doing double duty; reminding me to work on her when I am just vegging watching tv and keeping me cozy warm.

At our last posting I showed you this picture, there’s not much visual excitement.

But I have made some real head way these last three weeks, having completed 25 logs (if I’ve counted right) of the this log cabin beauty.

I have also started another quilting project. Another baby quilt for my granddaughter who is expecting her first child in April. It is a baby boy! The nursery theme is desert/western. I wasn’t having much luck finding anything at our local fabric stores. I was looking for something cactus, roadrunner etc. My daughter found a great online fabric store (not just fabric) called Spoonflower. The selections for this theme was mind boggling. I have already begun and am making good progress. The front is cute with all kinds of dinosaurs pulling wagons and cowboys on bucking dino’s and the back fabric has cute snakes in cowboy gear. Now I must admit, I have a deep seated aversion to snakes but these are cute and since I wasn’t the one solely picking the fabrics I had to cave and endure my long standing fear.

Here’s a little peek into the nursery. My daughter free hand drew and painted this desert theme for the crib background

Before I close till next check in I wanted to say a big welcome back to Connie 🙂 Below are the links for checking on the others in this group.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisyConnie, and  Cathie 

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update and another finish

Our last posting for the 2022 year, and I wanted to say thank you to Kathy for hostessing this quilt along.

I have been working on Jane’s Quilt since January 16, 2022. It’s coming up on a year and I feel like 2023 will see her finished possibly. Hand quilting takes time, good lighting and heart. Heart because there is so much love put into this art. When I am quilting, I sometimes find myself drifting into thought and then I realize I have stalled and have just been sitting with nothing getting done. It’s easy to do that with Jane’s quilt as it was a gifted heirloom quit top filled with so many personal memories. It’s easier to machine quilt and often I think how much quicker it would be to create a machine quilted beauty. Don’t think I haven’t thought that with this 🙂 she is massive and time consuming, thick and heavy and not lending to summer quilting in the heat. Here she is and you can see that the pattern repeats on the back side slung over the fence.

I have been working on the dark colored logs these last 3 weeks and gotten 12 done moving the hoop 1x.

Another hand quilted project I have been working on was a baby quilt for our nephew who is having a boy. You may remember this quilt.

It is finished, gift wrapped and ready for pick up, actually today 🙂

I am wishing you a magical holiday season filled with lots of love and laughter. Wishing you good health and happiness in the year to come.

The HQAL is an opportunity for hand quilters to share and motivate each other. The talented quilters below post every three weeks to show our progress and encourage one another. Stop by their sites to see what they are working on. If you have a hand project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy, and Cathie

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

The rain has been consistent and happily has kept me indoors crafting. It’s been another three weeks and time to update you on the hand quilting project I have been working on. I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked but I am happy as I continue to get closer to a finish.

Just one picture of my progress this time. I completed the dark color cabin logs of this corner, which completes a bottom section all along the bottom or top, either way you look at it. You might notice the bottom and side log are not stitched and that is because I am not stitching all along the borders as there will be a binding that will cover them. I have moved the hoop to the next dark section and once that is done a complete half of the quilt will be finished. Actually I will be about 3/4 completed 🙂

I have been alternating with a baby quilt I am also hand quilting. Just a quick reminder of what it looks like.

Is anyone else feeling the crunch to get some Christmas gifts completed ? I can hardly believe we’re in November. I finished another hand quilted quilt that I haven’t shown as it is a Christmas gift. I have it wrapped and ready for mailing out for December 1st. I don’t want to ruin the surprise so I will show it in another update once it has arrived.

Also occupying my time and these rainy days are a few more junk journal pocket Christmas cards.

This card is so much fun ~ pic 1 has a vintage pin with monogrammed dangle attached onto the bottom ruffle. This has 2 pockets with journaling cards in them. Pic 2 the sweet framed golden song birds is the top tuck spot that holds the church card. There is gold glitter on the frame. Pic 3 is the back and these cards are attached with tiny clips. All of the printables are from RubyandPearlxo who you can find on youtube and she also has an Etsy shop.

This one is a favorite. Madonna themed and simple, the rose pocket holds 2 journaling cards and a vintage postcard. The rose pocket wraps around to the back framing in the rest of the printable. I should add the papers, also from RubyandPearlxo, are glued to a piece of sturdy card stock.

Now I am off to check in with the others and then get in some quality quilting time. Be well and see you all at the next check in.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below. Enjoy visiting the other members of our group! 

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy, and Cathie

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

Things are settling down, finally. Just a quick update on my BH and how he is doing. Not all testing has been completed, but the consensus seems to be that after a broncoscopy he suffered a severe bleed which led to the blood loss and consequently hospital stay. He is feeling much better with that resolved now.

With that hurtle over, I have made some real headway with Jane’s quilt. I am not showing last posts picture but starting with where I am now

What you are looking at is the bottom half of the quilt. I had completed 9 white/light logs on the left side of the picture last time. I have now completed all of the white – yay – with the small section of colored blocks still to finish, in the corner and up above, then I will be able to say – I am more than half way completed.

Below are the inks to the others in this HQAL. Now I am off to check in with the others and see how they are doing. Stay well and smiling and I will see you at our next posting.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy, and  Cathie 

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

It’s HQAL update time for progress on my project. You may or may not remember that I missed the last check in because my daughter and grandchildren were here visiting after living in Okinawa for 5 years. In addition another daughter, granddaughter and great grandson were up from Oregon for a wonderful family reunion.

As for Jane’s Quilt I have gotten very little done in these past 6 weeks. This is my photo from last time. I am now working on the white blocks there on the left side corner with 9 logs finished.

I don’t usually share to much personal information on my blog but 6 weeks seems like quite some time for so little accomplished. My BH has very advanced COPD. Taking a bit of a downward turn he underwent a bronchoscopy to take a look the day before family arrived. He didn’t really bounce back and a few other things began to crop up, all that to say this past week he landed in the hospital. To both our surprise and his pulmonologist, he had internal bleeding and had lost quite a bit of blood requiring 8 units and a bunch of procedures to discover the source. There’s so much more I could say about what is going on for him but you get the point – its been a very hectic this past month with little time to think about the quilt. They (hospital) were unable to determine or find any significant bleed spot so we are still in the process of trying to find out where he is bleeding from. He is home now and will be swallowing a pill with a camera in it to take a look at his small intestines. There are lots of follow up appts.

Oh how I would have loved to have taken Jane’s Quilt to the hospital. Couldn’t you just imagine the amount I could have gotten done?

Now it’s off to check in with the others and catch up on all they have gotten done. Please join me 🙂 by clicking on the links below.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy, and  Cathie 

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

It’s that time again, three weeks has quickly passed and I have nothing to report on Jane’s quilt.

I never picked her up. Summer finally hit with high temps both inside and out. I just couldn’t drape this beauty over my lap to work on her. We have no air conditioner and the inside hit the 90’s. Adding to the temps for no progress ~ finally after 5 years deployed to Okinawa, Japan, my daughter, husband and grands returned. Station at Camp Lejeune, they are living in Swansboro, N.C. now. They arrived for our family reunion on August 23 and left this past Wed., the 31st. Another daughter, granddaughter and great grand came up from Oregon for 3 days, we hadn’t seen them for 3 years. You can imagine the excitement, dinners and visiting we did.

There was no time for quilting only for visiting

Great grand Wyatt, granddaughter Heather, Me, grandson Liam, granddaughter Tori, daughter Marion (Heather’s Mom) and daughter Marissa

Now it’s time to get back to Jane’s quilt and make up for lost time. Please take a peek at the others in this HQAL by clicking on the links below.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy, and  Cathie 

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

Three weeks and time again to update you on Jane’s Quilt. This beautiful log cabin was pieced together by Jane Rogers – mother of one of my dearest friends, Jeanine Rohder. The quilt top was given to me as a gift by Jane’s granddaughter Raeleen. I started the task of hand quilting this beauty in January.

At our last posting I had completed 31 darker colored log blocks of the outer ring of the medallion middle. I had already completed the lighter ring of blocks. This was the picture I shared. ( I am not sure if I realized Skye – our mini schnauzer was in the picture, regardless it came as a surprise to me posting this picture again)

I added 13 more log blocks to this amazing log cabin. It’s been difficult for me to photograph this as a whole. Stretching it out as best I could I got a good look at my progress. I feel like I am close to half way done in quilting the whole piece. You can see from the picture below that I have moved down and completed the outside darker blocks. I will continue to work on this corner.

I will be passing on our next posting date as my daughter and 2 grandchildren will be here visiting from North Carolina where her husband has been stationed on the Camp Lejeune Marine Corp base. They just returned in June from Okinawa where they have been for the past 5 years. So much time has passed and so many changes in all our lives. Ross made Lieutenant Colonel and has just taken a command post at Lejeune. Liam left as an 8 year old and is returning a teenager/young man. Tori was 14 and now is all grown, out of high school. Joining our celebration visit will be another daughter, (her daughter) my granddaughter and her 3 year old little boy (who we have never met do to covid) coming up from Oregon. There is so much to celebrate and little quilting time 🙂

And now while I have the time, I am off to check in with the others in this HQAL. If your not a part of this group please join me in seeing some beautiful hand quilting projects by clicking on the links below.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisyCathie and Tracy