Monday, June 15, 2009

My Wild Quilt Top!

Good afternoon everyone,

I have had a hard time getting here to post. I had to go to town Friday morning to go to the bank and get groceries for us and MIL. I got back about one. The net was down all afternoon. Our power started going off and on during the evening. Once it straightened its act up, I tried the computer again and the net was back, but I was just so out of the mood to post.

We had very sad news Saturday. My sister-in-law, Gina's, younger sister passed away after a nine-month long battle with bone cancer. Dana was 28 years old and leaves behind a daughter, 9, and 2 sons, 6 and 4. This is just so heartbreaking. Dana's funeral was today in Topeka. I am asking anyone who feels the need, to pray for Dana's family. They are having a rough go of it. Gina is doing her best, but she lives in Missouri and they are in Kansas, over 2 hours away. I feel so bad for these poor children. They are sweet, adorable kids.

We did not get much accomplished over the weekend. It rained again Friday night, so was too wet to work outside Saturday. I just didn't feel like doing much on Sunday, so I went to JoAnn's. (grin) That is always good therapy when I am down. Sunday was the first day of their Firefly Frenzy sale. I bought lots of fabric that was clearance priced, then half off that. Alot of these are what was left on the bolt. If there wasn't at least 3 yards on the bolt, I just took it all.
Everything I bought was 50% off with the exception of the Fons and Porter quarter inch seam markers (40% off) and the insul-bright and 6 X 12 omnigrip no slip ruler (used 2 - 50% off coupons) and the bright blue fabric under the ruler. I bought that to make a shirt for dh. It cost me less than $5 for enough for a shirt for him. (big grin) The insul-bright is normally $6.99 per yard, so I was glad to have a coupon for it. I plan to make some potholders and this is used in the middle, not supposed to melt. I bought the Quilter's 80/20 baby batting because I always seem to have a baby quilt that needs quilted. I probably should have bought more batting, but I figured I had spent enough on this shopping excursion! LOL
I finished the top on Dana's quilt along. I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. It is 72"X84" as is, so I don't think I will put any borders on it. Now to get it quilted. I am actually considering trying to quilt it on my machine, just straight lines with my walking foot. Bren, am I crazy to try this? It has so many seams and I have so many quilt projects that need to be hand quilted, I thought I would try this. Of course, I may end up regretting it. (sigh) Here it is with my dh holding it up for me.
I am having quite a time getting this blog post done. We had a nasty storm last night. Our power was out from about midnight till 7 or 8 this morning. The lightning was wicked. We heard it hit something, but haven't found it yet, so I am hoping it was just a tree in the timber. We had 4 1/4 inches of rain, so now all the creeks and rivers are flooding. We are supposed to have more storms come back this afternoon with another inch or two rain possible. (sigh) I really don't think I will ever catch up with the weeding in the garden now. Anyway, right in the middle of writing this blog, the power went off again. (Thank you blogger for automatically saving the posts!) It was off for about 5 minutes, so I guess they were working on it. Now I am trying to hurry and get it done in case the power goes off again. LOL
I have been busy working on some other projects. I have 2 redwork pieces almost done. I finished the quilting on a table runner and just need to bind it. I took the leftover strips cut from the wild quilt and made the cutest little baby quilt. I was pleasantly surprised with it, but more about that tomorrow. I want to get this posted. Everyone have a good day and if you are so inclined, please say a prayer for Dana's little sweeties. Thank you for visiting. Please come again.


blushing rose said...

Winona ~ Prayers are lifted. We actually got thru a weekend without a drenching ... about time. Love that colorful quilt. TTFN ~ Marydon

Purple Quilter Queen said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Love your quilt picture. The colors are awesome. Stay safe - Joann's always lifts my spirits too. Jenn

Milah said...

It looks like this weather has helped keep you focused on your quilting. No sense in worrying over those garden weeds, they're not going anywhere.

~Bren~ said...

Oh, Winona...I will be praying for Dana's family. The sweet thing, I just can not imagine knowing you are leaving your babies. She is with Jesus now and dancing on streets of Gold. There is great hope in that.
I do not think you are at all crazy for trying to machine quilt the top. It is actually beautiful...when I saw all those fabrics I thought, "Oh Lord...what is she thinking??" My oh my, it turned out wonderful! I am certain you can do a fantastic job on it. I know what your machine quilting looks like from my purse and it is perfect!
We are going to get your storms tonight. Sounds wicked bad!

Crispy said...

Oh I'm so sorry Winona!! I know how hard that is as my baby sis passed at 39 and left an 11 and 8 year old. I had spent 6 months helping them get set up with a nanny. Looks like you got quite a haul at JoAnn's.


clare's craftroom said...

I am so sorry for those young ones , best wishes to them .

Laurie said...

I must say this is a bright quilt Winona but oh so pretty :-)
Looks like you had fun picking up some new material.
I can't wait to see your new redwork, you know how much I love that as well.
Hope your weeds don't get too big on you with all this rain.


Farm Chick Paula said...

So sad about Dana... I will be praying for her family and especially her children..
Hope your weather has improved, Winona- we have had one terribly stormy week here, too!

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