It is time for another Sharing Quilt Projects post, this is number 23.
Whenever you make something using one of my tutorials or patterns I love seeing a photo of it and then sharing it with others. This is always so inspiring to me and others!
My life has been full of changes in the last 3 months and if you are interested, I'll talk a little bit about it at the end of this post. For now, let me share what I've been working on and what has been shared with me.
My Quilt Projects
License Plates from quilt shops
Several years ago I picked up these neat fabric license plates from different quilt shops I visited. I was cleaning up my studio and found them and decided to make placemats from them.
I had nine of them and decided to make one more with a plain center. I hope to have these quilted soon.
Placemats have always been one of my favorite things to make as we use them all the time. If you are a new quilter, placemats are a great way to practice your quilting on.
I'm still working with the rail fence blocks for placemats and table runners and will share the tutorial soon. These were made using a Christmas charm pack I bought several years ago from Primitive Gathering similar to these fabrics. I am making some that will be square and some for a round table like the Country placemats I made a couple of years ago.
Quilt Projects Shared With Me
It is always so much fun to see all of the beautiful quilt projects that you are making! I have all kinds of beautiful quilt projects to share with you this time!
Linda has really been busy making River Scraps quilts! Here is what she had to say about them.
I collected scraps from my fellow quilters and about 7 years ago I spent 6n weeks one summer sorting and cutting them into appropriate precuts. This year - after stress sewing for Christmas - I pulled out my shoebox of 2 ½" charms. First I sewed lights and darks together. Then I sorted into colour groupings and made 16 patch blocks. I pulled all the creamy whites and off-whites from my stash and (being too lazy to cut into 2 ½" charms) I cut 2 ½" WOF strips into 4 ½" and 6 ½" strips. I pulled out my shoebox of random cut triangle offcuts (from those collected scraps) and selected two pairs each for the triangle points in your blocks and added the borders for 16 patch blocks. I liked how the triangles could determine the colours of the finished block. Then I sorted the finished blocks into four piles and made 4 lap size quilt tops - 52"x64" after adding 8" borders. I love this block! And it was a relaxing project. My daughter is going to long arm them for me. I will probably donate them somewhere although I might just keep them to admire for a while.
June shared her beautiful Scrappy Butterfly quilt that will be used as a picnic blanket. Love the changes she made to it!
Pamela made this adorable wall hanging using my Twisting Heart tutorial. This is always a fun quilt project to make.
Mary Sue made this beautiful wall hanging using my Patchwork Rabbit pattern, great job!
Laura used my Who's Who tutorial to make this beautiful wall hanging. She used just the center part of the pattern and it looks great!
Sherbet Stripes Table Runner
Juliet made this beautiful table runner using my Sherbet Stripes tutorial. I really love the binding! She said she is just learning free motion quilting, I think her work is perfect!
I always enjoy it when you share photos and stories about your pets. If I had my way, we would have more.
Australian brush tail marsupial possum
Now, this little cutie isn't a pet but Diane from Grenfell NSW Australia sent me these cute photos of an Australian brushtail marsupial possum. I have to say that it is a lot cuter than the possums we have here in Iowa. Here is what she wrote - "This fellow decided to sleep near laundry door, then went for a feed of parsley and then back to groom himself. Shows no fear of us and not scared of our two cats who are totally ignoring him."
Mama Deer and Fawn
I have been spending a lot of time watching the deer in our backyard. We have been watching this sweet fawn grow up. The fawn seems fascinated by the trail camera I have on the tree and is always going right up to it. In the background is the apple tree and draws all of the deer.
Here is a 30 second video of the mama and fawn. I hope you enjoy watching them.
We have found out that Mr. Mickey has congestive heart failure and we have him on three different medications that seem to be working. My vet said that there was another dog taking the same medications and lived 2 ½ years so we are hoping for that for him.
He got used to sitting in the swivel rocker with Bob's mom while she was with him and now it is a regular routine several times a day where he stands by the chair and looks at me as if to say "Come on mom". I stop what I'm doing and cuddle him for a bit, he is fascinated by the deer in the backyard but doesn't bark at them.
He sure loves his pillow! By the way, that is my red leather couch that turned out to be a wine color, not red.
What has been going on in my life
I never thought I would NOT want to quilt or work on my website but I guess I haven't handled all the changes we have had lately very well.
We took care of Bob's 100-year-old mother for 3 months. She was a sweetheart but it finally became too much for me and we moved her to a nursing home. She is doing fine but of course, misses living with us. I still feel guilty about not keeping her but I was really getting depressed.
On top of that, my daughter took a new job 3 ½ hours away. I helped her move last week and we will now have to sell her house. If you have followed me for a while then you know we moved here 3 years ago to be close to her and the granddaughters. We just moved into this home last December but are now talking about moving again. Does that sound crazy?
Almost a month ago Mr. Mickey started having trouble breathing and we had an MRI done on him. He has congestive heart failure but the medications we now have him on seem to help. He will be on them for the rest of his life. We only take short walks now and limit playtime. One of the medications is Lasix and we are still experimenting with the correct dosage to slow down his coughing and gagging. His water bowl is always full and his potty routine has increased so we don't leave him by himself for long.
Now that I have written a blog post again I think I am ready to jump back into quilting and work on all the new ideas I have.
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