Monday, March 4, 2019

Gratification Lifts Your Spirits

 This was going to be the year I would get serious about making quilts.  I have all the tools.  I have great books.  I subscribed to some awesome U-tube videos.

I have been stitching blocks that I haven't shown yet, really for a lack of time to post them.  January and February brought family issues.  My favorite niece was in the hospital and now rehab for almost 2 months with a deadly leg infection that almost killed her.  (Be careful where you get your pedicures done).  The day after Marcella's funeral my mother-in-law fell and broke her hip.  Two weeks in the hospital and now in rehab.  She expects us to visit every day, but that is pretty much impossible with Terry battling too many headaches.
But it has still had us running around too much as all of these health facilities are in different towns.  Even though the towns pretty much run into each other, it's still a lot of travel.

BUT.  When I made the basket weave piece for the Endeavourer's group, I had way more material than I needed so I decided to turn it into a small quilt that I will send to Corey J.  It's 36" square and probably the right size to cover his legs in a carrier.  They just moved to LA so I suppose they won't be needing quilts, lol.

Anyway, my original plan was to stitch in the black ditches but since my ditches don't line up I decided to tie the quilt.  I used flannel for the batting and a piece of this black "love" fabric for the back.  You may think the colors are not appropriate for a baby, but they dress Corey in red a lot and the decor in their RV is black.

So you might wonder about the title of this post.  Even though I didn't execute the pattern perfectly, I am so happy to have completed this little quilt. In the future I am SURE that I will make a "stained glass" quilt because I love the effect even though I didn't pull it off on this one.  Completing this quilt gave me GREAT satisfaction and it was a great learning experience.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that I have been relatively healthy.  I'm ALMOST grateful that the weather is in the single digits because we stay home when it's this cold, lol.

Tell me, are you self taught in the craft you love the most, or did you take lessons.
xx, Carol

19 comments:

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Lovely quilt! I like that pattern.
Quilting, following pattern instructions is too complicated for me. I prefer to select fabrics for a cut and sew quilt.

Roberta Warshaw said...

I have never gotten a pedicure and I now i don't think I ever will! My goodness! How awful.

I bet you will be glad when spring finally arrives!

Pamela said...

What a great quilt! Congrats on the finish! Over the years I have taken classes in a variety of techniques and continue to learn more about what I do just by doing.

Jennifer Gail said...

I took a class years ago on plastic canvas,Cross stitch, and sort of just watched others do needle embroidery.

Rose said...

I love it...love them both. I keep thinking one of these days I will make something that looks woven.

I guess you would say I am self taught...since I grew up with quilting. I have never had a lesson...not saying I would not enjoy them...once I got there. But I hate having to be anywhere at any certain time. I have had enough of having to be somewhere at a certain time to last me a life time!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

A leg infection from a pedicure? Wow. That's beyond scary. I've heard of getting nail infections, but never anything that bad. Hope she and your m-i-law continue to improve. Your wee quilt is perfect for a baby - but then I've never been one for the traditional pink and blue. And to answer your question - I'm self-taught in everything I do. I've never been fortunate enough to have lessons or classes, even though I know they would have been of great benefit.

jenclair said...

I adore small quilts and yours will be treasured by the little man when he gets older. The fabric is perfect for a little boy!

Henny Penny said...

Both the quilts are very pretty. You did great work. I've wanted to be a quilt maker and used to try but it simply overwhelms me. I taught myself to make pioneer bonnets and aprons. I wanted to sell something different at craft shows and you don't see bonnets much anymore. It has really been fun. You've sure had a lot happening lately. Hope things get better real soon.

Momma Bear said...

A finished quilt is always better than a "perfect" quilt. I have been finishing a lot of the lately and with every one my skills get better but I am under no illusions I will ever make a "perfect quilt". There will always be something on it I've put wrong and that is OK with me. One can pull ones hair out & waste one's time trying to achieve "perfection". I'll settle for done.

I have learned everything I know about sewing pretty much on my own. My mother and Grandmother were the impetus, They started it but I learned many of my skills from trial and error, mostly error and books, turning my cloths inside out to see how they were constructed or from pictures. It may be one of those idiot savant things, I do it well enough for me.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Your quilt is great and I'm sure Corey J is going to love it. I learned to knit and sew from my Mum and the crochet basics from my next door neighbour when I was a child. I'm continually learning new tips and techniques from blogs and suchlike. I've never taken lessons but I don't believe anyone is really 'self taught' and I'm very grateful for the many, many people who have given advice or written about how to do things. I hope your MIL's rehab is going well and Terry's headaches stop. I'm glad that you are well :) x

Robbie said...

Love seeing what you create!!! Quilts are wonderful and folks do enjoy receiving them..knowing you made them with love! It's so hard when relatives are ill...we feel we need to be there but circumstances do get in the way and we can't always be there for them. Terry's headaches are so awful...prayers for everyone!!!

Susan said...

In the beginning, there were no classes, so I learned by reading ancient books, occasionally a magazine article (Jean Ray Laury was VERY helpful) and then Quilter's Newsletter came along (published on the kitchen table in black and white!), and things began to change. Eventually, I took a few classes, but I'd learned most things by then. When I take one now, it's usually to set aside time to actually make something that appeals to me. Without a class, I might never get to it!

I hope you get to slow down a bit now. That is such a fun quilt. Congratulations on the finish.

Timaree said...

Your family is certainly going through the tough times right now. Let’s hope when the double digits rise to a warm zone, it will all be behind you for a while! Wow!

Did you know this February is the first time on RECORD that Los Angeles did not reach 70 degrees? I think the quilt will still come in handy!

And the quilt is cute. I don’t believe babies should only have pastel stuff around them. How boring is that? They need stimuli! I’m sure they will love it!

Bad headaches are not a good thing. My daughter has them daily. Even worse when she eats foods with yeast in them; tries to avoid it but sometimes it catches you by surprise as like soy, yeast is in everything! Maybe Terry also has a food sensitivity adding to the headaches? Hope they ease up some too especially when he needs to be visiting his mom!

Thank goodness your health is pretty good. Someone has to keep it all together and be able to be there for everyone. But do take care. Take a day off if you need it to recoup - and then try hard not to feel guilty about it!

Hoping for better days to come.

Debra said...

Your quilt is really beautiful. I'm so sorry for all the family health problems-that is never easy to handle. So sorry for your husband's headaches too...I'm hoping things will level out for you very soon.

Kit said...

So sorry to hear about your woes. Hard when the people you love are not well. My craft was cross stitch and I was self taught. You take care of yourself. Hugs, Kit

piecefulwendy said...

I am self-taught in quilting, for the most part. I have picked up a few classes, but when I first began I taught myself by reading and watching others. Sorry to hear about all your family health issues; I hope you all have some relief from those concerns soon! Your quilt is very cool. I've always liked the basketweave look. (I can understand, now, why you are interested in the Wefty tool.)

Eggs In My Pocket said...

bless your heart........keeping you and your loved ones in prayer! Love your pretty quilt!
I am just about self taught in everything I love to do. From embroidery, knitting, crochet, to making cement garden art. Take good care of yourself!

Pam Jackson said...

I love quilts but I don't have that talent. My sis in law does and she is self taught. I think that whoever takes that on is amazing. Best of luck in getting that going.

Nancy said...

Your basket weave quilt is delightful. I like the combined colors of red and black. It is great to have finished a project.

I quilt and taught myself as a young career woman. I later found a shop with classes (all hand cut and hand sewn quilting). From there I just took off!