Solstice Quilt Block 17 & 18

Grandma’s sewing machine took a poop. She has an old, back up sewing machine, I’m talking kind of old fashioned. When I showed up yesterday she was like, oh you’ll love this little machine, sure sure do. I did “love” it… NOT! Oh my goodness, I spent more time fixing mistakes and trying to get it to work (i.e. putting the thread back in it) than I did actually sewing. The first quilt block I did took me over 2 hours and it should have been quick. I’m not sure if I was having a Monday or what… but gosh, I’m not a fan of that sewing machine.

I grumbled and complained way more than I should have. I then also lost quilt block pieces and sewed them incorrectly and everything else. Let’s just say I was having a Monday and it sucked! I love Monday’s because it means I get to spend time with my grandma and my little girl and we get to sew on this quilt top, but yesterday I was regretting that it was Monday. 

The goal was to try and incorporate some of the orange polka dot material into other quilt blocks. I would say we accomplished that with both quilt blocks yesterday. So I present you with Quilt Block 17. Oh and if you’ll notice I remembered to do these in order. I tried to print Quilt Block 19 and my silly printer ran out of ink. Good thing because after all the problems I had, I only had time to work on 2 quilt blocks.

Grandma actually picked out the material choices for these quilt blocks yesterday. Like I said, our goal was to incorporate the orange polka dot material. Here is Quilt Block 18. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this particular block, but once placed with the others I thought it looked a little better.

Here the the blocks in all their glory of falling off grandma’s bed. I think we need a big floor to piece it all together. As you can see, quilt block 9 is the reason to incorporate the orange polka dot, but I think in the end we’re going to modify quilt block 9. I’ll keep you updated!

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Solstice Quilt Block 14 & 16

This has been one of my favorite days of the week… if it is possible for Monday to be your favorite day of the week… Every Monday as you know, for the last few weeks we’ve been going to my grandma’s to work on this quilt. Some days are a little trying because try keeping a toddler entertained while you’re sewing. haha! This last Monday grandma was teaching her how to sew by hand. Interesting! I’m not even sure I can do that.

But back to the quilt… I bought some material that probably doesn’t really go with the theme of the quilt but did you know this quilt doesn’t have a theme. I bought Frozen material, Minnie Mouse material, and Paw Patrol material. I was going to try and incorporate them all together but I can tell you… not going to happen. So I went to the website in search for some inspiration on how to use this material I bought that really doesn’t work anyway… That’s when I found it. One of the ladies posted a Mickey Mouse material themed quilt and I kind of took the idea and rolled with it. Instead of using the leaves, I made my own Mickey Mouse head. I still got what I was supposed to get out of the pattern but it does look a little different than what hers does. I made it our own.

The material that I’ve chose for this whole quilt has been from scraps grandma has in her sewing room. I say scraps, some are bolts of material but still I’ve just been piecing it all together. As I was looking through grandma’s material I found red birds. Since there is a huge running joke with my mother about red birds, I knew I had to incorporate that material into this quilt. So that’s just what we did… one block is dedicated to red birds.

So with this I present quilt block 14 (you know the one I forgot on the printer accidentally)

And quilt block 16.

I’ve been placing these quilt blocks in the order they’re supposed to be sewn. Grandma’s spare bed isn’t hardly big enough to hold it all. I’m not sure I’m liking quilt block 9, the blue/orange one. I may have to redo Block 9, but we’ll see.

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Solstice Quilt Block 13 & 15

First off, let me reassure you I can count. 1, 2, 3, 4, yada yada yada, 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15. I promise I didn’t forget 14, except I did. Let me explain. Sunday, Easter, I had my grandma over and we were discussing our next quilt patterns. Friday I went to JoAnn’s fabrics and bought a couple different materials to use in the quilt. We were discussing how to use them and looking at quilt patterns 11 – 17. Eventually I printed off 15, then 13, and finally 14.  We decided to use the Chiefs material I bought for quilt pattern 13. 

After discussing and looking at some of the other pictures that people have posted for their quilt patterns, we decided to make Quilt pattern 15 patriotic. There is already 1 patriotic quilt block in the quilt so why not incorporate another one? Some of the fabrics I chose were Frozen, Minnie Mouse, and Paw Patrol. Those are going to be SOOOOOOOOO hard to get incorporated in, but fear not. We finally decided to use Minnie Mouse on quilt pattern 14. The only thing is, we couldn’t find quilt pattern 14.

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Solstice Quilt Block – 10, 11, & 12

Last night I sat down to my computer and realized I deleted a bunch of pictures taken while making quilt blocks 10-12. To say I was livid at myself would be an understatement. This is like the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve done that in the last couple years but it is still infuriating, especially when you like pictures like I do. If you’ll notice the above picture is a picture I took of my computer screen with my phone. The picture below on the other hand are all my quilt blocks kind of laid out on my grandma’s bed in the same order roughly as the picture above. Grandma’s bed really isn’t big enough to get them all to lay out.

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Solstice quilt – Block 9

Hi, did you notice it’s been a while since you’ve seen a post? Did you notice that there are new digs around here? Please bear with me as I try to get everything sorted back out. Now what did I do? Well, I switched housing basically. The old blog was written on a website called blogger. Now I’m self-hosting my blog. Don’t ask me what any of that means, I’m not sure I could do it justice on explaining. I spent most of last month researching and switching over. I’ve also started a couple side businesses and been working on derriere off on them as well.

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been able to work on this quilt. We are so far behind… haha! The first of those two weeks my grandma had to go to voting school. What?!?! She works the polls (wow, that could be read incorrectly… mind out of gutter please, this is my grandma after all!). They apparently have to go to class to learn how to help at the voting polls, even though she’s done this for years. I used to love to go to the polls to vote when I was younger because she’d usually give me a cookie or something. Anyway, that week I worked with my {step}daughter and tried teaching her to sew. She did an excellent job I may add. I should share her blocks. Now I’m trying to decide, since she’s with us so little, do I continue making hers after I get this one done, or do I just MAKE time in our hectic schedule to work on hers… decisions, decisions.

The second week, my grandma was out of town. One of my aunts lives in South Carolina and grandma went down to spend a week and a half or so with her. Typing that, I just realized none of my aunts live close. Like I always knew that, but never really thought about it. Not that it really matters. Just sharing useless information.

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Solstice Quilt – Block 5

To say this past week has been interesting would be an understatement. Yesterday only added to the craziness. My grandma has a busier schedule than I do. Monday’s tend to be the only day she isn’t busy so we have our date scheduled to work on this quilt. The thing is, I had a bunch of errands to run on Monday. My baby still wasn’t feeling well so I got a drs appointment for her, I needed to return the fertilizer spreader we rented over the weekend, I needed to pick up dry cleaning for my dad, and we wound up having to pick up medicine for baby girl. By the time I got through all of that, it was almost 5pm by the time I got to grandma’s house. Normally we work on 2 quilt patterns per Monday, but being so late, we only had time to work on one quilt block.

I mentioned on one of the other quilt pattern posts that I found all the blocks I had cut out of my husband’s old military uniforms. The day I did that, grandma and I talked about using stars and stripes with the ACU digital material for making his quilt. So the more I thought about it, the color I needed to pull from quilt block 4 to tie in quilt block 5 was blue, so why not use a piece of the ACU digital into this quilt? It has the blue tie in, but also adds some material that has meaning… a piece of hubby’s past. I was sold.

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Solstice Quilt – Block 3 & 4

I had so much fun making the first 2 quilt blocks that I couldn’t wait to get back to grandma’s to make more quilt blocks. Now truthfully, last Monday we could have made more than 2, but I was kind of crunched for time and I only printed off 2 sets of instructions, also 2 is a good number when trying to keep a toddler kid wrangled.

I really like bright, cheery colors so that’s kind of how I started last week, but I didn’t really have any ideas on what my theme was in fabrics. Truth be told, I kind of don’t like asymmetrical things. I prefer symmetrical things. They make me feel more at peace or something. In the end when this quilt gets pieced together, it will be very asymmetrical. I’m a little unnerved by that, but I’ll be okay too.😜

So I was trying to come up with a way for us to realize that all these different blocks really do go together. That’s when it came to me. My first quilt block was purple and green. The second picked up green and added pink. So I decided that block 3 needed to pick up pink and add a new color and then quilt block 4 needed to pick up that additional color and add a new one. So basically, if there are 2 colors, the second color needs to be picked up with a new color. Does that make sense?

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Solstice Quilt – Blocks 1 & 2

A friend of mine is huge into quilting. Now, I was thinking about it the other day and I’ve made 2 quilts in my lifetime (I think) plus about 10 pieced together blankets that had fleece backing on them.

The other day I was asked if I could sew and I said, “No.” Okay, so technically, yes I can. But I don’t know how to sew buttons back on shirts, fix pockets, hem jeans, etc although I think I could hem jeans if I needed or wanted, the other, Nope. I’d be lost.

So back to this friend who is into quilting… last month she let me in on a quilt that she was working on. It’s with a lady named Pat Sloan and Pat gives out the weeks pattern every Wednesday. The more I thought about it, the more I decided I might like to do this. Now my grandma is also an avid quilter so I called Grandma up and asked if she’d be willing to make this quilt with me and my little one.

I thought it might be fun for my little one to have a quilt she made with her great grandma. I’m not real sure how we’ll actually quilt the top to the back once the quilt top is finished. Grandma hand quilts but I’m not sure I have the time nor the patience to do that… And I don’t know if you need a special machine to do machine quilting… Oh well… We’ll see what happens. I’ll keep you updated!

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