I miss sewing LIFE!

Hello All,

I really miss you all. I miss the online giveaways, swaps, guilds, and show and tells!!!! As a wife of a full time missionary and mom to four MKs in central America with no family around to help, it's been a tad challenging! I love where I am in life and admit, I MISS Quilting!!!

 On my personal Facebook, I see 24 Blocks in my newsfeed and I Drool! https://www.facebook.com/24Blocks

Keep up with you all do and I'll be back as time allows! Can you imagine my UFOs?

Keep in touch and show and tell!

*hugs*
Jackie
HELLO Quilting World! Wow it's been TOO long!

I had baby #4 and life is just really challenging with 4 small ones in a foreign country. But I will say, I have the best husband in helping me figure out running the house with the kids, helping them with their school and more (groceries, preparing the food, cooking, dishes, laundry.. you know the drill!)

I miss you all so much and will never 'leave' the quilting community! I have a goal to design quilts and fabric and more! SO just hand in there with me while I am in this season of mommy-hood! :-) A role i love and do not take for granted!

I just got a Pinterest Account, so if any of you are there, let me know to follow you there. I am really out of the loop! My friend gave me a stack of Quilting magazines I cannot wait to go through. My machine is in it's case missing me too. I do not have a dedicated place in the house for sewing.. yet!

My first machine is now in the hands of a Guatemalan. She asked if she could work to pay for a sewing machine. It just came easy even though I was attached to it in various ways, and I told her to take my first machine. It's a Singer from about 1983. A heavy one! LOL. My heart feels good that she really wanted and needed a machine for personal use as well as a way to make some money when there isn't any work. May she be blessed with it!

Ok I can't have a post without a photo...
me with flowers I bought at the local market
one dozen for $1.20 (no typo) :)
 

*hugs*
Mrs. Jackie Sue

Just saw this...

Copyright 2011 WFI Lifestyle Fabrics

I didn't know Ty Pennington was designing fabric!?
http://typenningtonfabrics.com/

A friend of mine just gave me a huge stack of Quilting magazines she was parting with and one had him on the front. It was a surprise but then I guess not. Very interesting! I know some day i want to, but i'm not in the right season right now. I love how my back ground in graphic design will soon someday help me in my hobby and post sahm life. But that is abotu 20 years away! LOL Until then, I am full time mom and quilter hobbyist! I am amazed at my stash now and most through donations and online giveaway wins!!!! AMEN!

I miss you all very much and will post things as I can. As soon as Blogger makes it easier to post, I'll post more but to login and sit to post take too long. Unless there is a simple way and I dont know yet.

Hope you are all well, I know I even had to unsuncribe from some Quilting email because i just found myself deleting because I have little time to read or even skim!

*hugs*
Jackie

The story of the Butterfly quilt top

MISSED YOU Quilting World!:
WOAH! It's been way too long, and I have missed you all so much! We are back in Guatemala after our maternity leave, and I am eager to post some quilts!

A photo AND a thousand words (1600+ actually):
I was just going to post a quick photo of the quilt on a frame, but realized I want to tell its story (so far). So sorry it is lacking on the photos. I hope to have more on this one soon. Maybe you will like this story. 

The Inspiring quilt:

Creating a block pattern was fun, while I was designing a quilt for my daughter. She likes butterflies and I do too, so I looked up so many patterns online for butterflies. I created what I felt was the most simplified pattern for this Quilting Novice. The Butterflies were made from scrappy material dominant on purple while the background around them was yellow. The blocks are all done, but I don't know what to do for the 'filler' blocks, to make like a checker pattern or random one so the quilt can be at least twin size. In the mean time my friend Patsy showed me how to hand embroider the antennae which I did while I was pregnant with #3.

Focused on MY goal:
My sister gave me a lot of fabric she purchased, probably on sale, knowing I am getting to this "quilting" hobby! Now, as any younger sister does, I must not have listened to her well or did not hear what she said. But she gave me the fabric to do whatever I wanted with it. Well, I wanted to make her daughter a quilt so much that when she gave me this fabric, I thought it was for her daughter's quilt.  It was set in my head that it is what it was for and that was that! So I thought it would be great to use the butterfly pattern I made and make her a quilt the same as my daughter. Cousins with similar quilts; one is scrappy and the other more uniform.


Community Effort:

Before the butterfly block was designed, I had joined APQ. Their community area was a great encouragement to me! I had the help of my APQ friends back then to figure out how to make this work. So much experience was shared through the comments I received. After many tries, the layout was final, and I made the top! It was quite a learning experience. It was all new to me from block design, to piecing it, hand embroidery, and then the quilt layout. I just made it all up as I went along and had so much fun along the way.
 

Saying bye to the top:
The top was done, and I surprised her in 2009 with it. I felt sad handing it off (must be like what it's like when our kids grow up and leave), but that didn't last long when the joy of giving the gift was more felt, than any sadness! I figured she could (have fun and) choose the back material and batting type/thickness and maybe afford to have it professionally quilted. I was sure she'd have many options in the Atlanta area.
 

The Quilts Journey:
The material came from Atlanta area and traveled with me to Guatemala. The top was cut and pieced in Guatemala. The finished top came back to the Atlanta area. My sister sent the quilt along with a friend who had a friend who quilted in Indiana. Well after a year or so, the quilt top was sent back to my sister. The friend of a friend really didn't have the time to do it, so it sat.
 

A Life Lesson Learned, Giving gifts:
During all this time, I felt so small, very small. The extreme joy of finishing the largest quilt top by myself was crushed by the thoughts of giving an unfinished gift to someone, especially my sister. This lesson was learned when a friend of mine gave me TWO (not one) complete, finished, custom, scraps albums (you know the fancy scrapbooking kind people drool over). One was for my daughter and one for my son. All I had to do was pick the photo from their 1st yr of life, get it printed and cut it the right shape/size for the areas designated for photos. A LOT of TIME and MONEY went into this. My friend assured me this and aggressively asked me to make sure I finished it (and store the books vertically!). I admit, I tried a few times and even got some photos in, but this was far from my 'hobby' or 'talent'. I LOVED the books and know the LOVE put in them, but felt like an assignment was imposed on me. Sure I want my kids to have these books but this wasn't my project.

Nothing convicted me more than thinking of God's Gift to us... Jesus and eternal life through Him, with Him. He didn't give us an unfinished Gift! Jesus is so complete and given uncondiditonally. My life is now devoted to sharing this with others, and it can be shared even in this application too. Complete Unconditional Gifts to others. nothing else! How awesome is that! You really Feel the LOVE then!

 
Now to make it, right... 

So it was a phone conversation with my sister just a month or so before we were to see her with our new baby #4, that I asked her about her quilt top. She said it was unfinished (where I learned the Indiana trip of the top). I told her first, I felt bad imposing on her a gift that she was to finish. That was a no-no and for her to give it to me to finish when I came through to show off our nee baby.

I'm listening now...
We had a great visit with my sister (March 2011, 2 yrs after the top was finished). Our last night there, I made sure she gave me the quilt top, so I wouldn't forget the next day when we hustle out road tripping with four kids. During this exchange she finally told me as she had my full attention that this was the material I was to do anything I wanted with it. I told her no this was the material she gave me when I told her I was going to make her daughter a quilt. It was not a heated discussion but rather an exchange of revelation for us both! Yes I wanted to make my niece a quilt and yes my sister gave me material but the two had nothing to do with each other. My sister assured me she would have given me her daughter's favorite colors and such. With this known, I immediately said then, "you give me material to make your daughter a quilt, I'll take this one back to finish and keep!" We were both apologetic and in relief but disbelief of what happened. I think too we were mostly relieved of the whole situation.
 

Greatly accepted Imposition...
After the exchange and revelation of the butterfly quilt's need and purpose, my sister had a need in front of her. She had a quilt top given to her after our paternal grandmother's passing. She showed me the hand pieced Jacob's Ladder quilt done on-point, which desperately needed to be finished (batting/binding). I admit at first, I was thinking I couldn't touch it, she should just have it framed (queen size mind you). But knowing our grandmother... use it, don't let it collect dust. She didn't make it to be put in a closet or to be forgotten. I told her give it to me with the other top and I will finish both with the time I have left in the states.


Twice the fun, and with coupons!
After our road trip, I got to Joann’s with coupons in hand to buy batting, backing, binding, thread, needles, and seam ripper! For both quilt tops! The butterfly quilt was easy since it was going to stay with me, I could decide on the batting, backing, and thread. The other quilt was trickier needing my sister's input. I shopped for backing and found out my niece likes pink and this grandmother's top may got to her some day. The quilt had a small pink flower print I was trying to match somehow. I took a photo of a stripe with my phone and sent to my sister who said, maybe. There was a dark strip that looked like black. I told her no it was a dark chocolate color and went well with the quilt. I didn't want it to look too modern on the back.
 

Sewing with friends: 

A missionary friend (Melissa) I quilted with in Guatemala had recently moved about 5 minutes away from me stateside! (we live two places on the Earth and each are 5 min away!) She had a sewing machine set up, and I asked her to use it. She surprised me in telling me her machine quilting frame was at her house (brought back from GUA just a month earlier). So this inspired her to set the frame up, to re-learn how to do it (she was a year new to machine quilting on a frame like this and had not quilted in 6 months or so, while it was all new to me). This was the guinea pig quit for her getting her frame set back up and for me to learn! Well we agreed to stipple in the colored areas and make loops in the butterfly blocks. The center 9-patch block she did a flower while I did a butterfly. We learned how the batting shrinks more than first expected and warned by the Joann Lady. I was glad to have the squares in the sashing to help transition between the blocks and not stop/start the quilting. 



Goal Achieved:
I quilt to relax, have fun, and learn. I did that with this quilt for sure! It has now returned to Guatemala with us. I need to snip all the threads, tie them and figure out where does this quilt go? I know God knows! So far it's been a growing, learning, maturing, and sharing time for me. I'll take that!

If you made it this far, congrats! I hope you liked the story/journey for both the quilt and me. I will post more photos of this quilt as well as post the photos/story of the other quilt!
Until then, sew, smile, and eat chocolate! :)
*hugs*
Jackie

 

I Miss Quilting!!!

Oh, I miss Quilting! ...
  • I miss my sewing machine.
  • I miss trying to put material together.
  • I miss cutting material/pieces.
  • I miss my sewing friends/group in Guatemala.
  • I even have had little time to keep up with the quilting/sewing blogs I Subscribe to/ Follow, etc!
I know this is temporary, but I still miss it all!


taken Jan 24th 38w3d
baby is lower
Being pregnant with #4 baby and having 3 children 6 yrs old and under takes a lot of time. I love every bit of it and even more since I have the BEST Husband in the world! He's a HUGE help. I credit my great blood pressure and sanity to him with the help of God!

I will say I took a Crochet class at a JoAnn's in December. It has helped me with my need to do hand-work! I haven't done much, and I am not that good, but I am still practicing, when I can. I also had gotten curious about this coupon craze that has seem to come back with out economy struggles. I have found that sitting and clipping coupons with scissors (not a paper cutter) has helped with my want to cut fabric! Hillarious HUH!? It's fun to do and I mainly clip them and send them to friends who really rock at this coupon craze! I keep the ones for the products that we buy, but it's not much. Coupons seem to make me buy things I would not have normally bought anyway! LOL

Anyway. I miss you all and know this is a season, but wanted to post!  We're due anytime! Well the date is Feb 4th but we know baby picks the date! :)

*hugs*
Jackie

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Quilting land! I am still here and still gestating! I guess with three small kids and waiting to birth another really takes it all out of you! I even have the BEST supporting husband! I am so tired these final months that I have NOT Sewn and I am so bummed. But we also are in a temporary location and not in our home so things are not 'set up' to sew and there really is no room to do it. So I had to submit to that and move on. Sure I am bummed but I know God has made it an obvious priority to take care of myself and my hubby and kids. Sewing will always be there.

I will say I did get to a JoAnn's and take a crochet class! It was great and I am not the best at it but I am enjoying some kind of craft/hand work! Yeah!




So, since I don't have a show and tell or anything, I will post this GIVEAWAY by "We Love Quilting"... so get on over to: http://welovequilting.com/january-give-a-way-2/ and WIN!!!!

*hugs*
Jackie

I want to sew...

We transitioned from Guatemala to the states for our maternity leave. We were sick for weeks after the transition (upper respiratory stuff). We are staying with relatives. I do not have a sewing space set up... yet! I want to sew. LOL

I am glad to finally post and 'be back' with you all... It's been too long!!!

*hugs*
Jackie

Still here and a fan of Quilter Blogs

Hello Quilting World!

Where have I been?
Here, gestating, LOL I am a stay at home mom of three and it's busy! We are also in a transition to go to the states for maternity leave, and I'm both excited and bummed. So it's been an emotional push/pull for me. But mainly, my sewing machine is packed, and I won't see it probably for about a year or so. I will be using my MILs early-80's JCPenney machine while stateside, yeah! So, it's not like I won't be sewing! I NEED Sewing! I discovered it keeps my BP down during the final months of the pregnacy!

I've been watching you, well maybe, not you, but the Quilting posts!
I Love keeping up with the quilting community in many ways online. One fav is through Quilter Blogs. I subscribe to the RSS FEED , and so I don't actually get the Quilter Blogs webpage, just the text and photos from the blog posts. I hit page down and get through them fast.

In May, there was an online quilter festival. I Bookmarked EVERY single entry in my RSS Feed folder. I have not had a chance to visit them much but admit, if it doesn't talk mostly about quilting/sewing, i take it off my list.

Enough Text, where's the Photos, projects, UFOs?
As I say, this is a Quilt Blog, so It needs to talk about Quilting and have PHOTOS! LOL
  • Tshirt Quilt for Hubby - WIP
    • I have been purging our whole house and was finally able to get hubby to go through old clothes. I have a stack of Tshirts (see above), I have cut off the sleeves and blank backs in prep for his ongoing Tshirt Quilt.
    • Have you Made a Tshirt quilt?
    • I've made several small ones and love doing them!
  • Denim, something...
    • Hubby even gave my a stack of old jeans (above and there's more), I have on my to-do list to do a denim quilt/blanket/something. Not too sure what to do. I've collected different patterns and instructions of the year.
    • Have you made a denim quilt and any pointers????
  • Other TO-DOs, WIPs/UFOs
    • In the USA:
      • I made my sister's daughter a butterfly quilt top (year and a half ago or so). I told her when I get stateside to send it to me (with batting and backing or the money for them) and I will finish it
      • I told my brother to gather his old Ts and I'll make him a T-quilt
      • My MIL wants a Music themed quilt, I'm still trying to design in my head!
        • Anyone have ideas or Music fabric to donate or I'll SWAP!
    • In GUA:
      • The polyester quilt is packed away for after I return to GUA after having the baby.
      • My own T-shirt quilt site awaiting for the purchase of something cool for sashing. I cut these years ago, they are already stablized and ready for assembly!
      • Two "quick quilts" the baby size of cheater fabric. They never were finished because I didnt have batting.
The Quilting Group
I am still with a quilting group here in Guatemala and it is a huge blessing to be part of it. I have been able to help much when I go but it sure is mental therapy for me!

some photos of show and tell









*hugs*
Jackie


Disclaimer: Life happens :)

Maxine Fabric is coming to my house!

Thanks to this site/blog/shop:


I'm "Lucky Number 13" and WON!!!!
original giveaway post is here

"Maxine" the funny comic is on fabric and coming to my house!


See the post here at "We Love Quilting" of my win! YEAH!

I KEEP telling you... you cannot win if you do not ENTER!

But then to those of you who HAVE entered and NEVER won, DO NOT give up!!!! Pssst I enter a lot of giveaways mainly for fabirc :) There are a number of sites that giveaway "things" daily, weekly, or monthly. Depends on your time and will/effort to try to win! :)

I am SEW excited and Grateful to Chris and Gary Wheeler for this FUN WIN!!!

We Love Quilting is owned by Chris Epps Wheeler & Gary Wheeler, their studio located in Locust Fork, Alabama. They are also online at http://www.chriswheelerquilts.com/


*hugs*
Jackie

Disclaimer: I don't believe in 'luck' - used to be very superstitious... it was REALLY bad, but then I met Jesus and believe much more in being blessed and gifted unconditionally through God because HE loves us. So was this win from God? I don't know, just know I am excited to get this Maxine Fabric!!! YEAH!!!!