It has been three years since I retired as an educator.
I still miss the students, and I also miss writing curriculum.
This year, my walking buddy and I are doing a little volunteering at a school.
And, today, a friend who is still teaching, asked if I could write some lesson plans for her grade level.
It felt good to get back to writing ELA lesson plans!
Because I spent the morning writing lessons, I got a late start on finishing the Space Odyssey quilt.
I just had to add all of the borders, so I managed to complete the quilt tonight.
And I got to see the Dallas Cowboys win!
What an exciting game!!
Joan and Shawn at Las Colchas were right on target when it came to figuring out the amount of fabric needed.
Since I changed the pattern a bit, I needed to adjust the fabric requirement.
I just have a few remnants left.
Thank you, Joan and Shawn!
Measuring and cutting correctly is still difficult for me.
I set up a longer table, and that helped a bit.
However, the problem is knowing the stretch of the fabric.
Each time I measured, I would get a different result.
I want to see about taking a course on this.
I just need to add a few more borders and it will be done.
I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.
Rainy days are good fun days for quilting.
I managed to complete the row of stars today.
The space panel I have is the exact panel that was shown in the pattern.
The problem is, the pattern says the panel is 22.5″ X 48.5″ with directions to “fussy cut”.
The panel was actually 24″ by 58″.
If I cut it to 48″, I lose some of the moon and a planet.
I made 9 star blocks of 6.5″ instead of the 8 star blocks in the pattern.
I can either add a strip to each end of the column of star blocks, or try to cut the panel to 54″ without losing important images on the fabric.
Time to think.
Day 1 included a six -hour shopping and planning trip at Las Colchas and Jo-Ann’s Fabrics.
All the big fabric pieces are cut.
All the pieces for the stars are cut.
Tonight, I was able to prepare 3 of the 9 stars I will be needing.
Oops, I just noticed that one of the yellow and blue squares is not in the right direction.
Glad I caught this.
I have 3 different patterns of yellow fabric for the stars.
Joan, at Las Colchas, suggested that this might make the quilt more interesting.
That’s all for today.
It’s time to get some !
Since I have already made my granddaughter two quilts, I was not sure if she wanted another.
One was a ballerina quilt; the other had birds in a tree.
These were small lap quilts,and they were the second and third quilts I had ever made.
Since I had not used the second space panel for my grandson’s quilt, I thought I could use it in a quilt for my granddaughter, another space enthusiast. I asked my son if my granddaughter would like a space quilt. Her room has recently been decorated with solar system decals and stars.
My son’s response was that she loves anything her grandmother makes and she is probably expecting one for Christmas.
The rush is on!
This morning, I found this great free pattern from eQuilter . It was designed by Wendy Sheppard, courtesy of Benartex. This pattern included the exact Out of this World panel I already have, so it was perfect.
I have ordered from eQuilter before and I have always been satisfied with the fabric.
I called to see about how to order just the pieces I needed, and I was informed it could take about 6 business days for it to get here.
This would be too late, so I went to Las Colchas and JoAnn’s and found what I needed.
Joan and Shawn were great in helping me figure out the fabric I needed.
The pattern gives great directions with a list of materials needed. I made some adjustments to make it special for my granddaughter. I know she likes purple, so I had to include it. I also decided to use one cream fabric instead of the two that were in the pattern. This will just keep it simple for me.
On this dismal day, I needed to keep busy and do something cheerful.
I had Christmas remnants from last year, so I made these tree mug rugs.
I saw the pattern on Diary of a Quilter.
Like usual, I do not read all of the directions.
This resulted in the tree top point not being done correctly.
I have some small star buttons in my Christmas Buttons jar, so I will just cover up that boo-boo.
I found some pieced segments from the backing of a Christmas quilt I made last year.
I salvaged enough to make two mug rugs.
My session with Jeana Kubik was another learning experience.
She and I picked out the best longarm stitching design for the space quilt.
It was going to be an edge to edge, but she thought it would be better to do the 18 star square blocks differently.
I totally agree.
It should be ready by December 18th.
Then, I decided to treat myself to a shopping trip.
I have not been to JoAnn’s in quite some time.
I armed myself with coupons and called my older sister.
She always encourages me to spend my money and not think of a budget.
The Christmas owl fabric is for my granddaughter.
I promised to make her another purse.
The other fabric is for purses I plan to make for my sister and myself.
The lace and hoops are for a cool project I found on Pinterest.
I had to finish the mug rugs before I start anything else.
I did not find the fabric for the quilt I am planning for my oldest grandson.
Until I find good fabric, I will make the purses and possibly some table runners or place mats.
I made 2 sets of mug rugs, butI still have 3 more mug rugs to complete a another set of 4.
This set is a bit larger, and I am piecing a tree, ornament, gift, and wreath block.
Front and back of mug rugs made from remnants
The space quilt is ready to be dropped off at the longarm quilter tomorrow.
Now what do I do?
I found a design I like for a quilt I want to make for my oldest grandson.
I will be looking for fabric tomorrow, since all of my favorite fabric stores are closed on Monday.
In the meantime, I pulled out some Christmas fabric pieces.
A few weeks ago, I had used some fat quarters to make a tote bag.
The fabric designs were too much for the tote pattern I chose and I did not care for it.
After letting it sit for a few weeks, I pulled it out and started making some mug rugs.
I have been making seasonal mug rug sets to my sons, my sisters, and some friends.
6″ quilt blocks to make 8 mug rugs
Then I started to fool around with trying to make a wreath.
I used the remaining pieces from the fat quarter.
I think there will be enough to make four more mug rugs.
I need to make some adjustments on the next wreath mug rug.
In this one, there should be 4 triangle corners inside the wreath, and I only have 2.
These mug rugs keep me busy and also help me use up remnants.
If it doesn’t rain, I will be meeting my walking buddies.
We plan to walk the Espada and San Juan Mission Trails.
Then, I will go fabric shopping.
Any time spent with my sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren are treasured moments.
Yesterday was spent with my youngest son and youngest grandson.
This three year old is a bundle of love.
I returned home inspired to complete the space quilt.
I asked my son to choose from these two fabric panels.
I pieced remnants to the sides.
I need to cut this fabric into two panels for the sides.
Since I do not have a big enough table, I will go use the table at Las Colchas.
Then it is off to Jeana Kubik at Busy Bees Quilting for longarm quilting.
Quilt top complete!
I thought I would not be able to get to it today, but I finally finished the top.
It measures 58″W x 74″ L.
A twin bed measures 38″W x 75″.
I guess I got it close enough in length.
As for the width, it will drape a bit on both sides.
I based my measurements on the star block.
The star block had to be at least a 6″ block, to make the math easy.
Next step…the back of the quilt.
This will take some piecing.
I have the space panel with the earth and moon.
There are also remnants from the star block, plus some blue fabric.
This fabric is really more navy blue than it shows in this photo.
It is for the binding.
This quilt back requires way too much math for me tonight.
I will be visiting my grandson tomorrow, so I won’t be getting back to this quilt until Sunday.
It will give me time to think.