My year-long project for 2018 was based on a book, 52 Tuesdays, by Sandy Gilreath. I loved the idea of making weekly hexagon blocks to represent memories of special people, places, things, or events. The author was very generous with her idea and encouraged the readers to create their own quilt journal. There were 52 Fridays in 2018, so that is the name of my quilt. I also kept a hard copy journal of the process and the memory of each block. It was a learning process for me. I used this as an opportunity to practice quilting skills and learn new skills. My first block was the very first time I thread sketched a piece. I also dabbled in fabric paint, crayons, and pencils. It was a great way to use scraps. If I were to do it differently, I would not complete each hexagon with backing. Sewing the completed hexagons together did not work out for me. I took it to my friend, Jeana, who decided the best thing to do would be to longarm the quilt. She did a great job. She returned it to me a few months ago, but I have been doing other projects…binding is not my favorite thing to do. I needed to complete this project before I continued working on other projects. I spent the afternoon looking at each block and remembering 2018. The stories represented by each block definitely made me smile today.
The morning drive home from Round Rock was very pleasant. It has been a very busy and fun four days for me, as I pet/house sat for my son. I miss my furry buddies who followed me everywhere.
Marley (Geriatric Sweetheart) Richard Parker (Sweet Phat Cat)
After unpacking, I couldn’t wait to get back to my studio. I am behind in making my hexagon blocks for my quilt journal. I had the two blocks already drawn in my design book, but I just haven’t had the time to work on them. This week’s journal block will definitely have something to do with Marley and Richard Parker…or maybe the armadillo incident.
I made one block, about the time I spent with my grandson. I had written a poem and drawn a picture for my paper journal. I just redrew my superhero, and made an applique for the block. All I need to do is sew the binding.
The second block is about my granddaughter’s birthday celebration. I drew and colored an owl, since she loves owls. She chose all of the owl birthday decorations and party favors herself.
I will thread sketch and assemble this block tomorrow.
I also made another Pokemon pillow for a very special boy in the family.
While I was away from my studio, I was busy getting new ideas for projects that I want to try.
I hope to get to one of these ideas this week.
On July 4, 1978, I experienced fireworks in the form of contractions.
Two days later, I was blessed with the birth of my two sons. They were born, a minute apart.
One weighed 6 1/2 pounds; the other weighed 6 3/4 pounds.
Frank and Ed are the stars that light up my life.
I am so proud of them.
Since I was out celebrating their birthdays, I was not able to make the block for my journal until today.
Stars Bright, Stars Light
Background: Patriotic star fabric; red and white star fabric for backing
After an exciting weekend, I woke up with the Summer Doldrums. I have been busy making stitch meditations, zippered pouches, learning new techniques, and other minor crafts…but I have not started on a quilt.
I know I want to make one, but I just do not know what kind I want to make. So, I pulled out my hexagons that I am making for my quilt fabric journal for the year 2018. I decided to stitch them together to see how it looks. I have completed 24 blocks so far.
I think I need to go to a quilt fabric store and get inspired.
Easter was filled with family and fun.
My two youngest grandchildren were so happy to be with each other.
I had made them each a rope basket and filled them with sweet goodies.
We had a great lunch.
Then came the real fun part…the egg hunt!
Each grandchild was to find 16 eggs that were filled with little toys.
Some of the toys were the same, but some were specific to their interest.
The Golden Egg had money.
As the eggs were being hidden by one of my sons and my husband, the excitement inside the house was escalating.
My granddaughter asked: What is taking them SO long?
My grandson answered: Papa Bob is the Best egg hider!
I had to capture this moment for my quilt journal.
The background is painted with water color.
I appliqued the flowers and eggs.
Block #14 ~ April 5
Background: Water color on fabric
Technique: Applique, thread sketch, free motion
When I first thought of doing a journal quilt as in the book, 52 Tuesdays: A Quilt Journal by Sandy Gilreath , my concern was that I might have difficulty finding thoughts, ideas, or experiences to record each week.
I have been finding it difficult to choose only one idea for the weekly block journal entry.
This week alone is filled with possibilities…the Cowboy Breakfast, Pie Day, my birding experience, my daily reading from Gunilla Norris, Simple Ways… so many inspirations from which to choose.
For this week’s entry, I chose to create a Celebration of Life hexagon block.
According to Days of the Year calendar, today is a day set aside to celebrate life, focusing on our children and grandchildren.
I decided to create a tree out of felt and buttons. The large heart buttons represent my three sons.
The smaller red heart buttons represent my daughter-in-laws. The pink and the purple small heart buttons represent their children.
It still needs some more quilting on the sky portion, but this is what I have so far:
Friday, January 26
Celebration of Life
Background: Cotton memo; blue and green pieced
Technique: Embroidery, hand quilting
Batting: 100% Cotton
The one block wall hangings are completed.
I will add a hanging loop on the back.
My mother had given my sisters and me a gold necklace with three small diamonds.
When my granddaughter was born, my mother had a smaller version of the necklace to give to her great-granddaughter. I used three crystal beads and gold thread to make the necklaces on this block.