Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Bad Blogger . . .

. . . is hanging her head here.  I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted!  I've been lurking and reading all your blogs, but that's all I've managed to do. 

I've been busy and also fighting a couple of nasty infections.  I've got a sinus infection that won't let go and also an abscessed tooth that has to come out on Tuesday.  Ugh . . . I'm really not looking forward to that!  I'm hoping for general anethesia.  I'm such a wimpy chicken at the dentist's.  It seems that the third antibiotic might finally be working on the sinus infection. *fingers crossed*

Before all that started, I managed to get some sewing done.  And I can show you all my "secret" sewing, as it's all been received now.

Fragments - 21 x 19 inches
 Here is my little quilt that I made with the scraps from my Liberated Amish 9-Patch.  I first showed the top back in June.  I finally decided how to quilt it AND got it done.  An upcoming guild meeting with nothing for Show & Tell got me moving on this.

Do you have trouble deciding how to quilt your project?  I'm usually afraid that I'm going to screw it up and that paralyzes me.  I thought about how this piece was kind of an afterthought, and totally free and wonky, and then decided I didn't have to do heirloom quilting here.  So I liked the idea of wonky squares around the squares.  It's not a lot of quilting, but enough for a small wallhanging.

And while I was working on the center, I thought some kind of squares in the border would work nicely.  DH suggested that same idea!  So, it was decided.  I fiddled with a test sample for a little bit, and then did this border pretty quickly.  I was afraid I might sew myself into a corner, but it worked out fine.  I had to stop and think a few times though!

I couldn't find the rest of my fabrics that matched.  I must have put them in a safe location!  So I perused my Great Wall of Fabric, and found this batik.  It is exactly the right colors, and I liked the contrast of the circles with the squares in the quilt.  So, I got one thing finished this month!

Here are my Pay It Forward gifts, all completed and now all delivered!  I had fun picking out the fabrics to personalize these for each recipient. Please visit their blogs to see the goodies I put in the bags. 

DH and I went to the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup the other day.  We didn't stay too long, as we only visited the pots and potters at the Artists in Action section, and of course saw the quilts.  There were some beautiful quilts there, but as I forgot to bring the camera, I can't show them to you!  (That bad blogger again!)  There were quite a few I recognized from some of the quilt shows I've been to this year.  I never thought to enter any of mine!  (I've been a bear of very little brain lately, it seems.)  Maybe next year I can get it together enough to do that.

Now, I'm off to the quilt studio to work on my exchange blocks.  I'm making an effort to get some stuff done and out of the way.  I've got too many projects "in process". 


  1. Life doesn't allow us to have only one thing to do, and it sounds like you've been busy and not feeling that well. Glad you are able to be back. The Little quilt from your scraps is adorable and the lucky ladies who paid it forward with you must be very pleased.

  2. I don't think you are bad blogger. Sometimes life gets in the way...okay, most of the time life gets in the way! I love 'fragments'. It is way cool! Hooray for small projects! Feel better and good luck with the oral surgery. Ugh.

  3. No need to hang your head, Sharon. We all have bumps in the road. An infected tooth and sinus at the same time??Oh my. Be well soon, friend. I absolutely love my PIF goodies. I can tell that you made them special for each of us. The candy was divine, too!

  4. ooooouuuuu la la....this little quilt is very impressive....I.LIKE. I'm like you when it comes time to quilt it...especially machine quilting....I guess I have ripped tooo many stitches out when I HAVE messed it up. I do have a hard time deciding how I will quilt it...but seems you and hubby came to a good conclusion!!
    Yes....I LOVE my little goodies you sent...the little bags are just the right size too!! You did a FAB job and I really appreciate you!!!

  5. I forgot to tell you how much I like your new blog!

  6. No you're not a bad blogger, you're just busy and that's ok! I love your little quilt, and yes, figuring out how to quilt something paralyzes me too. It's such a relief to figure it out. I think you did a great job! And I love your PIF gifts, those are just darling!

  7. You're not bad, just poorly and busy. I do hope you're soon feeling a lot better, getting that tooth out of your mouth will help, just try to relax. I love all the things you've been doing, especially the wonky indigo. Any chance of a tutorial for the cute bags that you made for PIF? (when you have a minute, of course!) Take care of yourself, hugs, Lis x

  8. You're not a bad blogger. If anyone is I am!

    Love the blues in that little quilt and the batik binding is gorgeous.

  9. I love your little quilt. Once again it shows that a simple idea can be made so interesting with fabric choices and wonkiness! I might try that idea this afternoon. I am also paralyzed when it comes to quilting. I really obsess over how to quilt. Lately I have been using only parallel lines. What a chicken I am!!

  10. You have been busy! I just saw all the goodies in Belinda' gift pack. How fun! Hope you get to feeling better, those sinus infections can linger for quite a while. take care.

  11. You're not a bad blogger; you've been an ill blogger! Maybe getting that tooth taken care of will speed the healing of the sinus infection. (I've heard of sinus infections that turned out to be abcessed teeth.) I'm with you in terms of having to go to the dentist. That's one of the last places on earth I ever want to go!

  12. Hi,
    Blogging is meant to enjoy ... there is no such thing as a bad blogger !!! I hope you are feeling better very soon and have an easy time at the dentist.
    The days will all be short soon enough and we will be forced inside.
    Very best wishes,

  13. ooh, sorry about the woe of pain and infection. gack. hope the extraction goes well. Congrats on getting all the gifties/swap done!

  14. Ah, I love your little fragments quilt!! And the quilting is perfect for it.
    I do struggle with how to quilt my quilts!!


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