Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn


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Drum Roll, Please!!!!!

After three and a half months, the Kid’s World Quilt is complete and is hanging on the wall in its new home.

First of all, the back story.  I got a call from our pastor in March asking if I’d be interested in making a quilt for a wall in the new kids addition at our church.  I immediately said yes.  Originally it was going to hang over a stairway.  After some discussion between the powers that be that decorated, it was decided it would hang on a two story wall at the front of the building.

On March 26th, I headed to Grubers and bought fabric.  The next day, I started the quilt.

First the grass, and then the sky.  The next step was the sun.  By the end of April, the tree was added.  In May, I started making birds and animals.    In June, there were flowers and bugs added.  On June 29, the larger of the two quilt pieces was on the quilt machine.  It came off the machine at 2 AM on July 4th.  The second piece came off the longarm on July 9th.  We had a binding party the next week.

On July 17th, the quilts were hung.  The two pieces together are 12 feet wide and 14 feet 3 inches tall.  That’s a two story wall they’re hanging on.

 

This little red guy may be one of my favorites.  There were circles in the fabric, so I just quilted around them.

 

Thank you, Mickey Depre, for letting me “borrow” the idea for the ant!

My favorite funky flowers.  They look a little bit like modern hollyhocks.

The idea for the little girl came from Carol’s flickr account.  (Check out her blog for some seriously fun stuff!)  Then I had to draw the little boy.  Have I mentioned that I can’t draw!

Who doesn’t love a puppy???

By the last day, I was seriously sick of machine quilting.  If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I have a hate-hate relationship with my longarm quilting machine.  The very last thing I quilted were the rays of the sun.

Well, waddayaknow!!!!!  There are feathers on those sun rays.  I actually did it.

This project has stretched me far beyond what I thought I could ever do.  Transferring an idea from my head to fabric was a long, sometimes scary project.  I’m beyond thrilled with the results.  While this quilt won’t change a little child, the whole kids building and the people who work there will.  There are so many people there that will love on those little kids.  They’ll be Jesus with skin on.

And that’s why I made a ginormous quilt.

 


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Progress!

Well, I think I have a third of the ginormous quilt finished.  Except that I already have a few more ideas of things to add to it.

I tend to fret about every stage of this quilt before I get going on it.  I started laying flowers out today and hated it.  I didn’t have any stems cut, so I just kept at it one piece at a time.  A couple of the flowers I made didn’t make the cut.  They may go on the other half or I’ll just skip them.  Eventually I got it to where I wanted it.

Here’s a closer shot of just the flowers.  I had the whole thing laid out on the tile floor in the kitchen.  I used an iron right on the floor to tack everything down.  Then I took the whole thing to my sewing room and ironed it really well.  Everything is iron on applique.  It will all get nailed down when I quilt it on the longarm.  That thought makes me fret…a lot.  That’s a lot of thread changes.

This flower is my very favorite.

I think this little lady is pretty cute too.

I haven’t done much else this week besides work on the quilt and do a mountain of laundry.  I think tonight, I may just knit.  Of course, I’ll be fretting about the other part of the quilt.  I have some pretty ambitious ideas!

This project is really stretching me.  I’m doing some things I never thought I could do, and I’m enjoying it.  A couple of times, I’ve been tempted  to have a bad attitude, but I’m not going to let that happen.  This quilt is going in the new kids wing at our church.  While I know that this quilt isn’t going to affect the kids, the building and the people that volunteer there certainly will.  There are lots of kids that show up there on Sunday and Wednesday that just need someone to love them and to tell them that they’re not an accident.  So, I’m going to do my small part to make that happen!

NowI’m going to go eat!  I’ve had a bunch of salmon smoking all afternoon.  I snitched a little piece earlier and its really good!!!

Yum!!!


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Now This Is Fun!!!

First of all, if you’re looking for the giveaway of the Angles With Ease quilt book and ruler, check out this post.  Hurry!  The contest ends at midnight!!!

I’ve spent the last couple of days working on the ginormous Kids World quilt.  (If you would like to read the back story on this quilt, here are the details.)  When I last blogged about the quilt, I had added the tree to the quilt.  I took a break and did some knitting, traveling, and sewing room cleaning.  And then I procrastinated because I was worried about decorating this quilt. So the other day I took the plunge and started making stuff.  Here are the first two pieces I did!

I’m going whimsical with this quilt, because I can’t draw to save my life!!!  But I will have to say these guys turned out great.  I also made a home for one of them.

I also made a birdhouse and some flowers.  I’m not going to attach anything until I have more stuff made because once its ironed down, it’s not moving!

And now for todays finale’, my favorite thing so far…..a hedgehog!

My sewing room was clean on Monday and it’s now trashed.  I’m going to clean it up and make some more stuff.  This is fun!

I do have to take a little break tonight.  We have 20 high school freshmen coming over, and the weather isn’t looking too good.  Yippie!?!?!?!?  I can survive four hours, right?


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Let the Sun Shine!

First of all, I think it may be done snowing here.  Finally.

Second…..the ginormous quilt base is finished!  (For the story of the quilt, read this post!)  The sky is pieced!  This is only 2/3 of it.  I was shoving furniture out of the way to try to lay it out, and I still only had room for part of it.  Now it’s time to start decorating it!

First up, the sun!  Excuse the pun! Although it’s really fun!  Ok. I’ll quit!

Excuse the cruddy iphone photo.  The blue fabrics blend so much better than this shows.  And the orange isn’t nearly as glaring.  I fell into the paper piecing hole again.  That always slows me way down, but it’s so worth it.

I’m starting to worry a bit about how I’m going to fill this quilt.  It’s massive!!!

This is only 1/3 of the top and the three feet of grass at the bottom isn’t attached either.  I’m taking the whole thing over to My Hero’s office next week to lay it out and attach the grass to the bottom.  I recruited a lady from our church to sketch out the tree that will fill the left side and top of the quilt.  The scale needs to be right, and I can’t draw to save my life.

I have various critters and flowers to add to the quilt.  Figuring out the size of the flowers will be my project for next week.  Everything seems to take twice as long as I thought it would.  I figured I could pound out the sun in a day, and it took me two days instead.

And now it’s bed time.  I’m quilt retreating the next couple of days.  I think I’m working on my Sue Spargo stitchery.  It’s portable, and I’ve spent enough time with my sewing machine the last few days.  I think there may be some knitting and spinning as well.


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Finally!!! We Have Grass

The grass is green….in the house.  There’s still snow all over outside.

If you’re trying to figure out what I’m up to, this post explains it for you.

The bottom of the quilt is all the dark green blocks.  You’re looking at it from the side.  I first made crazy log cabin blocks, and then decided to do the paper piecing along the whole edge.  That was a huge slice of crazy pie!

I took newspaper paper (is that what that stuff is called?) and drew out the curve and then drew in all the pieces.

Then is was just a matter of sewing them….one piece at a time.

On the bottom of the photo, you see what I have done all rolled up and pinned to keep the roll intact.  This piece was 12 feet wide.

Then I tore off all the paper….one piece at a time.

I trimmed the edges up and applied 1/4 inch wonder under to the edges, just to anchor it until I can quilt the tar out of it!

Then I pinned it onto the quilt base and ironed it on.  It just has a row of stitching along the edge for now.  The machine quilting will hold it down til Jesus comes!!!

The first piece curved down and is in the middle of the grass.  Then I created a hill above it and did another six feet of paper piecing.

One more shot!

The paper piecing was a lot of work, but I think it will be totally worth it!  And strangely enough, I want to make this now!

The next step is to do the top 12 feet of the quilt.  It’s all going to be sky.  Six colors of sky!

I’ve done all the math and I’m ready to set up a cutting rotation and go at it!

After the sky is finished, I basically have a 12 X 15 quilt.  It will be a relatively blank canvas.  Then it’s time to start playing.  Trees, birds, flowers, sun, a giraffe, and maybe even a hedgehog.  I have lots of ideas swimming around in my head.

I’ll leave you with a photo of my assistant.  She’s been zero help!  Somehow I ended up with two dog beds in my sewing room, and her biggest problem is deciding which one to sleep in.

I’m so looking forward to the weekend.  Its been a busy week and I’m looking forward to doing a bit of what the dog does all week!  There will be sewing, knitting, and spinning.  The laundry room will be emptied out!  It’s piled high but everything is clean and folded!  And….we can finally get at the grill without climbing over a snowbank!

Life is good!  God is good!


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The Kids World Quilt Update

Here’s an update on the ginormous quilt I’m making.  If you missed the info on this quilt, just go back one post!

I have 12 feet of grass completed!

I started working on the blocks yesterday and ran out of fabric.  I purchased all that fabric and ran out on the first day.  Yikes!  So my aunt and I headed to Gathering Friends Quilt Shop.  I picked up two more greens and headed home to sew.

The next step in the process is to sew these rows together.  Then the fun begins.  There is newspaper paper involved.  And some drawing.  Lets just say the grass isn’t going to be three straight, long rows.  It needs to have some curves and I’m adding a hill.

Do you want another clue?  I’m using this photo for inspiration!

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I discovered this photo while searching for ideas for this quilt.  I found it on this web site.  Aren’t her quilts beautiful?

Now I bet you’re really wondering what this has to do with grass!!!  You’ll just have to wait and see.

If you’d like to see a compilation of some of the ideas I’m collecting, take a look at my Kids World board on Pinterest.

The next thing after that is to figure out how to do the gradient of the sky.  I think I have six shades of blue/turquoise to work with.  But first, back to the grassy knolls!!!

This is kind of like watching grass grow, huh???

 


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A Creative Adventure

I have a new project and it’s a big one!

Our church is adding on a new kids wing.  It’s big!  It’s bright!  It will be fun.  In the front foyer, there is a massive wall that’s really boring and, dare I say, ugly.  So the other day I met with the decorator, who is also a crazy  friend.  She gave me paint swatches and walked me through the building.  We measured the wall.  I did a little math.

This quilt is going to be 12 feet by 15 feet.  Yikes!

First of all, there’s no way I’m going to put a 12 foot quilt on my longarm, so it will actually be two quilts.  Second, the entire plan is in my head.  That scares me just a little bit!

Yesterday I headed to the quilt shop.  Let me just say I love Sue at Grubers Quilt Shop!  Sue opened the quilt shop thirty years ago and shared the building with her dad’s meat market and a gas station.  When I first went there about 25 years ago, my credit card bill showed that I purchased gas from the gas station instead of quilt fabric.  My Hero got quite a kick out of that.  Everyone there is very helpful.  Or, if you’d prefer, they just leave you alone and let you make a mess pulling fabric, which is what I did!

Here’s what came home with me!

I don’t know about you, but that makes my heart sing!!!  There is so much potential in that pile of fabric!

My first step is to create the foundation of the quilt.  The bottom fourth of the quilt will be grass.  That’s what the eight green fabrics at the bottom of the stack are for.  Once I have that finished, I’ll tackle the other three fourths of the quilt.  That will all be sky.  See that t turquoise blue bunch?  Yep!  Sky!

After I have the foundation of the quilt done, it will be time to start decorating!  See the browns?  There will be a big tree.  The light tans will be a path.  And of course there needs to be sunshine, so I’ve added oranges and yellow.  The rest will be flowers, critters, birds, and kids!

And now it’s time to take a big breath and start cutting.  I’m going to go make grass.