Passing Down Crazy

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


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.


I Finally Accomplished Something!

I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since my last post.  That’s awful.  It’s just that I’ve been so boring.  My laundry room and sewing room both look pretty darn good.  And my bedroom no longer qualifies for an episode of Hoarders.  It’s not perfect, but it’s better.  However, none of that makes for a riveting blog post.

We did do a college visit with Superblonde.  That was fun  My Hero is totally in denial.  He’d really like to keep all the kids home until they’re 40.

Today I finished up a quilt top that I started in 1996 or 1997.  I’m not going to tell you who the pattern designer is Heather at Anka’s Treasures because it’s a 1996 pattern and I’m sure she hates it by now.  Here it is in all its glory!

It’s flannel and will probably be fought over by everyone in the house.  What really scares me about this quilt is that I was going to make it king size and use it in our bedroom.  What was I thinking???  Anyway, it’s done and off my almost clean counter in my sewing room.

I also finished sewing together a quilt that The Genius started and didn’t quite finish.  I just had to sew 4 rows of blocks together.  I ordered border fabrics, so I’ll show it when it’s finished.

My third project was a little bag for knitting projects.  I cut it out a week ago for an instant gratification project, and then didn’t sew it together.  (I realized after cleaning my bedroom that I don’t need any more knitting bags!)

It’s called the Japanese Knot Bag and it’s a free pattern!!!  I just found two fat quarters and followed the instructions.  I should have taken a photo of the lining too, huh?

I have been doing some knitting.  I figured out what I’m going to do with my mini skeins.  More on that as soon as I knit a few more rows.  I also have a knitspot club pattern that I’m working on.  I’ll show that too, as soon as it looks like something.

The fireplace is burning (gotta love a gas fireplace!) and everyone is home.  I think it’s time for some spinning.



I mailed a package last week.  I’ll help you figure out where it went!

If you guessed Texas, you’re pretty smart!  In April of 2008 (yes, almost three years ago) I made Mom a quilt.  The story is here.  And then it sat in my bin of quilt tops until last week.  I kept thinking it needed custom quilting and I couldn’t do it.  The plan was to send it to her and she was going to find someone to quilt it, but I never got around to mailing it.

Anyway, last week I found my quilting courage and just went after it.

I just did loops in the red squares and into the light part of the nine patches.  It worked great, except I couldn’t see where I was going on the red squares.  Oh well!  Nobody else can see it either.

And here’s the center.

I got a phone call from Mom today.  She didn’t know the quilt was coming.  When she saw the box was from me, she figured she’d have to find a quilter.  You have to get up really early in the morning to stay ahead of Mom!!!

The quilt will hang on the wall in the playroom at Mom’s house.  She has a really cool red wood table and chairs and they should be a great match!

So, now you know the secret from last week!


I’m On A Quest

It’s not a very noble quest, but something I need my butt kicked to do.

I need to finish some stuff.

So, yesterday I finished stitching the binding on my Valentine quilt.  I had a good visit with Frankie at the same time.  He was playing with his cars.

I like it.  I thought it was going to be too cute for my taste, but it ended up ok.  You can find the free pattern right here. I used a charm pack of Giddy by Sandy Gervais for Moda.   I was pleased with the hand quilting even though I don’t know what I’m doing.

After that, I consumed some coffee and hit the sewing room.  After a quick clean up, I decided to prove how organized I am.  It’s only January and I finished a Christmas quilt.  (We won’t talk about the fact that I started it in November.)

This pattern is from the book Simplify by Camille Roskelley.  I don’t remember the name of the pattern, and to look it up, I’d have to get out of my warm bed and walk all the way across the house to my sewing room.  The fabric is Figgy Pudding by Basic Grey for Moda.  I like the fabric a lot and would have liked to use larger pieces of it.  This pattern used a Honey Bun and two charm packs.  I made mine larger than the pattern.  I threw it on the railing last night and haven’t really looked at it so I haven’t decided if I like it yet.  I love, love, love the border fabric.

At about 9 PM, I decided to tackle one more project. Last fall I made a quilt for Dreamboy.  After finishing it, I realized that it’s not big enough for his big fat mattress.  I’m not sure why I’m bothering to make it bigger, because he thinks it’s girly.  Anyway, I made another 26 blocks to make it big enough.

Maybe I’ll put it on the bed when he leaves for college.  I like it and I’ll see it occasionally, because my longarm is in that room.

I feel like I had a very productive day.  I’m thinking I’m going to start digging in cupboards and go on a finishing spree!  I have a quilt on the longarm, so I’m at least moving forward.

Now I just need to do the same with my knitting!  I do have a finished shawl to show you, but I blocked it and it’s on the floor in my bedroom, which is really cold.  It’s just not drying very quickly.

I’m off to make more forward progress.  Or take a nap.


And Then There Was Silence

With five kids, three of them teenagers, it’s almost never silent in my house. It’s silent right now. You see, honey left me and he took the kids with him. And I’d sing the Hallelujah Chorus except that would make noise and I can’t sing.

Honey and the kids leave me once a year for a long weekend. On that weekend, a swarm of quilting and knitting women invade my house. There goes the silence!!! We remodeled our house in 1997 and rewired the basement and added lots of lighting just so I could host quilting retreats. This is the 12th annual retreat!

One good thing about this retreat is that my basement gets cleaned. Normally the basement looks like Toys-R-Us threw up! We even cleaned the carpets, thanks to my darling puppy! I’ll bet you want to see it.

This year there will be about 15 women around. I think our record is about 25. A few of them stay overnight, because some of us morons heartier souls sew until 3 AM.  We start on Thursday morning, and by Saturday evening, we can’t even see straight!

It’s amazing what you see when you look at a photo. Gotta love the 1970’s wood wall. I’ll post a photo later that will show you why we like that wood wall! I see a nice rip in my old leather couch. Gotta love those kids! There’s a broken ceiling tile too, from a ball. Oh, and the photo on the wood wall….Monsters, Inc. “We scare because we care.” And at the far end of the room is college girls room. Well, it was her room. I stole it for my Gammill quilt machine! Her bed is still there though.

I’m not sure of everything I’m working on this weekend, but I have the first project on the table by my machine. I started a two color challenge with Nicole. I’m doing mine in taupe and white.

I’m pretty excited about this quilt. I think it’s going to be really elegant.

I’ll probably pull out some projects that haven’t seen the light of day for a while. Nicole has been turning out projects like crazy lately. She’s really inspiring me to finish some projects.

I’m off to make sure everything is ready for tomorrow, and then the puppy and I are going to bed!

I love silence, but I’ll sure be happy on Sunday when the crew comes home!