Wednesday, January 30, 2019

2019 Trunk Show

2019 marks my sixth year of quilting. I'm hoping to finish up my UFOs this year and make lots of scrappy quilts so my bins will close! I'm continuing my goal of using my stash as much as possible. And of course, I'm working on an epic brain injury temperature quilt to honor my 15th year as a brain injury survivor. You can read more about my goals for the year on this post.

And now, here are my 2019 finishes.

Quilt #121 :: Molly's Mermaid

My first finish of the year was completed during a rare snowstorm in Ohio. It makes me giggle because this mermaid is for my niece in Minnesota. I think maybe she was protesting!


Quilt #122 :: Buckeye Bricks

My second finish of the year is my first comfort quilt of the year. My buckeye brick quilt is going to a kindergartner at a local school.


Quilt #123 :: Beauty and Brains

My trio of quilts for my youngest nieces is completed with this quilt for my sister's youngest, Millie. 


Quilt #124 :: Purple Abacus

2019 is the year of finishing my UFOs. This quilt is the result of my first quilting bee. On my month I chose the abacus block made with light and dark prints. This quilt went to a local kindergartner who chose it out of about 50 quilts my local quilting group made for the class.


Quilt #125 :: Mrs. Miller's Steinway

When I am old and gray, this will probably remain one of my favorite quilts. I had a lot of fun making it, it turned out better than I envisioned, and it was such a thrill to be able to take photos at the Steinway gallery.



I strayed a little bit from the theme of this year's Project Linus mystery quilt to make it more gender-neutral than the flower theme. I hope the little boy or girl who ends up with it feels all the love I put into it.



Previous Trunk Shows
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Monday, January 28, 2019

One Monthly Goal :: January 2018 Update


2019 is off to a good start, One Monthly Goal speaking anyway. Here in Ohio, our January is starting to remind me of my growing up years in Minnesota! On the plus side, the cold and snow kept me inside and sewing. I didn't realize how ironic my goal for this month would be when I set it, but I couldn't resist posting with my mermaid quilt in a foot of snow!


For those interested in making their own mermaid, my quilt is an adaptation of Be A Mermaid by CoopCrafts. You can read more about how I made the quilt on this post. 

You can find more pictures of this quilt on Instagram at #MollysMermaidQuilt. To see what I'm currently working on, including my 2019 Brain Injury quilt, follow me at deJongDreamHouse.

June 2017 - no goal

Linked to:
Elm Street Quilts

Quilt #47 :: Sibling Neighborhood


The last quilt I shared was my niece's mermaid quilt. It reminded me that I still haven't shared the quilt I made for her mom, my sister, Carisa. I just started my 7th year of quilting, and there are several quilts from my third year of quilting (2015) that I never shared in a post. I'm not sure what was going on back then, but I vaguely recall that my brain was pretty fuzzy a lot of the time and it was easier to quilt that write about quilts. But this year, I'm going to catch up!


I often joke that my family tree is more of a family bush, because of a few divorces. One of (many) things I love about Carisa is that she strives to have a relationship with each of us in our own way. I don't live physically close to any of my siblings (or Niels' sister), so I have made each sibling's family a quilt. 


The pattern I chose for Carisa's quilt is inspired by Welcome to the Neighborhood by the prolific and uber-talented Elizabeth Hartman. It's included in her book Modern Patchwork. Elizabeth made this version of her quilt for another of my favorite quilt designers, Violet Craft. 

Quilt made by designer Elizabeth Hartman for Violet Craft.
I love the Eichler-inspired houses, and the design worked well with my idea of including a family photo and monogram with each sibling's house. I did have to adjust the block to include a door.


I printed photos of each family on Kona white fabric. 


I didn't have a photo of my sister Liz and her husband with their fur baby, so I added Meryl by the front door. 


With all the applique, I was able to see how teeny tiny my Pfaff was able to make the stitches. (Spoiler alert: VERY tiny!)


I used images of my house and Carisa's house for the label.


I often forget to take pictures of the back of my quilts, but I'm glad I remembered with this one. 


 It was fun to tell D about his aunts and uncles and cousins when he looked at the finished quilt.


The best part of this quilt for me is that we were able to deliver it in person on our way to Russian Camp.  Liz came over and got her quilt, too.


It was so fun to see D and his cousin play together with the quilt. 




When Carisa and family came to spend Thanksgiving with us the following year, they brought the quilt with them. The cousins had a sleepover and I about died from cute.


And with that, I have shared all of my sibling quilts! To recap:

For my brother Chris and his wife, Kelly, Divided in Football, United in Love.


For my brother John and his wife, Mary, Tool Tattoo.


For my brother Jake and his daughters, Sew It Forward for Jake.


For my sister Liz and her husband, Chris, Love Burds.


And for my sister-in-love, Ingrid, Floating Fireworks.


One of my goals this year is to finish writing posts for each of my quilts. This quilt was finished in 2015. You can see what I'm currently working on by following me on Instagram at deJongDreamHouse.

Linked to:

Monday
BOMs Away @ What a Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts & Doll Quilts
Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward @ Em's Scrap Bag
What I Made Monday @ Pretty Piney

Tuesday
Colour & Inspiration Party @ The Clever Chameleon
Linky Tuesday @ Free Motion on the River
To Do Tuesday @ Stitch All the Things

Wednesday
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter
WIP Linky Party @ Silly Mama Quilts
WIPs on Wednesday @ Esther's Blog

Thursday
Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

Friday
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Off the Wall Friday @ Nina Marie

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Quilt #121 :: Molly's Mermaid


Winter has finally arrived here in Ohio! I wasn't feeling good for a decent part of Storm Harper's visit, but I did manage to finish my first quilt of 2019. I couldn't resist having a little fun with my photoshoot.

This quilt is headed to Minnesota to be loved by my niece. This is the second quilt I made for her. The first was made 5 years ago. It was my 6th ever quilt!


Molly and I have shared a love of purple since she was very little. Every Christmas I send her a dress. A purple one! Until last year, when she broke the news to me that her new favorite color was turquoise. So she now gets a turquoise dress and her new little sister gets purple!

Since last year, when her sister was born, I have been planning to make quilts for both girls. But I'm slow so I'm just now getting around to them! I knew Molly's new quilt would be turquoise, but I would add some purple. Like most girls her age, she has jumped on the mermaid craze.

I found inspiration for her quilt with Coop Crafts' "Be a Mermaid" pattern.


I made a few changes from her pattern. I moved the mermaid over to the left and changed the arms slightly so that both hands can't stick out, but I realized after I was done that it is a bit harder to align yourself with so far to the side, so I would probably stick to the original centered mermaid if I made it again.

I also used a single fabric from the mermaid tail and bikini top.


One of my goals since last year is to use my stash as much as possible. I try to only buy backing fabric. I did make an exception for the mermaid fabric, but I was abe to pull all the difference teal and turquoise prints from my stash! Um...am I impressed or embarrassed? I'm not sure!


You know how an old song on the radio or smell can trigger a memory? The same thing happens when I'm working on a quilt. I will often listen to an audiobook or podcast or watch a show while I quilt. Later when I think of that quilt, I am reminded of what I watched or listened to. (And vice versa). For the main part of piecing the top of Molly's Mermaid, I watched the celebration of life service for the beloved husband of one of my December 2008 mama's. Mike Kreza was a beautiful human being, inside and out. He was a firefighter and Ironman. He was training for another Ironman when he was struck by a driver under the influence. Mike was the father to three girls, including D's birthday buddy. I wonder if I will ever be able to see a mermaid and not think of Mike's family.


When I finished the top, D was having a playday with some neighbors. Fortunately, his friend L was happy to model with the quilt.


This quilt is my January One Monthly Goal, which is a really good thing. I needed the motivation! My finished tops have a tendency to get stuck in UFO land because when I get to the quilting point, I start to look too much ahead to the next project. My goal this year is to finish a UFO every time I finish a new quilt. I used up all of my basting pins getting ready to quilt these three quilts! (I'm happy to say that the Buckeye brick quilt is also finished. My Project Linus mystery quilt will have to wait a little longer. 


For my birthday, the boys gave me long arm lessons at a local quilt shop. I had a lot of fun and look forward to building my confidence as I rent the machine in the future.


I had an idea for quilting Molly's Mermaid, but then I am made a last minute change. It was a flop, so I was able to catch up on one of our favorite new shows this season, "God Friended Me," while I picked out all the stitching. Such fun! 


I finally finished quilting the top the way I had originally planned. With the storm giving us an extra long weekend to stay inside, I was able to finish both this quilt and my Buckeye brick quilt. That turned out to be a good thing, because although D was willing to sleep with Molly's quilt out of love for his cousin, he did not want any photos of him with the quilt. 


Niels was a good sport and took a picture. 


D did volunteer his doll, Mark Watney, who usually only models with my baby quilts. 


Ultimately, D did sleep with Molly's quilt, but with the Buckeye Brick quilt on top (and his own Giant Stitch quilt underneath!)


After all our fun, I realized that we didn't have a picture of the full quilt.


For the label, I photoshopped a picture of Molly on her quilt. 


You can find more pictures of this quilt on Instagram at #MollysMermaidQuilt. To see what I'm currently working on, follow me at deJongDreamHouse.

Linked to:

Monday
BOMs Away @ What a Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts & Doll Quilts
Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward @ Em's Scrap Bag
What I Made Monday @ Pretty Piney

Tuesday
Colour & Inspiration Party @ The Clever Chameleon
Linky Tuesday @ Free Motion on the River
To Do Tuesday @ Stitch All the Things

Wednesday
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter
WIP Linky Party @ Silly Mama Quilts
WIPs on Wednesday @ Esther's Blog

Thursday
Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

Friday
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Off the Wall Friday @ Nina Marie
I was featured on Clever Chameleon

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Brain Injury Quilt :: Week 3 (15th Brain-aversary!)


January 21, 2019 marks 15th anniversary of the day I slipped on ice and broke my brain. My hubby wrote a nice post on this blog yesterday about what it's like being married to someone with a brain injury.  My own thoughts were a little too jumbled with emotions to write what I was feeling, though I have written about it in the past for my 10th anniversary and 9th anniversary.

It's kind of nice in a slightly morbid way that there is always a week in January that starts with my birthday and ends with celebrating the birth of Jen 2.0. 


The boys made me feel loved all day and after dinner, the server brought me a special cupcake.


Of course, it was this milestone of 15 years as a brain injury survivor that inspired this quilt project for 2019. For my January 21st block, I wanted to make something to denote the significance of the day. My free motion isn't good enough to make a brain, so I landed on a brain injury awareness ribbon. Unfortunately, my attempt at using an actual ribbon--only a 1/4" wide!--just aggravated my machine.


Next, I cut out a length of fabric and twisted it into a ribbon. It was pretty frayed given the skinny width, so I tried singe it like I would a ribbon. That was also a fail.


I also tried making cutting a 2D ribbon, but it ended up looking like a stick person with no arms.

Finally, I had the idea to make a binding strip to enclose the raw edges. Success!


I'm not sure how often I will make updates of my year's epic quilt, my TBI Temperature Quilt, but as long as I am making tweaks to the process, or do something new, I will share my thought process with an update. And I will make monthly updates to show progress and give a TBI tally to show how my brain injury has affected my ability to sew and my need to sleep each day. Of course, if our #tempquiltalong host, Twiddle Tails, has a weekly link up, I will do my best to make a weekly post.

Previous Updates:

As I started my third week of the quilt, I made one big format change that required re-doing some blocks, and I make my first special block. 

I started off the week with my 47th birthday. I decided I wanted to denote significant days, particularly ones related to my brain injury. My TBI was not severe that my life was ever in jeopardy, only the quality of my life. Still, I'm pretty happy to still be around celebrating my birthday. There was a brief period during my recovery when I felt like I was losing everything and I wondered what value I could still contribute to the world. I am very grateful that I have made a family with husband, Niels, and our son, D. And of course, quilting has made me a giver in a way that balances all the ways I am a taker in so many ways. 

I kept the icon simple. Just an appliqued 47.


While I was sewing those teeny tiny stitches (the width of each line of the letters is only 1/4"!), I realized that I made a mistake in how I arranged the centers of my geese. 


This makes a lot more sense because if the center of my goose is gray, it points down, and I can easily see that I did not sew that day. If the center is purple, then it points up, and I know I did sew that day.


Of course that meant I had to redo my birthday block. Did I mention how tiny the numbers are?


The other change has to do with my border idea. I have been the HSTs from clipping the wings and turning them into chevrons.


I wasn't loving the way that looked, so I came up with the idea of sorting them by the center triangle (how I felt that day). Something like this, with a row for each center color, and travel days (not to scale below) on the sides. 


So I took apart the HSTs that I had just sewed together the day before and sorted them by center color.


But then, because I changed the centers, I had to redo the light grays and light purples. Argh!!


Time-consuming, but I like this better.

I made myself some reminders so I don't mess up in the future. Even though we usually "high and low" instead of "low and high" when referring to temperatures, it makes sense to me that visually, the low temperature would be on left and the high on the right.


For the border chevrons, I usued the same idea. The higher side of the chevron is the higher temperature and the lower half is the lower temperature,


Here's to good days ahead and no more changes!!


TBI Tally, as of January 21:




Follow along with the progress of this quilt on Instagram at #TBITempQuilt. I'd love the encouragement to keep me working on the rough days! You can use the hashtag #tempquiltalong to see what other quilters are doing. To see what I'm currently working on, follow me at deJongDreamHouse.

Linked to:
Temp Quilt Along (Week 3) @ Twiddle Tails (click here to see other temperature quilts)

Tuesday
Color & Inspiration Tuesday @ The Clever Chameleon
Linky Tuesday @ Free Motion By the River
To Do Tuesday @ Stitch All the Things

Wednesday 
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter

Thursday
Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

Friday
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Off the Wall Friday @ Nina Marie
Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Saturday
Scrappy Happy Saturday @ So Scrappy
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She
UFO Busting @ The Madd Quilter

Sunday
Oh Scrap! @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework




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