Today and tomorrow are my son’s days off so I’m not keeping my two littles and have my days filled with my own activities. However, I really overslept this morning. On the to do list is a workout, paperwork for our oilfield business, some stitching on a commissioned quilt for a client, and cooking up some venison. I’m new to that last one. My husband harvested his first ever deer on my family farmland, which I inherited a share of when my mom passed. I’ll share more on that as we go along here. It’s one of my favorite places on Earth. Today, the plan is to try chicken frying some back-strap. Check back later to see how this all ends up and how many things I actually get checked off my list. But first, I have a breakfast date with my hubby. Oh, and there’s a massage appointment scheduled in the afternoon for me, also. I have a feeling I’m not going to get everything accomplished that I wanted. That’s just a typical day for me though, lol.
In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful client quilt I got to do the longarm quilting on recently. One of my favorites from last year. Thanks again to Ruth Ann for trusting me with this treasure! This is all freehand and ruler work.
I loved this orange and white Irish Chain client quilt that I had the pleasure of quilting recently. My client asked me to keep the quilting simple. I decided an orange peel design would be perfect. Sometimes less is more and simple can be stunning. I was very pleased with the end result. I usually use a ruler to quilt continuous curve, but I had gotten my Intelliquilter installed right before this one came up for its turn on the machine. So, I programmed in the quilting path row by row and watched the IQ do its thing. It was fun and exciting to see it turn out.
It’s such a bright, uplifting quilt. One I hated to see go back out the door. I really need to make an Irish Chain for myself someday.
I’ll sign off with this beautiful sunset with a streak of more beautiful orange. Goodnight all.
Wow, the wind is blowing like a hundred miles an hour here today. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it is bad y’all. Our area is in a wind and fire advisory. When the wind is this bad it always makes me feel a bit unsettled. I have my two youngest grandsons with me today til their parents get off from work. They have been busy bees today, but right now we are having a bit of calm while they watch a few cartoons. That gives me a chance to snuggle up and get cozy under my chicken quilt with one of my small humans,
and enjoy sipping from a big tumbler full of a yummy high caffeine black coconut tea I bought at the Old Barrel Tea Company in Ruidoso, NM when we traveled there for a holiday getaway right after Christmas.
I’m glad they ship because I’m going to want more of this when I run out. I also got a nice decaf one called Mountain Sunrise that I’ve been enjoying hot in the evenings. It has a nice, light citrus flavor. I need to try it over ice, also. What are some of your favorite teas?
Wow! It’s been awhile since I did a Sunday Stitching post. But, I’m trying to get back in the blogging habit and I did some stitching today, so here we go. My Mister wanted to squeeze in one more day hunting before deer season closes on the 15th, so I had the house to myself. I did quite a bit of multitasking. After over a decade of longarm quilting, I finally took the plunge and added an Intelliquilter computerized system to my A1 quilting machine. I am loving being able to stitch out an edge to edge while doing piecing work on another project at the same time. I used a panto called Toys from It’s a Quilt Thing to quilt this cute client baby quilt. It stitched out so nicely. My client brought me a denim quilt back with this one. That was a first for me and I was a bit concerned about having tension or thread breaking issues. Not one bit of trouble! My trusty A1 handled it just fine.
While the IQ was working away for me, I worked on piecing some more floating star blocks for a commissioned memorial quilt I’m making for a sweet lady that was recently widowed. Having lost a spouse myself, I know what this means to her. It’s going to be very scrappy looking, with a mix of fabrics from his shirts, a pair of shorts, and even some swim trunks. I am praying it all pulls together nicely in the end. This is such a special project.
I knew it was time to call it a day when I started sewing parts together upside down. 🤦🏻♀️ Un-sewing and re-sewing is not so much fun. Once I fixed my boo-boo I called it a day.
Have a marvelous Monday tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by.
Well, here we are at the start of another new year and a new decade! 2019 was quite eventful for me. After 22 years working in the criminal justice system, I was able to take my retirement and pursue the work I love, longarm quilting, as my main employment. The first Monday morning of “retirement” was the happiest I can remember waking up in 30 years. It felt amazing!
One of the other reasons I wanted to retire so early was to he able to spend more time with my mother, who was in the local nursing home with dementia. I retired on May 31st, not knowing our extra time together would be so short. She passed on August 27th after falling and breaking her hip on the 9th. It was a catastrophic injury for her with her mental state. I’m thankful we had a few more lunches, bingo dates, etc. than we would have had if I had not been able to retire. I will miss her every single day of the rest of my life.
About that same time I had started keeping my two preschool age grandsons during the day after my daughter in law, a stay at home mom, was offered a full time teaching position at the local elementary school. What a blessing the extra time with those two boys has been for me.
Yes, 2019 was full of big, big changes here. I’m hoping to be a better blogger again in 2020. We shall see! I’ll leave off here with some shots of just one of the beautiful client quilts I was blessed to work on last year. Happy New Year, y’all! Thanks for stopping by!
One of the hardest, most heartbreaking, yet rewarding things I’ve had to do in life is sitting vigil at the bedside of a loved one as they lay dying. Watching the life slowly slip away from their physical bodies. I sat vigil beside my late, beloved husband after life support was turned off after he succumbed to brain surgery complications, and my father as he lost his life to Alzheimer’s. Once again, I’m sitting vigil. My dear, sweet, precious mom, I’ll be right here. Waiting alongside you. I love you forever.
I cannot believe it’s been so long since I last posted. A lot has happened since I wrote about losing Daddy. My mom’s mental and physical condition has deteriorated to the point that we recently had to make the difficult move to a nursing home for her. So, we are all adjusting to that. In addition to my full-time job, and my job as the office administrator for my husband’s and my oilfield business, I have officially gone back into the business of longarm quilting as the Wild Rose Quilter! I do have photos to share, just seems I couldn’t find time to sit down and write any proper posts. I need to get busy catching up here! I’ll start with a couple pics of the first client quilt that came my way after I announced I was quilting for hire again. This was such a special project to work on for a very sweet lady and family.
Stay tuned for more quilty content to come! It’s felt so good to get back to the longarm. I’m excited for what the future will bring! I’ve also been busy working on more of my own quilts again, as well. And, I opened up an Instagram account for my quilting, as well as a FaceBook Page. You can find me on both as Wild Rose Quilter. As always, thanks for stopping by!