Showing posts with label bento box quilt block. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bento box quilt block. Show all posts

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Quilted Librarian in Retirement

Our lives have been turned upside down since my husband's illness began in May of 2013.  Finally, after three different courses of antibiotics, the last one killed the staph infection in his back, but he suffered a compression fracture of the T12 vertebra sometime in November and had to spend eight months in a sort of tortoise shell brace.  The fracture healed on its own (which was a blessing because he is not a good candidate for back surgery now) and with physical therapy, he is regaining his mobility slowly but surely.  He returned to teaching after several months off, but it was necessary for me to take him and pick him up.  It became clear that my retiring would be the best course of action.  Since I turned 65 in July and had the required amount of time in, that is what I did.  So whilst I am technically retired, I am still a librarian, so the name of the blog will stay the same.

Also in July, three days before my birthday, my mother, Kathleen Warner passed away at 94.  She had been failing for several months.  Anna came to stay with Jim in June so I was able to fly down to see her.  Several weeks later, it became clear that she was not going to get better, so  Jim and I drove down.  My brother and his wife flew in and were actually with Mom when she passed.  I'm glad that we could all be together and support my dad.  He is doing well, but misses her tremendously.  They were married for 67 years.

I have not been idle during this time of being a full-time caregiver, though.  I've made a number of baby quilts, a t-shirt quilt for Anna's friend Philana, curtains for Anna's godson's room,  and am working on a full size quilt for our son Danny and our daughter by marriage, Steph.  I've also read many wonderful books and have added more yoga classes, zumba, and cardio workouts at our local Y.

This is a quilt for Danny and Steph's new niece, Aria, who was born last spring.

The t-shirt quilt was composed of Philana's high school sports shirts.

This is the back and the bias binding.

I'm currently quilting this bento box quilt for a little baby girl.

These are some of the double wedding ring sections for Danny and Steph's quilt.

The setting is called Posies because four sections of a similar color are put together to form flowers.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The wedding bento box returns: What I'm doing this weekend

Kelly at Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop called yesterday afternoon to say that the wedding bento box quilt was finished. I dashed to pick it up and put the bias binding on last night. Now I have a weekend of hand sewing in my future. The machine quilting pattern is the trillium leaf and I just love it. Kelly did a wonderful job as always.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Pink Baby Bento Box

Happy Easter to you. This last week was my spring break. Anna, Matt, and Matt's mom were here early in the week to finalize wedding plans. The weather has been glorious, so I've taken a short break from working in the studio to spend time on the screened porch. Hand quilting on the pink bento box baby quilt is nearly finished. Today is just as beautiful, so I'm on my way to the porch to celebrate this fabulous spring weather.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Wedding bento: all blocks completed!!

These are the final six blocks of the bento box quilts.

Here all all the blocks together on our king sized-bed. See what I mean about its being huge! Even without borders, it covers the top of the bed. Borders will be finished this weekend, the back will be readied, and then it can go to be quilted.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday in Safety Pin Studio

This may be the last photo I can do at home of this quilt. It is so huge that I won't have floor or wall space big enough to spread it out and photograph it after I add more. Above are rows one through four and you can really see the diagonal color rows now. The light today is strangely beautiful--a sort of bright, but definitely winter slanted sun.

Here's the basket that I've been keeping the extra pieces in as I cut them.

Separating out the lights and darks and the two piece sets from the three piece sets.

In minutes, new blocks are all ready to be sewn together.

The first four blocks of rows five and six are ready to be sewn together. I'm planning on doing row seven at the same time.

I'm back to Safety Pin Studio to sew once more. Boeuf Bourguignon is in the oven for tonight's dinner, so I will make the most of my time. Hope it's a pleasant and productive weekend for all.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wedding Bento progress: I still don't have enough orange fabric!

Most of Sunday was spent in Safety Pin Studio working on the wedding bento. Above a new section of blocks is pictured.

I also cleared everything else off my work table to make room for the fabrics. They are arranged in color families from light to dark values.

As I compose each block, I cut two sets of each fabric--one for the outside of a square and one for the inside. And even though each fabric will be used twice and there will be half as many orange blocks as green ones, I still don't have enough orange fabric! I suppose I shouldn't complain about needed to go fabric shopping.