Elli’s Adventures in the Blogiverse

It has been a year since I started this blog, whew!  I’ve learned a lot in the past year about blogging.  I thought that the years of lurking and reading blogs would prepare me to *write* a blog.  I’ve had highs and lows.  If you are thinking about starting a blog, I hope my many ‘adventures’ (in our house we call every wrong turn or mistake an adventure) will help you…or at least give you a chuckle.

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I knew about those horrid ‘no-reply’ bloggers, had read the posts about the subject.  And then (cue horror movie music)…I started commenting on other blogs, referring back to my blog….I got messages, all kind, stating that I was a ‘no-reply’ blogger (cue ‘Psycho’ shower scene music).   Oh no!  I felt like I was in a nightmare, you know the one where you show up for your final exam/first job/first quilt lecture wearing your clothes inside out and backwards.   aargh!  Luckily, I was able to fix the problem thanks to this post, from Simple Moments Stick.  OK, now my nightmares are about normal things like quilting an entire quilt with the wrong side of the backing facing out, or having to walk barefoot through a pin strewn floor, or publishing a post without hitting the publish button, or taking pictures with no memory card, or…

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I was starting to blog semi-regularly and then the winter hit…(cue music from Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer)…the fifth coldest in Wisconsin’s history…We soldiered on despite my only window being blocked by snow.  I tried to blog ahead only to realize that I wrote about things that were to happen in the future after they had already happened…confused?  so am I!!  I started writing tutorials only to photograph the steps with no memory card in the camera…Eventually you’ll see the tutorials, but I have to make up the samples again.

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One day in those early months, I posted my blog, then saw a spelling mistake, then fixed the mistake, I thought I hit ‘publish’, but evidently I didn’t.  Unfortunately, WordPress sent the original post out to Facebook and Twitter and to my e-mail followers and the links didn’t work.  I’m now following my own blog–it feels weird, like voting for myself.  Hopefully I’ll find the mistakes before my wonderful readers do, but I’m human  (please don’t tell my sons).  In the meantime, I’ll vacuum the sewing room floor, put the memory back into the camera, double check the backings and press on.

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Thank you, dear readers for being patient.

I have many plans for the months ahead including more Quilt Design a Day, blog hops–the next one is Tree Bird, more quilts, more bags, and more tutorials:  kitchen accessories, foundation piecing….

Have a quilty day!

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Please note:  If you would like to use my designs please leave a comment below or e-mail me (lovelliquilts(at)gmail(dot)com).  I’m happy to answer questions you might have regarding size, pattern availability, etc. or even to have you test a pattern.  Please credit me if you use my designs by stating “Designed by Elli Molstad at LovelliQuilts.me”.

 

We Support You!! Eight Days A Week!

Thank you so much Madame Samm and Pat Broe for such a fun pattern and blog hop.  We all used this wonderful retro pattern by Madame Samm, which you can purchase by e-mailing her:  madamesamm@me.com for $12.00.  Madame Samm created the pattern and the original quilt to help a friend who was facing a cancer diagnosis.  Throughout the blog hop I have read touching and interesting stories about each blogger’s experience with cancer or other serious illness.  Every project has been touching and thoughtful.

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When I first signed up for the hop I was clueless about what I was going to create, although I thought it should be fun, practical and inspiring.  Our family has experienced a lot of loss, cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, heart disease…. I would love to give each one of those who I’ve lost one more hug.  However, with each of those losses I was fortunate to see family members care for each other.  My quilt is for the care givers.  Those are the people who care–Eight Days a Week, 25 hours a day.  I was inspired by The Beatles song “Eight Days a Week” by Paul McCartney and John Lennon:

Hold me, love me, hold me, love me

I ain’t got nothing but love, babe

Eight days a week

Eight days a week

I love you

Eight days a week

Is not enough to show I care

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I was also inspired by an exhibit of ‘envelope’ quilts which were made for Veterans and shown at the AQS show in Paducah last year.  Each block had an envelope pocket made of fabric into which people added notes, or gift cards, or other trinkets.  Earlier in the year a group of friends created a friendship quilt for one of us who had been experiencing health issues.  Each of us wrote a message on our block to encourage her.  All of these ideas tumbled around in my brain until I had a lightbulb moment!  I made each of the bra cups, fully lined and padded :), into a little pocket, just the right size for a little note of encouragement or a gift card.  Because each caregiver ‘loves’ Eight Days a Week, there is a bra for each of those days.  In keeping with the retro feeling, I hand embroidered each with the days of the week..
And yes, there is an ‘itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, yellow polka dot bikini’ in there as well, because we all need to laugh and smile, even if it is through tears.  You may notice some of the straps are twisted and some bras are a little lopsided, because my sense of humor is twisted and lopsided, er, not my sewing.
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Please visit the other talented bloggers on the hop:

Tammy 4 all seasons

Welcome blog hoppers!! My  ‘season’ is Spring and I had an absolutely delightful cross stitch pattern by Brooke Nolan to stitch for my Tammy Bag by Madame Samm.  The Tammy bag is the perfect size for a hand stitching project.  The ‘pinny’ by Cori Blunt is a perfect accessory for the bag–I will no longer put my pins and needles in arm chairs now that I have this pinny.  I starting taking photos outside, hoping that ‘Spring’ would come despite the cold temperatures and snow.  However the cold chased me inside to complete them.Bag back

The back of the bag has a pocket with a “faux” binding, a convenient place for a pattern.  The back of the pinny has a thread catcher and a place to store your needles.

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I placed two divided pockets in the interior of the bag to store my scissors, reading glasses and other supplies.  I found this lovely aqua gingham in my stash and I knew it would be perfect because each of Brooke Nolan’s designs has some gingham depicted in cross stitch. I was so excited by the prospect of cross stitching again that I stitched all 3 of the remaining seasonal designs and got a good start on the Tammy bags and pinnys for them as well.

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Please come back and visit me to see the finished projects.  Please visit all of the people on today’s hop:

Lovelli Quilts (you are here)

It Seams To Be Sew (has been moved to the 16th)
Cheryl Wilkinson will post to Ipiece2-Mary
Stitchen’ My Life Away
Thank you Madame Samm and Mary our wonderful cheerleader.  Have a quilty day!
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Finish A-long 1st Quarter

My word for 2015 is: Concentrate.  I realized, after looking back at 2014, that I tried to do too many things and that I tried to be too many people, e.g. mom, quilter, volunteer, blogger, appraiser, design, office manager…..  I also realized that I start a great many projects and finish very few.  Concentrate is an objective which will hopefully result in more focused efforts on my part in the coming year.  Many of my unfinished objects last year remain on my to-do list this year.  I hope to whittle down this list, starting in Q1.

1.  Flower Strip quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

2. Winding Ways–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

3.  1930’s reproduction quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

4.  Quilt the 4 Quilts of Valor tops which I have received.

5.  Finish Imperial Blooms, pattern by Sue Spargo (www.suespargo.com).

6.  Finish Crimson Tweed, pattern by Sue Spargo.

7. Riley Blake–here is part of my mock-up in EQ7:

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I need to re-do some quilting and bind it.

8. Mission Triangles, this is a quilt I have made with the help of our Mission Stitchers group at Onalaska UMC from donated flannel triangles.  It will be soft and warm.  Here is the EQ7 mockup:

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The top is done, well almost, I need to put on some borders and quilt it.

9.  Log Cabin quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

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10.  Various mug rugs, place mats, and table runners–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

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I think that is enough, for now.  I do need to sew a lot of bindings onto quilts–there are a great number of binding tutorials out in blog-land, but I will also write one.  One of my goals this past year, and the coming year, has been to improve my bindings.  I’ve learned a great deal about binding as I have worked on that goal.  Hopefully I will be able to branch out this year to some shaped bindings.

January is an exciting month–I have 3 blog hops scheduled and I will be writing a pattern for my quilt guild’s quilt show quilt.  I am looking forward to concentrating this month!!

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Quilt Design a Day–Getting back in the groove

My designs slowed down in September and October.  I wasn’t able to design every day, but I am getting back in the swing in November.  With these 30 designs I have earned my “150 day badge” with Quilt Design a Day.

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Experiencing ‘quilter’s block’ is no fun!  I think that most of the block was due to an increase in family obligations, septic issues (yuk) and the inspiration pictures we were using on Qdad were getting stale (I lost count of the photos of the same geode, lol).  Our Qdad leader, Anne Sullivan, switched us over to member contributed photos.  Every day I am excited about the design inspiration and the palettes which go along with them.  My turn to post photos will come right after Christmas.  I am exited about some new projects in the months to come and, hopefully, some blog hops with the irrepressible Madame Samm.  Please stay with me on my journey.

A quilt party: Spiked Punch on the Longarm!!

It is such a joy for me to quilt for clients and to help them finish quilts.  Last week I spent my time on a client’s quilt, made from a pattern called Spiked Punch by Tula Pink.  The fabrics in it were from Amy Butler’s latest line “Glow” and some Tula Pink fabric.  Here is a screen shot of the quilt mockup:

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I used a Whispy Feather design by Donna Kleinke of One Song Needlearts, a fill pattern by Anita Shackelford and a curved grid fill of my own design.  It was fun to place the feathers ‘behind’ the stacked bricks (something I’ve seen hand-guided quilters do) with computer-aided design and quilt it with the computer.  Note, I still sat and ‘helped’ the needle to stitch in the ditch along the bricks.  It is fun to fill the negative space with quilty lusciousness!!

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