Wednesday, October 21, 2020

WIP Wednesday -- The Garden Party Continues

 I'm super excited that now all my Garden Party (design by Bonnie Hunter) blocks are together.  I added a few blocks to make this quilt larger.  I never did the math and didn't plan on it being square.  But here it is...

My next step will be to put a border on it.  I really do not like all those little pieces on the edge when I longarm it.  I'm sure with all the different types of scraps in this quilt it will have a little stretch when I load it onto the frame.  It does lay really nice and flat.  Pressing these blocks and rows as I go was key.

The friend that noticed my Garden Party blocks partially sewn together and inspired me to finished dropped off a quilt last week.  It has been added to my long to-do list.  I'll just call it the Quilt of Squares with Pink Border.  I  added to the back of this quilt yesterday so that I can be loaded onto the longarm frame.

Owen has been showing his love of art lately.  Here he is doodling during one of his remote learning classes.  I love that he has the ability to pause the teacher and write down what he thinks is important.  I'm not sure if he has ever taken notes before in class.  Remote learning is definitely ideal for him.  He's a modern kid that loves technology.  Pausing the teacher slows down the class for him and he regulates things in his own thoughts.  It's actually amazing.

Doodling...  He LOVES dry erase boards.  I've learned that they work great for math.  When I just give him scrap paper he is still distracted by all of his "leftover" thoughts.  When he works on each problem individually he does awesome.  This may have to be on every IEP from now until he graduates.  

My dear friend, Linda, sent me a very personal happy mail.  It is actually really making me HAPPY!  Along with the happy mail she sent Owen a mosaic sticker art book.  Since he has been so far ahead in some of his online classes I have introduced art class to Owen.  I set different goals for him a few times per week.  

This activity is great for the fine motor skills.  Every once in a while he needed a little help starting one of the stickers.  I put the first two on the page to show him how it worked.  This time he was supposed to add five stickers to his mosaic rainbow.  He loved it so much he did the whole row.  I think he was actually better at getting the stickers in the lines better than I was.

He's super happy with this project.  He is definitely building self confidence in some of his skills and subject areas.  Although remote learning pretty much doesn't allow me to go to school and work as a substitute teacher any more (at this time), it's definitely working out for Owen.  We may have to make this our new way of learning for a couple more years.  

THANK YOU, LINDA!  What a great idea.  I have already ordered him a scratch art pad so that we can alternate art projects now and then.

I currently have 60 on-going projects on my list.  They are separated into stages.  This seems like a lot of projects, but I used to have 93 items on my list.  I love the fact that it has gone down so much.

Pieces Need to be Cut & Sewn
 1.  Cheddar Jack cat pattern from 
 2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
 3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
 4.  Picadilly Circle
 5.  ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
 6.  Go Four It!  Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender, June 2017
 7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) 8/8/19
 8.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA
 9.  Jelly Roll Rug
10.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
11.  Veggie Patch from Katie Mae Quilts
12.  Mod Mod QA (from Block Lotto, circles w/lines)
13.  Owl's Well That Ends Well (RSC19 project started 1/26/19)
14.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) I can't find it!!!
15.  Temperature QA (changing this project to a table topper)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons  Porter Magazine) only one house block complete.)
19.  2.5" Scraps from Dani -- making "cracker" blocks
20.  Waffle Blocks (August 2019 -- RSC19)
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Pumpkins & the Beanstalk (a 2nd quilt)
23.  Dresser Scarf (My Grandma's WIP from the 1970's found 1/1/20
24.  Linen & Threads Mystery SAL, Started 1/1/20 for my sew-to-go-bag
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- needs blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March 2017
27.  Unity Quilt Along with Bonnie Hunter (started 4/1/2020)
28.  Orange, pink, grey kite blocks 2015
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA started in August 2017
31.  Kathleen Tracy's 2019 Mystery Quilt Facebook QA started in March, 2019
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching Blocks
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds

Blocks Still Need to be Made
 1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
 2.  Scrap Crystals (RSC15)
 3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
 4.  Drunkard's Path Variation quilt
 5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt 

Blocks Are Made But Need to be Sewn Together (and/or Some Sashing)
 1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
 2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby
 3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks That I Won
 4.  Split Stars (blocks won from the Block Lotto, October, 2012)
 5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
 6.  Tall Fly (blocks won from Block Lotto; October 2012)
 7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14)
 8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt
 9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blcoks
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks 5/17/17 QA
11.  Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
12. Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May 2018)
13.  Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN Dot Dot Dash Bag, Won April, 2018

Quilt Back Needs to be Made (Tops are Done)
1.  Card Trick (pink and blue)
2.  Hunter Green Star Quilt
3.  Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018
4.  Soul Searching -- Julianne sent it to me on 8/29/19
5.  Sand Castles -- Bonnie Hunter string quilt started January, 2019 -- an RSC project
6.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17)

Ready to Longarm
1.  Bubble Gum Pink & Navy Quilt
2.  Quilt of Squares with Pink Border (CM's quilt) received 10.13.20
3.  #SpiderSewalong quilt from Instagram

I'm linking up at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.  I haven't linked up here for quite a while.  Remote learning and biking the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail has been keeping us busy.  Check out all of the fun projects!



Gretchen Weaver said...

How wonderful remote learning is working so well for Owen. It is works so well, I'd keep on doing it for several years too. Love your garden party quilt, every time I see your quilt I think I need to get one started. Happy stitching!

patty a. said...

For the garden party quilt will you trim the squares in order to add the border? I would guess that you would have to anyway just to bind it if you didn't add a border. It will be good to get the pink squares quilt done. It doesn't look that big.

I am so glad Owen had adapted to remote learning so well. That has to be a relief! Who doesn't love a sticker book?!

Angela said...

Great quilt! I home schooled my three sons for sixteen years. Best time I ever invested! Enjoy your time with your son! He is clearly thriving!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats on getting your Garden Party together, Kathy!! I actually prefer square quilts. You never have to worry about which way is "right side up!"

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Garden Party looks wonderful! It's always fun to see snippets of Owen's life, too. When I was teaching, whiteboards and markers were everyone's favorite tools, especially for solving math problems. My students always asked if they could use them!

Linda Swanekamp said...

Garden Party is wonderful and yes, a border would help in the quilting of it. I am thrilled Owen can work at his pace and stay so focused! I know you miss the subbing, but kids are kids for only so long and then they are on their own. Good you can enjoy him!