Quilt ADD in therapy

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Colorado, United States
Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. I am a longarm quilter who can work for you. I enjoy any style, from pantographs to all-over to full custom, ranging from traditional to modern. I love bringing vintage tops to life and am willing to work with a challenging quilt top. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, July 12, 2020

BOMs Away - Beachwalk


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)


Have you been feeling crabby lately?
:)


I was, a little, while I was working on the trapunto stage for these guys.


But now they're finished, and it's pinned for the next layer of trapunto work before I move on to another block.




Devon and Cory were out here end of May to tell us they're getting married. Talking with her about what she would like for a wedding quilt, this flimsy in my To-be-Quilted closet kept calling to her, so that's the one!


"Beachwalk" is a McKenna Ryan pattern, one that I started before we moved away from the Florida northwest coast. And I just looked it up, and this BOM reached flimsy status back in October 2013!! I adore it, but the task of finishing it is monumental, so it always got pushed aside for something else when I could choose whatever I wanted to work on.

This BOM was a monthly kit, and it may very well be the last BOM/kit that I did not prewash fabrics for. It's been years, now, that I have prewashed even the smallest pieces in BOM kits (by hand in the sink, just let them air dry or press them dry), and what I've been dealing with today is just one of the reasons I do so.

There is a LOT of manufacturing stabilizer on this fabric!  I feel it on my fingers after every work session with it. It irritates my sinuses, with my chemical sensitivities. 

Most aggravating of all, the fusible web simply will not fuse with it. Even when I've tried adding a new layer of fusible, it releases edges and even whole pieces like crazy. So it's an extremely delicate job stitching these down. Thank goodness for my Purple Thang and seam ripper's tip! Not the happiest stitching situation for tension, either. 

Some of the pieces have come off altogether, and I've had to pin them in position. You can see all kinds of areas where it just lifts away from the layer beneath:


But, boy, will I love this quilt - and it will definitely be worthy of a wedding quilt for a Florida coast couple who enjoy the ocean and its denizens very much.

(And thank goodness I don't have this issue with any of my other McKenna Ryan quilt projects! All those got prewashed, and there is zero problem with the fusible staying "glued" down.


Oh - and during the weekdays, I work like crazy on this intense project so I can have the longarm for Beachwalk when I've finished the trapunto work. . .  


Heather's Med School Graduation Dahlia 
(a Judy Niemeyer pattern - Dinner Plate Dahlia)

It's got "brain cortex" in the outer border, smooth muscle cells on one petal section, and I'm working on the "DNA" parts in the black corner arches right now.
Skeletal muscle cells will be the fill for one of the intermediate background sections. 

Too fun!! Perfect for a pathologist in residency!


Wish it were all as fast and easy as these leafy feathers!!

Just the DNA arches to finish in the 40 wt. thread, then I'll switch to Microquilter 100 wt thread for the remaining fills. Looking forward to sharing it as a finish!

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How is BOM type work going at your end?
Sure would love to see!

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up, 
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

BOMs Away -- And Mold Away! (with some Dahlia thrown in)


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

Hi! Hopefully, things are going better at your house than they are here. We are living with what sounds like jet engines in our house since Monday - expected to be here until Tuesday, when I really REALLY hope they have done their job and go away!

A peek through the back door.
You CANNOT believe how noisy those blue machines are!!!

Last Sunday evening, Marissa came over for Father's Day, and when she was ready to leave, she wanted to look for a coat she hadn't taken with her before all the stay-home orders began and she quarantined with her boyfriend. 

We haven't touched the coat closet since the third week of February - Stay Home meant no coats needed, grocery stores wouldn't let us use our market bags that live in there, and the dojang's been closed, so no need for the sparring gear. Well, she opened the door, and an EXPLOSION of mold smell flew out into the house. 

Zero sign outside that a huge problem was developing

Whaaaat????!!   How the heck did that develop in such a short period of time?! Turns out the tub drain above the closet decided to leak. Thank goodness Marissa wanted to find her coat, or we may not have found the issue until late August!! As it was, we really lucked out, and the mold/moisture damage had not yet spread past the subfloor to the basement bedroom underneath. 

As it was, I CANNOT believe we didn't know that was happening, that simply keeping that door closed kept us from smelling the mold growing. Lots of different kinds, too. There were gorgeous bright yellow, a cool cheddar orange, but mostly blues and greens and grays. A couple colonies of straight-up black. The team leader said a whole lot of it looked like Penicillin. Cool. We're both allergic to it.  

So that's all torn up, been repaired by the plumber through the ceiling, and then all the closet, ceiling, an adjoining cupboard, and floor were ripped out by the mold mitigation crew, treated, and been "contained" with their specialty equipment doing their thing. 

This side also has a blue monster machine.

Then the mudroom is also sealed off from the rest of the house and has its own little blue monster going, as well. Everything was fumigated on that part of the containment, and yesterday the testing crew did their thing. Assuming the mitigation guys got everything and the tests show up negative on Tuesday, the equipment can be taken out so the rebuild crew can start their work. 


We're still supposed to keep that all sealed off from the rest of the house, but today we were allowed to use the washer/dryer. At least we didn't have to tote everything to a laundrymat. . . although, it would a lot quieter there. . .   

All the coats' shoulders were covered in hairy mold growth, and it was going down most of the arms. They'll all at a textile company's location that specializes in restoring clothing and furniture after mold infestation. Super cool, because the company came and got them and will bring them back! The two pair of snowboots we had in the closet, I just tossed. I'm not convinced they could be cleaned well enough that I'd want my feet in there, sweating for long periods. >Ewwwww<


Anyway - Quilt stuff!  

Do you remember the Dinner Plate Dahlia technique-of-the-month quilt tops that I did last year? This weekend I got a really great start on the quilting of Heather's.


You can see the Caducea that I trapunto'd onto the black petal tips. This quilt celebrates Heather's graduation from medical school. Last year. Yeah. It's getting "2019" quilted onto another spot in the dahlia, and then the big black corner arches are getting a DNA motif that Heather requested. It'll be fun!

Especially since I'm almost finished with the stabilizing task. Super finicky work on this quilt pattern - soooo much curved stitch-in-the-ditch. I finished all the white work for that today, and tomorrow I'll do the black stabilizing SID. Then the real fun begins, with the decorative quilting.  :)  I can't wait to get to that part. 


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So, what about you? Have you been able to work on a BOM? 
Sure would love to see!

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up, 
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, June 14, 2020

BOMs Away - A Little Reflection in the Water


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

How are you doing? We finally got full-on spring here for the past week. Everything is AMAZINGLY green. I've been taking long walks outside lately, often in the meadowland of our area (which we are lucky enough to live right on the edge, of, so I literally just have to step through the backyard to go walking in this:


^^^My absolute FAVORITE kind of day, right there!^^^

The changing colors of the different grasses and reeds mesmerize me.  :)  Those are different plant greens, not cloud shadows. But yes, the sky is that blue, and the meadows are that green right now. These untouched photos match real-life colors remarkably well. No oversaturation here!

The other day I saw some distant neighbors had put up a display of an old wagon they'd acquired, at the top of their driveway.  Cool! 


Of course, my second thought after, "Cool!" was that I should find a way to ask them if they would let me take quilt photos on it. . . 


I didn't feel like sewing much at all this weekend, so I only got part of the Month 2 work done on my Water Reflections BOM:


But, hey! All the Y-seams are out of the way now.  :)

My biopsies came back negative for cancer, which is WAY good, of course! But also means more diagnostics are underway.  ::sigh:: story of my medical life. . .  Ha!   (and more on that subject later, but for now I'm turning this linky party over to you guys!)

EDIT:  OK, Here is the scoop regarding that cancer screening, and since I bet I'm not the only one who didn't know this already, let this serve as a 
Public Service Announcement

If you're in official menopause (it's been a full year since your last cycle), you should not have spotting. Not any at all. If you have any - even just a tiny bit - you need to get a GYN appointment. They'll order ultrasounds (be prepared for how physically thorough those are), and they'll likely want to run some blood tests, and do typical pap exams and all. That's because, while there is a good chance that the spotting is from nothing other than hormones wigging out for who-knows-why, it's also the very first sign of several reproductive cancers. Not pain. Not nasty stuff. Just some plain old itty bit of spotting. And say you've got uterine cancer kicking that spotting off, if it's caught right then, it would be extremely rare for you not to be completely cured of the cancer with surgery.

But how many of us who are new-ish to menopause know that even a tiny bit of spotting is something that has to be taken very seriously?

My initial ultrasounds showed traits of concern, so I had to get some biopsies taken. Happily, those came back negative for cancer, but true to form for my body and medical tests, they don't provide any answer as to why my organs are having issues. So currently I'm in the next step of tests, which is a hormone challenge designed to - essentially - reboot your system. I have 5 more days of pills, then the behavior of my body in the following 2 weeks will tell us if that re-set put sense back to things, or if I get to start through the next phase of invasive diagnostics.

In any case, it'll either be all over in a couple of weeks, or if there is some super-slick cancer lurking somewhere crazy, it's so early that it doesn't freak me out.

So tuck that in your head, menopause ladies: Spotting of any degree is not good. Call for a GYN appointment.  :)

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So, what about you? Have you been able to work on a BOM? 
Sure would love to see!

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up, 
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter