June 4th – Time is Flying!

It’s June already! In the past, I have tried blogging every week, then once a month, then just when I thought I stepped out and learned something to share. This year I’m blogging every two weeks. I think this makes the year fly by quicker! (not that that is a good thing)  I turned the calendar from May to June and there it is, my reminder to blog again. Looking back over the past two weeks and thinking about how time flies, I’m going to share some of my quilting/sewing activities first. I had fun with non-quilty stuff too. I think balance is important. Here’s the update:

I finished (well all but the hems) 8 drapes for my daughter’s home. received_1881710685184544 (1)The hems are pinned, but I want them hung before stitching, to make sure they are the right length. Putting in the grommets were the hardest part! My hand was so sore (because I followed the directions). I put in 48 grommets and went to bed.  The next morning I asked my hubby to help. His hands are slightly bigger than mine and surely more muscular. I demonstrated how to do it.  He said, “Okay.” Then he went to his workshop, returned with a small piece of 2 x 4 and laid that over the grommet set and pressed down to hear the click and moved on to the next one. In minutes 48 more grommets were secured in place.

LESSON LEARNED AGAIN! Don’t struggle until your hand hurts so much and then ask for help. Walk away. Ask for help. Learn a better way.  Should I write to Dritz to tell them the easy way? Or would most people not have a spare piece of 2 x 4 in their home?

After attending a meeting of the Small Pond Quilters in Chester, Vermont, I learned that it wasn’t too late to enter the Sew Batik challenge, “Happiness Is…” so I started to design a quilt after journaling for a bit. It was fun. It could have been more fun, had I started a few months earlier. The problem was, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to make the quilt a few months earlier.  Once I started, it was a three day mission. I enjoyed making the little challenge piece. 20″ x 20″. I’d love to show you what the result was, but I should wait until after the Vermont Quilt Festival. I hope you are planning on attending, June 21-23rd. I just heard that there will be several new vendors there! Yippie! I always buy new items and push myself further outside my box after this show. Inspiration is always there to greet me!

I also made time to finish my digitally printed “Dream Big” panel, a Hoffman spectrum print by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero 2017. Here’s how mine came out.  I used Aurifil 80 weight thread in four colors, gold, yellow, light blue and medium blue. I quilted it using my Sweet 16 HandiQuilter. It took 3 sittings.IMG_20180601_141244

There are several on pinterest. I even saw a video of someone quilting their panel in 7 days and now selling kits. I think I’d like to purchase another panel and quilt it differently in each quarter to use as a tool for my free motion quilting classes.

Do you remember my wool project?  I did finish one more block…I have 9 blocks done so far…3 more to create.



Now for some non quilty things I did these past 2 weeks…

  • Attended a wonderful Memorial Day parade and service in Woodstock, Vermont.  The best Memorial Day speaker I have ever heard!
  • Volunteered to be the Area G Director for Toastmasters International, starting July 1, 2018 through June 30th, 2019.
  • baked some healthy zucchini/ bran muffins with molasses and honey instead of sugar.
  • baked some gluten free, dairy free cookies to bring to a baby shower.
  • picked dandelions and prepared them for syrup.IMG_2164 (1)
  • tried a new cocktail, rhubarb syrup (from Silverlakesyrups.wixsite.com), Club Soda, and a splash of gin or vodka. Yum!FB_IMG_1528076453024
  • served vanilla gelatto, slice of peach and drizzle of Dandelion syrup to relatives visiting from New Mexico. Super Yummy!IMG_20180603_202519458

If you would like to taste some really yummy syrups made in Vermont, go to Silver Lake Syrups here and order now, before they are sold out.  Dandelions are only plentiful and ready to pick for a short couple of weeks in the spring.  Once they turn to seed, the season is over until next year! It takes a lot of dandelions to produce some syrup.  Here is what I prepared in 4 hours!

I’m off to quilt some more interesting quilts, organize great talks for SAQA, and put my Gallery Show together for this summer.  Never a dull moment!

Happy Quilting!

Linda Ramrath



About inspiredlayerslinda

I was an Island Batik Ambassador for 2017. I enjoyed the challenge of designing new quilt patterns with this very special batik fabric collections. I teach free motion quilting via my Youtube videos and Doodle of the Month program which anyone can sign up for by sending me an email requesting to be added to the list. I enjoy transforming fabric into unique quilts, t-shirts into memory quilts, and photos to wall art. I joined Toastmasters to find my voice and learn to share my quilts and stories with others.
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