Sunday, August 25, 2019

Turquoise Batik Hot pads

 Sadly it has been too long since the last time I made a post.  I figured it was about time.  It has really been a long time since I have done any quilting.  I sorta lost my way.  Over the last 2 weeks I have done a few smaller hot pad projects and I figure they are a good enough excuse to post and share them.
 A lot has happened since I last blogged.  Rebecca my 2nd oldest got married, Then had a baby.  My wife I am sure will soon share her baby pictures
 Last year I lost my job and then got it back.  Long story but things are at least ok in that area of my life.
I have also done a little programming and created a site to share stuff on.  Its meant to be a site that any one can share their stuff its still a work in progress but if your interested in looking at it here is the link.  Craft Lovers  It is not a completed site but it does work.  Feel free to create an account and share a craft project.  If you do give it a try please email me at and let me know what you think about it.  And if you have suggestions for improvements let me know.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Granny Square Finnished

Tonight I finished my purple Granny Square Baby Quilt Top.  This is made from 2 1/2 inch purple blocks.  Originally we bought these colors for Rebecca's wedding quilt but she well has since broken up from that um relationship.  But even before the brake up I started this quilt as I love the Granny Squares and I love purple.  And well Babies need quilts so hey what better then to make them a quilt.  I cant believe that Julia our Baby is now big enough to hold my Baby quilts up for me.

 Julia is really starting to be a big helpper in her own right.  She insisted on helping me cut all the blocks apart when I sewed the blocks together.  We originally did the granny square blocks back in January so its been a full 6 months since these pictures were taken so she has grown up a ton since these pictures.  Its amazing how much 6 months changes a kid when she goes from 5 1/2 to 6 years old.  The 4 block that are sewn on on the picture just below this line  and in the picture on the desk next to Julia are a hand sewing project that Julia decided to do.  She wanted to

make a blanket for her cat and dog for her doll house.  They are extremely cute.  She has hand sewed some of her stuffed animals together and she has even helped me sew a few blocks from time to time on a few quilts here or there when she does not drive dad completely crazy.  Not that you would expect a 6 year old to drive dad completely crazy but she does.

I am still looking for those that are interested in trying out my to go give it a try.  It is a free site to use you can create a user account and share any crafting hobby like quilting, knitting, pottery, wood crafting etc.  I am looking for people to try it out and add some items and give me feed back on the user experience.  I need to know what makes sense and what does not.  What I can add to be more user friendly etc.  I am creating the site to be a place where I can share my quilts and where others can share their crafts and hobbies.  I of course dont want it to only be me using the site so I need others that would be willing to use the site so that I alone am not using it.  Again Check it out

Monday, June 11, 2018 and my life turned upside down.

 Hello, for those that have followed my blog in the past you will most likely be shocked to see a post from me it has been way too long.  I have to admit I have been out of touch for a while.  The past year has been Crazy at the Healey house.  My oldest daughter was engaged.  Then she was not.  Then she was and then she was not.  She has also totaled 2 vehicle's in the last year.  Once her fault, one some one some one else fault with a car that she had for less than 6 weeks.  Needless to say a run of bad luck for her.

I have done some quilting.  I started to make a purple and gray quilt for her wedding and then got distracted making these grannies squares.  But all of that got pushed aside.  With the wedding off, the desire to finish the quilt is lost and well the project is just sitting on the table in one of those disgusted piles of why did I buy that much purple fabric piles.

Well I do have to say I do love purple, so I do guess I will make great use of the. I do enjoy cutting things up into 2 1/2 inch squares so it will be fun to dice and splice it into them and then turn it into quilts.  But then again that is not really why its been sitting in a pile.

In February, we found out that we were expecting, only for it to be short lived.  In March, we found out that we were pregnant with twins, only for them to find no heartbeats. Not our first miscarriage, but still hard none the less. 

Last April was Tanya's and  mine 25 wedding anniversary and to celebrate we went to Arches National Park in Moab Utah.  When I was a kid this was one of my family's go to vacation spots.  For our first wedding anniversary, I took Tanya there. 

Only to find out that the Jeep Safari was held that same weekend and it also rained the entire weekend.  Any way she hated it so bad and never got to see the Arches at all and it took me 24 years to get her back to the area.  After 3 days there. I think she loves it and can see why I loved it and will come back with me again.  Any way after a fantastic weekend, I was on a complete high.

I came home from vacation and went back into work the following Tuesday morning and to my total amazement got let go from my job after working for the same company for 11 years.  Needless to say this ended the high from my weekend and sent my life into a tail spin and I have spent the last couple months reevaluating what I find important in life.

The funny thing is that it only took my previous company 8 days after they let me go to realize that they did not know what I did.  They contracted with me to fix a problem with their system.  This happened a time or 2 more,  until 3 weeks later, I was back working full time as a contractor for them.  I am no longer a "Full Time" employee for the company and I work from home, but I still do the same job and well I get paid more money as a contractor then I got paid as a salary employee.  Though I do have to pay the Cobra insurance which at $1500 a month, about made my mouth drop.  Though now I have to figure out how to pay my own taxes at the end of the year, which is going to suck.  I have no paid vacations or sick pay or any thing of the like, but well my commute to work is great. I walk across the hall and I get to see my wife and kids a lot more.

Speaking of the kids Julia graduated as they say from kindergarten this year.  My baby is growing up and getting big.  As part of my seeing the world in a new light I have decided that I need to get serious with the other big love of my life and that is programming.  I am a programmer by trade, but my job has sorta slowly lead me away from truly programming and I am more an analyst and trouble shooter now.  So to learn my skills and polish up my skills I have decided to build a new site and learn better my trade of programming.  For those that know anything about programming I program in C# .NET using MVC which is a web development language. 

Any way I have created a website called this site is a place where I can show off my quilts.  But not only can I show off my quilts the design of the site is that others can also showoff their stuff as well.  What I would like for you my friends to do is go give my site a test drive.  You can go look at the items already listed on it.  If you desire you can Create a "Company" which is just a profile that you list your own items under and then add your own inventory to the site.  The site is intended for any kind of craft or art.  The above picture is a picture my Daughter Julia wanted to add to my site.  She tells me it is for sell for 6$ its an original art work by Julia.  My site is still under construction and is changing slowly day by day and adding new features.  What I would love is for you to add a company.  Add a few items.  Then send me an email at my home email address and let me know what you think.  Any suggestions, comments,  ideas for features, improvements, even things you hate are fine.  My wife tells me I need to change the picture up-loader to allow more then 1 picture at a time (future plans).  Any way please go check out my site.  And if you create an account and add at least 1 item I will send you one of my pdf patterns of your choice if you would like for free.  You can pick from any of the patterns we have listed on Craftsy or Etsy the links should be here on the blog.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Story Book Quilts

This quilt top was done by Tanya.  It has fabric from the story book line, as well as some additional yellows.

The back of the quilt is yellow cotton from Kona.

The next quilt top is a  peach 9 patch also from story book line.

This quilt top was also made by Tanya.  

The back of the quilt is off white minky.  Both of these quilts were made for a lady Tanya went to high school with.  When we had Julia in our late 30's early 40's Tanya decided to make a quilt for everybody her age that she went to high school with that had a baby from that point. There were only 49 people in her class and not many have babies in their forties.   She had twin girls at age 43.  This is only the 3 rd quilt we have given to former classmates.  

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Triangle Quilt out of Bungle Jungle

We are alive and have been quilting, we just haven't been blogging.  We have posted several pictures to Instagram, and a few to Facebook.  You are probably going to get overwhelmed with finishes in the next little bit, but not as many work in project posts.  

This quilt top is made completely from our stash.  It is from the fabric line Bungle Jungle. We did have to buy some gray fabric for back.  It was made in September of this year for a baby shower.  It was made for somebody from churches new baby boy.

These triangles were cut 2-3 years ago.  We did a scrappy binding with leftover fabric. The couple we gave the quilt to love it.  They have posted several pictures of their son on this quilt on their Instagram pages.

Does it make you feel better for someone to display your quilt or for them to use it?  We like it when they use the quilt.  

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