T-Bud Co. Quilts Ohio: January Ohio Star

January’s Ohio Star Quilt Block

I raised my left hand and motioned with my right to my barely 4-month-old wedding band topped with my engagement ring, “Anchor husband. I’m not going anywhere.” I was interviewing with a trio of recruiters at a creative staffing agency about what I wanted to do in my career. They had suggested tapping into a network in Cincinnati that had ties to Seattle, Washington, as a way to get back to the Pacific Northwest. That is, return to Portland, Oregon, the city that had not too long ago spit me out, landing me in Cincinnati.

See, a mere month, maybe month and a half, after I married my husband, I was laid off from the job that brought me to my husband’s city in the first place. Early on in our courtship, my husband and I had one of those deal-breaker conversations. I had mused about how exciting and fun it would be to pack up and move to Minneapolis or Seattle or Portland—Maine! He seemed confused. He asked why a person would ever want to move to a place where they didn’t know anyone and didn’t have any family. (A very Cincinnatian perspective, I’ve since learned.) I laughed. That’s exactly what I had done in the past 2-or-so years. I moved blindly to Atlanta, Georgia, where the only thing I knew for sure was that I was enrolled in a school. Ditto for Cincinnati, just swap “school” with “job.” He didn’t say “never,” but placed the caveat that family (his or mine) would have to be nearby, narrowing the options to Alaska and Florida. Maybe Texas?

Thing is, while I often tell the story of this deal-breaking conversation, it wasn’t difficult to let my wandering daydream float away. Sometimes I wonder if my drifting, road-tripping phase—a short couple of years—was just put-on. As if I was trying on a hat and my husband helped me to realize that it wasn’t quite right for me. I have been happy and comfortable living in the same area for 10 years.

January’s Ohio Star Quilt Block: piecing it all together.

My husband keeps me here. “I came here for a job and stay for my husband,” I quip often. He’s my geographic anchor, but an anchor in many other ways, too. He’s kept me steady and has, at times, been a voice of reason when my own messy mind has tried to distract me from what is true and right.

I signed the lease on my first Cincinnati apartment in January, on my husband’s birthday. I didn’t know that at the time, because I didn’t know him. It seems fitting that my official Ohio residency started on his birthday. And, so, it also seems fitting that my first Ohio Star quilt block, January’s block, represents my husband.

My husband’s old shirts. Even if I patched the elbows, they wouldn’t be “professional” enough, so I did the next best thing–sewed them into a quilt block!

My husband has pointy elbows and has torn holes in a few sleeves of his work dress shirts. I have had them piled in my crafting area, because while they’re unwearable (for work), there is a lot of usable fabric. I chose two blue shirts, one light and one dark, because I think blue is his color. The block came together easier than I thought it would, seeing that it’s my first Ohio Star. I was impressed with the way my seams match up and I’m pretty pleased with myself. Ha!

January’s Ohio Star Quilt Block Close-up

When I showed my husband the block, he called it a “cubicle quilt,” because the shirts remind him of going to work. Which, is kind of a bummer. No quilt should remind you of work, unless your job is quilting, of course.

January’s Ohio Star Quilt Block

Note: I used theOhio Star Quilt Block Pattern Tutorial from Generations Quilt Patterns. It is very straightforward, easy to follow, and even has a handy cutting chart for different sizes of finished blocks.

40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

Sarah Fielke Block of the Month Quilt 2018

I don’t know what month I’m on, because I’m so far behind. But, this is where I am. There’s no way I’m going to be done by the end of 2017. Or even within the first few months of 2018.

I’ve been purposely avoiding this quilt because I have a few month’s of patterns and instructions piled up. One day last week, though, I decided to applique my last sunflower leaf. After I did, I spread out the quilt to see my progress.

The pattern! The colors! Instantly, I was re-energized and I want to work on this quilt RIGHT NOW! Alas, it’s the end of the year and, more importantly, the holidays. My quilting/crafting time is being spent on other projects.

I also have my T-Bud Co Quilts Ohio block of the month project I’m starting…so stay tuned for all kinds of updates in 2018!

40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

I don’t even know what month of this I’m on, because I’m behind. I did hand applique my sunflower corners, though!

Sarah Fielke Block of the Month Quilt 2017

I count this as progress. I’m also cutting out pieces for the next border as fast as I can. But, there are a lot of little pieces to cut.

For reference, there are a total of 80 of those hexagon pieces. And, I need 152 triangles out of the blue.

I’m learning so much with this quilt, especially just how long it takes me to do quilty tasks!

While I’m loving this quilt and I WILL get it finished, I’m pretty sure that I will not be doing a structured or group block of the month quilt next year. Mostly because I have an idea for doing my own block of the month. I’ve got a theme, I just need to work out the details. Although, I think those details will be defined as I go! I’m going to come up with a nifty hashtag for the project, but for now, I’m going with #TBudCoBOMQuilt2018. Stay tuned, as I’ll share more as we get closer to 2018. Of course, stay tuned to see the progress on my 2017 BOM quilt!

Quilt Dreams

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American Patchwork & Quilting August 2017

My mom subscribes to American Patchwork & Quilting. When she renewed, she got a free subscription to give to someone else. She decided I was that someone else! Mostly because I’m neck deep in my Sarah Fielke Down the Rabbit Hole 2017 Block of the Month Quilt–a sign that I’ve been bit by the quilting bug!

Now, because I’m in the middle of a quilt that consumes most of my crafty time, I don’t have time to start another quilt. But that’s not going to stop me from dreaming!

Here are two that I flagged (because I’m going to be saving these magazines for future reference, of course):

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Sawtooth Star Block
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Make the Connection

I think I like both of these patterns and color schemes because there’s a distinct background that really puts the spotlight on a few different fabrics. In my quilt dreams, I would use one of these patterns for a t-shirt-esque design. I’d make those stars out of old shirts–you know like dad or grandpa’s retired work shirts. Those rows of 4 squares, I’d make out of old baby clothes. (You know, the ones that are too stained to pass on or donate–fussy cut around the spaghetti stains, of course.) I’d let these patterns capture some fond memories by showcasing old, beloved clothes.

Aaaaand, end of quilt daydream. Back to reality.

40 Before Forty Update: No. 06

6. Complete my Sarah Fielke Block of the Month 2017 quilt top…and then put it all together.

Month 5 wasn’t so hard, except for the fact that I was catching up on month 4. And, then I had to pull out my sewing machine to add the last 2 rows of houses, the corner squares, and a thin border on all sides. Meanwhile, month 6 of the pattern was released.

I started by doing this:

Quilt To-Do List

I wrote down everything I needed to do, sorted by task–cutting and stitching. I did everything I could for all of the patterns without pulling out my sewing machine. (My sewing machine lives under my desk.)

Finally, yesterday I had a quiet morning and I sewed like crazy! I’m happy to report that I have month 5 complete!

Ta-Da! The Sarah Fielke 2017 Block of the Month Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt! (Month 5)

You don’t know how happy I am with it! I love how the corner suns/flowers pop!

I’ve got a decent start on month 6. There is a lot of hand applique involved. Which is fine, but I don’t think I’ll be done by July 31st when the next pattern is released. Oh well, I’m having fun!