Saturday, March 16, 2019

It's amazing how time consuming smoking is.  Today is day 13 without.  My son commented that I don't come down from the sewing room to go out to smoke.  I managed to get, not one but, two quilt tops done today.

A friend of mine became a grandmother to twins last week.  A boy and a girl.  I asked if they were using blue and pink in the nursery.  She said no, they were using earth tones and woodland animals.  I thought that is great for a boy.  I had a really hard time making a baby girl quilt with earth tones.

This one is Oliver's.  I saw it on pinterest yesterday, thought it over last evening and made it happen this morning.   I have never done this without a pattern before.  I did add a border on top and bottom.  I wanted them to both be about the same size and not square.

Then, because of the trouble with an earth tone girls quilt, I went with this for Clover.

The sun was coming in the window when I took this picture.  It was already 6:00.  I should get a glass of wine and start quilting them.

I haven't had a whole lot of quilting time on the Sweet 16.  SOOOOO looking forward to that.  I plan to do some ruler work on Oliver's and some swirls on Clover's.  Unless I can get some blue Pounce before I get to hers.

I've been wanting to go to a new "to me" quilt shop (it's an hour and a half away) but, Saturday is my only sewing day so I hate to spend it on the road.  I'm thinking maybe next Saturday DH and I can take a road trip and I will take a day off the next week.  Lump is on spring break and March is one of the two months in the year that we don't have a holiday.  Any ole excuse for a day off will do.

Wishing you more quilting time than I will have.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Clementine Block 2

This is block number two of Clementine, last years BOM with The Jolly Jabber.  It took me all weekend to complete and pieces were already cut!  The seams are all pressed open.    I didn't realize how time consuming that would be.

The green and I didn't get along.  The small block has two corners with the wrong side up and the big block, well, it's kind of obvious.  Oh Well.  My ripper and I don't get along either.

Occasionally we get together with two other couples have "Bowling League" on Fridays at the Cox Cabana (friends back porch).  We Wii bowl on their back porch and then have dinner.  It's so much fun.  She has drapes around the porch and table top heaters on the tables so we can pay even if it's cold.  Friday while bowling DH had a health episode and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital.  He has had this kind of episode before.  As a matter of fact the Dr at the hospital said the EKG was exactly the same as it was in 2017.  They gave a us a big medical name for what is happening.  I google it and according to the Mayo Clinic site, he's having fainting spells.  So when he goes to his Dr about this, I'm going to have him ask if we really need an ambulance ride for this.  It is quite scary at the time, but now that I know what it is maybe it won't be so bad.

You know, after the fact, you can kinda joke about it.  Our son said he needs to quit acting like a teenager.  And I told him I'm glad he didn't mess up my sewing day.  This getting old is hell.

I wish I could get some quilts finished that I could send/take to Beauregard.

And lastly, today is day 7 of no smoking.

Have a smoke free, issue free, sewing week.


Sunday, March 3, 2019

I made the quilt in the header picture for my mom years ago.  She loved scotty dogs.  It is the only paper piecing I have ever done (not my thing).  I have enough of the paper with patterns printed on them to make another quilt. 

The quilt came back to me when my mom passed away in 2013.  I lost it.  Searched the house multiple times.  The last time I remembered seeing it was at my grandson's high school football game in 2016.  I have asked family members if they had it or had seen it.  Nobody had.  My son (Lump's dad) often uses the golf cart to go across the neighborhood to visit friends and I asked if he had left it at the friends house.  The answer was no.  I planned on having dear SIL post it on FB to see if any football parents had seen it. 

I haven't really been dwelling on the fact that I lost the quilt, but it does cross my mind often and it bothers me.

I was sitting here today blog hopping when something hit me in the head.  My son was cleaning his room and found the quilt in his closet and dropped it from upstairs.  All I could say was THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  My moms quilt is back home.

Wishing you more quilting time than I will have.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I have just completed reading all of the posts from 2005 on Bonnie Hunters blog  I have also read all of 2009 by Erin on, she is more my style of quilting.  Since I am new to blogging Bonnie taught me that I don't have to wait until I have a quilt or flimsy completed to post.  I can post

Sooooo, here goes.  I have a full time job so quilting time is limited.  Yesterday I stayed home with my granddaughter (that lives with us, she's 6) because she was sick.  The doctor said she was a full blown POSITIVE for Flu A.  At some point on Monday at work my back started having just a dull pain.  Yesterday, while home with Lump (she's my Precious Lump so I call her Lump), even though my back was not well, I got some sewing done. Well today I'm not completely down but the back is getting worse.

I have a king sized quilt top completed but I have no place to spread it out to sandwich. It's on from Angela Walter of Quilting is my Therapy.  This one is for my bed because my DH has been begging me for a new one.  It's BIG - 112" x 112".  I'm thinking about going to the dollar store and buying pool noodles and getting some PVC pipe that will fit snug enough inside to hold them together and then rolling each part of the sandwich, then spray baste as I unroll.  I am so anxious to get this one sandwiched because I got my HQ Sweet Sixteen last May and this is going to be the one that I try all kinds of quilting on.

I feel like I'm rambling so I'll save some for another day.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

A couple items completed this week.

Two more medical pouches completed.  There won't be a fourth. I accidentally cut the zipper before opening it and lost the pull tab.  My seam ripper and I aren't very good friends and I already had to use it on one of these.

I finished block number three on the Build a Quilt with Quilting is my therapy

And when I read the Academic Quilter's post about the Tiny Foursome that she uses as leaders and enders I remembered this mystery quilt that was cut years ago before I gave up my sewing room.  What a great idea!  So I got the box out and set it beside my sewing machine.
Hope everyone has a great week.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Two finishes so far this year.

Christmas Day my 8 year old grandson had an allergic reaction to almonds.  It wasn't as serious as it could have been, but life changes after something like that.  So...I went to work.

This is the first of four I plan to make.  I was almost finished with the second one when the needle broke.  Time to quit for the day (week).  Back to work tomorrow.

The second finish is a retirement quilt.  Some time back I purchased two fat quarter bundles.  This is the fourth quilt I have made for retiring coworkers with those bundles and some background fabric.  The bundles are gone now.  I had to piece small pieces for the scrappy binding.  It is also my first feathers on the Sweet Sixteen.  I'm kinda proud of them.

My youngest granddaughter (5) saw this on the design wall and said "that looks like a brick wall."

I almost waited too late in the day to take the picture.  At least the sun was shining.  

This quilt will be gifted on Thursday at the retirement party.  

Hope everyone has a great week.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

I love quilting.  I created this blog so I could share my quilting finishes.  In 2015 I gave up my sewing room to make room for family members that needed to have a place to call home.  I gave 11 tubs of fabric to a friend, not knowing how long it would be before I had my sewing space again.  I made baby quilts on a treadle sewing machine because that's the only one I had access to at the time.  In the spring of 2017 I had saved up to have heat and air added to the room over our garage.  Low and behold, my new sewing space. My friend was afraid I was going to want my fabric back.  I told her I would start over.  The only thing is, I don't have my mom anymore to decide that she wasn't going to quilt anymore and give me her stash. That happened multiple times. 

I saw a sign in a quilt stop that said "My husband lets me buy all the fabric I can hide".  That's me.

I purchased a sit-down mid arm quilting machine in May, 2018. Prior to that I did all of my free motion quilting on my 40 year old Kenmore domestic sewing machine which I still use for my piecing.  I LOVE QUILTING.