Sunday, August 18, 2019

Almost time for my One Person Retreat

But first....

My weekday evenings are spent on working on the "Big One" for my husband.  I am so close to having the grey quilted.  Then on to the coral and teal.
The Big One
I reserved the weekends to work on other quilts.

Last month while scanning one of the link ups I came across this one where Jenny said she rolls dice to see what she will be working on this week.  I commented that my coworkers and I roll dice to see where we will be having lunch but I hadn't thought about using it for projects.  Thanks Jenny I took your advise, set up the top 6 projects and began rolling the dice.

Week before last I rolled a 4.  This Christmas quilt is a quilt along with a coworker.  

I completed a couple of blocks then waited for quite a while for her.  Then she completed several blocks. Now after rolling the dice we're back on track.

Then this week I rolled a 2.  This is a t-shirt quilt for my grandson.  I had the shirts cut and stabilized but nothing else.  It's been sitting.

After rolling a 2 on Friday all of the shirts have the grey surround and these 4 have the shadow attached.  I'm real pleased with my progress.

In a couple of weeks my weekend sewing time will be cut as the college football begins.  Roll Tide!!!  We host friends every Saturday during football season.

Now on to the title.....
My husband has to take continuing education every two years.  He usually takes it close enough that the commute isn't as far as my daily commute to work.  This year I told him if he would schedule it in Mobile, AL I would go with him and we could eat good.

I'm calling it a one person retreat because I am taking this with me.

And I plan to sit in the hotel room for 3 days and sew while he is in school.  I was going to work on a sting quilt but my DD has a friend that had a baby 8 weeks early and wants an Auburn University baby quilt.  I am sew looking forward to it (the retreat, not the Auburn quilt).  Doesn't it sound like fun?

Wishing you more quilting time than I will have.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

When you win scraps, make a quilt.

A couple of months ago I won a giveaway from the Silly Mama Quilts. That was my first win and as I didn't really know what to expect I was a little surprised to receive an envelope of scraps.  When I put them on the design wall to see what I had, this is about half of what I saw.

I left them up on the wall while I racked my brain for what to do with them. I watched the Oh Scrap! Sundays for inspiration.  I did finally see one that piqued my interest.  Here is my version of what I saw.

I still have at least half of the scraps left.  I don't have much imagination so I will be searching for another idea.  Thanks for scrap sharing.

Wishing you more sewing time than I will have.

Linking with: Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

Friday, July 26, 2019

What did Art Linkletter say? Kids say the darndest things.

Okay, I have been quilting the "Big One" and I finished a flimsy made of scraps won in a giveaway,  but haven't taken pics yet.  Maybe will get them tomorrow and share.

I just had to tell this story:  Some of you know that our son and his 6 yr old daughter live with us.  The other day she asked her daddy if she could have an ice cream sandwich.  He told her "after dinner".

I heard him say after dinner but I didn't hear what she had asked for.  I could guess.

I started back to the sewing room and she came running after me.  "Gigi"
Me:  Yes ma'am?
Lump:  Can I have an ice cream sandwich?
Me:  Didn't your daddy say after dinner?
Lump:  Why can't I have one?
Me:  Because your daddy said after dinner.

I proceeded to the sewing room then came back and asked her daddy if he had told her she could have an ice cream sandwich after dinner?  He loooooked at her and said "did you ask gigi for an ice cream sandwich after I already told you after dinner?"

She looked at him and said "Well, Gigi is the boss of this house."  We all had a great laugh.  Her poppy said he liked the way she thinks.  But we also let her know that when daddy tells her something that gigi is not going to against him.
Isn't she a precious lump? (Thus the name Lump)

Wishing you more sewing time than I will have.

Monday, July 15, 2019

I can't decide

I'm joining  Meadow Mist Designs for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt.  I can't decide on the fabric choice.

Maybe I will make both.
Red, white and gray with black background.

Red, blue and yellow with low volume background.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

I've been working on quilting the "Big One" but, I did get a little bit of piecing time this week.  I finished the Threadology quilt top.  This was completed (except for the borders) from the scrap bins.

The back of this is also pieced. It is now in cue for quilting.

Wishing you more quilting time than I will have.

Friday, May 31, 2019


I haven't had a finish in a while.  I have a lot of BOMs and QALs going on but nothing complete.

I did have kind of a finish this week.  I finally got THE BIG quilt sandwiched.

This is an Angela Walters quilt and I can't wait to practice free motion quilting on it with the HQ Sweet Sixteen.  I haven't had much practice and I've had it a year now.  I made it a bit bigger than pattern it's 112" x 112" so I had to borrow 4 long tables and a facility to get this done. 

I had bought 8 pool noodles a the dollar store and went to the home improvement store to get pvc pipe to hold them together.  A man in line behind me asked if the pvc was going in the pool noodle and I told him yes.  He just knew it had something to do with a pool and the weekend (it was Memorial Day).  He acted like he was disappointed when I told him it had to do with the weekend but not a pool.  It was a good laugh. 

 It seems that June Tailor has changed the formula of the basting spray and I don't like it.  It did smell better, but it was a lot stickier, the button was hard to press, the spray got all over my finger, then the button came off the can because it was stuck to my finger.  Then, it took 4 washings and one scrubbing to get it off my hands.  How am I supposed to believe it will wash out of a quilt?

Sometimes I feel like my blog posts ramble, but that's how my thoughts are.

Wishing you more quilting time than I will have.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Hands 2 Help finish

This is in the box ready to go.  We have a company that comes to our workplace on occasion selling books and gadgets and such.  They were there this week so I picked up some board books to send with the quilt to Jack's Basket.

Thanks Sarah for hosting this.  It's my first but I promise it won't be my last.