Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year

Seems like there's a pattern here.  Every New Year's I'm sick.  Not to happy about this.  I wonder if I just wear myself out before Christmas and end up sick because of it.

We went shopping today to exchange some jeans Ev got for Christmas.  They didn't have his size so we will have to order them online.  While we were out we went to Olive Garden.  I wish I had felt better because I enjoy getting a meal there.

Didn't do any sewing today.  Just shopped then when we got home I went to bed for a few hours.  Now I'm just thinking I will try and stay up until midnight, but if I don't make it it, oh well.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Shadow cat

Does this cat have the life or what?  I think she is holding her paw over her one eye telling me to shut the light out.  Or maybe she has a toothache in sympathy with Johanna getting her wisdom teeth out.

Which, by the way, went very well.  I was pleased with how good she did and she seems to be feeling fine, just a bit sore.  Let's hope that it doesn't get any worse.

I finished those two blocks for Roll Roll Cotton Boll and cut the string blocks in half to sew into the alternating block.  Just didn't get to sewing much this evening.  I'm coming down with a little bit of a cold and I'm wanting to sleep alot.  Figure that's the best thing for me, so I'm going with it!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Just two more to go

Worked on Roll Roll Cotton Boll blocks and have just two more of the one block to do.  I was trying to push through but then I sewed a couple pieces incorrectly and made myself quit.  It will be there tomorrow, or even later tonight if I feel like sewing some more.

Here's the big stack of blocks:
And here is a little stack of my leader ender spool blocks:
The second to the last block ready to be pieced (after being picked apart from being sewn wrong):
Then just for something silly, here's a picture of a tree that I thought was funny looking!
 Johanna is getting her wisdom teeth pulled tomorrow.  Sure hope all goes well and she doesn't have much pain.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

A languishing U.F.O.

A few years ago Bonnie Hunter's mystery was Roll Roll Cotton Boll.  I really got bogged down with all the teensy tiny pieces and lost my mojo for that project.  It is very close to being done, though.  Today I brought the featherweight into the kitchen and the pieces of RRCB and worked on them during quiltcam.  I continued to work on them a little longer and made some progress.
This morning I was up early and put together a big pot of ham and bean soup.  It cooked all day and the few tasters I had of it were good.  Going to have it tomorrow during the football game.  I had some leftover chicken from Christmas Eve so I made some chicken salad.  I don't make that too often, because I'm the only one who likes it, but it was a nice change.  I added pecans and grapes to it.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Did not go out of the house

Today I didn't go anywhere.  It was just a nice lazy day again.  I think I could really get used to this... haha.  Tomorrow is Nick's birthday but since Ev is supposed to work we ended up having a little party for Nick tonight (Ev had it off).  Can't believe my baby boy is so old now!  haha.

Not done any sewing the past couple days,  Need to get started on a couple things soon.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A simple day

Today was a fairly relaxing and simple day.  Didn't do too much.  Our Christmas Tree was leaning precariously and had to be tied to a chair (I'm not kidding!).  We really wanted to be able to use our front room again so we did something we have never done before - we took the tree down the day after Christmas.  It didn't take too long and we did leave up all the other decorations including my village.

I went over to visit a friend of mine for a couple hours after Ev went to work.  Then baked a couple of dozen peanut butter cookies.  I had the dough put together before Christmas and didn't get around to making the cookies. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and is basking in the warmth and love of family and friends.  Our holiday was exceptional this year.  Nothing in particular to make it that way, just a combination of good family visits and lots of love.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A finish

So I was thinking about how many quilts I have made this year.  There were 14 nursing home quilts, 1 for my mom's friend, this one pictured above for sister in law, 8 birthday quilts, and one quilt for a friend to give at a baby shower.  That is 25 quilts!  Wow!  I really love to quilt.  Have you noticed?  :)

The kids were over and we had a really nice night.  We had  a great dinner of ham, chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed onions, roasted brussel sprouts, green bean casserole, swiss vegetable medly casserole, garlic tortellini, and cranberry sauce.  I asked Johanna if I should make rolls and she rolled her eyes....  haha.

After dinner we played some board games and watched 'A Christmas Story'.  Tomorrow it's church and opening presents!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Wanted to make sure and wish everyone a blessed and happy holiday.  I'm busy sewing and cooking and wrapping....  Probably doing the same things everyone else is right now!  Just finished making the Christmas Bags for the kids last night at 11:30.  This year I made them out of flannel and thought it would be nice if I made a small pillow to put in them after they were done being 'bags'.  Will look into that after the holiday - just too much going on right now!  haha.

Gemma is home and I have already quilted a top for my sister in law to give to her gram.  I had to do some playing with tension, but not too much.  Since the motor was replaced, the machine sounds different.  Not bad, just different.  It's going to take a little bit for me to get used to the new motor and to get in tune with it.  Just like when your car engine sounds different, when the motor sounds different on Gemma I should be able to tell.

The kids and their boy/girl friends are coming over today for dinner at 5.  I'm making a ham and a roasted chicken.  Have a couple new recipes that I can't wait to try.  One is for creamed pearl onions and the other is roasted brussel sprouts. 

Hope everyone has a beautiful holiday.  God bless!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Oh fudge and the tree

I was a busy gal last night!  Made a batch of fudge.  Oh yummy goodness...
Then I decorated our tree...

We decided to give Charlie Brown a run for his money this year...  Our poor tree is so lopsided we couldn't put lights or ornaments on the bottom right side for fear it would fall over (as it has done twice already!).  The trunk is 'S' shaped.  We will love it anyway.  :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gemma is on her way home!

Just in case you didn't already know what I thought about Nolting, I'll say it again - Nolting customer service ROCKS!  My machine is repaired and trucking her way home to me!  Whoopee!  I'm a happy girl.  I will be even happier when she is home, safe and sound.  With the Christmas rush of packages, I'm not too hopefull that she will get home before the week is over.  I'm thining more like next Tuesday or later.

Tonight I am picking up farm eggs from my friend, then going home and sewing on a strippy quilt for my sister in law.  Would like to get the top done tonight if possible.  Quilt Cam is at 8 and the Michael Buble' Christmas Special is on at 9.  I'm thinking, since Quilt Cam usually runs until 9:30, I will dvr the special on the t.v. in the bedroom and watch it before I fall asleep.  Bonnie Hunter hasn't done Quilt Cam since she went to Austria, so I'm sure she will have all kinds of neat stories to tell while she sews!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A few pics

Here's a pic of my new nativity scene, with the live addition of a cat, before the sheep had a baaa-d day.
I needed to get down to Edwardsville to do a little shopping.  Yesterday I really wanted to go, but the weather would not cooperate.  This was what it looked like all day, all night, and even into this morning:
The fog was so bad during the day, and so bright, that it actually hurt my eyes to drive!  I was glad to see it disappear this afternoon, finally.

Tonight I made it out to get my shopping done.  There are still a few things I need, but I can get them from Wal Mart.

Here's a couple pictures of my ceramic village all set up:

It makes me happy.

My dog

Does anyone remember last year at Christmas how my dog, Ivy, ate one of the wise men from my Nativity Scene?  Well, I have a brand new Nativity Scene this year.  The figures are much larger than the ones I had for years, so I didn't think Ivy would bother them.  Yeah.  Right.

We now have a three legged, no-eared sheep.

And no, Ivy is not a sheepdog.  Just a mutt.  With a taste for mutton.  (or plaster of paris)


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cookie monster

That's what I felt like this weekend. I baked a lot of cookies and still have dough in the fridge for a batch tomorrow.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Snow day!

We have snow!  About eight inches of the white stuff!  Love it, love it, love it! 

Johanna was supposed to have her pinning ceremony last night but it was cancelled due to weather.  We had a party at the house that turned out very nice.  Although we would have liked to have gone to the ceremony, it was still a special evening.

I'm kind of groggy today because it was a late night.  Going to start baking some cookies later this afternoon.  Tomorrow we are going to get our tree, which I am excited about.

Johnathon helped me finish the village by putting all the people and trees in place.  I will be taking pics and posting them soon.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A bit of a sewing haiatus

Not sure I spelled 'haiatus' correctly, but you know what I mean...  I'm taking a well deserved break and not feeling guilty at all about it.  Going to pick back up here soon, though.  My sister in law asked me yesterday to make a quick quilt for her grandmother in the nursing home.  I told her I would do it if she brought me the pieces already cut.  The quilting will have to be all straight line.  Gemma is supposed to reach the factory for her repairs today.  I'm watching the UPS tracking online.  Hope to have her back soon, but whatever it takes, I just want her fixed.

Have done a lot of online shopping for the holiday.  Still have a little bit to get at the stores, plus need to do some baking.  Would like to do the baking next week after work.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cold snap

In the middle of a cold snap.  Temp is 15 degrees right now and supposed to go down around 4 degrees.

Monday, December 9, 2013

It starts...

Today I started putting my Christmas village up.  It will take a few days.  Here are just a few of the houses we got down from a shelf in the closet.  I have lots of work to do, but when it's all done, it's so worth it.

Countdown to graduation!

After years of hard work, our darling daughter is going to graduate from college with her nursing degree!  She is not walking in the actual ceremony for graduation, but is participating in the 'pinning' ceremony for the nursing students.  I'm so proud of her and excited for her to be starting this new journey.  We are going to have a little party for her after the ceremony, which I'm also excited about.

I have to get my lighted house display all set up by next weekend so it's ready for the party, too.  That's going to take my time after work all week, so I doubt I will be doing any sewing.  After finishing all those quilts for the nursing homes, I'm ready for a short break!  I tallied up 15 hours of sewing in two days!  (and I secretly loved it!)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A time to rest

I finished all of the nursing home quilts tonight.  14 total.  I'm ready for a nap.  Pics to come soon.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Time for bed

I just finished watching The Sound of Music live on t.v.  It was a very good rendition of the original.  Julie Andrews is unparallelled, of course, but Carrie Underwood did a beautiful job, as did the rest of the cast.  I am not sure of her name, but the woman who played Mother Superior has a magnificent voice. 

I didn't sew tonight.  Was going to try and get some sewing in before the show started, but ended up stopping at Uncle Rays and taking him out to dinner.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Anticipating bad weather

The weather service is predicting some bitter cold and icy/snowy weather the next couple of days.  Sure wish I could just stay home and sew instead of having to go to work! 

I guess I'm a sucker for some things, but tonight I'm looking forward to watching on t.v. the tree lighting in Rockefeller Center in New York.  Tomorrow night I am planning to watch "The Sound of Music" live.  Then, hopefully some time soon I can catch "It's a Wonderful Life".  That will really get me in the Christmas spirit!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Boxed up

The box came today from Nolting for me to send Gemma in for repairs. I have packed her up and will be sending her on her way before the week is out. I quilted another nursing home quilt tonight on the old Kenmore. Gotta love that old dependable machine.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Making good progress

I have five of the nursing home quilts completely done.  Tonight I finished up the quilting on the purple one and bound it, then I put the binding on one of the quilts that was done on Gemma.  Things are moving right along...

Beautiful lights

Last night Ev and I took my dad and step mother out to a little town about 30 miles away called Woburn.  There is a family that puts together a spectacular display of Christmas and holiday scenes on their property.  Here's what one of them looked like.  They are about 6' across and 4' tall.

What NOT to do with the sweet potatoes

So over the Thanksgiving holiday we went to my mom's for dinner.  We had the bird in the oven and had the sweet potatoes all ready to go into the oven in a pyrex dish.  The dish was sitting on top of her electric stove, along with other casseroles and the pot of potatoes in water that needed to be boiled for mashed potatoes.  Mom turned on the burner for the mashed potatoes and we sat down for a minute.  Well, she had accidently turned on the burner that was under the pyrex dish of sweet potatoes!  She got it off the burner but when it started to cool sitting on the counter on a hot pad, the dish burst.  Glass and syrup and sweet potatoes make quite a mess, in case you were wondering....  Oh well, no one was hurt and we cleaned up the mess.  Not having sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving wasn't the worse thing in the world.

On the fast track

I am working hard on getting those quilts done for the nursing homes!  Over the weekend I finished two and almost finished a third.  I have two more to quilt and bind, and then 6 that just need binding that were done on Gemma.  I should be able to get them fnished. 

I was informed that another person went into the nursing home recently from our church.  They may or may not get a quilt, it just depends.  As long as I get the 12 done that were originally promised, I will feel good.

Sorry for not posting pictures, but I want to have a 'grand showing' when they are all done!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving travel

We were out of town for a couple days but back home now. Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. When we got home Istarted quilting one of the nursing home tops and was able to get it finished. There is light at the endof the tunnel!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tonight's progress

 I brought this sewing machine into the kitchen and cleaned and oiled it.  Then I thought it probably should be sewn on for a while.  I'm going to give it to my friend, Mary.  She wants to learn to quilt!  I will be seeing her on Friday and will give it to her then.
This is what I pieced together on the machine tonight.  It's the center for the final nursing home quilt.  It does need borders, but that's a lot closer to finished than it was last night. 

I called Nolting today and they are sending me a box for Gemma.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Preparing for shipment

I have Gemma off the carriage, and the front and back handles removed.  She is ready to be shipped.  Except the box I thought was the box she came in and that I have been saving all this time isn't the right box.  It's too small.  Sigh.  So now I have to call Nolting in the morning and have them ship me a box.

I am kind of proud of myself for getting her all ready to ship though.  It was a bit intimidating when I started, but I have to say the design of this machine is really user friendly.

Since I still have to get the nursing home tops done if I have time, I went ahead and pieced together some backings for the tops that are done.  Still need to make one more top.  Will go ahead and pin baste them, I guess and just run some straight lines down them for the quilting on my domestic machine.

A screeching halt

That's what I've come to.  A screeching halt.  Just got off the phone with Nolting and Dan said it sounds like the motor is giving out.  Sigh.  Well, I have to pack her up and send Miss Gemma to Hiawatha, Iowa to have her motor replaced.  I'm half tempted to go home and pack her up right this minute and get her sent immediately so I can get her back real soon!  The turn around time is only a day for the repairs, but the travel time for the machine is going to be a few days.  I'm thinking if I can get it packed up and sent off tomorrow they will have her on Monday of next week.  Will just have to get it done.

I'm not even going to attempt to do any more sewing on it because if the motor is dying, it may mess up the intellestitch, so that's just the way it is.  I'm done.  I'll see what I can do on the nursing home quilts on my domestic machine, but honestly, if I don't get them done before the 8th of December, they will be ready for next year.  It may even be a relief to not have to worry about them at this point.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A bit of trouble

I know Nolting will be able to fix me up, probably with a five minute phone call, so I'm not really complaining, but it is a bit of an aggravation to have the machine acting up.  Not it seems like the motor speeds up and slows down, even in non stitch regulated mode. 

I was able to finish up the two tops that were embroidery blocks, so at least I got something accomplished this weekend.  Really wanted to finish three total, but I'm pretty tired and probably wouldn't have gotten a third one done anyway.  Might go up to the sewing room later tonight and piece a couple backs if I feel like it.  Hey, worse comes to worse I will quilt the rest of the tops on the domestic machine if I have to.  But I sincerely doubt it will come to that.

I have some clam chowder simmering on the stove.  Today the temperature didn't even get above freezing, so it was a good day for soup.    Ev and I went with a few people to Edwardsville to the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant to watch the Bears and Rams game.  Ugh.  Bears lost.  I have a few wings left over that are calling my name...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Times two

This morning I pieced a large piece of material together so that it would be big enough for two tops.  Loaded it up on Gemma and quilted away!  I finished one top and have it still rolled up on the take up roller and started a second top.  These two are the ones I was apprehensive about.  They are the embroidery blocks.  So far, though, quilting them has gone well. 

I am having a bit of an issue with Gemma.  The machine is doing some funky things in stitch regulated mode.  Not sure what's going on but also not going to worry about it.  Nolting is such a fantastic company, I know that I can call them and get a lot of help over the phone if necessary. 

It's really getting cold here.  Down into the teens tonight.  Winter is on it's way!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A quilting we will go

Came home from work and started right away quilting the third nursing home top.  Got it all quilted tonight!  That made me feel pretty good.  Only ten more to go...

Got my hair cut tonight after work.  Feels good to have it cut a little different. 

Really foggy here.  Supposed to get colder.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A finish and a start

I finished quilting the first green nine patch quilt and started loading the second one tonight.  Have to keep moving on these puppies!  It's crunch time!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Mom thing

That's what I have been doing - the Mom thing.  Darling daughter tells me she has to get her wisdom teeth out.  She tells me this at the end of last year.  Now, she is an adult (at least she keeps telling me she is, with all of her 23 years of wisdom) so I give her information about who to call and all that good stuff and tell her it would be a good idea to get it done over Spring Break.  Hmm.  Spring Break comes, Spring Break goes, and she still has wisdom teeth.  Then I gently suggest she get it done over the Summer Break from college.  Summer comes, Summer goes, but the wisdom teeth remain.  Now, I tell this lovely young woman the facts are this - dental coverage from Dad's plan ends when you graduate college - in December.  Get the appointments made and get it done.  Hmmmm. 

What do you suppose happens over the past couple days?  The wisdom teeth flair up and she is in pain.  So now it's a scramble to get an appointment before the end of the year so she will be covered by insurance (do you know it's around $500 a tooth for an extraction without insurance?  yikes!).  Her extractions are scheduled for December 30th.  Cutting it close?  Yes.  Am I happy it's the day before New Year's Eve and she won't be able to party?  Take a guess...

Nothing new

Didn't have anything new to post yesterday, really.  When I got off of work I went to the grocery store and picked up a small beef roast and some hamburger.  I made beef roast and gravy, mashed potatoes, and a pea casserole for dinner.  I also made a huge pot of chili.  It was funny because while the chili was cooking I kept thinking I had forgotten an ingredient.  And I had - the peppers!  It wasn't a big deal because it still had a long time to cook.

I also picked up a turkey while I was at the grocery store because they were dirt cheap if you spent $25, and with buying the beef and hamburger, spending that much was a given.  I put the bird in the freezer where he will just have to mellow out until it's time for a big ol' turkey dinner!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday stuff

Yesterday I finished up the one quilt on the frame and loaded a second one.
Once again, I compromised on my goal to put feathers all over the nursing home quilts.  I did put feathers all over the first one, but the time it took was just too much.  So I'm going to make sure I have some feathers, in this case in the border, on each quilt.  I'm doing a simple meander on the inner part of this quilt.

I wanted to use some of the YLI thread I purchased in Paducah, mostly because I had a pretty sage color that would have looked very nice, but it kept breaking on me.  This happened with the other YLI thread I tried before.  I even put in a smaller needle, but it still broke.  I'll keep trying another time, but I just don't have the time to do it now, so I switched back to the Connecting Threads cotton thread that I have such good luck with.

I did decide to quit using the stitch regulator as such a crutch.  Going to have to master that too, so I started with this quilt.  Here's a close up of some of the quilting in the border. 
When I was working on the previous quilt I kept getting these little specks on the quilt that I couldn't figure out what they were.  It was suggested that they might be excess oil mixed with dirt and that I should take the cover off the side of the machine head and wipe it out.  I did that, but there really didn't seem to be that much excess oil in there.  Here's what it looks like inside the head of my Nolting.
I always find seeing how things work interesting.  Pretty neat.

Last night Ev and I went to see the movie "Captain Philip" with Tom Hanks.  It was a very good movie and I would recommend it. 

I had made a big pot of chicken rice soup last night and today I made stuffed peppers.  We have something to choose from for a couple days at least.

Tonight I was sitting in the front room just enjoying a cup of tea in one of my favorite cups.  Now what isn't to like about this?
Haha...  I had some of the tea I got when I met a friend a few weeks ago and we visited a tea shop.

Had some scary weather today.  We were lucky not to have any tornadoes, but they had them to the south and east of us.  It was extremely windy here and we did get some rain and a bit of hail.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

In the home stretch

Almost done with the first quilt of feathers!  Less than one pass to go and it will be ready to come off the frame.  I went downstairs and did some sewing this morning for an hour.  Ev's finally up and moving so we are going to grab a bite to eat.  Probably going to head out to Lowe's then to pick up the stuff to put a railing on the front steps and have to stop and get a chicken to make chicken rice soup tonight.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday night funk

Well, I wanted to get downstairs and finish up the quilt, but got sidetracked.  I wasn't feeling very well this afternoon at work and ended up coming home early.  Went to bed for a while, then got up and ate a bowl of soup.  I'm just taking it easy now and I don't want to go downstairs and get cold.  So, I'm hoping tomorrow morning I'll feel better and get some quilting done.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another hour in the books

Tonight after work I came home and made dinner then went downstairs and sewed for an hour on Gemma.  I was thinking earlier that I would push to get the quilt done tonight, but I made one pass of lots and lots (and lots!) of feathers.  Once I turned the quilt I put more feathers in the side borders and started to do the bottom border but I just ran out of steam.  There's one pass left and this quilt will be ready to be bound.  Tomorrow is another day.  I will say this, the feather motifs are becoming a bit easier each time I work on them.

A compromise on my goal

Okay, as you may or may not know, I set a goal for myself that I would quilt feather motifs on every one of the quilts for the nursing homes.  13 quilts filled with feathers, good or bad.  Well, I found out today that the date I need to have them done by is a week earlier than I previously thought!  Argh.  So now I'm scrambling.  I've decided that I'm going to continue along making them with feathers, but after Thanksgiving weekend I'll start doing a simple quilting design just to get them done.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Did some more quilting

I went downstairs and worked on quilting the first nursing home quilt some more.  The feathers in the borders were easier than I thought to do because I had a defined space to work in.  It was a little more challenging for me to do an all over feather pattern across the top with the nine patch and plain blocks.  I'm not completely satisfied with what I did in these areas so far, but it's okay.  Not great, but okay.  And these are my practice feather quilts, so I am at least learning how to make feathers.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I. Made. Feathers.

The first try at feathers really wasn't too bad.  Except for the fact that the tension was bad on the back and I had to pick a whole section (second picture shows some of the stray threads...) I feel pretty good about them.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Load 'em up!

Managed to choose and piece two backs for the nursing home quilts today.  I loaded up one of the tops and backs on Gemma.  It's all ready to go! 
The backing is the darker green.  I didn't have quite enough so there is a chunk of the lighter green border fabric attached to the backing.  I think it will work just fine.

Here's the next one in line for Gemma:
And I'm still not very confident about doing feathers....  I'm determined to do them, though!

Really enjoying the new furniture addition.  We bought it at Lowe's and I will warn anyone interested in getting one - it comes in a LOT of different pieces.  Took the hubster and son all afternoon yesterday to put it together.  But it sure was worth it.  Makes the room all warm and cozy.  And we need that tonight.  Rainy and cold.  Might even see some snow flurries! 

I just hope when my hubby comes home from work he realizes that the smoke smell is from the popcorn I burned and not the new electric fireplace...  oops.

I done did it

Yup.  Here's the finished quilt.  And I have to say that looking at these pictures, the quilting doesn't look all that bad!

And here's a view of the Old Lake.  Most of the Fall foliage has faded, but I still think it's a pretty lake.  I love to ride out there and just take in the calmness of the water.
My husband and son spent most of yesterday afternoon putting together this:
Our t.v. used to sit on an old coffee table that I had to put metal "L" brackets on to hold it together!  This unit is a combination t.v. stand and electric fireplace.  I love it!  Oh, and see the wall hanging behind the t.v.?  I guess it's time to switch that to something Fall related.  But I do like 'Joseph's Tulips'.

Hope everyone has a nice Veteran's Day!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday (almost) finish

I finished quilting the butterfly quilt and have the label on it and the binding on one side.  I hope to get upstairs to finish the binding yet tonight.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Before work play

I was up about half an hour earlier than normal, because Ivy had it in her head that there was something outside she had to investigate immediately.  When I went to let her back in the house I wanted to go get a picture of the quilt on Gemma for the blog.  Well, I was down there and had a half hour, so I figured why not sew?  So I sewed!

Again, please keep in mind that this is not my best work.  I just want this quilt done.  But it's not really that bad, I'm just my own worse critic sometimes!  I got it almost all the way finished when I ran out of bobbin thread!  It will take about five more minutes and it will be ready to come off the frame.  Hope to get that done tonight before I go out with friends, but if not, for sure tomorrow. 

Have a three day weekend and would like to get a few of the nursing home quilts quilted.

On another note, I have become a bit obsessed with acquiring new sheets!  Yesterday I was in Wal Mart and texted this pic to Ev asking which flannel sheet set he preferred:

He picked the dark plaid, so that's what I bought.  I kind of liked the wilderness scene, but not so much that I would get both sets right now.  We already have one set of flannel sheets and really like them!  Since this bed isn't heated like the waterbed was, I can put flannel sheets on and we don't get too warm!

Happy Friday everyone!