Showing posts from April, 2011

checking in

It has been quite a week. I cannot say that I will be sad to say goodbye to April. at this point. Between the horrendous weather, a morning spent at the doctor's office, DJ's birthday, home duties to tend to I have not been very motivated after the sew-in. Understandable, I guess

I have been asked if my quilt group is okay. As far as I know, yes. I have not heard from a couple of the girls but judging by the storm's track none of us was in the direct line of fire. Some power outages and trees down but not on anyone's house. So minor compared to what others are going through. We are all saddened by the fatalities the state suffered, 9 in our county alone. Please continue to hold those affected up in prayer.

Above, left--This is what I SHOULD be working on. Well, at least the top is finally done. Trust me, I had my doubts for a while there. I pinned the giftie at the sew-in first thing but have not touched it since other than to switch out machines. I gue…

we're fine

I had intended to post some pictures from our sew-in for my next post----and I will in a day or two but that is not what is on my heart today. Distant friends, family and my blog readers may be wondering...............

Yesterday the State of Alabama went through the worst weather outbreak of tornadoes they have ever experienced. The weather guy says a "once in a lifetime weather event" and compared it to another similar outbreak from April 1974. Other states were involved, don't get me wrong, but I think Alabama bore the brunt of it. It may not be done yet as this heads to the East Coast and Atlantic Seaboard. You can read about it HERE or possibly you have read about it in your own local paper since it is on the AP wire. Or it may have made the national news blurbs. There is video on You Tube HERE of some of what we were seeing yesterday in weather coverage. There is also good information on the ABC 3340 weather blog HERE, a source that I use often.

Often when…

finished to flimsy

I just finished taking the last stitches on the borders of the FAB bday giftie---woohoo! Finished to flimsy.

Nope, can't show it till we have the reveal. For a variety of reasons, another birthday has been pushed back a month when hopefully everything has calmed down and we can all be in one spot, one weekend in early June. Still, I want to get this moved on to the recipient sooner than later as I have other things on the horizon.

I'll pull some backing in a bit but it is doubtful that I will spray baste it and start quilting it this evening. I want to do a little maintenance on the machine before I swap out for the one I use to quilt. Truth be told, the Brother is way past due for a service call but it will not happen this week. Or next.

Tomorrow my quilt group is having an all day sew-in. We used to do it for two full days and kind of got out the habit in recent years. We can work on whatever we want to but I plan on spray basting the giftie first and then focusin…

WIP Weds

Another day with waves of thunderstorms rolling in. I have powered down the computer twice already and elected NOT to even get started on the sewing machine for the same reason.

How about marking the next set of embroidery blocks instead? The basket blocks are somewhat monthly or seasonal themed by Cyndi Hoeller of Bee Tree Designs. Normaand I located the design printouts HEREon Flickr but she is currently showing some wonderful child friendly designs on her blog called "Pennies for Rylee".

Since we have done some embroidery in red (Alex Anderson's 12 Days of Christmas hearts and flowers) and blue (calendar snowmen) I said "how about green for something a little different?" It is Norma's fav color, after all. A friend of mine had done the blocks in Nancy Martin's Kitties to Stitch and Quilt in green. It turned out wonderfully. I own the book and they show one set of the blocks done up with a triple rail and nine patch sashing, cornerstones in 3…

got yellow?

FAB pal Cher had asked the group for some yellow strips, any length and width. I had raided my 1 1/2, 2 and 2 1/2 inch strips but in the process of digging around should have waited to see what else might be hiding in that large tote on the right. I already mailed a packet to Cher this morning but she may be getting more when I mail out her giftie before long.

One of the errands I ran today was to get a couple more stackable snap totes. I have several of these separating out fabrics by color and/or theme. To this point, the yellows and golds were all lumped in with a portion of the orange, peach and rusts. Not anymore. I filled up a 20 qt like you see on the left with the orange groupings from the big 28 qt container on the right. I am starting to wonder if a 20 qt. is going to be big enough for ALL the yellows. The math does NOT add up..

The basket was just a temporary arrangement containing some recently used yellows that need to go BACK in a container. It is not as f…

no design wall today

Well, I did have something on there but I can't show you yet. Top secret project continues today though I did finish up a segment of it. No, not even a peek.

After tearing up the room on a fabric hunt and messing up the sewing room with strings and foundation piecing papers laying all about, the next thing that happens in here had better be a good cleanup.

I have been bent over the sewing machine for the better part of 5 days so I think tomorrow I will take off, go to lunch with my husband, run a few errands. Maybe some of the hand work on the April button up or hand quilt a bit on my Santa quilt. Yeah, that's the ticket!

WIP Weds

Okay, what I am actually working on , I cannot share since it is a gift and the recipient does follow my blog. I got a bit of the piecing done on Monday but approaching storms necessitated shutting down shop.

Yesterday was quilt meeting so I didn't feel much like working on it last night. It is one of those patterns that require paying attention and follow the pattern step by step. I know better than to sew when I "don't feel like it". I vastly enjoy piecing but the unpiecing, not near as much, don't you? VBG

SO here is one of Lois' wonderful scrappy tops that she brought to the meeting with her. I found the pattern online at's quilting site and ran her off a copy, knowing how we look for scrappy quilt ideas or ideas on using cut squares and strips. This year our hunt is increased since the group is doing a scrap bag challenge! You can find the pattern HERE. I did combine all the pages into a document though to make it easier to print…

Design Wall Monday

"One of these in not like the other" Can you spot it? See end of post for answer.

I put the stitching in high gear Saturday and Sunday afternoon and took the last stitch in the piece about 9:30 last night. So hopefully I will be more careful in trimming the block down to the required 9 inch unfinished square this time around. Here Comes Santa will be officially finished to flimsy in a few minutes from now. Woohoo!

So far my tasks have basically been in the kitchen doing some prep work. Since it looks like we are in for some rain before long (storms are forecast), I may have to grill out for lunch instead of supper. I made some fresh salsa and avocado sauce for the fish tacos and then moved on to cranberry sauce and no bake pumpkin pie for tomorrow's turkey dinner. Normally I would have done the latter tomorrow morning but I have quilt group tomorrow.

This was also laundry day. DJ more or less mans the loading and unloading from the washer and dryer but I deal w…

a start

4 patches are all sewn using the Billie Lauder "two at once" technique. I finished doing the four patch swirl thing with the center seams this morning and then sewed and joined enough blocks to establish the diagonal chaining effect. I am going with a 5 x 7 8 inch block set so looks like 25 more blocks and 5 more rows to go. But I am setting it aside again to sew on the FAB giftie, probably tomorrow.

The fabrics I needed for two projects arrived just before lunch. I did the last bit of cutting for the giftie and then cut the replacement muslin for the Bird Brain block I need to re-do. All marked and ready to roll when I feel more inclined than I do at present.

I am very low energy today mostly because the sinus headache I have had for like 4 days now is still hanging around. As much as I love spring, I could do without the congestion, sneezing and headache deal. My eyes feel like two burn holes in a blanket and I just want to give in and go lay down. It is a little mu…

almost a finish

DJ says "you are missing a block" when I held it up for him to see. I reply "I know. Remember when I told you that I messed up trimming that one down and I have to make another?"

You know, I am tempted to count this as a "finished to flimsy" After all the missing block WAS done and would have been sewn in there if I hadn't messed up and/or could tolerate the lack of seam allowance.

For today, I am going to work on the 4 patch diagonal components that I had been piddling with a month or so ago and set aside. See the picture in this post. This is one of my scrappy bag challenge pieces for Bama Belles and #9 of 11n11.

#10 which also is part of both challenges would be the triple rail blocks I was working on at the quilt meeting was last seen HEREalmost a month ago. We meet on Tuesday and that will be my meeting project again. It will be done at some point, no rush. I guess #11 would be those Puss in the Corner blocks I also have in the progress. …

WIP Weds, wk 14 or 15?

I spent some time cutting yesterday for the sashing bits for Bird Brain Designs "Here Comes Santa" and the giftie as well. Nope, not even a preview of that one!

I told you in my last post that I messed up trimming that "Be Jolly" Santa and that block will need to be re-stitched. BOOO! The good, matching muslin is on its way from Bird Brain. In the giftie's case I did not like one of my fabric choices and ordered something that should work online but the rest is ready to go. Just a little minor cutting will be required when the replacement arrives. I figured I could go ahead and get started sewing anyway but chose the Santa project first.

I didn't think we had any more tulip bulbs out there but lo and behold, two pretty red ones popped up.

..............and whatever this is out. Really I don't know what that plant is and I don't think DJ does either. One of those bulb plants anyway. What does a jonquil look like??

And so it goes around here. …

oh so close!

Redwork or embroidery is often my "go to" project when I don't feel like doing anything else. at a meeting or appointment or just have a short time to stitch.
I stitched a bit on Saturday even though it was NOT on my list. Then being so close to done with this project stitched more on Sunday. I am starting off today with only two more little motifs to go!
These are the cornerstone units for "Here Comes Santa" from Bird Brain Designs found HERE. I could conceivably be trimming down the blocks and cutting the sashing for this tomorrow! Actually that is not a bad idea since I need to cut on the next FAB birthday project too. Got to love it!
Of course, as one stitchery project ends you start thinking about what might be next. I am pretty sure I will get back to the Freckles Snowman Year project. The only thing is that you switch off colors a lot and that makes it a little less portable with the way I have the threads stored. I only have one block (Apr…

officially finished

Spring--- officially finished. Pattern source: Nancy Halvorsen In Season

I even stitched in the word "welcome" this time though it is a little subtle. Thing was, I had stitched down the sleeve thinking I was NOT going to do that part. Oops! Un-sew and then re-sew that part. I am still not entirely sure how she means for you to transfer the lettering when you put the fabric on a light box? Dressmaker carbon?? I wrote it on a band of freezer paper and then tried to copy it directly above or below but I think I just got lucky that it lined up. Any ideas of what to try next time out?

Skyler, up on the plant stand. He gets a good peek at the birds outside thru the little window when the front door is closed. I should also state that there used to be a plant on there but some little furry fellow kept trying to chew on it and got himself in trouble a good bit. Goodbye, plant!

We finally have a nice sunny day after a week of clouds, rain, cold and damp. I was able to giv…

It's official!

5th finish for this latest group of quilts. The binding blitz is complete till I get some tops pinned and quilted. (Daisy Chain designed by Terry Atkinson.) Back from the long arm quilter in late October 2010 so this one really didn't wait all THAT long.

One lone pinned quilt remains with about a 1/4 of it to go. I am still considering some hand quilting in the border on that one. If I DO go that route, it will be awhile before I bind it.

Here is a closeup of some of the fabrics and the fabulous quilting that Susan did for me. Skyler probably would have been giving it the kitty roll of approval but he was napping with DJ in the recliner. Besides that he had gotten quite a bit of rolling when he "helped" me put on the quilt sheets.

So what is next for me you might ask? Maybe you aren't asking but I find it helpful to make a list or at the very least, a mental note

Buttons and embroidery on the In Season "Spring" piece this afternoonHand applique on Apr…

Bday reveal

No, you are NOT seeing double if you saw a previous post with a "twin" to this. I received word that the recipient got her package just in time for her special day so now I can post this.

This was made for my long time online pal Veronica who plans on making a few of these Joined at The Hip projects herself. I asked her to pick a couple that she liked and I would do one of them for her birthday gift. She would know what was coming but not which one. Works for me. I DID ask for a picture of her base so I would know which direction to go fabric wise.

I left off last night with one long side of binding to go on Daisy Chain so my goal for the day is to get the quilt on the bed by tonight. That is an entirely do-able thing!