Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SCRAP ISN'T ALWAYS FABRIC

No you aren't seeing giant snowballs...I admit they look like it though....I finally got the 'grinder' going and shredded 2 years off my life....never to be seen again in paper......I still have a couple more years to go....speaking of paper......
I took the time to cut off usable blank paper on the  pages and look at how much scrap paper I have to use when I am figuring sewing and other projects...Those aren't single sheets either those are several sheets stapled together...there is so much paper wasted in letters and at the end of bills its a shame to run through the shredder or throw away...These will be put to good use cause I use a tremendous amount of scrap while figuring quilts and other sewing and I hate to buy paper lol when I find oodles like this.......will have some sewing pics later when I get them organized and maybe a quilt laid out too...we will see....more later...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SIZE MATTERS

While sitting at my sewing table I started digging in my clothes basket of blocks...I like stars so I grabbed this bag...after analyzing it...I noticed it has odd size squares...this could be a lesson here ...now all of my cut squares are 'standard' quilt sizes...why did I cut these odd?
In the picture notice that size is 1 3/4 in squares...normally I would not do that but I think I had some leftover pieces I wanted to make stars and this was the size it took...but it will call for a lot more cutting of new fabric instead of using partial strips already cut...not a good plan....so I will try to think up something to do with them without too much more work with them....good lesson to learn if wanting to use scrap...

I worked with my graph paper last night on my 'new' block and came up with 2 varieties...gotta make the other block today and with a little luck you will see pics nex time...

I have groceries to get sometime today and  hopefully I will get to the quilt meeting tomorrow...missed the last 2...so lots to do today....more next time.....

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CAN A NEW BLOCK BE MADE?

I took this picture out of archives today..its an original I dreamed up one afternoon couple years ago with the size scraps I had.....now I am trying to make a new block with scraps I have using more different size squares and rectangles....can a person make a new block or have they all been made lol....Not wanting to get too involved with a defined quilt of sorts at this time ...I want something I can have fun with....I cant believe just how much small yardage I have...its prettly well stacked at the front of my work table...the goal is to use off those piles first but somehow they get bigger not smaller lol..

I laid awake for 2 hours last night trying to envision a block and when I found it useless I got up and machine quilted a small runner before going back to bed...

I've been kind of lazy so far today...I guess I am sleepy because of lack of sleep I got last night...got some laundry to do when I final get going....got binding to put on 2 small items now....I found some half finished potholders buried on the table too that I could work on....not to mention the big clothes basket of block bags I have to finish...and the list goes on.....more later.....

Saturday, July 29, 2017

TO EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS SEWING?

Its been a busy weekend so far....some of those Christmas blocks I tore up are now remade into this little topper...I used some of the squares for the outside border too...I wasn't sure I was going to be able to quilt on my little machine as the last time it threw a huge temper tantrum and wouldn't sew right...after messing with it 6 months ago I left it alone  before I had a stress fit.

Well this week I decided to see if it was over it...I adjusted the tension again and low and behold it wanted to quilt... but I am sooooo out of practice...tonight I tackled it again and made a lot of mistakes and had to rip out a lot but finally got it done...now its ready for a binding...maybe tomorrow...

I'm trying to get back to the sewing I did before but after 6 months of not sewing ya know its like starting over lol....

The rest of the weekend so far I have made a big batch of potato salad and homemade cookies....made homemade pizza Friday night with the leftovers from homemade spaghetti sauce.....do ya get the hint I did a lot of homemade cooking this week  hahaha.....

Ok i'm tired so that's why the humor I get a little crazy when I am tired....but its a good tired because I was sick the whole month of June with Shingles and still being bugged by the after effects...soo its off to lay down and watch tv before I doze off.....more later

Friday, July 28, 2017

PIZZA FROM LEFTOVERS

This was my supper tonight...homemade pizza made from homemade spaghetti sauce I had leftover from night before.....it almost didn't happen lol....got out my  great pizza pan (I swear it makes great pizzas)...got the dough spread out and when I looked at the sauce it had cooked down more than I thought...looked for pizza sauce in cabinet...none....so grabbed some tomato paste...that worked...got the cheese and yikes not very much...so made do...no other cheese around...this isn't my best one but it tastes good lol ...

I have been doing some sewing...I had torn up some sewn together 2 in squares, Christmas fabrics and decided to remake something with them....the table topper looks pretty good so far...its ready for quilting...

I worked on my little machine I quilt on to see if it got over its bullen streak...last time it skipped stitches on me...I think I have it fixed so maybe over the weekend I will quilt it then get a pic...

For now going to get another piece of pizza...more later....

Sunday, July 9, 2017

PROJECT WILL GET A NEW START

Today started out not too good the pain in my face was acting up and it was hard to focus on anything but I found a project with 2 in squares, Christmas fabrics that I started last fall....I didn't like it from the beginning to I spent time ripping out stitches till I got it down to 9 patches and 3x4 patch blocks...not sure which route it will take ...maybe 2 ways...

Going to try to do laundry tomorrow at least a load or two even if I have to lay down before it get it put away....sooner or later I will wear out these shingles....just not a lot going on here but trying....more later

Thursday, June 29, 2017

I AM A LOUSY PATIENT,TIRED OF THIS

Yesterday my daughter took me to my regular doctor...my problem has been at a standstill for several days...I wish I could have gone to him first but it was the weekend and he doesn't take patients till Tuesday as his first of the week...instead I settled for a physicans asst.......she misdiagnosed my problem...shingles was  my guess from the beginning....

According to my reg. doctor I truly have shingles and am on my way to healing....how long does it take?...I have had this problem since June 9...
I hope I am able to go to my grandsons wedding July8...if I don't feel better then I wont be going...I tried to buy groceries yesterday and had to let my daughter finish up at the grocery store while I went to the car to sit down...just too weak...

I am going to try to do a little bit in the house today and doc says I have to eat more...I have lost 12 lb since this started...I know I haven't been eating just no appetite..

Ok I have rattled on about this so for now this catches me up and not much more going on except I do a little hand sewing when my headache isn't too bad....hopefully more later.....

Monday, June 26, 2017

4 MORE ROWS OF HEXES TO GO

Today when I was sewing more hex flowers on my flower quilt...I was thinking I only had 2 more rows to go and it will be time for the fill-in sections..but then I happen to do some figuring and I had forgotten that I had added 2 more flowers on the end of every row so that threw off the length f the quilt...soooo I have 4 rows to do before I get ready for the fill-ins....I have a lot more flowers to make lol....

I have been wondering what color to make the border on this quilt and I think its going to be an aqua color...there is a lot of that color in the quilt...It shouldn't overpower it being its only 1 hexie wide surrounded by the beige background...actually the way I see it it should help accent the aqua...beige and aqua always look good together...

Well I am extra tired tonight....I have been up all day not doing much and my headache is very bothersome but I tried to ignore it....Wednesday I go back to the doc...I lost my voice yesterday and so far today I cant talk either lol....so I have this bug yet....ok off to bed.....more later....

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SOMETIMES LOOKING BACK IS GOOD

Yesterday I must have felt better because I was rummaging around in the sewing room and ran across the 2 yellow envelopes of doll patterns I made when dressing the Salvation Army dolls about 15 years ago.....

In the picture is one of the dolls I dressed for them and my own pattern for the dress...they gave us the basic pattern if you wanted more you made your own patterns....I had fun making those dresses and this week I needed the boost of seeing them to help me feel like I am worth something....it has not been a good week...my headache has not let up since June 9 when I first got sick and I am basically still sick and will go to doc this week for more meds....I keep trying to do things here at home but after awhile my headache starts pounding so then I have to lay down for awhile...I have also been worried that the rash is going to leave scarring on my face ..it has healed a lot but there are still half dollar size places that have not....this is the worse sinus infection I have ever had and they don't seem to be draining any...

Ok I have rattled on enough...more of a vent after I got started but maybe I needed that too....good day....more later....

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A LITTLE QUILT WITH A STORY

When looking through my photo albums yesterday I found this little quilt...a little story came to mind....

My mother in law was a long time quilter and lived on a farm..one of her egg customers was a big shot in the old Princess Peggy factory that made house dresses in Peoria, Illinois in the 1940-50's...she often brought my MIL fabric sample sheets...my MIL would use them in a quilt....

One day she gave me some sheets she didn't want....I moved them from place to place wondering what I was going to do with them ... my hubby told me to throw them out...I couldn't do that lol...

One day several years later I finally said' today I will make a quilt with these little 1 inch things'...my daughter likes old things and I had her in mind when I started...I had to find sashing and borders with something that looked very old...When it was done I told her about it ..She remarked 'I love it and it looks like it had been drug through a rainstorm and had weathered'....so I guess you would say it was a success lol....

One thing for sure I don't think I will ever make another one that ends up less than 1 inch squares.....but then I also say 'never say never'.......more later.....

Monday, June 19, 2017

THINKING OF QUILTS

Yesterday I thought I should start staying up more because I am finding it harder to sleep now that I am a little better...
So I spent some time hand sewing posies on my flower garden quilt...My mind wanders all over while I am doing that and one of the topics went back to all the quilt tops I have waiting to be quilted....It wont be long and I will have this flower garden quilt top done and I really need to get a quilt laid out and quilted....But which one?...I have an 8 ft. closet in the sewing room and it is jam packed with quilt tops all hanging up smushed together...

I have been looking at pictures of quilts tops, mine and other pictures of quilts I have collected and put in a file for future ideas trying to get in the mood to quilt when I feel much better....I might even review some on here a time for two too...but for now I am going to finish my coffee and see if I can get a load of towels in to wash and maybe move around more.....more later.....

Sunday, June 18, 2017

SOMEWHAT BETTER

Well I am still sick but I do believe I am getting somewhat better....trying to stay up longer now...my face blisters and swelling is still there but fading...what really gets me is the headache on that side of my head....it really really hurts...the meds I took were the ones that you only have 6 tabs then you are done but the med works on...I am sure I have had the same med only stronger...I just wonder if she didn't give me the lower strength....

I called and made appt. at my reg doc to go when my daughter gets back from vacation so she can take me...and see what is going on with this....its beginning to worry me...

Today I boiled a couple chicken thighs and cooked noodles in the broth...that really tasted good to me...enough for tomorrow too...was a good move...

We had a storm over night that knocked out power ...now my florescent lights (3) in the kitchen are just working at 1/3 power....I think it must have done something to the starting mechanism or else it tried to blow out one of the bulbs... gotta have someone look at that ....what else is going to go wrong...oops forget I said that.....more later....

Thursday, June 15, 2017

9-PATCH BLOCK PATTERN SHOULDN'T BE CLAIMED BY ANYONE WITHOUT HISTORY

I'm going to stick my nose out there for a minute...I read in one of my friends blogs about a lady giving her a bad time for making a quilt in the pattern the woman was going to publish in a book and take claim for the pattern...its a very old pattern and I think she needs to do more history on the block instead of claiming it as hers....heres mine...
 
 
 
 
 

...I have been making this pattern for over 40 years, a simple pattern that really doesn't need claimed by anyone...
...I have more but no more pics in pc....and I am not sure but I think I have a couple bags of odd 9 patch blocks ready for sashed....more later....

P.S. Oops I forgot....just look at the labels on the side for more 9 patch things I forgot I had on here...

 

 

I CANT WIN, SICK AGAIN ONLY WORSE

I haven't been around if you follow then you noticed...I have been a sick puppy....I developed a very bad sinus infection...and that same germ infected my face on the left side with shingle like lesions and blisters from my eye to my chin....you cant believe how painful its been...the worst started on Friday and was full bloom on Sunday morning....my daughter took me to the clinic on Sunday that stays open for faster service than I could get with my doc....got a shot and tabs...I take the last one tomorrow ...I hope that is all I need....my face is still swollen with a few blisters..i have a nose like a prize fighter that lost lol...the big water blister under my eye I think is all gone now...I can see a little better....I still have a major headache on that side though...worried still about that...

So there has been no sewing except for a few petals on my flower garden quilt flowers but that is all I felt like doing...my gums are still sore so eating light still...just not much else to talk about right now....more later...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

HATS, HATS AND MORE HATS AND SCARVES

Today I thought I would post pictures of the knitting I did over winter this year...I decided to clean out all my leftover yarn I had accumulated in the past and do something with it.....sooo I made 30 single hats and 20 scarf and hat sets...the first pic shows the single hats that will go to the mens homeless shelter in the city and the second pic shows the sets...some of which will be Christmas presents for my family and the rest will go to the Salvations Army family unit in the city....
 
 

I really didn't realize I had so much yarn but they will all be out of here by Christmas this year then I will have space in my closet....This was my project from Jan.1 to April 30 this year....

I sure don't seem to be setting the world on fire today...Call it laziness or just haven't got started...I don't know which it is but I need to overcome it and get busy....

I have been scanning ideas for quilts and other sewing this morning so that is at least something...and I also added a couple blocks to my flower garden quilt...I am on the last 4 rows of it before I start the fill ins and the border...

My mind was wandering while sewing about getting a quilt laid out to quilt...that is the only way I am going to really get involved back in my sewing...more on this later....and more later....