Monday, April 21, 2014

QUIET EASTER AND SOME SEWING

I hope everyone had a nice Easter Sunday and took a moment to remember why we have this day....I know we did take a few moments to reflect about the season....

Our day was a quiet one...2 of my kids were going to be busy, one with getting a boat ready for the summer season on the water and the other was going fishing for the weekend....Me? I was at my other daughters home visiting with my grandkids as well as my daughter and son in law...

Later in the afternoon my daughter was working on scrapbooking and my granddaughter was working on her jewelry making and I was working on my hand sewn posies for my quilts....all the while we discussed anything that came to mind....just a nice easy afternoon....oh yes the guys were doing their thing too lol....

Today I am going to make an effort to get a quilt I have been working on finishing quilting that has been on the table for months....I am so tired of looking at it but yet I have not finished it....LAZY???? maybe but today I am going to try to finish it so I can bind it and be done with it....

Quilt meeting is coming in about 10 days so will need something to work on...maybe bind that quilt lol....that is a goal to work for ....right???....

For now I need some lunch so happy quilting to you all....more later.....

Friday, April 18, 2014

MINI GRANDMOTHERS FLOWER GARDEN PICTURE

It has been a busy week for me...I had errands to run, more than usual plus I went shopping one day with my daughter and now I am tired and need a couple days to recoup lol....but it was a good time to be out...no snow or rain just sun mixed with warm and cool breezes lol....

I finally got a picture of the mini grandmothers flower garden quilt I have been working on....
I have about 7 more rows to add and maybe I might add a row wider...more on that later....I haven't decided if I want to put a plain border on it and applique a vine or not...I haven't done much applique so far so it could end up a challenge...

I always have something lined up to work on whether I am home or visiting with my family....
now is no exception lol....there are several different posies ready for  half of the white that goes around each one ready to work on...there are some small ones and some large flowers too....I forgot to add that I am making another one with the big flowers....that will be the 3rd one...before I am done with hexes I think every immediate family member will get one someday lol....

While back I ordered small yardage of fabric I thought I would like and I do and have waited for it to go on sale....
I have a favorite block from quilter cache that I seem to like its star pattern and a 9 patch combo....I have made several runners with the pattern and now I want to make a full quilt using this fabric as the color surrounding the stars which will be blues and purples with very light gray background....I have all the fabric except more yardage of this...as of today I have that now...so any time I can get started on a new quilt top....like I really need to lol...the picture doesn't do the fabric justice but it wont be left whole anyway...the biggest piece will be 3 1/2 inches big so it wont look like this when finished..

Hopefully I am getting back into my sewing now so I can get a lot more done...I really got behind this winter.....got lots of ideas for future project too to work out of my head...happy sewing and more later......

Sunday, April 13, 2014

TRYING OUT A NEW-OLD BLOCK

Saturday evening I had the opportunity to go into the city with my daughter and son in law...I really enjoyed the evening but came home very tired....I had a lot of  places I needed to go for supplies and got them all done....even a trip to the grocery store for things I cant get here in town....

I have been playing around with a block from an old quilt mag from the 1980's called Deweys dream quilt....I thought I would make up some and see how it would look in a quilt...

then I got curious so I searched the name and found several variations lol...all of them a lot different from each other so I guess I will call my quilt a name and leave 'Dewey' out of it lol.....I think I will be able to use up a lot of my 1 1/2 inch strips leftover from projects in this...I may have to use fresh solids to co ordinate them though, I probably wont have scraps of them big enough....

My plan is to make maybe 1 each night or a few a week till I get what I want them put them together so we shall see how it works out....

It is a rainy afternoon today so I have planned to wash and iron some fabric and get it off the dining room chair...I have too much clutter sitting around right now and its bugging me....

Ok its time to get out of here and get on with my day (got up late today to start with) got to make up for time lost lol.....more later....

Friday, April 11, 2014

GETTING BACK TO SEWING

I am trying to get back into sewing again....since surgery I tire easily so I have not been eager to start things or even finish for that matter....

Before I went to hospital I was concentrating on using up orphan blocks into something useful so logical things were potholders...my family could use them...I have kept them supplied through the years...here are a couple sets I did then....

On my machine when I came home were these sets of strings that I am making to be cut into 2 1/2 strips lengthwise later to go around a block...

I cant tell ya how many blocks I have at the moment they are packaged up and I don't want to go through the big baskets of blocks to find them...I just know I don't have many to go and I can put them all together for a top...
I found a picture already in the archives of the block...I don't have to tell ya though it is going to be a striking top...

On the subject of my health I am doing ok...even my digestion is better than It has been most of my life....I am just tired a lot but according to my granddaughter (she went through this 2 years ago)...I am doing good and being tired is part of it....lol....now if I could just get my back to be ok ...but that is another story lol.....more later....