Wednesday, December 30, 2015

TIP: WHEN SEWING GRANDMOTHERS FLOWER GARDEN QUILT...

While stitching on  my daughters border for her flower quilt this morning i thought about a tip for working on the Grandmothers flower garden quilts....As most of you know that follow my adventures working on these quilts i have added borders to them to make them have more personalities....

The tip is when making the zig zag end of the quilt you can make them in a row before you join them to the quilt....you wont have to worry about if you are getting the right zig in the right spot if you sew starting in the down position and make an odd amount of them such as 5,7 or 9 cause when you turn it one way the first one is either up or down then the opposite end will be the opposite of the first....i hope that makes sense...but it is very helpful believe me so you dont have to guess all the time which way you should start if you are sewing away from the quilt say in a dr. office...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CANDY MAKING TODAY AND A LITTLE SEWING ON THE SIDE

The last two days i have been busy looking for recipes and baking...well not baking but candy making...and i am not done yet....i will go as long as my energy lasts....here is one of the items i have made....Carol's
people chow is what i am calling it...hope the kids like it...its pretty tasty if i do say so....and the other one is homemade turtles....i would have liked to make the carmel from scratch as it would have been softer but i was afraid by the time i got the carmel made i would have stopped there...

I have also been working pretty steady on the borders of my granddaughters flower quilt and happy to say i am almost done...couple more days of steady work and i should be finished....then i can put the borders on both my daughters flower quilts....and in between i am working on the one i am making for myself with all the leftovers....that will be a slow going thing till i get those girls' done...

Well back to the kitchen to make some peanut brittle....i hesitate to say things are going along smooth today but they are and hope to continue....more later....

Sunday, December 20, 2015

FINDING MORE BLOCKS FROM SCRAP

I have been doing more 'little' sewing from the scrap on the table...just minor things like these going to be potholders...I dont know about the rest of the family but i need new ones and they dont have to be fancy...these were leftover partial blocks that i have been chasing around on that table forever so now they will be done up this week sometime..

Also i have been working off and on, on these blocks...cant remember what the name of the block is but i would call it a 9 patch variation...they have all been made from the scrap on the table too at various times....been thinking of making a star block with background all the same with print star of other colors to alternate with these....not sure on that...i am not even sure how big i want the quilt...more on this later....

Healthwise....got more tests in January, added one more when i went for followup at the gastro doc...i have a feeling my insides are going to be recognized more than my outside if they keep going lol....but so far all is well....wish they could cure my arthritis.....

Well gotta run to the store to get some meat...didn't want to cook today but the restaurants will be busy this close to Christmas and i dont want to stand in line to wait to eat....soo....more next time.....

Sunday, December 13, 2015

ANGEL TOPPER --A GIFT FROM MY SWAPPER FRIEND

Isn't this pretty???? ...Beautiful Angel!... It's a topper made by one of my on line quilting friends for Christmas swap i joined....i am thinkng of putting a sleeve on it so i can hang it....i have just the spot for it and i think it would look nice ...

Yesterday wasn't a total loss...i washed up a small load of clothes and another load of dark fabrics and ironed them for my cabinet...

I just havent felt like doing too much...this past week i have had some sort of bug working on me...i think its a sinus infection but so far i am still going...very tired all the time though....so not much is getting done...

Today i hope to change that....i have a lot of fabric that needs washed up so it can be used so this is the game plan....wash a huge load of same color type fabric and dry a few at a time so when i iron them my arm doesn't get so tired....i think this will work better though its kinda slow process but workable...

I have already worked 3 hrs on my grand daughters flower garden quilt....this border is getting to me...for some reason its taking forever to finish...one reason is the Kona white cotton is very stiff to work with....i hate it....the last batch of it got was this way....

I ordered fabric for the background of the last flower garden quilt...MINE....it wont be Kona for sure....i am making sure i got something that is soft to hand sew....one note...when i went to order...it seems most of the other whites in all categories is sold out or has very little yardage...what is going on?????...is the companies not making any or is the public making quilts with all white backs?????.....unbelieveable!!!!

My sewing table is a wreck again...but what should i expect when i am working in there most of the time...i never stick with one thing very long so there is always 3-4 projects going on all the time....

I cant get anything done sitting here so off i go...maybe it will be a very productive day....more later.....

Friday, December 11, 2015

COUPLE ITEMS I ADDED IN CHRISTMAS SWAP BOX

As I posted in the last post....I joined a swap for Christmas and got my box sent out...one of the items I made for my friend was this table topper and mug rug set...I thought the colors were so pretty I almost kept it for
myself...but since my dining table is hardly cleared off I would never see it lol...I also made her a blue cosmetic bag she can use for sewing if she likes when she goes to retreats...I have several I use for quilt meetings...they are very handy...

To catch up  with what is going on with my health...both scopes didn't reveal anything...thank you god...I had a heart doc appointment also during the last month...I have a heart murmur...I had forgotten that I had it....not serious so I am told for the time being but they want to keep an eye on it so it doesn't develop into more trouble...also during this time I had to have 2 pints of blood...my blood count was very low and the doc decided it would be good to build me back up...more tests coming in January...just hope the weather doesn't get too bad then....that is about it for now....more later....

Monday, November 9, 2015

CATCH UP TIME

Catch up time....I have been sewing off and on since my busy week with health things....Yesterday i finally finished the cosmetic bag i have been working on since about 3 weeks ago....all went well...so well it was scary thinking i forgot something lol....i probably should have worked on the other one that is waiting to be quilted and it too would have been finished....oh well it can wait for a bit....i hope to get these bags to my daughters this next week so she can put them in her shop where she does nails....just right for cosmetics so maybe they will sell in time for Christmas presents....

I also finished a little doll quilt so it could be packed ready to give to a needy girl for Christmas...my other daughter will pick the box up and take it to her church for distribution....that obligation is finished....yay....

Now i only have one more obligation....my quilt group swap box for Christmas to finish up....trying to get them all done before this next scope test in case they find where i am losing blood and have to put me in hospital to fix....i want all things i have to have done finished before that....i wish all that was over....

Today i have plans of working in sewing room...figured out a way to gain more space in the room so will work on that if i can find some muscle.....more later.....

Sunday, November 1, 2015

LEFTOVER STACK STRAIGHTENED AND BLOCKS MADE

Remember that messy stack of fabric i posted a few back???? ...well here it is straightened up for the time being....knowing me it wont stay that way very long as i get pawing through it looking for just the right fabric for a project....fabric in those are anything from a fq to 3/4 yard pieces...the rest goes in the cabinet....i have strips in seperate boxes...not much organization but it works for me...

I stopped straightening and made blocks as i found the right combos so that slowed down working on the stack but i worked on it for most of the week beyond...since then i have made several size blocks from 2 3/4inch ones to 7 inch ones...for about 5 different quilts.....there are still more lined up on the sewing machine to work on...

Yesterday i got ambitious and repaired a zipper in one of my favorite pr of slacks....i hate doing that but it went well so it was a blessing lol....so glad!.....

Its a here and there day for me and work inbetween and i hope to get to the machine too....maybe even take a short nap later for more rest...i feel my legs need it....more later....

Friday, October 30, 2015

SPENT THE DAY AT THE HOSPITAL

I spent today at the hospital  for 5 hours getting a blood transfusion because of my anemia....Yesterday i had an Endoscopy done so its been a wild 2 days....I am very tired from all the action...I hope the transfusion helps the anemia enough that i dont have to have more....I stayed with my daughter for the last 2 days as she is closer to the hospital than i am and less driving time...

Before i came home my daughter and i did a little shopping for items for a box i am donating for a child for Christmas.... i knew i wouldn't have time to do it any other time before it had to be turned in ....i think i have enough things now except a stuffed animal...i thought i would make a little quilt to finish off the box....shouldn't take much time to do....

Earlier in the week i spent the day making blocks and straightening up more on the table....i will post a pic maybe tomorrow if i am not too tired...

That is about it for me...going to bed early...sure hope i rest good....more later....

Friday, October 23, 2015

CONTINUING SQUARE IN SQUARE BLOCKS

Here is a quilt i made years ago from some small square in square blocks, all pastel for my nephews baby...i always liked it but was tedious to work on...so here we go with another one like it only scrap....

After digging in the box of triangles yesterday and sorting them into proper stacks i found some little ones that were cut from 1 1/2 in strips...today i worked on them and it took a 2 1/2in square to make the square in square block that will measure 2 3/4 inches when finished...THAT IS TINY!...well today i made 24 of those little blocks so far...i have almost a full box of 1 1/2 inch strips i can keep adding to make a bigger quilt but it will take a lot...

The pinwheel blocks i was going to make kind of went by the wayside for now...the triangles for them are in a bag put in the clothes basket of blocks for now...that will be another day but there is quite a stack of them also...i guess block making never ends as long as i have ideas in my head...lol...

Got errands to run this afternoon before the rain starts so i better got going....more later.....



Thursday, October 22, 2015

WORKING ON 2 QUILTS AT ONCE SAVES TIME?

While i am on the lookout for fabrics for triangles for square in square blocks i am also looking for triangles the same size for this quilt...it has a little smaller center than the ones for the 9 patch quilt but will be right size when trimmed to fit in this quilt...i need all pastel and med colors for this one so i can cut double amount and work on both quilts....confused??...hope not....

I also need to dig in the triangle box i have full of them different sizes...i may have some right size for both quilts and here is a tip for those who make strings...save those triangle ends and little triangles for the corners of your string quilts...makes better looking centers when 4 are put together...creates an hour glass effect....

I made my grocery delivery gal a little happier yesterday....she got to pick something from my box that has runners etc. in to use in her home....its the least i can do for all the grocery items she helps me with....last month i gave away a bag of potholders and small items to the place where my daughter works.... i had an overload of things....its good to get my work out there and make good public relations...who knows maybe a sale or 2 down the road.....for now i have to get to work on my obligations for Christmas gifts for my groups....more later....

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SORT. SORT. SORT THAT MESS!

I spent yesterday working in the sewing room trying to organize the mess on my sewing table....I swear it mounts up over night...i have been putting my 2 in strips and 1 1/2 inch strips back in their boxes and cutting more from the ends of fabric yardage that have been laying around....and of course filling up my string box again....as you can tell i found the table top.....maybe after i get all the mess sorted and cut i can find more combos for things....maybe do a little Christmas sewing from them...

And then that leave this mess...the stack against the wall that is climbing...its the small pieces under 3/4 yard...some of it is the prints that i have been using for the flower garden quilts and the rest has been accumulating...i wont cut into them unless i need them for something then cut what is left into the usual strips....i pretty much keep it under control even though it dont look like it....i will stack it neater when i sort it....i dont keep them in containers as i would be digging in them constantly looking for  'stuff'...so the mess continues lol....

I have been thinking of making some cosmetic bags for my family for Christmas and after all this is a little more organized maybe i will find more things i want to do with it....i have enough 2in-1 1/2-3-3 1/2 in. squares on the machine cabinet top now to make leader and ender quilts for awhile so i dont think i want to cut more for that at the present time....i would like to find more ideas for other things......

Ok time to get going...got a huge grocery list for the store that they can deliver later for me....that is a godsend for me as i am not suppose to carry much because of my back....sure hope they dont discontinue that service....more later.....

Saturday, October 17, 2015

BEEN ON THE GO THIS WEEK

Yes i have been on the go this week...one not by choice....had appointment with the gastro doc....set up times for the scopes to find out maybe why i might be losing blood to cause my anemia....I am not so sure that is what is happening...i know i am not a doc but i take a med that is notorious for malabsorbtion and i think my food isn't getting digested well enough to make blood...the gastro doc also mentioned that so i think i have the right doc in my corner...my primary doc thinks otherwise...so we will see...

Two days later yesterday in fact my granddaughter called and wanted me to go shopping with her in the city....i was tired but we dont get an opportunity to see each other very often anymore being she is living out of state...so i went....we had a great lunch and visit and i did get some things i forgot the day of the dr. visit so it worked out well even though i came home and crashed lol....but it was a good day....

I worked in some time in this week washing and ironing new fabric again....got 10 washed up and today i plan on doing more......i spent a lot of time in sewing room trying to organize my strips into their proper containers again to get things off my table so i can have room to work...and i have a mountain of fabric piles to put away in the cabinet that i am finally done with working on projects...so my time will be put to good use once i am in there...

This about catches me up for now....so its on to sewing for me....more later.....

Sunday, October 11, 2015

WHEN PROJECTS DON'T WORK--RETHINK IT!

Sometimes when projects don't work out it opens the door for a new project....let me explain....

Friday i made several blocks 1/4 inch different than each other trying to match up with the 9 patches i had and thought the pattern square in a square would work....well it finally did after making 4 different size  of those blocks...what to do with the ones that didn't work????...well today i made 2 snack mats and with the other two...i made 2 more and making a table topper to match  the other 2 and got them all to fit...will show picture when i finish....i have the topper to quilt yet and finish...

I wrote down the measurements for that square in square block that i am going to use....its an odd size and i know i wouldn't remember later...i will keep the bag with the 9 patches handy so i can refresh my memory when i have fabric scraps ready to make more of the sq. in sq....i need 70 of them so it will be awhile before that quilt is put together...

Well i guess my break time is over and i want to get back to quilting so i can finish that set so it will be ready for gift giving later.....and i am so glad that i could take some mistakes and create them into something really pretty....more later....

Friday, October 9, 2015

NO SEWING--MADE BREAD INSTEAD

Yesterday i got a little bored with myself...wasn't going to sew because my shoulder has been bothering me so i wanted to give it a rest...so what did i do???...i made bread!...After i started i thought you dummy you have to use your arm to knead the bread and that might aggrivate that shoulder more...well i tried a new recipe for french bread....i wasn't too happy with it...i think it calls for too much water and it took lots more flour than recipe calls for...i stopped putting flour in and it was still sticky so didn't do much kneading...the result wasn't too bad...it tasted good and the texture was a little dense...just not sure i will ever use that recipe again....

I still havent quilted the new cosmetic bag i started waiting for my shoulder to settle down but today might be the day....i have  several obligations i have to get busy with for Christmas presents....i joined a swap in a group on line and i joined in the gift exchange in the quilt group here in town i know what i am doing for one of the groups and got several ideas to pull from for the other...now to just get started...lol

I either have to cook a full meal tonight or go run errands i was suppose to do yesterday and find supper while out....the latter sounds good lol.....so i will see how my afternoon goes....more later.....

Monday, October 5, 2015

THOUGHTS OF CHRISTMAS TREES AND ANGELS

Today is Monday again...a new week, one week closer to Christmas...I have been on sites looking for ideas for Christmas gifts...while there i found the most gorgeous Christmas tree all decorated in golds....It almost makes me want to put up a tree this year....I lost interest in Christmas decorating after my husband died a few years ago but today i thought about putting up my little tree but not the 8 ft. one we used to put up....who knows i might even get my angels out that i made years ago with ribbons and lace...

I have to wash up some white printed fabric today then i can start my Christmas project for the swap i am in...i have been dragging my feet this past week....my shoulder is acting up from so much hand sewing and ironing action from an old injury to my rotator cuff accident i had years ago....i hope i dont end up in physical therapy again to  get it to calm down....

As i said i have been hand sewing on the Grandmother flower garden No. 6...the last one i think lol....i only have 3 more rows to go and i will be finished with another top....getting tired of working on this one maybe because i know its the last one lol...

Not much else to talk about today just the same ole stuff with me...the weather is getting into fall now...cool days and cold nights...winter is in the wings ready to take over for a few months....sure hope its not a harsh one this year.....more later.....

Monday, September 28, 2015

FROM STRINGS TO THIS---

On Sunday after sewing all those string blocks i decided to make a top out of some of them....This will go to an orphanage...I'm just sending the top....I don't machine quilt really good as i am basically a hand quilter so i think they could do a better job....

I have enough string blocks for 1/2 of another childs quilt...if i get ambitious and work on more blocks i could have another one for the ladies...I do have another quilt top almost ready to put together in the scrap basket pattern from using leaders and enders method of making blocks....those go so fast...

I am up early today as i have errands to do later and the fact is i didn't sleep all night....wide awake...if this keeps up i think i will see about a sleep study....its getting terrible....

Well i better be on my way...lots to do today....more later....

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A WEEKEND OF STRINGS

This isn't the new project i have planned but it is something that was needed...my string box was overflowing again...so i spent the whole weekend so far making string blocks...anything that was too small for a block got made into piano key type for a border or something else later...

I also worked a lot on my granddaughter flower quilt...adding 5 blocks finishing row 14....it wont be long before i have the top done...

I still have the white fabric to wash for the Christmas project i want to make....i think i will add more white fabric for the hexes to the load also...i got through that so fast and there is another quilt top i want to use with the leftover fabric from the flower gardens....just so many ideas so little time and energy lol.....i think i need a crew to help me lol...

Well its bedtime for me but i think i will play a game on the computer before i go...it always makes me sleepy so we will see if it does tonight .....more later....

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PLANS FOR NEW PROJECT SHAPING UP

This morning while drinking my coffee and planning my day i decided to sketch my plan for the Christmas fabric i just got in the mail....what i received was 20 -5 x44 strips of reds and greens...if i do this right i need to cut a 3 1/2 piece off each color i need then cut it into 1 1/2x31/2 giving me the 4 pieces of 12 colors...leaving me with 30 plus inches left to make something else...this probably sounds confusing because it was to me at first but i have it worked out now...i am trying to save as much of the fabric as i can.....

I received my new fabric catalog this week and i was shocked...the first few pages had fabric in it that was priced at $17 a yard....i know i wont be buying any at that price and i really didn't think it was pretty either which was a good thing so i wasn't tempted lol....

Our family reunion was Sunday and i am still tired from it even though i just sat around....age is really catching up with me i think...

Taking a break from the flower garden quilt i am working on and hopefully i will get the dining table cleared off so i can lay out a small quilt to hand quilt....i am wanting to do that ...it would boost my moral to get something finished for a change....i need to feel that right now...i get overwhelmed at how many tops i need to finish and this would help....

I used my new green bag Sunday to carry 3 containers of food in to the reunion....wow that bag was very heavy but it handled it very well....even got a few compliments on the bag too which was nice that people noticed...

Well i slept late today and now its time to get in gear and try to be productive the rest of the day so i am outta here for now.....more later.....

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

THINKING CHRISTMAS TODAY

Today my fabric order came with Christmas colors in it for my swap project i am making for our quilting group...I wont tell you what it is but i will show you some of the fabric...i hope it turns out well....I have been hunting ideas for Christmas all this week...havent come up with many yet...sure hope i find more....

So happy my kids returned home from their vacation ok...I am going there later to see them and my granddaughter who i havent seen for almost a year....all my grands are grown and the last one is in college ...they just shouldn't be all grown up yet lol....

Got to make up my mind for the dishes i am taking to the family reunion soon....got lots of ideas for that....guess it depends on how hard i want to work lol....i think cookies will be one of them....the little kids will need a dessert that is portable and cookies are good anytime...maybe some fresh fruit or i might make cinnamon rolls....i guess we wait and see lol...

Well off to the wash machine to do up the fabric that just came so i can get started on my project....more later....

Sunday, September 13, 2015

ANOTHER COSMETIC BAG AND CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS

Here is another cosmetic bag i made recently....this little one is like the tan one but they are so neat to make i might just keep making them....I am thinking about taking a bunch of them to my daughter to put in her shop...she is a beautitan and those would fit the purpose as she does nails too..

I have been trying to think of things to make for Christmas gifts this week...In a group i belong to on line is having a Christmas swap again this year....a box filled with goodies...Everyone tries to be unique and each year it gets harder to do that lol....

I also have been working on my granddaughters flower garden quilt which is no. 6 in my series and i think the last one....i will have a lot of solid color hexes leftover since i switched to the smaller posies for the last 3 tops i made....so will have to think of some way to use them...i do have a couple ideas that maybe might work so will have to work the kinks out later....more on this one later....

I am not sure i will ever get my sewing table free of leftover pieces....too big for me to call scrap if i can make other things from them....I have upteen amount of quilt tops that need to be finished so i dont need to make more at the present time....i am so looking for a charity that i can send some to to help them out....some are so specific in what they will take makes it hard when mine arent like what they want...i will keep looking....if you have ideas for me post them.....more later all.....

Friday, August 28, 2015

CAN YOU HAVE TOO MANY BAGS?

Lots have been going on the past couple weeks...i had to go for lab work...an annual thing so i could renew my meds...then the dr appointment....now its more tests as my anemia has gotten worse....It seems its always something when you get past 70...

I have been sewing though, mostly on the flower garden quilt for my granddaughter but been doing a few bags when i could keep my mind on them....the one on the left is about 20 inches square...one day i saw a lot of yellow and different greens in my 2 in stack and thought maybe there was enough for a bag...so that is how that one came about.

Last night i checked the leftover squares i had left and decided that i had enough for a cosmetic bag so i made the one here in the picture.....if i look on the table i probably could find more color combos to use for more bags...

My sewing table looks worse than ever right now...i thought i was making headway in the scrap using but i think i am just creating more mess.....i took one day and made several different blocks as i found scrap that would fit them...so a few quilts gained some blocks...

That is about it for now....maybe i will get out a quilt and put the border on it now that i have the piano keys done for it....i am a little anxious to see what it will look like when put together.....more later....

Thursday, August 13, 2015

JUST SOME FUN SEWING TODAY

Today i worked on the flower garden quilt some then ventured to the sewing room to cut out more white hexies...i am always running out of them..of course there is a lot of white in these quilts lol....

While in the sewing room i cut more bricks for the lazy brick quilt for my son...i am making the border ones now then i can put the other borders on the quilt and have the top done...

While i was there i made more market basket blocks...the ones with big square and 2 small squares at the bottom....i have 3 different sizes of those blocks going now...i use those for leaders and enders when sewing..it goes very fast and i found today i have 7 rows done in a 16 row quilt so it isn't going to take long at all...

No pictures today just sewing here and there nothing really seemed like i did anything lol but i had fun just the same ....i wanted to make sure i stayed in touch with the blog though....maybe next time more to show....more later....

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BACK PROBLEMS LINGERING

I  have been fighting a nagging back problem for the past few weeks and have left the sewing alone...but i find if i dont sew i get depressed and that isn't good....so i guess its back to the sewing machine as much as i can handle....

I have let the housework go to the point that i need to do something...anything would be an improvement lol...sometimes i think moving to an apartment would be better than trying to manage a big house at my age...but i would miss the space i am sure...

Today i did manage to go to the quilt group meeting...i took the flower garden quilt i am working on to sew more while there...no other show and tell this time....i traveled light so it wouldn't bother my back...now i am so tired i can hardly stay awake....

Not much else to talk about at this point....but more coming later....

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Finished my cosmetic bags

Finally i got the 2 cosmetic bags finished that i started last week...the first one went accordingly to plan lol...but the second one gave me a little trouble as did my machine...it was like the machine didn't want to run today it kept breaking my thread among other irritating things...but i stuck with it and got them done...

That is about all the ambition i have too today...i did leave all the lights on in there so i will be going back to do a little more sewing...on what i dont know yet...there is a lot i could do if i wanted to lol....

If there is anything good on tv tonight i will probably quit and watch whatever...just that kind of day...whatever happens happens...

not much else right at the moment for comment so all will have to wait til next time....more later....

Monday, July 6, 2015

CATCHING UP

I haven't been very talkative for the last couple weeks...did a little sewing but mostly left the sewing alone for awhile...did a lot of thinking of new things I would like to make though....

The project I talked about earlier about donating some things for the 'save the show' renovation is coming together....the board ok'd it and I gave them some things to sell over the weekend at a tractor pull....I don't expect much from that as its mostly guys so I doubt they had much luck selling things other than food lol....

I have 2 cosmetic bags quilted ready for the zipper and I finished a pr of potholders last night ready to donate....did some more hand sewing on my gd flower quilt...the last batch of kona white is thicker than before and its harder to needle through....it is awful!...and I will have a lot of white to sew on this quilt like the rest of them...

This just about catches me up so far....not a lot going on right now...lots of bad dates in the month of july and I never know how I am going to react to them so will just go day by day....more later....

Saturday, June 20, 2015

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN'T SLEEP

It was pretty much a sleepless night last night...I got up at 1 am and worked on the posies for my granddaughters flower quilt....got these done...not much for 3 hrs of hand sewing but at least its more flowers for her quilt...

This meant that I slept late today so the day is slipping by fast so what gets done will be a plus....lots of wanna do's but we will see how far it goes lol....

Maybe I will finally decide whether to put a border on my daughters fan quilt or not...its already 70x90 and more will put it over the edges of my tables and will be harder for me to pin...so have to decide soon....

Ok I am outta here gotta selvage what is left of the day and make it count....more later....

Monday, June 8, 2015

WIP- FAN QUILT MIGHT GET FINISHED THIS TIME

I have been having back trouble again but did manage to sort through some things in the sewing room....Among the things I found was fabric like my daughters fan quilt...I was lacking the bottom part of the fan but now can make her quilt bigger....she will be happy about that....It will be a bigger bed size now...not sure on border yet...

I was lacking 15 blocks of making it bed size but had the blocks started then I thought ran out of the fabric...so over the weekend I started finishing the blocks so it can be put together...

On Saturday I
received my order for back material and my granddaughters purple  fabric for the border on her flower garden quilt....I am set now for a lot of quilts so I am going to try not to order more fabric for quite awhile....

I worked out my sons scrap quilt...its a vertically brick put together diagonally....confused???....I will take pictures of it when I get the border on....have to make 47 more brick blocks to do that...more cutting for variety in the scrap....

Errands to do today so need to get another cup of coffee and get dressed and get out of here for a bit...2 stores to go to for groceries hope I don't irritate my back again.....more later....

Monday, June 1, 2015

STRINGS AND MORE STRINGS

This is what I have been doing the last couple days when time permitted...digging in my 'string' bin and making 4 1/2 inch blocks to be joined and make a 4 block, block....I plan on making 35 big blocks of 4 to make a quilt...I think I have 20 so far... not sure on border or not there is time to think on that one...I cant sit and make many of these at a time as I start to get nervous and have to quit...

I would like that bin to get down to half before I stop making blocks from it...I only want 1 bin of those things lol....and it doesn't take long for it to overflow....

Well I survived the clean up day lol....I threw out more than I thought I would want to part with and it was a good feeling but very emotional on some things that were my 2 husbands but time for them to go....and now its time for me to go...errands to do....more later....

Friday, May 29, 2015

SEW VERSES CLEAN UP DAY

I cant seem to get started today...I did my usual though while drinking my coffee first thing this morning...I hand sewed a flower for my no. 6 flower garden quilt and added 3 flowers to rows of the quilt so I guess that is something...

I have a project coming up that is not in my best interest lol....my daughter and grandson is coming tomorrow to help me find things to throw out for clean up days....now keep in mind that my daughter does not keep anything long so she will be anxious to throw out all she sees....I am dreading tomorrow big time...

I think I will just try to concentrate on the laundry today and not worry about tomorrow if that is possible...but I would rather sew but better not till I work on the household things....more later....

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GRANDMOTHERS FLOWER GARDEN NO.5, 1 MORE TO GO!

Ok here is Grandmothers flower garden quilt top no. 5....I finished this over the winter of 14-15...Like all the others I've done it is hand sewn without the papers inside following the method other than English paper piecing...I am now working on No. 6 which I hope will be done by end of this summer then I can start to quilt all 6 of them....I chose to make all the quilt tops first so if I didn't make it each family member would have a top to get finished but I do hope I am around to quilt them all....

I had a busy holiday weekend...not socially but organizingly (is that a word) busy...I have been working on clearing off the 2 tables I have in the family room that I use for laying out quilts and quilting with my little portable machine....it has been piled high with new fabric ready to be washed and ironed which I spent most of the weekend doing....now to get it put away and the rest of the things off the table...its almost there...

Getting ready to work on my daughters scrappy quilt laying out and preparing it for hand quilting....maybe by the weekend coming I will be able to work on it...I can get a lot done on a weekend for some reason lol.....more later....

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DEALING WITH FABRIC

Today Sunday I am working on the dining table clearing off more and decided that handling the fabric once was better....so instead of shoving it in the sewing room I am washing it up and ironing it so it can be put in the cabinet...the big back pieces wont get washed till I get ready to use it....too much yardage to deal with all at once....

Also on that table is about 7 items that need quilted...none are huge so I may get to them later today...and they can be finished then....then the table will be almost cleaned off...

All this is in preparation to getting a scrappy quilt laid out so I can pin it for my daughter....I am going to get her over here so she can help...that will be a big help to my back...lol....hope you all are having a safe and  enjoyable day with family and friends....more later....

Friday, May 22, 2015

SMALL ITEMS MADE LAST WEEKEND

Here is a picture of some of the things I made last week....I found some odd blocks in my basket of blocks and decided to make something with them....all these small things I have made in the past  I think I will donate to the Save The Paramount Theatre drive...maybe they can sell them for the cost of fabric...would be a tidy little sum for them.....more on this later....

Working at clearing off my tables in the family room is a slow process....I have a stack of fabric that needs washed and ironed..i hate to take it into the sewing room without doing that as I don't want it mixed in with the other fabric...so today I will try to wash more of it then put it in the cabinet...

Got to get my flowers down at the cemetery today while the weather is nice....of course the weekend will bring rain with it...always rains sometime during the Memorial Day holiday....more later....


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GRANDMOTHERS FLOWER GARDEN QUILT NO.4

Today I finally got a picture taken of grandmothers flower garden no.4...this is in the series of I think 6 will be made...I say 6 but I am afraid there may be some hexes leftover that I made need to use up after no. 6....On no. 3 I decided these quilt tops needed a personality lol...so I started adding borders to them...it wasn't all that hard to do...

On finishing  them after I quilt I will cut off the points and the zig that is sticking out on the ends so I can add binding on all of them...

My daughter came this afternoon and took her purse home...she was pleased that there was a zipper in it....that purse gave me a lesson I never thought of...a new way to put in a zipper that was recessed in a bag....hope I remember how it did it if I want to do it again.....more later....

Sunday, May 17, 2015

FINISHED MY DAUGHTERS PURSE

Today Sunday I decided I had laid around long enough...with all I have to finish I should work 24 hrs a day...first I was going to try to use more scrap on my sewing table but thought no finish your daughters purse...I had a dilemma ...she wanted a zipper put in after I had sewn it together and I was dragging my feet figuring out how I was going to do it...Well this morning I tackled it....I had a lot of steps to finish it along with putting that zipper in with the finishing touches...but I did it!!!!!

I have several bags to finish and I have been working on hanging my ufo quilts in the craft closet in the sewing room...I cleared a space under the rack so they would hand ok...I am afraid I am going to run out of  room but that should be an incentive to get some finished...right????...lol

I am feeling better but I am so tired...I think that spell took a lot out of me...last night I fixed a steak thought maybe all that protein would help...along with couple veggies and strawberries later....that should boost a little energy I would think....we'll see....more later....

Saturday, May 16, 2015

TIME OUT FOR HEALTH LAST WEEK

This past week I haven't felt good...I have a tendency to fill up with fluid which I did...first I thought I was catching something but realized the wheeziness was caused from fluid buildup....I almost called for an ambulance to go to the hospital but got after it right away and drained off over 6 lbs of fluid....

Now today  I still am not feeling the best but the wheezing is gone and I am very tired...I haven't been sewing much but I hope to get back at it this  next week...I have a lot to finish...

My order came this morning for my back for my daughters scrappy quilt so now its unload the tables so I can get it laid out and maybe she will come help pin it for hand quilting....not much else to report for now....more later....

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SCRAPPY COSMETIC BAG

Its Tuesday and its raining today...good day to sit and sew lol....I worked on more blocks till lunch time...

More last week end sewing was this big cosmetic bag....I have plans for it which I cant discuss in case someone is reading this lol...

This morning I worked on my daughters quilt which is the same pattern as the bag but bigger squares...it was made mostly with leader and enders...it went together so fast I hardly realized I had a quilt ready...maybe I will get to the border for it today...she wants a dark red border which will work fine I found out after laying it out...there is a lot of red in it so it should compliment it ok...

Yesterday I machine quilted the sections for another market bag...this one I really like its different...hope the picture will do it justice ...

I have a bunch of 1 yard reds that I need to wash up and put away so maybe that will be this afternoons job....we will see....more later....

Monday, May 4, 2015

WEEKEND SEWING

Over the weekend I did quite a bit of sewing though it isn't noticeable...I worked on the scrap stuff on the sewing table and made more 9 patch blocks for a quilt...I should have quite a variety when finished with that quilt...

Then I made a lot more of the 1 1/2 inch square  4 patches for another quilt...just not sure  whether they will have sashes, triangle finishes or whatever yet..i just know I need a whole lot more of them...again there will be quite a variety when done...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

THE BAG LADY IS AT IT AGAIN

The bag lady is at it again yes I made another one....the earlier ones were made from leftovers on my sewing table but this one was planned from my stash with just enough to make it too...it had me worried for a bit because I didn't measure to see how much I needed...but I think it turned out great...the 9 patches are peach colored not white as shown...

Yesterday I was going to work on a quilt in the sewing room but when I got there I found a bunch of different colored blue squares I decided to make a purse with them...so its done except for the straps and the top band...later today I will finish it I think....

I see another quick grocery trip to the store for the things I need for my seafood pasta salad I want to have for my supper....that will last a couple days and will be an easy meal....so I better get in gear and get going....I slept in today so the day will go so fast......more later...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ANOTHER BAG, ANOTHER DAY

Yesterday I finished a bag I had started about a month ago....I had decisions to make with finishing it so I just let it sit...I got tired of looking at it so I just did what I thought would be fine and it was....these blocks I used on it were small I like the effect but I don't like working with them so not sure I will use this size again...I plan on keeping this one for myself... bag size is 16x15 ....I made a 8 inch square bottom in it..i think it will hold a casserole or covered container for meetings...

Today the weather is so lousy I think probably I will spend it sewing or doing laundry or a little of both...of course I have more fabric I could wash/iron too....so I guess I will just dive in and do whatever...

I would like to finish my daughters quilt top today...it is made with the same scrappy pattern as the above bag but bigger blocks which went together fast and is good for leader and ender blocks...

Ok enough said today...got to get to work time is a-wastin'....more later....

Thursday, April 23, 2015

YESTERDAY WAS BAG DAY

Yesterday I didn't plan anything in particular and it went great....I had an idea for one of my quilt groups and worked on it some but the main thing I did was make a bag from scratch....its from some of the leader and ender blocks I have been doing and  one of the pieces of fabric I just got...I have been trying to get a good handle of the cost but each bag is different as the sizes are different...I have a couple of people interested in buying them so there wont be custom ones just ones that are made up and priced accordingly...it would be nice to get a little money for my work....

You have heard me say over and over that I have been washing and ironing fabric for use well here is some of it...I have put a lot of it away already and today I found more that will get washed soon....this is what is done already...and yesterday I used one of them for the bag lining and borders so it is gone lol....

Time for another cup of coffee so I can get moving....the day will disappear fast as I slept in trying to catch up on my sleep....feel pretty good so far...guess I will never be a morning person lol....more later....

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BACK TO SEWING LESS COOKING

Well its back to sewing this week...so far I have been working on No. 6 grandmothers flower garden quilt, making blocks and starting to sew them together in rows...


Also I have been washing and ironing fabric trying to catch up with that  so I can use it....one piece in particular off white that I am using in the 'brick' quilt I had to order more of and now I am ready for that piece so I can finish the top....I may have to order more of it if I want a border of the same fabric...


The weather is cool right now but sunny which I like so maybe it would be good to get out for a bit...I do need groceries so we will see how my day goes....it never goes how I think it should lol....but I am sure you all know about that too...


That is about it for now...more pictures to take and I would like to get the pics taken of the last 2 gfg quilts too....more later.....

Friday, April 17, 2015

CINNAMON ROLLS? THAT'S NOT SEWING!

No sewing yesterday....I woke up feeling depressed and the feeling kinda stayed with me all day....I had a nice visit with my daughter which helped though....later I made these...
I bake when depressed...not sure why but it helped....I guess I have to have the feeling of accomplishment...

Today working in the sewing room again....working on the scrap basket quilt I have going....now that my daughter has told me she wants it I will be stitching the sections together to make it bigger...

Ok gotta get busy or the day will get by me before I know it....more later....

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SOMETIMES FABRIC WONT WORK FOR WHAT YOU PLAN

Over the weekend I dug in my basket of blocks again and found a small bag of pinwheels...I had to think about them for a minute then remembered I was going to make a full quilt from the fabric...but soon found out that the green wasn't showing up as much as I liked so I abandoned the idea and in the basket it went for a couple years....I got them out and made a table topper from them...seemed ok for that..maybe someone will want it lol....and another bag out of that basket....

Then when I was making my daughters quilt last year I used the 5 yards plus for the back of her quilt pictured here...so it wasn't a loss....actually it worked out quite well...so now I only have a small amount of fabric to turn into scrappy quilts....an OK all around....more later....

Friday, April 10, 2015

PINWHEELS FROM LEFTOVER CORNERS

Last week I was rummaging through my clothes basket of blocks and found a bag with small green and very light gray pinwheels in it...I laid them out to make this small 19 inch table topper to get them out of the basket....I don't know what else I could have done with them unless I made more potholders...I do enough of them anyway....those were leftover from the corners I cut off from another quilt stitching twice  so as not to waste what I cut off to form a triangle on the block but they are so small to work with...not sure I will do that again unless my squares are bigger....

Sure glad the stormy weather is over for a couple days...that tornado was too close for comfort...I sure hope we don't have many of them this summer....

Washing some fabric today and I will make it to the sewing room sometime...leftovers for my supper so minimum of cooking means more sewing lol.....ok gotta run...more coffee then get productive....more later....

Thursday, April 9, 2015

STORMS TODAY EVEN A TORNADO CLOSE BY

It has been an interesting day today....we have had storms and  within 15 miles of me a tornado touched down...closer to where my daughter lives....according to the tv we aren't over the warnings yet till 11 pm...

Not much sewing today although while trying to keep up with the weather I did sew on the hexes for No. 6 gfg quilt....was checking my box and I see I need to cut more variety for this quilt....I am trying not to get too many ahead so maybe just maybe I wont have a lot leftover at the end....not figuring on  making No. 7...as least I don't think so...lol....

I have several pieces that need binding sewn on so maybe I will work on that this evening or maybe not....that is the kind of mood I have been all day....

I did make an effort to bake beans and make a peach cobbler this afternoon to go with the hamburger and potato salad for supper....it looked like I was planning a picnic lol....

well this must come to an end because I am going to dive into that peach cobbler for my dessert lol...more later....

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

STORMY WEATHER IS GOOD SEWING TIME

Its a stormy week here...good time to get more sewing done...I have been working on a lot of little things trying to get some of the leftovers off my sewing table...I don't think I am making much headway lol....

Here are some potholders that I made by just using what was already cut except for the backs...these will go in the box 'made to give away just because' lol....

I haven't started to put No. 6 grandmothers flower garden together yet although I have 19 blocks ready...I want to have at least 4 rows of blocks before I start...I think it goes faster that way...

My son was here last night and he checked things in the basement to see if the drains were ok....I had washed a load of clothes earlier so he could check for me when he came....today I think I will wash a load of fabric and iron it before more clothes go in...

Planning on quilting that little teal baby one this week...maybe by the weekend will have it done....got so many to do I will never catch up....more later....

Monday, April 6, 2015

DISAPPEARING 9 PATCHES ARE TRICKY

Sometimes things turn out different than I imagine they will...this table topper, 19 inches square had disappearing 9 patch blocks...usually you have the solid color where the white angled from the corners is in this topper but I wanted negative space at the focal point....well it didn't quite turn out like I wanted to...I think I will kind of study it a bit and treat it like a lesson to learn....I had planned and planned what I thought was a good layout but its tricky when you cut those blocks apart sometimes you get suprises like tonight lol....

I got another fabric order today...one of the items is the back for the small teal baby quilt I have posted here a few posts back....I think tomorrow unless I get sidetracked I will wash up all the fabric that came so I can work on ufos I have around....

While typing this I am watching the food channel and making mistakes with typing lol...so I guess now that I have this written I will go in and lie down and see what goodies they have on there....more later....

9 PATCH/SNOWBALL QUILT IS FINISHED

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter....we had a small family gathering...it was nice for doing a lot of visiting which is hard when everyone is so busy these days....

This morning I finally wound up the camera and took a pic of the finished 9 patch/snowball quilt...it was such a joy working on this one....of late I haven't had time to just sit and hand quilt....hopefully I will be doing more of it...one of them will be that little green/aqua scrap quilt...its about the same size as this one 40 inches square...nice size to finish in a few days....

I think the guys took care of my sewage problem...at least I hope so....that is one problem I never want to see again in my lifetime lol.....when I was young problems didn't seem as big as they do now that age has taken over....I can understand my mother in her late years now lol....

Got errands to run this afternoon so I guess I better get my list of things ready...odds and ends at the grocery store for potato salad to go with the leftovers I brought home from my daughters easter sunday....more later.....

Friday, April 3, 2015

HAS NOT BEEN A GOOD WEEK

This week I have been dealing with drain issues...my son found back up evidence on the basement floor so I had to find a decent plumber to come open up the main sewer pipe...It had been almost 20 years since the last time this happened....no matter how often its still a mess to deal with....

Of course that upset my delicate digestion system...my daughter tells me I worry too much...I think she is right but just how do you stop worrying????...so the last couple days I have not felt well and just kinda  laid around...

I did a little sewing the day the guys came to open the sewer pipe to try to keep my mind off stuff but that didn't work lol....I still fretted as I could not go down the steps to see what was going on .....

Not much else going on here...hope to get better so I can enjoy easter with the family....lot of bad weather coming too so that is hard on my joints...ok enough complaining and more later....

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PICTURE OF NEW LITTLE QUILT

This afternoon while out running errands I went in search of camera batteries...I had overlooked them and finally asked a clerk about stocking them...they weren't where I thought they would be...was so glad to see that they still had them....As you can see this is my little quilt....the pattern that spoke to me lol...its a simple 9 patch and snowball pattern but what makes it striking is the different solid colors....I am liking this one a lot....
I haven't taken anymore pictures yet...have to try to remember which of those I haven't got pics of.....

I have been working on so many small things trying to use up some of the scrap I have on my table that I go from one to the next not thinking about pictures...just getting them done lol.....

Its going to be rainy here for a couple days so maybe I will get pictures taken and maybe my photo album up to date along with finishing this little quilt...cant wait for that...anxious to see it final....more later....


Saturday, March 21, 2015

A QUILT TALKED TO ME-YES IT DID!

Friday night when I was scouting quilting sites trying to find border ideas I found a quilt that spoke to me....lol...had a few of those do that before so I had to start it which I did last night...

Today Saturday I finished the top....its a 9 patch and snowball combined with all pastel patches...all I have left to finish on the top is the outside border...did the inner one already....

Tonight I opened my bolt of  white Kona cotton I have had for awhile....I cut off a couple 1 1/2 yard pieces, washed and ironed them...one will be for the back of this little quilt and I intend to hand quilt it....

Sorry no pictures yet...still haven't gotten out of town to try to find them....been sewing too much...snow coming tomorrow night...not much so might be melted sometime Monday then maybe I can get the batteries...would be nice to have them here in town but we are lucky we even have a grocery store....

Tired tonight so I hope I can sleep...at least I wont be thinking about that quilt top...worked it all out so the anticipation is gone lol.....more later....

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ME VERSES MACHINE TODAY

Yes its me verses machine today....I think I know why I have been dragging my feet getting to the machine to quilt....

Things went fine with the bobbin thread that was already in the machine but when I rewound it to do the second half of the bag I have been working on I got wonky stitches...so after 1/2 hour of fiddling with it I found some lint in the bobbin case and got it out and tried it a gain ...now its ok...I finished the 2 pieces for the bag....so here I am blogging while resting my back before I do more....

I have a lot of things to quilt and finish...I would even like to get to a bigger quilt to finish this week sometime...

Ok back to the machine for now to see what other trouble I can get into lol....more later...