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.....