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....