Monday, April 25, 2016

REFLECTING ON LIFE 3 YEARS AGO

I guess today i have been reflecting on my life....where i have been, where i am now, and what the future holds....i hope i am around for many years even though disease and arthritis keeps trying to keep me from doing the things i like...

Why am i thinking today?....This is the third anniversary of my heart attack....3 years ago i thought it was my last day on earth...But after being in the hospital for a week and going through a gazillion pills and tests they finally found the right combo to get me back into life again....

I will never be like i was in my 40's though i wish i had the energy i had then.... but everyone has been good and not caused me any undo stress to make things worse and my daughter reminds me when i think about taking a custom order for something not to do it because of the stress of dealing with the public...been there did that....

So here i am doing things i like within reason like quilting and sewing things that appeal to me...i have a roof over my head and food in the frig and clothes on my back....life is good.....more later....

Saturday, April 23, 2016

SOMETIMES I DO SMART THINGS!

Yes sometimes i do smart things...like today....i was working on one of the 5 quilt tops waiting for borders and remembered i dont have the same background fabric for the final border...so i looked through the stack of unwashed fabric first to see if anything was there that would blend or even match....yes there was one piece...only 1 yard though...

I looked through my receits from the fabric place to see if i had a clue about what color it was and who made it ...maybe i could order more....well after going to the site and checking my receits i found the information i needed....but beside the  description of the fabric on my receit i had written the word " more"....so...

I looked in my big tub of back yardages to see if it was there....lo and behold i have 6 more yards...just enough for a back and the border....I am so happy with myself today lol....

What makes me even happier on my receit i paid $6 yd for it and the site now has it for $9 yd...Today is good!....more later....

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I'M SEEING STARS THIS WEEK!

Last week i dug into my big basket of blocks again...its always a treat to see what i find in there....i bag blocks and toss them in there for future use ....the bag i dug out was blocks i had started about a year earlier....and i have been gathering more fabrics for the stars...i had ordered the print for the 9 patches a long time ago and i think the right background fabric...its a very pale blue gray which blends great with all the fabrics i am using...i have a lot of purples, blue-greens, orchids and others i hope will blend...the bright one in the foreground of the picture is magenta...might be too bright ...i know its going to take a lot of  colors....I remeasured the background fabric again and re-calculated to make sure i would have enough of it for a good size quilt....i cant get more i dont think so it will be as big as i can...

I have 5 quilt tops sitting out right now waiting for borders ...i have to get those done so they can be hung till i sandwich and quilt....i need a crew working for me lol....

I have been thinking about Christmas this year already....if i get in gear i think the kids will get a quilt as a bonus this year...one of my daughters spied one that she would like so that gave me the idea considering it might take till Christmas to get them all hand-quilted...at least the tops are all made except for the borders....a big plus...

Well i want to get back to the stars and find some more colors in my stash to use....i need 50 more stars and 9 patches...it will be awhile before  they are done.....more later....

Sunday, April 10, 2016

PINWHEELS & PATCHES READY FOR BORDERS

I have this quilt top put together this far as of yesterday...to the left of the picture are the reds i might want to use...all have to be washed and ironed from the stack of new fabric...and i am waiting on 1 more red in an order which i think i will use...for the first narrow border....the background fabric will be the last big border....it will be plain enough for good hand quilting to show up....Not sure when i will get to it to quilt...i have a big project coming to do that might take me all summer....more on this later....

The last time i straighted up my leftover stacks i made a few potholders from leftover blocks and borders from the stacks and strips ....i have a few more odd blocks i should do that with....not enough of them to put in a quilt or a runner...good way to use them up...i also made a couple mug rugs just using some of the strips i had laying on the table not really matching up anything....i will be giving them to a friend later in the week....sometimes putting things together at random works better than hours of planning....as did these mug rugs....

I irratated my bad leg using the leg lever on my sewing machine so much so yesterday i was out of commission giving into the pain and just resting....i think i slep most of the day and yes most of the night....i didn't know i was so tired....i should be caught up for awhile i would think....today my leg still hurts but i have to make a trip to the store for some groceries have to's....hope it goes well....more later.....