Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Now that the 'Greats' are getting older it has become our tradition to decorate Christmas cookies.  
They enjoy it soooo much and they all take their artistic expression very seriously.  
After all....these are Santa's cookies!!
Santa really like them by the way.   

(See Santa bites in the bottom left pic?)  

However...we did have to send out an alert.  
"Don't anyone eat the GREEN frosting"!! 

           (2nd pic - top left)  LOL

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I love a day like this. 
It just seems so quiet and peaceful. 

I hope today gives you a blanket of calmness for your soul.

Monday, December 28, 2009

And so it's over......

Almost everyone left to go back to their homes yesterday except Jess. 
Today Jake & his dad made it here around noon to pick her up so she can go back to Colorado with them for a few days.
She is now gone..... my nap has been taken.... and it's way too quiet now with just the two of us. 

 I miss these hugs.

 I'm now going to count down the rest of the year by organizing my thoughts and the house and get back to my sewing room again.  I haven't done much of any quilting this month.  
AND..... I have a LOT of books to start reading.  For Christmas I was given two more to add to my pile of 'books to be read'. 
Now that I think of it...... I think I'll go finish "Going Rogue" by Sarah Palin.  so I can start on my next book. 


Monday, December 21, 2009

Here we are....counting down the last few days before Christmas.  Thankfully I have all gifts purchased and wrapped and under the tree.  I did do just a bit of pre-baking (our favorites....pumpkin bread and chocolate covered peanuts)  The other candies have gone by the wayside this year.  I decided there was no use to knock myself out to have so much leftover after everyone goes back home.  There's only a couple kids that like all that sweet stuff.  Don & I certainly don't need to have all that candy sitting around tempting I just pared down.  This should be just about right. 

I've spent the last week and a half re-installing programs after I had to have my hard drive replaced.  Thankfully it wasn't a complete crash and my files and pics had been backed up ..... but I lost the programs that I've installed over the years.  Actually it's rather nice not having all those things hanging on that I rarely used.  I think I'll be a bit more selective about installing things.  And I also had the computer Dr add more Ram while he was at it.  So now I'm happy again. 

I haven't been doing any sewing or quilting for several weeks now.  Just seems like I can't get everything going in the same direction lately.  I did get my yearly flu shot last week and boy oh boy did it ever throw my fibro into high gear!  Two very very hard days and then I slowly felt better.  I'm going to really think hard about that shot next year. 

I'm hoping all the kids make it here before the storm rolls in.  This morning they have upgraded to a major winter storm with blizzard conditions and 7" to 14" that's supposed to hit our area Tuesday night and not move out until Thursday night.  Dang!! 
Who wanted a White Christmas anyway???


Sunday, December 6, 2009

It's snowing today.  
Started mid-day and has continued for several hours now.
It's not heavy yet but we're supposed to have 1 to 3 inches today.
Then...... they are forecasting a real doozy coming in on Tuesday.
Looks like I'll be rescheduling my Dr. appt for the next week.

I have Don's top finished but not on the frame yet.  I've felt like @#$% pretty much all week so I just haven't gotten in there to load it.  Thank goodness this last one is for Don and he won't care at all if I don't have it completely finished.

It's really BIG!!!  At least for me.  It's the biggest quilt I've made yet and will just barely fit on my frame.  I need 96 x 108 so I'll have to load it with the 96" on the take-up roller.  And I'll probably have to turn it when I get close to the end.  That's not too hard to do ..... I've had one of the guild donation quilts that was that big and I had to turn it.
 Maybe tomorrow I'll work on getting it loaded.  Maybe!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

This should get your toe tapping today.  

We're off to go Christmas shopping today.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy  Thanksgiving!!

I hope you all are having a wonderful day.   This year will just be Don & I and I thought about just going somewhere to eat out.... but then I thought about not having any leftovers.  That's what's sooooo good about all that turkey.  So we went to the store and I got all the fixin's and I'm cooking a regualar feast today.  
I won't have to cook for days.  hahaha
Several of you have asked if Don likes his quilt.  Well....... He hasn't said anything more about it.  I guess he must think he has to keep acting like he doesn't know.  HAHAHA
I'm working on the last border now and then I have to find a backing for it.  Maybe I'll get this thing done for Christmas. 

I'm on my laptop this morning so I don't have any pics to show you.  My PC had to go to the (new) computer guy to fix a problem the (other) computer guy left me with.   Grrrrrr!! 
Thank goodness I have my laptop.  I don't use it much at home but it sure is coming in handy now.  I won't get the pc back till next week and the thought of no computer time for that long....... OMGosh just gives me chills thinking about it.  heehee

Have a great day

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

 Just thought you'd like to know.....  
I've been exposed! 
My cover is blown! 
He knows!  Yesterday he came back while I was sewing and stood there visiting with me and then IT HAPPENED!  
He finally asked me who I was making that quilt for!!!
!!!! PANIC !!!  Mind racing!!   
For about two seconds I thought about outright lying. 
But .... since time is running out (see that cute banner up there--there's just days left) and I hadn't come up with a good way to get the top quilted and binding sewn on without him knowing anyway..... I decided to just own up and spill the beans. 
Glad that's over so now I can get on with it and sew openly.

Here's the blocks all set together.....
Once I started setting the blocks together and after almost having all of them done.... I realized I hadn't been paying attention to the blue squares.  They needed to rotate every other block to make the correct pattern using the blue stripe.  So .... after froggin' (a lot) I finally had then sew back together. 
Now I'm working on the borders.  I do have the first one already attached.  There will be another 5 to add yet.
More pics to follow.....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Yesterday was another traveling day.  I have started another series of shots for my knee so we were at the Dr. office and then stopped in to visit with our Edward Jones guy.  He's such a hoot.  heehee
Then went to lunch at a little cafe that serves great home cooking.   Enjoyed every bite.  Too much food!!   Needless to say we just had soup for supper. 

I'm going to spend the rest of today in my sewing room.  I've feeling pressure about getting Don's quilt finished.  So I've decided I'm just going to have to press on until I get it done.  Hidden or not! 

Added two more books to my shelf today.  Years ago I used to read a lot of Danielle Steel so when I was looking for books to read I was at least familiar with her.  I bought A Good Woman and finished it last night.  It was OK I guess.  But I probably will not buy any more of hers.  Not really what I'm interested in anymore. 

As you can probably tell (if you've visited my blog much) I decided it was time to change things up a bit again.  I've never been one to always keep my house the same for long so I guess my blog is no different.

The sun is shining!!   

Saturday, October 31, 2009

2nd Place! 
class 3A State Volleyball 

Our volleyball girls did a great job!  The best finish for Phillipsburg ever.
And our sweet Alivia was a very big part of this win.  She finished her senior volleyball year with a bang.  Great blocks at the net.  Super kills and steady and sure all the way.
She's the cute blond holding the trophy.  heehee  
You bet we're proud!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

So OK... more dreary grey drizzley chilly weather again these last couple of days. 
Enough already!! 
Where's the sun????????

At least my snowball bush is really pretty this year.

As I was taking pics this morning I saw this little fellow fly into the cranberry bush so I quickly snapped him. 
Looks like he's telling me off.  hahaha

I'm still working on D's blocks as often as I can.  I've decided to make him a bed quilt since he'd get a lot more use out of that than he would a snuggle quilt.  I have 30 blocks finished so far and about 10 more to go.  I thought for sure he was going to catch on yesterday when he walked in to visit with me. 
I hadn't heard him come in the house and all of a sudden there he stood telling me about something the neighbor had said.  I had two of his blocks I was working on (one in the machine and the other laying on the ironing board) and there was nothing to do!!!    I just acted like nothing was wrong and he kept taking and never said one word about what I was working on.  HAHAHA 
I knew he wouldn't get it. 

I'm really enjoying reading again.  And since there isn't much on TV that's really worth watching.... I've been shutting it off and grabbing a book. 
Much more enjoyable. 
I've two more books finished.  They were both small quick reads and nice for a change.  Tuesdays with Morrie and  For One More Day  both written by Mitch Albom.  (thanks Jess) 
I've added a new bookshelf to my sidebar to track the books I've read and I can also go to the Shelfari site and find most popular books and their descriptions. 
Fun huh?  

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

  I've spent the last couple of days reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. 

Unlike many of the recent books I've started lately .... I just couln't put this one down.   I will definitely be reading more of her novels.      
Here's the info if you're interested. 

Today I wil get back to my sewing.  Still working on a few of D's blocks as I can sneak in. 

The sun is shining today.   I miss it when it's hidden. 

Friday, October 23, 2009

I saw this on one of the forums this morning and just had to share. 
Yep!  I so identify!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

If you don't have one of these..... 

to help you do this........................

You really need to get one.  I'm not sure you can tell that there is a ridge on the back that grips the seam as you cut off the excess. 
I love this little ruler.  I use it to trim off the triangles and it's especially useful when I'm paper-piecing and need to trim the seams.  There is also a 1/8 inch ruler to use for mini-trimming.  Of course being the gadget person that I am I have them both. 
I use this one all the time....... but....... I don't think I've ever used the other one ...... yet.  hahaha

I worked on sewing more strips today and I put together three more blocks.  Don was home all day and I had to stay under cover.  He even kept coming in the room every so often to visit with me. 
What's up with that?    

I am totally convinced that pressing some seams open is the way to go for me. 

I've found I can be much more precise in matching angled seams if I press them open. (shhhhh don't tell the quilt police)  lol
And I like the added benefit that there isn't the extra layer of fabric that is there when seams are pressed to the side.   I can't feel that bump.
It takes a bit more time that's for sure....but I'm liking it.
And I 'm especially liking the accuracy that results for me.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Today I wanted to work on the burgundy quilt that I had cut out around the same time as I started Don's quilt.
It was going to be my "cover quilt".
And I don't mean to cover up with.... I mean I planned to use it to cover up the fact that I was actually working on D's quilt.
I figured If I had both cut and ready I could just quickly hide his B/W blocks and grab this one.
It's worked very well so far.  
It's a Quiltmaker pattern called Touch of Sunshine (free pattern when you subscribe to the magazine).  It will be a Queen size when finished.
The largest I've tackled so far.  But kinda scary.... because I'm such a slow poke.  If it takes me weeks to make a snuggle quilt.... goodness how long will it take me to make a queen?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Today I spent most of the afternoon with my sewing machine.  Laundry and a bit of cleaning took up most of my morning.   

I worked on the second Southern Gentleman block.  I have really enjoyed using this satin stitch. 
It's relaxing and calming.  Perhaps because I go really slow so I have lots of control and I love hearing the hum of the machine as it runs at a slow and easy pace.

Oh.... and Jess.... your pants are done.  :o) 

I started feeling better yesterday and I felt like  finishing the book I had started on our trip home Monday.  "Handle With Care" by Jodi Picoult.   I flipped the last page around midnight.  It was very good and I really like the authors style of writing. 
Each of her characters are written in the first person.   This book is about a couple who has two has been born with a severe handicap... and the story is about the decision the mother makes to sue her OBGYN for wrongful birth and how it effects everyone.  It's a riveting story and certainly thought provoking. 
This is her second book I've read and I'll definitely read more of hers. 
She's the author of sixteen novels, including  "My Sisters Keeper" which has been made into a movie....{but they changed the ending (I've been told) and it completely misses the point of the book}.  I'm glad I haven't seen the movie and I won't now. 

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

We're back home.  I've caught a bug so I'm dragging and don't feel like accomplishing much.  I hope I get well by Saturday so I can at least enjoy Alivia's volleyball league tournament. 

We did spend yesterday morning getting an estimate for the car and talking to our local insurance guy.
[rewind a few days].....

We pulled up to Deb's around 4:00pm Friday and Saturday morning when we went out to the car to go shopping.... we found the back window had been broken out. 
Apparently someone thought it would be lots a fun to throw a socket wrench at our car.  We found it in the grass and turned it over to the police so they were hopeful that maybe a print could be lifted. 
We don't hold out to much hope though. 
Our SIL taped a piece of heavy plastic over the window and it is holding on very well.  He did a great job of cleaning it all up. 
It's a good thing because it may take a while before we get it fixed. 
Seems the car is old enough that they don't make the window replacements anymore and it will have to be a used window.  Whatever works!!!   I just want my good ol' car back in shape. 

Aside from that.....We had a wonderful time with everyone this last weekend.  Remember I told you we were planning to go to the Maple Leaf Festival?  Well......hahahaha  It did start Saturday but we thought we would be going to the parade
That's next Saturday.  LOL  
The Festival lasts a week and ends with the parade. 
I really didn't care one bit.  We all got quite the laugh after we realized what was going on.

I bought me a new camera while we were there.   I found a Canon Power Shot SX120. 
So far I just love it. 
I still have a lot to learn about all the settings and what I can do with it. 

The pics I have taken so far have turned out great. 

Of course any camera would do a great job on these three.

 Gosh I miss everyone already!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I finished machine satin stitching my first block in the Southern Gentleman BOM.  It's been years it seems since I've done this kind of stitching and I think I like it.
Two more and I'll be caught up...but they will have to wait till I get back home. 
We're off for the weekend to see the "greats" and their new home. 
Then back home Monday so we won't miss any of the "grands" games 

Here is the full block...

Have a good weekend..... stay warm!! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Yesterday morning I worked on this months Pizza box.  Lisa is using patriotic fabrics and she picked this pinwheel pattern.   The block measures 6.5" finished so it will take a lot of these to make a good sized quilt.  She had precut all of her blocks to the specific size (3 1/8th") the pattern recommended.  And it stated: cut the square in half and sew light and dark triangle together.  About three of us followed the pattern instructions.    
Well....She's going to have to sash all of the blocks though since about half of the gals made the pinwheels by layering a light and dark square - drawing a line on the back and then sewing on each side of the line and cutting on the line.  It's an easy technique but they didn't realize that they needed the square to be 3/8" bigger to make the block finish to the right size.   But the finished quilt will be cute whatever she decides to do with the squares.
I enjoyed making this block.

And here's a quick peek at Don's quilt so far.  I'm liking this a lot!! 
Oh!  Just ignore those two blocks.  I still haven't gotten them sewn down yet so they're staying on my design wall till I do.  They're 18" square so they take up a lot of the wall space.  I need to figure out how to store them when I get each one finished.  They're too big for a pizza box and I don't really want to fold them....but that's probably what I'll wind up doing unless one of you have an idea for me. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I just added a sidebar button from The Painted Quilt.  She will be posting a free design on the first Friday of every month and if you like embroidery her patterns are darling.   She's calling it "First Friday Freebie". 

I'm still (slowly) working on the fabric portrait just trying to get my pattern the way I want it.  Altho I'm not getting very far along very fast for sure.  And occasionally I get to sneak in a couple more blocks on Don's quilt.  I have it about half done so far.   

Even with that it seems like not much sewing or quilting going on around here lately.  We've been going to watch our Varsity volleyball girls play (Alivia).  Saturday we drove a couple of hours (one way) to watch them play in an eight team tournament.   They just rolled right over every team they played and took 1st.  This is the second tournament in a row they've won.  They're looking pretty good right about now. 
Last night we drove to Hays to watch them in regular play against three other teams.   The JV was there too so we got to watch Beth play at least one game.  And then of course when we're not watching the girls.... there's Stu's football games.  It's such a joy to watch him carry the ball and find a hole to snake through to head for a touchdown. 

Ok... enough sports this morning.  I'm off to grab a bite and spend a few hours sewing today. 

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Scott's quilt - The label is on and it's all finished.

I'll wash it in about a week to make sure the ink on the label has set up and it won't fade.  Then it's off to be added to the pile of Christmas quilts. 

Ok even with all my bellyaching about quilting  those t-shirts .... it actually looks pretty good.   Here's the backing.    

I have no idea what is going on with my camera.  I tried to take this pic with my flash off so the quilting would show better.  But I couldn't get a clear picture out of any of the 10 I took.  They all blurred terribly.
  So I had to turn the flash back on and finally one pic came through.  Maybe I'll have to think very seriously about getting me a new one. 
This isn't the first time this has happened. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This being the last day of the month I thought I'd better get the guild Pizza box done.  This month I have Jean K's and she picked out a cute little kit.  I love the colors of the fabrics.  Her blocks are small (6.5") and it didn't take long at all to put together.

Which brings me to matching angled seams.  (I was talking about those right)?  LOL  ....Well I am now.
I've always had such a hard time getting them to match up as well as I wanted if I pressed my seams to the dark fab.  They just always weren't quite right.  So ....  I've been pressing some of my seams open and by golly it is much easier to see how the seam lays.
See those corner matches!   Pretty darn perfect if you ask me!!  hahaha
Now I have to work on not cutting off those points.  Sheesh!! 

I've been quietly working on Don's blocks off and on.  Yesterday morning I was able to get more fabric cut and several blocks sewn while he went out of town to his eye Doc appt.  I had at least an hour and a half for uninterrupted sewing.  It's coming along nicely.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I've decided to take another online class at MQR.  This class is called "Portraits in Cloth" taught by Jean Shute.  I love her teaching style.  The first class I took with her was "Color and Design" where we learned about color, how to apply it and used crayons and paint.  I loved that class and learned so much from her so I decided I'd better get in on this one too. 
..... So OK..... I haven't actually used any of the techniques I learned in the other class .... but it is all in my head just waiting.  Someday!

Our first lesson for this class was to pick a picture of someone we want to make a fabric portrait of, and Jean showed us how to use Photoshop Elements to tweek the photo to a black and white.  This is the one I've chosen...... of course!! Who else?!!!
This week we will learn how to make the pattern.  I still need to choose the fabrics that I want to use and I'm waiting on the Prisma colored pencil order to come in. 
I sure hope I can get this to be at least recognizable when I'm finished.  heehee

Yesterday we spent the better part of the day watching Beth play in a volleyball tournament.  They played very well the first four games and took first in their pool play....but then got beat out in the next round.  Beth jammed her thumb bad during the last game and I could tell she was hurting a lot.  She never gave up playing but it did alter her hits.  Still.... she had a very good day of play and we enjoyed watching her. 

So today I plan to spend the day "sneaking around" again.  And I still have the label to put on Scotts quilt then I'll wash & dry it and post the final picture.

Have a GREAT Sunday   

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ok.  I give up!  I don't think I'm very sneaky.  
I'm trying .... but I just can't get the hang of it.  
I don't think it'll be long before I'm found out and a comment will be made.  
Or maybe not!  He isn't usually very observant so I'm counting on that.  Even tho he's caught me in the act twice now in the last two days.  
LOL  I'm talking about Don and his blk/wht quilt.  Yesterday I started cutting some of the fabrics so I would have them ready to just grab on short notice to sew (undercover) when he leaves the house.  He had gone on an errand and I figured I had plenty of time to get lots of cutting done.  
....... dang!!  I didn't hear him come back in the house and all of a sudden he was standing in my sewing room door talking to me.  I jumped and kinda laid across my cutting board as if my back was hurting (I was really trying to hide the black fabric)..... but who was I kidding?  I may be fat .... but I'm not that big yet!  hahaha 
He didn't say anything about the fabric and I just went about my business as if nothing was wrong. 
And today he caught me again.....except this time I just went on like I always do and was cutting different fabric for another quilt that I'd already told him about. 
Well I'll keep trying.  I did manage to get two blocks made-cut-sewn back together today while he's outside mowing.  They turned out pretty well if I do say so.  I love this pattern.  It's so simple yet looks like so much work.

This second quilt will be a Queen size.  That's going to be the largest quilt I've ever made so it may take me awhile.
But hey!  I found two extra hours today doing what Crispy did.  She was telling about paring down her blog/computer reading time because she wasn't getting anything done.
Uhhhhh yeah!! Me too!!
So I'm going to give that a try too.  I spend way to much time on this thing.
In fact ......... see me leaving....... back to sewing.......

Oh wait..... If you haven't upgraded your Blogger post editor..... do it!!  It's much better. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Brrrrr. Ok so it's not snowing! And I know it's not winter yet.
But still! It feels like it and I'm cold!!
It's that time of year when it's too cold to not have the furnace running and yet too warm to have the furnace running.
So here I sit in my sweats and long sleeve shirt.
And I think I should go put on some socks.
It's going to be a looooonnnggg winter!!!

I received my order of thread today.
Oh how pretty. I ordered two sets (Ricky Tims Flower Garden & High Dessert). The other day I was putting together a machine applique' called Southern Gentleman and decided I just needed some shiny pretty threads to do some machine applique'.
Sew Thankful had these sets on sale so I just couldn't pass them up. You know....more is better and all that. heehee As if I didn't have enough thread already. But you know.... it's a quilting thing!!

Here's a sneak peak at the first block (before dressing it up).
I bought this copper fabric one day when I was at the LQS just because. I had no idea what I would use it for.... but I loved it .....soooooo.
And then along came this BOM and Ta-Da......perfect!!

Today I start cutting the fabric for Don's quilt. I'm going to be making the Disappearing 9-patch and the fabrics will be black & white prints with a blue for the center square.
This will be a bit tricky since I'm going to try to make it without him knowing. Even though he knows he'll be getting a quilt someday .... I hope I can keep it hidden so he'll be surprised.

I'm going to go get socks......Have a great day ..... and stay warm.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

So....... I really haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Really!
Just haven't felt like blogging lately. So I didn't!

It's Fall!! Yep!! Time to add a quilt to the bed at night. There's a nip in the air and the leaves have started to turn here just in the last two days. Almost makes me want to buy a pumpkin and get some hay bales. ................ But I'll get over that thought real soon. hahaha

I have been plodding along as usual (in my own sweet time) and I'm now finished with the quilting on Scott's quilt. I love that backing material.
The binding is on and I'm half finished sewing it down.
Almost done!!
I will now say (emphatically!!)..... this will be the last t-shirt quilt that I will ever make!!
I did enjoy the puzzle of setting the blocks together and designing the quilt.... but the quilting!!!! OMGosh!!!
I wonder if maybe there was something wrong with the fusible that I used. On some of the blocks it just didn't stick well and when I was quilting it ..... the shirts kept shifting and wanting to bunch up (like knit tends to do). It took me twice as long as it should have to quilt it because I kept having to hold the shirt while I tried to follow the panto. Not easy!! And nearly impossible to do. In fact there are several places that I'm not happy with. Of course I'm way to picky and "done is good".

Next quilt up...... DH's. His is the last on my list of *Must-Do for family*. I like to have the quilts be a surprise so I can give them as Christmas gifts.... but I'm pretty sure I can't get away with this one for Don. But it might be kinda fun to see how far along I get on it before he realizes I'm making his.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Here is Scott's t-shirt quilt top.
It's now big enough for him to cuddle under.... so I'm calling it finished.
It's been quite a puzzle to get it put together the way I wanted.
This was not the way I originally thought I was going to do it....but after gathering all the pieces (and a whole lot of thinking) I decided to set the shirts together this way. Of course I had to choose the harder!! :)

As I was sewing...each piece brought back so many memories of all the basketball, football, baseball and track meets that we all attended together over the years. Great memories!!
I'm pleased with it now.

Off to get it put on the frame to quilt.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

So here is the backing for Trent's quilt.
Sorry I forgot to post it with the quilt. :)
I think he'll get a kick out of it don't you?

And while I'm at it.... here is the lastest basket I have finished. Countdown now..... only 2 more to go.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Good morning. Hope you're having a good day.
Here you go Deb.... a pic of Trent's finished quilt.
As usual I had a bit of a time trying to snap the pic between wind gusts. This is the best that I could do.

I used several different patterns on my machine to applique' the alphabet so I thought you might like to see a couple up close.

This also shows the panto I used to quilt it.
A very simple one and I like the way it turned out.

I'll be bringing it with us when we come in Oct.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Time for another Pizza Box block finish to show you. (HA Try saying that 3 times!)
This one was quite easy and her choice of fabrics were really nice. I love the pumpkins. The pattern is from Calico Printworks called Nine-Patch Parade. Each square is 8". The pattern calls for just setting each block separately.... but Vicki chose to have us put together a 9-patch as she instructed. So this is a BIG block! She'll have a cute quilt when finished.

I'm almost finished quilting Trent's quilt. I'm using an easy easy panto and I should have been done by now. But ..... as usual I'm procrastinating. But this afternoon I'm getting back in there and will get the binding on today.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Good morning all. Today is looking to be a rather sunshiny slightly breezy rather warmish day.
(that's just a nice way to say HOT!!)
In fact my Firefox weather bar shows the next couple of days are forecast to be in the 100s again. Sheesh!!
So it's a good thing I've gotten back to my embroidery so I can sit here in my nice AC.

I finished another Blackwork basket last night while watching the best Big Brother episode yet this year.
Ronnie is gone!!
Our boy Jeff rocks!!
And Chima is in for a BIG surprise!!
Aren't we happy campers today? hahaha

Oh sorry. I got a bit sidetracked there for a minute. Back to the embroidery. I started these way back late 2007 and put them away last April. Well.... the other day I decided to finish the block I had started way back then and here it is.
Just 3 more to go then I can start deciding how to set them.

I've gotten Trent's quilt on the frame so I'll start quilting it today. It usually takes me several days (or weeks) to finish the quilting because I just don't stick with it for hours on end. The back screams to much. Even though this quilt isn't that big I think it will still take awhile.

Have a great day all.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I added the borders to Trent's quilt today.
And I used my new gadget for mitering corners for the borders. It's called Quick Easy Border Mitering Tool
It really made it so easy.
I know Trent won't mind at all...but I wish I would have had more fabric so I could have matched up the stripes better. But I had to make do and (in real life) it doesn't look that bad.
I plan to get the top on the frame tomorrow.

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