Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Finally - A Finished Top

Monday, while these guys were busy digging up my back yard, I sewed.

The borders all ready to sew on - just need to make the corner units.

Then I added the borders to the quilt top in the evening after dinner. 
Oh I do NOT like those corners!

Maybe this would be better.

I drew some ideas in my notebook and I was still pondering it when I went to bed.
I couldn't sleep anyway so I got up at 1:45 and sewed the unit above.

This morning at Sit and Sew - I took out the corner units.
When I got home from doing some errands I sewed thee new ones in.

 I had just vacuumed so I didn't want to open it up fully and I really don't have room for the 90 by 90" that it grew to be. Now I need to choose a backing and binding for it.
And of course - I have so many other projects that I want to sew on.

I am holding off on the Bonnie Hunter Mystery this year  - I love her mysteries but not sure if I want to commit to it until I see the whole pattern.
 This block "Dawn's Early Light " is one of her patterns shown in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 13.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

PreDawn Sewing - Christmas Activities & A Nice Surprise

So this morning I got up at 4:45 and started sewing after I had my first cup of Coffee.
After making sure I had enough half square triangle units made,
I sewed 24 pairs of the small red half square triangles together.  Then I discovered that I had again sewed them facing the wrong direction - grr.  
This time I did unsew them and redid them correctly.

I also made the four large companion strips of blue half square triangles.
I made the large navy half square units that I think  will work in the corners.
Maybe tomorrow afternoon I will have time to finish up the border units - I am really getting tired of working on this but I don't want to put it aside again.

Our Cookie Sale went really well last night - we had so many folks that we ran out of boxes to put cookies in - we improvised with zip lock bags.

We were busy from 5:30 until 8:30.  Everyone was happy with their cookies and we had lots of new people that had never been before.

Of corse these gals served lots of Hot Cocoa!

Today we clean up and get the fellowship hall ready for the men to put on their Church wide Christmas breakfast in the morning.
My Sunday School Class is also having their Christmas Party tomorrow after Church at a nearby Steakhouse - I may skip the breakfast.


This afternoon my daughter and son in law came over with my grandson Evan. 
The Coast Guard had sent him to Camp LeJeune for some training for a couple of weeks and he was home for the weekend.  He is stationed at Port Aransas in Texas. 
 He was home for the wedding in October but it was nice to have him here. 
We had dinner, played Rummicube and they put up the Christmas tree that I bought last weekend when I went to Lowes for a night light. 
What a nice surprise!

Friday, December 1, 2017

45 Minutes to Sew and The Cookie Walk

We Have been planning and preparing for our Cookie Sale for many months and today is the day.  So I gave myself 45 minutes to sew this morning to sew before getting on with other things.

I took out the corner that was sewed in backwards and resewed it.  I am making my borders in 8 sections. I will join them and add a solid red inner border before sewing them to the quilt center.  
I also have to figure out how I will treat the corners.

I have seven half border sections sewn - but 
OH SNAP - I have five rights and two lefts - looks like I really have only six sections.
Will I unsew one of them  - NOT A CHANCE!
I think it will be much easier to make more half square triangles!!!!

I'll need more than 45 minutes tomorrow.


The men set up the nativity shelters and we will have a live nativity this evening as soon as it gets dark.  I've been told we will even have a 2 month old baby participating.

 Talented gals have been decorating the fellowship hall - grab a box and pick your choice of cookies

Take a family photo in our Photo Corner!

Ready for the cookies and candies.

This is where I'll be tonight  - working at the Hot Chocolate Bar with my friends at
Wendell United Methodist Church
Main Street
Wendell, North Carolina
Come on by and see us if you're in the area.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Veteran's Quilts

In early November, My friend Pat and myself delivered 62 quilts and 25 pillowcases to the VA Hospital in Durham, NC.  They will be given to the patients who come into their hospice program.
The volunteer coordinator told us that they gave out 145 quilt last year.
The hospice unit will be relocated to a separate building, which is under construction, later this year.

All the quilts that we delivered were made by our bee in Zebulon and by the Pine Tree quilters from Apex.  

Most of the quilts are lap size up to single bed quilts.  My friend Pat makes several quilts for Veterans each year. 
Such a privilege to deliver them. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Back to Normal - Whatever that is

Ben and Daniel loved their quilt!

One of my favorite pictures from the wedding is this informal one of the girls and grand daughters!

The grandsons - wow I look pretty short!

Back in February, S and I started making blocks from this pattern by Bonnie Hunter, called Dawn's Early Light in one of the 100 quit blocks magazines.  S has hers finished.  I finished 64 blocks for the quilt center a couple of weeks ago.  There are so many ways this can be set. 

I loved this one but went with the one below.

Good grief - I had one corner wrong and had to take out several blocks.
The center measures 72 x 72".
Working on the borders!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stormy Seas Finished

Such a relief to finish the quilting on this quilt for several reasons.
1. Tensions issues
2. Lots of stitches to remove and re sew.
3. Time constraints - mostly from my waffling on choice of backing and procrastinating in general.
4. And most importantly  - I plan to give it as a gift this coming weekend.

This afternoon I finished sewing the binding and adding the label.
 I probably should take a picture by daylight but I am just glad to be able to cross this off my todo list.
The quilt is 84 by 96 inches - (56) 12" blocks.  I bought four different backings and two different fabrics for bindings........DONE!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Gift Quilts and Town Mural

 My grand daughter Molly and I drove to Connecticut to see Howard and Pat while I was in New York in August.
 We had a great time with them. 
 I took three quilts. The Roll, roll Cotton Boll was given to My brother in law and his bride of 46 years.

I gave Chad a Liberated Stars and Darrin (camera-shy) a String Squares Quilt.

A friend of mine painted this mural on the building across from our church. 
Some friends from church helped her out on some of the backgrounds.
I think it is very fitting for Wendell. 
 ( and it sure beats the ugly Tobacco Worm mural that graces the side of another building in town.)