Tuesday, January 26, 2016

More Quilting Last Week

Finished the quilting on Barb's Barn Quilt I last week.

Will need to quilt the inner border on the DSM.

The binding is ready to be hand sewn!  Add it to the binding pile,

This is a donation quilt that I quilted for Pine Tree.  I'll sew a black binding on it and turn it back in.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It was Icy!

The sun shining brightly on all the ice covered vegetation this morning was beautiful,... I just wanted it to stay for it's beauty but for practical reasons I wanted it gone.

It was no match for the power of the sunshine ...... it was all melted off the trees by 3PM.

Kathy and Em watched the Carolina - Va Tech game

We had dinner and watched the Panthers vs Arizona.

They are hoping their power will be restored tomorrow.

No sewing for me today but I did make 16 blocks yesterday - so maybe Tuesday I will have enough blocks made to start sewing a top together.  

  School is cancelled so Emily will help out with Table of Grace at WUMC.  We are going to serve Meatloaf with sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls and Dessert (probably Chocolate Cake)

Luther could care less - he would like me to move to another chair so he can claim mine!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Oh The Weather = Sewing Time

Icy Camellias out back 

Even icier camellia

Pine Trees coated with ice - still freezing rain coming down - the good news is that even though we have had some flickering the lights are still on at 11 PM.  They say we may have some snow tomorrow.   No chance that I will be going anywhere tomorrow.

Looks like I can make some more blocks.  These are from a book by Edyta Sitar and are fairly easy and fun to make.

John's 3 year Angelversary  - really miss him - even more so when I have to deal with situations like the weather today. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Personal Record

This is surely a record for me - finishing the binding on two full sized quilts in one week.
Of course there are more waiting to be finished.

From the other end

I finished taking the lights off the tree today - and the Santas are all back in the bedroom waiting to be packed away.  The tree will have to wait for  someone stronger than I to dismantle it and tote it out to the workshop. 

On my way home from sewing with friends yesterday, I stopped at a little country supermarket.  They always seem to have great looking meats and fresh vegetables.  I'm having a vegetable plate for dinner tonight.  Cabbage cooked with country ham and red pepper, boiled rutabaga and green peas.

But for now - I think I need a small reward - a little on line shopping will suffice.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Newish Project - Starting the Undecorating

In late summer, I cut out lots of these blocks so that I would have an easy sewing project to take to bee etc. I cut out more little color squares today so I can finish up the ones I have already cut.

Take off the colored balls - found a missed gift in the tree!

Pack all the ornaments in used wrapping tissue.

Box them up with the stockings and tree skirt.

Remove the tree top star - John and I bought it the first year we married - and it has been on the tree every year for 55 years.  I wanted to use a bow for the tree top one year but that was quickly voted out! Another year I brought home a mercury glass spire but that stayed in the box! I guess it's an omen that in 55 years all the lights are original and they all still light.

Some of our lights on the pre-lit tree are not working so I am taking them off  before I put it away. It took me about two hours to get the first set off but by evening I had removed four sets.  I have 2 more to go! I have a lot of respect for the person who puts them on as they were very nicely and securely put on.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Quilting and Binding

 This quilt is one of the biggest, if not the biggest quilt I have ever made.  It is 96" square. It took up almost all the space on the roller bars. I did a freehand baptist fan design and it went fairly quickly.

I quilted it in three sessions - on the second day I had some trouble with thread shredding - so I changed the needle, checked the tension, rethreaded the machine and left it until the next day.  I was able to finish it with out anymore problems.

I trimmed it and decided to use a red binding.  The shop in Warrenton has the complete line of fossil fern fabrics so I am going to use one of their reds.

Finished sewing the binding on the Bowdacious quilt Monday.  It was cold and windy so it was nice to sit under it and sew. 


A friend came over for dinner and a movie Sunday afternoon.  We were going to go out to a movie but none of the new ones interested us.  We looked through some here and found The Piano (we had both seen it before - it came out in 1994) - it was on VCR- mixed in with some of the family tapes.  We worked on bindings while we watched it.   Neither of us could remember very much of it  (20 years ago - no wonder) except the finger being chopped off.  Enough said - movie on it's way to goodwill.