Friday, May 27, 2016

WUMC Bread Ministry


Several weeks ago we started a bread ministry at our church.  We meet every other Wednesday morning and bake about 18 to 22 loaves of bread.


We have been making an Oatmeal/Whole Wheat Quick Bread.  And will continue with it this quarter.


We package it in a plastic bag inside this brown paper bag with this artwork and a little information about our church.  It is has been well received. 
Our plans are to make a cinnamon bread next quarter. 



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Backings and Bindings Continue





I found this purple and blue batik for the binding for the Scrappy Squares Quilt.



Cut and sewn on  - it looks pretty good  - added it to the growing pile of hand sewing.



I cut and sewed the binding on the Blue Moon Quilt too.  I had already planned to use the same fabric as the inner border.   I finished quilting it except for the inner border which I will have to do on the Bernina.


This is a donation quilt that I cut out awhile back and sewed while at the beach with friends. It is a very easy pattern called Greek Cross that is available as a 12" block on Quilter's Cache.


Saturday at the Bee, I bought 3 yards of this very pale lavender with white roses to use for the backing of this donation quilt.  I ended up choosing a red binding that I had already made.  Another top ready to quilt.



 I later went back and bought the rest of the bolt of the lavender fabric  - it is much prettier than it appears here  and it was a good bargain too.

It is good to get these little chores done.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Borders, Backings, Bindings


On Thursday I finished sewing these blocks together for a Patriotic Donation Quilt.


I had these choices for an inner border.


The blue and white won out over the duller red, white and blue dots.


Even though I had already planned to use the blue print as an outer border, I thought I'd see if I liked red better. Not this one.


This is better, IMHO that is.


But I still like the blue better!




This is a great block that sews up so quickly.


I had this 3 yard piece of flannel that will suffice for the back and these choices for the binding.
I cut the blue solid and sewed it together.  Now it is ready for quilting.

This kept me entertained while the new water filter was being installed on Friday.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday - Sewing in the Dining Room


Friends C & S came over to sew today.  So we set up shop on the dining room table.  
I worked on my 
16 Patch Blocks.   I sewed a few more after they left.  My "scorecard" is in the background.
I have 74 done - I'm aiming for about 120/25 blocks so that I can end up with an 80 x 96 or an 88" square quilt.
I'll take them to work on at the Bee on Saturday but I doubt if much sewing will get accomplished.

Bee members who have things they want to sell (sewing/quilting related) are bringing them and we are having a little yard sale.  Now that will be lots of fun!!!! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Scrappy Squares




I finished the quilting on the scrappy stars quilt.  The quilting doesn't show very well in the pictures but I am satisfied with it.


I have trimmed it and need to look for s suitable binding fabric  Most of the time I choose and make the binding when I make the backing.  





Sooooo  - on to another quilt and another challenge.  I am struggling with this pattern and am hoping it will look better as I go along.  I practiced this pattern so many times on paper but I still find it hard to get into a rhythm with it.   Well I have a few more rows of practice.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Quilting Another Quilt - Water Woes


When I took the garden trellis quilt off the Crown Jewel last week I had time to load this one.   I have been trying to do this so that hopefully  I will feel more compelled to quilt knowing there is something already to go.
It is a pattern that Edyta Sitar calls scrappy squares.  It uses a lot of batiks.


I struggled with what I would use in the squares,   I saw a You Tube video of a gal using a similar design so I practiced drawing it on paper. And then practiced it on my DSM.


I had lots of trouble with thread shredding and breaking.  So I switched threads and needles etc.  I also slowed down my speed.  I t was pretty good then but I had to sew only from left to right  - when I tried to sew back to the left the thread still shredded.  It is a little slow going and I have to turn after every row.

I have been sewing on some new window treatments for the den  - that is chore sewing.  I had to get out the serger and I was glad it was threaded so I didn't have to rack my brain about that.  I will have a tall guest staying at my house this weekend so hopefully they will get hung then.

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Mother's Day the family came over in the afternoon. Just as we were preparing to eat - the water stopped flowing.  Glad for my son-in laws and their input.  We were expecting the worst but the  water came back on in about an hour.  The well people came our Monday and checked everything out.   The well is in good shape  - just a minor thing.  But I was glad in the long run  - I will have an additional filter put on the lines next week to help with the iron in the water.. Our area is plagued with iron in the water!!!!  But when I think of all the people in the world who would be thrilled to have water from a well even with the pesky iron. I am thankful for what I have.

We made another 21 loaves of bread Wednesday.  Our delivery guys said the gift was well received.
We will meet again in a couple of weeks - we may try a new recipe next quarter so we are looking around for recipes.  I found one for a cinnamon bread that I will test soon.

Thursday - Shelly treated me to a reflexology massage and pedicure.  Then we ate at Champa, an Asian restaurant at Brier Creek.  A little shopping and I was ready to call it a day.

Our town is having an Art Walk - there will artists painting pictures of various locations downtown. The paintings will be auctioned off in the evening.  Our church will be painted by one of our members. Another artist will paint the Woman's Club Building.  We are having an open house there so I will be baking cookies.





Friday, May 13, 2016

Garden Trellis Quilting


Had no idea what I would use for a quilting design when I loaded this quilt.  So I tried a version of a teardrop and tried to make it look like leaves.  It is harder to achieve than the teardrops or some call them shells.

 



I am just glad to have another quilt quilted and ready to bind.
That stack is getting pretty sizable.

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Our intern, Alex, graduates this spring. He and his wife will be heading back to California soon after graduation.  I made this Reese's Bar Cheesecake to take to the potluck we had for him after church Sunday.  It was completely devoured so I didn't have to worry about leftovers.