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.)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stormy Seas - Tension Issues

After much procrastination, I finally started quilting on a quilt I'm calling Stormy Seas.
It's living up to it's name!   Tension issues yesterday - large section had to be removed.

Today the first bobbin went fine and I thought all was well.  I received a call from a friend 
and as I was sitting talking to her,  I could see the underside of the quilt.
GRRR - more  unsewing.  

Even the pictures are worse than normal.

I will be changing thread, needle and making a large test sandwich to try and figure out what is going on here before I quilt any further on this.
These tension issues are causing too much tension around here!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Table Runners

This is a table runner that I started when I went on the Missouri Star Quilt Retreat in July.
There was no pattern available but I had purchased a template for the trees so I just made it up as I went along.  When I was finished with the top - The trunks of the trees weren't all centered.  Sunday evening I took off the borders and redid them.  I quilted it with an allover design on my Bernina. Backing is green with trees on it.

This is a top I made for Ladybug from fabric she had at the shop.  May do a workshop for it later on.
Made this using template from MSQC.  Finishes 14.5 by 38"

This on is using a Kaleidoscope ruler.  The trees are about an inch shorter.  Fabrics also from Ladybug.  This finishes 13.5 by 34".

I took some hand made things to church for our Family Community Day a couple of weeks ago.  Our Woman's group had a crafty- art sale.  The table runners and toppers were popular so I am going to try and make a few for next year. 
 Good Intentions!!!! 

Now for some other good intentions -  I need to get the wedding gift quilt on the machine today.
After Woman's Club this afternoon. (Excuses always excuses.)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Crossed Canoes Quilted

An unusually cool day  for us here in NC for early September.  Temperatures in the mid 60's when the mid 80's is the norm. A perfect day to quilt.
I went out just before lunch and finished up the machine work on this quilt by late afternoon.

The back is a batik that I've had for sometime.  I rarely use batiks for backings as they are more tightly woven than regular fabrics.  I feel that the machine or maybe the needle has to work harder to piece the fabric plus they are not as soft.   

Now for some trimming and a binding.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Quilting Time

This is the quilt top I made last year and started quilting back in June.  I had quilted only the top border when indecision set in and then ----------- it has just sat there all summer.
I really need to start quilting a different quilt so..............

 This afternoon I quilted three rows of blocks.
It looks like our area will be spared any effect from Hurricane Irma - other than a little wind and rain so perhaps I can finish it in the next couple of days.

I have been trying to trim and spray weeds in the back yard.
Just the minimal amount but it helps a little.
I think I pulled at least 100 false sunflowers from this bed.

It looks some better now - as long as you stand a few feet away.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

August in New York 2017

A picturesque farm.

End of a rainbow from Barb's porch

Dawn from "my room"

Taking pictures of farms in the area.

Heading home  - early morning fog 

Stratton Farm 

Amazing how fast the fog fades in and out.

I was so attracted by the fog and flowers  - I had to turn the car around at the end of the lane and take pictures from both directions.  This farm is on the edge of town.