Monday, June 29, 2009

Sewing a bit

Not finishing anything yet, but I'm sewing and cleaning.
We went horseback riding today and it hit 104 by the time Ashley was done. Yuck. We need rain!!!
I am sewing on Ann's mystery. Ladies and Gents, this is a wonderful pattern so far. It is going together very easily, and looks like fun so far. IF you are thinking of doing this, please do. It is wonderful. Can't show you any photo at this time. :)
I'm glad I'm sewing again.

Friday, June 26, 2009


It has been a weird week. I've been depressed. I've only cleaned and sat and watched TV. Everyone is trying to get me out of the house, but I really needed to just veg and work through my thoughts and feelings about DH moving.

Good news is he is in San Pedro, CA and has his place. He is watching some of what he eats and is feeling better. Sounds like he needs to figure out some of the tests and get that started soon. His furniture should be arriving this morning. He will need to put everything away and be ready for work on Monday.
I did get 2 packages in the mail. I forgot to open the summer solstice package on Monday. My mind was just not in it. Isn't this a great package? Maura, thank you so much I love all that you sent.
1. MY summer treat recipe is the Three Bean Salad with the white kidney beans. This is a recipe in the #7 book. :)
2. The dollar store item is "The Girls" shopping girls sugar free fresh mints. The tin is sooooo cute.
3. I have a blue mouse pincushion for the handmade item. It's soooo cute.
4. I will have nice and soft feet with the Papaya & Orange Blossom lotion.
5.There is the cute cappuccino note pad and pen from a sale she couldn't pass up. Of course, DD is about ready to steal it from me. LOL
6. The quilty notion is the Quilter's Silver Marking Pencil. One of my favorites. Thank you!
7. My reading material is the Quilter's Kitchen. Some of these recipes sound delicious.
8. The summertime FQ is beautiful flowers in blues and purples. I am collecting for DD's quilt, so this will work perfectly!
Maura, thank you again for the wonderful package and I'm sorry I didn't get to it until today.
Kim sent me this package. Some was for my birthday and some was just fun things.The Eric Carle panel is wonderful. I was amazed that DD wanted me to make it up NOW!! LOL Guess she loved that book so much.
The purse handles are things I'll use as I'm getting back into sewing and making gifts for Christmas I'll even use the Quilted bag book to come up with ideas. Thank you.
The Menopaws book is so funny. That was a trip to read.
I love the blue and lime green blocks. I'm sure they will find a nice home in a future quilt.
I think the blue came from Kim's ocean waves quilt???
I'm sure my Girl Scout troop will enjoy the gazzillion beads. LOL
Ashley's been walking around with the compass, so I KNOW it will be used.
I appreciate the extra Janome feet. I ruin the quarter inch foot regularly, so that will come in handy.
The Quilter's Catalog seems to be one of those books with everything in it. I've not been able to go through the entire book yet. Can't read it at night because it keeps me awake. :)
I've put the Warm vanilla sugar hand gel in my purse to help me keep this pink eye at bay. I'll carry the lotion too, because my hands are getting dry from all this washing and cleansing.
I've put the Brownstone pin on my quilter's ribbon.
Thanks for the God's love heart.
Love the lime green emery board.
Kim, thanks for the perfect timing of these fun gifts.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday update

Everything still the same. Moving DH is not allowing me to sew like I'd like. Then, I got pink eye and that makes sewing interesting, along with getting on the computer rather strange.

I won't get his quilt done in time for him to take with him, but maybe by the time I have surgery?

Monday, June 15, 2009

making progress

Well, I am working away on this quilt. I decided that I couldn't do the whole width of it on the design wall, so I decided to work on 1/4 of it at a time. This is the upper left corner. I'm wishing I could have done this quicker. One step at a time.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

DH's quilt

It seems I must like 9-patches. I'm actually very tired of doing them, but that is what most of DH's quilt is made of.
I've made a few of the stars, and working on the 9-patches. I think this is about half of what I really need -- at least when I get this matrix of this filled in. I'm not sure I like the way the stars fit in this one, but it is what he wants, so I'm working on it. I don't think I will have it done in time for his departure (22 Jun 09). I really wanted it to be done.

Saturady sewing session

I went to sew with my small group and only 2 of us were able to be there.
But, we had a new sewer join us too. Joee loves to make pillowcases, and I love her colors.
Lana made her pillowcase out of Texas A&M fabric and then started working on her table runner.
I am working on red and white 9-patches and blue and white 9-patches. I didn't get many put together, but I made lots of pieces. I ran out of the red fabrics I'd cut, but the blue was enough for what I needed.

Sunday update

Fabric usage goal (100 yards)-(82.31) yards to go
Fabric Added This Week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 58.75 yards
Fabric Used This Week -.29 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 65.74 yards
Fabric Used this month - 11.35 yards
Net year to date: 17.69

Judy is having us do the check in again this year. Accountability is a good thing!

This was a slow week. I worked on some birthday blocks and got them mailed off.
I started working on my DH's quilt. I have the pieces for the blue hst done, and most of the red pieces done. I'll need more than 85 of the red and blue 9-patches. I also need 25 friendship stars. Some blue and some red. Then, I can work this into a top.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


What a week this has been. DD has the flu -- maybe the swine flu. She has been running a high temp and feeling bad, so she wants Mom right next to her. Today was a day she is beginning to feel lots better and I got to quilt.
I finished quilting the QOV #76. This is one I've had for a few days. I love red white and blue.
Here is my summer solstice package that is being sent tomorrow. I love these swaps. It is so much fun to get things in the mail. I had fun with this one.
I did start working on DH's 9-patch quilt, but my motivation is not all that good right now. I only have until the 21st to get it done. So, I'd better get busy. I have my sewing group this weekend, so maybe that is the only thing I work on and I can get some more done on it?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pay it Forward

I've played Pay it Forward before and loved the little gifty Kim made me.

Kim was needing some more to join hers so of course I did.

Now I need 3 people to join mine.

The rules are as follows:( I copied them from Kim's blog):

I must make and send a handmade item to the three people who join my PIF within 365 days;
In turn, the three people who join my PIF must also host their own PIF and ask three people to join and on and on;
There are no set times other than the gift must be made and sent within 365 days of hosting your PIF.
If you're interested in joining in, please tell me in a comment that you would like to join my PIF.

Sunday update a day late

Fabric usage goal (100 yards)-(82.60) yards to go
Fabric Added This Week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 58.75 yards
Fabric Used This Week -11.06 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 65.45 yards
Fabric Used this month - 11.06 yards
Net year to date: 17.4

Judy is having us do the check in again this year. Accountability is a good thing!

This was a completion week for me. I finished another UFO that was given as a teacher quilt. This was a collection of cross blocks that didn't work for a swap. It was fun to make and quick. I needed quick because I didn't decide to do this until late.

Next was a baby quilt for a teacher. I had this Eric Carle fabric and this is what happened. As it turned out, she had her baby a month early, so DD didn't get to deliver it to her.

Then, I have been making these cute notepad holders and needed one for the music teacher. DD wanted it red and orange, so this is what I did.

I'm not finished with the Texas quilt yet, but I like the way it is turning out. I'm still working on the size of star that I need. I'm thinking I need to use a full yard of fabric to get what I want.

I'm worn out with all I've done in the last 2 weeks, so I took the time to lay with DD while she was ill this weekend. Not much else going on here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

2 bindings completed

I finished the cross quilt binding for DD's speech teacher. We can deliver it tomorrow -- the last day of school.
I also finished the baby quilt binding while watching DD do her horseback lesson. She had fun and I got them both done. My hands hurt and it was hot, but they are finished. Both are washed and ready to deliver tomorrow.

I needed one more gift for the Music teacher, so a notebook it was. DD wanted orange and red. So, this is what I found.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cross quilt

Finished the quilting on the cross quilt. Now I need to do the label and bind it. Will it get done by Thursday? We shall see.

The baby quilt is ready to load. Oops, not really, I need to find a backing for it, and then I can load it. Baby quilts don't take long to quilt, so I should be able to get done tomorrow.