Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Not Much To Share

If you ignore the dirty dishes on the counter, the clean ones in the dishwasher and the cat hair all over the carpet you can get quite a bit of piecing done. LOL  I'm getting closer to getting these tops together. One is in rows and the other is ready to have the rows sewn together.


Otherwise...............





 Stay safe if you're in the area of the predicted storms tonight.

 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

March Was So Tiresome

Really....it was. Started out with eye inflammation in my left eye. That cleared up after about a week but left my eye kind of blurry and watery....not terribly conducive to getting anything done.

Quilted a couple of quilts...no pictures. Read a couple books....nothing sensational. And...wait for it.....caught some virus with lots of chest congestion and coughing...plus a bit of a head cold. Do you know how tired you get from constant coughing?  Spent about two weeks sleeping in the recliner to relieve the cough at night so I could get at least some sleep.  I never missed a day of work but sure didn't feel like doing much. Did do some sewing. Actually, when I was sewing is when I felt the best and I got a lot done on two quilts that have been in the works for a while. No pictures....do you see a theme here?

March was just sort of a lost month and that's why you haven't heard from me. I can't believe April is already half over.....think I must have still been recovering from March as part of April slipped by. Did finally have to do the taxes....was happy to discover that the IRS lets you keep more of your money when you get old. :)  Something to look forward to if you're still young. Yeah, right!

This week....leading up to Easter....worked on Monday, worked on computer cleaning for a couple people today, need to go shopping tomorrow.....need stuff for grandkid Easter baskets.....have to go to work on Thurs.....grandson might be coming to stay that night or the next day.......and I have a pile of granddaughter's pants to hem by Sunday. Not real sure when I'm going to clear all the junk off grandson's bed...it becomes a catch-all between visits.

Hope everyone has a nice Easter......and that you don't have to dig through snow to find your Easter eggs. Spring in Nebraska is such an adventure!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Luck Of The Irish To Ya!!




Sunday Sewing

Would you believe.....I got the first row of Orca Bay blocks put together?


And the start of the next row is laid out.


I will be ever so thankful if I can get this whole top put together without botching it up!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Better Late Than Never

These are three quilts I made as QOV donations.  They were supposed to be finished and mailed off before Christmas. I got them finished, finally, and was saving them for Show 'n Tell at our Orchard Quilters meeting. Our meeting was earlier this week so now it's time to share them here.

Good old String Blocks.

BQ pattern redrawn to a 12" block size.

Judy Laquidara design.


Friday, March 7, 2014

What I'm Working On

This is another one I don't get to keep, so this is probably the only picture of it I will show.


The blocks are a tone-on-tone brown print with white and the setting blocks are a wolf print in browns, grays and blacks. I'm quilting it with Maxilock in Mother Goose. The pantograph is Square Spiral by Keryn Emmerson, one of my favorites.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Third One Quilted

This was today's fun project.


The third of the three QOV quilts that were supposed to be finished and mailed off back before Christmas.  Didn't happen. Now the binding remains.

The last two I quilted with the Kathy James Baptist Fan pattern. I did a little remodeling of the starting row and now I think it's my new favorite pantograph. I probably wouldn't put it on a fancy applique quilt or one with a lot of white space, but it would work on just about anything else.

Well, my feet and back are hurting, so it's pizza for supper and then maybe a movie or starting a new book. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Tomorrow it's back to the grind.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Their First Valentine's Day




Any time you lay them down side by side they hold hands......or bash each other in the face. :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hope You All Have A......

Just a Couple of Things

This is my lone piece of Valentine's sewing....it has also become one of my few Valentine's decorations.


Friend Flicsha brought kits to the January quilter's meeting for us to make blocks. Everyone who finished making something with the block got a surprise. Mine is just a simple mat to use as either a candle mat or to set hot dishes on. Here was our surprise:

Handmade scissors keeper from Flicsha.

This is the quilt I quilted for friend Luanne.  I thought it turned out good and she liked it, that's the most important thing.  I quilted it in a feathery design that looked really good on the wide borders.


And that's about it for now.  Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Quilting Finished

Wednesday I finished the quilting on this pretty Star quilt. Sad to say I don't get to keep it.



This afternoon I got a QOV quilt loaded on the machine ready to quilt on Sunday.  I think that's supposed to be National Sew Day for working on QOVs.  Tomorrow we will be going to babysit these two cuties.


















Mama's a CPA working on Saturday because it's tax season and Daddy's working night shift this weekend and needs to sleep so it's one of Grandma & Grandpa's Saturdays to wrangle the kids.  We'll just have to do our best to spoil them rotten.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Little By Little

Where oh where has the time gone??  January is flying by and I really don't have much to show for it. Finally got the Christmas decorations put away last week.....oops, there's still a Santa rug laying here and the tree skirt is still in the dryer....cat hair, you know!!!  :)

Anyway, just a little quilting going on............


This is the quilt the Orchard Quilters made for a member who had quite a scare and lots of stress this month. I just made a couple of blocks and quilted it. It's since been finished and delivered. And that scare? Things turned out OK.

Then, another unit of Orca Bay is finished...

 

Little by little it's getting put together.  But first there's a quilt on the Premier that needs to be finished.


Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year......Old Project

Three days into the new year and I finally get back to my sewing machine. The plan is to get out the pieces of Orca Bay and sew the red string triangles and the black/white triangles into the big wild goose blocks. Good plan....get out the container.....lay them out.  Oops...don't fit. 


Get out the instructions....back up to the directions for making the red string triangles. Uh-huh.....should have read them closer at the time...need to trim them up with the Companion Angle ruler....stop....search...find it and trim some......


FINALLY, get to sew.  Yaaaayyyyy!   Feels good! Pieces fit like they should.  Hey, maybe this is the year I finish this sucker!   Bet everyone else who started Orca Bay two years ago was finished long ago. AND, when I get tired of working on this one, Jamestown Landing is also partially finished. Sew, lady, Sew!!!



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013.....Hello 2014!



Best wishes for the New Year!  Here's a little quote I came across on another blog that might be a good thing to remember in the coming year when we are in danger of doing too much, accumulating too much.

"Living life fully doesn't mean having it all, going everywhere,
doing everything, and being all things to all people. 
Many of us are beginning to see that too much is too much."
                                            --Elaine St. James

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Almost Ready for Christmas



The tree is decorated, though with less lights than I wanted. I forgot I threw some worn out strings away last year when I took the tree down. It works anyway. Santas have been set out. I'm trying not to think about the cleaning. :)

Gifts have been ordered and have mostly been delivered. So far I did my Christmas shopping without ever setting foot in an actual store. I need to make some deer jerky for a couple of the guys, make some microwave bowl potholders and get DH's hunting/fishing license & I will be done (as long as a couple more things get delivered). That's always a good feeling.....finding something for everyone always stresses me out. Hope I haven't jinxed myself by saying I'm pretty much finished.

My quilting group had our Christmas Potluck &  gift exchange for our Nov. meeting and my women's club had ours Friday night.  Both were very enjoyable and much less stress than the family Christmas. 

Maybe I should watch "Christmas Vacation" tonight?!?

It would be nice to be as relaxed about it all as this guy:




Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Sunday!!

Blue skies, sunshine, chilly and windy.  It could be a lot worse.

So many things to get done and I don't even know where to start.  I need to get some Christmas shopping done, but don't have the slightest idea what anyone wants. Guess it will be small things and gift cards. There are a few that I don't even have any ideas  for the small things. Add the fact that I positively HATE wandering around stores hoping something catches my eye and it's HIGH STRESS time. My family doesn't expect hugely expensive gifts, but they give nice gifts and just aren't always impressed with my handmade things.

Enough of that. Here's some progress on QOV quilts. Three tops made, three backings made, three bindings made, batting at the ready.


These need to be finished and mailed off within the next couple of weeks.

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving week.


Friday, November 15, 2013

A Good Quilting Day

Today was such a nice day outside, but I was inside sewing.  Got the borders on a QOV quilt, cut out the blocks for another one and have some of the sewing done.  I find it really relaxing to have pieces cut and then just push them through the machine one after the other.  There just haven't been too many sewing days during the past few weeks and today was a good one.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas Comes Early

Last night was our Quilt Club's Christmas party, held at Luanne's home this year.  We enjoyed a delicious and varied potluck supper, games and a gift exchange plus some wonderful visiting.  Luanne's granddaughter brought her new baby over for all of us to spoil....though she was so sound asleep she never knew all those ladies were loving on her.

I forgot to take a camera last night so here is the only picture I have to mark the ocassion.

Christmas party loot
A good time was had by all....and now the crazy season begins!! Are you ready?

Today I have absolutely nothing scheduled, so I'm sewing. Hopefully I'll get a set of QOV blocks sewn together into a top. Will I get borders put on? Don't know...at least want to get them cut.

Today & tomorrow are the days for the national terror attack on the electrical grid drill. Not trusting the gov't to do anything right, I came home from the party last night and ran some water to save.  Laundry was all caught up. Dishes were clean. Car gas tank filled. Propane tanks for grill, camp stove & Buddy Heater full. E-reader, laptop and camera batteries charged. Wind-up flashlight wound up.  My husband just shakes his head and looks a little disgusted with my preparations, but I bet he'd be happy for a drink of water, a little heat and some light & hot food if the power did go out for more than a few hours. 

Now, some lunch and then back to sewing.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

I'm Such An On and Off Again Blogger...

....So make yourself comfortable and get ready for a long catch-up post with lots of pictures.  I hardly know where to start so I may blather on a bit. :)

Here's a recent Grand-baby picture. Hayden and Holden. They're growing so fast.




And a picture of the older Grand-kids, just to keep everything fair.  :)


 Ashley, Tyler and Hailey after Tyler's last football game for the season at the Y.

  I've been doing some sewing, just haven't finished anything.








These blocks got finished today and just need to be de-papered.  The Heartstrings Quilt Project group likes their string blocks done on muslin and when I do blocks for them that's the way I do it. But, I have to buy muslin and I have a large roll of paper banquet table cover so that's what I use when I make quilts that will be donated elsewhere. It takes a little more time, but it's cheaper.

I've been doing some canning too. Tomatoes & tomato juice, some deer from last fall that I thawed out and canned,  vegetable beef soup,  chokecherry juice from berries I put in the freezer back in July.

Veggie beef soup.



This coming week's canning project will be chicken. Soooo much cheaper than buying the little cans that are sometimes mostly broth.  Did you know that is legal?  I looked it up and as long as the contents of the can weigh what the label says it doesn't matter if they forget to put the meat in.

Thawing chicken. Bought on sale.




It's really hard to get good butterfly pictures. Earlier I missed a really pretty blue one. I saw it, ran into the house for the camera, but it was gone when I got back outside.  These two were sitting on the side of the garage.....the garage that badly needs a paint job.  Just ignore the peeling paint.




These are both cropped to make them
show up much at all.  I wish I could take pictures like the beautiful ones I see on some blogs...and not blurry.






OK, let's move on to some cat pictures now.

Mister Kitty. I know, so original. He doesn't care what we call his as long as we feed him.





Up in a tree. See that tail hanging down right there in the middle of the picture?  It's not easy getting a picture of a cat way up in a tree when he won't stay still long enough for the camera to focus.


Click the picture to the right to make it bigger. He's there, right in the middle.  He must have been about 15-20 feet up in that really big mulberry tree.  I was hoping he knew how to climb down trees as well as up.




What????? You still there with that camera?  Enough, already!



                                                                      THE END!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Grand-baby update

Sunday we went to spoil the twin grand-babies some more. It had only been a week and a half, but I think they were even cuter. :)  They've gained back the weight they lost after being born and have grown a half inch.  The little cheeks are starting to look chubby. Adorable!! And I'm not a bit biased!

Hayden.  You might think this is blurry.  Not so. It's an action shot! Her hands & feet move fast.
Holden.  Wearing the cute little jeans his Grandma bought him.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Arrivals


Holden Allen, 6 lbs 11oz, 20"
Hayden Marie, 6 lbs 4oz, 19.5"

    With Daddy. We'll catch Mommy later. The anesthetic was making her sick.