Saturday, July 4, 2015

Great Day For A Celebration

Happy 4th of July!



It's a beautiful day to celebrate Independence Day. We'll be going to daughter's for grilling out and fireworks.  


Sunday, June 21, 2015

AC is humming....

We have window ACs and while I get tired of the noise, I'm glad to have them when the weather turns to Summer. The sun was already getting hot when I went out for a walk around 10:30-10:45. Perfect in the shade then, but warming up.

This afternoon I think I will do some cutting-marking-sewing on some more of these:


It's a pattern I came across online. It's a video tutorial and I don't even know the name of the block, but thought it would make a good QOV quilt.  The blocks start out with 10" and 5 1/2" squares. The pattern as the video showed it was for 80 blocks, but each block finishes at 9" so the usual 48 blocks should be enough for a QOV sized quilt...especially since I like to add at least a narrow border.

Both of the towns where I spent time growing up are having celebrations this weekend. One is for their 125th and the other is their annual celebration. Last week another neighboring town had their annual celebration. We haven't gone to any of them. I know I must be odd, but I'd rather stay home and sew or read on the weekend. I loved the parades, rides, street food and that kind of stuff when I was younger but now the traffic, crowds and heat just pretty much make me think home is the best place. How about you?


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer's Here!

Yesterday was our first really hot, humid day of the season....right around 100 degrees. After such a cool, wet Spring we aren't ready for this to be sprung on us....I was thoroughly wilted by the end of the day. First thing this morning the AC went in the window....hubby did as he was told with little complaint...he himself had to admit last night that it was pretty miserable in the house. It's cooled down now, it's supposed to be cooler outside for a few days and I can deal with that just fine

This afternoon is our quilt group meeting. It's a hand sewing project so no need to lug the sewing machine, which is nice though I'm not a big hand sewing fan. Always good to shake it up a little.

I've also been doing a little sewing now and then at home. Finished two tops for QOV quilts [no pictures yet] and this is my latest long-term project:


It's Bonnie Hunter's Spoolin' Around pattern. The little spool blocks are all scrappy and I'm going to use the fuschia and green in the setting triangles and borders like she has. It was those bright, happy colors that drew me to it in the first place.  Want to place bets on how many years it takes me to finish??

And last, but certainly not least, is a birthday gift from a friend:


She was thinking of the canning I do and made it out of good sturdy denim. I don't know if it shows up correctly in the picture, but the binding is lime green. Love it! Thanks again, Flicsha.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Hope you are having an enjoyable holiday weekend and that you took a moment to remember and thank those who served and are serving. We made the cemetery rounds on Saturday afternoon in the mist. Yesterday we went out to DH's grandparents' farm where some of the relatives were gathered in the mist and sprinkles. Today we've seen some rain, some sunshine and it looks like we may be seeing some more rain. My project for today is working on a "Twister" quilt that will be a Quilts of Valor donation. Kind of appropriate for the day don't you think?



I've made this pattern before and always make a mess cutting out the blocks from the pieced together squares & border.


Maybe I channel Eleanor Burns? Only when she tosses the scraps over her shoulder onto the floor on her show there is a crew to clean it up. Here I AM the crew!




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May Catch-Up

I think I've hit my stride...about one post a month. :)  Where to start?

The library used book sale ended on May 2. Lots of work setting up and taking down. Boxes of books are HEAVY.  One of the qualifications to be a librarian is to be able to heft 35-40 pound boxes of books :) We didn't get rich but sold quite a few books. There are still a few to dispose of.

Last week was pretty busy...worked on Monday & then Library Board meeting with all the attendant paperwork & reports; on Tuesday our son and twin grandkids came to visit and brought me a beautiful planter full of flowers for Mother's Day...


...club that night with a May Basket exchange; Antelope Co. Library Assoc. meeting on Wednesday morning followed by Quilt Club in the afternoon. I hosted and had the project...Summer table runner. Somewhere in there I put together a dessert too.


Thursday was my long day at the library and Friday was a trip to Neligh....good chicken & pork sales at the grocery store, stops at the courthouse and dollar store. I'm so glad not every week is like that.

I've been cutting up a lot of fabric scraps into squares & strips during the past month or so. I like to sit down and just sew away sometimes. Very relaxing, but the pieces have to be ready! Sunday I cut strips for a patriotic Jelly Roll Race quilt and sewed it together this afternoon, then cut squares for making a patriotic Twister quilt. Both will be donated to Quilts of Valor at some point. I try to make two or three each year.

Just had a call after supper that tomorrow the sewer gets dug up for repairs....if it isn't raining too hard that is. Otherwise it will be the next day. Maybe, just maybe, it will work like it is supposed to after that and I can actually run a bigger load through the washing machine....curtains, towels, quilts, winter clothes to put away (maybe should hold off a little on that last one?) and just postponed laundry. For months I've held my breath every time I ran just a small-medium load and watched the drain like a hawk in hopes of catching it before it backed up. Darned machine will keep siphoning even after you hit the "off" button so you have to bail fast. Keep your fingers crossed that those old pipes haven't crumbled and make the job bigger than anybody wants to pay for.

Guess this will do it for another month unless something interesting happens.






Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hello!!!

Was just looking back at my blog and Oh. My. Gosh. It's been a month since I even thought of it. I'd been cutting scraps...making good progress when I came down with a really nasty cold...at least I think it was a cold...sneezing, congestion, coughing, feverish...you know the drill, it's going around. Felt a little better by Easter Sunday so joined the family for supper that day and the traditional Easter Egg hunt for the little ones.  Still coughing a little, but the worst part is feeling so fuzzy brained and being ready for a nap after being up just 2-3 hours. Just takes time I guess.

Came across a blog this evening that I hadn't read for a while, Midwest Quilts . Hi, Jay! Glad to see you're feeling better and back to quilting and blogging. I tried to comment on one of your posts but I don't think it took...no idea why. There are a handful of blogs that don't let me post so I just lurk.

I've been slowly getting a project together for our next quilt group meeting and this week I'm going to sew....fuzzy brain and all!  Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns and make yourself do something in order to feel better. It's time!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy National Quilting Day!

I didn't even realize this was National Quilting Day until I started reading Facebook after I got home from work this afternoon!  So I can't say I celebrated it much except I worked for a while at cutting some scraps into 2" squares....not planned for anything in particular, just something to sew into four patches when I feel like sewing. So many of the quilt patterns I like and might want to make start with four patches. I also cut some 1 1/2" X 3 1/2" rectangles for little spool blocks. Another "when I feel like it" project.

This is a picture of the latest quilt I quilted. There were some challenges, but it came out OK in the end.


Anyone know the name of the pattern?


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Finished and Confused

First of all, the finish...


Orca Bay.....a former mystery pattern designed by Bonnie Hunter from her book, String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It! It only took me four years to get it done. :)

And this is a friend's quilt I quilted for her:


Very colorful. The outer border is a deep purple and the lime green inner border sets it off perfectly.

Now for the confused....  Today at our quilt group meeting our project was a paper pieced star...a really cute pattern. But, I have to tell you, my brain just doesn't get along with paper piecing. I got one section of the star done correctly. The second section...not so good. :)  Maybe I'll be better able to concentrate at home and do it right. I made extra copies of the foundation papers just in case. LOL

Enjoying the beautiful Spring weather. Hope it lasts, though the Northeast is due for more winter-like weather again this weekend. They have had such a bad winter!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Big Talk & Rotary Cutters

Today was the day for Big Talk From Small Libraries, a webinar series hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission. If I remember correctly this was the fourth year I participated in this.  They last all day from about 9am to 5pm with some short breaks. Very inspiring, but that's a long time to be glued to the computer, so yes, I  was the one cutting quilt pieces for itty, bitty Spool blocks. I say itty bitty because four of these will make a 6" finished block. My laptop was on the cutting table next to me so I could listen & watch while I wielded the rotary cutters.



The presentations lasted until 5pm  and by 4pm I had cut up all the strips and had my container, a bread pan, about filled up with kitted up block pieces. Now when I feel like it I can just sew, sew, sew.



It was a good way to spend a cold day. Now, I wonder what we're having for supper.......


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Scrap Sorting & Pressing....

.....ready to cut into pieces the right sizes to make beautiful quilts. It's a very quiet Sunday, perfectly suitable for this sort of activity.


Fabric has gotten so expensive that it just makes good sense to try to use up the scraps...ala Bonnie Hunter.  I have a couple quilts in mind so I will cut for them as I go through these.  This box has been on a shelf in the basement storage area for quite a while. I'm finding old favorites from the days in the 1980s to the mid-1990s when I sewed for craft fairs.  Brings back memories!  The smallest pieces that I save are 2" squares. Some of the patterns I like use 1 1/2" squares but if I actually make them I'll start out with strips that size...much easier to handle.  Anything smaller than the 2" size finally goes in the trash....and then Hubby digs through them to find the ones usable as gun cleaning patches! Seems like the usefulness of this old fabric never ends. :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

To All



Happy Friday the 13th!!

And we get another one next month!!  I'm not superstitious so it's just another day. My day will be happy if the sewer line gets routered out yet today. I have calls in to two different guys. Whoever gets here first gets the job. I WILL be nice enough to call the one that doesn't......

Today, besides waiting for the sewer guy, I'm just cutting down some scraps into 2" and 2 1/2" inch squares for future quilts. I don't keep anything smaller than that. There IS a quilt pattern that I want to make that calls for 1 1/2" squares, but I think I'll start with strips sewed together, then cut in segments and made into four patches. I'm really itching to start something new, but I still have three quilts of my own to get quilted. Will I be able to hold out?

This quilt was started as a project at our January Orchard Quilters meeting. We held a Jelly Roll Race for the center part and the challenge was to bring it back finished to the February meeting. Or, at least finished into a top. I managed to get mine quilted and bound so it's in the FINISHED pile.


It's made from a Bonnie and Camille Miss Kate jelly roll from Moda, along with some yardage for borders and binding.  I just squeaked by on fabric for the binding because I had used the same fabric for my daughter's quilt at Christmas and I had only bought a yard...had something like an inch left over. I'm keeping this one and it will live on the back of my couch this summer. It's such a bright, cheerful quilt.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Here's To Short-Lived Resolutions




I've only ordered a yard & a half of fabric this year so far for a border on a top I've had put together for at least three years...maybe more.  Got it out with the intention of  making backing & piecing batting for it and decided I REALLY didn't like the border on it and ripped it off.  Hope I like the new fabric better.

As a side note....I'm ready for Spring.  This cold weather is getting very old!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

You Would Think.....



...that since I haven't left the house since Monday afternoon that I would have gotten a lot of sewing done.

Not so.

The phone rang a lot....can I blame my lack of accomplishment on that???  

Didn't think so!!!

Yesterday I sewed up 24 quilt blocks for a block drive (that ended at the end of Nov.).

Today I pieced together four border strips, packaged up those 24 blocks and a baby gift to go in the mail on Saturday.

See, I don't plan to leave the house tomorrow either.  :)  My plan for tomorrow is to put borders on Orca Bay. I may or may not get them all on, but I at least want to get the inside border and the pieced borders on. I want the quilt a little larger so I'll probably put on another border out of the same fabric as the inside border and then bind in black. That should look OK.

Unless I change my mind.

I REALLY have to do better this year than I did over the past week!!




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Got Some Sewing Done Today

Finally, today I got to get back to my sewing machine and do some sewing that wasn't rush, rush for some specific deadline. I didn't do anything fantastic, just a set of blocks for a block drive for Alycia Carmin's QOV project. Actually the deadline for getting blocks in was the end of November, while I was embroiled in Christmas sewing. It's OK, I know they can still use the blocks for making QOV quilts at her group's sew days.


The pattern is very simple...go the the link above for the full directions. These blocks are in patriotic colors, but it would make a great scrappy quilt. It really does need the side strip to be one color or color family for contrast.

Now I'm off to bed.

Happy New Year everyone.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas---Lots Of Pictures

Count your blessings...these are only a few of what I took.  Click them to biggy-size.

Frank Sinatra hat--Daddy is a Frank fan.

Our cutest little Christmas elf!

The feast.

Let's get these presents opened.

On to the next ones!

Ooohhhh, we love these!

Her very own grocery cart.

Grandson's sports themed quilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers fabric on the back.

I think she likes it!

See what I got, Grandpa?

That thick, fleece lined stocking hat is coming in handy about now.

Daughter's throw-sized Jelly Roll Race quilt...in bright colors, as requested.

Always some silliness going on!

Cookie break! Ollie is hoping they drop some.

More silliness.

Pie break!
We had a great day. It was so much fun to watch the two little ones enjoy their first real Christmas. Last year they were present, but at three months old they weren't doing much.  Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas too.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Another One For The History Books

Another Christmas Day is about over. It goes all too fast. We spend hours upon hours shopping, creating, decorating, cleaning cooking....and in just a few hours it's over. It was fun though. Watching 15 month old twins tear into their presents and then play and play is great entertainment. It seemed everyone else liked their gifts too. I made quilts for Daughter and Oldest Grandson and now that they have them I can share pictures.

Daughter showed me a picture of a raggy type quilt that looked a lot like this, but was a lot more fussy work than I like to do, so a Jelly Roll Race quilt it was. She requested bright colors and this jelly roll was about the brightest I could find.

Oldest Grandson and I had talked about a quilt for his room at Easter. He wanted blue and a sports theme and this is the result. The back is a Pittsburgh Steelers fabric and exactly matches the wallpaper border in his room. He's a great Steelers fan!

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and now we can look forward to the New Year....a new start.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Playing Along

Bonnie Hunter announced today that she would be hosting a Christmas Eve Linky Party tomorrow where we can share pictures of our favorite quilty Christmas projects. The Linky will go live at 5am.....needless to say my link to this blog post will be posted later.  :)  I'm not a morning person and make no apologies for it.

Anyway, here are two of my favorite Christmasy projects:

Christmas table topper started at an Orchard Quilter's meeting probably 9 or 10 years ago. I've used it every year since.

Roll, Roll Cotton Boll made from a Bonnie Hunter mystery pattern. It's the closest I come to having a Christmas quilt.




Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Frosty Morning

Our frosty morning after the heavy fog we had yesterday and last night.



It would have been so much prettier with some sunshine.....which we haven't seen for well over a week now.


Monday, December 15, 2014

How Do They Know???

Today I'm just about finished quilting the last gift quilt for Christmas. It's not very big and the machine is stitching perfectly. Yesterday was a whole other story!

How do machines know when you want to get something finished and time is running short? I got the quilt loaded, the machine was oiled, the bobbins were wound, put in a new needle. The first row or two went pretty good but I noticed some little loopies on the back so tightened up the upper tension---a couple of times. That didn't do any good so I switched bobbins. Nope. Re-threaded the machine. Nope. Switched top thread from Perma-Core to Maxi-Lock. Better but now we have skipped stitches. Finally consulted the troubleshooting section of the manual and it suggested a larger size needle. Switched them out and.....wait for it.......SUCCESS!!!  The last two and a half rows of the quilt look really great. :)  Oh, well.....it's going to an 11-yr. old non-quilter so I doubt he'll ever notice that the back isn't quite perfect. No pictures yet, but I'll be sure to get some before the quilts get wrapped.

Are you ready for Christmas?? I'm resigned to the fact that not everything that I would like to get done will get done. But, there will be presents and food and what doesn't get done can wait until later. There's no sense half-killing myself over things nobody else will notice and there's no sense being too exhausted to enjoy the day with the family.

And, I forgot to mention.....today was a SNOW DAY!!! Nothing better than a snow day. It's kind of a bonus day and I look forward to them like a little kid. Rain, snow, wind, but I didn't have to go out in it...it's all good.

Now, back to that last quilt.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Prep


Have you done yours?



I'm thankful I don't have to sew on the kitchen table. I don't have a dining room or dining room table so that's not a problem either. :)


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Super Heroes

Our little Halloween Super Heroes.


Bat Girl is moving so fast she's just a blur!!

Cute little capes.
Hope you all had a fun Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Quilt of Valor Block Drive

Alycia Carmin in Colorado is running a block drive for Quilts of Valor from now till the end of November. Click here for the full scoop -- http://alyciaquilts.blogspot.com/2014/10/2014-qov-co-block-drive.html