Thursday, November 29, 2012
|It's blue like a river and shiny in spots like sunshine, I think it has the right name, and it's done, almost done. Some ladies say it isn't done, done until it has a label and it doesn't have one of those yet.|
|Pieced flannel back. I had to use what I had, so there is some orange and purple in there, too.|
|While I was quilting the blue one, I kept thinking I liked it best, but now, here it is with its sister and I'm back to wishy-washy. I'm planning to give one away as a Christmas gift and I want to keep my favorite, what to do, what to do.|
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
|Not very good pictures I'm afraid, taken with my iphone in poor lighting. The handles are orange, and the bag is denim. It's very cushy.|
|The front zipper pocket lining.|
|We added this pocket, it's big enough for regular sheets of paper and is open. I had cut one out for my bag too, but got carried away with the directions and forgot to add it to mine. It isn't in the directions.|
|All the linings are different as we were using leftovers from Gator quilts, but they are all very Gatory, and I think they give it character. Even the pulls have Gators on them. I got the bag started and my daughter finished it.|
Sunday, November 25, 2012
|The inside is all fully lined, as is the pocket and as you can see it's very roomy. Room for papers etc, if necessary. All in all, it's a success.|
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
|About 200 of the little rascals. My Ivory solid is Fairy Frost. I told my husband that Fairy Frost makes me smile and he said I should put little bits of it all around the house. I don't think I'll do that, but I feel happy when I even run across a piece in my scraps. I like things that shine. (Remember the monkey in my previous post.) I didn't pick the ivory to use in my quilt because I agonized over the very best colors I could pick. No, I saw Fairy Frost on clearance at Hancock's of Paducah and I couldn't help myself, I had to have it. |
Easy Street is finished until next Friday, hopefully by then I'll have a finish or two to report and maybe an ipad or kindle bag, too. It's amazing how much more you can do when you're retired, and how much more that could be done if I put the pedal to the metal. I'm also good at taking breaks.
There are a multitude of us working on "Easy Street" to see some of the progress go here to Bonnie's blog Quiltville's Quips and Snips.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|I've been a bit frustrated using my ironing board as a cutting table also, and forever moving things about. I didn't think that I had room for a separate one, even though I do have a nice big sewing room it also doubles as a laundry room and a guest room. I had purchased this nice big cutting board and then my brother found a "Big Board" ironing table top at a garage sale and it's been sitting on it, so it's been easier to use a portable cutting board. This is my solution, I got bed risers, another folding 2 feet by 4 feet table and put my quilt rack underneath it. So far so good and I know there will be lots of cutting for Bonnie Hunter's Easy Money mystery, so I'm ready. |
Right now I'm machine embroidering Maddox's quilt back, and that has spilled over to the top of my new cutting table.
|Because of my ironing board doubling as a cutting area, and I suppose a bit of carelessness too, my big board ironing cover has 2 or 3 inch or so cuts in it. First I was going to buy some duck canvas and make another one and then I thought why not use up some of my scraps from using sheets as backs of quilts. This is the result. It is reversible and I put elastic all around, but it was too loose so you can probably see a couple of the pins that I used. I really don't like the looks of them and if they aren't efficient, I may get some thumb tacks and try that. I have a staple gun but I want to be able to turn it over when it gets dirty without a lot of fuss. |
It seems that sewing rooms are continually evolving and we are always looking for a better way. I hope that I've found one, hopefully I'll be more organized and efficient.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
|I ordered some clearance fabric from Hancock of Paducah and from Connecting Threads and the Hancock order came today. The blue and whites, the top two browns and the ivory on the right are my new fabrics. I am still trying to decide whether to use my original plan of gold-yellows or to go with greens. These fabrics may or may not end up in the mix, as before I go to these I'll go to my scraps and smaller pieces, this was just 'to see'. Opinions welcome.|
Monday, November 12, 2012
|I made one (to me, now) glaring error, but it was too late to change, so it is what it is. I think on the whole it is kind of cute though. All the geometrics kind of remind me of fencing to keep the little critters out of the garden. |
I have a question for all you grammar geeks or English teachers out there. What is the proper (or most proper) plural or possessive for a name ending in X ? Would Maddox be Maddox's, Maddox', Maddoxes, or just plain Maddox. I have started googling it, but haven't had time to really dig into it, and now I'm leaving to go to Orlando (about a 30 minute trip) to pick up one of my Grandson's from work.
I ordered a folding table to use for a cutting table in my sewing room, and Walmart said it would be here between this coming and next Friday, but I got an email it is here today. My book with RRCB in it is supposed to be here by Dec. 4th (I guess books get on the back of the pile at the US Postal Service as it was shipped a few days ago) and if I have similar luck with that, maybe I can keep up with my goal of having my Craftsy BOM, Maddox' (?) quilt and my RRCB all done before the new Easy Street mystery starts. That would be wonderful. If I do and I have lag time after working on Easy Street, I'll work on my Scrap Vomit (isn't that a horrible name), but if I don't I'll hopefully have the 3 more finishes by the end of the year anyway.
PS We had a very nice day yesterday. My son came and brought his dog and my daughter and one of my grandsons came and brought their dog. We left the dogs in the back yard and went to a Mexican restaurant nearby that we really like. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and the visit. My husband, Ernie, probably wore himself out a bit, but I think that it was good for him and he enjoyed very much having his children (and his grandson) spend some time with us. Everyone is so busy that we can't get together as much as we'd like, so it was a treat.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
|I have the simple little blocks done and am about ready to start assembling them. I hope Maddox and his family like it. If they like it a lot, they are near Ikea and can probably add accessories for his room as the fussy cut blocks with the bunnies and the hedgehogs are Ikea fabric. Should end up about 46 by 58 inches before washing, and a few inches smaller after washing. Sorry, it's a little confusing sitting on my Orange Crush, but the bottom two rows with the borders should be how it looks. Quite a change working with little blocks with from one to four pieces and ending up with a 6 x 6 inch block, after 60 pieces in an 11 by 11 inch block. |
Guess it's going to have to wait though, my son is visiting from Tampa and my daughter may come over for a bit, too. Tampa is only a couple of hours away, but with everyone's 'life' getting in the way we don't get together as often as we'd like and my son is going to be out of the country for Thanksgiving. Happy Veteran's day everyone.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
|My husband is in the hospital, heart problems again. I spent the night but came home this morning for a couple of necessary errands and to shower, while home I also hurried and finished up my other 14 blocks. they were almost done when we found we needed to go to the hospital. Just a quick picture with my iphone and I'm back on my way. Don't really know how he's doing yet, hopefully we'll find out more today and hopefully it will be easily fixed. He got a monitor put under his skin about a month ago, Thursday we sent the information for the first time, all was ok. Thursday night lots of pain and some in and around his chest so he did another report and they said to go to the hospital. Evidently at least a couple of times during the night his heart stopped, once for 4 seconds. Evidently, he has an electrical problem. I'll post more when I know more.|
Update: They really didn't find anything, the Dr. wanted to keep him another night so they could watch his low blood pressure, but he couldn't stand anymore and pretty much refused. So, we are home and he's snoring away enjoying a nap.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
|Block No. 1 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll No. 2. I think it needs a different name, something to do with Florida or Nebraska, I'll have to think on it. Only 14 more to go and then I'll have my strings and these blocks ready. I haven't cut the strings up as I don't have the instructions and don't want to go by memory and mess things up. I ordered the book last night, so hopefully it will be here soon. Meanwhile, I can work on getting my baby quilt for Maddox ready and if the book still isn't here, I'll baste Maddox's quilt and my Craftsy BOM.|
|I wondered how it was going to look with the strings so I stuck a few on the design wall (piece of flannel) with the block. (I kind of remind myself of a monkey sitting and holding something shiny and gazing at it in fascination. Can you tell that I like shiny things.)|
|Here was my first block from Roll Roll Cotton Boll No. 1. Looks quite a bit different. I didn't correct it when I realized that the browns and pinks were supposed to match, and I kind of liked it that way. I corrected my mistake for future blocks though.|