Thursday, January 31, 2008
This morning as I was getting ready to head out the door I discovered my missing foot. Yep - right in plain sight. I have little table in my foyer area. I have a piece of antique spongeware on it where I throw things like my sunglasses, mail, whatever I have in my hand when I come in the house. I moved the mail and there it was.
Now I feel guilty for blaming the cat. Poor Gracie! Her "mom" is an idiot!!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Since I couldn't sew, I ripped apart my offensive quilt along block, cut replacement squares and straightened up my studio. I also managed to get some laundry done which I never seem to be able to find the time to do.
If I am this scatterbrained now, what will I be like at 65?!? I think I will go get another cup of coffee if I can find the coffeepot...
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Anywho...if I manage to drag myself out of the house today, I have finished all the strip sets to start the block construction of my "Chocolat Delight" quilt. (I just feel so pretentious when I
name my quilts!) I will probably feel better when I am surrounded by "the girls", eating, talking and occasionally sewing!
Friday, January 25, 2008
I am a very bad influence. Sadly, I am not ashamed...
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Last night I started grabbing random charm squares that I have had for a while and making strip sets. I decided a couple of months ago to make a quilt for my bed with them. They are "Chocolat" from 3 Sisters for Moda. I love these colors! I think I have 5 or 6 charm packs...could be more. I get overjealous sometimes when I find fabric that I really like. Anyway, I have them in a basket and I pull 3 out, sew them together and then make up 3 sets of 3 for a quick, no thinking 9 block. I am pretty sure I am going to do the "disappearing nine-patch" thing with them. Our quilting group, S4, is getting together this Sunday and I think making these sets would be pretty mindless work while we are talking. I never do anything that requires real thinking when we are together having learned (the hard way) from past experience!
Ohhh...I just got a phone call from one of the shops on the quilt hop back in December. Turns out that I won a door prize. Whoopee! I was planning on a trip north to pick up a new sewing machine next weekend so I will zip by and pick up my prize. More to follow on both!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I finished another "quilt along" block and have now decided to rip one apart and replace some fabric. I am not happy how one block in particular looks and after looking at the blocks on the design wall, I really think I need to make a change. That also means that I will need to re-cut block #9 but that's ok. I want to be happy with this when it is completed! I absolutely hate my digital camera but I will post a photo of the quilt (so far) after I make the changes to the block. (Blog pages are just so boring without photos!)
Monday, January 21, 2008
Yesterday, my nephew also brought back my baby changing table. It is white wicker with three full drawers. We bought it about 6 weeks before Chad was born. This thing is nearly 37 years old! Good grief!! I think every one of my sisters used it for their babies, just replacing the pad on top. Anyway, I cleaned it up and moved it into my sewing studio. It is PERFECT!! I put a medium size cutting mat on top and it is a great height for cutting. I put most of my yardage fabric into the drawers and I am just so pleased.
Someone inquired about my Mystery Quilt on Superbowl Sunday and ask if I was doing it on line. I had not thought to do that but (Joy) if you will send me your email address I will get you the info and you can quilt with us on February 3rd.
It is ridiculously cold outside this morning. It will probably take 20 minutes to warm up the car. Thank goodness for remote start...never have to leave the comfort of my home to start the car. Gotta love those guys at GM!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Anyway, next stop was Kohl's. I love that store! Mom bought some clothing, Julie bought a decorative apothecary jar for the beach house and I bought a beautiful mercury glass tea light holder. It was in the Christmas clearance stuff (at 80% off!!) but is the silvery mercury glass so I can use it year round. (Looks lovely on my coffee table!)
Next was lunch at Red Robin. I LOVE the tuna steak sandwich on focaccia bread. Extremely yummy! Julie and I always get that and Mom decided to try it as well. Another convert!
Last stop was the Pfaltzgraff outlet in Hershey. CLEARANCE SALE! I could have spent so much money, however, I restrained myself. I do not need that Autumn/Thanksgiving china that was 75% off...no, I don't need it but I want it! I have an addiction to china. I have more china than anyone I know and I still feel the need to acquire. (I think there may be something seriously wrong with me!) To pacify the bad girl inside of me, I bought a couple of small serving pieces that I can use with my own white china at Thanksgiving and since they were on clearance, I really had to buy them.
So, we zipped home and I went over to Julie's to help her do the borders on the wall hanging she did for her beach home. We loaded it on the frame and she started to quilt with a very beautiful variegated YLI thread. She started a large loopy meander and the thread started breaking every 8 inches or so. We re-threaded and it broke. We pulled out the bobbin and re-threaded and it broke. We checked for burrs on the needle...none. We loosened up the tension and it broke. She slowed down her stitching and, again, it broke. Julie hit the frustration wall so we decided to call it a day. I think she wanted to take it to the shore this weekend to hang so she most likely took it off the frame and did the outside border on her Viking. I am going over to the spring house today and take everything apart, grease it up and see if that cures the problem. YLI may just not be the thread to use.
I need to get caught up on the "quilt along" with Amanda Jean so that is going to top my list of things to do today. I think I will also start cutting the pieces for the mystery quilt I am hosting on Superbowl Sunday. My last big task planned for today is to find a spot in my kitchen for my new (to me) dishwasher. My niece is moving and needs to get rid of her portable dishwasher so that is coming to my place today. I am nearly giddy with excitement! Who ever heard of a 1200 sq ft apartment without a dishwasher?! It never occurred to me to look for one when I signed my lease. I love where I live so I don't complain (too often) about the lack of a dishwasher unless I have company and then I hate doing dishes and pots and all that mess. Takes FOREVER after everyone leaves and I hate when my guests want to help with dishes. So now I will have a dishwasher and Thanksgiving next year will be so much easier!
Long winded today! Think I need to get moving and actually do something!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
1. I don't like fruits to touch...like in fruit salad. I don't like the blending of the juices or whatever. Blech!
2. I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue (and can also make a knot in a cherry stem with my tongue but that is probably more than you EVER wanted to know!)
3. I can blow air out of my eyes.
4. I have not had my natural hair color for about 35 years (OMG - how old AM I?)
5. My favorite color is blue however I have nothing in my decor that would indicate that and I rarely wear blue.
6. I went to 5 different second grade classes (yes, all in the same year!) I was an Army brat and my father was in flight school when I was seven.
7. The smell of bougainvillea sap (like when the bushes are trimmed) makes me nauseous.
There you go!
Monday, January 7, 2008
(For the record, I photographed it at work since I cannot find my camera anywhere!)
We put it on the frame on Saturday and after 3 hours of trying to figure out what the heck we were doing, the quilt was done. I went home, attached the binding and did the handwork last night. Julie put her quilt on yesterday around lunchtime and we are taking that one off as soon as I get home this afternoon.
Loading the quilt was a scream (literally) but we managed to "giterdun". Using the longarm was great fun and it was nice to finally have something finished. Here's a little closeup of the quilting. I just meandered since that is something I know how to do!
Friday, January 4, 2008
In a fit of madness, I decided to host a Mystery Quilt gathering on Super Bowl Sunday. I picked out the most darling free pattern from the internet (I am soooo cheap!) and we should be able to complete all the sewing (and maybe event the quilting) while we are together. It's a table runner but not your average runner. More after February 3rd!
This weekend my "Geese in the Snow" quilt goes on the longarm. I am excited and nervous. I know that I am just going to meander...nothing jazzy...for my first time out. This is a quilt for me so it is perfect for this first attempt. I have had this quilt in the closet for 18 months so I am more than ready to get it finished!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I need to sew! I made a fleece cape in chocolate brown for Emily to wear on Christmas Eve over her brown velvet Christmas dress, a large flannel bag for storing my sister's folding table and that's it. I did not work on my parent's Christmas quilt at all. We all gathered here on the 30th for a soup and sandwich meal that I always host after Christmas. I truly had intended to have the quilt finished by then but just could not find the time. I told my parents that since we are Episcopalian, I am opting to celebrate all 12 days of Christmas and they will have their gift by Ephiphany!
Now that I have made the proclamation that I need to sew, I better get hopping! I hope everyone had a safe New Year's Eve and wish all a joyful New Year!!