Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am staying in tonight, having some wine, working on some cross stitching. I used to do a lot of stitching but not so much anymore. Had to dig out the magnifying glasses! So it's a quiet evening here with the boys.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I also have to make a decision. I found a dog sitter for next week and may go back to Indiana for Christmas. I just can't decide to go or not. Whether I stay here or go I won't be with any of my kids for Christmas and it's cold in Indiana. So - just don't know.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
My trip to CA was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing my son and his family, visiting with Sylvia and of course attending retreat. Pictures another day.
Please keep my friend Marlene of Pincushion Diaries in your prayers. She is very ill. Debi of A Quilting Journey is collecting quilt blocks for a quilt for Marlene. Please stop by her blog for details. www.aquiltingjourney.blogspot.com
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I am finishing cleaning tonight. It's like remodeling - every time I clean one thing it leads to another. If I weren't cleaning for company I would call it finished. I do have the guest room about ready. Sheets are in the washer.
I still need to pack. Some of it is done, most of the clothes but I have to get the hand projects packed in my carry on and I still need to charge and download some stuff to my IPod. I am so excited I can hardly stand it.
I will be babysitting little Dylan Monday and Tuesday, then Tuesday evening my son will drive me to Sylvia's in Woodland. We will drive back to Livermore on Wed and meet some other early arrivals for a sew night at a really nice quilt shop in Livermore, In Between Stitches. I'm not sure what is on the agenda for Thur. morning but I think it might involve having breakfast with friends and some shopping. Did I say I was excited? C'mon Sunday morning, I can't wait to get on that plane!!
I do have to add that I am really going to miss Kendall and my boys. But I know the puppies will be spoiled while I am gone. It's so nice not to have to worry over them!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The neutral quilt is pieced!!! The binding is ready. I hope to get it quilted on Monday. I will not be taking care of Kendall on Monday since it is a holiday and Brandon will be off work. Now to concentrate on the double wedding ring. I know it is too much to hope for but I would sure like to get it done by the end of this month. I will be going to the Bay area in Nov. and would like to deliver it in person.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
These are the fabrics I purchased yesterday for one of my own. I know I will have to get more fabric but this is a start. Sherry and Kendall were waiting in the truck for me so I didn't want to take forever getting fabric. I used my $20.00 free card and a little extra. This will get me started.
I have been working on quilting a set of 12 wall hangings from a customer and getting my last row on the neutral quilt. I finished knitting one slipper and started another one. That's about it for this week.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I received two Australian Homespun magazines today and a couple of new stencils that I will be using this weekend. Also, my scrapbooking software came today. I haven't opened that box yet. I have the thought that maybe if I do my scrapbooking on the computer I will get it done a little faster. Have to unearth the photo printer and get it hooked up. I think it is in the closet in the quilting room. Of course it is on the bottom of the stack of project boxes.
A couple of pictures of recent customer quilts. I love the pink and brown combo. She also did the pink and brown in a string quilt. Guess those pictures are on my other camera. Will have to post that one later. I just fell in love with it. I did find that fabric but I keep telling myself that I have enough projects and fabric and so far haven't ordered it. I do know one of the shops in town have some of that line and I have a card for $20.00 in free fabric from that shop. It will probably have to come home with me one of these days.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I am getting into so much trouble visiting blogs. I ordered some wool and knitting needles to make a felted purse that I saw on Thimbleanna's blog. I used to knit a lot but now just once in awhile. I'm really getting the urge to try some socks too but they look hard. I'm a pretty basic knitter.
I will be joining along in the block party for Heartstrings this weekend. I am still working on the neutral quilt, wondering if I will ever get done. I thought I would have it quilted by now. What have I been doing?, or yeah the yard. I need to get more of the yard planted in shrubs and flowers so I will have less grass to cut!
It is a wonderful cool day today. Hopefully Kendall and I will be able to take a walk around her neighborhood today.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
On the sewing front I have made the additional diamonds I needed for the neutral quilt and another Heartstrings block. I also put together one row of this months elimination project from a quilt group I belong to. I finished 2 customer quilts and have another one loaded and ready. My last customer had a beautiful pink and brown string quilt. I'll post a picture next time. It sent me on a search for fabrics but I could only find a few of the collection. I guess that's a good thing. I really don't need anymore fabric.
The dogs are telling me to get off the computer and get them some water. It's such hard work for them to watch me push the lawn mower.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Unfortunately I was too hasty in cutting the 4th block. This is as far as I could go until more fabric arrives. I cut my piece 2 1/2 inches instead of 3 1/2 inches. That's the bad thing about BOM's, you really don't have any extra fabric for mistakes.
No sewing on the neutral quilt tonight. Don't know if I will get to it tomorrow or not. I have a trip to the library and to the fresh vegetable stand planned for morning and then I will be off to watch Kendall for the afternoon and evening. Maybe I will get a little applique done while she naps.
Not too much sewing going on. I am still working on the neutral quilt, ran out of diamonds so I am in the process of cutting and getting those made. Also have been making progress on some heartstring blocks. This evening I think I will get caught on the Designer BOM. I have two blocks to make to be caught up on that one. This week I plan on getting the yard work caught up again - it's never ending.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
This one is a kwik krazy with Dear Jane Halloween swap blocks in the border. This is my Welcome Home quilt from retreat a couple years ago. This is one of my favorite quilts.
I think I made the banner last year and the folded wall hanging was made a long time ago.
This little wall hanging is a Thimbleberries pattern made with scraps. It has been around a long time too.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
The boys have electronic collars which do not have a place for name tags. So I stopped to pick up collars for them but didn't get tags. I was able to write their phone number on the collars with a sharpie except for Emmett's. The only one left in his size was black so I did a quickie embroidery job last night. Worked out pretty good. I didn't get it lined up very well but it did the trick.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I also have been taking care of Sherry's dogs this week while she is visiting family in Indiana. I think I have made about 30 trips to her house to care for her dogs. Good thing she lives just a couple miles away. Lucy and Derby are great dogs. I know they will be glad when their family gets home. I think Lucy is really missing little Kendall. They are great friends.
I did manage to get the binding on this quilt while sitting with the dogs in the evenings. I just have one spot to finish, the backing got folded over when I sewed on the binding. I should be able to manage getting that done today. This is my flannel Thimbelberries quilt that I made many years ago, before I had a quilting machine, so I sent this one out to be quilted. I never put the binding on because, as I discovered when I started to finish it (I had forgotten) the backing was short. It was short on three corners. I can understand 2 corners but the third one kind of puzzles me. Anyway, I was able to add on to it and even had the fabric to match the border for the binding. Glad this one is done.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I made this Thimbleberries quilt many years ago. I quilted it last weekend and finished stitching the binding down last night. I used the pantograph Maple Syrup. I would like to think that my piecing skills have improved since making this one but it looks okay. Guess it's time to get some of the other fall quilts out and scatter around the house.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I did get one of my quilts quilted last weekend. I machine stitched the binding down last night and will take it to Kendall's and hand stitch while she naps today.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I finished 4 customer quilts this week. Three of them were small. The first one is three dimensional so I just did a meander on that one. The next one I used Ebb and Flow, followed by Popcorn and then on the last one Butterfly Flurry. The last quilt had 4 pieces of embroidery so I just stopped the panto at the embroidery rectangles and meandered around the embroidery.