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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Moms Quilt

Have you ever had one of those days - or reoccurring days? Here's what I put up with EVERY weekend -

I sit and play games while Patrick sleeps in. He gets up, then turns the TV on. What does he watch - you ask?! Well, he goes straight to the food network. Think he likes Trisha Yearwood and that other gal after. Anyway, he sits and eats, then before you know it, he's gone. Whether he's outside working in the yard or if he's down the hall. It seems like he has radar! If I change the channel, he comes in and sits down, "did you change the channel? I was watching that." So, we change the channel back and within 5-10 mins, he gone again. So, I sit here wondering what he's trying to tell me. TV is his or watch this food channel and cook something good for me?! Which is it? Heck if I know.

So, after awhile of this, I did my ball exercises and headed downstairs.

I put the two rows together that I had done yesterday. Then I started on the other blocks.

Just as I was getting the blocks put together - the fun part of sewing on a machine - the bobbin went empty and I sewed at least 3 blocks before I even noticed the thread was out.

So, I had to get more bobbins ready. I loaded three bobbins so I wouldn't have to do that again! Now they are ready for when I run out again.

As I was getting close to having all the blocks done, I realized I need 4 more squares. I had to go and cut more 2 1/2" squares. I also cut some of my border fabric to make sure I had enough to cut more squares. Thankfully I have plenty.

I lined the rows on my quilt frame. I also worked on the bottom row. I need to complete the work on the bottom row, and then I can sew the 3rd, 4th and 5th rows together. I have rows 1 and 2 already sewn on. I did come across some problems with a couple blocks, and had to take it out and put it back together. Then I was able to get back on track.

This should give you a better idea. The row on the left still needs to be sewn together, and the row on the right is done. I have the other rows under that row. This is a good size quilt, and I hope mom likes this. (Actually mother-in-law but I call her mom)

The more I work on this, the more I'm beginning to like this. Yes, it was a pain to do all those applique bees, and yes, I was getting bored with it, but now that it's coming to a close, I'm liking it.

Tomorrow I'm going to a friends house again, then quilting this week is Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Not sure which ones I will be going to. I don't want to go to all of them.

I did start back on the basket block for the guilt wall quilt. I may get more done on that block this week, so I guess it's a wait and see. I'm hoping to get this quilt top done by tomorrow, but with having to go to Rose's and then come home, not sure if I'll be ready to do that. I don't want to drag this out. Plus the best part of all this, is that one more UFO will be done.

If all goes well, I'll still be Happy Quilting!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Working on Finishing the Quilt!

Yesterday, I bought fabric. UGH - Quilter's Juction had a 20% off sale on all fabric. So, I just had to go and see what they had. I was looking for fabrics that would work for the eagle I want  do. This is what I came up with.

Of course, the grey fabric was the end of the bolt and I decided it would work great for the bald eagles head.

I went downstairs this morning to start the quilt, and figured I better put the fabric on the boards. Of course I cleaned everything up so well, that it took me 10 mins to figure out where I put the extra boards!

Once I did, I was happy! You should have seen me looking! I checked out my cabinets, I went upstairs to see if I put it in my draw up here, and I checked the family room downstairs. Then I remember where I put it and pulled them out! What a pain it can be when I clean!!

Today I decided to work on the quilt for my mother-in-law. This is a 20 year project that is now on it's last legs. I'm excited about it - but not really thrilled to be sewing these together. Don't me wrong, I like doing quilts, I hate sewing on the machine. So, I had to be in a good mood to work on the machine, and I had to "enjoy" doing it.

First things first - iron. I ironed all the blocks so that it would be easier to cut the blocks into 12 1/2" unfinished.

Checked out my sheet of instructions (or the measurements of the quilt) and started cutting my black fabric. 

This is for the sashing. 

Next i put the blocks and pieces on the quilt frame behind the sewing machine so I could work with it a little easier. 

I started to sew them together like this, but decided I didn't want to do it that way. I didn't want to have a long strip of black and center squares to deal with as I did the rows. So, I decided to do it a little differently, to make it more accurate. 

I worked with blocks this way, and it worked better. 

After a couple hours of cutting and sewing - more like three hours - I decided my back needed a break. 

This gives you an idea of what the quilt will look like. I will then add three borders to it. It will probably take me a couple days to get this done, but I don't want to rush it. AND if anyone says you can do this quilt in a day - they are crazy! I have yet to do a quilt in a day - let alone two. I can do one in a day, IF I prepped and had all the pieces cut, and ready to go. Even then it would be every hard to do - giving me 8 hrs! Now if you want a 24 hr period of time, then MAYBE but I highly doubt it if you really want to do a good job on what your working on. 

Now I need to get back to my applique blocks and will probably start working on the basket that goes with the guilt wall. Life is good, Life is fun, and Life is Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 25, 2014


Fooled ya! I'm finished with the blocks, now I need to put them all together into a quilt top.

I finished the second of the three blocks I had when I went to the courtroom - yesterday. I decided to take a photo of the two together - for yesterday's post - but I forgot to work on my blog last night. So, I'm making up for not blogging yesterday.

I've been picking more blueberries again. I'll be giving them to my son and his wife. I feel bad, I was on the trail on his Birthday - or I would have posted a Happy Birthday to him on Tuesday.

Went to quilting today. I worked on mom's quilt - marking it, and she worked on my last block. We then put some blocks on the floor to figure out what I would do for the top. I've got all the sizes and stuff for the sashing and borders. Now, if all goes well and Patrick doesn't come up with something to do tomorrow - I'll be working on cutting out what I need and get ready to work putting it all together! I'm actually excited about getting this done! I'll try and have it done, so mom can take it to Kathleen A, and have her baste the quilt while Patrick and I are in MI. Then when I get back, we can get started on quilting it. We'll make it simple and easy to do, so it will go quick and easy.

Loving my flowers. Okay, tomorrow SHOULD be a good day! -Now let's see if Patrick comes up with stuff to do while I try and put this top together! lol

Looking forward to getting this done, and being Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Trail is now over, and we had to convict. I'm a little off today. I did get 3/4's done on my block so I can't say I didn't get anything done today.

I don't like having to convict a young adult but according to the Law we had to do it. Came home and played on the computer. I feel we made the right decision but at the same time, it was hard to do. When a young adult made a stupid mistake, and hurt another person, than they need to be responsible for what they did.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be back to being Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Finished Another Block!

Had Jury Duty today. I was able to finish one block and start another one.

Tomorrow is another day of Jury Duty, but at least I can work on my blocks while we wait on the trail to continue. Will keep you posted tomorrow to see what I'm up to.

Still Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Got the Job!

LOL - got ya! No I didn't get a "job" but I did get put on the jury. I'm serving on the jury till Wednesday, so I won't be able to post much on here while I'm sitting on a court case.

As for what I'm doing while I'm waiting -

I put all but 2 pieces on this block while waiting on the jury. Not bad, considering. I also placed a game of solitaire while waiting, so I could have had the body on before we left.

So, I came home, went a took a photo of Charlie, for her blog, and these photos of the flowers.

Then I sat my rear down and decided I'm going to play a few games. I need a break and I need to get my mind off the trail. I go back tomorrow morning.

Life is good, and I need to keep telling myself that! This "hiccup" is just that. I won't be able to quilt tomorrow but I will on Friday.

Best wishes to all and may you be Happy Quilting.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


This weekend has been busy! We did more cleaning yesterday for our company! You would think we had the King and Queen of England coming to our house! Nope, not the case, just bowling partners that haven't been here before. Patrick cleaned around every window in the house, vacuumed over what I vacuumed the day before. Oh, well, whatever makes his day!

We had a great visit! We played games well into the evening. Had a blast, and the best part is I WON!!

Today was another one of those days. I got up a little later than usual. Patrick took his shower and I did my ball exercises. Then we headed up to Shelton to the casino. We then went shopping for my sons Birthday gift. Afterwards, we came home and my parents came to take us out to eat.

Gave mom one more block to add to the rest.

I have jury duty tomorrow and will see if I end up on the jury. I'll take a couple blocks to work on, and see how far I get. Mom said it looked like there was one more block that needed to be done. That would be nice, as I have two here. Keeping my fingers crossed. I did get a lot done the last time I was called to the court house.

Hopefully this week will be a better week for being Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cleaning up a Mess before company comes!!

My house is not messy - my quilt room is!! My hubby is awesome when it comes to a clean house. If I miss something or have been way to busy to do any work around the house, he comes in and cleans. He's a lot cleaner than I am!! I love the fact that over 32 years, I've learned how easy it is to throw things away, or sell them. Once they are gone, I don't think about them, I think I have only gotten rid of about 3 things I wish I hadn't. So that's a good sign.

First things first, finish the fabric wraps, and cut fabric to get them put away. Get all my strips and put them in the basket. - haha, found some!

Figure out where to put the odds and ends.

Moved my fabric rolls around. Had more of one color than I thought lol. Now I need to wrap more and add them in there as well and get to cutting! (Yes, I'm typing this as I go - makes life easier - at least I'm thinking it will :-) )

A couple hours later, and I'm done! At least its presentable! I've got more to do, and will work on it later. I figured out I need to get with Donna and see if she had an extra piece of one of my eagles. I can't find the other half. Never fails! Next is vacuum and then head upstairs to clean up my area around the chair.....ugh. Hey, I'm getting there! lol

This was after the first photo when I had them all "entered." Now I'm happy to say, I'm done with all my fabric!

 As much as I would LOVE to say someone else made the mess in my "areas," I can't. Dang. Both my children are gone, so can't blame them, and Patrick is just was too clean to blame him. So, I guess you can say, I put myself in this mess. And what a mess! Oh, well, it's done. Now, we wait and see how long this will last! I seriously need to LEARN to put stuff away instead on putting them on the table when I'm in a hurry! OR even when I'm too LAZY to do it!

Katt called me today while I was putting fabric away and cutting it. She told me she wants her checkerboard quilt to be 3 1/2" squares. (1/2" for seams). Now I can start cutting the squares out of that fabric that is on my table. When I get the time, I'll go down and start cutting - cutting doesn't mean it's going to be sewn together though! lol

My guilt wall is still there, and I'm slowly getting back to them. List of stuff I want to do is growing, and I'm still getting there....very slowly. As I stare at the guilt wall, I'm happy to say I'm still Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two Really Busy Days!

Since I'm a day behind on my blog, I'll fill you in on yesterday and work my way up to today.

Yesterday morning started at 6:30 am. I did my stretching exercises, and headed to the courthouse. There I sat from 8:35 am till 12:30 pm. We went through orientation, and waited for the judge to go into the courtroom. We arrived in the courtroom at about 11 am. Then the judge dropped the "bombshell" of what the case was about! The first sentence ended with "child rape." My brain shut down!! I dealt with child custody cases in Oklahoma when I typed the court reports while working for DSHS. I also heard "4 courts." At that time, I decided I would NOT be on the jury! No way am I going to have to relive all those cases, details, and everything else that goes with child custody cases. I raised my hand when they asked if anyone has a problem with the case. I explained, after 4 years (really only 2) of typing those cases, I could not handle being on the jury for that case. After several questions from the attorneys, and having answer questions as they wonder what we thought, they finally decided to let some of us go. At 12:30 pm we were dismissed from the case. 22 others were left behind to be picked for the jury. Now I just have to wait till Monday to go back and see if I wound up on the jury for the next case.

After coming home, my neighbor called and asked if I had time to play cribbage. By the time I got home it was 3 pm, and then I had to head back out to my physical therapists by 4 pm. We worked it out for me to get a few more sections in. Got home, ate, and then went out to pick blueberries. At 8 pm Patrick called me to see where I was, as he just got home from a meeting. Finally at 8:15 pm I gave up. OH!! I had made a pie crust before I left for my physical therapy. So, got home, cleaned up the berries, made the blueberry pie and finally made it to bed at midnight.

Today, was quilting at Quilter's Junction. There was 5 of us there. We had a good time, and called it a day at 1 pm because the weather was great and we all had things to do. I brought some cross stitch magazines with me to drop off at my daughter-in-laws. After that it was to the store. Getting home around 3 pm. Then I went over to Ruth's to give her a big hug and deliver the blueberries I was picking for her. (We'll pick tomorrow morning together).

I did finish another block. This isn't it, but you get the idea. Tomorrow will be picking berries, and cleaning up my mess downstairs. Tonight, I'm taking a breather, and getting ready to get a lot of stuff done tomorrow.

Life is busy and I'm still enjoying being Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Another Quilting Day!

Today was another quilting day! I was able to get over to the Historical Museum and enjoy a great time with 7 other quilters.

So, what did I do?! I know what your thinking - she did it again! Your right! A gal at the meeting brought in over 800 4" squares for all of us to pick what we wanted out of them. I KNOW, I should have just passed them on! Did I? NO, I came home with at least 50 more 4"squares! Here I'm giving away my squares, and what do I do?! I come home with more!! UGH

I did finish this block (which Patrick is taking over to moms as I type this). I asked him to bring back two more for me.

I was able to get this much done at the quilt meeting. In between checking out the squares. Could have had more done if I would have passed on the squares.

Came home and decided it was time to go through my genealogy mess in the computer room. Yea, that room I only do my genealogy in. lol

Patrick was tired of my mess, so I started going through the mess. You know me, I leave messes behind! lol

Think I did a pretty good job! Took me 2 hours because I found a few things I needed to put into the World Family Tree program.

Patrick got rid of the desk calendar since I wrote all over it! lol

Feels good to have a clean room! Plus we are having our bowling partners over on Saturday, and I seriously need to clean up before they come. I have a "lived in" house, not a museum! Nor do I have a crowded or cluttered house. (Other than my quilt room!)

Tomorrow is Jury Duty, so I'm getting my pieces cut out for my blocks. I've got a plastic bag with 2 blocks with cut out pieces, thread, and threader. That should be enough for when I got to the court house. I'll add a book in there so I have something to read if the cutter doesn't work well. Not looking forward to sitting there waiting all day tomorrow to see if I'm on the jury. Then! IF I am on the jury, we get ready to say "guilty" or "not "guilty" when the defendant decides to make a deal and there goes my day!

Life is funny! Let's all be Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Beautiful Day...Busy Day....

Today started out at the Blueberry bushes. I spent another 2 1/2 hours at the bushes.  Then went for another 1/2 hour of picking berries at our house. I went to the neighbors to play cribbage and I double skunked him. LOL

I spend another couple hours cleaning up the berries. I spend that time out on the deck. It was a lot cooler out there with the wind blowing.

While I was out there, I saw some "Cabbage White Butterflies" and had to go take a few photos of them.

There isn't a lot of color to them, but they were enjoying the flowers.

Also noticed this plant is starting to bloom. Should be really pretty when it gets fuller.

Looks like even the grapes are getting ready to fill up. We have two kinds of grapes. Last year the deer got to them before we did. OH! The deer got to Patrick's flowers in the front yard! He was ticked! They only ate half of it, but the last time they did that, the flowers bloomed even bigger and fuller! lol

I've listed my 5"

5 1/2"

and 6" squares on Listia. I decided that I'd give them to someone who can use them. I'm okay with that. I still have more to cut, and will try to do that this week.

My week is up in the air. I have jury duty on Wednesday and have to call my physical therapist to change the date of my appointment. Jury duty is Wednesday so far. Now watch, I'll call and change the appointment, and when I call in tomorrow they will change the day I have to go in. Never fails!  Then I won't have anything on Wednesday. Then again, I could get called in, take a book and a block or two to work on, and then sit for 3 hours waiting for them to call us into the court to pick jurors. I usually get called to be on the jury unless my number is too large. lol - I'll let you know what happens when the time comes.

Last night I got to this point. I've got to add the two wings and then it's done. That should get us up to 22 or 23 blocks done. I have four more that I'll be working on. Mom asked how many I had, and I think she has the same number. Anyway you look at it, we're getting closer to having them done. Then I can put them all together. Woo-hoo!!

Tomorrow is quilting with Mt. St. Helen's group, and I'm going to be very Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Painting today....Ughh

I got up early, and was able to relax...that is till Patrick got up. He waned me to help him with the painting - remember those photos, well yep, that's what he needed help with.

See that area, on the bottom? That's the brick, and that's what he had me paint. In this heat, I was breathing heavy and I was HOT! But I "sucked it up" and painted that area. I hate doing the "harder" stuff. I would rather do all the rolling and bigger areas, but I ALWAYS get stuck with the "detail" work. UGH, Like I said, I sucked it up and got the job done. It will need to have another coating. Hopefully he will do that.

I used a cardboard piece to keep from getting into the dirt. It worked out pretty good.

I did get some work done on another quilt block. I'm almost finished with it. But last night was so dang hot, that I went downstairs where it was cool, till it was time to go to bed. I really hate this heat! There is a reason why I live in WA. OH! I saw a post on Facebook that read, "Say what you will about the South, but when people retire, they don't go North." I would!! lol

I'm happy to say, my listings on "Listia" have been going. I am going to post more of my squares this week. I am thrilled to see them going! I don't know what I would do with all these squares. I am keeping the black and white for now, I need to get those into a quilt for Katt. But that is for a project at a retreat, or when I have a full weekend to work on them. Still haven't decided what I'm going to do with them.  I'm also thinking about the eagle pattern, and how I'm going to place blocks that have I have. I'll work on designing those here pretty soon.

I'm also going to take the cross stitch picture my son and daughter in law gave me for Christmas, up with us to Michigan when we go in August.

I hope your out of the heat and can be Happy Quilting!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


While Patrick is chatting to his mom, I decided I would get this written.

Today was and is a VERY HOT day! I don't care for it being this hot. Part of the reason for living in Washington is to get away from the 100 degree weathers, but this year, I'm not so lucky.

While Phil and I were picking blueberries - got another 2 gallon bags worth! - Patrick was working on the siding. He's started painting it, since we had it done last year, and the side of the house didn't match the rest!

Love the shadow effect on these photos! lol - not too worried about his painting...

He's been painting the siding of the house every chance he gets. He worked on it for a couple hours this morning and then called it quits because of the heat. Phil and I went and picked the blueberries, and I sent a lot of them with him when he left. It was awesome to have him helping - cut my time of picking in half. Course Patrick won't help me. He thinks I pick them too early. I like them any way they come!

While waiting on Phil to get here, I went around and took more photos. I'm not sure what this bush is, but I really like it. It reminds me of the plant I have in the house.

A fun day of photos.

After lunch, Patrick thought I should "do something constructive" by not being on the computer all day! lol - I told him I am "constructive" during the day, so he didn't need to worry! lol

One of Patrick's employees gave him this plant.

Not sure what it is, but I do like it. No clue where he's going to put it. Like I said before, the yard is Patrick's and I really try not go get into his yard or garden without him knowing about it. I do get to say what I like, but he does such an awesome job, that I let him have all the fun in the world! lol

So, I got "constructive" this afternoon. I went downstairs - my, oh my, is it cool down there! I loved it! 

Started pulling out the fabrics that where in the second shelf Remember, I just put all that fabric from the table to the shelf?! Well, it was clean up time. It's going to take longer than the 2 hours I already put into this "organization."

I even got tired of my pins all over the table, so I pulled out this tin, and put them in there! Now the fun part is remembering where I put them! But this will work, I won't have to keep moving one set of pins because I want the other.

I pulled out the comic book boards and started wrapping fabrics around them.

The more I pulled out, the more there was...

I got a LOT of them done, but still have more to do. I also need to get moving on cutting up the scraps again. I've been lucky enough to be able to give them away! I like the Listia because it's a good trade.

This is the stack that I need to put away.

So, I moved the boards around with the fabrics. I'm trying to group them by color.

I moved the blues and purples to this empty spot. The brown are on the side were the boxes are, and I really need to figure out where to put those boxes because my fabric is going to take up most of that space as well.

This is where I've gotten to, and like I sad, I've got more fabric to wrap, and more moving around to do. But I'm beginning to like what I'm doing. I believe it will be easier to see what I have, and go from there.

It was so weird! I was wrapping the fabrics and I did even remember where I got a lot of the fabrics. I know I got some as gifts - and believe me that would be the only way I would get some of the fabrics. I didn't remember a lot of the fabric and when I needed those colors, I couldn't find them! - Gee, I wonder why! Not this is so much easier and I can look at the fabrics to see if they work.

I've been putting two fabrics to a board at times too, because there isn't enough to worry about. Some I'm not too crazy about cutting that much fabric, so I wrapped them and grouped them with "similar" fabrics. I don't know if that will help me - as I tend to look for stuff and then can't find them, no matter how organized I get. It's getting better. I am putting a few things in a garage sale next month, as I really don't need them. A little of this and a little of that, won't help me at all. UGH.

My guilt wall was still making me feel guilty I haven't been working on the basket blocks, but that's okay, we will get there! ....****I hope***

May your day be a lot cooler than mine and you be Happy Quilting!