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Monday, October 20, 2014

Coming Along Slowly

Another one of those days. I walked early this morning. It was good to see Ruth again! Now I'm back to walking at 7 am. Amazing what one can get done when they get up early. I played cribbage next door, and won a "skunk." Now we are tied for the month.

Cleaned up by vacuuming, mopping the kitchen floor, and doing laundry. I'm sure there is something in there I missed. Was able to work on the puzzle a little today. Getting there with getting it together. Not as easy as I thought it would be, but it's still fun to work on. I need to work on the birds at the top.

I finally had time to sit and quilt today.

Laid the quilt over the railing so I could get a better photo. I have this area almost completed. I've been putting the sashing quilt designs in. I was surprised at a few of the center flowers missing the circle, so I had to go back and put them in.

I'm liking the pattern and the quilt. I have been enjoying working on this. Funny how that goes Ive made quilts that I didn't like the design and then it took me forever to get them done. This may get done after all.

The flower in the corners help. I couldn't think of anything that would work better. I do like the way the sashing goes with the overall design. The boarder will have that same flower and some leaves, so I'm looking forward to being at that point.

I've been reading a really good book lately. It's one of those that you can't put down. I have been sleeping better by reading a book before going to bed.

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I hope all is well with you and your enjoying (like me) being Happy Quilting.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Seahawks Lost!

My morning started out with cats hissing at each other below our bedroom window. Thought it was Charlie, but when I got up to see, she was staring at me through the siding door. The other two cats where still below the window. I let her in, grabbed two quilts and curled up on the couch.

After I got up, it was time for the Seahawks game. We watched it till close to the end. While we were downstairs watching the game, we had the fireplace going. Felt great. Patrick sat in his chair and I started working in my quilt room. I put a few fabrics away, and cut some fabric for the thread catches that I'll be doing on Thursday and Friday.

I like bright colors and thought I would make two of each of these. I need to do a couple for my friend Carol. She's like me when it comes to colors.

I pulled out the quilt on the floor, and yes, Charlie was outside. I wanted to see how things were working out.

I do love the back.

This is were I'm putting the quilting in the sashing area. This area has 6 finished blocks, and with one of those completely covered in the sashing and corners.

Here's a better area to see. The quilting in the sashing seems to bring it all out. It brightens up the quilt all around.

This is the area that only has 5 blocks done, but the sashing has been done in three areas. Still have a long way to go, and I think once the sashing is caught up, it will make it look a lot better. Plus it will look like more is done. It is going pretty quilt with the sashing areas. The flower in the squares really brings it out.

This is where I'm at now. It's coming along a last faster than I expected, and it's really pretty. I just home mom likes it as well. Time is flying and I'm trying very hard to make sure I get at least 2 hours a day in on quilting. Some days I get lucky and get in more hours. Today I did get close to 2 hours, so I'm Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's Saturday

Well, the weekend arrived. Doesn't mean it helped me out, but it arrived.

Today we went to the casino and on one of the rare occasions we actually came home with a little bit more then we came with.

I haven't had a chance - or should I reword that - to work on the quilt. I got home and played on the computer and laptop. I am planning to work on the quilt tonight.

I did start putting the flowers in the corner and I will take a photo of that tomorrow so everyone can see what I've been doing. I really like the way it's coming along.

Weekend seem to have me less than Happy Quilting.

Friday, October 17, 2014

What A Day

I keep telling myself I need to get moving on this quilt....well, I do. I woke up with my arm in pain, so I called the doctors, and was told to show up in the office at 4 pm. I worked on laundry, paid attention to Charlie, played cribbage with the neighbor, and then off to the doctors.

This is one of my UFO's. I worked on this block the last two times I was at an appointment. I completed three of the leaves. I noticed I had two blocks done, or at least one is almost done. I have to put the center circle on it. Not bad. Easy to take with.

I even started this puzzle piece. I'm having fun working on it, and as you can tell, it's a quilt puzzle. I've actually gotten a lot done in the three days I started it.

Last night I was this close to having this sash done. I'm going to get more sashes done as far as quilting goes. I seem to be going pretty fast, and this is going pretty good. I'm really liking how this is turning out. I should have it done by Christmas.

I went to moms today and brought back some dishes she gave me. Not sure where I'm going to store them, but I will find a place. I'm getting caught up on movies and TV shows. Not sure what I'll watch when I get caught up. lol Charlie doesn't care as long as she's in my lap. This is going really well, and keeping things Happy Quilting.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quiet Day....Enjoyable Day!

With the weather trying to decide if it's going to rain or let the sun shine through, I enjoyed the day at home. Funny how the older I get the more I like spending the day to myself. I did get a call from mom, saying she's going through more of her stuff, and chances are I'm going to be getting some of that stuff. Ugh, I think I have enough stuff at my house, and need to downsize not grow bigger.

I spend part of the day playing games, and doing laundry.

The other part of the day I enjoyed sitting here with Charlie, quilting.

I wanted to know how much I had done, so I put the quilt out on the floor and checked the quilting out.

You can see my feet lol - I didn't crop this, but should have. Anyway, this is what it was looking like. I'm really happy with the way it's turning out. I haven't had any problems with the basting so far, and thinking I'm more then willing to pay the $30 for basting on my next quilt.

This is an area where I have 6 blocks done. As you can see, I'm working on the one block. It's almost done, and with what I counted, I will have 12 blocks quilted, with 3 sashes done. Not bad.

I went downstairs and saw the mess. I'm not too thrilled having to figure out where all that stuff is going to go. I need to make a couple thread catchers for a friend but the room is so crowded right now, that I can get down there to do them. I'm hoping to do them this next week, as I'll be teaching the two groups how to make them. I made 4 the first time and gave 3 of them away. So, I need to make a few more. Chances are I will be giving them away as well. Oh, well.

Things are looking up and I'm still working on being Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Appointment Day

Today was one of those days you dread. It was time for my Mammogram and my thyroid ultra sound. I thought the Mammogram was bad! Nope, the ultra sound beat it out! Mammogram was a breeze compared to the ultra sound! I don't think that gal realized I had to breath! She had that "camera" at my throat and pushing hard! It hurt like a son of a gun! I'm surprised she didn't bruise my throat! I hope I don't have to do that again!

Went to visit the folks before going to my appointments. The floor was coming along. It's not even 1/2 done, but it's looking good.

I was able to get a few stitches in on the quilt. I'm getting excited about the cabinets that are downstairs, but still have to wait on mom. lol

I'm working on keeping busy with quilting. So, this house is still at it and Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Still Getting Work Done

Today turned out to be a quilting day. Headed over to the Musuem to meet with the Mt. St. Helens quilt group. Funny how over the years little has changed. We all love to do hand work. Many of the members have their quilts machine quilted. I thought about that today. Kathleen A., is going to be known as the quilter for Lewis County. 100 years from now, historians will talk about her quilts. Not so much about the maker of the top but the unique way she quilted.

As for me, I will continue to hand quilt till I can't use my eyes or hands. Hands first lol.

One of my issues is miss Charlie. That is my lap and quilt shes on.

I finished another block. Haven't counted how many are done. I have quilted 2 sashes now. Its going pretty good I must admit.

Charlie doesn't seem to mind. I've covered her many a time, and she hasn't budged.

Put the quilt on the floor to figure out where I was and ended up pulling her off the quilt more than having any luck getting to my work. Ugh

Each day is a challenge, and I'm still Happy Quilting.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Making Up for Lost Time

Today turned out to be busy and yet fulfilling. A lot got done, including laundry.

Worked on my quilt while getting other things done. I cleaned up the computer room and put a lot of stuff away as well as throw a few things away. Even got two letters written and played cribbage with my neighbor.

While we watched Dancing with the Stars tonight, i completed yet another block and quilted the sashing area. I like the design we picked for this. Showed Patrick and he is even happy with the design. So today I was able to get a block done and start doing the sashing. The flower design will go in the square corners.  

As you can see, I'm having fun and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bowling Day

Today was a day of nothing but bowling. I had to meet the traveling team and go to Longview WA for bowling. We bowled in the travel team that has teams from St. Helens, OR, Morton, Centralia, and Longview, WA. I won at least 2 of the games, but didn't bowl very good. Good thing they only do that once a month. We were one of the two teams from Centralia.

Then I bowled tonight, here in Centralia. Did bowl very good at all - all day. I could have done better, but worked on my form better than anything else. I'm hoping to get back up there. Ugh!

So, today was not one of those days of being Happy Quilting.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Busy Day

Today was pretty busy. Woke and played a few games, the go ready to head over and pick Phil up. From there we went to mom's to collect the desk, cabinets, and file cabinet. Phil and Patrick moved everything out to the trailer, and wouldn't you know it - the sun was shinning when we started, then it poured as everything was loaded and ready to go. So, some of the cabinets got wet. Mom was cleaning up her area. We brought her desk home with us, and will probably give it to someone that needs a desk.

The cabinets were loaded into my quilt room - which was a mess already! I did have the table looking good, but still had to move things around.

Had to wipe down the cabinets because of our wonderful rain.

There were 3 parts to the cabinets mom had. The ones she had was in an "L" shape. I don't have the room for the "L" shape, so we tried to see what other things we can do. One of the thoughts was doing them back to back. I like that idea, and I think it will work with the room I have. I can use the bigger area for work space. One of the tops, I found, has a "bubble" in it, and Patrick said that was because the person that made the top didn't do it right. Nothing we can fix.

This is the idea of what we will be doing. I won't have the drawers to put in yet, because mom is keeping them till her new cabinets come in. Patrick isn't going to do any work on these just yet, because the drawers need worked on, and the top needs to sit right. He will do the work to make it work for me. The part on the right, of the doors is where the other piece lined up. So, we will put a peg board there, so I can use the area and it won't look so bad. He's talking about putting peg board on the end of this cabinet and in the area that doesn't meet up. I'll show you when it happens.

We cleaned up the roll top desk and put it in the computer room. Now there are 2 desks in the garage for those that may need one. We even moved the table out in the garage as well. Now we have way too much furniture in the house! But at the same time, the cabinets will really make my quilt room look awesome and chances are I will work down there more often then I do now! I love what Patrick is wanting to do for me. I'm getting excited and looking forward to being Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Day of Quilting

Today was quilting at mom's house. About 8 of us showed up for quilting. Mom was giving away some of her patterns that she collected over the years. She got them over the years from magazines and classes. I went through them yesterday and found old patterns from my grandmother. So, I want to get a hold of the Kansas pattern and see what some of those patterns are supposed to look like. Grandmother had cut out patterns from papers and magazines. I'll check on them to see what she was working on. One was by a Mrs. E. B. Baker. Baker is a name in my family history but that goes back 4 generations. Wonder if that is related to my 3rd great grandmother.

Ethel showed her Double Wedding Ring quilt that she's working. She's got the borders to do and then she's done. This is really pretty! She got it from a kit.

Mom brought out her DWR that she started 20 years ago in a class by Flynn. Can't remember Flynn's fist name, but I know a lot of quilters will remember it.

I was able to get another block done on the quilting. I now have 10 blocks quilted. Mom found the stencils that we were going to use on the quilt. I forgot to bring them home, so will pick them up tomorrow. Mom's closer to getting ready for her new quilt room. I need to clean out the desk in the computer room to move the roll top desk into the room.

Received word today, that my sister-in-law lost her father today. Prayers are going their way. It just hasn't been a good year for family and friends.

In the mean time, I'm still Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Not a Quilting Day so Far!

Today was a busy one at that. I made the Old Fashioned Pear for our quilt potluck today. I had thought it would only take me about an hour to make....WRONG! It didn't add the time that you put the dessert back in the oven for a second time! So, I started the dessert about 9 am and didn't have it done till 10:40 am. Then as I am leaving, Patrick hands me some veggies to take to Phil and Emily. So, I detoured there, finally making it at the quilt shop by 11:30. I ended up behind a driver "grandma" that was making sure I couldn't get passed her. ugh.

We had a great potluck, then I headed over to mom and dads. I went through 8 notebooks mom had. Two of them had old patterns that my grandmother had. I checked out the paper patterns. Now I need to figure out what the pattern was to see if I could figure out how to place them. I didn't want the patterns that are pieced, but I did keep most of the older applique patterns. There was two more notebooks that where for sewing purposes. Told mom to give the book to Alicia, Katt or Emily. It will be a big help with their sewing as it has all the feet used for the Bernina sewing machine. It will work great with teaching what the different feet are used for.

After mom's place, I came home to Charlie and Patrick. Patrick took the day off so he got a lot of work in the yard done. Now, I'm probably going to do more cross stitch then quilting. If the sun stays up longer, I could get more quilting done.

I wish I was having a day of being Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Good Thing I'm Behind

This week has been looking up. I've been getting more quilting done than playing on the computer! I do love my games, but I do know this really, really needs to get done.

Have you ever noticed, when your sitting down, relaxing, and the phone rings? Well that happens more times then I care to admit. When I put the phone by the chair, it never rings. So, I just leave it hooked up on the receiver. Then I get settled in, and Charlie decides she's going to lay on the quilt or on me. We both are happy when she finally gets settled in. I turn on the TV (On Demand) and am 2/3s into the show, then the phone rings. Now I have to pick Charlie and my quilt up, get the leg rest down, and try to put everything down before the 4th ring when it goes into voice mail. Well, I didn't answer the phone earlier today, and it had a message of "brrrrrrrrrrrrr" on it. So, mom calls, and it's going into voice mail before I can get everyone settled down. Then I try to call her back, and she's on the phone calling my cell phone, which is down the hall. Okay, to make a story short, it took me 30 mins to get back to being comfortable. I put the phone near me, and not one call after that!

Good thing I'm behind on all my shows! I'm getting caught up on the new shows that Patrick won't watch. I've got caught up on NCIS, working on NCIS:LA, and will check out the one in New Orleans. I have all the Blacklist caught up (but it's getting a little to gory latley), and I'm going to check out Sherlock Holmes when I get the chance.

I'm close to getting another block done.

I'm quilting and Charlie is comfortable. I had the quilt set so I could quilt without having to dump her on the floor - which I really should have, but I just love having her with me. At the age of 17, I want to be around her as long as I can be.

I'm keeping busy with the quilt, and have a quilt meeting tomorrow, so won't be taking the quilt with me. I will take it on Friday at mom's though. She will probably help me out. Tomorrow is a pot luck and I'm not sure what I will take along yet.

Quilting is going along and I'm still Happy Quilting.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another Block Quilted

Today was a quilt group day, but I decided I didn't want to go anywhere. So, I played and I also quilted.

I sat and watched "Forever" on Demand. I really like that show! It was really good. So, I have the first three shows behind me. I actually got a lot of quilting done while watching.

I finished the one block, and started another one. Charlie laid next to me as I quilted. The good news was I didn't get any phone calls while quilting. It's amazing how much I got done. I finished working on the block today, because last night I took the time to do cross stitch. I decided since the lighting in the house is awful, even with the overhang Ott light. So, I decided to do cross stitch at night and work on the quilt during the day.

Don't think I will take this with me to the potluck on Thursday. I may just take Phillip's quilt to work on. I haven't decided, and probably won't know what I'll take till that day.

As you can see, I'm cleaning, watching TV, and spending the day Happy Quilting.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Still At It!

Things are looking up. Today was a busy day when it came to what I was up to. Got all my laundry done. Feels good to see a basket or two completely empty!

I spend the afternoon watching older shows of NCIS. I was able to figure out how one member was killed and the other came on. Now I just need to figure out the newest changes to the show.

Started working on this block. Took out the basting threads. I did find a problem with one of the seams. So, I went downstairs and got my "fray check" and put that one the seam that was coming undone. Then I appliqued the seam shut. The fabric was the purple and I found when I was working on the blocks, that the purple frayed so easily. Yet it is 100% cotton.. Go figure. This way, I''m hoping it will do fine. I then quilted the area and didn't see any issues that would come up.

I was getting a lot done before Patrick got home. He even came home early today.

I'm liking the quilting. I'm happy with the way it's turning out. Still need to figure out what I'm going to do in the 2 1/2" sashings. Should be interesting to see what I come up with. I only have the one corner to finish and then I'm done with another block.

As you can see, I'm still going at it.

Watching the SEAHAWKS play while I type this. Can't believe the crap going one with them! UGH!

Okay, as you can see, quilting is still going strong, and I'm HAPPY QUILTING>

Sunday, October 5, 2014

When Will I Learn?

Okay, when will I learn to pick up after myself?! You would think with great ideas, I could keep organized longer than 3 months! But...NOOOOO.. that isn't the case.

This table is constantly getting piled on! So, today I took some time and went downstairs to do that organizing trick AGAIN. This is the mess I had before going down there. I started off by putting projects in the zipper bags from the sheets we have bought.

The bottom one is in a big baggie. I did have a couple of zipper bags I haven't used yet. So, I started putting some of my more current projects in the bags. That way I can grab a bag when I'm going to my quilt groups and have something to work on. I couldn't find the box that had my daughters butterfly quilt pieces in it, so I know I have more digging to do.

I also took that stack I got from Nancy and started wrapping them on the boards. I was able to get quiet a bit done.

I put some of the other "stuff" away.

My stash of fabric is growing but looking better. The top 4 shelve have been worked on. I need to fold the two bottom shelves and then I should be doing great. It's coming along slowly.

I'm looking forward to seeing if mom shelves will help me out. The table is just too much of a pain. If I can get her cabinets, then I can put bigger stuff away, plus be able to cut on the top. There are drawers where I can keep the needles, pins, cutting tools, and rulers. Anything would be great where that table is. I'm tired of stuff under it and looking like a sore thumb.

I've been enjoying reading Karen's Blog lately. Between vacation and quilting on her quilt, love what she's been up to. Love knowing we're related to boot.

I have been quilting on the quilt. Didn't get much done this weekend but did get more done then nothing at all. I've started another block, so hopefully tomorrow I can get more done. I'd love to have the block done by tomorrow. That would keep me Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Back on Track

Today was one of those days where we drove down to Portland OR. We spent the day shopping.

It was one of those shopping trips where you think of things you need, but usually don't buy. We did need another vacuum cleaner, and found one on sale. We also picked up a few other things. Ikea wasn't our best shopping trip, didn't buy much there. We did get a couple rugs for the bathroom. Then we headed to Jenson Beach. There we hit Target, HomeGoods and a couple other places. Made for a long day actually.

Didn't get any craft shopping in, but wasn't looking for an embroidery or quilt shop. We did stop at Red Lobster and came home with extra food.

Charlie loves it when we get home. She heads for the quilt!

I'm getting closer, finished another block last night and will start the next one tonight. It's really looking pretty from the back. That's what makes it so I'm Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Quilting with Mom

This morning was a slow starting morning. I enjoyed sleeping a little longer, and then playing some games. By 9 am I showered and started getting everything ready to head over to mom's to quilt. I was at their house by 10 am. We walked around the block, then came back to quilt.

Mom was quilting there on the right, and I was quilting on the left. You can see her shoe ad part of her in the photo. We put the TV tray between us for the thread. It worked out great. Reminded me of the older quilters that got together as Quilting Bees to quilt on a quilt. We were able to get up to 7 blocks done.

I had to take photos of mom's quilts. The second one down is the quilt that mom put together which were my 2nd great grandmother's blocks. She did the 4th one, starting it when she was 8 years old. She finished it in the last two years. We found the pieces and the pattern in a box when we were moving them out of the house.  The 3rd one is one of Nancy Chongs patterns. It's really pretty.

The one on top was a kit that my grandmother (her mother) started called the Tree of Life. I remember grandmother working on it when I was in High School. The second one was done while I was in High School. The one on the bottom was finished in the last few years, but she had worked on that a good 5-10 years. She would take the applique with her when she came to visit us in Pullman, and when she traveled. I often asked how far she had gotten on it.

I was looking for their cat, when I thought about taking a photo of the quilts. One of these days I would love to have a latter with all my quilts as well. My quilts disappeared with my daughter, so I have a long way to go to be where I was with all my quilts. I have a lot away as well. I was surprised to see the wall hanging I gave my brother and sister-in-law when Katt was little. They still have it hanging on the wall. So, I may do them up another quilt since they care for what I do.

I just love seeing quilts and love the way it makes me feel Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thinking too Much!

Okay, today I was thinking of all the quilts that are in process. I have 4 quilts that are being quilted at this time. UGH! I'm really, really close to having my Hawaiian quilt done, but need to finish mom's quilt by Christmas. 

As I work on this quilt, I realize it is quick and easy. I do like that part of it. I still need to find something for the border though. Still can't believe mom lost the templates we were going to do. I had it all planned out. 

I'm also quilting on the quilt that is on my frame downstairs. When it gets colder, I'll heat the stove downstairs and try to get that one done as well. That quilt is about half done. 

Then comes Phillip's little quilt. I've got two blocks done on this one. Will try and get it finished as well. Will probably go start to the Hawaiian after mom's quilt then go to this one. Hard to say what I'll do. At least I can say I did finish two quilts this year so far. That's a heck of a lot more quilts then I have quilted in a very long time. 

Then there is the cross stitch I'm working on. That will be my "in between" moods. When I get tired of quilting, I'll pick this back up and work on it. 

Like the title said, "THINKING TOO MUCH!" I need to just relax and get working on these projects. That doesn't include the applique projects I've been working on as well. So, as you can see, I tend to jump from one project to another. One of these days, I'll have less projects going at one time! That's why I have that rule - Finish 2 projects before starting 1. I've been doing pretty good with that. I'm cutting down what I need to work on. 

I also need to go back downstairs and clean up my mess! I swear, I clean that mess up every 2 months!! You'd think I could take better care! We are going to be getting mom's older quilt tables that are more like shelves. If it works out, I'm going to get rid of that table and put the drawers and counter tables in its place. That way, I can put some of this stuff away and out of sight. Plus the cutting table will be a little bigger and easier to work with. One of the problems is that the cabinet will cover the heater unit. So, we'll have to figure something out that won't be a problem to the heater. May do some moving stuff around. 

Okay, time to quit thinking and quilt! I'm starting on block #6, out of 30, so it's going pretty fast considering how busy I have been. May you have a great day and be Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Another Day of Quilting...and Bowling

Today was a pretty good day. I actually had the day to myself and was able to do the laundry as well as get some quilting done.

Charlie spend most of the day with me. She gave us a scare last night when she had a hissing match with a huge Raccoon!  Patrick even went out at midnight to throw the resin chair at the raccoon! That at least split them up, but we didn't know how Charlie fared till this morning. Was thankful that she was fine.

This was the block I was working on from the back.

I counted 5 blocks quilted.

This is what two of them look like together. As you can tell I have them in three different parts of the quilt - mainly because mom was helping me with the quilting, so it's all over the place. I'm thinking in the future, I'm not going there again!

This is another area that was quilted. I'll get it back on track by tomorrow. lol

Three guesses who found my quilt!

Laundry is getting done, I'm getting more done, and it feels great to have time at home! I started a book called "Quilt As Desired" written by Arlene Sachitano, and it's pretty good so far. I have it autographed by the author. This is a series, so I'll probably be getting the other books as well.

Things are going down hill with our friends that have cancer. Chances are the next couple months we will be going to a few more funerals, this is not a good year.

Bowling is picking up, but my finger is not healing as fast as I would like. It is still sore at times. Not stopping me from quilting and bowling though, so can't complain too much.

May you be having a better year, and Happy Quilting!