Monday, August 3, 2015

Week Is Starting To Slow Down

This week isn't as busy as last. It's starting to slow down. Today we picked berries and then walked. After that, I came home and tried to collect everything for the meeting.

I went to our Brazilian Embroidery meeting/class. We had a good time. We were supposed to come up with a name for our group, but that didn't seem to come out yet. We did add another two names to the list already out there. Hopefully next meeting we can get a name for our group. It's interesting  to see how we are getting other members from Olympia and Longview/Kelso areas. It looks like there are more people close that have been waiting for a group in this area.

I worked on the wheat and the leaves. I like the way my leaves came out today. The instructions were to do the satin stitch from the bottom of the leave to the top. I found it easier to do them from the top to the bottom.

I will work on the leaves now. The instructions are "weird" to me. It goes down the design, so on the #3 step, it tells one to do it "last." If I was doing instructions, I would do them in the order they needed to be worked, not in the order of the design. But hey, that's me. I laughed and moved to #4. That is the leaves. I'm loving the colors so far.

When I got home, I had one phone call after another. There is so much going on this month. I'm trying to get my TAS groups to help out at the fair. So, I was finding out what needed to be done and when we needed to be there. Now that I have all that, I'm taking down who's working when.

After about 3 different phone calls, I called Ruth and asked her to go for a walk. We walked. Then came home to the phone ringing. I was out hanging towels on the line and heard the phone ring. Even talked to mom about 4 times today. Once Patrick got home, I was happy to see no more phone calls! I worked on the baskets again last night. I ended up taking out what I put in because of the thread sticking out on the back. No clue how I did it, but I ended up taking it out anyway.

Tomorrow is QOV, and I'll be Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Still Hot, and I'm Still Working on Quilting....

Today I slept in. I slept downstairs again last night. I had the fan going on down there and it was comfortable compared to up here.

Cooked the cinnamon rolls, and was a little disappointed because they had actually over rose and "caved." We went grocery shopping. Got that out of the way. Came home and I sat watching an old war movie with Patrick. It was a really good one about a submarine. I loved the actors in the show. I just can't remember the name, sorry.

I started and worked on this Bountiful Baskets block. It looks better than this photo! I really need to work on getting butter close up photos from the tablet. I usually do good with the tablet but not today. 

Then I started on this one. I'm not sure what basket number it is. I do have the book downstairs. 

Speaking of book, this is the second one with all the patterns. I pretty much filled the first book up real good.  I printed out the new patterns for this month, and got them ready to go in the second book. I also added the background fabric to the pages of the new patterns. I would like to get more of the first book done first before heading to the second one. 

I like the new blocks. I can't wait to get there. 

While I spent my time downstairs, I marked the butterfly quilt so I can put the "trellis" on it. I'm not sure when I will start, but I know I need to get it done. So, I'm going to try and do the applique on it. I really need to finish that one up. I also took the strips and sewed them up. This is my pile to cut them and have them ready. I was thinking of a lot of different designs I could use for the 9 patches. I'll have to think about what I really want, but I'm having fun getting them done. I did count 7 more strips to make. I may get an idea yet!! 

I've been enjoying my time downstairs. I've been getting a lot done and enjoying the steps to get there. Patrick had some water issues that I had to know about. Being secretary of the community water, so things come up and I'm tight with the money! lol 

To my readers, I wish you all the best! I also hope your having an awesome day and are Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Yet Another Day At 100 Degrees!!

I ended up sleeping downstairs last night. Couldn't take the heat. Since we are in a "heat advisory" it stayed hot all night. I was able to sleep pretty good last night downstairs.

Patrick was given some lilies to bring home for me. They smell great, but I think my allergies are having a fit over them. I woke up this morning with a headache and runny noise. We were gone most of the day, so I didn't notice it today.

After getting up, we headed to the casino and then went to Costco to get some meat. We had a good time and the ride was fun. We didn't take the freeway. Figured we'd get there faster if we took the side roads.

After supper I went downstairs for about an hour and a half. I wanted to get my minimum of 2 hours in on quilting a day. I figure if I get in a routine of 2 hours a day, I'll get a lot done over time.

I pulled out my table mats and wanted to get them done. I sewed what was left of them. It was good to have the mats close to being finished.

This is what the 6 of them look like. It was a good feeling to have them finished as far as that goes. I was telling Patrick that I don't have enough of the butterfly read to bind it, since I used it on the back. He said I could just use a solid color that goes with what I have done. He even suggested black. I'm seriously thinking of doing black. I think a red would be better but I don't think I have enough red to do all 6 mats. Black I tend to have enough of.

I then cut the 9-patches that I had ready for cutting. I also did the 4 patch blocks. I will work on the 9-patches again tomorrow. At least I'm going to try and plan on it. I know I have enough to make a couple quilts by now, but I really do want to use up what I have set for strips. I'm slowly getting least I'm thinking I am.

As I'm sitting here typing this, its 8 pm, and this is what my thermometer looks like. I just took the photo!

When we were driving today, I reflected on my comment yesterday of "flip flops" and wanted to say "thongs - but not the underwear kind." Flip flops is as old as thongs too. lol

Okay, I'm rambling again and need to get my cinnamon rolls ready for tomorrow morning. Try and be Happy Quilting!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Day At The Thurston County Fair

I didn't get much sleep last night because of the heat....and boy was it HOT!!! When I did get up, I headed to Ruth's to walk. After walking, I came home and got out my list of what I needed to bring to the fair to work on.

Arrived at Donna's about 8:30 am. Love her dogs! They are so much fun!

Headed up to the fair, and parked at the school bus garage to get a ride to the fair. To think I've lived in WA State over 30 years, and I have never been to the Thurston County Fair. It's a very small fair that is really fun! It reminded me of Whitman County Fair on the East side of WA. I really like small fairs like that. It was fun to get around.

This quilt was on display for out QOV area.

So was this one. It brought up some really cool ideas of what we could do with the eagles. I enjoyed seeing all the quilts there as well. I didn't take photos, as I have a whole bag full of quilt photos that need to be gone through.

I worked on this block again today. I still need to add 10 more leaves and the pole top. I did get quiet a bit done. We gave away the quilt I bound, and we gave away another quilt as well. It was awesome to see the look on the Veterans faces that received them. One of the guys wife was teary eyed and that got me a little teary eyed as well. I know how she felt. It's so nice to see them honored. He went through the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. When we told him that was about all we know about him, he said, "and that's enough." I agree. He finally got the thanks he should have gotten when he returned from Vietnam. The other person was serving now at JBLM. He was so surprised and at first wanted to know what was going on. I knew that look right off, as all military have that look when attention is giving in their direction.

I gave Donna the 3" 4 patches I had done. I will work on more. She even said she has more scraps for me. If she keeps this up, I won't need to get fabric for a very long time.

We finally called it quits about 5:30 pm. We were home by 6:15 pm. Around 5 pm it really got HOT in the fair building. I checked the phone and it said it was 93 degrees in Lacey. When we got home, my phone said we were at 99 degrees. Way too hot for me. It's even too hot to have this laptop on my lap!! So, I'm sweating and having a rough time with this heat. I'm thankful that Donna let me borrow her flippers so I would die in shoes. I'm still trying to drink water, but my water gets warm way too fast.

Life is good, and I can get through this! It was an awesome day of being Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's 97 Degrees Right Now!!!

I'm looking out my window at the thermometer and it reads 96 degrees. No cool breeze tonight! UGH. I'm in front of our fan!!

I did the usual, walking and cribbage. I got skunked again today. Missed it by 2 pegs. UGH! He's skunked me 4 times this month!! Me, only once....

I went to our quilt group meeting. It was getting hot in there as well. Not a place I would want to be in.

I worked on this eagle. I finished the eagle body and the red rose. I also added a couple leaves and the green part to the rose bud. That was basted down. I have more to baste done and will take the green to do that tomorrow while at the fair.

I found the red that I want to use on the firecracker tops. I will put those on tomorrow as well. I'm hoping to get some more done on this one. I'm taking the green with me to the fair to work on. This is part of the Baltimore Liberty blocks.

I pulled 5 basket blocks out of my stack. I will also take these to work on while at the fair. I may not get much done, but I will be prepared. I am also taking the other eagle block with some embroidery fabric to work on. I nee to work on the feathers and the eye. I'm hoping to finish that one as well, and then can give it to Donna.

I may take the squares I have for QOV, and see if she wants to take them. If not, I may figure out what to do with them later.

Today was a good day. I was able to get more done then I thought I would. I'm hoping tomorrow will be even better. I'll be having a "withdrawal" from my games, but that's fine. I'll be better off being Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quilt Is Finished, And Ready for a Recipient

I did the usual morning routine. Walking and cribbage.

When I got home, decided I better vacuum and clean up the kitchen a little. I was tired of my "piles." I tend to pile things up on the table and then clean that up when I get the chance. I took the box out to the garage, along with a few garage sale items.

After cleaning, I decided to sit and enjoy a movie that was on. While I was watching the show, I worked on three thread catchers.

I finally got a few buttons on them. I have three more that need buttons, and three more that need to be put together. The yellow one on the right is one I wish I had done the other way. I like the inside better than the outside.

Before going downstairs, I had the binding done on this quilt. It's a QOV quilt. I washed it. It turned out awesome!! I can't wait to see who receives this quilt!

I was surprised today when I went into my facebook account. My dear sweet older brother, Chris, put a really nice comment on the quilts my mother and I make. I didn't think the family really knew what all went into out quilts. lol

I headed downstairs and got back to finishing up the table mats. I'm not quiet there yet, but they are coming along.

I'm almost finished. Need to do the corners and then bind them. I'll try and get some of that done tomorrow. I also need to baste a few more blocks for working on at the Thurston County Fair. I will try and finish up the eagles and work on the Baltimore Liberty block. Not sure if I will get the mats done tomorrow or if I'll be working on the basting for Friday. Depends on what I'm in the mood for.

I was reading a couple other blogs yesterday and laughed! It was funny to find that I wasn't the only one not in the mood to work on much. Each of us did something, but not a lot. Too funny how that worked out.

Garden is growing pretty good, but now the hot weather is back. We hit over 90 degrees again today. Seattle tied the record of most days over 90 degree weather this year. It was recorded in 1958. Now we are going to break that record, because the year isn't over yet. Not looking forward to being inthe fair and cooking! I'll have to take a ton of water.

I wasn't really busy today, but it did seem like it at times. May we all be Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wasn't in the Mood....

Today was a walking morning with getting my butt kicked in cribbage. I was finally skunked on the last game.

I then went to our Mt. St. Helen's group meeting. I think if I didn't have to get the ruler to Judy, I wouldn't have gone. I got there, pulled out one of the eagles, and worked on it. Trouble was, I wasn't in the mood to do applique - go figure! I called it good about 12:30 and came home. I then sat down and put an ice pack on my elbow and relaxed. After a couple hours of playing games, I called Ruth and asked her if she wanted to go walking. So, we took another walk today.

When I came in the house, I pulled out the thread catchers to start finishing them up. I need a couple for Friday.

I will put the buttons on tonight. I have about three more to sew the sides up. That might not get done till tomorrow though.

I will finish up the QOV quilt. Then I need to wash it and have it ready for Friday when we go to the Thurston County Fair. I'm looking forward to it and will try to get myself ready for doing a lot of applique.

Tomorrow is another day, and I'm hoping to be Happy Quilting.

Monday, July 27, 2015

From One Thing To Another.....

Today I went for my walk, and enjoyed not having to go play cribbage today. I did come home and enjoy Charlie's company for an hour. She hasn't wanted to come in lately. It's getting harder for her to jump up on the furniture. So, she seems to want to say outside. I did pick her up and put her in my lap. She was happy with that.

I went downstairs and worked on 5 more thread catchers.

I sewed them up and then had to leave. I went to the post office to mail out Pamela's winning fabrics. I then went to pick Phil up for lunch. We went to one of the Chinese restaurants in town but it was closed. So, we headed over to another one. We had a good lunch. I really enjoyed my time with him. I then took him home, and headed to moms.

I arrived at moms about 20 mins before having to leave for physical therapy. We were going through her buttons. I left her looking for her buttons. The good news at physical therapy is that it's working. I'm not at 100% yet, but my shoulder is doing great. I've gotten more movement then most people have this stage of "frozen shoulder." I haven't quite made it a year yet, and I'm about 90% out of 100%. I'm improving daily. I do the exercises and they are helping a lot!

Mom went to a funeral today, so when I got back she was gone. She had some buttons for me in a jar, and I looked for a few more. I got about 1/2 a jar worth. Mom had tons of buttons, so I didn't have to go shopping for them. I came home and went back downstairs to work on the thread catchers. I had to iron them so I could sew them up. If one looks closely, one will notice my clean room is no longer clean. So, after this is all over, I will have to clean up my table AGAIN. I was in a hurry, but I did put some of my fabrics away......but not near what I needed to put away.

Tomorrow is quilting in town. I will be between working at home and working at the meeting. I have been working on the binding of the QOV quilt, and it's almost done. I will try and have that done tonight. Guess the catchers will be done at the meeting....or I'll work on my applique! Need to get back to applique. I'm still doing the 9 patches as well. I also have been working on the scrap 4 patches for the QOV quilts. I haven't figured out what I will do, but I can work on it.

This morning while doing the catchers, I did get a few strips in on the table mat. I'm adding more colors, because I've used up all I had of some of the fabrics. I will use another red butterfly strip someone in the corners. I'll also bind them in the butterfly fabric. That is the fabric on the back.

Okay, between laundry, running around, and keeping neighbors happy, I'm still getting stuff done. Life is good, and I'm Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Enjoying the Day of Sewing

Today we decided to enjoy the day at home. That made my day! So, I went downstairs and pulled out some fabric for another set of table mats. I found a scrap fabric that I thought would work great in the middle of the mats.

I decided I wanted 6 mats, and started cutting the strips. I was able to get this far in about 3 hours. Patrick wanted to go to Red Lobster for supper, which is down in Longview. I noticed I was running short of the colors in this mat, so I asked for Patrick's help. Poor guy had no idea what I was doing. Anyway, he help me pick a couple more colors and I will be putting them on tomorrow. This way takes longer than the strips did. I had to take out two mats, because I was sewing them "backwards." I did end up sewing them from the left side of the foot instead of the right. Good thing I'm left handed, it worked out find. I just didn't want to take out what I put in on the first two strips (x6).

I love Glads! This one is starting to go bad, but I love the color. We had a lot of them at one time, but they keep dying on us from time to time.

After dinner with my folks, I decided to go out and take photos while mom and dad where checking out Patrick's garden.

Because of the hot weather, some of our plants aren't doing as good as they usually do. We've been saving on water, so some of the plants are paying for it.

Even the hanging baskets aren't doing so well. We are keeping them up, but it's getting harder to keep them alive.

At least the grapes are doing great!

They aren't ready yet, but they are doing good. Patrick will have his grape juice concentrate.

Our apple tree is doing great as well. Our pear tree has a disease and needs to be sprayed. So, we won't be getting pears this year.

Tomorrow I'm having lunch with my son, then going to physical therapy. Won't be at moms till after that. I need to get some buttons from her. I gave her two of my fabric catchers. One small and one larger size. I'm going to make more tomorrow. Then I need to get back to working on my applique.

I have still been working on the binding of the QOV quilt. I have it half done. I will try to get it done tonight, but chances are it will be tomorrow. I'm enjoying being Happy Quilting!

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Thank you to Pamela Butcher!! You have won my "tail" fabrics of solids. I am also going to send you a gift for being so kind and offering to take the tails. Since Pamela is also a QOV quilter, I'm going to send some scraps to go with her quilts.

Today was a quiet day, and truthfully, I didn't do much work. I did finish up all the thread catchers, and only two of them need some buttons for them. I'll probably do that Monday when I go to moms. I may even stop by the store and pick up some buttons that will work great for a few more. I did get some coupons from Michael's today, and my use them.

I did work on the binding for our QOV quilt. I'll take a photo of it after I'm done. I need to add the photo to my journal of all the QOV projects I'm working on. I love those clips! I didn't think I would, but I do. I don't like having to move them from where I am to the end, but that's nothing compared to me trying to figure out if I have the measuring right.

I may do a few more thread catchers. I need a couple more for friends. Not sure which ones mom will take, but I want to give Donna a couple as well.

Today, is just a quiet day, and an enjoyable day! Katt called today, and we chatted. I loved it! I do miss that gal! Happy Quilting!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Biking Trip......

I woke early as usual. Ruth and I went walking and visited with a couple neighbors on the way. Got home, played a few games till Patrick woke up.

We then got a snack lunch put together. Patrick put the bikes in the truck last night, so we were all set to go biking. We headed over to Phil's to pick him up. It was awesome, I did better today then I have done in the past. I'm getting a little faster than I used to be. I do enjoy riding the bikes. If Phil goes with us more often, then I can really get in shape (wishful thinking!). It was a very enjoyable ride. Phil chatted and the ride seemed to get shorter faster. We were done in 150 minutes, which broke the previous record of 155 mins. It was a 17 mile ride from Tenino WA to Rainier WA.

I finished these four "thread catchers."

I like the smaller ones a little better. The bigger ones are a little "loose" so I'm going to stick with the smaller sizes. I will use the bigger one at my end table. That will keep more in it. I tend to do most of my works here in the chair.

I tend to like this one the best so far. It's from my scraps of Japanese fabrics, and the "pin" for the button worked out great. I had the pins in my draw of "now what?" You know those drawers, the ones that you put nice looking things in, with no clue what you'll ever do with. Most of mine stay there for a very long time. This one, to my surprise, haven't been in that drawer for very long. I did find a couple more buttons in that drawer when I went downstairs to get thread. I found them in another box of "will I ever use these?" I have a good stash of "can't get rid of this," and "when will I ever use these?"

Donna sent me a message today. She asked me to sew the binding on one of the QOV quilts. Patrick and I stopped by and picked up the quilt. I will work on the quilt tonight and this week. Can't wait to see it finished. It's a quilt she put together with blocks that were given to her from Quilter's Junction BOM members. They make blocks and donate them for Donna to put in a quilt.I love what she does!

Today is cloudy and supposed to rain, but we haven't had much. I would love to have some rain. It has been cool, then warms up. We have been getting cooler weather and I'm enjoying it!

I need to get ready to help out at the Thurston County Fair. I need some work that will keep me busy for an all day event. We are going to help out QOV booth. I can't wait to see how will come around that can get a QOV quilt! We are going to give two of them away that day. Looking forward to that day!

I've got three more thread catchers to finish up and then I'll get some stitches done on the QOV quilt! Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Off Track AGAIN!

Here I go, getting off track with my projects! I added the two new projects, that I really didn't need to add! All in all, I can't complain too much. I'm actually getting them done!

Last night I finished up the table mats.

They turned out great!

This is all four of them. I like the way the came out. I will be doing another set here pretty soon. I haven't decided what colors yet, or how I'm going to do it. I have a couple ideas, and with more strips from the solids , I may be able to do what mom did.

This is what the fabric catchers look like. I got some buttons from Ruth, and will put them on the ones I have done. This is not a "finished" project. I also cut another 4 smaller ones. Nancy came over to pick up the ruler I bought for her. While she was her, I showed her three of these and told her if she put the button on them, she could pick the one she wanted. She did. She picked one of my favorite prints, but I cut another one with that print so wasn't too worried. Plus, I was able to use up the scraps, so I'm not complaining!

Then as I'm putting them together, I'm thinking I need to make one for Donna, and oh, ya, need to do one for my daughter-in-law (to replace the other one I gave her), and then, lets not forget mom. Oh, yea, there is Emily's grandmother too. Plus I need at least 3, one for my embroidery box, one for my quilting supplies, and lets not forget about one for the end table! Okay, guess I need to make a few more! I will have made 10 and I'm still trying to figure out who's getting them. I may have to make some extra to sell at the quilt show for a donation......ugh, here I go again! I need to check out moms buttons so I can use some of hers as well. Since I have physical therapy on Monday, will check it out then. I should have a couple of them done by tonight.

One I make enough, I hope to get back on track and get back to my eagles, baskets, and work on the center of the butterfly quilt! Here I go again, thinking of all the different things I need to get moving on!

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Birthday, Phillip!

Before I start my blog, I want to wish my son, Phillip, a very Happy Birthday!! He's 30 today!

My little boy is no longer little! lol - I have some cute photos of him when he was little, but will have to load them.

This is Phil and Emily on their wedding day. They've been married a year now. So proud of my boy! Emily is a keeper too.

On to my day. Today I spent the afternoon downstairs. I wanted to get some more 9 patches done.

I added two more colors to my stack. It is coming along, but still have a lot more to go. I did decide not to care how I put the "extra" patches together.

I just took what I had extra of and sewed them together. Not sure if I will keep them. I'm thinking of putting them in a bag and selling them at the quilt show for a donation. I have more to sew together as well.

I even got myself another project!! I can't believe I did, but I did!

I made myself a pattern, then I cut some of my scraps for this project. It's for "thread catchers." I liked the one I saw, and find that I liked it better than the twisted one I have. I want one that stays up, and these do. The twisted ones I made, have that twist in the "bag" and doesn't stay up like it should. My collapses. Drives me nuts.

Some of this is my Australian fabrics that a dear friend, Cynda Miles sent me years ago. I have kept it and decided it's time to make something out of them. I will sew this up tonight and will post the finished project tomorrow.

I'm still working on the mats. I have the fourth mat half bound. When it's finished I will post it under "finished projects 2015." Right now they are not done. I wanted to make another set today, but I decided to do the catchers first. I sew a catcher from Pat Campbell, who teaches the Brazilian Embroidery on Mondays. I figured I'd make a few. I was surprised at how fast I could get these 6 done. It will be fun to do these for TAS next year as they are meeting here in Centralia. Our two groups are in charge of that. Now things are good. I'm still keeping busy. I'm getting more and more done as well. Still not as fast as mom, but I'm amazed at what I have been doing in the time I actually do it. lol  Happy Quilting!!