Monday, February 8, 2016

Hand Quilting Getting Done!

We had to get up early to get to the hospital in Olympia. I had my appointment at 8:00 am or thought I was 8:30 am. We had to be up at 6 am to get there in time. We stopped and got gas. When we arrived they were making it look like I was early on purpose. I told them I was told to be here at 7:45 am. Had the paper to prove it. She apologized to me and said my appointment was 8:30. When I finally got in there, I had the "scope" test done. My noise is still sore! Had trouble getting it in there! lol I hope I don't have to do that test again! I hated that test! Was thankful when it was over.

We got back around 10:30 am. Stopped off at Safeway to pick up some lunch for me. I couldn't eat till a good half hour after my test. I didn't eat till around lunch time anyway. Patrick was home for the day, so we sat and watched a really good old movie.

I worked on my cross stitch while we watched TV. I also got some time in on Mturk. I have been moving along nicely lately.

Started going back to the left side to work on the flower pot. Filled in some fo the flowered area in the middle.

After goofing with Mturk, I worked on the bottom feather. I have about half of it appliqued down. I'm going to try and get it completely done. I'm looking at the photo and I'm going to fix that one feather on the right. It isn't "smooth" which means I have to fix it. lol

I had about an hour before I needed to fix supper. I decided I wanted to go downstairs and quilt on the butterfly quilt. I'm really going to try and get it done soon! This is the left side of the quilt (which I'm quilting upside down).

I was thrilled that I could roll it about 5". I was able to get this part done before going back upstairs. I will try and get more done tomorrow morning. I have another doctors appointment (not following the one today). The one tomorrow is a yearly follow up for my heart.

I've been doing great lately. I'm actually getting a few things done. I'm spending less time playing games and working on my projects. I've spend too much money this month is regards to more projects.

I did get my Brazilian embroidery newsletter and seminar information this weekend. I was figuring it out that it would cost me about $550 to go for the week. I'm not sure that's good or bad. I would like to go and learn some new things, but then I'm cheap and wonder if I should just go for a couple days. If I go for a couple days it will cost me about $250. So, compared to 6 days, it would be better in a way to go for the week. I don't know, still thinking on it. Want to go to a retreat this year, but may not after all. Patrick is talking about going back to MI to see his parents again. Not sure what we will do this year. Patrick has plenty of time that he has to use or loss this year as well.

When I was quilting downstairs I was thinking about when we lived in MD. Mom and her quilting friends would come over (when it was moms turn) and set a quilt frame in the middle of the room. They all quilted on each others quilts. There were 8 of them. They even quilted in the library showing visitors how to quilt. I remember learning from them. They would let me quilt on their quilts. I learned a lot from all of them. I often wonder if they are still quilting or if their time came to an end.

I have found myself reflecting on the past. I remember who taught me what and how I learned. I often wonder what happened to Patricia Margaret and Donna Slusser (not my cousin Donna). I knew them in Pullman and they taught a couple classes I took. I have been looking for them the last few years, but their website is out of date. I can't seem to find them and wonder if cancer took them after all.

I'm having a blast getting stuff done! I will take my applique with me to the doctors office tomorrow. I'm hoping to quilt more tomorrow as well. Hopefully the TV downstairs will work. We have been having TV issues lately. Patrick swapped TV's to see if it's the TV or if we have to call Comcast again. Time will tell.

I'm still here, and I'm still quilting. I'm happy to see things are getting worked on and getting done. It's a life I do enjoy! Happy Quilting!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday!

Today was another early morning. I enjoyed the morning all to myself. I even worked on my Amazon account to earn some more money. lol

I was checking out some of the blogs I keep track of and read Sherri's Quilter at Heart Blog. Sherri is awesome! I've enjoyed working with her in TAS and have talked to her several times while part of the TAS Board. This one was like reading my own blog. She talked about being a 5th generational quilter and that she may be the last in a long line, depending on her daughters. I enjoyed reading yesterdays blog. So, if you get the chance, take a look.

I baked some pretzels for Super Bowl snack time! lol

They turned out awesome! I made 6 of them and Patrick has had 2 already. I even made some cheese sauce to go with them. That was a bit much for me, but they were good. Patrick loves to have cheese with his pretzels. I'd rather have mustard. lol Guess that's where my German comes in.

When the game started we headed downstairs to enjoy the game. We had to wait for Comcast's rep to show up. He changed out our box because it was going black on us. This box is smaller and looks a little better. I was surprised they came out today. He said he was off at 3:30 so he could go home and watch the game. I had actually asked for tomorrow but they called today and said they could send someone out today. It was quick. Then we headed downstairs to enjoy the fireplace and the TV down there.

I got most of the center done!!! I'm jumping for joy!! I have been killing myself trying to get in the mood to work on this worked out great!

The center (inside the first border print) is now done. That was the hardest part. I marked the cross hatch in the blue. I'm having to work my way toward the right side because I can not mark it on the right side. I'd be off my mark. So as long as I have it going from the left, it will stay "lined up."

I was thrilled to be able to get to this side of the quilt. (Left side) It's coming along great. I just need to quilt a couple more areas for about 4" and then I can turn the quilt again. I'm excited about rolling it. I'm even more excited about getting that center done. It's a lot farther along then I thought it was. I was changing my needles from the short ones to a little longer ones. I found some really tiny needles in the quilt and wondered how I was even able to quilt with those. Yet again, I do remember a time when I could quilt with a 3/4" needle. Not anymore.

In thinking of what Sherri was talking about. Why do I quilt?

Why not? I quilt for sanity. I quilt for love of craft. I quilt because it keeps me "centered." I quilt to relax and enjoy life. I quilt to reflex how my day is going.

What do I remember about family that quilts?

My mother taught me how to piece quilts. My grandmother showed me patterns and quilt blocks that her mother made. She told me one day I would get the quilt blocks. My mother was there that day and said, "No she won't. I get them first." My mother took the blocks and I haven't seen them since. I did see one set - she put them together and quilted the quilt. It's hanging in her house. There are two quilts that were made by my great grandmother and my great great grandmother. There is a quilt where she found a block and pieces of fabric to finish that quilt. It was designed by her Aunt and her. They appliqued the "leaves" in a circle. Mom took those pieces and made a quilt out of them. The original quilt block may or may not be part of that quilt.

I was told a while back that my great great grandmother's quilt is in a museum in Kansas. I haven't seen it, mom has. When all the children passed and the great grandchildren were left with the quilt, they all decided to have it placed in the museum, because there ere so many in the family that quilted and that wanted the was decided to donate it. I'm thinking the one who had it was trying to find a home for it.

This is a cousin of my grandmother, Wilda Simpson. This was her first quilt. I found this photo among my grandmother's photos. Wilda was always in contact with grandmother.

This is a photo of my grandmother, Mable Cleo Matheson Wineland and my grandfather, Archie Wineland. Mable did a lot of crocheting, embroidery, and sewing. She taught me how to crochet right handed. I even learned how to embroider from her. She taught me well.  Mom taught me knitting and quilting.

This lovely lady is my great grandmother, Minnie True Matheson Reeder. She is with her son, Forest. This women was an inspiration! I always wanted to learn how to tat from her. I have a lot of her work now. I even have some of her tools she used for tatting and crocheting. 

These are my very special grandparents. They taught me well. Grandma Minnie passed away the day after I came to stay with her. I was 19 years old. I looked forward to living by her and learning from her. I was lucky enough to get a quilt from her and my grandmother when I graduated from HS. That quilt is a joy to me and is special in more ways then one. Between Minnie loosing her eye sight and Mable being hard of hearing, that quilt has some funny memories. 

I'm thankful for my heritage. I'm always looking to the past, learning about my family. I love finding out I'm part of the Hatfields and McCoy families. I'm finding out more history about who my family was and how they lived. That to me is a big joy. Since I've been doing this blog, chances are my family will have me pegged! lol 

May we be as happy as they were - Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

When Things Go Good.....

Today I was up early. I know, no new there! Anyway, I goofed around for awhile till Patrick wanted to get up. He slept in quiet a while so I had a morning of peace and quiet.

Patrick went outside and I went downstairs.

I knew I would - I changed the colors of the second set of bowls. I cut them out - but then wasn't thinking! I left the salvage on!! I figured out what I did wrong with this set, and made sure I didn't do it again with the other set.

I started marking the fabrics to have them ready for me to sew.

The more I got going, the faster I got going. I could mark pretty quick. Then as I was moving along, my marking pen ran out of the black "chalk." UGH! I went looking for my fillers.....and looked.....and looked. Nope, don't have them or if I do, I put them somewhere I forgot where.  Just like the pencil I have....I bought the filler and today while I was looking for the marking led, I found the led for my pencil!! Now I have way too much in the way of led for that pencil! I'd take them I throw out the receipt. Wonder if that will happen with my chalk markers...I'll buy the fillers and then find them!

I was getting the batting and fabrics together. As I was getting them going, Patrick came in and said he was coming back in in an hour and wanted to watch a movie. So, I decided to just get the stuff ready to sew and then when I can, will go down and finish them up. Prep will be done, so that will be a big help when I decide to sew I can just sit down and sew.

I'm all ready to get this done!

While we watched "The Thin Man" on TV, I worked on this piece. My roses didn't turn out very good. I will pick up some thread at our next meeting and finish it off with the french knots. There isn't a lot more I need to do. I'm not real thrilled about this piece. We'll see how it turns out.

When I finished up, I organized my threads for Brazilian embroidery.

They all are in one place and easy to get to. I used up 46 of my 50 clips! I am going to have to order some more! I couldn't believe I already have that much thread. I will be adding two more colors when I start the kit my son and daughter-in-law gave me for Christmas. That is going to be my next project after I finish up the one above. I may have to order more.

I worked on the cross stitch last night. I will be working on it again tonight. It is easier to work on it, and I'm trying to get it finished. It's looking good so far. The bottom is done except for the outline stitches. I like the way it's coming along. I'm still getting used to "parking." I do like that method though.

When things go good, more gets done! The good news is today was an awesome day for me! I was able to work on a couple different things. I wasn't out and about because we did that during the week. Tomorrow is even going to be as good or better! We don't have bowling because of Super Bowl. Patrick did mention that he wants some homemade pretzels tomorrow for the Super Bowl. I guess I may end up doing that too......waiting and seeing if I will have the time to be Happy Quilting!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Good Day of Applique!

Today I was up, goofing off before I realized I needed to get moving! I finally got moving. Went to the store to get some stuff for lunch with the gals. Then I went to Staples to pick up some pencil fillers for my mechanical pencil.

From Staples I went to moms to be with the gals. Only 6 of us today. We did find out Edith's husband is in the hospital in a coma. I seem to keep repeating myself this year with "in a coma." Two of the others were sick. So we had a good time with the ones that did come. Bev got 3 of her blocks back for her friendship quilt. I turned mine in. The green is darker than the others. They are looking pretty good. I can't wait to see what Bev does with her blocks.

I worked on the wings. I did finish the left wing last night. I started working on the right wing today and was happy to finish it. It started to shift, but I was able to get to it before it ended up being taken out. I re-basted the area that was shifting and that worked out great. The back and front don't line up exact, but with back basting it really doesn't matter. I was off an inch in some areas, but it really doesn't matter, because the wings are wings and it doesn't have to be perfect. I can get the body on once I finish up the bottom wings.

This was taken off my table, so one can see how big it is.

After moms, I headed to the quilt shop. I wanted to pick up some half triangle paper. I've got some ideas for the QOV quilts. I want to try and get another one done soon. This will help on my seams. lol

Got home and visited with Phil. Then went downstairs and cut some batting for the bowls I want to make that are smaller than the one I made last week. I took this fabric out....not real thrilled with the colors together. I may change that one yet.

This is the other set I decided to have together. I have Japanese dolls, bowls and stuff around the house, so this will match without a problem. I think this will be a good set. I want to have another one just as pretty, but will keep looking. Not sure about the first set and chances are tomorrow I will change my mind..I do that!

No plans for tomorrow....that's a good thing. I might actually get some stuff done....or not. Don't want to keep my hopes up. I did cut some 4 1/2" batting squares. I'm ready to sew some of the coasters and 2 sets of the bowls. Now I need to cut 8 move pieces of fabric for the fabric catchers. I may just get them done this week! Then I can get back to thinking about my stuff and not what I have to do for others. At least....I keep thinking that...

I'm enjoying the direction I'm heading lately...I'm still working on this...Happy Quilting!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cleaning AND Meeting Day!

Today started out faster than usual. I didn't get to play much because I needed to get the house cleaned up. I started out with making Scotch-a-roos for Patrick and the meeting members. Once that was done, I went to the vacuum cleaner and pulled it out. Vacuumed the house and the landing. Didn't want to get embarrassed over a dirty floor! I put my cross stitch and other stuff away so it wasn't around the house. THEN I took Ruths stuff down to her. I got in a walk while I did that - can't complain!

I called mom and told her to come over early for lunch. She arrived about an hour and a half before the others. We had a good lunch and chatted. Haven't had that change to chat with mom in awhile. It was good. We waited on the others. Ann arrived first and we talked about TAS. 5 members showed up for the Annual Meeting of TAS committee. We have everything ready for the meeting in May. After everyone left, I made the Registration form and sent the information off to be published so we can start getting registrations.

After everyone left and I finished the forms, I sat down for a couple minutes and worked on the wing. I'm very close to having one wing done. I'm looking forward to getting it done. I've got quilting tomorrow at moms so I'm hoping to get the other wing done then. I'm actually excited about doing this.

Days like today keep me busy. I don't mind it once in awhile, but it reminds me of work. I didn't have the breathing time I wanted. But hey! that's life. I'm okay with that because we got a lot done. I actually kept going and I'm still getting a few minutes in on my projects. Reminds me too much of when I was working - lol.

Now it's time to get back to my crafts! I wanted to quilt downstairs today, but time didn't allow it. I will be appliqueing tomorrow and that will keep me happy! I need to find a day to go downstairs and work on my warmers, coasters, and fabric catchers. LOL - I'll get there! Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Getting Several Things Done!

Today was a good day to start. My mind as wondering on all the things I could do today. I had a lot on my mind. I played my games for a short time - yep! a short time!

Then I went downstairs to quilt. I had a great time quilting. I was relaxed and into quilting. The center part was not as easy to quilt, but it was a LOT better than it has been.

 The flower was easier to do in center then it had been. Then again I decided to leave an area un-quilted because of the difficulty of quilting. It actually doesn't look bad, and it is being quilting "simply."

As one can tell, I'm loaded for quilting in that area. I have my thimble for my finger, another for my thumb to help push, and the tool that helps pull the needle through.

I was doing so well! I was able to roll the now I can see the bottom of the center piece. I'm looking forward to getting past the centerpiece so I can "kick butt" and quilt the rest of the quilt without problems.

I was able to get quiet  bit done on this area.

This is what the bottom of the quilt will look like. There are more butterflies and more circles. It goes fast with quilting. No seams to worry about. Since this is a "gift" quilt, the workmanship is acceptable. I appreciate everyone that made a block for this and I appreciate the person that did the center. I may complain about the workmanship, but truthfully this is a pretty quilt.

I added another "line" of butterfly trails. I needed to fill in an area that seemed bare.

While I was quilting I was thinking of all those quilts yesterday. I was even thinking of what I want to do for another QOV quilt. Then I was thinking I seriously need to do one for Dad. Since I have lost two dear friends over the last few weeks, both served. I felt bad that I wasn't able to get them a QOV. So, I'm going to try and get more eagles done so I can give a couple to my family and friends as well as "strangers." They all deserve a quilt and I wish I could make everyone a quilt! Since I hand quilt...that's not an option unless I did nothing else then quilt - yea, right...with my attention span, that is another thing! I can wish!

Once I turned the quilt and worked on the center - I decided I needed to bast the wing on the eagle piece I am working on for QOV.

Since I back bast - I had to work from the back.

I laid everything flat and basted. Then I turned it over to make sure it laid right. Once I got the wing on, I realized I could also add the tail.

So, I basted the tail on as well. This will be easy enough to work on now. I can take it on Friday and work on it. I was hoping to get a few stitches in today but the cable went "off" on me and had to figure out what in the heck happened. - You know those things, when your ready to sit down and enjoy a movie. WAIT, the TV isn't working, can't hear a sound, and oh yah!, the screen is small. Unplug the TV and cable.....NOPE, that didn't work.....hit every button on the remote I can thing of....NOPE, that wasn't it. Okay, time to call the company....Yes, already did the unplugging....wait for a sec....okay....YES! Now I can tell them to reset.....Hit Reset.....Nothing happening......turn TV and cable off.....turn it back on....YES!! It worked.....oh, wait, the show I'm watching blacks out off and on....guess I better just call it good and change channels. WHAT?! Nothing worth watching...UGH.

At that point, lost the mood to applique for a little bit. Can't said I didn't try.

I did get some stitches in on the cross stitch last night. It's coming along great and I'll take photos to show tomorrow. Tonight I'm hoping to be Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Inspiring Meeting Day!

Today I was up and ready to go. I swept and mopped the floor before leaving.

I drove up to Ruby Street Quiltworks. It was a pretty good drive considering. I got there about 10:45 am and thought we were having something big going on. I was surprised at how many members where there. Donna couldn't make it. I took the quilt up to them. We had about 12 quilts being shown. They were all wonderful quilts! I really do need to get moving and get another quilt done for them to give away. I really do want to get my father one as well. I'm going to work on it.

While I was there at the meeting I worked on the wing. This is the same wing I had to take out. So far this time it is going on just right. (the fabric that shows through is my table cloth).

I was actually enjoying my time! lol - Just because it wasn't giving me fits again. I'm so happy about how it's laying down good. Since it's laying right and working out right, I'm not ready to get moving and finish this up so we can get another quilt done for the QOV group. They will be giving out quilts next Wednesday but I have to take Art up for his eye appointment. I'm thinking if he gets done in time, we may stop by and help if we can. I'll have to wait and see how it goes next week

I called Patrick after I got home. I told him I needed to get out because I've been dwelling on all the sad (death) going on around me. We went out and he helped me think about how to move on. He's awesome when it comes to helping me understand life. I will take it to heart and hopefully things will work out great.

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. I'm not going anywhere! I want to get some more quilting in. I want to get working on the cross stitch and applique. I will break up my day to see if I can do a little of all three tomorrow. If I quilt for an hour or two, then applique it should work out great. Tomorrow will work out great...if I can keep on track! Let's see what tomorrow will bring....hopefully no phone calls to interrupt me. lol  Tomorrow I'm looking forward to being Happy Quilting!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Fixing The Quilt

Today I was up and ready to go. Met Rose and picked up some plants from her. She had them growing roots for me. Then headed to the church to get to our Brazilian Embroidery meeting.

I worked on this piece. I'm almost done with the leaves. The leaves it had original didn't look good, so I took my leave out and make different ones. They look better than the one the instructions had for it.
We talked about scissor fobs and brought in our beads and stuff. We will see if we have everything at our next meeting and then probably make them in March. I need to get one of mine fixed so I'm really looking forward to that meeting. I had a good time around friends.

When I came home, I pulled out the QOV quilt to fix it. When I washed it I found a corner that was not sewn down. Then  I remembered getting an email saying my quilt was 3" off.

Some of the basting stitches were still there, so I appliqued all the areas that were basted down. I can't figure out what I did to get 3" off on the squaring up. I remember making sure I squared it up, but I must of done something wrong. I just wish the seams were sewn back down after she took it out. Water under the bridge. I appliqued it and now it's good to go.

Just before I started this blog tonight, I found out on Facebook that Jana Freeman passed away. She didn't make it. I'm also thinking her parents didn't make it to Canada in time. I remember being scare to death of her. And I remember when we because good friends. That friendship was renewed about 6 years ago. We'd been messaging each other over the years. She was in the Navy. She could fix any car, plane or machine out there. She will be missed!

I'm hoping to get back to my Brazilian embroidery. I need to finish that. I want to get back to my cross stitch as well as my applique birds.

I was how excited my dad was when he saw a photo of this quilt. I realized then, I seriously need to get a quilt done for him. He served for 28 years in the Air Force. I need to make him a quilt! So, I'm thinking of getting a bird done for him as well. I may need to sew blocks together! ....So much for getting some of "my" stuff done. lol - I will try and see what I can do. I'm going to take the eagle with me tomorrow to applique while at the meeting.

Life goes on, we pick up our heads and keep moving. I'm trying hard to keep my head up and not hiding in the sand. I'm moving on, knowing more sad news is coming in my lifetime. We can do this...Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Good Sunday - Being Productive!

Woke early this morning. Played my games and waited on Patrick to get up. Had to make a trip to Ruth's house. I did get a few steps in but not nearly as much as I should! Maybe bowling tonight will help me out. lol

Patrick likes to watch bowling on TV. While we were watching the Pro's, I was finishing up my QOV quilt. The binding is done, and the quilt is finally done! I have a finished project!

It looks great on the bed!

This was quilted by "9 Chicks Quilting" and she did an awesome job. I appreciate what she did for me. Now I just hope the person getting it will appreciate it as well.

After that was done, I went downstairs and made the pillow case.

I had to remember to do it a little backwards, but it worked out great.

This is the end result. I do like the pillow case. It was done with all the scraps I had from the quilt top. I enjoyed working on it. I took a little bit to get the top right. I had to add some red at the end because it was a little short. Both are in the wash as I write this.

Patrick was watching a show I didn't want to watch, so I went back downstairs.

Don't we love my mess?! This was while working on what to do with the pillow case.

So, while Patrick watched his show, I quilted. I got a good section here done.

I was able to get quite a bit done here too. I'm working from the right to the left. Once I get a good amount done, I will roll it again. I actually enjoyed quilting. This area is so tight to quilt in, that I think I'm going to do minimal work in that area. If I keep this up, I'll be out of this area and then can get moving on getting the quilt finished! I don't know why this area seems to keep me from quilting. BUT this is on my 3 months finish projects! So, I'm going to work on it!


I will post my quilt on Instagram for my finished project. I've been amazed at some of the things others have been finishing! They are working a heck of a lot faster than I am!! Guess I better get moving. 

Tonight we are bowling my "other son" and Phil will be there to root for both of us. How much of a bet Phil cheers Dan on more than us! lol They are brothers who are so close it wouldn't surprise me. 

Life is getting better, still praying for Jana Freeman and her family. Hoping she makes it, but it's not looking good. In the meantime, I keep myself busy and try to keep my mind off of all the sad things going on around me. That means I'm still Happy Quilting!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Saturday Different From The Others!

This morning I woke early. Got up and relaxed before Patrick got up. We went grocery shopping instead of the casino. That was a good thing because I didn't want to go to the casino and then come back to go shopping.

After shopping we went to the movies. I really enjoy animated movies! We did the "Panda 3" movie. I liked it. A little different but it was good.

Came home, cleaned up my email. Worked on the QOV binding.

I'm half way done. It's coming along nicely.

Just so one knows what I'm talking about when I say "I do the corners by hand." I mark it and then I hand stitch it. It works out better for me than sewing it done. I should be able to get the pillow case done tomorrow.

I was excited to see my fabric and threads for my next cross stitch design! It cost me a good little penny but I'm excited to work on it!!

Right now I'm going through photos of our last meeting (not this last Thursday but the one before) and need to post it. I'm still waiting to see what happened on the last meeting to post it. When I rely on others it gets hard to get stuff done in a timely manner. That's life!

Looking forward to getting the binding done and enjoying being Happy Quilting!