Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Day With My Group - Haven't Missed a Stitch

Today was our groups potluck. I woke early and called and canceled my time playing cribbage. I then got a few things ready for the potluck, having to stop at the dollar store to get cups, napkins, and paper (which I forgot).

I arrived earlier than anyone else. Got the tables ready for the potluck. Members started showing up. We went through the process of eating and going through the "give a ways."

Funny how our group has been leaving right after lunch or before 1 pm anymore. Not sure why they all leave before 1 anymore. We used to stay at the shop till 2:30, 3:00, or 3:30 pm. Now they all disappear by 1pm. Guess life is getting in the way. I stayed with Joyce till about 2:45 pm working on my basket blocks.

I finished this block while chatting with Joyce at the shop. I also started working on another block.

When I got home, did the usual of starting supper, "creamed shells," which Patrick likes. I then had to go get the stuff together for going to see my cousin tomorrow. I really need to go get the photo of her grandfather I have and take it to her.

I love how quick the baskets are. I hope to be able to get more basted leaves and flowers on some of the baskets I've got done. The flowers are a little more work, but I'm actually enjoying working on these. This weekend I will try and check my stuff downstairs to see what I need to work on and get done. I think I'm getting caught up on some of my "in progress" projects. I am looking forward to starting another project that I have the fabric for, and may take that with me to the retreat to sew the background fabrics together.

My mind is going in several directions..and that direction too....I have quilts I need to quilt....I have applique that I can take with me.....I need to get started on quilting....No, I need to finish the quilt downstairs and Phil's quilt.....Okay, have more to do than I thought......Here we go again.

Yep, I'm going crazy again....But hey! I'm still Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Having Fun Working on Baskets

Today I made an excuse not to go next door and play cribbage. I seriously need to cut back on going over there.  I went to see my dad before I had physical therapy. We had a good time. We even went to Arby's for lunch. Dad was cleaning the house when I arrived. He seems to do a lot of that lately, while mom quilts. Good thing mom was at Seabeck, because she couldn't complain at dad for not doing something. lol

I didn't make it back till later in the day. I went to Michael's looking for some floss, but they didn't have what I wanted, so I bought a "bar" pan. I also picked up two utensils but after I got them home, realized they were "cheaply" built. And they were from that Cake Boss. I'm thinking that is his name. I know now that I won't buy another "Cake Boss" product for the crap I got. But I did like the price, so can't complain too much.

Last night I was able to get a few things done on the baskets. I'm really having fun with doing them.

  This is the basket for the first block. I was surprised at how quick and easy it went. I'm getting better at this. lol

I still have two blocks with leaves basted down. I'm betting it will be fun and easy to work on.

I did start working on block #7's basket. I'm really surprised at how many of the baskets I have done. I have also picked out some of the fabrics that will be the flowers for a couple of the blocks. I find I'm stay pretty close to the colors that are in the designed blocks. I would like to think outside the box and try to get my own colors in there. I'm not as crazy about pink, and they seem to be in a lot of blocks. I'm going to check on the flowers online to see if there are other colors that will work just as good. I do have "some" pinks, but not a lot. Mom has more pinks then I do, so chances are I'm going to be going over to her place and getting some pink to go for a few of the blocks. I even have an idea of what I'm going to do to make the quilt just a little bigger.

Tonight was bowling night. I bowled a 160, 215, and 194. Can't complain. I'm getting a little better now with the new ball. I'm finally comfortable with the new bowling ball, and it's showing. Patrick didn't do as good. We had a sub because our bowling partners took a month off. With the gone, we still lost 3 games for the second week in a row!

We dropped off my daughter-in-laws Birthday gift on the way to bowling. Her Birthday is tomorrow. Patrick got her a couple really pretty plants for the yard. She is so good at gardening and awesome at growing plants.

Tomorrow is our potluck at the Thursday quilt group. Looking forward to enjoying a day with quilters. We'll all be Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Day at the Casino

I spent the day at the casino with my neighbor, because he can't see out of one eye, and can't drive long distances. We arrived at the casino early and stayed till about 1 pm. My neighbor gives me money to play, and I did pretty good till about 11 am. Then the money was gone. lol I played keno and won the money I put into it. That was my big win. lol

When I got home, I put the chicken in the oven. I played a few games for a short time, and then got ready for supper. Dad came over since mom is at Seabeck.

I did get some applique in - but not much.

I started appliqueing down the first blocks basket.

Last night I did get another 6 rows on the afghan. After a while my shoulder didn't like the workout. So, I called it good. I'm hoping to get more done tonight and tomorrow. Hopefully I will have something to post worth reading.

Happy Quilting.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Day of Applique

This morning was a good morning. I played cribbage with Art and then came home to play a little on the tablet.

It was pretty rainy all day. I did get a chance to go out and take a few pictures of the tulips coming out.

We've got some really pretty flowers coming up.

Patrick has a lot of tulips out there, so I have more of the tulips then these.

Can't remember the name of these.

There are some dark ones coming out as well.

Not sure what the red leave coming out will be, but thought it looked cook with all the green coming up.

I finished this block. I used my DMC floss on the center, and I don't really like the look of it. So, I looked to see what Pearl used and found she was using the sulky 12 wt cotton thread. I ordered some from her and I also order some from Amazon. Between the two, I think I paid about $20 for about 12 colors. Not sure, but will show it when they come in. I hope they are easy to work with.

Since they had NCIS on TV all day today, I watched the shows as I appliqued. Charlie had to keep me company. I am not doing the "posts" on the baskets, but this one is basket #2.

This is where I am right now. I'll try and finish up the flower tonight. OR I may work on my afghan. Haven't quiet got there yet. It will be nice to have 2 of the baskets done. I will mark the last ones hopefully this week. Quilting is Thursday and Friday is a day with my cousin.

I got a kick out of mom today. She saw a call from my Aunt on her cell phone. She calls me and leaves me a message that I need to get a hold of her to see what she wanted BECAUSE she didn't have her phone number with her! So, I called around trying to get a hold of my Aunt. As time went by, I found out she didn't call my mother today or yesterday. So, I'm thinking she called a few days ago, and mom just noticed the call this morning. She called later to see if I got a hold of my Aunt and I told her she didn't call, but if she wanted the number it shows up on her cell, so she could have called her back. I got a "yea, I know, got to go." She was headed up to Seabeck for the retreat. Wonder how many more phone calls I'll get to check on things. lol

We're having dad over tomorrow night for supper. Hopefully I will get back before 2 pm from the casino. I have agreed to take my neighbor to the casino. I can do it once a month. And he looks forward to going.

Spring is here, and I'm looking forward to seeing more flowers bloom. It keeps me in spirits to do applique. I'm learning every time I do more applique. My work isn't as good as I would like it to be, but I'm working on it. It's always a work in progress. Just like Patrick's garden, it's a work in progress. I'm looking forward to getting more done. Life is good, and we're all Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Movie, Applique, and Bowling

Today was a good day overall. I woke early this morning, played on my tablet, and found myself falling asleep. After Patrick got up around 10 am, I went back to bed. I couldn't believe I slept for another hour and then some. I usually don't sleep that much. It felt good, but odd at the same time. All I wanted to do was go back to bed.

Once I got up, Phillip showed up to work on a bee house. Him and Patrick went out in the garage and worked on the bee house. I stayed in the house and played a few games. Patrick came back in to say the movie starts in about 30 mins, so I knew I didn't have much time to do applique.

We went to the movie "Cinderella," which I really enjoyed. I liked it better than the one I saw in the 1960's. I really did enjoy the movie.

We got back home and I had an hour or so to work on my applique. I pulled out my #4 block (first one I started working on). I was able to get the center done. I would have liked to have done a better job, but I ended up doing it twice to get it this way. I now need to do the embroidery on it, and will do that this week. Then I'll actually have one of 15 blocks done. lol

I was able to start working on another basket (#2) and will get moving on it. I have three baskets done, and just need to do the flowers next. What I really need to do is get the fabric for the flowers and baste them down on the blocks. Then I will have plenty to work on. I basted a basket on one of the blocks last night. I was also able to mark three more blocks. They are small projects and are going really fast. I'm surprised at how much fun it is to do them. As I was working on the basket block I was thinking of how this was going to be done.

As one can see, I am not putting the "knobs" on the baskets. I found that they didn't "balance" each other the way I wanted them to when I worked on them. So, I have "cut them off." My baskets will be different from the pattern.

I like the way the quilt is supposed to be put together, but it's not big enough for me. So, I'm thinking about adding a border around the baskets, that will be scraps, just like the blocks that go between the blocks. That way I can add a few inches to the quilt. I'm hoping that will make the quilt a little bigger and can be used on a bed. I'll try it out on paper to see if it will work.

This week is going to be a busy week. I'm hoping to get some applique done, but not sure how much will be done. Hoping it will work out. Borrowed mom's light box, but she forgot the cords that go with it, so will have to go get them this week. Good thing I have PT on Wednesday. Mom's off to the Seabeck retreat in the morning, so will visit with dad before I go to PT.

May we all be Happy Quilting!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Not Much Happening Here.

Today was like most Saturdays. Patrick wanted to go out and we did. I did get a little bit on the afghan done. Not quiet three rows, but every row helps.

I'm sitting here watching the news. I have comments I'd love to say, but this blog is for my projects and not for my opinions on politics.

I did get 3 more baskets basted onto my fabric for the Bountiful Baskets.  I hope to get started on the flowers that go in the baskets. I am hoping to mark the other blocks for basting as well. so far it's going pretty fast. I'm surprised at how "easy" or quick it is to do the blocks. It's an awesome size to take with me when at appointments. I have an appointment on Wednesday for Physical Therapy. Mom is leaving Monday for the TAS Retreat up in Seabeck. I quit going a year ago because person differences. I just hope TAS can overcome the problems, but I'm not seeing that happen. If one person would get off the board, I'd go back in a shot. I really like what TAS is all about. Right now, I can't encourage anyone to join until things are better.

Things are looking up, I'm finding more things to do. I'm still having trouble with my shoulder. It was a pain in the arm last night. I couldn't sleep worth squat. As I type this, my hubby is snoring next to me, so guess he didn't get anymore sleep then I did last night. Shame he's such a light sleeper! lol

I'm looking forward to working on more blocks tonight. I didn't take photos like I usually do. I'll have photos tomorrow.

Thank you to those of you that +1 me. I'm surprised to see I have one every day. Thank  you for checking out my crazy life!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friendship Blocks Done

Today was a pretty good day. I washed a few things. I even re-potted a few plants in the house.

I killed a few off over the winter. lol - Part of that is my fault and the other is the lighting in the room I had them in.

I like these plants, so I decided to put this one in the cup and let it start all over again.

While I was chatting with my cousin and roomy for the retreat, I sent her this photo telling her she was getting them for the Quilts of Valor quilts. I can't decide what to do with them, and really don't want one next to the other - type of a - quilt. So, I decided I would give them to her and we can figure out what to do with them for QOV quilts.

I've had this fabric FOREVER and have decided I would make a QOV quilt out of them as well. I'll take it over to her place next week and we can talk about what we will do with them. I do want to do a quilt for my neighbor and my father, so I will make a few extra tops to make up for the ones I want to give away.

I told her to keep the little scraps of red and blue for me. She said she has been. lol  I'm hoping to get them so I can start working on this block. I think the scraps she has will be perfect for the fire crackers in this block. This is another one of P3 Design quilts.

While I was trying to remember where I put that pattern, I was checking out my other projects. It didn't take long for me to get bored down there, and I came upstairs to vacuum. lol

I pulled out my blocks to work with and I'm thrilled to say, I'm done.

This one goes to Betty. And I'm so glad to have it done.

This one is for my Thursday group, and I've got a few days to spare. I'm thrilled it's finally done! I have been having some trouble figuring out what to do for our block. Now that I have, I'm not sure if I really like it or not.

Now I can get back to my projects. I'm hoping to get moving on the baskets, and try to get up to the currant blocks. I also want to work with my cousin on getting an eagle block done for the QOV. I'm going to teach her how to do applique. I need to borrow mom's light box and I'll take freezer paper with me as well. I'll teach her both methods. She'll have fun, I hope! lol

I haven't been working on the afghan, but will try and get working on that this weekend. I need to get it done by the first part of the month. The baby is due at the end of the month - a day before my grandmother's birthday. I would be awesome if she arrives on grandma Taylor's birthday. What are the odds?!

I was checking out some of my books.

And found a couple that I liked. I did find a few blocks that are named differently now. I did the Enigma Star and found that it was named something completely different years ago. This block looks easy and I'm thinking of doing it for QOV blocks. It looks simple enough. Like starting a log cabin or a step to the chapel block. Of course, looks good on paper, just didn't get far with that either. Looking isn't  I seem to look through books, think about one pattern, then the next, and yet not deciding which one I want. Then when I finally get to the deciding part, I'm not ready to cut out the fabric. After thinking about it more, I can't seem to decide if that pattern is the one I REALLY want to do or not. Oh, and let's not forget about the deciding on fabric part. I don't know which is easier, the part of knowing what fabrics I'm going to use, or the part about what pattern to use. Not good. Now, I have the fabric, just want a pattern - EVEN THOUGH I could just do stars. Stars are easy enough, so what's the problem?! I'm the problem. I need that "oh WOW" factor to get started. OR I just need to think about it for a few days, and then before one knows it, I'm sitting in front of the machine, sewing blocks together. Go figure. Can't figure out why I have to make it so complicated. Like my cousin said, "that's because you are from the smart side of the family!" Nope, that's not it.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A "Not Planned Day"

Today was one of those days, it was a good thing I didn't plan it. I started itching last night and through the morning. When I woke up and showered I saw a wonderful rash going. So, I made an appointment to the doctors, and I have an infection. It's not the prettiest infection, and it is contagious, so I'm staying home for a few days. I went to my appointment at 10 am and would you believe I didn't see the doctor till about 11:15. Not my best day, but I behaved and was calm. I could have throw a fit, but I decided I better not, and would just play on my phone. The worst part about all this - no clue where I picked it up!! No one I know has it, but I had to have be around someone who had it. UGH, UGH, UGH!

So, feeling sorry for myself, I played games. I'm not at the point of - "suck it up and clear it up." Lets get this over with and let me move on! Hopefully tomorrow I will be in a better mind set and be back to being Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Day of Applique

The day started out early and went really well. I started the laundry to get it caught up again. After that, I wasted some time playing games. After that, it was a busy day.

Before I talk about today, I thought I would show everyone how far I've gotten on the baby afghan. I was a little off in a couple areas, but I fixed that. I worked really hard on getting a lot done last night, that my shoulder hurt all night last night. I need to give it a break for about a day or two before I work on it again.

Now back to today. I had a quiet day, with Charlie. I was able to get moving on the blocks I really, really want to get done.

I finished the flower and the leaves on this side. I need to add the circle in the middle of the flower and then I'll have this part done. I'm looking forward to being done with this block.

I had the same problem with the flower on this block that I had on the other one. As I looked the block over, I realized it needed a lot more leaves. So, I added the two above and decided to add another one on this side. I need to finish this leaf, and then I can do the circle on the flower. Once that's done, I think I will call it good.

Not real crazy about the way it looks right now, and may still add another leaf on the right side. I'm not liking the way the leaves look, but it doesn't look too bad. I think I will add another leaf, I'm thinking as I type this. lol

I'm hoping to get it done tomorrow. The block for the group will be done tomorrow as well. Then I can get working on my other baskets and my Baltimore Liberty blocks again.

I was chatting with my roomy for the Retreat today and I'm thinking of making some star blocks for the QOV quilts. I want to do at least one if not two at the retreat this year. I'm also hoping to put together some other blocks as well. I may pull out the butterfly blocks that are done and figure out what I want to do on that one as well. Then there is Katt's black and white quilt she wants. So, I will cut out more black and white squares for her to look over. There I go again, thinking of WAY TOO many projects. I seriously need to get thinking of one thing and work on one thing only! Yea, right, don't think that is going to work. My mind keeps going a hundred miles an hour of the different projects I have going! I need to finish them all!! Yea, right, don't see that happening either......maybe. Think positive.....I can do project at a time.....or maybe not, or maybe it will. Oh, crap, I'll figure this out later.

Yep, that's the way my mind works. I'm not planning on finishing the blocks tomorrow, because we all know what happens when I plan things, but I can hope. In the meantime, Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rainy Day....Quilt Day

Today was off and on with the rain. I walked up to a neighbors to enjoy a quilt day with my mother's Tuesday group. They meet every week too. Since I was asked to join them, I decided I would stay home and walk up to the neighbors instead of going into town to see what my group was up to. It felt good to stay home today. Wasn't really in the mood to be running around all over town. Guess I've been a little "bummed" today too, because I was thinking of my Facebook friend that passed. It gets hard going into a game that she would chat with me in, and not find her there. Oh, well.

While I was up at the neighbors (had to climb a little hill to get there) I worked on my applique. I just love her house! She's got the best view from her living room. If I had the money to buy her house, I would. She's got it up for sale now.

I took my floss up with me and outlined the flower in embroidery. I then added the center to make it look like a good flower.

I also finished the flower on this block.

And finished the last petal on this block. Now I need to do the centerpiece.

I need to add a couple leaves on these stems. I haven't decided which ones yet.

While I was waiting to leave, I started working on this basket. I was able to get 3/4 of it done.  I do need to do the handle area next. I've got a lot of baskets ready to be done. I need to start marking the March group of baskets.

While I was with the group and after I got home, my retreat roomy and I were texting each other. We were talking about what we are planning to do at the retreat. I'm thinking I will work on a couple Quilt of Valor quilts. I would like to do one for my cribbage partner, and I would like to do one for my dad. But I would also like to do one for other military members as well. I think I will work on some star blocks before I go, and that will give me something to put together when I get there. Now, remember, this is ME, the one that doesn't like to sew on the machine. I do okay once a year, but don't expect a miracle. I want to do an Eagle applique as well.

Want to, need to, interested in - so where do I go from here?! UGH

I've been working on the baby afghan as well. It's getting closer to being done. I'll keep going on it, and even though I want to do applique tonight, I will do the afghan instead. I worked on it last night while watching Dancing with the Stars. I wasn't too thrilled with DWTS last night. They must be hurting for celebrities because they sure aren't getting any good ones. I'll be busy trying to be Happy Quilting!

Monday, March 16, 2015

I've Had Better Days

Today was one of those days where it started out "grrrrr," and is ending with "ugh." Patrick took the day off to be with me and my parents. He had to work at Tenino, as they have re-hired him to do the paperwork at the plant till they get someone else to do the job. Of course, I figured last night that I could get a little more sleep this morning. OH, NO, that wasn't going to happen! Patrick's employees started text'ing and woke me up. Just as I get ready to go back to sleep, yet another text comes through. After I got up, there was a phone call shortly there after. Ticked me off. Every time he has a day off, his employees have to contact him out not working or questions on the plant. GRRRRR

After all that was over, we drove out to Tenino for Patrick to get some work done. I sat out in the truck while he worked. I was appliqueing the basket block, so it didn't bother me at all.

I was able to get this done while sitting in the truck and later at the doctors waiting room. After Tenino we went to my folks and then off to Olympia to see what they were going to do with dad. I waited in the waiting room and let Patrick go in with my folks. He will be going in for surgery on the 31st or the 7th. It's a "in and out" type surgery. He stays overnight and if all goes well he can go home. I'm okay with that. I hope dad does okay with it too. It went with the easiest procedure. At his age, that's a good thing anyway.

Last night I was able to get this much done on the block for the Thursday group.

I will work on the embroidery on the one flower, and put another leaf in there. Maybe two.

After the doctors appointment and other detours, we went to Falls Terrace, in Olympia for supper. The prices went up but the food is still good. This is the view from the restaurant. The water was really coming over the falls. Rain has been keeping it going.

I ordered the Shrimp Louie, (took this after I started eating), looked better when it came! lol

As I sit here and type this, I'm sorry to say, a dear friend from Facebook has passed. We got to know each other through two games we played together. I hadn't talked to her in about a week and a half. Today I went into my Facebook account and found a message from her daughter, saying she passed away on the 13th. She would always ask me how I was doing on my quilt, and I would fill her in. Now, it's hard to think someone (Alice Rider) that I became friends with is no longer with us. I remember this time of year about 4 years ago, when a dear friend I went to college with passed away, and put me in shock. She was only 2 years older than me. AND I don't think I'm that OLD!! Alice, my you rest in PEACE!

Okay, back to my quilting. I'm hoping to finish these blocks soon and get them off to the ones they need to go to. We have another block due for the Tuesday group, but I'm not going to do one. I'm not crazy about sewing them on the machine and this group does pieced work, where I do applique. I will do a block once in awhile but I won't do it every time.

My roomy for Retreat was asking if I had ideas for retreat. Told her thinking of bringing one thing and then working on the quilts of valor with her. I'll be getting with her hopefully this week. Should be fun to see what we come up with. I'm looking forward to enjoying and being Happy Quilting!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thinking About the Next Step

Today was not my best day. I couldn't sleep, and if I was smart, I would have gotten up around 4 am today. No, I didn't, but should have. I woke with a headache and pain in the shoulder. Betting that had to do with me walking into the door frame yesterday. Have a feeling I will pay for that a long time! Ugh. I told everyone, I'm a klutz and that proves it. I actually put an ice pack on my shoulder at 3 am.

After getting up around 7 am, I played a few games. My head wasn't feeling any better, so I decided to lay down. Well, that didn't last very long. Never fails, I lay down, and the cell phone goes off. I checked it, not important, and laid back down. Patrick calls me from work to tell me he wouldn't be back as early as he thought he would. No worries. The final and last straw with resting was when Charlie decided she didn't want to stay put and wanted out.

So, I pulled out my block and cut the freezer paper pattern for the next flower I'm using in the blocks. I picked out a couple fabrics and started placing them when it ended up being time to go to the folks.

Now I just need to sew it down and then I'm going to put another leaf on the stems and call it good. We had a good time at the folks. The ribs were awesome and I lost both games of gin.

We got home and I pulled out the afghan to get moving on it. I'm about half way, and really need to sit and work on this.

I'm getting there. It's quick and easy, I just need to sit and finish it! I want to get the basket blocks done first though, and that makes me keep going from one to the other project. If I just picked one and got it done, it wouldn't be so bad! Yea, right, I can't seem to keep my mind on one project at a time! UGH

Things are looking up and I'm getting there.....Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Able To Work On The Basket

Today was a good day. I was able to sleep in if I wanted to, but I was up early. Patrick went to work and I took an hour and just relaxed before heading to moms.

I arrived at mom and dads about 9:20 am to find three other cars already there. I couldn't believe it. We used to start at 10 am, but now I guess we start at 9 am. Before one knows it, it will be 8 am starting time. I don't know why mom doesn't say something about them being so early. Poor dad, he was eating breakfast when I arrived.

I was able to work on the basket block I worked on yesterday. I'm getting excited about getting it done.

The one problem I found was the purple flower. It "kinda" gets lost. One can't really see it's a flower. I'll do some embroidery on it to see if I can get it to look better. I noticed in the photo it shows up better than it does in real life. I have one more flower to put on it, and maybe another leaf. It will be a different kind of leave.

I decided to do the orange flower where the yellow one is on the other block. I should have them done soon, but moms asking about the afghan, so I better get moving on getting it done by this week.

I took the scrap bag that was given to me yesterday, to moms. I asked everyone to go through it and take what they wanted. Some did, but I wish they would have taken more.

So, when I got home, I went through all the fabrics. It took me 2 1/2 hrs to go through them. I throw out a lot, and I cut up the fabrics to scrap pieces. I had more 2" squares than anything. I also got a lot of 2 1/2" squares.

I had a few strips as well. I put them all away! I pulled out the browns that will be used on the baskets (state baskets).  I was thinking at the time I was going through all the scraps, how much a pain it was. Then I realized it was like mom, she can't throw anything away. So, if someone gives another scraps, they are asking for that last little bit of help they need. Got through the scraps, throw away what isn't needed, cut up or put the scraps that are needed in a place that will be useful. Since it was given to me, it's "out of sight out of mind" concept. They don't have to worry about the scraps because they don't have them any more. Me on the other hand, has the hard job of what is needed and what is just too small to even use. Amazing how much time it takes to go through a big bag of scraps.

And then there is the wonders of being watched to make sure I do it right. lol

After all that work, and after supper, I went through a coffee can of walnuts that were in the shell. That took me a while as well. I did get a really good amount of walnuts out of it. One of Patrick's workers brought a huge bag of walnuts to work. He brought home the can, and I shelled them. At least he cracked them before bring them home, otherwise I would we still at it.

Tomorrow is another day, and I'm hoping it will be another day of applique or crocheting. I do know we will be at the folks for supper. What the odds are that I will be getting much done is in question. Things are coming together, and I'm getting stuff done. I couldn't ask for more than that. May you be Happy Quilting!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Another Awesome Day!

Life is good. I can't complain. I'm doing better than a lot of people my age and I can't complain even with this shoulder. Waiting to see when dad goes in for surgery is tough, but I'm okay with it so far. Dad's taking it well, so I can't complain. He always said when the time comes we'll all know it. He almost said last night, "if it wasn't for Shirley...." and I wondered how he would have finished that. I almost think it was in the way of giving up. He laughs and keeps asking mom to quiet telling everyone about his health. He's my rock more times than I can admit. So, I'm thrilled for every day I have him. If all goes well, I'll be thrilled to have him even longer.

Today I played cribbage, and then came home to get ready for my meeting at the quilt shop. I THOUGHT I had everything ready to go. Oh, no, not so lucky! I left my scissors behind! I had everything else, but no scissors! I need to wrap them around my neck to remember them!! I always hate to ask to use someone else's scissors! It was awesome of Deanna to let me use her scissors.

While I was there I was able to work on this block. This is the one for the next meeting we have. It's going up in the "drawing." I get a kick out of Joyce, she's made 4 blocks so far because she really, really wants to win the blocks. lol Me, I've been done one, and this is it, but I would love to win these blocks. They are really cute. One of them has "bling" on it, and wouldn't be a good one for washing.

I got home and fixed up the veggies for supper. After I got everything done and ready to fix supper, I sat down and worked on the baby afghan. I'm getting there. My shoulder is letting me work on it for awhile. I may have it done in time. Mom's quilt is coming along great. I won't doubt it that she'll have it done by the weekend.

I'm really pleased with all I've been getting done. The best part is that I haven't been playing games as much! I still play games, but I'm enjoying quilting too much to play all day. lol

I bought some fat quarters that will go with the scrap baskets that I'm doing from P3 Designs. I can't wait to get moving on those blocks to get caught up.

I got a few more 5" squares in the black and white theme. Joyce cut me some more 5" squares that she had. I've got a few more to cut and then there should be plenty for Katt to have that quilt she wants. I'll have here show me what she wants me to do with the blocks and then while I'm at Retreat in May, I'll sew them together. It will be nice to have them done. I may have plenty of squares for two quilts! Time will tell. I have more to cut.

Speaking of scraps, one of the gals at our meeting brought me a bag of scraps. She said I was looking for scraps. I probably was, so I ended up with most of them. I had the group go through them and take what they wanted. I will take them to the group tomorrow and what is left, I'll cut into squares. I'll take them back to the group for them to go through again and then I'll put the rest with all my squares of all sizes. It's going to be a pain in the rear to do all that work, but I'll do it. I may even find a few for flower fabrics.

Another Awesome Day and I'm still Happy Quilting!

The Day Got Away

Yesterday got away from me, so you will be seeing this post as well as one later today.

I spent the morning to myself. At least part of it. I did play cribbage and go visit with Ruth. After that I just was lazy. But while I was lazy, I also picked up the basket blocks that I need to have done this month. I also realized I need to do a block for the retreat - UGH!

The night before I put this basket down on the block. Yesterday I was able to get the stem on and now will finish up the handle.

Before my doctors appointment I went over to moms but they were not home. So I pulled out some fabrics she had and started to work on what I would do for colors. I took a few of her colors. I'm putting the same flower on the upper left on the lower right. They will be different colors. Remember, this is my design and I'm just trying to figure out what I want to do. My other block is funny, I found that I had it ready with the stems one way, and by the time I put them on, it was changed.

Today is quilting at the quilt shop, so I'm hoping to have at least one of these blocks close to being done. Depends what kinda mood I'm in.

Now for the doctors report - I have a "Frozen Shoulder" and it is common. There really isn't much that I can do. It will go through stages before it gets better. I think it's going into stage 2, because it's getting easier to sleep at night and not giving me as much trouble. Time will tell. Still need to go through PT, which I plan to do. I'm going to work this out and get it over with. What needs to be done, will be done. AND I will be Happy Quilting!