Monday, January 26, 2015

When Will I Learn?!

Today was a day I had already planned on. I had made plans to do a few things, including quilting.

How many times have I told myself - DON'T PLAN THE DAY! Guess I haven't learned anything when it comes to making plans!

So, my day started out like always, walking and cribbage. Then Art told me he tried to clean his car windows and they are awful, so would I please clean his windows to get the streaks off the windows. Warned him I don't do that good with window cleaning but would help him out. I then went and cleaned his windows. Phil came over and left after about 15 mins.

Mom had said she would be over between 12 or 1:30 pm today. I waited for her to call and tell me she was coming. Got the phone call about 1:10 pm, thinking I would get a call around 12:30 pm. She said she would stop off and get lunch. (And yes, I'm starving by then) She arrived around 1:45 pm, we ate and then went downstairs to design the baby quilt for my nephew and his wife. We found the teddy bear we wanted to use, and went from there. It wasn't an hour and we had the design done and the fabrics picked out - and yes, they were my fabrics. She was heading over to the shop to pick up some fabric for the background and the backing for her Baltimore Album quilt.  She almost done with her quilt she's quilting, and wants to have another one ready to quilt. She's kicked out two quilts since I was between mom's quilt and the Hawaiian.

I then realized I needed to get some bookkeeping done, and was in the computer room when Patrick got home. Called it a day, and cooked supper. Played games up till now, and need to figure out what I'm going to do next.

Quilting is tomorrow and I need to take my walking partner to the doctors tomorrow, so I should be (fingers crossed) Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nice Day...Quilting Day...Bowling Day

The weather today was awesome compared to what it has been the last month. Patrick worked out in the yard, and it was fun to see new spring flowers starting to come up. That actually came in handy for me to figure out the colors of a "spring" block.


I pulled out the blocks that I need to make for the spring blocks. I'm beginning to think, I need to quit doing blocks and get my own stuff done. I think after these two I'm going to cut back on doing these blocks for the groups. I have way too much stuff to work on.


I printed my pattern on freezer paper and cut out the design. I then ironed them onto the basket fabrics that I'm going to use for the two blocks. Yes, they are alike, but they will be different at the same time


In trying to figure out stem colors, I came up with this lighter green with a little yellow color that gives it a yellow/green. I compared it to the stems growing outside. Since this is spring, I went with the lighter greens. It was interesting to see how the color affected the color of the blocks.


After getting the block all ready for applique work, I sat down at my frame and started quilting again on this butterfly quilt. I finished this area.


Note to self: Don't use dark thread when working with yellow or lighter colors. Change thread when working on lighter fabrics - and trim seam allowance. Be sure to remove ALL paper when doing paper pieces.

I realize there are no "rules" to quilting, but I do thing that should be considered.


The "thread puller" was awesome while working in this area. There were so many really close seams, that going through the fabrics was tight. The thread puller made it easier to go through. It also make it go so much faster then I've done in the past. I like the way this turned out.


With the sun coming in the room, it made a shadow on my quilt. I was able to work on the left side of the quilt. I'm quilting the butterflies around the center piece and quilting "lines" as if the butterflies were floating around. No rhyme or reason to my quilting. It gives it character.


It's going pretty quick when I'm on the sides of the center part.


This is the side border that I forgot how I quilted it when I started quilting. I do know the end is done, but the sides are only partly done. I'm still quilting around the edge, and will finish these when I get the rest of the quilt done. I really don't know what I will do about the binding, as I don't have any of the fabric they used to make this.


This is how much I did get done on the center piece. It's funny how this photo shows the butterfly. It actually pops in the photo. When one looks at the quilt on the frame, one is trying to figure out what it is because the colors blend more.  I was able to roll the quilt about a half a roll on the frame. The full center piece is in view right now. That makes me feel good, because I'm at the half way point of quilting this quilt.

I spent a few hours downstairs today. I was watching the Hallmark Channel shows as I quilted. Funny how it seems to go faster that way. Before I knew it, it was time to eat and get ready for bowling. Patrick and I bowled over our averages, and it went really well. I believe we won all 4 games.

Tomorrow mom is coming over and we are going to design a quilt for my nephew and his wife. They are expecting a little girl in April. We have an idea of what we want to do, so mom's coming over to see what we can design. I will quilt on the quilt while I wait for her to come over. Which means, it's going to be a great day to be Happy Quilting!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Another Weekday Away from Home

Funny how we seem to have so much going on during the weekend. We went to my folks and then went up to Tacoma's Spaghetti Factory for a early supper. The food was good. We had a good time enjoying each others company, then headed to my folks house after. Our son, Phil, met us at the house and we played Mexican Train. Of course, I lost.

Got home and have been reading up on all the group chats on Facebook. I used to check out the yahoo groups of quilting, but they seem to be group jobs. I wasn't involved in the last two projects they had going, so I didn't keep checking the groups. It's fun to get some pointers on how quilters do certain things, but lately I haven't had to do that.


I keep looking at this pattern, and I need to "suck it up" and applique it for Betty. Since I am the last one to get a block to her, it would be nice if I got moving on it. I'm also going to do this block for the March with my Thursday group. It should be that hard, I just need to kick it in gear and get it cut out and ready to applique. I think the thing keeping me from doing that is the flowers. Yet, there are tons of flowers out there, so I really don't know what my problem is about getting it going.

I did get set up to finish the first basket block that is P3 Designs BOM. I really, really need to get moving and be Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Where Did The Time Go?

What a fast day! This after what my friend said the other day! She made the comment that we were not getting any younger, and we have about 10 to 20 good years left to finish all the things we want to do. Ugh! She actually made me feel old that day, and she's a year younger than me! I don't feel old, but I am and I know it. I just don't want to think of "time running out."

Today I did the usual of walking and cribbage. Then I came home and tried to get the fireplace lit. After a good half hour of trying, it finally lit up. Since it takes a little while to warm up downstairs, I took my shower and pulled out the butter in the freezer to sit. It needed to be at room temp for a recipe. I planned on making a cake for Patrick's Birthday this weekend. After all that, I went downstairs to see about quilting.


I checked out the quilt first to see if I knew what I was going to do.


I was on the middle section of the quilt. I remembered that I wasn't sure what I would do about quilting in that area. Today, it didn't seem to be hard to figure out what I would do. That made me feel better, and excited about getting it done.


I was working in this area, and I wanted to show how the person who pieced this (paper piecing) did by sewing the yellow with green thread. I was surprised she used green, because there is enough yellow here. I think that is part of the reason I wasn't in a big hurry to get this done. I was a little disappointed that they used thread to sew pieces together that make it look messy. I shouldn't feel that way, as it was a gift for my time a president of the guild.


I finished quilting this area. It went a lot faster than I expected. The flower is almost done. I did find an area that I hadn't quilted yet, and it looked good, but I was quilting around the petals and it looked like I needed to quilt there. I was trying to decide if I'm going to do it or not, and I probably will because it's too obvious if I don't.


This is how I quilted that area. I wanted to make it simple. The seams have a lot more fabric than 1/4", which makes it hard to quilt in those area. I don't think the seams were trimmed down, so with that much fabric, it's harder to get the stitches to be even. And in this case, a lot of the stitches are few and far between.


I was going to use a gold or dark yellow quilting thread for the flower lines but decided I didn't want two or more colors of quilting thread on this quilt. It's coming along. I need to remember to keep it "simple" so that it doesn't get too hard to quilt. Once the center piece is done, then it will go fast getting the rest of the quilt done. I forgot what design I was using on the border, so I will leave those alone, till I get the rest of it done. I can work on those after I get the quilt off the frame. I'm not sure what I will bind it with as I don't have the fabric from 13 years ago. I need to see what I can find that will work.

I called it quits with the quilt at about 1 pm, and started working on Patrick's cake. It was one that was in the magazine that my daughter sent to me. It's the Food Network magazine and boy! did it have recipes. Patrick found the chocolate cake and said he wanted that for his Birthday. Well that cake took me 4 hours to make! I had him finish it up when he got home so I could fix supper.

Charlie and I had a good day though, we enjoyed spending part of the day downstairs. I was surprised that I actually got to be Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Day at Home

Good thing I didn't plan today. It was one of those days where laundry kept me busy. My daughter-in-law called to talk about family history, so that got me off on my family history again.

I pulled out letters from the past and copied a few. I entered them on the "Letters from the Past" blog that is listed here. I noticed that one of the letters was to my great great grandmother before she was married to my great great grandfather. (1870) I'm having fun reading these letters and see what my family did when they were around. My mother was from KS and when she was about 9 months old, her family came to Wallawa, OR. This was during the dust bowl era.

Laundry kept me busier than I thought it would. I thought about taking out Phillip's quilt and working on it, but that's about as far as that got.


While looking for this photo of Phillip's quilt, I realized I have a cross stitch picture to finish as well. That may be coming out to be worked on as well. Tomorrow is Friday, and as far as I know, I don't have any plans. I need to clean up some of my mess, but I'm almost thinking I'll go downstairs tomorrow and see where that takes me. I was checking out one of the new shows a friend of mine told me about, "The Mysteries of Laura." Surprisingly enough, I found I do like that show. A little comedy goes a long way. I need to get caught up on the NCIS shows too.

So it's the pits that today, I wasn't able to be Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Where Did The Day Go?

I had one of those days. And yet I was up early. I walked with my neighbor, then cribbage with my other neighbor, and then off to a friends house.

Today we worked on place-mats with the fabric I gave her before Christmas. We cut them to size, and she surged the pieces so she can wash them to see if they will straighten out. I was there for 4 hours and we still didn't get as much done as I hoped, but we did have a good visit. She fixed a gluten free pizza that was one of the better ones I've had yet. It was like crackers, and it tasted really good. We didn't have cheese on it, but with what she put on it, one didn't need the cheese.

 
When I got home, I had to go next door and see what messages my neighbor had on his phone, since he doesn't know how to work a cell phone. All he does is call and answer, anything else he is clueless.

I did work a little on the basket block for my guilt wall. I'm stitching down the wicker part of the basket, and that is going pretty fast. Then I will start working on the leaves again, as well as the flowers. The basket block from P3 Designs I'll work on tomorrow to see if I can get the first block done.

We bowled tonight, and I'm finding I'm getting competitive again. I'm working on bowling better, and getting my scores up. My average tonight went up another pin. I've also found out I've got the same attitude that the Seahawks have, - Your not done till it's over. We one the second gave because I didn't give up and it was up to Patrick and I to pull us out. Once I bowled two strikes in the ten frame, it gave Patrick a chance to win the game. He pulled it through and we won with 20 pins. Before we bowled we were losing by 30 pins. Woo hoo!

Tomorrow is "my day" and I'm hoping to be working on laundry, as well as quilting. I've got applique I can do, as well as quilt Phillip's little quilt. I haven't decided yet what I will do, but the time will tell tomorrow. Who knows I may go downstairs and quilt on the butterfly quilt to get that one finished next. I'm NOT planning on doing anything till tomorrow, because we all know what happens when I plan something! Crossing my fingers I'm doing some quilting tomorrow and Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Now that the Quilt is Finished......

Today I was supposed to go to Tacoma with my neighbor so he could take care of some insurance stuff. When I went over to his house, I found out we would not be going after all. He got "chewed" up by his daughter and granddaughters. So, he decided to turn his phone off and we would go to the casino. He gave me money to play with. I won and lost and gave him a little over half what he gave me to play with. I did win a bonus spin of 49 spins and won $89 with an 80 cent bet.

Finally made it back home around 2 pm. That was after playing a couple of games of cribbage, and this time I skunked him.


I started the first basket yesterday. One side is a little pucker, but I think I can deal with that. Really don't want to redo it. I'll work on the flower tonight.


Last night I was basting a lot of leaves on the two blocks I've been working with. I know I need to go and get my "Carolina Lilly" block and finish that for my quilt. I'll try and do that this weekend. I've got to get past tomorrow and then I can stay home and relax. I'm going to figure out which projects will be next, since the guilt wall blocks are being done slowly. I also need to work on two basket blocks for quilt friends.


My mind is going in several different directions. I can't believe finishing a quilt would make me feel lost. I do a little, though. I need to work on another UFO. I was telling mom today that I need to get with her and figure out the border for my "Affairs of the Heart" quilt. Once that is done, then I can cross one more thing off my list. Other than quilting. I don't count my tops that need to be quilted, as that list is long. Think I have about 10 ready for quilting. I can think of at least 4 UFO's but I know there is a heck of a lot more. I have a quilt I want to do, but need to finish at least one more UFO before I pull it out to work on.

I will work on my photos of quilts. It's a work in progress page. I'll let you know when I have them all listed. Or at least most of them listed. In the meantime, I'm Happy Quilting.

Monday, January 19, 2015

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS ARE HEADED TO THE SUPER BOWL!!

Yesterday was a day of fun! We sat and watched the Seahawks game and won! Patrick was okay with Green Bay not winning as that's his "second" team. We're headed to the Super Bowl! At least the team is, I'm not.

Yesterday I added a few quilting stitches in places that needed it. I could have left it alone but it had plenty of room for another "echo" stitch in the middle. Patrick put the quilt on the bed, and took a photo, BEFORE I washed it. He even sent the photo to all his family. I couldn't believe how quickly he did that!

Today I washed it, and put it back on the bed.


This is MY DESIGN, and is copyrighted. It's called "Patricks Garden," because the flowers were from his garden. He was so surprised I named it that. He was thrilled. I can't wait to design another one, but I have things to finish before I do another one. This is a Thank You to Nancy Chong! She's the one who taught the class and showed me how to design a quilt.

We went to the movies today. Then came home and I worked on the basket block that is part of P3 Designs. I'm going to work on my basket blocks tonight by basting the pieces down. I will need a lot of them done, as I'm taking my neighbor up to Tacoma so he can change some of his insurance information. Since Flo passed away, he's been relying on me more than I would like. Next Tuesday I have to take my walking partner to the doctors in town. My neighbors have figured out I'm home most of the time. Can't get a lot done but keeping them happy. lol


It's been cold around here lately, and just had to take this photo. Usually it's a lot redder than this, but since the rain and cold weather are here, we get more blue then usual.

I'm hoping to get working on the quilt downstairs in the frame. That quilt is half quilted. I would love to finish another one. I will pull out the red and white quilt to hand quilt upstairs.

This will be the next one I quilt. I didn't baste it very good on the machine, but I will do with what I did. The next one will go to someone else to machine baste. 


I like this one better, but Patrick likes the red one. So, the red is first and then this one. I'm trying to decide what quilting design I will use for it. Each one has it's own design, so they will be quilted completely different. 

I was thinking of adding another page on my blog and showing all my quilts I have done over the years. The older they are the more they start to fall apart.  I figure it would be a great place to put all my quilts. I will try and get all my photos of quilts I've done, and put them there with the year. The two I just finished are the first of many from coming back from a "break." Can't wait to decide on the quilting pattern and being Happy Quilting!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hawaiian Quilt is FINISHED!

Today was a day of bowling in a tournament. We bowled good, but not good enough. It was 9 pin no tap. Love to bowl that way, but wasn't doing as good as I had hoped. I bowled 210, 190, 210. Patrick did even better.

Came home and had supper, which was cold chicken. We sat and watched TV for awhile. It was taking me some time to get "into the mood" to work on my quilt. Once I got in the mood, it only took about 2 hours and it was done. I fixed the middle of the quilt that had a knot. I took the knot out and re-quilted that area.


I'm working on a label, and the will wash the quilt. Once that is done, I will find a really nice place to take a photo. I will have a photo of it on the bed, but I want to be able to see the whole quilt, so will work on how I can do that. If it's raining again tomorrow, I won't be able to take it outside.

Tomorrow is the Seahawks vs Packers game! Since Patrick is from Green Bay, it's a win, win situation.

Tomorrow I will pull out another unfinished project to get moving. I have Phillip's quilt to finish as well, so may get back to quilting that too. Well see what comes next with being Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Another Quilting Day!

Today was a quick day. Seemed like the day went so fast. Our morning started out with me walking with Ruth. Before I headed out to meet up with her, (yes she was ahead of me) Patrick and I got the crock-pot going with beans. I started it, then ran out to meet Ruth, while Patrick put the spices in the pot.

After walking I went next door to play cribbage. I was skunked today....not the best way to start the day. Headed home and showered.

When I was done and ready to go, I arrived at moms by 9:30 am and there were 2 other quilters there already. Looks like they are starting to potluck it again, and I'm going to start leaving early if it keeps up. Not wanting to deal with the temptations.



While at moms, I worked on the leaves that I basted onto the block yesterday. I also worked on the basket itself. I have to applique down the wicker basket as well. I'm about half way with that part. I will finish the basket here pretty soon. It looks cockeyed but then by the time I put the flowers and leaves on, it won't look that bad. I'm hoping at least. I will say I'm NOT going to do another basket that has this much trouble to it. lol



This is going to be the last photo of the Hawaiian before it's finished. I will wash it and get it ready for a photo. It may take a few tries to get it right, but this is the last corner that needs to be done.

It's funny how I think of things to say on here while I'm working on each of my projects, and then when it comes to putting it down on paper, I forget what it was I wanted to say.

Once this is done, I will get back to working on my different applique projects. I need to get the border done on the Affairs of the Heart quilt top. I need to finish that up her pretty soon. Or it will be another one of those projects that takes 10 years. As if I don't have enough of those already! lol

I've been enjoying getting back into quilting and projects. It's a lot of fun, and I'm surprised at what I've been able to get done. I'm going to set up a page on here for other quilt blogs that would be fun to check out. If you would like me to include yours, send me an email. I'm looking for blogs that show what your doing, and a little about it. I don't want blogs that are "teaching" or "selling" as I don't like going to those blogs, and I'm sure you wouldn't want to either. May we all be Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Another Day of Quilting...And Yet, Not!

Today was a day of enjoying another day of quilting with my awesome friends. Our group, "Haven't Missed a Stitch" is a blast. We laugh and enjoy each other's company. There were a lot of show and tells. I didn't have anything to show.



I took my guilt wall blocks. I was able to put a few leaves on the block to applique.


I was able to add more leaves to this one as well. It was working out great. Laughing and basting. I also brought my tin of hand piecing.


I sewed one of the "groups" wrong and took it out, putting it back on. Then I added another piece. I need to check and see what this blocks name is. I'm not sure what it is. I know I have a book downstairs with the name, just too lazy to go check it out!

I didn't get to quilt last night, so the Hawaiian is still waiting to be finished. Tomorrow is another quilt group - which is at moms house. I haven't decided if I need to take my quilt with me or just wait till I get home tomorrow. If they potluck it, I'll be home early.

Looking forward to being back to Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Slowed Down....

I did my walking, played cribbage, and enjoyed my day at home. I didn't work on the quilt as much today, was playing way too much. I did do laundry, but that doesn't count toward getting my quilt done!



This area is finished, and


quilting my last "hump" other than the corner. I'm a little farther along then this. It's going pretty fast, if I would just sit down and work on it.

I have a doctors appointment tomorrow and then quilting with our TAS group. I was told today that Anita Smith resigned, (founder) and I'm worried that is the last straw for TAS. Shame.

I bowled tonight, so I wasn't able to put the time into the quilt that I normally would. I'll work on my applique and piecing tomorrow at the group meeting. Then when I come home, I can get back to the quilting. If I'm still on schedule, I should have it done by this weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed. I'm hoping to be Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Love Days to Myself!

I got up and walked this morning, then headed to the neighbor for cribbage - yea, got skunked. Anyway, told him I couldn't eat breakfast with him anymore. I took an orange with me so I could eat that while he ate, but he refused to make himself breakfast. I hope he ate after I left.

Came home and found Patrick was thinking about me, because the fireplace was lit and going.


It was nice and warm downstairs. It was also one of those days that I could do whatever I wanted to do. It's called a Day BY MYSELF! YEA! That must have blown my mind because I couldn't keep myself busy down there. I did try to learn Pearle's (P3 Designs) technique. Then I realized I did it wrong, so will applique this first block down and then try again with the next one. I made some cornstarch starch for her technique which looks like fun.


I was able to use my new scissors, my son and daughter-in-law gave me. I love these scissors.


I will be using bright colors on this quilt. I sewed some of the squares I brought back from moms. I did mess up with cutting it down to the 5 1/2" square size. Oh, well. Only one of the blocks was messed up.


I made a few extra pieces to mix with the colors I use next week.


These are the three I did get finished. We were supposed to make 4, but like I said, messed that "puppy" up. So, I cut a few more. Then I trimmed it down to size. This was easier than I thought. I love the way you don't waste fabric. Some patterns today waste so much fabric it drives me crazy. So, I usually figure another way to save fabric. Pearle's good, no wasted fabrics.


I was supposed to have put this together "off the block" before putting it on the block. I just got ahead of myself. I'm going to applique this one and finish it at this stage. Then I'll put the flower on and get it appliqued. I like it so far, and look forward to using up scraps for this quilt.


Okay, now you can see my "current" guilt wall. I've got a lot done for both quilts, but still have at least 3-4 blocks to go. Times 2! The orange is really showing up in this quilt. I have been picking up orange fabric when I see it. Katt should be thrilled I stuck with her colors! But then again, she wants me to do a black and white quilt! I haven't started cutting those out yet. I'm actually thinking of using the "Rob Peter to Pay Paul" block for the black and white quilt. So, have you figured out - THAT'S another project that I haven't started?!  The bag of photos on the sewing machine is all quilts. I took a lot of photos at quilt shows. There is a huge bag of nothing but! Not sure what I will do with those. May go through and pick my favorites.


This is my design for the basket pattern I'm doing for Betty. I need to get that cut out and ready to applique. Still waiting, want to have my quilt done first.


This should get you an idea of where I am. I just need to finish this corner and then I'm done. Since taking this photo, I have finished the "hump" at the top of this photo. I'm heading to the last "humped" area. Doesn't look like a lot, but it's been going faster than I thought it would.


This is the center hump that I finished. Had to take some stitches out because it puckered a little, so I took the bottom part out and restitched. It is now finished. Now on to the next area.

I was watching some old movies today while working on the quilt. I came up to work on the quilt about 1 pm today. I've been looking at all that quilting and wondering "AM I NUTS!" The next one will be more traditional. But that won't be for awhile. I have a few more quilts to quilt! I also have a lot of applique I need to work on. I was thinking today.....I still need to do the borders of the "Affairs of the Heart" quilt that has all the blocks done. Let's see if I can get that done this year! If I do, I'll be Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Better Day Than Thought!

As the day goes on, I'm finding the day to be a heck of a lot better than I had thought it would.

Started out sleeping in! Then I went next door and played cribbage and had breakfast with him. He wants me to go over and breakfast with him every day, and I can't do that. So, I need to find a way to tell him I can't do breakfast with him anymore.

After that, I had time to kill before my doctors appointment. I went downstairs, and TRIED to start the fireplace. No such luck. My gas fireplace refused to light. I am going to have Patrick deal with it this time.

I did work downstairs for about an hour and a half, till Patrick came home.


I was able to get the basting on for the basket block. Remember this is a "back basting" applique block. I was trying to figure what colors I could you on this quilt, because Katt told me NO purple or blue. Well, she's have to suck it up, because a couple of the blocks already have purple and blue. I'm making sure to "cut back" on the purples and blues. Doesn't bother me, I'll just put the blues and purples on mine! (actually happy about that!)


While I was basting - Charlie had to inspect it. She wanted my attention and wasn't going to let me get away. I had to move her bed (sitting on it) so she wouldn't be laying on my block. She wanted attention more than she wanted to "let" me work on projects. It was cold down there. Patrick will fix it so I can use it tomorrow.


I pulled out the P3 Design's BOM blocks for this month. Picked out the colors for the basket block and ironed the freezer paper to the fabric. 


I had a little problem with the rounded edges of the basket. I went ahead and ironed the seam allowance and placed the basket on the block. I think I'm going to sew that down before I do the flower. I want to be able to fix it with applique work. Then I will know if it will work when I do the others. I'm trying to iron the seam allowance and use glue to put the pieces together before applique. I'm still thinking about how to do it, and it's funny, I find myself going back to my method. I need to relax and enjoy what I'm doing. 

I'll get to quilt tonight in front of the TV. Don't think it's going to be College Football, even though it's the OR Ducks. I quiet paying attention to college games since we left Pullman (WSU). My kids didn't do college games much, other than the games they saw as students. 

Once I get the quilt done, I can work on the basket blocks and the blocks for next months group meeting at the Mt St Helen's group. I have the basket block for Betty, my guilt wall block, and the new mini basket blocks. For those of you that don't remember what my guilt wall looks like...


There is more on the wall, so will take another photo later for you to get the idea. Three different projects are showing here.

My doctors appointment (cardiologist) went well. I don't have to go back for another year. I'm still high on cholesterol but I was a few lbs higher too. We talked about what I need to do to get my cholesterol down, and he told me I should try and get rid of all carbs. I'm not quiet there, because I slipped up with eating bread again. I will work on cutting it out as much as I did with the potatoes. This is hard, but I know I have to do it. We stopped at the store on the way home, and picked up oranges, and other things I can eat. Life changes take a lot, and temptations are out there.  If I can behave and pay attention to what I'm doing, I should be even more than just Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Green Bay's Sunday!.....and no Quilting..... Ugh

I spent the morning at the bowling alley. Our travel league meets once a month and I had to go bowling. Next month will be in OR and so I'm going to be gone most of the day for that. We start bowling at 11 am. 

Got home to Charlie waiting on me, and Patrick napping. lol Asked about the game with Green Bay, and to my surprise he said he was flipping channels. He usually doesn't miss a GB game, since he sold hot dogs at the stadium when he was a kid. Now it's GB and Seahawk's game on Sunday next week. Either team wins and this family will be happy - SEAHAWKS are #1 in this family though!


Remember me posting this?! I finished this area and now working toward the middle area. I'm thrilled to have finished this area last night. I did find myself taking some of my work out, but overall it worked out great. I'm getting there. 

I'm hoping to be able to work on my stuff downstairs tomorrow, but with walking, cribbage, and doctors appointment, I don't know if I will be able to get much done. I'm hoping to start some of the stuff I have down there and get my organization on track. I need to get more things ready for the days I'm away from the house and want to take my bag of "stuff."

Walked into the house from bowling, and went - "ugh" - guess I need to do some picking up around the house. I have so much "stuff" all over the kitchen, dinning room, and living room! I couldn't believe how much I have sitting out. Guess I need to get back to cleaning before I sit down and quilt. OR even before I play games - yea, right, not sure that will work. lol

I was checking out Karen's Quilting blog and noticed she's giving away 9 different patterns she has no more use for. I think that's an awesome idea. Have everyone see the patterns, decide what they want and then have a drawing to see who gets them. I sent a message to her, that I should do that too! I have more patterns then I have quilts! lol But then again, have more patterns of cross stitch, crochet, etc., that I haven't touched in YEARS.....guess I need to get my butt downstairs and get moving on organizing what works for me!!

Today, I'm dreaming of getting back to quilting and dying to be Happy Quilting!!