Monday, November 30, 2015

Crocheting Day

Today started out walking in the cold. It wasn't slippery, so we walked around 7:30 this morning.

When I got home, Charlie was still in the garage, which was unusual for her. I went to see how she was doing, and she was still sleeping. Petted her, and she stood up, but didn't look good at all. She meowed at me, and I picked her up. Brought her into the house. She tried to eat, but couldn't. She would only walk about 4 steps, go back to the food, without eating. Laid there for awhile. Then came in front of the heater. I walked by and she meowed, so I picked her up and put her in my lap. We stayed like that for a few hours, and when she stood she cried out. I called Patrick and he took her in. She is now resting in peace. After 18 years, she's so missed! Broke my heart!

I was able to get some crocheting in on the pot holders. I have one and a half done. I should have this set done by tonight. I didn't get a lot in, because of worrying about Charlie. I will take a photo of all of them when I get them done.

Tomorrow is QOV, and I'm going to try and work on that wing I was having trouble with. I have to take it out and put it back. Charlie was there when I quilted, and she was there throughout the process of the Hawaiian quilt. She loved that quilt! I couldn't pull it out without her being there. Now I'm having to keep my chin up and keep going.

Life is hard sometimes, and things will work out. It's not what we wish in life, but life does go on.

 In the meantime I'll get back to being Happy Quilting.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Seahawks Won! And I Actually Pieced!

Today started out slow. Patrick went out in the yard - even though it was cold again today!

He was cleaning up the leaves that have been there awhile. He always hires kids to help out, but this year he seems to be doing it all himself.

You can see the frost out there! I took this around noon time! His piles have been there for awhile and I'm surprised they didn't blow away at the last storm. He's got more to put together (past that pile) and then once that's done, he'll be happy. He does an awesome job with our yard.

While he was doing that, I was doing laundry and working on my puzzle. I'm getting there. It's coming along each time I work on it.

After lunch we wanted to watch the Seahawk game. I wasn't too worried about it they won or lost, because of the chances they have. There are times they tend to blow it. That's okay, I just love watching them play. Today was a good game. I enjoyed it and was yelling so loud, I'm sure the neighbors heard me! Plus Patrick was yelling too, so didn't feel too much like fool!

While we were downstairs, I marked some of the muslin fabric to be able to do the triangles needed for the quilt top. The blocks are big, but it's looking pretty good. I need some more triangles. I wish I had the perfect triangles for 6" squares. I wonder if Rita has them in yet.

I started out laying some of the blocks out on the wall.

The left block is put together, the bottom right needs the bottom row sewn on, and the top is just in strips. This gives one the idea of what I'm doing. I can even move the blocks around to get a different effect with the stripes. It's looking a lot better than I thought it would. I like the way the colors are coming together. I'm trying use as much as I can with the 9 patches. Not bad.

My pot holder I was working on last night, didn't make it with the last of the yarn, so I'm going to use the new stuff to finish it off. It won't matter, since I'm not going to give that one away. I did start one with the purple yarn. I will try and get those done tomorrow. I may even work downstairs on the 9 patches too.....oops, nope! Got to finish the quilt. I'll get my two Christmas gifts done first!

QOV meeting is Tuesday and my quilt hasn't come back yet. I was hoping to have it by this meeting, but that's okay too. I know it's the holidays, and the quilter has plenty of stuff to do.

All's good, and we're Happy Quilting!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Little Too Cold For My Blood!

Today we took off to the casino. Patrick's Saturday stop - when he is on a winning streak. Today wasn't so lucky and if I'm lucky we'll take a break next weekend.

After that, we went to the movies! We saw "The Good Dinosaur." I actually liked it. It really isn't a really good movie for children. There are sad points to this one. But at the same time, it works out "fear" that the dinosaur has.

We then stopped and bought more yarn - and yes, I named it wrong!

It's Peaches & Creme. I wrote it done wrong yesterday (and I'll go change it!)

This one is a purple variegated color. I should have no problems getting two sets out of this if ont more. I think I had only about 3/4's of the other one.

I was able to get more quilting in last night.

I finished up this corner. It went really fast. I had put in a LOT of quilting last night. I have this about 1/3 done so far. I was really happy to see how much I had done! This is going faster than I thought. I may actually get both the pot holders and this quilt done by next Sunday....I'm hoping!!

Patrick ordered me another cell phone. I couldn't believe it! Patrick was having trouble with his phone, and bought one about two weeks ago. When it came in, I think my phone felt left out, because it decided to go blank on me. I shut it off and turned it back on. So far so good, but that was the second time that happened. Patrick got the same phone for me that he got for himself. Would you believe it was $20 cheaper than his?! Guess it helps to have a phone bite the dust over the holidays!

I'm sitting here watching the news. I'm sorry, but I'm getting sick of the riots.

I'm going to stay home tomorrow - except for bowling. It was 28 degrees this morning and the fog was thick all day. We came home via I-5 from Walmart to our exit, and the view of North bound was really slow. The view because of fog was about a football field. Fog is so thick today. We were told it's going to be 28-30 degrees in the morning. UGH It's so thick that in the morning it looks like it snowed, when it didn't. Guess this year is going to we REALLY cold.

As long as I can stay home and keep warm, I'm Happy Quilting!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Not Crazy Enough To Go Shopping Today!

I enjoyed the day of being able to sleep in - not that I did. I had a night mare, where I was kidnapped and then bit off the guys finger! Then spit it back at him! Go figure! Makes me wonder what in the word I was watching that made me think of that!

I worked on laundry today, as it was growing, even when I wasn't looking. Got a lot done, and then vacuumed. Patrick worked out in the yard, and let me tell you, it was COLD. I was surprised he still went out. He wanted to get all those leaves picked up. I stayed in the house where it was warm, and NO I'm not crazy enough to go about on Black Friday! I did that one year in OK when I was in my 20's. I won't do that again!

I spent the day cleaning and quilting! I have more of this quilt done then I thought I did. It's coming along great.

It's coming along pretty good. I like the way it's going. I added an extra line in the "vane" of the leaf to give it more life. I think it actually helped it out. May try and do leaves on the border, but then I'm not there yet, so won't know till I get there.

This way one can see where I am.

Alice asked about the pot holder pattern, and I "kinda" gave the information on the comment page. I did forget to tell her - the yarn I use is the "peaches & creme" yarn. That's the name of the company, but it's the yarn that can be used for hot pads and wash rags. It doesn't have yarn that melts. It's the real thing.

I will try and re-write what I wrote to her:

I usually figure out how big I want my pot holder. I have made some big ones, from square to rectangle. Depends on what one wants. Then I chain the length I want. In this case I have been chaining 37. So, chain (ch) 37, turn, single crochet (sc) in the second chain from the last chain, sc in each ch, sc 3 in last ch, continue around the back of the chain sts. sc all the way around, without stopping. It goes in a circle. When there is enough (fold the points together, see if the work done comes to the fold. If they come in even then start to finish the pot holder). Finishing the pot holder, at the corner, ch 10, sc in same sc with 10 ch sts, then finish by sc back of the two sides, till getting to the end, then finish off. Hide the tail, and there is your potholder.

A very dear old friend taught me how to do that about 30 years ago. It's easy and fast. I need to go get more yarn, and will probably brave the crowds tomorrow to get another cone of the yarn. I just hope I can find another cone!

I'm getting dirty looks for having my lap full of the laptop. So, I guess I better make room for Charlie and get back to getting the quilt done. I got a cool picture from Donna on the quilt she's doing to QOV. My eagles are on top and the blocks are below them. It looks awesome and I'll post it when I get a better photo. I just have the "maybe" part of it.

Yesterday was awesome, Patrick and I had a good day together. We had a wonderful meal and laughed, with a teary eyes. We love having family for Thanksgiving but it wasn't meant to be this year. Katt didn't get a Thanksgiving, so I can't complain. We enjoyed our "feast" and watched a few movies. Life is good. We couldn't be prouder of our children. We think of some of our friends and what they are going through....I happy with our life!

Tomorrow is another day...Saturday, so we'll be out and about because that's what Patrick does on Saturdays....and I'll get back to being Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Today is a day to be with loved ones! Happy Thanksgiving and I'll be back tomorrow! May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Still Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Looking Forward To Tomorrow

Today I was able to sleep in, and to my surprise, I did. I actually slept till 8:30 am and that is sleeping in for me. It felt good. At first I woke at 7:30 am closing my eyes, thinking I needed to get up, but didn't.

I got moving on cooking.

I found a recipe that called for eggnog and not "pet" milk. Patrick wanted something different, so I did it. Not sure how it will come out, because I wasn't paying too much attention on the spices, and added double what it called for. I hope it's good. lol

Then I decided to make grandma's treats,

She always took the unused pie crusts (homemade - only way I do it), and cover it with butter, cinnamon and sugar. Bake it. It comes out crispy. Mine came out a little chewy, but it is still good. I should have let it cook another 5 mins or more.

I haven't done anything on the craft front. I did work on the crocheted pot holders. I have two sets done, started another one. I need to get more yarn to finish another set.

I'm not really looking at websites or shops for Christmas items. I don't do Black Fridays or Cyber Mondays. I found deals every day, so I'm not going to worry about gifts this weekend. We have already found a few things we want to do, and will do that. I would rather give or receive stuff we can use. I try not to get kitchen stuff for my kids. I like for hobby stuff or things I know they will need. Mom and dad is hard to buy for, because they don't use what we give them. They usually wind up in the garage. So, we talked to them and said, "no gifts." That way we won't get stuff we won't use and they won't put what we give them in the garage or give them away.

Looking forward to tomorrow. It will be like when we were first married....just the two of us. I'd love to have it with family, but one part went to Vegas, and the other part doesn't come around. The last part doesn't live close by.

I'm looking forward to getting the quilt done. I'm even happier that the pot holders aren't taking up a lot of time. Think Charlie is enjoying that too. She's been getting very "needy" lately. She follows me everywhere and meows at me. No clue what she wants other than attention.

May you have a Happy Thanksgiving and stay Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

One Step At A Time....

Woke up with a headache, and haven't done that in awhile. It was raining and guess my neighbor had a headache as well. She was going to her family's today. So, we called off walking. She'll be back on Friday, so guess we won't be walking till Monday.

I got a little caught up on shows. I even watched a couple movies on Hallmark. While I was doing that, I worked on the pumpkin that I needed to finish cooking, laundry, and boiled eggs. I'm almost ready for Thanksgiving. I'll do the pumpkin pie tomorrow.

While I was in the middle of all that, I worked on a puzzle and then worked on the pot holders.

I was able to get two done with another one started. I had half of one done last night. I will have two sets done by tonight. Then all I have to do is two more sets. Not sure if my "ball' of yarn will be enough. I may have to go buy another one. I'm okay with that.

I also took a break from crocheting and I did a few stitches in on the quilting.

I have a few stitches in at a time. I figure even if I only get about 6" of quilting in, I'm doing good!

I also gave Charlie a bath (not in water, but used a wash rag to wash her). She had a couple spots that were matted and I wanted to get rid of them. One of them I finally cut out. She was purrring the whole time! I couldn't believe it. She likes it when I wash her with the rag.

All's good here. I'm still working on my projects....getting a few stitches in when I can. Loving Happy Quilting!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Brazilian Embroidery Meeting - Count Down to Finishing Projects!

Today in the freezing cold, we walked. It as COLD today. I dress warm enough, and it helped.

Our Brazilian Embroidery group met today. We had about 6 of us there.

I didn't get a lot done. The little leaves on the right side is what I did. There were 9 of them I did get done. They are so small. It worked out slowly, but it's so small. It will look really pretty when the flower goes on there. I was going to do the big flower next to the pumpkins but needed a straight pin to do the petals. I'll work on it later, after a few things get done.

 was chatting with Patrick last night, worrying about the different group gifts I need to get. I have to have one for my quilt group, 4 gifts for bowling partners, (as well as the a gift to each of the three leagues), a gift to my neighbor, another to Art, and a couple other friends. I'm having a hard time figuring out what to get!

I decided I would make some pot holders for my bowling partners. I couldn't think of what to get them! I haven't done much with them, and this is my second year with them. I missed out last year. They don't care about gifts, but I feel bad about not getting them something. I have been trying to figure out what they could use. They are not into crafts like I am. I do know they like the pot holders and wash clothes, so if I can get them all done in time I'll do wash clothes to go with it.

I also need to get quilting on the Oak Leaf quilt! I need to have both the pot holders and quilt done by two weeks from yesterday. I worked a little on the quilt last night but that was only about 20 mins of quilting. Can't really get a lot done in that amount  of time. Every little bit helps.

So, the closer it gets to the end of the year, my brain is telling me of all the things I need to get moving on. I have the quilt downstairs that I wanted done last year....guess that didn't happen...and it's not really going to happen this year either. I've got all those 9 patches I started downstairs and need to get them put into a quilt. Well, I'm working on that well as others. Oh, and let's not forget about my cross stitch!...Brazilian Embroidery.....Phil's quilt....okay, stop that! I'm not going there! Too many things to think about.

Looking forward to Thanksgiving. I'm going to work on the last of the pumpkin tomorrow. I'm also going to start my pie crust tomorrow. That way on Wednesday I can work on the pie and whatever else I want to get done the day before. I love my pumpkin pie!

May everyone be Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Looking Forward To This Week......

This morning after breakfast, we headed to Safeway to get our supplies for Thanksgiving. We went around 10:30 am and was surprised at how busy they were. Thought a lot would be at Church, but guessing Church let out and they were there. We didn't take that long so not complaining. We picked up what we didn't have.

When we got home, I started cooking the pumpkin Patrick got for me after Halloween.

After they were cooked, I'd peal them. This was the first batch. I had a big pumpkin and Patrick cut it into about 8 pieces. I cooked 6 of them, and have 2 more to go. I will do that tomorrow afternoon. I have a new recipe for pumpkin pie which Patrick wants me to try. It has eggnog in it. Should be interesting. Will see if it's good or not. lol

While I was cooking the pumpkin I was playing with the puzzle.

Not the best picture in the world, but one gets the idea. I was putting the center part together. I was surprised at how well it was going together. I can do this one if it keeps staying this easy....doubt it.

I did say I would post the plants Patrick brought home for our Anniversary. I love the plants. They are on the coffee table.

Good news, I finally started quilting on the Oak Leave quilt. I have the acorn done and working my way around. I started it last night, and was able to put in about a half hour today. I'll try to get more time in. I end to find other things to do. Who knows.

The good news is Brazilian embroidery is tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it. I haven't been to a meeting in awhile. I haven't done anything with the embroidery since the last time I went to the meeting. Sounds like there will be at least 5 of us tomorrow so that's good news.

Mom took her red work with her to Vegas. She had a lot of it done before she left too. I was surprised she decided to do the red work. She told me a long time ago, she only wanted to quilt, she didn't want to do any more knitting, crocheting, or embroidery because it took up her quilting time. Now she's back to doing embroidery! lol

We will be bowling tonight. Wednesday we won't be bowling, and then we are back to bowling on Sunday. Hope I have a better day today then I did Wednesday. Looking forward to bowling!

I'm back to quilting on the Oak Leaf and keep moving a little at a time....Happy Quilting!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Our Anniversary

Today, Patrick and I have been married 33 years. Not bad for an old gal that thought she wouldn't last long with just one guy! lol

We went out and hit the casino. We have been doing pretty good lately. We are not high gamblers, as we go with a set amount of money and when it's done, we're done. Today we came home with more than we took, so all in all a good day.

We then went to Costco to see what we can find for gifts. We came back with ideas. We are getting started on Christmas gifts, and have a couple idea. We'll probably order online, as there are some really good gift baskets out there.

I came home, worked on the puzzle - yep, working on that too. Then I came and sat down. I checked the email - way too full! Cleaned up our email and fixed my "find a grave" family. I have to add one more, then I'll see what I need to fix.

Chatting with Patrick. We're going to put cat litter out in the garage and let Charlie be in there at night. I worry about her in this cold. So, we will set it up so she can be in the garage and get out of the wind and cold. I would rather have her in the house, since she's having a very hard time with her back legs. I realize it won't be too much longer before she goes, but I want to keep her warm and comfortable.

I have plans to work on the Oak Leave quilt tonight. I'm going to get started on quilting it. I should be getting on it. Patrick asked me about it yesterday, so I know I need to move on it. Funny how he seems to catch me lingering with my crafts. As soon as it gets done I can get it in the mail. Just hope my Aunt likes it, as she's picky.

Tomorrow we will enjoy being in the house, and then go bowling. We need to pick up some food for Thanksgiving - we will be by ourselves....seems to be our life. We are good and enjoyed an awesome day. Still Happy Quilting!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Not One of My Better Days!

Today I got up and went walking. Got home and couldn't get in the mood to shower - too funny! I was looking for stuff to do instead. I usually shower before walking but because it's so cold out, I just put my "sweats" on and called it good.

I finally showered and headed to moms. Mom called to say I-5 was closed because of accidents on both sides of the freeway. It all happened at my folks exit, where they are doing a lot of construction. Patrick came home and said one of his workers wife was in one of the accidents. (She was waiting on the traffic to move because of one accident, a truck clips her, and keeps going.) So, I went through town.

I stopped off at Office Depot to check on more scrap laminate. I got a lot of it! I was surprised at how much they had. He was thrilled to let me have it, since they usually throw it out.

While at moms, I thought I would work on the eagle for QOV...well, the thought was good, but the results where worse.

I was buckling, no matter what I did. I appliqued down the top and then came around the bottom. Fabric shifted - and that usually doesn't happen. I started taking out some of my piece. Nope that didn't work either. I took the piece out, then re-basted it down. Nope, that didn't work. I then decided to go ahead and applique it down, and go back and fix the area that needed it.....not the smartest thing I've ever done, but I tried. Now, I decided I will take it out, use pins and re-baste it. Once I do that, keep the pins in when I applique and that should keep it from shifting. I'm getting tired of ripping it out. But, hey, I tried. I just need to start over to get it right.

I have the quilt - Oak Leave and Acorns - here by me to get started on quilting. I will take out the wing and then get started on quilting. That is more relaxing at this point! (smiling)

We had a good meeting. It was just 6 of us. We talked about all the stuff going on right now. We even had disagreements over those coming into the country. We had a good conversation, not getting headed or getting mad. It was just talking. We chatted about a lot of other stuff as well.

I found an idea for Patrick's Christmas gift. Will work on it the next couple weeks.

I was surprised by Patrick this evening. He brought me home a nice bucket of plants. It's really nice! I'll take a photo and post it. It's our 33rd Anniversary tomorrow. I was going to stop and get him a gift, but it's the pits that he was thinking faster than me. I've been really bad about our anniversary the last couple years. I think I have a card in the box, and will pull it out tomorrow to give to him.

I will try and get back on track. I need to get my rear in gear and fix my mistakes. I need to put my heart into this to get it better. I'm working on it. Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ready to Quilt....So, Why Haven't I Started Yet?!

Today as another good day. Walked with Ruth this morning. Came back to the house, and relaxed. Didn't feel like doing anything! I did play games, but that's not good either.

Patrick called this morning and that put me in the mood to make dessert. I have it in the frig right now. It needs to set 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Then I went downstairs and finally basted the quilt.

For some reason, wasn't really in the mood to do it, but once I got started, I kept going. It's now ready to quilt. I should have started it this afternoon. BUT instead, I pulled out the big eagle for the QOV quilt. I put one part of the wing on, then took out the basting thread on the other side and re-placed it. I started to applique it back down. My basting stitches were way too big for a big wing. It was moving too much. So, I made smaller stitches and then started putting the darker part of the wing down. I need to baste the left side of the birds wing. I will do that when I get ready to applique that side. I need to put the post and a couple other pieces down before I get going too much. It will be coming along soon.

I still have the Bountiful Baskets to do. I also have the baskets to finish and get moving on the BOM that I've been doing for 10 years. I also need to add the sashing to the butterfly quilt, and add the borders to Katt's black and white quilt. I keep thinking of all these things I need to finish. UGH I need to just pick one, finish it and then move on to the next. My brain can't do that! I'm going from one thing to the other and back again.

Today was less rain, and the sun actually came out!

My tree is loosing all it's leaves is the branches. Yesterday as prettier but I didn't get the camera out in time.

Patrick has been getting the piles ready for the neighbor kids to pick up. He hires the neighborhood kids to do the work because it's too much for him to do on his own. He did this before the storm came and I'm surprised they are still there. lol

I have the quilt ready to quilt, but haven't gotten to it yet. I'm beginning to wonder what my problem is. I haven't really been in the mood lately to work on my project. Sometimes I think it's all this bad news that keeps coming out. Being a military brat, you'd think I could handle it. Guess not. I'm going to quilting tomorrow and think once I'm around friends, I'll feel better about working on my stuff. It's amazing how a group can be uplifting!

Can't complain, life is good, family is healthy, and we keep enjoying each day as well as being Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ready to Get Stared on Quilting!

Today I was so tired, but I did get up early and go walking. We had a good walk, and I decided I would pass up our meeting today at the quilt shop. I was tired of being tired. I was also tired of being so cold...the weather is awful and cold.

I mopped the floor in the kitchen. Then I vacuumed the house. It needed it. I also throw a load of laundry in. After all that, I went downstairs.

Since I bought the 6 1/2"square the other day, I figured I better get started on trimming the 9 patches. I'm getting there.

I was thrilled to find out I'm pretty close to perfect when it came to the size. I trimmed a few of them. I need to mark some more muslin for the half triangle squares. I will work on it again tomorrow, hopefully if I'm in the mood. lol

After my cousin (more a sister then cousin) called and we chatted. Afterwards, I decided I wanted to do applique and not do piecing. I finished the embroidery around the flower. Next I get out the 2 fabric applique I'm working on.

I finally finished it. Now I'm ready to quilt. I'll put it together tomorrow. The best part about tomorrow is that I have no plans. I need to get started on quilting this. Mom and dad leave on Monday for Vegas. That means I'll be sending my Aunt her quilt after I get it done. Hopefully I'll have it done in about a week. Quilting doesn't take up a lot, so I'm looking forward to getting started on this.

I'm going to add to the Truck Show. I finally took a photo of the first of three wall hangings I did. This was the class with Mary Golden back in the 90's. I had given this to Patrick for his work place. That was in Pullman. He used to have it hanging in his office. This quilt was paper pieced on the machine, with hand quilting.

This quilt was done for the Master Quilter's Program through the Embroidery Guild of American. This was the third step in six. I made it half way and called it quits. I didn't care for judging that was basted on person choices. I got called on the color choice I used on the one after this one. They didn't like the white, it was too bold. After that, I decided I didn't care for quilt judges that didn't account for the workmanship and not person choices. This is hand applique, hand pieced, and hand quilted. It was my own design.

This quilt was the first quilt I machine quilted. It was quilted in 2012.

I decided to use stars and hearts. Not the best work, but it was my first one. I found I got bored really easily on this....too funny.

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Don't forget to check out the Trunk Show! There are some awesome quilts out there! Just click on the box above and check out all the others who signed up. Today is the last day, so if you haven't signed up, you have till tonight to do it. Enjoy the show, and keep looking up at being Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Another Rainy, Windy Day....With More Rain Coming!

Today started out behind schedule. Patrick let me sleep and by the time I got up, I had to hurry up and leave to pick up Art. We spent the morning at the casino.

After the casino, I went and got my hair cut. I was getting tired of my bangs getting in my eyes. I had them cut it shorter too, because it's getting too "frizzy." They were sweet, they kept telling me about others coming in to get their hair dyed my color. My hair is starting to turn white! lol

I've been adding the embroidery to the rose. It's giving the rose more details. I need to finish up the bottom part, and then it will be done. Not sure this shows up as good as the real block. I'll finish it up today.

Tomorrow is our meeting because Thanksgiving is next Thursday. I'm not sure if I'll go. The weather lately is really bad. We had a ton of rain - and it's starting to flood in the area.  The winds kicked up after we got home. I'm glad I wasn't out in the car when it got so bad.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get more quilt related stuff done. I'll work on the quilt that I started this weekend, if I don't go to the meeting. If the weather is rainy again tomorrow, then I'll call it good and stay in the warmth of the house.

So, I don't have much to report....because I haven't been around to work on my stuff. Looking forward to tomorrow and being Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Applique Class Over...Went Well

Today I was so tired I didn't want to get up! I took a Zertex because of my allergies, but that was last night. I read for a little bit and sleep pretty good. I finally got up and was a little behind in meeting Ruth.

I then came home, got stuff ready, and headed to the Beginner Applique class that mom and I were teaching (actually mostly me). I talked with mom last night, and we decided what I would do till she got there. I showed everyone how to do the freezer paper method of needle turn. I did have one gal drop, but the rest showed up. They enjoyed today better. I was surprised to find half liked the freezer paper and half liked the back basting. Today went really well. They were going along pretty good. Even one of the gals was a lot faster than the others. She was doing the method of needle turn with the applique piece on top. I do applique with the applique piece on the bottom. I was so surprised at how well she caught on and took off. So, over all, today was a great day! Just wish the other gal would have showed up just to see the difference.

I came home and had Charlie in my lap. I was nodding off, so I took a quick 10-15 mins nap. Funny thing is, I'm still tired. I am one of those that doesn't do naps, but today was another story! At least it clear out my sinus'.

I finished around the leaf. I'm going to work on the center stem and then it will be ready to baste and quilt. I'll be gone most of the day tomorrow, so thinking it will be in the evening or Wednesday after our meeting. I'm happy with the way this is going. I would like to get moving on a couple more things, but I really want to finish this up first.

I bought the 6 1/2" ruler to be able to trim all those blocks. I asked about the paper for 6" half triangles, and she didn't have it. She's going to check when she places another order. I'm going to double check on line to see if they do have it. I ordered Kathy McNeil's color pens. I'm ready to try that out. It cost me an extra $9 between shipping and tax. Pits when I leave in the same state she does! :-)

Enjoying the day, and looking forward to get another project done. When that happens, I'll be more than just Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Day Of Fun and Movies!

Today I was actually able to get some things started...yep, I said started.....

I bagged the 9 patches that were on the guilt wall and wrote what I wanted to do with them. That is one more "UFO" project in my stack of them.

Then I pulled out the other blocks that where in the stack. I laid them out to see how I wanted to do them. The top is by putting all the colors together, the bottom is by doing it as a scrap quilt. Neither really looked that good. I figured I was going about it in the wrong way.

So, I marked some muslin and black for half square triangles. I didn't have the paper pieces for 6" squares, I had the 4" size. I will check at the shop tomorrow for the 6" ones. I thought I bought the 6" ones, but I didn't.

Cut and then had to trim them to size. I hate trimming. I need to figure out an easier way to o it. So, I trimmed a couple blocks down to 6 1/2" and decided I'm going to buy the 6 1/2" ruler at the shop. I really don't want another tool but I'm going to have to get them.

So, this is a start of what I'm going to do. I don't have it sewn down. I do have two sets of two sewn down. I sewed them with the I need to find a lighter color and sew them down.....wasn't in the mood to trim, change thread, and then figure out what I'm going to do. Called it good.

So, I came upstairs and pulled out the Oak Leaf quilt. I have this leaf left to do and then I can get it basted and ready to quilt. Then I'm going to sit and enjoy quilting another quilt. I want to work on Phil's quilt next. I'd really like to get his quilt done as well. It's not very big, and it will make me happy to see it finally done after all these years. I also have a couple quilts that are ready to quilt. Pus I need to get back to working on the quilt on the frame. Okay, here I go again, reminding myself of all the things I need to get done.

I would love to have stuff made to give for Christmas, but I didn't get moving on that. I really like giving from the heart...which is making things. Hopefully next year I can get there. I used to do that when the kids where younger, because it was easier and it didn't cast an arm and a leg.

While doing both, I watched a Ronald Reagan movie, and then watched a 1974 movie, "Disappearance of Flight 412." Both were good movies.

Don't forget to check out the Trunk Show!

Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

Tonight is bowling, and I'm hoping do to better tonight. I've been improving but not as much as I would like. Today is a great day to be Happy Quilting!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Trunk Show

Since today wasn't a day of applique or quilting, decided to join the Trunk Full of Quilts - 2015 show. It is from Whims and Fancies blog. It's a week long show. Check it out - click on the box below for more details.

Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

This is some of the quilts I have made over the years. Most of them are on the link above.

This quilt was my very first quilt, all hand pieced and hand quilted. I finished this in 1983. I started it in 1979.

This quilt was made for my parents. They still have it. It was done in the 1990's.

This quilt was the second of three. I took a class with Mary Golden back in the 1990's at "Quilting By The Sea." The first on is on my wall in the computer room. I'll have to take another picture of it to add here.

This is the "Road to Oklahoma" that was my second quilt. I made it for Patrick, since we met and married in OK. It was done in Pullman WA, about 1987. Hand pieced and hand quilted.

This was a gift. I can't remember the name of it, and since Katt looks to be about 6 years old, I'd say I made it about 1995. Hand quilted and hand pieced.

This quilt was a gift to a dear friend from High School. Hand pieced and hand quilted about 1997.

This quilt is also hand pieced and hand quilted. It was called "English Wedding Ring" when I made it, and have found it under other names since then. It was made around 1998.

This quilt was the first applique quilt I have made. I learned a lot from it. Today it's really worn and needs TLC. I believe I have even cut the main border and bound it again. I did machine piece this one, hand quilted.

This quilt is king size, and called "Inner City." It was hand pieced and hand quilted. This is just a part of the quilt. I finished this around 2000.

Honey Bee quilt made for my mother-in-law, 2015. Hand applique, hand pieced, and hand quilted.

And then there is my most recent quilt - Hawaiian quilt - "Patrick's Garden." 2015.

Check out the other quilts in the truck show! There are some really pretty quilts out there. This is only a few of what I've done. I'm slowly finding more pictures of other quilts. It makes things exciting when I find all those quilts I can't remember.

Enjoy the truck show, and stay Happy Quilting!

BE Meeting And Cross Stitching

This morning was our BFF (BE meeting) day. I was all ready to go. Called Cherry to see if she was going. She was waiting on the guys that do...