Showing posts from May, 2015

Applique and Quilting

Today turned out pretty good when it comes to the day. No plans. Which made my day easier. Patrick worked out in the yard. Like I have always said, the yard is his baby. I help when he needs it or asks, but other than that I don't do much.

I pulled out the eagle block and started working on the grapes. After Patrick got up and headed outside, I went downstairs.

I decided to get some quilting in on the Butterfly quilt.

I started where I left of the last time. I added more "trails" and then rolled the quilt. The pill box there is for used needles or needles that have gone bad.

I then work on the end I ended with before I rolled the quilt.

I was able to get quiet a bit done. I'm to the point of being able to roll on this side of the quilt, but I need to work on the center and the other side.

I was able to get to the edge of the center area. I was even surprised at how close I am to finishing the center area. I didn't realize I was about half way done with the center…


Today was a busy day. Not sure if I'd really say "busy" but a day of being away from the house day. I woke early as usual. When Patrick woke up, we headed to the casino. We were there a good 4 hours. Then we headed to the grocery story to get a few things we needed. Mom and dad called and we ended up going out to eat down in Kelso. When we got home, we played a game of gen. I won the game. lol

So, today was not a day of quilting or any other craft. Sorry, not much to report today. Happy Quilting!

An Actual Quilting Day

Today was another walking and cribbage day. Afterwards, I came home and relaxed till after lunch. Then I headed back downstairs to finish up the Black and White quilt.

I had all the sets sewn together - after I fixed the 2 mistakes that we found yesterday. I then took this photo for Katt. I still need to do the borders. The borders will be a black and orange border with a black as binding. Patrick and I were talking about finding an orange sheet for the back. If I get a set, I can cut the "fitted" part for the border. We'll see what we can find. I even started sewing some pieces together for a pillow case. Now if we find a sheet, I may just use that pillow case for the quilt.

Since the Black and White was done for now, I started back on quilting the other butterfly quilt.

I worked on this side of the quilt. I was able to get a few stitches in.

I just need to quilt a few more stitches toward the right. Then I can roll the quilt again. I didn't realize I was half way o…

From One Project to Another

This morning Patrick cooked the cinnamon rolls that I prepared last night. I let them raise overnight. They really turned out nice and fluffy. One of the better batches! I had made them for Art. His Birthday was yesterday. So, he got 3 of the buns and I gave Ruth the 5 that were in another pan for her to cook.

After walking and playing cribbage, I came home and picked up a little. Then I headed downstairs and started working on the Black and White quilt.

I had the 7 rows done finally.

Now I need to sew the rows of 2 rows each. In other words, I sewed 2 rows together, 3 times. As I was working on one of the sets, I found I made a mistake. I had Patrick come down and see if he could find the mistake. Instead, he found a different one. So, tomorrow I will fix them both and sew the quilt top together. It's funny because I found another mistake and fix that earlier when I was doing the last row. I must have been off that day, because two mistakes where in the last row and the other one…

Amazing How I Can't Keep My Quilt Room Clean!

Today was another great start. I walked with our neighbors. Got in a lot of walking.

Got back home, started doing laundry. I got quite a bit done actually. The morning was more for cleaning then it was for anything else. I got a lot of cleaning done. It is interesting how much of a mess I can make. lol

After lunch I headed downstairs, and saw this wonderful mess. So I had to clean it up before I could work on the Black and White quilt. Or any other quilt! As I was putting things away, the doorbell rang. I answered it to the postal worker who asked me to sign for my package.  WOOHOO! My butterfly fabric that I ordered from eBay was here!!

I paid enough for it but it was worth getting!

I then started taking the red fabric out of the quilt! I realized I only needed two pieces out of the fabric. I ended up with 1 1/2 yards extra! lol - I have plenty of fabric for another day.

I'm happy to say, the red is gone. It looks a lot better! I will now have to figure out the center. I'm no…

A Day in Tumwater

I got up and went to Ruth's to take a walk. We walked around the neighborhood. Afterwards I got back home, collected my coupons for JoAnne's and headed for my cousins house.

I arrived at 10 am and we went shopping. We hit the "World Market," "JoAnne's," "Fred Meyers," and hit the nursery. I bought a storage case for my embroidery. I had two coupons that helped out a lot. I also got my 10% VIP card from JoAnne's from my membership with TAS. They have better cards now. Cindy and I then went to the nursery, where I bought some strawberries for Patrick. I also picked out a pretty flower that I don't even know the name of. lol

We had a great time, and when I got home I was trying to figure out what was wrong with my fitbit. It wasn't working right. I couldn't get it to sync. So, I unloaded and re-loaded the program. Then I decided I better try recharging it, since the reload told me my battery was low. Of all things, my battery much…

Memorial Day 2015

Before I talk about my craft, I would like to give my thanks to those who served to keep us free.

James M. Hodge, great grandfather who served during the Civil War.

Eddy Study and his "Chum" during WWI

John Wineland, injured during the Civil War.

Two other family members who served during WWII

May they all rest in peace. There are more in my family who served. I haven't found their photos yet. I know I have them, but there are too many boxes to go through to find them right now.

Now on to my day.....

Today we meet for Brazilian Embroidery! I worked on the purple flower on the bottom as well as the pink flower on the left.

I was able to get a lot done at our meeting. We had fun! Mom came for the first time and we got her started on her piece like this one. She has a kit for when she's done with this piece. I have one too, and I'm getting close to being able to start it. I really am having fun doing these flowers. I can see where some of this will work great in qui…

A Planned Day That Actually Worked

Today started out early. I didn't sleep very that well. I sat and played games as well as started to work on the basket block I was working on last night.

This morning I finished this block. I had finished the applique of the last petal and then did the embroidery. This makes block #9 done.

I then went a baked chocolate chip cookies for Patrick. I decided to use up some of my chips that were left over from other things. I had some mints as well as chocolates. They turned out great. I also added nuts.

Then I headed downstairs, while Patrick and Phillip changed oil in their cars.

Since I just needed one row of blocks on the Black and White quilt, I matched them up. Actually I took the row I needed. Put the blocks on the side of the table.

Then I took one block at a time and put it on the table above my sewing machine. Then I sewed each piece according to the block I needed. That way, I didn't end up sewing the wrong block again. I matched each one and finished each block, one or…

Finished Basket #9

Last night I was able to work on the basket block. 

I worked on the center pieces last night. I found that I didn't care for the center piece on the left. I had it all appliqued on the block. Then I found it didn't fit right and was a little of center. So, I pulled it apart. I can give myself some credit, it was so hard to take out. I guess you can say I do a great job of applique when it doesn't want to come out. 

I did the embroidery on the right flower and called it a night. 
This morning I worked on the block as I was playing my game on the tablet. I liked the center better today then I did last night. 

I was able to get the block done this morning. This is block #9 of Bountiful Baskets.
Once I had that done, Patrick woke up. lol  We then went and cleaned out the garage and went through a few boxes we had. We stacked Katt's boxes up. Now I can get to my stuff and she can get to hers. After that, we went to the movies. We saw "Tomorrowland" and I would rec…

Fridays Applique Meeting

Today was applique at moms. I had a list of stuff I had to do before going. I needed to get over to Quilter's Junction to give her the photos from the retreat. I also wanted to go to Walmart (hate that place) and pick up my hair dangler spray. I met Ruth this morning and we walked a lot farther than we did the other day. She's doing great with her cane and my arm. We went all the way down our end of the street. Willie (her dog) couldn't wait to get out and walk.

Afterwards I got in the car and headed for Walmart. I got what I needed and headed to Quilter's Junction. I was getting ready to load the photos when I realized her computer is way to old and doesn't have the slit to put the disk in. I figured I could load it onto a thumb drive at moms, but when I got to moms, she didn't have the slit either! So, I'm going to do that here in a few minutes and take the thumb drive back over to the shop. Never fails. I loved Evelyna's response! She burst out laugh…

Applique Meeting Today

Today was a good day. I'm happy to say they come often lately. I went down to Ruth's to get her out walking. We walked farther today then we did the other day. She's really getting out there. Funny part was that I had been so tired after I got back home that I fell asleep on the couch for an hour. I slept a little longer than I thought I would. Got up and headed to the meeting.

We had a great day at the meeting.

I took the baskets with me to work on. I finished this one.

Started and finished this one.

Started and finished this one as well. I took a photo of it at the meeting for our groups blog.

I decided to applique down the leaves on this one. Almost done with it. I will work on it tonight. I would like to get another flower done. I love how fast these are.

After getting home, I was still tired and crashed for another hour before we headed out to the restaurant for my Birthday dinner. My parents were already there waiting. Phil forgot and didn't make it. At first I t…

I Don't Do Scrap Quilts.....So I Thought!

Today was an early start. I won all three games of cribbage and skunked Art in the last game. Went down to see Ruth but she already left to put flowers on her family's graveside.

I decided to get back downstairs and work on the Black and White quilt. I was down there at 10 am this morning.

These where the pieces I left behind when I called it quits the other day.

Today, I had a visitor that wanted to be around me. Charlie has her quilt and spent the morning with me. She wanted to be on the quilt frame, but changed her mind and joined me at my table.

I pulled down the block I needed to make. I had several of them that needed to be done. It was the block I wasn't getting done last time. I put the pieces on my table to see I could get them done easier that way.

I had to make more triangle pieces and 4 patches. I still need to do a few more, but that's okay. I made more as I was going. It feels like I'm coming up short on the black.

I don't understand how quilters say …