I didn’t get around to quilting until after supper. Saturday was a gorgeous day outside. I started out the day with some waffles – I am not a morning cook and only make waffles or pancakes type of meal once in awhile – yesterday was my favorite Oat Waffles – I like this recipe so much – I cut it out of the newspaper years ago and laminated it – I keep it in the top utensil drawer in the kitchen so it is readily available – I hadn’t thought to laminate a recipe until a couple years ago when I realized it was ...read more
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Yesterday was not much a sewing day for me. I went to the Friday morning quilt group so I grabbed my “Diamonds are Forever” box as I was going out the door as I had used it on Thursday night also – I had not touched this top in close to 3 weeks I think so it was time to get some work on it. Between the two sewing sessions I got part of a row that had already been started back to having some progress on it – I will continue to work on this row again and see if I ...read more
I mainly just worked on two quilts yesterday The Granny Squares and the Patchwork of the Crosses. I very much am tired of icy weather and we managed to get the truck out of the icy driveway to the cleared off road and went and exercised – it was nice to get out of the house!
Two rows of sashing and blocks put together – might get around to more today – dentist this morning though – time to get a crown on a tooth and the temporary gets put on today – oh joy
The POTC from Monday night quilting
A Flicker came to ...read more
What else is there to do when it is cold outside, ice on the ground – for me it is reading, sewing, quilting, sometimes baking – clean the house – yes that had to be done too and toss in some laundry as well. Now maybe it will be warm enough to get out of the house today – hope so!
Yesterday I got busy with the sashing on the Granny Squares. The long strips are just pinned up on the design wall right now – I need to make 4 more strips – 2 for the sides and one each for top and bottom and ...read more
Sunday was just as they said it was going to be, rain, sleet, freezing rain – I had yet to see any snow as I was writing this last night at about 6:30 and it was dark – I guess I find out in the morning an hour or so after this post pops up.
So first some icy photos – this one was from about 2 in the afternoon – some ice beginning to build up. Looking out the sewing room window towards the bird feeder and the workshop. I guess it was in the 50’s after midnight but Mike got ...read more
On Friday I started to read a book by Lisa Gardner and it really held my interest from the very beginning. On Saturday I kept at it – other than a break to run to the grocery store and doing laundry — and didn’t even pick up a needle until evening – after I finished the book. The book is Touch and Go – published last year and right now Amazon for Kindle has it for $2.99 . I have read other books by her but never has one of her books kept my interest where I didn’t want to put the ...read more
Yesterday was one of those days when I worked on one project for about 30 minutes then switched off to another off and on all morning – then took an exercise break, got involved in a book and then back to the sewing for a little bit.
I did have a question on how does this “leaders and enders” thing work different for all of us I’m sure. Here is how I go about it. The other day when I quit I wasn’t thinking and pulled the block out without putting a patch under the foot – so yesterday when ...read more
I have got way more than one daffodil open now – it looks pretty and I would enjoy it more if it was sunshine and warm but kind of chilly this week and very cloudy yesterday – oh well spring will be here one day. The scene up by the ditch that runs along side the road. Overgrown in places.
One bunch up close
And I’m afraid that is all the time I spent outdoors yesterday – cool breeze – too chilly for me to enjoy – I was in the house sewing and quilting and reading instead.
A Granny Block done in the ...read more
Yesterday I asked if anyone had a description of Big Stitch Quilting. No one really did and I did some research – funny – the two things that popped up the most in my search was “primitive utility stitch” and “gives a modern look” hmm primitive and modern LOL how strange. I find it kind of amusing “primitive” and “modern” describing the same method. A lot of “modern” quilts have big stitch quilting in them – which could bring me off on a whole new subject – a lot of modern quilting makes use of big designs in the quilt which makes a quilt ...read more
First Happy Birthday to Melanie – our oldest daughter – born 41 years ago – time sure flies by doesn’t it. She was born as the clock struck midnight– the doctor told me I could chose the 23rd or the 24th – she was due the 23rd so that was what I chose as I had been in labor with her the later part of that day for only 6 hours so it ended the day just right. I was only 20 and Mike had just turned 21 three weeks before we had her, I can’t believe how the years have gone ...read more
Y’all are going to get tired of this one but thank you to all of you who love this quilt and tell me so – it will be one of favorites as well – I don’t think anyone would be able to talk me into selling this one -
This is the area I quilted on Thursday night – I am trying to quilt every night again – or almost every night – it is so much easier to quilt than that last one was! And I’m not putting in near as much quilting so that helps too.
And just to show more ...read more
I love this quilt!! I remember back when I first started working on these blocks I almost gave up when it was baby size and so many of you kept telling me to make it bigger and bigger and I would put it aside and then get it back out until it ended up queen size – thank you to all of you that kept at me to make it bigger.
I started quilting the crosses on Wednesday night – and for those that wonder– I quilt about 6 inches in from the roller in depth – it is about all I can ...read more
I decided the baby quilt was big enough for a baby quilt and I didn’t feel like doing more patchwork at the moment so I finished off with two colors of borders. I first held fabric up to the design wall to decide what I wanted for the first border – I was pretty sure I wanted yellow and I found a half yard on the shelve from a bundle I won last year – free! that so fits with my theme this year of trying to use what I have.
I still needed more and I knew just what I ...read more
Another nice day! wow – I went into town yesterday afternoon to get my hair cut and it was 74 when I left! if was only 69 out here where I live for the high yesterday LOL – I think I am skipping the fitness center all week and working in the yard instead! It is too nice to pass up – I will need to get the sunscreen out at this rate.
But yesterday morning while I was waiting for the chill to get out of the air I worked on the baby quilt – it was getting close to having the patchwork ...read more
66 degrees for a high on Monday – well that is ok with me. I skipped the fitness center and worked out in the yard again – it will get chilly again though for the last week of the month from what the news said so we can’t get used to it yet. But first thing yesterday morning it was a house to clean, laundry to do and I made jam!
I had been going through the freezer the other day and realized I had more blueberries (from my brothers farm) and rhubarb (from my WI daughter’s patch) in the ...read more
I really and truly did not sew hardly anything on Saturday! A day of almost rest for me from sewing that is. I did other things. The only thing I have to show is work I did on Friday night – hand quilting at the frame. Half of the first border on POTC is now done
It is always hard to get photos of the stitches – if I use a flash the stitches do not show up – if I put too bright of a light by it the stitches do not show up – so this is without a flash and the ...read more
Morning started out chilly but we knew it was supposed to warm up. My daughter Melanie and I had plans to talk a walk! Yes it was that kind of weather yesterday. But first because the morning was chilly I got some sewing done.
Two Granny Blocks yesterday – yahoo I’m on a roll.
I have decided to do queen size and continue making blocks. I will start to work on color arrangement when I get the sixth row done and then start to sew rows together so I will have more room on the design wall. I will still ...read more
Yesterday afternoon seeing as I have hardly started on the quilting for the Patchwork of the Crosses I thought I needed to sit for a little bit and quilt – this much done – this one will be going much slower than the last one did. On that one I wanted to get it finished as I hadn’t been enjoying it and I just wanted to get it done. On this one I am letting my quilting fingertips have a little bit of a break while the Olympics are on and will work on this off and on but concentrate more ...read more
Well after 100 hours of quilting give or take an hour this quilt that was started in August of 2012 – I didn’t keep track of the amount of time the top took but estimate of around 100 hours for that too is probably on track. Hand piecing, machine piecing, needle turn applique and hand quilted.
Washed and dried finishing at about 70 x 73 inches. I used the Select Quilters Dream Batting which is the medium weight. The center of the quilt pattern is from the pattern called “Common Bride” by Edyta Starr. Fairly soon after I started the ...read more
You are going to be seeing a lot of this quilt in the next half year or so – I hope you won’t get sick of it I love it, I think this is one of my favorite quilts. I don’t know if it is the design, the summery colors or what.
Patchwork of the Crosses getting on the frame yesterday!
Here is a link from several years ago that shows my whole process of getting a quilt on the frame if you want to look.
Of course yesterday afternoon I had to sit down and start to quilt ...read more