Tuesday, April 25, 2017

UFO (nearly) finished

My son came to stay for a month the end of January and through Feb. while waiting for his house to be completed (his apt contract ended in Jan.).  While picking up 'his' bedroom and repositioning quilts from the bed, I came across a pile of Home of the Brave blocks (that's what I call them since our church group made them by the hundreds for HOB quilts) and decided I'd make a couple of tops with backings to send to Alycia.  Here's the first of two with borders yet to be added.  I'll need to make a few more blocks for the 2nd but that's OK--I have PLENTY of red, white and blue fabric!!  I'll use some of said fabric to make backings and binding so everything will be ready to go.  I LOVE these blocks as they're easy to make, great for groups (since they're trimmed after sewing which always helps with multiple sewists involved) and (IMHO) look great when they're put together.  I was even thinking of making some in bright colors for kids quilts.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Randomness

I was in the process of pressing the cross quilt and noticed one long seam had puckered up enough that it needs to be taken out and re-sewn.  You know how we all love doing that so I'm procrastinating just a little and will move on to finding a border.

Earlier, I was putting the lock back on the gate after the exterminator made his visit and noticed this little guy.

 He didn't skitter off like they usually do, just sitting there looking at me with that one eye!  HA
Then a little later this evening, I was out and noticed these clouds--so gorgeous but as is often the case, the picture doesn't do it justice.  I still think it turned out pretty cool.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The end is in sight!

I have one more seam to stitch between the two larger sections and then I'll press and measure.  Then I'll need to decide if I need to add another row or two before borders or if just the border is needed.  This is the final of all the QOV's I need to make.  Then I'll probably dig through my UFO's to see if there's another one or two to tackle prior to starting a new project or just jump into the new.

I'm too lazy to lay out all my individual circle blocks and haven't stitched any new ones in the past few nights but I do know I have over 80!!  That means 2/3's are done.  Need to kick the stitching into gear and get that one done, too.

Yesterday I was involved in an accident and am car-less at the moment (going to get a rental here in a bit).  I had the green light going southbound and northbound left turners were going on a green (but no arrow).  There were 3 that were cutting in close and I began blowing my horn just prior to the 3rd one.  He barely snuck in in front of me but then this idiot behind him (most likely texting and just following the cars in front of her without benefit of checking her light) kept on coming and hit me HARD!!  I took the brunt of it as she hit me on the driver's side but HER airbag deployed.  Thankfully I had 3 guys jump out to check on me who had all been in the turn lane behind her.  One left his name and number as a witness.  I really wanted to beat the CRAP outta her!!!

There are just WAAYY too many people doing things OTHER than paying attention to their driving when they're behind the wheel!!  PEOPLE!  DRIVE when you're in the car and text, talk, read, whatever else when you're at home or wherever  except in the car!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Final QOV

I'm working on the final QOV for my group which will be a total of 9 (one was already quilted and bound when I decided to do this).  This is a very special one for a very special guy which is the reason it doesn't look much like the others.

Sure hope he likes the turquoise-y gray colorway!!

We had a VERY rainy day yesterday and there's a creek not too far from my house that I always like to check after heavy rains.  It was near capacity yesterday as we got around 2" of rain.






Monday, March 27, 2017

whoa...

I've been working on the circles here and there, prepping a few whenever I find an interesting fabric and then stacking them up in groups of 10 as they've been stitched.  It's really amazing how a project can grow when it's not in your face every day, day after day!!  HA  But I thought I'd lay them out to get a feel of where I'm at and looks like I'm almost half way there.  YAY!

AND I have 7 of the 8 QOV tops finished (the 8th is well on it's way!!) and 5 of 7 backs done.  I'm going to work on the two backs today and then will concentrate on the 8th top and back to get that project to completion.   That will be fulfilling to get those done and presented.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Punch blocks done

I've got them laid out the way I think I want them so need to gather them up by rows before the cat runs in and messes them all up!  LOL  I woke up with such a headache and took an Alleve a couple of hours ago but it's still with me.  Bending over to lay the blocks out made it start pounding again so I got down on my knees, which is never fun.  


I got the last border sewed on this one and measured it in order to make the back.  This puppy's bigger than my usual QOV's--it's 76X90.  So next up will be sewing Punch together and making a couple more backs.  Moving right along.....


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Well, HUH!

I was delivering my Meals on Wheels today and after I'd delivered the last meal, I headed down the road and caught a glimpse of this--

I did a HUGE double take and very quickly turned the car around to make sure I wasn't seeing things!  This was in a residential neighborhood with no open country around.  Where the heck did he come from?  And exactly who was he strutting his stuff for?  Just too funny!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The last week

I've been busy but haven't stopped to lay stuff out to take pictures.  I'm down to the last 3 Tropical Punch blocks before putting them all together--woohoo!  Will take a picture when that's done.  And I've cut part of the border for yet another QOV quilt and have one more that's currently waiting borders.  And continuing on with circles.

I was out in the yard together getting a few things done.  My house numbers above the garage were so grungy that they really weren't readable from the street.  So I'd gone to Wal Mart the other day and got some spray paint for them AND for my metal patio table and chairs (they're going to be red!). Took the numbers down and spray painted them and will put them back up after Meals on Wheels tomorrow.

My owl has been MIA for quite some time now but he showed up again about 4 days ago.  I noticed a couple of squirrels running all around the tree and the owl seemed somewhat annoyed!  He'd also been badgered by a blue jay and a pair of little Carolina wrens so I needed to get a picture of him.

He always keeps his eye on me when I'm photographing him!  HA

And this was one of the stupid squirrels annoying the owl.  He stopped and basically posed.  I can't stand squirrels..they're just rats with fluffy tails who constantly dig holes in my yard and potted plants!

Another beautiful sunset this evening.  Next post will definitely contain quilt content!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

More punch

Tropical punch that is!!  Still working on these blocks as well as the circles (ran out of cut circles AND background so had to get busy there!!).


I THINK these blocks are 10" (haven't measured) and the gal who I got this idea from made her QOV 5X6.  I think I'll make mine 6X7 with a border or two to make it a bit bigger!  I believe the original pattern had sashing so may have to take a look at that possibility as well.  (note to self--6x7=42!)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tropical Punch blocks

I really like making these blocks--super easy to go together and just need 2 1/2" strips.  A little  more contrast here than previous.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Time for a snooze

With the batch of pillowcases I've been working on, it'd be real easy to take a little nap!  LOL  I've shown some within the past week and I've gotten a few more done.  There are 2-3 more that just need the final seam and then they'll be added to the pile (I use the sausage method for my cases).

(that could definitely be a better picture but there it is!)  I'm definitely going to be pulling fabs as I run across them in the stash and then cut the 24" and 12" pieces to be ready to sew at a moment's notice!  Just a quick, easy way to thin the stash.

And I ran across some really pretty blocks over at Katy's blog and decided I needed to try a few myself.  The pattern is Tropical Punch over at the Moda Bakeshop.  I think I'm going to copy Katy and make a QOV using these blocks but I definitely need some more variety--Katy's are so pretty!


Gotta dig out some pretty lights to go in there!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Circling

I have 22 done done and like another 10-12 prepped and waiting for the needle.  So by my calculation, that's over 1/4 of them (of the total I'm planning at this point--remember, 120 total) ready and/or waiting.  There is NO planning on subject, color, etc.  I'm just digging through the stash looking for interesting prints and using them.  It may turn out to be a totally ugly quilt but I'm thinkin' it'll still keep someone warm!

I've also gotten backs done for 2 more of my QOV's for a total of 4 hanging on hangers waiting for the magic of the longarm.  AND I have 7-8 more pillowcases waiting to be sewn and I've cut yet another baby rag quilt kit.  I should be power sewing right now but I'm not.  LOL

Friday, February 24, 2017

More pillowcases

This was more fabric I found while digging through the closet (the main part of the case) and had enough for 3 pillowcases.  I like the blue I found to go with the cowboy/rodeo fabric and I got em done pretty darned quick (for me anyway :-)

Did a walk through on baby boy's new house!!  Its beautiful but farther away than I'd like him to be (about 40-45 min) and at least he's not in another state.  He will close on Tues. and move in next weekend if all goes according to plan.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Variety

They say it's the spice of life, right?  I think it's a bane to my existence at times.  Too many things pulling me in too many different directions to the point that very little is getting done done.  But hopefully it will.  I was cleaning out and sorting a small batch of fabric I found in one of the closets and decided to do something with a couple of the pieces that were fairly large, perfect for pillowcases!

I'm thinking I'm going to keep those cute little leopard print cases!  I have another of the pink to make only the colors are reversed (large part will be pink and cuff will be the orange-y).  There are also a lot more case 'kits' ready to crank out when the desire arises.  HA

And of course, those darned circles continue
I have many more waiting in the wings to be appliqued to their background piece.  But still a LONG way from the 120 I'd like to make for a near bedsized quilt.  I saw one blogger sashing hers so that might be a good idea to make it bigger without having to make more circles....

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Uh oh...circles

I've been tempted by the dreaded circles thus far but recently lost the battle.  I've been making a few and kinda like them.  My blocks are 6 1/2" (not sure what others' are) so I've decided I'll make it 10x12 if they continued to hold my interest.  But I really need to get on with making the backings for my QOV's.

(that really is a pitiful pathetic picture..will try to do better LOL!!!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

More vacay

I'm going to get back to my sewing but have a few post-cruise appts. before I can do that.  So for one more post, it'll just be vacay pix.  No sewing related today but hopefully next post (don't wanna bore anyone with vacay pix!! LOL).

Carnival does a GREAT job every cruise of honoring our soldiers.  They pay them great honor and thank them profusely (as does everyone who attends) for their service and sacrifice.  There was a fellow in attendance that was 89 years young and entered WWII at the age of FIFTEEN!!!!!  He served in the Korean War as well.  Amazing!  These guys and gals were all amazing!

These photos were taken on a tour we took of Curacao.  I was not happy that we got back from the tour after dark making it impossible for me to get some pictures of those colorful bldgs. that are so cool.  I also didn't get to walk across the floating bridge :-(   Next cruise, I guess.  But there was some pretty spectacular scenery along the tour route!





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hands

I was at a local hospital today visiting a friend and found they had a super cool (IMHO) exhibit of bronze cast models of hands.  SO interesting comparing the different hands of world renowned surgeons, astronauts, presidents, athletes, actors as well as other famous people.  Thought I'd share a few here--

Troy Aikman

Tom Landry

George W Bush

Ronald Reagan

Nolan Ryan

Dr. Seuss

Walt Disney

Billy Graham

There were many, many others but I'm really mad about not taking a picture of Andre the Giant's hands.  Do you remember him?  If not, google him.  His hands were GINORMOUS!!!!



Happy Valentine's Day

Just thought I'd share a little heart stuff to celebrate!  I have a cute X and O quilt I started a year or two ago and need to get that UFO finished!!!  Too late for this year but I may drag it out to remind myself to get it done!!

A couple of cute heart pillows, super easy, and two adorable quilts.  Share the love--HAHA!







Monday, February 13, 2017

Didja miss me?

I've been on a wonderful cruise with a good friend.  We flew into Ft. Lauderdale Feb. 3 (she arrived a day early) and just messed around there.  The next day, we hopped the hotel van to our cruise ship, the Carnival Conquest, ready to visit Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba.




Just a few photos from our little trolley ride around Grand Turk.  The donkeys are protected by the government and roam everywhere!  They were apparently used back in the day when they carried salt down to the ships for export.  Don't think they export salt anymore but I could be mistaken.  Will share more later.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

And....

This is the second star quilt that was in process and I've enlarged it on one side and at the bottom like I did the other so now it and my scrappy mountains need borders.  I got one back made today so I'm pleased with the progress happening since NO progress has been happening far too long.

It has been absolutely beautiful the past couple of days and will be tomorrow as well then it gets chilly again.  I'll be heading out for my cruise here in a few days so once again there will be no progress but hopefully that won't last for long.  I THINK maybe I'm really motivated now to get these done and THEN maybe I'll get back to the Christmas trees!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cranking em out

Got the border on yet another QOV and will add to backing stack.  I need to take a day before heading out of town to spend serious time making backs..problem is, weather is supposed to be so gorgeous that I think I'll find it hard to spend time INSIDE.

I'm not getting fancy with any of the QOV borders, just putting them on to enclose all the seams along the edges to make it easier for the longarmer (at least in my mind that's what I'm doing :-) ).

I did get backings made for both of the keepers so will call my quilter to see when I can drop these babies off.

I was cleaning up ONE of my fabric/bedroom/storage spaces so that #2 son could move in for awhile until his house is finished.  He informed me yesterday it's been delayed by a month--hmmm, he coulda told me sooner.  Trying to pawn him off on different family members for a week at a time.  So far, no takers!!  LOL

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A keeper!!

This is one that's been hanging around waiting for a border or two and now they're on!!  This is one I plan on keeping as I love it so!  Next up will be the patriotic that I'm keeping so I can take those off to the longarmer--when that one's bordered, I will need to get busy and make 5 backs!!  Then I'll get busy finishing up 3-4 more and that'll be several that have languished for awhile that will be ready to go.  What a great feeling that will be.

Last night I was on the couch and glanced out the back window--WOW, the sky was GORGEOUS! So I had to go out and snap a couple of shots.