Monday, September 5, 2016

September 2016

September - Labor day weekend.

We purged and packed the dinning room.

I am still going thru papers and shredding documents.  My husband asked if I was purging 40 years of papers.  I think it just feels like it.  I don't really have 40 years worth.  I hope.

I had a hard time purging items from the dinning room.  I love linens - of course they are fabric.  So it was hard to let some of them go.  I love dishes and teapot and cups.  I let some of them go but very likely kept more than I should have.  Thank God for the organizer and my daughter and daughter-in-law who helped me.

Oh, and cookbooks.  What is it about cookbooks?  I have collected them for years and hardly ever use them but I do enjoy looking at them.  I let many of them go and tried to sell some but most ended up at Goodwill.  I hope I don't buy them back.

We have also been eating out of the freezer.  We have had many interesting meals.  But I am attempting to get most of the food gone so we do not have to move it.  This is really not good for my diet. 

When my husband ask what I wanted to do today I told him it was Labor Day and we would be laboring.  Go purge and pack a box.  So far he has packed 1/2 of a box and purged nothing.  I am currently attempting to talk him into a storage unit so we are not living with packed boxes all around for the next month +.

It is going to be a hard move.

July And August 2016

Where the heck did June go?

I continue to work on downsizing.  I know that eventually we will need to move to a one level home. I am not sure where we will find one we can afford in the current hot housing market but if I can get our house ready for sale maybe we can afford something new.  We happen to live in the hottest of the Portland neighbors so maybe we will not have any problems selling.  One levels are just really hard to find.

This past week I have been cleaning out quilting magazines.  I have (gasp) ripped out pages to save of items that I might make and gotten rid of two grocery bags of magazines.  I have years of magazines still to go thru.  That is what happens when you have a six bedroom, three story house you collect because you have room.

Last month I got the binding done on two quilts.  The baby quilt and twin that I was working on in May.  I have begun binding a small table topper.

I went one Saturday and spent the day at the local quilt shop getting help on my Made in America embroidery piece.  I had gotten stuck and it has sat for almost a year.  I am not unstuck.

I completed joining the rows of the third reflections quilt but still need to put on the outside boarders. June was just such a busy month and yet I do not know where the time went.

For July my goal will be:
1) finish by Reflections quilt. Not done yet
2) sort out more magazines - Two more pages out of the house
3) paint the front porch - that is were I usually take quilt pictures in badly needs painting. - Power washed- still not painted and fall is coming.
4) attend the Janet Fogg class at the end of the month - Attended but the project is now a UFO.
5) do another block for Made in America - Not done.

I am hoping if I write these down I will make progress.


There was absolutely no sewing done in August.

What I did do.

1)Began to pack and purge - I started by packing up my quilts that are not in use.
2)Had a family work day with the kids helping.  We hauled 4 truck loads out of the basement to Goodwill.
3)Sorted my own clothes and got rid of 2 black garbage bags of clothes to Goodwill.
4)Began sorting and getting rid of books.  We have hauled out hundreds of books.  We were able to sell a few but most they would not buy. I still have several hundred books and that does not include the quilting books.
5)Packed up the DVD's
6)Dumped old canned food that had passed its expiration date.  Some did not not even have a date.  7)Some of the home canned food was terrible old.  I have not done any canning in about 15 years.
8)Contacted a couple of different contractors about doing work on the house.
9)Contacted a home organizer to help with purging and setting up my new house.
10) Contacted a loan company about a loan for a new home.  (glup - that is pretty scary) We will still own this one but it needs work and that is not going to happen while we still live here.

We made an offer on a house and are waiting for the assessment. We might have a new house by the end of September. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 2106

Well isn't this the pits.  The end of May and absolutely no finishes for the month.

I did however work on the embroidered star quilt I began joining the rows.

I did work on the third reflections quilt, the rows are sewn and I kept meaning to join them together but life got in the way.

What else did I do?  I made several trips to Goodwill as I cleaned stuff out of our house.

I worked on organizing my sewing room so that I could walk in and sew rather then walk in and move stuff to sew. I made progress.

I have two quilts back from being quilted that need the binding sewn on.

I have two quilts that the binding is almost all the way finished.  One is a baby quilt I can carry with me the other is a twin that I am working on at home.

I had a week off from work when I thought I would sew but with the watching the grandkids and trying to house is sadly in need of that.  I would much rather sew than do housework and tend to let things slide.  When my husband retired he suppose to pick up more around the house, but he never throws anything away. Nor does he pick anything up.  This last weekend was attempting to clean up the dining room so we had room for everyone to eat on Monday.

I started walking more, as this winter I put on more weight that was acceptable.

I also started a diet last week.  I am down 4 lbs.  I does take more time to prepare food than to grab something already made, so that is taking additional time.

I would like to lose enough weight so that I can get back into deep water aerobics.  Right now my swimsuit does not fit.  I refuse to buy bigger clothes.

Just so I have a picture - here is an older quilt that I happen to have a picture of on this computer.  I use this picture at work for all my social media connections. (slack and jabber)

This is from a few years ago.  Made from a half square triangle exchange at a local quilt shop.  I can't remember if I have ever posted this one before but I do love it. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

April UFO

April is almost over and I finally finished a UFO.  It was actually March's UFO but I will take it.

This was the first Frivol.  I started it when they first came out.  It is not a hard block but when sewing the rows together I turned a few blocks as quarter turn.  Which I then had to rip out and correct.  I am very likely the only person that would have noticed that the seams were going a different directions.  But it would have bugged me.

My oldest daughter has said this will look wonderful hanging in her living room.

Now to see if I can complete something for next month. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Finally A Finish

Since the new year I have not made much progress on my quilting.

Because we had signed up for a class at our Church I knew something would have to give.  I just did not expect as much homework as we ended up having.  We have now gotten thru the worst of the homework and I can again make some progress in the sewing room.

I am almost done with last months UFO.  I never even started this months and I still have Febuary's hanging out also.

But I did get motivated to make a baby gift this month so I pulled out a UFO that was not even on the list but has been hanging out for seven years.  Yes seven years.  I started this for one of the grandsons and never got it done.  Now I wonder why because it was super easy to finish.  I pieced it in one morning.  My daughter quilted it the same day in about 30 minutes.  I then machine sewed the binding on.  That was a first for me.

It is Animal Alphabet Games.

It was hard to get a picture.  I finished to late on Wednesday evening to take a picture so I had a co-worker hold it up for me near a window at work but it was before 8am and there was not enough light.  But if I used the flash it washed all the colors out.

I gave this to one of the consulates that works on my team.  We had a baby shower for him.  He was totally unsure of what it was.  He had never seen a quilt and this was very likely a culturally incorrect thing to do.  He explained that in India the parents to do not buy any thing for the baby before it is born.  We told him it was OK.  He did not buy it.

I am now going to go try and finish March's UFO.

Monday, February 1, 2016

January finishes

Yesterday I tried for a long time to get this window to load.

No luck.

I wanted to update my January finishes.  My first was actually a gift for a friend at work.  She had been having a bad day (actually a bad week) and when I got home I decided that I would make her some coasters.  I used the tutorial from It was super quick ant easy.  It took a charm pack.

Next up I have Reflections quilt number 2.

As I mentioned last month.  I made a bunch of these squares.  I have enough for one king size quilt and two queen size.  The King is going to my youngest daughter and this one will go to my oldest.

I actually got it done a couple of weekends ago but I had to wait for the rain to stop and my quilt holder to get out of a cast.  He had surgery on his left had a couple of weeks ago.  He keeps splitting the wound open so I told him not to bleed on the quilt.  Which is making holding it more difficult.

Now this is the stack of quilts that need binding, except the bottom one.  My daughter's home machine was in the shop so she went crazy with quilting.  There are two table runner (I actually have both of those bound now but no picture yet) You can see one of them on the back of the chair.  One crib quilt, two wall hangings, one twin and two queen size quilt.  The quilt on the bottom is actually one that I am ripping out the last row of quilting in for my daughter her longarm was having issues as she was finishing this quilt and put what she calls gubbers on the back.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

End of the Year 2015

This year has flown by at amazing speed.

I never even created a post for November and it is already the end of the year.

I just realized that I have some small Christmas quilts that I did in November but never took a picture.  I will try and do that in the light tomorrow.

I did finally finish my November UFO...on Christmas day.  Considering that I wanted to give that quilt to my youngest daughter for Christmas one would have thought I would have gotten it done sooner.

As it is she got to see the quilt top and then I handed it over to my oldest daughter to quilt.  That my take awhile.  Since she returned to working outside the home instead of being an independent contractor she has less time to quilt or sew.

This quilt has been a long time in the making.  It is inspired by Monet's reflections on a lily pond.
The quilt itself is called Reflections.  I began collecting fabric for it after seeing Monet's painting when they were at the local Art Museum.  I collected fabric for at least 10 years, I had enough for at least three quilts by then.  This first appeared on a UFO list in 2011.  That is the year I got a lot of blocks cut.
One year I got all the lines drawn for the stitch and flip corners.  I even sewed a few blocks and got bored.

I decided that this year was the year I would get the quilts done.  I worked on the blocks on and off most of the year.  I rearranged my UFO numbers when it came up to soon in the year.  Then I hit choice now.  I started sewing blocks again.

I got close.  I finally got all the blocks made after Thanksgiving.  The second weekend in December, I got the first quilt laid out.  My daughter hurt her back and so I ended up taking care of grandkids one weekend.  And sewed a row every night after work.  By the weekend before Christmas I had the center together.  I got the first boarder on and started ironing the half square triangles for the second boarder.  Those were all done by the 24th and I almost got all the boarders sewn together after church on Christmas Eve.   The next morning I started sewing at 6:30am and got the second boarders on by about 11am with breaks to cook a ham and make other food for the day and finish wrapping presents.  Third boarder was on by 12:30.  Ham out of the oven at that time and started loading stuff in the car.

Here is a couple of pictures at my daughters house after she opened the gift.  Both girls are standing on the couch to hold it up.  It is huge.

This quilt is King Size.  The second picture shows the colors better but the first one shows the boarders.

One Saturday, I was fighting a cold and did not really do anything but on Sunday I got the last of my Fat Quarter Shop Snapshot blocks cut out.  I sewed the blocks all together on Monday and got most of the sashing on the blocks.

Tuesday I finished sewing the top together.  I did not want it to become a UFO for next year.

Yep, the steps never got scrapped and painted last summer.  I did scrap moss off and was going to work on it but got side tracked.

Today I laid out another Reflections quilt.  I did mention that I had enough blocks for three quilts.  This one will go by my oldest daughter.

I also started working on the back for the Snapshot quilt.

I need to make more progress on quilty stuff before I have to go back to work next Monday.