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 organize....my 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 http://itsjustsewing.com/ 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 November....no 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.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

October was an exciting month.

I did not get much sewing done this month because my husband and I traveled to Ireland.  We went for a 12 day trip, we left the west coast on October 2nd and after a stop over in Amsterdam we landed in Dublin on October 3rd.  This was the first time I have ever traveled to Europe.  As a matter of fact this is the first time I have had a passport.  We were not able to schedule this very far in advance since getting my husband birth certificate fixed took me 4 months and we did not get our passport until late August.

It was an adventure driving on the left hand side of the road and a real adventure trying to find our way around.  I have a great sense of direction and have to admit that for the first time in my life I was lost in Dublin as we attempted to find our hotel....it only took 5 hours of driving around.  At one point we ask a police officer for assistance and he told us 'that we could not get there from here'.

I don't have all the pictures downloaded yet but here is one of my favorites from Dublin.  We were on a double decker bus when I got this one.



We visited Trinity college to see the Book of Kells and the long room.  No photos allowed there.

We then moved on to Kilkenny and wondered the medival town.   Those pictures are on my husbands camera.  Then onto Waterford and visited Waterford Crystal and the Viking triangle.

After Waterford we went to the West and visited Killarney.  We were suppose the do the Ring of Kerry but decided instead to visit Muckross House and the National park.  This is Torc Waterfall that we hiked up to.



This is Muckross house from a distance.  It had beautiful gardens.  The house has 135 windows which is what it was taxed on.  It was giving to the Irish government with the surrounding lands for a park in the 1930's.



After Killarney we headed north and visited the cliffs of Mohre - very impressive sight.


By far the place we enjoyed the most was our stay in a castle.  We stayed at Ashford Castle.  We saved the best for last and were glad that we had not gone here first.   Ashford Castle was voted the #1 hotel in the world just last month.   Of course for what two nights cost we could have stay another week in Ireland but it was a once in a lifetime experience.


In addition to staying in the castle, we also cruised on the lake and went to the Ireland School of Falconry.  That was my husbands favorite part.  He was not going to handle the bird but after a while he decided to try and I had trouble getting Wexford back.


After Ashford we had to head back to Dublin to fly out the next day.  What a return to earth.

When we got home we were off again to help watch grandkids during a wedding.

After returning home I was finally able to pull out my UFO for October.  I got it done today.  I still need to press it but the sun was shining and I took a picture before the rains return.  We are suppose to have a very wet next few days.  Hopefully I will get some additional sewing done.  I return to work soon and would like to get the snapshot block for September and October done.

The UFO is from last year.  It is the FatQuarter Shop Wishes BOM.  I only had six of the blocks done.  It is nice to have another UFO out of my sewing room.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September is Gone

I can't believe how quickly September has come and gone.  Tomorrow is the last day of the month and it seems it just started.

I did complete my UFO for the month but very little else.  For this month I had on my list to finish the last nine embroidered block for the Hoop Sisters Embroidered Star Quilt.  There are 120 block total and I must have been crazy to start this.


Of course the next step is to trim all the blocks and join them.  After I figure out how to do that I will then have to cover the seams on the back.  It is going to be pretty if I ever get it done.  But I have to tell you if I had known all the steps with this quilt I don't think I would have let the shop convinced me to do this project.

I did get the binding on this little quilt.  I took it with use to the beach this last weekend.



I had taken another quilt to work on but because the weather was so absolutely gorgeous I did not stay inside to do much binding.  It was windy and the tide was on the way in when my husband and I went for a walk on Saturday evening.  



It was by birthday on Sunday and my husband gave me fabric and a pattern.  He got me a kit that we had seen a few weeks earlier and I had said I thought it would be fun to do.  Now I will have to brush up my paper piecing skills.