Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Using pieces and strips

I threw these on the floor in a hurry to take this picture. The final trim hasn't happened yet, but they are sure colorful. 

I think these will be finished and used for Great Grandchildren if I ever get any. I am sure in the next couple years that will happen. 

I have three other forms of log cabins in the sewing room ready to be quilted. That is my big issue . Why do I put of quilting????

I know why because I would have to clean the desk off and baste the quilts. The thing I hate to take time to do.

Today I have to do some cleaning. I think I will open doors and windows today to air out the house. Suppose to be 70 degrees today. It will break a record for really warm weather in February. We had a little bit of rain over night and the trees are starting to show buds. But we are to get rain turning to snow on Friday so it is too early for this all to be a good sign of Spring. 

The days are getting longer which pleases me. I really need to get some more cleaning done as I said. The dust and closed in feeling has been overwhelming at times. We are vigilante on changing about changing filters on the furnace and cleaning, but with me sewing and creating more dust plus we are homebodies and constanly living in our house. 

So off to get the vacuum going and see if I can clean up some of the mess. Chris 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Using cut pieces

Squares in 4-patches and 1.5 inch strips are the things I am working with. I had strips cut into 2.5 inches so made 4-patches. Then decided I would add the logs around the 4-patches. 

I think it will be a cute quilt. If nothing else it will be bright. I started it yesterday, but had to rip out several strips because I wasn't paying well enough to the sequence. 

I woke up at 3:30am so I finished up several more after correcting the ones I ripped out. I have several more in the works. I will make as many as the piles of scraps will allow.

Suppose to be in the 60's again today. Then by Saturday we are to expect rain turning to snow. They are predicting how much we will receive so we need to wait until later in the week to hear that much. 

We had two of the girls yesterday and they were pretty good. They played outside and had fun. I had to take them for new shoes. Their feet grow like weeds. 

As we were walking out in the parking lot to get back to the car Autumn's shoe slipped off her feet. I said keep walking to the car and I picked up her shoe. We were holding up cars in the parking lot. A lady walked by and laughed. It was funny because she had to stop and put the shoe back on right there. 

Well going to get some more done. The dishwasher is going and I need to start laundry then more sewing. Chris 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Such a dummy I am

I worked more on stem work last night. going quite well and I thought well this won't be to bad.
I tried to remember what the next set of stems looked like and where would they go. I don't have a light box and I couldn't put it up to the window with light so I looked at the master copy and I did it wrong.

In the master copy the little stems are underneath the bigger stems. So i have to go back and clip stitches and tuck them under and restitch them down. 

I shouldn't have done it without looking at the master. I was trying to divert a great amount of pain I was having at the momment and I was having a good time getting this accomplished. The stitches were perfect and it was going so well. 

The pieces are from Batiks and sometimes they can be stinkers to hand stitch through. I got a #9 Betweens out and it sliced right through the tight weave of the Batik. 

I need to get back into a habit of a couple hours per day of piecing also. I miss the sewing on  the machine. 

We had to go to my son's yesterday so I only had last night to stitch. Today I have an appointment at the bank to go over investments. Also this evening I am having my son's family for supper for his 40th birthday tomorrow. 

So I have to pick up some groceries and do a little cooking. Maybe in between cooking chores I can unstitch the stems and get theat fixed. Chris

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Three little girls came last night

Yesterday was Valentines Day and my Birthday, but we babysat the girls. That is more fun to me then sitting in a noisy restaurant waiting on a meal. Charleigh got to use her new quilt. She really liked sitting with Grandpa. 

She is 6 weeks old and holds her head up to look around all the time. Doesn't want to miss anything. 

This little monster wants to help. She helped Grandpa change a diaper. She will be a good little Mother when she has kids. 

Katie is a free spirit. She loves to tease. Remember the candy necklaces. Well that is what she had around her neck. I didn't think they made them anymore. She has grown up so much. She is almost 2 1/2 now. 

Mom acted like she had fun last night. She and my son don't get to go out to often without kids. 

One of the girls took their Dad's picture so he had to put on a show. In a couple days he will be 40. Where has the time gone. I remember holding him like we did Charleigh last night. 

It was a good Valentines day and Birthday. Today I need to get back into the routine. Chris

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

been over 2 years

It has taken for ever. I got them done to this point. I have 9 of these appliqued to the background fabric. I stitched these while my husband had a health crisis a couple years ago. 

The kite shapes are all hand stitched and cut with template and scissors. I plan to square up the blocks as soon as I get them pressed and then use a sashing and borders to make it larger. 

Well today I am an official Senior Citizen. It is a scary time for me because I keep thinking I have so much to do, but I am slowing down really fast. I want to be productive into the future for quite a while longer. 

I have outlived my Father and all but one of my Grandparents. My Maternal Grandmothr lived to be 84 years old. My Mother lived to be 87 years old. Well can't dewll on that. Need to stay focused and take care of myself. 

Can you tell I am not dealing with this birthday. I had a lot of trouble with my 36th birthday. I knew then that I wouldn't have anymore children. That was hard on me. 

To make up for that I have grandchildren. 

Today will be quiet. I think or was told we maybe would have three little girls this evening while Mom and Dad go out for dinner. Haven't heard any details yet. It maybe will not happen. 

Have a Happy Valentines Day. Chris  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Did a little bit today

I got stems cut and a couple sewn on. Today my husband was finishing up his bathroom. He painted the ceiling and the walls. So I had time to my self to get it started. I did dishes and did laundry so I did get a couple other things done. 

These are the parts for flowers for 4 blocks. Each has five flowers on the block. This took forever to iron down the freezer paper. Next I have to cut out and also get the gluing done on the seam allowances. 

I would have gone outside today with the sun out, but it was so windy. 20-35 mph gusts. I can't wait for 60-70 degree weather. We have only had about 9 inches of snow for the whole Winter. We normally get that in one two week period. I am thinking it is either going to be a wet Spring or dry Summer. 

Hope you had a productive weekend Chris

Friday, February 10, 2017

Some hand work

These have been hand pieced for about 18 months. I had started to applique them on the background and then for what ever reason which I am sure there were many I put it away. I have 9 of these pieced. I am down to working on the last three.

They will make a fairly large top with sashing and borders. They are the kite shape and I did the old fashion way with scissors and templates. Then sat and sewed them together by hand. I thought about hand quilting also. Still debating that. 

My husband has been painting ceilings and a bedroom and a bathroom. He is winding down. Tomorrow he should have the bathroom for the master bedroom painted. Then maybe we can get the things all put back. 

It is called tapestry. It is a raspberry color. It goes with a  lot of the deco things I have in the house. I can move pictures and small things around from other rooms and make it look totally different. 

It is suppose to be warm all week. Chris