Monday, July 16, 2018

Still here I think

I have been sewing some. Here is a pile of 46 blocks I have machine quilted as I go. They are for a Christmas present and I really need to get the rest of them done. I think  I have 18 more to quilt. I get an hour here and there. It all adds up, but just takes a little longer. I will have to square up and then I can assemble the blocks into a quilt top. 

Not sure you can see detail, but did the quilting by the block. This will be for a Toddler and wanted it to be secure so I did a extra amount of quilting and also the sashing between will be stitched securely.

I have been trying to get caught up on cleaning and also to help out more with the outside work. Which I need to do more of. We have been experiencing a lot of heat and humidity which is hard on the old bodies.

I have been sorting and rearranging the sewing room and get more frustrated because nothing is where I want it. Like put away and ready to use. I guess I will never be a perfect organizer, or a perfect housekeeper I just have to accept that. sounds like a 12 step goal. .LOL

Today is another Monday and normal things to do. We are just sitting and waiting on test results for my son. There is a strong chance he has throat cancer and the biopsy results should be coming in the next few days. Stressed, but trying to keep busy and accomplish something.

It is about a month until school starts here and the girls are really ready for some routine in their lives again. The year marches on and yet where has it gone. I try and reflect on what has happened this year and things are changing all the time.

Hope all of you hae a Great Day. Chris

Monday, July 2, 2018

Lots going on but not sewing

I have had a couple weeks of nothing but frustration. First off the computer and I were at war. Awhile back my stupid self ordered an item off of eBay and used a new PayPal account I had set up.

Here is the scary part. The person I was purchasing from said they would email the confirmation when payment was cleared. Shortly I got the item. Thought nothing of it.

Ok then about a week 10 days later I had trouble with my email account. They claimed someone else was using my email address and the password had changed. My stupid self had used my email address and my password for opening my email for several years and not changed it. So whom ever decided to change my email password screwed everything up. The computer repair guy said that others have had this happen.

Well it was a Hotmail account and after numerous attempts Microsoft froze my account and refused to help me. Well the story gets worse. My computer had a secure sign on every time I got on it and it was based off of my email address and also my password which would not work anymore.

My stepson and my daughter-in-law both looked at it and they said get a new email account, but I couldn't sign into my computer to do that because the login was email based.

Finally I threw my hands in the air and took it into the computer store. It is locally owned and he told me from now on emails need new passwords on a regular basis, Also any purchases should go through a different email address with a different password for confirmations.

I had to change my emails on all my computer accounts bank accounts and places like amazon and others like my utilities. What a pain.

So after 8 days in the computer hospital I lost all my pictures, my email addresses, my documents and PDF's I had saved to my computer. Also $90 to wipe clean and reinstall Windows 10. I am trying to get use to the program he install because I use Microsoft products and now I have to work with Google.  

I didn't realize that Picasa wasn't being used anymore so I thought I lost all my pictures I used on my blog. I had some on my cellphone, but not the earlier ones. I found out Google Photos had all my pictures store with my gmail address.

I am buying jump drives and backing everything up. Also the PDF's I really want to keep I am printing them off for now on. BACK UP BACK UP  everything you want to keep. Especially precious photos you can not replace. Even if you use The Cloud change passwords.

The recommendations were a phrase with punctuation and capital letters for your emails and the same for passwords. Harder to hack. Also date your changes in a notebook with dates so you know what combinations you have already used. That was one of the questions when I tried to recover my password was what had I used in the past and to whom I had emailed and what was the subject title.

I hope none of you go through this. Very Frustrating.

Please learn from my mistakes. I am older and I thought this works why change it. Well that was the wrong way to think about it. Chris

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Starting more star blocks

Yesterday it was so hot out and I just didn't venture out.  I need 28 more of these blocks so I got the finished ones out and measured them and started cutting. I slowed down and decided since I hadn't measured them or wrote down measurements when I made the other one I would just cut one and sew it together.

I did this because I wanted to make sure I had the right measurements. I had bought fabric from the thrift store and used the strips that were cut so I need to be sure the measurements I was measuring were right. 

I got it right so last night I cut out another one with fabric I had pulled out. Trying to use smaller pieces that need to be cut up anyway. Today will pull more fabrics out to get this closer to being done.

I have been lurking on Pintrest and found several block designs I think would really look attractive using the method of quilting. The QAYG isn't as attractive with every quilt block.This method I am using works for individual block as or 4-patch blocks sewn together.

We finally are getting away from all the heat with rain. NE of here is Rockford Illinois about 50 miles and they had flooding. WE got a lot of rain quick and more to come today and tonight. We need the rain but not gully washers

I am going to try and get more of these blocks cut today and keep on sewing 30 minutes at a time. Chris

Monday, June 18, 2018

To hot to sew

I am still around, but I have stitched a stitch in awhile. It has been so hot and I just don't go into that room. We have A/C I know it is an excuse.

We have had the girls quite a bit over the last couple weeks. Mommy hasn't felt real good. In fact ended up in the ER last week. She got into Wild Mustard which has an effect of leaving watery blisters on the skin like poison ivy and can make you miserable.

So we have had the little ones while she recovered from that. She had no idea she was so allergic to it.

We had Father's day dinner yesterday and everyone had a good time. There was 10 of us for a big meal. We BBQ ed pork loin chops on the grill.

Still suppose to be hot today. I have a little kitchen cleanup and then I hope I can get to some cutting today. I have some more star blocks to make to get this quilt farther along.

Hope you are in a cool place and can enjoy the day. Chris

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hi, It has been awhile

Hi, how are you? I am doing ok. The saga goes on. I don't get to much time to myself anymore, but that is ok. 
I have had these blocks made for a couple years. Decided to QAYG method would work on them. 

Then a couple months later I figured out what the next step was going to be. I added sashing strips and get them all sewn together. 

Here is the quilt top so far. I cut backing strips and top strips and sewed all the blocks into rows and then connected them. I like the look this is coming out to be. I need to now figure out what kind of border widths I need and get them cut and quilted then I can do the connecting sashing again. This method is good if you can do a block  by block method of QAYG.

We have been busy doing things together to get stuff done. We are down to pulling weeds from tree seeds that have blown in. That happens each year. 

Hope you are all well and getting to your projects. I will pop in another day. Chris

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Times have changed and my satisfaction with showing my efforts in quilting are no longer necessary.

I have been a member of a Facebook page and realized it is constant competition with the next person. I have learned to satisfy myself I don't need the competition any more. I still need to satisfy just myself.

My lifestyle has changed and the efforts to write a post and find subjects to stimulate a response from anyone is more than I want to put myself through.

I have some followers from the beginning and I do appreciate them very much. The ebb and flow of blogging seems to be more than my time can support right now.

I have stepped back from being even in competition with myself and others over this. It was becoming a bad job I was beginning to hate. I love to sew, but I need to sew my way and not in competition with myself or anyone else.

I still read your blogs and  applaud your efforts.

I will just close the door on this blog but not delete it in case my mood towards my efforts changes.

Please understand I have really appreciated your comments and support over the time I was here. About 9 years of sharing has drained me and I need to focus on other things in my life.

Thank you for following me. This was my way of contributing to the quilting world. Chris

Saturday, April 28, 2018

It has been eight days

I will be honest. Not a whole lot of anything about sewing has happened. I have started to go into the sewing room a couple times each day and get called away.

I did get about an hour before cooking supper tonight. I am working on a QAYG method with some blocks that are already quilted.

I cut some sashing strips and didn't cut enough so in the morning I will get the rest cut. I need just one more. Then the assembly will be started.

The weather has finally turned to be nice during part of the day. It is suppose to be 32 degrees again in the morning. But them it will be pushing 70 during the day.

We need rain very badly. The farmers are in the fields and the cloud of dust follows them as they try and plant. They have called Red Flag Day. Meaning high danger of fire. Dry and high winds are making fuel of the dried grassed and real danger to others now.

We are not to get rain in the next few days, but until then we watch for smoke and hope nothing happens.

If the ground ever warms up maybe the grass seed we planted would grow. We have been watering to get it to germinate, but nothing yet.

Hope you are seeing Spring weather finally. Chris