Saturday, September 13, 2014

Goodnight Irene is a Flimsy!

It's done!  Once I was determined to finish the top it went quite quickly.  This had been a leaders and enders project, but it would have taken me another year to finish it if I had to do it all that way.  I am now looking for another leaders and enders project.  Maybe I should finish another UFO project.

Here is Irene.  She measures 64 by 80 inches.  I will send her out to be long-arm quilted.

I am happy with how this turned out.  Thanks Terry, for hosting this sew along.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I Made Some Charming Stars Blocks...

I said I wasn't going to do this sew along with Terry, but she put me on the list anyway in case I changed my mind.  And I guess that's what I did.  So here are the 4 blocks I have made for this month.

I didn't use a charm pack because I didn't have one.  So this is busting my stash.  That's something that I can use!  Busting my stash before my stash busts me.

I have been busy canning stuff this week.  I made three batches of tomato sauce and one batch of low sugar peach jam.  I think my canning days are done for now.  The weather has turned cold and my tomatoes aren't producing any longer.  My garden is just about ready to be put to bed for the winter.

What I really wanted to show you today was my Goodnight Irene quilt top.  I am almost finished but this morning as I was sewing the last border onto the quilt, I noticed (just before the end of the row) that I had run out of bobbin thread.  Very frustrating!  I had to re-pin everything and just as I was starting to sew again, the phone rang, so I lost my concentration.  I will definitely sew that sucker on this afternoon.  Then I will be all done with the top.  I will have to decide if I will quilt it myself or send it out.  I am leaning towards sending it out because I am really busy at the moment.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

This and That

It's been a busy week.  School started last Tuesday.  And even though I don't have to go back to work, I always feel the crunch.  I worked on my 'Irene' quilt on several days.  Then made a few bibs and a burp cloth.  Sorry, I forgot to take photos of them.  I hope to make a few more, especially burp cloths. I 'll take a photo then.  Also worked on the Jungle Quilt, but didn't get much done on that.  Yesterday a friend of my DD's held a baby shower for her.  There were close to 40 people there.  I lost count. All of them teacher friends!  We had a delicious lunch and there was lots of talking and reminiscing. Because I had done some volunteer work at my DD's school, I knew most of the guests.  It was nice to catch up on their lives.  She got lots of great gifts.  Two cars were needed to get all the presents back to her house.

Today I am making tomato sauce.  Last week was just too hot to cook anything.  But this morning it is nice and cool.  The tomatoes have been sitting on my kitchen table all week and I think it is time to get this stuff made before the hot weather comes back.

After that I am going to tidy up my sewing room and see what I can sew up.  Hope you all had a great weekend!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Still Working on Irene

This is the quilt I started with Terry at the beginning of the year.  It has been languishing in my UFO bin all summer.  So now that summer is over I decided to finish it.  Oh, yeah and also because Terry is starting a new sew along.  I showed you a few of the blocks from that one last time, but I thought I should finish Goodnight Irene before I make any more Charming Star blocks.

I know this is not a good photo.  The top is just sitting on my design floor.  And the sun is shining into my living room.  It's going to be a hot day today.  Did I tell you my AC is not working?  Well, it's not.  I have all the fans going and I hope my house will not be too hot by the end of the day.  I only have one more row to go on Goodnight Irene.  And then just the borders to do.  So I am sitting in front of a fan and sewing like crazy.  I hope to have this done by tomorrow.

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What to Do?

Terry is hosting another sew-along on her blog, Terry's Treasures.   I did not think that I should join in since I still haven't finished her last sew along, 'Goodnight Irene'.  There are only so many hours in a day and I don'y think I can stretch myself any further.  Having said that, I took out my scrap bin this morning and found some 3 inch colourful blocks and some 2 inch light blocks.  I don't have any 5 inch blocks that the pattern calls for.  I cut the light fabric into 1 3/4 inch squares and made a few blocks using the 3 inch blocks.  They are very easy and I love them.  But now I have run out of the colourful, 3 inch. fabric squares and I will have to cut some more.

I have many other projects to finish right now.  So I think I have made up my mind as to what to do.  I will put this project on hold and finish some of the other UFOs.  It only makes sense.  No use making up another bin with an unfinished project in it.  But it was fun playing with these blocks this morning.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jungle Quilt Update

I am still working on the Jungle Quilt.  My DD has requested some more jungle creatures, so I am complying - more leaves, plants, flowers, birds, frogs, a snake etc.  I have almost everything stitched down so far.  Today I am going to tackle the hippo.  Only a couple more HST to make.  Will do that today too.

Here is a close-up of the frog.  It's kind of blurry because I enlarged that section of the photo above.  I\ll post better pictures when I am done.

I have decided to link up to The Needle and Thread Network.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Some More POTC Blocks

First I want to thank all of you who gave me advice on my spider bite.  I really appreciate your caring and it was so comforting to feel that I was not alone in dealing with this.  The redness and swelling have gone down and it no longer hurts.  Sometimes the itching drives me crazy, but I can deal with that.

Not much sewing lately.  I have been working on the HSTs for the jungle quilt.  I think I have enough now to complete the background.  Also did a bit of machine applique, but still have a lot to do.

The only thing I have been working on are the POTC blocks.

These are an easy-to-carry-around project. In the evenings I can work on them while I watch television.  I am at a standstill now though.  I need more freezer paper templates, but I can't find my freezer paper.  Guess it's time to clean up in the sewing room.  See you later.