Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
In the meantime I am working on my second charity quilt for 100 Quilts for Christmas. Here it is on my design floor. I caught Mimi messing up my blocks. She ran away when I saw her, but it really doesn't matter. This is not the final layout. I was just checking to see if I have enough of the background fabric. It looks like if might have to piece the final block. Yikes! That's cutting it close!
I still have a lot of stuff to figure out on this site. So far I have not posted much. And I probably won't any time soon. Maybe after the New Year. But then, if the writing is on the wall.........
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Let me just tell you that it was a lot of fun, but not necessarily easy to paint all these pretty colours. How does Mother Nature do it? She has a gazillion trillion or some such infinitive number of leaves to colour each fall. I have a renewed respect for that woman!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I ran a lot of errands and did some shopping. My DD drove me and when my DH came home, we did more shopping. Altogether we went to five different stores, one of them two times. i bought all the things I need to bake cookies. At least I hope I have everything. I am not a real fan of cookie baking, but I did a kind of crazy thing. I joined a Christmas Cookie Club! So now I have to bake cookies for 12 people, including myself - only 6 per person, but that makes 72 cookies!
Since I don't have any cook books with cookie recipes in them, I asked my DD for one of her cookie books and she brought me 5 of them. So now my problem is that I have too many recipes to choose from. I have narrowed it down to four or five different cookies. I'll use the ones that turn out the best. But I'm not going to start them tonight; I'm too tired. Hopefully, if all goes well, I will have some decorated delicacies to show you tomorrow.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
While I was sitting there, crocheting, Mimi, in one swift motion, jumped onto the coffee table, made her way over to the plant and proceeded to grab one leaf with her teeth and chew and swallow it. I was frantic! I started yelling at her, but she was too fast for me. She had already swallowed it. I dashed for the Azalea. That scared her and she jumped down and left the room in a hurry. I could only see one small leaf that had been ripped off with only a stubble left on the plant.
For those of you who don't know, Azaleas are toxic to cats. I woke up every hour on the hour last night to check up on Mimi. She was fine, thank goodness. I did not think that cats were so dumb as to eat Azalea leaves. Maybe only Mimi is. The plant has now been placed out of Mimi's reach! Yes this is all certainly reminiscent of my early baby days. Now Mimi is sleeping peacefully in her favourite spot. Wish I could go back to bed and catch a few more winks!
But I want to show you my hexagons for this week first. I have been busy with a lot of other things this week, so I didn't have much time to work on the hexies. I'll do better next week. I promise. Here are some of my prepped hexies. They are for the 'Wannabe Quilt'. I really want it to be a quilt too. But I still have a lot more hexies to add before it is done.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Mimi has a dirty nose. She was drinking out of the plant saucers. I hate it when she does that. I worry about fertilizers and insecticides. But Mimi doesn't worry about those things. She loves water from a plant saucer!
Mimi, your nose is dirty!
"Meow! Haven't you got anything better to do than take my picture when I have crap on my nose? Go away! Leave me alone! Meow!"
Sunday, November 21, 2010
We are going out for a family dinner at our fishing club this evening. The club is about an hour's drive through rolling, hilly countryside. The fields will likely be covered in snow. It really feels like we are getting together for a Christmas dinner. I wonder why that is?
Saturday, November 20, 2010
If you came by to see what I have been up then let me show off my Charm and Scrap Quilt flimsy. I used up a lot of scraps on this one. But I have enough scraps to make several more. Felix helped me with this one too. Here he is trying to get under the top.
Here is another photo of the quilt top, including the 'lump'. This was fun to make. I hope to have it quilted as soon as possible. But first I want to take care of some Christmas charity stuff.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Since I am still trying to keep up with NaBloPoMo, I will have to post something for today. But I don't have anything to show or tell you, so I think I will just post a couple more Christmas quilts. Ones I didn't post yesterday.
The first one is 'Let It Snow'. I started this at a retreat and then finished it at home a couple of years ago. I will hang this one in my front hallway for the Festive Season.
This one I made last year. It is from a Fons and Porter pattern. It could be a wall hanging, but since I have lots of those I think I will use this as a table topper.
So there you have it. Hopefully I will have more to show you tomorrow.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Are you ready for another virtual quilt show? I wasn't going to enter this year because I have nothing new to show you. But I do have several Christmas items that I think are very nice.
Here they are.
I made this tree skirt a long time ago. The applique was done by machine. The quilting also. This skirt resides at my DD's house.
Next is my 'Quilt-As-You-Go' quilt. I know it's not very Christmasy being blue and all. But the blue fabric has Christmas Bears on it, so I think it should count as a Christmas quilt.
The next quilt is one of my favourites. It gets to stay on the couch all through Christmas and well into the new year. The trees are machine appliqued. As you can see, Mimi likes it too!
And last is an appliqued Santa. This one also resides at my DD's house over Christmas. He hangs in her vestibule to greet everyone who comes to her house during the holiday season.
If you want to see more Christmas Quilts, go to Sew Cal Gal's blog.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
So here are the hexies I made this week. No, they are not flowers, but they are little units for the 'Quilt Wannabe'. I have made 12 of these already. Now I have 6 more. I need to make another 6 of these to create the design in the quilt.
Several people emailed me for the apple cake recipe. So here it is. I baked another one this morning for my husband and family. I took a slice to have with my mid-morning coffee. Delicious!
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter or margarine
I egg yolk (I put 1 whole egg into my cake)
2 tbsp brandy or milk (I always make mine with milk)
Apples and dried currants, raisins, cranberries or cherries.
Mix together dry ingredients.
Blend in butter or margarine.
Add egg and brandy or milk.
Press dough with fingers into a 9-inch cake pan.
Cover with apples that have been peeled, cored and cut into eighths.
Sprinkle dried fruit on top. (I usually put this on the dough before I add the apples)
Cover with cinnamon topping.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
As I was waiting for a friend to pick me up, the letter carrier came by. He handed me a shit-load of bills and a large brown envelope. I threw the bills aside and concentrated on the brown envelope. It was another installment of the Bargain Lovers Fat Quarter Club at Sew Sisters. This is the club I joined where I get 10 fat quarters a month for only $17.99. This month the fabrics are fantastic. I love these modern colours! Have no idea what I am going to make yet, but I am sure I'll find something.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Then I found this UFO. It's on my design floor right now, but it is not sewn yet. This pattern is especially good for using 5inch charm squares or scraps and I am using scraps. So I figured this quilt is very similar to the Chinese Coins. Perhaps I can work on them at the same time. The fabric I can't use in this quilt can be used for the Coin quilt. Am I making sense? Have I bitten off more than I can chew? I'll ask Mimi to help me. Oh! Maybe not. Never wake a sleeping cat, especially a cat named Mimi!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Then this morning I went to the mini Tuesday quilt group. I worked on my hexies, but mostly I drank tea and ate cake and socialized some more. Here are my prepped hexagons. I should be able to sew some flowers tonight to show you tomorrow.
I wanted to take a photo of Mimi, but as soon as she saw the camera she turned her back to me.
When I finally did get her face she was already looking away. She jumped down as soon as she saw the flash. Yes, I had to use my flash. It is really getting dark early. Maybe it's a good thing. It will give me more time to sew my hexies.
Monday, November 08, 2010
I am going to Bee Night tonight. We are making table runners and tree ornaments. I still have to make dinner and gather my stuff together. NoBloPoMo. More tomorrow.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
When I went to water my plants I noticed some flowers on the red Christmas cactus.
This is early. It's not as if I haven't thought about Christmas though. I crocheted this dishcloth for a church bazaar. I want to make several more. I love this pattern. It's easy, but it looks complicated. Here is a better photo.
Just wanted to check in so that I don't mess up my NoBloPoMo. Dinner is almost ready. I made a stew today. Something nice and warm because it was chilly outside.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
So I had to smile when I opened Emily's blog this morning. She had made some Matyroshka dolls with a pocket to hold a tooth for the tooth fairy. She even had a link to a tutorial, here.
These are so cute. I didn't follow the instructions too well, so I will keep these two for myself, sort of as a prototype. But I will make some more. They are so much fun! For the next ones, I will embroider the face before I sew it to the doll and I will sew it to the doll before I sew the back and front together. The one on the left has a pocket to hold the tooth. Too bad I didn't have my tooth any more. I could have hit the tooth fairy for an ipod or something. Well, I can dream, can't I? I think these would be great for Christmas!
I did not sleep well last night. I guess that was because I napped the whole of yesterday away. So I got up around midnight and started sorting the scraps that Vicki had brought me. I discovered that a lot of them were 2 1/2 inches wide. I thought they would be perfect for a Chinese Coin quilt. I have never made one, but always wanted to. So here is my first row of coins. The colours are fantastic!
So it seems that my post is money related. Tooth fairy pillows and Chinese Coin quilts. Perhaps I am going to come into some money. Do you think I should buy a lottery ticket?
Friday, November 05, 2010
Well, that got me up in a hurry. I can never resist some more scraps! She brought me two bags full of them. I couldn't wait to go into my sewing room after she left, to see what was in those bags. It was so much fun! By the time I had looked them over and put them back into the bags, there seemed to be an extra bag. How did that happen? I think those scraps were starting to multiply already!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Not much quilting was accomplished today. I have a toothache. It has been bothering me for a few days now, but today it was real bad. I broke that tooth awhile back. The dentist can see me tomorrow morning. I am trying to be optimistic, but with all the luck I've been having lately... well, I just don't know. Arggg! Perhaps a root canal is in my future. Think I will go back to sewing a few little hexies together. But even that isn't cheering me up today.
Does this count as a post for NaBloPoMo?
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Then this morning I went to our mini quilt group and someone had a birthday, her 80th. Here she is with tears in her eyes as she tried to compose herself enough to blow out the candles. The cake was delicious, by the way. (more sugar)
I also want to show you what arrived in the mail. I joined a fat quarter club at Sew Sisters. Only $17.99 per month for 10 fat quarters and no charge for postage. This month's fabrics are coffee related. I think I will make a wall hanging for the kitchen. Can't live without coffee. At least it's fabric and not sugar!
Monday, November 01, 2010
I just finished blogging every day for the whole month of October. And now I am thinking of joining the NaBloPoMo and doing it again for the month of November. Should I seek professional help? I have been thinking about this all day, trying to decide if I want to join in on this or not. I have another hour and a half before the first of the Month is over.
Mimi wants to play. She thinks I spend way too much time on the computer as it is.
"Meow! You don't need to do this! If you have time on your hands you can just come over here and give me a little skritch on my tummy. I love that! Meow!"
Okay Mimi. Will you promise not to up chuck a furball in my sewing room? Maybe I can do both. Should I NaBloPoMo or not? Okay, here we go. This is my first official post for the month of November.
"Meow! Okay, but I'm not making any promises about that furball thing. Meow!"