Saturday, July 23, 2011



I have been machine quilting. I found my top yesterday and got it layered and pin basted last night. It is about a quarter of the way machine quilted. I am hoping to have the machine quilting done tonight. I would like to get the binding sown down so I will have some hand work to do at my meeting on Monday evening. I still do not have the patriotic wall hanging done. I still have a bit of time to get to that before Labor Day.

It is hot yet again today. I am hanging out in the basement right now. It is much cooler down here. I have turned off the air conditioning for now. It will go back on later so I can sleep. But most days it is off the entire day.

Jennifer was here last night for craft night. I worked on my Log Cabin quilt and she did a few odd projects. I did add some binding to a quilt she was making for Lily. She will hand stitch the binding later today. We had dinner again last night. Hers was a potato with Vadalia Onions baked in the oven and mine was left over boiled potatoes, sauerkraut and turkey sausage. Yum!!

In stitches,

Friday, July 22, 2011

Lost then found

Yesterday I decided to layer my log cabin top. I found two pieces of fabric that seemed together would make a wonderful backing. I knew where my batting was but where was the top? I had boxed up fabric and such before my kids came earlier this month but it was not with that stuff. I know because I looked twice. Yesterday afternoon, it came to me. "Look with the batting"! I found it and now I am ready to layer and pin baste.

The kidney stone is still moving but the is not that bad. Each day is an adventure!

In stitches,

Thursday, July 21, 2011

On the move

Moving on can be a good thing as can moving up be good but kidney stones on the move are very painful! I am suffering thru moving kidney stones. I am stubborn and won't take time off work for anything. In fact, I did 2 hours of overtime last night. Not in any pain right now, so I am hoping to do some hand piecing between calls today!

Tonight I hope to layer my log cabin quilt top so I can start machine quilting it. Maybe another UFO will bite the dust.

In stitches,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Concert time

Only in Hamilton would they have an outside concert under the awning of the parking garage. It was extremely hot and sticky outside but under the awning there was a wonderful breeze and wonderful music!! Hand pieced 2 of the 36 blocks for my new wall hanging. Jennifer went with me and she had an awesome time!

In stitches,

System issues

System issues usually a bad thing. Worked some overtime last night and system issues were a problem. But that also paved the way for more overtime before work. And put the yard work lower on the list.

Got most of my new hand piecing project marked. Going to an outdoor concert this evening and I will piece to music.

In stitches,

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend recap

Friday night Jennifer was here for craft night and dinner. Dinner was cooked cabbage with ham and boiled potatoes. Yum!! I did cutting for my new hand piecing project and fixed a quilt top for Jennifer. Jennifer had several little projects to finish.

Saturday, I was able to do 3.5 hours of overtime and get to the grocery before 10am. A gal who used to work with came over for catch up time and pants hemming. Then to dinner with my mom, my sister, and her boyfriend. Dinner was yummy!!

Sunday was going to be hardworking but the heat and humidity forced me inside to the basement for some organizational time. It was blessedly cool in the basement and I am making slow progress there. I have done a bit of hardworking this morning but it is time to work. I will continue cutting and prepping my hand work between calls!

In stitches,

Friday, July 15, 2011

summer stuff

My summer so far.

 My grand dog, Frankie.

  A pot of purple petunias

 The hole in the wall.

The quilt to cover it the hole in the wall.

My hand piecing project now fits my bed.


My gerber daisy

Baby quilt for Neil 

 Place mats for Becky

Simple kit for living room.

Piece of my Patriotic Wall Hanging.

In stitches,


Tuesday, July 12, 2011


It is Tuesday! Isn't that awesome? I picked up 3.5 hours of overtime last night and hoping for that much tonight. It is extremely hot and humid here so yard work is a no go. I have done a bit of sewing and things are getting finished. My wall hanging is almost bound. The patriotic blocks are pressed and will be sewn together today between calls at work. I am working from home next to my sewing machine.

In stitches,

Monday, July 11, 2011

A new week begins

It is a new week and another opportunity to sew! I am almost ready to start quilting my latest wall hanging. I had thought it might become a hand piecing project but it was cinch to do on the sewing machine!

Then it will be time to work on my patriotic wall hanging. I still have one more holiday to hang it for.

Hoping to do a bit of overtime this week!

In stitches,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Place mats

The place mats are moving right along! I should have pictures post tomorrow. Especially since I am planning on giving them to my sister at the Concert on the Green tomorrow.

In stitches,

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


It is Wednesday and I am hoping to cut out a wall hanging that can be my new hand piecing project. I dug it out over the weekend only to find out I need to cut the pieces out. I am going to an outdoor concert Friday night and need a take along project.

In stitches,

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! My computer is having issues and I have borrowed a computer for this update. It has been a very busy couple of weeks leading up to the holiday. I have been working on my yard. I still have small mountain of mulch to put down in the flower beds. I had to give up yard work in favor of house work. My son, his wife, her mom, and their puppy came for the long weekend. It has been a wonderful time. We went shopping at the outlet mall. Everyone seemed to looking for jeans.  I ended up with a wonderful red watering can for my flowers. 

We went visiting to see my sister who just had a baby on Monday. Neal was born last Monday. We went to see my mom and my sister and every one seemed to enjoy the dog. We had a wonderful dinner of stuffed shells, salad, and chocolate raspberry truffle pie. The kids have gone to a party and I went to Carillon Bell concert. No trip to the area is complete without a trip to Jungle Jim's International Food Market. 

All too soon this will end. Nick and his family will be leaving in the morning for the 13 hour trip to New York City and I have signed up for overtime for the next two days. 9am to 9pm. Not so bad, especially since I am  working from home. 

Have not gotten much sewing done this week. But I am hoping to get busy with my machine this week. Of course, there is still yard work to be done. I would like to be able to put the car in the garage but I need to move the mulch first.

In stitches,