Monday, April 29, 2013

Many plans, not much done!

I had such big plans for my weekend and not much was finished. I took down the fabric I had swagged over my living room windows. Don't take down dusty swags minutes before you are to log in and take customer calls. Not a good idea!! I was coughing and clearing my throat for better part of an hour after that. Each window swag was 10 yards of fabric. I will be able to get two self lined panels out of each ten yard piece. I bought rings at JoAnn's today and now I am ready to make the new curtains for my living room. 

I have found a shoebox full of 3 inch nine patch blocks in my basement. I have an idea in my head how to use these for a quilt. I am still trying to use the stuff on hand. And boy is there a lot of stuff here. 

I am finally caving into the hexie craze. Many, many years ago I started a paper pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. At the time I started this quilt I was making it for a king sized water bed. I have a much smaller bed now and I am thinking about working on it again. I have gathered all of my supplies together and I guess I will start working on it again.

I did get my front yard cut. I was not going to do the back yard until today but it has rained on and off most of the day and it is too wet to cut. I also want to start some Moon Flower seeds. I am planning to use some in the back yard by the deck and some in the front yard near the porch. These only bloom at night. 

I was going to bind the three quilts that need binding by next weekend. But they are still sitting on the floor in the living room.  

In stitches,

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Toy

I have a new toy. I think it's going to get me in trouble. I am the proud owner of a Kindle Fire.
No sewing was done yesterday. I have picked up the quilt that I am going to deconstruct and make it into two table cloths. These are supposed to be my April projects. Looks like they are moving to May.
In stitches,

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

making progress

I am excited today, I am sewing on baby quilts! I like it when the prep work is done. I cut fabric on Saturday and it has paid off.
I have started dinner already. it is cooler out today and I have black  bean chili in the crock pot.

Time to get ready for work! No more sewing now, but I will bring out the crocheting. Time to work on some dish cloths.
In stitches,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Today was my day off and I got busy quilting first thing in the morning. I have finished quilting another charity quilt. It does need the binding and I will attach that on Tuesday morning. I will then start on the next two quilts. They are both in the same color family so I will be able to chain piece them. I have found a panel in my stash that will work for the fourth quilt I need to make to get caught up with monthly charity quilt quota. I am hoping to finish 12 this year and I am behind.

I was also able to pick up 3 hours of overtime this evening. I only had to take a couple of calls in order to get the phone line shut down. I signed up to do faxes, but I usually get pulled to do phone calls. And I did.

In stitches,

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Things have been moving along nicely. I have successfully changed the light bulb in my sewing machine twice. The first bulb was a dud and I had to repeat it all over again.

I have finished quilting the baby quilt and now I need to stitch down the binding

The yard looks a 100% better now that my sister, my mom, Vincent, Lily, and Neil came to work on it. I am bartering with my sister for more yard work from her crew and I am making a baby quilt for her to give as gift.

I will not be starting a table cloth for my sister in law. Instead I will cut up the quilt top and make it into two table cloths. I have several patterns in mind to use my 30's prints and make a quilt for my bed.

I spent a good portion of yesterday, while tethered to my work phone, cutting out fabric for several baby quilts, piecing a backing, and pin basting another baby quilt. I am 4 quilts behind for my goal of 12 quilts for 2013. I am hoping to make some good progress this week. 

Off to walk with my mom and my sister and then home to the sewing machine.

In stitches,

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Almost Done

I am almost done machine quilting the baby quilt. I have gotten a new light bulb for my sewing machine. Now I just have to get back in the machine. But the baby quilt is still attached to the machine, so once I am done with the machine quilting, I will replace the light bulb. 

Next up, is another baby quilt and then cut out the pieces for my sister in law's table cloth

This is the pattern I will be using for the table cloth and

this is one of the blocks already finished. 

In stitches,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I am definitely making progress. I have finished the zippers except for picking out my basting threads. I have taken out the dead light bulb out of sewing machine, but it a Bernina machine and I need a Bernina bulb. So I am sewing under the light on my ceiling fan. I have got one of the baby quilts pin basted and almost completely machine quilted. I need to get the second one pin basted so it ready to go when I finish the one I am working on.

Last night at guild we had Anita Grossman Soloman speak. She is a hoot and her program was very interesting. I can see her book on Rotary cutting coming to my house very soon. She is in town for the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati. Sadly, I will not be able to attend. I work second shift and that pretty much precludes me for attending. Of course, I really do not need any more fabrics, patterns, or books so it is a good that I am staying home!!

In stitches,

Sunday, April 7, 2013


I am making progress on the zippers from the previous post, in fact they are done. Of course, it took most all day and I did not get any other sewing done because the light bulb on my sewing machine has died. It has to be changed at the shop, so when I go and get my taxes this week, I will stop in the shop and get that taken care. I have to piece the backings for the baby quilts and I will run up and do that now and then in the morning I can start quilting them. Meandering. I still think I can get them done in time for the guild meeting. Wish me luck!! It is so nice to have the zippers done and now I am able to get to real sewing!!

 In stitches,

Saturday, April 6, 2013


I am missing my quilting time. I have a project for my neighbor I am doing and I am about ready to pull out my hair, one strand at a time!! I am replacing zippers in two jackets and the only seam ripper I own is dull!! I am getting up in the morning and going to JoAnn's to get several seam rippers. Tomorrow I am definitely going to get this project finished. I have to baby quilt tops ready to be quilted. Monday night is our guild meeting and I want to have both of these quilts done to turn in for our service project. I am trying to do one quilt each month. I missed February and March meetings and so I am three quilts behind

I also have fabric to start on Elly's summer wardrobe. It is so much fun to sew for little girls!! 

This is a picture of Elly at Easter. She is now 7 months old and I made her dress.  Her visit was just too short. 

In stitches,