binding almost finished on the present runner...tree wall hanging next in line...
I posted on last thread while you were creating this one
I work 40 + hours a week, I don't do laundry, and I don't cook. rarely watch television...sew instead... I have two days off each week, at least one of them is spent cutting material, and / sewing / quilting.
I work more than they do, so hubs and son do the laundry and the cooking..I am very blessed to live with two fantastic men, and they both love to reap the benefits!! not only am I a much happier person when I have been spending time sewing, but I make them great things!! sew...it works out well for all of us ^_^
I've been working on my Halloween wall hanging... the big question is, will it get hung in 2012 at all??? LOL
I'm seriously thinking of finsihing the edges, not quilting before Halloween and hanging it incomplete just so I can see it on the wall!! I forgot and left my basting spray outside and it was too cold to use this evening. *sigh* maybe tomorrow morning at 4Am when once again I can not sleep!!! Get it ready to hang then.
I have 2 more baby quilts that need to be sewn. ONe, the baby was born today! I picked up more sports theme fabric this evening when we drove to Moses Lake to shop at Fashion Bug. They are going out of business and I bought a black jacket and 3 tops for $81. Everything was at least 40% off. I'm excited, I dropped another size.
I guess I am joining the club.
Living betw. 2 places is unsettling for me. So now I start this (baby blanket) than designed a new crochet stitch I saw an afghan while visiting and wanted to duplicate that stitch. Couldn' but something else came of it. So now I have an afghan going. Christmas wall hanging. moved it here, didn't finish, shipped it back to FL with my car, but now with this monster storm coming who knows if I can fly home on Wed. as booked. Another Quilt on design wall in Fl. Dresden top near finished, here I must not abandon it.(very tempted) .do have an embroidery project on ice. Well that is'nt bad.
Helene, good luck getting out. Hopefully your flight will be okay. We re driving down on Wednesday. I have lived between two homes, most weeks, for over twenty years. Getting out of bed on the wrong side can have serious consequences.
I too had very few years with only one home. We lived in queens and had summer/weekend residents on Candlewood Lake CT. then one home for a while, then Longboat Key Fl and Brewster NY for vacation and then 6/6. ( had to get rid of 2000 (yes) AV's) I raised for show, that was OUCH Now I am alone and stayed 2 years in FL and that was cozy and worked nice with all my hobbies. But this past year I decided to do 6/6 with LBK FL and Tweskbury NJ.Had to get rid of orchids and 50 AV's and many Eppies, clivias and hoyas another OUCH.
So now I am flying back Storm permitting.
New twist in my life however, DD, who I stay with, has to move and work in Tx as of next year, we have to see what to do with Helene.
Helene - do you know where in TX? I have been to some FABULOUS quilt shops around San Antonio the past couple days. Have seen fabrics I've never seen before. I am SO inspired to use those I've purchased.
Yesterday I used Sherry's ProStitcher to quilt the baby quilt. We found this adorable pattern with fairies - dresses made from 2 upside down hearts - carrying a bouquet of heart shaped flowers. So adorable.
At one of the 1st shops they had holiday shirts. Back starts with a holiday panel. The yoke is a coordinating fabric. Then each side of the front is split horizontally randomly & made with other holiday fabrics. So we collected fabrics & yesterday bought a shirt pattern (Sherry does not make clothes so no pattern on hand). Last nite I got her shirt cut out & the fronts put back together. Hope to finish her shirt today & get started on mine.
I've told her she will start getting one for every season!!!!
Anyway, having a great time in TX.
Robin, if you are following this thread, hope you guys make it thru the storm that is approaching.
Came down for the Houston Quilt Show. My friend has me over here in Victoria for a few days.
Anyone tried "Locker Hooking"??? She got me hooked yesterday. Great way to use up 1 1/4" strips of left over fabrics.
I have blocks from the numerous swaps we did here. Just never found the "perfect" fabric to tie them together. I will put them all to a very good use tomorrow. I'm taking them with me to the "Sandy Donation Quilting Session". So all of you that were in any of these swaps will be donating your blocks to this effort. I'll make sure to get pics.
Rainy morning here & the Pumpkin Spice coffee is hitting the spot!!!!
Thanks Jean. I so wish there was some place up here. I am using up my odd and ends of yarn and doing scarves. Another thread I check regularly has asked for scarves, hats, mittens and slippers. At least I can do that...can't stand to watch TV without doing something with my hands!
Thanks Thunder. I have very dear friends whose children are in the NJ area and several nieces and nephews in the NY, Conn. area so I will do my drop! Not to many who are on DG who might benefit from this effort.
Brain and fingers not working together. Then what else is new? LOL
I have edited my list, very Happy to say I have gotten a few things done ^_^ and of course added some more
I have tons of RWB blocks to put together into a few quilts.
a quilt for # 3 son, that was done as a quilt as you go, that needs borders added...it sat too long and now he has a bigger bed. done ^_^
quilts for Malena's bunk beds...want to make 2, with the charms from the swaps, one top about 2/3 rds done change in plans here, going to do a "hungry caterpillar" before doing any more work on the butterfly quilts decided to finish charms quilt ^_^ done starting caterpillar soon
black and white with a touch of color blocks from swaps, top is about 2/3 rds together...
set of place mats, cut and pieced, needs backing picked out and then quilted..
a few different wall hangings that need to be quilted, along with a few table toppers, that need backs then quilting... ^_^ two runners finished, one wall hanging done :)
Now have to add
Christmas tree wall hangings (2) one done ^_^
pink and white table topper
pink, and black and white quilt
very large Dresden...needs backing in a hurry!!!
smaller Dresden needs backing sewn on...hope to do this one Monday morning, and get it to the PO with the charm squares done ^_^
I put the large dresden aside, and finished the smaller one. I am still not sure how I want to do the back side for the large one, may just do more "blades" in one or two colors?? I want to keep it round.
Wow Thunder, you've accomplished a lot..don't you feel you are tied to the sewing machine room..nice place to be..Was shocked to see but a few bolts left on the shelves ..hard to stock up for next year..
Clock is a ticking, am sure you will accomplish remaining projects..
Couldn't sleep all night, over tired comes to mind...lol
I've got to quilt
2nd large dreden plate DONE
Christmas tree quilt will be a christmas 2013 gift..will quilt in the new year!
Pressie quilt Keeping for myself..can be done next year when the slow is a blowing and I'm looking for something to do
Mixed block quilt DONE
Christmas runner DONE
Binding on 6 placemats..thought DIL how to make 2 sets, not ready to hand sew bindings yet, promised to help her..1 set done) DONE
Only piece I need is the Dresden plate table cloth,and do binding on placemats.. the rest would just a bonus and they would have no home to go to..
Have 2 weeks left so am sure I will get them done..
Thing is, i received the twister template yesterday and a few patterns to boot, now to play..DID PLAY..MANAGED TO DO A LARGE BLOCK INLAY..love it!
If I sewed a few blocks together for each the cut out tree hanging and tree wreath could I call them UFO's??
Off to wrap more fits from Buffalo travels Friday/Saturday, get dusting done (oooh all those dg workshop cutting projects let dust filter through cutting room via furnace, then can stay in my Jammie's all day and play..can life get better than that
After we put up the tree I may do a bit. I'm curious about the Twister. Is there a web site shown on the package? And you must let me know if the pedal holder works too. Mine just takes off on me and that might be a suggestion for Christmas...
Barb, drats, wouldn't you know after I cut all those wood kits that I cleaned up a bit, what did I throw away?? the pieces left from the big dresden templates and tree runners..shaking my head..know better.
Just found enough to cut a few, will ask Greg for more plexi and cut more for those who want..
Will mail this one for you tomorrow and will post a link for you..in your shopping, look for platic adhesive grabs to stick under the template for easier cutting..
now I wonder if in the box of wood ready to go out to the fire if there are a few pieces..Greg will have to bring me more for the larger templates..
Get awful easy to get away from what I planned for today, can always bring projects to work tomorrow..lol
thanks LindaKay..not sure if it's the same pattern from Missouri Quilts that did the christmas wreath..will go check it out!
Call Greg after I cut the 1st template, drats, can't find plexi anywhere..he was on his way to the big ships (he bid on major upgrades in stainless steel) won all the bids now has to go do measuring and designing..I asked if he'd bring me plexi glass tonight so I could cut, told me to give him measurements and it would take all of a few minutes to cut and will drop off ..I asked for 8 so if anyone wants one let me know..am sure it would fit in a christmas card for mailing!
I am totally addicted to those M.Q videos on you tube.
This thread has me cleaning out things and throwing out things, reorganizing. Life is only so short and I needed to set aside some things that I actually could finish, not just things I like. Ive kept out some Christmas stuff that if I start early next year I can finish it by next Christmas. I need to learn to applique tho. Finish up with quilted borders. Found a book I had gotten with quilts made from leaders and enders, and have a big box of squares cut just for that purpose. The wonky blocks were a good start on that.
My machine has started squeking a bit, so maybe it will get a Christmas tune up before next year.
Nice sunny day...off to the yard, there will be enough cold days in Jan. that keep me inside.
Siliolegma, sent that package out for your buddy on Saturday morning..she should receive it this week..sorry for the delay!!!
Have to go watch that link..
Forgot about my brother's christmas gathering this afternoon at a big resort..drats, fighting a headache am sure he will u nderstand I just want to sit in my jammies..mom is putting guilt trip on me but won't fall for it lol
clean, sit, sew and start all over again..rather be quiet!!
still moves a bit but it came with velcro, didn't say where to put it, perhaps I put it in the incorrect place..have to check that out tonight, but it was about 90% better..good choice.
Was on my own for lunch today so went to the fabric shop, they've enlarged by taking another store next to them just for fabrics..they've so many gadgets and a wide throat machine by Janome I'd love to have..hmmm wonder if Santa has already filled my bag with things I've asked for..
Ended up purchasing the larger 'twister' template..my books won't be in for a few weeks ..drats
You can find detailed instructions for the Christmas wreath here..she also shows you how to make your own template, where to position lines etc. If you are tempted to try one, here's the link
Ladies, what fabric paint do you use to make your quilt labels? Thunder... like my adorable Noah's ark label, where do I buy them? I was hoping to buy 2 small sets (one for me, one for part of stepdaughter's Christmas gift). I bought 2quilt label books today, 2 new for her, 1 I'm bidding on used for me.
I use "pigma"micron 005 pens,and "zig" millenium and sharpie fabric markers
the pigma have been around longer, that is what I used on your Noah label think I bought them at clotilde?? not sure but got them on line.
I have had the set of pigmas for at least 6-7 years, and they are still working just fine...you need to be sure the cover is clicked on all the way, and store them so they are laying down, not standing in a cup...
any where that sells scrap booking stuff should have them, I believe that was their original purpose?
Somewhere towards the end of the Nov thread, there are different suggestions for them as well. I was looking to make a label. Goggle had someone who compared lots of different ones, Ill have to go look for that.
that would be GREAT! I have not purchased YET, I have a shopping expedition planned for Monday, I have the day off after working On-call for the weekend and hope to finish up the last of my shopping (that's the DREAM, not the reality!)
Speaking of labels...made a very cute one for Kayla's quilt with baby pic and all the details. Mom kept going back and forth on the spelling of her middle name. So I went with what was on the back of the ultrasound pics we had "Jacquelin".
So I deliver the quilt, Mom sees the label & everything is fine. Dad sees the label & wants to know why the name is misspelled. It should be "Jacquelyn". So I need to make & new label & send it to her & she will stitch it on.
I am working on a bag...will take a picture in a bit. ordered buy a guy at work to give as a Christmas gift. remember the little one I did for Malena?? well he saw it and asked if I could make one much bigger?? sew I had to refigure the design, I spent most of yesterday working on it...
used that very stiff iron on stuff pellon something?? interesting to work with.
sorry I did not get back with pictures, here they are
1 baby bag, 6.5 inches across
2 big bag, 18 inches, still needs ruffle, handle and binding
3 inside big bag , hard to tell but both sides has a bunch of pockets...
and tonight at work another person asked for one, a small one for a little girl, she also wants skeletons!! I have to see if I can get more of the fabric??
Nice bag design. Reminds me, I have the stuff to make a bag for a friend and have not even started it. She is going away for the holidays so perhaps I can surprise her & have it done when she gets back.
And I still have other Christmas gifts I need to work on...
Gosh, I havent dont the first thing for Christmas, guess I need to get over to amazon. If I make gifts at Christmas, its food, and this year I havent even thought about what I might do...UM not going to do without my chex party mix 'stuff' and cheese straws and butterballs ( those little melt in your mouth powdered sugar cookies). Fudge is out this year. Whats always always in tho is ambrosia for my Mother. She loves it, but peeling and sectioning those oranges is something she just wont do anymore. Im glad I can do a liitle something for someone who needs nothing.
I found a spider web quilt I must have started, have alot of it pieced, retro fabric. I have no memory of this what so ever...scary. Now I know where my triangle ruler cam from ..mercy. Put it back in the box for another decade ;-). Its coming back to me know, it was a kit and I just opened the box again, looks like its from 2003.
Love the bag Thunder. I have made a few things this year but nothing spectacular. Some open back dresses for my mom, appliques some dish towels for my sister and DIL and somethings still in progress.
I was trying to get some things finished today as my lawn man was scheduled to come tomorrow...showed up at 8:30 this morning. Lazy me was still in bed. So I am taking a quick break to check here then back outside.
I dug through my stash and found a bunch of different fabrics, and brought them in to work. the girl was supposed to come see me before she left, I guess she either forgot or could not find me?? I will bring them back in tomorrow, and see what happens.
I was hoping she would pick something I have, I really don't want to take the time to go to the store to see if they have any...and I will be to tempted to buy other things...ya know what I mean!!??!!
finished bag, gave it to new owner, he was very happy, said the girl he is going to give it to will just love it :)
girl at work looked at some fabrics I had on hand and she picked one out, so I will be making a baby bag for her, it is for her daughter, she is 9.
here is the finished big bag.
Jean, when you cut selvages ...How much do you cut off? close to the edge? or an inch or so in? I read somewhere?? that it is advisable to cut in at least 1.5'' to be sure you cut of all of edge , as it is woven tighter. If you use it in blocks it can later distort them, it will shrink/stretch wear differently than other parts of the fabric???
thanks Linda, good mornin' ^_^
hope Y'all have a great day!! I am soon off to work for the day shift, good thing about it is I get home early and get to have dinner with my guys!!! then Mon and Tues off.
On salvages - I cut off at least 1/2", especially on the side that has all the writing & color swatches.
I think I'm decorated for the holidays. Now to get the empty bins out of the middle of the FR floor. Then on to working on some sewing projects that I have to get done & in the mail (hopefully tomorrow).
For all the bakers out there - yesterday I learned (the hard way) that you CANNOT use a sugar/splenda/truvia mix for a cake & expect it to come out light & fluffy. It turns out very dense; tastes good but very dense - more of a brownie texture.
This is really the only time of the year I bake, and its straight up sugar and butter. I dont even like butter, but it makes the cookies so much better, and when giving them away, one wants them to taste as good as possible ;-). Well, not that I dont have to sample the first and last batch.
I would love to learn to bake gluten free and sugar free. So many people cant eat either. It would be really great to have a couple recipes that were just yummy. Ive never gotten anything to turn out that I would even think about giving away. It doesnt have to be gluten and sugar free, just one or the other, altho to accomplish both would be fantastic.
That is good to know about the substituting of splenda/sugar plus mix in cakes. Kim and I have done a few successful substitutes but not cakes. Have used the unsweetened apple sauce instead of oil which worked nicely. Kim did it for a cake order as we didn't have any oil in the cupboard. They still are asking for her cake recipe...just to funny!! Not sure what she will be doing today...goodies for all her classes this week but on Friday, one class is bringing in breakfast for a special "thank you/congratulations" for her.
Today's Parade magazine with the Sunday paper had cookie recipes and one was gluten free. Must be good it was a top five winner.
Gluten free peanut butter cookies: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 egg, 1tsp, vanilla, 1/2 cup crushed peanuts.Oven 325.
In large bowl, beat sugar, vanilla, egg, peanut butter until well blended. Form cookies using small scoop. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Flatten and make criss-cross design with fork. Sprinkle with peanuts Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. transfer to wire rack to cool completely. makes 24
I just heard on the radio today that domino has a new sugar mix out that is half sugar, half stevia, and they are advertising it works fantastic for baking, and that you use half the amount called for in recipe... said recipes are at domino.com I have been using stevia for awhile , I like it . but have only used in my coffee, and I do use half what I used to.
my oven does not work well so we don't trust it for baking. :( hoping to get a new one next year.
I must have not had enough coffee yesterday as I missed the cookie recipes in the paper. Going to take another look...love peanut butter cookies. Don't bake them as I am the only one who will eat them. :-(
We use Splenda since Kim found out she is diabetic...I am considered borderline so trying to eat much as she does...also makes preparing meals simple.
Betty, you are so right about the prices of those items...even organic items.
I think we need a separate thread for the Trenton get together, My ladies want to come and meet everyone. I think we will do a van pool! I do believe we will need nametags, to meet so many at one time.
Ill sure be there, unless its March 28th. Thats my Dads 90th birthday, cant miss it.
Maybe I need to drive out and make sure everything is still there and they are ready for us, might need to make sure the foods still good as well ;-O
Mittsy, that is a very good idea about having another thread. Name tags also. It would be fun meeting the weekend of the quilt/craft festival but I am not sure about the crowds. Would a weekend or weekday be better to arrange this with a possibility of so many coming? I can contact Stephanie and make arrangements if needed. I have some other friends in Gainesville who might want to join us when we decide.
Pam, yes we do need some one to run reconnaissance to check out quality of food. LOL Don't forget the desserts please.
Oh my, but I do feel a party coming on!! Let the fun begin.
at this point in time I usually have Mon and Tues off, but that changes as needs require...for instance if someone needs a specific day off. or vacation time.
we are about to have management shift, and that usually means schedule changes...
my preference would be to NOT meet when there is such a big thing going on, I'd prefer not to deal with big crowds...but I will if that is what is decided...and I have never been to a quilt show. It would be nice to do so... If I know enough ahead of time ( 3-4 wks) I can request day off.
Marion, if you are talking about the 19th, I work 8:30 - 5:30
Yesterday, after I put out mulch & moved the tomato plants into the greenhouse, I still had some energy & motivation left so headed out to the Studio. I pulled out the makings for a class I took back in Sep. It was making triangles from strip tubes. Actually a very good method for making HST. BUT - it needs 10 2 1/2" HST per block. They wrap around 2 sides of a large HST. And there are 20 units in the top. Whatever was I thinking when I started this?!?!?!?!!?!? Anyway, most of the large triangles are made so I was working on the small HST. Good thing I was listening to a good Book on CD.
Plan to head back out today after cookies are done.
Im 6 batches away from having my doughs made. Will put them in the fridge and get all the dough making stuff off the counter so when I bake I have plenty of room to spread out. Between rolling in powdered sugar, glazing that drips, etc. I need some open space I can just mess up then wipe down. Im about to test a 2 new lemon cookies that I can use my lemons with. That just leaves me 72 navels to peel for ambrosia this afternoon and about 6 lbs of sugared pecans and I will be done with all that. Will bake the cookies tomorrow, and make another batch of the lemon, if they turn out. ahhh theres the buzzer. ttys ;)
Worked on the triangle quilt on & off the last couple days. 12 blocks completed & joined. Then had to stop & make more triangles. Need 300 - 2 1/2" HST and 30- 8 1/2" (made of 6 strips). Totally scrappy except for 2 corner HST that form cornerstones when the blocks are joined. Definitely not the "quick" project I thought it was going to be but a good way to get rid of scraps.
I had hoped to get it done "this year" but am happy enuf that all the HST have been made.
Ive already had a talk with myself about that very subject. I dont garden, except maintainence, most of June thru september. Its to hot and to many mosquitos. I need to make hay while the sun shines, cuz come late october, November, Im right back outside. I saw so many things I wish I had of done. I might even get them started now, if it stays chilly like this. Also, the utility company uses dec. to feb. to base our base wastewater charge on, so I dont like to run any water I dont need to during that time.
LOL I thought it was something along that line. I like the PHD one. I have loads of those. I even have some
PAMD projects all most done. I get right up to finishing something and then stop. I wonder why that is. I have never read the last Harry Potter book because I didn't want it to end. Haven't read the last Twilight book for the same reason nor have I seen the last movie of either.
I have so many CS PAMD that it isn't even funny. I am beginning to think its a psychological thing.
Heck I always knew I was a little psycho so this shouldn't come as a surprise. heheh
That's a good plan Jean. With my moratorium on spending money on fabric maybe I'll get more projects COMPLETED!! Wouldn't THAT be nice?? LOL
I am inclined to think I would "not quite finish" a project because once it's "done" it's ready to be "judged" and if it's not perfect than it will never have a chance to be better than it is. I'm probably not expressing that in a way that is easy to understand but it's the best I can do. "It's done". vs "Not quite done" "Yes, I do intend to sand, sew. paint (etc), it would look better, it will look better... Can anybody relate? Lately my new mantra is DONE is better than perfect and NEVER done!!! "Perfect is the enemy of done/good enough!"
I have a pile of unquilted tops for that very reason - I want them quilted a certain way & not sure I can pill it off w/out driving myself insane in the process!!!! But I do plan on getting the majority of them quilted over the winter.
I managed in my sewing to complete all my projects except for the double sized Christmas tree and presents 'quilt'! Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll finish them and start some of the patterns I just bought..have till the snow melts before sewing machines are put away and I get back to stained glass.
Had meal delivered to hotel room, now comfy in bed with quilting magazines around me. Lol
I have 5 projects that I have to complete by next Christmas
I have gathered all the hand prints of everyone in my daughters families including spouses and I am
creating a Family Christmas Tree. These will have all the hand prints appliqued onto a wall hanging and the fingers
will be the branches with the larger hand prints towards the bottom and the smallest reaching up at the top. You have to use your imagination as this is all in my mind and not down on paper. I have to make 5 of them so that each daughter has one of their own to hang up with the whole family tree.
3 daughters but one granddaughter that is on her own with her significant other and one for me.
I also had everyone sign there name and those names will be stitched onto ornaments that they can hang on the tree trying to match up hand prints.
Sounds cool doesn't it. Its all in my mind so I hope I can get it onto the wall hangings.
So I guess I best get busy huh?
On a related tangent, have any of you seen the "thumbprint" trees that I hear are now the thing at weddings? Places sell the tree outline (think tree in middle of winter) and ink pads. Deal is each guest adds a thumbprint leaf to the tree and the couple keeps this as a memory of the reception.
Those projects sound as though you have to have your thinking cap on..sure hooe end result is posted.
Got home this afternoon, almost all organized..taking down the tree and am doing the de-Christmas work, promised no sewing or taking that new machine out of the box until its done. In between clean-up I sit and ohh/ahh at the new patterns that were in my mailbox that I had ordered, look at the pile of fabrics I picked up last two weeks and today...really tempting to get into a project but not until everything is shining and dust free. Lol
Left over projects to do from 2012
1. Present quilt
2. Christmas tree/pressie quilt
3. Appliqué Christmas tree with red cardinals
Wonder if these will remain unfinished till once again the Christmas holidays is upon us
I'm actually starting a Christmas quilt. I need to make some sample blocks for the guild mtg Thur and the Christmas fabric was still sitting there. Have plenty so decided why not just use this?!?!?!?!?! Maybe i can have it done by Christmas!!!!
It starts out as a WHIMM (Work Hidden in My Mind.)
After a FART (Fabric Acquisition Road Trip) and some SEX (Stash Enhancing eXperience), it becomes a PIG (Project In a Grocery Sack).
The PIG becomes a HSY (pronounced hissy ... meaning Haven't Started Yet).
Once you have a HSY-fit and begin work, it becomes a WIP (Work in Progress).
The WIP becomes a UFO (UnFulfilled Opportunity...I like that better than Unfinished Object which sounds so negative) as soon as some other project grabs and holds your attention more than the project that was a WIP.
that is wonderful , would be great written on a little plaque to hang in sewing room. or on sewing room door.
I want a sign that says " don't touch it, don't move it ! My mind works better when the fabric is everywhere. "
I have found that when I see many pieces of fabric, my creativeness ( is that a word ) works much better...and every time I clean up too much, I can't find things !!! Sew my sewing room stays pretty messy, somewhat organized, yet still messy !!!
I got a nifty sign when we went on vacation, it says never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine I thought that was fantastic. I usually do not do the souvenir thing, but I had to have that sign !!!
Love the post LK, definitely need that for a sign on my area also.
Belated Happy New Year everyone. Finally went to see my mom and returned home on Thursday. She is slowly forgetting things and so grumpy! Then again, if I were in her condition I might be grumpy too...shucks I am grumpy!! Leg still presenting some problems but learning to get around a little better.
Hopefully in this restricted time I am having, I will manage to get some things finished...sure do need to.
Yea, so glad your back!!
Glad you got to see her and check in. At least if she is grumpy, she forgets what she was grumpy about. I dont mean that to be funny either. I know my Mom will call and get me all upset, next time she calls she doesnt even remember what big problem she called about before. Im learning the in one ear and out the other tact. Some things, she is never going to forget, she just forgets that i have to hear about it every time I talk to her. Hopefully she is not in any pain.
It is good to be home...my sister air mattress just isn't comfortable. Before I go further, Jean, belated Happy birthday...hope it was all you wanted and more. Quilts you are going to finish in the winter? LOL, winter will start to be over the end of February so you had better get in a hurry.
Pam, I understand what you were saying. Grumpy as in she wants my sister to fight all kinds of battles for her but they are battles of her making. Nothing that we can do for her...sad though. Sadly she is getting more and more like my grandmother and alienating everyone around her as far as staff goes. Her memory is definitely starting to get foggy and oh the stories she makes up about what happens there. Could be a continuation of Peyton Place at the Nursing Home. :-)
LK, I am not sure if there will be surgery or not for my knee. I don't see the Ortho doc until the 24th and then I will know more about what the plan will entail. My sister and Kim did insist I use mom's transport chair going from the parking lot to mom's room. Really long walk...must admit it did help but yikes it was uncomfortable!!
Glad to hear you got to go see Mom Marion. The mind is such an amazing thing isn't it? It lets us remember what we want but lets us forget what we don't. Of course when it is us that is forgotten, it is hard to understand. Hope her good days are more often than the bad. How is your sister doing?
Thanks Barb. My sister is very disturbed by the memory going and the stories that mom is telling. In some ways it is good as she doesn't realize what is actually going on with her and in other ways it is just plain bad. Did learn that some time in the past months the staff fractured mom foot. We don't know who is/was responsible but it is very twisted. It is so sad the lack of concern that seems to be prevalent with some of the CNAs in the nursing homes. Sad part, mom couldn't remember Kim's name and who she was a couple of times. Thankfully Kim understands what is happening and was really good dealing with her grandmother.
Yikes, our post crossed, so sorry to hear your mom isn't having the best of care..a worry for you for sure.
My mom who has done crochet since a teen cannot remember how to do a granny square..I helped her last month, she has called twice to go through the steps this afternoon..having one heck of a time..sad isn't it..a worry as our turn is coming
Its sad when they forget, what tears me up is when they know they should know, and cant recall. Thank goodness my MIL is to the point her memory is shot, but she doesnt know it anymore and is happy as a clam. So odd how some things come right to her, and others are long gone.
Norm is doing well Marion. He still has a bit of a problem where they had to put a drain in for his last surgery. It is healing but oh so slowly. Think maybe chemo has something to do with it. He still gets very tired but he is working full time still. He is just lucky in that he has a job that he is not tied to a time clock. For the most part, as long as his work is done, the company leaves him alone...
One thing my daughter and I have noticed though. His demeanor has changed a bit. He will sometimes come out with some hurtful remarks and he thinks he is being funny. I've had to speak up several times and this weekend I had a long conversation with him about it. He doesn't mean to sound or be that way but that is how he comes acrosss sometimes. I had to explain that reality is nothing and that perception is everything. If people think you are being a smarta-- that is what they think whether you are or not... So we will work on that now. When we think of all the problems both mental and physical that he could encounter, this is just a bump in the road. The good thing is we can talk about things like this without it being a battle of any kind. We are both so lucky in our relationship...
Barb you are VERY lucky, and so might I add is Norm. You are both very blessed and I'm sure it's been thru the efforts of BOTH of you!! (Not to mention making some good initial choices in who to marry!!)
It's hard to think of Norm in any fashion other than kind and amusing!
Meds and the trauma of what he is going through these oast years has to show in some manner..I experienced a bit of same with Darlene at Christmas...just not her nature but the despair of what she went through this past year had to be expressed outwardly, was hard, but it takes someone by their side who realizes and can set aside harsh words. They are only huma, better to lash out at times than to keep it inside. Thank the Lord Norm has you and your family by his side.
Yes, Barb, you are indeed lucky that you and Norm can talk things out.
Mom lashes out mostly at my sister. She would barely talk when I was with her then the last day she insisted I stay longer so we could visit. Sadly I couldn't get her to talk with me. I have a sad feeling she couldn't remember much about either of my children so just went with the "flow" so to speak. My sister, on the other hand, has always had a tendency to be very harsh and a smart---!! In her mind she has given up all of her life to care for dad and now mom. The fact 2 marriages broke up because she refused to leave with her husbands never are considered. It has taken many years to learn to "tune" her out but at last I can do that. Life is a series of choices and I refuse to accept blame for choices she has made. Sorry didn't mean to "rant".
So looking forward to getting some quilting done now that I am restricted with my activities.
Marion, Yes, it really sounds like Sister wants YOU to move to take care of HER, not Mom. But, that's just a guess, may be WAY off the mark since all I have to go on what you have said, your perception. SURE lots of evidence for that though!!
Pat, I don't think you are off the mark, I have heard the same from one of the nurses at the facility where mom is now. In fact, she stopped me a while back and told me she was worried about her. Will do what I can but not sell and move back...left 53 years ago and I am happy here! :-)
LOL, oh Pam, I will shock you one of these days and come down. Just will not be getting involved with the festival anymore...been there, done that and quit!!! Lately I have been so tired when we passed through that we haven't stopped. Usually like to have a meal at La Fiesta either going down or coming home. Love their food! Hummm, might have to arrange a lunch date and let you know..but after I find out what they will be doing with this dumb knee.
Jean, you just come on over anytime, I know you dont eat beef, but a nice lunch at BJ's is always a good excuse for me to have a california 'burger'. They have lots of healthy yummy stuff...well if you ask me. OOO darn, missed Marion, guess Ill just have to go to La Fiesta with her as well for some enchiladas when she can make it down. AHHH then your both back at the same time, maybe some sicillian scampi from Olive Garden, road kill at texas road house with some bubba bread ( o lord take me now). AHHHH so you want turkey, a turkey mufflata from Jasons deli..DELISH ( well if you like olives)
OK, so my grown children have just about sent me over the edge today, you can see where my mind goes when I stress. Luckily, my body is headed over for some tai chi at 5:40, not out to eat. :-).
Sounds like a plan to me. Let me check what is happening around here, the availability of my driver :-) and we will do lunch soon. I have heard about BJ but haven't been there so far. Hummm, think I might need to try it soon.
I saw the girl who bought the skeleton bag at work the other day, she said her daughter told her it was the best Christmas gift she EVER got !!! that sure made me feel good !!! she told me the daughter carried it around all day, did not want to put it down.
Hehehe... my nephew wanted a RATTLESNAKE for Christmas once. He had to settle for an eight foot purple velvet stuffed snake. He LOVED that thing! (I was up 1/2 the night Christmas Eve stuffing that thing! That was when I KNEW I had to get my gifts done SOONER!! LOL)
Im guessing others got this, it is the cutest little apron, free pattern. Ive never made nor worn an apron, but had to post it.
If I thought I could actually make it, I would, and join the valentine swap, send some cookies along with it. More fun to think about it, Im sure it would just be another thing in a drawer, just what we dont need.
This was on facebook this morning. Some are really cute!
Quilting acronyms ... who knew there were so many!!!
BOM = Block of the Month
COW = Cream o White
DSM = Domestic Sewing Machine
EPP = English Paper Piecing
F8 = Fat Eighth
FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
FOB = Fear of Binding
FQ = Fat Quarter
HST = Half-Square Triangle
LA = Longarmer
LAQ= Long Arm Quilter
LQS = Local Quilt Shop
MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter
OBW = One Block Wonder
PFP = Paper Foundation Piecing
PP = Paper Piecing
PhD = Projects half Done
PIB = Project in Bin
PIGS = Project in Grocery Sack
PIP = Projects In Progress
POOP = Project Out of Production
PIGS = Projects in Grocery Sacks
PP = Paper Piecing
QAYG = Quilt As You Go
QST = Quarter Square Triangle
RR = Round Robin
SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
SEX = Stash Enhancing eXperience (or eXcursion)
SID = Stitch In the Ditch
SnW = Stack and Whack = pile up and cut all at once block pattern
Squishy=Envelopes filled with swap fabric or gifts sent/received in the mail
STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
TGIF = Thank God It's Finished!
TOT = Tone-on-Tone
UFO = UnFinshed Object
VIP = Very Important Project
WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind
WIP = Work In Progress
WISP = Work In Slow Progress
WWIT = What Was I Thinking
WOF = Width of Fabric
WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
WOW = White On White
I fear the SABLE legacy from my mother will become my daughter's. I don't have the heart to get rid of it but I am talking about hundreds of yards of fabric. I can no longer get in to my walk in storage room without removing milk crates full first. The shelves are full, the cabinets are full and there are boxes stacked four feet high. The space used to be half crafts and half kitchen storage but there is no room for kitchen storage anymore. Most of it is not good for quilting.
Much of the fabric is poly blend stuff that looks like linen (but not) or stretchy knits. Some others are cool retro prints. There are a few I'd love to post. You might get a kick out of their antiquity. :) She definitely cornered the polyester chambray market. It's fair if you are cracking up reading this. I'll understand. She bought lots of fabric to make table cloths and napkins. We had formal dinners with many guests at least weekly. We never had a paper napkin at the table. The table was set with linen and apparently fake linen, every night along with French or American table service. Both parents were food professionals. I didn't know you could actually eat on a table without a cloth until adulthood. So, who wants a dress or quilt made from table cloth fabric? lol
Laurel, you might want to post some pictures and info over on the "endless swap thread". Maybe you can find some eager sewer just itching to trade you fabric for something you WANT!! Truthfully, I'd sort thru and get rid of what does not "call your name". What you don't love, it sounds like it's a burden not joy.
You folks are absolutely horrible (and I mean that in the nicest way). Your answer for everything is "Make a quilt!". To much fabric? Make a quilt! Too little; buy more fabric and make a quilt! Rainy day; make a quilt! Too hot or cold; make a quilt! Don't like the fabric; trade it so you can make a quilt. I GET THE MESSAGE! I'm supposed to be making more quilts. lol
I will get rid of most of this at some point but in truth it is like giving away memories of my mom. I need to take it all in before letting it go. Trouble is her fabric accumulation issue had become mine. At least I can say I have not bought any fabric in the past year except the backing for DD's wedding quilt and a few yards on my trip to Lancaster and home. Well, here are some Mom prints I plan to keep. The first is a poly blend of some kind, the second is so deeply textured it looks like brocade but is all poly. I think the third is a rayon blend and the fourth and fifth are stretch velours.
While digging through the fabric and other storage baskets in the quilt closet I ran across another UFO. Curses! This was a changing pad I started right before DD was born. That is a few weeks shy of twenty seven years ago. She was six weeks early so it didn't get finished. Then when I went for my last post partum check I learned what the term Irish twins means.
If I finish the toes on one hand and both feet it will be done.
OOO my, love that 3rd fabric, I see Vera Bradley bag written all over it.
I just started back at crocchet, I found a box of squares that I had started when pregnant with my second daughter. That was 1984. I dont have the coming early excuse, or thank heavens, Irish twins. I bet it was cute raising two so close in age, well at least most of the time ;-)
Our first is eleven years older than the last two and it's the same marriage. The last two are nine and a half months apart. lol The youngest was on multiple monitors the first few years. A few years later we undertook a massive home remodeling project. I acted as general contractor. I kept losing babies in walls and down HVAC ducting while dealing with a sullen thirteen year old. Aside from the daily kid and construction crises one of the carpenters sawed off part of his hand and a week later a roofer fell two stories into the living room when he backed up through a skylight hole. He hit a staircase on the way down. SO was home maybe ten days a month. I had lots of help but was in charge of everyone.
I was looking through a box of youngest son's baby clothes and hospital mementos while DD was here last week. He finally fit into Cabbage Patch preemies when he was three months old. They are much smaller than regular baby preemie clothes. So tiny but he sure was well dressed!
I could make headway on these "UFOs" if I'd just NOT do ANY additiional projects! Like the new aprons I made (they were not on the UFOs).
The first picture is of an apron for my DSIL and a close up the bib portion showing the pieced front. The 3rd picture is of the apron I appliqued a "kiss the cook" to purchased black apron for my oldest stepdaughter for Valentine's day.
Oh Betty!!! Dont' think of it as "Kicked Out" think of it as PROMOTED!!! NO longer in need of being SHAMED into completing projects!
We envy you, we ASPIRE to BE YOU!!! We WANT you to do OUR projects (Like Jean said!)
Let's face it, we've always know Betty is not normal but SUPERwoman or something. Or maybe her trick is a whole herd of little elves at her beck and call after she goes to bed or something. Let's face, we ALL know she' got "something" we don't have! I can't believe all she gets done. *sigh* My hero!
Sorry ladies, but Betty is NOT done until all those tops are batted. backed and quilted and the bindings sewn!!!! Until then they are still UnFinished Objects!!!!
I'm not letting her off that easy!!!! I think she needs to stay here with us permanently cause we are NEVER done!!!!
Yes, Betty sure does have great productivity but how many of you have a job where you sew to your hearts content most of the time?????? I, myself, am more impressed with her creativity than her productivity. She has a phenomenal eye for color that simply amazes me...
YES, she turns me GREEN with envy on ALL fronts!!! Her creativity is AWESOME. ABout now she is probably rolling her eyes but it is all true!!
Betty, what /how to you garden? What are your flower loves? This year I am psyched... I just know THIS Year I'm going to make progress in the garden!!
Anybody got Pink Poppy seeds they can share? I'm thinking that might be a good way to add color QUICKLY since I have added all this bare ground, quick before any bark or cover get put down. I've always wanted a big show of Pink Poppies. Anybody got a seed online place they would recommend??
Yesterday I emptied a box I thought just had scraps of fabric in it. Here it had the left over blocks from the king quilt I made 4 years ago - the sq in a sq in a sq. Not only were there blocks but the setting triangles were attached and a couple rows already put together.
Well it rained all day so I put together a top that ended up being 67" sq. Not bad from "left overs".
My Guild is doing a "finish your UFOs" challenge. Can register 17 and have 1 year to complete them. I could have filled out 2 lists, and the 1 I did yesterday, I didn't even knew I had so it's not on that list. We are doing monthly, qtr, and GRAND prizes!!!!
How exciting is that!! Now where is the photo so we can all get motivated..
Amazing what treasure one can make out of a bag of scraps..I've been using mine up but the more tops that come out of them the more I have left over, not quite sure how that happens. Lol
Sounds to me like that is one fantastic group you are involved in.
Look forward to hearing more about your UFO adventures with this club..
Sunshine day so won't likely be sew'ing..weeds are calling..ooohh forgot I do get breaks so maybe I can quilt a bit of my black/white quilt that is on the frame..
Always multi tasking so I imagine that's why we have ufo's
Hopefully the ground will dry out some before hurricaine season. They say its going to be a bad year. You need somewhere for all the water to go, except in your house or studio. Home owners insurance wont touch flood damage. Its sur good for the yard tho right now.
You really did find a great group, and Im sure they are glad you found them, too.
We carry flood insurance. Luckily the house is 2 steps up from ground level. And so far the Studio is fine. Last year we had 2X this amt of rain in 3 days & it all managed to soak in. Just need the rain to stop for a few hours.
Nice, but cloudy, no rain yet today here in Cocoa Beach . Really hate to leave just as the weather is warming up. My plants are all potted and boxed up to travel. Have some nice Amaryllis I'm donating to the WKBG. I've never seen them bloom as they bloom after we leave. What fun is that? Tomorrow we'll be driving and overnight in Tennessee. Arrive in Owensboro sometime Monday afternoon. Probably won't get back on the computer until we're at Rob's and my grandson Jon can get me connected up while visiting.
I worked outside this morning but I have to get some studying done and I'd like to get a LITTLE sewing done!!! I have a baby quilt top that is done but it's going to be backed with minky and got all scared off... maybe today is the day I get brave!!
Jean got a UFO going and I want to SEE pictures!!!
I had a inline hose timer fail and come off... I do not know how long the water was running but it flooded a small flower bed. I had JUST moved in a stepping stone this morning and when I stepped into the flower bed on the "ground" I sunk 6 inches in! Completely sunk in well over my shoe top & the hem of my jeans! I'm lucky I didn't leave my shoe behind in that muck when I pulled my foot out. I'm waiting for it to "dry" a little and then I'll see what I can do.
Betty you typed "You are have Pat to line with minty..special reason for doing so?" I know there is a typo or two here but I could decipher it. Explain what you meant?
I'll start a new thread for this after the next post or two.
Drive safely Mittsy and we will be eagerly awaiting to hear of your arrival. Rain here continues...the slow steady drizzle type. Limbs that are saturated and hanging down having started to break now creating another mess to be cleaned up. Thankfully the cool temps continue so don't feel so about a few more days with out our A/C.
Had planned to go to Joannes today but with the rain, parent and friends in town for graduations at the 2 universities it was just to much!! Will try another day under better weather conditions and less traffic. Didn't really need anything but was having "withdrawal" pains.
Doc, I did a baby quilt with minky. I started stitching in the center, and worked my way out 4 times to make lines across and up and down center of quilt...just go slow...definitely NOT something to rush with. You CAN do it !!!!
You all talked me out of it. Lol
Was enjoying pulling weeds but the black flies are heavy at this time of day so just might quilt for a bit until the sun is at its strongest and the black flies head for cover.
Well, that is my excuse anyway
working, a little sewing...nothing much...weather has been up and down, rainy and chilly...making my back and hips ache...hubs too :( sew not doing as much as I should be.
trying to get things done to bring to Malena, and baby Ryleigh. we leave the 13th or 14th. c section scheduled for the 16th. getting close!!! she thought she was in labor Friday night, had bad back ache all day and could not decide if spasms were spasms or contractions. she went to the hospital, and they kept her for 4 hours to monitor. they said her body is ready, and seems the little one is too. could be any time. Levi is off on a Job, due back Mon or Tues. I am hoping they will not be sending him off anywhere again, until this child gets here !!!!
Kyle is in Kansas, staying at a hotel. looking for an apartment. Waylon will be going to Washington State to visit a friend, shortly after we get back from NC. his first BIG trip on his own...he has flown a few times before, to go to brothers. butttt not for such a long time, he will go for two weeks...I am thinking he is going to love it out there, and want to move??!! I don't think I am ready ...
I finished Malena' s quilt...or sew I thought. I put the borders on, and it went fine while I was sewing them, but when I got done and laid it on my bed, one side was all wobbly / wavy weird!!! so I have taken it apart, and need to figure out what happened?? and get it back together again. then need to put reverse side on Ryleigh's quilt, gonna stitch in the ditch, sew it will sew together fast. :)
A cool day here but full of smiles and happy things. Today was Catie-Beth's first Communion and it was very special. Of course she did have to inform me it was okay to come even if I was not a Catholic. Never know what is coming out of that child's mouth. The family all gather back at my son's home for an afternoon lunch...was a very special, fun and relaxing day!
Well we arrived safely and my grandson has one computer connected to the internet and is working on my backup laptop. I like to have a spare in case one crashes or if I get a virus. I try to keep one available just for transfering patterns to my embroidery machine. I am so tired, going to go to bed early tonight.