12" Barb, yikes that sounds like a lot to the lady. Stay warm and inside.
Karen, how adorable that picture is...might not want to go back to his bed now.
Met some friends tonight for dinner and then saw Les Miz...WOW!!! I have seen the stage play several times and was a little apprehensive about the movie but not any more. Well worth going to see!!!! Best part, it was Thursday night special and tickets were only 6.50 each way lower than normal prices. Now I am off to bed...if I can sleep after that show.
Cher - you want MORE ice & snow?!?! Can tell you haven't lived in it much... lol
It's dangerous and hazardous... to walk and drive in!
Mind you, I wouldn't trade the snow & ice for the hurricanes and tornadoes in warmer climes!! yikes!
We can simply bundle up and Not Go Out in ice and snow... lol
I think Cher just LOVES a Winter Wonderland with lots of snow. I had forgotten how pitched the roofs were way up north. Sure need to be to get the snow to slide on off.
I hope to spend most of my day out in the Studio. Have a couple tops that need quilted. And I cut & pressed a couple hundred HST for my top. Need to start sewing those together. Have 3 Murder Mysteries on CD to keep me entertained.
And it is time to pack up the Christmas wrapping paper & cards and reclaim my spare bedroom.
Starting tonight, company coming to celebrate New Years. Lots of snow for the kids this year. We have an awesome sledding hill nearby, I know it'll get a good work-out. DS and DIL are bringing friends from scouting so lots of kids. I keep a big ole bag of long johns and old hunting outfits so there is plenty of warm dry clothing for outside.
Then we are heading to Tennessee, I have beanbags for the greats down there too. I had their mom go and get the pellets for me, no room in my car otherwise.
We'll be doing some house looking while we are there. We'll have some special circumstances due to the way our buyer is wanting us to finance with him. It will take a motivated seller for it to work for all of us. Would have preferred to go looking cash in hand, but these days you have to take what you can get.
I remember years back when we took our kids skating & tobogganing - what fun! I would love to go skating again - now, just need one of those touques that wrap and wrap and wrap around my neck like a scarf!! Used to have one, when I was a young teen, that was 6ft long... with a tassel! Deep rich colours with stripes and ski-lodge theme lol
Actually, would like to go skating again, but need my knee to heal a bit more... maybe THAT's the kind of active my Dr would like me to be... don't know where the nearest skating rink is, but don't have skates anyway lol That's one sport where you don't care How bulky you look - need to be warm & protected with a snow suit for adults!!
Karen - I'm praying you find Just the right house, with Just the right financing you need...
I remember the big, old fashioned taboggans we had at GS Camp. 8-10 of us could fit on one. The person in the front got the bruised shins & the 1 or 2 in back usually fell off going down the hills. Then you had to drag it back up the hill. The Good Ol' Days!!!!
OK, think I've accomplished all I wanted inside & am now going to head out to the Studio.
Guys are supposed to be in route for working on the porch. I;m beginning to lose the bit of patience I have!!!!
I am having trouble...I can't get any pictures from DG! When I click on the picture I get the usual screen but no picture appears. I had no trouble several days ago but now it doesn't make any difference what thread I am on...no picture. Any suggestions?
Now that Christmas presents are done I can get back to working on my DD quilt. I really hate to applique.
I am doing it on the machine and am not liking any of the results. I also have a KING size quilt to do for DS,
following that by some bibs for the new baby. I already have a list that runs until NEXT Christmas!
OK Janice!! NOW that's a post I can identify with!! LOL...
We were in Tri-Cities yesterday (where my family is: Sister & husband, my kids, Dad etc...an hour away from Othello) and my 4 year old grandson "tackled" my husband when he was totally UNprepared for it. Sorry, but when you have an artifical leg and a replacement knee the last thing you need is to get pushed. BOTH of them went down, my husband is a hurting unit. I talked to my son just now and grandson is fine. I feel so bad for my husband, he's in pain and we have the studio to try and finish the small remodel on this month. We were hoping to get it DONE and rerented for the income, this will sure slow us down.
I need to get back to work but wanted to say that I got Pigma pens for Christmas and bought myself and 2 other quilters Quilt label books for Christmas. I bought fabric and I'm going to practice on a few labels. Anybody need a label?? I have several books full and I have bought 2 different KINDS of colored markers plus now have the colored pigmas. Shoot me a Dmail with information like quilt color etc, etc.
I cringed when I read that Pat. I thought about how I would feel if I were to get pushed down right now and I don't have anything like your husband is dealing with. Thankfully my GDs are older and understand that grandma has a "sore"leg. I do, however, have trouble with the youngest girl, she likes to sit on my lap. That part is fine but a certain part of her anatomy is very "sharp" and she always manages to hit my leg just right. LOL
Quiet day here. New modem came for our internet connections so am hoping it will resolve some of our existing issues.
Well, I'm still here, still trying to keep critters warm as winter has come to Texas. Christmas was nice but icy. Sewing, Almost got that bathrobe done at 1:30 am Christmas eve, but that daughter didn't make our family gathering due to ice.
I skimmed through all the messages. MorknotMindy, my chickens have to make due with straw. And a closed coop. Wish I'd have gotten it closed earlier on Christmas, I lost one probably to the rapid weather change.
I'll be sure to pass along your hugs and well-wishes. He went to HomeDepo this afternoon and waited for over an hour to get a motorized cart and discovered they were ALL in use or abandoned in the store because the battery needed charging. He would have come home without ANY of the supplies we needed but Meanie me told him to ask a clerk to "be a gopher" and get the stuff! $150 later, we have 2x2s, paint and liquid nails, now to start furring out the brick wall.
I've spent most of the day cleaning cabinets and prepping for paint.
Too bad we don't live closer, Pat. I'd be over to "play" with you in a minute. I finished most of my paining yesterday. Just need to do the shutters & door trim. Too chilly to paint today but should be able to finish up Mon & Tues. Hopefully the rain will hold off Wed & my handiman & I can get started on hanging the new siding. And I do need to finish the interior painting I started months ago. Just the inside of the front door & some baseboard. Prob 3 hrs work at most. Maybe I can get it finihed "this year"!!!!!!
Morning all, dropping in for quick 'hi'
Tikes it's 47 here but it's still better than snow at home..
Hope Ben is feeling better today and you get can that project done.
Made a quick trip to Sanibel Island to 3 Crafty ladies, all very Florida, ended up with a new product by the yard (new to me) which you iron on fabric..makes them waterproof, bought enough for 2 bags..then needles/patter to knit out of fabric the cutest patterns!
Heading to flea market this morning, breakfast at IHOP then to quilt lovers hangout fabric shop if the hours they post for Sunday opening is within the time frame we are in that area.. Looking for new patterns and ideas..want to pick up blackboard fabric as well..full day so off I go
Ahhh did manage last night to take my new saphire machine out of the box..who knows, might get to sew tonight
Thanks Betty, All the grands and greats now have one. I'm all set until the younger ones get a bit bigger and then need the larger size. The little ones are ok until they are about 4. The bigger ones are good for a long time. I am getting requests for really big ones from the young adults, I guess I'll have to work on expanding the pattern.
Just got home from Joanns. Kinda funny, I was so all about getting one of those 10% discount cards, and they wont let you combine it with any other coupon. Well heck, I would never buy anything from joanns with just 10% off, I always wait for the coupons. Receipt says I saved 237.00$, so Ill just be happy with that. Im still the most most proud of my receipt from belks the other day, when I saved 679.00. I had a line of people behind me that were all impatient, then she handed me the receipt and said how much I saved and everyone just gasped. I put a big smile on my face and off I went for some more power shopping. I only do it one day a year.
I was hoping to get some good fabric from fabric.com, but they had almost no fabric on sale, and what they did have, any that I liked showed 0 quantity. I didnt need it anyway. Since I abandoned my shopping cart, they did send me a coupon code for an extra 15% off on top, its good for two weeks, so hopefully they will put something else on sale.
Im so looking forward to a new year. I know 365 days cant ll be good, but it gives me incentive to work on myself and my house this coming year, take the elder care and health issues one day at a time. Hopefully we will all have some new and exciting things to post in the upcoming year.
I was going to go to JoAnn's today but decided to just wait till next weekend & get the 25% off. I was only going to get thread today & I have enough to last me at least 6 mo!!!!!
quiltfabriccloseouts.com is having a great 2 day sale. A lot of decent quality for $3yd. I just need some fabric to practice some quilting techniques, like feathers and other designs that I need to "think" about. I can always cut the pieces up when I'm done & put them back together as a type of "quilt as you go".
LOL,,,Jean I like the way you think. I used the 20% off they had emailed me. I noticed a got a couple coupons in the bag, but havent checked them out yet. Today I only went for take 70% off stuff and got the last of the things I wanted. Im looking for batting to go on sale, I need something for practice practice practice.
Oh boy, I've just been shopping on line... I ordered some black and white fat quarters, a washable lint roller, (I'll let you know how that works...) a pendant lamp, (ditto) and a new thimble, a 14" turn table, another quilt pattern and I can't remember what else. LOL The lamp and thimble I ordered after watching a video which one of you enablers directed me to... The one about hand quilting... You know who you are... ;^) I really enjoy the quilting videos. Makes me want to stampede out of here to my 'studio' and make fabric and thread fly!! In fact I think I'll grab my new kitten, Ralph, and race over there right now!!
Even I caved & did some on-line shopping today. I need backing for these charity quilts so got that at quiltfabriccloseouts.com. And 2 patterns for the tube triangle method from Cozy Quilt. Like I'm not already dreaming of triangles!!!!! DH says my head is getting pointed!!!!
Homemade turkey soup & cornbread for dinner tonite.
As if anyone has time to sit, this is something I posted on the bird forum, but if you dont watch that forum, I had to post it here. Its a live cam of nesting eagles, Ozzie and Harriet. They have used this nest to come back to for five years now. There are two eggs and they are on hatch watch.
ps...its sleeping now, but worth a look during the day.
Ya, it was me!! hehehe... I LOVE them but I will be strong!!!
YES the leaf fabric is sooooooo beautiful but I have PLENTY of UFO's and do not need to add to the mess and storage!!
I got all the Christmas stuff down and hauled out to the shed. We have 3 more boxes this year than last, DARN. I had to buy a new tree this year and I bent the branches etc and slipped the old one into the corner of the porch and decorated it with snowmen and snowflakes. Between that and all the Christmas stuff my friend gave me (over 10 boxes!! more than 15 new garlands, 6 wreaths and BOXES of silk flowers) it's a wonder I kept the net gain at only 3 boxes!! I gave my Stepdaughter first dibs on the Christmas stuff and she kept most of it. I kept the red/ & gold silk flowers and decorated the tree with it this year, the rest I passed on to a young woman to sell.
Susan - I've just "met" another quilter from Calgary. She lives outside of Calgary to the east. Half way between Indus and Langdon. Is that anywhere near you? She is currently down here in FL appreciating the nice weather we are having.
I dragged out all my fabric this weekend to try to organize it, HA! what was I thinking? It is now in bins but I'm not sure its any better than it was before. Oh well, it did refresh my memory of what I have.
I resolve not to buy any more fabric unless it is absolutely needed to complete a project...that gives me some leeway, lol.
Happy New Year to everyone and here's to a new quilting year.
Ya Robin I hear ya. You have the right idea, at least you have looked at and ooh & aww'd over all your fabric again. Refreshed your memory and got to smile about forgotten purchases that you love now as much as then!!
I had some of my black fabric in a clear plastic bin and I got sun fade. I've about used it all up now, working around the fade. Sure ticked me off when I first saw it!!
Happy New Year to all my dear and loved friends! Thank you for being a part of my life (a big part)!
With the Lord's help, we will become more a part of each other's lives and cherish each day together.
Quiet day here, will head to the beach then pick up Chinese food for supper.
Meanwhile I have a Christmas table runner ready to quilt to try the sewing machine out before I head north with it...it can either be a belated gift for someone or my first piece set aside for Christmas. Lol
Either one will be fine..just needed a trial piece.
So many nice thoughts floating roun here today. We will keep this up another 364 days.
Happy healthy new Year.
This chest colappse was a dusy, coming out of it. Would like to organize my sewing room and fabrics, perhaps start the vintage motor cycle quilt for my SIL to cover his Scarlet (vintage Harley) as they care coming soon for my BD. Yeah I think this has to be next. No Pattern so a challenge.
ith these sewing machines... I am finding out that one needs at least 3 different (new) kinds to make me happy with the applications I would want. Or just be a Geenie and wiggle the nose.Done.Betty are you plannint to come to Sarasota at all?
Yesterday I got the prep done on the kitchen cabinets and walls in the studio. I got the first coat of paint/primer on the cabinets, except the under the overhead cabinets. I went in this morning and see the necessary touch up plus undercabinet. I hope to get at least the primer on the walls. Before I can do that DH has to furr out and put up a bead board wall, it's less than 8 feet wide. There is molding that needs to come down (to be replaced).
I got help yesterday for a few minutes from a teen friend. DH's shoulder was not up to helping me carry the dresser, box springs and mattress out of the studio. It's all stacked against my dining room wall.
I don't know if it's avoidance (of the studio work) but what I REALLY feel like doing is dejunking!! We decided to get rid of an old trunk I was using for an end table. I figured if what I had in there had not been used in almost 2 years, it could NOT possibly be worth keeping, right? Wrong... I had LOTS of my old essays and National exam prep work, some professional resources. I had to hand sort everything, and shred, shred, shred... yuk. A box to go to the 2nd hand book store for credit (I hope), stuff to reorganize and find a place for in book shelves at work and few things that my DH will have to find room for. The size of his French and Spanish dictionarys!! HOLY COW!
LOTS to get done, I'll check back in with you lovely people later today. Happy NEW YEAR!! May it be a happy and healthy one for all!!
well got about 8 inches that is pretty good it looks real pretty. Oh no Susan I have lived here all my 44 years and I just love snow. It always feels like it cleans things up and gets rid of colds and things like that. Oh I do know the hazards as well. I have had my share of falls and fender benders too. I do not like ice at all that is nasty stuff.
Dad had to be taken to the hospital the night of the storm he passed out from not eating. He just finished a year of intense chemo and they took him off a lot of things but still taking a smaller dose of chemo. Now he is not feeling too good everything he eats goes through him so he doesn't eat much at all well it caught up to him for sure. But he went home yesterday and he is doing better.
ooooooooh no, your poor dad!! So sorry to hear he's not doing well...well, better now, but still not too good. Did they give him IV?
Cher - I've felt the same way about snow - cleans things up, and quietens everything so it's so peaceful. As we get SO much snow, I don't like it as much. I moved to Calgary cuz it gets less than Winnipeg (more temperate), but now it seems we get more than we used to... We do in Calgary, and Winnipeg gets more than they used to as well.
Pat should not have been snippy. Tenants and Toilets pain in the butt. I had many. What a pain in the butt, does help in the till.
Betty can't you wait and take it with you when you drive your friend home again. Shipping cost is soooo $$$$.
Cher and Susan> Snow does make things clean looking, May kids DH and I skied Vermont, NH. Lived in Brewster NY then had 2 acres and the winter actitivities in back of the house were endless. Summer House in New Milford CT. no running water but we'd use the house for ice skating on CaNdlewood Lake, tobaggoning, from house to the lake.Winter was as much fun as summers with the lake around the corner. Now I live in a perpetual
Sorry about your pop, cancer too is a pain in the butt. + so degrading
Sunshine here, outside having coffee and playing lady of leisure.
Shortly have to get my act into gear and go mail the runner I did yesterday to Mexico..betterlatethan never! Going to call Joann's and speak with husqvarna dealer, gotta points are and you haveto use it within the month, think I have $30 worth of buying power if it's registered yet..could buy a sewing foot I guess
Will call and have it checked.
I will not be flying home, met the loveliest lady across the street, she had rented for month of December and lives in Bracebridge, about 50 miles north of me. She is driving home tomorrow and as she is alone I will travel with her. Don't know if imade the decision to do so to keep her company or get my my machine home. Lol
Sure hoping your dad Cher can get into a routine both eating and meds and will be on the road to recovery.
I was wondering if any of you all used or had tried a Magic Jack. With all the taxes and what not, having a land line is getting to be more than I can stand. I mainly use a cell, but have always wanted a land line for emergency purposes.
3 miles, wow. Puts me to shame, I only did 30 minutes on the bike. 30 more minutes than I did all of last year tho ;-o
LOL... safekeeping of a NEW sewing machine!! OH yeah, send me someone I can "help"!! Nice to hear you get a traveling companion Betty.
Helene, heated pool... sounds good!!
Cher, I hope you can find something that is easy to eat that your Dad will tolerate and EAT! or drink? I drink a Premier Protein drink every morning for breakfast 30gram of protein and only 160 calories. I realize you are not trying to keep his calorie count down but this is good nutrition.
We're heading down to TN tomorrow so will probably pass you along the way Betty. Safe travels to you.
BTW, We made a pattern to make a tree skirt with large (about 30" each petal to make a 60" skirt) petals. There will be 10 petals. I plan to put a Dresden plate (from the swap) on each one. It occurs to me that I could also use the same pattern and put wreaths made with the twister pattern. I could use the greens that I got in the 5" square swap. In each case the background petals would be in a solid Christmas color. Let me know if you would like the petal pattern.
Here are a few photos of the second finished sham. I see a loose stitch needs fixing in one of the photos. One more to go. There was not enough time to prepare another quilt quarter to frame up before leaving Atlanta so I brought up an old reverse applique and quilt project to work on for a few days.
Jean, hope you have a happy sewing day and a BIG piece of Birthday cake!!! Did you know that Neil Diamond has a birthday this month also? Really cool people have birthdays in January... I got a card from my cousin that suggested I not count the candles on the cake, just count the cats in your house! Yay! I'm only 5!!!!! Enjoy your day whatever you do.
Spent the day helping the handi-man replace the rotting siding on the studio with a hardi-board siding. No sun and it's cooler now than it was at 6AM. I'm quite chilled. We got 1/2 the studio done. Hoping for nice weather early next week so we can get it finished. Removing the old stuff is what takes forever.
Happy Bday Jean!!!!!
Well Dad is ok now he is taking ensure and eating if it goes thru him or not. arrgh
Now my poor Mom had a lumpectomy 2 weeks ago they told her it was benign but they want her to meet with an oncologist and take tamoxafin for 5 years!!!! that doesn't sound benign to me. Wow I guess we are never ready for this stage of life but for me my Dad has been sick since he was 35 and I am now 44 I am just so tired God forgive me of this stuff. I am helpless to do anything for them yet have been in the medical field for 30 plus years and when I tell them something they poo poo it until the Drs. repeat exactly what I say then I get oh you should have been a nurse or you should have been a Dr. Sorry I am blah blah blahring I feel for you Marion with all you have been throgh with Mom it is so hard at least you have a Sister that understands how tough it is I have a younger brother who just can't help me if the world was going to explode.
Well Happy New Year righ???? aaaaarrrrggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
Good Morning all & thank you all for all the B-day wishes. Had a nice day yesterday. Spent most of it out in the chilly, dreary, windy day putting siding on the studio. Did not realize how chilled I was till DH asked why my face was flushed. It wasn't flushed but wind burned. And the hot shower felt wonderful, Went to dinner at a local place that advertises "all you can eat fried shrimp" for $14. I was expecting the plate with a doz shrimp and then having to keep asking for refills. They brought the 1st plate out & I wondered how I could ever eat more. But, i did. The 2nd plate contained a normal serving size...as did the 3rd, which I could barely finish!!!!! And then the waiter tried to give me another plate which I declined.
DH is determined to move me into the current century & got me an iPod Touch. So I stayed up way past my bedtime trying to figure out how to use it. I did set up an iCloud email account & took a couple pics of the cats. I have to admit the camera takes awesome pics.
And, I was contacted by one of the local guilds to come & give a talk on how I go about designing patterns & copyright laws. I was thrilled to be asked & then they mentioned they will PAY me to come!!!!! That is set up for April so I have time to come up with what I'm going to present.
So, has been an exciting start to 2013...
Cher - keep your chin up & remember to make time for yourself. We are never handed more than we are able to juggle; sometimes we just need to find a new way of juggling.
Or we need to borrow about six more arms!!!! It seems we talk to deaf ears when the one we are talking to doesn't want to listen. But I find it fulfilling when they finally see the light and things go better for them. I'll keep your Mom and Dad in my prayers Cher and both Norm and I thank you for your kind offer of help. I'm glad the weather here is going to warm up a tad so house/apt viewing won't be more of a pain than it is anyway!!!!
second one is made out of camo pants from my #1 son, when he was little. Made the Monkeys for Malena. She loves them. going to make her one more "girly", and my # 3 son, and one of his friends wants one.
and we do a stuffed critter thing for charity groups, on another thread, thought I would do a few for that.
Cher, sorry to hear about your Mom and Dad, will keep them in my prayers as well!
Jean, sounds like you were busy yesterday, and to get a paid job teaching things about quilting!
Love those monkeys Thunder!
Thunder, you have a true gift! Your work is always so dead spot on, they are really wonderful!
Jean, how much fun to get paid to do a presentation that will be FUN to do!!! YOU rock girl!
Barb, reading your post about "falling on deaf ears" was very timely for me. You know, I generally ASK my clients if they would like a suggestion etc, and wait for the invite. If they don't say, "yes, please tell me", I don't say anything. THAT generally works REALLY well. They are now in a position to hear what I have to say or they have in essense told me they don't REALLY want to cure the problem, they just want a place to whine. I generally ask people how much work they are willing to go to in order to feel better and taylor the intervention to fit their level of committment. My Co-workers have frequently asked how come I can get my clients to READ the books I suggest!
Cher, you know, I'm sure even medical doctors have that SAME problem with their own families!! LOL
Just make sure the zipper isn't too easy to work. Maybe even take a few stitches just under the pull. An unzipped beanbag is a bad thing. I make sure when I put then together that the inner bag zipper is on the opposite side from the outer zipper.
Thank you all for your prayers it is so appreciated.
Jean you are so right about not getting more than we can juggle and I do believe that to be true. Sometimes I just get weary of the constant worrying about everyone but I will get over it and move on. Thank you.
Barb and Pat I too loved your words of wisdom Thank you.
Thunder OMG I love the monkeys those are Fantastic.
Jean that is soooo wonderful getting paid to do what you love I can only dream congrats I am so happy for you.
Karen look at those babies they just love the bean bags Wow soooo cute.
Hi Janice good to see you it has been a long time. How have you been?
Well I have been a crochet nut for the past few months. I was home for 18 days and I had one to do what I wanted for myself before I go back to work on Tues.
I had a ball today with this. My new Mondo bag...
Decided to make this quilt. the 3 inside runners with the morning glories will be handpainted then I shall match the fabric to colors I've painted, am hoping it will work. Brought the runners in so I can mark out the pattern then tomorrow I'll start painting. Might mean another trip over the border to Joanns lol
In between I'm knitting a purse from 1" strips of fabric..anybody already make one?? trying to determine how you sew the sides, with fabric or thread?? will line it
Hello JoannCooper. Welcome to the group...we sew, we quilt, we laugh, we cry and most of all we are all friends. Glad you are here.
Cher, love the bag, especially the bright colors. Sending you a huge hug for all you are dealing with and so wish I could help. Sadly the situation here is not quite as it seems. Yes, I do (did until knee injury) go down and help with my mom often but my sister actually thinks I should move down there full time. Can't leave my home and do that, so you see in her eyes I am not really doing all I should. I do what I can, when I can now. I so hope things are better for your family and certainly much better for you.
Love the monkeys Thunder!!!
Betty, you are unbelievable with what you do!!! I am exhausted just reading about every thing.
They are getting so cute. It has been a joy to watch. Glad you liked it.
Welcome to the quilting group. Hope you join us often. I tend to like to buy fabric and patterns and magazines, and dream, but there are some really great quilters here of all levels. Its a fun group and Ive learned so so much, about quilting, and sometimes just getting thru life.
Joann, WELCOME! We hope you will become a regular, visit and contribute, let us get to know you.
Betty I LOVE that morning glory and would love to be able to do something like that but I know it's not even a project to put on my radar, it is NEVER going to happen!!!
Marion, I'm sorry that your "best" is not being deemed "good enough", that never feels good. I think we've all experienced that at some point in life. When I'm really clear with myself that I have given my best effort, I generally can be Ok with the results and even other people's judgement. Your sister already lives there. She may not have actually thought thru what she is asking of you.
Thanks Pat. Actually I think a huge part of the problem is that my sister has never moved away from there. Has always lived with in a mile of mom and dad. Mom did all the cooking, did her laundry and had dinner ready when she would return from work each day. It wasn't until mom got down and entered into the nursing home that my sister had to be responsible for things. Sad as it sounds, it happened. I think she is scared deep down. There is no one there now and she is going through this self searching issue of "what happens when..."
I could be way off base.
It is a hard thing to do, to commit yourself to taking care of your aging parents. It is not an easy job for anyone to do! It is very stressful.
Welcome JoannCooper, nice to have you pop in and say hello. I do hope you will stay awhile and tell us about yourself? My name is Linda, I live in Texas, and like everyone else here, love to quilt and sew and craft.
Welcome Joann, I'm Betty, like to dabble with painting, stained glass and sewing, never master any of them but I sure enjoy trying.
Away from the office for 2 1/2 weeks, took me all of 3 hrs. to get caught up now I can take my strips out and get the morning glories put on..
LindaKay, I use my regular acrylics, pure pigment though for brighter colors and mix textile medium in with it..I shall wash each of the strips to make sure there is no bleeding, not likely as I have painted clothing before and never dulls
Joann, do NOT believe Betty when she says "she dabbles and never masters any of them", SHE IS AWESOME!!!
My name is Pat, I work in mental health as a therapist and part of my job in this rural area, is to do the crisis work. I am one of 4 in the county that gets the call to assist with sucidial people or other mental health crisises. I am On-Call for 24 hours a day, one or more days a week in addition to regularly scheduled counseling sessions. Sometimes I have to cancel my scheduled appointments and do the crisis work. Right now, we are short handed again. My boss has been off for 2 weeks and has ONE more week off to a training. Another co-worker is gone to a week long training. That leaves one other worker and I to cover 24 x 7. I was On-call over the weekend, I'm out of the office today and home.
I'm not much of a "quilter" I am more of a "block collector" but I've recently taken some online classes in an effort to learn how to quilt on my regular sewing machine. I used to LOVE crafts but with my schedule do not get to much of that any more.
Hi Joann, my name is Karen, I live in northern Michigan but am trying to move to TN as soon as possible. I've 15 grands and 9 greats that keep me busy at my machine. I used to sew a lot of clothing but now I make mostly quilts and quilted Christmas tree skirts.
This is a great group, We all help and encourage each other in sewing and life too.
ROFLOL, hard day indeed Betty. I should have such a job.
Well Joann, my name is Marion and I live in Havana. Florida that is, not Cuba. I am a fabriholic, block collector, fabric store junkie, and grandmother to 2 adorable girls. Yeap, every grandmother thinks hers are the most adorable...right Karen, Kathy? I love anything to do with sewing, quilting and some other crafts. This is one fantastic group of people who so willingly share their knowledge and talents with all of us. They are my "internet" friends, confidants, moral boosters and in short...my extended family. Hope we will see more of you.
Good afternoon, everyone! I think I've caught up on most of the chatter.. but I'm sure I probably missed something/someone! Yes, Marion, we like to think our gbabies are the most adorable, but truth is - I fall in love with all babies, even ones on FB from people I used to game with, but don't know personally. Guess I'm just a softie.LOL
Looks like we have a new visitor? Hello, Joann! Always nice to meet new friends! I'm Kathy/Kiz, originally a Hoosier, but transplanted into a Buckeye when I married my high school sweetheart in 2008. I love to cook/bake/garden and these ladies got me interested in quilting, although I've sewn clothes and such all my life.
We have swaps, charity projects, something going on here most of the time. We welcome all levels and perceptions, and like new ideas for our swaps. Some us are quilt-a-holics, some of us would like to be... and some of us just like to visit here, as we do have some interesting conversations about all sorts of stuff!
OHHH Cher !! that bag is fantastic!!! I love the design, the shape the colors!!! It is just totally AWESOME
Hi Joann, I am thunder. I quilt, I have been sewing / quilting for as long as I can remember. I dabble in beadwork, and a few other crafts here and there...Betty is our resident expert.. Yes she is awesome...
I live in central Florida. I have 3 sons, 1 daughter in law , and 1 grand daughter, and one half grand child!! yes I said 1/2 new baby due in may !!
sure hope you came back and visit again, It is always wonderful to make new friends...
Pardon me Thunder, I come here for everyones input and ideas and feed on them..you all are what keeps me motivated..
Here I am asking for your (all) opinion, you saw the photo of the quilt I am attempting, it's a wall hanging but I'm making it a double sized quilt,
well I jumped for joy when I went looking in my stash..pardon me for forgetting who the lovely lady was who sent me a box filled with matching fabric (hanging my head in shame) now remember, it was many/many years ago that I received it and I'm not as young as I once was and memory is failing me lol! Now I'm off track and you are shaking your head..
Anyway, the quilt in the magazine is done in soft pastels, I'm about to pick colors of paint (many to pick from) to do a sample of a morning glory, want to see if it bleeds before I start the strips..
These are the most gorgeous of prints that were in the box, all color co-ordinated, wonder if they are too bright or if I should put them back in their box and wait until a perfect project comes to mind... your thoughts
You know how you have a room full of fabric and you want to start a project and don't have the right one???
Guess who has a room full of paint and no fabric medium, only bottle I have has dried up..guess my project will have to wait until tomorrow to start...drats and more drats
Don't you just hate it when you are gung ho to start something and you can't..already in jammies, not about to take a run to the store...
Hi Joann, I'm Barb from up north here in New Hampshire. I quilt and crossstitch and right now am in the middle of packing up our home. We are looking to downsize a bit...You won't find a more gracious and welcoming group anywhere... Wonderful ladies and occasionally our friend Stu. Hope you come back often...
Edited to add: Betty is showing a true picture of her paints!!! I saw them and used them when I visited her. And the best thing is that she knows how to use them!!!!
OMG Betty!!! I don't think you have enough paints!! LOL
I am always amazed at the wonderful things you all make even tho I don't usually say so. It is so great that we have a place here on Dave's to share what we are doing and ask advise about almost anything. Some one recently asked about how to make chicken saddles!! I had never heard of such a thing but, sure enough some one came thru for her. I wonder how she is doing with the saddles? Any way, I am very glad to be a part of this bunch of enablers. Thank you all.
Hi Joann, I'm Gloria (not Mindy) from Arizona, born and bred nearly 72 years ago. Oracle is a small town, about 5,000 people, and probably that many horses. It's about 30 miles NE of Tucson. I've been making quilts for a while and I am always leaning something new or how to do something better. I have one son, who lives less than a mile from me, and a 13 year old grandaughter, and a wonderful DIL. My husband and I do not live together, about 9 years now, but we talk on the phone everyday. He lives about 3 miles away. I have 5 cats, last one is about 3 mo. old and ready for a trip to the vet. I do a bit of tatting when the mood hits, but I'm usually at my " studio" playing with fabric. I enjoy cross stitch also. So welcome and come back soon, ya hear!!
I wanted to show you what I have done with one of the fabrics that Thunder sent me as part of a Christmas swap. First ones of the new year...
And the fun puzzle Norm got me too!!!!
Off to watch our youngest granddaughters in their gymnastics classes today. Should be fun!!!!
Could someone post the directions for that crayon bag again. I saw a pattern yesterday, but it closed up and wasnt big enough for a book, just a pad. It was harder than this one too. Those are just perfect.
Love puzzles, dogs tails and puzzle dont mix tho, so I do them on the computer...not the same tho. Is that the box top or did you already do that whole puzzle??
wow Barb, you have indeed been busy, enjoy puzzles but its been ions since I've done one..will you set on wood/glue and put a finish on it..might be something nice to hang when you get that new quilt room..love the bags..always nice to make something out of the fabric that's been given to you.
Sure know I've enjoyed using up the fabric you gave me when you visited!
These are the bags that I make for the Children's Cancer Center which is in the same building where Norm gets his treatments. I need to write out directions as this is my own pattern. I'll try to do it tonight or tomorrow morning.
OOHHH Barb, the bags are Wonderful . should I send you some more of that fabric ?? would be glad to contribute to your charitable cause :) I believe I saw some of the hand-prints one also.??
the pattern would be great to have, I could do one for all of my nieces, and of course the GD. is that a Dianne Phalen puzzle? sure looks like something she would do.
Hey Doc, Dave thought I had a lot of paint...then I showed him Betty's...he promised not to grumble about mine any more :) Have also shown him some fabric stash photos, he was quite surprised !!! hoping Ben is feeling better today, give him some more gentle hugs ♥♥♥
Betty, I own more wood tools that he does ... last few he bought were for me. I used to do craft fairs, home parties with wood stuff. wished I'd known Judy was going to get into it, I could have sent home with her many, many patterns, and could have given her a great deal on some tools...she could have filled up the van.
Seeing Betty is short on paints I think we should take up a collection to add the ones that are essential to completing her new project. We wouldn't want her to be missing any, now would we? LOL Ah, Betty, the fabric collection happens to have come from Florida, northern part of state, and I am so glad you are able to use them in a project. :-)
Not moving very fast today...feel achy and so hoping I am not getting sick.
Well Im barely moving and dont have a bum knee. Went out to do a few things in the yard, did not realize I had literally 1000 things to do. I
dont even know where to begin, Limbs and sticks everywhere. Potato vines grabing my legs and making me keep falling, scratching me all up to walk thru them. All I wanted to do was prune the oak leaf hydrangea. Im so sore...so so sore. This is embarassing. Im just going to have to set aside some time every day and just do what I can. It got so hot and humid I had to come in. I refuse to give in to old age at this point, gotta get with it.
For now, cutting some more scraps, I dont have to think to much to do that.
Marion..sure hope your not getting sick, you dont need that...well who does ;-)
Aha, Marion, mystery solved, so you were the one who sent me that lovely pre-packaged box of fabric I had meant to put the name of sender into the box and thought I had so this quilt will be on you!..thrilled to have gotten them, more thrilled that I can probably do this quilt without having to purchase fabric..now wouldn't that be something..that rarely happens, usually I'm picking something I have to purchase.
Matched paints to fabric this morning, brought in a yellow and oops it's dry, so donation of paints appreciated..lol NOT
Just got organized, had to buy a hoop and started base coating my first morning glory and a few leaves..will come alive when I highlight and shade..will be fun..no bleeding!
I think Thunder I may have patterns as well, know I've lots of scroll patterns as well as books to do pictures etc. will have to go insearch of them and get some to Judy, know she always has time for scroll saw work. (grin)
Gardenglory, smart lady realizing some of the garden work is just too much for you..small amounts a day will get you further than doing it all in a few days and hurting yourself.
Glad I could remember I had sent the pack of fat quarters to you. Memory is shot also. Can't wait to see the finished project Betty.
Pam, if I could send you some of our weather...70s but very nice outside...humidity isn't bad. I did walk around a bit looking at things but then it was back inside...knee not up to much wandering...er bending as I am prone to do when I go out.
Back to my machine. I need to work on a baby quilt for a friend of Kims.
Glad you did remember Marion, my apology for not!!!
I keep meaning to have a book that I keep who sent me what in swaps, maybe this is a good lesson to start keep track.
Decided 'watching' paint dry takes too long, what I shall do tonight is stop at Walmart and buy 2 more hoops and that way I can paint on each while the other dries and that way it shall not take me forever.
Will leave the strips here at work and start working on the other panels at home that way both should be done at approximately the same time. IF and only if it turns out ok I'll make a second one and that way both DIL's will have same..can't do for one and not the other!
I used to staple a little label of the name in the corner of my fabric. That way it would jog my memory who gave it to me. I got hopelessly behind in that now!! STILL... when I use a piece and see a name and it makes me smile.
Between catering work, as well as out of town friends and family, it seem like ages since I've had a "me" day. Today was it. I baked two dessert pies and a pot pie for dinner, basted the third wedding quilt quarter and the last sham. It wasn't totally a free day 'cause I had lots of linen to wash from all the house guests. Guess the upside to downsizing is fewer houseguests. :) Hopefully I'll have the third quilt section on the frame tomorrow and be ready to stitch again.
Hi, Joann, I am Laurel. I live in Atlanta and have a small cottage in the Appalachian foothills called Maypop, thus the name. I love hand embroidery, hand quilting and various old school forms of antique textile design, stitching and weaving. I do a little beading and less knitting. Sometimes my sewing machine cooperates with an idea and helps me make a fast quilt. Not often. I grow species orchids and am a frequent poster on the orchid forum but my biggest passion is a vegetable garden in N. GA. and the food I create based on what we grow.
The people on this forum are very knowledgeable and inspirational when it comes to needle arts. Coming here has kept me on track with current projects and helped me get back to long abandoned ones.
Just love watching Eleanor, she makes you just want to get giddy and have fun with sewing.
Meeting a SIL for lunch, she bought fabric for a large rag quilt, doesn't know how to sew, I'll cut the squares, let her do the 'x's then have her come over and put it through the accuquilt for ragging..then some Saturday she'll visit and we'll put it together...did I say 'we'
speaking of Eleanor Burns... I watched the webinair last night of her new block party, she just totally cracks me up. Her Block Party series are fun, as they usually have a theme, sometimes she cooks too, or shows video clips of places she's been or her house.. wow, would love to be there in person! Anyway, the quilt she was doing last night was from jelly rolls, called ZigaZag, reminds me of a rail fence type pattern, but it's done in strips sets, very easy. I think the live webinair is still posted on the site for viewing. She always shows quilts that people have done at the beginning of the show, and ones that she and her assistant Theresa have made for that show. There is an option to join the Block Party for the patterns and booklets of each quilt that she does in the series. You get each pattern book mailed out ahead of time so you have a chance to make it before she airs, think it said $94 for all of them... BUT if you just want to watch the videos, the new ones usually post on the site about 3 weeks after each new block. (can you tell I'm an EB fan??? LOL) http://www.quiltinaday.tv
She is a silly lady, but very easy to learn from. Her site also has a Media Theatre which has LOTS of her videos,(FREE) old and new and she always gives measurements on what she's cutting. This new one was shown in darker colors, browns, reds, greens and black, very pretty!
January and February at the Museum where I work are slow so I decided to bring in a hand sewing project, am now doing hexies. Don't have a definite layout yet but am kicking around a few ideas. Will probably end up in the UFO pile.
Thunder, the green in the single one is from you, I'm calling that one 'Surprise in the Garden'.
I have made up a tutorial on how to make the coloring book totes but I"m not sure how to get it here. I did it in Word. Should I start a separate thread for it? It is about seven pages long because I tried to take pictures as I made one today... Can you help me with this?
I can't advise you either but I too would love to see a separate thread with the totes. You can copy and paste anything you write into a DG thread. Just take your type and copy, then open a DG window and paste. My SO is good at getting photos to transfer from various formats so I could ask him. If you want my email addy DG me and you can send a photo. He can maybe try a one photo experiment and tell you what to do.
P.S. I did ask in advance if he would be willing to help and he agreed so no DHs or SOs will be harmed in this experiment.
Sorry Linda! Last night she said on the webinar (and in my newsletter invite) that after the last viewing last night, the video would be on the website. Today on her FB page, it says it will be there by the end of the week.
It is a nice pattern, although I would probably cut yardage instead of purchasing jelly rolls. Christmas colors would be pretty too.
Wow! I feel like I just walked into a big rolicking party! Thanks for the warm welcome!
So now I should tell you something about myself. I garden, I quilt, and I'm married to a deaf old coot who I am right fond of. Moved to the SC low country a little over a year ago, still getting used to the change from Virginia. Like being outside barefooted today (January 9th!!) digging a new border. Or filling in holes that the armadillo dug under the porch...or finding an alligator sunning in the back yard...
I've been quilting about 15 years, worked in a quilt shop in VA for a couple of years, and did some teaching there. Liked that, but have been too busy putting in a new garden here to get much quioting done as yet. Have a lovely new sewing room and have only been in it to make some new drapes...boooor-ring!!
Joined an art quilt group here and am supposed to be working on a small abstract quilt for a challenge. Have some ideas...but can't stop digging outside long enough to get to the cutting table...
Joann, I'm so happy to see we didn't scare you off, you came BACK!!! You can keep your gators... I am a Northern girl and we have enough predators, don't need gators and I've NEVER seen an armadillo in real live person. A possum surprised me once on my back patio and I nearly had a heart attack!! My first thought was RAT!!! You see, I'd NEVER seen one in my neck of woods when I was living in Walla Walla so I was just so shocked. By the way, those of you familiar with possums... Do you know why the chicken crossed the road? To show the possum it COULD be done!!
I'm going to go see if I can find BArb's crayon bag tote link. I'll be back later.
Yaaaaaaaaay Joanne - you came back! Nice to "see" another friendly face here! (VBGrin)
I love gardening, and quilting, too! Although I haven't been quilting as long as you...
I'm married to an old coot too (he's not deaf, but he's got "male hearing" lol)
Hey Joanne, glad you came back! Can't wait to see some of your work. That art quilt sounds interesting! Yes, we like pictures!
We have armadillo's here too, but Thank God we don't have any gators! The scorpions and tarantula's are enough to keep me scared!
Sewing will continue until the weather improves then it is outside gardening as well.
My painting continues and the morning glories, took me better part of the day to do 6..thought it would be quicker than appliqué but now I'm not so sure. Figured it will take me 3 more days unless my boss (BIL) gives me something to do. Lol
JoAnne - I'm with you on being outdoors when the weather is nice!!!! Finished the quilting project I needed for tonite & plan to play in the dirt & paint the exterior of the studio while the weather is so nice. Hope to get the new garden tilled over the weekend and get plants moved in. Also time to start Spring veg seeds.
Robin, does the RWB Quilt still hang in the Museum? Did you see my block??? I was still in the Army when that project was done - must be 15 years ago. Got the focus fabric from JoAnn's.
Altho Im not a big valentines person, I must say Fabirc.com has some really cute valentines fabric, I especially love the retro stuff.
I was out at 8 this morning pruning my crape myrtle. Its a brutal job. Ive got one more trip out to finish it. It got so hot and humid yesterday working outside, I just finally gave up. Moving some bushes...I redo my front bed every year, drives my husband totally insane, so I have to do it when he is at work. I cant get it just right tho. Its an odd shape and size. Im really liking the knockout roses so having to move some azealas and agapanthas. Enjoy your day out Jean, its heaven to be able to work with no mosquitos.
Been saving pics to my quilt folders, found a couple that some of you may find interesting:
1 is a log cabin from a F&P ebook, link is on their FB page.
2 is one I saved from the web
3 is from F&P, chevrons made with strips
4 is for Karen's 'to do' list..LOL
I have quite a few tree skirts saved to my Pinterest quilting board, if anyone's interested
O wow, love that second one
Went to order from fabric.com RIGHT after getting the sale email. Just like in the clearance sale, they have more posted with none in stock, than they do with the ones in stock. They didnt use to do this, and I dont like it.
Went into Dillards this morning. Just in the front door I was confronted with a huge Vera Bradley display, and all the new bags and fabric. Why oh why cant we get fabric like that. I could have spent 1000 bucks in a flash, great stuff this season, fabrics and bags. I wont buy it, because I feel I should be able to make something close. I wish she would start a fabric line.
I was just looking and disecting and trying to see how the large dresden plate template could be used somehow to accomplish something like this or similar to this pattern..now you've got my mind going, a challenge..
still sitting here painting, now why didn't you all convince me that painting those 3 strips - total of 27 morning glories were NOT the thing to do..I'm on my 13th one, might get to finish the 14th before leaving work today...
the one for Karen is from another Board that says the pattern is from the book French Braid Obsession.
this is my Pinterest page if anyone's interested.. I guess the link will work for anyone regardless of whether you're a Pinterest member or not...
Thank you, was thinking at lunch hour if I still have time after I go to the post office might go to fabricland, they still have christmas fabric, not as cheap as Joanns but then Joanns didn't have any..yep, I'm in need of making that stop
Okay so I have 'possums, raccoons, armadillos and 2 large gators in the lake. Add some beavers, otters and deer. Just part of living in northern Florida. Armadillos are a pain in the butt but have found they do not tolerate Castor Oil. The only thing that has saved some of my plants. :-)
Kathy, here you go again, getting me into more trouble.
Barb thanks for taking the time to do the tote bag instructions for us.
Love that joke... 6 days?!?!?!
Karen - your "to do" is great!! love love love it!
oh oh oh... Kathy - that triple Dresden tree skirt is too perfect! I love it!
Betty - if you only knew how much I love morning glories, then you show me this beautiful work you're doing!!
I'm in awe/jealous/unable to do any more UFOs if my life depended on it... MUST do my UFOs first... I have one from 25 years or more ago...
Now I shall have to make sure birds are going in the correct direction when I cut..
Was just about ready to say how I love morning glories Susan and you said you had UFO projects to finish first...Lordy/Lordy it jogged my memory, I have a project that I cut out years and years ago that is hidding, maybe this piece reminded me of it..shaking my head, can't believe it..off I go to find it, you will laugh when you see it.
drats, wrote an entire post and Riley who missed me while I was gone can't seem to leave my side walked over the key and goodbye post.
knew exactly where to find them, now you've given me something to add to the blackboard under UFO projcts to finish in 2013.
Think I had both whie lace sheers for bac bedroom done in blue's/yellow and was going to attach the large one in the center and two smaller ones as tie backs.
Cut them with MDF wood so they would stand out
wonder what happened to that idea..guess it wasn't a priority
Betty, I love your painting! Geez, if I only had a pinch of that talent.. My mom used to paint alot, watercolors, chalks, acrylics and oils. Was her outlet for de-stressing, then when Dad got so sick, she put them away. I thought after she married Charlie she would get them out again, but she says she can't concentrate on painting now with him in and out of the house all the time...? Maybe one of these days she'll get back into it. Besides cake decorating, that was her favorite pasttime.
Karen, I looked for you on Pinterest, the search didn't bring up you as a pinner? That site is just too addictive - pin something, then find someone else's board to check out, and another, and another.. LOL
Its on the page she posted above
far right, first row is the tree skirt. Didnt see butterflies, but didnt get to the end yet. . Ive just got to make me one of those pages, altho there is so much I like on her page it would take me a lifetime. I loved that 4 patch scrap video.
Pam, there's no way I could do all those I have pinned, but it's my 'virtual' quilt display! Billie Lauder is a hoot, she talks so fast while she's demonstrating, sometimes I have to play her twice to focus on the pattern.. she does have some good videos on YouTube
Besides, I can find stuff to 'enable' other people with...
This dahlia pic is actually a lap quilt, but wouldn't it make a pretty tree skirt in christmas prints with a little metallic threading??? Betty, this can be your next 'to do'..
Yes Kathy dear you are indeed awesome. BTW I found my Puff iron, I know I won't be using it any more, would you like to have it? It's perfect for pressing tiny sleeves. Google it to see what I'm talking about.
Marion, just spent some time cutting block to start the squares for the morning glory piece as as I cut and ohhh and ahhh'd at so many fabrics that matched..have to say my fellow quilters here sure know how to spoil!
I can just see the project come together and am enthused...
OK lossing my mind here, went and signed up for pinterest. How on earth to you use this sight. All it will do is bring up five boards of other people for me to follow. Coming unglued...and fast...errrrr Please help if you use it.
Pam, on Pinterest you'll see your name on the right beside a red pintack. To the right of your name there is a little 'down arrow', run your cursor over that and a dropdown box appears. Click on Boards and you will have to 'create' a board. Name it anything you want (you can always change the name later), then save it. Up to the left of your screen there is a Search box. Type anything in there (just like Google) and it will bring up boards of anything that has whatever you're searching for. Try typing in quilts and see how many come up! Then you can just click on someone's board and browse thru whatever they have 'pinned' from someone else or a site. If you click on a particular picture, it will enlarge it. Then look at the top of the picture, you'll see 'Repin', 'Like'. If you click on 'Repin', it will save it to your Board on your account. If you have multiple Boards created, you can choose which Board to pin it to, just like you would your Favorites or Folders on your computer. If you really like something that you see, you can click on 'Like' to show that you like their pin, or 'Follow' to watch what else that person pins to their Boards. If you repin something I have on my Boards, I get an email saying that you either repinned or Liked something that I have. You can always Unpin, Unlike or Unfollow... Pretty easy once you get the hang of it!
Think of Pinterest as having multiple bulletin boards all over your wall and your 'pinning' ideas for projects to them... You can also use the search bar to look for other people, type in someone's name, click the search icon and it will bring up 'Pins','Boards', 'Pinners'. Click on any one of those and it will take you to either that person's Boards, or things they've pinned. Interesting what you will find.
Betty, I just love that blue/yellow combo! Can't wait to see the final Ta-Da!!!
You are allowed out ONLY if you sit Missie...drats, I must wait until mid February or end of March to make the trip, keep the sunshine for me will you.
was just thinking, today is Friday, usually at Fort Myers Flea Market picking up some treasures..instead I'm still in my jammies, need to do my hair (might call hairdressers seeing as I'm finished at 3pm) sewing up a storm and enjoying the day.
Only problem I have is the painted morning glories..will have to give a shade of deeper blue, much too turquois for my liking, think what I've done so far clashes
maybe had I added some white on white in the blocks it might have blended better
bit late for that, going to finish the block, add similar blue to the morning glories and see what dies I have for the accuquilt, maybe I could incorporate something in the middle of the blocks with the same white fabric..
I like the contrast between the two. I think if I were to try something, it would be to bring a touch - just a touch - of the darkest blue to the base of the morning glories. Against the white background, I find them to look paler than they would without the darker pieced panels. Just an opinion because the work is stunning!!!!
Your picture shows only five blocks completed with the blue color around the four patches...couldn't you do the rest of the blocks with the WOW ? and use the few with the blue here and there in the rows? how many rows of pieced blocks complete the quilt?
Does anyone use a MAC that is on pintrest. I have totally screwed up my computer and lost everything Ive ever done, trying to put the pin on the bookmark bar. I even had to google daves and re-login, I usually just punch my daves button.
oooooooooh love that quilt, Betty... the morning glories are awesome!
Well, I have an interview on Wed, with an Oil & Gas company that's just starting out in Calgary - http://www.panafricanoil.ca/
Should be interesting - I will be the lone assistant in the office, and I would work for 2 people. I would have to find things to do when it's quiet in the office, or they're off to Africa...Hey - sounds like your office, Betty - hmmm sewing comes to mind... LOL NOT!
is there any green in the prints?? you could add a very thin line / sashing / border of green between the flower strip, and the strips of blocks. or use the dark blue ? I think I would do it quite thin, perhaps cutting 1'', that when sewn in it would only be 1/2 ''
I love greens , sew that would work for me !! you may want to audition a few different shades, if you have some on hand. If you don't like the green, try a few blues...
sorry Pam, NO computer knowledge here at all. sure hope you get it figured out
OK, Linda, just keep those sneaky-crawlies down there in TX. I can handle things I can see coming, but I don't like things that sneak (or crawl or slither) up on me. Scorpions would freak me out.
Marion: How does the castor oil work? Do you pour in around the base of the plants? I just dug a trench along the back of my house and filled it with lava rock to keep my friendly neighborhood armadillo from trying to burrow under my bedroom. He is bent on getting under the foundation back there. I run out in my jammies when he wakes me up and whack him on the butt with the broom, but he just comes back the next night...
Having girls over for a sewing session so think my project will go on back burner..
Bought one of those wall(???) hmm what do they call them, mind went blank that you can attach pieces, blocks to get an idea what your piece will look like..maybe I will put it up and audition some of your suggestions..will do this if I can figure out best way to hang it on a temporary basis.
Susan, wishing you luck with the interview..key words were 'when boss is away I'll have to find something to keep me busy'. Does that mean you will pull a Betty???
Well need a coffee, bake muffins, wash floors before my sewing buds get here..
yes Karen - we will lose a dear friend... Sunday or Monday they will disconnect all life support unless (as the Dr thing they may be able to do, but The Lord's Will be done) the Drs can do something. For now, only the machines are keeping her alive.
I'm so sad...
2 days ago I look thru my pantry for my container of Daitaneaous Earth. It was no where to be found. This AM I opened the pantry & the container was sitting right where it was supposed to be. So yes, I have other dimensions in my house.
Went thru 2 of the 3 bags of donated fabric scraps I was given yesterday. Very little "quilt shop quality" fabrics but a lot of fabrics nice enough to make some charity quilts. Even a bag that had a rail fence in progress and enough cut strips to make it a nice size. Some old cotton curtains that will make nice backings. Am now looking forward to the next bag of loot.
But 1st, I need to put my work clothes on & get to caulking the siding of the studio. Sunny & 70s so I'm going outside to enjoy it while we have it.
Joanne, not sure how the castor oil works..LOL can only use my imagination. I pour it around the plants and so far it has stopped their digging. Also found the hole where they live and put some there...haven't seen any in some time now.
Oh Jean, how much better you make me feel...I am always looking for something and later finding it right where it was suppose to be...maybe I can get away with need cataract surgery on the right eye? LOL Lovely day here also but only doing limited things outside.
Ya, I was rooting for you Betty... sending you positive thoughts ... "Design wall" but I see Jean beat me to it!!
Ben is still not doing great and my worry is, this will be his new baseline? His brother has been driving 2 hours one way to be here and work on getting the studio finished. It has been painstakingly SLOW. I got home from a 12 hour day at work and to my naive eyes wondered what the heck they had done!! The exterior door is till not installed, they have been on it for days. Maybe today?
Today, in spite the house work that needs to be done, the bills that I need to pay, I will carve out a few hours to SEW. NO, I'm not talking about the altering of clothes for my sister although I still have 3 more pairs of pants. I'm going to do something for MY PLEASURE.
I'm exhausted. Was outside working all afternoon. All but 1 seam is caulked & then I got the steel rake & shovel & moved back a lot of the dirt that had gathered around the foundation of the Studio. Need to get the cutters out to get rid of some nice roots up against the concrete. Hopefully they belong to trees that have been cut down. Had hoped to get some painting done today but ran out of time & energy.
Gave my son his quilt yesterday, he loved it! Took a couple pictures of it on his bed. The bed was made by his great, great, grandfather on his fathers side. i think the quilt is perfect for it, except I wish I had made it a little longer on the sides.
He and his girlfriend bought new sheets to match and got new pillows too.
It did turn out beautiful!! If you really want it wider, you could add another BIG border of creme or maybe dark brown so it "blends" in with the bed. I have frequently added a big border to a purchased quilt because I want the quilts I use as bedspreads to come close to the floor.
Marion: I'm going to Walgreens tomorrow and get the biggest bottle of castor oil I can find. I've been using the commercial stuff from Lowe's (Repells All, I think). That worked great for about a year, but now they just ignore it - and it's expensive!
Went to Joann's yesterday and got some pillow forms, fabic, and zippers for new pillows for the porch...but the weather is so nice, I don't know when I'll stay inside to get them done. By the time I get back to the sewing room, I won't remember what I was going to do with that bag of stuff anyway...
Went to joanns this afternoon to get the supplies for the crayon tote. Darned if I didnt get distracted figuring which fusible interfaceing, and forgot the lining.
Went by the health food store. NOW, if I only actually ate any of the stuff I got there ;-O. I do feel healthier just being in there tho. I did pick up one of the dark chocolate bars Jean had mentioned, with the Stevia. Cant tell any difference. I did notice insulin as an ingrediant, Im sure thats got to be some form of sugar.
pat Linda is waiting for an operation in the next week or so to have her hand and wrist operated on..she barely had enough strength to match coloring and see..she managed to sew about 50 blocks then had to stop. I finished the other 40 and didn't mind! I loaned Rita the accuquilt a few weeks before christmas, she brought it back so we could use it..she offered to do them for me but I got her busy doing placemats
Pat do you rag before putting it together? Sure makes ragging easier.
Doing rag quilts are pretty easy, but if you clip by hand, it takes a long time. I have always put the blocks together, then did all the clipping. I will have to try clipping first, the sew together next time.
I've done both... if it's a "group" effort, sometimes I have sewn the blocks in sections and then sent them out the rest to do the clipping. It was the only way to get the job done in time!! ie, I'd assembly the rag quilt in 1/4 and pass out the 1/4 sections, finish assemby and clip the remaining blocks to the seam.
Robin, that is a beautiful quilt and how wonderful to have a bed made by his grandfather.
Betty, I am so impressed with all that you accomplish and it is so wonderful how you help others and share your skills. I love that Little twister wreath, I am putting together some more placemats for Meals on wheels using that tool.
I had the best day yesterday we (Sheila, Dottie and I) went to the grand opening of a new quilt shop in Orlando, Wandering Stitches. Just wonderful but too many "new" fumes in the air and I felt like I just had to keep clearing my throat. We're going to go back in a week or so, hopefully it will be better air then.
We then went to IKEA for lunch and had 15 meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy and lingonberry sauce. So delicious , ate every bit. We had frozen yogurt cones for dessert. I bought the large Christmas tree panel (60" wide x 74" long) and want to make it into a Christmas shower curtain. I'll use the large plastic grommets from JoAnns as the rod hangers. My plan is to pin holiday pins on it as decorations. This will give me a chance to use my new serger and explore some more features of it. I sure love the way you can put in a zipper using a special foot attachment.
I brought home a small quilt from the Rocket Quilters meeting. It needed to have binding made and attached . So I serged the edges, and made and attached the binding. It takes me longer to read the instructions and set the machine up than it does to do the actual serging. I hope I can get faster as I become more familiar with it. The backing had hummingbirds so here's a closeup of the backing.
I finished the edges of the pink sweatshirt jacket for my grand daughter, I used the wave feature of the serger using rayon variegated thread. Close up detail of the sleeve edge. I want to try this out on a table runner that needs finishing.
Just had to share Judy's quilt that was given to her daughter for Christmas, the little Twister placemat made by Ilona and and the entirely handquilted double wedding ring made by Kakthy K and given to her MIL.
Off to church so more pictures to come later. Have a great morning.
Robin - that quilt is very nice. Is that the one the woman in Odenton quilted for you?
I'm off to rake leaves in a bit. Surprised I'm moving after the caulking & digging I did yesterday. I was looking forward to a shower, jammies, and a nice nite relaxing o the couch BUT DH had told a friend we'd meet his gang for dinner at 7:30!!!! So I had to put nice clothes on & go stay awake way longer than I had planned. At least Pumpkin let me sleep in.
Morning all, guess who slept in, don't know in how many years that I've slep till 9am..hmmm perhaps the meds helped.
What a way to start my morning, the ohhh's and ahhh's , so enjoyed viewing all the pretties..talented lady!
Wonder if you were able to provide me with more details re the quilt shop for the large tree, perhaps I could order it, fell in love with it.
Jacket is just too pretty..that little lady is one lucky child. I have a friend who designed a quilted sweater, made about 30 of them, was a great selling item..anyway we made up little sets, matches wool to pants color then purchased matching fabric, ohh what fun we had. From adults to children sizes, if memory serves me I gave Barb here a sweater in black and white..did you ever make another Barb? Got off track, wanted to say because my friend shares her pattern if you would like a small sized pattern I could send it to you..just would have to let me know what size...
Off to do something, feel. Like I've wasted a day. Lol
Betty, the fabric panel from IKEA is called Margareta SPRUCE, the article number is 301.346.15 and the price was 6.99 per yard. It is a little over 2 yards in length, I don't know the exact cost as I bought more than one panel. Approximately $14.00? I was amazed that they allow you to cut your own fabric. We're going back this week to pick up Dottie's machine that was left for repair and to drop off Sheila's for it's annual check up. As Ikea is quite close to the quilt store we're going back for lunch again. If you can't get one via phone order, let me know and I'll get one for you. Thanks but no thanks on the sweater pattern. I'm trying very hard to destress my life by finishing up the hundreds of projects I have already started.
Love the quilt Robin. Beautiful compliment to the bed...luck guy!!!
Mittsy is your serger by chance a Babylock? I have one that does the wave stitch but haven't used it so far...might need to try that now that I have seen the pictures. Good to have you checking in with us. How are things with the family? I think about you quite a lots and keep wondering how things are going. Sending a hug your way.
I had no clue Ikea sold fabrics! I see a trip down to Orlando in my future...well after I get the knee taken care of so I can move around a little better.
thanks LindaKay, will check it out. Closest IKEA is 100 miles from here, not sure when I will ever get to that end of the city..not sure if they have mailing service or not..will call them.
Cooking a stew, smells mighty good, sure wish you all lived closer, I'd provide stew and you could help me organize..lol
my weekend to do list is done, even included a few extras..
bought so much fabric at Fabricland today, a couple of designs were $15 and if you bought 1 they gave you 4 FREE, could resist, walked out spending a fortune to save a fortune..bought same amount on Thursday when I was at the Barrie store..some stores have staff that are soooo nice to deal with, helpful, smilling..made my day.
The icing on the cake is I get to sew the strips which shall become 3 sets of 6
and no, won't finish them t onight but always nice when you are organized and have everything set up to sew a strip here and there
Completing the turn table and ironing pad went without mishap..will make sewing a lot easier.
Same with Home Depot when they cut my wood..had hair cut and she was just a doll soooo had the perfect day!
Our closest IKEA is 2 hrs away, have never been in one but my son says it's a cool place to spend a day just planning... I checked the fabrics too, but they're stated as 'not sold online'. Found some really nice black on whites, though.
Betty, is your new fabric a Judy Hansen line? Looks familiar to what I have upstairs in my Christmas stash.. love that pine cone fabric! Good idea for a turntable, just got card of coupons for Joann's yesterday, will have to see if they have one of those smaller mats.
Marion, hope you get that knee healed soon... you have lots of running to catch up on!!