Is anyone beside me having "problems" with Dave's today? It is so slow. Tried to post pics earlier and it just hung. Even rebooted the computer & still going very slow.
Weather has just been too nice to be inside sewing. keep thinking I'll work on these booties at nite & keep forgetting to bring the crochet hook in. Guess i could finish this last section of binding...
Robin - that quilt is just awesome with the bed his g-g-grandfather made! And what a wonderful tribute to the bed! I agree - you could put another cream or brown border on it and it would look good!
Sorry that Dorothy passed, but it was to the Lord, and she's out of pain. Now, for the family to get through this... Mary is having a hard time, I'm sure. How wonderful that she got to spend these last months in the same place as Dorothy! And how awesome is it that Dorothy go to see that Marti is cancer-free! They blessed each other...
I dug out this stack n whack quilt that I started about 15 years ago! To keep busy during our cold nasty winter. I have a lot cut out, and no idea how to put together ! The pattern was from a monthly magazine and it is long gone.
Gardenglory, what are you going to do with your log cabin blocks. I have a lot of them made up but many are different sizes and were a big part of my learning projects. I like how you have enclosed them in a binding.
Jan, you can trim your log cabins to all of the same size...or add sashing to make them all of the same size...
Jo, have you tried u tube for some directions??
Betty !!! Betty !! we are our own worst enemies !! STOP being so critical of your self !!! your flowers are beautiful !! and the quilt will be too!!! I know I have said this before, but I will say it again...
Every single quilt I ever do...I always hit a spot...and think it is going to be ummm yuck!!! ( not what I expected) I just have to get past that, continue on...and then the quilt gets "likeable" again... KEEP GOING it is BEAUTIFUL !!!
I have a question. I have been part of a mystery quilt for months. I just got the last part where you put all the pieces together and I don't like it. It is extremely busy and there is no place for the eye to rest at all. It has twenty busy blocks calling for no sashing and then a very busy border around it. I have made all the blocks but have not started to put them together yet. Any advice on how to create a bit of calm in this quilt? I do have material left but not a huge amount...
Barb maybe use sashing anyhow to separate them a bit or create a whole new project using co-ordinating plain blocks in a checkerboard pattern. If you totally dislike them, send them away maybe for placemats?
Barb how disappointing for you...remember what Thunder said..do it and wait for the end before giving up on it..lol
my sister Sharon, Barb, didn't I bring you and Norm for a visit at the cottage when you were up??? know I brought someone..well she sent me photo's of her quilts and quilting and thought as a proud sister I'd show you
Sharon also has the top American Eskimo in both Canada and USA
She is a renoun breeder..on her way hoping to win for a 5th or 6th time in a row 'Best of Breed' at Westminster show..keeping fingers crossed that one year she'll get a best in show
A lady was so impressed she painted this for Sharon
WOW Betty! Your sister's dogs are doing great and her quilt work is beautiful.
I can't believe you don't LOVE the Morning glory quilt. I truly think it's GORGEOUS!!!! I agree the darker paint you added made it blend even BETTER. NOTE, I said even BETTER. I am just still not believing you don't LOVE it!!
Barb, I agree with the others... a sashing and No busy border... maybe set them on corner and add plain blocks with a repeating quilting motiff... Split the blocks up into 2 quilts. Heck maybe even into 3 or more lap quilts with sashing and borders if it REALLY is too busy for you!! Wanna show us some pics?
Barb - can you post a pic of the blocks. I agree some plain sashing & quieter border may be the way to go. Or can you put some palin snowball blocks btwn the busy ones?
Jo - there should be on line instructions for your stack & wack. You add the 2 green triangles to opposite sides of the floral piece. Then join 2 pieces together 3 times. THen join the 3 double pieces together to form each block.
As far as putting the blocks together, you can either square off each of the floral blocks, or use setting pieces btwn them.
Those log cabin blocks were for the Sandy relief quilts. Jean help put them together for the quilts and could probably give some good info.
Those are called wonky blocks because the strips are not even and I believe they kinda turn the blocks to square up the border, so even tho they are sewn straight, it looks like they are turned all which-a-way in the quilt.
I have a ton of snow you can "pull" too Jean! We have had warmer weather these last two days and the snow depth is down to about 2" now. Of course we are due for more snow on Wednesday which is when we go for Norm's PET scan!!!!
I will try to get a couple photos of these blocks in the morning. I'll also see if Norm can scan in the picture of the way the quilt is supposed to come out. I just don't care for it.
Jean, what size do the blocks need to be BEFORE the black border is put on? Let's talk, I wanted to sign up but got afraid I could not keep the commitment. I do have some blocks complete, not a full 20 though.
Never asked Thunder..do know a lot of breeders pay her for sperm..
So hoping she wins again this year..attached my sip and sew to sewing table, looked at the machines and the pressure in my back said no you don't. Lol. And I am listening!
Pat - the border should make them larger than 12 1/2" so the person putting them together can square them all to (her) 12 1/2". Noting says how deep that dark border needs to be but I'm guessing should be more than 1 1/2". Do you have the site to sign up? Or I can let the POC know you are sending me some since the other woman bailed.
I made the squares about 12 inches and I have NOT yet put the black borders on! Sooooo I'm thinking you don't want these. I'll just finish them up and donate the quilt locally.
I'd be happy to make up some more and send them to you. What colors are you using?? I'd like mine to blend in with what you have. The ones I have finished were from leftovers from some projects and sticking to mostly yellow, browns and some greens, Pam's are MUCH brighter than mine.
Ya'll are getting a lot of quilting done. I have been thru a couple of cold fronts and a couple of warm fronts without touching a sewing machine. Well I did unpack the 2 I bought in October, but I haven't sewn a stitch with them.
But I did get my rescued shrubs planted and some of my iris divided and grandchildren properly hugged. I didn't upload a bathrobe pic of Bailey's bathrobe - I love fleece. For the amount of time I have these days it is fast, easy, soft and comes in colors.
I get mine from Hancock's online. There is only one real store in DFW left, so I just order online. Never liked Joann's much. Overpriced and I don't have time to coupon to save with them.
Gypsi, that bathrobe looks so warm and cuddly..wouldn't a large size fit the bill right now.
Bitter cold out there, thought perhaps it had snowed but didn't.
Seeing I was in mega pain last night I took a pain killer, fell asleep early and woke up at 4:30 with no more sleep in sight..with coffee in hand I came downstairs and played with placemats..so far this week I have 5 sets of 6 ready for quilting then binding..
Think I might go to the Dollar Store today and see if they've any Christmas bags left so when finished they can be set in and stored in black closet.
Better clean my mess...girls are coming today to sew while I'm at work!
Pat - I have some in BRIGHT colors & some in golds & browns. That is the main reason I've not started putting anything together. Need some "pleasing" way of working with such varied colors. So really any colors would work. Don't think I have any with a lot of blues in them & find that odd.
But yes, with that last black strip added they are then a bit larger than 12 1/2".
Sending my birthday wishes along as well. Have a great one.
As for my Sandy blocks, they finished out at a good 13...13 1/2 inches. I could not figure how you could cut off some if they were not that big. Maybe thats why I never heard from whom ever was to put them together, maybe they didnt work :-(.
I SO wanted to see a picture of the quilt/s put together.
Jean, could you post a picture of the Sandy block that you need more of. I'd be happy to dedicate a morning work session to fill in the missing blocks. We're ahead on the baby quilts at the moment. Still need more placemats, but that is ongoing with no deadline.
Mittsy - they are just log cabin blocks made with strips of varying widths ( 1 1/2 - 2 1/2"). When the block gets to be ~9" then you add a final round of a solid (ToT is fine) very dark fabric. The goal is the block I receive is larger than 12 1/2" and then I trim them all to a consistent size.
Somebody talk to my boss please..was prepared for a full day of painting, I could have finished the 2 panels..asked if I minded doing a project for him this aft. The gall, him taking me from my plans. Lol
Drats, office down the hall is closed..one of their clients asked if I could give him paper/pen/tape so he. Could leave a message..all the while he and his kids were hacking...grrr watch me catch something
Was going to work a bit on the quilt (the one you likely are tired me talking about) but think a good nights rest is in order..one never knows when one will have to work tomorrow! lol
Did find blue to add to it..colors are starting to blend a bit more..here you all told me it would and I wasn't even listening, had even bought dye..
I've been thinking about the quilting, here is my thoughts, please advise me if you think I'm going about it in the wrong way..am going to machine quilt, piece is quite large..my thoughts
with the lightest of cotton, light batting and each of the painting panels I thought I'd quilt the flowers in detail..then add as normal when putting together then quilting the entire amount just going around the morning glories as they've already been quilted..
is it making any sense or are the drugs and being tired bringing me into lala land?
Hoping to finish other two morning glory panels tomorrow..
Bed time, no staying up all night sewing girls..[/quote]
That was the end of me quilting much, when I had to quit staying up all night. Did you use a shower curtain to mount the panels too? This is the only pic I could find of the morning glory quilt. Very nice!
What is yourpresentation about Jean?
I like your idea for quilting Betty. Can't wait to see hoe it comes out.
Norm had his PET scan yesterday and so far so good. The doctor said he could not see the tumor but we know enough to wait for the radiologist report. Keep your fingers crossed for him please...
Good news on Norm. Barb - 10 totes a month should keep you busy and the kids happy.
I'm giving a presentation on my quilting business to a local Sewing & Craft group. Of course, I've torn the house apart twice looking for the wall hanging with all the feathers & custom quilting I did 2 years ago and do you think I can find it?!?!?!? I know it's here; saw it after we moved; put it somewhere so I would know where it was...been thru all 3 cedar chests a couple times; checked the linen closet...it has disappeared somewhere. I do have pics but hard to see all the quilting in a pic.
It will show up tomorrow!!!!!
And most of my nice work has gone to customers. I wanted to get some samples made but the weather has been too nice to stay inside. When they were putting the new siding on the studio it was too noisy to work in there. Oh well...I'll take what I have.
Betty, that is really coming together. I think I like Thunders idea, of a small blue strip, maybe cut one or two, and place them on the flannel design wall, and see how you like it?
Jean, sure hope that wall panel jumps out in front of you soon!
Barb, sending prayers that you get good results for the PET scan!
Betty, no need to worry about us getting tired of you and your quilt! We all get to share with you your anxieties and frustrations and feeling that it is just not going to work out, and. of course, sharing ideas of our own and giving lots of encouragement. We have all been there and it is very comforting to have this wonderful group of quilters, and enablers, to come to. I like to share in the 'birth of a quilt. Oftentimes our families 'just don't get it' and are no help at all. Not to worry. That quilt is going to knock every ones socks, hats, and whatever, in the creek!!!!!
Flipping channels I came across a Singer sewing machine as the todays special on HSN. I have been mezmerized for the last hour. It comes with a flower making foot that is to die for and a new to singer parallel sewing foot that makes it a breeze to evenly space rows for quilting, Even if you dont need a new machine, you want to look into just getting that foot. Thing is, I know nothing about the newer singers. Are they made cheaply now, what do you think about them??? Since it has the needle down, a feature I would never give up, Im actually kinda thinking about it.
Free shipping too
Im off to the dentist, but will look up when the next presentation is.
morning..almost afternoon..just finished my project and now I'm able to work on my painting project!! yippee
thank you for understanding, not that I need the ooh's and the ahh's through this project but value all your thoughts and ideas. Tonight if well enough, I shall cut the angular blocks for outer ridge, if it does the trick then fine, if not, will of course test out the smaller borders.
So funny, nephew Bryan was hired to work in our Toronto office..here for the day training with Suzanne (his mom)..said 'Aunt Betty you are such a hard worker, you've not taken your eyes off the computer screen' I almost burst out laughing..this is the only couple of days I haven't been crafting all day..told him I wanted it done and sent out so I can sit and paint..explained what I wa doing and he said it sounded very interesting. He enjoys writting so that will be what he will fill downtime with!!
Suppose to go to Buffalo Saturday, snowed last night, not calling for any great amount..need lining and batting for a few of the tops that are ready for quilting.
Ahhh someone else has the bug for a new sewing machine lol
This refers to a previous post of mine where I was asking advice concerning a mystery quilt. I have started to put the blocks up on the design wall and if I turn them the way I want them, I am creating spaces for the eye to rest. The border is supposed to look a lot like bear claws - all points - and I'm not too happy about that and would be done in the background beige and the orange. . The design is 4 blocks across and 5 down-20 blocks in all. Any thoughts about a border?
Edited to add - the design calls for all the blocks to be oriented the same way so those rest spots would end up like an hourglass.
I'm thinking I would do the border with plain narrow strips of the three main colors. It would be less busy and still blend into the quilt. Or maybe narrow strips of the orange and black separated by a narrow strip of the beige and then a wider strip of the beige. This is supposing you have enough matching fabric.
Dropping in to ohh and ahh. I have been busy working and volunteering. The wedding quilt is moving along albeit at a snail's pace. I was hoping someone had won the lottery since I've been gone. You all are so generous I didn't want to miss out on anything. lol Well I'll settle for you sharing your wonderful quilts and sewing projects. I have a few free(r) days and plan to get some serious stitching in starting right now. A Netflix movie will help pass the time.
What about the print fabric Karen? Would you use that too? I have the border pieces ready to cut and sew together. We made 36 - 8" half square triangle blocks and I'm supposed to cut them and then sew them together again like these border shapes.
Barb, I absolutely love the pattern and colors you've used, nice and bright! I'm always attracted to vibrant colors and yet I can't seem to use same. Know you will be excited at the finished project..just got to get you from this stage to the next!
Trying to see if I have the energy this afternoon to paint!!! hmmm
I also watch Netflix all day..watching Numbr3s series right now..good pastime.
Barb, you already have the 1/2 blocks ready to cut to make into the points, if I understand you correct. You could put them back to back with the dark sides together to create BIG triangles. I'd give it a double thin border of orange and black, framing the whole triangle border. Wish I could draw a picture because I fear I'm not communicating that very clearly.
The DM is done with the beige and orange. Actually what we are calling beige is really a yellow!!! Since the blocks are ready to be cut for the DM border I may cut a couple just to see what it will be like. I was planning on a black binding...
Oh wow Barb, I'll bet your head is whirling, I know mine is, there are so many good suggestions. I love the print, it seems a shame not to use more of it. I guess you'll have to just play with it an see what works for you.
Barb - praying for good results for Norm (in addition to the good results he's already gotten!! yaaaaaaaaay)
Yes, wonder where Helene is...
I heard today (from the agency) that the company is looking at 3 other candidates for the job.
I just finished typing a Thank You letter for the interview and their consideration. Hope it puts me "over the top". Now... to find a #10 business envelope...
Helene is here, had my head in the sand...Also no internet for a while. Shut the DTOff for a few days. waited for comcast. Today they were to come so I put the computer on and the DTworks. Had a brown out a few days ago and it impaired something I guess.
Yesterday I Read the "Kite runner" out a bunch of years, I know.I have read "the rising sun" same author. Gut wrenching writing...OMG ... have a new book this year come May.
from bottom up.Susan good luck
Laurel, you are there (quilting) whats your rush...Town of Cortez is a fishing village near by. They have a restaurant directly on the bay, outside. Get your food in a box and eat on picnic Tables, very "Cortez". You always are in line to place your order. They have this sign "You are here, what's your rush"? I just love it.
Barb for minimizing I would just use the print fabric for border, for a bit more effect print and yellow making DM and binding in black. Good news for Norm.
Happy birthday Gloria]
Betty just awesome. Sorry your boss actually asked you to work, the gall is right.
Helene - I was getting ready to call out the search & rescue guys to go looking for you.
I'd planned on heading out tot he Studio by 8 and I'm still doing house "work"!!!!! Now I am heading that direction.
Nice to see you've surfaced Helene, girls were fretting! Amazing what having no internet does to us..yuk
Still in my jammies, sub-zero temps here this morning and about 2" of snow, plowman just left..normally I go move my vehicle so he can make a 2nd pass but thought better of doing so.
There is a 2" border of cut fabrics that does around the entire quilt, got to tell you, taking much longer than I had anticipated but when you are working from home, in your jammies, coffee by your side, what can be better.
Unless a blizzard is in the works, I'll accompany my SIL (coworker) Suzanne to Buffalo for the day..guess you will know where I will be stopping lol
Betty - a very thin line of your dark blue on each side of the white is what I would do to tie the strips together. If you cut at 1" it would finish about 1/2". That would be just enough so that the separation between the strips would be softened. Just my opinion...
Helene, glad you are well and thanks for the advice. I loved "Kite Runner". Pretty heavy though.
I was hoping to have the wedding quilt done long before GMhood but wouldn't you know the girl was pregnant and hardly before the ink was dry on the wedding contract. The wedding quilt was intended to be a first anniversary gift next July. The baby is due in June. My plans included a naming quilt in a few years. I've let her know that she needs to consult her mother's schedule for family planning directions next time around. Meanwhile, don't want a project as big as the wedding quilt to turn into a UFO by setting it aside to work on a naming quilt. Maybe the baby will go unnamed. I confess to waking up and "considering" designs for a naming quilt.
More than half the blocks on the third quadrant are completed. When satisfied that everything is adequately anchored I will switch to a hoop and add stitching detail.
That is what I meant Thunder. Betty - I really like that dark blue line and I do think it will help tie things together. I would put one on both sides of the white flower.strips before joining them to the pieced strips...
Thanks Betty, and I'm loving your quilt. I like the thin blue stripe. A yellow stripe with the more pale yellow will soften the blue by making the eye see more yellow and drawing to the other yellow in the quilt. Maybe try a piece and see how you like it.
Sorry guys, sewed some 1" strips, left it and as I entered the room all I saw was stripes of linear blue..took them off, checked the pattern a few more times and thing I will leave inner section bordered with blue..softer
Hi everyone!! Helene - SO glad to see you haven't gotten lost... glad you're back :-)
Betty - love the quilt...!!!
ok - my current contract has been extended again! 3 weeks more.
They know that I am waiting to hear back re: interview and that I may have to wait about 3 weeks before I could start if I'm chosen... so, the kind people they are, they've extended me that long! What sweethearts, eh?
went to dinner & a movie tonight - Montana's, and "Life Of Pi" - both fabulous!
WoHoo we are heading back to MI tomorrow, best part...we are taking Miss Amelia with us. Well her daddy( our DGS) is coming too. We have a family event coming up, our youngest daughter and her dear hubby are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a large party. Grand daughter and grand son living down here were flower girl and ring bearer. So glad they will be able to make it up for the party
Jean...or anyone. This popped up in my mail this morning. If your still doing your sit and crochet, I thought there was some neat things. Some things gave me some quilting ideas as well. I hope it doesnt drop, like the flicker page I posted the other day.
We just looked at a few Barb. It's discouraging that the actual house doesn't bear much resemblance to the listing. We did see one we like quite a bit FSBO. Man is very anxious to sell as he has relocated already. He's a preacher and went to a new church. The house would work for us although it's not the house of my dreams. I'd like to be a bit choosier this time as it's likely the last house we will buy. We'll be back in a few weeks maybe we can get more serious then.
Thanks for the crochet link. See a couple cute items I may try.
For anyone with a Michael's nearby - they have the 12 1/2" acid free plastic (paper crafting) boxes for $4 (reg over $8). I use these for my in-progress quilt blocks since they are see thru & stack nicely. I got the last 2 my store had.
Lovely 50s & sunny out. Need to get top & shoes on to go walking.
Well, I woke up and itsw arm enough I went out and did some pruning. The sand hill cranes are on their migration to town and I love hearing them fly over. Camellias AND azealas blooming. That sure is a pretty picture...but, first thought was poor animals, second thought, at least for another month or two, thank goodness Im where I am. ;-) Summer, Ill be singing a different song.
Im backed up five months on my mystery blocks. Im going to get them cut today and hopefully some pieced together.
The yard looks so tranquil Betty. No footprints going to the shed so that's a good thing!!! LOL
Thought I might quilt my twisted wreath today. We shall see. Still cleaning bedroom and quilt room. Lord, the amounts of threads that get on a carpet is so amazing!!!! And half of them I don't even see!!
I have seen the smooth glider thingy but have not bitten the bug yet. Please let me know what you think of it...
Lol Barb, no footprints for sure..trying to muster enough energy to clean the car and go to the grocery store..really coming ipd own..wasn't it just hours ago I said Greg and the grandsons were unhappy having no snow? What changes can happen in a few hours.
Rita had asked if she could drop in today to sew for a few hours, doubtful she will come, roads aren't always the best on the lake.
We are thinking much the same, Lordy how do the threads move from downstairs to upstairs..just going to vacuum, wash the floors then have the entire day to play.
Hope you do get time to quilt the Christmas wreath...I bought the twisted Halloween with hat pattern yesterday, just too adorable..there was a book with odds/sods of twisted patterns but most in the book I already bought individually so passed on it.
Will let you know on the Teflon quilting Matt, did pass fabric over it and it just slid,should work fine.
Ya, sounds like Betty needs to open small franchise sellng those gliders... we have plenty of interested people RIGHT here! LOL I have a roller chair with a hard wood floor in my sewing room and the casters of my chair pick up the string and wind it around. It makes a nasty mess to pull out and I should have figured it out LONG before I did but...
the snow IS beautiful!! And well... you ARE in Canada!! LOL!
OH OH!!! Good news!!! You have ALL heard me whine about On-Call etc (Sorry friends!) well, my Boss announced she has approval to hire another DMHP (Crisis responder) so On call will be split between 5 of us instead of 4, at least for a little while. I have a Co-worker going out on Maternity leave in May, we'll be lucky to even get the new person hired and trained and responding to crisis on her own by then. That's just the nature of the work, the training is TIME consuming. My fear is my co-worker will not return from leave... the job is brutal and she might be able to find another therapist position in her home town. It would pay less but NOT have OnCall and no 25 minute commute. I love her to death and would miss her sorely, but it would be so much better for a new Mommy.
Wicked out there, if the wind picks up nobody will be driving anywhere..oh please, could I have a snow day tomorrow?? Now that I've done groceries I can be housebound for several days.
Alwayse hat to lose a coworker Pat but I think being able to stay home raising your child is the ultimate gift. While in the grocery store that my great niece is now in labour..mom was getting ready to drive her into Midland hospital. Will have to make a baby quilt!
Should telephone my son and family, see if they would like to come for supper, likely will all be out snowmobiling..will call, haven't seen them all since spbefore Christmas.
Yes, if you can and you are the stay-at-home kind of mother, it's good. I did not work most of the years that my kids were small. I was ALWAYS the back-up plan for my Ex-work, plus did the accountable payable and payroll, but I could do those on my time table back then. I'm not certain my co-worker can afford to stay home, but she probably could afford the cut in pay that the therapist job would be (versus our crisis work). Oh man... weekends off and HOLIDAYS off... sleeping thru the night without the call outs... wish I could afford the cut in pay, oh well!!
Yes, it would certainly require some "tightening of the purse strings" although my sewing and gardening are my only outlet. At least this most recent surgery was paid for 100% !!! Compared to the cataract surgery 2 years ago that we are still paying on.
LOL, when I would cause a little mischief, my mother would always say "Pat, you got too much time on your hands!!" truthfully, it generally never took time, just opportunity!! One time we were all at an Open House for my neice at some restuarant, it was her graduation party I think. My mom was sitting there and she had eaten a Hersey kiss or two and then rolled up the foil until it was TINY. She said "If you get rid of the evidence, no one knows how many you ate." So when she wasn't looking, my sister and I gathered up EVERYBODY'S wrapper and piled them on the table in front of her!!! *sigh* she knew who to blame, I miss her something terrible sometimes. As often as not, she was my partner in crime.
Betty, you really have a storybook scene going on in your back yard. Do people in Canada say "wicked" too or did you catch that from a New Englander? DD went to school in western Massachusetts and everything was wicked this or that for a while. The play had just come out and I thought it was because of that. She eventually got back on track with her ya'lls. lol
I just returned from a four and a half hour board meeting and am trying to decide what it will take to get me to calm down enough to stitch. We didn't solve all the world's problems. Not even one. There is no work on my schedule this week. I'm looking forward to some down time.
Uggh, Susan! These meetings are always long but today was especially gruesome because there were problems with last year's minutes that needed to be reviewed, amended and approved as well as approving a budget for the coming year. As with many things in life the people can be more challenging than the problems. Well, I'm all calm now. A few sips and a nice dinner did the trick. Maybe stitch a bit before bed. Hope the stitches look relatively straight.
Hi everyone! Looks like this thread has the most traffic, so I stopped here. Spent a week with Bella, she's now up to 11+lbs!has outgrown her 0-3 mo clothes in length. Here she is in a hat/sweater set from her great Aunt...
Just got home from my Opthomalogist, can barely see because of the drops but all is good. he says I have no diabetic retinopthy, and no signs of glaucoma, my eyes are very healthy. I do need stronger readers but I knew that. He did say I'm a good candidate for having my very droopy eyelids fixed surgically as they do interfere with my vision, I knew that too but undecided if I want to have it done. Has anyone had it? How did it go?
Barb/Betty/Cher - saw something about a Nor' Easter up there. How is the weather?
Have all but 2 blocks for the Sandy quilt & plan to start getting the rows together today. The 2 missing blocks are coming from Australia. Found out a local group is having a quilt sale in April so need to get some of my tops quilted & hopefully sold.
Also need to pull out some patterns & start using the fabrics in my stash. Really want to use up at least 1/2 this year.
So I will grab some breakfast then head out tot he Studio.
Maybe tonight I'll work on something..scrapped my painted morning glory panels..I'll use them for something else and will do the pattern in applique as the pattern asks for. Did entertain me for a bit though.
Did last night take out all my scraps and cut either into squares or strips, worked a few hours and they are organized and ready to become a treasure.
Yesterday I was in contact with Juanita's sewing store in Midland..dealer for Husqvarna..made appt. to have a 2 hour lesson on Feb.9th. At the same time I ordered the clear plexi table 24" x 24" to go with the quilting machine, should be in before or at least by my lesson time .
Big sigh, bored, should have brought something in..guess it's surft the web.
I thought your whole concept and what you had started was fantastic. I can't believe you are just going to put it away!!! I'd give so much to have your painting ability and be able to use it like you did...
Betty, I can't believe you put the morning glories aside. I loved what you were doing and was counting the days before we saw the top finished!!!!!!
Cold here this morning but certainly no "-" degrees...yikes!! Kim said it was in the upper 20s when she got up at 5:30 but lazy mom doesn't roll out until 7:30 - 8. When the knee is comfortable, I stay put!!! Can I get away with that excuse? LOL
Bella is adorable, Kathy. I would have a hard time staying away if it were me.
Karen, I posted in the other building that several aunts have had the procedure done. One just had it done about 7 months ago and said she wished she had done it sooner. Go for it!!!
Moving slowly today but getting a few things done. See the orthopedic doctor tomorrow and hopefully will learn what will be done. Picked up the MRI on Monday and was given a written report for my files. Scary! 3 torn ligaments, bucket tear (whatever that is) in the maniscus and a cyst. I know they will drain the cyst but the other things...who knows. All this for missing one lousy step!!!
Heart goes out to you Marion, know it's a worry for sure. Got to love it when they give you all the results and you read not knowing what they really say, should say, 'has this-not major with a fix of...'
Go on computer to read about the issues and it's 10 x more frightening! Overwhelming but better to know the results..
Betty, these are the borders to go on the center that I posted on Jan 17. The post only shows two rows but there are five and I didn't take a picture of it. I will try for one before I put the borders on tomorrow. Twisted the wrong way and the back is saying no sitting at sewing machine today!
This is a mystery quilt that I did through my local quilt shop.
I had a cyst under my knee for years. At least it gave me some fluid in there. Drs never seem concerned about it.
As for torn ligaments, depends on which direction they tore. The length is easier to fix than the width.
Don't really need the maniscus for much. Most of mine was removed a couple years ago. And the cartilage was removed bit by bit over a 15 year time frame.
Marion, you will be up & dancing before you know it!!!!!
I tried a pattern today that I had found somewhere on a web site. Looked easy and nice design. used just 2 fabrics. Well I know why there was not a close up pic of a finished quilt. Something is not correct with the directions & 1 part does not line up no matter what I do. Oh well - it can be a charity quilt. A child won't realize the problem & it is kid friendly fabric.
Pattern was not put out by a company. Was on a blog or chat group I belonged to. I should know better than to trust it to be correct. Oh well.
My new customer picked up her quilt yesterday & really liked my quilting. I was very happy. She "leads" her quilt group & if she is happy, they will start bringing their quilts to me. The woman that came with her said she now needs to finish 3 tops and will bring those. Told them I'd gladly pick them up at the meeting next week. I'd like to get in a routine for doing at least 2 quilts a week. Don't want to be too busy, but definitely want business income.
Think when I washed them they didn't have the brilliancy (?) that matched the blocks..I am working on doing the 3 applique strips as we speak but tonight I'm going to quilt one strip and see what becomes of it.just means with my leftovers another could be made.
I got the two side borders on the quilt this morning and if the back holds out, I'll add the top and bottom. I'm thinking black binding will be the best for this one. Any other suggestions? By the way, I'm glad I changed the layout of the blocks so that the eye had places to rest. I also think it shows off the print fabric better as well.
I also finished the twisted wreath this week (I used the first panel I made with the too small squares for the back) and made a stuffed toy for a friend...
Barb - I'd consider the off white or light print for the binding. I think, if you use black, the eye will be drawn to the binding and not to the beautiful work in the rest of the quilt. Using the light fabric, the binding won't be "noticeable".
For some reason Jean, I've always strayed from using a light color for a binding. I think it has something to do with three sons who always dragged things around and the edges got horribly discolored. I just might give that a try. Maybe with the print fabric?
Betty, sure wish I could get into those boxes of fabric!!! These are projects that were started that I left out to finish. I had to have something to work on!!! I can only do so much packing at a time. Right now I'm under doctor's orders to stay inside due to this cold weather-it just takes away what little breath I have. I still have four more small bags with a project in each one. When those are gone I'll open the boxes or be moved in somewhere. I can't even go look at places right now though... And as much as I love and trust Norm, I would want to see a place before I moved into it...
Boy this darn flu has really kicked my butt, the actually sick only lasted 24 hours, thank goodness, but I feel totally useless, no stamina, no appetite. Since Tues. I've had two pieces of toast, I am drinking water as much as possible but the thought of food makes me very queasy. I finally crawled into the shower yesterday but it wore me out for the rest of the day and I slept for several hours.
Poor guy next door is wanting to come over and finalize our house deal but I'm really not up to it. We have our grandson and his baby Amelia here with us an I'm so worried about them getting sick, keeping well away.
Karen, lots of rest and fluids..am sure although you are feeling better it's not totally out of your system
Susan, very disappointing need!
Brrr, at home today, playing in sewing room, feeling the cold more than I have all week, furnace is on, living room, bedroom and basement fireplaces on, hot coffee in hand and just can
T seem to take off the chill..perhaps I too am coming down with a little something..wouldn't you know it wouldn't be during the week when I'd have more days off..lol
Karen, hope you are feeling better. That mess can really knock you down for a while. Kim was down for 2 weeks almost the day she started her Christmas break. Was really hard to keep anything down plus the usual that goes with the crud. Take care of youself.
Barb, heed the doctor's advice...you can find a place later and I so agree, I would want to check anything out myself before moving into it.
How is Norm doing? Think about you guys often.
Sorry about the job Susan.
I can't remember if it was this thread or another one Jean mentioned about the knee. Yes, I will be just fine!!!! Everything she said is right and the only thing that is causing some problems is an old injury (happened since 2004) that I have no clue how happened. He is trying several things he hopes will clear the situation up without surgery. Cortisone shot (I had forgotten how many bad words I did know until the numbness wore off) hurt but was told it would. A regiment of exercises and a cream that you have thought was Kyrptonite from the cost. Limited driving (worried about it locking up which it does) and certainly no driving by myself down to see mom. That is the roughest thing. Go back in 6 weeks to see if maybe a cleaning of debris will be necessary or if maybe a knee replacement is on the horizon. Hope not!!
Wonderful Marion that they will try all these avenues before moving forward with any type of surgery. I'm sure if push comes to shove, there would always be someone nearby who could drive you to see your mom. Must behave and do what he recommends or you know what will happen.
Got 2 applique panels done with fabric..now I look and decide which shall be put into the project
Applique is pretty but I'm still WILD about the painted Morning Glory!!! If you don't end up using the painted one, put a price tag on it. There are several people on this thread that would love to buy it! (Including me!)
Going to quilt the painted morning glory and see what it will look like. Sometimes you have to try both to see which you prefer. I've 1/2 strip (about 5morning glories) that I set aside, might just finish it this afternoon and get on with this pussy footing around and get the piece done regardelss which is being used
I truly admire how you FINISH what you start!!! Some us are GREAT starters but ... welll... we lack something in the FINSIHER department!!
I have today off and I'm working on the studio. My son (home on visit from China) is too tired to do anything yet today. So I'll keep on being busy at home until he's ready. My Dad's back in the hospital so I'll be fitting a visit in at the hospital as well. the beginnings of pneumonia again.
Betty I must say that I like the applique better with the blocks, They just seem to fit better IMHO. The painted panel is lovely and I'm sure if I hadn't seen the applique I would have loved it but since you showed us...
Back to bed for me, I feel not too bad until I get up then reel around like a drunken sailor. Hmmm just hit me I would like some lemon rice soup. Might see if me love would run to town for me.
I am voting for the applique as well. Wow do they look great. Is there any way to get some yellow into the painted ones. Maybe you can still use that for the middle strip and the applique on either side. Good news is, you cant go wrong, its a looker either way.
I'm so laughing..was unsure, got a , like the painted morning glories..sat and sewed all around the painted one to get an idea of what it would look like, still unsure of using it for this quilt..come for a few minutes break and now we're talking that the applique seems to blend in..
It's funny how we are all different and yet the same. I love the painted version best. I think it is the simplicity that speaks to me. It will be a fabulous quilt no matter which way you go Betty.
I spent today in the quilt room trying to pack up more. I found a couple more projects that were unfinished objects!! One is a table runner and one is a class I took at the local quilt shop. For the life of me I don't remember why these weren't finished but I will try to get them done now...
I'm feeling very guilty here Betty. I had no sooner sent the round robin package off to you when my doctor said no going out of the house when it is this cold. If I knew I was going to be housebound, I would have kept Susan's quilt and added Audrey's border. I have packed most of my fabrics but I did mark the boxes well and could do the borders. At the time I sent it to you, I thought I'd be on the go finding a new home and moving. I guess I should have known better because we all know about the best laid plans...
If you want to send it back to me, that would be okay. I'd add Audrey's border and then send it back to you.
Keeping your Dad in my prayers Pat along with LK's Dad and Marion's Mom. Hope their days are as easy as possible.
Norm's home - be back later...
A hot toddy sounds good here too!!! I can't remember the cold lasting so long like this. It really drives me crazy not being able to go out. The last time was on the 16th for Norm's PET scan and I was going no matter what!!!! But you know, I've found out that I don't mind my own company!!! That was great for me for when we move, my kids won't be as close anymore and Lord only knows how often I would get to see "MY" Sean.
Hope you warm up soon my friend...
Didn't get my lemon rice soup, roads were too treacherous, I wouldn't let him go out. He did make me some egg drop soup and it tasted good. Made me queasy later though, a slice of toast helped that. Man I hate this, I have too much to do.
Betty, I like both the painted one and appliqued...hard for me to decide which I like best.
Pat, please be careful when you go visit your dad. I am sending prayers he gets better really soon and will be back home. Enjoy the visit with your son. I had lunch today with my son for the first time in about 9 months...extra special treat. He had made me new legs for my cutting table his dad gave me about 20+ years ago as a Christmas gift. We went out looking for new hinges to attach them and he offered to treat me. :-)
Karen, please take double care as this "stuff" going around is horrible.
Got a call this afternoon that Type A strain of the flu has been confirmed on the wing where mom is. The person is in isolation, Tamaflu has been ordered given to all patients, staff and workers, all patients are confined to their rooms and they are screening visitors who come to visit. All visitors are required to wear mask and given small bottles of hand cleaner to be used before entering a room and when leaving.. Just hope this really helps as I am sure there are quite a few who have been exposed prior to this case being confirmed. My sister also told me that if another case is confirmed, the facility will be shut down to all visitor. Not going to make mom happy but that is for her own sake if it should happen. Praying it doesn't go that far as those on her wing are elderly, weak and fraile.
I held my breath (like that would help) walking past the WalMart Pharmacy yesterday. The line was out into the isle & all the seats were full. And the isle with the OTC meds was also full of people. Just knew 98% of them were there for some sort of flu or virus meds.
Today will be sewing & yard work. Need to dig my Iris out. They are smothering themselves at the base of a Crepe Myrtle and don't get enuf good sunlight there.
It seems pretty hard to avoid this bug. Daughter read that you are contagious before you feel sick and after you feel better. I get the shot every year and still seem to get the flu every year. Dr. just says..."Well it doesn't cover every kind of flu". Still seems like I ought to be able to avoid it once in a while. This one I have is ugly, Takes a lot to put me down but this has done it for sure. It leaves no choice in the matter, can barely move. I really wish at times I had gone to the hospital.
I heard on the news yesterday, that there is a virus going around also, it is called the NOROVIRUS! it givers you upset tummy, nausea, vomiting, and of course diarrhea. So please be careful when you have to go out.
I had lunch with 2 of my sons yesterday and "hung out" with them until it was time to go to the gym, then I went and saw my Dad.
I stayed with Dad for several hours yesterday. His cancer doctor ordered a bone marrow biopsy. He has had chronic lymphatic leukemia since 1976, his most recent blood draw revealed REALLY small red blood cells so they are thinking his cancer is also causing problems. They gave him a blood transfusion yesterday evening and will recheck his blood today. They are prepared to give him another unit today if it's helping.
I have not heard from Sister yet this morning. She was hoping to be there before the MD and get a report from MD when he comes in.
We're painting on the studio again today, then I'll probably make the trip to see my Dad again.
Pat, I am so sorry to hear they might be thinking his cancer is causing the problems. Sending prayers and huge hug!
Enjoy the time with your sons. Mine only lives 6 miles away but with young children and his job, I still don't get to see him that much. He leaves tomorrow for Mississippi where he will be with a team of divers who will be mapping a barge, I think that is what it is. Not sure why but he is very excited to be doing some diving again. Yikes but it scares me!!!
Oh Marion! I can't imagine how cold that water will be!!! The temps have been so low lately... I wish him well in his work..
Know what you mean about the kids living close but we never see them. Same situation with my daughter. I see her sons but only see her for 5-10 minutes at a time when she comes to pick Sean up!!!...
Funny you should think of the water temps Barb I did the same thing and he said they were actually doing a "shallow" dive and the suits are quite warm. See what he says when he gets back. Yes, I may not see him but he does call frequently.
LK, my sister just called and said they meet your at the door, check then give you a mask and gloves before letting you enter. All doors on the wing has been closed (which is really weird she said) and the room just before mom's room had a strip of yellow tape across with no entry. That is what worries me. All food is being served on paper and immediately put into trash bags before leaving the room. Precautions are being taken but it is a wait and see thing now.
Most of my sons are an hour away. I get to see most of them at least an hour or so at least every 2 weeks. It would be more if I made the effort more. They have only been to Othello a few times in the 3 years I've been here.
I'm going to finish putting the first coat of latex enamel on the wall above the studio kitchen cupboards and call it a night for painting. Headed out to see Dad yet tonight.
Marion, I can only guess how worried you must be. I know how I'd feel if that was going on in my Dad's hospital right now...
Sounds like they are really trying to keep things under control Marion and that is all we can ask I think. You know I keep you and all your family in my prayers...
Going to start on my next ten totes today and I'm using the fabrics and gifts that you sent to me Marion. I'll get pictures before they go to the kids...
I'm also trying to get some of my tops quilted. Did 1; another loaded; 3rd ready to go on.
After that, just 10 or so more to go!!!!! I need my friend to come down for a week & do my borders for me. FL is much nicer than MD this time of year!!1
Yes, they are doing all they can to keep this from spreading. Helene, how are you doing? Worries me when you aren't posting very much.
Karen, yes, it sucks to lose weight that way but hope the worst is over for you now.
Pat, sending hugs that you find your dad so much better when you go visit...be careful.
Barb, I would love to see pictures of the totes. Need some more "stuffins"? Kim and I saw some really neat coloring books at Joanne's the other night and she asked if we should get some more. Let me know please.
Betty, what ever are we going to do with you and these headaches and pains. So hoping you get some relief...permanantly!!
Jean, I never cease to be amazed at all you accomplish. Boy I must be a real slacker!
Need one more border to make it a good sized double..still one little tweek, middle strip at the bottom needs another flower then quilt it is..
Missy didn't like the fact that I covered her up to take a photo of the top lol
One of the reasons I did not put the painted pieces after much consideration (will use them later) was that I got an invite at weeks end to attend my boss daughter, my niece's wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica in May..sooo will finish it, and that will be that!
I do like the applique better than the painted MG.The quilt is now beautiful.
I am OK just lazy. Had my DD and SIL here leaving tomorrow so we did a bit of eating out and just hanging out as she too has this horrible Sore throat and horrible coughing. When small she ften got the groop and coughing with colds is just a wekness she still has. horrible though. Christmas the other DD and SIL were here and she too was sick here - differeent - If one can avoid it, count your blessings.
Apt is showing often but no bites.bathrooms are not state of the art as the rest of the house so I think it's shows kinda lop sided. In beach setting, like this, and after the realestate having done what it did, every one wants a short sale and all freshly reno. Well if I reno than I don't sell.
Baked a few things for a memorial service we had here for a deceased friend.outrageous Pound cake with Fl strawberries and fresh whipped cream.
Key Lime squares/ bites and danube waves a viennese dessert. People flipped. sandwiches and salads before.
Need to start to do some sewing.
Mouth watering here, bit of apple cake/sauce for my desert but would much rather have yours. Sorry to hear about your friend!
Think the virus is throught North America, can only find oneself luck if they don't get it. The only time I had the flu that seemed forever to get rid of is the year I did get a flu shot...since then I've not had it..touch wood, watch me get it now that I've said it.
Love the quilt Betty. You coudnt ask for more, its perfect.
I just had some sara lee pound cake with some fresh strawberries ( O dont you love it when they start picking in plant city) the other night. The pound cake was horrible, new recipe, not that the the old recipe really tasted like my pound cake, but edible. I just love a good pound cake, think I might have to make one, calories and all.
Is it fair to be peevish with people doing serious gardening right now? I find that so annoying. :>)
Costco has very good pound cake. Trouble is you have to by three in one package. I have found they function well for making trifles and tiramisu so one cake is incorporated into a dessert when entertaining and leftovers go to making trifles, etc. for social meetings and pot lucks. I think it's $6.99 for three pound cakes. Can't beat that. There are very few desserts that freeze as well as pound cake because of the high fat content.
Susan, you'll have to head south a bit. For DD's country wedding weekend shindig last July, which I catered, I made individual peach, strawberry and blueberry trifles in Ball collection series jars. http://www.target.com/p/ball-4ct-platinum-wide-mouth-jars-8oz/-/A-129115 She was wed in July so we had fresh Georgia fruits all the way around. I made the trifles days in advance and then topped them with fresh, homemade whipped cream and then planted two dark chocolate hazelnut sticks in each one. Those were German imported chocolate.
Jean, how did you know I had a tiller? lol I love my Troy Built Pony. It is now collectable and was a birthday present back in the day (eighties). I got it barely used then. I say back in the day because I easily remember getting Wanda, my beloved Kubota tractor, for the fiftieth. I love its two speeds... "Rabbit" or "Turtle". We should all operate that way. Okay, I'll come till but you need to know my tiller makes some serious changes in the landscape.
New thread!!! and can you see!!! I FINALLY have pictures!!! sorry it's the cat but I had to learn on something. Look out, he's unleased a monster!! I will bore you all to tears in the next week with pictures of every mundane thing I have ever made. (You'll be sorry Helene!)
Well we made the deal today to sell our home in northern MI so we can move to warmer TN. Ship really hit the sand when I announced to the family. You'd have thought we never mentioned it before. I feel really bad but it's the best thing for us at this time in our life. We have nearly 30 years of family memories here at the lake. But the fact is, very few have the time to come here any more.
"ship hit the sand" LOL Too funny... will have to use that, with your kind permission, Karen LOL
And you really need to look after yourself, after 30 years of selflessly looking after the family's fun!
How much warmer is TN?
We are all having a teary day, didn't intend to make them sound selfish, they really are happy for us, just sad to lose"our place".
Susan use it as you wish, not my line, heard it many years ago and use it on occasion.
Photos are just a tiny piece of our memories. #1 was about 18 years ago. #2 is my most favorite I call it "a fishing we will go". #3 was a good 20 years ago, New Years..all those kids are grown up now. #4 was the Memorial weekend over 20 years ago that nearly all of them came down with Chicken Pox. # 5 was just last summer.