Moving from January to February part 2

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

OK... son's here and he's teaching me the camera thing...

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(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

WHHOOOOO HOOOOO

beautiful kitty

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Kitty needs a quilt!!!!

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Doing great Pat, Go ahead bore us. LOL

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

yes we NEED to see about three years worth of blocks...with some pretty kitty thrown in for good measure LOL LOL ^_^

(Susan) Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Would LOVE to come to visit you in GA, and eat trifles! lol

Pretty kitty - go ahead and Bore us to tears (of joy & laughter!).
Thunder - don't you mean "fur" good measure?!?!

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

nice kitty!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Thank you all. Dad discharged from the hospital today. The hemotologist says Dad NEVER needed the Cumadin he has been on now for a couple of years. Scares me to discontinue it but I know the use of it comes with it's on hazards. Dad meets with specialist next week after the bioposy report on the bone marrow comes back.

I got one coat of paint on all the moldings, I REALLY wanted to get two coats on but oh well... only so many hours in a day and I've been working my buns off.

I'll try to get a good picture of Jalouse (French for jealous) she has a beautiful fluffy tail and lots of attitude. She is the "Queen" of the house, lets us all know if we are not good staff support.

Mended one jacket and hemmed one pair of pants and sent all the leftover lasagna home with son. DH is driving him back to Tri-Cities now, (thank you Sweetie!) I've got work in the morning and my brother is coming to help DH with all the molding installation. It's really difficult for DH to get up and down off the floor, add to that the hip pain right now and THANK you brother!! I'm so grateful for the help.

Barb, how is Norm doing right now? Marion, hope your Mom will be feeling better soon and the hospital gets their virus/flu thing under control QUICKLY!!! Betty, can't wait to see what you do with the painted Morning Glory, they are STILL my favorite!! All you with colds and flu, get to feeling better soon.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Oh Pat in the long run, being off Cumiden is a good thing. I so hated looking like a victim of abuse and finding myself bleeding with no idea of what I had done to cause it. And all the blood tests...my veins are so crappy it always takes several tries to get enough. In the beginning, they told me 6 mos. and I held them to it to the day. I know, I know at times it is a necessary thing but I do hope never again for me.

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Pat, she is one beautiful cat and she has the tortie attitude! What a cute blaze she has on her face and such long whiskers! How boring our lives would be without our furry friends........
So many of you are facing such difficulties right now. My heartfelt wishes go out to you all for better times. You show such courage and humor. Many mornings and evenings I share a cuppa with you. I may not join in the conversation but I'm here 'listening'. Thanks to Dave we have an outlet for sharing and I am glad for it. I tend to isolate myself so this is a 'good thing' for me. It's sort of an online quilting bee. A warm smile and a big hug goes out to you all. Life is good........ in spite of everything.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Right now, it's a good thing our get togethers are cyber. All this darn flu and noro virus would keep us apart if not for meeting here. You all mean the world to me, hard to remember when I did not have you all to laugh with and learn from. Happiest accident of my life when I found this site. I'm another who tends to isolate myself. I'd go days without leaving the house or seeing anyone. Still will in fact, but you open my life.

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Thanks for the new thread Pat, and Oh my love your photo's! You finally figured it out, now we will expect at least one a day!!! Glad to hear your Dad is home! Praying for good test results next week.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

And how is your Dad doing LK? Is his depression better now after the doctor talked to him?
Norm is doing really well right now. His latest PET scan showed no sign of the lesion on his windpipe. We go between outbreaks of his melanoma being grateful for each time he succeeds. He is one heck of a fighter and I'm so very grateful that he is and that we have such an aggressive oncology team.
Can't wait to see more pictures Pat. It really is easy and the more you do it the easier it becomes. Just takes practice and we are willing!!!
Working on cutting the totes for Feb today. Got all the linings and batting done - just need the fronts, backs, pockets and handles. Then I can start to sew. Doing ten at a time.
Found another project stuck in a bag in the closet I am cleaning out. It is for a Christmas throw. I bought this at least four years ago and promptly forgot all about it. Maybe play with it in between totes.
Hope today is a great one and I can't wait to see more of Pat's pictures.......

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Great news Barb, Cheers for Norm. A good team is sooo important when fighting the big fight. I do have a better Oncologist up here than I had down state, hoping to find as good a one in TN.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

I will like to add me to the list of people who is so very grateful for this group!! Funny how I feel like I knew each one and yet have not met all.....I have been lucky enough to met Thunder and Pam.

Pat, so happy to hear your dad is coming of the Cumadin, that stuff scares me. Karen, my step dad was on it and I can relate to your comment. His arms always looked as if mom had beaten him up.

The situation at the nursing home is about the same for now but one of the nurses did tell my sister that she wouldn't be surprised if more cases appeared. They had already been exposed and it is just a wait and see now. Making it really rough as next Monday will be mom's 94 birthday and there will be no visiting.

Good news about Norm. Barb, I just can't imagine finding an unfinished project in a closet! Why no one here would ever be guilty of that now would we? LOL

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Barb, Dad is doing a lot better, still really picky about eating, but it is getting better. I talked to him on the phone last night while my BIL was there visiting, and he seamed to be really happy! He even sang, Jesus Loves me, to me! That made my day!

Victoria Harbour, ON

Glad that mom's and dad's are on their way to healing!

Barb, that is fantastic new on Norm, for that I am most grateful.

Christmas project..lol maybe you and I can forge along on Christmas 2013..sitting here doing bindings on christmas placemats..not because I'm so organized but because I need something to keep me busy..

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Well. the doctors office just called and cancelled my morning appointment! Yahoo! It is a cold and rainy, sometimes hail, day, so I am off to the Tuesday House to sew and just goof off. I love these 'found ' days! I'm glad she caught me before I got out the door. I should run up to the grocery store here in Oracle and get a few things. It is supposed to freeze tonight so I may be snowed in tomorrow. Yay! More sewing time!

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I spent the afternoon washing a think layer of pollen off of all 3 cars. Forgot 1 is dk green & the other silver!!!!! Thought they were all a light green!! Hard to stay in & sew when it is so nice out..................

Victoria Harbour, ON

nice that you can be outside..lucky you! Keep sewing for a rainy day..

Went on my lunch to pick fabric to put final border on the morning glory quilt, bought some greens for the flower basket twister and the had a new iron on sale..was on my lunch and didn't have a lot of time on my hands..looks like something I need as I really could use a new iron..

Do any of you have it?? Would like your opinion before buying it this week


Ooops forgot the link

http://www.oliso.com/index.php/olisor-smart-iron-with-itouchtm-technology-tg1100.html

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Betty, I think I have an earlier version of that as mine has all the features except digital thermometer. I LOVE mine. I keep mine face down to prevent that obnoxious cat of mine from knocking it over.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

I would like it all except the auto shut off. I turn my steam generator on when I start sewing and off when I'm done. I want it ready when I am.

Victoria Harbour, ON

Had one of this Karen with the tank, forgot to shut it off, heated up and cracked..there went $800

Pat, thanks..will drop in on Thursday and pick it up..

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

That is the iron Fons & Porter used to have on their show. I always thought ti was rather nifty that is had it's own "feet".
I just use an old Black & Decker. I never use steam when piecing so my irons tend to last forever.

(Susan) Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

I love the concept...... but could Never afford $800.....
I always use steam for everything..... maybe that's why my irons only last 5 years? lol

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Mine was $150 (a gift from best friend) and the link from Betty shows it at $180.

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

Betty, check out other site, they are less expensive at Amazon... $100.00
http://www.amazon.com/Oliso-TG1050-1600-Watts-Smart/dp/B002R1MOOA

And eBay, $100.00 plus free shipping.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sop=15&_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=Oliso+TG1050&rt=nc&LH_ItemCondition=3

Victoria Harbour, ON

Will do LindaKay..

Victoria Harbour, ON

LindaKay, the one on sale for $199.99 at the fabric store is the professional - yellow in color

Think I'll go on my lunch hour and pick it up then that should be it for the sewing room..lol

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I was trying to finish quilting my top before I had to head out. Well, I have less than a 30" X 10" section left & am down to just inches of thread. It's a odd variegated one (purples & yellow) that I only had 1 spool of. Good thing JoAnn's is one of my stops for this afternoon!!! If they don't have it, I can probably finish with just a purple variegated since I'm just doing the border now & it's a purple print. Thread color really only is noticeable in the lighter sections of the body of the quilt.

Victoria Harbour, ON

must take quite a bit of thread using the commercial quilter? drats don't you just hate it when you are all but done and run out of something

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Working on the totes today. Starting with the handles to get them out of the way. Decided to do five this week and five next week.
I too get frustrated when I run out of something I need. BUT - it was enough to get me out of the house for 2 hours last Sat. to get muslin!!! So I guess it has it's benefits LOL.

Victoria Harbour, ON

Barb, can you tell me why you prefer muslin vs cotton..durability/cost??

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

I use the muslin for the linings in the coloring book totes. I use quilting cotton (good quality) for the outside, pocket and the handles and then the muslin for the liner. I make so many of these that I try to save $ when I can. Then there is the cost for the coloring books and crayons-can't give a tote without those!!!!! So it is strictly a money saving thing.

Victoria Harbour, ON

So not for durability then..I'm sure when you consider thread/fabric and the fillers the cost becomes quite substantial..

Picked up my iron, now I'm anxious to get home and give it a try..something wrong with this picture that such things should excite me.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Betty, my DSIL and I have a saying "It takes soooo little to make me happy"!! We would say that when all excited about some silly thing.

Victoria Harbour, ON

give me a wood tool or sewing gadget and I'm as happy as can be...amazing how some of us need so little in life..

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

I need your opinion please? I was working on a lap quilt, I bought this fabric, cut it into 2X6 inch strips for a piano key border, and decided I did not like it. As I did not want to waste the fabric, so I put them together in rows, and now I need to know if it needs a border, or just put it together as is?

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(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

if it is big enough with out, I think it looks wonderful as is. If you want it bigger, I would try to find a soft sage green to match the leaves, and maybe a pink like the flowers. I think I would put pink first, and then the green. then use the darker print for binding. would do both borders on the narrow side, if you really needed it much bigger...maybe add a border of the lighter print after the pink and green....then I would use the lighter print again for the binding.

JMHO

(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX(Zone 9a)

I don't need it bigger it is 54 X 68. Plenty big enough for a lap quilt. But I like your idea of the soft green or pink!

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