Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Almost done

Here's the center I finished last night.  Going to put a border of the dark material on it and call it good!  Going to make another one.  Not sure what colors I'll use yet. 

These come together so quickly, I really do love making them!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pretty in purple

Here's a happy mess!  I've got about half of the rows done on my purple Carpenter's Star top.  I need to push on through and finish it up so I can start another one!  This pattern is so easy and looks real nice, at least in my opinion!
These three blocks, plus one solid light purple block make up the whole quilt!  The blocks measure 6-1/2" unfinished. 

It is so hot here.  The heat index is well over 100 degrees!  I'm very fortunate to work in air conditioning.  My husband is not.  I worry about him in this heat.

Last night Johanna, Nick, and Ben were all over for dinner.  Johanna brought some steaks she had marinating and we threw them on the grill.  Also had corn on the cob, macaroni salad, baked beans, and sliced watermelon from Johanna's garden.  It was a wonderful meal and a great way to end our week of vacation.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Saying Goodbye

My sweet puppy left today.  Last night she had a seizure.  Rather than let things go from bad to worse, we took her to the vet and she gently fell asleep.  Sleep well, my puppy.  We loved you so much.  Still do.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vacation week

Ev and I are on vacation this week.  We haven't done too much.  Have a few home improvement projects going on. 

Ivy isn't doing too well.  Going to be making some tough decisions soon.

Pardon my absence from the blog during this time!

I have been working on the purple Carpenter's Star. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book order

Not really quilt related, but I did want to share an experience I had today.  I called Barnes and Noble's bookstore that is closest to me (an hour away...) to see if they had a particular book in stock.  I wanted to take a ride down there and pick it up, however they did not have it in stock.  The gal on the phone was very kind and ordered it for me at the online price, plus gave me a discount, and it is being shipped to the house.  Yes, I could have done all of that online, but this way it kept the sale at a local level, which is important. 

During the conversation I had with the lady at BN we ended up discussing dogs, so you can figure where this led.  The gal was so nice, and so sweet, she actually asked me if she could call me in a week or two to see how everything was going. 

I was so impressed with the level of service and the personal attention that I received, I am planning on sending the store a letter telling them what a wonderful employee they have with her.

Not too often you actually find someone like that anymore.

For those interested in Ivy's condition, she is holding her own.  She is taking steroids to reduce swelling and lessen pain.  She doesn't have the energy she normally had, but doesn't seem to be in pain.  She lays around and sleeps most of the time.  We are giving her extra treats and extra lovin'.  Everett and I had vacation time this week and were considering going out of town overnight one night.  I don't know if we will do that or not, because we would be taking Ivy with us and I don't know how comfortable she would be traveling.  We are just taking that day by day.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Thank you

Thank you, everyone, who commented on the last post.  Yes, it's a difficult time and I've already shed quite a few tears, but we will get through it.  It really meant a lot to read your comments, which I shared with my hubby who is having a tough time with it also.  Ivy came into our lives when our kids were moving out of the house, so both of us lavished a lot of attention and love on her.  So we will make the best of a bad situation.

And to keep my mind off of things, I started another Carpenter's Star for the nursing homes.  This one I'm going to do in purples.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sad


In yesterday morning's post I mentioned that I was about ready to take Ivy to the vet.  We thought she had gotten into it with some hornets.  Unfortunately, the swelling was not from stings.  Her lymph glands are swollen all over her body.  The vet sent off samples to the lab, but from what she could see under the microscope, it doesn't look good. 

My sweet dog is only 4 years old.  She is, and always has been, very loved.  We are not going to go to any extraordinary measures, but will keep her comfortable.  The vet has put her on steroids which will hopefully take the swelling down and make her comfortable for a while.  She also put her on antibiotics, with the slim hope that this is an infection.  Should know something early next week.

*Update*  The vet was very kind in pushing the lab to get test results quickly for us.  They confirmed the worse fear.  She has a very aggressive lymphoma.  Fast moving.  Ahhh, this is so lousy...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AWOL

Sorry I have been absent these past few days.  Not much to report on the sewing front.  I still haven't put the borders on the Carpenter's Star top, but hope to get that done tonight.  Nick was over Tuesday night.  I grilled burgers for Ev and I and grilled Nick a couple portabella mushroom caps. 

Last night I made a pasta dish.  It was just thrown together, but sure turned out good.  I cooked sliced chicken breast, onion, mushrooms, and diced fresh tomatoes.  Cooked angel hair pasta and added it to the mix.  Then I made a sauce with butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and milk.  Oh, it was yummy!  NOT a low fat dish...  although I did use low fat cream cheese and two percent milk.

Going to have lunch with hubby and Johanna today.

Ivy is still recovering from her tangle with the hornets.  I'm about ready to take her to the vet if she doesn't improve more.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Salads, Stars, and the Moon

We had such a nice weekend.  I was able to finish the center of the Carpenter's Star top.  I really like the way it turned out.  Need to add a border, probably of the dark blue, and the top will be done.
Those scruffy jeans below the top belong to Nick.  He was over for a bit and got drafted into being a quilt holder for me!  He played at Tilley's Saturday night.  I'm so proud of him.  He writes and sings his own songs.  It's some really good folk music.

Last night we just had chef's salads for dinner.  As usual, I put way too much stuff in them.  This was my salad and it was smaller than Ev's!
Home grown tomatoes, fresh farm eggs... what more could you ask for?  Well, Ev asked for home made blue cheese dressing, but that just wasn't happening. 

I was busy quilting on Gemma yesterday.  I quilted up some more fabric for my secret project, and I also quilted up this wall hanging. 

This was made from one charm pack.  The quilting is swirls and feathers and pebbles.  Nothing fancy and no stress during the quilting.  It was very liberating to be able to quilt this piece and not really worry about what the outcome was going to be.  Little by little, I am gaining confidence on Gemma.  The backing of this wall hanging is wild.  It's all these bright colors mixed together.  Since it was so crazy to begin with, I decided to use up some of my half filled bobbins on it.  The different thread colors blend right in!

And I found that my machine STILL does not like certain threads.  Here I was, quilting away with Connecting Threads Essentials all cotton thread in top and bobbin and Gemma was purring like a kitten.  I put another brand in the bobbin, and just like when I used it before (with like thread in the top) the bobbin thread broke every 12 inches or so.  That also gives me some confidence that it was not 'operator error' when the thread was breaking before.  I'm just going to stick with Connecting Threads.  I love their product.  While it is linty, it's not an issue for me since I have that little air compressor right there and blow the lint away every time I change the bobbin.  Works like a charm!

Did you see the supermoon last night?  It was so cool!  I was in bed and remembered that it was happening, so I got up and went out in my pajamas to take a picture.

Awesome.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Carpenter's Star

Tonight I spent some time in the sewing room making the half square triangle blocks for the Carpenter's Star quilt.  All of them are done, I just need to press and trim off the dogears.  I also need to cut the full squares of light fabrics then I can put the top together.  Really liking the way this is looking.