Friday, October 24, 2014

Itsy bitsy spider...

I started making some spiderweb string blocks for the nursing home quilts.  If you want to see what they look like, you can get on Bonnie Hunter's website,  I will need 16 blocks, which take 4 of the pieces that have the green section in them.
Once they are trimmed up, these are quarter square triangles that form a block.  I need 64 sections for one nursing home quilt.  Last night I made four in less than an hour, and that was with a lot of distractions (read, "Addy").  I think they will come together pretty quickly now that I have the hang of it.

The strings I am using are mostly coming from a bag of scraps that I bought for $3 in Paducah last April.  I remember that Mary and I were sitting on the floor waiting for a room to open that we were going to listen to a lecture in.  There were booths close by and we each ended up buying a bag of scraps.  It's fun to work out of someone elses scrap pile because there are materials in there that I wouldn't have.

Today the old Singer 15-91 came home to live with me.  Ev picked her up in the truck this morning.  I can't wait to get home and play with her tonight!  Whee!

Tomorrow we go to Arthur.  Really looking forward to that trip, too.  I am so blessed.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6th top finished

This is the top for the 6th nursing home quilt.  I made the whirlpool blocks in all different scraps.  It might get a border yet, but not sure.  Will see how much time I have left when I'm done.

I also started making some spiderweb string blocks from Bonnie's website.  If they go quickly enough, that will be another top for the nursing homes.  If they don't seem to be going fast enough, I may just resort to a couple rail fence and 9 patch tops.  I only need three more.  Then I will have to quilt and bind them all.  Having fun with it, still!

Tomorrow I will go and pick up the old Singer at the antique shop!  Can't wait!  whee!

Saturday Marla, Mary, and I are meeting in Arthur for a fun day of shopping.  We each have to drive about two hours to get there, but it's so much fun when we are together, it makes the drive worth it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Yesterday after work was a bit busy for me.  I had a few stops to make before getting home, then walked the dog and made some spaghetti sauce for dinner.  After that, Nick came over and we visited and got his phone situation straightened out.

It was after 9 when Nick left and since there really wasn't anything on t.v. that I wanted to watch, I went upstairs and pressed those 16 whirlpool blocks.  I also laid them out in the order I want to sew them.  Part of me was thinking about sashing between them, but the other part, the lazy part, says they don't need it.  Probably going to listen to the lazy me....  haha

I really need to stay out of the little antique shop near my work.  Yesterday I stopped in on my lunch hour and discovered this beautiful 1953 Singer 15-91 in a cabinet.

The price is very reasonable.  I'm going to head over there again this morning and see how she sews.  If she sews good, I will most likely get her.  I really should wait until pay day, but who needs to eat, right?  haha.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Festival

One thing we did Saturday was go to the Fall Festival in our little town.  It was set up in the City Park on Main Street.  Now, the park is not very large, just one block really, with a gazebo, a few swing sets, and a few picnic tables.  The Fall Festival included some vendors, food stands, and a band set up in the gazebo.  There was also a petting zoo for the kids and pony rides.

Ev was enjoying a bratwurst so I snapped this pic!  We also had a shish kabob, cabbage roll, and a funnel cake.  And we brought home a gallon of apple cider.

We took Addy with us.  She needs to get used to crowds and strangers.  A lot of people wanted to pet her! 

A root canal and a weekend later

Been a few days since I posted on the blog, but I had a good excuse, honest!  Friday morning I had a root canal done on one of my lower molars.  I will say, this was absolutely painless and anyone who is afraid to get one done because of the horror stories they have heard should really reconsider.  I've had them done before and they were relatively painless then also, but this one was the easiest ever.

Enough about my teeth.

Over the weekend Addy was allowed in the sewing room.  Sometimes she only lasted a few minutes because she drove me nuts.  One time she lasted a whole hour because we had worn her out and she just curled up under my sewing table and fell asleep.

Most of the times I took the attitude that "whatever keeps her happy" would be okay as long as it didn't hurt her.  Thus, I was picking up a lot of pieces of paper...

She cracked me up because every now and then she would realize where she was, get up and go downstairs and get a toy, and bring it up to play with.  This was fine, except that she would bring up the loudest squeaky toy she had and proceed to squeak for a very long time...  Oh well, it allowed me to sew, so I tuned it out.

And sew I did!  I got quite a few blocks made for the sixth nursing home quilt.  All 16 are done and need to be pressed and sewn into a top.  Here's some pics.

These blocks are all going in the same quilt and I'm starting to think they may need some white sashing in between them to tame them down a bit.

All in all, it was a nice weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ahhh, sewing again

I was able to get upstairs last night and sew!  First, I let Addy come up with me and she was doing well right up until she squatted down and started to pee!  Okay, that's not cool, so I scooped her up and outside she went! 

After that, I was able to press the remaining pieces for the whirlpool block and even sew one of them together.  What do you think?

I seem to have a lot of purple for these blocks, but I also have a lot of other colors going into it.  It's going to be super scrappy, that's for sure!

Now, would you like to meet the newest member of the sewing machine family?  I found this vintage Kenmore yesterday at an antique shop near my work.  It works fine, with the exception of the needle going up and down when the clutch is supposed to be disengaged.  Common problem and more of an annoyance than anything.  I'm pleased with my purchase.

They were asking $30 for her in a cabinet that wasn't made for her.  She didn't sit level with it at all.  I asked if they would sell the machine without the cabinet for $20 and got yes for an answer!  So she joined the herd.

I did a bit of measuring last night and I am pretty sure she will fit in the table I am using now with my grandma's old Kenmore.  Going to swap them out and give that machine a rest and this one a workout!  I love the fact that I now have three vintage Kenmore machines.  They all use the same accessories for the most part and all use the same bobbins.

The antique shop had a couple more vintage machines, including a Singer that looked like it was in good shape.  I talked to Mary about it and she is interested, so I'm going to run over there today again and see if I can snag it for a good price.  Going to make sure it works properly first, of course.  I will see Mary in a couple weeks when we go to Arthur and can get it to her then, or if that doesn't happen, I will take it to her at Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I am not a chew toy!

Please tell my pup that my feet are not chew toys!  Agh!

I seriously have to get back in the swing of things with my sewing but it's about all I can do right now to keep the pup under control.  I knew this was coming and accept it, but right now, being in the middle of it, is a bit intense.  It will pass.

So, once again, no sewing or quilting to report.  Poor Gemma is sitting patiently in the basement waiting for a quilt to be loaded on her.  It's not like I don't have any tops ready to go...

Hope everyone else is quilting away! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Meal Loaf Monday

Years ago, when I lived with my parents, I would make dinner for the family on Mondays.  It was usually meat loaf and we just called it "Meat Loaf Monday".  Today I was off work and decided to do some cooking.  Can you guess what I made?  Yup, meat loaf!  And mashed potatoes and gravy with green bean casserole.  Yum!

Have had some bad weather here today, including a tornado warning that sent us to the basement for a time.  All is well, thankfully.

I have more than half of the stacks of half square triangle blocks pressed open and ready for sewing into blocks.  Slow going, but I'll get there eventually. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Some sewing

I'm almost done making the half square triangle blocks!  Just four more to make then I can put block pieces together.  One block is done already.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Here's our sweet puppy
We are just loving her to pieces!  She is certainly all pup.  She's teething so we have lots of battle wounds.  She is doing very well with the housebreaking, thankfully.

I'm getting little bits of sewing done.  Sometimes it's only ten minutes at a time, but it's something.  Addy requires constant supervision in the house.