Friday, December 19, 2014

Busy Time of Year

Last night I made MORE cookies....  Another pan of wonder bars and a batch of chocolate chip raisin cookies.  I think I might be done baking cookies for a while...

Yesterday I had to run over to Nick's apartment.  I snapped this pic of the front of his building.
I may have shown a picture of the building before, but it is such a beautiful piece of architecture, it bears repeating.  Can you see the Elk head mounted in the middle, above the steps?  It used to be an Elk's Lodge!  In fact, they call the building the Elk Tower Apartments.

Isn't this little ornament cute?  Johanna stopped by one day while I was at work and dug this little guy out of the ornaments.  She hung him in the doorway of the kitchen.  He's like a s'more playing the guitar!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Getting into the Spirit

This was the view out my front window when I was driving to work (I was stopped at a stop sign).  There had been a light dusting of snow overnight and it was still flurrying a bit.  Kinda helps put me in the Christmas Spirit!

I finished binding and labeling the Roses in the Snow quilt for Mom.  That's a load off my mind.  I think she will be pleased with it.

Made a batch of chocolate covered peanut butter balls yesterday.  Done with the candy making now.  Tonight I want to make a pan of those bar cookies again and some chocolate chip cookies.  Then I will be done baking until next week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cookie monster

Cookies, cookies, cookies!  Yesterday I baked after I got home from work.  I made six and a half dozen Amish Sugar Cookies and a pan of Wonder Bars.  This is just a start to all the baking I have yet to do.

I have also been making homemade candy.  I made homemade turtles, mixed nut clusters, and cashew clusters.

Oh, and I want to make some peanut butter balls.  And next week I would like to make some cakes in a jar to send to my uncle in California.

Maybe I need to clone myself....  haha.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Quick peek and my pup

Yesterday I got up at 7 a.m. and quilted Roses in the Snow finally!  Need to bind it and it will be ready to give to Mom for Christmas.  Really glad to have it done.
I didn't do much else in the way of sewing yesterday.  We put some lights on the fence outside.  Better late than never!  Then spent some time snuggling with Miss Addy Jo.
Such a little lover...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My personal quilt show - Part 2!

I got to the bottom of the last post and it wouldn't let me add any more pics, so I guess I reached the limit!  Anyway, here are the rest of the nursing home quilts:
This was the quickest top I made.  The center is a preprinted panel.  I liked it because it looks like a window.  The large floral border was a piece that was just those long wide stripes of flowers.  I didn't have enough to go all the way around, so I used something else in the cornerstones.  There is a bit of a blue and white print in the other two borders.
 The back was a medium green print that has been in my stash for too long.  It was time to use it up!  Since it needed to be wider, the light green solid helped it out.
Close up of the quilting shows the cornerstone has a large flower.  I like to think that it looks a bit like a chrysanthemum.  And yes, I had to spell check how to spell 'chrysanthemum'!  haha.
 The Rail Fence quilt.  At least that's what I call it.  Dora suggested it may have another name since it's more than three rails.  Anyone know for sure?  I tried to pull colors for the stripes from the middle print fabric. 
Same stash green that needed to be on its way for the backing.  So glad to get some of this stash moved out!
 In each of the blocks I just went back and forth, then switched direction for the next block.
 The chopped block quilt.  This was a Missouri Star tutorial.  I liked the block, but it did take a bit of time.
 More of the red and white for the back.
Back and forth lines, changing directions in each block for the quilting.  Feathers in the border with a filler in the stem area.

Hope you enjoyed all the pics!

My personal quilt show - Part 1

Ready to see all the nursing home quilts?  Here they are - front, back, and close up!
 The "unchopped" block quilt.  I got tired of making the "chopped" blocks and just used them as is.
One of two backings that is green, for Christmas, but has shamrocks on it!  Hey, I was stash busting...
Going to have to remember what I did here.  A little hard to see in the pic, but the center has a flower, the next round has loopy loops, and the third round has a flower in the corners and on the sides.  It looks nice in the whole quilt.
The spiderweb string quilt took a lot longer than the other tops to make, but the overall effect was worth it.  There are so many different scraps that it will keep someone occupied for a while just looking for different little things.  The novelty fabrics in it add quite a bit of variety.  These scraps mainly came from a gallon ziplock bag of scraps purchased in Paducah.
The back also had shamrocks.  Since the shamrock material was not quite wide enough, in both backings there is a bit of a solid green to make it the correct size.
Close up of the quilting.  Johanna said her favorite part of the quilting was what I did inside the star part.  I like that too.  The spiderwebs just had a big spiral.  The area that had the tear or snag is in this picture.  Can you find it?  Hint:  I patched it with a yo-yo!
 The purple Carpenter's Star. 
 Backing was the little red on white print I bought a bolt of in Arthur last time we were there.
Quilting is swirls and flames done freehand.  I did this on several tops to try and get better at it.  It works as a good overall pattern.  In the border I did a large loopy loop.
 The blue Carpenter's Star.  I think of the three CS's that I did, this one is my favorite.  I love the blues and I think it has a good amount of contrast between the dark and medium fabrics.
 Again, the red on white material for the back.  I had loaded enough backing for two tops at a time while doing these quilts.
Swirls and flames for the quilting, plus a ferny leaf in the border that almost looks like waves.
The pink Carpenter's Star. 
 This one the backing actually goes with the top!
Swirls and flames in the center, feathers in the border.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fab 40

This morning, before work, I got 40 minutes of sewing time in.  In that time I was able to put the binding on the spiderweb string quilt for the nursing home.  Last night I put binding on two others, so now I only have ONE MORE left to bind!  woohoo!

My friend Sandy came over to my office this morning to see the quilts.  While I was having a little quilt show for her I noticed that on the spiderweb string there is a small tear on the top.  Grr.  I think it may have caught on the corner of the cabinet while I was sewing the binding on.  At any rate, since it is such a scrappy top, this is not a big deal at all.  I'm going to grab a piece of scrap material when I get home and stitch right over it.  Problem will be solved!

Oiling the bobbin on Polly helped some, but oh the gunky dark stuff that came up with the thread was a sight!  I had to run scrap material through for a long time to get rid of it all!  The clanky sound diminished somewhat, but it's still there.  I am going to take the faceplate off and oil that real good next.  I was under the impression that the machine had been well oiled before I took it home, but apparently it needed more love.

Also, I was having a minor issue that when I stopped sewing and wanted to pull the bobbin thread out to cut it, it was catching on something and sticking.  The machine is downstairs, not near all my sewing tools, so I just scraped the inside of the bobbin case lightly with a pair of scissors to see if it needed to be cleaned.  It does.  Seems to have a lot of fine rust/dust in there that isn't visible unless you really get in there.  Will do that tonight, too.  Even the little bit I did helped so I'm hoping that will completely solve the problem.

All in all, it's been a good sewing week so far.  Polly is running well and I'm very pleased about that.  The nursing home quilts will be delivered tomorrow for distribution Sunday.  And now I can do a little bit of my own sewing this weekend.  I've given myself this weekend do throw a couple things on Gemma that will be gifts.  Then after they are done, the rest of my time will be devoted to the tee shirt quilt for my nephew.  My brother's girlfriend wants to give it to him for Christmas, so I'm going to try real hard to get it done.  At the very least I want to have the top finished and she can give him that, then I will take it back and quilt it.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Half way there!

Oh, I am so close to being done with the nursing home quilts!  Woohoo!  Last night I finished binding two more.  I have 4 done and 4 to go.  Yes, I know I started out needing 9 but it's down to 8.  The quilt recipients are nursing home patients.  I'm sure you can figure it out...

Anyway, back to the quilts.  Still doing the binding on the Singer 15-91 that was brand new in good ol' 1953.  It is a bit clanky sounding, so I put some oil where I thought it should go on the underside.  Will see if this helps tonight when I start sewing again.  May need to take the face plate off and oil in there, too.

This was the last of the three Carpenter Star quilts being bound.  I had planned to watch Quilt Cam while working on them, but Bonnie had some technical difficulties.  Worked out fine, though, for me, because I just kept on sewing.  Would like to get 2 done tonight if possible.  Oh happy day when they will be completed.

Have I mentioned the deadline for them is Sunday morning?

hee hee hee.

And darling hubby has been so patient with me.  I have left the sewing machine out, rather than putting her down in her cabinet, every night.  He says he is not bothered by it at all.  I am able to sew for longer periods of time when I use that machine on the main floor because I can keep a good eye on the dog and there is less for her to get into.

I am thinking of naming this machine "Polly".  My grandma on my dad's side was Pauline.  I heard her called Polly quite a bit.  The featherweight machine is Grace, the longarm is Gemma.  Yes, I think this little gal will be Polly.  Gram would get a kick out of that, I think.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Is it really only Wednesday?

I guess I should be thankful it's only Wednesday because it means I have more time to finish things!  But while I'm at work, it seems like the day is just dragging.  Tonight I would like to get at least 2 of the nursing home quilts bound.  Last night I got another one bound.  Two down, six to go!  I have been sewing them on the old 15-91, which is really nice.  The only thing is, I had a bit of a casualty.  Let me explain...

When I set up the 15-91 I needed to create a quarter inch seam guide.  I used Bonnie Hunter's perfect piecing tool to get everything just right.  Problem was, I forgot to take the little tool upstairs and Miss Addy decided it would make a nice snack.  Grrr.  Well, I had to replace it, and since you can only order them from Bonnie in lots of 6 or with a book purchase, I just had to purchase a book that I had been wanting!  Ah, such sacrifices...  haha.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Inch by inch

I have finished binding one nursing home quilt!  whee!  One down, seven to go.

Last night after I made dinner I got the old 15-91 fired up and started binding.  That little machine runs like a dream!  She is real good at going over the heavy bumps and seams in the binding area.

What I especially like is that she is in a cabinet and I have her on the main floor.  I can sit in my little corner and still see and hear the t.v. in the front room while I sew.  This will be especially cool when Bonnie does quilt cam!

Addy had a couple moments where she tried to pull on the quilt while I was working on it.  Once she settled down, things went real smooth.  I even laid a quilt on the floor for her by my side and she just crashed out there while I sewed.  Good puppy!