Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Scramble

This will be a very busy day for me!  After working half a day, I need to go home and start cooking and baking.  Even though we are travelling for Thanksgiving, there is a lot of food I need to get made.

Hopefully there will be time for some sewing.  That spiderweb string top just keeps calling my name every time I go into the basement!

And I can't forget about the tee shirt quilt I have to put together for Christmas.

There are just so many things I need to be doing, but do you know what I'm thinking about most?  Bonnie Hunter's upcoming mystery!  I want to play, I want to play!  haha.  This is the first year I have friends to play with - Mary and Marla are both doing the mystery too.  We are going to have a lot of fun with it.

Hope everyone is happily getting ready for the big turkey day...

Monday, November 24, 2014

The strange things I remember

At work today we needed some boxes moved.  I was using a dolly and when I was wheeling it back, empty, to the store room it made me smile. 
The reason it made me smile is that when I was little my grandma owned a bar and when she would wheel the cases of beer to the cooler, if I was around, I usually got a 'free ride' back on the dolly!

Weekend of sewing

Feel like I got a lot accomplished, even though I could have gotten more done.  I finished piecing the back for two of the nursing home quilts.  It's not really a Christmas print...
I had to add a strip on either side to make it wide enough, but there was enough in length so that I could load the backing on to Gemma and have enough to quilt two tops without reloading.  I'm even piecing together strips of batting for the quilts if I can.

The spiderweb string top is on the frame right now.  It is such a busy top!

In each 'spiderweb' the quilting will be a spiral.  The spiral is not perfect.  It's uneven and wonky, but that's the whole theme of the quilt, so it works.

In each 'star' the quilting will be a flower.  At least that's what I think it looks like.
And the borders have simple loops.

When I started quilting it, once again I was having some thread breakage on the top thread.  I decided to be real brave and loosen the bobbin tension quite a bit.  And guess what?  It worked!  Very pleased about that and with the results.

About a quarter of the spiderweb string top is quilted.  The next one in line is the unchopped block, which will have the same St. Patrick's backing.  hee hee hee.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sewing fun

I really like to sew, in case you haven't noticed.  It's fun for me.  I can get lost in it.  This morning, before work, I tried to squeeze in a half hour of sewing because I wanted to get the cornerstones put on the last nursing home top.  I went up and cut the pieces I would need, then I ripped out the seams on part of the top where they would go.  I had 3 of the 4 cornerstones sewn on and was just about to start sewing the 4th, when Addy decided to misbehave!  With just 30 seconds of sewing left to do, I had to stop, get the dog out of the sewing room, and clean up a mess.  Then it was too late to go back to sewing and I had to leave for work.  ARGH.

But who can stay mad at this?

Sigh.

If I don't do anything else, I am going to at least go up and sew that last cornerstone on when I get home tonight!  There is only one more round to go on the top, and the material is all cut, so I probably will finish it while I'm up there.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Progress

I started the last nursing home quilt tonight and made quite a bit of progress on it.
I started out with a preprinted panel for the center and added a three inch border then a border with the big flowers.  I am a bit stuck on that part because I'm about five inches short and will have to piece it.  Maybe I will do cornerstones.  It was time to quit, so I'll make a decision tomorrow.

Wednesday blahs

It just seems to be such a blah day today.  I'm looking forward to this evening when I can (hopefully) get some sewing done while the cleaning ladies are working their magic.  That is, if Addy will allow it...  haha.  She may end up in her kennel while they are at the house if she doesn't settle down in the sewing room with me.

I would like to get that last top done for the nursing homes.  Thinking if I do a medallion style that I might sew those squares (4-1/2" I think) that were in a bag of scraps into rows and put them as one round of the top.  We shall see.

One good thing is that I won't have to cook tonight if I don't want to.  I made stir fry chicken last night, as well as ribs and kraut in the crock pot.  I do have a small piece of steak that I would like to make with some mushroom soup and noodles, but that may be for tomorrow night.  I do like to have a clean kitchen for a few hours at least!  haha.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top 8 done

Got the borders put on the eighth nursing home top tonight.

Potted plants

I normally do not have a green thumb, but these succulents require very little care.
When I put them in these containers they were very small.  Like about two inches tall small.  With my lack of watering, which is what succulents like, they have thrived.

See my Cubs banner in the background?  hee hee hee.

A balmy 22 degrees

NOT.  This morning the temp was hovering around 10 degrees when I had to leave for work.  Brrr! 

Last night I went to Tilley's with my brother, his girlfriend, and her son for wings.  They were okay, but I'm kind of off them now.  When Tilley's first opened I ate those things three times a week!  Now, I can take them or leave them.

This morning before work I went upstairs and cut strips for the border on the rail fence top.  Hopefully I will get them on tonight, but no promises! 

Bonnie Hunter had quilt cam last night.  I watched that until it was over then was in bed pretty early.

Not sure what I'm going to make for dinner tonight.  There are some short ribs in the fridge that are looking to be turned into ribs and kraut, so that might be on the menu. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Addy update

Addy is making remarkable progress.  She is doing very well with the housebreaking, with the exception of when she goes into my sewing room for some reason.  I think it's because other animals have had accidents in there.  Either way, she is still doing very good. 

Over the weekend we really worked with her and the cat, trying to get Addy to settle down and not maul Shadow every time she is in the room.  We made progress there, but still have some work to do.

We also are working on getting Addy not to jump on everyone when they come through the front door.  We had some success in that area, but it may have been a one time deal.  I'm expecting company tonight, so will see how things go.

It was really hard to leave for work this morning when all I wanted to do was cuddle up with this little ball of fur!  She had her ear flipped over, as usual!  I guess she is afraid she will miss something!

We weighed her over the weekend.  She is up to 38 pounds!  Getting to be a long legged pup, too.

And she had her first taste of snow.  She isn't quite sure what to make of this brand new world yet, but it won't take long and she will be rolling in it and romping around like all the rest did!  I remember Ivy's first day on the icy patio when she went sprawling on all fours!  Silly girl!  I still miss her lots.  Addy has helped with healing our hearts from that loss.

Can you see two different quilts on the bed in that picture?  There are actually three quilts I made on the bed.  One is under the smaller squares quilt.  I love having all those home made quilts on the bed!