Monday, September 15, 2014

Ahh, vacation....

Ev and I have a week of vacation and we are thoroughly enjoying it!  So far we have made a trip up to visit family and now are working on the laminate flooring.  Thursday we are going to get sweet little Addison from the shelter.  I can hardly wait!

When we were at Mom's I snapped a picture of the quilt on the bed I was sleeping in.  It's one of my early quilts.  I wanted to make a log cabin, but disregarded the silly notion that one side should be light and the other side should be dark on each block.  I hand quilted it.  And the binding was just the backing brought around to the front.  For all it's simplicity I still like it and it's held up quite well over the years!

I took a photo of a photo that was at Mom's also.  It's a picture of my Great Grandparent's on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
I remember the big party we had on their anniversary.  It was held at the motorcycle clubhouse in the little town we lived in.  Now, don't start thinking we were a biker gang family...  haha.  It was just the only place in town with a meeting hall.  And the motorcycle club is a dirt bike club that rides through the woods and climbs hills. 

This picture is from their early years together.  It hangs in my front room.  Lots of years between the two pictures.  What they must have seen and gone through!  He was a coal miner and she took care of the house and kids.  They set a wonderful example for me to follow in my marriage, let me tell you!

Probably not going to get much sewing in the next few days.  Maybe I can squeeze 15 minutes in here and there.  Will try!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

So I bought a few things...

Maybe I went a little overboard...  I bought a few things for the new puppy.
New bowls, leash, collar, soft squeaky toys, and a bacon scented (yes, bacon scented) ball.  I picked up puppy food and some chew sticks a few days ago.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Little bit of this and that

Last night was a good night to get a little bit of everything done.  I went straight from the office to the animal shelter to see our puppy-to-be.  She had gone to the vet yesterday and received a good report.  Her leg is in a soft cast now and next week that should be off and her stitches should be removed.  We are supposed to be able to get her on Thursday, the 18th!  I can hardly wait!

Made some breakfast sausages and eggs for Ev for dinner.  I didn't feel like eating much.  Then Nick came over and I did a load of his laundry and made him a grilled cheese sandwich.

I got all but a 4' section of the tack strip pulled up.  This last bit is behind the t.v. and I am going to try and get it up tonight.

I did spend about 20 minutes in the sewing room.  I sewed all the strips together for the first border on Roses in the Snow.  Might get that put on tonight if I have time.

And I did a couple loads of our laundry.  One thing I washed was an old quilt top made from jeans.  I'm hoping to repair the top and put a new batting and backing together with it.  It was so comfortable when it was still useable.  The backing just fell apart from hard use and repeated washings.  I think while I'm sitting in front of the t.v. I'll pick at it to get the old stitching and stuff off of it.  No hurry to get it done, really.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Three Stars

Here is the third Carpenter's Star top (without the borders) that I finished up last night while Skyping with Mary:
Going to use the dark color for the borders, I think.  That will be the fifth top for the nursing home's completed.  I need to keep moving on these! 

Made a big pot of hamburger goulash/stew - whatever you want to call it - for dinner last night.  I think it turned out pretty good.

So did the cat.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sew lazy

I have not been sewing much these last couple days.  I'm not really being lazy, because I have been working on taking up the carpeting and tack strips.  When I'm done with that, though, all I want to do is just flop down on the couch for the rest of the night!

Yesterday, on my lunch hour, I went home and put together a pot of chili.  It cooked all afternoon up until when Ev left for work.  Since I didn't have to cook dinner, I went over to the animal shelter to visit the pup.

Isn't she cute?  She is getting around pretty good with that cast on.  She goes to the vet again tomorrow to have the cast changed.  I'm hoping we find out tomorrow that we will be able to bring her home next Thursday.  She will most likely still have a cast on at that time, which is okay.  We will also have to take her to the vet for therapy for several weeks after the cast is off.

When I got home from visiting her, I pulled up the last bit of carpet in the sitting room where the piano had been.  Also finished pulling up tack strips in there so it's completely free of all the old flooring.  The living room is very close to being free of it also. 

Tonight I know I'll get a couple good hours in the sewing room.  The cleaning ladies are scheduled to come.  Maybe Mary will want to Skype and sew on the Carpenter's Star.  If not, I am going to finally put at least one border on Roses in the Snow.

It's really raining hard here today.  Supposed to rain and storm all day, I think.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Puppies and progress

Ev and I picked up the new flooring on Saturday and spent the weekend pulling up carpeting and tack strips.  Here's the progress so far:
Tonight we have someone coming to pick up the piano, so that will be the last part of the carpeting to be ripped up.  We need to clean and paint the floor, then will be able to put down laminate.

Here's a picture of a picture, so not real good quality, of the puppy we are considering adopting from the shelter.

Yes, she has a cast on her back leg.  She was adopted out for one day, had an accident where someone stepped on her, and was relinquished back to the shelter because of medical costs.  We have put in an application to adopt her and should hear something soon!

I am still working on the third Carpenter Star top.  This one is done in pinks and is coming along nicely.  I've cut strips for the first border on the Roses in the Snow quilt.  Need to get that done soon.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Roses in the Snow center finished

Yesterday, before Ev left for work, I asked him to put the fan on in the sewing room upstairs.  When it gets really hot out, that room is unbearable, but I've found if I have had a fan running for a few hours, it's tolerable.

So last night, because he had done that, I was able to sew for about an hour.  I completed the center of the Roses in the Snow top.

I lad it out over my cutting table to get a good look at it. 

And here is a close up.  I'm thinking of using the white material for a one inch border, then making a two inch border out of one or more of the reds.  Then a final border of white.  Not sure I have enough white.  I would have liked to have made the red border out of that very dark red, but I don't have any more of it.  Going to dig through the scrap drawer and see if I can come up with a few pieces at least so I can put them in the second border if I do a variety.

I also pressed all the squares for the pink Carpenter's Star that Mary and I are doing together. 

Here's all the dogears I clipped while I was watching the news!  I tried to keep them in a paper towel on my lap, but I'm sure there are a few down in the couch somewhere...  haha.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Working on one thing and thinking of two others

That's what I was doing last night.  I was sewing the rows together for Roses in the Snow and thinking about the pink Carpenter's Star that Mary and I are working on together.  Then I started thinking about another block pattern I want to make. 

Pardon the flash spot...  This came from my Quick and Easy Block Tool.  I was also paging through The Farmer's Wife pattern book and came across the same pattern.  Both of them caught my eye for some reason, so I am going to make it. 

Thinking I will make the blocks finish around 12" and just make 16 blocks per quilt.  And I'm going to make them all different fabrics, not just two.  There may be repeats, but that's okay. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mary's quilt top

My friend Mary finished this top over the weekend and I wanted to share it with everyone.  I think it turned out very nice.  She put a lot of work into it, and it shows!  Good job, Mary!
I've been working on Roses in the Snow again.  I have the blocks sewn into rows and now I'm sewing the rows together.

I am seriously considering sending a picture of this in to a magazine when it's done.  I love the way it's turning out.

Had a nice Labor Day weekend.  Kids were over a lot.  One day we grilled and had them all home for dinner, which was very nice.  We got some work done around the yard.  Hauled brush to the compost pile.  It was a good weekend.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's a beautiful morning

I am in a good mood this morning and rearin' to go!  The weather forecast is for rain, which doesn't really bother me, because most of my plans are for indoors.  We do have some yard work to do over this three day weekend, but if it doesn't get done the world will not end! 

One thing we are going to do is make a trip to Lowe's and pick up the tools to remove the carpeting.  We also need to get some Kilz brand paint for the floor.  I know there are spots on the sub-floor that will need to be treated for odors.  Just the way it is and I'm not stressing over it.

Our laminate flooring is on it's way to the store to be picked up, so I am hoping it will be in this week and next weekend we can start some major work.

I reserved a cabin in Southern Illinois for a few days next month.  Nick is going to go with us.  Johanna can't get off work, since she is very new on the job,  We will miss having her there.  The cabin is within an hour's drive of Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, Missouri.  Ev and I went there a few years ago and really enjoyed it, so we are planning to go again.  I think Nick will enjoy it a lot!  Just a fun place to go.