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.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


I was finally able to get upstairs and work on this block.
I know the colors aren't perfect, but these were from squares that were already cut.  Remember a while back when my friend's aunt passed away and she gave me a lot of her fabric?  Well, there was a shoebox full of squares already cut.  Now, they don't really match or anything, but that's okay.  I'm going to make a bunch of these blocks (called Whirlpool) from them for one of the nursing home quilts.  If they are too whacky looking when they are next to each other I will put sashing between them.

Ev and I worked on the floor in the dining room today.  We finished putting the laminate down and are going to put the trim on tomorrow.  It looks really really nice.  The bedroom floor is next but we both need a little break first.

Addy is getting to be quite a little sweetie.  She loves going for rides in the car or truck.  I will be glad when she is out of her biting stage, though!  Puppy teeth are sharp.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Whine, Whine, Whine

I'm whining because I haven't been able to sew!  I love this new pup, don't get me wrong, I just have a hard time getting upstairs with having to watch her closely all the time.  This morning I tried to do a little but Addy was bothering Ev while he was still trying to sleep, so I gave that up.  Maybe it will be nice outside and I can leave her in the back yard for a while right after I get home.  sigh.

Think I'll make a chicken and rice casserole for supper.

I started what I guess you could call a second job, although it's hardly work.  I am picking up the daily newspapers at the newspaper office in the town I work in when I get off work and taking them to the 2 gas stations in the town I live in.  No brainer.  It adds a whole 14 minutes to my day and I get paid for it.  And it will help pay for gas.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another weekend of flooring

We spent last weekend putting down more laminate flooring.  We had a little helper.  I think she is saying "Put the next board here, Mom"!
This is what it looked like on Sunday evening.  We didn't get it all done, but we quit before we got frustrated because there were a lot of pieces that were going to need to be cut coming up.

I am absolutely loving it!  Ev's excited about it too, because he mentioned going to get some area rugs soon.

This morning I went upstairs to do a little bit of sewing before work.  Addy was outside and I had a few puppy-free minutes.  I thought I had really gotten quite a bit done in the 15 minutes I was upstairs.  Until I realized the bobbin had run out near the beginning...  sigh.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Sometimes a pup just has to sit on a pillow.
Last night Addy decided to drag one of the throw pillows off the couch into the middle of the front room floor.  She proceeded to go get her chew bone and then plopped her furry butt on the pillow and looked at me, as if to say "A pup's gotta do what a pup's gotta do".  Yeah, you know you're cute.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sewing, Ice Cream, and Puppy

I actually sewed last night for a bit.  Just made a sample block out of a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co. 
What I need to do is find some puppy-free time to get upstairs and finish making the nursing home tops.  And I need to put the border on Roses in the Snow yet.

For dinner we had chicken bacon ranch sandwiches on mini ciabatta rolls.  They were so yummy and easy!  I just bought chicken strips from the deli, and the bacon was microwavable, so it was quick, too.
Finally got that Dairy Queen Blizzard I have been craving for 4 days!  Not that I needed it...  haha.  I texted my friend Donna about 8 and asked if she wanted to go to DQ.  She did, so I loaded up Addy in the back seat and off we went!  Addy just laid down on the seat and took it all in.  She didn't get up while we were driving, just when we were at the drive thru window.  Guess she thought she had to say hello to the workers.
No, she did not get any of my ice cream!  Did I feel guilty?  Maybe a little...  But she still didn't get any of my ice cream...