Monday, April 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday

At long last I have something on the design wall.......  Now I can join Judy and friends at Patchwork Times..

You can go HERE to see what others around the world are doing.....

As for me I have excavated a quilt that was begun many moons ago........  I was asked to donate a quilt for an auction at my class reunion......  Our colors were red and white so I searched for this top......  Can't find the pattern or the scraps right now and I want to add a couple of borders.......  The red is one I had already and as you can see it will not work........  I will have to search more........  I am sure there must be something here I can use............  I will go upstairs and look.........




I also finished all 36 wallets for the Guild party......



And the two bags I was asked to make for the Guild.......  We give them to the Red Cross for them to use to hand out things.......... 


Now back to the smocking........  Have a great week.......


Friday, April 24, 2015

A Happy Ending...

Hurray.......  Eighteen are done.......  That is half way.............  Only eighteen more snaps to sew on.....

Worked on them a bit yesterday but did not finish......  Well, that is another story that will be at then end of this post.....





Started making the two bags I need for the Guild......... One is close to being finished.......



Stopped to help Lem with his shower and to a head start on the dinner I was planning......

There was a pork roast on sale at Food Lion......I always check their meat counter.....  If something is close to the sale by date it is marked down.......  I got a three pound pork roast for five dollars......  I either freeze the meat immediately using my food saver or cook it right away.......  Decided to cook the pork roast.....
Found a recipe on Mr Food (HERE)...  

It was for cranberry glazed pork roast.........  Delicious......  Several meals there and it would already be cooked......... I got a package of sweet potatoes out of the freezer and fixed a casserole.....  Opened a can of collards.  Put them in a small casserole dish and I could get dinner finished in 20 minutes...   Then went out to mow the yard......

The golf cart is parked behind the lawnmower because we use it more......  Till this year........  We have a flat tire and the linkage is slipping so it does not always go.........  I pulled it out of the garage to mow the grass...
Got the grass cut and decided to put the golf cart in first.......  It would not go.....  Tried to push.....  Hard to do with a flat tire..........  Called Jason and asked it he would stop by to give me a hand........or maybe a push.

He stopped by and sat for awhile till Kim got home from work.........   Rebekah called and asked if she could come over.......Rebekah arrived, Kim stopped by and I suggested we all try that pork roast.......

Opened another can of collards, put biscuits in the oven and we had a wonderful family meal.......

Impromptu gatherings seem to be the best.........






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Works in Progress


I was supposed to work on this project last winter but it seemed to take a back seat to other adventures..........

Decided to make it my Major Project and worked on it daily till other deadlines loomed ahead....

I report that four rows are completely quilted including the border......


With only 9 rows left to do........  Thankfully a good portion of the center is done and I only have 32 blocks left to quilt and the border of course...


Right now that is put aside and I need to finish this red and white quilt.......  My high school class is having a reunion in June and they have and auction...  Someone asked if I would make a quilt......  Little do they understand the number of hours there is in making a quilt.....

I remembered putting this to one side some time ago and realized that it was almost complete....  Just needed to assemble the rows and quilt it.........  Since our colors were red and white it is most appropriate...
 
Found it this morning and it will be the Studio project of the week.....  Looking forward to a finish in the near future..........




The hand work in the family room is finishing the wallets..........  I used the pattern that Hanne uses and it is much easier to assemble than the other wallet I usually make.  Realized that I will not have enough snaps so I will be digging around in my stash for a few more.........I am sure I can find something that will work....




On another note........  Marilyn took a picture of the eggs laid in her flower bed by the ducks we feed.....

There are 31 of them.........  Maybe the hawks won't get them all this year.............



Now off to get those rows assembled...........


Saturday, April 18, 2015

SALE


Rebekah stayed overnight on Thursday so that she could stay with Lem and I could go to JoAnn's for the part of  Daffodil Dash with the things I needed on sale.......

Interfacing and thread were on sale for half price and this seemed a good time to purchase some to keep on hand.........  You never know just when you will need either of those items and not want to go all the way to Greenville.....

I also found three pieces of fabric to make shirts and blouses for Wade Hamilton and Precious......

Wade will get the pastel stripe and the dot fabric.......  Precious will get the pastel stripe and the peach fabric...

For my half price coupon I selected the snips..................



I also got bird seed and duck food........  Marilyn says that there are 20 eggs in her garden that were laid recently...................

The third stop was at Sams Club........  I finally got my own membership there and acquired a few items for the house........  Grocery shopping is easier if you purchase daily use items in bulk..........  And I do have plenty of spaced to store things........

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moving Forward

I spent most of yesterday cutting out the Little Wallets I needed to make...........

Thought I would never get that done.........

Paused long enough to make Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Soup for lunch.............





It was so good and just the thing since the weather had turned damp and chill........I even used up some bread that was too dry for sandwiches to make garlic toast..........




This morning I cut out all of the interfacing I need and now it is time to start assembly.........  I plan to do six at a time................


Rebekah is coming this afternoon to sit with Lemuel while I go for my checkup................  Supper tonight will be easy........  Chicken Pastry.........  Chicken is already cooked and the pastry is in the freezer....  How easy is that........



Monday, April 13, 2015

A Finish at Long Last





Finding a bag of frozen strawberries in the freezer I thought I would do waffles with strawberries for breakfast Sunday....... 

They turned out well so I will enjoy serving them to Jean and Bill the next time they visit......  I try to feed them well when they are here so they will come often.........



Got the dresses ready for the buttons......

As always I go to my famous BUTTON JAR............





Found just what I needed there............




Now they are finished and ready for Georgina.........





Next up was to make the thread catchers for the Guild..............  You can see one on top of the three dozen I cut out to sew..........



Stitched up and ready to turn.............



Turned and ready to press...........



Spent time with the BUTTON JAR again to find three buttons for each thread catcher...........

Sewed them together and have them ready to sew on buttons this evening when Lem and I sit together...




When they are finished the next thing will be the three dozen little wallets...........



Now off to mow grass is the lawnmower will start............



Friday, April 10, 2015

At long last the fifth block of Life of Plenty is complete........  Block six is machine made so maybe I will get to it this weekend.........



Last night I started on my wee bunny applique..........  I might have to outline the bunny to make it show but I would rather do that than start over............


No stitching done on the GFG for two weeks now......  Hope to get the second sundress ready for the handwork in order to finish that part tonight...........

We shall see..........

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I Have Not Been Idle....


Just involved in other tasks.............

Jean and Bill came for a short (not long enough for me) visit.......

Precious, our granddog had an accident and required surgery........  That meant many trips to the hospital and some doggy daycare...........

Not to mention the usual home maintenance that is required...........

Here is the bedroom with the new (to us) rug........








Isn't it lovely?



The fabric in the chair has the same colors as the rug....... Looks like they were made for each other......


Starting to get things in place..




More touches here and there.......



Plant stand was a Happy's find..........



Made a new shirt for Wade and also one for Precious to wear home from the hospital....  His has piping and hers has lace.....  Forgot to take a picture before I put them on the dogs.....



Decided to make a sun dress for the granddaughters of a friend........  One is almost finished........  Just a bit more and it will be done.....


This is the embroidery on the yoke........  It has been a long time since I did bouillon roses and satin stitch...  



Now to finish this one and assemble the second one.....

I have stitched many hours on the GFG.........  Progress is being made but not close to being finished yet.......

Now off to bake a cake......  The Knit Witz will be here this afternoon.........


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ahhhh Spring When All Thoughts Turn To......

Deep Cleaning.............. 

New Rug required all small furniture to be moved out of the room........  The floor was thoroughly cleaned....

Rug installed........  Furniture put back.....  While we are doing this we might as will wipe all woodwork. Put Liquid Gold on all furniture and re-arrange tchatchkes.... Which also need to be cleaned...  After all this is spring........  Sure am glad that room is done..........

I did find time to mindlessly knit two hats while I vegetated on the couch each evening.......  




I even finished the applique for Life of Plenty.....  Is that pot really sitting crooked.....  Oh well, I sure am glad this is a Folk Art quilt....... 


Now off to the laundry room for some suds slinging...........

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday

A new challenge.........  I am helping a friend by assembling a T Shirt quilt for her.  She brought the box with all the pieces to me and I can see now that I will need to make more room on the design wall to work on it.  All the blocks are not the same size which adds to the challenge.............

Decisions..........Decisions..........Decisions..........

Go to Patchwork Times to see what others are having fun with.... HERE





At long last block three of the Life of Plenty Quilt that Jeni from the Willow began in September.....




Block four is prepped




















The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10