Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Home Again




Here are a few pictures taken in Virginia on the way down.......... The weather was good going to Virginia but terrible rain and traffic on the way home.

It was good to see some of the family again, I just wish the circumstances had been different.

Mama is doing well again. She is now in a rehab facility but it appears that she will not be able to live alone any longer. She lost down to 70 lbs but perhaps she can gain a pound or two back.

I might never get caught up on my blog reading again but I will try............ Thanks to everyone for your prayers.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Traveling

We are on the road again........... Currently in Virginia.

My mother is in the hospital but is doing better now.

We will be returning home on Friday.

Can someone hold my place till I get home?

Thanks

Friday, October 19, 2007

An Ordinary Day

I got the fabric washed and pressed for my class on Saturday......... Doesn't it look nice all stacked up there....... I am not exactly sure which piece will go where but what ever I do it will be a warm quilt.


After work I headed off to Eastham for more dish packs.......... I picked up three again. Now to empty the cabinets and get them packed.

I stopped at my local yarn shop.......... Shawn had called last week to let me know that more sock yarn had arrived....... A girl has to check out all the new stuff.........



Yes, I did find a skein or two for socks...... Shawn is smiling all the way to the bank..........



When I stopped at the library, there was this little building out front....... Not sure what it is for but I took a picture anyway......



Here is the actual library....... I went on Thursday because they are open until 7:00 that day and I would have time to make a good selection. Wrong........... They were closing early yesterday so that the workers could go to a class.
Then home to my wonderful husband who was cooking his usual Thursday casserole.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sunday Surprise

On Sunday, Kathy, one of the people I met at Curves brought a sewing machine for Robert. I now have two for him to trade for Chloe, the treadle he picked up for me in Georgia. Kathy is giving the machine to me and I will layer and tie a quilt for her.

This machine is a real beauty and in impeccable condition. I think the paint on the Red Eye is so outstanding.

The cabinet is in good shape also.


It even came with a manuel and a box of attachments............



Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Springtime of Quilting

The theme of our Guild's show this year is "The Seasons of Quilting". Some of the Pickles joined together to make our own interpretation of this theme. We each selected a season and are making a small quilt representing that season. We will mount these small quilts on one large one that has been entered into the show.

Joan had the season of spring.......... That is the planning stage of a quilt.



I am in awe of her talent. The hands are hand painted. The pencil is dimensional and sewn on. She added interest by cutting out the flowers and ironing them on with cheesecloth she had dyed to soften the picture.


I keep hoping that if I am with people like Joan enough some of their brilliance will rub off onto me.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Update

I do have pictures, they are still in the camera......... I just have not paused long enough for the download....

I am slowly getting a good routine going......... It is difficult sometimes to balance home keeping, stitching, and work.............

I have been working on the beaded ornaments........ I have 28 of them done. That is close to the half way mark.

I have completed the quilt for the guild show and tonight when the pickle meets we can pick the side we want to use and I can begin to add the hanging sleeve to the other side.

I am still working on the bedroom............. That seems to be slow going........ Perhaps Joan and Vickie can give me some ideas and I can get this project done...............

I completed the row I began in class last Wednesday (has it been almost a week already?). Tomorrow night I should be able to add two more rows. That project is progressing nicely.

Now on to the ugly truth.................. I had the urge to practice hand quilting again. So I did. I spent quite a bit of time changing hoops and chairs and positions but I think at last I am getting the hang of this............. I worked on that for the last 3 days instead of my October projects. At least when the November list comes out I will have something to go in it that will be even closer to completion.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tagged


At long last I have been tagged......... Dear Debbi of DubiQuilts has asked that I participate in the

SEVEN TRUTHS MEME


The rules of this are:


1. Link the person who has tagged you.
2. Tell seven true things about yourself.
3. Tag seven new people.
4. Leave a message with the person you have tagged so they know about it.


I am supposed to name seven truths about myself............. and tag seven new people. Since I am making beaded ornaments for the guild I will offer a beaded ornament for the seven people that I am tagging.

Now on to the seven things (this is hard)


1 - I would rather have a good baked potato with sour cream and cheese than chocolate. (will I be banned from the group for this confession?)


2 - I do not like to travel.......... Most people do and for years I thought I should but I am older now and I can say without fear of repercussions that I would rather stay at home with a cup of tea and shortbread than go anywhere. (except shopping for fabric)


3 - I cry when I hear the "Star Spangled Banner". (doesn't take much for me. most movies end up with a box of tissues gone)


4 - I like quiet.......... REAL quiet......... Early in the morning quiet before even the birds are up kind of quiet. (I shower without turning on the light because the florescent fixture in our bathroom hums..........)


5 - I like Lapsang Souchon tea. (you either like or NOT..... this is not a take it or leave taste.....)


6 - I get a lot accomplished when I have a deadline approaching. (because I work on anything else other than the deadline project. I think there are many others out there with the same quirk.)

7 - I like routine. It is comforting to have a routine. Then I know what to expect from each day.

Now to tag seven people............... This is going to be difficult.

I have now selected seven people and sent them an email to let them know.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wednesday Nights

On Wednesday nights I go to Town Ho Needlecrafts for class. Right now there are only two of us in the class, Briget and myself............ This is Barry, our fearless leader. He knows all about color and how to use it. His work is exceptional. He knows all there is to know about most needle arts. He encourages us to try new stitches and new threads....... Sometime when you ask for his opinion he says "Well, it's your piece." You can tell by the tone whether or not to move forward or to begin taking out...... I could not have had the courage to try some of the things I have done without his encouragement.

This is Brigit.......My only other class mate. We had three others at one time but I think Brigit and I ran them off...... Would you like to join us?


This is the progress I made on Wisteria............ I began cutting the next row. That is row 19 and there are 23 all together. Still in the tunnel but there is a glimmer of light at the end.

Progress


That last bit with the pins will have the quilt together. Then to put the binding on it. I turned down one corner so you could see the other side.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Slowly I Stitch

Last night I was only able to get about 3/4 of my stitching done on the Guild Quilt. Perhaps tonight I will get that last bit done and I can begin putting it all together. I still have to finish my bedroom picture. That will have to be done this weekend because we are to turn them in on Tuesday. I also need to get the hanging sleeve on the quilt I entered into the show. That deadline is coming up fast............................

Monday, October 08, 2007

Saturday

We actually crossed the bridge Saturday.......... This picture was taken as we started across the Sagamore Bridge. It is one of the two bridges that connects the Cape to the Mainland. We went to Walmart and came home with vitamins and tissues and other exciting things.



Now for an update on my progress so far. I managed to get one beaded ornament cover completed. I need 60 and I have completed 19. That is almost one third of them done. The deadline for this project is Dec. 1st. This might make the November list of "Projects".



While we were on the road, I worked on the ubiquitous sock. I got the top done and I have turned the heel. Now to work the gusset and then it will be mindless knitting again. The kind I like to do while I watch Judge Judy.

Other Projects.

I did take out what I had done on the vest and began again. This is my progress so far. I have 4 inches of the 71/2 needed for the first third of the back. This is also something to keep the hands busy while I am watching TV.


I wanted to make sure that something was done on the Wisteria Sampler before I went to class on Wednesday. I completed band number 17 (the green Scotch Stitch). The next band is hemstitching and I will need to cut the fabric. I want to have someone else to count with me before I cut this wrong again.



Last but not least is the quilt for the show. I have all 25 blocks done and all 5 rows together. The hand stitching is complete on all the rows and two of the rows are sewn together and hand stitched. This morning I added another row to the two that were complete and put the other two together. I am hoping that tonight I can get the hand stitching on that part done and put them together in the morning.




I only work downstairs in the morning. I am at my best at that time of day. Everyone else is still asleep and the house is quiet. I can work with no distractions at that time.

I am making progress on my October list and I might even finish a thing or two.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Road Trip

We are going on a road trip. Actually leaving the Cape...............

Don't get excited. We are just going to Plymouth (45 miles away) to shop at Wal-Mart......... You know, paper towels vitamins, dog treats and such.

I have seen a Michaels next to the Wal-Mart and perhaps this time I can go in..... This will include having lunch out at Fridays so I can get by with soup for supper..........

I have been giving thought to what to take with me to work on. I have decided on the socks. They are small, easy to do, and I have done so many that I don't need to watch the directions that carefully.................... I know other people travel with appliqué and hand stitching but I have never been comfortable doing hand work in the car. Perhaps I might even get one sock done.

Now, lets see which audio book I will take.............

Friday, October 05, 2007

My Wonderful Husband

Lem has this delicious sausage casserole that he fixes for us every Thursday.

When I walked in the door yesterday he was plugged in to his MP3 player and singing along. Rather loud and off key............. I had to get a picture of him even if the kitchen was rather messy as I had not put away the dishes that were left to dry.


The pictures on the bottom of the refrigerator are of our lot in NC............

Another Large Quilt

This is the front of another large quilt that Mickey brought with her. It is hand quilted.



And the back of the quilt.

The Larger Picture

This is the larger picture......... Looks just like the cottages in Provincetown....... This quilt is much larger than the other one shown below and this quilt is hand quilted and bound.

Last Night's Meeting

Last night was the Guild meeting. We had Mickey Lawler of Sky Dye fame as our guest speaker.

This is one of her latest projects. She had one that I will post later that was even bigger. This looks really hard but when you check out the next picture you will see that it is really a breeze. That fabric is painted by her and is simply stunning........... She uses fabric paints instead of fabric dyes. With the cost of that fabric I can't imagine cutting it. She will be giving a two day class starting today but alas, I must be at work.


Here is the back.................. As you can see, the top and bottom are one piece. Only the center is pieced. I really hope to try this some day after the big move..................


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Just a Small Change in Plans

I was all packed for class last night. In the small bits of time I had at home I worked on stitching down the sashing on the log cabin quilt. I needed to get at least two rows together so I could stitch them together this morning. I only work in the studio in the mornings. I am rested then and it is safer to cut and machine stitch when you have all your wits about you. In the evening I sit upstairs with Lem and do hand work while I listen to a book on tape or we watch a bit of television.


When I got to Barry's last night, I began to unpack my bag and discovered that I had failed to bring the thread. That is when I moved on to PLAN B................. I also had the scroll frame with "Wisteria" in the bag. I wanted to finish the wedding sampler before I took the time to change the stitchery in the stand but that was not to be. Now that I have "Wisteria" in the stand I plan to work on it this month instead of the wedding sampler.

I have a box in the studio that is marked "Need Help from Barry"...... These are projects I am not sure I can complete without some assistance from a good teacher. I thought I had plenty of time to get them finished but as the time goes by I am beginning to wonder if I will get them all done. Barry says I could get more stitching done if I put the quilting aside for a time....... I just want to do both.

This is a picture from the front of the booklet. I have 2/3rds of it completed. It is time to finish it .


I managed to add those last 6 hearts last night and complete two of sixteen "Scotch Stitch" sections right below them........ This sampler has lots of different techniques and threads.

I have added it to my October list. So to recap, I did get stitching done on my October projects even if I had to take a side road.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Progress

And did I get to stitch last night............. Not much at all. The rows are still there waiting till I can sit with them again. Tonight is class and tomorrow is Guild so I will not get to work on them again until Friday night.............

This morning I worked on the room. I stitched the molding in place and added the bed.

I now have to applique the quilt/bed in place, stuff the pillows and stitch them down. I will also need to stitch around the headboard to make sure it stays in place.


Then I will need to add the bureau, lamp, clock, rug and perhaps a picture ......... I have already lost one of the pieces of the bureau and will need to cut another one. Silly me..........

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Tonight

I managed to get all five rows sewn together this morning so tonight I can sit and stitch down one side of the sashing strips for each row. Perhaps tomorrow I will get the rows joined. I have the strips cut and ready...........

Monday, October 01, 2007

Weekend Report

I worked on the quilt for the guild show this weekend. I got all 25 blocks completed and one row together. This quilt requires that the sashing be stitched by hand on one side. I hope to get row two done tonight and then one each night till all five are complete. Then I can put the rows together one night at a time........... Maybe........ I will see how the time goes.


Remember this from June? I need to get it finished so the stand will be free to work on the Wisteria sampler. I have quite a bit done but I still have about 12 hours left to work on it. That estimate comes from some work I did many years ago. I found that it takes me about 1 hour to stitch a 10x10 stitch grid on the graph. I have been using it as a rule of thumb since........ That does not take into consideration that I will have to graph the bride and grooms name and wedding date to place on the bottom. I vaguely remember doing that in times past. Wouldn't it be nice if I could fine it again and not have to start again.


And this horror is my wonderful knitted vest..................... The yarn is hand dyed. The card that came with it said to work from two skeins at a time to get a more pleasing stripe pattern. Of course I did NOT do that at first. I had just about this much knitted (one third of the back) and did not like the way it was turning out so I took that out and began again with two skeins and changed skeins every two rows............ The picture showes that while the pattern is not as obvious, it is still there. I will be taking that out and starting again. I am just not happy with the results at this time...............

The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10