Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday

Today we had rain.... The perfect day to stay in and enjoy being at home with Lem. I actually sewed...........

I finished some blocks for several BOM's and prepped work for stitching each evening. I even got some progress made on my Joan Surprise....... I sure hope I get that project completed before Friday morning.

Last Wednesday morning I realized that I had to have my 192 HST's done by March 1st for Judy's Quilt Along.

I chose to use Thangles for making my HST's..... I am really liking Thangles.



Voila, just a few hours and here they are. All 192......


How pleased I am that I have tried a few things suggested by designers that give us those wonderful challenges online.

Judy taught me to move my ruler off the 1/4 mark and cut something 1/8. From Bonnie Hunter I learned to use the Easy Angle. Both lessons were of great value with some of my BOM's today.

Dinner is almost ready and tonight Lem and I will sit and watch TV......... He will be online and I will be stitching.........

The back is being cranky right now but perhaps tomorrow will be better.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Today is...

a wonderful gift from the Lord...... There is sunshine and bird song.. The promise of spring is in the air. I will forget that next week Old Man Winter returns with a vengeance and revel in the glory of today.

I had breakfast with Peg and Joan this morning. Once more Joan has planted a seed of inspiration. I will put aside my current projects and give this idea a test run................

More at a later date.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Nancy's Quilt

Here is Nancy's Quilt from Saturday. the center blocks were part of a swap and she added the flying geese to them to make a larger block. It is even lovelier in person.


Lynn is holding one block from Kathy's quilt. Such a simple block...........


And here it what it grows up to be...............


I wonder how this would look scrappy?



Monday, February 23, 2009

Saturday Sewing Society

Here we are at Saturday Sewing Society. Time to put our stitching aside and enjoy the fellowship of breaking bread together.












It is always a grand time when we gather. More that quilting information is exchanged.

I found a better dog food for our dogs and Judy shared a pattern that I had been looking for.

Nothing is better than being with friends. I will confess that I get little sewing done on those Saturday gatherings. I am accustom to working alone and I seem to be unable to focus with others around.

Yesterday was test result day. Seems I have a bit of a back problem. The Dr. is recommending an epidural steroid injection. Enough of that tale of woe. Back to work.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

QUILTATHON

Today is the first day of Quiltathon. So far all I have done is do more clearing out upstairs and make lunch and fix chip dip.

I am headed to Brewster for this month's Saturday Sewing Society.

I will not be home till 5:00 PM and then will have to fix our supper but I will report in after that.

I should have some good pictures by then......

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ta Da

Well, here it is........................ My February block for "A Tisket a Tasket"....


No sewing this morning. The Realtor thought I should make the spare room upstairs (my studio) a tad more presentable.

I am now in the throes of organization...........Quite harrowing...............

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Progress and Other Thoughts

Here it is. Block Three in Leann's House. I am working on block four now among other things.


Here is the second month of the Gail Pan blocks. Her link is on the sidebar.



I did go to Murray's yesterday and the fabric top right is the sashing fabric.

So, now I have it all together and Judy has sent out the first step so I can get to work on it.

As to the 'other things' in the caption.

It seems that I can Blog, Read and Comment on other blogs and answer the comments to my blog, PICK TWO........... I will just stop being stressed about this and keep on rotating between the three options.........

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

If Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Then perhaps Frugality is the mother of Creativity?

You might remember The Bag (picture in side bar).

Well, Judy over at Patchwork Times is having a Quilt A Long...... She is going to make us work for our pattern this time. No more saving up for a later date (as I have done on her Star Blocks). You will have to show proof that you are working to get the next set of instructions. Not to worry. She has a fail safe built in if you need the pattern later.

As always it is her use of fabric and borders that make the design exceptional. This time she is using strips for a completely different look.

After the MRI on Friday (results a week from tomorrow) I had hoped to go by Heartbeat Quilts to see what I could use for this quilts. We didn't get finished before Heartbeat closed so there went that plan. I looked at what I had on hand but nothing spoke to me. I planned to go by Murray's but just was not in the mood for fabric shopping... (yes this can happen). I even checked out Thousands of Bolts but nothing spoke to me.

Then I remembered The Bag.......................

Last night I dumped it on the guest bed and began to see what was there. I have always thought a Bear Paw would be great in plaids......



Judy had given enough information so that I knew what size fabric I would need for the large part of each block. I selected a few and put them in the studio until this morning. I wanted daylight for color selection.



This is the ecru I selected...............





I found this brown in my stash that I am using in place of the red in the original quilt.




This morning I cut the squares for the 12 Bear Paws.



The only thing I am not confident about is the sashing between the Bear Paw blocks. After work I will head off to Murray's to see what I can find.



I have also decided to name this quilt Sims McGrath. I like the name and it seems to fit this fabric. That also sounds like the name for a Bear of a man.......

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

No Picture, Just Chat

The realtor just called.......... She wants to do an open house on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00.

At least my part is done and the house is ready to show.... I do want to clear out some things in the spare room on the first floor. Make it look more presentable. Feeling rather good right now. Amazing what drugs will do for you........ The realtor wants me to clear out the spare room upstairs a bit too. That is my sewing room. I will get that done as soon as I start feeling better. I am going to clear out all but current projects. My little mind gets distracted to easily as it is.

I am making great progress on Leanne's House Block Four. It is almost done. I am going to start Block Seven next. I am still in a state of disbelief that I could actually have this quilt finished this year. I am setting a few dollars aside every week to pay for the quilting.

I sat in my straight back chair last night with the special pillow for my back and managed to stitch a wee bit. It was grand. Till I had to get up. Not good sitting in that hard chair for too long. Still it is better than not being able to do any stitching.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Where Did the Week Go?

It has been a busy week in one way or another. My recurring back problem has been keeping me from stitching or much of anything else.

I have done some prep work on a few embroideries. This is one offered free by Gail Pan. Just click her BOM picture on my sidebar.




Here is Gail's second offering for her free BOM. Ready to stitch.



And I even prepped the applique for Bunny Hill. Now I just need to be able to hold the needle long enough to get something stitched.


And Friday my quilt came back from being quilted. The design is one of Judy Laquidera's Hour a Day designs and she even did the quilting for me.



Now I need to find the unused fabric and get it bound.



This is a close-up of Judy's quilting. She really is gifted.


On Friday, I have an MRI scheduled. The Dr thinks it might be a ruptured disc. Prayers for a solution would be most appreciated.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

It Takes Me So Long

to accomplish so very little. You can see the date on the sampler and I am just finishing it. It is a cross stitch wedding fraktur for a very dear friend. I like it so much I plan to make one for myself. ( A Pennsylvania German document (as a birth or wedding certificate) that is written in calligraphy and illuminated with decorative motifs (as tulips, birds, and scrolls)

Well, not really. It took some time before I got it to the framers.


While they are great framers they tend to be slow. Fits right in with my personality.


Now I need to find a box, wrap this gift and get it packaged to mail. This has been hanging around since the week after Thanksgiving. I really must do better at getting things done.

Since I did not put this in as a finish last year, I am counting it for this year. It is my list and I can do that if I want to.

I couldn't decide on the best picture so put them all up.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Acceptable Treatment

Judy over at Patchwork Times has written about "Acceptable Treatment."

And don't we all know that how we are treated is directly related to how management perceives their customers.....

Listen up folks. Times are hard right now. We have less money to pass around so I will be spending mine in places that appreciate it. I learned from my brother to speak up and call people on their bad behavior. Might not do them much good but I sure feel better.

If I were a writer I would write a book on dumb things we are told by companies just to get us to leave them alone.

Let me begin with the 'Just how Important Are You?". Years ago it was impossible to find a Doctor that was taking new patients. What you were supposed to do to become a patient I was never sure but................. A friend of mine needed to see a gynecologist. She was new to the area and was having a problem. She had just gotten a job as the Administrative Assistant to the new Hospital Administrator. Simple, she calls the Dr of her choice and says " I am --- . the secretary to --- and need an appointment. No problem says the receptionist. We can see you any day next week. She explains to her boss that she will need to be out of the office one afternoon for the appointment. He says, "Well, my wife has been trying to get an appointment for weeks so I know how important they are. How long did you have to wait for this one?" " Just a few days " she replies, "I told them I was your Administrative Assistant and the made an appointment for me right away."

Other dumb things women are told.

A co-worker finally saved enough for Central Air Conditioning. After it was installed and the temperature began to climb, she closed the windows to her house and turned it one. Just to get hotter and hotter and hotter. Calls the company. Someone comes out to check the unit. All is well, no problem here EXCEPT the house is not getting cooler. Repairman says, "Well after all, air conditioning is only supposed to lower the temperature in your home 10 degrees. "

Do the math, it is 100 outside so you turn on your air conditioner to keep the inside 90 degrees.

After much complaining and calling and a hissy fit or two, they discover that the ducts were put under the house but NEVER CONNECTED.

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At one time we had goats as pets. Well, we lived out in the country and had lots of room for them to clear....... We spent two weeks trying to figure out how they were getting out of the electric fence and the spent the next two weeks trying to figure out how to get out again.

After we moved here, our son lived in our house. In the past our water bill was about $8.00 a month. He calls one day to say his water bill was $78.00. That is impossible. There was no swimming pool................ If that much water had been used it would have turned the yard to mire. Especially in the back where the septic system would have been leaching all that water.
I called the water company and a they assured me that the bill was accurate. BUT they would send someone out to check. Hang on to your hat now for the punch line. The representative of the Water Company representative told my son that the Goats must have turned on the outside faucet and left it running. When he asked why he never saw the faucet running when he came home the Water Company representative said that they turned it off before he got home so he would not know what they did. Are we really supposed to believe this?

Don't get me started on our local gas company. A couple of years ago they replaced our meter. Seems that the one we had was not working. Had not worked correctly for 6 months. We realized that they continued to estimate the reading and did not provide an actual reading but it is their business to know how to handle these things.

New meter installed..........Next bill comes. $800.00 for one month......... NO WAY..... I call.

It seems that the battery in the old meter had gone bad and it took the 6 months to replace it but according to the gas company, I should have known that their meter was not working and called them to tell them........... The high bill was caused by the gas man writing down the wrong starting number. That was easy to figure because when I finally got someone there to look at the meter it read lower that what they said the starting figure was.

Now I spent MY time on the phone calling and trying to reason with people that are totally out to lunch. Go Figure.

Anyone else out there have one of these wonderful stories?

Reporting In

I haven' been upstairs sewing in the mornings this past week. I have been Suzie Homemaker instead. I got started in the kitchen first. I cleaned the stove. I never seem to be amazed at the little hard to reach areas were things seem to collect. Now it is nice and clean. Or at least it was until I had to cook the next meal.


Refrigerator was next. Now that is pristine. No surprises lurking in the back. There are quite a few items we need to use up and not replace.


Here is the main part. That container on the top shelf next to the margarine has tiny bite sizes of cut up ham and pork chop and cheese. It is sitting there to dry out a bit. Then when it has a sort of crust and no longer sticks together I can put it in a ziploc bag and store it in the freezer. These will be treats for Wade Hamilton when we go to class tomorrow. Our instructor said we needed some really GOOD treats to hold his interest.


And here is the pantry. Let me mention that this is after we bought groceries on Saturday. Not bad. Things here to be used up also. I made a list of what is in there. Even though that net bag hanging on the left contains dog treats, they are not Wade Hamilton's favorites. We use them for reinforcing his training at home. When he goes away he needs something more interesting.
I have some recipes for making special treats and I hope to make a few this afternoon.



I always get the urge to do a bit of seasonal decorating. Yesterday Lem and I bought a few things to brighten the place. All of my decorations are packed but I just had to get a few more.




I couldn't find a centerpiece I liked for the table so this will have to suffice.


And for $2.99 you can't go wrong with this wreath.


I got a couple of plates and glasses for the table but decided I needed napkins and napkin holders. The first impulse was to head back out to shop but I think I can work up something else instead if I look around a bit. I might be able to locate a few things that haven't been packed yet.

The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10