Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The week started off well. I got the house vacuumed........ It take just under 20 minutes to vacuum the whole house. That is just the floors...... Not the baseboards and pictures. More of a quick Pick Me Up.

Then I made two loaves of bread....... Jason stopped by and took one with him when he left...



Decided to take a few pictures of the house......

Kitchen......




Another view of the kitchen.



Next I found the Bali Strips that I bought several years ago...... Thought they would make a great Lasagna Quilt for Kim..... Got those strips sewn together and then moved on to something else........


Living/Dining room.......




View from the other side.....







Just the dining area............


Bedroom.........



Bathroom.......

Next I layered the quilt for Greene County.......... It is all together and quilted. Now to add the binding and it will be finished.




This morning the Framer called and wanted us to meet him at the house...... He had a few questions......... Of course we headed right out there........

They sure have made a lot of progress...... And it is HOT here today .......


Much discussion going on.............


And one good view from the front right corner............


That strange looking piece sticking off from the front was put there to provide a bit of shade when they eat lunch............


Came home and baked cookies........... Put away 7 things in the studio............

Sherman (our car) has gone for a sleep-over at a local garage............ Of course that will mean that I miss Guild tomorrow.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring..............

Monday, May 30, 2011

Arghhhhhhhhhh




I have been trying for a week to post something........To no avail. Blogger would not let me in....

I was almost caught up on my blog reading and was even starting to post more frequently when something went wrong somewhere in the system somewhere.

I even began setting up another blog yesterday BUT.......... Lo and behold this morning here it is working again...........

Last Monday was the first meeting of the Home Owners Association that we were able to attend.

We met some of out neighbors (not that I can remember anyone's name) and discovered that the purchase of a golf cart is in our future....... That is the way people get around the neighborhood..............

Rebekah came Wednesday morning and went with me to Guild. I forgot my camera and did not get any pictures.

After Guild I had a painting class. One of the girls I went to high school with teaches painting furniture and of course I signed up....... I am painting a table and a mirror.... It was great fun.

Rebekah went with me Wednesday night for the Girls Night Out with more classmates. It seems that the group gets together quite a lot.......

We did find time before going out to eat to go to Wal-Mart and purchase a gas grill for Lem for Father's Day.

Jason stopped by on Thursday morning to fix the dripping faucet and he put the grill together for us..... I will take a picture later.

Now for the HOUSING UPDATE................

The brick that was delivered had now become a foundation.


With stacks of concrete blocks inside for the house to sit on.......


This is the sunset as we were leaving Fountain Hill on Monday night. The colors were much more vivid. God makes the most lovely colors..........


This is the front left side of the house as you are facing it. That would be the doorway into the utility room and the wall on the left would be the master bathroom...........


This is a view of the entire front.......... Your room (should you come for a visit) will be on the right front of the house......

I know it would be the proper thing to put the guest room on the back so that they could enjoy the view of the lake but I am keeping that for myself for my studio....... I will spend more time in the studio than anyone else would in the guest room........

Now off to blog reading to try to get caught up again.


Monday, May 23, 2011

I Haven't Been Idle

I wanted to make some pincushions for the Guild to give as gifts to visitors. I selected the Bicornu pincushion. I went to Quiltsalott for the tutorial.........

I used a charm pack for the fabric......Just needed to trim a 1/2 inch from each piece. I tried making some without trimming but as the instructions said, "Smaller is better"


All stuffed and ready for buttons............


I managed to locate my bag of buttons........ At one time they were in a lamp but I left the lamp in Massachusetts and just brought the buttons.......


Fourteen of these lovely little pincushions........



I also finished the two Vintage pincushions that I was making for Rebekah and I...........Well not quite.......... They need to be hot glued to the base but I don't know where the glue gun is right now. That is such an easy thing that I am counting it as a finish...........


I got April and May Thangles BOM's made..........



I also have the finishing fabric pack from Emma's Quilt Cupboard. I might just get it cut out and ready for the day when all the blocks are done.......... There will be some kind of border on each block and I could get them ready for assembly...........


I got the center done for the Guild Care Quilt. I haven't found any fabric that I like for the next border yet............( you can see the February and March Thangles blocks in this picture)


And to make the weekend complete, Jason stopped by with Kim and Samuel and Amanda. Lem is in the center with Wade Hamilton......... And he is hiding.........


This darling boy.....................Yes he does smile a lot but he is also a serious fellow just like his dad.....








Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Already?

I don't really know exactly where this week disappeared to............

I thought that when I retired I would have lots of time....... That sure was wrong...... I have so much less time than before but I am enjoying myself much more. It just takes me longer to get things done........

Monday was WALMART day.......... Not living near a Walmart for 20 years had turned me into a Walmart junkie......... I enjoy going there as much as my husband does not.......

This was my find this week......... A bamboo cutlery tray. I will put it in the studio to hold the accessories for The Duchess........


Then off to the excitement of a mammogram.... And since May is Mammogram month at Eastern Radiology they gave me this lovely cup. I will enjoy this because I drink cranberry juice and club soda all day long and this glass does not sweat as much...........


I finished the Biscornu Pincushion.............. Now to make more for the guild. This morning I pulled out a charm pack that I bought on sale in January........Sorted them into pincushion pieces and today I can start that project...... It should not take too long.


Wednesday was Guild............. Someone brought the quilt that the Greenville Guild is making for their raffle quilt........... It is so much lovelier in person.....


This is a close up on fone of the blocks...........And it is all hand quilted........



It was also the day to turn in the bags that were made for the Red Cross....... This is such a giving group. The last two meetings have been used to coordinate the making of care quilts using the blocks and fabric and batting donated to the Guild.


I took home 12 string blocks with two yards of green fabric for the backing. I used the green fabric for sashing instead and ordered some fabric for another border and backing. It should arrive today or tomorrow. When it does I have the center section all ready. I hope to get it finished within the next several weeks........


I met with the Lunch Bunch........ A group of girls I went to high school with. They meet every Wednesday for lunch......... It was such fun. I did not take pictures because some of them are camera shy.... and it was my first day with the group...... Maybe next week I can get a few shots.

One of the girls teaches painting furniture........... Yes, I did sign up for a class.... Upon arriving home I unearthed this table to be painted.......... I think I will do a penny rug design on top. I am thinking of painting a floor cloth for the family room of the new house.......... This will be good practise...................












Monday, May 16, 2011

A Lovely Weekend

Saturday was the Crystal Coast Quilt Show............... I called Rebekah to see if she and Robert wanted to go......... Happily the answer was yes.........

They live an hour and a half away and the quilt show venue is an hour and a half from here.

They got here about 10:30 AM and we headed off to Morehead City. As it approached noon Robert asked about lunch............ We stopped at Crabby Patty's and the food was excellent.....


This was my favorite at the show........ I can't imagine that much work in one piece but it is so charming........



This was Robert's favorite quilt............



Great job of quilting and a unique border.



Of course we always go to the shows to shop........ I found a few things that I had wanted and a few patterns that I did not even know I wanted..........

Rebekah and Robert bought a pair of dressmaker shears for me....... Gingher no less and they are spring action so they are less tiring to use. I cut a few things with them yesterday and they are lovely to use........


I did get all the pieces cut out for Strawberry Fields and now have them beside my machine all ready for the next leader/ender project............

I got one quilt top pressed and the backing sewn together and pressed. I started on the second top but ran out of spray sizing....... Today is a shopping day so I can pick that up while we are out.

I also got more of the Baby Quilt marked and ready to quilt and the fabric cut for the last of the Hexagons for my dresser scarf............ Lots of bits and pieces being done in several places. One day soon I will actually be finishing things.........Imagine that.........

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I Am Not Sure...

...exactly where to start.............


Anne Ida at Quiltaholic (here) had a button on her sidebar for the Strawberry Fields Quiltalong. It looked like a good project and it did mention being good for a leader/ender project. Since I have not yet unpacked my red and cream log cabin I thought it would be a good idea to cut out the fabrics for it. I am delving into my two big scrap bags for this one.

And I agreed at the guild meeting to make some Bicornu pincushions as gifts to visitors.......I found that pattern at Quiltsalott........ (here).

Temecula Quilt Co. has a BOM for Lori Smith's Heritage Sampler. I signed up for that and two kits came at once........I started late..........


These bags are paper stuff that I need to sort and organize........


An almost finished pincushion......(it has been in that state of uncomplete for almost a year now)

A pincushion kit I bought years ago......... There is another one somewhere because I got one for me and one for Rebekah...........




A stitchery I started prepping from Lynette Anderson.......


A printout of a quilt that I saw on the Sanguine Stitcher...... She found it here.


Judy Laquadara at Patchwork Times mentioned this as a project for 2011. I got the book and my two bags of fabric and now I just need the time to sew........


Dawn at Linen Closet Quilts offered this for us to stitch. I have all of the patterns printed and I know where the last three are....... I am sure the rest of them are in those three bags of papers to go through.

And I have yet to try this block that I see around so often........


Our guild is making quilts for the people that lost everything in the recent tornadoes in Snow Hill, NC. They are so very close by and in such need..... I was given 12 blocks and the backing to assemble a quilt.


Not to forget that I need two quilts ready for the Lilly to quilt by Wednesday. The tops are done but I need to get them pressed and the backing sewn together and pressed.

Just where to start is a wonder...

The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10