Sunday, July 31, 2011

Week One is Finished

Okay so most participants have finished three weeks and are starting to assemble their quilts but the best I have so far is the first week. I am going to keep right on till I get this puppy done.

Thanks so much to Anne Ida at Quiltaholic for inviting me to join in............


I also got the strips cut for the next section. Seriously doubt I will get them finished next week either but that is okay.......... One day they will be done...........

Yes, I do have on block turned wrong in the first picture. Wade Hamilton walked across my blocks before I could get the picture and I failed to get that one turned around. Sorry, just feeling really tired today and some histamines have attacked me so I am having problems even thinking.....

Friday, July 29, 2011

Our First Gathering..............

When we were checking on the house earlier this week I noticed a lovely breeze on the not yet screened porch........... I then thought it would be fun to ride out there one evening after the news (Lem has to watch the news) and sit on the porch with a cool drink......... I also thought that having someone else to chat with would be good so I called the family and issued the invitation to bring a chair and join us.............

This is the group that greeted us when we arrived. Well, we did have to drive farther than they did....

Left to right is Kim, Jane, Beck, Lem and Jason.........

While we were there a neighbor came by to say hello........ She had one grandchild with her....

And was followed by another one.........


We sat and talked and got acquainted with the neighbor........ It was GRAND........

What a wonderful blessing from Our Heavenly Father........

Maybe we can do it again next week.................

Now for the ubiquitous house pictures........... The sheet rock crew is working this week....... So far they have the ceiling up and 1/2 of the walls...........

This is looking into the dining room from the family room......



And from the family room into the foyer (right) and hallway to guest room and studio (left).


And from the front door toward the family room........... The area looks larger than it really is because of the archways being so open. I wanted a place for family and friends to gather and enjoy good fellowship.



Now off to finish the house blessing and perhaps I will get a chance to sew a bit today........

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Where did the Week Go?

I can't believe it is Thursday already............... I can't imagine where the week disappeared to......

Monday morning I met with a group at church to knit ...... Monday afternoon we had first one guest and then another drop by to say hello. I so very much enjoy that and I know that when we move again it will not happen as often.

That meant that some tasks were left undone and not much sewing was done but there is so little time to be with family and friends that we need to enjoy the moments of fellowship when we can........

I did get the another tea towel for Jane and I ready to stitch...............


And I finished my applique BOM from Linen Closet Quilts..............


I also got a start on one of my tea towels..........................


On Monday at the knitting group there was a large box of yarn that had been donated. It looked a lot like this but was much bigger.....................



I have been working on it every evening this week and this is what I have so far.............



Yesterday was Dr. appts for Lem, errands and laundry....... Whew........... That sure was too much in one day............... Today I must do the house blessing and a few organizing task in the house.......... Maybe tomorrow I can devote to sewing and just relaxing.............

I have done a few blocks of Lucinda's gift but nothing big enough for a picture yet........ Lately I have forgotten to take my camera...........

I called Jane and Joyce to tell them that we are going out to the house at 7:00 this evening for about 30 minutes to sit on the porch and look at the geese on the lake and feel the breeze........ I invited them to join us......... We will see if anyone shows up. Maybe I should fix a tray of savories just in case some one shows up........... Hmmmmm.......... Any suggestions other than a few finger sandwiches?


Sunday, July 24, 2011

I grabbed this to have something to stitch at the guild meeting. I bought the kit several years ago at a quilt show and I had already made 7 of 32 of the embroideries.......... I decided to work on this off and on for awhile with the goal of getting it completed. (No, it is not on the list but I am beginning to think that the list is just a suggestion....)


I have traced a few more and have it by my chair in the family room to stitch when I can.


Dawn Heese at Linen Closet Quilts is offering a BOM......... You can find the link HERE.....

She is also offering a 20% off sale till Tuesday....... You can find that link HERE....

I went through my big bag of scraps and got the first offering ready to stitch.... She has such lovely designs............ (Another thing that is not on the list...........)


I picked this kit up at the Morehead City Quilt Show..... Wanting a gift for a friend I got it stitched up right away.............









I even got two tea towels made, one for Jane and one for me....... Now we are already to stitch...



The cotton is looking good...... I can see lots of white flowers forming.........



The corn got rain in time to make so there is hope for the farmers in this area........
Some in neighboring counties were not lucky and their crop is gone.....



As always here is a picture of the house......... The insulation is in place and now we will wait for men with sheet rock to put in the walls..........


I did get a picture of the back from a distance........... I might get to unpack this year after all.





Thursday, July 21, 2011

On a Rabbit Trail

I was making some (not very much) progress on my July list........ I had already acknowledged that part of it would roll over into August but that was fine with me......... Just as long as I am making some progress.............

Then Anne Ida at Quiltaholic announced a quilt a long....... You can find it HERE.....

It is the Lucinda's Gift quilt from an Elm Creek book...........




I went out the garage and finally located some fabric to use......... I brought it inside and pressed it carefully....... Just to let you know, this took several days....... Days right now are filled with meals and errands and dishes and such.......................


I began cutting my fabric till I had enough for a start and I have it all laid out ready to stitch.......



I did finish my June Thangles blocks........ July hasn't come yet so at least I am up to date for a few more hours.............

Wednesday I finally made it to the Guild meeting and this time I brought my camera... You can tell from this shot that I was concentrating on the quilt............Look at those lovely paper pieced blocks........


This is a quilt made for Greene County.....


This one was made from a panel and I sure do wish I could find some of those interesting panels....



This is a finished Turning Twenty Quilt.......


And a Quilt of Valor all done...........


And another lovely one........... I did not see the pattern completely till I looked at the picture...... I really need to remember to take more pictures of quilts before assembly to make sure there are no errors...........



And the ubiquitous house pictures............ The siding is complete and the insulation is up on the inside..............






But the best part of all is that Pat came for dinner last night.......... We haven't seen each other in over a decade.............. I am so glad to be close to Pat again..................


Now to get back to my sewing for a few hours.............



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Whew.....

I finally finished the hand quilting on Andrew's quilt. I know you thought it would never happen and I was beginning to think so myself.................. Now for the binding and the label and I can give that darling boy his quilt hopefully before his first birthday...........

Due to a medical procedure Rebekah came down this for a few days this week to help her father while I was feeling woozy........(No Duplin County wine was involved)

She and I were in the studio talking yesterday when Kim stopped by......... It was wonderful to see her. She works full time and takes care of her home and family and as we know that leaves little time for visiting but yesterday she got off work early and came over..... It was grand with the three of us sitting and talking........ Just what I have missed for years and I am relishing every moment now...........

A short time later, Jason stopped by.......... He helped his father take the plastic off of the boat, wash it out and put the cover on to protect it.................

I jokingly said to Lem, "Let's all go to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner tonight." We were all surprised when he agreed. He isn't much for eating out and normally I agree but I was still feeling rather tired and did not want the good times of us being together to end.

The lighting was bad and Jason suggested using a cell phone to read the menu.......... Let me tell you girls, it works a treat...............


There is Jason and Rebekah........




And Kim sat beside me........... I should have taken another picture of her but as I said, it was really dark there and I did not realize that her eyes were closed..............



How wonderful it is to have family all around to be with.....................

Thank you Lord for so many blessings................

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Siding At Last

A quick check yesterday and we found that they are adding the siding to the house......

Lem and I looked at house for days trying to find just the right color and this is the final choice......









Yesterday afternoon I finally got the blocks ready for the Guild Swap........... Now I have one more item to check off of my July list.............. After looking at it yesterday I decided that I will never get all of that done in one month. Perhaps it will run into August............


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Am Not a Shopper........

Let me be begin with that statement. I much prefer to go out, get what I need and come home. That is why I miss so many things that are on the market now.....

Since we are in NC now I am enjoying being with family as much as possible so when my sister-in-law, Jane called and asked if I wanted to go to Greenville with her Monday and shop I said yes. A few hours spent with her would be fun and I did need some solid fabrics to make tea towels so I said 'Of course'...............

We left at 10:00 yesterday morning and half way there I realized that I had not put my camera in my bag..........How foolish is that..........

We went to JoAnn Fabrics first and picked up some fabric.................. A couple of Christmas prints that were on sale and the needed solid fabrics.


We also selected yarn to make dish cloths to go with our tea towels. I wanted to get the yarn for Jane as a gift. After all she drove...........

We found some porch and garden items on sale for 70% off. That is the kind of thing you find when you shop often.........

While I was waiting to get my fabric cut she said that she was going to the front to pay for her purchases (a pack of pins and some knit markers)..........

Bless her heart........ She paid for my yarn..........


And the four plant ornaments I had selected.........


After that we went to Best Buy to look at MP3 players and appliances....... Jane is a great one to take shopping.... She ask all the right questions like, "if she buys several appliances what kind of discount can she expect?"............

We had a nice relaxed lunch at Olive Garden and even divided a desert and had coffee........

We wandered around Barnes and Noble for awhile..........

Then back to Kinston........... I could not believe that it was almost 5:00 PM..............

It was a glorious day.................

Thank you Jane...............

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I Haven't Been Idle

I got three quilts ready for Lilly. She will come again on the third Wednesday of this month so I will have something for her to take back with her.............. I even know where to find the binding fabric for two of them............ No, I have not finished binding the only one of the three she quilted last time.......... Maybe I can get to it soon.



I also got the first dishcloth for July completed. I have also been pegging away at Andrews Quilt. I have one half of the last row to quilt and it will be ready for binding. When that project is complete perhaps I can work on some smaller ones that will finish more quickly.... I do want to start quilting my GFG............ Maybe three threads a day?


And I could not leave without one last picture of the house. It is hard to get good pictures inside because they always come out so dark.......... and there is no electricity inside yet. Just lots of boxes for it............. Anyway..... This was taken in the family room....... Looking out toward the lake.............. There was such a lovely breeze that day................ I would have liked to have stayed and had a picnic on the porch................

The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10