Saturday, December 31, 2011

Early Morning

Well, not too early.......... It is almost 8:00 AM............. The last day of the year..............

What are your plans for tonight and tomorrow............I do pray that everyone is safe and enjoys their last holiday for awhile.

I did most of the cleaning yesterday. I still have to mop the kitchen but that is all. There were things left undone but I can get to them next week.

Every day there seem to be choices as to just what has to be done and what can wait.

Today I will spend the day cooking for tomorrow. The Menu is:

Deviled Eggs
Ham
Collards
Black Eye Peas
Pickles and Olives
Cheese Grits
Congealed Salad
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Pumpkin Scones
Chocolate Pie
Hummingbird Cake
Cornbread
Rolls

Jane is cooking the Ham............ Joyce is bringing the tea............. Rebekah is here to help me cook.........

There will be about 12 of us......... I hope to get most of it done today because tomorrow will be busy.

Joyce is coming early to set the table. Previously when we got together here it was rather hectic. I haven't gotten into the groove of having so much fun at one time.................

I might even get some pictures taken to post this time............

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Progress

The first border is on my At Home Round Robin............. I just realized that I should have another border......... I will need to get it out again and start working on the next border. It should incorporate a Log Cabin block..............


I also got out my Thangles BOM from Emily's Quilt Cupboard............ I am missing four months of blocks. Two months were lost in the mail and they will send them to me with the last two.

I ordered the finishing kit for it and this morning I got started cutting it out. I think I will finish what I can on the Thangles before I go back to the Round Robin.

Rebekah is still with us.......... She is going to help me with the cooking for New Years Day so off to the grocery store...............

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Update

Life continues to go at a fast pace.... I just can't keep up...............

Dillard delivered the table to us last week......... It came last Wednesday, almost a week ago.

It was originally a dining room table with two leaves............ My grandfather gave it to my mother when she married...... Many years later she wanted a coffee table instead so Papa cut a piece out of the center post and lowered it for her..........

Then my sister wanted it for a dining table so Papa put the piece back in and it went to my sisters. Years passed and it came back to Mama who wanted a coffee table again. Papa took the piece out and and lowered it once more.................... They moved several times after that and the center section was lost. Then I got it and I have used it for many years as a coffee table....

But now I wanted it in the breakfast nook.......... A new post was put in and here it is.......

I have been hard at work in the garage but I did find time to work on the border for my At Home Round Robin........ I am saving the hourglass border for later and made this HST border instead.......

Now back to the finding a home for things and putting them away........

Monday, December 19, 2011

A wee bit of sewing this morning........

I am working on the BOM being offered by Dawn at Linen Closet Quilts......

Block one was applique.......


Block two was pieced...................




Block three was applique and block four was flying geese to fit around it........... They will be sewn to block one.........



Block five is nine applique stars...........


All cut and ready to stitch...........


But first I must tackle the garage.......... That is were we put everything that was in storage and I want to get it unpacked and put away............ Therefore I am postponing most sewing till that task is done............

Saturday we took off one car full of boxes............... And then I emptied more......


This is the largest section...... Everything is placed on five pallets...


There are a couple of tables set up for work stations................


I will probably spend the rest of the day in the garage and up and down stairs to put things in the attic........

I do have a crockpot of vegetable soup going for dinner tonight...........




Saturday, December 17, 2011

Last Week

Last Saturday was the family gathering at Lem's sisters house in Wilmington......... I was assigned to bring the seven layer salad........... I will say even if I did make it that it turned out grand.....................

We had good fellowship and good food......... The trip was tiring but then I do tire easily these days...........



On Monday we headed to Danville, VA to meet Jean and Bill........ Jean had bought some Christmas flowers and we wanted to put them on Mama and Papa's headstone.......

Tuesday was shopping.............

Wednesday was the party for the Quilt Guild.................

Thursday was cleaning..........

Friday was breakfast with friends................

And to make the day complete, Jason and Kim came for dinner and brought Andrew.........

He found a few things to keep him entertained...................







As for the weekly sewing, I did get the border done for my At Home Round Robin......... I have already decided to change it and use that border later.......... I have something else I want to make for this round...............






Thursday, December 08, 2011

Happy Birthday Lem

This smiling fellow had a birthday yesterday................

His brother treated him to lunch at Hooters......



And didn't those two old men have a good time..........................


Meanwhile I finished the last border on my Christmas quilt........ I do need to make another one but I am putting it on hold so that I can catch up on a few things first.............


This is a close up of the tiny borders on the quilt.........


Sunny at Quilting Dreams is hosting a Stay at Home Round Robin. You can find the information HERE. It isn't too late to join in because she is wise enough to give some time off for the holidays and to help me to catch up............ First you make a center block......... Border one is supposed to be a combination of triangles. Having just finished the Mill Girls Quilt I decided to use the hour glass blocks for my first border.......... I might even get it sewn on some time today.......

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Foggy this morning......... You can't even see the wee ducks swimming on the lake.........

The Sun is just starting to rise..........



Just a few minutes and here it is........... Soon the mist will burn off and it will be easy to watch the ducks dive and swim.............. That can be a problem...... It will draw you in and before you know it time has passed...........

Yesterday I did one hour sewing and 30 minutes of necessary tasks......... It worked rather well for me........ I completed two loads of laundry, brought 6 boxes in from the garage and put them away.......... Made three batches of cookies......... organized the pantry and cleaned the kitchen........

And I have 1/2 of the first of the four borders on this quilt............



Jason stopped by late yesterday afternoon. Kim was out Christmas shopping so I invited him to stay for dinner........ It really is grand to have at least one of the Children so close by.


Saturday, December 03, 2011

Jane came over yesterday and we baked cookies for Christmas.......... Yesterday was dog treats...

We took a walk around the lake after lunch, drank tea, tested the dog treats (they were very good) and just enjoyed being together..........

I did manage to find some time in the studio before she came and after supper to work on the chosen project.........

Sashing between the blocks on two rows, one being stitched and two more ready to assemble.

It will be interesting to see how far I can get today and still do the necessary household tasks....


Thursday, December 01, 2011

More House Shots

I tried to get some pictures of the guest room but of course I chose the wrong time of the day. I had the Mill Girls flimsy on the bed at that time.


This is the opposite side of the room.



This cluttered area is the studio......... It overlooks the back of the house and is the warmest room in the house. A good thing too because I am always cold.

This is the opposite wall.........


This is the foyer......... Looking at this picture I notice that I need to make a slipcover for the lamp cord...................


The dining room needs furniture also.......... Plenty of time for that............



Jane and I spent yesterday making Christmas Cookies.... We are giving them as Christmas gifts this year..........



I did manage to get the final border on the Mill Girls quilt..... Now it is folded up and put in the bureau in the guest room till I get the backing and batting for it.................


This is the next project up. It is the blocks for the quilt I saw in Cary while on the shop hop....

Maybe I can get a quick finish on it too...............



Last is the family room......... This is where Lem sits most of the day........... TV and computer... What more could a man want..........



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

Ecclesiastes 9:10