Monday, December 11, 2017

My Heart Hurts

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I knew this project would be hard, and I was right.

I am making pillows for my sister-in-law and niece.

You Are My Sunshine was their family thing. 
My brother was a bee keeper and they always grew sunflowers.

I was able to get 2 shirts that belonged to my brother to use as backing. 

I straight stitched around the applique. 

I am using the shirt fronts as the pillow back. 
I like that the shirt can be unbuttoned to remove the pillow cover for washing.

I also like having the pocket there. I think it needs a special note with maybe a picture in it.

Pillow one is finished.

Here is the layout for Pillow 2.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Near Finish

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Thanksgiving was a little tough this year. My family gathering get smaller every year. 
Not having my brother's cheerful presence there made this one hard. 
But we got through it and are working on plans for Christmas. 
My niece bought a house and hosting this year, so that will be something new to look forward to.

Over the weekend I worked on this quilt for by son's girlfriend. She loves Minions!

Front, I used a panel and added the orange and blue borders. Quick and easy! It is not bound yet.

Back is cozy Minkee!

I also finished quilting another cross-stitched baby quilt for my friend. She has made several of these. I have another cross-stitched one and a pieced one up next on my list.

Front, cute Noah's Ark.

Back is cozy flannel.

We had a pretty quiet weekend which we like! No Black Friday shopping, no Small Business Saturday shopping. I used to love to shop, but now I don't have the patience to fight the crowds and wait in line. I looked around on websites thinking I might find some great deals for Cyber Monday, but I there wasn't anything that I really needed or wanted.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


I once again do not have much to show. I have the best of intentions during the day but have no motivation to work on much when I get home from work.

The time change always makes me feel tired, even though we gained an hour. I have a hard time wanting to get out of bed in the dark (yes, it is dark at the time I have to get up), and now the cold. 

Anyway, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish this weekend.

- house blocks for Quilt Exchange
- media cart cover (for school)
- finish quilting Ruth's baby quilt
- sash and border T-shirt quilt

I finished the house blocks.

These are the blocks that came to me this time. We are in Round 3.

This is the first block ready to be sewn.
This member has very specific instructions. She wants red roofs, 1 house block in grays, 1 in blacks (we are each making 2 house blocks) and solid red doors. 

After I got this one made I realized that what I interpret to be the door was not red.

So I remade it.
Mine are the the 2 on the top right.

I worked on the T-shirt quilt.

I did finish the sashing, but did not get the borders on.

The media cart cover has been delayed. My friend had said, 'You know how to sew, can you make this?' And, I said, 'Sure!'. But, now I'm not exactly sure of the kind of fit that is expected. 
I know my friend wants the ugliness of the cords and equipment to be hidden from the front and sides. But, I am not sure how to finish the back - leave it open? Make the back part with flaps that can somehow be moved out of the way to allow access to the equipment, like a curtain? And, if so, how to do that? So I am going to need to discuss this further with her. 

Not one stitch went into the baby quilt.

So I have been busy, but it feels like I didn't get much accomplished.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

What Do I Do With My Time?

I make lists of things I want or need to get done - on paper and in my head - yet it seems 
I never cross everything off my list. And, it makes me wonder what exactly am I doing that 
I am not able to get it all done.

So today while my husband is doing this

I was keeping track of the things I was doing.

First, was laundry.

Laundry never seems to be finished. 
There are only the two of most of the time now, 
but I feel like I am always doing dishes and laundry.

Before you think I am complaining (I am a little :)  ) let me be clear that I am so grateful 
for the appliances I have that make doing these chores a little easier. 

I have a dishwasher. It isn't built-in because there is just no space in my kitchen to do that without losing a lot of drawer/cabinet storage and I don't have enough of that as it is. 
But, that's okay because I have found that it makes a great little cutting table, too!

And, even though my washer and dryer are in my (dark, damp, sometimes really wet after a big rain) basement I am glad to not have to haul my laundry to a laundry-mat. I have had to do that. 
Having a laundry area at home allows me to do other things in-between loads.

Then, I sorted through the items on my quilt frame and 
organized some projects I need to get working on.

On the left is a panel my husband picked out. Our neighbor loves, loves Christmas and he thinks she needs a Christmas quilt. I will add a border of the black with white snowflakes and bind with 
the red & black check. I have a light gray swirl flannel for the back. Fast and easy.

The middle pile is t-shirts ready to be sashed and sewn into a top. The gray on top is for the sashing. 
I will use black for the outer border and binding. Oops, just realized there is no backing for 
that one yet. That's ok. I have time to get one since the top isn't completed yet.

On the right is a Dr. Seuss fabric that will turn into a cover for a media cart at school.

Next, I had started digging out some dead plants along the side of my garage, but it started to rain. 
So I sorted a big pile of papers and got them filed. 

That seems to be never-ending also.
(This isn't even close to how many papers there were!)

Then, I took my husband lunch in the field. Lucky for me it is right across the road from my house.
He will most likely finish up the harvesting today. 
That leaves field work, but that is one more step to being done for the year.

I was able to go back to the yard work. Got the dead stuff out.

Filled this tub up, plus another armload.

My neighbor (the one who loves Christmas) shared some Autumn Joy Sedum 
that she was digging out so got I them planted.
I plan to fill in more in the spring with some other plants that I haven't decided on yet.

This side faces north and some things just didn't do well. 
At the far end you can see one survivor of thesix Knock Out Roses we had planted here.
We planted eight (four on each side of the door) on the east side. 
They are doing quite well, except the one on the corner that didn't make it.

These pictures are from a few years ago, while the ones on the north side were still doing well, but they continue to look this good on the east side.

I have been organizing current projects into these great bins my husband got for me. 
He really is an enabler!

These are meant to be vegetable bins, but he thought they would make great fabric/project bins. 
I think he is right. And, the green handles are perfect since green is my favorite color. 
I like that they stack. The legs fold flat underneath also.

He ordered them from Gardner's Supply.

Next, I took a break to write this post. And, that takes a long time.
I used to be able to connect my camera to the computer and it would automatically download pictures that I was able to quickly edit, name and save into files.
A few weeks ago my computer updated itself in the middle of the night and now I can't do that. The only way I have been able to figure out how to get the pictures off the camera takes nine, NINE, clicks for each picture, going through the Control Panel to Devices, and so on. 
And, I haven't figured out how to edit them. 
Oh, well. At least I am able to get to them, but it sure takes me a long time.

And, in-between all that I checked out PBS stations to see if there was anything interested that wasn't a rerun on. So, while I don't get everything checked off my list, I do get some things done.