Monday, April 14, 2014

What I've been doing...

 I haven't posted for a while but if anyone is still reading I will try to post more regularly.  :)  

My son, Andrew works with Autistic children and adults and he had one of his clients out on a shopping trip at a discount store.  He brought me home a quilt book!!!  It is an older book but has some really pretty quilts in it and one or two that I would like to make.  I can't tell you how excited that I was that he actually thought to buy me something "quilt related"  :)  I think he said he paid .49 for it and it is new.  :)  He was excited that he found it for me. 
 I quilted this crib quilt that my aunt made for a 2 yr old little girl that was in a horrible car accident and has a very long road ahead of her. 
 I also quilted this quilt for a dear friend of mine.  I owed her a quilting!  :)  She is the lady that gave me the 1906 Singer Treadle.  I think this is the 2nd quilt that she has ever made. 
 I've also been canning more stuff!  I had a bunch of apples in the freezer so I made some fried apples and canned them.  My house smelled sooooo good with with the cinnamon smell.  This is just a small portion of them. 
 I canned more chicken for casseroles and such. 
 And last but not least....4 pints of taco meat!  :)
 I will be making more chicken soup this week and a few more apples too.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Catching up...

 It's been a couple of weeks since I have posted so this is a photo heavy post.  First off let me start with some quilting stuff.  

My dear friend, Janet sent me some Civil War scraps and I cut out 132 more bow ties for my quilt to use as leaders and enders.  Thanks so much, Janet this gets me closer to my goal of 1080 bow ties.  
I had a birthday back on March 9th and had a wonderful day with my family.  Richard and my boys were teasing me about being 108...not 42, so look what they put on my cake.  Love them all so much. 
My mom and sister came by and brought me a chocolate cake!  So I had plenty of cake.  I also had a nice call at 2am from my brother.  When I answered the phone (in the middle of the night) he started singing "happy birthday" to me.  :) 
 Most of you all know that I love to can food.  I bought a bunch of chicken and some bratwurst on sale the other day so I canned them up for ready made meals.  This really helps me out, not only on the grocery bill by being on sale but also since everyone here is on different work/school schedules.  We don't always get to eat at the same time so this way we can grab a jar, heat it up and eat!  

14 quarts of Spicy Mexican Chicken Soup.  I added some potatoes and red pepper seeds as my guys like it hot. 
 I also canned some cooked chicken.  I will use this for chicken casserole, chicken salad and stuff like that. 
 And some bratwurst!  My boys laughed at these as they said it looked like a "science project gone bad!"  This was actually before they went in the canner.  I browned them in the oven and put 5 to a quart jar.  Pressure canned them at 10 lbs of pressure for 90 minutes.  Afterwards, they have a little bit of their own juice in the jar.  They have already eaten a jar of these.  They taste really good. 
 I feel like I have been having some issues with my ADD lately.  I keep jumping from thing to thing and very little seems to get done.  Well...I'm posting photos of things that I did get done but my house is a wreck!  LOL!  So....I got on this scarf making kick and I have made a zillion of them.  :)  I've actually sold a few of them.  They are fun and give me something to do to keep my hands busy when I don't feel like quilting. 
 Almost finished, if you are still reading.  :)  This is Hunter's "selfie" that I found this morning.  He was waiting on the bus...THAT DID NOT COME. 
 I called the bus garage to see where the bus was and they said that the bus driver said, "the road was covered with snow and too dangerous to drive on"  How dangerous does that look?  :(  I will not go into details but I was not pleased as this was NOT the first time this has happened.  So...I had to wait for Richard to get home from work this morning as he works night and I took Hunter to school.  He was late!  :( 
 Also this next photo is a long story but this is a photo of the front of my house as of this morning...
 Having to get a well drilled.  Our well went dry and the bottom caved in. water for a very long time. Good thing I am a country girl as we've had to pack water in and go to my mom's or sister's house to shower.  Very inconvenient but it is life and life goes on.  :)  At one point we even brought snow in in buckets to melt to flush toilets and such.  :)  That was when the weather was horrible.  LOL!

That's all for now...I'll be back in a few days

Friday, March 7, 2014

Almost finished...

 It has been a long day.  This morning we lost one of our goats, Cocoa.  She was our favorite and it has been really hard on Hunter as they were play buddies.  :(

Here is my progress so far on my Anchor's Aweigh quilt.  I stretched out the first 4 rows on Andrew's bed to see how it would fit.  I am pleased with how it is turning out. 
 Here are rows 5 and part of 6 up on my design wall.  It is 1am so I figured it was time to stop for the night.
 I hope to get all of the rows finished tomorrow and ready to sew them together.  

While working this, I have several bow ties finished too.  I've made 42 for the month so far and a total of 558 so that puts me a little over halfway.  I still need to press them open. 
 Last night I crocheted this Sashay ruffle scarf.  It didn't take me too long.  I'm anxious to wear it.  I have a dress that I would like to wear it with Sunday at Church.  I think I will make a few more of them as they don't take that long. 
 Going to try to get some sleep in a bit.  Richard is working tonight so I never sleep well when he is gone.  Mom is flying in tonight from work too.  Actually she landed a few hours ago and has about a 3 hour drive home.  I'm excited to see her.  I miss her when she is gone. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Working on 1 of 3 quilts...

 I am working on 3 of these quilts!  This is the beginning of 1 of 3.  It is called, Anchors Aweigh and the fabric line is Tula Pink's.  It is a big anchor.  One quilt is a commission quilt. The second is for mom, as I figured she would like it as she works on a tugboat on the Mississippi River.  The third quilt is for Andrew as he saw that I had it pulled up on the computer and wanted one too.  
 This is a little more modern than what I usually do and the fabrics are totally not what I usually work with, but I guess sometimes it is good to step out of the box.  I will do one at a time and not work on all three at once.  The good thing is that I have ALL 3 of them cut except for the background fabrics.  

One day last week I made an apron!  :)  I think I will give this one to mom as she uses them on the boat as she cooks.  I had an apron that I liked the style but it was a child apron so I stretched it out over my fabric and just cut it out bigger.  It worked out great that way.  I have 3 more of them cut and I will probably just split them up between us both. 
 Hopefully tomorrow I can get a few more rows sewn together on this quilt.  Not like I can get out and do anything in all of this snow.  We have 9 inches, more or less.  This has been one of the worst winters that I can ever remember KY having in my 41 years. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I finally got this baby off the frame!  I call it, Civil War Wreaths.  It is one of my favorites, maybe because of the red.  I love red!!!  I had Richard and Hunter hang it from a beam over my living room so that I could get a photo of all of it.  
 A photo of the back.  A simple panto of leaves.
 I also pieced 24 more bow tie blocks!  I think I have 511 of them finished.  

That's all....getting the boys out the door this morning for school and work and then Richard and I are heading out to buy him new shoes.  Shoes don't last long when he is on his feet all night long.  His nursing job requires him to wear white shoes.  They have to be mostly white and that is harder to find nowdays.  He also has to wear solid white scrub pants and top.  Do you know how hard it is to keep them looking white??  :(

Monday, February 24, 2014

Machine quilting and a very special birthday...

 I loaded a quilt on the frame to be quilted.  I haven't machine quilted since before Christmas.  I was having some machine issues and I just got aggravated and didn't want to mess with it anymore.  I finally decided to bite the bullet and work on the machine.  It is doing okay, but I still have to watch for skips and such.  
I really like this quilt, it measures something like 80x100.  I have about 1/3 of it quilted.  I can't wait to get it done.  Not sure what I will do with it, either put it on my bed or fold it up and put it in the pile. 
The lighting wasn't the best up there this evening but you can see a little bit of the quilting. 
 Here is a photo of the backside of it.  I am using Hobb's 80/20 batting and Madeira thread.  I hope to get it finished within the next couple of days.
 I am still piecing on all of my other projects too.  :)  I made 32 more bow ties the other day.  I have some of my churn dash blocks sewn into rows and so on.  

21 years ago today, I gave birth to my first born son, Andrew.  I remember that day like it was yesterday.  At the time, I was in a bad marriage but that just pushed me closer to my son.  He was my best friend.  I wouldn't change anything about that part of my life as I have Andrew from it.  If you have read my blog for a while you will know that my boys are my life.  I love them with all of my heart.  I am so proud of Andrew and the young man that he has become.  I have had many thoughts over that past few days leading up to his birthday of him being born and growing through different stages of his life.  I gave birth to him 2 weeks before I turned 21 and he was the best birthday gift that I could have gotten.  I love him dearly.  Those eyes and smile still light up my life.  I thank God everyday for letting me be his mother. 
 I guess that is all for tonight.  Richard is working.  Hunter just went to bed as he has school tomorrow and Andrew works in the morning but he went out to dinner and a movie with some friends.  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ready to be assembled

 I finished up ALL of my Churn Dash blocks!  :)  I have 30 of them for a 5x6 setting.  Here are half of the blocks up on the design wall.  I will start sewing them together this evening as Richard is working tonight.  I'm still not sure what I will use for the border yet. 
 This is the stack of the other 15 for the bottom half of the quilt. 

 A couple of days ago while at Walmart shopping for groceries and household supplies I found the clearance isle.  I usually don't tend to spend money on things that are not absolutely needed BUT...I couldn't pass these up!  I found 2 Fiskars Rotating Cutting Mats for the cost of....
 See that sticker????  $2.00!!!  I grabbed both of them as fast as I could.  LOL!  I know that some people do not like them but I had one a few years ago and it worked well for me.  These usually run around $30 so I was a really happy girl when I found these. 
 Along with sewing on my Churn Dash blocks I have pieced over 100 bow tie blocks for the month of February so far!  I'm hoping that I can keep up the pace and reach my goal of 1080  3.5" bow tie blocks before the end of the year.  I would love to have it pieced and quilted by the end of December but I'm not sure if my scrap basket will hold up until then.  :)  Most of them are Civil War scraps but not all of them.  I am mixing in some fabrics that blend well with them.  I'm loving working with these 2" pieces. 
Well...I guess I am off.  I have a few things to finish up in the house, like laundry before I head up to the sewing room for the night.  I am one that loves to stay on schedule and Church was canceled again this morning due to the road conditions.  That really messes with my day as I enjoy going to Church.  :(  I am sooooo ready for SPRING!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I'm a bouncer!

 Everyday I struggle with Adult ADD this affects everything from my housework to my quilting.  The past several days have been a big struggle to keep on track with everything.  In my housework I am constantly making lists and I also do that in my quilting but this time you can really tell that I have bounced from project to project.  I think all of this snowy weather has had something to do with my change in mood.  

First off, I worked on these blocks.  I cut them out from my scrap basket a few months ago.  I have 19 blocks finished and need a total of 30 for the quilt that I have planned.  The rest of the blocks are cut out, I just need to sew them together. 
 I finished appliqueing another Dresden.  I think this is block 9 or 10.  I have all of the blocks pieced they just need to be appliqued to the background.  I need to do a total of 20 of them, so this should make me halfway.
 I played around for a new quilt for Andrew's bed.  I am working on my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt for Hunter and wanted to do something for Andrew too.  I love this block but it measures less than 8" so I would need a million of them for his queen size bed.  I love the block but I hate making them so I moved on to something else.  I do think I will piece about 4 of them to make a little table topper for his nightstand. 
 Still playing around with the same blues, I pieced this block.  I enjoy piecing them, they are quick and easy. 
 I have more cut and ready do sew!
 While working on all of the above projects, I pieced more bow ties for my leader/ender project.  I have 378 of them and for the quilt that I want to make I need around 1100.
 I also pieced a few apple cores. 
 While pressing my bow ties I found that I had mixed up a couple backgrounds.  I started to rip them out but just left them.  I don't figure that in a quilt of 1100, 3 inch bow ties that you would even notice them. 
 When I came down stairs from sewing this evening this is what I saw....Richard snuggled on the couch with one of my quilts.  :)  I love this quilt....and I love him.  :)
The weather here has been horrible.  Hunter has only had 5 days of school since before Christmas break!!!  I figured that they would have school Monday but I just looked out and it is pouring snow....again.  :(  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sorting UFO's

 Yesterday I made a list of my UFO's and shamefully I have 24!  I had 25 but I marked one off as I finished the 4 Patch Flip the other day.  No this doesn't count my "long term projects" like my Yo-Yo's, Dear Jane, CW Diary, Bow ties, and several others. 
 I'm not going to sit here and say that I am going to finish every one of them this year or ever, but I wanted to at least see what I had.  I went through some a while back and donated a few and a few others I just put back in my stash and put the blocks in a pile of orphan blocks.  

One UFO that I pulled out the other day is my, Market Baskets.  I love those blocks and don't know why I have never finished it.  I really like it.  I sorted out what I had cut and I have a few that are ready to sew and others I still need to cut the background fabric for.  I did piece one more block for it lat night. 
 Tonight I am working on another Dresden block.  I am working on this as I am keeping the fire blazing in the wood stove.  :)  Richard is working tonight and it is going to be another night well below zero.  This weather is depressing and I'm ready for SPRING!  It is soooooo cold and more snow than we usually get here in KY.  The kids have only been to school 5 days since before Christmas!  No school again tomorrow.  Our road is nothing but a sheet of ice.  It is even hard to stand up in my yard. 
 In other SIL, Kellie (my brother John's wife) has started quilting!!!  I can't tell you how excited that I am over this!  I talked to her today and she finished the binding on her first quilt which is a queen size blue jean quilt!!!  I'll have to get a photo of it soon and post a photo of it.  I am very proud of her and she did a great job.  She sent me a photo of the finished top and it looked great!