Thursday, January 18, 2018

Taking Inventory...

 No sewing for me yesterday but I did do some inventory!  I started digging to see how many tops that I had of my own that needed quilted.  I wanted to get them all measured and written down on a list.  I hope to work on these between customer quilts.  
 In the end, I found that I have 35 quilt tops in need of quilting.  In my defense, 7 of those are small baby quilts.  So my goal for the year is to quilt at least 15 of my own.  If you remember I've already quilted 2 of mine so I only have 13 more to go.  :)  

I paired 2 of them with batting and now I need to dig around to see if I can find some backings for some of them. 
 I think my huge bow tie quilt is my favorite of the bunch.  I can't wait to quilt that one. 
 I also found a Jacob's Ladder that was all wrinkled and still needed the borders sewn on.  I left that one out to press and attach the border.  
 I actually thought that I had well over 35 quilt tops so this is good.  I'm sure throughout the year that I will piece more tops and get some of these quilted.  I'll be honest...most of these are older tops that I really don't like.  LOL!  Some are probably close to 20 years old.  I also saw that some had some spots on them.  I'll quilt and wash them.  If the spots don't come out then I will just use them anyway for my everyday quilts.  :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sewing with anxiety...

 Yesterday's sewing started early.  If you look at the pic below you can see that it was barely turning daylight.  Richard had just left for work and we had a snowstorm coming.  

First off, I sewed the flannel binding on the jean quilt and now it is ready for the handwork.  
 Then I sewed the binding on to the Road to Jericho quilt.  Now it is also read for the handwork.  I love hand sewing on binding.  
 By this time it was daylight.  Here is my view from my machine.  If you look real close you can see one of the horses.  They LOVE getting out and playing in the snow.  They were in and out all day.  It's funny how much they love playing in the snow. 
 By this time I was having some anxiety.  If it was going to get as bad as they were saying then I knew what this would probably mean for Richard.  So I just kept sewing...

I got 2 more stars sewn...
 That takes me up to a total of 7 of those. 
 Anxiety and ADHD do not mix well.  LOL!  I bounced around all day worse than ever.  I found some small string blocks that I had worked on a while back.  These are 4" blocks so they are rather small. 
 I added those blocks to what I had and here they all are laid out. 
 Digging around some more I decided to cut out some applique cats with my Accuquilt GO!  I already had a few orange polka dot cats cut but then I found these batik and other bright scraps in my scrap basket and decided to cut some of those. 
 This one is my favorite!  I'm thinking that as I get batik scraps that I will cut out some cats until I have enough for a kid quilt. 
 Here are some that I already had cut so I think I will keep them and maybe do a small baby quilt with them.  I didn't get a pic but I did sew a couple to a white background. 
 As the day progressed, the weather got worse.  In the end we had several inches of snow, falling temps and they declared a Level 3 Emergency.  Even our 24-hr Walmart closed for the evening.  

When this happens and Richard is scheduled to work the next day he is supposed to stay at the hospital because it is their policy.  That way the employees are already there.  With a Level 3 Emergency it is emergency vehicles and people only that can travel the roads without a fine.  Richard was allowed because he is a nurse but it was NOT recommended.  

Now....in 18 years we have never spent 24 hours apart.  I knew that at this point it would be smarter and safer for him to stay at the hospital.  Several texts and calls later he still didn't know what he was going to do.  I did a whole lot of praying because I knew that if he thought he could get home that he would be here.  In the end, I thought he was going to be staying there.  Then I saw him walking down the driveway!!!!  Oh my!  I lost it and got all emotional.  :)  He had to park at the end of our driveway.  His normal 45 minute commute ended up being a 90 minute commute.  I'm not saying that this was the smartest decision but I was sure happy to see him.  Trust me, I also thanked the good Lord above for keeping him safe.  Now as I type this he is on his way back to work.  I am praying for safe travels this morning.  I did notice that they had downgraded to a Level 2 Emergency.   

Hunter had a friend come over on the 4-wheeler through the hills.  They were out and about most of the day in the snow.  Funny thing, when they came in I offered them something warm to drink and Wyatt said, "can I have a jar of pickles?"  LOL!  He loves my pickles!  He always eats pickles when he is here.  :)  That boy cracks me up!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

3 Memory Cross Quilts and 9 Memory Pillows...

 This morning I thought I would show you a few quilts that I pieced and quilted for a lady before Christmas. 
 Her husband had passed away and she asked me to make 3 of these Cross Memory Quilts from his shirts for her and their 2 sons for Christmas. 
 Here is a pic of the 2nd one.  Somehow I didn't get a pic of the 3rd one but it looks just like these two. 
 Here is a photo of the back of them.  All 3 of them were quilted with this same design.  The panto is called, Spindle.  I love the texture that it gives.  I'll be honest when I quilted the first one I thought I might have been a mistake because all that I saw was spiderwebs.  LOL!  When she picked up the first quilt and unfolded it, she said, "oh it looks like Angel wings"  Now I still don't see Angel wings but that is what she saw....so I quilted the other 2 the same way.  :)
 She also requested that I make 9 of these memory pillows for their grandchildren.  She had picked out 9 shirts and attached a photo of him with each grandchild to each shirt.  So I had to make sure that I kept these with each shirt so that I didn't get them mixed up.  She said that she wanted me to see who I was making these for.  So precious. 
 She was so very pleased with them all.  This was very emotional for them all.  I graduated with her oldest son so I did know of this family.  In the end, she and I have become really good friends.  Just a few days ago she sent me another message talking about how pleased she was with them all.  That makes it all worth it for me when I see the emotions and somehow I think these quilts and pillow give them a little more comfort.  

I didn't really have a photo to post this morning so I thought I would post these quilts.  I didn't really have time to before Christmas.  

I did get that HUGE t-shirt quilt quilted yesterday.  I kept putting it off because I dreaded it so bad.  I bit the bullet and got it finished!!!!  I feels great to have that behind me now.  I'll take some photos of it once I take it off the longarm.  I finished it up yesterday evening and I still have it on the longarm.  

No school for Hunter again today.  Some of the backroads still have snow/ice on them.  We are also supposed to get more snow today so he probably will not have school the rest of the week.  It is a Google Classroom day so he will have assignments online.  

It is supposed to get down near zero and windchills around -10 so I really dread that.  :( 

Monday, January 15, 2018

I got so much done!!!!

 Yesterday was the most productive day that I've had in a very long time!  I got oodles done!!!   Do you remember the string strips that I pieced a few weeks ago?  Well...they are now a completed quilt top. 
 I cut all of the purple and sewed it all together.  This quilt measures 54x74 so it's not a bad size. 
 The binding is cut and ready to go on after quilting.  I also found the perfect purple Glide thread to quilt her with.  :)
 This is actually the first quilt that I worked on for the day.  I loaded this jean quilt top on the longarm at around 5:45am.  :)  This quilt is pieced with jean shirt fabric.  Years ago I found some jean shirt sleeves at a thrift store that were from a shirt factory.  I bought them, cut them up and sewed them together.  I bet this quilt top has been laying around waiting to be quilted for 15 years.   It measures 64x64.
 I backed it with this blue plaid flannel that I've had for a very long time too.  I quilted it with a blue Glide thread. 
 Last but not least...I got the borders sewn on to my Churn Dash. 
 Now that the borders are on this one, it measures 70x82. 
 So in the end....I got one quilted and two ready to be quilted!!!!

I am very pleased with all that I got done yesterday!!!  It felt really good but in the back of my mind I kept thinking of the HUGE t-shirt quilt that I needed to load on the longarm.  :(  That did not get done.  :(  

I don't drive in the snow let alone ice and since Richard had to work and couldn't drive me, Hunter and I didn't go to Church yesterday.  :(  I so enjoy going but I decided to just hibernate.  Our water froze so I didn't have water until late last night after Richard got home.  

Richard is off today so I probably will not get as much done today.  LOL!  I love him to death but it seems like I don't accomplish anything when he is home.  :) 




Sunday, January 14, 2018

Totally Unexpected...

 This was totally unexpected!  LOL!  I quilted one of MY OWN quilt tops today!  :) 
 I can't tell you how long it has been since I have quilted one of my own.  It felt great!
 This pattern is called, Road to Jericho.  It is a nice size lap quilt measuring 62x76.  Looking back on my blog I pieced it September 2012.  I was digging around today and found it with the backing so I loaded it on the longarm. 
 I did a fairly dense stipple on it.  I remember piecing this quilt and I was trying to clean out some of my scrap basket.  I was using up some of the fabrics that I wanted to move out of my stash.  I don't usually work with fabrics so bright but it was fun!
 I quilted it with white Glide thread and used a white backing.  I quilted this today when I should have loaded that HUGE t-shirt quilt on the frame instead.  LOL!  I am such a procrastinator.  :)
 Richard has to work today and Andrew stayed elsewhere due to the bad weather.  Hunter and I will not be going to Church this morning because I will not drive off this big hill with the snow/ice.  So we will be hanging out here at the house keeping the fire going.  

Not sure what I will get done as far as quilting goes today but I need to load that t-shirt quilt on.  Sadly I found another one of my quilt tops that I have a backing for that I would like to do.  LOL!

***NOTICE!!!***
I have some comments that I would like to respond to but they are "no reply" so I can't email or message you back.  :(  

LOVE....thank you for all of your wonderful comments to my blog.  You commented about my pineapple ruler.  You must get one.  They are wonderful!  

SHELL...you asked about the sizes for the Now or Later quilt.   The background squares are 2-1/2" and the colored rectangles are 2-1/2"x 4-1/2"  

I guess that is all for this morning.  I need to get my day started...


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pineapples...

Playing around with a new block!  Last night I really didn't want to work on my string blocks so I pieced a scrappy Pineapple block.  Basically I just wanted to see if this might be a future project. 
This is a 10" block.  I was pleased with how it turned out and I am thinking that it may be a future project.  :)
I used the large Pineapple Trim Tool by Creative Grids.  I love how easy this block was made by using this. 
 Back before Christmas I tried the trim tool out by making this table runner. 
 I want to make a blue and white pineapple quilt but I think first that I will probably end up piecing a scrappy one because that's what I have on hand.  

I had not posted for a few days because we were busy getting things ready here on the farm for the latest winter storm.  Busy getting the animals ready, firewood in, making sure the animal water sources have heaters in them to keep them thawed....you know just busy farm stuff.  Also making sure all of the laundry and dishes are done in case the power goes out.  LOL!  We got a ton of rain yesterday to the point that it was just standing in my yard.  Overnight that froze solid and then we got more ice and a little snow over that.  I hate ICE.  :(  Not much snow at all at this point but with the ice underneath it's just slick.  Richard is on his way to work as we speak and Andrew ended up staying at the office last night.  

Today will be spent doing my normal housewife stuff and hopefully I can get some sewing in later in the day, but as of right now I plan on taking a little nap after I hear from Richard.  I want to make sure he makes it safely to work.  It's 6am on a Saturday so I think I am allowed to go back to bed for a bit....right?  :)

Oh before I leave...yesterday morning mom, Chantal, my brother John and I met in town to have breakfast together.  While having our breakfast the local bank was robbed about 1/2 a mile away.  The schools were on lockdown while they were on the lookout for him.  They caught his shortly afterwards.  He was a 61 yr old man that I did not know.  Richard's niece works at the bank.  She was pretty shook up but they did end up sending all of the employees home for the rest of the day. 



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

At some point I am going to have to stop...

 Are you tired of seeing these blocks?  LOL!  I didn't think I was going to get to sew yesterday but at the last minute I did piece 10 more blocks. 
 Here they all are.  I now have 82 of them.  I'm thinking at this point that I am going to shoot for 120 and do a 10x12 setting.  Maybe...lol.  These blocks will finish at 7".
 Here's a pic of the clock as I was leaving out of the studio last night.  Actually, I didn't get in bed until 2am and then I got back up at 4am to get Richard up for work.  The boys also left for work and school after that.  I can see a nap in my future today!!!  :) 
 At some point I am going to have to stop and load that HUGE t-shirt quilt on the longarm.  I am dreading it so bad but I've put it off long enough.  Not sure if I mentioned it or not but that baby is 108x123!!!  So after some much need house cleaning, napping, canning (I got a good deal on some sweet potatoes)...my goal is to piece that backing and load that big baby on the longarm.  

Hunter finally had school today.  I sure miss that boy when he is gone.  I always love having everyone home with me.  This is their first day back since before Christmas.  He had his orthodontist appointment yesterday and all went well.  I was afraid that I would not and they would have to redo his little surgical procedure but it was fine.  They now have his chain hooked up and will slowly start pulling that tooth out of the roof of his mouth and over into the proper place.  He was having some pain last night and this morning but that is to be expected.  Right now they have everything so tight.  

It's time for some coffee and get my day started now that everyone is out of the house!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sewing and Sorting...

 I added one more Green Apple Star yesterday.  I need to take a pic of these in better lighting because they are brighter than this. 
 I hope you are not tired of looking at these string blocks yet.  LOL!  I am trying to get it pieced and moved out.  :)  I was able to get 7 more blocks and that brings my total to 72.  Not sure how many that I want yet but I just know that I want it larger than this.  LOL!
 I have been digging through my string tub to make sure I have a good variety.  I decided to sort out a few so my tub really isn't this empty.  :)
 So far I have this pile which is crumbs and itty bitty strings that I can't use in this project. 
 A pile of neutrals that I am not using in this quilt but I will save for something else. 
 A pile of long strings that I will be using.
 Another pile of long to medium strings on my sewing table that I will also be using.
 As you can see....I have a MESS!  I really need to get this quilt finished so that I can get this corner cleaned back up. 
 So this is all getting really crazy!  No school for Hunter again yesterday and I had to reschedule Hunter's orthodontist appointment for today.  We had an ICE storm that came through yesterday so his school was canceled and there were accidents everywhere so I rescheduled.  After the ice came through it rained all evening and that froze overnight so I'm thinking that they will probably cancel school for today as well.  Last night they had it on a 2-hour delay.  

Yesterday when I called the orthodontist office to let them know that I would not be there because of the ice.  She asked me when he had his surgery and I told her Dec 27.  She said, "we really need to see them 5-7 days after surgery to hook everything up."  I said, "well...first off you all scheduled his appointment 8 days after his surgery and then called me and canceled it."  Which was actually last Thursday and they rescheduled it for yesterday.  Then I had to reschedule for tomorrow because of the weather.  She said, "well I certainly hope that it hasn't healed up over that bracket because then he will have to have it redone."  :(  GRRR....I am so aggravated.  :(  The conversation went on and needless to say that I was not happy.  I told Hunter about it all and he said, "calm down mom, it's okay...I'll just do what I have to do"  :(  Poor boy...I sure don't want him to have to have anything else done.  After I calmed down a little I called the oral surgeon office explained it all to them and she said that if it had healed too much that they wouldn't have to redo the whole thing and that they would just have to split the gum there at the bracket.  Sooooo.....his appointment is later this afternoon, I will let you know how it all goes.....

Monday, January 8, 2018

Green Apple Stars...

 As you can see I have started a new quilt!  LOL!  You know me....I just bounce around but in my defense I have been good for the past few weeks about finishing some quilt tops....well...maybe not borders...
 The lighting is not that good in the pics but they are more of a brighter apple green.  Not at all my usual colors but sometimes a change is nice.  

I was looking through my tubs of fat quarters and opened this one.  I thought...hmmm...those would make a pretty quilt.  So I decided on a simple pattern. 
 So I cut out a bunch of 8" stars...
 I used the die that came with my Accuquilt GO!  My plan is to piece all of the blocks that I have cut and alternate them with a solid white block and then add a green border from one of the fabrics that I used in the stars. 
 I also played around with this Churn Dash block.  The Churn Dash is one of my all-time favorite blocks.  I saw a quilt on this wonderful blog http://gretchenslittlecorner.blogspot.com/2017/07/churn-dash-is-finished.html 
 Her quilt is beautiful!!!  I fell in love with it when I saw it.  Now....as much as I love that border, I know me...and I know that by the time that I get to that part I will be ready to do something simple and finish it up.   LOL!  I also want to rework the size of my Churn Dash.  This one measures 9" and I want to make sure that it is the size that I want to use before I get started.  This is not something that I plan on doing right now but a future project.  I have a bolt of blue that I want to use for it but it's not the blue in this block.  My quilt will not be exactly like hers but her beautiful quilt is my inspiration.  :)  

 I also worked on more string blocks.  I think I am now up to 65.  I ended up piecing 9 of them. 
 She has grown a little more.  :) 
 So far I am pleased with it. 
 We are getting some bad weather right now....ICE!  I hate ice!  I'm hoping that it is all cleared by the time that I have to take Hunter to his orthodontist appointment later this afternoon.  After today the weather is supposed to warm up a little compared to what it has been.  Lots of rain but a little warmer.  :)  

At some point today I need to take a break from sewing and do a little cleaning.  :)  My house is starting to show signs of neglect.  LOL!  All 4 of us have been home all weekend and the house is messy.