Sunday, May 24, 2015


I pieced one more star.  I'm still not sure how far that I will go with these.  Maybe a table runner or a lap quilt. 
Here are two stars that I made from the same fabric.  They look totally different.  That is one thing that I like about fussy cutting them.
I'm thinking that I may need to take a break from my hexies for a week or two.  I'm debating on how that I want to finish it and that got me stressed out.  LOL!  I have most of the sections peiced and now they just need to be sewn together.  It's the edges that I'm not sure about.  I'm not sure if I want the sides straight and the top and bottom shaped like the hexies.  I don't even know if I want to hand quilt it or machine quilt it.  I will figure it out, I'm sure but right now I just need to walk away from it.  
I worked on a few Windmills also.   It felt good to get back to these. 
I ended up piecing 18 more of them. 
Adding 18 more of them now takes me to a total of 126!  Sounds like a lot but I actually need 402 more of them!!!  For what I have planned I need 528 of them. 
I also pieced a few more of these tiny 4 patches.  They finish at 2".  I have 100 of them done and I guess I will work on these on and off for a bit or just use them as a leader/end project.  These are for a long term project and I need a million more of them. 
So it's Memorial Day weekend, I know a lot of people have cookouts and such but we are not doing anything really.  Richard and Andrew are working all weekend.  Hunter has a friend staying over and I'm just hanging out.  LOL!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Playing with a few stars...

I've been playing with a few more stars while working on my hexies.  I figure I will just throw a few of these in between my hexies once in a while.  They are fun and don't take near as long as the Lucy Boston blocks. 
It is fun to see the designs that the fabric makes in these shapes. 
I figure I will fussy cut some and then just piece some that are not fussy cut as I don't have a ton of fabric that can be fussy cut.  Most of mine is just random prints. 
So it's Friday evening and I am home alone.  :(  Richard and Andrew are both working and Hunter went fishing out on the lake after school with my BIL.  Hunter has 3 more days of school left!  I love having him home.  It is hard to believe that he will be in the 8th grade this fall.  

I got to babysit Addison for an hour or so last night!  We all spoil her.  I snapped a few photos of how she melts these big tough guy hearts.  Here she is with Andrew...
And with Richard... (yep I know, I need to trim the strings on my pillows.  LOL)
Sadly they hogged all of the time with her and I didn't get to hold her much.  

Prayers for my little 6 yr old nephew, Gabe.  He crashed his motorcycle and injured his knee.  Nothing is broken but he has a bruise on the bone and some muscle issues.  He can't stand to walk on it at all.  He and his brother are little daredevils!  Hopefully it will not take him too long to heal.
I'm off to finish up supper

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This stuff has to GO...SALE!!!

Selling a lot more stuff!!!!  It has to GO!!!!  I will combine shipping on these items.  Again....this stuff has to GO!!!

#1)   3 yards P & B blue with small gold circles.  It is hard to get a good photo of it, but it is really pretty.  3 yards.....$20 INCLUDES SHIPPING.
#2)   3 yards VIP Cranston Village....Mary Engelbreit   $20 SHIPPING INCLUDED.   ~SOLD~
#3)   3 yards Marcus Brothers Fabric....Strawberries, Blueberries and Chocolate by Judie Rothermel.  Navy Blue   3 yards  $20 SHIPPING INCLUDED
This is one that I don't care if I sell or not.  LOL!  I love it but I've had it for a while and will probably never make it, but I do love it so much.  :)  Anyway...

#4)   Appalachian Memories Quilt.  This pattern is hand embroidery and piecing.  The blocks are just so detailed.  The quilt measures 74x92.  $15 INCLUDES SHIPPING
The back view of the pattern...
#5)   Follow-the-Line Quilting Designs, Volume Two.  Full-Size Patterns for Blocks and Borders by Mary M. Covey.  $15 INCLUDES SHIPPING.
The back view...
#6)   Fanciful Quilts to Paper Piece by Wendy Vosters.  95 pages.  Like new, no creases.  $12 INCLUDES SHIPPING
#7)   Quiltmaker's Fancy from the editors and contributors of Quiltmaker Magazine.  16 Traditional Quilts for all skill levels.  Like new, no creases.  $12 shipping included.
#8)   From the Cover...15 Memorable Projects for Quilt Lovers.  Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.  Like new, no creases.  109 pages.  $12 shipping included. 
#9)   A Shortcut to Drunkard's Path.  Easy Applique Curves.  Like new, no creases.  79 pages.  $12 shipping included.
#10)   Perfect Piecing by June Tailor.  Transparent Quilt Block Foundation Sheets to Mark and Sew.  *These are blank sheets to use in your printer.  Non-woven for clean tear-away.  25 - 8 1/2 x 11" sheets.  25 total.  $8 shipping included
The back view of the package...
#11)  Fat Quarter Fun by Karen Snyder.  No creases, like new.  $12 shipping included. 
#12)   Pineapple Stars by Sharon Rexroad.  Great book.  Like new, no creases.  $12 shipping included. 
I will combine shipping on these items!!!  :)

English Paper Pieced Star

 I had a dear friend gift me a small pack of 60 degree diamonds for paper piecing.  They measure 2" per side.  She also sent along the acrylic template.  She tried this design and did not like the process of it so she just passed them on to me.  :)  

This was my first star!  I like how it turned out but it does take a little more time trying to make sure things line up correctly.  It's not perfect but close enough for me. 
 I also did something a little different than I do with my hexies.  My hexies, I stitch baste them.  I tried the glue basting with this star.  This is my first time doing that.  I'm just hoping that if I made a ton of these the the edges and points would still be stuck and not a big loose mess.  

I'm not sure if this is a future project or not but I want to finish my hexie quilt first before I more on to something like this. 
 She also threw in this Clover thread/yarn cutter.  :)  She said that she thought it was just too heavy for her.  I just need to find a cord or chain to put it on.  I think it is cute! 
 Hunter had his appointment with his ear specialist yesterday.  All is well and he should be fine for another 3 months.  :)  He was a little light headed and had a headache when we left the doctor's office but that is to be expected when they have to clean that much stuff out.  LOL!  Poor guy...he has always had such dry ears.  Today the doctor told me to put a few drops of Olive Oil in his ears a couple days a week. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Jacob's Ladder

 I finally got my Jacob's Ladder blocks assembled!!! 
 I finished sewing the last 27 blocks and then pieced them into the quilt top! 
 These are 9" blocks in assorted navy prints with a solid cream background. 
 I still need to do some final pressing and then add the border.  I am going to used this navy for the border. 
 I also did a few more hexie sets.  I'm getting closer on this and I can't wait to start assembling these into a quilt top. 
 I decided to get out and take a walk thinking that it might make me feel a little better and I ran on to this!  Another blacksnake!  This time he was going up a tree.  There ended up being 3 of them going up the same tree.  They ended up probably 25-30 ft up and I guess it was mating season.  :(  I don't like them! 
 I also have to post this photo of Richard.  :)  I walked into the living room and caught him trying to nap on the couch.  :)  He sure looks guilty in this photo. 
 That is all for now.  Hopefully I will get time today to sew the border on.  :)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Catching up...

 I finally got some sewing done.  I now have enough half-square triangles and 4 patches to do 27 more blocks for my Jacob's Ladder.  I will now work on piecing those.  I'm anxious to get this one finished, I really like how it is looking so far. 
 That is all of the sewing that I have done lately.  I am having a few little heath issues and I have been spending lots of time in bed reading.  No sewing....just reading.  :)  Hopefully that will all get straightened out soon.

Do you remember a little while back that I mentioned that I had a bird that built a nest in my wreath on my front door?   I had Richard to move it and hang it beside the door.  I took some photos a couple of days ago and they have hatched.  4 tiny little birds.  :)
 A close up...
 I snapped the pics and turned to walk back in the door and look what I saw on one of the chairs out there.  :(  A blacksnake!  :(  He was about 6 ft long.  I hate snakes, I don't care what kind they are.  I freaked out and yelled for Andrew.  Andrew was going to get him off the porch for me and I was slowly trying to take his pic and Andrew came up behind me, pinched me on the back (like I was getting snake bit)....I screamed and peed all over myself.  LOL!  Anyway, he did move the snake for me, he took him over in the woods and turned him loose. 
 Now I will leave you with some lovely photos of my girl!  :)  Chantal had her pics done when she was a week old and she got them back a few days ago.  There were about 20 poses in all but here are a couple of my favorites. 

 That's all for now...I need to get my day started

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Getting close...

 Here is a photo of my hexie units back in February.  I have pieced many more since then.  I actually have around 200 of them now.  These are 1.5" hexies.
 I decided to spread them out on my bed to see how close that I was to covering it.  You can see in the photo below that I am pretty close.  There is still a stack that I did not lay out and I figure that I will have to piece a few more for the sides and such but I am getting close to having enough.  I think I will start piecing these together in larger units. 
 Hunter's school photo.  I love this photo!  :)  It's hard to believe that he is almost finished with 7th grade. 
 He only has a few more weeks of school left with lots of things going on at school.  He also has several appointments that I am trying to schedule around all of that.  He has to go back to the ear specialist and that can not wait until after school is out for the year.  Poor child can barely hear out of either ear so he has to go every few months and have his ears cleaned out because he has eczema in them.  I was told to get some Zinc (something)...I have it written down and I plan on stopping by the health food store as they have what I need.  It is supposed to take care of the eczema.  He has that appointment on the 14th.  Then we also have other appointments scheduled for after school is over and that includes the dentist and back to Shriner's hospital for more inserts and to have his feet rechecked. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Prom, Tractors, and Hexies!

 Saturday evening Hunter had his 7th/8th grade Prom/Social. baby is growing up on me.  He looked so handsome!  Of course, I cried....I'm a crier!  LOL!  Richard was off this weekend so he helped him get dressed and ready.  This is a big change for a young man that as dressed up as he gets is jeans and a button up.  LOL!
 Let me tell you this little story about his tux and stuff.  We went last week and ordered his tux, I posted about that a post or two back.  He didn't have a date and just planned on going alone as a lot of them were.  I told him that since he he was going alone he could pick out any color of vest and tie that he he picked "aqua" and I thought he looked very handsome in it.  :) 
 Sooooo....he comes home from school on FRIDAY (the prom was SATURDAY) so on Friday he comes home and says, "mom, I have a date for the prom"  I freaked!  LOL!  I told him, " all will NOT match and you should have thought of this before we ordered your tux"  What was done was done so we just made the best of it.  Saturday about an hour before he had to get dressed he talked to the little girl and she said her dress was "AQUA"  LOL!  How cool was that???  Anyway, they had a lovely time.  I snapped this photo right before they got on the bus and headed to their destination.  :)
 Richard was off work this past weekend and poor guy...he had a rough weekend.  His tractor had been down but he fixed it a few weeks ago to get it ready for "hay season"   He was doing a little work around the farm when the engine made a noise and the motor died.  :(  He is a mechanical person, thank goodness.  He checked it out and he told me that it "spun a rod"  whatever that means.  All I know is that it is about $400-$500 to fix it.  :(    So what does he do???  He starts taking it apart as he had to pull the motor.  So right now we are in a pickle!!!  We usually do our first cutting of hay on Memorial Day weekend.    So this is how it sits at the moment.  LOL!
 Another section...
 More tractor parts....
 Under this tarp is the motor that he has in a million pieces! 
 And yet another piece....  Poor guy he is a little depressed.  :(  He said that sometimes he feels like the harder he tries the worse it gets.  Hay cutting season is a very important time for us as we need it for our farm animals. 
 So with all of this stuff over the weekend, I did manage to sew 10 hexie units!  :)  That was my stress reliever!
 I'll leave you with a photo of my precious niece!  :)  Poor baby girl is not feeling well tonight.  Love her soooo much. 
I have a long week ahead...I'll post as I can...