Monday, July 21, 2014

Minor accident and some cleaning...

 Hunter had a little minor accident yesterday evening.  Now my boys are not much for playing video games all day.  Hunter likes them but he would much rather be outside running through the hills or something.  Not too long after Richard left for work last evening, Hunter told me that he was going to go outside and make himself a slingshot.  This is nothing unusual.  A little while later he came in with his leg bleeding!  The end of his hatchet came off and hit him right on the shinbone.  I couldn't get it pulled back together or get it to stop bleeding so off to the ER to get 4 stitches!  :(  He's fine today, just a tiny bit sore.  Thank God that it wasn't worse. 
I've been staying rather busy the past several days.  First of all while working on my bow ties I started playing around with some Cathedral Windows stuff.  Trying to figure out the size that I want to work with.  This is not a project that I plan on starting anytime soon, just some day.  :)
 I also took some time to play around with my new girl.  This is my 1919 Singer Red Eye that I got a few weeks ago.  She sews rather well and I think I will be spending lots of time with her.  :)  I just grabbed a little stack of 2" squares and started sewing.  Not sure what they will be used for but I'm sure they will be used someday. 
 We've been having a few days of cooler weather so I started cleaning my sewing room.  I don't sew up there during the summer as it just gets too hot so everything gets piled up.  I also had some exercise equipment up there that needed to be moved into the workout/tanning room that we were converting bedroom #4 into.  All of that is moved out now so I could actually clean my sewing room.  This is a photo of my cutting and sewing table area...
 This is my shelf that holds my books/magazines and some yardage.  I've had this bookshelf since I was 13, my brother made it for my birthday.  :)  Oh...btw...that little white machine on the is a Singer Featherweight!  LOL!  It sure doesn't look like the old ones, does it? 
 Shamefully...this is the other side!  LOL!  :(  It doesn't look that bad right now as I have cleaned since I took this photo.  Actually, that is what I was doing yesterday when Hunter cut his leg.  After it is all cleaned and organized I will post more photos. 
Please say a little prayer for my boys...Andrew has a little trip that he is going on tomorrow a few hours away but will be staying overnight.  Hunter has his appointment at Shriner's Hospital on Wednesday and that is also close to 3 hours away.  Also, my precious momma is having some health issues that we are trying to get under control. 

Before I forget...anyone use a FITBIT?  Want to be FITBIT FRIENDS?  LOL!  I was gifted one and I am trying to make myself get at least 10,000 steps a day.  Some days I get more, some days I get less.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

The small blocks are finished...

 The piecing is finally finished!  Well that piecing of the small bow tie blocks, that is.  I now have a total of 1080 of these little 3" (finished) bow ties finished. 
 I sat down this morning and pinned together the remaining bow ties to be pieced into 9 patch blocks as that makes it easier to assemble the top that way. 
 I have them all pinned and in this basket ready to be pieced...
 The quilt will have a total of 120, 9 patch bow tie blocks in it.  I have a few of them already pieced but I have 72 more pinned and ready to sew...
 As you can see here I already have some of the blocks sewn together.  Sewing 72 more of them will take me a while but I can't wait to see it finished. 
 My stack of 48 blocks...
 I love this time of year when the flowers are in bloom.  I really need to thin these out a little bit as I crammed them in this space just to get them planted a few years ago. 
 I have a long day ahead, I have a lot of stuff outside to do and then this evening after supper, I plan on working on my bow ties!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

1919 Singer Red Eye

 Last month a family friend told me that he had an old sewing machine that his MIL was going to throw away and he wanted to know if I wanted it!  He said he would bring in down the next time that he came in to visit his parents.  He messaged me yesterday saying that he was on his way to his parents!!!  Andrew was out and about yesterday so he stopped by and picked up my new baby!

She is a 1919 Singer Red Eye!  Oh I am in love with her!  Here she is after I cleaned her up.  She still needs a little more cleaning but most of it is done. 
 This is the cover before the cleaning...
 And the after...
 This is the before...
 The after...
 She is missing the bobbin cover so I will have to get one.  She sews wonderfully.  I good solid stitch.  No adjustments at all, she only needed cleaned and oiled.
 One more photo before I end this post....  LOL! 
 Thanks so much for all of the nice emails and prayers for Hunter.  I know he will be fine, as his mother, I just worry.  :)  That's what we do, right?

Thursday, July 3, 2014


If you have read my blog for a while you will know that I am a very religious person and believe in the power of prayer.  I know that there are so many kids that are worse off but my son, Hunter is having a few health issues that I need your prayers for.  

Hunter has been having some testing done and we found out a couple of things.  First off, he is a little bit anemic.  Nothing too out of control but enough that something needs to be done about it.  This morning we got the results of his A1C and he is borderline diabetic, he is 2/10 of a point from being one and that is just too close not to take control of it now!!!  So over the next few weeks he has several appointments, meanwhile his whole diet has to change.  
Also after several appointments with his podiatrist that has NOT worked out for him, he is being sent to Shriner's Hospital in Lexington, KY in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully, he can get the help that he needs there so that we can get him back to being active again.  Exercise will help with his other health issues but right now he can't stand to walk much at all.  If you remember last year he was in a boot and on crutches for a few months and things haven't got much better for him.  Not to make it sound like he can't stand to walk because he can, but he can't stay on his feet like a lot of kids his age.  For example, tomorrow he wants to go in town and watch the parade.  He may be fine while there but by the time we get home he will be down the rest of the night with pain, swelling, ice packs...etc.  The same thing happens when we go to the grocery store, he will be on his feet for an hour and will be down the rest of the evening.  Not a good thing for a 12 yr old.

As a mother it makes me sad that he has to deal with this stuff and the pain with his feet.  I just wish that I could snap my fingers and make it all better for him.  I may not be able to do that but I know that the Lord can help him.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Cutting Is Finished!

 I have finally finished the cutting of the last 155 bow ties!  Now to just get them pieced!  I am sewing downstairs now as it is too hot upstairs. 
 I have them all ready to sew and in the basket by my machine!  I hope to get most of them sewn tomorrow and then start piecing more of them into larger blocks.  BTW...the handsome man in the photos laying behind my basket, is my brother, John.  :)  I was sorting through some photos for mom. 
 I pieced most of these on my 1933 Featherweight but I guess I will finish them up on my Singer 328K Style-O-Matic. She is a good sewing little machine.  She sits in the corner of my dining room and I used her a lot last summer when it was too hot upstairs. 
 Off to bed soon and hopefully lots of sewing tomorrow!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Electro Grand Sewing Machine and Birthday Party

 Saturday evening we had Hunter a birthday party.  We had planned on having a weenie roast but it started raining about an hour or so beforehand so we moved it inside.  It all worked out well in the end and he had a wonderful time.  His birthday is actually Monday and he will be 12 yrs old.  It is hard to believe that he is that old.  He loves Minecraft the video game so we went with that theme.  He loved it!  :)
He had 3 of this friends that spent the night and they were up ALL night!  :)  We had lots of family and friends that were here so he enjoyed that also.  

Sadly when we got up this morning for Church, I was in some pain with my lower back and hips due to an injury from several years ago and I guess that I over did it getting ready for his party.  I did not go to Church this morning and I missed not going.  Richard went without me.  When he came home he walked through the door carrying this....
He just sorta rolled his eyes and said, "Ruby from Church sent you a sewing machine"  LOL!  I haven't started cleaning her up or oiling yet but here she is.  It is an Electro Grand made in Japan.  The pedal is broken but I wired up one that goes to another machine just to check and see how this one would work and she sews fine.  Now I need to clean her up.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


 Today while working on my bow ties I was trying to figure out what my next "small block project" would be and I think I found it! CRACKERS! 
 This morning I was piecing some of my bow ties blocks into larger blocks like these...
 As you can see I have a bunch more to sew into larger blocks and I also need to cut out 200 more blocks.  :)  I know that sounds like a lot but I am close to being finished.  I am loving this quilt so far. 
 Anyway, years ago I saw an old antique quilt made from small cracker blocks.  I fell in love with it and knew that someday I wanted to make one and I think now is the time.  :)  I'm not in a hurry and will work on it like I did my bow ties, just a little at a time. 
 I got my pattern from EQ and just made it to finish at 4" not as small as my 3" bow ties but still small.  I think I'm going to like this one too.  :)  If anyone is interested in making some of these blocks too, Quilter's Cache has the pattern for a 6" block.  :)
 I only did the six blocks to see if I was going to like the process of making them and I do so I will get back to my bow ties and get those finished so that I can move on to the CRACKERS!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tons of bow ties...

 This is what I have been working on...
 It started a few years ago as my leader/ender project but then I ended up just working on it a little here and there.  These bow ties will finish at 3" 
 I need a total of 1080 of them to make a 90/108 quilt.  At this point I have 823 of them sewn and a few more cut out so I still need to cut 200+ more of them. 
 I know that sounds like I still need a lot of them but I am getting close considering in the end there will be 1080.  I'm getting anxious.  

I've been sewing some of the finished ones into 9 patches to make it easier to piece the rows.  I will do 10, 9-patches across and 12 down. 
 Now on to other news....I received a FITBIT on Wednesday.  So far I love it!  The first day, since I only had it half a day, I got in a little over 5,000 steps.  Thursday, Friday and today I have gotten in over my 10,000 steps.  It also tracks your sleep and I slept for over 8 hours last night but woke up 21 times!!!  Now I know why I stay tired!  LOL!  

My momma came home from work a few days early as she was in tears with back pain.  She has arthritis, narrowing of the spine and a few other issues and she was in great pain.  She refused to go to the ER but will be seeing her doctor first thing Monday morning.  Please say a little prayer for her, it breaks my heart to see her hurting the way that she is.  

Tomorrow is also our Homecoming Service at Church.  After the Church service we all gather outside at the big shelter for some good home cooking!  Lot's of people come other than the regular members, people that used to attend Church there but moved away or extended family members, it is so enjoyable.  

Sadly we lost a dear friend to cancer a couple of days ago.  His funeral was today and his viewing was yesterday.  So sad, he dear wife, kids and grandkids were having such a hard time, just breaks my heart.  

I think I'm heading to bed now....

Sunday, June 15, 2014

108 year old wood flooring...

Richard, Hunter and I worked on putting 108 year old wood flooring down in the master bedroom today. Only got about 1/3 of it done, my master bedroom is 20x20ft. Right now it is 2 different colors but Richard had started out running the boards through the wood planer and the planer stopped working so we are just going to put the rest of it down and then sand and redo it all at once. We removed this flooring from an old house a couple of years ago. So today, Hunter reached it to me, I cut the old ends off and cut to size and Richard put it down on the floor. I can't wait to get the rest of it down and refinished. It has been a long day...
 Here is the blog post when we tore down that old house.  We got the doors, flooring, and the claw foot bathtub.  We have used the doors and I love them, they are solid wood, beautiful doors.  The old tub still needs to be refinished and it will go in my master bath...someday.  

All of this work....and did it with a toothache!!!  I feel like I should change my name to SUPERWOMAN!  LOL! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bow Ties and Weekend Fun...

 Yesterday I cut out more bow ties and they are now ready for piecing.  I cut a total of 123 of them.  I need 220 more, other than these to get my total needed of 1080.  I can't wait to get this quilt top finished, I love the tiny 3.5" bow ties! 
 My friend that is bringing me the Singer Red Eye that I mentioned in the previous post sent me a photo of the serial number.  I checked the Singer website and it dates it from 1919.  I'm very excited.  I haven't decided if I am going to convert her over to a hand crank machine or put her in a treadle cabinet that I have.  I've been using the treadle cabinet as an entry table but it doesn't have a machine in it. 
 Richard is working tonight and is off the weekend.  Saturday we are having a cookout.  All of the guys have been catching some catfish and frogs so we will be fixing bunches of catfish and fried frog legs.  Of course we will have a few hot dogs and burgers too.  :)  Andrew and his buddy is going to try to catch a big turtle tonight and we will fix it too.  Plan on playing some horseshoes also.  Lots of back yard fun with friends and neighbors that isn't going to cost anything...that's the best kind.  I'll take plenty of photos!  :)

Still nursing my abscessed tooth, it's getting a little better.  I have to get rid of the infection before they can pull it.  I needed to have this wisdom tooth out 20+ years ago. 

I hope to do a little hand piecing tonight.  Hunter and I are planning on watching a movie.  Have you ever watched Secondhand Lions?  I like that movie, well I like anything with Robert Duvall in it.  My favorite movie of his is Lonesome Dove.