Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I did get some sewing in this morning. I got 3 blocks done today. Here they are...
Block 4 ~April
Block 5 ~May
Block 6 ~JuneTomorrow I will try to get 2 more done, hopefully.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
My plan is to get block 3 done tomorrow before I have to go over to Hunter's school for his party. I was going to try to do 2 blocks a day that way I would have had the top done in a week, but I'm already a block behind. Unless I can speed up and do 3 on one day. Who knows.....
Trick or Treat night was tonight in town. So Richard got home just before the boys. As soon has they got home I had to dress Hunter and off we went. It was a very nice family night together. Andrew went with us too, but of course thought he was too big to trick or treat. But he sure did eat Hunter's candy when we got home.
Our first stop was at Richard's Grandmother's house. She spoils my kids so bad, she is 87 so I guess she is allowed to do that.
This is just a photo of Hunter getting candy from a monster.
After we were done we ran through the drive-thru at McDonald's for dinner. They were all dressed up. Hunter loved it.
That is about the extent of my day. Now Hunter is rushing trying to do his homework before bed. I don't understand why they gave homework tonight knowing that these little kids would be out late.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Here is a photo of Hunter. We had to run to Walmart this evening to get some things to decorate a small pumpkin for Hunter. They have to bring a small one in on Wednesday. So he found these teeth and wants to put them on it somehow. I will have to figure out how to fix it. But he has played with them all evening.
I guess I will clean up my sewing mess, do a load of laundry, and wait to get Richard up at midnight.
Now this quilt pattern is also in the same book. It is called "Month by Month" but when I scaned the photo I forgot to flip it so it is actually showing backwards, oh well. But I'm sure you get the idea. This is a simple 12 block project that I think I will start. I know, I know, I need to finish some of my others first, but I'm just too tempted.
I think I will try to go ahead and get a block or two done before anyone gets home. The housecleaning will just have to wait. :o) I will be back in a little while with a block to post.
Okay, it is now around 3:15pm and I finished my first block. This is Block One, listed as ~January block. It took me a while to find my beige print. I had it folded up in another piece of fabric. I still need to add the block borders, but I think I will do all of those when I get ready to sew the complete top together. I will just cut those from scraps.
Now it is almost time for the boys to come home, so I will go ahead and post this. I will probably make another block tonight, I will post it then.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
In this photo he is still standing on the corner of the living room but turned to the right. What you see here is the master bedroom with master bath and large walkin closet. The opening in the side wall that you see here is the opening for the french doors that will be in my bedroom and open out on to a private deck the length of the house. Also in this photo you can see the hallway and Hunter's bedroom in the back corner. This bottom section of the house is 40x40ft (1600 sq ft) We will start on the 2nd floor soon. The second story will have two 16x20 bedrooms and a loft that will measure 20x24. The loft will be my sewing area.
I know it is hard to tell much about it in the photos. But we will get it done someday. As of right now we have LESS than $1000 in the house so far. We have the windows and front and back doors in storage.
As far as sewing, I haven't done any today. Hopefully tomorrow after I get the house straightened up I will work on my "green bow-tie" quilt. I haven't worked on it in a while and I would like to get it done. I think I have all or most of it cut out. I would love to get the top done on it before the end of October, because the first of November I will start working on my BOM's.
Andrew came home today and was sooooooo proud of his deer. We will be taking it to have it mounted for him. We will probably take it next week to have that started. As far as the meat. It is in the freezer. It is just quartered up, so we will work on getting it all cut up and packaged this week.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Not alot of sewing here today. I felt really bad earlier, my blood pressure was up some so I was on the couch for a few hours. We went in to town after I started feeling better and rented a few movies. Right now we are watching the movie "300" and I have been working on some yo-yo's for Hunter a quilt. I don't have very many done probably only around 40. I plan on making this yo-yo quilt bed size, so it will take me a few years to finish, but I'm in no hurry.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
He left around 5am and was back home a little after 9am. He is out in the back yard right now skinning it out and I have been digging out the freezer paper. When he is finished we will bring it in to cut up and package. I plan on grinding some into burger and jerky, the rest we will just cut up into steaks and stuff like that.
Hopefully I will get some sewing in later in the day.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Richard missed a deer this morning, so he will be going back out in the morning. He said it was the first deer that he had ever missed. Andrew really gave him a hard time over it. They are very competitive. Right now it is bow season so that is what they are hunting with now. Maybe he will get one tomorrow....
Tomorrow Hunter has Open House at his school. It starts at 5pm so I guess I will go over there. They will be giving out report cards then. This will be Hunter's first report card. I can't wait to see how he has done. Poor little thing, he is in kindergarden and has more homework than Andrew does and he is in high school. Hunter has about an hours worth of homework every night, except on Fridays. He gets very cranky when he has to do it.
Hopefully, tomorrow I will have something more exciting to post about.
Here is a photo of a little pillow that I made, I still need to add the stuffing and sew up the opening, but I thought the saying was cute. It says..."He loves me, he loves me not. It doesn't matter, I'm all he's got."
This is a photo of my Christmas wallhanging. I decided not to put the holly on it, I just couldn't get the holly placed right, so I just left it off. But anyway, this is it. I started quilting it this morning and I broke a needle so I got mad and quit. I may work on it later today, if I get in the mood. I pieced the backing with leftover fabrics that I used on the front. I didn't figure I would use them for anything else so I just pieced them together. This is the first time that I have ever done a pieced backing. It is a wallhanging so it's not like anyone will be looking at the back.
I think my sister has backed out on making a purse with me. :o( The past few days when I mention it to her she doesn't act very interested now. Oh well....maybe someday. Sometimes it gets very boring sewing by myself and I have no one to talk about it to except for you guys. Richard, is probably my biggest fan, but I'm sure there is only so much he wants to hear about. Chantal doesn't like to sew at all and mom...well mom just isn't in to sewing anymore. I think she just did so much of it years ago that she got burned out on it. And she has had so many things happen in her life the past few years (divorce) and has changed jobs so now she doesn't have the time. But she still loves to hear about my sewing stories. She always loves to hear about my sewing stories.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
During my rain breaks today, I did get to sew a little bit. I started a Christmas wallhanging. It is just bits and pieces from different Christmas wallhangings. Nothing fancy, but I was bored. While looking on the internet, I did find some other Christmas wallhanging patterns that I think I will make later. Anyway, I just need to add some holly leaves on it and then it will be ready to quilt. I may try to get them cut out and on there later tonight.
I will have to make a trip in to town in the morning. I think Andrew has ate all of the snack food in the house. There is NO chocolate...and I also need to pick up my Diet Pepsi!!! Richard will be hunting in the morning. Hopefully he will get a deer. My freezer is getting empty!!!
Well I guess this is about all for today. Just another boring day........
Monday, October 22, 2007
This is a photo that I took on Sunday. We live by the lake and when I come out of my road this is Yatesville Lake. So we live like 1 minute from the lake and about 10 minutes from the golf course. I was going to take a photo of the golf course, but I drove right on by and forgot it. It is very pretty this time of year too.
I'm not sure how much sewing that I will get done this week. Richard just informed me last night around 8pm that he was taking his vacation this week. He said he wanted to surprise me. So I guess we will be doing alot of things around the house. He has been down at the sawmill all day. And we plan on working on the house too. We also have to cut up firewood for Winter. And one of the days he plans on going deer hunting, maybe I can sew that day...
This is something that I have to show you all....I was looking at the Clotilde catalog and found a "Cone Thread Stand" My machine will only use the regular spools of thread. So I was debating on ordering it. I knew that it would be cheaper for me to use the cones. But with shipping it would have cost me around $14. Now not that I didn't have $14 but I am very cheap and I was trying to think of something else to use for this purpose. So I was telling Richard about it and showed him the catalog. He said "Just order it" but I didn't. I told him if he really loved me he would make me something to use. I said that it just had to have a heavy bottom and I wanted him to be creative....So this is what I got...He found a ROCK that was fairly flat but still had to grind it flatter. Took a piece of scrap wood from the sawmill and sanded it down round, added a piece of wire and it was done...
See I knew I loved this man for some reason! I tried it out and it works perfectly. So in the end I saved $14 and this one means more to me...
Friday, October 19, 2007
I finally finished my tablerunner. I got the binding on and it actually turned out nice. I even made a square table topper for my sidetable. It is with the same pattern as the tablerunner. I have it stippled too, I just need to put the binding on it. I think I will do that in the morning. I will have to do it early since I will have to put all of my sewing stuff up before Breannas party.
I don't think anyone will be here for her party except us. But that is all that we need. So it will just be a small family thing. I will take her in the morning to get her Ipod. That is what she asked for.
Mom came home for the night. They docked back in Ashland for the night so Chantal picked her up. She will have to leave around 2am to get back down there by 3am to start breakfast. I did go out there to see her for a few minutes before she took a nap. It seems like she has been gone for a month, but it has only been a week.
Richard is going to pick up a load of hay in the morning. So when he gets home I will have to help unload it. That is NOT fun, but it has to be done.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
JOB'S I'VE HAD
1~Mother and Housewife (my most important job ever)
3~Seamstress~made Levi's and Arizona jeans
MOVIES I WATCH OVER AND OVER
1~The North and The South
2~Last Of the Dogmen
3~Kingdom Of Heaven
TV SHOWS THAT I WATCH
Okay I have no answer on this one. I don't have cable or satelite tv. So the only thing that I have to watch is our DVD's. Actually, my tv doesn't come on of a day until my boys get home from school.
PLACES I'VE LIVED
1~Top Of the World~Louisa KY
2~Fort Gay, WV
PLACES I'D LOVE TO BE NOW
1~In our new house we are building
2~Out with our horses
NAMES I LIKE BUT WOULDN'T USE FOR MY CHILDERN
Now on this I really don't know, I've never really thought about it.
I don't think I can tag anyone, most everyone that I have seen has already been tagged.
Hunter missed school yesterday and I took him to the doctor. He has a stomach virus that is going around in school. Today I have both boys home. Andrew has been in the bed most of the day and Hunter has been up and down all day. Hopefully they will start feeling better soon. But you know how it is when you have kids sick...they worry and run you to death.
Today, in between taking care of my boys, I made a table runner for my coffee table. Hunter keeps wanting to drive his toy cars on it so I made this so he wouldn't scratch it so bad. This is from a pattern that Maureen sent to me. I had to change the pattern some, because I didn't have enough different fabrics for it, but I still like how it turned out. In the photo it looks pink but actually it is a rust color.
Now the reason that I am so proud is that I machine quilted it!!! This is my first stippling project. I tried to stipple a wallhanging the other day, but my machine was skipping so bad that I have to pick it all out. But this one is far from perfect, but I am still happy with how it turned out. This second photo is after the quilting, but you really can't tell that much about the quilting in it. That may be a good thing :o) It ended up being 22x46. All I need to do now, is put the binding on. Hopefully, I will get that done tomorrow.
I think I have finally talked my little sister in to sewing with me. Although it is not going to be a quilt, I'm still happy. I think we are going to make a purse and her best friend Crystal will be joining us. So, the plan is we will set up a couple of machines here at my house and all three of us make the same purse pattern. We will have to do it in two weeks because this weekend we are having my stepdaughter a birthday party.
We will be having her party on Saturday evening. Not a big party just family. She turned 14 on October 12. Her mom had her a party up there last weekend so this weekend is our turn. She asked for a laptop and an Ipod. Well, sorry but we are buying her a new Ipod. She was saving her money to by the laptop so she was hoping that she would get enough for a birthday to buy one. Hopefully, she will enjoy her party.
Monday, October 15, 2007
This is what I got in the mail this morning. "Sew One and You're Done" I really like this book and saw several patterns that I think I will make. They look very simple to put together.
I also recieved a great package from Maureen. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Several patterns for tablerunners, a quilt pattern and a Halloween Wallhanging. Honestly, I plan on making all of these, sometime. Maybe not this week but I loved them all. And to beat it all she even copied them in COLOR, how sweet is that???
No sewing today, but I did get 15 more nine patch blocks done last night before bed. Today I have been working on some pins for the cheerleaders and football players parents to wear for the homecoming night. This is for a school in WV. I used to live there a long time ago when I was married to my first husband and my EX-sister-in-law called me this past weekend and asked if I would make them. I used to do this all of the time. I sold them and made pretty good money doing it. So I have 30 pins to make and I will be getting $150. So that will take up the next couple of days. Then she said that Basketball season was starting on Saturday and they want me to make pins and hairbows for that too. I hate making these things but I keep telling myself "It is quilting money"
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I took Nancy-Rose's lead and started working on my nine-patch blocks for the Leaders and Enders. I have a box full of 2 inch squares. Last night I sewed together 45 blocks. I may work on a few more today. This will be a quick and easy way to use them up. I figured out my machine. It was skipping very bad when I was doing my machine quilting. I kept working with it and it was in my tension and stitching length. So now that I got that fixed I can redo the wallhanging that I was quilting. The skips were very bad so I need to take the stitching out.
I'm feeling a little lazy today, but I still think that after I get the house cleaned up a little I will try to sew...
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Yesterday was a long but exciting day, well with a few sad parts...I took mom down to the boat at 6:30am. I always cry when she leaves. She will be gone for 28 days. Then I had to do my weekly running around town. But the best part of the day was....I had to stop at the lawyers office to sign papers to officially have our property put over in our names. See we bought it on a land contract from my mom and dad, and we paid it off but couldn't officially have it over in our name until their property sold and was transfered. Well, it is a long story but it is now OURS and nobody can say or do anything about it. This is a big relief for me since all of the problems that my dad and his wife tries to cause us.
This is what I recieved in the mail this morning. This is certainly a quilt that I will make soon. I will need to purchase fabric for it but it is on my list to do.
Today I haven't done any sewing yet. I plan on doing a little this evening. I have a "Sew Sue BOM" that I will be starting. It is just a sampler but I like the blocks and they don't seem like they would be too hard. I have had it printed off for a while but just haven't got around to starting it. I have several BOM's that I am working on, but I figure one block a month isn't too much to do so it doesn't matter if I have a ton of them started. They will get done sooner or later. I guess that is why they are called BOM's.
Yesterday evening I started quilting a wallhanging that I made a few months back. I was using my new quilting foot. I tried it out the other day and used the same settings and it worked perfect. But yesterday it just kept skipping stitches. Something is off with my adjustments. I have checked everything else and changed my needle. This it the first time that I have ever had this machine to skip. So I need to get that figured out. It doesn't skip while I am sewing my regular stuff only when I am quilting.
Hopefully tonight I will have a new block to post...
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
I think I will try to make mom this whole set for Christmas but in the brown paisley fabric. She seems to like how these are turning out. Mom leaves for work on Friday morning, I dread it so bad that I can't hardly stand to think about it. I forgot where she has to go this time, but it is off in some other state. They told her that she may have to fly back when her 28 days are up.
I am going to Paintsville with mom in the morning. She has to go to Sears to take back her new dryer. When we unpacked it there was a small dent in the side. Nothing major and it can't be seen on the side when it is set back in place, but mom said if she was going to pay that much for something she didn't want a dent in it. I guess while we are up that way we are going to stop by the bookstore and Walmart, maybe even Goodwill :o) It is hard to tell where we will end up knowing mom.
This evening we had a surprise visit from Richard's mom and Grandmother. His mom lives in Ohio and she came in last night, which we didn't know anything about it, but they decided to drop in and surprise us. I know they just do that to see if they can catch me with my house dirty. I swear they do, because I've heard them talk about doing the other family members that way. Luckily it was clean. I had cleaned my kitchen table off this morning, that is where I do my sewing. I told Richard that God knew they were coming and that is why I was in the mood to clean. :o)
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Yesterday I made a purse for Chantal. Wednesday is her 23rd birthday and I wanted to make her something special. A quilt she would expect from me, but not a purse. This is the "Gracie" from Lazy Girl Designs, that Jen makes. Thanks again, Jen for the pattern. I was going to make it out of the blue and brown poka dot fabric, but I didn't feel like running to Walmart to get it so I just used some fabric that I had in my stash. I hope she likes it. I showed it to mom and she loved it. I have some brown paisley in this same fabric that I think I will make one for mom, maybe for Christmas.
I also made her a Wonder Wallet and an eyeglass case to match. Sometime before Wednesday I plan on making her a matching checkbook cover and pocket tissue case. Those won't take but a few minutes to do.
Here are my Ebay purchases that I got in the mail yesterday. They have some very interesting patterns in them. These will give me something to look through this Winter. I think the post office is closed on Monday, so hopefully on Tuesday I will recieve a few more.
Don't laugh, but I also bought a "Grizzly Adams" movie. I used to love watching that as a child. We love to watch movies like that during the Winter. Living back here where we do, when we get a good snow sometimes we don't get out for days at a time.
Sorry, that I have been lacking on my blog and comments lately. I have been putting some of my historical romance novels on Ebay. I have probably a couple of thousand that I have already read. And I am running out of storage space. This past week I have sold $54. I think that is great since I don't have anything in most of them.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
My darning/free-motion quilting foot came in the mail this morning. Of course, I had to try it out! I have played on and off with it all day. Andrew sat there at the table with me, making fun of me. Just starting so my quilting isn't exactly perfect. :o( But I'm in no hurry, I will just keep working on it. My biggest problem is that I get in too big of a hurry. If I would just learn to slow down it would be so much better.
Mom is sick with the flu, I guess. She said it felt like the flu. She started feeling bad yesterday while we were out and by yesterday evening she was running a temp and was in the bed. Chantal said she had to make her get in the shower last night to get her fever to come down. I talked to her earlier and she had got up to try to eat so toast and had gone back to bed again.
I have been sitting her trying to think of a birthday gift for my sister. She will be 23 on the 10th of this month. I don't have a clue what to get her. Mom said she was taking her shopping for clothes. She doesn't have any hobbies, she works, comes home, and watches tv. Some exciting life for a 23 yr old! Anyway, her birthday is the 10th and Breanna, my stepdaughter's is in the 12th. She will be 14. I asked her what she wanted and she was very quick to answer. She wants to go shopping at "American Eagle" and a new "ipod" So that will be pretty easy as long as I can get her out of American Eagle quickly.
So Jen, when are we doing our 3rd Egg Money Block???????? I am very anxious to get started. But of course I don't want to rush anyone so I can work on something else. Actually, I need to get to work on my Santa BOM. Oh, and I forgot about this being the first of October. I bet Planet Patchwork has the October block out. I will have to go over there and check when I get done here. That would be something for me to work on. I'm just really not in the mood to work on the Santa block right now.
Monday, October 1, 2007
After leaving Hobby Lobby, Andrew wanted to stop at some pawn shops to look at guitar amps. So we ended up stopping at two of them. He saw several that he liked but didn't decide on a certain one. Finally on the way home we stopped at McDonalds. Oh, and the post office, so Maureen your charms are in the mail.
Finally, I got back home and stopped to pick up the mail. I got my horse quilt pattern today that I ordered last week.
Since we have 5 horses, actually 4 horses and a mule, I thought it would be nice to make the horses the same color of ours. On Jim, I will have to make his ears longer, but I don't think that will be a problem. I haven't really looked at the pattern real well, but I think I saw on there somewhere that the blocks were 20 inches.
I should start recieving my other quilt books that I ordered from Ebay in this week. I think in all I ended up buying 13!!!!! I know, I know, I will never make that many quilts, but I just love looking at them. Oh, and I bought a darning/free-motion foot for my machine, so I can practice my machine quilting.
I don't know what has been wrong lately, but I have really been slacking with my blog and my quilting. I can seem to get in the mood to quilt, but hopefully it will hit me again soon. I really need to get some of these done.
Oh, and when we pulled back in the driveway this afternoon, the horses were back out again. We have horses on both sides of the driveway and it was Storm and Beauma, and this time Autumn was out with them. They had tore the fence down, right beside the driveway. Autumn had a small cut on her leg so I guess she is the one who got in it first and tore it down. We jumped out and they were easy to catch this time, I just opened the gate and they walked right in. Of course, they couldn't have done that the other night when it was just me and Hunter here. This time Andrew fixed the fence and they are fine. Sometimes they are a little trouble but I would never get rid of them for nothing in this world. They are my babies...