Saturday, July 21, 2012

Making Progress...

 Got Richard up at 4:30am this morning so that he could get an early start on the day.  As soon as I got him fed and out the door I headed upstairs to quilt.  Machine quilted for about 10 minutes and broke a needle.  Not good!  Never again will I buy cheap needles from Walmart, I got them as I was waiting for some to arrive that I had ordered.  Now my machine is skipping.  UGH!  Richard is great at fixing that so I just stopped and waited for him to get home to fix it for me.  He is home now, but snoozing in the recliner.  :)  

So what did I do???  A little of this and that.  First off, I finished cutting apart my blue/white HST's.  There are 1120 of them in this pile!!!  Now comes the fun part of pressing them.  :(  I figure I will leave them on my ironing table and just do a little bit at a time.  
Then I moved on to this.  I had string pieced the strips a few months ago and it was still laying up there.  I decided to finish it to get it out of the way.  It is a small mini, measuring 17 x 19.  It looks a little out of square here but it is just the way it is hanging on the design wall.  
See, it is square....or rectangle.  LOL!  I went ahead and cut the binding for it too.  Now to just dig out a small piece of backing and scrap batting.  I will probably just quilt this on my regular sewing machine since it is small.  Not even sure what I will do with it once it is finished.  
 Found a couple of quarters laying around in my sewing room and added them to my quarter stash.  Here is the deal with that...  My sister brought home this cookie tin from work that one of the drug reps brought them.  Anyway, it was cute and I had it in my sewing room and was throwing threads in it.  Then I decided to SAVE QUARTERS in it.  It is only 10 inches tall.  
 Today I added .75 to it, because that is what I found.  The quarters are only up in the tin about 1.5 inches and already has $35.25 in it.  I wonder how much it will hold if it is full?  LOL!  Now, if I can just keep this a secret from the family, I can go on a fabric shopping spree once it is full.  :)  Unless...something else comes up and I have to use it.  :(
 Okay, now back to quilting.  I made some good progress on my red/white quilt today.  I have 80+ of the square-in-a-square units done and I need 128 of them.  I needed a break from those so I moved on to some of the other units.  
 Then I couldn't stand it and had to piece some of it together.  It is hard to see in the photo but there are white squares in the corner of the block.  
 Now the blocks don't end there.  There are more pieces that go around it.  So as you can see, I still have a long way to go, but at least I felt like I made some progress on it today. 
 More pressing that needs to be done and lots more cutting.  
 Oh and I also prepped 6 more basket blocks.  I have several of the background squares cut so I will just throw these in the basket beside my couch and work on them as I can.  
 I was sitting here and I kept hearing something and it sounded like a mouse chewing or making noises.  I could not figure out what it was until I said, "Hunter, do you hear that noise, what is it?"  Then by the look on his face I knew it was him....  BTW...don't look at the mess, I have a quilt pattern and a can of Pledge on the couch and books to mail out on the chair...oh and Hunter built a toy gun out of wood.  :)
 He was eating a bag of pistachios!  Silly boy!  It was driving me crazy trying to figure out what it was.  
 That is all for tonight, got to finish cleaning house, my MIL and Richard's grandmother are coming to visit tomorrow after Church and I am fixing dinner for them...

Have a wonderful and Blessed day


Janet O. said...

Can't believe all of the HSTs. I don't think I have ever made that many for any quilt. Whew!
The quarter tin is a good idea. I save my change and it is surprising how often it comes to the rescue (or buys fabric).
You are making progress on your red/white quilt--and your cute little baskets.
And there is Hunter behind that gorgeous table your DH built! : )

jillquilts said...

Bummer on the needle breaking and machine skipping! You got so much done! I finished a block and then the binding on the third Scrap Squad, but still feel like I didn't do anything. Lol

ruthsplace said...

The red and white quilt blocks look wonderful.

I have a 4 year old, so your house looks really tidy to me :)

Yvette said...

I can't believe how much you get accomplished. Good luck tomorrow on the visit!

Floss said...

Wow, you always seem to have so much on the go. The red and white is looking good. I like the look of red and white quilts but have decided that I don't like making them.

Vesuviusmama said...

Mess? You call that a mess!?! Girl, you need to come over to my house!