Saturday, February 25, 2012
It was getting late when they left so I really didn't have time to load a customer quilt on the frame like I had planned to do this evening but I did load on this little tablerunner on that I had pieced several months ago, actually back in September, for my kitchen table. The only reason that I put this little thing of mine on the frame was because I wanted to try out a new quilting pantograph called "ground cover" I always want to practice new designs on my own things or scrap fabrics before I ever do them on customer quilts. I just would not feel right quilting a design on someone else's quilt that I wasn't sure of before hand.
So here it is........it only measures 24 x 48 so it isn't that big really but it fits my table nicely. These are 6 inch log cabin blocks.
It will probably be a while before I get to the binding but I think I will use this fabric, what do you think? This green fabric is also used in the runner. It is hard to get a photo of the quilting but this is the best that I could do. I really like the design and the quilting on it is really dense. I used a scrap pieced of cotton batting that I had so it worked out great.
This morning I stopped by the post office because I had a package there and picked this up. A small shipment of Hobb's Poly-Down batting. I ordered 4 packages of 120x120 king bags to keep on hand. My other batting that I have on rolls measures 96" wide and I also have a few bags of 110x110, but sometimes I get a quilt that is larger than that. Actually, I have one here that will be quilted in the next few days that measures something like 114x118!!!! It is huge and very beautiful and believe it or not, I was told it was her first quilt!!! How amazing is that to make your first quilt that big???? I wasn't that brave.....my first quilt wasn't much bigger than a baby quilt. :) A friend of ours just called and said that they may stop by tomorrow. I just love them too death, they are wonderful friends and love her heart, she just had a stoke a few weeks ago, so I will be happy to see them. I spoke to her on the phone the other day and she said she was doing much better. If they do stop by tomorrow, maybe I can hand sew the binding on my tablerunner while we talk. I always have to keep my hands busy. So just in case they do stop by tomorrow, I think I will run upstairs now and load that customer quilt on the frame so that I can get started on it tomorrow evening! I have lots of quilting to get done next week!!!!
I'm off to the sweat shop.........
Friday, February 24, 2012
That is all for now, I have to check on supper!!! Salmon, corn on the cob, green beans, cornbread and German Chocolate cake for dessert! Giggle, I hate fish or seafood of any kind so I will be having a Hot Pocket!!! :)
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tuesday I saw my family doctor. Still don't have a clue why I am having so much pain on my left side. He gave me some pain medication, muscle relaxers and set me up for physical therapy starting on the 20th.
This afternoon, I had an appointment with my gynecologist. Still don't know anything really other than I am to have another pelvic ultrasound in 2 months. She said by the size of it, she really didn't think it would go away on it's own. So I guess I will know more about that in 2 months. As far as the pain in my left side, she mentioned something about diverticulitis. My mom has that problem once in a while. So now I guess I will be going for more tests next week.
As for now, I am still in pain, not nothing like it was Thursday night. It is just hurting just enough to drive me crazy. It's all not a big deal, just slows me down on things that I need to do.
Very little sewing has been going on but alot of laying on the couch and in the bed! LOL! I sew at the frame for a few minutes and then have to lay down, I am more comfortable laying down instead of sitting. I've had the same quilt on the frame for a few days and I really need to get it off soon.
I have sewn a few more log cabin blocks. I now have 100 of them done. I have a design planned that will take 168 blocks so I need to get the other 68 of them done. I really like working on these blocks.
I used EQ to figure out the design that I wanted to use. My stupid computer has had the lick and I've lost some of my programs and EQ was one of them. Now my problem is that I can't find my disk to reinstall it! With all of this moving stuff going on, who knows where it is. I just love playing around with EQ so now I'm a little down that I don't have it on here anymore. The good thing is, I still kinda remember how I was going to set up the blocks for this log cabin quilt.
I know this post is not that interesting to most of you, but hopefully I will be back in a couple of days with more quilty news!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
This is an antique top that I quilted today. I always wonder as I am quilting these older tops about the people that pieced them. What was going on in their life at the time, were some of these their clothing or their children's, just stuff like that. This top is not exactly straight and square but it wasn't that bad to quilt.
Here it is all quilted! I have 3 more that belong to this same person and one of them is another antique top. It has "Donkeys" on it, I want to keep it! :) The backing that she sent was a vintage sheet. It has warm & white batting and it turned out very soft. I now have the backing loaded on for another quilt. It is a beautiful star quilt. It has a pieced backing with the same fabrics used in the quilt top. This one will take me awhile since the design she wants has a ton of quilting in it. I hope to get started on it tomorrow afternoon. I'll show you more of it as I am quilting it. I think this one measures in at 96/96.Andrew is doing much better today. He is still pretty sore but moving much better than he was.
I know this post is rather short but my backing is killing me for some reason and I'm going to lay on the couch for a bit and then maybe take a hot bath.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I worked on more log cabin blocks last night. I now have 50 of them and I still haven't decided on a setting for it yet. I'll decide on that later, right now I just want to get all of the blocks made. As I was sewing my log cabin blocks, I decided to play around with a pattern that I've had for a while. It is called Everlasting Wreaths. I got it at Laundry Basket Quilts and it is by Edyta Sitar, she has beautiful patterns. I'm thinking that I will just leave this by my machine and that way I can make one or two while I am working on something else.
I mentioned the other day that I was thinking about using my Courthouse Steps on my bed. I put it on there to see how well it would fit.
I like it on there pretty good. Now I can't wait to get my walls and bed painted and it quilted!! It was a little long but I just tucked it up under the pillows sorta like a bedspread. I would rather have a quilt that is too big than not big enough. That's all that I have for today! Hopefully tomorrow I will have more quilty stuff to show you!!!
Monday, February 6, 2012
I answered the phone and all I heard was...."Mom, I'm okay...but..." Needless to say that I lost it. He had an accident and they were loading him in the ambulance when he called. He swore that he wasn't hurt bad but his back was hurting. He tells me that they are taking him to a hospital 90 minutes away from me!! (Long story there....we live in KY on the WV border and when you wreck in WV they take you to a WV hospital. He works in WV so that is where they took him.)
Let me tell you that was the longest trip that I ever drove! Here I was going 85 and 90 on the interstate trying to get there.
He was okay, just banged and bruised up pretty good and some back injuries. Nothing was broken but he was still in alot of pain. You just don't know how much praying that I did on my way and how many times that I thanked the Lord once I found out that he was okay.
You can see here that he is okay. He has some seat belt burns on his stomach and bruising from the air bag too.
The cute thing about it all.....look at the underwear that he had on!!! LOL! Sesame Street! Oh well, at least they were clean! :)
He hit some black ice and hit the guardrail, then bounced over and hit the hill and turned the truck over!! The police said that he was only going about 45mph, just when he hit the ditch and hill it sorta ramped it and flipped it over.
He is home and will probably not feel like moving much for a few days. I'm just thankful that he is okay and that God was watching over him.
Now.....MOMMA NEEDS A NERVE PILL! LOL!
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Can you see little Smokey up there? I had just hung that quilt top up there and ran downstairs to take photos and he was already crying. I think he even threatened to jump if I didn't go back up and get him. :)Here is a close up of the blocks with the border fabric. This is before I cut it for the borders. I'm hoping to get it quilted soon. I just need to get caught up on customer quilts first.
I'm glad to have it finished, I had been putting it off forever. I'm really pleased with how it tuned out.
This afternoon we drove to town and had supper with Richard's mom and grandmother. We had some very good lasagna, garlic bread, and pineapple upside down cake. We had a nice little visit with them. Then stopped off by Walmart for dog food and toilet paper. :)
Now that we are home, I really need to get upstairs and clean my sewing room so that it will be nice and clean in the morning when I load another customer quilt on the frame. I'm thinking this next one should be fairly easy, or at least I hope so.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
After I came back in, I cleaned up the house real quick and colored my hair. Yep, it was time. My hair is naturally very dark so the first sign of grey really shows. I will be turning 40 next month but the way that I was looking you would have thought I was turning 90. LOL! Oh well, life goes on.
While I was up in my sewing room today, I snapped a few photos of Hunter. I know they are black & white, but for some reason after playing around with them, I could get them changed back. :) This was taken from the top of the stairs.
Doesn't he look comfy? He was watching the movie Rio.
I worked on my log cabin blocks today and now have a total of 30 of them. As of right now I want somewhere between 144 and 168 of them just depending on the setting that I use. I figure I will just keep moving them around until I finally decide. I really enjoy making these things.
Here is my ever faithful companion, Smokey. This little guy makes every step that I make. He always has to be somewhere near me. He is getting old and the stairs are hard on him so I have to carry him up and down every time. If something happens and I have to take something upstairs and can't carry him at the same time he stands at the bottom of the stairs and cries, breaks my heart to hear him do that. Can you see the thread on his face?
This is what I will be tackling tomorrow afternoon! Yep, my sewing room looks like a bomb has gone off in it. I've been so busy quilting these quilts for people that I just haven't had a chance to put everything away. Can you see that pile of quilts back there? There is a loveseat buried somewhere under it. :) Just to give you an idea of how tall that pile is...that wall behind it is 12ft tall. This is not counting the pile of quilts that are downstairs. All of these have to be refolded and put away.....somewhere. That is a problem right now because we have so many things that are not finished. I need the linen closet finished so that I can store a bunch of them in there, the upstairs bedrooms need to be finished, I will put several in there. Actually, I'm not sure where they will all go, but I do know that they can't stay where they are now.
I guess that is all for tonight. I want to relax a little before bed.
Friday, February 3, 2012
This is what I am thinking for the kitchen. It is called Suddenly Saffron. It is an orange/brown color, actually more orange than brown but not a bright orange. My kitchen is 20x20ft so I will need several gallon of it too.
My bedroom is what I really didn't have a plan for before we moved in. Here are a few photos and maybe you can tell me what you think. Here is my plan....my master bedroom is also 20x20 and has 2 windows and a set of french doors that will eventually go out onto a private deck. My bedroom furniture is all antique pieces. This is the dresser that I have in there but I don't have the mirror up there yet, I was trying to wait until I painted the walls.
And here is our bed, complete with the original metal springs! I'm thinking that I will paint the bed a flat black or a dark bronze. I know that may sound weird but I've had the bed white for years and decorated with blue/yellow/white. The other bed that my grandmother had was dark. I would like to maybe use the Courthouse Step quilt (that is still not finished) If you remember it has darker fabrics and beige background fabrics Most of them are Civil War Reproduction fabrics. So now that I have told you that long story....here is the paint that I am thinking about for the master. It is called Tea Stained. It is a few shades darker than the paint sample for the living room. Now that I have bored you all to death talking about paint colors. I will leave you with a photo of our supper for tonight. Rotisserie Chicken. I put the rotisserie rub on it and popped it in my little rotisserie oven and it was done in about 2 hours. Served with mashed potatoes, peas and rolls. Hopefully tomorrow I will be back with some log cabin blocks to show!!!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This is the one that I have been working on this morning. It's not very big something like 35x45. She is planning on using it for a wallhanging in the nursery. I think she said she got it at Joann's. At first she wanted an all over design quilted on it, but when I tried to do that I started getting huge skips when I hit the animals. It has a ton of layers so I think that is why it was skipping. The backing is flannel, warm & natural batting, the top is flannel with fleece applique animals. But like on the lion's nose, that is 7 layers thick!!! So I called her and explained this to her and she just said "do whatever you can with it" Now I am in the process of picking that out and plan on just outline stitching where I can without getting into the parts that have so many layers. That should work well and like I said she is not going to use it as a quilt but a wallhanging. I will be doing the binding on this one too. I should have it done sometime tonight and will be delivering both of them to the quilt shop in the morning.
That is about all that I have been doing. I have unpacked a couple more boxes, but a lot of those boxes can't be unpacked until we get some more stuff done on the house. I have a ton of kitchen stuff still boxed up, because my upper cabinets and island are not done yet. Hopefully we will start on those in a week or so. I also plan on jumping in and doing alot of painting too. We just needed a little break from having to rush around and work our butts off trying to get moved in. I'll post more house photos as we get things done. I'm really excited about getting some of the painting finished so that we can get the crown mouldings, baseboards, and door facings done.
I've been trying to get my quilting done during the day while I'm home alone that way I can have some family time during the evenings. Hunter still doesn't like school, but makes straight A's. When he gets home all he wants to do is play and burn some of that energy off from being at school all day. Andrew....I don't see alot of him. He is going to school full-time and working 2 jobs! So that is 7 days a week! I'm not sure how long he can stand that, but I am happy that he wants to work. Like I said he is going to school full-time and then working his main job at the behavioral health center on the weekends, 12 hour shifts on Saturday night and Sunday night from 8pm to 8am. Then his other job he is working at the taxidermist shop under the owner and learning that trade as well. I've always told my kids that you can never learn too many different things because you never know when you will need something else to fall back on someday. Anyway he is working there on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And Richard.....he is still going to nursing school and graduates in May! :) Right now along with his class and lab work he is also doing clinicals at two different hospitals. Yesterday he got to assist with a delivery!! He was a little excited about getting to do that. BTW...it was a 8lb boy! Other than that, nothing else has been going on.
Now I guess I had better get back to work. I have some laundry to do and then get back up to work in the sweat shop!