Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hexie Update and some Canning

 Here is a little update on some of my hexie progress.  I didn't do all of this yesterday but I did about half of the cream hexies. 
 You know me...when I should be cleaning I do something else.  I had plans to do more deep cleaning as soon as Richard left for work but I ended up canning 13 pints of chili instead!  LOL!  Anyway, these will go in the pantry but probably will not last too long as we all love chili. 
 Now I will leave you with a photo of my precious niece playing in her new pool. 
 Richard has to work all weekend so I will probably be cleaning and working on my hexies and going to Church on Sunday.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Longarm Down...

 I got more of my sewing room cleaned yesterday.  Richard and Hunter took the old longarm frame and machine down for me and moved it to the balcony area.  With that out I was able to clean that half of the room fairly well.  The closets are as organized as they are going to get right now.  I still have a couple of boxes and an odd machine in the floor but all of that will be moved as well.  As you can see I have a new roll of batting all ready to go when I get the other longarm. 
 A close-up photo of closet #1.  It's still messy and just a bunch of stuff.  Later I will try to organize it a little better. 
 Closet #2...a little more organized than the other one.  I still need to move the boxes that are in the floor in front and the weaving stuff.
 I also got the cutting table cleaned off. 
 Now to show you how real this is....LOL!  This is the rest of the room!  It is a horrible mess but you always make a bigger mess when deep cleaning.  I promise there is also a couch and coffee table in there somewhere.  :)  Also Leo was up there keeping me company.  I think he was getting nervous with all of the moving stuff around.
 Carline, you asked about the quilt pattern of the quilt that was on my bed in the last post.  Your comment shows "no reply" so I can't reply back to you.  Here is the link to the pattern that I used.  It is a free pattern by Mary Quilts.  I did the color placement a little different on mine because I had to use the amount of fabrics that I had.

I guess that is all for now.  Hunter and I have to venture out to the grocery store this morning. you know how hard it is to grocery shop with a teenager that can eat his weight in food?  :(  I always end up spending a lot more.  :)  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cleaning the Sewing Room and Antique Flooring

 This was the state of my sewing room when I went to bed last night.  I am doing some deep cleaning before my dear friend gets here in 2 weeks.  I have stuff strung out everywhere.  Thank God for Hunter helping me today.  Hunter will finish taking this frame down for me tomorrow.  He is such a good young man. 
 Here are the totes that were under the frame.  We just moved them in front of the design wall but I will move them into the home gym until the new frame is set up.  Also you see that white trash bag on top of the totes?  :(  That bag makes me so sad.  It is full of men's shirts that belonged to our Assistant Pastor and dear family friend.  He and his family lived next door as I was kid.  He passed away a couple of months ago and his children asked me to make a memory quilt for his precious wife.  I haven't even opened the bag yet as it just breaks my heart.  Although I am sad, I am honored to do this quilt. 
 I promise, I do have clean areas of this room.  LOL!  Here is my sewing table...all neat and clean.  My cutting table is a different story.  :)  I will have it finished up tomorrow. 
 I also have the desk area clean.  :)  Not much but at least it's a good start....right? 
 Shamefully I have a huge pile of MY shirts to press.  I always seem to iron everyone's but mine.  I bet there are 25 shirts there that need pressed.  Anyone else do this?  Just let it pile up?  Most of these are button-ups. 
 Richard has been working the past few evenings trying to get the rest of the antique hardwood flooring down in the bedroom.  If you remember a few years ago we tore an old house down and got the flooring.  This flooring is well over 100 years old.  You will see that it is different colors but it's all the same wood.  We ran a few pieces through the wood planer but decided to just put it down and we will rent a floor sander soon. 
 So now a little tour of the master bedroom.  :)  Keep in mind we don't have any of the trim done or anything like that.  This antique dresser belonged to my grandmother and her mother before that. 
 This dresser was just given to us by a friend that was going to throw it away.  I cleaned it up and it stores my sweaters in it....49 sweaters if you are interested in how many.  LOL!  Oh and that is Richard's banjo between the dresser and the wall. 
 In this pic you can see what I was talking about the flooring being different colors.  :)  I finally put a new quilt on the bed too.  We will probably eventually get rid of the tv cabinet as we don't watch it.  I also have my lamp on this side sitting on an antique chair...I need to find a small antique table or nightstand for this side. 
 This is an antique wardrobe that Richard bought me for our 1st anniversary.  In the door section of it, I have several quilts stored.  If you look at the refection in the mirror of it you will see the treadmill.  :)  Sadly the home gym is full of other equipment so the treadmill is in the master bedroom.  Anyway....I'm glad to have the flooring down.  This is a pretty good sized room.  It's 20x20ft. 
 That's all for now...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Butterflies and Hexagons

First off, I want to thank everyone for your prayers and well wishes and also for welcoming me back to blogging.  I am trusting in the Lord and I know whatever his will is will be.  

Quilty are a couple of new blocks that I made a few nights ago.  I plan on redoing them both because I have too large of a gap between the top and bottom wings.   
 Here is a photo of my hexie blocks from a few weeks back.  It is slowly growing...
 Today I will be going to the allergy doctor with mom.  She has an appointment later today but before that...I will be cleaning in my sewing room.  Gotta make room for that new longarm.  Hehehe....I'm so excited.  We have to take the old one down and move it to the balcony to make room for the new one but I need to do a lot of cleaning beforehand.  I also know that there is a couch up there somewhere....hehehe...I have a bunch of stuff piled on it from my classes so I need to clean that off as well so that we will have a place to sit while the hubby's set the frame and machine up.  :)

A pic of Hunter mowing the grass for me....
 Also a quick little pic of my precious niece Addison.  She is now 13 months old.  This was taken last week when she went to school with me for Hunter's Award's Ceremony.
 That's all for today...Richard just left for work and the boys are sleeping.  Andrew has to get up in an hour or so for work too.  I will let Hunter sleep in for a bit since school is out for the summer.  Now....I will finish up my coffee and get my day started...

Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm back!!!!

Not sure if anyone is still reading my blog but if you are.....I'M BACK!!!   It's been almost 4 months since I have posted so I will just do a quick update with what has been going on.  

I've been dealing with a few health issues and spent a little time in the hospital and lots of doctor's all heart and diabetes related...mostly.  I also have a mass in my abdomen right under my left rib cage.  Lots of testing on that and still don't know what it is yet.  Enough of that....

Hunter had his 8th grade Social Dance/Prom.  
 He graduated last Friday from the 8th grade.  I love that both of my boys grew up in such a small school.  There were 19 kids graduating from the 8th grade with Hunter.  This Fall he is off to high school.  :( 
 Andrew is doing well.  He works all of the time...60-70 hours a week.  I'm proud of both of my boys. 
 An updated photo of me and Richard.  He had just gotten home from work. 
 In other news....the garden is planted.  We've had rain the past 22 out of 26 days.  :(   I'm hoping that my potatoes don't just rot in the ground.  

I have been sewing a little bit...just working on my hexies.  Nothing major on that.  I have been doing "one block a day"

Now I have some awesome and exciting news!!!!   I have a dear online quilting friend from South Dakota that is coming for a visit in a couple of weeks.  I am so excited to meet her and her family.  I will have to post lots of pics from our visit.  It's almost a 20 hour drive for them.  I think she is bringing some of her quilts too.  So there will be lots of quilty talk and sharing going on.  Over the next 2 weeks I will be trying to "whirlwind" and clean my house before they get here.  I am just giddy with excitement.  

Also I will be getting a "new to me" longarm!!!!  My other one has died.  LOL!  It's been over a year since I have been able to quilt anything.  I'm sitting here now with around 35 of my own quilt tops that need to be quilted.  So expect to see lots of pics from that.  This one is also a lot bigger than my other one.  My old one is a 13" Bailey and this one is a 30" Nolting...big difference.  

That's all for now...I'm going to try to start posting again regularly.  Blessings...Kristie