Sunday, August 6, 2017

Saturday Quilting

 I had some mighty big quilting plans for my Saturday.



But the first thing I did was cut my finger.
I had a hard time getting it to stop bleeding.


But I wrapped  it up
and went to work.



I made this quilt for my daughter.
I love this quilt, but it was falling apart.
As I was mending it, I realized that it needed more quilting.
So I added more quilting lines.


I have to say, that machine quilting is hard on my body, 
but I feel better today.


I dropped by the Farmers Market yesterday.
Sunflowers make me happy.




Sunday, July 30, 2017

Big Bag

The big bag is, well, big.



It is also ready for it's first visit back to school.




I have been looking at the cowboy fabric for over a year.
I really wanted to get something put together this summer.


It took some time, but I decided on this.
The 9 patch on point are easy
and I had just enough fabric from the the curtains
to make 2 of these.

I do worry that the old fabric is going to rip.
It is so fragile.  

I love to spend time in my sewing room on a hot summer afternoon.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Projects to Finish


I finished this little Thanksgiving Quilt.
I'm going to take it to my grandchildren in Canada in couple of weeks.


I have another one.
If I get it done this week,
I think I will enter it in the fair.


I found a cute bag pattern, while I was on my road trip.
The bag is huge.


I take a huge bag to work every day, so I purchased the pattern.

Here is my rant.

I often find patterns have poorly written directions.
And boy, did this one. 
From the cutting directions to the last page
I struggled to figure out what it was saying.

I should finish it up today.
And I already have stuff to put in it.

I found some great quilt backs for my scrap quilts this week at Connecting Threads.

I hope to get some sewing done, while I spend a week at home.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Here and There

We have been gone again, 

so I am trying to use my quilting time 
wisely.


I started machine quilting this one.
When it's done, I will start the other one.


This little quilt is for grand daughter #5.

I sandwiched it on Wednesday
and have been happily quilting it by hand.

I have some other projects planned for this summer.

I found the cutest bag that I want to get started on.

We shall see.

Happy Summer Day!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Road Trip

We have been gone.
Jumped in the car and headed it south.

We have grandchildren that live in North Carolina.

Sometimes we can not help ourselves and 
we get off the main roads.

We had done such a thing.

I had just started driving on a little divided highway in Missouri, 
when I saw a billboard. 

It appeared to be the next town.

My mind went into overload.

Could it be?

Well, sometimes you have a serendipitous experience
and without planning it, you end up in the beautiful 
Hamilton Missouri.

It was after 5 pm, so it was very quiet,
but what a fun adventure for me.












The next day, we got in the car and the first thing I saw was a billboard for:

The National Quilt Museum.

Are you kidding me?

Was I living right?

Of course we stopped.



It was amazing.
I learned something about me.

I am a quilter, 
but,
I really don't want to be 'just' a quilter.

I love being a teacher, mother and grandmother.

I want to be a more accurate quilter,
but I don't want to wake up every morning and
 have quilting be my
occupation.




That being said,
I loved the museum.
The quilts were lovely, and perfectly made.

We did have to make one more stop in Paducah.



This had to be the best road trip ever.

We did plan a little side trip on the way home.

We made a stop in at The Merc in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.


After the long wait to get in, we ordered lemonades.
They were huge!


Lunch was amazing.



I really doubt we will go back,
but it was a great stop.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week 2


Week 2 of my summer at home:

I just wondered if I could get more towels into a space if they were rolled.

The answer is YeS!


Wednesday I put a quilt together.
I have another that looks about the same.
They need to be finished for this Thanksgiving.





I made 20 little chicks.
Then I had to stitch 40 chicken legs.
It took some time.


Then I got them ready to put in a quilt top.



I really wanted to finish this quilt top,
but I had some other things to do.

I'm going out of town for a couple of weeks,
so it will have to wait.

Happy Summer!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Little Black Blocks


I found something to do with those blocks.
Lesson learned:
don't cut until you have a plan.



Now on to a new adventure.



Happy Monday!