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!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Settling In


I hate being too busy.

But it happens sometimes.

I sat down at my machine the other day 
and decided to finish up these squares.

Not sure what the quilt will look like, but I will soon.



Yesterday, I did some math.
If I baste a quilt every Wednesday afternoon that I'm home this summer,
I will get them all basted.
This does not take into account any new ones I make this summer.


This one gave me some trouble.
It was just too big to do alone.
I miss my quilting buddy.


I have been creating a new place for quilt pictures.

I love Summer in Idaho. 

I am looking forward to some Idaho adventures this summer. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Treasures

I finished this quilt.

You will have to forgive me,
but
I'm feeling victorious right now.


I went to an estate sale yesterday.
I walked in the house and the entire living room was
full of tables stacked with fabric.
They were selling it by the pound.
It wasn't really selling.

I need to tell my family,
If anything ever happens to me,
Just give the fabric away...
or 
Throw it away.



I did buy these.
Who remembers when you could buy thread for 29 cents?  

Love them.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Just keep swimming

My oldest son had a roommate in college that kinda became part of the family.

One day, he said, 
When I get married, will you make us a quilt?

Of course I said yes.

So here I am two weeks before school ends
machine quilting a quilt top I had in my 
'to-do' pile.



It's all good, and I couldn't be happier for him.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ugly Fabric

I have had this fabric for years.
I'm talking about the beige with the butterflies.
It is sooo ugly,
but I really wanted to see if I could use in a quilt
and be done with it.




This is another thing I cut out before I made a plan.

All in all, 
It looks as good as it ever will.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Sweet

This little quilt made it.

There is nothing like seeing the baby with the quilt,

Well, except seeing the baby,
which I have.



Sunday, April 9, 2017

In the Mail!

I finished this little quilt and put it in the mail.


This picture is to demonstrate that we have passed the snowy stage
and life and color areccoming back to our area of the planet.



This quilt really is sweet.


I took my dear friend Dixie to the quilt show yesterday.
She is a joy to go with.
She may not think that all the quilts are beautiful,
but she can find beauty in most of them.



I finished a quilt top for my refugee quilt goal.
I am going to have a major sandwich day soon.



Sunday, April 2, 2017

That time of Year

As a teacher, my mind is going crazy this time of year.
Can this one read?
Can this one write?
Why does this Math never end?

My students are on my mind 24/7 this time of year.

But I really needed to take an hour and sew this week.


I started putting this together.  
I like it.
It just needs more time.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Progressing

I just started cutting,
and then sewing,

So I finally stopped and made plan.




I found this fabric.
If it doesn't make you happy, I don't know what will.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Goals

As I read about Syrian Refugees, 
my heart really suffers.
I do donate money every month,
but as I watch what is happening around the world,
I know I can do more.
I have cut out squares and strips.
I have a plan in my head,
Not sure about the rest,
but I also have a goal:
 6 quilts this year for someone who needs it.



I have also been working on this little sheep quilt.
I love it more everyday. 
I have found that Netflix makes quilting easier.


Happy Spring!!!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hand Quilting

I decided to hand quilt the lambs.

When I need to finish a quilt,
I let it talk to me.
Sometimes, I can see it machine quilted,
but not this time.

I was never going to finish it before the baby was born,
so I started hand quilting.

After all,
I let it speak to me,
and it begged to be hand quilted.



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sew-Day

Let me tell you, when I left work on Wednesday,
there was no snow.
In fact, we had finally got rid of all of it,
Except the huge piles of snow from plowing.
And those huge puddles, 
that come from melting snow, 
that kids love to walk through,
they were gone.

Before I went to bed that night, 
we had 6 inches of snow,
so a snow day was in order.
They called it snow event,
but frankly,
we were having a blizzard.
And not the good kind you get at Dairy Queen.

 I decided to take it as a gift,
I spent the day in my sewing room,
-away from the window-
and made 18 sheep blocks.

It was not that fun,
but they did turn out pretty cute.

I worked yesterday to put it together,
and I might just get this quilt done before the baby comes.




I love these sheep and I have another grand daughter coming latter this year.
I think I will do something with 12' blocks.


#nomoresnowdays


Sunday, February 19, 2017

So much to sew, so little time

I have the curtains that my mother made for brothers when they were little.
I have looked at them for a long time and finally decided that I should make 
each of my brothers  a little quilt out of them.

I went to visit my daughter this weekend and we started our shoe shopping with a visit to
I have no idea how that happens, but it always does.

I was not prepared, but I took a wild guess and bought theses fabrics to work with.
They will work great.
I will send my daughter over to buy more.


I went in to buy a back for the sheep quilt.
I also bought some more fabric for the sheep.


The shoe shopping was equally victorious.

I also went to Geraldine s funeral this week.
In every talk, they said something about canning.
It wasn't just me.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Geraldine's Endless Canning


I made a quilt that I named after my mom's aunt.

But when I made this one,
I thought of another one of her aunts.


Every time we went to her house, 
she was in one stage or another of canning.
The garden was huge,
The canning was a summer long adventure.
They had 13 kids and lived on a teachers salary.
She was amazing.  
She passed away this week.
Nothing to be sad about.
She lived 88 years and has 13 wonderful children.
I will miss her.

I have named my little quilt
Geraldine's Endless Canning
For the record, she was a quilter too.



I made the first of the blocks for Mrs. Pickles.
-my new grand daughter-

I have three planned including some very cute sheep blocks.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The first complete quilt of the new year!

I was so happy this week when I realized that I was going to finish this.

When I work on something this big,
I just assume it will never end.
So when I realized I was on the last row:

WOOT -- WOOT




I am taking a break from the hand quilting for a spell.
This one really hurt my thumb.
I had problems I've never had before;
The needle making a hole in my thumb nail and bleeding in the thumb.
It was probably the smaller needle I used.

At any rate, I have plenty of other projects to work on.