Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Since all my posts seem to be hodgepodges of randomness, Joyce’s weekly Hodgepodge meme seems to be designed just for me … so I’ve “got” to join in, right?  ha!

1. What's on your September calendar? Anything fun? 
Oh my word … yes indeed!!!  We’ll be leaving for Hilton Head soon, and I can. not. wait.  After a stressful and exhausting summer, I definitely need some time away at my Happy Place.  DSCF7909I never get tired of seeing this.
2. You might be described as a natural born _____________________?
Gosh, I’m drawing a blank on this one.
3. September is National Courtesy Month...what one act of courtesy would you most like to see more of in your home, town, or the world at large? 
I don’t know that we normally think of patience as an act of courtesy, but my goodness, this world needs more patience.  Everyone is in such a stinking hurry.  Granted, there are times when being in such a hurry is justified, but the vast majority of the time, it’s just our own self-centeredness rearing its ugly head.
4. Eager beaver, chicken out, clam up, or let the cat out of the bag...of the phrases listed, which one have you related to most recently? 
Most recently?  I guess chicken out.  My husband and I discussed stopping to see Grandfather Mountain on our trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  He wanted to walk on the swinging bridge there … there’s not enough money in the world to get me to step foot on that bridge.  Surprised smile
5. What's your movie theatre snack protocol? Do you chow down on snacks during the previews or wait until the movie begins? Do you buy snacks or refuse to pay those kind of prices? What's the last movie you saw in a theatre? How many thumbs up would you give it?
Funny, during our walk Monday morning Lois and I were talking about the cost of snacks at the movie theaters.  I refuse to pay the kind of prices being charged for movie theater snacks, especially since the soda and the popcorn cost the theater only cents to provide.  In fact, the exorbitant costs of tickets and snacks has caused us to, for the most part, give up seeing movies in a movie theater.  The last movie I saw in a theater was The Minion Movie. The Minion MovieI’d give it two thumbs up.  It had enough humor for adults, and I loved the soundtrack! 
6. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, "Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind." Agree or disagree? Why?
I’d have to agree, I suppose.  William F. Buckley wrote “industry is the enemy of melancholy”.  While I don’t know if there’s any scientific data to back that up, I suspect that most of those who are busy doing something (anything) are more satisfied (and happier?) than those who choose not to keep busy/work.  The mind is a powerful thing, and if one chooses to daydream instead work, all those hopes and dreams are going to remain subjects of daydreaming instead of reality … which surely will produce a sense of dissatisfaction and longing.  That dissatisfaction may well filter into every aspect of one’s mind and create misery …a warping of the mind, if you will. 
7. What's the last job you completed or task you performed where you had to 'work like a dog' until it was finished?
Clearing out the rooms when we had new carpeting installed in May.  They did two rooms the first day and did the last two rooms the second day.  It was onerous enough getting those first two rooms cleared, but by the time they left that first day, we had only a couple of hours to get everything back into the first two rooms, so we can clear the last two rooms … we had nowhere else to put everything until we’d put back everything into the first two rooms.  Ugh!  Hard, hard work … but it was worth it.
8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
Monday I’d planned to sew the September block of the month for my Facebook hand quilting group, but that plan got sidetracked when I got a text from DD asking if I wanted to spend the day with them.  Well, duh!  ha!  Since they’re leaving town Thursday or Friday and since we’ll be gone until the last of the month, this was going to be my last opportunity to spend some time with 5 of my favorite people … and I wasn’t going to pass it up.  That block waited until Tuesday (I won’t be able to show it to you until after the 25th – Reveal Day is the last Friday of the month) … but I can give you a peek of in while in progress.    IMG_0004
I didn’t have an easy a time with my block of the month as I should have (it shouldn’t have been all that difficult ), so I was happy to get back to my hexies.  I finished stitching connectors to my Martha Washington’s Flower Garden block and started on a second block. 
I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Weekend Wrap-up



Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Weekend Wrap-up – since early April, to be exact.  I guess you could say that it’s long overdue?  Ha!


Since the weekends start on Friday mornings here at Chez Nana, the weekend got off to a busy, busy start.  I took DD and the Ts out for some back-to-school shopping.  First though, I had to haul the tubs of clothes we’re storing in our basement so DD could go through and find anything that would fit T#3 and T#4.  Face it, when living on a single income with 4 kiddos, hand-me-downs are a fact of life.  Thankfully there were a lot of pieces that would work for the 2 littles … too often the sizes and seasons don’t seem to coincide.  It took us a total of 5 hours to shop (with an hour’s break for lunch) … and even then we didn’t find everything we were looking for.  T#1 is getting increasingly difficult to shop for … do you know how difficult it is to find jeans with a 26” waist and 32” inseam?  And on a budget no less?  We then headed back to DD’s for dinner followed by a “Minecraft Party” (the Ts’ reward for enduring all that shopping – ha!).  It was a long, exhausting day … but I loved every minute of it. 


Thankfully I was able to rest up on Saturday … with my needle and thread.  I had hoped to be able to get out my border hoop and get started on the outermost quilting, but I didn’t quite make it.  But I did get some of my connector hexies attached to one of my Martha Washington’s Flower Garden blocks.  IMG_0001I’m not done basting my connector hexies, but I was anxious to get a few connected. 


We spent all day yesterday with DD … her former step mom’s celebration of life service was yesterday, and I think DD appreciated our being there … our jobs were to support her and to help entertain the Ts. 



There’s nothing much on my schedule for today, so I think I’ll spend it in the sewing room.  My Facebook hand quilting group’s Block of the Month for September was  chosen yesterday, and I’m thankful that it was announced early as we will be gone most of September.  I know that if I don’t get it done before we leave, it won’t get done in time for Reveal Day.  It looks to be a fairly easy block, so I should have time for some hand work. 


Speaking of leaving, DH is chomping at the bit to leave early.  We’ve talked a lot over the last 6 years about returning to Charleston, but we just haven’t made it happen.  If we can find inexpensive lodging, we could leave Tuesday instead of Thursday and have a couple of days in Charleston.  We’re not even expecting to stay in Charleston itself; when we visited Charleston 6 years ago, we stayed in Mt. Pleasant, a small little town just across the river from Charleston … it took only 6-8 minutes to drive from our hotel to the historic district.  But even lodging there has gotten pretty pricey … so we may stick to our original plans or find somewhere else that we’d like to visit between here and Hilton Head. 



I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday’s Frivolities

Last week, I decided to participate in my first ever Friday Night Sew In … and guess what?  I won the August prize!  Look!
(Picture courtesy of
Isn’t that the sweetest thing? 

I’m happy to report that 3 raccoons have been “relocated”.  Let’s hope they don’t find their way back to our neighborhood.  3 raccoons (traveling in a pack) had been sighted by neighbors, so we’re hoping that our neighborhood is now raccoon-free, but we’ve set out another trap, just in case.  

I don’t have a whole lot left to do on my Kiss quilt … I have about two hoops’ worth of quilting before I can get out my border hoop and finish up the outer 4” all around the quilt.  There really is light at the end of the tunnel.  Maybe I can get the quilting done before we leave for Hilton Head after all? 

Maybe  if I pick the quilt back up and put in some more stitches after dinner, I can … but for some reason, by the time we sit down to watch the game in the evening, I’m done with quilting for the day and ready to work on my hexies, especially when the weather has been so absolutely delightful … who wouldn’t rather sit out on the deck and stitch hexies?

Speaking of weather, it looks like summer is on her way back.  We’ll be back into the 90s this weekend.  Oh well, the respite from the heat and humidity was nice while it lasted. 

Today looks to be a busy day … I’m taking the Ts (and DD) out for some back-to-school shopping.  Red heart

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday's Trifles

What a wonderfully productive weekend it was here at Chez Nana. I was able to make some good progress on my Kiss quilt ... I'm just about ready to turn the corner to the fourth and final side.  Of course, I must remind you all that the end isn't quite in sight yet as I'm stitching all the way to within 2" of the edges of the quilt ... when I finish the fourth side, I'll get out my border hoop and then I can finish up this quilt.  There were times when I had 4 needles going at the same time.
Too bad I don't have 2-3 more pairs of hands ... I could really go to town on my quilting. Ha!  

I was also able to get some more hexies basted ... I still have quite a ways to go on them, but I'll have plenty of time to work on my hexies on our upcoming trip. 

Speaking of our upcoming trip, we're on the countdown - 16 days and counting. So far, the long range forecasts for Hilton Head are showing lower than normal temperatures and increased chances for rain, we really don't care. DH always says that a rainy day at the beach is still better than a nice day at home. Ha!  And seriously, after the summer we've had, it'll be nice to just get away to our Happy Place. 

The rain we had on Saturday brought in a cool front ... the daily highs have been in the 70s and will continue to be in that range for several more days. It was in the mid 50s this morning when Lois and I set out on our walk. It feels like fall, so it seemed only fitting that I make a big pot of soup yesterday afternoon. 
(Forgive the glare from the vent hood lights.)

DH and our neighbor John (Lois' husband) had been chatting about trapping and relocating those pesky raccoons who lounged on our deck a week or so ago and leveled our green beans.  Their discussion morphed into determination after we discovered evidence of a major raccoon party on our deck.  There were a LOT of muddy little paw prints all over our deck and up and down the steps to the deck.  DH had forgotten to put the grill cover back on the grill Friday evening ... there was enough contrast to really see the evidence they left behind.
After we saw that Saturday morning, DH drove straightaway to Rural King and purchased a raccoon trap.  I'm not convinced that they'll be successful in their efforts ... the bait had been taken, the trap had been triggered but there was no raccoon in the trap.  <sigh>   We'll see if they can outsmart those raccoons. I'm not holding my breath. Ha!

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that will bring you joy!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Welcome to the Weekend

And not a moment too soon, eh?  We got our weekend started (in my little world, the weekend starts Friday morning!) with a trip out to spend the day with my Dad.  At 92, he’s getting frail, getting out is becoming more of a task for him so I like to get out to spend some time with him regularly. 

On the way out to my Dad’s, I reminded DH that in 3 weeks from right then, we’d be in the car as well ... on our way to Hilton Head.  I surprised him as he had been convinced that we were 4 weeks out … it definitely was a pleasant surprise. 

My guild’s Projects Chair has issued a challenge … we are to submit to her a list of quilting goals that we’d like to accomplish by the July 2016 meeting … at least 5 projects we’d like to finish over the next year (she’s leaving the definition of “finish” up to each of us … it could be just a flimsie, or it could be a quilted and bound quilt.  Hmmm … now to decide what 5 projects I’d like to finish).  I would like to think I could get my Martha Washington’s Flower Garden to at least the flimsie stage … and my EPPd Bow Tie quilt, too?  Of course, I should be able to have my Kiss quilt finished, quilted and bound, long before then.  I have a tumbler quilt next up on my list of quilts to make … I don’t know why it couldn’t have it pieced, quilted and bound in the next 10-11 months.  That’s 4 projects … I need at least one more.  Right now, I’m thinking of making a Kaleidoscope quilt after the tumbler quilt, and I’ll need to start another EPP project (for our travels and for swim meets, etc.) … I’ve got the papers to make an EPP sampler, so I guess that’ll be #5.  I’ve added my list to my sidebar, to keep me focused … and maybe so you all can help keep me on track.  Winking smile

We got back home from my Dad’s by 5:00, which meant that I had plenty of time for a night of sewing … especially since the ballgame didn’t start until after 9:00, perfect for a Friday Night Sew In (FNSI).  It was quite delightful outside so I grabbed my EPP case and set up shop out on the deck. Ahhhhh … bliss!  I finished up the last block for my Martha Washington’s Flower Garden; I last worked on this block over a month ago, and since I’ve been slowly but surely making some progress on basting the connector hexies, I was determined to get this block finished.  I had a few seams to stitch on the outer ring as well as the two end hexies to add.  Here’s what the last block looked like on my way out to the deck:IMG_1984
Here’s the finished block out on the deck: IMG_1985I still have to make the partial blocks for the outer edges (to square it up), but I want to get the full blocks finished, surrounded by the connector blocks before I start on the partial blocks. 

And speaking of the connector blocks, I got right to work on basting them after I finished the piecing on my final full block.  By the time I called it a night, I had over 50 hexies to add to my bag of basted hexies.  I’d hoped to get more done, but it was well past my usual bedtime and our Cardinals weren’t making it a game worth staying up for … IMG_1988I need to count them all again, just to see where I stand.  I need over 600 hexies for my connectors, and at last count, I’d basted 145 … I’m guessing I’m over 200 already – a third of the way there.  Looks like I’ll be able to start piecing these connectors while we’re in Hilton Head.

Today my plan is to do more quilting on my Kiss quilt.  But it’s going to be another gorgeous day … I might not be able to resist the urge to spend more time out on the deck.  If that’s the case, I’ve got a few more hundred hexies I could be working on.  Winking smile

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday’s Frivolity

Wow, I was blown away at how easy it was to “rehome” some no-longer-needed fabrics.  The fabric has been boxed up and shipped out. I've got some supplies and notions, as well as a kit or two, that I may "rehome" after we get back from Hilton Head.

You all may remember the fat quarter sale I posted.  My fat quarter bundle arrived yesterday … just 3 days from order to delivery … now that is service!  I will definitely add them to my list of online shops to frequent.  I’m glad to see they included some green in the bundle, since my stash is low on greens.IMG_1981And look what was included with my fabric! IMG_1982I love how they want to follow up on our orders … and that pin!  Thumbs up  I’ll definitely check them out when I’m shopping online for fabric.

Our garden has not done well this summer, between too much rain this spring, too many stink bugs in our green beans … now this!  IMG_3970Talk about adding insult to injury.  We’re not sure what has literally mowed down over half our green bean plants … we’re wondering if it might be the raccoon that the neighbor’s seen and that we suspect has already paid us a call.  Sad smile

I’ve been productive this week … each morning, I tackle one or two housekeeping chores.  Wednesday it was the stash reorganization, and yesterday it was cleaning the hardwood floors and dusting.  Much better than trying to tackle it all in one day … and it leaves plenty of time for needle and thread.  I won’t be productive today as we’ll be heading out for a visit with my dad. 

Thankfully the temperatures are back up a little from Wednesday when a cold front moved through… it was downright chilly when we went out to check the garden after dinner Wednesday evening.  Brrrr  I’m not ready for it to get that chilly … cooler yes.  But I know what follows … and I’m never, ever ready for the cold of winter. 

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that will bring some joy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For Sale

UPDATED: all fabric has been claimed

I decided to get back into my sewing room and finish up the reorganization.  I always like to come home from a trip to a nice, tidy house.  This house was never going to be nice or tidy with that sewing room in disarray.  So … time to tackle it.

As I went through my fabrics, I came across fabrics that I won’t use … some are good-sized pieces leftover from an old project and some are fabrics that I’ve purchased but have fallen out of love with.  I don’t know anyone locally well enough to offer to them.  I could offer them at my quilt guild, but we will be in Hilton Head so I’ll miss the September meeting.  I’d prefer to clean out this fabric sooner rather than later, so I’m going to offer it up here.  If there’s anything left, I’ll take it to the October meeting. 

I’m going to offer these fabrics on a first-come/first-served basis.  I just want to find a new home for these fabrics so all I’m asking is the price of postage to mail it out.  I will do my very best to find the most economical method of shipping, and I’ll be happy to provide a receipt to confirm the amount I’m requesting.  I’ll accept checks or PayPal payments.  I will ship out of the US.

Some of the fabrics might be up to 10-12 years old … I have no way of knowing when or where I bought any of these.  I’m providing manufacturer/line/pattern number when I have it; in those cases, I’ll try to include an online picture because it’s very overcast here today, and I fear that the colors may not come through accurately.  If anyone has any questions about the fabrics, I’ll do my best to answer. 

Ok, let’s get to the fabrics.  First up is an ivory floral/viney tone on tone fat quarter.  Unfortunately this one doesn’t have any information on the selvage. IMG_1959

I have a 42"x48" piece of a white tone on tone in a bubble design.  It’s from P&B Textiles. IMG_1964Unfortunately tones on tone don’t always photograph well, and this one was especially bad.  I found, on an older blog post, a photo taken under better lighting conditions … I used this fabric in my WIP Storm at Sea.

I have 2 pieces of a natural muslin, 1 piece is just a couple inches shy of 3 yards and the other is 1 yard. IMG_1965

I have a little over 5 yards of a natural linen-weave look fabric.  IMG_1966-001

I have two Fat Quarters from the same Windham line; while I took the picture of them together, I’m selling them individually or in the pair. IMG_1967
IMG_1970 One is a rose and the other is a red.  There seems to be enough information provided on the selvage for me to believe that these are from the Rebecca by Mary Koval line.  Here’s an online picture of the rose fabric.And here is an online source for the red.

I have 3 fat quarters from Windham; one has the manufacturer’s information on it.  Again, I’ll sell them separately or together.  IMG_1968
IMG_1969Here’s picture from an online source with more accurate color.

I have 1/2 yard of a chartreusey yellow with brown.  Unfortunately there’s not enough selvage information for me to get an online picture.  IMG_1971

I’m offering 1/2 yard of this blue floral.  IMG_1972

I have 4 yards of Moda’s Dogwood Trail commemorating the 20th anniversary of the National Quilt Museum.  IMG_1974

I have 3 yards of Kansas Troubles Wildflower Serenade II #9253.  Unfortunately the flash on my camera washed out the color.  It’s more of a rich almost burgundy color.  IMG_1975Here’s the best I can do as far as an online picture is concerned; I would say that it’s the last swatch in the 4th row down.  That is a more accurate color than my photograph.

I have 2 pieces of Sandy Gervais’ Tranquility – 1 piece that’s 2-2/3 yards and another 2 yard piece.  Again, my flash washed out the color a little ... in real life, it's more of a brick red/rust color, not orange.  I couldn't find a picture online; I found some other pieces from that line, but no brick/rust in this pattern.  Perhaps you will have better luck?IMG_1977

And I have one last piece of fabric that’s 24”x22”.  IMG_1978It’s not a big piece but might be perfect for your next scrappy quilt?

I have a lot of notions/tools that I no longer need/use and perhaps I’ll have another sale when we get back from Hilton Head.

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that will bring some joy!