Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I need some help from those of you who are quilters.
My daughter has asked if I would be willing to make her a herringbone quilt. Here’s her inspiration:
DD is wanting to make it from a solid gray and a very soft white. It’s 5” HSTs, so piecing it and then quilting it shouldn’t be inordinately difficult. What I need help with is a good source for solids in a fairly wide array of colors … since I’ll be hand quilting it, I’m looking for cottons that will quilt up easily. Even if you could point me in the direction of a specific line of fabrics, I’d appreciate it.
Thanks ever so much, my friends!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Whatever this bug is, it sure is a strange one. I wake up in the morning feeling like I’ve been run over, I hit a spot in the afternoon where I’m feeling much better, and by dinnertime I once again start to feel like I’ve been run over. I haven’t taken my temperature, but I wonder if I’m running a bit of a fever as I have spells where I’m feeling way too warm … trust me, the only time that happens is if the temperature is about 95 degrees and the A/C isn't on! ha! Thankfully this bug isn’t keeping me from some time with my needle and thread … English paper piecing is fairly mindless, so working with my hexies doesn’t overtax my brain.
Yesterday I managed to finish up the MWFG block I started last week and complete another block. Hand quilting is slow, but it seems speedy when compared to EPP … but there’s something addicting about working with those little pieces of paper.Forgive the poor quality picture … I took that this morning when I was up waaaaay before the crack of dawn. I started a third, but when I sewed together two wrong hexies, ripped out the stitches and then proceeded to sew them back together, I knew that it was time to be done.
I took a break in my stitching yesterday … and spent some time reading some quilting blogs. Reading blogs always runs the risk of chasing a few rabbit trails … yesterday was no exception, but this time it led me to the discovery of a quilt shop in St. Louis that’s a mere 45 minutes away, as opposed to an hour away. Plus, this shop offers classes, a retreat, Friday night sew-ins and bus trips to Quilt Week in Paducah! 45 minutes is a bit of a trip, but it sounds like it might be worth the drive!
Another thing I’ve noticed with this bug is that it’s definitely affecting my sleep … I fall asleep easily enough … I just can’t seem to stay asleep. Friday morning I was up at 3:30, yesterday at 4:30 and today at 4:00. At least I was up in time to watch the gold medal hockey game.
I plan to take it easy again today … and spend some time in my recliner, slow stitching hexies. Hopefully I’ll have a couple more blocks under my belt by the end of the day. I’m linking up to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching … if you want to see what everyone else is up to, just click on the button.
Have a blessed Sunday!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
As I mentioned Thursday, we had severe thunderstorms move through the area. Any time we get unseasonably warm temperatures (like the 74 degrees we got Thursday), we know to expect bad weather. And we were not “disappointed” Thursday, although the storms weren’t the culprit this time … it was the strong winds that followed on the heels of the thunderstorms. Places in our area reported winds as high as 60+ mph. Needless to say there was plenty of damage caused by those winds. DD’s neighbor’s freestanding pergola was toppled, landing just inches from one of DD’s landscaping beds. On my drive home yesterday, I saw several trees that had been uprooted. And there was damage here in our neighborhood. One neighbor will need a new roof.
Another will need to have the ceiling fan on their deck repaired/replaced.
I feel that I need to clarify something else I mentioned on Thursday ... I wasn't complaining one little bit about my busyness keeping me from spending time doing what I wanted when I wanted. As much as I love working with needle and thread, it doesn't even begin to come close to bringing me as much joy as spending time with DD and my Ts!! So I gladly give up stitching time in order to have some T-time!
My weekend plans have certainly changed! I had planned to watch the USA men’s hockey team play Sunday morning … instead I’ll be watching them play today … for bronze instead of gold. It’s hard to believe that the Olympics are almost over … I’m already looking forward to the 2016 summer games … all the more because we have swimmers in the family now.
I’m sure that most of you have heard the saying “Sharing is caring” … I’m here to say maybe NOT! At least not when it’s an upper respiratory bug that’s being shared! Thankfully I don’t think I’ve got it quite as severely as DD and the Ts, but even a mild case is no fun. I’m going to take it easy this weekend in hopes that I can keep this just a mild case … and can be back to normal by Monday.
In spite of my puny state, I will be spending my weekend stitching … as much as I’d like to get back to work on my Storm at Sea, I think that basting my hexies is a better choice, given the URI-induced brain fog I’m in. I’ve got 13 Martha Washington’s Flower Garden blocks completed … I plan to set them in a tumbling block setting to make a lap-sized quilt … I have no idea how many blocks I need to do that … maybe next week, I’ll lay 3 blocks out on the floor to get a rough idea how big a block that creates and use it as a rough guide on how many blocks I will need.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I know that many locales lay claim to the saying that if you don't like the current weather, wait a little while and it'll change. It's certainly true here in southwestern Illinois ... we had freezing rain/ice on Monday and on Tuesday we had a high of 60. Today we're going to have more springlike weather ... warmer temperatures and severe thunderstorms (which have just moved in, bringing some small hail with). No worries, though, winter will be back in full force next week, with single-digit lows and some more snow.
Have a great day!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
There hasn't been much slow stitching this weekend ... at least not as much as I would like. I walked with my friend/neighbor yesterday morning, and I celebrated T#1's birthday yesterday evening. Today is his friend party, and he insisted that he wanted me to be there ... I realize that this may well be the last year that he is cool with having his Nana at a friend party, so I wouldn't pass on this for anything!
Friday, February 14, 2014
It’s been a busy week … at DD’s every morning to watch the Ts, staying late a couple of days to help with swim practice or just have some fun time together, a trip to my dad’s to help him with an insurance appointment. And it’s going to be just as busy for the next couple of weeks … T#1’s birthday party for the grandparents tomorrow and his friends birthday party on Sunday (he’s invited us to join … awww, I’m touched that he doesn’t think that he’s too old to have his Nana there … he’s 12 so I know it won’t be much longer ). So my plan is to take advantage of the snow day and get in some time with my needle and thread. Who knows when I’ll get another block of time to spend quilting with things so busy.
Speaking of quilting, I saw this and laughed out loud … I thought you quilters/sew-ers might find it amusing as well.
Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
It's Wednesday again ... which means that it's time for some Hodgepodge fun! What a fabulous and fun way to learn a little more about each other ... why not join in? Just click on the button above!
1.What makes love last?
2. The Beatles made their US debut fifty years ago this week. Are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite Beatles tune?
3. Valentine's Day-your thoughts? Do you celebrate in any way? Do anything special for the people you love? Expect anything special from the people who love you?
4. Steak or burger...you have to choose. Now that that's settled, how do you like it?
5. The Hodgepodge lands on the birthdate (February 12th) of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America. Lincoln is quoted as saying, 'Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test his character give him power.' Do you agree? Why or why not?
6. Honest Abe's image is featured on the US penny (1 cent coin) so I'm wondering...what do you do with your pennies (or your country's equivalent)? It's been suggested the US stop making the penny, and two bills have been introduced proposing just that, but neither were approved. What say you?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm looking forward to this afternoon's Olympic coverage ... US vs Canada in women's hockey. Gold medal preview??
Monday, February 10, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Another week has come and gone ... And it's time again for some Hodgepodge. Why not join in the fun? Just click the button above.
I hate to say "always" or "never", but I will say that the majority of the time (if not all the time) we alone are responsible for our actions/reactions.
2. Has anyone from your home town become famous?
No one who was born/grew up in the town where I grew up has become famous, that I know of anyway. However, there’s a small town 9 miles to the west (that small town's schools are a part of my hometown’s school district) where Gretchen Wilson was born and raised. When I married DD’s father, we moved to a large town about 45 minutes away from my hometown ... I lived there for 37+ years, so it feels more like my hometown than my original hometown does. Manny Jackson, owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, grew up in my adopted hometown.
3. January was National Slow Cooker month. Do you own a slow cooker/crock pot? Did you use it last month? What's a favorite dish you make using a slow cooker or crock pot?
Yes, I own a crock pot and will be using it later today to create Chicken Stroganoff.
4. How do you feel about private companies collecting data about you?
In my opinion, it’s an invasion of privacy, and I can think of no circumstances that would warrant it.
5. The Games of the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off with their opening ceremony this coming Friday....will you be watching? Which Winter Olympic event would you most like to see in person? Have you ever been to Russia? Any desire to go, Olympics or otherwise?
Unfortunately no. We’ll be in Hannibal, MO to watch T#1, T#2, and T#3 swim in the Tom and Becky Classic … another 3-day swim meet. There’s a quilt shop in downtown Hannibal … I think DH and I will leave early, visit the quilt shop, and do a little sightseeing.
6. Share a good or bad sports related memory from your childhood or teen years.
7. What's a must have song for you on a work out play list? If you don't work out, run, swim, bike, walk, or anything else that could be construed as 'exercise', then what's a song that movtivates you to at least get up off the couch?
I don’t have a specific song that I need to listen to while exercising … I set my playlist (praise and worship music) to shuffle and off I go.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
It turns out that January had to get in one last laugh … we had snow/freezing rain last night … but the good news is that February said no more of that! It warmed up around midnight and has been just plain rain. Hopefully February will continue to treat us well weather-wise.
Now that it’s February, it’s tax time. I’ve prepared our taxes, but we cannot file them … we’re *still* waiting on one last 1099. We got an informational report so I know how to report that, but until I see the 1099, I’m not comfortable filing our return just yet. So we wait.
As I mentioned yesterday, February brings spring training! I think we’re going to have to pass on a spring training trip again this year … March is a busy month for our swimmers. They have district competitions early March and state competitions mid-March. Choosing between watching our grands swim and watching a meaningless baseball game is a no-brainer. ha! But at least 16 of the games will be broadcast on TV, so we’ll get to see some games.
Maybe February will bring a finish for my Storm at Sea … if I can devote some nice big chunks of time to quilting, I just might get it done by the end of the month. Next up quilts for my 2 grandsons … I made quilts for their sisters last year, so I owe them quilts. One of the many reasons I love my grands is that they provide excuses to make quilts! ha!
And speaking of finishing my Storm at Sea, I think that’s exactly how I’m going to spend my weekend … so I can link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.
Have a wonderful weekend!