Monday, August 12, 2013

The Weekend Wrap-Up

Another weekend has come and gone … my, but time is certainly flying by this year!  It was such a wonderful weekend here at Chez Nana.

I spent most of Saturday at DD’s … it was delightful to just spend some time with DD and the Ts.  We didn’t do anything special … just a nice day spent together.  I did rediscover my love for white cheddar … it started a few years back when we visited the Tillamook cheese factory when we were in Oregon … the sample I chose after the tour was white cheddar … mmmmmm.  We had lunch at McDonald’s Saturday, and I ordered their grilled onion cheddar burger ….  when I got home, I added white cheddar to the grocery list!  Winking smile

I did manage to get in a little sewing before and after heading up to DD’s … with the end in sight, I’m on a mission to get all the pieces sewn so I can start constructing the blocks … so I can start constructing the quilt top … so I can start quilting!  So Sunday after church was spent in the sewing room.  If my count is accurate, I’m in the middle of stitching up the segments for my 78th block.  I was really thinking that I was going to get the 80th block segments done, but mid afternoon I ran out of foundation papers and had to find the new package I bought.  Then I spent way too long trying to get our printer to print … after finally rebooting the printer (why didn’t I think of that first??), I finally got it to print.   And speaking of foundation papers, who knew that there was so much difference in quality.  I definitely won’t be reordering the brand that I opened yesterday … the paper is not really any thinner than standard printer paper (or at least not enough thinner to justify the cost), and it curls like crazy when pressing.  The papers I had been using were newsprint, and they just worked up better/easier … and I suspect that they’ll tear away easier.  I found newsprint online … read the reviews that many quilters used it satisfactorily for paper piecing … I ordered 500 sheets for half the price of 100 sheets of papers sold as foundation papers! 

And speaking of ordering, I wanted to sign up for another quilting class … Diamond Log Cabin. 

But I’m not sure I would be able to make it to class in time (DD works that morning … I’d have just enough time to get there is she got home on time and if I encountered little/no traffic).  I decided to Google “diamond log cabin” and found the very same pattern that will be used in the class.  Since it’s paper pieced, I’m sure that I won’t have any problem working it up on my own.  Goodness … my list of quilts to make seems to be growing! 

While in the sewing room I took a picture of what I accomplished at the class I took Thursday night (disregard that little ripple in the "block" ... it really does lay flat).  I thought I was going to have a completed block to show as well, but as I was pressing it at the end of class, I noticed that I had the wrong side of the center piece showing.  By the time I ripped it out, class was over.  I certainly plan to get back to it and complete at least a wall quilt … but it will have to wait until after I get my machine back from servicing – after I finish the storm at sea … and after I make quilts for T#1 and T#3, for DD, her sister-in-law, and the quilts from the fabric I purchased at Hancock’s on our way to Florida in May … and whatever else catches my eye between now and then!  ha!
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I also finished up the book I was reading … from a few references made by the author, I gather that this is not their first book about their story … and a Google search confirmed that … this was a shorter book, telling their story, timed to coincide with the release of the movie.  Still, this book doesn’t assume that the reader has read the original book.  All in all, it was a good read.  I’m now reading book 1 in the Quilts of Love series Beyond the Storm.  I’m just getting started, and so far it’s ok … some nice light reading, a perfect beach book (too bad we’re still 5 weeks from the beach ha!). 

Have a marvelous Monday!


  1. A busy and productive weekend! That circular block looks like it'll be a Double Wedding Ring quilt - very pretty!

  2. Busy lady you are! I used to have a saying "hands to work, Hearts to God" when I taught preschool. I love the squares. The book sounds interesting. Let me know if you find the book I reviewed-if not I can send it to you after another friend gets it back to me. I know you are counting down the days til H.H.
    Have a great day!
    Hugs, Noreen

  3. Good morning! I have a feeling that if we ever got together and talked we'd spend sooo much of our time discussing what we are creating, and what we have in mind still, we'd be busy for hours! haha wish we could...I love the new square! sooo pretty! And I am almost as anxious as you are for the completing of the blocks and the putting together of the storm at sea quilt...Enjoy your day!

  4. I was wondering what you were going to do with all of your quilts, but I see you have a waiting list :)

    Five weeks until beach time! It will be here before you know it--and the weather should be just about perfect :)

  5. Sounds like a busy, fun weekend! When it comes to cheese, I love it all! White cheddar is good! You are making great progress on your Storm at Sea - can't believe how much you have done! The Diamond Log Cabin looks like a great pattern and love how your double wedding ring will look - I've turned pieces upside down more than once! Glad you found it now. Maybe if you read good beach books, the beach will seem closer! lol ~Jeanne

  6. Couldn't you TEACH the quilting class? :)

  7. Oh to only be 5 weeks from the beach. We're 12 weeks away.

    Sounds like a great day with the TT's and glad you got some quilting done.

  8. I haven't been to McDonald's in forever but that burger sounds really yummy! Sounds like a perfect day with DD and the T's.

  9. You have really moved right along with your SAS quilt! I can't wait to see it all together :*) I have that Diamond Log Cabin pattern - have had it for quite a few years now LOL!!! I actually have quite a few of the Little Bits patterns. One of these days I'm going to pull out that set of patterns and just start playing to my heart's content! Love the way your DWR fabrics are working - gorgeous!!!

  10. Whew! All that quilting makes me tired! ha. I know how it is, though, so many different quilts to make out there!

  11. You do such lovely quilts. I didn't know you had another trip planned. How nice. How is your patio?
    What a nice way to spend time with your daughter.
    Have a lovely Tuesday.

  12. You really got a LOT done! Good work! I can hardly wait to see your Storm quilt.


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