Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
You know it's a hard decision to decide what to work on when you have so many WIP's . I would like to stop "starting" new projects, but I think it comes with the creative gene so medically, I am unable to stop "starting". What a relief. I wonder if there is a pill. Seems to me there are pills for everything according to the medical world... another story, won't go there!
So knowing that, I intend on going into my sewing room and standing aimlesslyy for about an hour while I pretend to tidy up when really, I am trying to figure out what I am going to continue to do today or what I might start. What ever it is, it will be bright and cheery, because the weather is not! Imagine stopping in the middle of spring to have winter again (as per my 4 year old granddaughter, who will be a philosopher I am sure!) Its cold out there and I need to go put socks on!
I am almost at day 20 and it is getting harder and harder to find the perfect tool to talk about. Don't get me wrong, I have a ton of gadgets left, just not all of them are my favorites. And through out this, I have been looking at many new products and well let's just say my allowance is dwindling. I haven't found anything new that has knocked my socks off yet, but I did get something very interesting in the mail this week and I am dieing to try it. It's called the "Sew'nSharp" needle sharpening pad. The ad said "just sew through the pad to sharpen the needle" so I had to have it! If I get a chance to use it before the 30 days are up I will be sure to mention it! you can get more info @ http://www.usasharpeners.com/ (and yes, I ordered the rotary cutter blade sharpener too, just to try it out).
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I took a pile of stuff to Nifty's last night... some new toys, some old books and some more circle things, but the best part of our meeting was the introduction. Every month everyone introduces themselves and there is always a little something you have to say... this month it was to tell about a new technique you had learnt or were going to try or had tried in the recent past. Amazing to see what variety there is in a group of 20 women and for almost everyone, we learnt about a lot of new techniques last night. That was very fun. I am sure a lot of the group will be busy at their machines today, trying out some of the fun things we heard about last night. The picture is a Nifty's group shot taken at one of our retreats.
The best part about these instructions are that they are all on the scale itself so you don't have to try and remember which number to place where or how to read it. (Mind you, you may need a magnifying glass to read the fine print...)
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
And today I am going to try Superior Threads' Texture Magic. I bought it a year ago at our Guilds' Quilt Show and haven't tried it yet. Anita Zobins from Cotton Mill Threadworks has a great tutorial on her website, check it out!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I did however get my floor washed. I have a room that is about 10 by 26' that is all linoleum and it has had many licks and promises, but yesterday I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed! I realized in the first few minutes that many licks and promises is OK, for somethings, but not an off white linoleum floor with bumpy parts... go figure! Even my husband saw right away that I had scrubbed it! Now that was amazing. Now, I am a little embarrassed about this, but honestly, a wet mop twice a week, and it looked clean and besides, who has time to clean when there is sewing to be done. At any rate I was so exhausted after I cleaned the floor I had to sit down and eat chocolate and enjoy that clean floor. What else could I do?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We have a lovely old fashioned "sit and swing" in our back yard and my granddaughter is finally old enough to reach the floor with her feet so she swung me for a few minutes yesterday. It was peaceful just sitting and swinging and reminded me of my love for the old fashioned. I contemplated getting busy and making another Dresden plate quilt and I think I will, I just need to find some nice old fashioned prints to make it with. Then I will be able to take it out and hang it on the swing for those days when I just feel like contemplating!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
In a very few moments I will be packing to sew today so hopefully tomorrow you will get an update. I will pack my camera!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
My favorite picture of my
granddaughter, Ella... You can't hear her but she is
saying... Help! Help! Help... too
Today I am back at those pesky Nutcrackers, although I may run out to a couple of quilt stores instead... we will see! (Procrastination... next to talking it is my most favorite thing to do!)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
See I told you... speechless!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
NO sewing time yesterday, but I did make a great discovery at Staples. More Elmer's Glue!!!! they have a great little pen that I bought and then rushed home to try and it is fantastic. It has a little thin tip (not thin enough for applique, but great for times when you just need a single dot in a specific place) and a brush tip for those other crafts... any way its not on my list of favorites YET, but I might consider it after more testing.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Bernina 820 (did I tell you I just got one of those... tee hee). I got 12 leaves ready for a new applique quilt I am doing, but I think there are about 300 leaves in the quilt so, I am not excited about that yet. And the Blue Jays beat Texas last night and that got about 25 LITTLE grandmothers flower garden pieces made. (I think the template is 1/2", maybe smaller). I was excited about that... (the Blue Jays not the flower garden... million more of those little babies to make!)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Last night I went to bingo with my Darling Daughter who is 5 months pregnant with my 8th grandchild and a dear quilting buddy... we had a blast but I had to buy fabric on sale (15 yards)before hand to justify the throwing away of the money I took to Bingo... didn't win, but I had a great evening!
Today I get to go to Staples... more fun sewing stuff!!!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Today I planned to spend the whole day in my sewing room, only its the season opener for the Blue Jays and so I will be hand sewing this afternoon. I am working on another mini. The last one I made I gave away so this one will be for me. This quilt was approx 8 by 10... it was adorable. I have all my flowers made, now just adding some grass. I usually get a ton of the flowers done during baseball season so i expect this little quilt will be done in the near future now that baseball is back.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Easter this year will be especially nice for me as I have re-acquainted myself with the son I had 40 years ago that I put up for adoption. He and his 3 children will be here to add to the excitement.
Here's a picture of a quilt top I finished this week. Really wanted to get it quilted but that didn't happen... Oh well soon... the 2 pillowcases I made on Thursday in my Sun room. First project on my new 820! (just a simple thing that rarely saw a seam ripper.. no points to match... LOL
Friday, April 2, 2010
I found my blog spot a while back but today I deleted my earlier post... it was so depressing so here I go again... Lets hope in a year I don't look back and depress myself with this one... LOL
I haven't blogged for months and I love the idea, now I just need to challenge myself to do it. I have been enjoying a lot of other peoples blogs so I've been thinking it was time I really got serious about this.... Then today...
I was awake at 5 am this morning and I watched Julia and Julie... what a great movie. I really felt like I could relate to Julie and loved her idea of her blog and thought I could do the same type of thing... so I am setting a deadline... 1 month today (small baby steps)
Yesterday I sewed 9 pillowcases, on my serger, which I rarely use but seriously... 9 pillowcases in one afternoon... how fun was that. They will make Great Easter presents or I might send some of them to Nifty's to add to our Pillowcase challenge. But, the best part of sewing yesterday was setting up the serger in my sun room and sewing in there... I think I got a sunburn on my back while I was sewing...
Today, right after I finish vacuuming, I am going to make some little Easter baskets... maybe