Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
So my Wednesday breakfast group told me that the place to go for the IBOL sewing tools was....Dollar Tree. I stopped there and found these little sewing kits for a dollar each. I know the scissors is crummy, but it has needles and 12 colors of thread, a couple of buttons, a needle threader and a plastic thimble. I also bought a package of 200 safety pins for a dollar and I'm adding 20 to each kit, as well as some of my straight pins.
So now I am just waiting for my bundle of 10 APO flat rate bhoxes to be delivered by USPS. The Post Offices around here were all OUT of them, so I ordered over the internet, and they are free.
A couple of years ago I thought I was going to use a lot of plaid flannel--and now it doesn't look like it is ever going to happen. So I can now "use" that fabric strategically in this "surge" of sewing materials to Iraq. Good deal all around!
Art LaFlamme for setting this up!
Lawn mower repaired, the grass is waving!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Today I turned the binding a new way, one demonstrated by Judy Liquidara. After sewing the binding on the front of your quilt, you turn it to the back using lots of pins and being sure that the fold MORE than covers the sewing line on the back.
Well, it worked PRETTY well, I had to re-do a few places. But now I have a better idea of just how far over the sewing line I have to turn it in the back. Should be easier the next time.
I think it is OK to send to my secret partner now. She lives in TX, and hasn't done much blogging for a while herself, so I don't know much about her.
Friday, August 21, 2009
My eye was rough and scratchy yesterday evening, and I was afraid to fall asleep because I might rub it (though they had not warned me against this). However, this morning my eye feels like normal--no pain, no irritation. Now three days of antibiotic drops, and that's all.
We celebrated my continued ability to see by going to the movie "Julie and Julia". Very enjoyable.
Eye is comfortable
Salmon and fresh green beans
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This is the current state of the mystery for me. I put all the largest blocks on the bottom to weighit down, or look like things are "settling". Now I think that they run together and don't hold their individual shape. Maybe I'll have to put in some more coping bars.
I showed this at our SpoolSpinners bee meeting tonight. And I also got seven of them to take flat rate postal boxes to send to the Iraqi Bundles of Love project [http://ibol.wordpress.com]. Everyone agreed that it is a very small box compared to their stash! Hope any readers will look into this project too.
I had a serious optical scare today, My opthalmologist sent me straight over to a retinologist because I had developed "wet" macular degeneration in my right eye. This expert said it was like I had had a heart attack, and there was no time to "consider" what treatment to take, just DO IT. This meant that he inserted a hypodermic needle into my eyeball and injected medicine into the back of my retina. And this will have to be done every four weeks for an indeterminate future to hopefully save my eyesight.
I was shocked and immensly aware of how precious my sight is.
Why am I not more attentive to the beauties before me?
Why should I spend any time looking at and working on frugal projects if they are ugly?
The time I still have to look at this beautiful world.
The calmness of a competent doctor and all his helpers
That I drove home safely
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Time for me to walk around the garden and check out what's going on.
Portulaca -- Moss rose
Rudbecia--Black eyed Susan
Flute, piano and guitar music in church
Storm with buckets of rain
Joe Pye getting ready to bloom
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I did manage to finish my last "Your Way Mystery" blocks today. And I managed to get a little more WHITE space into some of them.
I made two "on point" small blocks and one slightly tilted. Does this look intentional, or just poor workmanship?
I'll have to see if this looks right when I get them ALL laid out together. Our Bee meets this Thursday, and I think that will be the time to lay our blocks out.
Didn't run out of white fabric yet
Kept mostly cool on a hot day
"Survivor" party for Larry for supper
Friday, August 14, 2009
With the chaos surrounding our return from vacation (grandkids, camp, kitchen refurbishment) I forgot to show the kitchen improvements.
This center square is about the only hand applique I have ever done, and it was enough to convince that I never wanted to do it again. I put it into a Round Robin and got back this delightful wall quilt. Makes me think of 40's/50's kitchens. [The hanging place is on the wall behind the kitchen stools.]
Six packages of pesto in the freezer
Tigers won last night!
First local tomatoes with dinner.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Yes, I'm still making more. Not so very many, but they are taking longer than I remembered.
We all were to make 15 big blocks for a 3 x 5 setting. I have made five more for a 4 x 5 block set. Now I am in the process of making four more so I will have a 4 x 6 set. I want to make it large enough for a twin sized quilt.
And we celebrated Charlie's 65th birthday at a downtown restaurant last evening. Here he is with our DDIL Lynne.
Charlie says he is now participating in a large government health insurance program (Medicare), and so far, so good! Why not trust a new program as well?
Reaching 65 in good health!
Leftover birthday cake after exercise class
Another beautiful afternoon at the beach
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Despite all the activity with the grandkids, etc. I have been getting SOME craft work done.
Then up and over to BLFAC in the morning to pick up all the gear and attend the Final Concert for their session. The band and the orchestra shared the stage.
After the concert we drove the kids home to St. Louis, MO, arriving about 8:00 pm our time, nine hours together.
Friday, August 7, 2009
We enjoy the places where there are not very many people.
So you see,we have an extensive sand beach, in fact it extends for almost the whole length of the east side of Lake Michigan. If you can get to the waterline, then you have a puyblic right to walk within six feet of the water.
When you are tired of walking, you can play in the water, or simply sit and enjoy looking at and hearing the waves. [And there is no salt in the water!]
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I finished sewing the large blocks together yesterday.
This morning I made a trial run at laying them out on my bed.
To my eye the blocks run together. I think I need some more "space" between the Shoofly blocks, at least more space in a few areas. So I am thinking about some basckground sashing/coping bars, not all around the blocks, but maybe one in each row and in each column.
This also looks like a pretty small quilt to me. I always think "bed" when I think quilt. One more column would make it 48" X 60", which is a good size for a middle before borders.
Charlie and I are going over to Lake Michigan this afternoon, and this time I hope I can remember to take some photos! This is a part of retirement that I really like--able to take off on a nice day and go where we want to go.
The Church Pension Fund (Episcopal)
Sun in the garden
Planning for August birthday celebrations
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Some plates have the same combination of pieces. Here are two different ways of putting together one 9.5" block, three 3.5" blocks and two spacers of background fabric. The instructions, as usual, are to do this "your way". Or your choice about how to place them to make a 12.5" block.
I chose the Shoofly block in red with a black center. And they have gotten more "wonky" or wacky the further I go.
Breakfast with Cursillo friends
Love working with black, white and RED
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Once it was "finished" I measured it, and it was TOO large. Therefore I chopped off an inch from each side of the last border. And though I liked it bigger, I also like it this size.
I'm not real pleased with in in total. Maybe I will make another one with little batik blocks and see if I like that one better. There's time left, since these are not due until mid-September.