Saturday, March 9, 2013

BARD library books

Right now, before leaving for Florida, I am learning how to get books from the BARD program of the federal government.  I have a device like a tape recorder that plays books they can send me for free through the mail in the blue plastic boxes. Each box opens and has what looks like a cassette tape in it, but is really a  memory chip, I think. I push it in the front of the machine, and it reads to me.  
Or I can download books from the internet through a flash drive which I then plug in on the side. The flash drive will hold up to 20 books in 2 gig they say..

I signed up for this service last summer but didn't really need to use it at that point.  Now I'm doing the internet version of book transfer so that I will have lots of "reading" available while we are away from home for three weeks.

I have a biography of Benjamin Franklin, the history [not novel] about Mrs. Lincoln and her dressmaker, several romances, and the latest edition of Sports Illustrated.  This was a fun discovery because I have had to stop reading magazines; their print is too small!

I also bought a magnifying glass with a light that is enabling me to look up a number in the phone book or enough of the mail so I know if it is addressed to me or Charlie..

And as you see, I have enlarged the font size on the blog post.

So..... I'm finding ways to adjust.

Now I am going to see if I can start knitting a pair of TUBE socks, which would avoid the tricky heel section, during which I would always have to carefully watch my tiny printed directions.  Maybe with larger needles and yarn I can keep knitting!  I'll see.



Association for the Blind and Visually impaired
Charlie's calm help
Cortisone injection in right knee for trip 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Quilting progress, maybe the last

Dianne was here in the afternoon to finish sewing down the binding on this quilt for Jose' on my machine, where the trouble had started.  She got all my mistakes corrected and completed the other two and a half sides.  What a friend!

It was washed and dried just before they arrived for supper.  I was so involved and concentrated on expressing my thoughts in handing it over to him that I forgot all about taking photos.  I hope to get one of Jose' with the quilt another day.

By the time we were playing a game of "Ninety-Nine"
after eating, he loosened up, making little jokes, and we can see that he will be fun to have around.  And he understands a lot more English than he can express.

Now the Stash Report:

I turned three neonatal quilts over to fellow quilting bee members for them to bind and then turn in next month.

First, the Thousand Pyramids.
Second, the Many Trips. Around the World (with a map of the U,S, on the back).

Third, the Ragged Bulls' Eyes.

So I'm counting the fronts and backs of those three quilts as yardage I used out of my stash.

And I am also counting the fabric in the front, back, and binding of the "Carnival" jellyroll race quilt I finished and am keeping for myself.

Those all added up to over 16 yards out of stash since the last report.  So this week the total used for the year is  42.5 yards, and the total purchased stays at  14.25 yards, so

Hoo-ray, hoo-rah!
With my actual sewing and quilting being curtailed, the next move is going to be removing fabric by donation.  That will not start until we return from Florida at the beginning of April, but will be good news for Margaret's Hope Chest.



All the fabric I have fondled and enjoyed
Still one treatment for WMD that we haven't tried
So many friends willing to help me out 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jose' has landed!

Peter and Lynne's foster son has arrived in Grand Rapids -- just this afternoon.  Here they are at his arrival.  We were there to say "Hola!"and then they were off to caseworker's office and then home. Jose' is a refugee teen from Honduras.

They will come over to have hamburgers tomorrow for supper with Abuela Sara and Abuelo Charlie.  I want to give him his quilt then, so the push is on to get that binding finished.  I'm having trouble with it but Dianne is on her way to the rescue.



Sequestration [air traffic controllers] didn't stop his flight
Snow storm in Chicago didn't stop his flight 
He's  OUT of the Houston Detention Center after six months

Monday, March 4, 2013

Jelly Roll Race

I finished my "Jelly Roll Race" quilt, which we worked on at a retreat a year ago.  Since I am going to keep this for my TV-watching quilt, I thought I could do the binding myself,  No quilt police here to look for "bad binding", especially since I'm the very one who can't see where the errors are!

I choose the orange striped fabric for the binding partly because it was a strong contrast to the next fabrics [easier to SEE while applying].

I learned a new method.  Make WIDE binding, apply it to the front, then fold to the back and sew close to the edge.  This will give you an extra line of "quilting" on the front.  Well, I thought the instruction to cut the binding 4.5" before folding must be wrong, and I didn't have that much fabric anyway, so I tried 2.75"  Maybe you can see that didn't put my line of stitching very far from the front binding edge.
However, it did mean I caught the edge all the way around.  And that was good for me!


I went to the eye doctor after only two weeks because I felt my eyes were deteriorating so quickly.  He didi all the tests again and reported that the INTERIOR of my eyes is "way" better even though I can't tell that.  Wait another two weeks, he says.

Meanwhile we prepare for our trip to Florida for some of Spring Training [baseball fiend in DH].  I am checking on Books on Tape for my entertainment.

Jose' is now scheduled to arrive tomorrow!  Need to get the binding on HIS quilt.


My helpers in the Grand Rapids Women's Chorus
Great music in Cinncinnati with Muse
Exercise class + massage!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Making Browniues

Over the weekend I was wishing for some kind of sweet to eat, and there was none in the house.  Charlie was away, and I couldn't drive out to get anything.  Then I remembered some boxes of brownie mix.  Oh, YES!
Found the eggs.  Turned the box of mix around, to check the other ingredients, and couldn't read any of the instructions.... DANG!  I even knew that there were little pictures up above the instructions showing the needed ingredients, but I couldn't make them out either.  Forget it.  No brownies for me on Friday.

Saturday evening Kim came over to go to the symphony with me, and do the driving.  Ha-ha!  I got her to read the ingredients to me as I wrote them down in LARGE letters with a really black marker.
Ready to go the next day!

Sunday, got out the eggs to warm to room temp, got out the oil, got out the chocolate chips and pecans.
Time to turn on the oven. . . . can'r read the starting temperature!  [Red numerals against black box on the oven controls.]  Can't remember if it always starts at 325 or 350 degrees.  DANG!  No brownies for me.

Charlie came home by supper time, and read me the oven starting tempe [350] and I finally made the brownies.  A three day project.

But now I have brownies.  And I really appreciate them!



People who will drive me
People who will read to me
Anticipation builds flavor

Friday, February 22, 2013

Binding Failure

I hope you can see in this photo that I have failed to catch the edge of the binding with the machine stitching.  Sometimes Yes, sometimes No.
I sew the binding to the back side of the quilt and then fold it over to the front.  Because of my failing eyesight I decided to use a WIDE stitch, blanket stitch, to catch the fold down on the front.  I hold my left index finger to the left of my pressure foot, and let my right forefinger run lightly along on the fold of the binding.  I THINK I am being careful and judging the space between the two.  I only sew about two inches before I reset everything,  but this was the result.At least three misses on each side of a small quilt.

Another proof that my eyes are getting worse.  Luckily last night was our SpoolSpinners Bee meeting.  I took this quilt and two others that need the binding applied and explained my difficulty to mu friends there.  Immediately volunteers offered to get the work done before our March Guild meeting when the baby quilts will be collected.  Quilters are the best!

Now I need to figure out how/what I can continue to do in the sewing room.  I have one last border to add and quillt on Jose's quilt.  I WAS going to make granddaughter Sami a graduation quilt this year.  And of course I have a large stash of fabrics and UFOs.


Today I will try some one thing and see how it goes.  I'll have to adjust my techniques.



Apple Store employees taught  me how to enlarge things on my computer screen
Liz brought over corn chowder
Survived first night of three without Charlie's help

P.S. Forgive the typos please.  Fon't think I caught them all.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Stash Report - Feb. 18

Part of the stash

FABRIC USAGE                  OUT                  IN        

This Week:                      -12.33 yar         +  3.75

Year to Date:                   -23,43 yards      -+14.25

Net Yards for 2013:         - 9.18 yards

I finished the Carolina Crossroads quilt for  Jose, which used over 12 yards of fabric,  That quilt has a LOT of seams, which add a half inch each.  Photo in a day or two,
I should have a good report next week also because I have received back four quilts from Catherine, my lang-arm quilter.  Just need to trim and bin. those.

I am also keeping count of how much money I am spending on quilting this year, following Nann's example,  I am already just over $500, which surprises me,  That's a reason for keeping track.  My big expenses have been a retreat and two  wool batts,

Jose is supposed to arrived tomorrow!  We plan to go to the airport for a short greeting, and then Peter and Lynne will bring him over for dupper on Wednesday.He has asked for scrambled eggs and refried beans for his first dinner, so we are thinking that hamburgers might be good for the second.



Recliner chair when I can't sleep in bed
Crispy bacon
Sunshine again today

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Borders for Jose's quilt & Bad eyes

I am indeed working on the Carolina Crossroads quilt that is one of my February goals.  I have added one of the side borders, and am almost done with the second.  Since the center was already quilted, I am using the Quilt-Aa-You-Go method  for adding the borders.  With the quilt I found quite a number of mini-blocks which are being used in the borders.

This quilt is now intended for the refugee foster son coming to Peter and Lynee later this month, we hope. Peter says the second bedroom at their place is the coldest room in the house, so another quilt will be a help in keeping a boy from Honduras warm here in the North.

Yesterday I bought a cheap men's watch so I could read the time, and then had my every-four-weeks trip to the eye doctor for wet macular degeneration treatment.  I have been feeling a greater loss of vision in the last two weeks, and sure enough the docotr says I am not really benefiting from the injections any more.  So we are trying a different substance which he normally does not prefer but wants to give it a try in this case.  We'll see if this is more successful in another four weeks.

Meanwhile I am having trouble stitching in the ditch when the two fabrics are of similar tone, can't thread the machine, the letters on the computer keyboard are hard to distinguish [I really should have learned how to type without looking!], and I am on the second largest font size on my Kindle--reading with difficulty.  I am wondering what I will do with my time when I can't sew and can't read.  This condition does not improve, they only hope to hold it from getting worse.

I don't often think about my age, which is 70.  I have been unusually healthy up to last two years when arthritis began stopping some activities.  I have had a slow recovery from  my knee replacement for the past year.    Now I need to imagine blindness coming sooner rsather than later or never.  Hmm.  Time to count my blessings again.



Can still sing with the GRWC and in the shower
Classical music on Blue Lake radio
Crispy waffles with maple syrop
Feel of hot water in the shower
Smell of onions frying

Monday, February 11, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Green item is leftovers from my Secret Sister quilt last December.  I found it under other things yesterday, and so aas to not lose it again, I flung it up all the flannel wall.

Upper right item is  what will be a center to another neonatal quilt.

Lower is the second neonatal top made from a set of blocks I split into two separate projects.

Today I am working on none of these, but figuring out how to add borders to enlarge my Carolina Crossroads to a large twinbed size for Jose.  It is made from mostly plaids so I am scrounging to find enough more plaid in the stash.  Maybe flannel?



Warm duvet in the winter nights
Tom is staying at Downton Abbey!
Exercise bicycle for winter exercise

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Stash report

Because I finished this quilt during the week I can count the yardage in my stash report.  I have increased my fabric usage for the year all the way to 3.2 yards!.

Weekly stash report                  February 10, 2013

FABRIC USAGE:               OUT                     IN   

This Week:                    -2.6 yards                 +  0.0

Through last Week:       -11.1 yards                +10.5

Year to Date:                -13.7 yards                +10.5

Net Yards for 2013:                       - 3.2 yards



Bi-lingual worship service today
Church dinner for Eight: learned about others
Downton Abbey tonight!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Graduation Quilt Start

I've got my plan for Samantha's graduation quilt.  I'll use the "Multi-Trips Around the World" method Bonnie Hunter describes, using Sami's favorite color - purple.  That will utilize a great variety of purples that are lurking in my stash.  I calculate 48 blocks will be required so I have started cutting the 288 strips I will need.  So far I have 114.



No more fabric needed
More sun today
Valentines in the mail

Friday, February 8, 2013

Bright Bargello

Bright Bargello Neonatal
39" x 39"

Finished off this neonatal that I worked on while on retreat.  I found I already had a piece of flannel with numerals in the same bright colors for the backing.

I quilted on the diagonal accenting the zig-zag in the pattern.  When I was sewing down the second side of binding on the right side, my eyesight was giving me trouble.  Trying to sew right along the edge of the fold with the straight stitch, I kept missing.  After I checked the first edge, I decided I needed to start over and use the blanket stitch, which is wide enough to catch the fold even if my steering is less than accurate.

This started as a Multiple Trips Around the World, but the size of the blocks were going to make it too large for the new neonatal guidelines.  Therefore I stopped with nine blocks, which meant a change to a bargello setting.

This is my sixth quilt for the collection in March at our Guild.


On the Needles

Still working on the "Leftover Yarn Socks" for Martha. [I showed them to her in St. Louis and she approved the look!]  I'm working on the heel of the upper sock in the photo, and the lower sock is just hangin' around for the duration.  Then I'll need to do that one's heel.  This is the slowest part of the process.

I'm trying to finish another neonatal quilt today, and then I'll work on Carolina Crossroads.

Son Peter and his wife Lynne have gotten a name, Jose,  and a few details about a teen refugee boy from Honduras as a foster son.  He may arrive in two weeks, so I want to get Carolina Crossroads finished for him.  We are all trying to review what little Spanish we have ever learned!



Peter & Lynne's generous hearts
Sunshine on the new snow
Vet has another option for Zeke's vacation

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Colored Bricks & January Stash Report

Colored Bricks Neonatal #5
31" x 41"

Today I put my sewing area back together after the retreat.  Then I made the binding for this quilt and applied it.  So, another finish for this year, and some more fabric removed from the stash.  The two neonatals this weeks used up 3.7 yards of fabric.

Weekly stash report                  February 5, 2013

FABRIC USAGE:                 OUT                        IN  

This Week:                     -3.7 yards               +  0.0

Through last Week:        -8.4 yards                +10.5

Year to Date:                 -11.1 yards             +10.5

Net Yards for 2013:                           - 0.6 yards

Hurray! I've used more than I've bought this year!  It's not much but it's moving in the right direction.



Ready to do more sewing
Warm feet
Charlie still cooking dinners

Monday, February 4, 2013

Monthly Goals

I had four goals for January and I finished two.  Two are moving forward to February.
1] Organizing ONE bookcase of fabric.  I did about half of this bookcase.  So one goal for February is to get the other half taken care of.  Sometimes I tell myself I also ought to cut all the funny sized pieces into useable sized pieces, but I don't want to add that burden!  Just get them folded neatly and into reasonable order.

2] Carolina Crossroads:  I made progress but I didn't get borders and binding done.  So that is my second February goal.

3] More neonatal finishes.  The collection at our Guild is in March when I will be gone to Florida, so I need to do as many finishes as possible in February.  I have four tops already made.  Therefore my goal is to finish one each week in February.

4] Make a plan for Sami's graduation quilt which is due in May.  Known facts: must be purple, must include zebra striped fabric, already purchased.

There, I have goals set.  Hope I have some mojo left after retreat to keep working at a good pace.


Retreat Results

3" Squares Neonatal Quilt
34" x 34" 

The first day I COMPLETED this neonatal quilt by adding the borders, pin basting, quilting and then binding.

That was all I accomplished because the loading of the car, the drive north through occasional white-outs, and then the unloading of the car took quite a bit of energy.

Saturday I made half of the blocks for this neonatal from 6 FQs of bright fabrics I was given by my cousin Trish.  Later I made the rest and put on a border.

My next task was sewing together two pieces of "Quilt As You Go" that I had finished quilting maybe three years ago.  There had been three pieces and I got two of them together then, but was so disheartened by the process [I hate hand work] that I filed the pieces away, and kept ignoring them on the shelf.  One of my January goals was to get PAST this "awful" step.  And I did!  I don't plan to ever use this technique again.
Here's the front of qhat I was working on: Carolina Crossroads quilt from a Bonnie Hunter mystery in 2008:

Now I can look at it with new eyes and decide whether or not I think it needs borders.  Probably, Yes.

Sunday I pin basted and quilted this Colored Bricks neonatal quilt, using a fishy background fabric.  I tried a new quilting stitch for me -- and elongated zig-zag stitch.  This creates a bumpy or scalloped effect.

Lastly on Sunday afternoon I sewed together more 3" squares for a neonatal center.  I am trying to use up my 3" squares because as Bonnie Hunter says, "They don't play well with others."

I felt I accomplished quite a bit during my time on retreat, and of course enjoyed the companionship of other quilters.

Next post: how well I did on my goals for January and what goals I can set for February.



Mostly resisted the snack table on retreat
My own bed again
Safe trip again on snowy roads

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Socks of Today

Bought these SmartWool socks quite a few years ago.  I like them because the are WARM, washable, and charcoal "goes with" most of the clothes I wear.  This brings to three my total sets of wool socks.  I need to stop knitting for other people and knit another pair or three for me!

We enjoyed the grandkids' concert in St. Louis at Christ Church Cathedral, as well as visiting with the family for three days.  Our room at the B & B was huge and had a shower for two in addition to a Jacuzzi tub with waterfall.  We used both.  Can't remember when we last took a shower together.

Several white-outs of snow on the return drive to Grand Rapids, but we are here safely and have recovered Zeke from the doggie prison, and piles of catalogues from the P.O.

Now to pack for the weekend quilting retreat. leaving tomorrow AM.



Good conversations with family
70 degree weather one day!
Safe travel

Friday, January 25, 2013

On the Needles

These socks for my daughter are not progressing very fast.  I have plenty of leftover partial balls from various other sox however, so that's not what's holding me up.  Too many free Kindle books that I need to examine!

Meanwhile I fell into temptation and purchased MORE sock yarn from KnitPicks.

First I selected only two yarns, but then I checked the Clearance items and HAD to get a couple more!  With the idea that socks don'tr need to match, I can buy individual balls and mix them up.

Now what am I going to do with that large hank that is not divided into two balls?  Guess I'll have to loop it over a chair back and wind away by hand.  Or find a friend with a "swifter" --is that what it's called?



Hot shower
Cushy yarn in fun colors
Chorus music running in my head

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Socks of today

These socks go well with khaki pants, so I wear them often.  I made them over four years ago, which shows the yarn from Joanne's is lasting well.
It has been unusually cold here for several days, and the wool socks are a real help for cold feet!

We are leaving for St. Louis on Sunday to be present for a choir concert of our granddaughter's school on Tuesday.  And when we get home I am leaving the very next morning for a quilting retreat.  Therefore I need to be getting the gear ready for both events -- knitting for one car and in St. Louis, and quilting projects for the retreat in the other.



Great to be retired & go places!
Home knit socks for warmth
Blueberries & pineapple

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday Birthday

0.3 yards fabric

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Neonatal #3 Red, White, & Blue

Red Arrows, 37" x 37"
2.6 yards of fabric

I finished this one with blue gingham for backing and binding.  That seems to soften the brightness a little. I hope some baby boy will grow up to drag it around behind him through toddlerhood.

Our Guild meets tonight, so I will be delivering this with two others I finished this month.  Also my Secret Sister of last year used the FQs I provided to make three neonatal quilts and gave them to me at our holiday party, so the Butterworth Neonatal Unit gets SIX quilts added to their store tonight. [They care for about 1,000 babies a year.]

Zero degrees this morning!  Really makes for crunchy footsteps, and a dog biting his feet.



"Footcare" trimmed my toenails
Bean and ham soup from Liz for six meals
Some sun with the bitter cold

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Progress & Stash Report

I have added one row of mini-blocks all the way around this top to bring it to a 33" square.  Now to find a small border.

Our Bee met this week, as usual at a fabric store.  Oops! I looked at the sale fabric and purchased 4 yards.  Therefore the stash report took a hit.

FABRIC USAGE:             OUT                     IN        
 This Week:                   -0.0 yards            +4.0 
Year to Date:               -5.8 yards            +10.5 
Net Used for 2013:                                 +4 .7 yards

Guess I had better get the next neonatal quilts finished so I can subtract some yardage.



Australian Open this morning
Chance of snow
Warm house

Friday, January 18, 2013

Cathedral Stars divided

Another stack of blocks [UFO] out of a box and onto the Design Wall yesterday.  Told myself that this does NOT have to be made into a bed-sized quilt, but could find life as another Neonatal quilt.  These are 9" finished, so this would be a 36" square, plus a border = 44".  That's within the size range they want.

But it doesn't "send" me.  Maybe that's why I didn't keep working on it!

Next thought: separate the two blocks.

Each set needs one more block [and a little larger borders eventually].   Still not super satisfied with the look.
So I tried another arrangement:

I like the Jacob's Ladder blocks with one row turned.  The zigzag look appeals to me.  I constructed one more block, and I'm going to keep that one.

I will have to keep imagining what could go in the middle of the blue stars -- maybe a reverse colored star, or a yellow star?

More work to be done, starting with sewing the Jacob's Ladder blocks together!



Cleaning crew is here
Day with no appointments
Knitting socks book awaits me at the library

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday's socks

Handknit socks that I am wearing today because I am also wearing a rosy red turtleneck and the colors match.  Also because it is a cold day and wool socks are great at keeping my feet warm.

I made these two years ago.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Too much Red!

The bookcase of fabric I intend to "straighten" this month includes my red fabrics, both three boxes and a pile on the floor.  I came to the realization that I need to straighten the contents of the boxes to make more room, and that means FINALLY cutting the smaller pieces up.

I've just started, and trying to remember any rules I've had in the past.

 I know 2" and 2.5" strips and squares are useable, and I already have containers for those.

Larger sizes are confusing me at the moment.
Save, as is, anything FQ and bigger.
10.5" strips can be made into backings.
But between 9" and 3", I don't know what to do.

At least I do know that I have too much red fabric to use up in any reasonable amount of time.  Guess I'd better make a lot of red backings for quilts!



SOME progress being made.
Am recovered from yesterday's eye injections
One small step on tax preparation

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ragged Bull's Eye #2

Got these blocks together and then added two narrow borders.  I kept squinting at the possible yellow outer border and thinking it really distracted from the center by being sooo bright.  I have chosen these darker fabrics because they are a little bit interesting, but the middle remains as the MOST interesting part of the top.  Haven't gotten them sewn on yet, football and Downton Abbey are calling me this evening.

Stash Report:
6.5 yards added this week for Sami's graduation quilt.  Total for the year: +0.7 yards.



Hot shower
Light snow falling
Fresh bag of potato chips

Friday, January 11, 2013

On the Needles this Friday

I have started the next pair of socks from leftover yarn.  The toes are different from each other, then a stripe of white, and now on to two remnants of the same green yarn.  The green might get me through the sock heels.  Then on to another yarn. [I have lots of choices!]



The internet and other bloggers
Homemade bread dipped in olive oil
Exercise bicycle at home

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"Leftovers" socks

Finished Charlie's socks made from leftovers of yarn from previous socks.  They actually look quite a bit like a "pair" because I switched the yarns back an forth between the two socks.  I threw in a few lines of color to keep up my own interest.

He tried them on last night and they are a tad short on the leg.  So I am changing the "preferred length" statistic on his card to 9 inches from 8 inches.

As she left after Christmas I offered to make a pair for my daughter.  She said there was no need for them to "match", so my next knitting project is to make her two socks different from each other.

[Non-knitters should know that the designs on these socks are built into the purchased yarn by changes of color and spots.  I don't do anything to make the designs, I just keep knitting!  Great looks for little effort.]



Pecan sandies
Breakfast with friends
Leftover yarn!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

No patience

I couldn't stand looking at these blocks with two blank spaces from across the room. [See former post.]

I KNOW I threw away all the extra circle pieces months ago, so I decided to try adding a couple of squares.  The circles are all  in HALF pieces, so I made the square as half pieces also, not quartered.  I don't think many observers will notice.

I'm now trying out the yellow on the right for a possible border.  This is all darker than the photo looks, and it will be a neonatal quilt, so the yellow is intended to brighten it up a bit.

I have two of my four goals for January completed, and that means the two that are left are not my favorites.  During my start on the "reorganization of one bookcase", these blocks appeared causing a cessation of reorganization and an immediate tangent.  Now I HAVE to work on getting them off the Design Wall before next Monday, right?

Meanwhile Handiman Dan finished his work today, so we now have:
 working lights in three places,
 a better shower hose,
a working doorknob on the sewing room [keeps    visiting dogs out of my pristine work area],
a bathroom cabinet door that will stay closed,
a functioning thermostat and
a new storm door in the basement.
All good.  And a good contact for future needs.



My massage therapist
The Public Library
Cough drops

Monday, January 7, 2013

Design Wall Monday

More Ragged Bullseye blocks for a neonatal quilt.  I have already sewn a set together when on retreat in November.  Thinking about whether to make two or add these to the others for a larger quilt top.



Made it to and through exercise class today
Handiman Dan on his way to fixing a long list of house problems
Downton Abbey, Season III started

Friday, January 4, 2013

What's on the Needles

Still progressing on the socks for Charlie, lower sock shows the charcoal heel.  I'm working my way up the ankle.  Looks like I have about another 2 inches to go.

One of my goals for this month is to straighten up ONE bookcase of fabric.  Today I rearranged two shelves.  One was all plastic bags and WonderUnder , which was removed to a different location.  That allowed me to move some "flimsies" onto that shelf.  Baby steps, baby steps.



Christmas card came from Atsuko! Now we have her address!!
After a night of coughing, I was able to sleep in the morning
New med for arthritis seems to be helping hips
Last bites of the delicious Christmas ham

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Two in a Row

36 Confetti blocks
36" x 36"

Today I managed to finish my second UFO into a neonatal quilt.  The confetti blocks were already sewn together and I decided on no border to go with the no sashing.

I looked for a kid friendly backing fabric in  the stash and found this fun winter print --a lot of rabbits enjoying cold weather sports.

Layered it, pin-basted, machine quilted in the ditch and on the diagonal, chose red, star dotted fabric for the binding to go with both sides, and now it is in the wash.  Yippee!

I am so delighted with getting TWO finishes this early in the month.  Of course, that is largely because I have had nothing else taking much time these two days.  The week will change tomorrow.



Breakfast with dear friends
Joann's coupons got me cheap batting
Charlie grilled luscious pork chops

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Start as you mean to go on

Striped Triangles
39" x 39"

This was a UFO, at the "flimsy" or finished top, stage.  And with today's work it is now a finished neonatal quilt.  Before company came to watch football I found backing fabric [chickens!],
cut the batting, pin basted, and machine quilted it lightly.

Later I made the binding, applied it to the back and folded it over to the front for machine sewing down.

I feel great that I finished a project on the first day of the year, even to getting it washed and dried!