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Busy Week

September 5, 2017

Last week, I never seemed to have the time to write.  My daughter stopped by for a short visit.  She seems so very happy these days.  The last two years have been pretty hard for her.  It is so great to see those big brown eyes sparkle again.  Mothers worry.

My son came by on Friday.  He had been in Ocean City for the week.  He said he had a lot of fun.  He even went parasailing with a friend.  This really surprised me.  He is very near-sighted (like me before cataract surgery) and tends to be cautious.

  My new rug finally came and I love it and so does Don.  I also got a runner for the foyer.  Sweetums is so tickled with it,  he wants a small one for the back door.  I wonder how long it will take to get here.

  I am also making a dress.  I’ve been wanting to make this all Summer.  It’s supposed to be cooler the next several days.  Will I get a chance to wear this year?

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Quilted Scarves

August 27, 2017

These are done.  I am so glad!  I have four squares left.  I thought about making covers for my tablet and phone.  That just seemed like too much.  I am so sick of these that I believe I will add them to the bottomless pit most people would call a spare bedroom.  There is a single bed in there under three feet of ‘stuff’.  We have a queen size sleeper sofa so its unnecessary.  I think there is a quilt on it, so I might dig that out one of these days.

I decided to make myself a dress.  I looked through my fabric stash and pulled out some cotton fabric with pink flamingoes on it.  Even though it’s late Summer, that is my next project.

 

Happy Happy Joy Joy

August 14, 2017

My Splendid Sampler is finally finished!  I am so sick of it.  Sweetums says it’s perfect.  Flo, aka Sheena Warrior Princess, has already christened it with a hairball.  Oh well.  Since I still have about three dozen squares, I’m making covers for the bureaus and night stands.  Too tacky?  But, really, I finally feel like blogging again.  I no longer have the constant feeling that I will never finish it.

 

Bronchitis Sucks

May 26, 2017

I am currently on my second course of medication for bronchitis.  I am completely wiped out.  About all I have accomplished is sock knitting .  I have not worked on my quilt at all!  I can’t stand it!  I need to block my new sweater!  Sweetums needs some shirts fixed!  I want to make myself a new summer dress!  I want to bake something delicious!

Here’s a little something I did before I got sick.  My favorite tote was falling apart.  The orange fabric is new.  It also, now, has a strong bottom.

Still Raining

April 25, 2017

Even though it was raining, Sweet Baby Rue had to check on the geese.  I didn’t think there was that much room in our little pump house.

At least he had enough sense to seek shelter.

I found backing for my Splendid Sampler.  The print is 104″ by 88″ and my quilt is 106.5 by 106.5 so I had to get the orange to add a border.

It was time for my machine to have a check-up.  It was getting a little laud.  Time to get out my embroidery machine and make a label.

The goose babies hatched early this year.  The warm winter was probably the cause. I don’t think I will ever tire watching them.

On the knitting front, I decided to try this mitten kit.  I liked not having to weave all the ends.  I didn’t like having to constantly watch where the colors changed and trying to adjust my tension.  They are knit on size 2 and I would have preferred size 0 or even 00 with this yarn.  My daughter said the little kids on her bus will get a kick out of them, so she was happy.  Isn’t it all that  really matters.  I also bought a sock kit that will quite different when finished.  There is no way that I am going to use size 2 needles for socks.

Quilt Top is Finished

April 3, 2017

I didn’t think it would take this long.  Originally, I was going to make two, but Sweetums talked  me into one.  It’s really big.  Now I can take my machine to the shop.  I’m so glad I have two.  It deserves a special label.

Trying to get the whole into one picture was impossible, so I took two.  Maybe I’ll get Sweetums to help me hang it up outside.

Not Much

January 10, 2017

With the snow and below freezing temperatures, I haven’t been outside since Friday.  Yeah.  I know. I’m a big chicken.  I took some bird pictures.

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We also got the cats drunk.  We have to get some more kitty nip soon.

I sewed some.

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So….It Snowed

January 8, 2017

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No walks for Don.  All he got was a short trip out to the mailbox.  He had to ‘make do’ with the front yard.  He is not happy at all.  We tried to explain that we were old farts and could easily fall, but I don’t think he was listening.

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I finished some blocks.  There are still many more waiting.

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Sweet Baby Rue had the best solution.

Quilt Blocks

October 16, 2016

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Sometimes I look at my blocks and wonder.  “What was I thinking?”  Last winter I joined The Splendid Sampler.  Twice a week for fifty weeks I receive an email with instructions for a six-inch block.  I could not decide on a single group of fat quarters, so, instead of two blocks a week, I am making four.  “They’re only six inches.”  Silly me.

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I have since learned that I really, really, really do not like paper piecing.  It seems such a waste of time and effort and paper.  Some I turned into applique.  It’s so much more fun.  Some I skipped.  And some I thought about enough to cut the shapes and then just sewed them together to fit.

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Putting Winter Away

May 30, 2016

I finally managed to switch my Summer and Winter clothes.  I was beginning to wonder if we were having a mini ice age.  Last week we actually had the heat on and the air on by the end of it.  It’s a wonder I don’t have a cold.  And now…it’s raining again.  I think it’s causing me to lose my mind.  I put eggs on to boil this afternoon and I completely forgot  about them.  Rubber eggs anyone?

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I have made good progress with my squares.  I’m starting on four bonus blocks.  I am not making the last block.  It is all embroidery and I’m not in the mood.  I saved it in case I change my mind.  I hope to start the BOM from Australia that I joined later this week.  The fabrics are different from any that I have seen around here.  Once these are current, I have a December wall hanging to finish.  If it’s not Winter by then, there are my pants that have no pockets.  I don’t understand it.

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I forgot to show the back of my new hat.  I really like this one.

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And, there’s nothing like cat help.