Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Update progress

Finally got special quilt made and sent off. But don't you know it... forgot to take a finished picture. This one was taken before all the quilting on the sandwich...
 
Turned out rather nice once it was finished. I also made a baby quilt for a grand nephew who arrived December 1st but still need to get it to him....
 It seems I am not so great at getting finished pictures. Been so gloomy and cold outside that not really wanting to take pictures. 
We did get another batch of snow but it disappeared within 2 days...
 
With a friend, we have made her 4 new patio cushions by using the old ones as patterns. I was so inspired by this that I ordered some fabric for ours. It came today! This is my friend's...
 Hopefully can get pictures of them finished before they go to their home. Our color will be peacock green and as it is a different pattern, it will inspire me to try. While I was waiting for the fabric, I put the two side borders on our quilt and measured for the third border...
 Most of the leaves are sewn on now and once I have finished I will start the cushions. The grapes will be added on by hand so the machine will be free. 
My sister was needing some me time finally, so I volunteered to have my mother stay with us for two weeks. Sis really deserves this time as she has been a great caregiver. It has been so enjoyable to have Mom here and we have watched many of the old time westerns.  
That's all for now...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Closer

I have just finished quilting this and have binding ready to go.  I keep forgetting to take pictures...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Small Entries

I think I will just start putting small entries on the blog. Usually I try and save a lot of things to enter here but I have noticed that most times, I just get lazy. So, from now on, I will just enter as I go. This will make it brief but at least there will be some record.
 
 Went to Sonoma for Christmas with husbands family . We went to Sebastiani winery, did some fantastic wine tasting, joined their wine club and bought some wine which is winging its way to us at this very moment.
 Beautiful picture taken just before the new year. What you can't see is he cold. Hubby and I stayed at home for New Years Eve as we were still jet lagged from California trip. 
Finally started again on quilt for a friend. I have almost 2 more rows done.
 This is not even half way. I have made so many of these that the pattern is not enjoyable anymore. Oh well...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Now is the time

Finally I am able to do some sewing. It has been a long summer of many other things than sewing. I did manage to get the bedroom deck sanded and stained before the rains started.   It does look so much better and it is ready for the railings next year. The last of the tomatoes are canned and I even got 30 pints of sauerkraut down. My friend wanted to learn so we did it together. On Sunday the lines in the field will be blown out by compressor so I need to drain the lines tomorrow. 
We have so many big knives in the drawer, (my husband loves to cook) that I made him a hanging knife block.
 There are knives missing because of course he is using them constantly. It is two sided as it really would be too large for the counter! 
Finally got into the sewing room. I got this top put together, though no picture of the after taken yet.
  I also was asked to make a tshirt quilt for my sister in law and quickly got it made and into the mail. She hasn't received it yet but I sure hoping she will like it. 
 I didn't crop the picture, sorry. 
Now I am making some small stocking stuffers. Pin cushions, thread catchers, and microwave cloth bowls. 
 
  
And finally a picture of how far I have got on the quilt for our bed. I have finished two sides of the appliquéd border finished but not attached yet. I need to attach them so that I can figure out how the pattern will fit going across the top and bottom. It still will take time as I will have to add the leaves and vining to them as well before adding the grapes. 
Now that I am sewing more, hopefully there will be more posts. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Well darn it

Just checked the last time I posted. So much for keeping up! The garden produce kicked in and a few trips away keep me behind. 
 This was one of the first forays into the garden. Since then the large tomatoes have started to ripen at an alarming rate. Been keep so busy canning that I completely ignored the corn. The weevils got into them and they are also too old to pick. Will throw over the fence for the cows, horses and sheep. Thank goodness THEY don't belong to us! 
 I've been on a road trip with a friend to Coulee dam. My friend and I had just invested in new phones and we just stopped to test them out.
I also just returned from a trip to Fort St. John B C visiting my sister for a week. I have spent 5 hours just cleaning out all the ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, harvested some patty pan squash, picked some peppers and anaheims, and done down another batch of bucket pickles. Still have way to many of everything. Next few days will be spent canning down as much as I can of the above. 
 And I have managed to get this quilt to this stage. I have sewed the first 2 vertical rows together. I did manage to get the baby quilt finished but sadly no picture yet. Slowly but surely I am getting the grapes added to the borders of our quilt but again no picture. Hopefully it will slow down in a bit outside and I can get those pictures taken.
I was just asked if I could make a tshirt quilt for a niece as she is graduating this year. Um, never made one before but I am willing to watch many videos to accomplish this. Her mother has been saving all the shirts since the girl first started playing so I can't make any mistakes!
Okay, will try a little more later. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quick update

Been busy here with weddings, outside work, dodging thunder and rain storms etc. slowly everything is getting accomplished. 
There was an episode of getting too much dirt in the eye which resulted in said eye filling in with blood. Too scary looking to show but thankfully I didn't lose any vision. Most of the blood has drained now thankfully I will be able to go out into the work without people thinking that the zombies have arrived! 
I have managed to find time to get one border on the quilt I showed last time and have cut out the 10 inch borders needed for the last rows. The appliqué had been started now on one of the sides.
 This part is going to take a long time! And to think I was even considering hand appliqueing each piece on. I just couldn't find a method that worked for me. There will be a lot of grape bunches also but that I can do later. Yikes! I have tried to do one set of leaves every day, with a total of 24 needed. Then the grapes need to be added and then the embroidery of the small vines, all before the borders can be sewed on! I have great appreciation to all of those bloggers that do this on a regular basis!
To keep my sanity, and once my set of leaves are done, I go to my other sewing machine for mindless sewing. I grabbed my 2" strip basket and started to sew strips together of like colors.


 These strips are now quilted together and binding has been added on. Making placemats to give away for presents is always great to have and this uses up lots of left over pieces o batting. I still have a pile of strips waiting for more strips to be sewed on.
 At night I have been learning to hand quilt. This quilt is for a baby already born so need to get er done! It's almost there.
Anyway, time to get kitchen cleaned up and a wine kit started. Then back to playing!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Only a month apart!

So busy, so busy...
I did get this quilt finished and sent onward to its new home. It was funny that the new owner loved it before she even saw it!
 
Because of some of the fabrics I used, it looks like there are some missing?.. Lol, nope they are there!
 
We have enjoyed some really beautiful sunsets, busy making homemade sausages...

  

Just finished the binding on some small hockey quilts requested by my daughter.... They are for her and her friends (more in the making)
 
There has been some secret sewing going on and lastly, I have started another quilt for us. Loving it for now and have even started cutting out the appliqué for the borders though not much to see on that...


 This looks so much different in real life, but I know that will be a work in progress for a while. I have a few other quilts that need to be quilted and am thinking of trying to hand quilt a few of the baby quilts that are ready to go. It will be something I can do at night after the day is done. 
Anyway, that is all for now!