Published March 27, 2015
Yesterday I continued getting back into my routine and it was strictly a not housekeeping kind of day. I did take time in the afternoon to go exercise but that was it. On Wednesday evening we had storms come through but we didn’t get the bad stuff – the town close to us (about 15 miles south) Russellville had some damage from straight line winds and actually damaged a building I use to work in when I was with a Hospice group as medical records manager/administrative secretary (big title for a little group – you get the title and not the money LOL ) The side of the upper floor I used to work in had the outside wall ripped off leaving the whole side of the upper floor open. The Hospice group had moved from that building shortly after I quit about 15 years ago and thankfully the realty company that has it now was not at work as it happened in the middle of the night.
I got my table cleaned off first thing in the morning so I would be able to get back to work on Tumbling into Insanity. A section of 10 x 10 which has been a good way to work for me with these pieces.
Seeing as I hadn’t worked with my featherweight in a long time I thought to get it out to let her work – I had to oil and clean, change the needle – then I had to get the book out to remind myself where to oil at – been a long time since I used it – then once again I had to get the book out as it wasn’t working and I realized I wasn’t threading the needle in the right direction LOL
Shortly after I got the machine I ordered this foot control as the other one that come with it didn’t have good wiring – well something seems to be wrong with this one – you have to push the pedal all the way down to make it go and it is moving really slowly – anyone else have a problem like this with this machine? I think I might have to order a new pedal if I want to use the machine or I will never get done – it is moving really slow! So I switched back to the Juki.
Now to work on sewing these rows together today.
I have a second rosette done to this size for the La Passacaglia – this is still the EPP experiment and I still do not like it – I have one more rosette glue basted already (I had done three to take to WI with me) so I will finish that one and then I will probably switch to regular hand piecing – I will just have to take my time with it and not work every day on hand work so I can get all the projects done and not have the thumb act up. This fabric is not a batik though so much easier to needle through then my Lemoyne Stars which I might try machine piecing instead. I am linking to A Quilting Reader’s Garden today and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
I worked on this section of Granny’s Got Style last night and I’m taking it a little at a time and trying to not get back into two hour marathons of quilting but try to stick to about 45 – 60 minutes instead. I am really enjoying the look of the batting – so much more depth than Quilters Dream has – this is the Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Cotton/Wool batting.
Published March 26, 2015
So many of you that have been following me for awhile now know that when I get back from traveling I have to get myself organized immediately before I can relax – obsessive? HDD? I don’t know I just know I have to get things back to normal for me! So yesterday morning I finished unpacking, got laundry caught up, vacuumed, washed the floor – went grocery shopping – then by 2 in the afternoon I was caught up and it was time to relax and look at my new pattern, start going through quilting stuff – I still have the sewing stuff to put away that I brought with me to Wisconsin but I got the two stars pressed and added to the wall – I just have them in rows now and will put on point later – I am running out of wall space again. 21 out of 90.
I had finished all the way across on Granny’s Got Style before I left and this is where it was then. I am linking to My Quilt Infatuation today.
I rolled it down and started to think about quilting for the next areas. And this is the plan for now
I will draw the markings as I make my way across and will start down there on the end and work my way to the end
Everything I brought with me is still piled up on the table and I will attempt to clean it up today. I would like to get back to machine piecing the Tumbling Into Insanity tumblers soon and I need the table to lay out pieces.
the hydrangeas are beginning to leaf out.
The daffodils are blooming
the redbuds are almost all the way open
The oregano is coming back to life – as you can see my outside work will be starting soon to clean up the flower beds and the herb area so many dead leafs and small branches down from the winter storms.
The mint pots need to be cleaned up as well and all that dead stuff out of there.
Trees are budding, flowers are blooming – spring is in the air and my sinuses are going crazy!! LOL the joys of spring with the warmer weather comes allergies and storms – storms north of us last night and some tornado warnings as well but as of last night when I was writing this I hadn’t heard of anything real bad. Back to the 50’s today though after the 70’s of the last couple days.
Now to get back to quilting!
Published March 25, 2015
I got home about 8:30 last night – that was with a stop on the way home for a later than normal evening meal for me – I had not eaten well at the airports and so about half way home we stopped for a meal. The flight out of Madison was delayed again but only by about an hour and then I had a 4 hour layover in Chicago which after wandering around for awhile for exercise, nibbling here and there at at coffee shops, sit and read walk again – I sure was ready when they called the flight to Little Rock.
I went from about 24 degrees in Madison to 76 when I got home – daffodils are blooming, everything is growing but it was dark when I got home so I will need to look the yard over today and unpack, laundry etc.
I did have the new pattern waiting for me in the stack of mail that Mike left on the table for me – now to think about it a little bit and look over the other projects and see where I stand with things – here is the Caswell Quilt cira 1835 – talk about fast shipping – I got this from the Reproduction Fabric site and would never have found the pattern there if someone hadn’t sent me the link – sorry I don’t remember – Rita? the pattern is from Australia of course – I love the Aussie patterns – although it is actually inspired from rug made in Vermont between 1832 and 1835 by Zeruah Higley Guernsey. I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and to Esther’s WOW and Freshly Pieced Modern.
All for now – I wrote this last night and will now spend the day getting caught up with things
Published March 24, 2015
Wisconsin – that’s right due to weather in Chicago I spent part of the day at the Madison airport with cancellations, delays, re-booking, delays – ended in re-booking flights for today instead – hopefully I will be home this evening instead. From the search I did I guess Chicago had a lot more snow than Madison and over a hundred fifty delays and cancellations happened.
This did give me an extra evening at my daughter’s house because I am lucky that she lives only 10 to 20 minutes from the airport depending on traffic so I didn’t need to spend the night at the airport or at a hotel close to the airport.
So I will share with you the last photos I took of Utah and Marley the dog yesterday morning – Utah out bright and early shoveling the drive way of the snow that fell before school – while his dad is away with the National Guard fulfilling a deployment 14 year old Utah has taken on the job of snow removal to help his mom out and if it is a lot more snow several of his dad’s friends have been taking turns helping the family out.
It wasn’t deep and he was pretty quick pushing that snow out of the way – did a fast good job of it too.
snow clinging to the trees – and by time we left for the airport a good lot of it was already melting – when we got back from the airport late afternoon it was totally off the roads, dried roads at that
If you are ever at the small Madison airport you will find that after you get through security there are comfortable chairs and couches to pass the time – I had this corner by myself for awhile – before all the rebooking adventure started! LOL – let’s hope I do not spend much time here tomorrow and on my way to Chicago and then home – keep your fingers crossed for me!!
Published March 23, 2015
We started Sunday morning bright and early heading to a karate tournament about 35 minutes from the house – we needed to make a stop and pick up another student – here is Utah in action. He was in a weapons group – no mistakes allowed, it is not about the gymnastics that so many put into their routine the judges repeatedly stated before the event began – it is all about how you demonstrate the weapon – he is a second degree black belt.
Here is is with his Bo Staff in action.
It is very hard to get action photos and so many people in the way – people kept walking in front of us so I wasn’t able to get a lot of photos.
I finished one more Lemoyne Star block – finished 2 while I was here so I think I have a total of 20 or 21 now.
I am not going to bother to put any of my sewing in my laptop bag for the flight home. I barely touched it when I came up and I tend to read more in waiting rooms etc so will stick with the kindle for the waits and the flights find a Starbucks to get a mint green tea and relax – I loaded several more books on it, fully charged and now here is hoping for no delays and I might be home by 6:30 this evening – well back to Little Rock that is and then 75 minute drive home – Mike is picking me up – we didn’t want to pay for 10 days parking LOL! expensive.
Ciera finished her second little cross stitch and did a really good job – I helped her get it framed and she was able to give it to her mom – the first cross stitch will be worked on I think, although I think she didn’t like that one as much – it was harder.
Next post from home – snow possible today – I am posting this Sunday night and so far no snow but they say there will be by morning – hopefully it won’t be enough to cause many delays. EDITED: 9:30 AM we did get snow during the night and it is still snowing now- not heavy – we have gotten about 2 inches – no delays yet at the airport – well check closer to the time to leave and see what they say!
Published March 22, 2015
Attended a basket ball tournament for middle school after so many years was interesting. I was told that the 3rd game the girls played was the best Ciera has played and she scored the highest ever – 14 points out of 39 was done by her – they won 2 out of the 3 games. So here are a few photos of the games.
Ciera in the middle, a coach on one side and other players waiting for their turns on the court.
Ciera with the ball
an out of focus Ciera
And to give you the general idea of what most of the photos looked liked LOL – try taking shots of active girls running and up and down the court and this is what you get!
The second counted cross stitch that Ciera is making – she is taking to this as a natural.
My second red work block on Winter Wonderland got a lot done in the afternoon as we skipped the bowling event – everyone was worn out from the basketball morning and we watched movies in the afternoon.
Ciera and I working on our needlework we are both concentrating hard aren’t’ we and didn’t even know our photos were taken.
Karate tournament today so Monday’s post will be karate photos – hope our Utah does well. This one is out of town but not far- about 35 miles away -it well be another early day but not all day– might have to bring a coffee with me! The weather is now saying winter weather Sunday night to Monday morning – 1 to 3 inches – might need those winter boots after all and it will be in the low 70’s when I get to Arkansas -