Well after two lazy days I was constantly on my feet or doing something yesterday. First of all lets talk about the mail – I got 3 packages in the mail yesterday – it is always so nice to open fabric packages!
First I got my backing and thread from Connecting Threads for the “Stairs Through the Stars” quilt – now I can get busy putting the back together – baste and then machine quilt this twin size quilt. The thread color is called “claret” kind of a deep burgundy color. The backing purple with dots.
My 2 packages of 4 yards each of Kona Cotton Snow from Craftsy also came –
I have them wrapped on the bolt and up on the shelf.
And look at all these pieces of hand dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh at Field Trips in Fiber!! I won these from her stash – they are all pieces – not full yardages and such a wide variety of colors aren’t they gorgeous. Vicki dyes her own fabric and sells from her etsy shop – you might want to check her out. My mind is already plotting and planning – what to use these for – possibly something with a black textured background? hmmm I’m thinking about it for now. If you look back up at the photo above on my bolts I have 5 yards of a black/gray water color batik – that might go with this just fine.
And if all this wasn’t enough- (fabric purchases were all on very good sales I didn’t spend much at all!) my kindle has bit the dust – I have been having so many problems with it for the past 6 months (I use it all the time it has gotten a lot of use out of it) I got a new kindle and it came yesterday. Now I have to learn how to use it again I don’t know how you are about new electronics and such but I admit to being a bit of a dummy – it takes me awhile and I get very frustrated while learning. I got the Kindle Paper White – it has a light on it and touch screen instead of the little keyboard which I hated.
I got busy and printed more tumblers and cut them, cut more prints too and now have 800 of each finished and in the box.
These prints are in stacks of 10 and ready to cut with the template. I take about 3 or 4 out of each mini charm package at a time – this way when they go in the box they are mixed up and ready for me to just grab the next tumbler to sew on to the row. I do not want all from a same line of fabric all right next to each other, I want them mixed up. I cut about 5 at a time.
These two blocks I quilted on Tuesday night. Moving along – this is the third row of the 13 rows of blocks on Insanity Revisited.
We had a bit of a thunderstorm come through on Tuesday night that lasted about an hour, I swept all of this up off the decking and porch yesterday morning – I need to get these dumped in the wheelbarrow today and go around to the yard to pick up the 4 or 5 piles of branches that I made yesterday morning – we also have the top of a hard wood that broke, Mike will need to tackle that with the chain saw – it is far from the house but looked like it will be blocking a drainage ditch so needs to be taken care of. We had 1.5 inches of rain and the power only went out briefly – which really did surprise us.
And I got 3 pints of blueberry pie filling processed and 4 pints of strawberry jam – had a good sale on strawberries and I picked them up while I thought about it. Whew – ok, time to take a break huh.
Thanks for the opinions on the light for sewing in the camper – I think I will order the one from Keepsake-the table that I use for sewing by isn’t quite in the right position for a table lamp for if I lean the recliner back – I have to have something up close and around the neck as I have to position the light directly on the work to see it right – camper lights are much dimmer if you are not hooked up to electricity and there are a lot of times when we are in the national forest campgrounds when you have no hookups – you run off your batteries then and the lights are dimmer and you don’t want them all on as they run it down too much – hence the need for a portable light that works on little batteries
Some asked recently did I get the rotary blade sharpener – no I didn’t, I have heard back from enough of you and read reports on line that say the manual sharpener just isn’t all that great, that if you want one to get the electric – maybe when we get back from our trip – kind of up in the air on it right now.
I really and truly didn’t do much yesterday. I am totally hooked on a series of books that I have been rereading and realized that I had missed one in the series – purchased it and read the whole darn thing leaving very little time for quilting yesterday. The series of books I am reading are by Karin Slaughter and I’ve been reading from the first in the series all the way through to her newer books which still intermingle with the first people in her books although the people change a little from here to there, there are always some of the same people in them. I wanted to reread all of the books before I read the newest book even though the newest book is independent off all the rest – I just wanted to reread them, some it had been such awhile since I had read them that I had forgotten things. Are you like that with books? Reread or read once and never again? I have certain authors that I just love the books so much that I have reread numerous times. If you have never read Karin Slaughter start with the Grant County books and then go to the Will Trent books– reading in order helps as the characters grow and change a bit. Reading out of order will only make you want to go find the first book and read in order!
I did get a hundred more of the print tumblers cut out bringing me to a total of 700 prints and 700 solids – I started more of the solids and have little over 60 of them and need to print more – I stack them in hundreds so I don’t loose track. Linking to Connie at Freemotion by the River today – and it looks like she is in the flood zone for the Mississippi River in Iowa so keep her in your thoughts – they are filling sandbags. I am also linking to Lily’s Quilts
The garden is producing a little bit and here are some roma tomatoes and a couple cherry tomatoes – they were hanging pretty close to the ground and I didn’t want the bugs to get them so I picked and let them finish ripening on the windowsill for a couple days.
The tiger lilies are opening up – I have a lot of them and they are beginning to grow in numerous places around the yard. To bad the flowers always face down – I don’t find that good for a cut flower.
The Cranium Lily’s are blossoming too and they are not a cut flower either.
Any how maybe I will get some quilt work done today? We will see! Can you believe it is July 1st already – the months just fly by at times.
On Friday I started to read a book by Lisa Gardner and it really held my interest from the very beginning. On Saturday I kept at it – other than a break to run to the grocery store and doing laundry — and didn’t even pick up a needle until evening – after I finished the book. The book is Touch and Go – published last year and right now Amazon for Kindle has it for $2.99 . I have read other books by her but never has one of her books kept my interest where I didn’t want to put the book down. Here is a little synopsis from Amazon “Ten minutes after walking the elite Back Bay townhouse and investigator Tessa Leoni already doesn’t like what she sees. Signs of an abduction. Clearly the work of professionals. At best, the entire family has been kidnapped. At worst…”
I took a few stitches on the baby quilt and got done with the corner I showed yesterday, didn’t work on the Granny Squares but I did work on the Patchwork of the Crosses Friday night after I got off the computer. I finished the row I was working on and now have the first of seven rows of the Crosses finished!! I guess I need to really try to get in time almost every day on this quilt if I am going to finish it by fall which I would love to do.
I can tell already that I will only be doing about a 1/3 of a block at a time now as the little blue squares rest just above the roller so I have to have room to move and couldn’t roll it down as far as I would like to – which means I will get across the width faster but will be rolling it down more often. This is the block I started on last night.
Isn’t this tea cozy just so cute – I have a a page on Pinterest with some really pretty hand work ideas . This cozy is designed by Yoko Sato the link goes to a book of hers—I look at all this really delicate handwork and just want to make it all!! Some of the designs are so complicated looking. She is such a great well known quilter. On my blog sidebar I have a link to Patchwork Pink Caramel– the name of this blogger is Sakae Yoshihara – she does a lot of work that might be designs of the designer above – I’m not sure if the translation is right. Sakae’s work is so pretty and delicate also – her blog is in Japanese but using google translator you can sometimes figure out some of what she writes – but she has such beautiful photos of her work and work of her students (I believe if I understood right) even if I can’t understand all that she writes I love looking at the photos – such beautiful hand stitching. (In My Opinion – Google translator does a really poor job of translating at times!)
We are prepared for the winter storm once again and hope other than being cold it will not be too bad and that we won’t get a lot of ice – but I’m pretty sure we will get at least some ice and then snow – we are all ready for some warmth aren’t we!! At least it won’t last more than a day or so.
Morning started out chilly but we knew it was supposed to warm up. My daughter Melanie and I had plans to talk a walk! Yes it was that kind of weather yesterday. But first because the morning was chilly I got some sewing done.
Two Granny Blocks yesterday – yahoo I’m on a roll.
I have decided to do queen size and continue making blocks. I will start to work on color arrangement when I get the sixth row done and then start to sew rows together so I will have more room on the design wall. I will still be able to control the layout colors because I am working with scraps and will be able to just step back and see what colors will work. No sashing. I’m not sure about a border still.
The scrappy baby quilt is growing also – this is laying on two pieces of flannel that for the time being is laying over part of the quilt on the frame – a very temporary design wall LOL.
Wednesday night I took a little break from the Olympics – they do not seem to be holding my interest as much this time as they do sometimes – I did have the tv on in the room and glanced at it now and then but went to bed early and just wasn’t really paying attention to it – I did get more done on Patchwork of the Crosses though
Here are photos from where Melanie and I took our walk – the temperature! 52 degrees when we finished. This is not a really long walk but by taking the little side trails it is probably about 1.5 to 2 miles – it took us an hour to walk it. It is not just straight in and out, it does have inclines and areas to walk down to the river to look at scenery – which is why it took an hour – we look for birds and critters – this is a fairly new park on the edge of town – about 12 miles or so from where we live.
This is a walking/bicycle trail with benches here and there to enjoy the scenery.
And here at home up on the ridge we still have snow that is disappearing rapidly.
And the daffodils are still growing
My sister in law Greta is running a Valentine Day sale on her book - His Promise True, available as a Kindle download for only $.99 – the link goes to her blog with a link to Amazon there.
Once again I spent the day quilting and reading. I don’t know if some of you might remember a movie from about 10 years ago staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks called “Catch Me If You Can” – I recently got the book (amazon) on my kindle and had so much entertainment reading it the last several days – all about a very young real life con man back in the 1960’s called Frank Abagnale. This was not a free kindle book – but it was something I wanted to read and paid for it. If you want to be entertained it was a fun read – although of course this kid was breaking who knows how many laws at the time he did become a respectable upholder of the law after a time spent in prison in his 20’s and has worked for the FBI.
I took the Uncommon, Common Bride quilt outside yesterday in the sunlight to take a few photos to get stitch work better – I normally keep any quilt top that I have the blue lines from the Mark Be Gone pen on out of the sun light as I do not know what damage it will do as you are to have no heat on it – so keep in mind this was outside in the sun very briefly and then back in the house
I am glad to finally be done with the center of the quilt and now start on the borders. There will be more grids on this border after I stitch around all the appliqué.
I managed to finish the rest of the white blocks on this half of the quilt Carousel. Still a long way to go. Even though it already feels like I have been machine quilting forever on this quilt –most likely because of all the twisting and turning to do these squares – it really hasn’t taken that long – I am keeping track of my time – so far 3 1/2 hours – I keep track of the machine quilting time because I am supposed to oil my machine every 8 hours of work – some say you can tell when it needs it by the way it sounds – I can’t figure that out yet so I keep track of my time I haven’t quite decided how I will quilt the print area yet but as I quilt the white areas I am thinking about it. I will do all the white first then decide. How often do you all change the needle? Right now I was thinking when it was time to change add the oil? (I was thinking cars )
Don’t forget the sale continues on Craftsy — links on the side bar– the sales last until December 2 – all classes are $19.99 fabric is on sale too and so is yarn.
I normally show photos of my sewing area when it is clean – some of you have commented in the past that they have never seen my sewing room messy – well here it is you can barely even see the table right now!
The sewing machine is just sitting up there right now because I intend to make some flannel drawstring pants so I hadn’t put the machine back in its bag when I finished the quilt top the other day. I needed my computer/sewing table back to being a computer table for now so the sewing machine was put up on the side table there. Flannel is cut out but it is all folded up for now and on top of the cutting table right now along with the two books I had tucked under the sewing machine so it would be at the right height when in the Sew Ezi Table. I had enough flannel left over to make a short dropped sleeve top to go with the pants – we will see how that goes – I normally do not make clothing!
I thought about sewing today but somehow I have spent more time reading than sewing! I found another free book on kindle that I downloaded and I started to read – nice and light reading – nothing heavy – make sure you check the price first if you want it, the free part doesn’t always last long.
I think I will get the pants made tomorrow instead or this evening – then the top if I am feeling really energetic – right now I think I will also dye these after I make them – white gets so dirty – maybe a hunter green or a blue – leave the top white or a different shade? Pants for sure are getting dyed.