Wednesday, December 30, 2009

UFO Challenge for 2010 List is Complete

So far this morning I finished piecing a top that I started yesterday.  Pictured here are the two quilts that needed binding.  That is complete now.  I just need to prewash them and then take them to Family Connections Center.

For now, I'm sitting here tethered to my oxygen and wondering when this weather will change.  The sky doesn't look dirty like yesterday with the inversion sitting all around, but I can't tell if it's cloudy trying to snow or just what.  We did get some snow last night and this morning I thought I was breathing better, but now I'm not sure.  At least I'm getting lots done while I'm inside.

My UFO list is written down and numbered.  I now have 41 unfinished objects that I hope to complete this next year.   Most are kid quilts and those are easy for me to handle on my machine, but there are some larger ones too--so I'll send those out and then I'll finish by binding them.   I can't believe that I have so many starts--I thought I was doing better than that, but the last two days, I made tops from just blocks and starts that weren't even on my UFO list--they are now as they do need to be completed.  In addition, I have strings saved, scraps for crumbs and all sorts and sizes of squares and even some 1 1/2" 9 patch blocks that I'm saving towards a quilt--"someday."  I've listed my UFO's on Stashbusters and I'm ready to begin!--or complete that is!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dr. Oz proclaimed, 'The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished.'

So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house yesterday, I finished off a bottle of White Zinfandel, a bottle of Tequila, a package of Oreos, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, and a box of chocolates. You have no idea how good that felt.

Just kidding....

Yesterday, I did start combing my stash and putting UFO's into zip lock bags and now I have 17 starts all in one place.  Some, I'll be making into to scrap quilts and some into string quilts.

I did start a few yellow/blue blocks for a lotto at sunshine quillting yahoo group, but I sewed the blocks with the scraps of a particular blue that I had and decided to make it into a top--I'll use up the remainder of that yellow  (WAA HOOO!) and set it aside for a back. 

This year, my goal is to only buy what I need to complete all these starts that I have!  I realized that my purchases will be mostly for backs as I'll need to do something to coordinate that!  I have lots to keep me busy!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas.  As I sit here quietly contemplating, I remember the excitement and chaotic nature of Christmas mornings past.  The children have all moved out and three of them have families of their own.  Our youngest, too, although single I guess has his family of one.  So things here as usual are quiet just before dawn. 

This year, my husband and I decided to exchange presents.  We haven't done that for quite a few years.  But we visited a hobby store and purchaced some remote controlled cars.  We have a full unfinished basement and we also have a flat street in front of our house and a huge parking lot not too far from our house where the high school resides that we can race our cars.  They are waterproof, so we can take them outside, even in the snow. 

We are fortunate.  We have plenty.  Our bellies are rarely empty and our clothes closets though not cramed full have ample clothing for every season of the year.  At this time of year, I wonder about the homeless, the less forntunate, the hungry the cold, the lonely, those whose homes have been ravaged by war, those who have lost loved ones, those who are angry at their lot in life, those whose families are divided by religion, war or any number of things that divided families; I feel blessed beyond measure.  I wonder at the inconsistencies of life and although I have wondered much in the past at why they seem to be, for now I have answers that for me make sense.  I am grateful for the road that has taken me to those answers.  I found answers to many of those questions in the book Human Reality, Who We Are and Why We Exist and I am simply awed by the answers to my previous questions.  I have found a sense of peace that I've not known many of the Christmas days of my past.  I take a calm deep breath and know that life is good/bad/ugly or whatever and it really is all okay.  It's as it has to be for now.  Each can choose to do unto his neighbor as he would want done unto him and more peace will fill the planet.  Will it happen?  I have my doubts.  As in the movie Avatar, we are like the preditors taking over Pandora.  We have many who are fighting and killing our earth and our people. 

We seem asleep to the reaction that all this is causing.  We could easily go into Afganistan and set up some sort of system that would allow those poor and hungry to receive the food and clothing that they so desperatly need for what we spend on war going over there, but no the "hawks" of this world want and have found excuses for war.  I groan--but I know--it's okay.  It will come to some sort of end someday.  I just wonder at what comes between now and that someday to bring us all to the realization that love is the answer~~not war.

My wish is that all can find peace in their hearts.  That is the beginning and at the beginning soon of a new year, that is my deepest wish for mankind.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Another Quilting Start Completed

I actually started this awhile ago, but ran out of thread.  So after buying some matching thread, I was able to complete the quilting.  I tried using a walking foot to make the curved lines in the crumb block area and I don't really like the way it turned out, but it's not bad enough for me to pick it out.  I then tried a different thread and then used my free motion, follow the print of the daisy to quilt the yellow strips.  I think I'll bind it in red if I have enough.  I did a double batting on this as it didn't at first seem heavy enough.  Now it is a bit heavy, but when it's washed, I think it will be okay.  It is from the September crumb making phase I went through....

When choosing a back and thread to quilt with, I find I have to stay closer to a thread that doesn't show the quilting as much, because I'm not a perfect quilter and I don't own a long arm.  The red I used to match the back, really was too strong, but I went with it anyway.  The verigated yellow orange used for the flowers, went with the orange, red stripe on the back and didn't interfere with the fabric. 

Quilting is a process of learning!!!

Ohh! I Love These Colors

There isn't a color that I don't like, but when I finished quilting this I have to say it really feels good to me. 

I bought a yard of these animals and I have enough for one more "happy squares" type block pattern.  I really like the batiks with this.  Haven't got it bound yet, but I wanted to get a quilty picture back onto my blog!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Not Quite Perfect--So It's a Prototype!

This fabric was a bit hard for me to work with and in the picture I can see how the seams are a bit off on the bottom third of blocks that I attached.  I didn't notice til completed how it's off a bit.  The fabric didn't quite match and the fabric had no "stretch" to it, so this will be my prototype for now.  I need to go to the store and get more cording.  It's amazing how much fabric was cut off to complete these squares.  No wonder there is such a high cost for pillows.  They are expensive to make.  This fabric is I'm sure at least $17-30 a yard.  I wish I had more of it and I would have made a comforter--but I've enough for another pillow.

Monday, December 21, 2009

We're Socked In~~So I Might as Well Sew!

It is just frightful outside.  It's still so foggy outside that I can't even see past our field in the back to see if school is in session.  Luckily, I have everything done that needs doing.  We shopped yesterday for any Christmas Dinner things we might need, and I don't mind staying indoors.  I have asthma, so I notice when there is a shortage of oxygen in the air.  So for now, I'm doing a bit of pillow work!

This fabric is some my sister gave me from leftovers of decorating.  I have a couple of pillows that need to be re-covered.  I'm trying: as a way to use up these stripes and make them interesting pillows.

This picture shows the cut.

This picture shows  after the cut and the placement for the seam:

This picture shows another way to cut into the stripe.  The square will be different, as it will show more blue. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thank Goodness for Zappos

With the help of a long narrow foot--one that requires me to shop for my shoes online (btw~~have you ever seen the look of a shoe salesperson when you ask for a women's 9 1/2--and then add N to that request???).

Anyhow~~I now have the quilt ready to send to grandson and it fits in this box!  It is heavy, but I was able to prewash it in my home washing machine with some help from "instant water" feature.  It is now softer and it "molds" to the body better than before.  I used a thick poly batting as that's what my daughter wanted, but it surely makes it heavy.  Anyhow, I'll get it to the post office today.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I've Had About All the Scrapbooking I Can Take....

...At least for awhile.  I was sort of driven by getting the pictures into some binders and clearing up some boxes I'd had for YEARS!  Now, I've loaded the remainders that aren't oriented to these particular children..and put them away for awhile, while I GET BACK TO SEWING!  Someday, when I need a change, I start doing the pictures of the grandkids and play with them a bit more--this project was more getting pictures into a project that started in 1974!!!

Stray pictures are in a small box!  Grandkids pictures are in another small box and I feel like I've cleared out some filing cabinets and some storage boxes and run my shredder into a frenzy!  There's another large box that contains some 12 X 12 pages, that I may make and put up for sale on ebay...but for now I have some other projects that are calling to me!

Got some packages into the mail today and I can say that other than the Christmas baking~~I am ready for Christmas!!

Feels Great!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I've Never Seen a Photo Like This!

We're not really sure what showed up in this photo--whether it's refraction of the sunset or what, but it is a neat photo just before dark.  It's been snowing and really cold and it's going to get colder tonight as it clears up.  BR-r-r-r-r!  Still working on scrapbooking--and I made some fruitcake!  We love it as long as it is a pound cake with lots of candied cherries, pineapple and pecans in the recipe.  I've seen several and they all work if made with real butter!  Yum, now they're in the cold room to "age" for Christmas giving to hubby's mom who is 92 and who likes them a lot.  What else do you give someone who doesn't want anything???

Friday, December 4, 2009

A New Tradition Has Been Started

Grammy has done it now!  This is a quilt that I just got from the quilter.  I haven't bound it yet, (cause I can't get to my machine because of all the scrapbooking stuff there).  My oldest grandson turns 14 in January and he wanted a surfing quilt and I happened to have some fabric that he loved.  We found the blue and the white to go with it and he picked out the pattern.  He has a queen bed so it's big.  Hopefully this will last for a long time.  (Now I need to plan to do the same for each of the other grandchildren when they want to decorate their rooms at that age!  I am really pleased with the quilting!

Anniversaries, coffee and this and that....

My husband told a friend this morning while he was exercising, "My wife stays pretty well caffeinated..."
I've been buzzing this morning and have the laundry, the dishes and some scrapbooking done.

In my effort to complete a couple of scrapbooks for my two youngest, I thought I'd re-post this picture of "My Happy Quilt, 2" while I won't be making many more posts for awhile.  That way at least a photo of quilting will be the first spot on my blog.

Yesterday, hubby and I celebrated our 44th anniversary.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Move Over Quilting for Some Scrapbooking!

I'm taking the next couple of weeks off from quilting to try and tame the photos of my two youngest.  I plan on taking the photos and making scrapbooks~~and it MAY take more than two weeks.  I'll finish these up and then either sell or give away the rest of the scrapbooking stuff.  I'm now either leaving the photos on my computer or when I get some made just putting them into small book type photo albums.  I'd rather be QUILTING than scrapbooking.  I'd like to get the boxes down to none and clear out that space.  Even though it's in the basement--when I die I don't want anyone having to deal with it.  Oh, I'm not planning on dying soon--but one never knows. *grin, grin*