Friday, September 13, 2013

What I've been up to lately....

During the last few weeks I have been working on my Orca Bay quilt , in small increments of time (like 15 minutes).  I think I have 4 more seams to sew and I will be done with all of the Step 6 Ohio Stars. It is amazing how much can be accomplished in those short spurts of work!

I am hoping to complete the next two steps and have this quilt assembled by the end of October.... even better if I can get it quilted too!

I did complete and quilt my version of Bonnie Hunter's Florabunda!   I started piecing the blocks July 2012! and I was so happy to have all the blocks completed, I quickly stitched them together without referring back to the pattern.  Once the blocks were all stitched together and the borders added I realized that all the blocks were oriented in the same direction instead of alternating every other block!  UGH!  Well, it still looked good to me so I let it be.  It has a nice soft rose colored flannel backing and binding and will be nice and cozy to snuggle under.

But now, the fall cleaning bug has bitten me, and I am working my way through the house... deep cleaning... room by room.  The kitchen and two bedrooms are done... except for the new curtains that need to be made. 

Next room to tackle is the dining room/office!  I must sort through all the papers and stuff that have accumulated on the table and find a way to get more organized.  I feel the the purchase of a nice wooden cabinet with shelves and doors that can be closed to hide the clutter will be necessary in the near future.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2013 TOTALS August

Time seems to be flying by so fast! 

My grandson started pre-k in mid August!  He is growing up way too fast!  The first two weeks of school are only partial days, so I was on Nana duty till Mom got off work. :)  We had fun reading, watching cartoons, playing ball and eating ice pops to stay cool!  We even kept him on Friday nights and were able to take him on the rides and two county fairs!
A three-day trip with my family to OH to ride the roller coasters (the family not me-I went shopping at a LQS) and a couple of two day out-of-town trips for training meetings for community groups I belong to filled in the month.

While traveling, I brought along and made some progress on my cheddar bowties and Spring Wall Hanging and finished two of my knitted dishrags.  Now that I am home, I am working on sewing the Step 7 flying geese and cutting fabrics for Step 6 of Orca Bay in hopes of having a quilt assembled by October!

 ....06.....customer tops quilted (YTD 47)
.....02.....customer quilts bound (YTD  13)
.....00.....flimsy completed waiting for quilting (YTD 13)
.....00.....quilted flimsy (YTD 11 )
.....20.....hand-work hours (96 YTD )

Lucky Charms wall hanging (1/21/13)
Basket Sampler Welcome wall hanging (2/15/13)
Knitted afghan  (3/20/13)
Scrap Mania quilt (3/19/13)
Orange/Blue Jelly Roll quilt (3/18/13)
Hope Academy Banner (3/27/13)
Jaxson's quilt (3/22/13)
Baltimore Album (4/5/13)
Civil War Snowball (4/5/13)
Big Brother Quilt (5/7/13)
Easy Street (7/22/13)
Matthew's Puppies (7/25/13)

Projects Waiting to be Quilted
 Sloanie Christmas Star Swap

Projects in Progress 
  Spring Wall Hanging....backing prepared.  preparing flowers for applique, some fused to backing
  Disappearing 4 patch...blocks are completed, ready for assembly
  Sweet & Sassy.....9 blocks completed, sashed and quilt corner assembled
  Becky's Barn basket wall hanging...4 blocks completed, assembly to be decided
  Novelty Quilt... blocks cut, need assembly
  Happiness Key...background complete, needs applique/embroidery
  Floral & Pinwheels.... made 4 pinwheels then renamed.... Florals&9patch
  POTC... a hand-pieced hexie swap project.
  Dresden Plate placemats
Bonnie Projects in Progress
.....06.....cheddar bowties blocks hand-pieced (YTD  6  of  81)   ...  (81 of 162 in 2012)
.....00.....cheddar bowtie rows stitched (YTD  0 .... 9 of 18 in 2012)
...done....Orca Bay Step 1 hourglass blocks made (YTD 49  plus 21 in 2012) total  70 of 112 
....done...Orca Bay Step 2  3.5in string blocks made (completed in 2012 )
....done...Orca Bay Step 3 2in HSTs (YTD 55 plus120 in 2012)  total 175
.....done..Orca Bay Step 4 5.5in string blocks (YTD 08 plus 24 of 32 in 2012) total 32
.....done..Orca Bay Step 5 cut 350 triangles and stitch to part 3 to make winged triangles (175 of 175)
.....00.....Orca Bay Step 6 cut 2.5in squares and assemble Ohio Stars (0)
.....04.....Orca Bay Step 7 make flying geese (4 of 64)
..............Talkin Turkey..... 2 blocks complete plus parts
..............Midnight Flight....1 block complete plus parts
..............Winston Ways... 2 blocks complete plus parts

Monday, September 2, 2013

Yardsale Time!

It is yardsale time again over on Quiltville and I am linking up to particpate.  These are some fabrics I have had in my stash for a while and may never get around to using.   If you are interested in purchasing anything, email me at with the item number you wish to purchase.  Be sure to include your mailing address.  I'll take your package to the post office and email you back with the total plus shipping costs.  If that is acceptable, mail me a check and I'll send your package.

#1.....Two pieces of what I call country fabrics $3.50 SOLD

Item #2......Here is a rainbow assortment of fabrics totalling approx 22 yards of fabric.  I believe this may be a poly/cotton blend of fabric but I'm not positive.    $20

Item #3......1 yard of an upholstery type fabric of assorted cats  $2






 Item #4.........Approximately 13 yards of assorted striped fabrics...may be a poly/cotton blend  $10



Item #5......These two coordinating animal prints 2 yards (large print) 3 yards (small print) $5.00


 Item #6....... Almost 4 yards of green/red striped fabric $3.50 SOLD








Item #7.......Approx 5 yards of Christmas novelty fabrics $5.00 SOLD








Item #8.....A panel of Sunbonnet Sue and friends $1




Item #9.......Two "front porch" panels... suitable for making into pillows. $1SOLD



Item #10.... 7/8 yard of bug fabric  $1SOLD







Item #11......2-7/8 yards of black cordauroy fabric $3.00




 Be sure to go visit all the other links on Bonnie's blog too.



Sunday, September 1, 2013

Cleaning Up

I belong to the local Junior Women's Club and today was our day for trash pick-up at the local park.  I wasn't sure if I would be able to attend as we keep the grandson on Saturdays, but, as you can see... he was happy to join in on the fun!

With the hard work done and temperatures in the 90's I thought I'd give him a treat and visit the fountain in the park. My grandson isn't one for taking showers... baths are ok, but and a drop of water on his face and screams of terror can be heard throughout the neighborhood.  I wasn't sure how well this would go.... He was a bit shy at first, but after watching some other young ones running through the water shooting up from the ground he totally enjoyed running around and getting wet... with an occasional run to the bench to towel off his face. 

If only bath time could be so much fun!