Monday, June 6, 2016

[Post 1,523] One More Post For Tonight

My fellow blogging friend, Julie, has one of these quilts as her blog header picture.  I just winged it and am making one from hers.  No pattern.  One of my daughters has claimed this as her Christmas quilt this year.  I am making a piano-string border.  This is the center completely sewn together.

One of my friends made me two little "shelves" for under my sewing machine and desk area.  They allow my knees to bend at just the right angle and make less strain on my back.

Here is the back of an I Spy quilt for one of my little guys.  I forgot to take a picture of the front, but it was bold 4-patches alternating with novelty prints.

One of my long-time friend's daughter is getting married this Friday.  W-a-y back on April 29 she came over and we pieced this together.  We took turns.  I cut while she sewed (and then I pressed), and then I sewed for a while while she pressed.  In a short time, we had all the blocks sewn, pressed, and laid out.  She took them home to sew together into a center (no borders).

[Post 1,522] More Catching Up

This is one of 4 chairs my FIL gave my daughter for her new house.  The seats were long-gone, and that was one of the challenges.  The other was that the paint on them was really reluctant to let go.

Eventually I had 3 chairs sanded down and stained.  Then I put 2 coats of polyacrylic on.  This step alone took hours.

After a couple experiments, we decided to weave seats (that's me weaving) out of strips of fabric in greens, golds, and browns.  My first one had the largest learning curve, of course.  I was glad to improve on each one.  The 4th chair is at my house now. I painted it black.  It was the one that had the must stubborn paint.

Here is a chair partially stained.

"My" chair, with a pile of fabrics torn and ready to use beside it.

Here is a finished seat.  It is remarkably comfortable to sit on.  The weaving was grueling, and awfully hard on my fingertips.  Back-breaking because of the odd angles I had to be in.  But I did it for love, not money.

Here is one of the quotes painted on the kitchen wall.  From Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A fame.  

The closing picture is some of the best food on the planet being prepared...strawberry pretzel salad.  Mmm-mmm.

Thus endeth another good week.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

{Post 1,521} Break Week

One of the reasons I came home when I did from my daughter's in GA was that I was making 150 cupcakes for our church's ladies' banquet.  Here they are baked before the frosting and decorations were applied.

Here is a picture from said banquet of my local girls and me.  My grandson, Timmy, is on his mommy's lap.  The colors for the banquet were turquoise and red.  Very pretty.

My daughter's house has some very quirky things, but it is her!  Several people have sent me this quilt with a note saying "you've got to make this!".  It doesn't appeal to me, but Susie loved it.  The second picture is a close up of the poor hanging block.  She later added larger eyes, which look much better.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

{Post 1,520} First Week As General Handywoman/Cook

I spent two weeks with a week's break inbetween at the house of one of my daughters.  She had bought it very recently and asked if I could come spend some time helping her spruce it up.

She wanted me to do all those "ing" things...unpacking, organizing, cleaning, sewing, painting, COOKING...

My daughter, SIL, and one of their best friends live in the house.  All of them work full time, so the best thing I did for them was have a hot, delicious meal ready when they all got home (which was 8:30 PM or later, nearly my bed time!). They could have left overs for lunch the next day.

Here is my sweet potato casserole base, ready to go into the dish.  They loved it.

She had a list of projects a mile long.  She is my most organized offspring.  She had a huge whiteboard with rooms of the house listed.  Under that was a plethora of Post-its with projects for said room.  Let's say I did what I could.

They have a coffee bar. One of the more simple projects I did was make this mug hanger from pallet wood. It has since been mounted on the wall slightly higher than this.

There were several shopping trips in my week.  I shopped for kitchen items they did not own, food, various household things.  On a Goodwill trip, I found this adorable stool for kids.  She has a room especially for littles that visit.  $2 at Goodwill!

I did not see my daughter much. Maybe an hour every evening.  As my time to leave drew near, we realized I could not get to EVERYthing.  So she began to prioritize.  This is the wall behind the head of her bed and about 18" on the adjacent wall.  The plan was to paint it red, then the headboard would cover the lower part of the wall.  She was going to get a 4' x 8' piece of insulation board and cover it with fabric to match the curtains for the top part.  That's why the whole thing is not painted.

It was a fulfilling and exhausting week.  I ended up going back after a week of rest.  I will save those projects for another post.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

{Post 1,519} Pressing On

This is one of the little girls we kept for nearly a week.  The ones for whom the I Spy quilt in the last post was for.  The ones who had never spent a night away from their parents.  The ones who are 4 and 2.  The ones obsessed just a little with princesses.  Here is the senior one's princess hair.

Here is my tumbler quilt.  I am putting the binding on.  I have started doing every part of the binding sewing by machine.  I don't think I got a picture of the whole quilt.  It has a bazillion tumblers (actually, 13,600, some of which are pieced).

This is the hand quilting on my Mennonite Mosaic quilt.  It would get finished faster if I actually worked on it.

Occasionally, I get an itch to sew something quick and with different fabrics than my usual go-tos.  How many sad stories start with, "When I was at the quilt shop...?"  This one isn't sad.  I bought a mini charm pack (2-1/2" squares) of a line of reds and taupes.  

Here is what I made from them.  It now has a border of one of the reds (with enough of same for binding!)...this is 35" long, I think.

Thus ends my blog post for today.  I hope your day is a blessed one.  Look for the silver lining!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{Post 1,518} Where Do I Begin?

Where do I begin?  How about where I left off?

I have a blog to journal events in my life.  I know you all are not interested in the day-to-day around here for the most part.  I like to track the progress of my quilts here and throw in a few other DIY projects.

Here is some quilty content.  

What is sad is that it took me about 10 minutes to remember for whom I made this quilt.  It is for two little girls in my Sunday school class.  My husband and I teach 2-5 year olds.  This is for two sweet sisters in our class.

Next up is the progress on my Maverick Stars.  Still determining the recipient for this one.  I have enough blocks to make a good-sized top now.  The blocks finish at 9-1/2" square.

I was going to help a woman make a table runner in preparation for her making a bed-sized quilt.  She did not like piecing.  Truly, the whole process was a struggle.  I made these two table runners/mats in preparation for helping her make a bed-sized quilt.  I pinned the instructions, but here is the link  From one set of strips, one makes the following two quilt tops.  The instructions were a bit nebulous.  The most frustrating part is that no end sizes are given.  I am going to quilt these and have them in my gift closet soon.  I love the colors.

17" x 25" and the other is 17" square.

That's all the quilty stuff for now.

My 1st and 3rd daughters recently bought houses.  Oh, the projects I've assisted them with over the past month.  Pictures to come.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

{Post 1,517} Still Living, I Presume?

Just wanted to let the blogging world know that I'm still alive.  I will post some updates from the past couple of months tomorrow.

Had a good scare when I could not remember my password.  But the little grey cells came up with the right answer.

Here's a little teaser picture, because what is a good post w/o a picture?

I made this quilt for my daughter after telling people who constantly sent me a picture of this quilt that I'd never make one.