Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I'm attempting to hand quilt one of my 2012 UFO Challenge Quilts. It's a double wedding ring wall hanging dating back to 1999. Right now I'm only doing some "stitch in the ditch" but I do hope to do some kind of design in the middle of each ring. Believe me when I tell you that I win never win ribbons for my feeble quilting stitches. LOL
Unfortunately I have noticed quite a pucker in one of the melons. Oh well - it is what it is. I had only been quilting about 18 months when I took the class for this quilt. Maybe my next one I won't have so many puckers ;)
After doing a search on Bonnie’s blog about how she pieces hexagons, I found the link here. She has included wonderful pictures of the step-by-step process. Seriously, pictures really are worth it when doing a tutorial. Thank you Bonnie.
As a side note, go check out her Tips and Techniques page as there are a ton of helpful tips there.
Here are a few more tutorials I found.
Bee In My Bonnet has three posts about making hexagons.
Paper Piecing Tutorial (she uses a paperclip to hold the fabric and hexagon paper together – genius)
I think I figured out what part of my problem is in piecing the hexies. I purchased plastic template hexagons. I think they are too thick for me to feel comfortable holding together with the fabric. It’s not like sewing down the binding of a quilt or each joining two pieces of fabric together to create a block. You are holding an odd shape of either plastic or paper – the hexagon, plus the fabric shape or square and trying to baste a seam. Plus for those of us with um, larger fingers, it can be a bit daunting trying to work with smaller pieces. So I’m going to try to take back this bag of plastic template and hopefully find some paper hexagons. Unfortunately I don’t own the hexagon shape maker from Creative Memories – I know bummer!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
I didn’t do a good job of keeping track of how many hours I spent with needle and thread during the month of September. At one point I hurt my hand and that took about a day to recover. Other days “life” simply was too busy. I did try to do at least 15 minutes when I could. I’ve found the car line for the boys school works great as “needle and thread” time.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Breakfast: eggs, bacon, toast (I know very original)
Dinner: pork roast, green beans, potato salad, pumpkin pie
Breakfast: eggs, smoothies with fruit and mini pumpkin muffins
Dinner: pork stir-fry, apple pie
Breakfast: eggs, smoothies with fruit, toast
Dinner: kielbasa, corn, salad
Breakfast: eggs, smoothies with fruit, Teff bread as toast
Dinner: chicken -- not sure what else
Breakfast: eggs, smoothies with fruit, pumpkin muffins
Dinner: cheese tortellini with homemade sauce, salad
Breakfast: eggs, smoothies with fruit, toast or muffins
Dinner: pizza - homemade, salad
Breakfast: eggs, bacon, pancakes
Dinner: Ya, nothing has come to mind yet. Thankfully I have a number of days before I need to worry about dinner on Saturday night. :)
Here are two recipes for teff bread. I have tried either one but obviously I will this week.
Whole Life Nutrition's (Nourshing Meals) dark teff sandwich bread
Gluten-Free Gourmand teff sandwich bread
Since my handsome boys have started school this year I'm determined to accomplish settling on some type of home cleaning routine and get this place looking ship shape. I'm giving myself to the end of school to really have my act together. ;)
Here's the list I scribbled down for today. I've already started on two items - cooking down the tomatoes and finding the menu, which means I know what's for dinner and I've begun preparations. It's barely 7:30 am and I'm off to a good start. Ya me!
Need to start thinking about what needs to be accomplished for the rest of the week. There will always. E laundry. Maybe Adam and Eve had it right with those leaves - no laundry to do! Ha! Now that we are having cooler mornings I need to do out some long-sleeved shirts for my youngest. Does any one else think they have too many clothes? I know I do and we usually do purge the boys clothes when the seasons change. Well all this chatting isn't getting my to-do list done.
Friday, September 14, 2012
First up is Granny’s Vital Vittles series on the “Pantry Principle”. The initial post includes links to the other four posts in this series. Go have a read – we can all learn from others.
Let’s move on to a subject that can be a bit controversial – ADD/ADHD. I’m not here to debate whether a child/adult does or does not have this or whether medication is or is not needed. I was only able to get to this link by using some type of archive site. The reward charts and 7 rules of behavior is good for any one – regardless if the child is special needs or not.
Are you wanting to dive deeper into a bible study? Well, it’s not too late to sign up for the Good Morning Girls fall study in Colossians. All the materials are free. You can do this study on your own, get a group of friends to study with, join a Facebook group or even an email group. Go to the message boards and find what you are looking for. Colossians starts Monday, September 17th. If you are wanting your children to dig deeper into learning from the bible, there is also a kids study plan. You can read about it here.
Doorposts has some really great materials to help with parenting your children. They just put out a free study on friendship. For some kids making friends can be a challenge. As does recognizing who is a good friend and when a friendship may need to end. Go snatch this free study guide and let’s help our children learn about being a good friend and how to have great friendships.
The Test Kitchen of Melissa Fallis just hit the tabs moments ago. I think her three posts about freezer cooking via the crock-pot is worth sharing. Even I forget about the crock-pot. I think if I had more meals at the ready, then I could remember to use my “assistant” more. So for those of us that need help in getting meals on the table for our families, here’s post 1 of the freezer cooking, post 2 and post 3.
May you have sunshine and rainbows!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Here's a book I found at the library yesterday. I'm going to enjoy browsing while waiting in the school car line for the boys.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Most of my time has been a little here and there such as the car line at school or while the boys do their homework.
Go over to Bonnie's to see the progress others are making.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I was still out of town when Bonnie issued the challenge, so I started my project yesterday while at the dentist with the boys. Yesterday I did 1.5 hours on this redwork piece - I think I made a good bit of progress. Today I've done about 15 minutes with more to come later tonight.
Here is a picture of my progress:
And here is the pattern I purchased from People, Places and Quilts in Summerville, SC:
I think when I finish the original project in redwork, I want to do it with lots of color for all those flowers and leaves. It would appear that I could be done with this project long before the month is ended. In that case, I'm going to add some embroidery to this big quilt. Eventually I want to hand quilt this one too. It is one of the 2012 UFO's I was hoping to complete.
I don't have a specific place in which I do my hand work - it's done all over - dentist, doctor, desk, rocker, you name it. So glad to have this challenge as it helps me to focus on some quilting even if I can't get to my sewing machine at the moment.
There is still time to link up over at Bonnie's blog. Come on over and join the fun. You won't regret it.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
fostering through a local rescue-shelter organization. She is our third foster placement and fourth dog as the first placement were two puppies.
We had been seriously talking about adopting Moshi, to the point of trying to name her. In the end I've decided that adding a new puppy to our mix of senior dogs would not be a step in the right direction toward simplifying our lives. I'm taking advantage while she is here for lots of pictures and some serious snuggle time as she loves to snuggle.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
But look what I found - more UFO's yes there was another sigh! One is for Christmas so I might be able to finish it before December 25th - note I didn't specify a year! Ha. The other one would be perfect for the summer. Let's see how many summers will go by before this is finished.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
With Facebook being the social media outlet that it is, it’s not surprising that we have found ourselves in this situation. A local pet rescue/shelter group posted a picture of four adorable puppies requesting foster homes. Yup, you see where this is going, right? Puppies – really how much work could they be?
Late Friday afternoon I received a call asking if we were still interested in fostering some puppies. Well, of course. Just let me throw my sandals on, get the kids in the car and put some gas in the van. An hour later we were looking at these adorable faces.
~ Introducing Cuteness ~
We keep saying, we are NOT going to adopt these puppies. And thankfully I believe that we will all be able to allow the puppies to go to their fur-ever home!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The UFO chosen for February by Judy at Patchwork Times was #1 – my delectable mountains quilt that was started in 1998, thus making it my oldest UFO.
The only progress made on this quilt was lining up a local quilter to quilt it on her longarm machine. Otherwise, not a stitch was sewn or ripped on this quilt.
So early on in the month I decided that I would work on another UFO from the list, one that wouldn’t need to go to an outside quilter. I thought completing my African Plains, #6 on the list and not terribly old – it was started sometime in 2001, so this definitely could be finished during February. Except for purchasing black fabric for the back and deciding on what color thread to use for the quilting, that was all the progress made on my “stand-in UFO” for February.
But, my hands weren’t idle. I was working on something, but it wasn’t from my UFO list (sigh). I was able to make some serious progress on this little whole cloth wallhanging I picked up in Syracuse, NY in 2008. Here it is for the January Friday Night Sew In
And here it looks today – definitely made progress on something for the month of February.
Now for the March UFO – it’s #8, which actually makes me happy. I decided when I was creating my 2012 UFO list that #8 would simply have to be an ABC kind of UFO. These are mainly completed. They just need to be squared up, decide on a backing fabric and binding and hop to it. Let’s hope that for March I won’t have another UFO failure, or rather lack of significant progress.
Happy Quilting ~
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
For me Valentine’s Day has always been one of those “let’s just get through this day” kind of days.
And just like Christmas, it just seems to sneak up on me. One year I was able to make a set of placemats from some heart fabric, although I’m not sure they were finished in time for Valentine’s Day. They weren’t the best or the prettiest, but they still serve their purpose when we use them.
Source: Diary of a Quilter
Or if you’re looking for something for the kids to work on, how about checking out Mama’s Learning Corner Valentine’s Day printables.
However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, remember to have chocolate!