Friday, November 20, 2015

Sttching Up a Storm - Snow that is

We are in the path of the snow coming from the west -- supposed to start this evening -- 5"-8" when all is said and done.  Of course I have family coming over Sunday for Thanksgiving, but pretty sure the roads will be cleared by then -- and my driveway!

So, I've been working on the 9-patches to clean off my table top.  Have all the strips sewn together:
And as of today, I have all the 3-patches cut.  Have you ever used this ruler:  It's called a Shape Cut by June Tailor.  It made short work of cutting all the 3-patches, although there were so many that I took a break yesterday from standing at the cutting table so long and finished up this morning.  You can cut in one inch and one half inch increments, so I could trim, cut 1-1/2, 3, 4-1/2, 6, etc. increments all the way across the strip up to 12" before I have to move ruler or fabric.
So this is what the 3-patches look like:  doesn't look like much, but let me tell you it's a lot!
I started sewing them together this morning and got so bored I thought I'd fall asleep at the machine.  So, I had this little kids quilt cut out already, so started piecing it together between the 6-patches!  The rows are altogether, but it was taking up too much space on the sewing table, so I'll piece the rows together into a top before I start the 9- patches again.
And finally, these are all the 6-patches done -- another day's worth of sewing to make them 9-patches and I'm really, really tired of sewing them together.  They will get set aside when they are done for another time to make into a quilt!
Since I need to bake pies and prep the turkey and stuffing tomorrow, I probably won't get back to the sewing room til Monday or Tuesday.

Until next time.....blessings.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Catching Up

I have been doing a little sewing:  These are 1-1/2 inch strips that were already cut and donated to make homeless quilts.  I have already pieced two homeless quilts from these and now I want to be done with them!  So, these will become 9-patches and eventually made into another homeless quilt.
These are 2-1/2" strips also leftover from donated fabric and they will eventually become 16 patches.  My goal is to get all of these strips sewn together and off my table! Really, really tired of looking at them.
I have been quilting kids quilts also - did two today and loaded a third to start tomorrow.  We already have 14 finished, so will be giving some away to the kids at church the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I'm in prep mode this week as we have our Thanksgiving this Sunday, so the kids don't have to go to lots of different family places on the day.  And our church has a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11-1 on Thanksgiving Day, so I'll be volunteering to help out there that day. Win-win for everyone involved!

And today I have another therapy session.  They'll be doing their measurements to see how far I've come first.  Then I see the doctor next Monday, and hopefully last therapy session next Tuesday! Thumb doesn't hurt, but not sure it will come back far enough to applique again.  I have been able to hand stitch bindings down, so that's a good sign.

Until next time....blessings.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, my favorite Vet:
This was the crew of the Liberator plane known as Touche.  Bill is third from the right.
They served in the South Pacific, mapping the invasion beaches of Japan.  Bill was a mechanic, and the Belly Gunner!  He was just 18.

Always on my heart, forever on my mind.

Until next time.....blessings.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I've Been Sewing!!!!

I finished piecing another quilt for the homeless today:
This was made from some donated fabric 
 and a partially put together quilt kit.  I've already made one quilt from the parts and I finished the 9-patches on this one, then put the borders around them and now used some blacks from my stash to alternate them.  I did piece the binding today, and hope to piece the backing tomorrow, but don't know when I'll be able to quilt it.
I took the hard splint off yesterday and have spent two days sewing without it.  I have therapy again tomorrow, so don't know what they're going to say about that, but the splint was rubbing on the incision on the thumb and pinching my arm - I still can't pinch my index finger with my thumb, but I at least do my therapy exercises a few times a day and I am being real careful not to jam my thumb!

Until next time....blessings.

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Not much happening here today.  I did manage to put the church bulletin into the program for projecting to the screens on Sunday morning -- took most of the morning!

But I also spent 30 minutes cutting fabric for our kids quilts we'll be sewing on tomorrow at our monthly sew-in.

 All ready to go out the door in the morning!

Until next time....blessings.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Some Progress

I finished piecing the 9 patches - only because I was tired of doing them!  I still have strips of fabric that I will sew together to make more 9 patches and maybe 4 patches, but I decided to stop putting the borders around them now, and go ahead and start piecing another homeless quilt.  These quilts need to be 60" x 80" or thereabouts, so, I cut some black prints to fill in between the 9 patches. And of course I didn't have enough of one to do the whole quilt, so pulled and cut two.

I sewed the top two rows and placed the third row on my design board.  The busier black print will be in the center and the less-busy one will be alternating in the outer rows only.
All of the 9 patches need to be squared up, so they are now on the cutting table waiting for me tomorrow!  I found cutting is a little easier with this splint than the cast, but still not great, so it's slow going, but that's ok - no hurry, right?!

Until next time...blessings.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cast is off

And now I have a hard splint to wear for 4 weeks.
They did take the stitches out. And I am scheduled for therapy starting Wednesday.
But, I'm a bit disappointed in that I still can't load a quilt on the longarm, I still can't move my thumb much and there will be no lifting whatsoever for the next 4 weeks - it is still healing.  I was hoping to be able to cut fabric better and I won't be able to do that either and definitely no hand work.  I can still piece on the machine though, so guess I'll have to settle for that.  And, wonder of wonders, I can at least take a shower and wash my hands without the splint on and no bag over my hand!

Until next time.....blessings.