Friday, December 2, 2016

Deep Breath

Deep Breath and jump in ... I finished loading up my Jack's Star quilt and ... started quilting it.  I decided that I was probably overthinking it.  I can do this!

I also decided that, just like I am no longer "saving" fabric for the perfect quilt, I am no longer going to "get 'er done" fast and furious with the quilting ... unless a particular quilt needs that simple over-all free-motion design.  And yes, some do.

I actually broke out some tools. A stencil (to mark some registration lines), a Pounce pad - mine is so old - it's the original (powder brushes off) AND ... a ruler.  I don't do much (any?) ruler work. It's way past time to start practicing some of the techniques I learned at Handiquilter Academy.

Almost 1/3 done and no tears or even any cuss words. Stopping for today. We're headed to Tampa for a hockey game this weekend (GO CAPS!) but I will be back at this quilt come Monday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Tuesday was going to be quilting day ... was ...

Got the back loaded

Layed out the top

And stopped.

I was completely overwhelmed with " Quilt as Desired". There is a LOT of white space on this quilt. I do believe this is the first time in 10 years, I was (am) stuck.  Sometimes I don't know ahead of time what I will quilt on a top but I jump in and it always comes to me.

So ..
what does a self-respecting, stuck quilter do?

Move on (for now)

And ... Make a mess.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My Time

Typical Monday morning ... beds and bathrooms and laundry. But the afternoon ... all mine! 4 hours of hanging out in my sewing room. And then? Mom wanted to go out for wings. No dinner to cook, a great day!

When I started the Buttermilk Basin Mystery BOM, I figured out pretty fast, this quilt might not make sense in my new Florida home. I dabbled a bit over the year. Now, I'm getting serious.

I prepped more blocks for evening tv time.

And, I still had more of the "Old Moda" so, I prepped another quilt. I do love this Crossroads Pattern.

1 block made!

And, I wrapped a few Christmas gifts

While all this was going on ... I started watching Gilmore Girls.  Not the NEW one, I started at the beginning. I've never seen this show. Easy, mindless tv while sewing ... A great afternoon!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sunday Decorations

Quilts have been found (bed quilts were missing) and placed. Decorating is complete.

I love my Nutcrackers! Kid#2 danced in the Nutcracker ballet for 5 years.  15 years later, the music still brings me back.

And yes, I do have a few Santas.

There has been a little knitting and some crochet revisited ... I really need some photos.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

It's ON

Hello old friends ... 

Most of my Chrisrmas quilts are stored in our livingroom coffee table (a trunk from my Dad).  Most ... because there always seems to be 1 or 2 that get stashed somewhere else (like the bedroom closet) and I have to seek them out. I love revisiting these quilts each year.  It's been 11 months since I've seen them.

I have a lot of Christmas quilts.

A lot a lot ... and I might even make another this year.

It's a whole new ball game this year ... where to put each quilt in this house.  

NOW We Can Start

I am one of those really weird people who thinks "The Hoidays" start with Labor Day. And ... I'm ok with that! I love the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas best when I can enjoy it and not be stressed about "getting ready".  

So ... with a nod to normal good neighborly consideration, we waited until the day after Thanksgiving to start our Christmas decorating.

Most of our MD stuff is usable in FL ... even Frosty!  We did give away our lighted nets - we don't have the right bushes at this house.  Steve stills wants to do roof lights but of course that will require a Home Depot trip.  Bonus ... we live in a single story house now.  No more climbing up on a high roof.

Today we are heading to the Cocoa Beach Art Festival. It's 78 degrees today, perfect for an outdoor event at the beach. Great way to finish off the weekend.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

That Time Of Year

Yes indeed, this is what my sewing table looks like.

And yes, I'm actually a little behind this year ... retirement will do that to you.  I like to have all "away" gifts done, wrapped and mailed before Thanksgiving.  One box went out to Vermont today. The Maryland box will go Friday. Monday, at the latest. The RI box ... hopefully by midweek, next week.

A few more bowl cozies (15 at last count) but otherwise, not much sewing.  Knitting - socks for a grandie ... DONE! 

Happy Thanksgiving !!!