Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I'm Still Alive

Although if I don't quit running the shredder, my common wall neighbor will call the cops!  I shredded from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and I'm about two-thirds done.  I'm getting rid of two file cabinets, and these are really old records from back in my court reporting days.  That career ended over 20 years ago.  Time to get rid of them, but I had to shred because there were employee W-2s, etc. 

So far I have 11 huge garbage bags of shredded paper sitting in the garage.  Both cans are full.  The garbage truck comes at around 8:00 Thursday, so I'll just be standing at the garage door waiting for them.  I have to tell you, this feels so good!

No pictures today.  Sorry.  I don't think piles of tubs and boxes or bags of trash would be very interesting.

Funny thing - I keep finding projects that are about 99.9% complete, so I designated one tub to put those in.  My thought was those would be the first ones to get worked on in the other LA.  Well, one tub has turned into two.  What in the world was I thinking?  I'm a gal on a mission, though, so I will do my best to do those first.  Most of them anyway.  My only excuse is that I got bored with them and wanted to start something new.  I guess that's a widely accepted excuse among quilters, but it's my story and I'm sticking to it!

My back is screaming at me right now, so time to stretch out.  I did that on the floor yesterday, and Penny didn't quite know what to make of it.  She tried to lay next to me but then saw this humongous mound called Mommy, so it was more fun to get up on top!  It wasn't fun trying to get up off the floor, though.  I'm just glad no one was around with a video camera!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Progress Stopped

I've gotten this far on the Moda Building Blocks quilt.  I realized that while I'd like to continue sewing on this right now until it's done, there are a few other things that I must do -- like packing!  This quilt has a large amount of fabric involved, and it's kind of in the way of other things I need to do.  So it's going in its own little container and will be brought out again at the other LA.

The wind was blowing.  Every time I'd get it all flat and move back to take a picture, the quilt would billow up.  Oh, well, this will give an idea of the progress made.


I went to a quilting retreat last weekend and had the best time with Darlene and Nancy and others.  The retreat was put on by Stars & Scraps, and they always do such wonderful retreats.  I got there late on Friday, so I was behind from the start.  I also want to work on that one, but packing takes precedent now!  It was a mystery retreat, and our cutting instructions called for 10" squares.  So I grabbed a layer cake of three older Minick & Simpson lines, Wiscasset, Bar Harbor and American Banner, and mixed and matched those.  I think the quilt will be pretty when it's done.  When it's done -- sigh!  Another quilt for the other LA.

However, I think there's still hope for this LA.  I was able to snag a kit that Carrie Nelson was offering a couple of weeks ago.  Thelma made the quilt and I love it!  This one doesn't take up much room, so I might get it out tomorrow and start cutting and stitching.  Well, maybe not tomorrow, but soon! 

The harder I try, the behinder I get!

I do have a sewing plan for the other LA, and that is to finish what I start!  No more excuses for putting something away. 

Remind me I said that!!

There's a lot of stuff going on right now and I feel overwhelmed and stressed, but I hope it will all work out soon.  I haven't been feeling so well, but that's the hand I've been dealt.  I'm just looking forward to the day when I can wake up and walk around the other LA house without dodging boxes and tubs and stuff.  Penny does, too!


Monday, September 01, 2014

Moda Modern Building Blocks

I fell in love with this quilt when I saw a picture of it hanging at Market.  I ordered the kit from Fat Quarter Shop because my fabric is mostly packed up and I didn't feel like rooting around in tubs.  I see they've sold out the first round and have ordered more. 

The kit came in this week and I started with the #1 block, a gigantic 36" block.  Then I decided to go ahead and make the other two blocks in that section.  Those are each 18".  The quilt is 84 x 96, but it sure seems like it's going to be a lot bigger if this section is any indication!


One of the reasons I am so enjoying making these blocks is the piecing.  When I first started quilting (13 years ago this month!) I don't think all of the quick piece techniques were out there for QSTs, HSTs and flying geese.  You cut triangles and stitched them together.  This feels like I'm back to basics!  So much fun!

I know, I know, I should be cleaning out my closet, but it's Labor Day and I'd rather be at the Bernina! 

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Two Weeks of Nothing

Well, not exactly nothing.  I've been sorting, purging, tubbing ... and generally making a huge mess in the place.  Did I already say I hate this moving thing?  I did obtain estimates from moving companies.  They were about where I had estimated they would be - really really really expensive.  Of course, my brother said I should just hire a truck and do it myself.  "A truck"?  That one had me gasping for air after ROFLOL'g.  He hasn't a clue.  The sad part is that what seems like so much here (minus the quilting stuff) is going to be totally lost in the new house.  It seems furniture shopping will be on the agenda after I get there.  That's another thing that I hate doing - right behind car shopping and getting a root canal.

Of course, to add insult to injury during the past two weeks, I turned another year older.  That day was spent in an almost all-day meeting, an early dinner with my late boss' wife, and then home to return phone calls.  I was teased that dinner at 5:30 was for old people.  Hello.  I qualify.  'Nuf said on that!

I received a birthday package in the mail from Sally, my dear friend over in the middle of the country.  She had been posting about this project and I was following her progress for a couple of months.  Imagine my surprise when I opened that package and saw that she had sent it to me! 


It's a gorgeous table topper made from batiks.  I have studied this thing and I can't figure out how she did all of those edges.  There is no binding.  Sally is a true artist - not only with her beautiful piecing and creativity, but for the extra touches she adds to her quilts.

 
In each of the neutral blocks, she "painted" the leaves using Derwent Inktense Pencils.  I don't know exactly how they work, but you draw your design with the colored pencils and then wet them using some gel agent (not water) and feather out the color.  The result is gorgeous!  Then she beautifully quilted it to highlight the painted area.  True artistry!  I had an insane urge to get some of those pencils (check them out on Amazon) but cooler heads prevailed since I can't even draw stick figures that actually look like stick figures!  Sally, thank you so much!  You inspire me!
 
I said a couple of weeks ago that I had finished the binding on two quilts.  The binding color for this one threw me for a loop.  I tried every color in the rainbow but ended up going with red.
 



The red is too -- well, it's too "red."  I had three or four different reds and they were all too red, but no other color worked.  So red it was.  This was truly an instance of repeating over and over "not building a piano here."  It's done.  It'll be cute on the breakfast table or somewhere.  Maybe in the doll bed I rescued from Mom's attic thirty odd years ago.

Isn't it sad that I have nothing to report on the quilting/sewing front?  I have blocks that need to be assembled but no "design floor" that's not filled with boxes and tubs.  All of the blocks will be packaged up for assembly in the other LA.  I did keep out some of Carrie Nelson's Little Bites patterns.  The one that is on my cutting table is Sample.  A few weeks back Carrie offered kits and I snatched one up.  It'll be interesting making the sample blocks from mini charm squares.  I'm up to the challenge!  And speaking of Carrie, I know I can speak for everyone when I say how sad we are at the loss of her beloved Miss Rosie.  I am thinking of Carrie every day.

Maybe the next post will be more interesting.  I don't know.  I've kind of given up on "interesting" for the next three to four months .... but am still looking (perhaps hopelessly) for a glimmer of humor in every day.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Week of Sewing

I spent a lot of time in my sewing room last week.  I accomplished a lot, but only one picture to share this morning.  My home internet service is completely out - a change of service providers here and they only will sign me up for a two-year contract.  Since I'm only here for a couple of more months, I certainly can't do that as they do not service the little town I'm moving to.  So I'll just have to work off my iPhone tether until I get moved and get service there.  I feel so out of touch.
 
 

All of the Weeds blocks are made.  This is the cute Me and My Sister pattern.  I just need to press these and assemble the top.

I also picked up two of the many quilts I dropped off to be quilted, and I got the binding all done on those two.  One is the purple and green batik for my hairdresser, and the other is a small quilt.  I'll try to get pictures posted of those this week.  If I cross my fingers and hold my mouth just right I can get a picture downloaded!

I opened a box and found three or four mini quilt tops I made over the past couple of years. I'm just going to grid quilt those myself and get them done.  The backings were with them.  I'll try to get those sandwiched and pinned this week - after I get the two tops for Brenda Riddle's Quilted Comfort project off to the quilter.  I've put off doing those because I have a tough time piecing those backings with a limited range of motion in one arm and a bum neck and back.  (Dang, I'm falling apart in my old age!)  No more procrastinating, though!  Time to get them where they need to go!

You know how I always say I have to do everything twice?  Well, the hospital called me late Friday.  Apparently all the blood I gave them last Wednesday wasn't enough, so I have to go back this morning and do it all over again.  Naturally I asked if they would just do one more vial to get the amount they need.  Nope.  They need to just start the process over and get four vials this time instead of three.  At least I don't have to go back through outpatient registration; I can go straight to the vampire's den lab and ask for this guy.  And hopefully my new prescription glasses are in and I can pick those up while I'm out.  I found hand stitching those bindings down a bit challenging, even sitting under a light. 

My next projects are going to be whatever I can get my hands on here without unpacking tubs of fabric.  I should have planned better and kept some things out.  This past month has been so surreal.  Planning to move was absolutely NOT on my to-do list for this year!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Red Letter Day

I have been so sick with either the flu or a very bad cold for the past week.  I slept a lot, tried to drink a lot of water, and slept more.  The only good thing about not working and being sick is that I have been on the same tank of gas for almost three weeks!  :)

Since I wasn't quite so shaky this morning when I got up, I decided to get Red Letter Day off my sewing table.  I just had to sew the last three blocks together and then sew the last row on the top.  I almost gave up about halfway through, but a bowl of Corn Flakes and a glass of orange juice fortified me and I kept going.


I really like Thimble Blossom patterns.  They're well written and easy to follow.  That said, I didn't like so much these 22.5" blocks.  Maybe I'm just used to working on smaller blocks, but I found them cumbersome to handle.  It's probably just me.  I have a couple of other quilts in the works with big blocks and I found the same thing on those.  But the quilt is amazing, especially in all of the wonderful fabrics I've seen on blogs and on Instagram.  I'd say Camille struck a home run with this one!

My house is in such a state of upheaval.  I've started packing up some stuff, and realized it's maybe a little too early to start doing that.  I have paths through the downstairs between boxes and tubs.  There are things I wanted to pack and then leave the rest to the packers/moving company.  My very quiet life is upset right now and being sick didn't help at all.  Hopefully, though, I'm on the road to recovery and things will settle down here.

Penny is sitting over there staring at me.  I've neglected her so badly this past week or so.  Poor baby!  I need to spend some quality time with her today because she's just as upset as I am with all of the changes going on around here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Metro Scope Blocks Done

Excuse the "design wall."  I took down the pictures on a wall in my breakfast room to be able to hang them as they were being made.  Caught the edge of the countertop.  I'm looking forward to the Cottage where there will be a real design wall.


Since I lost one of the dark blues due to my cutting error, I'll have to rethink the layout.  It's okay.  The blocks are done.  I can figure out the rest of it.

But not today.

I'm heading to the Pacific Ocean in a little bit.  I have a bucket list of things I want to see or do before I leave SoCal.  This was one of them.  I have a friend who has a place in Dana Point, and I think a day or two of reflection while sitting on the beach is just what the doctor ordered.  Saw him yesterday.  He said I needed to relax and get rid of the stress in my life.  This will do it!

Speaking of the Cottage, I'm trying to figure out a time I can zip home for a week or so to plan the move from that end.  Between doctor appointments and meetings, it'll be tough to work out.  I think I need to get perspective from the other LA to make this LA work itself out.  LA2LA -- that would make a good license plate!