Sunday, July 23, 2017

Another one begins!


This one is for Kolby who loves bright greens!
It seems BIG after the last one!
2.5 inch squares this time.


I fixed this board covered with batting to lay out the blocks for a Trip Around the World.
I know people do the strip set and cut them apart but I can never get the strip set sewn evenly.
I prefer to cut the squares and sew them together.
It does make for a LOT of cutting before beginning.
I've finished the first row on my homemade chart and begun the second, being extra careful of all those corners meeting!
 I'm stitching the blocks together as 
each one is finished, otherwise I'd have them all in a jumble.

It seems like all I do is sew at the moment-oh well, I am working setting up the
new studio a bit each day and pulling up nasty carpet a bit each day.
It's too hot to do much of anything and even though I miss it 
I am glad I do not have gardens at this house!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Finishes!


First, I finished sewing down the binding on Suzie's Sparkling Nines!
The color was better in the next picture, guess the sun washed it out!


Above was a closeup of the front and here's the back!


I got creative and used up all the blocks I had left over, save one which I made into a mug rug.
Don't know how I managed but I got the nine patches on the back lined up with the ones on the front and the quilting was where it should be!


 Closeup of the center back.
Used up quite a bit of the stash on this one.

The next one is cut and I started on it tonight, perhaps I'll show that tomorrow!

The second finish is the painting in the basement!
WHO HOO!
Should anyone be considering this I highly recommend having it sprayed!
My shoulders, wrist and hand have been very sore.

Quinn is trying to stay cool-as am I and it isn't easy!
Her best friend, Zoe, has come for a couple of weeks while her family is on vacation.
Usually, Zoe is a nervous wreak when they leave her but this time she's been very, very calm!
Hoping it stays that way!



Saturday, July 15, 2017

They Paint Too!

Left to right:  Brayden, Kolby and Ethan

I told you about my oh so cute mowing crew, 
well, did you know they also paint?
(Kolby thought we were painting pictures-he was shocked that we were painting walls!)
They are just getting started but they painted the whole wall they are working on here, plus another short wall on Thursday.  
Before we ran out of paint!
Then a short wall plus on Friday-they were tired.
I know how they feel.
They all used a roller as well as a brush, even Ethan!
Paint got on the floor.
So what!
I'll be painting the cement floor later anyway.
During one of their breaks Brayden asked what the I-beam was.
I told him it held up the weight of the house.
So, he wanted to know if it was okay to swing from it!
I asked if he thought his weight would bring the house down on us!
Little monkeys played at hanging from it for a bit, 
then went back to paint.

Their Daddy said I had more patience than him-I just knew they needed
something to do while at my house and paint on the wall is paint on the wall no matter how it gets there!
I'm putting the second coat on now.
Will need to more paint yet.
That masonry just slurps it up.
First step of new studio will be done this week.
Then it's on to painting the floor (after first etching and priming it.)

I'm also bringing empty totes and holiday boxes up to the garage.
Don't want to move things around more than necessary!

I'm off now to sew the binding on Sparkling Nines-it's really quite hot to have a quilt on your lap!



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Brilliant Idea--NOT!

I've been in this house now for about seven months.
I've mostly found everything, mostly.
I've hauled away a lot of "Stuff" as donations.
(More to come-I have a goal of reducing my "Stuff" by 50%.)
I've figured out that in spite of a wonderful walk-in closet my studio 
just doesn't work.
Plus, I really miss having a dedicated office space.
Having all the flotsam and jetsam of life 
plus all the research stuff scattered about the house
leaves me scattered as well.
So.
I have an unfinished basement
of about 800 square feet.
Moving the studio into that space and the office into the current studio is underway.
First, I need to make the basement more habitable without spending 
a small fortune!
Paint is always the go to for me so I decided to paint the walls and the ceiling.
Complete with pipes, wires and HVAC vents.
Yeah, well, NO!
I spent several hours priming pipes, vents, etc so they would hold paint on Sunday.
Yesterday, I spent most of the day painting this!
Not even a quarter of the ceiling done.


That's as far as I got before my shoulder (and other body parts) just gave up.
Apparently, in my 6th decade I cannot do what I did in my 3rd decade!
I knew that.
Sort of.
I forget though.
New plan for the ceiling is needed.
I have an idea but I want to see if its possible first!
First now, comes paint on the walls.
Paint on the floor.
Possibly an electrician to add outlets.
Then the ceiling.
I want to cover the ceiling but still be able to access everything mechanical.
While a drop ceiling would be lovely it's too many dollars!

On other fronts,
I've finished the quilting on Sparkling Nines-only binding to go!
I've done a bit of yard work,
and nearly have the garage clean!

Suffering through 95F (35C) with heat indices of 105 F (40C).
Breathing water it's so humid.
I really can not wait for fall.


Monday, June 26, 2017

My mowers!

Ethan helping Lucas mow.
Several weeks ago Brayden sent me a text message wanting to know
if I had any work for the two bigger boys.
It seems they want to buy a trampoline and
Daddy had finally said yes.
IF they saved the money.


Kolby
So they've been losing my grass.
It came at a good time for me since I am still indoor living.
Brayden wasn't feeling well this last time but
normally he'd be out there.

Anyway, I have the cutest lawn service anywhere!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Brain storms!

Tablecloth clip

I've  been fighting the pin basting of Sparkling Nines 
(thank you for that name Ann!)

I don't have floor space large enough to pin that way~
Not to mention my creaky old knees!
Anyway, I baste on my table.
A soft yellow pine trestle table that my father made back in 1967~ 
think it qualifies as an antique?
Its so soft that if you write on paper without something under it you have your shopping list immortalized in wood.
That being the case several years ago I bought a piece of heavy glass to cover the top.
All well and good 
except
Fabric slips and slides all over the place!
I finally had all the layers flat (I thought) and most of the pins in when I discovered~
You guessed it huge wrinkles in the backing.
Out came all the pins.
I needed a way to make the layers stay put until I had the pins in.
Then I had an idea!
Oh no, not that!
I could use the clips I have for holding tablecloths on picnic tables!
Problem with that 
Mine are in the trailer, sigh.
Quick trip to Walmart.
Much walking around inside.
Finally found them in Sporting Goods!
They came in packages of 6 so I bought 3 thinking I might need 18.
Used 17.
I thought I might have a whole lot of tablecloth clips if this didn't work 
but they were inexpensive so why not?


This the the way the quilt looked when all the layers where put together.

First, I used the clips to flatten the back out and hold it in place.
Then I laid out the batting.
No slipping.
Reached under the batting to carefully move the clip to include the batting.
Laid the top on.
No slipping.
Smoothed out the top, carefully moved the clips again.
Perfect.
 Only problem, 
My fingers are sore!
This was pretty tight!

Once pinned I took a look at the back~
NO WRINKLES!

I will definitely do this from now on, so much simpler.

My brainstorm actually worked!
(That hardly ever happens.)


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lots of stitching going on!


Finished this top today!
All those 2 inch squares worked into something pretty nice.
I hope the person I made it for likes it.
The back is nearly ready to go as well,
then it'll be on to sandwich and quilt!
Perhaps I'll have it finished in the next week?

The last two days were just horridly hot and humid.
The nights brought major thunderstorms,
leaving many without power.
Not here in Greenwood though,
Although it did rain enough to wash the starling nest out of the gutters!
Last night's storms came with a cool front dropping us out of the 90's!
Huzzah!!
All the heat and with issues still remaining from asthma-
I tried Kolby's baseball game on Wednesday (it was a great game, they won) 
but it was a no go as far as enjoying the out of doors!
Call to the doctor resulted in a new prescription but
the pharmacy is awaiting insurance approval.
(When did insurance company employees-who didn't go to medical school-get to dictate medical care?  I find that annoying.)
BUT,  all the inside time led to the above top being finished.

I also worked in the garage, sigh, will it never end?
and began pulling up carpet.
I think taking out the carpet will help with the allergies and it's original to the house.
So some 25 years old.
You would not believe the dirt under it!
That's another project that will be with me a while.