2017
03/26

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Life
quilts

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rearrangements, quilted birds

We spent some time this morning rearranging our quarters.   Both of us enjoy all the light from this room.   That makes it a perfect place for him to play the guitar while I spin.  Now why we didn’t think of this before, I don’t know.   But we are happy with the new arrangement – at least until unused muscles kick in.

This birthday quilt is now quilted and the binding made.    I’ll put it on in the morning.   Sometimes if I push it too much, I have to do things twice.

This is the label going on the back.

Linking up to Elm Street One Monthly Goal as I met this goal this month.

And now I’ll go try out the new spinning area.

 

2017
03/25

Category:
Life

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Yardage use 3/24/17

This should have been in yesterday’s post

Used this Week:   Mar 24             12.625 yards

Used year to Date                          62.00 yards

Goal:                                                   300.00 yards

Yards to goal:                                   238.00 yards

Added this Week:                               0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:                          3.00 yards

New Yards to quilt goal:                 240.00 yards
Net Used  2017                                      59.00  yards

2017
03/24

Category:
Life
quilts
Shopping

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Jelly Forest quilt

The floors are swept and mopped, the laundry is done and the rest of the morning was filled with errands: taking DD to get prescription, delivering some items, and grocery shopping.    All done for another week – maybe.

I was able to trim and bind this quilt, called “Jelly Forest” from the book  STRIP YOUR STASH by Gudrun Erla.   It measures 55 x 81, perfect for covering one for a nap.  I quilted it with the design called “Whisper” by Anne Bright and used a permanent marker to put my name and year on the back of the binding.   I will probably keep this one.

I then cleaned the bobbin area out of the three machines I used this week, so they are ready to go again.

   Then I cleaned off the cutting table and mounted the purple hummingbird quilt ready to quilt.  I’m hoping to get this quilt finished as well as the snowman quilt.   Soon, I  have to process the scraps into their homes until used.   I only did half of my walking each day, but I feel good about the accomplishments.  It seems to take so long to get the preliminaries done, and then POP, one gets several finishes.

 

Here are the new girls (left) of which I promised you a photo.   They have integrated well with the fowl we had.

Have a blessed and restful Sabbath.

 

 

2017
03/23

Category:
machine embroidery
quilts

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Humming birds

    These humming birds are for the neighbor’s  90th birthday next month.   They are humming birds digitized by Hatch in Africa.   (I’m sorry, the link above is not working, but you can google is as they have many beautiful designs.)    I was told a party was being planned, and since she is sometimes in a wheel chair, I think this lap quilt will be a good size for her.   The next time I have, it will go on the quilting machine.

I finished quilting this piece today as well.   It still needs to be trimmed and bound.   Here is an up close of the quilting.

I neglected my walk today and spent another entire day in the studio getting these 2 quilt to this point.  Tonight will be an earlier to bed night.   Tomorrow I’ll have to be out and about food shopping etc.   Perhaps this weekend I can catch up on the walking again.

2017
03/22

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machine embroidery
quilts

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Sewing Snowmen and snowflakes

 

Sewing Snowmen and snowflakes has been an all day project which obviously isn’t finished yet.  The digitizing isn’t perfect .  It’s a learning process.   Even so, it is so very much better than if I had just done a machine zigzag around each of these pieces.  It took a lot of time to cut around the fabrics before I could continue to sew.    I need to get my Scan n Cut learned to make this faster.   Now that I’ve taken a photo of this with the sashing, I think I may have to change that.   It has the same aqua/turquoise, but just doesn’t seem right.   I will decide later.

It will not get finished as I have other embroidery that must be done tomorrow.   A neighbor is turning 90 in April and needs a lap quilt for in her wheel chair.   So that is a priority tomorrow.

2017
03/21

Category:
Life
machine embroidery

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Neurologist, new phone, digitizing

DH has been having some issues with balance and shuffling.  Today we went to the neurologist for a review.   He says the only thing he can see that indicates Parkinson’s is the shuffle and is sending DH to the physical therapist to work with him on that.  He also said that DH should be reminded frequently to stand up straight and take long strides.   His brain will be retrained in that way.  DH had a brain scan and the doctor remarked that the brain “looks beautiful”.    Apparently if it is Parkinson’s, DH is very fortunate that he is getting it at this age instead of younger as it advances more slowly.

Since Christmas I have not had a dependable phone, even though the Apple people have tried to repair it, and replaced it once.   We went to the store and I now have a new IPhone 7.   So hopefully all my phone woes are over.

The rest of the afternoon, I played with the digitizing program and hopefully tomorrow will be able to do some more stitch outs.

2017
03/20

Category:
Life
quilts

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Mistakes and a finish

Mistakes make life interesting would be an understatement.    I started in the studio with a success.   I discovered why my design was not getting to the embroidery machine.   It was too large.    I downsized it, put it in the machine and started my first flower.   Then I couldn’t find the applique scissors.   I called DH down for a second pair of eyes.   He found them in the drawer in which they belong.   And we found a pair of reading glasses for very up close work – taking stitches out.   After trimming, I put the design back under the needle upside down.   That’s a great reason to mark your item with a “L” and/or a “R” if there might be a question.    Starting again, I marked the L and R, but forgot to put down the bottom layer.   Here is the third mistake, which I was able to salvage and get right.    No, I won’t be wasting the fabric in the first two mistakes.   They will be turned into something else.  And finally here is one finished flower.

The rest of the day went good, but I certainly feel like I spend hours learning – like Edison from mistakes.  This has been a great quilt for learning.

Because of all the large appliques and it is a small baby quilt (34.5 x 39.5) I decided to just stitch in the ditch.   Then I bound it with some on the bias binding I made for a different quilt and changed my mind.   So I now have one finish for March.  If you are interested, this quilt is Debbie Mumm’s Sampler Quilt in her Favorite themes group

www.Debbiemumm.com/Projects/QuiltBlocks/2013/january.pdf

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2017
03/19

Category:
Garden
quilts

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Hoop house gardening plus digitized owls

Finally I ventured out into the much neglected hoop house to see if anything lived through the winter.   I have been very discouraged because through our coldest times, I have found the door open.   So I didn’t expect any live plants.  Much to my surprise, the parsley and kale (left) seemed happy.   The kale on the other side also survived.The Swiss chard here is coming back and there are still a few onions.   Today I eliminated all the weeds you see on this side.  Since I didn’t get plants started, I’ll wait another week, then the store should have the organics in and I’ll just buy started plants this year.

Here is one of the digitized owls sewed out.


It’s a small quilt, but is coming along and giving me a chance to learn a new program.  There is still another row of larger flowers to put below these bugs.

 

2017
03/17

Category:
Life
quilts

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Disagreement with God day

Disagreement with God day started out with me being impatient with DH, because he wanted to go with me to the store and I had my agenda for the day and didn’t want to wait.   However, I did rearrange the schedule and then kept asking him to hurry.    I am way behind in the goals that I set for this month and I wanted to at least get one top quilted.   I haven’t finished a single project this week.  I also wanted to get some embroidery done for the birthday quilt.     We got back from the store and one of the daughters called and wanted a homemade gift for a friend’s birthday Sunday.    I don’t have the time to come up with something.

I guess my impatience reminded God that I needed another lesson.   So all afternoon, I was in the “school room” learning through one process and then another.   The digitizing didn’t go well, my phone isn’t working.  I spent an hour with the Apple people and they thought they had it fixed, but it still isn’t working.

I quilted on the quilt and had one more row to go, when I saw the above very bad tension.   The entire row was like that.   I looked good on the top, but was very bad on the bottom.   So I stopped and took it all out.    What is puzzling is that the row above this as well as the row below have good tension.   I’m guessing the bobbin was the problem as I was having to refill it frequently.  At least the quilt is still on the frame, so it will be easy to find my place again.

I did not want this lesson on patience, but my Heavenly parent saw the need.   In fact, I never ask for patience for fear another lesson will be forthcoming.    He, also, reminded me that He gives me 24 hours every day and that is plenty of time to get done what He thinks is necessary.    So I need to learn what the unnecessary items are and cut out some of those.

Now He has given me 24 hours to rest and be refreshed.    Happy Sabbath to each of you.

unknown socks/digitizing practice

I knitted 2 inches of ribbing for these unknown socks and then decided the yarn is too heavy for the pattern I chose, so will look on Ravelry to find a different pattern.  There are plenty of socks patterns that use a size 2 needle.   See the shadows, even the weather person didn’t forecast sun for today, so it was a big, happy surprise.

Today was productive, but so much was background work, like cutting and washing the batting and backing for the next quilt to be quilted, choosing fabrics for a quilt for my neighbors 90th birthday next month, and cutting the blocks which will be embroidered.

I did a bit more practice on the digitizing and this is the result stitched out.   All these things are done in the background and there isn’t much to take a photo of until things come together.   Then there are the normal living things, like getting up, dressed and walking the 10,000 steps. meals.   I try to get half the steps done before lunch.  It seems if I fail that, the steps don’t get done.

I started reading the time management book last night and one thing I picked up was to not only make a list – which I do, but to put times beside each item so you know how long it really takes as so often we under guess.  That was interesting.   I found that a 2.5″ sock cuff (cast on 3 times) took me 3 hours with a 10 minute break each hour for walking.   Some things took longer than anticipated and some took less.  Some things didn’t get done, which is okay.  I also only allowed 30 minutes of computer reading time until late afternoon.   I realize when I don’t really want to do something, I’m very entertained by reading email instead.

Tonight, I will put together a list for tomorrow, which will include grocery shopping.   I am hoping 90 minutes will be okay for that.  And I need to chose a design for the quilt that is now mounted on the machine and threads for the neighbors quilt.