Thursday, May 26, 2016

Plodding along

I was so tired last evening after not getting much sleep the night before it was difficult to get much done. I did a load of laundry, fixed some dinner, finished my steps, and watched a DVD

I had been thinking about what I want to get done over the 3 day weekend coming up, so I started gathering projects together. Yes, there are some simple things like pressing the fabric I washed the other day, but having all the projects in one place will help. Of course, I will be finishing the free motion machine quilting on the AC/DC quilt so I can get started on the hand work.

At work we have two trailers at the job site, a single wide and a double wide. The single wide is getting pulled off site in a couple of weeks. We need to move a bunch of stuff from the single wide to the double wide so I have to make room in the double wide for all the crap/stuff. I am cleaning the double wide a little bit every day and I came across some signs that are not needed. I asked the guys and they said to just pitch them. Well, I was thinking about them and I am going to take them home and make a portable print table with them. They are very rigid and once covered with a layer of batting and duck cloth I think they will work perfect. The are not too heavy, but they are substantial. I can put them on the saw horses and print in the garage.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Saw horses and graduation

A comment my friend, Glen of QuiltSwissy, left me was "Life is too short to have ugly saw horses." So true! Between lunch and after work I finished painting the saw horses. Aren't they pretty?!

Last night my nephew graduated with honors from high school. He was 4th in his class of 400 plus or minus a few. Here he is with his proud parents, my brother and SIL.

The ceremony was at Blossom Music Center and it was a beautiful evening.

Inside the pavilion

Michael is the fifth one from the right with the yellow at the neckline

The ceremony didn't start until 8 and took 2 hours. I didn't get to bed until 11:25. It is going to be a long day today.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Still painting

I got a bit more painting done on my saw horses last evening. The temperature was up to 85 degrees so it didn't take long for the acrylic paint to dry. I am using paint that was given to me so if I mess up and don't get a color quite right, I just paint over it.

I did not sand the wood down first or even clean it up much. They are just a pair of saw horses that a friend's husband made for me a very long time ago.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Progress on the AC/DC piece

I got to machine quilting the AC/DC piece this weekend finally. I am almost 3/4 done with the quilting. I can't wait to get started on the hand embroidery. There are some shirts that will need a lot of hand work. Some of the larger designs do not lend themselves to machine quilting as they fade from sharp detail to nothing.

While quilting on Sunday I watched the final stage of the Tour Of California. Peter Sagan won the green points jersey. I can't wait to see what he does in the Tour de France.

I was painting something on my saw horses yesterday evening. I had some left over paint so I just decided to slap it on one of the saw horse legs. Immediately this gave me a bit of joy. I then decided life is too short to have ugly saw horses, so I will be using up some old acrylic paint I have and make these pretty.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Knitting, DVD's, and Tour of CA

I knitted last evening while I watched Stage 5 of the Tour of California. They were racing in the Lake Tahoe area in the mountains. There was still ice on the lake.

I got 3 1/4" knitted on my red scarf.

After the race was over I needed to get my steps in for the day so I walked to the library and picked up these DVD's that were on hold for me.

It has been a rough week so I am glad it is Friday. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

It has been a bit crazy

Life has been a bit crazy the last couple of days, but I believe I have finally found the right person to help. In the meantime I received my Great Barrier Reef badge for walking 1,600 miles which is the length of the reef.

I spent much of my evening on the phone with several of my siblings so no sewing happened. I managed to get the mower started and got the front mowed and part of the back until a piece of plastic that I didn't see got caught in the blades and shut the mower down. I couldn't get it restarted so I just quit. I think I sprained my right thumb.

I forgot to turn on the Tour of California, but I finally remember it was on and saw the very end of the race. Peter Sagan, one of my current favorite riders, won the stage. This was his second stage win for the 2016 TofC. Here he is receiving the green jersey for having the most sprint points so far in this 8 day race.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A bit of machine quilting and more cleaning up

As I watched the Tour of California last evening I did a bit more cleaning up. I have this lounge chair in my studio and it was piled with fabric, bags, t-shirt pieces, clothes, and measuring tapes (I wondered where those were!) I started to put stuff away before I took the picture so this is about half of what was there.
Now everything is in its proper place.

I then decided to clear off the guest room bed.
I wanted to take the new electric blanket I bought for my sister to use when she came and replace the one on my bed. Mine just didn't heat up much anymore. I had washed the sheets on my bed after work and put the new blanket on it when I went to remake it. The only thing that went back on the bed were the pieces of clothing that were left from that clothing quilt that still needs finished.

There is no room in the closet for this and that is a sign I have too much stuff in the closet. Hum... I am not sure I am ready to tackle the closet yet. I need to find an outlet to sell some of my smaller quilts that really won't work for baby quilts. I don't want to open an etsy shop and I haven't figured out ebay. I am not looking to make a lot of money. I just need to get rid of some of these pieces. For example:

I did get started on machine quilting the AC/DC piece after I oiled my machine. It really needed some oil. I forgot to take a picture of what I got done so I will post it tomorrow.