Thursday, September 18, 2014

More progress on the Halloween quilt

I had company last evening so I only got a little over one block quilted last evening. So now I have 22 1/4 blocks done with 7 3/4 blocks to quilt.

My company brought me a dress that she needs the shoulders taken up in a dress. She needs it for next Saturday so I will be fixing it this weekend. I am taking tomorrow off for another 3 day weekend this month.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween progress

I got two more blocks quilted so that is 21 out of 30 done. I only have a little bit of the dark gray thread I have been using left, so once I run out of it I will switch to a medium gray. I may happen in the middle of the next block, but I think it will be fine.

I need to read announcements thoroughly and not just speed thru them. What am I talking about? Well, I opened up the pieces for the Michael Miller challenge and they are only fat eights! What the heck am I going to do with that little bit of fabric?

I had designed a quilt in my head for FQs. I was thinking about this while I was in the shower this morning and have come up with another idea. I had bought an additional 2 1/2 yards of snow, half yards of aqua, peony, citrus, and mango Cotton Couture to go with the fat eights.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Progress on the Halloween quilt, Michael Miller fabric and weeds

I received my free 8 FQ of Michael Miller fabric for the last challenge I ever plan on participating in.

Here I spread them out so you could see all the colors and the other row is the fabric I bought to add. There is no way I could make a quilt only using 8 FQs.

I did do a bit a weeding last evening until it was raining too hard. Here is the before with lots of thistle

and here is the after. My Shasta daisies which kind of look like a weed, are doing well and that is the green that remains after tearing out the thistle. They are a perennial. Since I grew them from seeds I didn't know if they were going to flower. One plant did flower and I expect next year the rest will bloom. I would have weeded more except for the rain. At least this section is done.

I did get 3 more blocks quilted on the gray and purple Halloween quilt. 19 blocks are done and 11 to go.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I'm done ... Finishes 15 and 16 of 2014

What am I done with? Challenges. The here are my two Farm to Fabric challenge projects that were not accepted.

I do have the Michael Miller challenge that I already promised I would participate in so I will honor my commitment, but that is it - no more. Universe - I got the message - my work is not wanted.

I got 16 out of the 30 blocks quilted on the gray and purple Halloween quilt.

I took a vacation day on Friday. The garage door repairman came and fixed my door. He replaced both springs so now I am back in business. This morning I noticed that one of my headlights is out. Darn, one more things I need to get fixed.

Saturday night the band had a gig. They played from 8 to 11 p.m., but I got there about 5:45 to help unload the equipment. The show went great. I sold a bunch of CD's, t-shirts and guitar picks.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Progress on the gray & purple Halloween quilt and updates

I went over to my brother's after work expecting to have to clean, but his cleaning lady finally called him and she was at the house when I arrived. YEAH! I changed a light bulb, made the bed, set out the towels, and pick up the mail and I headed home. I had started to rain and about half way home it was pouring! At times I couldn't see a thing. Here there were tornado warnings out. It was still pouring when I got home. Right now I have to help my garage door open because Sunday the right spring broke.

So I had to get out of the car in the pouring rain to help the door open and then get back in the car to move it into the garage. As soon as I was done the rain changed to a sprinkle! Oh well, at least my car got washed off.

I did get a bit of the gray and purple quilt pin basted after I pressed it a bit. I got the bottom two rows pinned.

I untapped the backing for the bottom two rows so I could drop the leaf of my table down. Now I can reach the middle block to pin.

I was looking in my thread stash for quilting thread for this quilt and this is what I came up with.

I just don't buy purple fabric thus I don't have much in the way of purple thread. I will make it work.

We ended up getting 1 1/4" of rain yesterday and today we have a 66% chance of rain. When I got to work there was a break in the clouds - so beautiful.
I turned the other direction and there was nothing but gray clouds.

That little bit of blue sky is long gone now and it is very overcast.

I still have not heard if either of my pieces have been picked for the Farm to Fabric Challenge. I was suppose to hear by Sept. 5.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Giveaway winner and progress on the purple & gray Halloween quilt

The winner is Vanessa Kasal. Vanessa you have one of those no-reply google circle thingies which I have no idea what that is about. Email me your address and I will mail you the following prize.

I pressed then taped down the backing for the purple and gray Halloween quilt

Spread the batting using my trustee worn wooden ruler other wise I couldn't reach the center of the batting to smooth it

Then I laid out the top. I like to lightly press my top, but I didn't have time to do that last evening.

My brother can't get a hold of his housekeeper so I will have to head over to his place after work to give the house a quick dusting and vacuum. I need to go there anyway to make the bed and take back the towels I washed.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Binding audition, reaction to Where's Jimmy, cooking, and the next quilt

I folded up some of the leftover green Halloween fabric and pinned them to the design wall over the orange binding. Here is what it looks like.

I know you all think I am nuts, but I am going to change the binding and add the green.

The reaction so far to the "Where's Jimmy?" quilt has been good. When people talk about it they smile and have commented about the details including all the different fabric I used.

The mailman brought me the King Tut thread that Superior had on sale in August. I bought two Linen White and a Papyrus. King Tut is one of my favorite machine quilting thread to use.

Last evening was time spent in the kitchen. I needed to finish the soup I started last week. I didn't have any beef broth to add to my beef veggie soup. I finally went to the store and got some, so it was time to finish the soup with the broth, some chopped baby spinach, and some additional seasoning. I ended up with this container plus 6 quarts of soup for the freezer.

I wanted to make some lemon curd in my Vita Mix for my yogurt, so that was next on the agenda.

I needed to make room in the freezer (I only have the one in the refrigerator) for the veggie soup so I took out a lasagna and baked it. I had a bit for dinner last night and the rest will be for breakfasts and lunches this week. Yes, I like to eat lasagna for breakfast. Yum!

While the lemon curd was cooking in the Vita Mix, I cut up 5 peaches out of the 1/2 peck I had bought Friday. A half peck is about 10 peaches. The are large, juicy, and came from PA. The lady told me the Ohio peach crop failed this year due to a cold wet spring.

After all that I finally got down to the studio and worked on the next quilt a bit. I cut the batting off the roll.

I layered two layers of the backing fabric which is the same as the spider web fabric I used on the front and cut to size.

Next I sewed the backing strips together.

Tonight I can press the backing and start layering the backing and top for pin basting.