Friday, January 30, 2015

Quitling and snow

Last evening my SIL came over to shop my stash. She is getting back into sewing and needed to make another baby quilt for someone her husband, my brother, works with. She had bought a green, blue, cream, tan, and brown stripe, but could find anything to go with it. Here are four fabrics that she took a piece of for the quilt. I didn't think to take a picture of the stripe fabric, but at least she was happy and can now start to work on the quilt today.

I did get a little bit of the next UFO quilted this morning. I was so tired last evening I just couldn't even sew. I need to get this one done by end of day tomorrow so I can count it for a January finish.

Yesterday we had icy rain/rain and early this morning it has turned into snow. Thank goodness I only have to drive 1.1 miles to work as the streets were awful! Here is what our parking lot looks like.

I plan on staying home this weekend and sewing. I think I have enough veggies and fruit on hand that I won't need to go to the grocery store. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Basketball and pin basting

No, I wasn't playing basketball! Last evening I walked to the high school to see my nephew play basketball. He is on the freshman team and I have not seen him play this year so I thought I better make an appearance. The game started at 5:30 and was over at 7, but I still had to walk home. It is only about a mile. Of course it is harder to walk in the slush, but I had my YakTrax on and had my light so cars could see me. Here he is waiting for someone to shoot a free throw.

This morning I managed to get the next UFO quilt pin basted. Now it is all ready for me to start quilting when I get to the house after work.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Next project

I now have the next small quilt ready for pin basting. This will be another one for my baby quilt stash.

I hope you are keeping warm. In NE Ohio it is 4 degrees right now. We were lucky that we did not get the snow that the east coast did, but tomorrow could be a bad day. The weather channel is calling for ice and rain. The side streets around here are still snow and ice covered even with plowing. I notice that they threw down cinders instead of salt so until it warms up a bit the side streets will remained covered.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2nd & 3rd finishes for 2015

I was at a company meeting all day yesterday thus no post.

I did get finish 2 done on Saturday. It turned out to be 37 3/4" by 49" and will go into my baby quilt stash.

On Sunday I got this improv pieced quarter square log cabin baby quilt quilted and the binding machine sewn on. Last evening I finished hand sewing the binding for my 3rd finish for 2015. It turned out 35" x 46" and will also go in the baby quilt stash.

I also got me a new toy! I needed a new juicer as my old Juiceman was on its last leg. The plastic was breaking apart and I was getting a burning smell. It was a centrifugal type juicer which I have read is not as good as a crushing type juicer because the centrifugal type have a tendency to heat up the juice. Well here is the old and the new.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Binding and look what came in the mail

I walked for 55 minutes after work last evening and then got myself together so I could make the binding and sew it on the quilt. I trimmed it and now it is all ready for the hand sewing.

Look what I received in the mail! I had sent Vicki of Field Trips in Fiber a couple of dark blue wine bottles for her to play with in her slumping trials. I saved them from the art museum when I was volunteering this past summer. They were just too pretty to toss in the recycle bin! Vicki turned around and sent me a slumped bottle back! I was so surprised! Isn't it gorgeous? It will have a place of honor on my living room coffee table.

I am so glad the weekend is here! I plan on finishing the above quilt and get another one started. I need to do some cleaning and walking. We are suppose to get some snow, but I will slap my YakTrax's on and still go for a walk. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Progress on the quilt

I finished up the machine quilting this quilt so I will be at least working on the binding tonight after work.

Despite getting 2-3" of snow yesterday before lunch, I slapped on my YakTrax's and went for my walk right after I got to the house from work. The main roads were ok, but the side streets were snow and ice covered. The YakTrax make all the difference even though my new boots have really good tread on them. Just to let you know, I wear a 9 1/2 shoe and I bought a large sized pair of YakTrax. I had a set of medium ones and they were stretched to the max which caused them sometimes to pop off, the wires started breaking, and some of the connecting rubber web strips that the wires are wrapped around broke from over stretching. In this case, bigger is better!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Progress on the next quilt and walking

It has been a bit crazy so I haven't had very much time to quilt. I do have half of the current quilt done.

Despite the weather I have been going out for a walk every evening. We have had some thawing and freezing which causes some slippery walking so I put my YakTrax's on my boots for my walk the last couple of nights. I had no problem walking at all.