Thanksgiving was all about finishing up all the odds and ends for Friday's installation. Here are the hanging rods drying in the garage. I took a long scrap of wood, pounded in some nails, numbered the nails, and hung the rods after I put in the screw eyes and painted them. It worked out great.
Friday morning I was up early to get to JoAnn's. All I really wanted was a bolt of batting. I was at JoAnn's about 5:40 am and as we walked into the store at 5:50 am (yes, they opened early!) they handed out $5.00 gift cards. I got my batting, some linen with a half price coupon, some crayons and markers for little gifts, and some Command reusable mounting squared and got the heck out of there. It really wasn't bad execpt JoAnn's clogged up the aisles with extra racks with the flannel that was on special which made it really hard to get around. I got this bad boy of 40 yards for 50% off plus the extra 20% off my total purchase.
I loaded up the car and headed to the library about 11 am. I had to make a quick trip back to the house to get a taller ladder. The 5' step ladder was way too short for me to reach the ceiling. I was required to hang everything from the ceiling gridwork except for the front wall of the meeting room which is one big tackboard. I bought some nifty hooks made for hanging stuff from gridwork and they worked great. The hooks were kind of expensive (100 for $47.00!) and I had to buy 100 of them which I will never use them all. If anyone is interested let me know and I will sell you some for $.50 each.
I had all the pieces hung up by 4:30 except for the five pieces I had mounted on canvas. It took me a little longer than I had planned - several people stopped to look as I was hanging and they were asking questions. The comments I have received so far were all wonderful. The lady at the library said it was ok to use the Scotch Command products on the walls so I will have to go back to JoAnn's (they have them on sale 30% off plus the 20% on your total purchase) Saturday morning and get some hooks. Here are some pictures of the pieces hung. The first pictures are in the entrance and the hallway heading to the community room where all the rest of the pieces are hung. I tried to group the pieces together that had a similar look to them and it turned out pretty good.
Saturday I ran again to JoAnn's at 7:00 am to get those Command hooks and the crowd was very small. I was in and out in a flash! I threw together a pumpkin pie (I didn't make my own crust this year), put it in the oven along with some sweet potatoes, and did dishes while it baked. I had a short visit from an x-cousin then I headed out to see my son. Somehow I ended up at The Material Girl quilt shop which is near my son's place. They were having a 40% off inventory reduction moving sale. I tried not to buy too much, but I needed pinks and I scored some great deals. Several of the Praire Gothic prints from Free Spirit were only $3.00 a yard with the discount!
I just love this piece.
Sunday mission was to not leave the house. I needed to clean up my sewing table and get prepared for the projects I have to get done for Christmas. Here is the before and after of the table. The pile of clothes in the back corner are alterations I need to get done.
My goals for December are:
1. Pillowcases for the nieces and nephews
2. The family xmas quilt - I have a simple block already in mind that will incorporate the scraps I still have from my Mom's stash
3. A flannel quilt for my son
4. A baby quilt for a woman at the hair salon I go to (needs done by Dec. 18)
I can't think of anything else right now - this is enough, but I am sure something else will come up!