Thursday, March 23, 2017

This and that

I had to clean the inside of the car because it was quite dusty and I had to take it in for service today. It looks so nice now! I couldn't wash the outside because it was just too cold outside - 35 degrees. The car has a lot of mud on it because of the job site I am on, so I asked them to run the car thru the car wash twice to see if they could some of the mud off the car especially in the wheel wells. Let's just say I won't be buying any fabric for awhile with the bill that will be handed to me!

I then made lemon curd to go with the yogurt I made this past weekend. I needed to use up the lemons I had. The curd turned out great and tastes wonderful!

When I was in the garage I found a pile of t-shirts sitting in a chair that I forgot about. I went thru them to see if there were any I could use in the R.E.M. quilt.

This is what the wall looks like now. Kind of looks like a hot mess, but there is a method to my madness!

I got a few strips cut for the doll quilt.

It was a busy evening!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The beauty of a stash

Over at Humble Quilts I decided I wanted to participate in a doll quilt swap. I threw my name in the hat and I was accepted. The fabrics that are to be used are 1910 or before prints. Since I have a pretty good stash that contains vintage fabrics, I just happen to have some authentic turn of the century prints in a wonderful blue color.

I also have some different colors of prints, but I was thinking maybe I would pair the blue up with white shirt prints. I knew I had some years ago, but did I still have them? Yes I did! Here is what I found

So I am good to go on this project. The quilt can't be bigger than 24" square and has to be mailed by May 1. I can do that!

My brother also called and asked if I would make two covers for his son - one for a keyboard and one for an amp. Of course, I said yes. I have plenty of car cover fabric and flannel to line them with.

And he measured everything adding slack. Now I just need to get started!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Next project and a new badge

It is time to get started on my next big project - my piece for the Akron Art Prize. The last two t-shirt pieces I made took me several hundred hours each to construct, free motion machine quilt, embroider, and finish so I need to get started on this. I will be due mid-August, but I will need something to submit in late April or May with my application so I need to get the top constructed.

First I had to go thru these t-shirts and sort them.
Here they are laid out on my big table in piles by tour years. The theme of this piece will be the band R.E.M. My brother toured with them on every tour since 1988 and he saved a lot of shirts thank goodness!

I then sorted thru each year and picked the shirt I thought might work. I have some of them pinned on the design wall now. I have a few more I am going to add. I sure had lots of choices and there will be many that will go back in the containers and back to my brother's house!

I am still thinking about how I am going to construct this piece. I want to do something a bit different than what I have done for the last two years. This is my piece for 2015

and my piece for 2016

Kaja, this is the part of improv quilting we had some conversation about; that much of improv quiltmaking involves time to think about how to design, construct, and solve problems. I think I have a design plan which is a huge step!

Yesterday I got a new badge from fitbit - my monarch migration badge which means I have walked 2,500 miles.

Monday, March 20, 2017

6th finish of 2017

I got my AHIQ project done this weekend. It finished at 60.5 X 69.

I made the best batch ever of yogurt yesterday. I decided to leave my milk with starter in the big stock pot I heated the milk in and keep it warm by wrapping it a towel, then turning on the electric blanket on my bed, and wrapping the pot in the quilts on my bed. I used whole milk and the yield was impressive. I used some of it this morning in my smoothie and it was great.

I have a question - what is the best way to get the musty smell out of fabric? I have some vintage fabric that was given to me and it has a musty smell.

Friday, March 17, 2017

No sweat!

I ended up not making and cookies for today; I was tired. I did relax and finish quilting the Chinese Coin quilt.

The thread situation? No sweat; I had plenty! This is what was left. It is a good thing I left off that other border or I would not have had enough thread.

The sunrise was very pretty this morning.

This weekend I plan on getting the binding on my Chinese Coin quilt. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Getting close

30 more rows are done. Here is what it looked like before

And here is what it looks like now

I have another 28 to 30 rows to stitch. I managed to get two more rows from the aqua spool of thread when I thought I wouldn't. Here is what the thread situation looks like now and I know I will have enough to get thru this project

I probably won't get the last of the rows stitched tonight because I plan on making shamrock cutout cookies for the guys at work for St. Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Figured wrong

I stitched 33 rows last evening. I now have stitched to the edge of the quilt on two sides, so two sides to go. Here is what the two sides to go looked like before I started stitching last evening

and here is what it looks like now

What I figured wrong was the number of rows left to stitch. I was figuring two rows for every inch when it is two rows for every 3/4". I am thinking I still have at least another 46 rows to stitch.

Now the thread situation. I used up almost another spool of blue, the pink has just enough thread for two more rows, the orange I am not sure if I can get 4 rows or only 2 out of what is left, and the yellow and yellow orange have maybe 6 more rows left on them. It is going to be close, but I still think I will have enough thread to finish this.

We got another 1 or 2 of snow last night. The wind is blowing a bit which makes the wind chill 4 degrees. I actually had to shovel my driveway this morning! It is only the second time this winter.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Two more bite the dust

Guess where I was yesterday afternoon?

It was just for a cleaning, but my dentist is an hour away in the town where I use to live. I have been going to him forever and I am not about to change. I didn't get back home until after 5. I got something to eat and the next thing I know it is 6 p.m. I stitched until 8 and got 29 rows sewn. Yes, they are going faster since I am nearer to the edges. Here are a couple pictures of where I was before I started last night and what it looked like afterwards. I sew two rows of the same color on each side for a total of eight rows per round. Sometimes I will sew rows of a color on just two sides and then switch up colors so I don't have a develop pattern. I did sew 8 rows of blue.

I pretty much emptied two more spools of thread. That aqua blue thread - there wasn't enough for two rows of stitching. I still have approximately 51 rows to go.

So far today we have about 2" of snow. The streets were terrible so they closed the schools. I think this might be only the second snow day this year.

Monday, March 13, 2017

That's a lot of rows!

I stitched and stitched and stitched this weekend on the Chinese Coin quilt - Friday 16 rows, Saturday 72 rows, Sunday 80 rows for a total of 168 rows. I am happy that it lies so flat for all that stitching!

I figure I still have at least 80 more rows to stitch. Here you can see the areas that have not been crosshatched and have not have been stitched at all.

When I ended up with just a bit of dark purple thread left, I am now starting to get concerned if I will have enough thread to finish this. There are several other spools that you might not be able to tell by the picture, but they are close to being used up. I am not buying any more of this thread so there could be a lot of blue lines that happen since I have fours spools of blues!

The weird thing about this thread is the yellows and dark pink make my sewing machine make a very loud sound, while the other colors do not cause that to happen.

Sunday I made these cinnamon bread sticks. Oh my, they are so tasty!

I hate the time change. I liked coming to work when it was light out and now it is pitch black again. I wish the politicians would leave the time alone!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cookies, flatbread, laundry - Oh my!

My evening was making cookies for the guys at work - chocolate sugar cookies

Making flatbread for the weekend. I had mixed up the dough at lunch time and took it to work with me just in case I needed to slow down the rising and stick it in the fridge. It was ready to go by the time I got home from work. While the flatbread was baking I mixed up the cookie dough and washed dishes.

At 6 p.m. I was done baking the cookies and then thru a load in the washer. It was back to the kitchen to vacuum up the sugar I spilled when making the cookies so no sewing happened last night.

This weekend I plan on working on the Chinese Coin quilt. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 9, 2017


I added 12 more rows of stitching. I know you have to be saying "Really? You sure can't tell." That is what I say to myself!! LOL!!! Quilting this way sure is going to take a while! Here is what it looks like now and I know it doesn't look any different from yesterday's picture!

We had 31 mph sustaining winds with 50 mph gusts yesterday. I am in a double wide trailer and the thing just rattled all day to the point I was so tense I was exhausted by the time I went home. Here are two stop signs at the school that got blown out of vertical. The demolition site fence on one side - about 75% of it got blown down. We lost electricity twice so I learned after the first time from our IT guy how to restart the equipment. Today it is nice and quiet, sunny, and suppose to get up to 50 degrees, but rain turning into snow is suppose to happen tonight. Crazy weather!