Tuesday, May 21, 2019

3rd finish of 2019 - binding at the speed of light

I fixed something to eat then got to work binding the Harley quilt. The lady is coming tonight to pick it up. I was sewing as fast as I could and it is done! I totally machine stitched the binding on and it looks good. I had a really nice piece of organic black cotton that had a lovely finish to it and made great binding. I didn't have time to get my hanging pole reinstalled so I could take a proper picture so this is the best I could do for now.

Here is the back. The quilt turned out 90" x 86.5" The quilt still needs a label and I will do that when I get home from work tonight. The lady picking up the quilt might have to wait just a bit, but that way we can visit a little. In case you don't know, the lady has a poker run to raise money to donate to charity in remembrance of her daughter who died in a car accident. This is the 9th year for the poker run and the fourth quilt I have donated. I got hooked up with her because my nephew's band played at a couple of the poker runs at the bar-b-que they have.

Yesterday outside the window of my work space was juvenile hawk. He spent several hours coming and going. This is my first spring here at the home office so there are new things to see every day. I bet the hawk is around because of all the Canada goose hatchlings.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Harley all quilted

It has been a busy three days. I did manage to get the Harley quilt quilted. I now have to try and get the binding and label on tonight. The lady wants to pick it up tomorrow.

Friday my nephew's band went to Vermillion, Ohio for a show. The restaurant was small so we had just a little, but very workable, merch table.
Vermillion is right on Lake Erie and is a cute little place.
I had a bit of time before the show so I could walk down to the lake which took all of 5 minutes at a slow stroll!
I was surprised how close the houses were to the lake! You could almost fish out your living room window and your boat was parked in your backyard!
I didn't get to bed until 2:50 a.m. I couldn't sleep any more and was up at 9. I cleaned up the kitchen area and living room because I had asked my neighbor that if there were a couple younger guys coming to his birthday party if they could move my couch into the living room. It had been in the kitchen area since I had my floors refinished at least a year and a half ago. I couldn't move it myself and chance scratching the floor. My couch is now in my living room!
I made a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies and went to the party. It was nice to sit as I was losing steam after only six hours sleep.

Sunday I quilted, did laundry, and mowed and trimmed the yard. I also got another coat of paint on the cupboard doors that I had my SIL's uncle make for me. I got two doors installed, but the third door won't stay on. I don't know what the issue is.

I won this nice tote bag from Bear Creek Quilting. It even has a zipper.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Moving closer ...

... to having the Harley quilt quilted. I am now at 90% done with the quilting.

One of the guys at work became a grandfather for the first time, so I put a label on this quilt and have gifted it this morning.

Yesterday I had to go to the job site for the Owner's meeting. I toured the areas under construction and I thought you might want to see one of the areas close to being completed. This is the PACU where patients go after surgery. All those holes in the wall are for medical gas, electrical outlets, and who know what (I would have to look at the drawings). There are eight patient bays in this area and each will be divided off with cubical curtains.
On the other side of the room is the nurse desk. We need to turn this space over to the owner by July 15. The electricians have still a lot of wire to run.

I am taking tomorrow off so we will catch up on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Quilting and moving dirt

I am now 86% done with quilting the Harley quilt. I quilted this shirt and part of another shirt last evening.

There was a knock at the door and it was my neighbor inviting me to his birthday party on Saturday. He also asked if his guests could use my driveway for parking like they did last year. There is not much room to park in the cul-da-sac. Of course the answer is yes to the invite and yes to the parking. It did get me to thinking I need to clean up a bit in the driveway so there is more useable parking. So I made myself stop quilting and moved some dirt. The dirt was very wet so I could only fill the wheelbarrow about a third full. I am moving some of the dirt to the shade garden bed that is no longer a shaded bed since the pine tree was removed. Now that it gets more sun I am going to plant zucchini and yellow squash here and it needs dirt because right now it is just compost with pine needles on top of it. I got three loads moved. Here are the befores and afters.
I need to find a home for those rocks and try to move as much dirt as I can in the next 3 1/2 days. As long as we don't get more rain, I think I can put a good dent in that pile.

On my way to work this morning I saw a fox. He was crossing the road in one of the fancy neighborhoods. He stopped behind some low landscaping and watched the traffic go by.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Where do I begin?

It was a busy four days helping my brother, but I still managed to get a bit of quilting done. I went from 69% done last week to 83% done. I have 11 days to get this done and that should be no problem.
Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday I spend a lot of time along with other family member helping my brother clean up around the house and get rid of stuff. Thursday my brother and I tackled the yard - yes, more yard work! He cut back bushes more that I had done and we moved the rock edging. Friday and Saturday was all about sorting paperwork for shredding, pictures that needed gone thru, hauling out stuff for donating. A couple trips were made to the Goodwill with clothes and on Saturday a guy from a resale shop came with his van to pickup the stuff for donation. I filled my SUV twice with trash bags. My trash bin is full, but on Wednesday I will be adding to my neighbors bins! LOL!! I also spent some time doing some much needed cleaning my house.

I tried hard not to bring anything home. I certainly don't need anything, but there were a few things that found their way to my house. This patch came home with me which I promptly sewed on my R.E.M. wall piece along with several R.E.M. pin buttons
these little charms/key chains which I will use on a wall quilt that I have in progress

this shirt I saved for the fabric - such a crazy print!

my brother handed me these candles

and this tray was just too cool. I had a spot for it in my bookcases.

As everyone cleaned and sorted, I set up a box for guitar picks, foreign coins, and American coin currency. These were found all over the place - LOL!!! I now have a container that weights 7.6 pounds of American coins that I will roll. It will be fun to count up how much is in this container.

I did get my replacement pan this weekend. The bottom is flat like it is suppose to be. I will take the other pan and gift it to my son.

On the private drive at work there are two large ponds and lots of wetlands that attract Canada goose so you have to be careful because they are on the road all the time. This morning as I drove in I saw two Momma birds and their broods. The babies are so cute. The Moms prodded the babies across the road out of harms way.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Cleaning, not quilting

I spent last evening doing laundry and cleaning up the studio. The studio was just too much of a mess I couldn't stand it anymore. I didn't get it all done, but it is looking better. I still have this pile of fabric to iron.

I taking vacation Thursday and Friday to help my brother deal with his stuff. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

What do you do ...

when you have nice neighbors and too many quilts? I was tired last evening after work. I didn't get home until almost 5 which made for a long day. I was eating dinner and I heard some buzzing outside. Here my neighbor was trimming my yard! I got it mowed Sunday but was too tired to trim. I knew what I needed to do. I dug thru my pile of quilts of which I have too many, and found one I thought they would like. She is a Halloween nut so I gave them this quilt

He is always helping me with stuff and she helped me with cutting up part of that tree that fell a week ago. Now I have one less quilt in the pile.