Monday, September 21, 2020

12th finish for 2020

The three day weekend was nice. On Friday I got the three baby quilts pin basted.
While watching the TDF I quilted the next baby quilt. I finished it on Sunday. It is 40" x 48". I don't know why the picture is so green.
Look what I found at the library! This book has all the Christmas stockings from the series that were in Cross Stitch and Country Crafts including the one I started.  I guess I have no excuse now not  to finish it!
I got a bit more stitched on the sampler.
I also did some walking, laundry, dishes, cleaning up the garage and other usual stuff.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Another top done

I managed to get this top done while I watched the TDF. Now I am in blogger hell. I can no longer revert back to the old version.  I am taking vacation tomorrow so I am looking forward to a three day weekend.  This is all in one paragraph because I didn't make a line with xx so I could put text after the picture and I can't figure out how to delete a draft so I could start over.  UGH!  Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A bit of sewing, a lot of yard work

Last evening I only had a small amount of time to sew. I did get four rows of blocks sewn together on the pink quilt top.

At lunchtime I worked on that sampler. The arrows are pointing to the lettering I have gotten done since the last time I posted a picture of this.

After work I noticed the grass needed mowed - AGAIN! I had just mowed it Friday, but with the rain we received Sunday morning and the cooler temps, the grass has gone crazy! I didn't have to mow the back, just the front and one of the side yards. I got the front done and part of the side yard when the battery ran out on the mower - I had forgot to charge it up before I decided to mow - so I trimmed a bit while I waited for the mower battery to charge up enough I could finish the side yard. After that I decided to pull a few weeds since it as cool out. After pulling a 5 gallon bucket of weeds I called it a day.

Earlier in the day I got a text from my sister. Remember this cross stitch stocking I said I started and never finished?
Well, I found the chart for the stocking, but the color key was cut off! What was I thinking? LOL!!
This stocking was in the Sept/Oct 1987 premier issue of Cross Stitch & Country Crafts Magazine. I looked around on ebay and told my sister about my problem. If I never found the color key it wouldn't be the end of the world and I wouldn't have to finish it! Win, win! Well, my sister told me to give her some time and she would look thru the magazines she had and wouldn't you know it she had that magazine so now I guess I have to finish it.

This is what the stocking will look like when it is done.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Backings and zucchini

I dug around last evening looking for backings for this newest batch of baby quilts. I found these three that will work.

I picked two good sized zucchini last night. I gave one to my neighbor and decided to make zucchini chips out of the other. The recipe I used was in a book I had - no, Kathy, I didn't use the one you recommended, big mistake on my part!. I had pressed the slices to try and get some of the water out of them and then put them in the oven for two hours at 225 degrees. All I got was soft zucchini pieces. I left them in the oven for another hour - no change. I set the oven on a lower temp for three more hours and went to bed. I happen to wake up just when the three hours was up so I checked on the zucchini. Still just soft. This morning when I got up I cranked the oven to 375 and they baked for another 50 minutes. Some of them finally got crispy and frankly, a little burnt, but a lot of the pieces were still just soft. I had rubbed them with a little olive oil and sprinkled paprika and garlic powder on them. The paprika is what burned. I am still going to eat them, but definitely will have to try a different method and on a weekend when I have more time. Trying to do this in an evening doesn't work.

Monday, September 14, 2020

16 patch tops

I got the mowing done on Friday night so I could spend the rest of the weekend working on those 16 patch blocks. I got that baby quilt top sewn together - the picture is kind of dark.

Then I started sewing together all the pieces for more blocks. Here are 79 blocks sewn together. This is all those trays of pieces I showed a few posts ago. Now I have something to work with!

Here is the completed top out of the tan and yellow patches

Then I laid out 30 of the pink blocks for this top

Lastly I took whatever blocks I had left and laid them out. I am not crazy about this. I had bought a few yards more of different pinks a few weeks ago, so I could make a few more blocks with the darker pink and a few with the lighter pinks and end up with two more quilt tops.

Friday, September 11, 2020

16 patch blocks continue

I didn't have much time to sew last evening. I did manage to get these five blocks made.

I rearranged the blocks I already had done and now have a top to sew together this weekend.

I have a pile of orphan blocks that eventually will go into a quilt once I get all the blocks made. It will be one using all the leftovers; sometimes those are the best!

I have gotten a bit more stitching done on that sampler.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

More blocks made

I did good last evening and got 20 more blocks sewn together.

Here are the 20 plus the 16 I did the other day. I need to blend these together and I will have one top ready to sew together and six blocks for the next top.