Friday, December 30, 2011

Finishes 16, 17, and 18 on the schedule

I plan on finishing these two baby quilts and the Dutch Wax Flag quilt before the end of the year. I am having a quilting friend over this evening and she needs to learn how to attach and finish binding so we will work on the baby quilts. See there was a reason why I did not get these finished sooner!
The binding on the dutch wax quilt just needs the hand sewing done.

I need to get the fabric room baseboard done and the trim the windows so I can move my fabric back into this room. I just couldn't get it done over the couple of days I had off at Christmas.

I wish everyone a happy and safe new year!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Crazy days

Work has been rough. Too much to do and not enough time.

It snowed Wednesday evening and I lost TV reception on the Dish dish. I had to figure out how to brush the snow of the dish when it is located a story and a half off the ground. I went out to the garage and found the extention handle for an electric chain saw. I extended it out all the way.

I knew it would not be long enough so I got out the painting extention pole and taped it onto the chain saw pole.

I finished it off by taping a cheap paintbrush on the end.

It was a little hard to manuver, but I managed to get the snow off the dish.

Here is a quilt I am working on for a friend of my brother's who is having a girl.

I picked up pictures last night that I had printed. Walgreen's was having a special - 75 prints or more for 9 cents each. I put all the remodeling photos in the photo albums so that job is done.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

15th finish for 2011

I didn't have the xmas quilt done for Christmas eve, but one of my brother that lives in the same city as I do won the quilt. So I finished the quilt on Christmas and delived it to him. He had cooked dinner for his finance and I ended up eating with them. They were both very happy they won the quilt.

I also managed to get the last minute pillow cases done for Christmas eve. The nieces and nephews were happy with their pillow cases. Since I was in a hurry I did put an accent strip on only one of the cases.

On Monday morning I had to spend time cleaning up the house because my brother and his finance were stopping over to drop off a zipper for a dress of her's that needed replaced. I finally did get the microwave cleaned - it was sad! Now every time I open it I smile. It is a small thing, but it just looks so much better.

Another job I was glad to get done was putting my remodeling photos in order and into the photo album. I found a good deal on some photo ablums and all I really wanted was the pages and not the albums. The refill pages are so expensive! I am glad to have this job done. Now when I get more pictures to add it will be easy to do. I did not get the baseboard caulked and painted, but it just did not work into my schedule. I was so tired I had to to what I could.

Here are three of the five deer that were in my backyard Monday. The other two are in the brush so you can't see them in the photo. I got up at 1:30 this morning when nature was calling and there were three deer in my front flower bed looking for something to eat. I opened the door and shooed them on. They just looked at me and then slowly wandered off.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pillowcase, pie, and the Xmas quilt - oh my!

I didn't get home until 10:30 last night from watching my nephew play. Let's see how long I last today until I crash! Michael did a great job playing. My brother was in from South Carolina and jamed with the band too. Another brother who nows lives in L.A. helped with the equipment - that's what he does for a living. After the set Michael said he was looking forward to xmas and getting a new musical pillowcase. Oops! I hadn't planned on making any pillowcases this year, but I don't want to disappoint him so that has been added to the list of things to do by noon tomorrow. We have xmas on xmas eve in my family. My Mom set that up years ago so everyone who had in-laws could go there for xmas day. I started digging out fabrics for the pillowcases this morning

I hope we get out of work early because I have to make a pumpkin pie, a pecan pie, and sweet potato casserole. I always make my own crust so that adds to the time this will take, but I just can't get myself to buy pie crust. As soon as I get the pies in the oven then I can concentrate on sewing. I don't know that the xmas quilt will be done - it wouldn't be the first time. Darn - being sick sure messed my schedule up, but then again I have a great excuse for not getting it done!

I plan on doing a little work in the fabric storage room after all the xmas stuff is over. Do you remember what was going on? I moved all the fabric and shelves next door into the bedroom I finished (except for the baseboard) and started on the fabric storage room.
My brother moved my bed upstairs, I had torn out the floor before I had gotten sick, along with painting the ceiling, walls, and trim.
While I was off the last six weeks, my brother came over and installed the baseboard for me. It needs caulked, nail holes filled, and a coat of touch up paint. I want to get that done so I can move the fabric back. Now that the bed is gone my brother moved in a desk that I had which will be great to lay fabric out on. The windows still need trimmed out, but the shelves will not be in front of the windows so I can still get them to finish that job. Once the windows are trimmed all I will need to do is make some window covers and the room will be done - yeah!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Progress on the Xmas quilt

I was so tired after work the last couple of days I did not get anything done at home. I managed to cut the strips for the Xmas quilt binding before work on Wednesday and I sewed the strips together and sewed them on the quilt. I still need to miter the corners.

Tonight my nephew is playing at a local grill/bar and I really want to go see him play "Maggot brain" again. I think I may have to take a nap when I get home from work or else I won't be able to have the strength to stay awake. He plays from 8 to 9 and since I have been in bed by 8:20, 9 p.m. is late for me. If you google Michael Weber maggot brain, there is a video on Youtube of his last performance.

Monday, December 19, 2011

I'm back!

I am back to work today. These six weeks have gone by fast. I started feeling much better about a week and a half ago. I still need lots of sleep. I tried to do some sewing and cleaning up around the house, but I got tired easily so I really had to pace myself.

I did get these quilts done while I was off.
This one I did everything except the hand stitching on the binding for a friend of mine. She needed it to give to someone who wanted it for a grand neice.

This baby quilt was for a woman at work. The colors of the nursery are cream, dirty yellow, brown, and maroon. Thank goodness I found those colors in my stash.

I did work on quilting the xmas quilt - it is about 60% done. It is going to be a real push this week to get this done by Saturday.

Here is the sunrise this morning. Too bad is overcast now.