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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Feels like I'm slow....

There is a turtle that comes to the house in the summer.  Then he goes back across the street for the winter time.  He's beautiful.  But he doesn't like people (me) talking to him.  Wild and has a place to go.

Saw these on facebook!  Handy things.  Don't remember the source, but I think everyone who quilts should have these.
 
Well, I started doing the row by row patterns that quilt shops are handing out.  And I'm getting the cloth licence plates.  They are so cute!  I can't help myself!  I'm not getting the kits because I have way too much fabric.  this way my rows will match up more.  Just fun!  Got a couple more shops to go to and get that.  I also want to hand quilt my piece.  No fast, get it done, just to get the prize.  I want to enjoy the quilt when I finish it!
 
So?  What are you working on?  I haven't sewn up the clothing I cut out.  It will probably take me one afternoon to sew them up.  Just not as much fun as quilting!    I did make a pan of brownies tonight.... with chocolate chips in them!  Oh wow.  Wonder how long it will take my son to smell the brownies and show up?! 
 
Terry's left.  He told me that I should drive all the cars while he's gone to keep the batteries charged.  OK!
I can do that!  FUN TIME!
So, brownies and cars. 
 
AND fabric!  Sweet.  I'll be teaching a hand quilting class in November at the Atomic Fiber Shop here in Oak Ridge.  We are working out the details now.  Stay tuned!
 
Keep at it! 
Patty

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When did I post last???

Ok!  Finally got this Hawaiian one quilted.  I only had single lines in the background and decided to put double lines! 

What was I thinking...ok, I do like it better, but trying to make sure I did every line again, well, there are more things that I would rather be doing!

But it does look good to me.

And I'm appliqueing more onto this piece.  It doesn't make sense yet, but I'll keep at it.  Kind of a Zentangle with out the pen.  The fabric is the design that is filling up space. 
 
Been busy since Terry got home.  more to do, but less running around.  Bee is tomorrow and we are going out to eat lunch at the First Watch.  Great fresh food there!  They only serve breakfast and lunch things.  Well worth finding and enjoying! 
 
Patty

Thursday, July 16, 2015

work, work, fun!

Ok, I do love to make clothing.  I'm cutting out some new long shirts/nighties for wearing to bed.  This is old t shirt knit!  It's much thicker than the stuff that is out now!

I basted 2 quilts the last couple of days.  This one is the turkey tracks quilt.  So I can get to work on that one soon.

This is the Dresden plates one that I marked and have started to quilt it.  It's so sweet!  I love it.  Can't see the quilting yet, but I'll put up pictures when there is enough to see.

Ah, and a second shirt/nightie.  Soft yellow in the thicker knit.  At least they will last!  The thin stuff they sell now is terrible!

And now!  I went and saw the new car today!  They are going to put the clear coat on the front to help prevent rock chipping.  Then we do the paperwork, and it's all ours/mine!  Love the "duck tail"!!!

Side mirrows have the black on the bottom to also protect from the chipping.

Inside!  Well what can you say? 

Only 22 miles on it so far, but I got to sit in it!

Sweet ride!  I told Terry he could be the test driver.  Maybe I had better say the first tank of gas or one day, which ever comes first!
 
You know, it's only money and you have so much fun driving in comfort!  When you come to this time in your life (empty nest and not quite old....)  go for it!  There has got to be things left to look forward to doing! 
 
Having said that, after looking at the car today, I was at a light waiting to turn left.  Got the green arrow and the van coming from the left side either didn't see the light, or he was going to just run the red light....and we barely missed each other.  I  had just started to pull out when I realized, he was not on the brakes!  So I gunned it!  If he was going to hit the truck, then I didn't want him to hit the driver's door.  Glad he had good brakes and the truck had good pickup!  I had an instant headache.  I had to go into a parking lot and walk it off.  Still took 2 excedrine and got a bottle of wine on the way home.  That goes with dinner tonight!
 
So everyone be careful out there!  Life is too short to get into an accident!!!!  Who would get all my fabric?  I have too many more quilts to make and a car I have yet to drive!!!
 
I have a friend who is going to have knees replaced.  The best thing to do when a friend is going through things is to go see them!  Bring lunch and chocolate!  Laugh and love your friends!  When it's your turn to have them over, they will bring good stuff too!  Don't ask what can I do?  DO THINGS.  Call, send cards, talk to them, knock on the door and go see them.  If they don't like what you brought over, she'll throw it out, but she'll still be happy you came! 
 
Patty!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

4th in Norris!

Norris is a great place on the 4th.  Here's some pictures of the activities!  Slip and Slide is busy with kids!

Tents set up with bake sales, boy scouts, and other groups.  I got the best zucchini bread!

People dressed in period costumes!

And another! 

All kinds of things!  Kids have decorated their bikes.

3 jumping things were busy!

Lions club did the BBQ lunch.  Library sells off books to get new ones.

You can pick a duck to win a watermelon.  This little guy almost fell into the pool while he was spinning the melons!

And here are the kids lines up for the start of the race!  They go by age groups.  They are so cute.  There's always one in every group that races right down, and the others are looking all over the place.
 
I grew up in Vermont, and this sort of thing went on with parades every holiday.  Always  the whole family had things to do. It was great.  I go over there every 4th!
 
Quilting is slow, and I'm getting ready to baste the next one or two quilts.  Always takes time to clear off the table!  And while it's clear, I try to get several things down before it gets piles of fabric on it again.
 
It's too hot out to do that darn gardening... so I'll be sewing!  Cars and Coffee will be down at the West Hills Mall at 8am to 10am tomorrow!  Go see fantastic cars and trucks! 
 
Patty

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Eye Candy from the Norris quilt show!

Several quilts there were on display only.  This was Pat's from her presidency last year.  She asked everyone for a fat quarter of green.  Then we wrote our names on the petals.  It's a wonderful, restful quilt. 

this one took 25 years to complete!!!  It was gorgeous!  All hand pieced and appliqued, and hand quilted! 

Here's a close up of one block and the hand quilting.

Loretta had several in there for sale also.

I don't remember who made everyone.  But they were all great!

More for sale.

And this one was a quilt on both sides.

This is mine.  I had gotten the top in an antique store and hand quilted it.  Got a 2nd place on it.  All voting was viewers choice.

This got a first place!

Some interesting pieced ones. 

I think this got a 3rd place. 

Colors reminded me of the beach.

Here are the challenge pieces.  I did the dragons.  And it was the wrong size for the challenge.  Got to read all the directions.

They were nice enough to hang it up anyways!

I loved this one.  Just beautiful.

Nice modern design!

And a great log cabin!

Tea cups were an interesting way to use the doilies.

Chickens!

So well done!  Got first place in the wall category.

This horse got 3rd.

And mine got a 2nd place!

View of the show!

I love circle quilts!  Nice colors too.

More of the show.

And one from last year with the lights shining through the quilt.
 
This was on the 4th of July in Norris.  Next time I write, I'll put up pictures of the other things going on outside!  I just love going over there!  It rained on and off that day.  Been doing that most of the week.  Even a minute ago, it was pouring down, and now the sun is out and it's so humid!
 
Got my back adjusted today and tomorrow is a massage.  Got to do things that make the body feel good or else you can't function.  I'm also pulling out things that I know I have and getting things into quilts!  A panel that I got in Houston...3 or 4 years ago?  Now I'm ready to baste it.  Will just quilt around the design.  And when the table gets cleared off completely, I have 2 large quilts to baste.  The one that I just got in Sweetwater.  And another one that is Dresden Plates.  Bought a backing for that today. 
 
We are lucky in this area!  There are so many quilt shops!  Each has it's own "flavor" of fabrics.  So I went to the one that has the reproduction fabrics for the Dresden plates.  Mammaw's Thimble.  She's been open for years and keeps getting bigger and better! 
 
Keep your area stores busy!  They need your support or next thing you know, they will be gone!
 
Patty