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Monday, May 2, 2016

No pictures....

I have been busy, just not in the sewing room!  I always wanted to keep this blog just about sewing and quilting, but, life has a way of messing up plans. 

I had shingles and was pretty out of it in April.  Then got better enough that Terry and I did go to the track in Sebring, FL to drive!  What a great track!!!  And got to see my creative friends down there.  Long drive to and from there.  And the traffic on the interstates is terrible!  I'll drive on the track any day! 

Then we get home and everything is growing in the gardens, especially the weeds.  So time to pull those out.  I do that, and Terry gets the mulch.  Only got a fraction of the gardens done.  It's all either of us could do.

I was left with a long list of things to do, mostly my things, but Terry did add to the list.  So today I set out to get those done after working out at the gym...but I forgot to pack a bra!  Not going to Home Depot without that!  So back to the house and then got the list done.  Made phone calls galore to set up more appointments for me and the trailer gets checked up.  Cars need things done.  Remember being snowed in?  Missing that now!

In July the guys are going to start on the driveway and checking on repairs to the deck.  More construction.  Ok, let's get that done... Just keep me out of that.  They say you can get shingles from stress.... maybe!

I'm teaching another hand quilting class in 2 weeks, and doing a trunk show for the Norris guild.  So I'm making piles every where!  The sewing room needs a leaf blower to come through or a bulldozer!  I have so much stuff that I want to make and play with.  Reality just keeps getting in the way.  I did get some mod podge stuff put onto the 2nd guitar case.  That is just plain fun.  More to do around the side and finish the inside. 

So I will take more pictures as things progress.... I'll also be doing a skit at the Oak Ridge quilt guild this month.  Trouble memorizing it, so I'll just have to read it from the paper!  It's funny!  You'd better come.  We are only going to do this one once!

Get out the calendar and mark a day just to sew/play/ or do what you want!  Need that to actually recharge yourself!  Patty

Sunday, April 17, 2016

charity quilt

One of the guilds that I'm in gives quilts to the Hospice House for people who go through chemo have something to keep them warm.  So this years challenge is to make one using a color of a cancer ribbon.  Mine is teal for ovarian cancer.  I was trying to figure out how to place the fabric strips onto the teal.

This is what I came up with.  And you can see the borders there.  Very plain, but I'm doing a lot of hand quilting.

Here's what I have got going so far.

and this is a close up of the quilting.  I love to hand quilt.  And over half the quilt had to use the color of the ribbon.  So this way it's more than half.  I seem to get sized wrong lately and I don't follow rules....I use them as a jumping off point, like a diving board.  Once I'm "in the water" I go all over the place. 
My Mom died from ovarian cancer.  Crappy stuff.  Hope no one ever, ever has to go through that.  Or any other cancer for that fact.  So this is passing something warm to another person to help them out. 
Practice random acts of kindness!
It will do your heart good!
PS.  My shingles are healing.  It is a virus and you just don't get over that in a couple of days.  I have been worn out and tired.  Trying to get more rest and eat better.

Oh!  And this one is in the frame.  Just been plugging away at this when I feel good.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Been a fuzzy couple of weeks...

We did get the maple tree put in a couple of days ago.  Terry wanted pictures so here are a couple of the tree and plants that are blooming.

I have been working on this and a few other things.  I have had shingles.  Awful, yucky things.  The spots are drying up but it still hurts under the skin.  Like there are bees under the skin.  Terrible.  So I'm not moving too fast and sleeping a lot.  The pain medicine is gone, but the pain isn't.  I can handle it with over the counter stuff.  I hope that I got the to dr in time for the antibiotic to kill the nasties.  But there are a couple of places that feel like the first bit that happened.  Feels like a puffy pulled muscle that is sore.  Then the spots came out.  Well the spots have dried up and look terrible, but they don't hurt anymore.  When I'm in the car to get to the store, every bump in the road really hurts.
This is a new experience for me.  So many people ask things like "can you get them again?''  Will the shot help you now?"  How long before it goes away?"  just because I got them doesn't make me an expert on this.  I really feel for people who get these.  You just aren't comfortable.
So I have been sewing on the big circles on to this one.  12 circles in all.  then I started a challenge, and don't know if it fits the criteria.  What can I say?  I also have one in the frame that has been very relaxing to work on.  It's a coverlet that you might have gotten to use in a dorm room.  Kind of a boat/sub/ yellow submarine type picture.  Only it's not yellow but cartoony.  Just fun to quilt on it. 
I want to get back to my goofy self very soon.  Terry and I plan on going to a track weekend and I want to drive!  So if you don't see or hear from me for a while, I'm probably on the couch taking a snooze!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Busy, Busy....

Did finish this one.  It was fun and quick.

And here's the state of my sewing room.  Sorry the picture is out of focus.  Camera does that sometimes. 

This one is better....or it makes the mess look larger.

This one I have been working on more.  I took off the blue/white swirly part and stitched onto the dark blue background.  Then I made a swirl out of the green.  You have to be open to changing things if they don't seem right to you.

Then for something quick!  I did a cord bowl.  The cording is a polyester blend, and very easy to quilt through.

Once I had made the bottom part, it needed the top!  I have made handles for the bottom, but they need to be different than what I made.

So here is the top part.  I love making these things.  gets done in an hour or two.I did like making this, but probably wont make another!  It was like wrestling a bear when you are adding on the last row of blocks. 
So there is some gardening going on.  Adding to a new "bed" and will have a tree brought out and planted.  We are beginning to understand that others can do things much easier than we can.  Just feeling my age today! 
I ran in to 2 people that I haven't seen in a very long time!  both of them have started quilting!  So one I told about the guild in Oak Ridge.  Hope she comes to it! 
Anyway, I am very tired today and will quilt slowly.  But still quilting!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Eye Candy!!!

The Pigeon Forge Show is on today.  We went on Thursday.  So here's some of the quilts.  Best of show was really well done.

I'm into bright colors and fun designs.  So that's what I took a lot of pictures of those kinds of quilts.

Very nice applique.

Just fun!

A stripy quilt looked much better there than this picture. 

I loved the bike in the middle.  Can't say I have seen a pattern for this quilt.  But I have stopped looking at patterns for a long time.

Nice bargello.

This one was striking from a distance, and then up close.  Great double "wow" factor.

Very nice machine quilting!

There must have been a class for this kind of log cabin.  There were several done in this pattern.

Fun Quilt! 

Had the flowers all meet right in the blocks.

Very well done cabin.  I still couldn't figure out the judges way of thinking.....

This was interestingly done. 

Cheese cloth used for the waterfall.

Nice one!

Twinkle Toes!  Very cute!

There are patterns for the embroidery ones. 

And all bee ones are cute!  Says, Honey, I'm home!

Lots of cat ones there also.

This got a third place!  Really nice quilting.

Several of this pattern were done too.  Must have been another class.

Then some were just great to look at!

Nicely done!!!

I love the oil cans that are embroidered on the top!

Bright colors and nice placement.

Paper piecing is not my thing, and I do love seeing them done well.  I would be struggling on the second block and give up.

This is on the modern side!  Not many in the design way.

I'm into circles and the quilting was done by hand using the big stitch.

This actually looks cooler in the picture.  The black and white fabrics were so busy, you couldn't really tell there was a swirling design there.

This is just plain fun!

Wonderful work.

This was for sale.  I forgot to ask how much.  It was a beautiful blue, with all kinds of bead work done in the center part.

The boats were so good!  Had actual rope going through the quilt. 

And a very bright happy quilt.  House Party is this one!  The birds all have party hats on!
The show had hand quilted quilts in a separate category, which was nice to see.  The machine quilting was good, but to me, it always seems like way too much in those. 
Vendors were really good this year.  I'm at a point that I don't have to come home with a ton of fabrics!  I did get one of that small irons that are out now.  Have to see how that works.  Saw lots of friends up there!  Just great to go to the show! 
They have put the food place right in the middle, which is great!  you can go sit down any time and rest your feet.  The weather was great!  Warm and sunny.
Now I'm trying to finish up that machine quilt work.  Almost done.  But the bigger it gets, the more it's like wrestling a bear... I will post pictures of it soon! 
Go to shows and get excited about doing more!  You know you have the fabrics for more quilts!!!