Sunday, December 21, 2014

Books!

I am really a reader.  My favorite time of day is when I head to bed after a shower and read until I fall asleep.  These days it's more late than early, and it's nothing for me to look up and see it's 2:00 am.

Anyway, I've decided to keep a list of books I read over on the side bar and rate them from 1-5 stars.  I'm calling it books of 2015, but I've started it early.

I just read a book I loved and wanted it on the list!  The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber is so good!!  First, let me tell you that I don't like normal books.  Don't mention Debbie MaComber to me.  I can't get through them.  Books I like have to be different.  And this one sure is!

It's about a Christian missionary in the future who goes to another planet to minister to the race who have been found there.  I give it 5 stars!!!  And I don't give my stars lightly.

Let me add that I don't buy books anymore.  Ever since I discovered my library's ebook check out system, that is all I use.  I can have 15 at a time on hold and can check out about that many, but I never do.  I keep up with NPR Books on Facebook and read their reviews and recommendations.  I keep an eye on Book Riot, as well.  I often tell my husband how much money I've saved him, but maybe he'll believe me when he sees my list.

I thought we were going to do this on Judy's Patchwork Times, but I guess it fell by the wayside along with Comfort and Joy!!  (Still finishing up the border applique on that one!)

Monday, December 08, 2014

And....Christmas approaches

I have been manically shopping online since Thanksgiving. When you have 4 kids, 4 partners, and 7 grandkids, that's a lot of money, time, and effort to get ready. I'm a little bit excited as we are having our get together on the 27th, so I plan to be out and about picking up some last minute bargains on the 26th.

 Anyway, I've gotten busy today. I have two of these ugly panels for my 4 year olds who love Frozen. I mean LOVE!!!  I have them both sandwiched (my knees are killing me!!!!)  and they will be my first real product to use my  new Tiara II.  I really thought of them as practice, but while talking to my daughter today I realized this will probably be their favorite of all time quilt and will pull it out to show they children and it will look like crap!!  Well, such is life.  Better finished than perfect.

Speaking of the Tiara II, I have gotten a little better.  I am not using the stitch regulator, but have slowed it down to about 30% and I can get some decent meandering and following the lines.

I have come across my first project for after Christmas.  I bought these little (about 5x7) coin purses in Thailand years ago.  If you ever have a chance go.  The fabric, both silk and cotton, is amazing, even in the little markets.  Anyway, I used it when I traveled putting credit cards, foreign money, and American money in different pouches.  Well, guess you can see it's had it.  I liked it so much I just never moved back into my old billfold.

I found this one put back in a drawer that I thought was too  beat up once before.  Ha! Compared to the other it's brand new.
Well, I can't seem to find any on the internet to buy, but I did find this tutorial on making one, so, even though anything zippery makes me cringe, I think I'll give it a try after the holidays.  It is illustrated beautifully, so hopefully I can get it done!

Happy holiday finishing up to all.  I need to read  blogs to see what you all are doing.  I've been worn out from the shopping!!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Can't sew!!!

Must shop!!!!!!  Cyber Monday, my favorite shopping day of the year!!!!!  Woohoo!  (PS.  Yes, I ordered fabric!!!)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tiara II

Well, I have tackled the quilting machine.  It won for a couple of days, but then I rebounded.  I was having terrible tension problems, but it was just because my thread was not "flossed" into the tension disk.  Someone told me I should hear a click when the thread is engaged, and I had never heard anything like that.  So I put some elbow grease on it and I heard the click.  Now I am having much better luck with the sewing.  My stitches look great.

I don't, however, have much skill with the quilting.  I have a panel from Madagascar that I got half price with some coordinating backing.  I decided to practice on that instead of little tiny quilt sandwiches.  I've decided to follow the lines of the hippo ballerina and then maybe move on from there.

Winter has moved in here like it has everywhere but Florida, I think!!  Looking forward to some quilting time next week.  


Monday, November 10, 2014

Exercise in Avoidance!!

Well, I haven't been doing very much.  I did get the little girls' Frozen quilts done by cutting off some border that was on the panel, and then adding my own.  Those are still some really ugly panels.

Then we had out hayride.  It was Nov. 1 and so darn cold that I stayed inside all I could.  Everyone seemed to have a good time, but I was happy to take the little girls to the house about 9:00 so our sleepover could begin.  Little Ruby would walk around asking people if they were tired.  She goes to bed about 7:00 so 2 hours late about got to her.

So this week I rested and recovered.....and avoided practicing on the Tiara II.  ARGH!!!! Must practice!! I also wanted to finish Comfort and Joy, but I'm still machine appliqueing the borders.  I didn't get the Halloween one done, and doesn't look like I'll get the Christmas done in time either.

The whole family!!  This doesn't happen much any more!!

Me and my little girls.
Hope you are accomplishing more than I am.  I am hoping to finish cleaning the playroom and then hit the machine!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gold Mine!!

So I found a big box of quilts that I had forgotten I had. They have been in a huge box with some tablecloths in our climate controlled storage barn. I brought them over this weekend and it was Christmas!

 All of these were made, to the best of my knowledge, by my grandmother, mother,and aunts in the 30s. I know a lot of the fabric is feed sack, and some is just beautiful.  Paisleys!!!  Not one of these has a label and they make me want to go grap a marker and start labeling all my quilts that aren't done.

They smell a little musty.  Do you think it would hurt them to air fluff with a dryer sheet?  Or should they hang in the sun?

STARS!!!!  I love this one!  It has a couple of different yellows in the background, but it's still beautiful.


Love this!!!
Looks like they had some printed squares and just used it on the back.  Did they put those on feedsacks?




This is the only quilt I remember, but I don't know where or why.  I think one of the fabrics had a velvety feel.
The one below is the best shape all around.  I love it.  It just has one place I need to mend.



Grace had a headache today so she came to our house.  She perked up pretty well after Tylenol and we had a good visit!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Progress!

Finally, I got something done!! No pictures, but trust me.


  1. Sewed together winter row quilt.  Must decide on border or no border.
  2. Traced and personalized a haunted house to do a hand project for a friend.
  3. Trimmed and put my own border around both of the ugliest Frozen panels in the world.
  4. Practiced on my the Tiara.  I drew shapes and tied to follow them.  Might work.

Now I get to spend the evening with a grandson.  Doesn't get any better than that!