Monday, January 23, 2017

One More to Go! And Pressing Matters...

Yesterday I put together another En Provence block - only one more to go! Yippee! You may remember that because I'm making a smaller quilt with bigger pieces, I estimated how many parts and pieces to make. I need to make a few more parts before I finish the last block. Not a problem!

And then I made another set of nine patches - good progress.

One of my FAVORITE things about making nine patches is...twirling the intersections on the backside when pressing! It keeps the intersections flat - don't you hate bulky intersections???

Well, that brings me to my Farmer's Daughter blocks. It has taken me several blocks to FINALLY learn how to press these to eliminate bulky intersections. Do you see all those Y-seams?

I finally learned that I can twirl those, too! This makes my life so much better! Haha! The only bad thing about this is that now I need to go back and re-press all the blocks I've already made.

So today's message is: TWIRL THOSE INTERSECTIONS!!!

We had another round of storms in the afternoon. Another tornado warning! EEK! There was damage within our county - a house destroyed in our town of Opelika, But no damage in our neighborhood, thank goodness. But Georgia was hit so hard...prayers for them.

It's machine quilting day. I have the top (Bliss) ready. I have the backing ready. But I have no batting. I should have thought about this before today. So I'll most likely run out to buy batting. Then on with the show!

Have a blessed Monday.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

It was a Farmer's Daughter Day

We had two rounds of severe weather yesterday - the first came through mid-morning with a tornado warning to boot. No damage around here, though there was damage in the next town over (Smiths Station).

Then the sun came out for the afternoon. Round 2 came through overnight. I was tired and slept through the entire thing. We had a nice storm (according to Hubby), but nothing dangerous. Weather people had been warning us all day that it was a PDS event - Possible Dangerous Situation. But we dodged a bullet.

I had a lovely day of hand stitching - my thumb is much better! I started another Farmer's Daughter block and managed to get this far - all the sections are sewn together. Yay me!

I forgot to mention this yesterday. We have a niche in our back hallway - up to now it's just been a rectangular sheet rocked opening. Friday a carpenter showed up and popped this into the opening. I love it! I now have shelves, Craftsman style trim and a little more class. Without shelves, there was not much I could put in here. Now I can add cookbooks, maybe a plant, and a few fun things. Much better. Someone else will be coming soon to paint it (the bead board in the back will also be painted) and then I'll get busy filling it.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hexies and Bread!

Yesterday was extremely busy for me! I started out with a trip to the grocery store - a VERY early trip! 

Then the bread making began - SIX loaves rising! I worked in hexie stitching in between. I finished another little threesome - see it above.

Bread was baked - yum!!! Most of this is now in the freezer and I won't need to make bread again until March. 

And while we're on the subject of food - I bought these oranges at the store yesterday - PINK oranges! I've never seen pink oranges before. They are very good and so beautiful, don't you think?

I was looking forward to an evening of hand stitching... but while I was cooking dinner I burned my thumb. OUCH! See the blister? And that's my sewing thumb. And so hand stitching did not happen last night. But at least dinner was delicious! I made THIS - Honey Mustard Chicken Potato Casserole. It was really good and simple to make.

Wow - there's a lot of food in this post! Am I making you hungry?

I haven't decided what I'm sewing today. I'm a bit tired after yesterday. Hubby came home from Birmingham last night so I'm thinking there will be a lot of TV and relaxing today - so that means hand stitching if my thumb holds up.

We have weather warnings today - a line of bad weather coming through. It's a good day to hunker down!

Have a great day!

Friday, January 20, 2017


So yesterday I made two sets of nine patches.

And then I made another set.

And then I made another set.

I know some of these are odd color combinations. I purposely tried to put some odd pairings together to give this quilt some uniqueness. Some spots of interest. We'll see if it works! I want someone to say, "Wow, I would have never thought to put those fabrics beside each other - but they look good!"

I'm really glad I pulled this quilt out to work on. I'm almost done with the nine patches and will then be ready to put this top together. It's going to be a cool quilt, I think.

I did swim yesterday, but not long. At least I did a bit. Progress is progress even if it's slow, right?

Today MUST be bread making day! I've been putting it off all week. I really don't mind making it and it is worth the effort. So today it will happen. And hexies will happen!

Have a fun Friday!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lots of Sewing! Yay!

Yesterday! I sewed for hours! Yay me! I stitched together the 3rd En Provence block.

And then I stitched together the 4th block! Only 2 more blocks to go!

And then I decided to move on to dresdens. I made one...

And then I made another!

My pictures are a bit dark today - it's very cloudy and foggy this morning. Storms are coming in tonight.

I had plans to work on the next Farmer's Daughter block last night, but I was tired and simply vegetated in front of the television. But it was a good day of sewing!

Did you notice I made two of each block? I love sets of two. When I come home from a trip to the grocery store, I find I have bought MANY items in twos. Two boxes of popcorn. Two cartons of eggs. Two frozen pizzas. Two packages of frozen broccoli. I think I have a bit of OCD. Why buy one? I might need another! Ha! I always have a spare!

Today I'll be working on my UFO - and that means nine patches! But first, I'm dragging myself to the pool. I've been a slug this week - need to swim TODAY!

Let's go jump in a pool!!! Have a fun day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Only One Dresden...and my Bucket List

Only one lonely dresden made yesterday - but that's still progress! I love these blocks and I'm so glad I'm getting this off my quilt bucket list. Do you have a quilting bucket list? A list of quilts you want to make 'some day'?

If you don't have one - make one now! Simply start writing down (or list on your computer) quilts that speak to you. Patterns, ideas, colors! Add pictures if you like. Then try to tackle them one at a time. Even if you only make one a year - you're making forward progress. 

The more I stare at these dresden plates, the more I realize that this is the PERFECT quilt to quilt as I go, block by block. I can use my machine quilting rulers and make some cool designs. I had planned to machine quilt En Provence like this - but Bonnie threw me a curve - the blocks are BIG and it has wide sashing. I think now that I'll sew the entire top together and do a simple meander stitch. 

I'll be home all day - LOTS of sewing time ahead! Yay! And it's En Provence day - maybe I'll get two or three blocks sewn together!

Hubby was gone last night and I couldn't watch our regular Netflix shows without him. So I found a movie on Netflix - The Finest Hours. It was really good - an ocean rescue story set in the 1950's. Guys would like it, too - it's not a chick flick. 

Okay, I need to take Cooper for a walk. And then let's start sewing! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Clean Up!

Why is there a nine patch in the picture? Wasn't yesterday supposed to be machine quilting day?

I did spend time with Bliss. And after much fabric pulling and study, I decided it doesn't need another border. It spoke to me! Done. So then I needed a backing fabric. That part was easy - done!

So I moved on to sewing nine patches for my UFO project. Bonus sewing!

And then I spent 10 minutes on this mess. My horizontal surfaces were covered - not good!

Much better! There is still a small pile on the edge of my desk that needs clearing, but maybe I'll get to that today.

Hubby left home way before dawn this morning, headed to Birmingham. His mother is having surgery there today. Last I heard it was taking him an hour longer than expected to get there - Birmingham traffic is awful. Hopefully all will go well and he'll be back home soon.

As for me, I have lots of plans for my day. Of course, it's Dresden Plate day! And I think I'll go for a swim. And I need to run a quick errand or two. Cooper will need a nice long walk later. And I need to think about making bread. Wonder if I can fit all that in today?

Have a great day, y'all!