Saturday, October 22, 2016

Storing Completed Blocks and My New Schedule

My nightly hand stitching continues. Almost done with this block! So where am I storing these blocks?

On Cooper's crate! I'm using a pants hanger to hold them together and I have it hooked on the outside of his crate. And do you see my rulers? I've used 'S' hooks to hang the ones I use the most right at my fingertips. And you see my Accuquilt Studio cutter above. Cooper guards them well!

I still have a bit of sorting and organizing to do in my sewing room before I'll be totally satisfied, but it's almost there.

Today I'm testing my foot - we're going to the football game later today. I so hope it holds up! There is a LOT of walking involved in going to a college football game. You absolutely cannot park close to the stadium. Fingers crossed!

Next week I plan to get back onto my daily quilting schedule. It's time!

Monday- Bliss (top is complete, need to write pattern)
Tuesday- Machine quilting Summer on the Beach
Wednesday- Hand quilting Lollypop Trees
Thursday- Bliss 
Friday- Allietare (just need to add final border to complete top)
Weekends- My choice

Are you planning on joining in on Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt? I am! I have ordered her new Essential Triangle Tool, though I understand she has shipped all she has. A new shipment is coming in November and I'll be getting mine then. I'm planning to use my stash of strips to make mine. I have every color in the rainbow, so it should be fun. As usual, I'll be making mine smaller and with larger pieces - if she calls for a 2 inch strip, I'll use a 2.5 inch strip. This worked well on Allietare. 

Hope you have a fabulous day!

Friday, October 21, 2016

I Found It!!!!

You know I've been looking for my Bernina Stitch Regulator for months! I was convinced I'd taken it to the lake when we moved there for a couple of months. But it never turned up. We've searched the cottage high and low (yes, I got Hubby in on the hunt, too). And I only have a few boxes left in storage for my sewing room - I was beginning to get concerned.

I sold my large Koala sewing cabinet to a friend recently. When she and her husband picked it up not long ago, the cabinet was still wrapped for moving. I told her I might have left some things in the drawers and to please put them aside for me. VOILA! She brought me a bag of stuff from the drawers last night and there it was on top! I'm a happy camper!

My next Farmer's Daughter block is coming together - all Kaffe and Brandon fabric! Happy block!

Last night was our guild meeting. I took lots of photos of Show and Tell, but today I'm sharing this little quilt. I don't know why, but this one spoke to me. What a great use of leftover half square triangles! I may have to make one of these...someday.

So yesterday I swam 28 laps! Going for 30 today! I enjoy it so much - one reason I like to swim is that it's the only cardio exercise where I don't sweat. I don't like to sweat - haha! And I can burn more calories by swimming than I can from walking the same amount of time. LOADS more!

But first this morning...I think I'll watch Project Runway.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I'm Feeling BLISS Today!!!

This was yesterday. Yes, Bliss was all wadded up around my machine while I stitched the final sections together.

And was DONE!

A few photos on the front porch and then I threw the top in the washing machine to soak away my washable papers. It worked beautifully and now the top is air drying on our screened porch.  A quick press and it will be ready to baste.

All I have to do is finish the patterning and I will do that as quickly as possible.

Today I have to get myself into the pool - I skipped yesterday. My goal is 26 laps today!!! I know I can do it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A BLISSful Day! (And The Oatmeal Pumpkin Bar Recipe)

Yesterday was all about BLISS! (But I did finish this block last night.) I stitched the final section together. Then I stitched two big sections together. Today I'll stitch the other two sections to the mother ship. TODAY the Bliss quilt top will be completed! Yippee!

I save my hand piecing for in the evenings. After I finished this Farmer's Daughter block, I gathered more fabric and cut out another block.

Some people ask why I would want to hand piece when I've got a perfectly wonderful sewing machine sitting a few feet away?

1. Some blocks are so intricate or have such severe curves that machine piecing them accurately is almost impossible.

2. Hand piecing is easy - just stitch along the lines. (Be sure your stitches are tiny!)

3. Hand piecing is relaxing.

4. Hand piecing is portable.

5. Hand piecing is faster than you might think!

I was asked for the Oatmeal Pumpkin Bar recipe - find it HERE! I did not use any sugar substitute as called for - I used regular brown sugar. If you want a 'normal' amount of sweetness you will want to double the sugar. But I like them the way they are! And no...Hubby has not had another one... haha, more for me!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Assembly Required

Yesterday was a wonderful hexie day!!! I'm almost finished stitching the last section of Bliss together. Today I'll complete that process and photograph it. And then I'll be stitching all the sections together - maybe tomorrow? SO EXCITED!

Can't wait to quilt it - yes, with my quilting rulers!

Pattern coming SOON!

I also swam 22 laps (oh yes, I did!) and unpacked 5 bins. Today will be more of the same - should be a good day!

Last night I made a batch of healthy oatmeal pumpkin bars. They have very little sugar. The house smelled so good while they were baking! Did I mention they have very little sugar? We couldn't wait to have some after dinner. Oh, and they have very little sugar. Hubby took one bite and said, "They'd be good if they had more sugar." HA! I told him to imagine it's bread with a touch of sweetness instead of a bar cookie with very little sugar. It's all in your perspective, right?

Have a sweet day!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bernina- Here I Come!

Last night I stitched the remaining side pieces. These are easy peasy - all straight seams. Boy, this one has been quick! Tonight I'll start stitching the pieces together.

Yesterday I finished getting my sewing room organized! Yay! I will admit that I put the remaining bins to be unpacked in a corner of the room - still need to get to those. BUT, I can now sew at my machine again!

And sew, I will!!!! Today I'll be working on BLISS!!!! And that makes me happy!

Hubby hauled all the broken down boxes to a recycling center for me - we have one very close by. And I think my organizing week inspired him, too. Yesterday he spent hours cleaning and organizing our outdoor storage room. And he washed and vacuumed BOTH cars.

Hubby is off to the golf course this morning. I'm off to the pool. And then I'll be sitting at my Bernina!

Have a happy day!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Swimming and Sewing...

Yesterday I stitched the corner pieces. Doesn't seem like much, but those curves are challenging and I have to take it slowly with lots of clipping and pinning.

I also unpacked a couple of bins of fabric and sorted through them. I now have all my bigger pieces -typically a few yards each - neatly folded and in bins to use for quilt backings in the future. I began the process of neatening my sewing room. I'll finish that today and be ready to machine sew tomorrow. Yay! I feel very good about what I've accomplished this week.

Hubby took me out to lunch yesterday - we had a great time! Then we ran by a donation center and dropped off a pile of stuff.

AND I swam again! I had done 12 laps the previous day and yesterday I pushed myself to do 16 laps. I'm shooting for 20 laps today. I have to admit this indoor pool is smaller than a regulation my laps are not as long as the typical lap. That's fine with me. As long as I keep pushing myself to do more.

One of the main reasons I've taken to swimming again is that I seem to have small issue with one of my feet. It's the foot I injured a couple of years ago. From my research as an armchair doctor using Google, I'm pretty sure I have Morton's Neuroma - the build up of tissue around a nerve. Sounds worse than it is. I'm not limping, but it was bothering me on long walks. So I'm doing what Google says and staying off of it as much as possible. I've ordered some nice orthotic cushions for my shoes. I can already tell it's feeling better after laying off walks for a few days. I'll continue to rest it for now - got to get it ready for Houston! And so I swim instead and Hubby takes Cooper for his walks. (I really miss the walks!) Even when I start walking again, I plan to keep up the swimming - I love to swim!

The best news ever today: it's raining!!!! We haven't had rain for over a month -

Hope you have a wonderful day!