Sunday, July 24, 2016

And So it Grows...

I tried to sew for a bit on the front porch yesterday. I really tried. But the heat got to me after only a few minutes. It's just too hot!

And my little hourglass project is growing.

Hubby and ran several errands yesterday. Then I stayed up way too late watching TV. Then I slept really late this morning. But we did make it to church this morning - it was a nice service and sermon - we talked about it all the way home, so it must have touched us both.

This afternoon we both are staying busy around the house with little projects. I'm reorganizing the laundry room which is trying to become a dumping ground - I will not allow that to happen! When you live in a small home, organization is so important. I found some nice bins at Dollar General yesterday to try to control the chaos.

I plan on some hand stitching this afternoon and evening. Tomorrow? The hexagons will begin flying as I pull out my Bliss quilt!

Have a good Sunday!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wings and Hourglass Units

Late yesterday afternoon hubby and I took my car for an oil change and tire rotation. We decided to grab dinner while we were out. Wings became popular at a time in our lives that we were home with little kids - we never really got into them. So now we are discovering them! They were SO GOOD and we will definitely pick these up again before long!

I pulled out some of my newly cut quarter square triangles yesterday and made my first hourglass block. Fun!

I'm digging into my boxes of 2.5 inch strips to make these, using the Companion Angle ruler to cut the pieces.

Before I knew it, I had four little blocks sewn together!

Later in the evening hubby went out to work in the yard just before dark. (It amazes me how much time he spends working in the yard when our yard work is now done for us!) He moved some plants around, even after dark!

So anyway, I took that time to slip back into my sewing room to make more units. I was thinking I might name the quilt, "Stolen Moments" - because I plan to work on it at times like this.

Made another one! But then I decided I might name the quilt "What Did Cooper Steal While I Was Sewing?" While making the next block, Cooper wandered around the house doing his usual thievery - 1 moist towelette (from the wings), 4 bathroom cups, 1 drink koozie.  I found them in a pile in the living area.

This will obviously be a very scrappy quilt! What fun!

Today we hope to make it to the pool - it's been over a month and my body really misses that activity.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Back to a UFO... and some publishing news...

I got a few things done yesterday that had been on my list. I cut some quarter square triangles to have at the ready to make Bonnie Hunter's hourglass quilt leader/ender project. Haven't sewn a stitch yet, but at least I have some pieces ready to go.

I have this pretty bowl and haven't found a place to put it. So I put the triangles in the bowl and set it on my desk. Yay!

I decided that my next UFO would be my Lollypop Trees appliqué quilt. I found the blocks that I have completed - all four of them. And I found the block that was in progress. Not much to do on it! This quilt has 16 blocks so I do have a long way to go. But it feels good to pull it out again.

And the big news from yesterday: AQS is no longer going to publish books! WOW! This came out of the blue! As an AQS author, I received the news in an email yesterday. But I can't say that I am that surprised.

I will always be grateful to AQS for publishing my three books. I decided to use AQS because of the fact that they have been the only quilt book publisher that also puts on many large quilt shows and I thought I've have an "in" to teach in them.

Unfortunately that did not turn out to be the case. Three books over more than 10 years and I've only been invited to teach at two AQS shows. I heard from friends who were NOT AQS authors who were called on to teach at AQS shows without even applying. Hmmm.

I have often thought that AQS was not keeping up with the times in terms of social media. Other quilting publishers have active blogs that feature their authors. Social media (blogs, Facebook, Instagram, etc) are the way of the world now and publishers who stay current in these media are obviously doing themselves a favor.

When I signed my first contract with AQS, it had wording which stated that in the future any other books I wrote must be done through AQS. At the time I was so excited to be getting a book published that I didn't worry about that. But it forced me into a longterm relationship. Short of hiring an attorney, I couldn't publish a quilt book with another publisher. And so, I have to admit I'm relieved now that if I do write another book (and I just might!) I can contact another publisher to access their interest.

And that is enough said about that!

I need to get going this morning. It's grocery store day! Hope you have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tah....DONE! The Watermelon Quilt!

I finished this little quilt yesterday. These are fun and I can finish them quickly. I designed it, but I got LOTS of inspiration from other quilts on Pinterest. I started by sewing the watermelon squares together, then I freeform cut the watermelon.

I've already decided that the September quilt will have a football theme, but I'm giving myself a break before I start it.

So Cooper...he ate half a pan of cornbread yesterday. And I didn't even realize it until I was preparing our dinner last night. Guess I need to make another batch...and guard it with my life. Ha!

Today I think I'll get out Bliss and see what's next on it. And maybe I'll dig out a UFO... I'm also interested in Bonnie Hunter's new Leader and Ender challenge - I've always wanted to make an hourglass maybe I'll cut some pieces for that, too.

Hubby is still on vacation. We've been busy with so many odds and ends, including lots of paperwork...more on that soon. His father's cancer is back (or maybe it was never gone?), so that's kept our minds occupied. We'll be attending his next oncologist appointment with him next week to see what comes next. And so it goes...

Make it a great day!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Serpentine Quilting!

Yesterday I finished quilting the little watermelon quilt using the Serpentine Stitch on my Bernina - stitch number 4, stretching out to make it curvy. Makes for a beautiful background. Today I aim to get the binding on.

Here's a peak at my sewing table under the window - I found this cute little rug to anchor my chair - so adorable!

Last night's dinner: zucchini casserole (zucchini, onion, brown rice, low fat mayo, 2 eggs, cheddar cheese), yellow squash and onion, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes. Yum! Followed it up with a scoop of homemade Banana Pudding ice cream (1 1/2 cups 2% milk, one can sweetened condensed milk, 1 t. vanilla, 2 mashed bananas, broken vanilla wafers). Double yum!

It's going to be a HOT one today. But we need to get out and run some errands, so we'll brave the heat for a bit.

Lots of love from Opelika, Alabama...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sewing Room Tour!

So here is my little sewing room. I took a panoramic shot so you could see everything in one picture. Let's start on the far left. There is my ironing station. (My sewing machine used to be here.) Then there is the television - I use the cabinet below for storage. Just to the right of the TV you may be able to see Mickey's little crate on the floor - he sleeps here at night.

Under the window is my sewing machine. I can spin around in my chair to face the wooden desk, which double as my cutting station with cutting mat.

The back right corner is a bit cluttered - Those boxes are things from Augusta that I need to sort. In the corner is Cooper's big crate. I have an Ikea table with adjustable legs positioned over his crater - my Accuquilt Studio cutter lives here.

Then there is a closet - yes, I've filled that easily with my stuff!

And then we have a nice comfy chair and ottoman.

It's a tight fit, but it's working well for me much better now. I have everything I need at my fingertips.

I'll share more close up photos tomorrow...

And what did I buy at Christmas in July? I bought this Juniper Berry pattern and the layer cake of fabric to go with it. Oh, and a new spool of Auroral whiter thread. Mine is running low.

And I bought these two fabrics. I'm planning to make a chemo hat with them - must prewash first.

I also bought something else that I have a feeling will be my new quilting obsession.  I'll share it SOON!

Have a great day!

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Quick Recipe and a Lazy Dog

I have not sewn a stitch since Thursday. Need to stitch today! Friday was for errands. I also attended the Christmas in July event at our local quilt shop - fun! Maybe I'll share my purchases tomorrow...

Saturday we had a day trip to Birmingham. We met our daughter and son-in-law for lunch and then visited with my in-laws. I do NOT miss the Birmingham traffic!

So that's where the quick recipe comes in. Saturday night we were both tired and hungry. What to cook that was both fast and yummy? Here is my go-to quick and easy meal:

Lemon Pasta

1 16 oz. box spaghetti (or other pasta)
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Parmesan Cheese
Pine Nuts

Optional additions:
Diced tomato
Chopped green onions
Garlic Powder
Asagio cheese

While water is boiling for pasta, toast Pine Nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly. They will turn golden brown and lovely. Set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Toss pasta with olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan Cheese, and Pine Nuts. No measurements - just add ingredients to taste. Be sure to serve with salt and freshly ground pepper.

This has become one of my husband's favorite meals! And it's so economical - the most expensive ingredient is the Pine Nuts - but they absolutely are ESSENTIAL! I had some Asagio cheese in my fridge - we grated some on top of ours - YUM! (Hubby LOVES Asagio cheese!)

And the lazy dog...

A few days ago Cooper discovered the guest bedroom bed... this room has a large double window that looks out on the street. I finally decided that I wasn't going to fight this battle, so I threw an old coverlet on top of the bedspread. He understood that it was my way of saying, "Go ahead, make yourself comfortable." And so he does. Every day.