Saturday, July 14, 2018

Report from the Lake House

We spent several hours at the lake house yesterday. It was one of those good news-bad news kind of days. But mostly good. Above is the new coffee bar - custom made by the cabinet people and topped with quartz. Good news!

All countertops are now in - good news!

Chimney sweep came - fireplace is not safe to use at this time - repairs will be pricey - bad news...

Termite inspector came - no bugs or damage - good news!

Termite inspector wants to do a special treatment ('according to state regulations'). Not sure if I believe him that it is necessary- will do research to see - bad news...

New barn door was built and installed while we were there - good news!

We discovered significant damage on our pier and our Seadoo was tied off and not on its lift. Turns out a recent storm knocked the Seadoo into the water and it continued to bang against the pier. A kind neighbor saved the Seadoo from floating away and tied it off. The pier and Seadoo will both need repair - the pier will have to wait until winter when the water level is down - bad news...

All in all it is good. The house is progressing well and will be finished before long. Very good news!

On the way home we took a load of old metal outdoor furniture to a sand blasting/powder coating facility - truly fascinating! Above is where they powder coat items, which are hung from the big rolling rack. The rack is given an electrical charge which passes through the item to be sprayed. The powder coating will then stick to the item.

Next the item goes into this huge oven at 450 degrees F. The powder coating melts into a nice even surface. They have lots of colors to pick from - we went with a dark bronze color. I have taken all the furniture cushions to an upholsterer to be recovered.

No sewing. This morning I teach the local Accuquilt Club class. And maybe I'll get a bit of sewing in later????

Friday, July 13, 2018

Another Row in the Christmas Quilt

I added another row to the Christmas quilt - the bottom one - pinwheels.  I only need one more row! I'm running low on fabric... I'm thinking of adding another pinwheel row to the top. I have a fun border planned after that. This might just get finished by Christmas!

FYI: I also finished my Cooper in Denim project! Woohoo! But I'll wait to share it until I have acquired the stretcher bars and stapled it around them...hopefully early next week.

Today we're headed to the lake to check on things there - there was a lot going on there this week. Can't wait to see!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Birthday Fun!

I didn't sew yesterday, but I thought I'd show you what I'm making from the cut-off seams from the pile of blue jeans: placemats for the lake! Won't they be fun? And very durable!

Hubby and I had a wonderfully fun day yesterday. He let me pick our agenda. I decided we'd go thrifting. We've been watching a show on Netflix called 'Money For Nothing' - it's a British show about a woman who picks things from the 'tip' (dump) and she and other artists turn them into wonderful things.

We didn't find anything to reinvent, but we did come home with some fun finds. We went to 4 thrift/reclaim stores and bought something from all of them. Among other things, we came home with a pile of movies for the lake, a lovely tall planter, and more jeans for me to deconstruct.

We went for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants: a delicious wedge salad and firecracker shrimp along with a margarita. 

Today I'll get back on track with sewing.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Another House

This is a cute little house, isn't it? I'm really trying to learn to add a bit of red here and there in some of my scrap quilts, and that red roof looks good! All these fabrics (except the background) came from that big load of fabric I bought recently.

I also had time to work on Cooper in Denim. I am stitching (free motion) around the edges of all the little pieces.

When deconstructing all the blue jeans, I cut out all the heavy seams - I have a lovely bowl full of them - big plans here! You'll see soon!

Happy Birthday to .... ME!

Machine Quilting Was Done!

Can you believe it??? I actually machine quilted! This is a simple little nine patch quilt that will be a gift. Easy, peasy, diagonal grid quilting. I am halfway done!!!

I also found time to work on the Denim Cooper quilt. I made the background and have him pinned in place. Next step will be to do free motion stitching around every single piece. This will not be a quilt - no layers. I plan to staple it around a stretcher frame.

So today I'll make a midcentury house and then I might just work on Cooper again. I'm also heading to Michael's to see if I can buy the stretcher frame pieces. 

Have a good one!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cooper Has A Neck!

The evening light yellowed this photo a bit, but you get the drift. I worked on this a LOT yesterday! Cooper is ready for his background! I'd love to work on that today. I know---it's supposed to be machine quilting day... we'll see what I do...

Sunday, July 8, 2018

SS2 and Denim Cooper

I had put this Splendid Sampler block aside, not really feeling it. I think it was because there is no contrast between the clamshells. And I wasn't a fan of the embroidered flowers in the pattern.  Light bulb moment came Friday.

I used Perle Cotton in a variegated green to edge stitch around the clamshells - a definite improvement. Then I redesigned the flowers and appliquéd the centers and a few petals, using red Perle Cotton to back stitch the rest of the petals. Okay. I like it now.

Next is an elephant - UGH! I'm not an elephant fan, but I'll make it anyway.

I worked on Denim Cooper a good bit yesterday. I added the spots on his forehead and I did his ear.  Now I'm ready to move down his neck. I want to finish this soon! We want to hang it at the lake house which will be finished before we know it!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Sewing and Sewing

I didn't sew on the 4th so yesterday I hit the ground running. I sewed the row of Christmas presents to the quilt and added a sashing row below. Still need a couple more rows.

I also made the plus blocks for the week.

I made TWO banana pound cakes, placing them in the closed laundry room to cool. Well, Mr. Cooper was able to devour part of one cake later in the day while he was supposed to be eating his supper. At this point we just laugh when Cooper steals food.

Hubby and I will pick around on the half eaten one. I'll cut the other cake up to share with some our new neighbors who have recently moved on our street. I guess a half eaten cake is better than none???

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Another House Block

I'll have to admit there was a bit of teeth gnashing and ripping out in the making of this block. But it did survive and get finished. I ran out of the polka dot fabric for the background so I used a different fabric for the 'ground'. The door, the door. Not happy with it. I think it needs a pop of color, don't you? 

I'm not going to start over; I think I'll appliqué a new door on top.

Happy 4th of July!!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

I Needed Fabric????

A couple of days ago I asked Hubby if he had some cash. I told him I bought something on a Facebook yard sale site. "What did you buy?" he asked. "Fabric," I replied.

"Well," he said, "you needed fabric." Hahahaha! He and I both know it's the last thing I need!

I absolutely couldn't resist - I know - it's like a disease, isn't it? Two huge ziplock totes filled to the brim with quarter yard cuts. AND it's all neatly wrapped around comic book cardboard pieces. WOW! The two bins cover an entire queen size bed!

Tell me...could you have resisted?

I had never seen these Ziplock bins before. They are sturdy and fit under a bed really well. I think I'll order more of these - I love to store things under beds.

The woman selling them had an appliqué business but is no longer doing this. I can't even imagine how many quilts I can make from this. I plan to sort through it all in the next few days. I think I got a really good deal - I got her down 20% off the asking price. I counted the pieces in one bin - 207 different fabrics, a quarter yard of most of them. At $2.50 each that would be over $500 retail. And that's only one of the bins. How much would you pay for this? I'll tell you in a couple of days how much I paid....

I plan to use some of this myself, make some charity quilts out of some of it, and share some with my close friends.

Monday Machine Quilting did not happen - we had family visiting. It's always fine with me if I miss Machine Quilting day - haha! I have been working a bit on the next Splendid Sampler 2 block, but I really don't like it - this will be a good block to skip.

Over the weekend we attended two different cook-outs in our neighborhood. It's very social around here! We feel like we have already celebrated Independence Day, so we will have a quiet 4th. We might go watch some local fireworks, and then again, we may not.

Have a good one!