Thursday, January 28, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Slowly, but surely. I've sewn several strip sets for my blue and white quilt. Many more sets to go. I've sub-cut these into little units, ready to sew back together in sets of 4. I will get there eventually. I don't know if I've already mentioned it, but this quilt will be for our master bedroom. I'm doing some redecorating in this room over the year. I'm planning to recover the headboard, put wallpaper on the wall behind the bed, and add this quilt to the foot of the bed.
I've been waiting for some items to arrive before I really get into the Color My World quilt. The printable freezer paper finally arrived yesterday. I'm still waiting on the background fabric. Again, no rush. I had trouble making up my mind - I have 5 yards of three different fabrics coming. I know, a bit crazy. One will get used on the back of the quilt. One will be the background on the front. And one will be saved for something else!
Monday I had to go to UAB for my breast check up - I go every 6 months. All is well with that!
I haven't been able to walk much lately because it's been pretty cold. But tomorrow will be a good walking day - can't wait!
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Dotty emailed to ask for details about the curtain rod I am using to hang quilts. I thought more of you would be interested in the details, so I'm answering her here.
The first thing I considered is the size of the quilts. What's the biggest quilt I might hang? I knew it was the one you see above, which is 84" x 84". So my curtain rod needed to be longer than 84" to give room for the rod finials plus a bit extra.
This is what I ordered: curtain rod. (from Amazon)
The rod was perfect, except... I didn't realize it was a double rod. Two rods. I decided to make it work. I'll save one rod for a window at our lake home. BUT, now I'd need new brackets, because it came with brackets to hold two curtain rods. I had to then order single brackets (I had to order two sets of two - I needed 3 so I'd have support in the middle.
I ordered these curtain ring clips. Even though many of my quilts have hanging sleeves, I'm using clips to hang them because of the center support on the rod. The quilt would be able to slide all way across with its sleeve. Make sense? I hope so.
Be sure to hang the rod high enough so your longest quilt will not hit the floor.
I know, this is very convoluted. Don't do what I did and order a double rod! (Though I will end up using the double brackets and extra rod at the lake.) Simply get a curtain rod that matches your decor that is about 10" longer than the width of the biggest quilt you plan to hang. AND mount a center bracket for the rod or you will have sagging.
Dotty, I hope that answers your question.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
I've been wanting to make a blue and white quilt - blue, but leaning toward navy. When I saw Bonnie Hunter's new pattern, Winter Blues, I thought it would fit the bill. I have a love/hate relationship with Bonnie Hunter quilts. The pieces are so SMALL! But in the end, I always love these quilts. My favorite quilt I finished in 2020 is Pfeffernusse. Lots of tiny pieces. But all those seam allowances make for a nice, heavy quilt which I find comforting.
So what you see above is the start I made today at cutting the pieces. I pulled out all my blues that I thought would work and began to cut 1.5" strips. I have a bit more cutting to do. And yes, I did order a bit more navy fabric from Whittles Fabric today, but just a few pieces.
I had a wonderful walk this morning - 2.2 miles! I try to go a bit further each day as long as my feet are cooperating. You know I had a bad fall several years ago and tore up the ligaments in my right foot. Sometimes that foot or ankle 'talks to me,' and not in a good way. My new shoes came this afternoon and I love them. I have also ordered an ankle sleeve for more support, too. It should be here soon.
If anything hurts, I stop. And I might take a day or two off from walking. But I've mostly been fine. My new Apple Watch? I LOVE, LOVE it! It keeps me motivated! I love the way I've been feeling since I've increased my walking. My blood pressure is still a bit high, but my doctor will help me with that.
That's it from here.
Friday, January 1, 2021
So I did a little bit of sewing. I have the wool pieces appliqued for the next bird. I'll start embellishing it today. I also hand pieced a tiny star block for Stars Upon Stars.
Yes, we'll be having greens (collards) and black eyed peas tonight. I used THIS RECIPE for a different kind of black eye pea dish, with cornbread, sausage, cheese - it's good and has quite the kick. This recipe is by Plain Chicken - I love her recipes! Always good!
I'm luckier than most in that our 2020 was not as bad as some people's. No one in our family has gotten Covid. No one in our family has lost their job. Our kids live in the same town we do and we feel comfortable seeing them. Of course, Sadie made this year a very happy one for all of us. We finished building our new home, moved in, and love it. After the initial shock of staying home all the time, we've adjusted well.
I don't make resolutions for the new year, but I do make goals. I looked backed at my 2020 goals and I did pretty well with them.
My goals for 2021 are pretty simple.
1. Selfcare. I will continue my walking that I started a few weeks ago. I'll continue to eat healthy (MOST of the time). I'll keep monitoring my blood pressure.
2. Read. I need some improvement here. I read each evening before I go to sleep, but not long enough. I've passed the halfway point of Jane Eyre, but the old me would have been finished weeks ago. After I finish reading Jane, I'm thinking I'll splurge on an Audible membership. I can listen to books WHILE I WALK. I think that will be a game changer for me. I plan to continue to read classics this year.
3. Wallpaper. So this is rather specific, isn't it? I want to buy some of the peel-off wallpaper for a few areas of our house. I love the idea of being able to peel it off easily when I get tired of it.
4. Write. Years and years ago I wrote a novel. Our kids were young. I was a stay-at-home mom and needed things to entertain myself. I started writing, I started quilting, and I entered cooking contests. The novel was a cozy mystery. It was good enough to get a New York agent to represent me, but it was never picked up by a publisher. That brings me back to my goal. I want to pull the novel out and modernize and tweak it. I will probably add more quilting in it - there is already just a bit, as I was beginning to learn quilting as I wrote it. Anyway, it will be entertaining for me, and who knows? Maybe it will get picked up. Nothing to lose here.
5. Quilt. I want to quilt my Marshal top myself. That will be fun and there's no rush. I want to make a blue and white quilt. Other than that I'll keep working on UFO's. And I'm sure I'll start some new projects here and there, including another curved hexie quilt.
I'm pleased with my goals. They are doable. I'm looking forward to lots more time with Sadie as she learns to walk and talk this year. Yes, we have a stroller, so she'll be joining me on walks, too! I know it will likely be months before I'm able get the Covid vaccine. So I'll keep staying home and staying busy.
Happy New Year!