Sunday, July 31, 2011

Snow Days Update

Here's an update to today's earlier post......

I got May, June and July's blocks all made and attached and all the carry over embroidery traced onto the pieced blocks and the blocks above and below.

I still have about 4 or 5 pieced blocks to make that will make up the center of the quilt but the more time consuming part is done.

Snow Days

Yes, I'm still plugging away on the Crabapple Hill "Snow Days" project.

I do have all 12 months worth of embroidery blocks completed but as we've said from the beginning of this project, this is the project that keeps on giving......

For example.......You would think that this is done....NO!
I have to take this block, attach May's block to the bottom of it and then I have to continue the embroidery from May's block into the June block....THEN when that's done and I attach these to the left side of the center section there is more embroidery to do..... It's a one year project that will probably take 15 months to do.
I do love it though so I'm ok with all the extra work that goes into this project.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Where Have I Been?

I can't believe I haven't blogged even once since I came back from vacation but the proof is right here....nothing!
Antigua was wonderful. A perfect place to relax and regroup. I did a lot of lounging, sipping ice tea, reading and swimming.
YES, I forgot my lotion the first day so by the end of the 5 days I was peeling like crazy. I did use lotion the remaining 4 days but the damage was already done :(
I don't have pictures yet because I have to find the CD to load the picture program on my new computer. Maybe by the end of this weekend.....Since back and returning to work I haven't gotten a lot done but I have been attempting to work on some yellow 9 patch blocks for my current project.
Here's a picture of some 9 patch blocks done but needing pressing. Some rows of squares that need to be assembled into 9 patch blocks, and also some squares cut up next to my machine that need assembling.

I think I showed you a couple of weeks ago what I was "attempting" to is 1 16 inch block that will hopefully be part of next summer's quilt for my bed.

The sun has been in and out all day here in NJ so it was a perfect day to stay in and work on this project.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Leaving on a jet plane...........

Yes, we're leaving in the morning for 5 full days of sun and fun.

I like relaxing vacations where I can swim in the pool, sit in the shade of a cabana and read or do embroidery, eat good food and just plain old relax............The Sandal's Resorts offer just that so at 7am Sunday morning I will be sitting in Newark Airport awaiting my jet plane to Antigua....

Adios till next Saturday!!!!


To say I'm not a "YELLOW" girl is an understatement, but this yellow Irish Chain quilt that I found on the internet inspired me to purchase some yardage of assorted yellows yesterday and make this exact quilt for myself. Of course when I got to my local shop "Quilting Possibilities" and saw her yellow display I wanted to walk away, mostly because they had so many in such a variety of shades that I didn't know what to do..... I eventually picked 4 I think and the salesgirl Fern wandered around the shop and picked up more. In the end I bought 15 prints and then this morning I cut into them to see how I liked the look.....

Here is my first block.....
I'm doing them 6.5 inches and using a Kona White for the alternating block.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Farmer's Wife Update

I didn't get a lot of sewing done this weekend but I did accomplish one thing, I did finish sheet # 2 from the Marti Michell conversion chart for the Farmers Wife blocks, AND I started #3. Here are my 4 blocks.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Saturday Sewing

I did a little sewing today.

I wanted to catch up and do a few extra bowties so I don't fall too far behind especially since I'll be awa from the 17-23rd.

I have 35 and then cut about 20 more out to sew up someday when I get bored.

Did you do any sewing today?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I should have..........

I DEFINITELY should have gotten more than just this one star block done tonight but I have been way too sidetracked and I'm

a little tired...

I have to make 4 for the top of the Liberty Ridge quilt and 4 for the bottom.....Guess I better pick up the pace a little you think? :)

I got my friend Conni's woolie pincusion today in the mail. She wants us to think "fall" but not halloween. What do you think, scarecrows, acorns, pumpkins, squirrels etc??

I have a month to look at it and come up with something then mail it on to the next girl.... Should be a lot of fun!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Little Flag

While having my 2nd cup of tea this morning I did a little blog hopping and came across a free pattern for a cute little flag.

Let me just say, I had no intention of making it today but I was itching to start and finish something small today so here it is......

It was a lot of fun to make and took MAYBE an hour to complete....

Happy 4th of July Everyone!!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Patriotic Sewing

I do think about making myself a patriotic quilt throughout the year but when it's actually a holiday where I'd like to display it is when I remember "oh yeah, I never did get it made".

Last night I was making my July Big 3 list and remembered I had this I pulled it out, grabbed the fabric and started cutting it out.

Here's how far I got before dinnertime tonight.....

It needs a neutral border on top and bottom of the ribbon border and then I can make some stars.........
With luck, I have this finished for Labor Day!


July 3, 1985

Yes, I have that date right.....July 3rd 1985 my one and only son was born. He was such a cute little guy. He had curly blonde hair, ate good, slept sooooo good and other than the occasional spitting up on his father's suits when he came in from work, he was a great it's not surprising he turned into a wonderful adult.

He's away on vacation with his new fiance this week so we won't see him to wish him happy birthday but with all of today's technology that certainly wasn't around in 1985, we were able to wish Dan a happy 26th birthday! See you Tuesday......

Love, Mom

Friday, July 1, 2011

Woolie Pincushion Round Robin-Part 2

Remember the post I did earlier in the month about the woolie round robin I did this winter with some girls I go to retreat with? Well, we're doing round 2 and was mailing day :)

Have no fear....I got my act together this morning and got my base made.

The base was actually the easy part. I knew I wanted blue sky and green hills...My biggest fear in picking a gnome was making all his "parts". Little arms, a little face etc. BUT, I got him done and now he's ready for mailing.

I'm very happy with how cute he actually turned out!!!

A Visit

It was that time again......yes, time for a hair cut and to get the old grey covered up. That usually means a trip to the local hair salon where my "favorite" hairdresser used to work but since she moved to "Posh Hair Salon" in Baltimore, I have to take a road trip when time allows. Since I had off from work, that's just what I did. Got myself all beautifuled up and then.....lunch at "Red Brick Station Restaurant and Brew Pub" in the "Avenue at White Marsh". We sat at the outdoor area and listened to music and coincidentally they were having a hamburger eating contest, so we could hear the DJ and all the folks cheering.
Here's a picture of my hairdressser Jen, my other daughter Sarah and their cousin Shannon.
The girls accompanied me on the trip and while I was getting beautified they dod a little themselves with "feathers" in their hair! It's all the rage right now with the young girls and it's so easy to do and change out whenever the mood strikes. After lunch we wandered around Ikea then t was time to hit the road back to NJ before the holiday traffic hit..... I had a great day with the girls...Hope to do it again soon.