Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I can't get it off my mind

I have a quilt that is percolating. I keep thinking about it. I've tried to draw it up in EQ but I have forgotten most everything I knew about EQ. I don't know why I forgot it all, but I did. It's true, use it or lose it!
Anyway I am constantly thinking about a Texas flag. Anyone who has known me for more than five minutes knows I am from Texas and proud of it. I would be there today except my husband and his job (and paycheck) are in Florida. That still feels and sounds so strange to say, I live in Florida. Off track again...
The last time I was in Houston, my friend and I wandered into a iron works shop and I found the wall art I had been looking for, for a long time. I may have already told you this, and if I did, I'm sorry. The wall art is made of what looks like re-bar (is that correct?) bent into a circle and a star welded in the middle. Then on another larger ring ...let me go take a picture...

Anyway ever since I brought this home and my husband hung it in the "formal" living room better known as the foo foo room around here I have had thoughts of a Texas quilt. I have a wonderful Texas block of the month that I bought to make but as yet haven't started, but that wasn't what I was thinking. I was thinking about a flag. I wanted to make a flag quilt. Sounds easy enough. Strips of red white and blue and a large white star. I have drawers of strips already cut. I had tons of red, white and blue until I made two quilts of valor, so the drawers are rather lacking in those colors. But wait! I have a stash! Woo Hoo! I knew I bought that fabric for a reason!

I better go quickly while the desire is still here. I seem to be easily distracted lately.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Live and Learn

Every single stitch I made yesterday has to be unstitched! UGH!
It was too hot to sew in my sewing room so I moved my featherweight into the dining room to work on some little, easy, no brain type 9 patches. Me in my infinite wisdom didn't check my seam allowance because "I know it's right!". WRONG!
I had all of my little 9 patches made and was about to sew them to the solid alternating square when I noticed they almost 1/4" smaller. Ah man! No amount of pressing and stretching was gonna get that block big enough. GRRR!
I just wanted to (insert whining here) sew some and have some down time, and relax with no frustrations. yeah right!


Oh well what was I expecting?  I'm glad it was only about 12 blocks, and they are small, and I don't mind ripping out!
Maybe I can get them right today.
Woo Hoo! More sewing!! AND everyone is OUT of the house today, another WOO HOO! My day is getting better and better.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Today is the day!

Today I will go into my sewing room and knock the dust off my cutting mat and plug in my faithful sewing machine and try my hand at a 1/4" seam. I may fail terribly, but I need to try.
There has been so much bad news coming from Houston that I need to block my ears and try for a few minutes of pleasure.
I have sandwiches and salads planned for supper and fruit and yogurt for dessert. The kitchen is clean and the laundry (never ending) is at a good pausing point. The dogs have been walked, fed and played with and they have tons of chew toys and each other for entertainment.
I can hear my friends chanting and cheering me on (all in my head) so here I go. I will report if I make any progress!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Books for sale post #2

$3 Has ideas & PP patterns

$5 Sold!

$3 quilt as you go instructionsSOLD!

$5 machine applique and quilt at the same time


$3 lots of cute patternsSOLD!
$2 traditional with a twist  Sold!
$2 great for using with stripesSOLD!
$2 lots of PP patterns
$2 Lots of PP patterns
$2 Lots of PP patterns
$3 SOLD!


Still more to come!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

For Sale

I am pretty sure most of those who read my blog on a regular basis have left me due to my not posting in a long while but I will try this anyway.

I have been trying to cull books. That is VERY hard for me! While going through my books I found doubles of some and some that were won as door prizes and others that I don't have a clue about. I also have some books from the business I am ready to quit tripping over.
I thought I would take pictures and put them on here with a price and see if anyone was interested in them.
It will take several posts to get them all since there are so many.

Olde is New Again- Jo Morton $8

Judy Martin Log Cabin- Never used, signed by author $12 SOLD!

Vintage Charm - Jo Morton, never used $12

Turning Twenty #4- seven copies $7

Turning Twenty New Edition of first book- 5 copies $6

Be Attitudes - Art to Heart  never used $8
Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows - New- $10

The Quilters Companion - great condition- $10

Shipping to be paid by the buyer
If you are interested let me know.

More later,

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thanks, but keep praying

I'm still here and kicking, but it is getting lower and lower each day.

I won't rehash my dad's plight, but he is still in the nursing home and I don't know much more than that.

Yesterday Ray got a call from his dad's wife and she was crying. We knew his dad was in the hospital having some tests run so Ray immediately thought the worst. Come to find out his dad has been taking Alzheimer's meds and since he has been in the hospital for a few days it was just too much for him. He is completely confused. He doesn't know exactly where he is, he thinks he has been moved to a nursing home (he hasn't). He thinks his wife and her son took his car and truck and left them somewhere, (they didn't). Ray spent a good hour last night trying to reassure him he was in the same place and safe and his wife was coming back up there as soon as she rested.

We spent the rest of the night trying to figure out if Ray needed to go to Arkansas since his dad has no one who can really take care of him. We have worried about this for a while and it has finally happened.

 Maybe I should rename my blog, Dieing to Quilt!
Ray has taken a few days of vacation so you know I haven't had any time to even touch my sewing machine. Really I don't mind, since I am finally getting that old longing back to go in there. I guess I just needed some absence to make my heart grow fonder?! :)