Saturday, April 22, 2017

...And those FCBs keep on growing.....22 April 2017

The growing has stopped.  All.100.of.them.  With the planned 2" sashing and cornerstones, the Fussy Crumb Blocks project should be just right for our queen size platform bed.  

What is very interesting about these FCBs is this:  No matter how many times I pressed and added and pressed and added, each block came a joy just to see the various contrasts in color.  Most were FCBs.  A good handful plus were simply CBs....Crumb Blocks.  Even those were a joy.  

May not look it, but this is actually 10 blocks wide.  

It's been much needed therapy while I wait for another followup mammogram on Monday.  Three years of feeling pretty content all was well with the yearly exam.  Now back to the unsettling feeling.  At least I'm not unfamiliar with this adventure.

God is good....All the time.

Sharon
 
 
 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Finally Photos of "Our" Cottage....14 Apr 2017

Home sweet home. 

Managed to download the photos from my iPhone....and I can almost bet the photos won't be right side up ....  Let's explore together.

The cottage....


Yes, dear sweet husband letting himself.   Another view?  Maybe....
 
 There's even a garage at the end of the driveway...a storage garage :-)






 a view of the kitchen....adorable!  It's at the end of the living/dining room area.....

 And then there are these two views of the living room area:

 And a few more.....
Bedroom of course....big enough for bed, a cute dresser and a tv mounted on the wall.









And a bad shot of the bathroom....but there really is a nice size shower in here....

And through a small hallway - the sun room.  This is truly lovely.....



The owners have done a wonderful job with this cute cottage.  
They live on the property next door - and it's a beautiful brick home.  Hope to get a photo next time.

What a wonderful way to spend time away from home....still be close to visit Riley's mom....and a terrific get away!

And yes - I did some hand stitching.  More Hexies!!!

 
 
My "forever" project!

Sharon




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Brief Visit to Wellington, Ohio.....12 April 2017

Ahhh....a real challenge this early morning at 2:45am.  Using my iPad for a blog update.  Should prove to be very interesting.

We left yesterday morning (a mere 2 hours later than scheduled) for Wellington, Ohio.  Three hour drive from Dayton.  A visit with Riley's mom was in order - and long overdue.  Her health is slowly fading and her memory isn't what it used to be - but then, as we become older & wiser, whose memory is not what it used to be.  But her heart - continues to be loving and kind as time goes on.  Couldn't ask for more.  

We are staying at a lovely cottage, thanks to Riley's sister who has a friend who offers this cottage free of charge for friends & family.  It's so cute!  And of course since I cannot figure out exactly how to download the camera photos, it will have to wait until later to share just how cute this place is.  

Hexie project came with me - which, again - no photo available yet.  

Technology - can't figure it out but cannot live without out.

Sharon




Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Fussy Crumb Blocks Revisited 5 April 2017

Squirrel moments again.  One day I will come up with a plan and stick to it.  Think that will ever happen?  Me neither. 

Fussy Crumb Blocks....

This was the original.  Emphasis on the WAS.


I am truly not sure why this plan wasn't a full blown GO.  After a few pleasurable hours of unsewing (or frogging or is it defrogging?) - and yes, it really was pleasurable - I sat and pondered.  Okay, maybe not the pondering - but I did think about it.  

Original idea morphed into:


 I think I will like it.  

Unless the squirrel reappears.

Sharon

Thursday, March 30, 2017

And Squirrel Moments Continue....30 March 2017

Fussy Crumb Blocks
Restoring Ms Franklin
Tax Time

Fussy Crumb Blocks became a bit - uh, complicated.  No. Not complicated.  Way too busy.  4 rows of 6 1/2" FCBs are in the process of being de-frogged.  Or is it Unfrogged?  Or is it...unsewed?  And Crumb Blocks (without the fussy cut center) are in the works also. Goal:  sash each FCB and each CB with a not-very-wide sashing.  2"? - Maybe. 

Then the Squirrel Moments came in....and Ms Franklin needed a bit more attention.....which happened right in the middle of the FCBs and CBs.  Squirrel Moments can happen any time, anywhere.


What started out as - let's just strip the base.  Nope.  She needs to be stripped completely.  I still am finding it fascinating.  So many layers of paint - and despite the numerous cleanings - grime and dirt.  Have given some thought to paint her RED.  That is a long way down the road though.....

As to Tax Time....  I have my quilting passion, DH has a passion for chess....and for 15 years or so, the Dayton Chess Club has been alive and well.  Profit?  Not much - if any - but alive and well.  And taxes?  Oh boy.  Enough said.

Now to go unsew a few more FCBs.  I actually am enjoying the process.  


Sharon
 
 
 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Projects and Projects...and..... 24 March 2017

First - 6 more days and I'll be in 3 months into the No Buy 2017. I think I may have discovered the reason for the multiple days of headaches.....

Design Wall!



 See the windows behind what are the two roller shades?  They measure 65" across....  The roller shades are both 65" in width.  They will be mounted above each window, leaving about a 1 1/2" (or 2" give or take) space between the two windows.





See this batting?  It's the thinnest batting I could find.  Okay - so perhaps not the thinnest but close enough.  This will be cut to the width of the roller shades - with a length of 72".  Then glued (spray adhesive) to the roller shade.  Oh drats.  I need two packages.  If anyone finds my brain wandering around, kindly return it.  
I read somewhere this method works.  Thankfully found the roller shades at a price that would not break the bank.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

And next UFQ?

A "few" more patriotic blocks from a Yahoo group (Quilters Who Care).  Most of these are paper pieced.  Nice project at night...removing the paper.  There are enough in this group to make 2 or 3 decent size lap quilts.  

And let us not overlook Ms Franklin...

Sadly, I could not save the decals on the base.  Excitedly, I had uncovered a little bit of the decals on the base when cleaning....only to discover that was the only part of the decals on the base.  Sig.  But she will sport a very shiny base by next week...and a good clean up for the rest of her.  

Surprisingly, there wasn't much under the bobbin area....

 Okay - wonky photo.  But underneath the presser foot was a lot of gunk.  I think it used to be thread, lol.  Feeling pretty self puffed up, I cleaned it all out and that was that.  No, that was NOT that.  On the underside of the machine was thread wrapped around the outer bobbin holder - the kind that one must figure out how to remove.  So far, it will remain.  Even the manual wasn't a huge help as to how to remove it.  Bobbin out - yet.  Bobbin holder out - yes.  But the place where one inserts bobbin holder isn't coming out any time soon.

Projects and Projects...and.....

Life is good.

Sharon


 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A New Project....21 March 2017


New project, you ask?  Oh yes, new project.

Word got out that I "sew" a bit....and was asked a few weeks ago if I knew anyone who would be interested in a treadle machine.  Treadle?  Did you say "treadle" ???  Stopping short of a minor heart attack, I managed a squeaky "I do - and it's ME".  Gifted!  I was warned it's in bad shape ...but who cares!  I have a treadle machine!  Yes, it is in parts for easier transport.  Yes, it is rough.  


The desk portion on its back.....with the wheel of the treadle peeking behind it.  

And then there's the mystery accessories in the drawers. 

And the treadle part itself - taking a nap.  

Oh - the machine????

I did say "rough", did I not?  A real challenge here....

But here is what completely won me over (as if I wasn't won over already)....

That wonderful decal on the side of the machine....and that nifty thread guide. 

And I forgot the best part.  It's a Franklin.  While I cannot recall verbatim, it was sold by Sears & Roebuck - around 1917.  More research is a must - and remembering it of course.  Serial number - will search for that soon.

In the meantime, I have a New Project and I am so looking forward to having her work once again.  

Sharon