Monday, August 28, 2017

Where has the time gone.....28 August 2017

Looking back, I realize it's been a few (few???) months since I last wrote.  No excuses other than - well, darn there are no excuses.  Just didn't feel like it?

In the past couple of months, it's been good news and not so good news.

Good news.

Mammogram and followup with biopsies - all clear.  Praise the Lord!

Not so good news.

Labored breathing climbing stairs.  Had the stairs led to the top of the Empire State Building, that's to be expected.  However, 17 steps?  One stress test, MRI with dye and ultrasound, my heart was found to be fit as a fiddle.  Or at the very least, good for my age.

Still the labored breathing.  Sleuthing through web page after web page, something popped up that led to an appointment with an allergist/asthma specialist.  Not so good news was the diagnosis:  asthma trigged by allergies.  In reality, that is good news!  It just sounds more dramatic to write "not so good news".  Always the drama queen.

On the quilting  A few projects here and there completed - but nothing that made my heart jump up and down with tiny waves of excitement.  Two pincushions were made .... and another one in the works.  Does that count?

As I continue this journey, I wonder if quilting will take a distant second in my life.  No, I don't even have a close first in my life right now....other than puzzling my way through as the wife of a pastor and learning that listening is truly a God given skill I'm still praying for.

As to photos - not yet.  My trusted laptop for 5 years or more was giving me very subtle hints that his (hers?) life expectancy was coming to an end....which led to the purchase of this wonderful MacBook Air.   Definitely a learning curve.  A. Very. Big. Learning. Curve. with deep sides on a very narrow path.

In the meantime, smile at everyone.  At the very least they will think you have some marvelous answers to the mysteries of life.  That can't be all bad.

...aka Angel45402...

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.


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!


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.


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.


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.  


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.