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.



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.  


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

UFQ #4 Curvy Rail Flimsy is Done - 14 March 2017

After a short bout with some sort of intestinal flu bug (and yes, I did get the flu shot in October - but it's one of those hit or miss shots - one just never knows what strain is going to visit), today was an okay day.  Translation:  lots of sleep yesterday made for a decent day today. 

Out came UFQ #4.  I had to go back and correct the numbering of the UFQs were a tad off.  I cannot remember completing this many flimsys in 3 months!  I suspect there will be a slowdown around the corner, but for now - yay, 4 flimsys!

Curvy Rail complete:

 Yes, it surely does need a good pressing.  And probably I need a better camera 😀... but then, a better camera couldn't be used as an excuse.  

UFQ #5....too tired to even think about it.  Time for a break.

Bring on the FCBs.....!!!


Thursday, March 09, 2017

UFQ #4 Marches Onward.... 9 March 2017

Fifteen minute sewing challenge has been part of an almost-daily routine now.  Today was no different. 

UFQ #4, aka Funky Curvy Rails, met its first border - approved the color - and an hour later (never said I was Speedy Gonzales), first border completed.

 Ahhh....I do like. 

Border #2:  white on white tonal.  

Border #3:  a purple/black swirly pattern

Fifteen minutes a day really does make a difference!  

A contented quilter,


Tuesday, March 07, 2017

UFQ #4 on the way! 7 March 2017

Nice to have a plan.  Nice to finagle a makeshift design wall .... Not the best but it works.

Layout for UFQ #4 - Funky Curvy Rail.  Did I share this was a class I took so many years ago?  Curved pieces have always been such a challenge - but this instructor (yikes - what is her name?) took the mystery out of it.  Bought the ruler and everything 😄

Layout?  Of course:

First row sewn together.  Borders....yes.  Three is the plan.  First one black - then white - then purple.  Widths?  I haven't a clue right now.  

Onward to UFQ #4!

aka angel45402
P.S.  Kind of like using my own name versus angel45402......

Friday, March 03, 2017

Sometimes a UFQ remains just that....3 March 2017

Just prior to leaving for our trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida I took stock of the latest UFQ (as in Unfinished Quilt).  Not one of my finer ideas as blocks go....

After completing five more blocks, they were trimmed down - and there the problem revealed itself - along with the necessity of learning how to work with bias.  Out they went - and I felt absolutely no guilt or regret.  Nice!

So on to the next UFQ.....
I took a class so very long ago....Funky Curvy Rail.  Amazingly enough, the curves (when done correctly) are flat as can be when pressed.  Yes, this will definitely work.


Happy Birthday Get Away - 26 February - 2 March 2017

What better way to celebrate one's 65th birthday than a 4 day vacation to Cocoa Beach, Florida?  That's my dearest beloved's idea of a great birthday present.  He was right on the mark. 

We left on Sunday afternoon on the 26th of February....and arrived in Orlando around 7pm...and then to the hotel in Cocoa Beach.  Stayed at the Best Western - right on the beach side.  While I didn't get a photo of the hotel, I did manage several photos of the sun rising - most of which are not right side up when posting.  Tilt to the side....!

One of these days I'll learn how to get the photos to behave themselves when posted.  

And yes....a little hand sewing was done.....
On the the coffee shops....  

It was a wonderful get away!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UFQ #3 Wonky Stars Has Grown to be a Flimsy! 21 Feb 2017

Remember the ole Nike saying (or perhaps it's still used....):  "Just Do It".  11:30pm last night, it was a matter of Just Do It!  

Just 15 minutes is what was promised to self.  Self said .... okay, make it 30 then and you have a deal.

Almost 2 hours later ....

 Too tired to measure the outcome.  I imagine it's large enough for a baby quilt....or perhaps a small lap quilt.  

Hoping Nike won't mind.... When faced with a necessary completion and for some reason your get up and go has left the building without you:  Just Do It.  It may work.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

UFQ #3 Wonky Stars Almost Completed! *19 February 2017*

I do so love that word:  "completed".  

Okay - so there's a little word in front of it - "almost".  Still.....

It does measure a tad small....but with the additions of two borders, it should make a decent baby quilt.   Borders?

 Green - not too wide border and the yellow orange batik, the finishing border - a bit wider.  Note to self:  measure first, calculate yardage before cutting.  It ceases to be fun to have a box full of various width strips because I ignored notes to self.

And then there's UFQ #4 waiting in the wings.  But that's a story for another day.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wonky Stars UFQ #3 Continues - and Always the FCBs *16 Feb 2017*

Sometimes it just pays to step back a bit (a bit - not leave the state), and let the blocks just simmer a tad.  No sense is trying to hear them speak.  They can be very cantankerous.

Wonky Stars moved forward today. 

Row 1 completed:

The cornerstone stars are delightful!  I stumbled across them on Pinterest.  So easy to make - and add such a cute touch!  Two more rows to go....and some really creative borders.  As to size....only time will tell.

And FCBs?  So glad you asked!  Fussy Crumb Blocks row #1 is done!  Over 60" in length....and right now, that's as close to a measurement that can be given.  

 A bit difficult to see as the photographer's skills are pretty darn sketchy. 

Coupled with errands today, not a bad day bonding with Mz Janome.   She truly likes working on two projects on the same day.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wonky Stars UFQ #3 - 14 February 2017

The adventure begins!  Another group of blocks (twelve) from a lottery (or perhaps it was a swap?) from a Yahoo group.  Maybe 2013?  Is there some sort of thing about vintage blocks....they need to rest like fine wine before one can enjoy them?  Sounds much better than anything else I can think of right now.


They all make me smile.  Look at those beautiful colors!  

I wrestled with the idea of sashing.  They are 9 1/2" blocks, twelve of them, so sashing is a must.  As will be a couple of borders.  So sashing it was.  Tried a medium blue.  Oh dear....not working well at all.  I'm still at a loss as to why when I "audition" a color, it looks good - until I've cut a strip and minutes later, am removing it.  

Then there's the "let's try something new".  I swear, this quilty voice in my head really needs to zip it.  Okay....something new.  

New color - and the something new....

And so the project will continue until I get to pondering the borders.  

In the meantime, I found the proper name for these stars.  "Uneven Stars" - Quilterscache.

I think I will stick with Wonky Stars.  



Thursday, February 09, 2017

Fussy Crumble Blocks Continue and UFQ Flimsy Completed...... 9 Feb 2017

And just when you think you have a handle on completing UFQs (Unfinished Quilts), crumble blocks come along.  Fussy Crumble Blocks, affectionately referred to (by me!) as FCBs.

 FCBs all in a row.  Wonky, yes. Wonky intended, yes.  How big will this grow?  I haven't a clue.  Probably not bed size.  I think it might be a bit too busy all grown up to bed size.  Lap size is more like it.  Adding a bit at a time was the goal.  Yeah.  Right.  Made 6 more yesterday evening....and I'm ready to work on more.  

Oh snap - UFQ flimsy stage completed.  Decided no border.  It was taxing my brain way beyond what was necessary (doesn't take much) to figure out size border, what color, etc., etc.  Simply quilt it, bind it and move on.  Yes, it will be a quilt for charity.

Prairie Queen flimsy.  It was fun putting you together.  Blocks made by others in a lottery done via Yahoo group, Quilters Who Care.  Lottery winner asked the blocks to be sent to me.  Wow - what a treat that was!  I still have quite a few more blocks in the Lottery Block Bin.  Yes, I have a Lottery Block fabric basket.  It's amazing what a little organization can do.  And no - not more Prairie Queen blocks.  I have Wonky Star blocks.  Nice big Wonky Stars.  Cannot wait.

Until then, more FCBs lead the charge!

Oh I do quilt - happily.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Taking A Break......and Crumble those Blocks.....

Twenty-six days into the near year and already a break is needed.  

UFQ #1 done....and UFQ #2 is still sitting on the cutting table waiting....and waiting...and waiting.

Enter ... the break.

Crumb blocks.... Seems to be THE thing in 2017.  Okay - maybe not but I'm latching on to it.   My two words for 2017 are FOCUS and SIMPLIFY.  So SIMPLIFY it is....

These blocks are terrific ... and many kudos to Pinkadot Quilts!  An amazing tutorial:

The Ghastlies 

Somewhere, FOCUS flew out the window, flew around and then came back through the front door...and....  

I'm not buying it either. 

Okay....enter three blocks in the works...

Fussy cutting these birds is not that easy.  A few birds gave up their beaks after the first go around with the strips.  

No idea if I'll keep adding strips until the magic size (6" minimum) arrives...and then trim to 6" squares.  Or maybe not.  

After all, Crumbling the Blocks is taking a break.  Just a small one.

New sig line is now:

2017 Words:  FOCUS and Simplify

Do remind me if I forget!


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Prairie Queen UFQ #2 - 21 January 2017

It's been an interesting couple of weeks.  What started out as "well, I need some space to take a photo of a project in the works" morphed into "well, this just needs to be organized" and then it took a life of its own.

Enter: The Journal.  Oh, not any Journal.  This is THE Journal to end all Journals - and probably civilization as we know it.  It has style - it has categorization that defies categorization - it has mind boggling detail.  And it has exhausted the owner.  

Journal turned into labeling fabric bins......


 Before....just focus on the cubicles.  You'll see it if you just look for awhile.  Kind of like those pictures you see and if you look long enough, you'll see a dolphin jumping out of the water.  So they say. 

 And then comes the AFTER.  All those lovely labels.  Squint. They are there.  Each bin holds now an unfinished top (or two or three) or a kit (or kits) or orphan blocks (lots and lots of blocks). 

Truth be told, I'm a little afraid to walk in there for awhile.  What started out with space to photograph.....

So now comes Prairie Queen UFQ #2.  Orphan blocks.  Blocks from a swap block with an online group.  

 The photo pretty much explains why I needed space to adequately take photos as a UFQ takes shape.  The blue strip - sashing.  Why blue?  Well, silly - it was the fabric I had most of.  This is in line with the self pledge:  No Buy 2017.  Should be an interesting quilting adventure. 
 And then trying out the blue sashing.  Okay - so I am still not convinced it's okay.  Like I said - it was going to be this or.... I don't know the "or"....

 And then added the orange cornerstones.  

What I have learned:

FOCUS is not working out too well as one of my two words for 2017.  FOCUS and SIMPLIFY.  Not doing so hot on either.

Reorganization can be fun...until it takes over one's life.  Then it just becomes outright annoying.

I still do not have the best space to take photographs.  


Angels Among Us Has Flown, 21 January 2016

And so UFQ #1 is now complete.  After much thinking (okay - maybe not THAT much thinking) and the advice of a friend - no borders on Angels Among Us.  Instead - colorful binding and a wavy quilted design and viola!  It is done.  Not the largest of quilts but I imagine a toddler will find it warm and comfy. 

 It is so satisfying to complete a project that began so many years ago.