Monday, November 23, 2015

Latest attempts at sewing

Boy, I don't know how people find time to write a blog post daily or even weekly.  Mine has turned into quarterly posts. 
Since my last blog post I had my second cataract surgery and it went great.  I can now see without glasses except for reading.  I used to have to take my glasses off to read now I have to put reading glasses on.  My daughter came up on Sunday July 12th from Southern Utah and we went to Provo. We stayed in a motel since I had to be at the surgical center Monday morning at 7am. After we checked in at the motel we went to Bountiful to meet up with Bronson, Conner and Hailey at Conner's Grandma Shauna's house.  They were swimming in the pool.  We stayed and visited for a while then we followed Conner to his house and then to a restaurant and had dinner.  It was so fun seeing the boys. I got to visit with Conner's little girl Jaidence, too.
So much is going on.  I am moving sometime in the next few months.  I was given an old trailer house earlier in the year and knew it would need a lot of work done before I could move in.  In the fall I found out I could not move it onto Joe's property so we moved it to Fillmore.  It is in a trailer park and we are getting things fixed up on it.  First off they got it blocked and leveled and then sealed the roof.  They put in 4 new windows and are working on the electrical now. 

This picture is of it sitting out on the farm. As you can see the one window is broken and consequently the birds were living in it.  There was a nest in the bedroom closet.  It was pretty dirty and had old furniture in it.
The next picture is of it sitting in the park at Fillmore. It still is a mess but once we get the garbage out it will be much better.
 I will post pictures of it as things progress.

I have been sewing a lot lately, mostly for Christmas presents.  I put together a Harley Davidson quilt for my son George.

 And in August I joined a round robin quilt group and we all made 16 large 12 1/2 inch blocks and 16 small 6 1/2 inch blocks.  We then sent them to the organizer Krisanne and she divied them up and  sent them back to us.  I got mine and immediately had to figure out how to place them.  She gave us a potential layout which made it easier.  I love mine and I plan to put black fleece on the back and free motion quilt 4 big spider webs on it.  Everyone was so creative with their blocks.
 I also finished my pink and orange quilt and got it bound. It will be a Christmas present also.
I have been working on my maroon and green quilt.  I have 4 rows put together and have 4 more to add.  Then I will put 3 borders on it to make it queen size.  Here are the blocks from it.

They are called granny squares.  I have seen others made that are very scrappy but I tried to keep mine very uniform.  I will post pictures of the finished quilt top later.

I will have the next few days off and plan to try to get lots of sewing in.

Monday, June 29, 2015

It has been quite awhile since I posted last.  This summertime has been so busy.  I really haven'e been doing much sewing.   Since I took on the task of doing another person's bookkeeping, that has been keeping me away from the sewing machine. I have also been trying to help my son get rid of some junk cars and that can be very timeconsuming.  He really needs the money from them and they are an eyesore.    I have also been busy trying to pack up my motor home in anticipation of selling it and moving into the trailer.  Of course, that task was put on the back burner when I had cataract surgery on June 17th. 
It was such a success and I am looking forward to doing the left eye.  Cheryl, my Daughter-in-law took me to Nephi for the 1st surgery.  I was supposed to be there at 8 am but at 7:15 they called to say the surgery was cancelled.  Something about trouble with some equipment.  So I called Cheryl, who had just gotten to Holden, and she turned around and went home. Well I no sooner sat down and ate breakfast and they called back to say it was on again.  I told them I didn't want their faulty equipment to mess up my eye but they reassured me that it was the sterilization equipment not the eye equipment.  So I called Cheryl back and she came to get me. We got to Nephi about 8:45 but there is so much prep to get ready.  Surgery actually happened about 10:30 or 11 am.  It only took a few minutes for the actual surgery.  But we had to wait to see Dr. Lohner before we left the hospital.  I guess we finally got home about 1pm.  My sight in my right eye is so good it just amazes me with what they can do.  For the left eye I am going to go to Provo on the 13th of July.  Marshawn is coming to take me to that one and we will stay at a motel up there since my appointment is at 7:20 am. 

Just before my eye surgery I had an opportunity to go to the Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival.  Last year I went for 4 days but this year I only went for 2 days.  I left early Friday morning and came home Saturday late afternoon. I took a class on Friday afternoon with a Krisanne Watkins.  She taught us how to make 40 1" half square triangles.  Very tedious but between that Friday class and one Saturday morning with the same teacher I was finally able to accomplish one block. 

I love it but it was very tedious.  Then Saturday afternoon I took another class.  It was from a lady at the Main Street Quilt shop in Hurricane.  I really like their classes.  It was called A Scrappy Granny Square .  I was actually able to make 2 blocks in that class and for sure I will finish this quilt.

I actually did two different color placements in this block.  I love the process and the ease of making it.  I still need to square them up but really like this block.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


I have a couple of tops finished that I've been working on.  The first is my Match-A-Patch Star quilt.
 The stars are all done from my stash scraps and then I added the white on white that I had.  Also the blue was some fabric I got a while back and it just fit perfectly into the pattern.  The backing will be a pieced backing of the blue and white.  It is king sized and hope to do the quilting myself in the next month or so.

The other is an hourglass quilt I made out of some of the fabric I got for Christmas. It is twin size and I am not sure who to give it to.
I have been very busy getting the baby things ready for Dawn's baby. And I need to get some baby things ready for Jennifer's baby boy.  I have a little time for that one. 

I got a new car...sold my old one in one day (must have priced it right)  My new one is used but in very good condition.  It needs a transmission but is drivable locally . Here it is!!!
I love it.  It is very comfortable and easy to drive.  Has a great radio, CD player and Cassette player.

Well that's enough news for now.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sewing Progress

I have been sooooo busy lately.  Besides keeping the books for my sons businesses I have decided to take on doing the books for another fellow that has multiple businesses also.  But, my computer has not been cooperating.  I have sent it in twice for a keyboard problem.  Hopefully I get it back soon and it will work perfectly.  I spent two whole days just cleaning carpets in the motor home.  Since the leak is fixed I needed to clean the water spots.  They cleaned up nicely.

With all that going on I still have been able to get some sewing done.  I have put together the blocks made from Missouri Star Quilt Company's video.  It is called Flying Geese Log Cabin.

 Here is the single block..
 Now I need to put on some borders.  Still can't decide what the borders will be.  I don't have any of the actual fabric left but have bought some solid fabrics that match quite well.  If I do too much in the borders it will distract from the pattern but on the other hand I don't like the idea of too plain of a border.

Right now though I am working on another quilt I started when I was down south.  It is called Match  A Patch Stars.  I found it in a Fons & Porter booklet that came with a magazine. 

This is what I have been doing.
 I have 60 stars made using fabric from my stash.
The quarter square triangles are also fabric from my stash.   I have 18 more to finish then I will start making the rows.  I am anxious to get this one finished.  I am hoping to get it quilted by the end of the month.

Besides that I have been working to put together my BOM from the guild.  Here are the blocks I have finished for that.

I have a few more but couldn't find the pictures.

Well that is what I have been up to.   Keep quilting on!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Latest Stitching done....

I came home from Ivins, on January 31st.  Had a great ride home.  Joe brought his tow truck and a small trailer to pick me up.  We loaded all my sewing stuff and luggage in the little trailer and put my car on the tow truck and he drove me home.  Little Joe and Crosley came and helped load things up.  They are 2 very hard working kids.

We had a lot of fun on the way home. 

It is good to be home but while I was gone my fridge decided to quit working.  So the last few weeks that is what I have been consumed with.  We still don't have it running (altho the freezer freezes but the fridge won't go below 50 degrees) but I have an alternate fridge (but it is outside).  At least my food doesn't spoil any more.  Living out of an ice chest just doesn't cut it.

I have been doing some sewing.  I have been making 12.5 inch blocks to finish up the BOM from my guild last year.   Most I don't have pictures of but will take some and post them later.

The best thing that has happened is my giving Carol a quilt.  Of course, I don't have room for extra quilts just sitting around and so the other day I took my "Blue Plate Special" quilt to Carol.  She is a wonderful friend that was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple months ago.  She had both breasts removed and has been going through chemo.  It felt so good to give it to her.
This is the top before I quilted it.  I have a label to sew on to the back yet but I told her I would come and we could sit and visit while I sewed the label on by hand.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

It's been a very long time since I posted anything.  The best laid plans.....

Since December 1st I have been staying at my daughter Marshawn's house in St George. 
Here are some pictures of my sewing area.

Other than the week that I went home for Christmas with the grandkids, that is.  I went home the Tuesday before Christmas and had planned on coming back to St George that next Saturday.  But I ended up staying till Monday.  It was such a fun Christmas,  my Daughter in law Cheryl is the General Manager of the Comfort Inn in Fillmore  so we stayed there Christmas Eve.  Actually we stayed there until the next Monday.  It snowed Christmas morning so we woke up to a white Christmas (about a foot of snow).  The kids loved their presents from Santa and enjoyed their presents all around.   Then a day or so later we got another 6 inches of snow.  What a mess out there so we stayed inside and swam and sat in the hot tub.  Cheryl got me a room right across the hall from their apartment.  Crosley and little Joe had roll away beds in my room.  It was so much fun spending time with them.  The reason I ended up staying the extra days was because little Joe turned 12 on the 23rd of Dec. and he was ordained a Deacon that Sunday after Christmas.  I went to church with them and got to see a lot of friends.

I spent the first week here in St George just getting settled.  Then I had a lot of Christmas gifts to sew.  i spent every minute I could sewing.  I was able to finish this quilt for a dear friend of Marshawn's.

I loved making this quilt.  It started as a panel and I added the bargello border in jewel tones to match the birds and butterflies on the panel.

I also finished my denim quilt top.

It needs a good pressing and I am going to back it with a flannel fabric.  I don't think I will put a batting in it as the levi material is so heavy already.

In addition to that I was able to make some zippered makeup bags and quite a few sets of Microwave bowl potholders.  I need to make a few more sets for gifts throughout the year.

For Christmas I received lots of fat quarters and a jelly roll.  So I have been working on some quilt tops. I also got a new high speed touch screen computer.  I must have been very good this year!!  LOL!

I started my spool quilt.  I want to make it big enough for my bed.  It is a pattern out of the Block magazine.

Here is one block

It is made out of a couple of charm packs that I already had.

I also started my Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt.

This is real fun.  It is made from a jelly roll I got for Christmas.

I am also working on a Pat Sloan Block of the Month...This is January's block

I also will be making a block from The Fat Quarter Shop BOM too but I haven't started
my first block yet as I just downloaded it yesterday.  I will be posting pictures of it later.

Well, my time in St George is drawing to an end.  In 2 weeks I will be going home to my motor home.  I must get back to my job on Feb 3rd.  These 2 months seemed like such a long time when it first started but it is shorter than I  thought.  It will be sad to go home but it will be good at the other end.  I have missed Joe and Cheryl and the grandkids. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Moving Update....

I had a very productive weekend with my daughter.  I super loaded my car with sewing fabric and books and headed to Ivins, Utah on Saturday morning.  It was lovely driving weather. In 3 more weeks I will be moving there for the winter and needed to get my fabric and serger and other sewing items down there.  When we got everything upstairs it looked crowded but then we moved the small entertainment center to another wall and Marshawn proceeded to take apart a tall open bookcase and re-build it to be sturdier.  All of my fabric will fit on the bookcase and then some.  It will be perfect and I can't wait to be able to get started on some more quilts.

That evening we went to Tuacahn Amphitheater to enjoy a tribute concert of the Bee Gees.  I was afraid it would get too cold but it was quite comfortable.  We dressed warm and the music really got our blood pumping.  I didn't get any pictures cause my phone died but it was so fun!!

Sunday we spent the afternoon organizing my fabric.  I have lots to put on the comic book boards and I will get to that when I get moved down.  I still have more fabric to take down but it is a small amount compared to what I took this time.  I will post pictures of my apartment (she made her upstairs into an apartment for me) and my new sewing studio (her loft will be my sewing studio/office for her work)..

I will be down there for 2-3 months.  I will come back for Christmas with Joe's family but will not be staying at my Motor Home.  I will stay at Joe's house.  Then back to sunny southern Utah.