Sunday, August 17, 2014
A new stove will be delivered tomorrow. I do not get excited about new appliances especially when I have to replace an old one. My large burner has been out of service for quite a long time, but I really don't cook nearly as much as I did. However, you do have to have a stove!! So now I will have a new one. Sherry and Barclay came over this afternoon and it was moved out and the floor underneath it cleaned. It was as bad as I had envisioned. After the new one is installed, I will take a mop and do the rest of the floor. Have also mastered putting down a wet cloth and using my foot to wipe up the floor. If you can't do things one way, you invent another method!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I have almost all of the little pieced blocks done and am really liking the look. The piecing, trimming is not so much fun but it's worth it. All of the little duckies will be different colors with orange beaks. They each have a little wing, also. I am making it about six inches wider - 11 triangle blocks instead of nine which adds six inches. In the top picture, I have just thrown some strips up along one side to see how I would like the border. That maybe the way I go. I really like that look and it adds to the scrapiness of the piece. The colors in the last picture are the truest. I was fooling around with the other picture and made it too bright.
This weather today is unbelievable!! What a summer! I have had nothing to crab about (that's not the word I usually use!) since we have not had any big heat spells or really hot, humid days! So nice!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
While at Sherry's the other day, she got out some of the girls' and her old dresses-some she had made and some I had made. What fun to see dresses I had sewn for Sherry when she was small. I didn't realize how many of them she had. There was also a darling dress that she had smocked for one of her girls. She has always been a good seamstress but has not had the time for it for years. Then there was this little wallhanging that I made for Hannah in 1989. I had forgotten what it looked like. Back then, we didn't quilt as closely as we do now and quilts were much puffier. This one is hand quilted and hand appliqued. I brought it home but, of course, it will go back after I have taken it to show and tell. Such a difference in the fabrics and styles from the present.
Tuesday when I went out to lunch with some of the girls, Linda brought me the quilt she has quilted for me. As usual, the quilting is beautiful and I am so happy with it. This one is for my daughter and I will get it trimmed and bound soon.
Haven't we had just gorgeous weather? I love, love, love it! Hope your weekend is a great one.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
And here is Lauren, his little sister, just past six months, in her very lovely floppy sunhat looking cute as a button. She is growing so - will get to finally meet her before Christmas when they will come to Michigan for an early celebration. That is so exciting - Christmas is so much more magical with little ones around.
And here is Annie! Annie is on the train after flying to Michigan Friday. Of course, she brought Molly and Doug with her and they are now up at grandma and grandpa's cabin. They will be in Midland most likely Wednesday so I will get to get reacquainted with the little sweetie. And then I will have to start thinking of another baby quilt to make, as Annie will be a big sister in February! How wonderful is that? They don't know if it will be a little boy or girl yet but will in a few weeks. Just wonderful news!
And another bit of super happy news--Hannah, my youngest granddaughter who was in the Peace Corps, is now in nurse's training and just got a great, great scholarship that is absolutely wonderful. She is so deserving to receive it and we all are so very, very proud of her. She will be home for a visit in September and again at Christmas. Sweet things for Funoldhag to look forward to.
Here it is, all quilted and ready to be trimmed and bound. Will bind it in variegated fabrics that are in the quilt. I always love that look. I had quite a time yesterday afternoon - had sat down to do a couple of the blocks and zipped right through them. When I took the quilt out from under the needle - guess what I had done? Quilted part of a corner of the quilt right into part of my quilting. Isn't that a sinking feeling? Yuk! So I got out my trusty seam ripper and worked for about an hour taking out the mess. Certainly tends to keep a quilter humble, doesn't it? Didn't go back to it until this afternoon when I finished it without incident. No harm done- you can't tell where it was at all. And the old saying is right - she who sews, rips! I was surprised that I didn't have more trouble with the quilting since there are so many seams. I have a few places where it's a little bumpy and maybe a tiny pleat or two, but I am not worrying about that. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Just had a couple of reasons for a short post. First of all, I think you know that where I live we have lots of critters! Deer eat our flowers, skunks have dug up our yards at times, turkeys trot up and down our streets looking for food beneath bird feeders, little ground squirrels chatter on our stoops and there have even been sly little foxes from time to time. This summer we have another critter creating a nuisance - or at least I think I know which one it is. Blaming it on racoons - they have taken to getting into the trashcans in our carports, dumping them over and, if the lid comes off, having a feast at what they find amid the contents. Mine has been dumped several times and I even bought a new one with a locking lid. Didn't work! So now I have a double bungee cord over the top and have been putting some ammonia in the sacks. So far, so good on that. This morning when I looked out my across the street neighbor had been visited by the roaming racoons. The can was overturned and things on her carport floor - not a lot, but some. Today is our yard cleanup day and the crew is in here doing the lawns. Looked out the window and there was one of the young fellows who has been trimming the sidewalks turning the trashcan up and putting the spilled contents back in. How nice is that for a random act of kindness. I am sure that is not in his job description, but good for that young fellow!! Warmed the cockles of my heart, as the old saying goes!!!!
Then later on I made myself feel bad. Realized I had forgotten my hair appointment yesterday and OMG how I needed it. Can't get in until next Wednesday. I am to the point where I feel like going into hiding. Well, I guess you win some and lose some, right! Luckily, that is not something I have done except for a couple of times in the fifteen or more years I have been with my beautician.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Hope no one examines them closely since they are not spaced very evenly and are wavy, but overall look pretty good.
Tuesday I went to Saginaw with Leslie, Linda and Kathy to go to a art quilt exhibition whose juror was Janna, one of the long time members of our quilt guild. Not a very big exhibit, but it was lovely and well worth going to see if you are in the Saginaw area. It's at the Saginaw Art Museum until September 6th. Here is what greeted you as you walked toward the area -
This is all done in one inch squares that end up as one-half inch squares after being sewn. Hard to imagine how a person can do this. Her name is Deb Hyde and she also had two other pieces in the show. I found this on the internet. Why I did not take pictures is beyond me! I found another picture similar to the won she won first place with -
Her work is awesome. We had four of our members represented at the exhibit - Kathy M. was one of them. Also showing work was Kathy A (the girl who did the racoons that I showed from our guild show), Nancy S and Janna. We went from there and had a nice lunch at a Chinese restaurant. Great little road trip with some great gals!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Had Sit and Sew this week. It's been a spell since I've seen some of the girls and I really looked forward to Tuesday. It was a really fun day. It was Leslie's birthday - wish I had known it beforehand. Leslie is so much fun and one of my favorite people! What a great bunch of quilters in our group!! So a big, belated happy birthday to one great gal!!!
Today is the "garage sale" at Park Bench!! Can't miss that! Looks like they are going to have stellar weather for it this weekend. I am going to eat some lunch, get cleaned up a bit and go garage saleing!!! Will show you later what I buy.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I have had a big week - my nephew and his wife were here for a visit from Florida and it was so good to see Michael again and to meet Molly, his wife, for the first time. They both are retired from the service and are taking a big trip in their new motor home through the northeast. Sherry came over, too, and we all went out to dinner later. While we were at dinner, Sherry started to get texts - I had forgotten to put my phone in my purse. Well, good, good news which I'm not going to elaborate on just yet but let it suffice to say that I am tickled pink!!
Next day I had an appointment with my pulmonoligist which I was rather dreading from last visit. However, it was a good outcome and I will have another scan and visit in December. I have actually been feeling pretty darned good although my stamina is not nearly what it used to be. However at almost 86 that would probably be the case anyway! I can't walk a long way anymore but could push a cart around Target or the grocery store all day and be fine but occasionally a trip up to my mailbox tends to fluster me. All in all, I would say I don't have much to complain about!! I'm still as excited about my quilting as I ever was and enjoy the things I do on the computer. Pretty fortunate old woman!
The weather we have been having is amazing!! No real heat yet this summer - I mean the bad stuff. Yesterday it was so cool and the air was dry. Tends to be repeating itself today. For me, that is so welcome since I am not a hot weather girl!!!! It's different now then it used to be, however, because I don't have any outside work to take care of anymore so can just stay in when it's hot.
Guess I will take a trip to the mall and take back some shoes I ordered online from Kohl's. I bought another pair of sketchers which are so comfy, but this pair is too big. Have done a lot of rambling on!! See you next time.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Have been going on a cleaning out spree that started on last Sunday's power outage when I cleaned some drawers. That has gone on to the bottoms of my closets in the bedroom that were a mess and also to the shelves above where the clothes hang. Even did some shredding of old bank reconcillation sheets which had gone way beyond the seven years needed to keep them for tax purposes. The basement is pretty much back to where it should be so some things have been accomplished.
On Monday, I will get to see my nephew and his wife, Molly, who are on an extended trip in their motor home and I so look forward to that. They live in Florida and have been on the road for some time.
Yesterday I had another visitor!!
Happy 4th from Funoldhag!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
The blocks are all sewn and sewn in rows waiting to be joined row to row. Probably would have had this accomplished this afternoon except for the fact that the electricity went off after some rather heavy rain! Don't you just hate it when that happens? You are pretty well out of business with everything you do since most of it requires the power. Back in the old days, a treadle could run any time you wanted - electricity or not. You can't go on line, watch Netflix, etc., etc. So I spent some time cleaning out some drawers which
actually was a good thing. Then I had a really good nap! The power came back on a little bit after I woke up - so it wasn't a bad day at all. Now the sun is shining brightly and I think it's pretty warm out there, but it certainly looks nice.
Here is the top left corner of my quilt - you can see the swirly white on white patterned fabric that I got at the Park Bench yesterday. I think it's going to be a good addition to the piece.
A few more rows laid out on the bed. just the first two are joined. The ones in the middle part are really, really long so it will be lots and lots of sewing. I cut the setting blocks extra big and will leave maybe 3/4 to 1 inch of the white past the points. Binding will be the white.
And I also got all the stuff that I had scattered all over the basement put away! In some of the rubble, I found my circle template that I have had for probably 30 years!! Missing objects usually do turn up. I did accomplish a little more than usual today.