Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Break

What a great feeling!

I spent last week working on the sashing for this quilt . . .

I finished it late Saturday evening and spent Sunday afternoon putting the borders on. I was even able to get it sandwiched and ready to go.

So today, I plan to clean house (a little bit) and then begin quilting.  I haven't cooked in awhile, so I would really like to find something good and different to cook for dinner tonight.

I'm heading over to Patchwork Times to see what everyone is working on this week.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Finished Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Spent most of the afternoon putting the binding on. I probably should have hand sewn it, but I do not have the patience. It took me forever to get the quilt squared up. Not sure if it is now, but it seems to be pretty close. I didn't really have anything to measure by to get it squared.

I love the way the back looks. I would really like to do a white or ivory whole quilt with only quilting. But, I don't have a clue how to start. Do any of you know of anyone who has blogged about creating a design for one?

My thought is that I could make a huge one that fits my king sized bed with hangover and then just use my other quilts on top without making a lot of huge quilts. Does that make sense at all?

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Well, it is all quilted now.

I think I will go with the green I used for the vines for the binding.

Tomorrow's job--square it up and add the binding.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Moving right along

I have completed the quilting on the inside rings of the double wedding ring quilt. I have also completed echo quilting around the border applique. 

Now to decide how to fill the border.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Double Wedding Ring Update

I spent most of Sunday afternoon in the sewing room machine quilting on the double wedding ring. I think I have all of the center completed now.

I am still wanting a mid arm machine one day. I have arthritis developing in my pinkie fingers and they are beginning to hurt after I quilt or sew for awhile.

I think I am going to cross hatch in the applique border. On the last one I made, I did a large stipple but I felt it distorted the borders some making them wavy. I think the quilting was more than on the inside causing it to be flatter.

I'm linking with Design Wall Monday with Judy.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Moving right along!

I have been able to quilt a little each night on the Double Wedding Ring quilt. I am moving right along.

I have one whole row completed. I have really improved in my free motion quilt over the years, but I still have a ways to go.

If I can keep my memento up, I will finish a lot sooner than I thought. Well, off to work for me.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, March 3, 2014

On the Homefront

It has been a little bit since I have updated you on my family.

Craig and Becca are doing great. They make it a point to visit every couple of weeks. Becca's parents live about 5 miles down the road from us, so they are able to visit with all of us on the same day. We went to Fort Smith (their hometown) on Saturday to get a few things from Lowe's so we called them and met them for lunch. We went to Five Guys for burgers. They were delicious. I think Larry figured he had over 900 of his daily calories in that lunch. Ouch! (I didn't have bacon on mine.)

Kelsey is working in ICU in one of the large hospitals in Fort Smith. She is enjoying it and feeling a little bit more confident in her abilities. She took her state test last week and passed it.

Today, one of her best friends is taking her exam. My prayers are with her.  Even though, they are totally prepared, it is very stressful going through these exams. (Update--She passed also.)

And, Kelsey is engaged. The wedding is planned for October 11. We welcome Zak and Aiden to the family.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting. 

Sleet Day?

When I was growing up, we very seldom missed school because of snow. In fact, there were many winters that we didn't have any snow.

More recently, when we moved in our current home, 10 years ago, we may have snow once or maybe twice during each winter. Believe me, I remember because our driveway is very  persnickety in snow and ice. Or maybe I should say getting in and out of the driveway is very persnickety.

Anyway, in recent years, we seem to be getting 3 and even 4 winter storms consisting mostly of ice. Anyway, another day out of school for me. Now, our last day will be June 2.

What are my plans for this cold, cold day? Hopefully, to get the borders sewn on the double wedding ring quilt. Hopefully, I will get it sandwiched also. I always use the floor to do this, and I can really tell my age, when I am getting up and down.

Larry is off to work. He called and said the roads are a sheet of ice. He is driving a huge SUV (Excursion) which makes me feel a little better. I know 4-wheel drive does not help in the ice, but I feel he will be a little safer in a big vehicle if he slides off the road.

What are your plans? Hope you take some time to visit Judy for Design Wall Monday.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting. 


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