Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sometimes . . .

the oddest things happen. When I sandwich a quilt, I usually use the kitchen floor. It is a large enough area and has tile floors so I can tape the backing on the floor. Today,  I laid out a queen size sheet to sandwich my Grand Illusion quilt. I laid the batting on top and smoothed it out. Then added the flimsy; but . . .

My first thought was to pick it all up go he get a new sheet. But, I went to a lot of work taping the sheet to to the floor and then getting the batting laid out straight. So what to do? What to do?

I just decided to use a different top.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Cold, dreary Day . . .

but, I feel better when there is pretty ice or snow to look at out the window.

A wood stove is going so we are warm, plenty of food, so no worries.

Yesterday, Becca came to sew with me. She was working on this quilt top

She purchased a bag of retro fabric, (that's what we call it) and had some more given to her. I think she said she only had one block that was repeated. And this is not all of them. She is making a king size quilt. She asked me to quilt it. I told her she could. I think we decided we would quilt it together. Unless her grandma decides to hand quilt it for her. But, I think it will be too big for her quilt frame.

I just finished the flimsy of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt.

I am too lazy to lay it out for a picture. I'll try to remember to get one when I sandwich it to quilt it.

I have decided to get out this quilt  . . .

and get the borders appliqued. So that is what I am working on today.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Oh goodness . . .

at least I noticed it before I put the borders on and quilted it.

I took out the two pieces that were not in correctly. Sewed one back in. Everything is good.  Started sewing in the second one and noticed something wasn't right. Took a good look and realized the four corner blocks were not in correctly either. I sewed the opposite strips to each side of the center strip.

So, I decided it was late. Put it down and hopefully will fix it tomorrow night and finish sewing the last row on. That will be about it probably because I keep my dad company on Monday nights.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Still chugging away . . .

on the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Grand Illusion quilt.  I have all of the blocks sewed together and am working on getting the rows sewed together. I haven't sewed a lot today. I am enjoying my last day of before heading back to work tomorrow. It is always hard to go back but easy after the first day and I am back in the swing of things.

I still have a border strip and then a pieced border to add after the rows are sewed together. But, the pieced border blocks are all complete. At least I hope they are. I discovered I was short one block when I started sewing the rows together. Luckily, I have all the pieces cut that I needed except one piece. I thought all of the extra ones were just that extra. But, apparently not. I guess I miscounted. There were a lot of individual pieces to that quilt. But so enjoyable to cut and piece.

I am sitting watching a Netflix movie, Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit. We saw it at the movie theater, but decided to watch it again.

I guess I need to get back to this quilt.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Not moving along very quickly . . .

I seriously thought that by today the Grand Illusion top would be completed. But, no! As I sat down to put all of the units together, I realized something was not right. I had not pieced these units together.

So, in between watching Hallmark Movies, playing Candy Crush, looking over facebook entries, and running errands, I finally got these pieced together and pressed neatly.

And wee into the evening I was able to get units sewn together to hopefully whip out the blocks in a couple of hours this morning.

Then assemblying the quilt top will take awhile. The sashing is pieced and they are all completed but I still need to cut the corner squares that connect them. Then the border is also pieced. They are made but take a little longer than strips. So, I now change my goal to finish by tomorrow evening, if I spend a lot of time on it today and tomorrow.

It has been so dreary here since the New Year began. Rainy and cold again today. But, at least we did not get the ice that was predicted all throughout our area. I really need the sunshine and to be able to get out and walk. I have a treadmill but don't use it because it is downstairs and I don't go down there. I may have to rearrange the den to see if I can fit it in and both of us need to use it.

Until later, Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year to all!

I quickly checked back to my post a year ago to see if I made any New Year resolutions. I didn't post anything and I guess that is a good thing because I couldn't remember so that was probably the best sign that I wasn't able to keep them.

We spent the evening last night at my Dad's house with some of the family. Craig and Becca were with us and that is always a blessing. Kelsey was working, Aiden was visiting his biological mother, and I'm guessing Zak was home playing video games. We sure did miss them.

Today is going to be a lazy day, watching for sleet and ice. Sewing, cooking for one of us (hint, hint Larry) and a lot of relaxing.

I worked on Grand Illusion yesterday in between cooking pinto beans and ham and making this Artichoke and Spinach dip. It was delicious.

I thought I only had one more step to do on the Grand Illusion quilt to get caught up --Part 3. I skipped ahead and did 4. Then I realized I hadn't completed Part 5 yet. Then when I looked this morning I see she added the Grand Finale.

So, if I hustle I may get to start putting it together today. I am so excited. I may lay out the pieces and see if I can guess what it will look like before I actually peek at the completed quilt.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.


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