Friday, November 16, 2018

It's almost the season

I do love decorating the house for Christmas, and usually it happens sometime during the weekend of Thanksgiving.  This year I won't be around over that weekend, so I'm debating with myself - decorate this weekend or wait until December.  Right now I'm leaning toward at least putting up the tree on Sunday, so it's there to enjoy when I come home again after Thanksgiving weekend. 

But I did get a little head start this morning.  There is an annual Holiday Arts show here in town about 4 times per year, right before major holidays.  Lots of arts and crafts plus home canned goods and home baked goods.  I was the driver this morning for a friend having cataract surgery, and after dropping her back at her house I had to drive within a block of the Holiday Arts show. So of course I had to stop in to check it out.

This cute little tree in a container begged to come home with me.  And it looks so good on the credenza next to me office desk.  I added the tiny LED light string, and now it will cheer up my office. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

More name pillows

There are completed pillows for Olivia and Jack. Those ended up being 20" square.  But Mason's pillow needs to be larger than 20" in order to fit the letters of his name, so I ordered 2 pillow forms that are 28" square.  I'm not sure if Jonah and Sophia will end up bigger or not but I need to get busy and get these done, no matter what size they end up.  Mason and Jonah will have Black Panther fabric that has the teal, grey, and black. So the teal names on the grey backgrounds should show up nicely. I'm not sure yet what Sophia's will look like. 

But I have no doubt what-so-ever that the different sizes will cause some kind of distress at Christmas when the kids receive them. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday - Hourglass

The main part of the Hourglass top is done, so now I need to work on borders for it.  I'm trying to use up some of the Thimbleberry fabrics that were in the drawer with this UFO project.  After digging around, I've decided on a deep red for the narrow inner border and a dark blue for the wider outer border.  These colors seem to fit in nicely with the reds, golds, blues, and greens in the pieces.

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This Monday will be a busy one.  I've spent the morning trying to catch up with my online course students (high school) and cleaning out my fridge and freezer in the kitchen.  And this afternoon will be spent working on invoices for my other job - and doing whatever is needed while my new appliances are delivered and installed. 

Washer, dryer, fridge, and dishwasher will arrive in about an hour.  The range was special ordered and probably won't be here until next week sometime.  Our appliances were all original to this house so they are 22 years old and all were definitely showing some old age symptoms.  We finally decided we better spend some money now before we have an emergency with one or more appliance.  So it's exciting to have new appliances coming. I just hope we don't have any nasty surprises.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Before our turkey dinner yesterday my daughter and I made a quick trick to Joanne Fabrics to find fabric for pillowcases.  The girls have a cousin who lives in Australia and the pillowcases will go to the cousin’s two children for Christmas.  Jerilyn and I finally found some options that fit in with the kids’ interests and we made the purchase.  This morning I made both pillowcases.  Thomas will get the Star Wars one and Emmaline will get the unicorns.  

This was a nice break from working on the Hourglass quilt, but I did also get the last rows put together.  Next steps will be putting those rows onto the section that is already done and then to add some borders.  Maybe I’ll actually get it finished this week.  

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Celebrating Thanksgiving early

We're off . . . and headed east today to celebrate Thanksgiving with our kids and grandkids a little early.  My girls both work in healthcare, so that means working some holidays. My youngest is working over the real holiday this year, and her sister is hosting her husband's family that weekend.  

So we're celebrating and eating turkey today. And my son-in-law is cooking the turkey!  Yay!!  

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Plugging away on the Hourglass

Are you getting tired of looking at this UFO yet?  Two-thirds of the rows are now assembled for the Hourglass UFO.  I had to piece one of the sashing strips because I evidently cut it an inch too short, but I had some scraps left and just inserted a section into it.  Once it's all quilted I don't think it will be noticeable. 

The stars that form in the center of the sashing are showing up nicely.  The 4.5" wide sashing does a good job of breaking up the "busy-ness" of those flying geese around the edges of every block.  One I get the finals sections added to this, then I'll decide on the borders.  There are several options in that drawer of Thimbleberry fabrics to choose from.  

Monday, November 5, 2018

Design Wall Monday - pieced sashing

My photo is shadowed due to the indoor light on this grey, rainy, cold day.  But you can get an idea of what the pieced sashing on this Hourglass quilt will look like.  There are stars at every junction.  It isn't difficult, just a bit time consuming to add the folded corners to make the star points.  And I know I'll like it a lot once it's done.

And you can see the ugly blue area rug showing through where I'm still missing a section.  My design wall is the floor in my sewing room which isn't near large enough to hold all of these pieces. But it beats running up and down the stairs as I worked on these sashing sections yesterday.  I am trying to avoid having too much of any one color, so as I sewed I also rearranged these on the floor.  Right now I have 4 sections left to add star points, and then I can start sewing these together.

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As I mentioned yesterday, my quiet alone time for the weekend was totally blown out of the water by my husband coming home unexpectedly on Friday evening.  And with him home this week it means we're running to some event (college basketball) every night this week except for tonight.  I would have skipped some of those games even though I really do love going.  And we are having Thanksgiving next Saturday with our kids/grandkids because of their work schedules and plans with in-laws.  So I'm just reminding myself that this project has been laying around for 14 years and a couple more weeks isn't a problem.  Spending time with loved ones is more important.