Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tiny Tuesday

Day two of school for the boy and the last free day for the girl.
This was him yesterday heading out to school.

After we dropped him off we headed out for a little bike ride. Then we headed to the bowling alley but they did not open until 11........ Em had seen a mail box in a magazine and wanted to make one so a quick trip to Joann's turned up a little crate with some flower buttons and stickers to decorate it. I have a feeling they will be playing mail man later today! Yes Mom, we got one for Aidan too with some dinosaurs.

Before we headed out I got a few minutes to sew up this block from The Civil War Diary book called Delayed Mail.

Since there is a mail theme today the kids got the mail this morning when we headed out to school. They got a card wishing them good luck in school this year from their Uncle Mike and Aunt Kathy. We also got a couple of Thank you cards in the mail. Today we need to send a few more birthday cards out - Grandma's is tomorrow and my sisters is next week. I guess it is a complete mail day today!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Saturday in green......

First off - I'm happy to report that my crossroads quilt I made during the first green month is now completed! Well... two more binding sides to go.

I also made my 12 churn dashes this week. Oops.... 11 not 12!

A 16 patch block.

I started cutting out step two for the Celtic Solstice mystery from last fall. All 200 bright green rectangles are cut. Now for the 200 neutral and yellow squares. I think I'll also do the step of the four patches of orange and green - or at least cut the green strips out this month while the pile is next to the cutting mat. Maybe orange will be next month so I can do the other steps with orange then?!? Pretty Please Angela?

Head on over Saturday morning to see what other scrappy greens were played with this week over at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

We went to school this morning to meet the kids teachers. Em is tickled pink to have Mrs. Weiss - who happens to team teach with Mrs. Honstead (Aidan's KG teacher last year). Aidan has Mrs. Medina who knew him and his teacher from last year. She looks like a great teacher too. They are very excited to head to school next week. Aidan gets to go all week and Emily will go the last three days. There was only one person under Wednesday so Mrs. W asked if she would like to go that day and make a new friend. She agreed. Looks like a great school year ahead for the kids.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday....

A glorious afternoon of sewing with no interruptions! My crossroads quilt is all done except for hand stitching the binding to the back. The backing got made and the batting cut off the roll. While it was out... I cut the batting for the Rainbow Snails Tail quilt and the Maple Leaf mystery quilt. Those are the next two on the docket for quilting. It feels so good to get something to the completed stage.
The pattern for this can be found over at Connie Reskin's page here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A rainy Tuesday.....

I just did not feel like doing the Tiny Tuesday blocks...so I didn't! The kids were up, had breakfast and were dressed this morning so they should be all set for school schedules next week. Daddy played school with them yesterday so I had to do the same today. Our science experiment was to make play dough and then use the food coloring drops to make the colors. Em did a rainbow of colors and Aidan did orange, blue and green. They have played off and on all day with it - baking lots of play dough cakes and cookies! My sheet pans will need a good scrub once they have finished all their baking. The bottom of the coffee table is acting as the oven right now. We did some reading and went to the library to return books and take out some new ones. They helped me make our quiche lorraine for dinner tonight with some measuring, stirring and such. They wanted to make cookies too... but I think we'll keep that for a Thursday project. I also cleared out the fridge a bit - all the leftover veggies were put into a pot with some onion, beef broth, water and some frozen prime rib leftover from New Years (I love my seal a meal for the freezer!). Yummy.

I have been sneaking into the sewing room a bit while they have been playing. I cut all my churn dashes out and have the parts pieced and cut. They are all set to start sewing together tomorrow (Grandma day and she is keeping them overnight! Lots of sewing should get done!).

My two RSC Sampler blocks are completed. A shot of all four of them.

My 16 patch block in bright and light greens is completed.

I cut out some pink hexagons and then drew my lines on the back for hand sewing while watching a disney show from the library this afternoon.

While digging to try and find my crossroads top to measure it... I saw the rows of my Hugs and Kisses Quilt. I laid it out on my bed this morning and this afternoon the rows are all sewn together. I need to sew the borders together and see how they will fit all around it. I was planning to hand quilt this in a quilt as you go method but my pieced border was making me a bit nervous on how to attach it. It will just be put together as a top and then I'll work on hand quilting this in the fall when it cools down a bit........ or sooner as it is pulling me towards it right now.

The main project for Wednesday.... is to piece the green homespun backing I found today, pin for quilting and then get it quilted. I'll need to piece a binding as well. It should go pretty smoothly as the quilt is just 48x60 so not too bad to tug around under my machine.

I was originally scheduled to work Friday and have Saturday off.... and then swapped it with Greg so he could have the kid free day Saturday. Well, the kids decided they wanted Dad to stay home with them on Friday after we go meet their teachers in the morning. Looks like I get a second kid free day on Saturday this week  - maybe step two of the Celtic Solstice mystery will finally get started!

Now, do I work on appliqué tonight or the pink hexagon border on the spring flowers quilt....... I'll see which one is calling my name around 7:45 tonight..... or maybe 8:30. The rain finally stopped so I might just have to go take a walk after tucking the kids into bed.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Slow stitching Sunday....

It is Sunday again and the last week before the kids head back to school (not that I am counting down the 7 days until the boy goes back and 8 for Emily! Stagger start for kindergarten so she goes on Tuesday and then full time for both next Thursday). A perfect time to sit back, relax and reflect on the last week. It was a little laid back this week with lots of time at the house, a play date on Thursday morning, bowling for the kids on Friday and then a nice afternoon visit with my 13 year old niece, Sarah. She is down in Florida with a friend this week and got a chance to be dropped off to see our house and the kids while her friend and her Mom got some Mom and daughter time together.

While the kids were with Grandma shopping on Wednesday I got to prep my appliqué block for the Century Quilt.  Everything is all prepped and I will be stitching down the vines tonight after we tuck two kids into bed. This is the September block from the BOM and I love the blue flower. I have two of the last appliqué block kits... so if it goes well one will be in the quilt and one will be made into a little pillow to go with the quilt.

Tomorrow will be an early one -  I get to go to work at the store and it is the start of waking the kids up at 6:30 so they can get used to that early breakfast and being ready to head out the door for school for 7:20. School starts for them at 7:45 - they have to be in their seats in their classrooms at that time. I have a feeling it is going to be a long week getting them prepped for the early wake up time.

Off to check on my dinner - shake and bake chicken with au gratin potato's and a mixed veggie. Maybe a salad on the side if I get this posted and have time to spin the lettuce.

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts and see what other slow stitching is being worked on today.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Saturday in bright green.

I was so surprised when I started tugging bright and light greens from the bin and closet at how many I had! I prepped some hexagons last week and have been sewing them together in little bits of time this week. Two to go! Don't you love the striped one? I only had to take one side off and restitch it to get the pattern. It makes me wish I had more stripes to put into this!

I also made one of the RSC Sampler blocks this week. Tinkerbell wanted to be in the middle! I hope to stitch the latest one posted together today if I can get a little sewing room time in.

Head on over to SoScrappy on Saturday morning to see the other bright green creations for the week.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tiny Tuesday

It was time to tackle a tougher one this week. I decided to paper piece and drew the outline from the book onto a piece of paper. I remembered to make a line 1/4 of an inch around the outside for seam allowance.  I cut it into two parts and paper pieced each portion and then put them together. It got a little wonky when I pulled the paper off. but it should be fine once I start assembling them.
This is called Pleasures of Home.

We did a quick 30-40 minute walk at the trail head this morning. They drew a couple of pictures along the way - some leaves and a butterfly. There were tons of spider webs and big spiders..... maybe we should wait another hour in the morning to have others hit them first? We managed to not walk through any but there were lots around. Some pictures I took along the way.

Aidan drawing the butterfly.

A butterfly that sat patiently while Aidan drew it.

A spider in his web

The 30 minutes I was in sewing this.... someone ran over someone else while driving their cars and trucks on the floor. It never ends. One is playing in his room and he let Em take his Knex into the living room to build with them. We'll see how long this lasts. Then it will be off to the library to return and take out more books. I've been done the book I was reading to Aidan for a few days now.... time for another one. He liked the book so we'll see if we can find others about Melvin Bederman the Superhero. I am reading Ralph and his Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary to Em. I already read the three in that series to Aidan. Em is on book two. I think I might start Little House on the Prairie with her after we are done with Ralph S Mouse. We'll see. Too young to read the Harry Potter series to them.....bummer.
I've been instructed they want celery with cream cheese as a snack so I'm off to make that before we head to get books.