Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Lots of driving....
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Well, I was planning on driving all day today, but we pushed off the leave date to Monday. There will be lots of driving time for me this week as we make our way north up the east coast to visit Vermont and family. We will be making some stops along the way to break things up. The kids have only done this drive once when we moved here when they were 3 and 2.
Am I packed? Well, technically no but I do have all the clothes pulled in a pile, the drinks are ready for the cooler - waters and Gatorade and some snacks for the car. The first thing I did pack on Friday was my hand work bag from Thirty-One. You know the important things get packed first! I love my bags - I have 2 like this, a lunch cooler that is great for the car in Florida and a few of the Utility totes for shopping. I knew someone who was a consultant and got invited to a few parties' years ago. Anyway... what's in the bag you ask? There are 6 pockets on the outside and one on each end - great for water bottles and little things. I remember having 8 labeled water bottles at a parade with the girl scouts in there at one time!
Thursday, June 23, 2022
RSC Blue and stripes....
I pulled some things out of the scrap bins and they happened to be blue strips. I did a quick quilt as you go and added the strips to make a 18x14 table mat. Slightly too big but oh well, it will catch more crumbs and spills! I attempted binding by machine. I should have changed the top thread to a blue to blend in better, but it went pretty well for a first attempt. I'll give it a try again as it was so quick to add a binding this way.
Progress.... RSC Squares
Linking up Saturday with the RSC.
Monday, June 20, 2022
I did not get as much done in the sewing room as I expected Sunday, but I did make some progress before needing to sleep for a while to stop a headache.
I cut out triangles in dark blue and purple and made 2 more garden path blocks to add to the pile.
Then I pressed the RSC Squares quilt top, measured and cut the backing and pressed it. Both got rolled onto their boards and I cut the batting off the roll of warm and natural. That was all that got done on Sunday.
Monday I woke up and after a Gaterade and lots of water I took Emily to horses in the morning and did a little grocery shopping on the way home. I managed to get the quilt pinned in the afternoon and started the quilting after making veggie lo mein for dinner. I had to stop when Peanut decided it needed some cat napping in part of it.... and it was getting close to game time (NHL) so I stopped for the night. I have one side of the diagonal lines sewn. Just have to do the other side on Tuesday after work then make and attach the binding. Might this quilt get finished this month for a second finish of my UFO's for the Spring 2022 Challenge? Time will tell.
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Happy Fathers Day
Wishing all the Fathers out there a very Happy Fathers Day! I get to see my Dad in a couple of weeks and I can't wait!
I have made progress on hand quilting the Endless Diamonds quilt and have 6 more blocks to quilt.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Thursday, June 16, 2022
What did I do today? After that early rising for the 7AM annual blood draw, it was home for coffee, then walking the dog, then Emily wanted blueberry buckle cake made.... then I got into the sewing room! I sewed the blocks together, pieced a backing and got it pinned. I even managed to get it quilted today, a binding made and stitched to the top! I just did straight line quilting along the 12 inch block edges and then down the middle of the purple squares. I used warm and natural batting so not too much quilting is needed. I didn't have enough of the more solid purples in stock for the binding so I used the flowered print on the back for the binding. Will CeCe get it before her 2 month birthday? We will see!
Monday, June 13, 2022
Weekend wrap up
Saturday was lots of time in the car. I headed out early to go pick up Emily from her week at camp. She had a great time and was oh so happy to see this fella when she got home! He was happy his girl returned and didn't leave her side very much on Saturday. His favorite snuggle sleeping buddy was home and they both had a good nights sleep.
Friday, June 10, 2022
Well, for my day off not a whole heck of a lot got accomplished. The morning was spent doing a little research after walking the dog. Then it was my annual Mammogram which went smoothly. I have my bloodwork next week and my followup with my doctor the following week. Doggie play time in the afternoon and somehow it was dinnertime! I pulled some carnita meat from the freezer for dinner and tried a package of mexican rice I picked up on sale a few weeks ago and some refried beans for dinner. I pulled out the briscuit we made a few weeks ago for tonights meal. Not sure what will go with it... but I'm thinking a salad of some sort and maybe some fries from the freezer?
While waiting on the Mammogram I added one more granny square to the pile and then did another one last night while listening to an audio book. I was curious how big they are and it turns out about 6 inches square! I finished off Sue Graftons U is for Undertow. I have V is for Vengance borrowed as well as Killer Pancake by Diane Mott Davidson. I guess I like mysteries! I think I'll listen to Killer Pancake first since I just did 3 of the Sue Grafton books in a row (U,T and S ).
I started hand quilting block #12 of 20 last night as well.
Saturday - I get to get up really early for a Saturday and drive a couple of hours to pick up the girl from camp. I know a 4 legged dog that is going to be oh so happy to have his girl home again.
The boy is busy watching the F1 test racing today... despite the very early start times! Seems he is on teenager summer time where you stay up late and sleep in until 10 or 11 AM! We will see if he is up early on Saturday or just for the race on Sunday morning.
Thursday, June 9, 2022
I got a little time in the sewing room and made some squares using the strip cutter. I am still debating on that middle flower fabric and I think I will change it out... but have been searching and have not found something I like in the stash. Sigh. I will probably end up pulling some white on white to use for the middle and sides. That means unpicking the 4 blocks and then resewing with white. The next decision is the size. I have enough cut for 13 blocks.... I might make it 3x4 for a 36x48 baby quilt and use the flowered print on the back. That extra block will be a purple 16 patch for the pile I think.
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Well, I made it into the sewing room for a little bit after dinner. I had to go pick up the car from the dealership after finishing work so that took the late afternoon and then fixing dinner - Chicken Tikka Masala. I got out my Accuquilt and the 2.5 strip cutter that I had never used before. That won't be the case anymore... awesome for cutting binding strips in the future and I do love playing with 2.5 inch squares! I might have to try some of the diamonds it cuts sometime soon - 45 degree and 60 degree. I did get some purple strips cut out and I was then going to cut squares, but the dog needed attention and I was tagged.
Monday, June 6, 2022
With the girl dropped off to girl scout camp yesterday afternoon, I have pledged to spend an hour a day in the sewing room to see if I can make some progress in there this month. After work, I headed into the sewing room and got to work.
I have to say... it turned into more than an hour, but I made great progress today! I cut out the green and dark blue ones today with the Accuquilt cutter and sewed them up. All caught up with the RSC challenge this year. I had cut out some extra yellow and pink ones... and have 2 of the pink ones together and part of one of the yellow ones. I need to cut a few more white parts out so I can finish the other extra yellow ones. I'll link up Saturday with the RSC.
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Well, not really but I can dream! I relaxed yesterday with some hand quilting on the Endless Diamond quilt and I'm working on block 11 of 20. Progress.
Today - the girl requested Blueberry Buckle Cake (coffee cake with blueberry variation from the Betty Crocker cookbook) for breakfast after Greg and I got home from walking Bear. It is in the oven - spoiled girl. Today I drive over towards Tampa and drop her off to Girl Scout Camp for a week at Wai Laini on the gulf coast. It is more of a water centered camp with paddle boarding, kayak and canoeing. So... I get 4 hours in the car today and Saturday when I go pick her up! It will be interesting to see how the dog does without her home. Grandma picked them up on Tuesday for lunch and an afternoon movie around 12:30 and they didn't get home until after 8PM! Around 6 he grabbed her pj bottoms and brought them to Greg.... who brought them out to me and I said 'I think he is wondering where his girl is!'. Tonight might be an interesting one! I just need to remember to drop my car off to the dealership tonight for it's 8AM appointment. I figured I should get it checked out before our drive up to Vermont later this month. There are a few things happening that need to get checked out and fixed on my 8 year old car!
Saturday, June 4, 2022
RSC in blue
I got into the sewing room this morning and pulled open the drawer of 2.5 inch strips. There were only a handful so I pulled in the scrap bin and got enough squares to make 2 16 patch blocks. They were added to the pile of colors this year. Linking up with the RSC.