Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend

Here we are enjoying Thanksgiving weekend 2014, I have lots to be thankful for my college son is home for the weekend, my husband is finally full time in NC with the rest of us and has found a job he is enjoying, my teenager has adjusted to living here in the south and has met more people this year and my mother in law has been visiting from Wisconsin and was here to spend Thanksgiving with us. Even though we were only five for Thanksgiving I was very excited to cook since I finally have a full oven back which I haven't had since March when my old oven sparked out and died.

We are in the midst of doing some remodeling ant that tends to take some time in our house.  My hubby is a perfectionist and I work at things really quickly in the summer, but when school starts they hit a standstill.  I started painting our living room trim in the summer and let's just say there is a plethora of it, including a built in bookcase. Now my hubby is finally working on the walls.  We still need to remodel our closet in the master bedroom and the kitchen, which is nice in a circa 1988 way.  Can't wait to take a wall down so that I can get an unobstructed view of the lake (one of our main reasons for moving south last year). So in the mean time I work around tarps and paint cans, sanders and tape but it's not stopping my Christmas decorating.  I was able to set up my growing collection of Fontanini this weekend which makes for a happy heart and the tree is coming along.

And before this post gets too long I do want to add some of the quilting I've been doing as of late.  An early New Years Resolution is to write a blog post weekly. We'll see how that goes.  Anyways, lots of baby quilts lately, one for a coworker, two for nieces and nephews.
Moda Bake shop chevron for a coworker

Round about for a nephew's baby

One square for a nieces baby quilt, Diamond in the Rough from Freckled Whimsy

Finally finished my twisted tree
Tomorrow my college boy goes back to school but only for a couple of weeks, my mother in law flies home on Tuesday and since she has been sleeping in college boy's room/my quilt room, I'll look forward to getting back in there to finish up the Diamond in the Rough quilt and getting started on Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.

That's all for now.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Catching up

Now that the school year is finally done for summer, I find myself catching up with the things I enjoy. Even though it's been hot here in North Carolina I have managed to do a little baking.  Last week's farm produce basket yielded zucchini and with my very picky son the only way I can get him to eat many vegetables is by adding it to dessert. There is no better way to get him to eat zucchini but to put it in chocolate cake and thanks to Six Sisters Stuff I found a very yummy chocolate zucchini cake recipe.
I have also found time or should I say have made time for my other love quilting.  I am so far behind in delivering quilts to nephews that got married last year but with an upcoming trip to our home state of Wisconsin in just a couple of weeks, I've made a point to finish these quilts so that they can be delivered.  I also finished my Charm Pack Cherry baby quilt for a coworker and that was given to her before school finished.

The wedding quilts are awaiting the hand stitching of the bindings so as soon as I finish that I will be sure to upload pictures.  I have my Sugar Block 2013 quilt yet to be quilted then I'm not sure what I will get started on.  Maybe I'll finish my lil' twister Christmas tree quilt or maybe I will work on a new tree skirt, something I got the fabric for last fall. I guess it's never to early to start thinking about Christmas.  As always I wish I could be home and quilt and bake all day but with college expenses for son 1 and soon for son 2 I will have to prep for another school year during my summer break.  Until next time.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sugar Block 2013 quilt

I have been wanting to join a linky party for some time but it seems the weeks fly by but today I remembered to post and will link with WIP Freshly Pieced. I love looking at everyone's WIP. Now that the snow is gone and it's back to teaching everyday, I find a lot less time to work on all of the quilts I have going but I'm almost done with my blue/green solids Sugar Block Club quilt from last year.  All I need to do is cut and sew the outside border which I plan to use all of the leftover pieces to make a strip pieced border.  Here is the progress so far.

This quilt matches my bedroom so it will probably be put at the end of our bed.  My 6'3" hubby says I need to make quilts that fit him better, but I say some quilts are just better decorations. Any quilt I make that we wrap up in is always long enough to fit him and my two tall sons.

Totally quilt unrelated as I typed this post I looked outside and this is what I saw. It's nights like this that I really love living on the lake.

Friday, February 14, 2014

More snow, more time for quilting

I thought when I moved from Michigan to North Carolina I could avoid these wintery blasts but not this winter.  We have been off school since Wednesday, the bad we will have to make up these days, the good I finally was able to finish piecing my nephew's wedding quilt. I like how the quilt turned out but it tested my math skills, not sure I'll make a quilt based on a picture only again.  I'm not sure how I will quilt it but will think on it a bit before I do. I think I am going to call this quilt Twister Trouble.

I am also cruising along on the 2013 Sugar Block Club blocks.  These blocks were designed by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock are made with all solids.  Think when I finish this will go in my bedroom. I love all the blues and greens.

My goal this year is to continue to quilt away and things I have either started or have the fabric to start but I see so many new projects that I would love to do, guess I need another niece or nephew to get married so I can buy new yummy fabrics. Until next time or next snow day.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Another snow day, more time to sew

As of today we have had 3 consecutive snow days, which to me is a bit crazy but I have to keep telling myself that I no longer live in the midwest where 2 inches of snow is a dusting and roads would be cleared in a couple of hours.  Down here in the south I am quickly learning that is not the case but after two days inside spending lots of time sewing (just love to do) I was going stir crazy.  Off to the bowling alley, Walmart, Lowes, Hobby Lobby and our local quilt shop Linderella's. I have spent lots of time continuing to work on m nephew and nieces wedding quilt but as I quickly found out when you are sewing a quilt without a pattern you don't always have the correct amount of fabric to finish.  I was hoping Linderella's had my Hoffman 1895 batik on hand but unfortunately no so after returning home I placed a quick order to one of my favorite stores when buying basics and blenders Webfabrics for the remaining yard I need.  I'm stalled with the top and bottom second border finished but not the sides.

Since the day was still young and I can't work on this quilt until the fabric arrives I dug through my Work in Progress quilts and pulled out last year's Sugar Block Club quilt. I had finished January and February's blocks last winter (probably during a snow day) but with moving, unpacking, two wedding quilts and starting a new job this got put on the back burner (until today).  I finished March's block today. For this quilt I am using all  Robert Kaufman kona solids in greens and blues, I think it was the Grecian Water's fat quarter bundle that I bought for this.  This will be my first quilt using all solids, thanks Amy Gibson at Stitchery Dickory Dock for this fun block of the month.  I will also be getting the patterns for the the 2014 Sugar Block Club too, we'll see when I get to sewing those.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


As I find more and more blogs about quilting it makes me want to do better about posting on my own quilting blog. Thanks to the threat of winter weather, we had a snow day at school.  Unfortunately it was totally unnecessary because we still haven't seen any snow but the treat of a snow day means I get to enjoy a day sewing.  When I look and see how long it's been since I've posted it always amazes me how quickly the days fly by.  I haven't posted anything for over a year and what a year it's been.  I sent my oldest off to college this past fall and a month before that we packed up our Michigan house so that we could be full time North Carolina residents. This works out nicely for my oldest since he chose NC State as the place he wanted to earn his engineering degree from. This move wasn't as much fun for my younger son but he has adjusted to the change as well as can be expected and on top of that the move was primarily for the hubby and yet he still is enduring a very yucky Michigan winter and diligently looking for a job down here so that we can be all together again.

Of course with the move and starting a new job, quilting has been put on the back burner, well no more. Quilting to me is the best relaxation so back at it I go.  Today with the snow day I was able to spend a good chunk of time on my nephew and niece's wedding quilt. This is a variation of a quilt I saw a picture of and his putting my math skills to the test.  The bridal couple live on a farm and love anything to do with nature so I opted to use Hoffman's Bali Batiks in the brown sugar collection.
Here it is ready to be recut using the twister tool.

Here it is recut and sewn.  I added a blue inner border to it then plan to add a lil' twister outer border.  Will post more pictures as I continue to work on it.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Added blog to bloglovin

Now I will have two blogs on bloglovin' guess I need to make more time to post.
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