Saturday, June 13, 2015

We Bought the Abandoned Property Next Door!

We have been trying to buy the house next door to our house for 25 years.  My dad tried to buy it long before that.  It finally went up for auction for unpaid taxes (I was watching for this to happen but I missed it) and the man who bought it sold it to us.  We are working on getting this house torn down as quickly as possible.  

Here is the house from the front.  Richard (my husband) had already cut some of the brush down but that large tree remained.  This morning a neighbor helped Richard get it cut way down.  There are power lines there so I was antsy about taking down the tree.  We had already called the Power Co. but they haven't shown up yet.  

This picture shows the messy porch.  A vine had covered the porch floor and the neighbors from around back of this house had thrown trash on the porch as they passed by.  They have a permanent right-of-way across the property to the street.  No matter what we do we must have access for them.  It's on the deed.  

Here is our house right next door.  You can see why we want to tear down that monstrosity that is the eyesore of the entire neighborhood.  See my new Kia Soul?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rainbow Connection Finished

I finished my Rainbow Connection yesterday.  I quilted it with a simple crosshatch on my sewing machine.  I backed it with the same white fabric I used on the front of the quilt because I had plenty of it in my stash.  We had a sew day at JoAnn Fabrics yesterday in their classroom and while I talked to the girls I finished the hand stitching on the binding.  My friend Debbie C. took the picture.  I really like this quilt and I can think of many ways to make it.  Such as - Christmas fabrics.  A white background with Christmas scenes for the white areas and rings of different Christmas colors going around.  I would use red, green, blue, gold and any other Christmas fabrics that I have on hand.  I am trying to use up my stash and not buy any new fabrics if I can keep from it, and I have quite a lot of Christmas fabrics that need to be used.  I will probably do that this fall.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I Copied A Quilt

I was reading my favorite blogs recently and ran across Jo's Country Junction - .  Jo and her daughter Kelli have recently printed their first quilt book.  They have quilts in magazines regularly and everything they do looks great!  The new book - Country Girl Modern - includes a quilt called Rainbow Connection.  I knew I could do this one without a pattern so I got right to it.  Above is a picture of my quilt top.  I am going to buy the book when I see it, but I just couldn't wait for the book to make this quilt.  I made it totally out of my small scraps.  I have been cutting my small scraps into 2 1/2" strips, 2" strips, and 2 1/2" squares.  It was easy to pull the colors I needed for the quilt and concentrate on cutting the squares and sewing that part right then.  I didn't intend to finish it so quickly but I couldn't seem to stop!  Anyway, kudos to Jo and Kelli for a wonderful quilt design.  I wish I had thought of it! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Flea Market Visit

Richard and I went to the Milton Flea Market today.  We weren't looking for anything in particular, we just like to go look around.  We seldom buy anything, but Richard bought a fried pie from an Amish vendor (he hated it!) and I bought a gauze dress to wear in the hot summer.  It is tie-dyed in many colors.  It is a simple design that really just hangs from the shoulders.  I can easily take a pattern from it and make many more.  I have already gone thru my fabric stash (mentally) and picked out a couple of yardages to copy the dress.

I also saw these three sewing machines.  I don't have space to collect any more machines but if I run across a Singer Featherweight I will buy it in a minute!  My friend Debbie wants one too.  None of these machines were locked up but the throatplace was missing on the back Singer.  I prefer my computerized machines.

I didn't bother checking the prices on the two treadle machines but the Kenmore was $150 and included the sewing table and chair.  I would never have paid that.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Scrappy Blocks

I was gifted a bunch of 2 1/2" squares by a friend and I wanted to use them.  I also cut up a lot of my scraps to make even more.  Now I am putting these squares together six across by six down - 36 Patches - to make 12" blocks.  I have now made 37 of these.  My idea is to use solid strips of fabric as sashing and more 2 1/2" squares at the corners for cornerstones.  I have laid out a few squares like that on my bed and took this picture.
haven't decided yet whether to leave them straight-set like the picture or put them on point, in which case I would have to worry about what to do for the setting triangles.  Maybe solids for that too.  I really like the idea of using the different color solids as sashings.  This has the potential to become a large quilt because I have lots and lots of scraps.  I keep cutting more 2 1/2" squares and my box is full of them so I have to make some more blocks.  When I was at Viking last week Pam gave me two grocery bags full of scraps from cutting out pillowcase kits and other people give me scraps also.  I have a large garbage bag full of scraps that I am trying to cut down into 2 1/2" strips, 2 1/2" squares and 2" strips.  Any strips smaller than 2" go in the strings bag.  I make blocks with those strings.  Some people make things out of the crumbs, which are the smallest of scraps.  I don't bother with those.  I don't have enough time to do the other things so I am not going to work with tiny little pieces.  Anyway, this is what I am working on right now.  I'll do a blog post when I get this quilt further along.  It's going to be very colorful!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Embroidered Shirt

This is a shirt I embroidered for my son, Adam.  It is a skull with a cowl over it and the whole thing is made of words.  It is a larger design than my embroidery machine can do so I asked Pam if I could come down to Viking and use one of the larger machines.  She said OK so I went right down there.  I don't embroider very often, in fact, I forget between times how to hoop my fabric and everything.  I really need to embroider more often.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My Blue Heaven Finished To Flimsy

This is the quilt I have worked on most of the winter.  It is called My Blue Heaven and it is a free pattern from Bonnie K. Hunter's  It is now a flimsy, that is, a quilt top that has not been sandwiched with batting and backing and quilted.  I am piecing the backing from 10 1/2" squares of blue fabric from my stash.  This entire quilt is from my stash.  I will have to buy the batting and pay for the quilting but other than that it hasn't cost me anything.  During the winter it was so cold out in my sewing room that I sat up a table in the living room in front of the picture window with my Opal sewing machine on it.  I did most all of the sewing of the blocks right there in front of that window, watching the snow come down.  I thought making this quilt would use a lot of my blue fabric stash but I really don't miss much at all.  I have three bins of blues just like I did when I started.  As soon as I get the backing pieced I will give the whole thing to Vonda Cochran, my favorite long arm quilter.