Sunday, August 23, 2015

I helped on another quilt

My friend's husband's co-worker is pregnant with her first baby and of course he offered his wife to make her a baby quilt.  She is a fairly inexperienced quilter so I decided to help her.  She chose the pattern and the fabrics and we got started sewing.  In a couple of hours we had the top finished so I brought it home and quilted and bound it for her.  I think it's a beautiful baby quilt and I am proud to be part of it.  The pattern is one of the Downy Quilt patterns, the one that people make to be given to kids in hospitals.  It is a simple pattern that makes up quickly. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Finally - A Finish! (Not totally mine, though)

This is Diane's prayer quilt.  It was a made by five friends of Diane's.  Linda cut the quilt out and coordinated those making the quilt, Lynn and Kathleen pieced the blocks and put the rows together, Debbie C did all the pressing, and I quilted and bound the quilt.  After that we all signed a block for Diane and had other friends to sign also.  I am counting it as my finish because I did finish the quilt myself.  Those are my feet at the bottom of the photo. 
 
I have a couple more quilts in progress.  Two Boxy Stars quilts, one in blues and greens and the other in Christmas colors.  The one in blues and greens is ready to be sandwiched with batting and backing and the Christmas quilt is still being pieced.  I will post them when they are finished.

Friday, July 10, 2015

More Pictures of the House Next Door

This first picture shows the side of the house closest to our house.  That gray building is ours.  It is actually about 1 1/2 feet over the property line so we were worried if someone else bought the house.  Richard used to replace the clapboards when they fell off the wall but we decided it wasn't our property so we let it go.  You can look thru the holes in the walls and see no insulation at all. 

This picture shows the back door.  This house really needs to be torn down!

Here is the kitchen.  That is the whole kitchen.  Someone removed everything else that was there.  We told a friend that he could take anything out of the house that he wanted, like the copper and stuff like that.  The house is ready now to tear down but no one will come and give us an estimate on what it would cost to do the job.  Next week I am going to seriously work on getting one of those firms out here.  The power company was supposed to be here last Monday to remove the power line but they didn't show up either.
I also had a quilt finish yesterday but I really can't report it yet.  As soon as the quilt is given to the recipient I will tell the story.

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 - http://www.joscountryjunction.com/ .  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.