Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Christmas Tree Skirt

While I was making the Christmas Boxy Stars Quilt I started thinking what a lovely tree skirt it would make.  So I made it.  I made nine star blocks and set them just like the Christmas quilt.  If you look closely you can see the slit for the tree trunk.  It is in the center on the right side.  When I bind the skirt I will bind the slit too.  I selected a Christmas paisley print in green, red and gold for the backing.  When I get it finished I will post a picture.  I love using up my scraps!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Christmas Quilt Finished

Christmas Boxy Stars
This is my Christmas Quilt (did you see the previous post, where I talked about this quilt?).  I finished the binding this afternoon so I thought I would post pictures.  It is also made from the Boxy Stars pattern.  While I was making the Green/Blue Boxy Stars I figured out how to use the colors to make the stars show up.  This is the first quilt made that way.  I used reds and greens with white background.  The border is an older Christmas print that has been in my stash for ages.  The backing is a Christmas kittycat print that I had been holding for far too long.  The binding is a solid red with gold sparkles.

Christmas Boxy Stars with the corner turned back to show the backing fabric
While binding this quilt I thought about how perfect the design would be for a tree skirt.  I will use nine squares (instead of twelve) and leave one side open to go around the tree trunk.  I can't wait to get started on it!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Quilt Finish and September Lunch Bunch

Green/Blue Boxy Stars Quilt
I just finished this quilt.  It is called Boxy Stars and is found on Bonnie K. Hunter's website  It is one of the many free patterns Bonnie has given us.  For this quilt I alternated green and blue blocks.  The way I colored this one makes the boxes show up far more than the stars.  This one will be a Christmas gift for someone who may read my blog so I won't name that person.  I liked doing this pattern so much that I actually made two more:  the second one is in Christmas colors and the third one in purple and yellow.  The Christmas quilt is almost finished, I am about halfway around doing the hand sewing on the binding.  I will post a picture in the next day or two when I finish it.  The purple and yellow quilt is currently a quilt top and the batting and backing is ready for pin basting, which I will do as quickly as possible.  It will also be a Christmas gift.

Front row:  Jean Alford and Lynn Gray.  Back row:  Me, Pam Hyre, Mary Igo, Lois Pendleberry, and Kathleen Gross.
This picture was taken today at our September luncheon, held at Panera Bread in Charleston, WV.  This bunch of women (and there are more of them) makes pillowcases for two hospitals in our area for children who are admitted.  We give each hospital 40 pillowcases a month.  We try to meet for lunch once a month to plan for sew-ins where we provide pillowcase kits and show anyone who want to how to make a pillowcase.  Sew Many Blessings, a quilt shop in Huntington, WV, had a sew-in a couple of weeks ago and about 270 pillowcases were made and donated.  We are very happy to have their participation. 

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?