Saturday, August 16, 2014


I finished the applique handwork and added the final borders on the Jill Finley quilt.  It is now a flimsy hanging in the closet and waiting its turn for quilting.

Cutting continues on the sashings for the Jane Stickle quilt and I will probably start stitching them next week.  I’m not sure why I've dragged me feet on this unless it’s because I’m nervous to see what the blocks will look like together.

We will be celebrating a grandson’s belated birthday Sunday.  I spent the morning making chocolate chip cookies.  I have it on good authority that he doesn't like chocolate chip cookies, he loves them.  It has been a long time since I baked cookies and the house smells wonderful.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

It’s Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts and for me that means a return to the handwork on the Jill Finley quilt that I started in April.  It’s a good thing I quilt for pleasure and not to race.  This is the last border and all that’s left in applique on it are the blooms.  I finished the stems and leaves last night while Bob and I watched an old movie on the DVR.  I hope to have the blooms finished this week, if not by bedtime tonight.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Staying Inside This Weekend

So far this weekend, I've completed the 10 anti-ouch pouches I committed to make this month for the Quilt Club.  

Work on the cul-de-sac is complete, but traffic is blocked off while the concrete cures.

The noise of road construction equipment has been replaced by the roar of power boats drag racing.  This is the weekend of the annual Lake Fest in our community.  Even though we are several blocks from the water, our windows are closed, and the ac is running, the roar of the biggest boats can be clearly heard inside.  The inn keepers, restaurant owners and other merchants are ecstatic.  The rest of us, at least those of us not into boat racing, have learned to cope with noise, street closures and inaccessible parks. 

Truth be known, here’s the real reason I’m pretty much staying inside these days.  If the yard chores and doggy walks don’t happen early, they usually won’t happen at all.  This is altogether a great time to be indoors sewing and fall can't be that far away.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

Today’s Slow Sunday Stitching project is a return to the Jill Finley quilt.  I am working on the last stretch of applique and really want to wrap it up.  I have to be careful and pace myself on it as sometimes my wrist protests if I push too hard on handwork.  Gotta take care of our hands!

Things have been a little noisy at our house since last Thursday and this is the view when you look outside our front door.  This area was repaved in March, 2012, but the turning radius on the cul-de-sac is so tight that it did not hold up to the stress from heavy equipment.  The city is now replacing it with concrete.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Split Nine Patch is Bound-Labeled-Done!

It’s been a while since I posted a finish.  I put the last stitch in the label last night.  

I also had a pleasant surprise this morning.  I was finally filing the Jane Stickle triangles that I completed in July into a binder and expecting to find one more triangle block needed.  I was wrong; it was already done.  So, unless my spreadsheet has another error in it, I have finished all the blocks except for the four corner kites.  I may wait on those until I have cut out all the sashings and alternate triangles just to be sure I have enough fabric.  I included extra yardage for the corners, but, if necessary, I can always use a different background for them.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Handwork on Sunday

The preliminary stitching in the ditch continued yesterday on the Carol Doak quilt. I am using invisible polyester thread for this stage.  I wish it weren't so shiny, but it is less noticeable than any other choice I could have made.  This stage is monotonous enough that I am able to listen to a book I downloaded from the library.

I also attached the binding to the front of the split nine-patch quilt yesterday.  Today I’ll be doing handwork on it as my Slow Stitching Sunday project at Kathy’s Quilts.  Except for the backing, this quilt came entirely from my scrap stash.  The binding fabric was part of a scrap bag I won as a door price during the Hawaii quilting cruise.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Cutting Table is Mine Again...Temporarily

Bob was as good as his word and freed up the cutting table yesterday.  I spent some time trimming the split nine-patch quilt that I had finished quilting and piecing a backing.

Today I’ve begun the process of creating a sandwich using the Carol Doak design from last year’s quilt cruise.

We were surprised by two isolated showers today, giving us just over a 1/10th inch of rain.  The forecast had predicted a 0% probability.  I am so glad it was wrong.