The hubby and I went on a short fall getaway last week. We traveled through the smokies into Cherokee, NC, and Maggie Valley, to Asheville, and then up to Blowing Rock, NC in the High Country.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Finally finished the ring cycles quilt. It was a super challenge for me. But it's done and I'm glad. My granddaughter has claimed this one. So, I'm sure one day it will be hers.
My next project will be a memory quilt for a friend from her son's shirts. After that, I have a couple more projects I'd like to make.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
The days are passing so quickly. Our lives are much different than they were a couple of months ago. With my son and his family living with us now, the house is louder and messier, but I wouldn't have it any other way. :) I want to make this season special for them - a time for them to save up some money, have help with the kids, and support from family, something they've rarely had in the last six years of living in the UK. I also want this time to be one full of happy memories - pool time, cooking, cleaning, sewing with Mamaw....breakfast with Papaw Jim.....playing outside on the ezyrollers, with Mamaw chasing behind, and lots and lots of pretending.
More pretending.......fighting dragons!
motorcycle rides with daddy......and his "long horn" helmet!
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
This is life. Me and my little buddy got to spend a lot of time together on Monday. He was very interested in the machine.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Things are different around here, but I don't mind. The grandchildren (and their mom and dad) are staying with us for a while. After six years of living in the UK, we are thrilled. So I won't be doing a lot of marathon quilting in the next few months. I'm too busy, playing outside, laughing, watching movies, making 'dog pens', giving baths and a whole lot more fun stuff. They did 'help' me a little in the sewing room the other day. I let them punch the 'cut thread' button on my machine, and pin up the blocks on the design wall.....
Life is so good.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
I finished all the 9 patch blocks and worked on the Y seams. Such a headache! I worked all day, watched multiple Y seam how-to videos and they still kept coming out "ruffled." It took me seven circles, before I figured out the problem. Seven! That is what? 35 Y seams!! The pattern came with a template and also instructions for cutting the setting triangles. The instructions were not correct. I was having to re-do several seams in each circle taking bigger and bigger seams to get it to lay flat. I am just very thankful that it finally occurred to me to check the setting triangles I cut, against the template. They were 3/8" too big. So I'm actually a little excited to try to make a few more tomorrow afternoon, after church, while the hubby naps. They should go together much easier.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Have you ever started a project that you just weren't sure you could do? I've done that many, many times. I started one yesterday that I think is awesome but I'm not sure I have the skills to complete it. I am terrible at Y seams and this pattern has a ton of them. I plan to make oodles of 9 patch blocks (finish at 3") and then I'll either learn how to make Y seams or I'll use them in another pattern. The pattern is similar, or maybe the exact same as an old one called Jack's Chain. This one I purchased from Etsy, is called Ring Cycles.
I want to be sure my 'rings' show up, so I am going to make a few with the darker fabric running diagonal through the block, as in the green and orange below. In the pattern, the 9 patches are all the same two colors. I'm using scraps so I think I might need to help the visual of it some. Not sure yet. I may just make some the same and mix them in the bunch too. Who knows what it will turn out like??
It's been quiet around here the last couple of days. The kids went to the other grandparents for a few days to visit before school starts. I miss this little people. We sure had some fun for a couple of days.I look forward to more of it.