Today is the first time all weekend that I've done any sewing. My son really likes Bow Ties. A friend gave me a patten. So far, so good. VERY easy. I couldn't find the appropriate fasteners to make it adjustable, so I will have to wait until he gives me the length of one that fits just right. I made two in no time at all!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I love this one! I didn't like it at first because most of the pieces are cut a little big and you have to trim them. However, I can tell now it makes the finished block much more precise. Block four is the top one.
I am off to New Mexico tomorrow for a work trip. Jim will hold the fort down here. I am taking a couple of new books to read on my ipod and my cathedral window. Hopefully I can get some work done on it in the evenings.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Finished the blocks for month five of the Civil War quilt. Whew.....I keep telling myself this will be worth it. My machine messed up on the stitch width and I didn't realize it until the block was finished. So one block is a bit smaller than the others. I'll make it work when I put them together. I am not a perfectionist, and I love to "make things work"....
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The kids are coming home tonight. I can't wait to see them! Katie's parents are also in town visiting her grandma. Elijah is one of four "preacher boys" preaching tomorrow. Monday is Elijah's 25th birthday. He always likes my sweet tea, so I have a pitcher full in the frige and I made a Texas Hot Cocoa cake for him for his birthday. That was a favorite of his when he was little. I listened to a message today from Ann Graham Lotts, and she talked about how Jesus said that he goes to prepare a place for us. He knows us as his own and loves us dearly. She related it to when her kids come home she always has something prepared that she knows they like -- I've prepared sweet tea and chocolate cake. Jesus is preparing a place with many mansions.....
My mom and I took a trip to Englewood today. It is a tiny little town where both she, and my dad grew up. We were returning a QOV quilt I finished recently. It was a nice trip. Had lunch at the Tellico Junction cafe and met new friends Beth and Gene. We made a couple of stops to see Mom's two sisters, neither of which is in very good health, but both with good attitudes. We stopped by a little fabric shop, Katy's Fabrics, in the center of town. It has been there 45 years. We also visited the Englewood Museum. Among all the historical pictures and items is a picture of my dad in a little wagon. The sign on the front of the wagon says, 1926. He was 8 years old. Englewood was the home of various sewing factories back in the day. I saw where both my grandmothers lived, but I would not have recognized either place. Funny, how it all looked so much smaller than what I remember....
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I've discovered homemade laundry soap. The Dugger family (19+ kids) supposedly uses this. I just hated paying $16-18 dollars for 100 ounces of HE laundry detergent. Three simple ingredients plus water. It says you can make this for about 40 cents a load, but by my calculations, it is much, much less than that - like just a couple of pennies a load! The recipe makes 2 gallons. I paid about $8 for the ingredients, but with the little you use of the borax and washing soda, those two ingredients alone will last years!! This morning, I am washing everything in sight, trying to decide if I like it. I do. The soap mixture itself smells a little funky. I added some lavender oil, but can't really tell if that makes a difference. The clothes come out only smelling fresh, not funky. I can add a nice smell with liquid softener, or softener sheets. Yes, I like it. I love being frugal. If anyone wants the recipe, email me, or I am sure you can find it if you google it.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Isn't this pretty? I really like scrap quilts. I must make one like this. This is the next QOV I am going to do. The backing may be a little tricky for me. It has some strips sewn in the center, the sides and the top and bottom. I've got to figure out how to measure it so that I will be sure to get it centered on the back of the top. Not something I am very good at.
Today has been pretty much a work day here at the Hayes household. Jim hired a guy to help us get some things done -- gutters cleaned, porches power washed (yeah!!), some new screens put in and the cat door replaced. Here are a couple of pictures of the nice clean screened porch. By the way, Carolina Pottery has these great outdoor cushions for only $9.99 each. I've always had trouble finding a cushion long enough for our 60 inch swing. I figured out yesterday that three of the big cushions fit together perfectly on it. My dad build me the swing about 17 years ago. It is special to me.