Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Finally This Top Is Finished

Finally, I have finished the Scrappy Four Patch quilt top.  Took me longer than I had anticipated what with company dropping (who doesn't love company?)  I still had some wash to do, some vacuuming and changing of things.  I moved around the bed and managed to get the extra mattress under it in the spare room yesterday, not an easy task for me because my joints are just giving me grief brought on by this inclement weather which doesn't want to disappear.

Scrappy means just that and even though I am inclined to try and control color I just didn't seem to on this one and convinced myself it was okay not to control it at all. 

Now to get it sandwiched, quilted and bound and then another charity piece will be ready to go. 

I really missed not sewing much these past few days, but have spent some quality time with friends not only here physically but on Skype, for those of you who use Skype, isn't it fun to be in touch?

My grandson managed to really hurt his hand and now cannot play his favored Lacrosse for awhile.  Poor mite, fell from his bike on a gravel road and had to have stitches. 
 Mum and Brayden spent 11 hours at Emerge this past Saturday just to have it seen to and took quite a number of stitches. 
 Granddaughter Mikayla is off on her first ever sleep over camp for the week, I just know she will be enjoying her time there.  

Baby Ella is happily playing and staying home with Mum and Dad....

That's as much as I have to share with you today.  Thank you for stopping in and please I love to hear your comments so if you wish to comment away. 

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.  ~Author Unknown

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fun In The Sun with the G'ma P's Treasures

I'm tuckered out ready to inspect my pillow, sun ripened, with a full tummy and why?  Well, I  spent a wonderful day with the grandchildren at the KOA campground today what fun, and spent lots of time in the pool with all of the children (6 of them) boy did we have fun....
 Ella has a new playmate, Mr. Alpha Caterpillar 

 Zachary and Brayden showing off their new tatoos
Naomi thinking about what she'd like to do next and Mikayla looks like she needs a nap.
Mr. Caterpillar makes a wonderful and comfy group pillow which they're all checking out before heading to the fire for S'mores.....YUMMY

How could a gran not enjoy these moments?

One thing I'd love to mention is that the little quilt I made for Same has been entered at the Quilting Gallery for the Weekly Theme, so if you have an extra moment or two, head on over to the Gallery and look at all of the entries there are some beautiful little ones quilts in this week.  My entry is number 61, you scroll down to see all of the entries and

if you think it worth a mention, please vote for this little quilt, each voter may vote for 6 of their favorite entries.  I love the Teddy Bear quilt, it is so cute!!!

I managed to piece together two rows of my latest project so hopefully tomorrow I will have the rest pieced and ready to share with you.

Thank you all for stopping by for a share of my day, I am off to put my old bones to bed and I hope to see you again tomorrow. 

Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.  ~Author Unknown

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I Can't Count!

Seems I cannot count properly today.  I have 34 of these blocks and should have 35 - seems like I more to make!  Here I was thinking ahhh finished piecing but not so. 

I have laid out the 30 on the bed and from the pictures I believe some of the blocks need swapping because there is a row that has no red in it.  So the finished layout will be a tad different as opposed to the colors.  What do you think?  

 I keep going back to the scraps and for some unknown reason these never seem to diminish.  Hmmmm I wonder, is there a scrap weed growing on the bottom of the pile, you know the type of weed that just keeps on growing and growing and growing no matter how often you cut it down.    

Have you seen the latest Missouri Star Quilt Co. tutorial?  Isn't it marvelous how Jenny comes up with these wonderful and quick methods on piecing a block and getting a quilt top done in no time at all.  I simply love her tutorials and her ideas!
This latest tutorial of Jenny's is called the "Merry Go Round Quilt" and it's fabulous! 
If your interested, just click on the highlighted title of the quilt and it will take you straight to Jenny's tutorial. 

Now it is back to the sewing machine, one more block to make and then see how quickly I can put this together, sandwich and quilt it.  

Hopefully by the weekend it will be a completed quilt.  Tomorrow though I get to play with my grandchildren, hooray!!!  They are camping at the KOA campground up my way and so I have given myself the day off to go and play.

Thank you for continuing to check in on me, I rather enjoy sharing with you and do hope you'll return again.  Should you wish to leave a comment I would love to know what your current projects are.  Do you find your scraps never deplete?  

What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It's Been Awhile But....

Hello, it has been awhile since I posted anything, but with company, nasty storms, no electricity and pet sitting for others I have been kept busy, and too tired to do much thinking let alone any blogging.  
The weather isn't too bad today, we are once again expecting rain showers, but it has cooled considerably, making sitting in front of the sewing machine more comfortable than it has been over the past several weeks.
Since my last post I managed to finish off Sams' little quilt, packed it up and off it went home to Holland inside my cousins' luggage and been delivered.  YAY!  
Finished and delivered to Mama and Papa for their little boy Sam!
Sams' papa is reading all of the words and phrases I embroidered willy nilly inside the white centers of the squares, all relating to little people and what it is they do while moving from infancy into being a toddler which I had so much fun with.

I also managed to make a decision on the borders for my Scrappy Hearts quilt top, have those on finally and decided it needed something, what?  Walking around it I just couldn't seem to come up with an answer until one evening while vegging out in front of the tv and making hexagons I thought why not some hexie flowers, which is what I did. Not all have been sewn down because I am still playing with the placement.  You see I want them to look strewn instead of placed so I am still playing with those.  What would you do differently?
I also made a new bag for one of the seniors residing at my friends' retirement home, as the first one I made for her just plain wore out.  She carries so many things for the hours she's upstairs from her room downstairs and she just washed the old one far too many times, this one is the same style just great for her arthritic hands to hold.

 Then because I actually had so much fun with quilting the upholstery fabric and making the bag from it I dug out some of the left over upholstery fabric samples and made an armchair caddy for my friends' gazillion remotes they have...
As can be seen I have at least been quilting around my various busy activities, just small projects, nothing too much but fun to do all the same. 
What with the heavy thunder and rain storms we have been having to endure, and while waiting for a pet owner to come and pick up his Big Girl "Flippy", I decided I would set the scrappy hearts aside and make some four patches from bits of scraps I want to whittle down. 

Here are some, most are almost complete and ready to be pieced into another Charity Quilt top. 

I am thinking if I apply myself this afternoon I may just finish piecing the rest of the blocks and get a good start on the top. 
This then has more or less brought you who do read and follow me up to date.  I thank you for your patience with me, but as I said, I have been busy and not doing much computer time as I would have liked. 
Thanks for stopping by today, hopefully I will have a top to share with you tomorrow and no more pets this week to care for.
Don't say you don't have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.  ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.