Saturday, November 22, 2014

Week 46: Nov. 15-21

 Saturday ..

 Sunday - quilt for Uncle Dan's baby

Monday - Christmas gifts to be made

Tuesday ...

 Wednesday - Christmas cactus beginning to bloom

 Thursday - the drive home


Monday, November 17, 2014

15 Minutes to Stitch - Mid-Month Report

My sewing has been sporadic at best lately, but I'm hoping to shoot for 15 minutes a day or close to it for the next month.  I have a couple of projects that I need to work on but I'm discouraged by them and have stayed away from the sewing machine.  The first is this quilt ...

I made the first and third rows and was jazzed but when I added the second row, nothing lined up.  I measured correctly but they just didn't line up -- probably differing quality of fabrics.  So I put it down and did nothing for a few weeks.  I finally decided this past week to take the rows apart and sew them as blocks so I could adjust the size as I went along. The first night, I got the fabric out and looked at it and then put it away without doing anything. Then on Saturday, I finally did something.

I've done about twice this amount .. want to try and finish it by Thanksgiving.  We'll just have to see how that goes.

The other project is the Grinch quilt.  I really need to face my fears on that one.

I'm linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces to keep me accountable.

Week 45: November 8-14

Saturday - coffee with Jody
Sunday - Money bags
Monday - the mess by my bed

Tuesday - Smile away

Wednesday .. nothing
Thursday - getting the cast off

Friday - Orchid in my office -- blooming again

Cleaning out the Storage Unit

So, this week, we flew east to clean out my dad's storage locker.  Sorry, no pictures of before and after though I should have had those. 

We spent a good part of Thursday putting the stuff in the car and taking it to his house to sort and give away ..

Steamer trunk? one of my nieces will probably take this as she wants something to get into.  She's so tiny, she could probably use it as a bed.

A couple of angel ornaments/decorations.

On Friday and Saturday, we sorted.  Since I have to fly (and my house is full), I was only able to set aside a few things that I will get later.

I grabbed a few patterns .. definitely 70s

and some money bags -- not sure how I can use these but I need to find some way -- they are very cool.

That's about it for now.  My sister took an old phonograph or Victrola or something .. maybe she'll take a picture for me so I can post it ...

Anyway, it's good to have this finished (emptying the storage locker) ... makes me realize that I need to be careful what I keep and get rid of stuff that I don't want/need.  Sometimes, it's hard to see things/stuff and not want it, but then I remember, it's only stuff and if I don't need it, so why do I still want it ???

Monday, November 10, 2014


I scanned three pictures of my Grandpa (my father's father), Melvin Kelly, today.  I have the pictures on my wall, but thought I would share them here.  He was born 5 September 1899 so I imagine these pictures were taken in early 1900.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Week 44: November 1-7

Saturday - binding

Sunday- Halloween-ing up a picture

 Monday - I almost forgot ...

Tuesday - log cabin quilt

Wednesday - Happy Birthday! (down on the farm)

  Thursday - Jessie on a small chair

Friday - cousins!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Start ... and Finish

So, a friend of mine wanted a unique gift to give her niece who'd had a baby and I suggested we make a quilt.  She bought the fabric.

 Dots and stripes with dots.

 Orange, blue and white. (Detroit Tiger colors.)

the sashing (white tiger or maybe zebra stripes .. )

The backing ..
The quilt top pieced.  I used this pattern for Stacked Coins Baby Quilt from Crazy Mom Quilts.

The binding

The backing was fleece which, if I use it for backing again, I will do the binding differently. I did my normal sewing the binding to the front and then folded over to the back and then I zigzagged around from the back and then flipped it over and zigzagged on the front.  I didn't like the way it looked but didn't want to rip it out and start over.  Just laziness.

Next time, I'll sew 1/4 inch from the edge and attach the binding from the back.  then I'll do one zigzag to attach it to the front.  Maybe I won't use fleece for backing again ...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekend in Nevada

So, for Columbus Day weekend, we went to Nevada to spend the weekend with Nevada and her family.  On the way, the sun was doing this really weird thing that I had to take a picture of .. looked a little like aliens ...


On the first day, we took a walk - don't know the name of the area.  The parking lot was next to a farm with llamas and black faced sheep.

I love that the sign says to clean up after your horses and, by the way, they didn't clean up after their horses, but perhaps it was the wild ponies that left the messes. There also were bags for people to clean up after their dogs -- it seems that some people didn't understand that they were supposed to throw the bags away - not leave them on the trail ... really??

My chance to be in two places at one time .. both California and Nevada.

After our hike, we drove a little bit down the road looking for some color in the trees.  I got a couple of decent shots.  Unfortunately, there weren't any reds .. just yellows and golds.

We spent the evening at Carson Valley Inn - watching baseball and playing blackjack. 

The next day we went to Virginia city, where we walked around the wild west town...

and then we went to the Comstock Cemetery right next to Virginia City.

On our final day, on the way home, we went by Lake Tahoe.  I'd never been before so I wanted to stop there.

We ate at the Riva Grill.  Paul had an awesome drink called Raspberry on my Woody -- actually he had two.  The picture doesn't do it justice.

So, that was my fun weekend in Nevada .. can't wait to go back.