Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Under the Sea - Finished!

So I finished my most recent project (with two weeks to spare) ...


I was going to wait until I had more pictures to post about this, but I've given it to my daughter (to take to her friend) so I can't take any more pictures.  I've asked her to take some ...

Anyway, I used a high-loft batting to give it a plush, comforter type look.  I think that part was successful.  Actually, I'm very happy with the quilt. To get the high-loft comforter look, there was quilting on just about every seam.  This meant that I had a lot of loose ends that needed to be tucked in -- quite time consuming but worth it.



I'm calling this "under the sea" because it's supposed to be made out of mermaid colors.  There are turtles and sea horses, and purples, pinks and aquas.  I'm game for another name if anyone has any suggestions.




We're giving it to her this weekend at her baby shower.  I'm excited!

We also made a diaper cake...



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilter Meet & Greet

I have never done this sort of thing before (unless you count Favorite Things Friday ... ) but I am participating in a Quilting Meet & Greet being hosted by Victoriana Quilt Designs.  Please make sure to go to the main Meet & Greet post.

I started quilting just over ten years ago (can it be that long ago?).  When my first grandson was born I wanted to make him a quilt, so I asked a couple of my friends who quilt for help.  They helped me with the fabric selection, the cutting, and maybe even the tying -- I didn't actually quilt my first quilt.

Here's a picture of that quilt.


I enjoyed the process and the final product.  I like making things and giving gifts that are one of a kind.  Prior to quilting, I was into cross stitch and then knitting and crocheting.  Those things were rewarding, but there is something about quilting that I love .. but .. I didn't want to jump into it too fast and end up with tons of fabric and books .. like all the knitting supplies and cross stitch books I purchased... so I decided to take it slowly.  I only bought fabric for the quilts I was going to make.  I finished each quilt before starting another .. initially ..  now things are a little different.  I have a fabric stash.  I have books.  I even have some unfinished projects.

Around the time I started quilting, I also started blogging.  Well, actually I started blogging in 2007, a few years before my first quilt.  But once I started quilting, I needed to have ideas of what to do next.  So, rather than buy books, I started looking on line and eventually I found some quilting blogs.  When I found a blog with quilts I liked, I followed that blogger, and then I followed the bloggers that that blogger was following, and so on.

When it comes to the quilts, I really struggle with picking colors, so I frequently go with rather plain colors or add a lot of white, or I imitate what someone else has done.  I enjoy the piecing and seeing it all come together.  However, once I get the quilt pieced and basted, I really want it to be finished .. so at that point I kind of go crazy and quilt until it's done.  Most of the quilts I have made are baby quilts, they are smaller and faster and are great gifts.  Here are a few:





Anyway, I love making quilts (and giving them away).  Please take the time to visit all the other quilters in the meet & greet.  I hope you can find ones (quilts and blogs) that will inspire you and encourage you (and remember to click on the bottom button to enter the grand prize drawing).

https://benitaskinner.blogspot.com/2018/09/2018-online-quilters-meet-greet.html

https://www.victorianaquiltdesigns.com/fabric/

Here's a peak at my most recent project -- I have to be finished with this one by mid-October ...


Friday, August 10, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Happy Birthday!!

Today is my OD's birthday.  I remember the day.  I spent the day with my mother.  We went shopping at Toys R Us; I don't remember what I bought, if anything.


I am so proud of her -- she's completing her medical training (residency) in Buffalo, NY. Working 90+ hours a week.  She is amazing.


Happy Birthday!!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Next Project - The Mermaid Quilt

My YD's BFF from college is having a baby, a girl, and I'm going to make her a quilt, with mermaid colors.  Here are the fabrics for the quilt.


Here's the backing fabric.


I got 4 5/8 yards.  I figured 3 might not be enough and so I got the extra yard -- then the 5/8 was end of bolt so it was half price.

My husband and I went to see a movie tonight.  The Darkest Minds.  I recommend it.  Anyway, that constitutes a movie date (which is on my list #50).  The other thing that I discovered is that there is another Transformer movie coming out around Christmas.  That means I should be able to sell the DVDs. Yay!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

August Goals/July Update

It's already August 4, but I'll set goals for this month anyway.

1 - 10,000 steps 5 days a week
2 - Work on Grinch quilt
3 - Start Christy's quilt

That's all I'm putting for this month.  I start a new job on Monday and don't know how I'll be feeling so I'm going low ...



My July goals were:

1. Clean the kitchen every night before bed.
2. More sewing
3. Less TV
4. Sell the stuff on ebay that we didn't sell at the yard sale (I'll take pictures and post them).
5. Finish Nate's quilt.

1 -- I did this pretty every day/night.  I'm going to stick with that one -- it doesn't take that long and makes me feel pretty good.

2 -- I didn't do a ton of sewing -- but of course that was a vague goal -- hard to say if it was more or less than the previous month.

3 -- Definitely did not meet this goal. Again, not measurable, but I think I may have watched more than I did in June.

4 -- I sold one item; there was no interest in the rest.  I'll wait until I think the timing is better. 
For instance, for the Transformers DVD, I'll wait until a movie comes out or is re-released or is closer to Christmas ...


5 -- Finished Nate's quit!!


Friday, August 3, 2018

Buffalo


Image from here.
 not the animal type, but the city ... and my first time ever in Canada.

My OD was having surgery and I went to Buffalo to be there for her.  Surgery is scary even if you are a doctor.  It may be scarier if you're a doctor because you know all the things that can and do go wrong.

Anyway, we spent most of the time after her surgery (which was uneventful and successful), watching TV and movies.  I helped her by getting her cup o noodles and tea and water. 

The last night I was there, we went to Niagara Falls. 






The falls are absolutely amazing, well worth the effort. 


 The following morning, before going to the airport, we drank coffee near Lake Erie.  (I have now seen 4 of the 5 Great Lakes.  Apparently, Lake Ontario is close by but we didn't have the time to go and see it.  Next time.)


  
The Buffalo Light.
 




Saturday, July 28, 2018

Finish #4

Finally finished Nate's quilt. He's only 3 years, 3 months old.  I'm only late by about 3 years.




It's a lot bigger than I had originally planned, but I'm really happy with it.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Humingbirds

For Christmas last year, my husband gave me a hummingbird feeder.  I finally put it up about a month ago.


Our neighbor has a couple of feeders and dozens of hummingbirds fly around his feeders all the time. Ours was not being visited for ages .. and then recently I heard some noise, and now ...


Every night at dusk, it's a free for all...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Barracuda


So this weekend, we went to Cuda Ridge to pick up our wine shipment,  They were having their vintage wine release and there were vintage cars on display as well. (There are a lot of car pictures below -- no people pics :(.)



 

The winery is named after the Barracuda .. the owner owns the purple Barracuda.













It was beastly hot, but the wine was good and so was the company.

Under the Sea - Finished!

So I finished my most recent project (with two weeks to spare) ... I was going to wait until I had more pictures to post about this, ...