Friday, September 30, 2011

Christmas Greetings from Elm Creek

I was ambitious this month.  This block isn't due until October but I did it Sept. 11.  Just didn't post it to the group until now.  Nice to be ahead but I still need to put the berries on the cactus block from a few months ago.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mill Girl's

Mill Girl's quilt a-long starts October 16.  I will be gone for two weeks so I am trying to get a head start.
My sewing room is in turmoil due to the painting project so don't know where or when I will start sewing.  At least I got this far.

Happy Quilting
Charlotte

SBS update 2

I am sitting here on the front porch enjoying this beautiful fall day here in southern New Hampshire.  Blue sky, sun, mid 70's and slight breeze.  Leafs are turning - couldn't ask for better.

Had therapy (applique group)  this afternoon,  9 of us this week.  Got a bit of hand work done but we all had good laughs. We don't meet again for 2 weeks. We need something the first Tuesday of the month.  I think I will call the library to see if the room is available.

Could you all hear the scream last night!   DH had thatched the lawn and was getting ready to throw down some grass seed.  He had asked me to take the riding mower down to the mulch pile and empty it.  I had backed it up ready to get off when I looked ahead and saw this HUGE ENORMOUS UGLY BIG BLACK SNAKE!!!!  The scream was so loud that DH heard it over the motor noise.   DH went to check it out and said it was about 5 feet long.  Well, that ended it for me.  I HATE snakes.

This picture is of my SBS sashed - I had to take it sideways to get it all in.  But you get the idea.
140 blocks 6 inch blocks - machine pieced, hand pieced and hand appliqued.  I now have to think about the borders.  May be sitting for a bit as I have lots of other projects to do.




Sunday, September 25, 2011

SBS update - 1

Not a terrific week - Abigail Anne, our ragdoll cat spent 2 nights at the hospital.  She has a urinary tract infection and an upper respiratory virus.  She is not a happy girl.  I have to give her two pills twice a day - one is an antibiotic and the other is an appetite stimulant.  The stimulant doesn't seem to be working - side effect of the antibiotic is loss of appetite but she starting to drink more and being more social.

I have finished all the sashings on the SBS.  Now it will sit until I can determine what to do for a border.  I have a king size bed so would like to make it a bit wider - presently is 71 x 99.  So it will sit for a bit.

In the meantime, I have been working on the Mill Girl's Quilt - this is being done as a quilt - a - long on the yahoo group.  Button is on the left sidebar.  This starts on the 16th of October but since I will gone for 2 weeks  in Nov. I am trying to get a head start so I won't be in panic mode when I return.

A painter is coming to paint and repair ceilings - we have popcorn which we both hate but have to deal with it. So that means to clear out rooms - formal living room is where my long arm is (we have a family room on the opposite end of the house) along with two tables, book case to hold my quilt books, and a cabinet that holds my batik collection.  I have moved as much as I can so they can work around the quilt frame which is 12 feet.  Also houses a piano and Gov. Winthrop desk.  I need to sell these two pieces - interferes with my sewing stuff.
Then, my sewing room- YIKES - this is a bedroom upstairs - I have a built in closet system that is full, a cabinet approx. 18w x 24d x 82h with 3 cedar drawers that houses heirloom lace, blanks for embroidery, dress fabrics etc.  Can't move this unless I take everything out of it.  Sewing machines are on custom corner units which are going to have to dismantle.  At least the drawer units are on wheels so I can move them around.  Anyway, after the ceiling is painted I will have them paint the walls.  Leaning towards a very pale yellow tone although my favorite color is blue.  I was thinking of changing the lighting to recessed but hubby didn't like that idea so will stay with  the track light over the machine and two fluorescent fixtures -2 tubes each.  I will not be able to sew for a couple of weeks unless I take a machine down to the kitchen and put it on the counter.  Cutting will be an issue.  Hopefully it won't be more than two weeks.
I hate living in chaos!.

Time to cook dinner so until later - Happy Quilting.
Charlotte


Friday, September 16, 2011

SBS update

I have decided it is time to get back to Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.  I had the blocks done and the sashing cut.  Guess they needed to 'rest'  before becoming one.  So finally got them ALL sashed - some I had to take out because I had the orientation wrong.

This took a bit of time - blocks are 6 1/2 with sashing 1 1/2 x 6 1/2.  Done finally so now to the next step to put them into rows.  I was pondering with changing the layout but decided, what the heck - might as well make as the instruction said so 10 rows by 14 blocks.

Again, following the instructions, I have cut the sashing strips to go between the rows so will do that later tonight.

While doing all the mindless sewing, I also have been listening to a book on my iPod -
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny.  It is the 3rd book in a series of 5 or 6 mysteries that takes place in Three Pines, Quebec.

Off to have pizza with our neighbors so until later  - Happy Quilting.
Charlotte

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Frustrating Day - oops week

Started the week off with internet issues - Fairpoint Communictations - all started because DH and I are thinking of getting Netflix.  How could we stream a movie if we can't even get a smooth You Tube. So I put a call in to Fairpoint - found out that they have been charging us for 3Mbps but we were only receiving if lucky 1.4.  Hmm, numerous calls - back and forth from customer service (where ever they are) to internet tech support (found out they are in Austin, TX).  Anyway, I must have spoken with 12 different people and found out that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
Then yesterday found out that Fairpoint was down in New Hampshire until at least 4pm - they claimed they were updating a board.  Well, guess what - no internet.  Numerous calls today and I even called the president of Fairpoint in Charlotte, NC.   Finally a few minutes ago - 7:55 pm we got internet back.
Here in NH we are stuck - either have Fairpoint or Comcast(Xfinity -worse I hear) so guess we have to deal with it.

Saturday I went to The Bunkhouse to pick up my Saturday Mystery - Month 3 - these little puppies measure 6 inches finished.  Aren't they cute!!
 

Also picked up Month 7 of Tonga Rhapsody.
I finished them Saturday night.

Yesterday I went back to The Bunkhouse to get the wide backing for Tonga Rhapsody.  Wanda had gotten in a few bolts and if you bought it in September she gave a 15% discount.  Not too shabby.

That's it for now.

Happy Quilting!
Charlotte

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Another day of Rain

Monday night I went to Hand Piecing at The Bunkhouse Quilt Shop. Not a very productive evening. The blocks we are making are 16 in. finished so the pieces are quite large which makes it easier to work with. This project has 25 blocks and is a quilt as you go which I have never done.
I have been working on two blocks - 8 pointed star and weather vane. The 8 pointed star is made with 2 colors and a strip background. We have to trace templates, add the 1/4 in., cut them out single layer. I proceeded to sew these units together. Hmm, why aren't they going together - I cut them per instructions - then it dawned on me - I forgot to flip the template. DUH!!! So back to tracing. The corner units and the triangle are stripe - the corners went together perfectly, stripes matched - good. Now to cut the triangles to match the corners - placed the template on the corner piece and put the registration marks - placed it on the stripe fabric, traced, added the 1/4 in. and cut it wrong - so try again. Did the exact same thing. At least I wasn't the only one that messed up- Wanda forgot to flip her template also.
At least the weather vane has been going together fine. I got two more blocks to prep -dresden plate and log cabin. At least we all had some good laughs. Think I will bring wine next month!!

I finished two quilts - quilted, bound and label. Photos are in my album (click on finished quilts) and look for Tale of 2 Kitties and BFQG Mystery 2011.

I just got an email from Ben Franklin store in Raymond, NH - sale starts Saturday, Sept. 10 for a couple of weeks - they buy lots of fabrics from stores going out, surplus etc. $2.77 per yard!!
Have to go often as they bring out so much per day. Last year I got some RJR, Moda, Kaufman and others. They do this sale twice a year - Feb. and Sept. A good time to buy yardage for backings.