Monday, June 7, 2010

I Wish I Had More Time in My Days!

I have so many things buzzing around in my head that I am almost feeling overwhelmed. I have so many quilts that I want to make. I am a hand quilter, so no way can I keep up with what I am piecing. I love redwork. I have several projects there that I want to work on. I enjoy applique, both machine and needle turn. Again, several projects that I want to do. I also enjoy counted cross stitch. I made counted cross stitch birth announcements for Ashton and Noah. Hmmm, Hazel asked me a while ago where Izabella's is. Let's see, I am just a little behind. I need to make one for Ava, Izabella, and Madison. If only I didn't need to sleep. LOL  Oh mustn't forget, I also enjoy crocheting, knitting, and reading. Just not  enough time in my day, I tell you. Even feeling as overwhelmed as I have been, I was so excited to get this in the mail today.
Kevin gave me the money  for Mother's Day to pre-order it. I have had EQ6 for at least a couple of years. I have used it some, but not a lot, so I hesitated to order the upgrade. Kevin wanted me to, so I did. He put it on my laptop this afternoon and I have played with it for several hours. I had planned to start on the Carpenter's Star quilt. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.  I do believe Kevin is expecting some nice quilts out of this. LOL

As I told you before, we went to Jamesport on Saturday. I love it there. Their Fabric Barn is not huge, but it fits me perfectly. A lot of their fabric is a few season's ago, but I don't care. If I like it, it doesn't matter to me if it is current or not. Everything I bought was quilt store quality and was $4-$7 a yard. I do like getting fabric from Wal Mart for $2 a yard if it is good quality, but they are going to quit selling it in a few months. I love JoAnn's but only buy their fabric that is on sale. (Of course, I missed their big Memorial Day Sale, visiting the grands.) So I need to realize that I am going to have to pay more for fabric unfortunately.  Since the trip to Jamesport was kind of a spur of the moment, I didn't have a list prepared, so I had to wing it. LOL I ended up buying this pattern and picking out Thimbleberries fabric to make it.
Of course, when I bought it, I did not realize that it is almost all HST's (half square triangles). LOL Might not have bought it if I'd known that, but I should get good at them after a while. I have made lots in the past couple of quilts. While the young lady was cutting the fabric for this quilt, I picked out some more to add to my stash.
I was about done when Kevin poked his head in the door (He waited in the car for me. He encourages my passion, but fabric stores are not his thing. LOL) to remind me to pick up any needles etc that I might need. I really didn't need any (Crispy sent me several a while ago.), but I bought a few packages anyway. Since it is about 85 miles away, we probably won't be going there again for a while. I also found some fat quarters and this cute little tape measure that I plan to carry in my purse.
Then I noticed the stencils hanging on the wall, so had to get a few of those.
So I brought home quite a stash.
Then we went to the bulk food store run by the Amish. I love that too. I bought all this for just $12. I didn't think that was bad. I tried to concentrate on things I can't find locally.
Then we stopped at a couple of furniture stores. They do such beautiful work, but it is really expensive. We found a table and chairs for over $5000. To us that is a lot of money. I think all of the table and chair sets were at least $1000. I would love to have some of their furniture if I could afford it. I am sure it would last for generations. If I ever get rich, I think I will buy a houseful of Amish made furniture. (grin) (I'm not holding my breath.)

Sunday, I had to run to Wal Mart for something for Kevin. I figured as long as I was out, I might as well stop by JoAnn's and use those coupons that were burning a hole in my pocket. LOL  I like a pair of small scissors to clip threads at my sewing machine. Somehow, I have misplaced my pink handled scissors that I always use. (I am blaming it on the cats. hehe) So I took the blue handled ones I use for quilting and embroidery and moved them to the machine. Then I bought these cute little Italian made scissors for half off.
Yes, I know I could have continued to move the blue ones back and forth as needed, but these are so cute, LOL  and they work great.  This is everything that I bought at JoAnns. Didn't need much, just a few odds and ends.
Well, I have been rather long winded today again. LOL  I hope to be back tomorrow and share some crafty things. My blog hasn't had many crafty projects on it this month, but I have had more posts. Thank you all for the kind comments on our grandbabies. I love them so much. Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Oh, by the way, Callie must have really freaked herself out. She hasn't even looked at the door. In fact, this is usually where I can find her.
Yep, laying on my ironing board.  As you can see, I try to spread some bags on it to cut down on the hair, but I still have to clean it every time I use it. (grin)  It is worth it, though. See you later.


Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow... I found myself just soaking in every little detail of your trip to Jamesport, Winona... *sigh*... I really need to get a life... LOL
I loved seeing all the goodies you brought home with you!
I'm sure the Quilt software will keep you busy for hours... I have embroidery software on my little laptop and I can spend all day digitizing and designing embroidery designs and monograms on it. (in fact I have before...)
I can't wait to see what all you do with everything!!

Granny J said...

I am drooling over all the fabrics. Love the little scissors too. I have a little hook over my sewing machine where I hang my "snipping" scissors. Otherwise I'd probably knock them off and never find them. That is a good idea to keep the bags on the ironing board. My little dog sheds so I have one of those lint rollers that I use on the bed in the sewing room. That is where she always lays.

Karen said...

I pre-ordered an EQ7 upgrade but have not received it as of yet. Have fun playing with yours.

Yvonne said...

I am sooooo jealous that you got your EQ7 already. I can't wait to receive mine!

Crispy said...

I'm pea green with envy!!! All that lovely shopping AND you have your EQ upgrade already...NOT FAIR LOL. Maybe I should make a trip to the LQS when I go to town on Thursday :0)


Libby said...

Great shopping trip!! Enjoy all your new goodies!

Bren said...

LOVE all your fabrics! I have EQ5 and never use it at all! I just email Crispy when I need EQ stuff done and she whips it up for me LOL!
I really love that Carpenters Star...LOL more 1/2 square triangles.....lucky you!

Sharon said...

Winona, I am already mourning the loss of the fabric department at my Walmarts. I loved their fabric and it was so affordable. Now, I can't buy any either unless it's on sale. We are getting a Joann's soon in my city, but I doubt if the fabric will be inexpensive. I love your quilt. It's so pretty!

Lisa said...

What fun you had! I can't wait to see what you have to say about the EQ7. Love the fabric choices and Carpenter's wheel pattern you picked out.

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