Thursday, November 17, 2011

Daisy Star is done!

It got cold last night. We had 20* this morning at 7 a.m. I told Kevin I think that is enough of winter. Now we can go back to 70*. LOL I wish. It is about 34* now, so I doubt that it will get above 40* today. The wind is brisk too, so I plan to stay in the house today. Country Mart has a good sale this week, so Kevin told me to go stock up on some stuff. Good thing I went today, because they were already getting low on some things and were completely out of the $1.98 butter. Bummer. I did end up with some butter at Green Hills for $2.29. That isn't too bad. I now have everything we need for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I went to the doctor yesterday for my 3 month check-up. Now I am waiting to hear the results of the blood work.She had to stick me twice to get the blood. She noted on my chart that I am hard to get blood out of. (grin) I also decided to get a flu shot. I had never had one before, but had a bad case of flu last winter. I don't want a repeat of that. So today my arm is sore and I am stuffy and congested. Not blaming the flu shot, but I was perfectly fine before I got it.

I have been working hard on Christmas gifts. Of course, I am not where I hoped to be by this time of the month, but I am chugging along. Last night I put together the cutest little tree block quilt from this issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. I really love it. I may machine quilt it today, since time is escaping me. Here is the tree quilt.
Isn't this cute? I may even go by Hobby Lobby this weekend and see if I can find some mini-ornaments to decorate it.  I tried not to have any alike pieces beside each other, but after ripping out a couple of times decided this was good enough.
I also finished sewing the binding on the Daisy Star. I am glad to have it done. I think I will give it to Hazel for Christmas. She doesn't read my blog, so I can safely share it on here.  I laid it out on our deck since Kevin wasn't home to hold it up for me.
I'll share a couple more shots of it.  The little spot in the lower right corner above is a leaf. (grin)
Here is the back of it. I used fabrics leftover from the front to give it a scrappy binding.

Well, I'd better get back to work on gifts. Kevin has all of next week off, so I'm not sure how much I will get done. I need to have hand projects ready because he likes me to sit and watch tv with him. (grin) Thank you for visiting and please come again. Have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Several different things to share.

I am glad Monday is here. Sunday was a long day for me. To start out,  the time change is once again kicking my behind. Oh, don't want to forget about the beagle waking us up at such an early hour. LOL I think my talk with her yesterday helped. Either that, or I was so tired that I slept through her barking last night. LOL  Then Kevin decided to watch a Lord of the Rings marathon. Oh my goodness! I was so bored. (No offense if you like these video's, just not my thing.) He has one of these marathons about once a year. I spent as much time on the computer as I could stand. Then I worked on redwork with my head phones on. I listened to a local country music station. At least I got one redwork project done and started another. (grin)  I forgot to talk about this yesterday, but if you love hand quilting, click on the button over on the right side of my blog that says 'Celebrate Hand Quilting'. Caron has a list of hand quilters' blogs. I believe there are at least 45 that have listed a post highlighting some of their quilting on the list now. I enjoyed checking all of them out.

Last week I got block # 11 of Birdie Stitches done. I finished it in the first week after it was posted. Yea!
I am doing a really cute Christmas SAL. It is supposed to be turned into a banner, but I will probably turn mine into a little wall quilt. All seven of the blocks have been posted. The blocks were removed each week, so if you want them you will have to buy them. These were created by Lesley. I am on block 6. Only one more to stitch. I don't know the order of the blocks. It doesn't really matter. I traced off the first 4 at the same time and just picked one to start on.
Aren't these cute?  I think Lesley did a great job.

I finished putting a lap quilt top together for Kevin last week. I have never made a lap quilt for him. He likes to cover up when he takes a nap or just stretches out to rest. I bought a charm pack at Walmart. Probably won't do that again. I was in a hurry to get them together, so didn't measure. They are't all cut exact, so some of the seams don't match up. It is what it is, though. It is together and is staying that way. I think he will like this. I was playing around with these charms one day and he suggested I lay it out like this. So I did. I am sure he has forgotten about it by now, since I just work on it while he is at work. What do you think?
I think Kevin will be very surprised and I hope he loves it. I am thinking I will try machine quilting a cross hatch in this one, since my time is getting short. I would love to have 3/4 of the gifts I am making done by the first of December. Not sure that will happen, but I am trying. That way I can relax and enjoy the holiday season. Last year was so stressful with me trying to get the quilts done, that I didn't take time to enjoy the whole holiday experience. (grin)

Well, better get off the computer and get started on some sewing. Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Have a great Monday.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I did good at JoAnn's!

Yesterday I had some errands to run. I had been gone from home for about 2 hours when Kevin called to see if I was on my way home. LOL I hadn't even started my errands yet. I stopped by JoAnn's with a plan and I was still there. LOL He just laughed and said to have fun. I did! I always like to make something for each of the grandkids for Christmas. Well, I decided I might as well stick with pjs. They all loved them last year. So I called the girls and got their sizes and headed off to JoAnns with my list in hand.
Ashton is 8, so he got flannel fabric with footballs and soccer balls in it. Ava only wants to wear pink or purple. She is 5 and all girl. LOL Here is their fabric. I got enough fabric yesterday to make each grandchild either 2 pairs of flannel pants or 2 flannel gowns.
Noah likes cars and trucks and the color blue. He is 5, almost 6.  So I found a blue fabric with cars/trucks and a fabric with robots in it for him. Izabella is 3 and loves butterflies. She got this gorgeous yellow flannel with butterflies and lady bugs on it and the purple fabric with bunnies, fawns, owls, and flowers. I think she will love it! Here is Noah and Izzie's fabric.
I haven't seen Madison since Easter except on Facebook. So I don't know much about what she would like. So I picked out what I thought a 2 year old would like. Plus the blue fabric will look so nice with her blue eyes. Here is her fabric.
I also got a couple of McCalls patterns that were on sale for $1.29 each, thread to match the fabrics, elastic for the pants and rib knit for the tops of the gowns.
This is enough supplies to make 4 pairs of flannel pants and 6 flannel gowns. I paid a little over $66 for all this. The flannel was normally $6.99 per yd/on sale for $2.99 per yd. The rib knit was normally $9.99 per yd/on sale for $3 off. I used a 40% off coupon for the elastic. The thread wasn't on sale, but I had a 25% off total purchase (including sale items) that I used. Are you ready for this? I saved over $128!!!! I saved almost twice what it cost me. I floated out of the store. (grin)  I went by the laundry mat and washed all the fabric. Now I am ready to start sewing for the grand babies. Just waiting on their mamas to give me their measurements. I will guess on Madison. I figure I can get pretty close to fitting her with a gown.  Don't you love it when you get stuff that you need and save so much on it?

We are having a nice day here. Kevin is outside piddling. I am on the computer and the animals are all enjoying the nice weather. I'm not enjoying the time change so much, but then, I never do enjoy it. (grin) It usually takes me about 2 weeks to get used to the change. Personally, I wish they would leave it one way or the other. The beagle woke us up at 5:30 this morning barking. That was still 4:30 for me. She barked till it got daylight, then found a spot to go sleep. I should go wake her every few minutes. LOL This is the second night in a row she has done this. I tried to have a talk with her this morning when I fed her, but I don't think she is going to listen to me. LOL 

I have some more things to share, but I will save those for next time. Everyone have a good day. Thanks for visiting. Please come again.

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