Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stash Report Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fabric In this Week: 0 yards
Fabric In for September: 0 yards
Fabric Out this week: 0 yards
Fabric Out for September: 0 yards
September Stash Movement: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 99 9/12 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 83 9/12 yards
Stash Enhancement YTD: 16 yards
    I have been sewing! 
     Friday DH and I took a night off from family and went on a date just the two of us!  We went listen to music and people watch at the local farmers market. We had such a good time that we have reserved Friday nights as our couple night.
        Bella turned 1 on the 21st. She has started trying to walk w/o help. She is quite the character!
         I finished the center of the Bonnie Hunter 2016 leader/ender project. I am working on neutral row and red set.  
        My cutting station has strips and squares for the wedding quilt and neutral hour glass blocks to be trimmed down. 
        The Wedding quilt blocks are coming along nicely. They are 8.5" square so it will take quite a few on them to make a decent bed quilt. 
        Me-New is helping by putting a fur coat on all projects including the ironing board. Each day our makeshift area grows and gets better. Next week I will move things so I can use a design wall.
   Lator Gators! Lemonade is getting sweeter.
Bella!
BE leader/ender

Cutting station
MeNew helpng
Trey's Wedding blocks

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thoughts and Wonderings on a Saturday Morning

Outside my window... dry weather for a change. The weatherman says it might rain this afternoon. I certainly hope he is wrong since it is Bella's b-day celebration! 
I am listening to...my own thoughts with music and Spirit giggling in the background.
One of my favorite things...spending couple time with DH.  Last night we went listen to some very good zydeco.
One of my least favorite things...dealing with people especially those who think the world owes them something as do their parents who brought them into this harsh world. 
I am missing... time in my studio piecing while listening to music. My make shift area is just not the same! But at least it has music and sewing machine.
I am planning...on a trip to BR since two quilt shops are closing in that area. We are also planning a trip to Houston for the big quilt show.
I am trying to remember...what sold at the last craft meet and what didn't. DD#4 and I may have a booth for November at the local hospital craft show.
I need...to get myself more organized so I have a variety of things to sell. 
I am wondering...what adventures today will bring. 
I am thinking... bowl cozies and boxy purses in three sizes sold well last time. I think know baby bonnets and large receiving blankets will sell well.
I am super thankful...that only my studio was affected by the rain and not my house.
Should I...work on craft stuff or piece?
Just ramblings and wonderings
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Design Wall Monday, September 18. 2016

       I spent Saturday piecing at my temporary sewing area surrounded by essentials from the studio and bins of Glenda's fabric. It felt so great! It is the simple things that make me happy. DH says give me a sewing machine and space to set up a cutting and ironing station and I am happy. He is right as usual.
   Two projects, well, actually four, poked their heads out to be worked on. 
Option 1
   1) The autumn churn dash quilt - I pieced the last available green sparkle square. Now I have to decide how to make the quilt usable. 
Option 2
          Option 1: Put the olive sashing and use borders of the autumn print and olive to make it a bit bigger.
           Option 2: Put the olive sashing and alternate squares of autumn print and churn dash blocks.
    2) Belinda's mom's quilt - I will add 4.5" borders and bring it to her. If she wants it, I am done! If she doesn't, I will get some matching blue fabric and change the borders. Then bring it to DD#1 to quilt for me. Either way it is going to get to the flimsy stage this week. 
    3)  BH Quarter Square Triangle Leader and Ender Project - I have a few made according to BH's directions but I really don't like cutting out triangles. Missouri Star Quilt Company has a tutorial on how to make quarter square triangles out of 4 patches which I am going to try. 
    4)  Missouri Star Quilt Company's Flying Home Blocks - I need another Wedding Quilt that is cute but simple. It has to be in shades of blue with black accents. At first, I thought I would make a wedge quilt, but that much black is overwhelming and picks up anything and everything. The Flying Home quilt with black geese and blue backgrounds appeals to me much more. I have a few blue strips so I am going to try a few blocks.  
This quilt in blues, navy and black.
   DD#4 and I are waiting to hear if we have been accepted to have a booth at the Craft Show in Opelousas in Novembe. Hopefully, we will be. So some of those projects may show their heads too if news comes this week.
Lator Gators! It feels so good to be able to leisurely piece again. My sugar is still helping me make Lemonade from Life's Lemons.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Stash Report Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fabric In this week: 0 yards
Fabric In for September: 0 yards
Fabric Out this week: 0 yards
Fabric Out for September: 0 yards
September Stash Movement: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 99 9/12 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 83 9/12 yards
Stash Enhancement YTD: 16 yards
     Life is progressing although it is taking 1 step forward and 1 step back.  
Step Back: DSD#2 didn't pay a bill she had under DH's name and the collection company demanded payment. She can't understand why they want so much for a two year overdue bill. According to her, they should understand that she forgot b/c she is so sick! I agree that she is sick but not physically.
Step Forward: We had the money so we could pay the bill and it is the last thing that she has under her dad's name. Now she is paying me and wishing she had paid the bill when she said she had! 
Step Back: The studio is in desperate need of repair, but we spent that money on DSD's bill.
Step Forward: By October/November, we should have the money to at least fix the ceiling and tear down the walls. I can with the help of daughters and grandchildren put the walls back up. 
Step Back: My subbing job is over and I will miss the children.
Step Forward: I have fixed myself a place to piece in the den so I have been sewing. Glenda may be missing a few pieces of fabric b/c I am sitting across from the bins and boxes of her fabric and they are calling my name!
Step Back: It seems the virus I had on my computer damaged my hard drive.
Step Forward: My computer is fixed. 
Step Back: I lost all my programs and pictures that were on my laptop.
Step Forward: I now have an extremely big hard drive and an extremely efficient anti-virus program not to mention Geek Squad protection for the next 3 years for the same price the Indian guy was going to give me for 1 year. 
Step Back: I spent my entire salary for subbing on fixing my computer and getting a tablet.
Step Forward: I now can sit and compute in 3 different ways. In cleaning, I found no less than 5 flash drives to store data on. No stopping me now!
Step Back: I am experiencing a return of a previous illness and it makes life a bit miserable. It could be worse, since I could have had to go to work with this. This week I will be making an appointment with my doctor to tend to this recurring problem. I really am tired of constantly being in pain!
   I figure I will be making another big step forward soon. In the meantime, I will keep remembering that there are others experiencing 3 steps back for every step forward like Glenda. 

Lator Gators. Keep making lemonade from the lemons life gives you! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Stash Report Sundat, 9/11/16

Fabric In this week: 0 yards
Fabric In for September: 0 yards
Fabric Out this week: 0 yards
Fabric Out for September: 0 yards
September Stash Movement: 0 yards
Fabric In YTD: 99 9/12 yards
Fabric Out YTD: 83 9/12 yards
Stash Enhancement YTD: 16 yards
     I decided to bring my computer to the Geek Squad rather than deal with the Indian techs. At least I can understand these when they speak! 
     A new tablet came home with me so i can get online and for blogging. That has not turn out as nicely as I wanted! It and blogger and I are not compatible! For instance, the app won't show my blogs just the writing part. But I have solved some of my problems by taking the long way around thru the internet. That is not perfect either since it won't  let me scroll down the blogs. I have signed up for a class on the 20th and hopefully my computer will be finished by then! Either way, I at least can read some.
    The sewing area has been set up in the den and while it needs tweaking, I did get to piece for an hour or so. That has helped my brain function better! 
     Later Gators! Making lemonade from life's lemons with my super sweet sugar.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Frustrated

  My phone and blogger don't  work well together!
  The computer techs and I have not been able to successfully fix my computer so i have had another week of no computer. I will be subbing again next week and didn't find out till Friday. I still haven't gotten a sewing area set up with cutting and ironing areas. I really don't know which stresses me the most -no computer for reading my blogs or the enormous amount of work our school system expects from these 8 year olds already. I do know that I do know not being able to piece is adding to my frustration level and stress. Piecing time was my "work out the problem mentally and formulate a plan time".
   But it is not all bad! Monday I got to visit with Glenda and Frank and the bassets. Monday, we also went to DD#1'S house and delivered her birthday gift and DGS'S wedding quilt. I left with more than I brought. DD#1 went to a auction and got a vintage sewing machine for me. It needs a bit of TLC but DH is ready. Next I will try to find a working bottom half of a treadle. 
   Today I will set up my sewing area. I will also try one last time to work with the techs to get my machine fixed. If they can't get it right today, tomorrow I will go to see the Geek Squad and let them do their thing. I will probably also get me a iPad. As for the subbing, I will do my best for these poor overworked kids until their real teacher can come back. Then I will pray for these babies!
Lator Gators.