Wednesday, July 19, 2017

{Post 1,546} Those Spots

Do you have "spots" at your house that make you smile? This is one of mine. It is right outside my front door. 

I LOVE houseplants. I have always wanted a spider plant, but cannot keep them alive. I admired one of my friend's, and she had her husband pot one for me. I got the plant stand at a local thrift store. I love it. When it gets too cold outside for the spider plant, I'll bring it right inside the door. I hope it makes it through the winter.

The planter with the geranium in it right in front of the basket was my mother's. I went to see her in May. I had been looking for a plant display just like this one. She had it in a "to be discarded" place, so I asked if I could have it. The geranium has lovely salmon/peach colored flowers. The most recent blooms just withered. Maybe time for one more set of new blooms this summer?

While I was in Arizona, the long-awaited black steel railings were installed.They are sleek, sturdy, and beautiful. We custom-ordered them, and they are lovely. We have lived here over 11 years, and I have anticipated them all that time! I am already thinking about decorating them for Christmas.

Monday, July 17, 2017

{Post 1,545} Side Trip

I had mailed my DIL a box containing a baby quilt for her 6-month-old and a few special things for her. When she called to thank me, I asked her "What's new?" She said she had broken her arm. My son is deployed overseas right now, and she is caring for the 6- and 22-month old children alone (think about giving baths, changing diapers, putting in car seats, etc. alone with one working arm). To make a long story short, I flew out 2 days later to spend a week with her. She had a check up and is mostly fine right now. Turns out the break was too small to see on an x-ray, and now she is splint and sling-free and does not have much pain at all.

It is a Pioneer Braid with red squares marching down the rows. All Thimbleberries fabrics. Before trimming and binding...

Here is one picture of my older grandson. He endlessly babbles. I know his clear words are coming!!

I started the Christmas ornaments for the 6/8 of my children who still want them. Here is a picture of the one I actually stitched to completion and a picture of the kit insert so you can see the rest of them.

I will be making some for my grandchildren as well. The same idea, but green or red felt for the background of the mitten and a complimentary color for the cuff.  I will have 6 grandchildren by Christmas this year, Lord willing.

Now to get my own house in order. Laundry, meals, weeds. They just never go away. Good thing I enjoy quilting/sewing projectsto keep me going.

Monday, July 3, 2017

{Post 1,544} A Little More Piecing Finished

I started a Hand Me Downs quilt some time ago, just for fun. My son Ben has claimed it. I have 2 border sections on. I plan to finish the piecing and then machine quilt it tomorrow.

Here it is so far. It will be 90" square when finished.

Update:  I just added the other two side borders. Ready to start the machine quilting in the AM. I am home alone, so I can do whatever I like, and I would like to do all the machine quilting on this. Purchased a 108" wide backing this past week, so I am ready to go! There will be enough left over to bind it as well.

Here is a picture from last night. I got to keep my nearly-3-year-old grandson this past weekend. When we sit on the loveseat to watch TV, he usually wants to hold my hand. Let night he did so and said, "Grammy Jo, I need to hold your hand. And we need a quilt." Two sentences that never fail to warm my heart.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

{Post 1,543} Grandmother's Flower Garden Update

I have sewn a lot on this beauty the past couple of weeks. Here is what I have finished so far (the blocks on the left are partially pieced). Several need to be attached to the mother ship. The top measures about 60" x 77" right now. I want it large enough to cover the top of my queen-sized bed mattress with enough for a pillow tuck.

In the past few days, I also pieced and machine quilted this baby quilt for one of my AZ grandsons (hi, Samuel!). He was born about 6 weeks early, and I think my thoughts about making him a newborn/baby quilt were derailed at that point. I used the Pajama Quilter's Fern Ziggle pattern to quilt this. I love it.

All the pieces were cut (I had made a queen sized quilt and pillow shams from this same pattern years ago). The red squares were already sewn to the creams, so it was sit and sew. 

It measures about 55" square.

This will be labeled, bound, and washed, then mailed to AZ soon. I have enough of the red fabric for binding.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

{Post 1,542} 4,000-Mile Round Trip

My husband and I just did a whirlwind trip to visit our son and his family in Arizona. I feel like I'm still in the whirlwind. Here are a few pictures from the trip. They don't need much explanation. 

They moved the day we arrived, but we found them anyway!!  I was able to unpack and organize my DIL's kitchen. For some strange reason, that is a process I greatly enjoy doing. Wes stained a storage box organizer my son had built some time ago. I gave my grandson a haircut. Baby to little man in 15 minutes. I remember doing that with my boys. 

I sewed the 4 hours there on the plane and in odd times in the hotel. The 3-hour time difference tore me up. That, and old age!

Monday, May 15, 2017

{Post 1,541] Center of Hand Me Downs Quilt Top Half-Finished

This is the center so far.  The top 4 rows are sewn together, and the last 5 are sewn into horizontal rows.

My other in-process shirt quilt, Virginia Bound, is in one pile to be webbed soon.

So much progress!

Friday, May 12, 2017

{Post 1,540} 63/80 Blocks Finished for Center

This is the potato chip quilt. I can't seem to stop wanting to make just one more! So far, i have 63/80 blocks for the center. The border is a fun one. I'll start cutting fabric for that one tonight. The real name for this pattern is Virginia Bound if anyone is interested. It's from Bonnie Hunter's Scraps and Shirttails book.

I like to lay out the blocks to see what colors I need to add more of in a quilt before I sew the blocks to each other. Red is a lacking color. Also purple...but I think every quilt needs more purple, <wink>.

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there. I will be mostly alone tomorrow, so I'll be gearing up for 7 of my children to be here for lunch on Sunday. Can hardly wait!!