Friday, November 29, 2013


With all the hustle and bustle this week, I almost forgot to post my hexagon progress!
 I managed to get 14 of the 17 units required for border number 3 completed this week.  Now, I am hoping that I have enough of the outer edge fabric to finish....

We've had a busy week of shopping, helping friends with flooring, planning a community Christmas sing-along, etc.

I did do some Black Friday shopping this morning - a quick trip to JoAnn Fabrics for some bargain flannel, while DH headed to Guitar Center and Harbor Freight Tools.  We didn't get up early, and were back home shortly after 10am.  He headed back out to the car dealer, as we have a small leak in the car's radiator - it looks like a cracked tiny gasket, so I'm hoping they'll be able to repair it right away.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


I hope all my American friends are enjoying a wonderful day with f
family and friends. 
Our Canadian thanksgiving in near the middle of October, and we spent a lovely long weekend with our 2 sons and their wives.  This was the first year that I didn't cook a turkey, but we had the best time!

I plan to spend today watching the Macy's parade, and sewing!  I may bake some cookies this afternoon too.

I don't usually shop on the Friday after, but there is one ad that is calling my name, so I'll let you know how much success I have tomorrow.

Monday, November 25, 2013


My daily sewing habit took a hit during packing, traveling south, opening our house, company for 2 weeks, followed by a cold.  I've managed to do bits and pieces of sewing, and made all the units to make these blocks.
All the fabric came from my stash, as I pulled many pinks, browns and white on white fabrics.  I'm using the Smith Mountain Morning pattern from Quiltville, but I'm making a larger quilt, so I have to complete 20 pink star blocks and 16 brown star blocks.  All the pieces are made, so now I have to finished stitching the other 34 blocks!

Check out the creativity at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  184.25 yards
Fabric added this week  10.75 yards
Fabric added year to date  71.625 yards
Net used 2013  112.625 yards

I haven't made a report since the third week of October!  My fabric additions have accumulated over the past month,  but I haven't finished anything during that time.  I have been working on my hexagon quilt, and I hope to complete the top before the end of the year.
Most of the yardage claimed this time was from a collection of charm squares that were on clearance, as well as some Christmas fabric (I know I'm not supposed to buy any more!), that I want to use to make some small gift items.  I also picked up some fabric with classic Mickey and Minnie to use as borders on a wall hanging for my daughter-in-law.  She collected some pins while in Florida, and wants to display them, so I offered to make her a wall hanging, probably as a birthday gift.
My cold is hanging on - I feel OK as long as I don't do too much.  I spent Friday afternoon watching 2 episodes of Inspector Lewis and stitching hexagons.
Check out all the stash ups and downs at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Friday, November 22, 2013


I'm trying to get back on track, after heading south for the winter, getting the garden cleaned up, the pantry stocked, and family visiting for 2 weeks. (The time just flew and they were heading home much too soon!)

I managed to complete border number 2 and get it added to the hexagon quilt.  I used the star motif for the corners, and had to play around a bit to get them to fit.  DH says that it looks like Charlie Brown is holding the quilt!

I'm now working on border number 3, and have the first 4 of 17 units completed.  

My son returned north with a stuffy head and scratchy throat.  I came down with the symptoms on Tuesday, and my daughter-in-law's came on Wednesday night.  We are all thankful that it waited until after their visit.  We're all plodding along, and DH is hoping he doesn't catch it, as he and his friend have 5 concerts booked as senior residences in the area during December, and DH does most of the singing!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


There was a larger than normal turn-out for our first week of quilting, and some even brought their machines!  Most of the time was spent greeting old friends, and getting caught up on everyone's summer happenings, family news, etc.
We did sit down and discuss some plans for the coming season, but as most are fairly experienced quilters, they'll be working on their own projects.  I do have a couple of small projects planned to teach how to use the 45 and 60 degree angle lines on the ruler.  We'll also share some small, gifty items, including luggage tags, mug rugs, mug carriers etc.  Everyone shares what they learned at their guilds and other sewing/quilting groups too.
I hope to be a bit more organized next week - I had to call DH to bring my iron!  I'm still catching up after having company for 2 weeks, and of course, I'm coming down with a cold, including a nasty tickle in the back of my throat.
I returned home to find my DH and his friend practicing their guitars, so I'm being serenaded while I type!  They played for several senior residences over the summer, and have lined up some here in Florida as well.  They enjoy playing, singing and having a good time, and volunteer their time to entertain - a win all around!

Saturday, November 16, 2013


DH and I were both sad to see our son and his wife head into the airport this afternoon.  We had a wonderful visit, and enjoyed spending some quality time with our newest daughter-in-law.  We had full, fun days, spending a few days at Disney World and the Space Center.  It was her first visit to Florida, and about half our days were unscheduled, so there was plenty of time for swimming, walks, feeding turtles, shopping, chatting, watching movies etc.
The weather was cooperative too - a few light showers Friday evening, and a light rain overnight and this morning, while the major packing was taking place.  The second leg of their trip will be in the air in about 5 minutes!  They'll have Sunday to unpack and get organized for work.  I'm sure their kitty will welcome them home (she's had the company of DDIL's sister for the past 2 weeks).

DH and I are taking it easy this evening.  Tomorrow I'll get caught up on laundry and cleaning, and may even find a bit of time to spend at my sewing machine.  I have managed to sew some hexagons this week, but only a few!  Once I get my paperwork caught up, I'll be back posting on Hexagon Friday, Stash Report Sunday, and Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


We've been on the run since our family arrived.  I've even been too tired to stitch more than one or two hexagons!  We're all having too much fun and too much good food.

I'm cooking dinner at home tonight, so I better get started while DH has them out doing a bit more shopping......

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  184.25 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  60.875 yards
Net used 2013  123.375 yards
No more fabric added this week, although I did order some, but it hasn't arrived yet.
Our son and his wife arrived, safe and sound yesterday, but they were tired, as they had been picked up for the trip to the airport at  1:45 a.m.  They both had a shower and some food when they arrived, and were early to bed and slept for almost 12 hours!  They are getting ready to go shopping with DH soon - they had fun looking at all the sales ads in the Sunday paper this morning. 
I'm staying home to get some end of the month paper work completed, and we're having some friends over for dinner tonight as well.  I'm planning scalloped potatoes and ham, with veggies, salad and an apple crisp for dessert!  My refrigerator is so full right now, but we won't have to get more than milk, fruit and veggies for the next while!
I'm hoping to get some sewing done before they return from their shopping trip.
Check out the stash progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.  

Friday, November 1, 2013


The second long border is progressing nicely.  I have 18 of the 24 units completed.

My sewing area is ready to use, and I started a new project yesterday, although we're still busy stocking the kitchen and freezer, so that we won't have to shop too often when our family arrives tomorrow!