Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Not WiP Wednesday~Double Delight Quilt Along

Freshly Pieced is not having WiP Wednesday today because she is still on vacation. Good for her. But I worked hard today so I thought I would do it myself. I had so much fun over the last few day working on one of 15 for '14. My Double Delight Quilt Along by Bonnie Hunter. I have kept track of my progress on my UFO's here on this page. I started yesterday trimming all of the pieces into 3 1/2 inch squares. So many trimmings. I am not a football fan but these look like pom-poms. The parts that look blue are really a dark purple. I could not get the colors right on my computer. So just imagine purple, orange, and white. I KNOW!! What was I thinking. Those colors are so weird. 
After some of the trimming was done I wanted to see what the blocks were going to look like. Interesting colors. The four corner squares on point are blue and white flowers with yellow centers.
Here is some of the piecing being done today. When I stopped I had but the last seam on all of these "9 patches" done. There are 30 blocks total of this set. Each block has 49 pieces. So that is 1,470 just in those blocks. Tomorrow I will finish sewing them up and start working on the other blocks. I will be only making 20 of them. But each of them have 49 pieces in them as well, for a total of 980. WOW!! After I get the Center together I get to add 22 setting corner pieces. That is a total of  2,472 pieces. Not counting borders and corner stones. CAARAZY!! What was I thinking taking on this quilt. It will be beautiful.

Ha Ha after all that math I feel silly saying I also got two more pet beds made. They will be dropped off on Friday.

 TTFN

Monday, July 28, 2014

Maniac Monday 7~Pets and my Finger


I am having one heck of a time with a few changes and I think that is partly why I am having a hard time staying up on my blog. For Christmas my husband bought me an iPad Mini. I love it. I can use it anywhere. I quickly learned I could not blog from it though. To keep under the amount of space my pictures use blogging I always edit my pictures in a different program before I upload them to Blogger. Well I can't use the program on my iPad. Well that was ok I still had my laptop to do that. Well then about after 3 weeks after Christmas my laptop died!! Oh I was so MAD. Now what. So I found an app I could use on my iPad to edit pictures then an app to blog from. I was a little fussy so I stopped using them. So off and on I have used my daughter's computer. She will be leaving soon and I need to find a more permanent way to store and edit pictures then to blog them here. So I have been using a small older laptop my husband used awhile back. It is SLOW!! Oh I am frustrated. But I am going to figure this out. I miss blogging. So I am going to stop fighting it and teach myself a new trick or two, ha ha!! Do  you have a process of how you blog? I would love to hear how you do it.

 On a sad note we lost another pet last night. Here is a picture of him from yesterday while I was holding him. He was a huge gray cat that we got from a sister-in-law. She had rescued him at another sister-in-laws house about 6 years ago. He took him and he has been a great cat. We got him fixed when he was young and shortly he started acting weird. I took him to the vet. We found out that he was one of a lucky few that get "sand" like calcium deposits inside the bladder that block his urethra and cause urine to back up. We had to buy him special urinary health cat food. The vet told use he would always have that problem and it might get worse. Well I believe that is why he passed away. He was my DD#2's cat. He slept with her and just loved her. We are all very sad and hurt. Losing pets is so hard. This makes 5 pets in 6 years. Our Boston Terrier is getting up there and we will lose him soon also. Hug your pets!! Tell them you love them for me.

With help from my quilt group we were able to donate 5 pet beds to a local shelter a few weeks ago. (How fitting these two pictures are together.) Anyway we are saving all of our fabric clippings and scraps. I then sew two fat quarters together and stuff them. The shelter was so happy to receive them. I hope to be back next week with pictures of other fun things that I got to work on.

I have not been able to do very much sew because I did a very bad NO-NO!! I was at my sister-in-law's house sewing a few weeks ago. I had moved the sewing machine petal more to the back of my foot because  my nephew was crawling under the table. I got up and walked away from the table. When I came back I was talking and not watching what I was doing. This is what we think happened. I put my hand inside the machine to move it and at the same time stomped on the petal because I forgot that I had moved it. Well the machine took off because I had not turned it off, who does that! And the machine ATE my finger. ATE it! Like a hungry monster. I will show you the after pictures first then at the bottom is what it looks like with the need stuck in my finger. The arrow shows where the needle went in. I had to cut my nail back because it went through the nail. OUCH!!! It hurt so bad when they took it out. But I am fine now. Just tender when I bump it. 

I this one you can see where it went in and then back out.



Turn away now if you do not want to see what the needle looks like stuck in my finger. That spot of blood is all the blood there was. 


Turn away now if you do not want to see it!!


DO NOT DO THIS!!!

 TTFN

Monday, June 30, 2014

Maniac Monday 6~Long Time No See~Picture Heavy!

So after a very busy 7 weeks plus two weeks of just relaxing I finally feel like myself again. I have had so many things back to back that I just kept trucking with my mind set on the next big thing. What needed to be planned next, what was my part in those plans, what were the deadlines. Finally from now until the middle of September I can just roll with the small bunches and enjoy the summer. There is only a few birthday parties that I am not in charge of, one holiday, 4th of July, and a few small town quilt shows to go to. I can handle this. 

Here are a few pictures to show what I have been up to!

Old Fort Boise Days is our small communities summer celebration. It was so fun! Here is our float we put into the parade. You can see my daughter and a niece. All of the quilts you see are mine. The one standing up is the quilt we raffled and the quilt show. We made about $75.00 on it. 

The PQA Quilt Show went so well. We had 67 quilts. For our first quilt show that makes me so happy!! Here are a few pictures of some of the quilts we had and some of the fun ways we hung them.
 One of the things we had was some art made out of just a piece of fabric wrapped around a board. It is a cool way to show off beautiful fabric!!

I also made two wedding cakes. One cake for practice and let me tell you my family and extended family was very happy!! Yummy cake!
 Then I made second on for them for the wedding. HA HA on the day we were setting up for the quilt show! What a busy day that was. Here is the cute couple. I made a very small cake for them to cut up and feed to each other. 

 At my church we just had a craft night. A very large group of ladies got together to make a bunch of fun seasonal crafts. I was in charge of making quilt tops that we could tie. I was able to bring 5 and we tied 3. I still need to bind them. (sorry the colors are off a little but I will take better pictures when they are done)

THEN...We got a new kitten. My husband found it at work and was afraid it was going to be killed with all of the big equipment moving around there. So we went and picked it up. She was about 3 weeks old. We had to bottle feed her. now she is all grown up and feisty!! But she fits our family and we love her!

Now just a fun picture of me. I love that I am able to do what I have done. Now time to get back to quilting for me.

TTFN

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2014-H2H Third Quilt

So here is the third quilt.

A boy's quilt going to Hurricane Sandy Survivors. Same pattern but with dinosaur bones in it.
 A black back.


Thank you Sarah for doing this again. I love being able to use what I know to make someones life better. I think about how much I have loved and prayed over each quilt. I hope that when these people receive these quilts that they will be able to find a little peace. Even if it is only a moment in what ever they are going through. Sometimes when things are tough the best thing in the world is a moment to cuddle and stop and BREATHE!

TTFN

2014-H2H Second Quilt

I wanted to be able to link up each quilt on Sarah's blog so I gave each quilt it's own blog post. HA HA 

Here is the quilt for a girl that I am sending to Quilts of Compassion. I love it. So bright and fun.

 Bright pink back.

TTFN

2014 H2H

My life has been one big whirlwind of activity. Holidays, graduations, Family get-togethers, and birthday parties. And it is not over. I have Father's Day, another birthday party, a quilt show to help run, a parade float to oversee (construction, display, and take-down), plus my first three tiered wedding cake to make. Lets just say I have been in an almost constant state of planning. Just as I came up for air I found an email from Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It was time to link up our quilts that we are donating. WHAT!! NO!!! I am not ready!! HA HA! Well I had made two tops and had plans for the third but I had not even bought the fabric yet. So off to Joann's I went and had my third quilt cut, sewn, quilted, and bound in about 15 hours. Of course it is a very simple quilt with easy straight line quilting but I still love it. I think a man will love the simplicity of it. No fussy "woman" things. 

The man's quilt that is going to Happy Chemo!
 A pieced back.

TTFN

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Granddaughter Turned 1!!

Wow, where does the time go? My sweet little redheaded granddaughter turned on this last week. She is such a sweet little thing. She has brought great joy into our family. We got together Sunday to celebrate. We had a wonderful time. All I can say is my heart was 10 times to big that day!!

She is eating dinner.

Here she is with mom opening presents. 

I was too busy filming her destroying the cake and forgot to take any pictures. But it sure was funny. Here is what her cake looked like when it was done.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Maniac Monday 5~Trip Around the Rainbow

I have been working hard to get a few projects to the next step. I have finished the top of my Trip Around the World quilt. It is a huge quilt. I LOVE IT!! I love rainbow anything so this quilt is a visual feast for me. I am going to work at getting this quilted this week.  


HA HA It was a very windy day. Look Chompie is in the picture also.

My daughters are holding the quilt up for me. As you can see they are standing up on the very top of our picnic table. That shows how big it is. Their arms were getting tired of holding the quilt so they had to take a rest.

TTFN

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Non-Quilty Post~The Ocean

Over spring break in March my family went on vacation to the Oregon Coast. We used to go almost every year but stopped after my husbands parents passed away. It was to hard to go so soon after they were gone. There are 8 children in his family and it was a family destination. Mom and dad would pick a time to go then as many children and their families that could go would rent one or two houses and make it a huge caravan to the coast. Well some time had to pass to make the trip not so painful. Four families got together and decided it was time to go. We rented a house near Newport and made the trip last for 8 days. It was WONDERFUL!!

Trees at Multnomah Falls.

Grandpa (my husband) and Abby.

Rhododendron at our house that we rented. 

THE OCEAN!! I love the ocean. It refills my soul.

Big Foot, my husband, DD#2, my son, Abby, and DD#1.

Not sure what these flowers are called but they were right outside the front door.

A chair on the back porch. Look at all that moss.

Hubby and me on the beach. Yes it was raining and yes I have no shoes on. No matter the weather I always get my feet in the water.

Last but not least, the sun and the ocean. I am having this picture made into a 20" by 24" wrapped canvas to put in my bedroom. I took this with my iPhone. It turned out perfect.

I hope everybody has a chance to see the ocean. It is amazing this plant that Heavenly Father has made for us.

TTFN