Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Hand Sewing Eclipse Day!

I stitched my little heart out yesterday. Above - Cooper was my buddy, taking over Hubby's recliner for the morning. First up was Gardenvale. It took most of the day, but I finished all the stitching on the backside. I need to do a bit of machine quilting along the seam lines and then it will be ready for binding.

And in the evening I finished this little Bring Me Flowers block.

We had a 92% totality eclipse here. We could tell it got darker outside, but not like middle-of-the-night dark...more like dusk. We had the TV on during the entire day, watching coverage from around the country. Fun day!

And later in the afternoon....ahhh. A few laps and then I read by the adult only pool. Until football season starts the pools are mostly empty, especially on weekdays. Life is good.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 21, 2017

A New Use for a Quilting Ruler

To hang the curtain rod in the guest bedroom we needed to go 6 inches over and 13.5 inches from the ceiling. Quilting ruler to the rescue! We marked and drilled and got the curtains up.

Nothing fancy, but they're up! You'd never know how much quilting stash I have hidden in that 33.3 cubic feet under the bed. I prefer this bed lower....but I really love all the hidden storage. 

This is a very simple bedroom - all the linens are white. The only color comes from throw pillows and the quilt at the foot of the bed. I know - said quilt is not there yet, but it will be soon. And I need to finally hang some artwork in here.

And the closet - it's not overstuffed any longer. Those hangers contain quilt tops - still to be quilted. The blue cart is my Rodan and Fields stuff - I think I can move it to our master closet. (UPDATE: I did move the blue cart.) And look! There's an empty shelf above! Hooray!

I made some time for machine sewing. I have this Bring Me Flowers block ready for stems and ready to appliqué the circles.

Here in the US many are excited about the eclipse today. No, we didn't buy the special glasses. We're staying inside and watching it on TV. My eyes are too precious to me to even take a chance. Though it is a very cool thing!

Happy Eclipse Day!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Find!

I dove head first into my guest bedroom closet yesterday. I knew the dust ruffle and curtains were coming later in the day and that made me want to get this done.

There was a Craftsy box on a shelf. Okay. I remember at some point in the last few years ordering a quilt kit from Craftsy when it was on sale. I only would have ordered if it was a big sale! But for the life of me I couldn't remember what it looked like. I had never even opened the shipping box.

Surprise! Oh, I remember now! And I still love this pattern! This came out of the box and will be coming out to play before long.

I made GREAT progress in the closet. The dust ruffle came and is now on the bed. I hope to finish getting this room back together today! Curtains still need to be hung.

I had a fun lunch break. My bestie from college was in town - we fall right back into our friendship when we see each other, like no time has passed.

We ended the day with a sunset golf cart ride with the Mick. (He got a bath yesterday and he smells so good.) Ahhh....

Back to closet and under-the-bed organizing for me - sewing to come SOON!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Black Fabric...Black Thread

I worked a few hours yesterday on the hand stitching on the backside of Gardenvale. Black fabric hand stitched with black thread is hard on the eyes. I can't see to do this unless it's bright daylight with two lamps shining on my work. After dark, I moved to another handwork project. I would guess I'm 40% done with this part.

Here is Mickey...loving on his doughnut. Such a sweet, old fellow!

Black on black makes for a boring blog post. Maybe some color tomorrow? Hope so!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gardenvale, Quilt Backs, and an Adventure

Gardenvale finally came out to play yesterday! And guess what? It's almost done! I hope to have it finished within a week or so.

And then what? I decided to work on quilt backings. I think one reason I hit a wall in my quilting last week is the fact that I have SO MANY quilt tops that need to be quilted! I've been quilting them myself, but the pile is getting overwhelming.

And so I decided to bite the bullet and have some of these professionally quilted. And that led me to preparing quilt backs. The one above I had to piece. I decided to make a cross pattern for this one, which will be backing I'm a Farmer's Daughter.

I was able to find big enough pieces in my stash to back Marmalade and New Bedford - lucky me! And my stash is reduced! These were delivered to two longarm quilters last night at the guild - off my hands! I like to support all my friends' businesses, so I try to spread my longarm needs around.

And now for my adventure - okay, it's not THAT exciting, but I enjoyed it! The night before, I ordered my groceries on-line from Walmart. Have you heard of their new service? You can order on-line and pick the groceries up at a designated time.

I drove up to the pick up spot today after using the app to let them know I was on the way. An employee came out and loaded all my groceries into my car. BOOM! They made sure to show me all produce to make sure I was happy with their selections. I never had to walk into the store.

There is no charge for this service. What a convenient time saver it was! This may be my new normal!

I meandered home through campus - lots of students are back and it was fun to see all the hubbub.

What will I do today? Hmmm....I think I'll pull out Gardenvale again. It needs lots of hand stitching on the backside before I bind it. I plan to sit in my recliner and stitch away!

Wishing you a happy day!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Back to quilting! I made templates and cut fabric and EVEN made a good start on another Bring Me Flowers block! I moved on to the next pattern for flowers. I really was not happy with how the last one turned out. I love this one! The black stitches are basting - I'll be turning under the edge to appliqué to the background.

I also made curtains yesterday. I had this fabric and decided to use it to make two curtain panels for my sewing room. Easy peasy! They are done and hung.

I was planning to hem all four sides, but I changed my mind when I noticed the cool, fuzzy selvage edges. I ended up leaving this edge raw and it hangs on both sides on the inner long edge. I think it gives it a cool look and made my job much easier.

I also cleared lots of piles and began putting fabric under the guest bed - so far I'm storing my yardage pieces there - bigger pieces to use for backings or focus fabrics. I don't need these often so this is perfect for them. I have more to do, but I've made a great start.

I'm waiting to make up the bed until the new dust ruffle comes. You know it's almost impossible to add a dust ruffle under the mattress without UN-making the bed - no sense in doing this twice.

Today I want to work on Gardenvale. I keep saying this, but I haven't gotten back to it in a long time. I think it would look fantastic in the guest bedroom. Let's hope I can finally make some progress!

Also...I need a favor...do you live in Australia? Or do you have friends or family in Australia? I'm looking to make some connections there. Rodan and Fields is starting business there on September 1 - the first ones on board are going to be at the top of the explosion of this opportunity. Trust me on this. When the business spread to Canada - the first ones to sign on made mega money. Send me an email: juliacwood@mac.com.

I think I've already said that I'm so glad I signed on with R and F. I was so hesitant and doubtful at first. But without a blip in my quilting-for-fun schedule or retirement, I've made more money in 6 months with Rodan and Fields than I did my last 3 years as a quilting professional, including book royalties, teaching fees, magazine sales, etc. And very little time invested in this....hard to believe, but true.

I'm having a little adventure today - I'll tell you how it goes tomorrow! Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Bed is Lifted!

We got a good start yesterday morning. Hubby bought the big chunks of wood, we marked them, and he got busy with his drill and some chisels.

See how the bed leg fits right into the recess he made? Perfect fit. No wobbles! This assures the legs will not slide off the supports.

We put purchased risers on the foot of the bed. BOOM! I have a new dust ruffle (bed skirt) ordered to fit the new height (and new curtains for the room, too). This 'lift' gives me more than 33 cubic feet of storage space (yes, I calculated this - always an engineer). Very HAPPY! That's like a new closet!

I also cleaned out two more drawers for more stuff to live. Where there's a will, there's way!

After we finished this project, we hung a curtain rod in my sewing room. New curtains coming to this room, too...

Today I'll get the bed made and try to get this room put back together. I'm SO ready to SEW again. I still have piles of things everywhere...dining room table, foyer table, counter tops.... I hope all this mess is gone today!

If I don't do anything else in the sewing realm...I at least want to prepare some hand sewing to work on. The last several nights I haven't had anything at the ready. I like my TV time to be productive.

Speaking of TV, I cancelled our trial month of HULU. We finished watching both The Handmaid's Tail and 11.22.63 in record time. I highly recommend both shows. I had already read The Handmaid's Tale book, but not 11.22.63. There were several differences between The Handmaid's Tale book and the show, but they ended the same way. I'm sure I drove Hubby crazy saying, "That wasn't in the book!) during every episode. He wasn't expecting to enjoy The Handmaid's Tale - it was not something he would have ever chosen to watch, but he liked it as much as I did.

Last night we started watching Land Girls on Netflix. So far, so good.

Better get to work! Have a fun day!