Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Any day now, Michael will be relaxing in the tub upstairs and there will be a crash.....
And he'll be floating in the kitchen sink....
I don't Even want to think about getting that plumbing issue fixed.... or the mold that I can faintly see on the kitchen ceiling where it is bulging and peeling....
Michael falling into the kitchen sink is bad.... but a mold problem is maybe worse!
Anyway, back to the roof leak. We had to get it fixed. No two ways about it.
It was almost a thousand dollars for two stinking sections of the roof. I won't bore you with the details of the quote that suddenly ballooned into a classic rendition of Screwing of the Customer (us!), which resulted in my turning into a screaming banchee at the end of the driveway demanding to know what each extra expense was for, and finally getting a lousy $67.50 taken off the bill for my efforts.
That's over 400 fat quarters. Granted I got 30 fat quarters taken off the bill, and my stash and I are grateful, but still.
Over 400 fat quarters are sitting up there on my roof.
I could not for the life of me get the shingle materal to look as good on my block as it did for Karene! I eventually gave up and chose a new roof!
Here's my block, with all the fusing, stitching, and borders done. Honeymoon Cottage!
A slightly closer view...
Close up of the cat and dog..... they are pretty darned cute!
I simply could not handle the last part tonight. This block has Sew Many small curved pieces.... I need to wait til tomorrow to tackle the top band, which will have five hearts and ten little curved leaves! I know, I am a wuss....
I have next month's block instructions out, and hopefully, I will get my homework done this month!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
You Are Midnight
You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a night owl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.
Thanks Jacque! That was quick and fun!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Karen had help sewing tonight....
But Kimi eventually went back to her favorite hobby - shredding newspapers..... Sigh.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I had been eyeing the Bunny Hill A Tisket A Tasket BOM for a few weeks. I happened to see the January instructions on my table when I walked into my sewing room. Just for grins, I looked at my scraps and considered what fabrics I'd use, if, you know, I were actually going to make it.
That's all it took!
Emma (my Janome embroidery/sewing machine - don't snicker, I know that's not very original!) had "issues" with the metallic thread I chose for the edge of the snowman, and in retrospect, I'm glad I didn't opt for the same touch of glitter for the edges of the star. I will be looking for smallish buttons. The pattern shows a heart button and two round buttons... I will see what I can find at Joann's later. Wouldn't little light blue star buttons be cute?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I've added this blue/black print to the mix.
It is the constant, in the center of each of my nine-patch squares.
Which I am cutting to make four smaller squares. These will be turned around and rejoined to make a bit of a pattern....
I don't have a picture of the pattern yet - I only have enough done for the first row - have four more rows to go... more pix later.
P.S. I played with my embroidery machine a bit last night. I have a number of on-sale teeshirts from Joann's and some Hane's Beefy Tees (LOVE those!) which I'm going to try to embellish. I figure, what could be more frugal than a $3.00 teeshirt embellished with something cute, perhaps with shorts sewn in a corresponding fabric?? (You can get blank teeshirts online, such as the Hane's Beefy Tees for dirt cheap!)
This teeshirt was decorated in honor of my high esteem for the Brown Elixir of Life.... without which I could not start my day (at least not without killing some poor unsuspecting soul before 9 AM).
Of course, we will not get into the lack of logic behind my "frugal" thinking.... My "frugal" goes completely to heck in a handbasket if you consider the cost of the embroidery machine.... or the thread collection I snared on Ebay! teehee! Michael thoughtfully refrained from bringing that up when he admired my first successful teeshirt last night! But I will be using it for more than just the tees, as I get more confidence with it! (It's high time - I've been sewing with it for over a year! I use the blanket/applique stitch for quilting. I'm just now starting to play with the embroidery option!)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Scuze my "I've just been blinded by three successive brilliant flashes designed to reduce red-eye" expression. No red eye here...but I look befuzzled to say the least.
Another one of Karen's never-ending golden locks which are a bit uneven and in need of a trim....
And our "after pictures".....
And Michael thinks my cut makes me look younger. Well, hey, since I can't afford plastic surgery right now for my "turkey waddle", maybe that's a good thing! I think I will experiment with it, let it settle a bit, and see what I think of it in a few days.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
While Sadie attempted to chew two bones at one time....
Kimi helped Michael recycle some newspapers..... (oops!)
(if you hear screams at 5:15AM tomorrow, you'll know she shredded something he really wanted to read.....)
And I worked on my Brick Road quilt.
I took a break to make Pioneer Woman's Asian salad..... and had a nice big helping for dinner....
And finished the quilting!
I celebrated with dessert: a small bowl of the Asian salad.... I love, love, love that stuff!
And then I contemplated the fact that with my stupendous lack of planning.... I now have a king sized quilt AND a twin sized quilt that need binding.
Binding is my least favorite part of quilting, even if done by machine.....
But hey, as soon as those are done, I can post them on the sidebar as completed, for January! And then I can move on to Milton's quilt, which I need to have done by February 15th....
Yep! I'm an over-dreamer!
Monday, January 05, 2009
I figured it was just my personal character flaw.
Then I met Sadie, Tuffboy (Jerry) and Kimi.... in that order. I really enjoy the little guys! Maybe that is because if they got contankerous, I could more easily manage them, and arguments between them are not the ferocious events that used to result in vet bills when Nikki and Tiger "argued"..... I could sit on these guys and end a squabble pretty effectively.... But I think its really because they are PERMANENTLY PUPPY-SIZED!
Saturday, January 03, 2009
I will have to go through my projects and organize/list them.... This will be fun!
Friday, January 02, 2009
(In retrospect I wonder if tracing on the other side might have made this process easier on my brain, but I'm not sure!)
And here is another view of the three layers.... I will separate and throw away the paper on the right, keeping the paper that has the tracing, and the fusable web.
Wrong side of fabric is topped by fusable web, is topped by traced paper. This is topped by a sheet of paper (like copy paper or parchment paper) to protect the iron, and the whole thing is ironed.
And it's done! Ready to be zig-zagged or blanket-stitched (my preference) around each fused fabric piece.
(There is also a strip of fir trees I need to do for the bottom of the block, and it's missing a border at this point....)
(Sample picture from online, with border and tree band.)
Now, my hints for Jacque are as follows: