If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Weekend

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Here in the States it is our Memorial Day weekend.
A day to remember our veterans.
My father and two of my daughters have served in our military and I am so proud of their service to our country.

It made me think about making a lap quilt, flag pattern.

So while surfing pinterest I came across a quilt that was made using the storm at sea pattern. Went to the site and it was no help on who made it or the pattern used.

Did have reference to Eleanor Burns.
Googled her and that pattern and all that came up was that one pic of that quilt.



I'm not going to show the pic cause I have no one to give credit to, so I'll just post what my progress is.



So far I have made the square in square blocks, they're double square. Six inch block.



I'm using Deb Tucker's Square 2 trimmer and my friend Pam's pattern she designed for Deb, to get the measurement for this block.

There will be a smaller 3" version I still need to figure out.



But right now I working on the diamond rectangles. 



Had to stop this afternoon to reorganize the garage so I could my car inside.
We have some severe storms heading our way and need to protected my car from potential large hail.
I have too many books and most of my fabric is in here.


and rushing to get this posted, need to unplug the router and modem, they have a tendency to get fried from lightning.
       I'll let you know tomorrow about hail size if we get any. Of course the weather persons are say up to baseball size is possible.

Till later


Friday, May 26, 2017

Some Sewing Time


Other than cleaning and yard work
I finally was able to get in some sewing time this week and worked on the Retro Air-Ship Propeller blocks.



Have 42 blocks completed, well sort of completed, I'm appliqueing the center circles on now.



Have enough blocks to set on point like the pattern Steampunk by Jen Kingwell.



These are just part of the 42, didn't feel like putting them all up on the wall. Being lazy
 


Or plenty of blocks to do straight rows and add a border.



Like in this book of 1930's quilts.

Haven't decided which one,
can you help me decided.

I would greatly appreciate another opinion.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Home, Sweet Home

I'm home.
Arrived back Sunday evening and after all the tests and scans it is agreed that Mom will take treatment here in Tulsa but will go back to Houston for progress follow ups. 
I left leaving MD Anderson very impress with the facilities, staff and the efficiency. I feel my Mom received the best care while there.

Now that I'm home I have been getting back into a routine, funny how I missed that.  I don't live an exciting life, (it's a good life) but I did missed it.

I just have to get back (long time gone) in the habit of writing.



While gone I did get another baby blanket crochet, spent a lot of time in waiting rooms.
Turned out sweet and now I need to find a baby to give it to. 



 And did start another one. 



My Mom was making this pattern and thought it was so pretty.

Since I didn't take a sewing machine with me I just had to have something to sew. Seeing that I have many things started and didn't want to duplicate one of them decided to start a quilt I've been wanting to do for a while but had put it off.

It is an English paper piecing pattern 

Sue Garman: A Hex on Blog Time Sneaking Up on Me!:    

It's an old layout but I believe this one is from the late Sue Garman.




So one day while in Houston I went around to a few quilt shops looking for a kit I could do 



and with not finding one I went ahead and purchased some hexies and charm packs. 



Got a good start and to took only a couple tries to get the hang of it.  Been awhile since I have done EPP.


Did this one with 1/4" hexies I think 7 years ago. Measured out the same as a sheet of paper, 8 1/2" by 11"
Now it's framed and hangs in my bathroom.



Now that I'm home I'm going to look for fabric in my stash to go along with the charm packs.




I did work some on the embroidery I took.



Still have so much more to do, this is the largest block with the most stitchery to do. I will keep plugging along.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Humid Houston

I do not know how people can stand humidity, it's bad enough in Tulsa but here it is May in Houston and it feels like July in Tulsa.
Thank goodness that my parents have a/c in their trailer. 
We got here Sunday afternoon and Mom had her first appointment Monday morning and for the next two days she had so many tests and scans. So today was the first day that we hadn't had to be at the hospital.



While waiting for Mom, I had brought with me a bunch of baby yarn to make some blankets. 
   


This is what I have so far, this pattern I haven't done before and I'm liking it. Fun one to do. I bet I'll have this completed by the time I go home next week. At least I hope to and would like to have another one at least started.

Hopefully we will have positive news when the doctors get back with us on options of treating her cancer. We are not sure if the treatments will need to be done here or if we can have them done back in Tulsa. There is a MD Anderson satellite center at St. John's Hospital.

I had thought of bringing one of the featherweights with me to work the Air-ship Propeller quilt and wish I did. Feel like sewing to help make the days go by.
 Did tho bring along one on the embroidered blocks to the snowmen quilt.



This is the largest section.

Well that's all for now




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

So little progress



I can't believe again it's been already a couple weeks since I last posted something. Feels like a heck of a lot longer if you ask me. I've been preoccupied lately dealing with my mom's health issues and will be for sometime in the future.
I'm afraid my posts might become sporadic, not saying that they already are. Just a warning that way you have a heads up, so please don't give up on me. My blog is my refuge and something that I'm going to use in need.
Well with that said, I haven't been able to get something completed these past couple weeks. I have been working on things. 

Oh I'll take that back, yes I did complete at a baby blanket that I was crocheting. I take that along with me to doctor visits when I go with my mom.  In fact I started a new one with some yarn that my mom had in her stash to add to mine. So while we're in Houston, I will be working on that plus I'll take some embroidery work with me too.


I have been working off and on the past couple weeks on my retro airship propeller blocks. Had all that I believe  needed cut out and have about half of them finished and partially done with the other half.



When those are completed, the last thing I need to do besides squaring them up, is appliqueing  circles in the center of the block. I have thought about taking those with me down to Houston also and I might still. 


Don't they look so sweet.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Stitch Group

Gig Yesterday was our stitch group meeting. Started out meeting once a week but over time has become less often. If we get together once a month we are doing good.
We bring something to work on and something we have finished. 
Since I hadn't been to one in months I had a stack but the others didn't have as many. They were able to a time or two while I was unable to.
Ill share what they brought, you have seen mine here on the blog.

So here goes



















Till later
Kat

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Beautiful Day


Boy what a pretty day it was today and would of been a good day to do yard work but I had promised my mom I would come by. We had plan to do a little sewing. She hasn't done much lately because she has been tired all the time. Our plan changed while I there. Instead of sewing we just sat around and we both work on some crocheting.
She was making an afghan and I a baby blanket.  

Before I went over to my parents I went by the church to help preparing this month's Food for Kids backpacks
Great program for kids and helping out with food insecurities.

 When I came home I had a few hours before the "Man of the Place" would be home so I took care of few things and then it was some sewing.  



Finish the last 2 side on the Blue Arrow





Had a little time left so I went ahead prepping a baby quilt to practice some quilting.



This is the top


This is the back
I think for now the tension is good. After reading the comments from the other day, I tried some of your suggestions. Redid the bobbin tension, loosen it some.
Rethread the machine but didn't need to change the needle because the tension was ok.






Put a pieced border on...... had some leftover pieces that worked out just right.
Measures out to be 36" square..

Went ahead with basting the quilt.



These are my homemade point covers for the large pins.
I had seen Leah Day use them
 but hers are a product called Pinmoors

Don't have those and I had a thought I could make my own. 



I am using the earplugs the "Man of the Place" get from his job.



I had already used them on the green baby quilt and they work really well.

Only problem is Bob wants to play with them and I have to make sure I put it up so he can't get to it.

That is where my day ended other than dinner and writing this. Hopefully I can do a little quilting while watching tv

Linking up with sew fresh quilts


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