Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop Starts Today


Today is the start of the Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop hosted by Carol @Just Let Me Quilt.  I am excited to see what everyone has been working on.  My day will be on Wednesday, October 20th.  The entire schedule is listed below.  

Creatin' in the Sticks
Samelia's Mum
Songbird Designs
Ink Torrents
Just Sew Quilter
Quilted Delights
Patchouli Moon Studio
Homespun Hannah's Blog
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Karrin’s Crazy World
Kathy's Kwilts and More
For The Love Of Geese
Quilt Schmilt
Words & Stitches
Home Sewn By Us
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Fabrication
Selina Quilts
Ms P Designs USA

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop Coming Up


The Ghastly Ghouls Blog Hop is coming up October 18-22.  I can't wait to see what everyone is doing.  The full schedule is below.  

                                                                     OCTOBER 18

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Saturday, October 09, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's been another busy week.  My roof was scheduled to be torn off last Tuesday and then cancelled due to possible rain, which never appeared even though it was predicted 25% on Thursday.  Meanwhile on Thursday the repair of the dry rot on my chimney was begun.  All the wood was taken off, and some weatherproofing put up.  The siding will be completed on Monday. 

Meanwhile my roof is supposed to be started on Tuesday again hopefully.  Three days this week were spent shifting things around in various rooms, and a major decluttering and getting rid of a bunch of stuff, a trip to Goodwill.  I also took down my old Handi Quilter frame in my old office, in preparation for delivery of my new Handi Quilter Moxie on Friday.

I wanted to make room on some shelves in my old office, so I got rid of a bunch of stamping magazines, and moved a bunch of stuff to shelves in my bedroom.  

Here is my room cleared out for my new machine.  

I started putting my frame together.  I had a minor hitch when I discovered putting the tracks on, that I had put the wrong screws in the cross members.  I should have put flat head screws in, and the ones I put in were sticking up too much to allow the tracks to lay flat, but I got that straightened out.  Everything came in pieces, but there are excellent instructions included, plus an app called BILT that shows you how to do things.  It says 2 people can put it together in 1 hour.  I have already spent about 3 hours working on it, but that is OK.  It will get done when it gets done.  

Friday I had the pleasure of getting together with 5 other ladies for one of the mini groups in the guild.  We just brought our own projects to work on for 4 hours plus the lunches we brought.  I had to leave an hour early as my Moxie was due to be delivered.  But I had a great time!

Grandson John-John this week was in his first "cross-country".  He did pretty well.  

Granddaughter Kyleigh's college swim team won in the first meet since January 2020.  She finished first in both the 100 backstroke and 100 individual medley and second place in the 50 butterfly. 

What I will be working on this week for Slow Sunday Stitching is still the comfort quilt for the guild.  I have 2 sections of binding to go.  

I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and check out what everyone is doing.  

This will be a hard week for me.  Tuesday is my 71st birthday, and it will the first time in 49 years I have not spent it with my dear John.  He has been with me this week though.  I cleaned out a cabinet in the living room, and the bracket for the door, which was plastic broke out.  I glued it back on  and then realized I couldn't get the door back on as it had hooks that had to go over that round section on the end.  I asked John to let me know how to fix this, and the next day I got the idea to unscrew the other side, and slip the door back on, and then reattach that side.  And it worked!  

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Monday, October 04, 2021

One Monthly Goal, October


It is time to link up One Monthly Goal for October at Elm Street Quilts.    I continue to appreciate this monthly motivation and many thanks to Patty and all that she does!  

My One Monthly Goal for October is to quilt this quilt top for my sister for Christmas.  I meant to do it last year, but then my husband started failing and it got put in the UFO pile waiting to be quilted.  

I will be linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching, Long Post

Three weeks ago I was working on some projects for the I'm Falling For You Blog Hop, which I finished.  

ek, in one of my Cricut classes I cut out this pop-up card for my step-daughter Dawn.  

I also made her this pillow cover.  This pattern was from a quilt along last year with Partner's in Design and was designed by The Inquiring Quilter.    Dawn likes sea turtles I found out several months ago.  And I found the perfect fabric for the back.

Check in on what everyone else has been doing in the Hand Quilt Along below.  

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

What I will be working on this Sunday for Slow Sunday Stitching will be this quilt for the quilt guild.  Someone else made it.  They had bags of quilts that just needed the binding on.  So I am going to sew the binding on and hand sew it down. 

Be sure and check in at Kathy Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Today is my grandson Keaton's BD.  We are celebrating Sunday night at Spaghetti Factory as today he had a soccer game and tonight is his prom.  He has always been such a handsome guy, and I love him to pieces, like I do all of my grandchildren.  

His dad took him to Universal Studios this week and he got a Harry Potter sweatshirt.  

I had a tough time this morning looking through old pictures, and missing my John.  I cried most of the morning. I think my problem is that my birthday is coming up and it will be the first time in 49 years I will not be with him.    Around lunchtime daughter Katie came over and we looked through more photos.  

That top picture was our reception and I was 25, but I sure looked like a baby!  

I have something weird to admit.  Back in March I made this little wall hanging.  I was searching around on all my walls for someplace to hang it because all of the walls in my house are full.  I usually rotate things on the walls.  I finally hung it up on the wall right beside John's hospital bed.  He would usually tell me once he really liked things.  But this quilt he kept looking over at it, and would tell me how much he liked it.  

He told me, "You always did like quilts with blackbirds in them".  Since he died I have been seeing blackbirds all over the place.  I have seen one sitting on the streetlight out in front of my house.  I have seen one in the middle of the street up from my house.  I have seen numbers of them all over the place.  My daughter and her husband have too where we didn't before.    

Yesterday I was up at Hobby Lobby and when I came back out to my car there in the parking lot were these two blackbirds.  One was eating something off a fast food wrapper.  The other would pull his wing and then snatch the paper away.  Then they would switch and the other one would pull his wing and snatch the paper away.  

I guess I'd better end this, before I get anymore gruesome.  Thanks for stopping by!  

Thursday, September 30, 2021

One Monthly Goal, September

 It's time to link up finishes for One Monthly Goal @Elm Street Quilts.    Many thanks to Patty for the continued motivation!  

I stated my September One Monthly Goal here, which was to finish a UFO and other projects for the I'm Falling For You Blog Hop.  This was a quilt-a-long by Buttermilk Basin  several years ago.  I had the 4 leaves done and the 4 flowers when I set it aside.   I was able to get the top of this done, plus some other projects for the blog hop.  I got my machine to finally cooperate for free motion quilting, and I am happy to say this is done.

I'll be linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's been another busy week with a lot of driving around.  The good news is my loan went through and I got my $$ wired into my bank account on Wednesday.  I was also able to get my solar panels off on Monday, in preparation for the new roof.  The disturbing news is that the roofers didn't start this week.  I had heard last Friday they would start working on my fireplace dry rot on Thursday.  I told the solar panel guys I needed the panels off because the roofers were coming this week.  I didn't hear anything from them on Thursday, so I called and found out they took on a some new jobs as they were waiting for me.  So it might be a week or two before they start.  Meanwhile my panels are off, and I will be paying for more electricity instead of creating it, and our weather is still in the 90's.  

Otherwise my youngest grandson John turned 11 on Wednesday and I picked him and his sister up and we went and got slushies with boba after school, and they liked that.  

He had requested a special sweatshirt for his birthday which I ordered.  It must be coming from China because even though I ordered it the first part last of August, it won't be here till the second or third week of October.  So I decided to embroider him a sweatshirt to give to him for his BD too.  He requested a tuxedo cat design.  He had a cat named Max that died several years ago that was a tuxedo cat.  

On the last color, which I think was the nose, the needle broke and my machine started showing a picture of gears.  I looked in the bobbin case and there it was.  I decided to drive it down to the machine place because I couldn't reach it.  They actually took it in the back and the technician said there was no needle.  So I took it back home.  Next morning I plugged it in and there was an error message about a machine malfunction.  I took it to my local shop where I had purchased the machine and the lady at the other place that was helping me put the bobbin case back in wrong.  They are the same company, and the other place does all the repairs.  So I did a lot of driving around for nothing.  

My day for the I'm Falling for You Blog hop was here.  These were a couple of my slow stitching projects.  The first one I didn't show on the blog hop.  

These were a couple of my other projects.  I wasn't able to finish the quilt as one machine is still in the shop, and the other one had a needle piece stuck.  

I also knit this pumpkin.  I think I should have knit tighter as the stuffing is sort of showing through.  

What I will be working on this week for Slow Sunday Stitching will be back to my Kathy Schmitz that was set aside for my fall projects.  I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.    Head on over and check out what others have been working on.  

The other thing I have been working on this week has been a online course to learn about the things my Cricut can do with Jennifer Maker.  I have been taking the Cricut College course.  I have only gotten as far as the introductory kickoff project, which was to make a certificate that I cut out both sides and printed on the one piece of cardstock.  I had to redo this three times as I hadn't attached things right or something.  I still have section one to do, with three projects, and section two has come out, so I need to get busy.  But the videos are available for me to watch anytime.  

                                                            The cut out says "I did it"

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