Friday, May 17, 2019

Finished May 2019

I finally finished hand quilting this lap sized quilt.  I had so many left over neutrals from various projects over the years and used those.  Also, I had some quilt fabric that was not my favorite but paired with these neutrals it looked better.  Then I added a few brighter fabrics to give it a little shot of brightness.  This is a great quilt for summer as I used 100% cotton batting.  Think I will enjoy this one for many years.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

One Down

One of my sewing machines is ill.  It will be going to the repair shop next week and get a much needed and certainly overdue tune up.  I have used this machine for most of the piecing of my quilts and when it started having problems I looked into the inside and saw multi thread clots.  So off she will go next week for a good cleaning and service.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Joy in Athens

I love women’s college basketball.  For the past ten years I have followed most of the teams in the SEC and enjoyed every minute.  Since I am originally from Mississippi I watch MS State and Ole Miss when they are on TV.  And I have also followed UT Vols and UGA Bulldogs on TV and radio.  But have never actually seen an SEC women’s basketball game in person.

Yesterday my two favorite teams were playing in the afternoon in Athens.  My sweet daughter and her husband asked me before Christmas if I would like to go and I said yes, yes, yes.  We went and had a wonderful time and saw the Dawgs beat the Vols. 

Afternoon games work for me and I hope to get back to see more games before this season ends.

Go Dawgs.  Go SEC.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Quilt Backing

I love, love the wide backing fabrics for quilts.  It is so much easier for the layering of the top, batting and backing.  Some of my quilts are machine quilted by a dear friend.  Others are quilted by hand on a quilt frame by a local church group and some are spray basted and I hand quilt them.

With a large quilt I feel that an extra wide backing is almost a necessity.  Now here is my problem.  I live in a small town and wide quilt backing is limited.  The quilt shops close to me (5-10 miles) have a very limited selection and the only other option is the nearest JoAnn's which is 20 miles from me.
Occasionally I will order on line but that has been hit or miss.

I really needed a backing so the church quilters can quilt a quilt for me.  On New Years I went to JoAnn's and finally found one that I think will work.  But it is red, red, red.  It's a pretty red and I do like it but now I am thinking that I had better wash that with color catchers.  Maybe several color catchers.

Please wish me lots of luck washing, drying and folding massive amounts of fabric.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A New Quilt

I love the colors in this quilt.  Some of the fabrics I won in a contest that was held at one of my quilting groups and the other fabrics I pulled from my stash.

The hand quilting was done by my Jefferson quilt group.  Now it has found a place on my bed and brightens up my bedroom.  One down, many to go.  Goal in my life is to use up all the fabrics I have in my stash  Will keep you posted on how that is going???

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Whining Time

I do not like being a whiner and I do not like being around people who are whining or complaining most of the time,  But last week and this week have been tough.  Some of the things are just things that happen in life and some could be rather serious.

I spent a week in  Myrtle Beach with my daughter and son in law.  We had so much fun but honestly the food was just terrible to me.  We ate out at lunch in nice restaurants and then ate in for a light supper at night.  The restaurants in Myrtle Beach do not know the words "grilled or baked".  Most everything was "fried" and I do not eat much fried food anymore so a little goes a long way with my digestive system.  We did have several excellent meals, one being on Pawley Island at the Chives and Blossom restaurant.

We came home on Sunday and I was just exhausted and needed rest.  My week started out with mountains of dirty clothes so the washer ran for two days.  Then the ironing had to be done which I finally got caught up on about Thursday.  Tuesday I decided to make bread while washing so many clothes.  I have two bread machines and I always make two loaves when I make bread.  One bread machine had a problem, the dough would not rise and I started smelling something with a burning odor.  After trying twice in that particular bread machine and neither time working I declared it to be broken and it went into the garbage.  Finally, did get one good loaf of bread.

The next day my favorite curling iron of all times died.  Into the garbage it went

The following day my very best friend, who I worked with for 23 years, called to tell me she has been diagnosed with a very bad illness and the future is not going to be the outcome we would want.  I am just heartbroken.  Then she told me of another mutual friend of ours being in the hospital with a heart attack.

While all of this was going on I was having health issues myself.  Went to the doctor Monday and I will be having a Nucleus Stress Test and Echo Cardiogram this week.

I think that is enough whining to last me about five years so I close saying I am just thankful for the time God has allowed me to be on this earth and for the time he will allow me to have until the end.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Blogging, Our Country and Me

Blogging is a mystery at times.  When I started blogging it was fun and interesting for me.  Then I realized that my blog was a place where I could share my love of quilting and display some of my quilts.  Often, I would write about my personal life and what was going on in my family.  Now my blogging is a hit and miss, mostly misses.  My quilting has slowed down as I have slowed down my lifestyle.  My personal life has become more personal and I question how much I am willing to share to others about my life and the life of other family members.  I have withdrawn into a shell because the world has become a scary place and I value my privacy and that of my family.

Other blogs that I have read for years have changed.  Most started out being involved in the quilt world and now they have also moved on to other interest in there lives.  Frankly, I am not interested in how many chickens you have or how often you travel overseas or how many clothes you have purchased for the season. 

Now I want to read about what you have contributed to make our world a better place for all of us.  What have we done to teach others how to survive in this troubling world during troubling and changing times.  How can we change ourselves one at a time to make this country a better place during our stay here?  Let’s face the truth, our country, our world is in a crisis of immorality, evilness and just rotten to the core environment.  But if we recognize that we have serious problems we can help to make changes in small way.

I choose to stand up for what I believe.  I will not force my beliefs on you and I do not want you to try and force your beliefs on me.  I choose right living, goodness, fairness and a deep personal spiritual belief based on love.  Will it make a difference, I do not know but at least I am trying to do something in my own small way and maybe it will help others to do the same.