alone sort of

My husband and younger son are in California so this is a post about all of the things I have learned while they are gone.  First, a warning to any internet lurkers who may be looking: my older son is here still.  He is a grown man who knows Taekwondo.

When my husband is gone, I get to sleep in the middle of the bed.  If he goes away on a plane, I get all of his pillows.  This almost balances the fact that I don’t really sleep that well unless someone is snoring loudly next to me.

If I have a bad dream in the middle of the night, and I go downstairs and tell my adult son it makes I seem a little crazy. Luckily, he already knows this about me.

I get to eat anything I want for dinner.  The same thing every night if I want.  If I make the same thing, I become a surprisingly good cook.  Especially if I get a five dollar frozen dinner.

The house makes quite a few random noises.  My curtains make surprisingly creepy human shapes.  I have a remarkably vivid imagination.

I also now know who leaves all the cups all around and who leaves pens, socks and pencils on the floor (actually that last one was more of a confirmation than an epiphany).

I have a lot of free time especially if a storm knocks out my satellite TV. So here’s what’s up:

My husband took the camera to take pictures of his trip.  So I have no pictures, but I have three main things going on.  I am bringing this blog down to my computer to work on as a book.  Second, my friend, Veronica, came over and helped me to gain control over the next block in our tropical friendship quilt.  I wish I had a picture of that work in process because it is so pretty.  Lastly, I am working on my strip quilt.  I finished the black squares and I am moving on to green.  I had enough of black and also I need to put green thread on my sewing machine.

This has certainly been a disjointed post, and to continue that theme I will add:

I miss you both, Steve and Paul.  Have a great Father’s Day! (Hopefully, you will remember that I post on Sunday. Otherwise, I hope you had a great trip.)

I also want to send salutations to my own father: Have a great day!  I’m glad you are taking better care of yourself so we can all have you around for a long time.  Your willpower this year has been fabulous. I love you and I’m glad you are my dad.




There’s a writing saying that what ever your  favorite part of the story is you should take it out.  Such is this quilt: completely built around this idea of the ducky and despite my best intention the ducky doesn’t fit anywhere.  Alas, poor ducky, you are resigned to the back of the quilt.  You didn’t make the cut.  Next time try to kick harder, practice harder. You’ll be a star!

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2013 goals and dreams

I decided that even though Judy won’t be doing the ufo projects, I wanted a list of goals and dreams for 2013. So I have a three-part list, the first part is garments:
1. I plan to make four garments for myself this year one per season.
2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe.

The second part is UFOs.

3. Ducky quilt.  I want to get this one done by spring for sure, but I would love to get it done by February.

4. City chicken quilt.

5. Country chicken quilt.

6. Angel quilt

7. crossstitch project
8. grandma’s cathedral windows

The third part is mending:

1. Fish quilt
2. t-shirt quilt
3. wedding ring quilt
4. my winter coat
5. Patchwork quilt
6. green pants

Getting it done

I’m following along with Judy’s Getting it Done project at Patchwork Times.

So for January I really want to get done:

1. Get the background of the center part of the Ducky quilt pieced.

2. Get the flowers appliqued to the center part of the Ducky quilt.

3.  Pick a pattern and fabric for my first garment of the year.

4.  Finish mending the t-shirt quilt

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1.  Get the center part of the Ducky quilt basted.

2.  Get the center part of the Ducky quilt quilted.

3. make a nook cover

4. get the fabric for my first garment of the year cut.

So here we go!

busy busy busy

Pastor gave a great sermon last week about leisure.  I hope to apply it to my life shortly.  I’m thinking next week.  This week is crazy busy: super big and complicated 8th grade homework, new mortgage, our first high school tour, extra hours at my second job, special meetings at my first job, and a crazy promise to a boy that I would make him a robe for Halloween.  Actually, the robe is my favorite part of the week.  It is turning out great.  I have high expectations that it will be finished by Halloween and successful as a robe.  So far, everything else is chugging along, too.  Unfortunately, my writing gets the short end of the stick this week, but at least you know still alive and kicking.

garden update

So the gardens are full swing.  The one above is Eliott’s.  He is doing a great job of keeping it neat and well watered.

Here’s mine.  Not quite so neat, and pretty dry.

Here is our first little pumpkins, so cute!

Published in: on August 9, 2012 at 6:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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clean studio

We’re having a few friends over and so I cleaned my studio.  unfortunately, my studio is not an out-of-the-way space that I can just close the door to in the summer, in order to get to the back yard from the house you have to get through it.  Since I never do anything in an efficient order, first I refolded all of my large fabrics, and folded the small ones into 4 inch squares.

Then, I covered my pop bottle scrap wall with this pretty scarf.  It will be nice to work in a clean sharp organized studio next week.

Published in: on August 5, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Grandmother’s flower quilt – July ufo wrap up, advice for satin quiltmakers

Here it is – finished! Done and delivered to the bride and groom on their wedding weekend no less.  Now, to come clean:

Yes, I was sewing in the car on the way to the wedding, but I was done by the time we got to St. Cloud so really only an hour and half: I had 7 more hours to spare.

Yes, I switched the numbers of my ufos for July to make sure I would get it finished in time.  I have never done that before but drastic times call for drastic measures.

Anyway, when I was ready to add the batt and back, I did an internet search for satin quilts and found nothing, so I am putting my experience out there for what it worth.  If you are thinking of making a satin quilt, reconsider.  Most satin is not machine washable, and slips and slides quite a bit.  If you really want to do it, using a paper piecing method like grandmother’s flowers pattern is actually a pretty successful way to use satin.  The paper keeps it in place while it is being sewn together.  When you are ready to baste your quilt sandwich together, do not use the iron on batt.  It is impossible to get the iron hot enough with satin, and it shifts like nothing else.  A better choice, (which I thought of after I had already done this one) is to pin at the intersections of the patchwork, this will help minimize any pin marks. I would also not leave the pins in very long, so try to immediately quilt.  Otherwise, you could hand baste still in the intersections.  I think I would also consider putting the top together using an old sheet as a lining, then adding the batt and back, or alternately using an old sheet on the top of the back and batt and securing that part before adding the top.  I wonder if I would have had less slippage.

For grandmother’s flowers, as I said before, these can be put together more than one way, so if you are making a big lump of them, sew them together one by one, don’t sew them together several at a time.

I am happy with the way it turned out and my sister and her husband were really excited about it.

Little free library

My neighbor just opened a little free library.  Now, if you don’t know about this movement check out their website at Little Free Library.  Essentially you buy or build a small box about the size of a bread box. Then it’s like the “leave a penny, take a penny”,  but with books!  In other words, if you see a book you like take it, return it if you like when you are done or put different one in.

Our neighbor had a little party with cookies and lemonade for the grand opening.  Many neighbors came down to bring books and take books home.  I traded Swiss Family Robinson and Eastern Mushrooms for Girl with a Pearl Earring and Trout Country.  Steve also donated a copy of his book: How I met Van and Numan Future, Present and Past: Or my first impression of the future by So Cal Punk. It was a great evening of visiting with neighbors who are obviously readers!

Published in: on July 19, 2012 at 7:36 am  Comments (2)  
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hot, hot, hot

It is supposed to get to 92 F here today.  Hot!  For that reason, and also because I’m not ready to show my WIP (not for long WIP) yet, I am not going to post much.  For you that live near me:

Stay cool!

Published in: on July 15, 2012 at 11:35 am  Leave a Comment