Monday, June 26, 2017

Ready for the Last Week of June

It’s been busy, busy, busy around here, and that will continue this week! But I’ll get to that later. Since last we spoke, I was able to put together two of the houses for Merrily…

There are 14 more to go. They go together rather quickly, so I am hoping to make some progress on them today. I have to make some decisions about these houses though. Per the instructions, I was to cut some light fabrics for the inside of the houses (where the critters are in these two blocks). I made those cuts and have those at the ready. I think there were four of the 16 houses that were supposed to have the light fabrics, then 12 of the houses have the critters inside. When I was cutting apart the critter panel, it worked out best that I cut out 16 critters – it leaves me with a nice rectangular piece of the critter panel for part of the pieced backing. So, I have 4 extra critters. I think I will just put critters in all the houses and use those four light pieces of fabric for something else – or make a four-patch for the pieced backing. I already have the 8 tree blocks done, so once the houses are completed I can start piecing the rows. Once it’s all together, it should look something like this…

As busy as this week is, I should still be able to get some houses completed.

I also finished up some more crochet sunflowers for the afghan I’m making for my sister…

I have the first one completed with the green background, plus 10 more flowers completed. Forty more flowers to go! This is my current project for our quilt guild Tuesday Bee, so I should be able to make some progress tomorrow.

I have spent most of my time the past week and half working on some family history. I’ve gotten some things organized (which I desperately needed!) and I found a few papers I haven’t seen for a while, but have been looking for. I need a big organizing party! I think I will just do some more organizing this week, and less research, so I can get some work done on Merrily.

This week is a busy week. Today I get to stay home all day. Yay! I have to unpack my sewing bag this morning. We had our first Ronald McDonald House Quilts Sit & Sew of 2017 for our guild yesterday afternoon. My machine is still in its travel bag. We are making fabric Bingo cards (from Fons & Porter) for our guild meeting in August, then all the Bingo cards will come to us for quilts for Ronald McDonald House. Then in November, we will have a Quilters Roadshow up in Townsend, TN, where people can come and sew the Bingo cards into quilt tops. It’s a fun way to spend a fall day up in the Smoky Mountains.

Tuesday is filled up with Bee and then I need to take my m-i-l to an appointment. I will get to work on my crochet project at Bee, but I won’t get any sewing done.

Wednesday, I should be able to spend time working on Merrily. Then in the evening I am heading out to a Quilt Class Reunion at one of our local quilt shops. I took a Gypsy Wife quilt class there last year, and the teacher has a couple of reunions each year. We will have door prizes and food, and 30% off! I will be bringing my (unfinished) neutral Gypsy Wife…

I also completed a batik version which I gave to my niece, so I won’t be taking that one to share at the reunion…

Thursday is my birthday – woo hoo! So, it should be busy. Hubby will probably be home most of the day and my daughter is home from school now. They both have appointments in the morning, but we are headed out for a birthday lunch, then we’ll figure out what to do in the afternoon.

Finally, on Friday I plan on sewing all day. Yup, all day long. Let’s see if it works out that way!

For today, I have linked up three finishes for the Second Quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long. I’m excited that I was able to get three items completed. My three finishes are:

And Jol:

It’s nice to have some good finishes.

I think that’s about it from here. It’s time to get a move on. I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. It’s lovely here today…low humidity and a high of about 80 today. Tomorrow should be a couple of degrees cooler. This is VERY unusual for East TN in late June. But we’ll take it!

I will be linking up with Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts. I hope you head over to see what everyone is up to! Have a great Monday!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Moving Merrily Along

I spent some time this past week putting together the trees for Merrily…

The pattern uses only one green fabric per each tree, but I mixed them up and I think I like it better this way. Yesterday I finished cutting the fabric for the houses, so now all the fabric is cut and I just have to piece it back together. I hope to get to work on the houses today.

There is quite a bit of leftover fabric from this kit that I can use to piece part of the backing. Next week I’m heading back to the quilt store where I bought this kit, and I would like to have the top pieced before I go so I can pick up only what I need to finish piecing the backing (they have the fabric line available by the yard and fat quarters). That will be much easier to figure out if the top is put together!

Gotta go run some errands this morning, then I get to spend some more time sewing. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

I will be linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Head over for some great projects.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Week is Finished

And that’s about all that got finished. Not much happened in the sewing room here this week, but I was plenty busy.

On Monday, I spent some time with my family research. I had recently borrowed a couple of genealogy books from the library and it inspired me to spend a little time organizing some of my information. I really hope to spend more time this summer in our spare bedroom where I keep all my family history “stuff” and get things in order. Of course, I say that all the time!

Tuesday and Wednesday were spent helping with the judging portion of our quilt guild annual quilt show. I was helping transcribe the judge’s comments and it was an amazingly interesting experience. I have never entered a quilt show (and I doubt I ever will), but it gave me a lot of insight into the details that I need to consider when making a quilt. I would definitely do this again if given the opportunity. The quilt show is today and tomorrow, and I will head over there later tomorrow to help give back quilts to the entrants.

The rest of the time this week I got some 2-1/2 inch squares cut for “bingo cards” for our August guild meeting. We will use the blocks for Ronald McDonald House quilts once the meeting is over. I plan on making a dozen or so to have ready to put some quilts together.

I also completed the next lesson in the FMQ QAL at The Inbox Jaunt

This is the Fabulous Flower motif. Not the best, but it’s another motif to add to the quilting arsenal.

I also (finally) started to work on Merrily…

I’ve just been cutting fabric, but it’s started and I always enjoy starting a new project 😊

I also finished a couple of more sunflowers for the crochet afghan I am making…

I need to spend a bit more time on these in the evenings. I could probably get one done a night if I worked hard at it. I still have 45+ to go.

I’ve spent a little time in the garden. Some of it is doing fine; other parts, not so well. We will probably have a gazillion cucumbers from the two plants we have. The tomatoes appear to be growing fine, but the peppers are all lagging behind. We got a handful of peas, but now those are dying back and need to be pulled out. We had our first meal with green beans this week. Hopefully those will stick around and produce for a while longer. The strawberries also look like they are going to give us some more fruit soon, but the blackberries aren’t producing many blossoms this year. It’s always hit and miss with a garden. The good thing is that we have had enough rain off and on that we haven’t had to water the garden in quite a while.

I also have been doing a bit of reading this week. I got through the genealogy books, and ran back to the library this week to pick up a few more books I had on hold. At the moment, I’m going through The DK Illustrated Kitchen Bible for some new recipes, and on my Kindle I am reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. The jury is still out on that one. For fun, I’m reading one of Parnell Hall’s Puzzle Lady books…A Puzzle to be Named Later. A fun and quick read.

And just FYI…like most of you, we live in an area with critters that venture into our yards. We have had dogs since we moved here and I have always been concerned about them tangling with these critters, particularly skunks. Though I had never seen a skunk (not even a dead one) in our neighborhood until a couple of weeks ago, I knew they were around and I had wanted to be ready in case one got in the backyard. Though I’m not an avid or doomsday prepper, I do like to be prepared for certain emergencies and situations, and one of those is a close encounter between my dog and a skunk. So, I have a “skunk kit” in my laundry room of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and Dawn dish soap. This is a recipe I have seen posted on the internet and I have read anecdotes of how well it works. So, I have kept it on hand for quite a while just in case. “Just in case” happened a couple of weeks ago when the next-door neighbor’s dog got into it with a skunk in their backyard, right by our fence (our house reeked for a couple of days because it was a pleasant evening and we had our windows open at the time). We headed over there to help her out and she didn’t know what to use, so I brought her my peroxide and baking soda (she didn’t have any). Though the recipe calls for blue Dawn, she had Platinum and used that. Well, it worked. I’m so happy to see it work in person. She called the ER vet because her dog was sprayed in the eyes, and the vet gave her the same recipe to use to clean off the skunk spray. The smell wasn’t completely gone with one application, but our neighbor was able to put the dog in the car with her to take her to the ER vet (for her eyes) and the smell wasn’t too bad in the car. That dog had more baths over the next week than she probably has had in her life! But, she smells fine now. The recipe calls for 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon blue Dawn. Mix all of this up in a bucket and sponge it all on the dog and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. Keep it out of the dog’s eyes. Don’t save any of the solution (I believe the baking soda and peroxide may react and your container may erupt.) Just use all of it on the dog. After you rinse the dog off, then wash them again with their normal pet shampoo. The vet suggested adding 1 teaspoon of vanilla to help mask the skunk smell. Also, the recipe calls for blue Dawn (as does every “home-made” solution using Dawn), but my neighbor used the Platinum Dawn and it worked fine. I think as long as it is Dawn. I have since restocked my skunk kit, so now I’m ready to go – and hopefully I won’t ever have to use it again.

That’s about all the excitement from here. We will have a little Father’s Day celebration this weekend for my hubby, and we will spend the weekend making sure my daughter’s room is cleared out and ready for her to come home from school next week. She will be home for about 7 weeks doing research at the local university. It will be good to have her back for a while – we’ve not seen her since Christmas.

I will probably spend the day cleaning and continue working on these same projects. Tonight is pizza night and we have all the fixin’s, so that will be easy enough. For now, I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! I hope you head on over to see all the great projects everyone has been working on…and have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Yellow Kittens

Yesterday I took a little time in the afternoon to piece two more Kittens blocks.  I made a cute little polka dot Kitten…

…and a feisty looking striped Kitten…

I’m really happy with both of these blocks. I love these Kittens more each month!

That’s about all I accomplished in the sewing room the second half of the week. I will probably spend some of this weekend sewing a hanging sleeve on a quilt.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you stop by So Scrappy to check out all the great yellow projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.