Monday, November 30, 2015

ALYOF November Finish…or Not

Well, it doesn’t look like I am going to get a finish for November. My goal was to put together the top for the second flannel 9-Patch I am making (I was #3 on goal setting party). This weekend I was able to get the remaining blocks all done…

I was even able to put three rows together yesterday, but that’s been it. Today I have been running errands and I have a few more to do, and I don’t believe I will get it done. However, I should be able to get this quilt top done this week and maybe even get started on quilting it. I’m so excited about that.

That’s about it. I have to get going, but I will be linking up with Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts for the November ALYOF Finishes Party. Head over for some lovely projects.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Finishing Up

I hope I can say that soon about this current HocusPocusVille block!

I have just the top right corner of this block to stitch and then this one is done.  I’m hoping to work on it this evening and get it done this coming week.

We finally finished painting the dining room yesterday. Yay! It looks really nice and fresh, and I love our new back door. Now that that project is out of the way, I can focus on some more of my sewing. I hope to spend a portion of today working on the second flannel 9-Patch. I have 9 more blocks to make, which should take about an hour, then I need to put the blocks together into a quilt top. This is my Goal for November for ALYOF, so I am hoping that the top is done by sometime tomorrow.

I have several errands on Monday and Tuesday of this week, then hopefully the rest of the week can be spent doing some Christmas decorating and work in the sewing room. Fingers crossed!

I will be linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. Head over for some wonderful projects.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lucky 13

Today after doing some chores around the house, running some cold medicine to my poor daughter, and going to my doctor’s appointment, I had a late lunch then headed down to the sewing room. I was able to spend about an hour and a half sewing and I completed 13 of the flannel 9-Patches. Here are all the finished blocks…

I’m at a point where I need to cut some more flannel, so I think I will put that off until tomorrow and go work on some embroidery.

There won’t be much happening around here other than trying to finish up the dining room. I’m hoping we can get it to the point of painting by the weekend. Thanksgiving dinner may be postponed until Saturday, since the dining room is in upheaval and daughter is sick. So, in between prepping the walls for painting and doing other business around the house, I will try to fit in some more sewing. Completing the flannel 9-Patch was my ALYOF goal for November, so time is getting short for a final finish. We’ll see what happens!

I probably won’t be posting for a few days, so have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Little Bit of Stitching

I was able to get some stitching done a couple of days ago.

Back to HocusPocusVille…I haven’t worked on this for a while. I spent (just a little) time stitching the “laundry” on the line, the cauldron, and the steps on the right. I hope to spend some more time this afternoon working on HPV. I have really missed stitching on this. I will be linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.

This is what we did yesterday…

We removed the back door (when the temps were in the 40s…brrr). We replaced the door in our dining room with a new sliding door. Unfortunately, the dining room won’t be painted before Thanksgiving because it is all taking a bit more work than initially planned. It always happens that way. We start to re-do something and we come across problems that add to our time. Ugh. That’s what happens with an old house. But this door thing needs to be done, so the rest will happen when it happens. I’m sure by Christmas it will be done!

Other than that, I’ve been building blocks for the second flannel 9-Patch. Hopefully that will go quickly. Here is where I’m at on that…

I hope all of you in the US have a wonderful holiday week – Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


I finally finished the first flannel 9-Patch quilt.

I finished the binding yesterday and I made a label and attached it this morning. I even got the photo above done at noon right before the wind picked up ahead of a storm. I can get that one packed up and shipped out.

I was also able to get some Christmas cards made…

These are nothing special, just scrapbook paper fused onto the front of blank cards. But I’ve had a lot of blank cardstock cards and papers in my sewing room for so long that I wanted to get rid of it. I figured this was a good way to clear some things out and save a little money in the process. I have some more to make and I will probably start working on sending out the cards next week.

As I said, we have a storm headed our way this afternoon. It will be a good time to hunker down in the sewing room and get some work done. I think I will cut more fabric for the second flannel 9-Patch quilt, and then later this afternoon I’ll do some quilt show work on the computer.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and be safe!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Moving Along

I am moving along on the binding for the first flannel 9-Patch quilt. I have three corners turned, so I’m in the home stretch. And that is the only sewing room project I have worked on for the past several days. Ugh. I hate when that happens.

Yesterday was spent running a few errands in the morning – I have most of my holiday shopping done now! I even stopped by one of the local quilt shops to just shop – not for anything in particular, but just for fun. I picked up Sue Spargo’s Bird Dance book, along with a couple of small patterns. I also picked up more Best Press since I’m nearly out. I also had to take this poor thing to the vet…

The Cone of Shame…does it get any worse for a dog? Fortunately she really hasn’t had to wear it. We tried it out but the poor thing kept her head down and when she walked she would just ram it into the carpet. Pathetic. So we have just been keeping an eye on her and she is now doing better and not chewing at her tail. She had some flare up of allergies on her tail and has made a mess of it chewing and licking it. I’m sure the steroids and antihistamine have kicked in now and it’s not so itchy.

Aside from that fun stuff, I have been working on Publicity for our quilt guild 2016 Quilt Show. It isn’t too hard…just very time consuming. I’ve spent a bit of time on it this morning as well, and I will do a couple of more hours at least on it today. I also got some wall paper removed in the dining room this morning – we have our new sliding glass door and are ready to put it in tonight. We still need to finish removing the rest of the wall paper, paint the walls and the ceiling (and the inside of the door), and replace the chandelier. All before next Thursday (Thanksgiving!). Tonight is the only rain we have forecast for the week so I think we’ll be able to get it done. But I know my sewing will be placed on the back burner.

Even so, I will take some time this afternoon and (hopefully) finish stitching down the binding on the quilt. Then I should be able to get a label put on it and have it ready to be shipped out before Thanksgiving.

What’s happening on your Tuesday? I hope you’re having a great week so far!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Green

I made the first of the light green blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for November…

I love this color! I haven’t made the second block, and I think I have decided I won’t. I have 24 Sawtooth Sampler blocks and I’m not using Angela’s alternate blocks, so I think I will place the blocks in a 4 by 6 layout and go from there.

This is how I placed my blocks on my design wall. They may not stay this way, but it’s a start to a top. The small stars in the mix will probably end up being corner stones in the sashing. I still haven’t decided, but that’s the way I’m leaning. As you can see, I need a lot more small stars! I’m also thinking I will extend those small stars and sashing to the outside of the blocks as well. That may be all the border I do. But, who knows…I may also add another border. At the moment, I’m planning on using the same Kona Snow background fabric as the sashing between the blocks and cornerstones. It will leave plenty of room for quilting. I love all the color in this quilt.

I will be linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the November Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over for some lovely – and colorful! – projects. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cades Cove Loop

If you have ever been to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you have likely spent some time at Cades Cove. There is a picnic area and a campground at Cades Cove, along with the Cades Cove Loop, a one-way 11-mile road that circles the Cove. I have lived near the Smokies for 18 years now, and I have been to the picnic area up there, but we have never been around the Loop. Usually it is packed and traffic is horrible, but while we were camping in Townsend last weekend we decided to check it out.

It was about a 10 mile trip from our campground to get to the Loop, then another 11 miles around the Loop. The speed limit on the Loop is about 15-20 mph, so plan on staying a while. We were lucky in that October is usually the peak of leaf season here, so there weren’t nearly as many people as there usually are touring the Loop in the fall. But we still had some traffic…

I think it took us about an hour to get through the Loop. We didn’t see any wildlife except a couple of wild turkeys way off in the distance in a meadow. But when we finished the Loop we drove through the Cades Cove Campground to see if we might want to spend some time there in the future…and guess what we saw? More wild turkeys…

They look like T-Rexes to me. They were all bent over looking for food, and about that time the rain started to come down. So, we drove to the picnic area next to the campground for a pit stop before the trek back to our campground. By the time we got back in the car to head back, the rain was pouring down. So we spent the next 10 miles getting back to our campground in a torrential rain…we could barely see the car 10 yards in front of us. Not fun on a mountain road. But by the time we pulled into our campground, it was nothing but a sprinkle and then it cleared up. Nice.

I did take some photos while on the Loop. There are several old churches and log cabins, dating from the 1700 and 1800s. I also took lots of photos of the trees because I really want to make a landscape quilt. I can tell myself I haven’t made it yet because I don’t have the right fabric or the right photo, but I think it’s because I’m a big chicken. But, some of these photos have pushed me to it, and I think I will start on small landscape projects after the holidays.  Here are some of the photos:

You can see in this photo that the trees in the higher elevations still have their leaves, but those lower have lost all of theirs. Those are pretty green pines in the middle.

These are a couple of the log cabins on the Loop. I might have to make a quilt with one of these in it.

And these are some more I took of the trees up there. I really like the bare trunks, and some of the photos give me ideas for color. I think I’m feeling better about starting a landscape project!

This week has been busy with appointments for me and my sick cat. I’ve also spent most of today working on plans for our 2016 guild quilt show. Tomorrow will be more quilt show work, then I think I will try to spend some time this weekend working some more on the flannel 9-Patch. I have so much more to cut, and I don’t know that I’ll get it done by the end of November. But I’ll keep trying.

I hope you all have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Out of Towners

This is where I spent part of last weekend. We were able to take off last Thursday to the Great Smoky Mountains for a weekend of camping and this is the gazebo at our campsite. It looks out over the Little River along Highway 321 in Townsend, Tennessee, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

While we were up there, I did a little bit of work with my quilt guild, Smoky Mountain Quilters of TN, for the 8th Annual Quilters Roadshow at the Heritage Center in Townsend. One of our guild members is a quilt historian and conducted an “Antiques Roadshow” for quilts. People brought in their old family quilts and she was able to give them some more information regarding the age, possible location where they were made, etc. Here is the stage where she did her bit…

There are a couple of her old quilts on stage, plus a string quilt on the back wall that was recently made by one of our guild members. The string quilt was there because our guild also was sewing string blocks for quilts for Ronald McDonald House. We were set up at tables in the back of the auditorium sewing. This is the calm before the storm…

Those are the only photos I was able to take (before the event) because we were so busy once it started! We had about 15 people sewing (at 4 tables…a bit crowded at times), and several of us were pressing and cutting. We were able to listen and watch the Roadshow while it was going on, so it made the day go by quickly. Oh, and the lovely quilts on the walls of the auditorium were made by our guild members and were hung for a little quilting ambiance J.

So, part of the event was to work on quilts for our local Ronald McDonald House. This is one of the charities our guild supports and when the guild delivers the quilts, the kids get to pick out which one they want and they get to keep it. On the porch outside the Heritage Center we were able to hang up some of the quilts all ready to go to RMH…

It was really a good day in all, and I’m glad I was able to participate. While we were gone, I did absolutely nothing quilting or crafting wise. We were able to take a little scenic tour of the Smokies, and I’ll write about that later in the week. But most of the time at the campground we read, took walks, or just hung out enjoying the scenery.

Since we have been home I’ve been busy cleaning out the trailer and tending to a sick cat. I was able to spend some time in the sewing room yesterday and got some squares cut for the second flannel 9-Patch quilt.

I have 48 blocks left to make for this quilt top, and it’s my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes for November, so I need to get at it! I will probably wander downstairs to the sewing room this afternoon and do a bit more cutting.

I hope your Tuesday is going well!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello, Monday!

I need to get ready for the busy week ahead! There should be lots of work mixed in with some fun this week. But before that, I was able to get a few things done yesterday.

First, I completed a green November block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I love this color green. There is one more green block for November to complete, then all of the Sawtooth Sampler blocks will be done. When the instructions for the final one come out, I’ll get right on it. Then, I will need to start putting it together and figure out how many alternate star blocks I will need to complete it. I am really looking forward to completing this quilt top and hope to spend time over the holidays working on it.

On Sunday I also made up a Friendship Star block for our quilt guild President.

Instead of having a fat quarter drawing or a block drawing for the members at the December meeting, the members are asked to create a block for the outgoing President. Our President requested a 7 to 10 inch block with blue and white. So, I thought the Friendship Star would be appropriate, and I had plenty of blue fabric to choose from. And, I know this block is probably known by a bazillion different names, but in my block dictionary book it was listed as a Friendship Star, so I’ll go with that. Now that can be marked off my list of To-Dos for November!

So for today, I need to clean, clean, clean…and do laundry; I need to put away Halloween decorations, and pull out all of the Thanksgiving decorations; and I need to get ready for this weekend.

Tomorrow is an errand running day…get flea medicine for the dog; take the cat to the vet; dog and cat food at the pet store, plus a few more things I’m sure I will think of; and finish laundry. Plus, Tuesday night is guild meeting night, so I will be gone all evening.

Wednesday is our wedding anniversary – yay – 26 years! I don’t think we have much planned, but we may decide to go out to dinner. We’ll see how the hubby feels when he gets home. Otherwise, I’ll do more binding stitching.

Finally, this weekend I will spend Saturday at a fun event. My quilt guild is participating in the Quilters Roadshow at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. We will be sewing quilts for the local Ronald McDonald House, among other things. It should be a fun day. It is just down the road from the Great Smoky Mountains, so hubby will drop me off then go enjoy his day in the woods.

So that’s about it for me this week. I probably won’t be posting until next week again, but hopefully I’ll have some fun photos to share.

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal

I’m ready for another finish! My goal for ALYOF for November is to complete the top for my second flannel 9-Patch quilt. Just a reminder, this is a 9-Patch quilt made from flannel shirts that belonged to my dad, who passed away Easter weekend. I’m making these quilts for my sisters (shhh!), so I’m hoping to get them done for Christmas. They live in warmer climates than I do, so they really will only be able to use them for maybe a month or so. So I need to get these quilts to them before their “winter” actually hits them. Here are some of the blocks for this second flannel quilt…

I have 15 done, so I need to get 48 more blocks completed, then put them together into a quilt top. This will be my main focus project for the month, so I’m hoping it will be completed before Thanksgiving.

Along with the 9-Patch, I have a few other projects I would like to work on in November…

I should be able to finish hand stitching down the binding this week on the first flannel 9-Patch quilt. Then I’ll get a label on it and it will be DONE!

I also need to put a hanging sleeve on a little wall hanging that I brought home from my parents’ house in the spring. It’s a wall hanging with family photos on it, and when I was gathering all of the quilts I had made for my parents over the years to bring home with me, my sister asked if she could have that one. It needed some repair, so I brought it home and have fixed it. It was hanging with block-style quilt hangers, so I decided to put a hanging sleeve on it and I’ll send it out to my sister when it’s done.

Ugh! I also still have that old Sampler Quilt on the long arm frame. I WILL get that finished this month!

The final quilt-y thing I want to work on is a quilt block for our quilt guild President. For our December meeting, we present the outgoing President with quilt blocks (of her/his choice). I have a block planned out already, so I will just need to take an hour or two this month and put it together. I think I can find the time!

Last, but not least, I will get our holiday cards made. I plan on fusing some holiday fabric and scrapbook paper on the front of blank cards to send out this year. It should be a pretty easy project, so I will devote a little time to that this month as well.

I will be linking up over at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs for the Goal Setting Party for November’s A Lovely Year of Finishes. Head over to see some lovely projects.