It’s Monthly Audit time!!

Well, July is over and, oh my, has it been a crazy month. I had lots of goals and, fortunately I did accomplish a few of them.

One goal was to publish at least 10 posts. On this front, I outdid myself by publishing 23!!!

Another goal was to cook something new each week and I really funked out on this one. I did enjoy using the ice cream maker, especially the luscious chocolate recipe, and I did pull out one old recipe and we found that we had forgotten how much we enjoyed “Mexican Beef and Cornbread”…..

Don’t you love the iconic Corning Ware bowl that we have had for 43 years!!!

It was a great meal when paired with a salad with Thousand Island Dressing…..

July was a heavy month for accounting work and I soldiered thru, getting almost everything finished by the 31st.

I did have one quilting victory when I “LET IT GO” and got rid of a UFO that had been on my mind for a bunch of years!!

We had our hurriedly planned trip to Texas which proved to be an amazing and much needed getaway!!!

Finally, my major quilting goal was to get the final corner of the Color wheel quilt appliqued so that I can put the top together. And I did TRY but honestly ended up spending more time writing blog posts at night than appliquéing!!

Toward the end, I was “Sewing like the wind”……

….but I went to bed on Friday night with 7 more circles to finish!!

Now that I have used the phrase “Sewing like the wind”, I am reminded of this clip from “Three Amigos”…..

But, honestly, if I am going to talk about “Three Amigos” I have to add this scene…..

Steve Martin is a hoot!!!

Our son, Brian, used to LOVE this scene and would howl with laughter when it came on.

I actually used this technique to get Michael’s attention one time….I was in the library on the second floor of a hotel in Shanghai and it was open to the lobby below. I saw Michael walk in the front door and wanted him to know where I was, so I started calling “lookuphere….lookuphere”. After a few seconds of puzzlement, he looked up and gave me a big smile!! I am sure that the other Chinese students in the area thought that we were crazy!!

All in all, it has been a sweet month, even if I didn’t do lots on my “to-do” list. Today, as I plan for August, I am excited about the things to come!!!

Starting over…..

Well it is official…..I have started over on the Henna Quilt!! 

After the last post, several people had some great thoughts and ideas.  One friend told me about Schmetz Super Non-Stick Needles, although they have horrible reviews on Amazon.   I had already cut out the center piece to try to salvage at least a part of the quilt so I didn’t have a chance to try them.  I did wash the center cut-out  but found that the spray didn’t wash out at all!!  This makes me VERY happy that I didn’t persevere with the original quilt as it would have been full of yucky spray!!

Another quilter suggested using “Leonis Water Erasable Marking pens”.   They were given high ratings on Amazon so I purchased a package to give them a try.

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I found that I had enough of the top and backing fabric to start again, and once the markers and lightbox arrived, I went back to marking the quilt.

As I had mentioned, this time I ironed freezer paper to the back of the fabric and then taped the freezer paper to the pattern so everything was very stable as I started to re-draw the pattern.

I will say that I really like the marking pen.   The tip is firm and stayed that way for the entire time that I was marking.   IMG_6425

I also like the fine point tip.   The lines seem much clearer than the previous tracing had allowed.

So…..now I wait until I can get back to the tracing and then back to the machine.   I have had a couple of new ideas about how to fill in the areas around the circles so maybe this wait is a good thing.

In the meantime, College football is back in full swing and Michael and I enjoyed our first University of Georgia game yesterday…..  GOOOOOO DAWGS!!!IMG_6421


An interesting week…..

 

This has been an interesting week……

On Tuesday, at my guild meeting, we were entertained by Lanette Edens of the Gypsy Quilter.  She presented a wonderful program where she showed new products and lots of ideas…..

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I was most interested in this book…..

…..so I purchased it after the meeting.   I love that the blocks are all pieced without ANY Y-Seams!!   Cant wait to try some of the patterns using my scrap strips.

On Wednesday morning, I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and by 5:00pm, I was running a fever, suffering with severe chills  and thoroughly miserable!!!   Unfortunately, Michael was about 24 hours ahead of me and was already sick!!!  

The next two days we each spent as much time as possible resting and getting well, although we both had work tasks that needed to be accomplished.

One of the cute things that I found was that the Throat Lozenges I bought had a motto of “A pep talk in every drop”!!

As I looked further, I realized that each individual package had other mini “pep talks” on them……

  –      Be Unstoppable

  –      Put a Little Strut in it.

  –      Turn “can do” into “can did!”

  –      Bet on yourself

  –      Hi-five yourself

  –      Elicit a few “Wow’s” today

  –      Don’t give up on yourself

  –      Take charge and mean it

  –      The show must go on.

I actually started looking forward to opening a new one so that I could be “pepped up”!!!

Today (Saturday), we are both feeling MUCH better and I was actually able to spend the day in my studio…..more to come about that…..

Tonight, we both felt good enough to cook, so Michael made a wonderful Turkey Meatloaf with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese  and I added Roasted Squash and steamed Broccoli…..

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….YUMMY!!!!!

It’s Christmas Time….almost!!!

This past week my small quilting group got together to exchange gifts.  I had known about this for over 2 months, but just couldn’t wrap my head around what I wanted to do.

Then, I remembered a blog post by Emma in Australia where she had machine quilted ornaments, resulting in this gorgeous quilt…..

 

I had been very taken with it and decided to play with something similar for my gift.   I started out by free-handing some ornaments and practicing my quilting….

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As it ended up, I wasn’t that happy with the resulting product so decided to make a few changes.

I got online and found drawings of lots of interesting ornaments.  I cut a few out and started playing with an arrangement.   I quickly found that I wasn’t happy with vertical arrangement so started playing with a horizontal one…..

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I fused a thin interfacing to the fabric, traced the designs on it and started looking for appropriate threads…..

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I did the first round of thread painting, only to find that there was a lot of puffiness to the piece……

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SO….here is another opportunity for creativity…..I decided to Trapunto the ornaments to give them some more dimension (and to relieve the puffiness).  I used two layers of a high-loft batting…..

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…..and then basted it with a wool batting and started quilting.   When I got ready to quilt the background, I had planned to do an overall pattern but was afraid that it would be too flat so opted for straight lines instead.

Here is the final product…..

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…..with a few close-ups…..

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And, excitingly, my friend Deb was the winner!!

In return, I received this wonderful Christmas pillow from Brenda……

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Thanks Ladies for a FUN evening!!!