Monday, March 23, 2015

Mischievous Chickens


Some how the chickens managed to escape their coop/pen last Friday.  Guess the door wasn’t latched good.  We didn’t know they were out and they had a field day pulling up the onions in our garden.  Once my husband is finished planting the garden, he will put a low fence around it to discourage the chickens from getting in it.  Usually he lets them out and watches them so they don’t go where they aren’t supposed to. 

Saturday Jean Nancy and I went to Atlanta to pick up a sewing machine Jean had left at to be repaired.  Saw a Juki Exceed 400 that I wouldn’t mind having, but think it is just a little too wide to fit in the table I would want to put it in.  It would replace my Pfaff and Bernina. It had the the features I like from both of those machines in one. 

We were only a couple of miles from the IKEA store so we went there.  That was my first time!  It was a fun experience.  A lot of walking.  We ate lunch at their cafeteria. Just wish they weren’t located in Atlanta.  I don’t much enjoy driving in Atlanta.  Guess it is because I don’t know my way around.  They had a lot of nice stuff.


They had a nice selection of bathroom wall cabinets and vanity tops.  I really would like a bathroom redo.  Lots of inspiration to be found at IKEA.


A gray cart like this one (this was the display) is what I ended up buying.  It comes in turquoise, and beige also.  The turquoise was pretty and the beige was just too blaa,  I also bought magazine holders. a book, a light and dishtowels.  Next time I would like to get another cart and some more magazine holders. I’m going to use the cart to hold my Vacation Time with Pat Sloan BOM, A4AII, and the guild Mystery fabrics and blocks.  I haven’t put it together yet.

Friday Paul and I went to Harbor Freight and Sam’s Club in Rome, GA.  I found a cart similar to the gray one in turquoise so got it for my daughter.  She wanted one and I wasn’t sure we would get to IKEA Saturday.  Also saw this larger cart so got it for me to hold my quilting projects.


Here it is before and after I filled it up.  It helps to condense my projects so I can find them easier.  I still have more scattered around the studio.  As I finish projects, I can add others.  Of course my goal is to have an empty cart that I don’t know what to do with.  But that won’t be any time soon.

Wednesday, I also was in Rome at the library to see the quilt show.  Afterwards we went to the Stitchery quilt shop and ate lunch at Mellow Mushroom.  We stopped by Hobby Lobby before heading home.

I’ve been so busy gallivanting around that I haven’t had much time to tend to my sewing.  I have 2 diaper bags I need to have done by Sunday afternoon. 


I worked on them yesterday and got the outside shells done.  This is the front and back views.  The front has two small pockets; one is zippered.  The back has one large pocket with a magnetic snap closure. I still have the lining and inside pockets, plus the top zipper closing to do.  They aren’t hard to make, just a lot of pockets and zippers and parts to put together. The pattern is the “Professional Tote” by  Creative Thimble.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bulloch Hall


Sandra and I went to the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild quilt show at Bulloch Hall in Roswell, Ga.  Bulloch Hall is the childhood home of Theodore Roosevelt’s Mother.  I enjoy touring historic homes, so really enjoyed the trip.


Front of house and the formal garden.  Didn’t see any vegetable garden. 


The old well and service area.





The kitchen area in the basement.  The 4th picture is the root cellar. They did their cooking in the fireplace,


The 1st picture is the dining room.


Front stairs to the second floor.  The narrow stairs goes to the 1st landing and the wider stairs go to the 2nd floor.  The back stairs also went to the 1st landing.


The bedrooms.  I like that narrow child's bed.  It is long enough to sleep an older child.  There sure isn’t any room to turn over in it.




Attic stairs and attic.  It is not a good picture of the 1st quilt 2nd row, but I thought the colors were interesting.  Got some inspiration for colors from several of the quilts.


We did a house block Saturday Sampler a couple of years ago.  I liked this quilt for setting ideas.  Needless to say, I haven’t done anything with my blocks yet.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It Snowed!


It wasn’t last week, cause I was at quilt camp, although we did have a few flurries one day.  Think it was the last week of February, but not the 27th.  Guess it was earlier in the week.



The first picture is the view from my front porch.  Second picture is the view out my quilting studio window at my sewing machine.  We had just enough snow to close schools and delay openings. 


My Azaleas are a little late on the blooming thing.


It has bloomed out even more now.  It has both red speckled blooms and white blooms.


Finished my M for whatever top,  I keep wanting to call it M for Murder, but think it is Mystery.  Guess I read too many murder mysteries.


This quilt turned out way longer than I needed.  I knew when I started that it would be, but had to wait till it was time to put the blocks into a top to adjust it.  Well, by then I was in get ‘er done mode and wasn’t thinking, just following the instructions.  I spent the first day of quilt camp taking the bottom row out and putting the borders back.  I’m much happier with it now. I didn’t take a new picture of the shorter version.  This quilt when I get it quilted will go on the guest bed.  It’s new name is “Where Did My Paisley Go?”. The beautiful paisley fabrics are what attracted me to this BOM and they got cut up. Bummer.

I also worked on at Quilt camp:


This is Aiming For Accuracy from the 2013 Quilt A Long, hosted and designed by Michele Foster at the Quilting Gallery. This was her 2nd quilt a long.  I finally got around to getting the borders on it.  Another UFO top bites the dust.



This is “Delightful Stars”,  Michele’s 2014 Quilt A Long top. It also just needed borders.  So glad both of these tops are finally done.  Her 2015 Quilt A Long, A4AII, is in progress now. Instructions for the 1st two blocks came out on the 7th.  I have to wait a little to get started on it.  Have two diaper bags to make for a double baby shower at the end of the month.  Then I need to get my two Saturday Samplers done for the 1st Saturday of April.