I love when the house is empty. I tease M about it all the time. I tell her how sad I will be that she is away and that I will miss her. Her reply - you LOVE being home alone. OK - so as much as I love the family, I do love not having to worry about meals and whatnot. Have an awesome weekend M!!!!!! I do MISS you and so do Sparky and Sammy!!!!!!
Got busy yesterday and got another quilt done.
|Customer quilt - DONE - this was a HUGE one. And it has food all over it - I was hungry as I quilted it!!!!!|
After dinner, I hit the sewing machine. I bought two winter themed flannel kits from someone recently. I don't need these, but they would make a great gift and the price was right. Anyway - I just could NOT justify buying a kit from someone who was downsizing and then throw it into my stash room. NO - I have to get these done!!!!
A bit of cutting, a bit of math and this is what I ended up with.
|A flannel "winter" quilt top|
The kit included a bunch of strips of flannel. Because of my cheapness, I figured out what the LARGEST size of square I could get from each strip. I believe I got six 7 inch squares from each strip. There was also a panel - well not a panel, but a piece of fabric with snowmen in a row on it. I decided to NOT cut that up. However since I made the squares a smidgen bigger than they were supposed to be, the panel was about 1/2 inch too narrow. No worry - I took an offcut from cutting the squares and added it to the right hand side of the panel - do you see that dark blue??? Yep - that is an addition!!!!!
I was hoping to have enough snowmen blocks to do that angle thing in all four corners, but no - I did not have enough. So this is the way it is.
Then I got the other kit out - I had already cut it. Laid out the blocks and this is what I got.
|The next kit up and ready to sew|
Got a couple of rows sewn together.
I also have enough of the snowman fabric that I can substitute those two blocks in the first quilt. Hmmm - have to think about it. Don't need to, but I want to!!!! And once that is done - well we will see what is left and what to do with it.
And look - the enders and leaders box is EMPTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Enders and leaders box - EMPTY|
|OK - not quite - I had to cut THREE more triangles to finish these off|
|And there are 100 of those triangles things. Now I have to cut 100 blue triangles to add to these and then clue five from the Bonnie Hunter mystery will be done!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
I have to admit that I am very lucky to have as much space as I do. And I try to take advantage of it at every opportunity. This is my active table - these projects are coming and going in the studio and it looks different every day. It is also the table I clear so we can do embroidery. Only takes a few minutes to clear it off so that is good.
|The active tables|
Was out at Greenwood the other day and found UNICORN fabric. My obsession with the alphabet quilts kicked in and I bought all that was left. It wasn't much.
Saw Rose at the CreativFestival and look what she brought me!!!!!!!!!!! She was at one of my Sit n Sews and was working on this rose flannel quilt. I had several kits (which are made) and I was using the leftovers to cut a couple of scrap quilts. Now I have a bit more to put into the scrap quilts. Thanks Rose!!!!! Much appreciated.
|Rose flannel scraps|
|She also bought me a pair of mitts. Actually they are DOUBLE mitts - solid orange on the inside and a second pair of fingertipless ones in black. Thanks Rose - I love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|And look what Heather bought me. A shopping bag - with BIKES on it. So cool. Thanks Heather - I can't wait to use it.|
Here are a couple more pictures of the hats from the CreativFestival. Remember the theme was Alice in Wonderland...............................
|Look at the detail.|
|Hooker Alley - with more hats|
|This was part of their tree - is that raccoon not adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|And can you spot the snake?????|
You know how everyone keeps saying NO. Or we try to tell each other to just say NO. Well the last couple of years, I have volunteered at the Toronto Life Marathon. A FUN job of driving a truck through Toronto and dropping supplies at the water stations. Then the real fun begins when we follow the marathon and pick up the supplies and the garbage. Oh yeah - it is a LONG, PHYSICAL day. This year when they asked - I said NO. I actually have a class tomorrow afternoon. It felt good.
Well best laid plans - they are very short of people, in particular people who are willing to drive the darn truck through the city. So even worse - I am helping TODAY, not just the day of the marathon. Oh god - I felt sorry for them when they pleaded with me. OK - they didn't plead, but - well you know how it is. I know what it is like when you can't find volunteers. I have my ugliest, knees blown out jeans on and I am off to drive trucks, load crap onto the truck, etc. I told them I am available until ONE PM today and I am still waiting to hear about tomorrow.
Just say NO and don't cave in!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe next year??????
On that note - have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!