I went to take a picture last night and guess what? Yup - the camera card was FULL. Now I have somehow misplaced all my SD cards for the camera so I didn't even have a spare one to put in it. Oh - I am getting old FAST!!!!! Thank goodness for stores that are open late. Hit Loblaws and yes - they had cards - all big ones and snagged 8 GB for less than $20. I remember when we paid HUNDREDS of dollars for memory cards!
So I was able to take more pictures. Then I thought I would try to load the pictures onto the laptop and the new card worked in the card reader. But I still have a few pictures that I took on the other card, loaded it into the laptop - NOTHING. I am now trying to download those pictures that I took yesterday onto the external hard disk. Oh - the things I do for a picture!!!!!!
I am VERY happy to report that yesterday was a productive day - a very productive day. I will tell you about it, but it will be all mixed up - so just bear with me.
I bought a kit from one of the Monday girls - I think it was in February. Well - we just cannot have a kit that came from a stash go back into another stash - so I had to get this done. I pieced all the blocks when I was at the retreat in March. It was supposed to be a table runner.
|Table runner kit|
I decided to use ALL the fabric in the kit and I was able to make 42 six inch blocks - well the equivalent of because some of them are 3 inches and four of them will make a six inch block
|I threw all the blocks on the wall|
|Rearranged them just to see how it looked|
|Tweaked a few blocks and VOILA - a new quilt is born|
I have decided to add a brown inner border and then I have to find something as a bigger border in order to make it a decent lap sized quilt. I don't need a table runner, but I could make the quilt and give it away. Yes - it is next on the sewing block - got one column together already.
I don't know what happened, but had an amazing sleep the night before and last night - NOPE - no sleep. Hmmm - I wonder if it had anything to do with the hot chocolate I consumed at 8 PM. Normally the caffeine has NO effect on me, but I think my body is starting to NOT like it, especially late at night.
After laying in bed thinking about what I could be doing, trying to read, looking at the tablet - nothing worked to get me sleepy - so I was up and in the studio.
|Yes - I was working during the witching hour!!!!!!|
Now I had that visual TO DO list on the table. Remember??? Well the above kit was on the table - soon to be finished but I wasn't in the mood to sew. I thought I would tackle this next project which was also on the table. My favourite theme - it is time to revisit the tractor quilts.
You see - after I made the first batch of FIVE quilts, I had some leftovers, I bought a few tractor panels (just because) and I had some tractor fabric given to me. Oh dear - well this is the LAST round of tractor quilts. Seriously - I do not want to do any more tractor quilts after this, but I believe that I have enough for THREE or FOUR more quilts. I know - how did that happen????
I sorted the fabric into a theme - I took out all of the John Deere fabric. Now I still have one blue John Deere one, but it sticks out like a sore thumb in this pile - so it will go in the general tractor quilt.
|The fat quarters of John Deere fabric|
|See - each fat quarter yielded FIVE strips and just this scrap left over|
|And here are my strips - don't worry - I will share my pattern with you when it is time|
Now here is where I need YOUR help. If YOU have some John Deere fabric in your stash and you will NEVER use it - I would be happy to buy it from you. No need to search the internet for me - just if you have some in your stash and don't want it.
|This is what I am working with - yellows, browns - I don't want any blue fabric.|
Here are FOUR examples of the type of stuff I will buy. Please send me a picture first.
|These are pillow panels - I will take those as well.|
While I was thinking about this quilt, I thought to myself - I wonder if I have any John Deere fabric in my stash. Hmmmmm - dug through the appropriate bin (I know - it took me all of 2 minutes to search) and look what I found!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|And I still have this much tractor fabric left - see that BLUE John Deere in the middle. It just doesn't go with the other fabric. To me John Deere is GREEN and YELLOW, not pink, not blue.|
This is what the visual TO-DO table looked like this morning. Yep - the sewing machine is up so I can sew on bindings - I have FOUR to sew on. And the serger is up because I have a couple of backings to do.
|The visual TO-DO table|
I got busy and changed the thread colour on the serger. I had a flannel quilt that I am making for me and I wanted to put fireside fleece on the back. Since the quilt is 88 inches wide - I had to piece the backing.
|Serging the backing (fireside fleece). I cut the piece in half (selvedge to selvedge) using a pair of scissors - there was NO fluff|
|And here is ANOTHER quilt ready to be quilted.|
Now I have a bit of a dilemma. I have ONE more flannel quilt that was made for DH. I also wanted to put fireside fleece on the back. The quilt is wider than 60 inches so I was hoping to piggy back it to the one above. Three widths of fireside fleece at 60 inches = equals 180". The two quilts measure 88 and 72 - so both would fit on the three widths. Easy - I load the backing ONCE and I get two quilts done at the same time. However, the fireside fleect that I have for the other is slightly different colour.
|I think I will just say - to heck with it, join them. No one will notice. It is for us after all|
Before I could put that small kit up that I showed you at the beginning of this blog, I had to get rid of the bright square quilt. Remember????
|This is what it looked like in the morning|
|And this is what it looked like at dinner time|
|And this is what it looks like this morning - I loaded it last night so I would be ready to go this morning.|
|Sparky - right where NO ONE can miss her as we had to step over her to get around the machine|
|And the two of them stayed close to Katheleen the entire time she was here. They never do that for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Traitors!!!!!!|
I had to go through my TO BE QUILTED buckets in preparation for the CreativFestival demos I just did. While I was going through them I found this quilt.
Carol gave me this pattern as a mystery a number of years ago. Many years ago. Her, her sister and myself did a mystery for each other - well something to that effect. I think Lynn and I did one for Carol, then Carol did this for me - help Carol??? What was the story again????
Anyway I was looking through this Calendar from 1992
And look what I found...............
Now this one is MUCH bigger than mine. Well I would say mine is half the size. I love it!!!!! Yes - some day I will get mine quilted. Just seems to be so many customer ones coming in - I need to schedule mine in just like it was a customer quilt!!!!!
On that note - I have a bit more piecing to do before I can fire up the long arm and get quilting. It is a beautiful day out and I have a bag of dirt in the driveway. Guess what I will be doing today!!!!!!!!
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!