A not so great day

I’ve always had a problem with paper piecing. I don’t know why; I’ve been told I think backwards already, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

I spent most of last week working on a client’s quilt; I finished the binding on Saturday and she picked it up today. I forgot to take a picture so I asked her to take one when she gifts it to her daughter.

I had to pay a ticket today. I didn’t really do anything wrong, except back up in the wrong place.  😦   So I paid my debt to society. I promise never to do it again. <sigh>

Here’s my work table with my paper piecing mess: paper-piecing-messWish me luck!!

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Paper Piecing

Have you ever decided to try a new technique? You know you can do it, but time after time you have to unsew. Well, that’s me and paper piecing. I’ve decided to do the block of the month from The Quilt Show, designed by Sue Garman. Sue recently passed away and for some reason, I feel an obligation to do this one.

I was at a friend’s home yesterday with the ladies from my monthly sewing group. I did the first couple of blocks pretty quickly. On a roll, right? WRONG! Not only did I have to rip out a lot of stitches, but they were dang tiny stitches to boot.

This is how I felt: pulling-hair-out

One of my friends asked me why I was torturing myself. Well, I want to learn how to do this. I’d like to have it in my quilting toolkit. Like Alex Anderson stated in the latest TQS streaming video, “it has its place”. I will conquer this; hopefully I’ll have a block to show you next time.

On a completely different subject, I am working on a challenge-17 UFOs in 2017. I’m going to finish or make progress on 17 projects. And no, doing the BOM shouldn’t take away from that; in fact, maybe it will be # 18!

Have an awesome week! I’m rooting for the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s Super Bowl. I just can’t bring myself to cheer for Tom Brady and the Patriots.

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Wow, time can get away from me!

We lost a great quilter and really nice lady a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Sue Garman; she designed several Blocks of the Month for The Quilt Show, as well as many beautiful patterns, especially her applique ones.

She designed one last BOM and it’s going on right now over at TQS. I had already decided to do it, but when Sue passed, that made me feel a sense of urgency.

Ths is my focus fabric. I bought it online from Connecting Threads. Normally I prefer to shop locally, but I need to save money. I have to say I like it. What do you think of my purchase?

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I know I’m late…

I should have been here yesterday. Keri helped our freezer die and we’re getting a new one. Michael and I spent 4 hours going from store to store, and we finally found one that we could agree on.

Today, I was very unproductive. I have no one to blame but myself, and I’ll do better tomorrow. So, I hope to be back tomorrow with a new post and some pics.

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Just another day

Yesterday was my birthday. Not a numerically significant one, but still more sand through the hourglass. You’d think I’d be used to my son’s behavior by now, but he still has the power to hurt me. All I needed from him was a birthday wish, and he didn’t even give me that. DH Mike, DD Keri and I went to Longhorn Steakhouse for dinner; good company and good food. I’m glad we were able to salvage part of the day.

Today is sunny and very, very cold! A good day to stay in and stitch, so that’s what I’m doing.

I finally uploaded some pics of the last  quilts of 2016.

What do you think? I did an allover holly design on the Christmas one, and a geometric allover  on the half log cabin. Both clients were happy, so that makes me happy 🙂

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Happy New Year!

Just checked and I haven’t published since 2015!! I am so sorry. I’m going to attempt this again; maybe once a week. If I put it on my calendar, I’ll hold myself more accountable. Ya think?

Here’s a couple of quilts that I finished in 2016. I don’t do custom anymore, just edge to edge. It’s so much easier on the body!

 

We moved Mom into assisted living in May of 2015, and she adjusted pretty well. I’m only about 10 miles away now; instead of 85. Since Mike and I share one car, I get over to see her about once a week. She started out in strictly assisted living, where the caregivers don’t do much-the residents are more or less self sufficient. Last January, we had to move her, upstairs in the same facility, to enhanced assisted living. The aides help a lot more. Mom is fading a bit; she’ll be 98 in March!

What do you think of Tyler? He’s gotten taller, but hasn’t gained much weight. Fine with me; I can still pick him up for a cuddle 🙂 He’s in 2nd grade now and he’s so smart! We still see him every weekend.

I broke my kneecap in August. Since I couldn’t quilt, I lost some clients. I’m so grateful for those that have stuck by me.

I guess that’s it for now. Like I said above, I’m putting this blog on my calendar. I’m making it a priority. Take care and have a great day!

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