Saturday, January 30, 2010

Merrily I Sew Along...

     I have been steadily sewing on  my basketweave quilt today, and I have several crumb blocks started.  My goal is to have all of the basketweave blocks done and hopefully sewn together before I head home.  I keep thinking about Arnold Schwarzenegger...I keep hearing him say...."you can dooo it!" LOL!!
     We are still getting "wintry mix" snow at times and rain/sleet, it has just about stopped though I think, at least slowed down alot.

Snowed in...or should I say iced in?!?!?

     I am staying another week with my sweetheart!!  Thank you Mother Nature!!!  We have snow, and it is almost 2 a.m. and it looks like it is either sleeting or raining!!!  I wish it would stick everywhere but the roads, and the power lines!!  I hope we don't lose power!  I hope nobody loses power!!! 
     I had to go to Joanns tonight before it got too bad and get some more thread, it may be a few days before I could get back out.  I am working on my basketweave quilt blocks and I started some crumb blocks out of the scraps, so I am working on two projects at one time.  I feel like I am getting something accomplished!! 
Stay safe and have fun playing in the snow!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Taking One For The Team

     Well, I have to say I have really been sacrificing!!
     Since I am in Knoxville, and my mom and I and several of our friends are coming back in March for the Pigeon Forge Quiltfest, someone needs to scout out all of the quilt shops.....I volunteered!!  I am going to save us so much time (forget GPS, and Mapquest!!)  I mean really, it is better that someone knows how to get there, who carries what....I think it is a good idea!!  So, today I went to Pigeon Forge/Sevierville to the quilt shops there, so we will know exactly where to go, and I also went to Harry and David...again!!
     Jeff and I went last Saturday, and we got some awesome Charred Pineapple and candied pepper salsa....Oh My Goodness it is AWESOME!!!!!  I had to get more, plus they had given me a coupon last week that was good today thru Saturday, $5. off $25. purchase, not a problem!!!  I went today because I was afraid the weather may get too bad for Jeff and I to go on Saturday.
     I may end up being here longer than I thought, if the weather gets too bad.....that is not such a bad thing!! LOL!!  I am just glad that I brought my sewing machine and my laptop!!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My week in Knoxville...

I have had quite a week!
Monday I went and did a little shopping at Mamaws' Thimble Quilt Shop in Knoxville while I was waiting for my foot peddle to get here. I love that store, they have a huge selection of fabric and even have a big clearance section of stuff 50% off!!  Everything is very organized, and everyone is very friendly!  I stopped at the grocery store and picked up a few things and when I came back to the hotel my phone had a blinking message light on it....the mail must have come!!!  Sure enough, my foot peddle arrived safely (thank you US postal service)!!
 I made a huge crockpot full of chilli yesterday, and Jeff took a bunch of it to work today for the guys to have for dinner tonight.  I had chilli for lunch and I am planning on freezing the rest to leave for Jeff so we ordered pizza from Moes Pizza, it was awesome!! We got 2 large pizza's for $10.98.....that is with tax and an extra topping on one of them!!!  Dinner is covered for tomorrow night!!

 I have been trying to work on my oldest sons quilt blocks, I am making him a black and white quilt, that I have been working on for awhile now......did you guess 2 years?  You would have been right!!  I had started making blocks, kind of a "wonky log cabin" with the center being a fussy cut picture of Mo from the 3 Stooges fabric, it kind of reminds me of my son, I was going to make one block with the picture of my son in it (kind of like "Where's Waldo")....I put a 1/4" border of blue fabric around the center block and have now decided to use black around the center, and I am not going to make the blocks "wonky" after all.  So, basically, I am starting over completely!!!  I will use the blocks that I have already made on the back.  Here is a picture of  a few of those blocks, I need to find some more of the 3 Stooges fabric if I am going to start over!   

So, I have been working today on more blocks for my basket weave scrap quilt, I have 50 more started, I think that should about do it. 

I am trying to decide if I should go home tomorrow or stay until Monday as planned, the weather could be a problem!  What to do, what to do!!!  I really want to stay, I love being here with Jeff!!  I don't want to drive over the plateau in ice or snow, that would be very stressful!!!  It is supposed to warm up by Monday though, so I am leaning towards staying!

I am almost finished with the binding on my nephews baby it is and also a picture of the back, I made a jumbo 9 patch on the back.  I will be glad to get this finished and checked off of my list!!!
I guess if I stay until Monday I should go and check out a few more quilt shops, I mean it would be so wrong not to!!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Finishing My Sweethearts Quilt!!

Well, last week I finally finished Jeff's Denver Broncos rag quilt...I only started cutting the squares over 2 years ago!!! I had a hard time finding enough Broncos fabric, so I improvised and used some all over football fabric instead, I think it turned out great!

I got it finished and washed it several times (I also slept under it for several nights, I had to make sure that it slept good right?!?!?), and then I headed to Knoxville yesterday and remade the bed in the hotel room where he is currently "living" while he was unloading the car. He was very surprised!!! I am getting good at keeping secrets....about presents anyway!!

We went to Pigeon Forge today and I found a quilt shop there, of course they closed at 1 p.m. I was only 35 minutes too late!! Oh, well, I guess I will have to go back this week and try again! I will have to do that on Monday, since I can't sew!

I had everything all packed up for my week with my sweetheart...iron, sewing machine, thread, rotary cutter, extra blades & needles.......foot peddle for sewing machine.......ooops!!!! I was an hour and a half away from home when I realized my horrible mistake!!! I even remembered what got me off track when I was packing up the machine...I was lifting the machine out of the sewing table and realized that I was going to have to find the "table" (I am not sure what it is really called) that fits onto the machine since I was taking it out if the sewing table, so, I started looking for that and totally forgot about the foot peddle!!! I am going to be here a week....what am I going to do?!?!?!?
Aren't mothers a wonderful thing?!?!?!?!? I called mine and told her what I had done and bless her heart, she went home and checked and sure enough, there it was right where I had left it...under the sewing table!!! She went to post office and packed it up and sent it here to the hotel for me...hopefully it will be here on Monday!!!

Here are a few pictures of Jeffs quilt, and also some of the squares of a quilt I am doing using mens 100% cotton dress shirts, in a basketweave pattern. I laid them out on my moms ocean waves quilt, so you see some of that quilt on the right side but on the bottom you also see the borders of that quilt so I can see how my quilt will look with borders!!

Have a blessed day!!!