Sunday, September 9, 2012

A chill in the air!

On my morning walk today, there was a real chill in the air!  Fall in here, and I'm loving it!  Warm days, cool evenings......quilts on the favorite time of year!  I hope to have lots of pics once the leaves start turning......I don't think I posted any last year!  What was I thinking!?!  :o)

So it's been a while since I last posted......And I've been busy busy busy!  Mostly with canning!  But I have worked on quilts, too!  I was on Tim Latimer's blog last week, and he was showing a whole slew of quilt tops that he has ready for quilting.  (He has purchased quilt tops from ebay, and he hand quilts them into beauties!)  His 'next' quilt to be quilted was a stunner!  I just loved everything about it!  So, of course, I had to make one!  lol  When I got the blocks all done and lined up......I auditioned several backgrounds; a red (like Tim's quilt), a grey, and a black.  And hubby insisted that I go with the grey.  I love that he made me do it.....cuz it is cozy and pretty and soft looking and gentle and ......well, you get the idea!

I'm really in love with it!  I used nothing but cut up thrift store shirts for the shades of grey, black, cream, pink, with little red bits here and there.  It will fit my queen sized bed.  I'll be machine quilting it, but I'm not sure what design to do in those big solid I'll have to think on it!

This was originally going to be my leader/ender project, cuz I was desperate for one, and this looked easy enough to do it that way.  But then I started sewing them up, and realized I would have to be WAY more organized to have them not get mixed up while waiting for the next piece to I scrubbed that idea, and just started sewing them up!  Which means that I still need a leader/ender project!  Sheesh!  So took the scraps from the 1.5" strips I used for these blocks, and now I've cut them into squares, and will use a bazillion of those until I get enough for a coordinating wall hanging!  That works for me!

I've realized I can't even sew a simple seam if I don't have a leader/ender for it.  I just can't function properly now if I think I'm going to have a thread tail!  Eee gads!  :o)

Our power was out for about an hour today, so instead of machine sewing, I got busy on the hand piecing of my 8 pointed stars.  I now have 168 of them completed!  Woohoo!  I'm nearly half way there!  :o)  My goal is to try and do 20 a week......and so far, I've managed to do more than that!  Today alone I did 12!  Woot!

No pics of them, but I do have a pic of the best darn little light I recently purchased.  I've been using it every night to do my stars with, and it worked out very nicely while the power was out today!  :o)

(Picture courtesy of Beam &

I ordered this Beam & Read light from Amazon.....and I love it!  It shines a very good light on your handwork as you sew, and it's very lightweight around your neck.  It also adjusts for length (the cord is elastic as well), and you can use 3 or 6 of the LED lights.  It's awesome.....if you've been thinking about one, get it!  (And no, I have no affiliation with this light or company......I just loved it.....and know you would, too!)

It was a little pricey at $30, but Amazon was offering a $30 gift card if you signed up for their credit card, so I did, and the light was free!  Woohoo!  Which, of course, meant that I ordered a couple of quilt books, cuz it's just not right to get something for free, and not buy something, too!  Right!?!  lol

Well, I guess that's all the news I have for this moment!  I feel like I have tons to say, but nothing of real I should just be quiet for now!  :o)

Have a great week!