Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bring Me Flowers

Yesterday I did some hand sewing. I finished TWO Bring Me Flowers blocks! The one above only needed it's vase and stems.

And this one...it has been sitting around for some time. I wasn't happy with it, but decided to appliqué the circles on the flower centers and I like it much better now.

I have now finished 13 blocks out of 25 for this quilt - more than half!

Are you wondering about that fabric that is in the background? It's some upholstery fabric I had in my stash. I have covered my ironing board with it.

We are expecting cold weather later today and up to an inch of snow. This has been a really cold winter for us here in the deep South. I know one inch of snow doesn't sound like much, but trust me - it paralyzes us in the South - we're also expecting ice on roads which is the worst!

Hope your day is WARM!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Glitter: Block 1

I finished my first Glitter block - it came together easily and quickly. I'm hand piecing these.

Do you notice something? I typically don't use red in quilts. But after studying lots of scrap quilts, I realize a bit of red does look good. I'm not going overboard with red, but there will be a bit of red here and there in my two scrap busting quilts. So I figured I throw some red in the very first block to make sure I don't forget!

I cut out three more Glitter blocks yesterday. I hope to continue cutting more scrap blocks every week so I always have some to hand stitch.

I have a Walmart grocery pickup scheduled today - yes, I'm still doing it. It has actually been life changing - so much quicker than wandering the grocery store aisles. And with the flu rampant around the country, I'm just as glad not to go into the store.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Don't you love a productive day??? I certainly had one yesterday. After finishing organizing my new boxes and my sewing room, I made plastic templates for the Glitter quilt (Jen Kingwell) that I want to start. They are tucked away in this envelope, ready for use. In fact, I cut out one block in the afternoon.

Here's a picture of the Glitter quilt in case you're not familiar with it. The pattern is in Jen's book, 'Quilt Lovely.' My quilt will be very scrappy.

I also started another  project to tame my scraps. I have a few shoe box sized bins of small scraps; each bin has a different color - here is my green bin. Many of these scraps are really ugly.

Christmas m&m's anyone?

Easter chicks?

I'm cutting some of these up in small rectangles and squares for a future scrap quilt. This will be a LONG TERM project! No rush or deadline here...

Last night I finally got back to hand sewing. I started the first Glitter block. Happy girl here!

Stay warm if you're in the middle of this cold front, like we are....

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Boxes!

My new sewing room boxes came in! I LOVE them - I really didn't want plastic, and I wanted the boxes to have lids. These are going to be wonderful and serve to clean up the clutter in my small room.

For the most part, I have one project per box. There is one box labeled 'Odd and Ends'  that holds lots of bonus triangles from various projects. Maybe someday I'll do something with these???? I have another box designated for my painting supplies, though I haven't filled it yet.

Today I will continue with this organizing -

I did sew a bit yesterday, but nothing to really show. I'm in the process of add strips to the sides and top of the Christmas Animals quilt to get it to a uniform size to add more blocks.

In other news....I made yogurt in my Instant Pot. This is one of the reasons I wanted an IP - Hubby eats lots of yogurt. I have to admit that the first time I made it was a failure...I used the wrong milk...not supposed to use organic milk. 

This time I did it correctly and ended up with a gallon of yogurt for only $2.99! By the way, if a spoon stands up in it, you know it worked - that's why the spoon is in it. I'm a happy camper. This morning I'll sweeten it a bit and add vanilla - I'll leave some plain as a sour cream substitute. 

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The New Glasses

I got my wish yesterday - my eye prescription did change! The good news is that both eyes improved. As someone who has suffered from lifelong severe near sightedness and astigmatism, this doesn't happen often!!! 

These are the new frames I picked out. They are a little bigger than my last ones, but the progressive bifocal part will be bigger which should help me with reading and sewing. I also asked my doctor to increase the bifocal strength to help with my hand sewing. I can't wait for them to come in!

I ended up having lots of errands to run in addition to the doctor's appointment, so sewing never happened. 

I need to sew today!!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Still Organizing...and an ORL Option

It seems all we do around here this week is organize. Hubby worked on our outdoor closet yesterday and has filled his car with things to donate. I worked on the refrigerator and my purse. Every time he starts organizing something I feel guilty and find something to sort. I hope he stops this soon!

I did get out my Bring Me Flowers last night to see where I left it. I'm ready to get back on track!

The photo above is one I saw on Facebook - someone switched up their On Ringo Lake Pieces and I like it! Maybe one of mine will look like this.

We finished Alias Grace on Netflix and have now begun watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime - we LOVE it! It's funny and the scenery and fashions are really gorgeous - straight from the 50's I believe.

This morning we are going to the eye doctor. New frames for me! Mine have had a piece broken off for several months. Let's hope my prescription changes so I won't feel like it's a splurge!

Have a happy day!

Monday, January 8, 2018

The New Storage Boxes...

Here's a picture of the new storage boxes I have now ordered. You can find them HERE. The ones I ordered are 16" x 16" and are 10" tall. Each will be large enough to hold a quilting project neatly on my shelves. I wanted them to have lids to keep dust out and I wanted them to look nice - remember, my sewing room is directly off our living area. I ordered 8 boxes and they should arrive in about a week. Yay!

We seem to be in the midst of an organizing frenzy. Hubby has bought new file boxes and folders and has been organizing paperwork. Yesterday I completely cleaned out our pantry closet - a big job! When my new boxes arrive I'll hit the sewing room hard!

I did sew over the weekend, but it was small, random things. Nothing to show here, unfortunately.

I'm still loving my Instant Pot. Last week I made some killer Chicken Pot Pie Soup. Yesterday I cooked a whole chicken in it. Then we took the cooked chicken out of the pot and added brown rice to the broth left in the IP - 8 minutes later: YUM! We'll be eating off this meal for a few more days.

Daughter 2, who got her IP around Thanksgiving, tried something new this weekend. She loves to cook, but after a long day at work it's hard find the energy to make something. She found this Instant Pot Freezer Meal Bootcamp.

Saturday she and her hubby prepped all the meats:

Sunday they chopped all the vegetables and put the meal kits together:

Now their freezer has 10 meals ready to pop into the IP - no thawing necessary. (The site even has printable labels to go with each meal.)

The instructions include a complete grocery list and it's really economical. 

Maybe someday I'll try this; I can see it would be something nice to have in the lake house freezer so I would have to bring food every time we go. 

Enjoy your day!