The Daily Puppy

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Catching Up

I've been busy making quilt blocks... apparently so busy that I didn't have time ( or the energy) to do my blog - for shame on me  LOL.

I did get behind on my BODs but when I got to three, I sat down and did all of them and have been able to keep up daily since then ( even if it's 1 am like it was last night).

the three above were done on the 13th

arghhhh  trying to figure out how to get my photos onto here without having to use my phone... there's supposed to be a program where I can automatically get them without having to download them here from my phone and then come on to my lap top to write the blog and arrange the photos.... does that make sense?  Heck, I'm confusing myself.

then this one the day before yesterday... along with the corn and leaves block on the right below... the pumpkin was done the day before ( still have to stitch down the vines but haven't decided how to do it - hand embroidery was suggested, but not sure I want to do that) These two are the Nov and Dec BOMs from the Autumn BOM that I'm doing with Shabby Fabrics.

Ok  then I started this beast last night... took about FOUR HOURS.. it's 12.5" x 12.5" .  This is the first block for the Murder Mystery BOM 2017 that I signed up for ( WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?)

Finally about 1 a.m. I did my BOD... pic is dark but, oh well, I'm too frustrated right now to try and fix it.  It is what it is.
Still trying to decide what I'm going to work on at the sew in on Saturday; I know what I'm working on Friday - the string block quilt that's been patiently waiting in my bin.  Still have a couple of days to decide what to do on Saturday - I'd like to do a 'quickie' one that I can call done by at least the end of the weekend if not Saturday night.

Ok, I need to make some phone calls .... arghhh!!  


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

little more this and that

After I blogged yesterday/early last night, I did these two blocks.  They are the Jan. blocks for's BOM 2017.  Not hard, but it took a little time to blanket stitch ( by machine, of course) around all the edges.  I think this is going to be a fun quilt... I'm going for the lap size, I THINK... might change my mind and do the twin size; we'll see how it goes.

Tomorrow, the first chapter and mystery block is released for the murder mystery BOM that I'm also doing.  I really got into BOM's for this year.  I'm also printing out the info for The Quilt Show's BOM, but not sure if I'm going to get to it.  Pat Sloan is also doing a children's library BOM - I don't see how her blocks go with children's books, but this is only the first month so maybe I'll see it later on in the year.

And while we're on the subject of BOMs, I still have to finish my Amish with a Twist BOM from last year.  I got discouraged when the May blocks all came out different sizes and, if I remember right, none were the correct size.  I talked to Carolyn at The Hen House where I got the patterns and I can take it in to see if someone can help me.  First, I want to finish the other blocks... I think  there's four or five months left to do.  If I can 'fudge' the May blocks and make them work, then I won't need to go for help - either way, I want to get it done.

I also want to get back with Mo'e and work on that Christmas quilt... had thought I would do it today, but ended up with a headache late this morning.  Laid down at noon for a two hour nap, hoping that would relieve the headache... set alarm - didn't wake up until THREE hours later and now, an hour later, I feel the headache returning.  ARGHHH!!

On that note, I'm going to go work on my Christmas Countdown BOD and see how I feel after doing that and fixing dinner ( it's 4 o'clock and I have NO idea what to fix - oh yeah, there's breaded shrimp in the freezer; we'll have that)... hopefully, I can work on either Pat Sloan's BOM or maybe clear space and get the Amish with a Twist out.

May have more pics to post yet tonight... we'll see.
Either way


Ok, here's  my first attempt  at today's  Christmas Countdown block.
One of these is not like the others.

Here it is corrected.  Once that was done and I swapped bins with the fabrics I had used for the nativity wall hanging (saving them to use for the mantle cover I'm making her for next Christmas),  I went back to working on the silhouette blocks that I  think I  showed yesterday -or maybe it was the day before.  I still have two to finish cutting out, but at least they are bigger 'holes' than in the first one.

I checked out my Pat Sloan Christmas quilt kit..  wasn't in the right frame to start on it.  I read the instructions... she want you to assemble the back BEFORE adding the applique and stitching it down; thank goodness it's just a medium size wall hanging.

I  also looked at the Christmas quilt I recently found online and fell in love with  (I  know, it doesn't take much).  No fabric included  which is ok because I probably already have what I need except for the backgrounds..  I need three different dark grays and I thought I had at least one but I couldn't find it- it could be in with the nativity fabric; guess I should go look.  If that's where it's at, then I'll only have to buy two days quarters for the rest of the background.

Ok back to folding laundry  ( that I  didn't do last night).


Monday, January 9, 2017

Little of this...little of that

Last night I started working on the Countdown to Christmas quilt ... only 25 blocks and each finish at 4"... I'm going to work on one a day.  Here's the first one.

After the Countdown to Christmas ( yes, I know I'm a month late - or eleven months early) I started working on the block below right... LOTS of teeny cuts that required an exacto knife.  It's not fused to the background yet.. was trying to decide placement.

Today, I worked on the other block ( two more to follow).  This one wasn't as bad; not so many teeny tiny cuts.  

Then I worked on my Countdown to Christmas block...

I wanted to start on the BOM for, but couldn't find fabric that had enough yardage for the background.  A couple of fabrics would have been perfect, but there wasn't enough of either one.  Guess I'll have to go buy some - arghh... I didn't want to have to buy any more for awhile.

 Oh wait!  I just remembered the fabric I got the other day - there's one there that will do... not perfect, but it will work; I may even end up liking it more than my first picks.

Ok, time to fix dinner.... then fold clean laundry while I watch whatever's on tv tonight.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Finished another quilt...again, a small one - approximately 15.5" x17.5".   I think I  mentioned it in earlier blog.  It's  my first doll quilt for this year.  Eleven more to go.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Not as productive as I had planned

I blogged earlier that I was going to take a nap and then get started back to working on my Christmas quilt... I took the nap, but woke up with a headache ( it's supposed to be the other way around - oh well) and just didn't feel up to standing and outlining snowflakes so that I could stitch them into the quilt.

So, instead I decided to work on a doll quilt... this pattern showed up in my email box from Connecting Threads... well, it's doll size and I've never done a Jacob's Ladder... actually I found this yesterday and picked most of the fabrics then ( pattern showed blues and white).  Ummm, I'm just noticing that the yellow looks more like pink... oh well....

Still need to find batting and backing before I can finish it... since it's a doll quilt, I'm going to assume that it's going to get used/abused a lot and I'm not going to do a bunch of fancy stitching.... just in the ditch and using my domestic will do just fine.

Time to watch tv for a few minutes before heading to bed.... oh darn!  I forgot I've got to finish making salmon patties first .


Burning the midnight oil

First quilt to be finished in the new year

wool applique'd onto homespun background

Twenty four hours later, I can't remember where I left off the night before last and picked up again yesterday morning;  I just remember that I worked on this until time to take hubby to his dr. appointment.  We stopped for lunch after the appointment and then, once home again, I got right back to working on this little 'guy'.  I was determined to call it finished by the end of the day.  It was close.... I finished the last stitches on the binding just as the clock struck twelve midnight - well, it would have struck twelve if it had had something to strike with.

 I followed the pattern and cut the binding strips 2" wide... fold it in half and then stitch a 1/4" seam - that doesn't leave much to turn - so I felt I had to stitch the binding on the 'traditional' way... stitching it on the front of the quilt first, then bringing to the back & hand stitching the finish.  It was not my favorite thing to do... there was so little binding fabric left that it was hard for me to manipulate & make it go where I wanted ( like in the mitered corners).  I really wish she/the designer had allowed for a wider binding.

This was my first time trying wool other than as a batting... it wasn't too bad... would I do it again? probably not -been there, done that, give me my d*** t shirt!... time to move on.  I don't have anything against it, it's just more 'primitive'/'folksy' looking than where my taste runs.  I wouldn't even have tried it this time if the kit hadn't been an unexpected Christmas gift and I was pretty sure that the 'giver' would be watching my FB posts to see if I had done it.

So, it's done now and ready to take to guild meeting for the next 'show & tell'  After that, I have no idea what I'll do with it.  I'm also taking the pattern to the meeting so that if someone shows any interest in the quilt, they can have the pattern to make one of their own.  <smile>.

Not enough sleep last night  so there's a nap in my immediate future ( like as soon as I finish this blog) so that, this afternoon, I can devote my time and energy bonding with Mo'e over my Christmas quilt.  At the rate I'm going, it may be Valentine's Day before I can call it done and take it off from Mo'e.  Life sure has a way of interfering with my quilting.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Another slow day

I didn't want to get 'into my groove' working with Mo'e this morning knowing that I'd have to stop to take hubby to his appointment a little after noon so I decided I'd do what I could on a gift I had received for Christmas.  It's a wall hanging kit that measures 13" x 15"so it shouldn't take too long to do.

I managed to get the background cut and sewn before I had to eat something/anything before leaving for the appointment.

Tonight, after dinner I cut out some of the pieces and now have them being held to the background with those teenie tiny applique pins.

There are still flowers, stems and leaves to cut out..I think I will stitch the sheep down before I add the flowers, etc.  I considered hand stitching, but decided that I'd rather sew by machine and get it done.

It's an hour later and I have the body of the bottom sheep and the ears & legs of the middle sheep sewn down using black thread and a double blanket stitch.  I think I'll try and match the thread to the fabric for the entire applique'.  Yes, the bottom sheep is a dark gray and I used black thread, but my dark gray thread would have looked the same, so I just stuck with the black.

Ok, almost time for the season premiere of Alaska Bush People... can't miss that!!

TTYL  Happy Quilting