Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

I brought my kit to make a hex flower with me yesterday when I babysat my granddaughter.  At least I thought I had the whole kit.  The actual kit is up at the camp so I had to put together enough to make one flower.  When I pulled my kit out I realized that I didn't have scissors or blue thread.  Fortunately I was able to use my son's scissors.  But as you can see, I went ahead and sewed the flower with white.

I really don't mind that the thread shows.  To see other flowers in One Flower Wednesday, visit Journey of a Quilter.

Update on my 'cropping' problem.  For whatever reason, if I modify the photo at all using Windows Live Photo Gallery, the modified version is saved as a hidden file.  For now, I'm just going in and removing the hidden file attribute.  I've used Windows Live Photo Gallery for well over a year and never had this problem.  I can't for the life of me figure out why.  For now, this is an acceptable solution although it's going to nag at me until I find out why and fix the problem.

Hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

15 Minute Challenge

Even though I've done a lot of sewing this week, I don't have much to show for it.  I finished the one pillowcase and am mostly through with a second one but I ran out of  floss.  I finished quilting and joining the second section of the Brown/Tan/Green (BTG) quilt.  Most of the sections have been sewn together awaiting sandwiching, quilting and joining.  I still need to make 4 more brown blocks and 4 more green blocks to make up the last section.  If you look closely you'll see that I've been placing the blocks green, brown, green, brown.  When those are pieced and sewn together, I'll have 5 sections left to be quilted.  Here's what it looks like so far:

I tried to crop this photo so that only the quilt showed but I've been having problems with Windows Live Photo Gallery for the past day or so.  When I crop a photo, it disappears.  I've searched and searched for where it might have gone without much luck.  However, when I try to name another photo the same name as the 'lost' one, it tells me that there's already a photo by that name.  Where??  Very frustrating.  I have to look into it further.

To see how others did on their 15 Minute Challenge this week, visit Kate at Life In Pieces.

Hope you had a good day.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Finally Finished Object.  I finished the embroidered pillowcase I started many years ago.

I've started another but I've run out of some of the colors I need.  I'll have to wait until the stores open again to get more.

Hope you're all safe today.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Foto Finish - Favorite Places

Without a doubt, my all-time favorite place is Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Our family spent two weeks every summer for 20+ years at the Twin Shores Campground in Darnley.  I have a lot of pictures of the kids (now 39 and 35) but this one is the best showing the dunes and beach.  Our campsite was just at the edge of the dunes so we had this great view.

To see other entries, visit Cat Patches.

Hope you're having a good day.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Next time...

I choose a pattern to machine quilt, I'm going to have to give some serious thought to something simpler or quilt larger.  I've started quilting the next section on the Brown/Tan/Green quilt with the Paisley design I used on the first section.  I love the look of it but I've only been quilting 15-30 minutes a day so progress is slow.  Today, I wanted to work on the 501 Project and didn't want to tear it all down so I set up my old machine to piece with.  I replaced the machine last summer when I first started machine quilting because the stress caused the motor to overheat.   Intermittent sewing doesn't seem to be a problem.

Here are the two blocks I finished today:

Duck's Foot

Eddystone Light

I've been making green blocks to add to the Brown/Tan/Green quilt but I think they'd make a nice quilt on their own.  Hmmm....

Hope you had a good day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Challenge #36 Assunta

This week's challenge was to use the new tangle Assunta.  Here's my interpretation:

To see other entries, visit I am the diva.

Hope you have a good day.

One Flower Wednesday

To see other flowers, visit Karen at Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

15 Minute Challenge

I didn't spend large chunks of time sewing but I was able to sew every day last week.  I'm making a concerted effort to do other things I enjoy too - reading, search-a-word, movies - as well as doing some renovation work on the camp.

To see how others did on their 15 Minute Challenge, visit Life in Pieces.

Hope you have a good day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

A few days at camp

I'm back from a couple days at the camp.  I've started clearing brush for a flower bed on the side hill.  There used to be one there but it's now overgrown with blackberry bushes, weeds and such.  I'm hoping to get it cleaned off this fall and ready for planting in the spring.

On Saturday, I had my first experience with cutting plexiglass.  There were four windows that needed to have the glass replaced due to rock damage.  I decided to replace it with plexiglass.  I read some instructions online and was confident I could handle it.  However I didn't buy a plexiglass cutter but used a utility knife instead.  And I didn't clamp the straight edge and plexiglass to the table.  I pretty much did my own thing.  Needless to say that first one was pretty misshapen.  So Sunday morning I headed off to the hardware store and purchased the Flex-o-Glaze Cutter for $3.99.  Could something so cheap really work?  Yes indeed!  I measured, clamped, cut and snapped the most beautiful pieces of plexiglass window shapes.  It was so much fun to see the final result that I kinda wished I had more to cut.  I have a pretty big piece left over for any future broken windows.  I got all the broken window glass replaced and cleaned up without injury.  Good job!  Yay!

I wish I'd thought to take before and after pictures.  Next time...

To relax, I worked some on my Grandmother's Flower Garden and resumed cross stitching a pillowcase that I started about five years ago.  Here's a portion.

Don't look too closely.  My embroidery isn't the best.  But I do enjoy the hand work.

Hope you've had a few good days too.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Foto Finish - Things in the City

The theme this week is 'Things in the City'.  I spent a lot of time thinking about this.  What's in a city as opposed to a town?  Parking garage?  Hotel?  Movie Theatre?  Traffic Signals?  Boring.  There's got to be something else.  Well, it just so happens that I live in the city - the capital actually - Concord, NH.  And like any capital, there's a capital building and lots of monuments.  As part of this Foto Finish, the guidelines are to enter only one photo.  I may be stretching the limit with this one.  The Statehouse,  Franklin Pierce,  Liberty Bell replica, war memorial, police memorial and Daniel Webster.

I've lived in New Hampshire all of my adult life and at one point, worked at the Statehouse but I've never really looked or taken photos of anything historical.  This was a great opportunity to do so.  And to use my new Scrapbook Factory Deluxe software.

To see other entries in this week's Foto Finish, visit Barbara at Cat Patches.

Hope you have a good day.

Friday, August 19, 2011

501 Here I come

I've completed 5 more blocks on the 501 Project.

Basket of Chips

Card Trick

Crow's Nest

Darting Birds

Diamond Panes

Hope you have a good day.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again

I cut out four '501' blocks on Monday and then pieced them together on Tuesday.  I was reminded how much I love sewing.  Taking a few days off has rejuvenated me.

Three and Six

Texas Puzzle

Sugar Bowl

Stiles and Paths

Hope your week is going well.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

I missed last week for a variety of reasons but I did work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden.  It's not showing much progress because I'm only adding white 'stones' along the edges.  I've left it at camp so I can do a little handwork while I'm there.  But this morning I sat down and put together another hexie even though I don't need it for this GFG.  It's nice to have extras around for when I want to start another hexie project.

To see other flowers, visit Karen at Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

15 Minute Challenge

And...some new software.  I asked a few people what software they use to create interesting reports.  Kate of Life in Pieces recommended Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.  I received it a couple days ago but haven't had much time to try it out.  I've played around with it a little bit now and here's what I came up with for this week.

Ain't she pretty?  It took much more than 15 minutes.  Learning curve and all that.  Perhaps I should have added this to the list...

To see how others have done on their challenge, visit our host, Kate at Life in Pieces.

Hope you have a good day.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Zentangle Challenge #35

Our host, Laura Harms of I am the diva, invited Margaret Bremner of Enthusiastic Artist to issue this week's challenge.  Our mission should we decide to accept it was to draw a tile on a tile.  And...being the over-achiever that I am, I created a tile on a tile on a tile.

I love this 3d kinda stuff!  To see other entries, click the diva's link above.

Hope you had a good day.

Silent Auction

Items donated by readers of  Watching the Waters (my daughter, Corey) will be auctioned off with all proceeds going into the Orlando Scholarship Fund.  These scholarships will help moms of attachment-challenged kids attend the 3rd Annual Early Trauma and Attachment Meeting in Orlando in March 2012.

I've donated the pink/green quilt hereby known as the 'Green Apples' quilt and eight origami bags.  Other items in the auction include jewelry, quilts, books, shortbread, gift certificates and more.  This auction goes from now until August 25th. 

To find out more, click on the Watching the Waters link above or the auction button to the right of this post.

In other news....I'm back from the camp after spending four days, cleaning, painting and laying tile with the occasional visit to the beach, a little reading, watching videos and sewing on my grandmother's flower garden. I'm hoping to cut out a few blocks for the 501 Project and take them and my old sewing machine along when I head back up there on Thursday.  

Hope you have a good day.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I'm a list person.  Right now I have a list 'To Buy', 'To Repair', 'Things I need help with', 'Things to borrow', 'Questions I need answered', 'Things to bring to camp', 'Things to check on', 'Things to do today', 'Fun things to do' and 'Weekly commitments'.  I've left my Grandmother's Flower Garden at the camp to work on, in case I run out of things to do. I've been so busy working at the camp that I haven't even taken time out to walk down to the beach and sit for awhile.  But I'm staying there these next few days so I'll  have to make it a point to do that.

This photo was taken last fall.  This summer they have four or five picnic tables with umbrellas set up but it seems the beach is almost always empty when I drive by.  For those who like to live on the wild side, there's Bingo every Saturday morning.

I won't have access to the internet, television or my sewing machine.  Talk about withdrawal.  But I do have a radio/cd player and my computer for videos so it shouldn't be so bad.  I always have to have some noise in the background.

So you won't be hearing much from me over the next little while but know that I'm thinking about you.

Hope you have a nice week.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Challenge #33 New tangle Pendrills

The challenge this week from Laura Harms, I am the diva, was to use the new tangle, Pendrills, from Rick and Maria, co-founders of Zentangle.  The tangle was inspired by grapevines.  In one of my drawings, I added little barbs and the rendition looked more like barbed wire than grapevines.   I didn't take a photo.  These don't look much like grapevines either, maybe a little more like pvc pipe and fittings.  Here's my entry:


To see other entries in this challenge, click on 'the diva's' link above.

I haven't done much sewing, quilting or drawing over the past few days.  I just bought a seasonal camp and have been working on that.  At the end of the day, all I want to do is collapse.  Here's the photo from the outside.

It needs a little work.  The camp is 20 miles from my house and I've been traveling back and forth over the past few days in the hopes of having it ready to stay over sometime in the next week or so.

Hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

15 Minute Challenge

I like to participate in this challenge because it keeps me motivated but I have to tell you this week's report is BORING!  Or maybe it is every week...LOL.  I want to figure out how to do a better looking report.

Tuesday    July 26  --   No sewing
Weds.       July 27  --   Hexies
Thurs.       July 28   --   Brown/Tan/Green (BTG) quilt
Fri.           July 29   --   BTG
Sat.          July 30   --   BTG
Sun.         July 31   --   BTG
Mon.        Aug 1    --   BTG,  Grandmother's Flower Garden

Hope you had a good week.  To see how others did with their challenge, visit Life in Pieces.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Brown/Tan/Green - The Start

I may have mentioned before that I'm drawn to the colors brown, tan and green.  For awhile now I've been working on brown/tan/green blocks as part of the 501 Project.  I'm putting them together as a 'fall' quilt for my queen size bed.  I'm quilting this in sections as I did with the scrappy quilt because it's so much easier and because I don't have a place large enough to put the sandwich together.  On Thursday, I started the first section.  It contains 16 blocks.  I quilted it with a paisley design using sand colored thread.  It took the better part of 4 days to assemble and quilt this piece.  I love how it came out but it's time consuming.  I started out with stitch-in-the-ditch around each block including the edges of the section.  That may have been a mistake.  I had to take out some of the stitching in order to avoid tucks in the free motion quilting.  There are a couple places where it just couldn't be avoided.  When I wash it, it'll never show, what with all the crinkly-ness.  I think for the next section  I'll quilt from the back where it's easier to see what I've done and where I'm going and skip the stitch-in-the-ditch.


I've read you should always name your quilts.  Any ideas?  As near as I can figure, I'll need about 33 more blocks and a small border for the size I want.  I have 23 blocks completed.  I guess I'll have to get back to the 501 Project to complete the remaining 10 using these colors.

So far, no sewing today.  I've been busy cleaning for my quarterly safety inspection tomorrow.  Though it's not required, I did a deep cleaning - washing cupboards, organizing sewing stuff, cleaning the walk-in closet as well as dusting, vacuuming and washing floors.  I even vacuumed the fan vent in the bathroom, the coils on the back of the refrigerator and the furniture.  I'm feeling very pleased with myself right now.  The place hasn't been this clean since I moved in 4+ years ago.  What can I say?

Hope you had a good day.