Saturday, January 28, 2012

Surprisingly good day

I am working nights this weekend.  Ugghhh!  I got to bed about 7:30 this morning but was awake off and on until 9:00 or so.  Then I woke up about noon.  I thought I was ready to get up but every time I sat up I got dizzy and nauseous.  Ah oh....this is NOT good.  I took some medicine and laid there for another hour.  Finally got up. YAY!

I went to my sewing room and made two of these.

They are for the BOM the month I am doing,  A Tisket, A Tasket  I am using Windham fabrics Flour Sack collection.  Most of the women are doing Civil War prints.  I have been to one meeting and it did not go well for me.  I considered quitting but I am too stubborn.  Besides, I love the finished quilt top.  The one in the shop is so much prettier than the pattern shows.

So...I did the dumb journal cover they said I HAD to do. But, I didn't do it like they said.  Tee hee hee... I actually made this block with another fabric, too.  I am using my 1936 Featherweight to make this quilt.  She has no seam widths on the throat plate.  So, I am practicing everything like a good little girl.  I figure if I use up these fat quarters that I have NO IDEA why I bought, I will have a throw size quilt at the end of the year.

 So, those all went pretty well and I have everything done for class three weeks ahead of time. Then I came to work.  The guy I made the quilt for that I blogged about yesterday had picked it up and left me payment.  He paid me VERY well....4.5 times what I had in the materials.  I almost cried.

I am going to a retreat in Texas in April.  My aunt and I are driving from San Antonio to north of Tyler.  I am keeping my bonus money to spend on that trip.  Thanks so much, Todd! started very bad but today was a very good day for me.  I accomplished my goals for the month and got an unexpected bonus in being appreciated and PAID! WooHoo!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Finish it up Friday and I'm Not Dead Yet

Hi, all!  Ever see that Monty Python movie, The Holy Grail?  My husband and sons love that.  Lines from it are constantly repeated at our house.  So....I'm not dead yet.  Just had a terribly busy month and then it has rained forever here.  That means my phone line is too noisy for my computer to connect to the internet.

But I am back now.  I have two smaller items to post for Friday.  One involves my husband.  He got in his head to make nice Euchre counters for our sons for Christmas and to send to some friends.  I said I would make bags to hold them, a deck of cards and the coasters.  Everyone drinks something while they play cards, right?

My husband did an outstanding job on his part.

The pegs are hand turned on his lathe, too.  He burnt each number in individually with metal stamps he heated on the stove burner.  I have always been partial to walnut but those hickory sets are beautiful - I ended up with one!

Here is my part in progress:

And, here is the finished set.

Sorry the picture isn't better. But I think they turned out nice.  The last one was delivered yesterday.

Here is my other finish that I brought to work with me tonight.

One of the maintenance men has a new granddaughter.  He asked me to make her a quilt. Mom wanted lady bugs, green and yellow - no pink or purple!

This is close up of the name block.  I added lady bugs.

And here is a picture of the fabric on the back.  I just love this simple little quilt.  I think babies need bright colors.  I used a pattern called Whoopsy Daisy to quilt it but left out all the swirls and did not quilt over the embroidery.  It is a soft, cuddly quilt with this fun flannel on the back.

I hope you enjoyed my finishes.  I have so many more to post about.  I have been busy but that is enough for tonight.

I am linking up to Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday.

Edited to add:  It is now Sunday and I have linked the post to Sew Darn Crafty linking party over at Sew Many Ways.

Keep Stitchin'!