Well, here I am another year older – really do not feel any different – if the weather would either stay warm or just get cold I would feel younger! LOL. I am a Halloween baby born 2 minutes to midnight! I have had the best birthday of all this year. Sunday my adopted daughter (Clay’s daughter) came over for a pre-birthday celebration. She brought me the most beautiful flower arrangement, a wonderful Italian Creme Cake (yummy), and a bracelet that has 5 charms on it. The most meaningful charm says, “Marriage Made you Family, Love Made You Our Mom”. What a wonderful gift from a beautiful daughter. Clay gave me a beautiful gold Tree of Life to add to my collection of gold necklaces that I wear – each having a special meaning. I will say one thing after eating potato salad, beans, and boneless ribs and the cake – IT IS SERIOUS DIET TIME FOR ME! 15 less for Xmas, well OK, this may be difficult with a trip to Galveston and Thanksgiving will be a Mexican Food menu! Maybe by January 2018?
I received a great quilting book from Jaydee entitled Red & White Quilting , numerous cards, a visit from Cousin Kay who bought me a great Quilter’s sign from a Pennsylvania Quilt Store when she was on her “genealogy” trip in September to Pennsylvania. So turning 73 has been fun! Additionally, I have had about 31 days of sewing that has been quiet and absolutely no “unforeseen requirements” to resolve! Back to a normal life – a good routine – and lots of sewing.
Now to the important things – Progress on my quilting projects! Mountmellick has a border made with a 1 3/8″ squares with a circle appliquéd on each of the 48 squares. Here are the instructions and the diagram on how she made these little puppies:
I had mulled over this part of the pattern ever since I started looking at it in 2014 and keep thinking – hair pulling for sure. I am hoping the measurements are accurate!!! I took a 13″ x 13″ piece of background fabric and drew my grid and then trimmed the excess with my pinking rotary cutter! (keeps the raveling down). Then I thought about how to center each little circle accurate! I knew not to draw an “X” in each square because the marking would give me an issue. I found my plastic mylar with a grid and cut a perfect 2″ x 2″ square and punched a hole in the center with my stiletto. AH so nice to have had the brain engaged for once and of course suggestions for the hole from Hubby! It has been awhile since my creativity has been with me – glad to have that buddy back in the brain! I will use Perfect Circles for these circles even if it takes me a little more preparation time!
Taking a break from MM I pulled out my 3 1/2″ Stars and Churn Dash blocks. I am not sure if these will be part of MM or if I design my own Medallion Center and use them in that quilt! I love making these blocks. I quickly realized that I need the stars to have plain backgrounds so I would be able to mix and match! I started on some maroon stars to match the Churn Dash blocks (30 of them) that are already finished. I really love the gold and blue together!
My next project to prep will be Aunt Baa’s. I have been following Laura’s Blog during my “recoup” time and I have been itching to make this quilt for over 6 months! I will at least get the freezer paper patterns printed off and as I have a little time I will trace the patterns on the background fabric. I have a boatload of the 1930’s fabric that I did not use for the 1930’s Farmer’s Wife project (too many issues with that one).
Ever have one of those days when you really feel that you will be in that sewing room sewing up a storm early but only to find out that it takes longer than you think to walk, have breakfast, do a post, balance the checkbook (1 Nov) and clean up other paperwork? Is it because I aged over night? NO – it is the fact that I had a lot of “little” things to accomplish so now at 3:45 CST I will attempt to go play! Tonight will be hand work and tomorrow will be an early start on my projects! Yea!
Have a great week of sewing!