Monday, January 11, 2016

Week in a glimpse, Jan 4-9, 2016

Here is a little photo collage of the past week. It's mostly for me to be able to go back and remember.

Monday the kids were out of school still. I decided to do my freezer cooking using Once a month Cooking - the two week version. I don't do it all in one day. I went shopping Monday, did the chopping and prepping, and cooked the whole chickens. Then the next day I prepared all of the chicken meals in the evening and the next day the beef meals. Now I have two weeks worth of dinners planned and in the freezer.

The weather is still warm and I we had a beautiful sunrise or two. The tree photo was taken around 6 a.m.  The bright spot is the moon and the lesser a planet (probably venus).  My pictures never do catch what the eye is seeing.

Work wise, I started off the new year doing a charity quilt, a tithe of sorts of my talents.

The red and white quilt Jackson is using currently needed washing. I guess it had never been laundered before, because a few of the blocks turned pink.  Max doesn't seem to care much though.

Been waiting for some fabric that I ordered before the new year to start my Block of the Day project, That Town and Country Quilt.  It finally arrived Thursday. Sadly I forgot to order about three of the fabrics for the background so I went to a local shop on Friday and picked up some that would work.

Friday afternoon I took CG and a friend to the mall. He wanted to spend his Christmas money on a skateboard and so he did. I found myself in Williams-Sonoma looking at cookbooks and since they were on sale.... got 4.

Saturday afternoon CG had a saxophone lesson out on Sparkman, so since we were passing the guitar shop he had to have a ukulele.  Impressive how he has been able to teach himself some songs by looking up the chords on line.  However, he is driving me nutso playing the same two over and over and over....

I spent part of Sunday working on That Town and Country. I got four blocks put together. They still need to be stitched down. I haven't decided whether to straight stitch around them and make windows that way or to do a blanket stitch and make windows out of another piece of fabric. Oh to have such worries.  As my son would say, first world problems.

Until next time.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Already behind

While in Houston at the International Quilt Festival I came across the most adorable quilt. I love house block quilts to start with and these are just 4 inch finished. I jumped in and am dragging a couple of friends with me.

That Town and Country Quilt by Susan Claire of Gourmet Quilter

It's called That Town and Country Quilt by Susan Claire of Gourmet Quilter. She is in New Zealand. 

I really SHOULD NOT be starting a new project given the 9 in progress and 5 tops to be quilted I already have. But it was too cute to pass up.

So why am I behind? Well this beauty is a block of the DAY. Yep, 365 in total. Since today is the fourth and I haven't made a block get the picture. What I have done is get organized. I got a big binder and a bunch of sheet protectors. I have printed out the first seven patterns and the supply list etc and inserted them in the page protectors. I have also traced the patterns onto my fusible of choice (Steam a seam lite 2) rough cut those and put them in with the corresponding pattern. Then when my fabric that is ordered arrives I will be set to go.

What are you working in this new year?finishing ufo's or starting something new?
Binder to organize pattens and pieces. Will store completed blocks here too. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

A New Year

Today is the first day of 2016. It brings the usual day of reflection on the last year and hopes and goals for the year to come. I spent the day binge watching tiny house shows and gathering the Christmas decorations to be stored. What did you spend the first day of the year doing?