Archive for the ‘QOV’ Category

November 30 – Done, and Done (projects and month)

November 30, 2020

Fast post, with 2 quilty things done: (more…)

August 2 Check In

August 3, 2020

Saturday (7/25) – After cropping photos to post, and hitting “publish” on the last post this morning, I cleaned the rocks for the fig tree pot and put them back in.  Here’s a tip – if you have plants in large pots and cats that think they are litter boxes, putting landscape rock on top of the potting soil works to keep them from digging.  I used white marble for years but it does start to stain from water and fertilizer after a while.  This time I’m putting a bit of water permeable landscape fabric between the rock and potting soil, hopefully the rock won’t sink in.  It looks a lot better than the foil or cardboard that I’ve sometimes seen recommended.  The one monarch is doing great and might be ready to do the chrysalis thing.  The other one…  hasn’t eaten anything since yesterday.  It is still moving, but very sluggish.  It’s going to be stinking hot heat index (100-102 degrees) today, so there will be no whining today about not wanting to weed, as I’m not even considering it.  Sewing it is today!  I fixed that one block and got it to size and finished assembling and pressing the star blocks for the 2nd top. (more…)

Late July Check-In

July 25, 2020

Friday (7/17) – after hitting “publish” on the last post, I finished breakfast and a bit of blog reading while convincing myself to put on big girl pants and haul myself out to weed again.  Sorry –  I know anyone reading is even more tired about my whining on this, than I am of weeding.  And I’m REALLY tired of weeding.  I cut another t-shirt into a yard work tank and out I went.  OOPS – I cut the neckline on this one a bit too large and need to pull to the back and twist it with the bra straps.  Oh well.  I did find 2 “what is this?” creatures.  One of them, I thought they were seed pods, but when I grabbed them, they scattered.  There were about 6 of these clustered on a bind weed flower bud.  I have no clue what they are.  The other I noticed on holding onto a dead bee on a coneflower bloom.  Then saw a few others.  Three and a half hours later, the flower bed by the well was DONE.  And I was done for.  I pulled a few stray grasses from hostas under a couple trees and in the bed behind the house.  I also picked a new leaf for the caterpillars (first one getting wilted) and the few green and wax beans that were ready.  While doing that, i see an okra or two that could be picked, but I was too tired to go to the shed and get the knife.  Then I see the potted herbs need water, so did that.  By that time it was 1:30, and I’d had enough for the day, so showered and did nothing else.  Seriously – nothing except write this. (more…)

End of February Check In

February 28, 2020

Sewing & Needlework:

I emailed the QOV group leader, and she concurred that there was an error made in the kit, there should be 30 blocks.  There’s a few ways I can see the error.  I picked up the fabric Saturday morning.  We ran off the fabric through the cutter in short order. While sewing these blocks together, I found a 3rd reason to move the Necchi away from the wall – as I was pressing the blocks, “why are there only 9?”.  I go back to the machine, not there.  “Ohhhh crud!  No, no, nonono!!!”   Yes, one of the blocks fell back behind the machine as I was merrily sewing along after the bobbin ran out 😦    The chopstick came in handy to scoot it over to the cabinet and work it up to where I could reach it.  The top is sewn together and waiting to be pressed and stay stitched around the edge.  Then it’s time to figure out a time that QOV leader will be home to turn it in for quilting and binding.  I’d rather do that sooner than wait for the next regular day on March 26, so it’s not hanging about the sewing room. (more…)

Feb. 2 Check In

February 2, 2020

Sewing & Needlework:

On 1/25/2020, the hand quilting on the borders was DONE!  Finis!  Completed.  WooHoo!!   The following day, stitching around the whole thing and trimming was done.  And about that binding fabric…  it was the wrong one.  As it turns out, I only have pieces of the matching green.  I have a big chunk of the red, but it was a different dye lot and is a lot brighter.  I have pieces of the original red. The quilt will finish at about 78×88 inches, if my maths are correct, I need 9.3 yards of binding.  I’d like to do bias binding, but will have to do straight grain since the bits left won’t lend to bias cutting.  I really don’t want to go trying to figure out another fabric, whether from stash or store.  On further measuring and thought, if I go with 2 1/4 inch binding, I have enough of either green or red bits.  After looking at both with the quilt, I went with the red.  It’s cut 2 1/4 inches wide, sewn together, and ready to be pressed.  Not only did I like it better, but I know all are cut on lengthwise grain.  I’m not sure if all the green bits were, or if I’d end up with a mix of lengthwise and crosswise grains. All the bits and pieces are folded and back in the stash in the correct places.

Mid-ish August check in

August 19, 2019

Mid August…  Is it “already?!?!?”  or “only?!?!?”    “Already” because, well, once again where has the summer gone?!?  “Only” because that means 1 more month to the big day.

I started writing this July 21, with weekly updates, and it got way too long.  So here’s the condensed version, starting with the non-sewing & non-needlework… (more…)

January check-in: better late than never??

January 30, 2019

I hope your Holidays (ALL of them) were good, and for those that make them, that you’re having success with this years resolutions.

I started to write this on 2018-12-28, so apologies if this gets jumping around and makes little sense. Also, I apologize for it being so long and rambling. Then I intended to post it on Jan. 6, but got sidelined sulking that I had to go back to work.

There were no declarations of resolutions or listing best/worst projects (more…)

An over due post.

November 17, 2018

I started writing this October 13, and now it’s November 17!  Apologies if some things don’t make sense time-wise…  I really should just post and not worry so much about  quantity or lots of photos.  I cannot believe it’s mid November already!

Sewing has Happened!  And some sewing related ponderings & whinings. (more…)

Long Overdue Update

December 29, 2017

Well.  I didn’t mean to be so long between posts.  It’s been a case of “life happens” with Dad.  He’s 92 and was doing OK up until September.  Since then, I’ve been at his house every Sunday afternoon and one doctor appointment during the week.  At least we thought he was doing OK, but now that I’ve had a chance to go through this years paperwork, something had been starting in June.  We moved him to assisted living the end of November, it should have been done a year ago, given his eating (rather lack of) situation.  He just wasn’t thinking about eating.  Now at least he’s getting 3 meals a day put in front of him, and he’s eating regularly. (more…)

QOV top #6 finished

July 30, 2017

and ready to be turned in for quilting and binding.  In real life, the white isn’t quite so white, i has red stars on it.  I’m always puzzled by how different many quilts look in person, vs. how the camera sees them.

QOV top #6