Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Meanderings 12 - 5 - 2016

Here we are five days after my last post.  And almost nothing has been done!  And, I did not get to sing with the Spotsylvanians at one of our Christmas concerts. I am NOT happy.  On the other hand, I went to Pat's Virginian's show on Saturday and coughed my head off.  That wasn't any better.  Plus I had to drive home an hour plus afterward.  UGH.  Thanks for all the advice on getting rid of it but this cold is still hanging on.  Hopefully by Friday it will be over enough that I can sing and rehearse for 2 concerts on Saturday and one on Sunday. Ugh. 

My friend Dorothy asked if I had time to long arm one of her quilts a couple of weeks ago.  We were meeting at the local quilt store in Fredericksburg and again 2 weeks later in Midlothian for lunch and to attend Pat's barbershop chorus's Christmas show.  It worked perfectly for me.  I got the majority of the quilt done this past Tuesday and finished it up on Wednesday.  I surprised myself with my tenacity as I was coughing my head off and had a sore throat beginning Tuesday.  But I really wanted it done by Saturday so I kept working on it until it was finished.  

The rest of the week I pretty much vegged out.  I did go to Pat's concert but it totally wore me out so, nope, I didn't make it to the Spotsylvanian's concert.  But I took a great nap while he was gone.  I read a book or three this past week.  And, I did do a little knitting.  But not all that much recently.  Sigh. 

So, my goals list this week has a lot of unfinished projects on it.  The biggest disappointment to me is the backing is not done for the Christmas Favorites.  In fact, I couldn't face even thinking about it.  Ellie's Christmas shirt has not been done.  Although, I think I picked the thread colors and moved the file to my thumb drive so I can just start it and go -- if I feel like it. 

November 28, 2016
Load and quilt customer quilt
Make backing for Christmas favorites
Have lunch with Dorothy and attend Pat’s concert
Sing with Spottsylvanians Cough, cough – didn’t happen
Find Christmas cards and start getting them ready to send…
Embroider Ellie’s Christmas shirt nope, didn’t happen again.

So, what am I planning for this coming week... besides lots of rest and sleep? 
December 5, 2016
Embroider Ellie’s Christmas shirt
Keep knitting
Make backing for Christmas favorites
Sing three concerts

That's it for me today.  I need a nap.  You might want to spend some time looking at websites across the globe using these two linky parties as your guide.  It always amazes me all the beautiful projects folks are working on.  Click on the links for Main Crush Monday and Monday Making.  I realized last week that I forgot to actually link up with one of these gals.  Ugh, could it be I was suffering from a fuzzy head?  Probably. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Goal -- OMG

Welcome December.  Except our weather is more like autumn.  We've been getting some rain that will help the plants and lawn.  It's suppose to turn colder -- not as bad as January but more seasonal temperatures this weekend.  

My One Monthly Goal for December is to make the backing, quilt and bind Christmas Favorites.  Hopefully early enough so I can hang it in the entry way too.   For the last few weeks I've listed sew the backing together and it still isn't done.  MUST get going on that.  Here's the fabric: 
The issue is I'm using one piece (the scenic piece) and I need to add enough to make it the right size.  I found this red which will work pretty well.  (And it'll be on the front too.) I had to go back and find more fabric so I had enough for the backing.  But, what was I thinking -- that red was 12.95 a yard or so!  For. The. Back.? Too late now it will be the back and a 3 D poinsettia flower. I've got an idea in my head of how to get this done.  We'll see if it works. 

Then it will be on to quilting (custom -- er, not my favorite but an edge to edge would be -- blah.)  Then binding.  I don't remember if I have a piece for binding or not.  I think I do.  So the path to a successful OMG for December is laid out for me.  Now to just get it done.  It doesn't help that a nasty cold has struck.  Hopefully it's almost run its course.  

Here's another little project I could be working on -- 

I bought this Espresso Ornament Kit made by Happy Hollow Designs up in Tecumseh, Michigan in 2015.  We traveled north to attend Pat's niece's ordination and we did a lot of Row x Row shopping up and back.  I though this was pretty cute.  It also has "lights" to wrap around his antlers.  This is ready to start sewing but so far I haven't done more than lay it out.  It could get done this year, but I'm not holding my breath! 

My cold is putting a damper on my singing this weekend.  I doubt I'll actually sing although I may go and listen.  Or stay home and sleep.  Who knows.  I might be lucky and I'll feel well enough to sing by Sunday afternoon.  Time will tell.

I'm linking up to Elm Street Quilts for the December OMG and Needle and Thread       Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation. 

I'm off to take a nap.  I seem to be falling asleep at the keyboard.  

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Meanderings 11 - 28 - 2016

It seems like I really didn't get much sewing done over the last week.  On the other hand I did make 4 apple crumb pies -- with nary a picture to show for it.  What was I thinking?  Two pies were sold at a bake sale supporting the local singing group.  One was for dessert Thanksgiving day and one is residing in the freezer to be pulled out in the future.  Lots of work but I still have a whole pie left! 

So, I did get 2 Christmas shirts done for Sophie and Natalie. OOPS, no pictures. I did notice they were both wearing them the next day when their mom posted on Facebook.  But, you really can't see the designs.  Sigh.  I've made Theo a Christmas onesie but I can't even find it now.  Yikes.  So, I'll throw in a picture of some more of the onesies I gave him in October.  Jawsome is from Embroidery Boutique. 
And Boy at Work is from Designs by JuJu.  Who knows where I put his Christmas one.  Heck, where is the shirt for Ellie's Christmas embroidery?  I am getting a little too scattered. Must mean I need to spend way more time in the studio.  I have hardly been in there over the last week or two. 
Here's my newest knitting project.  Don't expect to see anymore of it for several weeks.  Just saying'.

I finished my OMG pretty early this month.  I wanted to sew the blocks together and get the borders on.  And yep, both borders are done.  

You can visit other OMG blogs by going to Elm Street Quilts to see if others have finished their November goals.  (If you have time, take a look at other posts on Patty's blog.  She has a lot of information on making bags/purses.  I need some time to page through all the wonderful posts.) I'll post my goal for December early in the month. 

Now, it's on to the weekly goals.  I didn't give myself too many goals as I knew I was going to be busy with non-quilty things last week.  Heck, it'll be the same this week actually.  So, overall, I did well. 

November 21, 2016
Keep knitting
Get 2 more shirts embroidered before Thanksgiving
Load customer quilt on Ruthie (Started the backing will finish on today)
Cook Thanksgiving dinner
Make pies, cookies and muffins for community bake sale√ I don’t want to make another apple pie for a while…I made 4 of them!

And this coming week.... again, a little less quilting involved.

November 28, 2016
Load and quilt customer quilt
Make backing for Christmas Favorites
Have lunch with Dorothy and attend Pat’s concert
Sing with Spottsylvanians
Find Christmas cards and start getting them ready to send…
Embroider Ellie's Christmas shirt

We'll see if I buckle down and get the two quilty things done.  I'm very motivated on the knitting so I know I'll keep working on the various projects I have going.  

Take some time to relax with a cup of tea (unless you are a coffee fan) and check out these Monday Linky Parties: Main Crush Monday and Monday Makings.

That's it for me now.  I am going to load a quilt this afternoon and knit some more.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Meandering 11 - 20 - 2016

For some reason I really didn't get all that much done this week.  Of course it could have been because Saturday and Sunday were taken up with a rehearsal and a concert with the Spotsylvanians.  Here's a link to one of our pieces from rehearsal on Saturday.  If you live in Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania county think about coming to one of our free concerts.  Check out their Facebook page to see our concert dates in Spotsylvania and in Culpepper, Virginia.  

One thing I did do was go to my local quilt store and buy enough fabric to go with a couple of yards of fabric I already had so I can make the backing for the Christmas Favorites top.  But, that won't be happening until after this week.  Too much needs to be done this week for Thanksgiving.  Also, our community is having a craft show Saturday and I'm baking some goodies to sell to raise funds for the community chorus.  Yea, we do sing around, a LOT.  With the church choir I'm singing with 3 choruses and Pat's still singing with the Virginians in Richmond, so he's in 4.  We'll probably be cutting back some for the spring season. 

I've been knitting hats for the girls in the family.  I've got two done except for making a pompom for the top of each hat.  Luckily these little hats go really quickly.  

I've finally started catching up on my fabric usage since the move.  Um, it doesn't look all that good recently.  Here are July stats.  I really couldn't do much sewing so I decided to do a little internet shopping instead which I wrote about here.  Hum, I'm definitely NOT using fabric up.  I did use a very small amount of the fabric I brought in during July.  But, honestly 3 pieces no bigger than 3 x 6" just doesn't make that big of a dent! 

Fabric In Month
Fabric in Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year


Moving right along to my goals for the last week.  Not bad but definitely not fabulous either. 
November 14, 2016
Put last border on Christmas Favorites
Make backing for Christmas Favorites oops – I had to buy some additional fabric
Begin embroidering Christmas shirts √one done, 3 more to go
Keep knitting!
Vacuum and straighten up the studio √ at least I got the vacuuming done but I still need to do some straightening

And this week's goals:
November 21, 2016
Keep knitting
Get 2 more shirts embroidered before Thanksgiving
Load customer quilt on Ruthie
Cook Thanksgiving dinner
Make pies, cookies and muffins for community bake sale

That's it for now...I've got a rehearsal in 45 minutes and I need to take a shower!  I'm linking up with Monday Making and Main Crush Monday

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone and hope you can squeeze in some quilting time this week. Bonnie