Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Boy Was Here

One of my jobs is being a church musician. I don't know if other people do this, but after 15 years of getting up early every Sunday morning, I have to take a Sunday afternoon nap. I NEED it. I'm not sure why church tires me out so much but it does. 
When I got home from church this afternoon, I had some leftover soup and then took an extra long nap. Yes I did.

Last week, the boy was here. While the rest of the family was in the Virgin Islands celebrating a wedding, V spent the week hanging out with Gary and me. The week started off a little rough for him because he had a cold but thankfully that went away after a couple days. We all got into the groove of getting ready in the morning. V even got up with an alarm all by himself! Gary and I got a taste of the school drop off/pick up. I spent most of my nights in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes. Homework got done. V happily practiced piano, mostly playing his new favorite song, Silent Night. I caught V's cold and lost my voice which made work interesting. Oh well.

My mom also came to stay with us Wednesday night for the music teachers convention. I barely got to see her except around the breakfast table before we all left for the day. We did have a date Thursday night to see Kurt Elling in concert though! He is one of my favorite singers so I was super excited to see him live. The concert was so good. Kurt did his thing, the band was swinging and after the busy week I had been having, it just made my heart happy. 
Here is one of my favorites of his if you want to watch. The poem in the middle is beautiful and I love everything about the piano playing. So good. 

Fast forward to Saturday. We had talked about having our own tropical party, but the week got so busy we had to settle for a "tropical breakfast." It was a little bit festive with the umbrellas haha! V wanted to stay a longer after Grandma and Grandpa got back, so he and Gary played some video games and then we roasted marshmallows around the firepit. S'mores and cider. It was a sweet ending to a fun week with V.
I'm so looking forward to Thanksgiving this week. How about you? It's my favorite holiday! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It Snowed and I Sewed!

I woke up early Saturday with thoughts of snow watching, soup making and sewing. I didn't make soup but I did sew and watch it snow! Oh and I finally bought a new cutting mat and blade for my rotary cutter. It cuts so nicely now, I don't know why I waited so long to get a new one. I was pretty much sawing through fabric before. Ha!

I saw that Kristie had put our Supernova Friendship blocks together which motivated me to get mine done. I copied the layout she chose because it just looks great! I finished putting the borders on this afternoon and ran outside to take a quick photo. It was too windy and cold for quilt pictures, I took one click and ran back inside! 

This week is going to be a busy one, so I'm happy I was able to get a little sewing in. V is here for the week and my mom will be here mid week. Looking forward to some fun with both of them.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thrifty Quilt

A finish! 
This is the quilt I made from thrift store sheets
For each log cabin block, I cut 2.5" strips from the sheets and then a 4.5" square from the flower fabric. The blocks were turning out pretty plain, so I pulled the purples from my stash and added some borders. The quilting is plain old outline stitching, which is about all I could manage. Next time I'm going to try quilt as you go because I had to wrestle this quilt through my machine! Not fun really.
The finished size is 56" x 56".
I'm planning on donating this one to Harold's closet at church. I hope someone will enjoy it, it is really soft because of the sheets and already has a cozy, worn in feeling.

Speaking of cozy, the cooler weather and earlier sunsets make me want to hibernate! I want to quilt and knit and drink cocoa and eat soup. 
My plan is to try a new soup recipe each week. This week, I tried broccoli and cauliflower soup because we had those veggies hangin around in the fridge. I may have roasted the broccoli a little too long because some of the pieces were a bit crispy. Even so, the end result turned out pretty tasty!
Do you have a favorite soup recipe? Please share if you do!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Walk Through the Neighborhood

The weather last week was just gorgeous and I soaked up as many sun rays as I could! You never know how long the nice days will last around here, especially at the end of October. I seem to remember many cold Halloween nights and sometimes there has been snow!
We've been pretty lucky with the warm days lately. 

Today felt colder. I had to wear socks for the first time and as I sit here, I have my shawl around me. All I want to eat is hot soup and warm bread. To snuggle up in a quilt on the couch and knit something. Drink cocoa. 

How about you? What do you do when the weather gets colder?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Flashback Friday

Flashback to mom and I on the 4th of July, 2000.
I made this quilt wall hanging for my folks and had maybe made two quilts before this one. Difficulty wise, this was the most difficult pattern I had attempted. I remember that I wanted the star blocks to look like they had a round border around them. The pattern didn't have that option, I think I just made it up by sewing triangles to rectangles and then trimming them down to fit. 
Look at how none of my seams match :( 

Looking at this picture makes me want a redo! I still like it though, even with all the mistakes. I think about how back then, I would just go for something and try it. 
Which brings me to this basket...

This is the basket full of blocks that I've tried.
It could be the basket where quilt blocks go to die.
These are my maple leaf blocks that need to be sewn together into a quilt top. They've been in the basket for probably a year and are the newest blocks because they were on the top of the pile.
Look what else I found!

I counted 30 different blocks/projects!
Some of these blocks are singles that I wanted to try and some are leftovers from other projects. I need to figure out what to do with them. Maybe I could make something like this quilt that my friend Kristie made!
So guess what was at the bottom of the basket? 
My purple and white scraps. 
I've been wondering where those went!

Do you have an orphan block basket? 
Let me know if you have any suggestions for what I can do with all these blocks. 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Supernova Friendship Block Swap: Blocks 5 & 6

We made it to the last blocks for the Friendship Block Swap! This has been so much fun and I'm so glad Kristie asked me to do this with her!

Kristie and I decided to go ahead and make an extra block each so that our quilt top will have twelve blocks on the front instead of nine. I wanted to use all of our blocks on the front, not just nine with an "extra" on the back. I mean, I love them all, there was no way I could decide which block to put on the back!
Kristie's blocks are the purple/blue and peachy blocks on the top row and mine are the yellow and purple/red blocks on the bottom row.

Getting to know Kristie and making these blocks together has been so much fun. I think we have probably had more fun than most since we live in the same town and have been able to meet up several times. I can't wait to put all the blocks together and finish this quilt. I know it is going to be my favorite!