Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Gift

Every since moving to the country, I have been asking for a goat and a donkey.  My husband says no, no, no.  But I NOW HAVE A GOAT!!!  Granted, he is not real but he is cute, cute, cute.  My nieces, Paula, Pat, Pam, Phyllis and Teresa gave me this goat:
I can't put him outside in the cold so he is right at home in my kitchen. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Do you ever have a day where you should have stayed in bed????

Wednesday was that kind of day for me.  I am putting together a wallhanging for my grandson's first grade class.  Each student colored a square and all I have to do is put them together.  RIGHT!!!  Their colors are red and blue and had some fabrics.  But then I came up short on the blue for the border, so I'll just make a little evening star block to go in the corners.  But my borders measured 4-1/2" finished.  No problem.  Yeh, right.  To do the star some the measurements were in 1/16ths. So I'll just cut the border down to measure 4" so that will be easy to do.  I get the stars made and the borders sewn on but then I don't have enough of the blue fabric for binding and I don't have enough red fabric for binding so I have to combine the two.  Well, here is the quilt -- all finished:
On this same day, I decided to quilt a little on my quilt.  I quilted a row and felt underneath.  OH NO!!  Tension woes!  It is now like this waiting to be unsewn!
I called Nolting after trying for hours to get it adjusted.   Dan is so patient!  He said it sounded like backlash and to check my backspring.  Well, I have three bobbin cases and only ONE of them has a back spring!!!  Now it is sewing perfectly with that bobbin case.  So I have loaded Debbie's Pie in the Sky quilt and it is ready for me to work on this week.
Life is good when the longarm god is smiling!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Works in Progress & Finished Quilt

My hunter's star is put together.  When sewing the borders on, I found these great little quilter's cloths pins to use instead of pins to pin the borders on. 
They are so tiny but they work great!  Can't even remember where I got them.
Here is the hunter's star while I was working on it:
It is now ready to go on the longarm.
This is my niece's quilt from Edyta Sitar's pattern.  Love it!!

One of my large quilts -- did I say large???? -- 108 x 114 -- is on the longarm now.  These are a couple of pictures so I will remember how I did the center where the egg and darts meet and how I did the corners.  It will be awhile before it is finished.