Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ramblings and a "brain cramp" story

Today is a day for puttering.  I love to putter around.  On my list of things to do is to create a C.O.W. block for Nancy, Near Philadelphia.  I think she turned out pretty's a picture of her for you.  
Also on my list of putterings for today is to cut some 5 inch blocks for a red and white fabric swap that my blogging friend Karen is heading up.  I need to cut 125 blocks, so I don't know if I'll get 'em all done today or not, as I also want to do a little gardening.    

Now for a funny little "brain cramp" story.  Yesterday I needed to go to the quilt store to pick up some supplies.  It's near my daughter Jennifer's home, so I went there first.  As I left her home, I was traveling what I THOUGHT was the way to the shop.  I went the wrong way.  When I figured out I had gone the wrong way, I was quite a distance from her home.  Thank goodness for my GPS.  I pulled off the road, typed in the address and was directed to the quilt shop.  It was a long way around, for sure.  I had to stop for gas (my tank was a little low already).  I felt so foolish, but all turned out well. 

Back to puttering!
PS  I got all the 5 inch blocks cut!!  Yeah for me!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rainy days and quilt pictures

It's been raining here...and that's an understatement!  We're not flooding like those poor folks who live in the Mississippi overflow areas.  My heart goes out to those people.

My donation creation was put into a silent auction to benefit a friend of ours who has esophageal cancer.  The silent auction items brought in over $5,000, with my items were partnered with a cutting board and bringing in over $125.00.  I was so surprised and honored to be able to raise money for something so worthy.  In all, the silent auction, reverse raffle and all the "side board" sales and the dinner raised $19,000.00 for this man and his family.  To say the least, he was overwhelmed with all the support, financial and otherwise.

I've been in a very dry, uncreative spell lately.  However, my mojo is back and the machines are humming.  I'm going to post a few pictures to share.  I still have a couple of things I'm planning to make, but this is a very busy week, so we'll see what happens.

This little quilt only measures about 21 inches square.  It's a gift for my oldest granddaughter's teacher who is retiring at the end of this school year.  Their school colors are green and white.  I'm tickled with how it turned out.

The quilt to the left is a little one (about 20 inches square)...a drag-a-long quilt. 

Below and right is the baby size one.

These are two tiny-size quilts my daughter wants to give a friend who is having twins soon.  I used my ruffler foot to make the ruffles for these.  Now that's so much easier than making them the old way! 

 I had some 6 inch squares that were given to me and I've never made half-square triangles, so I played a bit and made this.  I'm going to put some sashings and borders, not sure how I'm going to finish it, but I'm pleased with the results so far.

Tomorrow I have lunch with my good friend, Cathy.   Then we are going to shop for a bit.  I'd like to find a pair of comfy summer shoes.  I've been wearing Fit Flops most of the time, and even though they are as comfortable as comfortable goes, I think I need something else.

Wednesday I go to the doctor for my finger.  It's healing nicely and the pain is decreasing daily.  I'm a little concerned about the range of motion, but it is getting better in the middle knuckle.  The top knuckle is still immobilized,

Night night.