Saturday, February 18, 2017

BACK TO HOUSES

It really bothered   me all night that --
the house block was not coming out right--
so this morning--
I started another one--
and here it is --step by step--
first though I played with 'fussy' cutting some cute windows--

see the kitties???
I knew that the main body of the house was correct--
and once it was done-
I measured it--
it was 6 1/2 " wide and 8 1/2" long--
Then I stitched on the 2 sides of 1 1/2' strips--
and then the problem came into 'view' again--
the roof--
I did go ahead and stitch it by the measurements on the pattern--
2-3 1/2" by 4" pieces
and did the peak in the center--
and made the 3 1/2" the height--
but look--
the roof is too narrow--
now yesterdays house I just made the roof longer--
but this time I trimmed the sides of the house--
to match the size of the roof piece--
so I think these should of been 1" by 8 1/2"--
Now the block measures 11 1/2 long by 7 1/2 wide--
Then I added the side piece --just like the pattern said--1 1/2" by 11 1/2"--
and this house finally looks like the house in the pattern--
then I decided I would just unstitch the tree that was stitched to yesterdays house--
as it was pretty good--
but then I decided also that I kinda liked this house from yesterday better for this quilt--
so I just trimmed down each side--
of the house block-
so the house block matched the new one and added the outside strip--
then added the tree with a bit of adjusting--
and now look--
they match---
and now I have a cat in the window block to do something with!!!!
and
 before I even started stitching I did a bit of work on the sewing machine--
with making sure I had a actual 1/4" seam guide--
But I think some of my problem is with ironing too much and that stretch's  out the fabric--
I can not use spray starch--sooo!!!!

OK--here is some really good news--
another "ufo" is done--
 my heart quilt did not get done by Valentines day--
but did get it done by the end of the week--
and I love red and hearts year round!!!

             Enjoy the moments, Di

Friday, February 17, 2017

I FIGURED IT OUT--

I wasn't 'drunk' on Chocolate--
I just can't read--
cause I not only had problems with the red bow--
in getting the right sized pieces cut--
I also had big time problems with this one--
 look at my houses for the "Spring on Beckon Street" bom--
Here was my first attempt yesterday--
had to do alot of 'fudging' to get it all to fit--
and then I didn't like it--
so today I started over--
and all I can say for this block is--
it does measure 12 1/2 by 12 1/2"--
my roof is too large for my house--I got a big 'overhang"!!!
and if you look closely you will see it is not the same as this block-
and no where did I find in the directions about the chimney piece--
I just figured that one out on my own--
so I am not sure I will go on with this one--
my brain used to be able to figure these patterns out--
but---
It is a good thing I guess that my daughter, is the architect in the family--
and not me--all my houses would fall apart at the first strong wind!!!

This is how I felt today--
wonder what I am doing???
I used to be able to sew a straight line--
can't even seem to do that lately--
maybe this last sewing machine I bought is just plain 'crooked'?????

Enjoy the moments, di

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TIME TO MAKE A BOW--

Remember that the day before I stitched the bow together--
I had cut everything out--
and I don't know if you can see it--
but as I cut the pieces--I put a check mark by that size--
sooo--
the next day I sit down to stitch--
and yes I did get a bow stitched--
but I can not believe how many pieces I missed cutting--
or that I had cut wrong--
But alast--
one pretty bow--
and and yes--I did stitch a section or two--
backwards--this block you needed to be on your game--
yet it really wasn't hard--
Now what could of been 'wrong' with me the day before when I was cutting--
I must of been 'drunk' on something--
had to have been this--
as I don't drink!!!!!
at least that is my excuse  'story' and I am sticking to it---

now I am also collecting this little tub with--
 all the little 'ears' that we have to cut off the other pieces on the block--
                         or the other half of the half square triangles--
                         in only '3' blocks so far on this quilt--my little tub is filling up!!!!!

And I am excited to say--
that I got the laundry done this morning--
now if I just could of hung it outside--I would really be doing a happy dance!!!!

              Enjoy the moments, di

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SURPRISES AND MORE-

I did it---
got the bunny block done--


I do have to say---I like it--
but there was alot of embroidery on it--
after all the stitching of the wool pieces--
and this is where I hung it for now--


It is on the wall over my ironing board--
and now the 2nd block in this row by row has come out--
and I have it all prepped--

and the wool thread is all bagged--
so when ever the mood  "hits"--
I can work on it!!

and I haven't shown this pile yet--this has been my 'leader/ender' project--
it was a mini charm pack or two--
first I just sewed 2 together--
then the 2 sets of 2 to make 4 patch--
now to decide o n the next step!!!

and I got his project prepped--
and it is done--
but we will talk about this adventure tomorrow!!!!

My Daughter dropped in on me, yesterday-
in the afternoon and she was baring gifts--
a beautiful Azalea bush--
actually there is 2 different ones in the same pot--
and a bouquet of chocolate and red silk roses and a pretty card--
 then she was going home to cook a steak dinner for the new boyfriend--!!


We are having some 'funky' weather here--
started yesterday afternoon--
the air looked funny and it felt funny outside--
right now there is bad storms about mid state--
headed this way--so looks like we will get some rain and more wind--
been real windy here all day so far!!!

          Enjoy the moments, Di



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