Gilbert and I headed out the door at 9 a.m., this morning - we did some banking and went to Home Depot to pick up a "Milwaukee" circular saw. This winter, he came across a sale on a Milwaukee cordless drill and it was love at first sight! Lately..... And, coincidentally, his 12 year + electrical, circular saw was on it's last legs... So, we picked up a new, cordless circular saw and Gilbert's now a Happy Camper!
Once home, we unpacked our purchases and Gilbert worked on yesterday's quilt while I decided to cook up a batch of meat. Tomorrow, Gilbert and I are supposed to make a batch of meat pies and tourtières.
Gilbert helped me take a few pictures of my 2nd batik quilt that is FINALLY ready to be shipped off to the lady that commissioned this!
If you click on the picture below, you can see a bigger picture of this quilt.
While I was in my Sewing Studio, "Minou", our oldest cat, had to come in and find herself a (grooming) spot and snoozing spot. She plunked herself down into my wicker basket. I could hear her puuurrrr.... REAL loud!
Then, while emailing back and forth with my buddettes, I found out that I can take fresh berries and wash them - in this case I had blueberries on hand...
Add sugar, if I wished. In this case, I added a soup spoon of brown sugar.
And then, add some rum. I added some dark rum.
Apparently, the blueberries will NOT go bad and I can add these as a topping to a cake or pudding or whatever.
I'll keep you all posted on how this turns out.
Preserving Berries and Myself, too!
I have been trying my bestest to finish off 2 UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) before even DREAMING about starting a new project.... I've been trying, but I don't always succeed. *VBG*
Anyhow, these spool blocks were blocks that I swapped with other ladies, on the internet.
Today, I pulled them out of my ziplock back, trimmed them up and placed them on my design wall.
Unfortunately, 3 of the blocks did not even come CLOSE to the required 6-1/2" square. These 3 blocks may go on the back of what has now become my "Table Runner", rather than a square Table Topper.
See the cute small one? My friend, Brigitte Baierl, sent me that block, for no reason 'cept to show me how SHE does her spool blocks.
Its a 3 dimensional block -
I had to make 2 more green ones to come up with a symmetrical design. I'll be adding a skinny, probably black border and then, a bigger wider one... to finish it off.
And that's if for today.
It's now 8h38 p.m. and I'm upstairs in our little office and its STILL raining outside!
Gilbert and I went to "Home Depot", Friday evening and we picked up 2 gallons of CIL "Antique Bisque" (read: ivory color) and 1 pint of CIL "Afternoon Tea" (read: light, milk chocolat color), for our Baby Barn.
While the nice young man mixed our paints, I started flipping through a few of their home decorating magazines.
LOOK at what I saw!!!
Wouldn't this make the COOLEST table runner?!?!?
Appliqué the numbers, mark the (measurement) lines with pencil and play with black thread, in your sewing machine, to make bigger, fatter lines. Fill it in!
Or, make a much smaller one, to hang over your sewing chair?
Anyhow, thought I'd share this pic with you and hopefully, get your creative juices flowing...
One of my faithful readers, Susan, wrote to me, recently.
"You've been missing a week; where are you?"
Wasn't that sweet of her???
In fact, I've been here.
Here's my weekly routine:
Go to work - 8 to 4 job.
Come home and play in my Studio,
for a couple hours.
Drag butt upstairs and watch TV.
Sometimes do some handwork,
while watching TV, but not always.
Yesterday morning, I completed
the "Antique Car" quilt and its back.
This was last week's progress:
blocks are on the design wall.
Wednesday evening's progress.
The "filmsy" or "top" is completed!!!
I tried to make a black and white scrappy checkered border... kinda like those racing flags.
Then, since I had some left over blocks and strips,
I decided to make a fancy smancy, oversized "label".
I'll be writing on the Chicken Coop wire fabric!
And, the back is now complete and I'm proud to say that I used up a LOT of big chunked, flannel pieces, for the back! Trying to save money and stop spending money on fabric. Got LOTS here, already, right?