Saturday, December 27, 2014


Daytona Beach
I had a great Christmas with family. The day was beautiful with partly cloudy skies and temps in the mid to high 60s.
Tina cooking breakfast.
I started the day at my sister Tina's house. She cooks breakfast every year for the family. We had a smaller group this year than we usually do.
Okalea and Mom
Mom and sister Okalea were there, along with Okalea's husband Tom, my nephew and his girlfriend, grand nephew, niece and me of course.  
Later in the day my son Lonnie took me out to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner. The restaurant is located on the Daytona Beach pier. We dined on stuffed shrimp and mahi, mahi tacos out on the pier in the fresh air.
Jim and Debbie 1994
I finished the day by remembering happy days with my late husband. The lack of his presence is the only thing keeping this from being a perfect Christmas.
How was your Christmas?

New projects started

Mr. Cottontail
I didn't have any Friday finishes but I did make progress on some Spring projects. First I finished hand stitching Mr Cottontail.

Then I started making blocks for a lap quilt. This is the first project from a book I bought, "Quilt As You Go Made Modern."
Jera's over at Quilting in the Rain new book.
I made six more squares today, Saturday. I even managed to clean both bathrooms and wash two loads of clothes in between blocks.
The day was topped off with a deliver of Kona cotton and a Jelly Roll.
So far the weekend after Christmas is pretty good.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Great end to a bad week and a finish

When I woke Saturday morning and took Tebow out for his morning constitution I was energized. The sky was blue, the temperature was 75 degrees and I could smell the salt water. It was hard to sit still long enough to do my devotions because yesterday I got the call to pick up my sewing machine from the repair shop and I was ready to get back to quilting. You see my week had been a bad one and I was ready to do some relaxing.

My week went bad on hump day Wednesday. I was getting ready to head out to buy closed in shoes for my trip to Ohio on Sunday. Being a Florida girl I only own flip flops and sandals. I decided to check the mail and right on top was a summons for jury duty, my first ever. The date, right in the middle of my vacation. I was going to see if I could postpone it to a later date but wanted to check on my ticket refund in case I couldn't. I did buy insurance for trip cancelation. Problem #2 When I called I found out I made the reservation for the wrong month. :{  November which has passed. Good bye refund. #3 Thursday I got the news that my mother's CT scan came back with some concerns about cancer and a PET scan was ordered for next week. Knowing that I wouldn't have wanted to leave her alone so it turned out I wouldn't have gone anyway.

So now to the good part or so I thought. I picked up my machine set it up and got to work on my step-daughters rag quilt.
Ann's Quilt
I had promised it over a year ago and was working on it when my machine broke. I sent her a PM telling her I would have it ready Sunday night when she came for her Sunday visit. Well the bad week wasn't over yet. I began to sew and the thread broke. re - threaded sewed another two feet, thread broke. Tried a third time and yes the thread broke. This was one of the problems before fix so I was frustrated. The repair shop guarantees their work so that wasn't a problem, but he didn't open again till Tuesday. Bummer.

Sunday I quilted some on Mr. Cottontail and grumbled about hating sewing machines.
Monday morning I thought maybe I could see where the thread was catching and figure out how to fix it. Found the problem.
It was me and my thread holder.
Rag Quilt is finished and I even closed up the dog pillow I stuffed with last years tiny scraps of thread, fabric and batting.
Tebow and his new pillow.
And my stepdaughter, Ann and grandkids postponed their visit a day so I was able to gift the quilt tonight. Looks like this week is going to be much better.
Now onto the next quilt.
Happy quilting.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Slow Stitching

I have given up on any Christmas stitching and packed it away. I am headed out of town for the next month and I needed something small and portable to take on the plane so I broke out my
Mr. Cottontail and Lady Duck.

I started Mr. Cottontail last Spring when my husband was in his last week of Hospice. I finished up the outline of his body and face.

Then I moved to filling in the blank space with angled lines.

As you can see I just started the lines. My husband died on Good Friday and I put Mr. Cottontail and Lady Duck away.
Now I am ready to finish them up. I do not know if I will make a wall hanging or a table topper with them. I figure they will let me know when the time comes.
Are you still sewing for Christmas?
May you have a relaxing and stress free week.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tis The Season

Tis the season for joy, peace and harmony but also for colds and flu. I am still suffering from the residuals of a cold that went into a respiratory infection. Once the antibiotics kicked in I felt like accomplishing a few quilty things like my lap quilt for Christmas.

So I ironed the top and batting and was getting ready to cut the backing so I could baste when I had to leave to take my mother to the doctor. So I draped the top over a dining chair to keep it from wrinkling, closed bedroom door to keep Tebow from punishing me for leaving yet again and off I went.  I had been away for longer periods and more often than normal so, my little Tebow was not happy and punished me. 

Yep you guessed it. He hiked his leg on my top. No I did not murder him but I wanted to in a bad way. Now I was going to have to wash the top and I knew it was going to ravel and be a mess because I had washed one before. Luckily my friend Kathi had a thought, "Wash it by hand." I did and it worked! Thank you Kathi. It is now re-ironed and ready to baste.
Happy Quilting my friends.