Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Two more WV blocks

These two blocks are from Ceredo and Summersville. Neither was hard, although the one from Ceredo was a little more challenging. The center block was fussy-cut, meaning that I cut a certain area out of the fabric for this block. The star points were a little different than any I have made before, but not difficult. The WV blocks are addicting - as soon as I finish one I want to get started on another. However, I am quitting for tonight. It is quarter to nine, so I think I will relax with some tv and the computer for an hour or so, and then get ready for bed.

First Two WV Blocks

These are my first 2 blocks of the 2011 West Virginia shophop quilt. The first block is from the shop at Elkins and the second is from the shop at Buckhannon. There was a slight problem with the directions from Buckhannon because they didn't tell you to cut the background fabric for the star point blocks. I figured it out pretty easily but I wonder if other people will. I just used that block in my Star of Freedom wallhanging so I was already familiar with it. There are ten more blocks and I will post them as I get them made.

Edit by Debbie: I don't know why but the blocks came up in the wrong order.

Monday, June 27, 2011

They put my new awning up this morning!

Doesn't the house look terrific? Nitro Shade and Awning put the new awning up this morning after about 3 weeks of delays. I don't like how high and level it is but we didn't have a choice. The new storm door is a little higher than the old one and it hit on the awning when it was angled down. It is beautiful and bright white. Richard and I found the chair cushions at Home Depot the other day. They would look real good if the furniture was painted. We still have that to do. Richard is going to put up a new fence soon.

Design Wall Monday

No pictures this week. We made pillowcases at Viking on Saturday. I only made a couple that day but I actually made about 20 or so.

I got a king-size quilt out that still needed binding and serged the edges, getting it ready to bind. I haven't found a fabric that I want to bind it yet but when I do I will get right on it. Gotta work tomorrow - maybe I'll take the quilt with me and pick the binding. Decide that in the morning.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Design Wall Monday

A finish! This quilt is Heritage Garden by Marie Osmond and I made it during the winter. I got it back from the longarm quilter during the Shophop last week and got the binding on and finished just yesterday. It's a beautiful quilt and I am glad I made it. Debbie Canterbury made one too in similar colors and got hers done before I did. I also made 12 pillowcases during the last week and four more cut out and ready to sew. I have several more projects in mind but nothing decided on yet.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Our lunch bunch was approached about making pillowcases for kids with cancer at Cabell Huntington Hospital. I sure don't mind doing this but I wish we were doing it for CAMC. I would like to keep it local, especially since CAMC has given Richard a good living for 31 years now. Anyway, I was trying to make cases for both boys and girls and all ages. Here I have one case with hot rods and two cases of patriotic fabrics and colors. I think I have made a total of 12 pillowcases now. They asked that 10 people make 4 cases each. I had a lot of fabrics in my stash (but I did buy a few to make borders match) and I was happy to use some of it for such a good cause. They are quick and easy to make and I hope will make some children happy. I know, it isn't much, but sometimes it doesn't take much to help and everyone should do what they can. The girls are going to meet at Viking Sewing Gallery next Saturday and make as many pillowcases they can. I probably won't be there (we are working on our house) but at least I can contribute! I must commend Maria and Janet and all the girls for their commitment to this project.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Nothing on the design wall this week. I still haven't finished the Log Cabin Butterfly quilt I made last week. I hope to get it sandwiched with batting and backing this week but I have no idea how I want to quilt it. Free motion quilting would probably be best but I am no good at it. I have a few more projects in mind, including a Sunbonnet Sue quilt that would actually be kitty cats. I think the designer called it Sunbonnet Suzy. That would use a common background fabric for the blocks but the kitty cats and clothes would be scrappy, my favorite way of piecing. I found it in a quilt pattern book Pat gave me, called The Cat's Meow by Janet Kime. It was copyrighted in 1994, so it has been around a while. I am working Thursday, Friday and Saturday so I need to get some blocks ready to work on while I am there. Business is pretty slow in the summertime. I have the blocks from the new West Virginia shophop quilt but I think Tammy, Diane, Debbie and I intend to get together to put some of them together so I will wait a while.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Some of the bloggers put a picture of whatever is on their design wall on Monday, so I have decided to do that too, if I can remember to. (I know, I know, it's Tuesday, I'll do it on Monday from now on.) On my design wall, in actuality, the floor in the living room, the only place big enough to get a picture, is my Log Cabin Butterfly Baby Quilt. I made it at work yesterday, all except the nine-patch border, which I made at home today. I used scraps out of my scrap bin but I need to look for backing for this quilt. I am going to use the black for the binding. I won a basket at the WV shophop last year and this pattern was in it. I have finally gotten around to making it up. I loved making it and it went really fast. I think I will be making more of these!

Giveaway on Subee's blog!

Awesome giveaway on Subee's blog today. An autographed copy of Bonnie K. Hunter's book. I get an extra entry for blogging about it. I would love to win! Bonnie is my favorite and I don't have any of her books yet. Everybody cross your fingers (and toes) that I win!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Adam caught a big fish!

These are pictures of the big shovelhead catfish Adam caught yesterday. The pics were taken with his cell phone so they aren't the best quality. Richard said he never caught one that big. That is probably the Kanawha River, Adam didn't tell me where. It made Richard want to get out there and cast his line in, and he hasn't gone fishing in several years. Adam, we are proud of you!