30 September 2019

September 2019


Hubby and I went to my 50th high school reunion this month. The picture is of us at my 40th reunion. What I couldn't figure out was who were all those old people! It was a bit embarrassing that my ability to not remember names was highly visible. "Hi, you!" "What has been happening in the 10 years since we last met?"


I have actually made a quilt! Will wonders never cease?  I used two different fabrics: a stripe (that you can see in the border) and an allover triangle fabric. I measured the repeat on the stripe and then cut squares. Then I cut squares from the triangle fabric. It is a good sized quilt: about 55x60". It is in the giveaway pile until it tells me who it belongs to.

I'm working on a secret project that will be revealed once the quilt is gifted. I can't say much more or it will give the secret away.

Today is a damp and drizzly day. Tomorrow will be warmer and the temp should be back up close to 80 by Friday.

I need to start working on my Halloween costume. Last year my costume was too subtle so this year it will be a highly visible costume. Also it will be comfortable. My costumes are always comfy since I don't like uncomfortable clothes.


31 August 2019

August 2019

Yes! It's true. I am no longer on crutches. My legs, however, are as weak as a baby's. It's a slow process to add weight bearing back into the equation.

I've been walking as much as I can downtown because the sidewalks are level. I also still go to the physical therapist. One day I will be as I was before, hopefully better that before.

04 August 2019

July 2019

Another month of crutches. Are you counting? This makes 8 weeks on them. I am heartily tired of them: my other knee hurts now, my hands are trashed and I have calluses in my armpits. Ugh.

I did finish something this month. As you might know, my sewing room is in the basement. I went down the stairs like a little kid by one step at a time on my butt. I quilted this queen sized flannel quilt that I had pin basted before my little accident. It's a good thing I basted it before because I know I couldn't have done it on crutches.  It's just big 10" squares.


The second picture is truer to the actual color of the quilt.

I made and then gave this quilt to my son and DIL so they can trade it for babysitting. They want to go on an adult weekend (no kids) and this is my way of helping. Their babysitter has always wanted a quilt so I made one for her. Win/win.

09 July 2019

June 2019

Time has gotten away from me. My summer essentially been put on hold. At the beginning of June, I slipped off the tailgate of a pickup into soft soil. I'm not sure what really happened but I heard and felt a pop in my knee. The orthopedic doc thought it could be a torn ACL but an MRI determined that there is a vertical crack at the top of the tibia (shin bone) right behind the knee cap. 😥 I'm glad it's not the ACL but now I have to be on crutches for 8 weeks with no weight on my left leg at all. My days are now taken up with doctor appointments and physical therapy.

During this time I was asked if I could finish a quilt that her adoptive mother had started about 40 years ago and worked on it now and then. Her adoptive mother is now in assisted living and won't finish it. I said yes so she sent it to me. After all, I'm supposed to stay off my feet and this is something I can do sitting down.

It is a largish quilt made by someone who did not make quilts. The blocks are Sunbonnet Sue blocks that measure 13.5". These blocks are appliqued by machine onto a blue sheet. It was sandwiched using a very thin but stiff polyester batt and a pink sheet and hand basted.


The muslin appliqued blocks were then hand quilted.


It's unfortunate that there are so many puckers on the back that finishing it in this condition wasn't possible.


I got permission to take it apart and remake it. The first thing I did was to remove the basting and then the quilting stitches and then the block.


I have removed all the little threads and washed both the blue sheet and pink sheet.


Stay tuned. I'll talk more about this project.


28 May 2019

May 2019



It's pollen season around here. I am highly allergic to pine pollen and yes that is what it looks like. I am miserable. Oh for a good rain!

A storm moved in this week and dumped 2" of snow on us. Talk about fulfilling a need. I can both breath and see. There was 1.5" of water in that heavy wet snow.


Isn't this beautiful? The pattern is Wingspan by Kyle Vey. The yarn is from The Blue Brick in the Ibis colorway. I'm knitting this with a yarn from The Loopy Ewe that will look more like a parakeet's wings. I started this shawl and got to row 10. A couple of stitches slipped unnoticed from the needles and I couldn't navigate the pickup. And so, it was frogged. Now there are the 79 cast on stitches on the needles. *sigh*

15 May 2019

April 2019

Well, I totally missed posting for April. I had this post written but forgot to schedule it.
Work on THAT house has stopped for now since DH and I are getting burnt out.

I've been doing walk about in my yarden and cleaning up some of the flower beds. All the work from THAT house (6 months!) has caused backups in our own house stuff. I cleaned out all the dead stuff from the both the rhubarb patch and the asparagus patch. That filled up the one trash can I have for that type of thing. Since I currently have limited yard waste containers I have to work on it slowly.
I noticed that my Autumn Joy sedum is poking up so that will be the next to get cleaned out.

And another spring storm has hit us! I love how the meteorologists call it a Bomb Cyclone. Really? I've always known this as a spring storm/blizzard. The spring storms are actually worse than a winter one because of the moisture content in the snow. We sometimes call the snow Sierra Cement.

Saturday night, I posted a garage sale on Craigslist. The sale is for the coming Friday and Saturday. In the items for sale is a 60lb air compressor. Sunday (Easter!) morning the doorbell rings and some gal wants to buy the 'composter'. I DON'T have a composter for sale and the sale isn't on Easter Sunday. Do people even read any more?

31 March 2019

March 2019

Well dumpster #3 was filled and dumpster #4 is on order. How can one house hold so much stuff?!! I am washing all the dishes, flatware, china and crystal so I can see what is there. I am doing a crash coarse on glassware so I know what is worth marking up or down. There is some lovely stuff, that is if you are into glass and china.

Winter is still around but signs of Spring are appearing at Casa del Quilter. I like to walk around the yard to see what has poked it's head above ground.

I love to doodle quilting patterns and this one was really difficult to figure out directions. But perseverance paid off in the end. This would be good to use on a 16 patch, wouldn't it?