Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tropical Twist -------- with help---or not

I've been working on Bonnie Hunter's Tropical Twist from the recent issue of Quiltmaker magazine. As you can see, my work space is shrinking by the day. I'm now reduced to the kitchen counters for my fabrics and the kitchen table to cut pieces. 

I got a few blocks put together and it's quite pretty. I'm hoping to get the rest assembled tomorrow on Quiltville's Superbowl Blue Horizons sew in. I've got a lot of blue and purple in the Tropical Twist. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mr. Big's Shopping Trip

Don't leave the dog in the car while you are unloading food from the grocery store!  Notice the big bags of dog food to the left and there are dog cookies in the Meijers bag to the right. 

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Quilting Weather

After our heat wave last week where it was above freezing for two days, Jeff was here to get started on the east side of the house to put the new siding on. They got it all insulated, hauled away the old siding and were putting the last piece of insulation in place and OOOPPS!! There goes the phone and internet. Nicked the outside wire so he couldn't go any further till the phone company came out and repaired the wire.  Of course, they give you a commitment time of end of the day 2-3 days out and it was already Thurs.  Jeff wanted to get the new windows in and start on the siding by Fri morning because it was going back into the deep freeze this weekend (and it has). He got the two upstairs windows in on Fri. While he was working on those, the phone guy showed up. Got the phone up and running but not the DSL. He had to call the 'internet guy' to find out why it wouldn't come back up. Took them an hour or so to get that back up and running.  It's been quite cold all weekend, but nice and sunny both days.  

I worked on another Bonnie Hunter quilt pattern this weekend. Tropical Twist is featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker magazine. As you can see, I had lots of help. When Scribbles fell asleep on my arm it was time to call it quits for a while. He always wants up on my lap, but will usually stay in the kitty bed I had to put on my table so they wouldn't lay on my projects.  Mz Mouse had other ideas. She sees that bed as HERS. Several weeks ago she found Scribbles in HER bed and slapped him silly thinking he would get up and let her in. No, he just turned around and put his back to her. If looks could kill, that would have been Scribbles' last dance.  I got a second bed, one for the chair and one for the table next to the sewing machine....... both are now on my table so I can sew.  

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Happy Quilt

I finished Bonnie's NYE Double Delight Mystery last night.  Bonnie's quilts are always fun, her mysteries are always a mystery till the end.   The Double Delight was no exception, also a lot of fun,  it is also a happy quilt. I stayed pretty close to Bonnie's color selections.  It's got stars, pretty pinks, cool blues, bright yellows and oranges, a complement of browns, with a second pattern of flowers.  In the middle of Winter, you get a hint of Spring. This quilt makes you smile. 

As you see, we are back to snow on the ground, there's a foot or more so far with more to come this week in the form of Lake Effect!  Last week it was very very cold, in the negative for a few days in a row. Wind chills were in the double negative digits for days.  It was 12 below last night and will be at least that cold again tonight.  It was up to 19 degrees this afternoon with the sun. It felt like a heat wave. 

The second picture is a finished UFO! I finished the binding last week. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Double Delight Mystery

TA-DA!!!!!!!!!!! I finished the square in a square blocks for Bonnie Hunter's NYE Day mystery. Who would have thought that these pieces would 

Make into this block! I've still got most of the 9 patches to make, but this is a very pretty quilt. Bonnie has another great pattern to share.