Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Town is finished

I'm so happy that this one is finished.  I'm hoping to find a frame for it tomorrow. 

This has been a real joy to stitch!  The pattern can be found at Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  I'm now thinking I might use some parts of the pattern to make some smaller pieces.  I love the bats and the owls and the little trick-or-treater.

I got my new Bosch dishwasher.  I thought my old dishwasher was quiet but this one is absolutely stealthy.  Also, it's  much more high-tech than my old one.  So many settings.  As usual, I'm the only one in the house who takes the time to read and understand the manual.  I think I'll make a power point presentation to teach the family how to use it. 

It's about 90 degrees here today.  This is usually a beautiful summery month for us - but this is a bit ridiculous.  I want to drink hot cider, not iced tea.  My life is so hard.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Stitching: Halloween Companions

Here is a fat cat I just finished, with his little mousie companion.  The cat weighs a lot because he's filled with crushed walnuts.  I got wise and stopped getting this at the quilt shop when I found it at the pet store for much less.

The mouse is filled with emery.  I love the nice weight it gives the mouse, and it's supposed to be good for needles, but it's a little messy to work with.  Really superfine black sand.  I only spilled a tiny bit, but it wasn't easy to clean up.

You can find the pattern at Bird Brain Designs.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Autumn Woods mini quilt

I had a spare couple of hours yesterday morning so I made this bow-tie mini quilt from a charm pack of "Autumn Woods" fabrics.  I love the muted colors.  Next month I'm taking a hand quilting class so I'm going to set this aside until after that.  I like to quilt the little ones by hand.  I'm looking forward to a refresher on techniques.

On the home front, our dishwasher appears to be on its last legs.  I'm in denial, but we've used it daily for about ten years.  The last time a technician came out, he said we should only be running it twice a week.  Was he kidding?  We have to run it every day around here.  Maybe other people eat out a lot more than we do.  Or do they use paper plates?  I can't even imagine.

So there are two courses of action; let my husband go to an appliance store, where somebody will easily talk him into something, or take it into my own hands and do extensive research, which may or may not come up with the same model.  I can spend forever and make myself crazy comparing features and checking consumer magazines. 

I'm guessing it's not going to be free, either. I'm still in sticker shock over all the little incidental expenses to get a daughter started at college.  What can you do though?

Do you have a favorite brand of dishwasher to recommend?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wacky Witches Part 4

Here is the fourth section of the Wacky Witches stitchalong.  There are some bits missing in the border but I'll get back to them.  Having a lot of fun with this one.  I like how the color variation in the thread plays in the clouds.

It's so easy to make me happy.  I was cruising through Target today to pick up pumpkin spice kisses and pumpkin spice coffee (I'm out already!) and pumpkin spice marshmallows (for rice krispie treats - get them now because stores run out) when I spotted these: Limited. Edition. Pyrex.  Be still my heart.  With lids even.  They jumped into my cart as so many things at that store do.  Of course I filled them with candy corn - which now comes in s'mores flavor!  Wheeee!  I just don't know what excuse I'll have for buying candy when the last of the kids move out. 

And finally, a confession.  We have had a stubborn, slow drain in this house that neither of us has taken the time to get to.  Today was the day.  I was about to grab the drain cleano stuff when I decided to take a moment to google alternatives.  Glad I did.

Yeah baby!  I followed the directions to cover the drain once I poured the vinegar in and voila!  Volcano power in my pipes.  No more slow drain.  Wish I'd learned this one many years ago.  Sorry I ever spent money on drain cleaners.  I was young and foolish (last week).

That's the shape of my Monday.  And now, if nobody's looking, I'm sneaking a pumpkin spice kiss.  Oh Fall!  How I love thee!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Squirrel Quilt finished

I finished quilting the little squirrel quilt.  I like how it turned out.  I'll add a sleeve today so it will hang a little straighter.

I quilted in some grass, some pebbles on the ground, and lines in the pumpkins.

The round leaves are full of swirls.

I did a straight-line border and then a trailing leafy vine.

One more project off the to-do list!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Needlework Tuesday: Autumn Progress

Only 100 days until Christmas!  This time of year I tend to increase my stitching hours on seasonal projects.  It's just part of how I personally celebrate the holidays.

I finished the top for this little quilt.  A friend said it looks like a pair of boots but hopefully you can see the squirrels.  Today I play to dig through my bags and bags of batting to find a scrap the right size so I can start quilting it.

My "Mysterious Halloween Town" is coming along.  Still working on the bakery.

So much cuteness.  I love the little trick-or-treater with a cupcake.

And finally my "Whacky Witches" stitchalong is coming along slowly but surely.  I'm very slow at stitching the border.  The little scenes are darling though.  Not sure if this one will get done in time for Halloween this year.

I have Christmas projects yelling at me from my stash.  They just have to wait though.

Linking up today with Heather at Books and Quilts.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Then and Now - 9/11

The picture above is from 2003.  I grabbed it today because it shows my 9/11 quilt in the background.  Every summer this quilt goes up on the wall.  While nobody in the house probably even thinks of the connection, that quilt will always remind me of 9/11.  Working on it in the months afterwards was very therapeutic for my jangled nerves. 

I remember the day it all happened, listening to the news reports in the car while I was driving the twins to preschool.  It was all surreal and unbelievable.  This morning I drove Jungle Boy down that same street as I took him to his classes at the community college.   He has no memory of the event.  We didn't have a television connected then (still don't) so my kids never saw that unrelenting news coverage.  They sang "God Bless America" around the flag at school a few years later on the anniversary, but never understood why.

Of course, they've studied it in school now, and have as much understanding as they do of any event in American history.  We've talked about it as a family, as we do many things, but for them it doesn't hold the weight that it does for those of us who do remember.

This is an event which separates our generations.  I was just a bit too young to remember the Kennedy assassination, which forever put me in a different category than those people who did remember it.

I hope that there will never be an event in their lifetimes that defines their generation in such a painful way.

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