Friday, February 27, 2009


I am glad it's Friday, it's been a very busy week at work. But a good one. I get to work and before I know it it's time to leave, and I really like that. I don't like to just sit, and I certainly don't do that! :-)
I am working on a top secret project, and I am taking my time about it. I will say that there are 3 steps, and I am on step 1, about 1/4 of the way done with that step. Stay tuned for updates on this!
It snowed last night, about 5" maybe. The fresh snow is like a blanket, so pretty.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Baby quilt in a day

So this morning I woke up, realizing that my cousin's baby shower is just a week away. Which means I had to get the quilt done today so I could ship it. I had the fabric washed already, so I was off and running.
First I went through my book of block patterns, and I picked a simple block. I decided to make 12 1/2" blocks, which would finish to 12", 3 across and 3 down would give me a 36" by 36" quilt, a nice size. So then I cut the pieces.
Then I started piecing, make 5 blocks with the blue fabric and 4 with the white.

Then I put them in rows,

And sewed the rows together. Then I pressed the backing, which is the same fabric as the center of the squares. (Also, by keeping the quilt 36" by 36", it fit on to a piece of backing fabric without having to piece it). I pinned,

And started quilting on my machine. I have a Brother, and I love it. Today there were some tension issues, but it looks good. I am starting to look for a machine with a larger throat area so I can quilt larger quilts, I am finding I really enjoy doing all the work on my quilts, including the quilting. I was able to do the whole quilt in one day, including the binding. Not bad!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Socks for Cindy O and the mystery quilt

I finished knitting socks for a co-worker, she certainly has earned them with all the hard work she has been doing! I set them on her desk this morning.

By the way, I have given up knitting matching socks. It's boring. :-)
I do have the mystery quilt quilted and the binding machine sewn on, just have to handsew the back. I very much enjoy using my sewing machine to quilt, it's like painting with the thread to me.

And here it is, all rolled up and ready to start quilting:

Tomorrow I will try and get pics of the quilting.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Last Night

Last night we went and watched the kids' race for the I500. It was great. Daniel raced,

He did well and it looked like he had fun. And it was relatively warm, 20 degrees about, instead of below zero.
Heather was playing in the snow, but she paused long enough for a picture.

Michael was off and about somewhere. It was a good time.
Today I got to sleep in. I'm missing Diva club. But Jim is sick and I didn't feel well, so I figured rest was the way to go today.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Air Mask Covers

Today I made air mask covers. Jim needed them for training the students to do search and rescue. They cover the air mask so they can't see, to simulate doing search and rescue in a fire situation where the visibility will be nill. You can buy the covers, but they are expensive. So I made 9 of them, in 3 different styles. For less than $15. They aren't pertty, but they will work. Here are pics of 2 of the styles.

Like I said, not pretty, but they will work. Now I am going to knit and watch the super bowl. Not rooting for a particular team, but waiting anxiously for the good commercials.