Thursday, August 18, 2016

Knitting A Sock

I am knitting-a-sock... 
I have been doing this, it seems like weeks, but it hasn't been that long I guess. I've been reading as well.

Mostly, I've been hanging out with my amazing Grandsons. We had a BOYS ONLY weekend (except for Nana, of course). They went out for pizza. They went fishing, and only one of them fell in. They had an amazing water gun fight, with Otter pops after. They went to see a movie, with a ton of candy and slushies. They had a sleepover with one of the dogs, who only ate part of three socks. They had barbecues, with a lot of ketchup. Ice cream sundaes. They got new remote control Hexbugs. Hot dogs for lunch. Star Wars movies and video games. 

One of them told me it was his favorite weekend ever. Better than Disneyland... I did my best buddy.

Okay. Now back to that sock.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Late Summer Heat

The first three photos are from Glacier National Park, and the second three from Yellowstone National Park. We saw two Grizzly bears in each park, herds of Bison and a lot of Elk.

Good morning. I've been home for just over a week. You know the drill. Watering, dusting, re-arranging. Of course, walking off all of the really bad-for-you food eaten while on vacation. We had a great time in Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. We learned how to use all those buttons and things in the new fifth wheel, that we hadn't traveled with. Now we know how to do everything, and how to make reservations in RV parks. We didn't spend as much time as I would have liked hiking, but we still need to gain confidence in leaving the dogs in the RV. With the air conditioning running of course. I think I need a monitor or something.

Since I've been home, I finished the first block of the very bright, Feather and Flower quilt. A lot of stitches went into one block. It measures 38 x 38. One BIG block, and I have three to go. Three. To. Go. I am somehow unable to get the true colors to show up in photos.  It's bright. Maybe too bright, but I'll keep working on it.

I'll keep stitching away for as long as I can. I have been having a lot of pain in my hands and arms, so in June I had and appointment with a hand and arm surgeon. I have numb and tingling fingers and arms. It's very painful. He sent me for nerve conduction tests. The tests showed that I have Carpal Tunnel in my right wrist, and Cubbital Tunnel in my left elbow. All I know is that it hurts. The doctor who did the tests seemed to think that I will need surgery. I have an appointment with the surgeon at the end of the month.

And just to keep myself out of trouble, I have started a new pair of socks for Halloween. Sort of spooky right?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sarah Morrell Block Six-- Rolling Star

I spent two days stitching the next block in my Sarah Morrell journey. It is part hand pieced, and part machine pieced. I've never hand pieced quilt blocks before, so this is all a new experience. I like it. I thought it would be more difficult, but it actually takes a difficult seeming block and makes it easier to accomplish. It's slower than whipping through machine pieced blocks, but for this quilt it is totally acceptable. This is a journey, not something to be rushed. The photo is horrible. The fabrics are much brighter, and the fabric really isn't puckered. I promise. I really like the bugs on the green fabric.

The next two blocks are simple, and then there is a difficult one. I'm not even sure I can do it. We will see... If I can't, than I'll have to come up with a substitute. 

This is probably my last blog post for a few weeks, and this post is so short, that I'm not quite sure it counts as a post. Lets just count it as a mini-update. We are going on a real journey. I'll be back.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Feather And Flower

A little catch up with another fun project. 

The Feather and Flower quilt is usually done on an off-white background, but I decided to try something a little different. A bright raspberry background, with a lot of bright orange feathers and stems. I think because of the brightness, I just can't get the colors to come out true in photos. The colors are a lot more clear in reality.

 These blocks are huge. There are four of them, and each one measures thirty-eight inches square. It seems to be taking forever to stitch, until I remember how many stitches are in each one of these shapes. Especially those feathers. Those feathers are going to be the end of me. I still have three to go, but I'm tired of them, so I moved on to something else.

There are a lot of missing pieces and bare edges in these photos, because this is a project in progress.

Just think, I've shown three projects that I'm currently working on, and I have three others that I haven't even started. Three more patterns and the fabric. Unless, I change my mind again. This Flower and Feather quilt has had more than one choice of fabrics. I just couldn't decide, until I took it to quilt group last week and had them help.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sarah Morrell Block Updates

I've been working on two Sarah Morrell blocks. One of them very simple, and the other not. 

The more complicated one needs a little touch up; as in the center needed to be removed. I haven't gotten to it yet, but I will. It isn't centered exactly, so there is a slight bit of pulling. Fussy cutting the star points was a lot of fun. I'm learning and practicing new (to me) methods. I'm going to tell you the truth in regards to what is difficult to me, and what I have had to re-stitch. Always the truth. As well, just because I have had to do something more than once doesn't mean that it is an exceptionally difficult process. I'm just being realistic about what I have had to do more than once. Only the truth, everyone...

I hope you are having a lovely summer. We are hoping to take a trip in our new fifth wheel that we bought in January. We've never spent one night in it, or even had a meal. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Rowdy Flat Library Quilt Block One

I am stitching many complicated quilts all at one time. It looks as if I just don't spend any time on my projects, when the exact opposite is true. Unless I'm sleeping, or walking my dog, or cleaning, I'm in my chair working on something beautiful. I am just lucky that I have found so many beautiful patterns all at the same time. I suppose I should only stitch one pattern at a time, but I don't. The reason for the explanation is: it seems as if I have no progress to show. I have made progress though, just on many quilts at once.

 This post is all about one block. I can't wait to see what this pattern designer has in store for those of us working on this pattern. I have received three different block patterns, but there are no finished photos of the quilt. I guess not only is it a block of the month, but a mystery quilt as well. I've never participated in either, and I started this one behind every one else. There is a group for us on Facebook, and I just can't stay away from it. It's full of inspiration, but also full of photos of everyone else's projects. I will know what I'm working on way before I get there.

All of these photos are of just one block. Isn't it fun?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Kennedy Meadows and Kidlets

I have been stitching, but much more importantly, I've had company. Actually we have had company. Four of our grandchildren, or kidlets as I like to call them, came for a three day visit to celebrate the end of school. 

In Twain Harte, every summer, there is a fun one day event called the "Crapper Derby". It's a race of porta-potty type floats. There is an "occupant" and two pushers. Very fun and inventive. As you see in the above photo, the mouth of the fish is actually a toilet seat. The winner of the derby, goes on to a state final in another city. The grandchildren have a very fun time looking at the entrants and watching the race.

After the festivities in town, we took a ride up the highway to nearly the top of Sonora Pass, to Kennedy Meadows. It's the gateway to the Emigrant Wilderness. They have mule pack trains and a lot of horses to take hikers on great adventures. I just wish I were younger, as I would love to try it. However, I don't think that sixty-two years of age is a good time for a rookie pack trip. Do you?

Everything is so beautiful and green at the top of the pass (Sierra Nevada mountains, for those who don't know), but we drove through a lot of patches of dead pine trees from the drought and the scourge of the pine bark beetles. It's going to be a long, hot and frightening summer with the wildfires that seem to come every year.

In two days I'm the hostess for a birthday party for a friend, and after that, I hope to be back to more time with a needle and thread.