Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It's been a while

but I have actually been productive. One of my biggest accomplishments was finishing my round on a round robin from my quilting group. Unfortunately I can't post a picture because these things are supposed to be surprises. But this one was very bright and simply gorgeous. After trying three or four things I decided it needed some simplicity. I hesitated with that because I didn't want it to seem like I didn't make an effort. But sometimes you have to do what the quilt needs - not what you'd like to do. I have another one coming in the mail right now. I've seen pictures of it and it is very, very bright. I have to do a pieced border so it should be fun.

I have finished a couple of things. The first is my Log Cabin Christmas Wreath. I wanted to add a pink velvet bow to it but I can't find anything around here but red and burgandy. So I found this gold poofy bow. I think it should be a bit larger but since it's not permanently attached I can always change it if I can find something better.



I also made my name tag for my quilting guild. When you join you need to make a Sunbonnet Sue name tag. Some of the ladies just have Sue and their name on it. Some put their pins from quilt shows. And most of them have their golden safety pins. For each completed project you bring for show and tell you get a golden safety pin. I have three things to take to the next meeting - if they count the name tag I'll have four. It's next Monday and I doubt I'll finish anything else before then.



On the home front - we're getting things ready to paint Ryan's room. He's made a change in his college plans. He wants to change his major and his current college doesn't offer what he wants. He'd like to do phys ed for elementary age kids. So he's talked to his adviser, taken some aptitude tests and decided to come home at the end of the semester and work full-time until next fall's semester.

He was coming home this past weekend and I told Rodger he should call his cell phone to see how much longer he would be - Timmy had fallen asleep on the couch and when Ryan's here he always carries Timmy to bed when he falls asleep on the couch. Oh those memories. Rodger carried him back. It's hard to believe my baby is so big.



Report cards came home yesterday. Joe and Timmy both made the honor roll. This is Timmy's first time because they don't do honor roll until 3rd grade. They both also got perfect attendance for the first marking period. Joe will have to miss at least one day this coming marking period because we have a doctor appointment with his endocrinologist in December.

Well it's time to get the boys up and moving and ready for school so until next time

Hugs and Stitches, Jody

6 comments:

Calamity said...

your projects are simple beautiful!! Do you have a quilting machine or do you use a regular sewing machine? I love the picture of your son being carried to bed lol

Jody said...

Calamity,

Thank you so much. I have a regular sewing machine. A simple Brother from Wal-Mart. I am getting a new one for Christmas but it's still a Brother from Wal-Mart - just computerized and with more stitches. I love Brother machines.

Jody

Calamity said...

I really need to figure out how to quilt with mine. I have a Singer, and I just love it. I just havent figured out the quilt part LOL The stitches arent the right size. I really need to get the book out. LOL How pathetic is that? I have sewn all my life and I dont know how to change the bobbin stitch size? LOL

Jody said...

Calamity,

Here's what I do. I take a piece of fabric - usually muslin so I don't waste a lot of money - and double it so I'm sewing through two layers. Then I make up a "stitch card". I pick a stitch, write that down and the settings - stitch length and width - and then run a line of that stitch. Then if you change the stitches, the widths and the lengths and each time write down what you have done you can refer back to that when you want to use a different stitch.

Jody

Kristy said...

thats a great idea, jody! Do you have a favorite setting for quilting?

Jody said...

Kristy,

My favorite for stitch for quilting is hand quilting. lol. I do occasionally machine quilt and just use a plain straight stitch. Sometimes I will do my binding on the machine and use a decorative stitch but I very seldom do that because I don't like the way my machine bindings look. For machine applique I just use a really small zig zag. I prefer a blanket stitch but my machine doesn't have one. My new one I'm getting for Christmas does though. That's one reason I wanted it.

Jody