Monday, July 11, 2016

Downton Abbey Mystery Block of the Month Quilt & Asheville AAA Baseball

This past weekend was very busy here.  I mowed our 1+ acres with the John Deere lawn mower, my first time and now I'm a pro at it.  Not too sure if this is really something to be a pro at, but it was relaxing when I was not facing the hot sun.  I picked up my Asheville Cotton Co. $5 blocks on Saturday and had both done before midnight that evening.

I am also working on the Downton Abbey block of the month (BOM) quilt from Carolina Foam & Fabric Outlet, Black Mountain, NC.  Have finished three so far:  The purple block is The Dowager: Violet, and the Black, cream & gold block on the right, is The Lady Cora (cups & saucers).  Have more to complete for this one.  

Here's a photo of my sister's Make A Wish I'm knitting it for her using the color way William Morris its slow progress but fun to knit since plain knitting really bores me. 

Last, but not least, my spouse and I went to a Asheville Tourist's game Sunday afternoon and the team was playing my youngest son's favorite AAA team the Charleston RiverDogs.  Both teams defense was great so the runs were neck-in-neck at 1/1, 2/2, finally at the bottom of the 9th we had one man on 2nd and the player at bat hit a home run for the final score of 4 -2 ):  AAA baseball is so much better to watch and more fun I think than major league baseball, since the players are hoping to get into the major leagues and most are new draft picks right out of college.  

Well, hope everyone has a great week and happy stitching, knitting and sewing everyone!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Asheville Cotton Co. $5 Mystery Quilt update

Hi fellow crafters:

For the 2016 mystery quilt, I have opted to pay for the extra "expansion block each month for $5.  I just finished the June expansion block and here's a photo of all 8 blocks for March - June completed.  Tomorrow I will get the July blocks and only pay the $5 for the expansion.

This quilt is a lot of fun & I've finally realized if I don't iron the blocks as I go there is no "stretching" of the pieces.  This has bothered me in the past and now I have figured out how to make sure they fit.  I would be glad for any quilting comments of how you keep your blocks from stretching too, in the actual sewing processes.

Around the house:  I will be painting again today, the shelves for my wire rack appliances.  Will be using my husband's favorite color yellow; and doing some laundry today too.  I hope to get back to my sewing room later today and fix a zipper for a friend's capris that she can wear at work.  She and I have been joking that now with my retirement, I will become her personal tailor....

Hope everyone is having fun today, happy stitching, knitting and sewing...

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer is already here!!

It's already July here in NC and it's hard to believe that I've been retired for almost 6 months.  The house is coming along nicely with about 60% done.  There is still lots of finishing to be done.  We moved in the house around the end of May, once we bought a new queen mattress set to sleep in.  The kitchen was completed enough to use around early June.  We've also been lucky that the previous owner of the property planted, roses, lilies and other plants.  Here are photos of a few that have been blooming so far.

My craft room is about 90% finished, and I've been busy this week working on Asheville Cotton Company $5 Mystery Quilt blocks and also a Downton Abbey Block of the Month from Carolina Fabric and Foam located in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

It's been really hot here since we moved down the mountain and I've needed some cooler shorts.  I used the Kwik Sew Pattern 3615, and used quilt fabric, Love More from Susan Black & also have another pair cut out and ready to sew using the quilt fabric Illustrations by  The nice thing about this pattern is the pockets are nicely finished and you can't see them.  I made the XL if you are interested.

I hope to finish the other pair late this evening or early next week.  My to-do-list for the upcoming weeks are to finally get the kitchen set up and all the pots, pans, plasticware put up so the spare bedroom can be emptied as a storage room.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!! Happy stitching, knitting and sewing everyone!!