Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I found this on one of my forums and I just had to share.

Wash Day...........

Monday Wash Day
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and Vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility Through the week ahead.

Tuesday Ironing Day
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles Of prejudice I have collected through the years So that I may see the beauty in others.

Wednesday Mending Day
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not Set a bad example for others.

Thursday Cleaning Day
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.

Friday Shopping Day
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others In need of love.

Saturday Cooking Day
Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly Love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness.

Sunday The Lord's Day
O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please Come into my heart so I may spend the day and the Rest of my life in your presence.

I have much to be thankful for today since Judy & I were in an auto accident a short time ago. I do believe if another motorist hadn't honked her horn and alerted me of the oncoming car that we would be sitting in the hospital emergency room at this moment. If I had not hit the brakes the other auto would have slammed into the part of the car right where Judy & I were sitting. As it was it hit the front tire area, bent the tire and smashed the front end. We were sooooo very lucky. We even had a police officer witness the accident. Just a second after we were hit I looked up and saw a police cruiser with the lights on and she was pulling around us to alert other oncoming traffic. I didn't even have a chance to get my cell phone out of my pocket. We are both home and doing okay. I do have a splitting headache and a goose egg, but that is minor to what could have happened. I would really like to get some quilting done, but I know that if I try at this point I will just waste fabric by cutting the wrong size strip.

Happy quilting,
Sharon

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Loading quilt frame














For those that wonder what I am talking about when I say, 'I am loading a quilt' here is a pictorial.

The first thing I do is to baste the backing to the leaders then I load it on the quilt frame. The leaders are fabric that attaches the quilt back or top to the bars on the quilt frame. Some frames have round bars, but this one has square bars.

In the first picture it shows the leader over the front bar and the 'cover' bar I use to hold the leader to the bar so it won't twist when I am quilting.

The second picture is the 'cover' bar on.

The third picture is starting to roll the backing onto the quilt frame.

The forth picture is the backing almost completely on the frame.

I then did the same thing to the back bar with the other leader.

The fifth picture is the backing ready to lay the batting and quilt top on so I can quilt a quilt.

It seems to take some time for some, but this one with the pictures took me only 15 minutes. That's not bad for being the 5th one I have started since getting this frame. Before I had to push my quilts through my regular sewing machine by hand. I am much better with my meander on this than I was doing it the other way. I need to get good enough to do repeat designs instead of meanders. For now though I can get a small quilt done in about 4 hours instead of a day or two.

It is so much more fun to quilt my creations now.

Happy Quilting,
Sharon

Yahoo!!! I have Cyrus' quilt done. I boxed it up tonight and will get it in the mail tomorrow. Here are some photos of it. I call it 'Vroom' because the fabric line was from Avlyn and they named it 'Vroom'. You can tell why!!! I did not use a pattern for this quilt. The front is the panel that you can make into a book and the back has a 'race' track on it. I made it a little bigger than baby size, but smaller than twin. Drats... I forgot to measure it and it is already in the box. I sure hope he likes it.

Monday, February 2, 2009

February started with a bang!!!

Here I am sitting at my computer when I should be in bed sound asleep. I WAS in bed, but the brain just would NOT shut down!!! Yesterday was quiet and very nice. Great day at church and the testimonies were very spirit filled.

Today was different, boy was it different. The class I took in January was with Kaye Wood, quilter, jokester, and all around great person. Today I went to her seminar and trunk show at Pueblo El Mirage RV resort. What a great day it was. Kay presented me with my certificate as one of her certified instructors for 'Quilting the Kaye Wood Way', I helped show off her amazing quilts, met up with a friend I met through a quilting forum, and re-connected with another quilter who also embroiders. It was a fun packed day. I, of course, did not think to take my camera, but I sure did manage to get all the items on my 'want' list. I am very tired, but can not manage to get my brain to shut down. There are too many ideas going around and I want to jump right into them RIGHT NOW!!! That, of course is impossible. I really need to keep to my 'goals' and get a couple more things done before I jump into the ideas going around in my head tonight.

First I have to finish a grandson's quilt & get all that stuff in the mail. Second I need to do the quilt that has been waiting since before Christmas to be done. It is one that is going on my site when it is finished. I picked up the last of the fabric for the top this past weekend so there is no reason to put off getting it done. Also, I need to finish up the blocks for my calendar block swap because they need to be in the mail by the end of the month. I did get the fabric washed & ironed Saturday, so that part is done. Then I want to get another of my UFO's done. I am now going to call them PHD's which (if I remember correctly) means 'Projects Half Done'.... Sounds better than UFO's.

I just may be able to go to sleep now. Staring at the computer screen can do that to a person....

Happy quiliting,
Sharon