Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Don't ya love the sound of things being crossed off the list.  I'm a list maker.  I really accomplish more with lists.  I am more productive and I gotta say, I feel so good about myself when I look at a list with lots of check marks on it.

Things are getting checked off around here.  I finished this.
Simple block construction with straight line quilting.  This is the largest quilt I've ever made.  It's a pretty good sized lap quilt.  I was struggling so much with the quilting that I was beginning to think that it would be the last quilt I ever made.  I was so frustrated.  I discovered, after ripping out so many stitches, that my new Janome's presser foot pressure is just too much for quilting.  I used a walking foot and it still pulled the bottom layer until it was gathered.  The pressure is not adjustable on my model.  So, I moved over to my old singer, added more safety pins for security, and things went so much better.  I was at least able to finish and feel mostly good about it.

I finished the birthday gifts for my niece.  I made a fabric covered binder and a wallet that matches a bag I made for her a couple of years ago.  Convic is a nickname hilltopdad gave to her one day when she was wearing an orange and white striped shirt that made her look like a prisoner.  We usually just call her Vic, but Convic has caught on.

I finished the tutorial for the re-usable, washable feminine pads.  It will be in the shop later today.  The wallet pdf is being written and the binder cover pdf will be coming soon.

I have to say, even though the leaves are changing, school is in full swing, and we're watching our beloved Colts every Sunday, it still feels like summer.  Today will be the third day in a row above 85.  It should be 65.  I went to a wedding Saturday night.  Outside.  In October.  It was so beautiful.  It was a perfect night for such a special occasion.

Not only is it unseasonably warm, but it's been super dry.  We really haven't had much measurable rain for months.  We haven't had to mow our lawn since the beginning of August.  This dryness is starting to affect some of our usual fall activities.  Our county has been under a burn-ban for a few weeks now.

We had to have a "non"fire instead of our annual youth group bonfire.  There was not roasting of hotdogs or making of smores, not that we minded because it was too darn hot to want to eat.  Bizarre.

On to the next list.  Costumes?  Our church fall fun is planned for this Sunday, so this is costume week.  We have 2 cheerleaders, one Tinkerbell and a Queen Guinevere to make.  I was thinking of something for myself too.  Maybe I'll decorate myself like a bonfire.  It might be the only one we have.  Pray for rain!


  1. Amen! It's so dry here -- we have big cracks in our yard -- it's soooo sad! LOVE LOVE LOVE the quilt on the bench!!!

  2. love that feeling when you complete a big project, the quilt looks beautiful! :)


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