Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Hazel Joelle has Arrived!

Hannah and Jeremy have announced the birth of Hazel Joelle!  Born last Wednesday on September 23rd (the date my mother picked since her bday is August 23) at 7 lbs. 12 oz and 19.5 inches long.  
We are calling me Gramala (nod to Kamala since my name is Angela) and Kathy is Bumpa.  We are in love with her already!
Did a little mystery sewing with BJ on Saturday.  All ready for the next clue next month.  Sunday I facebook chatted BJ, Andrea and Ruthie and cut and sewed three soft books for Hazel (and future grands).  I had never made these but someone gifted me five panels so I watched some youtube videos ahead of time and sewed them up.  (Today I have started on the other two--one of which is a double but might as well get them done!)

I am so over the moon that Hazel is a girl...I have dreamed of having a granddaughter that will remember me when I am gone as I do my Grandma Char.  She shaped me so much and I want a chance to do that with my grands.  As of now they hope to have another in about two years so with any luck I will have a few to get close to!

BJ finished up this top while we were sewing and then worked on her mystery blocks.  She is waiting on more of her neutral to finish the blocks.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Halloween Sewing

Just started another book that is a true story and interesting.  Really nice outside so I caught a few chapters out there.  Hope to get out there again today.  I have a Zoom workshop online in a bit so that will take up some of my day.  

Last year I made myself a Bonnie inspired table runner while she was sewing up pumpkins for her quilt.  She later came out with a cooler pattern so this year I made a HUGE one for my mom who has a huge table and one for my sister in law Ashley because she saw a picture of mine on my table and asked about it.  So much fun sewing up pumpkins. Quilted them myself and am really tired of tracing out pumpkins!

I decided I could not send a box and not send something for my sister so she is getting the other table topper.  So many fun Halloween fabrics in it.  It is Rock Candy by Jaybird Quilts.


Monday, September 21, 2020

Halloween Sewing and Reading

Finished reading David Copperfield and opened all my gifts.  I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would though sometimes I had to reread to figure out what the old language meant.  I also watched it on BBC and it was actually a good representation of the book.  Interested to see the new one that is in theaters now.  Also read the August book (finished last night) and opened the gifts.  Really an even more fun way to read than normal.  I am super excited for the next box and the fun Halloween boxes.  We are really trying to not spend much since I am not working much but I have to have these boxes for now!
This book was good--sort of a puzzle to figure out that kept me guessing.  Out big excursion on Saturday was to the public library.  Got cards and already hooked myself up with Overdrive for audiobooks! 
I finished the top for a pumpkin table runner for my mom and for my sister in law.  Here is a picture of mom's.  Ashley's is smaller.  Mom has a HUGE long table so this will be perfect for it.  I do not have Bonnie's actual pattern so I had to use the quilt direction and her picture and it is not exactly the same (and this one bigger and the other one smaller) but I like them all the same.  I made one for me last year but it has only five pumpkins in single file on it.  If you do want the pattern you can find it at Quiltville.

Last year Barb and I sewed up these cute little Ring of Coffin quilts.  This year we Skype sewed and made them into pillow covers.  Mine has the red center and hers has the black center.  SO CUTE!  If you want this pattern--it is paper piecing--you can find it here.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Books and Mysteries!

Still doing a lot of reading.  This was a really good and fast read!

 This one was 726 pages and was not as fast of a read!  I am really enjoying opening the gifts on these books as I go.  I finished this one yesterday and watched the BBC movie/series about it.  I am looking forward to the new movie about David Copperfield too.  I had never heard anything about this story and while long it was sort of like a soap opera of the day or something.  Originally published as a serial and at least partially autobiographical, I am glad I did not have to wait for the next installment each week!  

Here is the fabric I picked for the BJ mystery.  We worked on it on Labor day and got all caught up and are waiting for the next clue.  I went ahead and did half my centers in green and half in red because I wanted to use both colors.  Hopefully that will work out just fine!

My honorary grandson in Norway is enjoying the quilts I sent him!  Still waiting on Hannah to have her baby...she is due in four days but we all expect her to go late.  I predict October 1st.  I love the month October, so why not!

 Almost time for my new quilt guild Zoom meeting.  Something to look forward to besides working and sleeping.  

Monday, September 7, 2020

Endings and Beginnings!

Got some flowers for my fifteen year anniversary with Kathy.  Put them in a depression glass pitcher and have been enjoying them all week.
Finished City Sampler---almost six years to the day from when I did the first block (according to my Facebook memories!) and am super happy with how it came out.
I followed one of the book layouts even though my colors did not always match those in the book exactly.  Came out alright!
The past two years have had us doing lots more board games and recently I have discovered solo gaming and have been enjoying that.  There is a group for everything on Facebook!  Cleaned and reorganized my shelf this week.

The next Morewood Mystery clue came out and within a few hours I sewed my hst's and packed it up to wait for the clue next month.

Yesterday I quilted and bound my Garden Party tableunner.  Hung it up in my sewing room.  Super happy with this one!

Meanwhile BJ asked me to do a mystery with her so I picked out these fabrics and we got them cut last night.  We are sewing today!


A Little Bit of This and a Lotta Snow!

Barb and I got our A Quilting Life BOM made right away this month.   Bekcy completed her "Ruby" Jubilee!  LOVE IT! I just got the ...