Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wonderful rain!!

We finally had a couple of good, soaking rains. This has brought the fires under enough control in our area, that they think they will be able to handle them. Now, if only this was the case in Tennessee...
Closer to home, we have been slowing our pace a bit because we are getting caught up! Tim took some time to blow the leaves away from the house again, and even put some of the decorations on the tree! It is all decked out and ready for company.

The tee shirt quilt parade keeps on going. We got in another two this week. Mr Wazoo quilted this one with the panto, Dazzle. One of our favorite tee shirt quilt patterns.

I took a day off to do a bit of holiday sewing. I made this door banner for my daughter, and Mr W liked it so much, he wanted one for our door. So I made another one. I have to do the buttonhole stitching and get it quilted.

This one is quilted and now has buttons, too.

This one is for our door. I will probably finish it tomorrow.

We did some serious quilting, as well, moving customer Christmas gifts along.

This one block wonder is bound for New Jersey

I quilted this really big batik star quilt. Its on the way to Florida.

Digital panto: Twirling leaves

A baby quilt for a new future quilter!

Panto: Bubbles

Here is a quilt where the customer (a real artist!) hand dyed, stamped and screened the fabrics.

I had so much fun quilting this!
This block has the artist herself!

There are words and numbers in some of the blocks...

as well as funky fillers!

A look at the back
For those of you who asked about Miss Molly; she had her stitches out and is doing fine. The tumor was benign. She's back keeping the studio safe for us quilters.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 We have been busy bees here getting everything done before Christmas. For a week I have been in a quilt binding storm, hand sewing a couple of bindings each night. Thankfully, I have also been using the DVR to best advantage, taping cheesy Christmas movies to keep me company while I stitch.
This is a very special quilt of valor I just finished for my brother in Wisconsin

I'll be sending it off this week, along with its presentation case to the QOV group there.

This is a peek at the back
Number four of one customer's six quilts.
We're in the home stretch!

Panto: Daisy swirl
Binding all finished.

Peek-a-boo! I like this one the best.

Number three tee shirt quilt for  the customer with the pretty plaid backed quilts I just finished.

Tee shirt from the family winery

This is another soft flannel plaid back.

Tee shirt quilt and quilt of valor...done!!
 With just two more quilts to go on the customer's list, we divided and conquered! Mr Wazoo did one, and I did the other. I'm sewing the bindings tonight (with a little break to blog...)

Digital panto: Flower power

Panto: Yodel

Another cozy flannel  quilt.
The studio is messy, but it is a good messy!!
Two machines resting at the end of the day.
This is my sewing station, where the quilt making and binding happen.
Mr Wazoo has begun replanting the pots with the winter hardy plants.
Poinsettias waiting to go home, or to guild.
Mr W is in a daily battle with the wind to keep the leaves blown  away from the house.
We're in a bad drought and there are forest fires in surrounding areas. One bad thing about living in the fire hydrants! It's BYO water if there is a fire, and we are on a well with 15 other homes.
Most of the leaves are off and we can see the mountains again
And soon...the tree will be trimmed, and Christmas season can begin in earnest!
I can't wait! I love Christmas.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for? Family? Friends? Health? A place to live and enough to eat? Most of us have everything we need and more. Be sure  and take time to give of yourself to someone who isn't as fortunate. You'll both receive a blessing!
It was just the two of us for Thanksgiving, so we spent a quiet day doing what makes us happy...sort of a mini-break from the regular routine. Mr Wazoo planted some winter hardy ornamental kale in the pots where the warm weather display bit the dust, and cut back the plants in the garden and then mulched everything. When he pulled out the sweet potato vines, he found these...gigantic sweet potatoes! Yikes!
No, we didn't try to eat them.
I watched the Macy's parade, the dog show and two chick flicks on the Hallmark Channel. Of course, I also made a pecan pie, cooked the turkey we brined overnight, roasted some root vegetables, made mashed potatoes, gravy and rolls. I also hand sewed the bindings on five customer quilts! Yippee!

Number one of two customer quilts for grandkids

Number two of the tee shirt quilts

Number  three for the customer who brought us the six Christmas gift quilts
Number four for the same customer
Number four is also two sided! How cool is that?
You saw the other tee shirt quilts a couple of days ago. The customer decided she wanted them bound, too. I did one last night, and the other today.
Tomorrow, Mr Wazoo is actually going out at 6 A.M. to get something at Home Depot's black Friday sale. I have never known him to do this, but as long as he's going, I'm having him pick up the flowers for the guild luncheon. Then, all he has to do is keep them alive a couple of weeks. Better him than me!
Mr Wazoo is really getting good on the Gammill. He has done a bunch of quilts this week without a grumble or fuss. It's close to the end of November and he is once again flirting with being employee of the month!

Ding! went the timer. Dinner is ready. Mmmmmm...turkey!

I hope your holiday was wonderful, too.