Thursday, June 07, 2018

The laborious life of me!

Sorry for the long gap in posts, this last couple of weeks have been pretty full of many tasks and not much time for blogging!  One of the more important tasks was a project for the Island Batik fall/winter catalog, so I couldn't even share that if I had time to - but that beauty is off in the mail, and now I can work on some projects that I can share with you!

I've also written four newsletters, so of course I used all of my words up and then some.  I am delighted that one of them will no longer be my responsibility after this month - I am passing the torch on for the quilt guild newsletter and will be taking on the Quilt block of the Month instead.  I am pretty excited about that and hope to get my blocks all written up this summer so that I'll be all set for the year! 

Alterations - I haven't even been able to keep up, every time I get something done, someone calls with two more projects.  I am hoping to be over the hump this week.  I need more quilt time!!!
Speaking of which, I have finally made it to the outside flowers on the Grandmother's flower garden quilt!  Woohoo!  I am on track to finish this up by the end of the month so I can get back to Melinda's drunkard path.  Quilting those straight lines on the border is a pleasure after all the little turns involved in quilting those hexies.  I am on the lookout for some better hand quilting needles.  I used to use John James needles, but haven't seen those in the store lately.  Right now I am on the tail end of my supply and seem to have random needles that are too bendy, too brittle, too long, too fat and too dull.  I think it's time to stock up on some better needles - lots of hand quilting in my future...

And a big yahoo for getting our inspection on our home over with - we are waiting for the results, hopefully we have satisfied our homeowner's insurance with our hard work on painting, repairing concrete, and even leveling up our back stairs!  We still have a handrail to build and are working on repairing more of the fence this month, but at least the hard labor is over for the time being.  I repainted all the trim on the back of the house this week and it looks awesome - it really is amazing what a little paint will do!
We got rid of the rotting board under the back door and leveled up the back stairs - I'll post another picture next week to show you how nice the trim looks now.  We are ready to enjoy our back yard more this summer instead of dealing with an ugly eyesore with broken down concrete and peeling paint - all the work was definitely worthwhile, especially when looking out of my sewing room window! 

Stay tuned for more quilting, I am sure looking forward to it!


Barb Neiwert said...

Life can certainly get busy, can't it? Sounds like you're in for a summer treat to sit back and enjoy your upgraded home - sweet!

Pamela said...

It does get busy - but can't wait to spend some time out on my patio now! I have to prettify it up so DH doesn't put his projects out there anymore!!!