Monday, January 16, 2017

Warm fuzzies

On the first warm mornings after the ice and snow melted we had some lovely scenes of mist (warm fuzzies?) rising from the pond.


The Viking surprised me with his reaction to seeing the mystery quilt all together for the first time.  After a double-take, he sat down suddenly on the floor and exclaimed "WOW!  You made the biggest quilt I ever seen!  Lots of pieces.  It has so many different kinds of shapes!"   Awwww.  Warm fuzzy feelings.  :-D


We enjoyed the warmth outdoors.  Sandbox time and dog walks.




And even a little work.


I also spent an afternoon baking.  I made gluten-free brownies and gluten-free vegan brownies as a warm fuzzy gift for The Tramp to take to work on the last day of his current job.  He starts a new position at the university tomorrow.  :-)  I also made some banana bread.  I searched around for a recipe that didn't include sugar, and found a good one.  Though when I turned it out of the pan quite a bit stayed in the bottom of the pan.  Oh well.  I stuck the crumbs together with butter and ate them all up.  Yum!  I left the loaf upside down on the board and the rest of it sliced up just fine.  I'm going to have to try again as we all liked it very much.


I've moved on to the borders of the En Provence mystery quilt.  After I finished all four of these border strips I realized my mistake.  There should only be two neutral four patches between the star point blocks.  Sigh.  Rip, rip, rip.  No warm fuzzies here.


The Viking slept over at our house both Friday night and Saturday night while his parents went to two nights of a Led Zeppelin tribute band show.  A little warm fuzzy TV quieted the Energizer Bunny down so I could cook dinner.



Part of the excitement of sleeping over at Nini and Grumpy's house is bathtime with a different set of bath toys.  His favorites are the sharks....which he also insisted on taking to bed.  Warm?  No.  Fuzzy? Not at all.  Weird kid.


Luna Lapin has form now.  I think she will look more comfortable clothed though.  Warmer anyway.


Sniff.  I listed the Bernina 530 on Craigslist today.  I'm in love with the new 720, as well as my other machines, but.....sniff.....it's still hard to let one go.  Sigh.


Speaking of other machines, I decided to bring out the 201-2 for a small project today.  It's the first time I've used it since I polished and lubed it up and The Tramp rewired the potted motor.  I gave it some oil, inserted a needle and ran it without thread to get the oil moving.  I heard a tick, tick, tick noise.  Hmmmmm.  Never heard that before.  After much listening and looking I took out the needle and the machine ran silently.  Well dang!  What did I do wrong when I put back together??  I already knew the tension assembly wasn't quite right so I started by finding my tutorial and taking it apart and putting it back together again.  I found the step I had missed in the tutorial so the tension is perfect now.  The machine was still ticking and it wouldn't take up the bobbin thread and stitch.  So I dug up the tutorials on taking the bobbin case apart and reassembling it.  Oh my.  I definitely did that wrong too.  It took lots of grumbling and a few tries, but now the machine is humming wonderfully.  Yay!  Send a warm fuzzy sympathy card to The Tramp.  ;-)


I had just a small project in mind today and it was wonderful to finally start sewing.  I made the name tag for myself a while ago from this tutorial.  A friend recently mentioned needing a new name tag.  I know she has a Bernina Nova which has a special place in her heart so I decided to try it.  What fun!  And it looks ok.  I'm not fussed if she wears it or not, the fun was in the making, and there are sure to be warm fuzzies in the giving.


Now I think I'll go put on my warm fuzzy socks and slip the hot water bottle in the bed.  Sweet dreams!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Free!!!!

Freedom from the house.  Finally.  Except for a short jaunt yesterday afternoon for a few groceries we hadn't been out of the house since Friday afternoon.  Can you say cabin fever?  The weather has turned spring-like.  The university was back to normal this morning so The Tramp went off to work.  Much to her disgust, ED's office was still closed so she and The Viking came up to town today and we amused ourselves by going out for lunch and a bit of shopping, and a visit to Nanny and Papa.

By last night I had the center of my En Provence quilt put together.  Now I'm working on the borders.  Decisions will need to be made soon as I want to make it larger to fit my bed.  I have an idea in my head, but I've no idea if it's executable.  Other ideas are percolating as well.


Well dang!  I just this moment looked across the room at the quilt top and spotted a mistake.  Easy to fix thank goodness.  I hopped up to put a safety pin in the place to mark it.  In a day or so I should turn it over so I can see the bottom rows clearly and maybe I'll spot something else.  Hmmmmmm.  Better yet.  I should just show it to my dad and he'll spot my mistakes right away.  No excuses with Dad around!  :-D


For Christmas, The Tramp gifted me this book which was on my wish list.  My Luna Lapin is in progress.  I'm very pleased with her head and am auditioning buttons for the eyes.  The inner ear and footpads on the Luna in the book are lovely Liberty prints.  She has blue coat and tweed skirt with lace knickers.  My Luna is going to be less demure and more mod.  In theory at least. :-)



Tomorrow The Viking and I will be out stretching our legs at the fitness club.  He loves the dance, gymnastics and yoga classes in the Kids Academy and I will go upstairs and sweat it out with the exercise equipment.  Tomorrow afternoon will be all about baking.  Yes, it will involve chocolate.  ;-)  So I'd better sweat a lot!!  lol

Monday, January 9, 2017

You would think.....

We've been iced in since Friday evening so you would think I could have found time to write before now.  But no.  Seemed like a good time to take off from everything and just sew.  So I have sewed.

Back in November I had to finish up my gift for my SSCS partner and get it mailed off to Fiona in Australia.  I made a tiny world pincushion for her and am happy to report that it arrived in one piece.


I hope she enjoys using it.  I use mine all the time.  It's easy to grab and move from table to table.  Pins all around and needles in the house....and thimble on top like a chimney.  :-)


I also sent one of these hot chocolate ornaments to Fiona.  This is part of the batch I made for family members.  So cute!


Like I have nothing else to do, I joined Molli Sparkles Honey Pot Bee group on Facebook.   The first block he shared was this cute wonky tree.  I grabbed the first fabrics I stumbled over which were waiting to be put away in the stash.  They happened to be pink and grey and I made up a few blocks.  So far my version is not very exciting so it's been put away to age for a while.


The Viking chose these fat quarters at Walmart ages ago.  I finally put his pillow together for him.  He is quite pleased with it.



I also dug out this old UFO.  It's a jacket I started at a workshop with Karen Eckmeier at least three years ago.  I got stuck when I didn't like some of the quilting I'd done and it's been waiting for me to sit and unpick.  The jacket is finally done.  I just need to get a photo of it!


The Viking decided to wear his jacket upside down on this day.  Love the attitude!


Stardust looking bright and Christmassy.


The Tramp and I even went out to dinner for the first time in a very long time.  A nice treat!  This restaurant seems to be very careful about their gluten-free cooking and we haven't had a problem.  So The Tramp enjoyed some pizza without worrying.


Christmas Eve we joined the neighbors setting out luminaries.  It was drizzling a bit but not enough to douse the candles thank goodness.


The Sailor Son was able to get away and join us for a few days.  He and the dogs always have a good time.  :-)


Pretty Christmas Eve view from the front door.


And a lovely Christmas morning.  I made bacon and egg pie again this year which everyone enjoyed. Gifts too of course!


My other SSCS partner sent me this wonderful stitchery.  Love those snowmen!  Thank you so much Maria.


Dawn, one of The Quilting Babes, sent us all a color wheel cushion cover.  It was the perfect size to go over one of the old cushions on the couch.  Love the splash of color.  :-)


Colorful gifts all around.


We took The Sailor Son, The Viking and Dad to see the Rolling Sculpture exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.


The cars were spectacular.  We could only speculate how much money on wheels was in the building.  Wow.  It was all a bit above The Viking's head, but he did pose for a few photos.  Not sure why he insisted on posing with his mouth open in front of this one.  :-)



The descriptive information was very interesting and The Tramp bought the accompanying book so we could all read it at our leisure.  My absolutely favorite car was this Hispano-Suiza, a one of a kind.  It was huge.  Most of the cars were huge.  Something you just don't realize until you are standing next to them.




On Friday the rain started and during the night the temperature dropped significantly.  We were on the line between sleet and rain and multiple inches of snow.  We got less of the snow, but since it is still frigid outside, and will be tomorrow as well, we are still stuck indoors.


We did go out to scrape what we could off our steep driveway so the sun could do it's work.



This was this morning.  Brrrrrrrrrr!


So I've holed up inside and worked on the En Provence mystery quilt.




I plan to get the rest of the rows put together tomorrow and get started on the borders.  I can't wait to see it in one piece!

The New Zealand grands are enjoying their summer holidays though I've heard there's been some quite chilly days.  In contrast to our near record cold snap, we are supposed to have spring-like weather by the end of this week.  It's a crazy weather roller coaster everywhere it seems.