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Friday, June 28, 2019

Feline Friday - 6/28/19

No, Mom!

I will not be grinning for the camera, despite being able to climb this big maple tree.

Still not gonna face the camera. I'm scouting for naughty squirrels.

If you wanna see my face in the tree, then re-read this post...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wednesday Weather Report #110 - 6/26/19

We are definitely getting closer to more summer-like weather!!!

June 19 - 25, 2019
77 - 64 - 69 - 70 - 75 - 71 - 76 F

I've also been able to work on some other hexie projects in the last week.

Sunday was like an everlasting gobstocker ... it just went on and on and on until the day's task was done.

After adding another row of brown along the bottom of the quilt on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, I took the papers out of 26 of 27 rows of this larger half of the quilt. I "only" have 19 rows to take out of the smaller half before I can stitch them together and take the final 2 rows out. I am hoping to have that completed before the end of June. My 4 day Independence Day weekend can then be spent sandwiching and getting a good start on quilting this monster.

It's hard to see in the sun but the papers are piled in the cardboard box. If these were papers that I had bought for another project I would press the papers and reuse them but these were punched from free magazine subscription cards and they are pretty beat up since I left them in the project until the bitter end. After I finish pulling papers from the smaller half and get a photo of all 2,327 beat up hexie papers they will be headed straight to the round bin.

Because Mr Serious is no longer portable, I pulled out a UFO. It's been a little disconcerting working on something else after 9 months of focused dedication as well as exhilarating to work on an old friend.

Baskets are one of my favorite blocks

This basket block is almost done and that means I'll have to soon decide how I want to arrange the 4 baskets for another doll bed quilt. Before you laugh, I was just invited to do another trunk show and (doll) bed turning in October. This is the third or fourth year I've been asked to do a show in October! And with that I need to get to work on some UFOs to add to my trunk show. Hopefully that means this blog will be a little less "boring" for you guys.

Before I took the photos I had been leaning towards tulips to the middle but now I think baskets to the middle and I'm hoping I have more of the brown (the only consistent fabric for each block) to do something with the borders or binding. I have a feeling it was a scrap tho and I might be out of luck...

I'm still working on the issue with my comments. On Friday I added a gmail account to the notification field on my blog and it worked for some comments but not others. I was going to take out my original email today to try that tweak but I found that blogger had deleted the gmail address from the list and that could explain the missing later comments. I hope you'll still play along while I try to fix this issue...

Since I don't get around to many other linky parties - what software are people using? My inlinkz account is up for renewal soon but lately not many people are joining in for various reasons and I'm not sure it's worth the money. It's not extravagant but no use wasting money that could be spent on more fabric! Any suggestions that you have seen on your or other blogs?? TIA

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Feline Friday - 6/21/19

After Momma painted the bedroom walls ("asparagus") she arranged this cute little sitting area with the night stand that grandPoppa made, a lamp, an old coffee table for a foot rest and this ancient polyester chair.

I agree - this is the most purrrfectest sitting/sleeping area!!! You can tell by the layer of my white furs on the chair cushions. Momma isn't appreciative of this protective layer and refuses to use the sitting corner until she either buys a slip cover and or makes something simple that can be removed for human sitting or tossed in the washer easily. What ever...

Momma adds that the change she made to the blog Wednesday wasn't quite perfect as she was only notified of 2 of the 5 comments. Momma made another change so would appreciate some comments today to see if the new change works better... TIA

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday Weather Report #109 - 6/19/19

You can laugh if you like but I'm almost as excited about today's post as I was about Monday's post.

Remember that conference last week in Lake Placid? Well Mr Serious was too big to work on in the classes so I needed another project to keep my fingers busy and I decided that was going to be my temperature quilts.

I started by cutting a LOT of 1.25" x 2" rectangles in the whole temperature color spectrum and packed up my project box that I'll show later in this post. I also had calendars where I filled in the temps I needed to catch up on.

First let's start with the most recent week:

June 12 - 18, 2019
72 - 60 - 64 - 71 - 56 - 70 - 72 F

June 1 - 18, 2019
Gotta love that red/80's thrown there in the middle!

Once I was caught up on this month, I filled in April and May, which I had stopped to focus on finishing Mr Serious "on time".

January 1 to June 18, 2019

And that meant I could finally go back and duplicate January to May of 2018 so that the quilts could run for a calendar year. Clearly I am still finishing May 2018.

January 1 to December 31, 2018
Once I get Mr Serious quilted and bound I'll machine applique 2018 onto a black background and get it quilted. I haven't decided on a quilting design yet...

The best part for me is comparing the quilts side by side:


Ok - maybe I'm the only one that gets super excited about this but I love seeing 1 pink (single digits) and 1 white (<0 2018="" 4="" but="" had="" in="" maroons="" pinks="" this="" we="" year.="">90) last year versus 4 pinks this year. Last summer we had 4 maroons (>90) but what will this summer bring? It will need to stop raining if we are going to get that any where near that warm. The comparisons can go on and on and this was one of the big reasons that I wanted to do the quilts in the first place but also why I switched the design to make it easier to compare. I promise I won't bore you with my comparisons.

In other news, I think I fixed the finally fixed the problem where I wasn't being notified of new comments so that I could respond. I'm really hoping several people will comment (even if to just say Hi) so that I can see how many notifications I get.

Yikes - almost forgot to share the project box. Everything had it's place so it traveled well. In fact I used half of the fabric rectangles as they used to snugly fill all 3 compartments across the top.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

HeLP for Hexie-aholics - 6/17/19

Remember how I droned on and on with myself about which day was really the 9 month deadline for getting the top for Mr Serious done? Well, in the end, I let technology make the decision and I almost missed getting out of making the decision. LOL.

I have a great app on my iPhone called "Reminder" and it will count down to any deadline you give it. I use it for everything such as vacations, our hexie club quilt exhibit install date and it even automatically adds birthdays and holidays.

Once the event passes, it will also count the number of days since the event passed. I finally remembered to check the count "up" on the Sunday of my conference and lo and behold it was the end of my 9 months!!!

We were stitching outside on the patio of our hotel room so I immediately ran to the beach to take some photos, knowing there wasn't much light left at 8:45pm.

White sand beaches don't make for great photos but I was so happy to see it as "one" piece I didn't really care. I had just a few more stitches to finish the right hand side but it's still in 2 pieces as I decided to add one more row of brown across the bottom and thought it would be easier in 2 pieces.

It's amazing how close it is to the photo and my original design . I know it should be but still...

This, however, was the money shot because who can resist a sunset in the ADK mountains? Don't forget that greyish mountain in the middle (Whiteface) as that will appear on one of my other trip reports later this week.

And now it's your turn - what EPP projects do you have to share??!!

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thursday Weather Report #108 - 6/13/19

Ever go on a trip and when you rush back into your daily schedule everything is all discombobulated? Well, that's me today! Left all my notes and things to share at home.

I went to my last work conference of the year earlier this week. It was 4 days, nearly 700 miles round trip and a lot of fun in my beloved Adirondack Mountains. That's right, I went to a conference in Lake Placid! Woohoo!

Remember the "new" car I picked up less than 3 weeks ago? I've already put over 1,000 miles on Elvis (what else do you call a Blue Velvet Metallic car?). I'm pretty sure I've worked out any kinks and gotten the seats and buttons all situated...

This week's trip included a little recon for my summer vacay trip to a different campground and we did a touch of mountain "climbing". I'm playing catch up today at work so I'll just share this one photo today since I was able to get quite a bit of work done on my weather quilt. Lots more photos to share another day of Lake Placid, Whiteface Mt, the rest of the temp quilt and Mr Serious.

June 1-11, 2019

Friday, June 07, 2019

Feline Friday - 6/7/19

Momma had a good laugh about growing pussy cats in her gardens a couple of weeks ago.

What she forgot to take into account is that it was my own little day before Memorial Day ceremony. Maybe you can pick out the 2 rock cairns - One for Squeaky and one for Little Boy Bleu.

It's now past Memorial Day but I still like to hang out in this garden near my sissy and my brother.

Hopefully Momma will trim the forget-me-knots and what-knots from the stone wall soon...

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Wednesday Weather Report #107 - 6/5/19

I know this is a wonky photo collage but I haven't had time to cut more temp fabrics so I had to improvise with the last 2 yellows I had cut. I best get to cutting soon tho as I will be catching up starting next week. Woohoo!

May 29-31, 2019: 55 - 69 - 69 F
June 1-4, 2019: 71 - 57 - 54 - 63 F

It seems we have reverted a bit back to early spring weather. I even had to turn the furnace back on the one evening when I was still chilled despite sweats and a quilt. Eek!!

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

The Bibliophile Files - 6/4/19

The monthly book report is going to be short, if not so sweet.

It's definitely a reflection of how much couch and tv time I've had in order to "finish" Mr Serious. I basted the last hexie early this morning!!

     Blink & Caution
     Bloody Mary

     The Girl Before

Yipp! That's it for the last month: 2.75 books. I'm nearly done with Girl Before and that's mostly because my new wheels sync to my phone/audiobooks and I've been to Rochester 3 times (50+ miles each way) in the last week for the big quilt show at RIT.

Your turn - what have you read recently?
Anything counts: novel, magazine, quilt pattern and cereal boxes!

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Monday, June 03, 2019

Rhodies and Hexies

First I thought I would share the rhodies as they are particularly full and vibrant this year. I've heard that they don't transplant well so when the foundation finally gets fixed these are going to go bye bye.

And then I thought I would share just how close I am to "finishing" Mr Serious!!!

Finished is kind of a vague term. 

Is it finished when I baste the last hexie and whipstitch it to one of the half moons I've been making to create columns? Is it finished when all the columns are complete (lots of half moons to stitch into columns, as seen above)? Is it finished when this quadrant is complete? Is it finished when the half plus 2 quarters become one piece?

As you will recall from me saying it over and over and over - I wanted to complete the top in 9 months. It was a goal that I worked towards but never expected to meet so this was left pretty vague as well because is it a strict 270 days (30/month), which is this Thursday or by the calendar which is next Tuesday (9/9 to 6/9)???

Considering that I only have ***THIRTY SEVEN*** hexies left to go, I will:

(a) Ignore everything else tonight to get as many hexies stitched as possible. It could take solid 3 hours to get all 37 stitched. Unless I fall asleep first from all the extra stitching over the weekend...

(b) Spend my free time (and there isn't much this week) to get the half moons into columns and hopefully even get this quadrant together by Thursday.

(c) Cry, when I didn't get the thing truly done and dusted as one completed top by Tuesday due to an overextended schedule this week into next.

(d) Rejoice when I bend the definitions of finished and 9 months to make it sound like I did it in time!