A View of My Quilt Life

Monday, November 30, 2015

It's Mystery Quilt Time

Once again, Bonnie Hunter is doing her Winter Mystery Quilt.  This year it was inspired by her trip to Tuscany, Italy and is named "Allietare".  Click HERE to join in the fun.

Bonnie's mystery kicks off on Black Friday, with a clue being revealed on every Friday after that until the final reveal, somewhere around New Year's Day.

For someone like me who designs most all her own quilts - art and traditional, joining in on the mystery is a welcome break.  I still control the size and the colors but the design work and layout is out of my hands.  It's rather a freeing exercise in relinquishing control.

Strips cut & my other fabric choices.
I didn't get started on the first clue until Sunday, which coincided with an episode of Quilt Cam.

Since I am only making a lap size quilt, I got through the required number of HSTs fairly quickly.

Notice the two different sizes? I decided to challenge myself a little more and am also making the same quilt, same colors... in miniature. The studio may be a fairly busy place for the next several weeks.  Click HERE to check out the Linky Party to see how quilters around the world are doing on the Allietare Mystery.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Holiday Shopping - Our Way

No Malls.  
No starting my Holiday shopping on Thanksgiving.

 No standing in line at Midnight, waiting for a store to open. NOPE!!! 
Not. My. Thing!

But we like a good deal - who doesn't?  Our way of shopping allows us time for research & hunting, not just jumping on the bandwagon and getting sucked into those so called special deals.  DH & I have already decided on what our main presents will be. 

DH is getting a new 12 inch sliding compound miter saw.  He's been looking around for awhile now, comparing of various makes, models, features, sizes, durability, etc.  I think he's finally got it narrowed down & picked out.  He'll go get it in the next few weeks.

Kobalt 12 inch sliding saw

No sense in me trying to pick out a saw for him - it would be like him picking out a sewing machine for me. Just not going to work! Unless he found and bought a Singer Featherweight, that is.

I am getting my 10 year Anniversary band that matches my wedding band. 

It only took almost 12 years to earn it. I found one on eBay from a reputable jeweler in Milwaukee and negotiated a best offer deal on it.  The ring arrived earlier this week and I'm already wearing it - i couldn't wait! 

Though I'll have to give it back, so DH can wrap it up for Christmas morning.

Santa will be surprising us with a few small gifts but really, all the Holiday shopping is done before Black Friday and I haven't left the house at all.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have much to be thankful and grateful for this year!!!

DH & I will be spending a quiet day at home, just being together.  No turkey on the menu this year.  We are having bison ribeye steaks, with bacon wrapped scallops.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Zero to Twelve in Twenty-Four

That's zero to twelve inches of SNOW in just twenty-four hours!  BRR!!!

Usually our first snowfall is a little trace of snow that swirls around on the dry grass.  Not this year!  This was what's referred to as Heart Attack snow - heavy, packing, waterlogged snow.

It started late Friday afternoon and ended Saturday afternoon.  We knew it was coming - the usual weather warnings were on TV.  DH & I were prepared - food & supplies stocked for the weekend so we didn't need to go out for anything.  No reason to be out on the roads.

Hopefully, that was our big snowfall for the season...but I doubt it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My Nemesis...

I have been feeling pretty good lately.  I still have significant neuropathy in my hands and feet.  I just mostly ignore it when I can and deal with it when I can no longer ignore it.

What I am struggling with is my nemesis - 

While I can put in a day's work, I pretty wiped out afterward.

Saturdays have been interesting: weekly chores in the morning + crashing naps in the afternoon = not a lot of sewing getting done. DRAT!

I know there are some things I can do to make it better. Less sugar, more veggies, lots more hydration, along with making sure I shut down earlier and make sure I'm getting enough sleep.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Other Workshop Project

No, not Santa's Workshop!

Over the Summer, the DH has put together a respectable woodworking shop in the garage.  Now that Fall has arrived, he has time to work on a few projects.  The first on the list was a saddle stand for me.

Originally, I thought I wanted it made out of cherry or hickory or maple...until I priced the lumber. OUCH!!  Since the stand is really for using not show, pine won the lumber selection contest.  

Design style was discussed, measurements were made, wood was cut and sanded, and sanded, and sanded. Rinse & repeat.

Eventually, the pieces were assembled & I was the proud owner of a new spiffy saddle stand!  This past weekend was my turn to do the finishing work on it. I didn't get any before pictures but here is the during picture - after staining and before polyurethane top coating.

It's turning out great & I LOVE it!!! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Autumn Color

Pumpkin Hunting this year was done completely by DH.  

We had scheduled the Pumpkin Hunting Day way back in January - it was locked in on everyone's calendar.  And rescheduling it wouldn't have helped anyway, as the risk of exposure was too great for me anyway. 

I think DH did a fine job picking out our fall decorations.

Happy Autumn, Everyone!