Monday, February 27, 2017

Not Feeling Well

I am afraid that I will need to take a bit of a blogging break.

I have not been feeling my best.  I have a very difficult time to sleep at night.
I get by with a couple to a few hours each night.
This has been going on since November.
I also am suffering from headaches that sometimes lead to migraine's.

I do have some doctor appointments in mid March.
I also plan on seeing the eye doctor soon and update my prescription 
on my eye glasses.

I have tried a lot of different things.
Giving up caffeine completely.
Less computer time as well as the tv.
Walking on my treadmill during the winter months
due to so much snow on the ground outside.

Nothing seems to work.
I am always tired.
It is an effort to get through each day.

Maybe Spring will help when I can get outside more.
Warmer temperatures will feel nice.
Seeing the sun shine more often.

Anyway, all I can think of now is to stop blogging for awhile
and see if I feel any better.
I will continue with my craft time;
maybe spend some time finishing up some of the hand quilting
that needs to be done on so many of my unfinished quilts.

I hope to return before too long.

Until then, I will sadly say Good Bye.

~ Sandra ~


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Windmill


This is one of my favorite cross stitch projects.
I made it for my husband.

It was stitched on 14 ct Antique White Aida.
The threads used were rustic colors and the picture has a rural theme.
Below you will see how it looks matted.

When my husband and I were first married
we would often see these windmills on the farms in our town.
That was many years ago.
When we were last there for a visit the windmills are almost all gone.
Broken and lying down on the ground.
Whenever I see one like this I wish that the farmer could
repair it and stand it back up.

Now that we live in North Dakota,
 I see them on the farms surrounding us here as well.
But here too I fear that these will become a piece from the past. 

Hopefully I have this to capture the memory
of what may not be here someday.

The stitching measures 7 inches wide by 16 inches long.
The frame size is 12 1/2 inches wide by 22 1/2 inches long.
We purchased the frame and mat at Hobby Lobby
and were able to finish framing the piece ourselves at home.

Thank you for your visit.

~ Sandra ~

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bears in the Woods

~ Bears in the Woods Quilt ~
from Quilt in a Day

I purchased the book and some fabric in November 2006
just before we were moving from San Diego, CA 
to Denver, CO.

The store is in San Marcos, CA.
Eleanor Burns was filming one of her quilt shows.
I was unable to meet her.  The signs in the store asked everyone to be quiet.
Her studio where she tapes is right there inside the building with the store.
While we lived there we were also able to drive by her Cabin Home;
also where she has taped some of her teaching CD's.
San Marcos is beautiful.

Fast forward it is now 2016 and I finally have the quilt top completed.
We have moved a lot over the years.
Things remained packed up and put away!
I just came across the book and fabric and decided it was time to get it done.
We saw a sample in the store and I just loved the quilt.

The quilt is large 84" X 84"
I had a hard time finding a place to be able to photograph it.


Here is a close up of the corner of the quilt.
They had flying geese running around the corners;
I replaced them with red squares to bring out the small bits of red throughout the quilt.

This one was taken on my work surface tables
and it was not big enough to capture the whole quilt.
But I love how the log cabin blocks created a star.

I took this one from the stairway.
I did not have enough floor space to lay this quilt top out flat.
So I draped it across the sofa as best as I could.

I hope you can get a good idea of what the quilt looks like.
The window puts a lot of glare and makes it hard to 
capture the true colors of the quilt.

I went with white fabrics (all scrappy) around the border 
of flying geese.  I thought if I stayed with the more neutral tans
that the flying geese blocks would fade away and not be noticed as much. 

My husband and my sons love Log Cabins
and we hope to have one someday.
I also hope to be able to fill that cabin with my quilts
both on the beds and hanging up on the walls. 

~ Sandra ~

Monday, February 6, 2017

Making the Quilt Blocks

~ Step 1 ~
The Log Cabin Block.
I have cut and sewn 12.
~ Step 2 ~
The Pine Tree Block.
I have cut and sewn 20.
~ Step 3 ~
The Bear Paw Block.
I have cut and sewn 4.
~ Step 4 ~
The Flying Geese Block.
I have cut and sewn 100 +.

Time to assemble the quilt top.  
I purchased the pattern and fabric in November 2006.
Due to moving and life matters...
this was packed up and put away for all these years.
I came across it and wanted to finish it at least as a quilt top.
I have all the pieces made and my goal is to have this together by the end of the week.
Wish me luck.
~ Sandra ~


Friday, February 3, 2017

Accuquilt Cutter Die

I have had an Accuquilt Cutter for some time.  I bought a few different die's to work with.
I liked it but I really did not feel like I just loved having it.
It has sat unused for some time now.

On Wednesday a quilting friend of mine picked me up and off to JoAnn Fabrics
we went to shop for things that we needed to continue with finishing up our quilt projects.

I had only planned on getting the batting for my little "Lincoln" quilt and a spool of thread
to get it finished and quilted.  I picked up a crib size batting.  My friend was looking for 
a queen size batting.  She noticed that the queen size batting was on sale and the same 
price I was paying for my crib size batting.  Well, I have additional quilt tops lying in waiting 
for me to get them done.  So I picked the queen size batting too.  The price was $19.99.

While looking around the store I noticed the Accquilt Die Sets.
I looked a little more closely and noticed that they had a new die and it was 
exactly what I needed to do a border on another one of my unfinished quilts.
I hesitated to buy it and then thought I can get it and take it home and see if it will truly work.

This is my cutter and the new die.

This is what the die looks like.

This is what the fabric looks like cut out.

And all sewn together.

 I need 100 of these flying geese that will border all four sides of my quilt.
I have close to 50 of them cut and sewn already.

I have to say that this was the best die that I have ever used from Accuquilt.
I think it was worth every penny that it cost.
I used 5 inch squares to use on the white side pieces
and I cut 7 inch rectangles to do the flying geese.
They say you can cut up to six layers of fabric at a time.
I was only cutting two layers.

This is the accuquilt fabric cutting die
"flying geese - 3 1/2 x 6 1/2".

I will keep my eyes open for more dies that may help me get my quilts finished faster.

I will share more on this quilt soon.

Thank you for your visit.

~ Sandra ~