Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

My granddaughter Raleigh is in the 2nd grade.  One of her assignments was to write a creative story about a turkey in disguise.  Also part of the assignment was to "dress" the turkey for the story.  

This is her Turkey Santa all dressed up.  

Pretty creative if you ask me.  Oh but wait, I'm her Nana!  

I didn't see the final story but her idea was to dress the turkey like Santa so no one would know it was a turkey and it wouldn't get ate for Thanksgiving dinner.

Our turkey didn't have a disguise!  It got ate for Thanksgiving Dinner.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

More Dear Jane Blocks

I making more progress on my Dear Jane Red/White/Blue Quilt.  All the blocks for Row B are finished.  Whoo Hoo!!!

Finally!  An Easy one... 
B-13 Four Corner Press

Wow, that's little and how did I get lucky to get those squares fussy cut?

B-10 Jud's Trophy

Believe it or not, I DID NOT paper piece this one!  
B-6 Wild Goose Chase

Moving on the Row C

Another Easy one!
C-1 Trooper Green's Badge

C-3 Rayelle's Fence

And now I'm back to some harder ones so progress might not be quite so fast.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Doing the Shuffle

Are you Doing the Shuffle?  The Moda Shuffle that is....   I wasn't going to.  I already have enough UFO's.  But I save the patterns and instructions.... just in case I changed my mind or wanted to do it later.  Guess what?  I changed my mind.... I'm Doing The Shuffle.  There are lots of shops offering the blocks but I'm getting mine from Angela at Quilts With A Heart.  And she offered a challenge.  Of course I had to do it.    

So My "Doing the Shuffle" turned into "Doing the Hustle"! 

 I had to post blocks by 11/22 on her Facebook page.

I made the deadline.  Now we'll see if I win the $20 gift certificate.

Each block measures 6" finished.  Six inches is very "do-able" without much fret.  Those tiny 4 1/2" blocks I'm doing for the Dear Jane Quilt are a different story.  

So far the block have been pretty easy-peasy!  

It's completely scrappy.

And bright!

I need bright and happy this dreary winter!

Each week we get 3-4 new block patterns.  I can't wait to see what's next.  This is fun!  Join me and "Do the Shuffle" too.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lighting up the Dark Side

Since our move to DeKalb, I've been dealing with a "dark kitchen".  Ugh, don't you know I'm old and blind.  I NEED light, lots of light.  Then the time changed and it gets dark at 5:00 p.m. and now my kitchen is even darker without light coming through the window over the sink.  This is the dark kitchen before.

So my mission over the past weekend was to Light Up the Dark Side Kitchen.  You can see the black counter tops don't help either.  My window is just the left of the photo.

I installed florescent lighting under the cabinet in the corner, and to the right of the stove.  I installed more florescent lighting at the top of the cabinets too.  I had the King check the lights in the ceiling fan.  Surely some of them had to be burnt out.  Nope, but they were all lit up but they were only 40 watt light bulbs.  Who designed that ceiling fan?  Or better yet, who made the decision to install it in a kitchen.  It's a beautiful ceiling fan/light fixture but no wonder my kitchen is so dark.  I had him replace the bulbs with 60 watt bulbs.  It was the largest watt bulb that is available for the small socket.    Here is the update.

It is brighter in there, still not great but better than it was.  I'm not sure the photos show that it is brighter but really it is a little.  There are additional cabinets to the left of the window as well.  I'm going to add lights under that portion of the cabinet and above the cabinets there too.  Of course, if I spent more time in my studio, I wouldn't need more lighting in the kitchen.   I wonder how that would go over with the guys.   Hmm......