Sunday, March 2, 2014

I See a Finish on Mom's Quilt--and Really Cold Here Brrrrr

This morning, I brought out one of my little tea pots and made me a white tea; sounded better to me than decaf coffee. I have a collection of small tea pots just for me that make one to two cups-very fun to use, especially cold mornings like today.

Miss Calico is trying harder and harder this winter to become a house cat. I know she is lonely, she is going on 12 years old or more now, and especially in the winter months she would cuddle up with Nikita-Nikita was a Canadian and red wolf so she had lots of warm fur. So  I have been giving in and letting her sit with me in a chair by the wood stove either in the mornings or after supper. But once you give Miss Calico an inch of kindness she wants a mile-LOL  Once it is warmer again we will sit with her at a little table just outside the door, and she will be happy with that.

My mission this weekend was to tackle the embroidered words. I had chose to have my friend that embroidered them for me, to make them into ovals instead of rectangles. When I turned them and pressed-I did not like them that way at all inside the hearts
   So yesterday with kitty in my lap by the fire, I was able to get them apart from the interfacing-which was a task cause her sewing stitches were way too small. I have them all pinned down now except for the last four-so I am hoping to get all or most of them sewed down, then the label, then it can go in the wash and off to my brother. 

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  Last night while watching a series on Hallmark Channel, I started sewing more hexies and almost have one flower finished. The center of this one was a scrap of Japanese fabric and the outside hexies were a batik. I switched over to a straw needle made in England and silk thread-and really love this for whip stitching. The finer thread is just so much nicer for me, and I love the less bulky thread in the seams-I was using hand quilting thread before. My stitches are still showing a bit, but by the end of making these 4 coasters I hope to have that mastered.

Woke up to a dusting of snow but no ice-yeah! but very cold and will drop in temps all day today-we will be at 0 degrees F or lower tonight along with gusty winds-that just started here. Another cold one tomorrow and then the warm up begins again-I hope this is the last of these frigid winter temps. I know those north of me are getting hit pretty bad again with this latest storm too, worse than me-so stay warm and safe up there.

I am off to finish up the last 4 words and get busy sewing these down.

Happy Sunday!


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