Sunday, October 25, 2015

Short Update

Things are still moving slowly here. Getting used to new medications is never easy and right now it's miserable. I've done some quilting, but haven't taken pictures of the rows themselves. I did catch my helpers the other day though.

I'm taking my friend, Michelle's, advice right now and just being kind to myself. If something sounds fun, I go and do it. If something doesn't seem like a good time and there's no necessary reason for it, I skip it.

I've helped with some Christmas tress this week and have all the furniture ready to paint for the charity dollhouse. After fighting my thread snapping no less than a dozen times in rapid succession (in the same 3" section of quilting no less!), I've given myself a break from that insanity until tomorrow.

Until next weekend!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Distractions, Distractions

At least they were fun distractions this weekend. FH and I spent the day watching football yesterday after fighting with more furniture kits for the charity dollhouse. I completely lost track of the time until it was past time for us to go to bed. Rather than stay up late to type up a blog, I figured I'd get to it this morning. Of course other things, like doing dishes, got in the way for a bit.

But we now have living room, dining, room, bathroom, and bed room furniture assembled. My friend is done with the kitchen pieces, but I don't have them here yet. She's also donating a child's bedroom set from her stash to the project.

Two more appliqued rows have stitching around the edges!

My sewing machine is giving me fits when I try to work on the edge stitching on the remaining appliqued quilt rows. I had to walk away from it the other night and start quilting finished rows instead. I'm about 3/4 of the way done with the quilting on this row.

The center panel has some more details glue-basted in place too. I'll be working on this as much as possible.

I really don't think I'll be able to get my quilt done in time to win a prize for Row by Row and this makes me sad. Too much has either come up or stood in the way. Getting sick didn't help matters and neither did loosing Gus. Other personal issues have cropped up too and have made life difficult in general, not just difficult to play with my quilt.

The charity dollhouse is one of the issues as it has the same deadline. I wish I wasn't obligated to work on it, but I am so there's no getting around that. I did tell them that if they want another dollhouse furnished/redecorated next year than I'd better get possession of it in April or May. Not only will there be more time and fewer conflicts, but I'll have the time to organize the miniature group here and we can all work on it.

But I'm determined to finish my quilt this year, even if I miss the Halloween deadline. Maybe the Row by Row people will see it even if it's not a winning quilt.

Anyways, it's time to get back to work.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Three Ways form Sunday

At least those are the directions I've been pulled in lately.

The quilt is still progress, albeit slowly thanks to me breaking my sewing machine's bobbin winder. Apparently I dislodged something when I oiled things and messed up the timing on the winder. The machine itself works fine though. Happily a friend who'd moved away left her old machine with me and not only does it work, but the bobbin winder is perfection!

Albuquerque, NM is completely finished and ready for sandwiching.

San Antonio, TX is fused and ready to be stitched down.

Granbury, TX is now stitched and ready for sandwiching.

I'm still getting the other fused applique rows stitched down. There is more work to do on the center panel as well. Hopefully I can get back to it this week.

I've also been helping a friend with a project. A dollhouse was donated for a charity auction and it needed some redecorating and furniture. I ordered one of the Greenleaf 6-room furniture kits and have been assembling them room by room.

Right now the bedroom and living room pieces are together. Some of the pieces aren't fully together because I need to paint them before final bits are put in place. About half of the bathroom is together. Another friend has the kitchen and is taking care of its assembly. She's also going through her stash for other bits and bobs for the project.

Mercedes is the third direction. We're working on her social skills and training, with lots of breaks for the park in between.

That's all for this week. Hopefully lots more will be done this coming week. See you then!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

More Mercy

I've been sick all week so nothing really got accomplished.

Here are some pictures of Mercedes that are adorable.

I'm going to go back to bed now. See you next weekend!