Thursday, January 10, 2019

Life at the Stewart household!

Never knew dogs could get pneumonia. But Tilly is recovering from it. Vet appointment last Friday as she was not sounding good and certainly not herself. Those of you who know her, she is usually full of life.  Xrays and blood work pneumonia! She has been on antibiotics now and has finally turned the corner. Tomorrow is a follow up.

We have been spending our time with her, or at least on the first floor. Therefore no sewing for me but we did get the downstairs back to normal! Christmas has been put away for another year. It was time but things always look so bare for a few days!

Hoping that soon I can start working on the upstairs again once she is sounding better. She has her 12th birthday on Valentine's Day.

On a brighter note Tiki had a good yearly check up on Monday! The bright spot of the week!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Year's Day plus 1!

It has been a little while since I posted. Early December was my last entry!

December was a busy month, getting ready for the holidays, trying to get some sewing in and then we took off between Christmas and New Years. We went to Rockport for a few days hunting the Whooping Cranes and other migratory birds.

Galen left for 8 days 10-18. He and Greg Lasley took off for the Texas Panhandle, into Oklahoma for a few miles and covered a lot of territory in New Mexico searching for birds. Somewhere along the Texas/Oklahoma border is Galen's cell phone. First order of business when he got home. Get a new phone.

A few pictures of the inside ready for Christmas. My Snowmen go on the fireplace mantel

Our tree. Every year I say I need to make a new tree skirt. This one is probably 45 years old from  McCalls pattern

Decided this year to put a piece I bought in Thailand on the dining room table. We rarely eat there anyway!

My Santas go on the top of a cabinet in the living room

And there is the Penn State Tree on the left and the Texas Capital ornament and state & national parks tree on the right. My Mother's Nativity set on the table

Now to sewing! These blocks are not sewn together yet and will be changing the layout

My November Kaffe blocks

So my total block count for December is 40! If i figured right 661 for the year! Not as good as last year but as happy with it!

And here are 2 whooping Cranes. They are in this field every year.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What I hope to accomplish the first week of December 2018

I had this written and forgot to publish it! Guess I should add that to my get it done list!

1-I did get all the blocks for the Irish Chain Star quilt finished and they are sewn together into rows!

Sometime this week I plan on getting the rows sewn together. Border may have to wait for next week!

2-I also managed to sew a bunch of Kaffe blocks

This week have November's to sew. Mine come at the end of the month so always a month behind.

Did not get anything else on the sewing front done from last weeks list.

3-Adding this week-table runner and maybe placemats!

Cooking-yes to the chicken corn noodle soup. Made some was eaten and the rest in the freezer.

Need to get out the dehydrator and do up more chicken snacks for our girls.

4-need to finish with the Christmas decorations!

That is probably enough for the week!

linking up with Judy at Patchworktimes

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Good bye November 2018

As much as I have to admit it my parents were right-the older one gets the faster the time goes by or seems that way! Here we are the last month on 2018! Hard to believe!

November was a busy month for us. We took off on several day trips looking for birds that were migrating through our part of Texas. And deer season started the first Saturday of the month. On the weekends Galen joined his friend in Brady I was able to stay here and sew. That is always a plus. We did have a trip planned for Rockport the week after Thanksgiving but Galen has a chance to go with another friend in early December birding in the Texas Panhandle region. We changed the dates of our trip and this past week has been spent decorating for the Christmas holidays!

My sewing-finished all the blocks for the Irish Chain Stars. This is a picture of the first 5 rows on my design wall. Taken before anything was sewn together. there are 9 rows all in all. This was a block of the week posted by Debbie at Piecing the Past. This was a nice change of pace for me as lately I have been sewing with mostly fabrics from Kaffe. Totally different look!

Speaking of Kaffe I have all my blocks through October finished for the mystery. November's just arrived, they will be next.

All in all November was a fairly good month with time spent at my sewing machine. 91 blocks total-63 for the Irish Chain Stars and 28 in Kaffe blocks!

Monday, November 19, 2018

What I hope to get done the week of Nov.18, 2018

As you see I am now adding hope to get done, not plan to get done!

1. I did manage to get more blocks of the Double Irish Star finished. Good thing too, the final blocks and finishing came out today! I finished 5 thru 10 and 11 and 12 are started!

2. the Kaffe blocks are still waiting to be made

3 I still need to get busy on a baby quilt

4. Still need to get the binding on a small quilt that has been waiting for a few weeks!

Cooking: plans are the same

chicken corn noodle soup
cinnamon beef noodle soup

Not sure I even want to mention dealing with the upstairs but as I said that is an ongoing project!

There are no plans this week to take off for a day here and there. That happened last week. Ended up taking 2 days to go places. And I am certainly not going out to the black Friday sales except maybe the grocery store since they will be empty!

Get it done at Patchworktimes

Monday, November 12, 2018

What I would like to get done this week-11/12/2018!

A friend of mine, Judy at Patchwork Times is posting her want to work on list for the week and asked us to join a long if we want! Like New Year's resolutions I have never been very good at lists but will try!  You can see Judy's post here

1- I got a late start on the Double Irish Stars block of the week from Piecing the Past.
    Week 4 came out this morning, I am working on week 2! Each week is 4 blocks and multiples in         each block.
                                                      Blocks 1 - 4

2-Still need to get October's blocks made for the Kaffe mystery.

3-There is a baby quilt that needs to be started

4- A small quilt that needs binding

5-And a kit started that I cut out this past summer. I got 3 of the 4 made that I had cut, but stalled out on probably the simplest one!


1- I want to get some chicken corn noodle soup made and frozen.

2-I made a beef noodle soup last week that tasted much like what we ate in Asia. Want to get more of that made up and in the freezer as well.


There is the on going project of sorting and tossing from the upstairs. That will be on my list from now and forever!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

October 2018 Wrap Up

As usual the all good intention to keep the blog up to date has gone by the way side. Guess that is good, means we have been busy!

The week we had all the rain in central Texas, Galen and I were at South Padre Island. The weather there was not great but better than here at home. Had hoped he would get out fishing with his friend there but they decided to save it for another time. However he did go to the birding center just about every day and was able to get some new lifers plus updated pictures for this year.

In the mornings then again in the evenings when we were in the hotel I managed to get 4 quilts bound. They were the 4 made from the string blocks I found in a container. 

Once we got home I had more quilts to bind. Managed to get 2 more done for Quilts of Compassion. Those were 2 my friend Joan sent me to add backing, get my friend to quilt and then I would bind them. She sent more than these 2 but they will go in the next shipment along with quilts from another friend. Kerry my quilter has been having issues with her machine plus I have been having issues with my right hand. I think over use is probably the word! 

                  Joan's Aiming for Accuracy Quilts

And a string block quilt from Joan

But I did pull out several others from my completed quilt stash for this shipment to the Carolinas

I think this one is called Charmed Star

This one is from the Top of the Month Club at the Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway. It's a Villa Rosa card but don't remember the name

This one was a Block of the Month club at Cotton Cupboard. Pattern is Trifecta

Had one other quilt to get together and finished. Had help with this one as some friends made some of the blocks. And now that she has received her quilt I can post pictures

Once again this month was pretty much spent finishing quilts so not many added to my block count for the year; only 20 which takes me to 530 through October. With 2 months to go I don't think I will meet or surpass last years total count. But you never know!
And I do need to get back to getting quilts made-my stash of quilts is getting pretty depleted.