Goings On

April 18, 2011


Things have been relatively quiet in Napierland.  (Actually, I mistyped quiet as quilt so you know where my mind really is.) We’re just chugging along.  The weather is turning spring-like and gorgeous.  I love walking the neighborhood at this time of year.  The flowers smell amazing.  It’s extra special to me because I have suffered with allergies for years, but since moving here, I can actually smell things.

another flower from my walk

This past weekend, I was worried I had come in contact with a deadly illness.  I knew something had to be wrong with me.  I went to my local yarn store, that was having a sale, and I didn’t buy a thing.  Not. A. Thing.  Since I have survived the weekend and didn’t succumb to the ebola virus or hemorrhagic fever, I realize that my body was temporarily possessed by a mature, responsible adult who realized she already has plenty of beautiful yarn.  While not as dramatic an infliction, it was still scary.  I’m better now.

fenced in quilt, coming along

I’ve been making slow and steady progress on my fenced in quilt. It was moving really quickly and once I realized I needed to order fabric for the quilt back, things started to slow a bit.  My original plan was to do a solid color background but I couldn’t find a color I really liked, so I went with one of the aqua striped fabrics from the quilt top.  I only have four more rows to put together which should go pretty fast.  And then the sashing.  I don’t think I’ll get the whole quilt finished by the end of the month, but we’ll see.

ironing block

One thing that is a huge help with the quilting projects is my new ironing block.  I used one during my quilting weekend, and it was great.  I can keep the block on my table and it saves me floor space because I don’t have to pull out my ironing board for these small pieces.  It was a super simple project.  Bill cut a piece of wood for me.  The wood is a 1/2 inch thick and measures approximately 17 x 22 inches.  I used some batting and then two layers of insul-brite (like you use for oven mitts, available at Jo-ann).  Then it’s covered in fabric and stapled to the back of the wood.  The two layers of insul-brite is probably a little much.  I am contemplating undoing the fabric and taking out one of the layers.  That sounds like work though.


The last thing that I’ll share with you is random.  Bill went to a our new Safeway (grocery store) that was celebrating its opening weekend.  While at the register, the manager spun a wheel, and it landed on Bill’s checkout lane.  He won a bag of groceries! There was good stuff in there: a bottle of laundry detergent, a loaf of wheat bread, cookies, salsa, salad dressing, peanut butter… That bag was heavy!


And that’s our goings on.

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