Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Made in Italy

The Board ... made in Italy ... now that's a shocker!
 The Board 2-in-1 ironing table was delivered Fed-x
last night as well as a small selection of holiday
fabric I ordered from Brooklyn Fabric's sale section.
 The Board [in the back] at it's highest position.  
It doesn't look like much difference comparing the
typical ironing board with the new board but it is when
you're ironing.  The Board has multiply height
adjustments [of course].
 It's simple to change from a regular ironing board
to the full board.
 Set-up as the typical ironing board.
 You simply slide on the 'board' piece, put on the cover
and it's ready ... set ... iron.
 Unfolded fabric with room to spare on the sides.  Plus the iron 
has it's own section so it doesn't take up space on the board.
 I'm in Love
Why didn't I get The Board when I started quilting?
Holiday fabric that I may not cut this year because I
like it that much [but we'll see].   Pictures later.
The iron is way way down there.
It is a hefty price to pay for an ironing board
but it's well made, has a nice weight to it, will last
longer than I will ... and it's made in Italy!
I'm extremely happy with my new Board.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Putting Together The Quilt Tops & Backs

7 Quilts & 2 Table Runners
This is not my favorite part in the quilt making process but there is no
way around it.  I've cut the batting and have the back fabric pressed.
Next step is spay basting the layers together.  That can be messy.
 Spray bonded, trimmed up, and ready for quilting.
  505 spray baste is far better than pinning quilts.
At This Point
Since there was nothing of interest on TV last night I did
the quilting on these and trimmed away the extra batting
on the sides.  Today's project is to make the binding and sew it on.
 My napkin fabric arrived.  I can take my time
making napkin sets to have ready for dinner parties.
 All the fabric has touches of glitter and will match nicely
with our Tiffany formal dinnerware.

Well, that's it.  Hopefully, the long board will be
delivered from Amazon today.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Let There Be Drapes!

Right on time ... the installers from Higgins & Spencer 
rang the doorbell with drapes in hand.
 The pictures were taken with my cell phone 
since I was lazy and didn't want to go get my camera.
 With the simple addition of drapes makes the
room feel more tied-in and warm.
 We are still trying to decide on what to put on
that single window on the right.
We are still waiting for the dining room valances to
be made.  The fabric is in the production room 
and hopefully we won't have to wait as long for these.
Also still on order and hopefully on a ship sailing from
an unknown port are the two small tables
that will go on either side of the fireplace.  Slowly
but surely things around the house are coming together.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

It's Sunday & It's Still Hot

 Boredom ... the look when it's so hot outside
Mommy Katie won't take the dogs for a walk
or be outside on the porch for long.
According to Wikipedia ... Boredom
In conventional usage, boredom is an emotional or physchological
state experienced when an individual is left without anything
in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings,
or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.
 The Scottie top is now complete.  Today's project ... start quilting
the tops I have sitting on my table which may be six or seven.
I have a confession ...
I've been putting off getting a new ironing board for ages.
The one I have is rusted which means I have to double-up
on the cover so the rust doesn't come through to the fabric.
Today while drinking my Sunday morning coffee I broke down
and did research which lead me to placing my ironing board
order through Amazon.  It's one of those pricy 'longboards' and
should be here on Tuesday.  I'll still keep the old board which
is either 42 or 20 years old [I don't remember].
In any event I certainly got my $'s worth out of that board
which was either carried from my first marriage or my
apartment pre-Wilson.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's Saturday and It's Hot!

 No one can sneak around this house without the westies
giving us notice.  Our shared landscaper [with our next door
neighbor] pulled up in front of our house.  It was
an all out bark-fest.
 The tail in the position of 'red alert'.
 Keeping an eye on the truck.
 This was the table setting for our casual burger dinner
last night.  Wilson fired up the Primo and the burgers
cooked in no time flat since the temp inside the Primo
reached 500 degrees.  We need to work on the cooking
time since those that wanted 'rare' got medium-fully cooked
but none the less they were still very tasty.
 I love making napkins but I still need to sit down and learn
how to do miter corners.  It's pretty simple from what I read it's just 
practicing on leftover fabric.  I did order more sale fabric from 
Hancock's that I want to use for napkins.  Since I never located my box
 of napkins {maybe it's in the storage unit but it's to hot to check} 
I'm trying to replenish my dinner napkin selection.
 I love our new Harris Teeter grocery store in Easton and
these are flowers from the floral department.
 With a few leftover stems I made up a small vase for the
burger buffet counter.  I forgot to take a picture but we had
a try of lettuce, tomato, cheese, macaroni salad, cold slaw,
pickles, and tossed salad.  For dessert I had made up little bowls
of vanilla bean and cookie & cream ice cream from the 
Scottish Highland Creamery in Oxford.  This is what 
ice cream should taste like ... rich and creamy. 
As the sun shines in through the top living room window it lands 
right on the table.  It can be pretty brutal when you're trying to eat.
Our lower living room window curtains will be installed on Monday
and we may need to install blinds on the top windows.   Since 
this is our first summer here we're waiting it out
before we're sure we need to spend the $'s on them.
 We love - love - love our screened in porches.  Personally I
can't wait for cooler temperatures because I want to have
a porch party with some friends and neighbors.
If you're going to have burgers you might as well have
them on the best buns you can find ... and these are it!
...
Have a great Saturday & stay inside 'cause baby
it's going to be a scorcher out there.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's Wednesday


 This is the usual process I go through when I'm making a 
quilt from my fabric collection.  I pull out a bunch and
toss them on the floor to see what works.
 I pretty much decided that the red on red star fabric didn't work.
Little Ms. Julep was sleeping on it so I couldn't put it away.
 From that stack of fabric in the first picture came this design.
Two of the fabrics in this quilt have sparkle which gives this a
jazzier look.  People love [for some reason] the combination
of red and black material.  I know this will be a hit in
the auction it goes into.  But for now ... it's Julep's.

 The center section is what is sewn together ... next up is all
the red/white blocks and the side black strips.
There are top and bottom sections in the original pattern
which I haven't started. 
 Wilson decided to fire up the Primo Grill on Friday so
we're having a few neighbors over for burgers.
I decided to use our fish plates since they are casual ...
so I whipped up eight napkins this afternoon.
This fabric was going into a nautical quilt but not any more
... unless I order more!
... Gotta Run ....
We put the 'closed' sign up in the kitchen so we'll be heading
over to one of the restaurants on the water for dinner tonight ...
probably the Town Dock.  Hopefully, it won't be so hot
so we enjoy eating outside.
Derby goes in for his 'dental' at 9 on Thursday
so I'm hopeful his teeth will be better than Julep's.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Delivery of the Angels

Angelic Pillowcase 
On Monday morning I drove to my parents in Baltimore to deliver
the angel quilt to my Mom.  With the additional fabric in this collection
I made the pillowcase [above] and the cross pillow [below].  
Angelic Quilt
I glued crystals in various spots around the angel panel
which makes them pop out even more.
 It's small in size but still a little wider then necessary
for the chair my Mom wanted to display it on.
 The small cross panel came with the angel panel
 so I made it into a small pillow.  This is the front and below
is the reverse side.  Of course I had to add crystals.
 ... Looking at old family photo's ...
 After lunch my mom pulled out 3 boxes of old family
photo's.  This oldie but goodie was taken during a
summer vacation in Ocean City, Maryland outside 
a store called the Safari Shop.  
 I'm not sure about the location of this photo but in
racking my brain maybe it was taken at the
Baltimore Zoo.  
Thanks for visiting & have a good day.