Monday, September 8, 2014

Sept Ouchy!

It has been a while since I blogged. Went to Seattle in July. Had a wonderful time with my daughter Shara. Took me a few weeks to recover time difference.

I am typing with one finger so bare with me on typos and not so great grammar. Friday, I finally had the rotator cuff surgery.  All I can say is thank goodness they only made 4 little holes. The pain is strong but don't even want to think how much more pain there would be if they had to cut more tissue and muscle like in the olden days. Sleep is a joke. Mostly pass out for minutes at a time. I am getting better at dodge the grandchildren! Those little darlings are fast and still think grandma is a ladder. They want to lay claim to my lap and get some grandma hugs. Still they make me smile and I really need to.

August was a blur. I finished Ambers quilts. I also made her husband a vest with 8 inside pockets, front and back. He works outside and though it is in the 90,s work wants him to wear long pants. His office has no AC so there is no relief from the heat. I made the pockets so he could insert some homemade ice bags that stay pliable. Amber found a recipe online for making them with rubbing alcohol and dish soap. She used soft soap instead because it was cheaper. I made Velcro closures in the front and a slots on the sides so he could tighten and loosen vest to accommodate bags. This way he can fit vest to hug his torso. Works great.

I managed to get one Row by Row sown this week, It is from The Quilting Loft in Seattle WA. 
I love it. I do want to modify it and add the Space Needle.

 
It was fun and fast, The kit has enough to do a second skyline..
 

Well time to jump back in bed for a nap. I am hoping that I can sew again real soon.

Happy Quilting
Aileen in Florida

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seattle Fun

I made it safely to Seattle. My daughter met me at baggage about 2 minutes after I got there. It was late night but the town was still alive with activity.

Next morning we were off to Pikes Place Market. What a great place. At the entrance was a big brass pig with a slot in it just like a piggy bank. It is suppose to be good luck to feed this pig!


 Directly behind Miss Piggy was a fish stand. The fish mongers were throwing large fish and yelling what seem to be a familiar chant to the crowd. Everyone yelled back. Who would have thought that fish throwing would be so entertaining. There were food vendors, fruit stands, jerky, spice, jams, local honey, fresh made mini donuts, flowers and art for sale. Loved those Rainer Cherries! Across the way, eateries in abundance and the original Starbucks with a line of about 30 people waiting for their java. Street musicians, artists and a beautiful view of Puget Sound. People laying on the lawn enjoying the view.


We stopped to eat at Turkish Delight. We had the Chicken Kabob Special! Yummy!


Next stop, the ferry heading for Bainbridge. What a beautiful ride. So calming. On the way back we could see the Seattle Space Needle, Pikes Place Market and the Ferris wheel on the shore line. We passed many sail boats cruising the waters.

 
So calming!
 
 
Windy and chilly for this Floridian.
 


 

The next day we went Row by Row Quilt shop hopping. Stopped at The Quilting Loft on Market Street in Seattle WA. What a great shop. The ladies were so helpful. Their Row by Row really captured Seattle skyline for me. I can't wait to get started on it!





Next we headed down the road to Keepsake Cottage. A nice fabric store in Country Village in Bothell WA. We got there when they were closing. They were nice enough to let us get the Row by Row and some owl fabric. Wish I had more time to browse. Country Village closed at 6 pm, but I will come back and visit on my next trip. So many nice shops to see.


 

Next two days I rested while Shara went to work. Spent the day looking at the view from her apartment and petting my fabrics.

Monday July 21 was Shara's 31st birthday! We visited the Seattle Library. Holy Moly! What a library! I think if I lived in Seattle I would spend a large amount of time in this library. You can see the city on every floor on every side. What a view.





 On the ground floor the flooring has quotes in every language in mirror image. So beautiful.




 Reading areas abound on every floor except the 4th floor which is painted in several shades of red and houses the conference rooms.

This is the reading area on the top floor. Very relaxing. Just sat there and looked at the view for a while.


After visiting the Seattle library, we were off to celebrate Shara;s birthday at her favorite restaurant. The Old Spaghetti Factory in Seattle has a Trolley inside. It was fun eating in the Trolley. Food was delicious! Shara was in heaven! Happy Birthday!!

 
 
 
 
Stain glass windows in the lobby.

We went home and watch some movies!.

 On July 22 we met up with a Quilt Forum friend named Misha at Pacific Fabrics. Did a little damage to the credit card and when next door to Star Bucks to chat a while.


It was wonderful to meet Misha in person. We have chatted online for several years. I hope to see her again when I come back to Seattle.

Shara and I decided at the last minute to go up to Issaquah WA and hit on Gossypium Quilt Shop for one more Row by Row pattern. What a great pattern. I just love this store. This was my second visit. Very friendly owners and staff!



On the way back down to Seattle we stopped at Garlic Crush for dinner. I enjoyed it so much on my first visit to Seattle that I had to visit it again. Tiny place with a lot of foot traffic.  It was as good as it looks.



We did manage to stop at 2 JoAnn fabric shops for supplies. Cutting mat and rotary cutter for Shara. Of course more fabric.

The next day I showed Shara how to make pillowcases! She made 2 owl pillowcases. I hope this is the beginning of a lot of sewing for her.

I had a wonderful time in Seattle with Shara. I hope to visit again next year with my husband in tow!

Aileen in Florida








Monday, July 28, 2014

July is FLY

Hi everyone. July is here and I am flying off to Seattle to see my daughter Shara. Very excited to go on vacation but a bit nervous about flying. So I have been trying really hard to finish those 2 quilts you guys are probably sick of hearing about.  Do want to leave unfinished business behind.


My sister-in-law and daughter came to visit this week. Apparently Jesse likes the quilts. She to is a Skull person. So I promised to add her to my bucket list of quilts to be made. If I had know that in advance I would not have sewn ALL the extra skull fabric into the back of the quilts. LOL! There really was enough for a third quilt in double/queen size...To late. Sigh. I would not want to make the same quilt 3 times anyway. I have  an idea for a wall hanging for her....SHHHHHHHHHHH


Louie is doing great in day care. He is very happy and loves to go. Could we ask for more. I miss having him around.  He met his Great Aunt and second cousin for the first time this week and got on wonderfully with them .  They all went to the beach.  See that happy face! Thumbs Up!

 

I am taking fabric with me to sew while I am in Seattle. I had hoped to have it all cut out but that never happened because, I could not make up my mind what quilt I wanted to make.  I will figure it out while I am there.


Aileen in FL


Sunday, July 6, 2014

June Adventures

I am starting this post today because I am very excited. My oldest daughter is sewing up a storm! Pillows, curtains and she has started her first wall hanging. Quilt Pox have been spread at last! She says she hates it but has been sewing all month. She has shopped my stash a few times as well. She likes a lot of what I like. Often as she is grabbing fabric, my brain is saying OUCH! I rather she sew than I sit on the fabric.



Today I finished quilting her quilt. Only have to trim and bind it. Her husbands flimsy is all together, sandwiched and ready for quilting!

 

Tough month for me. Left arm just not working right but I will push on! Made a little pillow for Grandsons new kitty.....now there are 2 kitties. He loves them!

Also made a carry bag for Louis. Everyday he brings his toys in a bag. He has worn out the bottom of several bags. The bags are bigger than he is and he drags them along. I bought some vinyl upholstery fabric and a canvas remnant. I made him a bag with his name on it. I didn't follow a pattern so it came out quite wonky, but he loves it just the same. I will be happy if it lasts him the summer!


 He dragged it all over the house after filling it with his cars and stuff.

 

Louis started Day Care this week. He really likes it. Always smiling.

 
Made myself a house dress. I am having rotator cuff surgery soon and need some loose fitting clothes. I made this with bits of fabric from my celestial collection. Was fun to make. Very comfortable. I need to make the next one with a Velcro on left shoulder for ease of dressing the first week.
 

 


 I spent the rest of that week cleaning and rearranging bedroom furniture. I don't know how I am going to be able to sleep comfortably after surgery so prepped for all possible scenarios. Removed stuff I trip over or bang into. Spring cleaning and purging stuff. Shredded 7 boxes of tax papers!

 
 Found a UFO of snowman lying around. I did some FMQ with regular foot. It needs green and red stuff appliqued to it. This was a prototype that I didn't like, so I started over. For finished second version click here. Scroll to bottom. It was from a picture I found on the web. Don't know who designed it. If you do, let me know so I can give credit to artist.  It was just the head on a white background and green boarder.  
 

 
 
 
 
TO DO LIST
 
Finish Daughters quilts.
Cut out fabric for next quilt to take with me to Seattle.
Make house dress with Velcro shoulder
Piece the sampler quilt. 


Happy Quilting
 
Aileen in Florida
 

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