Monday, February 14, 2011

The Week in Review

So, what did I accomplish this past week?  Hmmm, I made 4 pair of pj's for dolls.  I cut a churn dash block for my brown bag quilt.  I finished the background for the first Henrietta Whiskers BOM. (which is a good thing since the second block is already available).  I put the first Saddle Up quilt together and ironed it so that it's ready for the borders.  And finally, I pressed my Mom's quilt and the backing and tonight will package it up to send to the quilter.  I also made the binding for her quilt, but I don't think it's enough and I used all the fabric, so looks like Mom's quilt will have a "scrappy" binding.  My new embroidery machine arrived.  I decided which applique patterns I wanted to use for the farm quilt for the Saddle Up.  I purchased them and downloaded them.  And, I sort of figured out what kind of block I want to put them in.  However, it's not written in stone so it could change.

I learned so much this past week.  First, I learned that when you think you have a row of blocks missing, you should count the rows already on the quilt to make sure they aren't already there before you spend an entire afternoon searching for the "lost blocks".  Second, I learned that if you hit a snap tool that's old with a hammer, it will probably shatter since it's so brittle.  That led to learning that when something isn't working, PUNT!  And that sometimes punting can be fun.

I love free gifts!!  When I received my first order from Home Sew  last year, there was a free gift in the order.  It was the braid that I used on Jake's christening outfit.  When I got this last order, there was a package of small white buttons as a free gift.  So, when the snap tool failed, I made buttonholes (oh I so love the buttonholer on my machine) and used the "free buttons".  I do believe that the only thing better than free gifts are free gifts that you can actually use!!!  Thank you, Home Sew for your kindness and generosity.

Over the weekend, Rod bought me my very own flash drive.  Today, I hope to put my embroidery designs on this snap drive (something I've not done before).  And tomorrow, if Kristin has no appointments, I am planning to play all day with my new machine.

I tried to iron the doll clothes, but stopped with I burned my fingers.  This morning before Rod left for work, he handed me a package and wished me a Happy Valentine's Day.  And guess what was in the package -- a Clover mini-iron.  I love my hubby.    Have a great Valentine's Day.


Pat said...

That little Clover iron is great for tiny more burned fingers for you! Yay!!!

JustCindy said...

Pat is right about the Clover iron and Joann's has them on sale for $20 right now. I can't wait to see what you do with quilt for the auction.