Monday, March 2, 2015

Wedding Ring Jewels

That sounds way more exciting than it is.  The jewels in a wedding ring quilt are placed in the corners of the quilt squares.  It makes it easier to sew a wedding ring quilt and I am all for easy!


The jewels are 2 inch square pieces of fabric.  You draw a line on the diagonal on the wrong side of the fabric and place it in the corner of each square, every place you have appliqued an arc.


Sew just to one side of the line.  Then cut away the excess fabric.  Don't cut too close to the stitching.  Be careful not to cut the corner of the quilting square.


Iron the corner flap over and repeat on all corners.


It is starting to look like a quilt. 


Now I have to start sewing the rows together.


Friday, February 27, 2015


I was making big progress in appliqueing the arcs for my wedding ring quilt.  Then I noticed that the tiny pattern on the background fabric that I thought was random, wasn't



I quickly laid all the pieces I had finished out on a bed.  I could turn the squares with four arcs any way I wanted, but the single arc squares had to attach to the sides and they had to go the correct way.  You might not notice, but I would.  It couldn't be seen from a distance, but up close someone might notice.  So I had to find out how many were not going to work.

I found there were only two going the wrong direction.  Whew!

I used a seam ripper to remove the top stitching and then heated the arcs gently with an iron and slowly worked them off. Then I had to cut some more squares.  I couldn't get the glue off the fabric.

I ironed and stitched them and I was back in business.

I decided to do all the four arc squares and then I could figure out what I needed to do for the single arcs.  Some have to be on the left and right sides.  Some have to be on the top or bottom of the square.


Once those were in place I could start on the jewels in the corners of the squares.   And that is my next project.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A String Of Beads


I just finished the latest Jane Whitefield novel from Thomas Perry.  If you haven't read him, he is consistently good and worth checking out.  This is a series, though, and you should start with the first one.

Jane is a Seneca and has a talent for helping people disappear when they need to go.  She doesn't hide criminals, but people who have angered the wrong people and don't trust the police to save them.  Jane teaches them how to completely change all their usual routines and gets them new identities and places them in new cities.  It is a long process and dangerous.  Most people are not prepared and have no money, so she doesn't charge them.  Once they are established elsewhere, many people send her money or offer to help in other ways.

These relocations are frequently dangerous as people don't give up everything and everybody they know unless it is to save their lives.

Jane is now married and doesn't want to do this kind of work anymore.  But one day her clan mothers from the Tonawanda band show up at her house.  They have a situation with Jimmy Sanders,  a young man from Jane's youth on the reservation.  He has been accused of murder, a crime he didn't commit, and they have heard that people are getting themselves arrested and put in jail, so that he can be killed if he turns himself in to the authorities.  He needs to hide until his name can be cleared and they want Jane to do it.

She didn't even know that they were aware of her work in this area. 

One of the clan mothers gives her a string of beads, an ote-ko-a.  The rest of the world called it wampum and thought of it as a form of money.  But it wasn't.  It was a sacred commemoration.  It was a way for the clan mothers to assign a an important task and it is not something Jane could take lightly or refuse.

She needed to find where Jimmy was hiding and then keep him safe.  Later, Jane would need to try to find out who really committed the crime and clear his name.  And not get dead, because it turns out the Mob is involved.

As you can imagine, her husband is not on board with this plan and it causes some tension in their relationship.  Again.

Perry writes a compelling mystery and is worthy of a read.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Finished The Serving Display Table

I'm not sure what this table is called.  I bought it recently from a local store, but the stain was coming off when I cleaned it.  I wrote about it recently.

I decided that it could use a couple of coats of lacquer to seal it.  First I had to tape up the windows.  Then I sprayed a coat, did a bit of rubbing with very fine steel wool, and then a second coat.


I let it dry a few days because it has been freaking cold. 


Then I brought it in to warm up, removed all the masking tape, replaced the hardware and cleaned it up.


Lee carried it to the basement and we put a lamp on the serving tray.  If someone wants to use the serving tray, they will have to remove the lamp.


I placed a few things inside and it looks OK.  Not grand, but if someone spills wine on it, it isn't a disaster.


Now Lee says we need a picture for the wall above it.


Yay for more trips to art co-ops and antique stores!

Monday, February 23, 2015


It has warmed up....some.

And the snow on the roof is starting to melt...a bit


But that means large, thick sheets of icy snow are working their way off the roof.  But not falling to the ground.


Lee went out with a long piece of PVC pipe and knocked some of them off the roof.  Those he could reach.


Don't stand under our eaves any time soon.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

This Is NOT 2 to 4 Inches

They said we would get another 2 to 4 inches.  Instead it snowed all day.  And we now have more than 10 inches of accumulation.


Lee scraped the driveway late yesterday, but then we had more snow overnight.  So out he went.  Poor guy.  At least it isn't as cold as it has been.

It is supposed to get up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit today.  I hope that means all the snow will melt. 


Next week it is supposed to drop to 6.  SIX.  That is pretty cold.  At least for someone who grew up in California and spent years in  Hawaii.

At least it is a fair trade for the joy of seasons and the beauty of spring and fall.  She tells herself.  Over and over.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snowing, AGAIN

Lee grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  When it first snows in the winter, the snow frequently stays in place until spring.  That is one of the reasons we don't live in the U.P. 

That being said, it is snowing again.  And the snow from last week is still on the ground.


You can see a lump from the last snow storm along the front path.

Earlier this week we woke up to the lowest temperature since we have been here.  It was 7 degrees Fahrenheit on our screen porch.  The neighbor across the way said her thermometer showed 2 degrees.  Two.


Today it is much warmer.  Now it is 15 degrees although it was 12 when we got up.  So it is MUCH warmer.

I took some pictures but didn't step outside the house.  Too cold.


Can you imagine how cold it would be if we didn't have global warming?  Will you send some of that warming my way?