I had yesterday off because it was Martin Luther King Jr Day…so I thought I would bring you along and show you what kept me busy the whole day long.
First off, I planned to sleep in and I accomplished that. At 7:20 am Karl messaged me and said he had a flat tire, could he borrow my truck. The answer…SURE. I don’t go anywhere anymore. In all of December, I went to a Doctor’s appointment and went to Christmas Eve church and I haven’t gone anywhere since. The miles getting put on the truck are minimal.
That’s when I remembered I had packages that needed to go in the mail so I ran around getting them ready so Karl could drop them off only to learn that “AH!! It’s Martin Luther King Jr Day and the post office is closed”.
So in my jammies, I sat down at the computer and started checking comments and my email. I told you I’ve been trying to stay ahead of it all so I’ve made a commitment to run through it in the morning and again in the evening. It’s been going much better. I do take the weekends off of mail maintenance though.
I flipped over to check my Youtube channel and saw this…It’s my friend Michelle from Michelle’s Romantic Tangle. She was doing a flip through review of our book Country Girl Modern. If you click, you can watch it here.
Michelle has a blog (Find her HERE), but has branched out and is doing a lot of Youtube videos. I’m so honored that she took the time to review our book.
Michelle does a ton of short videos that are so fun. She’ll take you along thrifting. She talks about her many crafting endeavors with cross-stitch being her focus along with knitting. She loves vintage things so she’s always showing fun finds. The videos are all fun and quick. Seeing what she is up to is great.
You can imagine how surprised I was to see her feature our book in her flip through. You’ll have to check her out! HERE is the link to her Youtube channel.
From there I grabbed some breakfast. I’m not a traditional breakfast eater. For me, it was leftover lasagna. I put together but didn’t cook the lasagna over naptime last week and put it in the refrigerator. Then Friday night I baked it. Over the weekend we ate it for leftovers. I read a cookbook while I ate. This is the Amish one Celesta gave me. There are so many recipes I want to try!
From there it was a shower and off to the sewing room. I stood inside the doorway for a minute or two and tried to think what the best use of the time would be. I wanted to tidy up. The sewing room took a hit when I was busy working on the Halloween quilt. I really should make a backing and get the Halloween quilt on the frame but darn…that wasn’t what I was in the mood to do.
So under the guise of telling myself it was part of cleaning, I decided to get the Holy Toledo quilt finished. Then I could clean up all of that mess. So one went the inner border.
Then it was time for the outer border. I sewed the long pieces together but then I had to make the corner blocks. To do that, I needed more half square triangles. Then an idea hit me. Just that morning Donna had messaged me and asked how I make half square triangles…so, I shot a video showing how. That will be published on a later date after Kalissa edits it for me. She’s still on Covid quarantine.
From there it was time to put on the outer borders.
…and with that, the top was done.
Then Karl messaged me, “Could you go down and check what the number is on my tire. The shop needs to order one.”
So I went to the garage and gave him the info.
As I was walking through the kitchen I saw these apples on the counter. ICK. I was going to make pie over the weekend but it never happened. So…I made pie!
While the pies were baking I went upstairs. The Holy Toledo quilt was finished. What else could I do to “clean up” the sewing room.
Ah-ha. My “A Gentle Life” wool applique piece…it needed to be laced. All of the stitching was done so I laced it!
Here it is…
The happy news is that years ago when I bought the pattern, I bought the frame at the same time. So I popped it into the frame and put it in it’s new home.
The original pattern gives the gal eyes but not other face features. It all has a strip of green along the bottom. I never did find a green I liked so I skipped it. I like it as is.
I love it and think it looks perfect there.
About then, the timer went off so back downstairs to take out the pies. They look YUMMY!!
Back upstairs I went. I found a sheet for backing my Holy Toledo quilt. I have to take off the top stitching at the top of the sheet but then the piece was big enough for a backing.
Then I loaded the quilt.
Poor Rosie wanted attention. All of the things I was accomplishing was not impressing her at all.
So I started machine quilting my quilt and thought, “Hey, this is a different quilting motif that I haven’t done a video for. Why don’t you shoot a video of this quilting motif?” So…I did.
This is the Hook and Feather. Again, you’re going to have to wait until Kalissa is out of covid quarantine before she can edit that video too.
I didn’t get the quilt finished but it’s on and started. I’m guessing I should be able to finish it one evening. Then all I’ll have to do is the binding. YAHOO!! I’m so close to a finish.
From there it was time to make supper. It was smothered chicken breast with loaded mashed potatoes. It was so good. Both Karl and I decided that we’d convene again at 9pm and have pie then. We were too full.
Then it was time to write blog posts. This is the last of three I’m writing. It’s 8:30 pm. I’m headed to the couch and am going to enjoy a little bit of time cross-stitching. Hopefully I’ll get myself to bed by 10:30 pm. That’s the goal anyway.
I had the perfect day…at least in my book, it was my favorite kind of day.