Sunday, November 30, 2008

Exhausted!

It's been a whirlwind of a few days! I hosted Thanksgiving this year and cooked it all! There were only 8 of us. It was a lot of work but yummy! I like cooking for the holidays! I took just a few pictures.....
Here is my mom trying to convince J to get a hair cut. She was not successful. He certainly loves his grandma though! And she just loves teasing both my boys!
Here's Dad with Cody and Kenzie.
Then Friday, I was at Best Buy at 4:45 am to pick up a few things. J works there but he wasn't able to hold anything for family. Very much against the rules. I had to work a late shift (11-8). Saturday was spent shopping at Olde Green Cupboard and Joanns and a visit to the library. Then errands and a late lunch. It was almost 4 when I got home. G was at the FSU/UF game and the kids were working so it was just me and the pups for most of the evening. I finished up a book I was reading and then started on my quilting homework for class on Monday. After working hours today as well, here is where I'm at:
This is a quilt called Down the Road. I have one panel completed, another almost completed and the last 2 ready to cut the strips. It was a lot of work and I'm totally pooped. After sitting at my dining room table for most of the day, my back is killing me. I totally understand the need for the correct height table and chair when sewing/quilting. I certainly do not have it. Even regular breaks didn't help much. In between, I cleaned the kitchen, unloaded the diswasher, put away groceries, and cooked dinner for Thursday and popped it in the freezer. I also spent some time moving some books around and reorganizing a bit.

The good news is that I'm getting better at lining up those pesky corners (I cannot tell you how thrilled I am about that!). Part of what has taken me so long is taking the extra time to pin before sewing. It takes a lot of time but it's so worth it. They all don't line up perfectly but it's such an improvement over my first quilt!
In knitting news, I cast on a couple of weeks ago for a pair of fingerless mitts tha have a cable on them. My first time doing cables and not so bad! They're in a black yarn though and it is a booger to photograph. Anyone have any tips on photographing black yarn? I also finally bought the buttons for the 2 sweaters for my neices. I might get to that soon. And I finally finished one of G's socks and cast on for the 2nd one. I'm almost to the heel on it! Might finished those this year! G really wants to be able to wear them. It's nice to know they're appreciated!

6 comments:

Beth said...

Hi Jackie! I love this quilt pattern you are working on. I may keep it in mind for scraps! Are you planning to FMQ?

Next time I have a chance to practice, I will "slow down my hands and hit the pedal!" Thanks!

Bea said...

Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your quilt is looking fantastic. Very beautiful!

Teresa said...

I think your piecing on the quilts looks wonderful. Thanksgiving is a fun time of year - good food, usually family gatherings and no gifts to buy!

Simone de Klerk said...

Your quilt looks great! Love the color combination.

Chris said...

Wow this quilt is going to be worth all your hard work. It looks gorgeous! Happy sewing. P.S. Save me one of those dinner rolls - Yummy!

~Bren~ said...

I did Thanksgiving this year too. It was tiring but well worth the extra effort.
Your corners are PERFECT!!! The quilt will be gorgeous!!!