Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentine's Week!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!  My week started off with snow, of course, and then more snow, then a warm up, then more snow, and on and on.  Today I awoke to about 5", we were to get less than 1".  Wrong again!  Guess the lake effect machine will never shut down this year as Lake Erie is not frozen.  We will be in the 50's over the upcoming weekend and carrying through a few days next week.  Strange February indeed!

Tuesday was our Valentine's Day lunch at the center and we had shrimp cocktail, stuffed pork chop w/gravy, baked potato with butter and sour cream, french-style green beans, wheat roll and butter, milk, and cherry cheesecake for dessert.  This meal was $6.  It was delicious!!j

We played Name That Tune, most of which I had no clue, too old for me, the oldest I knew was Fat's Domino, Ain't That a Shame only from attending so many car shows!!  There was some Elvis, but after I won my piece of candy, I let the others guess.  Then they had a cakewalk for a box of Valentine's Chocolate and Hot Potato, which was a nerf ball and when the music stopped whomever had the ball won chocolate.  There was a 50/50 and Chinese auction for a wine gift card, grocery gift card and restaurant gift card, these were donated.  They had the Valentine's Day Quilt Raffle and guess what...........................

Yep, that's right!  I was the luck winner again for a quilt.  If you recall, I won the Fall Quilt at the Thanksgiving Party.  This one is really lovely.

 It was quilted with hearts all over!!
 The corners have hearts with the word love inside!!
The back was done in white and you can see all the beautiful quilting that Joannie, of our quilt group, did.

One of my quilts is up for auction now!  It was the pink Trip Around the World quilt that I made before Christmas.  Seems that the center likes to raffle them off as they make more money on them than selling them outright, although she will sell them if someone really wants one.

So, lucky again I was.  I got a beautiful red rose, card, and Stefanelli's Chocolate from Bernie!  

Since I didn't go to quilting yesterday, after our appointments, I worked on a Jigsaw Puzzle that was a gift from my sister's-in-law for my 60th birthday/retirement.  I don't have much more to do on it.

Maybe when I'm done the snow will go away when I put it away!!!

My next puzzle will NOT have a snowy theme!!

Quilt wise, I haven't done anything on the patriotic quilt as I'm busying myself with making the Humane Society pad donations as well as working on the Civil War cross-stitch each night!  As I said before, 2017 is going to be my year for finishing up projects started long ago!  I vow to finish everything that has been sitting around dormant for so long.

Well, eye doctor appts this afternoon, so I better get ready for that.  Talk to you again next Thursday!!

Have a wonderful week and if you're in PA, enjoy the nice weekend that is in store for us!!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Second Week of February, more snow!!! Ugh!!!

Hello Everyone,

After the other day's balmy temps, all the snow melted, well last night it began again and we got about 2" and then another 2" today, had to shovel yet again!!  That darn groundhog!!!  With that being said onto my quilting.

Yesterday, was quilting day at the center.  I began a new quilt project using patriotic material that I've had for a while.  I'm once again going to do the explosion block that I did on the Batik picnic table topper.  I really like this block.  Here is the beginning of it.  I only got the first explosion done for all the blocks yesterday and the fabric cut out for the second block that still needs sewn on.

Lots of reds, white, and blue, with some vintage looking tans too!  Love all this fabric!  We'll see how this one turns out.

On Saturday, I completed Jess and Bryan's tv table runner and I mailed it to them and they got it on Monday!  They already have it on their TV stand! 

On Monday, I completed the Batik Picnic Topper.   So keeping with my goal to finish one project a month, I have already completed three.  So I'm off to a really great start!!

At the center yesterday, we had Tuna Salad on two slices of wheat bread with lettuce and tomato.  A cup of broccoli cheese soup, and an orange.  All was really good and once again, only $2.00.

I will be attending the Valentine's Day lunch next week on Tuesday.  I won't be quilting next Wed though as I have an appointment scheduled in the morning.  So, I'll let you know all about the Valentine's Day lunch.

Around the house, I found an old comforter that I was going to throw out as it had been washed so many times that the batting inside was kind of torn about and clumpy, so I got an idea to cut it up into 16 squares/rectangles and I thought I'd sew the edges and then bind them and make pads to donate to the local Crawford County Humane Society.  I got one done this morning and then I thought, what if I go through all the trouble of making them and they don't want them.  So, I called them and they will happily take the donation from me.  So, I now have another project of sewing the other 15 of them.  I made different sizes for the dogs and cats.  Here is what I am doing with those.

I'm always happy to help out the animals.  There is also a Second Chance Thrift Store in Meadville that I donate to regularly items that I no longer want.  Everything they sell the money goes to the Humane Society.

Today is National Pizza Day, so I called Pizza Hut and since Bernie is able to come home through Conneaut Lake today, he is picking it up!!  

Other than that, nothing else new in my neck of the woods!

Everyone stay warm and see ya next Thursday!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day 2017, Quilting, & Theater Room!!

Happy Groundhog Day 2017!!!

Well, up on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney PA this morning, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow meaning six more weeks of winter.  Boooooo!!!!  You can click on Happy Groundhog Day 2017 above and see actually what went on up on Gobblers Knob this morning.  If it makes anyone feel better, Phil has only been accurate 39% of the time, so there is still hope for an early spring!!!

This week has been a snowy week here in NW PA.  We have about 10 or so inches on the ground right now, but the sun is shining brightly and the sky is clear blue.  Just a beautiful day unless you think that 31 degrees is a little too cold for ya!!  Tonight is going down to 13 degrees!!  Bring on spring!!

I've been shoveling the front of the garage and sidewalk twice a day this week and this morning was no exception.  We awoke to another 2" of the white stuff.  It snows and then it seems to pack down, and then it snows some more.  If it all stayed where it was and didn't pack down, we would have well over 19" of snow for this week, I swear!!

I got out the 4WD Chevy P/U and made it to quilting, of course, yesterday.  I worked to finish the picnic table topper.  All I need to do now is to it sit down in front of the TV on Superbowl Sunday and hem the binding on.  Here it is..............

The next thing I began was Jess' TV table runner.  I got it cut out and assembled and it is now layered and ready for quilting.  On the topper above I tried three different stitches programmed on my machine.  I may try one of those on Jess' as well.  I hope she likes it!  She wanted red with tan and black.  I hope to finish this up by next week.  Hey, Jess, if you don't like it, let me know and we can come up with something else.  It looks very nice in person though, my lady friends at the center just love it!

That's it for quilting for the week.  

I made a trip to Andover OH and went into the Goodwill Store.  The drawing I made last week, I liked it so much that I decided to find a cheapie frame to put it in.  I got this frame for $1.00.  It had a few nicks on the wood, so I sanded it and stained it and it looks great!!

And last but not least, I told you two postings ago that I'd show you our Theater Room which is located in our basement.  This room was built solely by Bernie; well, I may have helped or hindered him just a bit, but it is truly one beautiful room. The room is multi-level.  You have to step up to the top seating area when you enter and then step down to the lower seating area.  

We chose the color scheme of eggplant and sage.  I know, it doesn't sound like those two colors would complement one another, but I'm an avid HGTV watcher and we couldn't be happier with the results.  The walls are a light sage green, the wall acoustic panels are a little darker sage green and between the molding and floor is darker sage green to match the acoustic panels.  We also purchased two electric two-seat recliners in the darker sage green as well.  The carpeting is eggplant color and is very plush.

First photo, is from the front looking back, you can see the multi-levels. Also, you can see where the molding is on the left side of the recliner, between that molding and the floor is a space where we painted a darker sage green to match the recliners and panels on the walls.

 Second photo, is from the left side of room looking to back exit door.  You can see the acoustic panels on wall.  We made these and covered them in a sage green micro-fiber type material.

This third photo, is something Bernie came up with and I loved the idea.   We wanted  to make something different for this room.  We constructed this out of plywood and painted it black, we put blue rope lighting around the inside of it.  Next, I drew out the Northern Hemisphere in Spring sky on the wood, with all the constellations, etc.  I also incorporated his Leo, my Gemini, and Bryan's Aries constellations on the board.  Then Bernie began drilling out several hundred holes.  We then put fiber optic lights into these holes that twinkle as stars do.  The fiber optic lights were three different sizes which helps show dimension.  It is our featured item in this room.  It took us and Bryan and Jess to hang this up.  It was one heavy piece.  The suspended room tiles are black as well.

I purchased these movie quotes for Bernie online and having had them two Christmas' already I thought it was time to put them up.  After discussing where to put them with Jess and Bryan, they liked them going around the top bulkhead of the room.  I only put this one up so far, as it's not easy making them straight by oneself.  I just put this one up today and will wait for Bernie to help me with the rest.

 This next photo is looking from the back of the room forward.  The wall cabinet in the front of the room houses the Blu-Ray player and cable type components.  The TV in the front of the room is a 70" Vizio HDTV with a Sony surround sound.  Incredible sound especially when watching Civil War movies, right Bryan???  The canons sound like they are in the room.

This photo just shows the step-up theater lighting so you don't trip and fall. 

 This is from back again to front showing the entire room.   On the floor to the left of the recliner is our electric fireplace heater.  This keeps the room nice and toasty.  The wall the TV is on is the opposite wall seen in my sewing area that I showed you last week.

The exercise bike has been moved in so that we can ride and watch TV at the same time. Nothing like pedaling to Drew Carey on "Price is Right."  There is a second exit door, on the right front of the theater.

 This photo shows the fiber optic sky better and the lighting on the sides over the panels which is on a dimmer switch.

That's it, my tour of our Theater Room.  My husband is so incredibly talented and I never know what he'll come up with next, but whatever it is, it will be fantastic, I'm sure.  

Thanks for stopping by today and see ya again next Thursday!!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Spring? Spring? Snow!!!!!

Hello everyone,

Guess I should start off by explaining my Post Title.  We have had quite a few days of over 50 degrees lately and geez!  it was over 60 and we reached 67 and the birds were chirping in the morning one day.  I thought that Spring was in the air in January.  Well, that was short lived.  Today it is 36 degrees and it is snowing like crazy.  Forecast for the next four days is snow and we could total out above a foot!  Welcome back, WINTER!!!

This week not a whole lot happening here in my neck of the woods, but Monday I decided to take another drawing course at the senior center.  Today we were doing another pastels drawing.  If you recall the last one I did was with leaves in the fall.  This one interested me more because it was a landscape/structure design.  I didn't know how well I'd do on this one, but decided to give it a try and this is what I ended up with and I'm very happy with it.

Depending on where I positioned my covered bridge determined how much more I could put on the drawing.  We had a picture to follow on this and I added the road with tire skidding tire tracks, the squirrel eating nuts and the snow piled beside the road.  All so true of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Wednesday took me back to the center for quilting day.  Today I continued working on the Batik piece.

I've decided that with having 18 blocks, if I did rows of 3 with a length of 6 blocks, that it would fit perfectly on a picnic table.  Last year the picnic table stayed in the basement all spring and summer, but this year, it's making its way to the deck so I can put this on top and we can eat out more often.

I got the blocks all sashed together with black fabric and have it outlined in the same.  Now to decide if I should put a little more of a Batik border on it before I bind it.  I'll decide that today.

These colors are not my cup of tea, but they are definitely growing on me!!  I think that the black really brought out the vibrant colors of the greens and oranges.

Oh, the new machine is running like a gem.  Knock on wood!!  Bernie said not to jinx myself as he commented on the smooth sound of the machine.

I wanted to show you all a picture of the family from Christmas.  We put the old camera up on the tripod and we all got in the photo.  Bryan, our son, Jessica, our daughter-in-law, myself and Bernie. Bernie is hold Macy Kate.  She actually posed on this one.

I said we need to do this exact same picture every year.

With that I'd like to mention two celebrations for this week.  My sister's husband, my favorite brother-in-law, Dave Chapman, celebrated a birthday yesterday on the 25th, and my sister, Peggy and Dave will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary this coming week on Tuesday, January 31st.
Love you both and congratulations!!!!

That's it for this week.  Have a wonderful week ahead and see ya next Thursday!!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday, January 20th - An Historic Day, Indeed!!

Hi everyone,

I missed my Thursday post, sorry!!  I was caught up in the Inaugural Festivities yesterday afternoon and evening.

Today is an historic day for the USA.  Doesn't matter who won the election, it's all about America and the hope of a better tomorrow for all it's people.  I watched the Inaugural Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery as well as an awesome concert at the Lincoln Memorial last evening.  The song "God Bless the USA", by Lee Greenwood was very moving.  Toby Keith's American Soldier was awesome as well as the rock band Three Doors Down and the Piano Guys!  If you missed it, I'm sure you can Google it and find it.

I'll be watching today as our 45th President is sworn in.  I'm proud to be an American!  Differences aside, we are the United States!

Now on to my activities this week.  Busy week for sure.  Had to take the truck in for inspection on Tuesday, got a little shopping in at Walmart, Tractor Supply and Peebles.

Wednesday was quilting day.  I took something new to work on and began cutting the fabric.  It is a Celtic Tabletopper.  I didn't get too far on it, but here it is.


Four-Leaf Clover is made, thus far.

I'm still working on the batik piece, not sure what it will end up being, I'm guessing something for the outdoor picnic table.  I've decided to sash it with black fabric to bring out the colors of the explosion block.

Next picture is some selected fabrics for a table topper I'll be making for Jess.  I won't be using all of these fabrics, but am playing around with them now to see what will look best.  Hey, Jess, if you are reading this, take a look and let me know which color you would like to see most in your runner.  If  you look at the post from last week at that runner I made, you'll see that the majority of the runner is one particular fabric, which one out of these do you want to see the most of?

Last, but not least, is my sewing area.  I thought I had a handle of how it should look, then it became Christmas and I was working on many projects, pulling out fabric, etc. it became a working mess!
Now that I'm looking at things, I have a bookcase for my quilt books and patterns, and I also enjoy scrapbooking and making cards, so I have those organizational fixtures incorporated into the mess as well.  I have my large table for cutting and assembling quilts, with a huge pile of scrapbooking memorabilia that pages need to be designed and put into albums.  My sewing area is a narrow area, with tables in a L-shape, but they've become nothing more than a resting place for fabric.

So, here is what I want to do......I need some type of additional storage for my fabric where I can see what I have and arrange it by color.  You quilters out there, how do you store your fabric?

 This is the storage cabinet straight ahead in the next picture.  Doesn't hold much.  Thinking the little bins make it so I can't see what is actually in there.

This is my actual area in the basement.  As you can see it is long and narrow.  The cabinet on the wall on the right side holds my batting and as you can see it is overflowing, more batting on the top of the cabinet and more on the table below.  I have one finished wall on the left side as inside that wall is our Theater Room.  I'll have to take pics and show you that inside in another blog post.  It's awesome.  Bernie did a fantastic job on designing and building it!!

And this side, my table for fabric cutting that Bernie made me and the little dresser below holds some craft items.  Underneath the tables with the sewing machines are large bins and smaller bins with lids that contain even more fabric.  I have the fabrics sorted by color, but I can't see what I have at a glance.

I need to rearrange, organize my fabrics so I can see them.  I'm thinking some cubical type fabric cubes that are stackable under the Yorkie Picture on the finished wall.  I'm open to suggestions.  Let me know if you have any organizational ideas for my sewing/scrapbooking area!

So, it's time to watch the Inauguration of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump!  God Bless America!!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Second Week of January 2017

Hello Everyone,

Can't believe this is the second Thursday of this month and my second posting for the year 2017 already.

This week has been "taking down the Christmas decorations" week.  The only day so far that I've taken a break was yesterday morning when I went to the center for quilting.

This week I finished the table runner I was making in the colors that I love.  I already have found a place for it.
First completed quilting project of 2017!!  

Found a place for it, right on top of my roll-top desk.  

Worked on my "Explosion" blocks again yesterday.  I added another layer to explode.  I contemplated purchasing the same material in the layer cake, which for non-quilters is 10" squares, but why buy more fabric when I have a large stash.  So, I went to my cupboards and came up with some fern type prints that I felt would work with the blocks I had finished last week.  I added them and this is what I got.

Exploded twice.
I'm thinking that these are now wide enough for me to do something with them.  Since this is definitely not my style for inside my home, I'm thinking that it would make a great little runner for on the picnic table outside next spring and summer.  The colors would work well outside.

Next on the agenda, is a Valentine's Day garden-type flag for my door.  I don't hang flags outside, but Jess, my daughter-in-law, gave me the idea to get a hanger and hang them on the door.  I need to find three other fabrics to contrast with this and then I'll begin working on it.  Similar to the one I made out of blue fabric with snowflakes for the Christmas season.

I'e had this material for ever.  Finally going to become something.

I also found a few UFO's that need my attention.  Oh, UFO's are "unfinished object."  In other words all those projects I began and never completed.  Yes, Bryan, your Civil War Soldiers cross-stitch is one of those, only been working on that one he says for twelve years!!  He could be right!  Anyway, here are a few things I found that I need to do something with.

A few more candle mats that weren't done in time for Christmas.  Will sell at craft show in August.

Looks like a different kind of candle mat I was working on at some point.

So, that is what I'll be working on as soon as the Christmas is all put away.  Too many bins, I need to downsize my Christmas stuff.

At the center yesterday we had Penne Pasta with three Meatballs, garden salad, mixed root vegetables, garlic toast and peach cobbler.  Really yummy!!

We had quite the week beginning with this picture on Sunday morning.  Freshly fallen snow and a beautiful morning.  Today it was 57 degrees and rained an inch or so.  All the snow is gone, but tonight we will be going back into the 20's again.

Something I wanted to share this week was a really cute thank you card from Bernie's aunt, Catherine.  It is handmade and just so darn cute and it's a moose and fits right in with my rustic decor, this is going to get framed.

I've named her Esmeralda Moose, only Peggy will know why!!
Well, guess that is it for this week.  Hope you all enjoyed your visit this week here at Deb's Rustic Quilting!!  Take care!!


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!!

Hello everyone,

Here it is 2017 already.  Did you make any New Year's Resolutions?  Not me, I can never stick to them anyway, so why stress myself out.  I'll tell you what I'm doing instead at the end of this post.

 I finally got my new machine to run on Jan 3.  I decided to wait until the new year in hopes that the new year would bring me better luck.  So far, so good.  I'm having a little issue with the needle threader as it won't hit the hole in the needle.  Sure an adjustment is all that is necessary.  Hopefully!!!  I've only did a little straight stitching and zigzag on a practice piece thus far.  Plan to jump in tomorrow and finish up the table runner I showed you last week.

Yesterday at the center, I worked on making blocks called Explosion.  These are easy to make and look like this.  The fabric is called Batik, it is an island looking type fabric.  Has lots of fern type prints on it in some vibrant colors.  This is out of the norm for me.  I don't really like brightly colored fabric, but I won this set of charms.  Not sure what I'll do with it when done, but I thought it was good for this experiment block.  I still have to "explode" it again by putting another piece of fabric on top of each block, sew all the way around it 1/4" and then again make a cross in the center and cut on that cross to explode it out further.  I'll show you more on this next week.

Lunch at the center was Beef Stroganoff, garden salad, carrots, and vanilla pudding with Oreo cookies crumbled on top.  It was tasty!!

Also, at the center we are having a quilt raffle for two Steeler quilts.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  The quilts are 41" x 57".   The two lucky winners will have them before the Super Bowl.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a ticket or six from me, just let me know via email or give me a call.

Also, quilt wise, I will be participating in another quilt-a-long.  This one has a button at the top of my page as well.  I'll keep you posted on my participation in that.  It is a Christmas themed block a month called Have a Jolly Little Christmas.  If you click on that button, it will take you to SewFreshQuilts blog where you can see what each block will be.  Lorna McMahon from Canada is sponsoring this event.    I love some of the blocks, others, not so much so, I'll only participate in the ones I like and want to learn how to do.  Stay tuned.....................

It's snowing again today.  We had more than a foot and it melted, we had more than a foot, it melted and now it is coming down again.  We did manage to get the Christmas lights off the gutters on Tuesday when we were in the 40's for some strange reason and no snow on the ground.  

I'm still playing Christmas music, I have a couple of instrumentals that I just can't put away yet.  I'm listening to Jim Brickman, pianist, Christmas CD.  Click on his name and hear his music.  Christmas decorations are still up and will be through the Ephiphany.  Then I should have them all down by the 15th.  It takes me a while to get everything put away and then it is so bare.  Ugh!!

Well, wishing you all a great 2017 and I hope that it is off to a great start for you.  Oh, there is one thing that I've decided to do for the new year.  Bullet Journaling "BUJO"  It is something that I came across while viewing Pinterest and since I love to be creative and organized, I decided that I'll give it a try.  I got myself one of the new journals that I had on my shelf waiting for me to use and began making my pages.  I'll be able to keep track of everything I do and want to do in one journal.  I can even write down my tasks for the day, week, month, and mark off when completed.  No more post-it's everywhere and at the end of the year, I can see everything I've accomplished without resolutions!

I'll share more with you on my Bullet Journal in future posts.

Take care and stay warm!!