Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sewing day ...they loved the pincushions!

Had a great day in Earling sewing with Mom and my sis-in-law, Amy. I almost forgot to take pictures! Here are my mom's blocks, or the parts.She has been working on this quilt only during our sewing days, so it is fun to see it come along. She is ready to put all the stars together now.

Amy started a new quilt called Fantasy Fish...she is using batiks for the first time, even though she has quilted for years. She didn't want to hold this up, as one of the fish needs to be turned around, but it will be a beautiful quilt when finished.

My dad went out in the shop for awhile and worked on some wooden braces he is making for me for the bookshelves in the library. They will keep the books from sliding back all the way to the back of the shelf. I didn't get a pic of him with them, but will soon.

I stringpieced all day. I got 14 blocks done and 4 partway done. Since I started stringpiecing,  I like to cut smaller pieces left over from other projects and throw them in a bin until I need them.  There are usually  strips cut and not used from other projects so I throw them in too. These are mostly brights. I am adding corners to them to form a star, and will do a class later on. I want to make some string blocks using selvages too, since some people are interested in using them in projects, but not sure what to do.

One of my sisters was sick, and the other had something come up, so they couldn't join us. Hopefully next time!

Yesterday I did something sort of scary...I installed a new harddrive in my computer. My friend Rose has been helping me try to figure out what is wrong with it and we have tried many, many things. We were out of ideas to try so I went and got the harddrive and put it in last night. Believe me, I am no computer genius, but I have learned a lot from Rose in the last few weeks, and she told me how to do it. (Have you ever seen the inside of your computer? It is sort of scary that there really isn't that much in there, to do so much!) We figured if that wasn't the problem, I would have to go out and buy a new CPU. So far everything is working well. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Thanks Rose!


The Quilting Pirate said...

Looks like a fun and productive sewing day!

Hope your sister feels better soon!

Good luck with the computer!

Micki said...

Lovely sewing that you did and hope your sister is better soon!

Exuberant Color said...

I have seen the inside of my computer but all I did was install a new fan because the bearing burnt out on the old one. I don't like to open it for fear I'll get a static shock to kill it.

Barb said...

Installing a hard am impressed.

I love bright, so your string piecing is great!!

Vivian said...

Your whole family accomplished a lost at your sewing party. Sounds like a fun time.
I'm impressed with your computer bravery. May it behave and run quietly and smoothly!.

Happy New Year, Jean. I hope that 2010 is all that you hope it will be.

Vivian said...

Of course, I meant to write above that your whole family accomplished a LOT at your sewing party. (these old eyes!)

Love 2 Quilt said...

Hi Jean, Hope you had a great Christmas. I know 2 of your sisters and know they can have fun!! I'll be seeing you in Dunlap in January. Happy New Year. Patty

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh dear...I am crossing my fingers for you that you fixed the computer problem.
Great string blocks!

Fiesta said...

Jean it is great that you can have a sew along with your family. Oh I recognize those wonderful string blocks. You know that my string quilt is by far the warmest quilt I own thanks to you.