Saturday, January 7, 2012

New toys; organizing; borders

The day was mine because my family left this morning to see a hockey game in Los Angeles.  It is rare that I have a weekend day alone, so I was pretty excited about the possibility of all the things I could get done!  There are a few boxes left in my living room that I didn't put away in the Christmas stuff.  A few years ago (at least 6), I bought these stacking boxes at Costco.  They were a great deal .. maybe about $12.00.
Every year I use them to wrap the presents that stay in our family.  Then I empty the boxes, put them back together, and reshelf them in my closet.  My bedroom closet has a huge shelf and by December 24, it is usually full of wrapped gifts.  When I put the boxes back today, this is what the shelf looks like ...

Ready for next Christmas!  The small pile on the right are some folders that I am going to be giving my students that take the block of the month class that starts in February. 

A couple of weeks ago I made a big pot of navy bean soup to take to work and share for lunch.  Luckily the morning I was supposed to bring it in I was sick, and didn't go to work because the soup was awful!  The beans hadn't fully cooked, and I thought I had a bad batch of beans.  My friends would have thought I was a terrible cook!  A couple weeks ago I tried again, and discovered it wasn't the beans, but my crockpot.  That crockpot I had before I got married, so it was at least 25 years old.  I think I got my money's worth out of it.  Guess what came in the mail yesterday ...

My new crockpot ... it's pretty big; I haven't taken it out of the box yet, but I'm very excited to use it!  What did we do before Amazon, do you remember?  I don't!  I love jumping on the internet, looking up an item, looking at the reviews, and then the ease of buying it.  Most times I get free shipping ... you just have to pay attention.  This cost me right under $30 ... I know if I would have gone to Target, it would have been at least that and they certainly wouldn't have had a huge variety.  Think of all the time I saved myself ... time to spend ... you guessed it ... sewing!

Finished assembling the rows today ... I was so excited to get the last two rows on the top ...

I cut the first border, it is red, just like the setting triangles.  I'll be darned if I didn't cut one of them the wrong size ... I have this strip cutter ruler that I love, but almost every time I use it, I miscut something ... ugh!  I made a quick call to the store and had Mindy cut me another 3" strip.  Ran over there right about the time they were locking up and picked it up and sewed the rest of the first border on.  I love that I only live 10 minutes from the store!

The picture looks tipped because I took it with the quilt laying horizontally, and then I flipped it on the computer, which is why it looks like it's shot on an angle.  One day I'll figure out this darn camera ... after I read the instructions!!  Two more borders to go ... wahoo!

4 comments:

Furball Farm Quilting said...

Your on the home stretch!! Looking good, can't wait to see how you quilt this one up.

Carolyn S. said...

Colleen, I've been meaning to tell you how wonderful I think this quilt is. Some of those blocks are incredible. It's going to be a lovely quilt when you're all done.

jayne said...

When do we get soup from the new crock pot :)

Love ya!

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