Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A good day

Great day today! I started by cleaning out 3 cupboards, all the island cupboards and my Hoosier. We are remodeling our kitchen and the cupboards are supposed to be here by Friday. We had an Amish man make them and I can't wait to see them. In the meantime, I'm living in quite the mess! I have been cooking all week, knowing that it's going to slim pickin's once they really get going on the kitchen. They re-did all our lights and re-hung the ceiling and I've been living with a single bare light bulb in there for two weeks. I hope they work fast--kitchen re-do's are so hard to live through. It's a good thing I have my quilting to keep me occupied!
And I was occupied with quilting today! After cleaning out my cupboards, I went back to attempt to quilt using Rainbows by Superior Threads. I spent about 1 1/2 hours the night before fiddling with it. I have used it in my Pfaff with no problems, but this was the first time in 'Zoe'. I put in a new needle, oiled it and started quilting. The thread just kept shredding.I adjusted the needle, re-threaded, loosened the tension, and could only quilt about 20 inches without it shredding to the breaking point. So I went to the computer and went to their website and started searching for answers. I figure if the big guys can use it, then so can I!! :) I think my problem was the needle--I used a 16 and it really likes an 18. Tried it and it worked! I quilted the rest of the quilt with no shredding or breaking! It's funny how a little thing like that could make all the difference in the world! I just wished I quit sooner to check it out. But at least I perservered...I was real tempted to go back to my old standard threads. I like King Tut for showy quilting and So Fine for obscure quilting.

I have the binding sewn on the top and now it needs sewn on the back by hand. I also have the label pinned on so I can stitch it down while I'm doing my binding.

I prepared class handouts for a class tonight (Irish Chain) and cleaned my sewing room. Ya need to stop and re-group sometime! LOL I also made one of my favorite dinners....Ham Sandwiches, Cheesy Potatoes, Vegetable Salad and Angel Food Cake with strawberries. The ham sandwiches are SO good and I hardly ever make them and when I do, I wonder why I waited so long! LOL

Ham Sandwiches:

12 Hamburger buns

12 thick slices ham (I used leftovers from a Spiral Honey Baked Ham)

Cheese Whiz, spread on the bottom half of the hamburger bun


In a bowl, mix: 1/8 cup finely chopped onion, 1/4 c. yellow mustard, 1 TBSP. poppy seed, 1/2 cup butter, softened. Spread on both sides of the top half of the hamburger bun. Place all sandwiches in a cake pan, cover with foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.



Gail said...

Ilove that quilt! Wow, it is so bright and happy, what is the pattern?

Laurie Ann said...

Wow!!! That quilt is just spectacular. It really speaks to my with its wonky shapes and bright colors. I want to know the pattern too!

Mama Koch said...

I scanned and I cannot see a name for this quilt either. It is really bright...and pretty! Can you tell me the name of the pattern too?

loulee1 said...

What a beautifully bright and colourful quilt. I'm happy you managed to sort out your thread issues.

You finishes in your previous post look good too.

Mama Koch said...

I replied to your email and it said I was terminal!
Thanks for answering my question.

Greenmare said...

what a great bright quilt!! I love all your bright cheery quilts.

Vickie E said...

I tagged you...I think you already were though LOL!

Quinta da Quilter said...

What an awesome quilt! Love it! Does it have a pattern name so I can make one too?!

Nana's Quilts said...

i like the quilt - of course. I will have to re-read your blog because Ive always had good luck with Superior Threads. New photos on my blog as well as some on CrazyExchange.blogspot. Check it out. :-)

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

What a gorgeous, bright quilt! I love to see so many bright colors all in one place. I just stopped by your blog, Mary tagged me and I was following some links from her blog. It's so fun to look at everyone else's work and get inspired!