Thursday, July 30, 2020

QAYG, and 6 months as a widow

I showed this toddler-aged QAYG, before completion.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  The wide light figured fabric is all little colored tractors.  Oh, that is... tractors like they USED to look .  Seems that NOTHING is the same as it used to be.

Here is the back - I had a bunch of colored quarter yards, and could cut 4 backings from each cut, with a little left over for the current crumb blocks.  This QAYG was the most successful I've ever done, with almost ALL of the stitching in the back sewed in exactly the right place ON the sashing strip, not ON and OFF the sashing strip.  Practice, practice, practice!  

Being a widow:  I lived thru the 6 month anniversary of my husband's death by staying busy.  Those months went by so fast - unbelievably fast!  What a conflict I find myself.  I MUST be at peace with his death and his terminal illness, but heartbroken he is not here.  He left me a beautiful gift -- his very last words to me were loving and beautiful - I cannot ask for more.  

Monday, July 27, 2020

Crumb Blocks

These are 4 big blocks/panels, each approx 10 x 12 in.  Pieces were all pulled quickly from my "trash", and sewed together with little plan nor thought.  I DID straighten out edges as needed, and pressed as I went.   Most pieces are from a recent quilt, still in process.  Some pieces were left larger than others, part of my plan.  Hopefully I'll get this project made up soon.  

These crumb blocks took 1 hr. and 20 minutes.  Great fun, do give it a try.  The floor is a mess.  


In preparation for calling the IRS today, probably having to wait for long times, about my delayed Tax refund, I had handwork ready, some reading,  and plans to clean out one kitchen drawer.  I dreaded it but ... a person has to persevere!  I thought I'd contact the site, one more time, to be sure I had the latest info and  A CHANGE HAS BEEN MADE!!!!  After almost 6 mos. of "being reviewed" it said "REFUND APPROVED" - I don't know what happened but I'm a happy camper and it "will be deposited "in the next day or so, electronically. 

I stopped at the friendly H & R Block to let them know, and he said this is a similar story from many of their clients.   Do I dare start a similar gripe about waiting for a stimulus check ?

Back to my quilting - photo due soon.  Thanks very much for all good suggestions. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

NQR: Where is my tax refund?

NQR  I filed my Federal and State taxes thru H & R Feb. 28, 2020, and received an e-mail indicating they had accepted my forms.   My State refund was returned within 2 weeks.  I am still waiting for my Federal Tax refund.  I am still waiting for a Stimulus Check.   My bank info is already in their files, altho I sent it again with my tax forms.   I've checked the appropriate Internet site for information, but it's said the same for months.  ..."being processed".  Calls to the suggested phone number were a waste of time. 

Comments anyone, or constructive suggestions?

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

QAYG, Boys Quilt, and Guild Raffle Quilt

Quilts are getting MADE during this "staying at home" business.   I'm using the "twin strips" method for this QAYG, a small boy's quilt -  my blue fabrics lean towards "nautical", but that word is seldom heard of in western Nebraska, so I bought one yard of this cute TRACTOR print, the only fabric purchased.  I made 4 blocks at a time, and that also used adequate but unloved FQs for the back.  Backing and batting were cut 8 in. and the block finishes at 7.5.  Setting is 6 x 8 blocks, a good size for toddler.  I'll start the sashing units tomorrow.  My method of hiding stitches in the ditch is improving with each quilt.

 Below our Guild Raffle Quilt that was won by a gentleman who only purchased one ticket!   Temps on this day was 104, but there was a small shelter.  Ticket sales were dismal due to Covid limitations  but we did best we could, with a short season. Our Guild Year closed early due to the virus fears, but we had to pull a winner. The local annual Oregon Trail Days also did not happen.