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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Two Silly Stories, My Echo Quilting & More Fabric

I have a little funny to tell you.  
My hubby and I were about to walk over to this Carl's Jr for lunch.
We were stopped my a "homeless?" man asking for money for a burger at McDonald's. 

So my hubby handed him the change in his pocket - it wasn't very much. Not enough for a burger.

The guy looked at it - said he didn't want it and THREW it at us!

YOU:  Really??
ME: Yes!! I was so SHOCKED!

Oh my!  I just had to laugh.  That was so funny.  I suppose if he had earned the change - instead of begging for it, then he would appreciate it more.

So we picked up our change and went to lunch.  

In sewing news - 
 I've made my first attempt at free-motion quilting on my new machine.  I'm not happy with the results.  But that's okay.  I just need practice.
The echoing is all free-motion.  

And I've been shopping! 
I went to a discount fabric store and bought fabric for blouses.
I'm really anxious to start sewing the pink little flowers. I guess I'm in a pink mood.

I do have one more little funny to tell you.

This morning I went round and round with Mark about whether it was Tuesday or Thursday.  I think it’s Tuesday and he insists it’s Thursday.  Hey, I was willing to compromise at Wednesday, but NO he still insists it’s Thursday.

Well, whatever day this is, have fun!

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wedding Bells

Well, of course I have to talk about the wedding.

It was a BLAST!
Us - fake laughing - me, my sister Cindy - mom of the groom. Then photo bombing strange man, My daughter Rosanna, and my daughter Serena. 

The wedding vows were so touching a sweet - not to mention funny.
Travis, the groom, promised to love her,
Brenda, no matter how many abandoned, sick and lonely kitties she adopted.

She comes from a big cat family - and he's allergic. 
I tell you, it's true love. 

Travis did good, Brenda is one of the sweetest girls I've ever met.

We ate tacos and wedding cake, 
danced and had a merry time.

Even little Lily danced - holding her cracker.

So until next time - 

Two of my crazy daughters!
Linda

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Finished Dish Towels for the Newlyweds

Here are the dish towels all finished and ready to be wrapped. 

I couldn't believe it but I had some fabric that matched.
My daughter found it at a garage sale.

I just winged it for the edging.  Here's what I did - I cut the fabric 1 inch wide.

I then ironed the strip in half - and then ironed each of the edges 1/4 inch toward the center 

 At the machine, I tuck the dish towel edge into the center of the binding. 
I was careful to leave a nice amount so the machine wouldn't "trip" over it.  I cut that off later.


I sewed right along the edge, tucking the towel in as I sewed. 
After cutting off the excess binding on the ends - I sewed the bottom part of the binding so they don't unravel


I think the Happy Couple will like them. 
And they are finished BEFORE the wedding!

Happy Stitching,
Nicey Linda

Friday, July 10, 2015

Happiness is Seeing Some Progress

I've been working on the dish towels.
This is just a nice little "extra" to put in with their wedding gift. 

I'm still working on this one.  Their last name is Wolf. 
This will say:  
Wolf 
Est. 2015
I  still have to finish off the edges of the towels. 
I may make a little fabric binding or maybe machine hem and then do a blanket stitch in dark grey embroidery thread.
I like the idea of a hem and blanket stitch.  But that would take more time. 
And I'm determined to finish this up over the weekend.  

Happy Stitching,
Nicey Linda

Monday, July 6, 2015

I had to put the brakes on my sewing.

Just for this week.
My husband's mother and brother have come out from New Mexico to visit.

Don't you hate when that happens?  You have to stop sewing and clean the house?  Such a rude awakening.

I did, however, cut out and get this little summer blouse made.
 It's for my daughter - It's nothing to sew up, as there's hardly any fabric to it.  (or seams!)
Also, I've been working on the dish towels.
Time is running out on this project as it's for a wedding this month.  But even that deadline threat doesn't make me work on it.  

Tonight I'll get it out while we are visiting.  (I promise.) 

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Monday, June 29, 2015

Some Vegas Summer Fun

We took a little drive to Las Vegas.  Rather boring looking huh?
Well, that's okay it's only about a 4 1/2 hours. Hahaha

And in the town before Las Vegas they have this really cool Roller Coaster.
I've never ridden it - and never will. LOL

First thing in Vegas - Lunch.
We were lucky enough to have lunch with Elvis at the next table.
(Hehehe - I thought that was pretty cool!)

They were having a horse/cow cutting competition at our hotel, South Point. 
So we stopped and enjoyed it for a while.

We love spending time in the pool.  This is one pool, seen from our room.


Now, I'm going to show you some pictures of the Paris Hotel.
All the major hotels are so grand.  And the Paris doesn't disappoint.
The Bathroom: 
The sinks are all painted with little flowers. Soooo pretty.


As you walk into the casino - trees, sky, like a Parisian Blvd. 
Only with slot machines! And Wild Carpet.  


They have the lower parts of the Eiffel Towel coming down through the ceiling/sky.


Fake houses and lighted windows surround the place.
Fake - but enchanting.

Beautiful chandeliers are all over. 

I thought this little "outdoor" place that is really indoors looked so pretty.
  I would have loved to have a drink here and just people watch. 

Well - okay - so that's a bit of our Vegas trip.
I hope you enjoyed it. 

Nicey Linda

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5 Reasons Why I have SO Many Projects

I realized I have just too many projects going at once. Hey - don't even give me that look - because the one thing I know about quilters is - most of you are in the same boat.

The projects I am currently working will illustrate my reasons.

Reason/excuse #1:  
Project was started years ago when I saw a pattern I liked, thinking I'll just do one block a month.
You and I know that's not really going to work (one block a month unless I'm in a class or online group) and now I'm sitting here with a half the blocks done. The other half in progress.

Reason/excuse #2
I felt I needed some hand work for when I'm sitting and watching TV.
You know, I wouldn't want to sit and do nothing - nor would I want to find something I already had in my closet.  So a new project was started.
The good thing is - I'm not in a hurry to finish.  And eventually it will get done.  Right ?  That is what we tell ourselves.

Reason/excuse #3
Oh My Gosh - Nephew is getting married and I have to give them something special (beside the cash gift) and wouldn't these dish towels be awesome?
That wedding is in early July so I have to start on them right away.

Reason/excuse #4
Okay no way could I resist this wall hanging while on vacation.
My reasoning is if I finish it up quickly, it doesn't count as a project.  (It's been hanging around now for 4 months.  That's not quick.)

Reason/excuse #5  
It's so easy.  It won't take any time at all.
My daughter had the cutest little blouse.  I can sew - so I'll make another one for her out of this cute/super adorable fabric.  This project has been planned for two summers. 

I'm sure I could go on and on.  What are some of your reasons for so many projects?

Happy Stitching,
Linda

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