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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Special Present -

Sometimes it is just so strange how things work.

After my mother passed, my sister and I went to her house and kept a few token things to remind us of her.

Well, now three years later....I get a call from the son that had liquidated the assets. He had kept the sewing machine and cabinet for me.  WHAT??  Did he know I sewed?  Did my mom tell him I did at some point?  I did see the machine and cabinet while there but had no way to get it to my house 12 hours away.

Of course I JUMPED at the chance to get the machine and the next day drove up to get it.  I only had to drive 2 hours north as he was down for his work and brought the machine.  YAY!!

So here she is - not an expense machine. I like that it is a Brother and light weight. 
And the cabinet
The cabinet has a nice mechanism that raises and lowers the machine easily.
And thread holders!
Right now it is in my garage - until this weekend when I make room for it.

Strangely, this came right around my birthday - so I consider it a birthday gift from my mom.

 In my "About Me" profile (to the right of this main text), I talk about my mother and wanting to sew on her machine.  I feel very blessed to receive this gift. I like the way God planned this out.  Do you think they were conspiring together?

Now let's go sew!
 Thanks Mom!
Linda

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

My New Toy & May's OMG

Joy! Joy! Joy!

I bought myself an exciting new toy.
Amy of Amy's Quilting Adventures has been telling us not to use our cutting rulers for ruler work.  
Sunny told me about the Line Tamer Ruler .  

I found this different brand one at my local quilt shop.   
I love how my motion quilting foot fits inside and I can easily use it to make straight lines. (Although honestly mine will ever so often get a little wiggle!)  I just need more practice.

It's just the right size - both in length - as it fits in my domestic machine throat.
  And the width is just right. Easy to hold.   
The ruler markings help keep it lined up without any fuss. 
I have all the foundation quilting done (all the stitch in the ditch).

My May OMG is to do the gold stars. 
Here's the quilt on my dinning room table - it's a poor quality picture as the morning sunlight was streaming in.

I can't wait to start! See you all over at Elm Street Quilts.

Happy Sewing, 
Linda



Monday, April 22, 2019

BIG News

Okay - I've been up to some pretty big things lately.  I finally have time to share with you.

We made a 
BIG Purchase

Which leads to BIG Adventures (over 2600 mile trip & several states)


And Big Mountains
And BIG Cities 
So BIG I had to memorize the map.

My little girl moved to Littleton,
Her boyfriend is in Lakewood,
His parents are in Fort Collins,
We stayed in Golden,
then stayed in Wheat Ridge,

While we were there Mr. Boyfriend ditched my daughter, came back to our campsite and asked us for permission to marry her.

YIKES! That was a BIG conversation.

Which led to her getting a BIG rock at Red Rock Canyon, Colorado
and a big smile!
My family is getting BIGGER.
YEA!

And BIG smiles from me and Bruce.
So that is what I've been busy doing.

Linda, 
who is looking forward to another BIG adventure.



Friday, March 29, 2019

OMG Finish for March

Yikes! I was beginning to wonder if I would finish this block before the end of March for OMG 

I found this fabric
It just reminds me of bees.

I used it for the bees wings.
with some shiny gold thread.  I love it!
Then I embroidered his little body with a satin stitch.

I've been dilly-dallying with this.
Trying different stitches and colors for the flowers - ripping them out because they didn't look good. And then last night I realized it's the end of the month!  I must get this done!  

So I did. 
Linking up with OMG for March.

If not for OMG I would still be tinkering with this block.  Thanks Patty for hosting OMG.   

Happy Stitching,
Linda






Friday, March 22, 2019

Let's Talk about Quilting is Blissful....

When I first started blogging (years ago) I found Di's blog - Quilting is Blissful.  For me - reading her blog is such a pick me up. She is always so cheerful, she had the funnest little stories, the cutest little cartoons and the nicest little projects she is working on.  Right away we emailed back and forth - and I could see she is genuinely such a nice  person.  And so interesting too.

Well, skip ahead a few years (like 10!)  and we come to Di's Blog Anniversary Giveaway. 

Which I WON!  

Yesterday I was having a rough day.  My supervisors at work have been giving me more and more things to do to the point of overwhelming me.  And in the mail, was this package!
Oh cares about work!  Let's open this baby up!

Oh - wait.  Where are my manners?  I want to say thanks first.

THANK YOU Di!  

See how delightful that wrapping is?  And such a cute card. And Di put darling little kitty kat stickers on the card!  Awww - I love it.  Makes the card even more special. 

Okay - first the dark blue present.
WOW!  How pretty is this?  It's adorable.
And I love birds.

And look at the wonderful details, love the lace and those cute buttons! 
Oh I just love this! What cute flower suckers - looks yummy too.
We have a joke in our family, "All anything needs is a doily and a bird on it." Because I love birds and my husband loves doilies.  I had to laugh as this certainly fits the bill. 

Also inside that pocket are Flower Seeds!
ZINNAS!  Perfect for where I live! I'll be planting those this weekend.

And in the light blue present....
Is this the cutest fat qtr?  I LOVE it and it so reminds me of Di!  So pretty and girly, and filling lives with fairy dust!
Thank you Di for all the sweet presents and for all the years of letting us read your blog and see into your world.

If you haven't read her blog - here's the link Quilting is Blissful.

Linda


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

OMG for March

I just love having only ONE goal per month.
Having only one seems so doable.  
Even for a person like me that get busy with other areas of life.

Thank you Patty of Elm Street Quilts!

So, this month will be another of Val Larid's BOM.
I changed up the center of the design, but the rest is Val's Design. 

I did have time to start on it over the weekend.
I had thought I would do the freezer paper method.
 
That didn't turn out so well - I'm not liking it.
Look how sloppy - and hard this will be to stitch.
I didn't want go look for it - but there was no other choice. I spend some time digging around in the sewing stuff and found some Heat & Bond.

(Side note here:  I've known for years I need to do some organizing of my stuff. I barely know where to start!  I've been watching Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix.  It's getting to me and I might just tackle this situation.)

Now back to my applique and using Heat & Bond. 
So much easier - and so much quicker!
And oh my gosh!  So much neater!

So this is my goal - to finish this block.

So now - on to the questions.

1.  Do you think I should use fabric for the bee's wings or just embroider?

2.  Which method do you prefer, Heat & Bond or freezer paper or turn applique?

3.  Have you watched (or read) Tidying up with Marie Kondo?

Happy Stitching,
Linda  






Wednesday, February 27, 2019

From Disaster to Perfection

Oh my gosh - listen to this! (Er - read this!)

I finished the quilting and binding on my Dogs Quilt. I still needed to cut the threads on the back.

BUT in the meanwhile....

My little darling granddaughter came over.  All was well, she was having fun playing, then she started going down hill. 
She was tired and climbed onto my bed and covered up with the Dogs quilt.  Ahh how sweet.

UNTIL she threw up!! On the quilt!  That is not technically done! That I had NO intention of ever washing! It was only going to hang on the wall. That I wasn't sure could even survive going through the wash since it is appliqued.

Yes that quilt.  

Bruce threw it in the washer and the dryer.  

I didn't say one word.  If it's ruined, then it will be ruined.
AND it came out so soft, and cuddly and perfect. All the quilting even looks better!   I'm soooo, soooo glad it was washed.  I totally love it!
  Now instead of being a wall hanging, I will be using it and it will be sitting on the back of my couch.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt!
I totally love that little granddaughter too.

After she threw up - I told her.  "You know what that's called? Blowing Chunks!"  She laughed and laughed.  Jumped down and started jumping around the room.  Oh my gosh!  Stop that kid!  Before you Blow Chunks again!

Kids!  

Happy Stitching,
Linda