Friday, March 28, 2014

My New Blouse

A little something about me that you didn’t know -  I used to live in North Carolina and I used to sew all my clothes (Except Jeans – I never had the desire to go there!)  Well, back then I always wore dresses – I just like dresses and they were cooler, I liked the breeze on my legs.  So then I moved to Italy – and you know what?   I couldn’t find very many clothes that I could wear – so I continued to make my own clothes and clothes for my daughters. 
 
Then I moved back to the States – land of the malls and sales!  And I found quilting and life was good. 

 Recently, however, I’ve been itching to be stitching up some clothes.  Only this time I thought I would try making my own pattern.  Oh what fun!
 


 
I wore this to work and received so many compliments.  I do like the fabric.  It's a simple blouse but I'm really happy to have made it with my own pattern. 

 Oh it's not the best picture - but my dear husband took it and I'm just happy that he did as he was super busy that day.  
 
Thanks for all your suggestions for Rosanna's Etsy store - she decided on RoxyRose Art.
 
So now I'm off to find more fabric for another blouse. Maybe this time I'll make cap sleeves.
 
Happy Stitching,
Linda

Friday, March 14, 2014

Your Opinions Wanted!


Well, since I haven’t been sewing.  I’ve got to post about something!  And here’s what’s been happening in my life.
 


M
y daughter is going to open an ESTY shop.  She plans to sell painting and a few other craft items.  I did tell her I would ask  ya’ll about the name. 
 
 
Here are some that she thought of – which one(s) to you like.  Or maybe you have a better name?
 
1.       Don’t Drive my Art Around

2.       Pretty in Paint

3.       Cross my Art

4.       Straight from the Art

5.       Art over Mind

6.       You will be in my Art

7.       Painting the Roses Red

8.       RoxyRose Art
 

 So here is the picture of Liliana.  (Don’t even bother to groan - You knew I was going to  post one!)
 




 And another one - Wait! Hold that groan - it's worth it
  
Am I  right?  This picture is worth it!  I'm going to go visit Liliana tomorrow.  Can't wait!

Okay everyone back to sewing now.

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Odds & Ends

With the birth of Lily - it's about all we think about.
Lily - sleeping, Grandma (that's me!) and Grandpa
Funny how that happens - such a little thing and yet she sure can make the world revolve around her!
 
I haven't been working on any quilts or other sewing projects.
Although I did find another one to start - no surprise there. Right?
 
But check this out - isn't this so cute?  I don't really know how to crochet. I mean I learned when I was a kid.  So I think I can do it. 

 
I think it's adorable.  Here's the link to it on Craft Passion's site.  Really you'll want to check out her site she has plenty of other great things to make on there too.
 
And really did you think I would let you go without looking at one more picture of Lily?
Lily - 2 weeks old
Happy Stitching,
Linda
 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Good News! She's Here!


Happiness is calling your daughter “MOM” for the very first time.
 
 Liliana Belle


 AKA Baby Belle

 And someday may be known as Lily


Was born on Saturday – Feburary 15th

 
7 lbs 9 oz  (Such a nice weight!)

 Saturday morning  I was at McDonald’s getting a Hot White Chocolate Coffee.  Yum!  I had just discovered this treat a couple days ago – and I was happy to be getting it again when I got the phone call from Angela,  she was in labor and on her way to the hospital!  Yikes! I quickly ordered another coffee – Yes !  This is what you do during a crisis!   LOL

 
Actually I was picking one up for my other daughter, Rosanna who would be making the 3 ½ hour drive with me.  Off we went and we were able to get there in plenty of time – Thank goodness!


Auntie Rosanna, Baby Liliana Belle and Mama Angela
 

 So Congrats to the new parents.

 They will be great parents.
 

Linda 
 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cats in Pjs is Finished!

I have a Finish!
 
We all get so excited to have a finish.
 
And I'm so happy to have this cuddly little baby quilt finished before the baby comes.
 
 
So here it is.
 
 
Don't you just love it?  Most of the cats have oval eyes. But a this one, the crazy cat, needed round eyes. 
 
 
 Oh I put a little rick rack on this one too.  So I couldn't have only one round eyed cat so I made three.
 
And I put the softest, most cuddlely minky on the back. 
Just Yummy!

How do you like the mice that are running around the border?
 
Happy Stitching (for 20 minutes) each day,
 
Linda
 


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Your Opinion Please - Round or Oval Eyes?

 I’ve been working on the baby quilt Cat in Pajamas.  It’s coming along nicely don’t you think?

 

I found the pink background fabric in my stash – I don’t know where it came from.  I know I didn’t buy it.  As I began using it I noticed it was fraying.  Because of that I  know it’s not 100 percent cotton so I’ve been zigzagging all the seams.  I hope that works.  I had all the cat blocks completed when I saw the fraying. So we’ll see how long this quilts lasts.  I hope my daughter enjoys it and uses it.


It’s time to do their little faces and I would like your opinion – The pattern called for buttons – but since buttons are supposed to be a no – no for babies I thought I would applique on some eyes. 

 
Should I use the round eyes?


Or should I use the oval eyes? 
 
Thanks and Happy Stitching,
Linda



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

20 Minutes - Drop & Give Me Twenty

Yea!  Quilting Hottie Haven is having a linky party!!
 
Don't you just love quilting with others?
 
Click here or on the button on my side bar to join too.
 
Here's my pledge:
 
I, Linda, owner of several UFO’s that I have promised to finish yet never have, promise once again to join Quilting Hottie Haven’s third annual DaGMT event and to quilt for at least 20 minutes each night for the month of February 2014, thereby at least making some sort of progress on the afore mentioned UFO’s and  enabling me to keep my word to my hubby that “yes I’m working on them and I will finish them”…..“Someday I promise.”  The only exception is:  the day when my daughter goes into labor and then I promise to  think and wish I was  working on them. 

And furthermore, I think Beth Helfter is brilliant for coming up with this concept and inspiring me to join.  She really is!
 
 
20 Minutes (or more) of Happy Stitching, 
Linda