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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Hunkering Down Pillow

 Oh I'm so glad to see the weeks melting away.


So I have this many until retirement....

Only Nine days of work left.
Only One more Monday Morning to get up and go to work.
and only Two more billing days (We bill each Thursday morning)

 I'll train the new gal
Clean out my office  
Then it is ADIOS!

In the meanwhile, I've been working on my yellow 
 Hunkering Down pillow.
I got quite a few tips from Jordan Fabric's YouTube double ruffle pillow video.


I do not like gathering by hand.  Someday I will buy a gathering foot. (I've been saying this for years!  hahaha)

I thought the corner turned out nice. 
As I was sewing on the ruffle I saw the seam would be right there in the corner! Panic set in .... would I have to undo all that sewing?  But it barely shows.   


So - here the whole thing.  It really was fun to make a pillow. I LOVE this Hunkering Down block.  Thank you Podunk Pretties!  

I plan to put it on my bed - but Bruce took it out to the motor home for our trip. He wants the motor home to be a very "homey" place.  

I really love yellow.  
It is actually the first word I learned to read. But I loved even before then.

 Bruce said he really does too.  Really?   What are the chances of two yellow loving people finding each other?

So now onto the next project.

Happy Stitching,
Linda


   








Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Projects Galore! For the Motor Home Trip

I realized something about myself.  I LOVE to have lots of projects going.  That's how it is for me at work, lots of projects going on all at once.  Now that I won't be at work, I started a bunch of projects for when we take our motor home trip.


Two Cross Stitch projects.

Garden by Durene Jones


Camera from VladaXstitch Esty shop



Frame this one: 


Two embroidery projects.


and three pillow projects. 

Hunkering Down by Podunk Pretties


Colorado Bears (set of 4 pillows)



My Embroidered Flowers

Plus - (We all love a "plus" don't we?)
Sewcialites Quilt along.  I'm thinking of doing the cutting for the blocks at home and stitching on the road.  


I wanted to share with you what I found.
My little grand daughter plays with this miniature tea set. 

I just leave it on the floor in my dining room for her.

Well, the last time she was here I thought some of those pieces are missing.  I looked in the tea cup in the plant and look what I found!

Yep - a little surprise!

I do hope you have a little surprise in your life today.

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Colorado Pillow and Low Volume Flower Project

 

I've started working on my Colorado pillows again.  It's been so long since I've done machine applique that I had to get out the manual to find the correct stitch.  But once I found it, I had no problem getting everything stitched down.  

I had thought I could use the steam and seam to apply the applique and not stitch it, since it would just be on a pillow that I probably wouldn't have to wash. But I soon realized that wouldn't work.  The applique was already starting to lift off.

It does look a little "grandma -ish" but I like it.  I want to have some really cozy/homey things in the motor home. Bruce did not think I should use the deer fabric, but once he saw it together he agreed it looks good.

I'm hoping to get these pillows done before we leave for our trip. Bruce is so sweet. I told him I'll be bringing a hand stitching project. He says I'll miss my sewing machine and I must bring it, some fabric and a cutting mat. And my big iron! That we would make room for it.  I told him I would be fine - I can forgo sewing for a few weeks.  He just insists that I bring it. I think he knows me well.

One of my new hand projects is a low volume embroidery. I'm going to sew lace to the bottom of the fabric and add flowers and leaves and for some extra sparkle: beads! Won't that be beautiful?  Oh and the best part is the lace is from Serena's wedding dress.  I think she will love this when I'm done. 

 

This is the only part of the trip that we have planned so far. Not when we are leaving or exactly where we are going or how long.  Only that I'll be bringing some sewing items.  Hahaha 

 Well, that's all I have for now.

Have fun sewing today,

Linda


Hehehe - I think I need to learn to weld!

And lastly our verse for today. 










 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Happy News and Finishes

Well, I have some happy news.  I've put my paperwork in for retirement.


Gosh it was a hard decision.  I've had a lot of thinking to do about what I want out of life, about finances and lastly how to fill how that darn paperwork!

So - the plan will be do take off early November in the motorhome just me, Bruce and Marzipan aka Marizpants.

 Bruce has a lot of relatives he wants to visit.  At first I thought about having Christmas somewhere out on the road.  Then I realized, no I'm a baby! (hahaha) I would be crying for my kids and grandkids. 


Now for my finishes!

Nothing makes me happy like a finish!


Unless it's relaxing in the pool - that makes me even happier.

Do these girls know how to relax or what?

Although this guy has it down pretty well.

I've been so blessed to have family that comes over every Saturday for the summer months.  

My other finish are the design boards.  I knew my last one would look some much better than that first one!  

And yes it is.

Gotta love that nice crisp corner! 
I do really like having these.  I may make a bigger one later.  

Have a great week! 
Happy Stitching,
Linda












 

Monday, August 17, 2020

That Blue Pillow & That Messy Sewing Room

I decided to turn my wall hanging into pillows for the RV. 

Bruce came into my sewing room - oh he's not the reason this room is a mess.  That's ALL ME!  I don't know what happens.  But it does happen!

First thing he says is:  Don't be mad at me - but I don't like the fabric that you have chosen.  Me:  Well, it's the fabric that came with the kit.

So together we decided on the different fabrics. It was a lot of fun sitting on the floor with him choosing fabrics.

See that blue pillow?
I had taken the pillow form out of it to do some measuring.
It came from Bruce's house.  I have no idea who made it.  I keep it in the closet.  (hidden in the closet.)
 
Bruce: I love that pillow! I have no idea why you don't.

Me: Because I don't like the patchwork on it.
Because I don't like the quilting on it.
Because I don't like edging on it.
Because I don't like the colors. 
Bruce: okay, okay!

Hey, if I had needed more excuses I would have continued listing them! LOL

The real reason is because it is blue. But when I say that people don't believe me! Everyone loves blue.  But for 50 odd years - my sister has claimed that color as hers. Her whole house is blue!  So when I see blue - well it belongs in my sister's house.  That sounds nuts to a guy.  So I use other excuses.

But I'm am starting to like blue a bit.  Unbelievably I even bought blue for the backing of my frolic quilt.  
Shhh...don't tell anyone - cuz then they will know I'm nuts.

Interestingly, my blue sister is starting to like red and using it in her home.  Which is so strange, that's the color I have decorated my house in (along with yellow and green).  So we are starting to switch colors in our old age.  

Last weekend was another beach weekend. It was lovely.
Here's Marzi-pants - she thinks I hauled that chair to the beach for her. 
I do enjoy having a good dog I can take places.



Wednesday, August 5, 2020

My Views - Flowers, Beaches & Design Boards


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This is my view as I float around in the pool. While the summer heat is here, I try to enjoy it as much as possible.

I have done a bit more on my embroidery flowers.  Not much more but a bit. I balanced out the left side with some blue flowers and more pink on the left/center.
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I still have to either add more center big leaves or take them out.  I'm so undecided about it that it has totally stalled this project for 5 months.  What do you think I should do?

In the summer, we have a pool party every Saturday.  It's just a given, come to Mom's and bring some food.  We always have a good time. Until....Covid and being locked down made my one daughter "crazy"!!!

She had to just get out of town!  So we all went to the beach.
OOOOH  that was so much fun we did it again last Saturday.

Check out this beach - NO ONE was here at 8 am.


And by 9.am
One family to the left.
And one family to the right.
  The afternoon brought the family and the FUN!
They dug a bathtub and Violet fell in!
 Mamas pouring water into the sand-tub.
And Marzipan taking a break in the shade
  Or on my rump!
And there was a little pier action.  
This is the same beach Bruce proposed to me. 
I remember sitting up here on the pier after he proposed just being happy and also very nervous to tell my daughters. One had not even met Bruce yet.  Now look at us - all at the beach together.

In non-beachy news: 

I did actually do another design board.
This one I tried harder to be neater. And it's better but still a bit wonky.
But it works! And now I have two.


I must say God has met all my needs and the needs of my "going crazy" daughter.  Hahaha.

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Thursday, July 23, 2020

New (and not so good) Design Board

Ugh! Not every project is a hit.
This one is certainly not.
I watched Lori Holt's tutorial, and my first try is a bit wonky.

I was a little discouraged.  Although it does serve it's purpose. 
 I'm going to watch her Youtube video again and give it another try.

Cuz, we know we quilters always try again!
(and again, and again, and again - hahaha)

Hoping my next post is with a much better design board.

Happy Stitching,
Linda


WAIT!
 Before you go, I have something else to share.
Before and after pictures of my little Marzipan.

BEFORE: Obviously

After: Wow! - what a haircut can do! 
 The real Marzipan or Marzi-pants as we call her 
 is a goof ball.
Okay - thanks for reading.

Now let's get on with our day.