Friday, January 23, 2015

Poor Little Fingers - Working to the Bone (Civil War Quilt)

While at my friendship quilt meeting, the Sewful Sisters, I decided that I'm going to get this Civil War top pieced before the next meeting. (Great goal, right?)
I've spent all my free time working on it.  (Housework? - Ain't got no time for that!) My fingers have been busy, cutting, pressing and sewing.  I timed myself and one border took 3 hours for me to sew using my sewing machine. (Okay I admit I'm slow.)  This morning before work I sewed another side border on. 
Yes!!  It's coming along nicely. Two sides on and two to go. I think I'll have it pieced before Tuesday night's meeting.

 I've also been busy getting our taxes ready, and planning a trip to Kaui - for our 21st Anniversary.  (Remember we missed our 20th because our grandbaby, Lily was born.)

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To Stitch or Not to Stitch?

I've seen some people around blog land starting new stitchery projects.  And that's nice.  But just not for me.  I'm determined to get my borders on my quilt.  (Oh!  You will be so happy to know I did work on it!!  No pictures - cuz I'm a dummy and forgot to take some. )
Then someone gave me this booklet.

Rather old fashioned but I really like the little mice and the Charlie Brown type Christmas Tree and I'm thinking I'll make it "someday".
We all know someday may not happen!  And then I remembered I have this little kit that I thought I would make "someday". 
 I got it out and overcast the edges.  (Wait - I say I got it out - like it was that easy!  I searched and tore things apart for three days to find it!  LOL!!)I haven't done cross-stitch in 25 - 30 years. I'm looking forward to this project. 

Now back to my borders on the Civil War quilt.

Happy Stitching,

Linda

Monday, January 12, 2015

January Goal & Great Clover Product

Hello Everyone!
 
I've been trying to find time to write a post - I keep getting distracted with everyone's blogs! Especially this time of year with all the new projects and BOMs!
(I love them, love them, love them! And want to start them!)
 
I was thinking last year I completed two UFO's and one new project.  I was pretty happy with that.
Then I decided it was time to make a list of all my quilts and projects.
(I haven't been brave enough to do this for the past 5 years.)
 
I came up to lucky number 12.  Well, it I finish only 2 a year it will take me 6 YEARS to finish them.  NOT acceptable. 
 
So how can I get more done yet not feel I'm chained to my machine?
 
(Oh my gosh! I just remembered three more UFOs!)
 
 
Here's what I'm working on for January.  My Civil War quilt.
I've only just pinned the vines down to get an idea of how to do this.
 
I have to tell you about this - because if you ever make vines on a quilt, this is the way to go.
Clover makes this fusiable webbing for bias tape and it's the BEST!!
 I applied it to the vine (with an iron) and then once it placed on my border pulled off the paper and applied the iron to make it stay.  Sooo EASY!!!
Picture is before I ironed on the vines, flowers, etc.
This does give you an idea of what I'm doing.
Using the fusiable web & ironing on the vines and flowers, it has smoothed out all those loose parts.
 
Cool Right?
 
  I want to wish you all a Very Happy New Year. With much Happiness, Good Health and Quilty Fun.
 
Linda
 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

 
 
Lately it's seems every post I write has a major life event. And this one is no different. 
Last Tuesday my daughter gave me quite a shock - she announced she was moving out. What??  When??  That's when she laid down the second shock - NOW!  And she did.  She got a sweet deal, the Aunt of the girl she is moving in with, is letting them stay in her rental house (just pay utilities) for several months.   
Part of me is thrilled and part is sad.  I'm happy for her to go experience life, yet it's an adjustment for us.  Since she is our youngest - that just leaves me, hubby and the dog at home.
 
 
And in other news - They (the bosses at work) have decided to transfer me back to my other work location.  Really?  After I get all nice and cozy over here?  That will be next week. So that will be another adjustment.  
 
Through it all, I know to just Praise God, as everything will turn out fine.

 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
 
And the Happiest of New Happy Years!
 
Linda


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Catching up!

I've had several things happen lately that I haven't had time to post about. 
 So here's my Catch-up Post.

# 1
My Sister came out from Arkansas in October to load up her household goods that were in storage.  She and her husband have been roaming the USA in a 5th wheel and found a lovely spot to buy.  I so enjoyed having her and her husband stay with us for 10 days.  Every morning Jeff had the coffee on and they made the house so lively.  Connie taught me to crochet the ruffle scarves while she was here.
Here she is with her great niece - Scarlett - those two are two peas in pod.  So much alike!
 
#2
The following weekend my other sister, Cindy came to visit from San Francisco. We had a blast too.
She came down to get help with her Setters of Canaan quilt. 
 This is only her 2nd quilt!  I worked on my Civil War quilt.
  
 
#3
One of my co-workers asked if I could make her some doll clothes.  Sure!  What fun to sew up a couple dresses, Right?
WRONG!!
  I work full time and she was quite upset that I didn't finish all 30 outfits in one weekend.
Really??? 
Did she not realize that I had to read the patterns
 and that they were full of details - like the overalls had real pockets? That were lined?
I finished 6.  I thought that was good for a weekend.
I was not going to be chained to my sewing machine. 
I did have fun sewing them. 
 
#4
I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving - I do hope you all had a lovely one.  We spent it with the family.
We played in the leaves - that was so much fun!!!
 
Later we let the babies sleep. 
 
#5
Yesterday, 12/2/14 the day had finally come.  We had to put down our precious Sugar. 
She was such a wonderful dog.  And she had a great life.  She was our show dog and made Champion 5 times and then went on to be a UKC Grand Champion.  She really loved the show life and would jump onto the show table and pose for the judges - so cute.  She was only about 10 inches at the shoulders but could jump a 4 foot fence!  Also she was the fastest Rat Terrier - we put her in several races and she won every time, even against the Champion racer! 
 
 
#6
My place of employment has decided to change my location (again!!!)  Now that I'm used to this new place and all the people, they are moving me back to my original location.
I haven't decided how I feel about that.  I just hope my check finds me - last time it took 6 months to change it. 
 
So Happy Stitching to all of you!
What December plans do you have?
 
Linda


Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Little Gift from God


So – here’s what happened yesterday that  I really wanted to share with you.
 When we were kids we had these really pretty ornaments on the tree –  I really liked one in particular.  I remember hanging it on the tree when I was five.  So I took that ornament with me when I moved out or maybe when it was Christmas, I asked Mom for it .

  I hung it on the tree each year and it was so cool remembering Christmases long ago, each time I saw it. Especially when I was overseas or in NC.   Well, during one of my moves  I packed it in a box with a lot of other decorations and then later decided I didn’t want all those decorations (forgot my ornament was in the box!) and threw it out.  Well, took it to Goodwill.   

 You can imagine my dismay when I realized what I had done.  So instead of being  upset.  I asked God to please give me another one.  Well, I’m thinking God’s a pretty big God and can do that if he wants.  (Not very likely to happen – but what the hay.)   I have been looking for it in antique shops . 

Okay – so I go to Home Goods yesterday and walk down the aisle and see some pretty ornaments. 
I tell Mark, oh it’s nice to see glass ornaments, usually they just have plastic ones.  I looked last year at Michaels and Rite Aid, etc. and couldn’t find any pretty glass ones.   And then I see my ornament I used to have in a box of 12. (WHAT?  Could this really be it?)
 
And then I see the one that I remember as my sister Cindy’s! (Silent Night)   I know for sure these are the ones we had. 
And God has given me back the ornament originally made in 1940  (I know that from the box – it’s a retro set)  Wow! They were super old when I was a kid!
 
And the ornaments have little fuzzy white on designs.  As I touched it, I remembered how much I love to touching them when I was little. Isn’t that amazing?

 This is  my present from God this year.  :-)  I'm doing the happy dance!
 Linda

 

Monday, November 3, 2014

My Neptune/Halloween Update

Okay - so what I didn't tell you in my last post is what a Nut Job Neptune is when she's around others.
 
As in - she does back flips.  Wait - I don't think you believe me.  When we come up to another dog, kid or car that she would like to "get to know better" she does twisty, jumpy circles in mid air.  Which is why she is always on a leash.
Angela, Rex and Lilly as Ewoks for Halloween
But you see, I've been taking my other dog, Sugar, with me Trick or Treating every year and this Halloween she has gotten too old to go. (She was happy to stay home.)  So I thought, it's Neptune time to do the job of escorting the little kids. 
 
And knowing ignoring what a Nut Job she is, I bought her a costume and took her with me.  Right , I know -- I'm the nut job! 
Bunny Scarlett and Ewok Lily
AND  - She was PERFECT!!  Not one crazy flip or cartwheel or backflip.  She knew she had an important job and acted accordingly!  YEA NEPTUNE!
Serena - Really could she get more beautiful?  And doing her homework even on Halloween.
Well, now it's on to November.  Let's see what surprises this month holds for us.
 
Happy Stitching,
Linda