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Monday, July 16, 2018

Mr.Hedgehog & Silly Cows

I've been working on my little Hedgehog.
I think I'm almost done.
 I think he needs one more quill added above his eye. And Serena thinks he needs his quills lengthen at the bottom up towards his eyes.  
What's your opinion?  

And what should I do with this? (It is on a 5 inch square.)  I feel like a have to make it into something or my New Honey will think know I'm a nut.  

Also I put my stove grates in bags with ammonia for several days.
I only did two at a time.  I wasn't planning on leaving them that long but I didn't have time to mess with them.
They turned out so nice!  I only had to rinse them!
I love when things magically clean themselves! 

And lastly, here a picture of my family dressed as cows for Cow Day
at Chick-fil-a.
We do this every year. So silly, but we have so much fun.   
So enough about me.  What's new with you?

Happy Stitching,
Linda



Thursday, June 28, 2018

And the winner of the most done this month goes to...
Someone else - not me.  Hahaha

Oh so my New Honey asked me....What are you making the hedgehog for?  
Me:  Nothing
New Honey, perplexed by previous answer: What are you going to to with it?
Me:  I don't know, maybe nothing.
New Honey, shakes head not understanding.


It's hard to break in a new honey. Hahaha

I don't know what I'll do with the Hedgehog - but someday it will be just the right piece for just the right project.

I have finished up the quilting on the place mats.

 I did quilting around the flowers.
(These are in process pictures.)
 As I worked on them, I could tell my free-motion quilting was easier and smoother by the 3rd place mat.  Hmmm....that's probably why they say to practice before starting a new project.
At any rate - I really do love this clear quilting foot I bought.  It was easy to put on, even though it's been a long, long time since I originally used it.
I used a ruler to get it just the right height.

I used to be such a doer.  I would come home swim, make dinner, clean a little, then sew and just be so productive.  Now... Nothing - Zip.

I probably need a new project. Right?

My daughter sent this to me - I thought you might enjoy it.


Happy Stitching,
Linda



Friday, May 25, 2018

Plans A, B & Finally C

I had this pile of batting and I thought I could piece it together for Serena's quilt.

I measured her quilt.

And then my biggest piece of batting.

Hmmm... the rest of my pieces are really very small.

So on to plan B.  (We quilters always seem to have a plan B.)
My batting is folded in half - so there is plenty for this quilt. 

And as important as my little girl (and making her quilt ) is to me. I think this quilt will be a lot of fun. I like that there are different blocks with various shapes. It makes it easier and funner (I like that word funner) to quilt.

Those three dogs at the top of the quilt represent my own dogs.  I took the time to make them rat terriers - made sure the spots and colors matched my own little fur babies.  

It's been a while since I've freemotioned.  So I'll start with my place mats.
I bought the fabric in Hawaii and I've been using them for a couple years, but they need more quilting.  

Check out these lovely threads. So actually this is Plan C.  
 Plan C's are better. Right?

What I have been doing instead of quilting is coming home and making dinner - cleaning up and then sitting and watching TV with my new Honey.  Of course, I'll tire of that and start sewing more - but not yet I'm still in the honeymoon stage.

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Finally, after months

of wedding, moving and cleaning, I have time to think about sewing and crafting.

It sort of sneaks in here and there. Usually right before I fall asleep.  Just a little thought about colors, blocks or a quilting design.

Before I went to China I gathered up a couple fabrics and threads. I found this cutest little container at Joann's.  Little enough to go in my suitcase or purse. 
 I thought I could work on this while on the bus tour.  I asked my daughter to outline a hedgehog for my youngest girl. (I got the idea from someone on pinterest - I want to give credit where it is due - but I don't know her name and can't find the pin again.)

I only did the nose while on the trip.  Hahaha

But last night I actually felt relaxed enough to work on it.
Didn't get far but that's okay. 
So far he looks a little silly. 
Of course if I said he was a she, then she's looking fine.

In other crafty news - check this out. 
I was waiting for my friend at the restaurant and this image was on the ketchup bottle. I couldn't believe I could do this.
This is my first attempt - all without lifting my pen.
Okay - we can say she not fine - rather homely - but at least the proportions are fairly correct.

Happy Stitching, 
Non-sewing Linda

Friday, April 13, 2018

Just in case you were wondering - Yes, we did it.

We got married!



We had only family at the wedding which worked out wonderfully.
I had one sister to the photography, another do the flowers, and had my little 
granddaughter, Lily as the flower girl.  She was SO EXCITED to have such a fun and important job.  She danced all the way back to her seat. 

I loved the way our wedding cake turned out.  (I saw something similar on Pinterest and did hire someone to make it.)
My daughters and I did the arbor and I think it turned out nicely.

It was Bruce's desire to have a big BBQ after our ceremony.  My backyard was the perfect place.  (Now it's "our" backyard.)  Bruce knew that I wouldn't want to leave that pool in the summer time and stay in his house. So his is up for sale

We had a wonderful honeymoon at the beach. 
We went back to the place that Bruce proposed to me.
Walked along the wooden pier - I just love wooden piers. 

 
 There's just something about sitting, soaking up the warmth and watching the waves.

We also spent some of our honeymoon time doing this
I had an over crowded house.  My garage was stuffed with furniture, boxes, tools anything and everything you could think of.  Then Bruce had his three bedroom house to combine with mine. 

The only answer..
We had the BIGGEST sale. My three car garage was PACKED!

Sold tons of stuff, gave away tons of stuff and then called out Salvation Army to take the rest.

Now my garage is almost empty.

Most of the house had been reorganized. 
It feels so good to not have that burden of "stuff" anymore.

By the way Bruce is the real organizer.  I used to be pretty good, but over the years have lost the ability.  Although I never would have held a candle to him.

Our plan is to continue working on it Saturday.

So no sewing for me for a while,

In the meanwhile, I'll just enjoy the projects I see you working on.

Linda

Friday, February 23, 2018

Doodling for Freemotion Quilting


I was quite taken with Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt's
 post about quilted scenes from a story book. 
She challenged her self to quilt one each day.

Check out her post here - she is so good.

I thought that was a great idea - but since I have this wedding coming up soon, I thought I would practice with doodling with a pen and paper first.

Now I know this is not a great drawing - but I'm so surprised that at my first attempt to draw without lifting my pen (as it would be if I was stitching on my sewing machine) that the rooster looks like a rooster!  And that the body and the head are on the same page!

I also wanted to practice doing the date without lifting my pen, as I often quilt the date on my quilts 


I hope to challenge myself to draw (doodle each day) until I get back from my honeymoon and I start quilting again.  

Only nine more days until the wedding - and the forecast is rain. 
I'm not going to worry about that just yet.

Linda - the Bride to Be

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

More this and that

In Marzipan news. 
Apparently, she had been watching The Grinch that stole Christmas.
She ran in the house the other day looking like this. 
Yes - Sweetie, you do look like a reindeer.

When we were in China, of course we went to the Great Wall.
It was beautiful in person.  Since it was off season & school is in session, there were not many people.  It was wonderful.  There were about sixteen of us there at the wall.
I walked (I mean climbed those stairs) all the way from the bottom where those people are teeny - tiny dots.  I was breathing hard too!  Hahaha
I did it with just my daughter Serena - and will always be super special for us. 
Here's Serena posing at a Look-Out. As we were climbing the steps, they were all different heights. Some steps were 8 inches and some were 24 inches tall.  So maybe three short 8 inch steps, then two 24 inch steps, then a 10 inch.  It was so steep going up.  

On the tour we took in China - they took us to places and then would charge American prices for things.  Like a boat trip around the lake for $65 American dollars each! It was a big boat/ship, and two-story. Well, we all know everything in China is actually cheaper. I thought it was a rip-off.  We declined.  They must have asked us 5 times!  We kept saying no.

Well, when we got to the lake we saw these little 4 man boats.  Oh my gosh so cute! And for only $6.00 for an hour! We went out in the lake with it.  Serena was driving it, Angela was rocking the boat, Rosanna and I were just laughing!  
And the lake was so beautiful and peaceful.
It was a blast just being the 4 of us.  
When it came time to disembark - we couldn't get out!  We had to (embarrassingly and literally) roll out of the boat!  We laughed so hard and the boatman laughed most of all watching us roll onto the deck.  

China had some interesting things for sale.  
Like these Baby Buddha fruit.  Just so shocking.  LOL
I did not try one -  just wasn't in the mood to eat someone's face.

Well, enough for now - maybe I'll have more later.

Linda