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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My Vinyl Fence and Erik's Quilt

I'm pretty excited over what I was doing this past weekend.
This vinyl fence.  Well, not the whole thing.  See Ramon had put up the front part and gate years ago.  Like 10 years ago. We have just had a silly little gate to no where for the longest time.  My pool equipment is behind it. 

But I asked him to come help me and he came over and we went through the pile of vinyl and found what we needed to make the rest of the fence, which is the left side from the gate to the wall. 

It was so much fun putting this together. Ramon dug the holes and did all the hard work - the thinking.  I put the slats in.  

It did take a while to get it all together. So that's why I didn't work on Erik's quilt on Saturday.  On Sunday I went to lunch with the kids - and then they came over and we played games. And that's why I didn't work on it Sunday. 

But on Monday I worked on it.  It's a simple quilt so I was able to get the top done.
 I put a little green flange between the border and the blocks.
I just had to give it some kind of little "POP".

I had gone to the store without the quilt and just picked a green fabric I thought would go.  Lucky me because it does!
I'm hoping he will really enjoy the quilt and the verse blocks will be comforting. 
Now to get a backing, batting and finish this baby up!
But not tonight as I have plans to go with a friend and a bunch a people I don't know to dinner at then to gaze at the "pink" full moon tonight.

Happy Stitching,

Linda, who hopes to enjoy the pink moon. (It's rather cloudy right now)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Erik's quilt and my yard - plus Lily & Marzipan

My goal last weekend was to work on Erik's quilt. 
He is such a sweet man, so funny and smart.  I really admire him. He also tells the best stories about coming over from Sweden and makes everyone laugh. 
He married my mom but because they live in a different state, I haven't gotten to know him very well until recently. 
I do know that he will like this panel - and be very appreciative.

So I started ....
by sewing fabric around the blocks. 

And then - of my gosh Foxtails got in the way!

I realized I had to clean up my yard.  That damn gardener  wanted to charge me $400.00 to weed wack them. 
Wait - here's a picture.
It does look bad doesn't it?  It's 100 feet to the end of the property.
Not having $400, I started weed wacking them myself. 
And in the meanwhile I called a guy off Craig's list.  Now that's scary. You never know who will show up!

A nice guy named Joe came out (with his buddy) and cut them all down in 2 hours!!!  

2 guys for 2 hours equals 4 hours!

Which means that damn gardener wanted $100 an hour!!

And Joe only charged me $60 to do the whole yard.  Which is about what I usually pay.
So guess who's looking for a new gardener?

And then I got back to work on Erik's quilt.

And for your viewing enjoyment:

Lily and Marzipan sitting on the couch together.
Hahaha - aren't they cute together? And where did that dog learn to sit?

Happy Stitching,
Linda - enjoying the little things in life. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fool's List (FAL Q2 List)

Good Morning!

I'm starting this April Fools Day off with a list of things I plan to work on.

#1 Eric's Jesus Quilt
  Eric is my stepfather and I'm thinking he would love to get a quilt from me.
Don't you think?

#2 Make a Purse
I've had the pattern forever (yeah, you all know how it goes!)  I've bought several different fabric in different colorways for this.  I need to decide and SEW!

#3  Quilt Serena's quilt. (Midnight Mystery Quilt)

#4 Bralette
I found this lovely pattern at  So Sew Easy

#5
Play with and learn my Clarity Ruler foot - so a small project -pillow or hot pad.

#6
Ryan McKenna Birdhouse wall hanging.
(no picture yet - one coming soon.)

So that's my list, I do hope it's just not an April Fool's joke on me.

Happy Stitching,
Linda - enjoying my sewing again.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It's been One Year

Of course I knew this day, the anniversary of Mark's passing, would eventually come.  I wasn't sure how I would feel.  Would I be doing better?  Would I still be crying?

And the answer is yes to both.
  I feel like I've accomplished my goal (with God's help of course) keeping the house up, the pool - it's still looks pristine and blue, the vehicles - both the car and truck, learning the fence business with Rosanna and keeping it in the black and our crew working. So part of me is proud of myself and on the other hand, it's so hard because it doesn't mean anything without Mark.

Also - with ironic timing, my daughter and I have decided to close the fence business, and our last day of work was also on the anniversary date of his passing.  
We had a great last day - I was scared. I didn't know if I was going to cry all day or what.  But as it turned out I spent the WHOLE day with Rosanna.  Her husband was doing a tile job and the kids were at their other grandma's. 

 Rosanna wanted to honor Mark with a job, so she hustled up 4 posts for a guy named Matt.  It was the best way to spend the day.  Out in the sunshine, laughing and joking with Rosanna and Ramon.  It was a fairly easy job.  The worms and bugs coming out of the post holes - OH MY!.  That's was so funny.  And Rosanna throwing them at my feet, and then Roman throwing them at Rosanna.  I was proud of Rosanna and amazed at her sticking her hand back in that post hole with all those roaches!  (We had to clean the post holes out of the extra dirt and old wood to fit the new post in.) 

And you wondered why I want to quit the business!  hahaha! Actually that's not even on the list.

Angela wanted to honor Mark by having lunch together. We (my girls, Rex, and I) had lunch at Johnny Rockets. 
Afterwards we all went shopping at Charming Charlie's.  We bought earrings that match and Angela said we should do it again next year. 
After all Mark always bought us earrings. (Rosanna being so funny would get him buy her some and then ask me to buy her some more!  She always knew how to work the system.  hahaha!)

Then Rosanna, Serena and I went back to the house and did nothing, just relaxed and had a good time talking and laughing.
 You just know we would find something silly to do!
Rosanna left about 7:30 pm.  I asked if she was babysitting me - she said no.  She just had the time.  :-)

So, here's what I've been thinking.  Rosanna showed me a video about complaining, how God could not bless the people following Moses into the promise land because they were complaining (not trusting Him). So they circled around for 40 years.  I think my not be happy/grateful for my circumstances is complaining.  I'm not talking about complaining with my mouth.  I mean my heart.  I have to turn my heart into a grateful heart towards God regarding my circumstance.  Living without Mark, my life with working, doing Best Fence (or not) etc. etc.  Because this is the life that God gave me.  I need to be happy with it.  (I'm not talking about the grieving that's fine and it's okay with God to grieve.) 

   I still don't know where to go, or what to do with my life. The only thing is God has been telling me for a while is "trust".  That's it.  Trust him.  

So I'm off to enjoy some quilting now.
Linda


Thursday, March 16, 2017

I took a trip up to see my sister near San Francisco.

Lately, I've been so bad at taking pictures.  I just simply forget to.
I grabbed my phone and grabbed my sister who was working in the kitchen and snapped this one.  Wow!  It turned out great!!!
That's me on the left and Cindy on the right.  
We actually look like sisters.  When we were younger no one believed we were.  


We had to make the trip to SF so that Serena could meet up with the WYAM group.  They had a dinner for all the missionaries and to pick up her clothes. 

We took Serena's stick shift car.  

Wait - do you realize what I'm saying?

SAN FRANCISCO and STICK SHIFT??
Hills - and clutching on those streets?
And NOT rolling back into the car behind?
It has been about 30 years since I drove a stick.  AND I did it here on hills like this without a single problem!  Whoo Hoo!!  I was so impressed with myself.  Hahaha

I love cities and all those cool building.
Like this one triangle one that is on a strange triangle corner.

And the bridges - which by the way I'm not afraid to drive over.

There's a lot of fun stuff to see as you are walking.
Like this heart. 
My two girls, Rosanna and Serena - and Sis Cindy.

Serena just came back from being a missionary trip in China, so Rosanna said we had to go to Chinatown in SF as not to be left out.  So off to Chinatown we went.  Oh my, the Chinese people loved Serena speaking to them in Chinese.  We had so much fun.  

We went to a little Chinese Cafe and Serena ordered our food.
 She showed us what she usually had for breakfast or lunch.  And told us all about life on the other side of the world.  The different ways they have from us - such as there are not lines. Can you imagine? People just push their way in, but they are not seen as being rude.  That they do not speak in tense - such as past tense, present tense and future. Which was very hard for Serena to communicate that she had already eaten.  Her Chinese friend kept trying to take her to eat.  lol
Rosanna, Serena and Cindy

So that's a bit of my trip.

Happy Stitching,
Linda - enjoying family and SF

Friday, March 3, 2017

FNwF - Clarity Ruler Foot

You know how it is, sometimes you just get on the internet and start looking at one thing that leads to another and then the next thing you know you have something in your shopping cart and you are checking out?

Well, that's what happened to me.  I found Patsy Thompson's video about the Clarity Ruler Foot. 
(This is Patsy's Photo and quilting)

 I love this idea of having a clear foot.  So I popped one in my shopping cart.  Here's the link to her home page were you can see her video.


She is super fast at shipping, it was shipped the same day I ordered it, so I should have it here in a couple days.  I can't wait to try it!  That's one nice thing about quilting, there's always something new to learn.

I won't have time to do anything else with quilting tonight - my daughter is wants to make dinner for her boyfriend and can you believe she doesn't want me around?  So this will have to be my post for FNwF - just buying a quilting foot.

Happy Stitching,
Linda - Enjoying the thoughts of new quilting designs. 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cutie-Pie Pics

Can you stand for just a couple cute pictures?

Elora Ivy at 1 week.
I have no idea what that scrunched face on Lily is all about.
I think it's because she has learned that she can make a scrunched face! Hahaha!

How sweet is this one? 
Lily is telling Serena about her new sister, Elora.


And here's a picture of Lily opening her a present on her birthday.
She received sunglasses and was very excited.  
Kids are sort of funny that way. :-)

Oh wait!  Did you want to see what I've been doing? 
The usual.  Repairing other people's fences. 


I do hope to get back to sewing soon.

So that's it for today. 
Linda, Enjoying Life

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

So Guess What I Got?

A new little Granddaughter!
She arrived on February 1st 2017
Lily looking at her baby sister, Elora Ivy.

AND ...that's not all.

Serena is Home from China!!
She arrived Feb 2nd.
Here she is explaining Chinese to the kids.
They were fascinated.
That's little Marzipan next to her. She is very interested in Chinese too.  

We all took turns holding Elora Ivy.  (Scarlett was pretty happy to meet her.)
We had a good day together.

Later there was snoring coming from the other room, 
It's tough to be a new big sister and a new daddy (again).

This is the way to Enjoy Life
Linda

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Neptune's Fight and a Christmas Pillowcase

Over Christmas I decided I really did need a Christmas pillowcase just for me.

So after Christmas I bought some fabric (on sale!  I love me some sales!) and last week I made this.
I have it all folded up and waiting for next year.
However it was so much fun - I'm thinking of making more.  Cuz you know all the Christmas fabric is still on sale!

In other news...

Neptune decided to chase a cat.  Too bad for her, she cornered the cat.  And that's when the cat attacked.
I think Neptune lost.
She looks like that old cigarette commercial – “I would rather fight than switch”.

I had to take her the emergency room.  Thank goodness the cat did not get her eyeball just the lid.  It was actually swollen up 2 inches high.  (Her head is only 4 inches wide.)

Poor thing - Marzipan being her best bud - did her best to comfort her.
 She's much better now thankfully.

So that's all for today.

Happy Stitching,
Linda, enjoying life with two good eyes, 
and two good little doggies.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

1st Finish for 2017 (Angela's Star Quilt)

It's amazing.  I'm amazed that I finally finished this quilt as it took so many years!
And I'm amazed that I have learned to put together a quilt like this.


I started it 17 years ago for my daughter Angela.  
It started as just an idea - a black quilt with purple star blocks. 
4 of the blocks came from a BOM program at the local quilt store.   I didn't continue going so I knew I would have to find more blocks from other sources.

Later I figured out I would need to put them together - silly but I was a beginner and didn't think about those kinds of things.  And I didn't know about "settings".  Several years later I found the center block - a feathered star tutorial from Molly's Place online.

And then several years after that I found my additional Star blocks in a magazine they are Judy Martin's design.  Like this snail tail star block.

It took a several years quilting other quilts before I started quilting on this one.  

And

Now 

It is COMPLETE!

It will look better in Angela's room - with her purple accents.

I've been blogging about this quilt off and on for years.
Now I can cross it off my UFO list on my sidebar.  YAY!!!

Happy Stitching,
Linda - Enjoying the 1st finish of the year.

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