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Monday, October 8, 2018

Finding the Groove

Look what I found.  Cheery, happy fabric. (And inexpensive!)  There's even little silver glitterly lines around the ladybugs.
Just right for the backing. 

And I've gotten my quilt all sandwiched.

As I've been practicing my freemotion, I can't seem to get in the groove.   Wow, I just realized, it's been a year since I quilted Angela's quilt.  No wonder I'm rusty!
My machine probably don't even know who I am!  LOL 

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Friday, September 21, 2018

September Ramblings

I have started working on my cross-stitch.  I'm only working on it during my 15 minute breaks at work.  

In the meanwhile, my littlest girl just turned 23.  She was on a mission trip and met a very nice guy from Colorado.... now she is talking about moving there and being able to work at the Christian Outreach program they have....Hmmm....I wonder if this will get serious.  Maybe it already is and I just don't know it!

After Mark passed, I went to Griefshare - it's a wonderful program and I highly recommend it.  
While there I met Angie, she had just lost her husband six months before me. We have cried and encouraged each other as we have struggled to come to terms with our lost.  I think it's wonderful that God knew we needed each other and provided us with this great friendship.  

She has now found someone to share her life with and I couldn't be happier for her.  She will be moving to Pennsylvania, I'm not so happy about that!  LOL We both agree that we are in a much better place and can't believe how far we have come.   

Yesterday I went with her to pick out a wedding dress.
Today she and her new love are looking at wedding rings. 

So I think that sums up my month of Sept.  I could tell you that I might actually work on a quilt - but you wouldn't believe me.  hahaha

 Happy Stitching,
Linda



Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cross Stitch is Started

Thank you so much for the suggestions.
 I've gotten my threads labeled and organized.
One thing I thought was funny were the comments that others have started a X-Stitch project and it's sitting in a drawer unfinished.  I fully expect that to happen to me too.  However, eventually it will get done.  And if not, who cares?  

So here is my start.

Also, and unfortunately, comments are not coming through to my email.  So I'm sorry I can not reply back.  I don't know why this hit be so much later than everyone else.  Di of Quilting is Blissful gave me a suggestion to remedy this -  I hope it works. 

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Making Little X's

I can't get my old projects completed so I started a new one!

Wait until you see it and then you will know why.  
This is sew exciting and I can't wait to tell you.

Sandy over at Loves to Stitch posted about a cross-stitch that her cousin Vonda made for her (Post & picture is right here)
 Well I love it and she was kind enough to help me with the pattern.


She also sent me some notes that she had made.
 What is really cool is that it didn't come with floss (or fabric) and I had to pick out all my own. I changed up a few of the colors but for the most part I used the ones she had listed. 

Now I already know I'm not good with cross-stitch.  I lose my place all the time and make little x's in the wrong place.  But I'm going to give it another try.

I've blocked off this section to start with. 
 Any helpful hints or suggestions that you can give me I'll take!

Thank you so much Sandy and Vonda!!

Happy Stitching,
Linda



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Should I use the Poppy Print?

I did some shopping and here's what I found.
I know Serena loves Poppies - but I wasn't sure about having this floral on the back of a more modern quilt.
I don't really think so.  Do you think is goes?

 I also found this butterfly fabric.  But no. There is not enough available. 


I saw this one too - Not enough fabric.  

Then I found these dots! Perfect.  But oh dear, I remember that Serena doesn't  like dots. 

So that's why I didn't complete #3 on my deadline list.

As for the Stupid Turtle quilt... I got it out. Didn't know what to do and threw it back in the closet.  Okay, I folded it neatly and placed it on the top shelf. So #1 not completed on my deadline list.

As for the backing for the Doggie quilt - I saw some cute stuff - but I was focusing on Serena's.  So #2 on the deadline list was a fail also.

Now I'm not discouraged - that I failed on all three items to be completed.  I'm still very focused on getting the backing for Serena's quilt.  

Let me know what you think, use the poppy fabric?  Or keep searching?

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Next Steps on Projects

I need help and this is all I'm going to get:
a list of my projects and the next step needed.

Serena's Quilt
    Buy backing fabric & prewash
    Sew together, Iron & Starch fabric
    Tape and Pin quilt
    Start quilting

Doggie Quilt
    Check out Local quilt store and Beverly's for backing fabric.
    Decide on fabric and buy it. 
    
Stupid Ugly Turtle Quilt 
     Pull it off the shelf and either toss (I mean Salvation Army) or take off that binding and redo it.


Now I need a deadline..... how about...July 31th. 
       I should have the Stupid Turtle Quilt decision made.
       And I should have at least gone to Beverly's fabric for the Doggie Quilt.
       And maybe, just maybe I will have bought the backing for Serena's.

Happy Stitching,
Linda







Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pockets, Pockets, Oh Dear More Pockets

Somebody (Mr. New Honey) figured out that if I could sew I could make pockets.

Little does he know that I can make pockets - but I don't sew on knits.
Well, I got my ballpoint needle and set to making 10 pockets on t-shirts.
Really?  Can't we just go buy pocket Tees? 

I put my quilt making skills to use and cut out double pockets, so I could sew the top hem as one continuous line.
And then cut apart.  
Yes!!  I love me some time saving techniques.

I didn't have any troubles getting all 10 pockets sewn and Mr New Honey was quite pleased.
So I can't complain. (Or can I?)

And this past weekend was the same as all my summertime weekends. 
Family over for pool and BBQ.

I really love having a pool.  And to think I didn't even want Mark to put it in.  

This is my mother's swing (glider? Rocker?) that she had in her yard. I brought to my house last year. She had told me that she would go out in her yard, sit, read her bible and pray.
I was missing her last week. I looked out and saw birds all over it.  They had not done this before. Well, not that I have ever seen before. 
 My mother loved birds.  Well many of us do.  Do you see them all over the seat too?  They are so cute.

Happy Stitching,
Linda


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