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Friday, November 9, 2018

Our New Guy - Stephen, Pumpkin & The Pumpkin Patch

I know, I know I ought to be done quilting my DOG BOM

But...we had this cutie pie come visit.
And so I had to remove my quilting from the dining room table.
Stephen is the guy that is about to take my daughter away. Yep, I know it deep down, but I'm in denial. hahaha

He's from the Denver area, and she plans to move to there to get to know him better.  He came out for a few days, and fit perfectly into our family.  He's wonderful, and he's wonderful to my little girl.

So in the morning we had waffles and then the WHOLE family met at Banducci's Pumpkin Patch. This was our 10th year!  I think that makes it a family tradition.  We were happy to have Stephen there for the first time. 
And it was Bruce's first time too.

Bruce: What do you do at the pumpkin patch?
Me: Uh, look at pumpkins (thinking that sounds lame!)

But we meander around in the fresh morning air and they have a pond with ducks and animals, and it's decorated so cute. Oh and the kids dress up.

 Also, new is this precious baby pony named Pumpkin. What a cute name.
She was only 3 weeks old...and so soft!  She got tired from being pet and went to lay down.
When she laid her little head down, she bonked it on the railing.  
Awww...She was so sweet.
Pumpkin and my littlest grand daughter Elora.

Sometimes - it's more fun to just stand back and watch everything.
And I liked standing back and watching Bruce watch everything.

Bruce with his new granddaughter, Scarlett

And highlight of the day - As 4 year old Lily says: Getting Lost! (in the Corn Maze)

We all made it out!

And lastly, I have been working on the cross stitch.
And really enjoying it.

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Friday, October 26, 2018

Nothing like quilting with Rulers

✂️What have I been up to?

Oh, I'm so glad you asked.


You know about Amy's Quilting Adventures right?

I was watching her quilt in the ditch and straight lines using a ruler and her freemotion quilting foot. 

Well, she said do NOT use a regular ruler - get one made for quilting.
You can break your machine if you don't.

But of course I didn't listen.

But I do sew VERY slowly and carefully. 
I totally LOVE in the ditch or straight line quilting this way.  I much prefer this to using my walking foot.  So much so I think I'll get a Quilting Ruler.

I have my whole quilt stabilized, all blocked have been stitched in the ditch.
Now I'm working on the individual blocks. 
It's a busy quilt so I did some straight line stitching. 
 
What do you think?  Should I crosshatch it?

I'm having a hard time - I'm rather stuck.  How should I quilt this Cherry block?


And what about this one?  Do you have some ideas how to quilt it?

So that's my quilting news.

In other news, on Sunday Oct 21st. Angie tied the knot with her new love. They are on their way to live in Philadelphia.
 He is such a great guy and she is so much fun.
They will have a wonderful time together. 
Much Happiness to the two of them.

Yes - I've been working on my cross-stitch. I didn't even know a kitty was in the picture until after I stitched her.  


Happy Stitching,
Linda



  

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