Wednesday, April 29, 2015

No Sewing - But Lots of Family Fun

This was a NO SEW Weekend

Instead it was our Family's Annual Get-Together. 

Usually we go camping but we were droughted out.  Yep - I made that a word up.
Instead of being rained out, we were droughted out since the State of California turned off the water to the Campsites (meaning no flush toilets! Just those porta-pottys).

So we had a Park Adventure with Visiting, BBQing & Games.
And of course one great big group photo!
Two of my nephews are newly married/engaged so it was great to include the new gals into our group.  

Now on to my bad news - my sewing machine is still not fixed. The owner of the shop is working in a different city and his wife - who speaks limited English told me that it might be the computer.  I think that is what she said - she's very hard to understand.  So I'm waiting a bit longer to see what is going to happen. Will they fix it?  Will I have to go pick it up and take it somewhere else for service?  Will this be the end of my love of affair with my Babylock?

In the meanwhile I worked a bit on my cross-stitch.  
I did not keep up with my promise to work on it each day - just too hard with all the company from out of town at my house. 

I do hope you are doing better than me with your projects.

Happy Stitching,

Oh I almost forgot to say: I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doing Things the Turtle Way

I feel like I'm moving like a turtle with my Hawaiian Turtles - slowly!  And if that's not bad enough, my sewing machine needs fixing - again - before I can use it to machine applique the waves and turtles on. 

I've applied Heat and Bond to the turtles and cut them out.  This is the easiest way to do machine applique - in my opinion.  

I promised myself I would work on my bird cross stitch everyday, even if it's only a few stitches.  I've made it one week! 

There was one finish for this week;
Violet made her own bag.  
I love the chevron print she used for the pocket and the strap.  
Violet and her purse 4/18/15
All and all, it was a good week for sewing fun.  I hope to have my machine back tomorrow.

Happy Stitching!

Linking up with Freshy Pieced

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hawaiian Quilt - Loving that BLUE

Good thing I'm not in a race - cause I would LOSE big time.

I am in this to enjoy it, and I'm winning.

Here's my cut out of the "waves" for the Hawaiian Quilt. 

I have the sweetiest little Niece (she marred now but still little to me) and she says, in her sweet little sing-song voice:  "I love blue, light blue, dark blue, teal, aquamarine",....on and on as she describes every shade of blue under the sun. 

That is how I feel about this fabric.  
I love every shade of blue in it. 

I'm not going to hand applique this one.  I thought long and hard about this.  I had to explain to myself - that although Hawaiian Quilts are traditionally hand sew. I do not have that in me, my wrist and hands would hurt too much.  

So I will be stitching this on the machine.  

I'm thinking of buying applique pins so that I can pin it down nice & neatly.
(Usually I use Heat & Bond -  Great Suff!)

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I can't believe I had this good idea.

So I thought I would start working on the Hawaiian Turtle Quilt.

When one makes a Hawaiian Quilt the fabric is folded in such a way the one only needs to cut a portion of the whole pattern - sort of like cutting snowflakes or paper dolls.

Right before I started to cut - I remembered some story about a quilter cutting her good fabric and being upset that it didn't work.

Well - as you can see from the above picture that exactly what happened to me!
Only - I was smart enough to cut it from paper first.  I used one of those weekly grocery ads. 

I can't believe I had that good idea! 

My second try worked much better. (I paid closer attention to the instructions!  As you know that usually helps!  hahaha)

See?  One whole piece.  Next step to cut my fabric.  

Also I've been working on a cross stitch. I started this on the plane to Hawaii.  It is so little I can only do a little bit at a time and then my eyes hurt.

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fun Times and Fun Pictures

Howdy Everyone!

I have to share this picture with you.

On Easter day I asked Lily for a hug - you know she's just over a year old and I didn't even know if she even knew how to hug - 
To my delight she did! She came right over to me, crawled in my lap and hugged me.
My daughter captured the moment.  
Lily is such a little doll. 

Over the weekend I worked on making a cover for our camping mattress.  
I just used some old sheets.  I wanted something easy to take off and clean, that wouldn't show the dirt. This will work. 
Glad to be rid of those crazy sheets!

I got a good laugh out of this; when we parked at our local restaurant for breakfast - it looked like the vehicle next to us was being driven by a dog - and the one next to it was being driven by a dog too! 
Just too funny.

And lastley - a picture of Lily - she has just started walking but she can kick that ball!!
Troy is so good with her - giving her all the time she needs to make a goal. 

Okay - so that's it for me, 
Show me your good times.

Happy Stitching,