Thursday, September 16, 2010

I finished up a couple of small items. One is a hat for my sister-in-law in Florida. She is going through chemo and I thought that a little something pretty in her mailbox might cheer her up. It did :)

I lined this with the softest satin I had and used a lightweight fleece for the band. Having lived in FL I can tell you that even though the heat is still get cold because of the air conditioning. I hope that this is comfortable.

For my sister-in-law in Virginia I made a pin cushion. It's mostly silk and the stuffing is wool. The pretty blue button on top is from my sister-in-law's grandma's button box! Hope she likes it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What a year!

I saw it's been nearly a year since I posted here so thought I'd better catch up a bit. My world has gone topsy turvy on me but is beginning to level out a bit now.

My last post was about not having the sewing room done. In October and November, Donnie, Gene and I worked and got Nancy's bedroom and the sewing room done. After Thanksgiving, I was still working on getting my space organized but was starting to sew there a bit. Gene made a joke about that since it was such a nice room now, that maybe he would trade it for his room...he laughed when he said it though. A couple days later, on December 4, he was killed in a car wreck.

It's been nearly 8 months and every day is still a struggle but we are beginning to get closer to whatever our "new normal" is going to be. We have custody of his daughter, thank goodness and she keeps us busy.

I worked on several things over the winter. One thing I made was a big braided rug from Gene's T-shirts. The stretch in the shirts makes for a really lousy rug but it was therapeutic for me and Nancy loves the rug in her room. I also made a wallhanging with a lot of embroidery and beadwork on it. I haven't taken pictures yet but will.

I finished one little trinket box and entered it in the fair. It didn't win anything but I didn't really expect it to. I entered it in "embroidery" even though there was very little embroidery on it. No other category seemed to fit though. They need an "Altoid Tin" category!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Again, it's been a while. I do have a few things to update. First...the sewing room is still not ready. Technically, it is done but Nancy's room still isn't done. She's sleeping in there but here bed is in the middle of the room and nearly everything else is still in the what is supposed to be the sewing room. The things that are supposed to be in the sewing room are still in the loft. Oh, well.
Donnie was helping a neighbor with a roofing job that was supposed to take a week or two. It's taken ALL summer. The main problem, though, was the room itself. The man who built our house, years before we came along (we're the third owners) had someone do the frame and he did the rest. Then, he did the rest (and I'm using "rest" liberally because there are parts of the house that STILL aren't truly finished). We think he must have done Nancy's room last because it's the worst. The carpet was old bits of remnants and since it was a kid's/spare room we put off replacing it. When we finally did pull it up we found that the subfloor, which we knew was weak and spongy was made of little bits of scraps nailed together. Now they're breaking up and need to be replaced. We already knew this. What we didn't know was that the walls were sitting on these broken pieces. Now it seems that we have to jack up a wall, yank the floor out from under it and shove the new piece in. And, oh yeah, the wall that has to be jacked up has wiring. I expect it to be a while before we get the nerve to do this.
Meanwhile, I am still sewing, just no big projects. I've been locker hooking and almost have a small rug finished. Nancy wants it for her room...when she gets a floor.
I put a piece of embroidery in the county fair and got a blue ribbon (only now the adults get stickers instead of ribbons). I also got a first on a mincemeat pie and in a special show a first on a walnut pie. Here's the embroidery.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Well, my H&R Block work and census work seem done for now, the garden is planted and I have just a few more things to do and then I can get back to some stitching.
I did finish embroidering the sayings on the sashing of daughter's quilt. That took ALL winter. Soon, I hope to put the borders on and get it into the frame!
The current project involves finishing the "new" sewing room. I had moved all the sewing paraphernalia into an empty bedroom and set up sewing stations for g-daughter and I. About 2 weeks later, daughter broke up with her boyfriend and moved home. End of sewing room.
Last month she moved out again so hubby and I put down laminate flooring and he put a new halogen track light in and now the room is great! we have to do g-daughter's room. So...all of her stuff is in the "sewing room" and all the sewing stuff is still stuffed in corners of the loft. If it ever stops raining, I'll start painting. Then one day of flooring and trimming, one day of moving her stuff into her room and my stuff into the sewing room....and then....Hooray!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Been a while

Well, I haven't posted in a LONG time now. I have still be stitching some, but not a lot. I've been canning, freezing, working, canning, freezing, helping g-daughter, helping Mom, canning, freezing, canning, freezing. I've been feeling like a squirrel, laying up nuts for the winter. But, except for a little bit of pumpkin, I think I'm done. I canned a total of 147 quarts of fruits, juices, jams, etc. Some of those were in pints but the total made 147 quarts. I also filled the freezer and did quite a bit of dehydrating vegetables and fruit leathers.
I have been doing some sewing though. Mainly, I've only had time for it while I'm at work. Thank goodness I have the kind of job where I can sew. I'm in a RR called My Favorite Things. I'm enjoying it but I think I'll let it be my last one for a while. This makes my third one this year and I think I need a bit of a break. I told myself that before this one but who can resist "My Favorite Things"? LOL Of course, I couldn't decide on just one Favorite Thing so I made mine the whole world. It's a landscape and the others in the RR are adding some beautiful things. There's a gorgeous tree and lots of flowers and birds. I can't wait to get it back! Meanwhile, I've done bits on three blocks and will get some pictures posted when I get a chance.
I'm also trying to get some ornaments done for a swap. Those are to be done by Saturday. I have 4 started (I started them in July, I think!) but am still embellishing. When that's done, I still have to assemble them.
I've also started a small piece of CQ for a gift. I'm still piecing that one because I KNOW I have this lovely bit of fabric and I can't put my hand on it. It's actually Christmas ribbon from a few years ago but it was gorgeous....snowy white with silver and blue pine cones....exactly what I need for this project. In the midst of all this other stuff, I'm working on cleaning out the closet where the Christmas stuff is stored so I might find some there. I have been known to reuse ribbon for years :) Actually, I'd reuse scotch tape if I could!
Another sewing project that I'm working on is a quilt for my g-daughter. It's a pineapple log cabin, paper pieced and should be really cute. I found some fabric that is all-over little girls. I cut the girls out and each block has a little girl in the center. There are 5 or 6 different girls.
And... I'm still embroidering quotes on the queen size CQ for my daughter.
And....oh yeah! I went to a seminar a couple weeks ago and want to put some of that new info into action... LANDSCAPES!
I need to shut this computer off now and go sew!

Friday, August 22, 2008

A finished project

This was a practice piece for me. I first wanted to play with piecing "fan blades" on the sewing machine. I've always admired fan shaped quilt blocks and wanted to do something in CQ. I started with lots of pie shaped pieces and wound up making a sort of spiral. After I started embellishing I decided to try to make it Encrusted. With encrusted CQ you embellish so heavily that it's hard to even find the original fabric. I also tried to make the treatments on each seam different. I played with this piece for about 2 months. It just kept saying it wanted more. Then one day it finally said, "Enough". LOL Then I had to study it for a while longer to decide what to do with it. It was originally a 12inch square but I decided to stick with the fan idea and give it that general shape. I stitched this lovely lace in the seam when I put the backing on. It's a nice wide lace with a peach colored strip running through and I thought the peach color would set the other colors off nicely. It might have....if I had put the right side out! Then I remembered this pearl belt that I had bought at a yard sale. It was only 25cents and I commented when I bought it that it was going to be a shame to cut it up because the beading was so beautifully done. Well, it just fit! Plus, I didn't have to cut it up. I think it looks better than the peach colored side of the lace did we'll just say I planned it this way all along!

Now...what to do with it. I was going to hang it on a wall but I couldn't decide where. My house is literally barn shaped inside and out. It's a great "open concept" space. The only walls downstairs are the ones closing off the master bedroom and the bathroom. While I do like the open feeling of the space, when I go to hang something on the wall it's hard to find a spot. Nearly all of the walls are the outside ones and they have some huge windows and doors. Really, I'm not complaining. I love my house. I just can't hang stuff on the walls! LOL My mom loves this piece so I may give it to her. I thought she might want to hang it on her apartment door. Lots of the residents in her senior complex have wreaths and banners on their doors. She said she'd love to show it off that way but she's afraid someone might steal it and I guess that's a valid concern. So, I'm still thinking.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Chose Blogs to Award Briliante Weblog

Well, at left you can see the choices I made to award the Brilliante Weblog. As a recipient, you must pass it on to 7 favorites blogs and notify them. I had a really hard time narrowing it down to 7 favorites. I would have, of course, chosen Rengin's even if she weren't the one that awarded it to me. I also considered Gerry, whom we know from all her activity on Yahoo. She's a Wonderful stitcher and always has terrific stuff on her blog. I knew though, that she was really busy lately so I struck her from my list right away. Then I find that one of my choices (Diane's Decorating Diary) just received the award yesterday...from Gerry! LOL Oh well, great minds really do think alike!

While I'm posting, I want to put up a picture of a bracelet I made for a good friend. She wears a lot of Turquoise and Aqua and I hope she likes it!