Saturday, October 6, 2018

Where Did September Go?

I feel like I've been busy, but I don't have much to show for it.

But, I did get my sewing/craft room cleaned out. I think I was working on it when I last posted.  It's a good feeling to be done.  I donated, gave away, and threw out so much...unbelievable how much one accumulates.  Right?  And, I am trying to make the room safe for Stitch.  He loves pulling pins out of pincushions...not a good thing for him to be doing.  I mostly keep the door shut when I'm not in there.  Otherwise, I need to put so many things away...which proves to be counter-productive.  Setting up and putting away each time I want to get something done.  It will all work out, though.  

I have been working on a 2 x 4 quilt...inspired by this blog post - Film In The Fridge.  A few years ago, I bought a box of assorted Cotton & Steel fat quarters...40 of them, I think.  I have already made two quilt tops with these fabrics (churn dash and plus) and I had more than enough to make these 49 blocks.  One day soon I will get these put together into rows. 

I have also been getting some stitching done on the Vintage Postcard stitchery...

Stitch is doing fine...he will be 6 months old on Tuesday!  I have photos...
Is he too cute?

He often smushes his head into my neck.

Coming out of his hiding place.

Fabrics from Cathy of Pink Petunia Cottage...he loves this blanket.

Mesmerized by the snap hook.

One of his fave things to do...swing these rulers back and forth.

I am talking to him...he was looking at me.

Ya never know where these little mice will be next!

That's about all I have for this Saturday.  

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, September 8, 2018, WOW!

In my last post, I had started on a new quilt...the Choose Your Own Adventure one.  At that time, I only had the first two rounds done.  But, it is finished!  The quilt top, anyway.  And, I am really liking it (what's new, right?)!!

Here it is...not a great photo because I don't have 72" of space anywhere to lay it out.  I am not a big fan of anything pink, but I think it adds a bit of drama to this quilt top.  What do you think?

And, I finally finished a quilt I started in 2012.  I have an 'almost' birthday twin...Lindy's birthday is the day before mine and she is a few years younger.  We met on the Wool Snippets message board and have been friends for several years.  To the extent that we exchange birthday gifts.  Cuz, why not?  Back in 2012, Lindy gifted me with the fabric collection of Curio by Basic Grey for Moda.  The project sheet that came along with the quilt was the quilt I made.  Back here is when I finished the top and backing.

Here it is now, all quilted and laundered...

The details...
Curio by Basic Grey for Moda
64" square (before laundering)
Quilted by local longarmer PJ 
with Feelin' Groovy pattern.

Love, love, LOVE this quilt!  Thank you so very much, Lindy!

In other news, me Mum is doing better.  Awake more often and eating more.  Still delusional much of the time, though. 

Stitch Kitty is growing by leaps and bounds.  He was neutered a month ago...went through it just fine.  Do I have photos?  Why, of course!

And, the best thing of all son, Paul, came to visit!!!  Not only that, he surprised me with his visit!  I had no idea he was coming and all of a sudden, there he was.  I cried, of was so great to spend time with him.  It has been a year since my visit to Wisconsin...and it will be another year before I go seeing Paul was wonderful!

Stitch was completely in love with Paul.

Having a heart-to-heart talk with Stitch.

Paul & his Gram had a nice visit.

Yesterday was 3 years without Tag.  That's all I can say.  

I am working on the sewing room.  PURGING!  Feels good to let go of some stuff.  Seriously.  Moved it here from WI and it's been almost 3 I really think I will get it done?  Quite a few things fall into that category.  I am tossing some stuff, donating other stuff...and giving away lots.  Trying to lessen the load, ya know?  I want to do what I want to do, not what others think I should do.  Working toward that end. 

One thing I want to do is to start sewing clothes for myself.  It has been several years since I've done anything like that, so I am looking forward to it.  In fact, I just ordered two patterns that I can use in multiple ways to make multiple pieces!  I am excited about that.

Well, I think that is it for this post.  It is a gorgeous weekend here...and I plan to relax and enjoy it.  

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, July 13, 2018

Concentration...Or the Lack Thereof

I should be working on sister Julie's quilt.  Remember those bright colors?  But, here's the deal...I am at the point where I need to lay the (partially put together) blocks out for color arrangement.  Once I do that, I will be able to finish putting the blocks together and then sew the blocks to each other.  

However, in the meantime, I acquired a kitten.  Which leaves me with somewhat limited opportunity to work in peace on something that requires a lot of concentration.

In addition to dealing with the new kitten, Mum's health is declining rapidly. As you know, we placed her in a nursing home a year ago.  What you may not know (unless you saw it on Facebook), is that she had a stroke at the beginning of May, followed by a fractured hip a few weeks later.  She has never fully recovered from either event.  In June, she was admitted to a hospice program.  

That's all I have to say about that for now.  

But.  What happened as a result of the distraction of life...the inability to concentrate?  I started a new quilt!  One that does NOT require much thought or concentration.  And, I am using fabric that I already have!  That's always a huge plus, am I right?  It is the Moda Bake Shop's Choose Your Own Adventure Quiltalong.  The fabric I'm using is Pat Bravo's Indie Boheme...

And, this is what I've done thus far...

I'm hoping to get the next round done this weekend. 

In the meantime, here are some photos of Stitch (aka Zoom Zoom)...  
Napping after a playtime with his laser toy.

Watching me sew.

Ummmmm...not where he should be.

It's lunchtime.  Right?
Have a great weekend!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Never Say Never...

All of my life, I have said that I will never have a cat.  Dogs, of course...the more the merrier. 

But cats?  Never!  

Well, at least until having a cat was really the only choice I could make.  Then...okay!  

I got a cat!  Here is orange boy. 

Isn't he too cute?  I adopted him from the Humane Society...we think he is about 8 weeks old.  I named him Stitch because everything I do...knitting, sewing, embroidery...involves a stitch of some sort.    

He is one busy boy, that's for sure.  But, definitely likes to cuddle when he's tired and purrs like a little motorboat.  It is going to be an adventure, for sure.

Let me bore you with a few more photos...

So far, we're doing good together.  

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What I'm Working On Now...

There are a lot of pieces to the quilt I am working on now.  It's for sister Julie.  Can you tell that she likes really bright colors? 

I have been working on this for about a month...cutting, piecing, and pressing.  For now, that is all just to get the individual components of each block ready to go.  Next, I need to get those components together to make the blocks.  After that will begin the process of laying everything out and making rows.

But, is coming and I have a few things to do to get ready.   

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Inspiration Comes From...

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

Usually, I am inspired/motivated by what I see in my Instagram feed.  Sometimes, a group challenge/project/quiltalong catches my eye, and sometimes it is a particular fabric.  Other times, it is a specific person whose work I admire.  

So, imagine my surprise when I was inspired by a backsplash.  You know, that area of wall between counter top and bottom of upper cupboard.  I was watching the Nate & Jeremiah by Design show on a Saturday night when a teal colored backsplash was shown.  Now, honestly, I have seen many, many backsplashes in my lifetime (because I have been known to watch more than a few of those home shows).  For some reason, though, I immediately decided that the very simple pattern would make for a fantastic-looking quilt.  Plus, it would give me the opportunity to use up more of my scraps!  

Here is the first block I made...

See...easy peasy.  

So.  I set about making the quilt.  I made it the perfect size (54 x 66 inches), so I was able to quilt it myself on the Big Bad Boy (Janome 1600p bd).  It is now completely finished...even laundered!  And, guess what?  I am in love with it!  It wasn't supposed to happen...was just a project between projects.  Like I needed something to occupy myself with.  But, hey...the softness, the drape, the texture...any one of them, but all three?  How could I not love it???  It is never leaving my house.

What do you think?
Scrappy Backsplash 

Hope you're having a great weekend!!!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, June 3, 2018

What I've Been Up To..

I'm guessing you all are wondering what I've been up to?

My village quilt is finished!  I will be sending it off to my longarmer very soon.  For those of you who know I have issues with 'random', you will be happy to hear (read) that the placement of the 132 little houses was completely random.  I threw all of them into a box, drew them out one by one and sewed them together in rows...and I think I switched out only once!  I love it!

This next quilt top was made in a week.  I had been inspired by the pattern of a backsplash shown on the Nate and Jeremiah show.  Just a simple layout, but it motivated me to use more of my scraps to make a nice lap quilt.  I will more than likely quilt this one, myself.

I also finished this scrappy crossroads quilt!

Whenever I get the urge to do some mindless sewing, cloth napkins appear...

And, I have been working on a quilt for sister Julie...putting together a bazillion components to begin with.  I will soon have something to show.

Lots going on, lots to write, but not now.  Soon.

Have a good week!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11