Tuesday, August 23, 2016

That Long List of Projects? FINISHED!!

In this long overdue post, I have photos of family members who visited us this summer.  And, there are photos of the rest of the summer projects I was able to complete.  Most of the projects on my list were for others.  But.  First thing I am going to show you is a pillow I finished for myself.  

Sister Julie did the stitchery work and I simply made a pillow insert and put borders, a zipper and backing together to finish it off.  I love this!! 


Sister Joyce wanted a case for her notary stamp.  So, I made this little pouch, using fabrics from the Lilac Hill line (seen first here).  

Joyce came for a 5 day visit with her granddaughter, Ashley (center of photo).  Michelle (my godchild/niece and lives here now) is the smiling face on the right.  

Because Joyce was coming for a visit, I thought I should have kleenex cozies to send home with her.  So, I made some.  11 of them.

Joyce's daughter, Jody - also my godchild/niece - lives about 4.5 hours from here and came for a 2 day visit while her Mom was here.  I was able to - finally - finish Jody's t-shirt quilt.  

My nephew, Tony - with Sabrina - came to visit.  That's me Mum and Michelle (same smiling face shown above/sister to Tony) with them.

So, moving on more projects completed...

I made a pencil case for my granddaughter, aka Princess Kaylynn. Just because.

I made this backing for my HST string quilt (seen here).  I do love pieced backings!

I will give more detail on this later...I have several quilts that will be quilted and ready to bind within the next little while.  Here are the bindings...ready to go.  

I stumbled across a gorgeous pineapple quilt that I absolutely love! But, you know, I have no need for another quilt.  What I did to satisfy the urge to make one was to make one block and make it into a very mini quilt.  (Who am I kidding!  I still want to make that as at least a lap quilt!!!)

Here's the second pillow cover I made for sister Julie's stitchery piece.  It goes with the one I showed in the previous post.

And, I made a small pouch with a pocket on the outside of it for Joyce's friend.

Well, I think that's about it for what I have made this summer.  

New adventures are to begin soon.  


Tattoos.  I never ever thought I would want to get a tattoo.  I mean, truly.  It never even entered my head.  Not for one small moment! Until 4 months ago.  I saw a tattoo that really spoke to me...involving sisters.  I thought it would be a great idea for the 4 of us, the 4 J's as we were once (and sometimes still) called, would have matching tattoos.  With Joyce coming for a visit this summer, Jill and I thought it would be perfect timing.  So, we booked an appointment at the local tattoo parlor.  The Dungeon, Inc.  However, Joyce and Julie chickened out.  Jill and I went ahead and kept the appointment...and while there, asked if there was time for one more tattoo for each of us...and there was! 

The first...there's no better friend than a sister.   
sideways on inside of lower right arm

The second...Just Breathe....  
inside of lower left arm near wrist

I am actually wanting a third one...we shall see.  ~grin~


One more thing...me Mum has not been well, but is recovering nicely.  For the present time, she is in a rehab care center, working on regaining some strength.  She is looking good and we are happy with her progress.  I am so very thankful that she is here where I can spend time with her.  

Next time you hear from me, I should have some gorgeous quilts to show you.  Keep your fingers crossed.

"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

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lots of Photos...

It is such a pleasure to have me Mum and sister Julie here. Wednesdays are my day to have Mum here at my place.  I rather enjoy those days...just being with me Mum.  Usually sitting and chatting...though she has been helping me out by sorting my scraps into similar color groupings.

On Saturdays, we've been getting together to play cards and have lunch...that is, we three sisters with Mum.  And, it's fun to drop in on them now and then...yesterday I dropped in to give them a loaf of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread I had baked (and that I certainly did not need to eat).  

I made a list of small projects that I really need to finish before I begin another large one.  I have a few pillow covers to make, dresses for the "Dressed for Joy" group on Facebook (click here), my niece's t-shirt quilt (only quilting and binding to do for a finish), and stuff like that.  

I have finished a few things since my last post.  In no particular order, here they are.

I made a pillow cover - yes, another one! - and this one matches the yellow and gray HST string quilt that I guess I never blogged about.  Well, here is the flimsy...

And, here is the pillow cover...

More napkins.  These are 13", which I consider luncheon/dessert size...and, yes.  One is smaller.  I either measured or cut incorrectly...but aren't they pretty?

Sister Julie wanted a tote bag for her gym visits...

I put 3 pockets inside for keys, phone and whatever else she wants, plus an elastic loop for her water bottle...

This Simple Zipper Bag was a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop and A Quilting Life.  Go here for the video tutorial...

I do not have an apron...can you believe that?  Actually, I made one using a pizza slices fabric, but then I gave it to my niece.  And, I never made another one...until now.  I used some linen I had no special plan for to make myself a bistro apron.  Nothing fancy, just a straight apron with a tie.  This is it, all folded up...

While getting the linen out for the apron, I spied two small pieces that were big enough for napkins.  Making napkins is pretty relaxing for me...and I wanted to try something new.  I used decorative stitches for the hems.  I need to figure out the corners better before I do any that I would give away, but I am happy with these for myself...
I have not forgotten about my hexagons.  I have been adding to one and I think I will need to attach it to something...

I made heart blocks using this tutorial to donate to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild for their Quilts for Pulse Drive...
Just for something fun, I made myself a pincushion using the pattern and supplies from the Project Sweetwater Volume II box I received in April.  It was quick and fun and measures about 2x2x3 inches...

And, last but not least, I made a pillow cover for sister Julie.  She did the embroidery work and I added fabric strips to make this 18" pillow cover.  (I have another one to finish that is a mate to this one. Different colors, but same type of needlework.)  

That's what I have been up to...how about you?

"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, May 14, 2016

Getting It Done...

It's been a busy time getting me Mum and sister settled in their new place.  It's going as well as can be expected.  Some parts of unpacking are more fun than others.  I truly enjoy unpacking the kitchen. Filling the walls with pictures, etc. is also enjoyable. However, going through boxes and trying to decide what one has room for and what must stay packed or gotten rid of (in one manner or another) is not so much fun.  But, we're pushing through it.

In the meantime, I finished this table topper for Mum...

A few years ago, I finished a quilt for my friend, Loretta.  In return, she gifted me with a charm pack and some yardage of Nature's Basket by Blackbird Designs for Moda.  (Thanks, Loretta!)  This table topper is what I did with it.  Finally.  It is perfect for their small table, especially with the ceramic bowl that Julie gave Mum several years ago. 


Here's a photo from Mother's Day...isn't me Mum beautiful?

Hope your weekend is good!

"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, May 7, 2016

Family and More...

It has been a busy week.  Me Mum and sister arrived in Canon City on Tuesday!  We are so excited!  Jill and I had found a very nice duplex for them and we had the truck unloaded when they arrived. It all worked out so well.  Less stress than it could have been, for sure.    

Not sure if you knew, but me Mum - who is 85 years old - has Parkinson's Disease. She does very well with it, but does require help and cannot live alone.  Julie has lived with Mum for almost 4 years...Jill and I are very happy that they live here so that we will be able to help with Mum.  

Tomorrow is Mother's Day!  It has been several years since Mum has had more than one or two (of the 4 of us) with her on that special day.  We are looking forward to celebrating together.  

I have not had much time with Naomi Janome, but I did manage to make what I had originally planned to be a mini quilt into a pillow cover.  Cuz, you know how much I love pillows!  It's the envelope pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.  I rather enjoy paper piecing, and need to do more of it.  The fabric is Doglandia by Peter Horjus.  I have made other pillow covers and cloth napkins with this fabric...seen here and here.

Speaking of paper-piecing.  I have not done anything with my wonderful little hexies.  Trying to decide what to do with them...several options are available.  

I have been slowly working on a t-shirt quilt for my niece, Jody. She is a very patient woman...I say that because this should have been done a year ago.  But, with the move and all...well, it just wasn't happening. BUT...I now have all of the t-shirts interfaced and cut to size and I am beginning to cut/sew the filler strips.  It's going to take concentration and planning...which I am not in huge supply of. However, my plan is to have it done in time for Jody when she comes for a visit in late July. 

In other news...I am still putting my apartment together.  I got some barn siding boards a few months ago.  I needed to sand them down somewhat, otherwise the paint would flake off and they would be difficult to dust.  So, I sanded them down and put 2 coats of sealer on them.  I found the perfect iron brackets and got the long shelves put up this past week.  

Here is what I have on the living room shelf thus far...it will primarily be for family photos.  The shelf is 6.5 ft. long...  

So far, the 4 ft. long dining area shelf looks like this...  

Well, I think that is about all that is going on with me.  

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In Love...

I have been working with my addiction.

Those hexies, you know.

I have made all that I am going to with
the Vintage Happy fabrics.

Am now putting them together to make little hexie flowers.

Like this...
5 done, 4 to go.

I have said it before...will say it again.  
I am in love.


In 6 days, me Mum and Julie will arrive in Canon City.

"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, April 23, 2016

I Am An Addict...

In my last post, I showed you a completed sewing organizer that I made for my hexie-making project.  

Well.  I started making hexagons last night and I have to tell you...making them is not only simple and relaxing, but also very addictive!!  

Which is not necessarily a bad thing.  Right?

Don't you think these 1" hexies are cute?  
I will keep you posted on how this project is coming along...and on my addiction.

"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


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