Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Blessings...

He is risen, indeed!

 





"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 19, 2014

Well, I NEVER!

I did something today that I never do.  Seriously.  I never go back to bed once I am up...but I did this morning!  After about two hours of sleep - not sure why I wasn't able to sleep last night - Tag was up and ready for breakfast at 5:47.  So, I got up and pottied and fed him...cleaned my face and brushed my teeth...did a few dishes...checked blogs and email...then, at 7:22, decided to heck with it...I was going back to bed!  Which is what I did.  I slept fitfully until the phone rang at 9:38.  I felt better for that extra time in bed.  

However, it completely wrecked my plans for the day.  Which is not a big deal.  Being retired and all, as you know, means that I do not need to cram everything into the two days of the weekend.  Cuz, as you may or may not have heard (read) me say before...every day is like the weekend!  ~grin~

I did manage to get these sewn...


They are pajama bottoms for sister Joyce's grandson, Riley.  He will be six years old in a few weeks.  He loves pirates...and I just happened to have this flannel fabric...PERFECT!!!

I was going to work on some pillow covers for me Mum...but I'm thinking I need to take the rest of today off.    

Hope you are having a restful day.



"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, April 18, 2014

Jingle All the Way!!

I know that it is Spring.  Well, supposedly.  With all the cold weather and snow everywhere, it is sometimes difficult to tell.  Being in the mood for something quick and fun, I put together a doll quilt...with flannel!  



 Jingles Flannel by Minick and Simpson (2009).
Measures 18 inches square.
Tied with red perle cotton.

 Now, that should make the warm weather come...don't you think?  ~grin~

I received a surprise package from my older sister, Joyce, this week.  She just learned how to read a knitting pattern, so has been busy knitting some fun dish cloths with designs!  The first one she did was a church design...

The note included with it read, "I am giving you my very first Church dishcloth because you were so instrumental at getting me back on track with my faith and I thank you for that and love you very much."  That is so special and made me tear up, that's for sure!   

The other one she sent was this...
The state I live in...Wisconsin.  Pretty cool, hey? 

Joyce is such a special person and a wonderful older sister!!

This week, I have been working on some other projects which I cannot show you quite yet.  And, I finished hand sewing the binding on me Mum's quilt...  


I don't have anyone to hold it or anywhere big enough to lay it out, so will need to wait before I am able to show you the entire thing.  I will be getting it laundered and photographed soon, though...I will be taking it to me Mum in 2 weeks!  I am so very excited to see her bed all decked out with her new quilt and pillows and bed skirt.

I should be able to show you a few more things before the end of the month.  

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter 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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What's Going On?


I haven't blogged for a week, but I have not been idle.

I have been working on several different things...knitting and sewing...sewing and knitting.

Here are some photos...

in the process of sewing the binding on me Mum's quilt

two pillowcases for me Mum...to match her new quilt

face cloth

dog design face cloth

church design face cloth


So, you see, I have gotten a few things done.

This is the month of finishing up small projects, so I'll have more to show you as the month goes by.




"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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

All in a Day's Work...

Today was the appointment at The Electric Needle...to quilt me Mum's quilt. 

I had a very pleasant time and learned a lot!  The girls took very good care of me.  Thank you to both of you, but especially to Jen, the owner of the shop.  

I decided to go with an automated design today.  I want this quilt to be special and so I didn't want to play around with free-motion quilting.  With 12 quilts waiting to be quilted, I'll have plenty to play around on.  The design I chose is called 'open swirls' and softens the 'squareness' of this postage stamp quilt.

Here are some photos:








I was there for a total of 3 hours.  I was happy about that...thought I might be there longer.  I am so happy that I found The Electric Needle!  I will definitely be quilting out there again, soon!  




"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, March 30, 2014

For Rent...

Some of you may remember that I bought a Handi-Quilter frame and Janome 1600-DP aka 'the big bad boy' back in 2009.  I had several problems with thread breaking and tension, so I never put the machine to use.  It's going in for a tune-up this next month, so hopefully, I'll be able to use it.  However, I don't have the table or the space to set up the quilting frame here in my small apartment.  But, at least with the larger throat the machine has, it'll be easier to do quilting.  I also have no place to pin baste anything larger than a baby quilt sized quilt (hench, all the flimsies waiting to be put together and quilted).  I would love to send out my quilts to be quilted by a longarm quilter, but my budget doesn't allow that.  

What to do?  Well, I have found the solution!  This quilt I am making for me Mum is going to be the largest quilt I've made.  It's to be a Mother's Day/birthday gift to me Mum from me and my 3 sisters (who are paying for the quilting).  I was in the process of looking for a local longarm quilter when I ran across 'The Electric Needle', a sewing machine service center and Pfaff dealership.  In addition to sewing machines, they sell longarm quilting machines and frames, etc.  AND, they rent out their longarm quilter!  I am so excited, I can barely stand it.  I have an appointment on Thursday, this next week, to use their machine.  They help as much as is needed, which will be a lot for a first-time user, that's for sure!  One is able to do free-motion quilting, or use their computer programs.  I think I will program the quilter with one of the patterns available for this first time.  

I worked on the quilt yesterday and got all the sections finished and laid out to my satisfaction.  Now to sew the sections together and add the borders.  I need to put the backing together, too.  Only 4 days to get it completely finished and ready to take to my appointment.  

Here is a peek at the sections together on my bed...

The light colored squares are actually a creamy color...very soft-looking.

I plan to take several photos of my time with the longarm quilter to show you all.  

Here's a photo of Tag with his sidekick, the warthog.  I know, it seems all he does is sleep.  Not so.  Just always a good photo-op.

Have a great Sunday!




"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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