Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Blocks...

Dancing with the Stars is finished.
Reruns are showing on tv.
What does that translate into for me?  
Extra time to spend at the sewing machine!

What did I do with that time?
I finished the blocks for
the 'barter with Maureen' quilt.

I have 11.
Not 12 as I should have.
11.

Not sure how I messed
up one block, but I did.
So, 11 it is.

That's actually okay.
I came up with a good plan
the other day.
It doesn't really matter
if I am one block short.
(Do you think that is like
'one brick short of a full load'?
{grin}
I surely hope not!)

Here are the 7 blocks...
 

If I did this pattern again,
there are a few things
I would do differently,
but this is fine...
especially considering the
new plan I have for them.
Doesn't hurt to take a different path,
you know.

I hope you are having 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

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pinwheels...Everywhere!

In my Aqua and Red Block bee,
Karen asked for pinwheels...
lots of them.
This was the specific block
she asked for.
We could either do the block
with 16 mini pinwheels,
or a combo of mini & larger pinwheels.
I opted to make one larger
pinwheel with 12 minis...
I really like how it turned out.


And, I believe that I
mentioned this before...
Maureen (coworker) and I bartered...
hours of cleaning for a quilt.
I started on the quilt today.
She is going to give it to her
15 year old granddaughter.
I think it is going to be awesome!
I love how this first block turned out...
makes me excited to do more!

Going to take a little break now...
figure skating is on.


Edited to add:  got 4 pinwheel blocks done and am calling it quits for the night.

Have a good and relaxing Sunday evening.

"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, November 26, 2011

First Things First...

There are times when one must
do what really must come first.
Stop.
Change direction.

To me, this really did come first.
Before everything else on my list.  

I needed a cover for my Kindle Touch.
So, I made one.
I used some fabric squares
and a neutral fabric (that I wish I had yards more of!).
Kashmir III is an older fabric...
one of my absolute faves!

Kashmir is also the name of a
Led Zeppelin song that I absolutely love!

Now that the cover is done,
I will move on.

Hope you're enjoying the 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, November 25, 2011

Something Fun...

Remember yesterday I wrote
that I felt the need to 
"just spend time doing something fun"?
Well, here is the 'something fun'.

It's just 10 inches square... 
which means each half-square triangle
finishes at just over an inch.
I made a mistake with one of the hst's...
and now I just discovered another mistake!
ha!
Guess that serves me right for
shirking my responsibilities, hey?
{sigh}
What's a woman to do.

I never showed this.
Finished it last week...
block twelve of my 'snow days' quilt.
This is the quilt that Sharon is also doing.
Only two more stitchery blocks.
But, there is a lot of stitching to do
on fabric blocks once they're all put together.
I'm getting excited about putting this
together, but it's not going to
happen until well after the holidays.


And, just for something fun...
look what arrived in the mail today!
Kindle Touch.
I am so excited I can barely contain myself!
And, ecstatic that it's the weekend
so I have time to play with it
(once I get it all figured out!).

Have a good 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, November 24, 2011

A Day For Giving Thanks...



Today is a quiet day for me.
After having 2 meals of turkey with
all the trimmings in the last 5 days,
and now that me Mum has left,
I am using today as an extra day...
one to do something fun.

I have a quilt to start,

gifts to sew for my coworkers...

and bee blocks to catch up on.



But...you know what?
I'm going to do none of those.
I feel the need to just spend
time doing something fun.



Not yet sure what it will be.
But, I will be sure to show you!
{grin}




For some reason,
I didn't take photos while
me Mum was visiting.
Except this one...




She brought me a very
special birthday gift.
Oh, not to worry...
you didn't miss my birthday.
This gift is very early.


There is a story involved
with this beautiful needlepoint
that I will share at some other time.
For now, just know that it is very special to me.


It has now fallen to me to finish it.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Today is a day of giving thanks.


Among many other things,
I am thankful for all of you and
I wish you all a Blessed Thanksgiving!





"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, November 16, 2011

Days Gone By...

I have a bazillion things on my list.  I bet that you do, too.  Don't you?  Among other projects, I need to make a quilt for someone else to give as a Christmas gift.  Before I start on that, though, I need to sew a few other things.  A scrub top, a remote holder, and a coin purse.  None of them are any big deal for me to make.  I just would rather make the quilt.  I keep thinking about it and looking at the fabrics.  But, I know I cannot begin.  So.  Instead of getting the 3 small projects out of the way, I do nothing.  Why is that?  It's not as if I have oodles of time.  Right?  {sigh}  I will get at them.  Everything always gets done.     


Did I tell you that me Mum (well, she's Julie's Mum, too) is coming for a visit?  A nice long visit...9 days.  She'll be here later today.  It will be very nice to have her here. She loves to play cards...dimes, shit on your neighbor (or, in this case, daughters), and cribbage.  I'm hoping, though, that I'll have a bit of time each day to work on my projects.


Knowing that company is coming gives me just the little push I need to get a few things done that I just haven't gotten around to doing.  One example...I finally hung my 2Sheep hooked rug on the wall.  It's been rolled up in a towel since I finished it almost 9 months ago.  
 

Here's a closer look if you've not seen this before.  Click here for the quick story.


I like it on the wall.  I like being able to see it as I walk through the house.  I smile at it.  Making this rug was a long process and I am very happy to finally enjoy it.  


More later.






"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, November 13, 2011

Name Change...


No, not me.
Though, that'd be kinda fun, don't you think? 

Actually, my new etsy shop changed names.
And, why not.  
I ask you.
Why not have it be something more fun?
Like...TheChocolatePuppy.
That's what it is now.
You can get to it here.

I added one new item, too.
A baby/snuggle quilt I made last year.
I love this quilt, 
but it's not big enough
to do anything with around here.

I'm not getting much sewing done today,
though the day is not over.  
So, who knows?  

All I've been doing is housework.
Straightening.
Cleaning.
Drudgery.
Ugh. 

OH!  I did whip up something last night.
But, I cannot show it.
Yet.

I got this via email the other day...
 My nephew, Jon, with his wife, Minerva.
He's in the army...
they were at the Military Signal Ball.
Don't they make a handsome couple?


I hope you're working on something fun!!



"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, November 12, 2011

Couple of Things...




First...I have a new etsy shop.  It's in my old name...one I used when I sold rug hooking paraphernalia.  But, the logo is new...a brown dog with sewing needle and thread, which I thought very apropos.  {grin}


At this point, I only have 2 items listed...the doll sleeping bags I finished this past week.  The widget is in my sidebar...or just click here.  The shop isn't completely set up...will get to that soon.


Second...there are times when I am so overwhelmed with the people in my life.  Cathy did it again.  She cleaned out her sewing room earlier this summer and asked if I wanted what she didn't.  Course, based on previous experience with her, one would have to be a fool to say no to that offer.  So, I said yes.  I received the box Thursday.  Can you say, "WOW"!!!  I sure did!  It was full of fabric and a few miscellaneous items for purse/bag making.  About 27 different pieces...yards and yards and yards of it.  The generosity of this woman...well, it absolutely blows me away!  Thank you, Cathy!


Now.  I am totally feeling the need to pay this forward.  So, I'll get a giveaway going here very soon.  Not sure when...or what, for that matter...but keep checking back so you don't miss out!


In the meantime, 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

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sleeping Bags.


A little bit of sewing...

This is the size large sleeping bag,
which measures 12 x 17 1/2 inches.

Aubrey is a 14 inch doll,
so she has plenty of room.
  

This is the size small sleeping bag, 
which measures 8 x 12 inches.
I have no other dolls,
so nothing to put in it.


That's all I have for tonight.
Time for 'Dancing With the Stars'!


"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, November 3, 2011

Snow Days Block 14

 Lest you think I have been slacking off...
 
{grin}
here is block 14...
all done!
I have 3 blocks to go...
& I'm right on schedule.

This quilt won't be getting done
until sometime next year.

Which is fine.


"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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