Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Meeting...

It was a great meeting...

Bren and I met on the Wool Snippets message board about 13 years ago.  We started chatting via instant message and eventually began talking with each other on the phone.  Never together in person...until yesterday.  Now that I live in Colorado, Bren and I live a short almost 3 hours apart.  She patiently waited until I got (mostly) settled before she demanded begged for us to meet.  The date was set for yesterday.  What a great day!  We lunched, we shopped (more on that below) and we laughed and we chatted. I met the kids and then it was time to leave.  A really fun day and it was so nice to actually spend time with each other.  We plan to get together often...working together and apart on various quilting projects.

We shopped at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver, a craft store with yarn and wool and quilting cotton. What a fun shop!  We both found some 'cannot leave without it' fabrics.  Here's what I came home with...
This is Liberty voile...I had never seen it in person before.  To touch it...ohmy.  I bought 1/2 yard of it...not sure what I'll be making but I could not resist.

 This will be used to make a cover for my crockpot...which needs to sit on the kitchen counter because there is no space for it anywhere else.

  I think these are just delightful fabrics!  Will use them to make some kind of quilt...not for sure what pattern, yet.

I absolutely L-O-V-E this fabric...kind of a gray green with dark circles around the x's.  Nothing spectacular about it...but it definitely wanted to come home with me.  I cannot remember if I was going to use it with the above pieces, or not.  

This is Sherlock, one of Bren's cats.  He is very outgoing and friendly.  Nosy, too.  ~grin~

Kelley, of With Hook and Needle fame, sent Bren a quilt top to machine quilt...and she received it yesterday!   I was so happy it got there so that I was able to see it!  The quilt top is for Kelley's Mom and is all hand-pieced...absolutely beautiful work!  (I am fortunate to own a quilt that Kelley hand-pieced.)  Here's the quilt Bren received yesterday...

sorry, a bit blurry.
The landscape...beautiful mountains near Denver.  

I had a wonderful day with my good friend...and am already looking forward to the next time we're 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, October 25, 2015

Simple Sewing Sunday...


I did some sewing this morning.  Just some simple sewing (hence the name of this post).  I made a 14x22 inch pillow cover for myself.  Nothing difficult...but extremely satisfying.


  

You may think that you've seen this pillow before.  And, you are correct. Partially.  Here is what you're thinking of...
                                 
This is the pillow I made for Kim, back in July.  It is just a plain pillow cover, with no quilting (per her request).  The one I made for myself today is quilted with horizontal lines and variegated thread. Just because.   

Sister Jill and I went to Pueblo yesterday.  Pueblo is about 30 miles from Canon City and is much larger...about 6 times larger than Canon City.  Lots more shopping there.  Yesterday, we visited Kohl's, Hobby Lobby, and Jack-in-the-Box.  I need wall art for the six foot wall that is in the dining area of this apartment.  I think this is a good start, though I have no clear plan...just will add to this as I see more that I would like to hang there.  

This is going to be a fun week.  I am going to finally meet a longtime friend...we met online on the Wool Snippets message board but have never been together in person.  I am so excited! More on that later.  

Have a great 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

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Mini Tour...

There is no way to describe the mountains
except to say that they are awesome!

(click on the photos to enlarge them)


A shot of the gorge...and the bridge across.


Anyone want to zipline across the gorge?
Medium security prison in Canon City.

Deputy Warden's house...built in 1901 by prison labor

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, CO
 







"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, October 9, 2015

Best-Laid Plans and All That...

Two years ago, I purchased some fabric.  Wait! What?  ~grin~ Okay...just read on.  It is called Doglandia and it is - yes, of course it is - dog-themed. Here is the post I wrote when I purchased it...in August of 2013. Big plans for it, as you will see.  Click here.    

Since then, I have acquired more fabric and made more plans for those fabrics and, well, you know how that goes. So, a few months ago, I decided that I was never going to follow through with the plans I had for the Doglandia fabrics.  That is when I made Kim a few pillows with it...

Then, as I was organizing my new sewing room these last few weeks, I came across the rest of this fabric. I set it aside, because I knew I needed to do more with it.  Like...make a pillow or two for myself. And, then...I decided that I should make some napkins.  So, that's what Naomi Janome and I were up to yesterday...sewing cloth napkins.

How fun are these?  

I actually made two of the brown ones...and there is enough fabric left to make a few pillow covers.

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, October 7, 2015

Happy Day!!

YAY!  After almost 5 weeks of no sewing (well, except for the curtains for the new sewing room, but I'm not really counting that) Naomi Janome and I partnered up today...got a small project started and finished!

YAY!  Me Mum needed a new zippy purse with a wrist strap...so that's what we did...made a zippy purse!

I even remembered to put a label on the back...


There are a few things to find places for, and there are things to put on the walls, but I am calling the sewing room 'ready for sewing'. Whew.  

One of these days, sister Jill will take me around to look some of the special sights here in Canon City.  I will take lots of photos and share them here.  This is a nice place to live.

  


"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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