Monday, April 3, 2017


I lost some parts of my blog...
working on getting them back.  

"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, March 11, 2017

Time to Catch Up...

It is March already!  I sound surprised.  Right?  Well, sometimes I have difficulty remembering which month it is.  Not because I'm having memory problems, but because the weather is so different (read great!) here as compared to the weather in Wisconsin.

I joined a gym!  Anytime Fitness!  So psyched to get this body into better shape.  I also belong to Weight Watchers.   It's been good and bad...mostly good.  Slowly, slowly.  But I am not giving up.

Mom is feeling better and fact, she joined Anytime Fitness, too!  She rides on the recumbent bike to strengthen her leg muscles and she works on the hip abduction machine.  Her difficulties with walking - due to her Parkinson's - should improve as she continues to work at it.  

Those of you not on Facebook have missed seeing the photos I post of Mom, so here are a few of the most recent.

Walking to get my mail...

Out to lunch.

At my table eating a huge hot fudge sundae!  (Yes, she ate the entire thing!)

I have gotten the embroidery piece almost finished...should really take the time to do the rest.  Any ideas on how to finish it?  The pattern is printed relatively close to the edge of the fabric, so I added strips to help keep it in the hoop.  I may do more stitching.

I have been knitting, also!  Face cloths.  I love them made with Cotlin, a blend of linen and cotton. These two are knitted with the color Harbor...a deeper blue/green than it shows here.
No pattern...just garter stitch with a few rows of purling here and there.

And.  Yes.  Sewing.  Not as much as I would like, but quite a bit since I last posted. 

I made a quilt for Tony (nephew) and Sabrina's soon-to-be-born baby boy.  Just a simple patchwork. The red/white striped piece with the dotted binding in the lower right corner are a just a little bit of a nod to Baby Alexander's parents...Sabrina was in the service and Tony is currently in the Air Force.   I think this measures about 42 inches square.  

2 cat quilt pallets for donation to the Humane Society of Fremont County. 

A  baby quilt I made a few years ago with fabric from Cathy that I just finished.
Measures ~38" square.

A soft gray for the backing with a scrappy binding in Kona solids.
I quilted it with straight lines on each side of every seam
and diagonally down the center of each block...both ways.
I have more to show you, but I am running out of time.  Mom and sister Julie are coming for lunch and to play cards.    

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017


February is a fun month for family birthdays.  In addition to mine, we also celebrated sister Jill's, and niece (and my god-daughter) Michelle's birthdays last Sunday.  We had a family gathering...there are 6 of us here, now...ate some good food (grilled hamburgers and bratwursts...yum!) and opened lots of gifts.  

I made Michelle a lap quilt.  She loves blue.  So, I used the blues that I had received from Brenis, who had received them from a woman's aunt (or something like that).  Old fabric. Ohmygosh...once quilted and is the softest quilt ever. EVER!

I made two linen bread bags and a linen face cloth for Jill.  I did not get photos of them.

And, I made this for artisan apron.  I used a mixed natural colored linen with a Kona cotton solid in Snow for the lining.  I plan to wear it mostly when I am working in my sewing room...hoping that it will help keep stray threads from attaching to my clothes.  The pattern is by Janet Clare.  Yes, the same Janet Clare of the fabric collection mentioned in my previous post.  
I will be embellishing it with embroidery and other stuff as time goes by.

Lots of other sewing and other projects being worked on.  As always.

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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Another Year...

Yesterday was my birthday...which means I am now on Medicare.  How is that possible?  I for sure do not feel any older than, say...50.  Yeah, that's it.  50.  ~grin~  I honestly do not know where the time goes.  Seems like only yesterday...

Anyway.  It was a good day and I received many greetings and birthday wishes via phone, mail and on social medias.  Thank you, everyone!

And, I received a few fun packages in the mail...not necessarily birthday gifts...but who doesn't love getting boxes in the mail?  

Cathy - who you all must know by now - sent another box full of fabric...and yards and yards of mini Pom-poms (they're sort of hiding in the photo, but believe me...there are a ton of them)!  Plus, this time, I also received several purse and quilt patterns.  She is so generous and I truly appreciate her!

I haven't been sewing too much, lately.  Mostly getting things started and then not having the time/energy to finish.  I had a really bad cold (and I don't normally get colds!) for an entire week...knocked me for a loop, for sure (oh-oh, there's a sign of aging!!).  I am looking forward to things settling down in the next few weeks.  

I did make time to whip out some Kleenex cozies.  Yup, seems sister Joyce was down to her last one! Heaven forbid.  She doesn't want to run into someone new and not have a Kleenex cozy to give!  I sent 22 of them...

You may remember hearing (reading) about Lindy, who is my almost birthday twin.  Her birthday is the day before mine and she was born a few years after.  We met on the Wool Snippets (rug hooking) message board several years ago.  This birthday, Lindy sent a gift card from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I love doing business with them, don't you?  I ordered a jelly roll of Aubade:  a song to the dawn by Moda for Janet Clare.  I am normally not very much in love with blue, but this collection sings to me!  ( to the dawn...haha)

Aubade - Jelly Roll

Thank you so much, Lindy!  I sent her a Kleenex cozy and a grocery bag...I think it's the prettiest one I've made thus far (and I have enough fabric to make one for myself!!  If, ever.)  

I have several projects going quilt pads for the animal shelter, baby quilts to be donated, blocks of the week quilt.  Just to name a few...and then there are a few finishes that I am not yet able to show.

See ya 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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

She Did It Again!

Yessir, she sure did!!

I am talking about Cathy.  You all remember who Cathy is, right? She is my fabric fairy!  Whenever she decides to clean out her stash, she asks me if I want a box of fabric.  Difficult to say no to that!!!  It all started back in 2009 when she was having a giveaway...back when Allegra (that would be My Sweet Little Honey-Do Princess Allegra) was sick and just before she died. Cathy fell in love with Allegra and somehow, I ended up winning the giveaway!  Since then, Cathy has sent several more boxes my way.  And, though I have a few shelves piled high with the fabrics from her, I want you to know that I have, indeed, used the fabrics she has given me to make several quilts (ranging in size from doll quilts to lap quilts), tote bags, zipper pouches, kleenex cozies, etc., etc.. 

So, yesterday was a very Happy Mail Day!!!  I received not one, but TWO large flat rate boxes in the mail.  They were stuffed full...heavy, too! 

Here are the contents from box 1...

And, this is all from box 2...

Box 2 had several works-in-progress.  Those are always fun!!

My sewing room is currently very much in a state of disarray.  The frenetic energy involved with Christmas gift sewing does it every year.  Too busy being creative to put things away when I am done with them...ya know?  I have been intending to spend some (a LOT of) time straightening and rearranging.  Now, for sure, that is high on my list of things to do.  

Getting a box from Cathy is always an adventure for me...usually full of fabrics that I do not have, and fun projects to finish, etc.  

"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, January 16, 2017

Keeping Busy...

WOW!!!  Can you believe it?  This is my third post this fact, this month!  Wow!!  What is going on with that, hey?

I've a few things to share with you.  Oh, don't get too excited...just more quilts and stuff.  ~grin~

This first one, you should remember is my all-time favorite fabric collection...Kashmir III. Especially cool to me cuz of the song, "Kashmir", by Led Zeppelin.  Just one of those things.

So.  I am slowly getting my quilts quilted...thanks, in large part, to my dear friend, Brenis.  You know, we have been friends for many years, but never met each other until I moved here to Colorado.  So happy that we are only a few hours apart!!!  But, I digress...

This quilt top was completed in June of 2012.  The pattern is from my friend, Erin, over at Why Not Sew? blog.  Brenis quilted it for me this fall and I finally got it bound and laundered. I love it so much!!  It measures ~57 x 73.

And, the back...what can I say!!!  So in love with it...

I also got the Lotta Jansdotter patchwork quilt back from Brenis...the fabric collections used are Bella and Echo.  This quilt top was finished in February of 2013.  Such a fun quilt...and the quilting is even more fun!!!  This one measures about 55" square.  (It has been spoken for by DIL Rachel.)

Isn't that quilting just too fun?  LOVE it!!!  Thanks, Bren!

With the last box of fabric, my friend, Cathy, sent me a few unfinished quilts.  I had fun putting this one together.  Now I just need batting and backing and it will be ready to quilt.  This one will be going to a charity.  

I started this sampler...need something to keep my hands busy with while watching television.  I am having fun working on it.  I am in no hurry and have no particular color plan.  It's by Rebecca Ringquist...dropcloth sampler.  Sometimes, it is very nice to have no plan and be in no hurry.

I have a few other projects going on, but they are sorta kinda secret projects.  

Hope your week goes well for 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, January 7, 2017

Do You Remember?

How many of you remember the 'Big Bad Boy' I acquired over 7 years ago?  If you recall, he came with a Handi-Quilter that I was never able to and Big Bad Boy (my name for this machine) tension problems being the reasons.

The Big Bad Boy is a Janome 1600P DB...a workhorse, for sure...built for speed and does only straight stitching. 

Well.  The poor thing has been neglected all these years.  I planned to send him for a maintenance check (and please, could you fix the tension?) several times, the last being almost 3 years ago.   However, it never did get done.  Until now.  I got him in for a check-up at my LQS this week and all is good.

I am very much looking forward to using the BBB for piecing.  The next thing I need to do is to buy a walking foot so that I can do some easy quilting with this BBB.  Did I mention that he has a larger work area than my Naomi Janome?    

The results of my test drive with him:  works like a charm, though noisier than Naomi Janome.  Ah well...cannot have everything, right?  Love this Big Bad Boy!  Making plans to work with him tomorrow.

How is your weekend going?

"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, January 4, 2017

A Look Back...and Looking Ahead

First of all, I want to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year.  I trust that your holiday season was happy and bright...and that the year ahead is, as well.

Second of all, I feel the need to show off you what I made since my last post...or that I wasn't able to show you before because they were Christmas gifts.  

Okay, I did not make these spoons, but I ordered them custom-made!  I love them and will definitely order more in the future.  To see others, click HERE.

12 x 16 pillow cover for me Mum...notice the pintucks?  So cute.

A sweet tote/library book bag.  Measures about 13 x 12 x 3 inches.

These are grocery/tote bags (folded in half).  They are so useful to have (and to have more than one is even better!) Get the pattern HERE.  They are loved by all!!

 A 16" pillow cover for sister Julie to go with the one in the last post.

Here's the back...all I had left of these fabrics (that match the pillow cover made previously and shown in the last post).  I messed up the measurements of the buttonholes...:(

Another small tote/library book bag.

A small's an odd size (10 x 14, I think), so I also made the pillow insert.

Another 12 x 16 pillow cover...again with the pintucks.

I did not make this, either.  My friend, Claire (from Stoughton, WI...friend, vet, former landlady) made this for me.  It is absolutely beautiful...especially in person.  With the frame, it measures 12" square.

You didn't think you were going to make it through this post without seeing that I made more cloth napkins, did you?

These cloth napkins are for a 6 year old boy...must have smaller ones for little hands.

So.  That's the last of what I did in 2016.  One of these days I will have all of the links in the 'finished in 2016' page.

It was a good year...mostly.  The best thing that happened was that me Mum and sister moved here. More family is always a good thing, yes?  


As usual, I have a mile-long list of things I would like to accomplish this year.  I think that 2017 is going to be a good year for me, though...especially craft-wise.  And, I am still trying to purchase only fabrics that I need to finish what is already started. Instead of buying just because I like the collection and want to use it for something someday.  Ya know?    

Well, that's all I have for now.  I really would like to blog more often...we shall see how that goes.

Wishing for you a happy and healthy year.  Thank you for reading.

"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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