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 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