Sunday, August 28, 2016

Favorite Hooked Rug...Ever!

The anniversary of my move to Colorado is coming up.  Of course, what that brings to mind is all things that occurred before my move which are Tag-related.  (Like, for real, those things are never out of my mind, though.  Ya know?)

I am not going to say anything about the brown boy.  Perhaps someday, just not today.    

What I wanted you to know, though, was that I found something today that I had completely forgotten about...and when I saw it, I smiled.  That, right there, was reason enough to pull it out and put it in place.

I hooked this 22 x 29 inch rug in 2007.  It was a free pattern in Rug Hooking Magazine that I fell in love with.  I enlarged it (a lot!).  I hooked it with woolens I had dyed.  And, I named it 'Tag E. Butt'.  Yes, I did!

When I finished it, I declared it to be my favorite rug.  Ever.  Why? Because the dog is so goofy looking.  Though Tag was not goofy looking, he could be a very goofy boy...caught on film and shown several times on this very blog.  I thought this goofy looking dog captured the very essence of the brown boy.  

It makes me smile.  

This hooked rug is now on the bedroom floor in front of my cedar chest, which is at the end of my bed.

I'm still smiling.

"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, August 23, 2016

That Long List of Projects? FINISHED!!

In this long overdue post, I have photos of family members who visited us this summer.  And, there are photos of the rest of the summer projects I was able to complete.  Most of the projects on my list were for others.  But.  First thing I am going to show you is a pillow I finished for myself.  

Sister Julie did the stitchery work and I simply made a pillow insert and put borders, a zipper and backing together to finish it off.  I love this!! 


Sister Joyce wanted a case for her notary stamp.  So, I made this little pouch, using fabrics from the Lilac Hill line (seen first here).  

Joyce came for a 5 day visit with her granddaughter, Ashley (center of photo).  Michelle (my godchild/niece and lives here now) is the smiling face on the right.  

Because Joyce was coming for a visit, I thought I should have kleenex cozies to send home with her.  So, I made some.  11 of them.

Joyce's daughter, Jody - also my godchild/niece - lives about 4.5 hours from here and came for a 2 day visit while her Mom was here.  I was able to - finally - finish Jody's t-shirt quilt.  

My nephew, Tony - with Sabrina - came to visit.  That's me Mum and Michelle (same smiling face shown above/sister to Tony) with them.

So, moving on more projects completed...

I made a pencil case for my granddaughter, aka Princess Kaylynn. Just because.

I made this backing for my HST string quilt (seen here).  I do love pieced backings!

I will give more detail on this later...I have several quilts that will be quilted and ready to bind within the next little while.  Here are the bindings...ready to go.  

I stumbled across a gorgeous pineapple quilt that I absolutely love! But, you know, I have no need for another quilt.  What I did to satisfy the urge to make one was to make one block and make it into a very mini quilt.  (Who am I kidding!  I still want to make that as at least a lap quilt!!!)

Here's the second pillow cover I made for sister Julie's stitchery piece.  It goes with the one I showed in the previous post.

And, I made a small pouch with a pocket on the outside of it for Joyce's friend.

Well, I think that's about it for what I have made this summer.  

New adventures are to begin soon.  


Tattoos.  I never ever thought I would want to get a tattoo.  I mean, truly.  It never even entered my head.  Not for one small moment! Until 4 months ago.  I saw a tattoo that really spoke to me...involving sisters.  I thought it would be a great idea for the 4 of us, the 4 J's as we were once (and sometimes still) called, would have matching tattoos.  With Joyce coming for a visit this summer, Jill and I thought it would be perfect timing.  So, we booked an appointment at the local tattoo parlor.  The Dungeon, Inc.  However, Joyce and Julie chickened out.  Jill and I went ahead and kept the appointment...and while there, asked if there was time for one more tattoo for each of us...and there was! 

The first...there's no better friend than a sister.   
sideways on inside of lower right arm

The second...Just Breathe....  
inside of lower left arm near wrist

I am actually wanting a third one...we shall see.  ~grin~


One more Mum has not been well, but is recovering nicely.  For the present time, she is in a rehab care center, working on regaining some strength.  She is looking good and we are happy with her progress.  I am so very thankful that she is here where I can spend time with her.  

Next time you hear from me, I should have some gorgeous quilts to show you.  Keep your fingers crossed.

"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