Thursday, February 22, 2018

Post Birthday...

Thank you one and all for the birthday wishes that I received via snail mail/email/Facebook/blog, etc.  You helped make my special day even more special!  I had a nice birthday.  No whooping it up.  Just spent time with family.  

Late in the afternoon, I received a call from the nursing home...letting me know that me Mum was on the way to the ED because she had fallen and hit her head on the bathroom sink.  She had quite a gash.  So, I spent 3 hours there with her.  She is doing okay and the staples (10 of them!) come out next week.  

On Saturday, I took my homemade angel food cake over to the nursing home and spent more time with my sisters and Mum.  (The cake was so good!)

I have been working on my 4th charity quilt for SBB Heart Builders.  The blocks are done...I just need to sew them together and then get the quilt top into the mail.

The #sewingavillage party over on Instagram is in its 3rd to be on track, 24 houses have been made.  I am trying to keep ahead of the game by making a few every day or so.  The total number of houses for this village quilt is 132.  That makes for a lot of planning and cutting and sewing.  Mine will be mostly scrappy, but scrappy AND random is sometimes difficult for me to do.  I have so many scraps...and I am trying to decide what other scrappy project I can have in the works as long as I have scraps everywhere I look in my sewing room!!  Here are more of my houses...  

Week 2 houses

Week 3 houses

Remember the polka-dot quilt I showed a few posts ago?  Well, I was calling it the Dot quilt.  Funny story...Jill (recipient of the quilt) decided that, since Dot is an oft-used nickname for Dorothy, she would call her polka-dotted quilt, Dorothy.  But, then...where was Toto?  So, I made a Toto pillow cover for her!!!
Toto pillow cover
I also made a few more cloth napkins for my niece, Michelle (Jill's daughter), whose birthday was the 21st.

So, that's what is going on about where you are?

"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, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day and My Birthday...

Hey there, everyone!

Today is Valentine's Day.  Do you do special things with/for your loved ones?  I made a primitive stuffed heart for me Mum to hang from a lamp in her room at the nursing home.  I forgot to take a photo...but will get one taken next time I visit.

My sister's first wedding was on Valentine's Day.  We bridesmaids wore red velvet dresses...very elegant.  

Friday is my birthday.  How do I feel about that?  Well, I love my birthday.  Perhaps not as much now as I did when I was younger.  Still, has always been a very special day for me. I remember one year, when I was old enough to know better (probably about to be 8 years old), I became very upset because my Dad had to go to work.  On my birthday!!!  Could not understand that.  And, I LOVE gifts...I feel as if everyone in the world should (want to) give me a gift.  Not even kidding.  Well, perhaps a little bit. 

At any rate, on this upcoming Saturday, we will have a small party over at the nursing home with Mom.  We will eat angel food cake...yum!  It is my favorite cake.  Forever and always.  For years, and before I moved to Madison, I served angel food cake (with that fluffy, sticky white frosting - remember?) at my birthday party.  I always asked my Godmother/Aunt Bev to cut the cake for me...and she always obliged.  It was way less messy with her doing the cake cutting.  That is a memory that makes me smile.


As usual, I have some finishes to show you.   

A tote bag for myself...made with Ellen DeGeneres fabric & black oilcloth.
On the inside, a zipper pocket and 3 open pockets.

I took part in a plus quilt quiltalong on Instagram...
I have a total of 36 blocks, measuring 10.5"...
waiting to be put together into a quilt top.

Just last week, I joined the #sewingavillage party over on Instagram.

Got a bunch of snow last weekend...all gone now, though.  whew.

And, I have several items on my list that I need to plan.  A few quilts for family members, 3 tote bags, several napkins, Kleenex cozies, etc.  I am hoping that Brenis will come to visit soon.  I need her help in getting a good start with one of the quilts.  

Hope you're having a lovely Happy Valentine's 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