Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Block Two

Block two is complete and on the design wall........  Yes, I did see the block that is different but I had already taken the picture........  That is a good reason to take pictures of a quilt as you are making it.....  It is easier to spot something out of place..........

Progress is being made on the Nativity each morning.......  I might even finish the center panel this year.........  Lem likes to watch GMA each morning and I have to be with him to fast forward through the commercials.........  That gives me an hour each day to work on that project.............




Saturday, February 04, 2017

A Beginning

 Finally found the time to sew this morning.........  Started the five yard pattern that Jean shared with me...........

Also used the block for First Friday as a leader/ender while I was working........

Perhaps I will get block 2 begun and done soon..........



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A finish..........




and a beginning...................



Six blocks with fabric chosen and the fabric ready to sew for First Friday on Temecula Quilt Co..........


Fabrics selected for the twelve inch block.............



Fabrics pulled and ready to sew for the six inch block..........


Hopefully I will be able to sew at least one block tomorrow........




Monday, January 23, 2017

Fat quarters.............  Starting to get organized a bit..........



Upcoming projects........  Two quilts to bind and two table runners to quilt........  To hand quilt or machine quilt that is my question................


While Jean was here I was able to cut out seven easy quilts..........  More fun ahead...........


Three things of interest from Temecula Quilt Company.................



The studio is at last organized enough to accomplish a bit of sewing..................


Looking better......

and even better...............


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Update

Joyce came by Thursday.......  Another of my angels.......... 

She changed the dressing on Lem's arm, massaged his hand, gave Wade a bath, fed the birds and ducks and provided me with much needed conversation...........



The Nativity has resurfaced...........  Lem likes GMA and I am needed to fast forward through the commercials.........  Hope to work on this each morning...........


Finished the stitching on two more Christmons sans the beads.........  I need to sit at a table to add the beads.........







This project is completed.......  Post a request with a comment........  I have never tried this before but why not........  If I receive more than one request I will have a drawing........ 




An outing is planned for later.........  I will let you know how that goes..........

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Slowly I Progress

This quilt has a history......... 
Thirty eight years ago the fabric in this quilt was used for a dress........ 
My dear daughter needed a formal but could not pick a color..........  It was for a Rainbow Girl event so we went with the colors of the rainbow......

Peasant style top with a ruffled shirt....  The top had a ruffle of indigo, the bodice was blue, and each ruffle after that on the skirt was a different color from the rainbow.......  She wore it with a large hoop skirt.....  It was made out of cotton so it had lasting power..........  The question was always how could we recycle the material and make something lasting......

Then I began quilting............  The dress soon became a quilt..........  A warm hug for my daughter wherever she went..........

It was used and washed for years but remember this was an early project.........  I used poly batting and tacked it only in the center of each block.......  After all that washing the batting of course shifted because of lack of quilting..........  She gave it back to me FIX............

At last I have taken it apart, pressed it and will use the original backing to add a border so I will have the extra needed to send it to the long arm quilter..........  I have purchased more backing and if I can get it ready I can send it to be quilted in February............

Then it will go to my granddaughter to give her warm hugs from her mother and me........





The stitching is done......  What now?........  Pillow or frame?......  Decisions, decisions....




Another project completed..........  Two holiday returns and one gift..........  My dear neighbor will take these to the post office for me.......


I could not possibly survive without my friends that shop for me.........  Their help allows me to stay with Lem and care for him.........  Thank you to all of you............

Monday, January 09, 2017

The Last Three

The last three are complete.....  One for my friend and the other two for us........... 

Plan to try them tonight.........



Six years ago I bought two cones of sock yarn from Bartlett Mills............  I made socks for Lem but he went through the heel of four pairs and needed more........  Found the bag in which the yarn which had been stored along with one finished sock............  Began another one and anticipate finishing it this week............  I will keep on knitting till this cone is empty and start on the other one......  That will be a wee bit more yarn used.............



Hoping to get one of the three quilts needing to be bound ready to stitch...........  And there is still the cross stitch to finish..........  That will give me three projects to enjoy while I sit with Lem........

Friday, January 06, 2017

How Did It Get To Be Friday???

Busy week this week......... 

I still managed to get some sewing done..........

Cut out 8 pillow cases.......... 2 for us and 6 for friend............



Managed to machine stitch all of them.............


Finished the hand work on five...........  Three to finish this tonight.....



Lunch today........  Chopped cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onions topped with Keilbasa.........    Baked at 350 degrees for an hour and we had one great meal............


Monday, January 02, 2017

Starting the New Year hoping to get my studio area better organized...............




While I do not like to show how bad the collection of partially done and ready to begin that seems to collect wherever catches my eye............


I made a list of the most urgent projects but do not plan to bore you with that information.


I will begin by taking out of the studio any project that is not on the list.........


I managed this picture of my boys........


There were two hats more but I sent them to the great grandchildren.........  Those two with the three on the table plus the one in progress will be six hats from that one large skein..........


After that yarn is used up I will get back to the cross stitch pillow that is almost finished......

Today will be lots of laundry............  Lem is having problems that require a lot of changes of clothes and such............  We will see just how much time I can find for sewing.............


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Flowers

Three years ago a friend gave me this plant at Christmas........  Not only have I managed to keep it alive but last year and this year it has bloomed......... 




When Joyce came by recently she brought a bouquet of flowers......  Today I finally got them arranged in the right container........


One hat complete.........  It is an adult hat...............

The next one is for a child..........  Hope to keep making them till this skein is gone.........


The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10