Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Shopping and a Movie

Out with a friend for Spring Fling at my favorite store...HAPPY'S....

Birdbath with greenery for the porch...




Bowling set for the boys..........



A picture frame for a favorite picture.......



Arrangement for a top shelf in the studio......



Friends over to watch a movie.........  One brought pizza.........


I added some fruit and cheese with crackers...........


And a little wine to make it interesting............... 


The movie was to be Tootsie but we talked so long that we never got to watch it.......  We can save it for the next movie night.......

Thursday, May 04, 2017

A Drop from the Ocean

Four skeins of Sugar and Cream are now gone...........   One skein was super size and made two dishcloths......


With the yarn that was left I made three more for my sister.....

I found two more skeins this morning two more skeins this morning.  More dishcloths in my future...

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Bits and Pieces


Some of the duck eggs hatched.........  Two sweet ducklings..........  They survived for four days........  Then they were gone.........  Two more ducks are on the nest so perhaps a few will live longer......




One pair all done except the Kitchener stitch to finish the last one.......



Sock one of pair two is complete except for the Kitchener stitch.........   The history of the Kitchener stitch is quite interesting........

The British Secretary of State for War, Horatio Herbert Kitchener, associated himself with the Red Cross drive to urge women to knit “comforts” or items for the men in the military, particularly mittens, socks and scarves. He was concerned about the foot problems the sock seams caused and personally contributed a pattern for socks which included a seamless grafting technique that would come to be known as the “Kitchener stitch”




Several years ago I promised to make two tea towels for a friend..........  At last I am getting them done.......  I like to make my own blanks and add a scalloped fabric border. The pattern can be found at Bird Brain Designs... HERE    I have enjoyed their products and used many of their free designs.



Begun..........  Also put aside in order to make some dish cloths..........



Started the process of making the Bishop dresses for Reba.....  I made many of them for her mother but it has been 25 years and I am a bit out of practice...  I have fabric for three size six month dresses.....  Yesterday I ordered labels for all of the items I make for her..........


Found this camouflage fabric for the first one........  Her father is an avid hunter so this should make him smile.........



All cut out and ready to pleat..........




Monday, May 01, 2017

Design Wall Monday

At last a finish.......... This was a mystery quilt from times gone by.......  It was selected to be quilted and after its return it languished waiting for binding.....  I got the studio organized enough to get the binding sewn on and at last it is complete..........


Since Kim likes the royal color of purple this quilt will go home with her...........


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Self Control

I haven't been online much of late because of my lack of self control..........

If I turn the computer on it is sometimes over an hour before I realize how much time has passed............

I have been attempting to become more organized this year.  To finish more of the things I began in the past........

I did finish a baby sweater for our expected new family member.........

The pattern is Elizabeth Zimmerman's Surprise Jacket.....  I have made several of them because it is such a pleasant pattern to knit......  I am using up the balls of baby yarn I keep finding stashed here and there....





This is the last of the aloe blossom.  It has begun to drop the parts of the blossom all over the floor.



The Christmas Cactus bloomed once more.................


Yesterday I was in the mood  to cook.......  I fixed a pot roast to share with friends......  Began to fry chicken again.....  It was good but I still need to practice that a bit more.........

Started a pot of Iowa Chowder.........  Today I will be in the kitchen again........   As I was taking the last piece out of the pan it sprayed my right thumb with hot grease........  Spent the next hour holding aloe on the thumb and feeling sorry for myself......  It did blister the entire thumb.........

Spent some time doing the Walk-About.............  I am trying to find the bed in the guest room.....  I took all the excess from the studio and just stacked it in the guest room......  Now the studio only has in it the current projects and the guest room is overwhelmed with projects that have been started.......
By yesterday afternoon I had half of the bed uncovered.........  Still lots to be done to get things in their proper home........  We shall see what today brings........

Monday, April 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday

The last time Jean was here she shared a new block she had learned....... 

When asked to give a demonstration at the Guild this block came to mind...........

I have worked diligently getting some examples made..........  The book can be found on Amazon for those that are interested........  HERE




This was the first one I selected..........


All finished.........

This seemed a good choice for the next one.........



Needs washing to remove the chalk lines..........



The scallops looked attractive..........



Here it is ready to quilt and bind........


I have an idea for a set of place-mats that I will start today........  As long as I get one finished that will suffice for the meeting on Wednesday.......... 

Patchwork Times will lead you to more ideas............HERE

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sunny day with cool temperatures...

Yesterday was Guild.........  My favorite meeting....  Sit and stitch..........

Then off to lunch with my high school friends...

Home late afternoon but I am off again today to go to Happy's and out to lunch with Joyce.....

Wade found another tissue this morning........ I really must be more careful..........




I found the last picture I had taken of the Nativity..  This was in the middle of January......  I was stunned at how much progress I have made......




Here it is today............  I just might finish the center panel this year..........







Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Design Wall Monday on Tuesday....

Last top is read to be layered and quilted.....  I began the assembly of the next one....

Block one DONE..........






Block two competed and in place.....  On the right side I have added the borders......  Not too happy with this one.......  Too muddy..........  Oh well, it will be warm and that is the goal..........


Sweet little Wade Hamilton.........


Likes to shred and eat tissues.......


I didn't realize he would attack a whole box.............


Picked it up and dropped it into a trash container.........  Left the room only to return and discover he was at it again......  At least he had a good time......



Gorgeous weather yesterday....   Started the weeding.......


Finished one section......  Was planning to do more but found fire ants in the other areas......  Fed them well and Thursday I can weed more........


Aloe plant showing a bloom.......  Simply amazing.........






Monday, March 20, 2017

Update for my friends.....

I spent yesterday finishing my quilt top........  My house is in disarray and will be for some time....

The love of my life has been ill for some time..........  As time progressed he needed more and more care.....

That meant I could stitch less and less.........

He went to live with our Lord on Tuesday..........

Our family and many friends have worked tirelessly to help me keep him at home.... 

Perhaps I will have more things to share with you now..........

Whew........... Done.........

It took long enough but this is finally done............  All ready to layer and quilt.......... 

Five yards for the top and 3 1/2 for the backing.........  Not bad for stash clearing...........



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.............




The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10