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.........


Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016

I started getting ready on Saturday........  Double checked the menu, found the appropriate serving dishes and started cooking...........  I managed to get all the veggies ready and in the refrigerator.......
 Yesterday morning I put the turkey breast in the oven then took the veggies out of the fridge to come to room temperature.  When the turkey was done I turned off the oven and put the veggies in the oven.  By the time everything was ready they were warm and we were ready to eat..........



The family has gotten smaller........  It was still a grand time had by all.........  Jason took his father for a ride after we ate so Kim and I had a chance to talk...........



Embroidery is complete except for the initials and the date...........  Reached my limit for stitching so I changed to something else..........


Grabbed a skein of yarn and started another ubiquitous hat..........  I will attempt to finish the stitchery before I begin another project...........


Friday, December 23, 2016

For the Birds...


A bank of seagulls..........  We are 75 miles from the beach but here they are........ 


On the road behind you can see another flock............


And my darling Buffle Head ducks.........  They arrive every November and stay for a few months before they leave till the next year...............

It is fun to watch because they suddenly go underwater only to appear several yards away..........




Thursday, December 22, 2016

A New Beginning


When I finished the last projects I chose this one to stitch next..........

It is from a Just Cross Stitch and when I saw it I knew I wanted make this for a dear friend.....  Don't plan to finish it with a fabric ruffle...........  Thought it would look as good with wide lace and that would be much easier.......



Progress is good so far...........


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Finish or Three

But first how about a picture of our dear Wade Hamilton.....  He is enjoying the Christmas season....



And this is why........  When no one is looking he sneaks under the tree and removes the tissue paper from the bags of gifts......... Look closely and you can see a bit of green on the side of his mouth..........



Started this recently and it is finished.......... 



This is an old one.....  Finished it over a year ago but I needed to sew the buttons on it.........
It resurfaced and now it is done...........

Hopefully I can take them to the framer soon........


A friend bought a pillow kit with a cross stitch piece as part of the pillow.........  When she got it home she found it was worked on linen.........  She does not like working on linen so she gave the kit to me........  Now the stitchery is done so I will give the kit back to her.....  When she looks at her pillow she can remember me.


I got a smile today from my Sweetie........  They are becoming rare because his muscles don't always work....................



The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10