Thursday, January 31, 2008

Step by Step

The space to the left of my computer is usually has a stack of 'to be done' at least 8 inches high beside it. Now it is clear except for the folders holding the online BOM's I am collecting.

I wonder just how long I can keep it looking this way.



The dining table is next. Yes, we do eat on this table. I am quite adept at moving enough out of the way so that I can put a plate down.
Which is why I have this collection on one end of the table. The stack on the desk was higher than the one on the table. I suppose I must tackle that next.

Plans



Several years while visiting family in NC, Lem and I purchased a lot to build on when we retired. We called it our "Five Year Plan".....

After we got back to New England I began looking at house plans. Let me tell you, some of them could have housed a third world country. Then reality reared its ugly head and I got down to "exactly how do we want to spend our time when we have it"?

This is the final plan. There is a small area on the second floor that will be MY SEWING STUDIO..................

I knew years ago that I had to clear out the basement. I did not do that. Now the day of reckoning has arrived. Even though there are many projects I want to make and many things I want to participate in, I will be FORCED to work on getting ready to move.

The good news is that I found someone who runs an annual yard sale for Habitat for Humanity and she will come to my house and haul off whatever I give her. Will I have the courage to share this in picture form? Well.......... I am not sure............

Monday, January 28, 2008

We Got Snow

We got snow.............. Lots of it............. I still managed to find my way to the office. Lem cleared off the car for me and got it all warmed up. I don't see any reason to use up my allotted days off on a messy day like this one. I will save them for time when we have guest and want to go to the beach.



I have a nice roast in the crockpot for tonight. I wonder if I would have time after work to make some nice rolls to go with the meal.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

What I Found While Blogging


Joyce shared the link to Sharon Schamber's Binding Angel.

Judy introduced me to her new friend Raggedy Annie. They are adorable and one day I will have to go to Raggedy Old Annie's and get one of my own.


Caron Mosey from my Dear Jane list issued a *"QUILT- UP YOUR WORKSPACE" Challenge!*

So it has taken me two days to get through all the blogs I wanted to check on.

Sharon at the Red Geranium has a nice tutorial on a heart quilt.

Now I am going downstairs to begin the laundry and do a little kitchen spiffing.

Two weeks from Monday I get the cast off and I will be do pleased. I know I still will not be able to do much as that arm is weak but at least I will have gotten rid of the cast.

I tried to cut fabric yesterday and made such a mess of it. I just will have to put quilting on hold for a bit longer.




Thursday, January 24, 2008

Trying to Stitch

When I came across this patten it seemed to be the perfect lap quilt for my dear mother. I found some fabric with silver sparkles and it seemed just right for a January snowflake. Then the wrist problem and no sewing at all was done.



I keep trying to stitch a little. It is very uncomfortable and not easy to hold anything but I keep trying just the same. The blue and white HST's were machine stitched but the center star and adding the HST's to it and the two starpoints were done by hand. This has been a real challenge for me because I keep making errors and having to start again. Most frustrating.


Last Thursday night was the Bead Society meeting. This is the necklace I made there. Well almost. I got tired and put the clasp on the next morning. Beading seems to be a bit easier than some other forms of handwork.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Meet the New Granddog


This past weekend Rebekah and Robert made a fast trip from Atlanta, GA to St. Louis, MO to bring home the dog they just adopted. Thomas Jericho is two years old and from all reports is adjusting well. He is 6 inches tall and weighs 14 lbs. I wonder if that includes his height to the top of his head. I sure hope so.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Saturday Sewing Society

This past Saturday a group of 10 quilters rented the meeting room at Brewster Senior Center.

This is what is over one of the doors there.


We all brought something to work on and food............ We ate and laughed and sewed and shared. It was WONDERFUL.................

Joan, Vickie and I made heartstring blocks and Peg put them together.


Vickie brought desert for us. See the SSS for our group? Not much was left either.


This is a quilt that Kathy made as a gift.

Yes, I forgot to turn the picture before I posted it.

Isn't this just the most delightful label? It actually is on the quilt that Nancy made further down the page.



She also worked on quilting this wedding quilt.


What you don't see is the Beef Barley soup and the White Chili that is in the kitchen. Judy kept making coffee and it was the best...........


Here is the group when we broke for lunch.


Vickie (left) worked on heartstrings and Eleanor (right) was making flannel blankets for a local baby organization.



Kathy (standing) put the binding on a quilt and when Peg (seated) wasn't putting our blocks together, she was working on her Thimbleberries project.

There is Joan stitching away. The machine beside her belonged to the person that could not stay seated but had to go from place to place talking..... (me)

Here is the quilt that belongs with the label above. Such an easy block and if I ever get this hand out of this cast I will show you how.


Ruth brought her flower garden table runner to show us.
And Jean shared her Cathedral Window.

Judy made the 4 patch posy blocks in a class and is putting them into a tablerunner.


Here are Judy, Ruth and Jean.
I still cannot do too much work. After Saturday's adventure I spent the next day resting the arm and taking meds for the discomfort. I think it was worth it.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Thank You To Everyone......



How kind you have been to offer encouragement. I am still having trouble typing and doing any handwork. Sewing has been difficult and knitting impossible. The cast is at the wrong angle to work comfortably.

One more month and perhaps I can get back to my routine.

I have managed to finish the borders on the Katelyn's Garden quilt and I began trying to stitch a lap quilt for my mother. Everything slow going.

I need to make changes to the sidebar but it is so difficult to type that they will wait until Valentines Day.

The Thread and I

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10