Monday, February 08, 2016

Oh my how time flies.  It has been busy here over the last month!  Daddy came to stay while he got cataracts removed from both eyes.  I drove him to the hospital for his first surgery on Jan. 22, as the snow began to fall.
By the afternoon it was looking like a winter wonderland, but we made it safe home. 
The next morning we could barely find my car! 
Then the next Wednesday we went back and got his second eye done.  Now he can see so much better and he is tickled with results.  At 85 they were surprised this was the first cataracts he had had removed. 
I did add this backing to the quilt I made from the pattern and material my husband gave me for Christmas.  I finished free motion quilting it. 
Then I added the binding and now I am doing the hand sewing.  The binding is made from the same material as the backing, but looks a different color because I took the picture at a different time of day.  Lighting makes so much difference in how we see the colors. 
I am also painting my livingroom and hallway.  The trim is a bear and there is lots of it.  I hope to finish by the end of February.  I was working on it on my days off, but since there is so much trim I am working on it for an hour or so everyday.
I am hoping to machine quilt a top I finished several years ago by the end of February also.  Unfortunately, I am not getting things completed as fast as I would like.  
My sewing thought for this week:
Happiness is a Full Bobbin!
Sew Long for Now!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Jelly Maker's Cabin top is pieced.  Yesterday I went to my favorite quilt shop and bought backing and batting to begin quilting it.  I also need to mark and quilt the first block of the mystery project I am working on.  
I only missed sewing one day this week and that was the day I went out of state and did not get home until late.  I crocheted everyday and finished up a dishcloth.  I bombed at reading everyday this week.  I was struggling to get in bed by a decent time everyday and just skipped reading.  I will make a better effort next week.
My quote for the week was:
"I am certain that a sewing machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred lunatic asylums, and possibly a good deal more."  Margaret Atwood
I can sew relate to that thought, may more people learn to use a sewing machine!
Sew Long for Now!

Saturday, January 09, 2016

My soul is feed,
with needle and thread

I have been able to sew on what I am calling the Christmas quilt.  It is not Christmas material or a Christmas related pattern.  It is the pattern and material my husband gave me as a Christmas gift.  It is coming along nicely.
On Monday my husband and son went with me to one of my favorite quilt shops here in town and bought material for me to work on the mystery quilt along that Leaha Day is doing.  She has lessons and help with machine quilting with this mystery quilt.  Since I really would like to improve my machine quilting skills and it is one block a month I thought that would be perfect for me.  I picked fabric in the colors she suggested.  This is going to be a very bright quilt.
In 2015 I started to see an integrative doctor in North Carolina for my Hashimotos Thyroid Disease.  I was diagnosed with it 30 years ago and at the time there was not a lot of information about the disease.  Last year my sister was diagnosed with the same disease and low and behold I found out medicine had come a long way and left me behind.  So, with the help of this new doctor and a change in medication and lifestyle I am doing better.  You wonder why I mention this.  One thing I learned is how bad stress is on you.  I have always dealt with a great deal of stress, but the last two years it has gotten out of control.  One thing I learned is that you have to make time even to scheduling it in your planner for things you enjoy to help relief the stress.  I had let all the demands on me take over and I had left no time for sewing or other activities I find soothing.  I am happy to say I made time for sewing, crocheting, and reading everyday this first week of the year.  I even slipped in some housekeeping and other task I don't enjoy.  Make time for something that you enjoy this coming week!

Sew Long for Now!

Saturday, January 02, 2016

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
whispering 'It will be happier'..."
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Greetings!  Another year has said goodbye.  It was another year where I did not get in a lot of sewing time.  All the responsibilities of taking care of family this past year took up so much time that at the end of each day I found myself falling into bed without a stitch being sewn.  I did finish 4 quilts this past year which I am so thankful for, but I neglected my blog and that made me sad.  I don't make resolutions, but I do like to set down goals each New Years.  Some of my goals for 2016 are to sew some each day, to do some needle work each day (crochet or knitting), to post a blog post at least once a week, and to read a book a month.
For Christmas my dear husband gave me a 52 strip jelly roll and a pattern for a quilt.  What a sweet man he is!  I started it and am breaking down the steps into small units to accomplish each day.  
This is the last quilt I made in 2015.  It was a gift for dear friends who helped us this past year.  I used a disappearing nine patch pattern.

Here's to 2016 and the hope of happier year with more sewing!

Sew Long for Now,

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I finished my niece's wedding quilt a couple of weeks ago.  She got married on the beach in Florida were they live and I wanted it to represent the colors of the sea and waves.  I am not sure if I achieved that, but I hope she likes it.

It was very hard to see the colors in the top picture, I hope this up close pictures makes it easier to see.
I have been helping make 300 christmas decorations for a nursing home.
I also have blocks cut out to do a disappearing nine patch.
Here is picture with my Dad holding his youngest great grandson, my grandson.

And my granddaughter's at my youngest granddaughter's 2nd birthday party.
Life is full.
Sew Long for Now!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Oh my goodness I have never ripped a quilt apart so many times in my life trying to line up the pattern!

I was hoping to be completely finished with this quilt by now, but alas it will not be for a while yet.  I found a pattern that said it was an easier way to make chevrons.  It was not, and it does not even look like chevrons.  I don't mind the look, but it was not what I was striving for.

I will not ever make this pattern again, but on the plus side my niece will have a one of a kind quilt from me!

Another quilt finished by my daughter.  She gave two away made from the jelly roll race pattern and kept one for herself.

While driving home on route 11 from helping my husband's sister one Sunday a wonderful quilt shop I enjoy in Fairfield, Va just happen to be open.  My kind husband whipped right in the parking lot when I saw the open sign and then bought me this layer cake of fabric I was admiring.

And last a picture of my grandson who is 6 weeks old now.

Sew Long for Now!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Three years in the making...tada!  This was a block of the month at a local quilt shop a couple of years ago and it has finally been finished, quilted, bond, labeled and giving to my youngest son.

The quilt I made for my new grandson inspired my daughter and here is one she finished.  She is giving this one as a birthday gift and has almost completed her second one.  She has plans to do one more before she leaves in July.  It has been so nice to see her working on these quilts and to share this with her.
I have started the quilt for my niece's wedding in August.  I hope to work on it more this week.  I only have 4 weeks to completely finish it because we are helping our daughter move to Kansas and then the wedding is right when we come back.
Sew Long for Now!