Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Confinement


I have been relegated to my creative space which is not all bad news.  It’s really kind of nice because I am forced to use the time wisely.  Finishes are always rewarding and I was able to finish my flag quilt. 

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In the end I chose an all over star and spiral design which I think turned out well.

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I then finished it off with a navy blue and white striped binding.

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The reason for my confinement is my shadow and this week’s charge……..

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which wouldn’t be so bad except for this……..

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--noise and terrible, obviously very mean workmen!!!!!!!  The sewing studio is nice and quiet as well as out of view of the mean men.   Oh, the joys of construction!

On the good side…we celebrated a second birthday this week and our oldest granddaughter baked the cutest cupcakes for the party.

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Back to confinement.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some Stitching

Although busy, the week has allowed me a bit od time in my sewing space.  I always enjoy those quiet times.

As the summer rushes past, there are several bloggy events going on right now.  One of them is Hello Sunshine hosted by Gosia.  Following the color guidelines, I used mostly shades of orange, but also have the pink, yellow and aqua bits in it as well.  I am calling this Hot Summer Days.  This little 20" mini was one of the patterns from Corey Yoder's Sweetness - this month's Minis and More quilt choices hosted by Sherri ans Michele.

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As well as using lots of orange scraps, I also used a natural linen for the background.  Is there anything that says summer like linen - wrinkles and all!!!
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Be sure to check out the Hello Sunshine summer quilting and join in on the fun.

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On the Minion front......I have completed three more minion beanies that were requested.  These are the one eyed version.


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This week was loaded with birthdays in our family.  A little summer sundress seemed like a great gift.  Don't you love gingham for little girls?

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The little buttons were picked up on our recent trip to the UK.  I thought they were so cute.  Sewing them on brought back such fond memories of my visit with my friend to her quilt shop.

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I’ll be sharing this for this week’s #Creative Goodness.
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Of course the week also brought some fun times with the grandchildren.  We had a great "first attempt at sewing" day.  This little one loved it and spent about three hours just intensely working on her stitching.  I think she has great potential.

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Just a fun little picture of the two youngest grandchildren enjoying each other....one more than the other at this stage!!!


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summertime Fun

One of the things we do each summer is take a family fishing trip to the Sierras.  It’s always such a great time for the kids as well as the adults.  This was our group this year after a fun day of fishing.

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The scenery is spectacular and would be worth it even if we caught no fish.  Here are a few more photos from our time away.

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Oldest and youngest granddaughter.

We missed the wild weather that we had while we were gone.  ;-(  We so seldom get lightening, thunder and rain so it was a shame that it happened while we were away.  However, we will take it whenever we can get it.  Following the storm we have had really humid weather – another rarity for us.  They say these are all good signs for an El Nino year for us this winter.  We shall see and keep hoping. 

We also spent a bit of time at the beach this week with some of the little ones.
 
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I got three more Minion beanies done in the car while traveling and a bit of sewing done today, but I will share that in my next post.

I wish summer could last a little longer.  How about you?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Alternative Stitching

I don’t do crochet!  It’s not that I can’t, but rather that there is always something that interests me more - so much to do, so little time!   It’s kind of the same way I feel about needlepoint.  Don’t take me wrong as I love crocheted projects, but I’d prefer to knit, cross stitch or quilt. 

That being said, my daughter sent me a photo and asked if I would crochet a Cabbage Patch wig for the newest baby.  What???  Crochet???  I dug out the old rusty hooks and got busy.   It’s nice to have a baby doll for a model.

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While Googling for a pattern, I came across a cute little Minion beanie on You Tube – also in crochet!  Since I was on a crochet roll I figured I’d give it a try as well.  It was a huge hit with the grandchildren.  Now I have requests for a few more.  Guess I may be doing a bit more crochet in the days ahead. 

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I'll be linking this up with Beth's  Monday Makings.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Wrap Up

The busy week is coming to a close.  They just seem to go more quickly with each passing week.  We had a great time celebrating the 4th of July here.  We always have a large crowd and everyone brings side dishes for the BBQ so it isn’t too stressful, but I really didn’t have much time to get photos.  The little ones always enjoy the sparklers which is about when I remember to get the camera out.

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Then on Sunday the girls wanted to have a tea party.  We made fresh scones and graham cracker cookies.

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The boys were banned from the tea party, but found ways to entertain themselves without “bugging” the girls.

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Since we babysat little ones for a few days we went to see Inside Out.  It was such a cute movie – for kids and adults.

After all of the cleaning, I managed to slip into my quiet space and sew my blocks together for the flag quilt.  It is currently 60x78”, but when taking the pictures of it I realize that the picture angle can make a huge difference.  Look at the square vs. the rectangle.

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I guess the next picture will have to be of it all quilted and hanging to get one straight on for a true representation. 

Have a wonderful, summery weekend.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Readying for the 4th

As we prepare for the birthday of our country, we are also celebrating another birth-day here. 


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This little girl was born last Saturday and is ready to join in on the weekend festivities.  Everyone is thrilled with her – especially her big sisters.

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This little one turned 5 years old several days later and requested “ a dress” for her birthday.  I had fun creating this for her…..complete with a little purse to match.  She loved it.

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We have a big 4th of July party here to celebrate our Independence so I have spent some time getting ready for the festivities.

New beanbags for the corn hole game….

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and some bunting flags for decorating…..
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While I was on the red, white and blue theme I sewed up some HSTs for a flag quilt that one of the grandsons casually mentioned that he would like for his college dorm bed this fall. 

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28 done….62 to go!!!

We will have houseguests for the next six days so I will take the time to wish all of those in the U.S.A. a wonderful and safe Independence Day.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mini and More

Many of us have participated in the Schnibbles and More QALs for the last few years.  I have loved every little quilt that I made and love to display them around the house.  Needless to say when it was announced this year that it was coming to an end, I was disappointed.  I was thrilled when it was announced that a new series was going to begin with Michele of Island Life Quilts and Sherri of A Quilting Life.  This first month our mini was A Summer Star by Sherri.   I had a little pack of Noteworthy charms and used a summery butter solid with it.

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It finishes at 14 1/2” so is perfect to use under a bouquet of flowers.  I used some Riley Blake small gingham for the binding. 

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The quilting is a simple stitch in the ditch.
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I also finished the Elephant Parade quilt by quilting it and adding the binding.  I will apply the label once our newest grandbaby arrives because I enjoy putting their first photo on the label.  We are all excited to see what the baby will be, but my instinct is thinking blue.  We should know any day now.

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I put soft minky on the back and it feels so great.

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Recently I was awarded the “A Lovely Blog” award by two fabulous quilters.  I respect both of them so much for their work so I was thrilled to have been chosen by them.  The first one was by Soma who blogs at www.whimsandfancies.com.  Soma is such an amazing photographer and artist as well as a great quilter.  She is currently working on a Greek alphabet.  It is incredible and I can’t wait to see it when it is finished.

Emily is a quilter whom I have followed for some time now.  She blogs at Em's Scrapbag.  I have tested several of her patterns and have loved each one.  She is one of those quilters who can pick up scraps and create a masterpiece with them.  She is a great representative of a generous quilter with all of her donated quilts to Happy Chemo.
 
One of the things I am suppose to do is to write ten things about myself that people would not tend to know.  I’m pretty boring, but here goes.

1.)  I was one of those beastly hyperactive children.  My mom often says had I been the first child, there would have been no more.  I've always required little sleep and am always up before 5:30 a.m.

2.)  I’m quite mechanical.  I worked on my own VW bug before I got married.  I loved to take the carburetor apart and clean it to get maximum mileage.  I even taught several of the guys in the neighborhood how to clean theirs.  I also recovered the interior in a zebra skin fabric.  LOVED that little car. 

3.)  I went to an all girls high school and hated it!

4.) I broke three vertebrae in my back when I was 17 in a skateboard accident and broke two more about 10 years ago.

5.)  I made my first skirt for myself when I was 5 years old on my mom’s old Singer sewing machine.
 
6.)  I became enthralled with quilting when I saw a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt while visiting a friend of my grandmother.  When we got home she got some scraps together for me and I tried to stitch one just like it.  My hexagon shape was far from perfect and the endeavor did not last long.

7.)  My paternal grandmother was a knitter.  I taught myself to knit when I was in nursing school to occupy my time between classes and loved it.  Still do!

8.)  My husband and I both love to travel.  Our favorite thing to do is jump in the car and just take off for the back roads to see what we can discover.

9.)  We have lived in many locations, including Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Hawaii and England in our married life.

10.) There are a million things that I still want to accomplish in this lifetime.

I am now suppose to nominate others to do the same, but I am just going to put it out there for anyone who would like to join in on the fun.  I would love to know more about all of those who follow my blog.  Please feel free to add your ten things.