Happy National Quilting Day to all my quilting peeps!
I would enjoy doing some quilting but I'm not feeling quite up to par today. In fact, I've felt a nagging icky feeling since Monday. No fever. No acute symptoms. Just fatigue (worse than usual) and some other blah, non-specific stuff. Yesterday was better and I thought I was back to normal but then today I'm not. So since I'm not quilting, I am going to begin a new book. I bought this one used around Christmas time but haven't read a word of it yet. It came recommended so I'm going to see how I like it. I just started another book a few days ago and the story line is very good but it contains writing that I find offensive so I quit. That book is soon going to be out of here. I haven't read any others by Stephen King so I don't know what to expect.
I have a great-niece who is about 18 months old and she loves to carry around a purse or a bag on her shoulder. I'm also a bagperson so I understand how important they are! I am wanting to sew a little one for just her size. She's tiny and doesn't need more than a tiny bag.
Here's a snap I took of her during the coffee & donut time at church recently.
She's just a little dolly!
The two little guys are her brothers who are so precious.
If I do happen to get her little bag sewed, I'll pop in to post a pic.
I woke up earlier than usual this morning and I've been sitting with my coffee and doing some reading in a novel that I began last night. I needed a break so I'm taking a pause to post as it's been two weeks.
As I promised myself, I'm pursuing my UFO list and have pulled Gail Pan's free BOM blocks out to work on until completion. They are such pretty designs and I don't remember what side-tracked me at the time. I had them tucked away to finish later and I suppose later has arrived. I do love embroidery but when there are French knots to be made I do give my poor arthritic hand & finger joints a bit of a workout.
John and I have been kind of busy doing some projects around the house and we also made a short out-of-town trip last week to take care of some business. He also offered weeks and weeks ago to take me shopping to replace a chair and I finally was ready to do so yesterday. I have a nice chair in the family room but this is for the other room which is where I prefer to read or watch TV if John is watching basketball in the family room.
So off we went to the furniture store to check out the chairs and I chose this one.
Do you remember the story of The Three Bears and Baby Bear wanted a chair that was "just right?" This one was it. I could have ordered one in neutral colors but I liked this one. (It appears slightly purple in the photo but actually it's a burgundy and tan tweed.) I suppose it just spoke to me. The store helpers loaded it into John's truck and we headed for home. I thought it looked just fine with this small homespun quilt on the back which I will use as a throw if I get cold. Not that that's likely to happen.
Besides stitching on the above project, I am using some inspiration pictures on Pinterest to design a quilt that I have swirling in my mind. It will incorporate pieced blocks, accented with some embroidery. That's all I will share until I have something more specific to show you. I can picture something in my mind but drafting it onto paper is going to take some time and effort.
I'm sipping on a cuppa tea (and it's so-ooo yummy tonight!) and watching a little bit of the telly. I'm waiting for my 9:00 program to come on so I'm messing around on the laptop a little, also.
On Saturday morning my BIL came over and built the additional shelves for me so I could re-organize some of my sewing & crafting supplies. It was simple enough, he just added two more shelves as there was already one. Nothing fancy or real decorative -- they're for function, not beauty.
After getting my stuff loaded up on them, I shoved the table into the closet and set up my machine and my notions. It's a better set-up now and I no longer have to sew in the living room. Well, other than using the treadle which is still in there. With the table mostly in the closet, there's so much more space in the room. It truly helps so much.
Sunday was busy with church and visiting my parents with my sisters.
Today I was too fatigued (I have fibromyalgia) to sit and sew.
Speaking of "tight quarters," I wanted to share this photo I saw today on Pinterest.
The interesting comment below the photo was that a family of fifteen people
lived in this cabin until the 1930s.
I don't know how they managed but apparently they did.
Just goes to show it's about priorities.
After seeing this, I no longer feel it's ok to complain about my small room!
I've been sitting here enjoying my Saturday morning coffee and I started thinking about my first sewing machine. I borrowed this photo from ebay because it reminds me of my first one. When it quit working back in the early 1990s I tossed it out instead of saving it. I thought I'd never want to see it again but now I wish I'd kept it for nostalgia's sake.
Here's the story of that old vintage Sears Kenmore machine .....................................................
Back in the late 1960s, I was a young married with a two-year-old and very little money to spend on things like sewing machines. I wanted one so very much and one day I saw an ad in the newspaper that Sears had a machine for only $59. I got myself and my little boy cleaned up and we went shopping. Downtown.
The salesman showed me the machine and told me how very wonderfully it sewed, how well-made it was, you know, the sales pitch. I didn't care about anything except that I had enough cash to pay for it and I could take it home with me. It was just about the color of this one above but I can't remember much more about the dials and gadgets. I paid for it and was ready to leave the store and had to carry the thing in my arms as the $59 did NOT include the cover. I got the machine head and the base it set on. That's it. And I was SO happy that I didn't care one bit. Other than it weighed a lot and carrying it to my parking place wasn't so fun. Years later I bought a like new case at a garage sale for $2 and that completed my sewing so perfectly.
That machine was used to make curtains, clothing, crafts, hemming, alterations, and anything else that I could think of that needed sewn. It died on me in 1993 when I was making a poodle skirt to wear to a 1950s party. The machine froze up solid and nothing would make it do anything. The needle wouldn't go up or down, nothing would happen. It was as if it had died.
I went shopping for a new machine and had no idea what I wanted or what I could afford. The machine I bought was a Pfaff Hobbymatic, non-electronic, because it was at the price I was willing to pay. I loved that Pfaff and it sewed like a dream. And it still does and I still love it. Since then, I've added a Bernina and a Viking, plus a few old-time vintage machines to my sewing collection. Can a woman own too many? I guess I'd have to say, "nope."
I'd love for you to tell me about the very first machine you owned. Please share your story!
💕💗💕I have achieved the first completion on the sidebar list of UFOS and WIPS that I've decided to give some attention to. Yesterday I took the final stitches in the outlining and it is DONE!
This little counted cross-stitch nativity was started in the early 1980s, I am guessing maybe 1985. The way I know how to date it is from the light pinkish stain on the left side in the background. When that little accident occurred I did the best I could to remove the stain and then I don't remember doing much stitching on it after that.
The stain isn't showing up much in the above photo although I can pick out a wee bit.
I see a few places that are stained in this photo.
How the stain got there:
Back somewhere around 1986, I was in the car with my then DIL and grandson. She was driving and we were sitting at a stand-still on an exit ramp at St. Louis because of a traffic holdup of some kind. My grandson was maybe two years old, or less, and he dropped his juice box -- it fell onto floorboard of the car, right on top of my stitchery project that I'd been working on as we rode along.
The stain was bright at that time and I thought it had ruined the nativity but later I decided that it was a forever memory of that time spent with my little grandson. Over the years the stain has faded and is now so light it's hardly noticeable.
I'm not sure how I'm going to use it. I possibly will frame it and put it on the wall, or I might make a little pillow with it. Undecided at the moment.
This photo above is that little grandson. He's all grown up and is a wonderful man and I'm SO proud of him!
This morning I woke up early and made it to church for the early service. When I returned home I had some coffee and a migraine came on suddenly so I've been sitting and resting for a while. I'm beginning to feel better.
I have made a list of all my UFOS and WIPS and have organized everything so that I will be reminded to work on them.
Here's a snap I just took - Sorry for the poor photo.
This is only the stitchery UFOS.
Some of these have been around since I was young and thin. HA HA
How I get myself into the mess of UFOS I'm not so sure because I never considered myself
to have ADD or ADHD, but there's some reason why I start projects and then move on!
I don't know and I suppose that doesn't matter.
I plan to get busy on these and work on them until I have completed projects. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not swearing that I won't do other projects too, or even begin new ones, but I am promising myself to also spend time on these older ones.
The sweet Precious Moments counted cross stitch was started back in the mid-early 1980s. It's almost finished, just needs a few more places stitched with the outlining. That's the one I'm going to finish first.
I want to welcome the new readers that I've heard from and the new Followers. Thank you all!
Wishes to you for a happy and safe stitching Sunday.
Oh, the sky is so gray this morning. What a contrast from yesterday's sunshine.
I snapped these sweet little crocuses with my phone yesterday afternoon.
They have popped up here and there on our front lawn.
These are slightly blu-ish.
These are a bit more purple.
Definitely, signs of spring. But, we could have cold weather again, just like that.
I'm going to do a little organizing of crafty stuff today and probably some sewing too.
Yesterday I sorted through my embroidery supplies and decided to eliminate some of the counted cross stitch stuff that I'm surely never going to have time to use ever again. I'm keeping only a few patterns, a bit of cloth, and, of course, all my floss. The rest is already in a bag to be passed on to someone. I'm going to check with my sisters and nieces and DILs first.
One of my next organizing projects is to tidy up my fabric stash. All the stacks were once so straight and neat but I've moved them around so much that they're messy. I do not like the place where I'm keeping them but I don't have a better idea so far. Maybe something will come to mind.
Welcome, Peeps! How are you today? I was sitting here at lunch time, drinking a Diet Pepsi and eating a turkey sandwich, and for no particular reason, I turned on the TV to check out what was on. I don't normally watch daytime TV, so it's rarely on before our evening meal.
As I was flipping channels, I recognized the faces of "Julie" and "Doug" on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, a soap opera I watched decades ago. In fact, I watched it from it's inception in November, 1965, until sometime in the 1970s. Well, I hung around and watched the entirety of the program to see if I recognized any other characters. I got to thinking about other soaps and I did some sleuthing on the 'Net and came up with this list of soaps that I had watched, back in the day::
As The World Turns Another World Dark Shadows Days of Our Lives The Doctors General Hospital Never Too Young (starred Tony Dow and Tommy Rettig) One Life to Live Paradise Bay (starred Marion Ross who was "Mrs. C" on Happy Days) The Young Marrieds (starred Charles Grodin, Lee Meriwether, Brenda Benet) All My Children The Young and the Restless
Additionally, I watched Peyton Place, a nighttime soap in the 1960s.
Back then, when the time came that my interest began to dwindle, and the lame story lines were too silly much of the time, I gave up all of my soaps cold turkey. For a while I missed seeing the people who had become like friends and family (ha ha) but I moved on well enough. Yet, still today I felt a flash of nostalgia for almost an hour.
I wish there was a well-written, well-acted, and well-produced daily daytime drama series every afternoon around the time I need a little coffee break. If there was, I'd watch it. How about you? Were you (or are you still) a soap opera fan?
Thanks for your visit today. Be well and enjoy your time, wherever you are.
And be sure to tune in again for the next episode!
Today my laptop is behaving nicely so the work done on it yesterday seems to have fixed the problems I had experienced.
I've been quite busy as I've been finding delicious blogs to add to my blog roll on my sidebar and to Follow as a reader. The list is now well over 100 which is great. Usually there are updated posts on several every day which makes for a good period of time for reading as I enjoy morning coffee.
Yesterday was unproductive in regards to sewing and stitching so I'm showing pics of a quilt I made two years ago. The fabric collection was designed by Susan Branch.
I machine pieced the top then quilted it on my Millennium longarm.
I sold the longarm a year ago when we moved back to Indiana. Our house doesn't have space for it.
This is the last quilt I've completed. For quite a long time I did very little sewing at all but recently my interest has returned and I've been busy with UFOs.
(I wrote a little about them in previous posts.)
Gosh, there are SO MANY projects I'd love to start. Kind of like going to a buffet and one's
"eyes are bigger than their stomachs," as my mom used to say when we would fill our plates but be unable to eat everything. My desire to make things can just stir up my imagination but then how busy do I allow myself to be? I get lazy and say to myself, "I'll do it tomorrow." But, sometimes tomorrow is not so productive either.
But that's no reason to quit, right? I think I'm just over-excited like a kiddo in a toy store and I want to do it all.
Ha Ha Ha
If only I would.
I think maybe my lazy streak pops up a little too often!
Well, dear ones, I'll leave you now and perhaps, after we eat our dinner, I'll do some hand piecing on my grandmother's flower garden. I'm almost, but not quite, half way finished on joining all the flower blocks. Progress is slow but it's coming along. When I do finish, there will likely need a border added. Well, I'll have to see when the time comes.
Today I had to restore my laptop to the factory settings.
Once it was back in usable condition today, I found a page of comments and/or emails from blog readers that I'd never seen before. I think what happened is when I created my blog, the email address I used on Blogger wasn't the one I use for every day. I thought I'd already corrected that error quite some time ago, but, apparently I didn't save the changes, or I did something else that was incorrect. Anyway, I'm SO SORRY if I caused anyone to think I had ignored their comments and emails. I do appreciate each one and want to make sure that I share that thought with you.
Once I was able to log into my email and stuff, I then had a terrible experience in getting logged into my blog. I repeatedly received the message that I didn't have a blog. Without boring you with details, I'll write only that it seems to be ok now since I was able to log in to compose this post.
I do hope that all the glitches and technical difficulties are history!
I'm going to now go read all those comments / emails and hopefully reply, etc.
And I'll try to be back soon with a post about anything but this topic.
On Pinterest I've seen so many gorgeous Farmer's Wife quilt blocks that I want to make this quilt. I just placed an order on amazon for the book so I've made a commitment but, knowing me, I wonder if I will stick with it and actually git-er-dun.
At one time I purchased the Dear Jane quilt book & CD and gave it a whirl. After making nine of the blocks, I caved in and quit. I had multiple reasons for doing so and I'm not regretting that I quit. I sold the book and software and that ended that. The Farmer's Wife may become a project that turns into a UFO. Time will tell.
This quilt in pic below was a block-of-the-month from a quilt shop in Australia. The designer is Leanne Beasley and the quilt name is "Journey of a Quilter." I was quite slow in completing it. I machine pieced it and the applique and embroidery were done by hand stitches. It isn't quilted yet but I plan to get it quilted either by myself or machine quilted by a friend, perhaps. I'm still undecided.
Leanne Beasley is so talented and I might do another of her BOM projects eventually. She has some others that are just as beautiful. I love the color palettes she uses and also her designs.
Today I want to do some treadle sewing so I'm going to say TTFN.
I'm glad you visited my blog. Have a great weekend!
I honestly didn't intend to go AWOL for almost three weeks. For some reason I never got back to blog-ville until today. Some things did come up which got in the way of my blogging. The other distraction was that I've been doing some heavy-duty house cleaning and that took several days. Now that's out of the way, I'm finding some time for resting in my chair and being on the 'net now and then. I do wish that house-cleaning lasted but that's a dream. Perhaps I will try harder to keep it up though and not allow the dust to settle for too long.
I was on Facebook earlier and on one of the quilting groups there was a thread about Sunbonnet Sue quilts. I've not been a SS fan much but when a friend showed me this pic of a SS quilt I loved it. I posted this pic on the thread to share with the other quilters.
It's Super Bowl Sunday and John invited a high school buddy and his wife over for some eats and to enjoy watching the game together. I don't know if the mrs. is a fan but if she's not I suspect we will find other things to talk about. I'm not much of a sports fan and it doesn't interest me. I'd prefer to watch a movie or something else actually. Even the half-time entertainment doesn't interest me. Rarely is there an entertainer for the show that I care about watching and this year is no different, that's for sure. I expect the performer will seize the moment to make some political statement which, in my opinion, is completely inappropriate. The Super Bowl is a sports event, not political.
There, I've got that off my chest.
Because I've been busy with so many other things since my last post, I have nothing new for show & tell. I haven't had time to sew or knit, although I've been continuing with the hand-piecing of my GFG. That is such slow sewing so I won't bore you with yet another photo of it.
There's some food prep I need to be starting so I'll say 'bye for now and get busy in the kitchen. I hope your day is a great one. See you next time! TTFN
Hello, dear Peeps and how are you on this Thursday?
Another cloudy and rainy day here in Indiana.
In honor of our country's presidential inauguration tomorrow I'm posting this counted cross stitch I did long ago. Sorry the pic is a wee bit wonky. Before I got knee-deep into quilting I used to do lots and lots of counted cross stitch. This framed one hangs in my dining room.
Yesterday and today I spent many hours continuing with organizing & rearranging the storage of my crafting and sewing supplies. Each time I think of a way to make improvements that will enable keeping like things stored together and making retrieval simpler, I go for it.
The cupboard in photo below got a make-over today. I rarely, if ever, need to use the serger so it's stored up on top and my mascot Mikey rests thereupon. I love Mikey!
The large jar holds most of my pincushion collection.
and the basket contains chenille fabric.
John had a birthday this week and here's a snap of the cake I baked for him. We also went to see a movie and had steaks that he prepared on the grill for dinner.
The days are slipping by so quickly. I never get as much accomplished during the day as I hope to when the morning is just starting and I think about all that I plan to do. Where does the time go? It seems that I just do a few things and bingo the day is already half-over. When I look back to my youth I can remember that the days barely crept by. Now at the age that I am I am amazed at the difference. Back then it seemed we had all the time in the world and that the special occasions took forever until they got here. It felt like we would live an eternity. From the perspective that I now have it feels like time is passing at warp speed. It's all in the way we perceive it, I suppose. It's just that I have so many more things I hope to do and I wonder if I will be able to before my days on earth are over. Do you have feelings like this too? I guess I'm just revealing that I'm older now, huh?
Well, enough of that stuff!
Not much news to share. I'll soon be putting a new knitting project on the needles as I finished the red scarf although I still need to weave in the loose yarn tails and probably block it although I don't think it would look bad at all if I skip it. At night I'm still hexie-piecing. And the QAYG siggy blocks are still being quilted, a few at time.
Thanks for visiting and I will be back again soon.
It's cold and the snow from a couple of days ago hasn't melted yet but the sun is shining. I missed attending church today because of the tummy bug but I am feeling much better and it should be gone completely very soon. Today I sorted through the containers that held sewing notions -- several of them of various sizes. They were organized but I wanted to cut down on the number of containers used which also saves space. I got that accomplished but now I have to hope that my foggy brain can remember where I've put everything! I can't believe how many packages of quilting needles I own, or pins, marking pencils, and on and on. I'm a hoarder, what can I say!
After that task was out of the way, I returned to the stack of siggy blocks that I've ignored since at least Christmas Eve. Below is the stack that have been stitched by machine. There are several more so it's going to take a while before I'm ready to begin putting them together into a quilt.
The photo below shows the various backings I've used. There are blues, browns, and reds still to do.
Here's the side view of my sewing table in the living room which I moved from the opposite side of the room after I removed the Christmas tree. Because of the brightness shining through the windows this was the best possible pic I could snap.
Update on the bullet journal -- I don't think I want to continue with it.
I think they are a very neat idea but it's not for me.
I'm almost over my bug but not 100%. I felt strong enough to putter around in the sewing room / office / craft room to do a bit of re-organizing of the odds and ends fabric that were stashed here and there. Like in containers in the guest room, or in the hall closet, etc. When we moved and I got around to unpacking all the sewing stuff and fabric last winter, I was overwhelmed and did some make-do decisions that I'm now correcting. If I allow part of it to be out of sight, believe me, it does remain out of mind. Organization is the best method for me. I worked until I wore out but I'm 95% of the way toward my goal. So that's the good stuff for today.
Now the disappointment: I hand stitched several hours yesterday afternoon and evening on the GFG quilt which has been a WIP recently but for a long time was a UFO. Well, I just noticed this big mistake: two of the same color flower blocks side by side. Um, no. Can't have that! I'll be ripping later and inserting the correct color block. If you hand piece, you understand how slow this goes. Having to leave quarter-inch seam allowances on every piece stitched, then Y-seams on every piece, every edge. Takes time to do it properly and neatly. I'm going to approach this as a mere hiccup and keep on stitching. Sigh.
Other than the small section draped behind the chair, this pic shows the progress I'm making.
If I had to do over again, I'd NEVER have chosen this line of fabric for this project. Why I did, I don't remember and it doesn't matter anyway. I stitched 63 flower blocks and by golly I'm using them. But I wish I'd chosen thirties reproduction fabric. Truly.
I have some special sewing to get finished very soon. It's a secret for now but when I can share what it is and for whom it's being made, I will. It's been set aside temporarily for the holidays but I can't wait to return to that project.
This morning this hungry girl came to visit at the corn trough in our back yard. She stayed quite a while enjoying her breakfast. Isn't she pretty!
Last evening I was eating supper and started having upper abdominal pains. They weren't serious or extremely painful but were bothering me a little bit all through the night when they recurred every little while. I still have them today and I guess it is a tummy bug. I might have a low-grade temp, I think probably I do, but fortunately I'm not having nausea or worse. My tummy is tender and doesn't want much food so I've made do with dry toast, hot tea (earlier), and some soda over ice for now. I don't feel terrible but I'm not up to par and not feeling like doing anything requiring much effort.
I did take a few minutes earlier to rearrange some of the contents in the cupboard that I posted about yesterday. I moved the three jelly rolls to the top shelf on top of the two boxes of honey buns. Then I sorted and re-stacked the loose charm pack squares to make them neat.
The sheep that hangs from one of the door pegs was made by my friend Angela. I got it from her when we both attended a quilt retreat years ago. She is so talented and makes all kinds of prim crafts and she creates her own designs and patterns.. Angela has a blog but she's been inactive for a few years. You can visit her bloghere. I wish she would start posting again!
This little chickie tucked inside rests on a roll of Aunt Grace fat-eighths. I have had them for a long time and still haven't cut them up. Not sure where the chicken came from. Wondering if it's another one of Angela's crafts? It might be.
The stack below contains some gorgeous French country fabric FQs that I bought in Paducah at the quilt show. The colors in them are so vibrant. I'll use them up someday when I think of a project that seems cut-worthy. Know what I mean? Too pretty and too special for just any old thing.
Earlier I watched our wonderful Bonnie Hunter from QUILTVILLE on a quiltcam on YouTube. I haven't caught one that is live yet but I'm going to! (Click on the word Quiltville above to link to her blog.)
It's going to get very cold tonight and I'm glad I'll be staying inside at home all warm and cozy.