Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sweet Land Of Liberty

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.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sewing Siggies Still

Happy Sunday, Peeps
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.
Be back soon.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Well ................. Grrrrrr

Hello Peeps.
How's your day going?
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.
Gotta go for now.  Take care!
xo xo xo

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snowing ~ What's A Person To Do? Organize!

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 blog here.  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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Thrifting Find ~ Organizing the Smaller Stash

I found this prim cupboard on a local thrifting site on FB and bought it.  It's six feet tall and just right inside to store fat quarters and charm packs.  To prevent it from tipping over I fastened it to the wall with a hook.
As I added the contents, I semi-organized them but need to spend more time on the loose charm pack pieces, I see.  Mainly, I just wanted to determine that all of this would fit inside and it does.  I do have a bit more that might be added.  In a prim, quite large, jar I have some jelly rolls and other small bundles.
When all of this FQ and charm pack stash was stored in drawers, it was sometimes difficult to find what I wanted and they would end up in a mess.  I think I will like this arrangement so much better.  Unless I refold some of the FQs the doors do not close completely but I'll tend to that later.
I'm so pleased with it!  I love prim furniture and this is a great addition.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Kicking Off The New Year

Hello, Peeps!
I'm not much of a NY resolution maker because I pretty much just set myself up for failure if I do so.
But I am trying something new this year.  It's called a bullet journal.  If you haven't heard of them, you can go here, if you wish, to read about them on the web.  Another place to check them out is on Pinterest.
I spent hours yesterday preparing my very first bullet journal.  First, I made lists of topics I plan to track and then I wrote the lists in a very inexpensive notebook that has graph paper pages.  I added the months and days and will use colored pencils to mark the boxes. 
Here's a snap of one section.  I actually have three sections.  One of the others is for Self Care and the third is for Hobbies and Fun.
If I like the layout that I created, I may use a better quality notebook later (or wait until 2018).  I realize my bj is primitive, and isn't pretty and stylish, but since I don't know for sure what else I would want to include, and not having previous experience, I chose to keep it simple and discover over time what my bj may evolve to become.  I am just liking the idea of accountability to myself for how my time is used, and also to see on paper what my tendencies are.
Do you keep a bj?
Another thing that I did yesterday was start reading on this:
I'm a fan of Jennifer Chiaverini books and have been since reading her first Elm Creek Quilters novel, The Quilter's Apprentice.  It was because of her ECQ novels that I organized a mini-group of quilting friends called the Thursday Quilters.  I recommend this series of novels if you enjoy reading about quilting and quilters.  They are fun reads.  I have re-read many of the books in the series.  I got to meet Jennifer at the Paducah Quilt Show some years ago and bought a book at her booth so she could sign it.  She is a lovely person and a very talented author.  After she completed her ECQ series, she began writing historical novels and hardback copies of each one are included in my collection.  In addition, I have the quilt design & pattern books by her.  I love them all!
With Christmas celebrated with the entire family, I removed the Christmas tree and am in process of taking down the very few decorations that I had put out.  I moved the sewing table that was in the corner of the living room over by the front windows where I have more space and was able to add the leaf to the table.  The extra table space is good to have, of course.
The skies are gray today - again.  It's been mild temps but colder air is on its way.  It hasn't felt much like true winter yet but I am confident that winter will not be skipped this year.  We have had a few flurries on a couple of days but no snow on the ground so far.  The fog has been present a few days, including last night and this morning.  I would actually prefer driving in snow than in fog.  Fog is very scary for me.
I wish you a happy day.  Do take care.  And I'll be back soon.
xo xo xo

Sunday, January 1, 2017