If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Slow Sunday

My Sunday was far from slow, seems like lately my weekends are all about catching up on things around the house seeing how I am gone a lot during the week.

I have been working hard trying to finishing quilting on Blue Rocky Road




but need to put that aside again because I want to get the Scandinavian  Christmas wallhanging completed so I can display it this Christmas.



Pinned basted the sandwich.


Figure since I won't be handle this for too long that pinned basting will be good enough.


Haven't used this PVC hoop before and it's really not bad.
Working out so far



I'm doing a general outline of the large appliqued right now but will do snowflakes in the open spaces and then something around the cross stitch frame.



I will quilt on this like I had been, in the morning but also put in some time in the evening too.



Linking up with Kathy

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time Flys

A lot has happened these past few weeks.
My mom has been in and out of the hospital again and then it's follow up visits with the specialists. She is doing good but CHF (congestive heart failure) is a day by day challenge. For some people it is hard to change their diet and other habits that are needed when you have CHF . My mom is one of those people and for that reason is why she is dealing with it now.
Makes me think about my own stubborn habits and vow to myself to do better so I can prevent future health issues.

My youngest daughter was also home for two weeks and I can say with confidence I have a new quilter in the family.



She picked out the fabric (with help from Pete) and pattern, cut the pieces and almost completed sewing the top together.






Looking great.

Myself have done very little sewing again. 



Was able to put half of the borders on the Retro Air-Ship Propeller. Which meant I did not make my goal for last month. 



Did decided thou what I wanted to add to the corners.

My YD has called dibs on this one and loves the my choice so its now just a matter of prepping. This will be a great one to take to mom and doctor visits.



Have been making great progress on the CAL.
Almost on part 5 and it's looking good plus using up my stash.






Sunday, October 15, 2017

Here Kitty, Kitty

I said I would show more of the peek from yesterday but before I do like to tell you how I decided I just had to have a few more Kitties

On Facebook a couple weeks ago someone had posted this picture and it was love at first sight.

Kitty Pumpkin

I went in search of items. Instead of real pumpkin I went ahead and bought one of those fake pumpkin you can carve and little foam ones too.


 Didn't find enough ribbon I liked so I made one of my own using fabric.

Found some small pumpkins at dollar tree but they were not all plain, had words and stripes on some so I went and painted over that stuff to make them just plain.

This white one had stripes.



Instead of hot gluing on the ears I just cut slits and inserted the ears.



Had animals eyes so used those instead of black thumbtacks but did have to purchase some black wire for whiskers.



In the direction it said to use florist foam but didn't know that, I just stuff the pumpkin with shredded paper and topped with fake fall leaves

Hardest part was getting the top to stay propped but did get done.



I think it turned out so cute



here is a link to directions (which I hadn't found until I went looking for the original picture to post here.)
But I did pretty much what they suggested.



The rest of the evening will be some piecework while watching TV.

Linking up at Kathy's 


Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Week

It has been quite the week, the man of the place was home Monday and Tuesday 
Our anniversary was Tuesday and we were able to get away for a day.  We went to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to Ree Drumond's Mercantile store. I had been there back in the spring but he hadn't 
It was warm that day so it was perfect for a drive.  It is about 2 hours from our home and for the most part a nice drive. He said that it was diffidently a woman place, seeing how 95% of people there were women. While there her husband Ladd aka Marlboro man was greeting and getting pictures made with customers he is very friendly and just as cute as his photos she posts. 
Picked up a couple gifts and fun things and had dinner at the restaurant 
Wednesday took mom to get a PET scan and Thursday I had my annual dermatology visit, good for another year.
Friday I was back in Tulsa to get a hair cut and run errands 

You can guest not much sewing has been going on, mainly all piecework. 




Finished the slippers and started on the Spicier life CAL. Started this on our day outing and got this far with it when I just could not get it to lay flat.  This one part wanted to ripple, as though it was stitched looser than the rest. 



So I went ahead and ripped out the stitches and remade it. 



Better now, even thou it doesn't look it but I really do need to check tension of the stitches, even thou I made sure I used all the weight of yarn but some patterns of stitches do feel thicker or looser

Part 2 came out Tuesday and I'm almost at the point, couple more rows. 



Did get another section of sashing appliqué, with only one more left. Then it will be the outer border to prep and start appliqueing 



Did that and started another diamond while waiting for mom to have her scan. 



And here is a sneak peek on what I am working on now and I'll show more tomorrow.

One of the things we did while the "man of the place" was home, he helped me remove some of the trees that had sprouted this past year. It's amazing how fast this one tree grows its first year. I know it as Tree of Heaven aka Ailanthus altissima

Image result for tree of heaven
They are what I call a weed tree. 
Now it's a start on getting the garden area back in shape to grow veggies. I had not done much the last two years and the garden spot shows it's. So from now on until it done, I'll be getting it ready. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Slow Sunday


It has been so nice today, morning temps in the fifties and a sunny fall day.
Started my day with a 3.5 mile bike ride....which felt great.
Later I put a turkey in the oven to slow cook,
the "man of the place" ask if I could make a turkey with some the of fix'en, said he has been craving this for a month now. I know Thanksgiving is just a little over a month away but I couldn't convince them to wait.   



I do have to say it was very tasty and we will have plenty of leftover since it's just two of us.


This evening I will spend time sewing the binding on the William Morris.


I enjoy sewing down binding, find it relaxing.


Earlier today I did finish my daughter slippers and they turned good but I personally like the other pattern I made a couple weeks ago.
Now I'm wanting to Spicier Life CAL

Hope all is well for you. 

Linking up with Kathy's Quilt

Saturday, October 7, 2017

FAL Q4


Just realize that I needed to put in the goal of my FAL quarter 4



Need to quilt and bind this one for a 
Christmas gift


Bind this one




Finish this wall hanging


Quilt this one


Make more slippers for gifts.

Linking up at She Can Quilt

October Goal

I haven't done a one month goal in quite a while and I'm a person who likes goals, gives me something to keep me on track and there are times I need that.



So this month I pledge to be the month I finally finish the Retro Air-Ship Propeller top.



Now I would love to say that it will quilted and bound but I know my limitations and it is not going to happen.



But that is okay... each step is a step closer to being completed.



To think I started this a little over a year ago, September 2016 to be exact with Karen at Quilt Etc. and Deb at Frugal Little Bungalow 


I believe Karen is done with her and Deb is like me, still working on her's.



So that is it.... Octobers One Month Goal
and linking up at Elm Street 

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