Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Where did the year go?

Seriously, two months short of the new year?!  I can not believe this year is almost gone and that Christmas is literally around the corner.

My sweet furbaby was showing signs of incontinence – just some small leakage – but enough for me to take her to the vet.  The diagnosis?  Bladder stones.  Into surgery she went and she fortunately is doing really well.  Mom was a mess that first night.  Poor babies.  They trust you to take care of them, then you take them to a place that smells funny, leave them and those people hurt them.  They don’t understand why it took you so long to come rescue them.  They don’t understand why they have that funny feeling in their head and are very unstable when they stand up.  Okay, so that’s part of what I’ve been doing.

Because Christmas is right around the corner and because I didn’t want to venture too far from my furbaby, I set up my cutting table in the living room and spent a day cutting out PJ’s and a couple toys to be sewn up. Now that she’s doing better, I’m doing some Christmas sewing.  I have a couple weeks to finish up my Christmas quilt:

IMG_0023I could probably get away with just one more block but I really want this to be 4 X 5 so that’s 12 more blocks I’d need to make…. I may have to rethink this but the blocks do make up quickly so maybe (hopefully) if I just sit down and work on it, I’ll get it done…

Here I sit, writing this blog and thinking I really need to spend more time with my blog but also thinking that if I get off my duff and get busy in the sewing room, I might actually get another project done! So on that note, I hope all are enjoying the fall weather and looking forward to the holidays…


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Going back in time…

As I was spending some time viewing some pictures, I came across some older pictures that I thought I’d share.  Sometimes, I surprise myself.  This was a QFC quilt that I quilted.  I believe the maker was Mickie M.  I remember wanting to do a bit extra around the embroidery and decided to ‘echo’







I was really happy with the feathered wreaths I had done on this one – I don’t do those enough and really need to work on them so I feel more comfortable when I do:


This was quilt made for a QFC member who was undergoing treatment for brain cancer.  Members sent in angel blocks that I then assembled into a quilt.  The angels on the back were larger then average and part of an entire set.  They worked out well on the back. 


I was not sure how I was going to quilt this one,  so I just jumped in and started and once I did, it just worked.  Sometimes I believe I ‘over think’ what needs to happen with the quilts:


So there are some pictures from “back in time”.

I have finished the large Dresden Plate top and it will be going on the frame (hopefully) next week. I am working on my g-sons’ Halloween costumes.  One almost completed and hope to get the other one finished in the next couple of days.  Then it’s on to Christmas sewing.  I want to finish my Christmas quilt that I started last year and make a couple stuffed dolls.  OH – I have to add this in.  I was looking at patterns on line, McCalls, Simplicity – the common pattern companies – and I was very surprised how few stuffed doll / toy patterns were available.  There are TONS of clothes patterns  for the 18” dolls – and yes I know how popular they are, I bought a couple as Christmas gifts last year – but what about the younger kids???  Thanks goodness I have saved my stuffed doll patterns.  One pattern I’m missing, though, is my Care Bears pattern.. it will show up eventually, I just need to look in the right place Smile

Until next time,


Friday, October 11, 2013

just checking in

Hello, thought I’d check in with everyone and see how things are going.  Totally enjoyed my visit with my sister and her guy.  He had never been out west before let alone to my rural community.  We spent many hours driving and he was astounded at how “far” everything was from where I live.  I just laughed and told him I was quite used to it.  He is from New Orleans and they live in a small city outside Tampa so he’s used to everything being ‘round the corner….

We went to the Southern Arizona wine country near Sonoita where we visited a few of the wineries and enjoyed some taste of the area Smile

We had a large family Mexican dinner where my son and family came and spent the day – such fun!

Their last day here we spent at the Sonoran Desert Museum west of Tucson.  This a good place to see the natural vegetation of the area as well as live species of animals (and other creepy, crawly critters) that live in our surrounding desert.  All in all, a very nice couple days and I miss my sister still.

I have spent a little time sewing up some preemie blankets and Christmas stockings. Other than that not much else.

So that’s my update for now…. Hope all is well with you and yours.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Done and Gone!

I quilted it.  I delivered it.  I’m done and it’s gone and  this one I won’t miss!

IMG_0012I did simple free motion meander quilting on it just to get it done.  I think the quilting ‘softened’ the appearance a bit, but this just is something I won’t do again – work with all solid fabrics. 

My sister and her significant other will be here Friday evening and I’m really looking forward to spending some time with them.  Unfortunately, it’s only 3 days and I haven’t seen them in 3 years.  I normally do ‘fall cleaning’ just before Thanksgiving but decided to get it done earlier with having the company. My hubby has a mineral (rock) collection in a glass display case and I know it’s probably been a couple years since he cleaned it.  I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and spent time taking all specimens out and dusting with a brush and of course cleaning all the glass.  Last night I woke up with a stuffy nose and this morning is a cough.  Please let it be just a reaction to the dust and not a cold!  I do not want to be sick while my sister is here – more importantly I don’t want her to go home sick….

Anyway, I’m spending this week getting ready for company and yet I have several fall projects running through my head that I’d like to be working on.  Why is it when I have the time to work on something, I don’t have the ambition.  When I don’t have the time, I do have the ambition.  Must be  psychological Smile

Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning as fall as I am.