Friday, December 8, 2017

Oh My Goodness It's been a while

OMG I haven't posted on here since July and I a not going to post all the sewing I have been doing since then. I am just going to post a few things and try to do better. 
My sister Janet is on GrandBaby watch as I type this. Anna Grace will be here sometime in the next week. At least that's what the Midwife told my niece Ashlea today. Of course Virginia is going to have snow over the next few days. So we are standing by waiting to hear any news. 

I have been seeing many many quilt patterns I want to try, so many that I can't decide what I want to do. I have seen one call either DNA tree or Twisty Pole that I wanted to try but I am not willing to pay $10 or $12 for a pattern. So I decided to figure it out on my own. It came out pretty good and I will make it a long table runner. I'm going to put green borders on it and call it done. I like how it turned out and it was much easier then I thought.


I also wanted to make a Freaky Frenzy table runner but didn't want to buy the pattern or take a class and only make one of them. I searched the Internet, found free instructions and picked so fabric I was given but would never use. Or at least I didn't think I would ever use it but now I love it. Here is my Freaky Frenzy table runner. I will finish this one and it will go on my table after the holidays.


For now my table is dressed for the holidays with a set of place-mats I designed and made and a small table topper. I am really enjoying making all these different projects. 


I also made a round table topper for one of my sisters. She never told me what size or color so she is getting black and white.


Happy Holidays Everyone and Happy Stitching. 







Friday, July 14, 2017

July In Florida

As some of you know I got my villa here in Ocala at a rock bottom price of $24000, I just saw two on a Realtor's paper, one sold for $83000 and one for $79000. I would say my equity is going up and up. I have been here since 2012 an am very glad I picked On Top Of The World. There is a lot to do but I am happy to stay in my villa working on my hobbies. 

We are still trying to find the right strength for my new medicine. Now the doctor things the last one was to strong and that's why I don't feel right. First to weak now to strong so hope the new one is just right. 

Over the last few weeks I have finished the I Spy quilt for my great nephew Brentley with a bag to match. I also made cards with the picture of each square, laminated them and made a small draw string bag to hold the cards. I think it will grow with him. I also made a monda bag, a very large market bag, a table runner and cut out another market bag. All these goodie will make a trip to Virginia very soon. 


















Yesterday I watched a Sew Very Easy video on YouTube for a dimensional pinwheel table topper. Laura said you can make it in under 2 hours. Well it took me longer, at least this time, so I'll time myself the next time I make one. 
 


Happy Stitching Everyone.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Boo Hoo but hand work done

My sewing machine went in to be cleaned last week and because it was skipping stitched when I was sewing over more than 2 pieces of fabric. Long story short I had to take it back since it was still doing the same thing when I got it back home. That was Thursday and today is Tuesday and I still don't have my machine. But I am being patient until tomorrow since I know they have 3 stores and the repairman most likely goes to all of them. 
So I have gotten 3 bag projects ready to sew, I have finished embroidering 2 blocks for The Splendid Sampler quilt and almost finished page 3 on Death By Cross Stitch. 



Oh yes I have been watching  a lot of video's by Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabric's and also some video's by Quilt Monkey. 
Today I was frogging out a two inch section of Death since I was off by 2 stitches to have the bottom of the page meet up with the top area. Pulling out my stitches so I can restitch the 3 flower pots. 

I am still not sure my Thyroid medicine is the right dosage for me yet still I just don't feel right. My joints aches, my pulse races, my fingers are tingling again and my skin is dry. I don't feel like going to the pool but I am getting out of the house. But this all will pass I am sure it just takes time to get it right. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Death by Cross Stitch update and others.

I have been working one DBCS in the evening and playing in the quilt room in the mornings. 
I have been working on a quilt called Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell and I ordered a few books of her books. I had to try one or two of the blocks before putting them all away didn't I. 
I have a few other things I need to work on over the next few weeks. But DBCS will still be my evening stitching. Page 3 my 10th session of stitching on this page. 


So here are the last blocks for LTG, I only have the 13 pineapple blocks and the checkerboard squares used to put it all together left to do. 



Here is my test Steam Punk block only need 40 more.

 This is my first Glitter block it is way off so if I do a quilt with them this one will not be in the quilt.



I worked on putting a binding on a small quilt yesterday and I am working on a few patriotic

table runners for my family.


Sorry this has so many picture I will try to post more often. I am having sew much fun in my retirement. :-)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Checking in 29 Days after surgery

I have to say I am as back to normal as I can get after my surgery. The doctor released me and I am able to return to the pool and do all my normal retired lady stuff. 😎I am cross stitching on my Long Dog Sampler. Death by Cross Stitch. I am working on page 3 of 16. 

I am also working on a quilt called Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Jen's quilt really work with my plan to sew with my scraps this summer. Today I made 2 scrappy pineapple blocks using paper piecing and 1 inch strips of fabric. And I made 4 quarter Log Cabin blocks with strips from 1" to 1 3/4" for the 6.5" blocks. 



As you can see the floor around my chair is full with strips of fabric. 
Here is a picture of the quilt I am going to make, but mine is much more scrappy. 

Happy Stitching Everyone, no matter what you are stitching on. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Second Week of Recorvery

On May 2nd I had a thyroidectomy because I had two very large goiters on my Thyroid. Thank Goodness they were noncancerous but they were causing a lot of problems with my breathing so they had to come out. The ENT said that the Thyroid had to be removed at the same time. Today he said every thing was looking great and I needed to give it another week or so then back to my normal life. 
Needless to say for the 3 weeks leading up to the surgery I was a basket case and didn't do much of anything but sit on my but reading and worrying.  
So now I have a pretty scar where I let someone cut my throat but I am told it will almost disappear in about a year. 

I am feeling pretty good and hope to pick up my crafts and get going again soon. I have two projects going in the quilt room and Death by Cross Stitch sitting here by my chair waiting patiently. 


Square in a square Star block
I have 3 parts of Jen Kingwell's Lone Time Gone quilt done and part 4 ready to finish. As you can tell from the blocks this is going to be a very scrappy quilt. 
Bow Tie Blocks

Crosses of the UK blocks



Jacob's Ladder Blocks waiting to be finished


Friday, March 17, 2017

Death By Cross Stitch update and Tooly

I went to the Neurologist yesterday and it's possible the numbness in my hands is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. So I will have some tests in April and wear wrist splints at night for now. 
I am still working on DBCS but it is slow going. I have once again re sized my q-snap to a smaller size so I will see how that goes. Here is my picture of page two after 5 short sessions. I figure it took me 5 years to do Pot 4 Dickie so I have plenty of time to work on this one. 



 I also made a tool stand for my sewing table. I have had the pattern for a while but didn't make it until I saw it made by one of our Wednesday Sew Much Fun Stitchers.
Thanks Arliss and thanks for the polar fleece. I may have to make another one for my class sewing machine. I love my Bionic Gear Bag but there are so many pockets I have trouble finding what I want.

Happy Stitching Everyone.