Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shool Bells are Ringing

Wow, summer is over and school is starting already.

August was a very busy month for us.  My husband and I sure had fun but also it really played us out.  Our grandsons flew in from WA to spend the month at the end of July.   (They are ages 9 and 11 and definately all boy)

Then the middle of August our sons friend and her family came to visit from PA, they had 2 boys and 2 girls.  They spent most of their time at our sons house.  Until the grownups decided they wanted to go to Nashville for 2 days.  We were brave and volunteere to watch the children.  Yup,  we had 6 for 3 days. 

We had lots of fun.  We watched movies, went fishing in our pond, rode the Go-Cart,  played games, etc.  

At night,  my husband pitched the tent and the boys slop outside and us girls, inside.   I must say, none of us got much sleep.  

Then the day before they left for home, my son and daughter-in-law flew in from WA to pick up our grandsons.

These pictures were taken in Nashville.   Above, our oldest son and his wife.  (Our grandsons parents)
Below is our youngest son and his wife. 

Daniel, 11 years old

David, 9 years old

And Tamo, he got sooo much attention. 

Needless to say I did not do too much sewing in August.   I had to break down my long arm and stored it in my bedroom, the frame was pushed up against the wall.  This became the boys room while they were here.  
I did have my sewing room though.  The first week they were here I made a pillow for my stool.  
I took assorted Batiks and made two large Dresden plates.

Then with another Batik fabric, I cut a 3 inch wide strip, long enough to go all the way around my Dresden Plate.  I pined it carefully and sewed it to both sides.

I stuffed it with Polyester pillow filling.  

Wal Lah!  I got a pillow for my stool for my next quilting project.

Needless to say that is all the sewing I did all month.  I did design two quilts while watching them fish, lol.

Well, the boys are home now and all is VERY quiet here at our house.  (Poor Tamo has slept for 2 says straight.  He sure had fun trying to keep up with those boys though.)  My dear husband put my machine back on its frame and my quilt room is all back together again.

We made lots of memories this summer and I enjoyed every minute with them.  The time with them went sooo fast!

It is now time for me to start sewing again.  And I know just what I am making next.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer.   I know we sure did.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Busy Month, I Can't Wait!

OMG....it is almost August already.  What are you doing?

I myself have been very busy.  Between the garden, freezing vegetables, and dealing with this heat and humidity.  I did manage to find these adorable prints.

I wanted something fresh and summery.  So I made this quilt using 2 different block patterns.

We also have been getting a lot of company thus summer.  This past weekend we were surprised by our daughter and her husband.

She got a new Harley this past spring and wanted to ride it down to show us all. 

We are also adding a large addition onto our house in the back.  (I an so proud to say.) My husband is making me a special room for my long arm.  It is presently set up into one if our spare bedrooms but I could not expand it fully.  I can't wait till it is finished.  Not only will we get our spare room back but I will have a large area for my machine.   :)

(In the far corner is also adding a well needed half bath.)  I can't wait to start decorating.

And creating a lot more.

Yesterday, we disassembled my machine and stored it into our bedroom, then pushed the frame to the one side of the room.  Then set up a mattress and table with a  TV.

Today we are headed for Nashville to the airport.  Our 2 grandsons are flying in from the state of Washington to stay with us for the month.

Going to be a GREAT month!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer Gifts

Such a beautiful summer, don't you think?  I have been working on lots of little projects.

You see, this summer our two grandsons are coming to visit....and we can't wait!  In just 2 weeks we will be picking them up at the airport on Nashville.  We did not see them for a long time.  (They live in the state of Washington.).

We are planning different day trips, got games, movies and my husband found this Go-Cart for sale on Craig's List.  He got it  really cheap.  He did a lot of work on it, going over the engine, brakes, painted it, etc.  He even made a new seat for it and then I upholstered it.  When he got it all together, he asked our youngest son to come over and be a test dummy.

Oh, he loved it!

Now, at then end of August, their parents are coming to spend a week before taking them home.  So I made my daughter-in-law a table topper.

Then some potholders and a mitt to match.

Then I made her a mug rug for her desk at work.  

I didn't stop there, I made another topper out of Batiks:

(Close up of the center)

Oh and another potholder and mitt:

Next on my list is to bake lots of "COOKIES"!

So, till next time,


And Remember....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Favorite Spot to Sew!

Is it hot at your house?  It sure is here in Western Tennessee.  But, that is what summer is about, right!

Our garden is doing well, I picked our first tomatoes today.  (And ate one for supper) 

 Oh,  I love fresh vegetables in the summer.  We have been getting a lot of cucumbers this year.

I make my Dutch cucumber salad out of them.  Oh and we got our first green  pepper too.

This is the only time of year I don't do hand quilting.   It is way to hot to have a large quilt on my lap.  So I do my embroder work and needle turn appliqué.   

And I have just the spot to relax and enjoy the day while doing it.

I love sitting on my swing. 

(That is my "Crazy Sampler" quilt you see on the back of my swing .)

 I do most of my work there.  Between drawing, appliqué,  embroidery,  etc.

And I do enjoy the scenery.

So, where do you do your hand sewing?  Do you have a favorite spot?

Well, I think I am going to get my graft paper, pencil, cold drink and sit on my swing.  


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Our Guild shows their Talents

Summer is here in full force.  I don't know what it is like at your house but here is quite busy.  Between gardening, spraying weeds (with all our rain they seem to be determined to grow more this year)  I have been making a lot of small items, topper, potholders, oven mitts, etc.  Trying to use up some of my scraps.

We had a great time at our last Guild meeting.   Shirley Murphy "Wowed" us  some of her beautiful work.  Most of her quilts were hand quilted.  And I must say, with very small stitches and beautiful designes.

She also shared a sad story with us.  Seems as she moved in earlier this spring.  She did not move far so like a lot of us, used garbage bags to put some cloths, bedding, our fabric, etc. in.  She made a large mistake by putting one of her favorite quilts in one.  At the same time she was packing, she also donated unwanted items to Goodwill.  To make a long story short, when she was unpacking, she could not find her quilt.   All her cloths and other bedding was there, but of all bags, that one is missing.  She said she even found the bag with all her scraps in and the scraps to that quilt were in it.  Of all bags to be lost!  She thinks someone accidentally grabbed that bag to go to Goodwill.  She says she hopes were ever it is, that it's being enjoyed.
Moral to her story, when transporting, Never put them in garbage bags!  Make sure you can see them.

The "Wedding Ring" she just finished for her granddaughter. 

She also sells her quilts locally. 

She made her son this one years ago, all by hand.  He claims he wouldn't sell this one for $ 1,000.00.
(The back had his football logo on along with his name.)

We also had a tutorial on folded flowers and then our show and tell.

Gail Young made some really cute baby quilts.

She also made this larger child's quilt.  (Some little girl is going to be happy.)

Margie Cannon did a beautiful job on her first log cabin.  I love the colors.

This Log Cabin was made by the women in Margie's church.  Every year they make a quilt and then raffle it off donating the money to a local charity. 

An array of flowers by Joyce Fratini. 

Colorful Maple leaves by Joyce Fratini. 

Isn't her quilting magnificent? 

Debbie White and her uniquely done, sampler quilt. 

 I hope you enjoyed our "Show and Tell".  Sometimes it is nice to take a break from what we are doing and just stop and smell the roses.  (OR should I say check out more quilts?  lol)

Till next time.....