Thursday, September 12, 2019

pluggin' along . . .

I've tried, I've tried, I've tried.  And for the most part, I've been successful.  I've continued to work towards at least 15 minutes of something stitching/quilting/crafting related.  Between work and church and the camp and family, there have been a couple of days where I've slacked. Ah well.  I'll keep plugging away! :)

You'll notice the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop button on my sidebar!  I'm participating in the hop--I'm SO excited!  
My day will be October 10th ... if you know me well, you might understand why that day is significant for me.  There will probably (definitely) be a giveaway involved! Stay tuned!

We celebrated Labor Day weekend in high style. Todd and I took the boat out on Friday and fished our way up and down the river. On Saturday and Sunday, we put the 'labor' into Labor Day weekend and worked on finishing up the remodeling on our church's new building (Saturday) and then moved into said building (Sunday) after our morning services.  Whew!  On Monday, we celebrated by taking the family out on the lake for sun and swimming and a picnic lunch.
What a fun afternoon!  Heading back, Gilligan shanghaied the Skipper's seat (or his lap, rather) and demonstrated she's the cutest first mate ever!

I've continued to work on the Hospital Sketches BOM in wool . . .
I've traced onto freezer paper all the pieces of the eight blocks that have been introduced to date, and prepped block for half of those. I'm really enjoying working on these!

We celebrated Evey Jade's FIFTH birthday earlier this month . . . 
I can't believe this beautiful, charming and precocious little sprite of a girl is already five years old!  She celebrated her actual birth date in style with her favorite Disney character . . .
PIGLET!  Please note that her piglet was also in tow (because he goes EVERYWHERE Evey goes).  Yep, they're in Disney World, living the dream! She had her birthday breakfast with Piglet and later told me it was the best time, EVER!!!!  Live it up, sweet girl!

I also got a fun happy in the mail this past week . . . 
Yay!  I participated in Mary (Quiltin' Grandma's Designs) blog-o-versary early in August, and my name got selected for this treasure!  Mary is a very talented and prolific quilter.  You should give her blog a visit!

Finally, I took some time yesterday and pulled all the summer (and--shhhhhh!--a Valentine's thing and a snowman that still hadn't gotten put away) decor and put out some autumn things.  
I'm really pleased that this was all just things I'd made ... I didn't pull out any of my purchased squirrels or pumpkins.  Just quilted mug rugs, table toppers and wool. 

Since I handled, between putting away and putting out, all these crafted projects, does that count towards my fifteen daily minutes?!?

:)

Monday, August 26, 2019

this, that, and some more . . .

The calendar has been full, full, full, but I've still been managing to daily get at least (at least) 15 minutes of time towards some aspect of stitching.  It makes me so happy to be able to do this!  I did manage to finish my bee quilt in time for the guild's "parade of mystery quilts" . . .
Not great pics, but I'm so in love with this layout ... it's very pleasing to my eye.  I'll use this again, soon.

We had a great wrap-up of our mug rug swap, too . . . 
It was fun to end the guild year on a high note!

I've spent a lot of time with the girls, too. They started school last week (homeschool on Monday and Classical Conversations--their weekly trek--on Tuesday):
Two weekends ago I stayed with them Saturday and Sunday, and Evey, Ellie and I made clothes for Piglet and Owl.
Edith got a woobie.  Or as she refers to it, a tendu.  Yes.  When she got it, she exclaimed, "Mom!  Neesey made me a tendu!"  LOL!  Love these girlies!

The California crew headed back to school and Kim sent me first day pics . . .
All three are in the same school this year -- can you believe that Olivia is in Kindergarten?!  They're loving their new school!

This past weekend was spent at a friend's mom's house on the lake.  It's her birthday weekend and her mom opens up her house for a mini-retreat.  What a blessing!  
As per my usual optimum retreat experience package, I just brought handwork. I finished up block one of Barbara Brackman's Hospital Sketches, from Civil War Quilts blog, which I'm doing scaled waaay down and in wool . . .
I'm so in love with this!  I forgot to bring the templates I'd painstakingly printed, so I had to settle for finishing the one and moving onto something else.  I finished up one of last year's Attic Heirloom ornaments . . .
And prepped two hexie oven mitts/mug rugs . . .
Aren't these fun?  Easy to prep ... not much to the stitching, either.  I'll finish them up sometime this week and share later.

We also to a field trip into town on Saturday and hit Wilson's Fabric.  
I found some fun things--a LOT of purple! (Including another pair of embroidery scissors which I forgot to take a picture of.)  From there we went to lunch . . .
It was a very fun group of ladies and it was a lovely, laughter-filled, productive weekend.

And now let's conquer Monday!

:)

Monday, August 12, 2019

a weekend of quiltiness . . .

What a lovely weekend!  It was filled with a lot of quiltiness. For one thing, I've been very diligent about getting in at least fifteen minutes of  'quilting' in each day.  Whether it's hand-work or sewing or shopping or designing or organizing in the Nook ... I've been very successful in hitting my goal and actually exceeding it on most days, which is very exciting to me!

Thursday kicks off my weekend (we work four, ten-hour days), and Thursday evening I did a little more embroidery sketching and then spent some grand time with the girls!
This little chica has such big personality! She wore four or five different costumes before it was bedtime!

Friday, we spent on the boat. Todd fished (and fished well, I might add) . . . 
While I stitched (and read and swam and napped) . . . 

I've made four or five of these sweet little hexie mug rugs over the last several years, and gifted them all away. This one is for me!
The top is finished and ready to trim and assemble for quilting.  Yay!

We finished Friday with a gorgeous sunset . . .
Gosh, what a beautiful way to end the day!

Saturday was filled with quiltiness from beginning to end. My collaboration partner and I were one of the teams drawn at July's guild meeting to participate in a shop hop!
It was a great group of ladies . . . there were fifteen in all. And we did shop 'til we dropped! Five stores participated and treated us grandly with goody bags and fabulous discounts! In turn, I did my part by spending a little something in each of the shops we stopped in . . .
A pretty decent little haul! My fave find (well, gadget-wise, anyway) was the cute little "lipstick."
Isn't that COOL???!  The fun thing about shopping with a group of quilters is that you enable each other.  We may have bought out the entire of their inventory on this one.  LOL!
I took this shot for posterity.  These are my COLORS!!  ♥  If there's family fabric shopping for me, this is a good start.  Hahaha!

Sunday was a quilty-guildy (quuildy?) day, too.  We had our final board meeting for the 2018-19 year; our guild year ends with the August meeting.  The short board meeting was followed by the transition meeting ... where the outgoing board members met with the incoming board members taking over their respective positions, and handed over responsibilities.  Then we had a potluck dinner, provided by the outgoing board members, and then the new board had its first meeting of the new year!  Let's just say I didn't stick around after dinner.  I'll still be helping ... it'll just be behind the scenes. And I won't have to go to board meetings.  ;)

Anyway, I got home early enough that I could put in some Nook time and worked on my mystery quilt (which is due Thursday).  Have I ever mentioned I put the "pro" in "procrastinator"?
Rows 1-3 are completed and stitched together.  Row 4 is in blocks, which need to be stitched together and added to rows 1-3.  And row 5 has all the components ready to be stitched into blocks.  Then two simple borders need to be added.  It's pretty straightforward and I'm confident it will be ready in time.  Uh-oh ... or maybe not . . . looking at this picture I just realized there are two three "oopsies" in the first row.  Yikes!  Now I'm very confident I'll get in my daily 15 minutes every day this week!

:)

Thursday, August 08, 2019

feeling sketchy . . .

I like to doodle and draw and sketch.  I'm not a great artist (by any stretch of the imagination), but I do enjoy taking pencil to paper and sketching things out.  After finishing up the bike and the squirrel stitcheries (which, let me be clear, were transfers I purchased), I decided I wanted some more autumn-ish designs to stitch out.  

So I started scribbling . . .
My struggle in converting a 'doodle' to a pattern for a stitchery is that I have a hard time with clean lines! But it was fun to spend time on them and I feel confident that one or two of them will definitely find their way to cloth. In particular, the lone pumpkin caught my further interest.  I figured it I opened it up a bit, I could maybe add a monogram . . .
Wouldn't it be a cute stitchery on a white cotton shirt?? Edith Rose needs a sweet little fall tee-shirt.  And what if I did a little crayon tinting to it?
Oh yeah.  That's the ticket!  I'll do one of these for all three of the little girls (and only have to change the "R" each time)--Joc has already purchased the shirts!!

I guess sometimes sketchiness pays off!

:)

Friday, August 02, 2019

necessity is the mother of invention . . .

I finished up the bike embroidery and started on a squirrel (which is *really* appropriate, since what I needed to be working on most was my mystery quilt for guild).
After I finished up stitching, I decided it need a word.
It needed the word 'autumn'. But it was raining. And I didn't want to go out into the Nook and use my lightbox. Plus I wanted a pretty script. So I pulled out my iPad and googled 'autumn font'.
And look what popped up! I thought that was pretty darn appropriate.  But I still didn't want to print it and take it outside (lazy rain and all) and pull out my lightbox, so I got this idea . . . 
I enlarged the word to the size I wanted it for my stitchery and screen shot it, so the image would remain stable.
Then I taped down my stitchery to the iPad so *it* would remain stable and traced the word.

And voila . . .
I like the way this worked out!

:)