Tuesday, February 02, 2016

It was cold today!!

On Tuesdays, our mini-group meets at Jane's house from 10-4pm. We sew/quilt in her garage, which has basically been coverted to a sewing studio... large enough to accommodate 6 or 7 of us. It's wonderful sitting outside to sew, but today I have to admit that it was c-o-l-d. My feet still have not warmed up.

I took this photo in Jane's backyard of the latest pair of socks I finished (my 2nd finish this year). I liked the idea of using the rocks to contrast the socks. This yarn is the new Australian Merino wool sold at Joanns. I have been wanting to try it since I first saw all of the beautiful, muted colors it comes in. It's 8-ply and it knits up beautifully, but it's easy to separate the strands as you knit. The socks feel wonderful to the hand, but I haven't worn them yet so don't know how they will wear and/or stretch. For $14.99 a skein (and it takes two for a pair of socks), I'm not sure I recommend it. If you can get each skein for 40% or 50% off, then it's a good deal.

Karen brought another of her embroidery quilts to ahare with us today. We still all marvel at just how quickly she does the embroidery, but also gets the quilt completed. This is just the top, but I guarantee you that it will be quilted within the month.

Those blocks are adorable and look at all the embroidery on them!! That's a lot of work!!

Take care,

Monday, February 01, 2016

A great start to 2016!

Wow... it's already 32 days into the new year and you would not believe the "to do" list I have started for 2016! I've got a big year planned.

My UFO list is at 38 and I'm sure I'll find another couple projects in my sewing room that I forgot about. I gave away several projects that I knew I had no interest in finishing and I'm hoping that I'll get to see them completed by the recipient. Actually, it was quite motivating to list and prioritize all of those unfinished projects. I don't plan on finishing all of them, or even half of them, but if I can make a dent, I will be extremely happy. In that regard, I've already completed one project, except for the binding and I'm working on that today. Photo to come soon!

Our year has certainly started off right. We've had rain... and it's been good rain. Rain that can actually be measured. It has cleaned everything - not only the air itself, but streets and buildings.Today, it's cold out but it's supposed to warm up into the high 70's by Saturday/Sunday. I'll bet that sounds nice to those of you in the colder climates, but I would rather have the cold/rainy weather. Our hills are just starting to green up and we haven't seen that in quite awhile.

I have too much going on the first part of the year so I declined to sign up for the Spring Semester of quilting. I'll miss it (I'm sure more than they will miss me), but I'll go back in the Fall. I've got some kitchen remodeling and wood flooring to do and that will keep me busy, I'm sure. And, one of the benefits of sewing at home on Thursday is that I'll be able to get some of the UFO's, that are too large to work on in class, completed. I'm so looking forward to it.

Anybody go to Road to California? I went with some friends and we had a great time. I was so impressed with the quilt pictured above, but feel sad that I didn't get the name of the maker. I can only say that it was truly outstanding!!  Next month, we're going to QuiltCon. I've never been so I'm anxious to see what it's like.

Guess that's it for today!

Take care,

Friday, December 25, 2015

It's Christmas!!

Just a quick post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Take care,

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It's a SALE!

I'm in the mood for a sale and I hope you are too!  Especially since the holidays are coming up...

I've added lots of new items to the shop and will continue to do so during the next month. I've got a whole stack of things you haven't seen in the shop previously, plus I'm adding lots of fabrics too!

If you see something you want, make sure you use the coupon code Holidays2015 and a 20% discount will be applied to your purchase(s). The coupon expires 12/31/15.

Hope you have fun!!

Take care,

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Bags and socks... that's my life!

I've been making lots of bags this last year and knitting socks, but I have done practically nothing that I could call quilting. Except purchasing quilt fabric, of course! I have one more commitment in each of these categories and then I am free to do a little quilting. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy making bags and knitting socks and when someone wants to buy them, well that's the icing on the cake. But, I do have a couple (more than that really) quilts that are close to being finished and it would be wonderful to call them done! :)

This is the latest Caravan tote I made. Again, it was fabrics supplied by my "customer/friend" from which I was able to choose. I love doing it that way since then she gets something she knows she'll like and I still get to feel creative.

The Caravan tote is a wonderful pattern. It's the perfect size with lots of pockets and it looks so sophisticated. The only modifications I make are to use Soft & Stable and to make a recessed zipper.

And, these are the latest socks I knit. I've been using the Tesserae pattern over and over because I love it, it fits really well, and it's so easy I don't have to think about it while knitting. As long as it fits the foot it's made for, I'm happy. I used BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Sassafrass colorway. And... they're for me! :)

On a different note, we have been having the exterior of our house painted and they will be finishing up today. Our painters have done a great job as it looks wonderful! Just in time for the El Nino rains. We also had our gutters cleaned and our drains cleared so we're pretty much ready.

Today I changed to flannel sheets on the bed so it's actually starting to feel like fall. We're still having warm days, but the nights are a lot cooler. Yea!!

Happy weekend!

Take care,

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Another little bag to show you. I'll bet you're not surprised!

This little bag is so cute when made up. It's got 5 pockets if you can believe it. Great for carrying just the necessities when out for a walk or running errands. It's for a friend, of course.

It's the BB Traveler Bag by Brookshier Design Studio. The only modification I made was to add a magnetic snap, which is a necessity!! It's made with scraps I had left over from a Sew Together Bag I previously made. Scraps are perfect for this little bag.

I'm a little embarrassed to post this photo, but the bag is so cute I just had to do it! I don't seem to be improving my skills with my camera phone. :)

Take care,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I'll bet you can't guess who this is...

I love this song and I love her voice. Would you believe it's "Florence" from The Jefferson's tv show? Yep, it is! My husband works with her grandson and he's the one who remastered her album. This is the best song on the album, imho, and I thought you oughta hear it! :)

Take care,

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The nest!

Yesterday, as we were removing an 18+ foot tall Japanese Maple tree in our courtyard, we found this...

This hummingbird nest is a little tiny work of art, isn't it? How do they build such a beautiful and tiny nest and how does it hold two babies?

Other than taking out the tree, it was a quiet day for us. A quiet and relaxing Labor Day. I'm still finding it difficult to believe that it's September already.

Take care,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is a good looking bag...

This is the latest Caravan Tote I've made and to tell you the truth, it's my favorite! It's for a friend and although she gave me a big bin of wonderful texty fabrics, I didn't use many of them. I tried and tried, but the combinations just didn't click for me. Until I turned to my own stash and tried these fabrics together. Then, I had a wow moment! :)

I'm hoping my friend loves it as much as I do! I'm seriously considering selling the Caravan Tote I made for myself (since it hasn't been used yet) and making one just like this!!

Take care,