Sunday, August 14, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching

Today my slow stitching (linking up at Kathy's) will be replaced with a little slow hooking. There is that same meditative approach involved, especially on a rug like this scrappy rug. I am trying very hard not to overthink my color choices. (You can really tell that I am a dark and dull kind of Hooker.)  After all, in the olden days they would have just put whatever was left from previous projects right on in there, correct? So, here is my progress thus far...,,
Three new rectangles. They look a bit off kilter here, but it is just the way they are stretched on the frame.

And here is the rug....the new guys are starting to fill in the other end.
Those bright whites have definitely got to go!

Friday night was a sleepless night. Rather than waste it in misery, I headed to the sewing room. And these...
Progressed to this....
Sorry for the messy photo, but you get the idea.  Only 15 more star blocks to complete ...those go quickly with all of the components already made....and I can start setting it together.  It is a bit busy for my taste, but I learned a lot making it. And I am thrilled that I haven't allowed it to become a UFO. Go me....LOL!!

This is my latest Glorious Hexagon, a Sharon. The points are made from a Kaffe Fassett Feathers fabric.
I took a couple of hours this week to sort the paper pieces for months 4-8. I lack 5 hexies completing month 3. But with the organizing project going on, they just haven't gotten much attention.

I tried to get a good photo of the growing Mattie, but by the time I focus the camera, she is up and gone!! Maybe you can get an idea of how she is growing with this one....
A sweet girl, but still 100% puppy.

Take Care,
Jennie

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Busy, busy

This morning was spent volunteering as a Master Gardener (yes, I made it, completing my 50 volunteer hours last week...happily ahead of the end of year deadline!!!) at the local extension office. Got home, thinking I would get all of the star points stitched up on Cathedral Stars....after laundry, etc.

So, this is how far I got before having to stop to cook dinner...
Half done...all of the left hand points are stitched on. Took way longer than I had anticipated, but still progress.

I frequently see folks posting about their favorite stitching tools. Well, this is one of 
mine...
The trusty lint roller. Great for cleaning off my cutting mat, ironing board, and clothes, of course.  If you don't have one in your sewing space, you should!

Following dinner, we enjoyed watching Jackson's team win their second football game.

Sara Ashley had a day of firsts. First day of school, first day at her new school and first day as a high school student.
She said that it was all good.

Sew true !!!

Take care,
Jennie

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Break

I am taking a much needed break from the fabric organization project. I finished all of the reproduction and regular fabrics....no small feat. Next up will be the homespuns, but after a little breather.

On the frame I am back to this project....
You have seen it before. This time it will remain till finished.  I have been working towards the opposite end to assure that I get my colors balanced. And there is definitely some tweaking to be done, but not yet.  This project won't make a dent in those worm bags, but I will still plug away at them.

Saundra over at Woodland Junction reports that she only has one tiny hooking UFO. She could easily finish it in an evening. I won't even count mine, and, unfortunately, it seems they are all on the large side.

Tonight, besides hooking a block on my rug, I cut all of the star points for Cathedral Stars. 
My plan is to complete this top and then get back to cutting up the homespuns.

Four of the grands have headed back to school.
Robert....first day of pre-K and Senior year. My, how time flies!
Macy and Jackson, fifth and second grades. Bear could use some schooling, too....LOL.
Christopher, second grade.

Several clumps of these pretty pink lilies have sprung up in my yard.
There is no foliage, just the stem. And I didn't plant them , but they are certainly welcome.

Take Care,
Jennie


Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Tiny Break

Today I took a tiny break from my organizing and did a little slow stitching.
This hexagon was the result.
This is Sharon, one of the Glorious Hexagons from Month Three.

On the organizing front, I have finished five bins. I have pressed and folded everything greater than 1/8 yd. and cut up the rest. Neatly folded and sorted, I pared down to four bins. Next I am doing the Reproductions. Already, my 2 1/2" strip drawer is overflowing. I'd better be looking for a pattern.

A couple of days short of two weeks post heart transplant, friend Dave is out of ICU, all tubes and lines out. I think he looks great.

Christi and Rob celebrated 28 years as a couple...they started dating in HS.

Sometimes I am pretty sure I am the only one who cares, but it keeps me sane.
Take Care,
Jennie

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Keep on Keeping On

Getting the stash organized is a consuming task. And there seems to be no end in the near future. My goal date is August 1st, but with everything else going on in my life, I am pretty sure that is unrealistic. I am, however, determined to keep on keeping on until the job is done.

I am into my third can of sizing, and I have burned myself countless times on the iron.....like I have never used it before.
Today, after volunteering all morning at the Extension Office, I managed to finish up the blues and reds. Mind you, these are just the regular blues and reds. I have Reproduction, 30s and homespun blues and reds, too. And I haven't stitched anything in a week, as I have devoted all of my spare time to the organizing frenzy.
It is getting a bit old, but I know I will be so happy when it is done.

These guys just got back from a week at the beach...

And I am kid sitting Robert and Sara Ashley for a couple of nights while their parents are in Las Vegas.

A wonderful thing..,
Take Care,
Jennie 


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Crazies Show and Tell

Please forgive the quality of these photos. In spite of that, I hope you can enjoy our Show and Tell.

Louise was working on another panel of her Crabapple Hill witches. This is just too cute.

Micki made this sweet sailboat for her great grandson. She is going to attach a little flag with his name.

Debi, who obviously never sleeps at night, finished a truckload of wonderful pieces...
A cute Christmas wallhanging....I think by Gail Pan.
Birdbrain Snowmen in a Snowball setting.
A Birdbrain Halloween wallhanging.
Can't remember who this nice Four Seasons hanging is by,
Another Redwork Christmas quilt.
My favorite, a nine patch variation by Country Threads. Love the colors.
Darling applique quilt from her UFO pile. That sunflower looks real.
Another UFO, I think this is by Country Threads,
And some witches that she adapted from the lady in her previous quilt. Can you believe everything that she gets done???

Finally, my progress in the wee little Wild and Goosey blocks. Did I mention how much fun these are????

Hahahaha....
Take care,
Jennie


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sew Crazy Swap Day


The Crazies decided to have a block exchange awhile back. A little something to remember one another by, you know.

Debi and I shopped for fabric, and then she made adorable little bags up complete with fabric, pattern and thread.

We were to use the two fabrics furnished and add something of our own to make 8 blocks....one for each of us. This is mine, made from a couple of older Modas from my stash...not sure of the fabric line...

Everyone did a great job on these cute little 6 1/2" blocks. And it was so much fun to see color choices and how, by having the two unifying fabrics, everything worked together.


Now to see how they end up being finished!!!

Will have Show and Tell pics tomorrow.

Dear friend Dave got a new heart this week. So far he is doing well. I would appreciate prayers for him as well as the generous and caring donor family who made this possible in the midst of their grieving.

His family donned their Can't Never Could shirts at the hospital.


Take Care,
Jennie