I Do Believe… I DO!!

I’ve been hybernating. Could you tell? I’ve had a bit of upset in my life, and it’s pretty much private. Hurtful people, and hurtful things have happened to those I love. I no longer have those hurtful people around, and I am much better for it. Hurtful things for those I love are another matter, that is out of my control, and for a control freak it’s a problem.  The End.

Now! On to better things…

Where were we? I have a finished sweater to show you…

I have a completed quilt top…

Socks off of the needles…

AND…drumroll please. We are having a new puppy! He/she will be born around tax day, and I just can’t wait! I’ve wanted another puppy for a long time, and this one is very special. I won’t bore you with the details now, but they will be coming.

One more thing. I’ve been gone for so long that a new and wonderful thing has come into my life that I haven’t commented on. PINTEREST!!  Oh, my!! Addicted in a big way. So fun. Here are my boards   http://pinterest.com/sissyjane/

b,b,b…BEE!

Four times a year I am the hostess for my quilt group, or as we like to call our get-togethers, Bee!

Today I’m having Bee here. I’ve spent a bit of time cleaning, and baking in anticipation…

We are having Lemon Bars, and Strawberry Shortcake. There will also be a berry salad, and cheese. There of course will be coffee and tea and raspberry lemonade. It can’t be dessert without . We talk a lot, during the sewing, and during the dessert and during our greetings and our leavings. We catch up on our absent members, and ask about our spouses. We are our best friends.

 We sew, and knit, and share our new projects. Some are in progress, and some are finished. The finished ones are very appreciated. My Wednesdays are all very appreciated, because it’s Bee!

Busy Day…

Today is Wednesday. The best day of the week, because it’s the day I go to “Bee”! The Bee is a group of women that I truly love. We get together every Wednesday to quilt and knit together. We also have dessert, but that is just a bonus. Our time together is spent chatting, laughing and sharing our projects. We’ve done a few group projects, including a quilt for our friend Susan that recently moved. It’s my turn to be hostess for my friends in two short weeks, so I need to start thinking of a great dessert for all of us to share. We don’t count calories when it comes to the better things in life, like dessert, so the sky’s the limit.

This is a picture of my portion of a group project we did a couple of years ago. We each made an autobiographical mini quilt of ourselves. I had so much fun trying to include all of my various interests in one very little square. It measures eight and one half inches by twelve inches. The individual blocks were safety pinned together at every corner with beaded pins. We entered it in our local guild show and it was an award winner.

I’m off to make my friend a Birthday card, and then let the fun begin!

Same Dogs, Different Surgeries

Both of my dogs had surgery this time. No, I’m not kidding. The big guy, Montana needed his pearly whites cleaned, and to be neutered, and my little Audrey had three more growths. We just used the family plan, and had everything taken care of at once! I think we’ll be sick and tired of eating beans by the end of the month… Money? Who needs money?

Anywho…

I’ve been quilting, sewing and knitting like a mad woman. I finished my friend Susan’s quilt and sent it on it’s happy way to Colorado. I finished my hexagon Flower Garden quilt. I took a year off, and didn’t think I would ever finish this. Appliqueing the same pattern over and over was BORING, but I do love the finished quilt. I was concerned about the binding as well- all of those angles, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Einstein Jacket-Done! Talk about Boring…but it’s really warm and so comfortable on a cold day.

 Noro, Drop-Stitch Scarf – Done! I like this yarn much better than the yarn I knit it out of previously. I used a chunky Noro, and there’s just more to it. I also just have a love of Noro yarn… I’m sewing clothing, and I’m getting ready to make new cushions for two of the deck chairs.

Next

Pardon the mess, but I made a commitment to show my projects in progress. I’m on a roll now…

I’m on to the next block. I applique using freezer paper on top. I trace every shape, using a circle stencil for the round shapes. They come out MUCH more round that way. So, berries look more like berries than grapes…

Then, I cut out every piece and iron them on to fabric. The black or brown MICRON pen then becomes my best friend, as every piece then needs to be traced on to the fabric.

Then I can sew!

Applique WARM HEARTS

It has been about a year since I’ve worked on my applique in progress. Some progress, huh? I’ve been knitting, reading, dealing with health issues. My health issues, and my dogs. If it isn’t one thing it’s another. Now I know that I told you about the issue with my hands, and I’m tired of whining about it. It is what it is, and won’t be getting better any time soon.

So…

I’m going to do what I want to do. So there…

Here I present to you my IN PROGRESS, Warm Hearts by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. I have had the book for a long time, but came across one of the quilts on a Block Of The Month. I fell in love with it, and I had to have one.

Lovinia

I’m almost done with the quilting on this garden quilt. Do you sense a theme? Anyway, the pattern is from the book Lovinia’s Pressed Flowers by Barb Adams, and Alma Adams. They are probably two of my favorite quilt pattern authors. I’m hand quilting (as usual). You may notice the basting thread in the photo’s.

I love the crispness of fabric when piecing it together, but by far I love the softness of the fabric the more it is manipulated. Twisted, folded, tightened into a hoop. It just goes to show you that a quilt is meant to be used. The more it is used the better it feels.

The edges of this beauty will be a challenge to bind, as they aren’t straight. I’ll worry about that little detail when I get there.

So, if I’m not outside in the garden, I’ll be inside working on this garden…Happy gardening!

Indoor Flowers

Today is supposed to be drizzly, soggy, and downright rainy. Especially this afternoon and evening. So, what am I going to do since I can’t work in the garden?  

Indoor flowers

 

 I guess I’ll pick up the book I’m currently reading, and get cozy with a steamy cup of tea. I’m going to enjoy every moment of our lovely cool weather. I’ve heard a lot of whining regarding the lack of warm sunny days, and I sort of understand. Then I remember how much I REALLY  hate hot weather and recover my fleeting senses.   

Hand QuiltedHand Appliqued

 

 Now, I love Summer as much as the next person. Reading a book on the beach at my beloved Twain Harte Lake. Watching cute chubby toddlers building sand castles. Barbecued ribs, and potato salad! What’s not to love? Hiking the beautiful trails up here… If it just didn’t get HOT ! I just can’t handle the heat any more.   

So while my friends and family may not be perfectly happy with our lovely coolness, I am. Got to go, I hear a book calling my name!  

Hand Appliqued