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/

My Favorite Day

The Bee is today, and it’s at my house again. Something must be wrong with me, or I forgot something huge. I was finished with the baking and cleaning WAY early…

Anyway. It’s June, right? I have a fire blazing in the stove, and it’s cloudy and cold outside. I’m wearing a turtleneck, a long jumper and my new socks that are ever so cute. Guess what I planned for dessert? Ice cream! We were supposed to be enjoying an early summer day with frozen sweetness (and Nutella), but instead we are shivering around the snappy fire with our blue fingers holding our plates of icy goodness.

I’ve started working again on my Halloween quilt. It’s “Vintage Trick Or Treat”, by Crabapple Hill. It’s embroidered and pieced. Very cute… I just ordered another Crabapple Hill pattern for a Halloween quilt, so better get crackin’ on this one. Oh, and I have another Halloween pattern for a quilt. I better not sleep from now on.

P.S. Nutella does NOT freeze well…Don’t try it!

*****Snow*****

 

Well, I had planned on a lovely, cheery, Springy post about my skirt sewing. BUT–Mother Nature has done a number on my mood, my garden and my plans for sewing. I woke up yesterday morning bright and early, and turned over to look out the not so clean window and the pine trees were COVERED in snow! Coated, bending and layered in icy snow. My Aspen trees broke again… My dogwoods are covered in bubble gum pink flowers, and yesterday their lusciousness was covered in frozen snow.

My local yarn shop BY HAND in Sonora, Ca.http://www.byhandyarn.com/  has a customer show  every June. I have a few things that I can let them borrow, and I now have an inspiration to complete the incomplete Crayon Box Jacket. I’m not sure I really love my version of it. My jacket is very busy. I think perhaps I over did it with color and texture.  Here, I’ll show you the pieces…

The Sleeve and Gussets

 

The Front

 

The Back

So, would you please leave me a comment and tell me if it’s just “too much”? Too” it will alter your vision”…Just too darn bright?

Anyway. I’m knitting as fast as I can, pretending like I’m going to love it.

What To Do, What To Do…

I have so many projects in line, and I can’t decide which to work on.

I have clothing that I want to sew. I have a top cut out, and the fabric washed and ironed for two VERY cute skirts. I hope they’re cute on me, because they sure are cute on the skinny models. The patterns are from the book Sew Serendipity, by Kay Whitt. There are so many patterns in the book that I really want to sew. Adorableness to the max! Kay’s blog is now my home away from home http://blog.sewserendipity.com/

I also ordered a pattern booklet that includes patterns for a new camera bag, and a new lap-top bag, and oh boy are they CUTE!  http://blog.sewserendipity.com/2010/09/fall-preview-part-2.html  Go to the link, and look at the darling and talented Kay Whitt’s blog! Adorable! I went to the fabric store today to see if they have the correct fusibles, and they don’t. I’m going to have to order them along with the hardware… So, it looks like the bags are on hold.

My applique quilt square is in process, and I took it with me to Bee on Wednesday, but I was having a hard time seeing because there isn’t a huge contrast between my fabrics. I really would like to get going in a big way on my quilt.

So…I think that I’ll do a little work on the quilt, and try to sew one of my cute skirt patterns.

The Farmer’s Market starts this weekend, and a cute wardrobe is in order for one of the social events of the season. However…we are supposed to have very cold weather, and possibly snow, so I think the skirt is on hold until next week!

Bags

This is a cute little bag that I finally finished. I started it two years ago, and it then was placed at the bottom of the to do pile, and I mis-placed the pattern, and I didn’t like it, and I just had way too many other things calling out to me to work on. For an unpopular project, it turned out rather cute? I love the little yo-yo’s, and the embroidery. I LOVE the polka dot fabric. It may be the best part. I don’t know what I will use my cute little bag for. Possibly transportation of in -process knitting projects?

Those of you who don’t live in Twain Harte have no way of knowing that the Pharmacy is THE place to buy fabric, or maybe you do know. I’m always surprised when I’m away from home and tell people where I live. Many times the response is “Oh, you have the Pharmacy…”. Lovely cottons are in flat folds on tables. It’s like a very, very fun scavenger hunt, where you win fabric as a prize! Look what I found, high on the top of a shelf. Bee-u-ti-ful canvasy colorful goodness. I needed it.

It needs to bee-come a bag itself.

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!

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.