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!

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.

Do better

Do the best you know how. When you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou

 

Winter Globe

 

I’ve knit on the sock club sock every day since we had our class. So far so good. I just wish that I could stay home and really get to work on my projects. I seem to be the queen of errand running this week. I really shouldn’t complain, as our winter weather is almost, almost spring-like! The grass is green, and the blue jays are chatting up a storm. We’ve  had a teeny little bit of rain this week, but compared to the last two months of ice and snow, what’s a little rain?

So, where was I? Oh, I know. I’ve spent most of the week in the car. Yesterday I had to go to Modesto, which is an hour and a half each way… BUT, if I want to go to Trader Joe’s, then it’s Modesto here we come! …and I do NEED Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants, among other things! Don’t you just love them?

I have two days this coming week when I have to be out of the house, but other than that I’m hoping to stay in and work on my projects.

(and I have to walk every day). Did you read that Dr. Dillen? I’m trying to get back on track. I really do love my morning power walking. At least once I actually manage to get myself out the door… It actually is when I organize my life, and everyone elses as well. If only they knew!

January Sunday

…and off topic, in this rambling post-a photographer friend suggested that I should take a picture of something familiar everyday. He suggested weather, so I’m going to try sunrises. I guess you will know if I’ve overslept or not!

Homework, Homework, Homework

I have so much homework, and not enough hours in the day!

I signed up for the sock club at my local yarn shop (By Hand Yarn).  We go tomorrow to pick up our surprise sock pattern, and yarn, and a surprise! I’m excited, and a little nervous. I have knit socks, mostly plain socks. I’ve done a few lace socks, and given them away as gifts. I have a sock and a half that I started probably two years ago, and it’s been living in storage… I pulled it out this weekend, to see if I can get it finished before my new sock project arrives…Holey Moley! My hands are killing me, and I don’t think I can finish it by tomorrow.

Lacy Homework

My good friend Susan moved to Colorado, and our quilt group has been working on a quilt for her. I’ve been volunteered to do the quilting, with help from a few other friends. I have to put the three layers together, and hopefully this afternoon will find me crawling around the living room floor doing my duty.

For My Friend

Then there is the Crayon Box jacket that I need to finish. I’m great at starting, and not so great at finishing. I’ve assigned myself to knit three squares a day…

Crayon Box Homework

I think I need to watch my two Netflix movies and get to work!

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!

Chickens !

Close-Up

My Close-up Mr. Demille

   

 

  

 Well, as much as I want chickens, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Don’t you think that cute fluffy clucky chickens -pecking around in the garden are something you want? I want them, but my sweet hubby does not. Not no way, not no how!  

 So… Here are MY kind of chickens. A little fabric. A little thread, and a whole lot of time…  

I need to get crackin’ (pun intended) on my quilts again. Quite frankly I’m a little tired-Okay-way tired of weeding.  

The garden is , in its infancy and I’m taking advantage and hitting the sewing machine pedal!