Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Little Quilting and a Lot of Crafting

Things here in the new house are settling down to almost normal.  Well as normal as breaking in a very nervous dog to a new environment can be.  She isn't big on boxes or sudden movements or dropping things, you get the picture.  On the plus side she is a sweetheart and very well behaved.

In between emptying the boxes and walking the dog I have set up my quilting room and have made great progress on my piece for the  Tree Bird hop, my day is March 20. You will have to wait for those pictures.



We live in an area where there are lots of activities available through out the week.  This week I signed up for a session on Card Making.






For a small fee the leader of the class/group brings all of the parts so that you can make 4 cards.  It was a nice evening and I brought these home with me.








Great way to meet people with like interests.

Yesterday I went to a meeting of a group called Angel Snugs. It is a knitting and looming group who meet weekly to make hats for 38 pediatric oncology hospitals throughout the US.  I had never tried looming, Well that is not entirely correct, as a child I remember having a wooden spool with 4 or 5 nails hammered into the top that I used to make long knitted chains ....  I have no idea for what purpose,



Anyway I made the small hat as my sample during the session, maybe 2 - 2 1/2 hours.



I made the larger hat after stopping to get my own  looms.   Needed an excuse to get a new toy  :-}




Again, another group of lovely ladies to chat with and learn about the area and things to be done as well as places to go.  It was amazing how many of them also quilt.

I think I can be very productive here.





















Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Non Quilty Posting

We have had a very hectic 3 weeks in our lives.

On January 30, I retired.
The first part of the week of Feb 1, we packed
Thur Feb 5, the movers came and picked up our stuff
Monday Feb 9, we were on the auto train headed for our new home in Central Florida.

On our way down to Florida we got a call that MJ's mom had a "whopper of a stroke".  She lives in the Fort Lauderdale area. We were able to get down to her in time to say good bye.  She was 89 and in great health, still living on her own. MJ's sister was also on her way down to Fl when she got the call because they were all coming to see and stay at our new house for a family style vacation.  We know she was very happy and pain free when she passed.  More than that you can't ask for in life.

Friday night back to the house
Saturday 8 AM the movers arrive.
Sunday through Thursday we unpacked.

And then the best day of the last three weeks came........

The kids arrived.



Celie


Nettie


The girls playing with MJ

We are rescuing them through Florida English Bulldog Rescue.

They were abandoned as puppies and had a lot of health issues that needed to be resolved.  In great shape they were adopted out to a family that were apparently not a good fit.  They both came back in worse shape than they were originally.

Nettie is now very healthy and living with us.  Celie is still on medical hold due to a stress related mange issue that is well on it's way to gone. We will have have play dates so that she is used to us when the move happens and so that she stays in contact with her sister.  They are about a year and a half old.  Very timid but very lovey dovey.  I know we can give them a wonderful forever home.


Our 1st family photo.



Thursday, February 5, 2015

We Support YOU

You know when you should not agree to participate in something (like a blog hop) because your schedule is too full.  Well that's what I thought about this hop until I heard what it was actually supporting.


We all know someone or several someones who have faced this form of cancer.  I knew that I had to participate even if it was on a smaller scale than my usual.  I have several people who I could have called out for this hop.  Once I picked my co worker C, I knew what it was I would do for her. 


She is just a super fun person who truly enjoys life. She was diagnosed 2 years ago and came through surgery and chemo successfully. I knew she would enjoy this gift. 



I picked up a mans extra large tee shirt and decked it out as a hottie night shirt.



Traditional breast cancer pink with just a little bling.


I even got her to model it over her outfit.
I only attached the straps at the top so they would look ummmmmm provocative ;-}




I hope you enjoyed your stop here as much as C enjoyed her new nightie.

I gave it to her last week, the day before I retired as a good bye and continued clean bill of health gift..  

Please stop in and visit the rest of today's participants linked below

Feb 5th  

Selina Quilts (you are here)





Least I forget, I want to take a minute to thank Mdm Samm  for organizing this hop and to Pat Broe for being our fearless cheerleader.











Sunday, January 25, 2015

Catching Up

I have 3 different things going on in this posting.  

1st is the finished Fair Isle quilt I made for my friend Pat for Christmas. I gave her the top on time but had to take it back to send out to the quilter.  I finally got it bound the first week of the new year.


Pat is the person who pushed me into knitting as I pushed her into quilting. This quilt tied the 2 together so nicely.


She knits me Christmas gifts and I quilt hers.

After all of those solids I had to get some dots for the backing.


I just love the way it came out.  For me this pattern was challenging primarily because so many of the pieces were 1 1/2 inches.  Way smaller than my comfort level.



Love the colors 


this pattern is by Lee at Freshly Pieced
http://www.freshlypieced.com
you can find it there.

2nd, I am retiring at the end of this month. While cleaning out my desk I found this tiny little cross stitched ornament.  It's on perforated paper. 


And last but not least

I have finished the tops for the 2 Little Letters quilts I started on September 7.  The pattern is by Temecula quilts and can be found here    
http://temeculaquiltco.blogspot.com/2014/09/little-letters-getting-started-and.html


The patterns for the letters were released every Wednesday and Sunday for 13 weeks.


The blocks were so easy that I decided from day 1 to make 2 quilts  The one with the lime green inner border is from the kit I purchased from Temecula Quilts.  The one with the the dark dots in the outer border was made from my scrap bin.  They measure 39 by 45


I thought it would be a great day for photographing them but the white outer border on the one with the green inner border kind of got lost on the snow and when I used the pines as a contrasting background the breeze wouldn't cooperate.  



It's OK they will be back once they get quilted and have a little more weight to them.  Hope to get to them some time next month.

I've also made a couple of post cards for a Valentine swap due to go out in the mail next weekend. Can't post until they get where they need to be.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tammy for All Seasons

I should open with Thank you s to the wonderful ladies who made this Hop possible,  Mdm Samm & Mary Winegar for their motivational and cheering skills and Cori of Chitter Chatter the designer of all of the lovely Pinneys and Brooke Nolan for her wonderful cross stitch designs.


Now on to the Oops.  I have not done any counted cross stitch in maybe 20 years.   I pretty much stopped when I started to quilt.  I find I am more of a speed stitcher than a slow stitcher.

While I remember the basics I find that my eyesight was the biggest hurdle to overcome.  I started using the recommended Monaco Linen but even with my prescription glasses, my cheaters and Michael's even stronger cheaters I couldn't count threads.

I ended up taking myself and a coupon to Michael’s and picking up some Aida cloth.  Bless DMC as they are a full service cross stitch company, floss, frames, needles and blessed Aida cloth.  Once I got the Aida cloth in its frame and my floss organized I was off.



I was also very sick.  This might have been a good thing since it was Christmas week which is usually very hectic in my life.  Being sick slowed me down to a crawl and had me sitting still for large periods  over a couple of weeks.  Perfect way to get back into slow stitching.

So this is where the oops came in to play.  When I switched to Aida cloth the stitches got bigger therefore, the entire project got bigger (I’m blaming this oversight on the cold).  Too big in fact to fit on the front of a Tammy Bag properly.  I took my plastic template of the pattern piece and laid it on the stitching and it just looked like I was trying to put the stitchery on a 2 size too small bag. I’m really sorry I missed the Tammy part of the project. I have a couple of other Tammy bags and they are wonderful.


My interpretation of the spirit of the original project was to make the Tammy bag holding "stufff"  for upcoming stitchery projects so  I went with that concept.  I figured out exactly what type of bag would suit MY cross stitch needs into the future.  

My needs included being able to fit the entire project into one bag.  That meant big enough to hold the snap frame as well as the floss and glasses and scissors etc.  I used Noodle-Heads wide mouth zipper tutorial so I'd have complete access to the contents.  I also wanted a place to keep the pattern safe and unrumpled.  And of course a place to hang the the sweet Fall  Pinney.

Now that I’d gotten this far off track I just kept on going.  I just didn’t feel the ruffles on Cori’s Pinney went with the new bag interpretation.  My new bag is very straight and contemporary not at all feminine  like the Tammy.  Loved Cori's fall embroidery  and applique design so after doing the applique I squared it up.  I did add a spot on the back for needles and pins and I also added a loop with a clip so it could be attached to the bag as needed and unhooked and stashed in the bag during down time.



Coordinated the background to match the tote front and back.





So I guess I’m kinda sorta back into cross stitch.  Probably more into smaller designs  for the time being, but definitely back.  I enjoyed this hop and what I managed to accomplish within it’s guidelines.  Lots of different stitching in addition to the cross stitch.  A little embroidery, a little Blanket stitch and some quilting. I do need to acquire one of those Beam and Read hanging lights.  Base on all of the comments I've been reading that may be the answer to the vision issue.



So thanks again  Cori, Brooke, Mary and Mdm Samm and all of our sponsors, especially DMC.  Thanks also to all of my visitors.  Without you this wouldn't be nearly as much fun.   Please take the time to go and visit all of the other creative stitchers participating in this hop.  Here is the list of today's other stops.


January 16, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas 2014 Almost done

This is just about the last of Christmas 2014.  I am in fact done but won't have the last of the photos posted until later this week.


My long time friend B and I both have our birthdays in December  and we are both generally into making our gifts for B'day and Christmas exchange.


This wonderful table runner is the end result of me signing up for more than I could handle.  This is the first row of the 2014 BOM from Cindy at Quilt Doodle Doodles.



I got 2 months in and life got in the way.  So I turned the great row into an even greater Table Runner. I had it all done except for the quilting and binding months ago. All done now.


This is the back.  It would work for a summer runner this side up.





This little credit/gift card holder  was made from a tutorial by Jodell at http://modestmaven.blogspot.com/2012/02/bi-fold-wallet-tutorial.html


The design is set so the cards slide to the middle and not the top.  Making is less likely they will fall out of the wallet.

It was a great tutorial to follow. Once I picked out the fabric I'm thinking it took under an hour and a half to complete.


It's the B'day part of B's gift.  It will only have the DD gift card in it when she receives it.  The rest are there for the photo only.   I am making a second one just a tiny bit larger for myself.  I must take a bit more in my seam allowances then called for.  My cards all fit but snuggly, which may be for the better.


Least I forget there is all a space to hold your green money.  

In the mean time I have been working on my cross stitch for the next blog hop, Tammy for All Seasons.


I'm really out of practice.  It's been close to 20 years since I did any cross stitch. I also have been fighting a wicked cold for just over 2 weeks which hasn't helped with the focus necessary.


I did get my threads wound and organized.


I've even managed to get most of the cross stitch done, maybe not exactly perfect but way better than I had hoped for.  The big reveal is in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bits and Pieces



 I decided to participate in a Christmas Postcard Swap hosted by   Sheila at http://sheilasquiltworld.blogspot.com/    My partner was  Linda at  http://bumbleknit.blogspot.ca/      She sent me this wonderful Santa. The quilting detail is wonderful and gives the card so much dimension



In turn I sent Polka Dot Christmas trees.  I actually made 2 of them.  My sister "needed" one too.


I work with  JC who collects post cards of all kinds.  I saw this card on   Sheila's blog  post and she gave me information on where she got the idea. I thought it would be a great card for JC.


This is the top I made for my friend at work who happens to be my boss.  Since I will be retiring in late January this will be our last gift exchange and I thought this would be wonderful.  She is the person who got me into knitting and this pattern is called Fair Isle.  It's by Lee at http://www.freshlypieced.com/2014/10/fair-isle-sew-along   Perfect.  Probably just a little more than I should have bitten off before  reading the instructions.  


The deer is a 13 inch block and the deer is made up of 1 inch finished squares.  The picture below shows my first attempt.  Poor deer had a broken neck.


As you can see she's all better now.  I gave the top to PC earlier this week, she loved it. We cried.  It will go to the long arm quilter right after Christmas. I invested way to much time and energy in it to try and quilt it myself.  It measures in at 72 x 75.


The towels were a last minute gift addition to go with gift cards.  I made 2 sets.


And last but nowhere near least are these Hash Tag blocks. Made for the Heros  from Sydney Australia.   This link takes you to a full explanation 
of where they are going and the how you too can participate.

http://www.mollisparkles.com/2014/12/help-for-sydney-heroes.html

Just in case I don't make it back here in the next week, I am sending out my best wishes to you one and all for a very Merry Christmas.