Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

Hello my dearest friends in blogland.  I would appreciate it deeply if you could keep me in your prayers on Tuesday.  I am having my right Hip replaced.  This is elective surgery and I am very excited to have it done and behind me.

I have lined up several UFO hand projects for my down time. The first picture is of a quilt I made when I had my left hip replaced 5 1/2 years ago. All it needs is to be bound.  I hope to get the binding on later this evening so that I can hand stitch it down  in the next couple of weeks.

This sock needs about 2 more inches and then a partner.  I have no idea when I started it.

This one isn't a UFO. But it is so cute.  It's a baby hoodie.  I have several Babies that I need to get gifts done for in the next several months and I think this one looks like fun.

I started another Helmet liner that needs finishing.

I started this knitted afghan at least 6 maybe 7 years ago. I'm hoping I can remember how to do it.  It was when I first started following knitting  instructions. 

This is a crocheted afghan that I started 2 years ago using scraps.  I think I stopped because I ran out of scrap so I may actually just rip it out, haven't decided yet.  

In addition I have 2 hexie projects that I would like to dig out and maybe work on. and then there are the books to read and the  DVD's of season upon season of TV shows that I want to catch up on, not to mention all of the blogs i want to keep up with.

I think that there is enough variety here to keep me from being bored.  I should be home from work for 6 - 8 weeks. My real hope is that I actually finish some of these projects not just move them all forward a tad. I will report on completions if I get that far.

Thanks in advance for your prayers and good thoughts.      Selina

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Flags on a Stick my way

Hip, hip hooray, it’s my day.  My day to wave a flag that is.

I need to start with the comment that I am not a flag type person.  I live in a Townhouse so they don’t work really well here, but that is no reason not to play along.  Once I decided on an Easter Flag I pulled out my Easter fabric stash. Lo and behold I found the pieces to an Easter project all cut out and raring to go.  My best guess is I started this years ago and didn’t make any progress before Easter so back into the drawer it went.

This is so old I have no recollection of having started it.  It started with me pulling out a piece of fabric that I thought would be a great background (the great egg fabric) and found the bunny and tulip pieces nicely folded up inside.   I found 2 other incomplete projects in there too. I’m guessing that because Easter moves around from year to year I just didn’t plan my lead time properly .

I have been driving around with the bunnies and the pole for a couple of days now looking for a bright spring like background, but nothing is really springy yet in Central NJ.  This picture is taken in front of my Hydrangea which is yet to start to go green.  Next week these guys will have a new home in sunny Florida as this Easter Banner is  now a gift for friends.

This picture is in my back yard, equally un spring like.

I also like how the blanket stitch looks on the back of the flag.   

The other flag project that I found hiding in the Easter drawer is this one.  As you can tell it is still incomplete.  But you can get the general idea of how it will finish up.  I have 3 weeks yet so maybe I’ll get it done for this year.  I’ll keep you posted.

I had a great time participating in this hop and want to thank both M Samm and Thearica for all of their time and effort on our behalf.  Please stop by and visit the rest of today’s participants.  If this is where you are starting it would be great for you to go back and catch all of the talented flag makers and their contributions to  this hop.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for taking the time to leave your kind thoughts.   Here is today’s list:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Black, white and Grey quilt - DONE

I'm done, I'm done. Hip, hip Hooray !!!!!

I have been working on this quilt physically for about a month but mentally since before Christmas.  It feels so good to have it finished. Tomorrow it will be delivered to the tween who requested it last year.

Sorry about the dark picture but it's raining here and quite dreary inside and out.

She requested a black and white based quilt with some animal prints.  She is also into sneakers.  Ta Da.

I squiggle quilted using all of the seam lines as guides in a blue grey .  I love the design that popped up in the white.

I also love the backing that was picked out by the Tween's grandmother.  For being so bright it is rather dark. I think I will need to go out and get some for myself.

This shot is after it's been washed and dried made all snuggly. Its now all ready to be popped into it's bag. 

While the rain continues to be dreary on the outside it is wonderful weather for crafting.  Not only did I finish this quilt, I finished my flag on a stick for my Hop posting on Wednesday and another helmet liner.

Have a happy week.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

PostCards - Hats and an almost Quilt Top

I received these 2 lovely "SPRING " themed post cards this week.

The Sunflowers are from Marie

and the sweet birds on the branch are from Fiona.

Both of these talented ladies are from Australia, so my post cards have some heavy duty mileage on them.  You would never know.  They both arrived unscathed. They actually look like they could have been hand delievered.

These are the postcards I designed and sent to them in return.  We all were participating in a SPRING THEMED post card swap organized by Sheila over at........
Thanks Sheila for another wonderful event.

I also whipped up these chemo caps for the local hospital.  I noticed that I had primarily been making hats for girls so I figured I would make a couple for the boys.

Next up on my todo list is this quilt top.  I just have to add the final border and make a back and quilt it. I need to get it at least as far as sandwiched by tomorrow night. I'm headed for the quilt room as soon as I hit the publish button.
Have a great week.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Great weekend of hats and blocks

I had another very productive weekend.  I found a new pattern I wanted to try for some chemo caps. I found it on Ravelry.  It is called Olivia's Butterfly. I know this is a strange photo but I had a very hard time getting a picture of the butterfly detail.

While I can knit I do knit rather slowly.  Crocheting on the other hand is a game a play with myself where I want to beat my own best time. It does make for a very productive adventure. 

Is this the cutest hat ever.  You can change the size by adding a row or two in the middle or changing your hook size.  I found the pattern at lunch time on Friday. 

I managed to make 2 Friday night,

2 on Saturday

and another on Sunday night after making 12 of these  blocks in the afternoon.

Glutton for punishment that I am, I made another one tonight same as the last one, just couldn't take another photo of them.  For some perspective, the largest of these hats fits my head.  They take me between an hour and an hour and a half to do.

I need to stop crocheting for a while because I have 3 quilting projects with deadlines due in the next 3 weeks and a couple of BOMs for this month that I haven't started yet.

Have a great week.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A couple of houses, a bowl and a hat

This really should have been 3 separate posts.  But I just couldn't find the umph to sit down and write.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hugs and Kisses to You

Welcome to my day to share the love. Ok, mine and a few other very talented ladies who are noted below.

I signed up for this hop as for all others with the desire for fun and maybe some stretch outside of my usual comfort zone.  Madame Samm's brilliant idea coupled with  Soma from Whims and Fancies       wonderful patterns were definitely outside of my comfort zone.

I have 2 problems with paper piecing. First is I can't get a handle on the angle I need to place fabrics from the back.  As soon as I can't see the fabric I'm lost. To successfully make this pattern took an amazing amount of fabric to compensation for this lack of vision on my part.  I entered this hop with the plan of making 3 pillows of various sizes for my couch. Didn't happen.

It took me hours to make one heart with arrow.  I only had to rip maybe 3 times because of my angle issues. I am proud to admit that I did finish. And, yes it is just what it was supposed to be thanks to the great pattern design but I just couldn't work up the umph to try 2 more.

I gave up on my idea for 3 pillows and ended up with a Lawn Decoration on the never ending snow.

A Table Topper

or, a Welcome to my guests for my front door.

The second problem I had was rediscovered when I finished the sewing and started the paper removal.  I absolutely, positively HATE to remove paper. I am including 3 more photos to emphasize this hatred.

15 or so years ago I saw a paper piecing demo at a quilt show.  I immediately signed up for a class.  This is the resulting top from the class, cute with wonderful points.

This is the back of the piece

Yes, all of that is still the paper attached 15 long years later. From the first ripped piece I hated it.  I have tried to foundation piece on and off over the years with the same result.  I don't always learn from my own example.

While I do admire the art of paper piecing and appreciate the art of the designers and the wonderful work of the sewers, I think my base problem is that I am a speed quilter who really doesn't give a hoot about perfect points and removing paper is phenomenally time consuming and I for one don't have the patience for it.

In summation.  I stretched and am glad I did. I didn't fall in love with PP but I have conquered it paper and all.  Now please go on to visit the rest of today's hoppers listed below for your viewing ease and any you may have missed up to now.  The Hugs and Kisses contributers have been wonderful and sew creative.
Lady Mary

Lady Vickie

Lady Anne

Lady Selina ( that's me )

Lady Theresa

Lady Jane

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A little of this and a little of that

I pass these snow guys on my way to and from work everyday and they make me smile.  I'm sharing the smile with you today.

This month I had the great fun of swapping Valentine Post Cards with  Annie at

this is the wonderful card I received.  She is so talented. I love her work. Totally forgot to take a picture of the card I sent.

I previously posted about the helmet liners I am knitting. I posted the background for them and the who to contact if you are interested here

Now there are 3.  My goal is to do 6 of them before November.  Why did Google turn my picture on it's side????  I should be able to make it with minimal issues.  January / February are my heavy knitting and crocheting months.  These 3 will be mailed off to Jeanne at
this week.
Next up is the Chemo Cap project for our local hospital.

My crocheting project is chemo caps. 

I crochet at manic speed.  I find while Knitting is relaxing Crocheting is very stressful for me.

Totally self inflicted. I managed to get the hats with the flipped up bottoms done in 2 evenings a piece and the other hat I did in 2 1/2 hours.  My problem with crocheting is that I start timing myself and trying to beat my previous best time. I gave up crocheting afghans because of the loonesy I was creating in my head timing and besting each row.
I'll be back on Monday with my current quilting project for the Hugs and Kisses Hop, hope to see you then.