I've been gone for awhile and will be for an indefinite period, helping my daughter and her family as she heals from multiple surgeries. Keep on sewing and quilting and making beautiful things. I love visiting your blogs and enjoying the lovely things you make, the stories you tell, the tutorials you share. Bright spots in each day. Hoping to be back soon.
After lurking and entering several giveaways by Annie at freezeframe
Not ONLY the postcard, but she made a special envelope to send it in, too!
It is so special, because the flower reminds me of a sunflower (my favorite flower, as it was my Dad's also).
And the bee? Well, Annie didn't know this, but my maiden name is Wetherbee! Mom and Dad had a special stamp made for their return address that had a bee on it. Awesome!
Annie was giving away several postcards and asked those interested in receiving one to choose their favorite. I chose this one for several reasons: I LOVE coffee. And birds. And music (family is very musically-inclined). And the color RED. So it is perfect!
The LOVE letters are raised just a bit and the heart on the coffee cup is sparkly. The card edges are BOUND and STITCHED! The back is stamped with a Postcard image and Annie wrote a sweet message to me. Also on the back Annie penned a title for the piece: "cuppa love".
The photo doesn't do justice to the actual card. It's lovely!
Anyone reading this, I encourage you to visit Annie's blog and enjoy viewing the lovely things she designs, both paper and fabric art. You will be inspired!
Ok, maybe it's just one. But it's a start. Only 62 blocks to go! Yep, this is gonna be a BIG quilt.
(Photographed on a cream-colored counter-top so looks a bit confusing plus the photo is off-center. It will be lovely with other scrappy blocks around it and some nice sashing and corner stones and quilting and binding. I hope.)
Actually, there's a bunch of chain-piecing going on, but it's not very exciting to see mounds of unpressed, sewn pieces.
Tomorrow, I cut the pieces for my other QAL with Christa Quilts. And then sew on this one some more.
Thursday I will take my hexies with me when I accompany hubby for his cataract surgery. Would like to have a corner sewn together to see what the pattern I drew out on graph paper will look like.
It feels soooo good to be working on things I love to do!
May 18th was the last day of business for the quilt shop where I've worked part-time for the past 6 3/4 years. The owner retired: new grandbaby, the desire to travel and spend more time with family...all good reasons...and I'm happy for her. And for me too, as soon as I get used to the change.
Up until that time there was a flurry of activity, with weekly sales, consolidating/moving inventory, soothing sad customers (and one another), and trying not to take home half the store myself. Yep. I was pretty much a squirrel, distracted by the changes, the sales, and wanting to purchase as much as I could afford as "mementos" of the shop. Fabric and thread as mementos? Really? I'm just a big silly.
Anyway, the shop is closed, all for good reasons, but still leaves a big hole in my heart. Don't know if I'll try to teach anywhere else and I'm not looking for another job right now anyway. I'm retired! For the second time. There are mixed feelings: relief, relaxation, anxiety, fear of turning into a blobby pile of mush.
Loose ends. No structure. Squishy, like walking on a bog.
So, after taking a couple of short trips with hubby and then recovering from a cold, I spent the last 3 days starting a new project!
My first scrap quilt!
Yes, it took me three days (not full days, mind you) to go through my scraps, iron them and cut them into hundreds and hundreds of pieces. Scrap quilts may be frugal fabric-wise but certainly not time-wise...at least in the prep phase anyway.
I used up all of my 1 1/2" strips and made a huge dent in my 2" strips. Then raided my red scraps for the squares and used up all of my Kona white. Here's what I'm making:
Sorry about the picture...could NOT get my phone camera to stop orienting the picture sideways, and when I edited it and rotated it, it wound up looking squished. Anyway, the quilt is called "Scrap-Tease" and I found it on a blog (can't remember where). Couldn't find the pattern for sale anywhere but was able to purchase one on EBay. The pattern is by Bettie Hammock and contact info on the pattern says:
129 Stonebriar Dr.
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
I'll post my progress as I go. Am excited to DO something new!
Am starting another project also...a quilt along with Christa Quilts, called String of Pearls. The button is on my sidebar, and the QAL starts on the 5th. It will be the first QAL for me. Very pleased. New things. Will show more of that in another post, as well as my first hexie project.
Finding my way through this full-time retirement thing! Any others in the same boat? Tips and ideas always welcome!
My Granddaughter spent her spring break with us this year and we had a sewing-good time. She flew here from Oregon...first time flying alone...and we drove to Phoenix to pick her up so no plane changes.
I had purchased a sewing machine for her from a friend, a Pfaff Creative 2000, and we had a ball sewing and embroidering for 10 days. Priceless! She was a pro at using the machine (including embroidery!) by the time she left. She is a computer-savvy 7th-grader, and the machine didn't intimidate her at all!
Here are some of the things we made together:
A pillowcase for herself.
A pillowcase for her brother.
An embroidered t-shirt. We bought the shirt and then had fun selecting the design and choosing the thread colors. She was a PRO at changing threads after embroidering this design!
Here she is at her new machine:
Watching the magic happen.
She also embroidered three colorful canvas totes, one for herself and two for her best friends. I forgot to get photos of those.
We worked together to finish a quilt top that she and her mom had started a few years ago:
She sewed all of the cat blocks (38) and I sewed the snail's trail blocks (10). And they fit together perfectly!
We blew up Peeps in the microwave:
We made Peepmobiles:
(Notice the crocheted egg cozies in the basket? They had to get in on the photo shoot. They were
made by Granddaughter's mom...my daughter. There are actually 4 cozies: chicken, duck, bunny and the lamb is too shy to be in the picture).
We went to the Desert Museum and saw all kinds of critters, like these:
...and snakes, spiders, scorpions too, but didn't stop long enough to take pics of those.
We also went swimming, sat in the hot tub to take the kinks out of our hunched-over-sewing-shoulders, and visited and giggled to our hearts' content!
I taught her sewing things and she taught me Pinterest and iPhone stuff. Bonus!
I feel like I received an infusion of interest and energy, and my heart is FULL!
See the contents of a nice, soft package that arrived today!
Isn't it beautiful? A Tree of Hearts mug rug, all the way from Australia, from my blog friend Fiona!
The photo makes it look pinkish but it is really deep rusty reds, sagey greens and ocean teals. Free-motion quilted so very nicely with FEATHERS (I cannot do those yet) and some little heart-shaped leaves.
So beautifully done and I love love love the stitched tree. It is blooming quite nicely in its new Arizona home.
Thank you Fiona, for giving away some of your fine work, and I'm so glad Mr. Random chose me as one of the winners of your giveaway.
Sandi had sent along all the makings for a fine snowman wall-hanging: fabric, a pre-cut snowman in a nice fuzzy fabric and also the eyes, buttons, nose (2 choices!) and mouth all made by her from polymer clay. See her nice tutorial on making the snowman wall-hanging here and here. Her tutorial on making the polymer clay snowman features is here.
She also sent a snowman-shaped dish filled with chocolate.
It didn't take me a year to polish off the chocolate. :)
When I emailed Sandi to thank her for her giveaway I mentioned that I might make him into a Southwest Snowman. So that's just what I did!
His boots and hatband are made from fabric that looks like rattlesnake skin. His "rope" is jute twine. My mom said that with the wild critters roamin' the desert he needed to be packin' a revolver. So...I added some protection. Looks like a proper cowboy. (Now don't be haranguing me about guns and such. I respect your right to your opinion...on your blog. ;D )
He was fun to make and thanks again, Sandi for hosting that giveaway. I'm glad I won!
Marlene from Stitchin By The Lake has been hosting a weekly blog-land look-about and I was listed amongst this week's sites to visit. Thank you Marlene!
If you haven't taken a look at Marlene's blog yet you are in for a treat! She is a lovely, talented lady and unfailingly gracious to all who visit her site.
I check out her blog every day, and am especially glad I did so early today because...well...my last post was kinda cranky and I didn't want folks to visit and leave with the impression that I am a whiny curmudgeon. (I try to keep that part of my personality under wraps :) ).
Since I don't have a tutorial ready for you or even a new, finished project to show off, how about some cookies and coffee? (Guaranteed: no calories!)
Enjoy your look around my place, introduce yourself and, if you would like to invite me to drop by your place, I'd love to!