Sunday, May 13, 2018

Yes she can...

So my good friend Rosa and now also known as my "quilter extraordinaire" quilted this beauty.

Hot off the Longarm
Delivered to the one I love in time for our anniversary celebration. The only thing it needs is a label, and maybe a sleeve for maybe hanging in The Southern Comforters Best Little Quilt Show next year 2019.  I love the quilting design.  It's a big quilt, and I will try to take a picture of it this week outside in the sunshine.
I love the quilting design Circles and Swirls
So from my last post's question "Can she do it"?  I have to say "Yes she can"...

Until next time,

Happy piecing, happy sewing

Monday, April 16, 2018

Can she do it?

I'm trying really, really hard here. Trying to finish this quilt top.  A finished quilt top for a milestone date.  In time for the big Forty year anniversary.  Can she do it?  This is half of the quilt top, my design floor isn't big enough for a King size quilt top. (Well right now it is a Queen quilt top).

At last measurement this top was 83in. X 93 1/2in. 
This is "Sticks N Stones" a Missouri Star Quilt Co. YouTube video, I call mine "Sand and Waves".  The last border on the right has been "unstitched" and is no longer on the quilt top.  It wasn't what I thought it would be.

So for now, it's laying on my sewing room floor waiting for me to figure out "what" to do next.  ***any .02 cent opinion's are welcome.***  

Until then, happy piecing, happy sewing,

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Busy February start

The last days of January were spent with our first daughter #1 and her three boys (Hubby and adorable 2 Grandsons).  We went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.  I haven't been there in years, and really enjoyed the day with them.  Lunch at the Hard Rock  first where daughter #1 and I shared a BIG burger, and french fries.  Yum yum!

Elton John's Jacket

After lunch we walked over to the Aquarium.  Calypso was in a tank when you first enter the Aquarium, she's a 500 pound Sea Turtle with a story.  

Three Flippers Calypso  

Then since they were here spending a couple days with us we had a family dinner with all our children, and grandchildren here.  It don't get no better than that.  I didn't take any pictures...How the heck did that happen?  They were packed up and leaving on Friday evening, and then enter daughter #2 and her two guys.  She and hubby off for the weekend, and lucky Nan and Pop get to babysit until the following Tuesday.  Family time was just what this Quilter needed.

Sew today, I'm linking up with and heading down to the sewing room to see what my #9 UFO is.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,

Oh yeah, Happy Valentine's Day!
Be mine

Sunday, January 28, 2018

First finish of 2018

Wow, I'm doing a happy dance here!  January 2018's first finish is here, and I'm feeling pretty good about it.  Panel pieced, quilted, binding on and labeled, and to top it off delivered to dear Mother-in-Law.
Hydrangea panel 
The pattern I used is Message board.  I bought the pattern from Spring Water Designs on shop small Saturday.

Message Board pattern 

Back of the quilt
The label was from this book that I bought a couple years or more from Joann Fabric.  The book has a lot of labels.  Labels to trace and iron on.  My label was iron on and I embroidered the for, from and date.  I used fabric markers to color the rose, and leaves, and made the writing A Mother's love is the heart of the family a little darker.
Book of labels

Sewing the label on the back

Ms. Jackson with her quilt

I also embroidered her pink hat with her name (last year).  She looks so cute, and is the heart of our family.

This is my first blog in 2018 (Happy New Year!), and my first quilt finish of 2018.  Hopefully there will be more finishes this year.  I did make a list (joining All People Quilt's 2018 UFO challenge of 12 UFO's that I am going to really, really try to finish that list this year.  Wish me luck.

Until next time, happy piecing, happy sewing,


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Getting back into it.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done.  Since I’ve been home from the beach I haven't been able to get much done even though all of my sewing accoutrements are back in their assigned places in my sewing room.  There's a new little baby Grandson in my life, and the two older Grandson's came and stayed last weekend with Nan and Pop, and we went to the Air and Space Museum.  (was that just last weekend?)

Commissary Shopping
But before we went to pick up the boy's there was grocery shopping to do.  I got a kick out of these little Army, Navy sugar pumpkins.  Thanksgiving cooking is quickly approaching, but these weren't coming home with me this trip.

The weather was beautiful last weekend, and after a long day down in DC with lots of walking, eating lunch on the lawn in front of the Washington Monument, Ice Cream, and a ride on the Carousel.  We headed home on the subway, and ate Hot Dogs and Mac n Cheese out on the patio with a few games of Uno after dinner.  And let me just tell you, it was big time fun around here!

The Washington Monument I didn't take this picture, but that's pretty much how last weekend looked.  Blue sky's and 80 degree's!
Wine and Fire

But after all that fun and those adorable boy's were safely dropped home with their daddy (mommy works the night shift) a little sewing and embroidery happened.   

Onesie Embroidery
Someone forgot his travel pillow, ta da! Name added.

Sand and Waves is coming along
20 blocks from one jelly roll or 4 rows by 5 rows.  I want this to be 6 rows by 7 rows or 42 blocks.  This second jelly roll will make another 20 blocks, I'll need two more blocks when all is said and done.  I decided the next 20 blocks will be my new leader/ender project. Because I bought a really pretty panel on the way home from the beach (at Serendipity Quilt Shop) that I want to make for my Mother in Law who is currently living at a Rehab center.  I'll post a picture of the panel in the next post.  Until then,

Happy piecing, happy sewing,


Thursday, October 12, 2017

One is a lonely number

I never really thought about that statement until I lived it for four days on vacation by myself.  Don't get me wrong, anytime at the beach for me is a good thing.  But when my man can't come, normally one of my adult children can join me for at least the weekend. Life seems to have gotten in the way this year.  And so I was the one.

Dinner at Captain Mac's Fish House Friday night was the third or fourth restaurant I stopped at.  The Cruiser's were also in town this week 40 in Ocean City, (which is NOT a problem for me) but every restaurant was packed.  This place is just over the Delaware line on route 54 just outside Ocean City.  I was starving by the time I got there, and they served me the best crab cake sandwich and "golden french fries" I have eaten in a long time.

Captain Mac's Fish House
While driving up and down Coastal Highway (with the top down, of course) it was 71 degrees after all.  People were lined up and down along the street,  sitting in their lawn chairs watching the "parade" of beautiful cars drive by.  Normally I take pictures of the cruises, but normally I'm not the one driving either. Ha! "One is a lonely number" after all.  "Hey Miata", "I like your car", are a couple of the compliments I received during my drive up and down Costal Highway.  This Miata has been my "Cruiser" since 2006, and since I was driving alone to Ocean City this week,  I was driving my Miata.  She is after all, my cruiser.

Hey Miata!
Moon Shine on the ocean "Hon"
Beautiful weather, and lots of walks on the beach.  

People were swimming!
But then there was sewing too.

First finished block
I even got some sewing done.

Before mitered corners.
I tried to take a picture of this wall hanging on the beach, but can you say "wind"?  Not such an easy task.  Another example of  "One is a lonely number"?

Wall hanging for my bedroom.

Lunch at Fin's in Berlin, MD
I followed my friend for lunch to  Fins in Berlin, MD.  And another delicious meal was had.  Roasted Beet Salad was my choice, and it was a good choice.  Need I say more?  Yum.  (Yes, I needed to say more).

Joyce and I
We talked, and talked, and caught up. Joyce is an Avon dealer, and she and I have known each other for over 10 years,  Our husbands worked together in the US Army.

Sticks and Stones
My version of Sticks and Stones I should call it  Sand and Waves.

Coffee before I go.

All this in there?

My Bernina was first inside.

Good by

Always have to stop here on the way home


Driver needs nourishment

Good food, good service
I'm not going to lie, there were three dinner rolls in that basket when the waitress put it down on my table.
Liver and Onions
And at the end, have to go pick up our Remy girl!  That's one happy dog in that truck.
I missed this girl

Lets go home!
And that's week 40 2017 over and in the memory book.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sewing it's what I do.

After this past summer of helping DD#1 taking care of Grandson's one and two (baby sitting is a a lost art).  Mother's today have it hard, finding good daycare providers for their little one's shouldn't be this hard. Back in the day, I had the luxury of staying home with my babies until they were in school, and my husband was in the Army, and we lived in Military Housing which was a big relief for us, and afforded me the luxury of having options.  Staying home and taking care of my children until they were all in school was a (luxury).  And I am thankful for my man and all we have accomplished.
Today's families do not have many choices, and I'm thankful that I  am a younger Nan, aka Grandma to some.  Helping my children raise their little one's is something I cherish, and am forever thankful for.
So now I can step down from my soap box...And look what this Nan can do?

Tonight I started a romper for Grandson #3
All cut out, and ready to start sewing.  I need to apply snaps to the shoulder straps, and this little cutie will be ready to wear.  The retro lions are so cute!  And who couldn't fall in love with a pre printed baby book?  Sewing does the heart good.

Romper and fabric book
A very productive evening.  Here's to sewing after a long day.  

Happy piecing, happy sewing,

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