Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Past Tense

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Today I scanned some of my favorite photos of past projects. I want to share a couple of them with you. When my granddaughter Mikaela was about 3 or 4 years old, I made her a Sunbonnet Sue quilt from the book "Leisure Arts Presents Quick Quilts". The teal green border doesn't show up as pretty here. Both the pink and the green had tiny polka dots. There is a yellow inner border. It was machine appliqued and machine quilted.  It was just a simple ditch in the ditch quilting. Tiny satin ribbons were tacked on it too.. Mikaela is almost 16 now and recently sent me a photo of it by cell phone. She apparently is still enjoying it.

Mikaela's Sunbonnett Sue quilt.

Close-up of a block.

Probably my favorite quilt that I made was my granddaughter Sierra's crib quilt. I got the pattern from a quilt magazine when Sierra was a baby. She is 12 now. I don't remember the name of the magazine now. It is a redwork quilt. I collected red fabrics here in Tennessee and in California where she lives. I hand-embroidered the snowball blocks. The quilting is by machine, but nothing fancy. But, I love it!

Me and Sierra's quilt

Hand-embroidered snowball blocks.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Random Week

I have had a busy and productive week. This week was my lunch with the Book Bags. That is my bookclub girls. I always have fun when I meet with them. This time the person who chose the book had read it when she was a teen (only about 45 years ago. Hee!). She thought it so profound back then. She really didn't like it so much this go round. I just hated it from beginning to end. Oh, well. It was still fun to meet with my club and an activity I look forward to.

Yesterday I had so many things to do. But, did I do them? No. I somehow ended up organizing my quilting fabrics. I got all the like colors pretty much together. It had been years since I had done much with fabrics. I just had put everything off until retirement. About 3/4 of the way thru organizing,  I sat to rest and found an awesome demonstration of how to fold those fabrics to a uniform size using my wide quilt ruler. Wow!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkTlaMqRlwo 

 The rest of the week I have worked hard on a UFO. It was a Christmas gift for one of my sisters.  I had started it  before Christmas last year. Then, I thought, "O.K., I do it for her birthday." Needless to say, that didn't happen either. LOL Anyway, I have been working steadily on it for the last 2 weeks. I was determined to finish it before the week was out and I DID! This afternnon I took it to the framer. It will be ready in 2 weeks...plenty of time for a Christmas gift. It turned out great! Plus, I have one less UFO to be staring me in the face. Yeah!!! Wish I could show it here, but don't want to spoil the surprise. How do other bloggers show their gift projects and keep it a secret fom the receipient? Hmmmm.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Keeping Me Busy

Even though I am retired, I  still feel like I am always behind on the the things I want to do. There's always a UFO (unfinished object) I should be working on. And, a new project I'd like to start. Roll, Roll Cotton Boll Mystery Quilt by my favorite quilt designer, Bonnie Hunter (http://www.quiltville.com/) is one of those projects. Don't know when I could ever get started on this. I love the way Bonnie designs quilts so that you can use up your fabric stashes. That gives me an excuse to buy more fabric.

The cake at my retirement party.

One of the resons I feel I am behind is because I had to unexpectly drive the 200 mile trip down to my mother's city. She has an apartment at a lovely assisted living facility. Unfortunately, she fell and hit her head last Friday and had to go to the hospital. My baby sis stayed with her at the hospital the first two nights and I stayed the next two. Then, when she was discharged, I spent a night at the assisted living facility to make sure she was o.k. It was mentioned to someone at the hospital that I had recently retired. When they asked if I was enjoying retirement, Mother said, "Oh, I keep her busy." I've made at least 4 trips down there in the 2 months since I retired, mostly to help down-size her things so we can get her house sold. Guess I just need to make sure I always have a project that I can easily carry with me.

Mother was totally checked out and is in great shape for 87 years old. But, I can tell she really wishes she could still sew and crochet and cook. This makes me even more determined to accomplish some of the things I have been planning for so long. You just never know when you might no longer be able to do it.

In addition to the projects, some friends and I began a book club. We call ourselves The Book Bags. It's a very small group right now and we are all in our sixties. I have to have this month's selection read by next Thursday. I picked it up from the library on my way back from my trip yesterday afternoon. It is a sci-fi novel called Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, published first in 1961. Certainly not my usual genre.  Guess I'd better start reading!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Socks and Underwear

My friend Cheryl is lots of fun to be around. I always feel like I can just be myself when I'm with her. Everyone needs a friend like that. Cheryl was a school teacher for 25 years. She never married and has no children, but her great niece and nephew are like her grandchildren. She feels strongly that Christmas toys should come from the parents, so she gives practical gifts. Socks and underwear fall into that category. In fact, last year her great niece, Haley, requested underwear. I think this 9 year old felt it was a rite-of-passage to receive these. She got 17 pair of pairs of panties from Cheryl last year!

Anyway, when I saw the Lizzie Kate cross stitch pattern (pictured below) I just had to make it for Cheryl. I finished stitching it last night. It has tiny black buttons on the suspenders and for the gift ribbon. I made several mistakes, but they really aren't noticeable. That's one of the things I love about Cheryl. She won't notice and even if I pointed them out, she wouldn't care. What a great friend! I plan to make a pillow from a Christmas print fabric and attach the cross stitch design. I'll post the finished product later. Now on to the next project!