Countdown to Christmas

Saturday, November 29, 2014

End ot the year musings

It's been a while since I have taken the time to blog. I have been busy and haven't been inclined to write. I am working furiously on some projects now and expect to finish them tomorrow or Monday. I am doing 2 pillowcases for Margaret's Air Force project, a pin cushion for an exchange and a table runner for the Just Needles Christmas Party on Tuesday. I just have to sew the binding on and it's finished.

I finally decided what I wanted to do for my pincushion so I will cut and sew it tomorrow. The pillowcases are ready to be sewn. I believe Margaret will like them. I have blankets to sew, pillowcases to make, towels to embroider, and other things to do. I am not going to travel this Christmas so I should have plenty of time to do all these things. I am actually glad I am not going anywhere as I need a break and to catch up. One of my goals is to get the serger out and try to learn to use it.

I gave Grace a few sewing machine lessons the other day and apparently, she is loving it. I need to get her over here and see what she is comfortable with in the way of rotary cutters, etc. I am making a list of items she needs to get to sewing. What a wonderful grand daughter I have! (Actually, I have 4 grand daughters and 2 grandsons...they make life fun, interesting, and worth living!)




Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Y'all!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 22, 2014

I am in a bit of a funk today. I plan to go swimming and wash it away! lol I've been joining groups on FB and have decided that I may be overdoing it. Some of those members are churning out quilts and projects in unbelievable amounts and, quite frankly, it's a bit intimidating. I have decided to restrict myself to just a few. I've been doing alot of hexies lately. They are fun and easy to do and travel well.

Speaking of travel, I plan to go to Oregon, Washington, and Canada with my bff, Marsha, and grandson, James, next month. We are all looking forward to discovering some new areas and seeing my son, Ben and his family. Can't wait!

I'll post some more later. Bye!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ballet pillowcase

I have had this fabric since we (Marsha and I) went pig-trailing in Tennessee in 2009. I just didn't know who it was for! I thought I would make something for Grace, my oldest granddaughter, with it but never did. Trinity, Amanda and Matt's niece, and my "almost granddaughter ", began ballet lessons this year. She LOVES ballet! So I remembered I had this fabric and made this. But, I was not happy with the trim I had. So I went "shopping" at Marsha's and found the toe shoe ribbon. Originally, I wanted pink satin ribbon, like toe shoes have, but once I saw this, I knew it was the one!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Catch up

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted. I have had a lot going on so I just lost touch. However, I hope to be a regular writer again.  So...to catch up: I had the gastric sleeve surgery in October 2013, for health reasons to lose weight. Right now, I've lost about 35 lbs. it is not as easy as people think to lose, even with this surgery. I went into it with my eyes wide open and with the attitude that THIS was my time to get healthy. Yes, I did it to lose weight and look better. However, I really did it so I can watch my grandchildren grow up. I did it for me!

Moving on, I can't believe how much more energy I have. I've been sewing more and moving more. My goals now are exercise every day. I bought a recumbent bike that is in my bedroom so I have no excuse not to ride it.! Lol. I have been walking, riding the bike, and doing water aerobics. Tomorrow, I start back at HealthQuest (chevron) for more exercises. My goal is to work my arms, legs, and abs.

I am still travel crazy. Next trip is at spring break. Not sure where yet, but going somewhere. Then taking grandson James to Oregon, Washington, and Canada in July. Really excited about this trip. Marsha is going too. Fabric...cheese...grandbabies.. Children...mountains.. Sounds fun to me!

Birthdays, baby showers, weddings, deaths....so much happening lately. Jimmy's daddy died February 16. He was 93 years old. He was a WWII vet. A hero. We will miss him.

I have a few sewing projects going on right now. A tea cozy, a table runner, a pillowcase for my "extra" granddaughter, Trinity, and pick up the sewing on Jimmy's tshirt quilt. I cleaned out my closet today of my t-shirts and have plenty for a quilt for myself. Wow! It's amazing the variety I have too.  No pictures yet. I'll work on getting some soon. Whew! Way more than you wanted to know!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Updates

I have been totally slacking this year and I have no excuse but ...oh, I'll do that later! lol . School was hard this past year and my health took a dive. BUT, I am feeling much better and am very positive about this new school year. This will be my 14th year at Colmer.

Marsha and I went to Great Britain in June and stayed 30 days. We spent about 2-1/2 weeks in Scotland, which we fell in love with, and the rest of the days in Wales and England. Yes, Stonehenge is totally awesome and unbelievable. If you go, be sure to schedule some time there. I will put up a few pictures to show you what I am talking about. Plus, we got pics of Nessie! On Loch Ness!! The last picture is at Windsor Castle.
 Stonehenge
 Nessie of the Loch Ness


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Rainy Saturday Project Linus sewing

Janet, Lisa and Pam conferring
Now they're just posing! lol

And here they are again!
Tammy, Sandra, Marsha and Alice hard at it!


Hard at work


Deb and Pam working it!

See Jeanette measure using a piece of fabric.


Marsha

Marsha.....what else can I say?





The Quilt Ninja....HIIIIYAAAAA



Just Needles Quilting Guild has done it again. We got together at the Pascagoula Library for a morning of intense sewing to make quilts for Project Linus...although they may go to another organization this time...CASA. It seems there are way too many children who need comforting and can use a blanket. Check out the picutres!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

T-shirt quilt : getting it done

I started the T-shirt quilt in a class at Block Therapy on Feb. 1. It was truly a great class. I learned so much from Brenda and Joan. It really gave me confidence to continue on. I think I have been afraid to attempt another large quilt for fear of failure. Seeing what the other quilters in the club has been somewhat intimidating but don't think that's the only reason I hesitated. I believe that my health was some to blame too. I almost feel like I've been in a fog and am coming out of it. I haven't been happy but have made some decisions that I hope will be the best for me. Anyway, I digress.

I have all the blocks together. I did them in strips up and down like the instructions call for (instead of across, as tradition calls for). I sewed like a fiend and had the 3 panels done. I stopped for the night and got up this morning and looked at them again. Sewed the first 2 panels together and WHAATTT the heck.....discovered one of the lattice strips was on upside down!! OMG! Well, it turned out to be an easy fix. Rip and resew. Got all three panels sewn together now and it looks great. The green border goes on next and then the outside border. I was thinking about it last night and had Jimmy approve it (after all, it IS his quilt!). So the backing and the outside border will be the cool tennis shoes. I think it'll be kicking!!! pun intended!

Here it is in panels and the upside down lattice on the middle one. lol 
I am really happy that I have this going on. Next, I believe I'll do one for a grandchild. I have been putting it off but am ready to tackle it. This will be after I go to Baton Rouge in March for an embroidery weekend. It sounds like fun and we get to do some hands on work too.