Saturday, July 4, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Invasion of the Greta Poodle and border question

Greta has come for a two week visit.  My mother is away with her brother so we were nominated to care for Greta.  Seamus was at first excited she was coming home with us.  But the bloom faded off that rose quick enough.  Now he just looks at us as if to say:  "She's STILL here!"
Greta is not going to want to go home.  She never gets walked unless she is with us and we've had two cat sightings in our back yard (one she actually got to chase).  She loves to go to the park in the morning (above).  Plus people are always coming by and she likes all the stops we make during our neighborhood walks to chat with Seamus' friends.  If she looks similar to Teddy, it's because she is his sibling.  They came from the same litter.  
How are you spending the Fourth of July?  I'll probably be home sewing.  I was working on a checkerboard quilt that incorporates a jelly roll I won at a local quilt show (yellow, grey, and white fabrics).
I found a pattern in a friend's magazine that looked similar to the jelly roll I had and I liked the checkerboard effect.  I was all set to add the last border of checkerboard, when I realized I would have a lot of blocks left.  My solution?  I think I will forgo the last border and use this flowered print that I had in my stash.  If I do this, I actually have enough to make 2 lap quilts which would be a fun present!  Do you like the floral with this?
Stay safe and cool!  Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

I love Canada and I love Canadians!!  So does my son and daughter-in-law and they just recently returned from another trip to Ontario and Montreal.  They bought me this nice mug (goes with the red themed kitchen I have and today's celebration):
Jessica gave me the mug on Monday which was also the second anniversary for her and Peter.  Here she is opening the picnic quilt I made them:

 One of my favorite things about this quilt was the ticket fabric I found for backing it.  They got married in a theater and a raffle ticket played an integral part in their ceremony.

I'm staying home and cleaning today.  Not that exciting but the valley I live in was hit pretty hard by storms and possibly tornadoes.  A lot of roads are closed right now so it's as good time as any to clean and then sew.  Hope you are all doing well!  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

July approaches

The garden is lovely but the air is so humid that inside--we have fans running in addition to our central air.  I don't do much in the garden in July.  The weather is too hot and it is not healthy to move plants in high heat.  It's good to take time to just enjoy nature!

July is the month I have to always set aside to sew and refold the quilts in my collection.  This year, I am also reviewing what I have to see if there are any pieces I can pass on or sell.  I have a relatively healthy collection of quilts and use them for my trunk shows.  In January and July, I check and refold them.  The refolding is important as I have had quilts where the wear is evident (from being folded for a good long time).  My friend and often business partner, Beth Bacher has just uploaded her first video on you tube that deals with this subject.  You can see it here:
PS--By the way, that is one of my quilts in the background when Beth first comes on (it has fold line wear).

Monday, June 22, 2015

News from the Home Front!

I'm finally off for a few weeks this summer!  That isn't a complaint, I love giving lectures and spring and fall are my busiest months.  Unfortunately, I've also had another bout of vertigo. Never a fun time but we are coping.

The dog days of summer are here and I'm back to sewing in the afternoons.  We have central air but still...Seamus isn't that enamored with the heat.  He spends a lot of time here:
The garden is lovely and when it is cool, we spend time outside.  My brother and I are both descendants of upcyclers.  Before it was "cool" my grandfather repurposed things.  Jim and I  inherited this gene.  This trellis (behind the table) is Jim's contribution to the garden this year. He was given a rusty trellis by an old man (who knew he liked junk)--and Jim cleaned, sanded and painted it for my garden.  It is serving as a little screen for privacy.
Yesterday I got a little vine for it:
More photos of the garden to come!  Enjoy the first full day of summer!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Grateful for Rain

We have finally gotten some good rain here!  Last week the local weather folks said we were as much as 5 inches behind on precipitation this year.  Here are some photos from the garden this year:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sew-cation Results

I always get more done when I allot a few days to just sewing.  This Sew-cation did get me some good results.  Today I do have to clean-up, run errands, etc.  But here is what I accomplished:
The binding is applied to Peter and Jessica's picnic quilt.  You might remember some of these fabrics from Peter and Jessica's party here.  I'm giving it to them for their second anniversary on June 29.  The first anniversary is supposed to be paper (we gave them a gift certificate); the second anniversary is supposed to be cotton.  So I'll use that to justify why it took so long to get this done.  This quilt is HEAVY.  I really need to find a light weight batting that I can maneuver better.  It took almost a whole day to apply the binding to the quilt because it was so dang heavy.  If you can recommend a lightweight batting, I would sure appreciate any suggestions!
Check this one off my list as well.  This is for the Civil War program.  I've applied the binding and began hand sewing it on the back last night.  I love to sew at night but I can't see well enough to embroider in the evening (despite a variety of lights including an ott light).  Binding is easier on my eyes and I now have a stack of quilts to bind which makes me sooooo happy :)
Got this quilted and applied binding as well.  I'm going to be pretty busy at night!  Two other projects that went astray:
Didn't get these done the way I wanted because I didn't like something with the embroidery. So I ripped and am restitching some things.  
Every morning I am watering some part of the garden with my soaker hoses.  Thank goodness for the soakers!  We haven't had rain since April 21st.  I can live without grass (indeed I have no grass in my backyard) but I so love my flowers and foliage.  Hopefully we will get some rain Wednesday AND Thursday but we will see.
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sew-cation 2015

I've been working in the garden a lot this week.  Getting the garden ready for visitors and the summer season is always a lot of work but so worth it once the weather is truly warm (the temp was in the 40s this morning).  

The hubs is working, the kids aren't coming home for the weekend and I actually fell asleep at 8 p.m. last night, I was so tired from working outdoors.  I feel as if I need a sew-cation.  What sounds better than a relaxing weekend of sewing?
I don't have a ton of projects on my list.  I just want to:  1-- get the binding applied to Peter and Jessica's quilt, 2-- quilt and apply binding to a mini quilt for our Civil War program, 3 and 4-- put together two mini quilts tops for my embroidery program.  I think these projects are do-able for one weekend and won't make me feel like I'm juggling too much.
I'll be posting photos as I can because I need to be accountable to get these things done this weekend.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Remember those who have fallen and say some prayers for their families.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dog TV

Greta visited yesterday and was so excited when she looked over the wall and saw a REAL LIVE CAT!  George (the cat) was out lounging on the back porch of my neighbor's home. 
Our first poodle, Paddie, used to enjoy looking over the wall at the world and that is when we originally called this region "dog tv".  She could stand for hours looking over the wall.  The wall was shorter then, built up for a variety of reasons (including Teddy our dog who could be neurotic when he saw the cat or anything else).  Anyway, this was truly exciting for Greta!  I was so proud of her because she didn't bark once at him, she was just thrilled to see a cat--so close and one that actually moved!!!
Seamus was less than thrilled.  He loves George and even visits him but losing Greta as a playmate was NOT what he called a good visit.  SO HE barked at George--an unusual behavior for Seamus.
Fortunately the two poodles made up later on and ended up lounging indoors once the heat got too high to be outsides.  
Hope the weather is tolerable for you!  We are expecting cooler temps later this week.  Have a great week everyone!!