Saturday, January 31, 2015

A finish!

Happy end of January. I can't believe how fast this month has went. I would like a snow day, but it isn't looking to good for the home team.

Anyhoo, I wanted to share my doll quilt swap that I made for my partner, Emily. It turned out so cute. I really enjoyed making it. The theme was favorite book. Well, aren't there too many choices? So, a book quilt it is!



Doesn't it scream curl up with a good book?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Out for Process

So, hum.... a little backed up on fleeces at the moment. I have seven fleeces hanging out that I have started processing, but really, I don;t like the washing and picking part. I decided that I would rather let someone else get these going. Therefore, I put four out to Illinois Fiber Mills. Eleven pounds of lovely fluffy stuff. I have three that are merino-crosses that are just beautiful, and one of the first fleeces that I ever bought that has a canary stain. Not sure if it will come out in the processing or not, but can be dyed a later point. Going to be bit of a pinch, but I am sure well worth it in the long run....

Here are the pictures:

 beige gray

light to dark brownish gray

This considered black, but will most likely be a chocolatey color.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Fresh Start

Happy New Year! 2014 is over and gone. Now to recover. The last couple of years have been very hard for my hubby and I. Two Christmases ago, he fell out of his truck mangling his knee. That took almost a year resolve. Last year, a severe reaction to a pneumonia vaccine caused him to lose the use of his right arm for almost two months. Thank God for physical therapy. Finally, he is mostly well and working again. He is taking on a new start by going out on the road with another good friend as independents. I am truly excited for him to get this started. It's been in the making for months, and we are the uphill road to recovery.

Additionally, I am making changes, too. Not as much as the hubby, but a real challenge for me. I seriously need to lose weight. Problem, I hate exercise. I have the ability, just not the desire. However, changes need to be made. I am targeting to eat healthier by eating more veggies and fruits. As well as getting on the treadmill daily.

As far as crafts go, I have been neglectful of anything other than quilting for a good year. Time for a change. I spent my Christmas break spinning for a sweater. It is done. Now I need a good pattern to match it. I also made a slouchy hat and taught my neighbor to knit. Not bad, I think.  So, for this year, I want to make a pair of mittens, knit some charity hats, make three sweaters, a couple of cowls, spin for another sweater, and make some skirts.

All of this is doable; I just need to start fresh. More to come....

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New to Me Singer 401A - Doris

Meet Doris. I named her after Doris Day. My mom love the movies from the 50's and 60's and I remember one of my favorites was Doris Day. I thought she was so pretty and a genuine lady. This girl runs great. Everything is clean and her cabinet is nice she, too. This is my first slant needle machine. I am really interested in getting her going. She need a spool pin that I have already patiently waiting for its arrival. More to come with her test run.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Rose

I have the best husband in the whole wide world. Not only does he put up with my crabbiness, he takes an avid interest in my hobbies, collections, basically anything in my interest. Two Saturdays ago, I was checking out sewing machines on craigslist. He asked if there was anything of interest. I said that there was a coffin treadle that I thought was a good buy. He asked if I had checked on it. I said no since I really didn't have funds to play with. He picks up my cell and text the guy. Next thing I know, we in the car headed to Alton to pick up Rose.

She was born in 1859 based on what I could find. Her rose and daisy decals are really in pretty good shape for her age. There is cleaning to do to see if there is any shine on the metal parts. I will need to give her a coat of clear gloss as most of it is gone now. I think she is fantastic.



Here is her coffin top and base. It's in poorer shape, but everything seems solid. I plan to refinish the wood and bring it back to its illustrious past. Needless to say, this need to get in the cue before it gets too cold,



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday is usually the day for just slowing down, doing what I want, and hanging at home. The weather has definitely moved into fall. Friday night was well into the low 30's. I put the heavier quilt on the bed for Highway man to complain that we didn't need it. Yeah ok hon. He woke up before on Saturday and needless to say, he turned the heat on.

Slow stitching resulted in a ring around one flower while watching the Patriot / Bengals game. Lots of flags all night.

I also Highwayman bound quilt together. I need to add the grey border. I am so happy with the look if this. It has this Americana feel to it, It's plenty big and will do nicely in the truck for hubby. 



Picture with the intended border.

Quilting  out....

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sewing with Bonnie

I was so excited about quiltcam tonight. I got eight on the centers of my highwayman bound quilt blocks done. Not too shabby. I would have loved to get them all done, but I knew that wasn't going to happen. It kills me when I start to get close, but really not as close as I think I am. Oh well... Maybe a flimsy by the weekend.