Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Larger than a coaster, smaller than a hot pad or a place mat, making rug mugs has really gotten a lot of attention. I found this pattern on Pinterest, and went to the blog to get directions. Fun, but like all small quilts, the binding is a challenge. Maybe I need an adaptation for future projects? These are the ones that I've been making:
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Warning: Dwight and Steve might not be interested in this....As I reach an older age (81+), I wonder how much longer I will enjoy making quilts and playing with fabric. I made the decision last spring to purchase a new sewing machine - it's wonderful - snips the thread, gives me all kinds of options, semi-threads the needle (doesn't like the size 70 needle that I like to piece fabric with, but I can live with that.) However, the new machine is much longer than my older machine, and so I was doing make-shift sewing, until I purchased this cabinet from my local Pfaff store - the cabinet is made in Provo, and the lowering and raising of the machine is done electrically! Love it. However, the purchase of something like this is like buying a set of large dominoes. When daughter Julia and her husband Mike came to see us, Mike and I went shopping in Logan, and purchased my cabinet. Julie and I hurriedly emptied the older cabinet, so that the new one could be installed while we still had company. Now comes the domino part - Three new drawers to partition and sort and use. And sort and sort and sort. After sorting machine accessories, needles, etc., I started working on the tubs of fabric and fabric scraps that we had to move in order to install the new cabinet....What a project. In my important papers, I found an article I had saved with a way of organizing those scraps so that they would be more useable. So, first I sorted according to color, style, etc., and then am dedicating about an hour a day to cutting into fat quarters, l0". 5", and 2-1/2" squares.....Hopefully, we won't have a houseful of company for a while, because the upstairs guest room bed is full of fabric.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
When we were growing up on the farm, we never thought of Mother's Day and flowers. (My birthday at the end of May was another story - the lilacs were blooming by then, and we'd fill the house with bouquets in two-quart mason jars.) However, the custom has become part of my life in these later years. I never know what my Mother's Day flower will be, nor from which children or from my husband they will come, so it's always a surprise. We are thankful for them, because they brighten our days!
Thursday, May 5, 2016
I've been gone from this blog for a long time. On December 22, my life got turned upside down, because a little tumor growing on my S-1 decided to interfere with the myelin sheath of the sciatic nerve. Pain interfered with my life, and finally, on the 29th, I was sent to University of Utah Medical Center. Fortunately, treatments (twice) on my sciatic nerves have finally resulted in being pain free. My left foot and lower leg are without feeling, and I've learned to walk all over again. When I leave the gorgeous pink roses cane behind, I waddle like a duck, but it's walking. These four months have been interesting to say the least, but I'm improving and able to do more things than I could. Climbing the stairs to go upstairs to go to bed was one of the greatest achievements. Isn't life interesting?
In the meantime, I am enjoying doing some needlework, and finished the April block in the Piecemaker's calendar quilt. The crazy quilt corners are just fun to do - all I have left to do is to embroider significant dates on this block. Be sure to click on each of these pictures to enlarge them.
How embarrassing - I just looked back at November, and I did put this March block on the blog. However, I didn't enlarge the corners, and they're worth looking at.
Below are the four corners for this block. I hope my sister, Ann, can see the lace and blue she gave to me to help make this quilt more full of family memories.
I've finished the April block - the cherry blossoms. Now I get the fun of doing the corner crazy quilt "blocks" , and then add them on. One thing about it, when you sit around a lot, you manage to get some hand sewing done. It's easy to get carried away.