Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Stitching Right Along

Amongst other things that have been keeping me happily busy lately (like reading and TRYING to get myself to do more exercise), I have gotten in some stitching time as well!!! Summers are WONDERFUL!!!! I think every year that dd gets closer to being done with school gets harder on me and the summer break gets more and more needed. When we are all done homeschooling (somewhere between 3-4 more years) I will need to find a job and start a new path for myself, and that likely won't involve having a summer break, so I must enjoy this while I can:)
 
Last time I posted I was just almost done with this... 
 
And now you can see that it is all done!!! Again, this is 'Growing Love' from Threadworks Primitive and it was the first chart in this year's Ladies Prim Society club. Now I just need to finish it into a 'Stitcher's Wallet'. 
 
 
Now I am working on Summer/Winter/Spring Snapperlands from Bent Creek.  They are all in various stages of 'not-done'. I get bored very quickly working on just one project, so I thought I might spread my time out between the three of these, for a while anyway. They are very similar to one another so I may get bored of them as a bunch too. I really want to see these all done up.

 
This is the Autumn Snapperland, the only piece that I have ever had framed (my sil Marianne Meyer of Midnight Stitching had it framed for me:), and it's just about the only piece I have ever hung up on my walls. I do have a 'tuck' that I change out smalls here and there. Actually I think Marianne gave me the tuck as well:) I love stitching, but I'm not so big on decorating!!  
 
Until next time, I hope you all get a little time to fit in whatever it is that makes you happy!! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Back to blogging?

Well, maybe:) I didn't quite mean to take such a long break, actually I hadn't planned on taking a break at all. But as the end of the school year neared and all the activities that entails, I just couldn't see finding my way back to blog-land.

Now school is over, and even though dd's activities are not, they will, for awhile anyway, allow me some extra free time. Take this morning for instance, dd is off with her friend and a local farmer rouging. (Note to city people - Rouging is when a crew goes out into a field of whatever crop- this time it is wheat - and cuts out excess weeds or volunteer plants - this time it would be rye. I didn't know people did this either until I met my dh:). So she isn't here right now, and I didn't even have to take her anywhere or pick her up!! Next week she will be helping with the VBS program at a local church, and while I will have to take her and pick her up, it will allow for a couple hours at home by myself. And finally in a few weeks she will start a program at a zoo about an hour away where she will work for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for 3 weeks. It would be way too much driving for me to take her everyday, so she will be staying with her grandparents every couple of nights. So that will give me a day here and there then as well:)

As much as I love having her here with me, I've always been a person who values my alone time. However, even with only one child, when you homeschool, you get very little time just to yourself, so this is a special treat for me. No doubt, by the time all of her away activities are done this summer (these will only take her into the middle of summer), I will be ready for her to be home lots and lots again:)

The last month or so hasn't been all running around for dd's activities though - okay most of it has, but that has also given me some time, while waiting in the car for her to be done, to get some stitching done as well:)

 
The first one here is almost completed, hopefully by the end of this weekend I'll be able to show finished pictures of it. It is the first of the Ladies Prim designs (this one is from Threadworks Primitives) for 2014. It is called 'Growing Love' and will be turned into a stitcher's wallet. The other one is the very beginnings of Summer Snapperland from Bent Creek. (BTW - I'm not sure why the pictures show the fabric looking all stripe-y, that isn't how the fabric really looks?!?!?) 


These are both from Blackbird Designs. The first is one of three patterns that will all go together, called 'Summer Loose Feathers'. I've made a bit of progress on it since I last showed it off. The other is the second 'Ladies Prim Society' design called 'Salute to Abigail', and I have to be honest, there is going to be a lot of tweaking with this pattern. I'm not sure I would call it Prim at all, because to me it is too bright and too busy. I like to idea of it though, and I will keep the colors that came with it (mostly because it came with silks and this is the first time I've stitched with silks:), but I'm cutting out the boarder and toning down the color changes and maybe re-arranging the pattern a bit. Not sure yet, but I did go ahead and give it a little start and will need to play around with it a little.

I'm hoping with the bit of extra free time that I'm going to have here soon, I will be able to join in on blog-land a bit more as I do miss sharing what I'm up to and seeing what other are up to as well.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Weekly Goals April 1st 2014

My weekly goals keep getting pushed to Tuesdays:) That's okay, gives me an extra day to get the previous week's goals done;)

I did okay on some of my goals for last week, but for others (mostly the exercise!!!) I failed completely!!! So here is what I got done...

1. Housework - catch back up on dishes and laundry. Need to vacuum and clean the bathroom as well.

**I got most of this done. I still need to get all the dishes done up, but that is really a daily challenge, it's never-ending!! The laundry is all washed, but I need to finish folding/putting it away.**

 2. Blogging - Just getting on here and blogging a time or two will be my goal:)

**I didn't get anymore blogging done last week, I have a few things to blog about this week, so I think I'll be on here more:)**

 3. Exercise - I haven't been to the gym in over 2 weeks!!! Hoping to get back there today!!

**Umm, no. I was having lots of problems with breathing/coughing and didn't think everyone wanted me hacking all over the machines, so I stayed away last week. I *could* have done a video at home, but didn't do that either. It's time to get back up on that horse and get some exercise this week!!!**

 4. Sewing/Crafting - I have learned how to cast-on for knitting and can knit a row or two without throwing the needles now:) I would like to continue practicing. I need to get the Spring exchange project done and mailed off. Also want to work on my Something Old/Something New projects and NewFO project before the next group of projects are due:) Hope to have a couple of projects finished off and ready to show for Whoop-Whoop Friday!!

**Didn't get to Whoop-Whoop Friday, but I did get most of the rest of the projects at least worked on. I worked on my New project, but not the 'Old' one and I got these done/worked on as well...

 
Knitting is coming along. I'm not working on a project, just practice, practice, then rip it out and start over. This is my best result so far. You can't see it, but there is a little fuzzy mess on each side of this that is really the only mess-up I have in this so far. I'm enjoying learning something new, but it's going to be a while before this feels natural to me like crocheting does.


 And this is the Spring exchange project that I was working on last week. It is all stitched, but I need to sew it into a small ornie and get it mailed out today. This is from Sylvia Kuhnert at www.syku66.blogspot.com, but I changed a good deal of the colors on this so it won't look exactly the same as on the blog.


Okay, so for this week I'd like to....

1. Keep up with housework. DD is going to have a birthday party/sleep over with a couple of friends in two weeks. I don't want to have to do 'flight-of-the-bumblebee' mad-dash cleaning frenzy right before the day of her party in order to have the house ready:)

2. Keep blogging. Having a laptop has changed my blogging habits quite a bit. I just don't want to have to get the computer out each time I need it, so I don't. I really need to get over this;)

3. Lots and Lots of fun projects!!! Okay, this one is kind of a given. I would like to work on my NewFo quilting project from March, start Something Old/Something New projects for the month, and maybe get a couple things completely done!!! Wouldn't that be a surprise!!! :)

4. EXERCISE!!! This is really a nessesity. I would like to lose some weight, but it's more about being healthy, which in my case will require me to lose some weight. I just want to feel better and maybe get off the blood pressure meds as well:) SO this week I want to get to the gym 3 times and do yoga at home 2 times.

The next two months are super busy around here, as Spring time tends to be for everyone. Lots of activities for dd, including her first 'Formal',  birthdays and an anniversary. But I really need to try and fit the rest these things in there too so I can stay sane!!

So what are you up to?

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 2014 NewFo Project

 
Another month came and went and another quilt got started!! I *think* I'm starting to enjoy quilting, maybe, just a little:) This challenge is hosted by Barbara over at Cat Patches and is a lot of fun. You are to just start a new quilt or quilt-like project each month and post about it on the last day of the month. No pressure to actually finish any of you projects!! Now that's my kind of challenge!!! :)
 

Well, I am just squeezing this one in. I had started on this project a week or so ago and posted about it HERE, but I was determined to get a bunch more done before today's post. That never happened:) However, today I had some time on my hands and once I got started (in between schooling, housework and making food!!) I just didn't want to stop. This isn't usual for me when it comes to sewing with the machine. I'm all for handwork, but put a sewing machine in front of me and I lose my cool pretty quickly.

Today went very smoothly. I already had the fabric cut that I was going to use, and I had a few of the 3.5 in blocks done. I finished up enough of the 3.5 in blocks to be able to put together the first 5 9.5 inch blocks (this is the block's finished size). And that went so well that I decided to start cutting up the next color:) Then it was after 9:00 pm and I decided that I needed to stop, clean up and finally get on this blog!!

So here is what I have done so far...


These are the first 5 9.5 inch blocks, obviously they are stacked on top of each other:) I'm so happy that these actually look like they should. This is the first time I've done anything like this, or really any block that wasn't just patchwork, so this is super exciting for me!!!

 
Here are my blocks with the other fabrics that I will use in this quilt. I'm thinking of putting a narrow white sashing in between each block to break it up a bit.

And here are the blue pieces I cut out tonight. There is enough there for 6 9.5 inch blocks so long as I don't mess any of them up:)
 
I'm doing this project along with AuntMarti at 52 quilts. This is supposed to be a 'Block-a-Day' project, so I'm super behind as we should be on block 12 now, but that's okay, I didn't expect to keep up with that. She has a great tutorial on how to put these blocks together, which has made all the difference for me. I'm one that needs to see how something is done to be able to do it so I LOVE tutorials:)
 
I have two different projects that I want to start for next month's NewFo challenge. One of them was going to be this month's project, I even bought the fabric and got it washed and ironed. Then I found this Block-A-Day challenge, and I thought I would combine it with the NewFo challenge, as it is a perfect challenge for a newbie quilter like me. Not a problem, I thought, I can just do the other project in April:) WELL, then I bought a quilting magazine.... I need to not do that:) So I found another project that I am just in love with. And it has applique which is something that I want to give a try this year. I'm going to have to fight with myself to see which one gets to be April's project:)
 
Stay tuned to see which project wins out!! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Weekly Goals 3/25/14

Well, that was quite a break from blogging!! I had meant to just take a couple days off, but then we all got sick and the break just got longer and longer. We have also just 'upgraded' from a desk top computer to a laptop, and I thought it would be nice to just sit anywhere and blog, but I'm finding that I revert back to putting the laptop on a table and working from there anyway:) Since we can't leave the laptop out on any one table all the time, it gets put away and I've used that as an excuse not to get it out and work on it. I'll have to get better about that so I can continue to blog about all the fun stuff I'm doing:)

With a sick week, dd and I have some work to get caught up on. Instead of taking a spring break in March like most schools do, dd likes to take her birthday week off (in April). So we need to make up for a few of the days she missed last week due to being sick so that she can still take her birthday week off here in a few weeks. She ended up missing quite a few of her activities last week like one day of volunteering at the zoo, a day of volunteering in the nursery for the local MOPS club, and helping out with a 4-H member's family wedding. She did make it to youth group, but had to leave early because of the dust and straw up in the barn loft. Didn't make for a very fun week:(

Hopefully this week will be better. I'm not going to go back and see how I did on my goals a few weeks ago, I'll just start fresh this week. So my goals for this week are...

1. Housework - catch back up on dishes and laundry. Need to vacuum and clean the bathroom as well.

2. Blogging - Just getting on here and blogging a time or two will be my goal:)

3. Exercise - I haven't been to the gym in over 2 weeks!!! Hoping to get back there today!!

4. Sewing/Crafting - I have learned how to cast-on for knitting and can knit a row or two without throwing the needles now:) I would like to continue practicing. I need to get the Spring exchange project done and mailed off. Also want to work on my Something Old/Something New projects and NewFO project before the next group of projects are due:) Hope to have a couple of projects finished off and ready to show for Whoop-Whoop Friday!!

We don't have a ton of running around to do this week, so those things should all be possible. What do you have going on this week?

Monday, March 24, 2014

IHSW - March 2014


If you just read my last post - FNSI - you will know that our whole family came down with a cold last week, and that it just will not go away for my dd and I. Thankfully my hubby was able to get it beat within 24 hours or so, which is good since he still needed to go to work. But for dd and I, the cough is still lingering, so this has given me lots of time to sit on my corner of the couch and stitch away.

This month for my IHSW project, I am working on a Spring block for an exchange that needs to be sent out the 1st of April. This is a freebie from Sylvia Kuhnert from www.syku66.blogspot.com. (I'm thinking this is all in German:).  I was just about able to finish it up. All that's left to do is the boarder and fill in the word 'SPRING'.

Actually, I have tried filling in the word a few times already, but can't find a color I like for it. This is one of those projects where I decided the colors just weren't right for how I wanted it to look. No problem, I'll just switch a few of those out and we'll be done. But it hasn't been that easy. The original had a red heart and a mustard yellow sun, but I wanted this a bit more bright, so I changed things. The words should be a dark brown with the boarder being the darker green. I was going to change the words and boarder to a lilac purple, but the words didn't show up very well. So now I'm thinking about doing the boarder purple and the words being white. I'll give that a try next:) 

Now off to get caught up on the housework and make sure dd is getting her schoolwork done:)

Friday Night Stitch In

http://sugarlanequilts.blogspot.com/p/friday-night-sew-in-fnsi.html

It's been quite a while since I've done a FNSI!! And I had the perfect project to work on for it this time:) Unfortunately, our whole family came down with a cold this week and for dd and I it just won't leave!! So I had great hopes for Friday night, and I did get some done, just not what I had hoped.

I started a 'Block-a-Day' project that I found over at '52 Quilts' blog. I'm going to have to do something along the lines of '7 blocks-a-week' kind of thing instead of a block each day since I have to get my sewing machine out and set up and then put back away each time I use it, but that should still be easy enough to keep up with:)

So this is what I got done on Friday...

 
I did lots of cutting, although it doesn't really look like it. I'm not sure how anyone could possibly have sat down and cut ALL the blocks for this quilt at one time!! It just about drove me nuts to sit down and cut enough for 5-6 blocks at one time:)
 
 
 Another pic of the blocks I cut along with the other fabric that will be part of this quilt. I love these colors together. I may need to find another blue, gray and green so I have a bit more variety in the fabrics.
 
I got enough done to finish up 2 blocks, but I haven't sewn them together yet. I think I need a 3.5 in square so I can even these up a bit before sewing them together. I hope to get into town tomorrow and see if I can find one. Until then, I'll just keep working on getting them to this point. I'm pretty happy with the results as I've never done triangles before. The tutorial on '52 Quilts in 52 Weeks' blog is super easy to understand and follow, which made doing this much nicer for me. It only took me ruining about 6 different squares before I figured it out:) That's pretty good for me!!

This will also count for my NewFo project this month. Hopefully I'll have quite a bit more done by the end of the month so I'll have more to show off:)