Sunday, September 10, 2017

Creating in a crazy World

I do not watch TV, but lately, our
media viewing has tripled with all
the crazy weather going on.

Our daughter's family went through
an evacuation when their town
caught on fire this last week.
Thank goodness there was no loss
of life. The fire was stopped
about 6 houses away from her home.

After watching your family go 
through such an experience, it
makes you appreciate that time
with family is always more 
important than "things".

I am continuing my knitting of hats
for the November fund raiser for
our local family shelter.


I am using leftover yarn from my
stash, as well as, yarn gifted to me.

For my 
I will be un-stitching a quilt top.

I made this quilt for my Husband 
many moons ago. A friend suggested
I tie it, instead of quilting it. 

I tied it, and have disliked it ever
since I gifted it to him. The ties
did not hold and the batting has
shifted, causing thin spots.

I am going to un-sew it, repair
some ripped seams (from the
ties) and remake the backing.

What are you stitching today?

(BTW....the cat in the photo is Poppy.
She is a rescue kitty someone
dumped at my daughters home
2 years ago. She has adopted the
quilt as her own)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

School has started, but it is still so hot!

The new school year is in full swing,
but the weather thinks it is still
Summer...so hot...high 90's! 

We have a Women's-family Shelter
in our county called Safe Harbor.
Each year, in November, they have
a craft sale, a Christmas Tree auction
and a yummy Dinner to raise a 
large portion of their operation costs
for the upcoming year.

This year, my donations are children's hats.


I learned how to knit I-cord for this
 pattern. They knit up quickly
and I am using all those little yarn
balls left over from other projects.

I received first place ribbons on the
two quilts I entered into my county fair.

This first quilt is from a pattern called
"Be My Neighbor". I made it from
some very bright fabrics that were 
a gift. I like how it turned out, but
the colors are not really my style, so
it is going to be gifted.


The second quilt is a Red and White sampler
I made, with my Husband's help, for our
35th wedding anniversary. He helped pick
out blocks that represented our life 
together. There is a block for our 4 kids,
our 8 grandkids and places we have 
lived. I love Red! 

Today, for Slow Stitch Sunday, I am
going to cut and continue hand sewing
a set of Nativity pieces for gifting
this upcoming Holiday Season.

What are you creating?





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hanging on to the last threads of Summer....

For my Husband, a teacher, his
Summer breaks ends very soon.
As usual, this Summer has passed
much too quickly.

I am beginning to get the itch to
be back on some kind of schedule.
Do a few of the same things each
day and week.

I am attempting to sew a little
each and every day. It doesn't
always work out, but I am going
to keep trying to get in the Studio.

This week, I began a new
comfort quilt to donate (through
my Quilt Group) to the Women's
and Family Shelter in our County


I have made two blocks using 2.5
inch scrappy squares. The pattern
is called Star Value and is the 
January block for Nancy Ziemans
2017 quiltalong. 

My local quilt store is hosting a free
star block of the month. They 
provide the pattern and yellow fabric
and you sew it with your choice of
background.


I am doing it scrappy with a
brown background.

I decided to keep on sewing 
and made the same Ohio Star
block in Red and white to
donate to my quilt group.


The group is putting together
a auction basket for the Utah
Quilt Guild State Fest in
September. 

Today, for my
Slow Sunday Stitching, I
think I will prep (and hopefully
start) a new felt Nativity set.
This next week is our local
elections and while I work at
my election post, there
is likely to be some sitting time
where I can sew (or knit).

What are you creating?



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Another week...more sewing

I am on a roll with using up scraps
for the comfort (donation) quilts

I finished up this quilt top this week.


I created the center from 1.5 inch scraps. All the
scrappy blocks around it, I found in my stash, but
I don't think they are of my sewing....

The quilt top measures 56 inch square.

I started a new comfort top in 2.5 scraps.
The block is called  
Star Value Quilt Block. If you click
the link, it will take you to the 
designers Blog.


I am making the block in white-
off white and print scraps,
with solid scraps in the corners.

As I posted last week, I started a
weight loss program at my
local Hospital. The Orientation
meeting was good...a little overwhelming...
I have started writing down everything
I eat and my exercise time.


For my Slow Stitch Sunday, I 
will working my felt Nativity set...
hand embroidery.

What are you working on?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Today I took my first baby steps
towards being healthier.

I signed up and attended the 
Weigh to Health weight loss
program at my local Hospital.

It runs for one year and includes
classes twice a month on various
subjects like diet, exercise, 
sleep and mental health.


The first six month goal is to lose
at least 7% of your body weight.

The second six months is to maintain
that loss and possibly lose more weight.

We will keep a food  and exercise diary,
which gets turned in at each class.


We also have the goal to build up to
at least 150 minutes of aerobic
exercise each week (by the fourth month)

I am equally excited and a little terrified
about this new adventure I am attempting.

I know I need to lose weight...I will be
healthier...have more energy...possibly 
extend my life time (more family and
sewing time is always a bonus)

I meet with an dietician next week to
start setting some goals. 

I can do this...yes I can...hopefully!


Monday, July 31, 2017

We are cruisin' now.....

Yesterday I posted a photo of various scrappy
quilt blocks. I took a closer look at them and
realized I did not sew many of them. Not sure
why they were in my scraps bag.

I decided to spend a while sewing today and...


...finished another comfort quilt donation.

I made the center log cabin blocks from
1.5 inch scraps. The two borders
around it are all the scrappy blocks.

It was great to use them all up!

Onto the next project....

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I am ready for some changes...

I am married to a school teacher
and I use to substitute teach for years.
Many folks set New Years goals in
January, but in our household, new plans 
and goals start with the new school year.
(which is mid August)

I am ready for some changes.

I am excited to create and sew and knit

I need to make some health changes too.

So.....

I am enrolled in a weight loss-get healthy
program starting in August through a
local hospital. It is not surgery, but classes
to learn how to eat healthy and exercise.

I am setting some sewing-creating goals too.

To start off, using up bags and bags (and bags)
of scraps. I was saving them for a friend, but
she changed her mind and I already had them
cut in usable sizes, so


I started sewing blocks to be used in
charity-comfort quilts for our local
Family shelter and Police department.


It is almost an addiction, once you get started.
I began with the 1.5 inch strips and have
worked my way through the bags.

I have many, many more to sew.....

My local quilt group has a yearly bingo
party. Everyone donates quilt-sewing items
for the prizes. This year, I won a 
quilt frame.


I will be setting it up for some Fall and
Winter hand quilting...when the weather
cools down.

This weeks goals:

Sew on binding on Be My Neighbor quilt
Finish binding by hand sewing it
Sew more comfort blocks.

Today, for my Sunday Slow Stitching,
I am going to work on one of my
unfinished needlepoint projects.

What are you creating?



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Welcome Summer!

The season of Summer is in full swing
here in Utah. Hot days...cooler nights...
gardening...Husband home fulltime
(he's a teacher)

I finished a quilt top for my local guild
comfort quilt donation. I had planned to
donate 4 quilts this year, so I am a bit
behind.


Sorry the photo is not of great quality. It is made
of scraps, scraps and more scraps. I have
another 30 blocks made, so a similar quilt
will be my next donation. Our quilts go to
Safe Harbor (women-children shelter) and
the local Police department.

Last week, my Husband and I
attended the Panguitch (Utah) Quilt Walk.
It is a weekend festival about quilts
and how they saved a town.
Google it...it's an amazing story.

All throughout the town of Panguitch,
they have quilts displayed....
probably about 30 quilts.



They also have a statue in a
little park to commemorate the
sacrifice of the 7 men who saved
the town with their quilts.


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Today, for my Sunday Slow stitch, I am
hoping to finish the binding on a quilt
that will be a Christmas gift.

What are you stitching?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Back to real life!

I just returned home after attending
Women's Conference, put on by my
Church at Brigham Young University
(in Provo, Utah)

It was 2 days of wonderful classes,
visiting with family and friends and
doing Service for others.

The Conference always has
Take-Make-Return service projects
available during the two days of classes.
You take a kit, make it while there,
then return it by the 2nd day.

This year they had 3 hand sewing
and one crochet project. I choose
the crochet project, just because it
was the first table I came too.


I crocheted around the edges of a baby
bib. The kit was in a plastic bag with
instructions, the bib all prepped with
holes, the yarn and a crochet hook. It
took me about half and hour to finish..

My niece did two of the hand sewing
projects. The first was sewing the
side of a wheel chair bag (blanket stitch)
and adding a yoyo flower to a pocket of
the bag. The second was sewing on an
appliqued star (with a running stitch)
onto a child's courage cape,

The last  sewing project was called
Monster tags. The ladies sewed on crazy
eyes and mouths to the circular faces
of little monster heads.

Today, my slow stitch Sunday
project will be work on an
embroidery quilt block for a
year long quilt I am finishing from 2009.

What are you working on?