Sunday, November 12, 2017

Getting ready for Christmas

I love Christmas!

I love celebrating Christmas!

I love decorating for Christmas.

I have three decorating themes
that I change up each year for
Christmas....The Nativity,
The Ocean and Trees and Birds.

I usually decorate every other year
with The Nativity, and the other
years with either the Ocean or Nature.

This year, it is the Nativity.

Years ago, I purchased some
preprinted panels of three
Wise Men  dolls. I added 
embroidery, then sewed and stuff
a set for two out of three of my
children's families. 


I have another set ready to stuff
and hand sew for my daughters
family. Hopefully I will also
finish a last set for me too.

I am going to continue working on
the cross-stitch Nativity banner
(I have posted about the last month)
but it may not be finished this year.

What are you Slow Sunday Stitching?



Sunday, November 5, 2017

I am in the creating zone!

I am attempting to plan and finish
my projects on a deadline for the
Holidays this year. In the past, I
was a last minute kind of creator,
but I am trying to change that habit.

Here is my Slow Sunday Stitch 
project from three weeks ago.


And here it is today...


I still have some wording, leaves 
and a few flowers to cross-stitch.


I think I started this kit about
15 years ago. Amazing, the
things you find when you clean
out-downsize your sewing room!

What are you creating today?



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall has arrived!

Fall weather is in full swing here in Utah.
Cold nights with warmish days.
Switched out my flip flops for boots and
t-shirts for sweaters and scarves.

I always begin my Christmas plans
in October. I make a list of 
sewing-knitting-quilting projects 
I want to accomplish for the Season.

I cleaned out my Christmas project
box this weekend. I have a huge pile
of Christmas themed fabric to donate.

I also found a bunch of ornaments I
started sometime....


I don't know why or for whom
I began to sew them for...


They are finished now and will be
donated to the Evergreen fundraiser.
Evergreen raises funds for the local
Women and Family Shelter.


For my Sunday Slow Stitching, I am
going to work on this cross-stitch
sampler, also found in the Christmas
project box.


Another project I do not remember
starting. It needs a good ironing,
doesn't it! I have a lamb to
complete, plus the wording and
all the outlining. I think I will
keep this one for me.

What are you working on?



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?


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Another label

In my quest to make sure all my
quilts have labels, I have been
asking my family to let me
borrow quilts I have made to document
then with a photo and label.

This is a quilt I made when my
daughter had her first child.


The photo is not too clear....

There is some bright yellow
fabric in the design, but it
did not photograph well.

For my slow stitch Sunday,
I am adding a quilt label, as well
as, beginning the embroidery
on a monthly quilt block
project. It's an UFO. from 2009.

What are you working on?


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Completeing all the steps to make a quilt

I have been creating quilts for more than
half my lifetime. I started out sewing
useful traditional block quilts for my
family to sleep beneath. Years later,
I create landscape and art quilts to make
the World a little bit more beautiful.

I have not always been very good at
adding labels to any of my quilts.

Today, I am going back and hand
sewing labels onto past quilts I have
given to family members.

First quilt up....


My daughters frog quilt. I made
this many moons ago when she was a
young girl...she is married with
children of her own now.


This daughter always brought home
stray animals to love. I didn't mind
the kittens she rescued and hide in
her bedroom ("Dear, do you hear a
meow sound coming from inside your
room? "No, Mom.........")

I did put my foot down to things like
snakes and frogs and other creepy
crawlies.....

So, she got a quilt full of fabric frogs!

What are you working on this
Slow Stitching Sunday?


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week one of 2017 project

I mentioned in last Sundays post
that I was beginning a new year
long quilt project...and I did....

I am making a 5 inch block each
day for a village...houses, trees, cars, etc.

Here is my first week photo.


The quilt is themed around the
four seasons of the year. Top to
bottom in the photo is Spring,
Summer, Fall and Winter.

I began with very simple paper
pieced blocks for the first week. I
will be adding some hand
embroidery to some of the blocks
during the year.

Today, for my Slow Sunday Stitching
I will be adding some leaves to
the tree blocks.

What are you working on today?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A new project-a new adventure!

I celebrated a birthday this past week,

As a gift to myself,
I decided to start a one year project....
a block a day for a year.

The blocks will be 5 inch (finished)
The theme will be a village of
houses and trees and constructed
around the four seasons.

I went to the library and printed
off a few paper piecing patterns for
a house and trees. I will also be
appliqueing houses (and cars and trees)

Old photo, but I completed
row 42 of my hand-stitching
Trip Around the World quilt.

It is almost queen  sized. I
need to decide if I am going to
go larger, or start hand quilting
it now.

What are you working on?


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Long weekend for sewing

Presidents Day weekend is always
a long weekend of sewing for me.

The next break-vacation time will
be in the Spring, which means
working in the yard and garden.

Today, for my
I will be attaching the two
flowers and adding
embroidery green stems to
my Be My Neighbor quilt top.


I will also be removing the outside
white border....too much white! I think
a border with bright colors will
work much better.



Sorry for the poor photo...My studio
is under construction, so I could
not use my design wall.

If I have time, I may use the
left over fabric for a service
quilt for our local Police Department.

What are you working on?


Sunday, February 5, 2017

February...another busy month

Goodness...January just flew by
in the blink of an eye!

February...already picking up speed.

I had a grandchild born this week.
I was babysitting her older sister
for a few days,
which meant no sewing or creating
happened at my house.

This week, I am headed to my daughters
home to babysit her kids while she is
out of town. I am going to pack
up some hand sewing and knitting
projects to keep me busy.

I  am still undecided if I want to
continue adding rows to my
Trip around the World quilt.


The plan is to finish row 42 and then
re-evaluate the quilt size.

Here is an article I saw on Facebook
that I thought I would share. Enjoy!


What are you working on?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

You fail when you keep trying....

As usual, I always start off the new year
with many goals and plans to
improve and accomplish and progress.

And some of those goals and plans
fall to the side of the road...some I do
finish.

I had plans to finish so many UFO'S
this year, but the first month is nearly
over and that goal has not been reached.

And....that's okay. I have been creating
in other ways...and working on my
health issues...and relationship challenges...

I was going to finish out my
Trip Around the World quilt I am
hand sewing at row 42, but now...

I am not sure. I laid it out on the bed, and it hangs
just to the bottom of the mattress. I will
not ever be making this quilt pattern
again and we may be getting a larger
size bed. I need to think about this....

I started crocheting an altar cloth
for my Temple. I have never done it
before...it is quite relaxing and enjoyable.

The next couple of weeks are going to
be busy with a grandchild
schedule to be born, plus
babysitting of other grandchildren. I
think I am going to be doing some
hand stitching for a while.

What are you creating?



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Already half way thru the month?

Goodness, January is just flying by!

I seem to be busy daily all day, every
day, but I don't feel like I am getting
much accomplished....how can that be?
Maybe it will all come to fulfillment
all at once!

Today for
be cutting out my final
red and white dot row of squares
to finish my Trip around the World.

It will be row 42 of the quilt. I had
planned to go larger, then decided,
after 2 years of hand sewing, it is
big enough and ready to be done.

I did do some other sewing this week,
but did not complete a project, so I
won't be counting any fabric towards
my stash busting project.

What are you working on today?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow...snow...snow!

A few feet of snow over the last couple of weeks
means staying inside for me.

I wish I could say I was sewing constantly, but
no, it hasn't been happening, I am struggling from
some seasonal depression,

Also my basement studio had an
window broken from the outside,
which made for a very cold sewing room.
My Husband has covered the window with insulation
foam and tape, and it is warmer, but not so much.

I have been staying upstairs hand stitching or knitting.

Today, I will be Slow Sunday Stitching on my
Trip Around the World quilt. I am working on
row 41, which is 144 squares (2 inches each). I
have about 40 squares to finish.



I am also beginning to keep track of my

Fabric used this week: 1.5 yards

It is a small start, but at least it is a start.

What are you working on?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

So many possibilities!

Welcome 2017

So many possibilities.

Some many adventures.

2016 was not a good year for myself,
or family or many friends.

2017 is going to be awesome!

First, I have taken the
"No purchasing of Fabric-Yarn" pledge.
I have so much that needs to be
used up and cleaned out.
I took the pledge back in 2012
and did quite well at sewing up
many quilts and clothing, I
can do it again!

Next, I have joined Judy's UFO
challenge at patchworktimes.com.
I made a list of 12 Christmas themed
projects I want to finish this year.

For January, Judy has chosen #3
on our UFO list. For me, that is
making a nativity for one of my
children.


This is the pattern I am using this year.
I love Nativities, especially
handmade ones.

Today, for my
Slow Sunday Stitching at
I will begin my
Nativity. Looking forward to
trying new stitches.

Third, I am also part of a
UFO challenge at
For January, they chose #6,
which is my
Spring Log Cabin Wreath project.
It will be nice to have it finished
this year, so I can display it
on my front door.

I am so excited for the
start of a new year.

How about you...what
are you working on?