Friday, September 30, 2011

It has been a  bit since I have been online.  While getting right into my gymn workouts, I pulled something in my hamstring and have been suffering with nerve pain.  It is really hard to sit or sleep but I am hoping it will go away soon. 

Hey, all you wonderful Canadian shoppers!  I want to tell you about a new Online Shop I came across recently right here.  It is so great to see more Canadian Online Shops and I needed a bit a fabric that Jennifer had so I placed an order and received it in 5 days.  She also just had a fantastic giveaway, but I didn't win, but that's okay because I just love visiting her blog and shop.  I hope you will stop buy and do some shopping, you will be so happy with her fabric and service.

I have been doing the Doll Quilt Swap over at the Quilting Board for a few months now.  It is just so much fun and the creative ideas post as so fabulous.  Here are my August and September quilts I received.

They are both sooo cute.  I plan to display these in my boring sewing room, as my daughter tells me.

I did another thing I shouldn't have this month.  I bought a Singer model 404 with attachments, manual, automatic buttonholer, automatic zigzagger and in a nice little cabinet for $35.00.  I haven't taken any pictures yet.  Got the little machine shinned up and she runs like a dream.  I am still working on the cabinet and now it's ready for the Danish Oil finish.  I have another purchase from this spring I haven't shown  and it weighs close to 40 lbs, solid cast iron, a japan clone called "Fabric".  I plan to put this one in the cabinet just because it is too heavy to lift up and down off the table.  The new 404 is about 18lbs so it will become a portable.  I will get some pictures done this weekend.

I need to get off my sore butt!  I see that Dragonfly has joined as a follower, thanks!  I love to see new people and some comments.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

That was a pretty beautiful holiday weekend to wind down the summer. We had family here from out of town so we enjoyed their company. 
I just finished 30 blocks I have had cut for some time to make a new scrap quilt. I sewed and sewed last night trying to finish them and I felt like I was making new fabric, silly, I know but it was just a jumble of square and rectangles. I got them all laid out tonight for a preview and here is what it looks like today.
It is showing pretty pinky/purpley but there is a lot of pink and burgundy fabric in there.  I think it looks pretty good, if you see something I could move to improve the balance, please comment.  I am just going to leave it laying out for a day and my hubby is pretty good at doing corrections so I want him to take a see.This is fabric my friend left me when she passed away from cancer 2 years ago.  It has taken me this long to be able to work with it.  I not a fan of pinks and purples so it will go to someone dealing with cancer treatments.

I am starting to see Thanksgiving and Christmas projects everywhere.  Do you do decorative items for the seasonal holidays?  I use to try and do Christmas things but never got them finished so scratched that off my list several years ago.

I am going to the gym.  I am just jumping in before I have to make a New Year's resolution that I will break.  Machine quilting those last 2 quilts within 2 weeks kinda did my left shoulder and neck in.  I decided it would probably do it good to get doing some exercises.  My gym has a great program where you pay $88 for 3 months and that includes your very qualified gym therapist and your own personalized program and use of the gym.  How much better can that get?  I have been doing pretty good considering the arthritis I have in my back and hips. I guess no pain, no gain!  If you are feeling out of shape, check out for a program similar at your gym.

All I have on the chat line tonight.  Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment, I love to hear from you.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I belong to a Doll Quilt Swap and it is so much fun.  I sent off my partner's quilt over 2 weeks ago and I am anticipating that it has arrived by this time, plus I don't think she comes to my blog. Here is your sneak peek!

I am on this flower kick all summer, just want them around me every day.  I call this "Garden Paths" and I really wanted to try the offset design.  I did some oblong meander in the white sections only and a loose feather in the borders.  I found my first piece of vintage pillowcases and used it for the backing.  All, in all, I am quite happy with it.  I love these little projects and September is black & white with a "splash" added.  Boy oh boy, guess what I have to work with and I am ready and we don't even have our partners yet.  Hope you have made some great plans for the weekend.