Friday, March 21, 2014

not as planned

I was saving my 200th post for a celebratory giveaway post but I simply can't "get it together".  The party will have to wait till I can think a little bit straighter :-)  The plans are at least forming in my little brain.
In the meantime, life has take a bit of a turn with my sweet 92 year old Mom being plagued by some gastric issues and then getting diagnosed with colon cancer and metastasis. We were able to avoid a lot of unnecessary testing and stress on her and have an amazing hospice team that help us right in her own home. My sister and I are trading off to give her the 24 hour care that keeps her the most comfortable and happy. Mom is not suffering with a lot of pain but we work to keep her nausea at bay and her strength up as best as possible. Mom's outlook is peaceful, accepting and still 'going for it'. She has loved and walked close to God since she was young and this is still the foundation of her life. She is blessed and is still a blessing to so many, including her kids.
So not much sewing here! I finished the the quilt top I was working on and got half way through pressing the seams of rows. I have shopped some finding some wonderful homespuns.  I also ordered from The Raspberry Rabbits! I downloaded the free pattern of Conrad the Rabbit Collector via Michelle's site.
And then ordered a kit from her for supplies to make this cute guy with his carrots. The package came a couple of days ago. What a sweet thing to open up this gorgeous present wrapped bundle!
And I hadn't even gotten to the felt inside yet :-)
 Fun and yes, those Hershey kisses were delicious too!
Thank you, Michelle!
So I will be putting my thoughts into plans here but a bit slowly.
But I will be back. Thank you for your prayers.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Back to sewing

Oddly, it was a job of embroidering labels for equipment at work that got me back to my sewing machine(s). I came home with a large box of sheets that can be placed under bedfast patients and attached to a device to lift the sheet (and patient) and reposition them in bed...usually higher up in the bed because people are always slipping down (due to gravity etc.) where raising the head of the bed "bends" them at the wrong spot on their torso. Keeping bedfast patients with the head of the bed elevated has important health and safety implications. It can also tax the care givers backs severely so these lift devices can be a huge help. We have been told for decades that proper body mechanics will prevent injury to the staff. "They" have finally figured out that isn't actually true and so now we are finding better ways to try and help patients without hurting ourselves so much.
Hence the lift sheets...

So upstairs I go to my little Bernina 180 E that was purchased about 15 years ago :-)  This machine has gotten less usage than my beloved 1090S. It has a great blanket stitch but for piecing and general sewing, I prefer my older mechanical workhorse. I have done some embroidery but it definitely takes a back seat to making quilts and I'm not that interested in combining the two.
Here's my work station.
Here's the labels
And here's the label on the lift sheet. This helps make sure that the sheets come back to the right hospital after being laundered.

Previously, I sewed some embroidered labels on other lift equipment that required more info and some difficult hand sewing as it was just too thick etc. for machine work. These were easy-peasy by comparison. And useful to getting me back to sewing.
I have all the blocks sewn for my Blue Ridge Beauty variation and need to find fabric for the borders to complete the top. I have backing fabric ready to go for the quilt and so the quilt will end up about 50" by 60".
My next post will be my 200th post :-) which sounds like a great time for a giveaway to celebrate! So when I get that idea worked out, I'll be back :-)
(I would put a heart here at the end..if I knew how to put emoticons here!)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Well, it has been awhile...
I have not been sewing since I last posted. I kind of fell off the Christmas train and just was too distracted to get back to any projects. We were however blessed with a new family member that brought comfort, a lot of exercise and fun. From the same rescue group where we found Mosley and also Sabra, we were able to adopt a youngster named Luke.  Meet Luke :-)

This is from the day we first met him...with that big red bear that he loves.
Sabra (front corner) thought he was fun till he got in the car with her. She wasn't that thrilled with him for a few days but now she loves him too.

So I have an extra day off this week and hope to get back to my beloved sewing machine. I'm embroidering some labels for cloth sheets we are using at work to help us move patients up in bed without hurting our backs so much. And I have my blue buckeye quilt blocks still sitting where I left them back in November!
Thank you for all the sweet comments and thoughts for our loss of Mosley last month. He was such a beautiful rascal. We miss him a lot and are so grateful for the years we had with him. He taught us a lot!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sad news here

Mosley, my sweet 12 year old golden retriever started showing signs of an illness last week revealing a more serious problem.
We had to say good-bye on Monday.

August 17,2001-December 2,2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Giveaway Winner! and quilt parts

The Blog Hop Party has ended and I must say...this one has been the most fun! I loved reading each comment and was rather happy to have so many responses. My header picture of Ms. Elinor has thrown many as they expect to see a Pup who is lucky. But what can I say... We are all luckypups here! (and I love this picture of her :-)
I used a random generator to pick a number.. 32! Then counted down the list of comments and found the name "ytsmom" of Downstairs, Quilting. So ytsmom is our Luckypup winner. I'm sending her an email and will send out the sweet cat panel and fabric pieces when I get the mailing address.
Thank you all for visiting my blog and for all the great comments!
In the meantime I have been working on some piecing following Bonnie Hunter's instructions for her Blue Ridge Beauty from her book, Adventures with Leaders and Enders. Here are the quilt parts...

The block...
and the first ones made
I'm having a good time. I love piecing :-)
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy moments of gratitude in your heart. Those are blessings themselves.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blog Hop Party and Giveaway!

Thank you for visiting. The Blog Hop Party winner has been selected :-)
A big Thank You to Michelle at Quilter's Gallery for hosting this blog hop! This gives bloggers a chance to say thank you to all the quilters that take the time to read our blogs and share in the quilty projects we love to show. And what is a more fun way to say Thank You! than with a giveaway :-)
Autumn is my favorite season and so this is one of my favorite times for a giveaway. I purchased this panel from Terry at Whimsicals and I want to share it with you...mainly because I love the look on this cat's face...
The panel has even more of this face :-) and also my favorite, sunflowers.
I have a pattern for a quilt using the panel and a page with ideas for other pillows etc. I have picked out some small pieces of fabric for use or color inspiration to send along as well.
So if this feline would help you celebrate Fall, please leave a comment for me on this post and I will draw a name on November 27 after the close of the Blog Hop. Click on the button at the top left of my blog page and it will take you to Quilter's Gallery for a list of other participating bloggers.
And Thank You for reading my blog and sharing the fun of all things quilting!


Monday, November 18, 2013

purchases from PIQF

I forgot to show the loot I found at PIQF. I searched the place for homespuns and only found a little bit. Attic Heirloom and The Rusty Crow are the ones that came through for me  :-)
Attic Heirlooms also provided the some of the best wool along with that gorgeous light green from Reet's Rags to Stitches!
We also shopped for some batiks for a bag for my sister. There was a lot of gorgeous batiks at the show...sorry I can't remember which vendor we purchased this from.
I'm working on a Bonnie Hunter "Blue Ridge Beauty" here this week. I'm hoping to be quick about it so I can give it to a friend.
In the meantime, Blog Hop Party is coming up this week. Check back Thursday for a giveaway :-)