Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Busy Summer!

Nowadays, I do most all my online stuff either on my iPhone or iPad, but I still find it easier to post on my blog using my laptop. And I feel so silly at times, on my laptop, when I try to make stuff happen by touching the screen!  It's a regular old laptop- NOT a touch screen!  HA!  Do you ever do that?


Well, I can't remember if I told you all that we are finally going to have our first grandchild in early October!!  We are sooooo very excited to meet this little man!!  So, of course, I've been busy sewing up some fun baby stuff!


I shared this little quilt on Facebook, but the rest of them are to be gifts and will be shared with you after the baby shower here in mid- August!


We have a spare bedroom upstairs that we've always called The Baby Room...in hopes of getting some grandkids!!  We went to Ikea and got a crib and changing table for this room so maybe we'll be allowed to babysit when my son and his wife come back to our area to visit us and their friends!


This little quilt was made using one charm pack and is the perfect size for a utility quilt that can be used in a carriage or car seat!  I've got a few more to make up, too. I'll take photos of our little room when all is done and revealed at the shower!!


I made this little charm pack quilt for a friend's new little baby, Owen!  Isn't he just beautiful??!!


I also made up this cute tote bag for my dear sister Sally's birthday!  



The panel is from Jillily Studio.  The fabric collection is called Bicycles and Blooms and it's just adorable!


I just dropped my feed dogs and free-motion stitched all around the design and then stippled the white background.



I forgot to show you these mugrugs I made to thank our guild board members and committee chairs for the last guild meeting of our 2015-16 year.


We meet in a local elementary school, so our guild year runs from September through June.  I was president last year and will be again this year.  


These mugrugs were so fun to make...and I only had to make 30 of them!!


Well, I've got so much more I can share with you after the baby shower in August! You'll just have to stay tuned!!


Yogi is not loving this hot summer, so he stays mostly inside with the AC on!! Hope you are keeping cool if you're in summer and warm if you are in winter!! Snow sounds pretty good when our outdoor temps are near 100!!  


What are you sewing on these days?

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July, Y'all!!


We had our BBQ on Saturday night so we could celebrate with our son and his girlfriend!  



We had margaritas, ribs and steak with mushrooms and corn on the cob, salad, and cake!  Yum!  Love summer food, don't you??!!


So, today I get to play catch-up on emails and sorting/saving photos, long overdue blog posting and hopefully SEWING this afternoon!!  But, I have made a few new patriotic quilties to put out for the summer!


This one was a kit from Connecting Threads... very reasonable, too!! 



I love the simplicity of it!  It only took a few hours to make!! 


It lives in the foyer!  So does the next one!




I use patriotic colors, plus sunflowers and watermelons in my summer decor.  


I had a little bit of this very old sunflower fabric saved in my stash, 


so I subbed some into the center pinwheels and stars in this runner!!


This little mat was made from the leftovers from these runners.


And I finally finished the last of Kathy Schmitz's four seasonal stitchery wall hangings!


I was able to use the last bits of that same beloved sunflower print on it, as well!!


The tiny center quilt is paper pieced.  Not my favorite quilting technique, but it sure does ensure perfect points!!


Kathy made her wall hangings using only black and beige fabrics, but I have used colored fabrics in all of mine!!


They sure do cheer up our little "throne" room...


I've been able to do some weeding and gardening this summer...


unlike last summer when I was having my knee replacement surgeries.



Love my day lilies, roses and geraniums...


unfortunately so do the deer around here.  Can you see him hiding in the bushes?  


So, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Yogi is catching up on some sleep...as usual!!   But we both want to know what lovelies you are sewing on these days!!  Do tell!!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Row by Row 2016

How many of you participated in the 2015 Row by Row experience last summer? Last year was the first year for this fun activity, and the theme was water.  This year, the theme is Home Sweet Home.

I was again honored to design our local quilt shop- Oh Sew Persnickety's row this year!


I really love the Home Sweet Home theme this year!!  So many possibilities!!


I also decided to make our row vertical instead of horizontal.  That way, it can be made just as it is and used as a wall or door hanging.


I am a garden lover, and especially love to watch the birds outside through my kitchen window... so naturally bird houses came to mind!!  



Also, like last year, I wanted to include the cute little bird that Oh Sew Persnickety has in their shop logo!



I named the design "Home Tweet Home"!


I hope everyone likes it and it brings in lots of visitors and business to our beloved little quilt shop!!


Yogi is enjoying this warm summer weather from the coolness of the front porch on the glider!!  


How are you all keeping cool this summer??