Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy Almost Fall, Y’all!!

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I have this Snoopy flag that I put out the night before I had to go back to work at school at the end of each August.  It’s faded over time, but still cherish it and use it every year!!

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I’ll be putting it out today as well as putting my summer decor away and bringing out all my school decor!  After 34 years teaching, I have lots!!  

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But I must admit, I am soooo very glad to be retired from teaching now! I think Yogi likes that I’m home all day with him, too!!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Seasons of My Heart

Before I had my knee surgery, I knew that I would not be able to get into my sewing room for a while, so I pieced a little wall quilt with some hand embroidered words, and pinned the sandwich, so I could hand quilt it in the Big Stitch style while recuperating downstairs.

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It’s a very old pattern from Nancy Halvorsen – Art to Heart.

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Her version on the pattern is made out of all soft earth tones… mostly homespuns.

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Of course, I don’t own a single homespun fabric in my whole stash… not my style.

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So, I made mine out of pretty bright batiks!!

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I added some fun button embellishments.

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I like the way it turned out.

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It’s already hanging upstairs on the wall in the landing!  What fun!

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And hand quilting it was waaaaay out of my box, so to speak!!  

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You know my motto- if it can done by machine, it will be!!

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And it gave me something to do with my hands while stuck downstairs in my recliner!!

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And I can blame any uneven stitches on pain meds, right??? LOL!!

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Yogi wants to know what you are sewing on these hot long days of summer!!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Playing Catch-Up!

My new knee is getting better every day… or maybe I should say that I am getting better at using and trusting it every day!!  The bi-weekly physical therapy sessions (aka physical torture) while really painful, really help soooo much!  I get stronger and more stable after every one!  And yesterday, I drove myself to therapy for the first time!  Soooo good to be able to drive again… house arrest has been lifted finally!!  And my stalwart sidekick has been by my side every day!!

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I am playing catch-up now, after not being able to get up to my sewing room for a month.  I still have not made the Schnibbles group monthly project for July…sigh

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But I am slowly trying to catch up on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks. 

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I LOVE the tea kettle block!  Such fun!!  My favorite part is choosing the fabrics for each block!!  If you are making these blocks, what’s your favorite part?

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I love this Grandma’s Quilt block, too!

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Do you use these mini- design boards and Alphabitties to keep your cut pieces organized?

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I think they really help me make the blocks faster…easier to know which piece is which and such!

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I fussy cut the center piece of the Hooks, Needles, & Brushes block!

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My sweet Yogi is losing his hearing, along with vision in his right eye.  I can now come into the house carrying rustling bags, turn off the alarm system and he does not even hear any of that… sigh…  :-(

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