Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bloggy, blog, blog....

I really do intend to blog more often than I do, but time just slips away these days!  I've been busy, but having fun.

We finally moved the quilting machine and the frame into the garage.  Thanks to hubby, we put a practice piece in and the machine seems to run nicely. ( had it been left to me,  you would be seeing the whole setup on Craigslist today!!)   I am looking forward to trying my first quilt, realizing I have a LOT to learn still.  I have an old quilt top that I made when my daughter was a little girl that I am trying to put my hands on... I can't seem to find it this week....but I've decided to make that top my first machine quilted top.  Excited!  (hubby even wrote his name in thread while we were practicing!)

Hubby got a new toy, too.  So far,  he is enjoying retirement with his new lawnmower.  Cute little Butterbean is always looking for a ride.... the dachshunds....not so much.

picture loaded sideways....sorry

I been watching this little guy for a few days (while his  big brother was at the beach with Nana and PawPaw).  I will say it again:  This is a SWEET baby!  Do you think he has Grandma's eyes?  

I bought this sewing machine from a seller on Craigslist this week for $30. From time to time, my daughter will say that she wishes she owned a sewing machine.  Now she has one!!  It sews... I need to sit down with the manuals and figure out how to make it sew 'good'.  

I've been working on this  baby quilt for a friend from work.  It will probably be quilted on my regular sewing machine... unless I get  really brave!

Isn't this cute??  It's a vintage pillowcase....colors perfect....fabric still stiff....and it has a Sears and Roebuck tag on the inside.  I have no idea why I thought I 'had' to buy it.... maybe there will be a little girl in the family one day, who will want it.  ;-)

The  colors are poor in this pic, but I wanted to show you my vintage linen display.  I bought a painted crib rail and plan to hang this on a wall in the sewing room.  People who don't embroider don't  usually realize the hours of pleasure that were put into these pretty pieces.  And I am thrilled to death to snatch them up at yard sales and thrift stores.  

So that's about it for me.... it's off to work for me this afternoon.  I"m still working 2 days a week, but can definitely see  a light shining in the tunnel.... I am hoping to cut back at least one more day very soon!  I am trying my best to work my way into full retirement.  :))))


Bren said...

I enjoyed your post!!! I love the vintage display and the fabrics for the baby quilt are wonderful! I just basted a baby quilt today. I have always loved making them, knowing it will make a child happy.

sunny said...

Love the vintage linens! I have a tendancy to purchase them too. And like you, I'm trying to learn to use a quilting machine! I bought the HQ Sweet Sixteen. I hope to get in some quality quilting time this week while the Dh is away! Glad to see you posting.

Debbie J said...

Your quilting is great! I bet you could quilt that cute baby quilt with no problem. I get nervous when I start to quilt something too.

Yes, your grandbaby has your eyes. He is so cute!

I love that picture of your hubby on the mower with Butterbean. It just speaks spring with the flowers around him.

That was so thoughtful of you to pick up that sewing machine for Ms. A. I think every girl needs one. She may take after her Mama with it!

I have several vintage pillowcases from my Mama that I love. I would have bought that bambi one if I had seen it too. I also have some embroidered and crochet edge things that came from my grandma. They are so old that some of them are coming apart and have age stains on them. The old crib all of us children slept in is still at Mama's house and I plan to get it and use the rail for display like you did.

Its so wonderful for you to be easing into retirement! Sure would love to do that!!!! I have at least 3 more years of full time before I can start even thinking about it....

I'm ready to make some baby quilts for the new baby here, but gotta get some yard stuff finished first. I'm thinking when the heat sets in I will want to be inside and can quilt then. I have 3 1/2 months to get them done.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

So much going on at your place. That quilting machine looks awesome. Love your hubby's new toy too! Sounds like you had a great time babysitting. Love your Vintage Linen display.

ancient one said...

I know you had fun playing with that sweet grandbaby. You both have beautiful blue eyes. Love how your linens look on the crib side. April will have fun playing with that sewing machine.

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Cindy said...

You have some beautiful embroidered pieces and so smart to put them on a crib rail.
Your grandchild is adorable even in a sideways photo!
Thank you for your very kind comments on my blog today, I really appreciate them.
How wonderful that you have the quilting machine, that is wonderful!
My daughter sews too, she has a machine, but with homeschooling her two, it is harder and harder for her to be creative. She is much like me.
Have a wonderful day, my friend.
Hugs, Cindy

Dianne said...

What an original way to show off that beautiful collection of stitching and linens! I especially loved your phrase, "hours of pleasure" to describe the work done on them - as a stitcher myself I can really relate to that :) ~Dianne from Down to Earth

Linda said...

What kind of "quilting machine" do you have? I am curious because I have an old stretched Singer machine that I really don't know how to get the best use out of :)
What a beautiful grandson you have!