Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Quick Getaway!

 Our family took a quick trip to Bryson City last weekend. Our family lived there for several years while our kids were still home. Our son graduated from High School there. 

We recalled fun memories and were able to share the area with the grandchildren. 

It took Will’s family a little over three hours to drive there.

April and Annabelle drove over 7 hours from Mississippi.

Even 14 year old Sweet Pea made the trip with us. Hubby and I drove a little over 6 hours to get there.

We reunited with a few friends.

I visited this dear friend. He was a very important part of my years in Bryson City. ❤️ I previously posted  here about Mike .

It was wonderful to have all our babies under one roof for a few days. Our kids are already making plans to visit again during the summer. Thank you Bryson City, for all the sweet memories.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

A Little Hand Stitching

 I spent most of the week trying to clean and reorganize my sewing room. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get motivated to sew again.

This is another vintage potholder I bought on eBay some time back. I had already stitched the orange one.

I must admit that I have quite a few of these eBay projects waiting for me. Sometimes I go wild when I get on eBay. I want it all. 🀭

I have an apple left to do in this little series.

This is an old embroidery I stitched several years ago. I found it again when I was cleaning, so I made it into a little pillow.

My problem with making cute things, is I that I usually don’t know what to do with them once they are done. I had wanted a little rag doll to sit on this little stack of quilts. This little pillow will do for now. ☺️

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and Happy Anniversary to hubby and me today. 37 years!

Linking to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Click on the link to see what others are working on today.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Progress in June

 I’m having fun working on small projects and getting things done. 

First, I made myself this patriotic mini quilt entirely from the scrap basket. 

The fun thing about scrappy quilts is remembering the projects  where you used those particular fabrics before. There is a scrap from my first grandson’s baby quilt, a piece from the last quilt I made for my Mama, and scraps from other quilts I’ve made. 

I just realized that everything in the above photo came from thrift stores, except for the cross on the wall. I love it all.

A better photo of the shelves with my favorite Amish girl, purchased over 25 years ago from a local crafter. I have cookbooks on the bottom two shelves.

A close up view before the little quilt was finished.

Remember the scrap gingham rag ball I made? 🀣 Here it is again! I also cross stitched this little patriotic piece and made a little pillow. 

I only did the top part of this free pattern from Plum Street Samplers. The fabric I used was horrible to work with and I used the wrong color for the shirt. So I went back and stitched over instead of removing the wrong thread. I did not enjoy it, so I got to a stopping point and called it a day. I do want to attempt this pattern again—it’s called Happy Birthday, Mr.President — in honor of George Washington’s Birthday.

I promised not to show this again until it was framed.

I studied up on how to frame it.

And I did it!! Is it perfect? No! But I love it and saved a lot of $ by framing it myself. I ordered a custom sized frame from USArt online. The 1978 stamped kit was a vintage find on EBay and I enjoyed every minute of stitching this piece. My grandson, Chandler, stitched the “h” in “The Lord...”

Ok this part is cheesy, but thought I’d share in case you have something like this in your closet. I like the skirt part of this dress, but the top was too big and

So I cut off the top above the drawstring waist. Knit doesn’t fray, so no sewing needed.

I think I created my favorite summer skirt. Have you ever cut an outfit in half before? Maybe you have something in your closet you can reinvent. πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

Linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. Jump over here if you want to see some wonderful hand stitching projects.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Goodbye to May

 Even though I’ve been busy, I don’t have much sewing to show this week.

I used an online tutorial to make a pillowcase dress for Annabelle. Her mom bought her one recently that has become one of her favorite dresses. I hemmed it last night and will wait for a photo to see if it’s anywhere close to fitting her. The good thing about these dresses is that they are totally adjustable. 

We hung curtains in the dining room! We’ve been in our house for five years and it was about time. I love the way they look in here. I saw these particular curtains on an Instagram friend’s post and she told me they were from Target. I quickly found them online and they were here within 3-4 days. I love online shopping!

Hubby and I have really enjoyed the birds, squirrels, and neighborhood cats this year. There’s a lot that goes on outside, even when we aren’t looking! We are making an effort to watch them more. Notice the butterfly reflector decals on my glass door. The hummingbirds kept flying and bumping into the door, so these were added for their safety. I hope they work!

I started picking through my fabric scraps last night to make something red white and blue. I’ve seen so many cute Americana displays online that include mini patriotic quilts. I’m hoping to try out one of my “new to me” sewing machines this week with that project. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 

Have a safe Memorial Day and always remember those who died so that we can live free!!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

May 2021

 I started blogging again as a way to keep a record of my sewing projects. I didn’t want to bore everyone with my ongoing cross stitch sampler, so I dropped out for a few weeks. ☺️

Here it is... one more time... finished! I won’t make you look at it again until it’s framed. I’m a tightwad and want to frame it myself to save money, but also for the experience. If that doesn’t work out, I guess I’ll splurge on professional framing. Stay tuned.

I played around with a quilted pillow sham and made these little bowl fillers. Now that I have them, I don’t quite know what to do with them. I enjoy making little things, but then the clutter gets on my nerves. πŸ˜‚

Speaking of hoarding....I mean, clutter.... I bought this old quilt from a thrift store last week. I think it’s gorgeous. I have it folded on the back of a rocking chair, where it brings me a lot of joy.

I’ve been trimming more dishcloths. The crochet edge makes them just a bit cute, I think. 

Our daily entertainment these days, is this guy. It is a stray cat that we’ve been feeding out by our barn. We haven’t petted it yet, but we are getting closer and closer to it. In this picture, it had climbed the fence into our backyard, and was drinking from the bird bath. It’s just another simple joy in my life.

This is just one of our many beautiful sunsets that we have enjoyed lately. With all the craziness in this world, these sunsets remind me that God is still good and He is still in control. May you feel His peace in your life, too.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Slow Stitching

 I really am getting close to the end.

I’m not working on this piece as much as I was in the beginning , as I keep finding other things to do! But I WILL finish it soon.

I did make this no sew rag wreath this past week. I went through my scrap basket and tied strips onto a wire wreath frame. Easy peasey, but barely touched my scrap basket. πŸ˜† There are instructions all over Pinterest if you want to make your own.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching . Take a peek to see what others are hand stitching today.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sunday Update

 I skipped last week because I didn’t have a lot of progress to show.

I have completed the words on my Psalm 23 piece and it seems to be moving along pretty quickly. I still recite the Psalm daily to make sure I can remember it.  I plan to hang this in my bedroom where I can see it from my side of the bed.

Next is the Noah quilt. I sewed the binding on, but still have a few areas that need quilting.

If I were to never get back to it, at least it’s usable. 🀣 I do plan to finish hand quilting it. This is going to be my lap quilt, made for me. 

I’m sharing one of our favorite recipes from a Taste of Home cookbook. It’s a freezer recipe cookbook and the instructions tell you how to make one meatloaf and freeze one. I make one big meatloaf and we always have leftovers which are delicious. This is on our menu for today.

I’m showing off my new tulips that I planted this past fall. Aren’t they gorgeous?

I hope your  Spring is beautiful and pray that things are looking up for all of us!

I’m linking to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Click to see what others are working on this week.