Sunday, December 14, 2014

Finished binding

I have NO CLUE why I do (or don't do) just little things needed to finish a quilt.  I think I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago that I'd run across a quilt that had the binding stitched on but wasn't hand stitched down.  It's got to have been laying around for 3-4 yrs. in this state!!  What a dipstick for not just finishing it.  But NOW it's done--will need to lay out flat on a spare bed underneath a few other quilts to hopefully 'press' those creases out.  Dope!

Friday, December 12, 2014

a little sewing

I've actually done a little bit of sewing the past couple of days.  And when I say little, it's exactly what I mean.  I found the cutest tutorial over at Fun with Barb and actually made one of these in Halloween fabric for myself a few years ago and it's still in my purse.  They're really very easy and so I got busy and made a bunch as little gifties for my bunco buds.  I don't like doing the big gift exchange so am making a little gift bag for each one of them.  These are the Kleenex holders I made

and I got some really cute packages of tissues in Christmas designs and put those in them.  I also made each one of them a little jar of winter smooth hand scrub made with brown and white sugar, olive oil and lemon essential oil.  Hope they like it.  I sure do as it really makes my hands smooth when at times they feel so rough and dry.  I'm pondering making a batch of toffee and putting in just a small amount for each of them as well.  We'll see how that goes.  But they'll for sure get the tissue covers and the hand scrub as those are already done!  YAY!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


I really do not enjoy the Christmas season!!  Don't get me wrong--I'm all about the celebration of Christ's birth and all but I think the overdoing,  commercialization and all that drives me insane.  And it HAS been much harder since the death of my hubby.  This will be the third Christmas he's been gone but it seems SO very long ago.  Feels like I've been alone for MANY many, in fact, that it's often hard to remember a time he was here with me.  Sorry, don't mean to be such a downer.

Just thought I'd post a few of others photos since I probably won't work on any myself.  I did find a quilt I did a few years back that had the binding stitched ON but not DOWN so dragged it out and will try to get that polished off in the next couple of days.

My 'baby' turns 27 tomorrow.  Can't hardly believe it--and there again, third birthday for him since his dad's been gone.  :-(

 I think I started this a couple of years back but haven't run across it in the unpacking of things.  Maybe one of these days it'll surface.
 This is so pretty.  If I cared anything about decorating around the house, I'd want my bed to look like this.  So cute!
 A great little wallhanging.
Presents..I really don't do presents per se anymore.
Trees..don't do these anymore either.  But this is really cute.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Doubt that I'll have anything to post between now and turkey day so thought I'd pass along my wishes for a wonderful day with friends and family!

Monday, November 17, 2014

At the local antique mall

Had our monthly ladies birthday lunch at the local antique mall today and snapped a couple of beautiful quilts that would be lovely for the Christmas season.  But I really need to make my own rather than spend a few hundred I don't have for one of these--

and one that's not so Christmas-y but still pretty

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's done

Well, the top anyway (still needs a little pressing but only the two long edges!!).  I need to get backing made and want to finish up the jelly roll quilt (just a border for that one) with backing and take both to the longarmer for just an all over pantograph.  That way I'll have two that will need binding and I can cover up and keep warm while doing it!  LOL  Then there's a Christmas quilt I want to get started on..I know, a little late on the start but it'll be done for next year, right?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


We had such beautiful weather just a couple of days ago but that has ALL changed!  It is SO COLD and I have a roaring fire going trying to stay warm.  Yesterday, before it got bitterly cold, I stopped at my favorite 'twig gathering' spot to pick up some starter twigs for the fire.  It's by a church and when I pulled into the parking lot--WOW!!  There were some BEAUTIFUL red-hued trees that just GLOWED.  My photo doesn't do it'll just have to take my word for it!

Then today I had to run by my church and noticed how cool the clouds looked so thought I'd share a couple of photos of those.

You will be proud to know that I have put the 'stop' border on the Halloween quilt and have two sides of the final border on.  Will take a final photo once it's complete.  I'm even surprising myself!!  LOL