Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-Marcel Proust

Monday, July 6, 2015

Back in the sewing saddle...maybe

I have been so crazy busy for months, taking on new projects at work, traveling the world with my family, and just life in general.  I am actually working on some sewing projects now though, hopefully I will have decent pictures to show eventually.  Until then, allow me to share some of the things I have been up to...
Don't think this one needs any explanation...

The family in front of Buckingham Palace

These two are from a climb up a mountain in Wales to castle ruins- this may be the most beautiful place I have ever seen- in close contest to Hawaii...

The only quilt shop I saw along the way- in Llangollen, Wales- but it was closed. 

Sailing the Irish Sea

My son learning Irish dancing- he's the one on the right.  He turns 15 this month- can't believe it!

Lovely restaurant across from the Temple Bar in Dublin!

My Husband and I in front of Ann Hathaway's (wife of Shakespeare) cottage in Stratford.  We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary in a few weeks. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015


So much going on lately...
I grabbed a few minutes on Friday night to throw together a scrappy pouch...
They are so easy!  I need to pick up some more zippers!

Last week my daughter went to prom...
This week:
She played Kala (Tarzan's Gorilla mom) in the Musical version of Tarzan.  She had 6 songs and did an awesome job!  She also designed most of the makeup, remade a spider costume, created props, painted the butterfly masks, and helped with hair and makeup, not to mention general tech crewing.  I am not sure that she has eaten since prom night though. 
Today she has a piano recital and then we have to focus on getting her SAT and ACT scheduled, voice lessons set up for this summer and get her packed for a choir competition trip next week.  Whew!
Kala and Kerchak- they had great stage chemistry and very believable "disagreements".  They performed beautifully!

And my son has finally found a basketball team that practices close to home so I am very excited to be watching him play again!
So, you can see, there is no time for quilting...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Travel Blankets

Here is my daughter's travel blanket, all finished and ready to go to California with her later this month, then on to Europe this summer.  She loves Marvel Comics and, especially, captain America-yes, I did some fussy cutting.

First, I cut two pockets one about 18 inches square and the other about 18 X 16.  Then did a quick 1 fold over hem on the top of each.
I just stitched it down with a long stitch & my walking foot.
Then I sewed the smaller pocket to the larger pocket front as pictured here.  Then the larger pocket gets sewn, right sides together to the blanket.  Fold the blanket, and the tuck it into the pocket by turning it right side out with the blanket in the inside.  Then the pillow goes in the outside/smaller pocket, all held together with a loop of elastic that was sewn to the inside upper edge of the smaller pocket.  Then the elastic loop just slips over the handle of your suitcase.
I made one for each of us.  The kids got theirs in their Easter Buckets this morning...
Here is mine with a neck pillow in the front pocket instead of a rectangular pillow like the kids.  I had to make the pocket deeper to accommodate the pillow. 

I also did some embroidery on the front of mine and my husbands which is not pictured here.  His is purple and has a Coat of Arms embroidered on it. 
Here is mine on the suitcase handle.  Try to ignore the messy cabinet behind- it houses my son's gaming console and is always a mess.

I am really excited about how they turned out.  I think my family is a little less enthusiastic, as they always are with my creations but I think they will be happy to have them on our overnight flight to Europe this summer.

My daughter was very appreciative of how cuddly hers is. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gotta get back to running!

Okay, so, I finally went running today.  It felt really good but I tried really hard not to overdo it.  Only went a little over a mile and a half. 
I still am hoping to make it to a 10K again by May 3rd so here is my plan. 
I have to run 4 times per week!

This week- 20-25 minute runs and maybe 3 miles this weekend 
Week 2- 20 minute runs and 3.5 miles on Sat.
Week 3- 25-30 minute runs and 4 miles on Sat.
Week 4- 30 minute runs and 3.5 miles on Sat.
Week 5- 30 minute runs and 4.5 miles on Sat.
Week 6- 30 minute runs and 5.5 miles on Sat.
Week 7- 30 minute runs and 4 miles on Sat.
Week 8- 30 minute runs and 6.2 miles on Sunday- Run for the Zoo
 That means the 10K  will be a challenge as it was last summer when I ran it in July.  

I am absolutely going to have to start running at about 5:30 in the morning- not just for me but for Jack.  Black poodles get very hot in the sun, very quickly!  It was only 66 degrees outside when I ran today and Jack was already dragging his tongue!  It doesn't help that he refuses to drink water on our runs.  I even carry a little bowl and extra water for him.  It is a waste though because he won't touch it.  

I have not been very motivated to sew lately either.  I just end up being lazy- watching TV or reading.  Maybe my running will give me more energy.

I got a bit depressed today when I was looking at the calendar.  There are still more weeks left between now and summer vacation than there are weeks IN summer vacation! Ugh!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

More stitching...

Okay, I saw the announcement of yellow and since I was already in that mode...
I didn't have much variety in my yellows but it came out ok.  

I also got my Snap Shots block done, just before February was over!  Yay!

So, here they are together.  I think I am going to LOVE this quilt when it is all finished!

And here is the only HP block I finished today.  Can you see the shimmery fabric for the Invisible Book of Invisibility?

We had about 6 inches of snow as of around 10 am.  It is almost all melted now and, so, we just have a wet mess.  Gotta love winter in the desert. 

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Here are my RSC blocks for February. 

Ans here they are all together.  I have no idea how I set them together.  I am not even making them a regular size.  I am starting with 6.5 inch squares, sewing them in to half square triangles, then pinwheels, and trimming them up to 11 inches.  I guess, if I decide on a regular pattern, it will have to be with 10 inch squares and I will have to trim them all down to 10.5.  But, if I use just a simple sashing & cornerstone method, they are fine. 

Thinking I will head back up and work on a few Harry Potter blocks and my Snap Shots QAL for this month. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Snowday Play

I can't believe we had a school closure snow day here in the desert, at the end of February!
But, I loved it!

I dove into the scraps and made a couple of potholders with double layers of InsulBright.  I like them thick!
I save my left over binding so I have a drawer of it all ready to go for things like this!

I have been wanting to make something with this "tag" method.  So, I cut out my white fabric & batting in pillow size and went to town.  I have been wanting to do this with my long-arm but started just on my sit-down machine.  May try a baby quilt size on the long-arm in the future. 
I made the backing out of white flannel and I happened to have a pillow form in the closet.  I had a lot of fun!  I really needed this day off, too! 
Happy stitching this weekend!


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