Friday, December 26, 2014

A Great Christmas

Despite the fact that colds or flu hit everyone (knock on wood  - except Funoldhag) for the actual Christmas celebration, it was a very sweet, fun time with those of my family that were together.  First Barclay, my son-in-law, came down with something.  Then Ian, Hannah's boyfriend, had a cold when they got there, followed by Hannah starting to cough, etc., on Christmas Eve.  Sherry fought it yesterday and today she can rest and take it easy and get over it.  Sounds like we didn't have a good time - but we did!!   
Christmas morning we had a family "get together" over the internet!  Ian fixed it up some way so that  Molly and her family in Portland and Norah and her family in Denver and the five of us were all on a three way facetime so that we could watch the little ones open the gifts we had sent them.   Above is Annie opening a little dollhouse from Grandma and Grandpa here in Michigan.  Henry tore into his gifts with gusto (reminiscent of his mommy when she was about that age) and was very enthusiastic about Christmas this year.  Lauren was not too enthusiastic about gifts this year but she is just ll months old.  Annie was very methodical in opening hers and very enthusiastic about looking things over.  She is adorable (as they all are).  She was really into a pink toolbox that Henry and Lauren sent her.   I could never have imagined even ten years ago that we would spend Christmas together on the internet.  
 Annie and Daddy

Sweet Lauren

The girls texted these pictures of the kiddies earlier.  Thought you would enjoy Henry feeding Lauren's little dolly.  It certainly seems that some day a long time from now will be a good daddy!  

Two years ago, our family decided to have the adults draw names for a nice gift and then get stocking stuffers for every one.  You might remember that I made a stocking for each.  That has turned into such a fun tradition!  After watching the kids open their things, it was our turn to open the stocking stuffers.  Lots of fun and a lot of thought and love went into the items each person picked out.  Next came the one big gift each one received from their Secret Santa.     So much fun to see who had your name and what you got.  There is a website where Molly put all our names in and they paired up the giftor and giftee.  Even avoided husbands and wives from getting each other's name.  Each person put up a list of things they would like and the giftor could pick from that.  I had Chad, Norah's husband, and one of his was a beer making kit.  Found that on Amazon and sent it along.   I just put on my list a cozy nightie, wool socks and earrings.  By golly, Norah had my name and I got all of them.  

We spent a long time in our gift unwrapping session and it was almost as good as being together.  Later everyone was texting about the neat stocking stuffers and how much fun we all had.  I also talked to Bill - he and Ann were with her sister and family and her mom.  They were having a great Christmas, also.  

I am sure the kids will continue with this tradition over the years--when the little ones are all grown up they can join in the name drawing.  However, it is so much fun finding them presents and seeing the excitement they get from receiving.  Christmas is so much more fun with little ones around!!  

In my box to Bill and Ann, I sent along a picture of a tabletopper I will be giving Ann.  Could not finish it with my machine in the shop but now I can get it quilted and bound in the next week or so and get it off to her.  Just sent her a picture of the top and here it is
It was a big Christmas!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from Funoldhag

I have just returned from my daughter's after spending this Christmas Eve with her and her husband and my youngest granddaughter and her boyfriend who are here from Portland, Oregon, for Christmas.  Weatherwise, this has been the dreariest Christmas Eve I can remember in a long time, but that does not dampen the feelings of the special time.  When I left to come home it was snowing - huge flakes almost like small snowballs!!  I think it has slowed down some now but we do now have some snow for Christmas.   I will go back to their house in the morning and enjoy the day.  We will facetime with the families in Denver and Portland and watch the little ones open the gifts from us. Hooray for technology!!!!!

I haven't posted for a while but will be back at it after the holiday.   By the way, I have my sewing machine back and am so happy about that.  Haven't used it much yet but will soon.   It is purring like a little kitten.

I send you my wishes for you and yours to have a warm and happy Christmas and hope the upcoming new year will be full of good things for you.  Hope Santa stuffs yards and yards of beautiful fabric in your stockings!!!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

More of My Favorite Fabric

Isn't this yummy?  I absolutely love this piece.  Every once in a while, I order some quarter yards of my favorite fabrics from Glorious Color.  They have them all and will cut 1/4 yards which some of the online shops don't.   With applique and also some scrappy quilts you don't need much.  They are also very quick and what fun it is to get the package in the mail and see all the gorgeous little chunks of color!

I didn't have much green or yellow so found what I could of that.   Most of the patterns come in quite a few colorways and it's amazing how my eye usually goes to one or two of them.  There are several other designers other than Kaffe Fassett.  I really like the ones by I think it  is Brandon Mobley - but I'm not sure I have his name right.   There are a couple of women designers and two men beside Kaffe.  Quite beautiful stuff.

Here is the rest of the order.  There are some beauties in that pile also.  Not sure what I am going to do with them other than just soak in the gorgeous color but I will come up with something after the holidays.  It's pretty safe ordering because you pretty much know what the fabric is and how beautiful the colors are.  Sometimes there is a piece that isn't that great, but it still works right in.  Love, love, love this stuff!!!

A Thought for Today

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Busy Time

Here are my oldest granddaughter, her husband and their two cute little ones who were here from Denver to visit before Christmas.  Henry is three and a fun little guy who is busy, inquisitive and just as cute as they come.  Lauren--what an adorable little girl.  She is an easy going little baby who is so happy.  As you can see, I am well pleased with  these little kids!!  And also the little one in Portland! It was such fun to be around them and actually see them in person - but Facetime is wonderful when you can't be together!  Monday night we ate at Pizza Sam's and then it was a trip to the Santa House.  I had never been there and I was very impressed.  Santa was such a good Santa who seemed to really love the little ones.  He listened to Henry then they put Lauren on his lap, too, and she rather charmed the old fellow in the red suit.
Every girl needs a tutu!  Grandma Sherry bought jammy outfits for all three of the little ones to wear together when they were all in Denver at Thanksgiving.  

Today I saw my pulmonoligist for my six month visit and all is going okay.  I was feeling a little rough around Thanksgiving, but that has gone away.  Must have been a bug of some kind.  Back to feeling normal for me.   I consider myself very blessed for feeling as well as I do at the age I am.  I had to go before lunch for the breathing test then back after lunch to see the doctor.  While I was at home between times, the phone rang and it was my bank.  By golly, if I didn't win $500 in a sweepstakes they had!!!  How cool is that?  Can't remember ever winning anything worth that much.  I have made arrangements to have a humidifer put on my furnace and that will pay for a big chunk of that expense.  Woo Hoo!!!

Still without my Bernina, but it has been sent away to be fixed.  The power supply is now working and they don't made that part for a machine this old.  However, I think they are going to rebuild it. Will be glad when it is home again and hope that it can be fixed.  I have been using the Huskvarna and find that it is a nice  machine, also, but not having much luck with the buttonhole stitch.  I'm sure with enough practice, I could master that.   Also, I have not tried quilting on it.  Will just be patient and see how my dear old machine comes out.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ho, Ho, Ho

 It's fast approaching - the holiday season  we all await and spend lots of time in preparation of enjoying it with our loved ones.  Two years ago, I made Henry a stocking for Christmas and now his little sister needs a stocking, also.  I didn't have a good picture of the one I did for HRB so Norah texted pictures so I would be able to make a similar one for Lauren.
Here is Lauren's so far - now I must come up with an applique and her name.  I think I am going with a little sunbonnet girl angel in the blue with white polka dot fabric for her dress.  I have some of this pretty turquise fabric and it goes well with the others.  Makes it a bit different than Henry's but very similar.  I am using the machine I bought for the basement which I have been playing with and discovering it is a very nice machine.  Will attempt the applique with it and think it will be okay.  Norah and her family will be here this Saturday!!!!

Had a very nice Thanksgiving with Sherry and Barclay.  Our dinner was stellar and it was a nice day.  Bill called from Florida where he and Ann and her mom were visiting Ann's sister and family, and we facetimed with the girls who were all in Denver having Thanksgiving together.   So everyone was with loved ones and that is what matters!!  Would be nice to be all together, but that does not happen very often for most families.

My Bernina is in Bay City at the shop that services that brand.  My dear friend, Leslie, stopped and got it to take it in for me.   I appreciate that so very much.  So far I have heard nothing from the shop and hope that it will be able to come home good as new.

As mentioned earlier, Annie just recently turned two.  I sent her a Crayola Art Easel and I think she really likes it.  Here she is creating a beautiful picture!
Actually, it is pretty darned cool!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Soon Be Turkey Time

Two years ago Thanksgiving was on November 22 - and Annie arrived on that day!  Here she is blowing out two candles on her birthday cake!    I love this picture - a precious moment in the life of a precious little girl.   I will add new pictures of the three little cutie pies on my sideboard!

I am feeling lost today - my beloved Bernina will not turn on!!!   OMG - she is 26 and a half years old and seems like a part of me.  I will get her up to Bay City after Thanksgiving and have them see what is ailing her.  She also needs a good servicing.  What a wonderful machine she has been--very few problems over all those years and I have sewn zillions of stitches.  Hopefully, she can be revived.  If not, I am not sure what I will do.  Don't think I would want to spend as much as I am sure Berninas cost nowadays.  One of my friends who does beautiful quilting has a Pfaff and she loves it.  I think they are a little more reasonable in price.  Goodness only knows, a machine would not have to last me 26 years now at this stage in my life!!!!  In the meantime, I am using the Huskvarna (sp) that I bought used probably 8 or 9 years ago for the basement and have not used very much.  It's no Bernina, but it is a good machine.  I had Sherry bring it upstairs and I have been playing with it.  I never liked the foot pedal, but think I have that figured out now.  Will go down to Material Mart and see if they have a darning foot and some bobbins to go with this one.  Maybe it will be a nice surprise!  I will give quilting with it a try.

Will go out and shop for some Thanksgiving groceries tomorrow.  Sherry and Barclay will come over here and we will have a feast with plenty for leftovers.  Barclay is going to bake a cake!!  He has been baking cookies and is expanding his talents.  How cool is that?  I think it will be a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.   I will do a pumpkin pie so that will give the three of us plenty of dessert!   All the girls will be together in Denver!  I am sure we will do some facetime with them!  Then about a week after Thanksgiving is over, Norah and family will come to Midland for an early Christmas.  Can't wait!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November is Flying By

Here are two redwork pieces I worked two to three years ago.  They have been put away waiting for me to do be finished.  And I have just about done that.  Just finished putting the strips together for binding which will be the first small border.  I think I have enough for both.  They are both quilted and that didn't take much time since they are only about 18 x 24 inches and I did nothing fancy.  So, by golly, another ufo has about hit the dust!  Don't worry, though, I have plenty more!   There was a third pattern with these - a cool Christmas tree - but I won't be making that.  Will put it away for someone to find one day and maybe it will get made.

I also quilted the African tabletopper that I made a week or so ago and will get the binding ready for that.  Just did straight line quilting with the walking foot and it turned out pretty well.   I am glad that I can do a decent job of machine quilting but don't really like the time it takes to stop and start so many times.  Love doing the small pieces but when they get much bigger than a baby quilt, I will have someone else do it.

 Had a great guild meeting last Tuesday night.  The owners of Country Threads in St. Louis (Michigan, that is) gave a very cute presentation of how to do a sort of stack and whack set of placemats.  What cute personalities these ladies have!   Had everyone giggling with their funny little antics and it was lots of fun.  I don't get out of town much to shop hop but would stop by their shop if I did.  They also had a table of goodies for sale.
This dear lady is Nancy, a long time member of our guild.  She does absolutely beautiful work in everything that she does.  For show and tell, she brought along this picture that looks just like a gorgeous fall painting but it is not.  It is thousands and thousands of little snippets of fabric laid on batting that has a back, covered with tulle and then quilted.  It is absolutely fabulous.  She said she liked it so much she had it framed.  Very smart move, Nancy!  That is a treasure.   She and at least one other girl (may have been more) took a class someplace outside of Midland.  The batik fabrics were cut to smithereens with a rotary cutter and put in piles of different colors.  Sounds like the making of a really fun, interesting class!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Good Day to Be In!

I have been going through things in the basement the past week or more and have found all sorts of neat stuff that I had intended to do!  Above is an infinity scarf I whipped out yesterday!  When I say whipped out I mean it went really fast.  You can make one in less than ten minutes.  Joann's has some chiffon, knit, rayon and other cool fabric to make them.  I bought 2/3 of a yard of the fabric here and used the width of fabric.  Go to Youtube and search for how to make fabric infinity scarves and you will find a video.  For a heavier fabric, I would use a narrower width.  Don't forget if they're not on sale you usually have a coupon.
Then I got into my African fabrics and started cutting some strips for sixteen patch blocks.  I don't have nearly as good an assortment as I used to but enough for a little tabletopper.  It's only 32" square and will get no bigger.  Someone who has been to Africa will get this if she wants it!   I would love to switch one of the light squares to another position but I am not about to tear it apart!

In an earlier post, I told you about the baby clothes belonging to my husband that his mom gave me a long time ago.  This is some sort of a little romper with really big legs.  It is handmade with a feather stitch embroidered on the sleeves and neckline.  Clothes for babies have certainly made a  big advancement in the last 88 years!!!!

 Here is a little pair of pants - probablyworn when Ray was maybe three.  Fabric is quite heavy and I thought it was wool but may be wrong on that.  Below is a closer look at the waistband with the handmade buttonholes.  Aren't the phone cameras wonderful????

I've got a good one for you today!!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014


I love this picture of Molly and the two pumpkins taken way back in the mid to late 1980's.   In fact, I may have used it on an earlier Halloween post but I think it warrants a repeat.  She and grandpa carved the pumpkins on a beautiful day in Chillicothe, Illinois.  It's not such a pretty day here in Michigan!!  Rainy, windy, dank--even saw a few snow flurries earlier and they are forecast to be mixed with rain this afternoon!   A shame for all the little ones who love going door to door in their cute little costumes to trick or treat!  I sent a couple of little boxes to my little greatgrandbabies in Denver and Oregon and they got there when they were supposed to.  
Here is Lauren in her little witch's hat that I sent--very cute!  Her mommy said the picture reminded her of some of the old fashioned ladies looking very stoic in their photos or paintings.   I'm sure there will be some other pictures  of the little spooks to post later on.

Happy Halloween from Funoldhag!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Old, Old Things from the Past

If you have read my blog over the years, you know that my hubby and I spent lots of time on the square dance floor in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.  We had some wonderful friends and lots and lots of fun that was also great exercise.  In the Kansas City area there you could have danced almost every night in the week if you so wished and at any level from beginner to challenge.  We never went the challenge route but were in a nice level that made you think but still have a good time. And we dressed for it!  I made lots of outfits over the years and even made Ray some shirts.  We wore ruffled pantaloons and big, big crinoline petticoats.  We were in about three clubs and would visit others once in a while, going at least once a week and maybe sometimes twice.  After Bill left, I was fiddling down the basement and started going through some of the boxes of stuff that I have.  I found this skirt that is really, really full and it's loaded with gold, red and white rickrack and some pretty trim.  There is a belt which you can see and a blouse which I didn't photograph.  Also, an orange shirt that Ray wore.  Good grief, I had to iron that thing!!  Used to iron the wrong side so the trim would stand up.  That was the only thing I kept of the clothes.  Molly and her friend used to play dressup in it and some other things I have.  Maybe Annie and Lauren will like to do that some day!  And I marvel at how small my waist was - what happened to that?????

A needlepoint vest I did back in the late 70's or early 80's.  I did so much needlepoint and loved doing patchwork bargello and other stitches.  The back is denim and the vest is still in very nice shape.
Another one I did.  They were right in style back in the day.  This, too, has a denim back.  I rigged up some trim to make two bows in front to hold it shut.   I have one more that I never finished that I will show another time.  Also have some of my husband's baby clothes that are fun to see.  Will save those for another post.

Day started out rainy but did a turnaround and it was nice and sunny - but very windy!  My assignment for the day was to get some little Halloween boxes off to Denver and Portland for the little kiddies.  I took them to the post office this afternoon and they should be there the day before or at least Halloween itself!

Have a great rest of the week!!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Big, Big Thank You to Bill!!

My son, Bill, flew here last Tuesday and was with me until midday today.  How fun it was to be with him again.  He is a great guy and we don't have any trouble at all finding things to talk about.  One of the main reasons for his trip was to do some things for me that I don't do so easily any more - and how that dear man worked!  The picture above is the little shed that is attached to my house and opens to the patio.  A great place for the outside things you do need in a condo, it means you don't have to haul patio furniture, etc., to the basement.  A very handy feature.  My shed was gross!   Now what I need is in there very neatly and all the junk is out in the carport awaiting trash pickup.

And on the inside he moved furniture (had not been moved for years!) and swept under everything, cleaned the baseboards, used the crevice tool at the bottom of the baseboards and even got all the dustbunnies off the walls.  One of the things I was so wanting was to have the fridge moved out.   So  Bill did that and cleaned the floor and walls.    I have a valance I had put up in my bedroom eons ago - it is deep red and was very, very dusty.  The curtain rod was leaning at both ends and I couldn't get up there to fix it.  It's now fixed, the dust gone, the valance looks brand new.  That is just a bit of what he did and I love and thank him so much!  Sherry, my daughter, and her hubby came over two nights for dinner--it was so nice to have both my kids around even for just a little while.

The spacebar on my keyboard has been sticking so bad and driving me crazy.  We went to Best Buy and I now am wireless!  Keyboard and mouse only $26.00.  And, oh, yes, all the dust is gone  behind my computer desk and the wires are all untwisted and neat.  I am stoked!

While things were moved around, I thought I would have Bill hang this wallhanging for me.  This was made in 2007.   I found the pattern in an old book I had and the original one was done in pinks and blues and blacks.   Every time I would look through that particular book I would be drawn to this piece.  Think I will probably leave it up.

Oh, and we watched the Royals and Giants in the world series.  When we lived in the KC area, we went to some of the games.  I am not a sports fan, but I like baseball and liked the Royals when we lived there.  Hope they win!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Been Almost Two Weeks

I swear - the older you get the faster time flees by!!!!   My intentions aren't to let long spells go between posts but sometimes that just happens.  Even if I haven't been quilting, I can usually pull a post about something together but that is getting more difficult, also, since I think I have shown you about everything of interest (and some not of interest) in my home.   I will start this post with a picture texted to me by Elle, the very cute and cool daughter of my friend, Leslie!
Way back in the depths of this blog, I showed my old candy tin of embroidery floss which is, I admit, tangled and matted and not a pretty sight!  Leslie had much to say about my tin when I took it to Sit and Sew and she made fun of it!!  I figure that thread is cheap and I can always cut off what is too tangled and throw it away!  Doesn't that make sense?   Well, Elle texted me this picture of what she found in her mom's things!   Do you suppose I am influencing Leslie and could she be adopting my slovenly ways with floss??   Of course, Leslie, you know I am teasing you - that goes without saying.  Thank you, Elle, for the ammunition!!!!!
 I found this old block pattern on Pinterest and it intrigued me.  So the other day I played for just a while and fused three small blocks - they would be 3 1/2 inches finished.

There would be so many ways to lay them out but I only did three.  Sometime I am going to make some more and maybe make a little wallhanging.
This is up on the basement wall.  The bottom right is maybe a little too pastell, but I think I will go with it and maybe make to or three more lighter ones.  Also think I might go bed size with this one.  Probably will put my cheating appliqued print diamonds or squares on end on the newspaper print between the blocks.
Park Bench had a sale this weekend and bought a few more pieces of Kaffe fabric for my stash.
Also these pretty pastel batiks - they would make wonderful block backgrounds.  Bought several other batiks but no rhyme nor reason - just because I liked them.

So looking forward to my son coming next week.  Been quite a while since we've seen each other - it was Christmas, in fact.  We talk on the phone a lot, though.  Bill will be doing some things I can no longer do - like cleaning out my shed, etc.  We will go get me a new keyboard, too, as this darned thing sticks all the time!!!!  I am making a list - but we will do some fun things, too.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's Been a While Since I Posted

and this is the reason.  I just could not leave it alone and have spent a lot of time working on it some of which I spent correcting my goofs!  Good thing I am an accomplished ripper!   You know that she who sews rips--'tis true.   But I am so very happy with the way this has turned out.   It is shimmering very nicely!   Rather like a puzzle and easy to get the pieces turned the wrong way.  Part of my problem (have to blame something) is that I do the cutting in the basement and bring it upstairs to sew.  I have a sewing machine down there, but there is a method to my madness.  I feel that it gives me some exercise climbing the steps - and I climbed them a lot the last two weeks.

Here's a closer look at some of the piece.  The fabric with the vegetables in it has been around here for along, long time.  Have to decide how to quilt it.  I think I will use invisible thread - will do some thinking about this.   Wouldn't one in batiks be smashing?   Hmmmmm.