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!!!!