Sunday, September 6, 2020

Bag Lady

Well, actually a pouch lady.
These little charmers are about 8" x 8" finished.
My first River Rocks Pouch,
designed by Ariane Zurcher,
It stores all the special tools I use for these embellishing stitches.

My daughters pouch.
She wanted an octopus and a jellyfish on hers.

Rock Garden by Ariane Zurcher, 
modified into a pouch for my sister.
I am currently stitching 4 panels of rock garden scenes
 that will eventually be assembled into a Japanese Rice Sack,
the original pattern designed by Ariane.
I have been obsessed with these projects!
Not much else to do now that we are stuck indoors in AZ.

During our last few days at the cabin, my son and his children came to visit.
The cousins loved being together!
Just to have other children to play with was such a simple joy.
And who can resist a puppy in a flower bed!
Aspen is an Australian Labradoodle, which translates into designer mutt.
They have 6 different breeds in them, including Cocker Spaniel, 
which makes them calmer.
Sweetest, softest little creatures!!

Guess what I am getting?
A longarm quilting machine.
No job anymore at the quilt shop and I cannot stitch 24/7,
so I am going to try something new.

Oh, and a new grandchild! 
Our grandson will make his appearance the first weeks of October.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Yikes...130 sewing days until Christmas!

First order of business is to apologize for not replying to several of the comments left on my post about my mother's passing. I thought all comments were going to my email; however, that does not seem to be the case. Thank you to all of you who took your time to offer condolences. It means a lot to me and I will be more diligent in responding to comments in the future.  

Yes, isn't it surreal how fast this year has gone! 

However, lock down has me better prepared than ever for gifting this year.

Debbie Busby of Wooden Spools offered this kit during the Christmas Mystery Sew Along. I could not resist purchasing it as it was very reasonable and included that darling fabric, the charm and ric-rac. They are bowl fillers that will be stuffed when I get back to AZ.

I purchased this sampler many years ago from Vicki McCarty. The lettering intimidated me, so it was a WIP. I recently subscribed to Mary Corbet's Needle n' Thread. She showed the split backstitch, which has made my lettering much more acceptable to me. The edges of each block will get a pinked edge, again when we go home, and then placed on a red flannel background. 

I finished the wool applique on Bringing Home the Tree and have started the HST borders. I actually completed all the WIPs I brought with me. They are not all flimsies yet, but I need supplies I have at home to make them so. So to occupy myself for the next 3 weeks, I ordered a new collage self control! 

We have been very entertained and busy with this little girl. Aspen is so sweet. We tease that she is Ridley's puppy (Ridley is her big brother, actually her blood uncle.) And he loves his puppy! At first, he wasn't all that happy, but now he will not let her out of his sight. 

Hope you are making progress on your holiday sewing projects. As fast as time is flying by these days, it will be just around the corner.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

A little progress each day...

leads to a flimsy!

I consider myself a connoisseur of the UFO and WIP!

My mom used to ask me why I had so many unfinished projects.

My answer was always,

"I have to do housework. When it comes to my creative side,

I don't have to finish anything. When I am done,

I am done."

She never understood that.

After all, I am in what I call my midlife of quilting...

I contemplate whether completing a project will truly enrich my life.

Not with this project...

started and finished in less than a week!

Of course, mine is an abbreviated version of 

Laura Heine's Cactus Collage Sampler.

My granddaughter played along with me.

She made the whole quilt...LOL!

The front of my Tidepool Pouch is also finished,

but I will save it for when it is actually a pouch.

Connecting with my quilting community helps me combat isolation,

so thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Stitching soothes the soul and mends the heart!

This past week I lost my mother.
She passed peacefully in her sleep at the age of 89.
It is a blessing.
This whole CoVid thing had profoundly changed her life.
She was a very social person, who loved people, travel and dancing.
She was literally locked down in her independent living apartment
in California,
 frightened, lonely and depressed.
I was supposed to go visit her right when all the closures occurred.
I will miss my mom...
especially her love of laughter.

I got the news while camping just outside Silverton, CO.,
where we had taken an OHV road 
to this stunning lake at 12,000 ft.
The wildflowers were amazing!!
Whenever I am feeling blue, 
I reach over and give one of those two beautiful children a big hug!

We are back at the cabin now and I have lots of  work to do as executor of her estate,
 but I calm my mind with my stitching.
My progress on my River Rock Pouch,
designed by Ariane Zurcher.
Making it my own!
For me, a pattern is just a suggestion. 

Mothers hold their children's hands for a while,
but their hearts forever.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Life is good!

An update,
Hocus Pocus is pieced.
I need to sash it before it goes to the quilter;
but I have restricted cutting space here at the cabin,
so it will be a flimsy when I return to AZ.

Botanical Sketchbook is a flimsy!!
This is so me!
I have a degree in Biological Sciences and Botany was one of my favs...
no secret with my love of wildflowers!

Desperately missing Sue Spargo's daily sampler circles,
I decided to do my own Colorado wildflower study.
This study is of the wildflowers I see on my hikes up above the treeline...
Purple Fringe, Snowball Saxifrage and Cushion Phlox so far.
Waiting on some yellow ribbon that is on a slow boat from China to finish it up 
with a cluster of alpine Sunflowers,
known as Old Man of the Mountains.
I have plans for a study that includes Colorado Columbine,
but it is that same slow boat that is holding me up.

Next on my list of WIPS is my Cactus Sampler by Laura Heine.
Background fabrics are sewn together.
Now to start the cacti. 

Also started a pouch by Ariane Zurcher
called River Rocks.
Hopefully, pictures next time, 
but I am waiting on threads for these projects too. 

We are gearing up for homeschooling.
High speed internet due to be installed Aug. 6th.
A printer has been installed.
I enjoy teaching my granddaughter.
She gets a kick out of me being the teacher.
We have been doing some review with telling time, reading comprehension, 
spelling, money and math problems.
Her mom is the principal and computer teacher.
Grandpa is the science and shop teacher.
Hammer and nail skills are a must!

All I know is that we are so blessed to be in the cool, safe mountains.
Next week,
a camping trip to Ice Lakes near Silverton.
I cannot wait...
tons of wildflowers to see.

Monday, July 13, 2020

One step forward and two steps back!

I was buzzing along with Hocus Pocus,
piecing the individual pumpkin blocks together until I got to Row 3.
Oops, pattern designer asked for too many medium gray pumpkins,
and now I need another large gray pumpkin.
So I cut the component parts, started sewing them together, 
and oops, put the corner squares on the wrong corners!
Time to take a break and revisit on another day!

I have made progress on a Christmas present for my son and his wife,
Bringing Home the Tree
by Buttermilk Basin.
Block 1 is stitched and block 3 is almost done.

With the closing of The Olde World Quilt Shoppe,
I got all my samples back.
I brought several of them up to the cabin and
I love how they adorn the walls of the cabin!
An all time favorite Lori Smith quilt that I added a little something to the borders.
This Norma Whaley project is perfect for the hallway.
A great patriotic project by Lisa Bongean.
This Heart to Hand project fits perfectly over the back doors.
My miniature sampler that won me a blue ribbon from the AZ Quilters Guild
now hangs in my bedroom.
Added to my wall of small quilts too!

Finished the last 3 circles of my Toned-Down Sampler.
A flamingo of my own design.
Had to put his feet in a flower bed since I did not plan too well.
The jellyfish at the bottom is my own design also.
Will need to quilt and bind it when I get back to AZ.

Speaking of going home...
School had been pushed back to September for my grandchildren,
so my daughter and the girls will stay here with us through August.
My son and his family are looking to join us as well.
A safe, cool place to wait and see what our lives will be in the future.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Alpine Hiking and Accomplishments!

The big accomplishment this week is I got Le Jardin into flimsy form
 and ready to send to my favorite longarm quilter. 
Botanical Sketchbook also got all the stitching done on it!
Waiting for the postman to deliver the border fabric 
and then I will have completed 2 of my summer goals.

Yesterday, we hiked the Continental Divide trail at Wolf Creek Pass.
 It was good to see so many of the dead trees had fallen over during the winter 
and that new growth is starting to predominate.
 Perhaps in another 3-5 years, my favorite forest will no longer look like a war zone.
 FYI, our forests suffered severely from a bark beetle attack 
and present a horrendous fire danger.
 A fire is currently burning 20 miles north of us
 and our small town is full of 'Hot Shots' from all over the country. 
We are so thankful for the risks they take and the sacrifice they make to protect us.

The forest floor was full of my favorite wildflowers and I even identified a 'new to me' one.
Pygmy Bitterroot. 
And for your enjoyment, a few of the others I love.
 Colorado Columbine
 Alpine Viola
 Purple Fringe
Scarlet Paintbrush.
Green-flowered Wintergreen,
also new to me.
I think I will use my new found embroidery skills
 and do a piece with all my favorite wildflowers on it. 

Speaking of embroidery,
A Hollyhock inspired by Beth Upstill.
I still have 3 circles to fill. 
Believe it or not, I actually tore out one I had done to put this one in it's place.

One of the benefits of high altitude living and exercising
 is that my Vacay/CoVid-12 (pounds that is) has turned into CoVid-1. 
It has also helped that my beautiful daughter and WW teammate has been cooking delicious, low point meals for both of us and encouraging me to stay on track.
I am only 6 pounds away from my goal,
but I know they will be the hardest ones.
I need to lose these pounds to help lower my blood pressure.
I don't want to take medications!!!!
So wish me luck.

What is on my plate next....
Hocus Pocus by the Pattern Basket.
My Fig Tree All Hallows Eve fabrics are on their way.