January check-in: better late than never??

January 30, 2019

I hope your Holidays (ALL of them) were good, and for those that make them, that you’re having success with this years resolutions.

I started to write this on 2018-12-28, so apologies if this gets jumping around and makes little sense. Also, I apologize for it being so long and rambling. Then I intended to post it on Jan. 6, but got sidelined sulking that I had to go back to work.

There were no declarations of resolutions or listing best/worst projects Read the rest of this entry »

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Plans. Do they ever work out?

December 16, 2018

Well.  I think my plan for my Monday & Friday off the week of Dec 3-7 was an estate related appointment, work on Necchi, modify the last 2 tops, and maybe finish the QOV top in progress.  The estate appointment is the only one happened.

Sister had surgery mid-November, and was then moved to a nursing home for further recovery.  Apparently she had different type of anesthetic than when she had hip replacements.  This time she had breathing issues after the surgery, so off to a nursing home she went.  One that’s suspiciously the only one with openings when she needed physical therapy after her hips were done.  She HATES it there.  Sunday night she called and said she was told by the nursing home doctor to set up hospice care.  That resulted in my going up to Minnesota this past week. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick post & cat photo

November 26, 2018

I’m going to try and post more frequently, even if not much to say on the sewing or needlework front.

Estate work ended up taking most of the long weekend.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and most of today Read the rest of this entry »

An over due post.

November 17, 2018

I started writing this October 13, and now it’s November 17!  Apologies if some things don’t make sense time-wise…  I really should just post and not worry so much about  quantity or lots of photos.  I cannot believe it’s mid November already!

Sewing has Happened!  And some sewing related ponderings & whinings. Read the rest of this entry »

An Apology to My Serger

August 11, 2018

You’ve been a good serger for 25(?) years. Even though you’ve sat idle for years at a time while my sewing languished, you came back to life after a bit of oil and a new needle or two, ready to go. You still make me nervous though. Read the rest of this entry »

Just a quick update….

August 4, 2018

This is more of a post just so I don’t get too far out of habit on this again.  Not much of interest to the sewing/quilting world is included. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s been going on….

May 18, 2018

Sigh.   I just don’t seem to be doing so well on blogging on a regular basis.  Again.  Read the rest of this entry »

Long Overdue Update

December 29, 2017

Well.  I didn’t mean to be so long between posts.  It’s been a case of “life happens” with Dad.  He’s 92 and was doing OK up until September.  Since then, I’ve been at his house every Sunday afternoon and one doctor appointment during the week.  At least we thought he was doing OK, but now that I’ve had a chance to go through this years paperwork, something had been starting in June.  We moved him to assisted living the end of November, it should have been done a year ago, given his eating (rather lack of) situation.  He just wasn’t thinking about eating.  Now at least he’s getting 3 meals a day put in front of him, and he’s eating regularly. Read the rest of this entry »

Another finish!

August 28, 2017

I was going to get this done last weekend, but made the mistake of thinking I’d just pull the ragweed out of the asparagus.  And this grass that’s going to seed.  And…  several hours later, one side of the bed is done.  And my wrist and shoulder were not up to handling the quilt.  I still have one side of the asparagus left to do.  And while reading a garden blog, I realized what I should have done with the garden sections I left empty this year – flowers & herbs for butterflies and birds.  Oh well, next year, unless my garden mojo returns, which I doubt it will until I retire.  Read the rest of this entry »

A quilt finish for me!

August 14, 2017

Finally, a long term project is done.  Is it perfectly done?  Oh heck no, I had many sessions where I told myself “done is better than perfect”.

This quilt is very loosely based on a quilt I saw in late 1990s perhaps.  It was gold & black, with square quarter-log cabins and a border print sashing between the blocks.  It was the use of border print sashing that really caught my eye.  I saw this rose fabric in Cottage Rose quilt shop in Marion, Iowa (no longer a physical store presence), loved it, bought it, and had no clue what to do with it, until the memory of that gold/black quilt popped in.  After several rounds of thinking, drawing, using EQ,  this is what I ended up with.  I modified that gold/black quilt to use diamond shaped blocks, hoping it would look more like rosebuds, and used the border print  only between the columns of blocks.  I only have selvedge from the dark green fabric and it’s dated 2004, sadly I don’t seem to have saved the rose print selvedges for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »