Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Day!

 M & M's are always a welcome treat but especially when they are in a fun dish-
 a Snowman dish!   This is just a knitted cuff over a globe dish!   (Allfreeknitting.com)
 Matthew, Ashley and Will stopped by for a visit.....
 Because today is my birthday and my sons treated me to the latest Hobbit movie at a theater ...together!  The daughters gifted me by keeping the babies home and giving up their Saturday!
When the boys were boys, we used to go to each new showing of Lord of the Rings.  We haven't made it to one Hobbit movie together but this time it was a hit!  A homerun.......just wonderful to share it with them!  I am ready now for a LOTR marathon on tv!
 Once we got home (we went to an early show) we had birthday presents and then a Christmas party!
 The kids got into the gift thing much better this year!
 Will knew just what to do after his birthday last week!
 Caleb got the job of putting Ella's princess castle together.....I will get a picture of her playing with it later.
 Will was patiently waiting for Dad to undo all the anti-theft wrapping......
 so he could get his hands on the helicopter set!
 After a delicious dinner, we had my favorite birthday cake-angel food with strawberries and Cool Whip!  So nice to hold the babies, too!
Can I mention it was an utterly perfect day!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Round and Square

 If you have never tried a 'in the hoop' sewing project, this month's Creative Machine Embroidery has a very cute chapstick keychain idea!  I cut out piles of coordinating fabrics with the bit of ribbon and hair elastic for a closure to assemble....you guessed it, in the hoop!
 I removed basting stitches and carefully removed the finished embroidery each time...
 so I left a hole but did not disturb the whole piece of stabilizer.
 This way, I just added a piece to cover the hole and then made the next one....
 I did this over and over this week!  By cutting them out with pinking shears, I also cut out the curves so they require no 'clipping the curves'!
 This is a view of the hair elastic placement after the pocked has been basted in place.
Then the top fabric goes on the whole thing right side down and it stitches leaving an opening for turning.
Thankful I remembered to use my tube turners because trying to turn the first few without it was a misery!  (made worse by the diminished hand strength!)  I cannot tell you have many hours this tool has saved me!
 After poking all my corners and sewing on the button-voila!
I just kept making them ....
 and making them.......
until I had enough for all the kids at church!
I also have enough eyeglasses for all the ladies, too!
 I finished the grout on the last windowsill!!!!!  
When it was dried this morning, I put all the decoration back in place and smiled!
 The quilt is getting near the finish line!  If I stop playing with other things, I will get back to it!
 I made a loaf of banana bread with some of our own bananas....this is an experiment in using whole wheat and and the bread machine.  I must admit-it turned our yummy!
This is what kept me busy today!  The top and focal point of our chimney outside on the porch!
(No, the chimney is not crooked, the photographer is leaning from exhaustion!  lol

Friday, December 12, 2014

On the Square

 I have one of the five window sills completely finished!
 The other four have the tile adhered but not yet grouted.
 The cutting of the tile is done for now!  Phew!  The marble tiles look great but they sure did crumble easily!
 Here is the cutting station!  Bill did a ton of cutting for me when I wore out!
When I needed a break from the tough stuff, I spent some time in the sewing room.   I saw this link for a YouTube video on a blog friend's post and
decided to tweak it a bit to make these.
A whole bunch of these!   About a dozen I think!  I made all kinds of mistakes on the first one but they are cranking out pretty easily now!
 I am doing a row of quilting blocks a day on the flower basket quilt.   It is progressing nicely!
 I am outlining the flower basket blocks and adding a pretty free-form feathered wreath in the plain blocks.
It gives this quilt the illusion of tradition with a bit of a modern flair.  Perfectly complimentary!
 I am hanging in there with the nieces socks.  I am working a bit on each sock....
But the boot cuffs keep calling my name!   Two pair done and I am almost done with a third pair!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Savoring a Saturday

 I  have had this hooked rug circle done for years but never put it on a stool as planned.
 I found a little wooden stool at JoAnn's on my last visit and stapled the panel to it after padding the stool top!  I did sew a 4" I can't wait to use it at church this morning!
 The blocks are now sewn together and I even got the border cut and attached, too.
 The flower basket quilt is on the frame and waiting for some quilted feathers to be applied.  I do not yet know the design for the solid plain blocks but I am thinking a circle of feathers will be the right accent.   The basket blocks will just have outlines and grid lines like on old quilts.
 I covered a Boppy pillow for Cassandra.
 I made two pillowcases of flannel from the stash.
 And worked on making some Christmas colored glass.
I had fun working out different layers for these.   I will enjoy wearing them this month!

It is good to spend time in the sewing room.  Especially since the next three Saturdays will be spent in birthday celebrations and away from home!