Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Windmills and Turkeys

We have been having regular visits from this flock of turkeys-23 is the most we have counted so far!
They are beautiful visitors.
Mom and I did some sewing today; we began a new quilt called a windmill block.  (Mom's blocks)
So nice to work together!   (My blocks)
A little quilt for Millie on the frame.  (small Christmas wall hanging)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wedding Shower

Today, Mom and Dad and Bill and I traveled to attend church with Caleb and Cassandra and her family and get to meet her church family.    What a privilege to attend church with them and get to meet everyone. After services, the ladies of her church held a shower for her and invited us, too.  Caleb and Cassandra received a lovely selection of gifts, here she is displaying the dishes from me, Marsel, my sister and sister in law. 
She was thrilled with Mom's crocheted table cloth.
So glad to have Cassandra in our family!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Sewing Room

 Today was the day to finish Mom's wall hanging.
 Now it is ready to go back to her for the binding!
 The colors play nicely together!
 I dug out a pile of fat quarters and a pattern for windmill blocks and gave it a try.  After a few tweaks on my sewing machine-the preset 1/4" stitching is too wide and the blocks were coming out too small-gratefully, they allow for the blocks to be trimmed down to their final size and I was able to make the proper adjustments to get the other blocks to come out the right size.  This is going to be a fun quilt!  (I am working the bugs out first and now Mom and I will be working on this together this coming week!)
 My faithful feline fellow, PuffDaddy!
During the week, Mom and I each made a quilt for QuiltsForKids.com and so I loaded them on the frame today and finished Mom's and have several rows done on mine-nice, bright fun fabrics!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Water Beads

 Add the little pellets to water and watch them grow.........
 After just an hour they have expanded greatly.
 The full sized 'marbles' are filling the vase......
Ready to drain and add some fresh flowers to the vase-the water stays in the beads for 30-60 days! 
(We went to the flea market in Daytona and I thought these were interesting enough to try!)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blooming

 The azaleas are really making their presence known!
 Even the bees are coming out to enjoy them!
 This is under my magnolia tree, coming up the driveway.
 The bromiliad clump is in bloom, too.  (Bill suspended it in the old bark of a palm tree-they don't need soil, only water!)
The dogwood is beginning to lose its bloom as the leaves come out.
It is looking like Spring on the inside, too; the orchid is doing its thing-the blooms are larger and hardier looking this year-the plant is larger so maybe that is why.  I love to wake up to these blooms!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Another Week Unfolds

 We have been adopted by this neutered male cat-very sweet and very hungry.  I think the people down the road moved and left him behind.  He comes and visits in the house but does prefer his freedom.  And for the record, I am not the one that initiated this adoption-Bill is the father of this adoption!
 I made a matchbook type fold of this cardstock to make a sewing kit for the bride of the family wedding next month.  I have never been to a wedding where there wasn't a last minute panic for some pins or needle and thread so I thought this might come in handy.
 I included already-threaded needles with the colors in the wedding party,
 ....and some safety pins for the last minute mend!
 I loaded up Mom's wall hanging on the frame.  This will be quilted to match the quilt already finished .
 While hunting for fabric for the wedding ring pillow (more on that in the near future), I found my bag of sewing knick knacks to go in the shadow box.  Now that I can see what I have, I will be able to add to it at the local antique stores.
 I blended several fibers for this skein of yarn made from the undercoat of my sister-in-law's beloved yellow lab which died, a little bit of wool and some seacell fiber for softness.  I will be knitting a coin purse for her.
 This afternoon, Mom and I went to her church's sewing group to make sleeping bags for the homeless in our community.  We had a good group and thoroughly enjoyed each other's company.  (old ties are used for securing the bags in their rolled up state)
We also got two sleeping bags finished!  Many hands make light work, indeed!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines' Day Project

I started the day with a little sewing while Bill was getting ready........I finished the quilt of Mom's on the frame and loaded up a little one for Mille and finished it!
A nice all over meander if just right for this one using variegated purple thread.
Then we tackled a big job today-I started out myself but ended up needing some muscle.
And things really moved along when Bill joined the team........
We have 3/4 of the room finished....we have to enclose the area around the air handler before I can lay the rest but I am thrilled with our progress today!
Isn't the wood much nicer than the cement!!!  Now I am off to my ibuprofen dose again-I am sore everywhere.  (This room is going to have  a desk for Bill and some exercise equipment.  It also doubles as a guest room when we overflow the bedrooms!)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Rest of the Visit


 The girls went shopping for wedding appropriate dresses and
the guys whipped the van into shape.
 Then girls made quilts and
The guys did some fishing,
 We even sat for a concert from the kids.
 We did s'mores one night,
 and I got some knitting done in the evening.
A new quilt from Mom is on the frame.

 One of the blessings of having my daughter here is the joy of working together-I mean, I know what it is like to have a clone because we just work so well together it is like having two of me--not just to  get the chores done but also to savor the joy of company for the rest of the day, well, it is beyond words.   Yes, the week rushed by but we cherished every minute.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Birthday to you.......

 I did a marathon  of quilting to get the table runners done while I waited for Marsel and kids to get here yesterday!
 The first one was an all over pantograph and this one was free motion quilting.
 Millie brought me this Quilt for Kids top on which I used a bumblebee panto to quilt it.
 Nyki helped me unload the air mattresses to get ready for two of my sons, Cassandra and her two sisters to come this weekend-Hotel Minota is almost at capacity!  Musical beds anyone?!
 Today, we went to the Main Street Grill in DeLand to celebrate my Dad's birthday!  We did a little shopping afterwards to walk off the calories.
And then back to their house to open his present and enjoy cake and ice cream -so nice to share the day!
Happy Birthday , Dad!

A Good Head Topper

Yarn from the stash, Lion Brand Wool Ease, in worsted weight on #8 needles. The pattern is called Dad's Hat. A fast and relaxing ...