Monday, November 29, 2010

RRCB Step #2

I finished step 2, and from the last page of instructions, I think that step 3 is probably not going to be an easy one like 1 and 2 have been.   Oh well, you know when you do a Bonnie Hunter mystery that it will be challenging but worth it.   Because I am aware of this, I hope to finish some other things this week, or at least make a large dent.   JoAnn's had a sale on their 9.99 fleece for only 2.99, so I got enough to make my grandson a fleece blanket and called my brother to see if he wanted fleece blankets for his step-grandchildren.  He did, so I got enough for 2 for them and flannel for a pillow for each of them.   Then I realized that I don't have anything for the 2 babies in the family, my great-granddaughter and my grandson's girlfriends little boy.   We went back to JoAnn's today and didn't get as good of a deal, but did get 50% off and enough fleece for 2 smaller fleece blankets and 2 more flannel pillowcases.   I also have another thank you quilt to do, and so got some fabric to do it.   I was hoping to finish my Iowa (Carolina) Christmas in time to have it on my bed for the holidays, but it's not looking good, lol.   If I can get myself going, maybe....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

More Cross Stitch From ChookyBlue's Cross Stitch Display Inspiration

My niece Kerri and her father lived with us for awhile and either my DD or I taught her to cross stitch.   She was about 4th grade then and is the mom of 7 now, two of which are teenagers.  I felt honored that she presented me with her first.  (I like to collect pins.)

About that same time, I taught my son who was a senior in high school.  He made this for a girl that he really liked, but she blew it and he gave it to me instead.  I love it still even though I was second choice.

My DD made this for me when a mother of several small very active children (boys) and I treasure it also.  It is beautiful, and was a sacrifice.

My father was a man who it was hard to get gifts for, his wants weren't great and if he wanted it he probably got it himself.  I made this family tree for him and he really loved it and was touched.  I felt very happy when I could find a gift he really liked.  This was the first, the second was his first brand new goose down pillow (from my mother and I) and the last was a lined flannel shirt from LL Bean when he was terminally ill.  It makes me happy to know that I found something that really made him happy. 

After I made a family tree for my father I made one for DH.  This one is obviously bigger, and my father joked about why DH's was bigger.  I told him I couldn't help that we had 3 kids and they had 5.  I'm a more is more type of person, lol, so if there was a bare spot I filled it.  These look almost nothing like the original pattern.  I tried to add emblems that were meaningful and added lots of family information.  I took patterns from all over the place and adapted things such as making the tree considerably bigger.  It's amazing how often when a birthday or anniversary is needed that we go look on the family tree cross stitches.

Several people commented yesterday on how they cross stitched but gave it up for quilting.  I can't really say that, I met my Waterloo.  This is the pattern.  Every single little tiny block is cross stitched and a co-worker made one that I thought was the prettiest that I had seen.   I wanted one too, and still do, but I didn't get too far and between work and this bugger, I pretty much couldn't see well enough to do it anymore (it couldn't be that I was getting older helped too).   I still keep it and hope to finish it one day, but I make no promises.

This is how far I got, I think it's beautiful.

It's worthy of a close-up.  I didn't get far, but I love what I did.  Small things occupy small minds, lol.   I haven't done any cross stitch since the little sampler that I did back in 1996 when DH was having surgeries for a broken leg, but I treasure the ones I have and they warm up my home.  they were done with love.  Thank you Chookyblue and Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it.  Have a wonderful holiday.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RRCB Step #1 and Cross Stitch

Step one done, I have about 215 if I counted right, a few more than needed, but that's ok they'll come in handy for something.

Chookyblue has been posting about cross stitching and invited others to participate, so I finally got some pictures taken.  This was the first large cross stitch that I made.  My daughter was about sixteen and learned at church and taught me so we both made one of these.   This one is in my dining room above my dry sink.

This pattern is one of my favorites, and I think that I made 3 or 4 of them.   Unfortunately, one was a wedding one, and the marriage didn't last so it has probably been discarded years ago.   Mine is on a wall between the living room and dining room.

I love the style of this series and made 3 different ones.  I would have made more if I had found more patterns.  I loved the style and the sentiments.   This one seemed appropriate for the dining room also.

DH had a broken leg back in the early to mid nineties and had about 10 surgeries and lots of problems before it finally healed.  this is just a small cross stitch that I got to work on while I waited for some of his surgeries.  He went to a hospital out of town and so it was just he and I and it passed the time.  I keep it in my kitchen between the bottom and top cupboards.

These last 2 are in my bedroom.   I made 2 or 3 of the Love One Another ones, not sure if the other(s) are still around, but mine is one of my favorites.

This one is over DH's dresser.    I have my two favorites plus a couple more small ones to share maybe tomorrow.   If you like cross stitch visit Chookyblue, there are hers to look at plus links to many others who are sharing theirs. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Leader Enders Quilt Top

I finished my top this morning, and also the binding.  Just need to embroider the name on the back, press the backing and it is ready for basting.  Only problem, I'm out of batting so it will have to wait til I get some.  Meanwhile, the first clue for Bonnie's mystery Roll Roll Cotton Bowl came out last night, so I need to get to that, but it may be tomorrow as I have a grandson coming over this evening to entertain a young lady that he has liked for quite awhile.  It's her birthday and we will be one of their visits.

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Project with Leaders and Enders

Not very fancy, but I'm making a lap quilt from my Leader and Ender sixteen patch blocks.  I think that it will finish up at about 60 x 76, so a nice couch quilt size.  This is just 9 of the 48 blocks hanging out on my design wall while I finish the other four patch blocks.  They are all cut out, sewn and ready to be framed.     

This is the border fabric that I have ordered from Thousands of Bolts.  I've always been satisfied with the fabrics I've gotten from them, and hopefully this will be no different.  It should be a very feminine quilt.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fabrics for Roll Roll Cotton Boll mystery

Yesterday I purchased some fabrics for Bonnie Hunter's new mystery "Roll Roll Cotton Boll", and today I pulled some fabrics.  The plastic bags on the bottom of each stack are really scrappy scraps, and the rest is fat quarters and yardage.  I had to rob Tobacco Road and Double Delight, previous mysteries from Bonnie, but I'll worry about that later.  I also robbed my little stash of Thimbleberries.  Actually not so much a stash, I had bought some scraps (too beautiful to be called scraps, perfect eighth of a yards) from Keepsake Quilting and am hoping to get more and make a bargello from them.  I feel like it is always fun to participate when everyone is in the thick of it so that decided my priority.  Now, I just have to wait for the first clue on November 19th.
Do you think that raspberry is shouting at the other pinks?  Bonnie said raspberry pinks, but I think that one may have too much raspberry.  It may not make it into the quilt.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

ALS - Piece by Piece and Shopping for Mystery

My mother passed away April 10, 2008 from ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease.   I got an email from the ALS Association that the ALS - Piece by Piece exhibit was going to be in a nearby city, about 40 miles away, today.     The ALS Association Florida Chapter invites you to experience our Piece by Piece Tribute Display in remembrance of those lives taken by this dreaded disease. This exhibit features hundreds of mannequins, each shrouded with individual epitaphs, symbolizing a fellow Floridian whose life has been stolen from their loved ones. Its purpose is to pay tribute and evoke personal reflection on the devastating numbers of those currently suffering. We hope you can share this powerful experience with us this week as the display visits both Tarpon Springs and Ocala.
Ocala Town SquareNovember 1110 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, FL

12pm - 6pm
Tarpon Springs Veterans Tribute Weekend
Craig Park
November 13 - 14

5 Library Ln.
Tarpon Springs, FL

Sat:10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm

 DH and I were able to go and it was very moving and so sad.

Ocala is famous for being good for horses and these beautiful pieces of art were all around the town square where the Piece to Piece exhibit was displayed.

I got a bit of DH in this one.  I also got another with more of him, but he was bending over and from the rear, so I figured I might be in the doghouse if I shared it, lol.

Bonnie Hunter's new mystery is starting this month, first clue on the 19th I believe, and I plan to go with her colors.   There are at least two quilt stores in Ocala so I thought I'd visit the one that was a dealer for Berninas.   Next time I'll visit the other one, it carries longarms and even though I'm not in the market I'd like to look.  The new mystery is called Roll Roll Cotton Boll and her colors (and mine) are going to be chocolate browns, double pinks and raspberries, grassy greens, neutrals and red.  These fabrics were my purchase, and they were half price.  I love sale fabrics even if they aren't the latest, they are new to me and I like the price.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Table Toppers

 My pumpkin table topper is done.  Supposed to have leaves and stems, but I left them off, I think I like it a lot anyway though.   I decided to make it reversible so that after November I can just flip it over for Christmas so I made a pieced back and then I had enough of that left to make a small runner.   With me things always seem to mushroom, I guess I'm one of those if a little is good more is better type of people.                                                                          

Next up is two fleece blankets and two flannel pillowcases for my niece.  Every time that I think I'm catching up I think of more things that I need to do, I'm really on a finish it up kick right now.  I have my two Paintbox quilts, my monster Iowa (Carolina) Christmas, I've decided that I need to do a quilt from my leaders and enders 16 patches for someone who was kind enough to admire my blog (lol), and it goes on and on.   I also feel that I 'need' to do Bonnie Hunter's new mystery.   Why don't I feel like my list is getting shorter, even though I know it is?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Paintbox Quilt Again

Here we go again, I just finished a very witty (ok, if you've read my blog before, maybe not real witty) blog entry about my future plans with lots of links and I was really very pleased with it.   When I finished, I made a tactical error and so now I'll just say that a soon project will be to finish my paintbox quilt.   I think that I may have also permanently deleted my signature.  Is it just me, or are the blogger changes a bit challenging.