Monday, March 8, 2021

Catching Up Six

A homely little purse insert

Bee purses for my daughter and I. 

A purse and some wall hangings for a black neighbor who wanted African themed for her heritage. The fabric my grandson had brought back when he worked briefly in Africa. 
(Except for the animal print)
Christmas bags for my daughter and I. 

A backpack for my daughter. I think yet another from SewCanShe.

And, a bag for the neighbor’s daughter.  She’s very friendly, so I wanted to do something for her.  I think she’s nine. 

Catching Up Five

I seem to obsess. This was wonky courthouse steps. Kitchen table, dining room table, living room end table....

Kitchen counter, this one is reversible. 

And itty bitty pouches.  I think from SewCanShe. 
Oops.  From Jess Oklaroots. 

Catching Up Four

Another phase. My big totes, again research in order to give credit and a way to find them if I go back to that phase.  Mostly, I made matching pouches, too. 
Weekender Bag from Deliaccreates

Catching Up Three

A pocket back for a desk chair. 

A kindle cover from a placemat. 

Free tutorials, I can’t recall where from right now, but I’ll research it and add them. .

A craft tote, I think from SewCanShe.

My pin cushion phase. 

Catching Up One

Since I haven’t added to my blog for almost a year, I thought I’d go back and add some of the things I’ve finished.  I refer to my blog often when I’m looking for a pattern, etc.   This  quilt was a baby quilt for a great grandchild.  Super heroes were requested to go along with the other brothers who were sharing a room. 

This was a house quilt I did for a sew along. I can’t remember the details right now. 
A free pattern from Moda - Moda Village.
These are a byannie pattern. I made some substitutions on materials that rendered it impossible for my machine to sew through.  It was supposed to have binding on the inside, but I had to resort to fray check. It’s a nice pattern, I’m sure very nice with the correct materials. 

And this, a small fabric box filled with cloth napkins. A pattern by SewCanShe. 

Catching Up Two

Some signs that I either found amusing or inspiring. 

A couple of Necessary Clutch Wallets. 
One to replace a Patriots wallet that I sold, and one to match the byannie bag that I made.

Sunday, April 26, 2020


Ernest, my husband of fifty-five years passed away February 23rd, 2020.  I've been very sad, and I still expect to see him at unexpected times, or forget that I don't need to be quiet so as not to wake him.  My only regret is that I wasn't kinder at all times and that I didn't do more for him.  It's true that we never regret our kindnesses, just our shortcomings.  I was pretty much housebound for the past few years, so being quarantined for the past few weeks hasn't been as hard for me as it is for many others, it's giving me a chance to grieve quietly and lick my wounds.  I'd like to share a few pictures.

One of my favorite pictures.

Being Silly
His Personality, Happy and Friendly
Just because
A more recent picture 2 years ago.

I haven't felt like blogging, or doing much of anything, but I have done some sewing before and after he passed away.  I had obligations and sometimes it just takes my mind off of things for awhile.  These first ones are ones that I had already finished.

A quilt for my grandson's kind but injured friend.


For my niece's step-daughter, who had worn out the quilt I had made for her before
For my niece's step-daughter, who had worn out the previous quilt that I had made for her.

A small wall hanging

These are quilts that I had started for baby showers, and birthdays.

Birthday gift for my new son-in-law.
Baby quilt for a friend's grandbaby.
Baby quilt for my son-in-laws grandbaby, who will be born in a month or so.

I wanted to make myself a comfort quilt from my husband's shirts and pajamas, so I made one, but it was too large for my chair.  I use it on the bed and made a smaller one for my chair.
The larger one, back and front.

The smaller one.  My husband was an avid New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and especially, Boston Red Sox fan.

I don't know if it's completely healthy, but I know that it makes me feel better to be in my cocoon that I've made for myself and cover up with my comfort quilt.

I've also been making various styles of masks, but haven't found one that is simple to make and comfortable to wear.  I ordered patterns from Martelli, and am hoping that they will be the answer.   They have videos and the templates look like they will greatly reduce cut out time.  I'm anxious for them to get here.

My daughter and I both like bees (not real and close enough to sting) and I had some panels. so I'm making us wall hangings,  Mine is the one on the left, and if it doesn't look good on my wall, I figure it can always be a baby quilt. 
This will be an additional 2" border, and this will be the back.  Fleece.

I hope that we all weather this trying time, and I'm grateful that I had 55 years with my husband.  I'm sad, but I know that I will be with him soon, and I'm trying to get myself to a better place to be able to return to my Heavenly Father.  I have some work to do, and hope to be with my husband for eternity.