Friday, December 28, 2018

Looking forward

Still hammering away at tucking the threads. Sigh. I need to just finish it. I should make it a goal to finish before the end of the year. 


Journal cover front

Journal cover back
 I did complete the journal cover for my sister-in-law. It got wrapped and put into the mail. It really finished up quickly. Lyric's tutorial is very clear. I have some more journal notebooks, I should make some more covers. They make great last minute gifts.

More to list


I have some more piles of things to list on Ebay.  Things have been selling, Thank you! It feels good to get space cleared in this tiny sewing room. I keep finding more stuff that needs to clear out. Keep checking back!

I am looking forward to the new year. A fresh list, fresh start, and hopes that it will be better than this year. We have a great grand daughter due on January 10th, but she could show up at anytime. And we will have a 7th grandchild in June!  Just found out it is a boy!  Wonderful events to look forward to in the upcoming year.

Happy New Year to all! I hope that you will have some joy in the upcoming year.

Linking to:

Lorna

Emily

Judy

Beth

Myra

Sarah

Nina-Marie

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Happy Holidays!

I am still working on tucking threads. I am sparing you with yet another hanging thread photograph. I spent quite a bit of time getting more things listed on my Ebay page. I got my vintage knitting and crochet booklets listed. Please check it out, my smaller sewing room is bursting at the seams. Thanks for looking.

Journal cover
I am making a journal cover as a birthday gift for my sister-in-law who is a writer. At this point I am a bit behind, it will not make it in time for her birthday on the 26th. I have the cover quilted, just need to trim and sew in the lining. I am using the technique in Lyric's tutorial.

Sunrise

Sunrise two minutes later
I was reading online this morning with my coffee and watching the sunrise. I read something about FOMO. (Fear of missing out)  As my sunrise photographs show, if I had gotten up to get another cuppa I would have missed  most of the colors.

Afternoon Visitor
We live in rural Southern Utah. There is wildlife in the neighborhood. The vacant lot to the east of us is a highway for the local deer families. This guy was hanging out for quite a while this afternoon. There was a group of does nearby as well.

Winter Solstice Moon

Again, if I had not been in the kitchen working on dinner, I would have missed out on the beautiful moon this evening. It looks full, but I think tomorrow is the official full moon.


Homemade bread

I have been out of the bread making mode this year. I finally got back into it, and this was the result. I had forgotten how good my artisan bread tastes.  


I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday with friends and family and good cheer.  We are just having a quiet day at home. Which will be fine. And bonus, on Christmas eve we will find out whether our 7th grandchild will be a boy or a girl! Due June 2019.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Threads

My sewing/craft room destash in still going on. More listings several times a week. Sometimes it takes listings 24 hours to show up on my sales page, so please keep checking back. This week I have been listing some of my vintage knitting and crochet pattern booklets.  Great deals!  My sales page link. Thanks for looking!


Lots of threads


I finished the quilting on my Ricky Tims flower quilt. Now for a time consuming job, the tucking of the threads. I had a ton of starts and stops. I like the look of the threads tucked neatly away. Sometimes I do go over a previous stitching line, but I felt for this piece it would look too clumpy. I have spent two sessions tucking, think I have two more to go. Then to trim and bind.

Linking to:

Lorna

Nicole

Emily

Judy

Beth

Kathy

Nina-Marie

Sarah



Friday, December 7, 2018

Needled

I am still having a destash sale on my Ebay shop. Lots of great books and patterns. Trying to clear out some of the excess supplies in my sewing room since we downsized to a smaller home. I am trying to put up new listings every day or so, so please check back. Thanks for looking!


Background quilting in progress
This week has been busy and I didn't get a chance to sit down to sew until yesterday afternoon. I quilted the flower and then started quilting the background. Starting off around the flower. Going along pretty well until I held the threads to one side too tight, it pulled the needle over a bit and as soon as I started to stitch the needle broke. UGH. 
Knot in my thread
 Switched out to a new needle and started to stitch. Halfway through the first line it clumped up and made a noise.  What could that be?  How about a knot in the spool of thread?  UGH yet again. I have never had that happen before. And it is a quality thread, Mettler. Very disappointing. Rethreaded the machine and stitched about 3 lines of quilting. Starting the next line and bam! Broke another needle. Again, I held the thread tail to the side too tightly.  Time to quit for the day. UGH.

Feathered Star
 A month or so ago my local guild offered a class with Claudia on a feathered star design. I had to do it my way. As in more complicated. Instead of just using 2 or 3 fabrics, I used a wide variety for the background. I am still in the audition stage with deciding how I want the feathers to look. Scrappy? or just a light and dark to be consistent. And which way should the feathers aim? Toward the star or toward the background?  It is curing on my design wall.

Linking to:

Lorna

Nicole

Emily

Judy

Beth

Amanda Jean

Nina-Marie

Myra

Lynette

Sarah