Saturday, April 9, 2016

Step away from the sewing machine!

The sun is out and shining here in Kansas, it's a perfect day if you were at The Masters which hubby surely wishes he was. So while he reminisces about his time there several years ago, and relives every hole one by one, I am sewing! 
 Or trying to sew. Notice the rather large pile of fabric scraps and ruined paper templates on my cutting board, the unhappy face on my pin cushion. I have always wanted to learn paper piecing, and this weeks beautiful Splendid Sampler block #15 by Janice Ryan was just that, paper pieced! 
And so I printed out all the templates and then read through the directions, yet my brain just did not want to make sense of this technique. I watched 2 videos on paper piecing which really did not sink in either. By now I am practically banging my head up and down on my cutting mat and crying... this is when a little voice says.. step away from the sewing machine, just step away now. 


 Maybe all the fumes from the painting hubby has been doing these past few weeks have gone to my head.
He's doing a great job though isn't he! Daisy is supervising, she's soooo funny!


So back to my story, I took a little break, nibbled on some chocolate bunny, and watched another video on paper piecing. This one was by Alyssa Thomas, one of the sampler block designers. She has been sewing along with everyone and made a video of sewing the actual block. Once I saw how the 1st section was done, it all clicked! Yes it did! Yay!! Full steam ahead I finished the block, it's not perfect but I'm okay with it for a 1st try. This is exactly what I have been enjoying about sewing along with the sampler, the variety of techniques used, there is always something new to learn! 


We are getting ready for company. My girlfriend from Buffalo New York is coming to visit next weekend, with her hubby. We met in Buffalo about 40 years ago at Home Bureau, a large group of woman who got together every week to sew and craft. They even had a nursery who my little one, it was great! Although I have been gone from Buffalo 30 years now, we still visit back and forth as much as possible. Such friends are so very special and we are really excited for their visit!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Put on your Easter bonnet.....

Another month blowing by. It has been awfully windy here in Kansas, but really these days are flying! Here is my current block progress in the Splendid Sampler. So enjoyable following along with the Facebook group, everyone has made such different fabric choices, I love to see them all.  It is hard to imagine 100 blocks by years end on my wall though! 


My kitty quilt is bound and washed and being enjoyed!
I am writing a new pattern but have little sewing time this week as Easter is almost here and I am getting ready for company. 
Our Daughter and Son in law are driving up from Oklahoma for the weekend, and that mean Grandsons to spoil!  YAY!!!!


Making a few goodies, this is the 1st time I tried this little treat recipe found on Pinterest.
Candy filled pretzels turned in to chickens. A little patience is required with these but they turned out cute and are yummy, sweet and salty is a good combo!


I also made Daisy an Easter bonnet. She does not love it as much as I do but she's a good sport!


Happy Easter to you!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Feels like summer!

Another week gone by, we have been enjoying splendid weather in the 70's! Today Hubby and I ran a few errands and at one stop purchased Girl Scout cookies! Yum, I didn't see any little Girl Scouts last year so this was an overdue treat! Driving through I neighborhood we stopped at an Estate sale that was going on. Oh my, they had soooooo much stuff. I purchased these old Hallmark cookie cutters as I like to make sugar cookies. But I felt kind of sad seeing all the handwork, quilts and sewing projects this woman had made for sale, there were boxes and boxes of sewing items.



And so, speaking of splendid, block #2 of The Splendid Sampler sew along became available on Thursday. This pretty block designed by Jane Davidson called Wings was a little challenging for me. The block consists of 36- 1-1/2" squares, 10 being 1/2 square triangle units. I don't usually work this small, but I feel it is a good thing to get out of your comfort zone once in awhile.
Block #3 will be available tomorrow, I wonder what is in store for us next! 



Have a happy weekend!

Monday, February 15, 2016

UFOs, they keep coming back to haunt you

And this one, well it's baaaaack again! Now that I am all caught up on paper work, a blessed event for sure, I feel that I can attack some of those UFOs. First up, this wool rug I started hooking about 10 years ago! Photo bomber Daisy is very curious about new to her project.


What ever was I thinking, lol? My 1st two rug hooking projects were pillows and I was able to complete them in a reasonable time frame. But this.... as you can see I have quite a ways to go! And so I am working on it during the evening hours while I watch TV. 


Next up is a new project. This is block 1 of The Splendid Sampler quilt along. The sampler is run and hosted by Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan. Sponsored by Moda Fabrics, Aurifil thread and Martingale Books. You can find all the information you will need if you wish to join this project at http://thesplendidsampler.com.
Each week beginning Feb 14th two blocks will be released, and the sampler will finish with a total of 100 blocks. I joined the group on Facebook and it is so much fun seeing the many different fabric choices that have been made. I have decided to work from my large fabric stash instead of purchasing more for this project. I will let each block lead me to it's fabric choice. Obviously hearts, flowers and love birds were my perfect choice for this pretty Valentine block. I hope that this time next year I won't be saying... what ever was I thinking!


And speaking of Valentines, I hope your day was filled with love and chocolate of course! 
We were pretty quiet, my honey took me out to brunch at a favorite restaurant in Kansas City. 
We then drove around the city to become familiar with where our cute engaged couple is going to be married, hotels, reception site, all those wonderful things. Beyond excited! And then today I had a call that my dress came in for the wedding! I know, Fall is a long time away, but these months are flying by so quickly it will be here before you know it! Love is in the air, yes it is. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sew Special!

You may recall before the holidays I was working on a special project. Kindred Stitches Magazine asked if I would design a project for their Easter issue, and of course, well yes, I was honored to do so! You will find my adorable Easter Bunny table runner in this issue. This digital magazine is beautifully photographed and chalk full of cute Spring projects for you to make and more. You can download the magazine app for your iPhone or iPad from the Apple store here: Http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/kindred-stitches-interactive/id665019498?mt=8
You can also purchase a pdf version to print on your computer here:


It is a grey chilly day here in Kansas but I surely can't complain, we have had an easy winter so far with mostly above normal temperatures. I have been longing for one good snowfall though... bite my tongue...Hubby does not enjoy shoveling. 
We are excited for the weekend and looking forward to our Son and cute Fiancés engagement party. 
Our Oklahoma daughter and son in law will be our weekend guests, such a happy time! 

I've found time to work on  my quilt, all I have left to do is add the borders and then send it off to be quilted! 


Have a happy week, I hope you find time to do what you love most!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A little bit of everything!

Christmas came and went so fast as always! This week we are packing up the trimmings for another year. Yes I am a bit behind, we however left them up extra long for......


our Oklahoma Grandsons visit! Our daughter and her family arrived after the holidays. We had a really fun weekend with the boys, and as you can see, some festive food was still to be had for the occasion! 

 

I completed the work on my special project which I can't tell you about yet. At this point you know as much as I know but in a few weeks we may know more lol! In the mean time I have gone back to working on my kitty quilt blocks. My goal for 2016 is to have a finish with this! Winter is here at last and it's a great time to say all snugly inside and sew, and read. I finished 2 books last week, The Girl On The Train and The Divers Clothes Lie Empty, I enjoyed both.


Today we are getting ready to watch Chiefs football, it's a big deal here in KC right now! I am making hubby his favorite treat, Buffalo chicken wings and I'll tell you after living in Buffalo 13 years I make some wicked good wings! Yum, can't wait!
Actually, it looks like Daisy is ready for dinner also, all she needs is a bib and a plate of food lol!


Have a happy weekend, stay warm and Go Chiefs!

Friday, December 18, 2015

6 More Days!

Christmas is quickly approaching but Hubby and I are totally prepared for whatever excitement comes our way. This week we are relaxing and enjoying the season. The temperatures have been so up and down, I am wishing for a little Christmas snow however it does not look like it is in our forecast. 
Miracles can happen though, right?
Hubby and I went to the movies and saw The Martian. I didn't think this would be my type of movie but actually it was fun and who could not enjoy looking at the cute and talented Matt Damon. 





We had dinner in the city, Kansas City, on the Country Club Plaza. We love to go there especially at Christmas time when all the Plaza Christmas lights on on. We enjoyed a nice little dinner then left to window shop on our way back to the car. Out side the restaurant, across the sidewalk sat a homeless man all bundled up from the cold, it was in the 20s. He was quiet and did not speak to any passerby, just held a box with a stuffed monkey inside and a sign that said please feed the monkey. Usually I have to admit I am somewhat skeptical and we glanced at him and strolled by as most people do. However we did not get far and I tugged at hubbys arm and said I have to go feed the monkey, turned around and made my donation to his box. 
This man reminded me that sugar plums do not dance through everyones head this time of year. Some people are lonely with out family, some face illness, financial burden, the loss of a loved one, or are homeless on a cold night. I hope the monkey gets fed and a warm meal this Christmas. 
Be Merry, and Be kind, I hope Christmas brings you great joy,
Barbie Jo and Daisy