Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Adventures!

Hello!!! I hope and pray all is well with my awesome followers! I am sorry that I have not been as diligent as I should be with keeping this up, but here I am!!! It is a new day and a new start! So, lets get started with my updates.

I have been pretty busy the past couple of weeks. First we had awesome family time as my last post noted with our DD and DGS visiting us. We really enjoyed their visit, but as usual it takes me a few days to get over being so tired. I do more while they visit than normal, LOL, and so I have to recuperate. Of course, their visit involves playing the Wii with the DGS and that is something I need to do myself more often. I cook more when they are here, too. Even though my DD, who is a great cook and loves to do so, helps out, it still tires me out. We picked apples the first full day they were here and over that week, I cooked four apple crisps. I used almond flour instead of wheat flour and Splenda instead of sugar. They turned out tasty! That DGS loved them! We went to Gadsden Imagination Children's Museum. I really didn't see how it was a museum, it was more of a place for kids to play with different scenarios. What I did see that was cool is show in a couple of pictures below. They had a working model train of Gadsden in the 1930's. It was really neat to watch and look like. My husband and I recognized several locations. I lived in the area for a year and he lived there as a child and his grandparents lived there for years. He still has family who live in the area. We had several other plans, but didn't get to do them. It rained a good bit while they were here, so I didn't get to take him fishing or swimming. :(  I took a few snap shots of them while they were here. Love these peeps! LOL

Above you will see a few projects I worked on for them while they were here. I made my daughter an Alabama rag quilt purse seen below, and she wanted a mug rug with the fabrics, too. So as you can see above, I made one. My DGS loves sharks and wants to do his bathroom in them, so I embroidered and appliqued on a towel, washcloth and hand towel his mom bought to put in his bathroom. I also made him a smaller mug rug with fabric that looks like water and put him a shark on it.

Our new great-niece will be here by tomorrow sometime. Yea!!! She is the one that I made the Sunbonnet Sue quilt for. I sure hope she likes it. My sister-in-law and BIL are taking it to them when they head up that way today after lunch. I know they are getting excited, but are not showing it as much as I would be. LOL I am praying that the niece has an easy delivery and she and the baby Ellia will be healthy. 

I am in process of cleaning up my sewing room. DH purchased me some larger translucent totes after I requested them where I could combine the little totes and ice cream buckets I have sitting everywhere into the larger totes, but still see what is in them. Hopefully, that will make it look neater in there. I sure hope so, because I WILL get the Day and Night quilt pinned and ready to quilt before this week is out. 

Hugs and best wishes to you all. May God bless each and everyone of you.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Family Time!!

Hello my friends! I hope and pray you are all doing well. I have been having a great time visiting with our daughter and playing with our grandson. They arrived on Thursday and are staying with us. We hope to get to go fishing while they are here and maybe do something educational for the grandson while they are here. The weather hasn't been cooperating for the fishing adventure, and we are all so tired from activities that we haven't done a lot. 

On Saturday, my niece and her son, my great-nephew came to see us and our daughter. Believe it or not, this is the first time my great-nephew and DGS have seen each other since DGS was six months old. He is now eight. LOL the GN is almost twelve, so it has been a few years. We had them for lunch, and the boys played together very well. It was so good to visit with my niece. We don't get to see each other as often as we would like. She works long hours and her hubby is a police officer/investigator. I am proud of both of them. Then that evening, my DS and DIL came for supper. I fried catfish, okra/squash combo, cooked apple crisp. (I had cooked two the day before) I was so exhausted when it was all said and done, that I couldn't move. It was a lot of fun and enjoyment to hear my children laughing aloud at videos on YouTube, and my DGS laughing with them. That has always been one of my most favorite sounds: the laughter of my children. God has blessed us so much!

Sunday, we had to run to Sam's, so we got to spend more time with our son. He left his car and drove his wife home from our house the night before. He needed to come back to our place to pick up his car. He traveled with us. Another enjoyable day, but tiring. 

My DH got me some larger tubs for organizing my sewing room, so I can combine the little ones and not have so much clutter. I did a little today by combining my Christmas fabric into one of the bigger ones. I haven't done any sewing since the kids are here. It will come later. They do want me to maybe embroider some sharks on some towels for the GS bathroom. Maybe that will get done. LOL

Today, my daughter who blogs at http://bobjenjack.blogspot.com added me to The Family Christian Blogger group on Facebook where I can do reviews for them. Yea!! I am so excited! I have been wanting to do reviews of books or products for someone, but haven't been given the opportunity. So.... maybe I will get the opportunity now. Who knows?

I will share a picture for you of a rag quilted purse I made for my daughter before she arrived. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

TWO FINISHES!!! Wahoo!!!

I finally have something I can show you all that I have completed!!! I finally finished a Christmas 2013 gift for our DD and SIL. It is the Carpenter's Star quilt whose designer is Debbie Maddy. It was an easy quilt to make, but not an easy quilting job for me on my domestic machine. But, I will be so happy to give it to her when she comes up for a visit in a few weeks. Better late than never, huh?

Below you will see the Sunbonnet Sue top that I did on my embroidery machine for a new great-niece due in August. I believe I actually liked the way it looked better before I quilted it. I just have not perfected my quilting, yet even after four years of making them. Maybe one day I will be much improved in my eyes. Next you see the finished top. I did echo quilting around the Sue's and then put butterflies on the top and bottom border. I now wish I had used a thicker batting, but it is all done, so oh well. I sure hope they like it. 

I also made a taggie blanket and burp cloth for a former student of mine and her new baby boy. She loved it and said he did, too. LOL I hope so. I have a few more burp cloths to make for the great-niece and started my daughter's rag quilt purse after finishing the baby quilt. It will be in another post when it is completed. I still have to pin and quilt the Day and Night quilt for our DS and DIL, and the pinning may happen today. Who knows. If not today, tomorrow?? I REALLY need to get it done.

I pray all is well with each of you. I hope to get better with keeping up my blog soon. Please be patient with me. Hugs to you all!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I AM ALIVE! I think. LOL

Good morning my followers! I want to let you know that I am alive. I haven't been well, but I am here. God is good to me and has been with me through all the mouth mess I've been through. Given me "some" patience while Janome was getting me a machine back to me. Blessed my husband while he put up with me during this past two months. :D

As you know, I got a new Janome machine in March of this year. Hubby blessed me with this sewing/embroidery/quilting machine for past anniversary's and this years, too. We have been married 36 years. I just wanted an embroidery machine! LOL He had bigger thoughts when he heard about the Acufil quilting hoop and program that came on the machine. The reason I was waiting for a machine, it has a screen that goes up and down and puts the stitches more at eye level, but also gives more room under the harp. Mine did not work as it should and it took the dealer fixing it three times the first six weeks that I had the machine and the district manager checking it himself to decide to get me another machine. I thank my dealer, the district manager and Janome America for sending me a brand new machine that I love, love, love using! So, I got even more behind on my quilting projects and any other projects I have planned. But, I am really enjoying a machine that works as it should.

I have also been dealing with a bad tooth: bruised, infection:antibiotic, more infection:antibiotic, worse infection: more antibiotic.Tooth pulled: one more round of infection. Thankfully I believe it has all cleared up, and now I have to get my bottom partial fixed to replace that tooth where I can eat right! Hahahaha!!! I can laugh about it now. At least chuckle. But I have hurt worse with this with just about anything else ever! For a person who loves food and not able to eat; it is tough.

Now to show you some of what I have been doing since I'm better and have a great machine. I finally finished quilting the Carpenter's Star quilt and I'm in the binding process. One and a half sides left to do. Wahoo!!!!

Please do not take my pictures as your own. They are mine and my projects that I have done. Thank you in advance.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I Know, I Know!

I know I have been missing for several weeks. I've been going through some things that caused me not to feel like blogging. So, I will give a little explanation about how things are going around this household. 

The last post I told you that I had gotten a new Janome machine. Well, it has been back to the dealer twice since I got it on March 5th. This machine has a screen that goes up and down to put it at eye level, plus it gives me more room to maneuver quilts in the harp area when it is up. For some reason, mine kept coming off track and would not go up. The owner has been so awesome for helping me get it back on track. He said he will send it to Janome the next time it happens, though. He gave me his wife's old sewing machine table, because he thinks it might be the table I was using that caused it to happen. I don't think so, because it is a heavy duty table I got at Home Depot. The problem with the one he gave me is it is not as big as the table I am accustomed to, but I will have to put it where I can place my other table beside it to help hold the quilts while I'm working on them. He is getting his wife a new table for mother's day, so he gave me this one. I thought that was really nice of him. :D I'm also scheduled to go next week for my first lesson on my machine. I was never even offered one on my first Janome, but since this one has the Acufil quilting system and embroidery on it, I guess they feel I need lessons. LOL I do really enjoy the machine when I use it. I am almost finished binding my grandson's quilt and will post pics of it when I get it washed. I have almost finished quilting the Carpenter's Star quilt, too. All I like are the borders. 

This is the Carpenter's star and what I'm putting in the corner squares. I'm finished with all of them. It isn't perfect. They aren't lined up like that should be, but remember that I am still learning about this program. It is actually an embroidery design. I think overall when I get it finished and washed, it won't look too bad. Hope so anyway. I keep being told that we are our own worst critics, and I know that is true for me.

What else has been going on with me? My bursitis/arthritis/fibromyalgia has been messing with me big time. I've had such pain in my hips all across the pelvic area of my hips from one side to the other it isn't funny. I finally gave in and called my RA doctor. He had the nurse call me in something for pain and a dose pack of Prednisone. I hate to take steroids, but sometimes one has to do what one has to do to get better. I have hurt to sit down, to lie down, not getting sleep because of hurting. It hurt to stand on my feet for long. I took the pack, but the day I took the last one, my hips flared up again. I was only pain free for a couple of days. Well, I called them back and they scheduled me to come in Wednesday for steroid injections. One in each side for bursitis. That is what it is and it is radiating all across from one side to the other. Believe me it is painful. I didn't sleep well last night because of my left side/hip hurting. I couldn't get comfortable. They said if this didn't do the job, I may have to take Prednisone for more than just six days to get the inflammation under control. Ugh!!!! I hate pain! Keep me in your prayers that this works. I need to be sitting here with ice packs on my hips, so I will probably do that soon. Then I need to vacuum the floors and get into the sewing room.

Our daughter and son-in-law are in the process of buying a house in a town close to them in Florida. They have been renting for the five years they have been there, so they are ready to settle down. They found them an older home, but it is in great shape and is bigger than where they live now. It is also on almost two acres of land, so the grandson is happy about the exploring opportunities. It has a regulation sized tennis court on there that can be used for many things for little boys, plus they can learn to play tennis and get exercise. I am so proud for them. Our grandson is home-schooled, so we will be watching him for a week or so once they get the closing date and during their move. That way he won't get hurt, stepped on, something dropped on him, or run over. We can keep him occupied, hopefully.  I told our grandson that I would teach him to sew on my Brother machine while he is here. He has gotten on a shark obsession, so I'm hoping I can find some shark fabric to help him make a couple of pillow cases while he is here for his bed. He is so anxious to come up here. He loves it here. I am also proud to say they have already found a church that is only three miles from their new home location. They love it and the pastor and his wife are close to their ages and have been very supportive.

I don't have a lot of exciting news to share, so I'm going to let you go for now. I pray you are all doing well, and I wish you the best of weekends! Be creative, and show someone some love!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Machine and Quilting

Good morning! It is a beautiful morning here in Alabama after being cloudy and raining Tuesday in to Wednesday. It is chilly, but the sun is shining and the daffodils are blooming, the trees are budding, and one apple tree is leafing. I love spring, except for the allergies, but love seeing everything come back to life. I feel refreshed and anew as only God can make me feel. My mood brightens, and I feel energized. What about you? Does spring have that affect on you? Share with me about your favorite part of the year. I know many of you are ready for the snow to be gone!

I traded in my Janome 7700 for a Janome 11000 Special Edition. I did not want one that expensive, but hubby wanted me to have it since I could sew, quilt and embroider on it. I am loving it! I have only embroidered one thing, so far just to try it out. But, I've been quilting the Carpenter's Star quilt on it. I thought I loved my extension table when I was quilting, but I've found that I have much more room on my table without it and I do the quilting easier. My quilting isn't as good as I want it to be, but I was told on FB yesterday not to talk down about my quilting. LOL Love that woman! Of course, we are always our worst critics are we?

I am loving what I can do with this machine. Of course, I am still learning so much! A sweet Facebook friend sent me what she called some crayons, but it was a spool of bobbin thread and some Sulky embroidery thread. Love it! Can't wait to use it! I just need to learn more about this machine and plan some gifts using the embroidery designs.

Going to go. Have a blessed and creative day! Be quilty!


Monday, March 3, 2014

What will your answer be?

Good wet, cold Monday morning! How any of you are ready for spring to come and the cold, snow, sleet, ice to go away? I know I am. I live in Alabama, but we've had snow three times this year so far. We were in the 70s yesterday and the 50s this morning and the temps will drop as the day goes by. Thankfully, we don't have coming what my friends in the north, west and east of us do. I enjoyed the weather yesterday so much, and I'm ready for more of that type. Sunny, temperatures mild, breeze blowing. Uh huh. LOL

I don't have anything new to share today. That is one reason why I've not posted lately. I feel like I don't have anything anyone will be interested in reading about. Ever feel that way? I do. I have started the quilting process on the Carpenter's Star quilt I made, but haven't gotten past the center star where I did my first "real" hand quilting. It doesn't look great, the stitches are way too big, but I'm learning. I will try to continue the quilting using my machine though. I plan to work on that some today. As far as any other sewing goes, nothing. Not that I didn't want to, but just either have not felt like it due to my arthritis having flared its ugly head, or I was prepping for a colonoscopy and having it done. All news was good from that! Praise the Lord. I had polyps last year, so I had to have another one done this year. Now I have the pleasure of waiting five years! Wahoo!!! 

Another reason that I have not had a lot to say lately, is that I'm researching embroidery machines. I don't really have room for two machines, so hubby gave me these options: get a stand alone embroidery machine and supplies for less than $1000. I want at least a 5 x 7" hoop. Or, I can trade in my Janome for a combinations sewing/quilting/embroidery machine. I found out that the Janome I was sent from the company to repair my relationship with them after the fiasco over my Horizon MC 7700 QCP not getting repaired and having problems getting anything from Janome headquarters is not the machine I was led to believe. It is a New Home 7700 QCP. Did not cost as much new as my Horizon did. I was concerned about this, but I blame myself for falling for it. I want to be about to quilt/ sew and embroider. I want to be able to add monogramming or flowers or whatever to my quilts, handbags, shirts, etc. Does that make sense? I am looking at a Janome that has the above included. Costs much more than ever imagined I would be able to pay, but hubby is willing. I've looked at Brother machines. Not sure they would take my New Home in as a trade-in though. I do not want to buy online. I want to buy from a dealer who will service it and repair it if needed, plus be able to teach me how to use it. I have read online and have friends who have BabyLock machines. I have friends who have Pfaff's and Husquavarna? machines. 

I would like for you to tell me what your favorite machine is and your feedback on combo embroidery/quilting machines. Will you do that for me? Thank you so much for your input. I value your input, but reserve the right to make my own decision. I will let you know what I decide after more research and trying out some machines.

Have a blessed day! Be Creative!!