Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I keep thinking that today will be the day I get to do things. I spent last week in Brooklyn with Elly, Nick and Frankie while Tania was out of town. I had an amazing time with all of them. I started a simple crocheted blanket for Elly. It needed to be purple and have an open weave pattern so she could put her fingers in the openings while settling down for the night. It is about 1/3 of the way finished and I will need to get another skein of purple yarn to finish it. I have been making dish cloths for quite some time but it had been a long time since I have made anything bigger.

I have finished my sister's dress in time for her conference. Of course, I have no picture to share. I am hoping she will send me a picture of her in it. And I will share it with you.

I am going to be taking Friday off to spend a few days with my sister, Karen. We are going to explore the back roads of Columbus, Ohio looking for interesting things to photograph. I am taking the box with my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt to work on in the evenings. I had such big plans of having it completely pieced by the end of 2014. Not a chance of that happening. Guess I will add it to my list for 2015.

Fall is quickly approaching and I am now on a mission to save seeds from the flowers I have planted in my yard. I am hoping to collect enough seeds that I won't have to invest in a bunch of plants in 2015. I will let you know how that works out.

And not to rush the season, I am listening to Christmas music on my computer while writing this post and finishing up on my laundry. It is oddly calming. Don't ask!

In stitches,

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guess who is two?!

 Today Elly is 2. It is had to believe that with all the issues she had at birth, she is now a happy and healthy two year old. 

The first Moonflower  of 2014 bloomed last night. They only bloom at night, so I was out on the deck on my break from work with a flash light and my phone trying to take pictures. I got one good picture and I got to smell the flower. They have an amazing scent.

I have been working on a dress for my sister, Patty. She is making a presentation in Lexington towards the middle of September. The dress is a Vogue pattern which I do not like working with, but she picked it out and lost some weight, so I promised to make it. The dress is almost done. I took it down to Kentucky for her to try on and it fits well, now I need to finish it. Pictures will follow.

My quilt has gone on the back burner. It is a bright, cheery quilt for the hot summer months. I may get it done, but it might be put away until next summer. Soon I will be bringing out the fall/winter decor.

In stitches,

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Long time coming

Wow it has been a while since I posted anything. I have been busy doing all kinds of things. I had company, I went to see  Elly, I sewed some, I worked in my yard, did a bunch of cooking, and worked some overtime.
This is Elly at my mom's. She is wearing the shorts I made for my niece about 10 years ago. Only three pairs survived all these years. When I made them, my niece did not want any flowered shorts. 

 This is an unhappy Elly in Brooklyn. She has been sprayed with the hose by her daddy. She is wearing the dress I made for her. I made a matching dress for her friend but I have no pictures of them in their matching dresses. 

 This is the latest project I have started. I am making 143 five inch blocks similar to this one. Then I will sash each block in white with the bright green as cornerstones. The batik will be the border and binding.

School is getting ready to start around here and I am busily making a new top for my sister to wear to school. Even teachers need new clothes for school. Later on, I will be making her a new dress for a presentation she is doing in September. I will have pictures of the top later on today. It is almost done, but I need to make a few alterations to it and drop by her house later on today.

Working overnights gives me unusual times for sewing. It is after midnight now and I am going back to the sewing machine to finish my sister's top and to work on my quilt.

I have seen several posts lately with hexies. I so wanted to finish my top by the end of 2014. Sadly, I think I will be moving that goal to 2015. I am eying my floor frame and a flannel courthouse steps quilt that needs some work. We having been having lots of fall like weather here in my part of Ohio and the flannel quilt seems like a good idea. And then I can cross that off my list of  UFO's.

In stitches,

Monday, July 7, 2014

I got to sew!

I am so happy to be able to get back to sewing. Don't get me wrong, I adored having Elly and her dog here for a week, but I missed my sewing machine. I got all the things on my list done this weekend. I worked on the 4th of July. That was certainly a trip. I got off work at 7:30am on the 4th and I was back at work at 1:30pm. Saturday I was able to get out to the yard and finished the small amount of weeding and put down 5 bags of mulch. I still have some day lilies to plant and then I will be done with the yard. Sunday I finished the eight panels of my sister's curtains and I made two dresses, one for Elly and the other for Elly's friend, Greta.

Next on my list is to start packing for my long weekend get away.  I am on my way to go and visit Elly and her family. I am so excited!!

In stitches,

Friday, June 13, 2014


I would love to say my reason for not posting is that I have been sewing up a storm, but that is certainly not the truth. I have done a little bit of work for my mom. That is all. I am getting ready to whip up some curtains for my sister, Karen. I have fabric to make my sister, Patty three new dresses. I want to make a new summer purse for me. Lots of plans.

I have been doing yard work and cleaning because I am having company. A week from tomorrow my kids are coming from Brooklyn. Yeah! Elly and her dog, Frankie will be staying with me for 5 days while mommy and daddy take a little trip. I am so excited. And there is so much to do. I want to sand and repaint her daddy's wagon, paint a lawn chair for Elly, add a coat to the little table so Elly will have some place to sit and have meals. I need to clean out the swimming pool so Elly and Frankie can swim.
The new shift is interesting. I am getting much better at staying awake all night and sleeping during the day. Seems I don't get as much done.

In stitches,

Monday, May 12, 2014

Stash Report Week 19

My new shift is kicking my butt. I am trying to get more than 4.5 hours of sleep at a time. Needless to say there is not much sewing going on around here. It is very early Monday morning and I am trying to stay awake to keep on my new schedule. I am thinking it is time to sew scraps together. I need to stay away from the rotary cutter.

We spent Mother's Day at my sister's. We had a lovely brunch and then we were going to watch a movie on her DVD. Not the best idea. We could get the DVD player on put never could figure out how to play the movie, but we were able to see all the previews and advertisements but not the movie. I am no better than her. I brought the movie home with me {it was mine} and it is in my DVD player and I cannot figure it out. I am going to bring it the DVD player in the basement and hope for better results.

Used this Week: 2.5 yards
Used year to Date: 51.00 yards
Added this Week: 0.0 yards
Added Year to Date: 17.50 yards
Net Used for 2014: 33.50 yards

Linking up with Judy L at Patchwork Times!

In stitches,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

So far so good

I have finished my first overnight shift and so far so good. I went right to bed after my shift and slept for almost 5 hours. I got up and did a few things around the house and then back to bed. I have just finished getting some yard work done and enjoying the last bit of sunshine for today. I am going to do a bit of sewing before I get ready for my shift tonight.

This is Neil and my mom, they were my yard work helpers last year. Sadly, tonight it was me and the Reds on the radio!

In stitches,