Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Sewing

It is only 6 days until Christmas and I have finished my sewing for my sister. I made these back packs for my nephew's preschool teachers. One is Dr. Who fabric my sister ordered thru Spoonflower. The other is elephant fabric I picked up at JoAnn's. 

My kids are coming tomorrow and I need to measure them for their matching sleep pants. And  I have fabric for a night gown for Elly. All of this sewing has to been done before Christmas.
Linking up with Amanda

In stitches,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bad habits

I have started some bad habits here lately. I have been finishing all sorts of projects but not taking a single picture. I finished a backpack for my sister, who will be using it as a teacher gift. It was really cute. Brown background with elephants on it. She is coming here on Sunday to get the next backpack and I will have her bring the elephant one back for its photo op. The one she is picking up on Sunday is made out of Dr Who fabric she purchased at Spoonflower. I have never used Spoonflower but she is very happy with the fabric that she got from them.

Tried to rearrange my house for my upcoming visitors. The room where Elly sleeps is chilly. I thought I could flip my bedroom and my dining room. It appears there is no way to get the dining table out of the dining room. I can only assume when my "movers" put the table in there, it came in thru the deck door. I can get it out that way but it would have to go to the garage. Balancing food on your lap with a two year is not a good way to have holiday meals. I am going to have to rethink sleeping arrangements. I have been sleeping the basement on the love seat chaise thingy. It is okay for a few nights, but you are sitting upright to sleep. I end up giving up my bed to my kids.  

This is a picture of my sister in last dress I made for her. It is the Vogue pattern that she worked so hard to lose the weight to get into it. I have fabric to make another dress after Christmas.

In stitches,

Sunday, December 7, 2014


It has been a very long time since I have posted anything. This is a quilt that I made for my daughter in law to give as a gift. It is called Falling Charms from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I was looking for a quilt that looked awesome but not hard to do. This is it. Normally I pick a pattern and them pick the fabric. It is much harder to it the other way around.
 These are bags I made for my mom and my sisters. I used stuff from my stash and zippers that were given to me. It is a nice size. You can put some money, phone, keys etc. At this time of year you can slide it into your pocket and shop without worrying where your purse is. I am going to work on them after the first of the year and make a few changes.

These are my neighbor's dogs. She has three black rescue dogs. This Halloween Bailey was recovering from surgery, but I did make a costume Bailey. This year they were garden gnomes. It is always fun to see what Tina wants the dogs to be. Last year they were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Look who came to visit Grandma for Thanksgiving. Sitting pretty in the rocking chair I rocked her daddy in and wearing the new sweater that my mom, great Maggi knitted for her. Counting down the days until she will be back for Christmas!

In  stitches,

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,