Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Has it really been almost a year since I last posted?  So much has happened.  After my Momma passed away my sister and I took care of our Daddy.  Last year I posted right after Father's Day a picture of him looking vibrant at 85.  In July he turned 86 and had met a lady who he was developing a friendship with.  The picture of him in his favorite purple shirt was when he took me out in October for my birthday right after he came back from a trip to Montana.  He spent Thanksgiving in Georgia with my brother and nephew and their families.  When he came home he was ill and thought he just needed to get some rest, but a day later he was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.  He never left the hospital.  He went from a regular floor to intensive care and a week later passed away.  I miss him everyday.  It was hard enough to loose my Momma, whom I called everyday.  Daddy came to stay with me every week and I went to every doctor's appointment for him.  He had cancer, diabetes, heart trouble, and arthritis, but you would never know because he was always on the go and he never stopped.  It was none of those that brought him down.  In the hospital as he got worse they discovered he had undiagnosed COPD and that combined with the pneumonia is what ultimately stopped my active Dad.

This May we made a trip to Kansas to see our daughter graduate from Emporia State University with her Master's in Library Science.  A week later she was hired as a full time librarian in Kansas and is enjoying setting up her own place and being out of school for the first time in a long time. 

 Our daughter with her Father's parents.
Her and her youngest brother posing nicely for Mom.
Our middle granddaughter turned 3 during this past year, in a few months she will be 4.
 
Her brother turned 2 in May.  
Our oldest granddaughter turned 5 in June.

In the world of sewing I made my husband a barn raising quilt using Kansas Troubles fabric.  He loves it! 
For graduation our daughter ask me to make her a fox quilt.  I started it two months before graduation and her and I finished the binding the week before when I got to Kansas.  I would advise anyone wanting to make this project to give yourself a wee bit more time!  I was really stressed out with this time frame. 
Now I am working on another quilt with a deadline.  I started with other fabric and another pattern and just did not like where it was going for the occasion.  I had in mind to make a disappearing nine patch, but since I had jelly rolls of the fabric I wanted I am making what I have termed as crazy squares.  It could be called a disappearing 16 patch I guess.  To get the blocks a reasonable size using 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares I sewed them together in four rows of four blocks and then cut them up like a disappearing nine patch and rearranged them and sewed them back together. 
Over Father's Day weekend we made a trip to Waynesboro to put flowers on Dad's grave and we stopped by one of my favorite quilt stores, The Quiltery in Fairfield, Va.  I found the best fabric to use as sashing between the blocks.  With all the busyness of the blocks I thought a more solid type fabric to break them up would make the top look more pleasing to the eye.
 

I have been wanting to write a post for a long time.  It's take a bit to get back in the swing of life.  I hope to post more often.

Sew Long for Now!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


It has been a busy time here the past several months.  The beginning of May started our family in an avalanche of  happenings.  First, my husband and I celebrated our actual 30th anniversary...the date.  We took the trip in March because we knew what was coming around the actual date.  The day after our anniversary my husband's parents came bringing our daughter from Kansas for a visit and to see our youngest son graduate from both high school and community college.  He was dual enrolled.  With that I retired from homeschooling after 24 years.

Here is one of the fun pictures my children and I took together.  That is my three precious young adults having a bit of fun with their Momma.
Next came the first birthday of my youngest grandchild.   
Then the fourth birthday of my oldest grandchild.
Here are my precious grandchildren, growing so big!
I really have been trying to fit in sewing and crocheting.  My husband hurt his back during all this.  We do not even know how it happened because it was not a traumatic event, it just happened one morning he woke up in terrible pain.  Two doctors couldn't figure it out and had no treatment plan except stay off work for 6 weeks so I convinced him to go to a chiropractor and two weeks later he was in very little pain.  He will continue treatments 3 days a week for the summer, but I was so glad and proud of him that he didn't give up and go on disability.
I am working on this afghan with leftover yarn I had on hand. 
I made this quilt top with Moda's Zen Chic jellyroll for my youngest son.
I have been working on quilting it, 1/4 inch lines...this may take a while.

Father's Day with my Dad at my sister's new house.  He is looking pretty good for a man about to turn 86 next month!

I am trying to get myself back into more sewing now all these festivities are over.

Sew Long for Now!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

I have been a bit behind lately.  I finished March's BOM for the quilt along in April.

I jumped right in and finished April's block so I would be caught up.

I have been working on hand quilting the large quilt and it will probably be several years before I finish at this rate, I am just not a fast hand quilter.  I used to go every week to a quilting group at a church we used to attend and my stitches were so much better.  I miss that group; the chatter, the sewing, the fellowship.

This week is the 2nd anniversary of my Momma's passing and the first rose bloomed on our yellow rose bush.
Sew Long for Now!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

My husband and I went away for a week.  The first stop on our trip was by the Quiltery in Fairfield where he picked out the above jelly roll and layer cake.  He wants me to make him a quilt.

While on our trip he also bought me these two bundles of fabric in Williamsburg just because I liked the colors.
 
We stayed ocean front at Virginia Beach.  That is where we met and lived the first 3 years of our marriage.
 
We took lots of day trips.  We had a great day visiting Williamsburg and touring.  I had been there when I was in fourth grade, lets just say a long long long time ago!  I had not been able to tour the Govenor's Palace then, but on this trip we did.
 
I love these arched trees in the garden behind the Palace.

I had always wanted to go on a carriage ride and my husband made sure I got to go.  He is always so sweet and since we love doing the same things we always have so much fun together.
 
We had been to Jamestown and Yorktown with the children a few years ago, but we went again and had a great time.
 
We stopped where ever we wanted to and just enjoyed the view.
 
Growing up I spent every weekend on the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive with my family so they are near and dear to me.  While away we drove the Colonial Parkway.  It is just as beautiful if not as long.
 
We had to leave and it was sad because we were enjoying ourselves so much, but I missed my sewing machines and now I have new projects to work on!
Sew Long for Now!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I have been doing a lot of crochet lately.  These dishclothes for my daughter and an afghan for my youngest son. 
I am also working on March's BOM. 
I have it together and I did mark the quilting lines yesterday.  Hopefully, I will get it quilted one day this week.
My husband went with me to Lynchburg to the 2016 quilt show hosted by Patches & Pieces Quilt Club.  They had so many beautiful quilts, what a wonderful group of talented ladies. These are just a few of the pictures I took.  The flower garden quilt above had a wonderful story of being started more than 60 years ago and being passed through the family and finally finished in 2015. 
I loved the colors in this mariner's compass and would love to do one someday. 
Another Judy Niemeyer pattern. 
So simple yet so striking! 


My husband admiring this very colorful quilt. 
There seems to be a pattern in what attracted my attention!

I love dragon flies! 
They also had some amazing art quilts and this one reminded me of our daughter!

I have been hand quilting the white quilt and hope it doesn't take me years to get it done!
Sew Long for Now!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

All the mending is done and back to their owners!

I began machine quilting on the row by row quilt.  It is the largest quilt I have ever tried to machine quilt using my home sewing machine.  I would love to have a long arm, but we don't have the space at this time for one.  My husband and I discussed ideas to help with this process.  It is cumbersome and I can not do it for long periods because it stresses your neck and shoulder.  We are going to look into an option this week and I will have more on that later.
I have had to do a bit of traveling this week to go with my Dad to two doctor appointments and one of the afternoons on my way home I went by the Quiltery in Fairfield, Va.
When I walked through the door I saw this book and was so excited.  It had to come home with me!  It is based on quilts by women in Emporia, Kansas where our daughter is at University getting her Masters Degree.  It has a great section on the history of the women and the area and patterns to replicate some of their designs.  I am going to put one of the quilts on my someday list.

This is called Chic Zen by Moda and I picked it up to make my youngest son a quilt.  It just looked like him and crazy me would love to make one and finish it by May.  We will see, its a long shot with all that is going on around here.
My inspirational quote for the week is:
"A desire to create is one of the deepest longings of the soul."
Sew Long for Now!