Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Unexpected Turn of Events

This past week I had all of these wonderful plans to catch up on some things like cashing checks, laundry, and enjoying some time sewing by myself and with my children.  As you will see from the photos below, it did not go as planned.  These are from July 10th.
This is what is left of my parents' cars and garage.  The home was declared a total loss.

 Nice shot of their kitchen.
Here is a shot of the car and side of the home.
This last photo pretty much sums up what I did sewing related this week.  I helped salvage what I could from this room.  A few fabrics and projects made it, but most were lost. 

The firemen were so kind to my parents.  The community has been kind in offering clothing, places for family to stay, discounts at stores, offers to do manual labor.  I am so grateful to all for their kindness and support.  The biggest loss is the vehicles as the one was liability insured only.  Insurance will cover all of the home and its contents.  Of course it's a challenge and cannot replace keepsakes, but at least they will have money to rebuild.  A number of kind souls donated to a GoFundMe in my mother's name and with that money my folks hope to purchase a reliable car for the future.  The Lord blessed them both with their lives and although difficult there have been many small blessings and tender mercies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Projects from my Place

 Pillowcase by my 8 year-old.  He did a really nice job and I only did the cutting.  Stay tune for a shot of his quilt top. 
 Pillowcase by my nearly 15 year-old for a local sewing camp (digital only).

 Beginnings of a scrap busting mystery found here.

Now I have one month left and will have a completed quilt top.  I love being able to use up some scraps and produce fun quilts.
 Below is a peak at the fabrics I am using for a different stash busting mystery, but I did have to purchase a few extra colors as I did not have enough.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

One more week until Summer

I made this valance today, but this photo is not very good.

This is the view out the window above...May 18th.
The front porch view.

My poor tulips are visible on the left.

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Few Projects to Share

Here are a few things I have made in the past few months.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Photo Dump of Various Sewing Projects

 I have been working on a project called Days for Girls.  This project involves making reusable feminine pads and helps girls not in the United States stay in school.  You can read more about it on their site.  I really enjoyed using my Serger and getting a lot of use out of it.  I actually used up several cones of thread too.  A few of my younger children helped with stacking and counting.  820 pads were made in total.  Each girl gets 8 pads, so 100 kits. 
 Too many devices and not enough cases.  I made a different pattern for each case, except for two.  Those two were mostly the same with a few alterations by me.  Of special note is the sea turtle along the zipper.  You open it up and it feeds him.  I did not plan this, it just happened.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Quarterly Report

Another sewing kit completed for a graduate. 
A sample of my scrap buster blocks.  I am working on a fun layout.  I have a few colors completed now.

A work in progress.  I started it at our sewing retreat.  The top is now complete, but I am deciding how I want to quilt it.  This is one of the few solids only creations.
A nice addition to this year's sewing retreat was a shower for the smaller upstairs bedroom.  I love the tile work.

A little inspiration for our sewing retreat.  This year I made gifts for each of our days.  This was the one for day one.  It was fun to surprise everyone since they were not expecting it.  Unfortunately, I did not snag photos of the other items.  I made magnets and tissue holders.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Few of My Latest Completions from 2015

I managed to finish a few of my own quilts this year, but not as many as in other years.  I did get a very detailed applique piece completed and the Farmer's Wife quilt.  All 111 blocks are included.

This was a photo to help me remember my layout.

A cool sewing kit from this website.  Gifted to my niece for graduation.

Cool new ironing board cover.  I was sad to replace my old one, because my mother made it for me.

King-size Farmer's Wife.

An interesting technique.  I gifted this one to a friend.
This is by far the neatest one.  I have delayed finishing this one too long.  It is special, because each block is made a by a girl in a beginning sewing class I co-taught with a friend of mine.  I made sure to gift this to a person who sews as she would appreciate all of the hard work of the girls.  More fun things to come.

 This photo does not do this quilt justice at all, but the quilting was so fun.  I did not quilt it.

I made my first hot pad and crocheted two hot pads.  I also knitted a dish cloth.

Happy New Year.