Sunday, April 26, 2015

diversion therapy

woefully behind on my stars sew-along, mostly due to fabric packed and in storage, but also as i had no ombres or printed plaids (? not sure) in a box someplace.  anyway, decided to make a quick and necessary (aren't they all?) visit to cyndi's shop chock full of all things reproduction.  she generously shared some printed plaid scraps with me and i picked up 2 ombre prints.  and delightfully found some jo mortons on sale that got added to my collection.  now to find space/place to sew after assembling the necessary notions etc.  did find that the rotary cutter and some rulers are with me and of course, phoebe is along too.  not sure if there is a mat in phoebe's case or not....will have to search.   apparently for some mysterious reason i am not allowed to move where i want when i want like so many others do (she says very sarcastically).  happily, tho, can sew anywhere if space and tools are at hand even without having reached contentment  (sorry st. paul...).   *** special prayer today for myra who so gallantly returned a lost wallet with all items intact.  i promised her i would say a prayer for her every day that she may find a blessing and feel the hand of God in her life somehow.  it's the very most i can do to repay her.....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

a bonnie quilt

this is orca bay by bonnie hunter, our scrappy pattern guru....this top got donated as well...for purely selfish reasons....it was too big for my usual needs and with so many seams, tough to hand quilt.  i love the pattern and the colors i chose but somebody else is enjoying its warmth, which is fine by me.  *** brief pity party before cruising blogs and finding cancer, MS, a disabled husband and other situations much worse than mine.  snapped me back to reality and how fortunate i am even with current life glitches.  a quick "thank you" to God for a safe stop on my way even tho missing my sewing but hoping can remedy that soon.  ***  remnants of winter linger in nippy breezes and overcast skies.   can't last as summer must come eventually, which will be thoroughly enjoyed by all.  now where ARE those shorts and swimsuit????

Thursday, April 23, 2015

new header photo

back in 2012 i was in a small quilt swap and the recipient requested "something geometric in black and white"....so this is what i made and sent along.  i never heard a word from the recipient whether she liked or disliked the piece, but i thought it fit her request.  one of the few times i've had a less than good result from a swap.  the other was when i never received any swap blocks back after sending mine along.  that's a pretty good track record i think....i don't do a lot of swaps now because of postage costs, but i think they are fun.  ***  brrr....temps stuck in the 50s with gray skies and intermittent sun/showers...not quite warm enough for my liking yet.  *** not yet back to sewing which is distressing but can't come soon enough...it's my respite and relaxing place and i do miss it every day.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

and the winner is.....



dondi murdock!   please send me your snail addy and i'll get the scissors out to you right away (probably friday).....and thanks to all for your kind comments over the past 1000 or so posts....hopefully soon will have more quilty stuff for you to read.......

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

one of my faves....


if you have read my blog for awhile, you might remember this beauty....it's a pattern by marsha mccloskey from her book "quick and easy quilts"...called north wind and done very scrappily....controlled but still scrappy.   i love this top.  it got donated to a vermont group making quilts following a horrendous winter for those who were displaced.  was happy to send it along to make somebody warm but i just might make another when my machines are back in action.  ***  snow is finally gone and we've had a mini-monsoon the past 2 days.  temps are moderating and no doubt when mr sunshine comes back, will be definitely spring. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

blasts from the past....

if you check out mrs. goodneedle's post today, you can blame her for mine.  in addition to packing up all my stuff, i've collected photos from my mom to save.  lots of memories of days gone by of me and my siblings and relatives no longer with us are now in my collection.  check these out....

this is me posing in my hopalong cassidy cowboy pants....the shirt, by this time, had been passed on (very reluctantly) to my brother and the boots had been lost during playtime in a haymow, never to be seen again.  they must have turned up at some point. 


this is me and brother #1 helping my aunt plant her garden in early spring.  everyone had pitched in after supper to get those peas in the ground early.  we worked until dark, which explains the dark background, dreaming of sweet bowls to come. 

and the day that started our family.....handsome groom and beautiful bride in 1946....

Sunday, April 19, 2015

the giveaway....

a bit late but it's a goodie i think.....a pair of karen kay buckley's scissors with the serrated blades...these are medium, i have the larger ones and LOVE them!  the drawing will be wednesday april 22nd by noon so be sure and include your email contact.  and by the way, get well wishes for karen kay buckley who recently underwent cardiac valve replacement surgery....


the scissors measure about 6" total length, have those flexible handles and will be perfect for any sewing task.  *** otherwise no news in this lake woebegone.  it's a very difficult situation too complicated to even think about, let alone relay to anyone else.  ***  sending get well kisses to my daughter down with strep throat...i know her hubby will give her the TLC she needs for a quick recovery....now to find some pleasant diversion from the current distress....

Friday, April 17, 2015

since you asked....

this is what i have been keeping occupied with (some of the time) while marooned here on homeless island.   this is my counted cross-stitch christmas stocking. had been wanting to do a sampler AND a christmas stocking, so combined the two with this project.  no deadline; it gets done when it gets done.  also have my little busy box of solid little bow ties.  thought i had packed these items in a box but actually tucked them away in my suitcase, so do have a couple of handwork options (found them, denise!) while the quilty stuff is in storage (AGAIN!!!!)....i do have the girls here with me but useless without the stash and notions.  while grateful to have a safe place to crash, it is way far from ideal or even where i should be right now....which is in my own apartment....but in between venting and being angry, am enjoying a few creature comforts.  *** and the giveaway IS coming....should be in a day or two so keep watch!   meanwhile, pray for me that my situation gets fixed immediately if not sooner...am way beyond weary of what many enjoy, a place of my own to live and to be safe and cozy.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

more recent stash additions


about 2 months ago in the midst of my packing frenzy, realized that marden's might soon be unaccessible...so in a pre-emptive strike, gathered up these lovely spring-colored goodies for future sewing fun.  of course, this was way before the recent twisted events, but even so, think it was a wise move.  the machines are safely tucked away leaving me without quilty fun.  working diligently with housing, hoping to be moved and settled soon so i can get back to lots of fun with old and new projects.  sadly, the hawaiian is packed away as well so no finish on that is on the horizon.  without the quilty part of my life and a home base, simply adrift in the sea of a terrifying and isolated life experience making it difficult to even function day to day.  i seldom get depressed, but without my sewing and quilting to shore me up through this difficult passage, relying on faith-based inner strength to keep me going.  by that i do not mean the support of church family Christians, as in the past i have found they were nonexistent.  we are all recovering pharisees of course, but far too many claim God's agenda as their own, doing great harm in the process.......