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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hands to Help Flimsy done.......and a visit from Murphy....

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.”
Roy T. Bennett

I was so proud of myself on Friday because I got this post all ready to go for today, Sunday, which is the day that the Hands to Help first check-in linkup was set to open......and then Murphy intervened....

First I saw a little message from blogger saying they had several new themes.....well I haven't changed my blog theme in ages so I won't hurt to just look.........Wrong!  Before it was all over and done I had changed my theme and I couldn't find anything!  I really did like the theme and I just wanted to make a few changes but there were no links to the layout pages, etc, so I spent awhile trying to figure out how to find the html edit page and luckily I had saved my old theme and was able to get it back, but not before I had somehow deleted the post I had all ready to go for this morning!  ( about a run-on high school English teacher would be rolling her eyes)

I also had a different quote about giving on the initial post that I wasn't able to find this morning but I like the one above that I did find.......
So onward............

I am linking up this morning with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict on her Hands to Help Page........this is the 7th year for H2H and my second year joining them. If you haven't heard of this worthwhile cause I invite you to check it out! 

My inspiration for this little lapquilt I am making was a bingo block that my Sis and I each made for a May for Me celebration a few years ago.  I liked the bright colors and hope it will help a child undergoing chemo to stay a little warmer.  I will be sending this to Happy Chemo when it's finished.

I just started with the Bingo block as the center and built out from there.  The backing will be the same fabric I used on the second and final rounds.

Click here to check out the other link-ups!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Christmas Round Robin Finished, a new mug rug, and Hands to Help

Said the robin to the sparrow, "I would really like to know Why those anxious human beings rush around and worry so."
Said the sparrow to the robin, "Friend, I think that it must be That they have no Heavenly Father such as cares for you and me."  ---E. Cheney

I have been swapping with a great group of friends and last year we did two Robins......a round robin, which I finished and showed you HERE, and a Row Robin.....which I finished and show you below!  My starting row was the wrapped group added the beautiful lettering at the top, the pretty row of ornaments, the dancing Christmas trees of every size and shape (don't you think they look like they're dancing?), and the sweet snow globes at the bottom.....Did I say I love swapping with this group? I can't wait for Christmas to roll around now so I can bring it out!

Here is the back.......I was able to incorporate the signature blocks with the Merry Christmas banner separating the two Christmas fabrics....

Our Group is doing smaller projects now.....this month we swapped mug partner Irene sent this when I requested a Texas theme and she also sent the little hexi coaster which allows you to fit the base of your wine glass into it!  Thanks's just what I "ordered" and more!

and last but not least.....Confessions of a Fabric Addict is having their annual Hands to Help Challenge........Click on the button on my sidebar or HERE and maybe you can help out too!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lions and Tigers and Bears...Oh My!

"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others"--The Wizard of Oz

My kids gave me a beautiful Wizard of Oz framed puzzle for Christmas so I decided to bring all my Oz stuff out of my bedroom and into the dining room so everyone could enjoy.  This is where I will hang my Oz Hexi wall hanging UFO someday when I finally get back to working on it and actually get it finished...........but I digress..........

Here is the framed puzzle!..............I have added a shelf to put some of my Oz collectibles on........and I'll be adding some other stuff to the looks a bit bare right now.....the jewelry box is one my Sis painted for me a few Christmases ago....I blogged about it HERE.  The back and sides have most of the Oz painting on it......She told me I should turn it around and display the back instead......I might just do that!

I decided since I already have sooooooooo much Wizard of Oz fabric that I'm using for the Hexi Wall Hanging  I would make a table topper for the side board.........I made it can see it in the photo above underneath the books and jewelry box....

I signed up for Hands To Help at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and you can too!  This is the 7th year and I believe over 700 quilts have been donated to various charities since Hands to Help began.   Follow the link or Click on the button on my right side bar to "give a hand"...........


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sewing with Friends...............

"Here's a mug rug for you,
and a mug rug for me,
We'll have a snack,
Some cookies, or tea" -unknown


I swap with a group of friends....the same group who we did a couple of Robins with........I showed you the Round Robin we did in my last blog and am currently working to finish the beautiful Row Robin we finished swapping in December.  Now we are working on smaller projects.  This month we swapped mug rugs...........For my first request I asked for a mug rug having to do with New Mexico because I am a New Mexico native......Lynette made this gorgeous map of New Mexico with the Zia Sun Symbol!  I Love it Lynnie! Thank you.:)

I was supposed to send something to Mary, who only asked that it fit in her 8"x8" mug rug box in her living room.  Since it was close to Valentine's Day I sent this to Mary.  I found the pattern on Craftsy....I believe it is called "Floating heart" or "Hearts Afloat"....or something similar.
I sort of got a bit ahead of myself because I found another Valentine pattern I liked so I sent this to Lynette so she could use it this month......
Aren't mug rugs fun??

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ready For Spring!

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"  --Chinese Proverb

I am definitely ready for spring....aren't you?  I know I haven't blogged in ages....since last year, actually.......but I have a few things to show you:

Every year my kids go to Great Wolf Lodge and they keep asking me to go with them ...this year I actually did go!......what a great trip....I'm so glad I went.  It was a great relaxing trip.....I think I might go next year again!  
For those of you who have never been to a Great Wolf Lodge....I will explain that the whole hotel is "interactive" and has several "quests" the guests can take...and they can also spend a lot of money on costumes.......unless they have a Nana who sews!
Here are the costumes I made for my grandsons.............


I have actually been "playing" quite a bit up in my sewing room lately and made a couple of weighted blankets among other things......the weighted blankets are supposed to be good for kids and even adults who have to live with ADD or ADHD....even autism....seems they "hug" when used and the weight helps by giving a calming effect......well I made the first for my of the sweet little guys in the photo above.......7.5 lbs worth of Poke'mon.....

and one for my son.....a t-shirt quilt weighing in at 25 lbs!

 I turned over the sides of the one I made for my grandson so that I can add extra pellets as he grows.....according to the tutorials I saw, you should make them at least 10% of the person's weight but not more than 15%......the filler pellets are the same that you see that are used for filling dolls....polypropylene plastic................

Below is the T-shirt weighted quilt----my son is a Cowboys-Rangers-Mavericks and Longhorns fan....(should I have just said "Texas"?).....and I also included some scripture T-shirts for him (because he is also a fan of Jesus).....Since I didn't use any pellets in the sashing it was kind of hard to get it to lay very flat....but my son gave it a good rating ("Neat!") after sleeping with it so who cares if it lays flat or not, right??

I also finally finished the beautiful Round Robin wall hanging my group did for me last year!  See my blog post here when I blogged after getting it back from everyone.  So I now have it on my bedroom wall....I used a navy solid together with a strip of the Peacock fabric to frame the signature blocks for the backing....but I may have to take it off the wall and use it as a lap quilt because it makes me sad that I can't see the signature blocks......the navy actually looks black photographed quite dark.....

One more photo and I'm outta eldest son has a "fishing wall" in his Man Cave where he hangs photos of all his family and friends who send him a photo of them holding an actual fish they caught.....and this is the rule in order to get yourself on the wall: actually have to send a photo of you holding the fish..........I told him the only fish I had caught lately were at the grocery I sent him this photo of me holding the salmon I "caught" at Albertsons......and he said..."Well it has to go on the wall!" have to be kinda weird to be in this


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Goodbye 2016

"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"-Bob Hope

My last post was counting down 90 days until Christmas and I had just finished making a costume for my Granddaughter to wear for I thought I should show you the costume again..........with the Pumpkin Princess inside this time! Is this the most adorable thing you've ever seen?

I hosted Thanksgiving at my house this year and was fortunate enough to get all three of my sisters and my Mom and two of my nieces to join me together with some of their family members and one of my sons.  I love this photo of three generations of the ladies......
I have done very little sewing lately but I did manage to pour some concrete and love into making an Urn to place between the graves of our beloved Daddy and Shayne.  They rest in an old country cemetery devoid of grass but plenty of wind which was constantly overturning the flower vases.  Years ago Daddy had made several  concrete stepping stones using some aluminum ring frames he had made  himself to hold the concrete.   He gave me one of the frames to make some stones myself.  This is the first time I used the frame.  I placed a stone flower Urn in the middle and added marbles representing all the members of the family to it, together with a cross for Daddy and a cross for Shayne and some other little ornaments.......

 My sister, Barbara, was sweet enough to take it to the cemetery and place it in just the perfect spot....

May you all enjoy the most blessed Christmas and New Year!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

90 days 12 hours 27 minutes 51 seconds til Christmas!

"Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves." ~Eric Sevareid

I know a lot of the bloggers I follow have been sewing up Christmas stuff year around but I finally got a project done! 

This summer my son laid some new tile in my living room which just wasn't going to look as good with the 15 year old I decided to take advantage of 18 month same as cash financing for some new carpet..........well and the 20 year old heavy sectional I had just wasn't going to look as nice so I got a new sofa and loveseat...(not heavy at all!). 

This is sounding like that old story about "When a Mouse eats a cookie"!

But anyway....the sofa and loveseat have  throw-pillow backs so I thought I would use a panel (also that I've had for at least 15 years!) to make some pillow covers for the smaller cushions.....5 of them!

I also sewed up a little "Pumpkin Princess" Costume for my granddaughter.........I had visions of a pumpkin-shaped costume and I used a little dress pattern then sewed some stretch knit to the bottom to round it out and then sewed a tutu to the leggings to help fill it out.........I found a darling pumpkin cap at Hobby Lobby and made a crown to go over it.......I am so looking forward to getting a picture of her when Mom and Dad dress her up in it!
My Sis just came back from a visit in California and she stopped in a local quilt store there and told me that she had "saved so much money!" appears that they not only had quality FQ's for $1 each, but if she bought 10 FQ's she got an additional one free!  Well she quickly calculated how much she could SAVE by buying 20!!!  Guess who was the real saver here???  Me! Because she gave me 11 of those FQ's!  (Can't argue with that kind of math)   
 Thanks Sis........I love the fabric but I love you more! :)
 90 days 11 hours 49 minutes 24 seconds.....and counting......