Farewell and good riddance to 2013. 2013 was not the best ever year for the Quilting Cowgirl. Lots of medical issues for both me, DH, and my mom, surgeries for all of us. Finally we are all on the road to recovery. In addition to medical issues it seemed that every time we turned around we were spending money on either the house or the cabin, money that we really hadn't planned on spending. Everything from leaks in the roof to leaky pipes. Now that the whining is out of the way; I do have a lot to be thankful for, both DH and I still have jobs. Due to our surgeries we are in better health than ever and that is a lot to be thankful for. My mom is doing much better we spent Christmas with her, it was great to see her and the extended family that unfortunately I only see once or twice a year. I am definitely looking forward to a better year in 2014. I hope to expand my wool business and do some work around the house. Why is it that you just look around one day and realize that you need new drapes, the rooms need to be repainted, and in general you just need to freshen things up. While putting away Christmas, I realized that our house is long overdue for a "make over". The bathrooms are definitely up for a redo, (all of the medical bills forced it to be put on the back burner for 2013) our house is a 1960's ranch and the bathrooms have never been updated. I have to admit that household make overs are not my thing. I don't feel comfortable making decisions about the house; give me some quilt fabric and I can make a decision, but ask me to pick out paint and I just can't do it. I desperately need help in this area. Any suggestions? Over all I am really grateful that I have my health a loving husband, a job, and a house. There are so many that don't have these things. I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful New Year.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
|Some of my nutcrackers. I didn't put them all out this year.|
The presents are all wrapped and ready for the big day. Hope you are too!!!
Monday, December 16, 2013
There just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. With work, dyeing wool. getting ready for Christmas and trying to do some sewing there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. Saturday I had hoped to get some sewing done, but that didn't happen. I went by Pat's house on Saturday morning to deliver some wool then the other side of town to Little Quilts to deliver wool. By the time I got home it was almost time to start dinner then head out to a Christmas concert at the Ferst Center at GA Tech. I did manage to get some of my Yellow Brick Road Blocks up on the design wall. Here is a close up of one of the shirtings blocks.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|Not sure what this was, but beautiful photo doesn't do it justice.|
Not sure what the snake had to do with Christmas, but it was pretty.
I just realized this one is a little tilted. It was advertised as a non peak night, I would hate to see it on a peak night. Very crowded and hard to get some good shots. If you are in the area, this would be a great family outing.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Finally all of my blocks for Snow Days are finished. I have them all sewn together and have the backing ready to go on. It looks a little lumpy, I still need to press it. I really like the way all of the blocks came together. All of the wools are my hand dyes, all of the small pieces are repurposed from thrift store finds. The larger background pieces were purchased as yardage. Can't wait to get it put together and quilted.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Remember the sled I bought a few weeks ago from an estate sale for 5.00? I was so excited about this bargain, even though at the time I didn't know what I was going to do with it. I decided to put it outside our front door and decorated it for Christmas. Here it is before decorating. You can see my purchases from Michael's: greenery, ribbon, pinecones, and red berries. This is not exactly something I am extremely talented at, but after pricing some finished pieces that I liked at some stores I decided that I could make something (almost) as nice for a lot less money. After several different tries getting it together and taking apart and putting it back together I finally came up with a design I liked.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
This year I am so thankful for my health and my family. This has been a medically trying year for my family. My mom had surgery, my DH had surgery and I had both foot surgery and gum surgery. Finally I can say that we are all on the road to recovery and looking forward to a better medical year in 2014. I am also thankful that both my DH and I have jobs in this difficult economy. I hope that everyone has a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Frosty nights is almost finished. Had hoped to finish this block today, but got sidetracked doing other things. DH is out of town and in addition to working on this block, I did some yard work; not much because it was rather chilly today. Also did some prep work for Thanksgiving, this year for the first time I am cooking Thanksgiving. It is our year to celebrate with DH's family and his mom always cooks. I offered to cook never thinking she would let me, to my surprise she did. I am excited, this is my first turkey dinner. Thanks to the Pioneer Woman I think I will be successful.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
This afternoon when I came home from school, DH had the sliding glass door open it was such a nice day. I looked out the window and saw our Japanese maple in full autumn glory. It is absolutely beautiful, the leaves range from a cheddar yellow to a rusty red color. This is one look that inspired my colors for the new Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.
Monday, November 11, 2013
I am always excited when the new Bonnie Hunter mystery is announced. This year the tile is Celtic Solstice and it promises to be great as her myesteries usually are. I love to do Bonnie's mysteries, but sometimes I am not crazy about the colors that she chooses. I don't feel too confident in my ability to choose colors sometimes and am always afraid to pick other colors. However this year I am doing my own thing. Las weekend while at the cabin, I went on my usual walk and just happened to look up. I saw dark blue, rust, cheddar and olive green, that is when it came to me that I would use those colors for my mystery quilt. It isn't that different from the colors that Bonnie chose, just a little darker. I think this will work, I will even be able to go darker with my neutrals since they won't be competing with a pale yellow. I hope these colors work out. What do you think?
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
|Starting to sew strips together.|
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
An elementary school is one of those places where you can let your inner child run wild, within reason of course. I have always loved Halloween and this year we are having a pumpkin decorating contest,. The pumpkins will be on display in the media center, all pumpkins must represent a book character. Our first entry was received today, Olivia, from Olivia and the Haunted House. I absolutely love it. Can't wait to see what else we get!!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
It has been a busy week, the end of the 9 weeks and lots of wool dyeing. (plus a nasty stomach bug that was no fun). I finally finished the pillow that I was working on with the pumpkins. I thought I had a photo of the finished pillow but couldn't find in on my computer and currently am too lazy to get up to take another one. I really like the way it turned out. I am definitely getting into this wool thing.While at Tiny Stitches on Saturday delivering some wool, I picked up the new book Bewitched Threads. It has several different projects in it that I would love to make. The first one that I decided to do was this crow Halloween pillow. The background is a silk noil, which I just happened to have some left over from a garment that I made a few years ago. It is quilted in a simple cross hatch then the wool is appliqued over it.
So far I have the background, the crow, his purple hat, and the pumpkin read to go. Maybe I can get it finished before Halloween. Wish me luck.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
|Love my sunflowers in the garden.|
|I am always amazed at the different shades of leaves that you can find in the woods.|
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, when I made a wool delivery to Tiny Stitches I found a book by Lisa Bongean that I didn't have, Autumn Gatherings. There are lots of great patterns in this book, for both quilts and wool applique. I found a couple of quilts that I have put on my to do list, don't know when I will get around to them, hopefully sometime soon. I also found a couple of wool applique patterns that I wanted to do. Since it is easier for me to do hand work I have actually started on one of them.
This is the pattern that I decided to start on, it is a full body pillow pattern for a bed. I love the dark brown flannel that I found for the background, for the pumpkins, the vines, leaves and the stems I am using my own hand dyed wools. Here are the pumpkins and stems.
|Finally started adding the vines and the leaves. Can't wait to finish.|
Monday, September 30, 2013
After my last post a couple of weeks ago I told myself that I was going to be much better about blogging, both posting and reading. As you can tell at least the posting part hasn't happened, I have managed to do some reading each night. My job is just wearing me out this year. I don't even have time to sew. I have been doing some reading. I just finished the latest installment of the Someday Quilts Mystery series. I really enjoy this series. It is light, entertaining reading. In this one, Nell is busy preparing for her grandmother's wedding, when Jesse's (Nell's boyfriend)
former partner is found murdered outside of his house. If that wasn't enough, Nell's parents decide to come to the wedding. You will have to read it to find out if the wedding takes place and if by chance it is a double wedding!!
Friday, September 13, 2013
Finally, I am doing some sewing, it has taken a while. DH is recovering from his back surgery, and my mom is finally starting to recover from her back surgery. My foot is also starting to feel better. Who knew that a broken toe could hurt so much!!!I definitely don't need to start new projects but a few weeks ago when I got the new American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, I fell in love with one of the quilts in it, A Different Path. I knew that I had more than enough scraps to make this. The one thing I really liked about this quilt is there is no curved seam it is applique. Since I have been sitting and watching TV with DH I wanted a new hand sewing project and this seemed like the perfect one.
|I went through my scraps and cut light and dark squares.|
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I can't believe that it is already the middle of September (almost). That means that the holiday season will soon be upon us. Once Halloween arrives it isn't long until Thanksgiving, then Christmas. Check out the great give away over at 44th Street Fabric for some great Halloween fabrics.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
|The pumpkins ironed down, ready for stitching.|
|Starting to stitch the pumpkins down.|