3 Down 3 to go

I’ve been making Memory Quilts. The lady wanted 6 and sent me the clothes. This was last month. Yesterday I put 3 in the mail to her and crossing my fingers she likes them. We did. I have several pairs of hubby’s old jeans so will cut them up to make one for us.

Really liked how this turned out. I put a thin black binding

These last 2 are the same quilt. This one took 35 hours to quilt. Lots of 1/4 ” lines. Turned out pretty good.

Today no sewing just cleaning and then gardening. Can’t wait to get outside. Enjoy your day.

The last 2 weeks working

The last couple of weeks has been busy. Microwave goes out and had to replace. Refrigerator making noises and instock choices limited so we bit the bullet and got another one. Got 3 quilt tops made and 2 of them quilted. And teaching Granddaughter to embroider. She wanted to hand sew so she drew a picture on some fabric. I drew it on the back side and taught her the “poke”method. She did a pretty good job.

These are the 2 finished quilts.

These 2 quilts are made from the mother’s clothes. Now on to the next on on the table then on to 3 more..

Happy Memorial Day to all. A big Thank you to all who gave their lives for us.

Not enough hours in a day? Week?

It seems like either there is nothing to do or way too much to do. The last several weeks I’ve been working on quilts for a family. I now have 2 finished and 4 to go. The rainy weather we are having is good for sewing, but, my bottom is getting flatter and flatter, but could be worse.

From the Mother’s jeans and it was fun to see how it turned out. There were days where I wasn’t sure it would.

The next is from some of her shirts.

These have been fun working on them and now off to my favorite fabric shop to see what I can find for backing fabric. I will have to stay focused on just what fabric I need today. Not what gets my attention . That is a problem I have.

Have a wonderful day and live it to the best you can.

A little of this and that.

This last week has been a bit crazy. But we made it through. Our little Destiny spent Friday night with us and wanted to make something. So never being to young to learn we got fabric and a pattern out and her she is

She helped pin it and did the cutting. When it came to sewing we sat side by side, and guiding her and working the foot pedal. This is her finished project.

Memories new and old

I started on a new Memory Quilt yesterday. This is one made from Denim. The person I am making this for sent a photo of what they liked. I took 2 days to figure out How to achieve this look. It had 9 different sizes to this. I made a few changes and now this is only about 1/8th finished.


This #1 of 6 to be made. I am really enjoying seeing how these turn out. Maybe now I can make my goal of getting them done by end of May. Cross your fingers for me.

Now for the old memory. When Hubby and I were married 1 year his cousin made me a “family” cookbook. She took recipes from both of her grandmothers and wrote them in a spiral notebook. Before computers. I will be sharing a few of the ones that were lost on this very naive girl from a small Texas town moved to Missouri. (A whole new planet). Here are a few for today.

For Exeyna, Boils, and etc. 1 1/2 pounds fresh mutton talloce(how she spelled this and don’t know what this is) 1 1/2 pounds rosin 1 pound beeswax 1 ounce hemlock Combine mutton, sosin, beeswasx, cook until strain then cook down for 30 minutes. Take off stove and beat until cool. Then add hemlock and put in cans. (This was recipe #24.

This was so funny to me. The recipe before and after this one were Apple Flapjacks, and Potato Candy. Then were recipes for Cabbage worms, and Paint and Varnish Removal. Tomorrow I will post my Daddy’s recipes.

Have a great day and find something to laugh at.

This #1 of 6 to be made. I am really enjoying seeing how these turn out. Maybe now I can make my goal of getting them done by end of May. Cross your fingers for me.

Now for the old memory. When Hubby and I were married 1 year his cousin made me a “family” cookbook. She took recipes from both of her grandmothers and wrote them in a spiral notebook. Before computers. I will be sharing a few of the ones that were lost on this very naive girl from a small Texas town moved to Missouri. (A whole new planet). Here are a few for today.

For Exeyna, Boils, and etc. 1 1/2 pounds fresh mutton talloce(how she spelled this and don’t know what this is) 1 1/2 pounds rosin 1 pound beeswax 1 ounce hemlock Combine mutton, sosin, beeswasx, cook until strain then cook down for 30 minutes. Take off stove and beat until cool. Then add hemlock and put in cans. (This was recipe #24.

This was so funny to me. The recipe before and after this one were Apple Flapjacks, and Potato Candy. Then were recipes for Cabbage worms, and Paint and Varnish Removal. Tomorrow I will post my Daddy’s recipes.

Have a great day and find something to laugh at.

A Quick Trip To The Fabric Shop

Our quick trip to get some organza turned into a day of waiting. I think I will make a bag with handwork in it for these times.

Yesterday we started out at 10am and ended up back at home about 2pm. Hubby decided we needed to get the oil changed on the car and stopped at the Dealership. The young man said you will be next. Yep 2 hours later and being told we had a nail in a tire we left. Next stop QT (Quick Trip convenience store) got gas and a hotdog. Hubby’s blood sugars were dropping. Then to the tire place and another hour wait to get the tire checked and no nail. Then to the fabric shop and then home. Yep and handwork is needed for the times of waiting.

Do you keep something to keep your hands busy in the car incase you have those unexpected waits?

I started this earlier today and now I am finishing. I put a zipper bag with hand work in it and was glad. We needed to go for hubby to get blood work done. His appointment was for 8:30 and the people at the blood draw place were running late and an hour later the blood work is done and I have completed 1/3 of the handwork. That will be staying in the car until it is finished and ready for more.

Tomorrow his Dr appointment then off to an estate sale and the woman was a sewer. By the looks of the photos in the email( yes I get emails from a company who run estate sales in the area) several shelves of fabric and bags of misc.

Well time to do the dishes so I will say good night and stay safe.

Is it Winter?

Woke up this morning to this outside.

Goodness it is April. Last year we had snow for Easter. It is 11am Central Time and the snow has melted, but it is still snowing. By evening it will get to be 40 outside. Mother Nature is having her say about life now. CRAZY.

Today has been spent sewing finishing up UFO’s and getting ready for a box of clothes. I had a call Sunday from a lady wanting 6 Memory Quilts. I will be ready for these and still be able to do some other things. She is still deciding on patterns. One of the patterns she wants , I can’t find the pattern, but I am drawing it out on graph paper. This is a first for me so we will see how it goes.

Asking for positive thoughts and prayers for citizens of Minnesota. They are going thru so much these days,my heart goes out to them. Hope they see the light at the end of the tunnel soon.

Stay safe.

Starting handwork again

Growing up my Grandmother lived with us off and on and got me started sewing at an early age. When she was at her own home she would have me move the treadle on her sewing machine. I was really young. Then about 13 or 14 she taught me to hand sew. We started with embroidery and crochet. By time I was 16 I had pillow cases, dresser scarves, and the started working afghans. She was of the opinion that every girl needed to know how to cook, sew, look after a house, and above all a Lady at all cost. When she got the sickest I stayed days with her in the hospital and we crocheted a Granny Square Afghan(at night I would rip out what we did during the day and redo it as her eyes weren’t good anymore). When she passed in 1972 I was 18 and had a Trousseau that was growing. I still have a pair of pillowcases I learned on and the Afghan.

Speed ahead 49 yrs and I have had picked up the needle and pearl cotton and use different designs on blocks and make a quilt out of it. I also have an applique quilt about 1/2 done and now am thinking of adding some embroidery to it. I will post some photos of the process as I go. Hopefully it won’t take a year.

This is from a design I got from Vicky Beasley of The Scrappy Farmer. I am just a little rusty. Glad this is only a practice piece.

We’ve been working on getting the yard summer ready (not there yet), but working on it. A friend of my daughter’s upcycles dishes and things. I got this wonderful yard light from her and is wanting her to make some more. Then I found some whimsical lights just for fun. The light Jeanette made will go under the bedroom windows once I get that area ready.

Stay safe and have a wonderful day

Spring Time Fun

The last few weeks have been packed with so much going on. Our son called and told us he bought 1400 lbs of Pecan Mulch and needed help with it. His sisters and Gary and I went over and got it spread around his house( the front and one side). I was expecting mulch, and what he had was pecan shells. A friend of a friend makes pellets for a BBQ grill out of pecan meat and was selling the “mulch” for $30. Son thought it was a good deal and it was, but his motion detector camera goes off like crazy day and night with all the squirrels coming to visit. Guess maybe he is second guessing his good deal.

This week we had to replace our porch swing( it cracked) and so we put it by the sidewalk for the trash and someone came by and took it before the day was out. We got a cute Bistro Table and chairs for the front. The granddaughters loved eating out there Easter Sunday.

Gary and I went to the local Nursery to try and get some ideas for the front yard. I want to get rid of a Yucca that loves to collect leaves. This is what we are thinking of putting in it’s place.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

This is a Weeping Blue Cedar. I fell in love with this tree.

We will see if we can do. Now to get back to sewing. I am making Memory Bears for a good friend.

Enjoy your days

b

Dragonflies All Around

last week did some alterations for a neighbor on her wedding dress and with this done I wanted to do something fun. Now we have dragonflies flying around the sewing room.

What I am most happy with is the center dragonfly. I dyed the fabric with alcohol ink. I will be making more of these.

Well back to the sewing machine. Oh I do have one question. I have sewed for people and charged for that and still do, but done quilting for other people I have put off giving them names of people. How do you figure how much to charge to quit a top for someone? Do they supply the batting

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