Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Checking In

Hi My Blogging Friends,
Checking in here to see how all of you are, and share what's been happening in our part of the world.
Since my last post, the new quilting classes have begun. It's been over 2 years since I've taught these specific classes, and I wondered how rusty I'd be, but it was like getting back on a bike. I hope my students feel as comfortable as I do, they seem to. There are 8 gals in the class, only one seems to have sewn much. The rest are real novices, but all are eager to learn this artform we love so much.
I have finished, yes, Finished several smaller quilting projects. You know those pre-printed Christmas panels that are so adorable and speak to you, make you feel all warm inside? Well, I have more than my share of those puppies, and I have made it a goal to make 'em or pitch 'em. It feels sooo good to watch that pile of stuff I bought quite long ago get smaller. There's alot to be said about finishing what you start!!
Imagine that!!
We are planning our trip to Ct to visit our oldest there. We'll be gone for a couple of weeks, stopping in Atlanta first to visit our sisters. My DH has 2 there and I have one. It's really out of the way, but family is family. If any of you have suggestions for quilt/needlework stores between South Florida and Ct, via Atlanta--that surely covers a large area---I'd appreciate you sharing them with me!
In the meantime, I've picked up cow fabric! and a pattern for a vest and chaps, size 2 for our GD and her little friend. They will be Jesse and Woody from Toy Story 3 for Halloween. Talk about a fun effort!! Nothing is more fun than sewing for her!
Be safe, everyone, and enjoy your changing weather. We are still quite warm, but hopeful!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Where Has the Time Gone??

For someone who promised to be more active in blog land, I've certainly failed!! With a big fat F!

I offer a sincere Mea Culpa!

In the meantime, I've spent considerable effort learning to paint. I really want to paint well, and I just don't have a natural talent for it. Every other hand craft I've tried, I get it eventually, but painting...I have to work at. I love a challenge, and this is one.

I've finished socks for our daughters for Christmas. I'm finding knitting socks to me so much fun!!

This past week, I seriously cleaned out the sewing studio. That means books, magazines and fabrics will be leaving my stash. I will never use it all, nor do I want some of it anyway, so out it goes.

I felt particulary overwhelmed when I pulled out projects, as opposed to fabrics which I bought for God knows what reason. I lined up all those projects on the floor, and had to order them in some way so I could cope with it all. Walked out of the room a few times to " think" about it. I'm pleased to say that I have them ready to work on, finish and use. I will be the master of my stash!!!

It will get a bit harder if the fabrics I've purchased don't start inspiring me.

I finally got out the door early on a Tues. morning to get to the newest guild in our area. I was so glad I made the effort, as it is a great group. None of that business part of the meeting, I do not enjoy that, and the meeting was totally about quilting.

Another upside of that day was the newest shop owner found out I had taught beginning quilting classes at a now closed local store, and she asked me to teach for her. She has added my classes to her schedule starting Sept.

Wish me luck!

In June, I had a huge birthday, Huge because the number is!! My DH surprised me with our daughter who now live in Ct. coming for a week, and all the kids were here and my one sister. They cooked, I ate and celebrated loving them a ton. I'm sure all of you agree, absolutely nothing compares to being with family.

Now I need to take the time to check in on all of you. I've been thinking about you, wondering how you are. Drop me a line and say Hi. Miss you


Monday, May 9, 2011

Woo Hoo

She is Done!!!

There were times I thought I'd never see the day I would lay this project to rest. Do you have that experience?

She took, count them...3 years to do!


Because I can get obsessive about doing handwork!! It was a labor of love for our daughter who spent a year in Hawaii. I always tell her I'm glad she's back in the states.

Then she reminds me Hawaii is a state.

Well, not when it's half a world away from me, and it costs more to get there than to Europe!! Not that I've been to Europe, but that's besides the point, and another topic!

It's a Mom-thing!!

It is all appliqued by hand, and each block is echo quilted by hand. I truly struggled with not continuing the echo quilting in the traditional style for Hawaiin quilts, but after all the applique and hand quilting through batiks, my right hand screamed at me some nights. It killed me, but I had to be practical, and finish the quilting by machine.

To that end, I chose a flower design in each of the four corners of each block, and machine quilted a free form vine and leaf design in the border.

Since she lives in Ct. it will be a while till she gets it. No way is this baby going through the mail!


Guess what I'm doing now???

Cleaning the studio!!

While working on this project, it's gotten kinda messy in there...

OOO, weeee, it's a mess to wade through.

I know I posted in the last 12 months that I cleaned my sewing studio, but alas, it needs done....


Count this as another finish for 2011. I think that makes 3.

I will now have time to work on Mariann Wenn, and check up on you all more often.

Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day.



Friday, April 1, 2011

Quilt Show

Every two years, the 5 guilds in our county have a quilt show. Some years there's alot of traditional work, others there has seemed to be more contemporary pieces. This year, there were a couple quilts that gave me goosebumps, they were so impressive. These pictures are a sampling of them. Are they not simply gorgeous?? I hope you can see them well, I took them on my phone. It wasn't till I reviewed my shots, that I realized they were all album quilts. Each one was appliqued and quilted by hand. Exquisite work.

Are you all familiar with the blog Scrappy Appleyard? It's a wonderful blog and she's a great gal. You can access her blog from mine. It's worth checking out. The reason I mention her, is Johna'Lee had a booth at the show, and geesh, I wish I'd gotten a picture of it because it was a wonderful booth, my favorite there. I also wish I'd gotten one of us together, since I feel as though I've made a new friend. She's a delighful gal.

Everything I bought, I bought from her, and this is a sampling of my booty.

These patterns are wonderful, she's designed them. This picture doesn't do them justice, but you can see the samples on her blog.

Have you ever scalloped the edges of your quilt? On purpose?? Just kidding!!

Well, she gave a demo on how to use this tool she sells, and boy, will this make is a cinch. The package has this large one and a smaller one, infinite possibilities!
Wishing you wonderful days,



A Finish in a busy month

I can't believe this month has flown by so quickly, and I've not posted that whole time. How are you all doing? I've truly missed you. When I've finished posting, I'm going to spend some time checking your blogs, catching up on the news.

We had date day today. We try to do that every few weeks. Sometime it involves going to the beach and shopping at Costco. Isn't that an interesting combination? Today, we did get the shopping done, but then he suggested we go to lunch, then he surprised me with a movie to boot. We saw HOP. I wasn't even aware of it. I know, it's pretty much a kids movie, but I love them, and this one is particularly cute. HOP is my new love! He's sooo cute!

Do you recall the twirly skirt I made for our grandaughter? Well I had enough fabric for two, so her best friend got one as well. I love this picture, since they look like two ladies out for the day, stopping to share the latest gossip. Check out the Minnie Mouse purse. What a girly girl!! This is my one finish for March. From a kit, it was easy and fun. Obviously it's hanging on the wall, though I intend for it to be a table topper. Other goings on, a quilt show, meeting one of my favorite bloggers, visiting the grandbaby, again! Working on the hawaiin quilt, and Marianne Wenn. I'll report more on all this in the next couple of days. In the meantime, have a blast, hope you're warming up, we certainly are!! Blessings, Linda

Friday, March 4, 2011

Satisfying Finish

Don't you love how the back of a quilt looks? Especially when it's all one light color? I've never backed with a muslin-like fabric before, but it came with the kit.
I could be pleased hanging it like this!
Have you guessed which quilt this is?
You may have seen enough of this one, but I had to show it one more time. I love Fall colors, I'm unusually pleased with how the quilting turned out, and the binding's on. I love how each step of quiltmaking gives a quilt another dimension, more life.
Sometimes when I've competed a quilt, I'm just glad to be done with it. Maybe it took too long, too repetitive, whatever.
But this one, I'm in love with. Can't wait for Fall to come around so it can hang in the family room.
I hope each of you had fun in your studio, and are planning a restful weekend.
Whatever you do, have a blast.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hot Buttered Rum and Stuff

Last weekend, we went to our daughter's for our grandaughter's birthday. We had a great time celebrating her life. I just can't have any more fun than I do when I get to be with this child. The theme was, can you guess?? Minnie Mouse. Mickey and Minnie go everywhere with her.This is the Hot Buttered Rum quilt I made several years ago from a BOM from the then Summerhouse Needleworks quilt store in Oley, Pa. If that sounds familiar, I mentioned that shop in the post about the Oley houses blocks I'm finishing, and Nancy at Bountiful Heirlooms mentioned Hot Buttered Rum on her blog last week.
When I read that on her blog, I wondered if it was the same as mine. It turns out that the blocks she shared are the very same. When I first visited her blog, I felt like we had alot in common. Who knew?? She lives in Utah, and I'm in Fla, and this can be such a small. small world. Meeting people like this and sharing make me glad I've started to blog.

So, Nancy, this one's for you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Another Finish

As you can see, even though I've finished quilting the Fall quilt, other critters in the house had a different idea. It seemed this week, everytime I went in there to work on it, I had to shoo these boys. The one in the back refused to move, whined, turned around and faced the other way. They like "their" new blanket. I echo quilted around the leaves, after I stitched the veins in. Then I free motioned twirly lines and leaves all over the border. I used the same King Tut thread I have been using on the back. I really like the way it turned out. As I mentioned in the last post, the large one-color space looked like it was going to be hard to fill, but after I dove in there, it was easy, and enjoyable to do. These gloves are my new favorite tool, as of this week. Prior to today, I've always used and recommended Machingers. Are you familiar with those quilting gloves? Well, since I don't have a quilt shop I can just run to, I went to Joanne's and bought the Fons and Porter gloves. Though they look as though they are going to be heavy, bulky and warm, I've found them to be very comfortable. Also, I think I had better control handling the quilt than with the Machingers. And, I could remove and close the safety pins with them on. A real plus for me.

Give them a try, I think you'll like them.
What have you been doing this week?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's Been a Good Week

It's been a busy week in the studio, and this is the fruit of those labors. I finished quilting the body of the Fall quilt, and started on the leaves. I like the way the variegated thread shows up on them. Enough to be playful, but not too much, I think. I plan to echo around the leaves. Not sure how to fill the large area in between the sets of leaves. I think the blank area seems even more daunting since it's all one light color. The emptiness seems more vast to me! I see I posted the same pic 2x, sorry about that!

The other day I posted poor Marianne with Casey sitting on her.
This is what she's looking like when she's not being used as a sit-upon. Of all the things I do, I still love stitching by hand more than anything. I savor working on her.
Remember the fabrics I showed you for the twirly skirt? Well, here it is all done. It's reversible. I tried to show you the other side, but I can't add another photo to this post. Is there a way around that, do you know? Anyway, our GD's 2nd birthday is tomorrow, and she's head over heels for Minnie, hence this fabric. These make up in about an hour. Really easy.
The white fabric is white on white daisies. The trim is red with small white polka dots. I think she'll look really cute in it. Especially wearing the Minnie flip flops we got her last month!

I'm knitting the cuff on the gray socks, only a couple rows to go and they will be done!! So, yesterday a friend asked me to go the yarn shop, I accepted and this is the damage I did. I love, love these colors. Don't you? I think they'll make yummy socks.

If I don't get back to you over the weekend, have a fun and safe one. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Is That Any Way To Treat Marianne?

I mean seriously, Casey. What did she ever do to you? He loves to sit on the arm of our couch, under the light, where it's warm, since it's so freezing in Florida! Can you say spoiled?
Guess I left her a little too close to his resty spot.
The little sir does have claws. Thank goodness he didn't use them!
Just had to share this.
Hope you all are feeling blessed today,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I'd Love Your Opinion

Good Morning.

I've been a very busy girl. It's time to get this party started. The quilting party I've said I'd have.
Yesterday, I crawled around on the floor basting this one. I made it from a kit I bought at the quilt show about 8 years ago. I love Fall colors. It went together easily, the leaves are hand appliqued.
This is the pattern, and the thread I started quilting it with. I say started, because after a short line of stitching, it had to come out, too light. I don't like the thread to be obvious, unless I'm making a design statement with it.

So, I switched to this one.

What do you think of how this is looking? I have been planning to cross hatch the center, but not sure if I'm going to like a line going the other diagonal or not. Guess I'll have to do it though. I often choose King Tut variegated threads because they change color every inch, so there isn't a long line of one color.
Another opinion I'd love hear is .... How should I quilt the border? I will be doing it in a light thread. Pretty sure I'm going to stitch in some veins on the leaves.

And here is the beginning of Marianne Wenn. I've never used waste knots before, that's the messy thingy on the top. My right thumb hurts after a while, so I can't stitch as long as I'd like. Yeah for ice and arnica.

What are you all up to? And remember, I'm waiting to hear your thoughts?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Marianne Wenn Sampler

For anyone who's interested in stitching, I've ordered the Marianne Wenn sampler from Needleprint. ( I can't seem to share the link ) It's an antique reproduction, which I've loved since childhood.
This morning, I was thinking of when I first encountered samplers. I was in elementary school, and the history lesson spoke of how young girls made samplers. I was hooked, and asked mom to get me one as soon as I got in the door that day She did her best to get me a pattern, not so readily available those days, and I still have the little piece safely tucked away. If I could get to it, I'd share it here.
So, I can blame this current purchase on Terri of Chocolate for Breakfast, Stitching for Lunch. She shared the sampler, the link is on her blog, and I must, must stitch it.
I guess I'm busted since I said I wasn't going to buy anything new. My justification :) is that I can't work on my sewing machine in front of the TV, in the family room, spending time with the hubby. The aforementioned sampler is for just such a time as that!!
How was that?
Pretty good??
I knew you'd sympathize!!
So, tell me, were you as disappointed in the super bowl commercials as I was?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Satisfied Saturday

How has your week been? So many are having bad weather, I hope this hasn't got you down. You'd hate it if I told you it's been warmer this week than I like for this time of year, wouldn't you? I thought so, sorry!! Remember me next September, I'll be screaming about the heat, and you'll be getting beautiful Fall weather!!
I hemmed a pair of pants this week? So, what's the big deal about that? Well......I've had the pants sitting in the sewing room for 4 years now. They've looked at me everyday. Sometimes from the floor, where the cats thought I'd provided a comfy bed. There was even some chocolate on them from a snack foray, no doubt. They're done now, fit me and everything!!
This block to the left is from a, oh, probably 10+ year old block of the month which I purchased from a quilt shop in Oley, Pa. I think it was called Summerhouse Needleworks. It was designed by a gal there, Nan, and the collection was called Oley Houses. Each one depicts a local building. Loving applique and history, I had to have it.
It feels good to get these things done.
This week I shared with the hubby how frustrated I was feeling. He suggested I get some of my tops quilted. I don't know if this has caused said frustration, but it probably would in him!! So, I'll be getting to that as soon as I get the twirly skirt made for the wee one.
Today, hoping to be inspired, I went to the local quilt store. I've always hated this place, but since she's now the only game in town, I thought I'd try again. If you ever think I'm going there, STOP me. Nuff said.
I'm actually jonesin' to start an antique sampler, think I'll dream about that instead.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Satisfied Almost Saturday

How has your week in your studio been? There are a couple of you gals whom I've not heard from in a while. I surely hope you are well. Drop a line, let us know you're OK.

I told Cynthia of Home Matters First, that we weren't going to visit our grandaughter this weekend as planned. But Mama called and said the fever was gone, and they'd both had a good nap, so we will be on our way tomorrow morning, just till Sunday. That is the reason for almost Saturday.

In digging around in my studio, I came across several blocks of the month I'd started, there must be about a dozen sets. This one is from Maggie Walker's Country Journal. Are you familiar with her or this pattern? She designs really wonderful things, and this is definitely one of my favorites. So, along with finishing many other things I've had my hands on, this one joined the list, and I did finish this block this week. Sorry I don't have the end product here. Look at the picture in the corner?? I have two more to do, then it will be done. There is one problem, I can't find them. Geesh, And I've cleaned that room, I know they are somewhere in there, and I probably see them everyday. Did you buy your Girl Scout cookies yet? I don't even want to eat them anymore, they just don't taste like they used to to me, but I cannot resist those little Brownies. I was a scout leader for all 3 of our girls, certainly sold our share of cookies and calendars. They don't get much of the money, but I buy them anyway, don't you? So, here is my contribution to scouting. I hope they get to go camping or do something otherwise fun. Let us know how your week has gone, and if you had fun in your studio. I really enjoy hearing from you, you inspire me.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Finish and a treat

I feel pretty successful finishing this sock. As you can see from the book, it was knitted from the toe up. Have you tried that yet?
In a previous post, I shared a traditionally knitted sock, which I enjoyed doing, but was not thrilled with how the toe turned out. So, while at Michael's one day, I noticed this book, and had to try it. Well, the toe is wonderfully smooth, and I like that.
The cast on is quite different and took some practice, but the end result is worth it to me. She gives very good instruction, and several cast on choices.
Now, my only dilemma is getting the cast off loose enough. Since that is at the cuff, it needs to stretch to get the sock on!!! The first cast off didn't stretch. Unknit! Try again, much better.

Do you like to bake? These brownies are made
of whole wheat and I'm certain you'd never know. They are rich and fudgy, the kind I love. I added espresso powder and pecans. Melt in your mouth goodness.
King Arthur flour is my go to for all things whole grain. Their whole grain recipe book is excellent.
A few years ago, some friends ushered me into milling my own grain. Excessive, you're thinking? Well,, one advantage is the baked product is never bitter as when I use bought whole wheat. I was surprised how much better the bread was when I milled it myself. I was hooked, and have been baking with mostly whole wheat ever since.
Let me know if you want the recipe.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Satisfied Saturday

How has your week gone? Do you like chocolate?? How about Belgian chocolates from Costco? That's what in this box, and I'm gonna have one right now!! Oh, you want some too? That's fine with me, I share. Just close your eyes, reach in and, Mmmm, Yum. I knew you'd enjoy some. How about you put on a pot of coffee?
Now, don't you just wish we could do just that?

I was very excited yesterday when I stopped in at Joanne's. They had Simplicity patterns for 99 cents, and I just had to have these. Of course, you know who they are for. The one on the left is a vintage pattern, like from when we were kids. We are vintage now--Sigh! The one in the middle has an adorable pinafore, love those things, hope her mama does, and the one on the right is for an apron. The wee princess loves to help mom in the kitchen. I am going to have fun creating these things with her in mind.

The real reason for stopping at Joanne's was to get fabric to make something for her that reminded me of Minnie Mouse. She loves Mickey and Minne. Now, I have a Brother Disney embroidery machine, which is broken at the moment, which is soooo cramping my style!! And frankly, I didn't think I would ever find fabric that said Minnie. You know how Disney keeps a lock on things. Well, I could hardly contain myself when my eyes landed on, not only red fabric with white polka dots, but Large polka dots at that!!!!

The plan is to make a twirly skirt and put the ribbon as a trim with bows and such!! We bought her a pair of Minnie flip flops in Dec. Now, if I can just get that machine fixed in time to embroider a t-shirt, or something!!!

So, tell me, are you satisfied with your time in your studio this week? I'd love to hear from you, even if you are feeling not so satisfied. Venting can be good you know.

We are satisfied with one more thing this week. You may recall my previous post that my DH had a tough case of bronchitis over Christmas, and we thought he got over it, He started up again a week ago. Thank God, he didn't get nearly as bad, it only lasted a couple days. So, that's a blessing. And, yesterday the garage door broke, just a-hangin' there. DH was out, so it was afternoon before I called anyone, since my sweetie fixes everything. Well, the first people wanted to charge $155. an hour since it was about 4pm, told them I'd go elsewhere. The second said oh, no one today, too late, and when I said I'd go elsewhere, someone materialized for a premium fee as well. No thank you, so the third was the charm, they came right out, fixed it and it was $300 for everything, parts and labor. We were concerned it would be many times that amount. I now have the quietest, smoothest running door we've ever had!! God is good.

Hope to hear from you.
Have a blessed week

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Satisfied Saturday

Are you feeling satisfied this fine Saturday? Did you have fun in your studio this week?

This is one of the projects I finished this week. I had posted earlier about using the pj fabric for a doll quilt. Well, I was excited to find Disney princesses in pink flannel to use for the back. She loves the princesses. I think she'll like wrapping "sammy" her baby doll in this.

I also made another of those cupcake potholders. Do you like the concept?

And drum roll please--Ta Da, the first finishe of 2011. A sampler I posted about earlier this year. I adore handwork, samplers are the best. I think they appeal to me because of the history behind them. This one in particular, I bought a few years back, and it's based on Mystic, Ct. Long before I ever dreamed our oldest would live there, and I'd get to visit there and fall in love with the place. So, now it's done, and I have to go on the frame hunt. Where do you all get your frames?

That's it for tonight. Drop me a post and let me know how your week went. Enjoy tomorrow.



Friday, January 14, 2011

Good Evening

In a previous post, I mentioned finding embroidery my mom had begun, but left unfinished. This is one of the pieces. She'd be 99 now, and of course, in her day, a young girl learned to ply her needle. I remember her stitches being perfect. I've tried, but never believed I've achieved her level of expertise. Last night, I took this out and began to work on it. I know she started on it in her later years, and instead of using 3 strands, she used 6. Therefore, there's not enough of the lightest pink. I considered for a nano second, removing these stitches so I can have enough of this color, but I simply can't take out her work. I'll find a match somewhere.
BTW, have you ever done long and short stitch? I have not, and the chart is a chore to read. Not sure if this is going to be too frustrating or not. That may be why she didn't finish it. If you have any tips for handling the chart, I'd appreciate your input.

Have you seen this stand? It's almost infinitely adjustable. Can be used on the floor or on a table. Makes it easy to work with both my hands, easing some of the stiffness I get in my right thumb. It was a Christmas gift from my DH. I'm grateful that he think my tools are as important as his are. I think it was about $29. on Amazon.

That's enough for tonight, Join me tomorrow for Satistfied Saturday!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Satisfied Saturday

When I first started blogging, I made Saturdays Satisfied Saturdays. As I got lazier and lazier, I neglected that entry. Let's start this again.
This week, I ...
managed to do lots of organizing, obvious from previous posts. Now my DH is trying to get me to put all sorts of things in the empty space I created. Don't think so!! I want to try to make more space if I can.

actually stayed on top of all the little chores which are easy to let slip, which means I was personally organized as well.

raked leaves, a chore I adore!!

used up the leftover fabric from the wee one's pjs, meaning less scraps to deal with.

hoed the garden to keep up with the weeds, which never ever die no matter what here.

finished reading Firefly Lane, a book I enjoyed, and think you will too.

What are you satisfied with this Saturday?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another Day, another...

I went back into the studio today, after being out all morning grocery shopping and such. It was time to crawl under tables and get that stuff out of there! Since I'd cleaned out the boxes in the closet, there was shelf space, and some of the stuff under the table could go on said shelf. The room looks so much better without junk on the floor!!
In one bin from under the table, there was clothes which need mending. Did I mention I hate to mend and hem?? Well, a couple items were my daughter's, and I put them on her bed. Angie walked out with them, and laughed, saying how long they'd been missing. She "thought" they needed fixed, so I told her she's a big girl now, and can do the job. I don't think she even cares about them anymore.
Moral of the story....if you let that stuff stay hidden long enough, it won't ever have to be done. :))
I think tomorrow morning, we'll be heading to garage sales. If I find anything cool, I'll share it with you. It seems we find lots of guy stuff all the time, men seem to part with their tools, but rarely have I found any sewing, crafting stuff. Oh wait, I just unloaded a bunch. And I can find my way around my studio again. Guess it's a good thing I can't find someone else's leftovers!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Almost Forgot

Looking and digging around the studio today sealed the deal for me. This is pledge to myself; I am going to primarily work on UFOs this year. I don't have any delusions that I'll finish one a month, or any such thing. I am a Slow Poke, after all, and I still need to finish hand quilting that Hawaiin quilt, and there are always gifts to make. But, other than that, nothing new. You all have my permission to hold me to it.

I cleaned and cleaned and what did I find?

Oh my goodness.
What was I thinking???
When I got up this morning, it was not with the intention of sorting out my studio. But that's just what I did. After I posted this morning, I looked at the photos I'd shared, and they didn't make it look too bad. But in the closet was that much again, and more. One thing led to another, and I was dragging things out of the cupboards. Here's what I found:
Raffia, Large cording for fabric baskets--remember when that was popular? Straw, Cardboard picture frame forms for fabric frames, Felt, lots and lots of felt, Old patterns, Old craft stuff, Supplies for dollmaking, Stuff I'd made to sell in a craft show, BOM, and two things which warmed my heart; needlework which my mom had started, and I said I'd finish for her, and fur from an old coat of hers. She's been gone 11 years this month.
Alot of this has been bagged up to give away, not mom's stuff, of course, that I'm going to work on.
I now have alot more room in my closet, everything looks neater, and I Will Not Keep so much again!! That's a promise I intend to keep. I also have a few empty containers. Tomorrow, I'm going to go through a few piles I have laying around, see what else I can relieve myself of.
What's in your studio?


Here's the doll quilt top. I made her pjs for Christmas, and this is from the leftover fabric. No big deal as quilt go, just fun.

Today's endeavor

Will you look at this mess!!
What am I getting myself into?? I decided to look for a small piece of fabric to use for backing on the little baby doll quilt I made our grandaughter for her new baby doll. I see I haven't put that picture up. Thought I did! Anyway, while in the closet, I noticed these boxes. They weren't hidden, they're just on the way top shelf. So, for some unknown masochistic reason, I took them down. There they sit on my tables, and in the interest of using or pitching, I'm determined to go through them!!
Along with the boxes, I found these childhood knitting "things", left just the way the last child had them. The last child is almost 29, she's the mommy!! Now you can do the math, figure out how long it's been since I've gone through these things!!
I thought I was pretty organized!!
At the bottom of the page, you'll see the doll quilt and pillow I put together yesterday.
And, I will get back to you with what's in these things.
What do you think it will be, treasures? Scary, crumbly things?