Friday, April 28, 2017

When Not Sewing

Living in Florida has lots of perks. Just one is the growing season ... it's ALWAYS! We've discovered a great garden center - Rockledge Gardens. I could go and just walk around for hours. Everything is so pretty.

This is just a teeny look at the place.  There are rows and sections and little buildings.  Everyone who works there is SO friendly and helpful (it's Florida!).

We picked out a few things on Tuesday and spent the afternoon planting.

There is still more to do, more to pick out, more to plant and lots of mulching.  We are NOT very knowledgeable gardeners but as Steve reminds me - even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut. So we pick out stuff, plant it, water it, and hope like hell is grows.  If it doesn't, we eventually pull it out and try something else. 

Hey ... it worked in MD.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Better Than New

Just a quick post today.  I'll start with an announcement ... I HATE CREW NECK T-SHIRTS.  There, I said it.  I've been know to just cut off the neckband and wear it.  Of course I can't wear it anywhere I might want to go, except maybe the beach or Home Depot.

Yesterday, something on Pinterest popped up and caught my attention.  Today, I Goggled, "convert crewneck to vee neck and I suddenly had a lot of choices.

This is the shirt that I hate to wear because of the high, tight neckline.  In the picture, the front part of the band has already been removed.  I almost forgot to take a picture.

Here it is now ... sew much better!

Just to be sure, I read a couple of posts and watched a You-Tube video but it really was quite easy.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I Did It!

Deep breath ... and go for it!  I completed a little painted quilt. AND ... I quilted it, sitting down, on my sewing machine! AND ... I really like how it turned out. 

Drum roll ....

Meet - They Call Me Elvis

Sorry he's sideways.  This is a Helen Godden design, a line drawing from: Quilt-A-Doddle-Do.  I am now officially ready to start the BOM that's been sitting here for several months awaiting my courage to show up.

In the meantime ... I finished a pair of socks.  Into the Christmas gift bin they go.

And, yesterday, I spent the entire day working on Math Center games for 2nd grade.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy making self-directed learning games for children.  It's been a LONG time. It's so much easier now with the internet and art making tools ... did you read the part about a "LONG" time ago.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Almost Ready

The Helen Goddon BOM ... Quirky Collections has been going on since February. I paid, and have downloaded the patterns (2 blocks per month) and have not had to courage to start ... but I'm getting close.

The patterns are drawn. Then I switched to a practice block and drew it. AND ... I painted it!

Now ... almost ready to quilt it ... sitting down. But 1st - I cleaned and oiled my machine. I wound a couple of bobbins. I changed the presser foot ... I'm ready ...

Then, I decided to organize all the things I use to "make marks."  I have a ton of pens and markers, gel pens and Sharpies and Frixion and crayons.  Now they are all tidy.

And ... we went to the Melbourne Art Fest in Wickham Park ... practically across the street from our house.  It was a beautiful day - sunny and breezy.  We bought a table.

Now ... I'm ready

I think I'm ready

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Good Week

It was a regular old, typical good week. One of those weeks where each day was spent doing normal, mundane stuff, nothing special, nothing outrageous ... a typical good week.

Easter ... yes, I made an Easter basket for "the kids." I did 1 family basket for Kid#2, as I wasn't sure exactly who/how many were coming for dinner.  They brought the food - a wonderful smoked pork loin. There were 3 of them, plus Mom, My Cute Husband and me. And an awesome Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake.

Years ago, I made some smocked Easter eggs. I no longer had little ones to adorn and I wasn't done with this type of needle craft.

Then I started doing wool applique. I didn't have a ton of wool and sourcing it was not as easy as it is today.  When I was stitching these, My Cute Husband thought they were footballs and he was confused ... certainly not the time of year to make footballs - it was spring.  I also tried some needle-felting on Styrofoam eggs ... I'm over that.

I did finish the "Velma" sweater. It's waiting to be blocked. My new knitting project is another baby afghan. It's an easy pattern and I had 6 skeins of perfect white yarn.

I have finished 6 (of 24) Flower Garden applique blocks. I'm loving how this is going.  And, I made some progress on Border #1.

AND ... I finally got out the paints and got organized for a BOM that started in February. I'm 6 blocks behind because I was so intimidated by this whole process.  I decided I needed to do a practice block. 
Sew ... here's Elvis the Fish.  He's painted. Now he needs some major quilting done in each painted area.  This is going to be another challenge ... we're supposed to do it on our sit-down machines.  I think this is really why I have been avoiding this project - I'd rather do it on my Handiquilter.  BUT ... I accepted this challenge and I do want to get better at sit-down quilting.

Elvis has weird eyes. I may have to correct this before I quilt him.  My goal for this week ... quilt Elvis!

I also got my hair cut, did my volunteer day in 2nd grade and planted a rose bush.  That was my week and it was a very good week.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Plodding Along

There hasn't been a ton of sewing going on around here.  I've been knitting a sweater and binge watching Gilmore Girls.  The sweater is almost done ... just a few rounds of edging and 1 more season of Gilmore Girls.

It will look like a sweater ... someday.

I'm current on my Pat Sloan Solstice Quilt.  We're up to Block #17 out of 25 and I've started putting sections together.

 Lots of parts

I'm really liking how this is turning out.

And ... in between Solstice parts, I've been making Stringed 1/2-square triangle blocks.  This is 24 out of 60.

ok ... sew ... a little sewing has been happening.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

New Stuff

First ... new neighbors

Can you see him?  He was actually knocking on our front door this morning.  He was NOT invited in for coffee.

I explained, very politely ... there is NO room at this inn.

He took his little family next door, and then down the street.

It does crack me up - we live in a very residential area, off of a couple of fairly busy streets, but these guys often walk around in our neighborhood.

In other news ... this is what 150 string blocks looks like ...

I've been really trying to resist starting a new quilt.  I did succumb this morning to temptation.  I knew I only had a few minutes to sew and I couldn't wait any longer.

I'm going to make 120 blocks and then play around with a design.

I am current on my "10 string blocks a week", and this will require 60.  I plan to keep making 10 a week. The string bin is no longer overflowing.  It's simply full now!

That's what's new around here.