December 27, 2016

new post

It has been a long time since I have posted. There have been drastic changes in my life. My husband of 52 years passed away on September 6th. I am, to say the least , lost without him.
I am trying to get back into life.
This morning I finished a quilt top I had started months ago.

I did 3 quilt tops using the same fabrics.I got charm packs for the first one and used the leftover fabrics for the other 2.
2nd quilt

1st quilt
3rd quilt using left over fabrics



I started another quilt this past week. I found some fabric with cardinals.I wanted to fussy cut them for centers in blocks. It is working out  ok. I will make a block when the mood strikes. Each will be different.I want to wish everyone a Happy New year. j

July 6, 2016

My projects

While Justine worked on her things I did a bit of sewing. I have several flimsy's done.No pictures yet. I also did a few pincushions for an on line challenge. Kathleen Tracy's small quilt talk group,The naked dolly at the bottom is covered with the challenge quilt. The large pin cushion I found here.

brass candle stick base

pn cushion doll
first had a small quilt challenge then a pincushion parade on the 4th of July. have a great day j

Fun 4h projects

We worked and finished the 4H projects.This is  all over 11 different days and over 25 hours total time. It was a complicated doll for a 13 year old and she did fantastic. It was her first time doing a face and she did both well. I should have taken a side shot picture so you could see how it looks. I will add a picture of the doll before it was dressed. The pillow turned out good too. Good luck Justine. j

June 23, 2016

4h project and lap quilts

It is getting close to county fair time again. Justine is busy making a topsy turvy doll. Not an easy project. I made one so I could teach her. 20 hours at least to finish it. Doll is done and gessoed. next step dresses, bonnets and putting on the faces. Doing the hand stitching is NOT a favorite of Justine's. She had to take out several mistakes and do overs are not fun. She is wanting to do the face painting but lots more has to be done before we get to that step.

  I bought a charm pack and did the one in the bottom pictures I went back to the fabric shop and bought 1/2 yard of 2 coordinating fabrics for the inside borders,and used the star fabric I already had.       then had the left overs so I did the ones in the top 2 pictures.Those are just the inner blocks the reds and green and flowered fabric I already had.I have 18 pinwheel blocks done out of the 3rd charm pack I bought. Same as the 1st 2,I'll share when I get done.

 Good to be busy. Mr.T. is doing well. God is good.j

May 25, 2016

Christmas tree

Remember the fresh tree I bought in November? Well if not here is a picture to remind you.This tree has been in a bucket of water since we got it. It is amazing that the tree has lasted so long.The needles are still soft and not dry at all. It was time to take it down.Time to put something new in its place.
I have been sorting,pressing and refolding all the fabric on the shelves in the sewing room. It has been a long process. Shopping in my house is fun.I found fabrics I forgot I had.

I added a few of my collected sewing things and the AG dolls.  

The orioles are back. I had not seen a female oriole until yesterday. The male has been here often.

We have had kids and grand kids and great grand daughter for a visit. What a sweet baby Alice is. Always happy. 
Hope you all have a great memorial day weekend. Remember those that have given all for our freedoms.j

May 15, 2016


The Japanese maple is beautiful this year.

Japanese Maple

 flowers are blooming all around the yard.
Snowball bush

The columbine self seeded and is beautiful

 I love the front fountain. So soothing when sitting on the porch.

wild columbine in back garden

First year for the fern peonies blooming 

I love having cut flowers in the house.New cup from the Kuiper family for Mothers day.

It was a really good birthday. Cake,flowers and take out Chinese from Chung Garden.(no cooking)
Call from Josh.
Becky,Cam and Matt--- thanks for moving the block.Saved my back.
Dan--- thanks for the new Ipad. It has taken me 15 years to figure out the pc. Hope I can figure out the Ipad in a few weeks.
I am blessed.

Oh my----- Cam is taller than I am. And he has his driving permit.
Getting Mr.T. to take a picture was so funny. Have a great week.j