Showing posts from June, 2021

Long Days of Summer

It's been awhile since my last post, obviously.  I haven't been functioning very well, with a poor, unhappy mood, feeling very stressed and having unusual bouts of tears.  My dear husband, once I admitted my difficulties--aside from my obvious lack of motivation to do anything, see anyone, or go anywhere--rallied the troops.  Dear daughter Elaine and husband Chris came over for dinner with the grandsons.  Always a mood booster to spend time with sweet Cove and Hunter.  There were a bunch of new things to play with, as my parents had been sorting through things and passed on a lot of toys. We also played a game of Trouble and of course there is always a piano solo.  Dear daughter Erica invited me for a walk during the week. I met her at the office where she works, and we walked down to the pier.  I spied a flowering vine in a palm tree on the way--must have come from a seed a bird left. It was a very windy day but sunny and not cold.  We walked to the end of the long pier.  Very

Design Wall Monday--Purple and Green

 I'm a little late to the DWM party, but have something to share.  See more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  There was no sewing at all during the week, but I got busy on Sunday sewing the rest of the rows on my version of Bonnie Hunter's My Blue Heaven (free pattern on her Quiltville website).  All the block rows got sewn with only a couple of mistakes needing to be ripped.  I'm liking it!  It was a very purple and green day--at one point I looked down at my outfit and my leader-ender blocks... That's a purple and green Easy Breezy leader-ender by my hand, a purple and green quilt block row I'm holding, and my purple shirt and green khaki pants, lol!  I'm happy with the two color version and all the scrappy goodness. There will be some auditioning of a neutral for the plain border, then the scrappy green hourglass blocks will be added.   I have a blood donation appointment this week, and while I'm out I will pick up some batti

Slow Sunday Stitching--mid June

 Joining in with some Slow Sunday Stitching on Kathy's Quilts blog.   I remain entranced with the Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers project, Garden of Life.  I stitched a bit during the week but generally the weekend is when I can enjoy it more.  Newest stitches are in the arcing stem and flowers at the top of the frame.  I've had to turn both the frame and the stitching chart upside down in order to reach the area.  Since it not a face or other recognizable form, it hasn't seemed weird :)   There is not much green in our garden just now, with our severe drought, but I do have a bloom indoors. This Mother's Day orchid seems to like this spot in the entryway just fine. I love the intense purple of the flower. I like the name Cerise for this shade.  Purple isn't a color I decorate with much, though it is in my top 5 colors to wear.  This purple bordered mini quilt I made from leftovers of another quilt some years ago.  It is attached to the hanger with  vintage clothes

Design Wall Monday--June 7

 Design Wall Monday is here.  See more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  My sewing room having no closet, the Hoosier cabinet stands in for storage.  While looking for something to piece, I pulled out numerous boxes with aging projects.  A blast of stitching ensued to move them along to the next stage.  I sewed together these leftovers set aside from a quilt I made almost 10 years ago for our daughter and now son-in-law. It is now a good sized runner and will be backed with the rust print. I expanded a quilt featured in the Winter 2010 Quilts and More magazine called Natural Beauty, for the wedding quilt, so had lots of leftovers.  Time for them to move on. Binding was made from the multicolor leftover batik fabric too. There was another baggie with this small runner I made from bonus triangles from two different quilts--I had recently even cut a black and white piece of yardage to add, and the binding pieces.  These got sewn up quickly into a top.  Then

Slow Sunday Stitching Loose Feathers Progress

It's nearly over, but today was Slow Sunday Stitching on Kathy's Quilts blog.  I have stitched sporadically the last week, but still enough to show progress on the Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers stitchery in play.  More alphabet letters completed, another star, and I added the chimneys but noticed I left off one stitch on each end of the chimney top.  Stitching the P, U, and V really required a stretch of my hand to feel the needle on the back of the piece.  I'm down to one painted fingernail on my left hand--but that finger it is stretched as far as the rectangular snap frame will allow me to reach.  I'm really enjoying these soft colors and open spaces. I'm ignoring the quilt binding on a small quilt that's been attached for several weeks, in favor of the cross-stitch--so much more fun!

Tuesday's Orts On Thursday

 Tuesday's Orts on Thursday--thoughts and events that land here occasionally... Caught this funny cloud coming back from lunch break.  We've been back working in the office for a  month.  It has been an adjustment but there are fewer technical difficulties to curse at from home! There are a few new employees whom I don't know at all, but it is good to see the familiar faces I've worked with for 6 years.  I don't know if it was an old or new employee whom I can thank for this entertaining misspelling of umbilical. LOL Returning to wearing scrubs for work hasn't been bothersome, but I 've had to get used to wearing makeup daily again.  Since we wear masks all day, I only have to apply eye/eyebrow products.  Mini would prefer I stay home with her, I'm sure. I'm getting the steely-eyed glare in this pic because my cross-stitching equipment was blocking her preferred position on my lap.  Traffic Rant: While there seem to be fewer drivers on the road on my