Thursday, March 29, 2012

Missing in Action

Not much news here.  I haven't been sewing or stitching.  I have been busy reading The Hunger Games trilogy.  It sure is a page turner.  I didn't think I like it but I like books that keep me guessing and have twists and turns in the plot.  I don't want to figure it out, I want to have it slam me in the face!!

Friday night Melissa, and our daughters are talking about going to see The Hunger Games movie.  Most of us have read it and I am interested in seeing how close it is to the book.  I have gotten mixed reviews from my co-workers.

Tonight I am having dinner with some friends from high school. This is the wonderful part of small town living, you still know and keep in touch with friends from a 'few' years back!  We will be talking a mile a minute catching up on each other's news.

This weekend I have some 'free' time and I hope to get a Schnibbles quilted and bound, and make some things for the up coming quilt retreat my group is having.  And... if I have time, I want to get started on another Schnibbles!  I have to keep on track with my resolution.  And since this Sunday is the 1st Sunday in April, it is stitch day for Mary, Melissa and me.  Oh yeah, and maybe finish the books.  Gee, maybe I don't have as much 'free' time as I think I do!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Has Sprung


The calendar says Spring and the weather says Spring as well!  We are having some very untypical weather for this part of the country.  It has been high 60's and low 70's for quite a few days.  It smells like spring out doors and everything is starting to bloom and bud.  We usually have snow this time of year, often well into April so this is a very pleasant treat for us.

I have been walking almost every evening,  the air is warm and it's not as dark after supper now that the time has changed.  Great walking weather!  I had a total knee replacement on Halloween and it feels so good to get out and use this new joint!  I don't go fast and I don't go far but every day is a little improvement.  

So this has cut in to my stitching and sewing time.  I figure there will be some rainy days to come and there will be time to 'hole up' with a needle. I am trying to make time for it all! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Row By Row Quilt

Some of us in my quilt group are making a row by row quilt.  Each person makes a row in a specific width and passes it to the next member, eventually making it's way back to the original owner. We each have to decide on a theme and colors for our quilt, including the fabrics we would like used.  We will pass our first row to the next person tonight and then every other month until next spring when we will get them all back to put together into a quilt.  I am using a bundle by Moda called 'Blessings'.  I have had it for a while, saving it for something special.  I think it is a fitting name considering I have an abundance of blessings!  This is my row that I will be passing along.  The lighting isn't so good here but you get the idea. 

Our group has done many exchanges, 2 1/2" strips of red, tan and navy, 2 1/2" strips of Christmas fabric  and bull's eye blocks come to mind immediately.  It is always fun to see what you get back and to put it all together into something special.  

And on another note - how about this weather!  It is expected to get up towards the high 60's this week!  We have only had a couple of significant snowfalls and they didn't last too long.  We only had our driveway plowed twice this winter.  I feel bad for the snow-plowers and the winter sports enthusiasts.  I had knee surgery in October and was really worried about walking on snow and ice this winter but it has not even been an issue.  Now I know it is only mid March and we could get snow even in April but I could get used to this kind of weather every year!  I have started going for walks outdoors and it sure feels good to get outside and move!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Remembering My Dad

My Dad was a husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, son, uncle, friend, and farmer.  He worked hard all his life raising grapes, peaches, tomatoes, corn and five children.  He and my Mother had a roadside fruit market that was open from May - November, Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 9 pm. In the summer, his day often started at 3 am when he would leave to go to the farmer's market to purchase produce for our market that he did not raise himself.  All four of my brothers and I took turns working at the 'stand' and helping my Dad and Mom in the vineyards, orchards and fields.  He sent most of us to college and always supported us in everything we chose to do.   In the winter, he spent hours in the vineyards, trimming grapes in the freezing cold.  My Dad had a tan that ended at his eyebrows and his elbows from working outdoors all of his life.  He loved his family, little children and a good meal.  He taught us honesty, decency and love of God and family.  I see some of his traits in each of my brothers and that makes me smile and gives me comfort.  My Dad went to heaven 6 years ago today and I miss him more than I can ever say.  I hope I have made him proud.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Joyeux Noel

Progress is slow on my Joyeux Noel cross stitch.  It seems as tho I have spent as much time 'unstitching' as stitching.  I seem to not be paying attention or something!  I am determined to get this done this month so I need to focus.  I see other stitching blogs and those people are cranking out the projects!! That darn thing called 'work' gets in my way but hopefully the end of this week brings some stitching time to my life.  I love the colors in this project and it is very enjoyable...  just to find the time.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Blogging World

Several years ago I broke my ankle and was out of commission for weeks.  Well, after you finish every cross stitch project you have, read a million books and are totally sick of daytime television, you turn to the computer.  I had heard of 'blogs' but I thought they were all news sites.  Well.... was I mistaken.  I discovered the world of decorating, cooking, quilting and stitching blogs.  I was hooked.  I spent hours every day, going from one to another.  What else could I do?  I had to spend 8 weeks with a huge cast and a walker.  I couldn't even carry a sandwich to the table!  One of the very first blogs I found was Notes from A Cottage Industry.  I loved Tracey's style, her way of writing and her photographs.  I still go to that blog every day to see what she is up to.  She has the best ideas for entertaining, baking and decorating.

She is having a giveaway this month, so go on over and see what she is up to.  Trust me, you won't be disappointed.  Come back here and tell me how much you love her too!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lucky Star

The quilt group I belong to makes a lot of quilts that we call 'charity' quilts.  We make baby quilts for new moms and a NICU at a local hospital, we make wheelchair quilts for a local nursing home and we like to have a stash of quilts if we hear of someone in need.  We have given quilts to service men and women, families who have had a house fire, people who have a serious illness and families who have had to deal with the death of a loved one - anyone who needs the comfort that a quilt can give.  One of the nicest patterns we have found to use is Atkinson Designs "Lucky Star".  We usually pick a theme for our fabric choices; we have used patriotic red white and blue, 30's, Thimbleberries, and brights.  I have not seen any type of fabric that hasn't looked great in this pattern.  We each make 2 to 4 blocks and then put them all together into a quilt.  It works well as we can all use our stash and this pattern doesn't require a border so we don't have to worry about finding fabric to coordinate for the borders.

This is our latest quilt, I brought it home from our last meeting to sew the binding on.  It is now finished and will be ready for the next person in need.  I love being a part of such a caring and generous group.