October 2011 - Posts

Arizona or Bust!
Mon, Oct 31 2011 6:00 PM

Dear Readers,

God does answer in His time and today was His time...after I spent most of the day in ER. I normally go to Arizona January thru April. However, it appears I'm not going to recover from this asthma unless I remove myself from the Ohio climate. Soooooo, I've checked with my friends and it looks like I'm changing the times I go to Arizona this year. My quilting operations will be moving the end of November and hopefully the Ohio climate will allow me to return the beginning of March. I have a lot to do to get ready in 4 short weeks! Like pack up the sewing room and bring into the house for the winter. I only bring in the machines and the tv. I have been using my sewing area in the bedroom lately anyway because it's been quite cold lately. Here's a photo of my little area n the bedroom.d

As you can see it's quite small. I use my dresser to pile cut out projects on. My bed gets used as a design area. I've been sleeping in my recliner in the computer room anyway. It's just a temporary area I use at this time of the year when I pack up the big room for the winter before I leave for Arizona. This area gets packed up the day I leave. I'm usually sewing up to the last hour.  I'll be keeping everything up to date with the exception of the week that I'm on the train to Arizona. Unfortunately, I am unable to fly these days. I could be there a whole lot faster!!.

God is good. God's blessings to everyone.

by Linda | with no comments
Ok God, enough asthma!
Mon, Oct 31 2011 4:59 AM

Starting week #4 with this asthma thing. I can't remember ever having asthma last this long before. It's the coughing that's the hardest to deal with...just doesn't stop. Thought it was getting better and yesterday I feel like I'm back at square one. Is there no end? Ok God, I know there was a plan for me to return to Ohio, but keeping me indoors with asthma for weeks on end surely wasn't part of that plan...was it??? Do you have days like that where you question God on why something is happening to you? I wrote a devotion when I was in lay leadership training some years ago asking that very question. We must anticipate that God will answer our prayers and needs, but He answers in His time, not ours. I love the Psalms. My favorite is Psalms 116. Verses 1-2 read, "I love the Lord for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live." (NIV) I'm calling, God...enough asthma!

Meanwhile, I'm still sewing up a storm between coughing spells. Made a couple more Abbey Bags. They are so cute and easy to make. And, they make great gifts for your quilting/sewing buddies. My cleaning lady fell in love with the coaster sets I had made. So after she left, I made another set of coasters to give her for Christmas. I think I'll make another set to give to my massage therapist. I've noticed that you can't make just 1 Abbey Bag or coaster set. It's sorta like you can't eat just 1 Lay's potato chip!

Happy quilting or sewing today! God's blessings too!

by Linda | with no comments
Computer was out with a virus!
Sat, Oct 29 2011 3:10 PM

One week without a computer! It was almost as bad as going without a sewing machine! I did sew up a storm since I wasn't able to spend time on QCA or Facebook this past week. I also did a lot of communicating with God as I was sewing. For instance, I thanked God for the lovely home that I have to spend so much time in as I've been trying to recover from 3 weeks of asthma and constant coughing, and no I'm not getting cabin fever because I can't go outside to do my fall planting. I am so thankful that in approximately 60 days I'll be leaving for a warmer climate in Arizona and will be leaving all the rain here in Ohio! Thank you Lord Jesus! Am I going a little nuts from being shut in? You betcha!!!!!

I did get a lot of sewing done for Christmas presents, however. I made 3 sets of coasters using paper pieced string quilt block method. I found this cute little pattern on miss-print.blogspot.com by Kaye Prince on the Craftsy website. I'm also making The Abbey Bag (it's a pincushion and scrap bag) for sewing friends. You can find this pattern on AbbeyLaneQuilts.com. For myself to lighten my purse, I made a little wallet by Valori Wells Designs. You can find the pattern on www.stitchinpost.com. 

The quilt for my newest grandchild is almost done. I'm looking for a 4" template to complete the border and then the binding will be all that's left to do. The long-armer called to say my quilt for my uncle is ready for pick up. Once I get that one picked up, I just have to put the binding on it. Woo-hoo!! Two more quilts almost done!! 

Yesterday I started a table topper for my mom for Christmas. I really don't know what I was thinking...I started hand quilting. My poor fingers just healed from the last hand quilted project. It's for Mom so I guess my fingers will just have to suffer. The center is paper pieced string blocks. It just kind of carried over from the coaster sets. I also have a table runner started for one of my best friends...I've started it twice...they say three times is a charm!! Glad I bought extra fabric.

This week I also made the cutest Strawberry Shortcake outfit for one of my grand-daughters complete with a little hat. For her brother, who loves Thomas and has received 2 Thomas quilts and the Joshuatown quilt, I am making pj's with Thomas fabric, of course. I've also been busy making aprons, which seem to be making a come back in these parts for little cooks as well as momma cooks. 

Three weeks of being shut-in you either get creative or totally go mad! While at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio I had bought a paper making kit. A couple weeks before I got this asthma thing, a couple little friends came over and we made paper. What fun! I have used my paper and made my Christmas cards. This is only the second time I have ever done such a thing. It's amazing what you can do when you are bored! I'm pretty happy with the result and may even consider doing it again next year! While I was in the mood to play with paper, I dug out all the scrapbooking stuff that I accumulated and never did anything with. I created a collage of photos of my 2 oldest grandsons who happen to be brothers to give them for Christmas. I can barely stand all this creativity. I didn't stop there....oh, no. Before the computer became ill, I created next year's calendar complete with great-grandchildren's photos for my mom.

Before my brain explodes with all the creativity. I will end here. It's nap time again. God's blessings to all.

Faith Doll Poem
Sat, Oct 22 2011 1:33 PM

Some of you asked for the poem that goes with the Faith Doll. The poem is called "The Story of Faithy".  You might need a tissue. Enjoy!

by Linda | with no comments
Fishes and Loaves - Page 2
Sat, Oct 22 2011 4:53 AM

Now here's Page 2.

Fishes and Loaves Pattern - Fantastic Scrappy Quilt
Sat, Oct 22 2011 4:29 AM

Had a request for the Fishes and Loaves Pattern. I received this pattern from the quilt group I belong to in Phoenix called Reap What You Sew. They make quilts all year and in November distribute  over 2,000 quilts to various charities such as childrens' hospitals, foster care, Ronald McDonald House, hospice, veterans. The reason they nicknamed the pattern Fishes and Loaves is because we never seem to run out of pieces!  I have run into the same situation at home as well. I have a shoebox that always has pieces cut. It's a great pattern when you need a quilt fast or you want to make a quilt without having to put too much thought into it and still have a fantastic quilt!

Warnings: You will have a pieces left over for many more quilts like it! You will make more than 1 of these quilts. (I have lost track of how many I have made!) It can be addictive! Great charity quilt.

 

A ripping day!!
Thu, Oct 20 2011 7:24 PM

Did you ever have one of those days where everything you sewed had to be ripped out? I'm quilting my granddaughter's quilt where I'm making the applique part of the quilting. I don't seem to be able to follow the design today. Finally, I just left it in the machine and went to my other machine. Last evening I started a Christmas table runner. All I can say is that I'm very happy that I purchased extra fabric!! I have started the table runner twice now. They say 3 times is a charm! I sure hope so.

So the rest of the day I borrowed my friend, Lynda's cocker spaniel Bella. Bella and I played, napped, I got a massage while Bella watched, we napped again, and I did a little laundry. Tomorrow I'll tackle the quilt and table runner with a lot of prayer first. This morning I didn't start my day off with my morning devotions...first mistake. You know where I'll be first thing tomorrow morning. Then perhaps the day will go better.

Hope you all had a great day. God's blessings.

What a day!
Tue, Oct 18 2011 10:10 PM

What a day this has been....doctor, crying, hearing 2 more friends had passed away (that makes 3 this summer), having to cancel seeing a friend who has cancer this week because of my cough...sometimes I wonder where is God in all of this. Of course, I know the answer. After all I'm a parish ministry assistant and Stephen Minister, but that doesn't mean I don't ask too or I don't have bad days. After years of being an independent woman and now being a shut-in doesn't help any either. Sorry folks, I'm really down today.  I need to keep remembering to just turn it over to God. Okay, I'm better now...on to better things

On a positive note, I spent the day cutting out patterns....outfits for my little Mila, an apron for one of my little friends (Hannah) who helped me make paper the other day, an apron for Hannah's mommy (who takes me on errands frequently), a Christmas runner for one of my best friends. Plus I collected patterns and fabrics together to do more cutting tomorrow...my aching back and shoulders! Did you realize Christmas is sneaking up fast? Why they are already putting Christmas stuff out in the stores and Halloween isn't even here yet!!!!

I've also started making my Christmas cards now that I have the paper made. The first 3 or 4 cards have turned out pretty good. Of course, by the time I get to the end of them, they may not look like the first few do! I'm kinda new to card making, but it looks like a new way to keep the creative juices flowing. Any one out there into card making that might have a tip or two to share??

That's it for today. See, God is good! Have a blessed evening.

Linda

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Blog finished at last!
Mon, Oct 17 2011 7:16 PM

I think I'm finished at last with the set-up of my.sewingroom's blog! Now I can concentrate on finishing the quilt that shows in the blog. It's for my 7th grandchild, Cora Elise who was born on Sept. 12. Since I can't drive anymore, I am unable to go see her like everyone else. I've seen lots of photos on Facebook. She's a real cutie. Just like her big sister, Hanna and big brother, Quinn. My prayers today have been that my son will maybe someday find time to bring his children to see their grandma. That is in God's hands.

So tomorrow I finish Cora's quilt. Then I have the rest of the week to cut projects out. I like to take 1 or 2 days to cut and get it over with. Then my back and shoulders can rest. I set easier projects by my machine in my bedroom for nights when I can't sleep. The rest stay in my sewing room and I tackle them during the day and where I have plenty of space to spread out. I don't know about you quilters out there, but I probably have 6 quilts already cut and just haven't gotten around to putting them together yet. I also have a few in various stages of being put together and got side tracked and never got back to them....you know those UFO's. One of these days I need to throw them all in a pile and just start at the top and work my way down. When I use to work and my desk got out of control, I would throw everything in a big pile and start at the top and work my way down....I'd go in on a Saturday to do that of course.

That's about it for today, folks. I'm exhausted. Been fighting a bad cough for over a week. You all take care.

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In Our Temporary Home
Sat, Oct 15 2011 7:36 PM

For now construction is done. Photographer I'm not! I love all the natural light in my sewing room, but when it comes to  photographing the room all that light is not a good thing. Where's my photographer friend Sheila when I need her? Oh yah, she lives in Arizona! Darn!  Meanwhile I have too many projects to get done before Christmas so I can go to Arizona.

My date with Aydan and his sister Hannah was fun today. We made lots of paper. I will be cleaning up glitter this time next year! Hannah was asking her mom for a paper making kit for Christmas as they were walking out the door this afternoon. Oh, oh, I'm in trouble...the small kit like mine is not cheap. I guess Hannah will just have to come visit more often to make paper. We had a lot of fun. Now I have to start making my Christmas cards....Oh Boy! I have to start early because it takes me a long time to do things since I tire easily. Speaking of which...I'm ready for a nap!

by Linda | with no comments
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A Learning Process
Fri, Oct 14 2011 9:16 PM

Ok I've learned that in this particular blog scenario I can't change the main text color.  I will have to take some new photos of my sewing room at a different angle so we aren't seeing all the windows. This way you can see the new layout too. Meanwhile you are seeing my sewing room as it looks from my kitchen and back doors. Yes that is my washer and dryer that you see. I also have a small eating area which is nice for a cup of tea and a snack. In the winter it houses all the plants that have to come indoors such as geraniums, ivies, pineapple plant, 2 blueberry plants that grow in pots, and asperagus ferns. They all grow happily there thru the winter and my neighbor comes in once a month to give them a drink while I'm in Arizona.

Hopefully, this weekend I can get the photos taken and downloaded. But tomorrow I have a date with a 5 year old Aydan and his sister Hannah (some friends of mine). We are going to make paper with my new paper making kit that I purchased at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio last month. It is a messy process, so it should be a lot of fun! Happy Weekend everyone!

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Under Construction!
Fri, Oct 14 2011 5:02 AM

My blog is currently under construction. If anyone knows how to get the body text color to change please, please let me know. I've changed it to black, but it doesn't change  on the screen.

By the way the background is my sewing room. It looks out onto my back yard. It is so relaxing and quite comical watching the birds and squirrels. Altho I have tv, I rarely watch it with the antics going on in my backyard! It's also my time to meditate and talk to God. I have so much to be thankful for and this is a great time to give Him praise and thanks. I am very thankful that I joined QCA. Being a shut-in, I didn't have any quilting sisters. Now my cup runneth over...God is good!

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Thank you.
Sun, Oct 9 2011 3:02 PM

Thank you to all who left such lovely comments on my gallery. I'm gradually posting a few more. I hope to get a chance to look at all your galleries soon. I can't be on the computer for very long at a time.

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For Melody...
Sun, Oct 9 2011 2:57 PM

Melody...

Thank you for your comments. The reason they did quilts as opposed to banners was so they could donate them to the pregnancy crisis centers. They felt that banners were just a waste of money. Quilts were useful.

I would love to see the finished result of your banner with the wailing wall. Quilting would give it texture and dimension. Something you don't see often on a church banner. Go, girl! Be creative!

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