Wednesday, November 15, 2017

T-shirts and batiks

I recently agreed to make a t-shirt quilt for a friend of mine for her daughter. This is the top which has been sent to Joanne for quilting. Not the best picture but I had to snap it quickly before Ava attacked the quilt top again!

I've been wanting to make a batik quilt for some time now. I had decided about a year ago I wanted to make a blue and green batik quilt. But when I got out my tub of batiks I realized I had a lot of smaller pieces that were neither blue nor green. So I decided to first make a scrappy nine patch quilt with all the odds and ends of batiks I have. Then maybe after that I'll finally get around to making a blue and green batik quilt. The pile of squares on the right has doubled in size. Now I need to get busy and get some of the background fabric cut so I can sew whenever I have a minute or two.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Getting my mojo back

Believe it or not I have been doing a bit of sewing. I recently made a cat mat for a friend to put on the table where her cats like to sit and look out the window. The one side (seen below) is plain black and the other side is a black print. My friend plans to flip it back and forth every month, as cats need variety! lol As you can see it has been cat tested and cat approved! :0)

I recently volunteered to make a t-shirt quilt for a friend of mine for her daughter. The shirts have been prepared and last week we went shopping for the fabric for the sashing, cornerstones and binding. Now I just have to find time to cut some fabric and I can get this one sewn together.

I've been on a fabric diet for years now, only buying fabric that I needed for a specific project. Well, a few months back this piece of octopus fabric came home with me. I have no idea what I'll do with it...maybe make a bag or something. But I just had to have it.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Our Week Away

We recently spent a week on the beautiful Gulf coast of Florida. It's so peaceful and relaxing there.

The first night Ava was a bit uncertain about the water. I think the waves scared her a bit. But after that first night she ran straight for the water every time we went to the beach.

We had to keep an eye out for jellyfish. They were washed up on the beach and were in the water too. It was definitely not something any of us wanted to step on.

Ava's other favorite pastime besides playing in the water was playing in the seashells. She would have sat like that all day if we had let her.

And of course there were so many beautiful seabirds all over the beach. This heron was just one that let me take its picture.

Here's one of the many beautiful sunsets we got to see during the week. If you look to the left of the pier you can see the band of rain that had already passed over us earlier.

We were fortunate enough to have an outdoor shower where we were staying. They had a lower faucet too for just washing off your feet, and it became Ava's favorite thing at the condo. We started calling her the faucet hog because she'd never let any of us in to wash our feet off! lol

Monday, August 7, 2017

One project done

I got Ava's birth sampler stitchery done in the nick of time. She'll be one year old next week and I promised myself I'd have it finished before her first birthday.

This is the rose I dug and brought with me when I moved. I kept it in the house all winter and it's doing great on the patio this summer.

I have a pot of wildflowers I planted from seed, and I bought the lavender to go in the pot when the wildflowers were done blooming. But they haven't stopped yet so the lavender is still sitting there. It sure does look pretty though and it smells so good.

At the old house I had a water garden with fish in it. This is a much smaller water feature but it's so much easier to take care of. It sounds so pretty and Ava loves to put her hands in the water.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Finally some stitching

Would you believe that I'm actually doing some stitching? Before Ava was born, I told Emily that I would stitch a birth announcement for her. Well, one thing led to another and after she was born I just never got around to it. Last week I got it traced and backed and started stitching! I have a ways to go, but her birthday isn't for three weeks so that gives me lots of time, right? lol

This morning Ava and I had some errands to run. I got dressed then got her dressed. As we were getting ready to leave, I suddenly realized our outfits matched! She was wearing plaid and I was wearing stripes, but the colors were all the same. I couldn't have planned it better if I had tried! lol