Friday, January 9, 2015

Well, I am finally back! The last 2 years have brought about many changes- some sad, some happy, and some offering new adventures.
I helped my sister through her husband's year of illness before his death last year. Then came a year of giving her support in dealing with all the details and red tape following a death.  Then came my move back to Illinois to the city of my birth.
Just a couple week ago my daughter married. Now maybe I can get my head on straight and make some progress in getting my life on track, starting with my sewing area. I have missed my sewing and the inner action with all you lovely ladies in my online groups.
Looking forward to blessed times ahead.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring has sprung!!


The robins flew in on their journey north about 2 weeks ago.  Since then things are turning green and the spring blooms have arrived .                                                         


azelea 2012 mar

This is my favorite azalea bush.


azeleas mar 2012

These are clumped to the side in our “wilderness” area.

It’s not just the outside that is filled with blossom! My indoor plants are putting on a pretty display as well.


My first orchid blossom to unfurl,

blue boy A violet

and one of my many African violets that are in bloom.

Many of my CQI Round Robins are finishing up now. I just received my blocks from the Sew It Up DYOB. The ladies did a beautiful job as always.                                   

          Carol's for me   This block was done by Carol.Cathy's for me  This one is by Cathy L.Lorrie's for me shared blockThis block was worked on by all members.Ruby's block for meRuby R stitched this block.

These blocks will make a lovely wallhanging for my sewing room.

The only active RR I have now is the Asian Nights DYOB. I have completed 2 blocks and am working on the third.

Meg's block

This block is Meg’s. When I saw the multicolored patch it made me think of peacocks, so I decided that a stylized bird would be just the thing. To make the peacock the focal point I kept the rest of the block simple, adding two folded flowers with gold button centers, and two yo-yos, all done in a lovely Asian print.

Carol's block

Carol had a lovely block with these cute pandas. I chose to over-embroider the bears and bamboo. I added a willow tree to frame them. Asian isn’t complete without fans and dragons, so I added 3 beaded fans as a seam treatment and placed a dragon charm on another patch. An oriental coin, a line of flower beads and bead  accented embroidery complete the work.

Now I’m off to do lesson 2 in the soft-sculpture  class that I am taking. One can never learn too many sewing techniques!!!!

Till next time, have a blessed life.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Angels are Home!


Hope everyone’s New Year has gotten off to a good start. My sis and I are fine, but we are still contending with my brother-in-law’s illness.  He has fallen twice already this year. We welcome your prayers for him.                          

My CQI  All About Angels DYOB has come to an end and my blocks have returned home. The ladies did their usual beautiful job of stitching. I thought you might like to see the lovely blocks I will be making into a mantel scarf for my daughter when I  finish my block.                               


Cathy's block 4 me

This block was done by Cathy. Her yarn angel reminds me of my younger days when these were all the rage.

Joyce's block 4 me

This block, done by Joyce, is bright and shiny with lots of bling.

Laurie's block 4 me

Laurie makes this one seem quite heavenly with all the glittery stars.

Ruby's block 4 me

Ruby added more angels and music to go with the trumpet charm framed by lovely silk ribbon roses.

Wendy's block4 me  Wendy used embroidery and silk ribbon flowers to pretty up for block with sequins and beads for sparkle.


I really enjoyed  seeing the different fabrics and color combinations which these gals used in their blocks. It was a pleasure working on their blocks.                                      

Cathy's block

Cathy choose to use a cherub silkie as her focal point. I choose to continue with the pink and red color scheme-adding a white lace lattice with pink gathered roses, a single rose bud and a crocheted roses.  The wording just seemed the right thing to grace the lower block.             

Laurie's angel

I framed Laurie’s darling angel with lace and ribbon, then used an open cretan stitch with sequins and beads as a seam treatment.  Embroidered daffodils finish off the corners.

wendy's block

I stitched the word Angels with a wrapped backstitch for Wendy. Sequin and bead stars, ric-rac, lace and silk ribbon form seam trearments. I added an angel made of beads with silver foil leaves as wings.

Peggy's work on Joyce's block

Joyce’s block featured this charming cross-stitched angel, so I just added a variety of embroidery stitches , lace, sequins and beads, and a large colorful felt flower.                          

I have Ruby’s block yet to finish. Will post pics later to end a fun round robin.  Til later, have a blessed day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rain, orchids, and other things

Two days without seeing the sun! A rare occurrence in my part of Florida. But I can  tolerate it because the rain is really welcome in the drought-ridden counties. Tomorrow the rain chances drop to 30%, so there should be some lovely sunshine.

I have the best sis in the world! She gifted me with two beautiful orchids for my birthday last week. Now I have to find somewhere to put another shelf! My orchids and African violets are taking over my sewing room.

bday orchid 1 bday orchid 2

Speaking of sewing, my blocks from the Luscious Lace RR are home. The ladies who stitched on them did a lovely job as usual.

finished blocks

I have begun two new RRs. The All About Birds block I worked on belongs to Paula. I added a folded fabric flower being investigated by an Anna’s hummingbird. The bird was embroidered on felt, cut out and appliqued to the background to add dimension.


paula's block

My second new RR is themed Winter Scenes. I used the same felt embroidery technique to add a cardinal on a pine bough to Colleen’s block, A snowflake of beads, and some snowflake sequins add to the winter chill. A small child sledding , a snowman button and a porcelain head in hat and scarf finish out the motifs.

Colleen's block

In my personal sewing I took a 6 inch block from an under-the-sea RR and used it as a pocket on a tote for Sis. She thinks you can never have too many shoes or bags.


There has been a hint of chill in the evening breeze, so I will get on with my next project—altering sweatshirts into jackets.  I hope everyone has a blessed day. Till next time, hugs and stitches.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Old Round Robins finished, new ones starting


Has been a while since my last post. Part of the reason for that is I have a new baby. He is named Jack and is 4 1/2 months old. He is a Schnauzer, French bulldog mix. I have been busy with “potty training”, sit-stay command and to walk on a leash.  The potty business he has down very well, except when mama waits to long to take him outside. Got to work on getting him to alert me. As it’s been several years since my last Schnauzer I am having to do some training reviewing.  He is a sweet natured fellow and it has been fun but tiring to teach him to be a gentleman.


He”s a goofy looking bundle of energy and love.

My completed block

Here it is home safe and completed. This is my block for the CQI Tea Time  traditional round robin. It has been beautifully enhanced by the work of Carol, Darlene, Laurie and Lorrie. I want to make a wallhanging using the six small blocks from the dyob round robin.  Well, a pair of liquid brown eyes are staring up at me,which means a trip outside.  Until next time,

Hugs and stitches,

Sunday, July 31, 2011

What a lovely summer

It has been a pleasant summer so far. Hummingbirds dartting in and out of the bottlebrush tree, the birdbath filled with bluebirds, a visit from a red-headed woodpecker and its larger cousin - a pilated woodpecker, and the birth last Saturday of the fourth new calf. The afternoon rains have come with only three severe thunderstorms with Florida's imfamous ligthning. Most importantly all the tropical depressions and storms have been out in the ocean away from shore. If that will just continue on for the next to months of hurricane season things will really be wonderful!

I have kept busy stitching. I had helped Sis make an animal print quilt for her bed. She had several strips left over so I made her a small bag. I trapuntoed a leopard head and used it to make a covered button to close the bag.

Three of my Round Robins are ending and I have three more about to start. I just finished with A Luscious Lace RR block for Arlene.My block completed the RR for her. I'm looking forward to getting my completed blocks soon. Here is the block I did for Arlene:

Sis is out doing errands and I'm keeping watch over my brother-in-law. He is much better, but still needs an occasional helping hand, so I had better see to him.  Until next time-happy stitching,

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Back Once Again

After a few rough months helping my sister care for her husband, things have improved to the point where I am back to stitching and playing catch-up on things. John is now able to feed himself and walk with assistance, so I am mostly needed to watch over him when she have to go out on errands.

This has been a lovely week!. I received a phone call from a high school classmate, and we talked almost 2 hours catching up on 50 some years of news. It was a great pleasusre. Then yesterday I won $3.00 on a spur-of-the moment Fantasy 5 purchase. Then this morning I got an email notifying me that I had won a bag of goodies on one of the blogs I follow! How great is that? Small blessings to remind me that God and life are good.

My Luscious Lace RR is just about finished. I'm working on the last block. Here are photos of the finished ones.

 This lovely block of Cathy L's makes use of  vintage hankie corners. I am just learning needle tatting so my yellow tatted motif is a bit lop-sided.

Gayle's block below allowed me to used several different laces.

 Lisa's pink block is very feminine and took well to the laces I chose. I really enjoyed adding the little pink snail!

Nicki Lee's lovely bluebird silkie came about the time the bluebirds here around the house began nesting. So I enjoyed watching my bird friends while lavishing lace and bling on Nicki Lee's.

Well, since it is time to think of breakfast I'll  sign off for now. Hopefully I'll get back soon.  Have a blessed day.  Quitly hugs,