Monday, July 11, 2016

Downton Abbey Mystery Block of the Month Quilt & Asheville AAA Baseball

This past weekend was very busy here.  I mowed our 1+ acres with the John Deere lawn mower, my first time and now I'm a pro at it.  Not too sure if this is really something to be a pro at, but it was relaxing when I was not facing the hot sun.  I picked up my Asheville Cotton Co. $5 blocks on Saturday and had both done before midnight that evening.

I am also working on the Downton Abbey block of the month (BOM) quilt from Carolina Foam & Fabric Outlet, Black Mountain, NC.  Have finished three so far:  The purple block is The Dowager: Violet, and the Black, cream & gold block on the right, is The Lady Cora (cups & saucers).  Have more to complete for this one.  

Here's a photo of my sister's Make A Wish I'm knitting it for her using the color way William Morris its slow progress but fun to knit since plain knitting really bores me. 

Last, but not least, my spouse and I went to a Asheville Tourist's game Sunday afternoon and the team was playing my youngest son's favorite AAA team the Charleston RiverDogs.  Both teams defense was great so the runs were neck-in-neck at 1/1, 2/2, finally at the bottom of the 9th we had one man on 2nd and the player at bat hit a home run for the final score of 4 -2 ):  AAA baseball is so much better to watch and more fun I think than major league baseball, since the players are hoping to get into the major leagues and most are new draft picks right out of college.  

Well, hope everyone has a great week and happy stitching, knitting and sewing everyone!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Asheville Cotton Co. $5 Mystery Quilt update

Hi fellow crafters:

For the 2016 mystery quilt, I have opted to pay for the extra "expansion block each month for $5.  I just finished the June expansion block and here's a photo of all 8 blocks for March - June completed.  Tomorrow I will get the July blocks and only pay the $5 for the expansion.

This quilt is a lot of fun & I've finally realized if I don't iron the blocks as I go there is no "stretching" of the pieces.  This has bothered me in the past and now I have figured out how to make sure they fit.  I would be glad for any quilting comments of how you keep your blocks from stretching too, in the actual sewing processes.

Around the house:  I will be painting again today, the shelves for my wire rack appliances.  Will be using my husband's favorite color yellow; and doing some laundry today too.  I hope to get back to my sewing room later today and fix a zipper for a friend's capris that she can wear at work.  She and I have been joking that now with my retirement, I will become her personal tailor....

Hope everyone is having fun today, happy stitching, knitting and sewing...

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer is already here!!

It's already July here in NC and it's hard to believe that I've been retired for almost 6 months.  The house is coming along nicely with about 60% done.  There is still lots of finishing to be done.  We moved in the house around the end of May, once we bought a new queen mattress set to sleep in.  The kitchen was completed enough to use around early June.  We've also been lucky that the previous owner of the property planted, roses, lilies and other plants.  Here are photos of a few that have been blooming so far.

My craft room is about 90% finished, and I've been busy this week working on Asheville Cotton Company $5 Mystery Quilt blocks and also a Downton Abbey Block of the Month from Carolina Fabric and Foam located in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

It's been really hot here since we moved down the mountain and I've needed some cooler shorts.  I used the Kwik Sew Pattern 3615, and used quilt fabric, Love More from Susan Black & also have another pair cut out and ready to sew using the quilt fabric Illustrations by  The nice thing about this pattern is the pockets are nicely finished and you can't see them.  I made the XL if you are interested.

I hope to finish the other pair late this evening or early next week.  My to-do-list for the upcoming weeks are to finally get the kitchen set up and all the pots, pans, plasticware put up so the spare bedroom can be emptied as a storage room.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!! Happy stitching, knitting and sewing everyone!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Crafting

Well, I finally retired from my "paying" jobs after 41 years working.  Since I'm too young to get Social Security I will have less money that when working.  But, the good part is I've been "stockpiling" as most crafters do.  I have plenty of yarn, cross-stitch patterns, needlework patterns, quilting fabric and clothing fabrics.

Phil and I also found a really nice foreclosure that we could afford down the mountain from where we now live.  We have been working on fixing it up since the 1st week of March.  It is about ½ done with the structural fixes, still waiting on the new roof to be put on and the water to be fixed and running.  We will be move there on May 1st no matter what and living in our RV of course.  I will finally have a CRAFT room again, and very excited for this.  Once we have internet service I will make a point of blogging at least once a week or so.  I have so VERY many projects planned.  The first few to finish are my son's sweater, it's all knitted except the last sleeve.  Then I'll sew it together and send to him in Seattle and see if he can get a photo for me.  Second project is my sister's Hitofude sweater in the color way of turquoise and brown.  If you're interested, the pattern can be found here on ravelry:  Hitofude-cardigan

This is a photo of the view from the porch of our property.  I will enjoy stitching, knitting or just having a cup of coffee in the morning watching the trees and listening to the wonderful birds..

I attended my first Primitive Stitching Retreat in Marietta Georgia, this past month and my exchange piece is the Blackbird Design, "BlueBird" stitched with blue silk and I handmade the pattern, and hand-sewed it with fabric from Mary Jo's located in Gastonia, NC.  I really love it and although I missed the real primitive look my exchange partner still liked it.  If anyone would like a pattern (free), I'll make it and place on my blog in the upcoming weeks.  Just comment so I'll know to make the pattern.

Well, have a great week.  Happy stitching, knitting, sewing and crafting everyone..

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Stitching At the Beach

We'll it's that time of year again and I'll be off to the 2015 Pal's Stitching at the Beach retreat.  If you've never been it's WONDERFUL.  The price of the hotel is very reasonable, and the Stitching women are fantastic too.  Also Amy from Down Sunshine Lane is great too!!! Can't want to get there with my friends...

I finally sent my retirement date with the VA and it will be January 8th 2015.  I'm getting a little scared since it will be more of a change than can be imagined.  I've been working since I was 16 (part-time at first) and not really ever had a break for 41 years I guess.  My job working in VA Research (administrative support only) is actually get much better, but they say you need to retire before you no longer can contribute to the company you work for :).  I'm hoping to begin really posting on my blog again and getting a lot more things finished (lots of cross-stitching, needlework, quilting and of course knitting for family and friends).

I've been going through my quilting, Inspiration magazines, and will sell some on my blog, but for much less than they are worth since I'll just turn around and use the monies for more crafting supplies.  I should have the first batch to see around the middle of October, so check back if you're interested.

Hope everyone has a great few weeks!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Eleanor Parr An English Sampler received and another Knitting finish

I'm excited that Ms. Eleanor Parr is here, so now I'll need to find the right fabric and DMC threads.  I also have a photo of the hat I finished for a friend to show.  I really do love to knit cables, they look so very elegant and are so very easy.  I actually used the Lion Brand website (cable) free instructions to learn about four years ago and just couldn't believe how easy they are, and I'd been missing the "fun" for so many years.  If you're interested, I do recommend their website as a great way to learn and you may also be surprised how easy they are too.

I also had to show you the photo I took last week after walking with my friend of a sunset around the lake the other night since it was so beautiful...makes me look like a professional photographer... 

Heres a funny--blurry photo of my cat Dr. Watson trying to make friends with the Blue Heron that hangs around the place.  Once he realized Dr. Watson was around, he did the right thing and just flew away :)  

I'm still (very slowly) knitting the Donatello (ninja turtle) cap for my oldest sone, once there is actually something to see, I'll post a photo too.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A cruise, a wedding, and back to the real world.

Dear Stitching and knitting friends:

Well, Phil and I went on a wonderful cruise the 3rd week of January and had a wonderful time.

The next weekend was my youngest son's wedding and of course it was beautiful.  I did finish the wedding quilt, with not a minute to spare and tried a new technique too (graphed the actual font in their announcement and then just used machine appliqué to the center of the quilt.  I never did take a photo of the finished quilt but here's the photo before the binding.

Here are a few photos of my son and beautiful daughter-in-law.
Been busy as usual knitting a few more projects: finished the sweater finish for my 2nd cousin's daughter, and another scarf for myself.

My current project is a warm throw knitting, using Noro Nadeshiko, which is made up of 40% angora ;to keep me warm next winter while stitching, etc.   I've also registered at the hotel in Myrtle Beach for the 2015 PALS Stitching at the Beach, sponsored by Down Sunshine Lane in South Carolina.  It will be nice to be there again in October with some of my knitting friends too.    Well, it's time to get some rest especially since we lose an hour here in the US tonight.  Bless you all out there.