Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quilting? What's that?

Finally! I sat down and actually did some sewing on a quilt tonight. Okay, a tablerunner, but it will be quilted. This is a quilt-as-you-sew project.
I have needed to work on it for several weeks now but so many things have gotten in the way. Actually, I needed to figure out how to make this runner longer as per my client's request and so I've been putting it off. After working with it tonight, it turns out that all I have to do is add more squares and sewn rectangles. The squares along the sides will be cut in half, making triangles and then I'll bind it in black. I call it a tablerunner but my client will use it to cover her piano bench. Thus, the musical note fabric.

I have it all laid out on the backing and backing and hope to get it sewn down by the weekend. I also have several fleece blankets that need embroidered names added. But, I'm off to bed. I had a wonderful day with my granddaughters and my dad. He's doing well and even came home without any bandages on his legs! Yaayyy!! I don't even remember how long he's had ulcers on his legs. This is the first time in almost 5 years, I think, that he is bandage-free! Please pray that he stays this way.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Another week gone by, again.

Wow. I did not realize that I had not posted since last Monday. Time flies when you're having fun, I guess. What kept me the busiest this past week was getting ready for the motor cross event that took place Friday and Saturday. I set up a booth to sell Scentsy but was only able to do it on Friday night. With the wind blowing and the sun so hot, I just couldn't do it on Saturday, too. My thanks to Rob, April, Leota, Chad and Crystal, Judy and last, but certainly not least, Jim. Rob, April and Jim did most of the physical work. Thanks, especially to Jim for sitting with me the whole time we were there on Friday night. My apologies to anyone I forgot.

My oldest granddaughter, Brittany, is here for about 3 weeks. It's her time with her dad and it is so wonderful to have her here. I couldn't wait to take pictures of both of my beautiful granddaughters.

I made Kerrington two more little hats. The white one is an eyelet fabric that April can clip ribbons on.
The polka dot hat will hopefully work with an outfit April has set aside for Kerrington to wear later this summer.

The headbands I made for Brittany. She was going to sell them, along with her lemonade stand when she and her daddy gave away puppies, but they didn't get around to doing that yesterday. So, she's decided she'll either keep them or share with her friends. Brit spent the night with us last night and went with me to Rob and April's this morning. She decided to stay with her dad tonight because I wake her up too early. lol I don't blame her.

Well, let's see what I can work on tonight. I hope I don't wait another week before posting again.

Monday, June 22, 2009

More Kerrington

Here she is with her daddy on Father's Day.
At Auntie Judy's office in her "watermelon" sunsuit.
And this is her new hat. It matches the watermelon suit.
I didn't intend for the sunsuit to be a "watermelon" suit, but the addition of the pocket with the polka dots made it look like a watermelon wedge. Oh well, it's summertime!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

More little things on Father's Day

Well, I don't know if it's me or my computer or my camera, but my uploading has become more complicated and sometimes, non-existent. The following is a quick little gift tag I made to go with the photo album you see below. I also took a picture of the inside of the tag, (lift the polka dot flap) but the picture got lost somewhere between uploading and blogger.

This gift was sent to Pam, a soon-to-be new grandma and Erin's mom. Pam and her husband are the sweet couple that opened their home and yard to us for Rob and April's wedding. I also made a little cloth "First Book of Faith" for Ellie, the soon-to-be newest Faubus, but seem to have dropped the ball on taking a picture. Congratulations and best wishes to all of you!

Father's Day, 2009, has started out as usual. I went to Dad's and fixed breakfast. He was doing very well this morning. I hope he feels as well this afternoon since we plan on loading him into the car and taking him over to Rob and April's for a Father's Day dinner. He's never seen the inside of their house and I think it's time he does. I know he will balk at our suggestion, but, hopefully, since it's Father's Day, he'll see it our way. We want to help Rob celebrate his first Dad's day in style! I have been remiss in buying Dad a gift this year. Joe beat us all to the punch and bought him new phones for the house. Not that he needed them or anything lol. Good job, Joe!

Time to get some things done. Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Still here

Good morning! Yes, I'm still here. For those of you that follow my blog, I apologize for not updating for a whole week now. I haven't done much sewing so I don't have any pictures. If you want to see some cute pics of Kerrington, though, hop on over to April's blog. Click on her name to get you there.

Dad's doing well and I'm enjoying my time with Kerrington. I'm still coughing a bit but feel much better. I need to get going and get some bills paid before I get ready for work today so I'll try to post more this weekend.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kool Chick

Another little receiving/swaddling blanket for Kerrington. She's getting so long, (she's 3 months old today!) that she may not take to being swaddled much longer. She does sleep soundly, though, when she's wrapped up nice and warm.

I've tried to upload a little video I took of her the other day, but Blogger is not cooperating. Here she's sitting in her little bouncy seat.

I finally finished the little sunsuit last night. It needed the snaps and I couldn't find the tape with snaps on it. So, I made my own, sorta. It'll work for now.

I have not talked myself into working on some of the bigger projects on my list. Soon.. Right now I'm trying to get all my Scentsy ducks in a row since I made Director last month. My downline is waiting for me to give them guidance. lol Good luck. I need guidance! I know where to get it, though. I'm feeling a bit better every day, but I'm still coughing at night. Not feeling well has been my excuse, uh, reason for not doing much, but I'm getting better.

Dad seems to be doing well. He still has trouble walking but that's why we have his motorized chair. His pain is all but gone, thanks to the shot they gave him for the prostate cancer. He's able to do more for himself lately.

Tomorrow is Friday and a busy day at work. Goodnight, all.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Once a seamstress...

Seamstress : a woman whose occupation is sewing. Alright, so my occupation is not sewing, but I do enjoy it as a hobby, pasttime, obsession, passion, whatever you might choose to call it. Before I was a quilter, I did sew a few garments. In high school, my favorite class, after English, was Home Ec. I remember starting out with an apron. By the time I graduated, I'd made dresses and a suit made out of double knit. It was so comfortable! lol Stretched every which way. I even made my first wedding dress. Uh, my only wedding dress because Jim and I had a very casual ceremony at the courthouse. But, I digress.

See the pattern picture above? Notice the one on the left. In the upper right hand corner, you can see a price of 85 cents! I bought this pattern back in 1975 to make the pantsuit for Joe. The one on the right I bought yesterday and was somewhere in the vicinity of two or three dollars but there are others to be had out there for fifteen to eighteen dollars!! I was shocked. I knew pattern prices had gone up, but, seriously, from 85 cents to nearly $20??

But, I had to try my hand at making Kerrington a little something. The bubble dress in the bottom picture is made from the "old" pattern and is too big right now. It's a size 3. I figure maybe she can wear it next year. The little pink and green suit is made with the "new" pattern and may fit her right now. I still need to add a "snap tape" (didn't even know there was such a thing, lol) to the bottom so we can change her diaper easily. I bought three other patterns to try and they have sunbonnets, or hats, that coordinate with the outfit.

You might ask, "Why would you go to the trouble of MAKING a cute little outfit like this when you can hop on over to WalMart and pick one up for a mere $5? Good question. I agree. But, where's the fun in that? I thoroughly enjoyed crafting these little sunsuits and they are definitely one-of-a-kind. They may only last one season (lets face it, I'm a better quilter than clothes-maker lol) but it makes me happy.

Before I get back to working with the cute fabric and patterns I found yesterday, I've got to finish the bullseye blocks. Deadline to send them in is rapidly approaching.

I'm still coughing but feel better. My blood pressure and heart rate are the lowest they've been, well, ever, that I can remember. I've got to get back in to see Dr. Hassan to get an echocardiogram (he thinks I should get that done) and then get my meds regulated for good. I'm thinking that maybe the dosage he's got me on for now might be a tad too much since the cold medicines are no longer playing havoc with my electrolytes. I still want an allergy shot!

I didn't go to Dad's this morning. I told Joe that I just need to slow down for a bit. I was hoping to sleep late, but habits die hard. I was up by 7:30. I didn't even get to sleep until after one a.m. since I was watching a movie. Okay, maybe I didn't watch it all, but I was trying.

So now I'll either nap, shower or work on the bullseye blocks. We'll see what happens first..

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Feeling better tonight

I think I'm seeing a light at the end of the sinus infection tunnel tonight. I'm still coughing a bit, but not as intense as last night. I certainly hope I can sleep better tonight. My blood pressure and heart rate are staying exactly where they should be.

Here is the June BOM. I wasn't sure about it when I first saw it. I did think, "It'll be fast!" lol. This one will hang at the shop tomorrow. The cricket is what threw me when I first saw it. But, it actually makes the whole thing cute.

My day with Kerrington was wonderful, as usual. She's beginning to try to mimic things you do and is definitely reaching for things. She is turning over onto her tummy every time you lay her down. I stopped by the shop for a minute and the ladies just love to see her. One lady exclaimed, "She gets prettier every day!" I agree. :-) I'll have to keep myself busy for the next five days because I won't see her until next Tuesday!

Dad seemed to have a better day today, too. He doesn't have as much pain as he has had but still has trouble moving his legs. We had to get some fluid weight off of him, too. He hates it when we pull out that little yellow pill for him to take.