Friday, September 29, 2017


Work sample:  wall hanging from Kimberbell's Jingle All the Way.  Definitely fun to do, with little extras, like the layered fabric on the tree, the vinyl on the snow globe, and the fringe on the wreath.

I am lagging behind.  On housecleaning.  On sewing jobs.  On yard work.  On my baby quilts.  All I feel like doing is laying in bed with a book, and I'm not even reading good books.

I did put on a binding for a church baby shower gift yesterday.  Various church folks did the knots.  The quilt has a thicker batting  than I usually use, but the binding turned out well.

Things are kinda sad in Bengals land, they are 3 - 0, but the parents-to-be are Bengals fans and will like their quilt.  Instead of my usual three-part zig zag, I did two lines of straight stitches, like a twin needle effect.  I am not a binding hand sew kind of person.  I like a crisp finish, and I like it done.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


This is Lola, from the Elizabeth Hartman Lloyd & Lola design.  Lola will be hanging at the church nursery.

The original pattern calls for Lloyd and Lola to be facing each other, with design elements at top and bottom.  Maybe some day I'll make that.

First on my list today is sweeping the driveway and sidewalk.  They are a mess, with leaves and acorns.  I've been putting off the fall yard work because it's just so hot.  Ninety degrees, or close, in the afternoons.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Snow Globe

Love this snow globe from the Kimberbell Jingle All the Way collection.  It uses clear vinyl from the big roll at the fabric store, I bought the thinnest they had.  I used a tube of beads from long ago, slowed down the machine, and kept pushing along the edges to keep the beads away from the needle.  You'll see a wall hanging in a bit, but I thought this was cute enough for a stand alone picture.

After finishing my projects, I packed up my machine and took it in for service.  Time gets away from me, and the last service tag showed that it had been longer than I liked since the last trip in.

The weather warmed up enough for a lovely evening at the Florence Freedom baseball game and a nice afternoon at Aaron's football game.  I love the trips home from the games when there's been a win and Aaron feels like he's played well.  (He did.)  There was contentment and good conversation - and hunger - from the back seat and we stopped at Wendy's in Amelia.

One of my goals is to show up at Adult Forum prior to the church service, so I need move a bit faster on this Sunday morning.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hello Autumn

I had been wishing for a project or two where I just follow the directions.  Not much thinking.  And I got my wish with this work project.  By Janine Babich.

I have another work project to quickly stitch out, and I'm enjoying that one too.  Sometimes there's just something about following the directions that soothes me.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Age Ten

Yesterday Aaron turned ten.  His dad did a good job ordering the cake.  Also, during the party, the football pinata came lose from its hanger on the first try.  And so, Aaron's dad took the candy to the house root top and tossed it off to the kids below.  The kids had a great time.  So did Dad, probably.

After Aaron's football game today.  His team lost, but he was happy with his game.

And to keep a record, here's a picture of his sister after the game.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Suddenly September 6

Recycling in Hendersonville.  Don't judge, there were six of us.  I see Madtree's Rounding Third, from Cincinnati.  Cider from Bold Rock Hard Cider, they had a lovely porch overlooking green fields, live music, and food.  Piscah Pale Ale, almost a local classic.

In the porch category, we had lovely pizza at La Strada in Lake Lure, sitting on the balcony overlooking the lake.  THAT Lake, think Dirty Dancing.

Before and after the Labor Day Weekend trip, I worked on a Little Mermaid costume.  Not the one with fins, the dancing one.  Skirt, blouse, and corset.  Did it take longer than I thought it would? Sure, but I hope the young woman enjoys dancing in it.

Between the sewing and a few work days and the quick trip, (well, not quick travel wise, there were delays there) it is suddenly September 6.  Oh, my.

My refrigerator is empty, so my first thing to do today is go to the grocery and buy everything I might usually buy.  And then, clean the studio.  It doesn't look good.