Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bliss Section 3 Instructions are UP!



The pattern for the next section of Bliss is now available! It's under the tab at the top of the blog - Hexie Love....


I hope you have fun with it!

Some of you have been asking about the Curved Hexagon Ruler - is it still available? The answer is yes...and no. If you'd like one, send me an e-mail (juliacwood@mac.com). $25.00, which includes shipping, within the US. I shut down my shop earlier this year. I can tell you that I have plans to start selling them again in the future in a larger fashion - you'll have to wait a bit to hear more...

And so...

Today I'm juning around the house - I'm leaving tomorrow for a few days in Augusta to help my mother a bit. Hubby's holding down the fort at home. I'll be away from the blog for a few days -

Have a great rest of your week!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Evening Handwork...


Okay...I know I said I was ready to start sewing again, BUT I decided to finish patterning Bliss before I get back to the fabric. But you know I can't stand to NOT have a needle and thread in my hand!

When we moved, I turned up this needlepoint kit that I had started almost 20 years ago. I completed one corner and put it aside. I think this was around the time I started quilting and well, quilting took over.

I almost donated this, but something made me keep it. About a month ago I pulled it out again. This kit is done with embroidery floss rather than wool. Everything was still there - packaged neatly together.

I was immediately hooked and have been working on it in the evenings. I have made tons of progress and I'll see this through to make a cute pillow for our screened porch.

The patterning of the third section of Bliss should be complete in the next day or so....and then I WILL SEW!

I had not been to the pool for several days, so yesterday afternoon I took care of this! 14 laps (if I counted correctly). I'm trying to keep up with my laps so that I can keep increasing them. But I think I may start keeping up with the time I swim instead - I'm not good at counting when my head is under water...

Monday, June 20, 2016

How Do You Quilt a Hexie Quilt?


I get lots of question about quilting a hexagon quilt. Today I had this quilt draped over me in my recliner - Micky, our dachshund, insists on having a quilt over him when he's in my lap - doesn't matter how hot it is. I love the way this is quilted. Click on the picture to see closer -

This was professionally quilted by Elayne Vognild, who quilted several of my book quilts years ago.


I recently ordered the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer. Yesterday I fired it up and made my first batch - Banana Pudding Ice Cream. (Recipe: 2 cups heavy cream, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 2 mashed ripe bananas, then near the end of the churning add 1 cup of Vanilla Wafer cookies, crushed). You can see my cookies in a baggie, waiting to be added.

It was delicious! And provided a nice dessert to our Father's Day dinner of lasagna.

I'm almost done patterning the next section of Bliss - stay tuned!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Do You See What I See?


It's BLISS! I've pulled it out this morning - let the patterning for the next section begin! This is my project for this morning. As soon as I'm done, I'll put it out on the blog - I know many of you have been patiently waiting for this...

This afternoon we're going to run over to the lake so hubby (who took a vacation day today) can mow the grass and we can bring the last (I hope) load of stuff back here. The load will include some pantry items, some kitchen items, a rug, and other miscellaneous stuff.

And this weekend? The plan for me is to ....wait for it... SEW!

Have a happy day!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I. AM. DONE.


Yesterday morning I attacked (yes, I really did) the remaining sewing stuff that needed organizing. I had a few bags and piles of things I'd stuffed in the closet in my sewing room. I put it all in the floor and dug in my heels. So - above is the before....


And here is the after. Floor is clean. Closet is organized. And do you know what that means??????

It means I will now allow myself to SEW!!!!!! I'm so excited!

I've had a few friends come by to help me sort through some fabrics - and they all went home with some of my leftovers. I've loaded the rest of my discards in my car and will deliver them tomorrow night to my guild's charity quilt chairpersons. I hope a lot of charity quilts will be made from this fabric.

Don't worry - I still have PLENTY of fabric for me. And it's all organized and put away. I know there is more sewing stuff in storage that is buried in the back and when I do find it, I'll organize it. But for now....I will sew!


As for now, I'm putting my feet up and enjoying the flowers a friend brought over...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fabric Out, Fabric In!



Look what Daughter 2 and her hubby brought me! They got this on their honeymoon in Alaska - beautiful batiks! I'm planning a new quilt for our bedroom and these colors are PERFECT!!!

Do you see my Kaffe Fassett designed rug in the background? Love this rug!


This is the top of the garbage can that sits behind our house - looks like we've had a visitor. Raccoon, maybe?

I'm still getting organized here - still more to go in the sewing realm. But I'm making progress! I'm also still swimming. My endurance is building. Yesterday I swam laps for about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes in a bubbling hot tub. Swimming beats walking on a treadmill anytime for me! It's been so hot around here lately - too hot to for a long walk outside. If fact it's been so hot that a street in our neighborhood buckled up 8 inches in the air a couple of days ago! Now that's HOT!!!!

So what's on tap today? More organizing! A friend is coming over this afternoon. And yes, I'll try to get some swimming in later. CAN NOT WAIT to get back to sewing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great day!!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Succulents!


I've been away from the blog for a couple of days. We had a wonderfully busy weekend. Hubby and I traveled to Augusta Saturday to visit my mom - her birthday was yesterday. We picked up lunch to eat with her, took her some homemade cake, and a gift (a quilt, of course!)



Yesterday Daughter 2 and her hubby arrived to stay a couple of days. We hit the pool, took a long walk, and had dinner with Daughter 1 and her hubby.  Fun day!


More of the same today.

I'm sharing pics of some succulents to which I treated myself last week. Do you love succulents as much as I do? I've been drooling over them on Pinterest for some time now, planning to get some as soon as we got settled. And now we are!

I still want more - we have a pot that is calling for a succulent garden - it may be at the lake - not sure. But when I find it....

I still have more fabric sorting to do. I think I'll pull some and cut other shapes with my Accuquilt to put away for later. I'm thinking some half square triangles, nickel squares, and equilateral triangles.

Have a happy day!