Monday, October 3, 2022

Settling In


Here's a quick shot from my new sewing room. Yes, my machine is in place and ready to sew! At least it was for a day or so....more on that later. Those boxes are now unpacked!  But things are not put away exactly right yet. I need to do some organizing!
 

The flotsam and jetsam of unpacking...these are the things we've unpacked that we have no idea about. What are they? Where do they go? We did figure out that white tube - it's the handle from some blinds at the previous house. Yay!



I'm REALLY trying to make this house more organized than previous homes have been. If you zoom in, you'll see I have bins for different types of over the counter meds. They are separated by type: cold and cough, wound care, stomach. Yes, I LOVE what they do on The Home Edit show! Let's see if I can do this throughout the entire house...to be continued.

This will be a busy week for me. I'm taking an all day machine mastery class on my Bernina in Montgomery on Tuesday. And on Friday, I'll be taking a machine mastery class on the embroidery module for my Bernina. I've been wanting to take these classes for over a year. They are only taught a few times per year and something always interferes. So excited I can go! And that explains why my machine is no longer in place. I have it packed and ready to go to Montgomery.

Thursday I have a much anticipated Ophthalmologist appointment. I've been having LOTS of trouble with my right eye - not sure what's going on, but I really can't see much with it. I'm going to a new doctor and I hope he gets to the root of the cause. 

Until then, more unpacking and organization! We're getting there! And good news: we are under contract to sell the previous house - yippee! So happy about this!

Enjoy your week!!!

Monday, September 26, 2022

The Move


 

Here was the moving truck, pulled up to the previous home. All went well, EXCEPT the truck they brought was way too small. They had to make 3 trips between houses to get everything moved. !!!!!!!!

It was a very long day, but the movers were very careful and that was nice. Whew! So glad that is over!


Here's what the doggos thought about the entire process. Exhausting! They were right! I walked 12,000 steps that day without going anywhere.

The move is not officially over yet. We still have a storage unit full of stuff that we'll gradually move over here to the new home. Plus our golf cart and some outdoor furniture are still at the old home. The outdoor furniture will get moved to the lake and we'll bring the golf cart here to the new home. 

We've done lots of unpacking, but there is more to go. Today's focus for me will be the laundry room. I'll work on this while Sadie is in preschool. As far as my sewing room....I've haven't started setting it up yet. There are boxes and totes everywhere there! I've ordered some shelving to store plastic totes and it should be in later this week. By then I'll be ready to focus my attention there. I really want to get the rest of the house set up first.

BUT, I have picked up my hand stitching! I've been working on binding a quilt for the last couple of evenings. It's so good to hold a needle again!!!


The day after the move we took in some high school football. What a gorgeous sunset! Our team didn't win, but it was nice to be out and about. 

Enjoy your week! Hopefully there will be more sewing posts in the near future!


Monday, September 19, 2022

Packing, Packing, Packing!




Another Aubie photo opp! Yes, we do get cleaned up every once in a while! We took a break from packing to attend a celebration as one of our daughters was named to the '20 Under 40' inaugural class for Auburn University. 


It was a wonderful respite from all the chaos going on with moving.


Also in attendance were our other daughter, very pregnant, with her husband. It was a fun time for our family and we all really enjoyed it.

And then it was back to packing! We have three more days to prepare for the big move on Thursday. We're right on schedule, maybe a bit ahead even. We've taken carloads of small things every day and put them away in the new home. By the move day, my new kitchen will be set up and ready to go - almost all my dishes, cookware, etc., are already there and put away. There are two beds there already (purchased with home) and they are both made with fresh linens.

I really think we're going to LOVE out new neighborhood. Some of the women have already reached out to me, though we haven't met in person yet. I've been invited to two events by the ladies there so far and will attend one tomorrow night. We are so excited and can't wait to have all out things there and slowly unpack. SLOWLY! We are tired of the rush. We are just plain tired. But all is going well and I'm sure this week will pass quickly.

That's my update for now. I'll be back to sewing VERY SOON, I'm sure. And Hubby will be back to playing golf.

Enjoy your week!





 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

No Sewing...But LOTS of Fun...And Packing!

 


This was last Friday - I was my Daughter's guest at a luncheon on Auburn's campus. (FYI - that's Aubie with us!) She was the keynote speaker at the event for high school senior girls, promoting Engineering at Auburn University. Yes, she and I are both Auburn Engineers, along with Hubby and several other family members.


If you look closely at this slide she's presenting, you see me. There I am in the photo as a senior at Auburn wearing the special interview suit my mother bought me. I still remember shopping for that suit. It helped me land several job offers.

This luncheon happened only a couple of hours after we closed on the new house. 



Here I am a day or so later, sitting on the back porch, waiting for Hubby to finish doing something. No, we haven't moved in yet. The previous owner left the outdoor furniture for us though, so I do have a place to sit. 

The carpet was pulled out in the upstairs and new wood floors have already been installed. A painter is starting today to paint the rooms upstairs and do some touch up work throughout the house. We already have a few TV's there. Internet is up and running. And there are two beds already made up. Even my sewing machines are already there, tucked away somewhere. 

The big move is next week, but we are taking a few small things over here and there. This is the EASIEST move we've ever had. And that is good. Local moves from one house, straight to another, are pretty easy.

I'll get back to sewing very soon, I'm sure. Can't wait to set up my new sewing room. It will be really nice!

Happy Fall to all!

Monday, September 5, 2022

If It's Football Season....


If it's football season....then I'm hand quilting!


I've pulled out my Marshal quilt. I started the hand quilting on this last year during football season and didn't finish it. And so it sat since then. I'm determined to finish it this season!!!


I adore the texture of hand quilting!! It's so good to have this in my lap again. And I'm making great progress so far. 

And now for an update on the baby quilts. I finished the tops! My friend quilted them! I have made all the binding and machine stitched it on. The hand stitching is in progress. I won't share them again until they have been gifted.



So my friend, Beth...(she is also my quilter)...sent me down a rabbit hole. She is a very talented quilter. But she has also recently rediscovered needlepoint. Yup. And for some reason, I always want to do what she is doing. Do  you have friends like that?

Beth suggested I order a Stitch and Zip kit. It's a zippered pouch and it's all put together. So no finishing is required. I found this little ditty on ebay and grabbed it. It's not big and should be a good way to get back into needlepoint after years away. And I can always use another zippered pouch.




If you look closely, you'll see that I have just started the white background in the corner. 

So yes, I've been very busy this week!

We close on our new home Friday - EEK! YAY! But we won't move in for another couple of weeks. We'll probably start packing later this week. And I'm not even dreading packing - I really don't think it will be so bad. Let's hope not anyway.

Keep stitching!






Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Here is the Feed Bag!




Here is the animal food bag I learned to make a couple of weeks ago. Handiest tote bag ever! These would be great to keep in the car for muddy shoes. When dirty, you only need to hose them out. So easy to make - I'll be making lots more of these, I know.



We went to lake for a long weekend. Our current home was listed late last week and we wanted to leave it clean and get away for a few days. Hubby spent a good bit of time while at the lake doing yard work. I spent lots of time doing marathon sewing! My deadline for making these baby quilts for our new grandson is quickly approaching! 

I'm happy to report that while at the lake I knocked out one baby quilt top completely...start to finish! It didn't turn out like I had planned because I had cut some pieces incorrectly, but I persevered and came up with my own design to fit the pieces I had. BOOM!

I also finished the eye spy baby quilt (see above) except for borders. I won't show picture of either of these quilt tops until they are gifted. Yesterday I ran by a quilt shop and found the perfect border fabric for the eye spy quilt. This morning I'll try to get the borders on while Sadie is at preschool.

If you have been keeping up with my baby quilts, then you know there is one more to complete. I'll cut more pieces for it this morning and should have it finished before the week is over. I had planned to quilt these myself, but that's not happening with our upcoming move. And so, I'll have a friend take care of that for me. 

The project that is lagging behind is my cross stitch. The August block will not be complete in August. Oh well, maybe I can catch up eventually. Not the end of the world if I can't!

Be happy!








Monday, August 22, 2022

A Tiny Bit of Sewing


 I got very little sewing done this week as we have continued to prepare our house to sell. I did cross stitch a bit one day - I'm afraid I'm going to be behind my schedule on Anniversaries of the Heart. I'm not near finished on the August block and September is coming fast. That's okay.

I did go to a guild class on Saturday. I'm so glad I took the time to go! We learned to make WIP (Work In Progress) bags, and as you can see I put mine to work immediately. It's storing the Eye Spy blocks until I have a minute to sew them together. Yes, I still need to make several more blocks.

We also learned to make large tote bags from used animal food bags - those big 20 or 50 pounds bags. I can't put my hands on mine at the moment or I'd share a photo. 

I would like to make more of both of these types of bags - both are easy and don't take long. 

We have another busy week ahead. Our current home will be photographed for the listing this week and a house cleaner will come and do her thing. And then we just hope it sells fast.

All is well though. I think the worst part of moving is getting the current house ready for sale. And now that part is complete - yay! I'm not worried about the packing - we scored some free moving boxes over the weekend from someone who had just moved. We have them tucked away in a storage unit along with the many things we cleared out of our house before the showings begin.

I hope to fit in more sewing this week - I'll keep you posted on that! Enjoy your week!

Monday, August 15, 2022

A Tiny Bit of Sewing and a BIG CHANGE COMING!



It's been a bit crazy around here lately...I'll explain why later in this post.

 I have had very little sewing time lately, BUT I did start the quilting on my Sadie portrait! I had planned to do intricate free motion work. Then I thought it through and changed my mind.

My upper body strength has not been up to par since my mastectomy a few years ago. I was afraid I'd end up sore and miserable during the process of free motion quilting. So I decided to do straight line quilting instead. I'm letting my machine do all the work with dual feed set. 

I'm not marking or using rulers....just aiming and sewing. This is a great technique for me because I can try to sew a few lines on the quilt each day. It's not hard to pick up where I left off and I don't have to get into the rhythm of free motion work each time.


And here is the progress on this baby quilt. All these pieces are sewn together now. This top will get only one or two more rounds of blocks and it will be ready for quilting. I wish you could see this in person. The colors are so nice and it's SO SOFT to touch.


(First zinnia bloom from seeds Sadie and I planted!)

And now for the craziness....

Yes, we custom built our home.
Yes, we've only been living in it for 2.5 years.
Yes, we love it.

BUT...
1. We decided earlier this year that we wouldn't mind moving back to the other side of town - the area where we lived when we first moved to Auburn 10 years ago. (Can you believe we've been here 10 years???)

2. We decided we wanted a little more house, something a bit bigger. Our needs have changed in the last couple of years.

3. We wanted to live closer to the elementary school Sadie and her upcoming baby brother will be attending. (I imagine picking her up from school and bringing her to our house quickly.)

4. Though I was previously against having an upstairs, now that I've lost more than 40 pounds, stairs don't bother me so much.

And so.... for the past several months we've been looking. We were even open to building again, but lots are hard to come by in that area of town. We even made a couple of offers on homes, but couldn't come to an agreement with sellers.

Thursday morning a new listing popped up. We have learned that here in Auburn homes can sell FAST! So we made an appointment and saw the house at noon that day. That evening we made an offer. Friday it was accepted. No counter offer, no dickering. It was meant to be, I believe. 

And so...if the inspection goes well, we'll be closing on that home in a few short weeks. We love the decor of the new home. The only thing we will want to do before we move in is to add wood floors to the two rooms upstairs. We'll wait until that is complete before moving in. 


(First lime from my lime tree!)

So we are now preparing our current home to sell. Luckily there is not too much to do. But we are clearing some things out and touching up paint here and there. The worst part so far?  Removing 168 foam stickers from the wall of my sewing room. They held up my design wall felt squares. Advertised as ‘easy removal, no wall damage’. WRONG on both! It took hours! The wall is now smooth and spackled, ready for a touch of primer and paint. 

I will reuse these felt tiles in the new home, BUT I will not use the same sticky pads that came with them.

This week we'll have the home inspection done at the new house, but since it's only a couple of years old I doubt anything major will be found.

God's timing is really perfect. We needed this to happen exactly when it did, though we didn't realize it. We'll be moved in before the new grandson arrives. Sadie starts back to preschool this week, giving us a bit of extra time to get packing done. 

Every house we've owned in Auburn (this will be the 4th) we've thought would be our forever home. Haha! That's okay. Moving is really not that hard. It IS hard to move from a home you've living in for 20 years. But it's not hard when you move every few years. We're excited.

The biggest challenge will be to finish 3 baby quilts quickly. I haven't even started one of them. But, trust me...it will happen!



 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

A Productive Weekend!


I DID IT! I finished the portrait of Sadie! Woohoo! 


I immediately made some FrankenBatting. I had two large chunks of Birdie Bird batting and I zigzagged them together.


Next I pieced the backing. I decided to use this map fabric designed by Timna Tarr. The portrait technique is Timna's - I took her class online to learn to do this. So it was only fitting that I use her fabric! It's so colorful and fun - totally fits in with Sadie's personality.


Here is the fabric selvage - you can zoom in on it if you are interested.




Time to baste! Because I'm using Birdie Bird batting, there is really no need to pin baste. I did put a few pins around the outside perimeter just in case....

Now I'm ready to free motion quilt the heck out of it! And that will be an adventure in itself! Wish me luck.


Saturday I drove over the Sew Bernina shop in Montgomery. I purchased the embroidery software for my Bernina 790. I can't wait to try it, but I haven't had time to even open the box yet. I did buy a bit of fabric while at the shop, too. LOVE this shop - this is my favorite shop in my area. It's totally worth the drive.


I have only made three more blocks for the eye spy quilt. That's okay. I have one pinned and ready to stitch tonight.


And lastly....my Anniversaries of the Heart. I had told myself I'd finish the July block early and get a head start on August. Didn't happen. I procrastinated. I finally finished it this afternoon in the nick of time.

The only personalization I did on this block was to add the year. This block is slap dab in the middle of the entire piece, so I like the year being here.

I have barely started the August block. I still want to get ahead at some point. Maybe August will be the time?

I hope you've had a great weekend, too. WHEW! Ready for the week ahead!










 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Quilts are Growing!


I finished the blocks for the next round on this sweet baby quilt. They are not sewn on to the middle section yet, but maybe sometime this week I'll get to that. Plus I'll try to get the next round of blocks cut.


And I made five more eye spy blocks. This quilt top is growing, too.

And what about my Sadie portrait?????

I made THREE rows over the weekend! So glad these rows are getting shorter and shorter. I predict I will finish the quilt top next weekend! Woohoo!

At our quilt guild meeting last week, a member taught needle turn applique. Each of us had a free kit including a heart basted to a small background and a threaded needle. I've been doing needle turn for years and years....and yet I learned a new tip that will help me so much! Learning never ends in life.

Keep on learning!

And stay safe - I know so many people with Covid at the moment - it's still running rampant.





 

Monday, July 18, 2022

Stitching and Cross Stitch


I figured it was about time for a cross stitch update. Here's where I am on the july block. I'm making progress and should be able to finish before August. I would love to finish this early though!


I made 4 more eye spy blocks during the week. Someone local was selling some stash - I noticed there were some conversational prints in the mix so I bought them. All except the ladybugs above came from that purchase. 

I also finished another row of my Sadie portrait, but I may not share a picture for now. I only have EIGHT rows left! And at least half of these are simply solid pieces of fabric for the squares! So close to finishing! So excited! I'll be ready to quilt it by Fall. And that will be so fun!

This week I plan to cut the next round of hourglass blocks for the orange and blue quilt made from men's shirting. Sadie might even help me sew some of these.  She loves to sew with me!

Enjoy your week!

 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Blocks, and More Blocks!


Woohoo - I've begun to sew on the baby quilt for Little Dude - the one made with men's shirts. It's coming together just as I'd hoped!


Time to audition the next round of fabrics...


These two won! I'll start cutting them today.


Yesterday I actually cross stitched while I watched a floss tube! I'll give an update on this soon.


I also made a few more eye spy blocks.



I happened across this photo on the Internet over the weekend. I think this will be perfect for the Little Dude baby quilt which will match his nursery - you may remember I purchased French General fabrics in blues to make something, I just wasn't sure what the pattern would be yet. I love this one! I have some coordinating solids which will be perfect for the stars.


And last, but certainly not least, my Sadie portrait is coming along. It's going much faster now that the rows are shorter and there a a lot of blocks with not applique.

After I finish all these projects, I want to make a new quilt for Sadie big girl bed. There's always another quilt to make! 

We've had such a busy summer since there is no preschool, but I'm thrilled I've been able to keep my sewing going at a good pace. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Happy Birthday to me, today! I get to spend the day playing with Sadie - one of my favorite things to do!











 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

More Weekend Sewing...Long Weekend


We went to the lake for a couple of days over the weekend. I only took hand sewing along: eye spy blocks and cross stitch. As you can see, I got several more blocks done!


Cooper spent his lake time relaxing. He can get SO comfortable!


I had bought a few more shirts for Little Dude's second baby quilt - I deboned them on the way home from the lake, with Mickey in my lap, and Hubby driving.


When we got home yesterday, the new eye spy blocks went up on the wall - they're adding up!



Next I pressed and lightly starched all the deconstructed shirts and cut them up into 2.5" strips with my Accuquilt. Next up I need to cut the strips into triangles with my specialty ruler. I'm thinking I'll set up a small cutting station on the kitchen island. Then I can easily work on this while watching Sadie during the next couple of weeks. 

I got a good bit of stitching done on the cross stitch piece (!) and I also got another row on my Sadie portrait (!!), but you'll have to wait until another post to see them! 

Enjoy your week!









 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Cross Stitch Update

 


Here's my progress on the June block of Anniversaries of the Heart. At this point I got stuck. I was going to personalize this to honor all the dogs we've owned, but then I couldn't figure out exactly how I wanted to do so. After staring at it for a couple of days, I decided to quit wasting time and go on to the July block! 

As for the above June block? Now I'm thinking that this will be dedicated to our new grandson, Little Dude (as I call him), due later this year. The block has so much blue and I think this will be appropriate. I'll stitch his name and birthdate in the box at the top once he arrives. DONE!


And here is my progress on the July block. I think it's a pretty good start considering July is not even here yet! It was easiest to start working on this one from the bottom up.

I haven't stitched on this any this week...I've been too tired in the evenings. Maybe tonight? Hope so!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, June 27, 2022

I Bit of Sewing on the Weekend


What a busy week we had! But I did manage a few more blocks for Little Dude's eye spy quilt. It's growing! Excuse my crowded design wall...


I'm not sure how I managed this (BUSY WEEKEND!), but I did finish another row on the Sadie quilt. Woohoo! I'm so glad the rows are getting shorter!

Hubby decided we should do a switcheroo on some rooms in our home. So we spent most of the weekend moving furniture, taking down pictures, rehanging pictures, spackling holes, sanding, and touch up painting. Whew! I love Hubby, but I hope things are moved around to stay this time! Haha! 

And of course, after we finished the house needed to be vacuumed and mopped - thank goodness Hubby was up for those tasks (while I sewed).

Sadie will be surprised when she arrives this morning to see her room! 


Cooper was a bit worried about the entire process, but finally took a nap on a pile of bedding and a rug. He's glad we're finished, too!

I'm so happy that the weather will be a touch cooler this week. Last week was unbearable. We're looking forward to getting outside a bit more! Enjoy your week!