Friday, November 13, 2015

last rose?

it was a fabulous fall day and a trip to the coast was on the agenda.  the tide was coming in and crashing over the rocks.  the sun was bright and warm despite a cool wind hinting of days to come.  this tough bloom was spied hanging on...



somebody had hauled in their buoys and pots for the winter ahead....



not far away, a construction crew was still busy on a beautiful new home facing the ocean....a real showstopper with a very high price tag no doubt.   on tonight's agenda is the "nancy" redo and probably some hand sewing, but was worth it to escape a bit and enjoy the bonus weather...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

aimee and nancy

2 more blocks in the farmer's wife SA are done.  before starting, was not ecstatic with fabric choices; was limited to what was on hand, but with a grocery bag full of coordinates am finding lots of pretty combinations.  and yes, nancy is a bit larger due to the printer setting that was at 100% whereas all others were printed at 93%, so it's a redo but same fabrics.


another stack of hexie units have been cut and stuffed into the busy box...now off to choose today's sewing projects (after nancy gets fixed of course!)....

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

from every mountainside....

this was posted on market basket's facebook page and it is so moving...


so proud to be a descendant and daughter of veterans who fought so bravely...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

a 37-year-old discovery...

my faithful friend, the old viking, has been with me for 37 years since she was brand spanking new.  it was an impulse purchase by my ex who was NOT known for such, unless he had motivation--i mean guilt.  he could outdo the most penny-pinching of yankees, unless he passed a liquor store, then all bets were off.  and i've been quilting now since 1979, hand quilting, which is what i really enjoy.  last night, though, giving the old girl another look, discovered this button...

it's the little one just above the magnetic poetry magnet....and guess what it does....yep,


LOWERS the feed dog...cannot recall if i knew this at all in the past 37 years, but since discovering this feature, thinking i might try my hand at some free form machine quilting.  and why not? the guide thingie is around someplace, too.....on small things that need to get finished at first, and probably not for my big quilts because i do love hand quilting, but it might knock off some of my UFOs sooner rather than later.  i knew i loved this machine....my first was a $99 universal basic machine that the ex also bought for me, but brand new this baby was $700, a big step up from the universal.  i'm guessing he did something really wrong for me to get this big ticket item--or it was in 1978.  she has some blemishes and has had a few repairs after being in cold storage for too long, but still runs like new.  now in her dotage, she gets treated gently as parts are hard to find, hoping she keeps on keeping on so we can have lots more fun in the days ahead!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

not nip and tuck but....

a nibble and a tucker!  followed along with pam buda's mini-mystery sewalong "tucker" and made this, and have just the ideal place for it (after backing/binding).  will forego batting as its home will be under a lamp on a narrow table.

as for the nibble....


darks, mediums and lights....have a sun-derful day!