Friday, February 5, 2016

withdrawal pain....



this is tougher than i thought it would be, this no-buying plan.  made easier by budgetary issues for sure, but still salivating over so many gorgeous new lines of fabric.  my daily mantra is "shop the stash, shop the stash,"  and so far that's what i'm doing.  keeping busy sewing is helping, all the while thinking knowing that frugality is a good thing.  so please forgive me for repetitive photos of projects in the works....it is all part of the austerity plan and to prove to myself that stash is getting busted.    today, tho, have pulled out instructions and some bright mod fabrics for this cute little wallhanging.  still working on the larger quilts, but space is a premium so find it easier to manage small things.  this is by tessa walker found at www.thesewingchick.com on her blog dated 5/14/15.  it finishes at 21" square....hop on over and make one with me!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

hexie update

our brief sojourn forward into spring has taken a lapse with snow falling, hoping it will morph into rain later...good time for a hexie update!


i know, not much, but this is only a sometime project...my "sometime" isn't near as much as bonnie's plane time...of course i do have a little bag of hexies waiting to grow into rosettes...and transporting them?  i use this adorable bag made by vic in nh and sent to me around christmas...it is just right!  the lanyard has my little scissors on the end so they don't walk away...


now, i think i hear some 365 blocks calling me....

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

final for january

ended january with 1.25 yards busted but 1.5 yards added, net gain .25 of yard.  this was kona snow so it's a basic that will definitely get used.  i had used a scrap of white for my peacock garden wallhanging but it nowhere near matched the other blocks, so felt i had to remove and replace it with more kona snow.  *** quilting continues on the summer sampler and is shaping up to be a february finish...


this batting is a tad thicker than what i normally use for wallhangings but it will do.  and the blocks are free form quilted.  time to prep the binding....

Sunday, January 31, 2016

hip hip hooray!

good things to acknowledge today, not the least of which is a huge shout out to my sister....being 12 years apart we were never that close. in her teen years, she suffered greatly and began a slow downward spiral with more setbacks, detours and almost permanent derailment that left all of our family with fear and sadness for her future.  but as chuck swindoll says, God wasn't finished with her.  through heavy prayer and numerous confrontations and nearly constant conflict, she turned her life around and is now firmly planted on a road that will lead to her ability to enjoy some success.  she is in college and just completed an associate's certificate program that gives her some better employment choices and away from high-school type jobs at pizza joints and the like.  to say we are all relieved is a huge understatement, but more than that, swelling with pride for the hurdles she has overcome and relieved she has reconnected to family with confidence, self-worth and a feeling of belonging that i don't believe she felt at all in her adult life.  being the youngest, she felt overshadowed by older siblings who arrived at adulthood long before her.  nothing else to say but hurrah to someone very dear to all of us!