Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday

This isn't the only thing I'm working on, but the other main project is for someone who reads my blog and I don't want her to see it yet.

So far, so good.  All seamed up. Now the hard part begins.....*wink*

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Score

The old man and I took a trip to Hot Springs today. After eating at Red Lobster, (my very favorite restaurant on the face of the planet) he agreed to let me check in Hancock's for some upholstery fabric and a quilting hoop.

Oh My Stars and Glory!!!!!!!!!! They were having a humongous sale. I could have spent hundreds of $$$ but managed to keep it under $40. They had two tables full of fabric for $1 and $.50. Be still my heart.

I held myself to under $10 on the fabric, but got several yards of these lovely prints for future projects.

I adore the chickens and the kitties!

Not to mention the frogs and lady bugs. It's going to be so much fun sewing quilts with these.

The poor little lady cutting my fabric told us she had been working eight days straight. And you could tell by her wilted spirit. She was probably twenty years older than me, and I know I couldn't stand on my feet cutting fabric and going back in forth on a concrete floor eight hours a day for eight days. Poor little thing. And she said she had two more days to go. I hope she makes it without falling.

Their upholstery fabric was on sale for half price, and SR and I searched and discussed different options for my dining room chair seats. They need recovering very badly and I'm anxious to get that done. This photo is the pattern, but not the true colors.

The background is more of a gray tan, and the red is a deeper, richer red. Not maroon, just a more saturated red. It's not what I thought I wanted, and SR was going to go with whatever I chose, but we both liked this so this is what I came out with. We are both happy campers.

I did find my quilting hoop, and can now do a better job of hand quilting when it's called for. I just had to share my luck! Have a great week everyone!!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

At Long Last

After months of working on this, I finally finished it yesterday.

The reasons it took so long was because I not only kept putting other projects in front of it, but I had to mostly use whatever I could find in my stash. So, it's a hodge podge of networking, especially on the back. I may tweak it a bit but if I don't get around to it, I'll still be ok with it.

I really kinda made it up as I went. I knew I wanted the side panels with these blocks, but just added ideas as I went and found fabric. It was sort of a quilt as you go thing too.

Now, if I can just get a couple more throw pillows and my walls painted, I may just have a completely re-done room.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Blast From the Past

I refinished a plain brown chest of drawers about 12 or so years ago. I didn't realize it would stand up to the years or styles all this time.

It resides in SR's "Man Cave" room with his ancient television and dish box. I did a similar version of one for LeLe and she has since then repainted it in her own current style.

If I had it to do again, I don't know if I would add the embellishment. I used a stencil to just draw off the pattern, then free handed it. I didn't want it to have a stenciled look.

Since we had no dish network, nor cable, I got the idea from a painting magazine. Those were my only source of inspiration then.  I even used an antique glaze and left most of it in the crevices.

I've thought about repainting it, but I really kinda still like it. SR isn't crazy about it, since it's not really a "Man Cave" look, but I think it will stay as it is for a while longer.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Update on Elissa

Elissa is at Phoebe Putney Memorial in Albany (Georgia)
According to the doctor, she is not dilated and her cervix is still thick. (Praise the Lord!)
It seems 48 hours is the magic number. If she doesn't go into labor in that time they have a good chance of keeping the baby in the womb and letting him keep growing and developing his lungs.

Her emotional state is much better today. She's close to home with both families around her. Both sets of the father's grandparents live in Albany. Best hospital in south Georgia for this type of thing. God is still taking care of her and the baby.

Debbie writes:
Thank everyone for the prayers! I know they're being answered! I don't think Elissa's emotional state is as fragile now, but prayers to keep her faith up are much appreciated!

Thank you so very much for helping me pray for this family. Please continue until the baby is safe!
And oh yeah....comments on my blogs from "Y" are from Debbie. *wink*


Dear friends, I have a prayer request. I also posted on B Lines.

My dear friend Debbie's daughter Elissa is in the hospital trying desperately to hold on to her unborn baby boy. She is only about 26 weeks and her water broke last night. This is the young woman I've spoken of in the past, who overcame abdominal cancer and losing an unborn baby as well as a husband. (to divorce) She is now happily remarried and expecting their little boy. Please help me pray the child is able to stay in the womb long enough to survive when he's born.

Thank you for your past prayers and for this one as well.
God is good and is still in control.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Quick post....

Lately, LMW's favorite word is "side" meaning outside. (His favorite place to be.) Unfortunately, the overwhelming heat prohibits very much "side" time.

I use this stool to climb into bed at night. My bed is pretty high and I'm pretty short. *grin*

I painted it last week to match the new decor I'm adding to my bedroom and LMW noticed it the other day.
He touched the brown flowers and said....

"SIDE!" Hmmm, I guess he realizes flowers grow outside. What else could it mean?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Calling All Crafters!!!

Ok ladies...(and any men out there who lurk) I have a creative block on this one. This is a photo of a metal "star" my father-in-law gave me.

He found it somewhere and thought I might want to paint it. Which translated is..."I'd like you to paint this." And I don't want to let him down. Only problem is, I have no idea what to do with it. Black? Colorful and fun? Dark brown with a little gold highlight? What? What? What? I'm lost.

My brother thinks it's fine like it is....all rusty looking. Hmmmm. What do you think? Somehow, I don't think FIL would be in agreement.

This is my latest "sit in front of the tv not really watching, while the husband watches the history and outdoor channels" project. It was started by my cousin's grandmother.

 She pieced the circles, but didn't fill them in or put them together before she passed. He asked me to finish it for him and I'm doing it all by hand, to make sure I don't screw it up and it's taking a while. But, it's worth it I think. I'm anxious to get it finished for him. I've had it for a long time.  I've never sewn a quilt like this, so any tips are coveted. I still have a lot to put together before I can even think of quilting it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Time For Another One

Please excuse the run-on wording in places. My comma key has mysteriously died. But the good news is I finished another NICU quilt and plan to deliver them this Thursday. I'm both looking forward to it and am a little nervous about it. That's just the way I am.

Everything I used was from my stash with the exception of the batting.

I bought a yard of fleece to use at the backing and decided to use it as batting instead. Worked ok but nothing to write home about. It was easy to applique the shapes onto but too thin to use as backing.

So I reached in my fabric cabinet and pulled out something that was in my mother's stash when she passed. I love knowing her fabrics are going to help someone this way.

And here is the latest LMW video. I call it..."Grinning Defiance"...