Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hi, I'm well

Hi everyone.  I still am here and doing well considering the roller coaster the whole family has been on.

DH in Tufts Medical Center in the Cardiac ICU while he was on his 4 or 5th swan catheter and the balloon pump was whirling...
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Daughter, DH and myself April 2018
As many of you know, my husband's heart has been an issue for us for the past 14 years.
Unfortunately or better yet, fortunately, he had a heart transplant done in April 2018 in Boston at Tufts Medical Center, (a Number #1 Care facility in our experience).  Since we live in NY the transportation and travelling to and from for his several months' long hospitalizations (there was 3, one quick (days), one for a week and the other months long) not considering all of the necessary weekly follow-up care that has been trying.  It's been my number one priority and taking my focus and energies.

With our absence the neglect seen in our home, gardens, etc. is evident since all that took a back seat considering the immediacy of his health and the possible risks.  When returning home, I prioritized to get to the most urgent chores done first.  His recovery and recuperation as been the priority, predictable and continues upwards without troubles.  Thank goodness.

He and I are both doing well and feeling blessed.  Recently his followup care has been stretched out to once a month.  So we are easing our way back into a new "more normal routine" and thought I'd try to blog again, besides work on some of my projects to share as I've done in the past.

Sorry I was away for so long without comment.  I'll share more later.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

BQ will be my focus this weekend at quilt stay-cation

My BQ quilt is now officially a quilt top as I was able to finish sewing it up with those borders around the 1st of May.   Love that those borders are on and look so sweet.  while constructing the borders I asked PGD#1 what her favorite color is and she responded "blue", thus the blue cornerstones on the perimeter.  Since a friend and I are attending a Quilt retreat this weekend in Alexandria Bay, I hope to create the backing for it using up all those leftover bits.

The plan is to also make a pillow case or two, the binding and then sew up all those extra scrap parts for a backing this month.   I won a gift certificate at our quilt show in 2015 so my plan is to use that for quilting this twin size quilt. 

Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

I saved this post and then ...... originated as my 2017 monthly UFO challenge list

LIFE Happened,

you know, the normal day to day things needing done.  So this post and my intentions slid to the side since I needed to get the photos to go along with the post then  I fussed around with other squirrels coming inot my perview..... SO my intention without pictures of all the UFOs listed will now be to get 6 done, the small tesselated heart table top quiltlet finished. Here is how it is at present.
Trying to add just the one photo and I'm having electronic issues.  I need to buy another I-phone charging cord for the computer as DH "borrowed" the one that goes with the computer.  Will be back another day for the photo.   PROMISE!

January 2017 Drafted post was something like this (am saving this in context as a reference):
Judy over at Patchwork Times is hosting UFOs 2017 and I think it's a great idea!
First you make a list of 12 UFOs you'd like to complete in 2017.  Each month a random number is picked and you work on the respectively numbered UFO to completion.  I'm not sure how successful this time but I'm really focused recently wiht my intentions so am ever hopeful.  LOL  Here's my list:

1-  WFQG Community Quilt

2-  Valentine Panel Wallhanging

3-  Patchabilities - St. Patrick's Day

4-  Leaves Table Runner

5-  Radiant Wall Hanging

6-  Twisted Heart Table top Quiltlet - my current focus as of July 2017

7-  Sonia's WindowsBed Quilt

8-  Braided Squares Bed Quilt

9-  BQ2 Bed Quilt

10- Lone Star Bed Quilt

11- Four Patch Bed Quilt

12- Bird Nest Wool Table Mat

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wee Spring stitched

Was able to finish up Heart in Hand's design, Wee Spring.  Such a simplistic piece and am so glad it's done.  Started it in the second quarter this year and then hit a typical for me bump.  Thought of changing the sweater to an Under Amour logo to update the look besides switching out some thread colors.  Kept drawing out possibilities to stitch and there it sat for about 6 months.  The last week of November I said, enough, get it done simply - so a solid lime green sweater now hangs on the line instead of the 80's style apple motif sweater. 

Heart in Hand- Wee Spring
Started in May and finished in November 2016
Used a 28 count monaco I had on hand stitching 2/2
DMC threads used: 223, 304, 445, 712, 739, 801, 904, 905, 906, 931, 3740,
also Wisper White was used for the fluffy bunny tail with an eyelet stitch.

A few finishes cross stitch, books, dish rags.

This small counted cross stitch, Winter Basket by Lizzie Kate was stitched during December and finished in January and now it needs to get framed.  Hopefully I can get to that this week.   A blog I follow, Priscilla who is an incredible stitcher/finisher, designer, decorator, gardener, etc. and mentioned her way of framing several of her larger cross stitch pieces, thinking of giving it a try. 

I've also have been knitting a bit. Finished a red dishrag in honor of Valentine's Day and then promptly started a variegated green blues with the new to me design of Farrow Row Dish Rag.


Used Size 7 needles cast on 40 stitches using Sugar and Cream yarn.

First 6 rows for the border KNIT.
Alternate the following 2 rows until you reach the length desired Less the last 6 border knit rows at the other end.
Row 1:
knit 4 (border edge ), *knit 2, pearl 1, * repeat making sure you knit the last 4 stitches (border edge).
Row 2:
Knit 4 (border edge), *Pearl 1, knit 2, *repeat until the last 4 to knit for border edge.

When get the length you want, KNIT the last 6 rows then bind off and tie in ends.

It's such an easy pattern to do and takes no thought so you can pick it up and do anywhere.

With my READING I've been trying to read a minimum of 2 books a month.  I've exceeded this minimum and am thrilled. So far this year I've read:

The Nest by Cynthia D'Arix Sweeney.....Liked ❤❤❤ BCS (Book Club Selection)

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway.........Really liked ❤❤❤❤ BCS

Zero Day by David Baldacci. ......Loved this ❤❤❤❤❤ both genre(John Puller with terrorism threats to Nat'l security)/author

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie  BCS ........Okay read ❤❤(it's a middle grade level book, many issues reminded me of The Round House by Louise Erdrich ❤❤❤❤ a much more appropriate level read and one I enjoyed!)

Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook Cure is currently being read.......Interesting so far!

I'm saving a box of books to share with Mom when I see her.  She's a voracious reader too. I started defacing the inside cover of the books with my initils, that way both Mom and I'll  know we're "Done with it" and we can give them away to let others enjoy. That should help in my trend of downsizing slowly.  Getting rid of a Book here, a ball of yarn there, another project finished and bites the dust pattern givem away or sold, etc..... it's all good!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 begins

Hello  2017!  
Am wishing you 365 days health, happiness and loads of love.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello December

Sorry. I've been missing form Blogland for so long.  I'm fine, just needed to take a break from blogging for a while since my life seemed to be speeding up so much faster and I needed to find ways to slow it down.  What have I found, it's all in the attitude so I plan to continue blogging regularly again.

I have a few small finishes and will share those with you all soon.   So to my followers, my apologies again for being MIA and it's so nice to come back.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

OMG for May

Yep!!  Time to declare that St. Patrick's Day Patchabilities will be my May OMG project for May!
I'm linking up with Heidi over at Red Letter Quilts with this goal setting page.

This is at it's current stage......

Can you tell that last night I was productive...  Finally.  (Now here another song comes to mind  8- /  )
Got the interfacing on, rainbow motif drawn then started stitching the embroidery starting with the red stripe of the rainbow going from the pot towards the hat.
Should get this monkey off my back this month.  At Last!   (another song inserted in my brain now-funny how pertinent they all seem!)  Uh  Ohh, those acronyms spell out FAL  [aka: finish along] synchronicity again.  LOL

If you want some company finishing or challenging yourself to finish up some of your PIGs, UFOs or PHDs, then head over to Heidi's blog  by the 7th to link up with other like minded creators.  The link closes shortly so be quick about it!

This happens to also be #17 on my Q2-2016 list - hitching my gains up on that accountability scale too - a huge self indulgent plus for me.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Daffodil Run Done!

Note to self:  I used a 28 count soft sage Monaco  I had in stock and stitched
2 strands with the called for DMC threads:  839, 961, 3051, 3053, 3350,
3853, 3854 and any backstitching done was with only 1 strand.
(Since I'll be selling some of my used charts on ebay - I thought to note the colors used here.)
CCS from Just Nan's design "Daffodil Run" is fully stitched and framed.  Yee HAW!

This was listed as Number 3 on my Q-2 2016  list and now it's one more completion I've reached.
Am I on a roll or what!  Sorry, didn't mean to get so excited but it does fill me with JOY!

Note to self.......While framing this I found out it was easier to "echo" stitch 8 threads beyond the stitched design to center it squarely so it would sit squarely in the frame.  The design was asymmetrical and it continuously seemed to be off until I did that step and then it worked like a charm!

This little floral frame is one that PGD#1 and I selected when we were doing my errands.


Doing my Spring Happy Dance that this is setting on a table in the living room when my own Daffodils start to Bloom.  
Okay, now I'm bragging just a tad. Sorry, but no, not really, I am just too happy not to!  Another one bites the dust!

Seems like my normal is that I am forever mentally listing all that needs my attention and I'm running helter-skelter like from one bit to the next while trying to keep all my plates spinning.  (Remember that guy on the Ed Sullivan show.)  Yep, that's me trying to keep the plates spinning and going along smoothly before they all fall and smash!  No wonder I'm breathless.

Kitchen door Forsythia wreath 2015- Notice the hanging birdhouse?
It's one  that the youngest grandson,
Brody painted during one of our crafting sessions last year.
The other bird houses sit on the front window sill.
Front door forsythia wreath made last year

Yes SPRING, we're ready.

PS: My sister in law is doing better.  She's now upgraded and moved to a regular room.  She's lost so much weight and vitality but know that her treatment is the right plan.  Thanks for your well wishes and prayers,   they are appreciated.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Music themed community quilt top finished

Got this cut out and sewn while away at a quilt retreat in April.  Even the binding is all set for whomever picks it up to do the next stages at the Wings Fall Quilters Guild in Glens Falls.

My commitment to this is done.  This was number 1 on my -2 2016 list.

One down, many more to go......

The pattern was one that called for 3- 1 yard pieces of fabric.
Choosing the swirly darker music themed fabric as the focal point and my plan of making it into those bar blocks to further endorse the music theme worked out perfectly.  

Now if I were finishing this puppy, I'd even use those bits of leftover gold I'm including in this package to do a piped trim before the darker printed binding that's all set to finish it off.  But that is now somebody else's monkey and somebody else's circus.  lol

It came to my attention that I wasn't naming and doing the OMG projects and linking them up correctly. That a project needs to be stated, shared and linked in at the beginning of the month and then by the end of the month, it needs to be totally and completely finished.  I only listed what I hoped to get done... be it make a quilt top or the next larger step within whichever projects.  Am so glad that they let me know as nicely as they did.  How embarrassing that it seemed like I was cheating,  I wasn't and it wasn't my intention,  but truly it's my Bad for not following the rules!
So this won't be getting shared with the April OMG even though in my book it's another success for my YTD tally as my part is totally done!

OMG Tally for me is 3 out of 4 YTD.