Saturday, April 18, 2015

A few more blocks...

Getting a little bit of sewing in.  I'm up to 17 Churn Dash blocks.  I love these little blocks.  So much for saving this for Summer sewing.  LOL! 
 Friday the only sewing that I got done was 5 of my hexie blocks.  I'll explain why this is all that I got finished later in my post. 
 A few nights ago we settled down as a family and played a few games of BINGO!  :)  It is nice to just turn off the tv and have some fun family time.  Just a simple game of Bingo was so much fun!  I hope my kids always remember times like this.  Hunter was acting silly so I had to snap a photo. 
 Poor little fellow, the next morning he woke up and could not hear out of his left ear.  He has excema in his ears only and he has a horrible time with them.  I have to take him fairly often to the ENT to have them dug out and he has cream that he has to put in daily.  He went on to school but called around 2pm and said his ear was hurting pretty bad.  I picked him up and took him straight to the doctor.   He has an infection and is now on antibiotics until he can get in to see the ENT.  

Friday Hunter was home from school as he was still having pain in his ear.  Hunter and I got to babysit Addison!!! 
 Chantal was having a few minor health issues and had to go to the doctor and then run some errands.  There is so much sickness and viruses going around the area that Chantal thought it best not to take Addison out right now.  She is a week and a half old.  I kept her while her and mom were out.  Chantal had a hard time leaving her and felt a little guilty but she did what was best for Addison.  

That is why I only got a little bit of sewing done.  Hunter and I had a great day with her.  She is so precious.  :)  She is already spoiled and wants to be held all of the time.  :)  Anyway....I snapped a close up of her face as I was changing her clothes.  Look at all of that hair on her face.  :)  So cute...
 Richard works all weekend so hopefully I can find some time to sew.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A little Sewing...

 We had a rainy day yesterday with lots of flooding in the county so school was cancelled.  It rained most of the day so nothing to do other than housework and to sew.  :)  I have this machine set up in the corner of the dining area that I will use this summer. 
 I have a basket ready with my Churn Dash pieces. 
I didn't actually mean to work on my Churn Dash blocks as I was saving them for summer sewing but while I was cooking and doing laundry I sat down in the dining area to sew. 

 As of right now I have 80+ blocks cut but I think that I will need 110 blocks to do the size that I want.  I'm thinking that I will set these on point. 
 I'm not sure yet what fabric that I will use for the solid blocks. 
 I made a batch of Peach Dumplings and as you can see Richard got some before I took the photo.  I was a good girl and didn't eat any of them as they have a ton of sugar in them and that is something that I can't have. 
 As soon as Hunter got off the bus on Tuesday, he changed clothes and we headed to my sister's house to visit with the baby.  Hunter fell asleep on the couch.  I had to snap this photo as I thought it was cute they way he was sleeping. 
 And of course, I had to snap a photo of this little angel.  :) 
 I hope to get more cutting done later today and get more stuff prepped and ready to sew this summer. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cutting for quilts...

 I started cutting for multiple quilts.  These are quilts that I have had on my list to make for a while.  Summer will be here shortly and I don't have a/c in my sewing room so it gets rather hot up there so I sew downstairs during the summer months.  I have several quilt that I want to work on along with a few UFO's.  If I get them cut and ready now then that will cut down on the mess of bring everything downstairs and cutting this summer.  This way I can just grab something and sew.  Here are a few things that I am cutting for...

Jacob's Ladder and a Churn Dash.  I've made both but want to do them again.  The Jacob's Ladder is going to be in navy/dark blues and cream.  Not sure how big it will be but I am just going to cut until I run out of those shades that I want to use.  The Churn Dash block in the photo is one that I made a month or so ago.  It is a 6" block.  Those easily cut out from 2.5" strips.  Actually I cut a few of them out today but I am thinking that I will use a jelly roll that I have.  I've been putting off cutting the jelly roll but I think I will use it anyway. 
 This is my progress on my Orange Peel blocks and I also cut out several more to prep.  I am doing most of this cutting out of my scrap basket except for the navy for the Jacob's ladder. 
 Here is my second Churn Dash block...
 I'm also cutting more Windmill blocks.  These are cut from 2.5" strips too.  I am cutting a lot of my scraps into 1.5", 2", and 2.5" strips as that seems to be a lot of what I use. 
 I am also cutting out more hexies when I find a piece of fabric that I can't cut in strips but I can get hexies out of it. 
 Lots of cutting and prepping for the summer months.

I made a few more bows.  These are actually tiny as Addison's head is very tiny!  LOL!  She can't even wear the newborn headbands that you buy in the stores.  Chantal has a couple of preemie bands that fit her but the bows swallow her head so I made a couple smaller ones.  :) 
 Oh, I can't leave without a pic of my baby girl.  :)  Addison Brooklyn Cline.  They came home on Friday as I had to go for a visit.  :)  Mom picked me up yesterday and we went for another visit.  LOL!  Good thing that Addison only lives a mile away.  :)
 That's all for now....Richard is working so I will spend the day with my precious boys and maybe sneak a visit in with Addison too.  :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Addison is here!!!!

 Addison is here!  :)  So here is the story...  Tuesday night my mom and sister called and said that she seemed to be leaking a little but not knowing if it was her water or urine.  :)  She waited as she wasn't having any pain and then mom told her to go shower just in case.  LOL.  Then we decided that she should go to the hospital just to be checked as we live over an hour away and didn't want any surprises.  So we got ready and headed to the hospital...better to be sent home than to be trying to rush to get to the hospital.  So we get there, they check her and she starts gushing water and then a little pain starts.  Nothing major just a little pain.  She was still dilated to 3 like she had been for weeks.  

Ronnie her husband was called as he works away and he headed to the hospital.  He left as soon as we found out she was in labor but he was several hours away.  The funny thing is the company that he works for got him a taxi and paid for the trip back for him which was $520!!!  The hospital told him not to rush as it was going to be a long time and that it would be late morning before the baby arrived.  So Chantal was doing just fine, her heart and blood pressure too.  We called everyone and told them that she was in labor but no hurry to get to the hospital as they said it would be late morning.  

They checked her again and BAM....she was dilated to 10 and there was a head!!!  LOL!  No one expected that and she wasn't even having hard labor pains!  They started hustling trying to get the doctor in there and the room ready.  She called Ronnie to tell him that he was not going to make it in time.  :(  Daddy was still 70+ miles away when she was born.  I hated that he missed it.  

She had a quick 3.5 hour labor!  Here is a photo that I took while she was PUSHING!!!  Does she look like someone in labor?  LOL!  The only time that her heart rate when up was when they told her the baby was coming and hubby wasn't going to get there in time. 
 Mom and I were in the delivery room with her.  Mom got to cut the cord and I took a million photos for daddy to see.  Mom even videoed some of it.  

Her she is directly after the easy birth.  She only got to hold her for a second and she was sent to the NICU.  
She was having some trouble breathing and the cord was wrapped around her neck.  They assured her that it wasn't anything major but they wanted to put her in the NICU for 4 hours to get her breathing regulated.  After 20 minutes she was breathing fine but she had to stay the full 4 hours.  I tried to take some photos through the glass at the NICU but I couldn't really get a good photo. 
 Daddy got there not long after she was born. 
 As you can see, mommy and daddy are very happy!  BTW...that is Hunter in the background.  :) 
 Here is Addison....  She weighs 6lb 2oz and is 19.5" long. 
 She seems so tiny.  Newborn clothes just swallow her but the preemie clothes fit her fine. 
 These are photos from today.  Look how tiny her head is compared to daddy's thumb. 

 And here she is in her tiny little preemie capris.  :)
 We are all so in love with her.  She is so precious.  Shortly after she was born everyone arrived at the hospital.  Ronnie's mom and dad made it just in time for the delivery.  They were waiting right outside the door.  So thankful that God watched over them both as you all know that we were worried about Chantal going in labor because of her slight condition.  Also thanking God for taking care of Addison and her breathing. 

They will be home Friday and daddy has to leave back out to work on Monday.  He is staying at the hospital with mommy and baby and that will also give him a couple of days at home with them.  I'm sure he hates to leave for work but he has too.  Mom and I are here and her MIL just lives a few miles away.  I'm sure that mom will stay with has as long as he needs her. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

My Sewing Tray...

 This photo sums up my sewing this week.  Worked on a few more Orange Peel blocks and some hexies.  I keep this tray in the living room so that it is easily picked up and worked on while I am sitting.
 Did you notice the little brown basket/thread catcher?  My dear friend, Shell made it for me.  I love it!  It works out so well for me to put my little threads and snips in.  I can't believe that I didn't have one of these before.  LOL! 
 I have also been cutting strips of various sizes out of my scrap basket.  I have a quilt that I plan on making soon that has a million 1.5" strips in it so I am cutting 1.5", 2", and 2.5" strips.  Those are sizes that I will eventually use anyway.  Actually, the 2.5" strips is what I can cut my Windmills out of.  I still have several more to cut out of the basket. 

Tuesday night my MIL called and decided that we would have Easter Dinner here at my house on Saturday since we have Easter Dinner with my mom and family on Sunday after Church.  So I spent the rest of the week cleaning and grocery shopping, trying to get things ready for Saturday.  Dinner was supposed to be at 2pm.  Friday we had horrible storms and there was so much flooding in the county and many roads washed away.  We lost power here around 10pm Friday night!  Saturday morning we got up and still no power.  I called everyone to cancel dinner plans as I could not cook.  My MIL decided to just have a small dinner at her house since we had no power but at the last minute Richard decided not to go and decided to go try to get his glasses fixed instead.

Richard broke his glasses at work the other day and had to run to the pharmacy to purchase a pair of readers so that he could finish his day at work.  He is blind as a bat with things up close so reading medical charts and the computer screen is impossible without them.  Of course, the readers are not his exact prescription so he was still having some trouble seeing and was getting headaches.  We ended up running to the eyeglass place at Walmart to see if they could fit his lenses in another set of frames.  They did end up doing that but they are not a real good fit and they told him he should probably get a whole new set of glasses as soon as possible because the lenses would not stay in those frames.  His usual eye doctor said that he would have to order a whole new set as the frames were an older style and they no longer had them.  He just got the new lenses a few months ago and those alone were $400.  It's always something...

By the time we got back home Saturday the power was on!  :)  Thank goodness.  Sunday we got up and went to Church.  There wasn't a lot of people there because so many of the roads are not passable due to the flooding.  Directly afterwards we went to mom's and had dinner.  My brother, SIL and their children were there and also my sister.  It was nice to have some much needed family time.  My sister is still hanging in there.  :)  She is now 38 weeks and when she went to the doctor on Friday, he was shocked that she had not gone into labor yet.  LOL!  One thing with a baby is they will come when "they" are ready not when everyone else is ready.  We are all just waiting for her arrival.  Poor Chantal, she looked so miserable this morning sitting on that uncomfortable Church pew.  :) 

Friday, April 3, 2015

My week at a glance...

 Just a quick post to catch you up with what I have been doing this week.  Here are a few hexies that I did.  I did finish several more than this but this is all that I got a pic of. 
 Started an Orange Peel quilt.  Thanks to my dear friend, Annie for lots of tips and help.  She is the best. 
 I think I actually made 15+ pinwheel blocks. 
 A few of the Orange Peel blocks that I was working on.  In the corner you can see a few hexies back there.  I did a few of these when I had a color of thread in my needle that I needed to use up before doing the applique on a new block. 
 Flowers that Richard picked for me during one of our walks through the woods.  :)  These flowers meant more to me than any dozen of roses that he could have bought me.  :)
 A couple of updated pics of Mammy!  Shew...she was weighed at the vet the other day and weighed in at a whopping 112 lbs!!!  She is a handful.  LOL!  In her mind she is a newly born pup.  She is crazy! 
 It was hard to get a good pic of her as she is always on the go. 
 That's all for now.  Hope you all have a wonderful and Blessed Easter weekend.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fire and Hexies...

 Yesterday was one of those days....Richard headed out to work at around 5:45am he called me at 6:30am and he said, "everything is okay now but call work and tell them that I will not be there today because the Jeep caught fire"  WOW!  Of course I freaked out! 
 He was just driving along and POOF, flames just shot out of the dashboard.  He quickly pulled off the road and it was still dark but he could hear water running in a nearby creek so he grabbed an empty gatorade bottle and ran.  The creek was about 30yds away so after about 3 trips he realized that he couldn't get the fire out like that.  He then grabbed a pair of gloves that my mom had gave him from her work and they just happen to by fire retardant.  He just started gabbing anything that was on fire and throwing it out.  At this point it was just a bunch of burnt plastic and such.  He said that at one point the flames were tickling the top of the Jeep and if that cloth top had caught fire we would have lost the whole Jeep.  Thanking the Lord for watching over him and so grateful that it wasn't worse.  As you can see the dash and wiring are a loss.  

When he got back home he was coughing really bad from breathing so much of that in.  He really smelled of burnt plastic too.  This was his first day of work that he had missed at the hospital so I think that bothered him but it's not like he just didn't want to go to work. 
 He was making lots of calls yesterday about replacement parts and everyone kept saying the heater wiring is a big problem with the Jeeps.  You can't beat a Jeep when it comes to going in bad weather and it gets good gas mileage but I guess every vehicle has a few issues.  Since everyone kept saying that the heater wiring was a problem I decided to look and see if there had been any recalls issued but there wasn't.  

So that about summed my day up yesterday!  LOL!  Shew...just thanking God that even though it was bad and costly that it wasn't any worse....we still have a Jeep that can be fixed and I still have my precious Richard.  

The past few days I have been working on a few hexies!  Things have been a little busy around here so that is all that I could get done. 
 Recap of the wonderful brother, SIL, their 3 kids, Chantal and Ronnie all came over for supper.  I enjoyed it so much.  Families just don't seem to spend enough time together.  It is hard when everyone works all different shifts but it was so nice.  We had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, broccoli and cheese, peas and cornbread and of course chocolate cake.  Not a big fancy meal but it was nice and everyone was well fed.  My brother made me cry as they were leaving, he said, "sis, you just don't know what this had meant to me"  So we all have made plans that this will happen a lot more often.  We missed mom as she was working but after she gets home we have plans to do it again with her.  I was happy to spend the time together but also very sad that it was over.  

My sister was here but I gave her strict instructions to keep her feet up.  LOL!  She had a doctor's appointment yesterday and she is dilated to 3 maybe a 4.  The doctor said 3 but he said his assistant would say a 4 but he also told her that she would NOT go 40 weeks.  She was 36 weeks yesterday so if labor starts he will not stop it.  Last night she was having some light bleeding and back pain but it didn't progress in to anything.  Shew....I'm excited and nervous and I have my little bag of hexies packed and ready to go to the hospital at any given moment.  Her husband Ronnie works away like mom does a month at a time.  He is due to leave out on Tuesday morning so he is really stressing.  The doctor said that there was a good chance that Addison may make her appearance before he leaves!!!  The thing with babies is that you never know when they will decide to come!!! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Burp Cloth questions...

 I had a question from a "no reply" blogger that I want to answer.  Carline, you asked if I added anything between the layers of flannel in my burp cloths.  The answer is no, just two pieces of flannel.  They are lightweight and the flannel makes them absorbent.  I'm sure you could add a layer of thin batting but it really isn't needed.  After turning them right side out, I do stitch around the edges and that is it. 
 My sister has already washed the first set that I made for her and they do seem to wash up well and hold their shape. 
 They are very quick and easy and I do believe that I will make a few more sets to give as later gifts.  Just found out that Richard's niece is expecting in October and also a dear friend at Church is expecting....not sure if they are having girls or boys yet. 

Working on a few things....

 It's been a week or so since I last posted but life has just been really busy.  My sister is on complete bed rest through the remainder of her pregnancy so I have been spending lots of time with her and helping her out a little by cleaning, laundry, mopping and such.  She is now 35 weeks so hoping she can hang in there a little while longer.  

Chantal had a routine appointment with the cardiologist so while waiting I worked on some hexies.  I ended up getting 10 of them finished. 
 A dear friend from Church was at Chantal's baby shower and saw the burp cloths that I had made for her.  She asked if I could make a set of 12 so that she could give them as a gift to a family member.  So I whipped those up for her.  They go together really quick and easy.  I have more flannel leftover so I will probably use the rest to make more for Chantal.  You can't have too many burp cloths!!!!
 A pic of the back....
 I was really excited the other day, I was given a clock that has been in my family for over 100 years.  It measures a little over 38 inches long.  The clock dates to 1905 and hung in a general store that belonged to my great aunt.  She then gave it to my grandparents and it hung in their house for as long as I can remember.  It hung on the wall right behind my grandfathers chair.  I love it and I just want to cry every time that I walk by it.  Such wonderful memories...
 I guess that is all for now.  I have another busy day ahead

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A few birthday gifts...

 Yesterday was my birthday.  I'm not much on advertising that and probably would not have even mentioned it now but I wanted to show you some of the new goodies that I got!  :)  First, I just want to say that I am grateful that the Lord has given me another day of life.  Life is short and you just never know when your time is up.  

Hubby worked, Andrew worked, mom worked, Hunter was at school....etc.  I spent the day doing NOTHING and it felt pretty good!  :)  First, I must say that my family is the greatest!  At 6:15am my mom called to wish me happy birthday and she was just talking about the morning that she gave birth to me and such.  I love her so much.  She works away but had bought me gifts before she left and my sister was bringing them later.  So mom calls at brother calls me around 6:25am and he is at work.  As soon as I answered the phone he started singing happy birthday to me and made a few "age" jokes.  :)  Then around....6:45am Richard called and he was just pulling in at work and he sang the Conway Twitty version of Happy Birthday to me.  LOL!  The morning went on and I started to take a nap and then my dad called.  That is a whole other post but at least he did call, right?  So that was my day....

Then evening came and Richard and the boys were home with me and my sister made a quick stop on her way home from the doctor...more on that in a bit. are my goodies!!!!  

A new ironing board and Rowenta iron...
 A new pair of SHARP scissors that I had wanted but would not break over and pay the $17 for.  LOL!  A beautiful picture frame from Hobby Lobby.  Not, cash, clothing gift cards and such.  Oh...the boys didn't think that I should have to fix supper for everyone since it was my birthday so they bought pizza!!!
 After everyone went about their way...I took my stuff upstairs to play.  :)  Love my new ironing board as it is much wider and has a place for the iron and a rack underneath.  I cut out a few Windmill pieces to work on.  I still need to cut out more "color" fabrics. 
 Love my new sharp scissors.  I really needed them. 
 I also love my new iron!  It has a paisley design on it and I LOVE anything paisley. 
 Here are a few of my Windmills on my design wall.  The smaller set are sewn together into a 9-patch and the others are not sewn together yet.  That is way they look so different in size.  If all goes as planned I plan on doing a lot of sewing tomorrow. 
 Now news about my sister, Chantal.  To start with they didn't know if they could even have kids but she is now 34 weeks yesterday!!!  She has a slight heart condition and takes medication for it and also 3 BP pills a day.  Up to now she has done pretty well other than a few minor issues.  She had a checkup yesterday and she is having some major swelling in the feet and legs her BP was extremely high.  The doctor said that he could NOT increase her meds because of the baby.  He put her off work and on complete bed rest while doing a 24-hour urine collection to check for protein and to test for Preeclampsia which is also known as toxemia.  Unless something goes wrong between now and then she goes back Wednesday and they will decide from there what needs to be done.  I'm hoping that bed rest will help lower her BP and take down some swelling but if not they will have to induce her labor.  The baby's heart rate was good so that was great!  So we are praying that she can hang in there a few more weeks if possible.  I'm anxious to see this new baby girl but not too soon.