Wednesday, August 6, 2014

More appealing to me...

 I was straightening up some of my quilt books and magazines and I realized that the older magazines are more appealing to me than the newer ones are.  I know that everyone has different taste but I am attracted to the more traditional/old-fashioned patterns than I am the more modern ones.  Here are a few examples...

This is "Quilt" magazine dated Summer 2002.  Look at those quilts on the cover!!! 
 My favorite in the magazine is the Grandmother's Choice pattern!  I stated on it years back and it still isn't finished.  I need to dig it out and finish it up.  If I remember correctly it was easy.  Do you love it as I do? 
 Here is a close up of it...
 The following are in it as well...
 This is the Fall 1993 issue of "Quilt" magazine....
 I actually made this one years ago....not even sure if I still have it.
 Do these appeal to you also?  Looking through these two magazines just makes me want to sew!  LOL!

On to other things...Hunter started school on Monday, August 1st.  :(  This breaks my heart as he didn't want to go.  He hates school and his feet were hurting him pretty bad so that just made it worse.  Can you believe that he has a test tomorrow???  They sure don't waste any time, do they?  As you can see by the look on his face he was not thrilled about going. 
Things are changing around the farm too.  Richard and a dear friend of ours from Church traded out some work.  Last summer we moved the driveway to a different area which we still are not using it as we haven't graveled it yet.  :(  We only drive on it when it is dry.  :)  So now we dug out part of the hillside to make a huge turning/parking spot that way Richard will have plenty of room to turn the hay trailer.  He is also planning on building a garage out there too.  

This is Chuck cutting out the turning/parking area.
This is the area where the garage will eventually be.  These photos were taken not even halfway through the progress so it looks totally different than this now.  I'll have to take more photos of it to post.  
Richard is happy so that makes me happy!  :)

I'm heading on to bed soon.  Richard got called into work tonight, Andrew still isn't home from work as he is working a double shift.  Hunter is in bed and I have to get him up at 6:30am.  
Kristie

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sleeping in the sewing room....

Tuesday night I was home alone.  Richard and Andrew were both at work and Hunter spent the night with my sister.  So I spent lots of time in my sewing room.  It got rather late so I thought I would rest a few minutes and then get back to sewing.  That didn't happen...I slept all night on the sofa in my sewing room.  :)
 I worked a little more on my Sweet Annie quilt.  I also spent lots of time just piddling around.  Loved every minute of it although I did miss my family. 
 I'm back up here today starting to sew more on my Sweet Annie quilt.  I have over half of it pieced. 
 I had last night's quilt cam on while I was sewing.  I got a lot done this morning.  I'm very pleased.  Now I need to go downstairs and clean so that Richard doesn't think that I just sewed all day.  :)  He is helping a friend do some work today. 
 Let me tell you a good one on Andrew!!!  I don't think I have ever laughed so hard.  The other evening he had a headache and asked where the ibuprofen was.  I told him and he got out 4 pills and swallowed them.  Then he said, "OH NO!"  See these two bottles.....which one do you think he took?  LOL!  Not the right one!  :)  Hehehehe!  Let's just say he was awake early the next morning!  :)
 Thanks for those interested in the fabric that I have for sale.  I still have about 7 yards left, if anyone is interested.  $6.50 per yard!!!!  It is from the line, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Chocolate by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers. 
 I'm off....I need to do some house cleaning and then spend some "special time" with Hunter as he starts school on MONDAY!!!  :(
Kristie

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fabric For Sale!

 FOR SALE:  Strawberries, Blueberries & Chocolate by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers.  0262-0010
 This is a beautiful Blue Civil War Reproduction fabric with a small cream design in it. 
 I have 11+ yards of this and I will sell it by the yard.  $6.50 per yard.  1 yard ships for $2.86......2+ yards ships for $5 total. 
 This is new fabric still on the bolt!  If you are interested shoot me an email or comment and I will send you a Paypal invoice. 
 Thanks for looking!!!
Kristie

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Sweet Annie Quilt...

 I have been working on a UFO that is navy and cream but today I set it aside and pulled some special fabrics.  These lovely fabrics were sent to me from a dear friend. 
 I didn't want to cut into them until I decided exactly what I wanted to make with them.  I decided on this simple design that really shows off the fabrics well.  This quilt will be for ME!  I have really enjoyed cutting and sewing on it today.  I have decided to call it, "Sweet Annie"  my dear friend will never know what a comfort and joy she has been to me over the past few years.  This quilt will always remind me of her and our friendship.

The photo on my design wall is blurry so the photo is not a great one but at least you can get an idea of how it will look.  I also plan on adding a border to it.  This was the view of it from my sofa that I have in my sewing room.  I'm thinking that I will remove that round table that I have the little ironing board on.  I have plenty of room but I like the open space that I have in the middle of the room without it.  I have my big ironing board downstairs so I will bring it back up when I remove the table.  I usually have my big ironing board set up by the window. 
 This is another view of the room from the sofa...
 Yesterday evening Richard was in the garden picking tomatoes and saw a copperhead about 10" from his hand.  He killed it with a hoe.  So thankful that the Lord was watching over him.  Shew...I hate snakes!  Leo hates them too.  He will bark and bark at them...dead or alive.  BTW...it is dead in these photos.  :)
 It measured about 30" long.
 Hunter has had several rough days with his feet.  He has spent most of the time on the couch as he can't stand to walk.  It will be about a month before he gets his new inserts and I just pray that these work for him.  He has some in right now but they are his old ones.  He is a very active child or at least he wants to be.  His whole body is out of alignment because of his feet.  The xray of his spine looks like he has scoliosis, it is so crooked but it isn't.  This has messed with his feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.  He has had to take Motrin pretty much around the clock the past few days and that can't continue.  So praying that something gives for him.  I can't stand to see him not feeling like walking around.  If you remember last year he was in a boot and on crutches for a few months.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to keep a 12 yr old occupied and keep him off his feet???  UGH!  He is also having therapy and that is not going well for him as he is crying pretty much through all of it.  As a mother, this just breaks my heart.  

I guess that is all for now...I'm heading back up to the sewing room!!!
Kristie

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hunter's visit to Shriner's Hospital...

Yesterday was Hunter's appointment at Shriner's Hospital for the issues that he has with his feet.  Here is a pic that I took on the way down there.  I think he was a little nervous as he was acting goofy the whole time.  :)
 After we got there and registered, we saw several different doctors and they all agreed that if possible we wanted to try to avoid surgery.  He has had a million pairs of inserts custom made but they assured me that these inserts would be completely different from anything else that he had ever had.  They took more impressions of his feet and showed me how the insert/brace works and looks.  This is something that should support his feet and arches but not be seen outside of his shoe.  I'm just praying that this works for him.  He has pain in his feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back.  Actually the xray that I have of his back looks like he has scoliosis because his feet has thrown everything off in his body.  Praying that this will all be fixed from these inserts/brace.  Since his inserts are custom made we have to go back in a month to pick them up and have any adjustments done to them.  He also has to have some therapy to try to build up some sections of his feet.  They did some physical therapy with him yesterday just to show what he will be doing.  I'm praying that this works for him.  I hate seeing him in pain and not being able to do the things that he wants to do.  

I also snapped a pic of Richard while he was driving!  :) 
 Since this was a few hour trip for us, I took along something to keep my hands busy.  I worked on some hexies. 
 A few more pics of our little road trip.  Here we are turning in at Shriner's Hospital.  It had just started raining when we got there. 
 Hunter loves when we pass Castle Post.  Such a lovely place and it is rather huge.  Their website shows some lovely photos of the inside.  You don't see many castles in KY.  LOL! 
 Another angle...

 Today I am very tired and stiff.  Riding in a car sure doesn't help my hips and back but it was well worth the trip if this helps him.  
Kristie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Minor accident and some cleaning...

 Hunter had a little minor accident yesterday evening.  Now my boys are not much for playing video games all day.  Hunter likes them but he would much rather be outside running through the hills or something.  Not too long after Richard left for work last evening, Hunter told me that he was going to go outside and make himself a slingshot.  This is nothing unusual.  A little while later he came in with his leg bleeding!  The end of his hatchet came off and hit him right on the shinbone.  I couldn't get it pulled back together or get it to stop bleeding so off to the ER to get 4 stitches!  :(  He's fine today, just a tiny bit sore.  Thank God that it wasn't worse. 
I've been staying rather busy the past several days.  First of all while working on my bow ties I started playing around with some Cathedral Windows stuff.  Trying to figure out the size that I want to work with.  This is not a project that I plan on starting anytime soon, just some day.  :)
 I also took some time to play around with my new girl.  This is my 1919 Singer Red Eye that I got a few weeks ago.  She sews rather well and I think I will be spending lots of time with her.  :)  I just grabbed a little stack of 2" squares and started sewing.  Not sure what they will be used for but I'm sure they will be used someday. 
 We've been having a few days of cooler weather so I started cleaning my sewing room.  I don't sew up there during the summer as it just gets too hot so everything gets piled up.  I also had some exercise equipment up there that needed to be moved into the workout/tanning room that we were converting bedroom #4 into.  All of that is moved out now so I could actually clean my sewing room.  This is a photo of my cutting and sewing table area...
 This is my shelf that holds my books/magazines and some yardage.  I've had this bookshelf since I was 13, my brother made it for my birthday.  :)  Oh...btw...that little white machine on the shelf...it is a Singer Featherweight!  LOL!  It sure doesn't look like the old ones, does it? 
 Shamefully...this is the other side!  LOL!  :(  It doesn't look that bad right now as I have cleaned since I took this photo.  Actually, that is what I was doing yesterday when Hunter cut his leg.  After it is all cleaned and organized I will post more photos. 
 
Please say a little prayer for my boys...Andrew has a little trip that he is going on tomorrow a few hours away but will be staying overnight.  Hunter has his appointment at Shriner's Hospital on Wednesday and that is also close to 3 hours away.  Also, my precious momma is having some health issues that we are trying to get under control. 

Before I forget...anyone use a FITBIT?  Want to be FITBIT FRIENDS?  LOL!  I was gifted one and I am trying to make myself get at least 10,000 steps a day.  Some days I get more, some days I get less.  
Kristie 

Monday, July 7, 2014

The small blocks are finished...

 The piecing is finally finished!  Well that piecing of the small bow tie blocks, that is.  I now have a total of 1080 of these little 3" (finished) bow ties finished. 
 I sat down this morning and pinned together the remaining bow ties to be pieced into 9 patch blocks as that makes it easier to assemble the top that way. 
 I have them all pinned and in this basket ready to be pieced...
 The quilt will have a total of 120, 9 patch bow tie blocks in it.  I have a few of them already pieced but I have 72 more pinned and ready to sew...
 As you can see here I already have some of the blocks sewn together.  Sewing 72 more of them will take me a while but I can't wait to see it finished. 
 My stack of 48 blocks...
 I love this time of year when the flowers are in bloom.  I really need to thin these out a little bit as I crammed them in this space just to get them planted a few years ago. 
 I have a long day ahead, I have a lot of stuff outside to do and then this evening after supper, I plan on working on my bow ties!!!
Kristie