Friday, October 14, 2016

Does this resemble a horse yet?

I thought this pattern was going to be quick and easy! The pattern was deceiving! I've worked on it about 20 hours. It is an enjoyable stitch though and will probably go to Love Quilts.

Not much to write about this week so until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

A Quick, easy finish

Good Morning. I have a few minutes before I had to the Cat Shelter so thought I would post this piece. It was very quick and easy to do. I had made a piece for Madyson when she was adopted and my niece wanted me to do a piece for Katelyn too. I am hoping Katelyn will like this as it's not the colors she would have chosen. My sister-in-law who is also their grandmother will make both pieces into pillows.

Well....time is short so until next time.....Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An UFO Bites the Dust

I finished this earlier this morning. It was a difficult stitch as there was so much detail and so muc backstitiching in it. But I did enjoy it and am happy I dug it out to finish. My dad's cousin saw this when I posted it on my face book page and asked for it so it will go to her.

I have dug out another UFO to get further on if not completed. Only it's not as old as this own was. (I started in 2008. It's the AUTUMN piece by Stoney Creek I started last year.

Well....until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Progress on Owl

Good Morning! I thought I would show the progress I've made on my owl the last few days. It will go to my dad's cousin. She asked me for it when she saw it on facebook. This piece is going slow as it is so inticate, so detailed and so much backstitching! But it is close to being finished so I will stick it out. I must admit the America piece as big and as much confetti stitching there is was easier to do than this piece.

I have seen several blogs about Jo's Birthday blog. I have enjoyed reading the different blogs about their most mememorable year. I couldn't quite figure out how to join I am going to post about a memorable year in my life.....1975. It was Sept., my Sr. year at GRSNBM and I was about to be an aunt for the first time. Michelle was born Sept. 23, 1975. It was a jubilant time for our family. In Dec. 1975 our family went down to San Antonio where my brother and sister in law lived, they were expecting their first child. Kay and baby Michelle were able to join us. My parents, and I stayed at the home of an older lady who was on vacation at the time and my sister and her baby and our 2 youngest brothers stayed with a friend of Kenn and Denise's . Joshua was born while we were down there. That was great. It was a fun time for our family and a great vacation trip.

I will be heading out to the Cat Shelter before long. The adoptions are picking up now. Summer seems to be a slow time. Hoping one or two get adopted today. Last week end no cats got adopted but 7 kittens got adopted at Petco, hopefully the kittens we had at the shelter will be at Petco or foster care now. Our kittens usually go to foster care then Petco but this year there has been a surplus of kittens. We did keep them separate from the cats. We do have 3 cats that may go out between now and sometime in Oct. The one person was moving around the 15th and wanted to wait until she got moved in and settled before she got Roosevelt. The other person needed to wait until Oct. to get Soldier and Jasman. We have our fingers crossed on that as Soldier and Jasman are hard to adopt out. Soldier is so shy and Jasman has some physical needs. So we will see. Both are sweet cats. Speaking of cats, my niece and her family finally got a cat. They said when they got home from Sweden they would get one and they got one within their first week back. They went to a shelter similar to ours where the cats are kept in rooms not kennels. They wanted two cats between ages 5 to 10 as they knew they were harder to adopt out. They only got one as the place said it would be best to let Angel adjust to them. Nick just loves Angel and is always reading to him and he listens. Chase loves to play with him and hide him under the box. It seems to be working out and a good match for them. Michelle always said that it would be indoor outdoor but their agreement with the shelter is indoor only. She said so far he doesn't even try to get out.

Next week it will be 3 years since my dad died. In some ways it seems like yesterday and other ways is seems like so long ago. We miss him. Mom died in Oct. a year later so fall is a sad season.

Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

A Finish and an UFO

This was a quick, easy, piece by My Big Toe Designs. I wanted something easy to do after spending 3 months on America piece. This piece made me think of my mom as even in adversity she rejoiced. Also when I graduated from High School I wanted a white dress with pink flowers to wear under my cap and gown. Unable to find one my mom found material and sewed the dress for me. I loved it and wore it often. The flowers in the border of this piece made me remember it because they were very similar to the ones in the dress. Funny what triggers your memory, things you had long forgotten about will come to mind.

I have dug into my UFO pieces and decided to try to finish 1 or 2 of them. If I could find the piece and the pattern, I was doing it. Well....I found the piece and pattern so am going to finish up this piece. I started it years ago for Love Quilts and for some reason never finished it. Probably because I made a mistake that seemed too hard to try to fix at the time. (That's usually why I lay down a piece, usually pick it up years later and the mistake was easy to correct then.) This book also has a fox in it I never finished....but have to find that piece.

Well until next time....Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Page 14 of America Finished

Good Morning! I hope everyone has a safe and nice Holiday Weekend. It's the last weekend of the summer. Kids that haven't returned to school yet will be returning Tuesday. It's been a nice summer, I really hate to see it end, it went by too fast.

I finished page 14 of America and has been laid down until Jan., then I hope to work on it until it's finished, hopefully in early March. We'll see. Will I do another piece by Mystic Stitch? Yes, I already have it picked out. I've done 2 pieces earlier.

I just got home from the cat shelter. We have so many nice cats right now. We just recently got some new cats that are so sweet. We doubt it will take them long to be adopted.

Also have a lot of things coming up at church with the picnic middle of Sept., then Oct. Chilli cook off, November, Harvest Dinner and then in Dec. Holiday potluck. We are trying to have more activities for the people at church to get together, get to know each other. Our church is getting new people but some of the people that have been with us a while are leaving. I don't get it. No it's not the same church it was 5 years ago, and yes a lot of people such as my dad, who were real leaders have died. But when we decided to get this Pastor and the Worship Directors we knew what direction they wanted to take the church. People always say to me "If your dad was alive he wouldn't let these things happen." I don't know that....Dad was about reaching people. And to be honest, God never changes but He does reach people where they are at. So we have to give a little to reach people for Christ. Christianity isn't a bunch of rules and regulations.

Speaking of my parents today would be their 66th wedding anniversary. Their second one in heaven. We miss them there isn't a day I don't think of them. This picture I think is of them at time of 60th anniversary. I remember their 63rd anniversary dad wanted Meat Pie. It's a Finnish dish he grew up on and we did too. My sister-in-law made it for him and he ate it even wanted seconds. Dad was ain Hospice Care at the time and died 20 days later.

Well until next time...Happy Stitching. (My cat is about to kick me off the computer LOL!)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

1,000 Hours of Stitching on America

Good Morning. Yesterday I reached a milestone on America, I stitched on it 1,000 hours! I started it Jan. 1, 2014 and hope to finish it in 2017 or early 2018. This is what I have done on page 14. See above post to see the top half of piece.

It's been a busy few days. Friday I got to see two nieces and their children. Michelle and her boys had just arrived back from a year in Sweden. (Her husband went on to CO to get their house ready plus he starts teaching again end of Aug. Michelle starts beginning of Sept.) It was a fun noisy day. My birthday was on Sunday so my sister was also at my nieces, and made me Coconut Cream Pie using our mom's recipe. It was sooooo good. I hadn't had it in years. I had posted on Face book I had 3 wishes, one was for my mom's coconut cream pie, 2) to go to Golden Corale on my birthday, & & 3 to have a cat or two adopted from the shelter. Friday was so much fun. It was nice to see the girls and kids again. The kids are growing. On Sunday I went to church and then my brother took me to Golden Corale. It was so good.

Sat. we did not get any cats adopted at the shelter but 7 of our cats and kittens that had been taken out to Petco got adopted. We were so thrilled at that. And since 3 of the cats were at the shelter first I count that as the wish coming true.

Monday my Sister in law came and got me and we went to Dutch Village with her two daughters. Six kids in all. Melissa has 4, ages 1, 6, 7, and 9. And Christina has two ages 1 and 2. Trice will be 3 in Oct. That was fun. The kids enjoyed the animals and rides. Little Trice kept saying in the car all the way there "We're going to see the animals." I think he had the most fun. He was fearless on the rides even loving the ferris wheel and another ride that kept go up, down, out in circles. I forgot the name of it. We were worried he'd freak out on that but he loved it, and he even knew he had to hold on to the rail and not the chains. Afterwards we went to Pizza Hut and had Pizza! We had planned to go back to the park but the 3 little ones were really tired. Isaac had fallen asleep, Trice and Ryker were too stubborn to give in and were getting cranky. Ryker fell asleep on ride home Christina and the boys will be going back to NC on Friday to rejoin her husband. This was an unplanned trip as Christina fell ill and since they had only moved to NC a few months ago they felt it best for her to see the doctors that had been treating the illness all along. It's an illness she'll have to deal with for life. She's doing much better now so will be returning to her husband.

Well....I'm going to go back to stitching. Until next time....Happy Stitching!