Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Update on America

Good afternoon. I know I haven't been around as much lately. For some reason I just haven't gotten into blogging like I use to. Also I haven't stitched much in the last 3 weeks until yesterday and today. I think I stitched more yesterday and today than I have the last 3 weeks. I definitely got twice as much done. Anyway this is my progress on pages 7 & 8.

My sister is coming in to town later today. So the next couple of days I won't get much stitching in. We'll probably just relax tonight, doing our running around tomorrow and then play games whenever.

My small garden is doing good except for one of the hydrangea plants. The first one that got planted just never really took off well. Now the one planted later is really doing good and new buds are even coming up. I'm hoping next year the plants will really do well. Everyone tells me it takes a year or two for them to really get going. I also wonder if the first one is getting too much sun. I've been pruning it but then someone told me not to prune it, just let it take care of itself. But I don't know some of those leaves and flowers are pretty dead. But like I said the second one is doing great and the rest of the flowers are doing good.

August will be a busy month. Several of my nieces and nephews will be coming in from out of state. Each week someone is coming in except for the first week and last week some will be leaving. I'm looking forward to seeing them again. I haven't seen Jeremy, who lives in AZ in 4 years.

Well...until next time. Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Hope Sampler Finished

Good morning! I am just waiting for a friend and her daughter to get here so thought I would post my finish. I finished it a couple of days ago and just getting around to posting it. This will go to a boy at Love Quilts who has Religious as theme of his quilt. I have my America piece back now so am back to stitching on that. I finished page 9. Here it is:I never thought I would get page 9 done, that was by far the hardest page. I think it was because of the colors being so similiar. Now I'm doing page 7 which is a much easier page to do.

Last night my sister in law came with a new hydrengia plant. It is so pretty. The first one she gave me isn't doing that well but everyone says it will do better next year. So I'm not giving up on it yet. A friend is coming over in a few minutes and we'll do a little more work in the garden

Friday, July 01, 2016

Hope Sampler

Good afternoon! Boy! June did fly by! It is already July 1. I left my America piece at my brother's last week and don't have it back yet, so I decided to do the Hope Sampler in mean time. And may be doing a couple of other pieces before I get that piece back. Anyway this piece is full of improvisions. For one thing I don't know how to do the specialty stitches so the bands are just my own version of the bands on the pattern. Another thing the word Hope is also going to be improvised somewhat since the pattern is for 28 count and I'm doing it on 14 count. At least the Lighthouse will be accurate. This piece is going to a little boy at Love Quilts unless I decide I messed it up too bad, then I'll find another piece to do for him.

Last week I got to see my Aunt and Uncle at my brothers. It's been a year since I've seen them. We had a nice visit with them. We admired my sister-in-law's garden and all her flowers in front yard and back yard and my brother redid the sun porch and it is really nice.

I'm looking forward to the Summer Olympics. I like the winter ones better, but I do like the Swimming, Diving, and Gymnastic events and some Track & Field. I've been watching the tryouts so that gives me a taste of what the Olympics will be like.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wild Flowers of the South Finish

Good afternoon! It's so nice outside although we are getting our share of rain. My garden likes that.
I actually finished this piece last week, just never got around to posting it. I love the way it turned out. It is so pretty, the picture doesn't do it justice.

My sister is here from other side of state. Earlier we went down to Lake Michigan. She has to go down there in the summer when she's here. Only we were surprised by the mist over the lake so we didn't get a clear view. We were also surprised by the waves pounding the shoreline. We didn't think it was that windy out. Tonight we'll have pizza. Not my favorite but our brother likes it so we'll have it for him. We were going to have it last night but we went to another brother's house instead.

Now this piece is done I am back to working on America. I only have a little left on page 9 but it's driving me crazy all the confetti stitching. Why do designers do that? Why do I like her patterns so much. I have about 5 more of them here to do and I've done 2 others. I love punishing myself I guess.

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

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

One Last Update on Wildflowers of the South

Good Morning. My garden is loving all the rain. Yesterday I went a bought a hose, nozzle, and bug repellent. The nozzle broke right away, and I bought the wrong bug repellent, you connect it to the hose. Not what I wanted but I'll keep it. Today I'll get what I originally wanted. My brother and sister in law bought me a hydregen plant (I think that's what it's called and I misspelled it) as an early birthday present and the bugs are after it, so I need to get something to prevent that. It's so pretty. I looked for a tomato gate but I didn't like what they had, one was too tall and the other wasn't it either so I'll look at another store today.

I only have one flower left to go on this piece. It is so pretty. I'll ask someone to piece it together when it's all done so it can all be shown in one picture. It'll go to my sister-in-law. I was going to go back to America next but I'll do a piece for Love Quilts called Hope for a little boy who chose religious as theme of his quilt. It has a lighthouse and three Bible Verses, I'll do two of them to meet the size requirements.

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Progress on Wildflowers of the South

Good morning! It is so nice and pretty out today. I've enjoyed having my sliding door open and letting the fresh air in. I run the air conditioner at night when it is somewhat warmer. I'm trying to save on the electric bill and hoping having it off most of the day and running it about 10 hours at night will help.

I am really into doing flowers, my last few posts have been with flowers. After this piece is done I'm picking America back up and will work on that for awhile. I'm anxious to pick it back up. So is my brother anxious for me to work on it again.

For some reason it took me several days to do the bottom middle flower. I just couldn't get into it. I did make a mistake on one of the other flowers and could frog it but I think I'll just let it go. I don't even think anyone knows what flower it is. And then I thought I would have to take out the whole left side of the border because it wasn't turning out right. But today I was able to finish the border off with no problem, I just miscalculated yesterday is all. What a relief.

This week has been fairly quiet so until next time.....Happy Stitching.

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Pretty New piece

Good afternoon. I bought this pattern a few years ago and have been wanting to stitch this for a while now. I finally got it out. I love stitching it, it is so pretty. I started it a week ago tomorrow and it's not quite half done. Since I'm not from the south I don't know if these flowers look like the real ones or not, but I think they are pretty.

I found out one of my nephews will be moving to Alaska for his job for 6 months, then moving to Colorado. They live in Alabama now, so be ready for the winter weather. They'll live in same city as my oldest niece so they'll have some family there, plus his sister lives in Western Nebraska so she won't be that far from them. By the time they get to Colorado, Michelle and her family will be back of from Sweden.

Speaking of Michelle she posted something kind of cute from the mouths of her two young son. Chase wanted to play Donald Trump so Michelle asked who that was to see what his response would be...so Chase showed her the Darth Vadar game he had and he was calling that Donald Trump. Chase is 4 almost 5. Her older son, Nick is 6 says, "No that's not Donald Trump, he's President of the United States." Not quite Nick. Michelle figures he picked it up on the playground at school. Kids hear their parents talking about the US and they interpret things their own way. Rather we want Trump or not (and I'm keeping my views to myself) Nick and his friends already have him as President.

Oh Michelle's brother and his family are moving to Canada for two years this summer. Christy's job is sending her there for training and Bryan's job is going to let him work off site those two years.

We are looking forward to my nephew Jeremy coming up from AZ for 10 days in August. He hasn't been up here in 4 years so it'll be great to see him again. His sister, Christina, and her two boys will fly up for 2 weeks from N. Carolina while Jeremy is here. Her husband can't come because of work.

My niece, Melissa, and her husband and children are settling into their new home. They've been working on their floors, they finally got the hardwood floors in, and now they are doing little things to make the house their own. They plan on this being their last move. Good, they've moved quite a bit the last few years.

I'm having major problems with vertigo. Last week I came home from the food pantry and was just getting ready to sit down when everything went black and I fell to the floor hitting the coffee table and then having it land on top of me. I went to Urgent Care because my own dr. couldn't see me. Urgent Care told me to go to ER and get a cat scan. I went to ER waited forever (they were busy) and then saw the dr for about 10 minutes. He said I didn't need a cat scan so didn't do one. I wasn't real happy as I sort of wanted a cat scan to see if it was really vertigo or something else going on like my ENT dr. suspects. So I made an appt with my regular dr. tomorrow.

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