Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A New Start but......

Good afternoon. I started this piece the other day thinking it would be a quick stitch. WRONG! In all capital letters. It is a very difficult piece. This piece is not going too well so may be placed on the "endangered pieces list" but I'll keep at it for now. It is such a pretty piece but oh the half stitches and back stitching drive me crazy and the pattern is not the easiest to read you have to guess and hope you are reading it right. Anyway here it is....I do have to do some frogging and yes I did a little improvising. I'll give it a few more days.

How was everyone's Easter? Mine was nice and quiet. It was just going to be my brother and I but then the lady across the parking lot rode with us to church Sun. and said her daughter was in Ann Arbor having brain surgery the next day. So we invited her to join us. I had plenty of food. The ham I bought was 9 llbs. It was the smallest ham I could find. I had never done a full Easter dinner before so was sort of nervous. But everything turned out well. For now on I'm buying real hams, not the canned ones. The pacakaged ones are much better.

Usually Tim and I would go to our brother, Kevin's for holiday meal. But this year their daughter and family were moving and so they spent the weekend helping them. Hopefully it'll be Melissa and John's last move.

Oh my niece Christina and her family moved to North Carolina. Something Christina especially has wanted to do for the last 3 years. Jared got a job out there so them and their 2 little boys moved. That was hard not just for Kevin and Beth but Jared's dad too as he worships those 2 little boys. In fact he has already made a visit out there. (I knew it wouldn't take him long to go out there and I expect he will be making many more trips out there then what he was). Jared's sister lives out there too but she doesn't have children yet.

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

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Dance

Good afternoon! After a week of crummy weather the sun is shinning. We bit the bullet as far as the winter storm goes, it went all around us. We did get a lot of rain though. Now the next week is suppose to be nice, Right now 37 and 38 are at end of 10 day forecast but that can change by the time the days get here. It can go up.

I finished this heart piece a couple of days ago. It was a love-hate relationship. I loved doing it but hated the blending filament. It will go to one of the quilts being done for the Kalamazoo shooting victims.

My sister was going to come in on Tuesday for a couple of days but because of the weather forecast she didn't want to get here and then not get home Thurs. So she'll come a couple of weeks from today.

The last two Easters my brother and I went to another brother's house for Easter. This year nothing was said about it. But I think because of their daughter and son in law moving this weekend they will be busy helping them. So I'm just going to have Tim come here after church and we'll have a ham dinner. I've never made a good ham before but I think I bought a good one this time. (Usually I just buy canned ham and I didn't
like that as well as the real ham which I bought this time.)

With it being Easter, I decided to do a cross piece by Sudbury House. It had 4 seasonal crosses. I made a couple color changes because I didn't have the Silver Krenik but had another one that made the cross more rustic, plus didn't have enough 761 so used 760 instead. So both changes do make a difference on the appearance of the piece I can see that already.

Well Hope everyone has a nice Easter. Until next time.....Happy Stitching

Friday, March 18, 2016

More Progress on A Loving Heart

Good evening!
I have been stitching on this piece. I think I will have to do some frogging though as the two sides are not coming out even. I'm hoping it's an easy fix. I really like this piece so if I have to frog some to make it right then I will. There is a facebook group planning to do quilts for the Kalamazoo shooting victims and I'm thinking this piece will be perfect for one of the women.

Today I took my cat to the Vet. He got a clean bill of health. He was so sweet at the Vet's. He was making her pet him the whole time he was there even when giving him the shots (Rabies and FIV) and when clipping his nails. The Vet did tell me to watch his diet as he is over weight. He weighed 17 lbs. He's not a big eater but I was feeding him 2/3 cup cat food and she said to cut it down to a half cup. He doesn't like canned cat food or human food or like any treats so the dry food is all he eats. So that part is good. She said I could try diet cat food but some cats don't do well with it so she only recommends it if cutting down food doesn't work. Think I'll try to get him more active too. He sleeps most of the time like most cats.

One of these days I will finish off the Amazing Grace piece, that is so huge. A lady from our church gave it to me to finish because her eye sight got so bad. She gave me a bunch of other started projects and projects she wanted to do but couldn't. Well today she died. So I think I should get it out and finish it in her honor. Her stitching is so much better then mine, I discovered on Friends are the flowers....piece so that just discouraged me. Plus someone on line in a group I'm in told me my stitching wasn't what it use to be and asked me not to stitch for the group any more. So I just took myself out of the group. I will still stitch for Love Quilts though and a Quilts for Older Children and Adults. Although I haven't lately as I've mostly been stitching for family and will for a while.
Well...until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Monday, March 07, 2016

A Loving Heart Progress

Good afternoon! It's a beautiful day outside. Our snow has melted. Do I dare wish it was gone for good. Probably not as it's still early March and we may get at least a couple more good snow storms yet.

I haven't had much time to stitch on this piece until the weekend. But I've made a lot of progress since I first started it. I stitched a lot on it since Sat. I love seeing this piece come together, I think it's so pretty.

Sat. I got to go to Katelyn's birthday party. She turned 6 last Tuesday. It was noisy with all the kids there but it was fun. I got home went to the cat shelter. One of our newest cats got adopted. We knew Serenity wouldn't stay long. The lady that adopted her had grandchildren and was deciding between 2 cats, Serenity was gentle with the children so she took her.

I got home from the cat shelter and couldn't get into my apartment. My key would not unlock the door. So I went to a neighbor and called the emergency no. They refused to help saying it was not an emergency. No they don't get hold of maitenance when you forget the key but if it's the lock then they should have gotten hold of them. Finally the neighbor and I decided to retry and after struggling my neighbor got the door open. So I stayed in rest of weekend for fear of not getting back in. Called the office first thing this morning and they had no idea why the emergency crew acted that way. Maitenance did come and wouldn't you know it the door unlocked with no problem! I says "I hate it when that happens I look like a fool!" But I also told him two neighbors witnessed the problem and could verify it. He put some oil in it to see if that will help. Hopefully it will. And I hope it doesn't happen again on a weekend or at night.

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

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Adoption Heart finished

Good evening! I finished Mady's adoption piece yesterday. Just getting around to posting it tonight. I covered her last name and place of adoption to protect her and her family.

Monday Mady was adopted. It was such a nice short ceremony. About 30-40 of us showed up to support the family and witness the adoption. I think more than what they were use to, they had to find chairs for all of us. Most of us were related, plus the family Mady had lived with before and some of their relatives and som other friends were there. (Mady had lived with a family from John and Melissa's church and was a good friend of Kate's). One weekend she spent with Melissa and John and she went home saying she wanted to live with them. Things weren't going too well where she was. So they asked Melissa and John (knowing they had been foster parents) and in time Melissa and John said yes, then it had to go through the court system. It worked out well at their house and 1 year later they got to adopt Mady. In fact a couple of months ago 5 year old Kate said to Mady, "All I want for my birthday is to have you as my sister for good." One day before Kate's birthday, her wish came true. It was a ceremony I was so happy to witnessed and felt honored to be invited. Mady had wanted to announce her middle name herself but the judge didn't know that and right off the bat he said this is the adoption ceremony for "Madyson Jane........" Madyson had chosen the middle name of Jane as she hated the middle name she had. She wanted it to be after Great Grandma Jane who she never met but had heard about and wanted to keep her name going. We were surprised and thrilled for our mom. I could almost see Mom and Dad looking down from heaven and smiling all through the ceremony.

Afterwards we all went out to pizza. I'm fussy when it comes to pizza but this pizza was really good. Then my brother, sister-in-law and I stopped at an Amish store on the way home. We really like that store too bad it's not closer to home. All in all it was a great, fun day. Mady was queen and very excited and hyper.

This Sat. we'll celebrate Kate's birthday as it was Tuesday. Can't believe she is 6 years old already.

Today at BSF I worked with the 2 and 3 year olds. I never thought I would like that age, but these kids were really good for most part. I really enjoyed it. So much so I told them I would work anytime needed and even have me considering working with the kids at church again.

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