What a struggle this year has been ... I'm either up with high energy, or down and sleeping 15-18 hours a day... it's all to do with my health. I HAVE been sewing ... working on a Quilts Of Valor quilt, and also a surprise for someone I love and will soon need a hug ... more to come on that later. Also, I decided to join a Relay For Life team, to help fundraising here in Christian County. My AWESOME friends have jumped in to help me in the fundraising, and have pledged donations to support the cause :) My walk is June 7th at Nixa Jr High. Wish me luck! Also, along with that, my quilty friend Karen and I decided we wanted to raise bigger funds for Relay... so we are combining our efforts to put together a quilt to raffle. The design is all laid out, it will be applique (no, not by hand, but fusible), and it's given me and Jenny a chance to really work on an awesome project. Who's Jenny? She's my awesome Janome 6600 :)
What a DREAM Jenny is. She is a delight as well as a work horse! On the blocks for Relay quilt, I used the font function, and wrote on each square. I will post a pic as it gets more together.
Karen has done her part on the blocks ... now to finish mine up, then it goes back to Karen for the quilting. Then I will do the binding, and HOPEFULLY it will be ready to start the raffle by Nixa Sucker Days, which is May 18th. We will be having a Relay booth selling nachos to help raise funds for the Relay walk, and we will also have the quilt there to kick off the raffle! OK ... broke the ice. Hopefully I can get my procrastination under control and keep posting on a more regular basis. So what are YOU up to this week? Quilty fun? Enjoying the sunshine? Whatever it is, I wish you many of our Good Lord's good blessings ... till next time <3 font="">3>
Since Christmas, Jenny (my new Janome) and I have been having such FUN together ! What a GREAT sewing machine she is! I love all the bells and whistles she offers, especially the thread cutting feature :) But she offers sew much more! I went to the dealer I bought her from and took a class, and learned alot! My teacher Kathy loves this machine, and told me that she used Jenny when she was on display, so knows her quite well ... and she's happy Jenny has found a good home ;)
I'm still working on reorganizing and shuffling my sewing room around, utilizing my guest room as an overflow area for my sewing habits. I wish I could just knock out a wall and expand my one room, but Steve's not real excited about the plans in my head... so I sold our guest bed and put in shelving. This week I also moved my bookcase in there, and having to move everything, has forced a much-needed organization of my books ... even found one I have as a duplicate, which I will share with a new to quilting friend.
The sewing I've done over the last couple of weeks has been fun. I FINALLY completed a quilt for my Mom, for her 80th birthday. That in itself is a milestone, that she would live to be that old, as her life was so crazy reckless for the first two-thirds of her life, before she came to know our Lord.... and I must say, I am equally surprised that God has granted me life this long... as I AM my mothers' daughter.
So I decided that she needed a quilt, as everyone should have a wrap of comfort... so I took a pattern that my friend Shauna (aka Crafty) sent me ... a zig zag quilt. Done in Mom's favorite colors, blue and yellow, I took all the fabric from my stash and I would take it to my quilt guild sew-ins and work on it. The gals there sure helped me to understand triangles and laying out a quilt that goes sideways :) If you have an opportunity to belong to a guild, I highly recommend it! And I feel VERY fortunate that I have such an inspiring and talent-sharing bunch of gals that I get to learn from and grow together as friends :)
Mom received her quilt, and I had to make a couple of matching pillowcases ... well, cause it's Mom :) She called me crying, unable to put into words the feelings that she was having at me making such a gift of love. And she came down sick the next day, and wrapped herself in the yumminess of the quilt, and says she feels the love and hugs that I put into it. :)
And that was the whole intent ... and IS the intent of why we make quilts ... to feel the love. I sure dislike it when non-quilters call them "blankets". The term seems so generic to me, and does not represent the time, workmanship and love that is put into a quilt. It's a LOVE thing ... and when you're a quilter, you want to share that love of quilting with those you love.
So I have my FIRST UFO done for the year! I'm off to a good start... and after all, it IS my year for sewing! Now... where did I put Steve's quilt ... time to finish up for him :)
Had a busy week... worked on getting that mess I call a sewing room together. YIKES! It's an ongoing process as I am moving some of my things into the spare guest room that can no longer house guests :) It just seems that my sewing items are like rabbits these days and are multiplying out of control. But with that change, comes organization! Which I so desperately need!
I don't have alot of sewing to post, but I will say I'm beginning a new chapter in my daily living... will write more when I feel confident about it. Here's a pic I want to share, just cause I LOVE looking at my Precious G'daughter wrapped in her quilt I made her ... She is my heart, and my Precious gift from the Lord! I hope y'all have a blessed Sunday. We are off to worship The King this morning, and then on to some sewing!!! :)
Just wanted to wish anyone out there a HAPPY NEW YEAR ... and hope your new year brings you joy, peace, good health, the love of good friends and family, and many blessing of our Lord.
I'm ready to start a new year ... AND I have a new friend to share it with. This is Jenny ... Jenny Janome is her name, and she is a dream! She and I have lots of plans this year, starting with the Block of the Month over at the HGTV Quilting & Needlework Forum.
This is my block for January, altho I'm thinking of doing another color scheme also :) Two quilts would be better than one! :) I also have many goals for this year ... finish some UFOs I have collected ... do some quilts for Quilts of Valor, and the Ronald McDonald House, Mrs Claus doll quilts and a large quilt for MY bed done in batiks! I LOVE batiks! Here's wishing you and your family the BEST of what this new year has to offer!
I LOVE being a G'ma... to my most Precious gift from the Lord! I live in the country where the wildflowers and wildberries grow in God's beautiful creation we call the Ozarks ! I've been married to my honey for 34 years...Life is good! (And time SURE flies)! I am blessed to have a wonderful family that God has saved, a loving husband who is the most patient man on earth, a daughter who still loves me even through the turmoil of our life before Christ, a son-in-law that treats her good and God is teaching me to love, and a grand daughter who is my heart. GOD IS GOOD, and He's good ALL THE TIME !
I love quilting, and don't sew as much as I'd like to, but will be working this year on prioritizing my time better and not allowing myself to be "sucked in" to pleasing others ... try to accomplish some projects I enjoy doing !