Friday, January 11, 2019

I'm In!

Anyone else participating in the Pattern Review Sewing Bee? Time to go shop the stash...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Last Post of the Year

Almost the only post of the year!!! Ah, well...maybe 2019 will bring more blogging or vlogging. Time will tell. Been busy-you know this retirement gig is not for sissies! I have been warming the jumpseat in the groomer while Tom does the heavy lifting. We went out for a ride with our friends Jim and Louise yesterday and had a blast. I start jury duty tomorrow. Hopefully I won't be needed this week so I can go grooming with Tom. Working in the studio when I can. I put away Christmas today and cleaned house. Enjoyed watching the squirrels and birds that we are feeding. What can I say, I'm my Mother's daughter!  Put the new bridge on my practice violin, but not playing because the Seahawks are on. Enough rambling...quilt blocks need to be made. See ya next year!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Anybody still out there??? I have not posted in almost a year!!! Years people!
Blogging used to be something I did daily once upon a time! And then life changed, as it always does, leaving me with no time to blog. It became "one more thing" and I didn't need another chore. But the pendulum has swung again and I do have time for such things, but the blogging community seems to have moved on. I still follow blogs, but now what I really enjoy is listening to the new iteration...VLOGs! I love Rachel at Stitched Up; Lindsay of Inside the Hem; Liz Sews; Rachel and Nikki-The Stitch Sisters and more! I thought I might give vlogging a shot and when I checked my YouTube channel, I see I already have 2 subscribers! What???!!! I did do a Fabricmart haul videoa few years back when I entered their bundle contest. I still love their bundles, but have not bought any in quite awhile. I haven't really bought alot of fabric except for the occasional remnant at JoAnns (I'm a sucker for remnants) because truly I have a magnificant stash and need to sew from it! I think I will do a best of the stash haul video to inspire me to get cracking with those gorgeous fabrics that have been waiting for their time to shine! I'll work on that! What I have been doing is alot more quilting and of course sewing knits! I am loving big warm sweaters and fleece tops. Tom says "You are really into wearing blankets right now, aren't you? Yep, it's getting cold again and blankets are what I need. I will sign off now as we are getting ready to go to the snow show, but will leave you with a picture of my precious babies and I playing in the snow last year.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Vogue 9224

I sewed today! Actually I have been sewing on a quasi-regular basis, but I don't think you want to see 9 pair of flannel pj pants! The flannel is pretty nice though...Tom's are all wildlife prints and I have really got into foxes. Love a good flannel sale! Today I made up Vogue 9224, a handkerchief hem tunic. I used a colorful ITY knit from  Fabricmart. The only change I made is I cut the front on the fold to eliminate the front seam because I didn't want to break up the print. I cut a size medium, but I think the next one I will size down to a small because there is plenty of room. I'm thinking it will look adorable this spring with a pair of white leggings and flats.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Under Pressure

I know some of you are now humming that David Bowie tune right now! I can always tell when I am under pressure because I buy fabric. Anyone else do that too? Let's just say, there are some beautiful fabrics heading my way. Fabricmart is always there for me with a great sale when I need them! The good news is that I have been using fabric like nobodies business. I finished a maxi, a top and an alteration on a sweater last night. I have one more top cut out to sew and then I need to have a cutting session. I plan to sew again today...Tom is out on a wildfire so I have all weekend to sew (and buy more fabric). Pictures to come when my photographer returns. you find Kwik Sew patterns run big? I have made two styles recently cut out at my size and had to take things in significantly. I am not a petite person by any stretch of the imagination, but I am thinking I need to start at the XS size! Vanity sizing? 

Well, I am going to grab a bite and head into the studio...have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 16, 2016


This weekend we are having our first camping trip of the season. Our snowmobile club has a last hurrah and we have a work party to pick up trash and work on the warming shelter. I walked 4 miles up hill today...just a little tired! And I didn't even have my Fitbit on, dang it! Tomorrow I will work out in the greenhouse and maybe stitch a few seams. How's your weekend shaping up?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Up Next...

Spring has finally sprung here in the high desert and I'm moving on to spring things! This is the first year I have had a green house here, which is must if you want to grow a garden here. Our growing season is pretty short, and we are still having freezing temps overnight. One of my girls who owns a garden store in town said they don't start most of their plants until Father's Day because she doesn't want to heat the green house. My green house is only 10' X 12', so it is staying pretty warm already. The back half is already full with some bedding plants and seed trays of things I am starting. Tom built a planter box in the back and made me a long gutter planter. Pretty exciting stuff!

In sew news, I have a knit dress half made, a fleece jacket to cut out and a stack of fabrics to consider for some artful tees. I have cleaned one corner of the studio...Ha! Let's see if I can clean the rest of it before the sewing machine station gets fouled again! Rhonda Buss did a piece outing the disarray of her studio yesterday. I don't know...I think tidiness is a barrier to creativity. At least that's what I tell myself so I don't judge the mess in my room!

Busy day ahead...Quality Improvement meeting early and then a meeting in Bend for the Immunization coalition group I'm in. That means I will have to miss the Trauma Informed care meeting at noon. One of my girls said "you need to take more time off". Maybe I do...