Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cough, Cough, Pause, Hop

Cough, cough, pause...that's what it's like watching TV with me this month.
I cough and my husband pauses whatever we're watching until I'm done. Ugh!
Kris at Kris Loves Fabric warned me to be careful not to "spear" my finger while sewing and
coughing. Luckily, that hasn't happened, but then again there hasn't been much sewing going on.

My furry footed grandson, RJ, knows how to avoid getting sick. Not a bad idea!

What little sewing I have been doing is for the We Support You blog hop that starts soon.

Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt has us all showing our support for Breast Cancer with this hop.

Pat at Life in the Scrapatch is cheering us on...thanks, Pat!

Here's everyone who'll be hopping:

Stay well so you can sew, sew, sew!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Little Support Here

Cancer is such an ugly word!
I doubt there is even one person reading this who hasn't been affected by it one way or another.

I've lost a few friends and family to cancer. I miss them a lot.
Some of them would still be here if they'd gotten their cancer today instead of 5-25 years ago. 
We've come a long way with treatment for this dreaded disease. 
We have a ways to go to get rid of it. Hopefully, not too much longer!

Just last year I had two friends diagnosed with breast cancer...different types.
I didn't even know there was more than one type of breast cancer!
Since then I've learned way more about breast cancer than I ever wanted to know.
They've gone through surgeries, chemo and/or radiation. Tough times for them.
But, they are still here making the world a better place. 
Thank goodness! I'm kind of selfish and want them in my life for a lot more years.

I just love this lady and plan to hang out with her for a long, long time!
This was in 2002...we need a picture together that's a little more current and with a better camera.
Maybe a barista at Starbucks will take our picture next time we're there.

Sew We Quilt has a blog hop coming up soon to show our support for breast cancer.
I'll be taking part in it along with many others. I hope you'll join us beginning January 29th.

Pat at Life in the Scrapatch will be cheering us on for this hop. 
She has the full schedule HERE.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Blog Hop Going On With Tree Bird Fabric

Another fabulous blog hop to sign up for over at Sew We Quilt!

I love, love, love this button and the Tree Bird fabric by Elizabeth's Studio!

Check out the whole collection HERE.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Cross Stitched Tammy Bags Are In Season

Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and Mary from I Piece 2-Mary have totally kept us all in stitches.
Cross stitches that is!

With beautiful designs by Brooke Nolan and Cori Blunt, we've all come together for
this blog hop to show how stitchy we can be when adding their creations to a Tammy Bag or a pinny.

It's been such fun learning this counted cross stitching thing that Madame Samm
promised me was relaxing. It really has been...after a few learning hiccups here and there.
With the right tools, even I was able to cross stitch.
Just don't look close! I've learned that I'm not so good at counting which means there
are a few stitches that aren't there that should be or are there but shouldn't be.  

Seeing those little tiny holes was a must, so I bought three pairs of glasses from Readers.com
Two reading and one pair of reading sunglasses. In a moment of rushing to clean up my sewing
room, I threw out the mailer they had arrived in WITH ALL THREE PAIRS STILL IN THERE
Slap my head...I thought it was empty! I was sick about it!
Luckily, another gorgeous pair arrived a week later and I was back to work on my project.

With DMC Thread, DMC Aida cloth, a Q-Snap frame, and my Beam N Read
I stitched like crazy and actually loved it!

Then there the magnets...couldn't have done it without them, either!
They held the paper pattern and needles just perfectly in place.
You can find them at Ms. Appleheart's Shoppe.

Once I finished the cross stitching, it was off on an outing with my hubby to take pics.
I had so much fun taking photos of these little bags!

Cori's pinnies are adorable!
I tried my hand at turned under applique...not pretty..so I embroidered the little bird to create mine.

This Tammy Bag has some angora thread on it, but it washed out in the photo.
Trust me, it was a beautiful touch to the stole on this bag!

I added a zippered pocket to the back of this one. I love those scalloped zippers!

With quick trip away from "Dixie" to a warmer climate, I made this bag, too.
I love those DMC purples!

Shall we just say this blog hop has been one big learning adventure for me!

Look's who's hopping and stitching with me:

January 9, 2015

January 12, 2015

January 13, 2015

Cheryl Wilkinson will post to Ipiece2-Mary

January 14, 2015

Leslie Schmidt will post to IPiece2-Mary

January 15, 2015

January 16, 2015

Julia Plunkett will post on Sewwequilt
It Seams To Be Sew

January 19, 2015

January 20, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

Tammy 4 All Seasons Starts Today

Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt and Sew We Stitch had another great idea for a blog hop.
Tammy Bags, pinnies, and cross stitching...what a great combination!

Mary from I Piece 2-Mary has been cheering us on and keeping us moving in the right direction.

Brooke Nolan and Cori Blunt designed all the pieces for this hop.
Amazing creations ladies!

Here's the schedule of fabulous stitchers who've been working their fingers to the bone to get ready:

January 9, 2015

January 12, 2015

January 13, 2015

Cheryl Wilkinson will post to Ipiece2-Mary

January 14, 2015

Leslie Schmidt will post to IPiece2-Mary

January 15, 2015

January 16, 2015

Julia Plunkett will post on Sewwequilt
It Seams To Be Sew

January 19, 2015

January 20, 2015

Please visit them and leave a comment...we all need a little sweet encouragement in our lives.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Oh I Wish I Were In Dixie

I wished I was in Dixie so that's where I am...sort of.
The mountain says "Dixie" so it must be true!

With the Tammy 4 all Seasons blog hop fast approaching, the hubby and I went
looking for the perfect spot to take photos of my Tammy Bags. Found it here!

There's still a little snow in the shaded areas.

A Love Lock Bridge, too!

A love lock is a padlock which lovers lock to a bridge, gate, or public fixture to symbolize their love
and forever commitment to each other. Usually the names or initials of the lovers are inscribed on 
the padlock and the key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. The history of love locks
dates back at least 100 years to a Serbian tale of a broken engagement and heartbreak. Padlocks 
were attached to bridges by young women to hopefully protect their own loves. How romantic!

Just so you know, we didn't leave a padlock on the bridge. 
We've been together for so long, we know our love is unbreakable!
Ahhh, was that just so ooey gooey sugary sweet sounding? 
How could I not feel that way when he is such a fun and crazy guy!

Almost time for Tammy 4 all Seasons! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Another Monkey Boy Quilt And Label

I finished the rest of Monkey Boy #2's quilt top, back, and label...time to quilt it now!

It's so fun to have them each draw their own label and pick what fabric/design they want for a quilt.
Here's his hand embroidered label...he thought it was "awesome!" I did, too!

(I embroidered his signature/name on it, but I removed it with a little PicMonkey cloning.)

Monkey Boy #2 loves volleyball, which is why he chose volleyball fabric for two of his quilts.
He let me know he'd outgrown the one I made in 2012 and that he needed a BIGGER volleyball quilt.

He designed that one, too!

This is one I made for his dad in 2009. They are a VERY serious volleyball playing family!
Monkey Boy's quilt was made with the leftover scraps.

Hmmm...I think my photos have improved a bit over the years thanks to a better camera and helpful
hints from Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt. She's got some helpful hints for cross stitching, too.
You can find those hints at her new blog...check it out!