Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Baby Quilt #1

This is the first baby quilt that I have finished for my new Great-grandbaby. Of course the first one had to involve purple. I love doing rag quilts...they are fast and fun. While I was planning this one this weekend, I planned out two others. One of them is going to involve some machine embroidery designs and some piecing. I am really trying to expand my quilting this year. I will never be a master quilter, but I do enjoy it and I have fun and that's all that is really important to me. Everyone I have made quilts for..seem to enjoy them, even though they are not like the quilts that most of my friends make. They are master quilters. You all know who you are too! I have a few of my baby things that I am going to include in the package with this quilt. My granddaughter Nikki is very sentimental and I am sure that all that I send her will be treasured and used for the baby.

Till next time.....


Sunday, March 22, 2009

It was Amazing

We had a ton of hail at our house tonight. We were watching House and we heard what we thought was ran....not unusual in Oregon...My husband got up and looked out side...it wasn't rain. It was hail coming down in sheets. These are the pictures I took.

It was amazing to see how it was coming down. It lasted about 10 minutes, but now it looks like it snowed.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another Wool Project

I am having a really great time working with the wool. I made this needle book this morning. The little boy and girl on the front is from Sandi at the Wooly Buddy Yahoo group. She sent this to me for Valentine's Day and I thought it would make a great front for the needle book. My blanket stitching is getting better, but still a little iffy in places. I absolutely love doing this. It is so relaxing and I want to do some more next week.


Friday, March 13, 2009

I amazed myself...I did it!

I finally sat down tonight and got serious about working with the wool. Boy was it a challenge, but I did it. I made two small pins...I can't show one of them, because it is for a swap...and I can't get a clear picture of the other one..............but they really came out cute. I had so much fun doing the blanket stitch, I am going to try and make a pincushion tomorrow for some more practice. I still have to figure out the best way to start and end the blanket stitch, but I really enjoyed doing it and I want to thank Sandi from Wooly Buddies for getting me involved and truly interested in working with wool. I have looked numerous times for wool sweaters and jackets at goodwill, but they are always well over $10-$15 dollars and I think that is too expensive for me.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

If Children are our Blessings

then grandchildren are our greater blessings. My Granddaughter Nikki, whom I love dearly is going to have a baby. Oh lord, that means I am going to be a great-grandma again. Nikki found out yesterday that she is having a baby girl....I can't wait. My mind went into overdrive last night thinking about all the things I want to make for the baby. I am heading out today to get flannel to make a quilt, I will be contacting a friend today to make a christening outfit, burp pads will be made and anything else I can think of. My daughter-in-law still has some of the things that I made when Nikki was born and is giving them to her for the new baby. One of the coolest things is the baby is due around August 8th...I told Nikki last night she was going to have it on the 3rd instead...that's my birthday and nothing would make me happier than to have a new baby born on my birthday.

I hope everyone has a great day and you know what I will be doing for the next four month's...sewing for the new baby.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wooly Bully

For some time now, I have wanted to learn to work with wool. I have made some small attempts...using wool roving for some pincushion stuffing and making felted wool balls for pincushions....do you see a theme here! I have also wanted to learn to make needle cases and penny rugs etc. I attempted to cut some wool last night to make a small pin for a swap, I stupidly signed up for. Thinking I could do this was my first big mistake. Now any one that truly works with wool, will not understand my problem. My problem is, I realized I don't have the right color wool to really make a nice project. So...I will be off to the store this evening to pick up a few more colors. I belong to a Yahoo group called Wooly Buddies, where I am hoping to learn more about working with wool. So far on the group, I have found so many ladies that know their "Stuff" about wool. Sandi - Wooly Buddy Shepherdess is a wonderful over flowing fountain of information. She had a contest the other day, to win a bag of wool scraps...I actually won...I was amazed. I am very determined to make a penny rug...I have the pattern, but I haven't found the exact colors of wool I want to use.

Wish me luck, as I make another attempt at making the pin this evening!