Checking in

February 5, 2015 § 4 Comments

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It doesn’t seem like there has been anything noteworthy enough to blog about lately. But here’s the last month’s rundown.

~ I’ve been knitting along with the Downton Abbey Mystery KAL on Ravelry
~ I started working on a gift quilt
~ I found a cool crocheted doll that I want to make as a gift. I’m starting with Little Red, but I want to make ALL the clothes!
~ My hubby spent a morning in the ER with low blood pressure (the doctor says he needs to drink more water & stay hydrated)
~ I had an inner ear infection that required antibiotics
~ The beloved Seahawks played an extremely interesting game at the Superbowl (my first time watching the entire game. I’m not much of a football fan. Gasp!)
~ My featherweight needs a new belt
~ The vintage Singer 319w doesn’t wind a bobbin, so I’ve taken it apart to see what is wrong.
~ I’ve been sorting & organizing my sewing room for my sewing group’s rummage sale this Saturday.

On THAT note! All you local peeps, come out to the first ever Space Needlers’ Rummage Sale being held in Richla Ramsey’s sewing studio. Email me if you need the address, times & gate code.  I have four+ boxes of stuff (fabric, yarn, books, patterns, rubber stamps) that I need/want to sell. One person’s discards is another person’s treasure.  Help us clean out our studios!

Another year

January 5, 2015 § 4 Comments

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Have you been assessing last year and making goals for next year? Me neither. Well, not to the extent that I did last year.  I did, however, make a list of most of my projects, both in progress and stalled.  Something happened yesterday that gave me the courage to finally face it all.  I’m neither feeling overwhelmed nor ambitious. It just is what it is.  I’m taking stock, I guess.  I’m hoping that is a good thing. Admitting the problem is the first step, right?

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Last year was quite a year.  From losing my mom, to gaining a beautiful friend, then my oldest friend moving away and my health has been a yo yo between my thyroid disease and the chronic mono virus.  I think it is best to leave last year as it is, behind me, while only counting the good things that have come from it.

It was wonderful to unplug for the holidays.  But it makes it that much harder to start up with the routine again. I’m afraid it’s been a bit of slow start today.  But that’s okay.

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A friend of mine says that each year a  word comes to her that seems to be the new focus.  If I were to take note in my life I think the new theme may be watch and pray.  I don’t spend time much time here talking about my faith. But it is, never-the-less, the underlying constant that takes me through this life.  I feel more introspective this year. More calm and less scattered.  It will be interesting to see what comes from 2015. 2015!!

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I read an article not too long ago that talked about the “turn of the century.” My mind automatically went to 1899-1900.  But we are living through a turn of the century.  It’s so odd to think about that.  I wonder what my grandparents or great-grandparents thought as they faced the same more than a hundred years ago.  Weird.  So I guess I will leave you hanging there.  Ha! Where will the next 100 years take us?

** By the way, the photos above are in order of appearance… Plan B of the Merry Mayhem New Year’s Day mystery quilt gone awry, sewing the HST’s from the Merry Mayhem mystery quilt, Gary’s scrap socks and my Puffin socks, both finished over the holidays.

Changing seasons

November 11, 2014 § 5 Comments



I’m longing to switch gears and head in a different direction, quilt-wise. I’ve been pondering this for some time. But a conversation with a friend last week was just what I needed to push me into action. Over the last couple of years I have been slowly cutting back on my extra freelance work. But now I feel the need to stop it all together.

Why do I do what I do?  What is my own personal style? What would it look like if I tried this idea that has been floating around in my head? These are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself. And while I’ve been pondering the questions, I haven’t spent as much time as I would like exploring the answers.  I see other people getting to play around with the same ideas that have been floating around in my head but had no time to explore.

Quilting is a hobby for sure. But, it is not what makes my world go ’round. It’s not who I am. I couldn’t have said that 10 years ago.  But making things is certainly something that brings me joy & happiness.  It’s something that helps me process other parts of life while giving me time to just play. But when play turns to work some of that original enjoyment is lost.

Maybe that’s a contributing factor to why my blogging has been sparse lately. I’m also slowly working through my long list of UFO’s. I’m enjoying hand work more.  That’s a first for me!  And it’s a much slower journey towards completion than machine work.

As you can see, I’ve borrowed a few photos from Instagram again.  And the autumn colors of orange & gold have been on my mind. The dotty flying geese are a challenge project among 4 friends.  The big reveal is coming soon. I’d best get busy and finish it!

Before & After

May 28, 2014 § 9 Comments

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About a month ago, I found this old sewing machine table on Craig’s List.  The machine was long gone. But that’s okay.  It looks like it was used to hold a vintage industrial machine by the evidence of the belt holes in the upper right side.
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So I brought it home and had it repainted at a place that does powder coating.  It’s almost ready for me to use!

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A couple of years ago, I cleaned & repaired my grandmother’s old Singer 15-91.  I haven’t sewn on it much since then because I didn’t have a base or table for it.

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I’d like to fill in the holes in the table.  And the bed of the sewing machine isn’t quite level. It needs a little lift in the front. And the power cord on the right is pretty tight against the machine. I think it needs some space carved out to give it a little more room.

But overall, I am SO excited to be able to set up my grandmother’s sewing machine and actually sew with it!

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And… just because…  Here is the state of my room at the moment.  I started working on my scrappy log cabin blocks again. AND… I pin basted my low volume quilt.  It feels good to get back to these projects again.

Here and there

April 4, 2014 § 8 Comments

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What I’ve been doing in between work type stuff…

~ A couple of weeks ago Letty and I went down to the Tolt River to enjoy the sun & the blue skies.  What a gorgeous day it was!

~ Awhile ago I finished the Laredo vest (Ravelry link) for my hubs. He loves it! We picked up the yarn while visit Orcas Island a few years ago.  And the pattern can be found on Twist Collective.

~ I knit a pair of slippers for a friend. Her mom brought her the yarn. And I made it into slippers. Neither one of them knit but they know I do.  I had NO idea that the yarn would end up so fuzzy wuzzy after felting!  The pattern is the Mohair Ballet Slippers (Ravelry link) from the book Felted Knits.  My evil plan is to make another pair for my sister-in-law and for myself to wear during our summer vacation.

~ Speaking of which, we are planning our summer vacation. Yippee!  I am ready for a relaxing break.  But why do we seem to leave just when the weather is getting nice around here?

~ And I have been working a little bit on my Merry Merry Snowmen blocks. Why oh why does applique take so long???

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