"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

One FLower Wednesday

Do you recognize this fabric?  It's from my ten minute shopping spree in California.  I actually made them last week, but didn't have the energy to post.

I've also been working on some mini hexies, in various configurations for a special project.  It's not a huge project, and it's a Christmas gift, so I'll be posting more soon.
This lovely assortment of blocks arrived in my mailbox today from Pat of 501 Quilt Blocks.  She also included a beautiful Christmas Tree panel, but my quilt holder isn't available, so I can't get a decent picture.  Thanks Pat!

I'm also working on some quilting, some crocheting, and some applique.  My cross stitch has been neglected lately, but Christmas is coming!  Must go do some secret stitching.  I hope you're all getting your gifts finished.

Keep on stitching....Sunny

Monday, November 19, 2012

California Impressions

We arrived in Southern California very late on Wednesday night.  Other family members flew in on Thursday.

We've been to the mountains and to the ocean.

We relived fond memories, and made new ones.

We ate. 

And there was a ten-minute shopping spree.
And a beautiful memorial service.
And then there's the jet lag.

Back after some sleep......Sunny

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Another Squishy!

I didn't realize that I hadn't yet received my October BSA block, so it was a nice little surprise in the mailbox today.  Just look at all that dotty goodness!

My favorite neighborhood trees are in all their glory right now - the sun wasn't quite up, so You're not seeing the trees at their best.

But most of the trees look like this now.

So I'm off to see a few of these!

Keep on stitching......Sunny

Monday, November 12, 2012

All kinds of stuff.

Several months ago, I requested a staple remover at work.  I finally got it last week.  It's the small things in life that make me happy.
 This lovely tree came my way from Cheryl at Polka Dots and Rick Rack, as a prize from Christmas Through The Year for October. 
 My BSA partner this month, Juliane,  requested a house block, in colors of my choice.  I knew I had some little brick scraps, and I was thrilled to make brick chimneys!
And here is the block that I received from Julianne.  I don't think I've seen this pattern below,  and it will fit right in with my other red, white, and blue stars.

Somehow I got my own name for the inchy swap this month, and these are the flowers I made myself.  I actually made three, but one was finished much later, and I didn't take another photo.  They're actually half inch hexies for a special project.
This little mini quilt is for the special project too. 
And I actually did make one flower for OFW last week, but it never got around to posting.  I also made several stepping stones.  I plan to get back to sewing flowers together again, soon.

I guess that pretty well sums up the last week.  We went to one funeral here on Saturday, and got to spend a lot of quality time with family.  FIL's children, grand and great grands were all together.  We're off to California in a couple of days for SIL's funeral, so there won't be much sewing happening.  Earlier tonight I kitted up a couple of cross stitch projects to take with me.
I've been reading your blogs, but haven't had the energy to make many comments.  Life should get back to normal next week.  I hope.
Keep on stitching.......Sunny

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What a week.

There are still a few leaves!
What an unbelievable week.  We were very fortunate when Sandy blew through.  Our town got six inches of rain and some strong gusty winds, but there were few power outages, and very little damage.  My heart goes out to those who were closer to the coast and had their lives altered forever. 

Our company shut down at noon on Monday, and was closed on Tuesday.  Life here seemed to be getting back to normal by Wednesday.  seemed to be.  I've tried this paragraph three times now, and it's hard.  DH lost his sister and then his father this week.  We've been in shock the past few days.  We are far away from either of them, so we've been waiting to hear about plans and arrangements.  I was to go to a scrapbook retreat this weekend, and I almost cancelled because I had to get some work done, but it turns out we won't be traveling anywhere this week, so I did make it to the retreat.

The lodge from the outside

a view from the inside
That's my college roommate on the right, and the reason I still go to scrapbook retreats.  I'd much rather be at a quilt retreat!  I wasn't very productive, but it was good to get away for a couple of days and wind down.   When I got  home today, I stitched a few hexie stepping stones, because I hadn't stitched anything for THREE days!  whew.....I feel so much better now.

Hopefully the coming week will bring some normalcy, and then we'll be traveling to California the following week for a memorial service. 

Keep on stitching.....Sunny