Sewing, Cutting, Tying, … And Empty Nesting

I’ve been keeping quite busy since dear daughter left for college.  My thoughts on Empty Nesting, Hmmm… Odd.  Before she left, I had moments of melancholy, didn’t last long, but it was sad all the same.  Now, it’s just an odd feeling.  I spent the first few days cleaning. And you know what’s amazing? whatever I picked up and cleaned, stayed that way! And I can now stay longer with my quilt group, have lunch with them, and not have to rush home.  Like I said, it’s all very odd, strange… I think I can get used to this.

After all the cleaning and organizing, I even did some sewing, cutting, and tying.  I noticed dear daughters dorm room looked a bit sparse so I made her this cute flower pillow:


And all three of my kids have been asking me to make them new fleece blankets.  I made them one each when they were little, and I guess the boys, especially have outgrown them, literally. So, I bought 2 1/2 yards each, which should be enough to cover their whole bodies,  and made them new blankets.  Rotary cutter, and electric scissors made quick work of them.  Dear daughter’s is pink, younger son’s is a monster print, and what 23 year old could resist a sock monkey blanket – for older son:


And here they are, tied, washed, and ready to be delivered/mailed!


September 2013 Garden & Boy Next Door

Yes, I am waxing nostalgic these last few days before dear daughter heads off to college… I took a photo of her and boy next door the other day before they took off on a bike ride.  And I remembered a cute photo I took of them many years ago, so I thought I’d share.  They have grown so much… He will be heading up north at the end of the week for college, and she will be heading down south – how time flies…


And now to my garden.  Lots of flowers still hanging on, some going to seed.  I noticed one Oro Blanco left on the tree – so big! Valencias are in season.  Navels, gold nuggets, and lemons are coming along:


Thanks for stopping by!

Halloween Spoolie Swap 2013

Yup, another swap! This time a Halloween Spoolie Swap hosted by Deb (Garage Sale Gal) and Sandy (521 Lake Street).  I was partnered with Debby (Cozy Blanket).  Debby is very sweet – I have participated in swaps hosted by her in the past.  And look at the cute little ghost spoolie Debby made for me! She also sent me some yummy candy and fun stamps – yay! more crafting fun!


And the owl spoolie is what I made for Debby.  She said she liked owls, and I just happened to have the right one.  Thank you again to Deb & Sandy for hosting this fun event & Debby for being my partner!

Show And Tell – Baby Quilt

I have been quilting for almost three months now.  So far, I have two completed quilt tops and nine other quilts at various stages (some just started).  Yes, I think I do have some OCD tendencies! And, I will probably add to the quilt tops before any of them get completed, sooo…  I mentioned earlier that I did some quilting a long time ago.  I thought I’d share a baby quilt I made for my dear younger son just before he was born – 21 years ago!  It’s a small baby quilt with bunnies on it.  I machine quilted and machine embroidered, and painted some features with acrylic paint.  It has withstood the test of time, but back then, quilting was a free for all for me.  I just used fabrics I liked regardless of type and blend.  Rather than quilt it, I tied it.  And now, it sits on a rocking chair in dear younger sons room.  It makes me smile, every time I have the occasion to peek in.  And, I am still eying his room for my future sewing room 🙂


Quilty Barns #11, #12, & Vintagy Farm Girl Tractor #2

Here are the last two Quilty Barn blocks from Lori Holt’s Quilty Barn A Long.  I also made a second Tractor Label, this time a pink one.  After all, it’s a Vintagy Farm “Girl” Tractor Label.






I love the sunnyside up egg fabric, and the John Deere Tractor fabric.  Now, all that is left are six more Quilty Silo Barn blocks to go.

Autumn Witch Cross Stitch

I took a break from quilting, and did a bit of cross stitching.  During one of my perusals through a quilting blog ( I can’t remember the blog name) I came across this most wonderful cross stitching blog, The Snowflower Diaries.  Maja has exquisite little cross stitch designs, and she shares her designs for free.  I stitched her Autumn Witch 2013.

I should be finishing up The Harvest, but I just wanted a quick, instant gratification mini project.  I made the finished cross stitch into an ornament:


I didn’t have the wooden crescent moon button she used, so I just stitched one up with yellow seed beads.  And I think I used double strand on the flower, so mine looks a bit big/thick.


Ravenwood Whimzies Fall Pin Keep Swap

I just can’t seem to stop signing up for swaps when I see them.  Wendy at Ravenwood Whimzies hosted a Fall Pin Keep Swap.  I was paired with Michelle of Simple Pleasures.  Funny, until I stumbled onto Wendy’s blog, I didn’t know what a pin keep was.  Since then, I have made several as gifts.  Now that I’m quilting again, I’ll have to make one for myself.  Anyway,  here is the cute cute Witches Hat pin keep Michelle made for me. This can double as a Halloween decoration too:


And here is the pin keep I made for Michelle. Michelle likes Amish things, so I created a little Amish girl on a pin cushion. Wendy also requested that the pin keep be mounted on something at least 4″ tall. I opted for a Ball jam jar.  This way, it can hold buttons, scissors, thimbles, and such:


Thank you Wendy for hosting this fun event!  And thank you Michelle for being my partner!  I am going to call this doll #7.  I am catching up!