Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sew Happy Fall is Here!!

Welcome Y'all!

Grab a coke or a coffee and come see what all has been going on with me and mine :D

We took a long planned on trip the first part of October... it was meant to be 3 days and 2 nights and a quick visit with my 3 of my kids during the visit too!  Well I got to see 2 of my kids in the end... but that isn't all!!!

My honey worked on making a shed into a she shed... the conversion started!!!  Yippee!!!

My bestie Connie had relocated and added electricity and stabilization to the building... now it was time for my honey to work his magic.

This visit he changed the shed doors into a regular door that seals the building and locks :)






And he is able to accomplish all that during our 4 days and 3 nights...
Yep that is right we had to stay and extra day and Rick and I were completely drained and exhausted from the trip and all that was involved in our first trip of many to come for this job  :)

What was the first thing that greeted me the following day when we finally made it to the post office to retrieve our mail...   I WAS A WINNER!!!
check out Virginia on Youtube HERE  ~ or Etsy HERE <<<

I follow her on Youtube and the above link will take you to the episode where I won these hand made pattern weights for bag making!!!  Both links will open in a new tab too btw :D

I love these pattern weights though and had planned to make some... when I found some extra time :D  I love her choices of fabrics too!!!

As I suggested above ... we don't travel much since we moved... in fact since we moved into Daisy Meadows (the name of our little slice of heaven) the only 2 nights out were when my honey had his hip replaced in Asheville and that was exhausting and overwhelming also!!!

The hotel my friend found for us was AMAZING!  Only the size of the refrigerator in room was a disappointment... my name was even on the television when we would first turn it on!!!

During our stay in the hotel Connie presented us with this basket she had fashioned from tshirt made yarn... into a canister to hold snacks for our room .

We love that she chose our colors too...

It has the sole purpose now at home of sitting on the bar and holding our daily med boxes and bottles of vitamins that we take! lol  We truly love it... from the bits she has left over she plans to make us a trivet too... I must make sure this is cotton tshirts though!!! lol



While thrift shopping one day in Tennessee ...we came across this wreath !!!  I fell in love and my honey found the perfect place to hang it when we got home too :D


 While we were with Connie she shared the finished EPP rooster she finished for me (this is what she did for me quilting her quilt... she offered to applique it to the black background... but I kinda want to do this part...
Do you know of a video tutorial for adding a dark fabric behind a light fabric without a lot of shadowing???  

 >> Ideas anyone?? <<



I plan to add a thinner black border to stabilize the piece then add a brown mitered corner border like a picture frame around that to look like wood!




I got some fabric here... the burgandy and tan plaid woven.. to make napkins out of!  Now to find time for something that simple!!!
 I haven't touched the quilting of the boy turkey yet either...
 But if you noticed... I did do some decorating around my 319 where I will be sitting to do this drasted machine quilting part... soon I will be to the hand quilting in the border!!!
I even bought a small 14" PVC square frame to put together for the border...

 That inexpensive put together frame... will be the answer to getting to the outer borders instead of my round hoop I think... Connie has one and it works well for her too!










Jannessa finished her wall hanging to a flimsy...
and she has done all the machine quilting and is working on her hand quilting of fall leaves down each side!!!  She is quick and smart <3
Finally, I was commissioned to make a bunting or 2 for a good friend... well  you don't necessarily take $$ for things.. instead my good friend decided to gift me with 2 charm packs that match my kitchen... I fell in love with this 1/2 yard of fabric and it came in this week too...
 Doesn't it look great together... I need a 60 x 20 table topper and a fairly large coordinating wall hanging .. Ideas are brewing for this... more on those buntings in another post!

Finally... while in Lebanon me and my honey went to a DIFFERENT thrift shop than where I found the wreath... and they were having a silent auction on this cool piece... and this shot does NOT do this fish wagon justice... We will get to have it during the next passing (probably January when Rick will do the electrical sockets and pre wire for lighting and add ceiling joists etc....)
 We added our silent auction bid... and then Connie went back and bid on it for us again ... then Connie missed sleep after a long night at work to win this for us and gifted it to Rick for all the hard work he accomplished giving her a new front and door to her evolving She Shed!!!!  WOWEEE!!!!!

Seeing 2 of my 4 children (all are grown and have special people in their lives now)  I am blessed for sure!!!
So here is a cool collage I made to share with you all!

Finally, I got lessons on how to crochet around these little blocks I have been sewing and blanket stitching by hand!!!!


 and I am finally on the last round of my FIRST BLOCK! hahahahahaha  ...

But I am enjoying it... and life is about enjoying the journey for sure!!!!
Speaking of enjoyment... during all this craziness... I finished the bottom of the 3rd row of swoons....
 And rolled the quilt down....
  Now I am happily making great progress on the middle of the 3rd row of swoons :D
 If you listen to Virginia Lindsay's video she mentions Skill Share... it is a Bluprint Like service for beginning teachers as well as accomplished teachers of all kinds of arts and crafts... they encourage newbies and have "classes" you can watch to learn how to become an online teacher of your fave craft!  Check out the link in Virginia's youtube video ... 2 months free I think too to try it out <3
 That is what I am doing :D

Got any old wool sweaters with holes in them you want to donate to me??? lol!


Brandi sent me this photo of her graduation quilt on her bed with the pillows and shams too... They LOVE them :D
 I saw this on facebook this week...  Wouldn't this be cool in a bedroom or library to display extra quilts :D
 Here is a bag I will be making for my daughter for her Christmas ...
 I will be using purple and gold though!!!  Ordered the hardware this week too :D

Molly is 16 months old now!  And while we were in Tennessee...
 She stayed with my great friend Jannessa... I am blessed in the great friend department y'all!
 And Jannessa has Max (below)...
 and they love to play together !!!  Molly learned how to play like a dog with a dog during our 4 days away!!! YAY :D

She and Max are great buddies... it is nice to have a quilty friend who has a playmate to share too!!!
Jannessa gave me an early Christmas present... the 2019 Hallmark sewing related ornament is a treadle!!!
 Can you see that little treadle on the shelf left of our old sewing machine and Raggedy Ann ??
 The 3 of us are planning a get together in April hopefully (when Connie gets a break from working ) to make barn quilts together!!!!  Here is one I find enticing ...
 Here is your Bonnie-ism.. first one in a while too I guess...
She is getting revved up for a visit to Kenya, Africa with a travel company and others who enjoy exotic traveling!!!

So I hope you have enjoyed the catch up post.  I will add a link the Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy and getting the low down on her retreat HERE <<<<

Have a blessed week y'all... be happy or be busy seeking it!!! <3











8 comments:

  1. Connis is so going to enjoy her She Shed. Rick is so talented! Janessa has come far in her quilting journey. You have such good friends and you are a good friend back. Glad you're getting rested up. Have a lovely stitching week!

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  2. Looks like you had a lot of fun on your trip. Those nights away from home wear me out too and it always fun to get back home and into my routine.

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  3. I poured myself a cup of tea in a pretty teacup and made myself comfy whilst I read of all your fun 'doings'. =) Connie's she shed is fabulous. What a clever man your Rick is. It sounds as if you both had a great time away, enjoying friendship and good times. Aren't thrift shops the best. The wreath is perfect for your door. Love the little rooster set against those hexies. When you have added the different borders it will be perfect. Again, you have shared so many lovely pretties to make us smile.....thank you. I always enjoy visiting your fabulous place.

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  4. Great job so far on the she shed! What a great time you had away.

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  5. Your two turkeys must be related to my Turkey Lurkeys! LOL..I hope to back them today--thought they'd like some pears and a view of Autumn leaves and berries ;))) Nice catch up hugs, Julierose

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  6. Wow you have been so busy! I love the dresden turkeys and the Thanksgiving wallhangings you guys are making!

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  7. Wow, that was a lot! Where to begin.... Rick is doing an amazing job on the she shed; I'm jealous! I like the wreath you found, too. The fish bicycle.... omg.... I am totally jealous. My hubby would love it!!! The hexie rooster is adorable; can't wait to see it all finished. Do you ever buy old purses, bags, etc at thrift stores, just for the hardware? I've seen others who do that. Does your grandbaby live near where you visited in TN? Love the chicken fabric; love the tee shirt yarn basket. I'm happy you and Janessa have found each other. Is she originally from the area? Glad you are home, safe and sound... and I know what you mean about taking awhile to recover after a trip!

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  8. Phew! I'm practical worn out reading about your activities ;-) A busy, yet enjoyable week visiting family and friends. Your honey does nice work on both small and large projects. It's great to get away and great to be home sweet home.

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