Sunday, October 28

Time to Dig In For Winter and Quilt

Well it's officially fall here in Nashville. The wind is whipping and the breeze is cold. I'm urging my little dog to hurry when we are outside. But this cold weather makes me want to dig into my fabrics and plan new projects. I've been working a bit more this last month but the good old days of just working 3 days a week will be back with me soon. So I decided to start planning a few quilting projects. 
First the pattern - what pattern you Royce using a pattern. Well you know how I normally feel about patterns. They just confuse me for some reason. Garment patterns are the worst, but I've had issues with quilt patterns too. NO MORE! I'm glad to say I've found a quilt designer who writes the best patterns. Even I can understand them right off. So hopefully this will cure my pattern disorder. Stefanie has several beautiful patterns in her Etsy shop so drop by and check them out. And to think I knew her before she started quilting. Way to go Stefanie!


With working I've not had much time for playing. I did however get a new
hat band made for my top hat. I've gotten new stuff to make another. This hat
could end up with quilt a wardrobe. 


Here are a few of the newest jewelry designs I've come up with. 



My friend Paula gave me some old flatware and I've been adding it into 
my jewelry. This butter knife in the bottom photo made a really cool element. 

Isn't it crazy there are only
57 days left before Christmas. 
Man do I have a lot of stuff to do!


Monday, October 22

A Little of this and that

Well this weekend I had a wonderful 2 days in a row at home. A unique thing for me hear lately. So on Saturday I cleaned all day - while working 6 days a week for several weeks things got a bit dusty. So on Sunday I decided that I would play a bit in the morning. I had several small quilt projects pinned and ready to free motion so those got knocked out first. 
The small squares are candle mats which will be given as gifts at Thanksgiving.
They will have cream color pillar candles and some Christmas greenery.
The larger one will have several candles and a spray of mixed Christmas florals.

A few weeks ago I decided to finally add the embellishment to the men's
vest I picked up at Goodwill. I wanted this to wear to shows. I wanted it to show
my mixture of fiber and metal. I was getting ready for a class I was teaching on 
mixing zippers/metal and fibers with your jewelry making. 

Here is a little pile of goodies I used for the class project. 

These are several of the items I took to class to show 
as examples of this technique. 

Working with the pearls in 
the pink piece with the crown made me want to 
try out the pearls in a new type of design for me. 


Not quite my normal style but I like it. 
So I have a new project on the sewing machine. 
Another present that needs to be finished by mid November. 
Can't show you that one thou cause it's
new mommy reads this blog. 

And believe it or not last night I even started working on my
English paper piecing again. I have a goal of finishing this lap
quilt by my 60th birthday - I hope. The sections are pretty small. 

Thursday, October 11

Sometimes I wonder

I have a bad habit, I plan and make lists. The more behind I get the more lists I make. I think it will help me to get things going in a smooth motion and get them done quickly. Sometimes that works and well sometimes it's just not going to happen. I opened my big mouth and said I'd fill in at a position at a 2nd JoAnn store where an employee had left and now I'm working at 2 stores filling up 6 days out of the week. What was I thinking? A little extra Christmas money? Helping out a friend? Well I'm not sure but I've realized that all my well laid plans for making Christmas presents will have to be culled down and other options will have to be found. I know many of you work all week and are rolling your eyes at me but I've just become spoiled with working only 3-4 days a week. Those precious days off were so treasured. So how do I reclaim my crafting time? I've made several decisions. I won't make my Christmas cards this year and bought a box. Gad did I say that? Well no shame in it I'm going to tell myself. Also the baking I normally do is not going to happen. I figure we all have enough sweet stuff. Between Halloween and Christmas seems like there is candy/cakes and cookies everywhere you look. Well that's another list item gone - poof! The important thing for my spare time is to sew. So the house may be a little messy and the grocery list may have a lot of quick cook items on it.  We'll live. I know dust won't kill us and lack of sewing just might. So with no guilt I say sew away. 

Wednesday, October 3

Good Weather, Good Sewing, Good Times

Last weekends craft show was fun and the weather held out
and we had a beautiful day. Becky and I had a fun day. 

The vendor across the way from me sold hats...oh dear. 
Well I'd started talking about him before we even got there and
just knew if I made enough money I would have a new hat. 
The top hat I've wanted for many years. Today it was decorated
with a simple scarf but the components for a steam punk hat band
have been ordered so very soon I will enjoy creating a cool new hat band.


Last week I spent the afternoon at Stefanie's and I cut out fabric
the whole time I was there (when I wasn't distracted by Downton Abby that is.) 
So now I'm in full production of some more great square in a square
table runners. Love that technique. 


Candle mats ready for free motion quilting. 

I'm so behind in my Christmas sewing/quilting so I must put the
machine in 4th gear and floor it. 

This weekend we will have a big party to
celebrate the adoption of Ian. 
The most wonderful gift
our family has ever had. 

Ian and his mom (my sister)