Saturday, October 03, 2015

Hancocks of Paducah

So we took a little road trip this week, and we went right through Paducah!!! And there it was! Just a block from exit 4. I had to do it! Fairly unassuming exterior, but I was getting excited.
At first, I wasn't that impressed.  I mean, I've been to Mary Jo's many times.  But the more I looked the more I liked!  I found so many beautiful fabrics.

I was ready to go, and, while in search of the bathroom, I stumbled on a whole new room.  Oh my gosh!!!!  It was the room of kits and cuts room.  I had so much fun looking! I had a Christmas tree quilt picked out, but they were out and had no more.
Those shelves in the back were for the internet sales and were all nicely labeled with specials and sales! It was really a wonderful place.

But here is the part that you will find hard to believe:  I didn't buy one thing.  Not one.  I would have gotten the kit, but they were out.  I looked at notions, but nothing called to me.  And the one thing I really, really wanted, thread or my mid-arm, they didn't have.  So I just enjoyed breathing in the dyes and looking around.  Next time we go through there, I'll have myself an agenda! I actually think it's better than Mary Jo's!!

I still am without mojo, but I'm thinking about quilting more.  That's good.  I need some black thread to quilt my Halloween quilt, but I haven't ordered it yet.  Need to continue work on my tshirt quilt.

I am working on an embroidery for my nail lady who has done my nails for 20 years.  She's a Halloween freak, so I'm trying to get it done for that.  I enjoy hand stitching.

Hope all is well for you.  Busy times coming up.  Fall break for my grandkids.  Football games.  Hayride.  Halloween.  Another road trip!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I'm here....but nobody will care!!!! Ha!

So I disappeared off the face of the earth, but I see a couple of people have still be checking in!  Thank you!

My mojo sorta' kinda' got up and left.  I helped my friend do the quilt below, and then she wanted to do another one for her sweet precious boy.  So we did.  Now she wants to do a Christmas throw for her couch since she found some fabric that she liked.  I have created a monster.  So will do that soon

I have been busy and seems like I can't do two things at one time.  I was planning our Europe trip.  We took our oldest grandson to Paris, Germany, and Austria for his graduation present.  We had a wonderful time.  He practiced his German a tiny bit, and now is off to college.  I didn't look at fabric one time but I some beautiful linens.  Like I needed them.
I have started a tshirt quilt for above grandson.  I've worked on it twice.  Two whole afternoons.  I have decided I don't like my beautiful sewing area downstairs.  It's lonesome.  I want to be up here junking up my living area.  I don't know.  And how in the heck am I ever going to get all those different sized blocks all together????

Maybe I'll be back blogging?  Will you be back reading?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sewing Buddy!

I have really had fun this weekend!!! I had a sewing buddy who is not a dog!!! It was so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off and visit with. My friend for years, Joy, is making a quilt for her first grandbaby due in March. It's a little boy, and she is happy beyond words.

 I tried to help her with an easy pattern, so we went with this one. After a few hours of sewing circles on, I realized she'd have been better off with a straight stitch pattern like a Jelly Roll Race or charm squares. I've apologized profusely, but she is happy with her quilt, as she should be. She has taken it off to the long arm quilter today and hopes it will be ready for a shower in February.
This is the quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Company that I'm making for her daughter.  It's all Dr. Seuss fabric.  I'm going to make a small border of the black and then a little wider with the white.  The back is like the white with red stripes.
Here is Joy's complete circle top.  Her daughter's colors are gray and navy.  I think this will fit right in.  Also, she has some deliciously soft gray Minky for the back.  I've never used Minky on a back, so I wasn't much good on advice there.
So I am going to have to quilt the Topsy Turvy quilt myself.  I refuse to pay a long arm quilter when I have that Tiara just sitting there.  So I must practice.  Nothing else to do on days like today....cold and rainy and yukky!!!

Friday, January 02, 2015

So I was getting ready to write up all I accomplished last year, when it hit. I had finished nothing. Not one project. And there are so many things that need to be wrapped up. On top of that, there is more to do.

This is a bear paw that my aunt started years ago.  I said I'd finish it, but there it sits.
And I have a good friend whose first grandson will be here in march.  I started the topsy turvy blocks from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  So there's that.  It's all in Dr. Seuss fabrics.

This is my quilting closet.  Everything on the top two rows is a UFO or PIGS.  A lot are all organized with the pattern and fabric.
But here is the saddest group of all.  This Valentine heart quilt I did last February and it is totally ready to go.  The back is even ready.  I would have it done, but I bought that Tiara II and I can't take it to be quilted since I should do it myself.  And I am sooooo bad.  This is a sad situation.
This one is from Diane Hundley and has been finished for years.  It's ready to go, too.  I just didn't know how I wanted it quilted.  I still don't.
So I am going to contemplate a while before I make my list of things to do for 2015.  Have so many possibilities.

Thought I would show you part of our collection of Matrousakas and painted figures we got in Russia when we were there a lot several years ago.  My husband was working there, and I made several trips.  I bring them out in January when Christmas comes down.  I hope you enjoy looking at them  I love the slender figures the most.  They are beautifully painted and costs about $8 a piece at the time.

Have a wonderful quilty 2015!!  Happy New Year!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014


I am really a reader.  My favorite time of day is when I head to bed after a shower and read until I fall asleep.  These days it's more late than early, and it's nothing for me to look up and see it's 2:00 am.

Anyway, I've decided to keep a list of books I read over on the side bar and rate them from 1-5 stars.  I'm calling it books of 2015, but I've started it early.

I just read a book I loved and wanted it on the list!  The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber is so good!!  First, let me tell you that I don't like normal books.  Don't mention Debbie MaComber to me.  I can't get through them.  Books I like have to be different.  And this one sure is!

It's about a Christian missionary in the future who goes to another planet to minister to the race who have been found there.  I give it 5 stars!!!  And I don't give my stars lightly.

Let me add that I don't buy books anymore.  Ever since I discovered my library's ebook check out system, that is all I use.  I can have 15 at a time on hold and can check out about that many, but I never do.  I keep up with NPR Books on Facebook and read their reviews and recommendations.  I keep an eye on Book Riot, as well.  I often tell my husband how much money I've saved him, but maybe he'll believe me when he sees my list.

I thought we were going to do this on Judy's Patchwork Times, but I guess it fell by the wayside along with Comfort and Joy!!  (Still finishing up the border applique on that one!)

Monday, December 08, 2014

And....Christmas approaches

I have been manically shopping online since Thanksgiving. When you have 4 kids, 4 partners, and 7 grandkids, that's a lot of money, time, and effort to get ready. I'm a little bit excited as we are having our get together on the 27th, so I plan to be out and about picking up some last minute bargains on the 26th.

 Anyway, I've gotten busy today. I have two of these ugly panels for my 4 year olds who love Frozen. I mean LOVE!!!  I have them both sandwiched (my knees are killing me!!!!)  and they will be my first real product to use my  new Tiara II.  I really thought of them as practice, but while talking to my daughter today I realized this will probably be their favorite of all time quilt and will pull it out to show they children and it will look like crap!!  Well, such is life.  Better finished than perfect.

Speaking of the Tiara II, I have gotten a little better.  I am not using the stitch regulator, but have slowed it down to about 30% and I can get some decent meandering and following the lines.

I have come across my first project for after Christmas.  I bought these little (about 5x7) coin purses in Thailand years ago.  If you ever have a chance go.  The fabric, both silk and cotton, is amazing, even in the little markets.  Anyway, I used it when I traveled putting credit cards, foreign money, and American money in different pouches.  Well, guess you can see it's had it.  I liked it so much I just never moved back into my old billfold.

I found this one put back in a drawer that I thought was too  beat up once before.  Ha! Compared to the other it's brand new.
Well, I can't seem to find any on the internet to buy, but I did find this tutorial on making one, so, even though anything zippery makes me cringe, I think I'll give it a try after the holidays.  It is illustrated beautifully, so hopefully I can get it done!

Happy holiday finishing up to all.  I need to read  blogs to see what you all are doing.  I've been worn out from the shopping!!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Can't sew!!!

Must shop!!!!!!  Cyber Monday, my favorite shopping day of the year!!!!!  Woohoo!  (PS.  Yes, I ordered fabric!!!)