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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

June Trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico....Family days filled with love.

It has been quite sometime since I have added to this blog.  Life hit me hard and I am just now starting to see that it was all for the best.  Though it isn't easy when your life and your love is turned upside down.  You must go on.

In June my brother, sister-in-law, Wendy, and I went to visit my Uncle Berry and Aunt Evelyn. My aunt is not well and we wanted to see her and my uncle.  It turned out to be quite a lovely trip and it was so nice to feel real love again. Your family is so important. It must be horrible to not have family.  I just can not imagine how that would be



 
This is the door to my Aunt and Uncle's most beautiful house.  It opens the heart to love.  Love lives in this southwestern home.
 
 
I just love this door.  My aunt styled the door itself after an antique door of a house that they built in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I must say it looked just like it.  She just has a way with decorating.
 
 

I love this niche.  It adds a bit of whimsy to the house. 
 
 
It is just too cute!
 
 
The living area is so comfortable. 
 
 


 
I love the windows and the beams in the ceiling.  What is not to love about this house.  There are well placed sky lights through out the house.
 
 
This is the view of the dining area.  I know you can't see the beautiful furniture.  It is old and so appropriate for this house.  I know my Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Berry enjoyed decorating this house.  Memories are so sweet!
 
 
This view is amazing! This is the Sandia Mountains in the back ground. It is very peaceful not to mention beautiful!
 
 
 
Southwestern landscape is so pretty.  No grass to water here!  The color is amazing.
 
 
 
This is outside of the court yard.
 
 
The court yard door from the inside.

 
This is the front of part of the house.  I wish I had taken more pictures.  Yes that will be another excuse to go visit again.  It is always special to see Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Berry.  Love to hear my aunt laugh!
 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

From Recovery to Free Motion Quilting

It has been a long while since I have posted anything.  I have been recovering from knee surgery with no way to get down stairs to my studio.  The surgery was a little more than what was expected so I have had 8 weeks on crutches and several weeks with physical therapy.  Now I can get down the stairs and can ride my exercise bike to get that knee back in shape.

For those of you who would be interested Amanda, my sister-in-laws daughter is in remission with her Hodgkins!  It is great news!  I am so happy for that family.  It has been a hard fight but when you have 2 young children you have to fight for them.

Also my step children lost their mom to cancer in January.  It was so sad to see.  She was 51 years old and way to young to be lost.  My heart and concern goes out to my husbands kids.  It was hard to watch and they were devastated. 
 
I am working on a free motion quilt (FMQ).  I have been practicing and having a hard time with it being a beginner.  This is really something that is for practice and I did mostly easy stuff. 


 

 
This backing sure shows the stitches.  I have gotten somewhat better.  I really enjoyed this one.

 
It is time to put the binding on it.  Of coarse I ran out of thread.  So a trip to the store is in order. 
 
I just bought fabric for the Leah Day Building Blocks Quilt Pattern
 
It is a stitch along on facebook.
 
I am waiting for my fabric to come in.  Here is what I chose for the fabrics:
Blocks will be done with these two.
 
 
Bindings will be done in the fabric below.

 
The backing will be done in this fabric.
 
 
Hopefully I can find a quilting thread to match the darker pink color.
 
 
I am behind but I knew I would be.  The surgery happened about the time they got started.
 What else is news?  I am going to Oklahoma to visit my family and friends for about a month the second week in April.  I am so ready to see all of them.  It has been over a year now.  I am even taking my sewing machine home with me!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year! 2014 Hope for a Wonderful New Year






Quite a bit has happen between now and last time I blogged.  I will start with Amanda and her Hodgkin's.  She has really had a hard time of it.  She has missed many times to have her chemo due to infections and trying to get her white blood cell count up.  Poor girl she just has so much pain and so much to live for.  Her babies are what keeps her strong. Also my step children's mom is all but gone with her cancer.  My heart goes out to Amanda and her family and my step children.  It is all so sad.

I have been in the studio working on some new things for my esty shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetArtUnlimited








 Also have added some things to my meersbaby shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/meersbaby







Christmas has come and gone so I am just going to put a few of the things I made. Unfortunatly I have torn cartilage in my knee and spent a few days on crutches and have an appointment to discuss surgery this month. So a few of my Christmas projects did not get finished.

For Roxy

 



 
Major's Stocking


Christmas Ornaments
 



 



 
Well if that is not enough I am still working on perfecting my free motion quilting.  I have a small block I am working on now.  It will be free motion, embroidery, and some trapunto.  I am having a good time!  That is all for now and I will continue to blog when I can.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Holiday, Practice, and the Blues

I don't know if  I just can't get into the holidays or there is just sadness around me that jumps out.  I told you about my sister-in-law Amanda but shortly after that my step children found out that they are losing their mom to cancer. Cancer is one of the things we never want to hear.  I feel for these young adults.  I lost my mom when I was in my 30's and it was devastating to say the least. 

I have been working some on projects that have been started.  For Christmas my grandson will have a new stocking I have made for him.



 
All the handwork is finished.  Now I just need to get it put together!



 
This little guy just turned 2 in October just as his mother found out she was losing her mom.  He is such a cute little guy and I am sad for him.  Of coarse he has no idea what is going on but one day I know he will wish he had of known her.
 
 

 




 
I don't want to leave out Roxy.  She will be 6 soon.  My how the years pass.  I have not seen her in a long time.  I miss her terribly.  I will be making her something for Christmas too!


 
Roxy is my little cow girl!
 
I have also been free motion quilting. I worked on feathers some. I really am attracted to them so I really need a whole lot of practice on them. I discovered I was really trying to make them way to big for what I could handle. So I made them smaller and have had more success in doing them. So if you find you have less control on a big thing try smaller.

 
 
I am also working on a practice piece that is a table runner. It is still a work in progress. I have some ripping out to do and I have learned still more. Thread Thread Thread!!!! You thread and needles make such a difference. On this runner I am going crazy with the thread. It is not quality and it just doesn’t sew nice. I have now tried the threads from Superior. I am using Magnifico. I love it.
 
As you can see I marked the blocks from the one above.  I only did the center and the first flower. 
 

The one above will be torn out and redone.  I just don't like it.  I may do something else there.  It is just a practice piece so it does not have to be perfect.  I keep telling myself I am a beginner after all.  You can not expect to be perfect in anything you ever do but at least try to.  I still have a long way to go before I could give anyone my free motion quilting.
I also won some sewing needles from my favorite blogger. They are SUPERIOR Titanium-coated Topstitch Needles #90/14. I have not really gotten to use them quite yet but I will. Thank you Leslie from http://marvelesartstudios.blogspot.com/ Please check her out.  She is very talented.  She has inspired me tremendously!