Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reflections

As I look back on 2014, I see I had accomplished a lot. Well it was a lot for me. I had a whale of a time with health issues. At the beginning of the year, I was recovering from neck surgery. In March, my mother had a major surgery. She is still recovering, but improving. After my mom surgery, I was down for 3 months with lower back and foot pain and severe asthma attacks. In October, I had right foot surgery. I am recovering now. But through it all, I was able to tweet my blog, make new online friends, complete two large quilts, and various small gift projects just to name a few. And of course, take Craftsy classes online (at least see them while recovering). It's hard to sew when your driving foot is down..........LOL.

So, hand work it was. I reverted back to crocheting and knitting. I crocheted a baby afghan and knitted several scarves for donation. I know they will come in handy right now. Southern California had one of its coldest nights. We had SNOW! Yes, sunny So. Cali do get snow when a cold front hits. It will only last a few days or less. We are due for 70 degrees or higher weather later this week.

All in all, despite all my health issues, 2014 was a blessed year. Now I'm trusting in God, that He has heard my prayers. I'm asking Him for good health in 2015.

Was this a blessed year for you? And did you finish everything on your 2014 project list?

Tea
Sew to make someone happy!

Friday, December 26, 2014

2+6 = Baby Quilt Along

I have finally finished piecing my 2+6 baby quilt. This is the first quilt along and second row by row quilt for me.

Teddy's March Along




All the fabrics in this quilt was from my stash. It was pieces from other quilts I made. I guess you can call this a free quilt, maybe???

Also, it was good to see that I can use my stash without having to shop for fabric. And yes, I'm still a fabricaholic. I am just trying to reduce my stash a little. I have fabric that dates back to my fashion design days. I am going to see about making a crazy quilt one day to use up those other fiber type fabrics.

Now that I'm done piecing, I am thinking allover baptist fan design. What do you think?

Tea
Sew to make someone happy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas









To: You and your family

 Have a Very Merry Christmas!





Tea
 Sew to make someone happy!
 





  

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2 + 6 = Baby Quilt Along

Week 1 -Chevron Blocks
I have been trying to make up for lost time. Is that possible? Can I use my daylight saving time NOW? Anyway, I commented myself to joining a quilt along. Thinking 'baby quilt'. How hard can that be. I had my 6 fabrics pick out after Kari Schell of On Point Quilter, announced her quilt along. Well, it's hard when you fall behind. And trying to sew with a foot recovering from surgery is harder. So, one week went by. I told myself, "I can get this done in no time. I have my fabrics picked out", which is always hard for me. Then week 2 past and week 3. I got to get a grip on this. 
Last night, I completed cutting out my fabrics for week 1 & 2. I was determined to finish my half squared triangle for my Chevron Blocks before going to bed. Mission accomplished! Yay! This afternoon, I was able to complete the two Chevron rolls (above) and the Square in a Square roll (below).

Week 2 - Square in a Square Blocks
Tomorrow I will try to cut out and complete week 3 & 4. Whew! that's a lot of sewing. I will have to pace myself. I sometimes forget I'm still recovering from surgery.

Now let's go sew to make someone HAPPY!

Tea

Two Handed Potholder

 I made my first sewing project since surgery. I needed a quick hostess gift for Thanksgiving. My niece recently moved back home and was hosting her 1st Thanksgiving Dinner with the family. She recently told me, she had left her potholders doing last minute baking before taking the road back home. I thought this would be an ideal hostess gift for her.  When she open the gift bag, she had a big smile on her face. She told me, she felt I would be making her potholders. I glad I didn't disappoint her. I can sleep with comfort knowing her hands with be protected.

Also, I am trying out a new approach of making my labels. I used bias tape, backed with stabilizer. I sewn my name (saved in memory for later usage) using the font feature on my sewing machine. I like this way for small projects. You will be seeing this type of label in the future. But, I will always use the old method for my quilt labels. The old method has much more information documenting my quilts.

Labor of Love



As I mention in my last post, I have been reducing my yarn stash during my recovery period. I taught myself how to knit about 10 yrs ago. And this craft too when by the waste side as my quilting knowledge began to grow.  Away, I took out my knitting needles and began to knit. I didn’t have a lot of any one color yarn. So multicolor scarves it was. I donated these scarves to a local church. It will come in handy to someone since we are actually having a winter this year (You know sunny California, where rain is rare).




I hope these scarves will keep someone warm during our chilly nights. I am working on another scarf. I think I might make this one a selfie.


Sew to make someone HAPPY!  Or shall, I say knit to make someone HAPPY!

Tea

Afghan for Kylii

I am recovering from foot surgery and needed some busy work. Since my last quilt, I was busy with running other errands that time didn't permit me to prepare any applique work. So, I decided, 'Why not reduce my yarn stash.' Here is one of my crochet project.
    
Kylii Afghan
This baby afghan is for Kylii, my great niece. She was born Sunday after 'Black Friday'. So I finished it just in time. 

I learned how to crochet from my mom when I was 10 yrs old. A few years later, I had to take a home economics class (to sew, cook and etiquette). I wonder do grade schools offer such a course now. It's a real lost if they don't. Anyway, I fell in love with sewing (and cooking too!) and stored away my crocheting needles. But thanks to mom, I can still make someone happy, though it's not a quilt.

P.S. I know Kylii loves it. It is sooo soft and snugly.

Until next time......Sew to make someone HAPPY!

Tea