Saturday, February 6, 2016

UFOs...

I've been trying to catch up on some UFOs I've had waiting to be finished for some time.

 I finished this wall hanging today. The heart blocks are made from members of the quilt guild I belong to.  We use to have a block challenge each month, then in the next meeting we would all put our blocks in a bag and the person who's block was picked won them all.  These blocks are part of a bag full of blocks I won several years ago.



Then I went through my hat box full of vintage, some antique and other blocks I've acquired over the years.

I found several "Farmer's Daughter" quilt blocks.  This pattern was an original pattern in the Kansas Star paper on March 20, 1935.

The blocks I have are all hand pieced and scrappy, with a finished size of 10".  You can see by the fabrics they have been around for a while.  I pieced them together to make a small quilt top.  I trying to decide if  I want to put borders on it or not.  If I decide to, then I have to figure out what color to use...  I'm leaning toward no border, just binding after I quilt it.  If I just bind it, with no additional border, it will finish at 30" X 40".

 

Hugs,
Sonia

Friday, February 5, 2016

Blending colors...

It's a beautiful day, today.  There are wispy clouds highlighted against the beautiful blue of the sky.


It's a little nippy outside, so I decided to finish up a small afghan I've been working on little by little as I've had time this week.  

 It is 28" x 32" in size.

I used a size Q (16 mm) hook and two strands of yarn for each stitch.


It's made up of alternating two rows of single crochet and one row of double crochet through out.

I changed colors, adding one color to a previous color, making it so that the colors blend as they go up and still have a color block definition too.  Each color combo had 8 - 10 rows, depending on when I wanted to change colors.

Here are the colors/color combinations I used.
  • Dusty rose with light pink
  • Light pink with bright pink 
  • Bright pink with hot pink 
  • Hot pink with dark purple 
  • Dark purple with medium purple 

It's a great way to use up yarn if you find your yarn stash overflowing.


Hugs,
Sonia



Monday, February 1, 2016

Free

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24

My weekend end started out great, though I'm still trying to get over a major sinus cold.  I haven't felt as good as I do, spiritually and emotionally, in a very long time.    One word to describe how I feel.... FREE.

I've been able to catch up on some things. 
Here's the butterfly wall hanging.  I finished it today and practiced my free motion quilting on it.


My free motion quilting isn't pretty, but the more I do it, the better I will get.



We have cold weather moving in Tuesday night and the black birds have been gathering in droves.


Seeing all those birds prepping for the cold, made me want to bake.  I guess you can say I've been doing a little nesting of my own.  Anyway I baked some cookies.  Lemon cookies to be exact.  The recipe was on the side of a lemon cake mix.  They are yummy with a lemony drizzle on top.


One of the challenges I have set for myself this year is taking the antique and vintage blocks I have collected over the years and put them together into quilts or wall hangings, depending on how many blocks are in each set.   Here are the latest blocks I have acquired.  They are octagon in shape.  These blocks were all hand pieced and scrappy.


I have searched for this block on the internet and have had no luck on the name for it.  Tomorrow I will look through two books I have that document quilt blocks from the 1800's forward.  I hope to find it in one of them.

Do you know what it's called?

Sonia

Monday, January 18, 2016

Beautiful visitors

We were blessed with winged visitors over the weekend.  There were two hawks spending time in our neighborhood.  I think they might have a nest close by, because we have seen at least one before. I think last year I posted a picture of one sitting on our back fence.



I had full intentions to work on a small quilt over the weekend but got side tracked with watercolor.  I looked up a tutorial on painting a rose with watercolors.  Here's a link to the tutorial I used.
http://emptyeasel.com/2014/06/30/how-to-paint-realistic-watercolor-roses/

Here's what I completed.


Hugs,
Sonia

Friday, January 15, 2016

Colors

Hot cocoa... that was the order of the day for me earlier this evening.  I don't know, maybe it was just the thought of the cooler temps moving in or it could be I just like hot cocoa.  What ever the case, it sure tasted good.

So, what have I been up to in the past two weeks?

I tried my hand at a water color of swirling snow.

Then I drew this picture with my oil color pencils.  I think I will make a wall hanging like it for the month of January later in the year.  Then I can hang it in my cubicle next January.   

Have you tried the stress therapy coloring books?  I guess that's what they are called.  All I know is, it is very therapeutic to color pages like this one.  I lost track of time as I colored away with colored pencils and pens.

I have a three day weekend.  Woohoo!  

I hope to get some sewing and quilting done.  I've already started a wall hanging I will use during one of the summer months.  I'm going to try to get it finished and start on a small quilt using a "cheater panel".  I'm using these small project to practice free motion quilting on my home sewing machine.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.   :)

I guess that's all I have for now.

Hugs,
Sonia

Monday, January 11, 2016

One of the perks to living in small town USA, is you can still see the stars on a clear night.  Your not hampered by tall buildings or all the city lights.

I've started a journal writing down blessings as I recognize them.  To me stars in the sky is a blessing.

Can you see the stars where you are?

Sonia




Sunday, January 3, 2016

What is it?

My day started out rough with headache, sick stomach, and feeling achy.   Still not doing so well, but thought I'd write a little, instead of going back to bed, since I've already spent several hours in bed. I need to sit up for a while.

I accomplished my last goal for 2015 at 5:40 a.m on December 31st.

I have set one goal so far for this year and have started on it.  I am going to read my Bible all the way through again this year but using a different format and taking more time with it, answering the following questions as I go through the passages.  I got these questions from the Bible study notes in my Bible.  Feel free to use these in your personal Bible study.

  1. What is the main subject?
  2. Who is revealed?
    1. Who is speaking?
    2. Who is being spoken about?
    3. Who is acting?
  3. What is the key verse?
  4. What is taught about Jesus Christ?
  5. Does the passage reveal any sin for me to confess or forsake?
  6. Does the passage reveal a command for me to obey?
  7. Is there a promise I can claim?
  8. Is there any instructions for me to follow?
I may not be able to put an answer in for each question on every passage I read, but it is a good guideline for me to follow.


Okay, let me share with you a couple of things I have received in the past month.

At the last quilt guild meeting (the Logan County PieceMakers quilt guild Christmas party) I recieved blocks from all the members that were present as a thank you for being president for the past two years.  This was a true blessing to me and I have to say the group is a great bunch of people to be involved with.  I am going to take the blocks back with me to this month's meeting and ask everyone to make sure their blocks are signed and dated for me.

One day my husband gave me this.   "What is it?"



How cool is that?











The pen writes good, it is ergonomic so that my hand doesn't cramp when doing a lot of writing and the refills are stick pen cartridges.  I think it is just pretty cool.

This weekend I had planned on doing a winter wall hanging of swirling snow for my cubicle.  Yesterday I did a water color of it first to see if that is really what I wanted to do and decided I wanted something more substantial for the wall hanging.  So I decided to do a landscape winter scene.  I hope to have something so show of it soon.

Have you started a new project this year?

Sonia

Sunday, December 27, 2015

As promised...

Hi, Christmas is over and it's back to normal  again.  I hope you enjoyed your time with family and friends for Christmas.  I know I did.

Rain, Rain, Go away...

My son went back home today, he had to drive in the rain most of the way but made it safely. I miss him already.

On Christmas eve, my work day ended at 2:00 p.m.  When I got home, I could hear music as I walked closer to the house. What a surprise to see my husband and my two kids playing music.  It's been a while since all three have played music together.


As promised, here are the two fleece blankets I made for Christmas.

This blanket was made with 1 yard of the theme fabric and the solid gray back. The gray was textured like fur.  I added a 6.5" border in black.  This made the blanket to be 48" x 60".
This blanket was made using 2.5 yards of the brown plaid and tan.  I used my Serger and bound it with coordinating thread.   It is 60" x 72".




I've been thinking about goals to set for 2016.  I'm still working on goals for this year and am
confident I will get the last one completed on time (12/31/15).   I must admit this last goal is probably the only goal that I have steadily stayed on pace with.  The other goals I accomplished were often times finished at the last minute, but finished none the less.  I hope to pace myself better next year.

Did you set goals for this year?

How did you do?

Will you set goals for next year?


Sonia

Thursday, December 24, 2015

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Let's go...

     And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
     Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
    "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
    When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
     So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  ~ Luke 2:8-20


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

How will this be?

     In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.  The virgin's name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
     Mary was greatly trouble at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob;s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end."
     "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
    The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.  For no word from God will ever fail."
     "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered.  "May your word be fulfilled."  The the angel left her.   ~Luke 1:26-38

     In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And everyone went to their own town to register.
     So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went their to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was not quest room available for them.   ~Luke 2:1-7
to be continued...


some of what I've been up to.

Okay, I'm trying to catch up.  I will post two blogs tonight as I have a lot to share.

Here's what I've been up to... project wise.

I made this wall hanging.  The red fabric is a fat quarter from last year's Christmas party with the quilt guild I belong to.  The challenge is every year make something with the fat quarter you receive to show at the next party.


There was also a "dirty santa" game.  Each member had to make a set of place mats to swap.  Here's what I designed and made.  I used jelly roll strips, and English paper pieced the flower. The leaves for the flower are a napkin.



I also made two fleece blankets, but am giving them away for Christmas so I will show them later.


Here are some pictures of my home decked out for Christmas.  I give all the credit to my daughter.  I think she did a great job.


 



hugs,
Sonia

Monday, December 21, 2015

Jump start...

Where has the time gone?

This week I'm able to slow down and relax.  I have all my handmade projects for Christmas done, my home is decorated thanks to my daughter, and my son is home to spend Christmas with us this week.

In all the hubbub and stress of life, I have let the reason for the season slip behind all the tinsel and glitter, the songs I was trying to use to bring on the Christmas spirit within my self, the decorations and gifts, letting all that "stuff" clamor to front of my life and letting the One true reason for my joy to be pushed to the background.

I attended two services celebrating Christmas.  The Christmas that is focused on Christ. Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.  This, is what I needed.  A jump start you might say, a kick in my Christmas merriment, to get me back on track.  I realized I had gotten my priorities mixed up.

I realized too that I had let all the "stuff" get in the way of my blog.  This is the first I've written anything since Thanksgiving, I think.

I'm truly sorry for that.

As I left work today I noticed the moon hanging big in the sky, reminding me of the wonder around me.

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My nineteen year old is saying "let's have Monday Christmas" as she looks at her brother.  I'm tickled because he commented back "I'll be here on Christmas day too."  It's nice to hear the banter between the two.

As usual, we caved and the kids opened two gifts. We have done that so much over the years that it just happens now, that some gifts are exchanged early. It all started on my and David's first Christmas together and we just kept it up.

UPDATE on my Dad:  My dad is doing better in the past week.  He walked 35 feet one day and has been sketching ships.  He still doesn't know who I am most of the time but he is being more responsive.

The new year will be here soon and I'm thinking of revamping my blog as it seems to be hard for me to update all the pages, but I will think on it and then decide.

 Okay....
well I'm getting side tracked with the kids playing a game.

I'll be back soon,
Hugs,
Sonia

Monday, November 23, 2015

ZAP!

UGH!  Static!

You know when you have static, hair standing on end or sticking to your face... well I had both today along with snaps and shocks every time I touched anything from plastic to metal.  No sliding or shuffling of feet needed, just minding my business and ZAP!
My drawing to picture it
On the way home this afternoon, I saw the moon low in the sky, hanging there like a big white agate. So when I got home I took a picture.



This morning, in my Bible reading, I read about Paul and Silas, being shackled deep inside a prison.  They prayed and praised the Lord as they were there and then the earth began to quake and all the prison doors and shackles came loose.  (Acts 16:16-40)

Then I heard a song on the way to work that spoke about praising until the shackles fall off.   I thought okay, there's got to be something there for me.  So when I got to work I used the sticky notes app on computer and made a sticky note to remind me to praise the Lord until the shackles fall off.


Hugs,
Sonia