Sunday, July 14, 2019

Again and Again



well my old friend depression
has settled in for a long visit

no advice needed
there is nothing I haven't tried
it will pass
again

on days when I can keep busy
instead of sleeping
the house is getting a deep clean

am glad I can function to workagai

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Now What


pulled out some twill from ages ago
before long I'll be making curtains for the kitchen

more yardage of the piece with the red
so that's the curtains

maybe some pillow covers from the other...

I am still painting the kitchen
good thing I live alone and am not bothered by the mess


removed the scrappy hooking samples

starting my Out of Hand Rug Hookers freebie
(Facebook group)

mine will end up being an altered version
of the pattern given
just because my mind has moved on 

*******

I have a couple of prayer request for strength and healing
my cousin Patty 
and 
a good friend of my NC sister, Betsy

thank you!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Scrappy Hooking


subtle differences

the row on the left was hooked using one wool

the middle row was hooked with two different wools

the last row was hooked with at least 3 different wools


I rarely hook anything using only one wool
whether it's the background, a house or flag
I like the interest mixing different wools creates

each of the wools in the left row is a texture
the blue is also overdyed

using a variety of wools comes naturally to me
my first handwork love was quilting
many people choose a line of fabric
and make a quilt using only those fabrics
to my eyes
it turns out looking like a purchased comforter
as the colors are made to blend well together
there is no spark, no interest
anyone could have made the exact same quilt

when I hook a rug
no one will ever hook one the same
having a large stash of wool
is like having a painter's palette
use this color, mix that color


all the same wool
ho hum to my eyes


a little better
but not much interest


this is what I love
mixing different shades of the same color
sometimes adding a bit of something different
rust with the red
gray with the tan
teal with the blue

So that's it
when it comes to wool
the more variation the better in my eyes

*******


how about an update on my No Spend on Supplies year?

I broke down and bid on 2 kits by Notforgotten Farm
you know I love me some Lori B designs!!!
that were donated to the Mango on a Mission auction in May
thank you to one of my followers
for donating them 

last week the binge shopping continued with a new
wool dye book

that's it this year...less than $75 all together
is it okay if I pat myself on the back?
there is so much on my wish list
but even more on my 
"already in the house I want to stitch or hook" list

Happy Saturday!






Friday, June 28, 2019

Another Flag Rug


Flag Day rug #2
I do like to hook flags
this is the second version hooked in June
8.5 x 28.5

it is available to purchase
*****

next blog post
will be some chat and photos
about my style of scrappy hooking

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Finishing a Small Rug


after pressing the rug
I do a two rows of a zig zag stitch
around the outside of the hooking
1/2 to 1" away


I round the corners when stitching
then trim off linen close to the stitching



I fold the linen towards the back


whip the edges
about 1/2" before reaching a corner
pinch the linen together


then fold the next side towards the back


manipulate the linen so it's 
as flat as possible
continue whipping the rug


after whipping I press rug again
cut or tear strips of wool to use for binding
I use wool that's a bit too heavy for hooking
because I have a stash of it
use any wool 
any width you like
my width is usually 1 1/2-2"


pin the wool to the back of the rug


I round the corner of the wool strip
very slightly



continue pinning
around the entire back
whip with quilting thread

so
this is how I do it
others pin the wool
then whip the outer edge and wool strip
at the same time
I like hand work
so the extra step works for me

there are many ways to finish a rug
this is my favorite
if it was a floor rug
I would whip over according at the edge first

questions?
just ask

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Little Quilts



in the spirit of
"I'll do anything to avoid painting"
Olivia and I spent the past week or so basting little quilts
for hand quilting


these were 2 leftover blocks from a lap quilt
which has not been quilted yet...
I got crazy and machine stitched on the borders




this one was all ready
except the borders
they will be less than 1/2" when the binding goes on



this one had the borders hand stitched on
I wasn't trusting myself with the bias edge
and all those points



I hand pieced most of the blocks last year
lost interest in them until now...


Debbie St Germain stitched this little
Cheri sampler as a gift for me
and sent it as a little pillow
I thought it deserved to have some wall space
so added the patchwork borders
from some abandoned projects


can hardly believe how many red, white and blue
projects were in the works
they might be finished by this time next year

I've been working on gathering some wool to sell
the past few days
going through my stash 
has inspired me to do some more dyeing

Still no desire to hook
I'd rather paint and you know how I feel about that
ebb and flow of creativity
there is always something to keep me busy


Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Pinterest Diversion



in case you couldn't tell by my
years of dithering about painting
it's not something I enjoy

mostly because I don't like to get my hands dirty
having to wear gloves so much at work
avoiding them is something I do at home

but once I get started I want to paint everything
so now the frame
around the kitchen window will be painted
white or green...

I am not very handy
to say the least
YouTube videos are a real help to me
this morning I did a small dry wall patch!


I know I have this pattern
or one very similar
somewhere...

maybe by Kay Cloud
seeing this pic makes me think maybe some of my 
cotton velvet might finally get used

have been working in the sewing room 
between priming and painting duties
feeling the need for some large blue and red berries


hoping this fall to get the catio built
I'd like enough room for a little table and a couple of chairs
as well as plenty of landings for the cats
my favorite is a space built for 2 cats
with cerebellar hypoplasia
(wobbly cat syndrome)
by Catio Spaces...

my sister and her husband are home sweet home
happy to take care of all their plants
fill the bird feeders 
and nap in their own bed

One more day of vacation
it goes so fast

Friday, May 24, 2019

Painting Break


totally the plan for me
I don't like getting my hands dirty...
but do love flowers

My sister and her husband are on their way home
they take a few days each way
enjoying the visits in small towns along the way

my family did an awesome job tackling my to-do list
still a little more for my local brother in law
after I get some painting done

local BIL became a certified 
Master Gardener after he retired
he also had a job with a landscape company
for a season learning more
he does a lot of volunteer work 
helping with beautification

my local sister is the painter
outdoors or in
but like me, never on a ladder

my NC BIL is the master of most everything
he is a retired Marine, has doctorate in something or other
taught GED classes and so on
he's the big brother I never had

he and my sister remodeled their 1920s bungalow
over the course of 20 years
wish I could turn them loose on this house!

my NC sister is the eternal hippie
an engineer who never used her degree
due to military travel with her husband
she is the boss of all of us
she organizes and keeps watch 
as well as doing all the pruning, weeding and planting
she RARELY stops talking

How lucky am I to have them?
as for me
I weeded and pruned for a while
them came back in the house to work on walls
lots of spackle after removing so much from the walls
the weirdest thing is no bathroom mirror
 they took it down so I can paint

am transitioning out of keto to low carb
I really cannot stand all the fat I've been consuming
who knew you could get sick of bacon?

I'll still be no bread, grains, potatoes, pasta
no high carb fruits or veggies
this will be much more sustainable for me

Wishing everyone a nice Memorial Day weekend
I remember my Dad and uncles, friends of the family
thankful for the sacrifice our soldiers made
so we could live our lives free

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May Vacation


Millenium Garden pattern by Jan Patek

my NC sister is here and she brought a few boxes
of older quilt books for me to sell
many out of print

She did bring the set of patterns for this quilt
Mom stitched it for me from Jan's kit
a real favorite
like the good sister I am
I've lent it to Deb until next year

I'm probably going to list them on 
a quilter's destash group on FB
unless anyone would like to see them here

I will make sure my prices are lower
than anywhere else online
but will charge actual shipping...

In other news
I have been busy doing work around the house
preparing for my sister and her husband
they arrived Monday afternoon
we already have my list of needed chores done
plus many I forgot about

my local and her husband where here yesterday 
and this morning helping out

a few things we got done:

tearing out old shrubs, covering area with mulch
trimming bushes, weeding, gathering sticks
sealing concrete cracks and outdoor painting
moving large furniture to a back room for donation pick up
removing curtain rods and ordering blinds

taking down shelves, mirrors and assorted wall mounted items
spackle and wipe down walls
filled in ground hog and chipmunk holes
washed windows, put screens in doors

and so much more
if I had done this all myself half would
never get done

We also did a huge Lowe's haul
I'll be painting all year
tomorrow I'm treating everyone to a "swanky restaurant" lunch
my local sister turned 70 this year
so I found out where her favorite meal was...

they don't stay long but we pack a lot in

this afternoon is my NC brother in laws day "off"
he and my sister visit all their favorite places
dinner together tonight

she's already chosen a few hooked rugs to take back
he picked some tools from the garage

I'm on vacation until Monday
they leave before dawn on Friday
one of these days I might
make it to NC

Hope you're all having a great week!
there has been no hooking or stitching to speak of...


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day dear friends!

I am blessed to sleep under the quilts
my mom hand stitched and feel her love

to stitch my own quilts and feel her with me
the memories of shopping for fabric

A day of tears and smiles