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Thursday, October 19, 2017

October in Denver

So much has happened since I last sat down here to visit.
We sadly had to have my cat put to sleep :(  That is an experience I choose not to dwell on. The only silver lining in the whole thing, was the Kids were able to bring Wally up here and give him back when they visited. So we are still a two pet household, just chihuahuas now.

 Changes keep getting made to the apartment also. I used heavy canvas drop cloths (from Home Depot) and made curtains for most of the windows. Used clip rings. And only had to make a quick hem on each. Total investment was under 100 dollars for three windows and a sliding door.  They really help with the morning sun and afternoon privacy :) I can open the blinds and still get an abundant amount of sunshine.

I am still working on what I have dubbed "The Colorado Beast".
This is going to be a larger than king sized quilt for our queen size bed, lol. Jon wished to have enough drop on each side that neither would pull the cover off of the other. And long enough on top and bottom to tuck under the mattress at the foot, and go over his "pillow fort" at the head. I am having to make it in two sections then will join them by hand. My poor machine just can't handle something this big. The kitchen island is just PERFECT for pin basting! The pictures shows one section. It was very nice NOT to have to crawl around on the floor. And there is a picture of one half laid across the bed. I will not be able to wash this here at the apartment either. Will have to find a laundromat.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Move!

I have decided I am not very good at this Blogging stuff, lol.
There have been a lot of changes since my last post. Jon accepted a relocation to Colorado and we made the move in May. It will not be a permanent move, as Texas is home. We decided not to sell the house in Texas, instead our oldest and his wife moved into it. Jon and I downsized and have chosen to live in an apartment. I have to admit, it is nice not having to do yard work, and to be able to call maintenance when there is a problem. We moved with only the necessities. I gave a lot of my fabric stash to Jamie. And left many of my crafting supplies for the girls to do with as they wish. Three of my sewing machines made the move. Even though the movers managed to drop one of the 401's out of its cabinet (!!!) all of them arrived safely.

My new sewing area is our bedroom :) Jon has been very supportive of this. So instead of dressers, one wall is taken up with my work bench and work station. Another wall is taken up with my full sized sewing table. Totes of fabric are hidden behind the bedroom door. One tote has been emptied, as I cut it ALL up into 2 1/2 inch strips for a jelly roll race quilt for the bed.
  You might have noticed a slight design flaw in our apartment floor plan. There is a direct line of sight from the bathroom to the bedroom window! As you can guess that was a very rude discovery :)
The dining area has been turned into my office space and is housing the second 401 in its cabinet, along with my computer desk. Have I mentioned how very supportive Jon has been, lol! In a perfect world we would have chosen a two bedroom apartment. Unfortunately there is quite a housing shortage here in the Denver area. Prices are outrageous! All in all, we are very happy with the new digs. We are adapting well to seeing each other every day instead of just on weekends. I do miss the kids horribly. But I am very blessed in that they ALL call, text and video chat with me A LOT!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Boundless Solids Crayon Box - Review

Hello Friends!
 A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the good folks at Craftsy to review one of their new fabric lines. Of course you know I said YES! Who doesn’t want to play with fabric? The bundle that arrived was Boundless Solids Crayon Box 6” Strips. It was packaged quite prettily, lol, but didn’t stay that way long. I needed to see how it felt and draped. Have to say I was very impressed. The thread count is quite nice. Closely woven and it passed the “Cookie Test”. What? You don’t have a cookie test? That is where you hold the fabric in front of your face and look through it towards the cookie jar. If you can spy which kid is snitching cookies and how many they have in their hand, you toss the fabric out! This test also allows you to smell the fabric as you are so up close and personal with it. I was amazed that these strips had NO smell! So many times I have to pre wash fabrics before I can stand working with them.  They were cut with a pinking blade so there were no threads hanging or ravels to worry about. The drape was soft and inviting! No starch or sizing type feel. I was very pleasantly surprised. Enough sniffing, peeking and petting. It was time to start sewing! Of course the pattern chosen was applique. A scaled down version of Tattered Garden to become placemats for the little table. The bright colors were perfect for this. I traced my templates onto fusible then ironed it to the strips and began cutting out flowers. 

Anxious to see if there would be fraying once the cutting began. None! My cut edges held together wonderfully! After a day or so I had a table full of beautiful primary colored flowers. My new concern was would the fusible adhere to the fabric and would it stay in place while stitching? Anyone who has machine appliqued knows the frustration of fabrics that have been treated and will not hold to the fusible. I shouldn’t have worried. The Boundless flowers behaved just as intended. It took a couple of weeks to finish up the placemats. Coasters are still in the works. 
You can purchase this fabric bundle from Craftsy here - The pattern I used, Tattered Garden, can be found in my Craftsy Store
It is a free pattern.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


So what happened and where did I disappear to in 2015?
It was a tremendously hectic year here. Jon went in for a hernia repair on Jan 7th 2015, was suppose to be a day surgery. He finally came home 2 months later. It was May before all his various tubes, hoses and accessories were gone. In May I began building a paver stone patio to help work out my worries and frustrations. June brought the announcement that I was going to gain a new daughter in law in October. In July I began to have trouble with my gallbladder. August saw me in the hospital getting that removed. September I had recovered enough (in my mind) to expand the patio to accommodate the number of wedding guests expected. My Sister helped me acquire a new puppy. The October wedding was beautiful! We lost my Father the end of October. Add in a couple of road trips back and forth to Springfield Mo. Then the holidays hit me right in the face :) Despite that Jamie and I switched rooms and I set my sewing room up for a second time. In December for some reason I cannot remember now, I decided to make all immediate family members new Christmas stockings.

So here I am in 2016.
Gave away the Bad Cat that kept biting and attacking me. Sadly two weeks later we had to put Teddy (age 16) to sleep. For the first time in decades we are a one cat household. And I am STILL trying to housebreak the puppy. Keep your fingers crossed that this is a quieter year!