Hello friends! Well, guess what I've been up to. Ding, ding, ding, correct! Stitching. If you guessed plumbing, well, you were wrong. You're cute, but you're wrong! I was hooked into Craftsy again and took the Stupendous Stitching class. Lots of fun and very simple. Afterward, I did wonder why I had to take a class on something so elemental but whatever. I'm claiming this to be March's new project for 6 and 6 in 2018 with Pomegranate and Chintz.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Look what I found when I brought my Grandma's Hope Chest up from the basement last month. This old crewel work that I started forever ago! 2002! It was mostly finished but I had run out of a color and wasn't confident enough to move on with what I did have. It's one of those cheaters. The background is painted for you and you fill in the blank spots. It's good to see how my stitching has improved. Dang, the back is a mess! Not sure what to do with it now that it's done. I may frame it and put it up next to it's cross stitched cousin.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Hello, doing a quick check in on the 6 and 6 2018 with Pomegranate & Chintz. February was a UFO month. I decided to work on the Hungarian Heritage quilt and waited for the very last minute to start. I sell the book in my shop and I'm vending at a couple quilt shows in March. Sure would be nice to have a sample to show.
I also stayed caught up on my TQS BOM blocks. My corners are atrocious but it is what it is. I came to the conclusion that I will have to do some shopping. I have a ton of dark and light blue but very little medium. Isn't that just the way.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Feels like I'm not getting much done this month. I went through a big living room rearrangement/ midlife crisis. Long story short, it
freaked out inconvenienced the whole family. One thing being moved led to another thing needing paint and so on. Rich said, "Well, if you give a pig a pancake, she's going to want syrup to got with it." Let's not get hung up on the fact that he compared a dieting woman to a pig and mentions pancakes and syrup at the same time.... Don't you love the quilt cabinet that Hunter made for me? We really needed more seating during the holidays now that everyone has a plus one when they come over AND... that's how I justified more quilt storage.
In brighter news, I found a fantastic Ott lamp 1/2 off at Joanns! It even matches my studio. Score 1 for the pig!
One more thing before I let you go. Last night I had a moment. One of those smack you in the head moments. An epiphany if you will. I've been catching up on The Quilt Show all month. Season 5, episode 1. BAM. Melinda Bula's work absolutely blew me away!! That episode aired in 2009, so I know I'm totally late to the party. Holy Cow! Check her out! I must explore this further!!!
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Since that wasn't enough, I also started The Quilt Show's BOM designed by Edita Sitar. She's so talented, how could I resist. These are 6" and there will be 3 of each pieced blocks with an applique center "barn scene". I'm using my stash for this one so my blocks are going to be pretty random.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Well, call me excited. Rich installed track lighting in my studio last week! Originally, I just had the tracks and we took out the ceiling fan in the middle. It only took me a couple days to realize that was a terrible idea and we got a center light to make up the difference. I'm really pleased. And, they're dimmable. Any Fairy Odd Parents fans? Dim dim dimmidome.
I have to clear something up quick. I had announced at our TAS meeting that there were 2 duplicate shells in my Clamshell quilt, much to my chagrin. However, my daughter Sierra set me straight the next day by pointing out it's the same print but different scale! Woo Hoo! It's still a proper charm quilt. I was afraid I'd have to uncheck that box on my quilt bucket list.
Here's a project that took SEVERAL weeks. I reupholstered Hunter and Carmen's bus couch. They had salvaged a couch from an RV but it was a funky 80's pink upholstery. So, they asked me to help. Of course, I couldn't wait to get my hands on part of the bus! I'm sure once installed, it won't look so thrown together. Fingers crossed. This was my first upholstery job other than a standard table chair. Hunter seemed pleased anyway...Here he is in his "attic". You can keep up with his shenanigans at Luckythetinybus.com.
Miss Bethany turned 21 this weekend! She invited a couple of friends over for drinks and had a Bob Ross day. Didn't they do great?!
I'm totally jealous. She didn't think she could paint!
On December 2, Rich and I renewed our vows to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! We just got the photos back courtesy of Irish Eyes Photography. I won't bore you with all 177 but here are a couple of my favorites. If we're FB friends and you have a burning desire for more, I've got 20 some uploaded there as well.
Heather, Rich, Sierra, Ethan, Bethany, Hunter and Alyssa
|Rich & I holding our first professional photo together from 24 years ago.|
|I did the cupcakes myself. We had almond raspberry, cookie dough with hot fudge frosting, honey with marzipan bee and non-dairy french vanilla with the rose bouquets.|
|The M was supposed to be a cake topper but then I never got the courage to do a proper wedding cake. I made all of the ribbon bouquets that the girls and I held.|
Well, since then, I joined Weight Watchers. Seeing these photos reinforces my decision. I told myself I'd lose weight after Alyssa's wedding a year ago May. But, I gained instead. I eat my emotions, and I'm REALLY GOOD at baking. REALLY GOOD. Now, I'm down 10 pounds but I've got a whole lot more to go. I'm determined that it'll be a different Heather that appears in any upcoming weddings... that may or may not be around the corner. No hurry guys but you know, a girl can hope. And, maybe they'll let me make stuff for it... fingers crossed. But no pressure.
Toodles for now! My next post will be my first 6x6 2018 update.