Friday, September 30, 2016

Settling In...

 We have decided that this is a wild pear tree and not for human consumption. The birds fill this tree everyday to eat the fruit. We are thinking of taking it down and planting an Asian Pear tree in its place.
 The boys out for their morning walk. They really love to run and play on the property. They have also become great at rousing the rabbits and ground squrells around here. Of course they have not caught any thankfully, but they do love the chase.
 There is also lots of wooded area on the backside of the property that the boys love to explore.
 A spider spun a web overnight in the ornamental bushes 
 Our second walk for the day...these boys are really enjoying themselves.
 I put a wreath on the door today, but may move it to the back door and make a new fall wreath for the front door.
We are settling in really well and now the unpacking and sorting out is almost complete. Just a few sewing room boxes which will stay packed up until the sewing studio is enclosed and set up. This project will begin after the first of the year. Right now I have a small sewing space set up with my machine in the bedroom and stitching space next to my chair in the family room. Doable but small space wise. Keeping all the stash in tubs, so have to dig in them when I want fabric. Its all good though, we love our new home and we are settling in wonderfully. Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Added some braids to the bumpy bit. I was not sure how I would like them, but I really like how it looks laying against the top. I also like the shadow play. Also finished the smaller circle applique and added a bit of knots around the edge. Off for a cuppa for now.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My silk cloth which will form the base of my cloth arrived and I have started my first block. I have made up a total of four blocks to get me started on the wrapping cloth. I love my focus fabric choice and the beautiful colors. There is a lot of patterning going on in the cloth, so loads of inspirations. It felt good to do a bit of stitching again. Although, my stitching stash is still un-organized from the move. I am setting up a little corner in the living room for me to stitch until I can get the room for my studio done. Now a cuppa is order and then more boxes to unpack. I try and unpack/go through at least ten boxes a day. I am downsizing, so going through everything takes time, but is well worth it. Talk again soon.

ps/ my sweet daughter Bliss swapped me her really nice Nikon camera for my Minolta, so I am learning to use a new camera as well. :) This camera has all kinds of bells and whistles, so wish me luck during this learning curve.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Class With Karen Ruane

This is the focus fabric I have chosen to use for this wrapping cloth. This cloth will be for me, so I wanted to use fabric that I absolutely love. I have had this yardage in my stash for some time now and decided that it would be a good one to use for this class.

This is a close-up of my fabric. I have decided to use white as the background. Hope to get started soon. On the home front, I am still going through the boxes in the garage culling as I go through them. I am making progress though. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Move...

We have finally started the move. Since we are only moving a bit down the road from where we were, we are doing all the move ourselves, which is why my blog has been neglected for so long. First the sorting and packing. Now the move itself and the sorting and unpacking along with a purge. It's taking a bit of time. I have stitched a bit on my crazy quilt block, but it was packed and now I need to find it. 

I have also stitched a bit on my slowcloth as it was in the suv and not packed up. I usually stitch on this one at dr. appts and such. It is coming along nicely.

(the date has special meaning...)

 Up to my eyes in boxes and trying to get what is already here in its place. All my sewing room items will be scattered throughout until the new studio is built. We are going to convert the carport into my sewing studio. The space is big, but will have to wait until we get totally moved in to start work on it. Until then my stitching and quilting will be mostly handwork. Hopefully I can find my crazy patch supplies and put some next to my chair so I will be able to stitch. I am going to try and post a bit each day to get back into the routine of posting to the blog. I am also on instagram here: @pwendy7 which has been easier to post than on the blog at the moment. Now back to my tower of boxes and tubs! Coffee break is over.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I have been super busy since my last post trying to get everything ready for the big move. I did not realize it had been so long since I had posted anything on the blog. So sorry about that. Hopefully my blog break is winding down and things will be back up and running again. Stitchy things! How I miss plying my needle and thread into wonderful fabric. The painting is almost complete. We finished the kitchen and dining room over last weekend. This week we are tackling the family room and then next week is the big move. Sage green and white in three rooms of he house and a beautiful gray for the family room with truffle for the overhead beams and trim. I love this color combo. Of course Bliss chose a deep purple for her room. The only room without fresh paint is ds room as he is going to put peg board on the walls for his guitars to hang. Hopefully I will have a bit of stitching to show soon. I will have lots of blog reading to catch up on as well. I do sneak peeks on insta gram everyday though, so not completely without peeks of lovely thread hitting fabric! Be back soon!

Monday, May 30, 2016

A Journal

This is the awesome journal that Bliss brought back from her UK trip for me. I am so in love with it. Just awesome! When she saw it, she said it would be perfect for my doodles. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

New Project

A new project in the making.

Monday, May 2, 2016


The roses are coming into full bloom and are glorious! The smell is so lush and heavenly. Now back to packing. No stitching for the next bit as we are preparing to move. We close on the 10th of May and I have lots to do between now and then. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Our Soon....

To be new home....

We made an offer on a house and it was accepted. 
The yard is amazing and has so many flowering bushes.
The landscaping is a wonderful delight.
Filled with the most glorious blooms.
Of all colors and sizes.
These are but a few. There are pear trees, apple trees, plum trees, a fig tree, several red crab apple trees, cherry trees to name a few. And roses, which I dearly love. All this sits on three acres of beautiful property for us. The house is just as wonderful. Three beds, two full baths, large kitchen which is a must for me. It has double ovens that I love. A really nice dining room. And last but not least a big wood burning fireplace, not gas logs in the living room. I am so excited about our house. We should close in the next few weeks, until then I will be up to my eyes in packing boxes. Another lovely feature to the house is that it is just a short distance from my parents home. Off now to a cuppa and then back to filling those boxes.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Now We Know

This is a wonderful illustration of a quilters brain.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A New....

Knife has been made for me by the Mr. The Mr. has taken to making knives over the past year and this is the second one for me. It is light weight and thin and is very sturdy. I am in love with it. I now will need to make a sheath for it and this one will be done. The blade is very sharp and hard even though it is lightweight and thin. The Mr. has done a really awesome job on this one and I am looking forward to having new ones to add to my collection. Although I do collect knives, they can all be used and are used when needed.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Catching Up

This month has truly flown by and I have not posted anything on the blog. I do apologize for that, but I have been really busy more on that at a later date. I have started a new slow cloth that I will be stitching on over the next few months. No deadlines. No pressure. Just something to stitch when I have a few spare moments. I am using white fabric along with some of the batik fabric that my son had gotten me. I really like the pop of color amongst all the white.

A large spool of para cord my dh bought...I cannot wait until he empties out the spool, so I can have it.
I have also been doing a bit of fussy cutting this month for two projects. One for me and one for a swap that I am in. More on both of these later, but I did want to post a sneak peek.
I also have three quilts ready to be quilted. I am thinking about hand quilting them, so will be a while before they are finished. I have also picked up my Natures Journey quilt again and am in the process of appliqueing those blocks as well. Hope to have pics of that soon. I was hoping to be able to share pics over the weekend, but have not had the time to take them yet. Will be back soon with updates and more about my secret project. Keep those needles stitching in the meantime.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Working From My Stash

I did enjoy my blog break and am ready for the new year of stitching and quilting. 2016 is the year to work from my stash. I am going to try and use some of my favorite fabrics in quilts for my home. Most will be simple in order to keep as much of the fabric as possible. Hey, they are some of my favs and that is why they have not been cut into. I have started with this simple quilt using two different lines by Kate Spain. The first layer cake has been cut, sewn and trimmed and is now waiting upon the second cake to be put to use. That will happen later today. All is ready, I just need to sit down at the machine and sew the blocks. Then I can put all the blocks together to make my first quilt of the year. Even the backing will come from my stash, hopefully...wish me luck. I will be back soon with the finished flimsy to show. I am thinking of hand quilting this one and maybe adding a bit of stitch to the centers as well. We shall see, decisions, decisions...Have a great day.


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