Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Quilt: Her Graduation Quilt

Sorry for the not-great picture...2:00 a.m. in the hotel room doesn't have the best light.

But I had just finished binding the quilt...we were giving it to her after the graduation ceremonies.

Four years....

I figured I had plenty of time....

Especially since I had the top pieced together since her first semester at Purdue for years before.

All I needed to finish was the machine applique on the center medallion and to have it quilted...

Time catches up quickly with you, doesn't it?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Family: She's A Real Person Now

She's very petite...

She's very self- assured....

She believes all people deserve her help....

She's exceeded every goal possible that we could hope for...

She's our daughter.

This past week was spent at Purdue seeing her graduate, earning her BS in Nursing and minoring in Military Leadership. She was also commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

As she puts it, she's a real person now....and I'm excited to see what the future holds for her.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sewing: Holiday Pillowcase Project

Fifteen minutes, almost a yard of fabric, and four seams....

That's what it takes make a pillowcase.

A pillowcase that will put a smile on any face...

And, in my case it's the people of the Momma's Senior Center.

Last year I did almost forty pillowcases for the Senior Center.
They used them for gifts for those in the Assisted Living Center who weren't going to have any visitors.
They used them for gifts during the Bingo game...and that is one competitive Bingo game!
They used them for gifts for the team at the Senior Center, who staffed and helped even during the Holidays.

I use this time to go through the stash and pull fabrics I haven't used in a while...a major destash, but with a good cause.

Time to get busy...they asked for fifty this year.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hook and Needles: Granny Squares

There are some days when my body wants to relax and just hang out on the couch.

For me this especially happens when it's cold and raining outside...and windy, can't forget that windy part of the equation.  The rain just seams to come down sideways.

Most times I don't listen to my body, as I've got a list a mile long of things to get done...just like most of you.

Just so happens that I went to the laundromat the day before to wash up those big rugs in the kitchen after Thanksgiving...and there is a yarn store in the same complex.

Color...glorious color...but it's yarn instead of fabric!

Many moons ago one of my Aunts taught me how to crochet, and I made a basic potholder....but nothing since.

The ladies at the yarn store were very helpful and encouraging. Did you know it now tells you what size of a crochet hook goes best with the yarn on the label?  Did you know the yarn shop also has a lot of free patterns and they gladly share?

Yeah...I bought some yarn and a needle to make one of their free patterns.

And last week when it was cold and raining outside, I took out the yarn bag with its yarn, needle and pattern...and made these!  

Two down...about 80 more to go!