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is originally from Minnesota, did 'time' in California, and is currently sentenced to doing a few years in Arkansas.
She's the "Lazy Quilter" who often doesn't take time to try to achieve perfection. She's "Walker Lady" who changed her lifestyle and lost over 70 pounds in the process! She wears the hats of a Quilter, Artist, Crafter, Musician, Life Coach, Wife, and Mom, all rolled up into one crazy eccentric woman!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Is it spring yet?

Last week I missed my guild meeting due to illness. Yes, it was the same bug that I had the week before. It lasted a good ten days! I was just getting back to normal when....a four day weekend turned into a five day weekend. It doesn't take much snow to shut down the south:
The bamboo in the neighbor's yard looks more like weeping willows!
I wish the bamboo wasn't there. We've had snow/ice in the past where it takes
down the power lines that are behind our house!
See? There isn't much snow! There is a layer of ice underneath it though.
So hubby, son, and I spent four days together. Then hubby slid into work on the fifth day, but school had been cancelled and my son and I stayed home. Thank goodness we never lost power! Everyone is back to work and school today, but tomorrow sounds very iffy again. I would not be surprised if we all ended up together at home again.

For Valentine's Day my husband got me this box of chocolates because, in his words, "The top is quilted!" Gotta love a man who knows his wife's passions. Once the candy evaporated from the box, I took off the cardboard bits and put a hole in the backside of the top.
What a cute little bulletin board I now have in my studio!
I added the border to the calendar quilt BOM from last year:
All I need to do is figure out the backing and I will be trying out this quilt, using Sweetie for the first time! I have to make some more room for the sandwiching process though. My studio is almost cleaned out but not quite there yet.
In the process of cleaning, I am selling off one of the old machines I have:
This is a New Home/Janome 270 Streamliner.
I don't think it was ever used. The bed shines like it was brand new! She sews pretty well too. I just don't need all these machines! I have Sweetie, Annie the Featherweight, my Mom's machine, the Juki still, and my broken Pfaff. I might end up keeping the Juki.
I tried to buy another Pfaff so I could fix mine up. I figured I could blend together two machines and have an almost new machine again. I have used my Pfaff hard and she needs a lot of major fixing. I bought another one on eBay and it came last night. I could have probably stopped opening the box, when I saw how it was packed:
That is pillow-wrap around it. This is not the best way to pack a machine for shipping.

To my dismay, the machine had been severely damaged during shipping. The cover/case was cracked and broken on one corner:
 The hand wheel was in pieces:
 This is the accessory box and that jagged part should not be there either:
I am currently in the return phase of the whole deal. The seller is supposed to refund my money. I will be on the hunt for another Pfaff. Thank goodness I only need my straight stitching machines and the quilting machine right now.

That's all the latest from here! All the snowy weather has allowed me to get more caught up on the hand appliqué projects. Life is pretty good! Sew-on y'all!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Upside of Being Sick

Three blocks done...hand sewn, buttonhole stitching, and buttons for embellishment:
Block One - Snowman
Block Two - Tree
Block Three - Teapot
I am all caught up on this block of the month. I am working on another one too. At this rate, I will be all caught up before I am all done with being laid up!!!

Happy Sewing y'all!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

I Hate Being Sick

I am still sick. It has been a week. I have no energy. I do not like this, not one little bit. Soon I will have to get better. I will be able to post a bunch of photos from all the hand sewing I am doing. That is about all the energy I have in me, to do hand sewing. Bah, humbug!

Hubby finished his office and here are two sets of before and after photos:
The new carpeting isn't as orangy as the photos make it look. It really looks nicer in person. Since I am sick, we are not getting things back in to his office. I am anxious to get him out of my studio. I love him, but he needs to be in his space and I need my space to myself. :)

Till next time, happy sewing!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Mess Continues

The mess continues in my husband's office. We painted it yesterday and today the carpet will go down.

 Our dining room is full of 'stuff' from the emptied office.
 I can't wait to get this all organized again!!!
  This is the only shot I could find of our bedroom before we painted and carpeted it:
 Note the orange 1960's carpeting!
This is an after photo of the same room:
 It is a mess because all our renfaire garb is on the bed. Normally it is all stored in the closet in my husband's office. I will try to get a nicer photo, once everything is done, done. hahahaha
 No sewing for me, although I DID sit down and work with Sweetie to get her tension set right. I can hardly wait to be able to try a whole quilt on her!

Till next time, happy sewing y'all!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Captain Chaos is in the house!!!

The studio is in major chaos mode. I am taking it apart and putting it back together. It has been a long process. I have gotten rid of a lot of things. Twelve boxes of craft crap. Good craft crap, but still, craft crap.
The chaos has escaped my studio and hit my bedroom and dining room too! The whole house is in an uproar! It is all good though. I am finally purging, sorting, organizing, and ridding myself of the burdens that hold me down. Sometimes it has been hard to let go of things, but I have yet to regret anything that has left this house whether it was tossed, donated, or given to other crafty folks!
Now if I could only SELL some of this junque, I could buy more! hahahahaha

I got the borders sewn onto the My Tweets/Froo-froo quilt. I still need to miter the border corners and appliqué twelve more flowers on those corners (three on each) before moving on to sandwich and quilt it.

One of the new block-of-the-month projects is this Lancaster 
inspired quilt from the Sycamore Hill blog:
If you click on the picture, it will take you to the Sycamore Hill blog. It's not too late to join in the fun!

These are my fabric choices

Part of the studio redo involves selling my Horn sewing cabinet and Juki sewing machine. Both have served me well, but I am changing things around and sadly do not have room to keep everything!
Horn of America quilting cabinet $600
If you're interested in either, give me a shout!
Juki 98TLe $550
I hope to have before and after photos soon and photos of more of the projects I am working on. There just hasn't been enough hours in the day to do it all! Till next time, happy sewing!!!