Sunday, February 23, 2014

I made bibs for my grandsons Eli and Masen; here's the link.  They were quick and easy.  Working with bright and funky fabrics is out of the norm for me, but I loved it and want to start buying more fun-looking prints to make things for my grandkids.
This one of two Swoon quilts I was asked to make for Christmas gifts.  Talk about funky fabrics out of the norm!  This one was a real stretch for me, but I was so excited about each block that I could hardly wait to start the next one.  The other Swoon quilt was simply black and red fabrics with a white background.  I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of that one because it was very striking. 
I haven't been sewing much - still knitting like a woman possessed.  The local quilt group I belong to donated several hats and mittens plus $500 for underwear and other essentials to the local school district to help children in need.  With all the dibs and dabs of yarn that I have left from Christmas projects, I'm knitting hats for next year's donation. 
My job is going really well.  I'm working now for a CPA firm in Erie.  There are lots of young people in this office, and the energy in this office is upbeat and fun.  We are picking up the pace since it is tax season, and I'm working on Saturdays now.  We work like mad during the day now; soon we will be working through lunches and into the evenings, but it's a temporary craziness. 
And my new grandson has arrived - Colt Benjamin!  He was born in January in Canada, and I have yet to hold him.  The pictures and video I've received are just so sweet; I am looking forward to spending time with him and his family.  The count for grandchildren is now up to seven - three girls and four boys.  My daughters and their families and I are trying to get together once a month for a dinner and to spend time together.  I really look forward to this.
And I've been spending time with someone very special.  Sometimes I just shake my head and wonder why God is so very generous and good to me.  I am so thankful for the turns in my life even though I don't understand the whys and how comes.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I've been dealing with some personal things this summer and took a break from blogging.  If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I lost my job in October 2012, picked up a really nice new job in May, and sat through a tornado that blew through my backyard.  What I didn't share was that my car was rear ended one day on my way to work - to the tune of $11,000 worth of damage.  Looking back, it's kind of funny that the insurance company wanted to pay to fix the car.  I bought it for $10,500 (dealer cost).  I'm still seeing a chiropractor for a neck issue; but I'm fine, the car fine is (now), and life goes on.

And my life is going on in a way I never imagined.  I'm flying solo now; I signed my divorce paperwork yesterday.  I always believed in the holiness of marriage and that a commitment made before God needed to be honored.  However, things don't always go the way we want.  We are both getting through this the best way we can.  I have a wonderful group of friends who have helped me in many ways, and my faith continues to be very strong.

I am knitting up a storm, and it's so fun and relaxing.  I haven't sewn much, but there is a quilt top waiting to be finished in my sewing room; and I want to get it sewn up before I meet with my quilt group next week.  I'm also cutting up scraps for other projects.  So please continue to stop by, and I'll get some pictures and a few posts here soon.

And one piece of good news!  My daughter Mandy and her husband Shane are expecting and due in January.  This little bundle will be Grandchild #7, otherwise known as Grandson #4.  Another reason to make a quilt and to knit! 

Friday, May 31, 2013

A tornado touched down in my little town this week . . . as in on the back side of the block I live on.  I'm tucked into a townhouse apartment with neighbors on either side; and although I watched the rain beat on the living room window, I couldn't see how bad the wind was because the rain was so fierce.  The electric went on and off several times before I was shut off all together.

Around 1:00 a.m. someone was knocking on my door.  It was one of the volunteer firemen; they were going door to door checking to see if everyone was ok.  Don't you love small-town life?  It was then that I found out about the tornado.  And in the morning when I drove through town on my way to work, I could see all the damage.  Thank God we weren't as devastated as Oklahoma, but any damage and loss is upsetting no matter what the size.

I slept in my place both nights the electric was off but stopped at my daughter Jenny's on the way to work to shower and dry my hair.  The electric came back on yesterday afternoon.  I made up for lost time by running the washer and dryer, the sweeper, my phone, and the computer.

The firm I work for has Friday afternoons off during the summer months.  I love this job and where I work; what a great perk to have!  It'll be nice to get a jump start on the weekend today. 

On my Pandora station, I'm listening to my newest channel - Louis Armstrong.  I was in a coffee shop last weekend, and the sweetest young girl had his channel playing.  My dad used to love Louis Armstrong, so now I've added this channel to my list of stations.  In talking with my sister and telling her about this, she told me her daughter listens to Frank Sinatra - music we used to roll our eyes to when Dad had it on.  What a wonderful world!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I'll be a working girl once again.  Yes, I finally got a job; and it's a job I think I'm going to love.  I have another interview scheduled for next week, waiting to hear on an interview I was at the week before; and an application came in the mail yesterday from a place I submitted my resume to way back in March.  But I'm going out on a limb and taking this temp-to-hire position because it just seems the right fit for me as well as for them.

I tried to work at finishing up UFO's while I was home, and I did get several done; but I also started several more!  Isn't that the way?  And I began knitting like crazy.  I haven't finished my shawl and probably won't before I start my job on Monday, but I know I'll need something relaxing to do when I get home in the evenings.  The first week of a new job is always stressful.

There is a missions project going on at church, and I've been knitting baby hats as fast as I can.  With my odds and ends of yarn, I went through patterns on Ravelry and spent many days just knitting.  I was like a kid with a candy dish when it came to picking out patterns to work on!  This pattern is called Hug Cap and was designed for anyone facing illness or a difficult situation; the sizes range from baby to adult.  I made several of these; and even though the pattern looks difficult, it was easy.

My favorite dishcloth pattern is located here; her blog is one of the best I read, by the way.  I've made more of these than I can remember, and some are headed to the missions project.

My sister and her husband were missionaries in Japan for several years.  She sent me several little squares of fabric she had picked up over there.  I think they may be the Japanese version of fat quarters.  This pattern is Two Percent by Carrie Nelson.

Remember my post about the RMEF banquet that I worked at in March?  It was so much fun that I hope to be able to work at it again in 2014.  I made this quilt top from my box of homespuns.  I want to quilt it and donate it for next year's RMEF auction.

I've hung onto a piece of dark blue fabric for years waiting for the right project.  Honestly, it's at least 25 years old!  I've always wanted a double 9-patch quilt, so one day I just put the two together.  I like the little bit of red to spark it up.  Now that I'll be working again, I want to have this machine quilted with something fancy in the plain blocks.

Last year I blogged about finishing up projects (it's an on-going thing with me I guess), and this was one top I had dragged to countless retreats and just never seemed to finish.  The top finally got finished and tucked away last year.  It went to the quilter's over the winter, finally got bound, and is being used.

This is my Row-by-Row quilt top that I worked on with some of the members of my quilt group.  Those who participated made a row of quilt blocks, put it into a box along with a bundle of fabrics, and passed it to the next quilter who in turn made a row of different blocks.  My bundle was Moda's Ella's Linen Closet.  This top came back to me earlier this year.  I'll probably hand quilt this one.

And with the leftover fabrics from the bundle, I cut out Atkinson's Texas Hold 'Em.  It often seems I can get a lot of quilts out of a Moda bundle, but this time I'm only getting two.  Texas Hold 'Em is queen sized, and there are very few scraps left now.

I spent my annual weekend with my cousin Audrey in February.  I was battling a really bad cold and just didn't have my heart into sewing.  I always enjoy my weekend with her, so I wasn't about to stay home.  I had planned to finish piecing my Farmer's Wife top but was only able to get the rows stitched together.  It's tedious to stitch the lattice and then pin it to the rows, and I'm still struggling to get it done.  This has to be one of my most favorite quilt projects, and I know I'll love it when it's finally done and on the bed.  I just seem to drag my feet on finishing this one.

So there you have it - my six and a half month vacation in a nutshell!  In some ways it was really nice to have all this time to myself, I have to admit; but I started to get itchy to work these past few weeks.  Thank you to everyone to sent a kind comment or email and mentioned praying that something would come up for me.  I am amazed at this new opportunity that has been handed to me, and I am so excited for it.  In October when I was told that my job was eliminated, the HR manager said to me that he had been in my position years ago.  He added that things worked out for him and that he ended up in a better job.  I heard that a lot from others during this time off.  You know what, it really did turn out that way for me.  That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.  Romans 8:20, The Message