Friday, December 09, 2016

Aren't Friends the BEST?

I am sorry that I missed WIPs With Friends on Wednesday.
  I took the day off work. I was so sick! 
 I think I slept all but 4 hours of the day yesterday.  
I am better today, (read with cold dope on board) but wowsa did this cold knock me for a loop!!! 
 I hope to be back at it next week and I hope you will have stuff to share too.

I was showing a friend the Ghastlies fabric and I think I told you all I asked on IG if anyone could share the one wee peacock with me.  
One of my friends sent me an entire FQ!!!  Woo Hoo look at that bird!!!  
Can't wait to cut into this one!


I also met up with my friend Jackie one morning and she gave me this amazing Halloween fabric to use as I can in my Hallowedding quilt!  


She also brought me some Cat Nap scraps.  This is probably one of my all time favorite lines. 
 It is no longer in production.  It was by Lizzy House.  
Those cats...swoon!!!
Thank you so much my dear sweet friend!


I have begun collecting navy and indigo fabrics for the Ocean Waves QAL quilt too. 
 I'm not sure which ones will make the final cut but it's a good start.  


I am unsure if you have heard of Lularoe clothing but I am HOOKED!
They have the softest leggings ever.
I bought a Christmas pair (it has bunnies on it) 
and this dress (called a Carly) to wear with them.
(Sorry I look like such a goof ball.  I didn't know she was taking a pic of all of me!)


Closer up of the leggings.  So comfortable!  
My husband asked if everything had to be worn with leggings and I said YES! 
 I hardly ever wear jeans anymore now.  If you are not familiar you should be!


I am off to Shipshewana for the last visit of the season today with my hubby and his sister.
I will report back, most likely on Monday so have a great weekend everyone!!

~XOP~


Thursday, December 08, 2016

Hanging With My Friends

I was able to go shopping with a few of my work friends last weekend.  
There is a BIG outlet mall a few hours away.  
So we loaded up our car and drove there, picking up another friend on the way. 
 The first stop was Bronners.  
A HUGE store full of Christmas ornaments and related items.

I snapped this outside of Bronners. 
 I bought some Santa headbands but no one wanted to wear them...YET


This was cool but too dark.


Here we were inside the shop.


Isn't this winter scene so cute?  I loved the light up trees.
There was a light up pond with Rudolph and Clarise on it too!!


 I have a Jim Shore nativity but this white version is so pretty!


My daughter does not put up a Christmas tree or this peacock tree topper would have come home with me!


 Next up was lunch at a famous place called Tonys. 
 Known for their gigantic portions of food. 
 Especially bacon!  
None of us got the bacon but a nice man let me snap this pic of his club sandwich.


After we were all fed we were off for some serious shopping. 
 Here are the four of us wearing our Santa headbands.  We had such a fun day shopping together!


This was the back of the car with all of our purchases!!!


Judith (in the red) was wanting to go so she borrowed my scarf and blindfolded our other friend to lead her out of the store!  


A fun time was had by all.  As we dropped off our one friend we all ended up back at our friend, Robin's house for a glass of wine and some chatter to talk about our trip.


I think we are going to make this an annual event.

~XOP~


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Hallowedding Quilt Update

Yesterday, I was showing a friend what the Ghastlies fabric looked like. 
I Googled it and clicked on Images.  
I clicked on an image and guess what was in that frame??  You'll never guess!

A PEACOCK!!!! 


Yep, right smack dab in the front!  Well, you know what I now need right?  
Some of the Ghastlie Holiday fabric.  I really just need a 3.5" square for one place in the quilt.  
I put the call out on Instagram asking if anyone had this fabric (in any of the color ways) and would be willing to send me a 3.5" square.  
(I didn't really need more than that).  
THREE people volunteered to help me!  
So now I have 2 of the 3.5" squares coming and one wonderful person is sending me an entire FQ!!!  Which is really cool as on the other side of the goal post looking thing is a cat that would be purrfect in another portion of the quilt! 
 Bwahahaha, my plan is coming together!

I made time to make this last spider web block last night. 
 I employed all the things I learned making the first one and STILL managed to screw up.  
The black web on the outside was supposed to be the center and 
the dots were supposed to be the outside.  
I need to mark the directions so if I ever make these again I will know which way to sew it together.  I am still happy with how it came out and the center matches exactly as it should on this one!


The last pieced block I need to make is the ring of coffins. 
 I hope to at least get the templates made tonight and maybe cut a few out. 
 I am not sure how long this one will take since there is some hand sewing involved.  
If I can get it to that point though I can hand stitch watching Christmas shows with my hubby.  

I need to get going on the decorating and those Christmas stockings (I have not forgotten, M)

Yay for progress!!

I am taking my kitty helper to the vet on Saturday.  
She has been eating and drinking like crazy (she is also 16 years old). 
 I think it may be Diabetes or Hyperthyroid.  
I am hoping the vet can take some blood and diagnose.  
Her brother left me last year in October and her sister this past March.  
DD1 has already told me that they both came to her 
and said they are just waiting for Autumn to join them = (


I am having a Lularoe Clothing party on Saturday too. 
 If anyone reading this lives locally message me and I will send you the address.  
Time is 2-4.  
If you know LLR and are interested in something in particular, if you send me your phone number I can text you photos of what is being sold.  

Alright, off to do some more work!

Have a lovely weekend.

~XOP~


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WIPs With Friends

I did manage to force myself to sew over the holiday though.  
I am being very serious.  
Sewing seems like a chore at the moment. 
 I want this Hallowedding quilt finished, but have been DREADING the rest of the blocks. 
 Weird, huh?  
So I finally decided that I needed to see what the placement of the original blocks were
 and see how mine was really progressing. 
 That is the only way I could assess what I have left to make.
  Nothing like a little visualization to get me moving forward!

I wrote down the blocks I still needed to make and realized that some of the additional blocks that I had made fit in in place of some that the original quilt had!  
WOO HOO! 

 I still needed to make one more set of eyes.


And one bat


One set of 2 short potion bottles


One set of tall potion bottles


And holy cheese whiz Batman, this is what my background fabric for my first (of 2) spider webs looked like as I was cutting it out.


I laid it out to make sure everything went in the same direction.


Then I made my first spider web block!  
Sewing the curves was not difficult at all.
  Parts of the original pattern left a few things out that I had to figure out, 
but three hours later it was finished.


I have one more spider web left to make and then the Ring of Coffins.  
THAT'S IT FOR PIECED BLOCKS!!!!  
There are a few filler blocks that are just cuts of fabric. 
 I also need to measure everything and size up or down to make sure it will all fit together but otherwise I am good. 
 I have checked the size on about half of the blocks so far.  
Linking to Let's Bee Social
Now what are you working on??  Share with us!

~XOP~

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 Remember that if you do post in the link up here
 you should post a link back to this post on your own blog too.

So now it's your turn to share what you are working on.  
Please use the linky to link up and share that you linked up to WIPs With Friends on your blog too.  If using Instagram please use the hashtag
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We can't wait to see what you are working on!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving at my House

I hope all my American friends had a fantastic Thanksgiving.  
Ours was busy leading up to the dinner but relaxing after that.  
We cooked a turkey that our daughter raised and it was so good! 
 (Pay no attention to the rip in the skin)


My son came over with our (now his) dog.  


My daughter brought her peahen, Beep, who dined with us.  She loves mashed potatoes!


She doesn't really like my hubby so this is a rare photo!


All in all a good time was had by all.  What did you do on your turkey day?

~XOP~




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WIPs With Friends

I can't say that I have anything new to share with you all, LOL. 
 The one thing that I would say I am currently working on 
(besides the Hallowedding quilt) 
is getting things ready for the QAL coming in the new year.  

I have made a blog button for it and put it on my side bar.  

Ocean Waves QAL


You can grab the html from the side bar and put this button on your blog if you are joining me.

I would appreciate everyone spreading the word too.  I hope we get a lot of people playing along.

My goal over Thanksgiving is to make 2 entire blocks.
One where the block finishes at 12" and one where it finishes at 16"
That is a LOT of HST!

OK, your turn.
What are you working on??

~XOP~


Now it's your turn to link up your finishes here. 
 Remember that if you do post in the link up here
 you should post a link back to this post on your own blog too.

So now it's your turn to share what you are working on.  
Please use the linky to link up and share that you linked up to WIPs With Friends on your blog too.  If using Instagram please use the hashtag
#wipswithfriends.  
We can't wait to see what you are working on!
Use the blue Inllinkz button to link up and spread the word by linking back to this post!