Monday, January 11, 2021

Another Baby Quilt Top Finished

 I cut out a baby quilt while I was at my friend, Debbie's house. 
 It is the Dogs In Sweaters pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.  
It is so cute! 
 The dogs are weiner dogs...in sweaters, LOL!  
I decided to work on the individual dogs on Saturday. 
 I used minky for the dogs.  
I love Elizabeth Hartman's patterns, but using 1" square pieces of minky is tricky. 
 I did a LOT of unsewing.  
Here are my 4 dogs all finished:




Oopsie, see the problem in this block?  
I didn't either until I had fully assembled the top.
DANG, that meant unsewing the block and fixing it, which you can see. 


So here is the quilt top all finished! 
 Now I have to send it to my quilter and have it quilted.

Isn't it so cute?  How would you quilt it??

~XOP~




Tuesday, January 05, 2021

First Top Of The New Year

 I have several baby quilts to make heading into the new year. 
 I think I am doing them in reverse order, LOL. 
 I have the one for the last baby complete, the middle one is this one and the first one is all cut out!
I spent the weekend at my friend, Mrs Goodneedle's house. 
 Her sewing room is a DREAM!  
It has a design wall (that I needed a step stool to reach the top of), a HUGE cutting table
 (made by her amazing hubby from trees that fell on their property, how amazing is that???)  
It was PERFECT for cutting out a long border I needed to cut. 
 That design wall was perfect for laying out the Starburst quilt!  
Wanna see? 
Here is the design wall, and you can see the sewing table.  
There are places for 2 people to sew too!


OMGosh you guys , this is the cutting table.  Is it not amazing?!


Here you can see the sewing table, cutting table and the wall of her books, her computer space etc.  


This is where you can sit and relax.


You can see her long arm from here too.  She is a rep for theAPQS long arm she owns too. 
So if you want a long arm, let me know and I can hook you up! 
 I really wish I had had more time there (or just could move in, LOL) and try her long arm.  
Maybe next visit?


All in all, I had the BEST time with her and her hubby. 
 The house was amazing (they built that too), 
the sewing room made me want to move in, and they were the MOST gracious hosts!
  I can't wait to move to NC and be able to spend more time with her and her friends!!!
Oh now I bet you want to see what I was working on, right? 

 I had some left overs from my last Neverland quilt and decided that I wanted to try to use them up and NOT have to cut into my FQB. 
 I was successful!!!  
I finished the top, seamed the back, made the binding and cut out the next baby quilt!


See?  Top, Back and binding!


I did have the stars made before I got to her house.  I LOVE this line.



as well as yardage that I don't need if anyone is interested! 
 I don't want to hassle with the shipping while I am here.  If you are interested please LMK.

I got to babysit for Avery today (my favorite). 
 He is just the CUTEST baby.  (I may be biased). \
 He LOVES to read with Gigi.
  My daughter took this photo of us together yesterday.


Happy New Year friends. 
 I feel so blessed by this year already! 
 I'm hoping that 2021 is a better year for everyone. 

It's funny but an old high school friend said,
 "I wonder what year (roughly) that grandmothers stopped looking like this and started looking like you. Just curious. So much fun! Jealous!" HAHA. 
 It was an OLD lady (like 90, I think), but it made my day!

~XOP~





Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Avery's Christmas Stocking

 I brought everything to make a Christmas stocking for Avery 
that matched the ones I made for his mom and dad. 
 It is a pattern by Fiber Works, but not the fox.  
I wanted his stocking to have a fox on it.  
His red hair always make me think of foxes.  
So I did what I always do and took to the internet. 
 I LOVE using coloring pages to find unique things to applique.  
That's how I found the fox I wanted to use. 
 I did have to enlarge him though to make him fit the stocking as these are really BIG.

You can see in this photo the progress.  
I cut out the stocking front and back.  
I used Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 to fuse the fox, name and snowflake down. 
 I free motion stitched around all of it using black thread, except for the snowflake, I used white.  
Then I layered it with batting and quilted 1" squares using monofiliment thread. 


I used this cute Christmas mouse fabric for the lining.


This is how it finished.
I love how it turned out!
Fun fact, the half of the snowflake on Avery's stocking
 is the other half of the one I used on him mama's stocking!


It was Avery approved!


Here are all three hanging together.


I was so happy that I was able to get this done in the camper!

I am really so pleased with how they have all turned out.

I am thinking this may be my last complete project for 2020.
I am going to a friend's house for the weekend and we will be sewing up a storm!
Maybe I will get that first baby quilt top finished!!!

~XOP~






Monday, December 28, 2020

Christmas Bear Quilt

 I have another finish for 2020.  
I was talking with a couple of my friends and we have been tossing around making quilts "together" from our respective homes.  
One of them suggested the Christmas bear quilt. 
 It was a kit from Moda.  
We all had it so I decided to work on it. 
 I got the top made while I was in Franklin, NC earlier this fall and shipped it home with a back and some batting to my LAQ. 
She quilted snowflakes all over it and I added the tassel to his hat. 
 LOVE IT!  

I could not decide who to gift this one to though. 
 I had an idea but hubby nixed it, so I figured out another plan that I think is a better one anyway. 
 We have the sweetest neighbors. 
 When we travel they take in our mail and watch our house and even mow the lawn.  
They have a 6 year old daughter that just LOVES us. 
 She asks her mom all the time when we are coming home. 
 So I gifted the quilt to Zoe and her family. 
Now she can have a big bear hug from us when we are away!


First time making a tassle.


I used one of my pre-printed labels and sewed it on with white thread. 
 I think I am going to have to order more labels for 2021.  
You can see in this photo that I used the same stitch to sew down the binding. 
 I like how this turned out and it certainly made sewing the binding on go MUCH more quickly.


I also finished a fleece dog bed/pillow. 
 Its filled up with nothing but unusable scraps and left over batting!


I usually hand these off to my son for his dog. 
Finn has 2 already but he really wanted to keep this one.
Too bad for him, my son has claimed it already!


I brought 3 projects with me to work on while I am here in NC for January.  
One is already cut out but I need to cut the other 2 out. 
More on those later.

What are your last finishes for 2020?

~XOP~



Saturday, December 26, 2020

Merry Christmas

 We woke up on Christmas morning in our camper with the cats and just a few gifts.
This year we decided not to exchange and only buy gifts for our kids.
Thadd got up and opened his gifts.  
Some Ibuprophen and an electric blanket!  


Cole was checking out the tree. 
 I did get that puzzle for my hubby (a LONG time ago).
Seemed the right time to gift it.


I think Cole enjoyed the blanket as much or more than my son!


Although the kids and baby spent the day as a family they did send photos of baby Avery to us.
This one was probably my favorite!


Merry Christmas to all my family and friends!  
I hope your day was amazing in this strange year.
While our Christmas may not have been our traditional one it was still a good one.  
We were with each other and our son, 
we video chatted and opened gifts with one of our daughters and her hubby and
 video chatted with our other daughter who we will seeing sometime soon to celebrate Christmas with.
Maybe it took a pandemic for everyone to remember what is important in life. 
 God, family and friends.

May you all have a blessed and healthy new year!

~XOP~



Merry Christmas Eve

 We had an unusual Christmas this year.  
We drove back to NC (after being in MI for 5 days) with our son and both cats.  
This was what they were doing when Chris went out to get gas, LOL.


We stopped at the New River Gorge to show our son the bridge.
There was an erie fog on the river.



The bridge is spectacular and since it was Christmas eve no one was there but us!


I decided we needed a "family" photo while we were there.

We arrived at the camper quite late, unpacked and went to bed.

Christmas is tomorrow!

~XOP~



Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Cole Is In Observation!

 I'm just popping on here to let you all know the good news about Cole. 
 His 3 month blood work came back NORMAL! 
 This allowed us to go into the observation phase for the next 84 days! 
 Keep your fingers crossed that all stays stable for him.
  No more shots! 
 We are BOTH happy about that. 
 I want to take a minute to thank each and every one of you that prayed, sent good thoughts and donated to his becoming a healthy boy again.  
We could not have done it without you.
This is where we began.



This pic is so typical of what he was like. 
 He just slept and would not eat.  
He was skin and bones.
His fur was rough. 
 I believe he was dying.


This is where we are now.
2 kg heavier, eating all the time, and just being a general cathole.
(Like all cats)





GS has been a true miracle for Cole and most cats with FIP.
Right now it is only available on the secondary market.
If you have a cat with FIP or know anyone that has a cat wth FIP, and you want more information on treatment, please email me (mamaspark@gmail.com)

As you all know, treatment is not cheap,($90/vial) but the cure is 80-90% effective!
FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) is caused by a mutated kitty Corona virus.
Most cats are exposed to this virus with no ill effects.
If  your cat has this illness it is 100% fatal without treatment.

This is what 84 days of shots looks like.
I saved all the syringes, needles and vials.
That syringe on the top was his last shot.


I can't express to you all how thankful I am that the treatment seems to have worked for Cole.
We are not totally out of the woods yet.
We need 3 more months of good blood work.
Hubby will be taking Cole in for his first blood work in MI.
Please keep us in your prayers as we navigate our way.

I will be babysitting this little cutie for the month of January.


I hope to be able to post again soon.
We are heading back to MI either Friday or Saturday (winter storm dependent).

~XOP~