Sunday, May 17, 2015

May~Baby coming

Today is the half way point for the month of May. First 15 days flew by. Carri's baby (4th grandchild) will be arriving May 27th. He will be a premie. Am I ready?

I have been putzing around my sewing space, cleaning this, moving that. Basically chasing my tail. I am trying to make a quilt for the baby but having a hard time of it. Carri's favorite color is brown. I am not a fan of brown unless it is shoes or a handbag. I made 40 blue and brown 4 patches that I have been staring at it for a week. I stalled making a quilt for 8 months because I just don't like brown. What a grandma. I am getting brain damage trying to cheer these blocks up.  They will be visiting the seam ripper later. Carri said add yellow or green. After researching the net on quilt size, most sites advice 24 to 36 inches. Makes sense. Two of my girls were very small. One was 6 lbs 9 oz. and the other was 5 lbs 2 oz. Carri was full term at 8 lbs 2 oz. I put Cabbage patch kid clothes on them. There were no premie outfits in the 70's or 80's that I could find. Even those outfits were big. Good news is that we did find some premie stuff at Target and Toys R Us.

I am sending out an SOS to Quiltville Open Studio group & my followers..... YUCK! HELP!!!

20 Left over 4 patches
 Today I started another quilt from my scrap blocks and whip up a baby quilt. I used blocks I have been hoarding for over 10 years. I bought the black background star fabric in the Catskill mountains. Only had a little of it. Carri asked me to remake a Overall Bill pillowcase and chose that fabric. How could I say no? Then there was just a little left. Few years later I made the remains into 9 patches, which sat and sat. Not enough for anything, until today. Still have 3 blocks that can go on the back. This quilt will hopefully be dragged around the floor and loved to shreds!

Happy Quilting

Aileen in Florida

Monday, April 27, 2015

April Almost Gone

It has been a very long time since I posted. My daughter & family moved in to my home (my sewing room) in December and out again in February to a lovely home just a few miles up the street. They are doing great and expecting a second son in June.

I have been looking for my sewing stuff and Mojo ever since. LOL! I managed to finish one quilt that has been on my bucket list for years. This one was for my MIL, AJ. She is a very lovely woman. I love her dearly. Her birthday is today. She turned 87. I mailed her quilt out a few weeks ago to be sure it would get there in time. When I started cleaning up the other day, I realized that if I pieced the fabric I had left over from the backing, there would be enough for 2 pillowcases. DH dropped them in the mail on Thursday night. Thank you USPS for Priority mail! They arrived today.

AJ is thrilled with her quilt and her pillowcases!

The pattern is from Bonnie Hunters Free Pattern tab  at Quiltville.
It is called Sister's Choice. I used 2 inch strips instead of 2 1/2 inch strips. I really like it!

Now to make a baby quilt  for newest qrandson arriving in June.

I have been on the hunt for vintage sewing machines. Bonnie gave me the itch! Did you get it too?

I have acquired my first ever 1935 Singer treadle. Her name is Hattie after the original owner. Cost $85.00. It was very stiff and needed a good cleaning but hums along beautifully.

The cabinet is rough but strong. Middle drawer hanging down on  left side. Rest of drawers are fine. Just needed a little TLC. She sews very nice stitches. I just need to get the rhythm. So far I can treadle with my right foot but have to be careful not to run over my left foot. OUCH! Its going to take a lot of practice.

Happy Quilting

Aileen in Florida!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Even a Tiny Space

Even a tiny space can give me joy.

Daughter's Family move into my 13 x 15 sewing space. Moved my things back into tiny sewing area. About 7 feet of space. Have not been able to sew much due to rotator cuff surgery. Christmas is almost here. So many things I wanted to make for gifts. Yesterday I made 2 pillowcases. Louis decided he wanted to sew with Grandma. I let him put the pins in the pin cushion and cut my threads with his own scissors.  He was in heaven. It felt good to share my love of sewing with him. Future quilter? Maybe!

I have not accomplished all the things I wanted to do this year, but I am blessed with family and friends that watch over me. They pick me up when I am down. Give me a hug when I need one. What better gift can there be. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my Sisters of the Cloth!  

Love Aileen in Florida

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sometimes we just need a little help

As many of you know, I visited my daughter Shara in Seattle in July. I had a terrific time. I got to enjoy her company and see the sites with her.

Last week she was involved in a car rollover accident. With the grace of God she survived. Shara is single and in need of help to get to work and pay the medical bills from this accident. If you would like to help please go to GoFundME

Thank you for your love and support!

Aileen in FL