Friday, May 31, 2013


What to say about May....if flew that's for sure!

MY month was a little rough. I had two venous ablations. I am very bruised to say the least. I get to wear those lovely support hose from ankle to groin.  My hope is that in the end I will walk better that I have lately. Two more procedures to go. but not for several weeks. Thank goodness!

  I really rely on my cellphone to remind me what I accomplished every month. I seem to use the cellphone camera more than I do my Olympus camera. I learned how to use an app called Photo Grid. It is quick and easy and free. I wanted something that I could group pictures with so that I did not have a 5 foot length of shots when just showing little differences in things like sewing technique.

Grandson Louis got an opportunity to go to the beach. Its been a few years since I have gone. Being that I live in Florida and am surrounded by water, that is a real shame.

He had a terrific time! His favorite thing to do was throw seashells at the seagulls, who kept swooping down looking for food.
In May we celebrate my 1st Grandson Logan's birthday. He turned 9 this year. I can't believe all that time has past. The newest addition to Logan's family is his sister Raina born  in March. For his party, at his other grandmas house, he asked his mother to dress Raina up in her pretty outfit including headband. Logan on the other hand went in his favorite skull pajamas that are 4 sized to big! LOL .
Looks like they had a great time!
I spent the month nursing my legs and cleaning my sewing room. Scraps, drawers etc. I made a few more e-book stands and mailed them to my daughter in Seattle. The little one is a matching phone stand.

Can you tell by the pictures which one my daughter wants for herself?

I also made my AAQI mini quilt. I really like this one.

 Summer Breeze
Aileen Kline
There are only 2 more months to donate a quilt to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative! Don't delay, the Dealine is July 31, 2013. Ami's goal is to bring 2,500 quilts to the Houston Show in November.
They are so close to raising the $1,000,000 Dollars for research. This disease  touches every family in every country on earth! I may need this help in the future. Donate or purchase a quilt today!
Lastly, I pulled out my Easy Street Quilt blocks and batting. Time to finish it. I would like an nice summer weight quilt to enjoy on my bed!
Happy Quilting to all!
Aileen in Florida

**linking up with Cat Patches for NewFO**

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April NewFO

It has been a very long month for the family. A new  granddaughter born one Friday and the next Friday the father gets in a very bad car accident. Thankfully he survived to tell about it. He is home recovering with his family.

SO I can say that I did a lot of therapeutic sewing.

First off  I cleaned my sewing room. There just is no way I can create in a mess. Once the process has started, that is a whole other story. LOL

I had put my "All About Me" wall hanging on hold to produce some lovely goodies for my new grandbaby girl. It was time to finish Grandma and Louie in the sewing room! Louie is my constant companion. I didn't want this wall hanging to turn into the eternal UFO.


I cut and sewed more 9 patches and Scrappy trip blocks and spools. I needed to keep the leaders and enders flowing! After all life gives you opportunities to show your love through handmade gifts all year round.

Next, I had a deadline for a Think Spring Quilt for the Forum. I made a background then I was stymied. I just could not leave it all 9 patches. To Blah. Then I had to redefine what spring is to me. In West Florida spring begins with it the Strawberry Festival. After drawing the most sick looking strawberries, I realize that the fruits and vegetables in the grocery store really catch your eye this time of year! The smell pulls you over to the produce department every time!

I have been into fusible everything of late. With a pair of sharp scissors, I started to cut out veggies and a basket.  My final creation is Spring Harvest. If the quilt requirements had been bigger, I would have just kept on going.  I hope Chris likes it as much as I do.

I made a little quilt for AAQI as I do every month. I think I had super burn out because it did not turn out how I saw it in my head. I sent it in anyway because I promise myself that I would make one every month and have since February 2011.  I will do better for May! I guess they all can't be winners.

 Time is running out. August 1 is not that far away. It will be the last time I can send a mini quilt in. I am hoping that Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative goes out having reached the One Million dollar goal and exceeding it as well . I may be one of the people that benefits from the research done today.


Way back, I don't remember when, I made a e-book stand for my middle daughter. Her friends flipped and wanted one. The holidays came and went. Then the marathon baby sewing happen.
I needed to sew but still take a breather from quilts.  So for the last few days I have been making them. Since I had frogs on the brain from the AAQI quilt, I decided to make one for my friend Maggie. She is a good neighbor and friend. I have been meaning to make her something with frogs since I doggie sat for her and notice all the little frogs laying about her house. I made the stand and the e-book bag as well.

She is the hand model in the picture!

May promises to be a happy month! I am determined to go back to my Easy Street Quilt. I am the only one that does not have a full size quilt on my bed. It is my turn.

Also on my list is to make enough Scrappy Trip blocks to put together a lap quilt for the living room. I still have the Christmas one out. It is just the right size for the arm chair snooze grandma needs once in a while. ;o)

Happy Sewing  and Happy Mother's Day!!!

Aileen in FL