Monday, February 23, 2015

Sewing again...

Happy Monday! I hope that you have been doing well and have had much time to sew! I haven't done a lot of sewing, in many ways I have been a bit stuck. You could call it Quilter's block or a creative catastrophe. Much of it has to do with the events of the past year with my sister's death and coming in contact with my father at her funeral. 

The one year anniversary of Tammy's death is on Thursday. In many ways it has been a long and tumultuous year for me. I haven't socialized with my friends, or done much blogging. Once I get past Thursday I want to try to take some Baby steps to find my way back to blogging and creating again. I have had bouts of anxiety that have been pretty paralyzing, so I need to find a way to begin to move on. In many ways I miss the person I used to be before her death. So much has changed since February 26th of last year.

This week I am working on some projects for some swaps to try to find my Sewing Mojo. I am not taking on any new swaps or Bee's this year because I need to get caught up on the things I had promised to sew last year and just couldn't find the energy to complete. (if that makes sense) It has always been so important to me to follow through on swaps and I just feel so bad that my mind was so bogged down with grief. So moving forward with baby steps, my goal is to get caught up and start to find the joy and love in creating again.

One project that was finished is pictured below. I made a Kindle case for a swap on Flickr called The Fairytale Swap. My partner was Courtney and I just wanted to create something magical and beautiful for her. The picture below is the outside cover before it was assembled. Many of the fabrics were found on Etsy, ordered from Japan, or pulled from my scrap bins.
 The Kindle Case pattern that I followed was a free pattern from Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. The free tutorial she had was excellent! Her case was pretty basic, so I used my imagination with patchwork to create this for Courtney. This is how the front cover looked when it was finished.
 This was the back cover of the Kindle Case. I think I spent more time creating the patchwork than assembling it! All of the little bits of fabric created the feeling of walking in through the woods and the joy of fairytales. I had also made a coordinating fabric basked, but didn't photograph it.
So what have you been sewing lately? I have a few more projects to work on and will share them as I go along. I wanted to apologize for not blogging, but the year has been filled with so much turmoil that I have just pretty much been trapped within my own thoughts. 

My goal is to restart the Birthday club within a few months. I apologize for taking some time away from it, but now it is time to move on and start fresh. Until next time, Have a Happy Monday and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Munki in the Middle Bee...Pillow Cover Swap...

Happy Sunday! I hope that your week has gone well and that you have had some time to sew! My week was pretty busy with work and travel. I have been working on a project for a while for the Munki in the Middle Bee on Flickr. The Munki in the Middle Bee sews with Heather Ross fabrics. For this side swap we were to make a pillow cover for our partner based on their likes. My partner requested a nautical theme and I decided to make her a Mod Mosaic Block Pillow Cover from the free tutorial Elizabeth Hartman's blog, Oh Fransson!.
 This is a close-up of the Mod Mosaic Pillow cover. I hope that she will love it!
In addition to her pillow cover, my partner will receive a fabric basket to match! There are some additional goodies that will mail along in her package.
It has really been fun to put this package together. It is going to a Sewist that I admire. Now it's back to getting caught up on Bee Blocks again. It feels so good to be sewing and creating again! Have a Happy Sunday and Happy Quilting! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Second Blog...Quilters for Chemo

Happy Tuesday! I hope that all is well with you! My life has been pretty busy with work and getting caught up on swap projects during my free time. This month was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. As many of you know my sister died after an eighteen year battle with Ovarian Cancer at the end of February. Ever since then my blogs posts have been pretty scarce. I have been doing a lot of grieving and a lot of soul searching. 

Out of that grief I have created a second Blog called Quilters for Chemo  As many of know, my son and I had lived with my sister in Pittsburgh for several years when her cancer had metastasized. (moved into her blood stream)  I went to chemo with my sister on occasion and had met some of the most amazing women who went for chemo at her Oncologists office. Treatments sometimes could last for six hours or less depending on the protocol. During chemo the ladies talked, laughed, ate and slept. When they were cold during Chemo, the doctor's office supplied them with a light blanket to keep them warm. The blankets were more like a big white flannel sheet. 

My new blog Quilters for Chemo is dedicated to collecting lap quilts and small neck pillows for women that are undergoing chemo for Gynecological Cancers. The quilts will be distributed to various Oncology Facilities that administer Chemo. It is a way to give back because we are all touched by Cancer at some point in our lives. It is my way as a family member left behind to give back to women who fight such dreadful diseases.

Quilters for Chemo will have information on Gynecological Cancers and tutorials for Chemo Quilts and the small neck pillows. Please follow my other blog and become proactive in the fight for life, one quilt at a time. 

This is a picture of my sister Tammy. She died February 26, 2014. She was a very strong person and a role model for me. She was smart, beautiful and kind. She was an extremely private person. My sister was extremely organized and loved to make lists. She worked in marketing for the Post Office for thirty-one years. She loved my fried pork chops and used to call me after we returned to Florida to find how I made them! Nowadays the telephone is silent. She will be forever loved and missed. 
Thank you for taking time to read this blog post. I know that with your support Quilters for Chemo can and will make a difference! Have a happy Tuesday and Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Munki in the Middle Blocks Ready to Mail!

Happy Monday! I hope that your weekend was filled with Quilty things! My work week was busy and it was nice to have a chance to sew over the weekend! After cleaning and doing laundry, I worked on very late Bee Blocks for the Munki in the Middle Bee on Flickr. This bee uses Heather Ross Out of Print (OOP) fabrics in their Bee Blocks. The ladies have been extremely patient with my lateness and I am forever grateful! It feels so good to be sewing again! The first set of blocks are Wonky Stars for Jackie. Jackie requested bright backgrounds for her Wonky Stars. They turned out really cute!
The second set of blocks are for Karen. Karen requested Wonky Log Cabin Blocks. I love the Power Tool and the Chickens in the yellow block! The Purple block is just darling Matryoshka Dolls in the Center!
My fingers are crossed that they will like their blocks. So what did you do this weekend? Did you sew or just do the regular household things? Well, I better run for now. Have a Happy Monday and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy Sunday...Sew Sew Modern 5 Finished!

Happy Sunday! I hope that your week went well! Our week was pretty busy with work and taking care of household errands. I am finally getting back to sewing! I have really missed being creative. My first project to finish has been for the Sew Sew Modern 5 Swap on Flickr. My secret partner is a sewist that I have known for a while, so I was eager to create something for her that she would love. She had asked for a sewing mat and some accessories. After checking out her favorites on Flickr and Instagram, I decided to cut into my stash of Japanese and Heather Ross fabrics! Pictured below are the items that I created. A sewing mat, a fabric basket and a needle book.
The sewing mat has divided pockets sewn into sections on the front. All of her tools can easily be stored there so she can avoid knocking them on the floor! The pieces coordinate well together and are so cute! She received her package this week that also included a pile of extra goodies and she loved it!

Hopefully you had some time to sew and create this week. What did you work on? Was it a stunning finish or still a work in progress? My goal is to begin to catch up on Bee blocks again. I fell miserably behind since the end of February. I would love to hear from you again! Have a Happy Sunday and Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WINNER...Mass Drop Sponsored Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday! The winner of the Lizzie House Tone on Tone Pearl Bracelets Giveaway is:

The Felted Pear said..
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the Pearl bracelets. They are my daughters favorite. I love looking at the deals on Massdrop.
Congratulations! Please contact me with your mailing address! A special thank you to Massdrop for sponsoring this giveaway!
Have a Happy Tuesday and Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets Sponsored Giveaway....

Happy Monday! I hope that your weekend was filled with all kinds of Quilty goodness! We did housework and took all of the bedding to the laundromat. I had a chance to work on some projects for different swaps that need to mail out soon.

What better way to return to blogging than with a sponsored giveaway? Are you familiar with Massdrop? I have been shopping with Massdrop for a while and sent them an email to sponsor a giveaway on my blog. Massdrop takes a group of people that each want to buy the same thing, combines their order, and places that order directly with the manufacturer. As a result, everybody in the group gets the large quantity price while only having to buy one item. 
One of the exciting things about Massdrop is that they put together "group drops" for items that we love and use everyday. As quilters and crafters there is a special section dedicated to items that we buy on a regular basis. Trendy designer fabrics, quality threads such as Aurifil and Superior and notions for your sewing area. Massdrop has options to comment on the drops and "vote" for future products that they may offer. They also have exciting offers on electronics and products for men and women. You can join Massdrop's fabulous deals by going to their website. You can keep up with the upcoming drops through email, twitter, Facebook or my personal favorite Instagram @massdrop 
Massdrop is offering you a chance to win a bundle of the Lizzie House Tone on Tone Pearl Bracelets pictured below!
A special thank you to Massdrop for sponsoring this awesome Bloggy Giveaway! Winning this Bloggy Giveaway is easy peasy! This is what you need to do (each choice is worth one separate entry):
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This giveaway will end August 4, 2014 at midnight. Winner will be announced August 5, 2014. 
Have a Happy Monday and Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hello Again!

Hello Again! Happy Saturday! It's been a while since I've blogged. I hope that all has been well with you. Life has done nothing short of running at record speed since the death of my sister. I have wanted to blog many times, but just have not been able to organize my thoughts enough to sit and type them out. So much has happened since the end of February, but grieving has seemed to fill most of the space in time. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, emails and cards that we have received. Your friendships mean more than words can say...

My sister died at the end of February and a day has not gone by when I have not thought of her. We used to speak several times a week and it has been odd to not read an email from her or be able to pick up the phone to hear her voice. I miss that the most. From time to time she would email me with typos on my blog or about a post that I have written, so today I dedicate this post to my sister Tammy. Tammy was an Ovarian Cancer survivor for eighteen years. She went to chemo for fifteen years and died waiting for open heart surgery. She was extremely organized and lived her life in a hurry. Tammy was independent, yet at the same time very empty and hollow inside. She used to drive fast, rush through the grocery store and move through a to do list quicker than any person I ever knew. My sister and I were different people, with different dreams and aspirations. She was tall and beautiful and I petite and very plain. We didn't always get along as all siblings have their differences, but she was my big sister and was there for me when there was no one else. Life is just so short. 

We moved at the beginning of this month back to our old neighborhood. We have surrounded ourselves with friends and neighbors that we love and cherish. It feels good to be back again. This time my sewing room is in the living room! I will post pictures as soon as it gets a bit more organized. I hope to start to get back to sewing again soon and sew my way back to feeling happy again.

Before we moved, I made some fabric baskets for some swaps and clubs that I am active with online. The two fabric baskets below were fore some monthly birthday clubs on Flickr and Instagram.
The next two fabric basket pictures below are of one of the Pay it Forward baskets for a woman on Instagram. 
The final project below was for a Flickr Swap called the Friendship Bag Swap. This was made for Pam and I decided to make it without handles to be more functional. Pam picked the colors and theme for her friendship bag!
I have fallen behind on the Birthday Club and want to apologize. A mass mailing will go out by Mid May catching up on all of the belated packages. You have not been forgotten, just life got in the way for a while. Pay it Forward Baskets will begin to be made once I get caught up on my Bee Blocks. My goal is to start sewing again this weekend and get back in the swing of things! The signup form is live on Flickr for Round Five of the DS Doll Quilt Swap! This is an international swap and all are welcome. Please visit the Flickr Group to learn more! If you would like to join the Monthly Fabric Swap Group on Flickr the sign up for the May swap is now open! This swap is strictly a fabric, notions and candy swap. The swap is international and all are welcome! I will be posting a Giveaway tomorrow. Have a Happy Saturday and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Stash, Cosmo Textiles...

Happy Sunday! The weekend went by really fast! Hopefully you had time to sew and relax with your family! This week's Sunday Stash features yummy Japanese Fabrics from Cosmo Textiles in Japan! The rainbow of cute, happy novelty prints just makes me smile to look at them!
My first experience with Cosmo Textiles was several years ago in a LQS that no longer exists. I still have some of the fairy tale prints in my stash, waiting for the perfect project! The cute bears, woodland creatures and fun food prints will be used for fabric baskets, an Economy Block Quilt and perhaps a pillow cover. All of the prints came from Fabric Supply on Etsy. If you use Instagram you can follow @bunnydesigns or drool over the hashtag #cosmotextiles! 

Today we continued packing and are getting ready for the big move! We packed 85% of the kitchen and another bookshelf. It will be such a relief to fill the last box and return to our old neighborhood again. What did you do this weekend? Did you get to work on a special project? Hopefully, you did! Well, I better run for now. Have a Happy Sunday and Happy Quilting!