Sunday, April 16

Happy Easter again....



I realized tonight as I was going through photos that I never shared these wreaths that I made a couple weeks ago. I made the one above for daughter Collette. Didn't want to share the photo til I had given her the wreath. And then I forgot to post it. Duh! I made the wreath below for me. And I took photos for a tutorial. Looks like I'll be ready with an early Easter project for next Spring!


These wreaths were not difficult to make but it was messy. That Easter grass goes everywhere and clings to everything! I'll be picking up some more eggs and bags of grass after Easter so I can make a couple more for special family and friends. In addition to a photo tutorial, my son Devlin is going to help me do a video tutorial. But for right now.....that's it for tonight.
Have an egg-select Easter Sunday!
Sandi

Sunday, April 9

More wreaths and a wee bit of sewing..........

It's only been a little over a week and here I am back again. Wow! Maybe I will finally get back in the groove of blogging!
After I "refreshed" my front porch wreath, I was inspired to make a couple more grapevine wreaths for gifts. I had seen these crosses at Hobby Lobby and thought......"oh, those would look so pretty on a small grapevine wreath". And so last Monday, that's what I did.......made these two wreaths........
I made this one for our Family Room next to the kitchen. It's a 10" wreath so it's more petite than it looks in the photo. 


And I made this one for our pastor, Rev. Deb Meyer, here at St. Paul's UCC in Henderson. This wreath is about 12" in diameter.


I've bought supplies to make more wreaths because I just find it very soothing. I've made many wreaths over the years and it's been fun to find that creative spark they offer when choosing the flowers, the ribbons that make the wreath turn out just right! I find that in quilting, too, or making penny rugs, or clay crafting. Let's face it, I just like to craft and sew. LOL! 
Speaking of sewing, I did some of that this past week. I made curtains for my grandson Jacob's bedroom. He's a soccer fan and we found some fabric at Hobby Lobby. Just realized I haven't loaded that photo so will have to share it later. Also worked on some pretty pink and green pillow cases for my pink guest bedroom. I had plans to work on a couple of small Easter quilt projects this weekend, but wasn't feeling all that well so I just "laid low" .... translation~lounged on the couch and scrolled through Facebook posts and Pinterest. Oh, and I did get the laundry done. Tomorrow may be a day to make the Easter quilt projects. And I might make another little wreath. It's amazing what creative energy it gives me to make a little wreath and call it "done" so quickly!  Til next time........Have a great Monday and an awesome week!
Sandi


Saturday, April 1

No foolin', I'm posting to my BLOG!

It's April Fool's Day and what better day to do a blogpost?  I have left my poor blog unattended for so long. The blogging spirit just wasn't there for me. I think I understand "writer's block". Words that once came easy, just didn't come easy anymore. But last night, I really had the urge to write. And then I realized what today is so I had to write. ;-)
Life has been busy with lots of things since I last wrote in July of 2016. That was when I shared my quilts in a program at a quilt show held during the Allis Chalmers 25th Anniversary Tractor event over in Hutchinson, MN. My program went so well, everyone enjoyed all the quilts and pretties that I brought and the stories I shared. However, it was so hot that day that we felt like we were going to melt, but it was still a great afternoon. 
Fast forward to today and another great afternoon. For the second day in a row, we had sunshine and temps in the low 60's. Spring is in the air and neighbors were out trimming bushes and getting gardens ready for planting. My plan for the afternoon was to "refresh" the wreath that hangs by our front door. It's the wreath that the robins have nested in this past couple years. I took off all the worn and faded flowers and ribbon, dusted the wreath vines, then gave them a coat of stain to make them look new. Actually, I did all that yesterday. That way, this afternoon I could decorate the wreath with new flowers and a new bow. And here it is.............
It's ready for the robins to arrive and take up residence in the base of my wreath. I do hope they come back this year. When we first discovered that robins were building a nest, we were amazed. It had never happened before and so we watched as the robin couple built their nest. And when the nest was finished, mama began to sit upon the nest. Soon there were eggs, almost always four of them, beautiful robin's egg blue eggs!  The wait for the eggs to bear little birds seemed to take forever but finally one would hatch........and then another, and another, til all the little babies were born. Their little beaks were as big as their bodies and momma and papa robin were kept busy feeding the little birdies. They had almost no feathers when first born but in no time, they fluffed out and were a mass of downy feathers that overflowed the nest. And then came the time to fly. They were like watching little airplanes take off. Absolutely amazing! The strange thing was that momma and papa didn't mind if we watched as long as we didn't get too close to the nest. This spring, if the robins return, I'm going to get a little video of them. Keep your fingers crossed that they return because then I'll share and it means I'll post to my blog again. ;-)  Actually, I'll post again soon. I've made a number of projects and I have plans for more, plus some events to share. 
Here are a couple photos from the year that the robins made their nest in my Christmas wreath (didn't take it down soon enough and the Robin family moved in!). Hopefully, this is what we will have to look forward to this Spring!


Here's hoping you had a great Saturday wherever you are and that nobody fooled you too much today! Have a lovely Sunday!
Sandi

Thursday, July 21

Quilts and Tractors!

It has been a long time since I posted to my page. Life has been very busy. I have not posted to my blog since the passing of my mother but the time has come to get back to blogging and sharing the quilts we enjoyed so much. 
I am participating in a quilt show at the 25th Anniversary Allis-Chalmers Tractor event in Hutchinson, MN. It's called the "Orange Spectacular"!  For those of you that wonder about the name, it's because Allis-Chalmers tractors are painted orange. If you want more info, check out this link....

http://www.orangespectacular.com/

The event will be held at the McCleod County Fairgrounds and so tomorrow, I will head west and I will share my quilts and my program that I call "A Legacy of Stitches". I am really looking forward to it. Start time for my program is 1:30 p.m. Would be nice if it weren't so hot but I have everything organized and I'll be in a building with A/C so I'll be cool while I share my quilts. My dad would love this event that combines tractors and quilts!!
Sharing my quilts..ones that I have made, some that have been given to me, family ones that were handed down to me and many that were bought at farm auctions by my mom and dad, ......it's something that I really enjoy. I began sharing the stories and photos of all those quilts when I started blogging in May of 2008. It was a way of easing the pain of my dad's passing. You can see the photo of him with a quilt we called "the Puzzle Quilt" because it was a real puzzle to figure out it's construction. I'll have that quilt with me tomorrow. There will be over two dozen large quilts that I'll share and a dozen or so small quilts, pincushions and pretties. And, I have that pincushion doorprize to share and four free pattern hand-outs, plus copies of my "A Legacy of Stitches" poem (you can find it on my blog, too). It will be a good afternoon for quilters!


Now with all that said, I wanted to share that this will be one of the last times that I share my quilts. I have some health issues and I don't quite have the same stamina I used to have. I need to readjust my quilting plan. And so..........For the next several years, I'll continue to share my quilts every October in my home town of Lehigh and at the Lehigh Historical Society. My brother, Doug, is an awesome helper as is my cousin, Patty! And then, here in Henderson.........I'll be sharing a quilt or two every year in a class and perhaps in occasional displays at the Henderson Library. I have always loved my library and the Henderson Library is one of the best!!! I have booked the date of Saturday, November 5th for my first quilt class that will feature one of the vintage quilts in my collection. I am pretty sure that is Deer Hunting Season Opener but I call it Open Season on Quilting! I'll have that quilt with me tomorrow, too. I'll share more info soon on time, date and cost. In the meantime, who knows? maybe I'll see some of you tomorrow?!

This is the photo of my dad with the Triangle Puzzle Quilt that some of you may recall from my first blog post back in May of 2008. 

Here is the link to the post of my dad with the Puzzle Quilt!

http://alegacyofstitches.blogspot.com/2008/05/memorial-day-2008.html

With this new post, I hope to jump back into blogging again. However,  I am not sure that I will ever blog as much as I did in those years from 2008 to 2012.  It seems that the words of my last post are prophetic........"To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose........."  Here's to blogging again and the joy of quilting!

Sandi



Monday, February 8

Seasons of life.......


A little over a week ago, we got a call that my mother, Mary, was having some serious health issues. She has been in the Care Center since falling and breaking her hip almost three years ago. She did fine for awhile but these last few months she grew more and more frail. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, she passed peacefully. Her season of life on earth ended and she has gone home. Some of her last words to me were "please take me home". One never knows.........did she mean take me home to the home we knew as children? or take me home, Lord? She was tired, lonely for my dad and her family that has gone before her. She is at peace and all is well. Her funeral will be later this week and we will celebrate her life. She lived 87 years and that is a gift.

I really will get back to blogging regularly one of these days.......there is a time for everything. Just not time right now. 

Tuesday, January 26

Catching up!

Christmas was just one month ago. Time flies too fast! We had a lovely Christmas celebration and I was going to post pictures the weekend after Christmas. However, on Christmas Eve I felt a sore throat coming on and by Christmas Day I knew I was getting a good cold. I barely remember the days between Christmas and New Year's Day. I started getting better but not really well. It has only been the last week that I finally feel that my head is clear and I no longer have a cough! And so, I decided it was time to pack up the Christmas decorations so I can make way for some sewing projects. Before I do that..........I'll share my mantra/words for the year because they are important to this post. I get so busy that sometimes I don't stop to just "be". I am going to be less busy this year and just "be" a whole lot more. So the words to guide me in that mission..........Revisit......Reflect.......Refresh! Yep, I am going to revisit a number of activities, projects and plans that I did last year and simply never had time to post about. I'm going to reflect on them..........maybe some plans or projects will never get finished......so then I'll have to hit my "refresh" button. LOL!  Anyway, this year is all about just "being". Yes, just "being". I need to relax and I started that plan at Christmas. I just didn't plan on getting sick right after Christmas. Anywho.........I set the relaxing mood at the dining room table with this scene.................

I have never bought real flowers for my Christmas table in all the years we have been married but this year I bought a small bouquet of red roses and they added such a lovely touch to the table that I am going to do this next year. My husband is not a "flower guy" so last summer I decided that I would buy flowers for the table every time I went to the grocery store. It's a small splurge but I decided that I'm worth it at my age. LOL!

Our Christmas Eve dinner has become sort of a tradition.......Steve cooks a great big ham and I make potato soup. It is my son-in-law Daryl's favorite! The soup was thick and yummy......we actually didn't need bowls.


And our dessert was fudge that I made and all these delicious cookies made by Katie and family at Collette's daycare. By evening's end over half the tray of cookies was gone!


Addison had fun handing out all the gifts...........

 everybody got something that made them smile. Here's the "Tool Man" at our house..........
 and son Devlin is smiling because he loves to play pool and that little ornament features an 8 ball. I always find such fun stuff at the local thrift shops!
 Jacob was happy with a movie that Devlin got him .......

 and Addison loved her Monster High doll from Devlin.
 and I got the giggles over this gift .............it's containers of Chips Ahoy cookies from son, Devlin. He and Steve know that I cannot pass up these cookies when I am at the grocery store. Addison took the photo and it's a little fuzzy but so funny.

Then there was this gift for me from Collette, Daryl, Jacob and Addison. I unwrapped the package to find this note.........

I could see it was fuzzy socks, just what I had asked for but then, tucked between the socks was .........

Mr. Hooper!!! And why did I get Mr. Hooper? Well, when Jacob was little he liked to play with the Sesame Street house and characters that Collette got for Christmas when she was five years old. One day, Kaiser, who was quite a naughty puppy, did a really naughty thing and he ate Mr. Hooper! I was so sad. So, Daryl got the idea to go on E-bay and look for a Mr. Hooper to replace the one that Kaiser thought was so tasty. Once again, I found myself laughing and it was just so fun. That Sesame Street set was a Christmas gift in 1974 and now, all these years later, it's complete once again. So, that's just a little glimpse into our Christmas.
Today, I packed away the last of the decorations and made notes of plans for next year, because after all........it's just 11 months til Christmas! Sewing projects are in my plans for Tuesday. I have so many unfinished projects that there is no shortage of stuff to do in my sewing room. ;-)
Stay warm, stay safe on those highways if you are out in this snowy, icy weather. And if you are in warmer corners of the world......stay cool!
Sandi
"Peace can be found in the piecing of a quilt."
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