Cowboy Quilt

So, I finally finished this Cowboy Quilt.  I did all the hand quilting stitches.  It took a while but it was an enjoyable experience.

Cowboy Quilt

Closeup of the individual scenes.

Individual Panel Scenes IMG_1390 IMG_1391

Back view

Background IMG_1393

It’s Mending Saturday!

sewing lady 2
I collected pieces of clothing that needed mending. Today, I’m spending time just listening to music and mending. Some of the mending tasks includes hemming:

1. 3 pair of slacks that need to be shortened and hemmed.
2. a pair of men’s short pants that needs a hem re done.
3. a circular fall themed table cloth that is too long so it needs to cut and hemmed.
4. buttons that need to be replaced.

It’s relaxing and I am enjoying one-on-one time with our puppy.


Celebrating Autumn

I like all of the seasons, but, I think I love Autumn the most. I believe its because I am partial to all of the autumn colors–burnt oranges, burgundy, deep greens and warm browns.

So, here is a look at my Autumn decor. Hope you enjoy it.
Front entryway
Fall wreaths Front Door Wreath




Floral arrangements and tablescapes







Haitus from Sewing…

New Puppy In Our Life! Back in March of this year, we got ourselves a new puppy.  So, the hubby and I are spending time with the puppy, who is now 9 months old.  When we got our puppy she was only 12 months.  43 days old (2)  This is our baby girl at 43 days old.  Isn’t she adorable?  Another view Bekah cuddling  We have done so many things with her.  She has gone to puppy training classes and has passed the puppy class and the intermediate class.  She is leash trained so it makes it easy to travel about with her.  Looking forward to more road trip adventures.

She loves going places, such as pet stores and Bass Pro.  We’ve taken her to the park but because of the summer heat that was very limited.  Recently, she went on a mini road trip to Laughlin, NV.  We all stood at Harrah’s Laughlin–great hotel and casino–very pet friendly.  Along the way we stopped in at a small town called Searchlight.  Searchlight is the hometown of Senator Harry Reid.  Every where we went, people fell in love with her.

Fleece Blankets

floral fleece blanket puppy fleece blanket  My girlfriend gave me two pieces of fleece that needed to be finished.  Each piece measured about 45 x 45 inches.  So, I serged all raw edges and then crocheted an edging to finish off each blanket.  The edging consists of two rows.  The first is a simple single crochet and the second is a fan stitch.  This is a great way to use up unfinished skeins of yarn.

Helping out a Friend

So much has been going on in my life that I have not done any sewing lately. But, my girlfriend asked me to help her out by sewing king-size pillow shams for her master bedroom.

What a great excuse for a girl date and a cup of coffee. (Like I really need an excuse to enjoy a cup of Jo.)

Deciding on a color to match the comforter was the first step. Since the comforter was a paisley print with gray, pale mauve and slate blue, we opted for something in the gray family.

Next step, which was the hardest, was to find the perfect fabric.  After searching through my favorite fabric store and coming up empty, I had to find another alternative.  Then the light bulb turned on and I decided to look for a drapery panel.  I wanted a shiny fabric and found a slate blue polyester.  I got a single 84-inch long unlined panel.  Brought it home and removed all hems.  Then I ironed the panel.  I was able to cut out shams for a pair of king-size panels.  The back of the sham has a six-inch overlap.

Needless to say once on the bed, the pillow shams looked great.  My girlfriend added a couple of navy and one mauve pillows.  Now, her master bedroom decor pops!  So, happy I was able to oblige.

Happy Fourth of July

Enjoying this day with my family. Wishing everyone who reads this post a very Happy and safe Fourth of July.
4th of July

4th of J

4th of July 2

Crafting in July

Resumed a knitting project that was set aside due to the move. This one is a baby blanket in an off white yarn. I wanted to do something whimsical. I love giving a new born the little book called the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar. So when I stumbled across the stitch called the caterpillar stitch, I had no choice but to give it a try.

I don’t have a picture of my project yet as it is in progress, but, I found this picture on line showing the picture. This stitch is a textured stitch and is just made using the knit and purl stitch.
caterpillar knitting stitch

Finally finished this blanket last night. I used two One Pound skeins of Natura Yarn. Color is Pure Fisherman. The finished size is 44 x 52 inches.

Caterpillar Army

Close up of the caterpillar stitch. Kept the weave closed when blocked to create a different effect.

caterpillar stitch

Airy Green Afghan

V-stitch afghan

Just finished working on a crocheted afghan using the V-stitch for the body. This stitch creates a lacy effect that is light and airy. The edging was made using a fan stitch. My afghan measures 50 inches by 56 inches. I used 5 skeins of Red Heart Yarn (Paddy Green), from my yarn stash, to make this afghan. I used a D crochet hook.

Here’s what the edging looks like.
Fan edging

Touch of Country

After searching resources for a home decor idea, I decided I wanted to add a bit of country to our family room. I was intrigued with the use of burlap. Did not realize that burlap came in so many different colors. Since I was looking at window treatments, I settled on a coffee colored brown. I also thought it would be best that I use valances instead of full panels. I played with the idea of using pleats, but, when I hung up a sample I did not like the look. The pleats created a shadow effect because of the weave. Hence, I went back to the traditional pocket valance. To soften the look, I added a touch of white cotton flat lace.

val valance with lace

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