Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Camp time is here!!!

Wednesday is "move out" day!   Camp Wanna Sew here I come!!
I've been packing since Friday evening...think I'm excited??  :-)

Put it in the tote - take it out of the tote.  I've packed things that come along just for the ride, so I'm really trying not to do that this time, and with my sciatic acting up I really don't want to aggrevate it by carrying stuff in that I won't even look at!!   So here is hoping I have got it right this time, but I doubt it :-)

I've cut down by two totes this camp!!
There are a number of quilts/projects I have taken (bottom box) that I hope to get sandwiched for this summers quilting ... or quilted in the fall, I'm not in a hurry.  While at camp I make the most out of the large tables and not having to be on my hands and knees to sandwich quilts!  Now that HURTS!!  So I bring 5 - 7 projects for sandwiching, and quilt whenever the mood strikes me.  

So wanted to re-create this quilt for myself ... now is the time!!

My big project is to re-create The Spirit of Hope - something I have wanted to do for myself since I finished the last one in 2011.  It uses up scraps but no where near the amount I have on hand.  Not even close!  In fact, after cutting all that I need, it still looks like I have the same amount of scraps that I started with!   How can that be???
This one will be the new and improved version ....maybe I will even write the pattern this time!   Now there's a thought!  We will see how far I get with this one ... it could be a few more months (heaven forbid - maybe a year or two!) in the making, as I have yet another quilt to work on while at camp, but that one has to be done by the time camp is finished!  Can I do it?   Time will tell :-)

Have a wonderful week everyone - and keep your needles threaded!!
Choux 





Saturday, April 18, 2015

31 Days to Camp Wanna Sew!!

The last month has been  a whirlwind of mainly work, so my playroom, Tillie, Ruby, Patti and Sally-Sue (my machines)  have all been missing me, just as I have been missing them.
Constant brain-drain literally takes away my creative "me-time" when I get home at night and unfortunately, on the weekends now too.   So much so, that all I do is eat, sleep, work and repeat.   Just short of  two months left for this kind of schedule.... here's hoping I last this one out!   Gotta love audit time.

BUT .... Camp Wanna Sew is coming up in 31 days and I'm doing my best not to be burnt out before that time comes....there are priorities you know!  Really there are... LOL  
I'm making my staying up late and sewing into the wee hours of the morning for four nights my priority!  ;-)

So I'm going to start packing things up (in between the working at home) and start the wonderful count down to sewing with some of the best friends a quilter could have!  And believe me... I have LOTS of quilting friends (not just at camp either!) and love them all dearly and treasure the times we can get together to sew.

And of course no post is complete unless there is a picture!! 
This is the project I have been working on for the past month .... yup... normally would be done in a weekend, but it's that brain-drain thing, yah know? ;-)


More later.....Stay happy and keep family and sewing close to your hearts,
Choux

 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

6 months.... REALLY??

You are kidding .... right??    Nope.... 6 months to the day has passed since my last post.  Unbelievable!!
By now I guess you have figured out that I am not a "true blogger".  
But that is okay, right? At least to me it is... no place for stress here as this is not work!!

So, just so you can get up to date with what I have been working on ...this will be a "picture blog".
Most all this was done November, as I was pretty sick remember for 6 weeks, (last blog post)  and had absolutely no ambition to even walk into my playroom. 

 We will see how long before I post again.
 Enjoy!!

Christmas gifts - Dammit Dolls  for quilty friends 2014

embroidered towels for great-nieces/nephews for Christmas
Knitting carrying case made for Daughter for Christmas
Knitting carrying case for Daughter

family friends Christmas Gifts
mini-Ipad carrier for Grand Daughter Madison
for Birthday Jan 2015
made two for the Grandsons for Christmas 2014
 these were put together at Camp in Sept/14
 and quilted in Nov/Dec
 
Christmas gift exchange at work with practice FMQ
Monopoly quilt for Hubby - Christmas 2014
Started the week of Christmas -
 finished quilting two days before Christmas!
Minion hats for the Grands for Christmas 2014

 
Mystery designed "Big or Small" finally all quilted
 
back of quilt - FMQ practice is coming along!

Have a wonderful day!  (and I hope it involves a little bit of sewing/quilting!!)
 
Quilty hugs,
Choux

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Could of been the Whiskey... might have been the...

Big mack truck that hit me!   Holy hannah cold and flu season is upon us!!

Camp Wanna Sew was great .... really it was.  Now if I can only remember everything I did while there ... it would be great!   I know I was busy ... and I know I was very productive, but upon returning home Sunday afternoon (Sept 28th) I fell sick to an awful bug.  Actually, it had been "brewing" at least a week prior (Sept 18th) to camp, but when I got home from camp - I let my guard down ... oh boy! did I get hit.   My sister and daughter said it must have been the adrenline rush of going to camp and being there that held off the evil that was lurking until I got back home.

Monday and Tuesday were part of my holidays which were spent flat out with a chest cold.  Wed and Thurs were the first days sick days I took in almost 3.5 years of work (not many can say that I know!!), I was still flat out!!  What the heck!??  Returned to work on Friday (nobody else gonna do it!!) and worked all the next week (last week) not feeling 100% but went anyway, was running about 75 - 80%.  So not feeling "too" bad.   Last Friday I "thought" just maybe I was feeling "pretty good" and on the mend finally, except for the consistant coughing.

Now up to this point at night I had absolutely no energy to even bother "thinking" about sewing/quilting, let alone pick up knitting needles (which I normally do when not feeling so great).  So Saturday (Oct 11th) I went down to the "room of recovery"    and pulled out one of the quilts I had finished at camp ...and sandwiched at camp too (knew I would remember at some point what I did!!) and started the quilting of it.  Gosh it felt good... and I did too!    The purring of the machine, snip-snip of the scissors - life was grand again ... until nightfall (and that comes way too early now!!) .... when someone came knocking.

Yes, the dreaded Mr. V decided to pay a visit and keep the colds company!   Sunday was resting lots and catering to Mr. V ... but once again by nightfall I knew something else was up.   Colds, you say?   Yes, a head cold decided it should visit now too and back came the chest cold, with a vengeance I might add!  Actually, I don't think it left.  So, more sick days .... oh yah ... flat out AGAIN and hardly mobile this time!!  But I did give in and now have antibiotics on my menu plan ... gonna chase the bugger outta me yet!!  Yes, Sister, I will remember to pay heed "next time" and seek medical attention sooner!   

Today, the head still feels like it has a fishbowl over it and that will have to work itself out by running its course; Mr. V is still a real troublemaker in the morning, although "he" allows me be mobile after a couple hours of being up; the best part .... I'm finally able to take a deep breath without going into a coughing spasm!!   Life will be grand again!  Woo Hoo!!

It might be a little bit longer before I get back to the sewing room though, but that is okay.  Even though Christmas is 64 (63...62....61 depending when this is read) days away, I am still way ahead of schedule and will resume the last of the making of Christmas when I'm closer to 100% this time, which looks like won't be for yet another week!

So, keep an eye on those nasty bugs this fall people... especially one that comes with a constant cough before anything else shows up!  
  
Keep well till next time.....

Quilty hugs to you and yours,
Choux

Monday, September 15, 2014

And summer is over! WHAT?!

It's been a whirlwind the last couple of months.  And summer was in there??   Okay, so a whole two days of summer doesn't count - let's have a "due-over"!!  Who's in for that??

 Not a whole lot of extra time since the last "report"  but I did make the best of what time I did manage to sneak away from everyday/work life.   AND I have taken "my time" back at work so I'm a slightly happy camper.  Just slightly LOL

Speaking of camper - it's time to pack up for Camp Wanna Sew.  Like men with their hunting, my focus is on just getting through each day until the it's time to leave.  And that my friends is in 9 sleeps!   Woo Hooo!!!  Doing a happy dance here, I tell you!  Then it will be a long 8 months waiting  until the next one. Booooo....hiss!!!  So I will enjoy each moment with all the camp friends made over the past 7 or 8 years that I have been going and sew till I drop!

This weekend I worked on Christmas presents for the Great nieces & nephews and got them all done!  All 10 of them and that includes making the bags from the Christmas stash which busted another 4 or 5 metres!  I'm thinking I should be able to buy new Christmas stock next year!  (insert HUGE grin here)

And yes I just  used the dreaded  by many  "C" word .  So many are annoyed when I use word "Christmas" other than in December, but heh....that's their problem .. not mine.  I'm annoyed with those that don't know how to enjoy December!  My problem - not theirs ..so, touché!   With me shopping all year long, I get to actually enjoy the season and the real meaning of it, while others complain about how fast it came and the stress of it all.  It is what you make it.

So on that note, I will leave you with this ....





Happy Stitching!!
Choux

 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

And My "Me-time" Returns!


It's been H-E-double hockey sticks since Jan 22/14 (yes - I remember the date clearly and I wasn't even at work!! Go figure!!!)  and my "me-time" became pretty well  non-existent. 
BUT I'm baaaaack!!!  and I'm making "ME" the priority, okay ... I'm working very hard at it.  LOL
Way to close for my liking to a full blown burn-out in May - June, that I am now practising hard at putting me first, something I have a very hard time doing.   Yes, my dear friends  (you know who you are) it's taken me three years to do just that - but I trying my hardest at making it MY reality!!  ;-)
Enough said!

When I was at camp in May, I was lucky enough to sandwich five pieces together so that I could start my free-motion quilting "studies"  ;-)   
The first three items are part of the five that I have been practising on  - things that have been in my "course study"  for  my PHD  ☺  There is one more that I will show you next time (takes forever to load up to blog!!) so that leaves only one more to quilt.  But that one is a BIGGIE, and it will soon be something I have "rigged" up to work on.
Christmas Block Swap 2012 finally all done!
Enjoy the pictures - and I'll be back again to show you more!  Have a super week!!

Hugs,
Choux

This is how I hang my quilts to quilt with Patti!
Christmas quilt - could be a present - What do you think?


Fairy Quilt


Baby quilt
Baby quilt backed with fleece.   So soft!!



Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's Time for Camp!! Already?

Holy Hannah!! There went April - zooooom!  Just like that ... POOF!   Work really got in the way of the fun life since January 22nd, but that will soon change, as I cannot go this pace for any longer, and I'm beginning to realize "why should I?"   Yes, I know, I know!!  You all told me so!  But I learn at my own speed, which sometimes is slow - very slow.☺

It is now time for Camp Wanna Sew!!  With working, working and working some more, it's all of a sudden time to start packing for camp this coming Wednesday!!  WHAT??  Already?   Can't be January just started ... but it is now the middle of May!!   Yikes!

So I've quickly put things in a tote that I may do - or may not.  A couple new things to "maybe" start, and quite a few others to finish or not.  Finishing projects totally depends on the mind set of any given day while I'm there - heck I could be sleeping the whole time I'm there, after all the overtime since January!!  Why do get the feeling you don't believe I would sleep the whole time?? ☺

Did I mention it's for 5 glorious days?  I was seriously considering not going with Martha (my dear hubby) having had a knee operation just over a week ago, but he is "kicking me out of the house and locking the door.  You need this time to yourself and get your energy back".  Then in the same breath he says, "Who am I kidding - you don't sleep when you are there!"  He calls this my "Big Girl Pajama Party".   I love my Martha.  But still a little leery of being gone although he assures me he will be fine.  Wonder if he would like to work on my hand quilted project while I'm gone?   Okay, right - that is pushing it, isn't it! ☺

I have packed up 6 (or it could be 7 now) quilt tops, of various sizes, that I plan to sandwich while there, as the tables are big and no getting down on the floor to sandwich them! YES!!  And I will have pieced the backings using what is in my stash for 4 of those quilts.  BONUS!!!  Then they will be ready for me to quilt when I get the urge to work with Patti Platinium.  I think her and I have bonded very well and now it's time to really start playing and practicing my free-motion quilting, not to mention quilting 13 - soon to be 16 quilt tops!

I must stop putting things in the totes "just in case I finish all other things".  NO!  No more in the totes!  That way I "will" work on what I have brought and get it to the stage of being ready to sandwich for next camp!   Wow - not even at this camp and thinking of the next one LOL

Have a wonderful long weekend, be safe, happy and keep those sewing machines running!!

Choux