Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It's Been a Year...

One year ago today I was off on my journey of a new job!

It's been a year of ups, downs, struggles and wins...
it's been a busy, good year!
I haven't blogged in all that time...to busy and usually way to tired.
I missed blogging because whether anyone reads it or not it is like a 
journal of my life and my quilting (and crafting).

So, I'm going to try and blog at least once per week month.  LOL!

Today was a day off for me.  After a couple of appointments, running some errands and doing about 4 loads of laundry I decided to sort through some of my Halloween stash.

There's a lot of it.
I cut some 2.5" strips, some 6.5" tumblers and some 5" squares
out of this lot.  This is what's left after the cutting...

Yup, I haven't even tipped the scales on this go 'round.
I bet I could spend an entire week just on the Halloween fabric stash.
(Don't even ask me about the Christmas fabric stash!)

I also pulled out a couple of Halloween UFO's.
There are about 6 of them.
I really want to finish this top but won't have time before Halloween.

I did cut some binding strips for a small table runner which I think I will have time for.
I will post a pic of that when  if I finish it on time.

Well, off to cook dinner (that doesn't happen too often these days).

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

A new adventure...

A new JOB!
Tomorrow I will head out for training for a new job!
The past month has been crazy with many interviews and quite a few job offers.
I made a decision two weeks ago and this past week it all came together and
I can now reveal the NEW JOB!

Store Manager, Joann Fabric and Crafts, Holbrook, NY

Training will take me out of town for 2 weeks and then more local for 2 additional weeks.
Personally, I cannot wait to actually get to the store and dig in!

Being a creative person (very crafty) that has participated in many crafts this job is right up my alley.

I have to admit that I have put my all into every job I have had over the years:
Sears Roebuck and Company
Smithtown Library System
Independent Nail Technician
Craft Show Vendor
Calico n Lace - shop owner
Amy's Beauty Salon
Ben Franklin Crafts


And now, I  move on to another job adventure!

Hope to see you at the store if you live in the area.

Keep on sewing...I know that I will!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vacation is over!

Today it's time to head back to work.
Hubby and I had a wonderful 10 days together doing a lot of visiting with relatives.

First we took off to Maryland to visit with the gang down there.
Our granddaughter is now 17 months old and so much fun to be around.
She has a great little personality and lots of love to give.

Most of our time there was spent just hanging around the house watching kiddie shows, movies and
baseball games.  We did watch the US win the World Cup and that was fun.
Since it was US vs. Japan we celebrated by having Japanese for dinner and then a
delicious dessert of Angel Food Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberries and Blueberries.
We were all cheering for the US and it paid off!

Then we came home for a quick turn around to Connecticut to visit family there!  Good times!
Lots of sitting around the kitchen table reminiscing about days gone by and planning a future trip
to Okinawa.  Again, a lot of baseball and movies on the TV.

My husband did ALL of the driving and I did my job of keeping him awake at the wheel, controlling the music and stitching!
I worked on the start of a Grandmother's Flower Garden English Paper Pieced project.

At this point I am not certain of what layout I will be using but I am enjoying the hand stitching process very much.  I have quickly become addicted to this.  One of the great things about a project like this is how compact and easy it is to travel with.  I stitched in the car, on the boat, watching TV, at the kitchen table...fun, fun, fun!

I also had a fantastic day of sewing with friends and completed 10 more Log Cabin blocks for my grandson's quilt.  Only 12 more of these large blocks to go and then I need to make 16 of the small 7" blocks.  I didn't think it was possible but I am running out of the original blues I had cut.  Time to hit up the stash again and cut up some more.  This isn't the layout that I have planned (you can see that in a previous post).  

Since I mentioned movies and that we watched a lot of them this week, here's a list of which ones we enjoyed (I must admit that I didn't really enjoy ALL of them because blood and guts is not my favorite, but I persevered):
Fury, 47 Ronin, Kingsman, Mad Max Fury Road, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, Million Dollar Arm, Jersey Boys, and The Age of Adaline.
Like I said, we watched a lot of movies, from super gory to super funny and everything in between.  

All in all, it was a relaxing and fun-filled vacation!

Now, back to reality and some sewing,


Monday, June 22, 2015

Welcome Summer!

Happy Summer!

As for my sewing...it's been Karate Gi sewing constantly!
That's okay, they are all coming out fantastic and once the
first big order for these is complete I can do the rest as
orders come in.

I am really enjoying stitching on the Baby Lock Sashiko machine.
And, surprisingly enough, I am not getting bored doing the same thing
twelve times!!!

In between the custom work on the Gi tops and sitting, watching the
embroidery being done (it is mesmerizing) I have been deciding on a layout
for my grandson's log cabin quilt.

The blocks are 14" and 7" finished and the color choice is to only use blues and whites.
So there are many different blue prints from my in the blocks and the whites are 
all different white on white prints.  Most of the fabrics are from stash and scraps.

The photo below represents the virtual EQ6 version that I think is the layout of choice.

Of course, I still have more blocks to make and cannot
wait to get back to working on these.
For me, log cabin blocks are very relaxing!

Happy Summer Sewing!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Purple Butterfly Project

The Purple Butterfly Project

My sister Doreen has Early Onset Alzheimer’s.  Early on in her diagnosis she told me that it felt like she had a million Butterflies flying around in her head bumping into one another and all scrambled.  She said if she could just capture and grab one of them she could have a good thought or a good memory.  All it would take is just one.

The Purple Butterfly Project is a way to honor Doreen’s thoughts and a few of her passions in life; butterflies, the color purple and quilting.  My hope is to make a quilt from blocks made by her friends and supporters that could be put together into a quilt to be auctioned off to raise awareness and funds for this devastating disease.

I have designed a quilt with two different layouts.  Both are made from the same block design ~ the Friendship Star.  The difference is that I have twisted and turned them in the second layout.  I like them both and will decide later (or with a little help from participants) which layout to use.  The butterflies are suggestive of an embroidery design of purple butterflies that I will do in the open spaces.

Quilt Layout #1

Quilt Layout #2

The quilt is made up of 36 star blocks like the one below.  The layout is a setting of 6 rows with 6 blocks each.  The blocks finish at 9” and the border finishes at 4” for a total quilt size of 62” x 62”, a nice lap size quilt or wall hanging.

So, this is a request to all you quilters out there to make one (or more) blocks to add to this quilt.  You will need to follow the layout below for an unfinished 9 ½” block.

Please use good, quilt shop quality fabrics for this project.

Colors to use:

  • Star points ~ any PURPLE you want to use
  • Star background ~ light green solid or tonal 
  • Block background ~ white solid or tonal

Please follow the layout with the star points in the correct orientation as the picture.
Each patch of this block is 3 ½” unfinished.

If you need instructions on how to make this block email me at the email provided below.  It really is a very simple block.

All blocks need to be mailed to Colleen by August 1, 2015 so she can assemble, quilt and bind in a timely manner.  Please include your name, city and state, and phone number in with the block(s).  In addition, if you have an opinion on which layout you prefer please let me know.   If I receive more than 36 blocks there will be more than one project produced!  The label will contain the name of all contributing quilters that helped make this possible.  If you would like to make a personal donation please visit our facebook page link below.

An Online Quilt Auction will be held via the Team Day by Day Facebook page and will run from September 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015.  (earlier if possible) Of course the quilt will go to the highest bidder and the money will be donated to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s via team Day by Day. The opening minimum bid will be set at $300.

Please email me at the following email address if you need more information or for information on where to send your completed block(s).


Thank you in advance for your participation in this project!
The quilt label will contain the names of everyone who makes a block for the quilt.


Here is a glimpse at a draft of the rules on how the Online Auction will work. This is subject to change if needed but the auction will follow these general guidelines.

Online Auction Rules:

  1. A picture of the auction item(s) will be placed on the Day by Day Facebook page in an album titled “The Purple Butterfly Project”.
  2. Bidding will be open from 12midnight September 1, 2015 until 12 midnight September 30, 2015.
  3. By bidding in the Online Auction, each bidder agrees to these auction rules.
  4. Day by Day reserves the right to add or withdraw items, without notice, to or from the Online Auction
  5. Auction item purchases are final.  No returns or exchanges will be issued.  All items are “as is”.
  6. Day by Day provides no guarantees, warranties or servicing of auction items and is not liable for any personal injury or damage to property that may result from the use of the items sold.
  7. To place a bid for an Online Auction item, type your name and the amount you wish to bid in the comment section of the item picture on Facebook.  The Opening minimum bid is listed with each item.  Each subsequent bid must follow the minimum increment of $5.00.  Any bids not adhering to this format will be declared invalid and voided.
  8. In order to maintain confidentiality, bidders will need to email their contact information including phone number to Americanaqueen@hotmail.com.
  9. There is no “upper limit” for your bids!
  10. Once the auction is declared closed, the last bid entered in the comment section that adheres to the designated increment shall constitute the winning bid and will so be marked.
  11. Winning bid will be posted on Facebook by 9:00am on October 1, 2015
  12. The winning bidder will be contacted to arrange payment of a donation to Team Day by Day on their official page on the Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Page. http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2015/NY-LongIsland?team_id=255858&pg=team&fr_id=7678 

To the winner:  Once payment to the page in the form of the winners donation in full has been processed, arrangements for pick-up/shipping will be determined.
Happy Bidding!