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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wow, where has the time gone.  I'm sorry it's been awhile since I posted anything. Once logged in I noticed so much as changed with blogger.  My first thought was "Oh no, how do I get around in this". Glad I figured it out.  Started a new job in April with lots of training and the hours leave little time for fun stuff.  That said I do want to share with you what a wonderful friend has made for me.  I arrived home from work one evening and found this box on the table waiting for me.  To my surprise, Jessica from I'm Sew Happy sent me one of her most beautiful creations.  She has so much talent, true compassion, and is always there for those in need. She is a blessing to her family and friends.  So take a peak at her site and of course the beautiful fish she made. Just love it hanging from my fireplace.  Thank you Jessica!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Promises and Borders BOM

Jenny of Elefantz is offering a new 2012 free BOM Promises and Borders

The first block is Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you Jenny!


As I mentioned below I have a new camera and now I get to share with you a gift I received for Christmas.
A lovely needle lace oya pin from my friend Rengin. It is so delicate and reminds me of a spring bouquet. Thank you Rengin. She is a master at Crazy Quilting, please visit Rengin's Colors blog to see her beautiful works of art.

Canon Versus Sony

My prior camera,  the Canon Powershot S2 was great with a 12X zoom.  I could take pictures during softball games and freeze the softball in motion going across the plate and of course under my breath mumble, "that wasn't a strike, and I have the picture to prove it." Smiling....   Needless to say one day the screen went completely black except for the display icons. Now what could be causing that, sure enough the shutter was sticking.  Found a great website that provided instructions to un-stick that nasty shutter.  Unfortunately it didn't stay un-stuck and from what I was reading could be an expensive repair.

I debated for several months on which camera would best suit my needs, reading Consumer Report and online reviews.  So I watched the sales ads and a little more than a week before Christmas I purchased a Nikon 6200 knowing I could use it for 45 days before returning it. Yeah I know bad timing.  It's now Christmas eve, and of course I didn't have much time to play with it, I made sure it was full charged and ready to go Christmas morning.  Now I'm not a complete novice, nor am I an expert when it comes to cameras but I didn't get a real feel about it.  I prefer to try out cameras in the summer when there is bright sunlight, make sure you can see on the LCD exactly what you're taking a picture of and not just guessing because the screens too dark. Then again I'm a summer sort of gal and do not like the cold, dreary, dark winter. 

Now it's after Christmas with a limited supply of cameras and I'm looking for the Canon 230SX or the Sony DSC HX9 because each received excellent reviews. I'm at a local retail store and just happen to pick up a Sony, I don't recall the model but it didn't have a long zoom and I basically just wanted to test it. Well I feel in love with the "motion detection". It was set on Auto and I waved my hand in front of the lens and no blur, perfect shot. So now what do I do as there are no Sony DSC HX9's available and it doesn't appear that it will be available any time soon. Apparently limited supply of Sony's due to the Earthquake last year. So in the mean time I did find the Canon 230SX for a very good price and am now testing it to see if I want to keep it or not.  Took a few pictures but have yet to print them. If you research the 230SX it has a NB-5L lithium-ion battery.  I have the GPS turned off and have viewed my pictures, sometimes zooming in while reviewing and I must say it doesn't take long before the battery needs charged again. The powershot took 4 AA's and I sure do miss that in the newer cameras.

Would appreciate any comments on the Canon or Sony.  

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Prayers for those affected by Hurricane Irene.  We are getting lots of rain and wind but mild compared to those in the direct path of the storm.

Friday, August 26, 2011

New Wallet

I finally got around to taking a picture of the new wallet I made.  The pattern came from

As you can see I use the top pocket for cash and change in the zippered section, then credit cards in the middle and then another pocket at the bottom for receipts, or I have my drivers license and insurance cards in a plastic holder in that pocket, and whatever else you need tucked in there, more cash if the top pocket can't hold it all.  I wish that were the case. LOL  The checkbook would fit there too if you carry one.

I should have followed her instructions and used a 7" zipper. I used a larger one and then couldn't top stitch around the outside.  I also didn't have fusible fleece so I used wonder under over batting. I was in too much of a hurry to make one and didn't want to wait for the right supplies. LOL  I also used velcro in lieu of the magnetic snaps only because I thought I read somewhere not to use magnetic near credit cards.  That said, I sure do like it.  The finished size is about 8-1/4" by 4".  I have been using it for awhile in a purse that has entirely too much junk in it.

So be sure to visit her wonderful blog

Monday, May 23, 2011

New website added to Mostly Quilting page and Sewing Projects page

I just added two sites to the "Mostly Quilting" page and you really should check them out.  First is Gammill with a list of show dates and if they happen to be in your area you sure don't want to miss them.  Another site has a "Quilt of the Month" page with some adorable patterns to download.

Kirsten from AllFreeSewing contacted me as they included my Jewelry Roll pattern on their site. You should really hop on over and take a peek at all the goodies listed there.

Of course there are many that I would love to make, and I think this one is just adorable Gathered-Clutch.
Now wouldn't this make the cutest gift for a girl to hold her money Mini Packback Coin Purse.  I'm a sucker for purse or wallet patterns.

In regards to my Jewelry Roll pattern, I had mentioned that in order to keep the jewelry more secure I would add another row of ribbon or binding. Jean left a comment about the changes she would make:

Sew 1 longer piece of ribbon at the left center outside edge of the roll that way you can secure it however tightly you need to. I also noted you thought you might add another row of ribbon or binding to secure heavier longer necklaces better, I think an even better solution is to make the pockets about 3/4 of the way up to the ribbon at the top inside. It holds better. Finally, I layered and bound the roll like a quilt. I thought it was less bulky, easy, and I didn't need to finish the end of the ring and earring pocket, just ran the binding over it to finish it neatly. Worked great and looked nice. If I get around to it I'd like to monogram with my emb. machine on dupioni silk for the outside layer. That would be a classy looking gift!

Thanks Jean for your ideas and if you are reading this would love to see a picture of your jewelry roll!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Things We Love

The Gum Tree Designers are at it again. They are creating a new BOM "Things We Love". Block number 1 is now available. These women are just the greatest with all their creativity. Thank you!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Give Thanks BOM

Jenny from is offering a free "Give Thanks" BOM. Verse 1 and Verse 2 are now available. Though some days are harder than others we are indeed blessed each day with the gift of life.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Out of the Box BOM

There are two "Out of the Box" BOM's available. One from The Pickledish Patch and the other from Dawn Hay Designs. The women are part of the GumTree-Designers and both #1 blocks are available now. They always come up with the cutest designs.

My preview looked nice and orderly but now the pictures are not posted correctly. Oh well that's life......

Consider the Lilies

Val Laird launched a new BOM called "Consider the Lilies". I have posted a link on my side bar.

She writes "The concept of this design comes from some wonderful verses in the Bible: Matthew 6:25-34. Why do we go through so much hassle worrying about everyday life? Consider the flowers and birds, God provides everything they need. And we are so much more valuable to Him than those. He will certainly care
for us when we put our trust in Him ... hence the title - Consider the lilies."

Henrietta Whiskers BOM

I just realized I posted a picture on my sidebar for the free Henrietta Whiskers BOM hosted by Bunny Hill Designs and never actually posted that it was added. Well this is the official notification to check out the cutest Henrietta Whiskers.

Free BOM Snow Hearts

I found this fun embroidery BOM at called Snow Hearts. It will only be posted for one month and then the next month will replace it. So hurry up because January is almost gone and February is right around the corner.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hummerdog Quilts

Judy from Stitch Along with Me blogged about one of the cute quilt kits she purchased from Hummerdog Quilts. I have added the website to my Mostly Quilts page. Take a peek at the items she has available.