Sewing for Me!

Yes, I have made a decision about the first thing Iwill sew   for our graduation trip to California….and the winner is….the Kay Unger dress and coat! Now there is some altering to do on this dress; it needs to be longer, and I think that the back may be a bit wild for a daytime dress.  

Now for the fabric…I have two fabrics in my stash that I would consider, but both require finding a match, so the hunt is on! Girl #2 says that the temps could be in the 90’s, so I definitely need to consider that! 

My first choice is to use this for the coat. Unfortunately,  there will not be enough fabric to do the entire thing, so I’m going to need to be careful and creative. This fabric is a silk linen blend, really great texture, with a faint window pane plaid. I am trying to decide my best course of action, assuming that it will be impossible to match the blue. There is the white of course, along with a thread of pale pink and melon running through it.

After spending the afternoon cutting about 40 pattern pieces, I believe that I can squeak most of the coat out of the silk/linen. I think the pockets will fit, leaving me option of adding just a bit of something like a floral print, maybe for the buttonholes and the tabs on the sleeves. 

I have also found a pink linen that looks like a decent match, but maybe that’s too silly for an old mom? I would love to do a floral, but I think that may be too much. Or I could go with plain white and put a band of color or floral on the bottom…ugh!

Opinions? Advice? Fabric shops?  Anyone with a totally different idea? I’m interested in any and every possibility!

SAL April 23

Today is our three week SAL update. Do check out what everyone else is doing, because in this SAL, everyone chooses their own project! There’s a lot of inspiration and variety for sure!

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusan,   MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

Last time I had just finished a project and so presented you all with this:


I have made some progress on this blank canvas, but the roof on this barn goes on forever!!! Too bad, because I already bought the matching frame, so forward we go. 😉

Some decent progress made, though it is still pretty sketchy.

Where’s that quilt?

Some things are so worth the wait, and some things just take a long time. This quilt fits into both, I hope. It is indeed taking forever, mainly because I messed up my Necchi and had to send it to the shop…I forgot to bring the power cord, so it sat for a week until I got back over there with it, and I’ve been waiting…and waiting⌛️

I have not been idle…I attached the walking foot to Girl #2’s machine after hauling it up from the basement, (and cleaning it) and started stitching in the ditch around each block. I have since moved on to blocks that had straight line work or gentle curves, but the going is slow. The walking foot likes to work loose and then we lose a needle, etc. I finally have that under control, but now I have run out of blocks to do using the walking foot. 😡

Still no word on Miss Necchi, so now have some choices to make….I can put this one aside and sandwich number 3 to start sewing around those blocks, practice drawing feathers, start some piecework, or I can attempt to set up Miss Janome here with a FMQ foot and see what happens……

FMQ foot it is! (Well I did try drawing feathers…disaster! So now I am tracing them over and over, maybe that will release my inner chicken or whatever I need to make them look remotely close to feathers….) 😁 

Meanwhile, I’ve tried a little meandering, 

some little hearts I drew on,


an all over random scroll, 

some stippling (sort of), 

and some echo work.

Things are looking up! It amazes me how quick it is to FMQ a block versus outlining with the walking foot! Hopefully SS#2 will soon be ready  for binding. 


Book Review–Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

This novel about the teenage Victoria was a light read and enjoyable. I don’t know how accurate it was; I’m certain that details were added or left out to make the story flow for the author, but it was a nice weekend read. The author made the characters accessible and human, and made me interested in picking up a true biography to learn more. I saw this book several months ago, and It has been on hold since then, so when it popped up on my overdrive a account, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to check it out. I don’t think I would buy it outright, but that’s the beauty of library books!

Transition land–Moving Forward

Do I have a new job–no!

Have I started looking–no!

Do I have a clue about the future–not so much!

So what am I doing? Well, not a lot actually, and that is OK right now! I have accomplished a few things…I am finished with the last work project, and my house is getting cleaner by the week, which to me is a NECESSARY task. I’ve opted not to do spring cleaning; instead I am tackling a not pleasant job each day in the assigned room. It’s working, and probably driving DH a little crazy, but he’ll get over it!😘

The first BIG TASK is in a good spot…after all, I can only ask DH to do so much sorting, but the library is looking 100% better, and I have moved on to some other significant sections in the basement. By the end of the summer it will be in Better Homes & Gardens order (joking!!, but it will be better organized).

So what’s the next BIG TASK? The backyard and gardens….they look neglected and here are the photos to prove it. So, why share this? Motivation!  Saturday I decide was the day to get out and start. DH will be in on this big time, but there are things that I can do that will move us forward and will be a nice surprise for him…besides Miss Necchi is still  in the shop and Max wants to be outside, so I might as well hang out with him! 

The Before pictures showing the nasty winter just ended, get out there situation:

The result of Saturday’s efforts:


Yes this would correspond with photos 1 and 4 above. Still lots to do, obviously, but I got a pretty big grin out of  DH when he returned home, and we continued together on Monday, and ended up here, which correspond with photos 3 & 4 above. The next nice day will have me out with Max working on my iris beds.😍

So, while I figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life, I’m busy organizing and improving my space without spending a nickel, although a few nickels may be involved at some future date!😊

The Liebster Award

I have been nominated for a Liebster Award, which is kind of exciting! I love good news of any kind, so I will enjoy this little project. The rules are simple:

  • Thank the person that nominated you, and link back to their blog
  • Answer the questions they have posed
  • Nominate 11 others, (with less than 200 followers) and provide them with 11 questions to answer.
  • Encourage them to do the same!

This is not a mandatory thing thing, so no one has to do it. Don’t feel guilty! And if you do accept your nomination, there’s no deadline for completion. It certainly took me awhile to get my post ready!

Jessica at Ever the Crafter nominated me for this award, so thank you Jessica! I have enjoyed following Jessica’s blog this past year, and she has encouraged me to add variety to my blog with her eclectic posts.

Next, I have these questions to answer:

1. If you had to pick one, what would you say is the achievement you’re most proud of? I think it would be growing our state’s 4-H shooting sports program. There are now 4400 youth participating and the state event has over 2300 entries, and it is 95% volunteer led. When I started we had about 600 youth and 300 participants at state.

2. What was your favourite book you read last year? A very hard choice, because I read a lot! I have to make a list….the Newpointe 911 series by Terri Blackstock, The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Portrait of a Lady by Henry James were some interesting reads I enjoyed immensely, for all different reasons.

3. If you could visit one place and live there for a month where would you go? I think Australia.

4. What’s one thing you want to be able to look back on this year and say I did that? Getting through this career change with grace and dignity.

5. Favourite book with an animal in it? Watership Down

6. Where did your blog name come from? I love to sew, but I have other interests too, so Sewing, Etc. seemed perfect.

7. If you could pick one craft to be suddenly proficient in/have all the supplies for, what would you pick? Painting

8. What would be your top three places to visit? Iceland, the Boundary Waters on the Minnesota/Canada border and the Redwoods in California 

9. What’s your favourite word? Floccipaucinilihilipilification…long story there….

10. What would be in a bouquet of your favourite flowers? Or would it all be one? Or anything of a particular colour? Tulips, daffodils and Dutch Iris

11. What’s your favourite song right now? I almost always go back and listen to the Greig string quartet No. 1 in G minor. 

And now, I nominate these blogs to answer my 11 questions!

Tracy – It’s a T-sweets day
Helen – Stitchery Nook
Gun – Rutight
Deb- SevenCubsblog
Mary Margaret – The Professional Domestic
Susan – Susanpblog
Steph – My Making Do Adventure
Christina – Petals and Pins
Catherine – Hillview Embroidery
Bella – Created by Bella

And now the questions:

  1. How did you get into blogging?
  2. What’s your favorite time of the day or night?
  3. Concerning any project, work or hobby, are you into the process or the completion?
  4. Favorite genre of books or movies?
  5. Name an idea, maxim or saying that has caused you to evaluate your  journey in life.
  6. Name one item from your bucket list.
  7. Introverted or extoverted?
  8. Favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
  9. Type of music you prefer?
  10. Share a memory from childhood.
  11. Share a goal you have for your blog.