Thursday, August 17, 2017

It's been a lovely summer, so far...

Swimming came to an end today. Our group is always a bit sad when we have to get out of the pool and know it's for the last time this session. It's been 8 weeks of pure heaven! :) We've been very lucky and have had the most gorgeous weather, which has assured us of fairly warm water in the pool. Ten months until we start up this class again. :)

My hydrangeas have gone absolutely crazy this year and actually need to be pruned at some point. I went out and picked a couple flowers this morning to bring in the house and they are lovely. I had a range of colors this year from a very light green, through blue and lavender to light and hot pink. They are all still blooming, but it's beginning to slow down a bit.


I'm going to try to knit a pair of socks... a new (to me) pattern. I have missed knitting in the evenings... it helps me to relax before going to bed. As always, I'm using BMFA STR lightweight in this gorgeous green color. I think the pattern I've picked out will look wonderful with this fairly solid colored yarn. I love the STR so much that I don't know if I'll ever be able to try any other sock yarn.


Take care,







I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -2
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD: -1 "finished-for-now" project (composed of 41 units as of 4/27/17)
I have finished YTD: -1
Projects remaining YTD: 29

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Sunday fun!

I'm sitting in my living room looking out into the courtyard and this is just a portion of my view. I love the fountain... it's color dark and shiny as the water cascades down, and that heavenly sound of the water flowing from one tier to the next. I haven't used this room much since we moved in years ago, but decided it was time and moved my laptop down to the desk so I can enjoy this view more often.



I'm making slow, but steady progress with my finger, I think. I say I think because one day I can do my exercises and see progress and the next day it's stiff and swollen. I just want to be able to use it.

I've been reading more than usual since I cannot yet knit, quilt, embroider, rotary cut, or use my camera. Reading The Woman in Cabin 10 right now and it's tough to put down!

My husband and I did work in our front yard today pulling weeds and pruning several bushes and trees that had become overgrown. Slowly, but very surely our yard is starting to look better. And, I made Chocolate Chip Scones.

I guess that's a pretty nice Sunday, isn't it? :) 

Take care,







I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -2
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD: -1 "finished-for-now" project (composed of 41 units as of 4/27/17)
I have finished YTD: -1
Projects remaining YTD: 29

Friday, July 28, 2017

It really doesn't take much to make me happy!

My last blog post was on April 27th and I had very good intentions of writing/updating more often, but on May 11th I had an accident and injured my right-hand index finger. Since then, I've done almost nothing of any consequence since the use of my finger has been very limited... and still is. However, I've finally healed enough to start Physical Therapy and they tell me that in about 2 months time, I should have a fully functioning finger again! Yippee! I'm truly grateful that my injury was not worse than it was, because it easily could have been. I'm lucky! I do miss knitting and quilting though!

Today I'm thrilled because we had two Queen Palms planted in our backyard border. It's something I've wanted to have done for the last 10 years. This is what the back border looks like today.


I've got some 1 gallon-size plants that I want to plant in between and around the Palms but I won't get to that for awhile.

This is how it looked before today. Big, big difference as you can see!




I'm so happy!

Take care,








I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD: 0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -2
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD: 0
I have finished YTD: -1 "finished-for-now" project (composed of 41 units as of 4/27/17)
I have finished YTD: -1
Projects remaining YTD: 29



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Finally... a quilting finish for 2017

Well, it's finally done and on the wall. My Jelly Roll Race Gone Plaid... and, I love it!! I finished it 3/31/17 and I'm just a bit surprised it took me so long to complete since I started working on it mid-January. I know I haven't had much time in the sewing room, but mid-January? :))

Actually in my own defense, I've been very busy working out in our yard. Last March I tore out the backyard borders, covered them in newspaper layers, and topped them with bark. In the meantime, I've been pulling any weeds that managed to grow through and finally decided it was time to start planting. We had to rent an auger since there are so many roots from the trees planted behind our property that's it's impossible to dig through. The Auger worked well and it was fun to get a great many holes dug in one afternoon. The majority have been filled with plants which are doing well and there's just one 20 ft area where I'll need professional help since I want to plant another three good-sized palm trees.

My herb garden is doing extremely well. I'll be using a lot of it fresh, and drying quite a bit for my own use, but I have so much I would like to share. If you are in my neck of the woods and would like some fresh herbs, give me a holler via email.



I've also finished the knitting project I have been working on for five months so now I'll have to think of another project to keep me busy in the evenings in front of the tv.

I've still got these blocks to sell... if you think the price I'm asking is too high, please make me an offer! :)

Take care,








I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -2
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD: -1 "finished-for-now" project (composed of 41 units as of 4/27/17)
I have finished YTD: -1
Projects remaining YTD: 29

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Raising $$ for charities...

I've decided I would like to sell these Dresden Plate quilt blocks that I made in a Kathy Doughty class since I'm trying to raise some $$ for a few of my favorite charities. Although they are technically "plates" and not blocks, I'm referring to them as blocks. I've played and played with them and cannot figure out where to go from here. Hopefully someone out there will love them and have a great use for them.


Ok... here's the scoop. There are 13 blocks in total. To finish each block the two halves need to be sewn together. The photo shows just 1/2 of each block so you can see the diversity. The yellow and blue block on the far left is the smallest of the group measuring 16" across. The yellow and green block in the far upper left is 18" across and the REST of the blocks are 20" across. I didn't realize that I had made two of the blocks smaller until I got them out for this photo. Oh... the second half of the red/pink block on the bottom far left is not sewn together but all the pieces will be included. Easy to sew together... will take five minutes! :)

Anyway, I'm asking $80 for all 13 blocks, which includes shipping. Just send me an email at imquilternity at yahoo dot com if you have questions are are interested! It will ALL go to Feeding America!

If you think my price is too high, please make me a reasonable offer!! 

Take care,








I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD: 0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 4/5/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -1
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD: -1 ongoing project (composed of 34 units as of 3/22/17)
I have finished YTD: 0
Projects remaining YTD: 31

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jelly Roll Race going Plaid!

I'm not sure I've ever gone this long without posting, but honestly I have not felt like writing anything. What I have been doing is working on this UFO project as well as another ongoing project (consisting of finished units).

This quilt has been fun actually, even though when I dragged it out to work on it I was less than thrilled. I got into it as time progressed and now it's turning out to be one of my favorite quilts.

I originally made a Jelly Roll Race quilt out of scrappy, 2 1/2 inch strips of different lengths. They were basically left over from other projects and when I finished it I didn't care for it and stuck it into the UFO pile. When I got it out again to work on, I decided to treat the quilt top as fabric and cut it into 9 1/2" blocks. I happened to be looking at Karla Alexander's book, Color Shuffle, at the time and liked the Plaid Passions pattern... so my quilt is based loosely on that pattern, although I made it narrower because I like "banner" size so I can hang it on my wall.

I've got it basted (and the pins are closed) now and I'm getting ready to start quilting it. I'm going to do a plaid quilting design... should be easy and I think it will look great with the quilt.

Take care,







I started 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD:0
I have started YTD: 1 ongoing project (composed of 33 units as of 3/22/17)
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -1
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD: -1 ongoing project (composed of 33 units as of 3/22/17)
Projects remaining YTD: 31

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Took a drive...

Hubby took the day off today so we decided to head up to Ventura Harbor for lunch. It was overcast and cold and absolutely beautiful! We took a short walk along the harbor and the beach and it was just ever so breezy. It was invigorating!



Hope you are having a great day!

Take care,

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year everyone! I love the beginning of a new year... it's a beautifully pristine blank slate!

I'm starting off this year with a little destash of a couple of my UFO projects. I'm going to offer them here, at a discounted price, just in case someone would like them and if there are no takers, I'll put them in my etsy shop.

A couple of years ago, I was interested in knitting and felting bags. Lots of them were being done, but they were all so small. I wanted to do tote size or larger so I started experimenting and knitting huge - I mean really huge - bags so I could felt them. Felting created a very thick and very soft "fabric". I did several in various colors and sizes and it was a fun process. I always planned to finish them and use them, but as is so often the case with me, they were set aside. Now I found I've lost interest. The handles are included with the bags, but they are not attached. None of them are lined.







This first bag is the largest:

14" Wide
16" High (with cuff rolled down)
21" High (with cuff left up)
6 1/2" Deep
Handle 33 1/2" end to end

$36.00 includes shipping via USPS flat rate medium box







This second bag is:

14" Wide
15 1/2" High (with cuff rolled down)
19" High (with cuff left up)
3 1/2" Deep
Handle 30" end to end

$30.00 includes shipping via USPS flat rate medium box

Take care,







I'm starting 2017 with UFO projects: 32
I have found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD:0
I have started YTD:0
I have given away UFO projects YTD:0
I have thrown out or otherwise dismantled YTD:0
I have sold unfinished UFO projects YTD:0
I have finished YTD:0
Projects remaining YTD: 32

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Project Progress Recap...

2016 was the first year I've kept track (via a progress chart) of my UFOs and new projects and I've been surprised at how motivating it has been. I plan to do it again for 2017, although I have no specific yearly goal other than to finish as many projects as possible.

I started 2016 with UFO projects: 38
I found (buried in my sewing room and elsewhere in the house) YTD:  +13
I started YTD:  +7
I gave away UFO projects YTD: -4
I threw out or otherwise dismantled YTD: -4
I sold unfinished UFO projects YTD: -2
I finished YTD: -16
Projects remaining YTD: 32

I do have one final finish for the year to show you (and which has already been included in my finished count)... surprise, surprise... it's another pair of Tesserae socks, (they are already listed for sale in the shop). The taupe/beige "stripe" in the yarn color is actually darker than shows in the photo making much less contrast between the "stripes".




As 2016 ends and 2017 begins, I'm making some changes in my life that I probably should have made long ago. Nothing too, too major, but little things that will improve the quality and happiness of life for me. Wish me luck!!

I wish you all the best possible new year!

Take care,