Thursday, June 26, 2008

Let The Sewing Begin........FINALLY!!!

Where to begin! First off, last Saturday we were without electricity for 18 hours! Yuck, I was a very whiny girl. Poor John. You would think he could control the electricity better. 45 homes in our area were affected and the temperature got up to 105. A very hot sweaty 105. Whine, whine, whine.....I even feel bad writing about it because now it seems so silly, but at the time it was not so funny!
Thanks for all the wonderful comments and emails I got about my mojo! Seems to be something that just happens from time to time to all of us. I am glad to report that my mojo is back and it's full steam ahead!
I decided this week to rearrange my sewing room....no this is not how my sewing room normally looks, but this is how it looked after I moved everything from two sides out to the middle. Don't ask me why I didn't have a better organized system....making piles just seemed to work. The reason for the redo I was moving a sewing table in that was given to me. It was a table that belonged to my friend Deb who passed away a few years ago, and her husband was kind enough to give it to me. It's a wonderful old antique desk that weighs a million pounds, maybe I exaggerate a little, but it is darn heavy. It has been living in Katie's old room, don't ask me why I didn't bring it in to my sewing room before now, guess I just wasn't ready. Katie's room is becoming Mr. Luke's new hang out room when he comes to visit grandma and grandpa and needs to take a nap. Only 7 more weeks to go. We are so excited!!!!!!!!!!
To get the desk from there to here required me taking the legs off. I felt so smart...I used my pink duct tape (love my pink duct tape!) to match the leg to the proper corner, and remembering lefty loosey, righty tighty got the legs off! Then look what I discovered...Deb obviously was way smarter than me. She had written on the legs where they went. It was nice to see her writing!! So by yesterday afternoon everything was back in it's place, and I think this has a lot to do with the return of my mojo. This sewing table is just ousing mojo!!....a very happy place. I finally have decided what to work on for Eileen's Summer Stash Challenge. I figured I would use 30's, because lets just say I happen to have some 30's!! I am going to make Crows Fence from Laps From Fats. It has a border print, but I have tons of muslin and quite a bit of Olde Green, so think I will put a thin border of green and then do a muslin outer border. Since I am doing my not sleeping thing again, last night I got my strips cut, sewed some strip sets and got them subcut. Boy it felt good!!! Today I decided to move some quilts around and get ready for 4th of July - I love to decorate for 4th of July. Here's a Crazy 9 Patch I made for John. It's his favorite! This quilt is from a group I use to quilt with. We each picked a block and then made enough to swap with each other. My friends Chris and Karen pieced the blocks together for me and machine quilted it and then surprised me with it. It made me cry happy tears...it's one of my favorites and has lots of good memories pieced in to it! Thanks girls it means more to me than I can tell you. And finally this one is called Barbra's Antiques. I made it out of civil war reproductions. It's not so much patriotic, but I always bring it out this time of year. It was really fun to make.
Well there you have it. A little craziness as usual, but it feels good to be back to sewing. Think I can even catch up on my Christmas a month challenge. I am only 4 months behind after all! Also, I could not resist the Cupcake Swap going on over at Sharon's.....I'm all over this one. Gotta love all things cupcake! I know there's lots of quilting going on. Visiting all the blogs is very inspiring, so everyone keep up the good work. Later gators :-)!!!
PS - Almost forgot to mention our knitting class! Well ......there's my knitting!! The learning curve for me was not so good. I went and got a knitting for dummies book and that was even hard, but I found a great U Tube video and now I am really getting the hang of it. Megan was a wiz and is already making a blanket for her sister, who by the way we just found out is having a baby girl!!!! It was still a fun day even though I struggled a bit!!!

24 comments:

May Kristin said...

I'm glad you've got your sewing-mojo back! And the electricity as well!
Wish you luck with your sewing at your "new" sewing table!

MouseChirpy said...

Cheryl, it looks as if your mojo is back in full swing! I just adore all your beautiful quilts. I can't believe you're already having 105 degree temperatures so early in the summer. I don't blame you for being a little less than happy about it. Take care.
Aloha!

Leanne said...

Wow another full week... it's a pain when the electricity goes off. Glad to see the mojo has returned and those nicely stacked fabrics are very impressive I would be to ashamed to show my miss mash of fabrics.

eileen said...

I am in love with all your 30's fabrics. Can't wait to see more of your new quilt project. And I'm in the same boat as you with the knitting!
I bet your new table is wonderful. More room to work!

Kathie said...

Love the 30's fabrics picture . The Barbara's antique quilt is just beautiful I would love to make this quilt
was it from a pattern?
Wow!
the quilt you made for your husband is fun, crazy nine patch I love the colors in that one...great for this time of year!
sorry about the electricity being off for so long....

Darlene said...

I'm glad you found your Mojo but I think your dear friend, Deb, helped you find it. :-)

Love all your quilts but especially Barbra's Antiques - I've had that pattern forever and have not been able to settle on fabric. Love yours!

Stephanie said...

I'd say you DO have some 30s fabrics. Love the patriotic quilts. Gorgeous.

Carol said...

Wonderful quilts...oh I'm so glad your mojo came back...I think Deb said "It's time!"
I'd have been right there with you about the heat...I HATE to be hot!and sweaty...oh NO!

Purple and Paisley said...

lol...i have the knitting for dummies book, too...i'm not a great knitter but can make a mean cell phone case...just the right size for my patience and it's in a square...i can't do "shapes!"

Belvie said...

What a wonderful thing to have that table of your friend's as a permanent memory.

I love your 30's fabrics. I have some that I need to work with someday.

jen duncan said...

I can't see the desk! I wanna see the desk! Hey, before I forget; my mom arranged her sewing room rather brilliantly in that she put the desk smack in the middle of the room, leaving all four walls open for the doos and dads.
Your quilts are divine! I want to sew, too! I'm about sick of all these have-to's and shoulds around here!
I'm really looking forward to the cupcake swap, too. Have a great weekend!

Jeanne said...

Cheryl, that DOES look like my sewing room! LOL I love Barbra's Antique Quilt. I'm heading to my room to clean right now.

Chookyblue...... said...

thank goodness you are back on the job........must be your friends sewing table........nice quilts.......

Mar said...

I hate how much we have to depend on electricity! There's always handwork. I know I'm gonna wish I joined that cupcake swap, I just know it.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG did you just give us way more to see than I can even remember. LOL!!! Chatty Cathy!! First off the sewing room looks fabo!! Love the little heart quilt in the back there. :-) All your quilts are wonderful and how nice of Karen and Chris to put those blocks together for you.
Your lucky to have that desk of Deb's. She's looking down smiling as you were moving it. LOL!!! Ok maybe she was laughing.
Only 7 more weeks? WOOHOOOO Can't wait.
Nice job on the knitting. Have you tried the crochet yet?
Thanks for putting the cupcake swap on there. It's gonna be fun.
Whew!! I'm sure I forgot something.

Kristi said...

I just got my Blogging for Dummies book so I can learn some new tricks of doing all of this!! :) BUT...the last time I bought a Dummies book, I wasn't careful, and bought one in spanish and couldn't read a word of it! That just goes to show that I REALLY need the dummy books after all! :)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a special sewing table you have! It is always good to have a reorganise - I find it always recharges the batteries, and helps you remember fabric finds that had been stashed away. Love your Barbara's Antiques quilt - what an effective design.

Lorraine said...

Love the new sewing room.....ha as if Mr Luke is ever gonna be put in another room for a nap when he comes to your house....LOL...I whine a lot when it is hot too...like it has to be somebody's fault....and with no power I would be worse...so I don't blame you!! my sewing room is messy because I have been rummaging for fabric ....will have a tidy up when I have finished a few more projects...yay for the cupcake swap!!

Granny Lyn said...

Here, Mojo! Here, Mojo!!

glad she came back, good Mojo! she always does...

Do you think you have enough 30's??? tee hee,,maybe a few more FQ's would be good?

oh, good luck with the knitting, I am better at crocheting, it seems to go so much faster!

erica e said...

i love all the quilts. especially barbara's antiques. is that from a book or pattern?

Melanie said...

Glad it's full steam ahead. perhaps having a room change around creates a good fresh feeling?

Ouch on the electricity. I had day like that when we lived in the mountains where I couldn't get it into my had that we had no electricity: "ok no computer, I'll put the ashing on...ok I'll do some sewing... ok watch TV...ok a coffee... by which point I felyt like my head would fall off. A little light whining is fully understandable. :-)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

You life sounds like mine! Crazy. Your machine is just like mine too! Summer hot crazy.

Dandelion Quilts said...

I love the last quilt your showed. I really liked the repeated pattern on that one. Hang in there on the knitting, I am sure you will get it. Glad your power is back...that is a bummer

Ginger Patches said...

Wow look at all that yummy 30's fabric! I'm glad to hear your mojo is back :) Cleaning out my sewing room is often what does it for me too. That's neat that you got your friends sewing table...you'll have something of her now whenever you
sew. 7 weeks, that is sooo exciting!!