Wednesday, September 16, 2015


What is it with my love for minature quilts?  Is it the challenge of taking a large (regular) pattern and making it smaller.  Is it the cuteness of its small size?  Or is it the accomplishement of just doing the pattern and not having the ability (space confined) to make it a normal size?  I think it's the combination of all of the above.
I ADORE minis!
 It  took ME awhile to figure this out about myself.  Other people had figured that out long before I did.

Well I think it's time to do another one.  Even though things are still green around here nights are getting cooler.  I have even spotted some color changes in the trees.  We all know what that means.   My favorite time of year will be approaching soon.  Yellows, Golds, Browns, and Oranges with Black making it all pop!  I have admired roque quilter's mini Burgoynne Surround for ages it seems.  I want one for myself!  I didn't have the minature quilt magazine she used.  I could find a pattern out there.  I even have the quilt along pattern that she based hers on.

Well guess what I found while thumbing through and old book I had.  (Found the book while looking for Sharyn Craig's book I have).  I found Marti Michell's book Quilting for People Who Still Don't Have Time to Quilt.  The section starting on page 155 is Burgoynne Surround.  Ok, no excuses now.

I would like to blog about this journey.  I hope I don't get the "squirrel" effect.  Those that know me well would agree.

I have the pattern.  I have the common size of a piece.  Next is to determine the sizes of the other pieces in the block and pull fabrics.  I'm thinking Halloween fabrics.  I will have to see.  I will try to post pictures at a later date.  If you are reading this...stay tuned.

Monday, September 14, 2015

What a Week

We lost Treasure Tuesday night.  The heat and humidity was awlful!  It's been very somber around here.  SUCH a void.  He is GREATLY mised!  He slept in Cass's room along side her bed.  He's not there now.  So hard for her.  Rod found himself searching the house when he didn't greet him at the door Friday.  I found myself being careful not to step on him in the dark going into my room, but he wasn't there.

Work was stressful.  We had inventory Thursday.  They left the place in a mess and then the truck that came in Wednesday couldn't go out until Friday.  The weather has turned cool.  Normal fall weather.  You can bet that makes it busy!  So cleaning up, stocking, and waiting on customers made for an exhausting week!  Another truck today!  Don't know where it's going to go on the shelves.  We do manage somehow.  Oh yeah, working 6 days in a row doesn't help.  My whole body hurts. Needless to say no sewing has happened.

The week before I was finally able to make a small sewing area in my sewing room.  Now I have to work and live in it to see and feel how I want things permanetly.  You know how they say you have to live in a space before decorating.

Life will get back to normal eventually.

I Sir Treasure of Lil

Monday, September 7, 2015

Just a Note

Lots of sewing, nothing finished.  I just can't seem to find my gumption.  Ever do that, go around in circles getting nowhere?

Been 3 1/2 years here and it still doesn't feel like home.  Why?  I have all of my belongings, even added a few more vintage machines.  Got them working too!

This is a hard day/ evening today.  Treasure dog isn't doing well at all.  Not sure he'll make it through the night.  As if this weren't hard enough to handle, it's watching hubby and daughter handling it.  Just tears your heart out!  Then I start greiving for dad.  Never really got a chance to do that either.

Maybe that's why it doesn't feel like home.  Dad's never seen it.  I remember seeing this park from the interstate as a child and thinking it was a pretty park.  Look, here I am.  Miles from everything!  Don't get me wrong, it is beatiful here.  No neighbors in the back.  Both side neighbors are quiet and friendly.  But why doesn't it feel like home?

This angel will be testing her wings soon.  She's bought her 1st car with her graduation money and 1st loan.  Works full time at a daycare. Hardly see her anymore.  Part of that is my working nights and her working days.

Like I said just a note as to happenings around here.