Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas apron

This is Kacie's Christmas apron. She loves pink so I was sure this would tickle her fancy. During my apron making marathon, I used many different patterns but this one was my favorite. I did add ruffles to the bodice and to the skirt. Bernina has a ruffler, so I used it and also the hemming foot. Both saved me lots of time. My most favorite foot is the number 10 that makes me look like a professional when stitching edges. The pattern directions show to hand-stitch the back of the waist. I used Roxanne's glue and ironed the back into place. Then I could use the #10 to stitch around the entire waist area. The pattern is called "Sunday Dinner Apron" by Vanilla House Designs. I did make some major revisions to the pattern.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Great Grand Gift

This is Avery telling me thank you, thank you, thank you. She loved her storybook and storybook quilt. The Little Kitten panel was supposed to be made into a soft book but I used the pages as quilt squares. The panel also had coordinating fabric for the book and the backing. Really a nice youth quilt.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas gift

For several years, everyone in my family has gotten the same gift. This year it was an apron. This is the "chicken" apron for Della. The guys had some fun with this as they tried to figure out what to do with their gift. It was probably good I was in Arizona at the time.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

10 Minute Placemats

Yesterday I purchased 3/4 yard of two coordinating Christmas fabrics. Then I cut 11 inches from each of the fabrics and used the directions for the 10 minute table runner to make one runner and two placemats. The placemats are similar to making the table runner except I cut the runner in half before stitching the ends. The directions for the 10 minute table runner can be found by doing a google search. It does take me longer than 10 minutes to complete the project but it is a rather quick gift for a special occasion.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gold Canyon, Arizona

We arrived at Canyon Vistas in Gold Canyon last Friday. It took us a day or so to get everything set up. Needed a new piece for the sewer connection, a new pop-off valve for the hot water heater, and the trailer was extremely dirty. We did drive in the rain for two and a half days so you can imagine the way the truck and trailer looked.

Our satellite dish has had some problems, so we had to solve that problem. That means we bought a new dish. So that took an afternoon to go the Camping World and then get it set-up correctly plus a call to Dish.

Charlie, our Australian shepherd, was so excited to be here. He loves the big dog pen where he can play with his friends. He allows everyone to pet him which is a rarity at home. He and I walk a couple of miles a day.

I had the Bernina out this afternoon to get some stitching done. Made a couple of gifts and have a couple of more started.

We were planning to return home for Christmas but the storms have put a kink in our plans. So we'll stay here and spend Christmas with friends in the resort. I hope everyone has a great Christmas with their family and friends.

Friday, December 9, 2011

No Photos

I have been extra busy with stitching Christmas gifts that I cannot show you now. So I will post about some other things in my life.

My big adventure continues. I am almost three years out from my breast cancer diagnosis. I have been back to the cancer center every three months for check-ups and a zometa IV (industrial strength boniva). That is all part of a research study to see how bisphosphonates (sp?) help with bone density while taking breast cancer drug treatment. Early this month I had a bone scan and everything was okay. So now I am on a six-month visit schedule.

We are getting ready to go to Arizona for a couple of months. So I have the fifth wheel to clean and stock. I'll post a photo of it later.