Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Year starts right

Hi Everyone.......

The month of December came and went in the flash for me.  There were so much to do before and during that month.   No matter how hard I tried, I was never ready for it.   It was especially hard for the last December, because I didn’t feel like doing anything.  Have you ever had such a time that you just didn’t want to do anything?  I had that quite a bit after my brain surgery in 2016.  My doctor said my body went through an experience equivalent to PTSD, and would take 2-3 years to get back to my old self.  I’ve tried to be positive and keep on doing the things that I love, such as sewing and volunteering, and that has helped me tremendously.  Volunteering and doing service for others, have helped to keep my perspectives.  I’m so blessed to have many wonderful people around me to help me get back to the right direction.

I have done quite a few projects in the past year but the project that I’m most proud of is this quilt top.

Our members in Valley MQG had made wonky log cabin blocks for our wonderful president Scott Griffin and I had the honor to put them together into this quilt top.  I loved every single block in this quilt.  They are from the heart of our members.  Now it's in the hand of my good friend, Lois, to be quilted.  We appreciate our outgoing president so much.  He has helped lead and guide our brand new guild to its current stage today.  And he has done a marvelous job.  Thanks a bunch, Scott.

I’m taking my sister-in-law and my two children to visit Bangkok, Thailand to start off the New Year.  They will be with me for 9 days but I will stay behind longer and will keep you updated with as many pictures as I can.  It’s too bad that my dear husband can’t come with us.  I won’t be doing much sewing but there are many things that I’ll be taking care of.   

Here is our first day lunch at the world famous JJ Market.

I'm with wonderful companies and having a great lunch.  Can't ask for anything more, really!!  The only thing that's missing is my dear husband.  Wish he was here with us.

Now that my New Year has gotten a good start, I'll be doing a lot of quilting this year.  I set a goal to learn free motion quilting and I can't wait to get started when we get back.  Bye for now.......

Embrace life and have fun!!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mini bag

The blog today will be very short.  Just wanted to show off the new bag that I made for our challenge at Valley MQG.  We had an up-cycle, re-use and re-purpose challenge in Oct.  I got a half of a shirt to make something.  If you know me, you will know that I love bags, any shape and form of bags.  I set out to make a bag that I can take my hand-sew works with me or a bag that I can put small items into when I travel.   I made a bag with half fabric and half clear plastic so that I can peek at the contents inside. 

This bag is roughly 12" wide x10" high.  Here are the pictures of the finished bag on both sides.

Have a great sewing week.

Link to sewfreshquilt, busyhandsquilts, crazymomquilts and confessionofafabricaddict.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Charity Quilt

I love the idea of giving back to the community.  Wherever I live, I always try to be helpful.  Now that I live and have a family here, it's only fitting that I am a good citizen in this great country.  Besides church, I volunteered at both my children's schools from day one until they both went to college.  Along the way I made a lot of friends and learned many good things from the moms and fellow volunteers. 

After my surgery, I cut down some places of volunteering but one.  Every week I go to help at the TwinVision Library.  TwinVision is a part of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults: The Kenneth Jernigan Lending Library in Tarzana, California.  This is a very amazing place.  They have books from preschool through high school and young adults.  Their books are sent postage free to individuals, schools, and itinerant teachers.  They also produce braille calendars too.

Books are available in two distinct formats: Twin Vision or Braille.  Twin Vision books contain adjacent pages of print and Braille, making it the ideal form for teachers and parents to read to pre-school to fourth grade children.  Many of their Twin Vision books contain colorful pictures that can be enjoyed equally by sighted children with blind parents or by students with limited vision. 
Braille books are produced for the use of more advanced students and for upper grade readers.  Titles in this category contain many classics.

I enjoy working there so much.  Not only is it a worthy cause, all the volunteers there are super nice and really fun to be with.

Next month they're having a fundraising event.  I decided to make a Faux Rag quilt for them.  I don't know what quilt has more texture than a faux rag quilt!!

The front of the quilt

The back of the quilt

This is a very soft and warm quilt and gives a very nice feeling when touched.  One of my quilter friends who volunteers at the same place made a quilt with many texture fabrics so that the children can feel the different types of fabric.  Too bad I don't have a picture of her quilt, it looks amazing.

Have a great week and have some fun!

I link to Sew Fresh Quilts: Let's Bee Social and Kat & Cat Quilts: Sew Some Love.