Saturday, October 25, 2014


I went to Shipshewanna yesterday.  It is a big Amish area with buggies and horses on the roads.  I hadn't been down that way in decades.  It was interesting to see how it has changed and grown.  What a lovely day!  The weather was warm and the sun was out.  I went with Terry's mom.  We had a great time.  We picked up Terry and her friend Barb and went out to breakfast/lunch - brunch!  There are many lovely small bakeries in the area.  The one we stopped at was called the Bread Box.

 Now, I can not be trusted at bakeries.  I've been known to buy much more than I could possibly eat.  This was no exception.

Just look at those cases full of deliciousness.  Those pecan rolls were still warm from the oven.  You can't get any fresher or more delicious than that!  But since I couldn't decide which dessert to get, I got three.  I've fallen off the wagon so to speak.  I only ate half of the warm pecan roll and saved the rest to take home.

They also had jams, jellies and sauces there.  You could taste them so you knew what you were getting.  I got a couple. The pumpkin one is fabulous.  Then you could buy a whole jar of homemade pie filling.  How easy to make a pie, just pour it into a frozen pie crust.  Yes, I had to get one of those.  Then there were cookies and my favorite candy drops.  I was very bad.

Then in downtown Shipshewanna there are many little stores.  You could get a buggy ride if you wanted.  See the horse patiently waiting?

We went into one called Lacy Carved Eggs.  Very interesting.  There is a big building with lots of little stores inside.  One of the stores was a fabric store.  Now I'm in trouble.  I was looking for some more French General fabric as I have a pattern for a bag and want to get the exact fabric.  They didn't have it but they had this great quilt.

The bright colors attracted me.  So I bought five different fabrics to recreate this quilt.    I also splurged and got a Yoko Saito book. I've seen some of her stuff on other blogs.  The book has lots of projects in it.  I definitely want to make one of the smaller projects.
When you are in Shipshewanna, you must go to Yoder's.  They have such interesting shoes.  I like wild looking shoes so it was fun to see what they had.  They also have a ton of fabric.  Yes!  I found the fabric I was looking for.  Yeah!  At the fabric cutting counter was a machine that I remembered from my youth.

 It measured material.  As a kid, I used to buy 1/4 yard cuts of fabric to make doll clothes and the salesclerk would measure it out using the fabric measuring machine.

The retreat that Terry was attending was at a hotel with very nice grounds.  It would be a great place to walk in the mornings.  There were quite a few women at the retreat.

 I ran into one that I knew.  One side of the huge room was the shopping area.

 From the side it doesn't look that big but there was a lot of stuff there to shop from.  I tried to control myself.
Terry's mom and I had a great time and even were back home for dinner.  What a fun day!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Off Tomorrow

I worked on Sew Darling and got all the front done.  I like it.  I just have to do the inside border and I can finish it up.

Tomorrow I'm going to a retreat.  Well, I am just going to visit a friend who is at a retreat in Shipshewanna.  I've thought about going to this retreat but I had too much going on this year.  Maybe next year.  I have always gone to retreats with classes with cross stitch designers.  But this retreat is just for stitching whatever you want.  You do get a retreat project.  I think this retreat is put on by The Inspired Needle shop that is in Lemont Illinois.  Anyway my friend's mother and I are driving down to visit and shop.  Fun!  I'll tell you about it when I get back.  But I probably won't post tomorrow.

Also tomorrow I am officially old.  DH took me out to dinner last night at Carrabas.  Oh my did I eat too much.  I absolutely love their dessert called Chocolate Dream.

You can taste the high quality chocolate in it.  It is just the best.  I'm just the luckiest person.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fat Chance

I worked on the front flowers of Sew Darling yesterday.  I really could finish the front today.  The inside is really easy as it is only a border.  I think I'll use the same border that I put on the front.  It will be kind of a monotonous stitch but easy.  I can't believe I can actually finish this soon.

So what do I work on next?  I went through my bag of stuff that I bought this year.  There are a lot of candidates for the next stitch.  I have several things I want to finish. I would like to finish all the classes I took this year (fat chance!) and several things that I have to be in the mood to work on.  I want to make some progress on the pomegranate of the Autumn Casket Keepsakes.  So I'll probably pick that up.  I have to be in the mood for embroidery to work on Jenny Adin-Christie's butterfly.  I have a good start on the over-one-on-forty peony scissors fob from Heart's Content.  But last time I worked on it, I made a mistake and had to take it all out again.  ARGH.  But I am free, I can work on whatever I want.  How glorious is that?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Tale of Two Pansies

I tried new floss colors for the pansy on Sew Darling.  I'm happy with how it turned out.

A friend wanted to know what cardboard I used for the French General box.  I went to Michael's and got a big sheet of mat board for about 6.99.  For smaller projects, I use comic board.  It is inexpensive and easy to work with.  I still haven't hot glued the box together.  But I plan to do that today.

The French General box ended up larger than I thought it would be.

 I learned a few things along the way.  The Therm-o-lam was a pretty thick padding. This is a photo of the Therm-o-lam:

 Maybe a thinner padding would have been better.  Whatever.  Always check pattern pieces to see if they fit before you cut them out.  (Voice of experience here)  I have lots of the fabric left over.

 I probably could make a quilt.  I'd have to find just the right pattern though.  I like the blue and white one that is on the French General site.  Quilts take a lot of time so I'm not ready to do that now.
It rained today so I ended up going to the Y to walk and then I forgot my fitbit.  I have a step counter on my nano so I used that instead.  The weather is supposed to be splendid for the rest of the week.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just Hot Glue

I got the top to the French General box all done and put it together with it's other side.  The box needs to have the top that wraps around glued to the bottom and I've decided to use hot glue.  I am going to sew some edges together too.

 But I did it!  It's nearly done!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I know it doesn't look like much but I have made progress.  I am half way done with the front of Sew Darling.

The best news is that I like it!  The border is more muted colors than the bouquet but it looks pretty to me.  I am going to make a few changes when I do the other side.  The pansy needs some tweaking.

 I want an overdyed purple for the bottom of the pansy and I want a color that shows up better for the top.

I put in a few more threads on the French General box top.  I would love to finish this today and I think it is possible.

Here is another thing I bought from the French Needle.  It is a French kit for a small round box.

 The bottom of the box is covered with paper that has the same design that the stitching will have on the top of the box.  It makes me think of that new design that uses a tuna can as it's base.  I think this will be fun to stitch.
Have a nice weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I got a kit in the mail.  I wasn't expecting it so it was a surprize.  It was the latest Ladies Prim Society kit.

 That makes three of them that I haven't even started.  Things are starting to pile up.  I got a new Amy Mitten newsletter to tell me that more lessons have been posted for the Autumn Casket Keepsakes.  I'm way behind.
I need more time!!  So what did I do?  I signed up for another class.  It's next March at House of Stitches.

I worked all day on Sew Darling.  It is starting to take shape.

I got all of one side stitched and started working on the border.

I think it will work out even though I am making it up as I go along.

I only put in a few threads on the French General box top.  I intend to work on it more today.  The butterfly is done and the tulip almost done.

I went to the last Farmer's Market today.  It will be six or seven months until it starts up again.  At this point I'm not ready to face another winter.  It is supposed to be below freezing tonight.  I'll have to bundle up for walking tomorrow.  Thank goodness it is cozy in my sewing room.