Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Happy New Year


I am sitting here waiting for my grilled ham and cheese
sandwich to finish grilling, happy with the
results of a big embroidery project, 
that had some rocky moments.  
It is freezing outside 6 degrees at 1pm
a warm fire is going in the stove.
The Christmas tree is still up and lite, 
it will remain so until the needles begin falling, it 
is the only sign of spring to come,  it 
has slowed down on it's water consumption so I fear
that is not far off.

2014 has been a busy year, and I sit here surrounded
by embroidery hoops, stabilizer and temporary fabric adhesive
my mind wonders back to the events of the last 12 months.

My sewing machine, embroidery machine and longarm have
been very busy.  
If you have been following along you know I was given
the honor of making 4 custom quilts
and two bathrobes for one family.
Have lost track of how many beautiful
personalized embroidered towel set I have done.
I have also been able to quilt a number of quilts for other quilters.
You can see these things here

We have made a few trips to Ca., to help with the 
MORE off road races.
In fact, I just finish a jacket with the logo on it.
Doing something new can sure be a challenge, but  more
so a learning process.
Here are some pictures 
(a blog post without pictures is boring, right?)

Sure turned out great, and thanks to
Mark Sweeney's amazing work digitizing of the designs,
(making the artwork so the machine understands
how to stitch it out) we have great success.
I am thankful to have found a good digitizer.
I would like to someday learn how to do this but right now
I am still working on learning how to embroider.

Here is another design Mark helped us with

 I also have some ideas for girls hoodies and will share them
once done.

I am expecting this will be a year of embroidery.
So you will see alot of posts, I have no doubt.

So from a fall and injury in January, trips back and forth 
to Ca.,  lots of sewing projects, gardening,
having two of our grandsons and son-in-law here for hunting, 
and a very cold snowy start to 2014-2015 winter,
it has been a busy, fun and sometimes waring year
but I would not trade it.
We have be so blessed, we have our health,
we will be fed and stay warm.

Happy New Year to you and your family
and May our Father in Heaven
Bless you richly with health, peace and love

Kirk and Gail

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New porch & Lanterns

Red Galvanized  Lanterns

New Porch

  New porch is up.  This is outside my quilt studio
Just love it, such a perfect place to take a break
when working on the longarm.
 Siding is so warm.  My plan is to put sage green shudders
on the window, paint the door eggplant.
 View toward the steps and from the door.
our lanterns came today.  One will go at the door 
the other two out on the posts.  
I do think this will be the best place for taking a break 
when working on the longarm.
Great addition to my studio.

Update:   I forgot to comment on my wrist.  It is much better and am able to do
nearly everything as before, somethings never heal the same as we
reach our older years.   I am thankful that it is 95% back to normal.

Friday, March 21, 2014

10 Long Weeks

10 Long Weeks

Yes, 10 weeks since I fell on the ice.
Still not perfect but am able to do alot of things again, 
like type.
I am making plans to get back to my organizing.
Looks like a busy summer, 
4 custom quilts to be done, among other things. 
 If you would like to see those come together, hop on over to my
quilting and embroidery blog,  HERE

Decorating is not just on the inside,  of course.
Last summer we did some work on the outside.
Kirk is be very creative, thinking of things I would not
because I could not personally pull it off.
He has been wanting a car/truck port for awhile so he did this.
Then he decided to turn a box that you would see a semi pulling into
here is what things looked like before.
What a change, we love it, wonder what will be next.

my two other blogs.

Spring is here, have begun some gardening chores, am loving the drier weather.

God's blessings to you and yours.

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