In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well... And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.Romans 12:6-8

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Updates and Stash Cleaning

I thought I'd take this opportunity to do as promised and update you all on my progress sans-blog hops ... yes, I do still sew occasionally without a hop mission ... though a blog deadline does help!  {grin}

Remember my search for a chair? 
 After all of the very helpful comments my friends and readers posted on my April 21st post, I researched all suggestions and went onto and found this very comfortable task chair.  Knowing that I'm 5'8" with most of my height in my legs, I needed a chair that adjusted upwards.  I'm happy.  Thanks to all of you that commented ... you really helped!!

My dear friend Pamela had a birthday very recently and I made this for her.  Pamela is the proud grandmother of five grandchildren who call her "NanOct" ... a tie in to octopus and more love in her arms for her grandchildren, I wanted to make something special for her as she is special to so many.

If you look real close, you will notice an octopus.  Well, geez, do you have any idea how long I searched for octopus fabrics???  I did finally find this Salt Water Collection by Tula Pink in the Seaweed color. The mottled green "solid" is actually from a Patrick Lose line, though I don't have the exact name at this time.

I wanted something tasteful but something that would have meaning when she travels to see her family. 
Well, she loved it and I love her for her appreciation!!

Next, many of you may remember me posting on May 28th that I had a graduation quilt to finish.
Believe it or not, I really did finish it in time for the graduation ... only thing is we missed the graduation because first my daughters got sick, then one of my nieces got strep throat, then I got sick ....
da da dee dum .... you get the picture.

Well, I can finally share on the blog because this weekend my niece came down for orientation at University of Montana here in town and I was able to finally present her with her gift.

I used a mix of batiks and the Just Can't Cut It pattern.  It reminds me of chocolate, caramel and raspberries.  Leave it to me to be thinking of chocolate!!

Instead of labeling, I usually stitch the name and date info in my quilting since I quilt myself ... yes, even on my small, domestic machine ... no label to mysteriously disappear and quilt somehow becomes someone else's in a college dorm room :)
stitched with love, Aunt Wendy
May 2013
Congratulations on your Graduation

I was going to list all of the following items on eBay, but then thought of all of you.  Perhaps some of you would be interest in any of these items and would like the opportunity to purchase before I post them on eBay:

1 yard plus 6 fat quarters -- fabric by
Kensington Studios for Quilting Treasures

TAKEN  The Morris Workshop 1872-1887 Barbara Brackman
Jelly Roll, Dessert Roll, 2 Charm Packs and  2 2/3 yds oakleaf  fabric

1 2/3 yd Blank Quilting Fabric
This is more teal-green than the blue photo shows.
2 yds Timeless Treasures Fabric
my girls have outgrown the dress pattern this was meant for.

2 yds  Benartex "At the Park" by Wilma Sanchez
 In the Fons and Porter Kids Quilts Summer 2009 edition, they have this Princess Pillow pattern for which I purchased these materials ... again, time, age,daughters' desires mean this is no longer on the "must do" list but I'm thinking it might be for someone else.  I only have one copy of the magazine, so cannot offer that for sale with the materials unless .... 
TAKEN  one panel,  1 1/3 yd  pink Princess toss and 1/2 yd dark pink
Fairy Princess fabric by designs by Leere for Clothworks 

one panel,  1 1/3 yd  purple Princess toss and 1/2 yd pink and purple
Fairy Princess fabric by designs by Leere for Clothworks 

If you find you might at all be interested in any of the above fabrics pictured, please email me, or leave me a comment so we can exchange information .... I will have to ask for shipping, but will do so at the least expensive rate possible .... best offer, really .... I know what the fabrics cost, but I also know that they do me no good sitting in my stash when someone else could be using them when I know I won't.

I'll give it a couple of weeks then post on eBay .... thanks for looking!!

And .... I finally went in and had a very over-due medical check-up ... 
go figure, I'm out of shape


Who knew!!!?????!!!


Seriously .... I can't eat much better than I am trying,
I could get more sleep and am trying ...
really, it's the exercise thing .... REALLY!!!

So with that thought in mind, 
I went out and found this at a
local sporting goods re-sell shop:
Yes ... I did ride it this morning ... Day 1 towards goal ....

Now, since outside it's well on it's goal of reaching
98 degrees ...
outside exercise is obviously ill-advised
Sewing room here I come .... 

I will see many of you again soon ... I've actually almost completed one of my  Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop items and starting on another .... and would you believe .... I've got some stuff in the works for Halloween stitching too ... 
always the Wicked Wendy!

Best wishes to all of you and thank you for visiting!


  1. Well, Miss Wendy, you've been a very busy girl! Love that bag, and the quilt is marvelous! I think your idea of quilting your label right onto the quilt is a great one! Have fun on that bike!

  2. Just a super bag! I would be interested in the Morris Workshop collection.

  3. Hi Wendy~ love the bag you made for your friend! Super cute! And quilting your info into a college bound quilt is a great idea! I have a sweet little DGD who the pink princess collection would be fabulous for, if no one else has spoken up...
    Love your bike too~ we live on too busy a street for me to bike, but I'd sure much rather bike than walk; too hot for either right now. Have a great weekend!

  4. I love the octopus on your beautiful bag...great colors, too! Nice gift for a graduation, but the strep part doesn't sound like much of a celebration. Glad you're comfy in a chair, now!

  5. I love the bag you have made Wendy. It is just gorgeous. The quilt is lovely too. I like the idea of quilting the message onto the quilt.

  6. The bag you made is awesome. The style of it is so me.

  7. Oh Wendy, You have been so busy. LOVE the bag, what great fabric you found. I bet your niece went crazy when she saw her beautiful quilt. Great idea to stitch the label into the quilt. Good luck with you bike, you are right one day at a time.

  8. Hi Sweet lady, wow, the bag i love, the quilt downright grogeous...i really love red with browns...a bike,,,,welll that we have in common too,
    David just got me an old fashion one, I just adore it ....too bad we are so far apart...xx

  9. Our girl just 'loves' her quilt! And just so you know, she's actually using it.. it's not going to end up on a wall as the hanging of beautiful art that it is, but it will be well-loved and used. Thank you so much, Wendy

  10. What a fun post Wendy. I loved the graduation quilt but oh my goodness that bag is more than wonderful! I wish I could ride a bike with you but I'm a bit "challenged" when it comes to balancing on a bike, which is to say I fall off every time I try! blessings, marlene