Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sigh.

Not much to tell you about, and nothing to show you.  I'm hand quilting the big green quilt, and the lighthouse table runner.  Sandra asked me if my fingers were hamburger yet - no, not quite, but my neck and shoulders sure are aching.  Somehow, hand quilting all day makes me feel like I've done NOTHING, although my body says otherwise!

Do you get Jenny's magazine?  If you don't, and you love to stitch, you're missing out.  She's offering her first issue for free, click here and check it out!  I stole borrowed a pic of a project from her latest issue, this is one I really want to make.


Isn't that darling???  This is the kitchen issue.  Every magazine is chock full of patterns and her lovely writing, and is only $4!  I find Jenny's designs seriously addictive, and they always turn out brilliantly.  Once I get this hand-quilting done, I'm starting on her new free BOM, Promises and Borders, I'm so in love with it!

Today is primary day here in Michigan, have you voted yet?  I'm still sitting here in my jammies - just visited a bunch of blogs, been missing you guys, and boy were they stacked up in my reader.  I haven't had the tv on much recently, I'm so sick of all the political commercials, and it's just going to get worse heading up to November.  Thank goodness for dvd's - I need something to watch while I quilt.

I saw an article linked on my homeschool board that I wanted to share with you.  Walmart will be selling Monsanto GMO corn this summer - it's a short article and well worth the read.  Needless to say, I'll be buying local from farmers I trust.  You can read the article, just click here.  Yet another reason not to buy anything from Walmart.

Have a great week everyone, I'm going to try to work in some sketching time in between my hand-quilting bouts  - I have some ideas in my head that really want out!  And I really need the break....see you soon!

30 comments:

Linda said...

I love doing handwork because it is an excuse for me to NOT feel guilty for watching an old movie or something. I won't let my self just sit unless I have some kind of work in my hands. Enjoy the peacefulness of quiet work!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love all of Jenny's patterns. I haven't gotten my magazine yet this month.....hope I didn't delete it.

I'm tired of the political phone calls....wow....way too many.

Have a great day Allie! It's a little cloudy here, but I'm going to enjoy it anyway.

em's scrapbag said...

I never buy food at Walmart. yuck!

Fiona said...

Definitely need decent things to watch when you are handquilting.... Jenny does lovely designs - enjoy your elections... ours will be on their way soon I think!!
Hugz

shez said...

very interesting link Allie,but i cant see walmart changing there mind,too much money envolved.xx

Cheryll said...

Love quilty sayings..so much fun to sew. And don't feel guilty feel the thrill of achievement! :)

West Michigan Quilter said...

I love Jenny's designs. Wonder if these small letters are difficult to do? I agree with you about TV. I seem to watch the Hallmark channel mostly because it makes me laugh. Thanks for the tip about the corn.

Sandra :) said...

Every minute and hour you quilt, you're that much closer to completion - small steps will get you there eventually!

I buy a few groceries at Walmart - I like that they price match to our local stores, and if you find a pricing mistake, you get the item for free (or up to $10 off, lol) - we've saved a few bucks that way!

Michelle May said...

Love Jenny's mag. Love hand stitching. Politics make me want to puke. Totally hate Walmart um I mean China Mart.

sewtakeahike said...

thanks for the info on walmart corn, Allie. I hope you're having a great week!

Mama Pea said...

I'll be glad when the primaries are over, too. Hope you are doing well!

Sharon said...

You have some major hand-quilting going on there! Be sure to take enough breaks!

I hate politics, and especially election years.

It doesn't surprise me about Wal-Mart. I would never consider buying corn there, as we have a local fruit stand between my house and Wal-Mart that has the BEST corn! It's cheaper than I could grow it myself. And sure easier!

Love those stitcheries! Just beautiful.

John'aLee said...

That is darling! The hand quilting you are doing will be a treasure hopefully for generations to come. Remember that when you feel like you aren't getting anywhere.

Dolores said...

Allie, you really should take more breaks in between your quilting. I really try not to go to Walmart. Ours is a super store and it's always crowded. Not great ambiance either.

cq4fun said...

I can hardly wait to see a pic of your wonderful hand quilting! Thanks for the link. I never shop for food at Wal-Mart. In fact, the only thing I usually buy there is ink for the printer, and only sometimes for that. I go there to use Moneygram occasionally, though. Now I'm wondering what Kroger will be selling, or Ingles! I already took corn-syrup products out of the diet, maybe corn will have to go completely! What makes them think that a plant that kills the pests that eat it would be healthy for humans to eat? I don't think I'd even feed that to the pigs - if I had any pigs.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I always get excited when I hear you have designs to sketch!!! Tingly feeling all over - now, what will they be????
Hugs
Jenny
xxx

Ivory Spring said...

Allie,

Just got your email! Thanks for welcoming me home. :) Anyone who hand quilts has my utmost respect and admiration!!!!

Linda in Calif. said...

When I feel that way from machine sewing I have my daughter walk on my back. She weighs less than 100 lbs and my back makes all kinds of popping sounds. I don't know what I'll do when she gains weight. Maybe find a grandchild, or some random kid off the street. No I guess that won't work. Well, roll those shoulders every once in a while. It will so be beautiful when you are finished.

Carrie P. said...

I got that free issue. I really want to make that little wall hanging. So sweet.
GMO corn! another reason to have my own garden and shop with the farmers.

masterstouchherbs@yahoo.com said...

Alliegirl,
This is the SWEETEST hand-stitched piece of artwork I have seen in a long time! WHen things calm down in life, I am DEFINATELY going to make this!!! Jenny's works of art have a simple and sweet style I SO appreciate!

RE: Walmart...well, that just seals things in my mind all the more about why I don't shop Wallyworld produce or meat aisles. I typically don't go in there at all, as they're farther away from me than the local markets, but in addition, I don't like their buying/marketing strategies that put small businesses out of business. The recent news just gave put one more nail in their coffin of why NOT to shop Walmart. ; )

Can't wait to see more of your finished artwork. You rock, girlfriend!!!! <3 clw

susan m hinckley said...

Hope you've found time to let those ideas out to get a little air, Allie...can't wait to see what you come up with!

AllyJo said...

Hey Allie lovey. How are you? Do you remember me? Michal, from AllyJo's. I'm so busy. My daughter is getting married. I started a new blog today. I've been so lonesome for my blog but needed a change. Come see me. I think about you all the time. We snuggle with your quilt daily and everyone loves it. We fight over it. And company tries to steal it.

AllyJo said...

I fixed my email problem. I will catch up with you later. xoxox Got a terrible headache. Oy vey.

donna said...

I am going for another try at a garden this year. Maybe it will turn out better. Last summer we did not have any rain.
Hugs
donna

Shasta said...

I have gotten the newsletter and downloaded the issue. You are right, it is wonderful. I hadn't seen the BOM yet, since I am very behind in reading. It is so beautiful. Thanks for letting me know.

Val said...

Just wanted you to know that I am getting some better. The chiropractor is helping me so much. I haven't been around much because of all of this!! I hate feeling so bad. I actually pinned that stitchery on pinterest!!! I LOVE it too!

AllyJo said...

I cannot wait to finish the dang grandmother's garden so I can stitch and embroider what I want again. I keep picking things up only to put it back down again out of guilt, thinking I really should finish my daughters wedding quilt, considering she's getting married in 3 months.

I'm busy cleaning the kitchen with boy now, so I will catch up in 30 seconds. Bought a new house, been busy making it ours the past 2 years. Daughter graduated from our churches junior college. Got an AA. Moved to Texas to marry her fireman. Finishing school at UNT in Denton, Tx. Is an English major.

Son is 16 now and HUGE like his dad. I'm the smallest person in the family now. We still homeschool. He's a junior. Busy with 2 of his buddies. They play Magic (cards) all the time or go to the beach. He has his drivers permit. ThinKs he is all that now.

Husband is gone 2 weeks every month to Pennsylvania for work. *sigh* I don't mind when he is gone so much because I get a lot done, but I miss him.

I still have chronic pain. Still try to be happy even though I'm miserable. haha... Anyhoo...

WHAT'S UP WITH YOU????

Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) said...

Try not to do much grocery shopping at Walmart since they don't carry any organic products any more. Just another reason to go Krogering.

AllyJo said...

Hey Allie. Where you be? xoxox

Mr. Puffy said...

I love the big green quilt you are working on!!! It looks a little Irish to me so I'm thinking you should be finished by St. Patrick's Day! I have fun with St. Patrick's Day ~ actually I just enjoy a good stout beer - LOL

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