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What a sweet happy life it is!

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Fall Is In The Air

 I love autumn....crisp nights, intense blue skies, apple cider....but I don't love autumn spiders!  The deer are enjoying our apple harvest.



I've got my studio put together, all of my son's stuff is down in his new workroom, the house is starting to come together again.  It's been a busy week.  


I'm looking forward to getting up in the morning, getting my coffee, and just drawing and painting for half the day, instead of shifting stuff from one room to another!

I have more scripture verses for you today.  Something I noticed while embroidering these - I really get tired of stitching text, it's not my favorite thing by far.  But when I'm stitching the word of God, it does not weary me at all!  It's a great way to memorize verses, and I'm able to "think on these things" as I stitch.  I hope you enjoy it too.


Click on the link to download the file.

Scripture quilt block 17

Scripture quilt block 18

Scripture quilt block 19

Scripture quilt block 20

Embellishments set 5


Have a lovely week, my friends, next week will be very busy with two appointments for mum but hopefully some art work will get done as well!  I pray you find something lovely to do with your hands, and that Jesus fills your heart with His peace.

Love,

Allie



Monday, September 6, 2021

Labor Day

 Good afternoon dear friends!  We are having a gorgeous September day here, a holiday, and I'll be messed up on what day it is for the rest of the week.  Today feels like Sunday - I have to keep reminding myself it's not.


My move into my new art studio went very well.  Would you like to see some pictures?  It's very sparse...this is the north wall, looking in from the door.  Did I also mention it's very small?




This is the east and partial south wall.




South wall and door.




Closet wall - this needs work.



The closet is missing a door, and also the slats that go across the top.  At least I have my little snack cart within reach!

AND, my "art cart" is also within reach.  I purely love this little cart - it's adjustable, you can make the baskets straight up and down, or completely horizontal.  Amazing.



I wanted it very simple, uncluttered, easy to clean.  The closets are almost empty (just as well, they need a lot of work).  The views out the windows are nothing spectacular while I'm standing, but when I'm sitting down I feel like I'm in a treehouse!  Lots of treetops and sky.



Both of those pictures were taken standing up; normally I don't see buildings or fences.  It's insanely peaceful here, great cross-breezes, a very pleasant place to be.

Hopefully this will spur me on my art journey - now I just have to clean out the old sewing room and help my son move all his extra stuff into it!  I must say that this is not a new sewing room, I've given up sewing and quilting.  If I do need to do some sewing, there's always the kitchen table and my featherweight.  I'm keeping to one purpose for this room.

So in celebration of my move, I'm uploading some more embroidery files for you.  Well, I would upload them anyway, but if we can make a party out of it, why not?  Here you go, click on the title to download the pdf.






And there are so many more to come!  Fortunately, my wi-fi works great up here, I had been worried about that - but all is well.  Take care dear friends, see you soon!

Love,
Allie

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Moving

Good morning friends!



Don't you love that mug?  My son and his intended got it for me.  No guesses as to which one actually picked it out.  

I think I've got the hang of the new blogger, and also linking files for download.  It's amazing what you can accomplish with enough coffee and determination.  Mostly coffee.

It looks like I'll be moving my little studio this week.  This is the room I'm moving into - 


It's been a storeroom for my son, still lots of things to move, and the closets to clean out.  It was supposed to be a guest room, I had bought a new bed and put my old one in it, as my son's friend from Texas is coming to visit in a few weeks.  However, he'll be staying at a hotel.  He gets free stays at a certain one.  So, I dismantled the bed, now my son just has to remove all of his stuff!  There is also some serious de-spidering going on in there.  One of the windows (or maybe both?) let in an awful lot of them.

But it's a nice, bright room, with north and east facing windows.  The light is fantastic, so nice for a little art studio.  AND it's on the quiet side of the house.  Yesterday, I listened to 3 hours of dirt bikes outside my current sewing room windows.

I'll get a picture when I get it all set up....how can I be so excited about moving?  It's such a huge job, lol.

So today, I am thanking Jesus for this earthly home, the ability to clean it and make it comfortable.  I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to the next time mum comes over for the day - she'll have a nice comfy chair in the old sewing room, with the big tv, and she can nap to her heart's content.  It's always a treat for me to make her comfy, and wait on her hand and foot.  She loves it too, lol.

More verses today.  Click on the title to download.





Embellishments Set 3

A word about putting the quilt together - I won't be using all the verses, and at some point I'll be adding more that are meaningful to me.  Not all of these are - this was a group project, and I had asked everyone for their favorites.  And some of the embellishments will be stitched onto separate squares, and added into the borders of the blocks.  Some may end up on cushion covers, some I may turn into little postcards for mailing.  This is very much an improv project!

Til next time my friends, be well, stay in the word....
Love,
Allie

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Catch-Up

 Good morning!  I'm playing around with this new Blogger, it's not that different, I guess.  And I realized I'd forgotten to post the Scripture Quilt Introduction!  Click on the title to download it:

Scripture Quilt Introduction

Again, the facebook group is gone, please disregard that reference in the introduction.


There have been a few changes in Allie-land.  My oldest son got a new puppy, her name is Leia and she is kitty-approved.



These two are best buds.  The other kitty is still not sure.  Also, my son got engaged, the wedding is a year from September.  Lots of planning going on!


Mom is doing well, other than losing her sight.  I took her to the eye doctor the other day, and was able to get her declared legally blind, which means a handicap parking sticker.  She uses a walker to get around now, and when we go shopping I drop her off at the door, then go park the car.  Which isn't good - she really can't see the door.  Now, with the handicap sticker, I can park and she can make it up there with me guiding her.  Her GP wouldn't give her one as he wants her to do more walking, but it's much safer for her to walk on her treadmill at home - having only one eye, and not a very good one at that, she has no depth perception and stumbles a lot.  She can hang onto the rails for the treadmill and not fall.



She says hi!!


My good camera is no longer working, so I'm having to learn my son's camera.  Wow, what an upgrade.  In the meantime, I'm stuck with my phone camera, which isn't very good.  

We have new neighbors next door.  Very, very noisy neighbors, who called the police on us twice for being on our own property - they have no idea of the property line.  I'm going to be moving my sewing room upstairs to the spare room, on the quiet side of the house.  The bonus is that it will be MUCH warmer in winter!  I'll turn my current sewing room into a real family room.  I'm not sure I can even call it a sewing room anymore, as all of my sewing stuff is packed away, except for hand sewing!  More of an art room, really, as I've taken up watercolor.  Or should I say, I'm trying to take up watercolor - no time, really.


Ok, that's enough about me - here's some more scripture blocks.  Click on the titles to download.


Scripture Quilt Block 5

Scripture Quilt Block 6

Scripture Quilt Block 7

Scripture Quilt Block 8

Embellishments Set Two


Today I'll be taking mum back to the hospital lab, she's been going once a week for her INR.  She's on warfarin now, and it's a struggle to get the dosage right.  But at least I get to spend time with her!  I pick her up very early, and take her home usually after dinner.  She always gets a good nap in at my house, lol!

Take care my friends, til next time....

Love,

Allie

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Sharing Bible Quilt Embroidery Files

 


Changes.

It seems like the entire world has changed in the past year, doesn't it?  I know my life has, since I quit blogging...not only quitting blogging, but also stitching!  Who would have ever thought that would be possible.  I am starting to think about picking up embroidery again though, I seem to be missing it - especially with winter coming in a few months.

My life lately is mostly taking care of mum - she's losing her sight in the other eye now, and it seems we're at the doctor at least once a week.  She has to go for labs every week, and there's usually another appointment or at least a medicine run to be done.  

Last year, I started doing two embroidery quilts.  I had started a facebook group for sharing the files (which no longer exists), as I had no way to share them from here.  Or rather, didn't know how to share from here!  Our lovely Jenny graciously explained the process to me, so I'm trying it out.  If I've learned anything in this last year, it's that everything changes, much as I hate it, but God's word remains the same.  Our Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  

This is my resolve:  (1 Corinthians 2:2) "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."

Income will change.  Relationships will change.  Families will change.  Countries will change.  Even bibles change (which is why I memorize the King James).  What I know today, will change tomorrow as I learn more.  But Jesus  - He will never change.  His word will stand forever.  And that's why I want to share it....we all need a Rock we can cling to.




Well, I am sorry about the quality of that picture, it looks terrible in the preview!  I'm posting for the first time in what, a year?  Over a year?  It seems that since I quit selling designs, I've lost the will to create them, although I haven't stopped drawing.  I'm looking forward to creating for the joy of it again, though, and not worrying about any other part of it.....no selling, no promotions, no pressure.

Some of these blocks have pictures with them, some are just scripture and I've done embellishing designs to go with them in a separate pdf file.  

Click each title - the link will open in a new tab or page.  You can download the pdf from there.  

Block 1 

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Embellishments, set 1


As I can, I'll upload more and more.  No schedule to it, expect them when you see them.  IF this post actually publishes, lol!  We shall see!  As far as visiting blogs, I never stopped, but I did quit commenting so much (probably a relief for most of you).  So, am I back?  I don't know, but I will be sharing periodically, and probably more in winter.  Til I see you again, be well, be strong.....

Love,

Allie

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Creating Text In Word 2003


 Today I'm going to show you how to create text for an embroidery in Word.  My version is 2003 - I'm not sure how to do it in a newer version.  Are you ready?

Open Word.  Type in what you want - I'm showing a bible verse, as we're doing a bible quilt on my facebook group.  In the top right toolbar, click the "center" icon so your text is centered.  There are three buttons - left justify, center (highlighted yellow in the picture below) and right justify.

Next, highlight your text by clicking your left mouse button and holding it down, and dragging the cursor over the text.

Now click on the "format" tab on the top left toolbar, then "font".  A window will pop up.  This is where you'll choose your font - for the bible quilt, I'm using Bradley Hand ITC, a free download, just search for it on google if you don't have it installed in your computer.  The size of the font for the verse itself is 40, and you'll have to type it into that little window above the font sizes.  For the scripture reference name and number, the size is 36, you'll change that after you've changed it all.  


Click ok, and the window will disappear and your lettering will have changed.

Now highlight the scripture reference, and change the size to 36.

After you do this, you can change how you want the text to be laid out.  I prefer not to have it long and narrow.


Then save it to your desktop or a folder, give it a name and print - you're ready to trace it onto fabric and embroider!  

Clear as mud?  I'll have you know I learned how to take a screenshot just for the tutorial, I know how to do it on my phone but didn't know how on my laptop.  What fun!  There's nowhere to save the screenshot except in Word, as it copies the window to your clipboard, and you paste it into Word.  Otherwise I would have highlighted the buttons to click - I sure hope you can read them.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Love,

Allie


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