Friday, December 15, 2017

add a bow

Although I enjoy wrapping presents, some packaging is too lovely to cover up so I just add a bow.

Monday, December 11, 2017

hanging up!

No sewing yet, but quilts are being unpacked. And, one is hung!
You see it as you enter our home.

I made this quilt in 2006. I had a small remnant of the wonderful Japanese fabric of carp kites and used every bit in this quilt.


Monday, December 04, 2017

setting up!

Before everything went into storage in July, I had my machines serviced. I am amazed how much oil is underneath them. I will take time to clean and re-oil before actually sewing.
BUT, look!!
I cleared off a space! Enough for a machine!

We are building out the closets of our new place one by one, as we determine how we will use them.
My fabrics and sewing supplies will be split between the guest room closet and a sewing nook. Here you see the nook with piles and piles. I will build out the closet first, then sew in this space for a bit to see how I am using it before building it out. I don't expect that to happen until spring.
But, sewing can and will take place this week!
Now, to find my iron...

Friday, December 01, 2017

a new fabric line!

Check out the delightful fabrics a Latifah Saafir Studios.
http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/
I love these two, the jump rope handles measure 3 inches (Double Dutch).
The largest utility poles measure 8 1/2 inches (Power Lines).

As a city dweller, I love how she takes urban and industrial themes to wonderful levels.

AND, we are moved!
Our expected 5 weeks with our daughter turned into 4 months. She was wonderfully gracious about it.
Thanks to the force of nature strength and determination of my sisters, we have unpacked to the point of having a functional home.
Next up, setting up my sewing area. I plan to get enough space for a machine for now, then see how I work in the space before deciding on how to plan the build out.
Other than the hand sewing on the paraments, I have not sewn since my birthday mid July.
It is time to be in front of the machine again!!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Totenfest Sunday

The paraments were in use this morning.

Totenfest is a special Sunday where we commemorate members of our congregation who died in the past year. It is very moving to hear the names and watch a friend or family member bring a rose to a vase in the front of the church. There were seven deaths this past year, the last only about 12 days ago and that family's pain was noticeably fresh.
The beauty of being part of a congregation is these connections over time and between generations. It was comforting to know some day a rose will be brought forward for me.

Monday, November 20, 2017

paraments ready for totenfest

In honor of a retiring pastor at St Pauls, I was asked to make paraments for the white seasons of the church.
Top is the lectern piece, then the pulpit piece. Below, the altar cloth.
I finished them yesterday and today installed them for this coming Sunday, the last day of the liturgical year when we celebrate Totenfest, a day of memorial for members who died in the past year.
They then will be tucked away for the four weeks of Advent, and will come back out for Christmas.
I love being in the sanctuary all by myself. Such a quiet and lovely space.

Sunday, September 24, 2017