Monday, August 24, 2015

Dorcas Sewing Circle Event 8-22-15

Our Dorcas group had a very productive sewing session on Saturday at the church. My DH and I set up the room with a little help from a friend (Thanks, Paul for help with the cutting tables). Love those two adjustable tables so we did not have to bend over to cut fabric.

We set up 12 stations for machines with four power strips and most of those were in use along with two more machines. One of our ladies, Judy Whitt cut and prepared pink ribbons to go on breast cancer pillows that we were making to donate to those in need. We also made light blankets, book bags and diaper shirts for a Chimala Mission in  Africa, and some adult bibs for the nursing homes use.

At the machines were Linda Russell, Pearl Wadsworth, Madeline Skinner, Barbara Sexton, Leta Archer, Patsy Glover, Debra Moore, (me) Chris Biggerstaff, Judy Blair, Mary Tuck and Shirley Newton.

We had some extra help from Michelle Bagwell and Judy Blair's granddaughter, Macayla. Macayla was given an extra machine for her use and helped some with pillow stuffing. Several ladies brought sandwiches and chips for lunch along with ice tea.

We ended up with 6 breast cancer pillows, 16 blankets, 12 book bags, 3 adult bibs and 4 diaper shirts.  Several of these ladies took fabric home to continue sewing as well as other ladies from our Azle Church of Christ congregation.

This is a great ministry and we try to meet at least quarterly. We have ladies who sew or iron or cut patterns and we really appreciate all the help and fellowship.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


This youtube makes it look so easy - it was NOT!

We tried everything we could to slide it out but there was no way without pulling walls down. We saw the video but it took more hammer power than we had.  It was dated 12-15-61 and very thick and heavy. Thanks Paul for all your help!!
Just hope the new one goes in easier than the old one came out. At least it won't be as heavy.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Chevron Versus Chevron "Flipped" Quilt

I have been wanting to make a Chevron quilt for some time. I laid it all our and had only stitched a couple of rows when my DH suggested I turn the second one upside down. I didn't really like the looks of it then.

But after I finished ALL the rows, I asked him to help me flip every other one upside down and I LOVE it. So I will call it "Chevron Flipped"!!  I am anxious to do the quilting on it.

Piecing A Quilt -

SO - does piecing also mean when you need ONE more block but have run out of fabric - you piece little pieces together to make it????

 It doesn't look too bad though!

Still need to find some borders for this one. May call it "Just Blue".

The Granddog!

We are keeping the granddog, Coco for our son and family while they decided where they wanted to live until retirement with the Army. Looks like they will stay in Austin area and Coco will be with us for awhile.

Coco is a sweet dog and we have kept her a number of times in the past. She gets along well with our two Daisy and Darlin'.

I discovered something about her this time. At 2:00am one day last week, I woke up to what sounded like a hammer banging on metal. It was Coco banging against the door of her kennel so hard that she vibrated it across the kitchen floor.

I let all three dogs out, she got a big drink of water and went outside with the other two. I put them back in their kennels when they came in and went back to bed.

 I had barely laid down when she started it again - she did not want that door closed!!! So I opened her door and closed the kitchen door. She is happy with that, thank goodness.

I spoke to our son and he said she does not like the door closed. It is OK if you are in the room with her but not when she is alone. She is a good girl and a people puppy.