Celebrations all Around & a Giveaway Winner too!!

Wow !!!  What an amazing week I have to share with you all!!!  I finished this table runner this morning….

In building this table runner I spent precious last moments with my Singer 301a Gloria… linking this finish with Julie’s UFO and WIP finishes for May HERE!

 I love sewing early in the morning with the window open to hear the pond and water trickling there 🙂

I won at bobbin chicken too!

 That was very exciting… and the ending came out with this flimsy measuring about 17″ x 51″ 🙂

It was a fun make and took my mind off lots of other things happening this week.

Today is the 11th anniversary of the day my husband died.  Changing my life path forever.  I am happy today that things turned out the way they did as he was not in good health at the end… but his sudden death left me speechless for a long time.

So to have this completed project in the washer and where I spent my slow stitching hours all weekend …
and now where me and my honey will enjoy a meal this evening is a blessing for sure!  I am linking this awesome project with machine quilting filling but a slow stitching ending for the binding… as you can see to the right>>>  To my favorite blog Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE 😀

I am also linking this project to Wendy’s Peacock Party HERE… I love her blog posts and enjoy linking there too!… The machine quilting was LOTS of fun actually.. I used my tools for marking quilts when hand quilting to mark this for machine quilting.  Click on the photo and i t should blow up for you 💕

On Wednesday…

Gloria bowed out of my sewing room as my honey surprised me with a black early 301 by Singer… Manufactured in South Carolina in October 1952 I officially added Julius my clan of machines 🙂

I celebrated with this photo collage of my 2 main machines…. Julius (Singer 301) and Cleopatra (Singer 319w)…  What an awesome duo they will be !!!  As the story of old goes too 😀

I was still reeling over the excitement of this new addition to my sewing room when I found out my son and his wife had their baby girl Elliana!!!! 

Born at 6:43 am on 5/23/19.  Elliana Marie came into this world weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces and 20 inches long … Mom and Elli went home with dad driving them yesterday and all is well ❤

So I am a Gram and Rick is a Papa 😀  My heart melts to meet her in person too ❤  Soon I hope!

We bought an area run this week… Molly has decided it is her daytime bed 😀  She is soooo cute rolling around on it like it is a big playground! lol

 Have you seen this panel?  I am looking for where to buy this if anyone knows where it might be found!!!

I enjoyed some times on the swing by the pond this week….

 Sew Relaxing… until Molly comes and gives me a wet willy!!! lololol  She likes being up in the swing too though …

We have this orange blooming bush that comes out this time each year in full blooms… I don’t know that I have ever seen this before… any ideas on what kind of bush this is???

 Here is a view of our pond and home from the other side of the river that runs through our yard…

 And our home as you come up the driveway… on the golf cart these photos were taken 😀

 Not much progress on this front but this will be my BIG PUSH this week… no pun intended ! hahaha

 Here is a fun attachment to free motion quilt on a featherweight 221 we are selling this week on facebook….

 And here is a newer Sew Handy we sold … this one was quite complete and sewed great… The new owner should be very pleased 😀

Now for what you have all been waiting for …

The giveaway WINNER!!!!!

#18 in the 20 comments left that qualified with a return email address:

>>>> YTSMOM <<<<

with her comment…

Sooo… now what will Julius first project be?  Well he sewed together binding for the table runner as a dry run of sorts…. He did a fab job with none of the glitches I had noticed over the years with Gloria so I was happy for that… I am pondering a wall hanging like the one below:

 With a 3d bow like the one to the right 😀

We shall see… my Etsy shop is empty and will be closed officially soon.  So I plan to sell things I make on eBay where we already have a presence for vintage things.  We will see…

I have emailed the lucky winner celebrating my 8 years blogging… I am excited to get her address and get her the winning lot of things 🙂

Have a blessed weekend and remember the true reason for Memorial Day is not extended weekend time for family celebrations but a sobering time to remember lives lost by soldiers who fight for the freedom we have here in this country.  God Bless America!


13 thoughts on “Celebrations all Around & a Giveaway Winner too!!

  1. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    so many pretty photos you share today! your land looks great. You take a good photo too – nice to see you Kathy with the little puppy. If you take a closer photo of the bush with the orange flowers – I can't tell from what you show although I do not have any with orange flowers so might not know anyhow. Congrats on the new grandbaby and glad all is well.


  2. Little Penpen

    Congrats! on the beautiful new grandbaby!!!! I know you are just over the moon! I think I've seen where people are finding the Sunshine panel on amazon?? Your new machines are great. Love your runner that you made. I did not realize your husband had died . I\”m glad you have found happiness again.


  3. Gretchen Weaver

    I'm glad too you have found joy and happiness with Rick. The new granddaughters is exciting, they'll love the quilt! Take a close up of the bush, I doubt I'll know what it is but someone will. Have a great week!


  4. Quilter Kathy

    This is a happy/sad day remembering the loss of your husband and yet also celebrating the new life you have made. And wow… all the new life that has come to you lately… a new machine AND a new grandbaby! Congrats to you Kathi!


  5. Quilting Babcia

    Welcome little Elliana, what a little sweetheart! Grandbabies are certainly the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I love my 301s too, we named the black one Casey Jones. Actually love many of the vintage Singer models. Congratulations on finishing up that beautiful runner! So happy for you and your new life with your honey. Your smile shows how richly blessed you feel.


  6. Kim

    Oh how exciting your little Elliana Marie has arrived. So, so happy for you all….she is beautiful. I can in my mind's eye see you stitching by the open window in the early mornings listening to the water trickling in the pond. How sad Gloria has been turfed out. =) But I must say your new sewing machine is a beauty.


  7. CathieJ

    Congratulations on your grand-daughter. What a great way to turn a melancholy memory week into one of joy. Your table runner is beautiful. I hope Julius lives up to your expectations.


  8. Chopin - A Passionate Quilter

    Nice table runner – love the log cabins! I have a 301 along with others and it sews great! Your grandbaby is so preciuos and you take great pictures! Very nice home! Maybe we need to get a golf cart to head down the road to open and close the gate…..HUM Have a great day!


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