Saturday, August 24, 2019

For interested parties....

Synopsis of the book: This children's picture book chronicles the journey of a young and naive robin on her journey in search of motherhood. Enjoy the adventure as she meets animals, birds and insects along the way. Smile at the illustrations of first-time illustrator Ellie Pfeiffer. Who will be Exactly Right?

Written by Karen Rohlfing - retired Kindergarten teacher
Illustrated by: Ellie Pfeiffer - 13 yr old first-time illustrator 

Available for purchase at AMAZON 

Friday, August 23, 2019


~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to you ~

I find myself....
with a few minutes on my hands on this dreary, rainy Friday, and thought I'd catch up my blog readers with the goings on in my life. 
Today my college kids move back to Indianapolis, where they both attend IUPUI in the School of Engineer. Where did the summer go? It seems just last week they were coming home for the summer and here they are moving back. Already.

All I did all summer long was work.
Work at the quilt shop days on end while the owners took a bucket list trip. I am so glad that I got to help them, but sort of sad that my whole summer is gone in a poof.
So work. 
Work at the quilt shop.
Come home and work at keeping my house.
Then slip any days off I had by adding what?! 
More work in the finishing business.

I turned 49 this summer....
and I realized something: I work too much. 
My husband told me something just this past weekend which sort of shocked me. 
He said:
"Vonna, you work harder and longer than anyone I know."
(surprised me because his hobby is WORK. Plus, I feel like I DO NOT work as much, as hard or as long as I used to be able too.)
Then Keith went on to say:
"You need to slow down. You are going to run yourself into an early grave. I know that the Lord made you who you are, but good heavens you need to slow down. You do for everyone else and nothing for yourself." 
Then when you hear the same thing from multiple friends. 
And you have been ill with 3 different bugs for the last 6 weeks....
well things start to sink in.

I allow my SELF to be ruled by the whim of others.
Time to take some TIME for me. 
Here's what I have done to get started on that time for ME:

For starters....
this past weekend the quilt shop I work in was having a sale on their sewing machines. 20% off already less than MRSP prices. Hmmmm....
So after losing sleep on rolling it over and over in my head....
I talked *again* to Keith about the possibility of getting another sewing machine.
He said YES! so may I introduce you to: Eunice the Unity 

She's a beauty, basically a long learning curve, but I'm trying to learn her. 
I am making a cross walk quilt while I learn using pretty colors:

Then I started last Monday, "The English Whitework Sampler" by The Needle's Prayse - Darlene O'Steen. Here is my start:

Here I was last night after working a couple night on her:

This is a gorgeous sampler...
I cannot find a picture worth of its beauty but here is the cover photo of the chart so that you can get an idea:

I also have been working on The Needle's Prayse "Queen Sampler" using Linda Vinson's stitch guide with Gary of Fiber Talk fame. I am ahead of him and he is currently putting me on lock down while he catches up...(the reason I had time to start the whitework). Anyway here is some progression photos of my Queen:
started on July 15, 2019

Completely reversible...this sampler has been - a learning experience and one that has given me the bug....I have fallen desperately in love with band samplers and Darlene O'Steen's work in general. I have been scouring the net for any information and then something in my brain reminded me of a whole expose done by Jean of The Attic in Mesa, AZ. I am linking you so that you can read all about it (as I have done over and over): 
The Attic Newsletter: December 30, 2011: HERE

Oh my....
what an obsession I have. I would DEARLY LOVE to own the Dorcas Haynes Sampler...

On the Queen the next section contains the Montenegrin Stitch....of course I have purchased Amy Mitten's "Autopsy of the Montenegrin" stitch with an entire book dedicated to it. Yeah. That might burst my bubble. 
But if I may say: I am completely self taught and I am doing a fair job of reproducing these stitches if I do say so myself. I mean look at that backside - pretty impressive if I do say so myself :)

Next up before I depart is an exciting little thing my daughter Ellie did....
she illustrated a children's book for a local author this summer!!! YEP! at 13 years old she worked for 6 weeks illustrating!
Here is the cover...
soon to be released on AMAZON for purchase! I must say, I sure would appreciate any sales in support of the author for trusting Ellie in illustrating her book :)
Ellie did a fantastic job. She started 8th grade 2 weeks ago and is doing great!

Until next time....
(this is short, but sweet...I'm battling a terrible head cold and I'm sweaty and clammy today and headed back to bed)
Don't forget to tune into Gary and the gang (including me!) on Fiber Talk: HERE

and do what you love!
Hugs and love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx