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


  1. Yes, Vonna, listen to your husband and take care of yourself. Trust me on this one. I was a completely unhealthy person after doing to much for too many years. It is hard to say no sometimes and even harder to slow down, but do try and take some time for yourself. This. new stitching is just gorgeous.

  2. Vonna, thank you for sharing your beautiful stitching with us. Both of your samplers are already looking incredible. I know you are going to enjoy using Eunice. I am looking forward to purchasing the book that Ellie created the illustrations. I am praying that you get to feeling better and remember to take some time for yourself. Thinking of you!

  3. So are you going to be able to cut back on your work hours? I have been where you are. It was terribly difficult for me to cut back at work/volunteer jobs. But I finally really heard what my husband and kids were saying to me and did it. It was not easy. Now at 63, I look back and wonder why I didn't do it earlier. I won't kid you. It literally took me 18 months to "recover" from not working, and I had a part-time job! I was lucky enough to find a job I could do at home that was much less stressful which helped to ease me into a slower pace. You're fortunate to have your finishing business in that regard. Take care of yourself Vonna!

  4. A song immediately came to my mind... so down you are moving too fast got to make the morning last... something like that by Simon and Garfunkel!
    You are not being selfish dear friend, if you take time to yourself and slow down, you are being wiser. Please do that! (hear Keith... he is wise)

  5. Oh Vonna - you do work too hard! I was just thinking it was unusual for you to no update your blog in so long and I figured all your jobs are keeping you busy. Take time to sit on the porch, enjoy the sunset, sip some tea and just enjoy being in the moment!

  6. That only sounds like you have given yourself more work to do. Please take some time to relax. That cold you have is a hint to slow down.

  7. Congratulations Ellie on following your love and doing a beautiful job! Unfortunately, my youngest grandchild is starting 8th grade this year, little people to purchase this lovely book for. Vana, you're going to LOVE your computer masquerading as a sewing machine! Mine makes every stitch as if it were an embroidery - talk about perfect tension (and that's the bobbin side of straight stitch I'm bragging on)!

  8. Keith is right, Vonna. You do work too hard. Please learn to say "no" sometimes. I know you have indicated in the past that this is hard for you, but sometimes you have to. Congratulations to Ellie, the published artist!

  9. As everyone has mentioned, slow down and listen to your body. As women we think we have to be all things to all people. Life is too short enjoy every moment and do what works for you and your family.
    Glad you got your sewing machine, I did the same thing last year, love my machine, but mind boggling learning curve! (At my age!)

  10. Vonna, you do work to hard. Love your Sampler projects and I know you will excel at accomplishing all those pesky specialty stitches. Congrats to Ellis in the publishing of the book she illustrated. Unfortunately I have no children in my life to share it with.

  11. I think it's so hard to say no to people. We feel like we are letting them down. You deserve to take care of yourself though. Congrats to Ellie. She deserves it. Her artwork is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Take care of yourself.

  12. Vonna, I'll be so interested to hear how you like/love that machine. I'm on the fence about buying a sewing machine with embroidery capability wondering if I'll use the embroidery enough to warrant the expense. My current machine is a nearly 20 year old Bernina that I use for piecing/quilting and garment sewing. Still works and I love it.


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