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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Surprise That Made Me Smile

Ya just never know when something will arrive in your e-mail that will tickle you.  This morning I took the time to open an e-mail from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  I have lost contact with Edyta and her husband Mike over the past few years.  That's what happens for me when life bangs on my hood, I retreat.

This is what I discovered inside the e-mail:

What a delight it was to see Edyta again and tickled to see she is making videos.  I'm a visual learner so videos work wonders for me. 

Given my distress over recent events in my life, I have had little desire to create or sew.  I have done some hand stitching on my little hexies however.
I was working on this piece while Mr. McSteamy drove.  Hexies make a wonderful car project, or so I was told by Mary Jane...that's who got me started.  I'm so glad she didn't encourage me to do base jumping....ya know I would have done it...LOL.

Speaking of Mr. McSteamy, he has taken pity on me and spent several hours putting things away in my sewing area.  I know he wants to see me  get back to sewing so he cleared a path for me.  I'm guilty of just setting things down and walking away when I'm "retreating." 

On Saturday afternoon McSteamy was in his woodworking shop and he caught a glimpse of me sitting down to a sewing machine.  I'm sure he thought he was hallucinating...but is true...I turned on a sewing machine. 

Now sure if you recall how crazy I am about fleece socks.  Yes, during the cold winter months I'm a huge fan of wildly colorful fleece socks.   I've had this pair sitting on a pile in my sewing area for 2 years just because the side seam had come out.  Your eyes have not failed you, they sat for TWO years because of a simple side seam!  One seam is perhaps not worthy of accolades, however each journey begins by taking the first step, right?

Occasional Smiles,


  1. Fleece socks are a wonderful thing to make, both because they let our minds heal while we sew the simple projects, and because they are a comfort to wear. I hope you continue to find more peace.

  2. Gotta start somewhere, and how appropriate. God speed on your journey, you know I'll be right alongside for the good times and bad! Hugs!!

  3. I completely understand, I am still having a hard time getting back into my normal routine so I just do what motivates me at the time and enjoy that, the sewing machine will still be there. I love fleece socks too, never tried making them.


  4. I have her die set for the QUBE sets from Accuquilt :)

  5. I have to say that I prefer a video most of the time also. I may want the written instruction also, but the video can get me past a "say what?" moment.

  6. I just don't have the time to sit and watch a video.... although I get whatever it is I want to learn by watching.... faster and with fewer errors.... Glad to see a couple of stitches!!! Find a NEW small project, working on something old often takes lots of work!!!! even if it hasn't even been started yet. Baggage!

  7. I've never heard of fleece socks, I'll have to look it up on the internet. I'm with you, I'd take a video anytime.

  8. I never heard of making fleece socks...hmmmm another project...Still trying to get a grip here. !!! the socks are the first step for you. Potholders saved me when I could not quilt...crazy life of ours.

  9. I'm absolutely thrilled to see you back creating. I had totally forgotten about your fleece socks. Mentally, I'm thinking you shared a tutorial ages ago. I need to go back thru your blog to find it as I think this is the year I need to make such socks. Total #CreativeGoodness. Maybe we need a fleece sock QAL?


  10. McSteamy is a keeper, for sure!!! I love Edyta, took one of her classes on Craftsy.


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