Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm back!!!!

Not sure if anyone is still reading my blog but if you are.....I'M BACK!!!   It's been almost 4 months since I have posted so I will just do a quick update with what has been going on.  

I've been dealing with a few health issues and spent a little time in the hospital and lots of doctor appointments...it's all heart and diabetes related...mostly.  I also have a mass in my abdomen right under my left rib cage.  Lots of testing on that and still don't know what it is yet.  Enough of that....

Hunter had his 8th grade Social Dance/Prom.  
 He graduated last Friday from the 8th grade.  I love that both of my boys grew up in such a small school.  There were 19 kids graduating from the 8th grade with Hunter.  This Fall he is off to high school.  :( 
 Andrew is doing well.  He works all of the time...60-70 hours a week.  I'm proud of both of my boys. 
 An updated photo of me and Richard.  He had just gotten home from work. 
 In other news....the garden is planted.  We've had rain the past 22 out of 26 days.  :(   I'm hoping that my potatoes don't just rot in the ground.  

I have been sewing a little bit...just working on my hexies.  Nothing major on that.  I have been doing "one block a day"

Now I have some awesome and exciting news!!!!   I have a dear online quilting friend from South Dakota that is coming for a visit in a couple of weeks.  I am so excited to meet her and her family.  I will have to post lots of pics from our visit.  It's almost a 20 hour drive for them.  I think she is bringing some of her quilts too.  So there will be lots of quilty talk and sharing going on.  Over the next 2 weeks I will be trying to "whirlwind" and clean my house before they get here.  I am just giddy with excitement.  

Also I will be getting a "new to me" longarm!!!!  My other one has died.  LOL!  It's been over a year since I have been able to quilt anything.  I'm sitting here now with around 35 of my own quilt tops that need to be quilted.  So expect to see lots of pics from that.  This one is also a lot bigger than my other one.  My old one is a 13" Bailey and this one is a 30" Nolting...big difference.  

That's all for now...I'm going to try to start posting again regularly.  Blessings...Kristie


 

Monday, February 8, 2016

What's on my design wall?

 What's on my design wall?  So if you are wondering why I have been having videos on my blog...well...it started out as a school project for one of the boys and then they really enjoyed editing and such so the videos have continued.  

Please watch this little video...
 This is a pic of my design wall before I put up the 3D Bow Ties.  The blocks below are called Grandmother's Choice.  I have all 216 of these blocks so now I just need to assemble the top. 
 This is a photo of the Yo-Yo class that I taught a week or so ago.  I mentioned that the place double booked so I had to teach the class in the entry/hallway.  It was so crowded but they didn't seem to mind.  I have another class this evening but it may end up being cancelled because we are under a winter weather advisory. 
 Anyway...back to the 3D Bow Ties...they are fun and fast little blocks. 
 I actually have a few more blocks on the wall since this photo.  Have you ever just played around with a block and then one turns into several and before you know it you are working on a quilt?  LOL!  That's how this happened.  I have several more blocks cut out and ready to piece. 
 So it's 6:15am...Richard left for work about 30 minutes ago and now I need to get the boys up...one for school and the other for work.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Yo-Yo Quilt Class & Award

Shew....what an evening!  LOL!  I've attached a little video about my evening at the Yo-Yo Quilt Class.  It started out very stressful but ended on a good note.  

One thing that stressed me out so much was the fact that the place that we were having the class double booked events!  So I ended up having to teach my class in the entry/hallway area!  :(  I was not happy but it all worked out in the end, I guess...

I was also presented with an award!  I was NOT expecting it at all and as you can see in the photo, I was getting a little emotional as they were talking about me. 
  For some reason it would not let me link to the article so I just copied and pasted it.  It reads...

Thinking of a member in the community that has made a huge difference, sharing their skills and talents, enabling others to be included in the joys of her passion. This wonderful community asset wasn’t hard to decide on. Kristie Layne has shared her passion with many community members. She is a wonderful teacher and mentor when it comes to showing the art of quilting. Kristie’s passion for quilting has been made very visible in her success of making hundreds of quilts. She has worked alongside us teaching others for quite some time. Kristie has always been a text or call away when it comes to being there for her community to learn this skill. Kristie’s passions do not end there. She is also a wonderful wife and mother, daughter and sister. Kristie is very caring of her family and her community. She enjoys doing meal preparations and other various tasks. Kristie’s enthusiasm in what she does has sparked the interest of many others within the community. There have been many success stories stating “I never imagined I could do this, but with Kristie’s help I’ve accomplished so much”, “Kristie has enabled me to take my free time and turn it into a feeling of accomplishment”. The wonderful passion she loves has turned into a community of inclusions and sharing.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snowstorm 2016 on the Farm

This is a short little video of the snowstorm here on the farm.  We ended up with 18" of snow.  I know that several places got a lot more but here in KY that is a pretty big snow.  Hunter is 13 and this is the biggest snow that he has seen. 
Thank God that Richard was off the weekend and was home.  Monday morning it took him about 30 minutes to make the 1 mile trek out to the blacktop road.  When he got off work Monday night he could not make it back up the hill with the Jeep.  He did make it to my sister's house which is a mile away and she let him use their 4-wheeler to come on up the hill.  

Tuesday morning he had to ride the 4-wheeler back down the 1-mile hill at 5:15am to get the Jeep and go on to work!  I'm sure that was really cold but he didn't say anything about it.  He is not one to miss work, so if he can get there he will.  

I'm just hoping that I can get off this hill by Saturday because I have a Yo-Yo class scheduled that evening.  I think most other roads in the county are pretty clear now but we are usually the last place to thaw out. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sew with me while it snows! I started a new scrap quilt called Grandmother's Choice when the snow started.  I almost have the top completed now.  

We ended up with 18" so we are snowed in...




Monday, January 11, 2016

Another class and a new upcoming class

 I had another hexie class or Grandmother's Flower Garden class a few weeks ago.  This class was held in the meeting room at one of the local fire departments.  It was small but we made it work anyway.  We had a full house!
Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves...
I met a few new people, some ladies that I went to high school with, some that I just knew in the community and some that knew my mom.  :)  I love living in a small town, everyone seems to know everyone.  
My display quilt.  This quilt is completely hand pieced and hand quilted.  I found it at a yard sale for $10.  I was sooo happy when I found it but sad for the unknown maker.  
 More of my samples....
 More samples...
 I have another quilt class coming up January 30th.  It will be a Yo-Yo class.  This will be the first Yo-Yo class that I have taught.  I am so excited about this.  My Yo-Yo quilt is very special to me and I will tell you the story behind it in a later post.  

I am also hoping to be able to video bits and pieces of some future classes.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Have a wonderful and Blessed Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Civil War Wreaths video

Today I am posting a little video for you!  LOL!  Hope you can understand me with my sinus infection and my Kentucky accent.  :)  Didn't feel like typing it all out so I just made a short video you will understand why when you watch the video (tendonitis). 
Hope you have a wonderful and Blessed day.  No to get some cleaning done before Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Checking in

 Hi guys!  I thought I would check in and let you all know that I am still around.  :)  I've been dealing with some tendonitis in my left wrist.  So I took some time off from sewing to let it heal.  I am doing much better now.  It's not perfect but better.  I did a tiny bit of sewing during this but I really couldn't sew for very long at a time.  I have a little more done than this photos shows so I need to take a new pic. 
 Got our tree up!  It's 9ft tall and since I am only 5ft tall, I had a hard time decorating it.  LOL! 
 My little tree in the main bathroom.  I used my old wooden thread spools on it along with a tape measure, scissors, bobbins and such. 
 Every year, Hunter sets up the Christmas Village for me.  He enjoys doing it and he does a good job.  This sets on my buffet in the kitchen.
 Last Friday we took Hunter to the park to see the Christmas lights.  Andrew met us there.  Silly Hunter just being a boy and acting like a dog peeing on a tree.  LOL!
 I took this photo at the Church across the street from the park. 
 A funny pic of my girl, Addison!  Hard to believe that she is 8 months old now. 
 Speaking of Addison, Chantal asked me to make some bows to match her outfits that she was having her Christmas pics taken in.  So here are pics of those...
 another...
 another...
 and yet another...
 I also got my hair chopped off again!  I had about 7 inches cut off of it this time.  No makeup in this pic but that's me most of the time anymore.  LOL!  Anyway, my hair is so thick and heavy that it felt great to have it cut short again. 
 I will check back in with you several more times before Christmas.  I have lots of cleaning to do before Christmas.  Dinner is at my house on Christmas day with Richard's side of the family.  I am expecting 22 guests!!!! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pentagon Ball...

 I know it's been about 10 days since I posted last but sometimes life just gets in the way.  Anyway, I want to show you this little project that I just finished.

My dear friend, Annie sent me the pentagon shapes to make a ball or ornament.  These pentagons are 1"    I decided to make a little ball for my 6 month old niece.  So I dug out some bright fabric scraps and got to work. 
 I love English Paper Piecing but I had never worked with this shape before.  So here is the final product.  :)  A cute little ball just perfect for her tiny hands. 
 She loves it!  It is her new favorite toy!  :)
 I snapped a few more photos of the Fall leaves.  Most of the leaves have fallen but I took some anyway...

This is what I see when I walk out the front door...
 This is the view facing the house.  You can see the roof of my house and the roof of the old storage building/stalls. 
 This is the road to mom's....isn't it beautiful with all of the trees and fallen leaves...
 Another view...
 The road that goes down into the field where the pond is...
 More photos going to mom's...
 I love living where we do, it's so peaceful and private...
 Don't forget to check out my other blog...Kristie's Pantry to see what I've been up to.