Sunday, September 29, 2013

First Friday Freebie #35

Yes, you read right.  My 35th First Friday Freebie is complete and just under a month late!

With Mr. Painted Quilt's help, I've been able to negotiate Mt. Everest the stairs to my sewing studio where I spent the past two afternoons. The first thing on my agenda was to finish up my FFF which was about two-thirds done before my hip gave way.

All neat and tidy...before I started to sew.


  
I felt like I'd been let out of prison!

Frankie kept me company the entire time while soaking up the sun's rays that were pouring in through the open window.


  
I still have to use my walker to get around but not in my sewing room! Everything in there is situated just close enough...some would say crowded... so that I can just reach out and hold onto something in order to get around.  

At first everything seemed a little strange but it didn't take me long to get back in the groove.  I completed the last stitches last evening while watching the hockey game.  Woo hoo!



Not a very original title but here is your 35th First Friday Freebie called Fall Scarecrow.  He works up quickly so there's still lots of time to make and enjoy him this year.



In order to download the PDF file which includes the photo, instructions and line drawings, please click HERE.

A little closer look...



Now that Autumn is officially here, the nights and mornings are much cooler which means that Ollie and Frankie are back to their cuddling routine.



What a pair!

Thanks for stopping by and as always...


Happy stitching!

79 comments:

Little Penpen said...

YOU are awesome! Glad you are home and getting back into your groove.

tink's mom said...

Kaaren, It is so great that you are up to doing the stairs even with a little help. I'm sure that creating again is wonderful therapy. Thanks for thinking of all of us with this absoluetly wonderful fall piece. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers.

Shelley said...

Bless your heart Kaaren! I am so happy that you were able to get to your sewing room and do some sewing :) but we all would have cheered you on to work on something for YOU! I hope and pray your recovery continues quickly and thoroughly. My heart just broke when I read about your bone problems...as if you needed to go thru anymore. On our front, we had a very wonderful A+ two year report the end of August. (((HUGS)))) Shelley

Kate said...

Your scarecrow is lovely, Kaaren. Well done you to be up and about and finding your way around your sewing room again! Thanks for the fab freebie.

Jacqueline said...

I am happy for you.. withdrawal symptoms are hard to take for long.
LOL

sunny said...

Kaaren, you're awesome. what a cute little scarecrow. But the best part is that you're back in the sewing room. WooHoo!!!!!!

Bonniedoo said...

Can't wait to start him. Thank you.

Marsha said...

Kaaren, your little scarecrow is just adorable. I love fall things, especially scarecrows. This will be so much fun to make, thank you for sharing your talents with us! I'm glad you have been able to get back into your sewing room and enjoy some stitching. Hugs and good wishes for you to continue to heal and be back to feeling yourself again.

moosecraft said...

Hurray! So glad you can get up those steps and into your sewing room! You'll be back to 100% hopping around in no time now that you can get to your sew therapy! :-) Thanks so much for the FFF... Mr. Scarecrow sure is a handsome fella! :-)

paulette said...

Come on kick that walker out of the way and start the Konga Line!! Kaaren is baaaackkk!! And what an entrance...love the 35th FFF!! You out did yourself!! So glad you are on the mend AND BACK in the sewing room!! Thanks for the download pattern!! She is a beauty!
Pxo

Darlene D said...

So glad to hear that you were able to get upstairs! How wonderful for you! And such a cute scarecrow! Love him!

gracie said...

Take it slow and easy...but oh, thank you for the freebie! Your are so thoughtful with all you have to contend with right now. I just wanted to reach into the computer and hug Frankie and Ollie! Too darn cute.

Candace said...

Getting back to your sewing room is the best medicine of all, Kaaren! And to have Frankie keeping you company - now that's a wonderful bowl of cherries :>) Just an adorable little quilt! You're a trooper for getting this together. Thank you so much!
Cheers!

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Thanks for the great scarecrow. Glad to see you are back in your sewing room and Frankie is keeping you company.

So glad to hear from you. Enjoy you day.

Dianne

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

So glad to see you back in your element (aka sewing room). Beautiful freebie and thank you.

Love photos of Frankie and Ollie together. Am sure the two of them were thrilled to have you back home where you belong

Lesley said...

Fantastic to hear that you made the stairs! Yay you! So happy to know that you are back in your sewing room. Your scarecrow is awesome. I especially love the crow on his hat. Congrats on your 35th FFF!

Jana said...

Kaaren, your blog is full of inspiration for me - thank you so much. I hope you will be feeling better and better while taking your sewing therapy.

Kathleen said...

It is so good to hear that you are up and around and can manage to get to your sewing room. If you are like me I am just so comfortable in my little room. Thank you for the FFF..I can't wait to get started on it. Also, I cannot believe how big Ollie is. We have a Westie also and I cannot believe how much your Ollie and my Molly look alike. I even called my husband to look at the pix and he said Ollie really looks like Molly...don't you just love them...Oh and Frankie too...Stay well..

Karen said...

It's adorable Kaaren - and I'm so glad you could get up there to your special place - it had to feel like things were getting back to normal. Thank you for the freebie - how fun it is. Your sure are a special lady. I love how Ollie and Frankie cuddle - to dang cute
Hugs - Karen

Karen said...

Kaaren it's such a blessing to read this post and know that you had hours to enjoy your sewing room. After all you've been through nothing could make our hearts sing louder! Bless you dear, and thank you for the wonderful design. Happy Fall! Hugs, Karen on Keuka

Ann in PA said...

Kaaren, What a blessing it is that you are able to get to your sewing nest. Your furry critters look adorable cuddling together. :)))

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

So glad your recovery is progressing. Darling quilt and companions.

Joan said...

I'm so glad you are on the mend and back in your sewing room. Your scarecrow quilt is sooo cute! Love the picture of Ollie and Frankie. Thank you for this great freebie. Take care!

Colleen said...

So so happy you are doing better! And gotta love me an Ollie picture! He is adorable :o) I love your cute little freebie. Thank you so much again for the wonderful pattern!

Angie said...

Oh my goodness, you are amazing, woman!! So glad you were able to get back to your sewing room. Thanks you so much for sharing this pattern with us. Hugs to all of you, including the four-leggeds :)

WoolenSails said...

I am so glad you were able to get into your sewing room and enjoy sewing again. I love your new piece, he is so fun.

Debbie

Janet O. said...

Congrats on your increasing mobility! That must help lift your spirits.
What a fun scarecrow pattern. I've just put your Mr. Flying Scarecrow pillow out in my living room again. He flies in the sewing room during the off season. : )

Needled Mom said...

Now that you've made it up the stairs, I hope you can make it back down too, Kaaren. Of course, staying up there might be the best therapy yet.

Thanks so much for the FFF design. It's perfect for fall.

Ronda said...

Thanks for the great Fall wall hanging. Your strength and creativity inspire me.

Merilyn said...

Glad to hear you've been able to get up the stairs and into your creative space once again!! That must have felt great and having such delightful company as well!!! Your small Fall quilt is lovely, you haven't lost your touch LOL!!!! I wish you continued good progress with your health Kaaren, it must be nice to have those cooler temps coming on too, a lot more comfortable all round!!!!

barcord said...

Thank you Kaaren for putting this effort into something for us. You are truly an inspiration. Prayin you'll be well recovered soon. God Bless.

KaHolly said...

Wow, it's delightful to see you are feeling so much better and taking advantage of some sewing therapy!! How unselfish of you to start with you FFF! I am so glad you are up and around to the point you can spend some time in your sewing room. Yay!!

Sally said...

So Happy to hear that you are doing better (stairs, oh my, you are brave). Scarecrow Fall is delightful. thank you!

Elyte said...

Thanks for another Friday Freebie. Hope you are getting a little stronger every day and managing to do the things you love most.

A Nudge said...

How wonderful for you! Going up those stairs to do something you love. And so creatively and generously. So cute - Thank you!
Keeping you in prayer for continuing recovery.

Sandi said...

Congratulations on your journey up the stairs and having some fun in your sewing rom.

The project is lovely thanks once again.

Frankie and Ollie look very content.

Edi said...

What an adorable quilt. So glad to hear you are starting to get around and spend time in your sewing room. We don't miss it until we can't spend time in it.

You can also check Mt. Everest off your bucket list :)

Sandy said...

How cute is Mr. Scarecrow! Love his face. Thank you so much for thinking of all of us and getting this FFF done and posted. What a wonderful feeling it must be for you to be able to be in your sewing room again. God Bless.

Anne said...

Thank you for this adorable fall design. I'm so glad that you're on the mend.

Bev said...

Dear Kaaren, thank you for such a another wonderful design. How nice to hear that you are back in your sewing room. It must feel so good but wish your more continued success in getting better. Please know that you are in my prayers . Thank you for your latest creation. You are the best. Also, nice to see Frankie and Olie taking their naps together. The are the cutest pair. My husband and I sailed into Sydney Harbour today aboard the Oceania ship called the Regatta . Your province is beautiful and I can see why you retired there. Best wishes .....Bev

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

So happy for you!! Your little friends are the cutest!! Wish I had them to cuddle with!!

Carolie said...

Yea! You are back in your sewing room! I bet Frankie and Ollie were glad to see you "back at it" busy creating too. So thankful you are home, and praying for continued improvement and health!

Michelle said...

Love it! Glad you are getting around better.

desertskyquilts said...

Thank you so much! The best news in this post is that you were able to get up to your room and sew. That really did feel like getting out of prison, I imagine!

colleen said...

Yipee you are free!!! Well at lest in the sewing room
So glad to hear from you again. Your bones must be very young to be healing so quickly.
On another note I am so glad my house is all one level
Colleen
Benicia, Ca
On the left coast of USA

margaret said...

that is good news that you are once again able to get to your sewing room and already have made a scarecrow, time will pass more quickly whilst you heal if you are busy stitching.

kezako said...

so cute
Thank you for this fab freebie
Friendly
Kezako

Quilt Hollow said...

Cute scarecrow! Best news to hear is you can get back to your sewing nest!!!! Go easy...no over doing. Hugs!

Eva said...

Thanks for the free pattern Kaaren. Wonderful news, you are back at the sewing machine. Take care and God Bless.

Janet said...

Hi Kaaren. So glad you are up and about. Now,don't over do.
Thank you for the wonderful FFF, he is darling. Take care of yourself.
Janet

Stephanie said...

I'm sure the creative process is also a healing process. Glad your "up and about." I heart Fall. Your freebie followers are going to LOVE this one for sure.

suz said...

It's adorable Kaaren! Sew glad you were able to get back into your sewing room. Continue to get better!

Ruth K said...

Way to go Kaaren, I'm so happy for you and for all of us who are just waiting for your next designs. (selfish; I know) but all with good heart.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I'm just catching up on your news and wanted to wish you well for a quick recovery! ((Hugs))

Joyce Carter said...

Kaaren, you are truly a very remarkable lady! I am so happy you are able to get around now and do the things you love.There is no better therapy than getting to sew. Way to go girl!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

You are an amazing lady, thank you for this ADORABLE pattern and best wishes for speedy healing... don't over-do!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Thanks for another fabulous freebie. So glad you got a few days of "parole" to sew again. I know now it feels to not be able to stitch. It really is true, that our souls are fed with needles and thread!

Lori said...

Karen, so glad to hear that healing is progressing well. Your table runner is wonderful. I have never tried applique. This looks like a great one for this fall. I seem to be in a table runner mood lately. Thanks for the pattern.

Unknown said...

I am sooooooo glad you are doing better. Being up in a different space is nice, but how marvelous to be in your special room. Continue to improve and know there are many sending up good thought for your speedy recovery.
Cindy cbickhaus2@verizon.net

terriquilts said...

Oh, the scarecrow is adorable. Well worth the wait. Thank you so much, I'm going to download the pattern right now. So glad you are starting to get around a little better. Take care of yourself!

Jane said...

Kaaren...talk about progress!!!!! Way to go!!!!!! Thank you so much for the FFF.....he's adorable!!!! Keep on keeping on!! :D

Tammy said...

Glad you are home and back in the studio... I know how much joy that can bring you. I'm just getting back in my to do some small things. But please be careful not to overdo too uncheck too soon. Love your fall scarecrow . He is a great runner for fall. I look forward to downloading and makeing him.

Sandra said...

Kaaren, so glad you're mobile. Don't over-do it though!! Knew you'd be just "itchin" to get into your studio. Take care!

mary said...

so WONDERFUL that you are home and sewing and making such wonderful things...creating is a therapeutic process and brings much joy. the scarecrow is great so thanks so much from far away TEXAS,,,mary

Maureen said...

Way to go! The sewing room is such good therapy. Congratulations on such a big step. And thank you for the freebie, it is so cute.

roccagal said...

glad you are back home and up and about(somewhat)
thanks for the scarecrow-he is cute!

Cindy said...

You're doing great! I made it downstairs to my sewing area for the first time since May. First I had an unknown condition that caused me to vomit everything for 6 weeks, sorry, gross, before they finally did the right test that showed my gall bladder was diseased. The docs wouldn't believe me. Then I had to have my right hip replaced because it was extremely painful, and the doc insisted. I had my left hip done in Feb. 3 surgeries in one year...three too many. I can do the steps now with my cane, which is nice. My son brought up my sewing machine and material, and my husband set it up, so I did get to sew. Keep plucking away, Physical therapy hurts but it's your friend. Love the scarecrow too!

Karin på Ösäter said...

I am so happy for you, sewingroom time are healing and I am so glad you feel better.
And as always a lovely FFF, thank you

Hugs// Karin

http://karinpaosater.blogg.se/

Lori said...

Lovely Kaaren! So glad to hear you were able to get a little sewing therapy.

Louise in Central Oregon said...

Kaaren, Just came across a few of your Raggedy Ann downloads while in the process of organizing my computer. I was so happy to find your blog again. Sorry to hear that you'd been in the hospital. I sure can relate, last yr I had a hip replacement. Your recovery sounds a lot like mine. I just love your projects, colors, all of it. Thanks for your free patterns. Is Otto a Westminster (SP?) terrier? He & the cat are so cute together.

Lesauri said...

Kaaren so happy to hear you are home and healing. Your Freebie Friday is so cute and how great of you to take time while you are healing to share with everyone. You are the best, big hugs.

Victoria said...

This is my first time to visit your site & what do I get? A great Fall pattern!!!!! It is always good news when someone who has had surgery gets back to her sewing room. I am sure that felt amazing!

Sheila said...

Kaaren , I am so pleased to learn you are back in your sewing room , thanks so much for taking the time to finish this project you so generously share with us , it is just sweet !! Continued recovery to you . Hugs Sheila

Alice said...

The scarecrow is lovely! Glad you were able to get in your sewing room. I do hope you did something for yourself while you were up there! Those two cuties are good therapy too. So sweet!

momto1 said...

Kaaren, thank you so much for your generosity! You are so talented. I haven't checked in in a while, so didn't know of the latest concern. So glad you're on the road to recovery again.

Lynn - JnL4God said...

Kaaren - So happy your recovery is progressing. So happy you got in your sewing room. Praying for continued healing. Thanks for the pattern and the update. Hugs, Lynn

Pam in IL said...

Thanks for another great FFF. Great news that you were able to make it up to your sewing room!

Carole said...

I am in AWE! With everything that is going on in your life, you give and give to others. Thank you so much. Your generosity brings tears to my eyes! What a sweet pattern you designed! Love Scare Crows! Thank you! Keeping you in my thoughts! Sending you a gentle hug! xox

Silvia LGD (Little Green Doll) said...

Thank you for this freebie! It's great!