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Monday, March 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday

I finished the Warm Wishes quilt except for about 36" of binding.
It was a super nice day yesterday so I layed it out on the deck for a picture.
Last night when I looked at the pictures I laughed at the shadows. 
I think we are headed back to rain today so I'm glad I got the shadowy picture.

When I was talking to a friend about this quilt,
she said I should make one for the brother.
So that is my project I'll start today.
There is still enough gifted cowboy fabric that includes some panel pieces
that I can come up with a great quilt for brother.

This week at Binding Friends group, I showed off my
On The Road Quilt.
It's nice to have a full picture.

There are some awesome projects being shared at

Monday, March 05, 2018

Design Wall Monday

Last week I ran into a friend. 
She told me about her little grandson who had spent a long time in the hospital
and has had numerous surgeries.
On the way home, I told Ernie I was going to make that baby a quilt.
I needed to.
As I was working on it, I constantly thought about how lucky we were
that our children and their children are all so healthy.
I am thankful and very blessed.

So with sewing and thinking and thanking,
this cute cowboy Warm Wishes quilt top and backing has been handed off for quilting.
The binding is ready to attach. 
Thanks to my friend for the fabulous bag of fabric.
I knew it would be perfect for someone and I'm happy I found the someone.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Design Wall Monday

It's been a tough week here.
My dad passed last week after a battle with cancer.
My mind has been a jumbled mess and I find it hard to concentrate on much of anything.
So lots of things got worked on a little.

I thought I had finished with my On The Road Quilt.
After it was dog approved, I started to fold it up.
Then I noticed I need to add 2 hexies to one side!
I'll get to that this week.
The backing arrived and I'm anxious to quilt it.

I pulled out some panels from the bag my friend gave me.
Ran them through the washer and dryer and pieced a back for the January UFO top.

I've had this table runner basted for a while so I decided to try to quilt it.
Threads were chosen, 
quilting started,
interest lost.

This happened all week!
When we thought it was over,
we woke up to 4 more inches!
Winter is not over!!

These 2 needed to cuddle so to the couch we went with our favorite quilt and a book.
There may have been a Sunday morning nap.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Design Wall Monday

The sewing mojo has returned home! 
On Ringo Lake is a finished quilt top!
Even that one sashing block has been turned the right direction.
I'm waiting on the backing to arrive this week and the basting will begin.

After ORL, I grabbed the board the had these cute 6" calendar blocks layed out on it.
These were our Christmas Club exchange blocks for 2017.
I knew all last year how I was going to sash them!
This will hang in the bus at the beach when it's completed.

Then I started sewing Oklahoma Backroads blocks into a top.
I've been making these blocks as leader/enders for a while.
The pattern is at Quiltville in the free patterns tab.
Sorry for the horrible picture.
It needs a good pressing and then the sashing will go on.

Lots of tv time with the Olympics and then yesterday was the Daytona 500.
We have really missed watching NASCAR the past couple years.
I sat down thinking I could get the last row finished on The On The Road Quilt
(found at MDQuilts)
but I was wrong.
I had one yellow/orange rosette stitched wrong so unsewing and resewing had to happen
before anything else.
I have the final 4 finishing rosettes and 1 little edge section left.
Today? Maybe~

Snow and ice and freezing temps are here again.
Spring tried to show herself around here.
Daffodils are up with buds ready to open, trees are starting to grow their buds,
then WHAM!! Winter tells us who is still boss.

These days are perfect sew days. 
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Slow Stitching Sunday

 I haven't done a Slow Stitching post in quite a while. Believe me, there has been some SLOW stitching happening around here.

Case in point is my On The Road Quilt that only happens on the couch.  I am so close to having it complete. The final half hexi row of yellow/orange rosettes are prepared. The final blue hexi and the surrounding neutrals are ready. The side fill in pieces are ready.

I started this August of 2016 and have worked on in off and on since.
I am so excited to have his one so close to complete. I've got a plan in my head for the borders and the quilting. The backing fabric will be here this week. It is #4 on my UFO list for the year. When that number is called, I'm hoping to have it marked off the list already.

NASCAR Daytona 500 is today. I predict I will be sitting on the couch with this in my lap stitching and stitching until the final stitch is in.

Of course sometimes I predict wrong but I have have high hopes.

I can't wait to pull out the rest of the papers!

Check all the Slow Sunday Stitching posts at Kathy's Quilts.
So many fabulous projects! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday

On Ringo Lake is becoming a quilt top.
Slowly but surely!
3 long center rows are sewn together.
The 4th row blocks are stacked and ready to assemble.
Eating the elephant one bite at a time.

The Olympics have taken over my TV.
Now I wish I had a TV in my sewing room.

I am soooo very close to working the bottom row of my On The Road Quilt.
I'm only 2 rosettes away from finishing  the last blue row
but I got stalled when I needed more piece neutral hexies.
So I grabbed my neutral scrap bucket and went to work.
I'm not sure how many I have but I'm thinking more than enough.
You know how that works, right!!

Last night I basted all the remaining hexies.
I hope, I might need to make a few more grays and a couple of lavenders 
 but they are easy, 
just cut fabric and baste to the paper.
I'm ready to finish this top!
Bring on the Monday evening Olympics.

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Sunday, February 04, 2018

January Pantry Challenge Wrap Up

It was a good month for the pantry challenge. 
I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to.
I have a good handle on what I need, what we use most
and what we are out of. 

I planned to continue into February 
but not as strict as I was in January.
I need to restock some things.

My true test was getting ready for the beach trip.
I normally menu plan for our time there and
I had no problem making a grocery list to supplement what I had.
This time I didn't want to shop.
I wanted to stick to the challenge.

I did really good except I forgot to take potatoes.
So Ernie "had" to go to the store.
His favorite is Jack's Country Store
and always finds a reason to go there.
 And Momma wanted Cinnamon Bears!

The real reason for the beach trip was it was open for clamming.
I didn't go.
I don't like the cold rain and digging in the dark.
So a few more clams have been stocked in the freezer.
I will use any excuse to go to the beach. 😀

Monday, January 29, 2018

Design Wall Monday

When my mind is full, 
my hands need to be busy.
I tried sewing at the machine but that was a fail.
I can work on my Pieced Hexies,
stop when I need to just think.
There's something very comforting about pulling the needle through fabric.

This is the start of the final blue row. 
I might need to make a few more neutral and gray hexies
but the major parts are ready to sew.
(I just noticed that my purple by the blue is the wrong purple!) 
(Easy fix!!)

As I was working on it last night, 
all of the sudden it was very heavy.
Time to pull out more of the papers. 
Only the hexies that are not surrounded by other hexies
need to have the papers left in them.

When all the pieces are stitched,
I will work on a border to make it a straight edge. 
I plan a solid neutral border (solid as in tone on tone)
and then the blue fabric used in the center of the blue rosettes will be the outer border.

I am so close
and so excited!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

January Pantry Challenge--Week 4

For me, a pantry challenge is a good thing. For the most part, I have always kept a well stocked pantry. I admit to getting lazy sometimes about going to the store to stock when the prices are good. I also admit to hating to shop!  I use what I have in the house and the stock gets low and I get panicky.  Then I have to work, work, work to get back into my comfort zone.

I feel I am in a good place right now with what I have remaining in the house. There are somethings I need to replenish...I am out of tomato product of every kind! I am running low on pasta. I'm running very low on beef in the freezer! But there is enough other meat that I'm not worried about that at all.

I love having a menu plan but find it difficult to plan for a whole month. I prefer a week or 2 at a time. I did a menu plan for January but have strayed at times. No big deal. I kept a list of what we actually had for dinners. I've also kept a list of what others have shared on our group and have some pretty good new ideas for us.

So enough babble...my week went like this. Monday was an on your own day-aka leftovers. We had a meeting in town and went to Costco--may as well, we were in town!  Tuesday we had dijon mushroom pork chops, Wednesday was turkey tortellini soup.  Thursday was breakfast for dinner-my favorite! and Friday Ernie wanted Chinese so I ordered and he picked it up. The serving sizes are so large that we had enough for Saturday dinner too.  It was like date night 2 nights in a row. 😉😉

I used pantry stock to make some Vanilla Chai Tea Mix. A doubled recipe makes 2 1/2 quarts. Granddaughter Taylor loves this so I had promised to make her some. Will she get a full quart? Probably.

With 4 days left of this challenge, I'm calling it a success for me. I need to take my list and go to the store. I am planning to continue into February with the challenge. I will watch the sales but as far as just going to get groceries..no thank you. I don't want to. I'll just use what I have. I  has to be a good sale to get me into the store. 

Thanks Leisa of Suttons Daze on you tube.  I look forward to what will happen next month. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Design Wall Monday

My mojo went missing for a while, but I found it again.
Yesterday I spent most of the day with On Ringo Lake.
If you want it, you'd better head over to Quiltville and get your clues.
It will be gone shortly!

As I'm sewing more blocks together, I see a pair of geese flying backwards.
I'm surprised I only found 1 pair like that.

All blocks are complete! 

Next is to finish sewing the sashings together.
You know neutrals are my favorite colors!

Quilt inspector Polly needed some serious attention.

So we headed to the couch to work on hexies.
On The Road is so close to being a quilt top!
Only a 3 more major rows! 

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