2017 Finish List

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday

During retreat with Bonnie Hunter,
one of our classes was Garden Party.
I have a completed top already but want to make another
and set this one with my framed 9 patches making the diagonal path.
Isn't it going to be fun!!!

I chose to use yellow for my flower centers and
I have some really cool yellow with bees on it.
I shared my bees with my friends and saw many blocks with bee centers.
Thank you to my friend BJ for putting this fabric in a scrap bag
and gifting it to me.

This is my completed Garden Party top
and it will soon be under my needle for quilting.

Design Wall Monday has moved to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.
Thank you Judy H for keeping DWM going~
I love my Monday tour of Blogland.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Retreating With Bonnie

I'm home from 4 days of quilt retreat and classes with Bonnie Hunter.
I have a long internet friendship with Bonnie, 
from the beginning of her sharing and inspiring from her Quiltville website.
When I found her in the early years, I knew I found my quilting person.
When retreat plans were first discussed among friends for our area, 
I thought it would never happen.
When it did, I thought the day would never get here.
But it did and it was worth the 3+ year wait!
Thanks Robin and Sonya for making it happen.
And for making it happen at our favorite retreat spot, Royal Ridges.
For more pictures and happenings,

I take a picture of this tree snag on the first day of each retreat I attend.
Day 1 was spent setting up and sewing on our own projects.

Bonnie and Mary hanging Midnight Flight 
which was our first class on day 2.
I have 1 block made and parts for many more.

Table demo.

I sat with Brandy and Trina.
They are awesome friends!
My face and stomach still hurt from laughing.

Day 3 was Garden Party class.
I am making a second quilt using green for my framed 9 patches.

Day 4 lecture.
OhMyGosh, if you have a chance to listen to this fabulous woman talk,
get yourself there any way you can.

After a wonderful lecture and show and share,
I have many squirrels to chase.
The new list is long.

Waiting for lunch to be ready on day 4.
What a wonderful gathering of women.
So many new friendships were made.
The love of quilting is our bond.

As I was leaving last night, 
the sun was setting.
The sky was a vivid orange.
I felt rejuvenated by my time here.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

On and Off The Needles

I started writing this Friday and then all of the sudden,
no internet!
For hours!

I found the pattern for Groovy Socks on Ravelry.
Unfortunately, it is no longer available.
The pattern calls for a different heel but since these were my
passenger seat knitting socks, 
I used my regular ole heel instead of learning something new.
I'll do it on the next ones.

By the time we got to the beach, 
I was ready start do the toe decrease.
I told Ernie I was going to have them finished by the time we got home.
I was wrong,
I finished them at home.
I was too busy loving on...

Our reason for doing a 1 day round trip to the beach.
We adopted this gorgeous chocolate lab from
OMGoodness, if I could have, I would have brought 2 more home with me.
I could easily turn into that crazy dog lady with too many dogs.

It's been a long time since I've done an On The Needles post...September!
I'll try to do better and maybe I'll finish that Frankensock I still haven't finished.
I'm linking up late to Patchwork Times On The Needles.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Design Wall Monday

 What a fabulous 2 weeks I've had!
We spent 8 days at the beach!
Lots of clamming, reading, relaxing, walking, talking, resting.
I worked on Wild and Goosey.
I knitted on socks.
We did a few small projects on our property.
We made major plans for improvement.
Doug and his family visited one day.
It was a wonderful vacation!

When we came home, 
I was in the mood to sew!
I finished my Crabapple quilt.
No picture yet.
I finally got the borders on my Garden Party.
I'd love to have it quilted before retreating with Bonnie,
but that just isn't going to happen because it's 8 days away 
and I have other things to do between now and then.

Clamming finally opened for us and DWFW was generous
and upped the limit from 15 to 25.
That brought out hordes of people.
I'm not a great digger but I do my best and 
Ernie will have yukky clams to eat whenever he wants.
I don't have to ration them. 😉

This is my favorite beach picture.
My gray haired men.

Now it's time to get back to a bit of reality before retreat.
My list is long.

Check other design walls at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday

The mojo was missing most of the month but I think it's returned.
For a minute maybe.
The quilting is finally finished on Crabapples.
It didn't take too long to get it trimmed up and binding on.
I was going to take it to the beach to stitch the binding,
but I was sitting on the couch petting it so I grabbed the hand stitching box and started.

After the binding was finished, 
I had just a few minutes left of my audio book.
I grabbed my bin with Oklahoma Backroads and 
decided to make one block.
I need to get busy and get the rest of this kitted up.
I've been using the 4 patches for my leader/ender and 
think I need to see where I'm at with them.

The other day I watched a you tube video and the gal was making Chocolate Cherry Jam.
So I ordered the newest Ball canning book and bought some frozen cherries.
Here's a helpful tip,
Cherries are expensive,
3 little bags were $12!
When I chopped them up,
they equaled 3 cups.
I need 6 cups.
I made half a batch.
It's good, really good!
I'll buy cherries when they are fresh and make more.
Or find a new/cheaper source for frozen.

See what others are working on at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday

We spent some time at the beach last week.
Finally, for the first time this year, we could dig clams on Long Beach.
Something about toxins, blah, blah, blah.
I love spending time at the beach!

My beach sewing project is Wild & Goosey.
I added these little blocks to my pile.
I've decided to just keep making the littles so I'll have a good variety 
when it's time to make them into bigs.
I need to add to my little fabric stash for the next trip.

I basted more gray hexies for the On The Road Quilt.
Half the blue rosettes are each surrounded by 12 gray hexies.
Then other half are surrounded by neutral scrappy pieced hexies.
I need to make more of those too.

I glue basted several more Mischief pieces.

Here is my new little sewing set up.
The kitchen table is too high or
my chair is too low. 
This is just right!

We are headed back next week.
Today I'm going to visit the other design wall blog posts that are linking to

Monday, April 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday

If you stole my quilting mojo,
would you please return it!
I'm having a heck of a time getting the Crabapples quilted.

Mostly is an arthritis issue. 
In my left pinkie finger, of all places!
It is so painful sometimes that I can't move the quilt around.
Then I remembered I had the Fabulous Fabric Glide from The Gypsy Quilter.
What a difference that made.
I'm hoping to finish this today!
I swear! Even get the binding on.

I needs to be finished so I can play!
I was one of the lucky 94 quilters that was able to buy The Easy Center Square ruler
when they became available on the Quiltville blog.
I just happened to read that blog post at the exact right time.

This beauty is right outside my living room window.
It's about 8 feet tall and loaded with buds.
I've spent the winter worried about it because there were so many buds so soon.
I'm hoping the rain goes away so I can enjoy this before the flowers all fade away.

See all the fabulous Design Wall Monday link ups at

Monday, April 03, 2017

Design Wall Monday

There's no design wall happening here.
There is quilting and there is preparing for retreat.
Not just any retreat,
it's a retreat with Bonnie in 43 days!
A little.

I thought it would be fun to finish off as many Bonnie quilts as I can.
I, of course, had big plans but you know what happens to plans.
I'll get done what I can.
No pressure!

I will have my class projects kitted up and ready.
This is Midnight Flight ready to go.
The only problem I have now is that my bin is too small.
There is an easy solution.
I have lots of bins.

See what others have happening at 

Saturday, April 01, 2017

March UFO Progress & April UFO Plan

Well the March UFO Plan didn't exactly go as planned.
I didn't have enough leftover sashing fabric for piano keys.
I did have enough to make a fun pieced scrappy border though.
Some time early in the month, 
my quilting mojo went missing.
Pardon my folding creases as this had been folded (with seams to the inside)
and put back in her storage bin.
My mojo is back now so maybe the quilting will happen in April.
Or maybe not. 😉
Some UFO project is better than no progress. 
That's my story.

Judy L chose #1 for April.
My Millefiore!
I love this quilt so much.
I have great plans for her.
First is the border. 
This picture does not show the gray fill in pieces for the edges.
They are on there, I swear.
I can't believe I didn't take a picture of that!!

Here's my plan.
Press one edge at a time.
Remove those papers.
Applique it to the inner border of the same color.
After all four sides are finished,
attach the outer border.

The quilting plan and thread have been mapped out for months. 
That's going to be a big project
so prep work for quilting is all I plan to do this month.
I have to get other things ready for retreat in May.

See how others have done with their UFO projects at

Monday, March 27, 2017

Quiltathon Day 4

Is your husband retired?
Mine is.
Some days it's hard to get anything done.
Like today.
It took all day but I got my quilt basted.
Not one stitch was sewn.
Not looking good for tomorrow either. 

I'm trying to use up the stuff that is taking over my sewing room.
Like batting scraps that my friend gives me.
I've use lots of them in donation quilts but not the wool batting.
I've saved that for myself.
I use the iron on tape to join the pieces.
Some times I amaze myself with how close I come with measurements.
I swear I had at least 5 extra inches but as you see, I didn't.
Close is good enough today.

Thanks Judy L for another quiltathon.
I'm hoping to get a bit more accomplished during April.

Design Wall Monday

It's time to make some decisions on the On The Road Project.
Like exactly how big I'm going to make it. 
What am I going to do for the sides and the corners.
How many more blue pieced hexie do I need.
How many yellows.
I love how it's looking! 
Sometimes this is all I want to work on.

I went on a hunt for a complete picture of this quilt and didn't find any.
I did find a few of this in progress and labeled them.
And I found pictures of the mini sister quilt called Trees Left Standing and labeled those also.
That will be quilted next.
If you don't own this book, you should order your own autographed copy.  😉
Leaders and Enders has changed my quilting life!

Anyhow, the basting will begin today!
I'm pretty excited that I have the binding ready, 
the thread is picked out,
I even know the quilt design I'm going to try.

Quiltathon Day 4 begins now!
See what others are working on at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.