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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Design Wall Monday on Wednesday

We headed to the beach last Thursday for Memorial Weekend and came home Tuesday.
My Design Wall Monday was postponed. 

I took my bin with Midnight Flight parts and pieces.
I decided I wanted to make up block kits.
I made quite a few blocks quarters.

I had lots of parts already sewn and bundled together.
Here is my bag of bags. 
It's stuffed full.
Each snack bag holds 2 quarter blocks. 
I should have counted. 

The chevron bunches on the left are how many of each I have left to sew the corners on.
The bundle on the right are pairs waiting for their HSTs and 4 patches.
I plan to be cutting and sewing today.

It was a beautiful weekend at the beach.
Friday was sunny and warm,
the rest of the time was overcast, mild and no rain.
It was the big garage sale event this weekend. 
I found a new old sewing machine that needs some work
and a few other treasures. 
I didn't think Ernie would like to go sale hopping but he loved it.
I may be in trouble. 

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.