Sunday, March 19, 2023

Little Green Apples Blog Hop Starts Today


The Little Green Apples Blog Hop starts today, hosted by the amazing Carol @Just Let Me Quilt.    The challenge this time was to sew something with green, or apples, or a combination of both.  The complete schedule is below.


Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Schmilt

Quilting Gail

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

DesertSky Quilting

Days Filled With Joy

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Sew Many Yarns



Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrin’s Crazy World

For The Love Of Geese

Vroomans Quilts

Quilted Snail

Homespun Hannah's Blog

The Joyful Quilter




Ms P Designs USA

Words & Stitches

The Crafty Grammie


Texas Quilt Gal

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching



Moosestash Quilting

Patchwork Breeze


Selina Quilts

Samelia's Mum

Just Because Quilts


That Fabric Feeling

Thanks for stopping by!

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's been another busy week for me.  I spent 2 days last week helping paint at my daughter Kristen's house.  Granddaughter Kyleigh moved out several months ago, and they are making her former bedroom into SIL Jeff's office.  So we were painting a linen color over turquoise, and it required two coats, even though it had primer in it.  This Sunday we are painting the ceiling, and I am working on baseboards.  

Wednesday was our guild meeting, in a new location.  We had to arrive an hour early this time to figure out where we were setting up our various tables.  At our old location, we had someone set up tables for our different specialties.  At this new location, we had to take our own tables.  Since I have tables at my home now for the workday at my house, I took two tables for our Community Service.   This guild meeting seemed to go on forever, mainly because our guild's quilt show is next month and we were trying to get volunteers for various activities.  

That night was dinner at my granddaughter's place for her boyfriend Drew.  I could hardly wait for him to open gifts.  He was thrilled.  

The rest of this week I have been working on my Green Apples project.  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish at least the top, but I was able to complete the top by Saturday afternoon.  It won't be quilted, but the top is done.  

I've been thinking about some things in the garage, namely some sails for a 27 foot sailboat my husband John built back in around 1987.  I was trying to find someplace I could maybe recycle them.  John built 7 boats total.  I knew he got his plans from a placed called Glen-L Marine.   I looked up the name of the boat,  Chessie Flyer on Glen L Marine, and discovered 3 pictures of us, and our sailboat on the website.  I know John sent them pictures but didn't realize they were online.  

It brought back lots of good memories sailing.  We used to take this sailboat all over Northern California.  

We have had storm after storm recently.  This week we had 3 sunny days, and I got outside for a few hours Saturday.  I have tons, and tons, and tons of weeds, and got rid of a few of them, and sprayed weed killer where they are coming out of the bark I just had placed.   Some of my plants are blooming.

My brick pathway is growing moss, and there are weeds 6 inches tall coming up out of the cracks.  

My hydrangeas are still naked though, just some sticks, as are the wisteria.  

This week I had a chance to finish this stitchery by Bird Brain Designs.  

This week for Slow Sunday Stitching I will be working on my sunflower quilt.  It has been sitting in the corner for a couple of months. 

I'll be linking up for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy's Quilts.    Check out what everyone has been up to.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

ScrapHappy March

It’s time for showing off our scrap projects! ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, jewelry, dolls, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible.

I'm still working on Winter Blues, a pattern by Bonnie Hunter.  This was cut out entirely from my scrap bags.   Last month this was where I was.  Right after this, I had to pick up my design floor as  I had some ladies from my guild come over to work on community service quilts.  It's at my house the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  So I picked it up, and put it in my sewing room.  I had to sort out all the components again when I got it out again.

I got it out again last week, sorted the pieces out again.  This is where I am now.  I have 3 more rows to add to the bottom half, and then I can join the sides.  I am hoping to finish this section of the top before I have to pick it up again next Tuesday in preparation for work day.
Then it will be to piece the border.

If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn it into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving it to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either e-mail Kate at the address on her Contact Me page, or leave a comment on her Scrap Happy Post. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long-term commitment or even join in every month. Regular contributors receive an email reminder at least three days before the event.

Check out what the other members are making with their scraps this month.

KateGun, EvaSueLyndaBirtheTuridSusan (me!), Cathy, Tracy, JanMoira,
EdiSandraChrisAlysClaire93JeanJonDawnJuleGwenSue L,
Sunny, KjerstinVeraNanetteAnnDawn 2CarolPreetiDebbierose,
VivNĂ³ilinKarrinAmo, and Alissa

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching, SAHRR

This past week was jam-packed with activities.  Monday I had choir practice at the community center which is across the street from my home.  Tuesday was our quilt guild board meeting which I attend as I am co-chair of community service quilts.  Wednesday I gave my son-in-law a ride to the airport at 6:30 a.m.    Then at 9 a.m. was our guild pin basting day at the community center.  Wednesday afternoon our choir group did a performance at a local memory unit.  Those residents have such a good time, it doesn't matter that we might not always been on key.  They wave their hands around directing us and sing along with us.  It's always an uplifting experience.

Thursday I had an appointment with my Dr. and got a cortisone shot in my knee and lab work.  The good thing was every single one of my tests was perfectly normal, BP 1156/58.  When I got my lab work done, she put a cotton ball and tape on the site and told me to put pressure on it.  I went outside where it was pouring down rain and drove on home.  I got home and took off my coat and the whole arm of my sweatshirt was soaked.  

Friday was the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop, hosted by Bea @Beaquilter.   You can read my post here.    I made this quilt for my granddaughter Kyleigh's boyfriend Drew.  I promised him a quilt when he graduated from nursing school in December.  Drew loves Moose, so I added some moose applique.   His birthday is this month.   I plan to give it to him next week.

I also was able to get my SAHRR done.   This is a round robin that is organized every year by Quilting Gail, and each week one of the co-host bloggers gives a prompt as to what you should add to the next round.  We start off with an orphan block, or something you didn't use for another quilt.  My block was leftover from grandson Jaeger's high school graduation quilt.  I made the block wrong and saved this one.  

The last prompt was by Quilting Gail for pinwheel blocks.  This is my finished quilt.  It measures 64x77 and I plan to donate it to community service in my guild.  

This week I also made a couple of St. Patrick's gnome pillows.  My embroidery machine is in the shop still, and I didn't have time to do any applique, so I printed some images on fabric, and did some quilting around the images.  

This week I have continued working on my Green Apples Blog Hop project.  I am sewing units together on machine, and then sewing rows together by hand at night.  

I also worked a bit on this embroidery.  This is a Bird Brain Design.  

I got my scrappy project back out.  It is Winter Blues by Bonnie Hunter, and will eventually be a wedding quilt for a family friend's daughter.   I last had this out in February when I had to pick everything in my work area, which happens to be the dining room/kitchen where I have really good lighting.   The end of the month I have a guild work day at my house for community service.  We cut batting and binding for donated quilt tops/backs and package them up.  Usually there are about 6 of us.  So the components for this quilt were in about 4 baskets/containers and all mixed up.  I am going to organize them so I can figure out what I am doing again.  They were basically organized before put them in my sewing room.  

The end of the month I have signed up for a 4-day Day Camp at my guild.  It is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.   We will have a potluck dinner each day.   I am trying to organize projects to work on while there.  

Carole @From My Carolina Home has a mystery quilt along each year, and she just started a new one called Scrap Dance Quadrille.  I plan to make a lap quilt for an 80+ year old friend who has been having chronic medical issues.  Barbara likes purple so I pulled a bunch of purple fabric out.  I cut a bunch of the scrappy 4 inch squares out.  I still need to cut out the background squares and rectangles, but that will be one thing I will work on at Day Camp.  I probably have enough purple squares here to make 3 quilts but I got in the groove of cutting up scraps. 

Daughter Katie and I and Klara and John had a great lunch at Spaghetti Factory Saturday.  We always love it there, and didn't have to wait like we usually do at dinner time.  The other great thing is the great leftovers.

For my slow stitching this week, I will continue working on my Bird Brain designs, and my Green Apples project.  Check out the other quilters below for the Hand Quilt Along below.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanette, SharonKarrinDaisy, and Connie

I will also be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and check out what everyone has been up to.  Monday I will be linking up at Quilting Gail for final picture of the SAHRR.  

Thanks for stopping by!