Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop, My Day

When Joan@ Moosestash Quilting announced the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop, I knew I needed to jump right in.  The challenge was to make something with a polar bear, blue or something reflecting the cold.   

I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  It was an old unstarted kit I had gotten from my LQS I think in 1998 for a wool table runner. The book doesn't have any copyright date it it, but on the back is the price sticker and it says 12/98.  I have always meant to make it up for my daughter Kristen.  I have been meaning to make this for her for years and it has never gotten done.   Since her BD is January 21st, this was the perfect impetus to make it.  

This project/kit came from the book Snowflake Threads by Need'l Love. 

This is my finished product.  I love it, and so did Kristen when I gave it to her last week.  

Thanks so much to Joan @Moosestash Quilting for another delightful hop, and giving me a kick in the pants to at long last get this done!

The full schedule for the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop is below.  Be sure to visit all these creative bloggers and see what they have come up with.


Monday Jan 24

Creatin' in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Purring Cottage

Patchouli Moon Studio


Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life


Tuesday Jan 25

Just Let Me Quilt


Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

 Days Filled With Joy

That Fabric Feeling

Den syende Himmel



Wednesday Jan 26

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Hazel’s Daughter 

Words & Stitches

Kathleen McMusing

Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!

Quilted Delights


Thursday Jan 27

Songbird Designs

Selena Quilts

Ms P Designs USA

Quilting Gail

Karrin's Crazy World

Food for Thought

Bumbleberry Stitches


Friday Jan 28

Sew Many Yarns


Lianne Makes Stuff

Stitchin at Home

Quilt Schmilt

Lynns Beauty


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stay at Home Round Robin, Weeks 1 and 2


Gail @Quilting Gail is hosting the SAHRR (Stay At Home Round Robin) again this year.   You can find out all about it here.    Each week one of the co-hosts gives you a border to put on your original block.  This is a list of the rounds.  

Last week I was busy working on my daughter's BD presents, and didn't get around to getting my round on.   This was my original block.  

The first round was suggested by Anja @Anja Quilts, curves.  This is my first round of curves.  

This week's prompt was by Emily @The Darling Dogwood and was diamonds.  This is my diamond round.  I was going to do an economy square in the corners, but I miscut my brown fabric several times, and misjudged the dimensions of my cut pieces, so I had no more brown fabric left.  

I will be linking up @Anja Quilts and @The Darling Dogwood.    Thanks so much ladies you are challenging me to try new things!  

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching

Another action-filled week has passed.  I spent a lot of the week trying to finish daughter Kristen's BD presents.  One of them I can't share as it is my Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop Project which starts next week.   

Most of the week was trying to find a crow SVG design that I could cut out with iron on vinyl on my Cricut.  I found a design I really loved, but it was too intricate.  Daughter Kristen when she went to her sister's house in October discovered I had given Katie a pillow cover and didn't give her one at the same time.   It was for Katie's BD, so I told Kristen I would make one for her BD.  She requested something with a crow.  Crows or ravens have significance for us, as we have seen them since John died a lot.  Plus he remarked to me numerous times I always seemed to make things with black birds.   So I was looking for a crow or raven on it I could cut out.  I cut out my preferred design 3 times, but it was so intricate that when I was weeding out the vinyl that was not wanted I kept tearing off parts that weren't supposed to be weeded off.  

So finally I found one that worked, and this was the result.  Kristen loved it!

Another thing I made was this cardinal vase.  I copied this picture from the Jennifer Maker website.  This is where I have been getting a lot of project ideas for the Cricut, and I had enrolled in one of her classes.  I had tried to take a picture of the completed vase but the lighting was not right.  

The video for the instructions are found right here:  She had gotten these blank vases at Dollar Tree, and I spent several days looking for one.  I finally found one at Joann's on sale, but it was not a dollar.  Today I was at Goodwill looking for pots I could put my new orchids in.  I didn't find any vases but I did find another one of these vases for 49 cents!  

This week I also attended the guild meeting and they were looking for sign-ups for Quilter of the Month, and no one was volunteering, so I volunteered for June.  I am not very good at speaking in front of a lot of people.  I hope I am brave enough to do this!  

So daughter Kristen took the day off on Friday for her BD and invited me to come with her and husband Jeff to Half Moon Bay.  My happy place is at the beach and I jumped at the opportunity.  I had been thinking about driving myself the 2-1/2 hours to the beach, so I was happy to get the opportunity to ride.  We got there about lunch time, and went to Barbara's Fish Trap where we had a delicious lunch.   We had been there once before and vowed to go back again.  

In Half Moon Bay there are several nurseries along one road, and a succulent nursery in the main part of town.  Kristen wanted to get some succulents so we stopped at the one in town first.  Then we went to the orchid nursery we had been to last July.  I was able to buy 3 orchids this time.  They didn't have the selection they did last time, but I did find some beauties.  The lighting is poor tonight, but it was too bright this afternoon.  

We were able to spend a little time at the beach before we came home.  We  couldn't have asked for a better day.  The weather was beautiful.

We left Half Moon Bay at 4:30, had back to back traffic going into San Francisco, all the way across the Bay Bridge and almost all the way home.   It took us until 9:15 to get home.  

When my family have a birthday I usually pull out old pictures and post them, wishing them Happy Birthday.  

These were a few I pulled out the other day.  I look like I am a baby when I had Kristen, but I was actually 28.  That photo session with Kristen's portrait pictures, she had 6 different expressions, this is the one I loved the best.

This week the senior swimmers at Kyleigh's college were highlighted, and this was the picture she had taken.   She will be graduating from nursing school in May.  

Last week I was so busy driving around looking for supplies for Kristen's BD gift I didn't get my Ella Maria Deacon Block done.  I will also probably work on my next Kathy Schmitz embroidery.  

So this is what I will be doing for Slow Sunday Stitching this week.  I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts.    Head on over and check out what everyone is working on.  It is my favorite place to spend time on Sundays.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

Hand Quilt Along, Slow Sunday Stitching

It has been another busy week.  A lot of my spare time was figuring out how I was going to make a Victorian House block for my mini quilt group with the quilt guild.  Everyone was making two different house blocks.  The ones I chose were to make were a lighthouse and Victorian house.  We are going to assemble this to raffle off for our guild.  The lighthouse was no problem, I found a coloring page to make my lighthouse block.  I neglected to take a picture of that one though.  The Victorian house was somewhat more problematic.  I found plenty I could make but they were too complicated to make.  After about a week of looking at images, and Pinterest perusing, I finally found an image I cut out on my Cricut machine.  I got it cut out and assembled.  The ladies at yesterday's meeting were pleased.    Me and my big mouth volunteered to do an apartment building for the next meeting which will be at my house.  I have a lot of yard clean up to do before that though.  

This week has been problematic for my daughter Katie's children.  First they were not able to go to Adventure Club, because someone in Klara's class tested positive.  So Katie asked me to pick them up after school Wednesday-Friday.  Wednesday morning about 10:00 Katie asked me to pick up John-John, his whole class had been dismissed, until next Tuesday as 8/29 kids tested positive.  John-John had Covid at Thanksgiving.  So I took him home and then picked up Klara after school.   Thursday I was just supposed to pick up Klara, but Katie picked her up early as she had a sore throat.  She had a sore throat last week too and was treated with antibiotics.  She got some more antibiotics for strep throat, and still has a bad cough.  Hopefully she is on the road to recovery now. 

Wednesday this week, I had a luncheon with the Single Ladies from the quilt guild which was nice.  

For my Friday mini meeting, I got this much done on this Ella Maria Deacon block.  

While I was looking for my landscape fabrics for the house blocks, I came across these blocks.  They are from a 1999 calendar by the Piecemakers Quilt Shop.  I had started this lighthouse quilt in 1999 and then set them aside.   Each year they would have a different theme,  and the quilt patterns came with the calendar.  I have about 5 of these calendars, and 2 of the kits.  I think it is beyond time for me to get this finished!

This will be my one of my hand projects I will be working on for the next few months, along with finishing up my Ella Maria Deacon blocks.  

Check out the other Hand Quilting Links 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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

I am also linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and check out what everyone has been up to.  

Thanks for stopping by!