Sunday, June 26, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching

Another busy week has passed by.  Monday, Kyleigh and her boyfriend Andrew took me and Andrew's grandmother out to lunch.  It was a really nice lunch and nice to get out and see Jandra again.  By the time I got home from lunch, brother Bill and SIL Char were back from Oregon.  They have been scoping out places to live once they retire in 3 years.  Bill was also able to get some rare woods and the finish he likes to use for his wooden bowls and platters.

My daughters requested a family dinner on Tuesday night and Char and I spent most of the day preparing dinner.  

Char and I, sister of my heart

My daughters, Char and my brother Bill

The grandkids were acting silly, had a hard time getting them to cooperate.

While Char was in Oregon she was able to finish her cross stitch.  

Wednesday was our last guild workday at Joann's house, the former co-chair of Community Service.  These workdays we usually cut backings and battings and bindings for the quilt tops we receive.  

After that workday, we moved the rest of the stuff to my garage.  So next Wednesday will be a workday at a local church where we will quilt small quilts for about 4 hours.   I will have to pack up the quilts we have pin-basted, plus rulers etc. to the church.  Joann is going to come and help me know what I need to take with me.  

Several days ago I was pulling out of my driveway and the turkeys were walking across one end.  There were 2 mothers and about 9 babies.  

This week, after my company left on Wednesday morning, in my free time I have been working on Bill and Char's lighthouse quilt, in particular the Storm at Sea blocks.  I had not cut all the pieces out for the 22 blocks.  It took me 2 days to get everything straightened out.  I decided to lay everything out on the table so I could make sure that they had all the components for the blocks.  I have now gotten up to 12 blocks done, 10 more to go. I scrounged up just enough background for all the blocks. 

Saturday I decided to wash a skirt I love, and wore the other day.  Instructions said to hang to dry.  It was so hot here, I hung it in the garage, and it was dry within 1/2 hour!  

Long, long ago, in 2014, a crazy quilt friend and I exchanged blocks to embellish for one another.  Life happened for both of us, and the blocks got set aside for many years.  In 2019 I decided to finish up her block and sent it off.  In 202 she got to my block, but COVID  happened and she was not been able to get it out of Turkey. Her husband has recently traveled to Scotland, and was able to send it to the US from there, and it arrived today. I am totally humbled and amazed at the beautiful piece of art she has sent back to me.

I also got back another of my blocks I had sent to a CQ friend in Texas who offered to embellish for a list of people she drew names for. Another beautiful block!

What I will be working on this week for Slow Sunday Stitching is another Ella Maria Deacon block, and/or July's stitch-along from Kathy Schmitz' from her Gathered Blessings panel.

I'll be 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!


Kim said...

Both of those CQ blocks are astonishing, Karrin. So much exquisite stitching and embellishing in both. Just look at all your happy family. How wonderful you all get to share such special times together.

Angela said...

Oh, such gorgeous CQ blocks!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

aren't those baby turkeys cute I wish I had some wandering here. your quilts all look nice and you sure have been keeping busy - the crazy quilts are a delight to look at I have never made one

Debra said...

Family is everything....your CQ blocks are stunning... have a great week

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Look at those turkeys - what a fun sight! Glad you had that time with your brother and SIL and your girls this week, too. The crazy quilt blocks are just amazing! Enjoy your stitching today, Karrin!

Ivani said...

OWO Gourgeous crazy quilt blocks Karrin!
Look at those Turkey families walking around.
Great having all the pieces prepared for the storm at the sea blocks. Have fun stitching them.

The Cozy Quilter said...

The wild turkeys around here hang out in the farmer’s fields. We have had deer on our street but no wild turkeys. The laundry stitchery turned out well! Happy sewing to you this week…that’s a lot of blocks to finish!

K Reeves said...

What a great post Karrin, from pix of your family to those gorgeous blocks and your own wonderful projects!

CathieJ said...

Oh my goodness, what an interesting post. I love the family photos. Those crazy quilt blocks are just gorgeous. I love the story as to how you finally got the blue one back. I liked seeing the turkey families. Enjoy working on your projects. Have a great week.

Jenny said...

I've never done crazy quilting but I certainly love the effects, so beautiful. Such cute baby turkeys. We have some wild ones here, but they are generally out on farm lands in the country, never seen any in towns.

Cathy said...

Hi Karrin. I love the block that Rengin did for you. I’d recognize her beautiful work anywhere! (Give her my best next time you converse with her!). The other block is lovely too, BTW. Good for you, taking on the Community Service responsibilities for your guild. I’m sure the job will hold many great hours of fun and camaraderie (and work) for you. xo

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Beautiful post, Karrin. Especially nice seeing the family together and enjoying themselves. We saw baby turkeys last week, coincidentally, and I got Ned in the house just as they came down the driveway. Beautiful blocks with all the pretty embellishments. Better late than never. Storm at Sea is going to be a real beauty!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

You have some beautiful blocks from some great friends. You are a busy lady and love to see your smile - it can be infectious to see how happy you are! Staying busy is the best for everyone. The grand kids were really having fun taking the picture! Have a happy 4th! Hugs Oh yes the Turkeys - how sweet to see them lined up in a row behind their Mother!