Sunday, July 21, 2024

SLOW SUNDAY STITCHING

Last week just seemed to whiz by.  I had Begonia meeting on Tuesday night.  I have been nominated to be the Sunshine Committee next year which involves sending cards to those who are ill or have had surgery.  

Wednesday was guild meeting.  We had quite a few quilts finished for our Community Service.  

This past week I have been working on my Something Smells Fishy Project.  

Thursday afternoon after running some errands, my car started acting like it had no power about a mile from home.  Luckily I made it into my driveway.  Son-in-law Jeff, and grandson Jaeger came over to check it out and I have a bad alternator.  The next day I had AAA tow it to the mechanics, and hopefully I will have it back on Monday.  

Another thing  I did this week was take some of my multitude of tomatoes and make some Bruschetta in a Jar.  These are the last two I have.  I have given 3 away.  It was pretty tasty.  


There were some interesting cloud formations on my walk this week.



Friday I was supposed to attend an event called Petal to the Metal.   A number of quilters were going to get together to sew quilt tops all day.  The quilts were going to benefit fire victims in two of our local hospitals.  They want to give 150 quilts at Christmas to burn victims in the hospital.  I wasn't able to attend because my car was in the shop.  The quilts tops were already cut out, they were going to provide lunch and prizes.  I was sorry to miss, but told them I would donate a couple of tops myself.  

At a guild meeting recently I picked up a baggie that said piano keys, 2-1/2 x 4.5, so I decided to make potato chip blocks.  I have them in various stages of completion.  




For Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I am still working on my Kathy Schmitz and redwork projects.  




I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Something Smells Fishy Blog Hop Challenge Starts Next Week

 

The Something Smells Fishy Blog Hop Challenge starts next week, hosted by the ever fabulous Carol @Just Let Me Quilt.  

The challenge this time:  Make something with a fish in the fabric or in the quilt design, applique or pieced fish.  This one is easy for me, I have tons of nautical, sea, fish fabric and projects.  I plan to fish up one I started several years ago.  Can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

JULY 22

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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Slow Sunday Stitching

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted, and for good reason.  I went with my older daughter Kristen and her family, and granddaughter Kyleigh's fiance to Hawaii.  My son-in-law Jeff's 50th birthday was on July 1st and we told him we were taking him to Hawaii for a week and he had 1 day to get ready.   He kept asking if it was a joke, which it wasn't.  Granddaughter Kyleigh came up with the idea late last year, and it has been really hard to keep the surprise.  I almost blew it the week  before we were supposed to go, but luckily it didn't click with him .

My header picture is from the last sunset off our deck.  We rented a house in Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu.  It was a wonderful week.  The temperatures varied from 75-82, thus we escaped our Northern California weather of 104-109.  It was tough coming back!   My camellia bushes are getting pretty crispy.

This was the living room, looking out to the ocean.  I sat in that chair by the window when the sun was hitting the deck and too much for me to sit outside.  I did some stitching, but not much while I was gone.  



One day we went to Dole Plantation, and visited their maze, gardens and took a tour.


We went to Waimea Falls.  My family went and swam below the falls.  


When my husband was a teenager his father was stationed in Hawaii, and John jumped off the second tier of the falls.  They no longer allow any jumping off the rocks.  

My family went on a tour of the Kualoa Ranch-Jurassic Park Tour also.   This was where Jurassic Park and also the series Lost were filmed.   I bowed out that day, as my stomach was having issues.  

On the 4th of July was the highlight of my trip.  I have nieces and nephews in Hawaii that I haven't seen since my girls were in their teens, and they are in their 40's now.    This is my niece Sarah and it was the highlight of my trip to meet up with her again.  This is also one of the dresses I made before I left.  


Sarah brought along her son, and his family.  



Sarah's father, who is Hawaii, made carved a walking stick for Jeff for his birthday.


The 4th of July, we also met up with a nephew and his family, but unfortunately did not get any pictures.  

One day we went to Pearl Harbor, and we able to visit a sister-in-law who is currently undergoing rehab after a stroke. 

A funny thing happened at the airport as our bags were being examined to come home.  When we arrived in Hawaii, we immediately went to Costco and got groceries for the week.  Kyleigh's fiance Drew bought a big jar of garlic salt, and wanted to bring the rest home with him.  At the airport he was pulled aside and the garlic salt was drug tested and passed the test!

After an idyllic week spent with family it is sort of hard being by myself again and getting into my usual routine.  Of course it is in the 100's and if you want to get anything done you need to get out at the crack of dawn.  I did get the lawn mowed on Saturday though.  

I have two things to work on for Slow Sunday Stitching.  My Kathy Schmitz stichery


And a redwork block.  Our theme of our quilt show is red and white quilts.   At our last miniquilt meeting last month, one of our members gave this to me.  She doesn't care for embroidery and won it at one of our guild giveaways.  I happily took it.    I did visit one fabric store in Pearl Harbor and got a piece of red and white fabric.  


I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  

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Thursday, July 04, 2024

Happy Fourth of July

 



Happy Fourth of July!   Hope you all have a Happy Safe Fourth!

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Sunday, June 30, 2024

Slow Sunday Stitching, Boy is it Hot!

It seems that the weeks are flying by, we are at the end of June, and halfway through the year.  It just doesn't seem possible.  

This week was workday for our guild's community service group at my house.  We had about 6 people I think.  What we do is cut the batting for quilt tops that have been donated by our members, and also figure out how much binding they will need, and package everything together in a plastic bag, along with a quilt label.  These will be taken to pin basting day in 2 weeks, and then taken to the guild meeting for members to take home and work on quilting.

This week, as well as last week, we have had days in the 100's, and next week due supposedly to get up to 108-113 maybe.  I have been trying to get out and garden first thing or else it is too hot.  I have an annoying weed in my backyard, it is a morning glory weed with a white flower.  It entwines itself around everything, seeming to choke plants off.  It took me about 1/2 to get it out of my miniature lemon tree, and I got poked a couple of times with the tree's thorns.  No matter how many times I pull it up, it always comes back.   

These are some pictures of how my gardens are growing.


The dahlia in the front is about to bloom


The dahlia in the back and hydrangea are blooming


My tomatoes are going crazy along with the zucchini




As far as what I have been doing this week, I made a little dirty clothes bag to take with me on trips.  I cut the Dirty Laundry out of iron-on Vinyl with my Cricut.  I am a succor for nautical fabric, with lighthouses, whales, mermaids, sailing ships.  I have had this piece of fabric in my stash since 1999.  I decided to use it for my laundry bag.  I probably have more of it in my stash, but I love it!    I closed the top with a piece of Velcro.




While looking through my nautical stash I found a panel to make a tote bag, so I finally finished that.



The blog hop I am participating in for July is called Something Smells Fishy.  I pieced a background for my project.  


For Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I will continue working on my Kathy Schmitz project, and if I want to switch, I have July's Woven Wreaths to work on.




I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and see what everyone has been up to.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Slow Sunday Stitching

This week was not quite as busy as I usually have.  We had our guild meeting a week early, so my Wednesday was free.   I was able to get a bunch of errands done.  I also cut out and made 3 summer dresses for myself.





They all were 2 hour dresses, no zippers.  The last one took me 6 hours to do.  The facing directions were sort of difficult, and I ended up putting in the facing 3 times.  

Saturday night was grandson Keaton's open house/graduation party.  They had a food truck that came and parked outside and served all sorts of pulled pork/pulled chicken dishes, served over french fries, or tacos.  At grandson Jaeger's graduation party several years ago, they had the same truck and  it is delicious.






Daughter Katie painted this picture for Keaton's graduation gift.  



Weather has been in the high 90's this week, and Saturday it got to 104.  Thankfully next week it is supposed to get back into the high 90's.  

For Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I am going to try to work on this Kathy Schmitz stitchery.  I got side tracked last weekend and ended up working on something else.  



I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. 

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

For The Birds Blog Hop Challenge Starts Today, My Day

 


Today is my day for the start of the For The Birds Blog Hop Challenge, hosted by the fabulous Joan  @MooseStash Quilting.  

The Challenge:  Angry birds, crazy birds, whimsical birds or flying geese.  If its a bird, this is their time to show their colors.  

For this challenge, I had planned to make a lap quilt for my daughter Katie for her birthday.  I had an owl panel I planned to use.   Katie loves owls.  Several weeks ago Katie came to my quilt guild's show and saw a different owl quilt made from a panel that she just kept telling me how much she loved.  While I was working at the quilt show I went ahead and ordered this other owl panel and finished the top.


I'll get this quilted before her August Birthday.  

Be sure and visit the other bloggers below.  And thanks again to Joan for another great challenge!


                                                                         June 17

MooseStashQuilting

Karrin’s Crazy World

Quilting Between the Rails

Selina Quilts

Quilt Doodle Designs

 

June 18

Homespun Hannah's Blog

BeaQuilter

Words & Stitches

High Road Quilter

Quilted Delights

Quilted Snail

 

June 19

Patchouli Moon Studio

A Quiltery

Ms P Designs USA

Stitching Farm Girl

Scrapdash

 

June 20

Just Let Me Quilt

Isabella’s Whimsy

Quilting Gail

Hazel's Daughter

Songbird Designs


Thanks for stopping by!  


HQAL, Slow Sunday Stitching

This week we had our guild meeting early as the church we meet at had other activities.  It was also our quilt show rewards.  I was pleasantly surprised and blessed to have won 4 ribbons.  

Ella Maria Deacon reproduction won First Prize in the large applique category, plus it was one of five quilts that won Viewer's Choice


Mrs. Brown's Quilt was in the same category as Ella Maria and won second place.  This was a quilt I finished in 2000 and was quilted by Bonnie Hunter when she was doing longarm quilting.  


My Favorite Things also won a first place.  




This week I got caught up on Woven Wreaths. 




What I will be working on for Slow Sunday Stitching is another Kathy Schmitz embroidery.  



Be sure to check out what the other hand quilters and piecers are up to 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'll be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  

Saturday, June 15, 2024

For The Birds Blog Hop Challenge Starts Monday

  


The For The Birds Blog Hop Challenge starts next week, hosted by the fabulous Joan  @MooseStash Quilting.  

The Challenge:  Angry birds, crazy birds, whimsical birds or flying geese.  If its a bird, this is their time to show their colors.  

                                                                         June 17

MooseStashQuilting

Karrin’s Crazy World

Quilting Between the Rails

Selina Quilts

Quilt Doodle Designs

 

June 18

Homespun Hannah's Blog

BeaQuilter

Words & Stitches

High Road Quilter

Quilted Delights

Quilted Snail

 

June 19

Patchouli Moon Studio

A Quiltery

Ms P Designs USA

Stitching Farm Girl

Scrapdash

 

June 20

Just Let Me Quilt

Isabella’s Whimsy

Quilting Gail

Hazel's Daughter

Songbird Designs


Thanks for stopping by!