If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Happy Dance

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After 22 years, my Long and Rocky Road is completely quilted
Last night I put the last stitch in.

Started yesterday morning quilting on the last side of the border

I had started this quilt back in 1996, 
wow in the last century.....
It's been a love hate relationship. I love the look and the fabric used because it is from items I made for my girls and myself. A lot of memories.
But I hated the fact that it has taken so long to finish. I would work on it and for longer periods of time put it away.
That is why I'll call it my Long and Rocky Road  

Today it's time to attach the binding and once that is done I'll wash it. Heaven knows after all these years of toting around how dirty it is.

Now I need to see which quilts are waiting to be quilted. I haven't taken time to think about what next seeing how this one was so time consuming. Wish I had kept track of the time spent making this quilt. Bet there are over a 100 hours.  

I wanted to share for the first time that the Paw Paw tree I planted 12 years ago is bearing fruit. Normally it shouldn't take so long and I'm not sure why.

I am so excited, I had given up on having fruit, thinking I need another tree to fertilize the blossoms. 
I have never eaten one before and looking forward to tasting one. I hear they are very tasty.

The Elderberries are blooming too

Going to have to do a better job keeping the deer from eating them this year, lost them all last year.


The first tomatoes are growing, so looking forward to fresh, homegrown tomatoes.  Nothing like it.

I'm off to go do a little dance

Sunday, May 20, 2018


It's been a long week, so glad all went well.
I was in Tulsa Tuesday thru Friday with Mom and surgery and recovering is all going well.
Being gone to Doctors and Hospital I took handwork with me.

Was able to get some of the Hexes for Winterse Hejxes Mystery

 Working on weeks 6 - 10 now


Along with some embroidery works.

 I had started this quilt Winter Wonderland at least 5 years ago with this being the largest section to stitch. I think I have 4 other sections completed.

These were easy projects to carry with me and do.

And any sewing done at home was on Scrappy Nine Patch

It has taken over my room

Mainly the table area of the quilting machine.

I am making good progress

The bag on the left was 3/4 filled with a section for the nine patch and now I have only a small amount witch I put into a smaller bag.

Unfortunately I did not have enough of the cream color fabric, so before I can start assembling the top I had to order some more. Should be here this week.

Last night I finished appliqueing on a Warm Heart block, 

now all that's needed is 7 red berries. 

This morning for some unknown reason I had the impulse to check my basket with the piecework projects I have started.

Started opening up the project bags and put them up on the wall just to a good look and take a picture for reminders.

I had worked on this for a while until my hand started acting up and then this and all the others I had put on the back burner and forgot about

What's left on this are the green leafs.

This  is my attempt at reverse appliqueing. A friend of mine who has been gone for close to 10 years now gave all us in a group this pattern.

I would like to make this the center of a medallion style quilt

Then there is this beauty, started 2010

Pattern was in a Quiltmania #76. I have all the appliqueing done and have been doing embroidery work 

After opening the bag I notice that the floss was not in the bag so I went looking for it. After a couple hours of looking I still couldn't locate the box with all my embroidery stuff.
Has to be buried in the garage somewhere and I'll keep looking.

Linking up with Kathy

Monday, May 14, 2018

What's Up 5-14-18

I have two projects up on the wall

Been working on the scrappy nine patch and mystery Winterse Hejxes.

I've picked out the next fabric for group of hexagons but haven't prepared them yet. Figure I would take them with me tomorrow.
Mom has an appt.

I had last week finished the binding on this quilt.

Pretty windy today, the quilt just didn't want to stay up.

Did my best at trying.

such a beautiful butterfly.

I think its a Black Swallowtail.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

I hope all the Mothers out there had a good day
My day was, very relaxing.
Stayed home and spent a few hours in the sewing room.

Decided yesterday what pattern I wanted to do for this month RSC, color is pink so went and found some.

 I wanted something easy but baby appropriate.

Always like the Gingham patterns I've seen out there.
Simply enough, just 5" squares

 Put them up on the wall to get the pattern straight and in just little over an hour I'm done with the top.

 Love it.

Some of today was finishing adding the hexes to the Winterse Hejxes mystery.

 Now I need to figure out the next colors to use.

Yesterday I did get a little more done on with nine patches.

Started making all of these, need 30 blocks

Hard to believe that there are 81 -1" squares in this block

Just plugging along

Do hope you had a good day.

till later

Linking up with So Scrappy

Friday, May 11, 2018

Chain Piecing

Today I was in a brainless mode.
Just didn't want to do anything today that meant I have to think or figure out.

It didn't matter what, example is for gardening it was just some weeding, don't have to think. I just went through the motion and daydreamed.

So I worked on the leader and ender project.

I had started this over a year ago, I had seen a picture on Pintrest and look furiously for the pattern, I wanted to make it.
The only pattern per say was for a small block

Similar to what I've done here

Needed Update:
Roxanne left a comment saying she had found the pattern, located at Temecula Quilt Company  This is a link to theirs.

I wish I had found it before I started, would helped.
I must of seen another or didn't quite remember it right.
because my version is slightly different.

I tried to find it again to give a link but just now couldn't locate it. I usually pin the info on my quilt board but I didn't 
I think it was a pillow pattern I saw.
but the picture I saw was a quilt the first time.
Anyway on to brainless sewing.

I chain piece around a hundred nine patches

I had up to today these completed 

Once I was done doing brainless sewing it was on to mindless pressing.
Did I tell you about my cordless iron I purchase last year. I love it.
Its made by Panasonic 

Whats next is to do the trimming

The squares in up being 1"

Okay this is too much thinking...........

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Having Fun

I am having too much fun playing in dirt.
I was thinking yesterday while planting and weeding that it has been since 2011 since I have stayed home the entire month of May.
The Grandsons were born in 2012 on the 17th so I had been there in Clalifornia every year for the first 4 years for their birthdays.
Last year and this year I'll miss, last year I was in Houston Tx, M.D. Anderson and this year Mom is having surgery.
Because of that I home and really taking advantage of this.
My yard and gardens have taken a lot of neglect and are in need of a lot of care.

Was able to get a few of the tomatoes potted up and cleaning up the front flower bed. 

Nothing much to look at now, have Purple Cone flowers and 
4 o'clocks in that bed.

Looky ...... blossoms 
on the tomatoes and Paw Paw tree

Enough of gardening for the monent

Look how far I made it yesterday morning on the border

poor picture but made it halfway on one side (long side) while watching the morning news.

This should move quickly, today I have to do other tasks because I need to take my parents to the hospital so my mom can have a stress test., make sure shes up to surgery.

Also finished the Kith ans Kin top

Made all from scraps and stash..... LOVE THAT
Just wish you could see a dent in my stash.

Need to get ready to go,
till later

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