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Window Shopping, Plus

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

My husband thinks this was the best stop on my recent road trip with my two grands and DIL!

It was our stop in Hamilton, MO at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Why was this the best stop? Because it was Sunday and all the shops were closed! That saves a lot of stress on a wallet! But we stopped to give the two grands a bit of time to run around and eat a snack. Plus DIL loved window shopping there for a bit of a break from driving. She is definitely putting it on a future road trip stop when heading back to MO but during open hours!

At the mural with 4 quilts, my grand daughter liked this quilt the best, so we posed for a photo.

(photo from Pinterest)

I did shop at a lovely quilt and yarn shop in Rolla, MO. Uniquely Yours at 404 East State Rte 72.

I bought fabric for a new project. Gasp! I broke my no new project rule again! Thing is, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a summery design for a wallhanging for my living room. Once I saw this panel at Uniquely Yours, I bought it and a coordinating print.

I also bought Deborah Easter Rubles’ book.

I had seen her cutting method demoed at a quilt show, but didn’t buy the book at the time. I’ve asked about it at quilt shops, but this is the first time I’ve seen it at a shop. Turns out she’s from Missouri and had demoed at Uniquely Yours. The gals at the shop kindly did a demo for me that refreshed my memory as to why I thought it would be a worth while purchase. Next project, I’ll be cutting strips with this method. Oh, and I have an autographed copy of the book.

Last to-do list:

  1. Pooh quilt ✔️ Finished and delivered. Take a look here.

To-Do List:

  1. quilting grand daughter’s picnic quilt

Linking to To-Do Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – July

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Picnic time!

Which means time to finish the picnic quilt my grand daughter and I are making together.

Four year old grand daughter selected fabrics from my stash, and showed me where to place them in the 4 x 4 quilt design. Then we looked through free-motion quilting books where she selected way too many designs for each square. Her mother joined in the fun drawing out the designs and even coloring in the paper plan to match the quilt.

Grand daughter selected the kitty print for the back of the quilt, and we are going with the strip for the binding.

My July Goal is to get this quilt sandwiched and quilted! Have to make that back first tho. Then we will have ourselves a nice little picnic!

Linking to One Monthly Goal with Patty of Elm Street.


Shopping Time!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Saturday the local quilt shop held their annual PJ sale. Most items in the store started at 30% off from 8am – Noon. From Noon – 3pm the discount was 25% off. Very generous!

Recently, my 4 year old granddaughter came for a visit bringing along a drawing she had created. She showed it to me saying it was a quilt. Got to love her for that, right!?

Then she said we needed to make it. OK! I asked what size she wanted it, and she replied, “The size of the drawing.”  Hmmm. I asked her what she planned on doing with a quilt that small, to which she did not have an answer. I suggested making it a doll size quilt. She thought about that, and then stated it could be bed size. Hmmm. I reminded her that I just gave her a new bed size quilt for Christmas. Then I suggested a picnic size quilt. She jumped on that idea and was ready to get started on her quilt.

She ‘shopped’ from my stash and these were her first selections.

During her next visit we sewed together 14″ squares to create her quilt. She carefully laid them out in the same order as her drawing.

Then Saturday we took advantage of the PJ sale at the local quilt shop,

and she selected fabric for the back and binding. She loved just about every fabric in the clearance isle, but we finally narrowed it down to the cats, and stripe for binding. The sale was perfect timing as there was just no right fabric in Grandma’s stash!

Next up will be deciding on quilting motifs. She is anxious to see the quilt completed and ready for a picnic! Looks like I better get that back made and quilt sandwiched!

Last week’s to-do list:

  1. Work on Mystery quilt or
  2. Work on Basket & Blooms or
  3. Work on granddaughter’s quilt  ✔️

This week’s to-do list:

  1. Work on granddaughter’s quilt

Linking to To-Do Tuesday


Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Once the holidays of Christmas and New Years passed, I switched to prepping for an upcoming event.

My eldest son married his beloved Saturday, January 19!

All the photos I’m sharing are from cell phones of relatives. Professional photos will come later.

My kiddos, grands, happy newly weds, me & my husband, groom’s aunt & uncle.

It snowed all day long, and was so windy. Bride arriving in snow boots and leggings!

My kiddos. Son Luke, Daughter Anna, DILove Alicia, Son Noel, Daughter Charis. Luke was best man, Charis was also on the groom’s side, but what do you call her, a groom’s person? Wish I had a photo of the whole wedding party.

Happy Couple at the reception!

My husband, John and me.

Sunday morning we hosted a brunch in our home for family and friends before they headed back to their homes.

Dear friends, the Roses, made biscuits and gravy for 24 people! We also served quiche, fruit, yogurt & granola, juices & coffee.

Fun facts: the wedding gown was my mother’s. Sadly she passed last February, not living to see her gown being worn in her grandson’s wedding. This is the fourth time for it to be used in a family wedding. My sister and also my cousin wore the gown at their weddings. The fur stoles worn by my daughter and me are from my husband’s grandmother.

As for sewing this week, I’ll be adding borders to 2 quilt tops for my sister-in-law. She commented on all the quilts in my house. I told her to pick one out. Then showed her a few I would part with and she selected one. Then I took her up to my sewing room, and showed her finished tops that so far do not have homes. She selected 2. But she wants them bed size. I’ll be adding one border to each.

And get this! A local quilt shop held a 60% off one item sale yesterday. One item could be up to a 10 yard cut of fabric! We selected fabric to finish the 2 quilts. 10 yards for one and 7 yards for the second, using same fabric for border & back. What a deal!

I’m taking a breather today – we had 7 guests staying with us for the wedding. And yes, each bed had at least one quilt on it! Some had 2! We woke up to -8 degrees Fahrenheit Monday morning! Our first guests arrived Wednesday night, and the last of our guests left 6:30pm Monday night! What a full and fun wedding celebration!

I’d say the New Year is going extremely well for me. How is your January going?

Most recent goals:

  1. Finishing Helen Godden’s FMQ Christmas ornaments ✗ I really wanted to finish this one up, but wedding prep happily took up my time!
  2. Finish 2018 Temperature quilt (I’m giving myself the month of January to finish it.) ✗ Not touched.
  3. Start a new project for my soon to be DIL! ✔️ DIL selected a pattern, I was able to buy a fabric kit, book and ruler at 15% off. I’ll share more about this quilt once I get going on it.

This week’s to-do list:

  1. work on 2018 temperature quilt. I have some embroidery of dates and temperatures to do by machine.
  2. work on adding borders to SIL 2 quilt tops. I have a quilting sewing day scheduled with friends for Thursday, I plan on working on the borders then.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

One Monthly Goal – December Finish

Monday, December 31st, 2018

December Recap

My goal was to make several gifts for Christmas gift exchanges with my quilty friends.

I found several fabric ornament tutorials and made these:

and these

and these which I started after Christmas. I’m jumping ahead for 2019 Christmas!

They need button centers and ribbon for hanging.

Plus I started and completed 2 Christmas stockings for my 2 grand children.

And finally! I bound Chic Country for my grand daughter’s birthday! Which we will celebrating tomorrow. Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern.

With just these bits of sewing completed, along with Christmas gatherings, Church, time with family & friends, I’m pleased with how the month of December has played out. I hope you also had happy celebrations with family and friends and are looking forward to a Happy New Year!

Linking to One Monthly Goal.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

What a wonderful life! I enjoyed Christmas with my family gathered around. We are blessed to know the King, and to celebrate his coming to earth. I do love Christmas with its special meaning and all the trappings of gift giving, eating yummy foods, sharing time with family and friends.

This year I made 2 stockings for my 2 grand children. We hung them by the chimney with care

and then filled them before the children arrived Christmas day.

My grand daughter wanted a snowman. And my daughter suggested a Christmas Moose for baby grandson. Adding a red scarf makes a moose a Christmas Moose, right?!

Merry Christmas all, and Happy New Year!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish Christmas Stockings for the grands. ✔️

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Bind Chic Country quilt, finally.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.


Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Here in the USA we celebrated Thanksgiving last Thursday, November 22nd. I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving morning there is a race called Galloping Gobbler here in our home town. It’s 4 miles. You can run, jog, walk, whatever. Some of my adult offspring have done the race several years. Some once, some 4 or so times. This year they wanted the whole family to join in, so I went along with that. Husband tho, opted out, which left him as child care, which the grands loved! And the parents didn’t have to worry about carrying, or stroller pushing, or bundling up kiddos for the 28◦F weather!

Here’s most of our group before the race:

And here are the fast ones in the group:

This was my first ‘race.’ I walked, but was happy with my 18 minute miles.

Everyone gathered at my home for a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the early afternoon. It was a blessed day with family and friends.

I am still quilting along on the Chic Country quilt. Hope to finish up this week! Photos to come.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List:

  1. Enjoy Thanksgiving with my family.  ✔️
  2. Keep FMQ on Chic Country quilt.  ✔️

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Stitch stitch stitch on Chic Country quilt.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday

Orphan Blocks to Placemats

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Little bits of sewing happened this past week.

Using a few orphan blocks – ones I received years ago in a block exchange – I made 2 placemats  as gifts to my Father who is moving into an assisted living apartment.

I dug through my precuts to find similar shades of fabric to make the 2 coasters.

For this set, I just did a simple meandering with little loops.

Close up of quilting.

For a second set of placemats I used  2 pieced hexies. A friend had cut & sewn together the wedges and then give them with extra fabric to me. Basically, I’m just finishing something she started. I sandwiched her pieced hexies and did a simple meander for the quilting.

For the coasters I cut squares from extra wedges she gave me.

The back and batting also came from my friend. So like I said, I just finished something she started. I found a brown from my stash that I thought went nicely for the binding.

I’m keeping up with making the daily hexies for the Temperature Quilt. I even started sewing the days together. I have the January hexies stitched together and started adding February. My previous English Paper Pieced projects have all been small, this Temperature Quilt is going to be large in comparison! Since working on this scale of EPP is a new experience for me, I’m OK with how slowly this project is going.

A tangle of pieced hexies!

How did I do on the last To-Do List:

  1. Motivation for sewing/quilting it at 0% right now. To-Do: FIND motivation! I must need a break. ✔️ Kind of … I’ve not working on FMQ as I planned this month, but I did make 2 placemat sets for my Father.
  2. I should get back to FMQ Chic Country  …  ✗
  3. I’m keeping up with the daily stitching of hexies for the Temperature Quilt, but not stitching them together yet.  ✔️ I’ve got January sewn together and started on February!

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Quick weekend trip to PA to assist Dad in settling in to new assisted living apartment.
  2. Mark some blocks for FMQ on Chic Country, maybe even quilt them.

I’m linking to Linky Tuesday and To-Do Tuesday.

Helping Hands

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Life took my husband and me to Pennsylvania for about 2 weeks. We helped my father downsize and prepare to move into an assisted living apartment. Dad had the help of his three children and our spouses. We sorted through his life’s possessions and put what we thought he will need and enjoy for apartment living into a temporary storage unit. He is in a nursing home room while waiting for an apartment to become available.

I’ll leave you with a photo of my cutting garden as next to no sewing has happened the past few weeks. Hummingbirds and butterflies have been visiting the garden, so I have not cut flowers yet. Maybe I need a larger garden! Some for the wild life and some for me!

How did I do on the last To-Do List:

  1. FMQ Chic Country quilt ✗
  2. Hand work – Stitching together the days of my Temperature Quilt. ✗
This week’s To-Do List:
  1. Motivation for sewing/quilting it at 0% right now. To-Do: FIND motivation! I must need a break.
  2. I should get back  to FMQ Chic Country  …
  3. I’m keeping up with the daily stitching of hexies for the Temperature Quilt, but not stitching them together yet.

Little Things

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

What a full week! Our son and his family successfully moved back to town. There are still boxes to be unpacked. It does take a while to settle in to a new home and neighborhood. Yet, my DIL says she feels at home already.

With all the time spent helping them, I only fit in a few little steps in my quilting plans for the week.

BOM – I selected fabric and got the pieces cut.

Monogram label – I think I have the program figured out on my Janome 8900. Now  I just need to tweak it a bit before mailing it out to my friend.

Temperature quilt – I’m keeping up with my daily hand piecing.

Plus I bought the start of a new project. I’ve been eyeing Brimfield EPP Pattern for a while. Paper Pieces had it on sale last week. I could not resist! I bought the pattern and 3/8″ window templates.

I am going on a shop hop next week with a few friends, and plan to shop for fabric for Brimfield.

Do you have any new projects planned for the Summer?

How did I do on last’s week To-Do list?
  1. Son and family moving back to town. Which means, I’m cleaning kitchen and bathrooms before moving van arrives. ✔️Done.  Oops! The previous owners missed packing a kitchen cabinet. The baking ware cabinet was full of baking trays, wire cooling racks, wire basket, and a muffin pan. My Dear Husband scrubbed and painted what will be a family room in the basement. Such a nice guy! Our son plans on finishing  this space in the basement before moving furniture and his plethora of Legos into it.
  2. Which also means I’ll be helping them settle in: child care & maybe some unpacking. ✔️ Wednesday, I met the movers and helped direct boxes and furniture to appropriate rooms. My DIL and grands arrived just as the movers were closing up their truck. DIL and I got busy with organizing the essentials for the night while grand daughter was happy playing with her ‘new’ Lego Duplos in her new room! And baby slept in his Pack n Play. Thursday – setting up kitchen. Friday – child care while DIL grocery shopped. Saturday- child care. I think their move has gone pretty smoothly!
  3. Figure out how to use monogramming function on my sewing machine. ✔️I’m catching on and just about ready to finalize a label for a friend.
  4. Continue Square in a Square BOM. ✔️ Yes, if cutting out the next 2 blocks count!

This week’s To-Do List:

  1. Continue to play with monogramming function on my Janome.
  2. Stitch up the set of blocks I cut this week for the Square in a Square BOM.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linking Tuesday.