Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slow Sunday....

I started the day making some banana chip muffins (recipe is on the recipe tab!) for breakfast. Aidan requested mini muffins for breakfast this morning. They were just tested and he said they were Amazing... then quickly changed it to 'terrible, I'll have to eat all of them!'. Three more very ripe bananas will be made into bread later this morning.

The kids are headed to Grandma's for the day. That should allow me to clean up the house a bit (well, it will last until they get home!). I plan to do a little machine quilting on my Quilters Scrapbook and then..... settle in this afternoon with some slow stitching on my 1857 Appliqué blocks. I really hope to get the basket block finished off today. I have some circles prepped somewhere for the grapes to add to the basket.

We took a walk with the kids last night while they rode their scooters. Yes, Aidan will have his helmet on in the future. We need to head out sooner than 6.... it was pretty dark when we got home around 6:40.

Linking up with Kathy at Slow Sunday Stitching today. Head on over and see what great projects are being worked today.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

RSC Saturday...

 Good thing I was able to sew a bit on Sunday... that is the only machine sewing I got all week. But... the spring blossoms got made and I found these little blocks in purple that I sewed together. They are about 12 inches now.... I think they will be surrounded by some purple friendship stars.... maybe some sewing time will happen later today to make that happen? First up is bowling for Emily and scouts for Aidan.

I did get some appliqué done this week in purples and green on my 1857 album blocks.  There were about 4 of the border  blocks done too... but I'm too lazy to go take a picture of them!

Linking up with Angela over at the RSC Challenge. What purple scraps will you be playing with today?

Monday, January 16, 2017


Sunday was a day of puttering in the sewing room. I dumped out the smallest bin of scraps and sorted them. I am now very afraid to dump the 3 huge bins.... it took so long to sort that little one! How did I fit that many scraps into one little bin?

I got my spring blossoms sewn together. I found 9 of these diamonds so decided to sew them all together.

I also cut and sewed a bunch more of the Thangles Series #4. I have 2 left to make... and one to fix. I don't know how I missed that I forgot to reverse one of the colors so will need to pick that one out and resew it. These finish at 8 inches... and I have no clue how they are going to go together. Either way it is going to be a very small quilt!

I also got my quilters scrapbook pressed, pinned and started quilting the blocks. That is a big quilt to pull through my little sewing machine area. I think I know why my back hurt last night!

I hope to add some time to the quilting on this each day this week. I have outlined 6 of the blocks so far but there is lots left to quilt.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday...

There will be slow stitching at some point on this lovely dresden plate block. It got lots of attention last Sunday and this Sunday will be finishing off the X in each of the outer squares. I am not sure if some more quilting will be added in the white background or not.... stay tuned to find out next week!

Linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Sunday Stitchers.

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's RSC Saturday in Purple!

I actually have done a few things in purple this week. I got 4 of my border blocks finished for the 1857 sampler quilt I am working on.  Hey, it is purple so it got included!

Some bow ties were added to the pile from last week.

I found a bundle of 12 blocks with a pattern and fabric that I decided to start stitching up. This is the Thangles series #4 but.... I am just using my easy angle ruler =). The two purple blocks got made along with a handful of the other ones. These are going quickly.... and now there are more scraps!

Finally I made a spring blossom from the free pattern over at These are so fun to make. I am going on her quilt design and will plan to make certain colors this year
as the month's color comes up. I will use the same background and the same green for the leaf. It will be fun to see how this one comes out. One done - 5 left to sew the parts together into their blossoms.

The dresden plate from last year got a little hand quilting done on it last Sunday. It should be finished off this Sunday with an X put into all those squares on the edge. It was so fun to hand quilt this block I am looking forward to finishing one each month this year!

Linking up with RSC Challenge on Saturday morning and Oh Scrap on Sunday.

Tried a new recipe last night and it was yummy. Lemon Greek Chicken from the Pampered Chef Website.

Lemon Greek Chicken before

I think this one will make it into the rotation! I'll pull out the potato and triple the mushrooms. I think a rice pilaf would go well with this next time.  Potato was good but...need more room for the mushrooms!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Day 10... and a new project.... or is it?

Technically, this has been in a bin for over 8 years.... so is it a UFO? I have this bundle of 12 blocks from the Thangles series #4 that I won at my Vermont guild well over 8 years ago. I am just using my easy angle ruler to make the triangles needed in the blocks. I pulled out a purple one since January's RSC is purple this month. It contains the instructions and 2 width of strip fabrics in a background and a color. I think I will have the color be the background.... and the light be the pattern. Just to switch it up a bit. Like the first picture rather than the second picture. The blocks are all different color with a different light background fabric..... I seem to be missing the patter for the 4th one but have the yellow fabric and the background... so I guess I get to create a block!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Slow stitching....

Kathy reminds us each week to slow down and relax with some stitching. As I seem to have the attention span of a gnat, I have a few options for hand stitching at the ready most of the time. These are the projects that will get a few stitches added to them during the week.

I have back basted some border blocks for my 1857 album quilt that are ready to be appliquéd.

I have some hand quilting of orange peels on the doll quilt waiting.

I just prepped the purple Dresden plate block for hand quilting. I am going to try the plastic square hoop and see if I can get it to work for me. If not... I'll pin like crazy and go hoopoes for this as it is only 16 inches square. Oops - already 2 prepped for this stage but I have a huge 90x90 trip quilt that wants to get hand quilted too.... Will have to think about that. Maybe get that prepped and work on it while it is cold down here and put the peels on hold?

There are always the lemoyne stars to hand piece as well.... in their little bags ready to toss into the purse at a moments notice for hand piecing.

Then... my switch up is to crochet with some sugar and cream yarn. I have switched from knitting to crochet these as it takes me half the time with crochet. I finished the one from last week and started another one. I am seeing how many I can get out of a white skein of yarn with this pattern. I am thinking 2 and some leftover for a 'scrappy' one.

Instead of a movie yesterday afternoon it was family Monopoly with our new older version of the game from Grammy and Grandpa R for Christmas. It was 2.5 hours of fun. I seem to have come in last place but I was also making dinner while playing (meatloaf, mashed potato and a veggie). That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! Greg got the Utilities and managed to win by a hundred dollars. Emily was the property baron and Aidan got Park Place and Boardwalk with tons of houses. Good thing we managed to avoid landing on his block!

Linking up with Kathy at Slow Stitching Sunday. I'm going to enjoy the kid less house (can't say quiet as the neighbor is clearing trees and not helping my headache at all!) and attempt to clean before settling in to play with some fabric, needles and maybe pins!