Sunday, September 17, 2017


It has been a very long week. The house is picked up and cleaned (the kids have been out of school all week and home!). They enjoyed baking with the new oven that arrived Friday afternoon. The baking yesterday left a mess in my kitchen that I got to clean up this morning along with the rest of the house. I just hope I am not prepping again later this week for another hurricane. Maria looks like she might be aiming for Florida. Time will tell.

I hit the sewing room a couple of hours ago. Surrounded by orange I had to hunt for the white I used for the spring blossom blocks. Nowhere to be found. Darn it, I know I have more somewhere. After a little time looking, I gave up and moved on. The 4 inch orange squares are all cut out to make 5 blocks and the green leaf's are cut as well. Just waiting on the white print to turn up.

I pulled the pile of orange and sorted it a bit and cut out 12 bow tie blocks (2 2.5 inch squares and 2 1.5 inch squares and another 2 2.5 inch muslin squares to make one bow tie.). Those got made and just need pressing. They are the lower left on the below photo.

While doing the above I cut 2.5 inch squares for a couple of 16 patch blocks. I also found a strip of orange and black print sewn together... so cut those into 2 inch sections to make some 4 patches and those made a smaller 16 patch block.

I was sorting into 1.5, 2, 2.5 inch piles and then 'the rest'. Those will get sewn up at some point into some 6.5 inch crumb blocks to make a nice 12.5 inch big orange crumb block to join some others I found earlier this year. Some hand towels for fall turned up too - those will get some crochet tops added to them at some point.

Lots of time on my bare feet (oops, was to wear sneakers but my achilles is much better despite being on my feet for a good 5 hours straight!) so time to sit with my feet up and stitch. Despicable Me is on Freeform and I just need to disturb Maxie to get my hand work.... well, maybe I just need to pull the knitting instead. She looks comfy. Yes, she is a very spoiled cat.

Linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching, Rainbow Scrap Challenge in orange and Oh Scrap.

Friday, September 15, 2017


A full day of working for me today. Grandma took the kids off my hands, they were going stir crazy. They have been off school since last Friday. They go back on Monday and things are getting back to 'normal' in Marion County Florida. We did drive through some different areas yesterday (one road was under water to bowling so had to find an alternate route and the kids got to see how lucky were were in our section of town. Power lines and trees still down in lots of places).

The lines for gas have gone down and more gas stations are getting filled. The power is coming back up for people daily and there are a lot less people without power than a few days ago. Patience is a good thing.

I have added the pink, green and most of the yellow the last few days to the hand pieced trip around the world top. These are 2 inch squares I am adding. It was about 48 inches at the end of the pink round. Orange is next, then a medium and calmer blue and then Emily will find a purple to go after that.

Until then I will just stitch away.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday morning check in.... Hurricane Irma.

I have power at my house. Sounds like it went out in most of Ocala and just a few streets down from me so we are very lucky. A few of the shelters, including the kids school less than 3 miles away lost power last night.

The winds are still blowing but nothing like last night. Everyone slept but was a long night.
Looking out my windows - all seems ok at my place. As the winds slow down later this morning, the first responders will be able to get out and assess things in our county and try to restore power.

I am feeling very blessed that we are ok, with no damage and have power.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Slow stitching Sunday....

I just went over to check on Angela's blog and had completely forgot it was SUNDAY! The joys of waiting and waiting and waiting for the darn hurricane to make up her mind and go by already. Sigh.
We are as prepped as we can be. Coffee and hot water are in the carafe for tomorrow. I have been cooking up a storm... I guess I cook when I am worried! Bread baked in the bread machine, brownies baked in the microwave since I am still waiting on the delivery of my new oven later this week. FYI - 9 minutes in the pampered chef deep covered baker for a brownie mix =).

Dinner is in the crock pot cooking away. I think it is time to sit and watch Guy's grocery games and put a few stitches in on the trip quilt. Hey, as long as the dish is still working I'll watch!

The kids are now staging rescues with their fire, police truck and copters through the house. We have played chinese checkers, they ran the cafe for lunch (grilled cheese, fried fish and hot dogs with tater tots on the side!).  The rain is coming down pretty good now but the winds are not bad. Things will change in the early morning hours but until then we are doing just find in a nice secure house. Now I understand why they use block concrete or poured concrete (like mine thank goodness!) to build houses down here in Florida. 4:30 PM and all is fine in SW Ocala FL.

Linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching. Time to pop the laptop back on the charger =).

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Waiting on Irma...

We are north central Florida to the west so should be fine with this hurricane heading towards us. Ocala.

 The kids have their last day of school today for the week and are off on Friday and Monday - so they can prep the schools for shelters for those who have special needs and are in mobile homes.
We will pick up any projectiles from the yard this afternoon and then will pop some sand bags to Grandma tomorrow for her back porch. We will see if my oven gets delivered tomorrow or not. I sure hope so....

We have plenty of water (bottled and will fill up our two big blue water bottles leftover from the store with our tap water on Saturday),tubs will get filled and we do have the pool!,  food, candles, flashlights and batteries. Hopefully Jose will take a turn to the east and miss the USA as he is following close on IRMA's heels.

Hoping all in the path are safe.

I expect lots of board games, books read and general kid playing over the weekend while I try and get a little stitching in. Part of prepping is making sure there is handwork right?

I'll be finishing the lime green on the trip quilt and maybe adding an orange round as a nod to the RSC Challenge this month.

Plenty of hand quilting options - the trip quilt on the frame, a border of quilting needed on a little orange peel quilt and of course the dresden plates all need quilting on their blocks. Fingers crossed that power stays on, if not..... the grill will be working to cook off the freezer =).

I think we are all prepped just a waiting game now.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day...

Yesterday I got the last 8 blocks created for the scrappy log cabin before the head ache hit. That did me in for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Today I ran to the store quickly then headed into the sewing room. This got pieced into a top - it is 48x60 for a nice lap size quilt.

I had planned to sew the 1857 top together this weekend... but since I had scraps out and saw the 4 crayon blocks I had made back in April... I made a few more (8!) and sewed them together with sashing and cornerstones. This one is about 44x 58 for another lap size quilt. The pattern for this one is over at by Bonnie Hunter called Crayon box under the free pattern tab. Would you believe I still have 2+ bins full to overflowing of scraps after these two were done! More quilts to make I guess. I did pull a bunch of orange scraps out (and used a bunch in this quilt) so I have a pile to work with this week for the RSC Challenge.

Time to sit back and hand stitch some lime green onto the trip around the world  before the kids arrive home. Ribs are all cooked and ready for dinner, just need to make up some coleslaw to go with it. Good thing Greg grilled them this morning - we are getting a nice soaking rainstorm for the next little bit. Time to enjoy the sound of the rain while pulling some thread through the fabric.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Slow Sunday....

I am looking forward to peace and quiet (kids have gone to Grandma's for the day and are doing a double kid sleepover tonight!). The house was cleaned up yesterday so today I can just relax and sew.

I have a few 2 inch pink squares to add to this trip around the world. It is currently around 48 inches square. The next round is a nice lime green. I might add an orange round after before the yellow and blue... we will see. After so much appliqué lately (1857 album quilt and my baskets in July) it is so nice to do some hand piecing.

I also plan to add a few threads of hand quilting into the Trip on the frame. This one was had pieced using 2.5 inch squares and went with the RSC Challenge color of the month a few years ago. It has been neglected for far too many months. Time to start working on it again a little each evening.

Linking up with like minded people over at Slow Sunday Stitching... where Kathy reminds us to breathe slowly while putting in one stitch at a time.