Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday Moda Blockhead day...

Block number 8 was released today. So far.... I have made three of the blocks. Week 1 - Whirligig is the blue and brown one. Week 6 is Sunflower - pink with blue and then week 4 is the Bee skeep.

The bees skeep  was done yesterday at the orthodontist office while waiting as Emily got her braces on. She is not happy now... her mouth hurts. Hopefully the tylenol is helping while she is at school today. This photo was yesterday afternoon relaxing on the couch with a movie.

I think the garden needs a good weeding again - and this afternoon is the designated time since the humidity should be arriving back in Florida in the next few days. Time to do it before that hits.... I can't deal well with the humidity. I did have my dinner from the garden yesterday - peas and swiss chard =) Looks like the next 4 rows of beans should be ready to pick this weekend too.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Kathy reminds us each week to slow down, breathe and relax. So far today I have felt like a sloth as I have been on the computer in the morning just browsing. The kids found a recipe for donut holes and they made the batter with little help from us adults. I did step in and turn on the fryer and did that part but they did everything else. The donut holes came out great! Recipe found here.

Then they actually went outside to play! I cleaned up the kitchen and then as they went into the pool I cut the batting and started pinning the grandmothers choice quilt that I rolled onto the boards yesterday with Emily.

Just one last section to pin and then some machine squiggle stitching later will have me stitching the binding later this evening... maybe while watching Zootopia since Kathy kindly put that movie into my head!

Next was heading out to pick blueberries. I have taken my kids to pick blueberries down here for the last few years and didn't realize how much they liked it. They are so excited it is berry picking time again =)

4-5 pounds of fresh blueberries later we headed home.

We used 4 cups of them to make a yummy blueberry pie. I made up my family's chicken sauce and Greg fired up the Big Green Egg to cook the chicken. So yummy. While that was happening I was able to finish quilting the quilt,

trim it then attach the binding to the front. After dinner the kids decided it was game night. We played a game of Sorry - which Daddy won just barely... Aidan was going to win on his next turn! Then a game of SkipBo.. which I got lucky and won. Bath time is done (reading Charlottes Web to Emily) and kids will be settled into bed for the night. I think it might be time for me to put in the Zootopia video and stitch the binding down on the Grandmothers Choice quilt.

Linking up very late to the Sunday Slow Stitchers.

Friday, April 21, 2017

RSC Saturday in multi colors....

I figured I'd better find something this month to join in on the RSC Challenge. I made the mistake  was checking out blogs and stumbled upon the free patterns at a la Bonnie Hunter. I found this crayon box quilt... and just had to make a few blocks on Friday afternoon .....

While digging in the box for 2.5 inch strips I found these 6.5 inch crumb blocks and decided to sew sets of 4 together. I seem to have no green or orange crumbs.... I might need to remedy that. I certainly have the scraps hanging around to make some!

Then.. my quiet time in the sewing room was over as the girl decided she wanted to work on her quilt.  Something about banging her head on a board where Dad is expanding the deck off the pool. She is fine.  

A few of her hst blocks got sewn together and then I had to supervise the start of dinner. The kids picked the meal - kielbasa, mashed potato, corn, cucumber salad and pears... but seems I am out of pears so they are going with the jar of mixed fruit. I'll just have a few bites before I head out for my cooking club tonight. 
Linking up Saturday morning with the RSC Challenge.  Oh, if you are interested I finally got the cat and mouse quilt to a top stage this week. You can see that here.

Moda Blockheads....

My reward for getting the cats and mice into a top from the last post..... was to make another block from the Moda Blockheads. There have been 7 blocks released - they release one each Wednesday from 6 different designers. I made block 6 this week to go with the 1st one I had made. This is the completed block. I just drew a circle onto the top of the fabric in the middle and hand appliqued it down before the soccer game last night.

It would have been done sooner in the day.... but this happened when I was quickly sewing it together before picking up the kids from school. The seam ripper was called to duty to help fix the mistake. At least it measures the correct 6.5 inches! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cat and Mouse is a top!

I finished the last mice details last night and was able to sew them into rows and attach them this afternoon while the quiche is cooking for an early dinner (spinach, onion, Easter ham, sharp cheddar). I also have some rosemary roasted potato and onions in the oven too - since it was on!

Kids have soccer practice tonight so I figured this would be a lighter meal for them before they have 1.5 hours or running around in the 86 degree temps. I think it is my turn to take them... so I'd better find and prep some hand work... or maybe I'll take my kindle and read?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Weekend.

Still no multicolored playing of scraps for me. I seem to be concentrating on 3 projects right now.....

Hand quilting my trip around the world quilt on the frame. This one gets a roll today. I am finding I can work 4-5 squares at a time on a quilt roll. Hey - this was a RSC Challenge block of the month a few years ago! I can't wait to get to the blue/orange/purple row next!

Finishing my mice so I can get the cat and mouse quilt to a top stage this month. 8 are completed so 6 left to go. I think I will make the 2 side borders and attach them today with 8 of the completed mice. I think I made these cats on a blue/aqua month a few years ago with the RSC too!

Grandmothers Choice is a top. Time to expand the backing and cut the batting for it off the roll so it can get pinned today. I was hoping to quilt it today.... but life happens and someone has a few hours still to make up for the work week.

Something about cleaning the house today is in the cards as well. At least the kids are at Grandma's for the day. I have plans to make myself some cream of mushroom soup a la Sweet Tomato's recipe (hey - the mushrooms were 69 cents this week at Aldi so I HAVE to make this soup for lunch!)

Emily has a treasure box project at school - to re purpose something and write about it answering some key questions and then will present it to her class. This is the 3rd project like this so far this year in 2nd grade (Diorama of Arctic Tundra and then her career kid to be a Vet)! She made a sandwich holder using a 1 gallon jug! Here she is adding the button to her project to close the lid.
Emily - adding a button to a project.
Can't forget the other kid - here is Aidan in goal on Thursday evening at their soccer game. That's our coach in front of him during the warm ups.
Aidan in goal - I swear he grew taller this week! (might explain the grumpiness)

Linking up with the RSC Challenge (since a couple projects were done with the RSC). Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy on Sunday. I'll be getting stitches in on the mice and on that quilt Sunday!

If anyone is interested.... I am having a virtual Pampered Chef Party the next 2 weeks on Facebook. The catalog is online and it ships directly to you at your house. If you are interested and would like an invite - please let me know (e-mail/facebook). There will be recipes, games, tips and prizes to win. This is my month to 'host' our cooking club that meets the last Friday of the month. I figured I'd throw a Facebook party in case anyone needed any fun cooking things! I have a few things on my wish list that I have been playing with at my monthly night out. The whipped cream maker (in under 30 seconds with just 2-3 ingredients!), the can opener - no jagged edges, and the kitchen spritzer- much nicer than their original one from years ago!. The rock crock is another neat cooking tool as well as their stone wear. Love making my crispy zucchini fries on my stone baker.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter with Family and Friends.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's a top.... again!

Ok. The sashing borders on the Grandmothers Choice were way off.... so it really did have to have some border added (like it wanted) to help hide my booboo's on size. I was hoping that tan was a little darker than the sashing when I grabbed it... oh well. I think it is happy with it now... so time to remeasure it and see how much I need to add to the backing I had already made. It should not be too bad.... I only added 6 inches on each side with the 2 borders. I have enough of the purple border to make the binding as well. It turned out bigger than I was thinking - around 84x84! 

We had a power outage (unscheduled and not from a storm) for a couple of hours on Tuesday evening while the kids and Greg were at soccer practice. I took the time to get some hand quilting in on my trip quilt in a very quiet house. See the white cat Sophie on her chair? She was purring up a storm as I quilted away.

Emily is taking a break from homework so off to the garden I go to see what beans and peas need picking. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching....

Kathy reminds us each week to slow down and relax with some slow stitching. Today.... she said to break into the box of kits that we purchased and actually stitch something up! I confess, I do have a nice purple basket of kits that I really do want to break into this year. I did pull one in January and stitched it up to a completed quilt - my Thangles quilt here. It is almost time to pull another one out but first... I would like to finish my Grandmothers Choice quilt (which still needs borders and quilting!). That will be my reward - to start something new once it is done.

Today... I plan to continue on with my mice. I have the last 9 back basted and ready for trimming and then needle turn appliqué. I did sew the four spools for the corners of the mice border around the cats this week. I sew hope to have these guys done this month so the cats have something to chase on that quilt top!

Linking up with Kathy for the Slow Sunday Stitching link.

This week we had a birthday! Emily turned 8 on Friday. After school... we went to a local discovery zone and visited the traveling airplane display. The kids got to make paper rockets and use an air pressure pump to set them off. Then we went out to dinner at Emily's favorite restaurant - Yamato's for the hibachi grill. Yesterday - she had bowling (97 and 110 were her scores!) and then the Grandparents here in FL came over for a mid afternoon meal - her favorite - Roasted Veggie and Sausage pasta with garlic bread and salad. She wanted a dog cake - so that is our version of Buddy the Boxer - Grandma's dog with a white bone. After they left she thought I needed to take a walk....but after a little bit someone's belly hurt so we headed home very slowly. Turns out the little girl got a stomach bug and had a rough evening and night. She is home resting today while Aidan goes to Grandma's for the day. Oops - need to swap her comforter and quilt and sheet from the washer to the dryer - at least it was not on the carpet in the middle of the night!  I have a feeling I will be doing some slow stitching while cuddling with someone on the couch while watching movies today. Hope you all have a happy and healthy week.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


It has been a busy weekend so far....... but no sewing or quilting has happened yet. That should change today I hope. The kids are on their way to Grandma's and that leaves me with a quiet house for a little bit.

Yesterday - the kitchen got cleaned up and mopped (much needed on that one). Then Emily's room got taped for painting... why does that take longer than you think? Dad and Emily did the painting - a lilac color was her choice for her room. Very pretty and little girlie.
Then it was weeding to find the plants in the garden. Summer has hit in Florida and we hit 90 degrees yesterday afternoon. Thank goodness we have not been hit with the humidity yet - that will be all too soon. Some green beans were picked. All rows were hand weeded around and I found the swiss chard and radishes. The cucumbers decided they did not like the new spot..... so I'll try watermelon seeds  and yellow squash in there. Will try pumpkins too in mid June to see if we can get them to grow down here.  The zucchini are not looking too happy so I think I need to change the watering schedule to daily instead of every other day. Hopefully we get rain soon - it is very dry and there is a no burn warning out. Still need to weed by the peas and the scallions and corn but lots of progress was made. That wiped me out and other than watching kids play in the pool I did nothing last night.
After some weeding yesterday.

Today - It will be picking up a  bit and cleaning the house before I tackle picking up the sewing room. I think I am avoiding going in there since it is such a mess. Must pick up and clean a bit so I feel like going in there to sew. Anyone else have this happen? Ok, this is the mess that is in there now...

Messy sewing area - please don't judge me!
hopefully it looks better when I am done. I really need to organize it up a bit and convince hubby to make me a new ironing space (on the left side wall I think) with some storage space underneath. I am thinking at least 16 inches across and 45 inches know so a standard yard of fabric will fit for ironing and those 12 inch blocks for pressing without issues like the normal size ironing board.....

At some point - I will plan to watch a movie this afternoon and get some nice relaxing hand stitching in on my Trip around the world quilt. I was able to make my first roll of the quilt on my hand quilting frame on Friday night. I just need to baste the side edges and then I think I can work on another 4-5 rows of my squares in green, yellow and maroon. That will be my slow stitching for the day. This was before the turn.. I love the texture the quilting is adding on this quilt.

I did get a little Rainbow Scrap Challenge sewing in this week to make 2 more 16 patch blocks in red - to go with the maroon from earlier this month and teal and purple.

I also have the parts made for 3 more friendship stars to go with the 9 I made earlier.

Angela picked multicolored for the month of April. I might find some multicolored parts and pieces while picking up the sewing room today that will become 'something'.... maybe a small crazy quilt?

Linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching and the RSC Saturday link up. Now to go play with some fabric.

Friday, March 31, 2017

March 17 for 2017 progress....

 Well, not as much as I hoped but some progress was made. That is the goal after all!

I got  a new Gracie EZ3 hand quilting frame this month. Hubby was kind enough to put it together for me. After countless watching  of youtube videos... I took the plunge and loaded the frame with my hand pieced trip around the world quilt. I have made progress on this and if I do one roll a week I hope to have this quilt finished by June! I love how the stitches are looking on this and it is so nice to be able to quilt without having the quilt weight and warmth on me! 17 more blocks to stitch in the maroon before I get to roll up a portion of the quilt and move onto the next set of rows!

I had hoped to finish off my Grandmothers Choice quilt this month but it did get to a top stage and then decided it wanted some borders. Stubborn quilt. I had already made the backing when it decided this... why couldn't it have told me sooner? Oh well, I have more of the green checked fabric to make the backing bigger. This is the completed top without the borders... will be a little tan one then a mottled medium value purple.

I got a few more mice completed this month.  I think in April this will be the only appliqué that I work on to see if I can get all of them done. 5 down.... 9 to go! The cats are getting anxious to get the mice onto their quilt for them to 'chase'!

I did get an official finish - the binding got finished on Wednesday evening on my Quilters Scrapbook quilt - pattern by my friend Joanne over at Ok, some threads still need to get taken care of but it is done!

Linking up with Pomegranate and chintz for the 17 in 2017 UFO Challenge. Hopefully April will see more sewing time for me..... my bowling commitment is done by mid month and that gives me a day to sew while the kiddo's are in school! I can't wait. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Moda Blockhead Wednesday....

I caved. Well, I lasted into March before starting something new this year!

Kathy (I'm going to start calling her dangerous Kathy) posted a few weeks ago about this free new block a week that will be posted on Wednesday's by 6 different designers. It will run for 48 weeks and ..... I'm joining in. I really, really want to get my Grandmothers Choice quilt DONE first..... but since I got it to a top over the weekend, I did allow myself to sew up block #1. They released block #4 today... so it is not too late to start in.

I was originally thinking to do a blue quilt...... but instead I looked over at the stash wall and saw this bundle of fat quarters from Connecting Threads called SweetGrass Prairie.

I seem to have ordered it a few years ago 'just because'. It was pretty colors and fabrics and it has been waiting patiently to get used.... since 2012!

Wow... poor fabric has been so patient.  Well, I think they would look great in this sampler quilt so decision made and block #1 is done. It is called Whirligig and is so darn cute! The blocks will finish off at 6 inches so it will be a nice little quilt when done. I know, he needs pressing.
So... after picking up children from school... you will find me rolling the already ironed and pieced top and backing onto the boards. The batting will get cut off the roll and then I'll clear off the banquet table I sew on and grab the pins for pinning. The 'plan' is to wiggle stitch this guy tonight....and then make and attach the binding.
That gives me 2 nights to attach the binding to get a finish this month... then I can really start in with this new project =).

Oh, and the FB group for it is very dangerous seeing all the pretty blocks popping up. Must hurry and finish that quilt =)

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Kathy reminds us each week to take time and rest and relax. This is an important reminder as we (me especially) are always go, go, go.
Here is Aidan's bulb that finally bloomed. Very pretty dutch iris.
Yesterday, the hubby was feeling under the weather so I took Aidan to bowling with Emily for her league. Then we stayed after and bowled a couple of games with another girl on her team and her Dad. It seems Emily practiced on the league and then bowled out of her tree with us - getting a 103 and 92! Aidan did well with a 105 and 114. I got over my average so was happy.

Then it was home for a visit with Papa A who comes over Saturday afternoons for his kid fix. The kids decided to jump in the pool - way too chilly for me but at 70 they got in and played.

 A little down time - Emily helped me make a spaghetti sauce to clear out the crisper for dinner. We added some meatballs and salad and called it a meal.  Then it was off to the drive in theater to see Beauty and the Beast. Great movie and the kids had fun watching the movie from the front seat of the car. They played air hockey before the movie at the arcade.

It was a late night - didn't get home until 10:40 but the kids went to bed good and slept until 8AM! Unheard of in my household. They are off to Grandma's today.

That allowed me to finally prep 4 needles and start hand quilting my trip around the world quilt that is loaded on the Gracie frame. I got 4 needles in and prepped another 4. I decided I will echo the diamonds in the trip for each block.... we will see how it goes. I can't wait to get this one finished and onto my bed - it will be  a completely hand pieced quilt when it gets done!
Linking up with the slow Sunday stitchers.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Last Saturday in Red.....

My goodness, I had not done any red sewing until Friday afternoon! A big Thanks to Grandma who took the kids this morning and still has them until after dinner (they didn't have school, you know cause they were off last week and needed a day off already!).

I did manage to get 2 of my blossoms done.

I also whipped up a few.... or 9 friendship stars. I'll probably pull out some maroon over the next week and add 2 more blossoms and 3 or more friendship stars to the mix.

Sometime I'll get some bow ties prepped and sitting next to the machine for some mindless piecing and leader and enders.

The big news... I finally got my Grandmothers Choice into a top - ok, sew I added a smudge of fabric to 'fit' one side and sewed two seams together as it was in 3 parts... but hey, it is a top! I am debating calling it done or adding a border. Right now... I just want it done and off the pile so it might just get pinned and wiggle stitched this weekend with a binding added to finish it off in purple. That's the plan anyway. How is your GC quilt coming along Quilter Kathy?

Linking up to the RSC Challenge on Saturday morning.