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.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


It is a dreary day today with off and on drizzle. I had energy this morning... and started cleaning and clearing and getting reluctant help from the munchkins. They decided to organize the pantry... and actually did a really good job! Then the lazy Saturday with rainy weather settled in. I have been doing a little hand stitching on my 2 inch hand pieced trip around the world. I believe I am on round 23 which is  dark pink. I have some lime green, yellow and blue cut out for the next few rounds.

 I should go check out the sewing room.... but it is a mess and I just am not feeling it. I guess I'll just curl up and stitch on this while convincing the kids Mommy doesn't feel like making dinner. They had picked out dinner (since they were in the pantry I had them try and come up with some ideas for dinner) - chicken nuggets, butter beans - they found a can and have never tried them, and a can of corn. I'm thinking Chinese takeout or pizza.... we shall see in a couple of hours what we have. No oven still so the nuggets would have to be in the microwave.

I have no orange to show yet.... but here is all my 1857 blocks on neutral background just waiting to be sewn together tomorrow when the kids go to Grandma's. I did add the 4 peels to that last block yesterday so it is ready to go. As you can see - Maxie cat is always out when there is a quilt or blocks around.

I also had a finish this week- the binding on the bricks and stepping stones got done. This was from the green month where I tried to clear out a few green and browns.

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge where others have already had a start with orange. I plan to pull some this weekend to make my blossoms... then I'll just have some pink ones to make  before I can put them together!

I did get a girls night out for cooking club last night. We made an awesome meal - spinach and feta chicken and potato - roasted cauliflower and mini classic chocolate bundt cakes. There were mini peanut butter bundt cakes too. All recipes can be found on the pampered chef website under recipes. That chicken one might be the first meal I make in the new oven! It was that good.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

17 in 2017 for August....

 I have not posted my 17 in 2017 for a couple of months. I finally made some progress on one of my projects so I can post!
Yesterday I finished the hand appliqué on the last border block for the 1857 album quilt. I started this journey in January 2016 as a quilt along with Gay Bomers over at She would provide 3-4 blocks for free each month and you just had to copy them off before she released the next set. They are available for purchase now in her store. I kept up until last September.... when life got in the way... and maybe I was a little tired of all the appliqué! I decided to do a 6x6 layout of my 10 inch blocks and picked the last 8 that I needed to get my 36 blocks of the 68 released. I had already started making the border fleur de lis, so continued on with those. Boy, did they take forever at the end! So far - these blocks are all done (oh shoot - one block still needs it's corner peels!) and just need to get sewn into a top - hopefully over this holiday weekend. One of my helpers plunked herself down when I started laying out the top border blocks to supervise the progress. I guess I did ok, since she has not rearranged them on me!

1857 Album Quilt by VTQuilter 2016/2017. Hand appliqué.
And one photo standing on the couch for a better view.

Linking up with Meredithe at Pomegraniteandchintz. Head on over and see how others are faring this year.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A finish!

I finally got the last of the binding sewn down last night on this green and brown bricks and stepping stones quilt. Just in the nick of time to get a finish for the month of August!

Pattern from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville under the free patterns. Made from my stash. I used up some homespun tan on the back along with another neutral to fit in with my RSC Challenge month of neutrals.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


I finally got a little sewing machine time this afternoon. I was able to finish the 6 unstructured, scrappy log cabin blocks and added 2 more for an even 12 blocks. This is how they turned out - unfinished 12.5 inch blocks. I might make 4 more blocks.... we'll see. I have plenty of scraps......

This morning was carting the kids to Grandma's in Inverness - 40 minutes away. A little visit and then the trip home. Hubby was ready to hit Lowes, so after I threw the towels into the washer we headed out to check out ranges. Our oven decided to take a permanent vacation on Wednesday. The stovetop is still working and I found a way to make cornbread in the crock pot (2 boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix  takes one hour and 45 minutes on high!) and Aidan finished his brownie making in the microwave - 7-8 minutes in an 8 inch glass pan instead of his 9x13 pan. I really missed my double oven I had in Vermont so.... we are getting one again! Unfortunately they have to order from the manufacturer  so it won't be in until mid September, but I am getting a convection double oven with an electric flat top with 5 burners! We got it on sale, used the 6 month no interest credit card from them and got an extra 10% military discount! Did you know if you show a military discharge or current form you can get a 10 % discount on everything with your My Lowes card? We didn't! Nice benefit from hubby serving in the military right after high school.

Grandma should be returning the kids within the hour so I'll relax for a bit with some slow stitching. 6 of these border blocks left for the 1857 quilt and then I can put it together. Just need to trim from the back basting and needle turn them under.

Linking up with the rainbow scrap challenge, Oh Scrap and slow stitching Sunday. Head on over and take a look.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse....

We got a 85% eclipse where we live yesterday. The kids got out of school and home before the 'main event'.

We were able to try a few things to see the eclipse without the glasses.

Boxes to see the reflection. I know the boy is standing the wrong way but he did make it work.

Through crossed hands with space left for the sun to shine through. - little half moons there.

Through leaves of a tree.

Through a colander. I thought this one was the best personally, little half moons!

It got slightly darker here like when a storm would be rolling in but was still very light at the peak time of the eclipse. Such a neat experience and I'm so glad I got to share it with my kids. We had scouts last night.... unfortunately a lot of the girls were unable to witness it or view it. I know mine got to see it happen on tv out in Oregon in their classrooms at school and we did watch a bit on tv yesterday while it was going on. A few of my girl scouts did not see anything about it yesterday and did not get to experience it. Such a shame. It was a perfect opportunity to teach about science and get the kids excited about our world around us.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Slow Sunday.....

I got a little machine sewing time in this morning to finish off my 4 unstructured log cabin blocks. I just pull from the pile of scraps on the floor and sew them in rounds until they are a little bigger than 12.5 inches and trim them down. These are four finished ones.... and another 6 got started until the bobbin ran out. I took that as a cue to take a break.

Lunch is done. I helped Emily make a 'Grammy' salad. Growing up Mom made salads with iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, celery if we had it and carrots if we had it. Then used the glass dressing shaker to make the italian seasoning packet of salad dressing up. It is still my favorite dressing - although I just make my own and omit the sugar from a recipe here. In my house.... no one would eat it so I decided to just prep lettuce and they all (hubby and kids) would eat that as salad with a dressing of choice - usually ranch. Me... I would cut other things up and toss it on my individual salad. While up in Vermont this summer, Grammy made salad. Both kids ate it - although I think Aidan just pushed a few things off to the side or didn't get them on his plate like tomato's (I know, I really am not sure he is my child not liking tomatoes!). Turns out... Emily now likes all these things on her salad! We have a bowl full made up and it will hang out in the fridge and be nice easy lunches for me for a couple of days. We were out of the seasonings so Emily got to help measure everything out and then made a batch of salad dressing to put in the fridge. The herbs are in a prep bowl tucked away in the cabinet for the next 2 bottles of dressing.

Then we made a eclipse viewer with a cereal box. I just did a google search and found a video on how to do it. We tested it out and found the white dot so it is working.

Now I think it is time for my foot stretches and then some pool time. At some point I will enjoy hand stitching some more of the 1857 border blocks. I have 6 that still need back basting and 2 are back basted and need trimming for needle turn appliqué. I think those 2 might get done at some point today after I finish the inch or so needed on the top one below. 

Linking up with Kathy for the Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge.....

Since I missed out on most of the blue month... and those scraps were still hanging out I decided to sew them with the neutral scraps into a freestyle log cabin block. These are not measured and are just sewn together in rounds to make the block whatever size it decides to be. I am thinking maybe 12 inches finished should work.... and who knows, it may end up replacing this one that I sold last year! We will see how the scraps do with it.

I needed a little sewing time today after a busy morning. The kids decided to make breakfast - home made cinnamon rolls which turned out pretty good. Then someone is all worried about his 4th grade science project due in November and got a little lippy with me... so he stayed home while Emily and I went to the Kid Fest at the bowling alley this morning. Oh My Goodness! The place was packed and we got on a waiting list for a lane. To kill time, we headed outside to see the fire truck and police car. When we came in I saw some friends sitting at a table waiting! So nice to see them and we put our names together on the list and shared a lane to bowl! So nice to chat with another adult and the kids had fun. Then it was a trip to Sam's Club to fill up the empty car with gas and pick up a few things. That place was packed too on a Saturday. We did see this guy enjoying a pizza as we left!

We got home to visit a bit with Grandpa and then the thunderstorms hit. I needed some 'me' time so headed into the sewing room.
Sigh... the kids kept coming in so I stopped here and will head into the pool with Emily while Greg is making dinner. Baked potato is in the oven and the grill got fired up for the steaks. I'll go swim a few laps while that is coming together.

Linking up with Angela and the other RSC Challenge participants.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching....

I hope to be getting a few stitches in here and there today. The house is mostly cleaned (ok, the dusting didn't happen but sweeping, mopping and vacuuming with a few loads of laundry has happened). I should... make up a few hours at work since I only got in about 12 out of 20 last week with no internet Monday and Wednesday was meet the teacher and get supplies and hair cuts...then one hour of working in the afternoon while very excited kids were too loud,  I called it a day. Sigh. Should get back to 'normal' this week.. but that means busy in the evenings.

We are dog sitting for my MIL - she will bring Buddy the horse... I mean dog with her when she returns the kids this afternoon. At least with Buddy the Boxer here tonight - Maxie cat won't come out to the living room so I should be able to work on the binding on the bricks and steppingstones quilt in green and browns. I got it pinned and machine quilted last Sunday but Maxie has been demanding to be on my lap and is too darn cute to move once I get a section done. See what I mean?

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts and see what the other slow stitchers are working on this week.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

RSC in neutrals....

I was hoping to have a finish to show ... but since I have not finished the binding on the bricks and steppingstones that will have to wait. I am showing the back since it is made up of all neutrals. This was my Sunday sewing to get the backing made and then pinned and quilted.  I just have had a cat not allowing me to get the hand stitching done at night .... as you can see here. If there is a quilt near me... Maxie cat will be on it. Silly girl.

I made a couple of neutral 16 patch blocks to add to the collection. I had found some black and tan squares leftover from my maple leaf quilt a few months ago so sewed them up back then.

Then I laid out the bow tie blocks. Oops - miscounted on the blue so I have cut 3 more and one more yellow to make my 12 bow ties. I need to make some red and green so those will hopefully get done this month as a catch up.
Head on over to see what other things are popping up in the RSC Link Up.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

First day of school!

The first day of school has arrived! Aidan is in 4th grade (age 9) and got the teacher he was hoping for. Emily is in 3rd grade (age 8) and got the teacher we requested for her. Both were so excited to start school and get back to seeing their friends and the routine. New this year - no homework for the elementary grades! They are also adding a 20 minute recess back to their day along with their 30 minutes of PE.  Looking forward to a great school year.

I guess they grew.... here is last years picture!

I'm enjoying the day - got a little sewing in (neutrals for RSC) , relaxing in my chair,  PT session for my foot and a trip to Aldi for veggies. Time for lunch and then a little more sewing before I head over (with handwork) to wait in the car line for the kids at school. Planning a new to us meal tonight - salisbury steak meatballs in a gravy with mashed potato, a cucumber salad and zucchini. Always fun to try something new while working through the freezer and pantry.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday....

After doing some yard work yesterday morning I was completely wiped out for the rest of the day. It also probably was not the best thing to do with a sore foot since my PT on Thursday.... but... the flower beds are weeded out front and some of the bushes were wacked... I mean trimmed.

That led me to the recliner and some slow stitching in the afternoon.  I got all my prepped baskets completed....

and need to prep 2 more to make 8 for a small wall hanging while the 25 others will become another little quilt to be hand quilted. I plan to exercise the machine today while the kids are gone and get those rows sewn together into a top for the 25 baskets. Not a great photo but I think this is the layout I am going with.

I was able to get this to a top stage today. Looks a little washed out in the photo but it is a 32x32 top now. 

Since I was so tired yesterday and went to bed really early.... I was up at 6:30 and had peace and quiet while the rest were sleeping. I was able to finish off the last basket and finish one of the corner borders for the 1857 quilt. I will needle turn the last corner border sometime today while resting my foot.

Head on over and see what others are slow stitching today.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July blue baskets....

I seem to have miscalculated on how many baskets I needed. I was laying them out yesterday .... and it seems 25 is a good number to make a quilt. I have been swapping the blocks and adding the ones I made last night and removing them. I think I am happy with my layout  - which is different from this photo.

Hmmmmm. What to do with the remaining 6? I have a feeling they might turn into something else? Did I just add a new project.... Oops! I can see 8 baskets around a center open square.... maybe corner triangles to hand quilt in and then a nice blue binding for a small wall hanging?  Or a medallion quilt? We shall see....

Thunder storms have been rolling though this morning and I am wondering where the children and Grandma are.... they had a double kid sleepover last night after she took them to the skyline for the trampoline yesterday late morning. Someone turned their knee - I hear she is just fine though - Emily not Grandma!. They went to her house after instead of bowling and that led to the overnight offer so she could take them to the gulf and watch the sunset. Who am I to argue with a kid free night? Greg got home from work and mowed the lawn then we went out for dinner and had a nice evening without kids. Hopefully they get returned in the near future - Emily has gymnastics tonight and I have a meeting right after that..... I think I'll go sew these blue baskets together...that will pretty much guarantee she pulls into the driveway as soon as the machine gets turned on!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1....

Aidan's Beach Day Table Runner.

The boy was home with me yesterday while the girl was at Grandma's for a sleepover and shopping for school day. This is the one that is not good at entertaining himself...... he wanted to make a quilt. I said - draw the picture you want and write your steps. We needed a runner for the table and figured out the size (around 9x30) and discussed ideas for the runner. I said something summery - so he did a beach scene. He drew it and wrote his directions. I helped with some of it but he did all the sewing, quilting and some of the cutting with a rotary cutter. Yes - I got more grey hairs yesterday but he did ok. No cuts - which reminds me I must find the klutz glove for his next time of supervised cutting. He wanted an umbrella - and picked out the red stars fabric and the pole. I hand appliquéd them down. Then he wanted a round float - I was done with appliqué so we found some fusible to try. The purple blended with the 'water' so it went up on the beach. He decided he needed one in the water - so modified his drawing and made a lime green one. Then he wanted a rectangle float - that one is the white sparkle. It still needs a binding (I did trim it after this) but he has not decided on the fabric for that yet. I sure hope he makes a decision soon - I'd really like to put this to use on my dining room table.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

RSC in Blue

A little late for the link up but I did get to play with my sewing machine this afternoon and finished the 6 spring blooms for the month. These pretties were added to the collection. The link to this free pattern from Canuckquilter is here.

Linking up to the RSC Challenge - head on over and see all the lovely blues that were out to play this week.

Slow Stitching Sunday

Kathy has been encouraging us to slow stitch for over 5 years with her wonderful linkup and words of encouragement. I plan to hand stitch a few more blue baskets today. I didn't quite get one per day done like I had planned but they are all prepped and will get done one slow stitch at a time!
Here are the baskets completed so far this month

and this is one that will get worked on later today.

I picked up a cute blue leaf print while in Vermont and I think that will be the border triangles for this little quilt.

Linking up with the other Slow Stitchers over at Kathy's Quilts. I'll do a little picking up and cleaning this morning as the kids are finally off to Grandma's. Then I plan to get reacquainted with my sewing machine on a very rainy day in Florida.