Saturday, March 23, 2019


Well, there is green grass and bushes in Florida.... much different from the snowstorm we left in Vermont yesterday .... where my parents got around 18 inches of snow Friday/Saturday. Too bad the kids were not there to shovel for them!

I finished stitching up the green hexagons for the green in the RSC Challenge this week. I think I might have spied a few more sitting on the sewing table.... I think they are multiplying!

I have attached 24 of them so far this month to their black background. I am hand appliquéing them onto the black..... and most of them were basted back in January although I do see that flowered one still needs basting. I originally hand pieced these hexagon pieces into flowers - not EPP a few years ago with the challenge. We must have had 2 months of green =).

I have added them to the red from January and yellow from February. I do wonder what color Angela will pull for the month of April? I have pink, purple, light blue, teal, dark blue, brown and orange left to go. All have been basted except for a handful of dark blue.

I also did a little hand stitching on the Hand Pieced Quilt Along block #9. This is the final block in the sew along. I cut out my second #8 block wrong... those darn flying geese! I keep putting the color and background in the wrong place!  I need to recut that one out to work on tonight or tomorrow. Color placement sure does change the look of these blocks!

I also have some binding to stitch down this evening.... can you tell I am relaxing today? We finished a little quilting with the machine on Aidan's quilt before we left and he picked out fabric for a binding. I was able to stitch it to the front by machine before we left. That leaves 4 sides - 60 inches each of binding for me to sit and stitch down this weekend. I did tell him I'd hand quilt something in orange in each of the 16 stars..... Sorry for the bad light... but I did get all 3 cats! Sophie is the queen at age 14 on my recliner, Ollie (age 1) is on the corner of the quilt and Peanut (his brother also age 1) is not interested and walking right by...until I start to work on it... then he will think he needs to help! Silly boy.

Linking up with RSC Challenge on Saturday, Hand Pieced Quilt Along,  and Slow Sunday Stitching.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday.... crochet and an Awl....

Well, I did get 2 towels crocheted for Mom while I was here..... I might try and squeeze in one more but we will see how time allows. She mentioned an Awl to poke the holes since I hate using the crochet hook to do that. Sometimes if it is a tight weave towel it is a bit difficult to poke that through. Mom mentioned using an awl and got hers out. Wow - that works great. I think I might even have one in my craft room for card making that might get re purposed to do towels. If not... the boy searched on the internet and found them at Walmart and hardware stores for under 10 dollars.

We have been busy and the kids have been getting their snow time in. Yesterday we went out and saw the camp in winter after we did disc golf in the morning.

They had fun sledding down the hill onto the frozen lake. It was a beautiful day - in the mid to upper 40's and sunny.
Tuesday night we did a  free cooking club that my sister signed us up for. We made scones and they were really yummy using yogurt. I'll add the recipe to my blog at some point. We made a batch that night with Aidan's, Tuesday morning with Emily's we added orange zest and craisins and today I added cinnamon sugar to the top of my batch. Grammy has lots of scones leftover!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Block #8 - Hand Pieced Quilt Along.....

Well, I got one of my first Block #8 done.  I seem to have forgotten to cut out the second block and I am away from my fabrics.... it will have to wait until Saturday to cut out the second one.

I did cut out parts for 2 of block #9 that was released today..... =) they are all marked for hand piecing.

Maybe I'll piece a little while we are playing Michigan Rummy this afternoon. The kids are enjoying their time in Vermont and spending lots of time outside playing in the snow and when inside playing games! They found Master Mind.... we played that a lot over the weekend. Then they found the Clue game, I hear I get to do that again today as well. Aidan won last nights game - it was Mrs. Peacock with the revolver in the Conservatory! 
We will include Grammy and maybe Grandpa with the Michigan Rummy game... but I need to look up the rules it has been so  long since I have played it. As the youngest of five kids, we played a lot of board games growing up and my kids enjoy playing them as well. I did see a game of Parchisi in the stack.... I have great memories playing that with Mrs. Brown a few camps down in the summer on her back porch overlooking the lake. She was the licorice lady - always had red licorice for me when I went over and if it was blueberry season, the point where their camp was had tons of wild blueberry bushes that we got to pick from.   Sometimes she would put a few in a bowl with milk and a little sugar. So yummy and some great memories.
Off to finish the lunch dishes then board games are on tap for the afternoon.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Weekend post in Vermont!

Spring break time for the kids and they requested SNOW! So, on the plane we went on Friday and arrived in a balmy 55 degree Vermont. The kids have been outside playing all afternoon yesterday and today enjoying the snow. Hey - we were in mid 80's on Thursday in Florida so this is so fun for them. It has been 4 years since they have played in snow.

Me.... I cut out some parts for the hand pieced quilt along before I left and completely forgot to bring the ruler I use to mark it! Oops... a trip to Joann's today while running errands had me pick up a diamond template for use with Jelly Rolls.... hey, it has the 1/4 inch mark clearly on it and I can use it later as a diamond template for a future hand pieced project! The bonus.... it was not on sale so I got to use my 60% off coupon!

That allowed me to piece these parts while the kids were outside playing and Mom was making a banana bread to pop into the oven after the birthday cake came out.

I also have 12  green hexagons all prepped to be hand appliquéd down onto the black background.

The kids are staying over at my sisters tonight.... after dinner and birthday celebrations at my brothers house for Grammy's 80th (back on the 5th) and Emily's 10th... April 7th.  I'll pick them up around lunchtime.... assuming I can get up the muddy road... and bring them to see maple syrup being made!

Linking up on Saturday with the RSC Challenge where green is the color for March. Sunday linking up with Kathy's Quilts and Slow Stitching Sunday.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Block # 7 in the Hand Pieced Quilt Along.

Block #8 has been released and I finally got my first block #7 completed today. Time to start the second one.

Sunday progress...... log cabin blocks and a pinned quilt!

Yes, Aidan's quilt got pinned. It will be a long week with him I fear - very excited about our trip to Vermont. We will see if he is alive come Friday. Hopefully having him quilt this in the afternoon will help calm him down?

I also got some log cabins added to the pile.... 31 blocks completed! Now.... I am not so sure I like how it is coming out.... I'll have to think on it a bit...... Maybe moving things around might help? I'm thinking I should have either done the brights only or non brights. Will have to think on it. Might change gears completely..... Time will tell. I just laid these out.... no plan and it probably won't be this setting. With the 3 extra blocks on the bottom this would finish now at 72 inches square.

Sunday, March 10, 2019


Another week has flown by! The kids are off to Grandma's house....

There is a list of what I should do... and a list of what I want to do. Wonder which one will get worked today?

I promised the boy I would get his quilt pinned today.... that is a must. I need to cut out my hand pieced quilt along block #7 I think? I did pull fabrics.

The next one is released tomorrow and I have yet to cut out last weeks! That will get done today as well....and one of the 2 will get hand stitched.
This is a photo of the hand pieced blocks so far. I am loving them in the blue and white I selected.

A little of the should list.... groceries.... silly people think they need to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner each and every day! Including snacks when they get home from school around 2:30 cause their lunch is crazy early at 10:35 and they are starving when they get home!  Laundry - something about wearing clean clothes? Finding what is under surfaces covered in 'stuff'..... Hmmm. Might try and clear a few and dust and vacuum. Then.... there is packing although that should be fairly easy as it will be 'warm' clothes needed for where we are headed later this week. We are in shorts and short sleeves down here in Florida right now.

At least 2 of the 4 nights are easy for me this week - Monday scouts is touring our local Publix grocery store so no planning for me!, Tuesday is kids soccer practice - hey - hand work time for 90 minutes!, Wednesday is nothing.... shhhh don't tell anyone!, Thursday is soccer games for the kids..... and they both have the late game at 6:35. I'll pop them home to get in jammies after, grab packed bags and drive to Sanford for the night and we travel early Friday AM flying up to cold country in Vermont for a week. I'm thinking Wednesday will be prepping all that hand work I want to take with me on the plane and for at Mom's house. PS, Dad I'm stealing that Ott lamp for the week while I am there!

Emily started off my morning by bringing her singer knitting machine into my room and starting to make a scarf on my bed with it. We had a couple of oopses where it came off but I think I fixed it and also got it taken off and finished. She has a scarf now for the cold winter weather we are headed to Friday when the kids break from school starts. I was going to show a photo of it... but she brought it to Grandma's to show her!

Time to get moving.. must get those first 2 crossed off the list so I can maybe do some of the other things. So much for sewing green and cream log cabins all day today as was my original plan...... but if I can finish the ones I have in process I will be about half way to my goal of 64 blocks!

Linking up with the Slow Stitchers over at Kathy's Quilts. May you schedule some time to hand stitch something and relax today.....

Oh - a few photo's from the Engineering Day we did with the kids yesterday. Everyone was exhausted by last night!
Greg was with Emily and I was with Aidan. They were in different age groups so they did different things... except they both did the egg drop.... from 55 feet up in a bucket loaded and yes, they both went up and dropped their egg! Neither broke. I have a video of Aidan's and a photo of Em 'after'.

Aidan built a bridge, 'Creeky' which held 15 kilograms of weight before it crumbled.

Water filtration - his was not too bad at 120... the winner was 34.4 and some were in the 400 range. his was fairly clear from the murky water they started with. Then the egg drop. Video of Aidan's drop below.