Sunday, May 31, 2020


Kathy reminds us each Sunday to slow down and enjoy the relaxing properties of hand stitching. I did manage a little hand stitching (and prepping) this week and completed my last hand pieced block for Book Club, Elizabeth.

I have very little of my darker purple fabrics used in the blocks... but I do have enough of the light print to finish it off.

I am so happy I decided to do this sew along. I enjoyed doing last years and was so happy to learn tips and tricks on making templates and how to prep, mark and sew curves. That just opens the door to so many more projects and patterns I feel comfortable tackling now! A big thank you to Patty and Kristin for hosting and sharing your knowledge. These are my 9 hand pieced blocks that will finish off at 9 inches each. Everything needs another press and then I'll finalize the layout and decide if I put colorful cornerstones or just use the light fabric for sashing and cornerstone. I think I'll use it for the on point sides..... if I have enough of the light print. This will be all pieced by hand and hand quilted when done. Linking up with the Book Club - Hand Pieced QAL.

I have plenty of hearts prepped for hand applique sitting next to my recliner. I was not successful on one a was a crazy month of May this year..... but I have them there and prepped and they will get worked through here and there in June.

Yesterday morning I had my first aid/CPR class - 3 of us in the class with 1 instructor. Socially distanced and wearing masks (except for cpr) after hand washing on entry and a temperature check 97 F for me! I was happy my co-leader chose this time slot too - so I got to spend time with her in the 4 hour class and chatting a bit by our cars after (socially distanced of course). I must say.... getting up with an alarm at 6:30 was difficult! It has been a couple of months since I have had to be up that early in the morning! With the standard guidelines for girl scouts (buddy system is girls always go places in pairs) and the current CDC guidelines.... I am not sure when we will be allowed to meet in person again. Sigh, I really dislike zoom (probably because I dislike seeing myself on camera!) but I guess I am going to have to figure out how to make it work if needed in the fall. I think the girls can work on their bronze award this summer and get it done, that is my goal with them.

Technically the kids are done school tomorrow. Aidan has 2 tests to complete - math is being put up tomorrow...yes, she taught new skills the last week of school and scheduled a test for the last day! He has a 20 question robotics test to complete as well but I believe he said everything else was done. There will be a science game - are you smarter than a 6th grader on zoom Monday afternoon that she invited the family's to attend and participate. We will also return books Wednesday and I'll have Emily pick up her summer reading material at that time.

Emily just has to do her PE today and I'll send the paper to her teacher and she is done 5th grade! Her awards were Thursday evening on Zoom after picking up the award packet that morning. Each of my kids has the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence hanging in their room now! Aidans is gold and Emily's is silver. I guess the difference was gold if you get a 5 on one of the 4th grade FSA testing. She was about 3 points from a 5 in math. The rating is 1-5 with 5 being excelling. She also got a leadership award and the coveted 'Golden Bear' from her teacher. One girl and one boy in each class gets it. She received the golden bear in grades 2,4 and 5.

We watched the Crew Dragon launch yesterday. The clouds blocked us from seeing the plume from our house in Ocala but we watched on tv. So exciting. The kids are planning to watch the docking at the ISS around 10:29AM EST. Will you be watching?

Linking up with Sunday Slow stitching and Book Club.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

lol I dislike seeing myself on screen too - for some reason I always think it doesn't look like me!
love your hand stitching I have always found it so relaxing

Kim said...

Your new block is so pretty and how lovely it looks together with the other ones. Those different shades of purple are so pleasing to the eye.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

The end of the school year is always busy and crazy, and must be really so this year with so much responsibility put on parents. Bet you will be so glad for the break, Deb! Your purple hand-pieced blocks are so pretty - I love the bits of the pansy fabric that you were able to include.

Chris said...

I don't mind seeing myself on screen. I have to remember to comb my hair though. I find it interesting to see what is in the room behind me and people often ask about the quilt up on the design wall. I have been taking part in online meetings with at least 5-6 different groups these past 2 months. Some meetings, I sit here and do some hand stitching and no one can see what I am doing. I am dumbfounded at the number of times I touch my face with my hands because I see it right in front of me.
I am working on my 31st block today for my 31 blocks for OMG this month. I did not do one each day.
My girls here still have at least 3 weeks of school. And, I discovered what I was doing wrong in trying to scan. I scanned 43 documents for grade one Devan and finally submitted them. Now to do about 60 more pages.

Kathy S. said...

Your hand stitched QAL is coming along so nicely. Way to keep up with it. Gorgeous purples!

Julierose said...

Your final block is lovely--those pansies are so pretty...
nice work on these by hand...

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful blocks, and love your fabrics! Great work!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Your hand pieced blocks are coming along nicely! I have never done hand piecing on a curve, seems scary!


Ahh--we did it all 9 blocks (18 for me with doing 2 sets of each block--one Chmas and one in aqua/pink) and not the tough part how to finish them into tops!!
I will stitch my 31st blue heart today--but will also be cutting out some more to have the right amount for a top--(which I havent figured out yet???)
and I also remembered the time of the launch and watched it on tv too--too many tall building here for me to see much-sky wise though!
I have signed up for 2 more block of the week/month clubs--
one I am already 4 weeks behind-the fabric I want to use for them is not here yet!!!!! but they are really simple blocks and just one of each--
the other one starts tomorrow and is a wool one--that I will do from my wool stash--hopefully!!
but first--I am still in the middle of cleaning and then decorating--wonder how many months--days it will take me to finish that?????
take care, have a great week and keep stitching--
luv, di

Jenny said...

How exciting to get to watch the rocket launch, something to remember in years to come, I'm sure.