Saturday, July 24, 2021

RSC Saturday in dark blue.

 Not much sewing this week. Hopefully next week will be better as I have a few more blocks that need to get made before the end of the month. I think I will add a black and white one of the above to go with this dark navy. I'm not sure if the new medicine I started Monday morning is the culprit of my headaches this week or if it is just something going around? Lets hope they take a break this weekend so I can get some things done!

I'm headed to pick up the girl from Girl Scout Camp soon and I expect to hear all about her adventures from this week at horse camp. She did Puddle Jumpers and I think she got to try jumping in her horse riding adventures. She has been wanting to try that for over a year now so I'm curious to see if she enjoyed it. 

Linking up with the RSC Saturday morning.

Monday, July 19, 2021


 The thunder is rumbling outside with a little rain coming down. Aidan and I made Chicken Tikka Masala for dinner. Emily is away at Girl Scout Horse camp this week so Aidan is getting all the meals he likes that she does not! I figured I'd better start on the table topper challenge for the month. I had this block that I was trying to work with on a round robin but I only added the first round of the checkerboard. 

I found a backing and a batting and pinned it. Some hand quilting is now being added and eventually this will be my table topper in blue for July. It is also #17 of my UFO list for the Summer Ravelry challenge! Love when I can join two projects together.

Back to stitching as I listen to my latest Audiobook - Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley. I finished up a couple of other books this weekend. Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L Trump and Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M. C. Beaton. I was reading along to the Virgin River Series and the Brigerton Series but for some reason June 1st they both disappeared from the Libby App from the library. Oh well, I'm enjoying these two authors of mysteries. I was curious on the book by Mary Trump. It was actually interesting to listen to and provided some insight. 
Back to my mystery and stitching.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Dark Blue - Full Stop

The sewing machine works! I managed to make some of the Colons for this month in dark blues. 

Aidan made a sponge cake last night with frosting. A little dry- I think that is why they add jam or a liquid to it - but it was pretty yummy.  Only 2 small slivers left!

Linking up with the RSC.


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Home with Hexagons....

 We made it home around 12:05AM this morning safe and sound. We got Greg's doctor appointment done this morning as well. The rest of the afternoon was unpacking, sweeping floors, playing with the cats and I did pop out to grab some veggies and fruit to stock the empty drawers in the fridge. Seems we were out of mayo.... so I tried making some (I improvised on one ingredient and used yellow mustard since I was out of dijon. I did get dijon when I went shopping for the next batch.) I had boiled up 12 eggs and was making deviled eggs when I realized I was out!

I think we have plenty of eggs to play with. I have butter out softening to make some brownies... which will use 6 eggs.  Ice Cream, angel food cake or Aidan mentioned a sponge cake might get made as well.

Yesterday was some stitching at the airport on a handful of hexagons and then I read a book on the flight. I picked up a 2.5 and 3.5 inch snowflake cookie cutter at the Ski museum in Stowe last Saturday. They were marked $1. each! I figured it was a typo as they are really solid and well made but it rang up as $2 and change for tax! I think they will be great as a marking took for hand quilting Hoarfrost! I'd better finish the 15th one before I get back to the flowering snowball blocks being sewn into rows.

Linking up with the RSC... since I have not made it into the sewing room yet. Hopefully today!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Cascade falls

 After working on Monday, Emily and I headed to Cascade Falls. This is just a little area that was created in the last few years as a walking trail with little outlets down to the brook with pretty waterfalls. I had never been here. It was a lovely afternoon and Emily and I were gone for a couple of hours. Good thing we went yesterday as today is cool and rainy.

The sound of waterfalls are just so calming.

Last night we went on a kayak paddle and got to see a couple of loons. This one popped up about a half paddle from Emily's kayak! It was so neat to see him dive way down and watch him through the water.

This is the Momma with two babies on her back. I was pretty far away and tried to zoom in on my phone camera.

We also went to a Vermont Mountaineers game on Sunday night. They won and we got to see a pretty good game including a home run and a run down on an attempt at a stolen base. Lots of foul balls for a 4-1 game. The local sponser for the night was giving out free ice cream sandwiches as a bonus to the free tickets my sister Joanne got for us. 
Last full day here and it is cool and rainy. Another day of enjoying wearing jeans and a sweatshirt.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Last Sunday in Vermont

 I have a few days left of my visit but I have to log back into work starting tomorrow. It was a nice week off and just relaxing. Today I have things prepped a bit for my siblings all coming out again and my cousin is stopping in to visit before she fly's back home. We had the graveside funeral for my Aunt who passed in March yesterday. I saw a lot of cousins I have not seen in 15-20 years! We opted for appetizers rather than a 'meal'. I have some veggies prepped and some meatballs in the crockpot with a jar of chili sauce and 8 ounces of grape jelly. A yummy treat... someone might have been wanting them so I offered to make them! Emily and I made some no bake chocolate peanut butter cookies last night as well. My siblings are each bringing something to share and we have some fruits coming to supplement the grapes I picked up yesterday. Tonight we are heading to a local baseball game (college level players in the summer). 

Since everything is prepped, I'm sitting on the glider rocker on the porch. The lake is twinkling with the sunlight making it sparkle on the water. Perfect setting to stitch my Hexagon for the day. 

I hand stitched the first row of the flowering snowball blocks together last night on the porch. I have one block to attach to the second row. This was cut out on my Accuquilt and hand pieced earlier this year. I have been cutting out parts in each color of the month this year for a future scrap quilt. This one stitched together so easily!

Linking up with Kathy and the other slow stitchers.

My view.... Aidan was heading down to feed the ducks that were quacking their arrival and wanting breakfast.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Saturday in blue

I have my first 9 darker blue hexagons stitched and quilted. Emily and I prepped the last 6 that I brought up with me this afternoon after a kayak paddle on the lake and some feeding of the ducks.

I finished knitting the dish cloth a few days ago and really need to weave those ends in. 

Saturday I'll link up with the RSC. Head on over and see what everyone is working on.


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Cog train up Mt. Washington NH

Today was the day! Wednesday we headed over to NH to ride the Cog coal/steam train up the mountain. I had never been up the mountain and when I mentioned the trains to Aidan - it was a done deal. I asked my parents and since it was a day trip- they decided to go. Neither had been up before. My sister found out and decided her and her hubby would go too... then their son added to the mix as well. 

This is the train that pulled us up the mountain today.

Looking out the front as we went up the mountain.

We reached the top! 

This is the view that could happen.... if the mountain is not in the clouds at the top.

Today - around 4PM it was very cloudy with zero visibility. 48 with 40MPH winds making it feel like the 30's. That wind can really move you!

The kids and I at the summit. Photo taken by my nephew Charlie.

Monday, July 5, 2021

4th of July in Vermont with my family

 All my siblings gathered at camp yesterday for the 4th of July holiday. The boat was decorated for the boat parade on the lake and a few were on the boat in the parade while the others were on the shore cheering the boats as they passed. It was a chilly day in Vermont - low 60's and cooler than last Christmas!

Right before everyone left we got the 'siblings' photos. My brothers Mike and David are standing then me, Terri and Joanne are sitting.

 This one by the lake was in age order - it is youngest on the left with me.... then David, Joanne, Terri and Mike as the oldest.

After everyone left Aidan and I were down by the fire and it was a nice knitting spot by the lake.

with a cloudy sunset last night.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Feeling blue in Vermont

I guess I guessed correct! I prepped some dark blue hexagons before I travelled up here last weekend. I waited for the cool front to go through and July to start before I stitched them.

Before the rain started yesterday, this was my sunset photos from the dock on Wednesday night. 

We have been enjoying the various duck families that visit with their babies and are feeding them a little corn feed. So far we have a Momma with 9 ducklings, one with 7 and one with 5. There is a lone duck that comes and she comes up onto the grass to let us know she is there. Aidan named her Hoover, since she eats everything up like a hoover vacuum! We have sighted the loons as well but no photo of them yet.

The rainy shot from the screened in porch this morning. Cool in the 50's with rain.

I woke up with a spinning head when I moved, so I went back to sleep and got up around 11:30! Feeling a little better but not 100% so it will be a take it easy day with maybe a little hand stitching. We will see. It is probably my electrolites off balance so I have had some Power Zero and that usually fixes it up.
Linking up my blues with Angela over at the RSC. Go see how everyone is playing with their darks this month.


Friday, July 2, 2021

July OMG

I am away on vacation but did bring some slow stitching with me. I think for July I'd like to hand stitch together these 12 flowering snowball blocks. I enjoyed stitching the flowering snowball block in the hand stitching sew along last year so I ordered the Accuquilt die for that block and cut out these parts from a few FQ's that I have had for years waiting for a special project.  Things might get moved around a bit as I stitch, we will see.  

Linking up with the July OneMonthlyGoal.

I plan to stitch a few of these blocks together for Slow Sunday stitching after the 4th of July family gathering. Linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Sunday Stitchers.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Not much stitching yet.....

There has been game playing. The kids found a Bonkers game (1978!) and yesterday was Michigan Rummy with everyone.
Tuesday night the kids wanted to drive the boat - so I took them out after Uncle David and Aunt Donna left. We had a visit earlier Tuesday with Aunt Terri and Sally.

There has been ducks visiting. I think there is a family of 9 ducklings, 7 ducklings and 5 ducklings. They all visited one day. 

Wednesday was an quick trip home with the parents. Dad was turning in his vehicle so they are down to 1 for the 2 of them. These are the chickens that they get to watch out their dining room window.

Her roses are in bloom. I picked some of the heritage ones from another spot to have at camp and they smell so pretty.

Angela announced July RSC is blue! Yea! I prepped dark blue hexagons to work on up here and might have taken the 12 flowering snowball blocks in blue and green up here as well. Since it is cooler - 60 degrees on the porch this morning I might get a little stitching in today!


Monday, June 28, 2021


 It has been a very long day. We headed to a hotel late last night and attempted to sleep a bit before the 3:20 alarm to wake up to head to the airport for our 6AM flight. We had an uneventful flight and arrived in upstate NY before 9AM. There was some delay in getting the rental car but we were off and hitting a Dunkin drive through for hot coffee for the ferry ride over to VT. About 2 hours later we were arriving at my parents house on a small lake in Central Vermont. It was hot and muggy for their warm spell and there is no AC up this way. Well, we remembered an AC unit that I took out here when we moved south and Aidan carried the heavy thing down the steep stairs and we got it installed into the living room window and running about an hour ago. Emily and I are sitting out on the screened in porch while my parents are in the living room watching a ball game. We took a little kayak paddle on the lake after dinner and clean up. If it was cooler upstairs, we all would be up in bed! Hoping the slightly cooler air outside will be drawn in with the window fans and cool things down a bit soon. Another day of heat before the cool front and storms ushers in highs around 70 on Thursday.  Some photo's of the kids in the kayaks on the lake.

The mountain we are planning to climb while we are up here.

Too hot to stitch... and too tired! Maybe tomorrow.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Summer 2021 Ravelry Challenge.

 I'm in again! I'm just removing the few finishes from Spring and see what can get accomplished this quarter!

Since I never know what I am in the mood to work on.... lets just throw a whole bunch of things out there and see what sticks shall we?

Block Collections.

1.) I know I have at least one more cut and in a baggie somewhere to fill that open spot for a 7x6 setting. These are hand pieced.... and might need a little fixing along the way.

 2.) Hexagon flowers on a black background. These are a stack of blocks I hand pieced a few years ago then hand appliqued to the black background a couple years after that!  Not sure if they will become one or two quilts....

3.) Crumb blocks.... might these end up in a quilt? Or the start of some baskets?

4.) Sweet Confetti blocks - I have 96 of these made.... need to be put together and quilted.

5.) Midget Applique quilt from Sentimental Stitches. I need to add  more flowers and leaves and the vines... and the bottom yellow border. This one is completely hand pieced.

6.) Ella Maria Deacon blocks - make a few more and finish them off into a top. I believe I was making these by hand. Patterns from Sentimental Stitches.

7.) Purple applique hearts... need to figure out how they want to be set.

8.)  this quilt that has been an on and off, leader and ender for years. My scrappy irish chain. I believe I had a bucket of 2 inch squares next to my sewing machine for a while and would make sets, and rows and blocks in between sewing other things. I think it wants to get competed.

9.) Midget block collection - I started these in Vermont in 2010!

10.) Civil War Blocks

11.) Churn Dash blocks these are a top - no picture for proof though.

12.) Endless Diamond Blocks - 21 made.  20 will make the top I think. All hand pieced. This is a top... but it wanted borders to finish the stars, silly quilt. 

13.) Birds in the Air block collection

14.) Harmony - hand pieced project started March 2021- one 28 inch block completed - 3 to go.

15.) Lets go fly a kite- because it might have percolated long enough in my head already.

16.)  Flowering Snowball

17.) Round Robin.

18.) Cat and mouse is on the frame in process of hand quilting but has been sadly neglected.

19) This one stayed on the list - needs quilting. Vermont Quilt Festival Booth Hop from either 2008 or 2009. I have backing for this and it is 71x71.

20.) Green Tumblers - a hand pieced top. 

21.) Hoarfrost - top is done will it get quilted this year?

22.) Baby Bear Paw quilt top ** Made back from a class in 1999 I think from Yankee Pride.

23.) Trip around the World

24.) Y2K Joann's BOM - quilt top

25.) Blue and Purple 9 patch with muslin top Made in the 90's. Have a back for this 50x60.

26.) Tumbler flag - this did not come out how I imagined.... It might get reinvented after taking parts out. We will see.

27.) 1857 Quilt Along Top

28.) Spring Hexagons - not sure if this wants to be bigger or not.... 

29.) FCQG baby quilt challenge. 40x48 have a backing for this.

30.) Triple Irish Chain - green. 80x80 I think. I did find both fabrics extra with it... Might need a green or cream border first or both... Made in the early 2000's.