Friday, December 21, 2018

End of the year

Yes, it is. It has been such a strange two months since last post. A friend of mine lost her father at the end of November. At the same time, our Women’s club started to ramp up on our mission to make sure kids have a gift for Christmas. Our group became only 4 this year as some of our members moved away. Then my friend lost her Dad, and the other two ladies still were working their jobs. So that left me. By the end of last week, I was just plumb tired out. The ladies gave me as much time as they could but it was still tiring. 
I have worked a little in the sewing room. I still have this one up on the design wall and hope to start working on it in the new year.
I also have managed to keep up with Bonny Hunter’s Mystery.

I have done other sewing but no other pictures as I always seem to forget.....

We actually had snow a week ago but it is long gone. We have been waking up to 40 degree weather which hasn’t happened for a few years. They are calling for the cold to start again in a few days but hopefully after we leave for a trip to Orlando. My hubby and I are going with my son and daughter and their families to catch a bit of warmth for the end of the year. Really looking forward to it. 
Anyways, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Monday, October 8, 2018

(Backup) Update

It has been busy here since Last post.
There was a lot of grapes made into raisins, over 35 lbs. some tomatoes were canned, walnuts harvested and husked. I am slowly getting them cracked and bagged. Some of it is going into Christmas baskets as also the raisins. Even though we never planted squash, zucchini or pumpkins, the harvest has been plentiful on the pumpkin side. Not sure what I will be doing with them all. 
There has been quilting going on also. My daughter had a friend who wished for a T-shirt quilt and I rushed it through the queue.
This time I looked up patterns and how tos on the Internet and hopefully she will like this one. Since I have showed this to people, now I have 3 more I need to do. 
I have joined a group called mystery quilt Anonymous on Facebook and Debi Montgomery is very generous with her time and designs. She is always commenting to anyone posting pictures and questions, very hands on. This is the first one I have done. It is called Fandango...
She has clear instructions and it is up to the quilters eye as to what the colors will be used. She gives suggestions and shows what colors she uses, has different sizes posted (lap, twin, queen and king) and helpful hints if one gets stuck. She gives very little away and the group of quilters, who have joined, are so fun to talk too. We all show our progress and if like in my case, a few blocks are in the wrong place, they kindly point them out. So helpful,
Ou will notice on this mystery that I have 2 blocks in the wrong place.... this one is called Dou Dou....
Oh well, will need to fix before finishing.

Leaving you will a picture of some snow geese who have joined the Canadian geese for a little....

Monday, August 6, 2018


Just a little catch up on what has been going on since last time I posted. 
Finally bought a new car. Our older car is 15 years old so was a needed change. Here is hoping this one will last at least the same amount.
Still sewing together scrap blocks of 2 1/2 strips. 
This one still needs another border but those blocks hanging on the short arm frame make these quickly. ( when I have time)
Working on a mystery quilt by Debi Montgomery. She lives in New Zealand and designs these mysteries on a Facebook group called Mysteries Anonymous. It is a free site, and you just need to join. This is the first one I have tried and it is easy to read and understand and goes together so nicely. 

This was another project that has been on the todo list for awhile. I made and painted the stand for the recycled water barrel and now is on the deck awaiting water. We haven’t had a drop of rain for a very long time. Even worse, they are calling for 107 degree weather later this week. We live up in northern Washington and these temperatures are not normal for us. Guess the outside work will be done very early and then will hide in house! 
That’s all for now. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Playing in the sewing room

I have started to clean out my bin of 2 1/2” bins of strips. This is number 2 quilt top. Number 1 was posted last time. 
Number 3
Number 4. 
The sad part is that the bin is still 3/4 full! What I forgot to take pictures of are the multitude of blocks that were made as I was creating these. Need to make a fully scrappy few with those.  I am trying to get a stack of quilt tops ready so I can play with the short arm machine this fall when all the outside stuff is finished. 
Spent a few days with grandsons so that Mom and Dad had a few days off. Hubby is teaching youngest how to spatchcock a chicken. They enjoyed the process. 
Lastly, a picture of a double rainbow taken last night. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Newest triumphs

Finally finished off the bedroom deck. It has now been stained and waiting the gate to be made. May even stain the deck again just so that it is nice and fresh.

This lap quilt was made with a box of scraps I inherited from a friend. Most of the stars were made from the cut offs that were in the box. The small stars were 3 1/2” and the next size ended up at 5”. The big stars were left overs from a quilts I made for an Austrian Family years ago. 

You know that container of 1 1/2” strips that seem to keep on growing? This was made out of them. The sad part is that the container is still 3/4 full! Yikes....
There is another quilt on the design wall but silly me, no picture yet. I am still working out the borders so hopefully I will have a picture next time. 
I am planning on quilting these two back to back once the last one is finished. Wish me luck.

The heat it back again so for now, I am weeding the garden after supper. At least the bugs are not so bad so far. My hubby and I have finally decided that we are going to renovate the house we are in. Hopefully will have pictures as we go along. We are still in the planning stage so it will take awhile. Meanwhile I am slowly removing all the bulbs , dirt and bark from the front stone planter as it is going to be removed. Tough going when it is so warm.
Anyways, that is all for now...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


I finally finished our quilt for our bed. It has taken a year and a half to finish, mostly, it was the sewing on of the grapes. 

It is nice to finish this and even used cut off pieces for the pillow shams.
As we have a wedding coming up, I have been putting another Bonny Hunter design together. 

 It is three quarters done now but for some reason the backing came up short. I will have to take off and add more. Dang it! 
Our weather has finally changed to more spring with tulips and daffodils just reaching the end.

So nice to see the green and the window can finally be opened. The garden has been rototilled and the lawns need mowing again. We have a few outside projects to finish and garden to be planted but I think this year I wish to sew more. We will see how it goes. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Finally remembered

Oh boy, it has been some Time hasn’t it? It has been quite a challenge with the weather system since we returned from our working vacation. What’s first...
Oh yes, bought this new to me machine and frame. I heard from my niece that someone was downsizing her house. What did I find there you ask? 

The machine and frame was extremely well priced! I have been putting off buying one for a few years now but this was too good to pass up. The machine is a Juki (I only own singers) so has been a little learning curve. But the biggest lesson is actually learning to quilt with it stationary. This quilt on the frame now is Bonny Hunters mystery quilt of this year. The pattern is fun but my choices of color was not great. The name of the pattern is “on Ringo Lake” which you can find information on her site . With a little search on her site you should be able to find the posts concerning this quilt. You will love her site anyway, as she is very helpful and fun to read. 
It is amazing how fast you can quilt with this machine. It only took 3 hours to finish these two baby quilts which have languish in the “to quilt” pile.

They have had the binding and labels sewn on and now on the finished pile! There is another quilt that I have been making for the last year that is on the frame now. Sorry no picture yet but soon I hope. 
We have had one sister here for a visit for a week and awaiting another in a couple of days. I hope to get this quilted soon. 
Anyways, that’s all for now...