Saturday, April 17, 2021

Saturday Sewing Round-up!


for this week's sewing round up I have four projects to share, each with their fair share of challenges!

First up, the hexi kaleidoscope blocks I learned on a tv show...

In this month's RSC color bright or light blues
Okay.... these do not go back together into a flat block, they cup up around the outside and pucker at centers. I asked my resident engineering expert, AKA husband Drew, to figure out what's wrong. 

After 30 min of sketching and drawing and using higher math, well, I'll have to let you know

I made two more wine bottle blocks from

in blues, and they didn't want to come together perfectly either... is it me?? This is my first vaccine and it really kicked my butt and I had 4 reactions lasting all week, so maybe... (note: I had to stop this post in the middle of writing as I had another occular migraine taking my vision for an hour)

they represent two of our fave wineries, Goose Watch in NY state and Chateau Morrisette in VA

  2017 Snow Goose

by the way, I keep projects for the monthly scrap challenge in these handy plastic zippered bagsdd

I spent a good amount of time sewing this scrap quilt (lozenges by Bonnie Hunter) into large sections to be quilted then put together.

It was a lot of matching and ironing seams open as there were a lot of intersections that would cause bulk if not opened. I now have it in two main sections that are dd each 27" across by 60" down. I have to decide if I am going to try to put borders around each of these before quilting to lesson handling such a heavy piece at the end. 

which means choosing a border, from fabrics in the stash that not only look good but are large enough

this fabric is bold, a Hoffman rich in saturated hue, beautiful til I put it next to the blocks then the colors in it mixed when viewed from a distance... looks washed out when it is anything but!!! A lesson in how the human eye mixed viewed colors to look different when next to each other. 

I tried black with bright colors and they looked somber, then this blue with bright circles. I'd say the colors maintain their boldness as the pattern is large enough to stand up to seeing from a distance. 

The first one has equal amounts of each bold saturated color so the eyes blend them. The blue's circles are distinct enough not to blend in our eyes. I don't want to use this up  but it works.

I have to quilt big work in sections because my vertebra have bulging discs and are loose, slipping out of place easily when I lift or pull on something. Then nerves are pinched and pain is intense.

Lastly, I planned, sewed and am just now hand sewing the binding on next week's runner for Table Scraps at TheJoyfulQuilter. I don't want to share too much as that's for next week's post but I love it enough to want to make a large wall hanging like it. This one I call Blue Moon and it's for DH's bedside tabletop.

So notwithstanding all the physical challenges this week, I spent a good amount of time and effort in studio. I finished a novel, a short story, and started another mystery all on audio. I was happy the Sketchbook Revival extended the lessons for another week so maybe I can spend more time painting and drawing next week.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

I Like Thursday #


I like coloring in my calendar by Joanna Basford

 I know it's Thursday and the day of likes for this week... but I have had a week of adverse reactions to the first vaccine and am not quite myself...and it's been a week now... then this...

 guess what? Blogger is going to take away more things we like such as following a blog by email. 

which is very handy as a reminder to read blogs I enjoy, and for you to remember to visit with me.

this is the notice I received: 

FollowByEmail widget (Feedburner) is going away

Hey google/blogger. Thanks for making life less sweet. 

 So forgive me for not getting out to visit and not having many likes except some videos.

yep, a new obsession is these two otters living in Japan. The video with their birthday "cake"
 was fabulous! This one is about the new pool


 I have discovered Mayim Bialik's video podcasts. She is an actress that had achieved Ph.D's in neuroscience and talks to others about things that take us down... do you want to understand others and accept them? this link takes you to a talk with Leslie  and his experiences this life

this one is talking about living with physical pain and being a comedian and a woman


 for my friends who, like me would love to actually see how things were done long ago...time crashers (celebrities from England) go back and perform tasks as servants in a castle in 1500

I tried a new to me recipe for cinnamon buns offered by Jenny can cook

she made it look much easier than it was on me, but still we had 8 fat juicy buns

I like waking up without an alarm clock, having dh make a pot of coffee for me, sitting at my computer and seeing fun things, learning each day, folding clean laundry making order out of chaos. New notebooks and pens, lots of fabric, having my own studio space.

The new season of Brokenwood is out, and we watched episode one... I'm reading 

and listening to in the studio

I'm figuring out how to quilt my "lozenge" scrap quilt in sections, and making my table runner for dh's bedside table this week, more on Saturday

Milo's Moments

Hi Y'all... just hanging out with my peeps, trying to divide my attention equally with my three ring toys and ball... sometimes I collect them all in one place and sleep on them. Sometimes I choose one to take out for a walk, or one to play in the yard. Lately Mama is tricking me by throwing one, and as I come back she has one in her hand, sheesh! Chaos! Disorder! I drop it like it's hot, and chase the new one thinking I'll get back before she can pick up the first one... but she's quick. 

Please visit these people with lists for the week too!    

going to these parties!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

and now this


 guess what? Blogger is going to take away more things we like such as following a blog by email. 

which is very handy as a reminder to read blogs I enjoy, and for you to remember to visit with me.

this is the notice I received: 

FollowByEmail widget (Feedburner) is going away
You are receiving this information because your blog uses the FollowByEmail widget (Feedburner).
Recently, the Feedburner team released a system update announcement , that the email subscription service will be discontinued in July 2021.
After July 2021, your feed will still continue to work, but the automated emails to your subscribers will no longer be supported. If you’d like to continue sending emails, you can download your subscriber contacts. Learn how 

Hey google/blogger. Thanks for making life less sweet. 

I don't plan on gathering all your email addresses and setting up a group email format formally. It's just not nice. I wonder what alternative we all have to still become aware of the blogs we want to read, 

do you know?

if blogs will be going away eventually then what's left to those of us who enjoy that format? I do not want to ever be on FB and I'm not really that interested in getting random pics of someone's lunch daily. I enjoy thoughtful words and pretty pics, maybe tutorials, book discussions, decorating tips and craft ideas someone has tried or found. I like the peek into someone's life that blogging provides as I feel connected. 


Sunday, April 11, 2021

sunday's questions to get to know you

one of my sketchbook collages

1. You have just been hired to clean your own home, what is your first complaint?
A) have these people EVER cleaned??? this house is big, this is gonna take a while...

2. Are you able to ignore a ringing telephone? 
A) most definitely. Better now that there is voice mail.

3. How often do you allow a ringing phone to go to voice mail?
A) any time it's an unknown number... scams seldom leave a message. 

4. Do you answer your cell phone, out in public, every time it rings? Or do you silence it and get back to it when you’re in a more private area? 
A) silence it til private. It's so annoying to hear one side of a conversation, no? It's rude to answer a call when you're with someone in person in my opinion. Like they are not as important... pet peeve

5. How often would you say you’re on your home phone? Your cell phone? 
A) when we moved we gave up a land line. I'm not on the phone much now.

6. Do you like talking on the phone or do you view it as a necessary communication tool?
A) I love talking to a friend on the phone

7. When did you last go for a bike ride? 
A) my memory isn't that good!!!

8. Do you own a bike? A) no

9. Given the most popular New Year’s resolution of losing weight, would you consider putting bicycle riding as one of your exercise options? Why or why not?
A) no it would hurt my back injury, and while I have you, I hate bikers who race up from behind us when we're out walking even if they scare us with "ON YOUR LEFT" which no one does here anyway. No warning, no time to get out of the way, no mask wearing while panting grrrr

10. If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be? What sorts of memories does the smell evoke? 
A) coppertone suntan lotion... ahhhh good times spent at Clearwater beach in Florida
Nanette LaPore original scent... DH took me to Manhattan for my 50th birthday weekend, and in Macy's someone spritzed me and I fell in love. He bought me a set and we got subsequent sets until she stopped making it....sad.... but I have a bit left and everytime I use it I remember that lovely time in NYC and how special I felt

11. What did you do over the weekend? No detail is too small. This is your journal, so tell us about the mundane tasks in your life.
A) ahhh mundane... the definition of our lives at the moment.I made hot cross buns for the first time, not experienced in yeast baking. They were wonderful til we washed the dough mat and saw a cut in it so we threw them all away in case any fiberglass got in during kneading. I made another batch on Monday and we love them. We spent an hour cleaning the stand alone shower from hard water stains (we moved to Colorado and it's different here) and sat on the patio reading, we watched episodes of Queen's Gambit, we made dinners together, and changed the sheets. DH practiced guitar while I took drawing/painting lessons on video.

12. If it weren’t for my blog, I’d _________.
A) miss all the lovely people I've come to know since starting it. And forget the books I've read.

13. When was the last time you replied “because I said so”? Do you find yourself saying that a lot? Or do you prefer to tell people WHY you want them to do something for you.
A) I prefer not telling people what to do (I can almost feel dh's head shaking here) so I don't remember a time when I said that. Maybe to the poodle puppy when he threw a tantrum, biting the leash on a walk and tugging. I think I said, someone has to be the leader and it's us.

14. What is the worst gift you’ve ever received? 
A) MIL  actually wrapped a package of paper napkins at Christmas and since their rules of opening were to do it one at a time and pass it around, I opened it, looked at her blankly, said thank you and passed it to my left. It was kind of funny to see all the family just hand it left around the circle.

15.  Tell us the worst gift you’ve ever given. What was the reaction of the recipient?   
A)  as a little girl probably about age 8, I saw a bottle cutter on tv and the adults were having "so much fun" turning bottles into vases I thought my mom might like it! Advertising works. I asked for money, and a ride to the store, and bought one for her. I was so excited to watch her open it, she didn't get a lot of wrapped gifts since she was the one who usually bought them. She just said thanks, put it on the table and never touched it again. 
Same reaction from when I hand embroidered a set of kitchen towels ( I was maybe 9) for her, learning as I went, trying to make them pretty and she didn't like them. Once I found all the gifts I'd bought her as an adult in a drawer in her house unopened and unused. 
Normally I really try to think of what the person likes, but I'm bad at getting things in the mail. I buy things when I see them, store them for an occasion. I love getting gifts and appreciate all of them so that napkin incident, as you probably suspect, has a lot of feeling behind it. 
We no longer exchange gifts with them. 
This was a fun exercise til the last two questions... what a way to end this, speaking of worsts. 
What is the BEST gift I've ever given or received is my final additional question?
I think the year I gave my husband guitar lessons might be good... and went with him to choose a guitar. He has really enjoyed learning and playing, and he's always so hardworking that this was like sort of encouragement or permission to do something just for fun. 
I cherish all the gifts he's given me especially the tiny diamond band he got me for my engagement, which became my wedding ring.  He had just finished his masters and didn't have much money, and it's still so beautiful. He gives me the gift of saying I'm special each time we're on vacation and see something special I want but it's too expensive. He says I'm worth it, and I feel so loved.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Questions for fun


from Saturday 9 questions

1) Their lyrics compare a relationship to a house, saying that despite superficial problems like peeling paint or broken glass, the foundation can still be solid and strong. What home improvement project is next on your list?
A) I'm afraid it's going to be a new dryer which has been broken for half the quarantine... and new kitchen which we would not like to do but...

2) Maren Morris sings that she knows she and her lover can face any storm. Are you afraid of thunder and lightening? A) I respect lightening. I used to date a guy who was struck with lightening while he was a beach lifeguard... cute but not very smart... I was young... thunder is startling

3) The video for this song shows Maren and her husband, singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd, on the beach in Maui. Would you rather go for a long walk along a beach or a hike in the woods?
A) beach. And yes please, soon. The feel of the soft wet sand under my toes, the tickle of cochinas scurrying away, the gentle waves of the west coast Florida beaches are all just good sensory memories. 
4) "The Bones" won Morris and her collaborators (Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz) the 2020 CMA "Song of the Year" Award. Here's your chance to pat yourself on the back. What's something you have done well lately? (Go ahead. We want to hear about it!) 
A) I've been painting and sewing, and like all the projects so far, especially liked learning by making and the process of making.

5) The song was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song. For the awards show last month, Maren put a lot of work into her look, including lightening her hair and lipstick and reshaping her brows. She was surprised when saw on social media that people confused her with reality star Khloe Kardashian. How long does it take you to prepare to face the world (on an average day, not for an internationally telecast awards show)?
A) ha! get out of soft pjs into soft home clothes for the day. I don't brush hair, which is thinning from the stress of the last few years, and no make-up. I figure women my age are basically invisible anyway
6) Experimenting with hair and makeup comes naturally to Maren. Her parents have owned the same hair salon for decades. She and her sister played there as children and took turns working the reception desk when they were in high school. Do you have a hair appointment scheduled?
A) I've cut my own  for years...I've only had one good haircut in the last 15 years then the cutter couldn't ever do it again... now I cut the husband's hair too. He says it's as good as the professionals. I groom our poodle so I can make it the way I like it. Saves a lot of money. 
7) Mom and Dad do not go out of their way to play Maren's songs in their salon. They don't want to "bombard" clients with her music, just because she's their daughter. But, if one of Maren's songs happens to come on, they are naturally very proud. Where were you the last time you had to listen to someone else's choice of music? (Bank, doctor's office, friend's car, etc.) Did you enjoy it, or did you wish you could change the station?
A) my fave drawing person just recommended a bossa nova station on youtube and it's wonderful. I listened to 3 minutes of the song you gave us... not a big fan of country style though
8) Maren says her favorite foods are tacos and tortillas. When did you most recently eat Mexican food?
A) We made chicken fajitas last week... so good homemade! and made sure there was enough for two more lunches. Made the extra fajita tortillas and stored in the fridge to be warmed and they were even great the third lunch. I have food allergies so it's actually better for me to choose products without soybean oil, corn syrup, or msg....

9) Random question: What do you call that thing in your living room? Is it a sofa, couch, or a davenport?
A) sofa  even the poodle knows, "go get on the sofa" 
I know that's a chair, we have sofas too!



Saturday sewing sweaters and stars

No I don't remember where I saw the image I used to make the patterns

 For this week's sewing round-up I have been busy... First off the color of the month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is bright blue, so here is the sweater I made this month...

I love poodles! (Milo asked that I color his hair pink) 

Mainly this week I've been painting and trying to catch up on the Sketchbook Revival videos before they go away...but this isn't the time to discuss painting.... 

 I made myself stop making star blocks, and choose borders before I tried to make this kind sized!

paper piecing block pattern found on craftgossip site

It's ready to quilt.... but I wasn't done with color so I took out last year's lozenge blocks from the RSChallenge and counted them

184 almost half dark edged, half light edged. I put a blanket over the current projects on the design wall, decided that a layout of 18 blocks across by 10 down would be a good sized throw and use most of the blocks so

pattern from Bonnie Hunter's free pattern page

wow! now what? this center will be 54" X 60"  

big to quilt on my small home machine. How to break the project down into workable sized sections then rejoin after quilting? I just couldn't think clearly so I began sewing them into 3 block units

nice! so good to see it getting condensed, the joining covering all the uneven raw edges,... then I put up some different black with color specks fabrics to see how it would look... not there yet but I am wishing I had a long arm quilting machine about now

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

I Like Thursday 239


birdie rest stop
Welcome to this week's list of likes... I like seeing birds return but maybe not quite so close!lol

Let's get this party started...first off, what a sigh of relief to have the new computer (Lenova)

 I am watching at least one video a day from Sketchbook Revival and loved the lesson from Helen Hallows.... bold paper work with touches of ink, that looked very quilt like to me. I can cross the lesson over from paper to fabric easily. I am woefully behind on videos but am also sewing


I finished my star blocks and got two borders on, now it's time to quilt it! 

I am enjoying my desk calendar by Joanna Basford, my favorite drawing instructor. She drew wonderful weekly designs that I can color. I love how the mix of  4 markers (Tombow + Staedtler fineliners) created depth in the lobster.

week at a glance desk calendar

Blue, aqua, lime, and avocado in the lobster. I mixed yellow, orange, pink and ochre in the seashells.


 I will try my watercolor pencils soon, and my colored pencils as well. The calendar page stood up to a quick blending with watercolor pen too. Whee! I ordered the calendar only a couple weeks ago, so I have Jan. and Feb and parts of March to color at leisure. 

what I'm reading, or listening to someone reading

  listening, and it's getting tedious...

Under a Gilded Moon: A Novel by [Joy Jordan-Lake]

 just started but it seems good.... free from Amazon Prime and miracle! the book I was almost finished with that had two holds, released back to me yesterday! Yea! I have some new ones queued up for audio books soon. 

I loved zooming with Joy again, we meet weekly. How wonderful to have a friend ! I hand sewed some tumbling blocks while we talked, she finished two projects.

for someone who likes archeology and odd trinkets from the past, I enjoyed this woman's finds mudlarking in the Thames

 I made hot cross buns this weekend for Easter,  for the first time and although I made a few changes to the recipe ( like soaking the cranberries in OJ , glazing with peach jam, , as well as making icing to do the crosses ( 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 TBSP OJ, and dash of almond extract) they came out beautifully. 

 We all three had one and all three wanted another! .... much better than store bought buns!

(because you are my friends, I will admit as much as I don't want to cook, our food tastes much better now that we make it all at home. I am finding some fine recipes online to try, that are now go-to.


keeping Daddy entertained

Milo's Moments

Hi Y'all.... first let me start by saying I didn't have to go to the vet... yea! He talked to my peeps on the small talky talk and he agreed to order more allergy pills. 

I also scored sweet potatoes and some sweet buns this week, it pays to stand right next to Mama while she cooks! She can't forget me then.     

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Questions and spirit

sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits

 Today's questions come from Sunday Stealing (HERE!)

1. What’s your favorite kind of cake?

cheesecake, or black forest chocolate cake. Mainly I love homemade cakes of any kind

2. What’s your favorite cocktail?

long island iced tea for liquor... or a pretty martini, maybe a margarita

3. If you are alone for the evening, what do you fix yourself for dinner?

hopefully leftovers

4. What make was your first car?

soon after getting my license at age 16 my father came home with an ancient ugly beater of a station wagon. I was thrilled to have my own ride to use! He bought all of us cars when we were seniors in high school and got me an olds cutlass supreme in powder blue (I wanted red) 

5. What is your height?   5' 7"   so average...

6. What was your least favorite toy as a child?

rubiks cube, or those sliding puzzles

7. What’s your favorite cartoon character?

easy, Betty Boop
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8. What’s your dream car?   don't have one

9. What’s your favorite pizza topping?    mushrooms or caramelized onions

10. What’s your favorite sports team? none

11. What’s your favorite TV show?   Gilmore Girls always

I love Amazing Race, Survivor and This is Us, currently. I miss Northern Exposure

12. What is your favorite ice cream? salted caramel or coconut

13. What is your favorite song?d Girl from Ipanema 


14. What’s your least favorite chore? cleaning hard water from shower stall

15. What was your first job? baby sitting  but the first one outside the home was working in a bulk mail processing plant. My friend told me about it, and we both were so happy to have our own money .  I did a lot of volunteer work for no money, and learned a lot thru those jobs. I enjoyed my work as a wench at the renaissance  fair the most and made a pauper's wage! I did not love my career nearly as much. Later in life I began lecturing and teaching at quilt guilds which was the most fun and rewarding.

What is more important for a person, success or being a good human being? -  Quora

Saturday, April 3, 2021

sewing Saturday Spring Hop


For today's sewing round up, I want to show you a quilt I made years ago. I call it Spring Hop, then what I'm working on this week.

Size 33" X 35" or so
spiral programmed stitch for quilting here, free motion hearts
Note the piping inserted in binding

 I probably made this about 10 years ago but forgot to make a label!!! 

It started with paper pieced bunnies, the idea of doing 3-D ears, decorating their Easter dresses, making paper pieced tulips, and using some favorite purple garden flower fabric to create a kind of clearing for the dance. Click on images to make them larger to see details.

what fun to add buttons, trims, ribbons, an easter egg basket. To soften the edge of green to purple fabric I cut around the motifs, creating a sort of hole in the big fabric to applique over the green fabric. Lots of quilting, the words Spring Hop quilted in with flowers and clover.

embroidered faces, beaded eyes, raw edge applique on flowers

smocking stitch on the blue dress

It's a bit crumpled since it's been folded up for years but it is bringing a happy look to our family room this month. 

I've been obsessed with this little quilt all week, happily making block after block including blue scraps for RSC this month!

just a peek !
the pattern was found on the site CraftGossip which has 5000 free craft projects (thanks to Monika for sending me the link) I resized the block in the word processor, and printed them out onto paper piecing paper that's easy to tear.

I printed them 3" which finishes at 2.5" and it takes four to make a star. You have to color in the stars before you start or you'll not know what color to piece in where. 

At first I made 20 blocks and asked Joy should I make more....she laughed and asked if I might make it king sized! I said, "stop me if I go that way!" but at the moment there are 54 blocks and measures about 15" X 23"  

 I might stop here and make it into this month's table runner... more pics later. Right now I am choosing borders.

I thought I might be able to close the black and white scrap bin easier but somehow they all take a deep breath when it's opened, and expand. Then I thought, well right now the pieced center is about the size of a half yard of fabric... that doesn't take up that much space. I actually had to throw away a lot of trimmings too though... it was fun to use so many black and white scraps.

 I finished one book on audio while sewing this week (The Garden of Promises and Lies) and started another (Word to the Wise) and can't wait to get back in studio to sew some more. 

I am also taking a free course on art quilting and stitching through TextileArtist and one on painting through sketchbook Revival. 

 We've had snow and heat this week. 3 or so inches of snow, turning to 70+F temps today. Might as well just stay in pj's and sew since I never know what clothes to wear.

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