Monday, June 26, 2017

Finger Petals Cut and Pinned in Place!

I worked on Block 3 of the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt yesterday. Yay - all the 'finger' petals are cut and pinned in place - ready to appliqué! (Last night I appliquéd about half of them.)

And this is my latest purchase for my sewing room. Okay, it's not here yet, but I've ordered it. Actually, I've ordered TWO of these shelving units from Wayfair. My aim is to make my sewing room more functional AND to make it more pretty and stylish. These will go on either side of the window. I had originally planned to buy shelving units with doors at the bottom to keep Cooper out. But I decided I liked this look better. I'll buy some lidded storage containers for the bottom 2 shelves.

I felt like I needed something with height on either side of my sewing machine - I'll fill them with some of my supplies, folded finished quilts, and some of my fun stuff. Can't wait to get them early next month! I also plan to hang curtains at the window.

It's Machine Quilting Monday! I hope to quilt a few more dresden blocks today. I have one little errand to run, too.

What are you working on today? Whatever it is, I hope you have fun with it!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

More Hand Piecing...

I finished this Bring Me Flowers block yesterday. The pattern calls for some of the flower blocks to be made two times and this is one of them. I cut the other one out so it's ready to sew.

I also cut out the pieces for two more Farmer's Daughter blocks - both have lots of orange to try to balance out that really bright block.

Maybe today I'll pull out the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt? I know I have one block ready to baste for hand quilting. And I have one that needs appliqué pieces cut and pinned in place. And I wouldn't mind doing some machine piecing also. We'll see how the day goes.

Last night we finished watching Season 1 of The Missing on Amazon. We really enjoyed it! I think that each season is a different case...not sure yet. But SO GOOD! I found a documentary on tiny houses on Netflix to watch while I stitched in the afternoon.

I hope you have a relaxing Sunday!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hand Sewing Day

Once my errands and chores were done, I did hand piecing. I sat on the front porch and listened to a book while I stitched. Then this guy walked by...

He marched right down the center of the street. 

Last I saw him, he was moving rather quickly (for a turtle) toward the end of the street.

I finished another Farmer's Daughter block (made from Gardenvale scraps).

I also worked on another Bring Me Flowers block.

All in all, a lovely and relaxing day.

Today's plans include more progress on the Bring Me Flowers block. I'd also like to cut out more hand piecing - a couple of Farmer's Daughter blocks, for sure. AND, I'd like to pull out the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt - haven't worked on it lately. I think I'll find a movie or documentary on Netflix to watch while I sew.

I hope you have a nice day, also!

Friday, June 23, 2017


All I have to show from yesterday are puppy pictures. But aren't they cute?

Sammy and Cooper got along great! Mickey liked him as well! The cats? They didn't really like our dogs, so we did our best to keep them apart.

What a sweet boy he is! At just over 8 weeks, he's very young. But Sammy is growing and learning every day. He'll be such a good companion!

We tried to help them as much as we could get their house more settled feeling. That meant putting together a couple of beds, assembling lawn equipment, hooking up the washer and dryer - that kind of thing. 

Birmingham had tornado warnings during the day - eek! - but no damage done where we were, thank goodness.

Today I'll get some laundry and some sewing done. And a couple of quick errands, too...

Have a nice one!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Machine Quilting Progress

I quilted FOUR dresden plate blocks yesterday! And then I put them together in rows. Neither row is complete, but I'm pleased with my progress. These are going very quickly!

Today we're headed to Birmingham - I'll get to see Daughter 2 and SIL 2's new home and meet their new dog. Can't wait! I have a fun day ahead!

Of course we're on day 3 of rain - parts of Cindy. But nothing severe here, thank goodness. Our dogs are going with us today so they can meet Sammy, too.

Have a great day, everyone!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Autumn Garden is Finished!

Yesterday after the movers left...I decided to hand stitch the binding on Autumn Garden. And I finished it at 11 pm last night. Boom! Another finish, at last!

We are happy today that both our storage units are HALF empty! In fact, Hubby is heading over there this morning to work on sorting. We are DETERMINED to get these COMPLETELY empty very soon and make this monthly payment GO AWAY!

As for me...I plan to sew all day. I need a good sewing day! I'm thinking machine quilting? Maybe a bit of piecing? We'll see...

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Machine Quilting

I machine quilted one block and a half block. It's not as much as I wanted to do, but my day was super busy. Before I quilted too many of these, I decided to put two of them together to make sure my plan would work. Here they are from the front.

And here they are from the back. I still have to hand stitch the back opening. This will work great! But I did learn that I'm quilting too close to the edge - I need to stay a bit further away. And that is good to know!

I ran some errands and also did a bit of baking - applesauce bread. I had some applesauce that needed to be used and this seemed a good solution. The house smelled like pulled pork in the am and apples and cinnamon in the pm.  Both are nice smells!

I also cut out another Bring Me Flowers block. And I finally filled up my new caddy. A good and productive day.

This morning we are meeting another set of movers at our storage unit to supervise them while they load piles of stuff in a truck to take to Daughter 2 in Birmingham. That shouldn't take too long. Daughter 2 and SIL2 will have a busy and fun day as they watch all their stuff coming into their new home. We'll go later in the week to see everything - can't wait!

Wishing you a wonderful day!