Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Enjoying Remnants of Summer

It is October 10 . . .

We have had temperatures ranging between 80 and 90 degrees . . .

Warm, muggy, breezy, gorgeous !!!

So we are enjoying the last remnants of summer because we have a cold front coming in later today and by Friday . . .

it won't even be 60 !!!


Probably the last load of laundry to hang on the line this season.


Sugar up close and personal with the deer. This was amazing to watch how close she got and that neither of them appeared to be threatened by the other.



This is all that's left of my vegetable garden . . .
 brussel sprouts, eggplant and some peppers.


Nina and Taz enjoying the sunshine and warmth.


Sugar burning some excess energy (and she has a lot of it) with Nina's help.

I hope you have enjoyed your summer and are enjoying the days that remain. Autumn seems to come later each year and stays for a shorter period of time. All of our trees are still green. There's a full moon around the 24th and I'm told that will bring the "killing frost" which will end our growing season. Indian summer will provide the changes in color and then we'll be into winter.

Let's enjoy what we have at the moment. I sure intend to.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24 NIVUK


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Goal Report for October 1, 2018

Goals for October 1, 2018:

1. House Quilt
- 30 mins per day
no progress

2. Crazy Quilt block
- 30 mins per day
no progress

3. BOMs
- download done, at least the ones that have been published
- start prepping them yes, making progress


Jenny of Elefantz Year in the Garden BOM
Follow the link, this one is a no-cost design generously provided by Jenny. You can still get them until the end of the year.


Another generously shared design at no cost.
Follow the link  :)


Starry Bright
Block 10



Color Block Challenge
Follow the link :)
This one is still available at no cost.

4. Sweet Land of Liberty
- prep first block
no progress

5. Cherie Payne memory QAL
- prep first block
no progress

I did work on some other things that weren't on my list:



Busy Bee
This was supposed to be a wall hanging. The block of the month started in January, 2018. I've decided I want mine to be queen size, so I'm going to add more borders to get it where I want it. I'm hoping to finish it yet this year.


I received an email from Therm-o-web with this suggested design. You could purchase the skull pattern from her, or find one of your own. Her's was cute, but I found one I like and was more appropriate for my guys' ages :) 

The designer also made hers into a pillow and I opted for a wall hanging. All that's left to do on this one is the binding.

Follow the link for the instructions and link to her pattern.



I'm also crocheting some scarves that will go in a donation collection at the local A.C. Moore craft store. They are new to us and I was thrilled to find this. I need to add a little more length and some fringe and the first one will be finished.


Along with the wall hanging, I cute some fabric for a quilt that I'm working along side Susan. She's designing the blocks, I'm tagging along :)


So now I should come up with a list of things I would like to accomplish this coming week, October 8, 2018:

1. Halloween wall hanging
- finish binding

2. Crochet scarf
- finish length
- add fringe

3. BFF birthday gift
- make something :)

4. Busy Bee
- finish first border

5. Starry Bright
- finish stitching block
- sandwich, quilt

I'm going to leave it here and see if I can't get these things done.



Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you days filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on thm.

John 3:36



Monday, October 1, 2018

A finish that almost wasn't

Do you see this face?


This is Sugar "Bear"
She was 10 weeks old when we got her at the end of August. We've had her about four weeks now. She is growing like a bad weed, funny, energetic, sweet, lovable. She gets along well with all the other dogs, including Rocky.


Although, he may disagree ;)

When she came to us, we were told she was a "miracle" puppy. She was parvovirus positive, which is why she was so old. I called the shelter everyday for a week trying to secure her. Once we got her home, she still had to be quarantined from the other dogs for three weeks. 

No one else got sick, she's thriving and we love her to pieces.

Now, what does all that have to do with "a finish that almost wasn't" ?

Here it is . . . 

It's hard to tell with all the white, but the tan bits you see on the left side . . . That's what's left of a small, wooden embroidery hoop. The stabilizer on the back was shredded and is now non-existent.


The good news, she didn't damage the stitchery itself as it was almost finished. I had one more flower to stitch.

And today, I can report a finish :)


There are seven different stitches in this project. The instructions only called for two - back stitch and french knots.
I added basket weave, stem/outline stitch, satin stitch, split stitch and turkey stitch.
I think the more variety of stitches you can add to a project, the more interesting and textural it becomes.


The stitchery was a gift from Susan and I absolutely love it.

It will be placed in our guestroom.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

The LORD is near to all who call on him, 
to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 145:18 NIVUK







Sunday, September 30, 2018

It's Thursday . . . or not . . . . and goals

Wednesday became history very quickly. I had several errands to run and as you know, they just eat up all your time. Then it was Thursday. . .  that too became a blur, although I worked on my Leader/enders. Friday was spent grocery shopping for the next couple of weeks and doing some meal prep to make the weekend and my week a little less stressful.

And now it's the weekend/end of the week.
These were my goals:

1. Bible study questions. For next week 
In progress

2. House quilt - spend at least 30 mins today doing the hand quilting. 

nothing to report here. Just didn't get to it.

3. Work on BOMs
-Starry Bright done




And the first three rows are together, sashed and quilted.

-Fall into a Quilt  
- FPP leaf Done



- turkey done



I am thrilled with my efforts and the results of both of these blocks.

4. Work on Crazy Quilt project 
got sidetracked by another project . . .



This one is quick and easy and should be done by Monday. All told, I will have seven different stitches (back stitch, french knots, split stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, basket weave and turkey stitch) verses the two that were listed in the instructions (back stitch, french knots)

5. Sweet Land of Liberty
- if I have time, I'll cut out the first block 

time ran out

6. Cheri Payne Memory QAL
- again, if I have time, I'll cut out the first block

time ran out

7. Leader/ender quilt blocks
- clean up new scraps
first row done





Goals for October 1, 2018:

1. House Quilt
- 30 mins per day

2. Crazy Quilt block
- 30 mins per day

3. BOMs
- download
- start prepping them

4. Sweet Land of Liberty
- prep first block

5. Cherie Payne memory QAL
- prep first block


Verse of the day:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 NIVUK

Friday, September 28, 2018

Mystery #3 QAL

It has been three months since the beginning of this event and now the time has finally come for the big reveal. It's Friday, but I just can't make myself wait any longer . . . 

Mystery #3 QAL was hosted by Tracy of It's a Tsweets Day. The first two didn't seem to take so long to the reveal. It has been a very looonnnggg three months. But we are here. And I'm so excited to be able to share.


First, the required fabric. At the top of this photo (and upside down, LOL) is the yellow floral. I used half a yard in project. And I matched up some batiks and pretty cottons. These are just a couple that I used.


  

 

 


The designs were May-maids designs and shared by Joy of Days Filled With Joy, and her daughter back in May of this year. Once I decided to participate in this event, it was easy for me to come up with a project.

I've been keeping a really tight wrap on this project. Joy has such a sweet, generous heart and I really wanted to make her proud.

I did have second thoughts about these adorable mermaids and the feature fabric, but once I started to put things together, it all worked out great. A kind of land and sea thing going on naturally.

Joy, I really hope you like what I've done with your sweet designs. I am absolutely in love with this project :)

The colors of the mermaids were determined by the batik fabric choices I made and they are the fabrics framing the stitchery.

I then took the fabrics that were left over and made over sized 9-patches using the feature fabric.


 

These are just a couple of them. That's when I really knew that my project was going to be ok :)

The red and white circle print made just the right contracts to give the quilt a little more length and width for sashing between the rows and the outer borders.


This fabric was a gift from Susan and I'm using it for the backing. This quilt has "little girl" all over it and what a better gift than for her to know that Jesus loves her.

So now that all the details are out of the way, here is my Mystery #3 QAL:


This is the back. It shows pretty well all the quilting that was done by machine.


And finally, the completed quilt !!! 
I'm excited and thrilled with my end results.

I don't know if there is going to be a Mystery #4 QAL. If there is, I hope we can incorporate a Christmas themed fabric . . . just saying :)

It's been decided with the busy-ness of the last quarter Mystery QAL will wait until after New Year's. So now I don't have any excuse to get some of my UFOs finished :)

Thank you for stopping by,

Wishing you days filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galations 6:10

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Goals and apology . . .

Before I get to my goals, I have to apologize. Over the past year or more I have gotten extremely busy. With projects, family, church obligations, etc. Everyone does. 

In an effort to keep up with everything, I've let me emails go. Blogs I didn't read, comments I read but didn't take the time to answer. 

I've spent the last several days going through old emails and deleting them. I didn't answer any personal comments you left on my blog. I did read them. Honest. I just didn't take the time to respond. 

Please know that your comments are very important and I try really hard to respond personally to each and every one of them. That's how important they are to me. 

I can't thank you enough for taking the time to read my blogs and leave those comments. I look forward to your blogs and all the creativity you share with us. 

Going forward you can expect responses from me, as long as I have a way to respond to your comments. Please don't hold this against me. I know we all get busy and I have tried to streamline my responsibilities so that I am able to keep up.  Thank you for understanding.

So my goals,

1. Finish Bible study questions. mostly, yes. I'm ready for class today.  :) 

2. House quilt - spend at least 30 mins today doing the hand quilting. no, i didn't get there. Maybe today.

3. Work on BOMs
-Starry Bright done, including sandwich and quilt, and add to the row.



-Fall into a Quilt  not yet

4. Work on Crazy Quilt project not here either

5. Sweet Land of Liberty
- if I have time, I'll cut out the first block these last two are looking more like Friday or Saturday

6. Cheri Payne Memory QAL
- again, if I have time, I'll cut out the first block

I did work on my leader/ender quilt and making good progress there.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.



Verse of the day:

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believesin me will never be thirsty".

John 6:35

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday's goals

It was a very productive weekend. I finished my Mystery #3 QAL. Big reveal is this weekend. I can't wait to show you. I'm pretty excited.

In the meantime, I need to get some other things done before the weekend.

Here are my goals just for today:

1. Finish Bible study questions.

2. House quilt - spend at least 30 mins today doing the hand quilting.

3. Work on BOMs
-Starry Bright
-Fall into a Quilt 

4. Work on Crazy Quilt project

5. Sweet Land of Liberty
- if I have time, I'll cut out the first block

6. Cheri Payne Memory QAL
- again, if I have time, I'll cut out the first block

Numbers 5 and 6 are both in the "primitive" style, so they use the same basic fabrics. I'll always work on these two separate projects at the same time.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the day:

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 59:16