Sunday, November 10, 2019

HQAL - November

How does three weeks fly by so quickly ? ! ?

To see what everyone else in the group has accomplished, you can check them out here. There are new members, so new things to ooh and aah over :)

As for me . . . 

I have finally finished stitching the last of my Girls Getaway. They will be put away until January then I can concentrate on finishing the quilt. I've already started my goal list for 2020. Have you?

My next project getting some undivided attention:  My Vintage Kitchen.


There are a total onine, the first our were done in previous weeks.
This will be another project that gets finished in January when I have a little more time.

And finally, Gingerbread Village. The first block is stitched !!!

It has been a busy month and I am very pleased to have accomplished this much. Looking forward to getting all these projects completely finished.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:29 NIVUK

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Finally Sewing !!!

 It's been a long time trying to get into the sewing room. I have wanted to sew but it just wasn't happening.  I managed to get some hours at work last week which was a very good thing. And the promise of more soon. I did some cleaning, also a good thing. Bible study and preschoolers :) There as even a little time with Mom!!

As for stitching, I managed to get the rest of my Vintage Kitchen caught up.

I will finish the project in January when there is a little more time.

I managed to finish the first Gingerbread Village house. I need to check and see how many more there are so I can get them caught up.

I have been working on bowl cozies. I joined a swap that had us make and exchange these. They are quick and fun to make. I also made extras to put in the gift closet and just have them on hand.

I also managed to find some time for Suburbs. If you remember, I started this project at the beginning of October when Susan came for a visit. I was really hoping to have the top finished by the end of October, but that didn't happen.

All the houses are done, and by the end of the weekend all of the trees were assembled as well. 
Next step is to begin to assemble the rows, hopefully over the weekend.

Autumn in NE OH - full to empty, finally some frost.



We had a decent afternoon one day last week. These trees are all in my backyard. Leaves are coming down fast and there is even snow in the forecast.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

1 Peter 4:16 NIVUK

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Suburbs and Girls Getaway Progress

I am very happy to report that all of the blocks and stitching are completed on the Girls Getaway. Unfortunately, because I have so many projects going right now, some exchange gifts to make and Christmas looming (I was reminded that it's only 60 days away !!!!) I need to focus on other things. So Girls Getaway is taking a break until January, end of December at the earliest. I'm very pleased and excited to work on getting it together and finishing it.

I'm continuing to make progress on Suburbs. All of the houses are made. The trees are in process and need their stumps attached and they will be finished. With any luck, I will begin sewing rows together on Saturday.

Saturday's priority, however, is making soup bowl cozies. This is for a swap I signed up for at the beginning of the month and completely forgot about. They don't look hard to make, so really shouldn't take that long.

I may end up making sets for Christmas gifts, just because :)

Honey Do had Monday off for doctors appointments - follow ups and check ups, all good reports :)

I got to spend the day with him. It's been a long while since we could - work is insane for him.



We stopped at Panera for salads and went to the metropark for lunch. It was a gorgeous day. A little cool, but sunny. The leaves are almost at peak color.

Looking north from my back yard, we had some interesting clouds. This was Thursday morning around 6 a.m. (we are very early risers). It was really windy. I've never seen this before and thought it was worth sharing. Otherwise, the week has been pleasant. Still no frost for us. November is on the horizon, it will be here soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIVUK

Sunday, October 20, 2019

HQAL - October 2019

I missed the last posting for HQAL. So I'm making sure to participate in this one. You are linked so you can check what everyone else was up to the last three weeks.

I was kept busy trying to finish a quilt in time for Susan's visit. It got done :) More about that in a minute.

Here's what I've been up to since my last posting:

Choosing flannels from the scrap bin to make a quilt for myself for the winter. Strips are cut and ready to sew.

Several months ago, I prepped all the pieces of this wall hanging as a gift for Susan when she came to visit at the beginning of October. I finally got all the hand stitching done and finished it by machine. I loved this little project.

And the one I'm most pleased with is this one. I call it what it is . . . 

JoAnn 1997

That's where and when I purchased the kits and I finally have it all piece, assembled and machine quilted. As is my usual, the binding I did by hand.

I've been stitching on Girls Getaway, too. I took a break from it the week Susan was here because we spent so much time at our sewing machines working on Suburbs.

Two of the four bicycles are finished. The third one is almost finished. Then the fourth needs to be done. I'm really hoping to get it all completed this week. It will be the first quilt to get worked on in January for finishing.

I was reminded yesterday, that it is almost PJ season. I have at least eight pairs to make, so I need to do inventory for patterns and sizes. 

Exactly where did this year go????

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

For we live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7 NIVUK

No Shortage of Things To Do

(image from Yahoo)

There is never a shortage of things to do for me. Just when I think I can sit down and stitch or read, I think of something else that I need to do . . . now !!!

This week started with a full moon.


Talking to Mom, a long time gardener, the October full moon usually means there's a killing, heavy frost coming.  That means all the delicate, fragile plants need to be protected over the coming winter months. Any vegetables in the garden need to be harvested.

My sister has been supplying me with uneaten hay from her horses to use as mulch. I used it in the vegetable garden last season and now it will be used in the flower beds.

There was no sewing on Friday, as Newton and I helped Mom dismantle one of her gardens. She has these really large stones - 30 to 50 pound stones - that had to be removed so the area can go back to grass and mown. Once that was done, we went to my sister's to pick up hay. I spent about an hour Saturday morning emptying the bags and spreading the hay.

We are ready for frost and snow :)

Then I took a walk around the yard to see what was left of summer . . . 




Once my Saturday chores were finished, I could sit down an sew. The project on tab is the Suburbs quilt. I still needed to finish "roofing" the houses. That takes a while when there are 68 of them to do !!!

The first four rows are laid out, five is done and six is in the works. Then I only have three more rows and I can start making trees :)

Even though the mornings have been a little chilly, Rocky and I continue to walk. Friday morning, we had company.


The pictures don't come out great at 5 a.m., but you can see that it's a buck. We only typically see them during autumn. The does we see all year around.

We also walk during the evening hours. Friday evening's sunset was absolutely gorgeous. These colors are true to what we actually saw. No distortions or enhancements from me.

Aren't they gorgeous !!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a weekend filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:4 NIVUK