Sunday, August 18, 2019

HQAL - August 18, 2019

How does three weeks fly by so quickly ? ! ?

To see what everyone else in the group has accomplished, you can check them out here.

As for me . . . 

 

I'm still behind by one block that was published this week. I did get blocks two and three caught up.
If you like it and haven't already started them, it's not too late. They are being offered free of charge by Jenny of Elefantz. You are linked above, head on over :)








 

I started a new wall hanging a week or so ago. This one is through a Facebook group that honors the memory of Cheri Payne. These have all been prepped and are ready to be hand appliqued. The design is called My Country Week.

Another new project, begun recently.


This is another Cheri Payne design. Garden Angel. I embroidered the vine last night. The buttons I sewed on about a week ago. The last step is to finish her wings. I had to order cotton garden gloves because I couldn't find them locally. The need to be "tea" dyed, but I'm using coffee instead because it was readily available. So hopefully, she'll be done this week.

 

And finally, some quilts. In order, Baby Boy, Doll and the dinosaurs for my youngest great nephew . . . just because.

These were all done by machine except for the final binding. All fun, happy projects.

Hope you have all enjoyed your three weeks of projects. I'm going to head over and see how everyone else is doing.

Thanks for stopping by,

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



A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 NIVUK


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mildly, Pleasant August


The sun on my face . . . 
Locusts chirping . . .
A warm breeze blowing . . .
Dogs running and barking . . . 
Temps in the low 80s . . .
It is the perfect summer.


They are usually running and barking. We have been spending more time outside just enjoying all the beauty and serenity of the lower temperatures and less humidity. It really has been a beautiful couple of weeks. Very uncommon for our typical Augusts. And I'm not complaining.


The only one who is usually moving around is Rocky. He interrupted our routine this past week with an unplanned visit and follow up visit to the vet. Seems he had an ear infection and upper respiratory infection. The follow up got him some allergy medication, since the antibiotics didn't seem to clear everything up. Keeping an eye on him. For the most part he is fine, running, playing, eating . . . all the normal behaviors.


The garden continues to show its appreciation of my attention the last month and produce blooms. The little lavender flower is the second bloom of the season for these plants. When the first blooms are finished and the leaves fall all over, I have discovered that by cutting them back, they will regrow and bloom again. Definitely worth the extra effort.


This "teacup" rose never disappoints me with the variety of color and blooms. It still amazes me that it will produce two different shades of pink blooms on the same bush. One this pretty soft pink and one a really dark pink. I just love it.

And I've finally decided to give up the large front garden. I just can't get ahead of the weeds and have decided it's not worth fighting over.


I'm planning the two smaller gardens to take the overflow and salvage what can be saved. Next spring I'll add new perennials and a tomato plant or two, some peppers. The size and location make these two smaller gardens easier to care for and manage. I can then focus on maintenance instead of feeling like I have to reinvent the wheel every time I go out in the garden. I don't mind the maintenance as long as I feel I have something to enjoy and not just pulling weeds.

We got some much needed rain in the form of thunder storms both Saturday and Sunday. 


It was as vicious as the clouds look. We got through it soaked, otherwise unscathed.


A beautiful moon-rise while I waited for Newton to get out of work.


* * * * * 

The week hasn't just been about the garden, weather and Rocky. I did manage to get some sewing done. It took all week, but they are finished.

 

Baby Boy Quilt

I had enough fabric leftover from the two great nephews' quilts to make this. That's lots of bang for my buck !!! Pajamas and three different size quilts. It feels really good to be this frugal and conscientious about using what I have.


Doll Quilt - another pretty little quilt from the donations.

I haven't been as productive as I have been in past months, but every little bit helps. And since I haven't been able to post there has been a little more productivity.

 



 


My Country Week by Cheri Payne

I was introduced to the Facebook Group by my dear friend, Susan. I have enjoyed being part of this group and there is no shortage of projects on the horizon :)


She's all done but for her wings. I stitched the vine through the button "flowers" Saturday evening. I got the cotton gloves that will be her wings on Saturday. I tried finding them locally, unsuccessfully, so I had to order them.


I'm coffee dying them. I usually only drink tea in the winter and wasn't going to make it for this. I had the coffee, so I used it up. Next step, do some embroidery on them and get them attached and she will be done.



 


I caught these cuties up this week. I'm still one behind, but it was just published and I hope to work on that this week.

It's not too late to join if you are interested. Jenny of Elefantz has offered them free of charge. There are nine total.


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

Thanks for stopping by.


Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34 NIVUK


August Goals

The second week of August is about to begin and I forgot to post my goals for August. Which ends up being okay because the first week was pretty unproductive, except for finishing the binding on the dinosaur quilt.

Here are my goals:

1.  UFO Challenge #1
Busy Bee

- assess status
- complete top assembly




2. 12 Things Challenge #1
Sweet Land of Liberty

- Complete Unit 1




3.  "Believe" Block #7

Applique the pieces


4. "Girls Getaway"

 block 4
- continue stitching, dead line is this month

5. Baby Quilt

- choose fabric
-make quilt



6. Doll Quilt/Gown
Make one more of each


7. "Gingerbread Village"

Stitch/assemble block #5


8. My Country Week (Cheri Payne)

- Draw off, cut out blocks 
- Begin assembling "Monday, Tuesday" blocks


9. JoAnn's BOM 
- assemble next block/November


10. 15 minute stitch challenge

11. Finish quilting, binding dinosaur quilt
DONE







Thanks for stopping by,

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


When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Matthew 8:10 NIVUK



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July's Finally Week

It's the last week of July and it has been a very busy, productive month !!

It's been hot and humid and finally today, I could turn off the air conditioner for a few days. The sun is shining and it is a gorgeous day.



My main priority most days has been getting the gardens and yard cleaned up. I relinquished the responsibility when Newton got old enough to use the lawn mower. Unfortunately, he's not as detail oriented and the entire yard has suffered. But I'm slowly taking it back. Not too quickly, he still needs to help out as a family member.


The front gardens are officially done. I still need to get mulch, not soon enough. I've been keeping all the others clean in the meantime. 

 


The gardens are showing their appreciation to the attention :)


The only garden I planted this year was an herb garden and it's doing fantastic :)

And because everything is doing so well, I'm encouraged to keep going and doing more. I haven't felt this good about my gardens and yard in years. The cooler temperatures should also allow me to transplant some more of those seedlings from last week.

Since July was so productive, most of my to do list was done. This has allowed me to start, and finish, some new projects.


I talked to my youngest niece a couple of weeks ago. During the conversation, we got around to quilts. It has been a very long time since they got new ones, so I made a flannel quilt for my 13 year old great nephew, using leftover flannels from pajamas I've made over the years. I was particular to make sure I chose designs that were age appropriate. I used larger pieces of the blocks to patchwork the backing using up more scraps.


Once the patchwork top was finished, I started on little brother's quilt. He's getting a "big boy" room and the only quilt he has is the one I made for his birth - five years ago. He loves dinosaurs and bright colors. I used three different pale greens for the backgrounds and leftover blocks for the checkerboards at the top and bottom to make the quilt a little longer. More for a twin size bed.

I was able to use one queen size batt for both quilts, which I had on hand. 


I had this bright stripe set aside with the bright solids/tonals. I think it was supposed to be another quilt that never got made. There is still enough of the solids/tonals to maybe make another smaller patchwork. I'll have to see. For now my focus is on quilting the dinosaurs and getting that quilt finished.

Thanks for stopping by,

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


Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defence; he has become my salvation.’

Isaiah 12:2 NIVUK







July Goals - End of Month Report

1.  UFO Challenge #12

Vintage Farm Girl - DONE
- assess status
- assemble top






2. 12 Things Challenge #12

Betsy's Closet
- draw off stitchery designs DONE



- begin stitching


 block 1


block 2


block 3



3.  "Believe" Block #6

Applique the pieces DONE


 



4. "Girls Getaway"

 block 4
- draw off and begin stitching DONE




5. Baby Quilt DONE

- choose fabric
-make quilt


 






6. Doll Quilt/Gown DONE
Make one more of each


 



7. "Gingerbread Village"

Stitch/assemble block #5
No progress - I have the design


8. Sweet Land of Liberty (SLOL) QAL

- assemble next block/Saltbox House
-assemble first unit
Fabrics chosen


9. JoAnn's BOM DONE
- assemble next block/October





10. 15 minute stitch challenge

That should keep me plenty busy for the month :)

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I have bonuses !!!!





Quilt top for 13 year old great nephew, completely finished. Just need to get it to him.



Quilt top for 5 year old little brother, who is getting his first "big boy" bedroom :)

And a couple of new projects prepped and started.


Patriotic star designed by Cheri Payne.
I just need to applique the pieces and embroider the lettering.


Garden Angel also designed by Cheri Payne.

Thanks for stopping by,

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




Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Mark 11:24 NIVUK