Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mid-Week Recharge

The best to for me to re-charge is on Wednesday.
It's become my "stay-at-home" day. 
Got the guys off, laundry going, dinner thawing, and the rest of the day is mine to sew.

My goals for the day were:

Mystery #1

Got the final border on. I chose a green tonal print just a bit darker than my sashings. AND I was able to get it to queen size. 
To say I'm pleased is an understatement.
Next up sandwich and begin the quilting.

Color Block

Had it cut out, all that was left was to put it together.

and one more for today, Color Bear.

It was a good, productive day.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the Day

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.

1 Tim. 1:15 NIVUK

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

North Chagrin Reservation




Saturday was chilly, but we headed north to the reservation. This is another leg of the metro parks in our area. It took about 30 minutes to drive and Susan and I were in this area when she came to visit last August.

It's a very hilly area, but you can see the green coming through and I did manage (sometimes with Honey Do's help) to locate some floral amid the fauna.

We enjoyed over five miles of hiking and poking around the "castle" and surrounding "woods".

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the Day

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17 NIVUK

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thursday Snow Day, Saturday Play Day, Weekend Hikes, Tuesday!!

Thursday Snow day . . . 

 Saturday Play day . . . 

 Weekend Hikes . . . 




We got snow overnight Thursday. It was just enough to convince me to stay home. On top of that Honey Do wasn't feeling 100%, so he stayed home from work and Newton is still on spring break.

It was the perfect day to play with my new machine. It's very quiet so it wouldn't keep anyone awake. I spent the day cutting out and sewing my "color challenge" block for March. I'm a little behind on my goals and am trying to catch up.

Flying geese are not my favorite block to make, but these instructions were so easy to follow and I'm thrilled with the way this block turned out. Now I feel like I'm making good progress on this week's goals.

I also want to share a new quilt along with all of you. 

This is your link to the rules, which are very friendly. There is one fabric requirement to keep us all somewhat uniform, but everything else is very user friendly. We just completed the first Mystery QAL and this one began on April first. I decided on a project, pulled from my stash and have to order  the required fabric. I spent part of Saturday tracing applique pieces and prepped my stash fabrics. I'm not waiting until the end to work on this one. I spent Monday evening cutting out the components.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the Day

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’

Revelation 1:8 NIVUK

Goals for April 9, 2018

It has been another busy week filled with ups and downs. I hope you all had a good, productive week.

I had more time at home this week, but not as much as I thought I was going to have.

I spent Monday and Friday with Mom, Wednesday there were meetings and errands, Thursday I worked for a few hours. Tuesday I spent some time working on Mystery!!

I didn't have enough fabric to finish, but I made significant progress.

We've been hiking in the weekends, even getting an evening in during this week. We've upped our goal to at least four miles. Feeling very accomplished in this endeavor. We are finding the natural trails to be less stressful on our bodies than the paved trails of the local parks.  

Honey Do made sure we got to spend time in Squire's Castle. I love these bits of local history we come across.

So here is my progress on April 9th (in red) and for the 15th (in blue) goal list:

1. Mystery QAL #1
- Add borders making progress
- Sandwich 
- Begin quilting 

2. Mystery QAL #2
- Choose design - DONE
- Draw designs on fusible web DONE
- Cut out components DONE
- Order required fabric

3. Charity Baby quilt, second one
- Quilt and bind

4. P&N BOM
- Complete prep requirement for next class

5. Color bear challenge
- Prep and complete block pieces traced and cut out
assemble and quilt block

6. Color Challenge
- Prep and complete block

7. Starry Bright
- Prep and complete block

8. CQ February block
- Continue stitching

It was a long list. I  thought it was doable.  I'll try again this week.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the Day

For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

Deut. 30:16 NIVUK

Goal report for April 1, 2018

Goals for the week of April 1, 2018

1. Mystery QAL #1 (yes, there's a #2)

No progress, can't decide what I want to do next with it

2. Color Challenge block DONE

3. Charity Baby quilt
One of two done

4. Download patterns for April blocks DONE

5. April UFO 
Project chosen


Sewing Machine BOM (x2) DONE


Leaders and enders Done, on -going

Holly Cottage, stitching DONE

Mystery QAL #2
Idea decided, fabric from stash chosen and required fabric ordered

"Bee" BOM

Isn't she just the most adorable thing you've ever seen?  I just love her.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the Day

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15 NIVUK

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spring Break Overload/overwhelmed

Winter just doesn't want to go away this year. What was supposed to be a "trace" became accumulation. Staying close to home and a good excuse to sew :)

I am on spring break overload. 

Newton is on spring break this week.

Honey Do has been enthusiastic about walking in the metro parks for the last few weekends, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Newton is working part time a few days during spring break helping setting up and tearing down for one of the local shops at the annual sewing and quilt expo.

Mom is still in rehab, only for the rest of this week.

And the reason for feeling overloaded/overwhelmed?

My sweet husband thought I deserved this wonderful, almost make dinner, piece of heavenly technology 😜🎉😜🎉😜🎉😜🎉

Yes, I finally got a decent, work horse of a sewing machine. I'm overloaded/overwhelmed because I don't have time to play on it.

Newton needs rides back and forth to work, he doesn't have his driver's license yet.
Mom, obviously still needs help with her daily activities including banking and laundry.
And I could never say no to spending time with my husband.

I'm managing to squeak in whatever time I can to play and learn my machine.

To that end, Honey Do purchased the entire year of Block of the Month classes at the store designed to help us get to know our machines. This is my first block (times two).

My first class introduced me to three very sweet ladies who were there for the same reasons and were very encouraging. I also learned to make the "chenille stem". What a fun little trick that is !!! and I machine appliqued the leaves and flowers (the center of the flowers will be buttons). Don't look too closely, I get an adjustment period to get comfortable. My homework is done, the blocks are finished. Now I need to prep next month's blocks.

Since the snow is making travelling a little treacherous and Honey Do isn't feeling up to snuff, I'm staying close to home and will be "playing". 

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with kindness.

Verse of the Day

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:16 NIVUK