Saturday, February 29, 2020

HQAL, Goals and other things

It's Monday Wednesday, the middle of the week.
It's Saturday !!!
It's the end of February.
Where did this month go. I have been writing this post all week !!!

And now . . .

I'm quickly turning to thoughts of spring.

Yes, spring. The birds were singing, the sun was shining and the forecast was for temperatures at the beginning of the week were in the mid 50s.

Nina was especially enjoying the warmer weather. There's nothing like a back rub in the sun for a dog :)

As I walk the yard with the dogs, I'm think spring. It's still too early, even with this extremely mild winter, to get out and do yard work but I think on it. Spring bulbs are breaking ground, through the snow and leaves. 

(this is from last week)

Even with sunshine, the yard looks neglected and abandoned. Plans for tasks are running through my mind and before we know it, it will be time.

Just to keep my perspective and keep me grounded, this is what it looked like mid-week . . .



 A gorgeous winter wonderland ! ! 

However, the forecast beginning today (Saturday) is rising temperatures. March will be coming in like a lamb.

This was the third Hand Quilt A Long (HQAL) of the year. This is a group. You are linked, so please share your love with the other participants. They all do beautiful work and are very encouraging. If you want to join, leave a comment on Kathy's blog.

I've been remiss in posting and altogether neglecting my blog. I have not been slacking on my goals, though.

 Here's what keeping me busy:

Home designed by Jenny of Elelfantz.

I took a cue from Jenny and only stitched in two colors. The white buttons were found in a quilt shop in Columbus, Ohio more than years ago than I can even remember. My sister lived there for a while and we loved visiting and shopping in German Village. I've been waiting all these years for just the right project and it finally revealed itself.

Heart designed by Kathy Schmitz. It's all stitched and just needs framed. I wanted it for the month of February and Valentine's day, but it will  put away until next year.

Counted Cross Stitch Heart. This one I knew wouldn't be finished and I'm not rushing. It's been years since I worked on a counted cross stitch, but the patchwork really appeals to me. So I'm just going to work on it daily and it will be finished when it gets finished. This is another one I've had for a long time just waiting for its time in the limelight.

Some other handwork:

Baby Quilt for donation. There is an event that is running for just the next few weeks if you are able to help. You are linked for all the information.

Valentine's wall hanging. 
I've had this pattern for several years and now was it's time. It was a quick afternoon project.

Some sewing to meet my goals:


Susan's BOM

F2F swap blocks

It didn't turn out as planned, but it was finished before I realized. I may end up ripping out the mistakes and redoing, just not right now. Very disappointing finish. Still, I'm linking up to 

And one last swap item, a pin cushion. Honey Do made the wood bowl and I stitched the linen. 

I was blessed to have no outside commitments this week. I was tucked in my home, working on finishing the rest of my monthly goals:

Baby quilt made from the last leftover sheep block. I love how this turned out. I was able to use some of the many 9-patches and the rest of the strips too.

doll quilts (7) and doll gowns (3)

February ended up being another good month.

Thanks for stopping by.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalms 119:105 NIVUK


Farm Quilter said...

How nice to have a week to do your own projects!! You were really productive and I love how you used the leftovers to create a beautiful baby quilt! Love the pin cushion!! Honey Do did a great job on the bowl and your stitching on top is the icing on the cake!!

Susan said...

What a lot of lovely eye candy all stuffed into one blog post. LOL! You did a LOT of wonderful things toward the end of February, and lots at the beginning, too. I hope March is as fruitful for you.

Janice Holton said...

Hi Edi, I received your comment regarding participating in a Blog Hop honoring Paula Budinger; however, you were a no-comment blogger so I couldn't reply to you. If you could respond to this comment, then I'll have your e-mail address to be able to communicate with you. So glad you are joining us!