Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Best Laid Plans

Remember all of that sewing time that I was planning on while our floors were being refinished?  What was I thinking?   The first few days were okay, in spite of all the noise from the sanding machines, etc.  After that they suggested we leave the house because of the fumes and inability to walk on the floors.  I am glad to say that they finished up this morning and now it is cleaning and putting everything back where it belongs.  UGH!

So....what did we do when we had to leave?  We took a spur of the moment road trip.  We headed out to Las Vegas to visit some dear friends who moved there several years ago.  We stayed in Vegas for two days and enjoyed some rather cool and tropical weather.  It was a joy to see thunderstorms and enjoy a bit of rain in the desert.

I would love to know more geology so I could tell you about the different colored layers in the mountains and just how long ago it happened.  It would be so interesting.

From there we drove to Death Valley, stopping in at Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge along the way.  Ash Meadows is located just a short distance from Death Valley and is an oasis in the middle of the hottest, driest desert in North America.  They had a lovely visitor center about 8 miles down a gravel road.  We were the only visitors at the beautiful facility.  What a shame!  I was amazed to see so much water in the desert.  The colors in the pools of water were gorgeous and they were homes to tiny little puff fish, an endangered species.

Death Valley was toasty warm at 114* when we pulled into the Inn for the evening.   We enjoyed a pretty sunset overlooking the desert.

It was still warm when we left a little after 6 a.m. the next morning.

What sewing did I get done during the mess?  I finished a fall table runner for Sara who is in our Sewing With Friends swap.

I also got all the blocks sewn together for my Sea and Sand quilt.

Lastly, I did some mindless sewing, adding 20 more blocks to my selvage block project.

I also caught up on my Temperature Quilt.  The reds were making an appearance for a few days, but we are back in the low 80s again - back to the rusty reds.

The last of my Gridster Bee blocks arrived from Afton.  She actually made me EIGHT blocks for my month!  I am excited about getting this quilt made with all of the gorgeous hearts that I received in the month of June.

My computer was stored away in a room with no access during the refinishing so it is nice to have it out again.  I have missed following blogs.

This is what my house has looked like.

No cooking!!!!

Even Toby is glad to have things back to a more normal living situation again.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Summer Has Arrived

Summer has finally arrived and it is packing a punch.  The high yesterday was 107* and is right up there again today.  The heatwave is suppose to break this evening and take us back to more seasonal temperatures.  I finally get to add those red fabrics to my Temperature Quilt.

It has been a busy week.  They were suppose to start on refinishing the wood floors on Friday, but that got postponed until Monday.  The closets, drawers and curios are now all emptied in anticipation.  Lots of purging has gone on here.

As well, we had the big July 4th party on Wednesday.  We do the BBQ and everyone brings side dishes so it makes it easier.  Games are played during the day and then the little ones light sparklers when it gets to be dusk.

My cousin's son is in L.A. for a summer internship so he and his friend joined us as well.

June was my month to be queen in our Gridster Bee.  I just love seeing the variation of the fabrics.  I'm looking forward to getting all of these together.

Several years ago I participated in the MCM Bee.  For my month I chose blocks to create the Woven pattern.  The blocks had been boxed up for too long.  I pulled them all out and added some more to create this layout.  I am calling it Sand and Sea.  It will be fun to get this one finished.

One last bit of sewing here.  While these little ones were staying with us this week, we had a chance to make some pink polka dot pajama bottoms.  The girls both loved them and didn't want to take them off.  Win/win!

I'm hoping to get some good sewing time in the next few weeks while they work on the floors.  I certainly won't be cleaning house!  That will come afterwards.  SIGH.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Goodbye June

It's hard to believe that the year is now half way gone and summer is in full swing in many places.  Although our foreseeable future is still forecast to remain cool, I hope to see some summer temperatures appearing here in July.  My Temperature Quilt 2018 is looking quite boring!  Every day is the same color.  We had only two days in the entire month that went over 80* - an 84 and 85.  Our January and February both had warmer days, and more of them.

June has been my month for being the Queen Bee in our Gridster Bee.  I had requested Scrappy Heart blocks.  I am loving the secondary effect that the beautiful hearts are creating.   This is where they are right now, but I see on IG that more are arriving shortly.

Now that July is almost upon us, Leisa is our Queen Bee for that month.  Her request is for the Starry Sky Quilt blocks.  I love this pattern and have wanted to make one myself.  I think it will be gorgeous to see all of the stars together.  

We've had several birthdays this week in the family.  One of the granddaughters loves to cook so I made her a vintage apron as one of her gifts.  

The afternoons have been warm enough to enjoy a little pool time with the grandchildren.  

One of the gals in our quilt guild always shares the cutest cartoons.  This one struck my fancy and I am sure many can relate.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

So Dearly QAL Part #3

Today I am a guest blogger for the So Dearly QAL hosted by Gosia who blogs at Quilts My Way.  This is a mystery quiltalong and the various colors people are using have been fascinating.  For mine I have chosen a more neutral palette with a brick colored background.

After printing the pattern off, sewing commences.

Once all of the sections have been completed, it looked like this.

A little trimming and I can see how the pieces will fit together when sewn.

Section #3 is finished.  It looks like a tree!

It can now be added to Part #1 and #2.

It's not too late to join in on the QAL.  The first three patterns are still available with new ones coming out every few weeks for free.  You can also follow on Instagram at #sodearlyqal as well as on the Facebook group of So Dearly QAL.

Be sure to check out Gosia's post for full details and chances to win prizes from her wonderful sponsors.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Welcome Summer.

While many of you are enjoying the delightful warm days of summer, we are heavy into our June Gloom days - foggy, cool mornings followed by partly sunny afternoons.  It is always a great time to escape and enjoy the warmer temperatures.  So....for the last two weeks we have been away and enjoying ourselves.

We have traveled my many modes of transportation - planes, trains and automobiles, just to start.  We flew to New York and spent time eating our way through by visiting Chinatown, Little Italy and many restaurants in between.  lol

From there we boarded the Queen Mary 2 and cruised for seven days to Southhampton, England.  It is such a great way to bridge the time change as you loose an hour each day.

We left New York Harbor on a cloudy day, but had spectacular views of the city and Lady Liberty as we set sail.

We had an amazing crossing and, again, ate our way across.  Afternoon teas with warm scones, finger sandwiches and delicate desserts is a habit that I could really get used to.

Each evening we enjoyed a cocktail in our lounge and they brought small bites to enjoy.  This was one of my favorites, a small jar with creamed potato and a bite of bacon along with a spoon filled with prosciutto wrapped melon and a rolled anchovy.  It was different each day.

Once in the UK we stayed in London and traveled around by bus, taxi, underground subway and trains.

Love the streets around London as we walked to our underground station.

We visited Cambridge and walked for miles while enjoying the sights of the city on a warm and sunny day.

We also spent time with our friends in Finchingfield.  Their village is just charming with beautiful thatched roof cottages and wonderful walking paths.

Coming home is always fabulous too.  It's great to be around family again.  There was happy mail waiting for me since June is my month for being the Queen in the Gridster Bee.  Marsha sent me these two wonderful heart blocks.

 I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with my sewing machine this weekend. I was able to start the Christmas stocking for the newest grandbaby while on board the ship and I got a good start on it.

 I had the perfect setup in our room where I could stitch and watch the ocean pass.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Blogger, Blogger, Blogger!

I know that I am only one of many complaining about all that is going on with Blogger.  I do hope they can make it easier for us in the end.  Meanwhile, thank you all for your continued comments.  Not only can I not see them without going to my blog, I also cannot access your e-mails by clicking on your links.  I think that is a Microsoft/AOL problem, but it is beyond frustrating.  In the meantime I am starting a separate address book as I accumulate your e-mails.  Wish me luck with that one!

As we say farewell to May, my Heart a Day for May comes to a close.  It was a fun little project and it did keep my restless hands busy during a month where my sewing machine saw very little action.  I know the month has thirty one days, but the last one will go on the back of the quilt.

Another small quilting project for the month was my Minis and More.  This month we were to choose our own project so I decided to use one off of my endless list of "want to dos."  It is a free pattern and can be found HERE.   The Minis and More Parade can be found on June 1st HERE and HERE.   Thanks Michele and Sherri.

For the last few years I have been involved with four gals in a group called Sewing With Friends.  In the past we have done a round robin, a row robin and a year of fabric postcard exchanges.  This year we are exchanging table toppers/runners.  The first is not due until the middle of July, but Ida finished hers and sent it to me already.  It was wonderful because I was able to use it for our big Memorial Day party.  Thank you, Ida, I so enjoyed decorating with it.

We celebrated Memorial Day on Sunday with the whole family.  We fired up the wood burning oven and did pizzas.  It's a great way to feed a large crowd as everyone can prepare their own pizzas.  The older girls rolled out the doughs and took topping orders from the younger ones.

We celebrate our 49th anniversary on Thursday.  I have no idea where the years have gone, but it has been a beautiful life.  We are so blessed.