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.

Monday, May 21, 2018

May Days

The worst part of being a random blogger is pulling a post together after so much time has passed.  I do need to get better at this blogging thing.  The days pass so quickly and before I realize it, a month is gone and we are halfway to Christmas again!  Yikes.

There has not been a lot of sewing going on here, but I am managing to stay up to date on my Heart a Day in May and my Temperature quilt.

I try to prep several heart blocks at a time and then stitch them in the evenings.



The temps have been out typical May Gray here for the last few weeks.  I am looking forward to some warmer days ahead so I can see more color in the blocks.  Those greens need to go and stay gone.



The college grandchildren are all home for the summer so we have been enjoying their company.  They have all had the chance to meet their smiling new cousin.  He is such a happy baby.



My mom also met her youngest great grandchild last week when we celebrated Mother's Day.



Baseball season is winding down so many hours have been spent at the various fields.  Playoffs have begun which is always exciting.  Can you believe that these two players are in the same age group???


There is lots to do in the garden at this time of the year too.  We had so much freeze damage when we got that 27* night.  The peach tree took a hard hit just as it was setting fruit so the early peach gave us a total of six peaches this year.  The Plumerias also got a good snap.  Looking closely, you can see the new leaves trying to emerge below the frozen section.


In closing, I will share a photo of a little guest who came to visit while I was at my mom's yesterday.  He/she was not a bit intimidated.  I was standing less than two feet from him and he was perfectly happy to stand at the door as if he was coming to visit.







Monday, May 7, 2018

An Exciting Week

It has been such an exciting week around here and very little of it involved sewing.

Our newest grandchild arrived Friday evening - a little boy who is dearly loved by all.  He evened out the boy/girl ratio in the family.




The week took us north and south in the car as we traveled down to watch our grandson's baseball team, UCSM, play UCSD.  It was a beautiful day.  After the game we took him to dinner and then made the long drive back home. 



Over the weekend we headed north to watch our granddaughter make her First Communion at the Mission in San Luis Obispo.



Many hours in the car provided me time to catch up on the one heart a day project hosted by Happy to be Scrappy.



As well this past week, two of our granddaughters were in their school's musical, The Music Man.  One played Marian and one played the grandmother.  It was such a great show.  



Of course the week can't be all good.  While we were away a compressor broke and did some serious water damage to the wood floors.   I'll have a better idea of just how much damage once someone takes a look at them.  ;-(

We had such a late freeze this year so the stone fruit trees have been late in blooming.  The have finally emerged from their winter sleep and are just gorgeous.  

Donut peach

Cherry

I wonder what this week will bring...........


Friday, April 20, 2018

Elephants and Giraffes, Oh My

Several years ago I participated in the Elephants on Parade QAL and made the cute quilt for our last grandchild.  The quilt was so much fun to make and made me a follower of Sew Fresh Quilts.  Lorna has another really cute pattern called Giraffes in a Row.  With another new grandbaby due any day now, I made the giraffes to go along with the elephants.



Giraffe by giraffe, this quilt came together quickly.  With each new giraffe, I was certain that one was my favorite.








I even added a purple polka dot one to the back because they were so much fun.  I still think my favorite is orange.  Which one is yours?



My giraffes were helped along with fabric from Wendy.  I recently won a flat rate box full of solids from Wendy.  I had been really struggling with finding the "right" green and the perfect one was found in the box she sent.  How much fabric do you think one can fit into a flat rate box?  Just look at this.  I think if I travel again I want Wendy to pack my suitcases for me.



My Temperature Quilt continues to grow.  Sadly, I had to go back to the green this week when our low one night dropped down to 39*.  I thought we were done with that stuff.



Ramona is also doing a Temperature quilt.  Her blocks are a great combination of colors - a mix between my sister in Alaska and mine in California.

We've had several birthdays in the family this week.  It's always fun to join in the celebrations.


This is a special time of the year when the little ones make their First Communions.  We have two grandchildren making theirs in the next few weeks, including this one.  The veil that she will wear is the one that her mom wore, and that I wore, when we made our First Communions.  Like me, it is officially an antique!!  How quickly the years pass!


We've been battling the Influenza B in the family this week.  It has not been fun.  I'm ready for flu season to be over.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

30 Blocks in 30 Days




Have you been following the 30 blocks in 30 days blog hop?  With each passing day of the hop, I think how much I would love to do a full quilt with each block.  Carla is using such wonderful fabrics with each block and I am sure you will be just as excited as I have been about sewing up a few.  Each of these bocks makes a great stand alone quilt, but I think one of each would make an incredible quilt too.  

The block that I have sewn for the blog hop is called Bounce.  Taking into consideration the Tigerlily color of the year, I chose a fabric in that color.  My second color is a low volume in a neutral print.  The blocks went up quickly and in no time at all I had a finished top.  




Instead of batting in this quilt, I added a soft minky type fabric to the back and quilted it together.  I love the nice drape and feel of the piece.  It will make a wonderfully soft and cuddly baby quilt.  


We are now halfway through the 30 days, but you can still follow along as well as catch up on all of the ones that you might have missed.  Here is the schedule and be sure to enter each day for the drawing on Carla's blog, Creatin' in the Sticks.


April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th


Block 30 - Slow Tee

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

About Time

Guess it is about time to catch up on this ole' blog.  The days and weeks tend to slip past so quickly.  I need to look at my photos to see what I've done.  Life, itself, has been busy so there has not been a lot of sewing going on around here.

With our thirtieth grandbaby arriving in a few short weeks, I have been working on the quilt.  We do not know the sex so I have decided to do Lorna's Giraffe Quilt.  I love this pattern and it has been such fun to stitch.



I was struggling with my greens as nothing I had seemed to do the trick.  Fortunate as it was, I was a recent winner of Wendy's box of scraps.  Inside I found the perfect green for it!

My Temperature Quilt is coming along too.  We had some lovely warm days this week so it was fun to stitch those colors into it.  Just look at this week.  I even got to insert that lovely red when the high hit 97* on Monday.



Adding it to the first few months of the year, it looks like this.  I'm glad to get the greens behind me.  I am enjoying watching my sister's quilt progress at IG @alaskanquilter.  Her Alaskan colors are so different from mine and they are gorgeous.


This month's Block Lotto block is call NoonLight.  I made two blocks for it and may do more as the month progresses.  We will see.  I was one of the winners of last months Savannah blocks and I am having so much fun seeing blocks arrive in the mail.  



Another Mystery quilt that I will be working on over the next few months is called So Dearly QAL.  It is hosted by Gosia at Quilts My Way.  This is an interesting paper pieced QAL and I have no idea what it will become.


 Life is busy and good.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

More Rainy Day Sewing

After another week of wet weather, I am beginning to feel like the rest of the snowbound stitchers out there.  The rains have been great and the weeds are busy growing and multiplying outside.  Meanwhile, I have avoided the garden gloves and weed puller and played with some fabrics and thread instead.

The weather has certainly made my temperature quilt more exciting.  The greens and yellows - cooler colors - have been prevalent for much of the month of March.  I can't believe how quickly the year's blocks are growing.




I even had one day where the temperature did not vary more than the three degrees within the color range for the whole day.  The high was 60* and the low was 57*.



Each month Michele and Sherri host the Minis and More Parade on the first day of the month.  A selected pattern is chosen to stitch up for that month and it is always so much fun to see the same pattern sewn in different fabrics and colors.  This month's design was Mini Painted Ladies.  I used some Kaffe Fasset charms for mine.  Instead of a rectangle, I made mine into a square so it can be used as a table topper instead.  This would be a great full sized quilt.





Although I am terrible at remembering to wear an apron, I had a request from my niece for a "retro" apron.  I can remember my grandmother wearing pretty aprons and this reminded me of her.  The bib is removable and reversible.




While looking for something completely different, I came across a cross stitched collar that I made years ago for our daughter for Easter.  I found some great fabric in my stash and made a dress to go with it and gave them to my daughter for one of her girls.  Pardon the dark photos, but it was a gloomy day.





Continuing along the Easter theme here, I recently saw a wonderful paper pieced pattern on IG.  I sewed up one as a gift for a dear friend and then had to make one for our home too.  The piece is title Good Friday and is by Paper Panache.



Our son and his family are coming for Easter so computer time will be lacking.  I wish everyone a blessed Easter.

Linking up with Midweek Makers and Freemotion by the River.