Sunday, May 24, 2015


Although I did want to get this one quilted before the big reveal, I will have to share it as a flimsy.

Carmel 021

Several months ago, Emily from Em’s Scrapebag asked me if I could test a new pattern for her.  She does such wonderful scrap quilts and I have been a follower of hers for sometime now.  Her version of the quilt is a fabulously colorful scrappy project.  Although mine is a scrap quilt, it is still a bit more color controlled.   My cornerstones are a patterned navy fabric instead of the scrappy blocks.  If I were to make it again I would use the scrappy blocks for them as Emily did.



I was trying to go for the nautical look using the blues, green, teals and aquas.  The pattern was easy to follow and I loved working up each block along the way. 


Thanks, Emily, for letting me test this great pattern for you.  I am so pleased with the way it turned out and look forward to the finish once it is quilted.

I’ve had a bit of a blogging break as we were out of the country for the last few weeks.  I will try to get around to visit and catch up this week and share some pictures with you from our fabulous trip.

I did, however, manage to work on a bit of handwork while we were traveling.  EPP has been something that I have admired and gave it a try.   Following a pattern designed by Elizabeth at OPQuilt, I made my first of 9 blocks.  I was really pleased with how nicely the points came together on this one.  I have a feeling that the other blocks will be a bit more challenging with all of their curves.  The green in the photo looks puckered, but it is just the design texture of the fabric.   I’m also thinking that I should have cut my blues so that they would all match in their designs.  I guess we learn as we go.


As well, I managed to work a bit on the kings in my endless nativity cross stitching.  After this section is finished I will move to the left of the project and work on the shepherds.  I may even see a bit of light on a finish before my eyes are too stressed to stitch on this fabric.  lol   I am linking this up with Super Mom-No Cape.


Today in the United States we honor all of those who have served our country.  May we never forget the sacrifices they and their families have made for our freedom.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Seriously???  It is May already?   We’re already a week into May.   I don’t know where the time is going.  Guess that makes me really OLD.

Life has been super busy here.  The school year is winding down and proms, school plays, graduations and birthdays seem to fill the time. 

The garden is also calling me outside more and more.  Of course I love the time spent watching the birds at this time of the year.  The hummers are amazing as they flit here and there – always in such a hurry.  You seldom see them taking a rest.



The orioles and quail are also back at the feeders.  We are awaiting the arrival of this year’s babies.



Sewing has taken a back seat – other than a lot of logo embroidery, hemming dresses and mending, but I did make a beach bag.  I had some of the “Fruit Ladies” fabric and thought it would look cute on a quilted bag.

We attended the grandchildren’s school play this week – HMS Pinafore.  Our grandson was “the orchestra”, playing every song on the piano.  He has worked so hard and did a fabulous job. 

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Several weeks ago a lovely package arrived in my mailbox.  I had won a wonderful sewing companion and scissors from Cathy at Crafty Cat Blog.   This is so beautifully made and will be perfect for my stitching. 



Isn’t the little tassel beautiful?

I'm going to be meeting up with a sewing friend next week so I will hopefully have something more to show on my next post.

Enjoy spring and if you get May showers would you please send us some?????

Happy Mother's Day to all who will celebrate it this weekend.