Sunday, July 5, 2020

July is a time for Winning!!!

As July comes into the mountains... and I turned 54 yesterday too!  We are enjoying summertime in our own yard!
I took some selfies of an app on my phone that features me on my birthday...



And I took some selfies of me too and made a collage... all early in the morning on the 4th... the house was MINE!
 I spent my birthday hearing from ALL my kids... including watching sweet little Ellie play and be sooo cute on video chat time!
 Some of my birthday wishes included:



Can you guess what the last trait I have is inside this card??? <<<

NOW IT IS YOUR TIME TO GET SOMETHING!!!!

Tell me in a comment below if you are interested in having a MINI QUILT PATTERN
I HAVE 2 to give away :D
>>> Thanks to my bestie Connie for this birthday month giveaway! <<<
Giveaway limited to USA at this moment >>> 
MAKE SURE I HAVE YOUR EMAIL TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU WON TO GET MAILING INFO :)


 Amaryllis watch is coming to an end...

On the left was the beginning of the week and by the end of the week the one on the left was fully bloomed and earlier blooms were already fading a bit!






We will cover it well in winter and see if it blooms again in the future after such a beautiful show this season!!!!



I have NOT spent any time at the frame this week...  But next week that will change :D
 Instead I was sewing on Julius my black 301... a wall hanging for my son and his bride-to-be. 
My son Michael and his bride to be ~ Kristen... called me early yesterday morning before celebrating HER birthday with her visiting family.. Her birthday is actually July 5 and I sent her a sweet card and sewing kit for their new home (my son gave me the green light for this home sweet home gift).
Michael & Kristen
Due to marry April 11, 2021
 I did take time to press these seams open as I sewed together all these little pieces...
 Until soon I had the bottom half together...
 I also sewed the top half strips all together making sure to stagger the seams so they weren't all in one spot.  I woke up early on my birthday to figure out the writing I will HAND EMBROIDER on the white stripe of the picture above...  you can see below close up ...
 Here I am deciding exactly how I will be hand embroidering in different threads I have and have on order.... and writing on the quilt area with a pencil my intentions...
Here is a sneak peek of my quilting plan too...
 only single vertical lines are in the final as they seemed more modern.. My goal is to make them a keepsake wall hanging they will always enjoy over the years.

As July was ringing into being... I found I was a winner in a facebook group I am in for Color Street nails....
 Have you ever done your own manicure and used dry nail polish products like this???  Let me know if you are interested in knowing more... I can hook you with my nail stylist!!!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner for me...

 I won a foot massager & should get it this week!!!












Here is a darling idea for dressing up a house plant for the patriotic holiday... make your country's flag...
 Here is a quilt pattern I am currently lusting over and got my honey's agreement that he likes it too...
I can only find it on an Etsy shop atm... my LQS doesn't own it.

Will you be a winner this week ??!!Did you miss the pattern giveaway I offered above???

I am excited to get back to hand work this week and getting things done :)  How about you???
Linking this post to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE... I will be embroidering today on the wedding wall hanging!!!!


Sunday, June 28, 2020

And soon June will be done... WOW!

How has this month come to an end so quickly y'all!
 The awesome Sunrise I viewed Monday morning this week.... from our front porch :)
 Followed by freshly prepared strawberries and cream cheese danish (just a small piece ) :D
 Finished the row I was on with Appalachian Delight....
 Rolled the quilt and started back to the right side of the quilt.  This marks the halfway point of this quilt project!!! πŸ™Œ YAY :)
 Linking my hand quilting progress to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Linky party HERE <<<

Also Linking to my HQAL group that I link with every 3 weeks...
Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

As you can see not much progress on this side of this secret project... just that top row done...
 But look at this hand quilted aspects of the hand applique added to the front of these bags!!!  WOW
 But this week has otherwise been a quiet week....
 And the Amaryllis blooms has been my DAILY dose of sunshine!!!
 As the second stalk continued to grow taller and sprout blooms to be...
 and the first stalk continued to fill out all 6 blooms...
 They fell over together ... so we added stakes to hold them up unsure if they would continue to grow now...
 But they have :)
 And this hosta shoots up amazing blooms... here it was on Monday....
 And again on Friday...
 I found this little meme online... Why can't we ALL be like a raccoon....
 And another meme that I posted on my Facebook page...
North Carolina USA has a mandatory public mask wearing policy now... 
Do you wear a mask when in public??

Feel free to right click on any of those meme's to add them to your own photo stash and share on social media ... we are all in this all over the world TOGETHER!!!!
 I am excited to look ahead to JULY!!!!

of JULY!!! <<<<

3rd - My bestie... Connie                                                   20th - My Honey's ... Rick
4th - Me                                                                             26th - My Darling Daughter ... Brandi 
5th - My DIL to be... Kristen                                             In Memory... I will remember my                                                                                                                          grandmother's birthday on the 6th...                                                                                                          She is watching over us from heaven

So here is the first fun birthday cake I found... doesn't that teal icing look yummy!  with the moist chocolate cake... mmmmm!!!  Much less the precious unicorn full of cake!
So while this post had not much hand work to share... my mind is moving along solving roadblocks to get more handwork to show for next week!

Take care my friends πŸ’–  And if you leave a comment today... please tell me...

What do you enjoy doing to celebrate YOUR birthday ???

I love that I am a Firecracker Baby and born the morning of the 4th of July!!!  My daughter may come for a visit on her birthday end of the month ... THAT will be my present this year... along with the 2 new chairs we just bought for me :D

Come back next week... you won't be sad to celebrate Birthday Month each Sunday of July!!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Hello Summer and Father's Day 2020

As of yesterday evening... it is officially summer here in the USA!!
Today is Father's Day... a day that brings me angst.  My dad & I don't speak ... there are a host of reasons for this... He and my mom are very different from me.  So on Father's Days for the last decade or so... I focus on the positive role models in my life that are dads....

My grandfather here... I called Papa
 The husband of my children.... Here he is with our oldest child James...
 And the last photo we have of him smiling over 12 years ago now...
 So I felt this meme... really reflected how I felt about these powerful men in my life ... as both my husband from the past and my grandfather are in Heaven today.... looking down and celebrating...
 This picture came up on my facebook feed recently...
Remember me working on hand quilting this quilt for Connie by bestie???!!!

Well here it is bound and washed and on her bed!!!!


















Look at the binding she chose to put on this quilt... all the colors of the fabric are in it!!!!
 We are BOTH in love with the big stitch quilting you can see in these photos too!!!
                                      
Linking this awesome finish to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<<  Follow the link (it will open in a new tab so you don't lose your place here) !!
 Alex Andersen of "The Quilt Show" ... I spied this cool art piece on her wall in a video I watched...
 Don't we all need a Crazy Quilter art piece to explain us :)

Speaking of Crazy.. a couple weeks ago I showed you my crazy sewing room... well it is getting cleaner!!!!
 So I got to start cutting out my youngest son's wedding commemorative wall hanging I am hand quilting after I machine piece the flimsy...
 Here is some laid out... this may be the last you see of this project though... as I don't want them to see!!!!
 And look at that gorgeous engagement ring my son got his bride to be Kristen. 
Mike now also goes by Michael in his peer groups so I am trying to change a 25 year habit to not call him the shortened version any longer.

Hand quilting has been a daily thing this week... I am sew glad too <3
 Above is the base picture for my new header for my blog.   Below is when I finished block #3 on this row I am on...
 And here is block 4... heading to the border!!!
 This morning I worked on the swag designs in the border a bit ... I will go back to that when I get done with this blog as my honey sleeps in on Sundays!!!
 So with all the Corona Covid-19 stuff going on... do you worry more??? I know I sure do!!!!
 So this Bonnie-ism is in the forefront for me :)  Maybe we could all remember... like a rocking chair or a rocking horse... you can go and go but you stay right where you are... so throw your worries aside and stay safe and ....
 While I was digging through my scrapbooks looking for the pics I wanted to share with you all today... I came across this... Me as a preschooler....and me today!  I have my Papa's silvery gray hair now too that replaced my reddish blonde locks!  I love that :D


So as I hang on...
 I have found lots of ideas online this week that inspire me... Like this double wedding ring with a star block where the joins go....
 A flower quilt that comes together row by row by Lisa Capen Quilts on Youtube...
 And this quilt... after I finish the quilts in some sort of progress I would love to get this pattern ... It is an older Fons and Porter pattern called "Pinwheel Star" but I have been unable to find it online yet as a pattern to buy so I may have to draft it... hmmmm!

 Amaryllis Watch!!!!


 These photos were taken Tuesday or Wednesday

 Then Thursday the bloom opened but only half heartedly in the late afternoon....
 But Friday it was wide open... with 5 more to come from this stalk...
 And look at the second stalk... it will have more blooms as it grows and matures taller...
 Now the second bloom is opening on that first stalk... and the other 4 are looking bigger!!!!
 Molly got her groom on yesterday and she is feeling so refreshed from her groom and wash!
Speaking of Molly... she is snoozing in with her dad right now!  Happy Father's Day to my Honey too <3  Here is a photo I took the other day of the 2 of them <3  They have my heart for sure!!!!

Thanks for stopping in... please leave a comment if you have a minute... I love to reply to all the comments left for meπŸ’–  Thanks :D