Sunday, January 19, 2020

Happy Sunday January 2020 ~ Ringing in a New Week!

January is an odd month... comes on quick but last a looong time as you adjust your vision to include new things or jump start lost habits.  As for us... we buy a fresh bulb flower in January...
This past week was a real roller coaster but we made it through and my honey even surprised me and bought a miniature daffodil plant to enjoy for now and plant later... AND he bought the Raggedy Ann an Andy partner that looks like he is from the same era she is from ... mid 1960's !!!

I really needed these boosts this week... now to give sweet Ann a new outfit and some new striped socks too... those will be a project you see coming up in the future... Andy is a smart dresser so Ann needs to step up her game a bit and get a rejuvenation session ... Jannessa will help me she promises!!! <3


Last Sunday I enjoyed slow stitching alternating with block making for the Beads table runner I planned to make...
 Here is a close up of 1 block... made with strip sets is how Donna Jordan shows it made... I didn't use her sizes but made mine smaller blocks to make a more desirable sized finish for my needs...
 And for the table in our kitchen... a couple of smaller placemats were pieced.
 By working through the week when not slow stitching... I got all but 1 seam and the final border completed...
Friday I had it all together & handed this flimsy runner with batting and backing to Jannessa.  She is going to fmq it for us to enjoy <3
 I will use that deep burgundy for the binding... our kitchen is mainly the barn red and creamy tan colors... but we have a quilt in there (my spiral log cabin quilt) that this will look perfect close to.

Friday when Jannessa came over to pick up the table runner we took time to let her pup Max visit with Molly... we also made coordinating bracelets pooling our resources of glass and nicer plastic beads!!!
My honey had found the 2 silver hearts (one in each of our bracelets) in the fish vendor cart when  we got it home.  Jannessa loved them as much as I did so we made them a stand out on our bracelets :D

I am definitely blessed with good friends... my blog prize winner from December was Penny or as other readers may know her as Little Penpen.  She loved the winnings and then proceeded to make me this sweet thank you gift....
 I received it on Saturday and promptly called and thanked her and caught up with her too <3  It is a pattern by Kathy Schmidt and is a Hare and Needle... so stinking cute y'all!!!

I then signed it for her with initials and year... and sewed circles to the back for hanging...
 Look how beautiful it looks in my room !!!!
 Thank you Penny for making my day with your sweet hand stitches just for me!!!!!

Molly got a groom and a photo shoot earlier in the week while we ran to Asheville for doctor appointments at the VA for my honey....
She looks so great scissor trimmed and nails ground short.  She is so good for the groomer too we are told!!!

Most every day I wake early and spend the early morning hours hand quilting... this is my zen and my fave place to be... I enjoy machine projects intermittently and it gives my hands something different to do as well.. but I never get bored hand quilting!!!  Appalachian Delight is no different!!!
 Pictures I took this week as a spritzed away the blue markings once quilted and let it dry... giving this great texture to the outer border of this quilt...
 Here is where I will be today... getting the corner done...
 Here is a look back at where I have been....
 And a close up of THIS MORNING....
 And my set up that lets me tiptoe around in the mornings without waking anyone as I stitch with my headphones on...
 this week I finished this book on audio books from the local library.
 I thought since the service is free I could listen and quit if I didn't like it... so I did and you know what... Michelle Obama is a wonderful speaker and had lots of great info to share in this basically nonpartisan look at what it was like to live life in her shoes.  And what an interesting life she has lived thus far y'all! 

I have kept up with my calendar this week... I am planning to switch to bullet journaling in February when I can get myself a dot paged book that is small enough to not take up much room to keep handy.  Or maybe I should keep printing these sheets and put them in a notebook... 
Any calendar fanatics out there have a preference????

At Jannessa's request I joined a 9 patch a day club on facebook.. it is quite an international group and has me pondering 9 patch variations like this one for a possible future quilt ...
 Hoping to find the pattern for this one but look at that quilt closely.. the light and medium blues give you an awesomely intricate background pattern in the quilt... friendship stars... churn dashes... all kinds of patterns within patterns and basically it is 9 patches with some hst's and solid squares too to make it come out so mind bendingly cool!!!

I did one of those silly things on facebook yesterday... it is like reading a horoscope or something :D  This hits quite close to home for me though!!!!

This has been a chatty post .. hope you have enjoyed it ... so much hand work here I am linking it to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching... my fave blog to visit on Sundays >> right HERE <<

I will chat more next Sunday... for now I sing cheers for a cap on a very busy week and a hope that the coming week that looks busy will be relatively quiet in reality.

Next Sunday I should be into the next phase of quilting ... the blocks !!! Come back then!!!!








Sunday, January 12, 2020

Feeling Good as we Settle into 2020!

 I hope you are enjoying 2020 so far... if not for strange weather all over the world... then for the little things...
 Molly got a new toy for Christmas belatedly and has adopted it as her favorite.. it was a gift from Jannessa poodle Max who is also Molly boyfriend! >>> whoo <<<

 Molly loves snuggling a quilt too... this is one I hand quilted last year and it is a throw I thought I would use to cover my feet but I haven't adopted it as much as Molly has! lol

I am doing well keeping up with my 2 week calendar of craftiness.  This is week 3 here since I started this... I am enjoying it and going to morph this into a bullet journal around Valentines.
 If you weren't here last week... I started a new quilt in the frame that I had pieced this past spring/summer time...
Appalachian Delight is a spin on a bear paw block... since we live near where bear roam! lol

Early in the week I made it from the middle of this quilt to the end area...
 Here is a closer up of this end ...
 On the right lower corner I chain stitched my initials and the year on the quilt... I enjoy doing this.. I will also add a label but this secures the maker of this one! :)
 So I went from right bottom to left bottom... so now I am pondering how the left bottom corner looks...
 Here is it finished and with navy thread 1/4" away from the inner border of half square triangles.
the blue markings are water soluble and spritz away easily with a water bottle... I get my blue pens from Amazon and they come in a pack of 10 and look like this 
made by Leonis....

 Here is a look at my frame from further back... I hope to finish this pass this week :)
Linking this hand quilting update to my HQAL below...
Do go visit the rest of our group! There are some extremely talented people in this group, and the variety is wonderful! There's hand quilting, embellishment, hand piecing and applique!
And to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching where lots of folks come and show off a whole host of hand done projects.. come see right HERE and think about linking something up yourself <3

I saw this unique hand quilting done in perle cotton threads in a facebook group I am in .. does this inspire you to want to think outside the box more in your quilting journey??? It sure does me!!!





 We have this unique case and Singer Sewhandy from the late 1940's for sale at the moment...
I got the last piece of furniture that my sewing room will need...
 Here is a wide view of the room....
I love this room... it sparks my creativity A LOT!!!  Does your creative space in your home spark your creativity??

Speaking of creativity....
 My honey's fish vendor cart found a home in the living room.... We love it's new home :)  Thanks for all the feedback last week on that too <3

I finally got around to making the top valance with swags for our bedroom...
 but it needs some shortening....
 I pulled out my border book and pondered this bead chain pattern for a interested table runner for the early part of the year for our kitchen bar....  I (of course) have to make it difficult for myself by choosing a different size than Donna showed in THIS video on  youtube about this technique... in case you wanna check out the vid.

So now I will bid you farewell and hope your days are enjoyed mostly...
 Have a blessed week ahead :)




Sunday, January 5, 2020

Welcoming 2020 and Filling up the Empty Quilt Frame!

Finally got to see my bestie on January 1, 2020!!!!
But before I get into that... let's back up to Sunday the 29th....
I spent all day Sunday Slow stitching and early Monday morning finished it all up!!!
Leaving my frame empty!
 I made Connie and her daughters and grands these cute little mug rugs too!  She liked them :D
 I used Messenger photo app to take this cute photo on New Years Eve....
And snapped one last photo of our Christmas tree from this year...
and fell asleep long before midnight... excited for the trip the next day!!!

I think we are both equally excited!!!
 My honey got the "fish vendor cart" we had bid on in a silent auction in the town where Connie lives... but the auction wasn't over until the Friday after we left last fall... so she has been taking good care of this cute item my honey and I were totally enamored with :)



Above are photos of it in our kitchen with and without the canopy... which do you like???

Below is a close up of it with a puzzle we use as framed art behind it :)  It has rubber tires and a real chain and moving the pedals moves the wheels.. very unique and exquisite we think!!!
Now back from the trip it was time to make the BIG DECISION!!!!

Do I try to load a quilt I have started from the center (for followers this is the Garden Bouquet Wholecloth Quilt) that could well take 6 months to finish or do I load a quilt I finished this past summer that has been waiting in line with everything in the house I needed to load said quilt...
 The above quilt I donned the name Appalachian Delight quilt... using blocks called Bear in the Cabin that I did a tutorial on last year if you are interested in those bear claw variation blocks...
 Above is a close up of the stencils I plan to use throughout this quilt... and below is a wide shot showing how wide the outer border is and those beautiful mitered corners too!
 This is the pattern that goes on that wide boder... fits perfect and that was NOT planned :)
 The backing is shown here and is wideback I purchased from an online company that went with the vibe of the front...
 Here is my first corner to finish up close...
 And here is all I have gotten stitched as I have enjoyed getting into a routine with this one...
 My initials and the date are done in navy perle cotton in chain stitching... the rest is in burgundy hand quilting on the taupe and white fabric.

Linking this exciting chain of slow stitching events to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<
She is not feeling great today so come give her a visit and leave a healing comment for her!  No fun being sick.  She is also sharing some cool stories on her post plus there are other linkers sharing their stories too!!!

Then yesterday as I stitched... IT SNOWED here!!!!
 We got a couple inches ... covering all that grass in the end... and a mud slide occurred too on the road not far from our home... salt trucks were out last night and this morning the grass was visible through the snow so no issues should be found... just joy with the snow!!!

I started sewing on some curtains for our bedroom and my good bloggy friend Jill has lent her help to aid me  along the way!  The excitement of a new quilt on the frame leaves me not much to show but that they are ready to sew together :D lol!

 I have been using my 2 week organizer almost every day since I started and am really loving the accountability of it... are you organizing your days for 2020???

 Check out my new blog header and closing ... and have a blessed 2020!