Sunday, May 31, 2020

Happy End of May 2020 !

Welcome and come on in!  I have this cozy chair for you to enjoy as you read :)
It has been a busy week around here this week... and I have never been so glad to see a month pass... how about you all!!!  Tomorrow is June 2020!!!!  Wonder what it will be like??

Ellie got her frog...Penelope


 Earlier that expected via the USPS....
They said she rolled around the floor with Penelope and loved on her 💖  Makes this Grammy happy for sure!!!!

I had hoped to clean up my sewing room this week... but it remains looking like this...
Hopefully June will give me some energy for straightening and cleaning too <3  As it went... I mainly spent time with 2 projects in my crafty time...

Appalachian Delight is moving right along...

 Once I finish this section on the right outer border...
 I will be ready to roll and finish the top of the bear in the cabin blocks on this row ...
And I will have reached the center of the quilt too then <3

I have also been focusing some crafty time on embroidering this red work project...
 Here I am with the coffee pot stitched over but trying to decide on the outer ring... should it be buttonhole stitched????
 Or chain stitched ???
 Chain stitching won out ... and I added a heart of steam coming out of this coffee pot too !!!
 Next up is the rooster here...
 I found a red work instruction sheet online and printed it off... I like the book I showed last week best still for deciding on all the embroidery stitches...
 Here is a close up of my stem stitching on the roosters wing....
While I have been doing handwork... Connie my bestie has been too <3
 Here are some of her squares with a different pattern of lace she is crocheting around them 💕

Linking all this hand done fun to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching gang HERE <<<< come see what everyone is doing with their very creative hands :)

Our neighbor checked the strawberry patch we had planted 3 years ago and found some fresh and yummy berries for us to eat...
 I put mine on warm cheese danish... and the berries were chilled then... yummmm y'all!

My honey's new mower... getting washed...
In closing I hope you will choose to be as kind as possible...
 Our world needs it!


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Lots of Hand Stitching this Week !

Memorial Day is a hard weekend for me for many reasons... 
 So when I found this Bonnie Hunter ism... I knew it needed to be my opening reminder... in case some of you have a tough time and need a lift out :)

Early last week I had all the pieces of the stuffy I was making for my sweet Ellie for her 1st birthday...
 This kind of pattern comes with LOTS of hand stitching in the beginning.....
 I was happy to have such a great strong machine though.. as this stuffy was thick and needed a heavy duty machine like Cleopatra my Singer 319w!!!
 I did also spend a bit of time on my red work.....
 And the second bear paw over is where I stopped last night on Appalachian Delight...
 In my search for a more comprehensive yet smaller sized book on embroidery....
 I unearthed this in my stash ....  And it is hard backed but has spiral binding inside...
 And it comes with such a fun way of chatting...
Linking all this hand stitching fun to Kathy and the crew at Kathy's Quilts link up HERE <<<

 Lori Holt has come out with a new pattern...
 I love what she is using as a bed runner as a baseline idea for flowers for a spring table runner next spring!!!










Remember the meaning for those in the USA for Memorial Day... I time to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice to maintain our freedoms we have come to expect in the USA.
So as I close... and let this weekend slide away into next week ... stay well and safe <<<  People are still dying from Covid 19 here in the US as we begin to return to a new normal.  What does it look like where you live?  Do you see lots of masks on others when you go out.. do you wear a mask when you go out around others???

We have some masks seen in this part of North Carolina but not enough for me yet!

Have a blessed week and thanks for stopping in!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

May is a Marvelous Month!

Happy Sunday!  Today - May 17, 2020 - marks 3 years now we have owned our Cassie (Nissan Rogue)... and later this week I will celebrate 9 years as a blogger here too!!!
So smile and grab a cuppa and see what all has been going on around here this week 💖

Last weekend after blogging and reflecting I quilted on Appalachian Delight... I will share that in just a bit :)

First I wanna share photos I got last Sunday from a couple of my kids...
Brandi - My Darling Daughter
Mike (my youngest son) with his fiance Kristen

I am soooo happy to have heard from these 2 precious people!!!
And I finished this version of a table runner that day... but I couldn't leave it as such ... while still in flimsy form..
 So I used my new seam ripper from Holli Jo and...
Removed the top piano key border and repinned each intersection and sewed it back on....
Ta dah!!!!  Now it is off to Jannessa's to be quilted with her talent. :)  I will bind it in the dark red I used for the diamonds... all this was an old kit Jannessa was destashing... so I took ... SCORE!!!

I managed to get the right outer border done after rolling the quilt last weekend...
 Here is another sashing picture...
 And a cool view I caught for all of us to enjoy...
 Time to Roll!!!!
 And progress is being made from the left side of the quilt to the right side now!!
 Left outer border and inner border are done... and a sashing is done too!
 And this is what waits for me today to work on....
I am linking this great progress on slow stitching this week to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Linky Party HERE... come see what I am talking about if you haven't visited Kathy before!!!!

I am also linking with my HQAL group that has some new members since my last posting with them 3 weeks ago...

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.

One thing I enjoy doing while slow stitching all those stitches is listen to audio books and boy did I just finish a GREAT book that kept me on the edge of my seat... And it has a twist at the end... giving it a unexpected happy ending too <3  I love that!

Look into a audio book service called Chirp... it is an app for your phone, pad, or tablet..  They run sales all the time on audio books so you can get great books for inexpensive then ... and you OWN them!

I did buy a paperback book on embroidery stitches... to expand my use on the red work I am working on ... while I was perusing my purchase my honey brought in some fresh roses from our yard and presented them to me with water and a sweet vase my bestie gifted me in the past...



Here is a pic I took of Julius ... my handsome 301!
 Flanked by my magnetic pin dish... my newest addition a felt and wool pin cushion Jannessa made me... my snip scissors with fob I love... and that awesome sharp and easy to use seam ripper!!!!

Thanks to my super sweet friend Holli Jo... I got an infusion of fabric this week...

Yes there are a couple fabrics in here as shirts for my honey and some for my stash... some for upcoming projects and some I am turning into reusable cloth napkins for our new table runner :)

I spent most of the day yesterday figuring out how to cut out the fabric to make this rag animal...
 It is for my grand on her upcoming 1st birthday so I need figure this out :)  Have you ever made a rag animal like this?? I can't find any help online for the process and patterns like this are much different from quilting patterns for sure!!!


During our separation from others we have....

Loved on Molly...



Took a fun selfie...
Planted flowers at the base of our flag pole...
 And repotted the daisy we bought... with 4 or  blooms showing...
 Look how pretty they look post planting...
 Above you can see that rock building... that is our local post office! :)  Between us and the post office is a river and a railroad tracks too!!!

Here is a photo of that Gerber Daisy showing 7 or 8 blooms now... I took this yesterday using portait mode on my camera and love the colors better I think! :)
How are you spending your days as we isolate more to let the virus die down??  I would love to hear... in the mean time try this in the mornings...
And remember... life is what you choose to make of it <3  Make it GREAT! 

And I hope you enjoy the blog header and colors I went with for this coming blog writing year :)

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mother's Day 2020 - Lots of Progress to Share!

I hope if you are a mom of human or pet... you are celebrating!!!
If you are a dude I hope you make the mom in your life feel special!
It has been a crazy week full here at Daisy Meadows!!!  Come on in and relax and read and see what I have been up to :)

Four years ago this week my honey finished building, staining and sealing my Hinterberg quilt frame (built from a kit we got at Hinterberg dot com... you can call them too... based in the USA).
This picture is at our home in Florida 4 years ago!!!

Now this week in our North Carolina home...
 I rolled the quilt in the frame and started working my way from the right side over to the left side now in the wide sashing ....
That frame is probably even better than when it was brand new as it still had to be broken in a bit then :)  I love this frame and all the love that went into making it for me... like we enjoy seeing quilts we have made wrapping our loved ones too!

Here is a photo that came across my vision this week so I saved it to share with y'all!
My first quilt... machine pieces and hand quilted with the guidance only my bestie Connie could give!!!
 We no longer have that bed ... or mattress set! lol  But we do sleep under a hand quilted quilt always.  This quilt I use on my feet now.. and I have used some of it for pillows too :)

Last week I got this cool red work panel in the mail... I found it on eBay ... it is made by Marcus Brothers...
 I am planning to cut each square I use in this wall hanging for our kitchen ... but first I will redwork them all!  Starting with this percolating coffee pot here...
 I found some vanilla fabric in my stash with no selvage but 100% cotton and a nice weave for stitching through... to use as a stabilizer and to hide any dark red that may show through each block...
 See now how opaque the background is and how nice the coffee pot shows off...
 The thread was a welcomed gift from my BFF Jannessa... I am sew blessed with 2 of the bestest friends a girl can imagine!!!!  This is DMC 498 ...
(you can see that I didn't have that stabilizing fabric in the photo above!)

 And here is how far I got this week since just starting mid week or so...
Linking this post to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Linky HERE <<<<

Speaking of great friends... I have yet another great friend who remembered me for Mother's Day....
 Yes... Holli Jo sent me a seam ripper made by her cousin's family and picked out to be similar to hers with the North Carolina flower... dogwood... on the handle.  Isn't this amazing artwork to make a seam ripper from such?  HERE IS A LINK to her Etsy shop too if you are interested in adding something like this to your sewing notions... it is SHARP too!  The link will open in a new window too so you don't lose your place here :D

When I saw it come out of the package I knew it was from Holli Jo... I am sew blessed Y'all!  Her cousin included a sweet note in the well packed gift and a sweet little bag to hold them both :D  I felt so special to receive this item!!!

Then I have been doing some piecing on some flying geese for a future quilt and also turning a quilt kit that was just started to cut and not finished... into a 62" x 18" table runner for my kitchen....
Above is my ideas ... I have gotten farther but you'll have to come back next week to see the flimsy I will hand off to Jannessa for fmq... my honey loves her fmq-ing on our bar table runner because drinks don't tip easily and it stays nice and flat because she is GREAT with her fmq!!!!

Look at this quilt that inspired my friend Connie... I love it so thought I would share it here...

And here inspiring me... is a Gerber Daisy we picked up when we lucked out and found a little place open selling flowers... we got some cheddary orange colored flowers for around our flag pole... we got a pot for the Daisy and when the freezes are over and they are planted I will share a photo with you >>> Yes it froze the last 2 nights below 30 degrees here!!! CRAZINESS!!!!  And our sweet Molly ... freshly brushed ... she loves looking pretty!!!


Here is a meme I found... PLEASE when you can't social distance... WEAR A MASK!!!

 So what is the joy in the story you are now living??? What is a new normal thing you have learned to love that you didn't initially...
I have learned to love being alone with my honey and our pooch... she is a joy and he is a hoot... I am definitely more blessed than I realized to be quarantined with the crew I am with!!!

I have had to learn to balance time that I listen to news though.. my honey needs more news info than I can deal with so headphones are a blessing at times!

Hope to hear from you below in the comments...