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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Happy News and Finishes

Well, I have some happy news.  I've put my paperwork in for retirement.

Gosh it was a hard decision.  I've had a lot of thinking to do about what I want out of life, about finances and lastly how to fill how that darn paperwork!

So - the plan will be do take off early November in the motorhome just me, Bruce and Marzipan aka Marizpants.

 Bruce has a lot of relatives he wants to visit.  At first I thought about having Christmas somewhere out on the road.  Then I realized, no I'm a baby! (hahaha) I would be crying for my kids and grandkids. 

Now for my finishes!

Nothing makes me happy like a finish!

Unless it's relaxing in the pool - that makes me even happier.

Do these girls know how to relax or what?

Although this guy has it down pretty well.

I've been so blessed to have family that comes over every Saturday for the summer months.  

My other finish are the design boards.  I knew my last one would look some much better than that first one!  

And yes it is.

Gotta love that nice crisp corner! 
I do really like having these.  I may make a bigger one later.  

Have a great week! 
Happy Stitching,


Monday, August 17, 2020

That Blue Pillow & That Messy Sewing Room

I decided to turn my wall hanging into pillows for the RV. 

Bruce came into my sewing room - oh he's not the reason this room is a mess.  That's ALL ME!  I don't know what happens.  But it does happen!

First thing he says is:  Don't be mad at me - but I don't like the fabric that you have chosen.  Me:  Well, it's the fabric that came with the kit.

So together we decided on the different fabrics. It was a lot of fun sitting on the floor with him choosing fabrics.

See that blue pillow?
I had taken the pillow form out of it to do some measuring.
It came from Bruce's house.  I have no idea who made it.  I keep it in the closet.  (hidden in the closet.)
Bruce: I love that pillow! I have no idea why you don't.

Me: Because I don't like the patchwork on it.
Because I don't like the quilting on it.
Because I don't like edging on it.
Because I don't like the colors. 
Bruce: okay, okay!

Hey, if I had needed more excuses I would have continued listing them! LOL

The real reason is because it is blue. But when I say that people don't believe me! Everyone loves blue.  But for 50 odd years - my sister has claimed that color as hers. Her whole house is blue!  So when I see blue - well it belongs in my sister's house.  That sounds nuts to a guy.  So I use other excuses.

But I'm am starting to like blue a bit.  Unbelievably I even bought blue for the backing of my frolic quilt.  
Shhh...don't tell anyone - cuz then they will know I'm nuts.

Interestingly, my blue sister is starting to like red and using it in her home.  Which is so strange, that's the color I have decorated my house in (along with yellow and green).  So we are starting to switch colors in our old age.  

Last weekend was another beach weekend. It was lovely.
Here's Marzi-pants - she thinks I hauled that chair to the beach for her. 
I do enjoy having a good dog I can take places.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

My Views - Flowers, Beaches & Design Boards

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This is my view as I float around in the pool. While the summer heat is here, I try to enjoy it as much as possible.

I have done a bit more on my embroidery flowers.  Not much more but a bit. I balanced out the left side with some blue flowers and more pink on the left/center.
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I still have to either add more center big leaves or take them out.  I'm so undecided about it that it has totally stalled this project for 5 months.  What do you think I should do?

In the summer, we have a pool party every Saturday.  It's just a given, come to Mom's and bring some food.  We always have a good time. Until....Covid and being locked down made my one daughter "crazy"!!!

She had to just get out of town!  So we all went to the beach.
OOOOH  that was so much fun we did it again last Saturday.

Check out this beach - NO ONE was here at 8 am.

And by
One family to the left.
And one family to the right.
  The afternoon brought the family and the FUN!
They dug a bathtub and Violet fell in!
 Mamas pouring water into the sand-tub.
And Marzipan taking a break in the shade
  Or on my rump!
And there was a little pier action.  
This is the same beach Bruce proposed to me. 
I remember sitting up here on the pier after he proposed just being happy and also very nervous to tell my daughters. One had not even met Bruce yet.  Now look at us - all at the beach together.

In non-beachy news: 

I did actually do another design board.
This one I tried harder to be neater. And it's better but still a bit wonky.
But it works! And now I have two.

I must say God has met all my needs and the needs of my "going crazy" daughter.  Hahaha.

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, July 23, 2020

New (and not so good) Design Board

Ugh! Not every project is a hit.
This one is certainly not.
I watched Lori Holt's tutorial, and my first try is a bit wonky.

I was a little discouraged.  Although it does serve it's purpose. 
 I'm going to watch her Youtube video again and give it another try.

Cuz, we know we quilters always try again!
(and again, and again, and again - hahaha)

Hoping my next post is with a much better design board.

Happy Stitching,

 Before you go, I have something else to share.
Before and after pictures of my little Marzipan.

BEFORE: Obviously

After: Wow! - what a haircut can do! 
 The real Marzipan or Marzi-pants as we call her 
 is a goof ball.
Okay - thanks for reading.

Now let's get on with our day.

Monday, July 13, 2020

No More "Too Hot to Handle"

You know when the stars align and everything clicks?

After saying for years I would make myself a potholder I finally did.
I have needed one for YEARS.

I saw Kimberly Jolly doing a tutorial on the Lori Holt paper piecing Economy Block.  Oh it looked like so much fun.

I don't know how to do the link - but you can search YouTube for it. 

First I had to find some Cute and Fun fabric. 
Yes, little ladybugs will do.

I don't usually paper piece. So I had to do a lot of "unstitching" and I even cut off one of the triangles!  Oh Dear - that was another "redo". 

But in the end....Happiness!

I used two squares of insulbright batting. I do hope that will be enough.
Such a little square to put binding on. I didn't know where to start!

Binding on - now to flip it over and hand stitch it to the back. 

All done! And why did it take me so long? 

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Colorado Blocks

While in Colorado last August I picked up the cutest little quilt kit.
There are blocks for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

It's applique and I LOVE drawing and cutting out shapes.
I love the fabrics in the kit, but I did have this brown that I liked better for the tree trunks.
And then I saw Lori Holt create design boards on YouTube, but our local JoAnn's is out of white flannel so I just use the plain boards for now.
It is a lot easier to place each block on a board as I sort and cut the pieces. Then I can stack up the boards and Wa La - a nice neat mess.  Hahaha

Have a great day stitching and creating,