Sunday, October 21, 2018

Riding Into the Wind

Some weeks you feel like
you're riding with the wind,

but there are times when
you're definitely riding into the wind.
Those headwinds can be a challenge,
but maybe there are some strategies to stay upright.

Ignore your Speed.
Instead Focus on the Feeling

Last week I had a fall break.
My grands were back east in NC for a wedding.
"Flower Girl"

So you would have thought 
I could have accomplished a lot,

But I just couldn't get pedaling.

I tried to focus on the good feeling of 
just accomplishing something.

I had previously prepped the last applique shapes
for the last border of my "Sutton Grange" quilt
designed by Di Ford.

They were ready to be glued in place.
And that's what I did.

Now when the wind dies down,

I'll begin to machine applique. 
That's going to be fun.

Drop down a Gear
And Keep a Happy Attitude

Okay, so I knew I wasn't going to cross
off much on my list.

So I looked at that list
and figured out what I could finish 
without getting thrown off balance.

I had the embroidery done
on two Halloween pieces 

Rather than make two small pillows or projects,
I changed direction,
and put them back to back into one pillow.

It was a great solution.

Pompoms make everyone happy and 
make a whimsical finish.

The 3 dimensional flowers

in the pattern can make you smile too.

Last Saturday we drove home from Denver
in a blinding blizzard.
We were driving right into the blowing snow.
It was slow going and dangerous.

But today the sun is shining and those
snow covered mountains in the distance look beautiful.

Wait a day,
and things can be different.
I have a good feeling about this week.

Until Next Time-

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time to Add Another Quilt on the Bed

The view outside the family room this week
has been cold, gloomy and drizzly.

I guess you have to occasionally expect 
some fall days like this even in Colorado.

So now
I knew it was time.
Time to add another quilt on the bed.

"Timeless Reflections"

90" x 90"

It's not the usual autumn colors,
but the low contrast
between the appliques and background fabric

makes me think of the colors I'm seeing this week.

I started this quilt in 1996 
when I took a  4 block applique class
 from  Terry Clothier Thompson.

My original thought was to use a lighter neutral background,
but Terry convinced me that

this background would create a more interesting effect.
The more I worked on it, the better I liked it.

I appliqued with a technique you
don't see done very often.

I used a simple running stitch
to secure the folded edges.

 I used freezer paper templates
to prep the edges and then used
matching color threads to stitch the appliques.

I need to remember this technique and use it again.
I like how it looks like I quilted
close to the edges.

I filled in the background with
a simple grid using the fabric design
as my guide.

I included quite a bit of 

quilting on the applique pieces as well and

quilted a large cable design in the outer border.

With flannel sheets
and a favorite quilt on the bed,
don't worry,
 I'll be toasty warm.
And yes, it was even snowing yesterday!
Until Next Time-

Thursday, October 4, 2018

It's a Cover Up

A magician with
his slight of hand tricks

 can cover up
what's actually happening.

So like a quilting magician,
I made my
 applique "irregularities"
vanish before my eyes.

Now you see them

now you don't!

Love the cover up!


Reunion Update

Just wanted to let you know that
no one showed up  at my
50th high school reunion
looking like
the 68 year old Barbie,
that I posted last week.

Instead some long time friends

enjoyed some special time together.

Take the time to reconnect
with a friend or two, and
you'll be glad you did.

Until Next Time-

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Autumn's Song

Autumn leaves
combine all the colors that are my favorites.

Back in May I began working on
a small embroidery pattern by Crabapple Hill Studio.

I had gotten out crayons and

started coloring.
It even traveled with me over the summer.

When the embroidery was finished it
seemed way to big for a pillow.
So it became the center medallion for my
September small quilt.

"Autumn Song"

I added some simple borders
in those wonderful fall colors.

Why not include some beads
rather than make all those french knots
for blackberries.

Keep it simple with some quilting in the ditch

and a leaf motif for the outer border.

Autumn Song is complete and
ready to accompany the changing season.

Another month finished.
Check in with Wendy to see
some other September finishes.

This weekend will be an interesting one for me.
I'm traveling back to my home town in Michigan and
attending my 50th high school reunion.

Good grief!!!
How did that happen.!!

Should be interesting to say the least.
How many people will I recognize from the class of
about 200 kids?
Or even, how many people will recognize me?
I'm sure we have all changed a lot.

We were the class of 1968
and we are forced admit we are all 68.
A special combination that only happens
once every 100 years.

Two of my long time girlfriends,
(nursery school and kindergarten friends)
will be accompanying me, so we have each other
for moral support.

 I saw this recently.

It made me laugh or wonder.
I'll let you know if Barbie shows up!

Until Next Time-

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Embroidered Hearts

It was time to gaze into my crystal ball

to see if I was ever going to finish my

The crystal ball revealed that
the embroidery had been done for awhile.

The individual wool hearts

were complicated and a delight to work on.

Lots of time, 
a wide variety of thread sizes and colors
and lots of different stitches.

What small woolly wonders.

But that was all in the past.
So what did the future show.

It showed the part 
that always seems to trip me up,
making it into a bag with a zipper.

I needed to adapt the pattern 
because the wool I used for the bag
was a bit heavy.
It would be too thick to stitch
the zipper the traditional way.

Because the wool felted so nicely,
I stitched the raw edge right up next to the zip.
Adapted the lining too and 
Wow!  The future was actually looking good.

The bag was finished.

It stitched up fairly easily.
It stitched almost perfectly.

Could my future hold more bags?
Not anytime too soon.
Until Next Time-

Thursday, September 13, 2018


It's been quite a week. 
 I've just had to keep 

pushing forward.

A little bit of stitching,
a little bit of cooking + harvesting
and a lot of Nana duty.

Hanging out with my 16 month old grandson, Weston.

Chasing bubbles and
playing with wrenches to
help Papa put together the

new honey extractor.

Thanks Weston for keeping me
on my toes and hopefully young at heart.๐Ÿ’™

That extractor, of course, lead to actually harvesting
some honey from our very productive hive.

Pardon the cliche,
but they have been very busy bees!

3.5 gallons of honey from 8 frames
with plenty left in the hive for the bees
to survive through the winter.
Thank you bees! ๐Ÿ


We have one small peach tree
that literally went crazy this year.

bending it's branches 

nearly to the ground. 

We picked well over 500 peaches

Lots have been frozen, shared and eaten!

That's been along with a couple of bushels
of apples;

Thank you fruit trees
for being so generous this year.


The tomatoes?

Well, enough for 

a couple of tomato pies

and being able to enjoying the simple BLT's.

Thanks tomatoes for giving 
a good effort.


The stitching has been minimal.

I've been working on the next border 
on my Di Ford Sutton Grange quilt.

 4 petals are being machine appliqued to a square.

I opted to sew the background squares together first,
 add the borders to the quilt,
and then applique the petals to squares.

The reason was because that I KNEW I won't be able 
to place and stitch those 4 petals properly.
I knew some would probably get sewn into the seam allowances.

There's no way I could have gotten all those
points to have come together as well as they did 
if I was concerned about the seam allowances.

Yes, it's a bit awkward handling this 
much fabric while machine appliqueing,
but for me, the results are well worth it.

Not all of them came out perfectly anyway,

but most did!

The good news is the pattern actually
has an appliqued circle over the centers.
Any issues will vanish!
Thanks, Di.  

Thanks to all of you
for taking the time
to read my blog and 
to leave a comment or two.
I appreciate it very much.
Until Next Time