Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Spain and Portugal

Hola, Amigas!

I just got back from an incredible trip

Toledo, Spain
in both southern Portugal and Spain.
If you haven't included this area on
your bucket list,
write it down now!

The places we visited were

Seville Cathedral                       

 beautiful,charming, and  friendly

Ancient Roman Theatre in Medrida, Spain.   15 BC

with layers and layers of history.

We learned about Portugal's 
"Period of Great Discovery",

Monument of the Discoveries, Lisbon

and the Moor's influence in Spain,


The Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain




How about standing in the middle of a bullring,

Ronda, Spain    

tasting sherry at the House of Sanderman

Jerez, Spain     

or enjoying a flamenco show


where "someone" was asked to join in.


Stopped by the Royal Palace,
the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family,

Madrid, Spain     
enjoyed sunny days on the Mediterranean, 

Marbella, Spain
and seeing the "Rock".

Gilbraltar, a British Oversees Territory

Did I mention the delicious food?

 Octopus 

sweet Pastel de Nata


delicious Jamo'n Ibe'rico


a yummy treat for an afternoon pick me up,
Chocolate and Churros.

I could go on and on, 
but I've made myself hungry.

Needless to say,
Running Man and I had a marvelous tour
through the travel company, Tauck.

Seville, Spain
It was an experience extraordinary!

I hope you have the opportunity 
to discover more of this incredible world soon.

Until Next Time-
Kyle

PS.  I never had the chance to even pick up the sewing I brought.  Time to get back to 'Normal"!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Heading Off

With the school year coming to a close
Running Man and I will be heading off
on an adventure soon.

I'll be away from my
computer for a couple of weeks

as we are exploring 





I'll be excited to share what we did,
what we saw, 
 the yummy food we ate
and the wonderful people we met.
Be back soon.

Until Next Time-
Kyle



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday's check in

Four months ago
Sheryl Johnson, the owner of
started a SAL
called One Block Wednesday.

It wasn't doing one block each Wednesday
but rather, repeating the same block 12 times
each Wednesday until you completed 360 blocks.

I did that for a while, but
I have to confess,


I needed to plow ahead
and get them done.
Doing the same  block  x 12 each week for
30 weeks wasn't going to hold
my attention for too long.

Here are the blocks
many of us have been sewing.

It was the perfect project for
 using my featherweight machine.


I was using bits and pieces of fabric scraps and
by chain piecing 10 blocks at a time

it wasn't long before all 360 blocks were done!

 Then I began sewing them
 together randomly in sets of two.


I'd guess most of them lined up
just right.
Those that didn't....
oh, well.

 Then the sets of twos

became four.
This is when the pressing really paid off
so the seams would mesh together.
It made for happy sewing.

The top is complete.

56" x 77"

It's a mish mash of colors 
and patterns.


All free from the stash
with blocks alternating 
light and dark.

The plan is to 
 get it machine quilted this summer.
Fingers crossed.

for sharing such a great idea.
It was fun to do.

Until Next Time-
Kyle

Monday, April 29, 2019

April Mini

Making a quilt
is acknowledging the fact
there are times when you 
need to be flexible


either with your design, your color schemes,
or fabric choices., etc.
You become aware that
 your quilt has other ideas!

I was reminded of this recently
with this month's April mini.


"Blossoms"
29" x 29"

The pattern was from Jo Morton's book
Jo's Little Favorites III.

I first selected a border fabric
and used it for generating my color palette.


But then, when it came to adding
that border, well....


It was way too busy,
way too complicated,
and way too much.

It didn't fit the style
 of the center anymore.


This presented a change of plans
and a lot of digging for new possibilities.
I know, we've all been here before.

Nothing seemed to work and
I kept wanting to make the original idea fit.
Finally, hidden deep in "THE PILE",
I found the one that worked for me.


The edges seemed to soften
like spring softens the edges of winter.

The quilting added the right amount of texture.


Blossom by blossom


spring has finally comes.

Wait a minute!
Hold that thought about spring coming.
We're expecting 3- 5 inches
 of snow today.
Goodbye blossoms!

Take a moment and check out
the other monthly mini's
posted on Wendy's blog,
The Constant Quilter.

Until Next Time-
Kyle

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Busy Bees

There's been a lot of
buzzing around here this week.



A couple months ago
we lost all our bees in our hive.
It wasn't to the cold,
or the lack of winter food.

The only possibility was that
in their efficiency, the hive
plugged up vent holes and
it probably caused  moisture to build up
which caused their demise.   

We were heartbroken.
So we harvested the honey
that was left,
so all their hard work 
wasn't wasted.
Running Man uses a hot uncapping knife
to release the golden honey.

Once the frames are prepped

they're place in our high tech honey extractor (not very)
3 at a time.
Running Man gets quite the work out.

The honey is spun out,
and comes out the bottom spout
where it's filtered
and then we place it in sterile jars.


Then we heat it to keep the honey from crystallizing.

Well, that was all well and good, but
now we needed new bees.

So guess what's in this box.



Our new hive had arrived.
I wish you could have placed you ear 
next to the box.
It was a sound like a very deep droning sound.



The bees came from Arkansas 
and Running Man picked them up in Denver.

Ready for transferring the new arrivals
from the box to the hive.


They arrive on frames
and they can be
easily and gently placed in to their new home.



Anybody who fell off the frames
were simply poured into the hive.

 Running Man added 
an extra box to give everyone
a little extra room to 
stretch their legs.

So far they seemed to have settled in 
to their new home.
The queen must be happy.
The workers have been busy
flying out and finding pollen.
No time for relaxing and settling in.


We all need to do our bit to 
support these amazing insects.

 The average worker bee produces 
only about 1/12th teaspoon of honey 
in her lifetime.
 Doesn't this fact make you love every drop of honey?
Until Next Time-
Kyle