Sunday, June 16, 2019

Monday Meanderings 6 - 17 - 2019

As usual I'm not exactly sure where this past week went to -- appointments, picking up a grand dog, and finishing some embroidered clothing for the grand kids.  (Later I'll show Sophie's sweatshirt that turned out so cute.)  When we picked up the grand dog, I gave Theo his sweatshirt (turtle embroidery from last week.)  Ellie got a beach cover-up that had a cute "Beach Princess" statement on it. They were happy to get them and immediately put them on.  

I think I spent more time reading on my new Kindle than I spent quilting.  I had an original Kindle.  But it eventually died a slow death.  Generally, I have been reading on either my cell phone or my iPad.  But I was running through my battery, especially on the cell phone.  So Pat suggested I pick out a new Kindle.  Good idea.  I've been using it mostly for the last week. 

Here's the grand dog, Cassie, and Kona squished into the back of our Prius.  They've been friends for a long time so they seem to enjoy getting together. (Thank goodness since we take Kona a lot when we are invited to visit and Cass comes to spend some weekends with us.) Cass is a yellow lab and Kona is a black dog.... with a lot of variety to her! We were getting soft serve ice cream cones.  They each got a little bit of my cone and ice cream.  

It was a beautiful morning although the humidity has come back.  I took several quilts outside this morning to get some pictures.  This is the quilt I call the old Christmas quilt every week when I list my goals.  I have  a little over half of the border still to do.  It's bad enough to have decided to hand quilt this thing but when the inside was done I decided to quilt the borders with a stencil that has eight (8) rows of quilting on it!  Heaven only knows what I was thinking.  Well, probably that was the only stencil I had that would fill the border.  So, until I'm done it's going on the list every week.  (Or I get sick of it and give up for a while!) (You should be able to click on my photos and they should enlarge a bit.) Someday this top will be done.  Just don't hold your breath. 

Despite not spending all that much time quilting I did move all my goals forward this week. 
June 10, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Trim and Bind Ladybug quilt
Finish borders on Butterfly quilt
Make more BOM blocks for Country Piecemakers1 more done 

And here's what's on tap this week.  
June 17, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Quilt Butterfly quilt
Work on Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks 
Prep backing of Parrot Quilt
Make 1 pillowcase

Hum, nothing there about mailing off my last two quilts for Hands 2 Help.  They are going to Jack's Basket.  I'll be doing that sometime this week.  

I'm linking up with my favorite linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday and Moving It Forward.  As usual, I'll link up whatever links are not live when I first publish this. (And, if I remember to link up....) You know the drill:  take some time to surf these sites.  There are all sorts of inspiring photos -- don't you need another project??? LOL! 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday Meandering 6 - 10 - 2019

Is it really Monday again?  And already the 10th of the month?  EEK - June is 1/3rd over and I have hardly done anything, or so it seems. 

Well, that's not exactly true.  Here are a couple of things I've been working on. (And, surprisingly enough they were on my goal list last week!) First up the sweatshirt I embroidered for Theo.  At Easter I asked the grands to pick a design from various beach embroidery designs for me to put on clothes for them.  Theo picked a cute turtle from Designs by JuJu. (It is the bottom left turtle with a heart on his shell on the link.)   I have no idea why he picked it but he did.  So, here's the sweatshirt with his design.  It is an appliqué design so I had to pick fabric to go under the stitching.  I left off one of the fabric pieces -- it wasn't very big and seemed silly to have too much on the turtle. 

It stitched out nicely.  He and Sophie wanted sweatshirts and the other two are getting beach cover ups.  I thought the mottled green would actually look mottled but the piece is not all that big -- maybe 4 x 4" or so.  It was fast and easy to do.  I've finished the stitching on Ellie's cover up but need to do some trimming.  Pictures will follow.  Sophie originally wanted the same turtle but when I mentioned I didn't think she'd be at the beach at the same time Theo would be she picked another design.  I have a bit more time to do Nat's and Sophie's because they are off on vacation soon. (And, no beaches...!) 

I also was able to get the Ladybug and Stars quilt on Ruthie and done.  It didn't take all that long.  Yea.  Next up is trimming and binding.  
The design, by Apricot Moon, is called Saffron Blossom. Thread is So Fine.  Here's what it looks like: 
If truth be known I'm not as excited with the finished quilting -- I can't quite figure out why I'm not thrilled with Saffron Blossom on this quilt but . . . maybe it is too busy. I'll try to remember to post pictures when I finish the binding.  This quilt will be going to a nursing home.  Although it may take a while since I won't be going down to Powhatan for several months. 

I did quite well on my goals since I thought I'd gotten almost nothing done on them.  Surprise!  I did make progress on all of them. 
June 3, 2019 
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Quilt Ladybug quilt
Embroider another beach cover up and a sweat shirt need to do another section of the cover up
Make several individual blocks√ 
Attend Country Piecemakers meeting

And here's what I will be working on this week.
June 10, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Trim and Bind Ladybug quilt
Finish borders on Butterfly quilt 
Make more BOM blocks for Country Piecemakers

It dawned on me recently that I haven't shared anything about the old Christmas quilt. Short story is I attended a mystery quilt weekend in Lancaster County, PA in about 1997or 98.  I got a lot done during the weekend but I didn't finish it then.  Eventually, I got the top finished and decided to hand quilt it.  (WHAT was I thinking -- except I didn't have Ruthie at the time.  So hand quilting it was.) Fast forward through the years with very little quilting getting done and one other quilt being hand quilted. (I was going to link to a picture of the other hand quilted quilt but I never posted a pic of it. Makes me wonder how many other finishes didn't have pictures posted!)  So I'll try to take a picture of this Christmas quilt so you can at least visualize what I'm working on!  

I'm linking up with my favorite Monday linky parties: Oh Scrap!, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, and Moving It Forward.  Take some time to blog surf.  It's fun! 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Friday, June 7, 2019


It's time to set my May goal but I've been having a hard time deciding what I want to work on.  I've finally decided that I need to finish two of the quilts I started at retreat.  
May Goal
I will finish, quilt, and bind the butterflies top. I will be sewing the blue swirl border on.  The lighter blue on the left will be the backing.  This will be going to a senior at a nursing home. 

And, because the butterfly quilt shouldn't take all that long I'm also going to quilt and bind the parrot quilt. I bought the backing for this last week so I'm set to get this done. I haven't decided where I'll be giving this one.  As you might have realized, most of the quilts I make these days get donated to good causes. I just don't need more quilts although I do keep some because I like the quilt so much. 

I'm linking up with Elm Street's Quilts June Link-Up, and Give Me A Whoop, Whoop. Take a few minutes to surf these linky parties.  Maybe you'll see something to inspire you. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Monday Meandering 6 - 3 - 2019

What a weekend!  It was concert weekend for the Spotsylvanians.  We had a dress rehearsal on Friday night with a tremendous thunderstorm as we were leaving.  Can you say drenched?  Saturday night was our first concert with Sunday afternoon our last.  We had a great lineup of songs about "Why We Sing" that blended into how songs can be bridges to our world.  We started with "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" followed by the very different but beautiful song "I Am in Need of Music." "Bridge Over Troubled Water" seemed to be an audience favorite.  We finished with Moses Hogan's "Music Down in My Soul," a rousing spiritual.  It was a great but tiring weekend.    
Bonnie and Beth and part of the choir before our first concert.  Hi Lauren -- see that happy face behind us!

Pat missed this weekend because of the regional Barbershop Harmony Society's MAD Southern Division competition.  His quartet came in 12 out of 22.  They were pleased with the result since they'd only been together for 6 weeks or so.  But the BIG news is their chorus, The Virginians out of Richmond, Va, came in, drum roll please!  first place.  They have worked so hard so this really was a validation that all the hard work is worth it.  

Although I didn't get a lot done this week sewing wise I did finish a quilt.  (I've been shopping way too much so I wanted to get at least one more finish for May.)  If you remember the quilt Jenny and I made for my grandson, (check it out here), you'll recognize the fox fabric in this quilt. This is a simple quilt I made to use up a piece of fabric that was cut off the backing of Theo's quilt.

I originally thought I would use different designs on each of the stripes but I really didn't have many designs that would have worked.  So I chose Whisper edge to edge designed by the mother daughter team at My Creative Stitches. (PS, it's still on sale for $5.00.)  It worked really well with this design. It ran very nicely.  Check out this close up. 

You might have guessed that I didn't do as well on my goals last week as I have in the past.  You would be correct.  I haven't laid out a big group of goals for this week.  There's not a lot going on but I'm not sure what I really want to work on next.  I might surprise myself and do more but I'm feeling lazy after the busyness of last week. 

May 27, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Finish borders on Parrot Quilt
Make backing and load it for Parrot Quilt nope 
Embroider two beach cover ups  One is done

 June 3, 2019
 Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
 Quilt Ladybug quilt
 Embroider another beach cover up and a sweat shirt 
 Make several individual blocks 
 Attend Country Piecemakers meeting 

Here's the blogs I'll be linking up to: Oh Scrap!, Monday Making, and Moving It Forward. I'm looking forward to relaxing surfing time.  Won't you take a few minutes to surf these great sites also?  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Friday, May 31, 2019

OMG! Whoppee!!

I had three goals I wanted to complete for the May One Monthly Goal.  Guess what!  I got all three of the items done.  Yea me!

First up was finishing the top using more of the granny squares I received from the FCQ Equilters.  I posted about it on May 6 so you can pop over  to see the finished top.  I looked for backing today but decided I wouldn't buy it yet -- I've gone a little wild with backings this month.  Plus, that quilt is going to be for us so I don't really needed it finished yet.

Next I wanted to quilt and bind the two friendship star quilts that I used a charm pack of airport activities as the centers of the stars.  Yep.  Both of those got done a while ago.  You can see them still on the long arm here. And here's from the photo shoot today. 

Hum, that's Kona photobombing my shoot. It is a beautiful day out now.  We've been having a lot of nasty weather in the evenings recently. Look carefully at the quilting patterns -- they're really cute chubby airplanes in the design. It's called Dave's Airplanes by David Hudson. It stitches out really nicely.  This is the second and third quilts I've used it on.  Does that mean I like airplane fabric?  Maybe. (By the way if you click on any photo it should enlarge.) 

My last goal was to use my parrot fabric for a quilt. I bought it in Lancaster several years ago; it was time to use it.  I was hoping to get it to top stage and I did.  And because I had so much fabric I made a pillowcase too.  Someone is going to love these bright little parrots. 

So, here it is the last day of the month and I've been really successful.  No wonder I'm whopping it up! Stay tuned as I figure out what I want to do for my June OMG. (OMGosh -- it's almost June!)

I won't be getting much stitching done this weekend.  It's concert weekend.  In a few hours I have to leave for rehearsal.  Then Saturday night and Sunday afternoon we are performing.  It's an amazing selection of music and we are definitely ready to give it our all. I hope you enjoy your weekend and get a little stitching in too. 

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I'm planning to do some blog surfing Saturday.  Things should be less busy tomorrow.  I'm still trying to get some things done before the rehearsal today.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Monday Meanderings 5 - 27 -2019

I'm back!  I was really worn out from retreat and what turned into a raging cough/cold.  Ugh.  By Saturday of retreat I was feeling pretty bad.  But after taking a little nap in the morning I was feeling fairly peppy and went back to sewing.  And, boy, was I successful during retreat.  Go take a look at my 6 project bags ready to go on retreat here.  

And now a quick photo tour of some of the projects I finished (or nearly finished).  First lady bugs and stars.  The star blocks were leftover from an old project.  I was tickled to find all the other fabrics in my stash.  Simple concept and easy to sew.
Next up Foxie Quilt.  The long strip of fox fabric was left over from my grandson's baby quilt -- it was the backing.  Everything else was in my stash, some fat quarters and some yardage. I'm planning on using a different quilting pattern in each color.  Haven't figured out what I'm doing on the foxes yet.
And, last is my parrot quilt. Once again, all the fabric is from my stash!  Whoop! Whoop.  It didn't get finished at retreat. I wanted to add some parrot fabric borders.  Which I started on today.  Still need to get the top and bottom border on. 
I nearly completed one other top but I need borders to finish it off.  I'm hoping a friend has the perfect fabric for borders, I've already found backing in my stash.  It'll look better when finished so I'll share it when I get the border on. 

I did work a little bit on the 5th project which is putting these blocks together. I got a start on putting the four blocks together with the sashing.  I haven't decided if I really like the peachy color I picked for the sashing.  On the other hand, the blocks I put together already were mostly mustard color and orange.  I'm going to try to get the rest done soon and see if I like them or not.  

The 6th project got moved from the bag to the table and back to bag.  I didn't work on it at all.  I think I'll take it to sewing days to see if I can move it along.  

I was very run down and exhausted when I got back from retreat.  My cold was just nasty although for the most part it was more a cough than a cold.  I spent most of last week lazing around and reading a whole bunch of books that needed to be returned to the library. (Why is it 3 or 4 books on reserve show up at the same time?)  The other thing that I "got" at retreat was some nasty bug bites.  I was originally thinking they might have been bed bug bites but I've changed my mind -- probably spider bites.  And ugh, they itch like crazy and have red puffy skin around all of them.  Maybe 10 or so bites. YUCK.  And, still a week later they itch and are ugly.  Hopefully they'll start to fade soon.  My doctor was more interested in the chest cold than the bites. Oh well. 

By Saturday I was feeling better and motivated so I was able to start and finish sewing on the binding on one of the airplane quilts. The second one was finished Sunday.  Yea! 

Although I didn't list my goals for last week online -- I did write some.  Here's goals from 5/13 and 5/20.
May 20, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt didn’t happen
Bind 2 airport quilts √√ both done
Quilt Parrot quilt nope, didn’t do that 
Put away all the extras from retreat -about 1/2 put away
May 13, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Finish Prepping Winter Paper Pieced blocks
Make Parrot top at retreat (just needs border) 
Have a GREAT time at retreat (except for that nasty cough!)  

And here's what I plan to do this week. 

May 27, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt (you'll keep seeing this one until the quilting is done!) 
Finish borders on Parrot Quilt 
Load and quilt ladybugs and stars quilt
Embroider two beach cover ups
Mail quilt to Hands 2 Help charity: Carolina Hurricane Project 

So that's my plan for this week.  Now I'm going to link up to my favorite linky parties: Oh Scrap!, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, and Moving It Forward. I'm looking forward to doing a little blog hopping this week. I hope you can too.

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Hands 2 Help and Goals

Yep, I'm not getting my normal Monday morning blog done this week.  And, as you can tell it didn't come out Tuesday or Wednesday.  My retreat was awesome but I had a heck of a cold and that wasn't so much fun. I've spent the last three days lazing around.  I'm somewhat better so it's time to post my quilts heading out to the Sarah's selected charities. I showed both of these quilts earlier but wanted to get something out and I needed to link with Sarah's Hands 2 Help. 

First is the quilt going to Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.  It's a queen size.  I've had it in my to be quilted closet for a while so I am thrilled it is done and going somewhere it can be used and enjoyed.  
Next up is a little quilt for Jack's Basket.  The inner "snowflake" block was made by a quilter who died before she could finish it.  What better way to remember her than by using her block as the beginning of a quilt.  It took me a long time to get the right combination of borders to make the quilt look wonderful but I'm so glad I persisted.  And, I found the perfect flannel backing fabric but I have no idea of when or where I acquired it.  Oh well.  Hopefully some little one will love to snuggle up with this quilt. 
I had hoped to make a few more quilts for Jack's Basket but this cold has drained all of my energy.  One hint is I didn't even blog this week.  I'm hoping I'll be energized soon and can share all my work I did at retreat.  My plan of bringing easy kits really worked well.  

I'm linking up with Sarah's Hands 2 Help final link up and Needle and Thread Thursday. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie