Sunday, April 7, 2024

Monday Meanderings 4 - 8 - 2024

Apparently I brought a "friend" home from our trip to Panama and Costa Rica.  By Tuesday I had a ferocious cough and cold. Bummer. I tested twice for Covid and both were negative.  So I "think" I am recovering.  I didn't take any over the counter cough/cold medicine today so I'm hoping I on the mend.  I've got too many things going on over the next week or so to take time out for a cold!  

I will say that for the big chorus rehearsal on Saturday I masked up.  I sure didn't want to give any singers a cold. We've got a concert on April 20 with three other choral groups in the general area. And the first weekend in May is our Spotsylvanians concert.  I may try a sneak trip to Maryland that week to attend the Faithful Circle Quilters show. This is the first time in years I have not entered anything in the show.  But several of the out of town quilt buddies are coming in for the show so I hope to be able to see them.  

Now on to my goals for last week. 

4/1/24 

✅Finish binding on Spider Web quilt — done!

Bind ZigZag quilt — nothing done, sigh

Clean up sewing table — put a little bit away but no big progress

✅Make miscellaneous blocks — many finished

✅Start knitting new hat — almost done

Quilt customer top — done! 


I haven't done the label or taken pictures of the Spider Web quilt. I hope to do that this week. So pictures to come. 


Here are some of the miscellaneous blocks I made this week. First up blocks for Sharon as part of the FCQ Equilters group. I keep forgetting to take pictures earlier in the day so I have more natural light. Sigh!  I cut out 3 more blocks today that I'll sew over the week. 



Here's a close up of one. 



I'm just about out of this cute parrot fabric.⬆️  And here are my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks I finished this week. ⬇️  



I ran out of time so I don't have all of the purple ones done.  Missing about half of March meant I hadn't finished all of the yellow ones before we left on our vacation.  But I'm caught up and should be able to get the rest of the purples done this week. 


And finally, I did get my customer's quilt done.  It was a sweet little baby quilt. 



I used a cream So Fine thread and Ginger Heart edge to edge on it. It came out really nicely and she was happy. 


On to what I think I'm going to work on this week. 


4/8/24

Make label for Spider Web quilt

Attend mystery quilt class at Country Piecemakers

Machine embroider some scissor covers and quilt block key chains

Knit a couple of hats for From the Heart

Have fun sewing with Sharon 

Finish some more miscellaneous blocks

Bind ZigZag quilt


That is a really long list for me.  Hopefully I'll be able to check off some of the items this week even though I'm going to be busy all week.  Sharon is coming in sometime on Thursday and will stay to Monday morning.  We haven't seen each other since October so we are both looking forward to it. She is teaching the mystery class at Country Piecemakers so we'll be driving down to Powhatan early Saturday morning. 


Week Ending 4/7/2024
  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/April =7/7 days 
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 91/98 days
  • Success rate = 92.85%
It's going to take a while to bring up my average success rate. Hopefully I'll have several weeks of 7  15 minutes stitching days per week.  I sure like the idea of stitching every day.  

On to my Panama/Costa Rica Travelog, Part 2. Still in Panama City. 

We were staying at the downtown Crowne Plaza in Panama City.  It had a lovely restaurant with indoor and poolside seating. The weather was HOT -mid to upper 90s most days.  After having a couple of meals poolside we realized they also had a buffet. (Duh!) But when we did have a meal from the buffet I noticed the wall behind the buffet.... 


Yep, I'd call those all quilt tiles. If I was highly motivated I could make them but don't hold your breath on that happening! 

But, back to our private tour of Panama City.  Our guide took us out to see the Pacific Ocean -- something I haven't seen for 5 years or so. 


Hum, I realize he has his Univ. of Southern California shirt on.  Side note -- we met in an English class there when we were sophomores.  And the rest is history! The big ship in the distance is waiting to go into the Panama Canal. 

Here we are as tourists -- 


This was at a marina.  Folks were feeding the fish and the sea gulls.  It was entertaining to watch the birds fight for their share. The fish were beautiful although I didn't get any pictures of either birds or fish. Along with the heat was a lot of humidity.  I have somewhat naturally curly hair and boy, howdy! It was curling like crazy. It's finally back under control now that we're home and I can blow dry it into submission! 

On our way back into the city we stopped to look at the Panama Canal.  In 2019 we were on a cruise that entered and went through the first lock from the Atlantic side.  There is more info about the Canal and pictures of going through the lock here.  

Ships generally have to wait for their turn to go through the canal. Here are quite a few waiting on the Pacific Ocean side. 


We did not tour the western end of the canal nor go to the visitor center -- it was packed and we had seen a lot of the information from our previous trip. 

I was able to get a great photo of the canal as we were driving across a bridge. 


If you look on the left you can see how the earth was cut to create the canal area.  It looks like steps. Today's ships keep getting larger and larger and the ships create bottlenecks for the canal.  Sometimes passage is only one way. (At least that is what we understood from our guide.) You can read more about the Panama Canal and watch some web cams at https://pancanal.com/en/history-of-the-panama-canal/  The history is interesting.  I somehow got on the site with prices -- one of the really big ships pays $300,000 toll with additional fees for tug boats and other services. (It looks complicated to me to determine all the fees!) 

That's it on vacation pictures. Up next is the first part of Costa Rica. Come back next Monday for some more vacation fun. You won't believe what I did! 

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Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 



Sunday, March 31, 2024

Monday Meanderings 3 - 31 - 2024

I'm back!  I missed last week because I was traveling and didn't want to drag my computer with me.  So over the next few weeks I'll share our family vacation to Panama and Costa Rica.  Just let me say we had a fabulous time. Our family included our son and his family and our daughter and her family, and us.  There were 10 of us although for a few days Pat and I were in Panama City by ourselves.  I'll be sharing some photos over the next few weeks.  

It was hard to figure out what I was doing before we left.  Here's the last goals list I posted on March 18th. 

3/18/2024

✅Finish another loom hat -- Done and turned into From the Heart.

Bind Spider Web quilt -- Started but not finished.

✅Bind 16 patch r,w,b quilt -- Done!

Bind Zigzag quilt. — Didn’t happen. 

Work on needlepoint scissors case -- Needlepoint part finished.


I made three loom hats over the weeks before we left. I turned those in before I left. 


Here's a picture of the needlepoint scissors case I've been working on since 2017. These come as kits and use embroidery floss instead wool. The designs are already made into the finished project, in this case a scissors case. You can see the excess canvas on the side and bottom.  I'll line mine at some point.  I need to see if I have some fabric I can use.  I'll keep you posted! 



Here's what I think I'll be working on this week.  I am not sure what I should be doing except the quilting for my neighbor. We'll see if I make progress on all fronts. 

4/1

Finish binding on Spider Web quilt

Bind ZigZag quilt

Clean up sewing table 

Make miscellaneous blocks 

Start knitting new hat 

Quilt customer top 


I don't have pictures of several quilts I've finished since the beginning of the year. Sadly it's suppose to rain for the next few days. Eventually I will get photos and share them. 


Even though I was gone for a week and a half I did get some stitching done during our vacation. So here's where I stand for the last two weeks of 15 Minutes to Stitch. I decided to continue the weekly reports so here are the last two weeks.  


Week Ending  3/24/2024

  • 15 minute days/week = 5/7 days
  • 15 minute days/March 21/24 days 
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 80/84 days
  • Success rate =95.2%
And for the Week Ending 3/31/2024
  • 15 minute days/week = 3/7 days
  • 15 minute days/March 25/31 days 
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 84/91 days
  • Success rate = 92.3%
Even though we were gone 10 days I was able to stitch on my needlepoint case several days, four days and at least 15 minutes, if not more.  

On to my travelog! Pat and I spent 2 days in Panama City.  We had a private tour of Old Town and some of the outlying areas.  First up is a pic of the tourists and a statue of Thomas Herrera. In November, 1840 he became the president of the State of Isthmus (now Panama) for a little over a year. Prior to this time Panama was part of Columbia and went back to being part of Columbia after that until 1903. 


Old Town, Panama has numerous old churches we were able to visit.  One was the Church of Saint Joseph. Although it is known for its beautiful Golden Altar I was taken with this piece of art.  I believe it was made with pottery and is displayed on the left side of the church.  You can learn more about this church and its beautiful altar at Famous Historic Buildings.


We had lunch at an outdoor area near a big fish market.  The area was pretty large and several different restaurants were operating there. From what I could tell one restaurant had the first three rows of tables, then there was another one with some rows and at least one other with another group of tables.  At the beginning of the rows there were staff from each restaurant trying to get the customer to sit in their section. Our guide said the restaurants served similar food.  We all enjoyed our lunch. 


I'll continue to share our trip but tonight I'm worn out.  We flew overnight Saturday and arrived at home at 6:00 am Sunday. I was able to get a couple of hours sleep on the plane and about 4 hours on Sunday. 

I'm linking with these parties. 

Goodnight All! 

**addendum -- evidently I was really tired... the date should be 4 - 1 - 2024 but I'm not messing with it now.  Sigh. **

Happy Quilting!  Bonnie 


Sunday, March 17, 2024

Monday Meanderings 3 - 18 - 2024

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day in style. Did you?  See below for pictures of the high tea for the ladies upstairs and other food for the men in the basement rec room hosted by Rochelle and Darren. But first let's look at goals.

3/10/2024

✅Knit socks -- the first sock is done.     

✅Finish last border of Malted Mystery -- Malted Mystery is a finished top!

✅✅Load and quilt two of my quilts -- two done! 

Start cleaning off cutting area 2 -- a large group of fabric was put away and my sewing buddy could even tell the difference! 


Yep, it was definitely a good week for me. 


First sock with wool from Germany is finished. The label is Superba Bamboo Superwash. It 50% virgin wool, 25% polyamide, and 25% viscose.  I had to do a little research to find out polyamide refers to several different forms of fibers made from strings of polyamide monomers, in other words a fiber made with petroleum. Most of us know of it through nylon.  In yarn it provides elasticity and silkiness. (If you have yoga pants they probably have polyamide in them.) The vicose in this yarn is bamboo based. (Or that is my conjecture.) Viscose is made from the cellulose material of bamboo. This material is dissolved in a chemical solution to produce a pulpy viscous substance, which is then spun into fibres that can then be made into threads. (This info came from https://goodonyou.eco/category/made-from/. It  promotes choosing fashions that are sustainable.)  OKAY! Way more than you wanted to know but it is pretty interesting.  On to the picture!

I love the color and the softness.  The design of the sock is tolerated. Who really wants to reknit the whole foot of the sock? Not me. So I'll make a note on the pattern to not use it again. That is unless the second sock comes out looking better, I might have made some mistakes... I'll keep you posted. 


Here's my finished Malted Mystery top. 


The very dark borders is purple. It has a small design in it but you sure can't see it in these purples.  I really like my finish since that dark purple doesn't look as intense in person. It has been hung in the to-be-quilted closet. 



First top quilted this week: 16 patch with stars.  The 16 patches came from the FCQ Equilters years ago. (This may be the second top I made from them...) Quilting design is Fanfare. I "think" this is a navy or red So Fine. 



I'm calling this one Old Zigzag.  I do not remember when I made it. I know it is at least 8 years old because I didn't make it since we've lived here. The HSTs are 2" finished. (I think I might have been a bit crazy when I made this. Or I had a really big leader ender project going on.) Quilting design is Random Clams. This thread is a grey Omni. 


I should have taken a before and after picture of cutting area 2. The left side of the table top is clear to the cutting mat! I still need to do something with the stuff all over the rest of the mat.  I'll try working on it again this week. 


Here's what I've got planned for this week. 


3/18/2024

Finish another loom hat

Bind Spider Web quilt

Bind 16 patch r,w,b quilt

Bind Zigzag quilt

Work on needlepoint scissors case


So, back to high tea... Rochelle, our pianist for the Spotsylanians community chorus, invites the whole chorus to come to high tea at her house on St. Patrick's Day. She goes all out to feed and entertain us. I didn't get pictures before the tea began but here are a few pictures from the during the event. 


She has a collection of different tea pots, plates, cups and saucers.  She has a multitude of tiered serving dishes to put sandwiches, scones and cookies on. And all sorts of additional dishes for serving clotted cream, jam, an sugar and cream.  It was a beautiful with 3 separate tables available.  I have had high tea at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and several times on cruise ships. Rochelle's was as wonderful.  The company was fun (especially since we don't have a lot of chatting time during rehearsals.) 


Lemon balls and fresh strawberries.

And, honestly, this group will sing anywhere. So here some of us are singing Irish songs. (I was taking the pictures so I'm not shown.) 


People were definitely wearing the green....

The men are invited to spend time in the basement recreation room and their spread included chicken wings and brownies.  Probably more food but I didn't notice as I only went down after the party had been over for at least an hour.  Usually there is cigar smoking for those who enjoy it but they are invited outdoors.  I don't know if there was whisky this year or not. 


I volunteered to help clean up and started in washing all the tea cups, silverware and some of the smaller glass containers for the Vanilla Bean Yogurt/Lemon Lime Curd/Blueberries. Maddie was drying and continued washing when it was time for us to leave. I'd say we all had a great time. I'm hoping she continues this tradition.  


It was another great stitching week. Everyday I spent at least 15 minutes in my studio, many days it was much longer.  My success rate is increasing.... will it creep up to, say, 99% this week? 



  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/March = 17/17 days 
  • 15 minute days/2024 = 76/77days
  • Success rate = 98.7%

I'm ready to call it a night. so Please take a look at these Linky parties. 

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Happy Quilting All! Bonnie