Monday, June 25, 2018

Tennis Anyone?

He's at it again.  What a fun day we had.  We participated in Buddy Up Tennis:



Sunday, June 24, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

Yesterday our son played Buddy Up Tennis.  It's a wonderful program!  Each kid gets a "buddy" to help them learn the sport.  I know that God hand-picked our son's partner--he's amazing!  Here's my view from above the courts:

I'm working on the pre-printed crossstitch pillow sham that's been in my sew-to-go bag for a while.

I'm linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, June 23, 2018

RSC18 Scrappy Saturday

I worked a little on my Go 4 It quilt this week by adding the little 4-patches into 9-patch units.  It's growing!

I like this little view with my helper photo bombing the quilt top. :0  Two more rows until the half way point of the original pattern from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, April 2015.  Finished size is still yet to be determined.

Linking up with Angela's blog, SoScrappy for RSC18.


Friday, June 22, 2018

An Unquilty Friday Finish This Week

This week I have an unquilty Friday Finish to share.  My little garden is finally planted.  It's not as big as the years past.  There is a very obese groundhog eyeing everything.  Haven't seen her out for a few days.  I'm thinking she may be with her young...  Grrrrr.

Check out all the orange circles made with marker paint.  LOL.  It's where I planted seeds that will grow into vines such as watermelon, pumpkins, squashes, cukes...  The rectangle is a little patch of leftover seeds for Swiss Chard.  The two sticks mark rows of corn and beans.  There's also a row of beets to grow behind the Swiss Chard.  The cut up, old tv antennae pieces make nice tomatoe cages.  There's two pepper plants...  The little clump of green towards the back are birdhouse gourd volunteer plants.  My garden planting selection has changed drastically from the years past because I have been on an anti-inflammatory diet for almost a year now.  It has helped my health TREMENDIOUSLY!

I'll till everywhere that isn't marked next week when it's a little dryer.  My garden got a late start this year due to the fact that Ohio had snow through late April.  I was always taught to not rush planting the garden in the early spring.  It's not a race to see who can have the biggest plants.  My dad said the ground has to be warm for tomatoes to grow.

Here's an update on my two mama ducks...  They started out with four eggs and only one duck wanted to be a mama.  Now both are broody and sitting on the eggs.  They seem to spat from time to time.  They have four eggs left.  Hopefully they will hatch something next week or so at this time.  I'm not sure of the exact day for the hatch.  They seem to have built up the next very high.  Hopefully to protect the remaining eggs.  Honestly, I didn't want eight baby ducks and would have had to re-home some of them.  The mamas only leave the nest for about 20 - 30 minutes to take a quick dip in the pool.  They seem to know what they need regarding keeping the right humidity of the nest for the hatch.  We'll see.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


I made block one of #TheSplendidSampler.( and I'm linking up there too.)  My only rules for myself this summer is to keep up with the current block, and to use only fabrics from my scrap basket.  Should be fun!

I may need to add a little corner piece on the bottom right corner.  No worries...
My current scrap basket situation.

WIP Wednesday

Cruising along with my sewing...

Today I finished three more Summer Reading blocks for the Block Lotto.

Here's one I finished yesterday.  Notice I've been sneaking in some teals for the RSC18 in the spines.

I used more teals in these Go 4 It blocks (RSC18) on-going leader/ender project.

Here's where the Go 4 It quilt last stood (hung).

Don't freak out at the 67 projects.  I've had list in the upper 90's in the past.
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1. Cheddar Jack cat pattern from Mama Spark's World 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work for school
8.   Soul Searching -- need 2 more blocks for Julianne swap
9.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Slow Sunday Stitching wool candle mat from Sue project
14.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
15,  Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (made from shirt scraps)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19.   2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20.  Flowers and Watercan (wall hanging)
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Split Stars (Block Lotto win)
23.  Spools (Leader & Ender project with Bonnie Hunter)
24.  Scrappy Hourglass Quilt 
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27.  Super Mario QA
28.  2015 Orange, pink, grey kite blocks (from Accuquilt die, RSC17)
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA (started again with Angie at Gnome Angel, August 2017)
31.  Crown of Thorns in blues
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
35.  Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May, 2018 sew-to-go bag)
36.  Dot Dot Dash bag -- (new to the list April, 2018)
37.  Cross Stitch "A Friend is Someone..." WIP found in April, 2018, from 1980's!
38.  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018.
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
2.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
7.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby (May OMG Goal?)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt 
9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Surround Stars Pillow (one big block is here somewhere.  It will be a pillow when I find it.)
2. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
3.  Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
4. Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild
5.  Pat Sloan's, I Love to Make Quilts Sampler Solstice Challenge (Red & White finished top 2017)
Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Royal Blue embroidered customer quilt
3.  String #2 (very heavy because of muslin foundation) customer quilt.
4.  Aqua and green embroidered customer quilt
5.  Bright string customer quilt
6.  Embroidery Bear crib quilt
7.  Embroidery Bear with balloons and hearts crib quilt (Started July, 2017 for truck to-go bag.)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

More "Summer Reading"

I managed to get some mending done today (my husband's work jeans).  I also made one more block for  the June Block Lotto.  This month's block is called Summer Reading.  It's a 10" finished block.

I'm linking up with Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday.
    • It is always fun to see what everyone is working on!
  • Join me on the Block Lotto Blog