Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On the Design Wall

The blocks for the FQS Fat Eighth Fruitcake Stitch Along are all done....

And on the design wall, ready for fruit basket turnover.

Hope to get them assembled tomorrow and borders attached. The big reveal will be October 23rd. Keep an eye out on the FQS blog for this event!!


I finished up this cone of Auriful thread last week. That’s a lot of stitching.

Had fun at our annual Crafter’s Retreat at Sweetbriar Ridge Crafter’s Retreat cabin.

 Our group project was these cute Christmas trees...
Thank you, Jill.
I worked on this EPP project.....

And got this runner half bound....


Sara Ashley’s school celebrated Homecoming last weekend. Here are a few pics....





Take Care,
Jennie 



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

FQS Quiltalong

It was great to be included in a new Quiltalong sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop. This is my third Quiltalong with them, and this pattern just might be my favorite.  It is called Fat Eighth Fruitcake Quilt and is a part of their Shortcut Series.

I was gifted with a generous gift certificate from the FQS, and I purchased these great fabrics (Laundry Basket by Edyta Sitar) for my quilt...



And I added these four from my stash...


Everything is cut out and ready to go...


Once again, I failed to finish the TAW.... I was almost there, but then I had a section that rippled and needed to be removed and corrected.......Ughhhhhhh. This quilt is a true example of why you should not make UFOs. Our stitching and rotary cutting abilities change as we gain in experience, which was the case with this quilt.

The left side is completed and is all good...the right side is not.

I made a fateful trip to the shelter three weeks ago to help my friend choose a kitten and came home with this....

Yes, this sweet little boy was picked up as a stray. No chip or collar and no one had called searching for him. He is housebroken and has lovely manners...and so sweet. Can you tell that I am smitten with little Casper ??


Sara Ashley celebrated her seventeenth birthday!!

Was asked to the Homecoming Dance...

And inducted into the National Honor Society...

Did I mention how proud I am of her???


Take Care,
Jennie 










Friday, September 7, 2018

Back to One Monthly Goal

My One Monthly Goal (link up is at Elm a Street Quilts) for September is....

This ancient TAW UFO. If you think that this looks familiar, well, it is because I posted about it here in July....when it was my OMG for that month. So, I have made progress, but it needs to be a finish for this month. 

And, yes, Diet Pepsi is a necessary quilting tool...lol.

I need another finish to catch up to my personal challenge of a top every month, or 12 for this year. The race to finish Glorious Gardens threw me behind, but it was worth it to see that one through.

My work table looked like this yesterday.

Drives me nuts and decreases my productivity, so in a jiffy it was back to this....

Whew!!!

Family at Ebeneezer Stone Farm on Sunday....

As we gathered to celebrate Rob’s birthday ...

And to dedicate Ebeneezer Stone Cemetery...

It was a beautiful day and God treated us with double rainbows...




Take Care,
Jennie
















Sunday, September 2, 2018

It’s Been Awhile.....

Since I linked up to Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s. She wanted a pic of where we relaxed and sewed. Her place was outside, but I don’t do much outside stitching because the dogs really want to help.
My favorite place is in my comfy chair, propping my feet up on the ottoman that Mattie and I share.

You can see that I have my newest EPPing project in my lap. It is Salute to Levens Hall by Kim McLean. I am doing this one in pastels...a nice change from the dark, dramatic look of Glorious Gardens.

Speaking of Glorious Gardens, Mary Lou (our EPPing facilitator), Laura and I challenged ourselves to finish this top by September 1st. The good news is that we all made it. To say we were happy is an understatement. Here are our quilts....

Mary Lou’s

Laura’s

And mine.
Aren’t they beautiful??? 

And this is Gretchen’s amazing Glorious Hexagons, which is a work in progress....


I also finished another block on the Linda Brannock Flowers quilt.

I appliqued my baskets instead of piecing. They are a bit wonky, but the pieced ones in the pattern were, too. I am still a block behind, mostly because I am obsessed with these EPPing projects.

Was excited to receive this lovely package in the mail last week....

Beautiful Liberty of London lawns to add to my stash.

We had the last of the okra from our garden this week.

We worked on preparing our beds for cool weather vegetables a couple of days when it wasn’t too hot.

Jackson’s flag football team won the championship in their league..,

Now it’s time for fall baseball. That boy always has a ball of some kind in his hand.

Sara Ashley and her mom travelled to Athens for the first UGA game of the season.

They were looking good and so were the Dawgs!!


Take Care,
Jennie 







Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Happy Birthday Rob

My heart yearns to celebrate Rob’s birthday just as we did last year...and so many other years...with family, food and lots of joy....




Instead, Rob is celebrating in heaven with his Lord and Savior, free from the Goliath that stole him away from us.

And we will celebrate here....

Dedicating this beautiful little cemetery on the plot of land that Rob chose, overlooking his beloved farm. He would be so pleased with the attention to detail that Christi has exhibited as she orchestrated the planning of this special site, Ebeneezer Stone Cemetery.

And on his stone, the words he wanted to be remembered by....”courageous, loving, faithful “. I can’t think of any words that could better describe his journey through a life cut short far too soon. Sweet boy, I miss you so. Happy birthday in heaven.

Take Care,
Jennie 






Wednesday, August 15, 2018

I Have Composed....

At least a million blog posts in my mind over the past month. Unfortunately, none of them have made it to my blog. So, here I am, mid August...but at least I am here.

I failed to meet my one monthly goal last month, as I have been totally distracted by Glorious Gardens...

I had promised myself that I would finish this very large (90”x90”),  English paper pieced quilt that I started in January of 2017 ...by the end of August.
Let me tell you that it has been a challenge, and I am not quite there yet, but there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. My friends, Laura and Mary Lou, have also accepted the challenge, and we plan to have show and tell at our monthly meeting on September 1st. I am HOPING to get finished by tonight. Wish me luck.

My rug camp rug has seen very little work....a bit of border and background...

I really like this big rug....why is everything that I make large????...and look forward to getting back to it soon.

Another thing that has kept me busy is putting up veggies and peaches.

Lots of work, but so worth it when we have fresh things from our freezer come winter.

Debi sent me a pic the other day of one of my quilts that she was working on all loaded on the longarm.  

Can’t wait to see this one all done. The binding is made and waiting.

We’ve had lots of visitors to this Little Lime hydrangea.


The old hospital folks had their quarterly meeting the end of July.

Always lots of fun.

Hoping to get back into the swing of blogging. So many folks have left their blogs behind for Instagram. I love Instagram, but I still love blogs. 


Take Care,
Jennie