Sunday, July 30, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

Only a little while for slow stitching today as Blake and I took the day off to relax together. Not something we do very often.

I am still working on the second circle of the Fussy Cut six pointed stars.

Putting the stars into a circle...easy. Inserting the big hexagon...not so much. Linking up at 
Slow Sunday Quilting. Thanks, Kathy, for moving us forward each week!

I usually share a rug show from Caraway Rug School every year. That didn't happen this year, but I will share a few of my faves.

It is hard to appreciate the beauty of this one as it had incredible textural details.

This one absolutely glowed.

And this one is by my favorite designer and dear friend, Diane Gill. Hooked by her talented sister.

There were many other beautiful rugs. It was one of the best shows ever.

I read this a long time ago and have to say that it was one of the most freeing things anyone ever conveyed to me about quilting and hooking.

Take Care,

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Much Needed Day

After several days of preserving food and spending nights away from home, I received the gift of spending several hours in the sewing room today....pretty much oblivious to the rest of the world. Sometimes a girl just needs that.

I finished stitching up and on the final row of Quilty Folk. Then I cut the borders 

and almost finished the label.

After that, I spent a considerable amount of time cleaning and organizing.  I am hoping the new approach I have taken to organizing will help me to be more focused.  I know that it will help not to have piles everywhere. I have corralled what I am currently working on into containers on three easily visible shelves. And I have a list to work from....including those  It isn't cute, but hopefully it will be functional.  And just maybe I will finish some things up.

The Hornes....their last beach trip before school starts...

Celebrating Dating Anniversary 29 at Delmonico's Steakhouse in Vegas.

Not my dog, but it could be....

Take Care,

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Okay, I have to admit that I have started ANOTHER BOM. For goodness sakes, what am I thinking????

This one I could not resist. In fact, when I signed up, I was notified there were no more slots. So I unashamedly begged for them to open more. Obviously others did this, too, and Figtree opened a few more slots using some minor fabric substitutions for their Cream Sparkle BOM. Woohoo!!
These are Month One's sweet 9 patches..4 of each.

This will be a low volume quilt using traditional blocks. Don't you love the scissors fabric?  The text print was a substitution for a script, and frankly, I prefer it. Eagerly awaiting Month Two.

A friend of ours generously gave us lots of sweet corn from his garden. It is so yummy. Yesterday we froze 11 quarts. 

Today when I finish volunteering at the Extension Office there will be more of the same.

Christi and Rob made it to LV to celebrate the anniversary of 20 years of dating....and life in general.

They SO needed to be able to make this trip.

My stitching Buddy....

Love this big guy. You may note his little crippled leg. Somewhere in his life before he came to his forever home with us, he suffered a broken leg that was never set...he has a big scar not visible in this photo. But he compensates well and can run like the wind.

But please remind me that three is enough!!

Take Care,

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Little Slow Stitching

My Slow Sunday Stitching has led me back to the Fussy Cut Friday EPP project. This is the beginning of circle two (out of ten circles and four half circles).

Linking up with 
Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Visit and see what everyone's up to.

I really need to get the Lori Holt Quilty Folk row quilt off the design wall so that I can get the Fussy Cut stars up.

The last row with tulips and bumblebees is on the machine. The fabrics are chosen for the borders. I am close.

The vegetables are coming in from our garden. Fortunately, they ripen a bit at a time so that preserving isn't a huge chore. These yummy pink eye peas yielded a couple of quarts for the freezer last night.

Today it was okra and peppers.

These beauties are visitors to our back yard. They love our lantana every year.

A sneak peek at the family portrait session so generously given to the Estes family by Lisa-Marie photography in association with 
this amazing group.

And from......

A good chuckle for a beautiful Sunday.

Take Care,

Saturday, July 22, 2017


My Way is done!!

Well, except for blocking and binding, of course. It is wool strips (size 5-9) on linen, measuring 30"x 54". It is hooked entirely from my scrap bags....and needless to say, I didn't make a dent in them. 

I believe my next hooking project will be this runner that I started in Anita White's class this Spring....

Homespun Medallions, by Norma Batistini. It is a long runner for Christi's farmhouse table. It will be a fun hook.

Our old folks hospital group had their quarterly lunch on Wednesday.

It is always surprising how much fun we have after all of these years. I am already looking forward to October.

Did a little kid sitting with these two this week...

Gotta love those cute freckles and that gap toothed smile.

Connected....a typical preteen.

It is a hot day in GA, too hot for working outside. Think I might get a little stitching done today.

Take Care,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One to Go!!

I can hardly believe rectangle to go on this long term project!

Can't tell you how happy I will be to finally get this one off the frame. I am not even going to think about blocking and binding yet...LOL.

Yesterday was clean the house and cut the grass (about 3 acres worth) day. Given my preference, it would definitely be grass cutting, where I get to ride the zero turn and zone out for a couple of hours.

I was excited that this came...

Maybe I'll get a chance to pore through it today between grand kid sitting and our quarterly Old Folks Hospital lunch! Do love Lori's happy designs.

Saw this  display from The Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI. I am in love with that sweet, simple pinwheel quilt...such soft colors.

And, for those of you who ask and so kindly keep up, Rob is home from the hospital.

Mattie says have a good day and stay out of trouble...something she seems incapable of doing.

Take Care,

Monday, July 17, 2017

Yet Another BOM

My name is Jennie and I am addicted to Block of the Month programs. There, the truth is if it wasn't already apparent.

I couldn't resist the FQS's Mystery Designer BOM as soon as I saw the adorable American Jane Fabrics they were using. I could have just purchased the fabrics, but no.....

Block One:

Designed by Figtree Quilts.

Block Two:

Designed by My Sister and Me.


The good news....I am not behind yet...LOL.

Take Care,

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

Finished!! Circle One of my Fussy Cut Friday Star quilt.

Will be working on number two today for 
Slow Sunday Stitching. Go on over to Kathy's and see what everyone else is doing on this rainy Sunday in the South.

I am going to take a few hours out of my day to go visit this sweet pair at the hospital.

And checking on this young beauty on the way.

Have a wonderful Sunday!!

And take care,

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Less Than Hoped For

My progress is less than hoped for on the stitching front, but the garden and yards have seen considerable progress. As the days get hotter it is likely that I will be spending less time outside. That may mean more time for stitching pursuits....or not.

My plan had been for a block a day on the scrappy rug. That didn't happen, but progress has been made.

Only three blocks left!!! This has been a very long journey. So ready to move on.

A couple of months ago, after completing all of my Lucy Boston blocks, I decided to put away the tub of fabrics that I had pulled for that undertaking. Inside I found three of the required 72 EPP'ed six pointed stars that I had started for 
this project.  (It was a Temecula Quilt Company program back in 2014!! I am just three years in arrears on this UFO). It seemed a shame to stow the fabrics away without cutting the remaining 69 stars, which led to stopping other projects and stitching same. Then I needed 4 yards of fabric for setting....hello stash. I found a good enough choice and am proceeding.

The center large hexagon is the setting fabric. I wish it was a bit quieter fabric, but it was what I had. There will be background triangles joining the stars. The final quilt requires 10 circles of six stars and 4 half circles of three stars. I currently have the first circle partially stitched.

I completed one more section of the First Friday Quilt. 

Now I need only stitch June and July in order to catch up.

I have watched this beautiful native fern, the Bracken fern, grow in the edge of our woods since we moved here ten years ago.

I have tried, unsuccessfully, to move a bit of it, so I will just have to enjoy it in its woodland setting.

These beans from our garden will taste so good this winter!!

Prayers for this guy, who is undergoing yet another surgery for wound infection this morning.

Seen yesterday enjoying a much deserved margarita at their favorite Mexican restaurant before heading to the hospital....again. They are so heart breaks for them.

Have a blessed weekend and Take Care,