Friday, April 28, 2017

Plans Gone Awry

This week has certainly had its share of surprises.  I had decided to do handwork while sewing with my Tuesday group.  Since I was running late, I grabbed my kit for making hexagons only to discover after arriving at the Club House that I didn’t bring the fabric.   Sheesh…. Change of plans.  I decided to work on my scrappy bow tie project instead.  After dumpster diving and borrowing a rotary cutter I was able to crank out a few on the Singer 404 I leave there all the time.

The second, much bigger,  mess up happened yesterday.  It’s something of a jolt when the 20 guests you were expecting Friday show up Thursday.

We were hosting an end of tax season party for the AARP tax volunteers in our area and dear hubby simply got the date wrong.  It wasn’t as big a disaster as it might have been because two of the other site leaders provided beverages and snacks, but needless to say the house was not in the condition I had planned on it being for the event.  Hubby was a mess after working in the yard all day and the two dogs were in dire need of baths.  The good news is that this turn of events has given me back my Friday, plus the promise of several evening meals out …. Something we rarely do.

I’ve been making these blocks for a group project.  We have had quite a discussion as to whether they are Churn Dash or Shoo Fly blocks.  Whichever is correct, my part in this stage of the process did get done on schedule.

My first batch of five anti-ouch pouches for the May Guild Meeting are complete.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Life has not been quilter-friendly for the last couple of weeks.  There have been company and deadlines and commitments to meet.  

So, the blog has been silent and the only progress I can report is that I barely managed to complete five anti-ouch pouches to hand in at Guild meeting Wednesday plus four more rosettes for my Edyta Sitar project.

Our company left Tuesday and arrived safely at home in Wisconsin yesterday.  Here is the lovely flower they gave me. 

It certainly was neither necessary nor expected, but I do love it. 

They also insisted on buying this rock planter when I picked it up at an excursion to the Wildseed Farm in Fredericksburg.  I’m into succulents this year and had been wanting one of these planters for a long time.  There was a lot of good natured teasing about me wanting a rock with a hole in it.

I’m looking forward to some time at the sewing machine this coming week.  Some mindless stitching is in order!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This, That and the Other...

This month’s anti-ouch pouches are calling my name.  I am working on a group project with a deadline next week.  There’s always the ongoing quilting that’s been inching along.  But all I wanted to work on today while sewing with friends was my scrappy bow tie project, so that’s what I did.  I have 10 blocks completed and made progress on an eleventh today. 

Every time I look at the blocks on my design wall, they make me happy because of all the bright cheerful colors.  I guess the other projects will still be there tomorrow…

This little guy was checking me out after a recent shower.  He’s too pretty to be creepy.

I’m linking to the Scraptastic Tuesday linky party.

Scraptastic Tuesday

Friday, March 31, 2017

An Outing

Our unscheduled days are pretty rare this time of year, so we opted to take a ride to the country today.  We needed to stop by the ranch and be sure the storms had not caused any damage and were relieved to find everything okay.

The wildflowers are already fading, but we enjoyed a lunch at the Castell General Store which serves very good hamburgers.

Here is the only evidence I can provide that I am also devoting some time to quilting:  an empty spool, a handful of pieced neutral hexagons, and stacks being cut to bow tie unit size.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bow Tie Progress

It’s been a while since I worked on my bow tie blocks.  Today I actually made some progress on the project while sewing with my Tuesday group.  I completed a block I had already started and got a few more units put together.  I really treasure my Tuesday gathering.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Where oh where has the month of March gone? Where oh where has it gone?

Like a lot of folks right now, some of my stitching time has been replaced by yard chores.  Some has gone to travel and some has been lost due to lack of focus on my part (the major loss).  

I have completed two more rosettes for my Edyta Sitar project, and I’m cutting for bow tie blocks which I hope to work on tomorrow while sewing with my Tuesday quilt pals.

The countryside is in bloom and the wildflowers will probably peak two weeks earlier than normal.  We haven’t hit 90 degrees yet, but we are pushing the upper 80s, which is well above normal.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Home Again

Last week traveled to South Texas where Bob’s two brothers from Wisconsin spend the winter.  We were joined by a Dallas area brother for a mini family reunion that included four of the six siblings.  It was lots of fun and it feels ever so good to be home!

I knew sewing would be limited to what handwork I could squeeze in while riding (usually with a dog in my lap) or in the evenings while the guys played pinochle.  So, all I have to show is two rosettes.  I’ll be working on some more this afternoon while Bob watches basketball.

Slow Sunday Stitching