Sunday, July 14, 2019

Post Birthday Recovvery

Whew!  I survived turning 63!  LOL.   This birthday was pretty good.  I had lots of good wishes and felt really special.

It actually started on Thursday.  I had brought in my favorite breakfast casserole.  I split the recipe so that I had one with meat and one without meat.  It was the first time I made it without meat and people seemed to like it a lot.  I will have to remember that for the future. 

Another co-worker brought in yummy blueberry muffins.  That wasn't all. Yet another co-worker gave me a gift certificate to Dollar Tree and that is one of my favorite places to go to.  She had also put in an add that said on Sunday there would be an extra 10% taken off all purchases.  SWEET!

I had a couple of pretty cards in the mail.  My sister in law sent me one with lots of flowers on it and butterflies.  It almost looked like the flowers that I received from another co-worker.

This was all on Thursday because on my birthday, Friday the 12th, I was at home.  I never used to take my birthday off so it felt a little strange but something I could get used to (grin).  Of course going out to eat with Connie was great.  We went to a Mandarin restaurant and, of course, over ate.

I didn't do much at all ON my birthday except eat and sleep.  I actually drifted off to sleep while watching TV and didn't wake up until 5 hours later!  Guess I must have needed it.  Saturday I went out for  french fries.  Yes you read that right.  French fries.  A long time ago, a friend and I used to go to a restaurant which served unlimited french fries.  We would order the fries and something to drink and sit and chat about life and such.  Every once in awhile I still do it but this time usually by myself.  It is good for catching up on journaling, etc.

I was going to use my free Jersey Mike's subway and drink but I slept through that.  Good thing that it is good for the month of July.

I won't go out today because my landlord called and she is having an overhead oven fan put in!  I've been waiting for this since before Christmas so today is the day.  That will be nice.  I've never had one before but they had promised me they would get me one and they did.

My birthday is extended all the way through until Monday.  I have Monday off work although I will be at the office until noon.  I have a 10 a.m. appointment with my TIAFF-CREF representative to make some more plans, understand the plans anyway, for my retirement in 2020.  I won't have enough money, of course, but then I've never had enough money.  I keep telling myself that I have all of this fabric and patterns and threads just waiting for me to retire and work with.  Then, at noon, Beth and I are going to the all you can eat Chinese Buffet.  She has never been there but I like it.  I also like their hibachi grill where you can pick out your meat and veggies and they will cook it for you while you wait. 

Sometime after I caught up on rest, I got the urge to work on some quilting.  It's hard for me to work on Quilting in the summertime.  I pulled out an UFO called Storm at Sea.  I've been starring at it for about 3 months but now I decided to sew together some of the rows. 

You can, perhaps, see the pattern better from my colored in master.

When I sewed the top row together, it seems to be a bit off.  Row 2 and 3 look like they will line up pretty much on point but row 1 is off.  I need to see how to fix that.  I might redo the row.  I will fix it before I start to put together the blocks for the other rows.  Slowly but surely it will move out of the UFO stage into the flimsie stage.  I like to separate those two stages since it makes me think I've made progress.  The flimsie stage, of course, means that the top is put together and ready to sandwhich before doing the quilting.

I also managed to do some more stitches on my mini owl cross stitch.  I have taken up a challenge to have 10,000 stitches done before Christmas.  I broke it down if I do 400 stitches each week I will make that challenge.  I'll post another picture of that later.  It's time for me to sign off the computer and get some other things done.

One of the things that I'm in the middle of doing is working on my new Happy Planner 2019-2020 planner.  I've changed up the size and bought some extender disks so now I have enough planners of different sizes to use for other projects as well.  I will try to take some pictures of them.  I have some large sized ones for recipes and crafting, a small one for every day notes and thoughts, and a middle sized one which is my everyday calendar.  I am thinking of splitting up my crafting one into types of crafts - quilting vs. cross stitch.  I might have enough disks and covers to even do a misc. one which would be for things that caught my eye but I haven't tried yet.

Oops.  Gotta really run now.  The smoke detector is going off.  Think it is from them installing the hood.  Catch ya'll later.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  It brings back lots of memories of getting bitten by mosquitoes during fireworks at night.  Sitting in the grass and not worrying about how to get out grass stains from your jeans (molasses works good), and drinking lemonade.  Also feeling grown up when we were allowed to go up to the concession stand and order a sandwich.  We were only allowed to do it once and only to get a BBQ pulled pork sandwich.  This was in the 60s so we were all about being independent (when Mom let us be independent that is).  

So, being the shy independent type person that I am (waits for laughter to die down), I decided to work on getting my journals organized a bit more.  This year I am trying something else and that is The Happy Planner system.  I am liking it a lot.  One reason would be because I can buy the basics and then create on my own.  I have not found a good crafting journal that works for me yet.  So this allows me to customize what I want. 

First of all I love the variety of covers that I can buy.  They are all interchangeable.  I bought a set of covers and can mix and match.  Some are plain and some have affirmative (happy) sayings on them.  These are what is called a disk bound planner.  You can buy different disks and create more journals which is what I did.  This journal is my quilting one.  The bright colors for the top remind me of all the wonderful colors in fabrics.

Since I knew this was going to be a customized journal, I bought their hole punch.  It allows me to pick my own paper or whatever to use.  That allowed me to put my projects in the journal and easily take them out when finished.

One example would be the cookie cutter sampler BOM.  I set up my beginning project page, complete with a picture of what it should look like finished, and will add each block afterwards.  There is room on my project page to add which blocks I have downloaded  and when in case I forget.

It also is nice to have the journals that lay flat.  I might have told you about my friend Janine who had to go into a nursing home.  She only has one leg and diabetic and passed out.  She went to the nursing home for rehab.  Once she was there, her sister (who had legal rights to do so) got rid of her cats, most of her belongings, and all but 2 projects that I quilted for her.  NOW Janine is getting better and feeling down in the dumps so I promised her some more  quilty stuff to cheer her up.  I am thinking of this.  She loves Halloween.  With this type of journal, I can easily lay out my new fabric next to the pattern to see how it looks.  I think the black and white fabric I picked up yesterday will work nice for part of it.  If nothing else for the binding.  We'll see.

But that is my new system this year.  We'll see how it goes.  Now...some pictures from Aunt Sassy's.  It's a nice bright place which is fun to visit.

I hope you enjoyed this post and wish one and all a terrific day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Aunt Sassy's

I visited the new quilt shop in town today and, of course, spent money.  I figure it is either my birthday present to myself or a celebration that I received a raise in pay (thanks to the Union negotiations).  Either way I thought you might like to see the shop and what I got.  I took around 18 pictures so this post is only going to be what I bought.  :)

It's not a large shop but that is ok.  You don't get lost in it and don't get overwhelmed with too many selections to choose from.  Don't get me wrong.  There is a LOT to see and we all know how we can lose track of time when we look at fabric.  So what did I buy?

This first picture shows the three fabrics that I bought for $5/yard.  They are stacked on top of each other.  You see those little rolled up bundles on the left?  Those are cut from salvage to salvage and sold for 20 cents per inch.  The one on the left was marked 5 inches and I just unrolled it.  It is approximately 5 1/2" x 44".  It was only $1 and I will get lots of use out of it in my applique.  I'll post better pictures of the fabric in another post.  The fabric on the right is worth a closer look at.  That one wasn't on sale and was close to $13 a yard.

I couldn't resist this  panel fabric.  I'm not sure how I will finish it but for now I can hang it up and just look at it.

I also bought some patterns.  One of them, Labyrinth Walk, I've been wanting to make for quite awhile.  I'm now one step closer.  Don't hold your breath for me to make it though.  It has taken me years to just buy the pattern. It was $10 so that wasn't too bad, at least for this area, for a pattern.

On either side of it are two post card patterns.  It shows the picture of the pattern on one side and then on the other side are the instructions.  They were $2 each.

Hope you liked this little look.  I have more pictures of all the colorful fabric they had but I will start posting them tomorrow.

As always, have fun creating.

Can you believe it is July?

July sort of snuck up on me.  The year is almost half way done with and I'm not sure why I just now think of it.  It could be because July is my birthday month.  It could be because July starts the second half of the year, or it could even be that everybody is starting their "Christmas in July" sales.  With it being half way over with, I have to rethink what I want to get accomplished in 2019 as far as crafting goes.

There are a lot of possibilities including just working on what I have already started and turned into UFOs, start new things, or just say what the heck and throw my hands up and spin my wheels and get nothing done.  That last part is always a fall back option when the other two things don't work out.

I did get one or two UFOs done so that is a big accomplishment for me.  I also managed to get another test pattern done for The Quilt Pattern Magazine so I figure I've been more productive than normal.  Of course we won't take count of how many UFOs I still have in quilting AND cross stitch.

I did sign up for a cross stitch challenge.  It's to get 10,000 stitches in by December 24, 2019.  I missed out on the last challenge due to my sciatic problems so I hope to get this one done.  Now I just have to figure out which cross stitch pattern I want to work on.  The Mini Owl is a good choice.  I started that as my first Heaven and Earth Design (HAED).  10,000 would go a long way on that.  I do have another HAED that I started and would be good to do.  That one is more colorful.  I think I would work on the colorful one without the challenge since it is more colorful.  I don't need as much  incentive.  I broke down the 10,000 into how many stitches per week and it was around 400.  That is four blocks on my pattern.  I can do that.  I also have another, simpler, cross stitch that I want to work on.  It is a Happy Everything runner.  It has snowmen dressed in various holidays so the one picture will cover an entire year and, thus, cover all the major holidays of the year so I don't have to change it out.

We'll see.  Then there is quilting and UFOs.  Here is one UFO that I forgot about until I hung the piec up on my work bulletin board.

It looks complete doesn't it?  The UFO, I'm afraid to admit, is the binding.  It is just basted on with matching thread.  LOL.  I should take it home with me and finish it but perhaps next year.  I only hang it up for a couple of days each year.  No hurry, right?

As with most of you, I get distracted with new projects all the time.  That is probably why I have so many UFOs also.  I ordered from Shabby Fabrics a Baltimore Garden table runner.  Can't wait to get that fused on and started on stitching.

The other thing, which could easily be put in the UFO collection is my stamped cross stitched quilt blocks.

This came from Hobby Lobby on a sale.  There are 6 blocks in each package which measure around 16".  It only takes three colors, which is nice, and they say it takes 3 packages for a twin size bed.  The approximate quilt size before washing should be around 64" x 104".  I did manage to get three packages (under $4 each package) so I am working on them.  This first block is almost finished.  I have 4 small loops and the one curly section (you can see where I stopped) to do.  Not sure how it will get put together but one thing at a time.

Break time is over so I'll stop here.  I hope you have a wonderful day and for the US readers, a great Fourth of July.  Non US readers,  I hope you have a great day also.  :)

Until next time, keep stitch and creating.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Tarka Dal

Hello everybody.  I still have my sciatic problems but I do know it is getting better.  That's also the bad part.  I start to feel better and then I over do it and have a set back.   So I guess that I feel better every other day? 

Today I was able to sit up long enough to listen in on the  Ourtimetoquilt Live YYoutube stream.  If any of you are interested, come and listen.  While I was doing that, I was making Tarka Dal.  Oh my.  That turned out to be a yummy dish.  It was suggested that it be served over rice or used to dip pieces of Naan in. 

I had leftover mashed potatoes so I just put it over that.  LOL.  If it was that yummy over potatoes, I can imagine how it would be over rice.  I think I'd like to also have it as a dip for Naan or even a Pita, etc.  So what is it?

It is red lentils with spices.  The spices are cumin, salt, turmeric, coriander powder, garam masala, and chili powder.  I actually forgot to put in the chili powder but that's ok.  It's not spicy hot or anything.  You only use 1 tsp of each of the seasonings.  So that list of spices gets cooked in with the red lentils and when that mixture is the consistency you like, you add the Dal.  Dal is a stick of butter with one bulb of crushed garlic.  Yummmy!  You just need to cook the crushed garlic (I used chopped) in the butter until it turns a golden color.  Mix the Dal with the Tarka and that's it.  It's a warm dish, smells great, and one that I will be make again.  It seemed like the thing to make on a lazy Sunday.

Speaking of a lazy Sunday.  Last week I was driving and stopped for the animal life who was crossing the road.  I guess they were taking a leisurely Sunday stroll.

This was the second group.  The first group crossed and just when we thought we could move, this group crossed.  By the time they crossed, and I got up to the stop light, it had turned red.   LOL.

My back and legs are telling me to go lay down so I'll chat more.    Oh wait.  I forgot...I DID manage to finish my test pattern piece for The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  Whew!  I didn't want to not keep my promise to test it.  It turned out nice and I like the colors I used.  You'll have to wait until around October before you can see it (grins).  NOW I can go lay down.

Everybody have a great day!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day and an update

First of all, Happy Father's Day to everybody.  I hope you have a great day.  My day is going pretty good which is an improvement over the past couple of weeks.  I am so tired, I'll look forward to going back to work and resting up.  LOL.

Today I made a great headway into the test project.  It is due by the 22nd and I should be able to finish it in a day or two.  That will be nice.

I've gotten my pounce pad and meander pattern from Quilt Addicts Anonymous and I want to practice on it.  I'll be using light blue powder.  I have two fat quarters of a cream material so I think I'll put  batting between them and use those for my practice pieces.  I will need lots of practice I think.

In between working on the test pattern, I decided to make Beer Bread.  I found a recipe for 3 ingredient beer bread and it turned out great.  I decided to divide my batter into 4 mini loaf pans.  3 ingredients, 4 mini loafs, and around 25 minutes of baking.  Not bad I think.  Here's the recipe:

3 ingredient Beer bread from
3 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
12 oz. beer
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a bread pan with cooking spray (I used 4 small mini loaf pans). Gently mix together the flour, sugar, and beer until it is thoroughly combined. The batter will be thick. Pour the batter into the bread pan and bake for 40 minutes.(in the mini pans it only took around 20 minutes)
 Take out of oven and let sit for five minutes in the pan, remove and let cool completely before slicing.

Let me know if you make it and enjoy it.  I liked it.  I might make some more up and put in the freezer once I have room.  :)

Hugs and have a great day.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Short Update

I will apologize for the shortness of this post right up front.  I had planned on doing a longer post with pretty pictures and much contemplation but then life kicked me in the you know what.  Actually that is almost literal.  For the past week I have been dealing with acute sciatic nerve inflammation.  I have missed some days of work, missed proctoring exams this weekend, and some other days only worked half days.

Not sure how I did it but I think the doctor put down "acute" just to make me feel better.  That was how I spent last Saturday.  All morning at Urgent Care and then off to Walmart with 4 prescriptions.  Yesterday was my first day with only having Ibuprofen for pain and I was doing ok until around 3 a.m.  Then I woke up from the pain.  Of course at 3 a.m. you argue with yourself about why you are awake and try to convince yourself you should ignore it and just go back to sleep.  At 4 a.m. I took more Ibuprofen and put BenGay on my knee.  I finally fell asleep around 5.

Today is a little better but not much.  I'm up to eat lunch, take more Ibuprofen and put on more Ben Gay.  I stitched about 10 stitches and then said, nope...not happening today.  Still, that's 10 stitches more than I did all last week!

That's about it.  Time for me to get back to bed.  While there I will contemplate how I am going to organize my calendars for July 2019 - June 2020 (or December 2020).  I have my journals/calendars which I am trying to cut back on how many I use.  Anybody have any suggestions?

These are the main ones that I use journals for:


I can combine bills and personnel.  Might be able to put work in that also.  Not sure yet.  I have different sizes of "My Happy Planner" large and one small.  Not sure which will be which.

Talk to you all later.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Happy Mail!

Mail was wonderful today.  No bills, only one term life insurance advertisement, and one package.  Yep, you read that right.  My friend Deb, the one who does live feed on Youtube on Sunday afternoons, sent me an envelope.  It was all squishy and I had to remain calm so that I could open it. 

Ok.  So that wasn't quite right.  I had to remain calm so that I didn't poke myself or whatever was in the envelope with the scissors.  I don't think that most of you realize how restrained I had to be!!!!!  I'm the kind of person who mails a present or envelope to somebody and then keeps asking the person if they got it yet.  Then when they FINALLY say yes, I have to get on the phone and wait for them to open it up so that I can hear what they think.

Now it was payback time.  My envelop was squishy so I thought it might be fabric.  THEN I couldn't open it up without scissors.  I actually almost broke out in a sweat when I couldn't open it.  Was this package going to taunt me and just stay prestine?  I say NO!  I will not have that flamingo on the return address label get the upper hand.  It would not win!  So off to my craft room to find scissors.  Obviously not my good quilting ones because I don't want them to get dull since they cost so much.  No, this was a job for CHEAPIES!  Yes that's right.  Those scissors that come in a pack that you can use for almost anything. 

They were the heroes today  They opened up the envelope just like they were suppose to.  I snipped off a corner  so that I could see where it would be safe to cut.  FINALLY I cut into it and was able to open it up.  Look what was inside!

Aren't they cute!  Those purples and that orange/pumpkin colored?  I'm not sure what color to call the one which has my name on it.  Blue?  Teal?  Either way it's mine!  See? It has my name on it.  I'll take it to show my friend when we meet for lunch on Thursday so I'm keeping the name tag on it so it knows where it goes after lunch.  Of course I'm joking.  Connie wouldn't keep my fabric.  :)

I didn't get much done tonight since I was just stroking some of the fabric telling it how much I liked it.  This is also where I tell Deb Thank you for the loverly fabric.  That's right.  Loverly.  That's a step up from lovely.

Everybody have a great night.  Perhaps tomorrow I will get back to crafting.  :)

Monday, May 20, 2019


That is what I have been doing.  I took today off of work and it was great not to go in.  Don't get me wrong, I love my work but it was also nice to do crafting when I wanted to do it, etc.

Last night I made some progress on the test pattern for The Quilt Pattern Magazine and then realized that my cutting was being a pain and not working out.  So today I redid my thinking and played frogger as I unstitched what I did last night.  I had to go get more fabric but that turned out fine.  While I was at Hobby Lobby getting more white on white, I saw this material.

I have some friends who loves paisley so I am sure that I will find a use for this.  I actually bought 5 1/2 yards of it.  That was all that was left on the bolt but the real reason why I bought that much was because it was marked down to $2 a yard!!!!!  I couldn't pass that up.  It feels very nice to the touch also.

Also while I was there, I picked up some other things but they will be given away as gifts so I can't show their pictures.  Another thing that I picked up was some premium cardstock that was on sale.  Normally I wouldn't have looked for it but on Friday I learned how to make paper envelopes.  I got on Amazon and I already have my envelope maker and have had fun making some envelopes. 

I also made some envelopes where the pattern is on the inside of the envelope and the outside is just white.  It is fun to make and I can use these various sizes for stuffing with small things and put inside larger envelopes, etc. 

Since I had an extra day off, if you discount helping to proctor exams at Malcom X on Saturday, I put a dump cake in the crockpot.  It is:

2 cans of apple pie filling
1 stick of butter (melted)
1 vanilla or white cake mix

Put in your cans of pie filling in the crock pot first.
Sprinkle the cake mix on top of it (the dry mix, do not add anything to it)
Then pour the melted butter over it all.

Set the crockpot on high and in 4 hours you have the apple crumble.

While the crumble was cooking, I got in a little practice of free motion quilting. 

I don't have any patterns that I was doing.  I was just using up some fabric sandwich that I had cut off from a previous project.  Why throw it away when it is already layered.  It's a start.  I am going to try and work more on it. 

That's it for tonight.  I will have something else to show you soon, I hope.  I know I can work on it over the weekend so if nothing else perhaps then.

Oh, almost forgot.  When I was in Hobby Lobby, I struck up a conversation with the lady in front of me at checkout.  She quilts also and doesn't live that far from me.  We exchanged contact information so perhaps I'll have a local quilter to get together with sometimes.  So I will give a shout out to Sid in case she is reading this.  Hey Sid!  it was nice chatting with you at Hobby Lobby today.

I hope everybody has a great night/day and I'll write again soon to tell you about my projects and life.

Bye for now and keep stitching!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Hello everybody:

I do not know which of you is a mother or not but I wish you all a Happy Mother's Day.  To me, mother means somebody who nurtures and builds you up.  It isn't about gender or if somebody physically gave birth.  To me, it's about how you know you can go to them with a problem.  You know they will be there to listen to you even if you didn't know you needed to tell somebody something.  You can talk to them in person, over a social media, or phone.  It's because they are there for you. 

With those definitions in mind, I would like to wish everybody a Happy Mother's Day because all my friends are mothers.  They listen to people's problems.  They are there to support people (and animals).  All my friends are mother's because mother's are super great.  I came up with my definition of what is a mother from MY mother.  Edith Elvira (ducks because I told her middle name) Bromeland (Chamberlain).  She, and her mother, were great examples of what a female could do. 

Dad died when I was around 12.  In one aspect I'm glad that he did.  NO!  I'm NOT glad that he died, but I am glad that in our short time together, I only have fond memories of him.  That also pulled mom and I together more.  She was there during my dating period when I was young.  She helped come up with nicknames for my dates and when they broke my heart she came up with fictional ways to deal with them.  They should thank me that she never carried out those plans.  Mother loved Tarzan movies and Westerns.  Being split in two by saplings as seen on Tarzan, or buried in sand by an ant hill and have honey poured on them from a Western usually got me out of my slump.  You know we had a good relationship because I would talk about my dates.  I didn't tell EVERYTHING because I would still be grounded if I had. 

That's not all that I love about them.  I love the stories mom would tell of grandma.  How grandma would keep setting back the clock so that grandpa wouldn't know mom was coming in late from a date.  Or what grandma did to appease grandpa when mom hitchhiked to a concert out of state.  Of course these stories were also meant to remind me that mom had a wild side and that she could out think me.

I also loved the stories mom would tell me about the exploits of my brothers and sister before I was born.  Things like rearranging the furniture so when my brother came in late, he would trip over the overstuffed chair.  He tripped and landed on mom who was sitting in the chair.  Or the time that she would stay up late (11 pm for her) and wait for my other brother to get off work.  He always drove by our house to make sure we were ok.  She would stand outside on the front lawn and use an electric lantern to flag him down.  He would pull over, all concerned, and she would then take him into the kitchen where she had food waiting for him.  She would make him sit down, eat, and tell her about work and not let him go home (4 blocks away) until she saw him start to yawn.  Then she would send him home knowing that he would sleep.

Those are the family examples but mom was also a leader.  She was the first woman foreman at a local factory.  She was the manager of our little local newspaper.  She would meet snakes, both animal and politicians, who she would talk about and told me how she handled them.  She showed me that it was ok to be afraid of things and people but remember that they could be afraid of you too.  Smile and work your way through it.  Her motto was "kill them with kindness".She didn't like to brag about her prowess with firearms although she was almost better than her twin brothers who put on a live wild west show on stage.  She taught me that you didn't have to brag or show off.  It was enough that you knew you could do it.  She also taught me that you can be a mother to others by listening and being there for them when they need it. 

All those life lessons were done over many years and yet the memories still linger.  Delightful memories, sad memories, all intermixed to help make me what I am.  Of course I had to throw in some of me during those years but then, of course, that shouldn't be a surprise.  I am my mothers daughter after all.

Once again, everybody have a great day.  I'm off to start a new test pattern and it's so much larger than I'm used to.  I won't be able to wait until the last minute to do it.  As always, thanks for reading what was going on in my brain.  It was either this or write about wondering how large my ears are.  Perhaps that will be the next post.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Productive Weekend

What a productive weekend!  I can't believe that I finished a UFO from He double hockey sticks (as my mother would say).  This object was started on my old sewing machine and after breaking many needles (I stopped counting after 4), I put it away and hence another UFO was born.

But lo and behold, those UFO's will eventually get destroyed or finished.  This was half way into the garbage can when I thought to give it another try on my new machine. I'm both sad and glad that I did.

I know that people will say don't be so hard on yourself Bonni.  They are right.  In this case though it is deserved.  I might do another one with the new machine because I know it will be much better.  There is one big mistake but I wasn't going to disassemble the whole wall hanging to fix it.  The next one will be done on a better machine and I've learned more and am more confident in my quilting so it will be better.  This was a learning experience so it can be shown complete with errors.

I also put on the second border for the Sudoku Quilt. 

Now all I have to do is figure out what to use for binding and the backing.  The backing can be a tone on tone white if I don't find anything else.  Binding can be white if nothing else.  This will be going on a wall so it won't get much use or washed often.

I also worked more on my cross stitch block (1 of 18) and also on the house block that I need to finish and get sent off.  All in all, it was a productive craft day...not so much cleaning day or anything else (except laundry).

Everybody have a great day/night.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

What a beautiful day!

It is a great and beautiful day today and it is supposed to be even better tomorrow!  I can't believe that I have a day off and it is nice.  So what am I doing?  I'm staying inside.  LOL.  I am staying inside and avoiding cleaning the apartment.  I have the window open, sprayed for ants so they don't think the open window is an invitation, and contemplated what to work on.  There are two things this weekend that I'd like to work on.  It would have been 3 but I left one of them in the office.  :(

So, I need to work on my house block.  I have some ideas.  I found this fabric the other day and bought it because it reminds me of wood for a building...or perhaps a picnic bench material (but that's another post).

I was going to work on my cross stitch but I am always debating if I want to work on cross stitch or quilting.  THEN, while at Hobby Lobby, I saw a stamped cross stitch quilt block packet on sale.  It was normally almost $15 but it was on sale for under $4.  There was 6 blocks in each package so I picked up three packages and now I can do both cross stitch AND quilt.  The quilting will have to wait until I'm done stitching it.

That will be eighteen 18" blocks.  According to the directions, it be enough for a twin size bed. 

The other project which I "should" be working on is a landscape quilt/picture.  I am not sure what I will do since landscape isn't my thing but I did find this fabric and it said "use me in the landscape".  Who am I to argue with fabric when it says use me.  Doesn't this look like it should be in the skies over a nice beach or water scene?

Sorry, the picture is a little blurry.

Now imagine a beach under that and perhaps a wooden pier or something (see fabric posted earlier).  It's slowly coming together on what I want it to look like. 

Now to find some white background fabric for that house block.  I'll post it when I get something besides the white fabric.  LOL.

Everybody enjoy their day and weekend.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

It's May already!

Where did/does the time go.  It's May already and I barely am into April projects.

Speaking of April projects, I wasn't going to put a secondary border on the Sudoku Quilt but now I am thinking I will.  I am thinking of cutting back the white border to about 1 3/4 inches and then putting on a wide teal striped border.  What do you think?

I'll have ponder it over the weekend.  That means I won't have to take it home.  It can stay on the office bulletin board while I think more on it.  Besides I'm not sure what I want for the back (probably a white on white tonal fabric) or then to use for my binding.  Originally I was going to use the teal fabric for the binding but after holding it up I think it will make a great secondary border.  Not sure what size.  There is the Fibonacci sequence that people say are good for this sort of thing.  It is what nature uses, etc.  Basically, the Fibonacci sequence starts out 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.  Each number is the sum of the 2 numbers that precede it.  So my 9 patches would be 9, the white gets cut down to 1 3/4" (to accommodate seams) and then my teal would also be 1 3/4".  that might work. Right now the white border is 2 1/4".  I'm not sure if I want the second border to be that large. 

I think Mother Nature is having fun with the weather.  We are under a flood watch which isn't anything like a lot of flood watches.  Ours is more like the Kishwaukee River will flood and go over main street (Lincoln Highway, Rt. 38) but it doesn't get high enough to wash the car away, etc.  The city will close off streets before it gets that bad.  At lunch, however, we had a break in the rain (YAY) and I walked to a restaurant to meet up with a friend for lunch.  On the way back I stopped to take another video of our geese and I was certainly glad that I did because the new goslings were out.

That's the 1 o'clock bell you hear in the background which indicates that I'm late back from lunch.  Nobody was mad so it was all fine.  I also stopped outside of the building I work in (Adams Hall) and snapped a couple of pictures.  It does seem that our April showers did indeed bring out May flowers.

Everybody try to stay dry and enjoy the day!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

This is just a little post to wish Happy Easter to those who celebrate it 

And if you don't celebrate Easter, be a good egg and have a great day also.

Until next time, be positive and let that positivism extend out to others so there will be less negativism around.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Another video ...but wait....there's more

First of all, let me post this video.  Then I will only have one more to post.  I also have some more geese shots and flowers and...well you'll see.  The movie is about to start to go get your snack and beverage of choice.  For me tonight it will be a pina colada.  A single serving size so I can't over indulge.  With Pina Colada I don't have to worry about over indulging but with White Russians?  Well that might be another story.  Where was I?  Oh yes, the vid.  Here it is.

Here are the rest of the pictures I took on that walk.

I don't know what those flowers are.  Another person thought they might be grape hyacinth.  Anybody else know?  They were pretty with them just poking up.  That's a metal bridge in the background.  You can take that and walk out on a little island/extension to look around.

This picture was taken on the way back to the office.  The river on one side, the walk path on the other.  It was a great walk and can't wait to do more in the summer.

Ready for the "there's more" moment?  Sit down first.  I don't want to shock anybody.  I might know what quilt/wall hanging I will be working on this weekend.  If I'm lucky, I'll have to top done and I can show you.  Here are the colors that I will be using.

I am going to make a Sudoku Quilt/wall hanging.  The white will be used for the sashings.  We'll see how it goes.  Those strips are from a Fabric Roll that I got at JoAnne's a weekend or two ago.  It was on sale for $7.97.  It wasn't a 40 count roll but I believe it is a 20 count. 

Ohhh.  There's something else I can show you.  In the mail today was my new template toy.  In other words, another acryllic ruler that I didn't really need but it looked like a good thing to get.  Much MUCH easier to say Template Toy.  

As it says, it is a log cabin ruler.  I know I'm going to be making at least one if not 4 log cabin blocks.  I saw this on my Blueprint class so I can go there for a tutorial.  It does seem pretty easy though.  The tag has detailed instructions and multiple pages which will help.  

That's it for now.  Everybody have a great evening.

Talented friends show off at 2 a.m.

I decided I had better do my posting for today since I was talking to myself in bed.  THAT wasn't productive and I can feel the yawns starting again so I'll make this short.  This is somewhat of a test.

Yesterday I posted a video of my noon time walk so today I downloaded my other videos that I had put on the "Drive".  Ok, I figured out how to do that and THEN realized how talented my webbed friends where.  I played them on my home computer and everybody was turned to the side.  I guess that was swimming upstream?  Let's see if another video will play normally here, shall we?

While that video is uploading, let me show you two pictures of the circular stone bench that is by the lagoon.  As you can see from the middle stone it has been there since 1941. 

The picture of the bench shows half of it.  Down towards the bottom of the picture is the firepit where you can have a small fire, perhaps even to cook on it, while you watch my friends swim around the lagoon.

I will stop here.  The yawns are coming at a consistently fast rate.  I will check in the morning to see if the video straightened itself out.  :)

Good night?  Good Morning?  Well anyway, adieu until the next post.  


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What a wonderful day!

This will be a short post since I have meetings all afternoon.  I took a walk at lunch and did this little video tidbit for you.  I'll write more about it in a day or two. 


Saturday, April 13, 2019


Sorry.  I didn't mean to shout but even though this is a small wall hanging, it has taken me FOREVER to finish it.  I suppose I could have blamed the long time on forgetting where I put it, then using some of the fabric I had set aside on another project, but the truth of the matter is...I lost interest in it after I lost the pattern.  It happens.  Then I wasn't too keen on the instructions so had to compromise with finishing it another way.  It doesn't matter.  It is now finished and will hang up in my office.

This pattern is from Victoriana Quilt Designs and was a quilt along type thing.  It is called Stained Glass Strings.

It could be done better but considering this is only my second ever string quilt and my 3rd quilt as you go I am happy with it. 

I think that my faerie woke up some of my other projects and they like it also.

That's it for now.  I'm going to go and get something to eat for lunch and then decide what else I want to work on. 

Everybody have a great day!