Spring around the corner

The last few weeks have been cold and snowy, but the last couple days says Spring is just around the corner. This morning I woke up to the birds singing and so I just layed and enjoyed their morning songs.

I have just finished my 3 scrappy quilt. I am hooked for sure. These are in the order I made them.

The same quilt only different colors and the scallops. The last 2 were made for a friend and her sister made from their mom’s clothes. The 2nd one had several different fabric types in it and took longer ue to the different fabrics some cut on bias and some knits. They were stretchy. But they were fun.

Now to figure out what the next quilt will look like. It will be for me. I have an old bushel basket full of scraps. I want to use them for something and not get rid of them.

Today we will have Granddaughter so very little sewing . Last weeks she had a viral infection that turned into a cold and was home from school for a week, Last week was a long week with her sick and then sewing when mom picked her up. We had her 3 days and thankfully the other grandparents had her the other 3 days. I will sped time getting ready for next quilt.

Hope you plan something fun. Stay safe.

Cold February

The last few days have been very cold here. The highest the temp the last few days has been 4 degrees with a wind chill of -20. We’ve had ice and snow so we decided to start feeding the birds. Let me tell you those little critters can eat. We went thru 40 lbs of seeds inside a week. Today we got some more for the next week, then the temps should be going up. This means I have spent a lot of time looking out my windows watching the birds and not sewing like I should be. Oh well.

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May be an image of bird and nature
May be an image of snow
May be an image of bird, nature and snow
May be an image of snow

These were taken last week. Today we counted 6 male and 6 female Cardinals, 4 Blue Jay’s, Woodpeckers, Starlings, and can’t forget the 2 Morning Doves. Granddaughter ran from kitchen window to sewing room windows and was counting them. Some she counted several times so I won’t give her numbers.

Now I am going to work these 2 quilts and hopefully getting one of them done by Friday. I am giving myself deadlines as if I don’t I’m not sure how long it will take. This way there will be no watching the birds.

Stay warm and stay safe.

What a Week!

I got the quilt for a friend finished and she will be picking it up tomorrow. My first scrap quilt and am happy to say I am hooked.

I will be making 2 more next week. It will be a little different but basically the same. I had never made scallops before and was looking for a ruler. We stopped in at my favorite sewing machine shop to see what they had and saw the new Janome sewing quilting machine and we ended up buying it. I love it. It has an industrial motor and lots of other things that I am still trying to figure out. I think I will be going back for some one on one time with them for a class on it.

It did come with a book, and 2 CDs. So in the future I will be doing a lot of playing. I will keep you posted as I go.

I am now taking clothes apart to make the next 2 scrap quilts. Lady’s mother passed away and I am making her and her sister memory quilts. Great way to spend a cold snowy day. I hope everyone stays safe

What were you doing a year ago?

One year ago we were planning on going to Washington DC to see the blooming of the Cherry trees. We would drive from Missouri to Washington DC with stops along the way. In 2017 we went to the New England States and stopped at the Flight 93 Memorial it was so very emotional to read of the heroic actions of the passengers on this flight. To know you will not see family and loved ones and still try and take charge of an airplane from terrorist who wanted to destroy the Pentagon. The memorial was still finishing up some additions and we wanted to see those this trip.

This is the beginning of the end of flight 93. Should you get to Pennsylvania see this.

While in Pennsylvania we did visit Gettysburg….WOW the history.

Just imagine the battles fought through out this area and town.

The history of the United States has been full of strife and struggles, but has survived. I guess this has reminded that the battle over this virus will make all of us stronger and will start appreciating what we have more. As far as our trip to Washington DC, I guess we will plan that for anther day. We will sit and looks at the travels photos of our previous trips. We have truly been blessed so far.

Have a great day and stay safe.

Scrappy Quilt

I have talking about trying a scrappy quilt and now I am making one. It isn’t for me, but for a friend of mine. It is turning out to be pretty good. I am trying not to plan each block, but it is what it is. After I make this one I will be making one for myself.

Some of the fabric was her mother’s and then the more colorful pieces we are just adding in. I have 1/3rd the blocks made for the top already made. It is going together pretty quickly and easily.

This past 8 or so days have just sped by leaving me to wonder where did it go. We had some snow on Friday. Destiny and I made a snowman, we aren’t very good at snowman making, but she did have fun.

Look closely to her left and you will see him. We did put a carrot for a nose, and pennies for eyes and mouth. Saturday when she looked out to make sure it was still there(not taken by Aliens) the nose was gone. Squirrels took it. Not sure what brought on the Alien bit, but she left candy outside incase they came by to visit. After she went to sleep I got the candy and brought it back in the house. She was excited the “Aliens” found the candy.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Stay safe.

Think I am safer quilting and a little round

yuu have to come up. Tuesday we decided to walk a more flat area which is down one of the ways into the neighborhood. No sidewalks so as we were walking on the road when a car came we walked in the grass so not a problem. We had gone about a mile and this is when a car came towards us, we moved over and the car kept coming very close to us and when I moved over again I fell into a ditch. Took me a few minutes to pick myself up and we hobbled home. The ankle was swollen and very painful. Now we had joined 2 gyms, not one but 2 Tuesday morning. Our insurance pays for it so we joined the city gym and then Planet Fitness for when the city gym was full.

We had to get Granddaughter from school so we went from her school to the Emergency Room. While I was getting xrays Destiny kept Grandpa busy with “I spy” and little games on my phone. When I got back to the car she informed me not to worry she made sure Grandpa took his blood sugars and had dinner.

The outcome of the foot is I chipped a bone in the ankle. I have a splint and crutches. I see my Orthopedic tomorrow to see what he says.

Now I have done summersaults with granddaughter, jumped around like a kangaroo(she is 6 and I am 67) not a scratch. Just walking fall in a ditch and chip a bone.

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Seriously after the Orthopedic tomorrow we will know what I can do and can’t do. My older granddaughters have offered to come clean, cook, or do laundry for me because “Grandpa can’t”. I love those girls to the moon and back.

Have a great day and in the words of hubby “Be Careful”

Quilt finished

I got my Covid 19 quilt finally finished. I started it last April. I started on a Quilt along with a group from Italy and then life got in my way.

The lighthouse because I wanted something from home on it.

Then today worked some more on my Dear Jane got 6 blocks done. I thought I had 7 finished so I will have to look around and find that little stinker

Maybe before the year is up I will have these finished.

I hope you have a great Weekend.

Good Morning all, today we are staying in (the street in front of our house is a sheet of ice packed down) so I will be making a set of aprons then will be ready to sandwich and quilt my Covid Quilt. After that I am cleaning out the coat closet and gather all coats we don’t wear, hats, gloves, and scarves to pack up for donations.

Like many of you, we treat the first of January as a time to purge and start the year with a clean slate. So today will be a busy day in this house hold.

Everyone have a great day. Stay safe.

A Blanket of White

We woke up to 1/4inch of ice then the snow started. By 9am this is what the back yard looked like

Not bad, then came noon

Now 5 hours later here we are.

We got about 4 inches in our yard and now calling for it to ice up tonight. Glad we don’t have to get out. I did get some quilting done. Had to rebind a quilt for a granddaughter(her pet chewed on it) then finished my Covid 19 quilt top. I started it in May and finely got it ready to quilt. Will probably do that tomorrow.

I hope everyone had a good New Years Eve and wonderful day. Stay safe and healthy in the New Year.

Happy New Year

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2020 has been such an up and down year, I have decided that no matter what happens I will find the positive and not react. That is my 2021 resolution. Since Christmas we have been very busy. Christmas Day we had the kids and some of the Grandkids over and then on Sunday the kids who had to work on Christmas came over. It was wonderful seeing them all. This was wonderful seeing all the kids and grandkids finally.

Monday night Destiny spent the night and on Tuesday we took her shopping for her Birthday gift. Tuesday she turned 6 and now she is “almost 7 you know”. She got a Barbie and the game Operation, then we went to Barnes and Nobles and “It is so AMMMMAZZZZZZZING to have so many books and not in a Library”. She picked out a few books and left walking on air. We did have her sit in a chair and try reading the books before she bought them. Surprised Grandpa she was past step 1 books. She has a wonderful teacher.

On Wed we spent at Appointments and now I am putting decorations away and finishing a few quilts. I would like to start 2021 with only 1 or 2 UFOs.

2021 will be a better year, or at least I am praying for a better year. I will continue to quilt and watch my friendly critters outside my sewing room.

Here is to everyone having a fun safe New Years(we are to get 5-9 inches of snow starting tonight). Looking forward to seeing all in 2021.

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