Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I Like Thursday #30

Yes this is truly my #30 I like post.  It is going to be short and sweet.

I love the Row by Row experience that start today.  No pictures, no additional likes.  Just an "I am on another epic road trip"  this time my destination is Maine to collect some rows along the way.  I have a list of shops where I want to stop, I am looking for rows with guitars, or piano/piano keys.  I also am going to try to meet up with a friend or two along the way. 

Because I am a terrible pet parent and Bobbin is such a terror (translate no one wants to watch her), she is going to be with me.  Our shakedown cruise for later this summer when we head back to California.

I am so excited.  Adding some new states to my visited list, and new experiences!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I Like Thursday #29

Yes I know my post last week was I Like Thursday #29.  Obviously I cannot read or count because last week would have only been 28.  So I will get back on track today.  :D

I saw this and thought of LeeAnna.  I like interesting yard lights.

But I saw these and I knew I had to have them.  There were only two but I love the light they give off.

I know it is hard to see, but it is green and it looks like a flame.  Believe it or not that had been cleaned out about 3 days ago.  The weeds definitely grow faster than I pull.

I like my clucky girls.  They get to free range, and they are extremely happy, me not so much at times they dig up my plants, one of their fluffy butts smashed my lone little lupine that I had grown from seed last year.  

Today they were running through the sprinkler, circling under the stairs, and around, and back through the sprinkler.

I know I mentioned my poppies a couple of weeks ago.  The first sets were vibrant orange, then they went to an almost dark salmon, the last few seem to get lighter and lighter.  These are a light almost pink.  I am thrilled that I had 12 blooms this year.  I love that my flowers just keep spreading, without buying new ones every year.

I like Lemon Grass essential oils, and I hear that if you plant lemon grass they are supposed to help drive away the mosquitoes.

I also have some that I am growing from seeds.  I have 2 little sprouts so far, but the weeds are growing faster.  How can that be?

Jeff always wanted a miniature Japanese Maple, but here they are so very expensive, even for just a small one.  I have tried growing them without success.  When I was in Oregon I was looking and my mom and dad bought me one for Mother's Day.  It traveled across country with me pretty well.  It has been sitting here patiently waiting to be planted.  I finally chose a spot.

I will enlarge that bed, put weed block and mulch.  Maybe throw in some herbs.

I like spending time at the lake house with a friend.  While working on the boat there was a visitor the other day.

I got a laugh out of him walking up the dock.

I like being outside and smelling the honeysuckle.  The plant is doing wonderful.

I like the dish towels and hand towels for different seasons.

The 4th of July is one the horizon.

 Canning jar, and love the blanket stitch hem!
And a bicycle full of flowers.

I have been spending time in the pool a lot and I ordered a double beach towel from Pendleton.

Finally I like that I figured out a tie out for Bobbin.  She is pretty good about allowing me to click it to her collar, and she has about 50 feet to run.  The other day she decided to splay out on the rocks under my car.

We laugh because she flattens out.

Now head over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color to see the other I Like Thursdays.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Doing A Little Sewing

Nice days I have been outside working in the yard.  Pulling weeds (I have a lot of thistle) planting flowers, every time I get ready to til the garden, it pours for a couple of days in a row and it doesn't get done. But the rain brings some positives.  I have been doing a lot of sewing.

I had stalled out on my temperature quilt about 4 days into April.  I now have April, May, and up until the 9th of June.  It is nice to see the yellow and light greens. 

I needed to get my block for the Friendship Block group at guild done.  I am behind one month, but hopefully I will get caught up after our meeting Thursdays.

I also worked on my bee blocks.  Both the June, and July Queen Bees chose the same pattern and color palette.  Navy, Kona White, and orange.  These are 2 blocks.

The block is called Alpine. 

I have also been working on this quilt again. 
I have 2 more rows to finish piecing and then need to cut the 8 rows and sew them together.  I am on a mission.  I want to get this finished. 

I have had some fiber acquisitions.  

I ordered this bundle of Swell Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda quite a while back. 

This very cute panel.  With a couple of matching fabrics.

I also bought some more black on white, and white on blacks.  I could not resist these.

The mountains, tents, deer. 
Snails, butterflies, a fox face.
The sweet sleepy animals. 

As to getting something in the mail which had been ordered a long while back.

I just loved this. 

Recently during a blog hop I won this beautiful scissors charm. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

I Like Thursday #29

Summer your weeks seem to whirl by. 

I like my yard visitor in the mornings.

I love my poppies.  Each year I have more, and more.
These were orangish, but some others were like a melon color.  I love how they have spread. 

I like that I can get the pool going pretty easily.  The kids are already enjoying it.

Now head on over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color to see the other I like Thursday posts.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I Like Thursday #27

Well I have a late start, but better late than never.

Welcome to my I like Thursday post #27.  It isn't that  I don't have any likes, it is just I have been working in the yard (a lot) and getting the swimming pool up and going for the summer.  So here we go, cause I am burning daylight!

I like charity and volunteer work.  Today I will be baking lots of cookies for Relay for Life (one of the reasons I am tardy).  I also am the head of charity for my quilt guild, and I work on charity quilts for church also.

This was a top that had been turned in and it had a seam that had split. 

I like making cookies for a good cause and others.

I like this snail I found up in the mountains where I was traveling.  They were all over my family cemetery.

After being around Michigan rivers I forget how truly breath taking wild rivers from my homeland are.

Now head over to LeeAnna's at Not Afraid of Color to check out the other I Like Thursday posts.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Fiber Acquisitions While Traveling

I realized that I haven't shared the few (I was being good) quilt shops and my acquisitions while I was on my road trip.

My first stop was All N Stitches in New Florence, Missouri. 

I like black on white for backgrounds sometimes.  I found these 3 which caught my eye.

One day while I was visiting family on the reservation I had to go to town to have my car serviced, so of course I went to one of the LQS.  The shop I visited is called Ocean Waves Quilt Shop in Eureka, California.

I found a gorgeous batik, a Marilyn Monroe print, chicken fabric, and a couple of white on whites.

One was a dragonfly and the other had different stitches which are on sewing machines.

Then I spotted these super cute prints and I bought a fat quarter of each.

I wrote about having a problem with some little tears in my backing, and purchasing the red star fabric.  I purchased it at Craft Warehouse.  

While picking up the star fabric I saw this really cute chicken fabric, they were knitting! Of course it had to come home with me.

I will confess I cannot visit Portland without going to Fabric Depot. I was a bit disappointed this trip though.  I had heard that people complained because it was not wheel chair friendly so the company had to really reduce inventory to make it more accessible.  Additionally there was one whole area that had once been formal and bridal fabric which was completely empty.  The company said it was because they had several big name designers coming in since Quilt Market was in Portland in May.  One was Tula Pink!  I still managed to find some great fabrics though.

 A white on white, which you can see below had clothes pins, a black on white of windmills, sunflowers,  and barns, a green, a yellow/gold/brown rose looking batik, a cute sewing themed fabric and Robert Kaufman's Effervescence fabric in a red, white and blue colorway. 
 Yes I know it looks like I purchased a lot, but I was mighty proud of the fact that I didn't visit more shops.  Well, also my car was pretty packed with clothes, sewing machines, and projects. 

But there is always next trip. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Black and White

I only have a couple of things I must accomplish per month.  One is the friendship block for quilt guild, and the other are my bee blocks.  Being gone for the majority of the month I kind of needed to scramble to get my bee block done. 

This month's block which was selected for the Queen Bee is called Mineral by Blossom Heart Quilts.  The Queen Bee wanted a white on black background.   Now it may sound silly, but it is much different than what is in my stash, which meant stash enhancement trip.  I headed to The Quilt Patch in Tecumseh, Michigan to search for white on black prints.  (Whenever I say that I think of the movie Madagascar the zebra saying, "I don't know if I am white with black stripes or black with white stripes!")  Per Wikipedia Zebras are black with white stripes, just in case you are wondering.

I found a few and purchased a yard of each.  I like being prepared.

I like looking through their fat quarters and picked up a few.  I love the circles.

Then while I was wandering I saw this very cute bicycle pattern and kit.

I loved the colors and it just looked like a simple fun quilt.

There is also a large quilt too.

Now I know many of you have made sew together bags.  I decided I would like to make one, and after looking at my pattern I realized I needed 1/2 yards and 1/3 yards for pockets and lining.  I had purchased some fat quarters from this line while on vacation....which reminds me I haven't shown the fabrics I picked up at a couple of fabric shop stops. I guess I will have to write another post. 

Since I am a frequent shopper, after I filled up my purple card I became a Quilt Patch Bag Lady. 

A great tote bag with a zipper!
Some fun quilty items-- A pattern, coupons, tailor's chalk, snips, best press, a creative grids ruler and bobbin saver. 

Oh, I digress...... back to the bee blocks.  It is a great pattern but 64 pieces!  Oh my.  I kind of lost my sewjo and really struggled to get these done.

Black fabric with white print, the center was to be your favorite colors.  I chose red and a rose pink, and all the little HST were just to be scraps.  Boy did I have the scraps!Tuesday I will get my bee block in the mail. 

I guess I better go find the names of the couple of quilt shops that I visited on my grand tour.