Simple Pleasures ~ Finished

10.21.2019

This sweet quilt I made sometime in 2016. The pattern is Simple Pleasures by Brenda Riddle and the fabric is Ambleside also by Brenda Riddle. I love this pattern! Simple patchwork quilts are my favorites...


I quilted it with free form wavy lines and the binding is scrappy. 


My WIP pile is shrinking! =) That means I can start another project soon! 

2018 Temperature Quilt ~ Finished!

10.19.2019

I am so happy to have my 2018 Temperature quilt finished! I love this quilt so much...It's such a happy quilt! 




The backing is by Tula Pink called Free Fall. 


I kept the quilting very simple by using the serpentine stitch only the grid. 


Below you will find the spreadsheet charts I used for my quilt in case you would like to make one. =)





Sew Together Bag updated and other projects

10.17.2019

After I finished the Free-Wheeling Single Girl quilt, I got on a roll and have been working like the energizer bunny getting things that have been sitting around done. 

The longest project waiting to get my attention was my Sew Together Bag that I made in 2014!! I never liked the binding that I used on it and the zipper was not a good one. I kept it hidden in a cupboard all these years and never used it because I didn't like it. You can read about my Sew Together Bag here if you want. 

This is the before...


And this is how it looks now! So much better, don't you think?! The binding and zipper that I have been dreading to redo these last 5 years, gave me no trouble at all! I am no longer ashamed of it! In fact, I want to make another one!!


I also made some journal covers for notebooks just for fun. This one is going to be used for keeping track of quilt ideas and notes on the quilts I am working on. The pattern I used is the Quilted Bible Cover tutorial by Amy Ellis.



My traveling journal got a new cover, too. 


Last spring, I basted 3 baby quilts and then they sat. Here are two of them. The third is waiting for binding. 

 The center block of this quilt was a test block variation I was trying out and it turned into an orphan block. I snowballed the corners and framed it out until it was big enough to use as a baby quilt. 



This baby quilt used the leftover half-square triangles that were cut off in the making of Love You More quilt that I made in the spring



After taking almost 3 months off from playing in my sewing room, I seriously wondered if I would ever enjoy my hobby again. I still have some projects I need to get to that I am not super excited about. I figure they can sit until I am. In the meantime, I am only going to work on things that bring happiness. 

Next time I will share the two big projects that I finished! 


Free Wheeling Single Girl ~ Finish!

10.04.2019

It was one year ago about this time when I joined in with the Free-Wheeling Single Girl sew-along. My Free-Wheeling Single Girl progress can be found in this post and, as a matter of fact, there is another Free-Wheeling Single Girl sew-along going on right now! You can find the information at Denyse Schmidt's blog. Seeing another sew-along being organized was just the push I needed to get mine done. 



We have had a lot of rainy days lately, so I grabbed the first sunny day to get it basted! It's a lot less messy using basting spray if I can do it outside. 


For the quilting, I decided to use the serpentine stitch (number 4 on my Bernina) elongated to 3.25. 


I was anxious to see how it would look densely quilted, so I did a small section to get an idea. 


And then!! I ran out of thread!! Can you see where? I had to wait a couple of days for the thread to arrive. 


Love the texture!


All done and ready for our bed!!




I love everything about this quilt!! I really want to make another one, but I have a few more quilts that have been waiting for a long time to get finished. 

Thanks for stopping in!! 

Brooklyn's visit...

8.15.2019


What a fun and busy summer!! Two days after we got home from Glacier, Brooklyn came to visit for 4 days. As promised, we spent some time at the sewing machine. Her favorite football team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I just so happened to have some Buccaneer fabric in my stash. *wink* She decided to make a pillowcase. 


One thing I did not anticipate and was a challenge for me is Brooklyn is a lefty like her birth father! I had a terrible time helping her use the rotary cutter.



The finished product!! She did a fantastic job!


Holden came over every day to spend time with her, too. He was juggling while giving her tips on how to get up on the slackline. He makes me laugh! 


By the time her stay with us was over she was doing a great job getting up on the slackline and was beginning to take a step before she fell.  


Here is Holden showing all the grandgirls how it's done. He can walk all the way across. 


I need to get back in my sewing room and finish up the projects I started way too long ago. One of these days! 




Glacier National Park

8.06.2019

The highlight edition.


The animals...

Mama Grizzly Bear and her 3 cubs taking a stroll outside our motel room window. She walked right under our window. So close I could have touched her! The cubs took a tour of a crawl space under the building for a while. The rangers had it all under control and made sure people were in their rooms or getting to a building until she moved on her way. After they left, the crawl space openings were covered up with boards. 


A bull moose eating at Fishcap Lake. Two female cows were there, too. 


A mountain goat at Hidden lake. 


Going abroad...

I have never left the country before, so it was a thrill to visit Canada. We spent the day at Waterton. 


The beauty...

Hidden lake


Mountain meadow in full bloom near Iceberg Lake. 


Iceberg Lake. My favorite hike! When we came over the rise and saw the beautiful blue lake with the ice floating in it, the beauty took my breath away and I cried...


We attempted to hike up (and I mean up! 1800 foot elevation gain) to Grinnell Glacier. We were so close! We estimate about a mile or mile and a half away, but the trail changed into a cliff edge walk. I made the mistake of looking down and that was it for me. I have no regrets. I know if I had gone on I would have been in terror the whole time. Mistakes happen in that state of mind. 


Grinnell Lake


 Beautiful trails...


 And lots of waterfalls! This one is Running Eagle Falls in Two Medicines. In the spring it falls over the rocks. In the summer, it runs under the shelf and looks like it is coming out a hole, as it is now. 


We laughed when we realized my purple shoes matched the purple rocks in the mountains...


Tomorrow, my granddaughter Brooklyn arrives to spend a few days with us! Sewing is on the itinerary! 😁


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