Thursday, April 11, 2024

A String Flimsy

It's a top!
60 x 80

Most of the strings were quilt back trimmings. 
The black center string has all sorts of positive phrases. 

It has been a rough couple of days. First the riding lawn mower had a flat tire and then it would not start. Then the internet was out for a day. Then last night our refrigerator/freezer quit working but good thing I noticed before I lost all the food. I have a chest freezer and second refrigerator in the breezeway. 

But you can't be sad or upset when doing mindless sewing with all these bright colors!

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

April 9 - Finished a book - Double Jeopardy by Sheldon Siegel.  It is book #14 in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series.   I've read all 14 in the series so far and I think I have two more to go.  I didn't think this one was as good as some of the others in the series. 

April 10 - Worked out in the gardens most of the day-- planting and weeding and clearing beds. For a long time  I watched a flower fly aka hoverfly (they look like little bees but aren't harmful and are important pollinators) that landed on my arm. I must be a lot sweeter than I look because it spent a long time licking my arm. Or maybe it was the salty sweat?   I also spotted a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. They are so beautiful.   I also harvested asparagus and had it for dinner. 


Monday, April 8, 2024

Special Delivery

30 Quilts
in bundles of 5

I will be handing them off this afternoon to Elise with Fostering Crossroads. 

Only about 1/3 of these are from last month's quilting marathon. The rest were finished last year. I am still going to mail about the same amount of quilts in small batches over the next few months to a coordinator for both Wrap-A-Smile and Quilts Beyond Borders.   And I am making more. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

April 7 - After the rain stopped, the winds died down a little and the sun came out I walked out to see what was new in the gardens. I spotted my first butterfly of the season - a Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta). I couldn't believe it. It seems a bit early for butterflies but I did a little research on them in Iowa and found they do start to appear in early April. I didn't have my camera with me but here's a link to Iowa State University and some basic info on Red Admirals if you are interested.

April 8 - Quilt delivery!


Sunday, April 7, 2024


I've finished using strings to make 48 ten inch finished string blocks with black centers. Now blocks are ready for assembly. 

Before I put the bright strings away I started a set of 12 Wonky Log Cabin blocks with 4 inch black centers.  These will finish at 14 inches. I only have one more round to go on these. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

April 6 - I finished another book -a bit of a tear jerker - The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride by Joe Siple. A centenarian finds purpose when he meets a boy with a terminal illness and a wish list. 


Saturday, April 6, 2024

This And That

Twilight Flock
6 inch blocks

I was busy with my quilting marathon in March so I did not get any Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks made. This month I need to catch up on a few blocks and colors. I made my yellow blocks and had a few other 2.5 inch scraps near my cuting mat so turned those into Twilight Flock blocks too. 

Bow Ties
3 inch blocks

I had red and purple blocks cut but now sewn together. I don't think there will be any yellow ones this month. I don't have that many yellow scraps.  I've been making these for a couple of years and I think now I have over 600 of them. 

Boo Boo Patch
3 x 6

That's my name for the blocks because I made a mistake when making them. I sewed two 1.5 inch width scraps together and mistakenly cut the strip sets apart at 1.5 inch instead of 2.5 inches. Of course I also figured out incorrectly the length of the strip I needed in order tto cut them apart at 2.5 inches too. So Boo Boo Patches is what I ended up with and continue to make. 

4 inch blocks

I make these from 1.5 inch width scraps or 2.5 inch width scraps. 

Lil' Baskets
4 inch blocks

Switch Plates
3 x 5 inch blocks. 

9 Patch 
Potato Chip 
6 inch blocks

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

April 5 -- After a couple of days of snow, rain and wind it was a nice sunny day. Everything that was in bloom before the bad weather is still in bloom! That's definitely a cause for celebration!

Ear worm:
Here comes the sun, doo-doo-doo-doo
Here comes the sun
And I say, its alright
     ...the Beatles


Friday, April 5, 2024

Fan Flowers

I finished another set of Fan Flowers. Two more sets to go.

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

April 3 - Received a surprise package in the mail. There were two sets of vintage blocks in there. More on that with pics later.

April 4 - Celebrated seeds by planting some! - tomatoes and brassicas and basil and perennial scabiosa are planted and under lights now in a corner of my sewing space. Peppers are already there on a heating mat and sprouted. Sweet peas are getting out of hand and ready to plant. I have them on a card table in my living room near the deck now. Before we had the two days of rain, snow and high winds I was taking them out on the deck for a few hours each day to harden them off. 


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Things - Coins

Strings and Things is the April theme in my sewing space.  
These strips kind of qualify as both. For awhile now instead of throwing everything into the string box I have been cutting two inch strips if possible from strings in saturated colors. Then I have been matching up pairs of strips, sewing them together and then cutting them into 3 inch width pieces and sewing back together for coin strips. I now have quite a few strips in different lengths and colors. 

I will continue to work with the strips I have cut and then assess what I have and whate size quilt I can make. I'm hoping maybe a twin sized comfort quilt.   I have not ironed them yet because I want to nest seams when I put the top together and so at this point don't know which way to iron each strip set. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

April 2 - I am thankful for my continued good health. If I didn't have it I would not be able to take care of my husband John at home. At home I have been making sure he gets the best of care. He continues to improve. 

April 3 - I am thankful I am retired. It has been snowing and windy all day. I don't have to go out in it to get to work and home again. I know I'm a good and safe driver but not everyone is. I used to dread being on the road in bad winter weather. No dread now!  Also, since I'm retired I am able to stay home and take care of John. I LOVE retirement! My last day of paid employment was Feb. 28, 2017.  My first job (not counting babysitting) was at age 15. On weekends and in the summer I worked at a soda fountain. 


Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Strings and Things

For April the theme in my sewing space is Strings and Things. I'm mostly going to concentrate on using up a big box of strings -- most of them quilt back trimmings as well as uneven ends of yardage or wonky cuts I made accidentally.   So this month I'm mostly going to concentrate on using strings or quilting some string UFOs but if I have time I will work on Things too - orphan blocks and crumbs. 

So I started making 10.5 inch square string blocks with a 2 inch black center string. I am using paper foundations and old spools of thread. The paper I tear off the back will go into the compost pile.  I am hoping for a set of 48 blocks for a 60 x 80 quilt.  

So far I have 10 blocks and a still very full box of strings. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE ! (my word of the year)

March 31 - Easter.  Took a walk in my garden to take pics and celebrate anything in bloom because 1 inch of snow is predicted for Wednesday and who knows what the flowers will look like after that.  I also planted my potatoes.  I usually do that on Good Friday but am a little late this year but then again Easter is early. 

Scilla. I have patches of it all over and it has been buzzing with bees. 




Iris reticulate have been blooming for quite awhile but are now starting to fade. 





Different type of muscari. 

April 1 - Finished reading a novel of World War II -  The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin. Inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War II. I liked another WWII historical fiction book written by Madeline Martin  (The Last Bookshop in London) so decided to read another. The Librarian Spy is the story of two women - one in Portugal and one in France; one a resistance fighter and the other a librarian - and the power of the written word.