Addition Updates

Things are progressing on the addition in LaPorte and I’m pretty excited even though no one showed up to work over there today.

The grout is done in both of the bathrooms and I could not be more pleased with the upstairs bathroom. I love it!

half bath

this makes my heart sing

shower flooring

shower tile grout done

The stairs are coming along as well. Our primary residence does not have stairs so this is my very first experience with stairs, so I have questions on how things play out and am learning the rules, but I knew I wanted the ends to be exposed. The kick plates are in.

stairs in progress

kick plates in

banister done

They are working on the treads and they look so nice!

treads in

and the side trim is on treads

New doors are built and in place to cover duct work and air conditioning.

utility door hung

upstairs door in

Paint is on the walls and I love to see how the trim pops now!

paint in the works

You may have noticed that we saved some of the wood from the house remodel.
One of the things that I loved from the old house was her bead board. It was in the ceiling of the back porch and I love the color that it was, we saved what we could. I told John that I wanted to put in the downstairs bath. I don’t think he was in favor of using it until he saw it on the wall. It looks great, but we don’t have enough. Tomorrow is wood shopping day!

bead board in half bath

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Giddy Up

It has been a wild week, but maybe that is my normal. Ha!

I had another rodeo day shift on Tuesday and I took my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life to work on. Slowly but surely, progress is in the air. After I worked my rodeo shift on Tuesday I hurried home to meet Brok and family, this past week was their spring break and we had dinner at the house thanks to take out food from Antonio’s. It was great in a pinch – chicken alfredo, salad and rolls. We were all happy and hungry!

I’ve got two rows ready to sew together! wahoo

another block in progress

Wednesday we ran a couple of errands and then off to the rodeo we go. Candice even talked Hailey into riding in the “mutton bustin” contest. We were all surprised and excited that she agreed to do it, but I have to admit after watching several of the little riders take off out of the chute and then fall off, I was a little afraid for her. Hailey held up and did great, even when she did fall off she appeared to be un-phased and she was glad she did it. The kids road rides, got their faces painted and we ate and then went in the center to cool off and then to see some of the rodeo events inside the stadium. There sure is a lot of walking and things to take in during rodeo. Since Candice had knee surgery I rented a wheelchair to make the adventure a little easier to maneuver around and enjoyable for her. That was a good thing, like I said there is a ton of walking around out there!

a couple of painted cow pokes

Hunter and Hailey with Howdy

We had a great time; luckily all good things come to an end. We left and home we went. I love my parking pass and I was certainly glad to see my car. Ha!

I got to spend most of Thursday with them and then they were off to see her Mom and Dad. I really appreciate all the effort they make to come over and spend time with us. Thank you Brok and Candice, I love to watch them interact with the kids and how respectful the kiddos are.

Friday was time to get David off to run his Texas Independence Relay that started in Gonzales and finishes in Deer Park at the San Jacinto monument and some serious sewing time for me. Wahoo!

I worked on my Sew Kind of Wonderful, Mod Owl pattern. I got through all of the cutting and planning for my class on Sunday and Monday.

ready to piece together

one down and 18 more to go

Saturday was my last shift to work and I should say that I was very glad to say Goodbye! I have other things to concentrate on! ha!

Our class was successful and I’m ready to roll for my class tomorrow!

these were Jaelyn’s blocks

my big guys

and my little guys

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Fruitful First Day of Spring

Monday was a great first day of spring! I worked on cutting my Sew Kind of Wonderful, Mod Owls but I didn’t get to finish due to needing to run errands and take care of few things at the retreat house.

First off, the tile guy was there and I talked to him about it not lining up and he said that he would fix it. I am very much a detail person and when I pointed it out, he acted like he hadn’t noticed at all. At any rate, he would make it right and that’s all I needed to hear. He also worked on the shower wall.

I love seeing the progress and watching my building take shape. It kind of reminds me of how a block grows into a quilt. It is fun and sometime one needs to rip out. Ha!

I needed to go over to the retreat house early this morning and of course I had to snoop and see what all had been done yesterday. It was still dark out and I thought I would just use my flashlight, so I trekked upstairs to see the tile and much to my delight, it looked great! Well except for one little tile, which I think he can fix fairly easily! I’m so excited!

shower walls

one little fix but it looks so much better

I was just looking around in the bathroom and saw a can light installed and as I was visualizing everything and I looked on my wall and there was a switch there that was not there before, so I just had to flip it and oh yeah, I had lights! It is the little things. LOL! I had been fumbling around in the dark for at least 30 minutes! Ugh! Electricity is essential! 😉

lights on upstairs

After that I walked downstairs to see if there was a switch to flip downstairs! Oh boy, one-step closer to finishing!

and downstairs

Oh and notice my beam, it is wrapped now and it looks so nice!

Well I guess I had better get to work; it is a rodeo day shift again today!

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Have Thread Will Travel

I want to say that I love a portable project, especially when there’s a great possibility of sitting and a slow day of not being able to do anything. Friday I had a day shift and that normally equates to not having a lot to do and I didn’t want to waste away on my phone so I packed my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life and worked on my stitches. It turned out to be a good thing and a better use of time.

stitching away

Saturday morning I got up and cooked until noon. I was one busy momma! I made spinach dip, a buttermilk pie, and Oreo cheesecake, along with supplies to make garlic bread. We had a full family gathering Saturday afternoon at Josh’s. My 2 families that live out of town were in for spring break and Josh agreed to do a crayfish boil. It was a spicy, fun evening!

extras for the boil

help!

mud bugs

hot bugs

time to eat

Orea cheesecake

I’ve been working up a kit to teach the Sew Kind of Wonderful, Mod Owl pattern. I can’t wait to get started on this project. My class will be on Sunday, 3/26 from 11-3 or on Monday, 3/27 from 10-2. If you want to join us, let me know. I have some spots open.

my Mod Owl kit

Things are coming along nicely in LaPorte. Paint options, flooring in bathroom and my little storage dormers have doors now and they are repurposing my ceiling bead board for my wall in the half bath.

paint options

half bath flooring

upstairs bathroom

you might notice things aren’t quite right, but they will be

dormer closets

and the other one

repurposed bead board

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. love and hugs,
Ronda

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Magic Finish

Rodeo is in full swing, my first shift was the Thursday night and Chris Stapleton performed. It was a sold out performance and it was very busy. I sold $7,645 worth of drink tickets – there were a LOT of thirsty people out there! At least it made for a short (fast) shift.

Friday and Saturday we had a good turn out for a “sit and sew” at the retreat house. I worked on my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas top. I got my last pieced borders done and did some calculating on how wide it needed to be. I have to say that was the easy part and it was pretty easy adding the cream border.

I like to get an idea of what it might look like

For some reason I just thought I’d get the pieced border on and BAM, add the outer border and then I’d be done. Well the pieced border had a laugh and for some reason I could not figure out where I needed to start and stop on the border. I put on one border and then I had to put it down.

Success was not going to happen on Sunday! I went to bed thinking and planning on how was I going to get it attached like it needed to be.

We did get to pick a new addition to put in the house or rather David picked it up for me at Town and Country Sales, located in Baytown. They reupholstered an antique phone chair for me. I love it! They did a great job!

look at my newly reupholstered phone chair

Monday morning I woke up and went right to work. I pulled out my Jinny Beyer, Perfect Piecer tool. This is the best little tool for working on strange points of any kind. It shows you were to stop and start on sewing, and is essential when piecing feathered stars and diagonal corners.

perfect piecer tool

pins help too

you can put a little dot to know where to stop

I sewed and I got it all figured out and best of all I got all four corners sewn on and it laid flat!

two borders on

all pieced borders on

Now to put on the outside border! Magic of Christmas is done!

Magic of Christmas finished

Little progress is happening with the addition at the retreat house – trim is being done and doors are hung. I like the progress and I’m making some decisions on tile and paint colors. This is the fun part!

door to the utility closet

back corner

upstairs bath door hung

shower work

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Rodeo Round Up 2017

Spring is really in full bloom around here, which is great but that also means humid weather. That isn’t so great but it could be worse. One thing about it being humid or if it rains – it is always great sewing weather. Ha!

I love to change out the decorations at the retreat house; spring is sure fun to decorate for. While I was shopping the other day and found the cutest spring décor. Look what I came across! These are the cutest carrots and look at these pair of ceramic galoshes. I’ve got special plans for them!

look at these cute carrots I found

and this ceramic vase

Tuesday was opening day of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I went down there with Cindy G and we had a great time looking around at some of the vendors and of course we had to stop by and look at the quilts on display.

One of Lisa Bongean’s designs of Primitive Gatherings, A Primitive Garden won Best of Division, Best of Show and Judge’s Choice. It was done by Rhonda Dort of Spring Branch/Memorial and it was truly beautiful. This quilt was on display at the International Quilt Show and I marveled at it there. If you are at the rodeo, try to make time and go and look at the quilts on display.

My Garden by Rhonda Dort

her ribbons

Rhonda’s right side of her quilt

There were two more big winners, one was named Flower Garden from Lavaca County done by Doris Zummalt, she got Best of Division and Judges Choice in Mixed Media – Machine category.

Flower Garden

winner Doris Zummalt

The other big winner was done by Brenda Turnbough from McLennan County with her Grandmother’s Flower Garden. She won Best of Division and Best of Show – Hand. It is really beautiful.

Grandmothers Flower Garden

There were other winners, here are the other quilts that won.

another winner

I forgot who did this one

this one was done by Patty Mayer, it is beautiful

there was even a Farm Girl Vintage quilt

I entered my Primitive Gatherings, Somewhere in Time that I call, Everywhere I Go. I did win Best of Division – Wall hanging. I was thrilled to be a winner. This is the first time I’ve seen the quilt hanging and I sure thought it looked good, if I do say so myself.

My Everywhere I Go

my ribbon

This is what I decided to do with my new carrots and golashes.

outside decor

carrots are ready

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Little Strides

Isn’t it just the luck when things are going well you have to stop because you don’t have time to finish what you’re working on?

Over the weekend while I was at the retreat house, I was plugging away working on my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas finish. I’ve decided to do a mix of one and three and as soon as Lisa posted the finishing ideas I decided I wanted an Irish chain in my alternating blocks. It was confirmed when I saw someone had the same idea as I had and her quilt looked amazing.

working on my sawtooth border

I tweaked my half squares; I wasn’t sure how many I wanted to make or more the question how wide did I want that inner border. Saturday I played with my fabric and after a few votes, the thinner border won and I think it was just the ticket!

wide border?

or thinner border

Anyway, I’m happy!

right and left sewn on

I tried to sew and get my borders done before I was involved in Granny duty, but I only got the left and right side done. Oh well, I know it would wait for me.

Sunday was a party day for my oldest grandson, Jaiden. He turned 12! I cannot believe he is 12!

yummy cupcakes

see the 12

song and candle time

Monday was income tax workday, so I finally got to a certain point on my taxes and said since I would not get it all done today, that I would drive over to the retreat house and put on the top and bottom border, sew I did!

ok, I got the top and bottom border on

Oh boy, now I’m excited to see the next steps.

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Quilts Around Us

I thought I would share some of the precious quilts that I saw at Houston Hospice a few weeks ago when I went to see Sandy before she passed.

Houston Hospice is located on Holcombe Street on the edge of the Houston Medical Center. If you aren’t from this area, our Med Center is one to behold! We are truly blessed to be surrounded by an amazing health care system and it is nice to know that it is in our backyard.

When I walked in, one of the first things I noticed was a bright quilt hanging on the wall. Linda and I looked at it and admired it. It was nice to know that quilts can be all around us and how comforting they can be.

our welcome quilt

our welcome quilt

As we walked to the room we noticed there were quilts in the hall and most dated back to c. 1900. The quilts were dated and donated to commemorate loved ones that had stayed there.

These are the quilts that I was able to photo. I only took a few. I hope you enjoy them; hopefully the pictures will relay their beauty.

The first quilt was quilted in black thread; I thought that was unusual for that time period.

loved this 9-patch and notice the quilting thread

loved this 9-patch and notice the quilting thread

more of the 9-patch

more of the 9-patch

another view of the 9-patch

another view of the 9-patch

wedding ring quilt

wedding ring quilt

I loved this one, we had a hard time finding the block because we could not see the seams

I loved this one, we had a hard time finding the block because we could not see the seams

a close up

a close up

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Yard Spring Cleaning

David and I went over to the retreat house yesterday and did some yard work. He did edging, mowing and blowing and I did some bed work. I had done some dead heading but decided to do more. I was really glad to see all of my begonias coming back. I was scared that they would not return and they were one of my favorites! They were so nice and round, but not anymore. Oh well, they are on the upswing, or should I say on the “upspring”. Ha!

flower beds

flower beds

rose bush.  it has a crepe myrtle growing in it.  I'll need to separate it later

rose bush. it has a crepe myrtle growing in it. I’ll need to separate it later

The azaleas are really doing well as well as the drift rose bushes. I did cut back some of the rose bushes, but some of the flowers are blooming. I do love spring and enjoy seeing the rebirth of plants.

another flower bed

another flower bed

Yesterday I was cleaning out one of my Hosta plants and reached down to pull out a leaf, but it was NOT a leaf, it was a huge butterfly of some sort and it was hairy!!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like that! Does anyone know anything about it?

look at this butterfly

look at this butterfly

it looks like it has a hairy mustache

it looks like it has a hairy mustache

They did finish all the sheetrock today, now they need to finish all the mud work – pretty exciting to me!

downstairs

downstairs

downstairs

downstairs

upstairs

upstairs

upstairs

upstairs

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Just One More

How many times do you say that? Whether it pertains to one more bite of food, one more cup of coffee, one more lap around the track, one more mile or even it is about one more yard of fabric, one more block or one more border?

Thursday, I was working on my Farm Girl Vintage and I was trying to push to the end of my flying geese border and I was a little anxious and wanted to do something else, so I said one more border and then I would take a break! So I did!

I had to move a couple of blocks.  done!

I had to move a couple of blocks. done!

white border added

white border added

106 flying geese

106 flying geese

flying geese sewn on

flying geese sewn on

When I’m nearing the end of a project, I like to start thinking of the next project and how I want to play with the colors and what fabrics to use. So after I got 2 of my 4 flying geese borders I decided to play with fabrics for my Sew Kind of Wonderful, Mod Owls pattern.

My Sears Kit house was labeled as a Modern house for her time. Kind of funny, what does “modern” mean!?

my Modern home

my Modern home

As I was thinking about “one more” I really got to thinking of one more hug or one more conversation with a loved one that wasn’t here anymore. With so many people passing away it really makes one stop and think about life and what our choices are, etc. so choose wisely grasshopper!

Thursday I drove over to the retreat house to see or check on progress and see how things are taking shape. We are finally getting to the good part and I can really see how things take shape. Sheetrock was delivered! Wahoo!

insulation in the first floor

insulation in the first floor

going up the stairs

going up the stairs

upstairs

upstairs

upstairs

upstairs

sheetrock delivered

sheetrock delivered

upstairs

upstairs

About half of the sheetrock was installed on Friday, but not finished yet. I keep telling myself – progress is progress!

sheetrock on the walls

sheetrock on the walls

it looks so different with the white walls

it looks so different with the white walls

upstairs

upstairs

another view upstairs

another view upstairs

During the sit and sew on Friday and Saturday I worked on my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas finishing and it is coming along. I got all of my sashing done and it is now all pieced together. I am working on the pieced borders.

sashing done, now to sew it all together

sashing done, now to sew it all together

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I left the girls alone while I went to Bonnie’s funeral. The service was very nice and Brandon and Aaron did a great job officiating the funeral. Brok drove down and he even wore his uniform. Please keep the family in your prayers as they learn to live without their wife, mother, sister, daughter in law, and aunt.

look at this handsome man in a uniform

look at this handsome man in a uniform

We had a great time, I hope you consider joining me for the next two weekends to sit and sew. March 3rd and 4th and also on March 10th and 11th. Let me know if you want to come.

First thing Saturday I decided it was time to put the last border on my Lori Holt, Farm Girl Vintage. It is done and I’m one happy city girl! Ha!

Farm Girl Vintage finished

Farm Girl Vintage finished

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. love and hugs,
Ronda

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Where to Start

How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you get candy or get to go out for dinner? I decided to cook dinner instead of us going out. I fixed a pasta shrimp dish that was I got ideas from while shopping at HEB grocery store. They had the goods going on Monday, ideas and tempting dishes all over the place. They even had chocolate covered bacon! Now I decided to only take a sample of that instead of getting a bundle but I did indulge in 6 chocolate covered strawberries! Oh, the chocolate covered bacon wasn’t bad, but I don’t really need another temptation! Ha!

Early Tuesday morning, by very first sewing buddy passed away, Sandy Evensen. She was such a kind, loving and a giving friend and one that taught me so much. We got to know one another very well; it is funny what one learns about one another while sewing together. Sandy was a great quilter and she will be missed dearly.

Since Sandy passed away, my Mom’s cousin passed away on the 18th and then on the 19th my former sister in law, Bonnie passed away. Bonnie’s passing was such a surprise and unexpected, someone else gone to soon.

Bonnie, Bennie and Billie back in 1997

Bonnie, Bennie and Billie back in 1997

I don’t know about you, but it sure seems like several people I’ve known lately are no longer here and I don’t like it one bit!

Time to change the subject! How is your “word” going? Did you choose a word to give you a challenge and push yourself to be more goal oriented. My word was “conquer” – it is going pretty good. Sometimes it seems a little ebb and flow, some days are better than others, but in the end it is all-good.

I’m still chipping away on my Primitive Gatherings, Triangle Gatherings blocks. I was up to date until she posted 14 and 15 last night. Oh well! 😉

11, 12 and 13

11, 12 and 13

I decided to pull out my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas and get to work on my setting and how I wanted to see it come together. I like how it is progressing.

Magic of Christmas

Magic of Christmas

a little more progress

a little more progress

Our monthly Jo’s group was today at the Painted Pony. I love this group and I appreciate how much effort Karen puts into it for us. She does a great job!

today's Jo's project

today’s Jo’s project

The addition is also progressing! We now have a roof and they are tweaking different things inside. This is what I have thus far.

roof is on

roof is on

back view

back view

inside

inside

inside

inside

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Sew on the Go

I hope you had a good week and weekend, was it productive enough for you?

Tuesday afternoon I reported in for “Granny duty” while Josh and Angela were in California for her work related training. I got to drive to Huffman and watch Jaiden and Dylan. I got to fix dinner/breakfast and get them to school and around for baseball practice. I forgot what it was like being a taxi driver for active school age kids. Whoosh, it was a lot.

Dylan and his school project, he's 10

Dylan and his school project, he’s 10

Jaiden and I outside.  I love being there as they get off the bus!

Jaiden, he’s 11. outside! I love being there as they get off the bus!

I was a little paranoid that I was going to forget something, but thankfully that did not happen. I do have a funny incident to relay. Wednesday morning Jaiden had late arrival day and didn’t have to be at school until 9:20. The night before we strategized who would be getting up first and that I was going to fix pancakes for breakfast. I got Dylan up and then Jaiden and they both got ready for school and ate. I got Dylan off to school and then it was Jaiden’s turn. We got in the car and Jaiden noticed what time it was. He said, “Mimi, I don’t know if they will let me in this early”. It was 7:50! Whoops! I’m not normally early by any means, much less 1 hour and 20 minutes!

We sat in the parking lot a couple of minutes and then I got the idea that we could go get gas and some coffee and hopefully that would eat up some time. That did help, he was still early but it was better.

Thursday morning rolled around and Jaiden had to be at school at 7:20, he asked me if I was going to get him there at 5:00? We laughed!

While they were at school I got to work on some of my hand stitching. I worked on my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life. Upon further investigation I realized that I had a lot more stitching – I was to do that crazy blanket stitch on every seam. That was an eye opener! Ugh! I got one block done and started on the second.

ok, all my stitching done on the seams.

ok, all my stitching done on the seams.

more thread

more thread

I also had taken several of my small quilts to work on binding. I didn’t pack all the different thread colors that I should have but I got as many bindings, sleeves and labels sewn down as I could. I did get 2 completely finished! Wahoo!

Sleeve down, finally!

Sleeve down, finally!

this one done completely

this one done completely

Red Crinoline, Petite Stars.  this one done!

Red Crinoline, Petite Stars. this one done!

label too!

label too!

I got the label and sleeve down, I forgot my black thread.

I got the label and sleeve down, I forgot my black thread.

I got both labels attached and one sleeve.

I got both labels attached and one sleeve.

I also packed my sewing machine and a small kit that I’ve been wanting to work on just in case I got everything finished. Why do I always think I will or can get more done than I do? Do you do that too?

I love that my hobby is portable!

I love that my hobby is portable!

and I even packed my little iron!

and I even packed my little iron!

of course, I needed my sewing machine!

of course, I needed my sewing machine!

I could have worked on my hand stitching but I decided to cut out my Red Crinoline, Little Bear Paw quilt. I got it cut out and preceded to get to work. Those blocks are so cute! I got all my blocks made and all the rows done too.

Josh and Angela came home in the wee hours of Friday morning but I got the boys off to school and then decided to head on home. I did have a great time with the boys; they are growing up so fast.

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. love and hugs,
Ronda

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Catching Up

There’s been a lot going on, and just when I think things are going to slow down a tad, I think things have sped up!

Have you been staying on task getting your projects to where you want them? I had good intentions, but I did not make as much progress as I had wished or hoped for. I did work on my Primitive Gatherings, Triangle Gatherings and I did get caught up with those 6-inch blocks. I also did get one 2-inch finished block done, but that is as far as I got.

I believe these are blocks 8 and 9 and the baby of the first block

I believe these are blocks 8 and 9 and the baby of the first block

I did make time to work on a little quilt from Kathleen Tracy’s book, Small & Scrappy. I’m in their Facebook group and these ladies like to sew! It has been a fun group to watch and see how they are inspired.

my version in purples

my version in purples

They house is making some progress. They did get the brackets added to the frame last week. I love the detail and character that this adds to the building.

bracket details on the back

bracket details on the back

the brackets added to the front

the brackets added to the front

Primer was painted and that was a big game changer, it sure looks better than the yellow hardy plank.

gray primer added

gray primer added

We also had some electric work done and plumbing went in. they aren’t finished, but regardless progress is progress.

A while back I finally found some green 1962 school room handwriting cards like I had in elementary school and I finally was able to get time to get the cards hung and my little clotheslines done. Oh how these sweet little clotheslines make me happy.

my alpha cards and clotheslines

my alpha cards and clotheslines

my alpha cards and clotheslines

my alpha cards and clotheslines

my alpha cards and clotheslines

my alpha cards and clotheslines

I had several saved up, but I’m short about 10 more dresses, but I’ll be on the look out!

Sunday, Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville came and taught a class at a friend’s retreat house in Crosby, The Gathering Place. I wasn’t able to attend, but they had a great class. Monday I got to drive Bonnie, Kay and Tara to The Antique Gallery of Houston, in Spring(down the road from Old Town Spring) and we shopped till we dropped! Or got hungry! She was craving some Texas BBQ, so we went to Papa’s BBQ on 1960, we all enjoyed that! We sure had a great time unearthing vintage/antique sewing machines and vintage quilts. Some were well loved and some were in good shape. It is really fun to see what one can find in antique malls. However, not ONE doily dress and trust me, we were all looking!

this is the postage stamp quilt we found that we all loved, it was in great shape

this is the postage stamp quilt we found that we all loved, it was in great shape

Monday night we had the Baytown Area Guild Meeting and we had a fabulous turn out! It is always great to have a good turn out and a lot of visitors! Bonnie did a fabulous trunk show and there were several quilts that I sure wanted to try and make. Bonnie does such a great job inspiring so many quilters and shows us how to use up our scraps and her projects are ones to behold. They were just stunning! Bonnie, thanks for coming to Baytown, I look forward to your return, we enjoyed having you so much!

I took a few pictures of some of hers that I would love to make.

one of my all time favorite quilts is the pineapple.  I just may have to crack the whip

one of my all time favorite quilts is the pineapple. I just may have to crack the whip

a closer look

a closer look

I fell in love with this one too!

I fell in love with this one too!

another one I loved, she had so many

another one I loved, she had so many

I love, love this one too.  I love the yellow!

I love, love this one too. I love the yellow!

here we are in front of her quilt candy

here we are in front of her quilt candy

our Monday foursome, myself, Bonnie, Tara and Kay

our Monday foursome, myself, Bonnie, Tara and Kay

My bucket list of quilts to make is getting longer and longer. Oh well! 😉 The “quilty” life is a great one! I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Soar to Sore

Saturday David and I planned to go over to the house in LaPorte and do a little clean up in front of the construction. It was an overcast and pretty cool morning and driving up, I must admit I felt like we were part of the US Calvary! Ha! I had my work clothes and my work gloves and ready to get this job done. Hard work will definitely get the blood flowing and it will also allow me to work out some frustrations. Ha!

a front view of the house and our trash pile

a front view of the house and our trash pile

a closer view of the pile

a closer view of the pile

siding on the house

siding on the house

We made three trips to the dump, but we got it all cleaned up. I was the helper in this project. David did most of the work; he is definitely my “worker bee”! Under all the construction rubble was a wet pile of sand that was left over from the leveling done before the slab was poured. So the next task was to put the sand in the low spots in the alley. We got that done too! Thanks babe, for always being agreeable to do my tasks!

down to the sand

down to the sand

It sure made a difference in how the front of the house looks now. It looks so much better! I know construction should be messy, but this was getting out of hand.

all clear and cleaned up

all clear and cleaned up

look how nice it looks

look how nice it looks

Now to the sore part, I think I hurt everywhere! Ugh, I like being able to do things, but sadly, I’m out of shape and so much for the reality bites.

I did get to work on my Primitive Gatherings, Triangle Gatherings and I was able to catch up on my 6-inch blocks, I did 4-7.

my 3 blocks

my 3 blocks

I only got some of my 1-inch (finish at ½-inch) half squares made for my 2-inch blocks. No one sneeze, they will all blow away! Doesn’t that look like 16 squares?

my one inch half squares

my one inch half squares

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. love and hugs,
Ronda

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Looking for Normal

Wednesday morning it was time to leave our place in Palm Springs and go to see more of San Diego. As we left it was nice to see the snow topped mountains, it was pretty cold while we were there and such a change of scenery for us, as we don’t get to see mountains or snow.

part of our view driving to San Diego

part of our view driving to San Diego

David kindly drove me back to Murrieta so I could take a few pictures of Primitive Gatherings CA shop. It was pretty much on our way to San Diego and I was thrilled to go there without all the rain. The shop was hopping with people, so we got permission to take a few photos and off we went. It is a must go to stop if you are in the area! You will not be disappointed!

Primitive Gatherings CA

Primitive Gatherings CA

a little sampling

a little sampling

another view inside the shop

another view inside the shop

some of the friendliest staff

some of the friendliest staff

We drove on to San Diego and decided that we would stop off to grab a bite for lunch. I did a phone search for lunch places and I saw a place called Mitch’s Seafood. We are always in for that, now we just had to find it. We thought we followed the phone directions but as we got to the bay and we could not find it, but we did find this place called Pointe Loma Seafood and it was busy, which in my mind is a great sign. We found a parking place and we were off for another adventure. As we walked in, I was expecting a tableside restaurant but that was not to be found. We found a seafood market and aerial menu and people were standing behind the meat counter asking what we wanted. It was hard to pick, but after we decided we went to the upstairs and outside dining area. It was a beautiful 58 degrees and breezy, but what a tableside view we had! The food was wonderful too; if we ever go back we will have to try it again.

seafood market

seafood market

look at the seafood

look at the seafood

part of the harbor

part of the harbor

another view of the harbor

another view of the harbor

David and I tried to take a selfie, it was way too sunny and we were dorks

David and I tried to take a selfie, it was way too sunny and we were dorks

another view of me being blinded

another view of me being blinded

our best selfie

our best selfie

Sully was not having any trouble at all

Sully was not having any trouble at all

After lunch we went to Cabrillo National Monument and it was beautiful. There was also Old Point Loma lighthouse built in 1854 and served until 1891 and eventually closed but is one of the most visited national monuments. As we were driving in we noticed to the right and left of the road that there was cemetery markers, like what we’ve seen at Arlington and the markers just went on for a long way. Later we found out it was called Rosecrans National Cemetery. The U.S. military sure knows how to construct a cemetery; it was incredibly beautiful!

part of the view driving to the monument

part of the view driving to the monument

entering the park

entering the park

the lighthouse

the lighthouse

view of the bay

view of the bay

another view from the lighthouse

another view from the lighthouse

Cabrillo monument

Cabrillo monument

the cemetery entrance

the cemetery entrance

part of the cemetery

part of the cemetery

there were so many markers

there were so many markers

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We later checked into a hotel near the airport so that it was be an easy to return the car and then get to the airport. Our last day there was beautiful too: we had a great time, even though it rained so much and I was able to get all the stitching done that I could have on my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life.

my crazy life blocks

my crazy life blocks

my blocks done

my blocks done

Now we are home and working to get things back to normal. I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and Hugs,
Ronda

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Rainy Vacation

The song says, “It never rains in California”, except when I’m there. Ha! We arrived on Wednesday, arrived in San Diego and it sprinkled after we got to Palm Springs. On the way we stopped off in the town of Temecula, had lunch and then went to an antique shop and then to Temecula Quilt shop. It was a beautiful, clean shop with a lot of quilt candy to drool over. The shop is very well done and I saw several of Sue Garmen’s quilts made up in the shop, which was very nice to see how she touched quilters across the country. I know that Sue inspired so many quilters.

Temecula Quilt Co

Temecula Quilt Co

quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

more quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

more quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

loved how this looked inside Temecula Quilt Co

loved how this looked inside Temecula Quilt Co

another view of quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

another view of quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

look at these inside the shop

look at these inside the shop

After we left Temecula we took the scenic route, which was through the mountains to Palm Springs. It was a beautiful drive, but I was very glad once we got down to somewhat, flat land. Chuck and Brenda Winfield joined us later in the evening; therefore we could have a golf/quilting weekend.

part of our view driving to San Diego

part of our view driving to San Diego

another view of the drive

another view of the drive

loved how this photo turned out

loved how this photo turned out

Thursday the guys were going to go to the La Quinta CareerBuilder Challenge to watch Shawn Stefani play in the PGA tournament and then go play golf. They got to see Shawn but when they tried to play golf it was too wet and could not play.

Brenda and I drove to Ontario, which was around 1.5 hour away to see the Road 2 California quilt show, even though it rained it didn’t rain us out! It rained going and coming, but we saw a rainbow both ways and we had great shopping and saw some great quilts.

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

While we were at the Rd2Ca we made sure we stopped at Primitive Gatherings booth. We visited with Lisa and she told me that she would be at the shop on Friday and invited us to visit. That ended up being our game plan for Friday. It rained coming and going and we saw rainbows both ways and had a great time visiting and stitching with quilters at the shop. Best of all, thanks to Lisa Bongean, I got to fine-tune my stitch on my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life. Thank you Lisa for taking time out of your busy schedule and welcoming us into your group, we sure had a great time and you have a wonderful shop in California! I got so excited to be there and with all the rain I completely forgot about taking photos.

my last Crazy Life block is now finished

my last Crazy Life block is now finished

Saturday, after breakfast, Chuck and Brenda left for Vegas and David and I went back to the tournament to watch Shawn play, he had a later tee time, so off we went. This was a “sunny” day and we were going to take advantage of it! I’m just saying, I felt like I walked my backside off (even though I did not!), we walked over 8 miles and that was one hilly course. It was easier to run down the hills than it was to walk; it was rough on this girl! All in all, we had a great time and best of all Shawn qualified to play for money on Sunday.

I took this picture at the tournament.  Beautiful course

I took this picture at the tournament. Beautiful course

We thought about going back to the tournament on Sunday but it was suppose to rain again. They moved all the tee times to try to finish before the rains returned. We decided last minute to go back to the tournament and had another great time. Sunday, we only walked 7+ hilly miles. I was one tired girl once these two days were over!

I will have to say that our food while we have here isn’t what I thought it would be. It has been good, but not outstanding. Saturday after the tournament we decided to eat Mexican food, it was good, but not what we are accustomed to. Sunday we stopped off after the tournament and ate a great hamburger, but it didn’t last long. David and I both got extremely ill after that meal and it took us all day Monday to recover from that. Some vacation!

it has been very cold and rainy and snowy up north.  another beautiful view

it has been very cold and rainy and snowy up north. another beautiful view

Tuesday was a sunny day and we took advantage of it. I heard on the news today that it hasn’t been this rainy here in 7 years. How did we get so lucky! Ha

some of the goodies I got at Road.  2 more doily dresses!

some of the goodies I got at Road. 2 more doily dresses!

More adventures tomorrow! I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Conquering My Crazy Life

Sunday morning, I had 7 blocks to finish stitching on my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life. I told myself, that once I got my rows done on my Farm Girl, it was time to concentrate on My Crazy Life.

got these done

got these done

my last two blocks

my last two blocks

I am finally down to one block left to do. It feels great that I have only one more and we are about to go on a road trip.

last one!  wahoo!

last one! wahoo!

What does that mean? For me, I need to get the melons traced and ready for the blocks. You know I need some hand work for our trip!

working on my melons

working on my melons

I laid out my top four rows and sewed them together as instructed and got my melons ready for my trip!

you work on sections of 4 at a time.

you work on sections of 4 at a time.

I’m so excited and ready for thread!

these are ready for thread.  once these melons are sewn, the rows are sewn and melons added, etc

these are ready for thread. once these melons are sewn, the rows are sewn and melons added, etc

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Construction Zone

How was your lucky Friday? I always like to think that 13 is a lucky number, but I must admit I didn’t leave the house until late. However, It has been a rough week, Sunday our guild and quilting community lost a very talented quilter and friend, Sue Garmen. It is hard to put into words what an asset she was in the quilting world, she inspired us in so many ways and left behind her beautiful works for us to continue to marvel at and her patterns give us a little bit of her in our homes. To say she will be missed is quite the understatement. Thank you, Sue for leaving us in good hands!

Sunday I worked on my Lori Holt, Farm Girl Vintage blocks trying to push to the finish. I got 6 blocks done over the weekend.

my watermelon block

my watermelon block

I got the embroidery finished on the blocks that needed it and it sure made a difference. Wahoo, another step closer to finishing.

the ones that needed to be embroidered

the ones that needed to be embroidered

I worked on my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends. David was kind enough to pull papers and I got them all pressed and ready for construction. It seems I have a love/hate relationship with half-square triangles.

I guess some of you may have seen that Primitive Gatherings is keeping us on our toes and issued another sew-along, this time with half-square triangles. I must admit, at first I felt like “hear-no-evil, see-no-evil and say-no-evil”. After all, I still need to finish Among Friends but it didn’t take that long to cave to being in the group. I mean, really how hard can 16 half-squares be. LOL! Not to mention the fact that in all actuality, one could plan ahead and have the half-squares done and just wait for the layout for construction.

I decided to use only 2 fabrics and do a finished 6-inch block. However, one of my good friends told me that I should do all 3 sizes. Wasn’t that nice of her?!? I didn’t think so. Ha!

block 2 of triangle gatherings

block 2 of triangle gatherings

I do enjoy a challenge, so I thought I would try a small one and do it in the negative color way. I was going to do the 3-inch blocks but some how I ended up with smaller blocks than I intended. I will be doing 2-inch blocks, I’m not sure how many I will do, but they sure are cute!

block 2 and 3 and their 2 inch babies

block 2 and 3 and their 2 inch babies

Construction at the retreat house is coming along, they are getting siding up and it sure does change the complexion of it. They have the south and east sides done, now for the other two sides.

south side

south side

east side

east side

Friday, I got my last block on my Farm Girl Vintage quilt done. I decided to put in a little sewing machine. I think all farms had sewing machines, right! This was a free download from Pink Simplicity.

my sewing machine block

my sewing machine block

Now it is time to put this quilt put together. I guess tomorrow is border time!

working on rows

working on rows

all of my blocks are now one!

all of my blocks are now one!

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Lists

Are you a list maker? Some how 2016 ended and I forgot to get my 2017 planner refill! I’m not sure how that happened but it did and I felt a little “naked” not having my “list Bible” with me. My new refill arrived on the 5th! Wahoo, life is much better now! Ha!

Are you working on your projects? I think I’ve been working on several different ones, chipping away.

We had a sew day in LaPorte Friday and Saturday and I got to hang out with a few girls that had time to sit and sew. I missed the ones that couldn’t come, maybe next time.

I worked on getting backs and I pieced some batting for 3 of my small quilts. Whoosh, I’m glad those are done and off to the quilter. I even got my backing ready for my Red Crinoline, Oak Alley off.

I got my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends week 5 all cut up and ready for my papers to be removed. David is kind enough to be willing to pull papers off for me. That is such a great help for me, thank you, babe! I really appreciate your help. Now, I need to conquer the ironing task!

week 5, Among Friends

week 5, Among Friends

ready to conquer ironing

ready to conquer ironing

After that I was able to work on my Lori Holt, Farm Girl Vintage blocks. In all, I got 6 more blocks done, and best of all I only have 3 more to make. Wahoo!

my latest 6 blocks

my latest 6 blocks

here's my progress on Farm Girl

here’s my progress on Farm Girl

For the Houston area we sure had some cold weather, temps around 24 as the low 2 nights in a row. Well Saturday morning I did a recon on all my flowerbeds and plants and they are all in awful shape and the same for our house. I guess I need to investigate several bedding covers for next year, as I think these are goners! David did go over to LP today and did the yard and cleaned up the leaves – that part looks great!

This afternoon, I worked on the new Primitive Gatherings, Triangle Gatherings sew along. I decided to use an indigo and a blue shirting and I decided to stick with the 6 inch finished block.

my Triangle Gatherings

my Triangle Gatherings

I also began planning the finishing of my Magic of Christmas blocks; I have to digest it all in my mind. Ha!

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Coming Together

United we stand, Divided we fall, if our backs should ever be against the wall, we’ll be together, together you and I. I love the words to that song and I love the idea of unity. I really do feel like that when we work together we can achieve so much more. As I’ve mentioned before I love to plan and it makes me feel good when it all comes together.

A few months ago I got a great quilt kit from Red Crinoline Quilts called Oak Alley. It’s a beautiful quilt and since I had a retreat at the beginning of December, I thought I would do my prep work and get it all cut out so that I could make the 13 blocks.

I was able to get them all made at the retreat. Wahoo!

my 13 blocks

my 13 blocks

Assembly went well and I really like how the quilt turned out. Thank you Paula, I can’t wait to get it quilted.

coming together

coming together

it is finished

it is finished

A few months back I worked on a bunch of those cute little sawtooth stars that finish at 2 inches. Well I moved the blocks around enough until it was time to “fish or cut bait”. So I went to work on a little design, I drew one up. I really love basket blocks, so I thought I could incorporate the sawtooth blocks with basket blocks. I found a basket block that I hadn’t made before (baby bunting) and thought it would go pretty cute with my sawtooth stars. Well as luck would have it, the basket would look much better on point. The baby bunting blocks finish at 4 inches and I used 2 ½ inch squares with the sawtooth stars.

When I showed you the design the other day I wasn’t too sure about it, but I decided to do it anyway but that meant that I needed to find setting triangle, inner border and outer border.

I played around and this was my final result.

my bunt cakes

my bunt cakes

After I finished my little quilt I got one of my Lori Holt, Farm Girl Vintage blocks done. This pie is fat-free! LOL

blueberry pie block

blueberry pie block

I got to sew with a couple of friends today in LaPorte and also watch progress on the addition. I thought I would share! Oh boy!

front view from the driveway

front view from the driveway

side next to the classroom

side next to the classroom

view from alley

view from alley

down - utility closet

down – utility closet

half bath

half bath

front left corner

front left corner

another view of the front

another view of the front

bath and closet

bath and closet

upstairs to right

upstairs to right

upstairs to left

upstairs to left

corner

corner

a view of the downstairs

a view of the downstairs

full bath

full bath

at the top of the stairs

at the top of the stairs

from the stairs to the front

from the stairs to the front

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Conquered Kiss

Well I did it! I finally got the “kiss” tag stitched down and wrote on the tag. Now really – just how difficult was that? Not near as much work as it took me to procrastinate all this time. Ugh!

Kiss block done

Kiss block done

There’s more! I even got the other block done too! I got my white clover marking pen out and did my markings on the block and now it is done too!

scissor block done

scissor block done

We had a bit of rough weather this morning and Mom and Dad got a rough dose of high winds and rain. They lost their car cover and tree limb fell on their bedroom wall and another limb fell on their car. That limb totally took out their windshield and dented in the driver side fender. What a mess it was!

their car

their car

David and I went over there a little past noon and worked until after 5. David and I managed to get the car cover and limbs all moved to the curb and David even cleaned up their yard. Pin oak leaves everywhere! I did as much as I could and then went inside and visited with Mom while David did all the real heavy tree hauling and leaf blowing.

David is such a workhorse and is very kind and willing to be so helpful. David, we all appreciate what you do, your sacrifice is truly amazing! Your selfless acts are beyond words and I know it wasn’t what you had planned for your day off. I love you for all you do!

While David was working I also got my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life blocks in week 11 all cut out. I was able to work on them while at the Baytown guild meeting tonight.

these are ready for thread

these are ready for thread

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Conquer

How was your first day of the year? I got to clean up and put away Christmas and put out my 2017 calendar. I love getting able to get out the new calendar and turn the page. I don’t know exactly why I enjoy that so much, but I do. Maybe it is because it represents new beginnings and I do like that, so I will just let that be my subconscious speaking out. Ha!

Have you made your list of projects that you want to complete for 2017? This is another thing I enjoy doing. This year I added “craft” projects to it. I always intend on doing little crafty projects and for some reason I never seem to get them finished, which means I have the stuff gathered for it and the supplies just pile up. Ugh – and you know I hate piles! I hope to do a craft project once a month. Now if you want to play, please join in, it does not have to mean craft or sewing, it can be whatever it means to you.

I started making my 2017 project list the other day and it didn’t take any time at all to come up with 8 things on my list and then I added 4 more projects to complete and there were only 5 “NEW” things listed. That translates to 7 unfinished projects to finish.

this is something I started and I'm working this up all on my own

this is something I started and I’m working this up all on my own

Tip: to make your list and hang it in front of you and your word to help you accomplish your goals.

My word for 2017 is “CONQUER”, I need to conquer them and finish, along with some fears of mine! For some reason I get stuck in my mind and therefore it carries over to what I’m working on. For example, on my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life, there are 2 blocks from the very first week that I have been stuck on. This evening I was talking to myself and telling myself to “conquer the kiss”. Really, it isn’t that hard, why am I hung up on that?

my kiss block, I need to write KISS and stitch it down

my kiss block, I need to write KISS and stitch it down

this one needs a grid with needle and thread

this one needs a grid with needle and thread

Back to my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life, I did get week 11 and 12 ready, week 10 is finished. Well, I need to get to work on my “kiss” block.

week 10 done

week 10 done

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Last Day of 2016

This year has been a great year, some good things and some bad things. Some I wish I could do over and of course there are some things I wished never happened, but they did and life just takes a different road than I had planned for. My family and friends forever enrich me, I wish them all a rich and blessed 2017!

There have been a lot of lives that have crossed over to the other side, as I watched the 2016 In Memoriam, on the news it brought tears to my eyes to see how many people really did pass and those are only the ones that are “famous”. I lost some precious souls from my original church home in Channelview and a precious, life long family friend, my son in law’s, father and a sweet sewing friend.

Onto a brighter note, the middle of November, David and I decided to begin our last and final phase of our retreat project in LaPorte. We started with the demolition of the garage/storage building on our property. I have never been so ready to say goodbye to an ugly building! Who knew it would take a couple of weeks for it to be gone.

before

before

dumpster time

dumpster time

roof gone

roof gone

sides gone

sides gone

down to the floor

down to the floor

concrete all broken up

concrete all broken up

December started with the forms being set and then the concrete pour and materials were delivered on the 16th.

getting ready for new

getting ready for new

forms layed out

forms layed out

oh how sweet - love the pour

oh how sweet – love the pour

materials delivered

materials delivered

Studs started going up on the 19th and walls on the 20th. The upstairs began to appear too, which was all extremely exciting for me.

corners set

corners set

sides going up

sides going up

plans are taking shape

plans are taking shape

utility area

utility area

all the sides set on main floor

all the sides set on main floor

top appearing

top appearing

from the drive

from the drive

stairs!

stairs!

from the front

from the front

With all that was going on with the holidays and family things, I missed going to LP a couple of days, I drove over on the 28th and I had stairs and I could really see the shape of the front from the driveway.

south side

south side

main floor

main floor

from the alley

from the alley

from the alley back corner

from the alley back corner

another main floor view

another main floor view

part of the landing going upstairs

part of the landing going upstairs

side view

side view

I love going over there after they have finished for the day, see how it looks from upstairs! It is going to be pretty spacious upstairs!

upstairs has a sub-floor

upstairs has a sub-floor

one upstairs corner

one upstairs corner

front view

front view

upstairs

upstairs

another upstairs

David and I got to go out for an early dinner at Opus, in Clear Lake Shores. It was very delicious! Now it’s jammie time, maybe I’ll be awake when the new year arrives!

David and I at dinner

David and I at dinner

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Presence of Family

I know it has been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I would share some of my family time.

How was your Christmas holiday? Did you get to enjoy your time with friends and/or family? We had a lot of family time over the past couple of weeks.

this was one baking day

this was a baking day

Wednesday, the 21st we began part of celebrating and family time. Angela picked up Wyatt and Kynlee and brought Jaiden and Dylan over and we had a big time that night and on Thursday evening. Josh, Katie and Joseph joined us on Thursday night for a dinner and some Christmas celebrations.

Wyatt and Kynlee getting some Auntie time

Wyatt and Kynlee getting some Auntie time

David and I went to Katie’s to spend time with them Christmas eve and enjoyed watching Wyatt and Kynlee see the joys of Santa, had breakfast with them and headed home around noon.

There’s nothing like watching their excitement this year and seeing how they enjoyed everything.

Wyatt and Kynlee just looking at the gifts

Wyatt and Kynlee just looking at the gifts

I love his expression

I love his expression

Kynlee is pretty happy!

Kynlee is pretty happy!

Christmas day was a little low keyed and that was fine, David and I ended up going to Star Cinema Grill, had dinner there and watched “Fences”. It was a good movie, the story line was not what I expected but then I didn’t really research it.

My two out of town sons and families came in on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday night we had an ALL out family gathering! It was very exciting for me, the first time in over 4 years for us all to be together.

my 3 granddaughters - Kynlee, Hailey and Adley

my 3 granddaughters – Kynlee, Hailey and Adley

the youngest at 6 months, Bennett

the youngest at 6 months, Bennett

my grandchildren, it was tough getting them all to cooperate!

my grandchildren, it was tough getting them all to cooperate!

Kyle, Katie, Bennie, Brok and Josh

Kyle, Katie, Bennie, Brok and Josh

Angela and Josh

Angela and Josh

Josh and myself

Josh and myself

myself and Katie

myself and Katie

Joseph and Katie

Joseph and Katie

my and Bennett!  he loves to kiss!

me and Bennett! he loves to kiss!

my family!

my family!

Kyle, Katie, me, Brok and Josh

Kyle, Katie, me, Brok and Josh

Angela and myself!  I should have gotten all 3 of the girls.  Hopefully next time!

Angela and myself! I should have gotten all 3 of the girls. Hopefully next time!

It is funny when you look back and realize some of the things that I should have planned, but didn’t. I wished I would have planned a photographer to get the different pictures that I wanted and warned everyone that THERE would be pictures! For some reason, that seemed to have been a surprise for some of them. Really, they should know me by now! Ha!

Thanks go out to Kyle for planning the event and Josh and Angela for hosting us and thanks to all the ones that made the effort to be there! I’m looking forward to our next family event.

The last of my family left today, it has been a great holiday, my grandkids are getting so big, I have truly enjoyed watching them and spending time with them.

some gift time

some gift time

I am truly blessed; I hope you have been blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Class Finish

I got to take a class at Houston Festival taught by Kimberly Einmo called Lone Starburst. It used a 40-strip jelly roll and I decided to use something a little different from my normal fabric choices. I chose Moda Grunge and gray Zen Chic background.

progress on my blocks

progress on my blocks

The class went very well and I worked on it and got it finished. I played with the layout but I ended up going with the layout that she designed.

playing with the layout

playing with the layout

more playing

more playing

all the blocks are made

all the blocks are made

final finish

final finish

After I finished it, I took it to LeeAnn to do an all over quilting design. I got it back and now it is all trimmed up and ready for the binding. Thank you LeeAnn, I really like it – you did a great job!

all quilted

all quilted

another view of the quilting

another view of the quilting

full view of the quilt

full view of the quilt

the back to see the quilting

the back to see the quilting

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Thankful

I know it has been a good while since I’ve written so instead of doing a long blog post; I will just do a little story.

I hope you all had a great thanksgiving last week and got lots of great food to eat. It is my personal favorite holiday; all you have to do is show up with food and eat! Well, not exactly but that is true for the most part. I truly have so much to be thankful for, so it is easy to get emotional – I’m a big crybaby! I got so emotional watching a silly commercial I had to go outside. The commercial was with Brad Garrett (big brother in Everybody Loves Raymond) singing, “There’s no place like home for the holidays”. I love that song and every time I hear it, it evokes emotion.

Anyway, this Thanksgiving David and I went to McKinney to spend the time with my sister, Penny and her family. My brother, Grady also came with his 3 kids and we enjoyed our special time together.

Oh, a side note – we had the best food and the dessert bar was the best EVER! We got this gig down! 😉

Penny doing a taste test

Penny doing a taste test

Steve decided to have a little dessert first

Steve decided to have a little dessert first

some of our yummy food!

some of our yummy food!

our dessert bar

our dessert bar

digging in

digging in

Andrew made Goat Cheesecake, it was wonderful

Andrew made Goat Cheesecake, it was wonderful

my dessert plate at half-time!

my dessert plate at half-time!

On another note regarding being thankful, I had the privilege to make a quilt called “Lucky Stars” and then give it away. My friend, Peggy is battling breast cancer and I know she loves “shabby chic” style and pastels.

Peggy brought a group to the retreat house right after festival and I was able to get the quilt made pretty quickly and even sent off to the quilter and got it all finished up before she left to go home.

I got the quilt back Saturday morning from Cindy Gravely. Thank you, Cindy for a quick turnaround! I took it home to write the label and sew on the binding. We had a football game to go to in Splendora, so it was my “travel” project. I got 2 sides done and then took it to finish up at the retreat house after the ballgame.

a close up

a close up

myself and Peggy with her new quilt

myself and Peggy with her new quilt

the back to show quilting

the back to show quilting

my label for Peggy's quilt

my label for Peggy’s quilt

After I got it finished, I asked Peggy if she wanted to see my finished quilt and then let her read the label. As she was reading it out loud, she realized it was for her! It was very emotional. I hope it is her secret weapon of strength, and it reminds her that she is loved and in my prayers for a full recovery! Peggy, you are a courageous fighter, I love you, and the world is a better place with you in it!

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Got Thread?

Today is Super Tuesday! I’m excited to say that I voted early and am so glad I did. I have NOT had the television on any during the day and I think I will watch “on demand” all evening. I need to catch up on “This Is Us”. I am ready for all the squabbling and name calling to be over with!

I think I’m recovered from Houston Quilt Festival, another year done and in the books. It was a great show and hopefully you were able to go see it or see some of the photos that others have posted.

I really enjoyed being able to watch a friend and fellow quilter win Best of Show. I’m so happy for Cynthia England and watching her work on this and it’s progress over time. Congratulations!

I got to go to the winner's luncheon on Wednesday to see my former boss get Best of Show

I got to go to the winner’s luncheon on Wednesday to see my former boss get Best of Show

Did you find some nice treasure at Festival? I did! I went to the booth to get a little pack of fabric from Holland. It will be fun to see how these get worked into a project. I also found a few new doily dresses, in fact – 6! I also found a cute little “play” sewing machine. I don’t even have to make anything! Ha

look at my pretty dresses and orange ones!

look at my pretty dresses and orange ones!

look at my adorable little toy machine

look at my adorable little toy machine

it even closes up

it even closes up

I did take another tour of the quilts on Friday and here are some of the ones that I was able to photo to share.

I like the colors in this quilt

I like the colors in this quilt

another quilt on display

another quilt on display

Dear Jane, on my bucket list

Dear Jane, on my bucket list

blue version of Dear Jane

blue version of Dear Jane

this was in the Primitive section.  it belongs to a fellow Primitive Gatherings groupie

this was in the Primitive section. it belongs to a fellow Primitive Gatherings groupie

I liked this one too

I liked this one too

I liked this one too

I liked this one too

and this Millefiori, amazing

and this Millefiori, amazing

so many gorgeous quilts

so many gorgeous quilts

this was in the guild section, loved it too

this was in the guild section, loved it too

look at this one!

look at this one!

My sewing room is a disaster area from all the in and out. I didn’t buy that much, but I did get some new things for the shop at the retreat house. What kind of thread do you like? I’ve decided to try the giant spools of Aurifil; there is 6000 yards of thread on the spool vs. the 2500 yards on my Masterpiece thread. The Aurifil retails for $50 and the Masterpiece for about $30. The Aurifil is a better value and it will last me twice as long! A double victory!

my thread and dutch fabric

my thread and dutch fabric

Plus, I’m very happy to share how my Primitive Gatherings, Somewhere in Time quilt. Cindy Gravely quilted it for me and I love it, she did a marvelous job. Now to put the finishing touches on it, like binding, label and sleeve.

my somewhere in time!

my somewhere in time!

another view of the quilting

another view of the quilting

view of this block

view of this block

my overall view of Somewhere in Time

my overall view of Somewhere in Time

a view of the border

a view of the border

quilting view on the back

quilting view on the back

another view of the back

another view of the back

Sunday I cut out a quilt from a Robin Pandolph fat quarter bundle that my friend, Wynette gave me, using a pattern from Atkinson Designs, called Lucky Stars. It is a great quilt and went together very easily. I did change the pattern to be exact cut instead of having to trim down the blocks. I’m not fond of making a block bigger only to cut it down.

I got it all sewn yesterday, it is a great pattern and I highly recommend it for a fat quarter bundle. Thank you, Wynette for your idea and for sharing your fabric stash, as I had nothing like it at all.

my Lucky Stars in the works

my Lucky Stars blocks done

adding the sashing strips

adding the sashing strips

the double sashing strips

the double sashing strips

all sewn

all sewn, now to add the border

my Lucky Stars all done

my Lucky Stars all done

For all the production I did yesterday, I sure had an off day today! I did pay bills and did some accounting for the retreat house, but it doesn’t look like I did very much, but it was stuff I needed to do.

Now to plan what I want to work on next…should I work on my Festival quilt class project? I took a class from Kimberly Einmo, called Lone Starburst. It was fun and a different spin on the traditional Lonestar pattern. I used a Moda Grunge jellyroll and a gray background – something different for me.

this is from the class I took, the teacher's quilt

this is from the class I took, the teacher’s quilt

this is part of mine.

this is part of mine.

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Quilt Angel 2016

After getting home and before going downtown to hang quilts I had the opportunity to work on some of Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas blocks. I was able to catch up on 10, 11, 12 and 13! Wahoo! I sure am enjoying these little blocks!

Wednesday I had the opportunity to hang quilts for the upcoming Houston Quilt Festival. Each year all the quilts that come out of the huge magical boxes with all their grandeur amaze me! We hang the quilts by category and I have to be reminded about what each category they are, i.e. mqs, p, div, etc.

Wednesday was the first day of hanging and it seemed to have a slow start just because all the teams are not use to working together and it is hard for all the new people to know exactly what works well and what doesn’t.

Regardless, you can enjoy some of the eye candy I got to drool over!

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Also, as I was going to the back to go to the restroom, I just happen to see my Primitive Gatherings, Sunflower Gathering quilt. It is entered in the guild award winning quilts, it is not a judged entry, just one to look at, just the same I’m very proud of that quilt and I LOVE it. I also got to see some other beauties!

my quilt in the non-judged portion

my quilt in the non-judged portion

Later, I got to help hang Cynthia England’s “Reflections of Capetown”. She did such a magnificent job on this quilt; it really DOES look just like the picture. I am so proud of her and what all she was able to accomplish, it was fun watching it evolve into a quilt and seeing her hands and eyes work their magic.

Cynthia's quilt

Cynthia’s quilt

I was talking to one of the ladies that’s always there and I was asking her about what happens when they get to the top and how do they compete? She told me that they really just stand-alone.

This creator entered a couple of years ago with her 3 faces (Oprah, Mother Teresa and Jackie Kennedy) and this entry was incredible as the past entry. It’s amazing!

this is by Flora Joy, view 1

this is by Flora Joy, view 1

Flora's view 2

Flora’s view 2

Flora's 3rd view

Flora’s 3rd view

Notice how realistic the frame looks, this is all cloth!

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Here are the other quilts that I got to photo – this can be your teaser to come out!

I love this one.  this design was done by Lisa Bongean

I love this one. this design was done by Lisa Bongean

this quilt was Sylvi Sealy's - love it too!

this quilt was Sylvi Sealy’s – love it too!

this one was unbelievable.  be sure to click on the photo to get the full effect of her extra effort

this one was unbelievable. be sure to click on the photo to get the full effect of her extra effort

notice her border

notice her border

notice the wrapper around the peppermints

notice the wrapper around the peppermints

another block

another block

I enjoy the Alphabet quilts

I enjoy the Alphabet quilts

this one was truly amazing, it was like a tapestry

this one was truly amazing, it was like a tapestry

one of the corners

one of the corners

more details

more details

notice the corduroy detail

notice the corduroy detail

I liked this one too

I liked this one too

a close up of one of the blocks

a close up of one of the blocks

totally loved this, I will never do this, but true eye candy

totally loved this, I will never do this, but true eye candy

bottom left corner

bottom left corner

another view

another view

top corner

top corner

under the pumpkin

under the pumpkin

I admire the Baltimore album, amazing

I admire the Baltimore album, amazing

notice the detail

notice the detail

love this one, it is done by Becky Stephenson.  congrats Becky!

love this one, it is done by Becky Stephenson. congrats Becky!

The winners will be revealed tomorrow night!

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Golf to Hurricane Matthew

David and some of his golf buddies planned a weekend getaway but there were only 3 guys to attend so they ended up asking the wives if we wanted to join up. We originally had 3 couples that were going to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, but one of the couples decided to stay home due to unstable conditions in the area. David wanted to help with the trees if they needed help, so off we went with golf clubs in tow. You know they can’t work “all” the time! Ha!

We left Thursday evening and flew into Jacksonville, Florida and then drove a little over 2.5 hours to HHI. We got there really late or early – just depends on how you want to look at it. We all slept in Friday morning and then it was time to see how hard the island was hit by Hurricane Matthew. Luckily, Ed and Michelle’s place didn’t sustain much damage – a little roof damage and several downed trees.

Friday they worked on cutting up trees and moving the limbs into piles so that the tree company could come and pick it all up. After several hours of work it was time to take a break and have some refreshments at The Salty Dog Café and then went to dinner at Poseidon. It was great to sit and relax by listening to music and then our dinner was wonderful!

working on the trees

working on the trees

a lot of brush to move around

a lot of brush to move around

this is just a small stack of the trees they cut up

this is just a small stack of the trees they cut up

I'm the official photographer.  ha

I’m the official photographer. ha

Oh, one of the best things we did on our way to dinner was go to the “owner’s beach”. We got there around 5:30 and headed out. There was a lot of damage to some of the walkways that got you directly on the beach, but this one was good. We walked out and it was not crowded at all. The beaches were nice and the water was beautiful and a bonus of a beautiful sunset.

off into the sunset

off into the sunset

and there she is!

and there she is!

Michelle and Ed

Michelle and Ed

David and I

David and I

amazing

amazing

you can't just take one photo

you can’t just take one photo

I loved seeing the sand look like the sky

I loved seeing the sand look like the sky

loved this view

loved this view

another view of the sunset between the trees

another view of the sunset between the trees

Another thing was the sand blowing on the beach. I don’t know if it was timing or what, but I have never seen anything like it before. We watched the sand blow across the beach. I didn’t think about recording the video until later but this video gives you an little idea of what it was like, I wished I had taken a video of the earlier view.

for some reason I could not get the video to load

Saturday we started with a walk to breakfast at the country club at Links. It was great and then we toured the clubhouse! These guys know how do a locker room/restroom!

walking to breakfast Saturday

walking to breakfast Saturday

I'm so glad these trees were safe and sound

I’m so glad these trees were safe and sound

inside the clubhouse ladies room

inside the clubhouse ladies room

ladies locker room

ladies locker room

for the tired and weary golfers.  ha

for the tired and weary golfers. ha

and just in case they are hungry!  I had a gingersnap.

and just in case they are hungry! I had a gingersnap.

I got this picture on our walk back to the house!

our view walking back from breakfast

our view walking back from breakfast

The guys played golf, so we dropped them off and we had about 6 hours to kill. Michelle knew of these little shops in an area town called Bluffton and off we went. As we got closer to the area, we saw signs posting about “event parking”. Ugh, that kind of made me nervous because that is not something you want to see in the Houston area (way too many people for me). We managed to find a good parking spot and off we went. We just happened upon their Seafood, Arts & Craft town event and it was very enjoyable. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and so were all of the vendors.

We just had a perfect day and guess what else just happened to be available…a mini quilt show! We decided to go in, it was free and we were killing time anyway. The show had about 90 small/miniature quilts in this charming old library styled building and it was nice to vote and see what they had. As I was leaving I talked to one of the members and they said they had started their guild about 2 years ago and thought this would be a good way to get started. It was really fun.

the feature quilt

the feature quilt

mini quilts

mini quilts

mini quilts

mini quilts

more mini's

more mini’s

small quilts

small quilts

small ones

small ones

another small one.  I like this pattern, I don't think I've seen it done in batiks - interesting

another small one. I like this pattern, I don’t think I’ve seen it done in batiks – interesting

a few more

a few more

their guild sign

their guild sign

After we picked up the guys we went back to their home and later had dinner at Mellow Mushroom. It is a hamburger/pizza place – it was one of the best pizza’s David and I have ever had. They have a new location coming in the Heights, so now I can’t wait to go get another pie.

Sunday was our last full day there and we had a lot to fit in. We started off with our breakfast at Lowcountry Produce Market & Café. We actually rode our bikes there and we had the nicest breakfast there. I had to explain how I wanted my food “unstacked” (I don’t like my food all mixed up) and David ordered their homemade doughnuts. I loved how they served their holes!

homemade doughnuts

homemade doughnuts

After breakfast we drove our bikes around town and just had the best time! We also rode over to Stoney-Baynard House, it is ruins of an 1840 plantation house. Even though it was just ruins it was still fun to see it and try to image what it was like in the day.

the ruins

the ruins

another view, loved the kiss of the sun in this picture

another view, loved the kiss of the sun in this picture

another view of the house before

another view of the house before

this said c.1799, not sure?

this said c.1790, not sure?

After that we rode to the beach, this cruising was just the life for me. Riding on the bike path under the trees and enjoying the views of everything. It is hard to believe that there were so many trees that were lost, the sound of chainsaws filled the air. It was sad to see all the tree damage!

this is where our bike path got blown away

this is where our bike path got blown away

off we ride down the beach

off we ride down the beach

On the beach Michelle saw this “white” crab, I just had to stop and take his photo! He was so cute! Then it was refreshment time again. We stopped at Ocean’s and just enjoyed the view. It was so nice!

Mr Crab!

Mr Crab!

I went out and took their picture while they rested.  ha!

I went out and took their picture while they rested. ha!

our view from the patio

our view from the patio

another view at the Ocean

another view at the Ocean

our refreshment!

our refreshment!

On our way home I snapped a picture of this friend basking in the sun. I wasn’t sure if it was real or not, but Michelle told me it was, I decided to just move along after the photo shoot. Ha!

our sun bather

our sun bather

After we got back they decided to do a little more clean up and I got a few stitches in on my Primitive Gatherings, My Crazy Life. You know, I just had to have something to do while on the plane and while I was idle! Ha! All in all, I did pretty good!

My Crazy Life progress while on the trip

My Crazy Life progress while on the trip

That evening we went back to the clubhouse and had a drink while we watched the guys put. The clubhouse patio is unbelievable even if the chainsaw was running in the background. It was entertaining to watch the work crew take down the tree, they sure seemed to know their stuff.

David and Ed putting

David and Ed putting

At the clubhouse they have this wonderful porch swing, so we all 4 got in and did a selfie. Notice the beautiful backdrop!

our swing picture

our swing picture

Then we were off to get dinner at WiseGuys. Oh my goodness, Michelle suggested that I get a wine flight, so I did! It was so much fun, you get this tree with 3 glasses of wine and they are all different and then select which one you wanted to drink. I decided to go with the middle one and I had the best seafood/fish entre of Halibut and Grouper. It was unbelievable. The grouper was served over a grit dish that was out of this world. I complimented the chef via the waitress and on our way out, there was the chef. We met him and I told him it was fabulous. I highly recommend going there if you are ever in the area.

my flight of wine

my flight of wine

We had a wonderful time there and we look forward to another visit! Thanks to Ed and Michelle for inviting and having us in their island home. Monday morning came and it was time to trek back to Jacksonville and catch the flight home.

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Over the Top

Well I’m over the top excited to report that I have a few new finishes! Wahoo! There’s nothing like the feeling of satisfaction of being able to finish some of my projects.

I’ve been working on my quilt bindings and I’m making progress I have 2 more of them done.

Here are my latest 2 finishes.

this was a Jo project sewn in August of 2012 and quilted by Denise in December of 2015

this was a Jo project sewn in August of 2012 and quilted by Denise in December of 2015

a closer view

a closer view

my log cabin star, quilted by Pat Meeks

my log cabin star, quilted by Pat Meeks

I took my bow tie quilt top to Marcia Henry to get it quilted and she was able to get right on it. I was so excited! She got it finished on Friday and David was able to pick it up Saturday morning, on his way home from Galveston and graciously agreed to bring it to me so I could put the label, sleeve and binding on.

I got the binding done rather quickly along with the sleeve and label. I think this was the first time that I’ve ever gotten a quilt back from the quilter and gotten it ready to finish in the same day, but I did for this bow tie beauty. I love this quilt and she is completely finished!

my Bow Tie beauty

my Bow Tie beauty

a closer view of my little bow ties

a closer view of my little bow ties

Marcia was also able to quilt my Mini Pumpkin quilt and it is all bound and done too. This quilt was sure fun to make! Thank you Marcia for doing such a great job on my quilts.

Mini Pumpkins

Mini Pumpkins

mini pumpkins all finished

mini pumpkins all finished

With all the binding and running doing errands I have not had much time to get anything else done, but it is still all good. Progress is progress!

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Family and Friends

Friday, October 7th, Kynlee turned 3 and the big celebration was Saturday. It was fun watching the kids play and seeing the grand-kiddoes grow up. She had a great party and enjoyed getting a bunch of clothes to play “dress-up”.

cookie cakes are always a big hit!

cookie cakes are always a big hit!

I love her smile here!

I love her smile here!

Yummy for the tummy

Yummy for the tummy

Jillian made her name in Princess letters

Jillian made her name in Princess letters

and she got a stuffed dog - that was a hit

and she got a stuffed dog – that was a hit

Happy Birthday Princess!

Happy Birthday Princess!

After we got home from the party I decided to do a couple of replacements on my bow tie quilt. I decided they were to light and it would forever bug me and might look like I had a hole in it, so I made 2 more bow ties and put in the new ones.

working on block 8

my replacement bow ties

I’m a little behind on my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas, so it was time to work on Block 8. That little block was a bit of a challenge, especially since I decided to use directional fabric, but I got it done and I like it.

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block 8 is done

block 8 is done

We had a small gathering for our Farm Girl Vintage group on Columbus Day. I got a couple of blocks done. Wahoo!

my black sheep

my black sheep

my baking day block

my baking day block

I finally got a chance to go to LaPorte and do a few “fall” décor updates. I really enjoy decorating for fall and hopefully all the ones coming during the next few weeks will like it.

fall decor at the house

fall decor at the house

I got the horn wreath in Warrenton

I got the horn wreath in Warrenton

and my little Annie doll ready for Halloween

and my little Annie doll ready for Halloween

Julie Moser had invited her family down from Michigan to attend a retreat and I was invited to join their family to sew and teach a wool class. So I did. I taught them a Primitive Gatherings table runner, Snowman for Hire. They all did good.

I got some sewing time in. I had cut out my Sew Kind of Wonderful, Mini Pumpkin top on Wednesday and I was ready to sew it. This was my first time to use the Quick Curve ruler and I got to work on the curved piecing. That was a bit of a slow process, but I finally worked through it. The blocks are oversized so you don’t have to worry abut being precise, but I wasn’t sure on how to do the trimming up, but with the help of Marcia Henry, we got it worked out. I got it all sewn together Friday night.

my Mini Pumpkins ready to assemble

my Mini Pumpkins ready to assemble

all done

all done

I wanted to just play with this pattern and use a mix of fun fabrics and reproduction styled fabrics and I used some grunge fabric as my background. I was very pleased how it came out. Proof that the old and new fabrics can work together in the right setting! Ha!

I want to thank Julie and her family for allowing me to spend time with them and get to know them. I sure had a good time!

After getting home and trying to move back into my room I got to work on my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas, Block 9. I got it done. Who knew that the square-in-a-square block would be so popular in all these little blocks?

block 9 done

block 9 done

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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