Camera roll Timeline

It has been a while since I’ve written so before too much time or life events happen I thought I’d write, plus writing is somewhat therapeutic for me.

On Friday, January 26th I was blessed to receive a new member of the family. We welcomed Josh’s new baby girl, Avery into the family. She was born late Friday evening at 9:33 p.m. and in true family form we filled up the waiting room. It is the way we roll! There was Jaiden, Dylan, Bennie, Laura, Mom, Dad, Sherry – Angela’s mom, Shelby, Emily – Angela’s sister and her little girl and myself. David would have been there but he was entertaining his brother, Ricky from Oklahoma and his wife, Amanda.

It was very exciting and her brothers; Jaiden and Dylan were extremely excited to get to meet her, as were we all!

Meet Avery

the new 5!

They got to come home Sunday morning! Monday, the 29th Dad asked Mom if she would fix dinner for them, so Mom cooked all day and even went to the store for Mom twice. Mom and Dad took dinner over to them Monday night and got home sometime after 8. Sometime after that Dad went to his computer/office and Mom was watching TV and when it was time for Mom to go to bed, she went to tell Dad goodnight and she could not wake him up.

Mom called me about 10:40 and said she could not wake him up and thought he was gone. No one can ever know how those words will play out and it all seems like it was a bad dream, how could that be? Funny how I thought he would live forever, but I know he is in a much better place and it was like he went to sleep in his office chair. He wasn’t in a hospital bed or hooked up to any machines, so that in itself, is very comforting.

The funeral was Friday, February 2nd and now we are learning a different normal.

Thank you to all the people that came to the visitation and to the funeral. I can’t tell you how much it means to us all. I know Dad loved getting all the attention and that it will not be easy feeling the void that he left behind.

Sandra, Kay, David, Mary, Dennis, myself and Pam.

myself and Paula, she’s been a dear friend since Kindergarten

I also want to thank you for all the kind words of comfort and all the cards that I’ve gotten in the mail; it has been truly appreciated!

I do love my family, as did Dad – he was so proud of us all. One of the things that my Grandmother would say to us when it came time to have a reunion was “that everyone would be there except you”. It was a ploy to get us to attend all the family functions, most of the time it worked, none of us wanted to be left out! Who knew she was the one who invented FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out! Dad did not mind one bit using this to get us to be present!

graveside service at the VA cemetery. Mom’s older brothers, it was amazing for them to be there!

it was cold and windy. oh I guess we are in age order after all.

My cousins that attended the service. it meant so much for you all to be there! thank you!

Sunday we went all went to church with Mom and then we went to Monument Inn for lunch. This place has been a longstanding family favorite restaurant! Guess what was on the sign???

“Mon ment Inn – the only thing missing is U”, talk about a God wink!

We took a photo in front of the sign

a closer view of the sign

Do you have to use your camera roll to see what has happened? Well I sure need to; my days are all mixed up. More to come later, this post is long enough.

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

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The Big Thaw

We are finally thawed out here on Friday. When I left the shop Thursday the ice was finally melting from Tuesday’s sleet show, it was sure strange for the past few days to have had ice on the roof tops and since the sun hasn’t been out, the ice has hung around.

our frozen view in the front

in the back part, shaded area

more shade and frozen ground

I wanted to give a shout out from this past Sunday, David ran the Houston marathon and he ran it in 3 hours and 58 minutes. He did a great job and the cold, cold weather was a wonderful thing for him. His time allows him to qualify to run the Boston marathon in 2019. I’m very proud of him and what he was able to accomplish. Way to go, David! I’m already mentally preparing for the Italian, seafood and cannolis that we get to indulge in!

I also wanted to show a better picture of where my Indigo Star landed. My walls space is dwindling.

I wanted to show a better view of where my Indigo Star landed

I’ve been trying to finish a few things up, I have big 3 quilts to put binding on! Ugh! Nothing like a deadline to prompt me to get some things finished up. We had our Deer Park bee meeting Thursday night; I tried to get them finished before the meeting. I got the binding, sleeve and label attached on Reed’s Creek. Mission accomplished, I got it all sewn down! Wahoo! I love the quilting done by Jan DeAlmeida, she did an edge to edge “thistle theme” motif. Thank you Jan!

Reed’s Creek all done

a closer view of quilting on Reed’s Creek

Next on the list to finish was my Happy Home pattern from Primitive Gatherings. I needed to finish the embroidery on the bottom and sew on the key. I got that done too!

Happy Home is complete

Now it can go to finishing school for quilting! Big grin!

Next was to finish of my “Liberty Homestead” pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts. I got the label, sleeve and binding sewn down. Not all before the meeting, but all but the sleeve.

Liberty Homestead all done

I couldn’t get it in one photo

a center view

I love how the quilt turned out and I love all the colors in it. Marcia Henry quilted it and it looks great, she did a great job. Thank you Marcia!

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

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Miter Me Please

Back in November, I ordered some Old Sturbridge Christmas Village fabrics designed by Judie Rothermel from Marcus Fabrics and after I received them, I was itching to sew them up. I looked around at the different Christmas patterns/books and decided to use the Holiday Wishes book from It’s Sew Emma by Sherri Falls. I noticed a couple of the fabrics in the line were not as densely colored as the others and decided to use them first to see how the fabrics played with one another. It was going to work, it could be better, but this is what I had and I wanted to use it.

Holiday Wishes pattern

Off I go, this pattern was designed for a block of the month, six different block patterns and each block is made twice. I did 4 at a time and before too long I had all 12 blocks done.

my first test block

one of the other blocks

Towards the middle of December, a friend offered to do some sewing for me and I got her to put the top together. She didn’t want me to release her name, but she did a great job and I’m very thankful on how much help she really was! Thank you, thank you!

here it is in progress

Back to the line of fabric – one of the fabrics was a beautiful border fabric and it was perfect for this pattern. The fabric just said, “miter me”, sew I did! 😉

love this border fabric

After, I got the top back, it was my job to fussy cut the stripped border and then miter the corners. I love how mitered corners look on a quilt and it really isn’t that difficult, but it would help if I did it more often so I wouldn’t forget and have to look up my instructions!

I finally got it done and I really like it. Wahoo, one of my 2017 projects finished!

all done

a close up of the border

another close up view

I did get my first “start and finish” done for 2018 the other day. My Moda Frivol #11 is done! For the background, I used a light pink Grunge fabric by Basic Gray of Moda.

Moda Frival #11 finished

It is now with the quilter! Wahoo!

I have had several quilts (small and large) at the quilter’s and some of them are coming home to be completely finished.

First one that I completely finished was my Itty Bitty Leaves! Jan DeAlmeida quilted Itty Bitty. It is now bound and hung in the shop!

my Itty Bitty Leaves

Next one, is my Indigo Star, pattern by Red Crinoline Quilts and it was quilted by LeeAnn Lively. It turned out great and I got the binding on and now it is hung up as well! Boy, I love DONE!

Indigo Star

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

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Twenty Eighteen!

Another year, it is hard to believe but it is here! I for one am glad to see 2017 “in the books”. There were a lot of things that happened last year, some good and some bad and that is normally the case but just looking back it seems that the bad things were really rough. I lost some sewing friends and that is always a bitter dose. Two of my sons and their families relocated, one to Dallas area and one to Italy! Yes, the country of Italy! The other two children are increasing the size of their families. That is always exciting, one baby arrives towards the end of January and the other baby arrives in April.

 

We had a lot of extreme weather and even though I was not directly hit by Harvey, it did have an impact on retreating. We even had snow and then last week it was icy cold!

ice last week

We had a nice Christmas and David and I managed to get the home décor all put away last weekend. It is so nice to see all the decorations fill the house and then when it is gone it always feels a little empty when it is all put away, even though it feels clean and fresh.

I wanted to share some Christmas photos with my Mom and Bennett. This is his first year that he is aware of things and I love watching toddlers gaze at the Christmas tree. I don’t know why I love those pictures. Maybe it goes back to my own childhood memories where I loved gazing and dreaming into the Christmas tree. For some reason, they just seem magical to me. Does that happen to you?

Mom and Bennett

this just warms my heart

He had for inspect further!

My love for Fisher Price toys. He seemed to enjoy

I hope they are buddies for a long, long time!

On to Twenty Eighteen, I hope it is a great year for you. It has started off with a bang. Our first Saturday of the year was a great one. Thank you to all the people who stopped by the first week of the year! Your patronage is greatly appreciated!

I got to sew during the week and you know, I love being able to do that. I got to work on Red Crinoline Quilts, Block of the Month. You know, I’m also working on my 2018 project list – unfortunately I have several from 2017 that I haven’t finished and get to carry forward. I also worked on one of the Frivols, number 11. It is coming along nicely.

Frivol number 11!

progress over the weekend

I am also busy working on a new shop sample. The pattern is from Primitive Gatherings, called Full-Time/Part-Time. This kit is made up of brushed homespun fabrics and is very nice to feel and work with. They will arrive sometime in April.

Full-Time/Part-Time

my fabrics are ready to go back together

I hope you have a wonderful 2018 and you are blessed beyond measure!

I am truly blessed and I hope you are blessed by your daily threads! Love and hugs,

Ronda

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Live a Simple Life

Look at just what was delivered!

I’m thrilled to have these to offer, but I only have 5 kits to sell. Price is $280 and the adorable box is a bonus.

Contact me if you want to reserve one.

Happy 2018!

Ronda

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Merry Christmas

One of the sayings that I have enjoyed since my children were little was saying ” Merry Christmas Eve Eve Eve”! The day has arrived!

I have sure enjoyed my sewing themed Christmas tree this year, so I thought I’d share some photos.

From my heart to yours “Merry Christmas”! I hope you have a blessed holiday!

Ronda

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Sarah’s Wordplay

Look what we got in the shop today!

We also received a “sweet” gift from Primitive Gatherings wholesale. Come by and I’ll be happy to share! Thank you Primitive Gatherings!

Cutest boxes too!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hugs

Ronda

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Is Your List Getting Longer or Shorter?

Hello, I know it has been some time since I’ve written, just too many things to do and not enough time to get it all done.

Some days my list gets shorter and then there are the days my list gets longer, I’m sure you have days like that too, especially with Christmas just around the corner. Are you ready for Christmas?

I’ve been working on several different projects lately, but the one that has been pushed to the forefront is my little Primitive Gatherings, Happy Home mini quilt.

This kit was a “freebie” kit that was shipped along with the Summer Block of the Week from Primitive Gatherings back in June if you paid for the kit in full at the beginning, so I did. Wink!

I started working on both the blocks and the freebie blocks mid July or so. They are coming along nicely but as you know you can only do one thing at a time so I decided to sideline the big blocks to work on the little houses.

some of my little houses

Note the house blocks finish at 4 ½ inches tall and vary in width, but they are so cute I can’t seem to put them down for any length of time.

all done and laying out the design

here we go, I needed to use the trees to figure spacing

I finally finished the small blocks and then it was row time but I still needed to come back and add the trees to the “subdivision” (filler blocks).

two row done

The 1-inch finished quarter-square triangles are a very nice median. Ha! I got the QST’s done and added them as I got the rows done.

done to one

After I got all the rows done it was time to add the outside borders and then the finishing pieces, now to get those done. Just thought I’d share the cuteness!

the beginning of the end

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

p.s. if you want the photos larger just click on the photos to enlarge.

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Angel Wings in Seventeen

It has been a great past few days, a lot is going on around here! In a way, nothing unusual but I guess what has been happening is not the norm!

Thursday was my day for being a quilt angel at the Houston International Quilt Festival! I made my trek downtown and got parked and off to work I went! Well it wasn’t really work, but more like Christmas – seeing what was going to come out of the box, one by one!

I am always simply amazed at the volume of talent that is out there – incredible!

These are as they were hung and not in any particular order, I hope you enjoy the “mini” show.

This one was 3-D from a distance, sure enough I walked up and it really was.

in 3-D

I am always amazed at the Japanese quilts that are entered. The intricacy is far beyond what I can comprehend. I do wonder how long it takes them to make a quilt and if they have more than one going at a time.

I love this, tons of work!

part of the details

more details

another beautiful detailed quilt

a closer view

one block, and tiny!

the knots on the binding

This one is made from men’s ties and was very impressive!

the tie quilt

a closer view of the tie quilt

I love to be surprised by quilts made from people I know. Valerie Wagner made this quilt. I love all the color and interest it has Valerie!

Valerie’s quilt

This one was all hand quilted and they were beautiful!

this was incredible, hand quilted

a closer view of one of the blocks

another block, notice the quilting

each year there is an alphabet quilt

details

more embellishments

look at this one! beautiful

closer

and even closer, the circles are smaller than a dime

the center

Some of these are just ones I liked and wanted to share!

I had to show these houses!

a lot of details

the center

one border

I was intrigued by this one

notice the gorgeous quilting

more beautiful quilting

I love the colors in this, the black sure made the colors pop

the front of the quilt

Rhonda Dort’s back, how special is that!

look at this one!

all panels are dots!!!

a closer look at the dots

This year Festival is doing a tribute to commemorate the life and talent of Sue Garman. I have always been in awe of her talent and she is dearly missed. After my scheduled time I decided to go over and look at all of her quilts on display. For some reason it really felt like I was on hallowed ground. It ended up being very emotional for me; these are just some of her quilts.

Postage Due

one of her log cabin quits

this was beautiful too!

one of her latest accomplishments

a closer view

another close view section

she loved colors

I loved the little monsters

loved the Halloween quilts

a closer view of the top

loved this in 30’s

a closer view

Feathered Star

beautiful feathered star

Omigosh

a closer view of these sweet blocks


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

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Caught by a Squirrel

I’ve been trying to work on a quilt that I’ve had cut for a while but I always seem to get distracted or pulled off into working on something else. It is a relatively easy project using Windham, Riverbanks fabrics by Jeanne Horton, it’s a pattern called Reed’s Creek and I really love the quilt.

all my strips for Reed’s Creek

The quilt is consisted of rail fence blocks, an alternate square and a 25-patch block. So I’m working on the 25-patch blocks and that isn’t challenging enough. I was working away on sewing my strips and I got an email from Temecula Quilt Company showing me their cute little leaf quilt.

It is a small project and plus it is something that I’ve not made before, so off I go! The leaf blocks finish at 2-¼ inch and there are only 12 of them! I started pulling fabric and I wanted to use this new fabric from Moda, Jan Patek with fall leaves on it as a border.

Here’s the cutting information:

    Cutting for one 2-1/4″ finished Little Leaf block
    From background cut: 1) 1-1/4″ square
    2) 1-3/4″ squares *
    2) 1-1/4″ x 2″ strips

    From color cut: 3) 1-1/4″ squares
    2) 1-3/4″ squares *

    From dark brown cut for stem : 1) 5/8″ x 2″ strip
    Make half square triangles using 1-3/4″ light and dark squares, trim down to 1 ¼ inch
    Make stem section by strip piecing 1-1/4″ light strips to each side of 5/8″ brown strip.
    Use ruler marking to match stem and trim down 1 ¼ inch.

all of my little half-squares

I got busy on my little half-squares and then I worked on the little stems. They were pretty interesting to make. You cut a 5/8” strip of fabric and sew the brown to a 2-inch strip, press and then trim down. You just center up the corner of your ruler down the center of the brown strip and trim it up to 1 ¼-inch.

stems ready to trim down

this is how I trimmed

trimmed the top and right side

I turned it around to trim the other sides

all trimmed up

Here’s one little leaf and only 11 more.

one leaf ready to stitch together

one leaf

I got them all sewn up and put together and then added the borders.

all laid out

fabric audition

and done!

I thought they turned out pretty cute!

Now back to work on Reed’s Creek.

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

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I Seem to Have a Pattern

A project I’ve had my eye on doing is from a book called “The Blue and the Gray” written by Mary Etherington & Connie Tesene. I really like several of the little quilts in this book, but I love the quilt on the front cover, called Civil Unrest.

my book

Since I was going to Florida, I prepared 216 flying geese units to make using the Studio 180, Wing Clipper. I got them all sewn and trimmed up! I was so very pleased about that! Those are not fun to make, but a great tedious job for me when retreating. Oh happy dance!

my flying geese!

Next up was to make 45, 9-patches and 16, 2-inch square-in-a-square blocks. That sure seemed like that was easy enough, so I thought I’d get this little quilt knocked out in no time.

9-patches and blocks

It seems like I have a pattern going lately, changing up patterns. Sometimes it is completely unintentional! That’s a fancy way to say, I messed up and decided to make do with what I made. I got all of my components done and it wasn’t until I was laying it out, that I realized I had MESSED UP! That is exactly what I did on my geese; I had put my color on the outside instead of on the inside. Oh no!!! It was dark on dark, and it seemed too dark!

all together

Now how do I work around that! I did NOT want to remake 216 flying geese, they finish at 1-inch by 2-inches! I auditioned framing the blocks, and I even made 45 light 9-patches (color on the inside) thinking I would like that better but then it was too light! I changed out the alternating plain blocks from dark to shirtings. I don’t think I’ve ripped out so much on a top in a long time.

inner framed to separate the colors

trying out negative 9-patches with shirtings

9-patches and shirtings

negative 9-patches and a regular 9-patch with shirtings

positive and negative 9-patches

negative 9-patches and dark blocks

looking at the big picture with negative 9-patches

a closer view of the positive and negative

After a lot of auditioning, I finally came up with something I liked and finally got it finished! I’m really glad that this is only a small quilt. I also thought it was ironic name of this little quilt. I think mine is going to be called “Civil Unrest to the Test”!

decided to put the really dark 9-patches in the center and lighter ones on the edge

my civil tested! ha

I decided to put on a small outer border to frame up those geese!

and she is done!

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

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Antiquing and Sewing

Antiquing and sewing, I think that is the perfect combination!

I got to go to Warrenton antiquing a few weeks ago with Mary. Oh my, we had a great time, but it was crazy hot! I thought I would show you this item that got the award for being the “Best Repurpose Award”.

If you ever have a shopping cart and need an “easy chair” – this is the answer! Ha!

shopping cart re-purposed!

I found a few treasures and yes, I did find a few more doily dresses! I spotted this cute little sewing machine and it was a bargain, but I cleaned her up and she looks “sew” much better!

my new doilies and door knob

my little sewing machine for the Red room

I also found several miniature irons, this was a great collection and I had to limit myself to only these special 5!

I also got a “nail rake” for a coat hanger

my little irons, one is a Victorian collar iron and the 3 that are stair-step have Roman numbers I, II and III on them. very unique!

I also found the cutest dump truck and I could not wait to get home and get him all packed up with pumpkins for the porch of the shop!

I love, love my new/old dump truck!

At the end of September, it was Florida retreat time! I got to go and sew and they have the best sunsets on Kingsley Lake at Camp Blanding!

sunset in Florida over the lake

I took more projects than I could possibly make, but I’d rather have more than not enough!

First on the list was this mini quilt pattern from the Jo Morton group, called Basket Medallion.

Basket Medallion pattern

I got busy on the little baskets and put the inner sashing on, but I left behind the next fabric at home, I was trying hard to only bring what I really needed. This little quilt had several components, so I had other stuff to do like the half-square border and to make all the hourglass blocks. I worked on it all as far as I could and then packed it away!

I did change up this pattern. First change was I reversed the baskets, this was an accident and I didn’t notice it until it was all sashed and decided to leave it.

The next change was the half-square border, I have trouble with patterns were the borders aren’t balanced, so since I’m the creator, I did. Ha!

I finished it at home and I really like how it came out.

my finished Basket Medallion

I had pre-cut and prepared a Laundry Basket Quilt pattern, Homestead. Thanks to Marcia H, she had it worked out to be a paper pieced project through EQ and she offered it to me and I took her up on her offer. She did a great job!

my Homestead pattern

I did a test block at home and then made 26 at the retreat. That is one piece of work in that house block! I think it took me 2 full days to make them all and I was a busy bee!

my test block

Here they are! I used a part of a fat quarter tower by French General, Rue Indienne line. I have waited to find just the right project to use with this great fabric and I think it was a success! Now to get the sashing on and try to get this one finished!

my Homestead houses

I have my Harmony Mills version hanging up in the shop now and I thought I would share it.

I wanted to share a closer view of my Harmony Mills

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

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For the Love of Fabric!

Sorry it has been so long, I’ve got a lot to catch up on!

I guess we all have a special admiration for the touch and feel of fabric. I know I sure do and I really enjoy folding it so some goofy reason! I especially enjoy looking at a pattern and dreaming of how it might look in a different color way or even a different fabric theme altogether!

Several weeks ago, I ordered and received a new pattern from Primitive Gatherings called “Lost Mittens”. I ordered several for the shop! I love Mr. Mittens down in the lower corner. I think he is very cute, even though we don’t get snow here; he is my ticket to having a snowman! Ha!

Primitive Gatherings Lost Mitten pattern

However, I decided to change up the pattern. I thought I could make a fast cut using my Creative Grid 2 ½” tumbler ruler and the Snowman Gatherings jelly roll. I layered about 3 strips carefully on top of one another and cut away. The cutting goes extremely fast! I decided on how many I tumblers I needed and went to down making my rows and I got it all sewn together and I decided to go ahead and add my inner border before working on the wool so I would not get the top too out of shape. I went to work on my snowman and wool kit. He sure is a happy snowman!

my Creative Grid Tumbler ruler

Mr Mittens is done

a closer version of Mr Mittens

I got him finished and then sent him to finishing school with Cindy Gravely! He came home and then it was time to get him finished up!

completely finished

a closer view of the quilting

He now has a sleeve and is hanging in the shop for you to see. I have 2 more kits left in the shop if you are interested in doing one for yourself!

I have also wanted to make up one of Red Crinoline Quilts, Harmony Mills. I have had this fabric of theirs and it is just a lovely piece of fabric, so I decided to use it for the borders and then pick out a great fabric for the alternating blocks – also from Red Crinoline Quilts. It is a cute pattern and it goes together pretty easily. I am going to kit some of these up!

Harmony Mills pattern

I love this red fabric

playing with color

getting it ready

my version of Harmony Mills

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

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Weekend Happy Dance

I stuck around Sunday and finally got section one done, two more to go! I wanted to share our Quiltworx weekend with our certified teacher, Denise Green of HollyDee Quilts in Luling, Texas. We had a smaller group this year, but it was sure a productive one! We had several that brought back their Bali Wedding Star; we also had a couple of Lakeshore patterns and a form of the Feathered Star. (Sorry I forgot their technical names) I brought back my “Flowers for My Wedding Ring”.

This year we decided to add an extra sewing day and it was a wonderful thing and proved to be an essential element to completion or at least a “great understanding of what to do next” and get this project done!

It is great to see a project come together and I really enjoy seeing all the different color variations.

Here a few pictures of the different projects. I forgot to get photos of all the projects; hopefully you will enjoy the ones I got.

Kathy’s test preview

this was Kelleigh’s project – she was well prepared!

Kelleigh got her project completely finished!

this is Marlene’s, she made great progress!

I was able to get my wedding ring center done, it also has a flying geese border and then appliqué. I’m extremely pleased with the outcome!

this is my layout, I still need to add cornerstones

cornerstones added

the center of my quilt!

We have our next retreat scheduled for April 18-22, 2018. Contact me at andsewitbegan@gmail.com for information!

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

Ronda

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Maybe Back to a Routine

How are things in your corner of the world? Hurricane Harvey has certainly left its mark in so many different areas of Houston. I know some of you didn’t fair so well with Hurricane Harvey and then some of you did. To the ones that are having to deal with water issues, I am extremely apologetic! I can only begin to imagine what all you are dealing with. One of our couple friends that live in Baytown lost everything. David helped them yesterday along with our running group, they worked on the massive clean up. Water came within 5 inches of their ceiling, we went back over there today and it is truly humbling, yet gut wrenching to have their entire life be on the curb. They lost everything, the only thing that remains is their studs and bricks and I guess the insurance company will decide if it is “dozable”. I tried to keep the tears back, but I couldn’t. All of their neighbors were also doing the same thing and as I sit in my comfortable, cool home I feel completely humble and blessed to have been completely untouched from any devastation – almost guilty, however we are very thankful!

We drove over to Mom and Dad’s, Channelview was very hard hit, as well as Interstate 10, in fact, it was closed from 610 past San Jacinto River. That is really hard to believe! Thankfully, water had subsided and we were able to see watermarks as we drove. Simply mind-boggling! Their house did have water, but I’m not sure how to research it, we think it was only on their floor. Someone is going to come look at it tomorrow.

Slowly but surely things are returning to normal and then only to a degree. Local fast-food places are only open part-time and only operate through their drive-through. We were happy to visit our local Gringo’s Mexican food place and they were open, but not a full menu and no “green salsa”.

After dinner we went our area Wal-Mart to buy a few groceries, it was about 7:15 and the doors that we normally enter were locked and then noticed we could only enter at the other end and that they closed at 8. We sure have gotten comfortable with our “easy goes it” attitude and “always open” mentality. Needles to say they didn’t have eggs, the meat and cold sections were sparse. No Diet Cokes for David, but the beer/wine isle was properly stocked! Wahoo for me! Anyway, we quickly got what we could and made our way to the checkout counter.

On another note, the retreat house was also untouched. Blessed again! Thanks to all who have asked about both places, we ARE open! Sit and Sew dates have been published on Facebook and a newsletter will be going out very soon!

Now to life before Harvey – in July, I was only posted once and I had decided that I would try hard to publish once a week in August, but that didn’t happen either, in fact, no posts at all. It appears my ability to juggle is getting worse and worse. I’m sorry. I do enjoy posting but between everything, I just haven’t been able to make it work. One of these days, I hope to work out a better schedule. I do enjoy a schedule or a routine, I tend to feel more accomplished and there is just something about a routine that soothes me. Maybe it is my “Libra” sign coming out – I do love balance in my life!

The end of July we were able to spend some quality time with Joanna, she flew in from Thailand and we also went to my nephew, Philip’s wedding shower in Dallas. That was fun and we ended up bringing back Adley and Bennett home with us. We were able to spend some quality time with the kiddos as Kyle and Kara relocated to Wylie from Tyler. Kara took a job with Garland ISD as a principle in one the schools there and Kyle is coaching for Community ISD, which is a consolidated school district East of Dallas.

Philip and Mary Beth, the future Mrs. Grimsley – that sounds funny

Joanna and Dad

me and Mr Bennett

Adley and myself

Kynlee, Bennett, Wyatt and Adley – let me say it was HARD to get this photo

August, David and I went on a vacation to Victoria, British Columbia. We had such a great time – our friends, Ed and Michelle joined us. It was beautiful there, but they had a heat wave just to make us feel like we were home. Ha! We had high tea at the Empress Hotel. That was a lot of fun and we went with 2 sisters from Tennessee that we met on the Victoria Clipper (people only ferry) over to Victoria. Even though it was just finger food and tea, it was lovely! We got to visit Butchart Gardens and toured Craigdarroch castle and we did a 12-mile bike ride around town. That was fun, but ended up being a lot of work navigating their hillside terrain.

the castle

Ed and Michelle’s arrival

I love a grand table setting at the Empress

Nancy and Janice at high tea

David and I at the high tea

our food, it was so good

our new friends taking a carriage ride. We actually ran into them 3 times unplanned!

David, Ed and Michelle on our bikes

a break on our bike ride

just one photo of the gardens, don’t miss an opportunity to go there

Another adventure we did was an 8-line, zip line tour. Oh it was so much fun, the longest line was 1000 feet. I don’t think I had a death grip this trip, but I was sure holding on.

David showing off!

after our complete zip line tour

We were extremely blessed to have such a great time in Canada, next time I hope it is much cooler. I also need to blog more often just so I don’t forget the process! Ugh!

You are in my prayers, love and hugs,
Ronda

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What’s Old Is New Again

Hello, if you are still out there! I know it has been a long time since blogged but things have been crazy, I guess more so than my usual trying to get the store ready and do samples, etc. I’ve had a lot to write about but not that much time to write and when I stopped I was tired! Plus I had started a blog several weeks ago and I had computer problems and lost it, since I had not saved it I decided to not do it at all.

I decided to open my shop Monday – Saturday from 10 to 5:30, so if you are in the area please stop in and see me, I’d love to see you! It has been a lot of fun getting it all done and I think I’m about settled in. I’ve got free sit and sew dates posted on my website calendar, maybe you can join in for those too.

Yesterday we got the news that my cabinet was ready for pick up and David and I picked it up at Town & Country Sales.

I wanted to show you what it looked like in the beginning! I loved the piece but the years had taken its toll on it and since it was in bad shape and it was recessed into my kitchen plus it would impact my kitchen cabinets and placement of my refrigerator I decided to get David to take it out. I asked him to save it and maybe we could re-use it later.

this is what it looked like in the beginning

you can see the false bottom better now

Later finally came in January. We took it over to T&C and I asked them to build a bottom, as it had a false bottom, no legs, just the drawers built into the wall.

this is the front of the cabinet

the doors

Once it came time for them to work on it, I worked with them on the design and asked them to just mirror the bottom and to use the drawers that we had.

They had to strip out the top half and the drawers and we took a lot of our old wood over there for them to use and hopefully my original glass doors would survive all of the work.

One of the biggest surprises on this piece was the bead board back. It was beautiful and I told him that I wanted them to flip the back to the inside and they did!

the back of the cabinet

Little by little the piece was transformed! I am so pleased – I guess that’s an understatement! I love it!

before it was stained

We brought it home yesterday and I moved things around today and now it has a place to shine! Thankfully, Joseph was off and was able to help David get it into the shop! Thank you David and Joseph, I appreciate your help so very much!

before taking it home

in its new home

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

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My Fake Wall

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

Several months ago, we had the opportunity to buy some Ikea storage closet units from one of David’s coworkers. They have great storage ability, but they did not have any doors and the thought of people or Me going up the stairs into the room and seeing open shelved storage was not appealing to me one bit.

here’s what we started with

At first I thought that I’d get our contractor, John to build a closet around them and then I decided that I really didn’t like that idea either, so I came up with the idea of turning their backs into the room and we could get some of that thin bead board paneling to cover the backs and then I could use the back “wall” to hang a quilt on it. After all, I have several quilts that I could put on display.

While we were moving out of our storage unit I noticed we had a good bit of shiplap and I got the idea that we should use the shiplap instead of the bead board. David could not wrap his mind around that because there was no frame. One morning I woke up with an epiphany and I told David I had an idea of how he could do it. I drew him a crude picture and the plan was formulated! Hence, our fake wall came to be.

the frame David made

this is our plan

David worked on the frame over a week ago and then he worked on the end boards, the sides. He has been working on it in place! I’m enjoying the progress!

frame is in place

a side view

one end done

the other end is done

We were out of town last weekend, so no real progress until this weekend. David took all the wood that we saved from the old exterior building walls to our home, dried them out while we were gone and then began cleaning them up. He scraped paint and sanded all the wood down and by Friday morning he was ready to finish up my fake wall.

our wood drying out

Friday we drove to Baytown and picked up my antique sofa at Town and Country Sales. I have sure enjoyed working with them, they are a family owned business and they are so pleasant to work with. Should you ever need any furniture work, I highly recommend them! I love my old sofa and I think they did an excellent job in redoing it!

After we got back to LaPorte we got the sofa out of the truck and it was so heavy it just sat in shop area. We hung several small quilts and after we got as many hung, as I knew where to hang, David started on finishing my fake wall.

He worked and worked, I assisted every now and then but by 3 he had finished it! We both were very pleased with the outcome and thought it come out nicely! David told me that he was glad I came up with the idea and so was I!

here it goes

more progress

all done!

I called our neighbor, Josh to see if he would help David move the sofa upstairs and he graciously agreed. Thank goodness he was able to help, otherwise it would still be there!

and my sofa in place!

Now I just have to figure out if I want to paint it or not. If I paint it, should it be white or gray like the walls? I think the gray would look the best. David did a fabulous job, thanks babe!

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

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The Best Rain Day

I’ve been working towards getting all the notions placed, but it is harder than I thought I would be. Trying to organize it and make it look pretty is a little bit of a challenge, but I keep chipping at it!

I’ve enjoyed giving tours to the ones who have stopped by, thanks for dropping in! If you happen to be in the area and I’m there, please feel free to stop by.

My dresser that I got from an estate sale and some vintage toys

My cute little skunk that Heather made for me

My friend, Cynthia came over Thursday and we got to stay in the new room and sew for a couple of days. It was wonderful to be able to sit and catch up on all the events that have been going on. It was an added bonus that we got to try out the new digs above the shop. I love the new shower and I just love that flooring in the bathroom. It proved to be very comfortable and was just the ticket to help Cynthia recover from being in Europe. Thank you Cynthia for making the trek over, you are quite a blessing to have in my life!

Cynthia and I out front, the sun was VERY bright and my eyes were watering!

I got my Miller Manor quilt using Jeanne Horton fabrics, a pattern by Shopgirl Quilts, all sewn up and I’m very happy with it. I got this kit from Primitive Gatherings, CA and Cynthia liked it so much, she ordered one too! I would have liked to have made it a little bigger, but decided to call it done! I’ve got more things to sew. Now to get the backing prepped and off to the quilter!

Miller Manor in progress

all ready to put together

Miller Manor complete

Friday, Comcast came over and got television service in the shop and that was exciting for me. So when I’m alone, I will have the “one-eyed monster” to listen to. Oh boy! That proved to be wonderful on Sunday, David did some work over there for me and it was nice for him to be able to watch the Astros game and then later I got to watch a lot of American Pickers while I worked on another project.

Do you enjoy watching/listening to TV or listening to music? I have to have one or the other. I enjoy watching news in the morning and then music in the afternoon.

You know I mentioned yesterday I’m bouncing from one thing to the other, I realized that I have 7 (seven) quilts that need to have labels, sleeves and bindings! Good grief, that is good and bad. It is nice to know that I have some to finish but that is awful! Road trip is around the corner!

It rained most of the morning and the sound of rain coming down is very soothing and for me, makes for a blissful sew day, not to mention we really needed the rain! I got labels, sleeves and bindings attached to 2 small quilts, one mid size quilt and one on my Farm Girl Vintage. I also got my label ready for my Dipped in Chocolate. Things are coming along.

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

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Day to Day

I started this post last Sunday, so this is a little late.

I hope all of the Mothers out there of 2 and 4-legged babies had a great day.

My Mother’s day Sunday was a beautiful day in the Houston area. I got up early so I could go do my walk/run outside and have time to get ready and meet my parents and part of my family at church in Channelview. We took up two complete rows! I think Dad said we had 18 or 19. Somehow David wasn’t in the photo, but he was there.

Kynlee, Katie, myself and Mom

our gang at church

“the moms”

Our two pews were quite active, I’m too sure I got too much out of the sermon due to all the kiddos being so rambunctious. I did get to spend a little time with Katie and family before they went to spend time with Joseph’s family. The rest of the family was here, there and yonder. I did get a little note from Italy; I guess I have to make the best of it. Brok and Candice are settling in and learning to love being there. I just need to figure out when I can go for a visit. I got a sweet call from Kyle and Adley, they had made breakfast for Kara and Adley was quick to let me know that Bennett was still asleep. As a first child myself, it was funny how I always liked having the soul attention of my parents, and she was “in on that”. Josh and family were traveling to Beaumont for Jaiden’s baseball tournament and they called me on the way there. I think I will have to plan an “after mother’s day” party to get more time with them. We went to lunch at a little place in LaPorte for lunch called New Orleans Seafood Kitchen, as we did not want to wait 2.5 hours on a table to seat 13. It wasn’t Pappadeaux or Pappa’s but it was still very good and without the long wait on table or food. Everyone was very pleased with everything, so that was a homerun! It’s located on Old LaPorte on Main Street, if you enjoy Cajun food, give them a try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Do you ever wonder about day-to-day stuff? Like how did I get to this point? I’ve got quite a long list of projects to finish up. I really need to just concentrate on one thing at a time, instead of bouncing from one project to the next.

Monday I went to Ikea, it was fun, but it was quite an adventure wondering through all of their “rooms” trying to figure out how all of the storage could work. I came home after a three-hour tour! Now to implement some of my ideas that I got while I was shopping.

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

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Finally a Finish

Tuesday afternoon I met my friend Mary over at the retreat house for lunch and while we were there the inspectors came to do the final walk through. We got approved and I have to say I was very excited and happy to be given the ok to move in!

my final approval

It has been rough trying to get all the odds and ends wrapped up and my lists are all over the place. I started cleaning up and I decided to clean upstairs first. Funny how that fine dust seems to get everywhere!

my under stairs storage

they have drawers inside

my under stair drawer storage

wall storage in the upstairs bathroom

my upstairs storage

I love how all the storage worked out!

When David got off work, he headed home to pack his tools and then come over and we put the rug down first and set in putting the beds together. He got both of the beds done and the mattresses put on the beds. Exciting! It is hard wanting all to be done and just be out of time and the end of the day came, time to shut down and go home.

bed making

Wednesday, Julie came over to help me move over all the fabric from the classroom to the shop, well most of it. It was hard work, we could not use wheels due to the different levels, but we got it done. I told Julie to be sure and take Advil before she went to bed. I knew I would need it! Did I say, “That was hard work”?

Thursday was more moving and cleaning. I got the house straightened up and the classroom as well. Almost all is moved over except the notions. I still need to decorate, but things are coming together.

Today David was off and about 10 we drove to Baytown to meet a man who made an island for me. I got the postal sorter in Warrenton last fall.

my island and my postal sorter

David was a huge help today, he did a lot of the things that I could not do. We worked on hanging mirrors, drapes downstairs, just whatever we could get done.

my clock from Josh and Angela

down bath

my beds are now made. No quilts yet

upstairs bath

Making progress!

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

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Incentive

It is nice when incentive equals deadline or maybe it is the other way around.

Friday I got in some sewing time and worked on my half-squares for Miller Manor, I got them all stitched and cut, David was kind enough to pull papers for me. Now I need to press and cut off the ears and then I’ll be able to construct the blocks.

all of my half-squares ready for some heat

I also got all 12 of my alternating blocks finished. They were easy peasy!

my alternating block

I got a letter from the Shipshewana Quilt Festival stating they saw my work at the Houston Quilt Festival back in November and they asked me if I would consider entering a quilt in their quilt show in June 2017.

I was shocked and wondered if they really meant to send it to me or maybe they just sent letters to a bunch of people. Either way, I was honored and very appreciative of it and just might enter. Now I just need to figure out what I want to enter in the show.

One quilt came to mind and it was my Primitive Gatherings, Somewhere In Time and I just might enter my Red Crinoline Quilt, Oak Alley, but I need to get it finished with the label, sleeve and binding. Receiving the letter was great incentive to push me to get that quilt ready to finish. I got the sleeve and label ready and attached the binding.

Saturday we drove to Tyler to see Adley’s dance recital, with my quilt in tow and I worked on my binding all the way there! It made me think, should I give myself deadlines. Ha!

Adley getting ready

We had a great time watching Adley and the rest of the classes at the recital. It is fun to see how all the kids react to being on stage. One poor little girl got on stage and didn’t move an inch and just stood there and then she started crying. Poor thing, the teacher had to carry her off stage.

our happy little dancer!

Kara, Bennett, Adley and Kyle

Bennett at 10 months

I finished my binding Sunday morning! Wahoo! We went back over to Kyle’s house for a brief visit and then we headed to Hughes Plant Farm to get a few plants for the retreat house and get some to spruce up our house. We should have gotten more plants, but it was a good thing we stopped when we did – we ran out of room in the car. We got some really nice plants!

cart #1

cart #2

all loaded in the car

We drove home and on our way home we decided we needed to go ahead and get them planted when we got home. So we did! Otherwise I would have to plant them myself and it was wonderful to have David’s help planting them all. A Win, Win!!!

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

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Production Time

I couldn’t sleep Wednesday morning, so I got up and decided to cut out a kit and maybe I’d get it sewn up. At least, that was the plan!

While I was in California in January, one of my purchases at Primitive Gatherings CA was a kit of mainly Jeanne Horton fabrics using the pattern called Miller Manor. The quilt was hanging above the kit and it was quite a lure. After it staring at me for most of the day I decided that I “needed” it! So into my basket and homeward it went!

my kit

Miller Manor pattern

I think I need it for my new room over at the Retreat house, so I need to get cracking.

I got busy cutting and as one’s rotary cutting blade goes dull and I have to keep going and re-cutting the same spot 2-3 times, it is obvious it is time to break down and change out the blade!

Oh, how nice and smooth a new blade cuts – it is funny how one forgets that, at least I sure do. How sweet it is!

I got it almost all cut out and then I had some errands to run and off I went.

my kit all cut

My tankless water heater was installed yesterday. Wahoo, now I have hot water! However there appears to be a “monster” in my utility closet! I’m not sure what I’m going to do to camouflage that, but I will have to come up with something.

my water heater monster

One idea is to put a closet or casing around it. My Uncle Jack once had a picture frame hanging over a television that was mounted inside the wall, so I’m thinking I might get David to build a “book case of sorts” on hinges that will swing back and forth should I need to access the heater. As soon as you open the screen door – BAM, it is in your face! Ugh and it is NOT pretty!

One of the things that I was not pleased with was the hinges for my small bead board doors. They had been painted so many times the little balls on them looked like that had points and they just looked awful in my opinion. So I decided to buy some reproductions ones that would accent them a little more.

This is what I bought for replacement!

my pretty ones that I cannot use

I was informed that these were not the right kind, they were butterfly hinges and I needed half mortise hinges (my technical term was “z”, because that is what they looked like from the side).

Since we are getting down to the end and time is of the essence they removed the hinges and I brought them home with me to clean up. I had read that I could remove paint by boiling them in water. I did a Google search on them and sure enough it did say that. I got a little more information and I decided to go for it.

boiling hinges

see the paint bubble up

Look what I ended up with – brass was under all the paint! They still look a little unfinished and I’m not sure all the brass will come to surface so I’m just going to spray paint them with a flat black finish.

2 down, 2 to go

all paint removed with a little scrubbing

Here’s the finished product, I told David that we rescued some hardware! Ha! Anyway I’m very pleased with how they turned out!

my newly refurbished hinges

I took my antique rocker over to Town & Country Sales today for them to recover. I can’t wait to see how “she” will look upon her return. I had an awful time choosing which fabric for the chair. There was 2 color ways and I really could not decide which one! Should I go neutral or not? Angela left the room and I decided and by the time she returned I had changed my mind again! Ugh! Bottom line either would be a great choice. Which one would you choose?

top is the chair color in blue, the seat will be on the sofa

the top section is it in creams/gray. the seat is the sofa fabric

David and I had taken our antique sofa over there last week and I picked out the upholstery for that today as well. Things are slowly but surely coming together.

my sofa estate sale find

here’s a side view, it is an old sleeper sofa

I did get some sewing time in today! Wahoo! My progress thus far!

one block and part of the alternate blocks

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

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Quilt Share

I have a couple of quilts that I wanted to share that I got quilted in March and just have not had a chance to share them!

The first one is a pattern by Red Crinoline Quilts, called Oak Alley. I got this pattern cut and sewn up. By the way, this is a great pattern that I was able to sew up while at a quilt retreat in December! It is now in their book entitled, Tributes and Treasures. Cindy Gravely beautifully quilted this! I love how it all turned out!

full view of Oak Alley

one corner of Oak Alley

here’s the center

part of Oak Alley

another corner view

more quilting on Oak Alley

The next quilt is Lori Holt’s, Farm Girl Vintage. This is a happy quilt and I love how Marcia Henry quilted it. She used “chicken wire” as an all over pattern on it! It is a perfect way to have it finished up!

a full view of my Farm Girl

see the chicken wire design

and a few feathers on the side

another view

a little change up on the bottom row

Thank you Cindy and Marcia for doing such a great job on my quilts!

I still have to get these 2 beauties trimmed up, sleeves, labels and bindings attached.

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

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Remember Me?

Well it has been a while since I last blogged and I lot has happened in 3 weeks! Sorry for the long post, I have a lot to catch up on.

David and I went with another couple, Mike and Tammie to Hilton Head Island to meet Ed and Michelle at their place there. I thought we would have fun, but we had a lot more than I figured. We all laughed and enjoyed ourselves so much that we are going back next year! We had a blast!

these guys were eating breakfast at Low Country, it was so fun and I loved how the guys were so excited

one night we played life-size Jenga

girls vs boys and the girls won!

having fun at the golf course

We got home and I met the counter top man and he installed a marble top on an antique dresser that I had gotten at an estate sale, but it had no top. It looks so much better!

my new marble top

On the 19th, I left to go to a spring retreat at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida. I got to sew as much as my little heart desired! I needed to work on my 80 basket blocks for a swap that was due the first of May, nothing like waiting until the last minute! It was 8 of 10 different colors/sets. I only had 3 sets of basket bottoms done, so needless to say I had to get busy. After I got all the bottoms done, I set to work on my bias bars and then I had to hand sew 80 basket handles. Oh my word, that was my first time to do hand sewn handles and I hope I don’t disappoint them too much!

myself and Wynette

Wynette, Paula, myself and Mary Ellen

our gorgeous sunset = one of them

one basket down, 79 to go

bias handles

progress

Heather makes Mohair animals, she made this one for me! meet Petunia!

these 5 sets are done

all done! this took forever!

I also worked on two small quilts. One was from a design that Paula worked up! I really like it. Here’s a picture of her quilt to give us motivation!

Paula’s creation

more handles to sew

Here’s the other little one I made. I got the kit from Temecula Quilt Company when I was there in January. I like how it turned out too!

my Temecula basket, these were 5 inch blocks too

I sewed the papers on month 6, of Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends now just to cut them up. Next up was sewing up month 5 blocks! I got those stitched up just in the nick of time before it was time to pack up!

Among Friends progress!

I got so much done and I love this group of women!

Once I got home it has been a wild catch up, lucky for me, I have a wonderful and very supportive husband who is an awesome business partner! He took care of keeping me in the loop while I was away and I handled what I needed to.

Iron works are done on the stairs, cabinets are almost done and the shower is all in. It looks fabulous!

new railing

shower done

A few more little finishing touches need to be done and it will be time to move in!

I am so excited I can hardly stand it!

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

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Building Updates

Progress is slow, but steady. I had hoped it would be finished by the end of March but not so much.

John got the bead board installed in the half bath and I decided what color I wanted on the doors and the bead board. I did like the blue but it was a little too shabby looking and not really the look I was going for, so it got painted too.

bead board complete

I had looked at different blues but I finally decided on Sherwin Williams Inkwell. The other blues seemed a little bright and I wanted a dark, rich color and this was the winner. It is more of a blue black and really like its name, reminds me of an inkwell. I am very happy with the color.

my screen door was the Guinea pig

If you look close, you might see 4 colors of blue. Choosing a paint color is hard for me, especially when you are looking at a two-inch square and trying to imagine it in its new place.

upstairs doors

bathroom door

half bathroom

I did some research on under stair storage and I met with John and we finally worked out all the logistics of how I wanted it to work out and what would work best for the space. This is what we have so far in order to capture extra storage.

the beginning of our plan for storage

more progress on storage

Basically we are doing a cabinet with a door and then have a pull out drawer or shelf.

more progress on the storage

We did hit a snag with the stair posts. They worked hard at trying to get it in but it just did not look right at all to me. I gave them some ideas of how I thought it could look better, all the different angels on the short rail weren’t working for me. I also didn’t like how the 2 different shapes on the post looked, so they are going to get matching posts for me.

my stair posts

this looks better but not final

Tuesday I went to Huffman to watch Jaiden and Dylan while Josh and Angela went to Nashville for a training session. I had forgotten how much work it is to get kids up and off to school. I’m tired, but we had a good time and I even cooked two meals and made them some chocolate no-bake cookies.

chocolate no bake cookies

Wyatt and Kynlee

I love her expression

and who can resist a puppy kiss

Thursday night the boys and I went to Crosby to watch Wyatt and Kynlee play in their T-ball game. That was funny, only a couple of them really knew what was going on, but Jaiden was glad to help Aunt Katie out by assisting Wyatt in the field. I always say if you don’t have game, as least you can look good. They all looked really cute!

Kynlee

it’s a family thing!

While I was gone, David worked on attaching my sewing machine drawers to my Singer treadle stand. It looks great and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

sewing machine progress

The stairs and beam got stained, they sure look different – I really like how they are coming along.

stained stairs

stained beam

David and I took the treadle base over and put it in the half bath this evening. It sure looks different now. The top is what I used but not what we will end up using, it is just there to get an idea of things to come.

my machine in the half bath

That’s all I have for now! I am truly blessed, I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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March Winds

I catch myself coming and going, I guess going more than I care to admit, but I stay pretty busy. I hope you are enjoying your spring!

I did get to shop in the fields during Warrenton Antique days, I did an up and back “shop till you drop” day trip on Tuesday, the 28th. I ended up doing a solo trip but I had a very productive day. I had my list of things that I wanted to see about finding and then there are always the little things that I don’t need to list. For example, my little doily dresses. Big grin! I do love those little things.

I like to spot vintage quilts and I found another one this trip, but I didn’t bring it home. It sure had an interesting background that I just may have to try one time; I do love this Lonestar quilt.

vintage lonestar quilt

I also found this great treadle base for $100 but no one was around and I was getting very hot, so I opted to keep on moving plus I didn’t know about getting it back to my car.

old treadle base

I found this cute, cute old drug store parlor bench and table, but I left it behind too.

parlor bench and table

This was my score on toys and doily dresses!

my new additions

Notice the attached pantaloons! Aren’t they cute!!!

look at the bottoms

I needed to get some more bead board for my half bathroom. I found the vendor on Craig’s list and she saved it for me, she was in Roundtop. It was a great find and perfect for me!

old/new wood

I also got a low hanging pendant light for the top of the stairs, but no photo and I got a double set of sewing machine drawers. I also got a couple more surprises but I’m going to wait and share them when I can take a photo of before and after. I try to photo when I’m shopping but I get excited and forget. LOL

my sewing drawers

Wednesday the 29th we had a terrible rainstorm in LaPorte and I was packing up getting ready for our spring Lakeview Guild retreat, it threw me late but I was one happy camper once I arrived in Galveston!

I got to work on my Sew Kind of Wonderful, Mod Owl pattern. I had all of my blocks pieced, but I just needed to get sewn together into blocks. Later I got them lined up how I wanted them. This was a great pattern and a lot of fun. The designers know how to oversize their sewing and it is very forgiving; therefore the trimming process makes for a wonderful block. I’m one happy camper!

my Mod Owls ready for rows

Mod owls completed

Oh, I wanted to share this block swap that Cindy was working on. I do love this block and I thought her top turned out great!

Cindy’s project

I love going around looking around seeing the wide array of projects that they all are working on. I found Becky and she was working on one of “Geoff’s Mom Patterns”. I love Becky’s background fabric; the entire project is very cute! There were lots of other projects but somehow I forgot to photo them. Sorry!

Becky’s project

Becky had a sweet surprise for me; she found some doily dresses/bloomers to add to my collection! They are so cute! Thank you so much Becky for thinking of me, I can’t wait to hang them up!

my gifts from Becky

Once I got my Mod Owls all sewn together, I went to work on my 30’s tumbler top. This is a great, fast and fun project. You use the Creative Grid Tumbler ruler on your favorite roll of 2-½ inch strips and in no time you can enjoy your progress! The ruler is super easy and the semi-circular cut outs make it easy to cut both sides of the tumbler.

the beginning of my tumblers

I used the Riley Blake Toy Chest2 roll and a Marcus Fabric roll of Aunt Grace’s by Judie Rothermel. If you don’t have them, try cutting strips of your favorite 30’s fabric. I am enjoying this project. I did press my seams open so I could nest the seams and I was pleased with the outcome. I have some of these at my shop; contact me if you are interested in one. This would also a make a great trade of strips to get a wide variety for your top. I made mine 40 tumblers wide and I have 8 rows sewn together for now. What do you think?

my tumblers thus far

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

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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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