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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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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