Saturday heaven gained a longtime family friend, we called her Barbrie. She became friends with my mom and dad before they were even married, my mom lived with her sister, Louise and we were neighbors to Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pody. I spent countless hours at Barbrie’s house growing up. I learned so much from them – love, patience, devotion, being a Christian example, being a good friend and forgiveness. Their family was always a part of my family growing up and even again when I raised my own family. Barbara K was a lovely person, inside and out and she made the world a better place, she will be greatly missed.
I thought I would share our Washington apple-buying story. We decided to buy a 10-pound bag of “honey crisp” apples and the fruit stand suggested that we go to the next town and have them shipped to our home. Off we go! Once we found the shop we go in and tell them what we wanted and they were happy to help us, for a fine fee! Our $23 bag of apples cost us $51 to ship! Oh my stars, those were some expensive apples. I decided to make a couple of apple pies, they sure turned out good and thank goodness Blue Bell is being made again. If there is a next time, we won’t be shipping them home!
Why does working in my playroom equate to a mess? For some reason, I can’t seem to sew without making one big mess. Are you like that? I got to play with my spools, I got them all laid out and I already had my alternating pieces cut, so it didn’t take me long to get them all put together. Now, it is another story regarding the border, that is going to take a little more time, but I don’t have to worry about someone stepping in and doing it for me, it is waiting on me. Ha!
Back in 2013, I was in a swap where we made “square in a square” blocks. The decision was made to alter the pattern from a 4-½ inch block to a 6-½ block. We got it from American Patchwork and Quilting issue February 2013 designed by Jo Morton. We all loved the quilt but since we altered the pattern it also meant that the “pieced” setting triangles would also have to be enlarged. Needless to say, this project got put on the backburner. I have taken it out of the bag more than once playing with it, but now it is officially ready for some serious machine time.
I laid out all the blocks and first I needed to decide what sashing fabric I wanted to use. Jo used this black/gray stripe, but I thought it might be a little too dark and so I got this gold/green stripe but once I laid it out more I finally decided on the black/gray. I think it compliments it more.
Now to work on the setting triangles! I did a couple of trial setting blocks to see if the would work. Now to get them all cut out and sewn together, but for now I can do the sashing sections. Progress is progress!
We did a couple of updates at the retreat house, we hung two quilts in the craft room bath and we hung a sign on the back of the retreat craft room. We also have a new print hanging the craft room.
We hung the “Pretty Dresses” quilt and it sure perked up the room and we also hung the “Crazy Like Us” quilt in there. I still have two blank walls in there! Ha!
For the longest, I’ve enjoyed a print by Rodney White and when I thought about it for the craft room, I could not find it anywhere. Luckily with the help of the Internet, I was able to locate my print and I even snagged a good deal. I got it hung too!
I truly have so many blessings; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,