Soar to Sore

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

a front view of the house and our trash pile

a front view of the house and our trash pile

a closer view of the pile

a closer view of the pile

siding on the house

siding on the house

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

down to the sand

down to the sand

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

all clear and cleaned up

all clear and cleaned up

look how nice it looks

look how nice it looks

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

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

my 3 blocks

my 3 blocks

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

my one inch half squares

my one inch half squares

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

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Looking for Normal

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

part of our view driving to San Diego

part of our view driving to San Diego

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

Primitive Gatherings CA

Primitive Gatherings CA

a little sampling

a little sampling

another view inside the shop

another view inside the shop

some of the friendliest staff

some of the friendliest staff

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

seafood market

seafood market

look at the seafood

look at the seafood

part of the harbor

part of the harbor

another view of the harbor

another view of the harbor

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

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

another view of me being blinded

another view of me being blinded

our best selfie

our best selfie

Sully was not having any trouble at all

Sully was not having any trouble at all

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

part of the view driving to the monument

part of the view driving to the monument

entering the park

entering the park

the lighthouse

the lighthouse

view of the bay

view of the bay

another view from the lighthouse

another view from the lighthouse

Cabrillo monument

Cabrillo monument

the cemetery entrance

the cemetery entrance

part of the cemetery

part of the cemetery

there were so many markers

there were so many markers

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

my crazy life blocks

my crazy life blocks

my blocks done

my blocks done

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

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Rainy Vacation

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

Temecula Quilt Co

Temecula Quilt Co

quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

more quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

more quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

loved how this looked inside Temecula Quilt Co

loved how this looked inside Temecula Quilt Co

another view of quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

another view of quilts inside Temecula Quilt Co

look at these inside the shop

look at these inside the shop

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

part of our view driving to San Diego

part of our view driving to San Diego

another view of the drive

another view of the drive

loved how this photo turned out

loved how this photo turned out

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

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

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

quilts at Rd2CA

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

my last Crazy Life block is now finished

my last Crazy Life block is now finished

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

I took this picture at the tournament.  Beautiful course

I took this picture at the tournament. Beautiful course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conquering My Crazy Life

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

got these done

got these done

my last two blocks

my last two blocks

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

last one!  wahoo!

last one! wahoo!

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

working on my melons

working on my melons

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

you work on sections of 4 at a time.

you work on sections of 4 at a time.

I’m so excited and ready for thread!

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

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

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

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Construction Zone

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

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

my watermelon block

my watermelon block

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

the ones that needed to be embroidered

the ones that needed to be embroidered

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

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

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

block 2 of triangle gatherings

block 2 of triangle gatherings

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

block 2 and 3 and their 2 inch babies

block 2 and 3 and their 2 inch babies

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

south side

south side

east side

east side

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

my sewing machine block

my sewing machine block

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

working on rows

working on rows

all of my blocks are now one!

all of my blocks are now one!

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

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Lists

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

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

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

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

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

week 5, Among Friends

week 5, Among Friends

ready to conquer ironing

ready to conquer ironing

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

my latest 6 blocks

my latest 6 blocks

here's my progress on Farm Girl

here’s my progress on Farm Girl

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

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

my Triangle Gatherings

my Triangle Gatherings

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

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

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Coming Together

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

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

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

my 13 blocks

my 13 blocks

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

coming together

coming together

it is finished

it is finished

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

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

I played around and this was my final result.

my bunt cakes

my bunt cakes

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

blueberry pie block

blueberry pie block

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

front view from the driveway

front view from the driveway

side next to the classroom

side next to the classroom

view from alley

view from alley

down - utility closet

down – utility closet

half bath

half bath

front left corner

front left corner

another view of the front

another view of the front

bath and closet

bath and closet

upstairs to right

upstairs to right

upstairs to left

upstairs to left

corner

corner

a view of the downstairs

a view of the downstairs

full bath

full bath

at the top of the stairs

at the top of the stairs

from the stairs to the front

from the stairs to the front

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

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Conquered Kiss

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

Kiss block done

Kiss block done

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

scissor block done

scissor block done

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

their car

their car

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

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

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

these are ready for thread

these are ready for thread

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

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Conquer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

this one needs a grid with needle and thread

this one needs a grid with needle and thread

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

week 10 done

week 10 done

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

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Last Day of 2016

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

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

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

before

before

dumpster time

dumpster time

roof gone

roof gone

sides gone

sides gone

down to the floor

down to the floor

concrete all broken up

concrete all broken up

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

getting ready for new

getting ready for new

forms layed out

forms layed out

oh how sweet - love the pour

oh how sweet – love the pour

materials delivered

materials delivered

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

corners set

corners set

sides going up

sides going up

plans are taking shape

plans are taking shape

utility area

utility area

all the sides set on main floor

all the sides set on main floor

top appearing

top appearing

from the drive

from the drive

stairs!

stairs!

from the front

from the front

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

south side

south side

main floor

main floor

from the alley

from the alley

from the alley back corner

from the alley back corner

another main floor view

another main floor view

part of the landing going upstairs

part of the landing going upstairs

side view

side view

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

upstairs has a sub-floor

upstairs has a sub-floor

one upstairs corner

one upstairs corner

front view

front view

upstairs

upstairs

another upstairs

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

David and I at dinner

David and I at dinner

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

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Presence of Family

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

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

this was one baking day

this was a baking day

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

Wyatt and Kynlee getting some Auntie time

Wyatt and Kynlee getting some Auntie time

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

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

Wyatt and Kynlee just looking at the gifts

Wyatt and Kynlee just looking at the gifts

I love his expression

I love his expression

Kynlee is pretty happy!

Kynlee is pretty happy!

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

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

my 3 granddaughters - Kynlee, Hailey and Adley

my 3 granddaughters – Kynlee, Hailey and Adley

the youngest at 6 months, Bennett

the youngest at 6 months, Bennett

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

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

Kyle, Katie, Bennie, Brok and Josh

Kyle, Katie, Bennie, Brok and Josh

Angela and Josh

Angela and Josh

Josh and myself

Josh and myself

myself and Katie

myself and Katie

Joseph and Katie

Joseph and Katie

my and Bennett!  he loves to kiss!

me and Bennett! he loves to kiss!

my family!

my family!

Kyle, Katie, me, Brok and Josh

Kyle, Katie, me, Brok and Josh

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

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

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

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

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

some gift time

some gift time

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

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Class Finish

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

progress on my blocks

progress on my blocks

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

playing with the layout

playing with the layout

more playing

more playing

all the blocks are made

all the blocks are made

final finish

final finish

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

all quilted

all quilted

another view of the quilting

another view of the quilting

full view of the quilt

full view of the quilt

the back to see the quilting

the back to see the quilting

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

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Thankful

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

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

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

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

Penny doing a taste test

Penny doing a taste test

Steve decided to have a little dessert first

Steve decided to have a little dessert first

some of our yummy food!

some of our yummy food!

our dessert bar

our dessert bar

digging in

digging in

Andrew made Goat Cheesecake, it was wonderful

Andrew made Goat Cheesecake, it was wonderful

my dessert plate at half-time!

my dessert plate at half-time!

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

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

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

a close up

a close up

myself and Peggy with her new quilt

myself and Peggy with her new quilt

the back to show quilting

the back to show quilting

my label for Peggy's quilt

my label for Peggy’s quilt

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

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

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Got Thread?

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

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

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

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

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

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

look at my pretty dresses and orange ones!

look at my pretty dresses and orange ones!

look at my adorable little toy machine

look at my adorable little toy machine

it even closes up

it even closes up

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

I like the colors in this quilt

I like the colors in this quilt

another quilt on display

another quilt on display

Dear Jane, on my bucket list

Dear Jane, on my bucket list

blue version of Dear Jane

blue version of Dear Jane

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

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

I liked this one too

I liked this one too

I liked this one too

I liked this one too

and this Millefiori, amazing

and this Millefiori, amazing

so many gorgeous quilts

so many gorgeous quilts

this was in the guild section, loved it too

this was in the guild section, loved it too

look at this one!

look at this one!

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

my thread and dutch fabric

my thread and dutch fabric

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

my somewhere in time!

my somewhere in time!

another view of the quilting

another view of the quilting

view of this block

view of this block

my overall view of Somewhere in Time

my overall view of Somewhere in Time

a view of the border

a view of the border

quilting view on the back

quilting view on the back

another view of the back

another view of the back

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

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

my Lucky Stars in the works

my Lucky Stars blocks done

adding the sashing strips

adding the sashing strips

the double sashing strips

the double sashing strips

all sewn

all sewn, now to add the border

my Lucky Stars all done

my Lucky Stars all done

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

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

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

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

this is part of mine.

this is part of mine.

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

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Quilt Angel 2016

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

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

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

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

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

my quilt in the non-judged portion

my quilt in the non-judged portion

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

Cynthia's quilt

Cynthia’s quilt

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

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

this is by Flora Joy, view 1

this is by Flora Joy, view 1

Flora's view 2

Flora’s view 2

Flora's 3rd view

Flora’s 3rd view

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

notice her border

notice her border

notice the wrapper around the peppermints

notice the wrapper around the peppermints

another block

another block

I enjoy the Alphabet quilts

I enjoy the Alphabet quilts

this one was truly amazing, it was like a tapestry

this one was truly amazing, it was like a tapestry

one of the corners

one of the corners

more details

more details

notice the corduroy detail

notice the corduroy detail

I liked this one too

I liked this one too

a close up of one of the blocks

a close up of one of the blocks

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

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

bottom left corner

bottom left corner

another view

another view

top corner

top corner

under the pumpkin

under the pumpkin

I admire the Baltimore album, amazing

I admire the Baltimore album, amazing

notice the detail

notice the detail

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

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

The winners will be revealed tomorrow night!

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

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Golf to Hurricane Matthew

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

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

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

working on the trees

working on the trees

a lot of brush to move around

a lot of brush to move around

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

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

I'm the official photographer.  ha

I’m the official photographer. ha

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

off into the sunset

off into the sunset

and there she is!

and there she is!

Michelle and Ed

Michelle and Ed

David and I

David and I

amazing

amazing

you can't just take one photo

you can’t just take one photo

I loved seeing the sand look like the sky

I loved seeing the sand look like the sky

loved this view

loved this view

another view of the sunset between the trees

another view of the sunset between the trees

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

for some reason I could not get the video to load

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

walking to breakfast Saturday

walking to breakfast Saturday

I'm so glad these trees were safe and sound

I’m so glad these trees were safe and sound

inside the clubhouse ladies room

inside the clubhouse ladies room

ladies locker room

ladies locker room

for the tired and weary golfers.  ha

for the tired and weary golfers. ha

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

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

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

our view walking back from breakfast

our view walking back from breakfast

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

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

the feature quilt

the feature quilt

mini quilts

mini quilts

mini quilts

mini quilts

more mini's

more mini’s

small quilts

small quilts

small ones

small ones

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

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

a few more

a few more

their guild sign

their guild sign

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

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

homemade doughnuts

homemade doughnuts

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

the ruins

the ruins

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

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

another view of the house before

another view of the house before

this said c.1799, not sure?

this said c.1790, not sure?

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

this is where our bike path got blown away

this is where our bike path got blown away

off we ride down the beach

off we ride down the beach

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

Mr Crab!

Mr Crab!

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

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

our view from the patio

our view from the patio

another view at the Ocean

another view at the Ocean

our refreshment!

our refreshment!

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

our sun bather

our sun bather

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

My Crazy Life progress while on the trip

My Crazy Life progress while on the trip

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

David and Ed putting

David and Ed putting

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

our swing picture

our swing picture

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

my flight of wine

my flight of wine

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

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

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Over the Top

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

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

Here are my latest 2 finishes.

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

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

a closer view

a closer view

my log cabin star, quilted by Pat Meeks

my log cabin star, quilted by Pat Meeks

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

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

my Bow Tie beauty

my Bow Tie beauty

a closer view of my little bow ties

a closer view of my little bow ties

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

Mini Pumpkins

Mini Pumpkins

mini pumpkins all finished

mini pumpkins all finished

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

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

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Family and Friends

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

cookie cakes are always a big hit!

cookie cakes are always a big hit!

I love her smile here!

I love her smile here!

Yummy for the tummy

Yummy for the tummy

Jillian made her name in Princess letters

Jillian made her name in Princess letters

and she got a stuffed dog - that was a hit

and she got a stuffed dog – that was a hit

Happy Birthday Princess!

Happy Birthday Princess!

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

working on block 8

my replacement bow ties

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

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block 8 is done

block 8 is done

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

my black sheep

my black sheep

my baking day block

my baking day block

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

fall decor at the house

fall decor at the house

I got the horn wreath in Warrenton

I got the horn wreath in Warrenton

and my little Annie doll ready for Halloween

and my little Annie doll ready for Halloween

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

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

my Mini Pumpkins ready to assemble

my Mini Pumpkins ready to assemble

all done

all done

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

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

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

block 9 done

block 9 done

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

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Quilt Sleeves

I was asked for information regarding quilt sleeves. Some people don’t really like sleeves but if you want to hang a quilt, it really is in the best interest of the quilt to put a sleeve on it. If you hang your quilt without putting on a sleeve, after a period of time the weight of the fabric will begin to show it’s toll on the quilt, regardless of size. It will bow and begin to sag in the middle and therefore pulling on the corners where your quilt is attached to the wall.

I bought this quilt to hang in my sewing room and it didn’t have a sleeve, and I didn’t put one on it and it is doing the same thing. Notice the pulling away from the corners and the sag in the middle.

another no sleeve

example of no sleeve

On this quilt I decided not to put a sleeve on it and it has been on the wall for about two years and it is bowing in the middle as well and pulling on the corners.

here's a sample of no sleeve

here’s a sample of no sleeve

I strongly recommend putting a sleeve on your quilt; it really doesn’t take that much time and effort if you do it in the beginning when you are attaching your binding by machine. It takes twice as long if you wait and do it after you have finished all your binding!

Once I get my quilt back from the quilter, I always have the leftover fabric from the backing. So I use that – which is a great use of leftover fabric! A win, win!

Determine how long your need your sleeve. I normally take my scraps and see how much I need to trim off for the length; it does not need to be exact. If it is a small quilt the width needs to accommodate the rod that you are going to use. If this is a large quilt you should make it at least 3-inch (finished) wide.

figuring out the length

figuring out the length

ready to pin

trimmed and ready for the width

just an idea of the width

just an idea of the width

Prep your sleeve by squaring up your scrap fabric. I always prep the ends or edges by folding; pressing and then stitching down the fold. After the outside edges are prepped you can just fold in half and pin to the top of your quilt, that way your raw edge is inside your binding after you have sewn it down.

ironed and ready to stitch

ironed and ready to stitch

stitching it down

stitching it down

Once you have your sleeve and your label pinned, you can now attach your binding as you would normally.

pinned and ready for binding

pinned and ready for binding

Once you have your binding on, I then hand stitch the two sides down on my label and then hand stitch the bottom of the sleeve down. Now it’s binding time!

Hope this makes sense; there are other ways to do sleeves but this is what I’ve found that works for me.

Please Note: If you are going to enter your quilt in a quilt show you need to consult the show requirements, this is normally 4 inches wide sleeve with a quarter inch fold – this allows for the rod.

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

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National Nice Day

This day in 1985 I gave birth to my second son, Kyle Andrew. As most newborns are, he was so lovable and sweet, but he wasn’t so little, he weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces. He was a good baby and today he turned 31 today, I’m not sure where the time has gone. I love my smile Kyle; he has grown into a loving Christian husband and father and it has been a joy watching him grow. I love you dearly, Kyle – Happy Birthday.

I called Kyle early this morning in the hopes that I could catch them and so I could also hear Adley too! I got to talk to them both! Yea!

Did you know that today was National Be Nice Day? I think that is a great idea, but I think we should do this 365 days instead of just one!

I decided that I would work on finishing a quilt a day. I have 7 small quilts to bind, sleeve and label and they aren’t going to get done if I don’t get busy. Today, I choose to work on finishing True Blue, it’s a pattern by Kim Diehl that we got in our Jo’s group.

Before I could work on my little quilt, or anything for that matter, I had to make my bi-yearly trip to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. I did take my small quilt with me in case I had some “wait” time and I did, so I did get some done.

and her label

my label

For some reason, going to the dentist stresses me out, so after my visit, I decided I deserved a shopping trip. Ugh, I need to loose at least 10 pounds that I’ve found in the last 1.5 months. I managed to find something to buy anyway. Ha!

I went over to the retreat house and did some last minute touch-ups before my group checks in tomorrow and I forgot to take a picture of the front porch when I should have, but I did snap this picture. Hopefully, I will get a good curb picture soon!

another view of the sign

another view of the sign

After I got home, I did get a finish on my True Blue. Six more to finish!

True Blue is ready to hang

True Blue is ready to hang

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

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Flop or Finish

Last night was the Baytown guild meeting so I thought I would do binding while I was at the meeting. I wanted to finish my Red Heritage Star quilt, pattern by Red Crinoline Quilts.

I got my binding, sleeve and label done and on the quilt. I packed my snips, needle and my clips. I even packed cream-colored thread since my label was light, but I completely forgot about packing “red” thread for my binding! I didn’t even notice that until I sat down to sew. Ugh! I was “sew” disappointed! I did get my label sewn down.

my little label

my little label

I finally got around to getting my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas block 7. Done and now I can add it to the other ones!

Block 7

Block 7

This afternoon, David and I hung our new sign at the retreat house. We did it right after he got off from work and the sun was setting so I didn’t get a full picture, but I wanted to share it anyway.

our new crest for the retreat house

our new crest for the retreat house

Tonight during the debate, David and I decided to watch an old movie, Cast Away with Tom Hanks. It is hard to believe that this movie was made in 2000. It was still good! Ha! I might add, much better than suffering through the debate.

I was able to use my time wisely, Grasshopper and put on my binding that I planned on doing last night! Wahoo, I have a total finish of my Red Heritage Star quilt.

one and done!

one and done!

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

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Little Things

Here lately I’ve heard this comment from a couple different people – “the devil is in the details”. For some reason I’ve picked up on this being said and I’m not sure I understand or if it really pertains, but I do think it is interesting. Have you ever heard this phrase before? What does it mean to you?

I am extremely detailed oriented, almost to a fault at times. I’m not much of a reader, but one of the books I’ve read is “Who Moved My Cheese”. It was a thin book and therefore I could make it to the end. Ha! To be honest, that book speaks to me, because I have a hard time once my “cheese” is moved!

I love the details, the little things that pull things together. I do enjoy noticing new things and that is one thing I’ve really enjoyed about decorating at the retreat house.

When I was at Wynette’s house she had a section of a cute little vintage basket quilt hanging on the wall. It was white, with blue baskets. Another unique thing was what she used to hang it with – it was an old snaffle bit, from a horse bridle.

see her cute quilt and hanger

see her cute quilt and hanger

a closer look at the hanger

a closer look at the hanger

While shopping the fields, I was on a mission (this was on the list) to find one or two of them. Luckily, I found Mr. Kansas and he had several. He was a tall, thin, mature cowboy in his hat, jeans and long sleeve shirt. I was hot, so he had to have been. I jokingly asked him if “the rust was free?” He said sharply, “No”. That’s when I asked him where he was from. Ha! Anyway, I made my purchase and off I went for the next treasure. I can’t wait to use them!

these are my new hangers

these are my new hangers

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

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Temps Dropping a Little

It is great to feel that the temps are dropping a little, but I’m ready for them to drop a little more!

I barely got unpacked and off I went again. Thursday and Friday I decided to go antique shopping in Warrenton. As I was leaving town I got stuck in traffic, therefore I didn’t get there when I thought I would, but I was glad to go shopping. It wasn’t hot but it sure GOT HOT.

I was shopping solo this time, Cathy is in Belize and Mary had to work. Thankfully, Brenda met up with me around 1 and we shopped until closing time, which was 6:00 p.m.

You might guess that I normally have a list and I did, but I did happen to find some treasures that weren’t on my list. I jokingly told Brenda that maybe I should put it on the list after the fact. We laughed.

I did manage to find a few more doily dresses. I think I might have enough to do my new clothesline idea in the craftroom. I will have to see. See my newest dresses!

my new dresses

my new dresses

At the beginning of my shopping I went to one of the little houses and I found one of the cutest things I have ever seen – a child’s treadle machine. It had it’s own base and is from the 1920’s and it had information of the name of the owner listed inside. I just had to take a picture of it.

child's treadle

child’s treadle

Even though the vendor came down on the price I just could not justify getting it, after all it was just for decoration. I had completely talked myself out of it until after I talked to a couple of the vendors. I showed her the picture and she gave me a great idea for it. I also had other people telling me that I should get it, so I caved and I got it. It is very cute!!!

it came home with me

it came home with me

I also got an old sled to go with the old ice skates I got in Florida along with a bell and some chair webbing. (I think that is what it’s called). Plus I got some more old scissors too and Brenda gave me a great frog and a pair of old scissors for my birthday! Wahoo!

vintage sled

vintage sled

my new/old scissors, webbing, frog, webbing, wooden grain scoop and a sewing machine oil can

my new/old scissors, webbing, frog, webbing, wooden grain scoop and a sewing machine oil can

One of the unusual things I got was a wall paper cutter. It was used to cut the original styled wallpaper like the type that was used in our old house back in 1920’s. It is 72 inches long and I hope to let it be a quilt hanger for my bow tie quilt, once it gets completely finished.

my wallpaper cutter, bell and watering can

my wallpaper cutter, bell and watering can

I love shopping the fields and getting ideas for different things or see how people repurpose things. One person had taken a “cutter” quilt and made santa bags. I thought they were cute.

this was a cute idea for old quilts

this was a cute idea for old quilts

I fell in love with this quilt, but it stayed. It can give me an idea if i want to make my own.

I fell in love with this quilt but I left it there

I fell in love with this quilt but I left it there

One more share – I bought something that I NEVER thought I would buy! I bought a deer horn wreath. I was looking in this booth that I always like and there it was! It looked very interesting, so after much thought – I bought it.

for some reason I loved this wreath decor

for some reason I loved this wreath decor

The house looks like a storm blew in. I have stuff scattered everywhere! For some reason, it has been hard to keep my concentration on any ONE thing – therefore I
have not really accomplished much at all.

Time to work on my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas block 7. Well I just thought I was going to do that. I had to go to the retreat house and other odd things, maybe tomorrow.

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

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As the Spool Turns

I love play on words and if you know me, you know that I do love the sound of the sewing machine – well really I love the end results.

Last Tuesday, the 20th I flew to Florida for a quilt retreat at Camp Blanding. Right before I left I got the cutest birthday card in the mail with an adorable nametag in it. It was from Pam Murphree! See how cute it is! Thank you so much, Pam – I love it!

my cute name tag from Pam

my cute name tag from Pam

Wynette was gracious to pick me up at the airport and even opened up her home and let me stay with her. I know I can count on her to make me laugh, and that I did, in fact I laughed so much until I cried. Thank you, Wynette for being a wonderful hostess!

my view at Camp Blanding

my view at Camp Blanding

one of the pretty sunsets there

one of the pretty sunsets there

I loaded my carry-on luggage with my sewing machine and checked one piece of luggage. At check-in (yes, before I even got out of town) I was 7 pounds over. Well, I was there, so I had to pay for being overweight! Ugh! I got through security without any issues – thankfully! But I was going to have to “select” someone to hoist my carry-on up to the overhead bin. So I carefully picked a young man to assist me. I explained that it was HEAVY and he didn’t seem to mind until he picked it up and practically bent over. He exclaims “what do you have in here?! Encyclopedias!?” I was very apologetic and sat quietly in my seat.

I was not on a direct flight and once we arrived in Atlanta I had to change planes and he asked me if I needed for him to get it down. I said, “Yes, if he didn’t mind”. He did without any proclamations!

When I boarded the plane in Atlanta, I went through the same process but as I was asking someone, another man stepped up to help. He put my bag in the overhead bin and he didn’t say anything at all! He was wearing a “Dallas Cowboy” t-shirt. I told David about both legs and he said “How about them Cowboys”. I said, Oh, Brother and we laughed.

busting at the seams

busting at the seams

This retreat was a little more unusual than most. I ended up setting up 4 times so I wasn’t as effective as I normally am, but it was “all good”! I only took 2 projects because I knew that if I finished my bow ties, that I had enough to do on my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends quilt to last me to the end of the retreat.

First I needed to do my Primitive Gatherings, “Magic of Christmas” block. I got it cut and sewn.

my MOC block

my MOC block

Then, I got to work on my bow ties. I had devised a method that if I took 3 blocks out of my 12 bags that would give me my 36 blocks for my “one” main block. I decided to pre-sort and put into bags, that way when I got ready to sew a block, I just needed to grab a bag – it was all there. Ha!

blocks ready in stacks of 36

blocks ready in stacks of 36

On the 22nd, Gloria gave 5 of us (Wynette, Marty, Anjie, Tami and myself) a basket weaving class. Wynette and I made a paisley basket and Anjie and Tami made a sewing basket and I think Marty made a satchel bag. It was fun, but it was more complex than I wanted to invest in. I got most of it done and Gloria ended up doing the finishing touches for me. It is very cute and I love, but I had to leave it behind and will need to bring it home next time. There was not enough room for me to bring it home, not to mention it was odd shaped.

Wynette the weaver!

Wynette the weaver!

my basket in progress

my basket in progress

another view in progress

another view in progress

this was the sewing basket in the makes

this was the sewing basket in the makes

their model

their model

Marty working

Marty working

Anjie working

Anjie working

Tami working

Tami working

my basket before it was finished.  it needs staining and the trim work

my basket before it was finished. it needs staining and the trim work

Heather made me a cute little lamb and chicken, they are so cute! I love them! She also makes other critters that are just adorable! She is so talented!

my lamb and chicken

my lamb and chicken

Heather's puppy mill

Heather’s puppy mill

more work in stages of animals

more work in stages of animals

finished puppies

finished puppies

Oh, the last time I was in Florida I ordered a crest for the retreat house. I worked with Rodney to get it just like I was thinking of and guess what – he had it finished and ready for delivery. He did such a great job; I can’t wait to have it hung over at the retreat house.

my new sign for the house

my new sign for the house

I always enjoy seeing what other projects people are working on. One of the girls worked on this cute pillow from a log cabin design. I don’t know who the pattern designer was, but it sure is cute!

pumpkin pillow

pumpkin pillow

Pat Meeks worked on this cute pumpkin quilt from the Fall 2015 magazine of Primitive quilts. It was adorable and would be cute done up in civil war fabrics or fun fabrics!

Pat's pumpkins

Pat’s pumpkins

Pat's cute topper

Pat’s cute topper

Pat also got my Red Crinoline Quilt, Red Heritage Stars quilted. I love it. I have another quilt that I need to put binding, sleeve and label on. Wahoo!

my Heritage star

my Heritage star

a closer view

a closer view

Wynette learned how to paper piece and worked on a feathered star. She decided to only do one block for now, but she did a great job!

Wynette's feathered star

Wynette’s feathered star

one block done

one block done

Slowly but surely I kept working on my bow tie quilt and finally finished it up on Tuesday, the 27th. I was one elated retreater. With all the moving around I wasn’t sure I’d finish, but I was determined to finish that puppy before going home!

half of my bow ties

half of my bow ties

all of my bow ties blocks done and ready to stitch

all of my bow ties blocks done and ready to stitch

my bow ties are all done

my bow ties are all done

I got to celebrate a birthday while I was in Florida. The girls treated me to pizza and strawberry ice cream on Monday. Thank you to everyone who sent cards and special wishes to me, it was very much appreciated. Once I got home I was greeted with a card, flowers and a cupcake. Thanks Babe for the special treatment!

my birthday treat

my birthday treat

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

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Roller Coaster

Well it has been a roller coaster around here. Right after the reunion it was time to gear up for the Quiltworx Wedding Ring retreat with Denise Green. She has been a long time quilter of mine and recently moved to Luling, Texas and now has an adorable quilt shop there in town called HollyDee Quilts. If you are ever in her neck of the woods, you should stop by and see her shop!

We had two long distance travelers check in on Wednesday and then the rest of the group checked in on Thursday. We got right to work, as there is a lot to do when one attempts to do the Bali Wedding Star quilt by Quiltworx.

It is a stunning quilt! Since I had already done one, I decided to make “Flowers For My Wedding Ring” quilt. I had originally started it in July of 2015 to be on top of the class that Denise was going to teach in September, but it got cancelled. I decided to keep it on hold until our workshop this past weekend.

my wedding ring arc's

my wedding ring arc’s

It is a bit of a challenge, not like the Bali but mine does have it little challenges, but it will be nice when it is finished. I will be excited to see how it all plays out!

here we go

here we go

here's a little idea of what mine will look like

here’s a little idea of what mine will look like

We had a class of 15 and our instructor, Denise. It all went very well and we even teamed up to do our meals and that worked out very well too. We did have to make some maneuvers when several people were at the cutting table, but it all worked out.

Everyone was very excited about their accomplishments. Now we just have to keep working so they don’t forget what to do next. Wink, wink!

See what all they did!

other wedding ring action

other wedding ring action

more rings

more rings

another version

another version

more options

more options

here's someone else's

here’s someone else’s

I forgot who's these belong to

I forgot who’s these belong to

These belong to Patty W

These belong to Patty W

another set

another set

one more

one more

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

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Reunion Review

Sometimes I wonder if I’m a glutton for punishment, I do like to be busy, but I do have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew.

Last weekend we had our first ever Bible family reunion. David and I picked up Mom around 10 and headed north. We had a great time and almost all of the family showed up. I think we missed 6 family members, but they were there in spirit so the 36 of us talked about them. Ha!

Bennett arrived sleeping.  He's so cute

Bennett arrived sleeping. He’s so cute

Three of my girls!  Katie, Kara and Candice

Three of my girls! Katie, Kara and Candice

We did have a few exciting moments, after all, how can 36 people gather around water and not have any excitement. It was especially nice that my brother, Grady and 2 of his kiddos joined us. His 2 girls sure enjoyed playing with all of their cousins.

The grandkids loved the lake, and Kyle, Brok and Joseph took them fishing and they really loved that or at least the minnows. Ha! Adley even caught a fish! I do think the biggest attraction was the boat! It wasn’t even moving and all my little ones had to go get on the boat with the help of Aunt Pattie and just sit and pretend to be driving. Kyle had attempted to escape us on the pier so he went to the boat, but the kiddos decided to follow him. It was kind of funny.

Brok and Adley

Brok and Adley

Brok and Adley showing off her fish

Brok and Adley showing off her fish

Wyatt and Joseph

Wyatt and Joseph

Joseph on the pier, kids in the boat with Kyle and Kara and Candice on the side

Joseph on the pier, kids in the boat with Kyle and Kara and Candice on the side

Later, Saturday afternoon, Joseph took Wyatt and Adley back to the pier to do a little more fishing so I decided to go down there and be with them. I was watching Wyatt and telling him to not drop his pole in the water and just a few minutes later, he did exactly that! In my wisdom, I tried to do a fast grab from off the pier, but all I managed to do was get wet. Then Joseph just dipped his pole in the water and grabbed it. Ugh – why didn’t I think of that! As I was getting up, I knocked the other pole in the water and Joseph had to retrieve that one too and then somehow I ended up getting his shirt caught with a hook. It was so eventful that I decided I had enough and I had better get back to the house.

About ten minutes later, Kyle comes from the pier up to the house with Adley and she is all wet and crying and very upset. Come to find out she had also dropped her pole into the water and “she” jumped into the water to get the pole. Thankfully, Joseph also got her out of the lake. Joseph had a big day of “fishing”.

Adley calmed down and she got a bath and extra TLC after that. Overall, all things went very well and it was very gracious of my cousin, Tanya and her husband, Don to share their lake house. Thank you so very much!

Adley enjoying her bath

Adley enjoying her bath

We got home Sunday afternoon and it was time to rest for a little bit.

I did get a little sewing in on my Primitive Gatherings, Magic of Christmas blocks. Lisa posted block 5 and of course, I had to comply and make it. I sure like the excitement that these little jewels bring.

my newest block

my newest block

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

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Cooking and Sewing

Today was a grocery shopping day and a cooking day. I prepped for our family reunion that is this weekend in Corsicana. We are staying at my cousin Tanya’s house. It looks like we are going to have a full house and I mean FULL!

This will be a first time event for the Bible Family, my Dad, Mom and my 3 siblings along with almost all of our kiddos. We are all pretty excited about it. This is something my mom planned and it has been frustrating at times, but we pray that we all get along and enjoy one another’s company and embrace all of our differences. 😉

I was asked to make my German Chocolate cake and it wouldn’t be a party without Knorr’s Spinach Dip. Penny planned out the menu and slowly items were divided up and Friday is “go time”!

This week I have enjoyed taking pictures of food that I’m making and I know my kids enjoy and send them pictures to see if they can tell what I’m making. Today was Katie’s turn.

can you tell what I'm making?

can you tell what I’m making?

As I was making the German Chocolate cake I sent her a picture and said, ”guess what I’m making”? Her guess was a Sheath Cake, but I said no – better! Then I took two more pictures of hints and sent them to her.

hint #2?

hint #2?

hint #3?

hint #3?

She did guess correctly! It is her favorite cake!

German Chocolate Cake, all from scratch

German Chocolate Cake, all from scratch

I did get to work on my Primitive Gatherings, The Magic of Christmas, block #4 this evening. I wasn’t sure that I would get it finished or not. It was a little tricky. The little flying geese needed to be trimmed down to 1 ¼ x 2 inches. That trimming down was essential to make the pieces all fit together nicely.

block #4, I had to make sure they were all going in the right direction

block #4, I had to make sure they were all going in the right direction

trim down those little geese

trim down those little geese

I love the block!

block 4 done

block 4 done

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

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Knee Deep

I got a finish on my “Dipped in Chocolate” last week and I was very pleased how it turned out. I was a little worried how all the little sashing was going to line up, but it co-operated pretty well.

my "Dipped in Chocolate"

my “Dipped in Chocolate”

one of the corners of Dipped

one of the corners of Dipped

How was your long holiday weekend? Did you get out or did you stay inside and just kick back. I did a little of both. We had some friends, Ed & Michelle drive over on Sunday and we taught them how to play a domino game called 42. I even cooked and made some chocolate no-bake cookies. We had a great time.

cooking no-bake cookies

cooking no-bake cookies

yummy chocolate no-bake cookies

yummy chocolate no-bake cookies

I have been knee deep in my bow ties! If you have a large project that you want to conquer, try dividing up your project into “doable” segments. That is what I did with these little darlings. Slowly but surely I have gotten them complete! I am just thrilled; to say the least, that 1512 bow ties are DONE! Now the next step is to get them sewn into blocks. I am hoping that will go much faster than the bow tie construction process! I go back to Florida for a retreat on the 20th, so this will be one of my projects to work on.

bow ties

bow ties

more bow ties

more bow ties

and more

and more

last bag of bow ties

last bag of bow ties

2 more sets of ties

2 more sets of ties

my last 3 sets of bow ties

my last 3 sets of bow ties

the last ones are DONE

the last ones are DONE

As a little diversion, I have been working on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks too. They are so much fun to make and I am really enjoying seeing how they come out. I have a mental picture but nothing like the real thing. Our next session is October 7 and/or 8th. If you want to join us at the retreat house, let me know – you don’t necessarily have to work on Farm Girl, bring what you want to work on.

my progress on my Farm Girl blocks

my progress on my Farm Girl blocks

two more blocks for Farm Girl.

two more blocks for Farm Girl

Every time I think the dust settles some, something else comes along and I’m right in the middle of it – another project!

I am following Primitive Gatherings, Lisa Bongean’s The Magic of Christmas sew-along. You know that I’m a sucker for red and white and I could not pass this one up. I pulled from my stash. I didn’t read her original instructions very well and I thought the backgrounds were going to be scrappy. When I re-read it, I needed to re-make block one and also made the following next two blocks. The blocks will finish at 6-inches, they are fun, if you are late joining; it doesn’t take that long to catch up. Join in the fun with a friend or 2. Lecia and Ivy are playing with me and it has been fun to share our progress!

my 3 blocks for the Magic of Christmas

my 3 blocks for the Magic of Christmas

Now it is time to work on my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends – progress is progress!

Among Friends

Among Friends

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

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Sewful Days

Friday we had an excellent group for our second meeting at the retreat house for our Farm Girl Vintage quilt. Our group is very diverse, everyone working at their own pace. I always say, Progress is Progress, so you can’t really complain with that. It is “all” good!

Since I worked so late Thursday night on my “Dipped In Chocolate” about the only thing I was able to accomplish after that was to make a mess pulling out fabrics to go with my blocks on the third row.

The decision process for what fabrics to use is by far the most challenging when deciding how you want to make your blocks. What color way and where to put what and then there is contrast! Lori Holt does give you ideas in her book and Pinterest is also a good source of ideas if you get stumped.

Thursday night I started pulling fabrics and ended pulling out almost all of my 30’s fabrics because I couldn’t quite decide. I do enjoy the fabric selection and I had already decided on my fabrics for my pear and I knew I wanted a purple cow! I had also decided what I wanted for my little pig and bumble bee.

These blocks are so stinking cute, but they are a little labor intensive with all the pieces that are used in the “flip and sew” method.

Last weekend I happened to look up and saw Kay Morgan using post-it notes and making little pocket folders for her pieces and realized what she was doing. I got up and walked over to her station and asked her to show me what she did. I told her that was an “ingenious” idea and would she mind if I shared it. Lucky for us, she said yes! 😉

Here is her tip: take a 3-inch package of “post-it notes” and fold one note in half (sticky side to sticky side) and make a fold, creating a little folder for your fabric. Some of these blocks have 23-26 differently sized pieces and are hard to label because some are as small as ¾-inch. So when you are reading the book and you need to use “A” to “K” you can find that piece without using your ruler to check your sizes and get promptly to work! Hallelujah!

I have a tip to share at the Farm Girl session

I have a tip to share at the Farm Girl session

Should you use to “tag” your fabric, that can easily be larger than your cut piece, so these cut pieces fitting inside keeps them together and you can re-use your little folders for the next block.

Friday was the first day for me to be able to use her technique and I could not give her enough praise with her idea. I love, love, love it Kay, thank you again! I just wished you had been around 12 blocks ago! Better late than never.

all of my pieces for my cow...A through W

all of my pieces for my cow…A through W

more sections of the cow

more sections of the cow

my purple cow

my purple cow

Kay was even kind enough to bring post-its and highlighters for all the FGV girls. Pam Murphree likes to highlight the blocks she had done so it is easier to keep track of what blocks are next.

Saturday we had another group meeting and it was productive as well. I got to use my new system again and share/explain it to the new incoming group and they were as pleased as I was about the new system. Here’s everyone’s progress, I didn’t get Lecia’s and missed a few others – sorry!

these are Linda's tiny FGV blocks that are 3 1/2 inch

these are Linda’s tiny FGV blocks that are 3 1/2 inch

these are Pam's blocks

these are Pam’s blocks

these are Kay's blocks

these are Kay’s blocks

these belong to Annette

these belong to Annette

these belong to Delores

these belong to Delores

these belong to Beverly

these belong to Beverly

I ended up getting 5 blocks made.

and these belong to me

and these belong to me

I am one blessed “city” farm girl vintage stitcher! I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

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Task Driven

Sometimes I think I’m too task driven, but then I guess it is a good thing. It helps me to get things accomplished.

I told myself on Sunday that I could not work on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks until I had my “Dipped In Chocolate” quilt put together.

It always seems to take longer than I think it will. Does that ever happen to you? I know life gets in the way and we can’t be constantly consumed with “sewing” but regardless, it does take longer! I’m sticking to that story! Ha!

Monday ended up being more of an errand day or just catching up on bills and junk that wasn’t much fun. I did manage to get 3 sashing strips done, but not near what I had hoped for. Progress is progress – right?

Tuesday I was at the retreat house all day and I didn’t really get to work on “Dipped” until late. On the good side, I did get to work on 3 sets (54) of Julie’s bag of bow ties! I just love these little jewels. I know they are small and monotonous too, but for now; they are fun for me to work on. I just enjoy seeing how all the color and fabrics play with one another.

3 more sets of bow ties

3 more sets of bow ties

Wednesday and Thursday was a sashing and cornerstone day. For some reason the sashing and cornerstones seem to take me a while to do. I guess because I can’t chain piece as usual.

this is a side view of the lower portion ready for rows

this is a side view of the lower portion ready for rows

Late Thursday afternoon I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and hit my second wind and it was time to put a fork in this part of the project!

ok we have a top section

ok we have a top section

One piece was my goal! Not completely done, but I got to a good place, now to the inner and outer border, but that will need to wait.

and now it is all sewn together, ready for borders

and now it is all sewn together, ready for borders

I’m off to cut my blocks for my Farm Girl Vintage blocks – row 3!

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

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Shaking off the Dust

How has it been going with you? Did you get to work on a project over the weekend? Back in May I asked our Woodbine Bee ladies if they would be interested in attending a retreat in LaPorte and they all said yes, but some got to come and some did not.

I love these ladies and I really enjoy being in their company and enjoy getting to know them. There were 5 of us that had been in a swap of 2 inch 4-patches, so I suggested that we use our August retreat to be our time to work on “dipped” and get that puppy done! They agreed!

This was a very long and tedious swap that took us a year to complete. It was for a pattern by Teresa Miller called “Dipped In Chocolate”. We were all so excited to be in this swap but even more excited as the swap came to an end! We started this project in April 2012 and ended in March of 2013, we made 780 4-patches.

here's some of my 4-patches

here’s some of my 4-patches

I got the pattern out last week and the little 4-patches and did my research on what we needed to do to prepare and get it finished. Before the retreat I needed to cut 83 strips of fabric 1 ¼-inch wide and then sub-cut them into 390, 2-inch strips and then 613, 4 ¼-inch pieces for the sashing.

I got to work and little by little chipped away on my project. I will say it was tough staying “on task” to see this to the end. I took my little bow ties, just in case I got finished. Ha! Also, to add insult to injury, different ones of the group were working on their Farm Girl Vintage blocks and I sure had to put in my earplugs. I didn’t get finished but I got a big chunk of it done.

First I had to take my 780, 4-patches and add the 2-inch strip to 390 of them.

my pairs of 4-patches

my pairs of 4-patches

Next step was to add another 4-patch to the other side of the strip, then add a 4 ¼-inch strip to the bottom of it. Next was to add a pair to the bottom to make my block. Can you say monotonous??!!!

a close up of my blocks

a close up of my blocks

on the design wall

on the design wall

I got all of my 195 blocks pieced together and then lined them up for rows. There are 13 blocks per row and 15 rows. I got all of my 15 rows done. For something so easy, it sure was hard!

and here are the rows

and here are the rows

Now it is time for the 224 cornerstones and the sashing pieces. My next goal is to get this quilt finished before the weekend. It always takes more time than I allow for. Ugh!

It is a Farm Girl Vintage weekend, and I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks to Kay Morgan, I have a tip to share. You will want to see this, there’s a hint below.

I have a tip to share at the Farm Girl session

I have a tip to share at the Farm Girl session

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

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