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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Going for Gold

Are you getting to watch any of the Olympics? I have missed the past few days, but what I have seen is really unbelievable. The training that they have to go through and the diet alone would absolutely do me in, especially the diet! Ha!

I did bring to mind what if there were ”sewing” Olympiad, what events would we do? At Houston Quilt Festival they have a team competition called the “Iron Quilter” and the winner receives a “Golden Iron”. We could earn a “Golden Foot Pedal”. I think it would be a fun anyway!

What did you get to work on over the weekend? I had the opportunity to teach beginning quilting to three people at the retreat house. One of ladies had outside commitments and really didn’t get to take advantage of the entire class but we all still did have a great time and they learned a lot.

these are Mary's blocks

these are Mary’s blocks

these are Michele's blocks

these are Michele’s blocks

I had a little time to sew on a few of my projects here and there. Before the retreat I cut out my Red Crinoline Quilts, Heritage Stars quilt and even made one block, so I would have my bearings later.

ready to put together my Ohio stars

ready to put together my Ohio stars

Thursday night I got to work on 4 sets of my little bow ties and then on Friday I got to work on my Ohio stars, there are 25 in the quilt. I happen to finish the stars up late Friday night and then sew up the half squares on Saturday, and assemble the quilt. I do love a finish and it turned out very nicely. I can’t wait to get it quilted and hung over at the retreat house!

here we go

here we go

all of my Ohio Stars are done

all of my Ohio Stars are done

my Heritage stars are done

my Heritage stars are done

Saturday evening and some of Sunday I was back working on my precious little bow ties. Three more sets (18 in a set) done. Lecia, I finished making your bag of ties! Wahoo! Out of 1512 bow ties, I have only 540 more to make, two and one half bags left.

4 sets of bow ties done

4 sets of bow ties done

3 more sets done

3 more sets done

This afternoon, I received a package with three little quilts in them. They are ones that Pat Meeks quilted for me using the little stippling. They look so cute.

The two log cabins are ones that I did in 2010 and just didn’t have them quilted. The small one is from a Jo’s group and the larger one is from Pam Buda’s Prairie Women Sewing Circle. Now to get the binding on!

this is my Jo's log cabin from 2010

this is my Jo’s log cabin from 2010

this is another log cabin I did from Pam Buda's pattern in 2010

this is another log cabin I did from Pam Buda’s pattern in 2010

Last but not least is this little one, it is a Kim Diehl pattern done in Red Crinoline fabrics by Marcus Fabrics. It turned out very cute too. Thank you, Pat I can’t wait to get all the binding on and really have them done!

and here is my little Kim Diehl project

and here is my little Kim Diehl project

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

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Love Them

I do love me some Red Crinoline Quilts! While we were at Camp Blanding in Florida, Paula and Mary Ellen were there designing and working away – some projects for their new book and some already kitted projects. After reading Mary Ellen’s blog post, I knew they were bringing one of their new projects and we got to see some of Paula’s new indigos fabrics that are going to be released soon!

I just had to grab up this little jewel and I almost pulled it out and started on it, but I decided I needed to stay on task. Oh how I love red and white and Paula’s favorite block – Ohio Star!

my Red Crinoline kit

my Red Crinoline kit

I love the fabrics

I love the fabrics

Speaking of red and white, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is starting up a new sew-along of just that, red and white! I’m going to need to play with this; they are six inch finished blocks. You should join in the fun; I doubt you will be disappointed!

my choice of red and white

my choice of red and white

I decided to pull my fabrics for the sew-along, cut and sew it together. I have to admit the construction was a lot different than I thought it would be. At first sight, this blocks looks like a sawtooth star with a square in a square inside, but it isn’t made that way. A fun block to make!

all the cuts

all the cuts

now time to assemble

now time to assemble

and done

and done

I even used my little bow ties as leaders and enders, I need to get more bang for my buck!

While I was sewing in the morning, I got a Blue Jay show, it was fun to watch him sit and spread his wings. Just thought you would want to see too. Ha!

the bird outside my window Sunday morning taking a sun bath

the bird outside my window Sunday morning taking a sun bath

I got totally distracted as the day went on, back on track now – more little cute bow ties!

Between the two days, I got 90 more bow ties done! Progress is progress!

my little darlings

my little darlings

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

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Happy Sunday

I sure feel like I’m one happy girl and on top of the list – I’m home! I’ve gotten to go a few places since I wrote last.

First David and I were invited to join the Winfield’s and two other couples – Cathy & Rex and Cheryl & Joe. We had a great weekend in LaGrange at their farm, it was wonderful just getting out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoying their company and the food was great. We had pre-planned menus and sides, the guys even went off to Shiner to see the brewery and the girls stayed home and did some handwork. You know there are stars out there! Ha! Anyway, thanks so much to Chuck and Brenda for hosting all of us!

3 of the guys going for target practice at the farm

3 of the guys going for target practice at the farm

On our way out, we drove by “The Quilted Skein” and I just had to pick up their license plate and a few new Kaffe fabrics. Then homeward bound.

my quilted skein purchase

my quilted skein purchase

A couple of days later it was time to pack and load up to go to Camp Blanding in Florida for 5 days. Oh how sweet it was! Cynthia R drove and it was just marvelous, we had the best time ever! I got to sew up a storm!

boudin balls from The Chimes - they know how to make them! a must stop on the way to Florida

boudin balls from The Chimes – they know how to make them! a must stop on the way to Florida

I even got to do some of my Primitive Gatherings SBOW, My Crazy Life blocks. These are one that are finished during our long road trip.

my finished blocks for My Crazy Life

my finished blocks for My Crazy Life

I also got to pick up 3 small quilted quilts! I love my small quilts and a big thanks goes to Pat Meeks from Florida who did the tiny stippling styled quilting on my Frivol, my Primitive Gatherings small Snowman mat and my little log cabin quilt. Now I need to do the bindings and labels for them.

Bear paw frivol

Bear paw frivol

a closer view of it

a closer view of it

my snowman gathering

my snowman gathering

snowman up closer

snowman up closer

my log cabin

my log cabin

a closer view of my log cabin

a closer view of my log cabin

One of the things that I enjoy is seeing all the different projects that people work on, here are a few pictures.

one of the girls in FL hooked this rug, it took her a while but it sure looks nice!

one of the girls in FL hooked this rug, it took her a while but it sure looks nice!

Cynthia R had us all feathered starstruck. This is for a swap she is in.

Cynthia R had us all feathered starstruck. This is for a swap she is in.

some of the girls made these cute bags from their candy/chips bags. they sure were cute.

some of the girls made these cute bags from their candy/chips bags. they sure were cute.

the baggy girls

the baggy girls

I got weeks 2 and 3 of my Primitive Gatherings SBOW, Among Friends done. It took me a full day to do one week and that was having all the half squares sewn and ready to sew together.

week 2 of Among Friends

week 2 of Among Friends

week 3 of Among Friends

week 3 of Among Friends

After I finished the friendship stars I got to work on some bow tie blocks. I got about 250 little blocks made and then I decided to do some organizing of my blocks that were sewn. I decided to make a pile of all the duplicates and set them aside so I wouldn’t have to search through the piles each time to see if I had used it or not. That took a good bit of time, more time than I wanted it to, but now it is done and I don’t have to think about that again.

two more blocks done

two more blocks done

see my little cuties

see my little cuties

After the organizing, since I have 36 blocks and 12 colors, that meant that I needed 3 of each color for each block, so I just reached into my color piles and pulled 3 and then arranged my blocks. So much simpler to do it that way and faster! Wahoo! Therefore, now I have 2 more blocks so I can visualize how it is going to come together! I love it!

four blocks for the visual

four blocks for the visual

Tuesday, August 2, we headed home. Cinderella had to come back to reality. We left Starke, FL at 7 and David picked me up on I-10 and we got home about 8:20. It was the best time ever!

While I was away, one of our family’s long-time family friends passed away, Carlton Kuenstler. He had a heart attack and was gone and he didn’t suffer any. We lost his wife back in September and it just didn’t seem like it was time that he had to go. He blessed so many for 84 years and he will be dearly missed, but it is comforting to know that he is with his beloved wife. The visitation was Wednesday evening.

After the visitation, I drove to Tyler so I could be “granny” for a few days. Kara and Kyle started back to work after being off for the summer, so I got to stay with Adley and Bennett. He turned 7 weeks old while I was there. He is growing so and has not seemed to hit his stride yet on eating and sleeping, so he was fussy off and on, but it was fun spending time with them. Kyle and Kara had moved the prior weekend so they were still in boxes, but she had a very kind and generous friend arrive Saturday morning to help unpack and get them moved in. I got to help with Bennett and he decided to make sure I gave him proper attention. 😉

sweet Bennett sleeping

sweet Bennett sleeping

Adley enjoying the beater of my chocolate cake

Adley enjoying the beater of my chocolate cake

A little after noon, I headed home again. Things seem to have been a bit of a whirlwind lately; maybe this is my new normal. Ugh! I stopped by Toys R Us and picked up a birthday gift for Wyatt, Katie planned his party for that evening, so that was up next on our agenda.

I can’t believe that he is 4; it was a fun party and great to be with all of them! I love my grandkids, they add so much to our family and each has a special place in my heart.

Wyatt showing his muscles  :-)

Wyatt showing his muscles 🙂

he was so excited

he was so excited

candle time

candle time

he loves Legos

he loves Legos

more Legos

more Legos

Katie made this, it was cute!

Katie made this, it was cute!

The last few nights, I got to sleep with Adley in her twin bed, as nice as that was, I got to sleep in my own bed last night! It is great to be home!

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

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Today’s the Day!

I had a goal set on Monday to get the last border prepped and to join the top border to the side borders. I worked on that Monday morning and just before the Lakeview guild meeting I had the bottom ready to stitch. Off I went to the meeting and I got busy as I was sitting and listening.

the top is all done

the top is all done

here's one of the top corners

here’s one of the top corners

It was really a relief to be stitching on the last section. Tuesday I had two meeting sessions and I worked away on my border, in fact I finally decided that “finishing” was going to be my focus, to get it all stitched. Sew I Did, the bottom border that is!

Tuesday, I went to bed plotting my Wednesday, what was I going to do first! When it came morning – I got off task. I had planned to work on borders, but my ironing board and my floor was another obstacle course so I had to clear the board and the floor.

Before getting down to the nitty gritty I had to do some side steps. My ironing board had My Crazy Life blocks ready; I decided to stitch them first.

start out with strips to make crazy blocks

start out with strips to make crazy blocks

this is what you sew for the crazy blocks

this is what you sew for the crazy blocks

use the ruler to trim up your blocks

use the ruler to trim up your blocks

this is a block ready for wool

this is a block ready for wool

all 4 of week five is ready to be fused, cut and ironed on

all 4 of week five is ready to be fused, cut and ironed on

my new storage for My Crazy Life blocks

my new storage for My Crazy Life blocks

I needed to finish up deciding on the rest of my cornerstones for my Farm Girl Vintage. After my ironing board was clear, I could iron my background for my Farm Girl. I ended up cutting my 19 sashing strips and then sub-cut them into my 110 sashing pieces.

my Farm Girl Vintage first 2 rows

my Farm Girl Vintage first 2 rows

Oh, one side note – I decided to starch my fabric before cutting. It really helped! Stray and then set aside to dry before ironing. This is highly recommended by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings and I have to say in the past I have only been a “here and there” starcher. She just may be on to something! Ha! 😉

Now, it is time to finish up “Her Majesty”! First, I needed to finish up the bottom border – I needed to embroidery the stems, do the French knots and the bud tips.

bottom border is ready to be added to the quilt

bottom border is ready to be added to the quilt

Next on the list was to do the top two corners, I got them done and then it was time to attach the bottom to the quilt. I got that done, but now it is time to do the add-ons – the fill in pieces.

here she is ready to be finished

here she is ready to be finished

bottom right hand corner ready to stitch

bottom right hand corner ready to stitch

Last night before I went to bed, I got all the vines placed and the pieces all ready to be steamed, but it was late and I figured that it would be best if I waited until today to finish.

Today is the day that I got my Primitive Gatherings, Somewhere In Time quilt finished! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be finished. Now what am I going to do in the car or where I go??? Ha! I almost feel like she has been my security blanket and I might have to change her name to “Everywhere I Go”. She has been to Mazatlan, Boston, Arkansas, Florida, Bahamas, St John, and St Thomas – that’s all I can think of right now.

a full view of it finished

a full view of it finished

closer view of the bottom right corner

closer view of the bottom right corner

I love all these blocks

I love all these blocks

a closer view of the bottom left corner

a closer view of the bottom left corner

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

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Crazy Days of Summer

At the end of June, I ended up flying to Little Rock to see my son, Brok and his family. It was a bit of a random visit and after looking over their calendar and my calendar this was the only time it would work for a visit, so I booked a flight and off I went. I got to the Little Rock airport Sunday evening and there was my family just waiting for me to walk up. That is one of the best feelings and best things to see – Hunter and Hailey waiting patiently and I’m just waving away with a big smile on my face. Hellos are so precious! They were very eager to take away my luggage and it was fun watching them.

Hunter helping with the luggage

Hunter helping with the luggage

Hailey got the big one, it was easier for her to push it

Hailey got the big one, it was easier for her to push it

in the car

in the car

I got to stay with them all week and it was fun. Hunter was invited to attend a summer school program that is science/math and they build things. He really enjoyed it.

pool time

pool time

The Friday before the 4th, all 5 of us loaded up and we drove to Tyler for Adley’s birthday party and for them to meet our newest family member, Bennett.

firework time

firework time

Adley, Kara and Kyle

Adley, Kara and Kyle

Hailey and Bennett

Hailey and Bennett

girl pedi time

girl pedi time

pedi time

pedi time

Needless to say, we had a lot of good family time. We did miss Josh and family, they were playing league baseball in Florida.

Katie and Kynlee at Adley's party

Katie and Kynlee at Adley’s party

Hailey and Candice at Adley's party

Hailey and Candice at Adley’s party

more party fun

more party fun

even David got into the spirit of things

even David got into the spirit of things

Hailey playing

Hailey playing

Adley and most of her cousins

Adley and most of her cousins

I had to show 3 of these pictures, they are too funny and shows all their spirit!

I had to show 3 of these pictures, they are too funny and shows all their spirit!

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Did you have a nice 4th of July? I love, love, love firework displays. It is one of things that I just marvel at. I got to see two different ones; the second one was Macy’s display in New York via TV where it was nice and cool and no bugs! Ha! One of these days I hope to be there in person – it was fabulous on TV, just think how impressive it would be in person.

I’ve gotten a lot of sewing in here and there. I have way too many projects in progress, but that seems to be the way I roll lately.

I am working on my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends. I love the little friendship stars, they are very cute, but they do require a lot of time to construct. I received week 5 a couple of days early and I prep them with starch, let dry then trim away the centers and then match up for half-squares. It may sound a little confusing, but I do have a system and I’m plugging away.

week two of ??

my SBOWs week two of ??

Among Friends, week one done

Among Friends, week one done

here is week 2

here is week 2

my progress on week 2 of 5

my progress on week 2 of 5

Yes, I’m still working on my Somewhere in Time, but my plans are to finish it this week! I got the top border finished Saturday morning and I danced a jig. Sunday I got the top border sewn onto the body of the quilt, so now I need to finish the top sections where the vines join. That is on the agenda for today, hopefully I will get that conquered and then to lay out the bottom border.

progress on Somewhere in Time

progress on Somewhere in Time

top added, now to join vines

top added, now to join vines

a closer view of the corner

a closer view of the corner

A few weeks ago I even decided to play with my bow ties and make 2 blocks! They turned out very nicely and I can’t wait to play with them again. See what they look like.

bow tie blocks

bow tie blocks

Believe it or not, I am somewhat keeping up with “My Crazy Life” quilt, pattern by Primitive Gatherings. No, they did not name the quilt after me, but I do think I could be a contributor. Ha! I have 4 weeks of blocks prepped and ready for thread. I got week 5 fabrics starched last night, so I can construct those blocks – they are ready for me to trim and sew. The blocks are fun to make and I haven’t even added the wool yet, most of the blocks are very simple – which I’m really enjoying.

this was week 2 ready

Crazy Life week 2 ready

My Crazy Life, week 5 drying out

My Crazy Life, week 5 drying out

Last but not least, I started ANOTHER quilt! I’ve wanted to start this quilt, but since I had so many other things going I decided to wait, but when someone expresses an interest in something, then I normally re-think it. You know – strength in numbers! Ha!

During one of the sew-ins someone mentioned they wanted to do the Farm Girl Vintage quilt by Lori Holt. So a few of us worked up a schedule of days to work on the project. We decided that we would work on it by rows instead of taking a year to make a quilt – you know, 8 is a lot better than 12! I took into consideration when the retreat house was vacant and we have a plan.

I planned our method of attack, pages, blocks, sashing, cornerstones and flying geese for the border and got to work. The blocks are adorable and you can choose to do 6 inch or 12 inch finished blocks. Almost all of the blocks are constructed using the “sew and flip” method – all the ones that are a design, i.e. hen, chick, pear, etc.

Farm Girl progress

Farm Girl progress

Lori Holt has a blog and she also teams up with Fat Quarter Shop and the shop even has alternative blocks you can use in case you want to trade out some of them. Lori’s blog did give out a layer cake block that is cute, cute! It is a free downloadable, just note that when you download the instructions you are only downloading the cutting information. You will need her blog for the actual instructions, well I did.

my layer cake block

my layer cake block

Our next Farm Girl sew day is August 26 or 27th. You can use your own fabric and I highly recommend you pre-cut for your blocks. It takes a good bit of time deciding on your color way for your blocks and there are several cuts to each block. Should you decide to join us, please let me know. Another tip, be sure to bring your fabric that you choose – just in case you didn’t cut enough or cut incorrectly! (Which I did both!) I have extra copies of the book, if you are interested.

Sorry this is such a long post, I’ve been trying to get it out all month! Stay inside and out of the heat, this is great sewing weather!

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

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Family Block Challenge

Things are just bouncing all over, sometimes I think I have a handle on things, and then I realize that it is really the other way around. Ha!

Back on June 23rd my friend Marcia Henry asked myself and another fellow quilter, Lee Ann Lively to help her out and judge a family block challenge. I was really nervous about being asked to judge a family challenge, as was Lee Ann. Marcia just kept telling us that it was a fun event and not to worry.

We had no idea what to expect or really what we were walking into!

This family has been gathering for the last 25 years, each year they vary in numbers, and they manage to have a different challenge each year. They were to use one common fabric and they were to construct a block that made them think of a memory of one of their gatherings.

here are all the blocks

here are all the blocks

this one was cute

this one was cute

this block depicts "a winner"

this block depicts “a winner”

this one was creative and colorful

this one was creative and colorful

for the 25 years of gathering

for the 25 years of gathering

they come from all over

they come from all over

I really liked this block

I really liked this block

they said that they always seem to have someone who delivers a sermon

they said that they always seem to have someone who delivers a sermon

one of the ladies ran over her luggage one year

one of the ladies ran over her luggage one year

one of them made a panty quilt

one of them made a panty quilt

look at this cute quilt hanging block

look at this cute quilt hanging block

They had 5 ribbons: Most Creative, Best Workmanship, Judge’s choice, Most Whimsical and Best Use of Color.

Most Creative

Most Creative

this won Judge's Choice

this won Judge’s Choice

Most Creative

Most Creative

Most Whimsical

Most Whimsical

Best Use of Color

Best Use of Color

They did a great job and it was a lot of fun, we did enjoy ourselves and enjoyed meeting new quilters!

I did eye a couple of quilts that I sure liked! One was on the dining table.

this was a finished quilt on the table.  I liked the bright colors and the background fabrics

this was a finished quilt on the table. I liked the bright colors and the background fabrics

I could not keep my eye off of one of them. I really enjoyed seeing how they matched up the fabrics and used fabrics that I would have not used, but they really played well with one another. I had to go home and research what block it was – a variation of the Drunkard’s Path block. I may have to play with this one!

this is the quilt I marveled at

this is the quilt I marveled at


I really need to stop seeing quilts I want to make, I have a LONG list and it is getting longer and longer!

I will catch up on the other events in my life in the next post.

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

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Getting Into A Rhythm

Last night I finally finished sewing down all my little flowers on sashing number two on my Primitive Gatherings, Somewhere In Time. Yippee!! Now for the leaves!

This morning I decided to make one block of my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends. I thought that I should at least get it all figured out so I could make the most progress in the time that I have. For some reason, I got my blocks turned around and I had to redo it, but I did get one made. It is so cute!

getting organized

getting organized

one ready

one ready

one of 44

one of 44

After that I decided that I should at least make all the half squares and trim the papers down to how I was going to use them. This is the first time that I’ve used the Primitive Gatherings half-square papers in a big project. They work really well if you need to only make a few or a bunch! Most half-square papers work well with high quantities, but these work well either way!

Primitive Gatherings triangle paper

Primitive Gatherings triangle paper

this is how it comes

this is how it comes

First off, I trimmed up the papers so that I only had the papers that I needed.

all trimmed up

all trimmed up

Since I’m working in sets of 4 and these papers are rows of 5, I trimmed off the top row. This is a lot faster than going up the 4 columns!

trimming off the top row

trimming off the top row

Look at what you get – 2 more sets of 4! Set it aside.

top row is off

top row is off

Trim into half again, across the papers. Now you can stack on top of one another and trim in between all the sets, it goes a lot faster.

next set of 4's

next set of 4’s

ready to stack and slice

ready to stack and slice

I lined up the dashed lines

I lined up the dashed lines

trim 2 at a time

trim 2 at a time

my sets

my sets

Now you grab the top row and trim into singles. Since they are going the wrong way (they are side to side), I trimmed and then just stacked on top of one another when making my half squares. It really doesn’t mess anything up, you have to trim them anyway and there is NO waste – you can use them all!

see how the singles work

see how the singles work

I started working on the entire bundle of half-squares and as I was going I decided that it would be a better use of time if I trimmed the “color” sections down to 4-inches. It still gives you ample fabric on the side to be trimmed down.

now that you have the bottom on, you can add the background and you are keeping it all together

now that you have the bottom on, you can add the background and you are keeping it all together

The big perk for that is that you can now stack your background (my black) fabric on top and work on the other half-squares. The best part is – all of it is kept together until you get ready to sew it all for your block. I love to sew smart! Ha!

two sets done

two sets done


I just thought I would share this tip, I didn’t figure it out until after I got going, but it is a worthy tip.

If I had been extra smart, I would have trimmed the color down to 4 inches to begin with and with the remaining fabric I would have gotten my 1 ½ inch center from that, instead of cutting it twice. I trimmed that off first on the first go around. One thing, I will sure do it this way on the subsequent sets I get in the mail!

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

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Project Storage

I was asked about my project storage, so I thought I’d share in a blog post. I’m not really a big fan of “containers”. They take up a lot of space, and I don’t have enough as it is, but they are very efficient and get the job done. It really depends on you and what works best for you.

For some reason when my projects go into a container, they seem to get put on the back burner, another reason why I’m not a fan. My scrapbooking history, I had a lot of containers and really they worked very well and protected those paper corners until they went in a book, so I have several tucked away.

If I’m working on a project, then it really doesn’t need one, unless I need to be mobile. In that case, it just depends on what I have handy and what works best. (Does it need to be squished into luggage?)

There are times when I’m working on swaps and I don’t have everything all at once or SBOW’s. Ha! This is a good time for container usage.

This container is from a swap that dates back to 2013, my “Dipped In Chocolate”. It has a really cute container, but it is odd shaped and doesn’t store very well in my opinion. I do have a work date for this project – August, I’ll be working on it in a retreat!

another storage idea

another storage idea

my Dipped In Chocolate

my Dipped In Chocolate

For my little bow ties, they are in a nice Longerber basket and a container. The ones made are in the basket and they are bagged according to color. The ones that have not been trimmed yet are not bagged and the ones that need to sewn are in the container.

bow tie storage

bow tie storage

For my Somewhere In Time quilt, as I finished my blocks I put them in this scrapbooking container, it was at my fingertips and it worked well with my blocks. I put my instructions and blocks in there once it was finished, that way the blocks didn’t get messed up and it is a little thinner than the big Artbin container.

storage for my Somewhere In Time

storage for my Somewhere In Time

see it closes well and is thin

see it closes well and is thin

Now they are sewn, sometimes I use the floor and then hangers work well too, it keeps them tidy and they don’t get wrinkled as much.

floor storage

floor storage

hangers work well

hangers work well

For my September wedding ring quilt, I have my supplies all ready and they are in an Artbin container (leftover from scrapping).

Artbin storage

Artbin storage

My favorite squishy container is made by Lyle Enterprises, it has a clear side panels and it has a handle. I have several of these. I have my Red and White 12×12 blocks from the Painted Pony; I still need to finish that.

Lyle bag

Lyle bag

my 12 red and white blocks, all is in the bag

my 12 red and white blocks, all is in the bag

I do try to stay organized and I would recommend that to you, because nothing is worse to me, than scrounging around on a search and rescue for my pieces/blocks/instructions. Therefore I keep it all together.

I guess I had better find something for my next 4 SBOW projects. Ha!

All that said, no really clear-cut answer. Sorry about that, go with what works for you!

Today at the retreat house I did get to work on my borders a little. First I had to cut out 60 circles for my flower centers. I got those all cut and ready to go.

Somewhere in Time flower centers

Somewhere in Time flower centers

I decided it was time to cut my background for my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends quilt. I cut my strips and then sub-cut them according to the directions. I need some Baggies since I cut for 12 weeks. One less thing to cut later…right!

background cut for Among Friends

background cut for Among Friends

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

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Not Too Hot To Sew

Have you been staying cool inside and out of the heat? It has really been hot here! I’m not sure if it is because of the all the rain, regardless it is good to stay inside and sew! That is exactly what I’ve been doing!

Monday I went over to the classroom at the retreat house and spread out. Out of 16 tables, I think you could see the top of half of them. I sprayed starch on my black fabric for my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends. It is ready for me to iron and cut, but that will just have to wait until another day, maybe tomorrow! I have the color fabric all starched and ironed. I think the first week is the hardest; you have to figure everything out and prep all your fabric.

starched background

starched background

I stitched on my Somewhere In Time quilt, I’m still on the second inner border, but I’m getting there.

I also got out my fabric for “My Crazy Life” and it is starched and ready. Later, I decided to pull out Alice (my featherweight) and she got to sew up the blocks. I got them all ready for thread – all 4 blocks. They are cute and thankfully, a lot easier than the projects from the last 3 years! Wahoo!

Alice got to play too!

Alice got to play too!

all ready to trim up

all ready to trim up

my four blocks, note the bottom right is a tree without any leaves - they get stem stitching

my four blocks, note the bottom right is a tree without any leaves – they get stem stitching

Today was our monthly Jo’s group meeting at the Painted Pony, Karen R always does such a great job leading the group, she has a history lesson, recipe, sewing tips and at least 2-3 different patterns for us along with instructions and/or demos. I really enjoy this meeting, thank you Karen for all your hard work. Today’s class was on the Lemoyne star, she tried to show us hand sewing, I know I will be doing mine by machine if and when I get to it. Ha!

One of the girls brought in a show and share of a scrappy quilt that she received. I sure like it. It is made of 1 inch and 2 inch finished half-squares. It has a lot of color!

love this cute scrappy mini quilt

love this cute scrappy mini quilt

Melody even brought her almost complete top that she started in my beginning quilt class; she’s done a great job. She only has to add the outer border! Great job, Melody!

Melody's top

Melody’s top

The Jo’s group also took part in a red and white 9-patch swap. Karen showed us this idea of how to work them up.

Karen's idea for finishing 9-patches

Karen’s idea for finishing 9-patches

After the meeting, I went back to the retreat classroom and started cutting out my 70 flowers for the outer borders, 35 flower buds and 120 leaves. I still need to do my 60 golden flower centers; I did get my 10 red ones cut.

all flowers, buds ready to roll

all flowers, buds ready to roll

leaves ready to roll

leaves ready to roll

sashing is almost ready, I need to add the vine

sashing is almost ready, I need to add the vine

That’s a lot of cutting!

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

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Strategic Stitching

I want to wish all the Fathers/Fathers at heart out there a Happy Father’s Day. I have 3 wonderful sons that are great fathers and I’m blessed to still have my Daddy around. I don’t always see eye to eye with my Dad, but he is always there when I need him and he has taught me a lot. David is a wonderful dad at heart, he is supportive of my kids and would/does do anything for them. It has been a great day, a little more emotional than I thought it would be. It is hard to see all the pictures on Facebook of Daddy’s that meant so much to me growing up, that aren’t around any more. I am very thankful/blessed to have so many wonderful men in my life.

back in 1973, this was our family.  yes, I have on "bell bottoms".

back in 1973, this was our family. yes, I have on “bell bottoms”.

Since I had to drive myself to Tyler, on Thursday, I didn’t get to take advantage of my 6+ hours to stitch in the car. Oh well, I did get some stitches in at the first hospital and some at the second. I decided that my strategy was to stitch the tiny centers first and then work on the flowers, then the leaves. These long sashing pieces sure are time intensive! I stitch and stitch and it doesn’t seem like I’m making any progress. Progress is progress, right!

When I got home Friday, a big box from Primitive Gatherings greeted me! Whoop, Whoop! It is with mixed feelings though, I now need to work on my 2015 SBOW, Somewhere in Time as well as my 3 (4 counting the freebie) 2016 summer blocks of the week! I’m trying not to feel too over-whelmed!

my project from Primitive Gatherings

my project from Primitive Gatherings

When you are working on finishing up a project, do you give yourself small goals? I do, it helps me stay on track and that way I can get to the finish line! Friday I needed to machine sew my rows together and get one sashing piece completed!

Four rows are now machine stitched!

rows are now sewed

rows are now sewed

I was having trouble handling the long sashing pieces, so I grabbed a couple of the Clover Wonder Clips and rolled them up, it sure does make it a little easier to handle.

a visual of my "roll"

a visual of my “roll”

Saturday I planned to get one sashing completely finished, but that didn’t quite get done. I did get all the leaves done before going to bed. The only thing left was the stem stitching and the flower, French knot centers. Not to far from finishing one.

Sunday, I finally finished one and off to the next one!

one sashing done

one sashing done

I am making headway, so I’m just going to be happy with that.

I did decide to deviate from the plan a little and starch all my fabrics for Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends and My Crazy Life kits. They are all ironed now!

fabrics in My Crazy Life

fabrics in My Crazy Life

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

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