Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Day 178 of 2017

One of my quilty friends has finished her Gypsy Wife quilt. 
I love her color choices. 
Please ignore the blur.  I was having issues.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Day 177 of 2017

The light bulb in a living room lamp seemed to be burned out. 
As I began to remove it from the socket, 
it made loud popping noises and shot out blue sparks or flames.  
It was hard to tell as it happened so fast.  
I twisted it again and got the bulb out without further incident.  
The base of the bulb was entirely black, was cracked, had a hole in it, and smelled terrible. 
Parts of it were melted. 
I was going to replace the bulb with a new one, 
but the socket is also entirely black, has little black bits in it, and smells terrible.  
The lamp is now unplugged.  
I will attempt to clean it out tomorrow and see if it is salvageable.  


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day 175 of 2017

It seems there is a theme going here. 
Here is another group photo. 
This time it is this group of guys who attended college together. 
It's good to see them still reuniting year after year.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Day 174 of 2017

One of the perks of staying over with Mom is looking through old photo albums. 
That's me sitting on my sister's lap.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day 173 of 2017

Mom had surgery today 
so we are having a sleepover at her house tonight.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day 172 of 2017


Today as we enjoyed our last breakfast of our lake house quilting getaway, 
we were graced by the presence of this beautiful Baltimore Oriole.
We don't see these at our house.
This was quite a treat.


These last three are a bit blurry, as he did not sit still for long, 
but I was fascinated how he used and contorted his tail for stability 
as he picked at his food source on the tree trunk.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Day 170 of 2017

From quilt classes and festival last week to quilting retreat this week, 
this will be my view for the next couple days.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Day 167 of 2017

My last class was Quilt as You Go on the Longarm. 
This is such a fun technique.
Lots of orphan blocks have found homes in this practice piece.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Day 165 of 2017

Longarm quilting in a class can be a bit challenging. 
The machine is different than the one I own. 
The tension wasn't quite right.
It's a little nerve wracking to quilt with people watching, 
BUT the teacher, Tia Curtis, was fabulous. 
I loved it all, 
but my favorite part was learning how to insert a little grid quilting, 
or better yet, some double line grid quilting 
into small areas of a quilting design.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Day 163 of 2017

A little chipmunk takes a break on the deck after quite a chirping session.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Day 161 of 2017

I got my t-shirt remake done after midnight 
so I took today's picture before I went to bed. 
Consider this my "after" picture. 
I am pretty happy with the result.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 160 of 2017

I think it's time for another t-shirt remake. 
Consider this the "before" picture.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Day 159 of 2017

M and I went downtown for the Strawberry Festival today. 
Usually I take a picture of the State House from the monument (pictured). 
Today we walked a few blocks, 
and I took a picture of the monument from the the State House.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Day 157 of 2017

Finish a project yesterday. Start a new one today. 
I have cut into my Wonderland canvas.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Day 156 of 2017

Happy Birthday to GB#3! 
I hope he enjoys being a little detective in his new cape and hat, 
with his magnifying glass and detective books.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Day 155 of 2017

You know it's time to take a break from the birthday project 
when you start making cutting mistakes. 
Sewing will resume tomorrow.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Day 151 of 2017

Since the sun is out, 
I thought I would do some pattern assembly with the original light box.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Day 150 of 2017

Lately I have been struggling with a fabric decision. 
I think I may go an entirely different direction.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Day 148 of 2017

My quilt along blocks are going a little slowly this week. 
I'll have them done though.  
Deadline is tomorrow at midnight.

Day 147 of 2017

Today we had a family gathering.  
 I didn't really take any pictures.  
Sometimes when I want to participate, have fun and enjoy the people around me, 
I forget to take pictures. 
I guess it makes me feel more connected and less like a spectator.  
Is anyone else like this? 

Luckily, I took a picture of one of the cicadas that are emerging in our yard this morning.  
These are quite different from the large green ones we see every year.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Day 146 of 2017

I saw my first cicada shell of the year today.
There were actually three within one square foot on these Lilies of the Valley.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 145 of 2017

We might be seeing some of our favorite little people soon 
so I am making sure that some of our favorite puzzles and books are ready.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 144 of 2017

I don't remember showing this. 
I started it a bit ago and it is going slowly
 as I usually grab it for a car project. 
Most times I fall asleep and don't accomplish much.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 143 of 2017

I got a great start on the pink and green quilt today. 
The pink is almost complete. 
After finishing that, I will switch to green thread for the remaining sections. 
If all goes as planned, this one should be finished by the end of the day tomorrow. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 142 of 2017

I am loading this quilt on the machine today so I can start quilting it tomorrow. 
The top has been done for years.
It's time.

Pattern:  New Wave by Elizabeth Hartman 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 138 of 2017


The neighbors down the street have different flowers than I do. 
This one really caught my eye.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 137 of 2017

I tried to get an anniversary photo before we headed off to dinner. 
This is my favorite selfie-fail. 
42 years and counting.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day 136 of 2017

Mom is working on her knitted characters for the craft fair in October. 
This guy still needs arms, a collar and a few little details.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Day 135 of 2017

My blocks for the first week of the quiltalong are done.
I love my little birds.
QAL is Urbanologie by Sew Kind of Wonderful.