Monday, July 13, 2020

Day 195 of 2020

It was another gorgeous day so I went on the walk with Fireball. 
Instead of the clouds, which were just a beautiful as yesterday, 
I share with you a bee and its daily activity.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Day 193 of 2020

There are bandits in the back yard.
His operation: 
Crawl up the post to shade structure. 
Crawl upside down to the chain that holds the hummingbird feeder. 
Reach down the best you can
 and tip the feeder enough to spill out as much sugar water as you can. 
Crawl upside down back to the post. 
Shimmy back down the post
 and scamper across the deck to the spilled sweetness. 
Lick all the goodness you can from the deck and chair which are covered. 
Growl at accomplice if he gets close to chair or deck spill. 
He doesn't need it. 
He was waiting directly under feeder 
and is covered from head to tail with sticky liquid.
Repeat until feeder is empty.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Day 192 of 2020

Back in March I pulled these UFO blocks out to figure out how to finish them. 
They came off the wall when I started the Mugs Quilt Sew Along.  
I put it back up after the sew along and completed the top today. 
I've selected a potential fabric from my stash for the back
 and put them together in the queue for quilting. 
I am calling this the rocket quilt.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Day 189 of 2020

Yesterday happy mail arrived. 
Here is the majority of my winning prize package. 
There are so many wonderful things here. 
It includes patterns, tools, fabric, a book, a wool pressing mat 
and a big project bag. 
I am so excited I want to use it all and make it all right now. 

A huge thanks goes out to all who donated these prizes. 
I will tag them all on my Instagram account when I get that all figured out.



Monday, July 6, 2020

Day 188 of 2020

We started a new puzzle yesterday. 
I had to pause my contribution to the effort as co-host of the gathering 
but I did get the sky finished today after another eye injection. 
I couldn't see very well and my eye was uncomfortable, 
but it wasn't too difficult for me to work upside down 
and just concentrate on color and shape. 
I did wear down after a little bit 
and curled up on the window seat and took a little nap.
 I'm hoping tomorrow I can get back to exercising and sewing.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Day 187 of 2020

We had a small gathering of all the family that lives nearby
 for the first time since lockdown started. 
This is GB#4. 
I think she and all the other GBs have each grown a foot since we last saw them. 
I'm exaggerating, of course, but am I really?

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Friday, July 3, 2020

Day 185 of 2020

We heard the loud booms and went outside. 
We were able to catch the end of the finale of a neighbor's fireworks show 
just over the trees across the street.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Day 183 of 2020

In all the time I have owned my longarm machine, 
I have never loaded the quilt top on the top roller, 
so today, with help from Fireball, 
I removed that roller and installed this little bar instead.  
It is necessary for the roller brake to still work. 
I'm so excited to have the more unobstructed view this will provide.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Day 182 of 2020

Today Ann of Stitch Supply Co announced the winners 
of the last prizes of the Mugs Quilt Sew Along. 
Imagine my shock when I found I was randomly selected as 
the Grand Prize Winner! 
I feel incredibly grateful.


Monday, June 29, 2020

Day 181 of 2020

In this house, Monday is laundry day. 
I think this pretty much sums it up.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Day 180 of 2020

Well, the linings are ready. 
Slow progress, but still progress. 
I'm trying to embrace the small steps
 because they really do amount to big things.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Day 179 of 2020

Fireball and I "went to" a concert tonight. 
We actually went to the den and set up the live stream concert. 
It was great and we had the best seats in the house. 

Update on yesterday's post: 
It seems that I actually bought enough of the fabric
 to make a table runner and two kitchen towels, 
so in total, I hemmed six ends. 
I also figured out why I got stuck on the project in the first place. 
The fabric is navy, red and cream. 
I remember thinking I should match my thread 
(and change it in the middle of the hem) 
to whatever color was showing on that end. 
In the end I just changed my thread to cream and did all the hems the same. 
I do overthink these things. 
Conclusion:
It took longer than thirty seconds but... 
DONE.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Day 178 of 2020

Do you want to hear something ridiculous?
This is one of those fabrics
 that is hemmed along the two long parallel sides and sold on a roll. 
Sometimes I think people use them for kitchen towels. 
I usually use them for table runners. 
All one needs to do to make them useful is to hem the two short sides. 
I bought this one a long time ago, 
so long that I really don't remember when. 
Well, today I found it again on a stack of other fabrics. 
The really ridiculous part? 
It was already pinned and ready to sew. 
This project will probably take a little over thirty seconds to finish. 
After all, I will have to change the thread on my machine.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Day 177 of 2020

In the bottom of the photo you can see 
that there is a gap in the vertical trim just below the soffit. 
This space is above the second story on the outside corner of M's former room.  
There is quite a racket coming from this space.  
The momma bird on top the gutter has dinner in her mouth to feed her babies, 
safely hidden down behind the trim piece.  
I think she thinks I am too close 
even though I am sitting far away with my zoom lens. 
Ultimately, she flies off. 
I went inside and I am sure she came back.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Day 176 of 2020

Here's the latest on the downed tree in our back yard. 
Fireball made lots of progress today 
and could have made more if the chainsaw had been cooperative.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Day 175 of 2020

Now that the mugs are done, I have switched to making more masks for family. 
Today seemed very much like a Goldilocks situation. 
I'm trying some new styles and some were too large, some were too small. 
I'm still searching for that "just right" one.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Day 174 of 2020

The top of the mugs quilt is done. 
I am so happy with it. 
I won't be able to give it to Little E until her visit at Christmas 
which might not be a bad thing. 
It has to wait its turn in line to get quilted. 
I have at least a couple that need to get done before this one.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Day 173 of 2020

Just a boy with his dad, and his dad making ghost story telling faces. 
Happy Father's Day to all my dads near and far.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Day 172 of 2020

Fireball was looking a bit shaggy since the hair salons and barbers 
were shut down for so long. 
We're still not comfortable going out much 
so I offered to give him a home haircut. 
Yesterday he took me up on the offer.  
Today he trimmed up his beard to go with the new haircut.  
I think he cleans up pretty well.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Day 171 of 2020

No internet. No television. No phone.
 Let’s play a game.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Day 170 of 2020

My mugs are all hanging out together, all stitched in rows. 
After I make a fabric decision in better light, I will be building shelves.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Day 169 of 2020

My last set of blocks, the espresso mug, is done.
I've arranged them on my design wall
and the sashing is all cut. 
The goal now is to get the top done by the deadline.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Day 168 of 2020

Today was the last day before it gets unbearably hot this week,
so Fireball suggested we finish a partially made project
 we found in the garage the other day. 
The wood was mostly all cut but not assembled.  
We finished it in pretty quick order so we continued on to project #2. 
This one had been talked about and roughly designed for some time
 and even had some casters purchased. 
We made it up as we went and used wood we already had on hand 
that was previously intended for other projects that never got built. 
I am very happy with how it turned out. 
Here is the problem that this little rolling cart solved. 
Every time we wanted to use the miter saw, 
it took two of us to bring it out of the garage, onto the driveway. 
It is quite awkward, heavy, unbalanced and difficult to do. 
Now the saw sits nicely in the cart with casters. 
It only takes one person to roll it out for use. 
The front two casters lock for safety. 
As a bonus, the shelf below can hold other items, 
in this case the air compressor and accessories.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Day 167 of 2020

We got this new game back in March
 just as everyone was staying home as instructed. 
GB#3 came for another visit this morning so we opened it up. 
After playing as it was intended for a while, 
we began building castles, headquarters and barricades. 
There were characters, voices and intricate plot lines. 
There is nothing like a multi-use game.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Day 166 of 2020

The weather was so beautiful today, I couldn't stay inside and sew. 
Instead, Fireball and I worked on cleaning out our overloaded garage
 and when you clean out, some things just have to go.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Day 165 of 2020

Here is the first of the last set of mug blocks 
alongside some of the essential tools for the making of these blocks. 


Friday, June 12, 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Day 163 of 2020

This is the last week for blocks of the Mug Quilt Sew Along. 
This block is also paper pieced. 
I have not been able to sew the last two days, but I am ready to go.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Day 162 of 2020

I haven't walked as much since I hurt my ankle on the first of May. 
Today I ventured out with Fireball. 
This particular path had pretty spring flowers in bloom last time I walked by. 
Now there are beautiful roses.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Day 161 of 2020

This is not at all what I expected from the book store. 
So many of the regular magazines are missing
 including the two from the UK that I regularly buy. 
I was told that it could take up to 90 days to be back to fully stocked 
and that they would only be carrying current issues.  
Any issues I have missed will not be received by the store, and 
I'll have to contact the publishers to see if they are available for sale.

The answer to the question posed in this post is the Day of the Dead fabric.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Day 160 of 2020

I think I've mentioned here before that I like to listen to books. 
I may have mentioned that I am also a fan of all things Rifle Paper Co.
For Christmas Fireball received a pair of AirPods. 
They sat on his desk unopened for months. 
I finally asked if I could try them out to which he heartily agreed.  
I love them and have probably used them every day since, 
so when I saw that Rifle Paper Co. had a case for them I was smitten.  
Later when the case went on sale I ordered it. 
Today I received my Happy Mail 
and I guess I can officially call the AirPods mine.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Day 159 of 2020

I did finish all the Latte Mugs in time. 
I am all caught up. 
I did make eight mugs again. That makes four extras so far. 
They will likely become part of the back. 
Here is a question for you. 
Only one of these fabrics was purchased especially for this quilt, 
especially for Little E.  
The rest are from my stash. 
Which one is it? 





Saturday, June 6, 2020

Day 158 of 2020

The first Latte Mug is done. 
This week the blocks are paper pieced. 
While I have no problem with this method of piecing, 
the pace is not my favorite. 
It is so much slower than my usual assembly line sewing.
At this rate, I'm not sure when I will get these blocks done. 
Next week's blocks are also paper pieced. 
Wish me luck keeping up.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Day 157 of 2020

We went hiking with the birthday boy today. 
It was literally a walk in the park.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

Day 153 of 2020

Many years ago I became a mother on this date with the birth of our son, Big D. 
This year our daughter-in-law, R, 
(I really need to come up with a different name for her) 
made him his favorite pie to celebrate. 
This evening she brought some over for us. Yum! 
Big D, thanks for making me a mom.  
I love being a mom and now also a grandma. 
Happy Birthday.


Sunday, May 31, 2020

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Day 151 of 2020

Day 4 of the Big Build. 
It wouldn't be right for me to not show you the completed product. 
Yes, it's done.
I think I can speak for everyone on the build team when I say 
that this brings a great deal of satisfaction to say we built this ourselves.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Day 150 of 2020

I finally finished my week #5 (last week) blocks, the teacup,
 for the Mug Quilt Sew Along. 
I am currently caught up. 
I now have until Sunday night to start and finish my week #6 blocks, 
the pedestal mug.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Day 149 of 2020

At Christmas I made lavender eye pillows for all the GBs. 
GB#3 has a stuffed bunny he named Teapot 
and requested a lavender eye pillow for him too.  
He made a special request that the fabric have carrots on it.  
I think this fits the bill.  
Check that off my list.

Day 148 of 2020

I finally made my puzzle boards into official design boards for use in quilt making. 
I'm sure you will still see them in puzzle assembling too 
as I did find them very helpful. 
A fourth one, not shown here, is already in use for my mug blocks. 
I used Lori Holt's instructions that can be found on her blog here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

Day 146 of 2020

Day three of Big Build. 
I'm calling this "Almost Done with Modern Yellow Tube Art Installation."