Tuesday, September 20, 2022

back to business....

but before that, just one last beach photo...i promise!

pesky cold has finally subsided enough for normal duties that got accomplished with energy left to pull out churn dash blocks for some work....this is the first of what will be quite a few versions, i anticipate.

because i opted out of the last size of blocks, cannot follow the pattern, so it's "design" time, scary as i am no designer, no way no how.  next will try rows of same size blocks to avoid spacer strips between blocks with maybe strips between rows.  it'll be colorful for sure.  i've got 'til the end of the month to produce a flimsy, so brain food is definitely on the menu....i need all the help i can get...LOL!

and in the cute department, a quilty peep and her husband are traveling australia and they sent me this photo of an adult emu with chicks crossing the road....australia was never on my bucket list until i followed her blog along...it is an astounding place!

"dash"ing off to the design wall!




Saturday, September 17, 2022

sojourn ended....temporarily!

it was a VERY brisk morning at the beach...49 degrees...when we packed up to go.  bittersweet as always...already i'm missing it....when landing in baltimore it was 80! 

if you are weary of these vistas, scroll on past!  for me, the ocean is new every morning and i love watching waves, wildlife and people too...other beach hounds who revel in any weather..  the last end of our visit both mom and i developed colds, so we were less than perky and mine hangs on...covid negative, just a cold.  driving to airport, spied this sign from our favorite purveyor of those delish crustaceans....

if you can't see it clearly, it says lobsters here are $5.50 per pound....he is local with his own boat and tanks who sells out of his garage.  though we indulged frequently, i can always eat more lobster.  in fact, we dined on seafood for most of my visit.  ***  and yes, more lazy stitching was done.  abandoned the christmas piece for an autumn piece, but again, due to sniffles not much accomplished.

thanks to order online and pickup, necessary groceries waiting for me.  today it's stock up at farmer's market, make some vital chicken soup and self medicate with tylenol and cough syrup.  dirty clothes can wait a day or so.  ***  although the flight was uneventful, there was some water dripping down from the overhead bin.  could not find a leak of any kind and the attendant seemed to think it was just condensation from air systems or something.  since he wasn't alarmed, i was reassured and told him i didn't look good in yellow anyway (life jacket)....LOL!  ***  at the airport i had just missed an honor flight departing for home...i would have loved to join in the send off...no doubt my DAR sisters were accompanying.  ***  first item on sewing agenda is to quilt the september mini and then return to quilting my christmas gift quilt, both while i'm counting the days to another visit with my very dear family.  ah, such memories to keep in my heart!


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Catching up

Heading down to beach in a bit so a brief post....weather is perfect....hurricane out at sea so big waves today....this year made it to the water...Last year was impossible so soon after hip break but delighted with progress...Stitching continues lazily...

Had to redo "j" and saw that "y" was off so that's a redo now...

Baskets continue with only 103 to go....
Will sign off with this idyllic view....
Thunder thighs and all!







Wednesday, September 7, 2022

It's heeeere!

 That would be mr. Sunshine!   


Summer weather from here on in....I can take that!  Two rainy days and this got done....


Some cross stitch and few more baskets....and lastly, down to the last lobster roll....me and mum bought 6 each, cooked and picked out, gave us rolls for a week plus some sharing.....I never got tired of eating them....lol!

One more that we will share and back to regularly scheduled menu items...

This post done on the tablet so forgive wonkiness....me I'm headed for sand and surf!








Thursday, September 1, 2022

basket progress

in a word....pitiful.  in order to complete the applique on ALL the baskets, would have to do something like 13 per day....nowhere near that i confess.  

this is the same photo from last post as no way currently to upload a more recent one...anyway, no guilt on the lack of progress.  spending most of the time traveling to and from HUGE family reunion, catching up on sleep, visiting with my dear family whom I miss terribly when in Maryland.  plus getting re-acquainted with an "old friend".....the lobster!  prices are reasonable so have been over-indulging....

we eat them like real mainers....no celery, lettuce, fancy aioli, celery seed....nothing, just plain lobster, bit of mayo on a toasted new england style bun.  we think it's the best way!  ***  few more days and we'll be heading south to our beach for the remainder of my stay.  it'll be cool...talking maybe high 40s sunday morning....but plenty of warm things on board and heck, there is always LL Bean if needed.  so ocean photos to come!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

august mini!

while rummaging thru the stash, pulled out this prussian blue column print...one of my pretties.  it looked lonely so decided to use it for this month's mini.  it was just a FQ so none left over, but do have this cute little wall or table piece to enjoy.  

block pattern is flyfoot....colors i don't use often but they work. 

since i'm away from the village, i've brought some long overdue UFO applique blocks with me that i would love to finish...a 2022 flimsy would be awesome!

 
 
and this was my design wall when i left town....more of these strippy blocks...they do sew up fast and lickety split, you have a top....
 

good news is all the scrap pieces i had got used up and had to visit the stash, pulling some very small pieces.  with another birthday just passed, mindful of using up as much as possible....i didn't buy it to donate to the thrift!
 



Monday, August 22, 2022

my kind of math

 most math is fuzzy to me but i can at least do this much....take one pile of batik strip scraps...

add two hours of afternoon time....

and that makes three scrappy blocks, waiting for more!

this pattern is by amanda nyberg and it is one of my very faves...why you ask?  because not much background is required but lots of scraps are!  i've got a medium tote jam packed with 1.5" strips just perfect for this pattern.  i've made a couple and there will be more.  this one uses a swirly background fabric--i bought only 1.5 yards--and some batik scraps cut into strips, left over from the batik splash quilt.  not sure how many blocks i'll get out of the background (that's too much math for me) but plenty of batik strips and more FQs on the shelf...probably finish this off with a dynamic piano key border.  *** what else is going on?   mr. boo #2 is all finished waiting for his trip north...

have dabbled a bit in some cross stitch....tidied the apartment....packed the duffle, ate my way thru freezer (mostly) and made a couple of last-minute lists...my workouts are keeping the excitement at a tolerable level....i might even dust! 





Thursday, August 18, 2022

not at all quilty post.....

this is Emma.....She is my brother's only daughter, his last born....

 

she looks like my brother and her siblings...she has my father's eyebrows....i wish i could say she was missing, kidnapped or stolen, but it is only her mother's and seemingly her choice that she is a stranger.....it was a messy situation....parents not legally married; angry, vindictive mother who is very intelligent and with devotion to her only child; religious, cultural and social differences.  it started out like most divisions as a financial war, or maybe that was just the excuse.  our family hoped when she grew to adulthood she might be curious about us, at least want to know her father and maybe his family, leave the past behind, but not as yet.  she is brilliant, successful, intelligent, educated and accomplished.  she had advantages her siblings did not, though they are equally intelligent.  my brother is smart, educated, musically gifted, deeply emotional and devastatingly broken-hearted at this estrangement.  with a big family reunion coming up, all our wounds are seeping once again.  this photo was taken from a professional page, not current.  the last one her mother sent was about age 6, nothing since.  my father lived and died without knowing his grand-daughter, a joy robbed from him.  at the end of the day, when all else disappears, the family bonds keep us afloat.  we don't expect her to show up and automatically feel at home, but to do the adult thing and make peace, call a truce, no explanation necessary.  our family consists of imperfect people with flaws and occasional flares of disagreement in the ranks, but we love each other deeply and unconditionally.  i'll add this photo to our family array and there will always be an open chair if the seemingly impossible happens. 


Monday, August 15, 2022

midway monday

we're halfway thru august and there are fall harbingers everywhere.  a weather change has brought cooler temps and thoughts of overflowing farm stands, apple cider, pumpkins and turning leaves.  when my APQ magazine arrived there were some fall quilting ideas, one that immediately called to me.

a cute little ghost pattern by allison harris done as a wall quilt or runner.  decided to make just one and surprise!  a use for that pumpkin fabric!  decided to make two, which nearly finished the pumpkins.  once again referred back to "word play" book by tonya ricucci.  this one measures about 13x18 and just big enough for my mom's door.  the other goes to dear daughter.  ***  and while strolling thru the school supplies aisle, inhaled the heady aroma of new crayons....is there anything better?  i have a box of 64 bought about 25 years ago, but since crayola has added/retired a few colors, caved for this...

specifically to get this color.....bluetiful....or should i say BOO-tiful?  **** late august is also blueberry time in downeast maine, land of my ancestors, with a delightful 3-day festival and week-long celebration.  the best blueberries in the store are Wyman's tiny frozen blues directly from the barrens in Maine.  very sweet and available all year long....try 'em!

Friday, August 12, 2022

aaaahhhh!

the Canadian cold front is here...days are balmy--warm, breezy, dry--and idyllic.  no matter the weather, sewing goes on anytime.  pulled out a UFO in progress, some strip pieced spider blocks...

but before resuming, there were 4 small, ancient orphan blocks in the drawer and decided to use them in a "rustic" topper for the table near my chair where I spill put things...

yeah it is a bit wonky partly due to the homespuns, but it's functional and used up more backing scraps and some flannel scrap as batting.  quick machine quilting and binding and done! 

this is the drawer with far more plaid scraps than i'll probably use, we'll see.

what else?

a cute little summer stitchery, free on the internet, and when it was done, hopped right into christmas...

this will be tree-shaped when finished....2 more christmas thingies waiting.  *** now that I can venture outside, back to the fitness center and some driving to nowhere just to soak up the fresh air and delightful days.  joann's sent me a generous coupon for my birthday month, so will have to visit and see what's what.  hoping that with new CDC guidelines, the senior center will fully open without masks....