Quilt Diary: Hockey, Family, and Quilts

I had all these plans to do all this quilting this past Easter weekend as it was suppose to be some alone time for me.  The rest of the family originally had all these other plans.  The only things I had on my agenda was a MLS and a NHL game to attend and watch respectively.  Tons and tons of me time!

Ha.  Last week went pretty good.  I was on top of all my daily blocks.  Was feeling so in control.  Then the weekend hit.  Boom!

My son and my granddaughter Grace showed up.  My son wanted me to do something Easter-like with her.  I was in the process of doing a fabric pull for my new table runner that I planned to use in May.  Easily Pieced which is free off the Shabby Fabrics website.  Here is the pull.  I did get the piecing done but realized that I need some additional fabric.  Found more “Walkabout” fabric at Jordan Fabrics.  It arrived today!  So quick.  Love it.  I also pulled the fabrics to use for the applique (which is optional).  I can’t wait to finish this table runner.  I love the coral, teal, and grays.  Most fabric was pulled from my stash.  I just didn’t have enough for the backing for the runner (and the place mats that I just got to make too).  Grace helped me iron, cut, and stack up all the pieces for the table runner blocks.  She loved it.  Her color choices were awesome.  It was her idea to use gray.  (She is a 7 year old artist.  Her sense of color is fantastic.)

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Fabric Pull for Easily Pieced May Table Runner

Then I searched through my projects to find a fairly easy project for us to do.  I ended up pulling my A-door-naments for April which is adorable with Easter eggs and a butterfly. (You might remember that last week I was itching to do one of these anyway.) We used the light box to help place all the appliques which she enjoyed immensely.  It only took us about 20 minutes since all the pieces were all laser cut we just need to fuse the elements together then lay them on the background.  When we were done with that, she was done.  Perfect amount of time for the 7 year old.

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Grandma & Grace with the Easter Adoornaments project

While working on all this, my grandson Shaun stopped by to pick up his hockey sticks and ended up staying for an hour working with his dad taping up his new sticks just right.  We made plans for him to attend the soccer game with me later in the evening.  He went to a open ice time called Gretsky hour to try out his sticks with his hockey friends and i was scheduled to pick him up at 3ish.

When I got there, I was thinking I would get 2 hours of sewing time before the soccer game, but as is normal with kids, they had arranged an additional play date at a trampoline place.  There went my time to work on my Trinket SAL and my 365 day challenge SAL.  I went from being ahead of the game to being behind in one fell swoop.  Didn’t lose hope.  There was going to be Sunday.

Before I got home on Saturday, I find out that my sister and her family are coming for brunch (We haven’t seen each other for months.  How can you say no?) While they were at my house, Shaun wanted to come over to watch the Sharks playoff game, so my sister stayed longer so she could see him too.  The whole day got away from me.  The only machine piecing that happened were the blocks for the table runner and the center medallion for the 365 block challenge.  There was a bit of unsewing to get everything to line up better.  Still not exact, but after undoing multiple times, close enough was good enough.  Now it was hockey time, so we EPP during the entire exciting double overtime game.  I got pretty far on the block.  Crazy huh?  Below is a project by project update versus a story.  I think all of us run into these challenges, but I love it!

Trinket Sew-A-Long

I did not get to sew ahead like I have been doing each weekend for this week.  Since I knew I was going to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday and I got home late Monday from work, I ended up staying up until almost midnight (despite being up at 5am for hockey practice that day.) I pushed through sewing Life Blocks #1 & #2.  So technically I am still current on this Sew-A-Long as long as I do Life Blocks #3 tonight.  We will get home from hockey at 8ish tonight so I should be able to do that.  Hurrah for small things.  Here are the ones I completed since last week’s post.

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Things #10, Life #1 & #2

Kathryn Kerr’s 365 block a Day Challenge

We transitioned to 6 inch blocks this week and I have totally fallen off the wagon.  It is doubtful I will have time to catch up tonight.  So far every 6″ block is harder than the 3″ blocks and can take awhile to cut the pieces and sew together.  Heck sometime the fabric pull is the hangup.  I posted Monday on time (last 3″ block for now) but I did the bonus block instead of the designated block for Easter.  I will keep trying to put together that block but it has 16 mitered corners and the directions suck!  I am not giving up though.  If I figure it, it will be so cool.  Meanwhile, I will soldier on with the other blocks.  I started cutting Tuesday’s block before work while waiting for the painter to do a wall in the kitchen he missed.  I got about half cut and it doesn’t look to hard to sew and I didn’t even get today’s cut.  Not to worry.  Taking a deep breath.  Everyone is in the same boat.  Those of us who work a 60 hour a week job just don’t have as much time as being retired (I can dream about retiring!).  Plus I did deliberately choose to work on the projects with Grace instead of working on these.  I needed the break.  Now I will get back on it.  As long as I am not 10-20 days behind I am good.  Right now it is just 2.  I will start working on the layout for the first dark border which is 94 – 3″ blocks that I will be sewing together.  I decided that would be easiest by designating a place to put up my design wall or some flat surface so I can walk by occasionally to see how it looks.  I can’t wait!  Here are last week’s blocks I did get done.  My cover photo is the center medallion I completed.

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April 18th – April 22nd

Farmer’s Wife 1920 EPP Sew-A-Long

Last week I posted pictures of my block 20 & 21.  I still am flattening them and have not taken their official photos to post on Instagram and Facebook.  It will get done this week as I am almost done with Block 22 – Corns & Beans.  I am loving the color placement in this block.  It is playing well together.  I can’t believe that I am almost done with this block already due to all the hockey practices, Stanley cup playoffs, etc.  I made finishing this block by Sunday my weekly goal with Amy @amyscreativeside on instagram.  It is a new challenge to help us set little goals.  Pull fabric, finish a block, whatever just to have a positive feedback.  So I joined in on the fun with this one.  I am pretty sure I can do it.  This is my last block that is prepped to be sewn so I will need to do fabric pull and cutting for at least one more but normally I pick 3 blocks just to have some in reserve.

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Block 22 – Corns & Beans Progress

Monthly Wooly Mug Rugs

No progress to report.  I am pretty intimated by the bullion knot and am just procrastinating even though I have successfully completed several of these.  So if I don’t get any EPP blocks prepped before I finish my current one, just means I won’t have any excuses for not working on this.  It is going to be fantastic when I finish.  I have no idea why I am letting fear rule me.  Anyone else feel like that?

One Monthly Goal – Hexagon Charity Quilt

With all that happened last week, I am starting to wonder if I am going to make this goal by April 30th.  I didn’t get last months.  I certainly would hate to miss my goal two months in a row.  So I will probably push myself on this one.

#onethingwithamy Challenge

I talked about the goal above but decided I needed to have a separate line so I don’t forget to followup from week to week.  But once again, this week’s goal is to complete my Farmer’s Wife 1920 EPP block 22.

On the sewing table

As you probably gathered, I got totally derailed this week.  So I still need to finish my April Block of the Month for the #qp2019sewalong.  No progress to report yet.  Still on the sewing table is Caitlin’s patio tablecloth, 2010 NYE quilt fmq, and now the Easily Pieced May Table Runner.

Thank you for reading this.  I really appreciate the comments that some of you leave.  Most don’t say anything and that is fine.  Hopefully you find my antics entertaining and don’t mind the hockey craze in my household.  My hockey friends have to deal with all my quilt pictures I post so I guess it is fair.

Remember….

Adventure Hard…. Then go home and quilt all about it. -@burlapandblossompatterns

Peggy Stockwell

 

Quilt Diary: April Update on Sew-A-Longs

Regular Hockey season is overall for youth and NHL.  For NHL it is Playoffs and my Sharks are in but have lost 3 in a row.  While working on the games I usually am working on my handwork projects.  I also work on them (and my blog) while at Shaun’s (grandson) hockey practice.  Spring hockey is now in full swing starting this week so I have my designated blog time on Hockey Wednesdays.  (Yea!!!)  Makes my work day a little short but hey, you do what you gotta do.

Now for the updates:

Gnome Angel’s Farmer’s Wife 1920 English Paper Piecing Sew-A-Long

I have been lucky enough to have some blocks with a more manageable number of pieces – you know 10-15 – so I have made some progress.  I finished up my Churn Dash (block 20) in Alison Glass red and white fabrics.  I love how it turned out.  I  am almost done with block 21 – Contrary Wife in pink and white.  Worked on it at earlier hockey lesson so probably be finishing that up tomorrow.  Last night I was able to cut and glue baste block 22 called Corn & Beans (who thinks up these names?) another transition block in orange and white. This block has 38 pieces.  Wowser!  I saw on Instagram today that at least one person has already finished all 111 blocks!  They all looked to be EPP.  I just find that an amazing feat.  The next couple of days will find me picking out the fabric for the next two blocks which all be orange.  If I didn’t mention it, my quilt is all Alison Glass fabrics.  I have fallen in love with her fabrics.  With that thought in mind, let’s talk about my next sew-a-long.

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Blocks 20, 21, & 22

Alison Glass Foundation Paper Piecing Trinket Sew-A-Long

It so hard to believe we are in week six of this sew-a-long.  It feels both like we just started as well as I have been doing it forever.  I am gaining more confidence as each week goes by.  I was able to prep most of this weeks (Things 6-10) last weekend.  I have one more block to finish by Friday.  I can’t remember if I mentioned it but I had bought an Alison Glass trinket kit with Kaleidoscope fabrics last summer not realizing that it wasn’t her normal cotton fabrics or that it was FPP.  Pictured here is this week’s blocks.  Aren’t they adorable.  I am following the actual directions, but if I ever remake this one, I have some ideas of my own.  We just have two more weeks of making blocks and part of this sew-a-long is actually putting the quilt together.  Uhhh.  Not my best attribute.  The 20-30 unfinished quilt tops I have can confirm that fact.  Maybe that is why Alison and her staff made finishing the quilt part of the sew-a-long.

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Week 6 – Things 6-10 (10 not pictured)

Kathyrn Kerr’s 365 block challenge

You probably recall that I started this in 2018 and fell flat on my face.  2019 found me resetting my goals and so far I am current.  I have passably conquered my mitered corner fear.   I can at least do a decent job at this skill to get a block pretty close to the right side.  My partial seam skill set is also being challenged and once again, I am getting by.  I am happy when she doesn’t string to many hard blocks together.  I did tell myself that I will just skip a block if I am really having problems.  I can either come back to it when I have more time or if we get to the end, substitute a like block.  I am not sure if that will even be necessary with all the bonus blocks Kathryn includes.  Here is a sampling of the blocks posted this week.  I plan to spend this weekend finishing up the first borders on the center medallion and hope to post that next week for you.  It is an exciting achievement.  Since this is a medallion quilt, it will have the center block had a border and corner stones to start off.  This will be the next border which makes it all look like the same unit since it is the light background focus.  Next will be a 6 inch dark border made up with all those cute 3 inch blocks and some 6 inch thrown in for fun.  There will be three more borders after that light, dark, light.  Exciting stuff.  A true sampler quilt.

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Blocks for April 12th through April 17th

The Quilter’s Planner 2019 Sew-A-Long

After doing all these blocks daily for the other 3 sew-a-longs, it makes this block of the month seem so easy.  We don’t post until after the 15th of the month because theoretically you are cutting all the pieces the first half of the month.  I cheated.  I cut all the blocks for the year already.  They just need to be sewn.  I have on my calendar to sew up my two blocks this weekend.  I am not going to post anything this week.  You will have to wait until next week to see the new blocks.

2018 Monthly Wooly Mug Rugs

I am still working on the June Strawberries.  I got quite a bit of the hand embroidery done while watching hockey these last few days.  The hardest part on these are an embroidery stitch called bullion knot around the strawberry.  I have managed to figure out the stitch and started it.  Here is a quick picture of what I am working on.  This stitch is pretty hard and time consuming.  With all the other things on the to do list this weekend, I am not sure if I will actually finish this weekend.  I guess it will matter how much TV/hockey I watch.

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Wooly Mug Rug – June – Strawberries

On the table

I do have on the table the Charity Hexagon quilt, 2010 NYE quilt, and Caitlin’s patio tablecloth that I hope to do some work on this next week.  I also have a strong itching to work on my A-door-naments.  I let you know if the itch actually gets scratched.  I have other ideas running around in my head that I hope to move onto paper.  Until next week….

Adventure Hard… Then go home and quilt all about it.  -@burlapandblossompatterns

Peggy Stockwell

 

Quilt Diary: Finishalong 2019 Quarter 2 Goals

Quarterly Goals

Once again it is time to put together the list of possible finishes in the upcoming 2nd quarter of 2019. I will be linking up with #FAL2019.  My host is Capitola Quilter.

I have a lot of UFOs from last quarter to bring forward. Let’s get started!

  1.  Hexagon Charity Quilt.  This darn project is still hanging around.  I set it for my April one monthly goal.  I NEED to get this off my list.  The guilt is killing me! I also added this one to my @sunflowerquilting #ssqfinishalong2019round2 goals.

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    Dot to Dot quilting on the Hexagon Charity Quilt
  2. 2010 New Year Eve’s Quilt.  Another one that has been hanging around.  I did actually work on it last quarter so the guilt isn’t so high.  Just have to finish the free motion and binding. I also added this one to my @sunflowerquilting #ssqfinishalong2019round2 goals.

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    Stitching in the ditch on the 2010 NYE Quilt
  3. 2018 Quilters Planner Sew-a-long Classic Beauty BOM.  Still need to assemble, baste, quilt and bind.

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    2018 Quilter’s Planner BOM Sew-A-Long – June
  4. Shabby Fabric’s Sunflower A-Door-naments wall hanging.  I still only have to quilt this one and it is done.  I think I will skip the metallic thread and save the thread for another day and project.

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    Shabby Fabric’s August A-Door-N-Aments – Sunflowers
  5. Shabby Fabric’s Apple A-Door-naments wall hanging.  I just need to baste, turn, and quilt.

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    Shabby Fabric’s September A-Door-N-Aments – Apples
  6. Sunflower Star potholders.
  7. Blue Pinwheel potholders.  I finished one out of the 3 last quarter.  Just need to layer, baste, quilt, and bind.

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    Knot potholders, Sunflower Ohio Star potholders, & Blue pinwheels potholders
  8. Autumn wall hanging.  A little work done last quarter.  I finished fusing all the shapes on the pieced background.  Need to applique, baste, quilt, bind.img_1469
  9. Apple Blooming Vase wall hanging.  I have absolutely fallen in love with this series.  The itch is strong to drop everything and work on this one.  The apple one only had the background pieced.  I need to fuse, applique, layer, baste, quilt, and bind this one.

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    Shabby Fabric’s Blooming Series – September – Apples
  10. Pansies Blooming Series has arrived and I have just got to do this one.  So I am adding it to the list for this quarter.

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    Shabby Fabrics Blooming Series – May Pansies
  11. Alison Glass Trinket Quilt.  Started the Sew-A-Long in March and we are supposed to have the entire quilt completed by May 20th. I am adding it to the list.  I also added this one to my @sunflowerquilting #ssqfinishalong2019round2 goals.

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    Some of my blue trinket blocks from Lines & Shapes weeks
  12. Shabby Fabric’s Mug Rug – Strawberries.  I just need to finish whip stitching the shapes down, do the hand embroidery, layer, finish.

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    Shabby Fabric June Wooly Mug Rug – Strawberries
  13. Shabby Fabric’s Mug Rug – Sunflowers.  Need to start this one.  Once I do, I will be halfway through the series.

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    Shabby Fabric’s Wooly Mug Rug – August Sunflower
  14. Easy Pieced Table Runner for May by Shabby Fabric’s.  I watched the You Tube video a couple of days ago and decided I NEED to make this table runner for my kitchen island.  I haven’t decided if I am going with all the purples, but I have downloaded and printed the pattern.

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    Free download on new series Easy Pieced Table Runner for May

Quarter Two: Work in Process

  1.  Peacock Colorstory Miss Rosie Blocks.  My goal is to finish 8 more blocks this quarter.  I did get them done last quarter 😉

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    Peacock Colorstory used with Miss Rosie’s Receipe Cards
  2. 365 Block Challenge blocks.  I am current for 2019! I still struggle with mitered blocks but am getting better every time.  My goal is to be current on June 30th still!

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    April 7th Corner Stone for Center Medallion
  3. Halifax Temperature Quilt.  I did finish through August 2018 last quarter as planned.  I need to cut some more triangles because I find making these little blocks as feeder of other blocks the easiest way I get these done.  My goal is to finish September, October, November, and December 2018 this quarter.
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    Halifax Batik Temperature HST Quilt 2017-2019

     

  4. Quilter’s Planner 2019 Block of the Month Sew-A-Long.  I am on target!  I meet last month’s goals.  This quarter is to continue being current so that would mean finishing the April, May, and June blocks each month.

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    The Quilter’s Planner 2019 Block of the Month Sew-Along: Jan-Feb-Mar
  5. Farmer’s Wife 1920 English Paper Piecing Sew-A-Long with Gnome Angel in Australia.  I finished 8 blocks last quarter instead of my 9.  Close.  I am setting a goal for 9 blocks this quarter.  I am working on Block 20 – Churn Dash this week.  I have been pleased with my progress.

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    Block 20 – Churn Dash cut & basted – ready to go
  6. Tula Pink Charm Squared blocks.  I started these quilt blocks on a whim but still need to finish them before I lose all the pieces.

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    Tula Pink Charms squared blocks

As always, I have hundreds of other projects I could finish, work on, etc.  I will stick with these 20 projects.  Good Luck everyone.  The idea is to set a goal and work towards it.  If you make progress, it is a win!

Peggy

 

Quilt Diary: April One Monthly Goal

Linkup with Elm Streets one monthly goal and current project update

ONE MONTHLY GOAL

Last month I set a very big goal to finish my NYE quilt started in 2010.  I did work on it but got derailed when I started the Alison Glass #trinketsal in March.  With working on two different daily sewalongs, I do not see me having enough bandwidth to reset that as my April goal.  So I am going to set that aside and work on my Charity Hexagon Quilt which has also been on my list for a couple of years and I have worked on it.  I do not like my thread choice so totally derailed.

BUT no matter what I am going to finish up free motion quilting this one as well as finishing the binding.  It takes up space on my list and my mind.  With a few hours of focus, I could probably make a lot of headway.  So….finishing this quilt is my April one monthly goal.  I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts.

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New Year Eve 2010 quilt

 

#365BLOCKCHALLENGE

I am actually making a lot of progress and current on this project.  I have no idea how long that will last.  Some of these blocks are so hard  They are 3″ and 6″.  Of course they look great.  This week we are working on the borders and corner stones for the Center Medallion.  I have already finished all 4 borders and two of the corner stones.  They are amazing looking but freaking hard.  Mitred corners continue to be my biggest challenge.  Sometimes the directions are not very clear or detailed enough.  Who am I to complain about a free sampler quilt pattern?  They are being posted on instagram under several different hashtags.  #365blockchallenge #365blockchallenge2019 #365quiltchallenge #365quiltchallenge2019  There may be more but those are the ones that I have found.  A lady is doing a red & purple one that is gorgeous and a gentlemen is doing orange, yellow, green.   It is awesome looking too.  Of course, there are many more but they have been consistently posting.  Below are a few of my recent blocks.

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365 Challenge March & April blocks

#FW1920EPPSAL

Once again, this is going very well.  I am trying to stick to the 15 minutes a day with this one.  It really helps with the momentum.  I had also been very good about always having one in the bag ready to begin. Oops!  Last night I finished my last one.  Today will be cutting the three who I already prepped my strips for cutting the pieces.  Here are the last two I completed – Block 18 Century of Progress & Block 19 Checkerboard.  The next few blocks are the edge of two different color groups and I have the edge blocks containing both colors.  The backing fabric arrived last week so when I get freed up, I will start quilting as I go on this one.  This sew-along is sponsored by @gnomeangel

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Block 18 – Century of Progress
Block 19 – Checkerboard

#TRINKETSAL

We are halfway through the trinket sew-along.  This is sponsored by Alison Glass and is one of her patterns.  If you are interested, you can purchase the pdf off her website and get started.  I happened to have purchased this quilt kit a year ago but never started.  It feels like a win-win for me.  This is a foundation paper piecing quilt.  I have never done one before and sure have made many mistakes, but am pleased with my process.  I have to laugh because theoretically all my points should be matching, but they don’t.  Here are a few of my blocks I have finished up.

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Some of my blue trinket blocks from Lines & Shapes weeks

#QPSEWALONG2019

Here is the other sew-along I am participating in.  This one is monthly so it is not so bad.  It has been fairly easy to keep up with after doing these daily ones.  This is the first 3 months of blocks.

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The Quilter’s Planner 2019 Block of the Month Sew-Along: Jan-Feb-Mar

Other projects on the table

I have sewn a couple of the blocks for my Halifax temperature quilt but can’t honestly say I have made very much progress.  All of the above is sucking up my time.  But I have them by the sewing machine as they make nice blocks to do between blocks.  Need to cut some more orange triangles.

Halifax, Nova Scotia – August 2018

My mug rugs are still moving along.  I haven’t finished the strawberry one.  I almost made it my one monthly goal because I got stalled out on this one but decided it was important to finish the hexagon quilt.  The strawberry is for June so I am way way ahead.  I finished July last summer because I was so excited about the watermelon.  I was looking at what is left to do and realized I will be jumping to August which is a Sunflower!  I am so excited to do that one.  When I finish the strawberry I will be halfway through this mug rug of the month.

Mug Rugs: Feb-Hearts, Mar-4Leaf Clover, Apr-Bunny, May-Flower, Jun-Strawberry, Jul-Watermelon

The other project up for consideration as the one monthly goal was my August Adoornament which is a sunflower.  (Did I mention I love sunflowers, pumpkins, and hummingbirds?)  If either of these are hanging out by the time we get to May (and assuming I finish my hexagon), they may be next just to get that little extra push.

Pinwheel potholders and Sunflower A-Door-nament to be completed

Well that is is for now.  The sun is shining, taxes are waiting, and my sewing machine is calling my name.

Adventure Hard….Then go home and quilt all about it!

Peggy Stockwell