Poor Merle, Rose of Sharon & Hand Quilting

The ticking of the kitchen clock…

One of the dogs yipping gently as it dreams…

A little bird outside the dining room window, chirping as it flits from branch to branch on the Rose of Sharon bush…

The sound of the thread pulling through the cloth…

Needle rocking back and forth…

*Just* hand quilting this past week.

At some point over the Thanksgiving holidays and then starting to decorate for Christmas, I decided to simply focus on my Stars and Spools quilt and nothing else for awhile.

I did that again early Sunday morning but then I put it aside. I dragged out the four Rose of Sharon blocks. Earlier in the year I had thought to combine them with Benjamin Biggs blocks but the style was too different; it was not working.

For the rest of Sunday morning I worked on some borders… Here’s a closeup of the fabrics. Barbara Brackman purchased on clearance last year.



I had debated just doing thin borders and then putting it aside for some time in the future, where I would work on an applique border of some sort. But there are so many other things in the works. I decided to finish this at approx 55 x 55 and call it a day. I’ll hand quilt it at some point.

Then I made a batch of cookies to share with my sons’ family ( he was putting rotors and brake pads on my car at the time. )  My birthday was last week and while they had treated me to dinner, the youngest had given me a gift card to Michaels. After lunch I tested out the new brake treatment and shopped there for awhile. It was a great day…many items were half off and I got a few things for myself and some crafts for the grandchildren to do.

Next it was time to try to get some photos with Merle.  ( If you are not a regular reader, Merle is my middle sons’ dog…just turned 1 year old. )

The local grocery store had these little pet kits for 2.99 of matching Christmas hats and collars. LOL except the hat was a bit small. I cannot tell you how many times I just cracked up trying to get some shots of this pup with the hat on. He thought it was a new toy to chew….Then the cat arrived! :)



He doesn’t look too thrilled does he? LOL the poor thing…

By now he was saying ” I USED to have fun with you…when did it all go so wrong?”


As to that hand quilting mentioned earlier in the post… moving along! :)


I am to that last big hexie star at this point…I just did not get an updated photo.

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Thanksgiving Week : Eating and Quilting & a Birthday

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving ( for those of you in the U.S.A. )  We had the bitter cold and wind the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, as many of you did as well.   I am usually up before sunrise and on Sunday, once daylight came and I saw the snowflakes swirling around and a little bit on the ground, I decided to bake.  The first snow always inspires me that way :)

I made Toll House cookies and frosted chocolate brownies and took most of them down to the Tribe of grandkids.

I finished up the Airship Propeller Block and another little basket on Sunday afternoon.


On Monday, while the wind persisted, the rain and snow had cleared out and we had lovely blue skies…inspiration for working with some blues.


While I did a little prep work early a.m.  on the blues, sewing had to wait. There was a birthday to celebrate that evening.  Kate was turning 11.


More sweets and treats to eat and a bit of family fun…


Now on to finish those first blues that I’d been prepping…


And more eating. Our Thanksgiving dinner is to be held at my sons on Black Friday at 4:00.  I am quite relieved to not have to host these holiday dinners anymore :)

There are usually around 20 or more down at my sons. I am  to make broccoli casserole, pumpkin pies, and stuffing ( do you call it stuffing or dressing? around here it is stuffing :)

Well, I’d purchased a turkey split breast and had it in the crockpot mid-week and then I just couldn’t get my mind off of stuffing, so I made a bit of that, some mashed potatoes and a sweet potato and corn. I had a sort of mini-Thanksgiving meal here to tide me over until the ‘real deal’ on Friday.

I worked on another Airship Propeller block. It is the red, white and blue one ; there are five completed thus far.


And there are four Little Baskets. These will just be an applique project off and on….generally when cutting out something else, I’ll add a basket template or two to the fabric.


As to Stars and Spools …I finished up the second border area and have started on the third.


Enjoy your weekend ! :)

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