Bright & Happy Sunday Sewing

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on another applique block for the first row of the sampler that I’d started.  I finished that up awhile ago, and got this far: ( and waited until after the Artic Blast / Polar Vortex to put it out on the line : )

baskets first row sampler quilt

So the first row is handwork and the connector is machine pieced. At that point, I was hesitating between continuing on with the basket theme or doing a sort of ‘row along’ type of quilt.

The other day, I visited Lori’s blog as I often do ( Humble Quilts ) and she had a basket post up ( HERE ) and that decided it for me. I would continue on with baskets. ( Until I changed my mind again : )

I did a bit of prep work for a few little pieced baskets to start another row, and have started to sew the first one. The first thing that I did was sew 2 triangles together incorrectly but hey, I wouldn’t be me if I did anything right the first time! :) Since I have several things going on with different color schemes, in my mind I have started to call this my ‘Bright & Happy Sampler”

Some people can start one project and methodically continue on with it until it is completed. I can do that if it is something like cooking a meal or painting a room, but in regards to sewing, I find that I do better if I have a variety of projects going on.

This one’s old…been fooling around with it for awhile… ( since the fall ) but it is coming along and I know that the minute that it is done, I’ll want to start another: Making a Rag Rug in a Loom:

Kanga and the Rag Rug

I  now have it reserved for those early morning times when you don’t need a lot of light to do something, and actually are awake enough to do it for a bit. This is a favorite spot for the kitty…dozing in the warmth of the radiator, but all that she has to do is turn around for some bird-watching as there are feeders outside the window.

( Oh, look…the missus cardinal was one of the visitors that day )

missus cardinal visits kanga on radiator

Since that day the snow has melted, the Polar Vortex went away, and the forecast was for a temperature of 50 degrees on Saturday. I’d envisioned brushing the dogs and washing the car and lots of wonderful 50 degree activities. Well, the car did get pouring down rain and we even had thunder and lightning. It was very windy so it did not feel warm at all :(  Just dreary and dark.


Winter Doldrums Collage

And that is why for this Sunday’s Slow Stitching session I’ll be working on piecing a little basket block for the Bright & Happy Sampler :)

basket piecing

I hope to finish this one up and start on the next one…

A few readers asked about the Benjamin Biggs quilt project when I’d posted about it. I had troubles on my first round ( the January block ) with a lot of unraveling of the fabric. I’d been using the sizing + iron method for basting and after I tortured the fabric to death, it rebelled! :)  So I glue-basted on the second round and that worked out a bit better but after sewing the middle portion down I put it aside for the time being. There is a FB group and several ladies have posted finished blocks, others are downloading the patterns but not doing anything until they finish up other projects and some are still debating fabric and color choices. In addition there is a revised pattern of the block which I printed out to take a picture of.

BB Block revised

Some of the ladies will create this revised block. One lady uploaded a picture of hers yesterday and it is just stunning. I inquired as to what method she used and it was back-basting plus needle-turn. I think that quite alot of people are using this method…I just watched a You Tube tutorial on it and learning / trying it is on my ‘to-do’ list :)

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Sharing with Kathy for Slow Stitching on Sundays over at Kathy’s Quilts ( and by the way this pertains to any handwork not just quilting…you can link up crochet, knitting, embroidery etc. so join up! :) 

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making pasta & other randomness

Christmas:  one of my sons got a Keurig coffee machine for me. Since I’d not requested one, it was a surprise indeed. The coffee samples that came with it tasted quite strong, as I like a very mild coffee, but I have found it to be very nice to use for a cup of tea in the afternoon. The little cups can be used several times ( at least by me; the tea tastes the same each time. ) Is it easier to start a little pot of water on the stove and put a teabag into a cup? Yes, but now I have this Keurig….:)

My oldest son could not make it home for Christmas due to a flu.  When he felt better, he sent some pictures via phone to me…he had made some pasta using his grandmother’s pasta machine that he inherited from her.

making pasta collage shawn

He’d been thinking about doing this for awhile and finally chose a recipe for the pasta.  The sauce would be her recipe. Since I was sent about 20 pictures in regards to all of this I think it was a success! :)

I had the grands over the other day and while Kate was napping on the couch ( sick ) I got the peanuts out so that Brent could throw some out the window…the feeders are all outside of my dining room window and if we threw some peanuts out, I was pretty sure that it would not take long for the blue jays to show up and entertain him for awhile. He wanted some peanuts too, and I said “sure” and put some into a little bowl. While I was doing up dishes in the kitchen he entertained himself by smashing the peanut shells with his toy hammer. What a mess! But he was having so much fun…:)

We had the Arctic Blast / Polar Vortex that much of the country enjoyed this week. On Tuesday we had a wind chill of 30-35 below. We only recieved a few inches of snow here and much of it is melted now. If it is not snowing here, there is freezing rain or rain and very little dry time in between. The yard is always fluctuating between snow and mud thus far this fall & winter.

Lots of on going activity at the feeders, whether it’s rain or snow.

cardinal chickadee and titmouse collage

squirrel with tail umbrella


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Joining Nancy at A Rural Journal for Random 5 Friday