Saturday, May 23, 2020

Bee Patriotic Sew Along

I am getting ready to sew along.

I have the book that is needed to make the blocks.

and all the blocks are pieced.

This is a photo of Lori Holt's Quilt,
more photos and info on her blog link. 

I love her colors, including the aqua and pink.

which is all lovely blenders that may also be used in other quilts.

Here are the fabric requirements.

It is a very "stash happy" pattern.

I am gathering fabrics
and making plans to sew along.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

On my cutting table for this long Memorial Day Weekend.

I have had this kit in my stash for some time.
It has four choices in the pattern.

I do not remember where I bought this kit.

The fabric and pattern is

The strip pack can be found in quilt shops, including

My pattern came with the strip pack and finishing fabrics.

This pattern has directions for ... 

Two Table Quilts ...

1) Long Table Runner

2)  Square Table Topper

and two Wall Quilts  ...

3)  "Flag Gems"  ... with straight strips

4)  "Zig Zag Flag"  ... which looks like it is waving in the breeze.

This is my project for this weekend.

Hmmm ... which will I sew? 

Which would you sew?

May you and yours have a safe and happy and healthy

Memorial Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

I Like Thursday # 56 ~ Everyday

Good Morning!

Dahlias are one of my plantings of choice this spring.

So this gorgeous burst of color greeted me on our outdoor fire pit table ...

... when I went out to sip my morning cup of frothy latte at 6:00am,
right after Mr Scrapatch left for work at his new "retirement job,"

Dahlias are not a perennial here in my northern clime so I am reading up on  them at ...

... in hopes of bringing them back next year.
I have not had much success winter other annuals
so time will tell.

I have pink ones like this one that has just been touched by the sun 
peeking around the roof of my neighbor on the east.

In addition to the pink, I have yellow ...

... and some of these beautiful flame touched ones.

I am going to put some in big pots and find the best sunny spots for them
and a couple in the ground and see which fares the best.

I have picked the floss colors for my custom house on the ...

As you can see the design house is mostly gray.
I like the look of their version.
I am just trying to make it look and feel a little more like my little home.

Back inside, I have started stitching my  modified version
of our brown roof line and green trim.
I have a plan.  Hopefully it will work
and look a little bit more like my home.

I have tried stitching outside,
but my eyes prefer the bright LED light I need to use to get the
needle into the right place in the cloth.

Nutmeg is helping and checking my work.
I love the way her fur glows orange in the sunlight 
coming in the window.

Here is my little Nutmeg on the flower table topper on my round coffee table.
that is the background of these photos.

I made this
a few years back and it is still my favorite.
There used to be a free tutorial for how I made this on Craftsy
but they took it away when the overhauled their site.
Maybe I need to find that tutorial.
It seems to have gone missing in my computer, too.
Maybe I shall have to do a makeover.
Hmmm .... ;)

Anyway ... today all I really want to say is ...

Everyday is a good day.


on my speakers.

Time to visit my

May you have a good day everyday.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Stitching Progress

Part 1 is done for my 

Maestro helped behind the scenes, of course.
Here she is adjusting the knobs on my

I like to use a
to keep my cloth tight and flat.

This plastic frame is light enough to carry it anywhere
and I do enjoy sitting outside and stitching sometimes.

It has been mostly sunny but is still cool and very windy for May
so most of my stitching has been done inside.

Part 3 was released last Friday so I am very behind in the stitching along,
but I am good with that.

I use all six strands of DMC on my 10 Count Vintage Aida cloth
and a size 18 or 20 Bohn needle.
I can see this easily to stitch and I like the way it looks.

It is a journey, not a race, for me. 

I am working on the Part 2 House section
but it will take time as I am making modifications to the pattern
to make it look a little more like my little house.

More stitching soon ... :-) 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Quilty Road Trip ... Social Distance Style

This morning started Here,

because this is, literally, one of the first things I see in the morning,
after I use my eye drops to unglue my eyes, 
as it is on my bedroom wall opposite my bed. 

I do not actually "see" the eye drops.
I just reach out to where I know they are, aim and squeeze,
then wait a few minutes for them to take effect.

Usually, there is a blur of my hubby's face
and a fuzzy looking cat or three in view, too.
Only Katniss is actually fuzzy so I know if the other two look 
like they are having a bad hair day
that my eyes are not working yet.

By the time I ask Alexa to turn on the light,
the cross stitch starts coming onto focus.

After saying have a good day to hubby,
going out the door to his new job,
because the man does not know what the word "retired" means,
or that there is a "stay at home"
 ... um ... mandate? ... advisory? ... guideline? ...  
whatever the state is calling it now ...
for people our age.

I get my cup of coffee and say hello to my blog which comes up as my home screen
and there is my new favorite quilty project again.

Now that I have put my Quilty Love stitchery there again at the top of today's post,
it will be waiting for me again tomorrow morning ... I like!
Maybe I will put it at the top of the post everyday this week!

You may get tired of it, but I will not ... :-) 


my virtual road trip is rambling off course ...

just like most of our real road trips.

So ...

I wandered Here
so I could get cool with all the square inspiration of the day.

First off, 
opened my eyes wide with another one of her multitude of amazing quilty endeavors
and made me laugh with her zany humor.

Then I got as far as

before my road trip completely changed destinations ... 

and I bought this ...

... because I need a new project like I need a new turn in the road. 

I want to make a larger version of this for my very modern niece
 who is getting married in the fall.

Because I was at Broadcloth Studio

and I love their Quilty Quizes,

I found

... sew I had to take it ... 

... and I somehow I ended up Here ...

"While the road or the car never really changes, the scenery is what brings excitement and variety to the journey! Whether it’s color, texture, or the final quilting, there are a million different roads to take and a billion different adventures to have along the way."

Nine Patch?

Oh, Yes, that is me.

So while I ruminated upon my love of Nine Patch blocks awhile
I remembered a WIP ...

... so I traveled back in time to Here

... revisted Here

... then I had to dig out this pile of Fig Tree scraps
and sewed three more 9 Patch Blocks this morning

... and the morning traveled away with me.

Phew ... what a morning road trip!

Time for lunch, a little gardening
and I will get back to blog hopping later today.

I has been a happy quilty morning.

May yours be a good one, too ... :-)