Scrap Happy Day

I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing these last few months since we lost our little Clarke, but recently I finished a commission for a baby who is due in September. The surrogate Aunt and I had gone shopping to find the perfect fabrics for a little boy.

The green fabric is the perfect match for the cubes in the storage unit for the nursery.

I designed, sewed, quilted and bound the quilt and made a matching pillowcase.

Once everything was finished I was left with a few bits and pieces of fabric. That’s when I had a squirrel attack me since these fabrics are just too cute to add to the scrap bin for use “someday”.

Recently my granddaughter informed me that “no one uses crib quilts Nana. We all use sleep sacks now.” I had made the quilt for the little guy large enough to be a floor quilt or to go on a youth or even a single bed and had the matching pillowcase as well, but I did have those leftover scraps so I had to drop everything else and make a little quilt that would work for a car seat quilt.

I did some stitch in the ditch to stabilize everything once I had it sandwiched and basted. Then I did stitch some diagonal lines of stitching. I wanted it to be secure since it will be washed a lot, but I didn’t want it to be too stiff.

All that was left when I put the binding on this little quilt was 2 – 2” squares. 😁

Here are the other Scrapsters that link up their Scrap Happy posts.

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera,
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, EdithDebbierose and Viv

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. Have a happy scrappy day. 😉 Carol

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #109

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

The other day I had been talking with my sister in law and telling her we haven’t had any real issues with fire season. I guess I jinxed things. We have had thunderstorms roll through in the past few days so I woke up the past couple of mornings to the sound of helicopters and this view:

Yes that’s smoke; not fog! 😳. There are 3 wildfires burning just over the first ridge line now. All of them are at least 8 miles away.

Last To-Do list:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. Some progress.

My stitches aren’t quite invisible, but they are getting better. 😉

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now. No progress.

3. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to finish the commission and A Roll of the Dice. Didn’t make it to the studio.

4. Keep working on my next Blog Hop projects. Some progress. 😉

5. Keep working on the quilting on the Panel Quilt. Ready for binding!

6. Keep Samantha and her squirrel friends from sidetracking me this week. 😳🐿🐿

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now.

3. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to finish the commission and A Roll of the Dice

4. Keep working on my next Blog Hop projects, everything is planned, fabrics are cut and piecing has begun. 😄

5. Put the binding on the Panel quilt.

There’s going to be hundreds of threads to bury on this one! 😉

6. Do not allow Samantha to sidetrack me this week. 😳🐿🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 13/13
  • this week 7/7
  • Previous Total 163/218
  • Total: 170/225
  • Percentage = 74.77 %

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 66.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 66.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

Sunday Stash @ QuiltPaintCreate

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Sew and Tell @ Melva Loves Scraps

I Like Thursday

On Thursday a group of bloggers link with LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color to share lists of things that fill them with gratitude or bring them joy.

The past couple of weeks we have had prompts to bring some common interests to light.

This week’s prompt is:

“what fruits and vegetables are you really enjoying at the moment and do you have a way of preparing them that is really good?”

Unlike so many others, I no longer enjoy the growing and consumption of gardens since we moved from our acreage in to an apartment. I am, however, been blessed with wonderful friends who share some of the excess from their garden. One friends gifted me a huge basket of fresh tomatoes and zucchini. We did have a rainy day, so I chopped up the zucchini and fried it with mushrooms and grated carrots. Unfortunately my DH is allergic to onions and garlic so I don’t get to add these favourites to my dishes, but if I’m at the studio I make this dish with plenty of both. I then add some cooked tortellini to the frying pan and sauté it. Once everything is hot, I add in chopped fresh tomatoes and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.

Add a side salad of fresh greens and dinner is ready!

Yesterday we had to go to town so DH could get his foot X-rayed, and we got our booster shots. while we were in town I headed to the grocery store to stock up on a few things we needed. I was met with piles of boxes everywhere on the floor and so many empty shelves. I chatted with the store manager and commiserated about the supply chain issues. He said that isn’t his issue. His stock room is overflowing! His problem is that he can not get enough staff to be able to get the stock on the shelves. He then asked me if I was interested in even a part time job. I had to tell him that I couldn’t fit it in my schedule, but it really did make me feel good; knowing that even an old lady is still wanted! I was so tempted since I do miss working. 😉

When we got home, I found a bag hanging on my door handle. Just look at the goodies another friend had dropped off:

Squash, yellow zucchini and fresh cucumbers 😁

We have a couple of rainy days forecasted so I know dinner for me one night will be chopped zucchini, carrots and tomatoes, fried in a bit of butter or oil. Once it’s cooked I grate some sharp cheddar on top and serve it with a grilled chicken breast. It would be better if I could add onions and garlic, but it still makes me happy as is.

This morning another friend came to golf and delivered a container of her frozen dill and a large container of frozen raspberries from her garden. Now I need to decide if I want to make some raspberry jam or a batch of bumbleberry pie filling. I like to mix rhubarb, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries (if I have any) and chopped apples to make my version of bumbleberry filling and put it in the center of some puff pastry. My DH also does not like to eat fruit (except bananas) or veggies (only corn, tomatoes or broccoli) so any way I can con encourage him with goodies I count it as a win. In case you hadn’t guessed I wind up cooking different meals for each of us a lot of nights. 😉

I’m going to be heading over to pick blueberries at a friends place this weekend if I’m not needed at the studio. I try to get a bunch of blueberries and raspberries frozen to use in the winter (think blueberry sauce for pork medallions, or baked Brie, or raspberries and sauce for raspberry shortcake or glaze for cakes). I usually make a half dozen jars of pickles (cucumber, beets, carrots and beans) for my enjoyment later in the year.

It’s nothing like the hundreds of jars of produce I used to put up when I had 3 growing kids at home. I used to can tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, fruit, vegetables and pickles, enough to carry over until the next year. One of my favourite events (pre Covid) was to go to the farm and teach/help my daughter in law to can food and make pickles. They have a summer kitchen so we got to do it all on a beautiful old wood stove. The warming oven was filled with trays of garlic, tomatoes and peppers roasting, some in olive oil and some plain. These were then canned or added to other ingredients before being canned. Can’t you just imagine the aroma and the taste of the wood smoked foods?

I had a wonderful cold room that was perfect to store the hundreds of jars. The only problem was going down to the canning room and finding the odd open (or empty) jar which the kids had been sharing in between meals. This not my cold room, but it’s close to what I had. 😉

I really enjoy the summer with the variety of garden goodies being shared with me by my friends. It makes meal prep so much easier because most summers find me going meatless more often. I find any combination of veggies can be combined with beans for a great variety of hot or cold meals.

Right now I’m listening to an audiobook by a new to me author. It is an enjoyable listen since I seem to be on a roll of enjoying mystery/suspense/thrillers. The narrator does well with changing her voice for the different characters and I’m really enjoying the British accent. It reminds me of having conversations with my stepmom.

I love getting out for my walks most days and just realized that wild mushrooms are popping up all over the place beside the trail I most like to walk on. I’m thinking I need to take a class on finding edible mushrooms. Our local Rec Society has a mushroom walk every year so I need to check it out.

I’ve been busy at home with pulling and cutting fabrics for some upcoming blog hops and am very grateful that my reaction to the booster is very mild this time. I’m a bit headachy and cold and my arm is a bit tender, but I don’t seem to be avoiding doing anything. I’m still amazed at how quickly they created a vaccine.

Speaking of vaccines, I was horrified to see that polio is resurging. It’s a horrific disease (I am a survivor) and so needless since the Salt vaccine has been tested and proven safe on billions of people. I like knowing that I am prepared with facts and personal experience to discuss the pros and cons on this vaccine. I also know that the anti vaxers in my family can not be convinced that it is safe so it breaks my heart to know that one portion of my family isn’t protected.

What are you eating using up your seasonal produce? Do you can, pickle or freeze your garden items? Are you growing a garden? These are the most common conversations I have have with my friends when we get together at this time of year.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. 😉 Carol

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #108

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

Last To-Do list:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. Some progress.

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now. No progress.

3. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to finish the commission and A Roll of the Dice. Didn’t make it to the studio.

4. Keep working on my next Blog Hop projects. Some progress. 😉

5. Keep working on the quilting on the Panel Quilt. Some progress.

6. Keep Samantha and her squirrel friends from sidetracking me this week. 😳🐿🐿 Didn’t happen but I’m happy with the results. 😉

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now.

3. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to finish the commission and A Roll of the Dice

4. Keep working on my next Blog Hop projects, everything is planned, fabrics are cut and piecing has begun. 😄

5. Do some more quilting on the Panel quilt.

There’s going to be hundreds of threads to bury on this one! 😉

8. Do not allow Samantha to sidetrack me this week. 😳🐿🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 28/31
  • August 6/6
  • this week 7/7
  • Previous Total 157/211
  • Total: 163/218
  • Percentage = 74.29 %

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 66.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 66.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

Sunday Stash @ QuiltPaintCreate

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Sew and Tell @ Melva Loves Scraps

August OMG

In keeping with trying to be easier on myself with real life outside my sewing space keeping me busy, I am trying to keep my goals to a minimum.

This month I will be doing some more quilting on my Panel quilt. It’s a small project that I can carry back and forth to the studio and both of my Janome’s have similar stitches so there shouldn’t be too much variation in the stitches when it’s finished.

I also need to finish my project and post for the August Blog Hop.

In between travelling and doing whatever is necessary between home and K and D’s I am also going to try to get another blog hop project for September closer to being finished up (I have two hops in September 😳).

It’ll be interesting to see how much time I get to spend with my machines this month, but my goals each involve moving projects along without pressuring myself to get them all finished. As a good friend, Roseanne keeps saying on her blog, Less Stress is Best!

Hope you are all having a good month with plenty of time to create in a not too hot space! 😓 Carol

Linking with Patty @ Elm Street Quilts

I Love Thursday

I’m going to be linking up with a fun group of bloggers over at LeeAnna’s blog, Not Afraid of Color. Everyone tries to share things that make them happy or they are grateful for.

Last week LeeAnna suggested we all share our favourite summer wardrobe items and I really liked seeing everyone else’s choices of summer wear.

I like that this week we are carrying that theme forward with suggestion for you about our favourite sunscreens.

I love waking up this morning to this:

Yes that is clouds, fog and rain you see. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you!

You can tell we need the rain. Our grass is browning up and the recent lightning strikes have started several wildfires, none of which are too close to me. Is there anything sweeter than the air after a rainfall?

Now I will confess to not using sunscreen. In my defence I don’t have a yard or garden to maintain, so I am only outdoors when I’m driving or going for my walks. Since I live on a golf course that is connected to our local Trail system I can usually plan my walks so I’m in the shade. Living in a valley in British Columbia means we have plenty of trees, streams and rivers and it’s almost always possible to find some shade.

I like wearing caps to help keep the sun out of my eyes. It means I have better visibility in case I’m sharing the path with four legged creatures. At different times of the year we see bear, deer, elk, porcupine and peoples fur babies on the path so being able to keep an eye out is important 😎

The best way for me to keep cooler is to stay in my sewing corner. I like that the heat is a reason to stay indoors and sew.

This past week I was travelling back from helping K and D and had quite a misadventure (you can read about it here) and I so appreciate knowing that there still are superheroes in our world and some parents are taking the time to teach their children good old fashioned values; kindness, generosity, service to others.

Pretty much sums up my theory of life.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you are able to find some comfort if you are experiencing this crazy hot weather. 😉 Carol

July OMG Check In

Here it is the end of July already and it’s time to see if we met our goals for the month and link up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

My goals for July were to try to finish my A Roll of the Dice quilt (which got left at the studio) and get another quilt on the frame since it is needed for a gift soon.

I didn’t get to finish my A Roll of the Dice quilt finished, but I did quilt and bind another of Sandra Walker from MMM Quilts quilted and a flanged binding on. 😁

I didn’t get any other quilts finished this month due to being busy with real life but I did start quilting another UFO.

This is a cute toddler quilt made from a panel that was gifted to me by Denise. Stitch in the Ditch is done to stabilize it and the fun quilting has begun 😉

Thanks for stopping by to read my post. 😁 Carol

I was going to be linking with Patty at the One Monthly Goal linky @ One Monthly Goal, but I forgot to publish my post. 😳

July Block Report

I am enjoying being able to see how everyone is doing this year with Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts with the 350 Blocks Project.

July was a month of travelling back and forth to help some friends and doing some quilting and getting bindings on quilts, but I did get to spend some quality time with my machine, constructing blocks as well.😉

  • Pitter Patter – 20
  • Stacked Blocks – 50
  • July total – 70
  • January Total – 170 Blocks
  • February Total – 113 Blocks
  • March Total – 1 Block
  • April Total – 10 Blocks
  • May Total – 6 Blocks
  • June Total – 77 Blocks
  • July Total – 70 Blocks

YTD Total: 447 Blocks

I also got to claim two finishes for the month:

I also started quilting a panel quilt that has sat sandwiched and ready to go for a while;

Thank you for visiting my blog. 😉. Carol

Linking with:

Shelly @ Prairie Moon Quilts for the 350 Block Project.

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #107

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

I spent the week at the studio and had a misadventure on my way home Saturday night resulting in my not getting home until 1:30 Sunday morning, but life is always an adventure, right? 😅

Last To-Do list:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. Some progress

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now. No progress 😢

3. When I get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to finish the commission and A Roll of the Dice. The A Roll of the Dice is on the frame, but with real life and Samantha sidetracking me (not to mention the heat (up to 42 Celsius some days😓) I didn’t get to play with my longarm.

4. Keep working on my next Blog Hop projects, everything is planned and I’m just finishing cutting the fabrics for two quilts as I’m writing this post. Some progress. 😉

5. Keep Samantha and her squirrel friends from sidetracking me this week. 😳🐿🐿 Didn’t happen but I’m good with the results. 😉

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now.

3. When I can get back to the studio, I need to finish my A Roll of the Dice quilt.

4. Keep working on my next Blog Hop projects, everything is planned, fabrics are cut and piecing has begun. 😄

5. Keep working on the quilting on the Panel Quilt.

6. Do not allow Samantha to sidetrack me this week. 😳🐿🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 21/23
  • this week 7/7
  • Previous Total 142/197
  • Total: 149/203
  • Percentage = 73.39 %

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 67.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 1 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 66.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

Sunday Stash @ QuiltPaintCreate

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Sew and Tell @ Melva Loves Scraps

My PHD in 2022 July Update

Gail from Quilting Gail PHD Report is hosting the PHD in 2022 again. I really enjoy keeping track of things and seeing if I can get 12 of my UFOs finished up.

I get to claim a UFO finish this month. In my world any quilt top that sits for more than a few months is a UFO! 😉

This month hasn’t been one where I had a lot of sewing time but I did have some success. luckily I was spurred on by the UFO Blog Hop hosted by Joan from MooseStash Quilting.

I finished a quilt which was commissioned for a little guy. His nursery has a cube organizer with cute green baskets. We found the perfect green fabric and a fun focal fabric with cute little animals and has the same shade of green on the alligators. This wasn’t a UFO but had to take priority on my ToDo List.

Then I was going to finish a quilt from a QAL which was hosted by Sandra Walker from MMM Quilts back in April. I had fun doing SITD to stabilize it and then because I was doing a lot of travelling and having to use two different machines. I did straight line quilting with my walking foot and echoing the gorgeous stars in the quilts. It was finished with a flanged binding.

Then I was able to start on another UFO; a fun panel quilt that has been sandwiched for months;

SITD is finished and now it’s time to play with rulers and my walking foot! 😉

So here’s my tracker updated to show my stats. It’s not been the best year but I’m still hoping to get closer to my PHD.

3 done; 9 more to go for my PHD 😉

Thank you for reading my post and thank you Gail for the great linky that helps to keep me on track.. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

PHD in 2022 @ Quilting Gail

Good things Do Happen!

I spent the week at the studio, but was busy with visiting K at the hospital, shopping for necessities and groceries for them, deep cleaning after removing furniture in preparation and dealing with the delivery and set up of the new adjustable bed and lift chair. I did, however get to hide out in the studio each for a while. It’s between 5-10 degrees Celsius cooler than upstairs depending on the time of day and sun location.

We were ecstatic when K stabilized enough to be able to come home and the flurry of getting ready for him and preparing for a special Birthday dinner ensued 😉

I travelled home Saturday evening to try and avoid the worst of the long weekend travel and have to tell you of my misadventure and the Good Samaritans who helped me out! I was in Nakusp where I normally stop to top up my fuel tank, grab a cold drink and use their facilities. I came out of the gas station, moved the car to the shade, and grabbed my phone to walk around a bit to stretch my legs while I phoned DH and my daughter to let them know where I was. As I was getting out of the car (my purse was sitting on the front seat with the key fob in it) I stumbled and must have hit the door lock button. As the door was closing I tried to catch it so I could grab my bottle of water. Instead the door only closed partway. You guessed it; the door was locked and my keys were inside. 😳. I ran inside the gas station and asked the clerk if there was a serviceman or shop that was open. She called everyone she could think of but no one was around since it is a log weekend here in Canada. To top it off my cell phone had 2% power left so I couldn’t call DH. It was also almost 9:00 at night! I will admit to sitting on the curbside and having a complete meltdown for a few minutes in the heat (32 degrees C). Then I went back in to the station to see if they had a coat hanger or a Slim Jim for sale. No such luck. They did however, have a gadget to cook wieners or marshmallows on a fire. I tried with it, but it was too short and couldn’t reach the power button. In the meantime a father with his 3 teenagers who were heading home to Calgary after vacationing in British Columbia, and realized I was in distress. They got to work with wire cutters and plier and very old masking tape from the gas station tool bag and cut apart the wiener toaster and modified it to make it longer. Then the oldest son worked the constructed tool while the Dad and I worked the door to get it open just a bit wider to allow Devan to hit the button. I admit to shedding some tears of gratitude, offering to pay them or at least purchase drinks and snacks for them to say thanks. The Father said No! He thanked me for my offer but said he and his children believe in service to others and were only to happy to be of assistance. Then I went inside with my purse to pay for the supplies we had used and discovered that this Samaritan had already paid for it! They headed out before I could get their names or address to send a gift and have completely reinforced my belief that goodness and service are two traits that are still being taught to the younger generations. If anyone reading my blog knows who these wonderful people are, please tell them that I appreciated their help so much. I made it home at 1:30 in the morning, safe and sound thanks to them. If they hadn’t helped I would have had to wait until the mechanic opened his shop at 9:00 this morning. 🙏🏻

I Love Thursday

I’m going to be linking up with a fun group of bloggers over at LeeAnna’s blog, Not Afraid of Color. Everyone tries to share things that make them happy or they are grateful for.

I always am one to admit that I am so grateful and proud of my kids, their spouses and kids, and my very special great grandchildren. it’s always fun to see what adventures everyone is up to in their busy lives. They are so varied; my daughter is retired after being in an industrial accident, my older son farms with his wife and 2 daughters and is a Superintendent on pipeline projects, and my younger son works in Saudi Arabia but lives in Mexico with his wife and kids.

Grace, my great granddaughter was visiting her Nanny recently and I was able to video chat with my daughter and our little 🥰

I am beyond happy that I’m in good health and able to split my time between home and the studio where my friends are needing some extra help. I’ve managed to finish cleaning and moving furniture for the arrival of the adjustable bed that should help K get some sleep at night. On Friday the installers will bring the bed and double check all the measurements to install the chairlift. It’s K’s birthday on Friday so I’m hoping his gift will be coming home from the hospital. 🤞🏻

Like so many parts of the world, we have been experiencing a heat wave, but at least it’s not as bad as the heat dome we had last summer after our Wildfire Evacuation Alert.

It’s been so warm here I had to break down and go shopping for something cooler to wear. My normal summer wardrobe consists of shorts, capris (both cotton and leggings styles) with long tshirts or a cotton sleeveless blouse.

I’ve now found a new favourite hot weather outfit. I had had to go to Walmart to pick up an electric razor for K and just happened to walk by this dress. It had to come home with me. I’d rather have had a different colour but it was the only one in my size. It’s so comfy and loose that I can actually go outside now!

I can’t believe I’m wearing a dress. 😉

What is your summer “uniform”?? What do you usually put on? Are you about shorts? what kind/color/brand?

I’m so happy K and D are such good consumers! I just finished placing 6 fans in strategic locations to try to get the air moving and cooled down.

My favourite pastime is quilting of course. Today I was able to share 2 finishes on my blog. You can read about them here.

I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks as I work or sew. My library has an amazing selection of audiobooks and I’ve found a new favourite author.

David Baldacci writes great detective stories, but he also has several books that do not fit in that genre.
This was an interesting Feel Good story with some poignant twists.
The Christmas Train was actually made in to a Christmas Movie by Hallmark.

I do enjoy watching the Hallmark movies for the predictable endings, but also because K’s granddaughter is in several of the movies. It’s always fun to watch and see if we can pick out the little redhead as the story unfolds. She has her first speaking part in one of the movies. She also appears in Riverdale and a couple of other productions that are filmed in Vancouver.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you are able to find some comfort if you are experiencing this crazy hot weather. 😉 Carol

UFO Blog Hop Friday Posts

Yes, it’s all about UFO’s. Are we talking Unfinished objects? Are we talking Aliens?

Here is the full list of participant’s in case you missed visiting and showing some appreciation by leaving sweet comments.


Monday July 25

Just Let Me Quilt

Lianne Makes Stuff

Karrin’s Crazy World

Ms P Designs USA

Time4Stitchn

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday July 26

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Days Filled With Joy

Kathys Kwilts and More

Food For Thought

 

Wednesday July 27

Stitching Farm Girl

BeaQuilter

SelinaQuilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Doodle Designs

Quilting Gail

 

Thursday July 28

Patchouli Moon Studio

Quilt Schmilt

Lynns Blog

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Home Sewn by Us

 

Friday July 29

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Inflorescence

Words & Stitches

Just Sew Quilter

MooseStashQuilting

I like to thank Joan from MooseStash Quilting for hosting this month’s blog hop and coming up with a perfect theme. I’d also like to thank the bloggers for all of the wonderful eye candy (and a couple of giggles!). 👽 Carol

UFO Blog Hop My Day

Yes, it’s all about UFO’s. Are we talking Unfinished objects? Are we talking Aliens?

Have you had a chance to check out all of the bloggers participating in the hop?

I’d like to thank Joan from MooseStash Quilting for devising the perfect theme for this month’s hop.

For anybody who doesn’t know me, I am on a mission to work on getting the contents of my UFO bins emptied and finished so the theme for this hop is perfect.

This is the To Be Quilted pile, with each flimsy stored with backing and binding! 😉

My hold up with finishing my quilts is the fact that my longarm is at my best friend’s house/studio which is 5 hours drive each way from my home. Time away at the studio isn’t always easy to schedule, but I get there as often as I can. These days my time here is spent helping my best friends with meal prep, chores and housework more than longarming, but I am managing to get some things finished! 😄

One project I managed to finish is technically not a UFO since it is actually a commission, but it was started in April! I just had to share it because I love the cute fabrics! 😉

For this hop I had planned on finishing another quilt; A Roll of the Dice by Sandra Walker of MMM Quilts.

My inner squirrel, Samantha, completely side-tracked my with another flimsy which I was able to finish quilting and binding (a real UFO from my TBQ bins) from a pattern by one of my favourite designers, Sandra Walker from MMM Quilts. The pattern is Pop Star and was a QAL that Sandra hosted from April – June.

These two completed projects were the results of my fun, in spite of of my last two weeks almost non stop travelling back and forth from home to the studio.

Then as a result of Samantha’s constant chatter I pulled another UFO from the bins and started working on it. This one is a fun panel quilt that was gifted to me by Denise S. I really feel the need to be surrounded some bright, happy colours these days and this seemed to fit the bill! There is also the bonus of it being small enough, it can travel back and forth with me as I go since I can always finish it on my dsm.🤔

I have finished stitching in the ditch to stabilize everything but that’s as far as I’ve managed to get on this project!

Here is the list for today’s participants, Thursday July 28;

Patchouli Moon Studio

Quilt Schmilt. You’re here 😉

Lynns Blog

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Home Sewn by Us

Hope you’ve been able to see what everyone has been busy doing for our inspiration. Thank you for visiting. I love reading and responding to your comments and I know every blogger enjoys this method of showing some quilty love to them for their efforts at inspiring us. 😉 Carol

Linking with Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs for Favourite Finishes

UFO Blog Hop Wednesday Posts

Yes, it’s all about UFO’s. Are we talking Unfinished objects? Are we talking Aliens?

Just check out today’s participants to get the answer and show the participants how much you appreciate their effort by leaving them some quilty love, or in other words; a lovely comment.😁

Wednesday July 27

Stitching Farm Girl

BeaQuilter

SelinaQuilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Doodle Designs

Quilting Gail

 

 

UFO Blog Hop Tuesday Posts

Yes, it’s all about UFO’s. Are we talking Unfinished objects?

Are we talking Aliens?

Have you had a chance to check out the posts to see what everyone has for us? 😁

 

Tuesday July 26

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Days Filled With Joy

Kathys Kwilts and More

Food For Thought

 

 

Looking forward to seeing all of you later this week when my post goes live 😉 Carol

Weekly Goals and To-Do Tuesday #107

I’ll be linking up with To-Do Tuesday which is being hosted by Linda from Texas Quilt Gal and making sure I go see what everyone else is planning for the upcoming week.

It’s been another week of travelling back and forth between the studio and home. Lots of miles, a bit of machine time and some time working on binding a quilt and plenty of prep time in the kitchen. I just got back to the studio again. K was hospitalized so D needed some support. 🤔

Last To-Do list:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects. No progress

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now. No progress 😢

3. When I get back to the studio, I need to finish the commission and A Roll of the Dice. I’m on the home stretch with hand stitching the binding on the commission quilt, but have not managed and work on A Roll of the Dice.

4. Keep working on my next Blog Hop projects. Some progress. 😉

5. Keep Samantha and her squirrel friends from sidetracking me this week. 😳🐿🐿

This week’s goals:

1. Keep working on my hand quilting and EPP projects.

2. Keep working on my pattern test since everything is cut now.

3. When I can get back to the studio, if time allows, I need to finish my A Roll of the Dice quilt.

4. Keep working on my next Blog Hop projects, everything is planned, fabrics are cut and piecing has begun. 😄

5. Do not allow Samantha to sidetrack me this week. 😳🐿🐿

Stitchin’ Time

Kate from Life in Pieces hosts a weekly linky party to help us keep to our goals of stitching every day.

The way this year has gone, I’m just happy to get any sewing time in. 🤔

I’m trying for at least 30 minutes a day this year, but also want to at least spend 30 minutes a week tidying up and dealing with scraps.

  • January 31/31
  • February 28/28
  • March 26/31
  • April 6/30
  • May 13/31
  • June 25/30
  • July 16/23
  • this week 4/7
  • Previous Total 142/197
  • Total: 146/204
  • Percentage = 72.08 %

To see how our blogging friends are doing check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

Stash Report:

I like to link with Donna @ QuiltPaintCreate to keep track of fabric in and out of my stash.

  • Fabric previous balance: 67.5 Yards
  • Fabric Used: 0 yards
  • Fabric Bought: 0 yards
  • Balance in stash to use this year: 67.5 Yards

* my goal is to lessen my stash by 100 yards this year. I haven’t managed to actually figure out how much fabric I really have in my stash so it just seems to be reasonable to set a goal to continue working from my stash.

* any fabric used from the scrap bins, was gifted or a prize; doesn’t count as stash

Quilting Gail is hosting her PHD in 2022 Challenge again this year. 😄
I’ll try to get my tracker updated this week. 😳

I do enjoy sharing some of your time when you read my posts and reply to each comment. 😄 Carol

Linking with:

Monday This and That @ Days Filled With Joy

Sunday Stash @ QuiltPaintCreate

Frédérique @ Quilting Patchwork Applique

15 Minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces

To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal

Sew and Tell @ Melva Loves Scraps

UFO Blog Hop Monday Posts


Are you looking forward to be entertained and inspired by some UFO fun? I am!

Here are the great bloggers who are slated in for the start of the UFO blog hop:

Monday July 25

Just Let Me Quilt

Lianne Makes Stuff

Karrin’s Crazy World

Ms P Designs USA

Time4Stitchn

Scrapdash

My post will be going live on Thursday, so in the meantime I’ll be cruising around to see what everyone else has in store for us. 👽 Carol

I’ll be seeing you soon! 😉

UFO Blog Hop Starts July 25

Yes, it’s all about UFO’s. Are we talking Unfinished objects?

Are we talking Aliens?

We will just have to see what each post contains 😁


Monday July 25

Just Let Me Quilt

Lianne Makes Stuff

Karrin’s Crazy World

Ms P Designs USA

Time4Stitchn

Scrapdash

 

Tuesday July 26

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Days Filled With Joy

Kathys Kwilts and More

Food For Thought

 

Wednesday July 27

Stitching Farm Girl

BeaQuilter

SelinaQuilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Doodle Designs

Quilting Gail

 

Thursday July 28

Patchouli Moon Studio

Quilt Schmilt

Lynns Blog

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Home Sewn by Us

 

Friday July 29

Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Inflorescence

Words & Stitches

Just Sew Quilter

MooseStashQuilting

 

Looking forward to seeing all of you next week

Thursday’s Things I Like

I’m writing a post to share with a great group of friends who link up on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color. The whole idea is to share things that make us smile.

Hand stitching binding always makes me smile! Almost another finish 😉

With the warm weather arriving I am enjoying making more salads and often have just salads for my dinner while DH is a meat and potatoes guy. Making 2 meals has become a norm for me along with adjusting recipes to not include onions or garlic because of DH’s allergies.

When I was in Alberta for Clarke’s memorial service my daughter gifted me with a new knife:

This has become my favourite newest gadget since I can get perfectly thinly sliced tomatoes for a BLT or nicely diced tomatoes for my salads. It also works with every other vegetable I’ve tried (except for broccoli or carrots).

2 more salads; broccoli with grapes, and onion-less Greek salad (olives will be added just before serving). Total prep time 15 minutes. 😄

The knife is manufactured by Pampered Chef and I can highly recommend it! Do you have a favourite kitchen gadget? Leave me a comment so I can look at getting some new tools please. 😉

In the meantime when I’m home I get to get out and enjoy some nice long walks in the morning before it gets too hot.

The Greens are starting to look a bit cooked, but the golfers are enjoying the course almost as much as I am!

Thank you for reading my post! Enjoy your day and upcoming weekend! 😎 Carol

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