“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young
Today is a great day to slow down and let the daffodils bring cheer to your heart.
I have completed block 10 of Aunt Bea’s Parlor.
So I will be stitching on block 11. There are 20 blocks total.
I am halfway finished with the embroidery for this project. If you’d like to see the first six completed blocks, click here.
I am linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.
As I was digging around the sewing studio looking for orphan blocks to use in making shopping bags, I found two 4.5″ Lemoyne Stars that I had hand stitched many moons ago.
I made two muslin pouches and filled them with crushed walnut shells.
Then I put those pouches inside the Lemoyne Star pouches that I had sewn.
They sure make cute little pincushions!
And they aren’t orphans anymore!
I made my Lemoyne Stars from the free Diamond/Triangle/Square Collection from Inklingo. Try it!
I was blessed to have my son, and his family, visit for their spring break. I had to work, but we managed some time together.
One of the things that we did, was to take a little walk around Old Marcus.
Every year, Lake Roosevelt is drawn down, and reveals the old site. One can see the crumbling town foundations that are normally under water.
My granddaughter has a little sewing project going when she visits.
The kitty will become a cushion, but it is slow progress since we don’t live close to each other.
The family has gone back home, and I have spent the morning making small design boards. This small project has been on my to-do list for a long time.
I used pieces of scrap foam core and batting to make mine.
They range from 9″ to 15″ square.
I used the tutorial from Bee in my Bonnet. These are useful little boards!
“SUNDAY. Take it slow and give your soul a chance to catch up with your body.”
“Today, whatever is good for your soul, do that.”
“It’s Sunday, therefore I am 100% motivated to do nothing today!”
“Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.”
I’ve been slacking on my Slow Sunday Stitching project.
I have excuses, but I’m missing the point of Sunday…that special day of the week to slow down, relax and ‘smell the roses’.
I have finished block 8 of Aunt Bea’s Parlor.
And block 9.
Slow, and not so steady. Little by little. A stitch here. A stitch there.
Onto block 10.
I am linking up with Kathy Quilts. Check out the other slow stitchers that are linking up there!
Take time to slow down. Enjoy the day!
Judy, at Patchwork Times, announced #1 as the UFO goal for April.
I shall be working on #3 as that is the number called for in January, and I worked on #1. Oops.
My goal for the month, then, is to make grocery bags.
My thought is to incorporate some orphan blocks into the project.
This should be fun and easy.
I am linking up to Elm Street Quilts at One Monthly Goal.
My March goal was to come up with a plan to put together a round robin/friendship strip quilt.
You can read about this UFO project here.
I thought I would unify the strips by adding paper pieced trees to the sides of each strip. This would make them all the same width.
You can see the post about my plan here.
I have completed all of the paper-pieced tree blocks.
And sewn them to the ends of each row.
I wish I had a better way to show the rows to you, but I don’t have a design wall.
I don’t have enough floor space either.
I managed to sew 190 four patch blocks this month, too! They are pinned in groups of 10 (easier for me to count them).
My plan is to sew the four patch units into sashing/border rows to add between the friendship rows.
That may not happen for awhile, since the next number drawn for April, may be a different UFO project to work on.
But I feel good.
I’ve made progress!
I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.
Posted in Friendship Row by Row, One Monthly Goal
Tagged Elm Street Quilts, friendship quilt, LCsCottage, OMG, One Monthly Goal, Patchwork Times, quilting, round robin, row by row, UFO busting
“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ …
‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.’”
—Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Sunday has proven to be a glorious day…no rain…no snow!
So Hubby and I took some time out to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
We packed up the bikes and headed over to Old Kettle for a bit of exercise.
This is one of our favorite recreational areas and we are blessed to live nearby.
There are interesting markers that describe the old town, but for today, we simply rode our bikes and enjoyed a bit of nature, rather than exploring the town history (a fun thing to do as there are remnants of the town and it is easy to imagine what life may have been like).
Old Kettle Falls still has residents, such as this squirrel, who was having lunch.
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”