RSC18 April

So Scrappy announced the Rainbow Scrap colors of the month as yellow and gold.

I am having fun participating in the Squared Away Sampler project. Here are my three 5″ unfinished blocks:

RSC18 April

And all of my blocks so far:

RSC18 April

I will be linking up with So Scrappy; see how others have gone yellow and gold this month!

If you would like to participate in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler project, click on the link to read all about it.  You can also visit The Academic Quilter for great tutorials on making the blocks.  No need to make the 5″ block size that I am making.  Perhaps you want to make a 20″ block or something in between! 

Learn about a variety of blocks, use those scraps and have fun!

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Postcard Exchange Blog Hop

Elm Street Quilts offered to host a postcard exchange and I signed up to exchange with someone.

Here is a photo of the postcard that I made, and sent, for the exchange:

Postcard Exchange 2018

I wrote about the postcard exchange, my recipient’s word for inspiration (plunge), and my fabric postcard which was mailed to Texas.  You can find that post here.

My word for my postcard exchange partner was ‘garden’.  It isn’t very original, and definitely wide open to interpretation.

When I received my postcard, I was thrilled.  I am so ready for color and this postcard provides color and cheer!

Postcard Exchange 2018

Thank you so much to Christina from Iowa!  I couldn’t be happier and this card is now on display in my happy place…the sewing studio!

Postcard Exchange 2018

If you would like to see more fabric postcards from participants of the exchange, then click on the following links:

Denise @ DottieDoodle
Isis @ Creation d’Isis
Karen @ Run Sew Fun
Lynette @ What A Hoot Quilts
Laura @ LC’s Cottage
Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Paige @ Quilted Blooms
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Susan @ California Fiber and Music
Valerie @ Val’s Quilting Studio

There are lots of fabric postcard tutorials online. Here’s a couple to get you started:

NeedledMom
The Spruce

If you are on Pinterest, then simply search ‘fabric postcard tutorials’…lots comes up!  

Creating fabric postcards can be addictive!  Have fun!

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for a postcard parade!  Check us out!

April OMG 2018

April brings new goals (or old ones brought forward) for the OMG challenge at Elm Street Quilts.

I am starting a new quilt this month.  I found a free pattern on Craftsy called Butterfly Garden by the Red Boot Quilt Company.  I am using the same fabrics that I used when I made the Sugar Town pattern.  This quilt will also be for a certain little girl, who just happens to be the cousin of the certain little girl that I am giving Sugar Town to.

Butterfly Garden

*The above photo is courtesy of the Red Boot Quilt Company on Craftsy.

I have most of the pieces cut, so I am hoping for some serious sit-down time with the sewing machine.  I want to have the interior of the flimsy finished by the end of the month.  At this time, I am undecided about the borders and the applique (although the applique drew me to the pattern in the first place).

Butterfly Garden

I follow Jenny’s blog over at Elefantz…she nourishes my soul.  She helps keep me centered.  In my perfect world, I would be a full-time homemaker.  Maybe someday….

Anyhoooo…I was inspired by Jenny’s post (and the fact that my sweet Hubby is repainting the laundry room) to create a new peg bag.  My bag is over 30 years old.  There is nothing wrong with it, but I think it would be fun to make one to decorate the laundry room and be useful at the same time.

Clothesline Peg Bag

My next goal for the month is to come up with a pattern and get the fabric cut and ready to sew.  I may spend a lot of time down the rabbit hole (also known as Pinterest).

I will also be working on the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler.  I need to make three blocks in yellow and gold (the colors announced for April).

I would like to make more progress on quilting the friendship row by row, too.

Friendship Row by Row

Spring is here, and I hope to be outside more, so we’ll see how much I can accomplish with this month’s goals.

I am linking up with OMG (One Monthly Goal) at Elm Street Quilts. Click on the link and see what other goals are set for April. I find it inspiring and motivating; perhaps you will too!

March OMG 2018 Update

My OMG (One monthly goal) for March was to continue to work on the Laundry Day Tee.

I had already finished one tunic. 

Laundry Day Tee

I was hoping to sew five more!

And I am happy to say that I accomplished the goal!

Laundry Day Tee

I learned that I do not enjoy using Jack the Ripper on stretch knit seams!  I suggest getting it right the first time.

Having said that, these tunics are made from a beginner’s pattern…easy to sew…so long as one pins this slippery fabric well, and doesn’t get too confident by the time one is sewing her sixth tunic!

I now have six simple tunics that I can wear with pajamas or jeans.  Versatile and comfortable.  Just the way I like it!

Laundry Day Tee

I also wanted to complete 3 blocks for the Squared Away Sampler sponsored by So Scrappy and The Academic Quilter.  You can see the blocks that I made by clicking here.

The last goal for March was to make progress on quilting my friendship row by row.  Not much to see here, but I have worked on it a little bit.

Friendship Row by Row

Overall, I am pleased with my productiveness this month.  

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were accomplished for March. I find it inspiring and motivating!

RSC18 March

The Rainbow Scrap colors of the month are bright and light green.

Here are my three 5″ unfinished blocks:

RSC18 March

And all of my blocks so far:

RSC18

I will be linking up with So Scrappy; see how others have gone green this month!

If you would like to participate in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler project, click on the link to read all about it.

Today is a Great Day for a Bike Ride!

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” – H.G. Wells

Kettle Falls Campground

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” – 
Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896

Kettle Falls Campground

Hubby and I took advantage of a beautiful day off and did some bike riding at the Kettle Falls marina and campground recreation area.

Lake Roosevelt is in an annual draw down due to spring melt.

Kettle Falls Campground

You can get an idea how deep the lake normally is from the above photo.

Click here for a bike ride post in the same area from a year ago.

And click here also for more photos and history of my part of the world.

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
John F. Kennedy

March OMG 2018

My OMG (One monthly goal) for March is to continue to work on the Laundry Day Tee.  

I bought enough fabric to make six tunics.

Laundry Day Tee

I have finished one.

Laundry Day Tee

I have one more cut out and ready to sew, and I hope to work on it on Sunday.  So I should be able to finish one for sure.

There is a bonus Sunday for me this month, so I’ll be brave and set a goal of finishing all five remaining tunics.

Since I am participating in the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler, I need to complete three light/bright green blocks this month.

Maybe I can even make some progress on my friendship row by row!

Friendship Row by Row

Maybe.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts.  Click on the link and see what other goals are set for March. I find it inspiring and motivating!