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Traffic Jam One – It’s A Flimsy!

It is a bit overcast today, and a good time to show you the progress on Traffic Jam One.

Traffic Jam

It has been a flimsy for a few days now, but work and a couple of sunny afternoons prevented me from taking photos.

Traffic Jam

I had a bit of trouble finishing up this flimsy.  Call it ‘airhead moments’, ‘senioritis’, or just a lack of concentration.  

I thought that I had miscalculated and did not have enough cut green squares.

So I cut and cut and sewed my borders.

And my borders were too long.

And I miscalculated my miscalculations and never really miscalculated to begin with.

Here is what is leftover:

Traffic Jam

I will find a purpose for the parts eventually.

Of course, that defeats the original purpose of using up all of those scraps… in this quilt… in the first place.

Traffic Jam

Looks a bit like a stained glass window from the back:

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam Two in progress:

Traffic Jam

Previous Traffic Jam Posts:

Pat Sloan’s Pattern

Traffic Jam One Update

What was I doing on the sunny afternoons after work?

Why, pruning and raking, and making discoveries in the garden, of course!

Here are just a few of my discoveries:


Lots of crocus!


Lots of daffodils (and larkspur)!


Stately Crown Imperials!

Crown Imperial

Fragrant Hyacinths!


Lots of budding shrubs, including this elderberry!


“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

A Stroll in the Garden

Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors. –Oscar de la Renta


Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place else on earth. –Dorothy Frances Gurney

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Purple Coneflower










Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning. –Helen Mirren

MOD Bear Paw QAL Finished

Back in October 2016, Lorna, at Sew Fresh Quilts, designed and hosted the MOD Bear Paw QAL.  I fell in love with her quilt, and had to have it, so I joined in the fun.

I am happy to say that I have finally finished the quilt!

Here it is after finishing the quilting:

Bear Paw QAL

Bear Paw QAL

Bear Paw QAL

And here it is after sewing on the binding today:

Bear Paw QAL

Bear Paw QAL

For more photos, and Lorna’s QAL, simply click on the following links:

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part One

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part Two

MOD Bear Paw QAL Part Three

I am so happy to say that most of the snow is now gone, and look what has replaced it!



A Stroll in the Garden

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. “Albert Camus

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ― Jim Bishop

“The tints of autumn…a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost.” 
― John Greenleaf Whittier








Black cohosh

Maple Leaf

A Walk on the Beach

The spring afternoons have been so beautiful!  Hubby and I took advantage and went for a walk on the beach. 

I thought I would share a little bit of that walk with you.


Sunlight streaming on Lake Roosevelt.


The willows are coming out of dormancy.

Lake Roosevelt 011b

That’s me.  Hubby thought you should have some perspective.  Those willows are big!

Lake Roosevelt 023b

This driftwood looks like snakeskin!  This is great texture inspiration for free motion quilting!


A gorgeous afternoon!  Just look at that blue sky!


Someone built a home in the willows.


Probably not whoever made these tracks!


The crocus weren’t at the beach.  They greeted us when we came home!

The boys greeted us too.  Four cats wanted some attention.

Here’s one of them:

Lake Roosevelt 065b

Wonder what he was thinkin’?

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