Making meaningful progress on Boho Heart!!!

But I also finished that quilt center into a top I shared last week… so much to share πŸ™‚

Last week I shared my quickly made new ironing board cover…. it has been a BLESSING this week as I added borders to a quilt top and ironed other things…

First added border….
second border is 10 1/2″ wide and spans 3 sides…
All together πŸ™‚

It took me a couple days of wrangling to get the quilt top finished…. now I wonder how I will fill in the red spaces… I will be using a cream 12 wt thread to stitch something…. IDEAS?????!!!! PLEASE πŸ™‚

This will be next on my hand quilting frame…. after Boho.. so now it is folded back up and all the backing and threads have been ordered…. YAY!

Speaking of Boho Heart quilt…. I have been busy this week with it!

I finished the cross hatching of the heart and the swirling hearts I have drawn in above…

AND I got to roll the quilt again!

If you look at the above pic you can see the inside “V” of the heart showing in the center!!!! I was so excited to share this photo with y’all!

And now I am back to the cross hatching of the heart and making quick work of this round of stitching….

As I stitch on Boho I just started a new listen on Audible! I love listening to her tell the whole story in one place πŸ™‚ I love Jenny Doan and this book is no disappointment!

Meanwhile my honey rearranged a few things to fit in a new old thing my bestie Connie gifted us recently….

This vintage tricycle! Our neighbor Jack saw it waiting it’s turn to be fixed up after receiving it from Connie… she kept it outside and it fell over frequently when mowing etc… so she gifted it to us and we … after Jack’s awesome paint job… found a home on our fireplace hearth!

We love it… and hope you have enjoyed your visit here today!

I will spend today slow stitching and listening to Jenny’s voice in my headphones…. and linking up to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday Crew HERE <<<<

Also, I have been let go from physical therapy for my left knee replacement…. I see the surgeon this coming week to plan my next one done and get his blessing on this one. I am very pleased… Exercising will still be a part of daily life for quite a while for my left knee but at least I can do it at home instead of going into the rehab facility!

Hope this coming week finds you enjoying the December weather wherever you are… we are due to get rain this week that is much needed so we shall see! I even heart Hawaii was due for some snow coming up! CRAZY TIMES!!! Take care!

As December Nears…

We naturally take stock in the year and try to tie up loose ends… entering 2022 with a clean and organized home is important to us to cleaning and organizing is included! lol

While cleaning and organizing my sewing room for Thanksgiving guests coming and just because … I opened the box including this quilt center measuring 64 x 86″ made by my bestie Connie and gifted to me to finish…. This has been the impetus for all the different sewing projects I have done… THIS quilt top will be next on the quilt frame too!

Our Thanksgiving Day feast was delicious… my honey cooked the turkey…

I took the group selfie and made deviled eggs πŸ˜€

Ruthie… my honey’s sister … did all the rest of the cooking and it was fabulous! Dressing, gravy, potato salad, plus a coconut custard pie that took my Mrs Calander’s heated pecan pie out of the race completely!

Not only can my honey cook a juicy turkey … he can carve and debone one too!

I cleaned my sewing room and straightened it all up ….

I had some fabric I was trying out on the ironing board…. Connie challenged me in a way to come up with a way to use this fabric just wider than the widest part of the ironing board…..

I cut the fabric subsequently about 2″ away from the board itself which also has layers of batting between the cover and the metal board….

I love it…. oh I did also make some scrubbing rags for my kids to match their decor and made the wallet for my daughter but it has some issues! So I will remake the wallet with my daughter in an upcoming visit πŸ™‚

Molly is festive for Thanksgiving with her new bandana on πŸ™‚

Our fave neighbor Jack and his wife Theresa brought us the wreath… it immediately found a home to welcome all who enter ❀

Here is a close up of the wreath!

I finished the hand quilting and then the machine done binding the day before Thanksgiving!!! I was sooo excited!

with that done… I was able to cross hatch all the way across…


And started hand quilting on the swirling hearts on the left hand side πŸ™‚

Linking this hand quilting progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching linky party !!! Come on and check out what everyone is up to !!!

Thanks for stopping in and have a safe transition into December!!!

It’s almost Thanksgiving Y’all!!!

I can’t believe that it is almost Thanksgiving in the US!! Seems like the 4th of July was just here and now it is winter holiday time!!!

I had therapy twice this week and find the bicycle easier now and exercising to stimulation harder. I have been released from elevating at night and only as needed now…same with ice. I am walking around the house unassisted (except touching the walls occasionally.. LOL!) and bring the cane when I leave the house though πŸ™‚ I am post op 3 1/2 weeks now πŸ˜€

Relaxing by the fire with Molly hanging close by πŸ™‚

Speaking of Molly I made her an autumn bandana to wear… I put one of her older ones on for now… and will use this one on Thanksgiving for festivity and fun too ❀

I layered the table runner and completed the machine quilting of the center …

And prepping the binding too….

Then after sewing the binding to the back and trimming it down I started hand quilting holly leaves around the table runner!

I am on the final outer border section now….

The splotches you see in the light grey background is water drying to remove the blue lines πŸ™‚

And here is a close up of the left end of the runner…..

I also finished the grey swirly hearts on either side of the Boho heart center and then marked and started stitching the cross hatching in the heart πŸ™‚ I am pleased with this progress!

Linking this great slow stitching progress to Kathy’s Quilt linky party HERE <<<< Come see what everyone is linking up this week πŸ˜€

I made my daughter a change purse for her change collection….

A closer up view!

I fashioned it to clip onto the d ring on the wallet I am making her … which also features the sunflower fabric πŸ™‚

My sweet Grand… Ellie playing in a box! lol

Have a blessed family time this week and don’t eat too much this week! Thanks for stopping in πŸ™‚

Awesome Week!

We have been in our cabin almost a year (12/4 will be our year mark)…. Look how nice my honey and I have it looking now!

The ferns seem to add soo much but the fresh paint and roof add more than expected too!

Here is how our cabin looked a year ago!

Our cup overflows with love for this cabin … the house is more open now including the yard!

This week I went to rehab twice and to my doctors office once for a post op check….

I am doing great in both arenas!!!! The physicians assistant I saw was very pleased I am navigating with a can and bending and stretching well on my left side! I go back in 4 weeks to see the surgeon and hopefully make plans for my right knee! And I got released from using ace wraps too!!!! They were driving me nuts! Lol

I finished the table runner to flimsy status and started the marking too….

On the center my fave marking device … a water soluble blue pen was used to make 1/2” wide vertical marks I will machine quilt this week…

Then I tried a host of white marking implements to mark the outer border with the cute holly leaf stencil I found at The Stencil Company online… above is a water soluble white pencil that has soft lead but marks nice and below is a mix of that pencil over the Clover white fine line pen!

I didn’t take time yet to mark the long borders!

This table runner will work for us from thanksgiving through winter we think :). So I wanna make it nice!

Then I worked quite a bit on the quilt in my frame slow stitching…

This is left of the heart…

And I marked and started working on the swirling hearts to the right of the heart! Yay!! linking my slow stitching progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitchers!!! Come see what everyone is up to there!!!

I’m feeling really happy with my continued weight loss… we had fresh trout from our neighbors with broccoli and cottage cheese !

We baked the trout… totally yummy and no fishy taste either!!!

Rick has totally cleaned the wood from the first half of the side porch… so while I have been busy creating and rehabbing … he has been deconstructing… he will start reconstruction of this section (16 feet approximately) next week… pics to come!

I gave myself a fresh mani this week too… pacific waters is the name…

I have a special set for Thanksgiving too… as ricks son and sister are due to come for a visit then!!!

Rick went in a thrift shop looking for winter shirts and instead came out with 2 great stencils for me…. Happy dance! They will be used in the future!!! $0.58 total for both!!!

Can’t you see that bottom one on a baby quilt border and the top one on alternate negative space blocks of a quilt???

Here’s a great photo I snapped on the way back from the doctor appointment! Have a wonderful week y’all!

Post Op day 11 now and heal and hand quilting abound!!!!

Hello and welcome to my blog…

As found on a Fat Quarter Shop video

12 days ago I had knee replacement surgery …. I was so nervous about what this end would look like so I wanna share with all of ya’ll sending positive vibes and prayers that they are working!! I am now using a cane around the house to navigate and soooo much nicer than the walker… of course I will let the doctor release me to use the cane officially but I am glad I gave it a go!

I see the doctor’s Physician Assistant this coming Wednesday πŸ™‚ I am almost able to fully straighten my leg (-3 degrees) and can bend in more than expected at this point (118 degrees)! They will put me on a recumbent bike in physical therapy to increase that second number tomorrow when I go again tomorrow afternoon.

Above is the beauty we see in Mother Nature every time we run errands… But back at home we are planting bulbs in anticipation of 2 seasons away…. SPRING!!! We bought a bundle and they came quick too as now before the first freeze for us is the time to plant them…. because we have rocky soil… we bought this auger bit too to fit a drill…

My honey found this auger bit MEGA useful if you are needing or wanting to plant bulbs yourself… each type of bulb requires a different depth of planting in the correct orientation too!!! We planted hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, crocus and irises. We planted them in an undulating row around the front yard as that is what gets the most sun esp in spring πŸ™‚

Daylight savings time ends for those areas that follow this today as well! So we turned ours back while I cooked omelets for dinner last night! πŸ™‚

I have ironed shirts for my honey this week… it is wonderful to get back to my chores too… and doing laundry too! I also made good headway on the table runner I am making for our Thanksgiving crowd coming….

These are 2 of 4 needed for the table runner

The other 2 are almost finished as well so I can sew then into a long string and I got a holly border to add hand quilting… hopefully I will have that next weekend for my post!

Here you can see I am near the end of cross hatching on this row….
Here is all the cross hatching done…

And an overview shot I took last night to share I should be able to finish this row sooner than later!!! But rehab and exercise and elevation comes first atm πŸ™‚

Linking all my hand quilting progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitchers <<<< HERE !!!

Our new sink got installed by my honey this week….

You wouldn’t think a thing like a sink and faucet would bring you such great joy but it sure has us!!! The butcherblock is freshly conditioned and was ours from a previous home πŸ™‚

Hope your week ahead is awesome and please…. leave me a comment if you read this far! I love responding to each one!

Home from surgery and already hand quilting!!!

This past Wednesday I had my left knee joint replaced due to severe osteo arthritis!

The day after this major 3 1/2 hour long surgery…. we got home and found this sweet card from a great friend. It really brightened my return to home … though to be honest with all the bruises I got in the hospital that short 24 hours there…. I was so happy to be back to our cabin in the North Carolina mountains…

Before leaving on Wednesday morning for surgery… I had the first after lunch slot… My honey was busy building a temporary but very sturdy and functional ramp out front….

He used wood he recycled from taking up our side porch project πŸ™‚

Before surgery I worked on putting together some of the Nordic Star table runner blocks for our bar in the kitchen over the winter season….

Rick did LOTS AND LOTS of other things as did I in preparation for me being out of commission for a bit but post op now day 4 … he is still surprised at all I did behind the scenes… I am still not released by him to move about with my walker alone because I still have pain meds on board and I have had 2 near unsteady moments that he caught me. I will be glad to be independent again and back to my little nest of chores I keep up around the house.

The most exciting thing though is that I am sewing again… I did a bit of hand quilting the day after we got home and I machine quilted a strap my honey cut from a long piece of nylon strapping he found in his building that had never been used… Physical therapy had me using this style strap of theirs for increased range of motion exercise but I fell so in love with this aid I was happy as a clam to have a handy honey!!!

I sewed this slow and steady and carefully on my Singer 319w πŸ™‚

My honey also fixed up our front guest bath for me to eventually be independent and now he just watches me as I sit down and stand up in there…

Above he took down the existing towel bar and added 2 different bars for me to pull up from the raised toilet seat… it is awesome for my goal of complete independence and safety!!!!

My bestie asked what I would like most for recovery and offered a myriad of ideas… but I knew initially what I wanted was a subscription for just a few months to Audible!!! Yippee πŸŽ‰

So while I work on hand quilting the cross hatching in the heart of this full sized quilt on my frame I will be listening to some books now πŸ™‚

Although there isn’t a large amount of work done on this since we returned home…. all this cross hatch stitching following the chalk and water soluble lines has been done since I got home from the hospital. I am so pleased with this πŸ™‚ Linking this slow stitching progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitchers HERE <<<<

Do you recall this from last weeks blog post???

I hand sewed the binding down to the back side and gifted this to neighbors who fed us a delicious meal prior to my surgery… Here is it hanging in their hallway….

Hanging after washing drying pressing and gifting πŸ˜€

So here is my right leg not fixed and my left leg now straight and fixed….

My left leg was MORE crooked than my right so my doctor and I chose it first and I can weight bear very well already but aid with the rolling walker they gave me at the hospital before check out!

Nail Mail!!!!

Nail Mail was waiting for me the first day we got home… the cup of smiles card came the next day and the audible subscription I got signed up to use and downloaded my first book yesterday so all is going well.

Can you guess which one of these nail polish strips I decided to use first???

Jack of All Trades!!!!

I was so happy to get nail polish strips back on my nails… they are so much more durable !!! But it all had to be off for surgery.

So today will be lots of time exercising and keeping motion in my knee… I wear 2 ace wraps instead of TED hose… the dressing is clean and dry and comes off Wednesday according to discharge instructions and then the following Wednesday I go back to Chattanooga for my post surgery follow up… if no problems come up between now and then I will plan a visit with my surgeon to get the second knee done too!

The worst of the pain is behind my knee and my knee cap which was off center and had to be re-set… My surgeon told me this would be most painful part of the surgical recovery and he is right!

Today is Halloween (which is also my honey’s sons’ birthday!!! Then next weekend is time change for us here in the USA too! So much going on!!!!

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week ahead…

Such a Productive Week Y’all!

I have been like I had roller skates on this week I have been constantly busy…

I made this darling bag with tassel to go along with the Christmas gift we are giving her… more released later but isn’t it precious for a 2 1/2 year old girl!!! I used a FREE pattern by Blue Calla patterns called “Sweet Pea Saddle Bag” from her website following THIS video tutorial series πŸ™‚

I wrote on the inner slip pocket… a message to sweet Ellie πŸ™‚

Rick put the charm on that tiny zipper head πŸ˜‰

I rolled that quilt yesterday morning! Now I just have a fairly quick path across hand quilting πŸ™‚ …

The blue star above represents halfway so next start up after surgery will be downhill then I am hoping!!!

I found this ufo when I was cleaning my sewing room up …. it is hand quilted and not quite finished here…

Well the neighbor I have the machine quilted bed runner … she and her hubby LOVED it … so I asked her if she needed a cushion or table topper out of this hand quilted piece if I finished it…. She sent me the below photo.

No cushion for the bed but she would love to have one that could be a wall hanging in their new cabin being built…

So today with Kathy and the gang of slow stitchers HERE <<<< I will be sewing down the binding by hand … I have already started it πŸ™‚ … and hand quilting some too! Click the link and see what everyone is up !

I started cutting and sewing units for this table runner….

It’s a Julie Cefalu pattern and she is so easy to follow!

These cute oven mitts got sent off to my friend in Florida for testing…

They are waiting in her mailbox last night delivered late in the day!!!!

My honey has taken on a new project… while I recover he will rehab our side deck!!!

You can see he has already removed some of the railing and stair treads when I was able to get this starting photo….

Here he is harvesting and turning to the back side as much deck lumber as possible!

Here is the harvested deck lumber waiting for a good pressure washing if mother nature doesn’t clean them enough ! lol

My left knee replacement surgery is due to be Wednesday and I won’t know what time til Tuesday afternoon. Molly is being boarded during my hospital time and Rick is able to be in the hospital with me the entire time. I am blessed.

I plan to type a message next Sunday but may not link to Kathy’s as I won’t have much to share I doubt… we shall see but rehab will be my focus and rest! Thanks for stopping by today!

Surgery date confirmed….

Hope you are having a happy Sunday … I am… I am hand sewing and machine sewing like crazy now that I know I will be having left knee surgery on October 27 sometime. Unsure of my time but we have scheduled to board Molly and they said Rick can come in!!! I am giddy about that for sure!

My honey’s latest make…

Can also hang this way too….

I sewed my honey a shirt that turned out too small in the chest so I made another and it was perfect so I will press those shirts today and have them ready for the week ahead.

We picked up some lumber and screws… my honey is gonna focus on redoing our side porch….while I recover from my knee surgery #1….

Molly looks so cute holding down the wood! lol

I finished the left side of the heart after marking and stitching on and off all week….

And I marked all the crosshatch on the heart with my pounce pad chalk… refilled it for heavier marks too πŸ™‚

And I realized when I finish this row and the top of this row that I can’t reach yet I will be halfway!!!!

I finished making the bedrunner and will have the binding on probably later today….

I really like how it turned out based on what she seemed to like!

Here is the label I made for them…

Thinking this hand quilting and hand made full post to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitchers HERE <<< Come see what everyone is linking up today!

Come meet my Get Well Soon Quilt!!!

This quilt has been in my mind since I found out my honey couldn’t be with me after my surgery… have a quilt with me as a comfort object… My daughter bought me most of the fabric as a Birthday Gift .. It is FINALLY done!!!

This quilt is machine pieced… designed from pics I saw and my own imagination… follow my blog if you like to design on the fly.. I had some 10″ squares left over but very little else! YAY πŸ™‚

I machine quilted the binding too! Quite a positive experience I tried it on curves on a project… didn’t work as nicely!!! lol

3 of the 4 corners turned out perfect πŸ˜€

I added my label with my KC initials and the year added πŸ™‚ I heat set the additions with my new iron (I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new iron btw!!!)

Now just waiting for the green light to pack my go bag πŸ™‚ Excited and nervous but mostly ready to feel less pain!

Rick has been busy fulfilling orders for others… but he made time to make a special block for his sister… they are the last 2 living in their family …

Needless to say she loves it and was speechless with the gift from her brother πŸ˜€ Weepy eyes of happiness to them!

I bought a new blouse and love it! I tried it on then washed it as it was second hand from Marketplace … my first shipping transaction!!

Now to get it pressed and ready to wear πŸ˜€ I got some better fitting pants and another long sleeve sweater I will share when I wear them together πŸ˜€

Then fresh nail mail came too! One just happens to coordinate with my new blouse while the other is complimentary to it!! YAY!!!

I have been so busy with the Boho Heart quilt… I finished the cross hatch last Sunday….

Then to the right of the crosshatch got finished yesterday and tah dah!!!!

Here is a view after I rolled !!!

Above you can see where I preparing for each type of marking … blue water soluble markers from Leonis that I find on Amazon… And chalk pounce that I mark the cross hatch areas with because it is a busy pattern…. I love each method differently too! This color of pounce is light pink… but they have white and light blue as well…. I do not use the iron away pounce powder though only the pounce chalk powder!!!!

Linking This Slow stitching Sunday update to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<<

Next up to hand quilt is starting the piecing stage yesterday….

Yes!!! The bed runner is in process!!!! In fact….

I have all the pieces cut and am sewing on the opposing corners flippy corners saving the bonus hst from each of these flippy corners… for a special job!

Traded my big circle rotating mat for this smaller one! YES!!!!

Where I will be today …. Paradise!!!!

Hello and Welcome October!!

It has been a crazy busy week around here… I finished the machine quilting on my Get Well Soon quilt and even did machine binding back to front with a straight stitch and it turned out awesome… unfortunately no final pics to show.. it is waiting for the hospital trip but I will try to get a photo this week to share next week with y’all! πŸ™‚

Each morning when I make time to enjoy a cup of coffee and hand quilt I have found that the results are exceptional!

I finished the left side of the heart ….

I managed to get the crosshatch for the heart pounced onto the heart… I will go over it with my chalk marking pen once I start doing the cross hatch… So this progress I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching gang HERE <<< Come on over there and see what everyone is up to… it is ALWAYS eventful on Sunday’s link up! This week Kathy also shows some of her fave tools for hand quilting!! 🀩

I bought a layer cake of gorgeous fabric and some backing fabric I may use for the background of the front too once I see it in person… it is a tone on tone and I ended up with a great deal on the Moda layer cake and backing for the bed runner I have planned from the same seller on Ebay!!!!

Above is my basic layout and block count for this bed runner… but I hope it turns out in mid to dark tones in the cross colors and lighter in the background to make the cross colors really pop! You can see in my graph papered layout that the top will measure 22.5 x 85.5″ but it will shrink with washing and be 20″ x 82″ or so once ready to gift… I am excited about this fun project….

The layer cake I bought this week!

My honey continues to be busy making and selling these wood indoor Barn quilts….

The links for the top two on eBay are HERE and HERE respectively and yes the second one is 3d bear paw!

Those links will open up directly to ebay on a new screen so you won’t lose your place on my blog either! lol

By special request of a very good bloggy friend … My honey made and mailed this one this week… it is called Card Trick and is a challenge but he was up for it!!!

If you have a special request for a quilt block up to 11 1/2″ square indoor decor type quilt blocks please feel free to email me or mention your interest in your comment and we can chat there off the post πŸ™‚ His work is professional and amazing *I am NOT partial about this either* He is a long time woodworker and it shows in his products and he loves a great challenge… And <<<< He got a couple new to us saws this week too… they look GREAT and work GREAT so the older tools he had for making these quilt blocks and future of outdoor quilt blocks will be much easier and safer for him 😊

Our butterfly bush shared two more fresh blooms to feed the last of the bees and hummingbirds before autumn is here for real…
3 new blooms on our little rose bush πŸ™‚ Will it weather it’s first winter in the ground??? Time will tell!

Thanks for visiting my blog today … hope you have enjoyed your visit and my wide range of sharing with you all! Please comment … I do try to reply to each one personally too!