Coming up soon to my honey’s birthday!!!

But until July 20th… let me share what has been going on here this week πŸ™‚

I am happy first and foremost to share that black and batik quilt I hand quilted after my bestie Connie built the quilt top??? Well it is done and found it’s way to it’s forever home and is now being loved…. with our good friend Janet πŸ™‚

We saw a doe the other day as we were heading out to run errands…

And a young buck the next time we were out too πŸ™‚

Rick tuned up both my sewing machines…

But my main week has been focused on making a quilt top… I am over halfway done now!!!!

Leaving my progress on hand quilting low….

I also did a bit of stitching on the rolling pin enough to call it done and started on the chain stitch surrounding the bowl and pin.

Linking this hand stitching to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<<

My honey has finished the cedar tongue and groove on the ceiling….

and we love it!!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead! Thanks for reading and looking πŸ™‚

After recovering… we’ve made LOTS of progress this week πŸ˜Š

Preparing for and having company to visit in to back to back rounds was excellent and tiring! lol I slept extra Monday and Tuesday but by Wednesday I was back on track and got my sewing room mojo back!

It is an organized disaster really! lol
I can’t wait to fashion my version of this quilt… and I love having my sewing room back open for business!

So I straightened and organized BETTER and reorganized again….

Then I started working on Debbie’s Boho Heart Quilt…

Me and Cleopatra… my 319w by Singer in the mid 1950’s… I love her ❀

Here is the left side of the heart….

When I wasn’t pacing myself with layout and making the final blocks needed for a complete layout I was working on my redwork!

And when I wasn’t doing that I moved the quilt in the pvc frame too!

It was heavy to move it around… this is my first corner to complete too… so I decided how to do those partial expanded diamonds and larger expanded diamonds too! Whew!!!

Linking all this hand work to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitchers HERE<<<<< Come see what’s going on with all the hand stitchers πŸ˜€

I can’t find all the “after” photos of my sewing room I took but I moved the noodle poles to under the buffet cutting table… they now are out of my way but convenient when I make a quilt that needs basted πŸ™‚ The closet looks MUCH better and the 319 is running strong as I build more blocks for the quilt for my good friend ❀

Meanwhile… my honey is adding wood inside our cabin!

It is a LOT of work to finish it and cut it exact etc… but so is quilt making and bag making right????

He plans to carry it down the hallway ceiling too πŸ™‚ More next week!

Happy Independence Day America!!!

And may this year ahead strike down the dissention in the ranks of our fellow Americans and bring peace to us all!!!

It is also my birthday I am happy to report!!! I got a visit earlier this week from my son and his new bride…

They made us an overnight pit stop on their way to a vacation destination πŸ™‚ They also gifted me with a Hawthorne Supply gift card πŸ˜€ YIPPEE!!!!

Then yesterday my daughter and her fiance showed up for a weekend of celebration!!!!

Here are me and my darling daughter and her fiancΓ© I will catch in a photo before they leave πŸ™‚

In the mean time…. I finished that little area on my hand quilting…

Then I rotated the quilt in the frame…

And I made a bit of progress with this new area to stitch on….

Once I finish quilting this side I plan to mark all that is quilted already on that master plan of this quilt I printed off but it is a heavy quilt! So I am not taking it out just to see I am 2/3 or more done with the quilting on this mammoth undertaking over 6 years in the finishing!!!

I also worked on the red work bowl with rolling pin that haven’t shared recently… no picture on that till next week though… Linking all this hand quilting progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<<<

I just got these from my bestie…

Wool pennies in varied sizes!!!! All I have is plain black wool to make my pincushion creations with so with these I can add some zing… Thanks my Bestie ❀

She also sent some other goodies in the box with these pennies….

I am sew blessed to have her in my corner All The Time πŸ™‚ Her birthday is just the day before mine too! Usually we celebrate together but this year with my fam coming we are celebrating together in the autumn …

Brandi and Molly = LOVEπŸ₯°
My sewing room turned guest room for the week πŸ™‚

I hope you have a blessed weekend and if you are in America… Happy birthday!!!! πŸŽ‰βœ¨πŸ§¨πŸŽˆπŸ€© And Happy Birthday to me!!!

Welcome Y’all! It’s Summer here πŸ€©

Summer Solstice happened this week in the USA!!!!

Now some parts of the US are under weather advisories for how hot they are… rain and tornadoes are affecting some of the middle and we are just moving into summer at our home. Lower humidity but plenty of heat.

I got my Pulmonary Function Test done and the result preliminarily was much better than my last one 4 years ago!!! YAY πŸ™‚ So North Carolina is good for my lungs!

I got the first pin cushion I made stuffed and finished another one…

So in learning to make these pin cushions… I think the top one was a bit big … yet the bottom one was a bit small… so I have make another “shell” to embroider and thinking it will be “JUSt right” for selling! YAY 😊

As for the whole cloth quilt…

Making my way across Right to Left….
All the colors are in place…
All that remains before I move to the border….

I am sew excited for this progress on the whole cloth you all! It is just amazing to me that I finished this much this week! I have a picture of the whole quilt… next week I will share that with highlight on what I have actually finished…. hopefully I will get time that is…. Linking all this fun hand stitching progress to Kathy’s Quilting HERE <<< where she is celebrating Summertime in Canada there πŸ˜€ Come SEE!!!!

I got the most rad pair of shoes this week as previously owned but besides a bit of lace repair needed… the shoes fit awesome! They are running shoes by Brooks!

These are for my birthday coming up next weekend…. My daughter Brandi and her man Timmy are planning to visit next weekend to celebrate too! I am sooo excited 🎈πŸ₯°

So I hope to see y’all all back here next weekend as America celebrates it’s Independence!!!!πŸ§¨βœ¨πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

Lots of Hand Work to share this week!

And Happy Father’s Day to all you dads…. I don’t generally get much email from men who are dad’s that read my blog … but I have a dad and my kids had a dad ….

This week I only have a few photos but handwork has been the name of the game this week!

Here is the close up I shared last week of my ending progress on Saturday eve…

And now look where I was on Tuesday!!!!

All the buds and the flower finished and even some progress on leaves!!!

So now last night before heading to bed I snapped this shot!

Not just 1 flower but 3 flowers and sooo many more leaves too!

Besides making progress on the colorful flowers and such… I made progress on the background too… sew much so … I may reposition it this week in my frame!!!! YAY!!!!

My other project was to fashion a wool coat I had been given into pin cushions… Here is my 1st one in the making….

I should finish and be ready to stuff the pin cushion to share with you all next week end… it will be going up for sale though πŸ˜‰ Just a fun way to use my embroidery and sewing skills and create something to offset my spending! HAHAHA

Linking this handwork to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching crew HERE <<<< Come see what everyone is up too… so much kind of needle and handwork is shared πŸ™‚

Here are some 1/2 yard cuts I got at a GREAT price from the Fat Quarter Shop after finding the top one on Etsy but didn’t buy it when I saw it then they sold out… not finding it anywhere else I asked the seller about the credentials of this fabric and went online to my computer search engine and found it at a better price at FQS! YAY!!!!

This will make me a fresh new wallet wristlet πŸ˜€

My honey hasn’t been lazy while I have been so busy either! He vacuumed ever nook and cranny of our cabin when we had a spider issue (little ones and not poisonous)… then sprayed inside and outside while I kept Molly close… she wanted to her her Daddy! lol He also finished the exterior doors on our back porch!!!!!

I LOVE how they turned out! We spend lots of time out here too ❀
Can you see this???

My honey also noticed something moving in our back / side yard … this was the best I could get the pic… but it is a doe … a very large doe at that!!! She ate from our neighbors plants … now she didn’t find much our side/ back yard so she went back to our neighbor’s cabin and then left he said… meanwhile I was napping…. bummer to missing seeing her in person.

I hope you have a blessed Sunday! I have a pre op test for my lung function on Friday… keep me in your thoughts that it goes well please! Meanwhile… you have an awesome week ahead too πŸ₯°

Whole Cloth Love !!!

Since taking the whole cloth out of the frame to view progress… I have had barely a day go by that I haven’t worked on it this week … lol!


Here it is back into the pvc frame… I could put it in my big Hinterberg frame but this is easier to manage and move about too! I had to reimagine that flower as all the blue lines over the years had disappeared but otherwise I just needed to darken some up for stitching.

In just a few days I had all these lines added in and completed down to the extended diamonds where I add the circle buttons in colors.

Then I started adding color….

And this is where I am TODAY!!!

I changed my nail polish this week too… Back to my honey’s fave… Glamsterdam by ColorStreet….

But in even more exciting news… I finally hog tied myself to finish that cushion for our front porch rockers!

And to see them both on there together….

Y’all! I am sew happy this is a done checkmark in my book… ready for company or us or neighbors who like to drop by! YAY!!!!

Linking all this handwork *yes there is plenty of hand work in those cushions too* to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching crew HERE <<<< Come see what all everyone is linking up!

Look how beautiful our begonia is blooming and looking …. I am enjoying this plant way more than expected!!!!

And here is our cabin from the gravel road out front…

And easier to make it out once we pulled in the driveway and caught this shot…

I love our little cabin in the woods…. and I love our screened in porch too! That is where we spend lots of time. Rick has been working on the double doors that lead out to the back porch as the cabin is almost 20 years old and it is time for maintenance that hasn’t been done as the house settled so he took the doors off cleaned them meticulously and rehung them (they never even used a shim to set them prior) properly! Then he painted the outside of the doors our trim color….

This week he will work on the screen doors and get them back on with black hardware and also hang them more properly too…. once painted the same tan color as the exterior doors are πŸ™‚

See the ramp above he built me so I can access this beautiful back porch and nature so easy now with my knee issues! I love it ❀

Speaking of my knee issues… we both continue to lose weight and are remaining keto and low carb happy. You can see some of that weight loss in my new profile picture I added to this blog today πŸ™‚

I will leave you all with this…. as someone needs to hear this as I did in the past and try to remember today too….

June is coming in hot and muggy in NC, USA!

But we did get some rain so we didn’t have to water as much! lol We also have buds on both our rose bushes… we have a mini rose bush and a yellow regular sized rose bush… I am excited each day to see if any have opened πŸ˜€

Molly did get her groom on this week too… and though she was tired afterwards … she felt much better! And looked great too! She is a Poo-Shih mixed breed and is full of personality!!!!


The whole cloth quilt has been my focus this week in the end….

I finished all where I was working and decided since it extended a tad further in that last pic above …. I would could that section too before taking full photos of the quilt in progress….

For some reason I didn’t take an after shot when I quilted the nickel sized circles I am showing in the far right photo… darn… but you get the idea… it was finished πŸ™‚

Above is the best photo I could get overall of the quilt as I didn’t want to take it outside … it was just too bright…

Below is a better close up of the finished center part…. the top ribbon that is “cut off” is not… it is not quilted yet! lol

Above you can see the backing and the corner of the quilt…. but not how I addressed the bottom of the quilt corners exactly so I took this photo for you all…

And here are a couple photos I snapped of our living room and how my frameS fit in our small cabin living room πŸ˜‰

My honey has been working on the outbuilding and the back porch this week… it is coming along…

The shelf on the wall he painted dark grey and totally blends in to the wall now.. we plan to have a outdoor-safe cabinet there in the future but for now >> it works… and the second photo shows the daisy we got this week and the fern we brought from out front to out back… we replaced the fern out front with a beautiful ivory begonia πŸ™‚ I went shopping outdoors with my honey and Molly for the plants! It was fun πŸ˜€

Above is where my focus will be on Sunday as I spend time stitching… unless the heat relents… then I may grab my red work and finish that bowl… I think I will add a little daisy to it πŸ˜€ Thanks for all the feedback!!!

I am linking all this progress on the whole cloth to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching crew… see what handy work everyone is up to by following the bold link πŸ˜€

Thanks for stopping by and if you leave a comment so I know you stopped I would be most happy too πŸ₯° Be good to you this week!

Memorial Weekend 2021

Hello and Welcome! As my honey is a veteran I have learned a LOT about this weekend in the USA… and it really isn’t meant for family get togethers as it has become here it seems…. more people flying here this weekend than since the pandemic began…. but as a memorial weekend to remember all those who lost their lives fighting for our freedoms!

Memorial Day is officially tomorrow May 31, 2021 <<<

This was a busy and stressful week for me… but I am glad to say we made it through!!!

I saw a surgeon in Chattanooga that will be doing my knees in a few months time… once I get some other check offs done through my Primary doctor. He plans to do then 6 to 8 weeks apart so as not to do them together ….

Weight loss has slowed down this week but is still coming off and I have not changed any of my eating ways we have been discovering πŸ˜€ Keto is awesome for sure for healthy weight loss when nothing else has worked… there are LOTS of great videos on YouTube explaining ketosis and how you body actually prefers and works better with fat for fuel instead of carbs.

I have picked up my redwork again…. as we have been enjoying the cooler weather this weekend….

Taking this shot made me realize… time for a manicure!!!

So while I stitched here and there on the red work bowl…. I took time to remove my old polish….

And put on some fresh polish after a nice mani to massage all my nails beds πŸ™‚

This ColorStreet nail strip color is called Nuclear Fuscian from my freezer stash πŸ˜€

And I sat down my redwork last night with this much done….


Would you add some words to the bowl … such as “Flour” or “Cookies” ??? Something Else??? This will be part of a kitchen wall hanging I am making… Please leave me a comment with your thoughts.

I did do some stitching on the wholecloth… but this seems to be the only photo I have and I have more accomplished than this…

When I finish this area photographed I may move right a bit more…. stay tuned for next weeks post to see which way I move it and to see a full photo of what is done on this πŸ˜€ I am excited to see it myself!

Meanwhile… our grass in those round spots out front is growing in….

We had lots of hot days early in the week then lots of rain at the end of the week so everything is feeling happy in our yard at the moment…. my honey has worked hard… all those blocks that made those round circles that needed grass seed you ask???

All stacked neatly under the deck for now but once we have good grass we hope to make a fire pit out back with these for autumn πŸ™‚

Above you can see everything is still living that we planted and looking happy too… we love driving into our driveway to see the less cluttered front yard. We are hoping to find a vintage yard implement in the near future to add a bit of whimsy to our front yard center like an old wagon or wheelbarrow we can use as a flower holder of sorts. We will see what we find πŸ™‚

Here is a photo I took of our kitchen…

The redwork when finished will go where the grey bulls eye piece is now I think! What are your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by… I am linking all my handwork shared in this post to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<< Come see what she made this week and how much binding she stitched down too! IMPRESSIVE!!!!

I hope to get that other cushion altered this week now that that doctor’s appointment is behind me… and focus on finishing that small section of the whole cloth and getting some photos πŸ™‚ Also hope to make progress on the redwork bowl & rolling pin with your 2 cents added for what I should add to the bowl… maybe just some swirls???? We shall see>>> Next weekend πŸ˜€ Have a blessed week ahead and remember those that fought for the freedom we currently enjoy in America. Memorial Day 2021!

It’s heating up here as we near the end of May!

It has been a busy week around here and I have been enjoying a Sunday to slow it down a bit! I have tons to share so enjoy your visit !

I reworked a tutorial I had done in 2019 this morning… on that little mosaic art quilt I made…

I also made this one which inspired the tutorial….

Were you reading my blog when I did this??? In the transfer from blogger to wordpress the pics got taken off and only blank spots were left… so I dug up the photos reworked the tutorial a bit and I hope you find inspiration to try something new from it!!!

Now on for this week… I put on Tokyo Lights color on my nails for this week… and I am in total LOVE! IT is my new fave!!!!

Feeling pretty I decided to focus on some projects that needed to get done… the chair cover was first….

Perfect fit so I then decided to take on some cushions we found on marketplace for $8 for a pair of IKEA cushions for our rocking chairs on the front porch…

They were 24 x 24 and we needed 20 x 21… I figured I could make them smaller.

I marked how too big it actually was with some chalk….
marked the interior for cutting down….

It took me a couple days to figure out what I was doing but look at the finish!!!!!

Now I have 1 more to do this week πŸ™‚ And we will have a matching pair of cushions that are super cozy to sit in too! For $8 plus my expertise and time πŸ™‚ SCORE! My bestie and my honey cheered me on as I was a bit overwhelmed by how nicely these cushions were made…. to resew them was a mix of hand stitching and machine stitching too… so this will count toward my slow stitching goals this week! πŸ™‚

I finished this up!

Started on this next section of quilting on the edge….

Added the pink inner lining stitches and drew in the buttons and started filling them in …

Although it looks easy to see in the above photo… the pencil markings are light and will wash or brush away as I stitch. I am using a Papermate pencil with their lead for this but it also holds the white, green, and pink leads… as it is the same size….

So quite a bit of progress on this colorful wholecloth quilt πŸ™‚ I am pleased to link this progress of hand sewing with the gang at Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching… as that is where I will be today too … creating with my hands slow but sure!

Our yard is slowly coming into it’s glory…. We water it carefully every day right now as we are not having any rain and not much dew in the mornings either!!!!

My honey has been working vigorously in our front and side yards to clean up things and make it look so welcoming… I will take some more pics this week so you can see the new grass growing in those round spots that were built in planters in the ground… all gone now thank goodness! Leaving a more peaceful and natural looking yard πŸ™‚

My secret project was delivered Friday….

Close up!
Posed outside πŸ™‚
The newlyweds with the cushion πŸ˜€

Joann offered to make my granddaughter a unicorn she knits from sparkly soft yarn… it has like tinsel weaved into it…. as a lovey object for my grand…. I sprung on this opportunity and since she has recently remarried I offered to make her something hand done too…. well here is the unicorn I got to send off to sweet little Elliana…

So much detail and even the eyes are yarn sewn!!!!!
Side view… check out the curly hair and tail and unicorn too!
This tag is right on this sweet unicorns bottom…. can you see the sparkle in the yarn though????

So that was our barter…. she made the unicorn for Ellie and I made the cushion for them πŸ™‚ Their 1st wedding anniversary comes up in August this year πŸ™‚ I think it is awesome that both families approved and came to the wedding during covid to let them enjoy their golden years together with a companion since their earlier companions had passed on. so sweet! ❀

I have slowly been straightening my sewing room….

But I still have a ways to go! lol

Hope you have a happy last week of May and enjoy the long weekend coming next weekend! I have been blogging now for 10 years this weekend…. I hope am bringing you enjoyable content to read and ponder. I certainly love reading blogs during the week and on Sunday’s myself.

I see a surgeon about my knees this coming week so keep me in your thoughts… me and my honey remain keto / low carb eating… I made a spaghetti squash lasagna this week that was quite yummy…. my honey has lost 20 pounds this month … I have lost 15 so far this month too! Cutting out all bread, fruit, and sugar has been amazing for how we both feel and sleep too!

Have a happy week ahead!

Happy Middle of May Sunday 2021!

I am having a hard time accepting it is mid May y’all! for us spring is just emerging in the mountains of North Carolina…. and yet for my friends down under it is getting cold!!! We have had a busy week and I am excited to share below with you .. First Up … let me say πŸ™‚

In most of the USA now… just starting this week if you are 2 weeks past your second vaccination you are free to move about without a mask, inside or out, our state has embraced this… you still need a mask if a vendor requests it in their store, on mass transit and a few other exceptions like hospitals and doctors offices… but otherwise… No need and guess what???

Neither my honey or I are ready to shed our masks so readily though so we remain cautiously optomistic… will there be a spike nationally here in 3 or 4 weeks?? That is my concern anyway!

Every day I have felt more energetic and more svelt in my healthy eating priority. After 16 days of eating low carb keto I feel like I am getting the hang of it … we are eating very low carbs both of us are feeling lighter and more energized too so that is excellent…. I have lost about 12 pounds since trying to lose weight compared to my last doctors appointment weight. I generally bounce around but since starting the keto lifestyle… I am finding I have TONS of energy and creativity to enjoy now!

My honey got all the planting and mulching for now done…

I really have enjoyed watching the front yard transform under my honey’s green thumb… slowly everything is waking up and we are guessing based on leaves emerging what each plant may be and what color it may be too! We have taken out all of the plant beds that were blocked around when we bought the house… you may can see them in this photo…

So we have added fresh rich soil and grass seed in abundance to those 4 circles in our yard and raked it all around and moistened it at dusk if there seems to not be dew … we don’t get much dew at this home like we did in Topton. My honey even mowed the front and back yard…. mainly weeds but it got it’s first trim except where we have straw to grow fresh grass…. but life is emerging!!!! I am walking outside daily now and watching it with the assist of a 4 prong cane Rick’s sister gave me just to keep me steady πŸ™‚

I have been quite busy too… the smaller butterfly tatted by my bestie …

Was added as a garnish to the wedding anniversary cushion I made as a treat for a good friend of ours on Facebook. She made me a darling unicorn knitted to gift my grand next weekend…. and I made her a cushion memorializing their recent wedding and her new last name she is embracing πŸ™‚ I will share the cushion pics next week so stay tuned to that as it will mail out Monday!

I made a new blog header focusing on my hand quilting project of the moment…

Last week I shared a couple photos of progress on the Colorful Wholecloth Quilt in my PVC frame. Well I finished that area and moved to the edge of the quilt!!!

This photo shows how I made a scalloped edge on this quilt top before layering it for quilting!!!

These pics …no matter what lighting I use don’t catch the color you see in real life… sorry folks … I am trying for ya! lol

Above is a vintage telephone table… we added the circa 1940’s telephone as a prop and we get lots of conversation about the table and the phone! I am attempting to make a cover for the seat cushion that I can wash easily as this padded cushion is getting dirty from our pup Molly jumping up there when she wants to go out or see what we are doing as this sits in what had been the dining room space of our open concept cabin.

Below you can see the tags my bestie got made… it has been pinned waiting for this piece to get a home since several years back. NOW it will have a purpose… protecting what is underneath while showing off her beautiful hand stitches.

Notice my besties beautiful stitching even from the back side!

Linking all this fabulous hand stitching to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<< I will definitely be working on my whole cloth today and trying to figure out the best way to add elastic and Velcro to this coverlet with the straps I have added underneath already… come back next week to see what I did πŸ™‚

Mask on or off… take time to make someone smile today… or this week! Make it a daily goal even πŸ˜€