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Daisy Meadows is Numbered and Great Sewing Progress too!

It has been such a roller coaster week here at Daisy Meadows (that is what we finally decided to name our property here in North Carolina) !!  It fits better than the Lazy Daisy homestead as you can’t be lazy here though it is relaxing for sure 🙂  Do you have a name for your home whether owned or rented??
Our home rests in a meadow of this mountain in the photo below….

And Daisy… who just celebrated being 7 years old was our doxie dog for nearly that long before she went to live with our best friend and Molly entered our life… a puppy full of energy !!! lol  So Daisy Meadows in memory of our first born together is how we roll!

Here is Rick putting up our more substantial house numbers we bought as naked pine wood and he stained and mounted and is here screwing to the house…

 And here it is with the old numbers that were way whimpy all gone and our nice big numbers ready to represent us…

Don’t know if you can see it but we also mounted the bell on the column in front of the numbers this week!  We have been busy and shipping has been quick with USPS as well 🙂

I absentee vote … in Florida that meant signing the outside of the envelope after sealing it across the seal… well in North Carolina that now means having 2 witnesses or a notary public witness your signature on the back of the envelope!!  So I called the local office and was told I could bring it in and they would witness… so I did and once found it was EASY to do 😀

 I love to absentee vote because I can look up stuff about each candidate and vote for the ones I think will do the best job… let’s see how I did as time goes by now.

This morning as I waited for the coffee to brew I freshed up my flower vases my honey made me last week….

There is one on my computer desk… and one by my quilting frame.  Both needed a freshening up and removing of the old… I leave the adding of the new to my honey … all that is left are the white chrysanthemums in the yard now though… deep fall and cool temps are setting in for us … color changing trees are all around us too!  I LOVE IT!!!

 This week my honey saw his primary doctor for a regular visit and she scheduled him for tests prior to him seeing the orthopedic doctor to get scheduled for his hip replacement… she also gave him some pain medication to add to his regime and THAT has helped him tremendously be more active like getting the numbers on the house 🙂  It is good to see him busy.

While he was seeing the doctor and going to the pharmacy I waited and stitched…

This pillow top has been in my go bag for a WHILE!!!!  I think next week when he has the test and sees the orthopedist it may get done though!  Then I can remove the pencil markings and make it into a pillow top for my honey.  My best friend Connie is also fashioning a couple pillow tops for him!  We can cycle through them so he doesn’t go through them quite so fast anymore 😀

When we are home I have been working on what will be the next quilt for our bed….

And although the borders on this sketch for Appalachian Delight remain blank except for the half square triangle border to be… I have been busy working on the 16 center blocks…

 And with feedback from my friends on facebook….

I decided to call this block I have invented…

 And I wrote a tutorial on how to construct this cool block starting with the log cabinish centers HERE!  So check out that post for sure and let me know if you decide to try one!!! 

I personally LOVE this block and am so glad I decided to make the quilt… it will be next up in the frame… once I can focus on Stars Among Us quilt top in the frame at the moment!!!

My slow stitching progress has been overshadowed by selling on facebook, running to doctor appointments and post office runs as well…. and sewing these addictive blocks! lol  But Stars Among Us .. like that pillow top… is getting some work on it each week… I had this done last week when I shared the loading I believe…

 This week I have focused on this…

 And today I plan to relax and enjoy my Sunday working on this portion and hopefully soon rolling the frame to a fresh “canvas”…

Here is a cool wood and metal art my friend made… I thought it was way cute and hope to make something similar to hang in our Daisy Meadows home this winter with fabric instead of metal and wood… we shall see 🙂

 My daughter sent me this cool reminder just yesterday… reminding me to relax and unwind….
Well I do have the flip flop state of mind intact still…

Even though I wear warm shoes outside… flip flops remain my shoe of choice when around the house  🙂

My friend Kathy… at Kathy Quilts HERE is blogging about adorning a fabric bowl she made this week… it is similar to this coaster I bought from Etsy and wished I could make but don’t know where to get the core cording to add the scrap fabrics too… maybe she will share the pattern, book, or innate knowledge she has on the process as I love this coaster set and would love to put my sewing machine that zig zags to use making a few more of these for my home 🙂
So that is all that is happening around here… going to make some leisurely slow stitches now and I look forward to responding if you decide to leave a comment and a way to respond 🙂

For now and always…

And have a safe Halloween if you are the USA !!!!  BOOOOOOOO 😀

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Happy Sunday Y’all!  Thanks for stopping in as well!!!  From the North Carolina mountains to you I wish you all well!

The views here are amazing and birds are always out chirping and singing happy songs!  We just love it here 😀  And this Bonnie-ism really seems appropriate today to share with you all…

Have you designed a life you love???  It can be quite tricky to accomplish I agree!

It has been a busy week here at the Lazy Daisy 🙂
 Last Sunday I spent time hand quilting and designing this wholecloth pillow from stash and leftovers of the quilt I am quilting currently…

 Why does my honey need a new snuggle pillow??  Will #1 his current snuggle pillow is getting worn… and #2 I made these cool pillow shams and the current snuggle pillow he sleeps with just doesn’t coordinate… it is cool batik colors and as you see… this calls for more warm muted colors…

 I used some tips from a Craftsy Unlimited class to make the Friendship Braid pattern on these pillow shams… the rest was all my design though 🙂  I love creating things in this environment!

I also am FINALLY a North Carolina citizen with voting priviledges and all!!  I am waiting for the official driver’s license to come in the mail… for now I have this paper ID to show my pride in my forever home state!

 I have been looking for this pattern and after successfully getting my driver’s license we made a run to Walmart down the road and in waiting for my honey I found this pattern…

 Yahoo!  It is for making memory bears… I can’t wait for the opportunity to make one with this pattern too!!!  Have you seen/made this pattern yet???

Also this week my honey got a close up on one of our resident FROGS!!!!

 He was by our water wheel… his favorite place to hang out… but rarely will he let us get close enough to get photos of him….. Yay!

I got 2 different orders of fabric… first came some backing and batting I ordered for the charity quilt I will be machine quilting later this week… I shared the quilt top last week….

 And I got this cool fabric to make a wall hanging for my sewing room!

My deal with myself is though… I must finish the pillow for my honey to snuggle before I bite into this next project… and I haven’t started to hand quilt his pillow top yet! lol  So it sits on my ironing table waiting for me to finish 1 to get to the next!!!!

After chatting with a good friend who machine quilts a lot… I decided to invest in some pool noodles at the dollar store for pin basting on the big island in our kitchen … I will be pin basting all 3 layers following a youtube video by Melanie Hamm.  She explains the process in 5 minutes and includes info on spray basting if you choose that.. I don’t but pin basting is my fave way to layer up a quilt for any type of quilting… I will be using Zena my 401a to machine quilt as that has the walking foot on it 🙂

The above photo is 2 pool noodles per “pole” and each pole has a long piece of quarter round to make it stiff and long … my honey came up with that idea!  I was gonna use mop handles we had picked up at the dollar store… so now we will return those and use what we had… being ingenious is my honey’s favorite talent btw! lol

Finally we are getting to my favorite part and where I have spent a good bit of my week…

 Hand quilting IS sooooo powerful…  I have made lots of progress too!!!

 From marking with my pounce pad (check out a YouTube video by Leah Day if you are interested in trying this method)… to stepping back and realizing I am 1/4 done with ALL the quilting on this quilt!!!

 Here is a close up of my current progress point….

 And here is a long view…

So all this hand quilting goodness I am linking up with other hand work lovers over at Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday linky party… Come on over HERE and see ALL this different kinds of hand work going on today all over the world!!!

Update for those of you following my honey’s sciatic pain… he did a steroid dose pack and muscle relaxers and heat this week and took it easy… the hardest part… and is not much better once the steroids finished up so we will be calling his primary doctor on Monday!

Also his newly acquired oxygen concentrator has a yellow flashing light… we thought we had solved the issue with a bit of water in the line… but this morning it is flashing again!!!  So we will be investigating both issues this week….

Keep him in your thoughts this week please!!!!

I will be making a comment first as soon as I post this so hopefully all your comments will come to my inbox today (that was a solution offered by another blogger last week)… otherwise if you don’t hear from me and you are nice enough to leave a comment on this post… come on back later and see if I saw it yet… I comment on EACH post every time! I love comments 😀

Have a blessed day and remember to…