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Easter Blessings ~ Quarantine 2020!

Happy Resurrection Sunday Y’all!

As we continue to Quarantine to avoid this hateful virus sweeping all areas of our country and even has or will be to every point in the world I think!  How horrible but true!

I am learning to adapt to this as I learned to adapt to being retired and finally gave up fighting urges to return and took up quilting back then… now I am taking up mask figuring and my days are just generally restructuring a bit… ok a LOT! … not as much shows on my bullet journaling…

But Y’all … I stay busy all day every day now… just not so much quilting and crafting I guess… and sleep comes easy from 8 pm to 4 am then I am up and my day has begun!

I sure hope our world will heal real soon too ❤  Feel free to use this meme I scarfed on facebook 🙂
We have started shopping early in the mornings and trying to do our errands before lots of others are out and about… well last week we came home early one morning to find a visitor in our pond…

A duck swimming across the pond until we started him… in front of our neighbor’s cabin…  Picturesque view she has up there!!!

Molly has been quite the entertainer lately…

 She “claimed” this stick when we were doing the spring clean up a couple weeks back on the golf cart….

 Well she still has it … and that tulip behind her in the picture below…

Now that tulip sits in a cute little glass jar my bestie gave me from her collection…. So she is near during this lonely time too!

I have great company in my honey and Molly and facetime with Jannessa rocks!  Don’t get me wrong I am BLESSED on this resurrection day ….

I just wish I could hug Jannessa… spend time with Connie on her vacation week coming up… those kind of things… plan a visit to see some of my kids… like all of us… instead I am staying home 99% of the time and finding nuggets of happiness on social media and listening to audio books again!!!

Look at this cute little quilt I found in our toy sewing machine group that a member made… it is appliqued from a drawing she made… It is great detail and she definitely has skills I don’t! lol

But I do have some mask making skills…. I made several masks this week for friends and neighbors… some even got mailed, received, and there are more to be made… I have a quick and easy way to make my masks that are 3 layers of fabric a bit of elastic and a few bread ties!  I made a tutorial HERE this past week showing lots of photos of how I make my masks 🙂


 My honey even put on the mask I made for him and his thick beard…. nice cover up here….  Then he told me to wait a minute.  When her returned this was his response….

Here is hoping me and my honey’s shenanigans have boosted your spirits today!!!!

I include a printed note with my masks… people need to know that they need to HEAT them up to sanitize them properly in their clothes dryer ….  Here is another type of print out you can grab … it came from Bonnie Hunter’s facebook group “Quiltville”….

 Here is my favorite make yet….

My hair needs a trim… please don’t comment on THAT ! lol
Then I uncovered Cleopatra later on in the week and started marking and sewing quilt blocks I have been prepping with the template I made…. 

 I love how it turned out.. I was afraid it didn’t look above like enough quilting… but machine quilting these with 28 wt Aurifil top and bobbin for even finish on both sides….

 And I have 15 of those 39 that I have here quilted now by just sitting down here and there 🙂

 My main focus this week has been hand stitching down the binding on this baby quilt for Jannessa’s grand baby boy to be.  She has 2 coming within a month of each other from both her girls!!!  So I signed up to do the binding on this rounded corner quilt…

 By making that bias binding I shared last week… it really has stitched on great !!!  I am praising God for the blessing of being able to do hand work during such a time as this!

Linking this progress to my favorite Sunday blog stop >>> Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching <<<
I will be finishing the binding on this quilt today… Jannessa and I are working out a between a glass door meeting for later in the week.  YIPPEE!!!!!

For you homeschooling parents that need ideas…  Think about Appalachian roots and build a still! lol

 Or see if you can find a plastic spider or bug and try this out….

One of my favorite songs to sing on this day…

Have a blessed week ahead as we continue to adjust and continue to Stay Home to Slow the Spread here in the USA… what are you doing (or have you done) to Slow the Spread???  Keep all those infected and symptomatic in your thoughts for strength to endure and overcome this illness!  I especially am feeling a urge to pray for Boris Johnson of the UK.  Is there anyone you are especially thinking of during this time in our world???!

What a Whirlwind Week it has been y’all!

Hope each of you are having a great weekend and a peaceful Sunday!  We have had such a whirlwind week I wonder where it went until I sit down to write this post and review the photos that got taken over this past week!

Molly LOVES to play !!!  With my honey she loves to climb up in his chair while he is trying to get relief from his hip pain and crawl all over him! lol  She gets on his shoulder if he lets her perched like a bird or something so… I had to snap a photo to share!!!
I have had quilty tangents and quilty goals met this week… and all that was besides the normal household stuff, errands, and journeys to visit doctors this week too !!!
But our week started off with a duck showing up in our pond!
Enlarge this photo if you can or get to a computer if you like to view this sweet little duck… boy or girl it showed up all alone.  It stayed about 3 days feeding on who knows what in the pond.. baby fish??  We are not sure!!!  But it rested from it’s journey from the north to the south about 3 days then we never have seen it again… what a fun addition this little duck was to our week though! lol
While the duck was resting and regenerating it’s energy I finished a couple more blocks… leaving just 2 more to make on Appalachian Delight Quilt top!!!
I am getting excited to cut sashings and figure my square in a square blocks too!  That will be what comes after the final 2 blocks to make… I have carefully counted out the remaining pieces and parts and have enough… I think! lol
So then I decided a bit of Christmas music… aka classics and Pentatonix station too on Pandora… and Christmas sewing was in order…

 I pulled out my tallest old phone book… after figuring my degree wedge size needed with the idea photo I found on Pinterest….

 Wound bobbins until I ran out of thread! lol

And pulled out a couple sheets of card stock to make my initial pattern pieces with….

 I wondered if I could successfully tape this newprint phone book paper together and shorten my sewing stitch length on Gloria and glue with washable school glue my initial piecing and still successfully remove the papers when all done before sewing the tree skirt all together and without gumming my needle….

Well you can!

 I made 12 wedges… 6 left and 6 right… adjusted the top angle once I was pieced to the point… and tah dah!




Now I plan to machine quilt it a bit.. add some piping or a flange using the black fabric of the center star points and bag it instead of traditional binding with a Christmas themed toss print I found in my Christmas stash of fabrics for the backing!  All this came from my stash though… I am soo excited for this to be done in time for Thanksgiving as soon after we will decorate for our first year in this house… we don’t do much but I enjoy what we do decorate 🙂  Do you decorate much for the holidays??  What do you do???  Which holidays???




I have been VERY GOOD at sticking to my goal of hand quilting each morning and making stellar progress!

Halfway was marked on Thursday morning 🙂

And I finished that row this morning!!!

 I am using the heck out of the 2 cell phone holders too!  See one is here and one is by Gloria!  My honey made them soooo durable to enjoy 🙂  Here is an overall view of this second row done…

 And a closer up view of my stitches…

And finally I rolled and started marking row #3 of not sure how many but 6 rows of stars and this is the top half of the second row of stars you are seeing in this photo…

 And a long view in the wee morning hours… still dark outside ❤

Friday we got snow!!!  Just a light dusting but not frost.. it stuck around too long!  26 degrees farenheit and SNOW… our first of the season!

 Here it is on our brown roof too!

So this week in the USA we celebrate families and get together for Thanksgiving… From me to you I want to thank you for visiting and wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and Happy Holiday time too!

I am linking up my slow stitching progress with Kathy at Kathy’s quilts and hope you all will come HERE to visit her blog and see what all the hand stitching lovers are linking up.  Today she is encouraging us to Smile… Breathe… and Slow down!  It is always so much fun to slow down and enjoy the process with my friends there on Sundays 🙂

So until my next post… I plan to make daily hand quilting progress my personal goal and continue living a life I love… how about you??!!!