Hour Glass Blocks

Finally a bit more sewing on these blocks cut from men’s shirts.

They have widely varied fabric content which adds an element of difficulty to the sewing. But the shirts have a lot of sentimental value. I placed the blocks I had finished on the wall so the length and width is shown.

This keeps me motivated as I can see exactly how much is left to do.

I’d forgotten how much I enjoy using my Singer 301! Willy seems to get into every photo I take.

Silly pup. Have a great day!

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Design Wall Monday

These are my design walls! Also know as the great Before.

Hubby and I spent much of the weekend working on landscape stuff. Digging holes in Arizona clay is not for the faint of heart. The mister worked his heart out.

We got six of thirteen plants in the ground. In Michigan, it would have taken a couple hours to plant all 13.

This will be next. It’s a Mexican Fan Palm.

This is the current plan.

I tamed the prickly pear cactus out front. It needs a bit more, but I need some recovery time before I tackle it again.

Perhaps it tamed me. I’m not really sure who won the battle. The agave got worked on as well. One part was growing sideways into the cactus and that part got removed. I think we may add a golden barrel cactus in the right front corner. This is what they look like.

If you ever thought I was a gardener, you would be way off base. But apparently, cacti thrive on neglect. So once this is all in, it should be perfect for me!

Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I finally got a lamp in the family room that I can stitch by in the evenings. Thanks, Good Will!

Now this should finish up quickly. I had planned to use this gold and white for the background.

But I’m rethinking that decision. I tried this too.

I think it needs to be a solid. I sure am glad I didn’t cut the Hexies already. I’m trying not to buy anything, but my stash here is limited so this will take some thinking.

Have a great day!

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This and That

Thanks to all of your great suggestions, I got my quilt hung up!

Willy was admiring it.

I had to show you this cake that Daughter #2 made for Daughter in Love.

We needed a new doorbell. Hubby found this for me. I love it!

The second hand furnishing continues. I picked these items up at garage sales.

And Mr. Wonderful is still cooking for me. Yum!

It has been cool enough to enjoy our fireplace a few nights.

I’m not sewing much yet. But I’m very much enjoying Arizona right now!

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Churn Dash

No, this isn’t it, but doesn’t my Gwennie Medallion fit our full size guest bed perfectly?

I put my church dash top on the bed and this is why I had to rip. It was too long and narrow.

After rearranging the rows, adding a few blocks and the borders, this is how it fits.

It is Willy approved!

It is a bit unusual for me to make a quilt this light, but I’m really loving it.

It will really come to life when it gets quilted!

My first “finish” since we arrived! Have a great day!

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You may remember that I cut these out before I left Michigan. I do miss my Accuquilt die cutter! But I’m very glad that I cut a bunch if stuff out before I left home.

These are 6 inch quarter square triangles. I decided to use these for leader/enders.

These will become more hourglass blocks.

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Have a great day!

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A Change of Plans

Remember I said I wasn’t sure about the proportions of the churn dash quilt? Yeah….

I spent a lot of time with the seam ripper yesterday. But I just wouldn’t have been happy. I removed a row from one end, made two more blocks and added it to the side. Since I pieced my rows lengthwise to begin with, this ended up being more work than it sounds. Anyway, I had some triangle paper on hand and used that to make the two extra blocks I needed.

I had never used these before and they worked out quite well. The accuracy was spot on.

Now I can get back to borders so I can show a finished top on Friday.

Have a great day!

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I’m slowly making progress with my Churn Dash top. I’ve had help.

Good thing he’s cute.

I have the blocks together with sashing. It currently measures about 60 by 87 inches. I had planned to add borders. I’m starting to wish I had made more blocks. I could do that, but I don’t have anymore sashing fabric with me. This is the border fabric.

I haven’t cut it since I haven’t figured out how wide to make the borders.

I really want this top done. Ugh. What to do, what to do? I think I’ll work on something else a while.

Have a good day!

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Sewing with Big L

My heart is full! Big L got to spend the night with us Friday night and Saturday we celebrated our daughter in love’s birthday here. These are the reasons I wanted to be here! Anyway, Big L and I worked on presents for the birthday girl Friday night.

He really enjoyed sewing! He picked out fabric from my strip bin and made this little bag.

You can see how proud he is! Then he decided he wanted to make a pillow for her.

He picked out the fabrics and sat on my lap to use the sewing machine. He wants to make a quilt for his aunt next! Here are the things he made.

ST is short for Stephanie. He put pretty rocks in the bag for her. I can’t wait until our next crafting session!

Also, thanks to everyone for the ID on my wire basket system. I’m excited to be able to find another that will match!

And I’m reading all the comments, but am ever so behind in responding. I hope to get back in the groove this week.

Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I thought it would be good to have one more handwork project prepped for our long road trip. I found these leftovers from my Brinton Hall quilt. Turns out, I didn’t touch this on the trip.

I have a few pieces already basted.

And plenty more ready to baste.

To give you an idea of size, this little Tupperware container was meant to hold a sandwich. I may or may not work on this today. Time will tell. Have a great day!

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