I only had three tops to quilt this month for the Stitching Sisters group.

These ladies do such nice work! Once again, I have no pattern info for these quilts.

Have a great day!

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Iceland Part 7

More images from Iceland, have I convinced you to go yet? First, more basalt columns.

This next photo is a field of cairns. Laufskálavarða is a lava ridge, surrounded by these stone cairns. All
travellers crossing the black sand desert of Mýrdalssandur for the first time were
supposed to pile stones up to make a cairn, which would bring them good
fortune on the journey.

Lava fields covered in moss give a surreal landscape.

This was called the Church Floor and was in a small field. There was a huge area of this. It is the same basalt column type of formation as shown above, but it was leveled off. It looks like manmade tile floor! It was pouring rain when we visited here. If you go to Iceland, bring a rain suit!

More moss on lava.

Another waterfall, totally different from all the others.

This was just to the right of the photo above.

These pics were in the same area.

The Sisters rock is HUGE! It is said that two sisters who were also nuns are buried here.

So sad, a sight we missed due to dangerous conditions.

It was this glacier. We had hoped to walk on it.

Still more to come! Have a great day!

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Have I told you the one about……

Isn’t that his all funny stories start? Well, I’ve got one for you. And it all starts with this little girl and a place named Jay’s.

North of me, about 60 miles or so, is a sporting goods store called Jay’s. People always came in asking about hunting dogs, so Jay’s invited people with puppies to use their parking lot so others could find hunting dogs. It turned into an every week thing and there are as many nonsporting dogs as sporting dogs. You never know what will be there from week to week.

I’m sure you remember that back in March, Mr. Wonderful surprised me by showing up at Jay’s when we were out for a drive. And I fell in love with this little girl and the rest is history.

Or is it? The breeder told us she was a Yorkie/Bichon/Coton de Tulear mix. She was little and cute and walked right up to me. I was immediately smitten!

Daughter #1, SIL, and the three Es were smitten as well, so much so, that they contacted the breeder and ended up getting Winslow’s littermate, sister Lola.

I love this picture of the two of them! Looks like they are sharing a joke!

I wondered one day, how much Yorkie was in this little dog? How much Bichon? For Mother’s Day, I got a doggie DNA test kit from Winslow with a little help from Mr. Wonderful. We used the Embark kit as it has the best reviews and highest accuracy ratings.

They were great about sending test updates. She tested clear for 170 genetic conditions. Woo hoo! Finally, the breed results came in. Are you ready for this? Drumroll please…….

Ummmm…… hmmmm…….well…..wasn’t expecting that!

No Bichon, no Coton de Tulear……


Maltese and Shih Tzu?

Turns out, I have a Dorkie!


Apparently, I’m not the only one. Another lady got a puppy from the same litter and got the same DNA results, but she was told her dog was a purebred long hair English Doxie. And her birth date was off by one day from what I was told. Online, four of us connected and all four have litter mates with birthdates that supposedly vary by as much as two weeks. Our dogs look nearly identical. Here is a shot of the “Long Hair English Doxie.”

This lady is mad. I understand. She loves her dog, but it was not what she was looking for. Daughter #1 and I find it hysterically funny! But we fell in love with the dogs we saw and didn’t have a set plan for a specific breed.

In fact, I’m going to love telling people that I have a Dorkie dog!

This wasn’t meant to be a commercial, but if you are at all interested in an Embark DNA kit for your dog, they sent me a referral link so you can get $25 off your test kit. Just click here to get it. And yes, I get a small kickback if you purchase one, but really, I just wish I had gotten the $25 off my “Mother’s Day gift.” 😂.

Have a great day! I’m going to snuggle my Dorkie. 🤣

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Stars, Stripes, and Dots

Happy Flag Day!

It’s the perfect day to share this finish I’ve been working on for Fat Quarter Shop . They call this pattern, Stars Stripes, and Dots. Mine doesn’t have dots , but it does have plaids and stripes from the Cottonworks Woven line by Minnick and Simpson.

It was a bit windy the day I tried to take photos, but my flag waved appropriately!

I decided to take pics at a baseball field. It felt like an All American background.

Also, can there be anything more American than a Jeep?

Maybe a cute puppy?

Head over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog to see other quilts made in this pattern. I hope you have a great day!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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It has been a long week and I was in need of some play time. I came across this wallpaper image from Manolo Walls earlier this week. I fell in love with it! I’m not a wallpaper person, but I could make an exception for this.

I decided to have a go at a little experiment using some cheap scrap fabric. I drew a 3 by 6 inch grid and roughed in some lines so I could remind myself of the direction I wanted to take the quilting.

Then I got out a ruler and went to work at the long arm.

Yes, I used black thread in the top. I was struggling with tension and ended up putting a light colored thread in the bobbin. Believe it or not, darker threads can cause tension issues. Since I was just p,aging, I decided I didn’t care about mismatched threads.

You can see that I wasn’t trying to hit the lines, they were just sketched in guides. I’m not the best at rulerwork, I get too impatient!

Here is the back side.

And this is the front after washing. I kinda like it and wish I had used better fabric.

Now, I’m trying to decide if I should finish it as is or play some more. And do I have the attention span to try this again? Hmmmm…..

Have a great day!

Remember, new deals at Fat Quarter Shop (affiliate link) starting at 10 AM!

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Stars, Stripes, and Dots Progress

Today I get to share some more in progress photos from the Fat Quarter Shop project I’m working on.

This is the panto I’m using. I’m loving the texture these wovens give when quilted! I’m using Hobbs 80/20 batting and Glide thread in Khaki.

Come back Friday to see the finished pics! And don’t forget, Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their Sweet Sixteenth Birthday this week, they have new 24 hour sakes starting at 10 AM each day with items up to 70% off!

Have a great day!

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Happy Birthday!

No, not my birthday, Fat Quarter Shop turns Sweet Sixteen this week! And I had to give you a heads up on their great sales all week.

Every day at 10 AM, they have hundreds of new things on sale.Happy shopping!

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