Monday, March 19, 2018

A New Hobby?

Friday we went to Birmingham to see Daughter 2 and her hubby. We went to Top Golf. This is a fun family activity! Each group has their own 'bay' with a couch and tables and a rack of golf clubs. The golf ball have sensors in them to tell each person how far they hit it and how many points they got. There are different games you can play as a group.

Those round areas are the target you are aiming for. If you get in them, you score points. The closer to the middle of the target, the more points you get.

Here was Hubby taking a swing - can you tell he's done this a time or two?

And here he is giving me some tips. I look clueless in this picture!

He did tell me that my swing is not bad. I really enjoyed it and felt I got better as the session went on. So will this turn into a new hobby? Maybe.... Hubby is going to take me to the driving range (in our neighborhood) and I'll see how it goes. If (big IF!) I enjoy it after a few months of practice I may be asking for golf clubs for my summer birthday. I'll keep you posted.

No worries: I'll never stop quilting!

Scary storms are coming through Alabama today - praying they aren't as bad as predicted. We're off for our physicals now!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Another Flower Block

I finished another Bring Me Flowers block yesterday. The pattern calls for circle to be appliquéd to the center of the blossoms, but my points came together so well that I think I'll leave them off.

Then last night I made these three flowers for the next block. They're ready to be appliquéd to background squares. 

This quilt will be coming together soon!

Today I have a Walmart grocery pickup and I have to do some household chores. But I might just finish this block, too - I hope so!

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Guild Meeting!

Thursday night's guild meeting was a good one! When I walked in and saw these quilts at the front of the room...I knew we were in for a treat. I recognized them as Jen Kingwell patterns!

Midnight at the Oasis - I want to make one! So happy and fun!

Gypsy Wife -

I can't remember the name of this pattern, but I know it's in the book, Quilt Lovely by Jen K.

Can't remember this pattern name either...

Glitter! I've barely started one of these.

Happy Birds!

Circle Game!

Our program was a put on by a shop in Montgomery - about an hour away. I've been in there a couple of times and they do have a beautiful selection of fabrics. They are also my Bernina store for repairs and maintenance.

I was in hog heaven as their Jen Kingwell 'expert' talked to us about the quilts and tips for making them. Fun evening! And I learned some good tips that I hope to use TODAY!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Two Mini Blocks...

Here I am this morning, sitting by the fire with the two mini blocks I made yesterday. I'm working on the third, but last night I was too tired to finish it. You will notice that these blocks have mix and match flowers petals - running out of fabric! Haha!

I think my body might be finally adjusting to the time change. My sleep pattern has been so off this week. But last night I went to bed at a good time and woke up at a good time. Yay!

I have a small bit of machine piecing to do today - just one block - and then I hope to work on the third little flower block. Sounds like a plan!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cutting and Cutting and Cutting...

For two days in a row I've been tracing templates and hand cutting (scissors) fabric for Bring Me Flowers. You may remember that I've been using a jellyroll of fabric to make this quilt. In addition to the 25 flower blocks there are alternate blocks (4 patches I've already made) that will each need four arcs appliquéd around their sides.

Before I make the last 6 blocks, I took time out to cut the arcs - these are bigger pieces of fabric and I wanted to get them cut and set aside.

Yesterday I then attacked the remaining scraps above(which were dwindling!) to cut the remaining blocks. WHEW! I barely had enough fabric left. In fact I dug through my little table trash bucket, using every little snippet.  I now have kits ready to make the last 6 blocks. 

There's still plenty of work left on this quilt, but I feel good having done all the cutting.

We had a lovely Spring walk late yesterday. We're enjoying temps in the mid 50's - nothing like the poor folks up in the Northeast USA. 

Today I'll be hand sewing some of these little kits! Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Travel Iron Tote!

 Here's the little project I made Sunday afternoon - it's a tote for my travel iron. Most members of my guild have a little travel iron like mine for our retreats. It's a low wattage so we can all have one at our tables without blowing a breaker. We also have a few large ironing boards and irons through the room for bigger projects.

This little tote folds out and has heat resistant fabric on the inside, so it doubles as a pressing mat. 

Here's the pattern with heat resistant lining included. This was fun to make though the instructions were not that great, to be honest. But I figured it out and I love the way it turned out!

Yesterday I worked on Bring Me Flowers, some cutting...I'll show you tomorrow. Today I think I'll do some hand sewing.

For those of you with Instant Pots...I made THIS recipe for Pork Chops and Celery Rice last night and it was a HIT! So good!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Finished the Hexie Blocks!

I'm so happy to have finished these two blocks for Bring Me Flowers!

I now have completed 19 of 25 blocks - only 6 more to go!

I also made two loaves of bread yesterday, cleaned the oven, did a load of laundry, and well...I sewed another small project from start to finish. You'll have to wait until tomorrow to see that one. I'm not sure why I was so productive - maybe it's the time change????

Happy Monday!