Monday, April 27, 2015

All Packed Up For The Day

I have been invited to join a cottage group which is just like a quilting bee but with a different name. It is called river cottage group and I have no idea why. It meets once a month and is an all day, bring your lunch thing where you do your own thing for the most part along side of like minded quilters. I have my cooler stocked with some Arnold Palmer Snapple, tuna salad, sliced peaches and pirate booty. I was afraid I would get hungry and so as per usual, I overdid it. There is always several inches left on each piece of fat bat I use on the long arm for charity quilts. I can't bear to throw it away so I started stacking them in the corner of the studio until I find a use for them. I heard this very weird sound and looked up in time to save most of the 80" long strips of batting, and only lost a bit before I scrambled to stop the damage my little girl was inflicting. They are now up high on my desk temporarily.
The hand work on the facings on the back of the placemats are finally finished.  I am really liking them.  I think I may make more of these.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sprucing Up The Joint

We have endured a week of cleaning and fixing up the exterior of the house and grounds and it isn't even half done. First off was the power washing of our roof tiles. That was all well and good but it lead to filthy windows, which then needed to be cleaned.

Then came the clearing out of the lanai's for power washing the pavers and the sealing (three or four times) of the pavers.  The driveway will be power washed and sealed (again!) when we head back up north.

Everything went out on the grass.  We look like the Beverly Hillbillies because it isn't done and it's all still there. A couch, eight chairs, three tables, a grill and all the worker guys stuff.  Lovely.
This is the outside of the lanai with two coats of sealer on.  It still gets one or two more.

All the pots came into the kitchen to wait out the work.

G's lanai off the man cave has no furniture in it and it is confusing the hell out of Bella.  The only thing that remains during the work is the wall art.

It's a frame housing lots and lots of dried wood twigs.  I gave it a new coating of teak sealer and then some shellac to brighten it up.  It's pretty much the only thing that can hold up to the Florida weather outside.

Next up?  The yard.  It is very overgrown and we need to pull out half of the vegetation.  That happens this week.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Finishing Up Fibonacci

My goal was to finish up the four placemats I started at the Modern Quilt Guild last Saturday within a week of the class.

This was the original one I put together last Saturday.  It is quilted and is now ready to get a facing on it.

The other three are pieced together and are waiting for color change on the machine to get quilted also. I have Stitch and Bitch across the street in an hour and I hope to get some of the hand work done.

I am going on a quilt shop hop tomorrow and will have to leave the house at six a.m. to meet up with the other girls who are going.  It is an all day thing so I will not be blogging tomorrow.  I plan on taking pictures of all the shops we go to tho'.  It should be lots of fun.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Little Cuban Style

We had dinner out with our Traveling Forks group. It was my turn to choose a restaurant and I picked Columbia, the cuban eatery that was established in 1905. Last year, I went to the one in Tampa and loved it, especially the salad, so it was a no brainer to pick it.

There were eight of us; there can be as many as 14 but that has never happened.  We get together once a month, the 4th Wednesday.  We had calamari and salads and it didn't occur to me to get out the mobile camera until all the entrees were brought table side.

Cuban food is right up there with Puerto Rican as far as being a little, drab on the plating looks.  This
paella G ordered is the exception to that rule.  The peas help and the zoomy plate gave it an extra zing.

This is more what I think of picturing when I think of cuban food.  It is a pompano fish cooked in parchment paper.  The taste was fantastic.

Linda got fried shrimp wrapped in thin bacon and marinated and then deep fried.  What's not to like.

Her hubby Jerry got a sampler of lots of meat, black beans and rice and yuca.  We had a grand time.  I'll take you there next time you come to visit.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I COULD Have Danced All Night!

First, the shoes. These were the pair I went to purchase.

G went with me and so we came back with two pair for him and two pair for me.  We need serious help.   I love the shoes, kinda Kardashian shoes for the senior set; they are Naturalizers.  Perfect.

We went to the country club shindig.  G knew tons of guys; I knew one girl.  We had a great time
chatting during the cocktail party.  Then we noticed that the tables were not assigned and groups of couples were picking tables of eight to sit with.  I think I was the only 'newbie'.  I hate that awkward feeling and I am not horribly outgoing if I haven't met before.  I just thought I want out of here and so, like the chicken shit that I am, G graciously snuck out of the ballroom with me and we scampered away to our car, happy as clams.  Next year it will be different; I think.  I need to grow a pair.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

All Done!

I have on my happy face. I have completed these last quilts
for the season. The binding went way faster with the new machine. I just whizzed through them!

Now it's time to play! We have a dinner dance tonight. It's the 'Season Ending Big Event'. They named it, not me. It's for all the golfers and their wives in the league that G is in. I just checked out my closet and realized that I have no heels here. I had a pair but I took them home to attend a wedding in Arizona in April last year when I didn't know if I could walk in anything else with the new and improved hip. Now it's either go and buy a pair or wear flats. I will need a pair anyway, eventually, right? So I guess a stop at the brand new DSW should go on my days calendar.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Big Reveal

I got my new machine, the 700QE Bernina. I actually picked it up on Friday but had no time to unpack
it and set it up until yesterday.  It is wonderful.  I have already tried it out on some bindings for the charity quilts and with the dual feed, it flies through the machine.  There are a lot of bells and whistles on it that I have to figure out but they have classes and I will join in on a couple to get my bearings.
It is very quiet too, which is very nice.  I have already ordered the insert for my sewing machine cabinet so it will fit like a glove.  Yippee!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fibonacci Style

We enjoyed a day of doing improv the fibonacci way.   Fibonacci is a mathematical sequence of numbers (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21…)   It starts with 1; 1 + 1 = 2: 2 + 1 = 3; 3 + 2 = 5; 5 + 3 = 8; 8 + 5 = 13; 13 + 8 = 21……  The thought is that the fibonacci sizing of blocks lends itself to more balanced and pleasing blocks.  Here we are looking at examples of some quilts made with this mathematical method. I can't show you the quilts because they are going into a book on this very method.

I turned around and took a shot of our workroom with no one working.

I thought you would like to see my own private space.  Attractive, yeah?

These are just some of the examples of the blocks framed.

Everyone is pretty much the same but with everyone's different

taste in fabrics, they lend themselves to different looks.

This one is my first one.  I am making placemats out of them.  It was fun.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Animal Kingdom

There is always so much going on in the grounds around the neighborhood that I am constantly caught up in the happenings.
G and I watched these these three mallard ducks for days with a lone other duck always going wherever they go at a distance, even when going in the water. It's as tho' he is alone now but needs a pack and although they won't really let them in, the will tolerate him at a distance.

And yesterday we watched out our window, a turtle lay eggs an as they dropped into the grass, a crow was following behind eating the eggs. It was sad to me but I do

know it is survival of the fittest. It's a hard egg to crack at times tho'.

I have an all day class and meeting at Modern Quilt Guilt. I have lots to pack up and take.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spitting Image

I dreamt last night of the knucklehead lady in Germany who is my age having quads. I kept trying to locate the guy who impregnated her and more importantly who can afford to house, feed and raise the 13 other children and add four more to the mix. He was very evasive and I never got a look at him; just a drop of shirt going around a corner. I need a better class of dreams.

 I completely forgot to revisit this comparison.  Here we have very dirty, sweaty dog, just back from exercise and

here we have my daughter's annual lamb cake, she made for herself for Easter.
I don't  know about you, but I see a striking resemblance to each other.  If I sprinkle a few brightly painted hard boiled eggs around Bella, it will be hard to tell one from another.

At Kelly's Chic A Boom in Dunedin, where we had lunch a couple days ago, they have a large outside bar and table area with this adorable bike all decorated and supplied by a  Earthscapes Garden Room and they are called Bloomin' Bikes.  I wanna steal the idea.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


She's 65 years old and pregnant with quadruplets. She has thirteen children and seven grand children. What was she thinking?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Days For Girls

I almost forgot about the thirty bags I was supposed to make in order to turn them in to Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday so I got busy and did them. They are for one of the charities MQG supports.

Is is called Days For Girls and I would love for you
to check out the website just by clicking on the highlighted words.
These are the labels that go on the bags.  The fabric is donated and

everyone takes on different sections of the bags.

Here are my bags which I have assembled.  They all get

drawstrings, made out of grosgrain ribbon or twill tape.

Do a little investigation at the website to see what they are for.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

No Time

Road Trip today.  Some girls are going back to Dunedin
for sights, lunch and Rainbow's End quilt shop.  Ran out of time this morning for

Monday, April 13, 2015

Charity Starts At Home

Here you have it;What I have been up to in my free time.

I had to take this picture fast for fear of the quilts all falling down.  They eventually did.
Now it is the serving, binding time for them.
After seeing other people do this, I tried circles within circles and loops and really like the result.  It makes a fun overall pattern design and takes up a lot of quilt fast.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bella and Flora

Yesterday the blogspot was down but it's up and working today. I don't know if it's in the air but now my iPod doesn't work and that is what I use to listen to books on tape while I am long arming. I think today will wrap up the charity quilts for this spring session.
Bella is past waiting at the front door for G to return south. Me has been gone for 8 days.   He returns late tonight.

A bit more flora.  The tree with the roots that are all around the base of the tree I showed you a few days ago is a Cypress tree (thanks Mechelle, you saved me from looking into it!)

I have two major bushes that are beautiful now and I found out that they are Desert Rose.  They are quite spectacular.

Also, I have several old orchids that I put in the orchid crates last year and the first one has just did a wonderful bloom.  I was so tickled to see it.   Hopefully I will see some more come to life like this one.

Back to the long arm!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Busy Work

Blogging has gradually been done later and later in the morning (or it seems so to me).  The weather is between 80º and 90º almost every day and it's getting hotter earlier in the morning.  It's best to get the walking and golf practice in before it get's too hot.  I have even succumbed to air conditioning!!

Today is the Chicago White Sox  home opener and G and his brother, Peter and his friend Frank are going.  Go Sox!

For some reason I haven't felt like knitting lately and it bugs me because that is what I like to do while watching tv.  I will have to get a new hand appliqué going but in the mean time I am doing this little hexes to make fabric which will probably eventually be a tote bag or something like that.

I start out with the Lean Cuisine plastic containers.  I clean them and cut the rims off and then take a silver marker and trace around a little hex pattern.  It measures in from flat side to flat side at 1 1/4".
I cut them out and use a hole punch to make a hole in the center.

I cut out cotton scraps so that there is at least 1/4" of fabric bigger than the hex.
I use a tiny pin to stabilize the fabric with the plastic.

I go from one corner to the next with a needle and double thread to secure the fabric
around the plastic.

The is what the top looks.  Of course, your remove the pin.

They are sewn together by hand, with plastic still in by putting right sides together and doing a
whip stitch.  You can pop out the plastic when the hex is completely surrounded with sewn on hexes.  You just use something like an orange stick or anything you can get under the plastic and pop it out.

I know some people do this with paper but it's way to weak for me.  I like the sturdiness of the plastic.
It's just random color selection and I only use scraps.  It makes delightful yardage that I will eventually use; I think.

Thursday, April 09, 2015


Linda wanted to take a ride on the golf cart with the dogs and look at the scenery on the golf course.
We waited until no one was golfing, around 5:30 and we ran into no problems except to get kinda lost.

We stopped now and again to look at lovely flora and unique things in nature that may make a cool quilt.

We have this moss stuff all over the place.

This beautiful tree doesn't look like it would

have any part of
it that was odd (have no idea what type of tree it is) but this is the root system of it.
It appears that the roots  start under ground and then just pop back up.  They look like little gnomes.

There are tons of gorgeous trees on the course.  It's as though they were planned out.  Kinda magical.