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Rain...Embroidery...And Good Friends

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Today started out walking 2.25 miles. I enjoyed a good walk this morning.

Got everything ready and headed to our Brazilian embroidery group - BFF. We had some visitors from the "BELLS" group. They came all the way from Renton. We had a great visit! They brought some embroidery patterns and books from a major BE teacher who's health is not good. We picked through the stuff and donated to the Seminar's Scholarship fund.


These are some of the patterns I got.


I loved the women in these two patterns. I just had to get it.


Fell in love with the white peacock and got that pattern as well. That was all I bought. I didn't want to get too much because I really need to finish other stuff first. I have to keep myself in check with one project at a time. I seriously don't want to get into trouble with doing more than one project at a time.....like I do with quilting!



This is what I was able to get done today. I'm glad I enlarged the pattern. It was just a little too s…

An Awesome Weekend of Quilting!

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This morning I was up and playing - my usual thing on the weekends. Enjoyed the peace and quiet while Patrick slept! (smiling)

In the afternoon, I heated up the fireplace downstairs. John Wayne's movie "The Quiet Man" was on and I love that movie! Put it on downstairs and Patrick joined me while I quilted.


First things first. I had to roll the quilt! I was so thrilled to be able to roll this. I took off the "claps" at the ends and took a photo before I rolled it.


I worked on the left side and quilted this area. Once can see the center on the right to see how much I rolled it. Still not done with the center - BUT I'M CLOSE!! I'm getting excited about all this!


I was finishing up the small square area. I also worked on the green area on the left. I started on the green area on the top left. It's coming along great. I should be able to get that done tomorrow and then I can finally claim to have the center done. I was looking at the rolls and I'm cl…

Quilting Among Other Things

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Today was different for me! I actually slept till 9:30 am - I haven't done that since I was a teenager!

I enjoyed some time playing games and working on the computer. Watching a John Wayne movie also.

In the afternoon I went downstairs and worked.


I basted down the flag pole end.


Pinned the body on the eagle because I basted it and accidentally cut the salvage as part of the body. I cut out another piece and pinned it from the other side. I'll baste it down later. I picked out a good white fabric for the head. It's coming along great.

Then I sat down for a couple hours and quilted.


Just a little farther to go and the center will be done! I've actually got the center part done, I just need to work on the border of the center and then will call it done. I'm thrilled!


I have this area done and now it's ready to roll. I worked on this side to get it to where I can roll it. When I was about there, Patrick wanted to go out to eat, so we did. I'll roll it tomorrow…

A Visit With Jeannie Austin!

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Today I was up and walking with Ruth. We got in 2 miles. I'm getting better at getting more steps in.

I went over to the quilt show at the Christian School in Centralia. Had a great time and visited with Jeannie Austin. Showed her what I was doing on the eagle block. She loves the colors I used for the wings.


I'm working on the post, then I can get the body of the eagle done. I'm hoping to have it done here pretty soon so Donna can get a quilt put together with all those stars.


This is the latest quilt mom finished. It looks prettier up close. It turned out great.


This is Jeannie Austin's quilt - both of them actually.


I love the eagle in the middle and am planning on doing that in one of my quilts.


While we were at the quilt show, Donna found this book of 1911-15 newspaper patterns. The ones on the top where applique. It cost me $30 but got mom to go in with me on it. I went through the patterns when I got home! The best part is most of them are embroidery patterns th…

A Great Day With Friends

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Today I was up and ready to go early. We walked early so Ruth could go to her meeting. Funny part was, I was ready early and she wasn't there to walk. Walked down and got her.


Before heading out to our group meeting, I basted down the flag piece, just in case I worked on it at the meeting.


I also finished up the basting on this quilt top. I worked on it before I left and when I got to the meeting. Once I had it done, I was ready to applique it. I was trying to decide what I wanted to work on, the eagle or the "'Cat Nap" quilt. Since I already had the "Cat Nap" out, decided I would just go ahead and work on it. We had a great laugh today at the meeting. It felt good to laugh with friends!


I was able to get this much done while at the meeting. One can see the paw and the ear. I do like the contrast on this quilt. It works good. I'm so glad I waited before working on it with that other color I had at first. I was thrilled at how much I did get done.

I came…

Today Was A Good Day...Even If It Wasn't Quilting!

Today I was up and ready to go walking with Ruth. So good to have her back! We actually got in two walks today and I'm way over my 10,000 steps. Funny how I can't even get 7,000 steps when she's not around!

I worked on genealogy this morning. I read some of my great grandmother's diary last night and wanted to check on the people she was talking about. I found out she was living with her White family. At the same time she visited her Moorhead family as well. She didn't say much, other than going from one family member to another. Her diary was written in 1894. She didn't live much longer than that. She died at the age of 24, of "lock jaw." I've got more to read. She said she got her "wedding cake receipt" in her diary, and I think I remember seeing that recipe at one time. If I find it again, I just may make it.

After working on the genealogy, I worked on making some money on Mturk. It was amazing how much time goes by when I'm worki…

Beautiful Day!

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This morning was up and running. I went to get Art to take him to the casino in Yelm WA. I arrived early so we could get breakfast. He decided to wait till 10 am to get breakfast at the casino. That was fine with me. Wasn't hungry anyway.

We arrived early, about 8:30 am. I played on the casino money till it was time to meet Art. I was okay with that. Then I went through all the money he gave me to play...so today wasn't one of my better days. I could have used some extra money, but that's fine too. He came back with money - as usual. He said he couldn't figure out how I keep loosing. I can keep telling him, I'm not as lucky as he is. He tells me it's in the way I play. I'll work on it to see if I can get better.

On the way there and back, the sun was out. It was a beautiful day all around. I love the blue skies now as the sun goes down. Usually it's red or orange. Tonight it's a pretty blue.


A year ago today, the roses were starting to come to life.


Hello Monday!

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I enjoyed my last day of sleeping in a little later than usual. Got up and got moving. I don't think I sat down long today. I did work on some of my games, but I did try to earn some more money too.

I also pulled out my 2 fabric applique and worked on the basting. Yep, I'm still basting it. I think half the problem is - it's not one of my favorite parts of making them. The basting takes a good day.


I have it all marked, so it's just threading my needle and basting. Threading my needle and basting, and threading my needle and basting.


I do have about half of it done. I'll sit down tonight and make myself get it done. I keep getting up and finding other things to do. I did get to sit and enjoy my FAVORITE movie! "Love Letters" on Hallmark channel! I love that movie!!

I had to get letters put together for our water system. Patrick put together a letter and I put them all in envelopes and have them ready to mail. That took a little longer than I was hoping - …

Another Day Slipped Away...

Yet another day has come and gone. I woke early again...no surprise there. I enjoyed the peace and quiet this morning. Had my breakfast and a cup of tea.

After Patrick got up, did some laundry, cleaned up a little and then sat to work on the 2 Fabric Applique Cat Nap pattern. I basted for awhile - till I got tired of it. Then I went into the computer room and worked on my genealogy - actually I copied a couple letters for my "Letters from the Past." Was fascinated by my great Uncle living in Alaska in 1938.

Went bowling - started out good, then went down hill. Had a 500 series. I've had better.

Was constantly busy today, but didn't make it downstairs. Didn't try to make any money today either. Where does the time go?

I enjoyed reading a couple blogs out there while I was waiting to bowl. Will tag them tomorrow on here.

Life is good, I'm still moving and keeping going. May we all be Happy Quilting!

So Close to Getting the Center Done!!

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This morning I enjoyed an hour to myself. I cooked the oatmeal cinnamon rolls I put together last night.


They turned out perfect! Tasted great! Even texted my son to tell him if he wanted some he better come over soon....didn't happen...his loss.

I started a load of laundry, emptied the dishwasher, and picked up a little. Patrick went outside and worked in the yard. He had a "friend" show up from the neighborhood. His "friend" brought him his burger toy to play with. When I went out, the dog pretty much let me know I wasn't supposed to bother them. It was funny! Patrick had to play with the dog as well as try and get some garden work done.

While he was outside, I went downstairs. I heated up the fireplace so I could keep warm down there.


I rolled the quilt, sat down and figured out I needed to roll hit another 3" before I got started. As one can tell, the center is slowly moving way! I'm so excited about getting done with that center. Once I do tha…

A Day of Applique!

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Today started out earlier than normal. I had to get moving. Mom and dad where taking my sister-in-law to Portland to get on the plane. Since they were doing that, I needed to get over there for our quilt meeting.

We had a good time. There were about 9 of us. 5 of us had lunch. We all brought stuff for taco salads. It worked out great. We had plenty of stuff with just the 5 of us. We had a good visit while eating as well.


I finished up on the arrows. Both are done. I was surprised at how quick and easy they were. I was thinking as I was working on them that I needed the blue and red for the flag. I didn't get to the point of needed the red and blue, so it worked out okay. After everyone left mom's I stayed for another hour just in case the guy showed up for the heating unit. He didn't, and I left.


When I got home, I basted the bottom part of the flag. I'm going to have red with white stars for the top of the flag. Once I get that down I can get the post on and then the …

A DAY OF HAPPY QUILTING!

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Today started out pretty good. I enjoyed the morning to myself. I was on the computer at lunch time when Patrick showed up. Poor guy, he's sick. Think he finally decided he better come home and sleep. Tried to talk him into stay home to get some rest, but since he's a guy, that wasn't going to happen.

While he slept on the couch, I went downstairs and quilted!


I actually took a photo of the quilt before I rolled it and figured out I had the "chip" missing in my camera. So, I tip-toed upstairs to get the chip. This is after I rolled the quilt. It's getting so much closer to passing the center.


I worked on the butterfly and got some more "lines" going around the circles. I have this side all ready to roll, but need to finish up the right side.


I did get more of this area done. I've been working on the green area on the outside. It's going pretty good.


Then I worked on the cross hatching area. I also worked on the squares in the border. This is…

Wednesday Was Just Another Day...

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I was up and ready to go early today. I worked on earning more money for a hour or so. Then got ready for the Dentist. I took my applique along to work on while I waited for my turn to come.


I worked on the arrow today. I did get up the one side. I also worked on trimming it so I could get started. I'm going to work on this on Friday at quilt group meeting.

After the dentist appointment I headed over to Copy Depot to get my copies made that I needed. I had two copies made of the cross stitch (Lavender & Lace) pattern. I also got my Brazilian embroidery pattern enlarged because it was way too small! It didn't cost much, and I really did plan on having that done anyway. This way I got it over with.

Tomorrow I will pull out the lightbox and work on my two patterns.


Came home and watched a movie while working on this. I only got about an hour in on this. It's coming along. I have been filling in the areas that I missed. It's looking better.

We bowled tonight and I'…

A Day at Home!

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This morning I got up just after Patrick left. I played a little while then decided to get some work done on the computer.

I had to do a few things in between working. I was doing laundry, calling for information, and then going down to Ruth's to get a couple cards off for her.

When I did get a good time to myself, I went downstairs to quilt.


I started out with this much done. I realized I needed to get the butterfly done so I can roll the quilt and not worry about not having the butterfly done.


While I was quilting, I noticed the weather was "blah." This was my view. I just love my trees, so I enjoyed the view anyway.


While I was working on the butterfly, I noticed that the wing is a "true scrap" wing. I was surprised to see that, but at the same time, had to smile. I love the purple and it is awesome to see they wanted to give me that fabric.


Once I got the butterfly done, I moved to the other side. As one can see, each of my butterflies are different. Not on…