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Another Block Done!

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Today we walked 2.5 miles. It was a nice day today. The sun was out and I got warm while walking. Had to wrap my coat around me. We stopped and chatted with a couple neighbors as we walked. Then we walked again at 1 pm. So we both got our 10,000 step in for today. I had 11,878 yesterday and I'm already breaking that one.

I watched a couple shows that I had recorded. I was able to get one of them done today! lol


I'm happy to say, I was working on my block. This is the third block that is done. As I'm typing this, I just noticed one spot I didn't do. I need to embroidery one more area.

I'm thrilled to have this done. I have been getting ready with three other blocks. I have them marked and ready to go.

Still on the way to being Happy Quilting!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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Today I was up and ready to go. At 7:00 am I was off walking with Ruth. We walked a good 2.75 miles today. I even had my 10,000 step in before noon today. All thanks to Patrick. When he got up he asked if I would help him clean up the branches he cut down yesterday. We went out and cleared the yard. It took about an hour.

After all that, I took the plant that was my great grandmothers and re-potted it. I put it in the spot where it will get better lighting. I just hope it makes it. We had it growing when we had it. I took it to moms last year and t started dying again. Hopefully I rescued it. Time will tell.

I got some bread going in the machine to take over to my folks. We went over to my folks to enjoy the day with my family. Mom and dad had ribs. My brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew where there as well. We played games and had a good meal.

Last night I worked on the embroidery for the Baltimore Liberty block.


I didn't get much done, but I did get the two flowers done. Th…

The Sun Came Out Today

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Today the sun came out. It was good to see it come out after a week of clouds.

I baked a Apple Rum Cake today. It's an apple cake with Rum sauce. It turned out awesome! I'm really liking it. It was fun to make. That was my morning fun.

We have been watching "Harry Potter" movies all day. It's still going on. I can watch them over and over again. One of the few movies I can watch more often.


I went downstairs and found the table runner that grandma started and I put a few stitches in on. I have part of this corner done. I decided I will pull it out and work on it between my BE projects. I'd like to finish it. I did find the rusted out needle in there. And YES, it left rust marks, but I think I can get them out.


I have been putting in some time with the third block of Baltimore Liberty. I cut the circles out for the centers of the flowers. Once that is done, I'll work on the embroidery and get it finished up. Then I will have three blocks done.


I pulled out…

A Day Away

Today I started the day off with working on MTurk. Had a message last night to follow up on my survey. I did, then did two more. By that time Patrick was up and ready to go.

We went to the casino and since I wasn't really in the mood, we didn't say long at all. We stopped to see my niece and nephew who were at my parents. We offered to take them to the movies. They had other plans, so we headed to the movies.

We saw "Alice, Through the Looking Glass." It was really good. I did like that. It made sense and I was happy to see it. I wasn't too crazy about Johnny Depp in this movie. He did good but it was just a little spooky at times. His face coloring changed and maybe that was what I didn't like. Not real sure what it was that I didn't like.

We stopped and picked up some apples. I'm going to make an Apple Rum Cake tomorrow. Thought about doing it today but wasn't in the mood by the time we got home.

I haven't done anything crafty today. I did g…

Good Day of Applique With Good Friends

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Today was one of those days that Ruth was gone. So, I slept in about 20 minutes longer than I would have. Got up, relaxed. While relaxing in the chair, I received a call from mom. She said my sister-in-law and her sister will be there for breakfast and would I like to come over for breakfast. I said I'd be other, but not for breakfast.

Arrived at moms around 8:30 am but they had not arrived. I chatted with them both. I showed mom my block for Council. Both of them liked it. (Then I forgot it there.) She ironed it for me.

My sister-in-law and her sister showed up. We had a good breakfast and about the time we were half way through, the quilters started coming in. I went to be with the quilters as Chris and her sister left. I didn't get to say goodbye but I'll be seeing them again soon.

We had a good turn out. We were looking for chairs to sit in.


I worked on block #28 and finished it. It's not quiet like what the block is supposed to look like, but it's close. Plus,…

A Day of Applique with Haven't Missed A Stitch

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Today I started out walking 2.7 miles. Yep, I added another .2 miles - yah, I know, big deal! lol Just had to make it look better than my same old, same old.

Got home and got my stuff together to go to our group meeting. I really wasn't in the mood. I did stop off at mom and dads to say hi. I also wanted to see how they enjoyed their trip. My brother and nephew are on their way today. Funeral will be next Thursday. Guess my niece is coming in on Saturday at the airport. Still haven't heard from  my sister-in-law, so betting she's swamped with the funeral arrangements. Had a good visit with mom. She picked the block she was going to do for my friendship blocks. She even picked out the colors while I was there. She didn't quiet get to the "neon" colors but was close.

I went to the meeting around 11 am and didn't really get much done. I did have a good chat with Kathy though. Love chatting with her.

Came home and pulled out the light box. I needed to put my …

Making Changes To My Block

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Yea, I know, getting to be a broken record - "Started the day early today. We walked 2.5 miles." 

This is one of the areas where we walk - it was odd to see all those daisy in a row! Thought that was funny.

Came home and did laundry. As I was sitting here trying to decide what I would do today, I realized I hadn't done any kind of cleaning in the house for a good week. Not that it was really bad, it was just showing some dirt. So, I mopped the floor, vacuumed the flower, and picked up SOME of my mess. I tend to have stuff all over! But HEY, my house looks "lived in" and not dirty. Never was one to have the coffee table look "perfect" or "decorated" that I couldn't put my stuff done on it. 
After all that was done, I got to work on the Council block that I'm entering. I have it pretty close to being done. The good news is that I have till the 15th to get it in. Which means I may have time to do another block to send in. I won't sh…

Busy Day Out...And Bowling

Today was an early day. Headed over to Art's to take him to the Casino. It wasn't one of my better days. He did come home with some money, I ended up giving the Casino my money....oh, well. At least I do this for him to have a day out. He can't drive on the freeway or highways. He can drive around the back roads. His daughter works, so he figures I'm the one that can take care of him. I don't mind since it's only once a month.

Got back around 3 pm and watered mom and dad's garden as well as the flowers in the yard. The gal that was supposed to do the yard watering didn't do it. So, mom and dad have lost a few if not half their plants. I didn't realize till last week that she wasn't watering. That was too late to do anything about it.

After I took care of their yard, I went to Walmart and got some fried chicken. I didn't realize it was "spicy." Figured it out when I took a bite! It was still good, just a bit hot for my liking. I wil…

Embroidery Meeting Day

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This morning I was up and ready to go. Ruth and I got a good 2 mile walk in. She had a meeting at 9 am today and I needed to get ready for our Brazilian embroidery group.


I was practicing on the "Cast-on Mum." I got some help from one of the other gals and she told me to try and do it with my right hand. I thought I might be able to do that. I was doing them with my left hand and it was twisting. When I did it with my right hand, I was really surprised at how much better they were coming out. They laid better. I could tell which ones were which. I guess I'm going to have to learn to do BE with both hands. That will be fun!


Pat Campbell, who is our group leader, brought in the patterns we ordered a couple month ago. She's teaching this class at the Seminar. I didn't sign up for that class because I wanted to do the bird pattern I signed up for.


This is the other pattern I ordered too. These are both patterns from a gal in Australia that has AWESOME patterns. She&#…

Took Out As Much As I Put In....

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Today was an early day. I relaxed and enjoyed the morning.

I worked on my family history most of the day today. Got a lot more names, and even got off on the wrong family...till I realized what I was doing. Ended up cleaning up my mess. I'm so happy to have my daughter-in-law that can help me. I get to the point that I get confused and then I need her to help me out. I was off track and she got me back on track.

Last night I worked on my cross stitch.


As I was working on the cage, I found I was putting the stitches in the wrong place! I ended up taking out as much if not more, of what I put in. I wasn't thrilled to see my mistake. I was watching a good movie last night with Cary Grant and Ginger Rodgers. It was one heck of a good movie! So, while I was in the movie, I didn't realized I was too far down when I put the stitches in. I took them all out and then put about half of them back in.

Tonight I'm going to work on one of the baskets, to get the handle done, then I&…

Another Saturday of Running Around

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Today started out earlier than usual. Text Ruth to see if she walked yet, and she had. So, waited on Patrick to get up. We were on the go after he was up.

We did the usual Saturday morning visit. Then we went to the movie "Angry Birds." It was pretty good and it's also open for another movie to follow. I did enjoy the movie though.

Last night I worked on my cross stitch.


It's coming along pretty good. I have more to do in this area. It's looking pretty good and I can't wait to work on the outline stitches.


This is where the bird and bird cages is. There are about 5 birds in this if not more. I ordered another set of stretch bars. I need one for Seminar. I also want to finish my mother-in-laws piece that she was outlining. It's almost done. That's the least I could do for her. Patrick will have a piece of cross stitch that she worked on. I had offered to give it to his dad, but he said he's dad won't want it.

Monday is our Brazilian embroidery …

Getting Back On Track...

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Today I started out getting a little more sleep then usual. I worked on MTurk today. Then I played a few games.

I didn't really feel like doing much today but trying to keep on track. So, I did do some sketching on my book that Phil and Emily game me. I started a picture, but will work on it as I feel like it. I also was thinking about what I would put on dad's quilt. I found a logo of his military unit and will see if I can copy that to a block.


I noticed that the pole is a little short from where I needed it. I will work my best at getting the body to cover it. If I need to make a little fatter body, I may just do that. I have the other part of the pole to do next. Then I can get the flower and body on the block.


Last night I worked on the body of the bird. I'm really liking the way is is coming along. I do like working on the bird. I have two birds that are in that area.


I've filled in a few more areas. I have more to do on the left side where the hanging basket is.…

Another Rainy Day....With Applique

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Today started out early - no surprise there! I got my breakfast and headed out to my neighbors to drop of her mail. I watered her plants and then ran into my other neighbor. We must of talked for a good hour. Then I had to head off to my folks house to water plants there too. I can't wait till they both get back! One is this Saturday and the other won't be back for another week. I realized as I was watering my folks plants that the gal that was supposed to water in the back yard, wasn't doing it. So, um, there are a few plants dying.....guess I should have payed more attention...oops.

It was raining over there, so decided to let the rain water their plants. I did have to call them because mom's appointment next week needed to be changed. Plus I had to check on mom's client with her.

I came home and had the left over sandwich from last night. It was really good.

This afternoon I was watching NCIS New Orleans and appliqueing on the quilt block for the contest. I was …

Having A Wonderful Birthday!!

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Today started out getting Patrick to take me to Starbucks before he left for work. We went over to Starbucks which is about 4 miles away. I had a free drink or food coupon. We went over and got a doughnut and drink. I had him drop me off on Jackson Hwy, so I could walk the rest of the way home. That was a good 1.5 miles. I had a good walk. 
Came home and decided to get moving on my desserts. I made a jello dessert as well as cupcakes. 

I made some cool whip frosting to go with it. The cupcakes tasted great. 
I also worked on my family history. I also copied another letter, which I need to post. I added a few photos to the tree as well. I found a gal that had information on my family tree, but wanted to know where she got the information on who "his father" was. I'm getting closer to knowing a little more about my family. 
I then worked on MTurk again today. Wanted to get some more money in there. Patrick got home and and we went out to eat. I like going to McMenamins for…

Applique Day

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Today started out early. Not unusual for me. Patrick left the fan on in the bathroom, so that made sure I wasn't going back to sleep.....that and the sun.

I worked on MTurk again. I've been getting about 2 hours a day in. I make about $4 a day. I'm okay with that.

I went downstairs to put my Bountiful Basket baskets away. While I was there, I brought down my eagle. I worked on the arrows, body, and the pole.


I pulled out the pattern and worked on what needed to go where.


I was able to attached the arrows to the pole. Next step is to attach the pole to the background.


I've got the body of the eagle put together. This will be last on, but now I can applique the pieces on the background. It will come along pretty fast. I did put the post on the pole and then appliqued the post on the background before the pole. I figured out that I need to do the pole first, then do the nob on the pole (post).

I didn't realize till just now that I'm in all three of Esther's Fa…

Got Some Quilting In

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Today was a good day...just a very quiet day and a little lonely. Not that that bothers me.

I worked on MTurk again today. I also got in some gaming with a friend on-line. We had a good visit, since I don't see her on much anymore.


I pulled out Phil's quilt. I decided I needed to get some quilting in. I watched a couple shows on TV to get caught up on what I've been missing.


I finished this block. I enjoyed working on it. I was working on laundry at the same time. It has been quiet and I've really enjoyed it.

Last night I did bowl a 300 game - but it was in 9 pin-no-tap! It's the first one I've done. Patrick bowled a 286, he messed up the last shot. I was hoping the both of us could get it at the same time.

I'm planning on working on my cross stitch or basket tonight. I think I'm going to do the cross stitch but who knows, I tend to change my mind! lol

Wish I had more to say, but really don't. Guess those quiet days bring little to talk about. Back …

A Quiet Day of Applique!

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This morning I worked on MTurk and played games. Then I figured I should do laundry...so I put a load in the wash. Guess I wasn't thinking about laundry because I realized about an hour ago that I needed to get my laundry! Oh, well.

I went and watered our neighbors plants and realized I needed to do that for my plants as well. So, came home and watered the plants. Then sat down and decided it was applique time. I pulled out my block for the challenge and worked on it. It's about 1/2 finished at this point. I will take a photo of it before I send it off. I also sketched out the next block on my new sketch pad I got for my Birthday gift from Phil and Emily. I'm going to try and get back to doing some art work again. I also went through my floss I got from Pat C at Brazilian embroidery and put it with the classes I'm taking at Seminar.


After working on the block, I pulled this out of the bag and worked on it. I got the outside of the basket done. I need to get the handle …

A Day Off

Today started out early. We took off and played at the Casino. We then went shopping for some stuff for supper.

Came home and Patrick washed the cars while I balanced our check book. Phil arrived and cooked supper with me. We had a Birthday meal with Phil and played games. Had a great time.

Got some cross stitch done yesterday, will post it tomorrow. Happy Quilting!

Eagle Wings Done!

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Today started out early. I was up and ready to go. Today was the day I needed to be at moms to let the ladies in for applique day! I was going to get some bread ready before I left, but forgot. So I took what I needed (or thought I did) and headed to mom's. When I got there I ran the Irobot. It cleaned the floor while I cleaned the fridge. I then started to do the bread and realized (after looking all over for the bread machine), that I didn't have yeast. Called one of the gals and she was going to bring it. She was one of the last ones to show up, so the bread was rushed and didn't come out as good as I would have liked. The good news is that one of the gals took what was left. I didn't like the way it came out but everyone else seemed to.


The fan was going, so I couldn't get a better photo without it moving on me. Anyway, the wings are now on, and it's ready for more stuff added. I will put the flag on, and I need to work on the arrows next too. I found out t…

Enjoyable Day At Applique

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Today I was up and ready to go. Trouble was, I didn't have to leave for awhile. So, I worked on MTurk for about an hour. I was off to the post office and then to McDonald's for their ice tea. I get a large ice tea (no sugar) for when I go to meets. It's only a dollar, so I'm not spending an arm and a leg.

I got to the meeting a little later than I usually do, but I was okay with that. Sat next to JoAnne and we had a good time chatting. Hard to believe - I actually got a lot done!


I took my baskets with me. I had about 4 of them in the bag. I actually finished 2 1/2 baskets. The one with the leave didn't get done, but I needed to cover the space. I saw one of them is an embroidery block and I may do that one tomorrow. I'm not sure. I may work on my eagle tomorrow or even the contest block. I'm really liking how the contest block is coming along and I want to show it, but can't for a little while longer. I also sent the information to my group in case any…

Waiting At The Eye Doctors......Got A Lot Done!

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This morning I was up and ready to go for Art's eye appointment. His appointment was at 9:45 am and I arrived at his place around 8:10 am. We played a game of cribbage, like we used to. Yet again, I lost. But it was fun to play again.


We left around 8:50 am and arrived early. We were at the appointment by 8:30 am. They took him in early for dilating his eyes. We ended up waiting close to an hour past his appointment. We were done around 11 am. He offered to take me to lunch, which I took him up on. We ended up at Red Robin. I like there burgers! I had a cheese burger and he had one that had an egg in it....not my kinda burger. I was surprised at how expensive that was! I hadn't been there in a while - actually since Katt took me there for my Birthday a couple years ago.

Finally got back around 1 pm. I went to moms and got the gift for Sherri (TAS). I had her gift bag from the meeting at moms house. Got that bagged up and will mail it out to her tomorrow. Then went and watered …

Back To My Eagle

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Today started out slowly. It was nice to have a day to myself. I seem to like that more and more lately. Funny how that works.

I worked on laundry and MTurk. Then I decided to go downstairs and see what I could work on. I was surprised to see the iron was still plugged in! I couldn't believe it!! I used it a few days ago (nope not sure when, which means way too long ago!)

I worked on the white fabric for the head and tail. I was going to put a piece of white under the white for the head and tail. I put the white against the fabric and found it really didn't matter.



I pinned the wings down and got ready to applique them down. I found these pins I had. I gave mom my other pins with white heads. I found I like the white headed pins a lot better. These are not as sharp and it took awhile to get them to go through the fabric.


They are small, just not sharp enough for me.


As I was appliqueing this the wings down, I was getting frustrated. I know I shouldn't but I was. I found ou…