"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Sunday, May 21, 2017

FNSI and SKOU

What is SKOU you ask?  It is Some Kind of Ugly.  I had good intentions with this quilt.  But I think it's one of the ugliest quilts I've ever seen.  Friends have assured me that someone will love it, and I hope they're right.  On Friday night, for FNSI, I finished the binding.

Poor lighting late at night.  This is all in pink.

I took a break from my quilting and binding blitz to go to the shore for a couple of days.  We did some wildflower hiking, beach walking, picture taking, touring, and pony watching.
one of two deer we saw on nature walk.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge seen from eastern shore

Tower on Delaware Beach

Bottle tree?

Blue-eyed grass

Wild ponies of Assateague



Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge


Glossy Ibis

Assateague Lighthouse

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Walking the beach at sunrise
I've been to three sewing groups since I returned, but none of my projects are finished.  If all goes according to plan tomorrow, there WILL be finishes!

There was a mourning dove on our deck this morning and it caught the attention of the girls.  They're used to seeing squirrels and smaller birds, but the doves don't often get on the deck.  They're down below eating what the other birds and squirrels drop on the ground!

Happy Sewing........Sunny





Saturday, May 13, 2017

Another May finish!

Actually, I have two more finishes, but one is a secret until it is received by its new owner in Florida.  But I can share this with you.
This is a Pam Buda Prairie Women pattern that I'm making with my small group.  This is the second in the series, and I've got a portion of another completed.

Sydney wanted to say Hi to everyone!


Zippy wasn't as enthusiastic about having her picture taken.

And if you're interested in yet another batch of wildflower pictures, I've added some to my Wildflower page.  Please tell me if you think I've misidentified any of them!

Be kind, always.............Sunny


Monday, May 8, 2017

FNWF - I'm late!

Sorry, I've had my quilting machine cranked up, not my computer!  I'm on a quilting and binding blitz.  First up, the quilt I was binding Friday night for FNWF.  This is a comfort quilt for a children's hospital.

This was quilted on Friday, as well, after I finished quilting several place mats.

Saturday was a new day, and a new quilt.  This is my Diary quilt, started many many years ago.  I put it on a UFO Challenge list to get it going again.  For one UFO challenge, I had to complete at least 12 blocks.  I had previously done two, but I didn't like them, so I changed my fabric choice - to scrappy - and completed 20 blocks.  I really didn't want to make the quilt at all at this point, but there was no way I was going to contribute to the 'kitty' for not finishing.  Following that, I put finishing the quilt on another UFO Challenge list, and it's due in about 2 weeks.  And I actually kinda like the quilt.

It represents many things in my life.  My Irish heritage, my patriotism, my hobbies:  reading, photography, quilting, and travel, my mother:  Rose of Sharon, Grandmother's flower garden, my two states:  South Dakota and Maryland, and my love of cats, beaches, and tea.  I'll probably donate this to some group, but it has buttons on it, so it's not suitable for a small child.   This quilt started from a Mimi Dietrich book, long before I knew who Mimi Dietrich was!

On Sunday, I got another quilt quilted, but I didn't get the binding on, so I'll save it for another day.  I think there are still four more in the to-be-quilted pile.  That's where they go when I can't decide how to quilt them.  For instance, my quilt with the reindeer names.  Not a clue what to do with it.  I need to make more quilts with overall patterns so I can quilt them with an overall pattern!!

Earlier last week, I finished my challenge quilt for one of my guilds.  I only know of one guild member who reads this blog, so TR, don't peek!  Our challenge was to use our birth month flower, and our birthstone color.




And now, back to my quilting and binding blitz!  I also have to finish a birthday gift for one of you.

Be kind, always....................Sunny




Sunday, April 30, 2017

OPAM April

Wow, I don't have much to show for in April.  I did a lot of stitching, but not much got finished.  Look out next month!!!  I think this was my only finish for April,


We spent a day in the nearby mountains for some more wildflower hiking.  We didn't see a lot of variety, but we found a LOT of Jack in the Pulpits.  I've only seen a few before, so this was exciting.


There were a lot of yellow and purple violets, and even some Spring Beauties, which I don't remember noticing around here  before.   I think I get a lot more observant after our trips to the Smokies.


Until next time...... Sunny




Sunday, April 23, 2017

FNSI and GSMNP!

I always get so anxious when people start posting their FNSI results and it's not even Friday night yet in my time zone!  IT worked out well this month though, because we had just returned from a short vacation, and I didn't even realize that it was FNSI.  I spent my evening making small yoyos.  I need 64  for an upcoming project, and Friday night took me past the halfway point.  I added a few more to the pile on Saturday.

And look what I whipped up one day.  A cute little  sewing machine cover for my Featherweight.  It was quite a challenge, because the piece from the panel that I used was so crooked!!  But a little stretching and I made it work.


Look what I found at our local Target store a couple of weeks ago!  Yummo!  I need to go back to see if they still have them.

Now about that short vacation.  It's April so it must be time for some wildflower hiking and photography in the Smokies.  Also known as Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  I just love Spring, and there's no better place to spend a few days enjoying nature.  Spring green is the best.  I did my best to contribute to their economy.

We saw flowers, falls, ferns, and fungi.  Mountain vistas, creeks, and flowering trees.  Rain and fog.  I bought a new flower book, and plan to spend the next couple of weeks identifying the flowers that I'm not already familiar with.  If I follow through with that plan, I hope to set up a new page on my blog if anyone is interested in seeing them.  In the meantime, enjoy the Smokies through my lens.



















Thanks for coming along with us!  Hubby ordered a new lens for his camera, and it arrived while we were away, so I have a feeling there will be more wildflower pictures to follow.

Show someone you care today.....Sunny