Friday, August 11, 2023

A Quick Update

Hello, dear friends. I want to give you a quick recap of this past week.

I’m happy to report that I finished all my chores last weekend and was able to stitch with friends Sunday afternoon.


It has been a while since I shared my progress on A Patriotic Christmas Eve designed by Twin Peak Primitives.


This is where I was when I last showed it to you.

This is where I stopped last Sunday.




I also made a chocolate pie for dessert.

Not the best photo. As you can see, we got into it before I remembered to take the picture.




There is a small area of our town called Frog Level. I couldn’t resist getting this photo since I seem to do a good bit of ‘frogging’ whether I’m cross stitching or sewing.



I participated in our local library’s adult reading challenge this summer. We were given a bingo card filled with various prompts like, read classic, watch a movie, read a book recommended by a friend, etc. You received one raffle ticket for every bingo on your card. I started late and was only able to get three, but it was enough to win the top prize.

Several local businesses donated items for the raffle. My basket contained a book by a North Carolina author, a bookmark, reading light, handmade pottery dish, candle, soap, and a handcrafted blueberry basil soda. There were also a few coupons from downtown stores.



I made a quick trip to Asheville to pick up some fabrics.

I’ll be working on this secret project over the weekend. And I’ll also get back to the Christmas cross stitch Sunday afternoon.


Hope you have a great weekend and find some time to be creative!


Friday, August 4, 2023

Things are Buzzing

Hello and Happy Friday!


While taking inventory of quilts that need to be finished, I realized that I never shared the last of the Sewcialites 2 blocks. This quilt-along was hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop earlier this year.


#23 is “Changeling Star Block” designed by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Block 24 is “Engergize Block” designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings

The blocks are all done except for ‘finishing blocks’ that require additional yardage I do not have, and is no longer available. So…I’m thinking since I have plenty of the background fabric, I will just do sashings and cornerstones. It will still make a nice size lap quilt.  But then there is the issue of borders...ugh! Guess I need to think about this a bit more.


I couldn’t get enough of bee stitching so I made one more…

Stitching Bee by Little House Needleworks, stitched on the same 40 count as the other small pieces I showed here.


I haven’t fully finished it yet because I need some trim.


Speaking of the other stitches, here is the Hoosier cabinet decorated for August.

I put battery operated candles in two pots.

One for the cabinet...

Another for one of the niches in the hallway.

They come on in the evening and turn off after 6 hours.


See the little pineapple flag? 

This was made and gifted to me by Mary at NeedledMom a few years ago.

See the little fussy cut bee? So cute.


The hummingbirds have arrived in the mountains. I caught one at the feeder just outside of hubby's home office.  Not the best of photos but  proof they are here 😊


This weekend’s agenda is filled with household chores so there won't be much time for sewing. We do have plans to go out to dinner with friends on Saturday night. And I hope to be caught up enough with chores to join friends for Zoom stitching on Sunday afternoon.


Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend? Maybe I can live vicariously through you!


See you soon 😊