Monday, September 21, 2020

Backyard Landscaping

Frank [our landscaper] who we've known for over 20 years decided
this project was big enough to bring out the heavy duty
machinery.  Thank goodness he did because to move that
mound of bed dirt would have taken lots and lots of man hours.
That's one thing about Frank's crew is that they work
 and they work hard.  Frank isn't the cheapest landscaper
here on the eastern shore but I can guarantee things
are moved and re-planted perfectly.

There was one plant we just didn't have room for and that was
our beautiful Thunder Head Pine.  I believe one of the guys
took it home for his yard.  That makes me happy. 
The Thunder Head Pine is what you see in the 
middle of the bed that Frank is working around.
All planted and mulched.  We may stick a few more plants
in the bed when spring arrives but what we have in there
now will fill in nicely.  I did get 3 packages of spring bulbs to
plant and will hopefully get that project done this week.
I love this bed being closer to the house.  It's simple
but adds interest to the yard when looking out from the house.
Our view from the back porch.
The vanilla strawberry hydrangea plant flowers are starting to turn.
Being closer to the house it's nice to be able to see them.
The landing strip!  We had Frank do a single strip
of tilled earth to mark our property line.  Wilson ordered
two different blends of wild flowers which have all
ready been put down.  We have our fingers crossed they
will winter over and pop out in spring.  I had the crazy idea
of planting a row of daffodils as a marker of our property
line until we decide what we want to do permanently.
Berries of the Winterberry bush.
The ginkgo tree ... we are hoping this one makes it.
An interesting fact in case you didn't know ... a ginkgo 
tree drops all its leaves in one day.
I went looking for mum's and rescued the last 
cone flower plant from Lowe's.  Fall officially starts tomorrow!


Thursday, September 17, 2020

4 Quick Charity Quilts

While my Bernina was in the spa for service I decided to
do a little re-organization my fabric.   I pulled a lot of pieces
leftover from other projects and cut them up in various
size squares and 2-1/2" strips that I could use for
scrappy bindings.   Outreach has these tops already for the
next step in the process.
Just how many stitches registered on my Bernina: 5.6 Million
While I did buy this pre-owned all of these were not mine.
At first I thought that was a lot of stitches until I read a post
on the Bernina 700 Facebook group when someone posted
a whopping 70 million stitches on her machine.  

The nautical quilt I thought about keeping but decided not to.
I already have a box full of tops that need to be completed 
[some day] and decided not to add to the pile.
I'm working on a new pattern called "Tea Time" from Donna
Jordon of Jordon Fabrics.  It has nothing to do with 'tea' and
I wonder how in the world do the designers of patterns come
up with these names.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Lancaster: A Quick Trip & Pine Cone Lodge Flannel

My sister and I decided to take a quick trip to Lancaster for 
a little fabric shopping.
Another way of life.
In the buggy ... a little girl with her dad.
A field of sunflowers.
I didn't buy a lot of fabric which was very unusual for me.
What I did find and buy were several 'flat folds' of fabric for
$3.99 per yard.  There is no cutting a 'flat fold' so what's there
is what you have to purchase.  This was purchased mainly
for all the charity quilting I do.
Pine Cone Lodge 
Was my fabric from Jennifer this month.
It's a 2-ply flannel which is so much thicker and better 
than you will find in JoAnn's.
I only received a 1/2 yard cut so I made two lap quilts.

To view the Pine Cone Lodge collection please visit the
Henry Glass & Co., Inc website at:


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Backyard Bed


This little pink crepe myrtle is from a volunteer seed that
found it's way into our yard.  We moved it from the back
bed to join the other white crepe myrtles.  I'm thinking
in the spring we may make this area into a mulched bed.
The workers will be here tomorrow morning to finish
up the new bed.  They have a full days worth of
 garden maintenance work to do for us.
We love the way the new bed looks from the back
 porch as well as from the front yard.   We
decided to have our landscaper make the bed about 2
feet larger figuring it would be cheaper to make it
bigger now than in the future.  If you know us we will
be adding a few more new plants in the fall.   

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Last Week: Projects Completed

Tooth Fairy Pillows
Last week was a busy week in the sewing department.
The Tooth Fairy pillows will be going to my cousin's
grand daughters with Halloween pillowcases.
Rag Letters
I mailed a big and heavy box to The Child's Haven.
Rag Letters are perfect to make with leftover fabric
and batting.  I sent one set to see if the instructors
liked them as well as if they felt they could use them.
30 small masks for the kids.
4 Fall Napkins
6 Fall Napkins
There were 10 Thanksgiving placemats I had left after
I donated 14 to Outreach to pass along.  I'm on a kick
to clear things out of my sewing room and get it
organized a little better.
The 10 placemats & 10 napkins went to The Child's Haven.
They have two auctions scheduled and are looking
for items to add so I'm trying to do my part.
To jazz the placemats up I did a different fancy 
stitch which runs down each side of the placemat.
This panel was only $2.95 so I purchased 4.
How could I not!!
This went to Rebekah [my contact at The Child's Haven]
to give to her grandson Palmer either now or at Xmas.
The batik quilt is from the last collection of free fabric Jennifer sent.
I sent this out to The Child's Haven for an auction item as well.
Jennifer sent me my fabric selection for this month.
It's called Pine Cone Lodge and it's flannel.  I have a
half yard of the entire collection so I'm trying to decide
what to make with it.  In the meantime ... I'm working on a
few simple quilts for Outreach using odds and ends 
leftover from other projects.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

30 Kid's Masks


The Finished Mask
I haven't mentioned that Blogger has a new platform which I don't
like at all.  When I take pictures from my computer into Blogger they
are download from the first photo to the last photo which is the way
the old Blogger would actually post them onto my new post page.
In the new format for some reason Blogger takes the last
photo and makes it the first photo on my new page.
I'm not happy about this at all!
So what this means is ... instead of me showing the steps of a
project from the beginning to the end it shows the end to the beginning.
I know there must be a way to change the order but I haven't figured it out yet.
The Child's Haven requested more masks for the kids so I sent them two different
sizes to see which one worked better.  The smallest of the two is what
they felt worked the best for the age kids they have.
Making masks is an okay project until you have to set the elastic 
in place on the sides then it becomes a little tedious.
I'm hoping 30 kids masks will hold them for a period of time. 
While I know they must have other sewers supporting the school
I also know you can never have enough of anything when it
comes to school age kids.  

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Making Kids Smile

These are my cousin's three grand daughters
showing off the items I made just for them.

Over the years I've discovered little girls love the
colors pink and purple and unicorns and mermaids.

I love sewing and it's double the fun when I know who
the recipient[s] will be.  In simple terms ...
the smile of a child is priceless.

Happy Labor Day Weekend