Sunday, June 13, 2021

Fear and Focus on a Slow Sunday...

 Hello there... hmmm... last week I bemoaned all the dark dreary rainy days we had (and I know some of you would love to see some rain in your part of the world... sorry).. but we got even more of it ... it rained every single day ... kinda like Florida... but without the sun... I haven't watered my garden in over a week!! I can't remember when that has EVER happened before... things are looking pretty good out there... fingers crossed that the 6 BIG petunias... Proven Winners Super Vista... I planted didn't get drowned... and even with all the rain and gloom I did get by first dahlia blooms of the year...

These are all from plants I did NOT dig up last year... which has me thinking that I'm not digging up any dahlias this year... which will probably mean we get a cold cold winter and they will all die... oh well gardening is always a game of chance... Aren't these pretty?




I had several goals I set for myself last week and I did meet some of them... I got two quilts bound and ...this is the big patch quilt with Basic Grey Curio collection and Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements collection...now on my bed...


And a companion to it... Double Star pattern from MSQS done in Basic Grey Curio... on my comfy chair in my bedroom... 

As for stitching... I didn't touch the Flag Folk piece but I went to town on the needlepoint Christmas stocking...now this is the result of FEAR... I wanted to get all the dark green on the tree done... and I DID... and then I looked at the stocking and couldn't decide if I was a third of the way done or half way done... since this is June and I started this on New Year's Day I felt like I need to be more than half way done at this point... sooooooooo.... I totally focused on the stocking... by my calculations I spent at least 5 hours on the stocking  each day ...M/T/W/Th/F/S  ... so about 30 hours of work this week... and here's where it is now... front...

back...

Now mind you,  that 30 hours of work had me finishing a small corner of the dark green on the tree  and the candles on the right side... the background on the right  side down to the base of the tree and started on the toe section.... Oh in looking at this I felt I had gotten SO MUCH done, and I guess I have since this is 16 count and I've done hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of stitches... but I also feel like I should have even more to show for 30 plus hours of work... argh.... anyway, my goal for next week is to FOCUS on the packages and the bottom section ... I want to get it to the point that I can look at it and say okay, you can finish this is another week or so. That would probably mean I have to have everything below that upper garland complete... so at least 2 more FULL weeks of work...  It doesn't have to be done till the end of September but I want to get it done before then. 

I'm resigned to the fact that I won't have any new cross stitch for 4th of July... I'm going to stay on the stocking and then move onto Fall, Halloween and Christmas... there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do!!

And while I was doing all that stitching I spent a lot of time watching/listening to Flosstube videos... I particularly enjoy The Saltbox Stitcher... you can find her here... along with cross stitch she is also a quilter and has a long arm quilting business... well the video I watched had a parade of unframed but finished cross stitch pieces and unquilted but not finished quilt tops... one of her unframed pieces was one she couldn't identify the designer.... but I could... it was the first sampler I ever did... it is by Polly Carbonari and I stitched this back in 1986/87 or so... 

it is stitched on aida with DMC 930... I altered the pattern a bit... at the time my family only numbered 3... I left out the little girl who was charted and added in a dog... and I backstitched the windows and door on the house to resemble the little Tudor we lived in... the aida has turned a cream versus the white I stitched it on... we all age, don't we?   An aside... this is the FIRST crosstitch piece I ever showed on my blog... Sunday May 23, 2010.... 

And in as Saltbox Stitcher showed her quilt tops I thought of a bin of tops I have ...and haven't seen the light of day for eons... well one of them caught my eye... the fabrics in this top are PERFECT for my living room... (this is showing more intense and  brighter and  more blue than in person...those outer blocks are  lavender ...  very pretty)...


now I almost never use brown in a quilt but it works here and goes nicely with the taupe (Relaxed Khaki by Sherwin Williams) in the living room. This collection is by Basic Grey and is called Urban Couture... and this top has to be over 11 years old because I've never put a picture of it on my blog before... and I can't imagine I would have finished this and not posted it... I'm impressed  at the way that I did those setting triangles ... I really like how it continues the pattern into the border... now to find a back for this and send it off to be quilted... 

So despite my running around all week... I had an appointment or obligation every single day last week that took me out of the house... I was productive... goals for this week include getting a back together for that Urban Couture quilt and getting the back together for the American Jane quilt I said I was going to do last week... and more needlepoint stitching... I definitely need to get out and do some weeding ... there is this weed that looks pretty as it starts to grow... kinda like a marigold ... but it isn't and I'm constantly battling with it... I try to plant lots of other stuff ... perennials and annuals... to choke it out but as all weeds are it is quite tenacious... 

I'm not committing to anything else at the moment... although I might sneak in some sewing time... several projects that only need a bit of time to be finished... can think of 2 Fall type quilts and one Halloween... going to try to get ahead ...

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts today... and I should have some time to sit on my sunroom porch and soak up a little sun (I hope hope hope) and read some blogs while I stitch...I hope you have a great week ahead... 


happy stitching-

carol fun 



Sunday, June 6, 2021

Messages and Memories in the fabrics on a Slow Sunday....

 Hello -well another week went poof!!!  Sitting here trying to remember what I did... why is recalling what you had for lunch yesterday harder than remembering where you were when you purchased a certain fabric or looking a piece of fabric and having memories flood back?? Anyway, what I do remember of last week was several dark, dreary, rainy days where I moved about as fast as a slug... no energy or motivation... only upside was I didn't have to water my garden and everything is green and getting bigger... I am appreciative for that but I am tired of gray and rain... unfortunately (notice how I go back and forth... back and forth... good and bad... positive and negative... I'm caught in a catch 22) ... oh back to unfortunately the forecast for the upcoming week has more rain in it... fingers crossed that Cincinnati will be like Camelot and the rain won't fall till after sundown and then I won't have to water... trying to finish on an up note...LOL

I didn't get much sewing or stitching done... I'm again dealing with a sore finger... this time I accidentally cut the top of the middle finger on my left hand with a rotary cutter... and this is the finger I use on the bottom side of my stitching when I hold it in hand and I kinda bounce the needle off of it... it gets calloused and sore sometimes but slicing it made if very tender and the scab kept breaking open (ooooh too much info)... anyway that curtailed my needlepointing and my cross stitch... so I sat and vegged... mushrooms were more productive than me. 

However to brighten my mood I decided to make some decor changes ... I banished some (but not all ) of the birds to their plastic storage bins and got out some garden and bee stuff... and I got out lot of yellow  accents... as I have LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of yellow accent knickknacks...I began by hanging a fresh quilt over the back of the couch and another one on the wall in the living room... and that got me remembering things as I looked at the fabrics in the quilts... here's my starting point...


And a close up of the quilt on the couch... I made this as the result of a QAL with Crazy Mom Quilts -Amanda Jean Nyberg ... and here is a link to the QAL which happened back in 2010 and I think I finished up in 2011.... mine got waaaay bigger than her's... there are 362 different yellow prints in this baby...  a true charm quilt... here's a link to the quilt spread out and you can see all the yummy yellows!

And looking at them I see messages and memories ...a sweet little polka dot chicken is right in the center, how apropos...

that little Italian chef pays homage to my ethnic heritage... 

and this block has my initials as a hidden message... it is an old old old Nancy Wolff print... you can see the car in the top right hand spot... that is for the letter C... and the F is right below... aren't I clever??? I was very proud of that square... 

and all those dotty and sunny yellow prints always make me HAPPY!!

Then onto the wall quilt... this one I made last year and the pattern was called Good Girl Quilt which you can see here...and I was a GOOD girl... all the fabrics in this one came from my stash... but I didn't follow the pattern exactly ... my dimensions are slightly different as I was using up squares left over from a low volume quilt I made in a previous year, but the design idea is the same... 

now I picked out lots of fabrics that have good memories for me... lots of birds...

and this one reminds me of my love of cross stitch....

and this one ... cars... reminds me of my brother who passed away over 3 years ago... like I said there are messages and memories in the fabrics, aren't there???

These pops of yellow, along with the other decorating I did improved my mood... oh here is the little tier tray... 

the yellow house was already in my decorating stash but I don't have any memory of where I got it... fabric has memories, sometimes plain old stuff doesn't... oh well.... all the stitching is snippets from Pineberry Lane pieces... I love Pineberry Lane... 

Got lots of plans for the upcoming week... I have 2 quilts I want to get bound and washed ... I have a quilt back I want to get sewn together and off to the long armer... I think if I push I can get all of the green on the tree on the needlepoint stocking stitched... and I think I can get some more stitches into the cross stitch piece from Notforgotten Farms Flag Folks... also I have lunch plans one day, and a doctor's appointment another day, and an appointment for my son another day... a semi-full week... 

As for this slow Sunday I might pull out a Blackbird Design piece as it is Blackbird Weekend as declared by Brenda and The Serial Starter.. do you watch their Flosstube channel?... here's a link... even though I'm not into reproduction samplers as much as they are I always enjoy seeing what they are doing and they too have a love of With Thy Needle & Thread and Blackbird Design piece... as they say "BUY ALL the Blackbird stuff"... and I try to comply...LOL... the sunroom porch should be a nice place to hang out today... a bit hot but sunny at least till the afternoon when the rain is forecast (not exactly Camelot but maybe I won't have to water)... 

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts... I know I'll spend some time reading blogs... dinner is already planned... a pork roast and some asparagus and parmesan noodles and a salad... my younger son has decided he like to cook dinner and I am very HAPPY to let him do it ... he does a good job ... and as my sainted Grandma use to say "any meal I don't have to cook is a good meal"... 

Hope your week ahead is a good one...

happy stitching-

carol fun


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Ordinary stuff... on a Slow Sunday...

Hello all - first off I want to thank each and every one of you who come and read my ramblings each week... this blog has become a diary of my life... and for the most part not a lot happens...but as I get older, the more I like that ... I'm not into surprises or drama ... I just want to be able to stitch and sew and knit and do crafty stuff and read and work in my garden ... oh and go out to eat... I'm really into going out to eat!! LOL

And this past week that is just what I did... I started off the week, when it was waaaay too hot, working out in my yard... I planted 21 1 gallon perennials... they were bargain priced at a local garden center that is the Big Lots of plants... you never know what they are going to have but it will be a good price. I got some shasta daisies and some day lilies and some pestemon and some sedum... fingers crossed they settle in and bloom...  I planted about 100 dahlia tubers...  I had no idea I ordered that many back in January until I opened the box... it was a BIG box... but I LOVE dahlias and they were easy to plant in the raised bed... and I planted some more seeds and I did more clean up... and after a several  hours of that  on two different days, I was too pooped to do anything more than sit and mindlessly look at things on my computer.

I did do a little stitching on the stocking... plugging away at it... and I did a bit more cross stitch...this is Flag Folk by Not Forgotten Farm... 

I  LOVE that big vine... want this done for July... lots more to stitch...

As for sewing I got all the block sewn together in rows for that flag quilt from the County Seat quilt book ... but I still need to put the last 3  rows together and get borders on it... and that's another thing I want done before July.

I did a few more block for the High Tide Remix pattern with the Tiny Treaters fabric...

I have all 20 blocks cut out but I'm not thrilled with what I think will be the layout... lots of black and that orange is kinda in your face... but I will admit it looks better in this picture now that I look at it from a distance... the blocks are super easy to sew... less time to sew than to cut out I think... maybe I'll get back to them this week.

I want to re-do the seasonal decor in my living room... put away the tulips and some of the birds and get out some of my garden cross stitch... I started rearranging some stuff last night... found a quilt that will fit on the wall of the living room... realized I have to quit making big quilts and focus on smaller ones... but they always seem to get away from me... I sewed some 2.5" squares together to make a table runner for the white shelf unit in the living room...

still needs a border at each end and to be quilted and bound... every square is a different tone on tone yellow and I LOVE the white print with the straight pins...

it is a Lori Holt fabric called Pin Drop... the pins are a silver metallic... too cute!!

I did get the binding on one of the  3 quilts I got back from Quilting by David this week and I put together a  small patriotic display down in my sewing studio... 


The quilt is the flag pattern from Amy Smart... it is free and you can see it here... I'm glad I was lazy and didn't put borders on this as it wouldn't have fit on this wall... again I need to remind myself that not every quilt has to be bed sized... 


The banner came from Hobby Lobby ... the cross stitch is Grand Olde Flag by Brenda Gervais... knickknacks are from here and there... I think the red spools came from the clearance at Joanns after Christmas... I knew that someday I'd have a place for them...  

And I love this quilting panto... it is called Mike's Swoosh...


Oh, the washer and dryer were delivered and set up without a hitch... the delivery guy measured the doorways before they took the appliances off of the truck to be sure they would fit... he had obviously delivered stuff to older houses before... they do have more bells and whistles than the vintage ones but my son and I figured out some basic settings that we can use for 99.99% of all of the loads of laundry ... actually my son does the laundry ... and he likes things simple and consistent... he's happy with the new machines so that makes me happy and he did several loads this week... life is good!!

Don't have any big plans for the upcoming week... one doctor appt for me... a semi-annual check up ... already did the blood work and got the results ... my doctor emailed and said it all looked great so no changes to the 2 pills I take... not sure how much we have to discuss but I'll show up... 

The weather last week swung from one extreme to another... it was 90 degrees when I was out working in the yard... then it got rainy for a couple of days and Saturday was down right cold with a high of only 55... upcoming week looks nice... temps in the 70's... good weather to sit out on the sunroom porch and stitch... the cicadas haven't been too bad so far... now they are incredibly noisy in the morning but quiet down as the day goes on... I haven't been bothered when I was out working... saw some shells here and there but they weren't buzzing my face so I'm thankful for that... I figure we still have about 5-6 weeks of them... I shall be glad when they depart.

And I'll leave you with a picture of my pyramid of petunias... it is looking good...


I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts today... I always enjoy seeing what others are doing...  

As for Memorial Day tomorrow... for those who have passed we must Remember their service, Honor their sacrifice and Treasure our Freedom... this is the land of the free because of the brave... 

God Bless America!!


happy stitching-

carol fun 

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Lack of focus on a Slow Sunday...

Hello - well this last week has definitely lacked focus... I have flitted from one project to another every single day.. gardening, sewing, cross stitch, needlepoint, shopping... I have engaged in all of these pursuits and haven't finished a single project in any area... so get ready to see lots of bits and pieces of this and that... LOL

The weather was more July than May... upper 80s... and I had lots of things to do in the yard... clean up of daffodils and planting a couple more flats of annuals and trying to get some seeds started... I put in two long days but I still have some 1 gallon perennials to plant... and  I haven't gotten a single new dahlia in the ground... however a bunch of dahlias that I didn't dig up last Fall have been going gangbusters... almost a foot tall... and I went through all the tubers I dug up and over-wintered to find  only about 1/3 of them survived... my plan for the end of this year is I'm not digging up a single tuber and lets see what happens... I'm even going to leave them in my raised bed... if they come back great, if they don't... well I always buy new tubers anyway... cue Doris Day... Que sera sera ... whatever will be will be... 

I do have some pretty blooms right now... my peony bush which was a gift from a neighbor looks gorgeous... blooms as big as a softball... and I love that light pink color...



And speaking of pink... this is my climbing David Austin rose... I think this is the 3rd or 4th year I've had it and it has never looked better... I forget what variety it is... oh wait ... I checked back in the blog and the name of the rose is Gertrude Jekyll and I planted it in 2017... 4 years ago... so my memory isn't totally gone...LOL


And that rose bush that got pruned by the deer... it has recovered and it looks gorgeous... it is a Proven Winner rose called At Last... 


And as for the deer ....I found  this little guy laying near my patio this morning... Mom  came back later and moved him to the back corner of my neighbor's yard... so cute... but I just know he'll grow up to eat my roses... 

As for stitching... I put a couple of evenings into the needlepoint stocking... lots  more green for the tree... and for cross stitch I did a little bit more on Flag Folk... got half of the lady done... was too tired both evenings after working in the yard to do much of anything...

On the sewing front I bounced around and around and around... I have 4 rows sewn together... the fifth row and the sashing are sitting on that step ladder ...  I got bored....


So I decided to play with an American Jane Honeybun... my friend recently finished a quilt using the pattern from a QAL last Fall... you can see her quilt here... you can see the pattern instructions here... and you can see examples of the blocks here on IG... I stitched up 5 blocks...



look closely at that bottom one... I mis-cut it and had to improvise... I added in similar fabrics from my stash...so far it is my favorite block... may do more that way...



But got sidetracked by a trip to my LQS Homegrown, Homesewn... picked up a FQ bundle of the new Riley Blake  line from Jill Howarth called Tiny Treaters... you can see all the fabrics here...and I decided to use the pattern High Tide Remix by Woodberry Way which you can see here... and I picked up a couple of tone on tone fabrics to add to the bundle.... 


The graphics for this collection are so cute and I'm intrigued by the palette... the orange is a coral-y orange... the blue is a deep turquoise ... and the gray is more blue than gray (I like that a lot...not a fan of gray) and the kicker is there is one pink fabric in the collection... I don't know if I've ever seen a pink Halloween fabric before but I like it a lot... but since there was only one pink I wanted it to show up more and I got that pink tone on tone to add some punch... the blocks are  BIG... 16" finished and I sewed up 3 in short order...



Grrr...The color is off here... go look at the link of the fabrics for a true idea of the colors... that blue is looking navy here and it actually a deep turquoise and like I said that orange is more of a coral and that pink is PINK not rose... anyway in real life that look great... should be a quick top to put together and it doesn't have borders... oh how I love a quilt without borders!!!

As for shopping... my dryer stopped working on  Tuesday... I called a repair guy who came on Wednesday and the cost to fix it was 50% of the cost of a new dryer... I don't know exactly how old the dryer is but it came with the house and nothing in the house was new when I bought it ...and the washer also came with the house and it is of an undetermined age... and neither machine matched the other although that wasn't important to me, but it just told me that one or other had bitten the dust at some time in the past... so on Thursday I went shopping for a new washer and a dryer ... I know if I only bought the dryer my luck would be that  the washer would die in about 2 more weeks. I wasn't really picky about the brand, although I prefer Maytag (that what the ancient machines in the basement were ) I just wanted something that could be delivered ASAP... turned out a Maytag washer and dryer were in stock and are to be delivered today... fingers crossed that all goes well... it won't be easy getting the old machines out and the new machines in and I worry that connecting up new equipment could go awry...old houses are not always compatible with new technology... I've found that out numerous times with this house... the machines I purchased aren't the fancy new kind ...not a lot of bells and whistles... so I hope it will work out. 

So that was my week... the upcoming week doesn't look real busy... dinner Monday night with friends... babysitting on Tuesday and that's all that's on the calendar... temperatures are suppose to be in the 70's by Wednesday... much nicer in my opinion and there is a chance of rain... we could use some rain... I've had to water every night ... so maybe I'll get some more stitching and sewing done ... I've been in a sewing mood as you can tell by my starting TWO new quilt projects... and I have two quilts back from the longarmer waiting to be bound... I never lack for things to do ... and I'm happy for that...

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts today as I wait for my appliance delivery... they gave me a 4 hour time window... 9:30 am till 1:30 pm... what do you want to bet I'll be up and dressed bright and early and they'll show up after lunch?  Such is life...

happy stitching-
carol fun 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Lots of things only part way done, but feeling so upbeat on a Slow Sunday...

 Hello all ... well it was certainly a busy week... a couple of appointments and some babysitting and dinner with friends and working in the yard and a bit of sewing and a bit of stitching... and not a single project is complete... but I'm feeling upbeat about life... the weather has turned more Spring like and there are 80's in this week's forecast and the news that mask mandates have been lifted has me smiling from ear to ear... AND NOW YOU CAN SEE ME SMILE!!!   and I can see everyone else smile... I didn't know how demoralizing it was going to be when masks were on everyone's faces... and now we need to get them off of kids faces... human beings were not meant to live this way... and with that I'll climb down off my soap box. 

Like I said... I've putzed around with several projects and I'll show a couple of pics of what I have gotten down. For Mother's Day I always give myself the gift of starting a new cross stitch project no matter how many I already have started... cause starting a new project is always FUN FUN FUN!!! and Fun is in my name... literally it is... my last name starts with the letters F U N...

My pick this year was Flag Folk by Notforgotten Farm... I've seen lots of versions of this ... mostly in prim tones and you know I like prim but I like it a bit brighter... so I painted some 32 ct linen with lemon yellow and a blue (that I can't remember) Rit dyes... and I'm using the mostly called for DMC colors except for the red, white and blue... I've gone with 918, 803 and Blanc... here's where I am at the moment... 



And keeping with a patriotic theme I started a quilt top from the new book County Seat Quilts: 12 Classic Patterns with Looks that Last... OMG... I LOVE this book... now all of the quilts are done in more prim reproduction fabrics but I can see such possibilities in the patterns... here's what the pattern looks like in the book... 

and here is my version... 


now I used all vintage Debbie Mumm fabrics... boy Debbie did good Americana... some of these fabrics are at least 25 years old... heck most of them probably are...LOL... I added corner stones because they will  make it easier to keep the rows lined up and I love that fabric with the little blue stars...


 the center gets a star and there will be stars for cornerstones in the border... and while the pattern calls for Ohio Stars I think I'm going to do sawtooth stars... I can't wait to get back to this cause right now I am really wanting to sew sew sew... there are a bunch of quilts I want to make... all of them easy peasy... but so many pretty fabrics to play with... my refresh of my sewing room and given my sewing mojo a kick in the pants... I'm really loving spending time down there... oh and Dan the handyman finished up the trim work in the shelf units last week.. it is amazing how a little bit of detail like that can make things look more finished and built in... 

And speaking of fabrics I've been bitten by a new to me designer, Tilda... her fabrics are so pretty and very different from anything in my stash... I had this collection of FQs ... it is called Bird Pond...


and then I got this pack of FQs ... it is called Garden Life... 

and then I saw this on Etsy and HAD TO HAVE IT... it is called Tiny Farm...

I have no idea what I'm going to make with these but I definitely have enough fabric for several quilts...

I do know I want to make a quilt for my bed out of them... something simple and easy that shows off the prints... I have one pattern in mind... this one called Picket Fence... you can see it here... I've made this quilt before with a layer cake of  Moda Regency fabrics... they are like Liberty lawns... I like this pattern because you have big blocks of the fabric and there is no border... I am particularly  fond of quilts that don't have borders... 

As for working in the yard... I had a very productive Thursday... I put in about 6 hours outside... my son helped me plant the 5 window boxes... I have to get up on a ladder to reach 3 of them... and I planted 4 big pots and one big planter and put in some tubers and some quart sized perennials and annuals and planted some seeds...  I figure I've planted about a dozen flats of annuals and have a couple more to do... I need to clean up the daffodils, but they aren't quite ready... and I have lots more zinnia and cosmos seeds to put in the ground... I hesitated Thursday cause it was still chilly but I think it will be fine this week...and I want to get as much in the ground as I can because... THE CICADAS ARE COMING... THE CICADAS ARE COMING.... the Brood X that reappear every 17 years are ready to emerge... and with the predicted rain and then warmer temperatures I'm sure I'll be seeing them... ugh... I've only come across a few nymphs when I've been planting but I live in a old neighborhood... 1950's houses... and when they built these houses they put a tree in every single front yard. Now there aren't a lot of those old oaks left but I have a feeling there are a lot of cicadas in the ground.... 

And back to more pleasant thougths... here's a pic of one of the window boxes...


I planted geraniums and petunias and vinca in these... purples and pinks and white... I purposely tried to make them random as it seems that by mid July they start to fade... If that happens again then I can plug in some replacements that are also random... fingers crossed that this is a good strategy.

And here is a wider view of the side yard... I planted a ton of allium ... they are whimsical and they take your attention away from the withering daffodils... they remind me of lollipops... I've got a couple different varieties... the white ones were new to me this year...


Also in one of my many trips to the garden centers this last week a rose bush jumped into my cart and  followed me home... I know better than to get roses but I LOVE them and this one is a lovely peachy color  that had blooms like English roses... it is called At Last by Proven Winners... notice I said it HAD blooms and it HAD a ton of buds...  here's what it looked like when I brought it home...


I purposely put in in a pot and put the pot on casters so I could roll it into the garage at night because I know the deer love to eat them... but on Saturday night I forgot  and this is what I woke up to...

GRRRRRR... I've now set an alarm on my phone to go off every evening around 7:30pm so I don't forget to bring it in... and I'm going to put some of deer repellent around the base... I know it will rebloom but darn I detest those deer!!!

So that's what happened here in my week... this coming week looks less hectic than the last one... should be time to stitch and sew and garden... and sit on the sunroom porch... which I'm doing right now... oh I love love love my porch... so peaceful and relaxing... an aside about the pandemic... I've hated every minute of the restrictions and the changes to my life... my nice quiet life that gave me choices and freedom... however it has made me appreciate those things even more... and I'm grateful for every minute I can spend doing just what I want to do when I want to do it!!  I say my prayers every day that those of you who haven't yet gotten the chance to get back to your lives, get that opportunity very very soon. 

I'll link up with Kathy's Quilts today... I plan to spend some time working in the yard and if the rain they are forecasting materializes I'll come inside and maybe work on that flag quilt ... I have plenty of things I want to do ... 

happy stitching-

carol fun