Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Busy Busy Busy

Hello!  I hope everyone here in the US had a nice Memorial Weekend.  I've been really busy for the last couple of weeks, so here is what I've been up to.

I finished 2 more Alice Payne blocks:


Here they are all together so far

Made 2 blocks for a Girl Scout who is working on her Golden Project Award.   Here is her FB Page for her project.  She is trying to get blocks from every state in the US.
I really want to make this whole quilt using Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy trip around the world blocks. so fun!

At our guild meeting we played bingo with cards that we made ourselves.  I didn't win but it was a really fun activity!
After moving Hanna's housing in Ohio (yes, moved again) we got to stop at Ohio's Largest Antique shop - hooray!  I'll share the couple of things I bought soon.

I got my deck pots planted.  Here are a few.

We had all the kids in one place for Sig's birthday.

The boys got the newly painted boat rigged and moved to the beach slip.

On a sadder note....my poor sweet coco had a cancerous tumor on her leg and needed surgery :(       Oh no - it's the cone of shame.


She's doing pretty well and gets the stitches out on Thursday.  Yesterday she had a Memorial Day treat - Dairy Queen - her favorite!  I'm hoping and praying this is an isolated occurrence.

Whew - sorry, that was a lot to have to get through.  Hope you have a great week.

32 comments:

  1. Your Alice Payne blocks look great - the color palette is perfection! Do try a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt - they are fun to make and a great stash buster. Sounds like Coco had the same problem/surgery as my Bailey (lab mix). She had the tumor removed and the pathology report indicated all the cancerous cells were removed. We just have to continue watching her for new, possibly cancerous growths. Give Coco some chin scratches for me!

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  2. Lots of good stuff in this post, except Coco's surgery. Our Pal is in a cone now too and keeps cheerfully bonking into things. So glad you are making a pattern for Alice Payne (if I remember correctly)--it is a great quilt! So tempting!

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  3. Looks like fun times....except Coco's surgery. Love your AP blocks! What size are those blocks?

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  4. Aww, poor Coco! Those cones are such a pain! Love, love the Alice Payne blocks...and your deck pots are awesome!

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  5. The Payne blocks are very good. I cannot even see one of your stitches.

    Where in Ohio is the largest antique shop? We visit Ohio every year. There used to be a huge one in New Philadelphia but it closed. I visit a big one along the interstate near Ravenna that is very large.

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  6. Your deck is looking really nice, Barb! I love those pansies, and all the blue pots. And your quilt looks great in the dining room there. Best wishes to poor Coco! I know she'll be running around again soon. :D

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  7. Hello Barb !
    Your blocks are soooo awesome as usual ! You're very talented and the appliqués are perfect ! ;)
    I'm so sorry for Coco.... I am sending to her an enormous hug from France ! Fingers crossed for her !!
    PS : love your flowers too !

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  8. Great post: some quilting, some flowers, some family and some Coco! I'm glad she is doing well. Your Alice Payne is looking really wonderful, and thanks for the tip on the GS project. I've added it to my want-to-do (as opposed to have-to-do)list.

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  9. It's so good to see Coco up and about enjoying Dairy Queen. There's so much wonderful show and tell in this post! Your AP blocks make my heart race everytime I see them. Your beautiful plantings will be such a joy as they grow and bloom. I love the giant snail. The patchwork bingo is such a fun idea!!

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  10. Lovely applique blocks; may i ask what weight and type of thread you use for applique. I have been using Masterpiece superior threads and they tangle and knot a lot. hugs, Julierose

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  11. What beautiful applique blocks! If only mine could look that good...someday! :)

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  12. You have been one busy girl! The AP blocks are lovely and the applique work is spot on. Your flowers always look perfect on your decks. The colors are so bright and summery. Sorry about Coco. Looks like she's up and feeling better. And what a great project for a Girl Scout. Glad you were able to help out. BH's Scrappy Trip has been on my list for a long time. I've even had a pile pulled and ready go.

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  13. Your AP blocks are beautiful! So much going on this summer, you need some hand work to keep calm and sew on... Right?
    Coco got a really good treat! I hope she heals well. I am curious about your find at the antique mall. Is it quilting related?
    Have a fun week!

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  14. Is the largest Antique place the one on I-70 near Springfield? There are two, across the highway from each other.

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    1. Yes in Springfield. It's called the heart of Ohio. Awesome !

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  15. I hope Coco continues to improve, poor thing. Love,your stitching and the deck! Wow, antique shopping looks fun.

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  16. Oh poor Coco, I trust she will soon be good as new. Funny how much we love our fur babies , isn't it? Our Dora has been fighting something for weeks - you worry about them! Your pots look lovely! Hope to plant mine this week - and get back to my sewing room too!

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  17. Your blocks look great Barb and wow you've been busy. Feeling sorry for Cocoa, poor girl i'm sure the ice cream is a just reward.

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  18. It's a busy time of year! Lovely blocks and planters. Hope they have fun with the boat! And I hope Coco gets well soon. Sweet dog. We are in VA visiting family and tomorrow on to FL. It's fun to see the grandkids!

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  19. Apparently no matter what major setback you experience, you can plunge ahead and accomplish wonderful things! You are an inspiration. Blocks look beautiful and flowers very inviting. Love your snail as well!!!

    Norma

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  20. Your applique is impeccable! We need a tutorial on how you do yours.....
    So sorry about Coco and hope she continues to get better, does she still have to wear the cone?
    Happy birthday Sig, looks like a fun party and your quilt makes it very festive!
    Your pots look great. I love how you mixed the red and pink mandevilla they will look real pretty as they grow together. I have a lot of the same plants as you!

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  21. My you have been busy. Love the Alice Payne blocks. They are so beautiful. So sorry to hear about your dog and hope for a speedy recovery. Hugs

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  22. I really like your Alice Payne block. They look so pretty all together.

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  23. Your appliqué is beautiful, and so are your pots. So bright and happy. Best wishes for good health and long life for your dear Coco.

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  24. You're a BUSY girl Barb -- I hope things will slow down for you this summer. (Although -- Yikes -- the next few weeks don't sound so good - ;-( ) Love your Alice Payne blocks. And I hope poor little Coco will be ok -- such a worry!

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  25. Your Alice Payne blocks are stunning!
    I don't applique, but if I did I would want it to look like yours, which it wouldn't, so I don't. Got it? : )
    The Scrappy Trips blocks are fun. I think I have a box of blocks somewhere. Started it about 3 years ago. Everything is cut. Wonder what I am waiting for?
    I like the idea of the Bingo game cards. Clever.
    How many hours does it take to get through that antique mall?!? Interested to see what you brought home.
    Best wishes for Coco. That is hard to see them go through times like this when you can't explain to them what is happening and why.

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  26. Your Alice Payne blocks are wonderful. Beautiful applique! I hope Coco will be okay. Looks like she enjoyed her treat:)

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  27. Love your Alice Payne blocks! Hope Coco is doing well!

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  28. Oh, I'm so sorry about Coco! I sure hope she is ok, and glad that she got to go to the DQ - she definitely deserved it. Your applique block are so perfect, love them all! Your flowers are gorgeous too - you have been very busy!

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  29. I'm praying for Coco too! Hope she has lots of DQ treats to come! And, my you have been busy. Love the blocks and I love your Jubilee quilt hanging over the table!

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  30. Ms. Barb, as a fellow quilter, I enjoy following you. As a fellow dog owner, lover and oncology nurse, i am all about Coco. i so hope the removal of the tumor is the last you will have to worry about cancer for such a lovable pet. Best wishes....darlynn

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