Friday, July 1, 2022

60 Birthday Round Up

Birthday Bow Ties - 18" June Monthly Mini

I've been thinking about a chrome or cheddar bow tie little quilt for  a while and this week I needed some nervous sewing time (no comment on the current situations in America).
Birthday Bow Ties - 18" square - blocks are 3 1/2" 

How cute is this backing?
I am continuing to work on my Three Mile Island Quilt.  
This is my favorite block.  So 70s
Randy Danto recommended this book to me, and I loved it.  It is set in the 60s and female centric.  
We've been enjoying wonderful weather here in CT.  Low humidity and nice temperatures.
I had my final  60th Birthday celebration last weekend which included this fabulous cake!
and these gorgeous flowers!
Coco made a great model.   Go to Wendy's blog for  a link to all the merry mini makers.

Happy July Everyone! xo

Monday, June 20, 2022

TMI Quilt

 Back to my Three Mile Island Quilt.  

The accident happened in 1979 so I'm using classic 70s colors; avocado green, harvest gold and chocolate.    I'll be adding sashing and borders of course. I found this great chart on line.
I'm using the Jen Kingwell steampunk pattern that I used in my Chernobyl quilt.  There will be three in the series of Nuclear Accidents.

I've been sifting and sorting and purging again.   It is sometimes a little painful, but it all feels better when it is gone.

One of the projects was auditing my sheets.  Ridiculous!  I had so many sets and random singles.
While watching the January 6th hearings I got them organized and folded.

King sets and pillowcases I want to keep
Twin sets - one set going back about 25 years.  The tulip sheets by Laura Ashley and they are still in perfect condition.
Queen sets:
Would I rather be sewing? sure.....but it felt great to get this job done.
Some are going to Goodwill and some are going to my kids.  yay!

Other stuff I'm letting go of to various thrift and charitable outlets:
Don't worry - that Chrome quilt was not included!  ha ha
As Mary Poppins so wisely said: "Well Begun is Half Done". 

I always over plant my containers because I want them to look lush and full.  It becomes survival of the fittest.
The weather has been sublime.  Coco likes to enjoy the fresh air outside without actually being outside, lol.
The labyrinth down at the Sound has expanded a lot since I last saw it.  I would have walked it, but coco wouldn't have understood.... at all.
Happy Juneteenth.  I'm grateful for  this cultural awareness holiday.
Stay well friends!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Hello from Here

Hi friends! It has been a long while since I have posted.  The news of the world has affected me a bit, but I'm here now to catch up.arb

Barb turns the big 60!
As you may have seen by now - I turned 60 on June 2nd.
We had a wonderful celebration in Vero Beach Florida.  Lots of famil  time in a wonderful VRBO.
My family had a surprise Party for  me.
Don't you love the peanut M&Ms on the charcuterie board? 
We loved  the pool my kids dubbed it "the little ocean" when we stayed home as opposed to going to the beach.  watching the blue land crabs peeking at us from the garden.
 fun to watching the blue land crabs peeking at us from the garden.
A visit to Universal Studios for one very LONG and very HOT day of FUN.
We actually have as much fun in line as on the ride.
The Newer Diagon Alley area of Harry Potter is amazing!
It truly is like entering a different world;  a magical wizarding world.
My wonderful children took me the McKee Botanical Garden
This is an amazing outdoor kitchen in the Spanish style.
A wicker sculpture - amazing!  it took two weeks for a group to construct this of green willow branches.
It was very neat to walk through and admire.
As for  quilting - I finished my workshop pieced portrait of Nutmeg.
the pinning was insane.   It was like hand piecing for the machine.
I always wanted to learn how these quilts were made and now I know, and I may will never do it again. 😅
One of my favorite summer side dishes - Three Bean Salad.

Hope you are having a lovely June!  Thank you to everyone who has wished me a Happy Big Birthday.  I so appreciate you all.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022


 or Hot-lanta which is what my husband calls it.  I visited the Bullock Hall Quilting Guild and I stayed with my friend, Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting.  We had a such a good time.

Being an Olympics fan, it was fun to see the Torch in city on the way to Diane's home.
Diane had a beautiful room for  me which was a quiet retreat and so pretty.  Complete with beautiful quilts - of course!
This one was on my bed - so fresh and pretty.
I love Diane's color sense and her use of different blocks.
My room came with treats and snacks.  It was Heaven.  Thank you Diane!  I made best friends with Rumi her new golden puppy.  It was love at first sight (don't tell coco!)
I taught my Liberated Houses Workshop and we had a great day.  So many great ideas and everyone caught right on.
It was wonderful to meet the guild members and get to know them.  What a lovely group of women!
One student, Helga, brought a line drawing she created of her house and was making great progress on a special house quilt. Wow!
After my lecture and a wonderful lunch Diane took me to Thread  Bare Fabrics.  Let's just say, if you want it....they have it......somewhere.
If your guild is meeting in person again, they can find my info at:  

For my nature walking friends, Barbara S. and Gladi P. I spotted several Jack in the Pulpits a couple of weeks ago.
I also found this beautiful nest that had fallen out of a tree after a windy storm.  It was so small and sweet.
For  my Foodie friends, near and far I made Polish Stuffed Cabbage and it was fabulous!
Here is the recipe I used:  Grandma's Golumpki  The only changes I made to the recipe was that I used Campbell's Tomato Soup and no water along with the large can crushed tomatoes for the sauce. I did not add lemon zest to the meat.
Dill?  what the heck? no thanks.

I'll be back before you know it.  I actually mean it this time.
Hope you are all staying well and happy.