May is a Marvelous Month!

Happy Sunday!  Today – May 17, 2020 – marks 3 years now we have owned our Cassie (Nissan Rogue)… and later this week I will celebrate 9 years as a blogger here too!!!

So smile and grab a cuppa and see what all has been going on around here this week 💖

Last weekend after blogging and reflecting I quilted on Appalachian Delight… I will share that in just a bit 🙂

First I wanna share photos I got last Sunday from a couple of my kids…

Brandi – My Darling Daughter
Mike (my youngest son) with his fiance Kristen

I am soooo happy to have heard from these 2 precious people!!!

And I finished this version of a table runner that day… but I couldn’t leave it as such … while still in flimsy form..

 So I used my new seam ripper from Holli Jo and…

Removed the top piano key border and repinned each intersection and sewed it back on….

Ta dah!!!!  Now it is off to Jannessa’s to be quilted with her talent. 🙂  I will bind it in the dark red I used for the diamonds… all this was an old kit Jannessa was destashing… so I took … SCORE!!!

I managed to get the right outer border done after rolling the quilt last weekend…

 Here is another sashing picture…

 And a cool view I caught for all of us to enjoy…

 Time to Roll!!!!

 And progress is being made from the left side of the quilt to the right side now!!

 Left outer border and inner border are done… and a sashing is done too!

 And this is what waits for me today to work on….

I am linking this great progress on slow stitching this week to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching Linky Party HERE… come see what I am talking about if you haven’t visited Kathy before!!!!

I am also linking with my HQAL group that has some new members since my last posting with them 3 weeks ago…

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

One thing I enjoy doing while slow stitching all those stitches is listen to audio books and boy did I just finish a GREAT book that kept me on the edge of my seat… And it has a twist at the end… giving it a unexpected happy ending too ❤  I love that!

Look into a audio book service called Chirp… it is an app for your phone, pad, or tablet..  They run sales all the time on audio books so you can get great books for inexpensive then … and you OWN them!

I did buy a paperback book on embroidery stitches… to expand my use on the red work I am working on … while I was perusing my purchase my honey brought in some fresh roses from our yard and presented them to me with water and a sweet vase my bestie gifted me in the past…

Here is a pic I took of Julius … my handsome 301!

 Flanked by my magnetic pin dish… my newest addition a felt and wool pin cushion Jannessa made me… my snip scissors with fob I love… and that awesome sharp and easy to use seam ripper!!!!

Thanks to my super sweet friend Holli Jo… I got an infusion of fabric this week…

Yes there are a couple fabrics in here as shirts for my honey and some for my stash… some for upcoming projects and some I am turning into reusable cloth napkins for our new table runner 🙂

I spent most of the day yesterday figuring out how to cut out the fabric to make this rag animal…

 It is for my grand on her upcoming 1st birthday so I need figure this out 🙂  Have you ever made a rag animal like this?? I can’t find any help online for the process and patterns like this are much different from quilting patterns for sure!!!

During our separation from others we have….

Loved on Molly…

Took a fun selfie…
Planted flowers at the base of our flag pole…

 And repotted the daisy we bought… with 4 or  blooms showing…

 Look how pretty they look post planting…

 Above you can see that rock building… that is our local post office! 🙂  Between us and the post office is a river and a railroad tracks too!!!

Here is a photo of that Gerber Daisy showing 7 or 8 blooms now… I took this yesterday using portait mode on my camera and love the colors better I think! 🙂

How are you spending your days as we isolate more to let the virus die down??  I would love to hear… in the mean time try this in the mornings…

And remember… life is what you choose to make of it ❤  Make it GREAT! 

And I hope you enjoy the blog header and colors I went with for this coming blog writing year 🙂


10 thoughts on “May is a Marvelous Month!

  1. Kim

    Every time I visit your fun place there is always a big smile on my face. As always so many pretties to look at. How beautiful your quilt is looking. I always think it must be delightful to sit by that window and quilt…even better when listening to a rivetting book. Julius is a rather handsome fellow, isn't he. How fun to stitch on this wonderful piece of machinery. It looks as if the sun is shining up there and you are enjoying time in the garden…how fabulous. Enjoy your Sunday, lovely Kathi.


  2. Little Penpen

    Hello Kathi! Looks like a good week there! You are moving right along on your quilting. You will have another beautiful quilt before you know it. We have been working in the yard all week. I’m itching to get back into the sewing room. Maybe next week!


  3. Karen - Quilts...etc.

    the quilting is coming along really well – staying home has us all quilting more I think. Love the photos of your kids your daughter looks a lot like you I think. Nice to get more fabric and things to work on. Planting flowers and being outside well help the months go by. One day we will look back at this virus year and see all we accomplished staying home. Looks like your man is becoming a bit of a mountain man with facial hair 🙂 my hubby has almost always had a mustache and short beard.


  4. Jill

    Lots of photo & virtual visits worldwide last Sunday. Love the pattern you have chosen for your sashing. Perfect! Your stitches are so neat & tidy. Your fancy schmanzy seam ripper hopefully made the ripping out process less painful. Thanks for the book suggestion. I enjoy suspense with surprise & happy endings. Sorry can't help in the rag animal dept. Coincidence, I have the same magnetic pin dish along with a few others. My 301 is running clunky. Hope you have lots of gerber daisy blossoms this summer!


  5. Karrin Hurd

    Love seeing your projects and your family visits last Sunday. We are getting along fine with this isolation. We did have visits from our daughters and grandchildren last Sunday. They have been in isolation for two months now too.


  6. CathieJ

    I love the pics of your kids. Your table runner is really pretty. The quilting in your sashing is one of my favorite patterns. I can't do the audio books. I get too distracted and miss important parts. I would rather read a physical book or listen to music.


  7. Gretchen Weaver

    I'm glad your quilting mojo is back! I'm so glad I have quilting and sewing to fill the days. Our library has started curbside pick up, call the day before and order the books. And I got my hair cut last week so I could do both activities in the same little town. Happy stitching!



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