Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Barn Quilts

Barn Quilts by Anita Goodesign.  Other than for utilitarian things, it was the first time I'd used my embroidery machine in forever.  And it felt good.

Also, for the first time in almost two years, I sat in the evening and watched Aaron's baseball team.  I remembered all over again how much I enjoy that.

A friend gave me some flat art bins for storing fabric and I ordered several more.  It feels so nice to fill them with folded fabrics, and it reminds me how much nice fabric I actually have.

As I look at the fabric shelves I see the art box on the bottom shelves.  It's a tote filled with art supplies that the grand kids used to love to play with.  I think they are past that now, but I can't yet bring myself of get rid of it.  Maybe next year.  Maybe one afternoon this summer they will bring out  that box once again.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

More for the Team


More baseball numbers, on towels this time.

I went into Joann yesterday to get some double fold bias tape for finishing one side of the towels.  I checked the app on my phone for coupons and found that the nice one for 40% off one item was not to be found.  I had heard that Michael's was discontinuing their 40% off coupons.  The supposed rationale was that they would have good sales instead (which is fine, but sometimes we need THAT item right now).  Maybe Joann is doing the same.

My friend gifted me with two flat art bins - she said she had too many.  I am in love.  I can put a couple of quilting projects in each and I'm so much happier than with the little bags I had sitting around.  I just might have ordered three more.

And ok, yes, I have more quilting projects than you might think are appropriate.  Don't judge me.  I like to skip around.  And to know what's coming next.

Saturday, April 10, 2021



One of my friends is a jigsaw puzzle lover and she sort of talked me into trying out a puzzle.  It's been an experience, it's over, and I won't be doing another any time soon.  Maybe next winter.  Many evenings I thought that, come morning, I'd just put all the 1000 pieces back in their box.  Now the puzzle is going on to my friend for her future enjoyment.

The names and numbers for the bat bags are embroidered and delivered so that is complete too.  And, thinking of baseball, it's early days yet but the Reds are doing great, fun to watch.  

I spent some of yesterday morning at the car dealership getting an oil change and headlight replacement.  Plus a belt replacement.  I'll be going back next week for some other work, just maintenance for a car with as many miles as mine.  

I enjoyed admiring the wheels on the Subaru Crosstrek.  Does anyone buy a car because it has jazzy wheels?  A woman came in and tried it out for size, don't know if she went on a test drive.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Baseball Again


My task for the week:  embroidering names and numbers for Aaron's team's bat bags.  I have the software part finished, just the actual stitching to do now.

It feels so hopeful to have the Reds playing down the street.  Something I missed during last year's spring.  And so far, they have been fun to follow.  Lots of runs.

Home again from a vacation at Hilton Head.  It had been years since I'd been to the beach, and this was such a nice one.  White sand, but not blindingly white.  Nice weather for the most part.  It was my first time at Hilton Head and I enjoyed seeing the way they have tried to make it look less commercial.  Beige stores, set back from the street.  Bicycle paths everywhere.

During the past year I missed the grandchildren so much and it was amazing to spend time with them.  They have grown up so much.  Both of them had a small adventure on their own.  Nora drove to visit a school friend in a different neighborhood and Aaron rode a bike to a near-by park (and spotted an alligator beside the pond.)

On the way home we spent a couple of nights with Sarah and Winnie and that was another nice time.  And then right away after we came back, it was Easter.  My body and mind need a little adjustment time.