2/20/17

To-Do List

We're back from our weekend away. We had a wonderful time. The weather was nice the first day and then got worse from there. Saturday was rainy most of the day, and that meant we stayed inside and kept ourselves entertained with things from home. By the end of the day we were so relaxed that further relaxation would have rendered us pulsating blobs of protoplasm. It was a welcome respite from our usually busy day-to-day schedule. We talked about this being one of the joys of living in a small space. The list of things to do is very short.

There was a stack of magazines to catch up on. Mike had some other reading he was enjoying, and of course, there's always hand-stitching. I finished up the "Road Trip" block.


It still needs trimming and two borders added, but that shouldn't take too long. And that means I've added something else to my to-do list, which is to make up the tenth block for Hocuspocusville. The next one is Hagatha's Dirty Laundry. It seems entirely appropriate since it's impossible to come home from a camping trip without a pile of laundry.


The kitties were glad to see us. Oh yes, the laps are back! I was more in the mood for sewing than I was for unpacking, and so I got straight to work on the ninth Solstice block. As you might guess, I had plenty of helpers. Smitty was at-the-ready to help me choose fabrics for my block.


Sadie was happy that someone turned on the fireplace so she could warm her furry self.


Sadie's life is all about staying warm, and so she's also happy to have someone at home to arrange her quilts for her.


As for the Solstice block, Block #9 is called "Among the Stars." Mine is marking Valentine's Day. That candy heart fabric has been in my stash for a long time, and so it was good to finally put it to use. This is a large block at 32 inches square. It would make a cute doll quilt all on its own.


Pat Sloan has two layouts for the quilt we're making, and I like her asymmetrical layout. This latest block will go in the center.


The to-do list is rather long for the day. First, I need to finish unpacking my clothes and food from the camper. Also, I need to make up a grocery shopping list. The shopping can wait until tomorrow. If I can get both of those things accomplished, I'll finish up the Summer Holiday block pictured above, and then get to work on the second clue for the Welcome Home Mystery Quilt Sew Along from Kathleen Tracy. You might remember that I made the little house block a couple of weeks ago. Mine didn't want to lay flat for its picture, but rest assured, the chimneys are straight.


When I add the second clue, the chimneys will behave a little better. The second clue is to add a border of half square triangles around the whole thing. 


There are also another dozen or so half square triangles to make, and those will be added at some point in the future.

That kind of takes care of today's to-do's, but look who decided to pop up while we were gone.


The tomato seeds are growing! Yay! You're going to make a lovely pasta sauce in a few months. There are three seeds in each cup. Most cups have just two seeds germinated. A few cups have none, but we're off to a pretty good start. I expect the remaining seeds to germinate within the next day or two.

Oh yes, and I have to back way up to last Thursday and my visit to Boersma's with my friend Lenelda from Ft. Worth, Texas. I didn't have anything in mind for our fabric shopping trip, although Lenelda picked out some very pretty fabrics to go in a quilt she's making for her brother. We spent quite a bit of time figuring out the yardage for that. As for me, I love Boersma's because their whole basement is devoted to bolts of fabric on sale. I can always find something I like there for a good price. I picked up these two. The one on the left reminded me of bricks or board siding. I thought it might come in handy for the walls of a barn at some point.


The one on the right will probably end up in a binding or something. I just liked it. It occurs to me that the Hocuspocusville quilt has some orange and black nine patch blocks when I start sewing it together. That fabric would work well in one of the nine patches.

So that's my plan for the day. Plenty to do, and never enough time. Be sure to check back tomorrow. I have a fun giveaway planned, but I'll say more about it in tomorrow's post.

10 comments from clever and witty friends:

claudia said...

Welcome home!
The Road Trip block came out really cute! One of these days I want to make house blocks, but I have to finish all the fun stuff I have going on now before I even think about it! I tend to play squirrel and bounce from pretty thing to pretty ting. It's time I got some UFO's done!
I bet Smitty and Sadie are so pleased you are home!
Thanks for the reminder...I have to get some seeds going. The room mate told me his friends told him to order from a catalog and not get the seeds from local stores, because the catalog ones are better. I had better get a move on if we want veggies this year from the garden!

WoolenSails said...

Sounds like a nice relaxing weekend, and sometimes that is the best.
Wonderful stitcheries, each one is so fun.

Debbie

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Welcome back home - sure the furkids missed you more that just for that lap.

Quilting Babcia said...

I so miss my visits to Boersmas basement, not to mention ogling the fabrics in the rest of store. You've had a lovely "maiden voyage" in your new home away from home, but your kitties are hoping their new catio will be installed soon! Life just isn't the same without mom and dad around!

DeeDee said...

Sadie is like my Olive. I'm forever finding her under the covers or in a nest of pillows. She's so funny. But I think it has something to do with her circumstances before we adopted her. She ended up at the rescue because her owner moved and left Olive outside to her own devices. The neighbor was feeding her, but he had three dogs that would have ripped her to shreds, so he called the rescue and asked if they had room for her. She'd been on her own for about a month - she was probably about 7 months old, no shots, and she hadn't been spayed. She was flea bitten, skinny, and her fur was a mess from trying to make it on her own. I'm so grateful to the guy who couldn't stand to see her suffer for bringing her into the rescue. Because of her we ended up adopting two more from the same place and we've got the three happiest cats we've ever had.

I love reading your posts because who doesn't love quilting and cats? You're a woman after my own heart!

Wendy Tuma said...

The house block is really cute! I've stalled out on the Pat Sloan blocks; need to decide whether I'll keep going or no. I prefer that layout too, so if I do continue, I'll go with that I think. Glad you had a relaxing weekend in your first "tour".

Brown Family said...

I did not do the Pat Sloan Solstice blocks. I down loaded the 100 quilt blocks from another of her projects, but did note make them. I do like the asymmetrical layout of this one. I would like to try to catch up on the Welcome Home Mystery Quilt Sew Along from Kathleen Tracy. Are these patterns on the Facebook page or in her book, that I have not received, yet! I have been working to complete my Farm Girl blocks that I started 2015. It was a BOM that we completed around this time last year. I was busy helping my friend move and never got back to it. I have almost finished Charlotte ans am waiting for the nest one to arrive. I am hoping it will be here later this week!

Glad you had a restful weekend. It is always good to recharge the batteries

Susan said...

Glad the first trip in your new camper was good.

Love Sadie's blue and green eyes. She also looks like she is rolling her eyes at you in the next picture. My current cat (the one I inherited from my aunt) does not like to have anything over him. However, my last cat, (one of two I inherited from my sister) would spend even the warmest days under the blankets on the beds. My hubby likes Smitty's pose. I told him he is telling you to put the camera away and get to work picking out those fabrics.

quiltzyx said...

Sounds like a lovely lazy rainy day in the camper - wonderful!

I really like the fabrics you got on your excursion to Boersma's, especially the red one!

Amazing that those teen tiny sprouts will grow up to nearly touch the top of your green house, isn't it?!

Kate said...

Sounds like the break in trip was a really good one. I'm behind on blog reading big time, so I'm looking forward to seeing what all you've been up to the last week.