"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


My quilting blitz continues, and I have something green!  I was recently gifted a bag of scraps, and found these green triangles in the mix.  I immediately made a little doll quilt.  I was also gifted a bag of batting scraps, and the white fabric!  I actually put it together wrong, but I decided I liked the way it looked, so I kept it.  I used a stencil for the quilting.

Another little quilt that I've been working on can't be shown for awhile, and yet another is being long-armed by a friend, because my machine just didn't like it at all.

In other green news, I'm making crayons each month, but I haven't made the tips yet, so I'm not sharing.  I made a light green and a darker green.  I think that brings me to seven for the year.  I put aside the colored fabric for the tip, and I plan to make a bunch of them at the same time.

I'm almost finished quilting one of my RSC16 quilts.  Hopefully I'll be sewing  binding tonight.  And yet another RSC16 top was put together yesterday.  It was strip pieced on foundation fabric, and it weighs a ton.  I think I'm going to look for a light weight batting for it.  Any suggestions?

Last week's nature trip took us to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia.  We drove through rain and dense fog to get there, and again to get back home.  While we were actually in the park, however, it was nice enough for a couple of short hikes and some pretty pictures.  I'd love to go back this week to see the Mountain Laurel that was in bud EVERYWHERE last week!!!

From scenic overlook

Mountain Laurel buds

Pink Lady Slipper

The reward for hiking the Lindy Point Trail

Unknown - any suggestions?  Karen?

Flame Azalea


Blackwater Falls from the overlook

Blackwater Falls up close and personal.  It was at this point that my camera disk gave me a 'full' message.  :-(
 I have a little field trip planned for later this week, but it probably won't involve any wildflower pictures.  Stay tuned!

Be kind.....always..............................Sunny

  1. the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


What is SKOU you ask?  It is Some Kind of Ugly.  I had good intentions with this quilt.  But I think it's one of the ugliest quilts I've ever seen.  Friends have assured me that someone will love it, and I hope they're right.  On Friday night, for FNSI, I finished the binding.

Poor lighting late at night.  This is all in pink.

I took a break from my quilting and binding blitz to go to the shore for a couple of days.  We did some wildflower hiking, beach walking, picture taking, touring, and pony watching.
one of two deer we saw on nature walk.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge seen from eastern shore

Tower on Delaware Beach

Bottle tree?

Blue-eyed grass

Wild ponies of Assateague

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Glossy Ibis

Assateague Lighthouse

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Walking the beach at sunrise
I've been to three sewing groups since I returned, but none of my projects are finished.  If all goes according to plan tomorrow, there WILL be finishes!

There was a mourning dove on our deck this morning and it caught the attention of the girls.  They're used to seeing squirrels and smaller birds, but the doves don't often get on the deck.  They're down below eating what the other birds and squirrels drop on the ground!

Happy Sewing........Sunny

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Another May finish!

Actually, I have two more finishes, but one is a secret until it is received by its new owner in Florida.  But I can share this with you.
This is a Pam Buda Prairie Women pattern that I'm making with my small group.  This is the second in the series, and I've got a portion of another completed.

Sydney wanted to say Hi to everyone!

Zippy wasn't as enthusiastic about having her picture taken.

And if you're interested in yet another batch of wildflower pictures, I've added some to my Wildflower page.  Please tell me if you think I've misidentified any of them!

Be kind, always.............Sunny

Monday, May 8, 2017

FNWF - I'm late!

Sorry, I've had my quilting machine cranked up, not my computer!  I'm on a quilting and binding blitz.  First up, the quilt I was binding Friday night for FNWF.  This is a comfort quilt for a children's hospital.

This was quilted on Friday, as well, after I finished quilting several place mats.

Saturday was a new day, and a new quilt.  This is my Diary quilt, started many many years ago.  I put it on a UFO Challenge list to get it going again.  For one UFO challenge, I had to complete at least 12 blocks.  I had previously done two, but I didn't like them, so I changed my fabric choice - to scrappy - and completed 20 blocks.  I really didn't want to make the quilt at all at this point, but there was no way I was going to contribute to the 'kitty' for not finishing.  Following that, I put finishing the quilt on another UFO Challenge list, and it's due in about 2 weeks.  And I actually kinda like the quilt.

It represents many things in my life.  My Irish heritage, my patriotism, my hobbies:  reading, photography, quilting, and travel, my mother:  Rose of Sharon, Grandmother's flower garden, my two states:  South Dakota and Maryland, and my love of cats, beaches, and tea.  I'll probably donate this to some group, but it has buttons on it, so it's not suitable for a small child.   This quilt started from a Mimi Dietrich book, long before I knew who Mimi Dietrich was!

On Sunday, I got another quilt quilted, but I didn't get the binding on, so I'll save it for another day.  I think there are still four more in the to-be-quilted pile.  That's where they go when I can't decide how to quilt them.  For instance, my quilt with the reindeer names.  Not a clue what to do with it.  I need to make more quilts with overall patterns so I can quilt them with an overall pattern!!

Earlier last week, I finished my challenge quilt for one of my guilds.  I only know of one guild member who reads this blog, so TR, don't peek!  Our challenge was to use our birth month flower, and our birthstone color.

And now, back to my quilting and binding blitz!  I also have to finish a birthday gift for one of you.

Be kind, always....................Sunny