The Goal Is In Sight

Frolicking along, still LOL.  This last tidbit of construction is a doozy, taking a good amount of time.  Today I will work on half blocks.  I think I have used my seam ripper more with this quilt than all others combined!

Working towards a finish:

  • sew half blocks
  • sew sashings
  • sew sashings to blocks
  • sew blocks together
  • sew 2 half blocks to row of blocks
  • sew sashings to other sashings
  • attach sashings to row
  • And repeat many many times

Last week I had this laid out on the floor

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And then I had a corner!

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And then I had another row with the sashing unattached.

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And then I have two halves, which happened after I snapped this photo.  I am getting excited as I progress.  The quilt is saying cheese.  Interesting color combination I have, probably not the best, but I used up my stash and am happy with the black as it gives it an old timey feel.  I like eclectic and old timey.

I am seeing, as I progress, the saturation of the pinks and the blues/purples be so close together they get washed out.  But my quilt is not the only quilt affected.  I noticed some of Bonnie’s blocks are like that.  So, I am deeming it ok and am putting those blocks on the left.

I am told when looking at a quilt, you read it like a book starting very briefly on the left, but mostly you look at it dead center and your eyes carry you to the right.  So all the “ugly” blocks are staying on the left.  The next one I make, I will make sure that does not happen.  I have more “wisdom” now.  Each mystery teaches me something, this one especially.

I noticed when I joined 3 block row with 5 block row, one of my sashings was turned.  NOT FIXING IT.  I am feeling amish at the moment LOL.  The old saying goes the amish would purposely put a mistake in a quilt because they know god is perfect and man is not.  After watching “Oh God, you Devil” with George Burns playing God years and years ago, I formed my own opinion, God is probably closer to human.  George Burns pointed out several animals with the knee caps on backwards:  cows, horses, cats, dogs, etcetera.  That line always cracks me up and does make you wonder.  So I am going AMISH STYLE with this one.  If I catch the mistake before it is sewn into a row, I will fix it.  If I don’t, it will be perfectly imperfect!  These things used to bother me, but I let it go.  I so enjoy the process differently than years ago.

I have not worked on anything else since last Friday at my sewing table.  I do look forward to moving on!

Agenda for today is making Shake N Bake chicken drumsticks from scratch for supper.  Interested in the recipe?  It is offered free on my other blog thecookbookproject.wordpress.com. 

Click here for the shake and bake mix recipe.

….oh and of course I will be sewing too!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

 

Frolic is coming together!

#Frolicquilt by Bonnie Hunter is starting to resemble a quilt.  I got all the pinwheel blocks sewn.  This was marathon sewing Sat and Sun in between cooking and laundry and vacuuming.  Then this evening I had 7 to go, two of which lost parts LOL.  So I went through the scraps created and matched up and got those checked off the list.  The pastel part of the quilt I am really not liking, but, I am in love with the black aspect.  It really makes the secondary block pop.  I am liking the ease of this going together so well.  And I may just do this scrappy colorway for each block and revisit this again with a better color scheme.

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I am manic to get this done as it is taking up so much work space I cannot work the 365 blocks and am a few days behind.  Do you ever have creative episodes of manic sewing?  I am sew focused and enjoy those days when I am enabled!

The optical illusion of the central block with the chain-link white and black fabric has a neat looking floating out of block experience!

Sashing neutrals cut, tomorrow will be working towards cutting the blue squares.

That last reveal clue was a doozy.  Those of you sewing along, it is gonna take some time to get it done.

In social media I have read up on this quilt and lots of ladies have just dropped out because they did not follow instructions.  The key instruction is explained by putting the raspberry on top of the blue when cutting pieces for the flying geese wings and the central pinwheels.  If you failed to follow instructions this would not go together correctly, and it would not be a matter of just ripping and resewing, it would be getting all new strips of fabric and starting over.  I did struggle with remembering to place the raspberry strip on top right side down.  If you worked this in batiks, it would not be a problem, nor with solids or homespuns.  And on another note, the instructions were clear but took me several reads to comprehend, because I did not mark my clues by their number and I did not use the assigned color, it confused the situation that much more.

Perhaps this weekend will showcase a few rows of completion.  That is the goal I am aiming for.

TTFN (TA TA for Now!) and thanks for reading my blog!

Orange Dream Big!

A lot has been accomplished in the quilting dept this week.  I have kept up my 365 blocks.  I am certainly enjoying petting fabrics and taking my time trying to figure out what dark dark, goes with a medium dark, or a medium light LOL.  Continuing to crank one of these out per day.

I am even taking pleasure in spinning those seams!  Not all blocks end up with this, but it sure is enjoyable to see if you can make it pretty on the back too!

Here are a lot of the 365 block a day blocks together.  I looking forward to start sewing these together, but I have heard that does not occur until sometime in April.

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This is kind of sparkling, and as simple as some of these are, they are magnificent when paired with other blocks.  It is looking a bit more complicated, but if you just take it one piece at a time, and then one block at a time you do not get overwhelmed.

And Frolic was finally revealed yesterday.  I posted this two weeks ago, and I guessed right!

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With as much going on at the eye of my needle, I just had to get one of these stitched up, made a couple actually.  I worried about my quilt looking like an easter egg and being really washed out with pale colors.  Turns out my worry was for nothin’!

12 inch frolic block

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These go together so easy.  I still have a bit of cutting to do.  These will work themselves into blocks in the coming weeks.  I can’t wait to get this to top status!

Thursday, I was in a funk.  I was in a fowl mood, and no matter my thoughts they were negative.  I chose to not talk much to coworkers and decided before the morning was even halfway that I needed a good does of quilting at the big machine.  I made those arrangements and got going.  I had not a plan, and my improv free motion quilting, was just that FREEEEEE.  I felt so free doing this.  It made my mood improve.  Gosh, I just need to do this as much as possible.  A good dose of color each day is good for a quilters soul and keeps the blahs away!

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Fire flapping, fish scales stacking, flower swirls, feathers, lines, leafy vines, and a tad of meander, I just really needed this.  It has been three weeks since I stood at the machine.  I got the top half of the flower almost done.

And today I brought home 3 large bags of fabric!  FREEEEEEE!!!!  My bosses wife decided that the pile she thought she would get to, years have passed and the children are now older and it is just sitting there not getting used.  Gifted to me, I need to make her something, any of you have ideas?  More than a mug rug, less than a quilt.

So I have some lovely large pieces of fabric added to freshen up the old stash.

Truth be told, I would have loved to receive this before frolic, but it looks like now, I will not have to buy backing fabric.  I will be trying to work this into the stash drawers and totes over the weekend.  I had just worked the stash down to where I could rummage through without making a disaster area.  Back to the fabric disaster status, always ongoing LOL.  I’ll take it!

And sweet goodness has arrived, the weekend!  Batteries charging……

May your weekend be ever so charged!  Thank you for reading my blog!

Playing with Frolic

Well, ladies and gentlemen, if you are any good at math, you can somewhat deduct what fabrics go with what sets in this Frolic mystery quilt.

I have played with the ones that are divisible by 41.  This is what I have ended up with.  I am hoping that this block only lacks neutral (blacks) with just squares to go and then we will be done.  This quilt will probably have an amazing border or other blocks.

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I have stacks and stacks of blocks.

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I have laid out other blocks, my colors are very muted up close.  Perhaps when everything is sewn together and gazed upon across the room it will be visible.

I had not planned a mid-week post.  But I got so darn excited with the frolic layout, I just had to SHARE!

And humming right along on the 365 challenge.  Each day this week, I have sewn the required block plus added one in that I downloaded back in Dec.  Glad I did that as the 3 1/2 inch blocks are very easy and do not take long.

 

Hopefully this weekend I will have either a short youtube video uploaded or another dream big panel quilted.  I can’t wait to start on this one, it is orange!

Look for my next post this weekend, and thanks for reading my blog!

A Finish and a New Start!

I got the binding sewn on the antique wedding rings quilt.

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You can call this one done!  A lovely way to finish out the year, with a finish!

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Using light and darks within the same color family really makes the rings sparkle!  Here is what I managed for the back.

backingCould I have done better for the backing?  Yes, but that would require a purchase.  I would much rather use what I have on hand.  I look forward to its yardage replacement.

Here is some quilting, but I specifically chose a panto that would lose itself in the top, as I want to showcase the top, not the quilting.

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I got the side leaders sewn for my quilting machine.  They are not photogenic by any means, but will be worth their weight in gold.  If you are interested in making these, there is an easy instructional video on youtube, just click here.

leader

And…….er……I started another project! In the midst of Frolic!  I must be crazy!  I am somewhat ashamed, as I have many projects going right now, but gosh I need to be challenged.  After quilting for years, the challenge is just not there for much of what I do.  I don’t want to sing the song, “The Thrill Is Gone”.  That would be the end of my hobby.

So, what did I start this time you ask?  Have you heard of the 365 quilt block challenge?  Amazing what you end up with if you stick with it.  In one of my previous posts,  I noticed the lack of red in my strings and overall fabric stash.  I am doing this challenge in reds.  I am going scrappy, so low volume neutrals with some sort of reds or pinks.  One of these blocks will probably be a redo and not make the cut.  But so far I am enjoying this challenge.

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Here is my favorite block so far.

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What is so challenging you might ask?  These blocks are only 6 inch blocks finished, and 6 1/2 unfinished.  If you count the pieces in these pictures you will see over 50 pieces.  To top that off, measurements are given in off, meaning you trim as you go.  Because I know how to get accurate 1 1/2 inch blocks (unfinished hst’s) using the ruler method, I am recalculating fabric cuts and figuring out what I need to cut from that.  So far so good.  These blocks were rounding out the end of the challenge and probably harder blocks.  But after a little research, alot of these blocks are like this.  Not sure if this is the most intense or not.  Will I be able to keep up?  Nope.

What I can keep up with is saving the pdfs to do as time permits.  Right now with time off, I have plenty of time to work what I can.

I found this video of the 365 block challenge on youtube and thought I would share someone else’s color way/perspective!

Fighting a migraine today.  I went for years with NO headaches.  Then all of a sudden bam, I get one, about once month.  I hope this is not a hormone thing.  I am thinking my brain is throwing a temper tantrum for caffeine.  The light streaming through the windows hurts today.  Talking today, makes me grimace.  The first day is always the worst.  It will slowly fade.  I will continue to sew as I can focus on something other than the throb.

I am so enjoying the leisure of time off!  Nothing is rushed, no anxiousness.  Inner peace, or if you are a quilter, “piece”!

I would like to take the time to thank you, my readers.  You have read along this year, and I sew appreciate you.  It means a lot to me!  I hope you have learned a thing or two and will continue to join me in my quilting journey!

Happy New Year!  Cheers!

Frolic Mystery Clue 4

Aaaaahhhhhhh, I have been waiting for this day, for 363 1/2 days.  Christmas break!  Time Off!  This wonderful day fell on the very same day as clue 4 was released from Bonnie Hunters Mystery Quilt along.

I cheated a bit and read it while I was at work and then dreamed the rest of the day of being in the comfort of my home, sewing until my hearts content.  And then I would snap back to reality and drudge on for the remainder of my day.

Boy did the work day go ever so slow!  I used to complain about the time going slow right before a holiday.  The older I get, the more time speeds up, so I will enjoy the slow day much more than the whirlwind fast day as most days have become.

I am keeping up with this mystery.  So far the clues have been less brutal than previous years.

I will continue with this clue until I get it done.  My colors are subs.  My lavander is my dark blue.  My light blue, is my light blue.  My whites are my aquas.  My pinks are the raspberry, and my blacks are the neutrals.

After doing some figuring in my head, it would appear that this may be a block setting on point.  We shall see.  I can never figure this out ahead of time.  My quilters puzzle is just that, at the end a puzzle.  And then even after the reveal, I get confused LOL and have to re-read the instructions over and over.

Slow and steady.

After just an hour I have some sets completed.  More to come….

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Incidentally I am storing my clues from previous weeks in a shoebox.  That shoe box is over half full.  With this weeks clue, it will fill up.  I have another shoebox.  This may be the year for 2 shoe boxes full of pieces.  (Note:  Clumsy children have knocked this over with a confetti of fabric blocks all over the place, it was fun trying to stack it back the way it was.  Like unpackaging the orginal packaging when opening, it will never go back quite right no matter how hard you try)

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Christmas is almost upon us!  Last minute shopping tomorrow.  Then off to wrap.  A little christmas music for the season.  This is my favorite song!  There is something about Burl Ives!  Not sure if he reminds me of my Grandpa that played Santa Claus, or if his voice was similiar, or if it was at that time in my life of 4 years where I could remember all of these things at the same time.  He died when I was about this age, so maybe that is my brain’s way of keeping him with me through the holiday.  Great Iconic voice, for the most memorable time of year for a youngster.

You will probably not read anymore new content from me until after Christmas, so here is wishing you a wonderful holiday!  May you be warm, in good company, and feast beyond capacity!!!

Merry Christmas from Myquiltprojects!  And thanks for reading my blog!

Frolic Clue 3 and a Tote Bag

Stress, holidays, an abscess, tooth extraction, poddy training, quilting, headache, exhaustion, and sewing.  These words are a summary of the past week.  Glad it is behind me.  A loved one is a tough cookie, as I hate to see anyone suffer in pain.  It physically pains me.  Enough dwelling on my summary, we all made it, eh?

I wish clue 2 in the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt would have been drawn out all week.  Working just one project to cope with life is much easier than having chaos of one project after another.  Therapeutic, but with anxiousness.  Anxious to be done with something on the bucket list.  Anxious to be done before clue 3 is released.  Well the anxiousness is calmed.  One project finish, and a new project started.  The new project is all by hand,  slow and steady.

First share is the finish, a new purse!  I have been in desperate need of a new handbag for quite sometime.  Now that I am forced to wear magnification for the simplest of reads, I have this bulky spectacle housing (eyeglass case) to carry.  This overcrowded my bag.

Don’t get me wrong, I held out for the right freebie pattern to come along.  And I think I have achieved success.  I did some modifications.  I think it  added nicely to the bones of the pattern.

This is called the 6 pocket tote.  It is easy and easily done within an evening.  If you click the link you can see their version and compare to mine.  The difference between the 2?  Bosal foam, and wider set straps.  Because I used bosal for a nice formed foundation, in retrospect I wish I would have made longer handles than the pattern.

The brown pvc vinyl I had used previously to make a wallet.  Might as well make the purse to match.  The teal fabric is old.  There was a fad back about 15 years ago to make pillowcases.  I made one with the intention of making another.  One was enough, 2 never happened.  This became the foundation of my bag.

I like that the pockets keep my pen from going to the bottom.  I also like my keys can go into a pocket for easy fetching, my phone too.

As discussed in my last post, I got a new template and had to try it out!  Let the hand quilting/stitching commence.

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And now Frolic clue 3, I managed a small pile this evening.  I am looking forward to working more on this.  But first, I am going to clean up after tote/hexagon/clue 2 tornado.  I have made the biggest mess.  My productivity has come with a price.

Cheers to more of clue 3!

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I am hopeful for some cleaning, some rest, and some piecing.  Am I going to stress over this?…..nope, not gonna.  I am going to make myself slow down and enjoy my own pace.  Will I be done in a week’s time?  Time will tell.

Thanks for stopping in and reading my blog!

Stained Glass Stars Upon Thars

A photo opportunity happened!  With an even bigger photography surprise.  More about that in a minute.

The skies were clear, the temperatures mild, and an overall beautiful, blue sky day.  And I had time, so I enjoyed the rays and managed a few photos.  I must say, Stars Upon Thars said cheese big time!  A very photogenic quilt.  It just twinkles with the play of neutral and color.  This is the first time I viewed it outdoors within the natural light.  Saying I am pleased with the results is an understatement.

Have any of you made a quilt, and after completion the quilt looked completely different than before?  I am seeing this with eyes that could not see it captured before.  Not sure what this phenomenon is?

twinkling stars

The orginal plan for this was completely different.  I wanted to make a lone star quilt.  But the equality of sides of the angles of the stars was not for that.  These are more le moines stars.  Not the original plan, and improve as I went.  Those of you who voted on layout, thank you, thank you, thank you!  It ended up with stellar results!

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The quilting was laborous and I am glad I took the time.  Some of my lines are imperfectly straight.  I am still on a learning curve with the straight rulers.  Sometimes my machine wiggles when the hopping foot catches a thicker seam.

There are some extremely old fabrics in this quilt.  The once 49 patch blocks, now 81 patch were made up of polyester double knit (yeah I know, yuck), silk, satin, feed sack, shirtings, flannel, and barkcloth.  I scoured my stash for some older looking fabrics and married them to make this work.  Above if you look, the sides are wacked off.  These hand sewn 49 patch blocks were pieced by hand.  And were very wonky.  Not sure if the quilter was new to hand piecing, or just didn’t care.  Her stitches looked like she had been doing it for a long time.  Perhaps it was an eyesight thing.  I know I can have eyeball on the cheek syndrome sometimes.

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I wish I could make oodles of money and sell the pattern, but there is not one.  These are constructed using the parallelogram die for the accuquilt.  I started this quilt at the begining of June, while helping my Mom when she broke her shoulder.  It has some good memories, not only with the time I spent with her, but with all the scraps I consumed for the stars.  Most of thesee have been used in other quilts.

Whether it be a memory of the former quilt, or the person I gave it to, or the memory of the fabric and where the fabric came from.  The pink back ground around one of those stars is my grandmothers fabric.  She has been gone since 1996.  It has played nicely in other quilts.  And I had a smidge left.  A memory of her, and the fact that she got me sewing at an early age.  All of you Grandma’s out there, she bought my first full size machine for me when I was 10, for my birthday.  Start them early, on whatever it is that they want to make.  They will steer themselves through the years and get much enjoyment out of it.  Was I too young?  Maybe for the patience of it.  But with experience came patience.  Now if I sew something wrong, there is no frustration or urgency to fix it, it just gets fixed.

Here is all the photos I have taken over the last several months of my progress in slideshow fashion, 92 photos, most of these for the couple of tutorials while making.

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And I have saved the best for last.  Yesterday, while putting this on the clothes line and taking pictures of the front, I swung around to the back to try to get a picture of the whole cloth look on the backside.  Because I used muslin and it is a very light fabric, I could see the top through the fabric from the backside.  The bulkier seams showed up as dark lines.  This really looks like a neat piece of stained glass.  A nice surprise for the season.

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And that reader/friends, is why I do this blog.  I surprise at every turn of the needle and fabric.  Thank you for reading along this year during the Stars Upon Thars construction.  I have enjoyed bringing it to life before your eyes.  I hope you will continue on and enjoy my future posts of whatever it is I am working towards.  I really appreciate all the comments and likes.  A nice wind beneath my wings.  Thanks for flying with me and reading my blog!

 

Frolic Clue 2

Frolic, Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt, clue 2 was announced yesterday.  It is an easy clue, and I aim to have it completed today.

I am well over halfway.  Here are my raspberries and neutrals.  I LOVE my loud neutrals.  I find loud neutrals make it seem even more scrappy.  If you don’t believe me, see for yourself on last years mystery.

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Notice the loudness fades in the distance.  You can only appreciate it up close.  Most quilts are viewed across the room or standing atleast 6 ft back.  The second quilt is a disaapearing 9 patch with the corner fabrics in black.  I love to put black into my quilts.

You have to be very careful when substituting fabrics.  The key is contrast.  If I would have went with the dk blue as Bonnie suggested, it was too dark.  That is why I am going with pastel colors.  That should really make it pop!  Or not!  It is a mystery, eh?

You know, I certainly miss the traffic to my blog.  Usually this time of year everyone is gung ho and wants to sew sew sew and see the pretty pieces in the link up.  This year, I cannot link up.  I do not have instagram.  And deem it not worthy of just this mystery quilt and the traffic associated.  I am not sure of a way around this.  I was told not to send pics on mats, they will be deleted, and not uploaded to facebook or instagram.  But then I see one of her posts and pieces are on a mat.  Go figure!

I do have a finish, the stars upon thars is all bound up, ready for a photo op.  Hopefully today!

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I have purchased the new missouri star hexagon tool for hand piecing.  I am very excited about all the ideas swarming in my head about this.  Hopefully I will get to play a little with it over the weekend.

I need to get my keester busy and get something on the longarm.  I have three quilts needing quilted.  I need to start sewing backings so I can make that happen.

It has been a week.  Glad it is behind me, only for another to present itself however it chooses.  That scares me a little as the recent things that seem to happen to those around me.  I hope to report back next week all is good.  Thanks for reading my blog and happy trails!

 

#Frolic Mystery Clue 1

The last 5 days have been a blur.  I am always rushing about during a normal work week to get all the things done that need to be done.  When you have a full day off, things in that category go smoothly and less rushed.  My goodness the time has flown by so fast.  I must have been having a blast.  I am looking forward to Christmas break.

Wednesday was my first day off.  I got the house picked up and cleaned (only for it to need it again the next day, ha!).  Did a bit of quilting.  Thursday I cooked a thanksgiving lunch, and we are still eating leftovers.  I also finsihed quilting the stars upon thars quilt.

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Please check out my last post to look at all the photos of the back.

Friday was the release of the Bonnie Hunter Frolic Mystery Quilt Clue 1, easy 4 patch units.  If you are interested in following along, you can click on her Frolic tab at quiltville.blogspot.com. She gives concise instructions and fabric colors and amounts.  Fabric colors are only suggestions.  I am not totally following her suggestion.  I am crossing my fingers that I am doing the right thing.  This will be my fourth mystery.  I change something up every time.  Everytime I am in awe of what I have made.

4 patches Frolic

I have sewn these on and off and finished those up today.  I smile at the fabric I am using.  I have cheerleaders, alphabets, flowers, butterflies, pigs, solids, stripes, and plaids.  My favorite fabric was the Quilt Across Texas fabric 2011 that I found at my local quilt shop.  It was a perfect match.  How suited for this Texas based bluebonnet Frolic mystery eh?

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After cleaning up from that, I set out to make binding for the Stars Upon Thars, which is now being hand stitched.

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I grabbed my scrap 2 1/2 inch wide scraps of recently used stuff in my stash, and have accomplished a very scrappy binding.  I have only stitched about a 12 inch span.  I will be working on this all week.  I aim to have a nice photo by next weekend.

I am off to do the last of the few chores of laundry, and then ahhhhhh, the couch is calling my keesters name!   Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!