Friday, February 17, 2017


Hi All......
Part of January and most of February have been spent sick..........  I worked in a school for 20+ years and never got sick.  Hubby and I retire and we decide to go to Florida where the livin is easy and the weather is beautiful in January/February and I come home so sick I spent almost a week laying around on the couch or in bed and another week getting back to normal.....YUCK!

The day we went to Cocoa Beach to see friends was the last day I was well.......The beach was beautiful and oh so relaxing!   Hubby and I were invited to a friend's winter retreat for the day and it made me want to pack up and move down........

So....sickness aside.....  A question about your sewing habits.  Do you limit your Block of the Months and Sewalongs?    
I was talking to some IG friends and I think the consensus on that is we start the year off telling ourselves "not to overdo it.  Pick one or two so you don't overwhelm yourself".

I'm doing 3 Block of the Months this year so far :)   I say so far because I have one on the horizon that I may or may not be strong armed into joining.

This first BOM is something I'd never thought I'd do.....start a Halloween quilt 10 months before the actual holiday LOL   I'm loving the fabrics for this one....  Month 1 is done and Month 2 came yesterday so i'm "caught up".

These two BOM's are both Fig Tree & Co.  One is their red/cream BOM and the 2nd is a sampler I'm presuming will be with a variety of fabrics from different fabric lines.  So far....all caught up on both :)

I'm taking a bag making class on Sunday.  I don't take many classes as I prefer sewing alone but I don't like making bags so I signed up for a class at my local quilt shop.  I'm off to cut the bag out and get organized for the class so I'm not behind.  I'll show pictures next week.....

Monday, February 13, 2017

En Provence Final Post

Well, it's done and out to be quilted......the 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery is finished!  Project bins of hourglass units, pink star points, solid yellow squares and 4 patch units have all come together to create this beautiful quilt...........

Bonnie had another border for it but I thought mine was big enough and ended it here......

If you would like to see other's quilts then take a trip over to Bonnie's blog and take a look....
it's the final mystery link up!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Triangle Gatherings

     Have you see the Primitive Gatherings Sewalong?  Go here and check it out 
      Lisa Bonegan is hosting a sew along called 2017 Triangle Gatherings and each block will have 16 half square triangles.  I noticed that Lisa is making small 4 inch blocks but that's WAY too small for me so I'm doing mine 6 inches.

     2017 will be another year of "sew my stash" so I went in search of some of Lisa's fabrics in my stash and found a nice bundle!

I had some yardage left over from the Snowman Gatherings quilt that I made about 3 years ago as well as a 5 inch "dessert roll" and even a few pieces from the Old Glory Gatherings line.  As I was searching thru my stash I came across some fat quarters of "Snowbird" by Laundry Basket Quilts.  The colors are very similar so I can keep them as standby in case I run out!

Lisa's blog post yesterday said she has 87 blocks planned so far!  Yowzer!
We have only made 3 blocks so far.......We'll probably be making these little 6 inchers for quite a few months!

Here are the first 3 blocks.........

I'm looking forward to following along and having a quilt made for March 2018 when I will take some classes with Lisa on a quilting cruise!

Monday, January 9, 2017

"En Provence"

Happy New Year Everyone...........

Well, New Years Eve brought the final instructions for the Quiltville mystery.
I really LOVE how the final quilt is going to look so I'm excited to get working on all the units.

I got caught up working on my 2017 UFO list so I didn't exactly start working on step 6 & 7 of the mystery but that will be a priority this week.

Here are all the previous units waiting for my attention....

And here are the first 4 of 16 blocks for the center of the quilt............

We had a little snow this weekend............

At 5PM as I was getting ready to make dinner I ran outside and measured....8 inches!  By the time we went to bed the final count was 10 inches......  Not bad for the first snowstorm of the year....and hopefully the LAST!  

We did wake up to some bitter cold weather this morning.....EEK!

I'll be sewing at some point in time later today and hoping to make a small dent in my the meantime, you should go and check out Bonnie's blog.  Some girls have totally finished, and there's some serious eye candy over there........

Stay warm if you're in the NY, NJ area!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

UFO Challenge 2017

     Are you participating in the "UFO Challenge 2017"?  
I don't remember seeing it posted last year but one of the girls in my quilt bee mentioned it to me so I went and checked it out.  I like the idea of it....kind of like what i've done over the years with making my "Big 3" list every month, except this one, you make a list of 12 and picks a random number and you do that project.  

     The January number was posted the other day and it's #6......

REALLY?  I'm thrilled it's #6, and here's why


The Fig Tree 2016 BOM is my #6 and it's been sitting up on my design wall now for a few weeks....I need it off the wall and out for quilting PRONTO!

These are just a few of the up-close blocks.  I love them all and especially love the Fig Tree fabrics.
I do want to say though, this BOM is/was not for the faint of heart.  It was a challenge at the least and frustrating at times as well.  I swore that was the end of that but I did sign up for 2017 BOM thru them and i'm praying it's easier....or that will be the end of their BOM's.....

Swooning Along

     As if I didn't have enough projects going on, I joined another "no pressure" sew along with girls on Instagram.  I've said it before and I'll reiterate it here now....that Instagram is a dangerous place to visit!

     This one is a Bonnie & Camille "Swoon QAL 2017".   We were challenged by Mel at mel_is_a_swapaholic to pull 18 coordinating fabrics to make the 9 blocks in the pattern.

I couldn't decide between "Hello Darling" or "Vintage Picnic".  I pulled both out and then went to bed.  When I got up I looked thru both, pulling out pieces I knew I wanted in the quilt......and FYI, I wanted the quilt larger and "less square" so I pulled enough for 12 blocks....

I think a few from each line is just the ticket!

I cut out Block #1 on Tuesday night before I went to bed so when I woke up yesterday all I had to do was start sewing..... Here's block #1

AND.....since it was sunny out I held it up to the window to see how it looked with the sun coming a stained glass piece...

I love the look......

I'm on my way to Swooning Along in 2017!


Monday, December 26, 2016

" En Provence" Part 5

     Can it already be Week 5 of our Quiltville Mystery?

     This week Bonnie went WAY easy on us..... 64 3-1/2 inch HST!  WOW....that was easy!

There are many ways to make hst but I am an old fashioned girl... I make mine oversized and trim them down.  I am grateful for my Bloc Lock Ruler....I get perfect HST! they are!

If you'd like to see all the others that are linking up, check Bonnie's blog....

I want to thank Bonnie for these mysteries....this is # 5 for me and I'm as excited as I was when I did #1.  I also wanted to thank Bonnie for choosing my picture to post last Monday on her blog...what a nice honor!  

Have a good's almost 2017!!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Orca Bay

       Yes, I said Orca Bay.....which was Bonnie Hunter's 2011 Mystery.  I wasn't on the "Mystery Train" at that point but one Saturday in January 2012 I had 2 friends here from out of state and both girls had done Orca Bay and brought their tops with them for the visit.  I was mesmerized with this quilt and at that point I said I'd have to join in and do the next one.  I did join in and have been doing the mysteries since 2012 and enjoying each and every one.

         My friend that did the mystery originally brought me all her steps printed off....what was to stop me from making Orca Bay?  Nothing except life, children, grand babies etc.......  But, earlier this year I pulled out the instructions and the bin of fabrics I'd collected fabrics in and I went starting it.  Here is what I have so far..........

28 neutral/red/black Ohio Stars with neutral backgrounds and 28 block with red center Ohio Stars with just a tiny bit of the neutral.   (I LOVE THEM)

I'm working out of order here so my next step completed is 64 Red String blocks.

I finished them yesterday and even sat and pulled the papers off.....

Bonnie suggests using telephone book paper for the foundation and lowering your stitch length, which I did and it worked like a charm!  

Now, the last step I have completed is blue strings.....

Aren't these awesome?   The red ones are 5-1/2 inches and then get cut on the diagonal...these are only 3-1/2 inchers and I have 72 of them....and man o man did I collect a variety of blues.  (can you tell I like polka dots? LOL)

I'm ready to move onto the next step which is 354 2 inch half square triangles............I did almost cry at the enormous # of them but I told hubby at lunch that I'll do 100 at a time till I'm done!  I made almost that many for my "Jamestown Landing" quilt so I can do it for Orca Bay!


Mystery Monday Link-Up Week 4

      Here is my Mystery Monday Link-Up for the "En Provence" Quilt.  It's been BUSY around here this fall/winter so to say I'm happy Bonnie +Bonnie K Hunter  made our first 4 clues easy is a real understatement!

I'm not sure what to call these purple/neutral units....I call them star points, but they are easy and since I like the purples I'm working with, i'm happy with them.
If you'd like to see what everyone else is doing, here's the linkup for Bonnie's page....

Saturday after cutting the above units out and starting my sewing, hubby and I braved the icky weather and went into NYC to see this guy.........

WHAT a show!!!!!!!!!   We've seen Billy Joel 3 times now at MSG in the last 2 years and we've traveled twice to Florida to see him with friends and family.  The man never disappoints!
He did some Christmas songs as well as his regular repertoire and as you can see from the pictures, the lighting for the night was green and red.  We had a great meal beforehand at a local bar/restaurant and a great show!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Gifts

     My husband retired 1 year ago this week and although I know he's tired of watching Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I KNOW he's happy he's home and enjoying our time together.
We've gone on vacations, short day trips, shows in NYC and then in October our daughter had her 2nd daughter which has added to the "chaos and busy-ness of Casa Aront" but all in all neither of us would trade this for anything......

     Gone but not forgotten though doesn't apply to his secretary at work.  When she heard we were going to be grandparents again she got the Mister to working on something special.  On Wednesday we drove the hour to his old office and here's what we brought home with us.......
This toy box is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.....

And here's a picture of Gemma in the morning before we left to go......

She's just as beautiful as her mother and big sister Olivia....a little more vocal than we'd like LOL but all in all a beautiful baby.

OH, and speaking of's a really cute shot of her that morning.  What is up with that hair?

And not to leave out our other "baby" is my great niece Shelby sitting in Olivia's high chair helping me make soup LOL   Mama Shannon was getting her hair cut so this cutie kept me company.

She is the spitting image of her mother! a thank you for our new toy box, I gifted Roe and Kim with this quilt

and a gift card for Kim to get some supplies for a new toy box for Shelby......but we're not expecting that till the summer for her birthday!

Off to sew on the Step 4 units of my Quiltville Mystery!