Monday, December 18, 2017

On Ringo Lake...Step 4!!

Happy Monday friends!!  Here we are...one week until Christmas!  We had an exciting week since last time I checked in.  First off, we had a new baby in the family...Wren Renee is our "Great-Niece!"  She is number 7 in the "Great" category!!  Doesn't seem like we're old enough to be a great uncle and aunt!  LOL  But then I think the grandma (Hubby's sister) is younger than us...so then it's okay!  LOLOLOL

Wren Renee 12/12/17

Another niece was in The Nutcracker this week as the Snow Queen.  She has participated in this production for about 8 years now and has been most of the parts, including all the leads.  I think this part was my favorite so far!

This scene was so pretty!

She is so beautiful and did a wonderful job!

As of December 16, we still have hummingbirds!  I hadn't seen them for a few days, so I thought they'd finally headed south.  But then, there he was!  

We live at 4000' elevation in Central California, and honestly I'm not sure if they stay here all year and don't migrate further south.  We've had fairly mild temps, lows have been mid-30's for about a month.  I'll have to do some research and find out if I need to keep food out all winter for them!

Finally, Sunday I had a chance to get back to the mystery units!  I have a little less than half of Step 3 done.  This one is definitely time consuming.  All the fabrics are cut and ready.  I'm also doing bonus triangles, so extra marking and extra sewing!  It'll be worth it though when I have all those cute miniature half square triangles!

Step 4 is cut as well!  This step will come together a little more quickly, thank goodness!!

I sewed up a few before calling it a day.  I tried to get a fun picture with Stella supervising...but she wasn't in to it.  I think she just wanted to get back to napping.

I didn't count how many I have completed...I think it's about 1/4 of them.  They are quick!

Couldn't leave you without a kitty picture.  We received some Christmas packages in the mail.  Seconds after putting them under the tree, Chloe decided they were nice pillows!!

I'm linking up with Bonnie's blog...go check out all the progress of the On Ringo Lake mystery!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle












Sunday, December 10, 2017

On Ringo Lake...Step 3!!

I'm linking up with Bonnie's Blog...go check out all the progress for the On Ringo Lake Mystery!


Hello Friends!!  I didn't make a lot of progress on Step 3 yet, but that's okay!  'Tis the season lots for extra family events and fun!  Saturday we celebrated Mom's birthday with a production of "White Christmas" at a local theater in downtown Historic Columbia.  The show was amazing!  Afterwards we went to our favorite Italian restaurant.  It was a fun day spent with three generations of family!

 Sunday was my youngest nephew's 1st birthday party!!  He is the cutest!  No one had to convince him to try his birthday cake...he dove right in.  The only time he cried during the whole party was when they took the cake away!!  He would have eaten the whole thing!

Finally, Sunday afternoon I found a little time to get started on this week's units.  First off, I did finish step 2 a couple days ago!

I spent most of the afternoon cutting, cutting, cutting!  I attempted to draw the lines for the flip and sew method...but my eyes are tired and it's not bright enough in my sewing room at night.  I'm calling it a night and I'll do more in the daylight! 

 I made a couple of test blocks and they seem to be okay!  Only a couple hundred more to go!!  LOL

Can't leave without the obligatory kitty picture...she's keeping all my On Ringo Lake fabric warm.

Actually, I have to share another kitty picture.  This is Galaxy...some of you may remember her from past years on my blog.  She is my daughter's kitty and our first grand-kitty.  She lived with us for a year while Megan was away studying in England...you can see she was a great quilt inspector/helper too.  Unfortunately, Galaxy became sick and today she went to kitty heaven.  I wish I could have been with Megan today.   

Goodnight Galaxy....love you kitty cat. 


Sunday, December 03, 2017

On Ringo Lake Step 2!

Can you believe week two clue is already here!  The weeks will really fly by between now and Christmas!  Clue 2 has us making lots and lots of flying geese.

I purchased this Essential Triangle Tool a while back, but haven't had a chance to give it a try.  I've used the Easy Angle and Companion Angle for years and years with good success...so honestly, I really didn't want to try something new.  I'm really happy with the results, though, it's just as easy to use as the Easy Angle and Companion Angle.  I can't say I prefer one over the other...I guess it'll just be a matter of which one I find the quickest when needed!  :)

No matter which ruler you use, if you are making geese with this no waste technique, you need right and left neutral corners.  If your strips are all stacked "right side up" when you cut (I cut 4 strips at a time), then you'll end up with all left or all right corners.  In my stack of 4 strips, I put two right side up and two right side down, and it gives me equal amounts of rights and lefts.  I hope that makes sense!!

 I did get all the units cut and ready to go!

I sewed one to see how my sizing was going...and it's perfect!!  I measured a couple others as I went along and some might have been a 1/16th inch too big...so I really just think my seam line here or there gets off, but for the most part they are just the right size! 

 I think I have about 1/4 of the units sewn and I'll work on the rest here and there over the next week.  I do like to have one clue done before the next one is released!!

I was trying to find a fun way to take a picture of these...but I had limited space because... 

...of this!!  She was taking up the back half of my workspace.  Well, I can't place all the blame on Chloe.  If you look closely, she's laying on a pile of strips for another project I'm working on that I just pushed out of the way so I could work on the flying geese!!

I also finished a T-Shirt quilt for a customer this week.  If I do say so myself, these quilts amaze me...the T-Shirts are given to me usually in a garbage bag and when I look in sometimes I think, Ugh...I hope this turns out well!  LOL  But the end result is a fun, cozy quilt full of memories for the owner that includes all of those special t-shirts they couldn't throw out!

The house is all decorated for Christmas!!  We bought a 9' tree this year because we have such high ceilings and I just love it! 

I'm linking up with Bonnie's blog, where you can see all the progress everyone is making on their On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilts!!  Go check it out!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Surprise!

Hi Friends!  Yes, I'm still alive and kicking...it's been almost a year since I've posted on my blog!  A lot has happened in the last 10 months or so.  Unfortunately, not a lot of sewing and quilting happened.  We moved from Virginia in April and we were in transition for most of the summer.  We finally moved in to our new house in California in July.  After unpacking, it took some time to get my "mojo" back when it came to quilting.  It's finally coming back little by little and I'm happy about that.

After skipping the mystery last year, I decided to jump on board with Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt this year called "On Ringo Lake."  I figured that was a good reason to pop on here and blog about it and also to reconnect with all my blogging friends.

I finished Step One today and I loved it.  Mini 3" nine patches are my all time favorite block, so I was happy to see that was our first clue.  Love all these little cuties!!


So for a quick recap of the last year or so...Travis retired from the Air Force after 32 years of active duty.  It was a happy time...the Air Force has given us great life and we're forever grateful for the opportunities we've had and the precious friends we have all over the country.  

The biggest event of the year for us was the wedding of our son, Zach.  His wife, Harleigh, is a sweetheart and she is perfect for him.  We are so blessed to have her join our family! 

After the wedding, we were finally able to move in to our cabin in the mountains of California.  It's a beautiful place to live!


Thank you to those of you that are still here with me!  Life doesn't always go the way we think it will and we have more changes coming in the near future...I'll keep you posted along the way!

Until then, Happy Quilting!

~Michelle

P.S...I'm linking up with Bonnie's Quiltville Blog page...go check out how everyone is doing on Step 1!!