Tuesday, March 28, 2017


A few more twosies for my En Provence border happened yesterday, but I mainly worked on Bird 8 of Bird Dance. He's almost done.

Here's a picture of the community garden in our neighborhood. It's a nice large plot of land surrounded by fencing and a locked gate. This protects it from deer and other predators. As we were leaving we met a man who has his own little section of garden here. He told us that it costs $85 to have a plot of garden - this is a lifetime fee and covers the fencing, tiller, etc. He grew watermelons last year and had a crop of 30-40 melons. This year he's planting cantaloupe. Many grow tomatoes and squash. They have a few workdays each year to get the plot ready to plant and to clear it off after the season has ended. If it had a built in sprinkler system I'd be more tempted to get my own little section. But water must be hauled in from home or from the nearby creek. In our hot Alabama summers it would be challenge to keep everything watered. Instead I think I'll plant a few herbs in pots in the backyard. That's enough gardening for me!

Being hungry seems to be the story of my life these days. I wake up hungry and go to sleep hungry. Over the weekend I realized I had hit the 200 day mark of entering my food into My Fitness Pal on the phone. 200 days! It is now a habit to eat the amount called for, and I am not tempted by foods I don't need. BUT. That low grade hunger is always with me. I try to keep drinking water to help squelch the feeling. And staying busy with quilting or something helps too - distraction is a good thing! I also try to imagine that the hunger feeling is actually fat cells popping. Whatever gets me through the day! Haha! I plan to weigh Saturday to get my March total.

Today is dresden day - but I'm still trying to decide if I want to pack this up to take to retreat. So I may instead work on those En Provence four patches.

Have a wonderful day, y'all!

Monday, March 27, 2017

LOTS of Zippered Pouches!

How many zippered pouches can I make in an afternoon? 14! I made them 'assembly line' style and it went very quickly. It helped so much to have the pieces cut and the zippers picked out for each. When I finished I packed up my sewing machine with it's cords and it's ready to go for it's 'spa treatment' this week.

Hubby planted a couple of dogwood trees in our backyard a few weeks ago and one is in full bloom - so pretty!

Last night we had a lovely sunset golf cart ride with Mickey. We had heard that there is a community garden in our neighborhood but had never seen it. Off we went to search - it's tucked away so it can't be spotted from the road. We did find it - more about that later...

I've had a couple of questions about the books I've read this year. I have them listed on the right sidebar of the blog with a link to Amazon so you can read about them. I'm not doing book reviews here, but maybe you'll see one of interest to you.

Okay. So today is Machine Quilting Monday and that's not going to happen without my Bernina. I could work on the neutral four patches for En Provence though. And I think that's just what I'll do. Now that I've got that decided I think I'll get to work!

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bird 7 and Tiny Cooper

Bird 7 is complete! Last night I began work on Bird 8.

I never did make it to my sewing machine, but I had fun painting several tiny paintings. This is my favorite - Cooper running with a big stick. 

Here's the original photo...taken at the lake, running beside the water. Such a sweet boy. 

As for today, I will definitely get to work on zippered pouches. I want to get all the ones I have cut out finished. And that shouldn't take long. On April 1 I'm participating in an 'Art in the Park' event in our neighborhood and these pouches will be available. I'll be displaying many of my quilts and a few of my paintings, too. Hubby will be helping me. There will be 21 other craftsmen there along with a wine tasting. 

I've been really making it a point to read more this year. I love to read, but never seemed to fit it in to my week. My goal was simple - read one book per month. I thought that was very doable. Well, last night I finished my fourth book of the year. I'm ahead of my personal goal!

I feel we should always strive to learn new things and better ourselves, even if it's in small increments. I hope to be lifelong learner of new things! 

I wish you a happy day! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Bit of Painting...

I finally got my paints out yesterday! I'd had a hankering to work tiny after seeing an article about an artist who paints tiny little watercolors. So I gave it a go. This is a cup of coffee (looking down on it) if you can't tell...my husband thought it was an eyeball! Haha! I put the pencil beside it so you can see how small it is.

This is Fritz - a friend's sweet dog. No, this one is not tiny!

I did sew hexies yesterday, but I haven't taken a picture yet. I also worked on Bird 7 and it's almost done. Yes, Cooper photo bombed this!

I was determined to spend some time reading on the front porch and I made that happen, too.

So what's on tap today? I'm thinking I'll try to paint more tiny pictures while I have all my supplies out. And I want to make some zippered pouches. And there will be hand sewing done!

Hubby has an appointment and a golf game in Montgomery Monday - I won't be going along, but I think I'll send my sewing machine with him to drop off for servicing. I'm not sure how I'll survive! But I know it's overdue, so I must. So that means no machine sewing next week unless I can do it on my Featherweight. Actually, I can do most of my projects on my Featherweight - just not machine quilting. I will survive!

It's shorts weather today! And I'll be wearing mine! But storms are coming in this afternoon. Not a problem - we'll just walk Cooper a bit earlier. Have a fabulous day!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dresden Centers

When I purchased the Gardenvale kit at Houston last Fall, the vendor included a free charm pack with my purchase. I'm using it for the dresden centers.

Luckily I had the perfect size Accuquilt die (4 inches in diameter) to cut the circles! I also cut circles from plain white fabric to use as the facing for the circles. I'm trying to decide if I should put this project on hold until the quilting retreat I'll be attending in May. This would be a perfect project for retreat!

I also pulled fabric for more zippered pouches. I did a bulk order on zippers, ordering a variety of colors. So I pulled fabrics from my stash that would match some of the zipper colors.

One long zipper will make two bags, but you need a second zipper pull.

I bulk ordered a variety of zipper pulls, too. I've already cut the fusible fleece and have fused the fleece to the fabric pieces. Now I can make these pouches quickly with all the prep work done.

Much to our delight, our patio did get poured yesterday! Yippee! In a few weeks a stone border will be laid around the outside edge. This will be home to our fire pit and some chairs. We plan to add some lights on the back of the house along with an electrical outlet. That will allow us to have a TV out there, along with a fountain at some point.

Today is hexie day!!!! I hope to finish the round on the current star for The Bee's Knees. Have a great day!

Thursday, March 23, 2017


I tackled the neutral four patches for En Provence yesterday. First I cut the strips. Then I sewed strips together and cut them up. Now I have lots of twosies! I think I'll make more of these before mixing them up to make four patches. This quilt is getting done!

Here's another little doggy painting. Meet Henry, the dog of a friend. He's a cutie, no? I finished this several days ago, but am just now posting it. I wanted it to be in my friend's hands before I made it public. 

I had to run a few errands yesterday - one priority was to buy some new shorts and t-shirts. The warm weather is here! And I had no summer clothes that would fit me! And now I do - I'm happy. 

Good news! We both got our lab results from our physicals - we are both very healthy, indeed. It's amazing how much our numbers have improved since losing weight - though we were never at risk even then. Always good to have good numbers! 

Okay, Thursday is Autumn Garden day, and this quilt is now being machine quilted on Mondays. So what to do? I'm thinking I may work on more twosies (En Provence), maybe some circle centers for the dresden (Gardenvale), and hopefully I'll finally pull out my paints. Sounds like a fun day! 

Have you noticed I have a LOT of quilt tops that will finished soon! My machine quilting Monday will have a queue. 

We may (or may not) have our new patio poured today. They are pouring the driveway next door, so we are hoping to wrangle them over to do our little job at the same time. We'll see how that works. Hubby is outside hoping to make it happen. Fingers crossed. We been trying to get an estimate for weeks now and it's so hard to track down the correct people and get them to call back. So we may get the price quote five minutes before the concrete is poured. Or not! 

Wishing you a fun filled day!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Done With Dresden Wedges!

I finished the last of the wedge sewing yesterday for Gardenvale. Boom! Ready for the center circles!

And then I set about stitching a few zippered pouches. I'm still addicted to make these! Here's my stash of pouches so far. I'm trying to make a few every day this week.

Our physicals went well, except for having to go without breakfast until almost 11 am. By then I was starving and ate way too much lunch. I ended up going over my calorie allotment for the day by about 75 calories. Oh well. One day over won't kill me...

We both had to get a Tetanus shot - just to keep up with our immunizations. Owe! Sore arm! Sore shoulder! Headache from lack of breakfast. I'll be glad to get back on track with meals today. But it is always a good idea to get checked out and worth the discomfort! Blood work results will be available in a few days. By late afternoon I was ready to kick up my feet and read on the screened porch.

We both have dermatologist checkups next week. And then I'll have my mammogram a week or so after that. And then I'll be done with checkups for the YEAR! Yay!

Rodan and Fields News!

Guess what?! There's a Luxury Shopping Event put on by my team at R and F beginning Thursday evening on Facebook! There will be several Consultants featured explaining various products. AND I'M ONE OF THEM!!! And there will be prizes for viewers! Don't you want to see me in action? LOL! I'm no video star, but boy does my neck look skinny in the video! Haha!

So anyway, if you'd like to view it, send me an email (juliacwood@mac.com) or Facebook message and I'll add you to the private group. If you're busy Thursday evening - no worries! The event can be watch through the weekend - at your leisure. Maybe you'll win something!

Happy Hump Day - I'll be working on neutral four patches for En Provence!